Wow. It’s been a deadly dull few days on the “Idol” front. Finding anything newsworthy was tough. But you regulars need a new thread so here ya go:
- People spoke with Phillip Philips about his recovery. I could tell more details were kept for the print edition. This online version tells us really nothing much. They claim an exclusive but he has spoken to plenty of other outlets. My guess is this one is simply more detailed. The tour is about to start in Detroit later this week. He’ll be at the Capitol 4th celebration in D.C. first this Wednesday, his first live performance since his kidney stone operation. You’ll be able to see it locally on GPB.
- Didi Benami from dreaded season 9 is in a Theory of a Deadman video for its song “Hurricane,” co-written by none other than Kara DioGuardi. She plays a “fallen Idol” of sorts. Her character wins an “Idol”-type show, rises, then falls. Andy Dick shows up. According to the Hollywood Reporter, she even donned the dress she had on when she was eliminated in 2010.
- Adam Lambert is working with Queen for a few dates in Eastern Europe, starting in the Ukraine.
- Jennifer Hudson will perform with the Boston Pops on CBS on July 4th at 10 p.m.
- ABC’s “Duets” has become a ratings disappointment, hitting new lows almost every week. I haven’t even had the energy to watch a full episode. Sorry, Kelly Clarkson! It went live last week, at least.
- “The Voice” singer Chris Mann, the dude with the operatic voice, signed a major record deal with Ron Fair’s new Universal imprint Faircraft, Billboard reports. I never found him terribly compelling but he might find a niche in that arena.
- With ratings in half, “Idol” is now drawing about half the number of people to auditions as well. Reports say about 5,000 showed up in New Jersey last week. You have to think “The X Factor” and other music competition shows are siphoning off potential talent.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk