Category Archives: American Idol

American Idol: ‘This is not a Lifetime movie’

Los Angeles was coming across as boring as Chicago and most other “American Idol” audition cities this year that didn’t have General Larry Platt singing “Pants on the Ground.” Then, Tuesday night, toward the end of the L.A. episode, we … Continue reading

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‘Idol’ thoughts – Boston and Atlanta

It was easy to get excited about season nine of “American Idol,” until the shows started. Backstage intrigue has been at a fever pitch this year, with Paula Abdul exiting and Ellen DeGeneres entering, and speculation over whether Simon Cowell … Continue reading

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Is it time for contemporary Christian music to ditch the niche?

Switchfoot’s This is the Sound rocks the new Blackberry commercial. During the past year, there have been public signs that Christian pop music is on the rise. Last spring on American Idol, a pair of openly Christian ­contestants vied for … Continue reading

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rctalk: Phil Stacey’s Into the Light; Is the GMA in trouble?

Listening to Phil Stacey‘s Into the Light, you think, if this guy wasn’t on American Idol, he should have been. His debut on Reunion Records under the guidance of legendary Christian producer Brown Bannister sounds very Idol, with songs that … Continue reading

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Key to Kevin Skinner win was not being a Susan Boyle (or Adam Lambert)

Click the play button to hear our chat with Kevin Skinner: [podcast]http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/files/2009/09/090917skinner-audio.mp3[/podcast] Copious Notes podcasts are available on iTunes. When I first heard about the singing chicken catcher from Mayfield, Ky., I said, “Oh, no.” My fears had nothing to … Continue reading

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Ellen? Let’s not take American Idol judging too seriously

Your reaction to the choice of Ellen DeGeneres as the new judge on American Idol may depend on how seriously you take American Idol judging. It’s been hard to take the judging seriously for a long time, at least when … Continue reading

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Phil Stacey: From Harlan Co. to American Idol to Michael W. Smith’s label

When Phil Stacey was a ­contestant on American Idol, he was pegged as a little bit country. So that’s where the Harlan County native ended up after the show, on the country label Lyric Street Records. In 2008, he released … Continue reading

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Phil Stacey: Future American Idol contestants will miss Paula Abdul

We caught up with Harlan County native and former American Idol competitor Phil Stacey this morning to talk about his new album, Into the Light, which is set to drop Aug. 25. Before we got into that, we had to … Continue reading

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So, maybe American Idol will come back to Louisville?

Well, it looks like it was well worth American Idol‘s time to come to Louisville last summer. Kris Allen auditioned in the Derby City, and then much like this year’s Derby winner, Mine That Bird, worked his way through the … Continue reading

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