American Idol News: The Week Of August 17th, 2008

I am running ridiculously late this week, so I apologize for the delay in posting this blog topic.

In order to stay current regarding Idol news, I am asking the readers to please add lively content to this blog entry.

You are welcome to post any news from all seven seasons of American Idol in the comments section below. You can also email me at

Here are some to get you started:

Idol Headlines For 8/20/08
By mj
The group was also excited about a crew coming from “Entertainment Tonight” to tape a segment Tuesday for the entertainment news show. More Idol Headlines After the JUMP… ‘Idol’ fans flock to NJ auditions …
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American Idol host, judge begin feud
Presenter Ryan Seacrest claims Simon Cowell – a judge on the hit musical reality show – is jealous of his success. Ryan – who insists he enjoys a healthy, competitive relationship with head judge Sim…
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Jennifer Hudson news and blogs – August 20, 2008
Idol Headlines For 8/18/08 — by mj from American Idol • Jennifer Hudson Does Billboard Magazine August 2008 Issue — from The Celebrity Blog • ‘Idol’ dreamers line up for audition — from The Star-Ledger • ‘Idol’ dreamers line up for …
Jennifer Hudson – best news,… –

Gary Glitter yet again refused entry
Ex pop idol and convicted paedophile, Gary Glitter, after being deported from Vietnam and Thailand, has been refused entry to Hong Kong.
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Idol Headlines For 8/20/08
Thousands audition for ‘American Idol’ at the Meadowlands ‘Idol’ fans flock to NJ auditions Fox News In photos: ‘American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks at Six Flags Great America 08/16/2008 – Jordin Sparks – American Idol Winner Jordin …
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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

3 Responses to “American Idol News: The Week Of August 17th, 2008”

  1. Kevin Covais — Chicken Brittle
    Posted Aug 22nd 2008 3:45PM by TMZ Staff

    TMZ has learned Kevin Covais — you know, Chicken Little from season five of “AI” — is cooped up in the hospital.

    And even though he’s got a big new movie coming out (“College,” out next Friday), he’s going to have a little trouble smiling. That’s because he’s developed Bell’s palsy — a partial paralysis of the face — because of the stress of his press tour. It’s also aggravated by his diabetes, we’re told.

    But, his rep tells TMZ Kev’s condition isn’t “life-threatening” and he’s going to be back pushing “College” soon.

    UPDATE: We spoke with Covais’ publicist who tells us Kevin is merely sick and in the hospital and will be fine.


  2. Simon Hints at Big Changes for New Season

    Simon Cowell courtesy Fox”I was a little bored,” said Simon Cowell of American Idol’s Season 7, indicating that come January 2009, he’ll be taking a larger role to change the tenor of the show. The news comes just days after Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe announced that he’d be stepping back from his day-to-day work on Idol to concentrate on international versions of his other hit show, So You Think You Can Dance.

    Chief among Cowell’s complaints was what he called the overwhelming media-savviness of this season’s contestants. “I’m not sure that they ever showed their real personalities,” he said. “They were like robots.” (Nevertheless, he praised last season’s runner-up, David Archuleta, on his recent success, calling him “the perfect pop star.”)

    So how will Cowell shake things up? “I think [last season] the talent was great, and the ratings were great, I just think it could be more interesting and controversial,” he said. He specifically criticized the slow-moving middle and end portions of the season. He refused, however, to elaborate on “ideas I have to introduce more jeopardy” to the proceedings.

    How would you change American Idol? And what could Simon mean by “jeopardy”? A shark tank? Scimitars? Alex Trebek? Let your thoughts be known, America! —

    Mickey O’Connor –

    Here’s the link to the article and it’s worth reading some of the (very good!) suggestions that fans have made!


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