Wind it up.

Gray Charles has a new mix up of Taylor Hicks’ “Just To Feel That Way.” The new mix is the one that will be pushed to Hot A/C stations. The band’s a bit louder, and Taylor’s vocals are a bit rougher. It also looks like Taylor’s sales got a bit of a boost from his golfing and Larry King appearances; he’s back in the Top 30 in Top Sellers and is #12 in the Top Pop Albums category of iTunes.

Is it just me, or does the dog look...sedated?Katharine McPhee and her gimmick fashion accessory beloved puppy were photographed for Entertainment Weekly. (I know, somewhere out there, hundreds of fourteen-year-old girls are whining “omg u dont know n e thing about kat b/c if u did u would no she luves her puppy 2 death!!!11!” Okay, I concede. Toting around a living, breathing creature as if it were a Prada bag, constantly sticking it in your face to kiss it, and most importantly, always making sure the cameras are there to catch it is indeed proof of Katharine’s love for her animal, and in no way constitutes a desperate attempt to seem cute, down-to-earth and likeable.) But anyway, on with the interview. She thinks that “Over It” is “clever” (if that’s what’s passing for clever these days, then every ninth-grader with a journal is gonna be up for a Grammy this year), she’s always been into pop, even though it’s changed from being more Celine-ish (uhh, Celine was never pop) to more R&B-ish, and she thinks Justin Timberlake is “so cute.”

Season six spoiler alert! Denise Jackson, the self-described “crack baby” who impressively (if a bit gimmicky) belted her way through “And I am Telling You” during the Minneapolis auditions, has made it to the semi-finals, which begin February 14th. Congrats to this little powerhouse, and good luck — traditionally, teenage Idol contestants can sometimes be victims of their own lack of musical identity. Also of note is that Denise plans on releasing an R&B album on Feb. 7. In the past, the Idol contract has forbid contestants from selling previously recorded material; however, Constantine Maroulis found a way around it in season four, and Taylor Hicks appeared to circumvent it in season five. Unless the contract has changed, Denise seems to be taking advantage of the same loophole.

Other potential season six spoilers: Word on the street is that Sanjaya Malakar, Rudy Cardenas, and Blake Lewis all make it to at least the Top 40. Hmm…not crazy about any of these contestants so far.


4 Responses to “Wind it up.”

  1. 1 SunnyLovesSoul January 20, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Sanjaya is appealing as an underdog story, he’s shy, looks like all of 17 (which he is) and needs his hair worked on, but vocally, the ‘shy little thing’ has some nice pipes.

    Glad to hear “they” (lack of better word at the moment) roughed up the tune JTFTW… the tune needed it.

    Regarding Kat and the dog. ugh.

  2. 2 PayTheDevil January 20, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    I hope one of them is house trained.

  3. 3 idolicious January 21, 2007 at 7:53 am

    Sanjaya has a nice voice I suppose, but I’m really just not a fan of that almost-prepubescent nasal boy-band sound. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone like that was pimped this year, though. We know Sanjaya doesn’t make the Top 40, but maybe Rudy or Blake, who both fit the bill, will get there.

  4. 4 SunnyLovesSoul January 21, 2007 at 9:55 am

    Sanjaya isn’t my type of vocalist to run out and buy CDs of, which is most likely why he won’t go too far. He has that sweet pure choirboy type sound, also, I will admit, he reminded me of Michael Jackson, you know, before he morphed into Jacko. *shudders at thought of Jacko*

    He was a bright spot for Seattle, which was mainly just pure blooper-type entertainment.

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January 2007
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What the kids are sayin’

"I hate them all. The judges, TPTB, the blatant manipulation, the songs, the contestants, everything. I'm a die-hard Cook fan, but for the love of god, at least try to look like you're enjoying yourself up there! Please? Syesha was awesome but she ruined it by being completely shameless and disgusting. Yes, being on American Idol is exactly like the civil rights movement, except for the part where you're fighting to make the world a better place."

"All I can say after the disgusting display tonight of favoritism towards the mediocrity that is David A. - good luck trying to market and make money off of that kid, American Idol. (Not to mention good luck dealing with his father.) All the teeny boppers may buy up his American Idol coronation single, but they will quickly forget about him before the album comes out. And I shudder to think of a David A. album - song after song of unrelenting sameness and heavy breathing. Why they are pimping him for the win is beyond me."

"This show was simply a hot buttered mess tonight. And Jason "needs to be arrested for what he did to I Shot the Sheriff. But I hope he stays. He amuses me. "

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