... The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that after nine
auditions, Robert V. Hatcher of Westwood finally got a Golden Ticket to Hollywood after his Birmingham and Memphis auditions. "I've been looking for a break into the entertainment business for years," says Hatcher, music minister for the First Baptist Church of Hartwell and a playwright, director, producer and entrepreneur.
He sang "Ordinary People" by John Legend, his favorite singer, and Frank Sinatra's "My Way" for judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. Although he made it through in Memphis he wasn't shown auditioning, but Hatcher said that he's confident he'll be on TV when the Birmingham auditions are featured tomorrow night because, "Something happens with one of the judges." He revealed that Paula Abdul "... danced with me, and she usually doesn't do that. I'm pretty sure they'll air that," he said. Contestants are prohibited from revealing too many details before the show airs, but Hatcher said he flew out to the Hollywood round taping before Thanksgiving. The top 24 semifinalists will be announced on the Feb. 14 broadcast. "This is the chance of a lifetime. I have a real sense of achievement that I've finally made it," he says.
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OTHER IDOL NEWS
... Congratulations to Jennifer Hudson on her win at the SAG Awards. Hudson won outstanding female actor in a supporting role for her performance as R&B singer Effie White, who is forced into a back-up position in "Dreamgirls." Her castmate Eddie Murphy won the SAG Award for outstanding male actor in a supporting role for his performance as a struggling R&B singer. The pair also won Golden Globe Awards two weeks ago and are nominated for Oscars for their performances.
... Reality TV Magazine reports that Season 4 runner-up Bo Bice is rumored to no longer be with RCA Records. Even though Bice’s debut record “The Real Thing” went gold, the album met with some criticism because it had a decidedly pop flavor and little of the Southern Rock style that made Bo Bice famous on American Idol. A 2006 tour to promote Bice’s first record was also cut short last year due to Bice needing intestinal surgery.
Some 5,000 fans petitioned RCA Records to allow Bice to record more original songs on his second album. In late December Bice's publicist, when questioned about whether Bice was still with RCA, quickly responded that Bo Bice was “still with RCA.” However, Bice does not currently appear on the artist roster list on the official RCA Records Web site. Reality TV Magazine contacted Bice’s publicist today to ask why Bo Bice was not listed on the official RCA Records Web site and to ask if he was officially no longer with RCA Records. This time Bice’s publicist responded with “No comment.” We confirmed that Bice's name is not on the roster, however his picture still appears in a slideshow on the site of their artists.
... According to Digital Spy, Joss Stone has revealed that she turned down an offer to appear as a guest judge on American Idol.The 19-year-old singer was invited on to the show by Simon Cowell but refused because she is opposed to the "cruel" nature of TV talent searches."I find these shows far too cruel," Joss told The People. "Music should be allowed to develop naturally."
... Celebrity Spider.com says that Scottish singer KT Tunstall credits Katharine McPhee with making her famous outside the UK. Tunstall insists hardly anyone knew who she was outside Britain until Season 5 runner-up McPhee sang her hit "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" on one of the shows.
Tunstall says, "When she sang the song less than one per sent of Americans knew it. "Now I have people at my gigs going, 'I heard Katherine McPhee sing your song and I love your album." Of her second album, second album, due out later this year, Tunstall said, "I can't wait. It's faster and more mysterious."
... The Grand Rapids Press reports that seventh-place Season 5 finalist Ace Young performed for nearly 1,200 fans in Van Andel Arena on Saturday during the first intermission of the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey game.
"I'm singing 'Scattered,' my first single, and 'Dream On' by Aerosmith," Young said. "I want my fans to know you can always dream for the future."
As much as the Denver native is thrilled about performing and writing music with Desmond Child for a forthcoming album, his greatest joy is in giving back through his charitable efforts. "On my Web site, I feature some kids with cancer, and one of them, McKenzie, is 3, and she just relapsed and needs a bone marrow transplant," he said. "To see so many of my fans get tested to see if they are a match is amazing."
Because of his brother's car accident 10 years ago, Young is especially sensitive to the needs of families with hospitalized children. Along with his fan club, Highrollers with Heart, Young has raised more then $80,000 for a "family amenities" area at Denver Children's Hospital.
... From MJ's Big Blog, some upcoming appearances by Idol alumni:
Monday January 29
Katharine McPhee is Jay Leno’s guest on the Tonight Show, 11:35 p.m/Ch. 4
Tuesday January 30
Ruben Studdard appears at the B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill in NYC. Show starts at 8 pm. Click here for tickets.
Wednesday January 31
Katharine McPhee promotes her new CD on NBC’s Today Show.
Thursday February 1
Katharine McPhee performs on Live with Regis and Kelly.
Katharine McPhee guest stars on the ABC sitcom Ugly Betty. 8 pm/Ch. 7.
Fantasia Barrino opens for Jamie Foxx at the Amway Arena in Orlando, FL. 8 PM. Check for tickets here.
Taylor Hicks appears on the Dr. Phil show.
Clay Aiken appears on ABC’s Good Morning America to discuss his work with UNICEF. 7-9am/Ch. 7
Friday February 2
Fantasia Barrino opens for Jamie Foxx at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise FL. Check here for tickets.
Katharine McPhee walks the runway for National Wear Red Day, part of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. The show starts at 11 am in the Tent at the Sixth Street entrance to Bryant Park.
Saturday February 3
Katharine McPhee’s video for her single “Over It” will be featured on VH1’s Top 20 Countdown this morning at 9 a.m.
Kimberly Caldwell performs and signs autographs at the International News & Record Auto Show from 1pm to 4pm at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.
Monday February 5
Diana Degarmo guests on Spike TV’s Casino Cinema
Katharine McPhee appears on MTV’s Total Request Live at 3:30 pm.
Katharine McPhee appears on the FOX Morning show.
Wednesday February 7
Katharine McPhee performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC 12:05/Ch. 7.
Thursday February 8
Katharine McPhee appears on Larry King Live; CNN, 9 p.m.
Sunday February 11
Carrie Underwood performs on the 49th Annual Grammy Awards; 8 p.m., CBS/2.
Sunday February 18
Kelly Clarkson performs at the Daytona 500 in Florida.
Sunday February 25
The 79th Annual Academy Awards will be broadcast on ABC 8 p.m. Jennifer Hudson is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Effie White in “Dreamgirls.”
Friday, March 9
Bucky Covington appears on the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, Tenn.
Friday March 23
Chris Daughtry performs a free concert in Greensboro, NC. Gates open at 7 pm. Check here for more information.