He did not make the top 24 on ‘American Idol’, but his fans in Birmingham said Errick Johnson should have. He visited ‘Good Day Alabama’ on Thursday (March 15) to discuss his experience on ‘Idol’, how the guys handled the Diana Ross tunes, and the talk that this is the girls’ year. Video at MyFoxAl.com has since been removed.
Men Are In Jeopardy As Brandon Rogers Exits ‘American Idol’
March 15, 2007 – Last night Phil Stacey, Sanjaya Malakar and Brandon Rogers were relegated to the bottom three on ‘American Idol’, with Rogers being the first of the top 12 finalists to get sent home. Craig Berman of MSNBC commented on the ‘Idol’ men finally being a minority on the FOX hit that has seen the women dominate this season. In wake of Stephanie Edwards and Haley Scarnato both forgetting lyrics but staying out of the bottom three, Berman writes, “Unfortunately for Rogers, the women weren’t the only ones with bad memories. He started off Tuesday’s show with a lyric botch, and that combined with another bland performance left him with too big of a hurdle to overcome. It marked an early end to a disappointing time on the show for the former backup vocalist, who was so good in the auditions but never found his rhythm after that.” Read more.
AJ Tabaldo Plans To ‘Ride The Wave’ To L.A.
March 14, 2007 – The Santa Maria Times spoke with ousted ‘American Idol’ semi-finalist A.J. Tabaldo about how things have been going since he got sent packing. “The love that I got after that was overwhelming,” the Santa Maria native said. Tabaldo said he has given up his job as a supervisor at the UPS Customer Center in Santa Maria and plans to move to Los Angeles in a few weeks. He’s ready to start recording original material which he’ll soon begin to shop around to record labels. The full story at santamariatimes.com has since been removed.
Sheryl Crow Is No ‘Idol’ Fan
March 13, 2007 – Sheryl Crow tells Ladies Home Journal she’s no fan of ratings king ‘American Idol’. “Let’s face it, it undermines art in every way and promotes commercialism,” she complained. “I am sad people love it so.”
Mario Vazquez Accused Of Sexually Harassing Male ‘Idol’ Employee
March 13, 2007 – TMZ has learned former ‘American Idol’ finalist Mario Vazquez is being accused of trying to masturbate in front of a male employee in a bathroom on the set of the hit FOX show in February 2005. After the incident, Vazquez mysteriously dropped out of ‘Idol’, citing personal reasons. The man who is making the allegations in a lawsuit, Magdaleno Olmos, is an assistant accountant for Fremantle Media, the company that produces ‘Idol’. “Vazquez stared lasciviously, smiled lasciviously,” Olmos claimed in the lawsuit documents. “And on one occasion followed him into a bathroom … knocked on the door of the plaintiff’s stall and made eye contact through the space in the stall door.” Read more, and check out the court documents, here.