Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Jessica Sanchez Bench'd

It was announced back July that Jessica Sanchez got an endorsement deal with the Bench clothing line of the Philippines. Apparently they had previously struck a deal with David Archuleta as well. Here are scenes from Jessica's Bench photo shoot which must have been done weeks ago in Los Angeles:

Jessica stayed behind in the Philippines after the Idol concert to promote Bench and pursue other deals, like one with Jollibee, the biggest fast food chain in the Philippines.

We can see why the new manager of Charice, Courtney Blooding, who is white, was asking why Filipinos are supporting Jessica Sanchez when Jessica is American. Total sour grapes.

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Here is Jessica's Jollibee photo:

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Carrie Kiss, Kelly Cover

Some YouTube videos. First Carrie Underwood giving a boy a kiss:

Then Kelly Clarkson covering "Someone Like You:"

I've heard Thia Megia, Katie Stevens and Allison Iraheta cover it as well. Could be more.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Kris Allen Dropped By Label

As expected due to poor sales of his second album, Kris Allen has been dropped by his record label, joining Lee DeWyze and David Cook as the third WGWG winner to be dropped. This MTV article seeks to provide an explanation of why this is happening:

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Jessica Sanchez, Idols Arrive In Manila

Jessica Sanchez and the other Idols reach the Philippines:

This story says Jessica will have her name included the Philippine version of the "Walk of Fame:"

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Simon Cowell Gets Beat Up

Simon Cowell and his X Factor took a beating this week despite bringing on Britney Spears for $15 million and young Demi Lovato. On Wednesday night, X Factor got beat by The Voice 10.5 million to just 7.5 million. X Factor moved up to 9.5 million after The Voice finished. But then on Thursday, X Factor got beat by the America's Got Talent Finale 10.6 million to 8.3 million.

Personally, I am surprised that more people did not tune in to check out Britney and Demi, who weren't bad at all, but Carla Hay of says she predicted all long that hiring Britney was a bad idea:

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It's too early to write off X Factor. The Voice might overdo it and start annoying people, and AGT is done for the season. On the other hand, I watched some of X Factor Tuesday and quickly got annoyed by it.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Idol Tour Ends In Milwaukee

The Idol Summer Tour ended in Milwaukee on 09/11. Here is Phillip Phillips with one last "Home," joined by the rest of the cast:

But it's not really over as they fly to Manila for a gig on 09/21, where Jessica Sanchez is already a big star.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Taylor & Jessica at National Political Conventions

Idols at the National Political Conventions? How did this happen?

Here is Taylor Hicks singing "Takin' It To The Streets" at the Republican National Convention 08/30/12:

And here is Jessica Sanchez singing "You're All I Need To Get By" at the Democratic National Convention 09/05/12:

Pia Toscano Splits With Interscope

Pia Toscano Splits With Interscope.

In this interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Pia Toscano ends what has to be the strangest odyssey ever for an American Idol contestant:

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Let me recap her adventure as I perceived it.

When Pia was voted off at #9 during Season 10, I claimed that she wasn't really voted off, but was disqualified due to a rules violation. I cited her high ranking on the betting site bodog (now bovada) and on DialIdol. I also noted the unprecedented outrage for a #9 finisher.

Jimmy Iovine wanted to sign Pia right away but was prevented from doing so by American Idol. Despite that, Pia was in the studio recording without a contract for some period of time.

Pia was in position to release her album first, before anyone from Season 10, due to the fact that she had 8 tracks recorded before the start of the Summer Tour.

But the album was never released, even though Pia told us numerous times in interviews that it would be released soon.

I claimed that American Idol was behind the delay because they wanted their Top 4 -- Scotty, Lauren, Haley and James -- to release their albums first. After Haley finally released her album in May 2012, I figured Pia's album would be coming soon.

But now, it's not coming at all. In the interview, Pia says the split was due to a difference of opinion. That is highly unlikely. Many Idols have bickered with their record label (like Crystal Bowersox), but that has never prevented an album from getting done and released. And as I said earlier, she has announced the album release many, many times.

I don't worry about Pia, however. I've never seen an Idol jump right into the Hollywood life as fast and easy as Pia has. She is a paparazzi magnet. We haven't heard the last of Pia Toscano.

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