McPhee Drama Continues
** It seems as if KATHARINE MCPHEE can't catch a break…then again, maybe she can. After quietly sitting on the Idol Injured Reserved List for the Top 10 Summer Tour with a nasty case of bronchitis (and I'm talking really quiet, as doctor's orders forbid her from even speaking during her recovery), Kat seriously injured her foot before a recent show. As they (whoever they are) say, the show must go on, so the McFoot was taped up and Kat performed wearing slippers throughout the night. An x-ray taken after the concert revealed that Kat had suffered a hairline fracture. Fear not, McFans! The girl may not be dancing much, but her voice is well rested and she can sing. Promoters say that Kat will continue to perform at the shows as scheduled, although they concede that she will have to smile through a certain degree of pain.
** Is it FANTASIA'S life or is it just Lifetime? As the Lifetime Network readies to broadcast "Fantasia: Life is Not a Fairy Tale," the "Idol" public relations department is preparing its response. The movie depicts Fantasia being discouraged from taking part in "Idol's" Season 3 because she was a high school drop-out and an unwed mother. "Idol" executive producer Ken Warwick insists that such a claim is nonsense. They knew Fantasia had a baby from the get-go, and not only was she not discouraged from continuing with the show, she was tapped as the favorite to win very early in the competition. Is everybody digging the drama? The folks at Lifetime probably are! A routine biopic has just turned into a major pissing contest with the most popular show on television! You can't buy this kind of publicity. Viewers can start scoring the bout when the movie premieres on Lifetime on August 18th.
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** Is there anything left to learn about current American Idol TAYLOR HICKS? People magazine has shown his baby pictures, interviewed his high school classmates, and even hunted down his old girlfriends. Have we hit the high point on the "too much information" meter yet? The Idol Whore is more interested in hearing Gray Charles' new CD than hearing about who he was crushing on in third grade. (Here's hoping Taylor can rope together some cool soul, the stuff he sings so well, and drop that "Idol-obligated" treacle like "Do I Make You Proud.") Still, there are apparently some people out there who want to know even more about Taylor's personal life---and there are others willing to pay him mucho money to share it. According to the New York Post, an imprint of Random House has shelled out an estimated $750,000 advance to Mr. Hicks for his memoir. Okay, it may be Taylor memoir, but the man himself will not be writing it. David Wild, a ghostwriter and occasional contributor to Rolling Stone magazine will be granted that esteemed honor. Already titled Heart Full of Soul, the opus is scheduled to hit bookshelves in the spring of 2007.
** It will mostly cover Taylor's life as a struggling musician all the way to his "Idol" victory.Taylor Hicks is from Birmingham, Alabama, as are other successful "Idol" singers Season 2 champion RUBEN STUDDARD and Season 4 runner-up BO BICE. That fact is not lost on Alabama's Bureau of Tourism and Travel, which will create billboards featuring images of the city's native sons with the slogan "Where America finds its voice. Alabama." Alabama tourism director Lee Sentell announced that six billboards will appear on the roads shortly before the "American Idol" auditions begin in Birmingham on Aug. 21." They will then be displayed for four months. Who knows? After those auditions, another successful Birmingham Idol may join them next year.
** ELLIOTT YAMIN, who placed third in Season 5, will not be signing with 19 Entertainment, the label with four of the season five finalists have since signed deals. “I will not be affiliated with 19 after the tour is over,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. Fear not, Yamin fans, he says “we’re close to signing a deal in stone” with an another label, though he harbors no resentment toward 19 Entertainment. “There's no need for anyone to be outraged. What's the big hurry? What's the big rush?”AOL recently gave some of its space to votefortheworst.com, a website that encourages viewers to choose the worst singer in the "Idol" competition at any given moment and vote like crazy for them. Each week, the site chooses the singer they hate the most and tries to rally people to vote for him or her. Past honorees receiving the Vote for the Worst Seal of Approval have included Scott "Who the hell did you sleep with, kill, or threaten to get into this competition?" Savol and Kevin "Chicken Little" Corvais.
** Considering that their site only gets 300,000 hits on a regular basis while 30 million votes are cast for each "Idol" episode, it is unlikely that the Worst recommendations have any effect on the outcome of the competition, but I guess this is a fun way for jaded people with too much time on their hands to keep themselves occupied and out of prison. AOL asked Vote for the Worst to name the "Top 20 Most Awesomely Bad 'American Idol' Performances." Kellie Pickler received two spots on the countdown for her renditions of "Bohemian Rhapsody" (c'mon, guys, that was pretty good!) and "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered (okay, that was truly awful, and even the Pickler admitted that she had "butchered it").
Others receiving "Worst" acclaim include Nikki McKibbin of Season 1 and her rendition of "Always Something There to Remind Me," Anthony Federov of Season 4 with his version of "Climb Every Mountain," Ace Young of Season 5 and his scar-revealing interpretation of "Drops of Jupiter," and several singers that got chucked from the competition so early that even the Idol Whore can't remember them. (Hey, guys, if you insist on digging that deep, perhaps should have included the Roman Brothers from Season 3.)
With 20 spots on the chart, the Idol Whore wants to know why the hell John Peter "Somebody please adjust my medication" Lewis and his spazzed-out version of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation" is ranked all the way down at #14. You will have a very difficult time convincing me that there were actually 13 performances that were worse than that. In fact, Vote for the Worst’s choice as the #1 Most Awesomely Bad "American Idol" Performance was Season 3's John Stevens' attempt to get jiggy with Elton John's "Crocodile Rock." Guys, you're not doing a very good job here, Sure, Johnny-Red's awkward "Croc-Rock" was bad, but it wasn't the worst. In fact, it wasn't even his worst---Stevens' worst performance was his off-key rendition of "My Girl." The Idol Whore finds it tough to think of anything much worse than that creepy JPL, but couldn't you guys have at least mentioned Brenna the Bad Witch? You think you're bad, but you don't know bad.
Hit the showers, boys! Idol Whore out!