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DirecTV to broadcast SXSW music festival

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 8th 2007 1:03PM
taylor hicksThis year, DirecTV will have its own stages at the music festival portion of South By Southwest (SXSW) so it can broadcast concerts live. Performers this year include Pete Townshend, The Stooges with Iggy Pop, David Byrne, Ozomatli, Taylor Hicks (seriously!), Amy Winehouse, Buzzcocks, Interpol, Razorlight, Hot Hot Heat, The Bravery and Booker T. And if you haven't heard of about two-thirds of those bands, that's okay. The point of SXSW is to showcase up-and-comers along with big headliners.

If you're not sure what all this SXSW stuff is, the president of DirecTV says "It's to the music industry what Sundance is to the film business." The festival, in Austin, TX each March, also has an online and movie component but the music portion is definitely the big draw.

DirecTV subscribers can watch SXSW performances on channel 101 from March 14-18.

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Could a fat girl win American Idol?

by Jay Black, posted Jan 19th 2007 12:33PM
fat martin lawrenceI realize that the title of this post is courting a little controversy, but I think it's a question worth asking. Before we begin though, let me say this: I am not a "fattist". I've been very quickly saying goodbye to my own slim self one pizza slice at a time. Also, I'm a big fan of Santa Claus and William Howard Taft. Plus, I think that the FDA should require syrup on everything -- including syrup.

Okay, now that I've headed off all angry comments with that disclaimer, let's get to the meat of the matter: would it be possible for an overweight woman to win American Idol?

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Are American Idol losers the real winners?

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Jan 16th 2007 12:23PM
Kellie Pickler and ConstantineHoward Cohen of MiamiHerald.com seems to think so. In today's post he points out that several AI finalists didn't take top prize, but the show still helped catapult them to success. Jennifer Hudson's Golden Globe win last night certainly puts her on the top of the list for "Most Successful Ex-American Idol Losers," well, at least for the time being.

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Will the next American Idol hail from the South?

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Jan 12th 2007 4:02PM
Fantasia BarrinaIf I were a betting woman, and I'm not, I'd bet that the next American Idol probably isn't going to emerge from the Seattle, Minneapolis, New York, or L.A. auditions. I only say this because they never have before. In fact, all five Idols hailed from southern or southwestern American states. Therefore, I will be paying extra-close attention when AI airs the Memphis, San Antonio, and Birmingham auditions.

Take a closer look, after the jump.

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Katharine McPhee is gonna get Ugly

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 12th 2007 10:34AM
Katharine McPheeAs part of February sweeps, last year's American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee is going to guest-star on Ugly Betty. McPhee will be playing herself, a celebrity guest at Mode's Fashion Week runway show, in an episode entitled "I'm Coming Out". No word yet on whether or not this hour will be Justin-centric... Oh, c'mon, don't tell me I was the only one that read the title and immediately thought of him.

McPhee's appearance will air February 1 (8:00 PM EST). Hmm... Sounds like ABC wants a little bit of FOX's American Idol glow. Also, McPhee is probably doing this to promote her self-titled debut album, which drops later this month.

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Best and Worst of 2006: Annie's list

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 7th 2007 5:35PM
Ugly BettyI'm going to start off with the negative stuff, because I'm well aware that these are the gems that people want to read so that they can tell me how I'm so horribly, horribly wrong.

I'm not angry, just disappointed: Project Runway, Scrubs. God, Project Runway was just plain painful this season. Not only did we have to put up with Vincent and Angela for an ungodly long time, they were brought back for an additional challenge! Then, Jeffrey, the designer with the worst collection of all (well, in my personal opinion), won the whole competition. Livid, I was. I definitely expected better taste from what I've long considered the classiest reality program on television. And as for Scrubs, I think it's lost its charm... JD does that stupid nasal voice all the time (it's at its worst when he does that damn "zoom zoom zoom"), his pregnant girlfriend is an awful character, and Dr. Cox's hair looks like something ripped off a 70s model home floor. I used to think Scrubs was hysterical, but it's really missing something now and I've almost lost complete motivation to watch. If the upcoming musical episode doesn't restore my faith, I doubt anything will.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Dec 21st 2006 4:03PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
A correction concerning yesterday's show: It was brought to my attention that yesterday's story concerning Michael Jackson's plans to sell his Neverland Ranch on a reality show was untrue. I apologize for the misinformation. I always try to double-check information before using them on the show, but in this case my multiple sources were all incorrect. Thanks to Jason for the heads up.

The video's embedded after the jump below, or you can download the file directly (Quicktime required). You can also subscribe to this vodcast via our feed.

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A big twist coming to American Idol

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 19th 2006 3:22PM

American IdolThe people behind the FOX megahit say that a bombshell is coming to the show in midseason. To quote producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz, it's "something that will blow America away."

Hmmm ... what could this possibly be? A viewer at home has a chance to win a million dollars? All of the contestants are robots? Ryan Seacrest is going to reveal that he's ... Catholic (hey, where did you think I was going with that?).

Maybe they're going to do a crossover with another FOX show. Maybe bad guys will take over the studio and hold everyone hostage, and then it's up to Jack Bauer to rescue everyone and clear the phone lines so America can get through and vote for their favorite singer.

The new season starts on January 16.

[via TV Tattle]

American Idol ain't broke
Taylor Hicks: The TV Squad Interview
How much for an American Idol to appear at your party?

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Taylor Hicks: The TV Squad Interview

by Jay Black, posted Dec 12th 2006 11:15AM
taylor hicksThere's probably no fame-train that moves quicker than the one you board when you get on American Idol. In as little as five months, you go from struggling young artist to one of the most famous human beings in America. I can imagine it being overwhelming (I mean after all, in just under a month I went from unknown comedian to internationally famous TV Squad blogger, and the literally tens of emails I've received since then have swamped my inbox). To get into the finals, much less actually win the contest, must make for a difficult transition into the world of celebrity.

Even harder than that is maintaining the momentum. For every Kelly Clarkson there's a Reuben Studdard, and there's a kind of second contest after the winner is crowned to see what he or she does with his or her newfound fame.

It's with this is mind, I'm sure, that the latest winner of American Idol, Taylor Hicks, is releasing his first album. It's called Taylor Hicks and it's dropping just in time for the holidays (and, one imagines, the never ending string of American Idol promos that run during said holidays). He was gracious enough to sit for a telephone interview with me to talk about the new album, his recent comments concerning the show, and the worst pre-Idol gig he ever had.

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A hurricane called American Idol

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 10th 2006 2:34PM
paula abdul; american idolNetwork executives at ABC, NBC, and CBS think 2007 is the year that American Idol will finally lose some viewers. Their reasoning, though, is less logical and more hopeful. They think that, at some point, the ratings have to stop going up. Still, they're getting all their highest-rated shows out of Idol's way... just in case. Entering its sixth season next month, so far nothing has been able to stop Fox's reality giant. An article this morning at Variety compares American Idol to a hurricane that the nets prepare for and then hunker down to survive. And it's not just during the 8-9 pm hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; the fan frenzy over Idol spreads to other Fox shows, such as House and Bones.

Each network has devised a plan that it thinks will attract viewers who don't watch Idol (that's 80% of the country). For example, ABC has bumped Lost back to 10 pm on Wednesdays and is hoping that men watch the new guy-friendly comedy, Kings of Prosperity, while Idol airs on Fox. CBS is sticking with the shows that held up pretty well last year, Criminal Minds and NCIS. Newbie Jericho also enters the fray in February. NBC has perhaps the weakest anti-Idol programming, with Deal or No Deal and Dateline NBC in its path.

Anyone have any guesses on when American Idol's time will be up?

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Taylor Hicks tries not to bite the hand that feeds him

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 2nd 2006 7:10PM
Taylor HicksSoul Patrol, you need to get your man in line. In interview after interview, Taylor Hicks has been none too kind to his American Idol masters. Hicks told Relix magazine that he never watched Idol before appearing on it and that the show is "fizzling out" anyway. Hicks had this to say about the Idol-produced hit "Do I Make You Proud," "It's not mine. The song that was given to me first, I got up from a chair and walked right out of the studio. I was handed this song and I was just like, 'No way, you're not going to make me sing this song.'" That song debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, and undoubtedly, made the man some pocket change.

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How long does it take to light a tree?

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 29th 2006 6:16PM
Rockefeller Center treeNo, it's not the start of a dumb joke. I'm sincerely asking you good folks at TVS the question, because it seems like the answer would be the same since Thomas Edison invented the electric light bulb: about half a second.

Somehow, NBC executives think it takes a lot longer than that: an hour, to be exact. That's how long tonight's special, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, will last. The 74th Rock Center tree-lighting ceremony, hosted by Ann Curry and Al Roker, will be padded with performances Christina Aguilera, Taylor Hicks, Enya, John Legend, Sarah McLachlan, and others. If you live in the New York area, you'll actually get two hours to bask in the tree's darkness; WNBC will begin airing their special at 7, and the rest of the country will join them at 8. And you thought New Yorkers moved faster than the rest of the country.

Anyway, all the performances lead up to the climactic last thirty seconds of the show, when [SPOILER ALERT!] the tree will be lit. Not sure what they're going to do with the last twenty-nine-and-a-half seconds, but I'm sure they'll think of something.

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JibJab and Weird Al team up for video

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 18th 2006 8:03PM

weird alWeird Al Yankovic's goofy songs was the first music I ever really got into, and his sense of humor pretty much defined my own during my early impressionable years. I've always said that the success of his albums was dependent on the music and pop culture landscape of the time (it seemed that if Michael Jackson was having a good year, so would Al), but this time around I think his new album has also been helped by some great videos that have found a wider audience thanks to YouTube and other video sites.

Weird Al's latest video, a take on Taylor Hicks' "Do I Make You Proud?" titled "Do I Creep You Out?" was animated by the boys at JibJab.com, and you can check it out here. Don't try to find it on television, though, the video is online only. Al plays a lonely stalker who just wants to save a girl's used chewing gum and stick her fingers in his mouth. Personally, I don't think that's too much to ask.

[via AWN]

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Yo! Taylor Hicks Raps - VIDEO

by Brett Love, posted Sep 9th 2006 2:55PM
Taylor Hicks and Snoop DoggSometimes you find the strangest things on the internet when you weren't even looking for them. I read an article about Idol winner Taylor Hicks playing a little club show after his concert in San Jose and went looking for some video to share with the Idol fans at TV Squad. Sure enough, it's out there. You can see a couple clips from the show by following this link.

But wait... just like a Ron Popeil infomercial, there's more! While digging up the San Jose video, I stumbled on a little gem from the Birmingham City Scenes Festival. Taylor Hicks on stage rockin' the mic with Snoop Dogg. He spends most of the song dancing and playing harmonica, but about 2:30 in he does a little rapping. It's a strange thing to see. Interesting, but I like my Taylor Hicks a little more Dr. John and a little less Dr. Dre. Watch the video after the jump.

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Taylor Hicks settles lawsuit against former producer

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 30th 2006 11:26AM
taylor hicksTaylor Hicks settled a lawsuit he filed against a former Nashville producer who sold his older songs on iTunes. The settlement gives Taylor possession of three songs that his former producer was selling. In exchange, Taylor promised not to file any further litigation against the man.

The songs, called "The Fall", "Son of a Carpenter" and "In Your Time" were recorded by Taylor in 1997. Two of the songs were briefly for sald on iTunes, but apparently on a handful of them sold before they were removed.

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