White House pulls plug on press for Lionel Richie at African leaders dinner

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Lionel Richie was the entertainment at Tuesday night’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, but as CBS News’ Mark Knoller points out, the press was limited to one song.

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Now that we know what the press didn’t get to hear, here’s a look at what they didn’t get to eat. No #LiveTheWage here.

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You know who got to eat and hear the entire Lionel Richie performance? Valerie Jarrett.

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We are the World 25th Anniversary Remake Video, Hope for Haiti

Recorded on February 1st, 2010, in the same studio as the original 25 years earlier (Henson Recording Studios, formerly A&M Recording Studios) “We Are The World 25 For Haiti”, in which Jones and Richie serve as executive producers and producers, was created in collaboration with executive producers Wyclef Jean, Randy Phillips and Peter Tortorici; producers Humberto Gattica and RedOne; and co-producers Rickey Minor, Mervyn Warren and Patti Austin to benefit the Haitian earthquake relief efforts and the rebuilding of Haiti.

Academy Award-winning writer-director Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), whose own personal efforts as well as those of Artists for Peace and Justice have already saved countless lives in Haiti, filmed the private recording session to create the accompanying video and behind-the-scenes production, and serves as Film Director and as an Executive Producer with Jones, Richie, Jean, Phillips and Tortorici.

The 25th Anniversary recording features over 80 artists and performers. The recording of We Are The World 25 For Haiti embodied the same enthusiasm, sense of purpose and generosity as the original recording 25 years ago. Every one of the artists who participated, regardless of genre or generation, walked into the room with their hearts and souls completely open to coming together to help the people of Haiti.

Random Artists: Brandy, Celine Dion, Keri Hilson, Usher, Swizz Beatz, Lionel Richie, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, Jamie Foxx, Kid Cudi, Nicole Scherzinger, Miley Cyrus, Quincy Jones, Josh Groban, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson (RIP), Will.I.Am., Kanye West, Kid Cudi, LL Cool J, Black Eyed Peas, Robin Thicke, Randy Philips, Barbra Streisand, Wyclef Jean, Akon, T-Pain, Lil’ Wayne, Tony Bennett, Kanye West, Enrique Iglesias, Gladys Knight, Trey Songz, Jona Brothers, Vince Vaughn, Toni Braxton, & Jordin Sparks

5/20 American Idol Season 8 Finale: America says “NO” to gay

We were not totally surprised, but we also felt that America let us down, or somehow the system did. Idol prevented the first openly gay idol to emerge. Adam clearly won the competition. Even Kris knew it. Adam has more range, more diversity, more power. But he has black fingernails and he wears a guy liner.

What does Kris have? He is humble. He has an honest feel. And he is likeable. But most of all, he isn’t gay.

So when it came down to 100 million votes, Kris won. And we think Danny was better. And we think it showed during the final show’s duets. Danny sang with Lionel Richie and kept up with a genius.

But you know what? We like all three. We want to hear records by all of them. In fact, some of the top 13 could be big talents this year, depending on how they are promoted.

And we will concede that during the season and during the finals, we heard songs from Kris we want to hear again.

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So, CONGRATULATIONS KRIS!!! You won, and you know what, it doesn’t really matter why. It is all conjecture. You won because overall, you were the best talent. And we know we will pay to see you in concert, just like we did Daughtry. But we will pay for Danny and Adam too. Shoot, we have to buy a ton of tickets this year.

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4/14 American Idol Top 7 Movie Theme Night: The Slumdog Millionaire Idol??

It is “Cinema Theme Night” for the remaining seven Idol hopefuls. We are not sure what a movie Director like Quentin Tarantino can contribute in a singing competition as mentor but he was once a guest judge on Idol and his unique style in movie direction sets him apart from all other directors because of his apparent ‘ears’ for music, so there. (Audio Performances and studio version of the songs at the bottom of this page.)

Allison Iraheta – “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (Armageddon) – Aerosmith — Sad performance. Off key and dull. The judges liked it and had to be tone deaf to say it. We think they are trying to preserve the girl through a very weak performance. It wasn’t necessary. There would be worse to come. (6/10)

Anoop Desai – “Everything I Do” (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)- Bryan Adams — He hit did this song like he lived it. The advice he received from one judge was dead on the mark and his vocal was tremendous. We have to say, he has a chance of getting to the final 3 if he can be less erratic. Anoop needs to stop looking like a geek. He wore jeans and a tie. Pathetic outfit for someone with this potential. (8/10)

Adam Lambert – “Born To Be Wild” (Born to be Wild)- Steppenwolf – Adam is the winner of this year. He is so powerful vocally that it is hard to imagine anyone having the vocals to beat him. This performance was a bit corny and self-indulgent, which kept it from getting 10/10. But how can anyone beat that scream? Adam sounded exactly like Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin doing this song, but Robert Plant needed a studio to do it. (9/10)

Matt Giraud – “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman” (Don Juan) – Bryan Adams– Interesting and boring at the same time. Outclassed by Anoop and Adam, he will likely be in the bottom 3 despite some falsetto moments. We did not like it. No chills, no thrills. (6/10)

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Danny Gokey – “Endless Love” (Endless Love) – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross — Danny is the one we had originally winning this competition, and he is the only one that has a chance of beating Adam. So how did it go this week? This wasn’t it. It started off pitchy and advanced into boring. The enunciation of the words was poor. There were some highlights in the chorus that drove it away from any chance of elimination, but it wasn’t a miracle. (8/10)

Kris Allen – “Falling Slowly” (Once) – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova¬† — Kris did not bring out his instruments and just sang. It was a mistake. He started off pitchy and blew being in the final position. The song was boring, so unless your vocal is spectacular it becomes horribly unmemorable. He hit some nice notes. It was interesting at moments. But he bored us to tears. (6/10)

Huge (Lil) Rounds – “The Rose” (The Rose) – Bette Midler– Let’s call a spade a spade . There is nothing Lil about this gal. It starts off pitchy as has been Lil’s fault for weeks. She looks great, but fails to deliver on the notes. We think of the original and this not only pales in comparison, we found ourselves hitting mute at times because it hurt to listen to. Simon was dead on. Off key and hard to listen to. Rounds fought back, and she just looked pathetic. (4/10)

Based on our judgement. Lil has to go. She was just pathetic. Allison was at risk until Lil sang. Kris was too. That is your bottom 3.

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