Kimberley Locke Advises Working Hard To ‘Idol’ Finalists

Kimberley Locke tells ‘Extra’ that “work” is what she’s had to do, very hard, for her success. “I saved every card of every person that I ever met from ‘American Idol’,” she recollects. “And after the tour was over, I started making phone calls.” That’s her advice to the top ‘Idol’ finalists, who she predicts will be George Huff, Fantasia Barrino, Jennifer Hudson and Latoya London.

Why Fox Pre-Empted ‘American Idol’

April 14, 2004 – David Letterman joked during his Late Show monologue on Tuesday night, “Tonight President Bush had a live televised press conference. It was such a big deal that Fox pre-empted ‘American Idol’. That makes sense, you don’t want too many amateurs on TV in the same night.”

Quentin Tarantino To Be Celeb Judge On ‘American Idol’

April 12, 2004 – Quentin Tarantino sat down with ‘Extra’ for an exclusive preview of his Tuesday night (now Wednesday night) ‘American Idol’ shot, and he says he’s ready to “out-mean” Simon Cowell. “Can you imagine how cool that is?” Quentin enthused.” You watch the show every week and now you get to be a judge?” And Quentin promises to pull no punches when he critiques the final eight contestants, who will perform hit songs from the movies. “It will not be the celebrity walk that they always get,” cautions Quentin. “’Yes, it was great…’ ‘Yes, you made it your own…’ Not me! I’ve watched every episode of the show. I know all these people.”

‘Idol’ Camile Velasco Says ‘Aloha’ To ET

April 12, 2004 – Camile Velasco was on the ‘Entertainment Tonight’ set revealing what went through her mind after she was voted off ‘American Idol’. The Hawaiian beauty says she “kind of had a feeling” she might be the next to go. “The night before I didn’t really get good comments,” she says. “I was talking to Amy Adams and I was like, ‘How did you do this?’ It’s just over in the blink of an eye.”

Bush Bumps ‘American Idol’

April 12, 2004 – Fox will delay this week’s ‘American Idol’ competition by 24 hours, the Drudge Report has learned, after the White House scheduled a formal Bush press conference during their Tuesday timeslot. “We are going to tape the show Tuesday night — and air it on Wednesday, and the results from the show will be revealed during a special live Thursday night hour,” a Fox source explained from Los Angeles.

‘Idol’ Chatter With Amy Adams

April 11, 2004 – Ben Katner of TV Guide Online caught up with ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist Amy Adams and asked if in hindsight, did she regret keeping her hair pink. Last season’s ‘Idol’ contestant Vanessa Olivarez didn’t fair well with pink hair either. “No, I really don’t regret it,” she responded. “People have called it the ‘pink-haired curse,’ but I don’t [feel like it jinxed me]. In the time that I was granted, short as it was, I established a wonderful fan base. Also, there’s been great controversy over the fact that I did go as soon as I did. I think that’s the greatest part about that whole situation – I’m not going to fade into the Idol background [the way I might have if I’d been eliminated] sixth or seventh, kind of when everybody starts getting amazingly good.”

Ousted ‘Idol’ Amy Adams Talks With ‘ET’

April 5, 2004 – Ousted ‘American Idol’ Amy Adams spoke with ‘Entertainment Tonight’ after being voted off the hit FOX show last week. “I didn’t see myself in my crystal ball leaving at No. 10,” Adams says. “It is unbelievable and so unpredictable. Even LaToya London’s being in the bottom three with Jennifer Hudson and me, who would predict that? She has had nothing but great comments throughout. Even myself having strong comments, it is hard. You can’t predict.”

Matt Rogers Talks With Steve And DC

April 3, 2004 – ‘American Idol’ reject Matt Rogers phoned into the Steve and DC radio show on Wednesday (March 31) to talk about his stint on the hit program. Rogers talked about his testy relationship with Simon Cowell, but “when the cameras were off me and Simon had a great relationship.” Matt also talked about the ‘Idol’ house and his picks to win this season. They joked about a rumor that Justin Guarini was hired to clean the house. The 9-minute interview has since been removed from

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