American Idol’s Kris Allen promoting newly released album

Kris Allen Album on Jive Records

American Idol winner,Kris Allen, releases his self titled debut album today.  Having wrapped up an appearance on  The Tonight With Conan O’Brien, Allen,  is forging a full press tour to promote the album.  In the next few weeks, the singer is expected to visit

Good Morning America and “It’s On With Alexa Chung” on MTV today (November 17) and VH1’s Top 20 Countdown on November 21.
The singer is expected to present at the American Music Awards and will appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on November 23.

For more information on the album, visit: Kris Allen

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‘Glee’ Picked Up For A Full Season

Cast of Glee: Pictured back row L-R: Jenna Ushkowitz, Dianna Agron,  Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Mark Salling, Chris Colfer and Amber Riley. Front row L-R: Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Jayma Mays and Cory Monteith. (Photo: Joe Viles/FOX)

Cast of Glee: Pictured back row L-R: Jenna Ushkowitz, Dianna Agron, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Mark Salling, Chris Colfer and Amber Riley. Front row L-R: Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Jayma Mays and Cory Monteith. (Photo: Joe Viles/FOX)

After airing only two episodes this season,”The Hollywood Reporter” is reporting that Fox has picked up the series Glee. The show about a group of misfits in a high school glee club,has received a full season order by the network. “The response we’ve received to Glee has been remarkable,” Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly told The Reporter. “It’s already got the makings of a cultural phenomenon. I’ve seen all 13 episodes, and Ryan Murphy, his team and the talented Glee cast have knocked our socks off with their incredible work. We’re happy to pick up this gem of a show, and can’t wait to see what they’ll do with the rest of the season.”

The second episode of Glee entitled “Showmance” was well  received by a standing room only crowd at this years Comic-Con convention in San Diego. The series doesn’t appear to be loosing it’s steam after it impressive debut last May after the American Idol Season 8 Finale.

Glee airs Wednesdays on Fox.

America Idol Contestants Discuss Ellen as a Judge on CBS’s The Early Show

CBS’s The Early Show sat down with American Idol Season 6 Winner, Taylor Hicks, and Season 6 runner up, Bucky Covington to discuss their thoughts on Ellen Degeneres becoming a judge on the show.

Ellen Degeneres will be the Fourth American Idol Judge

Photo: AP/Matt Sayles

Photo: AP/Matt Sayles

Ellen Degeneres spoke on her talk show about her choice as the fourth judge of the Fox mega hit show American Idol. “Hopefully, I’m the people’s point of view because I’m just like you,” DeGeneres said on her syndicated talk show Thursday. “I sit at home and I watch it, and I don’t have that technical … I’m not looking at it in a critical way from the producer’s mind. I’m looking at it as a person who is going to buy the music and is going to relate to that person.”

Degeneres replaces Paula Abdul who had a rather public contract negotiation battle wit hthe show’s producers which resulted in her leaving the show where she has served as a judge and unofficial mentor to the contestants since 2002.

Although she has no music experience, many fans across the Internet welcome the idea of Degeneres as a judge as her opinion will be just like theirs.

Look for Degeneres to take on her role as judge when she joins show judges Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest for the 9th season of Idol beginning in January.

Mary J. Blige to guest judge for American Idol

mary-j-blige-picture-1Fox has announced that Grammy winning R&B singer, Mary J. Blige will be a guest judge at the Atlanta auditions of American Idol.  Blige will join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi on the panel. No stranger to television appears, Blige has appeared on the ABC soap One Life To Live and played a “herself” as a tough client who went head to head with Entourage’s Ari Gold played by Jeremy Piven. The episodes of Idol with Blige will air in January when the new season starts.

American Idol Chikezie Eze to appear on General Hospital

Photo: Fox

Photo: Fox

Former American Idol contestant, Chikezie Eze, will appear on General Hospital. Eze shared the news on his twitter page.  “I had my first personal session with a personal trainer. Gotta look good for General Hospital.”, said one post and “I’ll be taping in mid-September and I will be singing. What shall I sing? It’ll be a surprise” on the other. Expect his episode to air in mid to late October.

Daughtry’s “Leave This Town” #1 On The Billboard Charts

Daughtry_300Daughtry’s sophomore album, “Leave This Town”, tops the Billboard Charts at #1 this week. Daughtry’s debut album “Daughtry” reached the top spot as well. “No Surprise”, the first single from the album, is moving up the charts fairly well.

The band recently sat down for a Q&A with Billboard to talk about the new album. Click here to view it at Billboard.com.

Daughtry’s frontman, Chris Daughtry, was an American Idol contestant during Season 5.

Paula Abdul’s Future With American Idol Uncertain

Paula Abdul Photo: Fox

Paula Abdul Photo: Fox

Paula Abdul’s contract negotiations to return for a ninth season as judge for American Idol have reportedly stalled. According to a spokeman for Abdul, the show refused to give her a “good deal” which is rumored to be $20 million a year.

Fellow judge Simon Cowell and Idol host Ryan Seacrest have both publicly supported her and hoped she would return.

Last year the show added a fourth judge, songwriter Kara DioGuardi, feuling specutaltion that Adul would not return. Idol has denied that hiring DioGuardi was to replace Adul.

The new season of Idol is set to air in January. The  auditions for season 9,  in which the judges and Seacrest travel to cities in search of talented singers,  are expected to begin early next month.

Allison Iraheta On Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien


Photo:Fox/American Idol.Com

American Idol finalist Allison Iraheta, will appear on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien on Wednesday, July 15. Iraheta will replace American Idol winner Kris Allen, who recently had a death in his family. Allen announced on his Official Twitter page that Iraheta will be filling in for him. Iraheta has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings and Jive Records. Her debut album is expected in the fall.
Iraheta, now 17 is currently with the rest of the top 10 finalists from season 8 on the Idols Live Tour, which will be at The Staples Center this Thurday, July 16th.

For more info:The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien: www.tonightshowwithconanobrien.com

American Idol Season 8 Tour Kicked Off In Portland

American Idol Season 8 Contestants Photo: Fox

American Idol Season 8 Contestants Photo: Fox

Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and the American Idol Season 8 finalists performed their opening night concert in Portland on Sunday. The first show of the scheduled 50 city tour, highlighted some of the Idols most memorable performances from the show,  including Alison Iraheta’s Barracuda and Danny Gokey’s version of Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T”, which  became an impromptu tribute to the late singer.  Although the song was chosen before Jackson’s death, Gokey said, “It’s definitely to honor Michael Jackson. All that he’s done for music”.

Media sensation and runner up, Adam Lambert,  performed a true “rock concert” style set, singing a medley of David Bowie songs . Season 8 winner Kris Allen closed out the show in an intimate “club style” set, singing his popular versions of  “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Heartless” before being joined onstage by all of the Idols for the closing numbers.

American Idol is on tour across the country, through September.

Dates are as follows:

DATE MARKET VENUE
July 5 Portland, OR Rose Garden
July 7 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
July 8 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
July 10 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
July 11 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
July 12 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
July 14 West Valley City, UT The E Center
July 16 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
July 17 Ontario, CA Citizens Business Bank Arena
July 18 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
July 20 Glendale, AZ jobing.com Arena
July 23 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
July 24 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
July 25 N. Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena
July 26 Memphis, TN FedExForum
July 28 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
July 29 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
July 31 Duluth, GA Arena at Gwinnett Center
August 1 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
August 2 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
August 4 Washington, DC Verizon Center
August 5 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
August 7 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
August 8 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
August 9 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
August 11 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
August 12 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
August 14 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
August 15 Rochester, NY BlueCross Arena
August 16 Hartford, CT XL Center
August 18 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
August 19 Albany, NY Times Union Center
August 20 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
August 22 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
August 23 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
August 25 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
August 26 Auburn Hills, MI Palace at Auburn Hills
August 28 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
August 29 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
August 30 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
September 1 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
September 2 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
September 4 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
September 5 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
September 6 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
September 8 Reading, PA Sovereign Center
September 9 Wilkes Barre, PA Wachovia Arena
September 10 Bridgeport, CT Arena at Harbor Yard
September 12 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
September 13 Providence, RI Dunkin’ Donuts Center
September 14 Syracuse, NY WarMemorial at OnCenter
September 15 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena