Who Cares Who Wins ‘American Idol’

Jasmine Trias 'Scarborough Country'

Does it really matter who wins ‘American Idol’? ‘Scarborough Country’ host Joe Scarborough asked former ‘Idol’ finalist Jasmine Trias, Star magazine’s Jill Dobson and TheEnvelope.com’s Tom O’Neil what exactly America is voting for on the hit show.

Video of the segment, which aired Thursday (April 5), at Bing.com has since been removed.

Can ‘Idol’ Producers Manipulate The Vote?

April 4, 2007 – In response to Sanjaya Malakar’s staying power, ‘American Idol’ producers claim movements like VoteForTheWorst.com and Howard Stern don’t stand a chance in the voting process. ‘Scarborough Country’ host Joe Scarborough asked former ‘Idol’ finalist Carmen Rasmusen and theenvelope.com’s Tom O’Neil if the Idol voting process is rigged. Citing the ability to jam phone lines, Rasmusen said, “I know the producers have a way to manipulate the show to get the results they want.” Video of the segment, aired Wednesday (April 4), at Bing.com has since been removed.

Tony Bennett Pulls Out Of ‘Idol’ Appearance

April 4, 2007 – ‘Access Hollywood reports Tony Bennett, who turned eighty a few months ago, is not well enough to appear on tonight’s ‘American Idol’. According to a spokesperson for the star, he has a cold.

Clive Davis & Co Worry About Possible Sanjaya ‘Idol’ Win

April 4, 2007 – TMZ is told execs at Sony BMG are “really nervous” that Sanjaya Malakar could win this season’s ‘American Idol’, and that the novelty factor will quickly wear off. Meanwhile, a number of Hollywood songwriters are trying to come up with tunes that Sanjaya might be able to sing on key. Read more.

Are You More Familiar With ‘Idol’ Finalists Or Presidential Candidates?

April 4, 2007 – In an unscientific survey of people on the street, many knew all the ‘American Idol’ contestants, like Sanjaya Malakar and Lakisha Jones, but were hard-pressed to identify presidential candidates, like Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama. The segment, aired Wednesday (April 4), at abcnews.go.com has since been removed.

ZHT Talks With Stephanie Edwards, Gets Banned By ‘Idol’

April 2, 2007 – Stephanie Edwards, ousted from ‘American Idol’ a couple weeks ago, talked with ZHT’s Morning Zoo of Salt Lake City on Wednesday (March 28). Fox was very unhappy with the interview and were told they no longer were going to be able to interview contestants voted off the show. The clip ends before they explain why ‘Idol’ and Fox were upset, but the open dissing of the ‘Idol’ contract the contestants are bound to and their speculation on Ryan Seacrest’s sexuality may have been to blame. The interview audio at akamai.net has since been removed.

‘Idol’ Finalists Not Happy With Sanjaya Malakar ‘Supporters’

April 2, 2007 – A source on the set of ‘American Idol’ tells TMZ that Sanjaya Malakar’s fellow finalists are annoyed that the 17-year-old singer continues to advance. Malakar himself has been spared much of the anger, instead the hopefuls are mad at web sites like votefortheworst.com and Sirius Satellite host Howard Stern, who have been urging people to vote for Sanjaya. Read more.

Jasmine Trias Pitches Debut Album

‘American Idol’ season three finalist Jasmine Trias posted a message on her official website’s diary on June 14th. She writes:

My website is up and running. I hope you love it just as much as I do. I want to thank you all for requesting ‘Excuses’ on the radio. I can’t believe that it’s already #3 in the Philippines and my album isn’t even out yet. That’s amazing! However, let’s come together and work on getting lots of airplay here in the US and hopefully have a #3 spot on radio stations. Operation 400K: Let’s also work on getting it into as many retailer stores as possible. If you request my album to be sold at a store near you, they will buy it from our distributor, Aloha Music International, and you’ll be able to get it. That means more albums sold! Let’s spread the word all over the US and the word all over the US and the world. For all you fans in other countries, I didn’t forget about you, you can also request my album at a store near you or purchase it online right here on my website. I know we can do it! Remember, JULY 12TH is the release date. We’re on a mission ‘Operation 400K’ and I’m on a mission to keep representing you and to keep making you happy!

Listen to tracks from the album at JasmineTrias.net.

The Fil-Am Idols Visits Philippines

Recently, Jasmine Trias visited her roots in Cavite, Philippines. It is a good thing that though Jasmine achieved success from her participation on Fox’s highly-rated reality show “American Idol”, she still recognizes where she came from. There, she did some commercials which tackled communication between Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families should be established. She also did a single for McDonald’s which I think is entitled “Luv Ko To”… It was a very nice, enlightening song dedicated to her original hometown. She even did have a concert in Philippines and I heard it did real good.

Jasmine Trias In-Store Signing In Panorama City

‘American Idol’ season three finalist Jasmine Trias held an in-store signing to promote her ‘Jasmine Trias Live In LA’ Concert in Panorama City, California on Wednesday (November 17). Pictures from ShootingStar have since been removed.

Simon’s Stinging Remarks Lead To Voting Bump For Jasmine

Simon Cowell tells ‘Extra’ he may have played a large role in La Toya London’s leaving, when his remarks caused Jasmine Trias to cry after her performance. “When Jasmine cried, that was worth a million votes,” Cowell insisted. “That is why I’ve always had a problem about putting these very, very young contestants in the competition because people vote because they feel sorry for them.”

Jasmine Trias Gets Boost From Record Hawaii Voting

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that while Verizon could not verify the number of phones in each isle household, the telephone company announced yesterday that the Aloha State set a new mark for land-line attempts to vote after Tuesday’s ‘American Idol’ for, most likely, their home state finalist Jasmine Trias. “Basically, there were just over 5 million call attempts and 1.3 million completions,” said Verizon representative Kevin Laverty. “That was about a 21 percent increase in completions from last week, so we’re doing everything we can to make sure the callers get through. To the best of our knowledge, that is a record for call attempts.”

The story at starbulletin.com has since been removed.

Jasmine Trias’ Pout Leads To La Toya Out On ‘Idol’

‘American Idol’ judges were stunned Wednesday night, and several audience members booed, when viewers voted off one of the “divas” they were sure would make it to the final cut on the show. Viewers booted La Toya London, putting her last among four remaining contestants. “I think America got this one wrong this week,” Paula Abdul said. “I think it’s a travesty,” echoed Randy Jackson. Many pointed the finger at Jasmine Trias, who cried after a lackluster performance that was criticized by Simon Cowell and the others, perhaps winning the Hawaiian sympathy votes. The next lowest vote score went to Fantasia Barrino, with Trias and Diana DeGarmo making the top two.

George Huff Can Get Mad

May 12, 2004 – TV Guide Online spoke with ousted ‘American Idol’ George Huff about his constant happiness, and when was the last time he got really mad. “During the Barry Manilow week, I drank some hot tea in a very cold atmosphere and I lost my voice,” Huff said. “That performance was going to be much smoother than what it was on the television. I was very, very upset with myself. I knew you’re always supposed to drink room-temperature water in whatever case you’re in.”

Why Even Losers Win On ‘American Idol’

May 12, 2004 – Although ‘American Idol’ reject William Hung’s popularity is based on his awfulness, season two finalist Kimberley Locke tells the Toronto Star: “You can’t blame a person for taking an opportunity. That’s why we all do it.” Locke admitted that ‘Idol’ has accelerated her career as well. “For the rest of my life I’ll have to talk about American Idol, which is a good thing because I’m proud to have been a part of the show,” she said.

John Stevens On The Bright Side Of His ‘Idol’ Ouster

May 9, 2004 – TV Guide Online caught up with ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist John Stevens and asked him if he was relieved he wouldn’t be subject to Simon Cowell’s judging of his performances anymore. “I guess that’s one of the perks of getting voted off,” he responded. “I don’t have to put up with the comments. You’re standing up there in front of millions of people and you’ve got this one guy making fun or giving mean comments. You’ve just gotta stand there and take it ’cause he’s older than you, and you gotta respect that. It’s very, very hard, but you get through it.”

‘Idols’ Plan North American Road Trip

May 7, 2004 – The top contestants from ‘American Idol’ will take their talents into the live arena shortly after the season’s conclusion. The tour will visit 48 cities, kicking off July 14th in Salt Lake City and concluding September 26th in San Jose, California. Tickets for Canadian shows will go up May 21st. A September 21st Anaheim, California, stop will go on sale May 23rd, while all other shows will go on sale May 22nd.

Simon Cowell Brings Jasmine Trias To Tears

During Tuesday night’s ‘American Idol’, Simon Cowell’s stinging comments brought Hawaiian Jasmine Trias to tears, when he told her, “Jasmine, you’d better hope that every home in Hawaii has at least five telephones, you’ll need all the votes you can get.” Ryan Seacrest tried to comfort Jasmine during the show, but admitted to us that he was caught off guard. “That’s the first time that someone’s broken down after the critique, while we’re giving the phone numbers,” Seacrest told us. “I think the intensity of this competition at this stage just got to her.”