Justin Guarini At Little Tokyo With His Guard

Justin Guarini checks in from Little TokyoJustin Guarini checked in on his MySpace Video from the Japanese village in LA’s Little Tokyo district, joking about how he always has a guard with him.

“It’s difficult for me to travel around, so I always make sure that I have a guard posted in a small hutch at all times. As you can see, he’s working hard. He’s got his little radio in there. He’s looking out for me, that’s how we roll,” the ‘American Idol’ season one runner-up cracked.

Watch the clip via MySpace below.

Justin Guarini Talks About ‘American Idol’ Premiere Week

January 16, 2009 – Justin is video blogging on Fancast the day after each episode of the show’s new season airs on FOX. The first video blog features Guarini talking about how the new ‘Idol’ judge Kara Dioguardi will change the show, as well as the trimming down audition airings and his thoughts on the first night’s contestants. The second blog has Guarini talking about the face time issue which contestants.

Both videos at fancast.com have since been removed.

Justin Guarini Discusses ‘Idol’ Top 24

February 18, 2008 – MSNBC’s Monica Novotny talked with ‘American Idol’ season one runner-up Justin Guarini about the hit FOX show picking its top 24 contestants for its seventh season. Guarini said he wasn’t surprised by the selections except for Josiah Leming being passed over. Guarini added that if he had to pick one favorite, it would be David Archuleta – “He’s just so talented, and I think he’s got a great future ahead of him.” Watch the segment below.

‘American Idol’ Alums React To Joanna Pacitti’s Ouster

Joanna Pacitti

UsMagazine.com spoke with four former ‘American Idol’ about news that Joanna Pacitti was ousted from Season eight’s Top 36 after it’d been suggested she had a close relationship with executives at 19 Entertainment, the company that produces the hit FOX show. “I believe in second chances,” season one runner-up Justin Guarini said. “I don’t think I’d be here without a second chance, and probably a third or fourth chance. Everyone needs to be held up to the same standards on American Idol, and I think that’s important, I think that’s important for the reputation of ours. Unfortunately, she was disqualified from the show, but I think the exposure is going to be huge for her. Hopefully she gets the break that she absolutely deserves because she is fantastic and I think that she just hasn’t quite hit it. Hopefully now this’ll give her the push… I remember Simon saying, ‘You forget your lyrics you’re going home,’ and she did it twice. You have to be held up to the same standards. There are other people who’ve sung well who’ve had to go home. I applaud Idol for being consistent.”

The full story at usmagazine.com has since been removed.

Justin Guarini Discusses Tea Council Scholarship Competition

Justin Guarini talks about tea during a morning show appearance‘American Idol’ season one runner-up Justin Guarini spoke with Hannah Storm of ‘The Early Show’ on Monday (April 30) about the Tea Council scholarship competition and explains why he likes to drink tea.

“Basically what we’re doing is we’re helping educate people about the health benefits of tea and also helping educate in general by offering a $20,000 scholarship,” Guarini said before explaining the contest.

He added that he’s really a tea drinker. “It’s part of my daily warmup routine,” Justin said.

Watch the interview below.

Conan O’Brien’s ‘SAT Analogies’ Target Justin Guarini

February 13, 2007 – During Conan O’Brien’s ‘SAT Analogies’ skit on Monday night’s ‘Late Night’, the funnyman offered: “Simon Cowell is to ‘gets mean when the camera is turned on’ as Paula Abdul is to – ‘gets mean when the keg is turned off.’ … Dixie Chicks is to ‘cleaned up at the Grammys” as Justin Guarini is to – ‘literally cleaned up at the Grammys per his contract with Clean Co. Maintenance Incorporated’.”

Justin Guarini: I’ve Been A Busy Boy

July 6, 2006 – Justin checked in with fans on his blog at Mac.com on Monday (July 3). “I’ve been a busy boy. Sorry for the lag-time in the posts,” Guarini writes. “I’ve been in San Diego, Mass., and The Hamptons. Not to mention putting together a 3rd album. I had a fun time judging and performing at an American Idolesque show in San Diego… The Hamptons were a blast… pretty hard to complain about that. Coffey [Anderson] and I got to perform for the Core Club and The Creative Coalition (both heavy into the arts, to put it mildly) and the livin’ was easy.”

The update at web.mac.com has since been removed.

Justin Guarini Attends Launch Of Core Sessions

‘American Idol’ season one runner-up Justin Guarini attended the Creative Coalition co-hosts the Launch of Core Sessions on Saturday (July 1) in Sag Harbor, New York. Check out pictures from WireImage.

Justin Guarini Visits ‘Fox & Friends’

May 24, 2006 – ‘American Idol’ season one runner-up Justin Guarini visited the Fox News Channel’s ‘Fox & Friends’ on Tuesday (May 23) to offer his prediction on whether Katharine McPhee or Taylor Hicks would win this season’s finale and to promote his sophomore album ‘Stranger Things Have Happened’.

Video at FoxNews.com has since been removed.

Kelly Clarkson New Spokesperson For Ford

May 5, 2006 – Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Thursday night, “Big week in television this week. It was announced that former ‘American Idol’ winner Kelly Clarkson is now the new spokesperson for Ford cars. Yeah. Meanwhile, Justin Guarini is now living in a Ford.”

Justin Guarini Says He Has No Hard Feelings For ‘Idol’

February 5, 2006 – Justin insists to MTV News he holds no hard feelings for RCA or ‘American Idol’, and said he still watches the show he finished as runner-up in its first season. “It was one of those things where everything happened the way it needed to happen, and it may sound pie-in-the-sky, but it’s really true,” he said. “[I’m] so grateful because it got me to this point with my new album [‘Stranger Things Have Happened’], and I don’t have to deal with a lot of the same pressures and a lot of the same contractual obligations that a lot of other people have to deal with coming off of that show. It is a win/win for me.” Read more.

Justin Guarini Cashes In

January 26, 2006 – ‘Last Call’ host Carson Daly’s Tivo Monologue featured the following joke: “Weird story here. William Shatner sold one of his kidney stones for $25,000. In a related story, former ‘American Idol’ star Justin Guarini sold a pint of his blod for 8 bucks and a sandwich.”

Justin Guarini Lays Down The Law

January 19, 2006 – Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Wednesday night, “The producers of ‘American Idol’ are upset with previous winner Kelly Clarkson because she won’t let the current contestants sing her songs on the show. Yeah. In a related story, Justin Guarini won’t let other janitors use his broom.”

Celebrity Survey

Conan O’Brien featured a skit on his program Tuesday called Celebrity Survey, where stars answered questions the ‘Late Night’ host posed them. “When people first meet me, they often yell out – Robin Williams wrote, ‘Hey, Mork!’, Chuck Norris wrote, ‘Hey, Walker!’, Justin Guarini wrote, ‘Hey, waiter!’ … If I could wear anything, I’d wear – Jamie Foxx wrote, ‘An Armani suit’, Heath Ledger wrote, ‘Jeans and a t-shirt,’ Clay Aiken wrote, ‘Heath Ledger’. … One city that’s not as much fun as it sounds is – Penn Jillette wrote, ‘Las Vegas’, Natalie Portman wrote, ‘Hollywood’, Michael Jackson wrote, ‘Boise’.”

Jackson Family To Stage Intervention For Michael’s Pill Abuse?

December 7, 2005 – Michael Jackson’s family fears his pill popping has spun “out of control” again and they’re making plans to fly to Bahrain to stage an “intervention” rescue, the New York Daily News has learned. But Raymone Bain called the report “a total lie”.

Cocaine In Jackson’s Underwear?

December 3, 2005 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday night, “According to the British tabloids, cocaine was found on Michael Jackson’s underwear during a police raid last year in Neverland Ranch. They think he could have a coke problem. Hey, it’s probably why he gets a new nose every year. Think about that? Probably why. Cracko Jacko. … Well, more problems for Michael. It now seems that his ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, is now saying Michael is not the biological father the children. Did you hear that? Yeah. She’s now speaking out against Michael. You know what that means. Apparently the check bounced.”

Clay’s Hairdresser Now Clay’s Dancer

November 26, 2005 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Friday night, “Clay Aiken has hired his personal hairdresser as a backup dancer on his tour. Well, that should put an end to the rumors.”

Justin Guarini To Deliver Petition To Congress

February 27, 2005 – Phillyburbs.com reports that ‘American Idol’ season one runner-up Justin Guarini will hand-deliver a petition to Congress members in March, in an effort to preserve music education in schools. The petition is an initiative of NAMM, the International Music Products Association, its non-profit affiliate the American Music Conference (AMC) and its teen web site, themusicedge.com, along with Teen People.

The full story at phillyburbs.com has since been removed.

Justin Guarini Laments Downside Of Fame

December 30, 2004 – Atlanta’s Q100 quotes Justin on his thoughts of fame: “Fame is a disappointment. It’s all a bunch of smoke and mirrors. It’s not that big a deal. I don’t want it to ruin my life.”

Saddam’s Other Phone Call

October 8, 2004 – Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Thursday night, “The CIA just came out with a new report and it said that Saddam Hussein was so fearful of the U.S. that he used a phone only two times after 1990. Yeah, once to call his generals, and once to vote for Justin Guarini.”

Justin Guarini’s Life Post-Flop

June 26, 2004 – Justin spoke with TV Guide Online about being dropped by RCA after selling less than 200,000 copies of his debut album. “That’s just life,” he explained. “Records take a long time to put together. The main problem with my last record is that we didn’t take the time that it needed to really find the correct songs and to develop the correct steam. To be perfectly honest, I’m pursuing my dream elsewhere.” As for his sophomore effort? “I’m gonna get that off the ground about a year from now. I’m talking to a couple of labels and some songwriters. I’m thankful that people still care [about me] after two years. That really warms my heart.”

Justin Guarini Isn’t Going To Marry Nicole Richie

In Touch Weekly spoke with a rep for ‘The Simple Life 2’ who denied reports that the show’s star Nicole Richie plans on marrying ‘American Idol’ runner-up Justin Guarini after a registry for the two appeared on weddingchannel.com. “It’s not true,” the rep said, suggesting it was instead done by pranksters. “Anyone can post on the site. We’ve since had it removed.” And Nicole, who is dating DJ A.M., laughed the incident off. “Last week I was engaged to someone else,” she said.

Justin Gaurini And Nicole Richie To Marry?

April 15, 2004 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Wednesday night, “According to Fox News, ‘The Simple Life’ star Nicole Richie is engaged to Justin Gaurini, the guy who came in second on ‘American Idol’. Is that a good idea? People from one reality show breeding with people from another reality show? Don’t we need containment here?”

Justin Guarini Hopes New Hairstyle Benefits His Comeback

April 11, 2004 – Globe magazine reports Justin is hoping that his new hairstyle will benefit his pop comeback. “As far as I’m concerned, Justin from ‘American Idol’ is dead,” Guarini declared. “So much went wrong. ‘Ya struck out with the movie! Ya struck out with the first album!’ Three strikes and you’re out. My reality is making sure I make my comeback.” With new manager Benny Medina he’s hoping to extend his 15 minutes. “I’m making a comeback at 25 years old,” he said. “Wow. That’s hilarious.”

Nicole Richie Marrying Justin Guarini?

April 10, 2004 – WENN reports Lionel Richie’s daughter Nicole reportedly plans to marry Justin this summer. According to the website WeddingChannel.com, the pair has set up a registry at various stores with a wedding date of June 12th.

Justin Guarini’s New Manager Is Benny Medina

January 27, 2004 – Justin just announced on ‘On-Air with Ryan Seacrest’ that Benny Medina is his new manager and that he is writing for his second album which will be out in 6 to 8 months.

Justin Guarini Teams Up With Nicole Richie

January 12, 2004 – Star magazine reports Justin and Lionel Richie’s daughter Nicole are teaming up on a tune he wrote. The speculation is that the singer is hoping to strike gold with Richie now that she’s found fame on ‘The Simple Life’ and he’s been put on ice by RCA. “Guarini doesn’t take direction from anyone, even when it’s for his own good,” a source from ‘American Idol’ told Victoria Gotti.

Top 10 Biggest Album Flops Of 2003

Contributed by SJ:

Nielsen Soundscan has listed their Top-10 Record Industry flops in 2003. Pink’s ‘Try This’ at #10, Jessica Simpson’s ‘In This Skin’ at #9 while Mandy Moore’s ‘Coverage’ came in at #8. Britney’s kissing buddy Madonna and her album ‘American Life,’ flopped at #5 while Michael Jackson’s recent release ‘Number Ones’ was the #2 biggest flop of 2003. The #1 biggest album flop of 2003 was American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini with his debut album ‘Justin Guarini’ which has sold barley 60,000.

Mandy Moore Chats With Katie Couric

January 5, 2004 – Mandy talked with ‘Today’ host Katie Couric on Monday about her career, boyfriend Andy Roddick, show she’s been able to resist “sexing up” her image unlike her pop contemporaries, her latest album ‘Coverage’, and her new movie ‘Chasing Liberty.’

No, It’s Mandy Moore

January 4, 2004 – Mandy tells Terry Armour of The Chicago Sun-Times she’s often confused with other female pop stars. “I’ve been called them all,” the 19-year-old singer-turned-actress explained. “I’ve had Britney Spears before. I’ve had Christina Aguilera. Jessica Simpson. It’s because of the music thing. I had the blond hair. I guess I was their pop contemporary.”

Kelly Clarkson: RCA Let A Real Talent Go In Justin Guarini

Kelly Clarkson photo

Us Weekly caught up with ‘American Idol’ champ Kelly Clarkson to discuss the ‘World Idol’ competition and the bad fortunes of fellow ‘Idol’ Justin Guarini, who has seen his participation in the reality show fizzle. “You know what? It’s sad for the record label,” Clarkson said, referring to RCA. “They let a real talent go. The boy plays piano and guitar, he writes, he sings. But I’ve talked to him and he’ll be fine.”

Kelly Clarkson Headed Back To The UK

December 30, 2003 – Contributed anonymously: On Sunday (December 28), Kelly posted a new message on her official site kellyclarksonweb.com. She writes, “Hello, I’m on my way back to the UK for the World Idol finale show. Hope you guys enjoyed the performance show. After I finish the World Idol thing I’m going to get things started with my tour. I’m really excited about touring, I can’t wait. Hope you guys have fun with the rest of your Christmas vacation, and happy new year! God bless. Kelly :)”

The Real Justin Guarini And Nicole Richie Story

Contributed anonymously:

Rumors have been spreading the media circuit on a supposed relationship between ‘American Idol’ runner-up Justin Guarini and ‘The Simple Life’ star Nicole Richie. Ever since Justin was on American Idol, he has been staying at the Richie house. He befriended Nicole’s mom and ex-wife of Lionel, Brenda, who has been helping him with his career. Whenever Justin is in LA, he stays with the Richies.

Justin Guarini Spends The Night With Nicole Richie

A source tells Us Weekly that recently dropped ‘American Idol’ runner-up Justin Guarini has been dating ‘Simple Life’ star Nicole Richie. After the premiere party of the Fox hit, Guarini spent the night at Richie’s Bel Air home.