Whew. One week of American Idol down, then. So, how are you doing? Feeling delicate after all that singing and planking and dreaming? Well, say hello to this morning's Idol roundup, then. Should be a bit sobering.
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Let's begin with the Idol premiere's ratings: they're down.
By 27%, in fact, according to The Hollywood Reporter
. The season premiere attracted a total of 21.6 million viewers, as opposed to last season premiere's 26.25 million. Still, it gave Fox the win on Wednesday night. And Idol
still debuted with more viewers than The X Factor
Still sticking to this season: remember Amy Brumfield, the hopeful from the Savannah auditions who lived in a tent? Now TMZ reports
that she's got a pretty intensive criminal record
: six arrests in the past seven years, actually, three of which involve alcohol. Back in 2007 she was even put under probation for underage drinking. Not that it matters now, methinks, since she's blowing judges out of the water and stuff.
Elsewhere on the Idol-sphere...
Chris Daughtry is going on tour, in support of his latest album Break the Spell -- and also in support of the charity Malaria No More, with a dollar from every ticket sold going to the group. Nashville-based group SafetySuit is supporting them. Tour dates are as follows:
March 20: Buffalo, NY
March 21: Reading, PA
March 24: Toronto, ON
March 25: Cleveland, OH
March 27: Atlanta, GA
March 28: Little Rock, AR
March 30: Nashville, TN
March 31: Louisville, KY
April 2: Columbus, OH
April 3: Cincinnati, OH
April 4: Pittsburgh, PA
April 7: Greensboro, NC
April 9: Charlotte, NC
April 11: Clearwater, FL
April 14: Boca Raton, FL
April 15: Jacksonville, FL
April 17: Columbia, SC
April 18: Richmond, VA
April 20: West Long Branch, NJ
April 21: Syracuse, NY
April 23: Lowell, MA
April 24: Newark, NJ
April 27: Mashantucket, CT
April 28: Albany, NY
Ryan Seacrest is starting a new TV channel:
well, not exactly, but THR reports
that he's joining forces with Mark Cuban in relaunching his current channel, HDNet, to AXS TV (or, ehrm, Access) this summer. Expect Seacrest's Hollywood connections and production elan to bring new shows to the channel... hopefully not more Kardashian derivatives.
A trial is finally set in the murders of Jennifer Hudson's mom, brother and nephew: E! Online reports
that suspect William Balfour will face trial on April 9. Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister, allegedly shot the Idol
contestant's mother Darnell Donerson, brother Jason Hudson and 7-year-old nephew Julian King in October 2008.
Finally, a reminder: there's another Idol audition episode this Sunday, at around 10pm ET (and at 7pm PT), after the NFC finals on Fox.
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