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Posts Tagged ‘American Idol’

WNYW’s Julie Chang Handicaps American Idol Finalists

With WNYW/Channel 5 as the New York home to American Idol, membership has its privileges for entertainment reporter Julie Chang. In-season her focus is the “Idol Chatter” during the  10 p.m. newscast with Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander. Chang had been handling entertainment fare on Good Day New York until recent personnel changes. Last year, Jill Nicolini was brought on board mornings from WPIX and Anne Craig left the station and the arts beat behind.

Chang just returned from Los Angeles after the Top 13 finalists were unveiled Thursday. She’ll return to the red carpet for the two-night finale in May.

FishbowlNY caught up with the busy, frequent flier for her take on season 11 of Idol, which remains the most popular show each week.

Among the group vying for the title are several singers with ties to the New York area: Elise Testone who grew up in Kinnelon, New Jersey; Jermaine Jones, who hails from Pine Hill, New Jersey; Jeremy Rosato was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, although listed Valrico, Florida as his hometown on the show. Rounding on the local field is Flushing’s Heejun Han.

“In the last ten years, eight of the winners have come from the South,” Chang tells FishbowlNY. “I feel that this year we really have a strong shot at having a winner from the Big Apple.”

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Steven Tyler Demands Apology From Jason Whitlock

Looks like Steven Tyler is sensitive when it comes to his awful singing.

According to The Big Lead, the American Idol judge is demanding an apology from columnist Jason Whitlock, who tweeted Sunday, “Steven Tyler far more obscene than Janet Jackson’s tit*y.”

Little does Tyler and his people know that Whitlock doesn’t back down to anyone — he told The Big Lead that an apology isn’t coming.

If his tweet wasn’t bad enough, Whitlock went on KLAC’s Loose Cannons Monday afternoon and said Tyler looked like, “Lesley Visser with a wig on.”

Um, yeah, good luck with that apology.

American Idol Judge Butchers National Anthem

Well, this sure won’t help ratings next week.

American Idol judge Steven Tyler butchered his way through the national anthem Sunday afternoon prior to the Baltimore Ravens-New England Patriots AFC Championship game.

Even Carl Lewis thinks Tyler’s singing was awful.

WeTV Takes Over Tribeca for Braxton Family Values

WeTV hosted a premiere party for its hit reality show Braxton Family Values at Tribeca Grand Tuesday. was invited along with other members of the press to screen the first episode and attend a Q&A with the singing sisters. While Toni Braxton was notably absent, Traci, Towanda, Trina, Tamar and mom Evelyn more than made up for it with their usual candor.

The Braxtons

Although the cast is still filming the final episodes, the show kicks off this Thursday, November 10. Here’s what you can expect this season along with more photos from the event:

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Billboard‘s Bill Werde Takes On Idol, Reality TV

While Billboard has long been required reading for music industry professionals, its online counterpart has expanded over the years to be more consumer friendly, often covering whatever musical moment is in the zeitgeist.

So, for the second installment of our @MediaBeat interview, we got editorial director Bill Werde to weigh in on music television, like Danielle Staub‘s quest for the Hot 100, and why  American Idol has produced more flops than platinum plaques. (We see you, Taylor Hicks.)

“Once you get off of Idol, it’s just such a fleeting window of opportunity generally,” @bwerde said. “We’ve seen –  and the labels now know — that when you finish second, or third, or fourth, or somewhere in the top 10 on Idol, you’ve had an enormous amount of exposure. But you better get those records out fast because, in like 20 minutes, people are going to forget about you.”

You can also watch this video on YouTube.

Part 1:Billboard‘s Bill Werde: ‘If You’re Gonna Write About Music, You Better Love It’
Part 3: Bill Werde: ‘iTunes’ Success Does Not Equal Billboard‘s Detriment’

American Idol Semifinalist, Merrick’s Robbie Rosen, Still Living His ‘Dream’

As all eyes watch American Idol dwindle down to the final four, fans of the show will recall Robbie Rosen. The melodic, Merrick native, Rosen had an untimely exit from the popular Fox talent competition after reaching the Top 24.

Rosen, now making the rounds, especially on Long Island, appeared at the Folio Awards in Woodbury last week. He sang the National Anthem.

The unassuming junior from Calhoun High School would have liked to continue on Idol, but considers himself lucky.

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First ‘Post-Pia’ Idol Keeps Hold of Top Spots in New York

There was much talk heating up the Internet following Pia Toscano’s surprise exit on American Idol. Outraged, many New Yorkers (Pia is from Howard Beach, N.Y.) said they would no longer watch the show–or at least not for the remainder of this season.

But, no matter. The latest Nielsen ratings are out and they feature the first Idol figures since Toscano left the show.

The Fox powerhouse took hold of the top two positions, actually bettering its own recent performances. Dancing With The Stars had been a consistent number two since returning.

For the number one showing Wednesday night, Idol estimated 1.8 million Fox 5/WNYW viewers with a 9.0 rating. As for the elimination show, it had 1.6 million with a 7.9.

Then came Dancing, in third place for Monday’s night performance (1.5 million/7.7) and fourth with 1.3 million WABC viewers and a 6.5 rating.

The rest of the Top 10 after the jump.

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Good Day New York Consoles Idol Reject Pia Toscano

In what was one of the biggest (and earliest) upsets in American Idol history, Howard Beach’s Pia Toscano was eliminated last night.  In the 9 a.m. hour of Good Day New York, the hometown girl, Toscano, was interviewed live from Los Angeles by Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto.

During the four-minute talk, the anchors showed how incredulous her elimination was.

“I’ve been consoling Greg all morning because he’s been hysterical about it,” Scotto said.

 ”Oh Pia, we are still very confused,” Kelly told Toscano. “You are clearly the  most talented person of the [group]. You’re tops. That was kind of the collective wisdom. Everybody really assumed you would win.”  

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New York Post‘s Lambert Headline Gaffe


Looks like the fact checkers at The New York Post may have taken off early for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Today’s paper features a headline about former “American Idol” contestant Adam Lambert and his scandalous “Good Morning America” concert cancellation and shift to CBS but, as our sister blog TVNewser points out, the Post has confused what network “Good Morning America” is on.

That would be ABC, not NBC, Post headline writers.

Previously: Good Morning America Cancels Adam Lambert Concert

FremantleMedia Names Americas CEO

Keith Hindle FME Photo.jpgAmerican Idol” producer FremantleMedia Enterprises today named Keith Hindle (left) regional chief executive for the Americas.

Hindle previously served as executive vice president of licensing for FME Americas, where he managed branded entertainment, interactive, consumer products and live entertainment ventures, such as the ubiquitous Coke and Ford sponsorships on “American Idol.” He also launched FME’s digital content channel, Atomic Wedgie.

In his new role, Hindle will develop and implement FME’s strategy in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Latin American and the Caribbean. His appointment is part of FME’s “stategic shift towards a more regional focus,” the company said.

“FME has an unparalleled ability to roll out brands both internationally, and across multiple platforms locally,” Hindle said. “This is the key capability we offer for both our own global brands like Idol, X Factor and Got Talent, as well as the third party brands we represent. Bringing together first rate partners, which may be advertisers, producers or rights holders, is a key focus for us and one I am keen to expand further.”

FME has recently named a number of new executives, including appointing Shingo Ishiyama, president of FremantleMedia Japan; Carl Zuzarte , managing director of FremantleMedia Indonesia; Donna Redier Linsk, COO of FremantleMedia North America; and Rob Clark, president of Worldwide Entertainment for FremantleMedia.

The company plans to announce two more CEO appointments for the Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia Pacific markets soon.

Full release after the jump

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