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“Idol’ bits: Kellie Pickler gets a new record deal; more people think the Nicki-Mariah feud is fake

Kellie-Pickler with Black River

Kellie Pickler announced today on Anderson Cooper that she’s joining a new record label, Black River Entertainment.

The small label also features Craig Morgan, Sarah Darling, vocal trio Due West and country newcomer Glen Templeton.

Her third album “100 Proof,” didn’t do particularly well, selling 1/10th the copies of her first album which led to Sony Nashville dropping her.

- TMZ is riding this Nicki-Mariah feud to page view heaven. Steven Tyler thinks the battle is a fraud, echoing Cee Lo Green last week.

“Idol” sent a statement out Friday trying to allay fears that anything is amiss.

Let’s move on. But we won’t as long as TMZ keeps feeding us.

- Phillip Phillips is part of the Star 94 Jingle Jam at Gwinnett Arena Dec. 13 with Jason Mraz, Grace Potter and Alex Clare, among others. More details here.

- “X Factor” top 24 to be named on Wednesday’s episode. The judges’ home rounds, which will pare it down to 17, will air next week. Then there’s a week off for the World Series. Live episodes start Nov. 1. And tonight, we start with “The Voice” battle rounds, where judges will be able to swipe contestants from other judges.

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85 comments Add your comment

JTesla

October 8th, 2012
4:13 pm

Good for Kellie.

I think the Idol thing is a little of everything. One woman is crazy, the other woman is crazier, and the extra promotion helps a lot.

X-Factor, November 1. Thanks Rodney. Is anyone else watching that show, aside from the faithful?

Deirdre

October 8th, 2012
4:30 pm

Didn’t Simon try to get the World Series postponed? At least that was the rumor. He was annoyed that his crowning glory would be shunted to the side to make room for baseball…of all things!

I think both Mariah and Nicki are the negative connotation of diva and, while the publicity about it may be over-the-top, I’m pretty sure they annoy the crap out of each other.

Seth T

October 8th, 2012
4:39 pm

The video of the Nicki/Mariah “discussion” indicates it wasn’t all fake – I doubt that Urban would have ageed to fake his discomfort with the situation. Not that it can’t be put in the past and was way overblown and outright lied-about by some sensationalist factors of the media – but it was a spat.

Here’s a repost from another earlier thread.

News for guys – easy on the eyes: ( all 18 or older)
From the Voice:
Adrianna Louise — Devyn DeLoera — Sylvia Yacoub — Domo — Cassadee Pope

From X-Factor:

Jennel Garcia
Ce Ce Frey ( I know, she’s over the top, paints herself with leopard dots, etc., but ……..)
Paige Thomas – pretty, physically fit, just needs to grow some hair on the sides of her head.

Rickster

October 8th, 2012
4:39 pm

Thank goodness we don’t have to look at the picture from the previous NiMi/Mariah thread!

Rickster

October 8th, 2012
4:49 pm

Have a great evening, everyone.

Annie

October 8th, 2012
4:50 pm

I hope that part of the judges’ houses round is this week, because there’s no reason for the X Factor to have a three hour “Green Mile” type show like American Idol does. There’s no reason for American Idol to have one either.

To add to the people who think that the Nicki and Mariah feud is fake, Mariah Carey’s husband Nick Cannnon, who blames the whole thing on Fox, and a move to get ratings. http://www.eonline.com/news/352058/nick-cannon-dishes-on-mariah-carey-nicki-minaj-beef-quot-i-wasn-t-concerned-for-my-wife-s-safety-quot?cmpid=sn-000000-twitterfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=twitterfeed&utm_campaign=twitterfeed_topstories&%3Fcmpid=eonline-twitter&dlvrit=48939

DanJ

October 8th, 2012
6:38 pm

I’m really happy for Kellie. She was one of my favorites not just for her voice but she seemed real.
@Seth. Jennel is a lock IMO and Paige might make the top 3 girls but I doubt CeCe does. It depends if XF has an under 16 group like they do in XFactor-UK Honestly I doubt either Paige or CeCe make it!

Pitchy

October 8th, 2012
8:17 pm

I’m beginning to think the feud between the two is solely for ratings. However, I believe there’s truth in the somewhat animosity. Doesn’t even matter, because as far as Minaj has come, she comes across as less than a diamond in the ruff. Meaning, she can’t be molded. That may be good or bad!!

Good evening, Dan J.

Pitchy

October 8th, 2012
9:00 pm

Seems like on the wrong thread to converse with my blog buddies. Let’s see if I can find if anyone without a life is blogging (remember that sentiment of us who blog by some troll..lol)?

Seth T

October 8th, 2012
11:47 pm

Watched The Voice battlerounds tonight – while some were entertaining, I would have no interest in downloading any of the songs done. They spend so much time on the mentoring clips, lead-ins — then cut away for commercials, then re-hash the Judges contemplations before the decisions again — that it gets to be 80% trivia and only 20% entertainment.

While a couple are good passable singers, none had the RS (Rising Star) factor, regardless of the honey butter the Judges spread on them.

Deirdre

October 9th, 2012
8:39 am

Morning!

The Voice lost me last night. I don’t like the battle rounds anyway with the cheesy prize-fighting ring and the singers wandering around aimlessly while screaming a song as loud as they can as if that shows what a good voice they have…but now the judges are required to “steal” two singers who have been rejected by their original mentor. Not sure if it is “stealing”. It’s more like a contract hasn’t been renewed and another agency is allowed to offer a new contract.

So a process that is meant to eliminate contestants actually just trades 8 of them to opposing mentors.

Sam-A

October 9th, 2012
9:20 am

Haven’t seen but one (1st) episode of Voice – from the commercials, I thought they were “stealing” current singers in someone elses group. And “required” – that sux as well If “A” has already rejected “X” why would he/she be upset (as played in the ads) that someone else resurrected “X” back into the game – makes no sense.

Deirdre, are you still watching “Major Crimes”? If so, do you thing the teen is telling the truth about what happened to him on the weekend visit with his father? Seems convenient.

Deirdre

October 9th, 2012
9:59 am

Sam, I haven’t ever watched Major Crimes. Must be another blog denizen.

DanJ

October 9th, 2012
10:10 am

Deirdre, I’m struggling to get through the battle rounds on The Voice. Talent wise X-Factor is much better. The chemistry of the judges/mentors is what keeps The Voice watchable this year. I’m not saying The Voice has no talent just not as much as last year.

The overs and girls on X-Factor are strong.
TOP GIRLS
Jennel Garcia, Dinah Jane Hansen, Diamond White, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Paige Thomas & CeCe Fray. I see Jennel, Dinah as locks to make the top 3. The final pick will be one of the13 year old girls. My pick would be Diamond over Carly Rose.
OVERS
Jeffery Gutt, Tate Stevens, Jason Brock, Vino Allen, David Correy & Panda From this group I see Jeffery, Tate & Jason making the top 3.

If X-Factor has a fan vote for a wild card like they do in the UK and Australia versions than both Carly and Diamond get in.

Pitchy

October 9th, 2012
10:28 am

I flipped between The Voice and DWTS. I don’t necessarily care for the battle rounds so I finally stayed with DWTS.

Good morning, everyone!

Sam-A

October 9th, 2012
10:43 am

Maybe it’s Mercedes or Harriett I’m thinking of.

Pitchy, hope you’re recovering well from your surgery.

This weather is so absolutely “October-perfect”! Might even have a fire tonight!October is my favorite month – but it’s been so hot the past few years, it’s ruined it for me – but this is perfection.

Pitchy

October 9th, 2012
10:48 am

Sam-A, I am back to 100%. Yesterday was my first day back to work and it felt so good to put on high heels, dress and makeup. It felt real good getting back to “sexy!” :lol: :lol:

Pitchy

October 9th, 2012
11:10 am

Thanks for asking, Sam-A! My world is alright right now. Now, let’s hope DanJ sees my 10:48.

Pitchy

October 9th, 2012
11:21 am

I left off my :wink: :wink:

Pitchy

October 9th, 2012
12:12 pm

Ok, guess everyone is gone.

Rodney Ho

October 9th, 2012
12:19 pm

Sorry Pitchy! Where is everybody indeed! :)

DanJ

October 9th, 2012
12:21 pm

Hi Pitchy, didn’t know you had surgery. Glad you’re back on your high heels and back to feelng sexy! However I find most women in sweat pants and tennis shoes sexy.

G

October 9th, 2012
12:25 pm

I actually enjoyed The Voice last night. Even the country singers were entertaining to me. De’borah was interesting too. The final two performances of the night were strong, Trevon and Amanda. It’s nothing I would expect traditional Idol fans to enjoy, but it was refreshing to hear two powerful vocalist duel.

I have no problems with the battle rounds. Competition builds character. So far, the song selection in the battle rounds complements both singers. It presents a fair slate. Besides, we see it all the time on awards shows. VH1 Divas or any awards show tribute with guests singers, display a form of competition. They don’t call it that, but at the end of the day, I KNOW what it’s all about.

I love the steal. This keeps excellent singers from slipping through the cracks. Think about Jesse Campbell (Team Christina last season). He would’ve definitely benefited from the steal. Thank goodness Amanda got a second chance. She could go far.

Overall, this was a good night for The Voice.

Sam-A

October 9th, 2012
12:29 pm

for those of us interested in finding a really good movie, I found a great review of “Argo”, and this is just the first paragraph of the review:

A movie about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis probably doesn’t sound like it would be a laugh riot — or should be — but that’s just one of the many ways in which “Argo” is a glorious, gripping surprise.

Cannot wait – I’ll be there Saturday afternoon for sure!

DanJ

October 9th, 2012
12:36 pm

G, I thought The Voice was good. I have a problem with the filler material leading up to the battle. I realize why they do it but it does drag. I would have picked Amanda had I been Cee-Lo, I’m just glad she didn’t go with Christina. She could well win it.

LOVE THE STEAL!!! Just a shame they didn’t haveit last year. Truth be known losing Jesse is probably why it was put in place. As far as judge selections and who they kept I can’t say any of them kept the wrong singer.

Rickster

October 9th, 2012
12:55 pm

Nothing against high heels and skirts, but give me a lady in jeans & a white, long-sleeve dress shirt any day! :-)

Rickster

October 9th, 2012
12:56 pm

or… she can skip the jeans… as long as the shirt is long enough to leave enough to the imagination. ;-)

DanJ

October 9th, 2012
1:13 pm

Rickster, I prefer she wear a candy-stripe dress shirt but I agree.

G

October 9th, 2012
1:58 pm

Yeah DanJ. I didn’t have a problem with any of the selections all night. Cee-Lo had me cracking up, when he realized what he had done. I believe Christina wanting Amanda was very self-indulgent. She relishes the moment of getting on stage singing with the contestants. Seems more like a diva moment than a teaching moment. jmo

KPH

October 9th, 2012
2:01 pm

I like most of the other aspects of the Voice but the battle rounds are just not worth watching.

Sam-A

October 9th, 2012
2:06 pm

Rickster and Dan: Same holds true for guys, a good looking guy in a great pair of jeans and a white shirt with the sleeves rolled up just to the elbow – can be very sexy and alluring! No tattoos to spoil the effect.

Deirdre

October 9th, 2012
2:13 pm

Agree, Sam!

Somebody needs to explain why it’s called a “steal” when the mentor has already released the singer. I understand that “steal” is a much more buzz-worthy word than say “recruit” or even “rehire” but it isn’t stealing if no one owns it!

DanJ

October 9th, 2012
2:40 pm

Deirdre, I think steal as used in The Voice is similar to a steal in baseball. Simply means taking. You hit the nail on the head when you said it was buzz worthy. It’s just a catch-phrase to grab ratings.

KPH

October 9th, 2012
3:02 pm

If the Voice is going to have the contestants sing the same song they should do it separately. This would avoid them screaming at the top their lungs and no one can even understand them.

Rickster

October 9th, 2012
3:02 pm

The lovely & gracious Mrs. Rickster likes the fact I have no tattoos.

And I don’t unbutton the shirt the way Simon does his. 8-O

Rickster

October 9th, 2012
3:08 pm

Of course… I appreciate the fact that the lovely & gracious Mrs. Rickster has no tattoos either.

Sam-A

October 9th, 2012
3:13 pm

Rickster: Seems by that fact alone, you two have much to appreciate. Those who want a few are welcome to them, however when a guy as unearthly gorgeous as David Beckham destroys his glorious body by covering close to half of it with big globs of dark ink, it’s a real travesty. His, of all male bodies, should have been treasured and respected, not desecrated as he’s done.

G

October 9th, 2012
3:18 pm

D, I think youn answered your own question. Besides, it’s not like they called it……….a “save”. LOL!

Deirdre

October 9th, 2012
3:44 pm

I’m not a fan of tattoos but I really don’t care whether someone has them or not. Beckham is gorgeous no matter how many tattoos he has. I do think body art distracts from whatever outfit someone has painstakingly picked out for themselves and it certainly distracts me from the person until I get used to it. It’s sort of like piercings. They are the first thing I see, rather than the person. Maybe, for some people, that is the reason they do it.

I’ve never had a problem with small or discreet tattoos, obviously. It’s the ones that you can see coming from the length of a city block away that tend to have me thinking “tattoo” instead of the person’s name.

Deirdre

October 9th, 2012
3:47 pm

As for the “steal”, false advertising, if you ask me. I think “save” makes a lot more sense in the context of what they’re actually doing. They’re saving a contestant who would be going home.

Sam-A

October 9th, 2012
3:54 pm

The worst is a gal in an expensive white wedding dress, with tattoos all over her chest/back/arms – why spend the money on the dress when all ones sees are the tattoos.

Pitchy

October 9th, 2012
4:00 pm

DanJ, can’t wear sweat pants and sneakers to work, so I was glad to get back into my high heels and dresses (another form of sexy)…but thanks for knocking down the sentiment!

You guys are talking outside of work! Any woman can get that type of sexy on.

Pitchy

October 9th, 2012
4:08 pm

Well, any woman SHOULD be able to.

JTesla

October 9th, 2012
4:23 pm

I think it’s a shame that a woman spends all that money decorating her body and then can’t show it off. The world would be a better place if the ladies would show off their tramp stamps more often.

As for “steal” vs. “save” this discussion means that The Voice has passed the point of being interesting (bye until next time blind auditions).

Rickster

October 9th, 2012
5:13 pm

Have a great evening everyone. I think I’m going to go home and then the lovely and gracious Mrs. Rickster & I are going to get in our jeans and dress shirts. ;-)

Mercedes S.

October 9th, 2012
10:17 pm

Sam-A, yoohoo, “Major Crimes” fan here!
It’s every bit as good as “The Closer” was. Interesting point you brought up about the kid maybe faking his injury. Because of the Captain’s hug?
And you’re right, “Argo” is one heck of a movie…
Been having Comcast issues – landline AND broadband, hence no chance to participate in discussions.
But:
I think desecrating one’s body with ink and piercings is hideous.
I’m already tired of “Idol’s” divas.
Have found two comedies I like: “The Mindy Project” and “The Neighbors”.

Sam-A

October 10th, 2012
8:10 am

Rickster: Did you take pix of you and the Mrs in your finery? If so, you should post it!

Mercedes: I’m having a weird Comcast issue. Only on my bedroom tv, about 4 – 8 times a night, the picture & sound go out, and a little black box with white writing says something to the effect “your cable connection may be faulty. If problem persists contact Comcast”. Doesn’t happen on any of the other tvs, and I’ve checked the connections from the wall to the blu ray and the blu ray to the tv – all is tight. Of course, it usually happens in the middle of a dramatic moment in whatever show I’m watching, but NEVER during a commercial break!

I don’t like MC as well as “Closer”, but not too far behind. I just can’t get used to Mary M’s weird mouth and the way she moves it – draws my attention away from the other stuff happening. And I miss Fritz – he’s pretty much a rarity in the new show. But it is very well done, and I think continuing the boy’s story over to this show was a good idea – adds depth to it and makes the chief more human and kind.

Deirdre

October 10th, 2012
8:35 am

Morning!

Sam, you’re problem could be wiring somewhere in the wall.

Fox News has a very interesting article about some of the legal ramifications of the Kewpie Doll Wars. How easy would it be for either Minaj or Carey to leave the cast?

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/10/10/experts-nicki-minaj-mariah-carey-could-quit-idol-vicious-feud-could-be-big/

Deirdre

October 10th, 2012
8:36 am

Sam..”you’re” problem? Sorry, I didn’t mean to imply that you are at fault. ;-) YOUR problem!

Deirdre

October 10th, 2012
8:37 am

I have a room in my house that used to get cable and doesn’t because the wiring in the wall is old and damaged.