Lisa Tucker Gets A Hug From Mr. Nasty

Mark Steines of ‘Entertainment Tonight’ caught up with ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist Lisa Tucker to talk about her plans now that she’s been voted off the show, and the hug she received from Simon Cowell. The footage has since been removed from the ‘ET’ web site.

Lisa Tucker Chats With KIIS FM

Ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist Lisa Tucker was on the phone with KIIS FM’s Ryan Seacrest on Thursday (March 30). Tucker talked about the previous night, her return to school as an ‘Idol’ celebrity, her college plans, the support her friends have given her, her high school boyfriend, covering Kelly Clarkson, and more. The interview at has since been removed.

On TV: Lisa Tucker, Shakira, Daniel Powter

Pop acts on television this week include ‘American Idol’ castoff Lisa Tucker, who visits ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Monday; Shakira, who performs with Wyclef Jean on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Monday and ‘The Early Show’ on Tuesday; Pink, who performs on ‘Today’ on Monday and visits ‘Total Request Live’ on Wednesday; Daniel Powter, who is featured on ‘TRL’ on Thursday; and Fiona Apple, who performs on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ on Friday.

It’s Not Worth Crying Over Cowell

With ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell being pretty harsh with ousted contestant Lisa Tucker the past few weeks, asked the 16-year-old how she stood up there without bursting into tears. “It’s not worth it,” she said. “That’s the way I look at it. This is just a person like me, like anyone. Everyone has their own opinion. There could be someone sitting at home thinking, Oh, she’s horrible. It’s a little different because someone is saying it to your face on national TV, but I can take it or leave it, and he’s just a person.” Read more.

‘Idol’ Propels Daniel Powter To Top Of U.S. Singles Chart

Daniel Powter 'Bad Day' single cover

Billboard reports that Canadian singer/songwriter Daniel Powter earned his first No. 1 on the U.S. pop singles chart Thursday as ‘Bad Day’ climbed one rung to the summit, swapping places with reggae star Sean Paul’s ‘Temperature’. His international hit had been languishing in the United States until ‘American Idol’ started playing ‘Bad Day’ every week, as underscore music to the video of the departing contestants on results shows.

‘Idol’ Farewell Dinner For Lisa Tucker

March 30, 2006 – TMZ’s camera caught the ‘American Idol’ contestants going to Universal CityWalk Wednesday night after the show. It’s become a ritual to have a “farewell dinner” for the contestant who is booted — in this case, Lisa Tucker. has since removed the video.

‘Vote For The Worst’ Upsets Pickler Fans And FOX

March 30, 2006 – webmaster David Della Terza tells TMZ that his ‘American Idol’ lobbying web site pushing people to vote for contestants whom he believes are the worst singers has been prompting death threats from fans of Kellie Pickler. The 23-year-old added that FOX is so upset with the content, they’ve called out their lawyers to threaten him.

‘Idol’ Spawns Pre-Show, Post-Show, Clothes, Games & Ring Tones

March 30, 2006 – Former ‘American Idol’ finalist Kimberly Caldwell spoke with MTV News about her gig as co-host of the TV Guide Channel’s live pre-show ‘Idol Tonight’. “We have the entire audience, so we talk about each contestant, what’s going to happen this week,” Caldwell said. “We talk to experts, fashion designers, makeup, vocal coaches and then each one of their fans, and that’s where we get the crazy stuff. By the time we get done with them and send them in for the show, they’re really pumped up. Some of these people drove hours just to see the show, so the least we can do is hype them up a little more.” Read more, including other ways fans can get more ‘Idol’ and how much is too much, here.

Lisa Tucker Q&A

MTV News caught up with ‘American Idol’ finalist Lisa Tucker after the 16-year-old was voted off the program Wednesday night. Asked if pressure was added to her after Simon Cowell called her the best 16-year-old the show had seen, Tucker responded, “My first inkling was, ‘Oh my God, thank you so much.’ I definitely knew there were going to be expectations, but whether he said it or not, I would have expectations for myself. I’m probably my biggest critic.” Read more.