Antonella Barba checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@antonellabarba) on Thursday (January 1), discussing her graduation from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and her plans for 2009, which include hitting the studio with Interscope/ Aftermath’s Producer and aFam Records CEO, Bernard Edwards, Jr AKA Focus. The ‘American Idol’ season six semi-finalist tells readers:
I finished my degree! Hallelujah! I even got to walk with my class, which took all of my time this past year and really meant a lot to me. Since I took a semester off from school to perform on American Idol, I had to cram an additional semester into my senior year, but I made it!
I can hardly believe I came out alive haha, but it’s over, and I’m so excited for all the new things coming up this year…
Now that I have finally graduated college, I can dedicate 2009 to bringing you everything you have been waiting for! Thank you, thank you, and thank you to all of my loyal fans!! You guys really make any amount of hard work pay off in the end.
Antonella Barba checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@antonellabarba) on Thursday (December 18), talking about her music plans in the coming weeks. The ‘American Idol’ season six semi-finalist writes:
It’s been a while but I am here to thank everyone for their continued love and support. I am most happy to announce that I will be headed back in the studio to work on some new material within 2 weeks. I have been awarded the honor to work with one of the best producers in the industry, Interscope/ Aftermath’s Producer and aFam Records CEO, Bernard Edwards, Jr AKA Focus!
I am so excited about what 2009 has in store for me! I am also working on a few other projects so keep your eyes and ears open!
Antonella Barba posted a new song called ‘Playing Games’ on her MySpace player, featuring fellow ‘American Idol’ season six semi-finalist Paul ‘PK’ Kim. Listen to the track at myspace.com/antonellabarba.
Antonella Barba posted a message on the YouTube 2008 conventions channel from the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The ‘American Idol’ season six semi-finalist was there, after previously attending the Democratic National Convention the prior week, representing ElectionMall Technologies. “I’m encouraging young people to vote,” Barba said. “I’m encouraging people to really engage themselves on the internet.” Barba added that she still hasn’t decided who she’s voting for.
Check out her site at antonella.voterspace.com. Watch the message below.
Antonella Barba took part in a radio interview with The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur from the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.
The ‘American Idol’ season six semi-finalist talked about still not getting through all the MySpace and Facebook messages that have been sent to her by fans since her infamous run on the hit FOX show, and her work with ElectionMall Technologies to encourage young people to vote.
Asked about how she liked growing up in New Jersey, Barba said, “I loved it. My town was a little town on the beach, and I’m obsessed with the beach, so it’s great for me.”
When asked if she was the hottest girl in her high school, she said, “No. Can I tell you the high school that I went to, it was Red Bank Catholic, and it’s known for just gorgeous girls. Walking down the hallway is like walking down a runway. It’s unbelievable.”
On her photo flap, she said, “It was blown out of proportion. The amazing thing about (‘Idol’) is unlike getting into the industry any other way, where you really have to work your way up, that show brings you straight from one place straight to another place, and you don’t even go through the transition, and you are suddenly in the public eye on a level you could never even imagine, so I mean of course it’s a lot of scrutiny and the media is all over that show. It’s the #1 show in the world I believe.”
Watch the interview via YouTube below.
A year after her ‘American Idol’ experience, Asbury Park Press caught up with Antonella Barba, who has since returned to the Catholic University of America in Washington, where she majors in architecture. “It doesn’t feel like it has been a year,” Barba said from her home in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Barba said her original audition was “the only performance on TV I was really proud of.”
As for the racy photo scandal that made her an internet sensation, Barba said, “If I could rewind back to 2006, I would obviously do exactly everything I did. But I don’t think I would do it a second time.” Barba credit her family’s love to overcome the negative gossip she faced in wake of the images that weren’t intended for the public to see. “More than anything, I was nervous to return home. But my family and friends treated me the same and have faith in me, loving me unconditionally,” Barba said. “I can’t even believe how much grace they had and how well they handled it.”
‘Morning Joe’ Discusses Dallas ‘Idol’ Auditions
January 17, 2008 – Courtney Hazlett visited ‘Morning Joe’ on Thursday (January 17) and weighed in on the ‘American Idol’ hopefuls from Dallas and how the show’s ratings are down from last season, but still dominating the competition. Watch the segment below.
Jimmy Kimmel Jokes About ‘American Idol’ Premiere
January 16, 2008 – Jimmy Kimmel joked about the premiere of ‘American Idol’ during his monologue on Tuesday night. Kimmel joked, “‘American Idol’ is back. It’s a good thing, too. The country is running dangerously lower on Bucky Covingtons. … Traditionally, the first ‘American Idol’ episodes are filled with horrible singers, some of whom appear to be either disturbed or insane. But this year, well, they did the same thing. … There were rumors that Simon Cowell had pec implants. I don’t believe it , but I think there’s a distinct possibility that he had nipple extensions. They were poking through his shirt.”
Some unsuspecting women, such as ‘American Idol’ season six semi-finalist Antonella Barba, find themselves turned into accidental Internet porn stars with their reputations ruined by pictures posted on the World Wide Web. Antonella, her father, another cyber victim Mary Ellen Handy, and internet security expert Parry Aftab of Wiredsafety.org visited ‘The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet’ on Tuesday (July 3) to talk about her experience and how you can protect yourself from becoming a target. Video at mandjshow.com has since been removed.
Pop acts on television this week include Sinead O’Connor, who performs on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on Monday; ‘American Idol’ season six semi-finalist Antonella Barba, who visits ‘The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet’ on Tuesday; Paolo Nutini, who performs on ‘Today’ on Tuesday; Aly & AJ, who host ‘The Big 10’ on Tuesday and perform on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Wednesday; Maroon 5, who visit ‘The Sauce’ on Thursday; Miley Cyrus of ‘Hannah Montana’, who performs on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Friday; and ‘Idol’ season five runner-up Katharine McPhee, who performs on ‘The Early Show’ on Friday.
Patti Martin of Asbury Park Press caught up with ‘American Idol’ season six semi-finalist Antonella Barba and her family in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, where the 20-year-old spoke about her controversial run on the hit show. Looking back, Barba wishes she could have stepped up her performances. “I guess that’s one thing I wish was different,” she says, “I wished I would have sung better – let America see me sing the way I know I can.” Barba said several things are in the works musically, though nothing definite yet. “I’m hard-working and determined,” she says. “I don’t want to come half-way on a journey and not finish. That’s just not who I am.”
Searches for ‘American Idol’ season six semi-finalist Antonella Barba on Yahoo!’s pay-per search engine Overture.com for the month of February are in, with a late month explosion of interest thanks to racy photos of the 20-year-old Jersey girl that were leaked to the internet. Searches for Antonella Barba were 934,879 for the month, with a ton of misspellings for the relatively unknown beauty whose wet t-shirt – and some imposter sex act images – skyrocketed her into fame. The most searched of those misspellings was Antonelle Barba with 39,569 queries.