‘Entertainment Tonight’ caught up with the ‘American Idol’ contestants eliminated on last week’s show – Kinnik Sky, Ayla Brown, Gedeon McKinney, and Will Makar. “It wasn’t shock; it was more of a disappointment in myself, almost a sense of failure,” Ayla said. “That day, I had a nervous feeling in my stomach like something bad was going to happen. The hardest part was knowing the silver, shiny seat was so close, but yet so far away. But I actually saw a rerun of the show at the Top 12 party and instead of being discouraged, I was incredibly proud.”
‘Idol’ Ex-Girlfriend Says Why They Broke Up
March 13, 2006 – Fifteen-year-old Victoria Fairclough spoke with TMZ about her failed romance with ‘American Idol’ finalist Kevin Covais. Victoria says that she and the 16-year-old ‘Idol’ nerd broke up because they agreed he’d gain more popularity if his fans knew he was single, but they still talk several times each day. “He’s my best friend still,” she says. “We’ll remain friends,” she continues, although she isn’t sure if they’ll ever get back together.
‘American Idol’s’ Top 12 Celebrating Like Celebrities
March 11, 2006 – From the after party to the red carpet, the top 12 ‘American Idol’ contestants were on a natural high after last night’s elimination round. “It doesn’t get any better than this!” small town girl, Kellie Pickler told ‘Extra’. “I can’t believe I’m standing here on the red carpet with you!”
Ryan Seacrest Says Older Simon Cowell Is Envious Of Him
March 10, 2006 – ‘Extra’ correspondent Terri Seymour met with ‘American Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest at his new Hollywood restaurant where he gave her his take on Simon Cowell, apparently not worried that Terri is Simon’s boyfriend. “I think he’s envious,” Ryan said. “He looks at me and sees such a younger individual, and now it’s beginning to really frustrate him.” The host continued, “He’s my older sister!”
Ousted ‘Idol’ Brenna Gethers Chats With WBLI
March 4, 2006 – Before she was ousted from ‘American Idol’ season five, contestant Brenna Gethers was on the phone with BLI In The Morning hosts Steve Harper, Dana DiDonato, and Big Randy in Long Island on Wednesday (March 2). She talked about her talkative personality, her ties to Long Island, the Long Island contestant Kevin Covais, surviving the previous week, and more. The 6-minute interview audio at wbli.com has since been removed.
New ‘Idol’ Format
March 4, 2006 – Carson Daly joked during his ‘Last Call’ monologue on Thursday night, “As you know, I usually do not watch ‘American Idol’. But, I might start watching the they’re trying a new system out. Here’s how it works — the winner will be given a deal with a major record label. The losers will be shot in the face by Dick Cheney.”
Bobby Bennett Chats With WBLI
March 1, 2006 – Ousted ‘American Idol’ season five contestant Bobby Bennett was on 106.1 WBLI in Long Island to speak with Steve Harper, Dana DiDonato, and Big Randy to discuss what he’s doing after being one of the first four of the final twenty-four to be voted off the show. Bennett said the pressure was off performing the song that got him eliminated on Thursday and that the rumor Kellie Pickler was a diva was not true. He hopes to cash in on the attention by pursuing a career on Broadway. The interview audio at wbli.com has since been removed.