2/08/2006 08:18:00 PM|W|P|aexapo|W|P|
Okay, round 1 of Hell Week is over. Here’s some of the faves that got to move ahead to the next round:
Taylor Hicks (the grey-haired dude)
The pre-arrested Brittenum Twins
David Radford (the cute crooner)
And these people got it, too:
Garet Johnson, who’s already dubbed himself the “Cryin’ Cowboy”
Kaitlin Johnson (the anti-TV girl – her TV time was cut on this episode, much like her audition – but, we saw her for a fraction of a second jumping around on stage in victory)
And a nice sounding Patrick Hall from Arkansas whose audition was not broadcast previously on the show.
Idols Go Home!
There were 66 cut from the show, including:
Ronnie Norman (the ladies man)
Steven David (the Paula-loving married police man – hey, wise move, producers!)
Dave Hoover (like we didn’t see THAT coming!)
Joshua and Jarrett Simmons – the other twins, who both actually performed more smoothly and cleanly than the smooth talking Brittenum twins. Some attitude from the Brittenums as well, plus a preview of next week when one of them assumes Diva-dom by suggesting, “I don’t do groups!”
More later tonight after the Grammy’s.|W|P|113945177868593148|W|P|Hell Week, Round One|W|Pemail@example.com/08/2006 05:58:00 PM|W|P|aexapo|W|P|Tonight will produce an interesting dilemma for Idol fans: 1) watch the beginning of "Hell week" on Fox's American Idol 5, or 2) watch and see how Kelly Clarkson and Fantasia do on the 48th Annual GRAMMY awards on CBS.
All I can say, is thank GOD for DVR technology! (I'll be watching both).
Here's a list of "grammy" items to watch for for our Idols on the Grammy's -- there's a total of SIX awards to watch out for.
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
Since U Been Gone
Track from: Breakaway
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
Track from: Free Yourself
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)
Track from: Free Yourself
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
And, for the last award . . . this one is Fantasia-related, though she herself wasn't eligible for the following award:
(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parenthesis.) Singles or Tracks only.)
Craig Brockman, Missy Elliott & Nisan Stewart, songwriters (Fantasia)
Track from: Free Yourself
[J Records; Publishers: Mass Confusion Music, WB Music/CraigMan Music, Dimensional Music of 1091/Nisan's Music, Universal Music Publishing.] source: http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/Annual_Show/|W|P|113944405907333696|W|P|Idols on the Grammy's|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/08/2006 03:29:00 PM|W|P|aexapo|W|P|With 7 episodes of auditions finally over, we head to Hollywood/Hell week . . . with the 175 contestants sent from the various cities struggling to make it to the next level. If the previews can be believed, we'll see more of the Brittenum twins (pre-eviction, of course), but probably not much longer. Who will stay, and who'll get sent home? Will this be the week the less-than-perfect 2-out-of-three ticketers go home? Will the little cowboy make it, or the smallish kid (who looked more like a toddler)? What about the anti-TV girl?
While we look forward to tonight's episode, here's a nice -- and truthful -- summary of what we've had to endure for the last four weeks!|W|P|113943631107102555|W|P|Auditions Over; 175 to Hollywood!|W|Pemail@example.com/07/2006 06:00:00 PM|W|P|aexapo|W|P|She Believes TV is a Sin!
An IdolsRising.com Exclusive
Though her Austin audition wasn't one of the few featured on Fox's American Idol, rumors are coming out of the Oneness Pentecostal religious sect (they like to refer to themselves as Apostolics) that one of their own, Kaitlin Johnson (pics below), has made it to "Hollywood."
What makes this interesting is that Kaitlin is the daughter of Rev. Rex Johnson of Austin's Christian Life Church, which presents itself as a "church for all people," but is actually a part of this Oneness sect's largest organization, the United Pentecostal Church, International. Why this continues to be interesting is because any member of the United Pentecostal Church (called the "UPC" among those in the club) knows that this organization and each of its member churches teach and believe that owning and watching television is a sin, and within that faith, any sin will send you to Hell. The organization is so serious about their "list of sins," that each minister that holds a license in that faith must sign an annual affirmation* promising to teach every thing contained in their Articles of Faith* -- which contains the television prohibition (check out the paragraph entitled "Holiness").
Kaitlin's participation is being blogged about and is hitting the message boards of independent "Apostolic" networks -- Oneness Pentecostals who don't necessarily hold to the strict religious requirements. It's even spiked enough interest among former Pentecostals to warrant a mention on their network forums (which is where I heard it). But the question remains: why would a person who believes TV is a sin participate on American Idol?
Other odd peculiarities of the United Pentecostals: women must wear dresses and not cut their hair, wear cosmetics, and members in general can't watch movies, swim with members of the opposite sex, or participate in "organized public school activities."
Kaitlin's pics from IdolonFox.com: pics 1 2 3 4.
*links to spiritualabuse.org - a site critical of the teachings of the United Pentecostal Church|W|P|113935987171576415|W|P|Kaitlin Johnson: the Anti-TV girl on American Idol 5|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/13/2006 12:58:00 PM|W|P|2/16/2006 12:20:00 AM|W|P|
This competition is about talent. I would much rather read an article about that instead of reading someones obvious biased rants.2/16/2006 08:11:00 AM|W|P|
chris - having been a former member of that faith myself, i think NOT reporting that would be a major injustice, and an act of support of blatant religious hypocrisy.2/16/2006 01:35:00 PM|W|P|free!
For a Man who has loved everyone of us who has ever breathed a breathe, unconditionally. He gave His life for us that we might live without guilt or condemnation and then, rose again in 3days. There is nothing that is to great a sacrifice for me to give up, when TV is such a small part of life. There are more important things to make a fuss about in life. Our organizations beliefs are not based on the way one feels, but rather on the Absolute Truth(the Holy Bible)!2/16/2006 06:46:00 PM|W|P|
And, it's interesting that while the pew-sitters of that organization are expected to obey the teachings against television, the children of those same pastors (sworn to teach against TV) can audition on it. But, it's no great surprise to me -- one of the things that led me to question (and eventually leave) that faith was the double standard among ministry. No surprise for me.2/16/2006 09:26:00 PM|W|P|2/17/2006 02:48:00 AM|W|P|
Again, I was raised in that faith, so I'm aware of the circumstances. Either it's right or its wrong, and if that church has broadened their mind on television, maybe they should stop participating in an organization that condemns people to hell for watching the Evening News.2/20/2006 10:51:00 AM|W|P|
Sounds like you have had some issues with the United Pentecostal Church. You and God need to have a little talk and quit talking about things you don't know about. None of our saints or preachers condemn people to hell for watching the evening news. The TV is not a sin it is what you watch and how much time you put into it. God is supposed to be number one.
Every one is different and has experienced different things. You beleive what you beleive and the same goes for everyone else. All I can say is the word of God will never change. So beleive what you want and let what other people do affect you but as for me I am going to stay with the bible.
Every one makes their own mistakes.2/27/2006 11:53:00 AM|W|P|3/21/2006 02:59:00 AM|W|P|
My ex sister in law is a die hard member of the UPC and has been for 12 years. We have heard her rail against "the evils" of the "Hellivision or Devilvison" (which is what the UPC calls TV) for years.
(Though the internet is totally fine according to the UPC. I have long been waiting for "a member of the sactified fold" to explain the rational behind that one!)
However, she didn't see anything wrong with signing my nephew, who was 6 at the time, up to do a commerical for Chevrolet, that was broad casted during the Superbowl! In return for 6 grand and a membership in the actors guild!!
By the way not only is TV a Sin..But the old Devil Bowl is right up there on the UPC evil scale with Halloween or the xmas tree!According to her is was "a blessing from Jesus."....Ummmm. Okay???? You mean that very Jesus who you claim considers both those thing sin and damnation??? Ummmm...What brand of message are you sending your son their oh holy one?
Another favorite of mine that is sooo UPC is that UPC actually preaches that if you don't believe what they do, baptise as they do, and are a member of their sect you are "not saved". That's right, only members of UPC are "god's people". The other 90% of Christondom are decieved, sinners and are going to hell.
However, that doesn't stop UPC ministers or members from reading, doing work shops, and recommending books to their members that are written by members of the other 90% of Christendom "who has not the truth".
Yepper...they actually read and recommend reading to their members of the very people they rail against and say are decieved sinners who are hell bound..What's the rational behind a church who "has the only truth" but promotes literature of SINNERS to its "saints"??? That one always slayed me!!
In UPC, working under the table is not stealing or defrauding the government..It's a "blessing from the Lord"...
In UPC..if a sales clerk accidentally gives you back to much change...you don't return it..Rather you poke it in your skirt pocket and do the pentecostal shuffle right out the door of the store just a prasing jesus for that little financial blessing!!!I have seen it all 100 times in UPC, from more then 30 of their demonminations and it's members. All the sinners I have met in my life are not as dishonest as most members of UPC I have come across and that has been thousands!
The ministry of UPC also see's nothing wrong with expecting the single mothers on Welfare and barly scraping by to tith their 10% and then give offerings on top of it. Often time in the form of "love offerings" which are given to traveling ministers who are not financially destitute by any means.And of course the "love offering" basket is placed at the front of the church so everyone could see who goes up to drop money in it and who doesn't!
But I have yet to ever see any UPC request their congregations to give "love offering" to any single mother who is struggling by to raise her kids on her own. When they requested "love offerings" for wealthy pastors, I saved mine and slipped it to one of the struggling single mothers in my church, who really needed the money!
I can tell you exactly what happened. Kaitlin and Daddy saw "dollar signs" and decided that she would be doing the decived world a favor by "spreading the truth" to the world on IDOL. It had nothing to do with the fact that it could put extra fundage in the church bank account I am sure.. (Note the sarcasim)
The thing about UPC is that it isn't based on any form of inward spirituality. It's all out ward stuff and looking the part. The Women in the UPC are some of the most evil hearted, forked tongue, females I have ever come across in my life. But hey, in UPC it's okay to have a heart as black as the devil himself as long as you cover it up with a skirt and a turtle neck and avoid the max factor section of your local department store and are not seen in the vicinity of Master cuts with out your husband or your son..
I am sorry but UPC and it's members just make me sick!!3/21/2006 11:32:00 PM|W|P|
I am also sure that your analogy of someone walking out of a bank or store with money that doesn't belong to them is a made up analogy that makes you feel like a smart person but really reveals that you are trying very hard to spit venom at people because you were perhaps hurt at some point in your life.
Do I believe every line of the UPC manual? No. But for the sake of dwelling in unity with my brothers I am willing to give up some things for the sake of not causing division.
Last, but certainly not least, the UPC has never claimed that they are the only people going to heaven. I have known some UPC people that if they were the only example to me of what UPC was about then I would not want part, but there are a lot of good people out there. The UPC doesn't claim you have to be baptised "their" way but rather the way that is outline so clearly in the Bible. Is it so far reaching the a church would preach that you have to obey the Bible? God forbid! Follow God's word? I have to do that? Yes!!!! You have to follow God's word to the letter, not your made up opinions and unverifiable proofs you claim to know. God will judge you by His word, not mine. I would be less worried about tearing down Pentecostals and more concerned with building people up. You see, if You (Shannon) are to be the light that I am to follow and you do nothing but spit poison as you have here then I would want to be as far from you as possible so I wouldn't get hurt.3/24/2006 06:03:00 PM|W|P|
I hate to break it to you. BUT REALITY IS. That what I have said about those that have walked out of the store with to much change is THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH. Would you like my ex sister in laws number? She is a "die hard" UPC member who currently receives SSI (disability) and is not supposed to work. However, she has been working 40 per week UNDER THE TABLE FOR THE PAST YEAR!! Is this not defrauding the government? Is this not STEALING? Nope, it's a blessing from Jesus...The fact of the matter is that as long as UPC members tithe to the church it doesn't matter how honestly or dishonestly they earn their money.
I have witnessed "God's self proclaimed Saints" do FAR WORSE THEN THAT. And I have yet to met people as poison spewing as those members of the UPCI. They spew poison and venom over their pulpits several times a week. Your welcome to YOUR INTERPETATION of what the BIBLE SAYS. No matter how incorrect it is.
Oh come on now BOB...BE HONEST.. ARe you really going to try to say that UPC does not teach and preach that the other 90% of Christianity is WRONG AND HELL BOUND? You and I both know and so does anyone who has ever had any experiance in or with UPC that UPC does indeed teach that if you don't adhere to their interpetation of the bible that YOUR NOT SAVED!!! I have been to many many different UPC's and THEY ALL TEACH AND PREACH THE SAME EXACT THING!IF YOU BELIEVE IN THE TRINITY AND DONT ADHERE TO THEIR INTERPETATION OF SALVATION AND THEIR BAPTISMAL FORMULA YOUR NOT ONLY DECIEVED BUT NOT SAVED AND GOING TO HELL!!
I love how UPC members always try to white wash that...So then BOB tell me, since you assert that UPC doesn't claim to be the only church/people going to Heaven. Then what other churchs or denominations do UPC teach or preach is HEAVEN BOUND???
It amazes me how any time some one speaks the truth about UPC or its hypocritical members then they are accused of "spitting poison and venom". Well if speaking the truth is only poison and venom I guess that says something about UPC huh?
Save me your surrmon BOB and your UPC propaganda. Educate yourself of the TRUTH about the Judeo/Christian religion. Then you will see just exactly how much TRUTH exists in THE BIBLE and how much of it has merely been stolen from the old PAGAN religions. Christiany springs from PAGANISM and MYTHOLOGY..
Gimme a break4/10/2006 05:34:00 PM|W|P|
It makes me wonder what church you've found that is perfect. Or have you just completely turned your back on God altogether. Let me guess. I'm sure you loved God once with all your heart, and maybe you even still love him. And no matter where you go, or how far you run, God will still love you. And that change you had when God filled you with the holy ghost, is the only change that will save you. God will save you. Not a religion. Not flawed, imperfect people. The only infallible One of them all. I pray that one day you stop looking at the people, and turn your eyes back to Jesus, and calvary, where the greatest gift was given just so you'd one day be with Him.
Like Lysa said earlier...you and God need to have a talk..a big one.2/05/2006 09:45:00 PM|W|P|aexapo|W|P|Kelly Clarkson comes clean with her post-Idol career in the new issue of Time magazine, explaining her love for and differences with the show and its producers. She has nothing nasty to say; she's just a rising star that saw her career faltering in the hands of Simon Fuller and took control of her own destiny.
On the latest controversy, she stands by her story -- she never refused to allow her songs to be used on American Idol; she proudly allowed them once she was asked.
On her breakup with manager Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment, she says:
"I love Simon Fuller, but how can somebody you've seen five times in three years really look out for you?"
According to the article, she also fought with the producers of Breakaway over how much creative control she would have. Eager to write and sing her own material and disappointed with the previous effort, she argued with Clive Davis who was also eager to keep her on top of the charts. This is what Davis had to say:
"I always encourage people to write their own songs, but in the pop arena, where the career is totally dependent on hits, you get skeptical. Artists with great voices like Melissa Manchester and Taylor Dayne could have had much longer careers if they didn't insist on writing their own material."The two compromised, and Kelly wrote or co-wrote half of the record, while songwriting professionals and producers cooked up the rest, and a record that is still on top 20 charts after more than 60 weeks was the result. Kelly is claiming to not succumb to the "I am star, I can write music" arrogance; at the end of the article, she admits that only her songs that are better than the professionals should make the cut on future albums.
And on the mega-flop movie, From Justin to Kelly, Clarkson says she only has one thing to say: "Contractually- obligated." She really didn't have a choice.
With a new Kelly-centered management on hand, Clive Davis to keep her on track, and her own strong determination to do what it takes to keep a long term career . . . Kelly may end up being the biggest star to ever leave American Idol.|W|P|113919937193581123|W|P|Kelly Clarkson Breaks Away from Idol|W|Pemail@example.com/03/2006 09:13:00 AM|W|P|aexapo|W|P|The story of Jose "Sway" Penala's involvement with a current record label, recordings and concert performances conducted after his audition, have moved from the blogs to the mainstream press. E! Online News (via Yahoo!) is now asking the same questions posed by Reality TV Magazine a few days before: does Sway's current career affect his eligibility on American Idol?|W|P|113897984551152157|W|P|Jose "Sway" Penala -- Eligible, or Not?|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/03/2006 09:00:00 AM|W|P|aexapo|W|P|About IdolsRising.com Translations
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Katharine McPhee – 2nd place
Elliot Yamin – 3rd place
Chris Daughtry – 4th place
Paris Bennett – 5th place
Kelly Pickler – 6th place
Ace Young – 7th place
William "Bucky" Covington – 8th place
Mandisa Hundley – 9th place
Lisa Tucker – 10th place
Kevin Covias – 11th place
Melissa McGee – 12th place
Jose "Sway" Penala
Robert Bennett, Jr
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"Since U Been Gone, I can breathe for the first time . . ."
These aren't just lyrics to a popular Kelly Clarkson song, they're for real. Kelly revealed recently that she and her boyfriend -- once rumored to be headed for the altar -- are calling it quits, and are blaming their work schedules for it.
Of course, they promise to be best friends from now on.|W|P|113891556372023845|W|P|Clarkson Breaks Up|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/01/2006 10:19:00 PM|W|P|aexapo|W|P|Idol went to Austin Wednesday night, sending 11 more contestants to Hollywood -- though they only showed us five of them. For me, the two stand-outs of the night were Jason Horn of Longview and Rickey Hayes of Bedford, TX.
Jason Horn, in my opinion, could be a major player in this contest: from the few seconds we had to get an impression of him, two people instantly came to mind. 1) Anthony Federov, who he sounds like, and 2) Matthew McConaughey, who he looks like (and who's also from Longview). Anthony's problem last year wasn't his old trach scar, it was the fact that he always looked like he had just unplugged from an electrical socket. Imagine that voice on THAT body . . .
Rickey Hayes of Bedford, TX had a very sweet, mellow voice. He reminded me of one of my favorites from last year, Nicco Smith. Simon gave him a rare compliment, saying it was the nicest sounding voice he had heard in the competition. Like Nicco, though, I could see him losing out in the finals unless he can add some personality to a very pleasant, very recordable voice.
The others from Austin: Ashley Jackson of Dallas, Ronnie Norman of Tyler, and William Makar of The Woodlands, TX.
I did forget to mention the three of the eleven finalists they showed us on Tuesday from Vegas: Mecca Madison, Heather Ward, and Taylor Hicks.
Next week . . . one more audition city, then HOLLYWOOD!!!
|W|P|113885484575340435|W|P|Idol 5, Week 3: Wrap up|W|Pemail@example.com/01/2006 02:49:00 PM|W|P|aexapo|W|P|Further proof that the show itself is the biggest Idol of them all is found in an article this week in theLedger.com. For the last two years, Fox TV has been convinced that the show had reached its peak and would begin a ratings decline. This year, Simon Fuller, the show's creator joined in the nihilism, and took a trip to Africa just as the show started this January.
When he called back to LA for the first night ratings, I'm sure he realized his mistake instantly. The show not only beat ratings as it did the year before, it also beat the increase in ratings as well. Season five ratings had risen 15% over last year's premiere among their coveted "younger viewer" demographic, and 10% among viewers overall.
The impact on other networks is also phenomenal. It's kinda like what happens to Safeway when Walmart moves in the neighborhood. Any show put up against on any other network can see their own death warrant written on the wall. If they're up against Idol, their show will not be watched. "Commander-in-Chief," the new presidential drama starring Geena Davis is only the latest show to be decimated by the Idol curse.|W|P|113882780232262764|W|P|The Unstoppable American Idol|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org |W|P|Wow. I have read all of these ex-UPCers "testimonials" about how the UPC ministers are corrupt, how the members are corrupt, and how their teachings are strict and leaglistic. How sad, for each of you who once believed, was filled with the Holy Ghost, to have turned your eyes so far from God. Let me tell you why you gave up on the UPC. You walked by sight, not by faith. You looked at the people and found fault. Well guess what honey, you are going to find fault. People are flawed, and not perfect. Minister, saint, or sinner, we all fall short, and make mistakes. But you see God didn't save you to look at the people and compare yourself to them, or judge them. He saved you to walk by faith. But obviously, when your hill got too high....or as many of you so eloquently put it, "the UPC became too imperfect", your eyes fell from God and landed on the people. It's no wonder you left. It's no wonder you have so much bitterness and hatred toward the one and only faith that didn't tickle your ears with their message. |W|P|Bob, |W|P|Shannon, if you have not been to a church that supports single mothers then I can understand your frustration. I have been to several UPC churches and all of them have supported single mothers and fatherless children. I do, however, believe that it is Biblical to tithe regardless of your station in life. No one has the right to take what is not theirs. |W|P|I am not suprised at all. I also am a former member of the UPC and one of many reasons that I left have to do with the hypocrisy of the ministry and it's members. |W|P|I am Pentecostal; and yes I go to a rather strict church. They never showed Kaitlyn's audition, but when I saw a clip of her on stage, she caught my eye-- because I am very familiar with the "look." I went on the computer to research, and I found that she indeed is Pentecostal. I was shocked to see her on there; I am not judging her, just shocked. Although I watch the show, I could never audition. I know that might sound hypocritical, but I just could not use my talents for the world. I am a big part of the music committee at my church, and I would not feel right out there singing "worldly" music. My church has the strict beliefs, and yes there are a few people in my church who don't own televisions-- not because of church teachings, but because individual preference. I am in no way judging Kaitlyn because like I said, I watch the show. I do, however, hope she reconsiders this whole singing thing, and I do hope that she realizes who gave her the talent to sing! To the whole "dress" thing: I am sooo glad to see that some people still stand out in a crowd. I hope that this little taste of fame doesn't change Kaitlyn's view of holiness. |W|P|To aexapo, |W|P|Again, I'm not criticizing your religious code -- just the fact that some people in that faith have to obey it, and others (apparently) don't. Your religion is your right and choice -- I'm only criticizing her participation because she's a member of a faith that teaches that the ownership and viewership of television is a "hell-fire" sin, but somehow it's okay for her to be on it, singing secular music, no less. |W|P|United Pentecostals truly follow the word of God. They don't set out a lists of sin, that will sin them to hell if they commit them. No man is perfect and every man falls. We live life trying to be like Christ in every way. I'm proud of her to sticking to her beliefs and going on television to show the world what she stands for. The holiness thing is totally understandable. The bible speaks on women dressing holy. Is it wrong to want to be accepted in Gods site? Besides, we need "American Idols".. in which portray good moral values. |W|P|"Our organizations beliefs are not based on the way one feels, but rather on the Absolute Truth(the Holy Bible)!" |W|P|First of all God Bless America, the land of the |W|P|slw - I'm not sure, they never allowed us to hear her sing. |W|P|Leave Kaitlin alone! You are putting words in her mouth that she never said and tagging her as an anti-tv girl. |W|P|just wondering what she sang?