Lots of news coming from the season 10 Idols this week!
First up, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina’s debut albums hold strong on the charts again this week.
According to Hits Daily Double, Scotty’s album is up one spot to number three, selling 54,875 copies of Clear As Day. Lauren’s album, Wildflower, lands at number 10 this week, selling 25,985 copies. Not too shabby!
Tune into the Today Show on NBC bright and early this Friday, October 28 to catch Tim Halperin in a segment highlighting TCU’s “Frogs For the Cure,” as well as the singer’s ongoing involvement with Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Kelly Clarkson tweeted this morning that her first single off her new album is called “Mr. Know It All” and that it’s heading to radio very soon. She also announced that her fifth studio album, Stronger, is due out October 25!
October is a big month for American Idol album releases, as Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina’s highly anticipated debut albums are due out October 4 and October 11, respectively.
“Mr. Know It All” will debut on August 30 and will be available on iTunes on September 5.
For more information on Kelly Clarkson and her new album, check out her official website!
This week the American Idols Live! tour rolled through San Jose, CA to the delight of the masses who showed up to see one particular Santa Cruz native by the name of James Durbin. Just the mere mention of his name at the top of the show by season 10 runner-up, Lauren Alaina, resulted in an eruption of cheers from the crowd.
And I must say that Durbin didn’t disappoint. He appeared in a couple group numbers during the first half of the show, but it was his entrance for his two-song set that had the audience at the HP Pavilion on its feet.
Entering from the back of the building wearing a San Jose Sharks jersey, singing Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’Mine,” Durbin shook hands as he made his way up to the stage. Towards the end of the song he held his microphone out to the audience and, without any real prodding, they sang the chorus back to him. I have to hand it to Durbin. He’s charismatic, has great stage presence, and absolutely relished every moment of his solo performance, wherein he took the time to thank the fans for voting for him and for the overall support he received from the Bay Area.
But Durbin wasn’t the only Idol who amped up the crowd. Paul McDonald got the people on their feet in the first half of the show during his lively performance of Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May.” Naima Adedapo’s rousing rendition of Jennifer Lopez’s current hit, “On The Floor,” complete with an African dance break, was one of the most well-received performances of the night.
Ladies and gentlemen, we finally have our season 10 American Idol winner! After over 122 million votes being cast, Scotty McCreery was crowned this season’s American Idol.
I have to say that I was not shocked by this one bit. I figured the overpraising of Lauren Alaina during Tuesday night’s performance show would lead to a Scotty win, just based on how things have happened since season seven. David Archuleta, Adam Lambert, and Crystal Bowersox were all basically deemed the winner of their respective seasons during their final performance night, only to be revealed as the runner-up.
I think when you get to the Final 2 on Idol, it shows that those contestants deserve to be there. Or at the very least that their fans really want them there. Hats off to both Scotty and Lauren, but truth be told, I thought the right person won.
Tim Halperin wrapped up “Idol Got It Wrong” this week by taking on the Carrie Underwood song, “Flat On The Floor,” which Lauren Alaina sang last night during the American Idol finale.
Check out Tim’s performance below!
Another solid performance from Tim! I thought he added some soul to a very country song. Also, the big notes he hit midway through and at the end of the performance were a couple of my favorite moments.
Alright, poll time! Which “Idol Got It Wrong” performance of Tim’s was your favorite? Check out Kidd Kraddick’s YouTube channel for a refresher, if needed!
If haven’t downloaded Tim’s recently released Acoustic Sessions EP or “The Last Song” yet, what are you waiting for? Go grab your FREE downloads at TimHalperin.com!
Don’t forget that “I Wanna Fall In Love” is also available on iTunes!
I know a lot of people are shocked and upset at last night’s American Idol elimination of Haley Reinhart. I am not one of those people.
I thought that Haley was coming into her own and peaking when she needed to, which I love, because she provided a couple fantastic Idol moments. However, it was obvious from the beginning of the season that Idol was looking for a younger singer to appeal to a younger demographic just based on the contestants that were getting through from the beginning like Jacee Badeaux and Brett Loewenstern. That said, I am definitely not surprised at Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina both moving on to the finale. (Also, just based on the hometown footage alone, I felt like Haley’s package was put together as if it was an afterthought and as a major hint that she was going to be eliminated. Not cool, Idol.)
Wednesday night’s show was pretty good. All three of the contestants kind of had mini-moments.
I thought Scotty made a smart decision singing Lonestar’s “Amazed” as his personal song choice. He showed that he could handle a big contemporary country hit. Plus, who doesn’t just love that song? I thought “She Believes in Me” was an old fashioned and lame song choice from the judges, but Scotty did what he could with it.
I really liked Lauren’s performance of “If I Die Young” by Band Perry, which Jimmy Iovine picked for her to sing. We finally saw some true emotion from her! It was one of my favorite moments of the night.
Haley had three really great songs, but I felt like the only one she completely pulled off was “What Is And What Should Never Be” by Led Zeppelin. She sounded amazing and just rocked it out. I love that her little stumble up the stairs didn’t throw her off at all.
With “Rhiannon,” I thought she sounded like she was mumbling part of the first verse. I didn’t think she really connected with that song well at all, because she was just trying to remember the words. It actually made me really miss Didi Benami’s performance from last season.