Season nine American Idols welcome Harry Connick, Jr. as they prep for songs from the “Chairman of the Board.” It can only be an evening of unpredictability when the Idol contestants take on songs from another genre, another era. The big band and swing sound takes front and center, with a plethora of songs to choose from and a master of lyrics to emulate. Tuesday will separate the “men from the boys,” so to speak, maybe even the lady from the boys, as Crystal is the lone woman standing in the competition.
Dip and Dive
One of the concerns of this season is the drop in ratings reported by Nielsen, according to USA Today. As the show heads for the finals, the viewing numbers have been down, especially among young adults. Some of the drop in viewers can be attributed to the age of the show, this is season nine. With an 8.8 percent decline in numbers of Idol watchers, will anyone be watching the finals?
Paula’s departure may be a reason for the numbers showing as they are. Simon will depart at the end of the season, and that can really play havoc with the numbers. (His replacement has yet to be announced). Fans have seen favorites leave on elimination night, especially Siobhan Magnus’ department, which was still a shocker. They have cut the fat, but soon, they will be cutting into the meat. What will this mean for ratings during the last stretch of the show, including finals? Only time will tell.
Idols Deal With Tennessee Floods
Floods have had an impact on three of our Idols, Danny Gokey, Bo Bice, and Kellie Pickler, who reside in Tennessee, one of the states hit badly. Lucky for them, both Gokey and Bice have houses that sit on a hill, so damage to Bo’s log cabin was at a minimum. Danny sustained no damage, thank goodness, but the venue that is a country singers dream to perform at, the famous Grand Ole Opry, is reported to be flooded. Kellie sustained no damage to her house.
Bo Bice Says 3 Is Nice
May 18 marks the release date of Bo Bice’s third album,” 3.” It is appropriately named for the arrival of his third child, in January. And, after encountering health issues, Bo has been fine, now, for guess what? You got it, three years. Bo comments, “I feel like “3” is my strongest record to date.” Bo Bice fans will find a little of everything,
gospel, country, soul, rock n’ roll, which highlight Bo’s voice so nicely, giving him a great sound. Some of Bo’s musical influences include: Jim Croce, Van Morrison, Lenny Kravitz, and the Black Crowes. Congrats, Bo! For more on Bo Bice, click here to get to his official website.
Music Guru and American Idol Judge Jackson
Our Idol judge Randy Jackson has reached new heights lately with the formation of his record label, Dream Merchant21. Sounds heavenly! One of the first to be recruited and featured on the dance label–Kimberley Locke. Locke has a recent release out now, “Strobelight.” Dance music is “in”, and Randy will be filling the radio waves and clubs with hot, new music from his new dance label. All the best to Randy.
Sparks Will Light Up Broadway
Our season six star, Jordin Sparks, will star in the Tony Award-winning play, “The Heights.” Yes, this is Jordin’s first time on the Broadway stage. She will be portraying Nina Rosario from the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, (all you New Yorkers know where it is). The plot is a story we are familiar with, coming from the barrio, trying to get ahead, get that education, and the struggles that go with all of that. “It’s always been one of my dreams to perform on Broadway,” Jordin stated. You can catch her on the “Great White Way,” August 19 to November 14, and check out her “Battlefield Tour,” starting June 1st, and going to 35 cities in the U.S.. For more info, click here.
Siobhan Still Singing
Dave Letterman has a soft spot for our Idol finalists who get the boot, so, Siobhan joined Dave for her chance to sing with Paul Shaffer and the Late Night Band. She looked and sounded like a recording artist. Idol’s loss. Siobhan’s gain. We’ll be seeing her again, real soon!
Idol time on Tuesday night is where we get to see Frank Sinatra’s songbook come to life through the voices of our five finalists. It will be very interesting to see how they handle these classic tunes on performance night on American Idol. Don’t miss it!
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