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“The X-Factor” premieres and I’m totally sucked in

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of the best stories of the first night, Chris Rene   My editor asked if I was going to watch Simon Cowell’s new show, “The X Factor” and then blog about it. Since I already started watching “The Sing […]

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American Idol, The Voice and gay contestants, oh my

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When I left the Gospel Soundcheck blog for my little hiatus last fall, the hot topic was (besides Katy Perry), homosexuality (which, I suppose, includes the singer who kissed a girl and liked it). I know. What on earth does being gay have […]

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30 Day Christian Music Challenge: Day 2 Day 2: Christian song you’d like to see an “American Idol” contestant sing next season

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today’s 30 Day Christian Music is the Christian song you’d like to see an “American Idol” contestant sing next season. I didn’t watch last season of “American Idol”, don’t know squat about the new judges, don’t know a single contestant, and I confess … […]

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American Idol finalist Scott MacIntyre signs book deal

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol finalist Scott MacIntyre has signed a book deal with Thomas Nelson publishers to pen his autobiography, By Faith, Not By Sight. The title not only has a spiritual connotation; MacIntyre is the blind pianist who captured the hearts of America […]

Goodbye Gospel Soundcheck?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Regular readers of this blog may have been wondering where I’ve been the last few months. Everyone else probably didn’t notice or care. Well, here’s the deal. My contract with Beliefnet ended in October, and you may have caught on […]

American Idol Fantasia hospitalized after apparent overdose

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Season 3 American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino has been hospitalized in North Carolina after an apparent overdose of a combination of “aspirin and sleep aid”, according to news reports. It’s not clear if the overdose was a suicide attempt or […]

Christian music and Katy Perry – why do fans care so much?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Back in June 2008, when I first started blogging about Christian music here at Beliefnet, I did a post about Katy Perry and how she’d once released a Christian album under the name Katy Hudson. It was one of those […]

American Idol season 9 recap from Brittany Keener

posted by Joanne Brokaw

For the first time in several months, I’m not watching American Idol. And I have to confess that it’s nice to have my Tuesday evening back. Not that there’s anything else on I want to watch … but I digress. […]

American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox talks to Ryan Seacrest about her breakup

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This morning, Crystal Bowersox opened up to Ryan Seacrest about what happened to her the day of the final performances: her boyfriend Tony, father of her son, broke up with her. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest and Kara Dioguardi, […]

American Idol Finale: Simon Cowell’s last show, and the winner is … Lee Dewyze!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

And the winner of American Idol season 9 is: Lee Dewyze! Keep reading for the recap of the live Idol finale, including Simon Cowell’s last show: Get ready Idol fans! Tonight is the night you’ve been waiting for for months. […]

American Idol Season 9 Finale, with Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze – live blog

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight’s the night! Lee Dewyze and Crystal Bowersox sing for the title of season 9’s American Idol. No matter who you’re rooting for, it’s going to be a good show. It’s the showdown I called back in March and everyone […]

American Idol Top 3 resuls show – live blog with guests Justin Beiber and Travis Garland

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, tonight’s the night we find out who battles is out for the title of Season 9 American Idol. I stick to my March prediction that it’ll be a Lee/Crystal finale, with Lee squeaking out a win.If you missed last […]

American Idol Final 3 perform – live blog

posted by Joanne Brokaw

We’re almost down to the wire, Idol fans! Tonight Crystal Bowersox, Lee Dewyze and Casey James will perform in the hopes of making it to the finale. Each contestant will sing two songs – a judges’ choice and finalist’s choice. […]

American Idol season 9 Top 4 results, with Daughtry, Bon Jovi, Fantasia – live blog

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight we find out which of the final American Idol contestants make it to the Top 3, and who’s dreams are dashed so close to the finish line. Quick note: The Idol Tour kicks off July 1, and tickets go […]

American Idol season 9 Top 4 perform, with guest mentor Jamie Foxx – live blog

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight the remaining four contestants on American Idol perform songs from the movies, with guest mentor Jamie Foxx. On the results show, we’ll get performances from Bon Jovi and Daughtry. We’re getting down to the wire, folks! Who’s going to […]

American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle releases new book

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle shares her personal story in her new book, “Beyond Me,” which hit bookstores this week. In this video, she talks about the book and the stories in it.The humble singer, who won the hearts of […]

American Idol Top 5 Results show – live blog

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the remaining Top 5 American Idol contestants performed the songs of Frank Sinatra, with guest mentor and all around funny guy Harry Connick Jr. Tonight we find out who goes home – my guess is Casey – and […]

American Idol season 9 Top 5 perform tonight – live blog

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight the remaining Top 5 contestants perform on American Idol. I didn’t think this day would ever get here. If you’re keeping track, Vote For The Worst now has Michael Lynche in their sights. Everyone looks lovely tonight, all dressed […]

American Idol season 9 Top 6 results show – live blog (Siobhan Mangus goes home, and The Clark Brothers are back as Sons of Silvia!)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the American Idol season 9 Top 6 contestants performed the songs of Shania Twain, and tonight we find out who’s going home. It’ll be a close one. If the judges hadn’t used their save on Big Mike a […]

American Idol season 9 Top 6 perform songs of Shania Twain – live blog

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight’s remaining Top 6 season 9 American Idol contestants will perform the songs of Shania Twain tonight, with guest mentor … Shania Twain! Shania did a great job as a guest judge in the early audition rounds, so tonight should […]

Christian group corrects statement about Idol Gives Back and abortion

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I shared a press release with you yesterday from the group Life Decisions International (LDI), which said that Idol Gives Back’s charities have ties to abortion groups. In a statement today, the group corrects one part of the statement, where […]

Idol Gives Back with guests Elton John, Carrie Underwood, and more – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight marks American Idol’s annual Idol Gives Back show to raise money for charities including Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs and the United Nations Foundation. Elton John, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, The […]

Christian group notes Idol Gives Back ties to abortion organizations

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A press release came across my desk today pointing out that tonight’s Idol Gives Back annual fundraiser will give proceeds to the organization Save The Children, which has ties to Planned Parenthood, which is a leading abortion provider in the […]

American Idol season 9 Top 7 perform – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight the remaining seven contestants perform on American Idol, and it’s also Idol Gives Back week. I confess: I haven’t seen an Idol Gives Back show. Ever. I’m usually in Nashville for GMA week, and since there isn’t a GMA […]

American Idol season 9 Top 9 results (again) – blogging live, Adam Lambert performs, one thought to consider, and Katie and Andrew go home

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the remaining Top 9 American Idol contestants performed (again) and tonight we’ll see which two are going home. That’s right: last week the judges used their only save of the season to keep Big Mike around another week. […]

American Idol season 9 Top 9 perform again with guest mentor Adam Lambert – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight the remaining Top 9 Idol contestants perform live – again. Last week the judges opted to save Big Mike Lynche, so tonight all 9 will perform again, and two contestants will go home tomorrow. We’ll see the performances tonight, […]

American Idol Season 9 Top 9 Results – blogging live and the judges save Big Mike

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the Top 9 contestants on American Idol performed the songs of Lennon and McCartney, and tonight we see which contestant is going home. It’ll be a tough one, because for the most part everyone did really well. Who […]

Adam Lambert to mentor Idols; good or bad idea?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Slezak broke the news today that former Idol runner up Adam Lambert will be the guest mentor on American Idol on April 13. The question is: good idea or bad? Personally, I don’t care either way. If […]

American Idol Season 9 Top 9 perform – blogging live, and the show is worth watching

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Things are moving right along on season 9 of American Idol. Tonight, the Top 9 perform. Join me here, where I’ll be blogging live! Here we go. Tonight’s theme is the songbook of Lennon and McCartney, with guest mentor … […]

American Idol Top 10 results tonight – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night American Idol season 9’s Top 10 performed, and surprise, surprise, surprise, they didn’t stink! In fact, some of the contestants were really on top of their game. Tonight we’ll find out who’s going home. My guess for bottom […]

American Idol Season 9 Top 10 perform – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight the Top 10 perform live on American Idol. If I’m being honest, I’d rather skip the whole thing. As the weeks go on, we usually see the contestants getting better, surprising us with song choices and arrangements, and generally […]

American Idol season Top 11 results show

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night’s live performance show of American Idol’s Top 11 was a train wreck. While there were some decent vocals, overall the contestants performed like they were auditioned for “High School Musical” or reprising Michael J Fox’s performance at the […]

American Idol season 9 Top 11 perform – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The remaining Top 11 contestants on American Idol perform Billboard #1 hits tonight, with guest mentor … Miley Cyrus? Miley Cyrus? They’re kidding, right? Good grief. Well, tune in tonight to see what words of wisdom the teen star can […]

American Idol season 9 Top 5 predictions

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Yesterday in an interview with Bob Crittenden on Faith Radio, he asked me to make a prediction about who I think might make the Top 5 on season 9. Given the surprises last week, it’s hard to know what’s going […]

American Idol Top 12 results show – who’s going home tonight?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night on American Idol the Top 12 contestants performed live for your votes. Some rocked, some surprised, and some just made us sleepy. So who goes home? We’ll find out tonight on the live results show, with special guests […]

American Idol season 9 auditions and recaps – complete list of posts

posted by Joanne Brokaw

To make it easier for you to find American Idol posts from this season, I’ve included all of the links to season 9 stories here in one post. And I’ll continue to add links as the season progresses:

American Idol Top 12 perform tonight – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last week the American Idol season 9 Top 12 were named, and tonight they get to prove that they deserve to be there. For a couple contestants, that might be a tough challenge. Paige Miles, for example, should have gone […]

American Idol’s Top 12 results show poll – is it time to stop watching this season?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the Top 12 contestants were named for season 9 of American Idol, and let’s face it: it was a shocker. You can read the play by play from my live blog post, but in short, Lilly Scott was […]

Behind the scenes at American Idol rehearsal

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last week, Brittany Keener gave us a peek at what it’s like to be in the audience during the live results show on American Idol. This week, she shares what it’s like to be in the audience for rehearsal. Brittany […]

American Idol season 9 Top 12 (shocking) results show – Katelyn, Todrick, Alex and Lilly go home

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week the remaining 8 girls and 8 guys performed, and tonight we’ll find out which of them make American Idol’s season 9 Top 12. My predictions for the 6 girls going through: 1. Crystal Bowersox 2. Lilly Scott 3. […]

American Idol season 9 Top 8 guys perform tonight – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the remaining 8 girls on season 9 of American Idol performed, and tonight we see the remaining 8 guys take the stage before the Top 12 contestants are announced tomorrow night. Join me here live at 9 PM! […]

American Idol season 9 Top 8 girls perform tonight – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

And we’re in the home stretch on our way to American Idol season 9’s Top 12 contestants. Tonight, the remaining 8 girls perform live, starting at 8 PM. Join me here tonight; I’ll be blogging live! As the show opens, […]

Danny Gokey signs endorsement deal with Wisconsin Vision

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol contestant Danny Gokey is known for more than just his singing story and personal story. The former worship leader is famous for his eyewear. In a press release, Wisconsin Vision reports:

American Idol: A behind the scenes, in person recap of the Top 10 Guys & Girls results show

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, America watched on televsion as Jermaine Sellers, John Park, Haeley Vaughn and Michelle Delamor were sent home on American Idol. Gospel Soundcheck reader Brittany Keener, who is also the assistant editor and office manger for the Christian Examiner […]

American Idol season 9 Top 10 guys & Top 10 girls results – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night on American Idol, the top 10 girls performed, and Crystal Bowersox led off the show. She spent Tuesday in the hospital; so that she could have a chance to stay in the competition, producers switched nights for the […]

American Idol Top 10 Guys perform tonight – blogging live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Surprise! Here we are on Tuesday night, and instead of the Top 10 girls performing, we’re watching the Top 10 guys! According to Ryan Seacrest the reason is that Crystal Bowersox was taken to the hospital this morning and, under […]

American Idol Top 10 girls perform tonight (and why Crystal Bowersox was in the hospital) – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight the Top 10 girls on season 9 of American Idol hit the stage live. Last week Janell Wheeler and Ashley Rodriguez were sent home. Who’ll make the cut this week? Find out live ….PROGRAMMING NOTE: Surprise! Change in plans! […]

American Idol Season 9 Top 24 Results – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Now that the Top 12 girls and the Top 12 guys have performed, it’s time for someone to go home. Four someones, to be exact. Two guys and two girls. Tonight, the Top 24 results show happens live, with guests […]

American Idol season 9 Top 12 guys perform live tonight – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night we got to see this season’s Top 12 girls perform, and tonight the guys get their chance. Before we jump in, though, there’s a little news tidbit I’d love your thoughts on. Legendary singer Patti LaBelle voiced her […]

American Idol season 9 Top 12 girls perform live tonight – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight the top 12 girls on season 9 of American Idol hit the stage, live and ready for your votes! Join me here tonight to see which prove that they’re worthy of moving on to the next round! The girls […]

American Idol Top 24 Season 9 – Golightly out, Urban in, and other interesting news

posted by Joanne Brokaw

There’s never a dull moment with America’s favorite talent competition, and this year’s crop of singers is no exception. Here’s the list of Season 9’s Top 24, and more information that maybe you want to know – do you know, […]

American Idol season 9 Hollywood Week Top 24 revealed – blogging live (maybe)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

UPDATE 2/18/10: Following is a very casual blogging live narrative about last night’s American Idol Top 24 reveal. I confess I was switching back and forth between the Olympics. Here’s a post with bios of each of the Top 24 […]

American Idol season 9 more Hollywood auditions – blogging live (and missing the Olympics!)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight is the third part of American Idol’s season 9 Hollywood Week auditions. We’ll get to see the last individual performances before we find out tomorrow who makes the Top 24. Do you have any favorites yet? Any predictions on […]

American Idol Season 9 Hollywood Week group auditions – Blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night’s episode of American Idol from Hollywood Week showed us some great individual auditions from Hollywood Week. But tonight comes one of my favorite part of the show: group performances. Typically, someone has a total meltdown and we get […]

American Idol Season 9 Hollywood Week – Blogging live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight’s episode of American Idol is one many of us have been waiting for: it’s Hollywood Week! And tonight, new judge Ellen DeGeneres joins the panel. Join me here while I blog live during the show! 7:45 PM – as […]

Will Howard Stern take over for Simon Cowell on American Idol Season 10?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Ah, the American Idol rumor mill. It’s as much a favorite pastime as watching the show itself. And to make things even more interesting, last week The NY Post reported that shock jock Howard Stern was being pursued to replace […]

American Idol contestant Angela Brown’s mother missing

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Angela Brown received her third ticket to Hollywood and it seems her curse continues. After her first two opportunities were marked by tragedy or problems – season 7 her dad was murdered, season 8 she had to pull out because […]

American Idol Season 9 “Road to Hollywood” auditions – Blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight is the last night of regular auditions for Season 9 of American Idol, and we get to take a peek at more auditions from the cities Idol visited last summer: Boston, LA, Dallas, Denver, Chicago and Orlando. Hopefully, we […]

American Idol Season 9 Christian artists

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Since it ended up being such a big deal last season, I thought I’d get a jump early on some of the contestants in this American Idol competition with ties to Christian music. If you believe the spoiler rumors, a […]

American Idol Season 9 Denver auditions: Blogging live (& the scoop on Nicci Nix)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight is the last city for American Idol’s season 9 auditions, and I’m hoping Denver has something exciting! Victoria Beckham will be joining Randy, Kara and Simon on the judging panel. So join me here tonight live at 8 while […]

American Idol: so how do those auditions really work, anyway?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Season after season, I watch American Idol and ask the same question: Who really listens to those 10,000 folks packed into stadiums hoping to become the next big thing? Here’s a great piece at the Daily Beast that explains the […]

American Idol Season 9 Spoiler Alert: Is this the Top 24? – UPDATE!!!!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

2/3/10 UPDATE: As you probably already know, I am not the expert on all things Idol. I leave that to bloggers like MJs Big Blog and Joes Place Blog, who frankly rule when it comes to all things AI. So […]

American Idol Season 9 Dallas auditions – Blogging live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight’s episode of American Idol takes us to Dallas, TX, with guest judges Neil Patrick Harris and … cover your ears and get ready for the screaming … Joe Jonas. Oh, can my heart take the excitement? Probably. Join me […]

Video: Danny Gokey’s first video, My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here is Danny Gokey’s first video for his debut single, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me.” Gokey was the darling of American Idol’s Season 8, finishing third but leaving with a dedicated fan base who fell in love with […]

American Idol Season 9 Los Angeles auditions – Blogging live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight’s episode of season 9 of American Idol takes us to Los Angeles, with guest judges Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry. (Trivia: did you know that Katy Perry got her start in Christian music? I had a chance to sit […]

American Idol Season 9 Orlando auditions – blogging live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

7:45 PM – And here we are, ready for American Idol season 9 auditions from Orlando. The auditions were held last July, and I can’t wait to see if as many kooks and crazies show as as in Chicago. Tonight […]

American Idol Season 5 finalist Alya Brown daughter of new US Senator Scott Brown

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The senate race between winner Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley has a connection to, what else, American Idol. Senator elect Brown’s daughter Alya was a Top 16 finalist on American Idol Season 5. Brown’s new album, Circles,hits iTunes […]

American Idol Season 9 Chicago auditions recap – Keith Semple, Angela Martin, Charity Vance, Katelyn Epperly, John Park and boob boxing

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On last night’s episode of American Idol, 12,000 hopefuls auditioned in Chicago and only 13 went through to Hollywood. (Boston had 9,000 auditions and 31 golden tickets. How ’bout that?) You can read the play-by-play of last night’s Chicago auditions, […]

American Idol Season 9 Chicago auditions – Blogging live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol Season 9 held auditions in Chicago last June, and you’ll get to see them tonight, when we’re back for another round of America’s favorite singing competition! Tonight’s guest judge is Shania Twain. Join me here tonight at 8 […]

American Idol Season 9 Atlanta Auditions Recap – Vanessa Wolf, Jermaine Sellers, Holly Harden, Miriam Lemnouni, Noel Reese, and Pants on the Ground

posted by Joanne Brokaw

For a full play-by-play of last night’s American Idol Season 9 auditions in Atlanta, you can read my live blog post. But here’s a recap of some of the contestants who went through to the Hollywood round (and one who […]

American Idol Season 9 Atlanta Auditions – Blogging live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Join me here tonight for the Atlanta auditions from Season 9 of American Idol, with guest judge Mary J. Blige. 7:44 PM – while we’re waiting for Idol to begin, why not take a minute to check out this post […]

American Idol pollsters want your feedback each week of Season 9

posted by Joanne Brokaw

HCD Research, an organization that conducts polls on a variety of pop culture and news topics, is inviting you to share your thoughts each week on this season of American Idol! While you can vote for your favorite contestant as […]

American Idol contestant Justin Williams was also a Season 8 contestant

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In the crazy world that is American Idol comes this bit of information that most of us probably didn’t catch last night when we saw cutie Justin Williams audition:He also auditioned in Season 8. And went to Hollywood. In fact, […]

American Idol Season 9 Boston audition standouts – Leah Laurenti, Tyler Grady, Ashley Rodrieguez, Katie Stevens, Justin Williams & more

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I blogged live during tonight’s premiere of Season 9 of American Idol, but if you don’t want to read the play-by-play, here’s a quick recap of some of the Boston auditions standouts and some extra info I dug up on […]

American Idol Season 9 Boston Auditions – Blogging live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Get ready, Idol fans! Tonight kicks off Season 9, the first without judge Paula Abdul. Joining Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Simon Cowell in Boston will be guest judge Victoria Beckham. (Can someone tell me what, other than her run […]

American Idol Season 9 – the Rochester NY connection?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Quick Idol update: I just heard from a friend who said that there’s some chatter in the town of Lima, NY – a suburb of Rochester, NY, where I live – that Jonathan Stills, a local guy who works as […]

Simon Cowell leaving American Idol at end of season

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, it’s finally official: Simon Cowell will be leaving “American Idol” at the end of this season. He’ll instead be judging “The X Factor”, a show he created in the UK that will air in the US in 2011. Back […]

3 reasons why Ellen DeGeneres is going to be a great American Idol judge

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Season 9 of American Idol kicks off tomorrow night and soon we’ll get to see new judge Ellen Degeneres. But during the early audition weeks, we’ll have some guest judges filling in for Paula Abdul. Tonight, Victoria Beckham joins Randy […]

People’s Choice Awards handed out tonight, January 6, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The People’s Choice Awards air tonight, live on CBS beginning at 9:00 PM EST (tape delayed on the West Coast). Awards will be given out for everything from Favorite Movies and TV shows to Favorite Franchise (I think that translates […]

American Idol Season 9 auditions: Are YOU the next American Idol?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Can you believe that American Idol is back in just over a week? It seems like just yesterday we were debating the merits of Adam Lambert, Kris Allen and Danny Gokey and wondering which of them was going to take […]

If Simon Cowell left American Idol, would you watch more or less?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

HCD Research just released results from a small poll they did about American Idol. They asked 800 viewers if they would watch American Idol more, less, or the same if judge Simon Cowell left the show. The results? About 46% […]

Ruben Studdard premieres his new Christmas song, Christmas In Your Arms

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s a special Christmas present, just for Beliefnet readers: The premiere of Ruben Studdard’s new Christmas song, “Christmas In Your Arms”! The song doesn’t release until December 8th, when you can buy it on iTunes, but you get to hear […]

American Idol’s Scott MacIntyre joins Alice Cooper for Christmas Pudding

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol’s Scott MacIntyre will join Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, December 18. Also appearing will be Dee Snider, Warrant, Lita Ford, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Gary Mule Deer, Runaway Phoenix, […]

Adam Lambert’s American Music Awards performance: not ready for prime time?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Adam Lambert closed out last night’s American Music Awards show with a performance that may have left viewers wondering if they were watching ABC or the S&M network. (If there is such a thing.)His performance of his song “For Your […]

Danny Gokey single “It’s Only” debuts on radio

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol favorite Danny Gokey debuted his first single “It’s Only” this morning on FM 106.1 in his hometown of Milwaukee. You can hear Danny Gokey’s song, “It’s Only” on the radio station website. So what do you think? Was […]

LA’s Dream Center Youth Outreach Center named for Danny Gokey’s wife, Sophia

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the L.A. Dream Center, an outreach to the homeless and needy in L.A. & across the U.S., American Idol’s Danny Gokey recently performed at a special media event hosted by Jason Kennedy of […]

Melinda Doolittle, Natalie Grant join The Katinas for benefit concert to aid Samoa tsunami victims

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Natalie Grant and American Idol’s Melinda Doolittle are just two of the artists joining The Katinas for a benefit concert to help the tsunami ravaged islands of Samoa and American Samoa. The Katinas, who were born and raised on American […]

Kris Allen’s new single “Like We’re Dying” just a taste of what promises to be a great album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Kris Allen’s new single, “Live Like We’re Dying”, debuted this week and there’s one thing I have to say:When can I have the album?!

American Idol Chris Sligh offers Season 8 Idols (and other aspiring artists) excellent advice; are you listening?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When he appeared on season 6 of American Idol, the chubby, bespectecled worship leader Chris Sligh offered viewers a decidedly fresh perspective: he didn’t really give a rip about the show. Well, he did, but he also knew that American […]

Ellen DeGeneres Replaces Paula Abdul On American Idol – Really!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Yup, it’s true: Ellen DeGeneres will be replacing Paula Abdul on the new season of American Idol. Really! My first reaction is … what??? Are the producers trying to offset the influx of Christian contestants with a gay judge? (Haha, […]

Kris Allen Album Release Date Set for November 17

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It’s official: Season 8 American Idol winner Kris Allen’s debut album is set to release November 17. Even more exciting, he’s reportedly been in the studio with Mat Kearney. Whoa, this album’s sounding better and better every day.

Danny Gokey Going Country; Is that A Good Thing?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Despite the fact that he claimed he couldn’t say anything about which genre he’s decided on, American Idol contestant Danny Gokey told EW.com’s Michael Slezak that “it’ll be country”, adding that it’ll be marketed a new way. Maybe it’s my […]

Free Christian Music Download of Phil Stacey’s “You’re Not Shaken”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When former American Idol Phil Stacey signed with Reunion Records, he says he felt like it was exactly where he felt he was supposed to be. After his debut performed well, he and his former label felt that a move […]

Jennifer Hudson gives birth to a son

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Congratulations to Jennifer Hudson, American Idol contestant and Oscar winning actress. Hudson gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Monday afternoon. The baby is named David Daniel Otunga, Jr., after his father, Hudson’s fiance. The baby weighed in at […]

It’s Official: Paula Abdul Leaves American Idol

posted by Joanne Brokaw

After weeks (and for some, months) of speculation, Paula Abdul has announced that she will not be returning to “American Idol”. Apparently FOX offered her a contract, which she turned down. My first thought on hearing the news: who’s going […]

American Idol Contestant Alexis Cohen Killed In Hit & Run

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol fans will remember season 7 contestant Alexis Cohen’s famous “Take it! Take it!” comment to the cameras and her promise that she’d make it in “actressing.” She was back in season 8 for another shot, but got the […]

Embassy Music Talent Search Deadline August 7

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Embassy Music has announced a deadline of August 7 for artists and songwriters to register for the 15th Annual Ultimate Talent Search competition. The event will be held September 5, 2009 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Over the […]

American Idol’s Carly Smithson Joins Original Evanescence Guys In New Band, The Fallen

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s some big news: The original guys from hard rock band Evanescence, guitarists Ben Moody and John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray, have teamed up with American Idol’s Carly Smithson to form a new band, The Fallen. The name is […]

Now You Can Wear Danny Gokey’s Eyeglasses & Support Sophia’s Heart Foundation

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If there was one thing that Danny Gokey was known for on season 8 of American Idol – other than his screeching ending to Aerosmith’s “Dream On” – it was his eyeglasses. The guy has more eyeglasses than some women […]

New Season of Gospel Dream Kicks Off June 24

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The fourth season of the Idol-esque singing competion, Gospel Dream, kicks of on Wednesday, June 24 on the Gospel Music Channel. Auditions were held all across the country this spring, and thousands of aspiring singers auditioned for a once-in-a-lifetime chance […]

10 Things To Do Now That American Idol Is Over

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If the finale of American Idol has left you feeling empty and confused about what to do on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, or if the final word on the results still doesn’t settle the question of who really won this […]

American Idol Update: The Controversy Is Settled

posted by Joanne Brokaw

USA Today reports that while in fact a handful of AT&T employees did bring cell phones to parties celebrating American Idol’s Kris Allen, even if there was voting going on it wouldn’t have made a difference in the outcome of […]

American Idol Controversy: Did AT&T Really Influence The Vote?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

For the past week, Adam Lambert fans have been, if I can be honest, acting like very sore losers over last week’s win by Kris Allen on season of American Idol. They’ve been complaining that viewers who cast votes for […]

Kris Allen on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Today; Video of ‘Heartless’ and ‘No Boundaries’

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol winner Kris Allen will perform today on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. If you can’t catch the show, here’s a little preview video of Kris singing Heartless and the American Idol single, “No Boundaries.” It’s much better acoustic. If […]

Was The American Idol Result Really A “Gay vs Christian” Thing? Hardly.

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Much has been made over the last few days about the surprise upset on season 8 of American Idol, when the aw, shucks guy next door Kris Allen beat out glam rocker Adam Lambert for the title of American Idol. […]

Catch Me Friday Morning on WETN 88 Radio – We’re Talking American Idol

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Catch me tomorrow morning at 8:30 am eastern on WETN 88 radio’s Joy In The Morning, broadcasting from Wheaton College. We’ll be talking American Idol and Christianity. I think you can listen online at the WETN website. Check out my […]

Congratulations – Kris Allen Is The New American Idol!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the worship leader from Conway, Arkansas pulled off what might be the biggest upset in American Idol history when he beat out the glam rocker from San Diego, Adam Lambert for the title of American Idol. Allen spent […]

American Idol Finale: And The Winner Is? Blogging Live Tonight!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, this is it, my friends. It’s been a long journey from those first auditions to the finale, but here we are with two of the best performers in this season’s competition still standing. One will be named American Idol. […]

American Idol Finale & The Worst Song Ever Written

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the two remaining Idol contestants, the aw, shucks worship leader from Conway, Arkansas, Kris Allen, and the glam rocker from Los Angeles, Adam Lambert, battled it out to the final note for the title of Season 8’s American […]

American Idol’s Kris Allen and Adam Lambert Final Performances Tonight – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Can you believe that tonight we see the final contestant performances of this season of American Idol? Did you think back during Hollywood Week that we’d have Adam Lambert and Kris Allen as the final two contestants standing? I’m not […]

Video: Adam Lambert’s “Cryin'” Performance & His Thoughts On The American Idol Finale

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the finale of American Idol tonight I thought you might like to see Adam Lambert’s performance of “Cryin’”. The song was Lambert’s personal song choice and probably best exemplifies his musical style. There’s also a short video of Adam’s […]

Video: Kris Allen’s “Heartless” and His Thoughts On The American Idol Finale

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the finale of American Idol tonight I thought you might like to see the performance that probably kept Kris Allen in the competition and left him vying with Adam Lambert for the title of American Idol. There’s also a […]

Press Play “Life Is Beautiful” Hits Stores Today

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The debut release from pop band Press Play, Life Is Beautiful, hits stores today, and if you’re tired of the same old same old in Christian music, you need to check it out. In fact, even if you’re not a […]

American Idol: Danny Gokey Goes Home; Kris Allen and Adam Lambert Final Two

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In case you were living under a rock last night, Danny Gokey was sent home during the results show on American Idol. I’ve been predicting that Kris would be in the final two; I figured it would be Adam joining […]

American Idol Top 3 Results Show – Blogging LIVE

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the remaining Idols – Kris Allen, Danny Gokey and Adam Lambert – sang their little hearts out, with both a personal song choice and a judge’s song choice. You can read my live blog during last night’s show […]

American Idol Top 3 – My Predictions For Tonight’s Results Show

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the remaining Idols – Kris Allen, Danny Gokey and Adam Lambert – sang their little hearts out, with both a personal song choice and a judge’s song choice. All three knocked their personal choices out of the park, […]

American Idol Top 3 Perform – Blogging Live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I can hardly wait for tonight’s episode of American Idol, when the final three – Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen – perform live. They’ll perform two songs – a judge’s choice and then a song of their choice; […]

Christian Music Poll: American Idol & Faith

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hey, all, I wonder if you’d mind helping me out with an article I’m doing for a major mainstream website? I just need to include a couple of viewer comments about the show and faith, and you all have so […]

Idol’s Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey Head Home; Celebration Schedules

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen became the final three contestants in this season’s American Idol, which means that three towns in the US are in a frenzy getting ready to welcome them home for celebrations. According […]

American Idol Top 4 Results Show – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, the final four American Idol contestants performed rock songs, and it’s a toss up who was the best: Adam or Allison. Sure, Adam killed Led Zepplin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” but Allison proved on her duet with Adam of […]

American Idol’s Top 4 Perform – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol’s final Top 4 – Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta – will perform rock songs on Tuesday’s show, with guest mentor, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Slash. I went out on a limb last week […]

David Cook Announces His Brother’s Death During 5K Benefit Run

posted by Joanne Brokaw

(NOTE: My apologies for those of you who got the goofy titled link to this post. I was in a hurry this week doing posts because I had to report for jury duty, and didn’t go back and re-check what […]

Daughtry Debuts New Single on American Idol Next Week

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Idol favorite Chris Daughtry and his band will release their sophomore album in July, but you’ll get to hear the first single, “No Surprise,” from the project when he performs May 6 on American Idol. Daughtry is currently in the […]

American Idol Poll: Who Would You Vote For If The Finale Was Today?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week, bluesy pianist Matt Giraud was sent home in what might have been the best show in a very long time on American Idol. In fact, I’ve venture to say this was the most talented top 5 we’ve seen […]

American Idol Top 5 Results – Who’s Going Home?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, the remaining five American Idol contestants performed songs from the Rat Pack, and they proved why they’re the best of this season. It’s difficult to predict who’s going home. Even DialIdol.com, which tracks the busy signals for the […]

American Idol Winner Prediction – I’m Going Out On A Limb With Kris Allen

posted by Joanne Brokaw

For the past few weeks I’ve been saying that I think this season of American Idol is going to come down to Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen. Most people I’ve talked to disagree; they think Allison wil be […]

American Idol Top 5 Perform – Blogging Live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I was away last week when Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds were sent packing on American Idol, but I’m back and ready to rock and roll as the remainin top 5 perform live. Well, maybe not rock and roll. How […]

American Idol Top 7 Perform (Again, and I Missed it)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As you know, I’m in Nashville this week for Gospel Music Week. That means that Idol comes on at 7 pm where I am, so I wasn’t able to watch the show because I was at the Centricity dinner and […]

American Idol Top 7 Results Show – The Judges Use Their Save On Matt Giraud!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In Last night the Top 7 American Idol contestants sang their hearts out to song from the cinema, with special guest mentor Quentin Tarantino. Tonight, we find out who goes home. Top performers last night included Danny Gokey and Adam […]

American Idol Top 7 Perform – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Wow, we’re really getting down to the wire here, as tonight the Top 7 American Idol contestants perform live. They’ll be singing songs from cinema, with guest Quentin Tarantino. I have no idea what Quentin Tarantino can mentor them about, […]

American Idol Top 8 Results – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the Top 8 performed songs from the year they were born on American Idol. Some of the contestants did great, others failed to live up to expectations. Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta and Matt Giraud […]

Kris Allen performing “All She Wants To Do Is Dance”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, the top 8 contestants performed live on American Idol. While I did a recap live, I keep coming back to two things:’1) Most of the contestants were born the same year as my daughter (1985);and2) There are a […]

American Idol’s Top 8 Perform Tonight – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight, the remaining Top 8 American Idols perform songs from the year they were born. Last week, Megan finally went home, so I’m left with a Top 8 that doesn’t include any more stinker contestants. While I think tonight might […]

American Idol Top 9 Results – Megan Joy Corkrey Goes Home (Finally)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night we say the Top 9 American Idol contestants perform, and tonight we find out who gets voted off. With the song choices to wide open, it’s hard to believe that some contestants still managed to pick the wrong […]

American Idol Top 9 Perform Tonight – Blogging Live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Join me tonight as American Idol’s Top 9 perform live. Rumor is that the contestants chose from a list of the top songs downloaded on iTunes. That means the music will be super current and could be all over the […]

American Idol Top 10 Recap: Should Megan Have Been In The Bottom Three?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night on American Idol, Michael Sarver was sent home. I don’t think that anyone was surprised, but was was shocking was that Matt Giraud was in the bottom three. Honestly, most everyone I talked with thought for sure that […]

American Idol Top 10 Results – Michael Goes Home

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, it’s the end of the road for one contestant tonight for one of American Idol’s Top 10. DialIdol.com is predicting that Megan, Michael and Scott will be in the bottom three, but I think it may be Lil instead […]

American Idol’s Top 10 Perform Tonight – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The President’s address pushed American Idol off by a day this week, so the Top 10 will perform the songs of Motown tonight. This could be a really great show, because once again the variety of songs available offers the […]

American Idol Top 11 Results LIVE

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It’s American Idol results night, and it’s time to find out what happens to our Top 11. Will Michael Sarver live to bore us for another week? Will Adam’s over the top show finally be too much for viewers? Did […]

Is There Too Much Jesus On American Idol?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, Danny Gokey sang Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take The Wheel.” As expected, he sang it well, although I don’t think it was his best performance.But in light of the media focus this week on the Christian aspect of this […]

American Idol Top 11 Predictions

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, American Idol’s Top 11 performed and tonight we find out who’s going home. The remaining 10 have the added bonus of being assured a spot on the American Idol tour.So if you liked Adam Lambert’s … errr … […]

American Idol’s Top 11 Perform Grand Ole Opry Hits – Blogging LIVE Tonight

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Join me here LIVE tonight as American Idol’s Top 11 perform hits made popular by members of the Grand Ole Opry. While I know the Opry is all about country, it evokes images more of gospel country than “crying in […]

Gospel Soundcheck Featured in Associated Press American Idol Story

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Clearly, the Christian music-American Idol link is a hot hot hot topic because last week I was interviewed not only by MTV on the Chris Fabry Live! radio show, but also the Associated Press about the show and the number […]

4 Reasons Why There Are So Many Christian Contestants On American Idol

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I did an interview last week with Gil Kaufman from MTV about the number of Christian contestants on this season of American Idol. Later that same day, I talked to a reporter named Derrick from the Associated Press about the […]

I’m A Guest Today on “Chris Fabry Live”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I’ll be a guest today on the Moody Radio Show “Chris Fabry Live.” You can listen live at 2 pm Central/3 pm Eastern. The topic? You guessed it: Christians on American Idol. Get the Gospel Soundcheck headlines delivered daily to […]

MTV Features Gospel Soundcheck In A Story on American Idol

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gil Kaufman, a writer for MTV, interviewed me this week for a story he was doing about American Idol and what seems like an unusual number of Christian artists in this season’s competition. I’ve been covering the Christian angle of […]

American Idol Top 13 Results and Surprises

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night we saw the Top13 perform – some did great, some not so much. Tonight we see who American has chosen to move on as two contestants go home … or do we? Simon said they have a surprise […]

American Idol Top 13 Perform Michael Jackson Songs

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Join me here LIVE tonight as American Idol’s Top 13 contestants perform the songs of American Idol. Michael Jackson songs? Hmmm. This should be interesting. Performing tonight: Kris Allen Danny Gokey Megan Joy Corkrey Anoop Desai Matt Giraud Alexis Grace […]

American Idol Names Top 13, Not 12

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On last night’s American Idol Wild Card show (you can read my live show recap), the judges surprised everyone by naming 13 contestants instead of 12. Ricky Braddy blew his chance by singing “Superstition” and looking like a karaoke contestant. […]

American Idol Wild Card Show – Performances & Results TOP 13!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight on American Idol we get to see the last group of performers and find out which three will make it to the Top 12. The contestants will perform and then the judges will announce their decisions. Peforming tonight: Anoop […]

American Idol Wild Card Round: The Return of Tatiana!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, Scott MacIntyre, Lil Rounds and Jorge Nunez joined Danny Gokey, Alexis Grace, Michael Sarver, Allison Iraheta, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, and the judges announced the 8 contestants who will vie tonight for the final three spots in […]

American Idol Group 3 Results: Scott MacIntyre, Lil Rounds, Jorge Nunez

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight we get the results from the Group 3 live performances of last night. You can read my comments as I blogged live last night but my predictions: Lil Rounds, Scott MacIntyre and Felicia Barton. In the competition so far, […]

American Idol Wild Card Round This Week, Thursday March 5

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight, American Idol’s Group 3 competes to fill the next 3 spots in the Top 12 (you can join me tonight LIVE and comment during the show). We get the results tomorrow, on Wednesday … and then the Wild Card […]

American Idol Group 3 – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight on American Idol, we get to see Group 3 perform and find out if worship leader Felicia Barton joins fellow worship leaders Danny Gokey, Michael Sarver and Kris Allen in the Top 12. It’s a season rife with Christian […]

Free Christian Music Download from American Idol’s Mandisa

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can get a free music download from former American Idol contestant Mandisa over at iTickets.com. The song is “My Deliverer” from her new album, Freedom. The song is the first single from the album, which releases March 24th. The […]

Tension At The American Idol Judges’ Table: Is The Honeymoon Over?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night during the American Idol results show, I detected more than a little tension at the judges’ table which makes me wonder if this season the real drama will occur off-stage. While new fourth judge Kara DioGuardi was making […]

American Idol: Is This The Season of the Worship Leader?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, I was wrong about my American Idol predictions, and I’ve never been so happy: Kris Allen (pictured) made the Top 12! He, along with Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert, join Alexis Grace, Danny Gokey and Michael Sarver in […]

Norman Gentle This Season’s Sanjaya? No Way! Check out last night’s performance

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I read a blog today that likened American Idol contestant Norman Gentle (known in real life as Nick Mitchell) to Season 6 contestant Sanjaya Malakar.Maybe you remember the admittedly cute but woefully untalented singer who was kept in the competition […]

American Idol Group 2 – Results Show LIVE

posted by Joanne Brokaw

So last night the second group performed on American Idol, and all I can say is they pretty much stunk up the joint. You can read my live blog from the show last night and get the play by play. […]

American Idol Group 2 On the road to the Top 12 – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

OK Idol fans! We’re ready for Group 2 on our road to the Top 12. Tonight, there are three contestants with ties to Christian music: Mishovanna Henson, Matt Giraud, and Kris Allen. Plus, Norman/Normund Gentle (aka Nick Mitchell) performs. It […]

American Idol Group 2 Performances Wednesday Night – Your Predictions?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week, American Idol airs on Wednesday night (not Tuesday), so join me at 8 pm on Wednesday, February 25 as the second group of contestants perform for their chance to make it to the Top 12. (NOTE: This is […]

American Idol George Huff To Release Sophomore Album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Season 3 American Idol’s George Huff is set to release his sophomore self-titled gospel album on April 7th. The songs on his new album reflect some of the hard times he’s experienced in his life. Originally from New Orleans, for […]

Send American Idol’s Jamar Rogers Birthday Wishes

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week, I gave you an update on American Idol’s Jamar Rogers and what he’s been doing since he was eliminated from the show during Hollywood Week. (Be sure to check out this post: American Idol’s Jamar Rogers and Frankie […]

American Idol’s Jamar Rogers and Frankie Jordan – BIG BIG NEWS!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American was shocked when Jamar Rogers was eliminated from American Idol during Hollywood Week. We’d enjoyed watching him and best buddy Danny Gokey during the auditions and had hopes of watching them compete together in the Top 12. Sure, we […]

American Idol Contestants With Ties to Christian Music – Round 2 & Updates

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The next round of American Idol contestants was announced last night, and for no other reason that I really don’t want to write my humor column I’ve spent the morning searching for any ties these contestants have to Christian music. […]

American Idol Group One Results Tonight – Join Me Here LIVE

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hey, all, just a quick note to let you know that I’ll be back tonight blogging live during the results show. Let’s see who goes through to the top 12. Will it be Danny, Alexis and Anoop, like I predicted? […]

American Idol Viewers Rate Randy Jackson Top Judge From Last Night

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I told you last week that HCD Research was going to be conducting research during the live performances of American Idol, but instead of rating the singers, they were rating the judges. Well, 1,522 viewers watched clips of each performance […]

American Idol Predictions: Danny, Alexis and Anoop, And The Battle Of The Church Worship Leaders

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Thanks for those of you who played along last night during American Idol while I blogged live during round one of the Top 36 performances! After watching the live performances, I stand by my predictions: top guy, Danny Gokey; top […]

American Idol Round One: Blogging LIVE Tonight!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight’s American Idol kicks off the first of four elimination rounds that will whittle the field down to the Top 12 contestants. I’m going to blog LIVE tonight during the performances, and I want you to join in! Tonight’s contestants […]

American Idol’s Felicia Barton a Worship Leader at Freedom Fellowship in VA

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Felicia Barton got what I’m sure was the surprise of her life last week when she was added to the top 36 in Season 8 of American Idol after Joanna Pacitti was deemed ineligible to compete. Like Danny Gokey and […]

Judging The American Idol Judges: Research Firm Takes On The Task

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Looks like the contestants won’t be the only ones under the microscope this season on American Idol. HCD Research announced yesterday that beginning February 17 it will conduct a study among a nationally representative sample of Americans to evaluate the […]

American Idol Round One: Tell Me Your Predictions

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tuesday night, American Idol kicks off the first of four weeks of elimination rounds to narrow the field to the top 12 contestants, and I want to know who you think will make it to the top 12. The 12 […]

Breaking American Idol News: Joanna Pacitti Ineligible; Replaced By Felicia Barton

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A note posted today on the American Idol Top 36 page notes that: “It has been determined that Joanna Pacitti is ineligible to continue in the competition. Felicia Barton has replaced Ms. Pacitti as part of the Top 36.” Billboard […]

Idol Shocker: Jamar Rogers Sent Home, Tatiana Del Toro Stays

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The final night of Hollywood week found the contestants doing their face-to-face meetings with the judges (unfortunately, minus the elevator cam), with an added twist: some contestants had to sing again in a “sing off” between contestants. But before I […]

American Idol: My Predictions For Some Of The Final 36

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night was the final performances of season 8 of American Idol’s Hollywood Week auditions, and while the format was confusing – we started at the end and worked backwards – there’s only one thing that really matters: Tonight, we […]

American Idol Season 8 Contestants With Ties to Christian Music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

** UPDATED POST HERE: American Idol Contestants With Ties to Christian Music – Round 2 & Updates I hate to admit it, but I spent hours this weekend surfing the net to do a little research on some of the […]

American Idol Contestant Kristen McNamara & L.A.U.G.H.

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I was checking out some of the Idol contestants today and came across Kristen McNamara’s MySpace and another site for an organization that she co-founded called L.A.U.G.H.: Love All Unconditionally Giving Hope.You’ll remember Kristen as part of the train wreck […]

American Idol Contestant Ryan Johnson Performs Tonight with Christian Band Instereo

posted by Joanne Brokaw

instereoSeason 8 American Idol contestant Ryan Johnson will perform tonight with his Christian band Instereo. The show will happen tonight at Grace Chapel of Praise, 621 S. Erie Highway in Hamilton, Ohio.Instereo drummer Terry Thurston told the publication that Ryan […]

Is Jesus at American Idol’s Hollywood Week?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I know that we haven’t had a chance to really get to know all of the contestants in this year’s American Idol competition, but something at last night’s group auditions struck me: some of the people praying and thanking Jesus […]

I need to clarify my Phil Stacey post

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I just wanted to take a minute to clarify – and apologize – if my Phil Stacey post came off as critical. I got a comment from CFPhilfan made me go back and reread the post, and he/she is right: […]

Phil Stacey Signs With Reunion Records

posted by Joanne Brokaw

For those of you who think American Idol is th fastest way to the top of the music industry, be warned: even Idols get the axe. Phil Stacey parted ways with his label, Lyric Street, according to the Country Standard […]

American Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi Gives Contestant Some Solid Advice

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night’s episode of “American Idol” in Jacksonville was without much excitement. (You can read my American Idol recaps at NewChristianVoices.com.) But Kara DioGuardi did give contestant Darin Darnell some excellent advice. Darnell was a bit weepy because his buddy […]

Chris Sligh co-writes new Rascal Flatts song

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Chris Sligh, American Idol Season 6 finalist (at what point can we stop id’ing AI alum by that credit?), has co-written the new Rascal Flatt’s single, “Here Comes Goodbye.” The song was written by Sligh and Clint Lagerberg, who also […]

More on American Idol contestant Danny Gokey and wife Sophia

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I know it’s still early in the competition, but last night’s auditions in Kansas City showcased Danny Gokey, a singer from Milwaukee who lost his wife just four weeks before that audition. The show’s producers milked that story, didn’t they? […]

What’s up with American Idol’s new judge Kara DioGuardi and why is the show milking contestants’ tragedies?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

So the first two auditions from American Idol are over, and I have two questions: 1) Why is American Idol taking such advantage of the contestants’ tragedies? 2) Why do we need another judge? First, the contestants.

“You might be a Christian music fan if” joke explained

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, knock me over with a pack of Testamints but apparently some of you didn’t get my “You might be a Christian music fan if…” post. Well, at least the Jonas Brothers/David Archuleta joke anyway. Most of you probably didn’t […]

Arrest made in Jennifer Hudson family murders

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Reuters reported yesterday that William Balfour, the former brother-in-law of actress Jennifer Hudson, has been arrested for the murder of Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew. Balfour was in an Illinois prison on charges of parole violation for a previous attempted […]

“Songs of Soul and Inspiration” features CeCe Winans, Shirley Caesar, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This Sunday night, October 26, the Gospel Music Channel will debut the special, “Songs of Soul and Inspiration” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of AARP and honor the musical legacy of the African American church. The event, which was recorded […]

American Idol Chris Sligh wants you to make his next music video

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As he wraps his nationwide, headline “Back to School” tour this week, American Idol finalist Chris Sligh is asking fans to help him create his next video, by lip-syncing to the original vocals for Sligh’s debut, top 10 AC hit […]

Shocker! Clay Aiken comes out of the closet

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I know this will come as a shock to many of you, so sit down in case you faint, but Clay Aiken has come out of the closet and confirmed that he is, indeed, gay. Um. Didn’t we pretty much […]

Phil Stacey’s “Old Glory” released to iTunes

posted by Joanne Brokaw

While serving active duty in the United States Navy as a Musician Third Class at Navy Band Southeast in Jacksonville, Florida, former American Idol contestant Phil Stacey penned a patriotic anthem, “Old Glory.” The song has now been released to […]

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