Celebrities React To Kris Allen’s ‘American Idol’ Victory

Celebrities are reacting to Kris Allen’s victory over Adam Lambert on tonight’s ‘American Idol’ via Twitter, some of whom spoiled it for west coast viewers. Among the reactions:

David Archuleta: Wow! What an amazing show! Congrats to Kris! Also to Adam for the incredible job that he did too! They had some awesome performers!

Billy Bush: Source at the top says Votes were NOT close on idol. IE Kris blew out Adam Lambert.

Joe Simpson: Chris….congrats!!! … Ur right.. It is Kris! however, I think Adam is a huge star. What a voice.. Papa is proud of both guys!!!

Darren Hayes: Idol Schmidol. What a crock of baloney.

Anthony Callea: It’s not that bad to come 2nd!

Drew Seeley: Wow. Kris. Upset of the year? Good for him, I think that’s awesome. They are BOTH gonna get a chance to make an album so its a win win

Larry King: I see Kris won Idol, never underestimate the underdog! He’ll be here Friday, tweet away w/ questions

Blake Lewis: And Kris takes it my friends. Your new American Idol Kris Allen. Adam Lambert number 2 like myself

Adam Lambert Shopping At Barneys New York

May 19, 2009 – ‘American Idol’ finalist Adam Lambert was spotted preparing for this week’s finale by looking for some new outfits at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills. Lambert wouldn’t give away any secrets about what to expect on tonight’s show, and when asked to comment on the Miss California controversy regarding the gay marriage debate, Adam said he had no idea what the Finalpixx videographer was talking about because he’s been in the ‘Idol’ bubble. Watch video below.

Simon Cowell Discusses Life After ‘American Idol’

May 15, 2009 – Simon Cowell sat down with ‘Fox & Friends’ host Brian Kilmeade in a two part interview. In part one, he discussed getting a visit from Brian every year at this time, whether Adam Lambert has already won this season’s ‘American Idol’, his off mic interaction with Paula Abdul, and Brian’s failed attempt at ‘America’s Got Talent’. In part two, Simon talked about his future on ‘American Idol’, what’s up after his ‘Idol’ run ends, how the show has remained such a hit, and whether he feels people are jealous of his success. Video at FoxNews.com has since been removed.

On TV: Lady Gaga, ‘Idol’ Finale, Mandy Moore

Pop acts on television this week include:

Jewel, who visits ‘The Bonnie Hunt Show’ (Syndicated) on Tuesday.

Lady Gaga, who performs on the season finale of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ (ABC) on Tuesday.

‘American Idol’ wraps up season eight with shows Tuesday and Wednesday on FOX, as Adam Lambert and Kris Allen go head-to-head. Cyndi Lauper is performing on Wednesday’s finale. The winner will appear on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ (NBC) on Thursday and ‘Larry King Live’ (CNN) on Friday.

Mandy Moore, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show’ (NBC) on Wednesday.

Michael Johns, who performs on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ (Syndicated) on Thursday.

Tori Amos, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show’ (NBC) on Friday.

Rob Thomas, who performs on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ (Syndicated) on Friday.

No Welcome Mat For Clay Aiken On ‘American Idol’ Set

Clay Aiken smiling

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Clay Aiken is reaching out to ‘American Idol’ finalist Adam Lambert to be a part of his upcoming duets album. When the ‘Idol’ season two runner-up showed up in Hollywood, the FOX show wasn’t putting up the welcome sign. “Everyone knows – and certainly Clay knows – he’s persona non grata around here,” a source told Bill Zwecker.

The chilly reception Aiken received is due to his exit from 19 Entertainment, making him the first ‘Idol’ to dump the management company. The staff insider added that Aiken was able to convince Kelly Clarkson to exit 19 as well.

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

Clay Aiken’s Rep Says Failed Negotiations Led To RCA Split

February 20, 2009 – Clay’s rep Cyndi Berger spoke with People magazine following news that the ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up parted ways with RCA Records. “We were unable to come to terms in a recent contract negotiation, and decided that it was best to move on,” Berger said Friday. The decision comes following disappointing sales of Aiken’s 2008 album ‘On My Way Here’, which sold only 159,000 copies in the U.S.

Clay Aiken To Appear On ‘America’s Next Top Model’

February 5, 2009 – The following message was posted at ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up Clay Aiken’s MySpace page (@clayaiken) on Thursday (February 5):

Yes it’s true, Clay Aiken will be appearing in the upcoming season of ‘America’s Next Top Model’. He will participate in an acting challenge with the ladies and serve as a guest judge on the panel. The April 8 episode featuring Clay will air on the CW as part of the series’ 12th cycle that kicks off Feb. 25. Check your local listings and make sure to tune in!

Does Kara DioGuardi Shave Her Nose?

Kara DioGuardi visited ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ the other night, talking with the host about People magazine misquoting her “shade my nose” comment with “shave my nose”, writing songs for Paris Hilton and her role as the fourth judge on ‘American Idol’. As for what she things about Simon Cowell, Kara said, “He’s actually a great guy. He’s very charming. His form of honesty may not be for everybody.”

So will she be back on the show next season? “I’ve had an incredible time. I hope so,” DioGuardi responded. “The nature of these things, you really don’t know. I would hope that I brought something to it.” The interview at YouTube has since been removed.

Kara DioGaurdi’s People Most Beautiful Issue Photo Shoot

‘American Idol’ judge Kara DioGaurdi goes sans-makeup at her People magazine shoot for their Most Beautiful issue, where she talked about how it’s kind of cool to get the honor since she’s usually more concerned about her professional accomplishments, and spilled about her favorite contestant – Allison Iraheta. Watch the comments and highlights from the shoot via YouTube below.

Kara DioGuardi: Hopefully They’ll Keep Me On ‘American Idol’

May 1, 2009 – Kara DioGuardi tells TV Guide she doesn’t know if she’ll be back next season on ‘American Idol’. “I’m only here for one season,” DioGuardi said while at the Phoenix House’s 6th Annual Triumph for Teens Gala. “That’s what we’ve discussed. So we’ll see what happens. Hopefully, they’ll keep me on.”

Simon Cowell meanwhile wasn’t exactly offering a ringing endorsement for Kara’s return. “I would imagine so, but the only say I have is about Ryan, Randy and Paula,” he said. “I’ve always made it clear that I wouldn’t like to do the show without them. So that’s all I’m really concerned about.”

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

Matt Giraud’s Lucky Runs Out On ‘American Idol’

May 1, 2009 – Matt Giraud’s luck ran out Wednesday night on ‘American Idol’, having been in the bottom three several times and saved once by the show’s judges. Matt was joined in the bottom three by Kris Allen and Adam Lambert on the big band week results show, while Danny Gokey and Allison Iraheta were the top two. Before Matt got the boot, Paula Abdul told the five finalists: “I wish you could all stay together like the Rat Pack.”

Matt Giraud Addresses Justin Timberlake Comparisons

The latest ‘American Idol’ finalist to get the boot, Matt Giraud, answered a question from a MySpace fan, asking the singer if he’s been compared to Justin Timberlake before ‘Idol’.

“I was compared,” Matt said. “So when I came on the show I wanted to stay away from that as much as possible… I wanted to focus on trying to be me, so I got on the piano and did some ballads, and then towards the end, I was like ‘Maybe I should start dancing.'”

Video of the answer at MySpace has since been removed.

Anoop Discusses His Post ‘American Idol’ Plans

April 29, 2009 – Ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist Anoop Desai talked with TV Guide’s ‘After Idol’ about the artists he wants to team up with, what he said to Allison Iraheta before being voted off, and not having plans to go back to grad school until he makes an effort to get a record deal and make an album. “I see myself in that pop/R&B genre, and I think I have the type of voice to be successful in that genre,” Desai said. “I’m looking forward to that. I’m looking forward to meeting with labels, writers, producers.” The interview video at YouTube has since been removed.

Scott McIntyre Plays ‘Name That Celebrity’

April 24, 2009 – On Thursday night’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’, Uncle Frank and Yehya squared off in a game of ‘Name That Celebrity’ with special guest Scott McIntyre. The visually impaired singer, who did surprisingly well at naming celebrities based on a photo he couldn’t see, was later joined by a fellow ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist, Megan Joy, who was the mystery celebrity during the game. Videos at YouTube have since been removed.

Scott MacIntyre Answers People Magazine Reader Questions

April 17, 2009 – ‘American Idol’ castoff Scott MacIntyre stopped by People magazine, answering reader questions about his plans for the rest of 2009, wanting to title his album ‘A View From Above’, how ‘Keep The Faith’ was his favorite song to perform on ‘Idol’, not viewing his visual impairment as a disadvantage, the advice he has for the remaining contestants, and he did his best Randy Jackson impression. Watch via YouTube below.

On TV: Prince, Bat For Lashes, Big Band Week On ‘Idol’

Bat For Lashes

Pop acts on television this week include:

Prince, who appears on ‘Tavis Smiley’ (PBS) on Monday and Tuesday.

This week’s ‘American Idol’ theme is big band week on FOX. Last week’s castoffs Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds appear on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ (ABC) and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ (Syndicated) on Monday. Judge Kara DioGuardi visits ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC) on Friday.

Bat For Lashes, who performs on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ (CBS) on Friday.

Is Simon Cowell Trying To Get Kara Dioguardi Fired?

As the fourth ‘American Idol’ judge controversy flares back up again, the question comes, was Simon Cowell blatantly dissing Kara Dioguardi on Tuesday night? AccessHollywood.com’s ‘Dish of Salt’ Laura Saltman spoke to Kara about the rumor Mr. Nasty is trying to give her the boot. “Simon’s trying to get me fired?” Kara asked. “You know what, I don’t think he’d have to try, to be honest with you. I think he could just be like, ‘Eject. Gone.'”

Watch the interview via accesshollywood.com below the cut. (more…)

Anoop Desai Had “Special Bond” With Murdered UNC-CH Student Eve Carson

The National Enquirer reports ‘American Idol’ finalist Anoop Desai was especially close to fellow University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student Eve Carson, prompting him to give a public mention of the 22-year-old, who was brutally gunned down in March 2008. “Those two had a special bond,” a friend of Anoop told the tabloid. “They were always together on campus. They studied together, shared meals and stayed up all hours drinking coffee and talking about their futures. Anoop feels a victory would be a fitting tribute to Eve.” Read more.

Alexis Grace Visits ‘Good Day LA’ After ‘Idol’ Boot

March 20, 2009 – Alexis Grace didn’t get enough votes to stick around for another week on ‘American Idol’. She made it to the final eleven, one short of a chance to go on the Idols Live tour. Grace talked about her experiences on the show with ‘Good Day LA’ co-hosts Steve, Dorothy, and Jillian. Alexis said she only got a couple hours of sleep since she was packing and she said she and Meghan Joy were close since they both had children. Video of the interview, aired Thursday (March 19), at myfoxla.com has since been removed.

Terri Seymour Talks With The ‘American Idol’ Judges

Terri Seymour was backstage with the judges after ‘American Idol’ Wednesday night and dropped by ‘Good Day LA’ the next morning with her report. Kara DioGuardi talked about the complaints that she talks too much while Simon Cowell defended himself about being rude telling Jorge Nunez he wasn’t good enough as he and Jasmine Murray were sent home. Terri also talked about being the ex girlfriend of Simon and how things are going between the two.

The interview video at myfoxla.com has since been removed.

‘American Idol’ Kids Get Nicknames From Jimmy Kimmel

March 12, 2009 – On Wednesday night’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’, Jimmy gave the ‘American Idol’ kids nicknames. Kris Allen is “That White Guy”, Adam Lambert is “Joan Jett”, Anoop Desai is “Anoop”, Lil Rounds is “Lil Rounds”, Scott MacIntyre is “The Blind Guy”, Megan Joy is “Tattooine”, Alexis Grace is “The Parakeet”, Danny Gokey is “Okey-Gokey”, Michael Sarver is “Pork Chop”, Matt Giraud is “Justin Timberfake”, and Allison Iraheta is “Kool-Aid Head”. The comedy clip at YouTube has since been removed.

‘American Idol’ To Issue New 13th Number, Won’t Allude To 1-866-IDOLS-13

March 10, 2009 – ‘American Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest got the show’s producer Megan Michaels on the line during his KIIS FM morning show on Tuesday, talking about how having a 13th contestant on this season’s show presented problems because the show only owns 1-866-IDOLS-01 thru -12. Who owns 13? A phone sex operator. So tonight’s show will unveil a special G-rated number for the 13th performer instead. Said Michaels: “We will not allude to the fact of the 1-3, because we don’t even want to endorse that.” The interview audio at kiisfm.com has since been removed.