Following their American Idol Tour performance at Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, Taylor Hicks, Elliott Yamin, Bucky Covington and Ace Young were chauffeured over to Coyote Joe’s, a local bar that bills themselves as ‘The Southeast’s Premier Country Nightclub’. Taylor and Elliot joined Taylor’s former band, now called the Little Memphis Blues Orchestra, onstage for a surprise performance, while the remaining ‘Idol’ singers enjoyed drinks in the makeshift ‘VIP’ section of the bar. After that, they dined at a waffle house.
MSNBC’s Rita Cosby interviewed ‘American Idol’ season five finalists Chris Daughtry and Ace Young to get the dirt on what really happens behind the scenes during the Idols Live tour. The segment, aired on ‘Scarborough Country’ on Friday (July 14), at Bing.com has since been removed.
McPhee Expected To Join Idols Tour Friday
July 18, 2006 – Katharine McPhee has responded to reports that she has ditched the ‘Idols Live’ concert tour altogether, posting a letter on fan site KatharineFans.com. “I have heard a rumor that I will be missing the entire tour, I can assure you that that is completely false,” she writes. “I am looking to join the tour around the 21st. That is the doctor’s orders, not mine.” McPhee, who has been subject to an ongoing smear campaign by fans of ‘Idol’ champ Taylor Hicks, added, “Please also understand that in the upcoming future there’s going to be TONS of rumors and mean things that people say and do to try and bring me down. Sadly, that’s just the way this business works. Just know that in the future I probably won’t be able to clarify everything that is said in the media.” Read more.
Katharine McPhee Still Absent From ‘Idol’ Tour
July 17, 2006 – ‘Access Hollywood’ reports Katharine McPhee, who on July 5th blamed severe bronchitis and laryngitis for her inability to perform, was still conspicuously missing from the ‘Idol’ tour stop Thursday (July 13). “At the souvenir stand there were three tees for sale,” Access Hollywood senior field producer Tara said. “A collage of all the finalists, a Katharine tee and a Taylor tee. In the 15 minutes that I waited in line, not one Katharine shirt was sold. Taylor and team idol tees were flying off the racks.” ‘Idol’ judge Randy Jackson explained, “Singing a lot every night or every other night takes a wear on these kids, so she’s just trying to get her tour legs underneath her, but she’ll be fine.”
Simon Cowell In Scarborough Country
July 15, 2006 – Simon Cowell was in ‘Scarborough Country’ on Thursday night (July 13). MSNBC’s Rita Cosby talked to Simon about his relationship with Paula Abdul, the next season of ‘American Idol’, and Joe Scarborough’s musical talents. Video of the segment at Bing.com has since been removed.
Absent Katharine McPhee Prompts Tension On ‘Idol’ Tour
July 10, 2006 – A source tells The New York Daily News that the ‘American Idol’ season five finalists now on a nationwide tour secretly despise Katharine McPhee for her diva-like behavior and the special treatment they feel ‘Idol’ producers have bestowed on her. McPhee skipped the first three weeks of the tour claiming to have bronchitis, and the others are not looking forward to her return.
Ace Young didn’t win ‘American Idol’, but he won the hearts of many ‘Idol’ viewers. ‘Live & Direct’ host Rita Cosby asked Ace if any of her viewers have a chance of winning his heart.
Video of the segment, aired Monday (June 26), at Bing.com has since been removed.
Though Ryan Seacrest noticed Kellie Pickler and fellow former finalist Ace Young sitting together in the audience on ‘American Idol’ the other night, she tells ‘Access Hollywood’ they’re “just really good friends.” After admitting she thought Ace was “cute”, Nancy O’Dell asked, “Why don’t you go for it?” Kellie responded, “I’m just not interested. I love him. He’s like my brother.”
Rumors circulating online and in print media regarding the supposed Playgirl Magazine offer to Ace Young to pose nude in the publication for $100,000 is a complete fabrication, the “American Idol” finalist said in a press release.
Ace Young has never engaged in any form of communication with Playgirl Magazine and became aware of this ridiculous story only after reading about it on the internet. Ace has no intention of posing for Playgirl Magazine now or in the future.
After being voted off of “American Idol”, Ace has been busy writing songs, and preparing for the upcoming American Idol summer tour. Ace also spends much of his free time supporting fundraising efforts for ‘The Children Hospital’ in Denver, Colorado.
Days after Ace Young was given the boot from ‘American Idol’, In Touch magazine reports the singer was approached by reps from Playgirl Magazine, who offered him $100,000 to pose for a nude layout in the publication. “Ace was easily the show’s sex symbol,” an insider explained. “He got more fan mail than any other contestant this season.”
Ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist Ace Young was on with Mark and Mercedes in the Morning on Mix 94.1 FM in Las Vegas to talk about being on the show and the controversy with Queen guitarist Brian May, where he hinted the show seemed to sabotage him that week. Ace also showed off his impersonations of Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell. He also said that if Kellie Pickler “took an IQ test, she’d rate really high,” reinforcing the believe her routine was fake. The 10-minute interview at mix941.fm has since been removed.
The ‘Today’ show crew talked with Ace Young, latest cast off from ‘American Idol’.
The segment video, aired Tuesday (April 25), at Bing.com has since been removed.
Pop acts on television this week include Daniel Powter, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Monday and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Thursday; the Wiggles, who perform on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn’ on Monday; ‘American Idol’ castoff Ace Young, who visits ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Monday; ‘American Idol’ season four finalist Mikalah Gordon, who visits ‘The Tyra Banks Show’ on Monday; Nick Lachey, who premieres his new video on ‘Total Request Live’ on Monday; Mandy Moore, who visits ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ on Tuesday and ‘The Late Late Show’ on Friday; Jennifer Love Hewitt, who visits ‘The Tonight Show’ on Thursday; JoJo, who visits ‘TRL’ on Thursday; and Imogen Heap, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show’ on Friday.
Ace Young was on the phone with Ryan Seacrest of KIIS FM in Los Angeles on Thursday (April 20) after getting voted off ‘American Idol’ the previous night. He talked about his surprise that Chris Daughtry was in the bottom three, he also said his friendship with Chris was so tight he would have sacrificed himself on the show to have Chris stay. Ellen K said she’s heard Jessica Simpson might be interested in him. kiisfm.com has since removed the audio.