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Idol songwriting competition back on track

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Apr 6th 2007 1:02PM
Carrie UnderwoodDo you write the songs that make the whole world sing? Do you write the songs of love and special things? Do you write the songs that make the young girls cry? If so, you could be the next person to have your dreams come true courtesy of American Idol.

Producer Simon Fuller announced the launch of American Idol's much anticipated songwriting competition, that was first on, then probably off, but now definitely back on. The contest gives one lucky songwriter the chance to write the single that will be heard by millions on Idol's grand finale show.

Fuller said, "Having an undiscovered songwriter create the winner's single seemed like a natural next step for our show . . . This show has always been, and will continue to be, all about fulfilling dreams."

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Pringles announces American Idol partnership

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Feb 28th 2007 1:19PM
PringlesIt's a slow gossip day for Idol, when the only new Idol-related stuff I can find is PR announcement about potato chip marketing. I guess, I should be thankful for the break from the Antonella gossip, if nothing else.

Anyway, Pringles is the latest brand hoping to cash in on American Idol's popularity and powerhouse ratings, by launching a long-term partnership with FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment. As part of their "expansive marketing campaign," Pringles will create limited edition American Idol branded cans, and run American Idol-themed spots on Fox during Idol broadcasts.

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After tour, Elliott Yamin will no longer be part of Idol

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 3rd 2006 3:16PM

Elliott YaminTV Guide has an interview with American Idol finalist Elliott Yamin. People have been wondering why four of the five finalists on the show got record deals with 19 Entertainment, the producers/company behind Idol, but not Yamin.

"I'm not upset. Not at all. There's no need for anyone to be outraged. What's the big hurry? What's the big rush? The folks who've signed to this point, they're with 19. I will not be affiliated with 19 after the tour is over...I'm going to be able to make the music I want to make; that's all I have to say."

He also explains that after Idol was over, he got 40 to 50 offers for free dental work! And he might just take one up on their offer.

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Kelly Clarkson knew 'Justin' movie would suck

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 6th 2006 8:58AM
kelly clarkson movieKelly Clarkson just solidified her standing as my favorite American Idol (sorry Bo, you're #2). She has managed to escape from the strangle-hold that American Idol has on most of its contestants' careers. In an article that comes out in today's Time magazine, Kelly says she didn't want to make From Justin to Kelly with runner-up Justin Guarini but she was contractually obligated. I never saw it, because it looked like some terrible version of Beach Blanket Bingo and it only got 8% on Rotten Tomatoes. She said, "I knew when I read the script it was going to be real, real bad...I could not get out of it." Kelly eventually did get out of her contract with 19 Entertainment, the studio that manages all the American Idol winners, when folks in charge wouldn't allow her to write any songs for her new album, Breakaway. She ended up writing or co-writing six of twelve tracks and now is managed by a new company. Just call her Miss Independent.

By the way, Kelly is scheduled to perform on the Grammy Awards this Wednesday. She is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album. Knowing that her personal stamp is on that album, I'm definitely rooting for her!

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