American Idol 8 Tour Rehearsal: “Don’t Stop Believing” By Journey

The Idols run through their finale song at their rehearsal space before hitting the road- the classic Journey Song: “Don’t Stop Believing.” The American Idol Summer Live Tour kicks off in Portland, OR at the Rose Garden on July 5.

Sorry we’re not watching. Not paying to see Michael Sarver, Scott McIntyre and Lil Rounds mess up sing. Lil showed so much promise in the auditions and was an early favorite but she never delivered. Too bad. We think she really lost a lot of her fans- including us.

We want to see Alexis Grace!! We’ll pay to watch her perform anytime.

SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Kupono Aweau

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Kupono Aweau

Specialty: Lyrical/Contemporary

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

Currently Resides: Kailua, Hawaii

Age: 23

Eliminated: Top 10, July 16
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Best pals with Mark from last season: “We train at the same studio. He was my instructor and then I became a part of the inner circle there, so he’s like one of my greatest friends ever. He’s phenomenal.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it.com

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Aweau graduated from the Kamehameha Schools and has been dancing since he was 16 years old. He loves his home state of Hawaii, and is an avid collector of home furnishings. (FOX)

Exit Interview with Randi Evans:

Pono’s Top 10 Solo which he performed twice, being in the bottom three and the same week he was eliminated: “Marina Gasolina” – Bonde do Rolê

Kupono’s signature move:

Interview with Melissa Sandvig

Before SYTYCD
Dance group at the Miss Hawaii 2008 pageant

In a music video with Miss Hawaii

SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Jason Glover

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Jason Nicholas Glover

Nickname: “My friends call me J-Glove.”

Birthday: “I was born on March 16, 1988, a day before St. Patrick’s Day!”

Specialty: Lyrical/Contemporary

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Currently Resides: Fresno, Calif.

Age: 21

School: “It’s a work in progress. I want to attend a university, but I really would like to dance first.”

Other talents/hobbies: “I’ve played soccer since the age of 4, I swim, golf, play tennis, go to the gym, and do anything else that keeps me active. Call me your all-American boy. Haha.”

Favorite professional dancer: “Well, when I started taking tap at age 12, Gregory Hines was a huge influence on me and I actually got to tap with him at one of his last shows before he passed. But recently, my favorite is Nick Bass. He’s sick!”

Choreographers would like to work with: “It’s a privilege to be able to work with anyone, but I have been dying to work with Mia Michaels. She brings out and really captures the beauty in dance and in the dancers she works with. She is my idol. But also Marty Kudelka or Nick Bass. They are my idols in hip hop.”

Eliminated: Top 8, July 23rd, 100th Episode

Dancer Profile:

MORE JASON GLOVER…

Was inspired by Nick from season one: “I was going through a tough time. I was not wanting to dance at the time. I was getting teased a lot. And seeing him dance, he came out and did this solo to “Storm” by Lifehouse and he danced so masculine, but he was so… I don’t know the word for it… I’m going to say, pretty. It was really cool to watch that and right then I was like, okay, I can do this. I wasn’t scared anymore.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it.com

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Glover began dancing at age 12, studying Tap and Hip Hop. He is a graduate of Bullard High School, and his favorite dancer is Michael Jackson. Tapping onstage with Gregory Hines, in one of his last shows, changed Jason’s life. (FOX)

Jason’s Top 8 Solo which he performed twice being in the bottom three: “…Slowdance On the Inside”—Taking Back Sunday

Jason’s signature move

Interview with Paris Torres

SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Ade Obayomi

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Ade Obayomi

Full Name: Adetokunbo Obayomi

Nickname: A-night, A-dawg

Birthday: December 6, 1988

Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Chandler, Ariz.

Currently Resides: Orange County, Calif.

Age: 20

School: “Chapman University, I’m a Freshman.”

Other talents/hobbies: “I love to DJ and digitally mixing music.”

Favorite professional dancer: “Desmond Richardson”

Choreographers would like to work with: “Mia Michaels and Wade Robson”

Dancer Profile:

More Ade Obayomi

LA Times Interview

Looks up to Travis Wall from season two: “He’s an amazing dancer. I took class with him before he was on the show and have followed [his career]. He’s crazy, he’s so innovative. His moves, fresh. So, for me, he’s one of my favorites.”

Fears: “Bollywood. I don’t know what it is, so I’m just like, uh oh… I’m getting into ballroom though, so that one doesn’t scare me as much anymore.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it.com

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Obayomi has been dancing since he was 6 years old. He is a graduate of Corona Del Sol High School and currently attends Chapman University. A dance highlight for him was performing at Radio City Music Hall. (FOX)

Ade’s Top 6 Solo: “18th Floor Balcony”—Blue October

Ade’s Top 8 Solo: “Hater”—Various

Ade’s Top 10 Solo: “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers

Ade’s signature move

Interview with Asuka Kondoh

Before SYTYCD:

SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Randi Evans

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Randi Evans

Specialty: Jazz/Contemporary

Hometown: Orem, Utah

Currently Resides: Springville, Utah

Age: 23

Eliminated: Top 10, July 16

MORE RANDI EVANS…

Third time’s a charm: “I tried out three years in a row. The first year, I didn’t make it to Vegas. Second year, I got cut in Vegas. And then third year, I made the show… My family is like jumping off the walls right now, especially my mom. They’re super excited, super supportive. My husband is loving that I’m doing what I love to do. He’s just like, go for it.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it.com

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Evans began dancing at an early age and performed in the closing ceremonies at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. She currently attends Utah Valley University where she is majoring in elementary education. (FOX)

Exit Interview with Kupono Aweau:

Randi’s signature move

Fox 13 News: Utah Dancers: Randi and Brandon Make Another Round of Cuts on SYTYCD

Interview with Philip Chbeeb

American Idol Top 10 Summer Tour 2009 Full Schedule

The top 10 finalists: Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver, and Scott MacIntyre, take the stage on a 50 city tour beginning July 5th.

Don’t miss your chance to be there! Tickets for all performances go on sale Saturday, May 9th.

Here is the complete list of dates and locations.

Please note: All tickets go on sale on May 9th at 10am with the exception of the July 8th date in Vancouver, BC. Tickets for that show go on sale on May 9th at 12pm. (Tickets tend to sell out fast so plan well and mark the date!)

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DATE      MARKET          VENUE
July 5 Portland, OR Rose Garden
July 7 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
July 8 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
July 10 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
July 11 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
July 12 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
July 14 West Valley City, UT The E Center
July 16 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
July 17 Ontario, CA Citizens Business Bank Arena
July 18 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
July 20 Glendale, AZ jobing.com Arena
July 23 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
July 24 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
July 25 N. Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena
July 26 Memphis, TN FedExForum
July 28 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
July 29 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
July 31 Duluth, GA Arena at Gwinnett Center
August 1 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
August 2 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
August 4 Washington, DC Verizon Center
August 5 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
August 7 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
August 8 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
August 11 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
August 14 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
August 15 Rochester, NY BlueCross Arena
August 16 Hartford, CT XL Center
August 18 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
August 19 Albany, NY Times Union Center
August 20 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
August 22 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
August 23 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
August 25 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
August 26 Auburn Hills, MI Palace at Auburn Hills
August 28 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
August 29 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
August 30 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
September 1 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
September 2 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
September 4 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
September 5 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
September 6 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
September 8 Reading, PA Sovereign Center
September 9 Wilkes Barre, PA Wachovia Arena
September 10 Bridgeport, CT Arena at Harbor Yard
September 12 Portand, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
September 13 Providence, RI Dunkin’ Donuts Center
September 14 Syracuse, NY WarMemorial at OnCenter
September 15 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena

News Source: American Idol official site

Watch Another Lyp-sync Group Performance from the American Idol Finalists, Top 10 in Motown Week!

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“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by The Supremes/”You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell/”Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

3/26 American Idol Top 10 Results Night, Shrek Goes Home

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No top performer from last night was eliminated. All our top ranked folks were save. But we have trouble reconciling the bottom three. The cut was not based on last night’s performances, but possibly overall perception of the performer and possibly perceived need to rescue a favorite.

The worst performers last night without question were: (Listen to the Full Studio recording at the end of this post)

1. Megan Joy Corkrey – For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder– For once in Megan’s life, she brought us no joy. Awful performance. She didn’t exploit her style well at all, and that is how she works around her weak vocals. When it came down to performing this song, she didn’t style it well like she has in past weeks and tried to just perform it straight up…and failed…miserably. If she hit on one more flat note, we likely would have had to retune our television. (3/10)

2. Lil Rounds – Heat Wave – Diana Ross – Lil had a major opportunity this week to demonstrate that she was a possible winner in this competition or a fading memory. Motown should be her style. She should have shown us there are no others that can do this like her. She fell flat on her rounds. The entire song was shouted. It was entirely off key, and even the choruses were missed. If Megan wasn’t worse, we would send Lil home. (3/10)

3. Scott MacInTyre – You Can’t Hurry Love – Supremes (Diana Ross) – Scott is tone deaf. He has to honestly not be able to hear himself sing. He is so horribly off key, and this is a song requiring the singer be on top of every note. It hurt to listen to him. He was sharp and flat throughout. The piano was the only thing in tune. The judges were kind. The only points he get is for a creative piano. (5/10)

sarver_motownIf the voting were actually based on last night’s performances, one of these three would have gotten the boot, but only one even made the bottom three, Scott. Despite a stellar performance, Matt was placed in danger and Michael, who finally didn’t deserve a berth in the bottom 3, got one.

Megan got a pass. And Lil too. Both deserved to be at least threatened with elimination. But that is not always how the votes go. Sympathy votes, rescue votes, and many factors come into play.

So, at least, as we watched the trio of Matt, Michael and Scott stand on the stage, we thought, at least the worst male performer of the night would finally get canned. But they saved Scott again. Week after week he delivers mediocre flat noted performances and yet someone is voting for him.

So now it was down to Matt and Michael. Now we have been hard on Michael and don’t believe he deserved to be in the final 13 in the first place. But last night, he did well when others flopped, and yet now he was pitted against Matt in the bottom two. That left only one possibility, Shrek had to go.

The judges patronized the audience by pretending to want to save Mike. Then Simon said buh-bye. The save vote session is so obviously contrived and pre-planned, just like the lip sync of the songs in the group performances this year.

If pitch matters, Lil, Megan and Scott better get some kind of musical hearing aid. We think Lil can get back on track, but we think Scott and Megan are at the bottom of the pack and will visit the bottom three again very soon.

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Full Studio Recording