Cat Deeley, the host of So You Think You Can Dance, will be hosting the countdown to 2008 live from New York City’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve Live on FOX. New Year’s Eve Live airs on Monday, December 31 from 11PM to 12:30AM live ET/tape-delayed CT/MT/PT.
Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis, & Melinda Doolittle From American Idol To Perform On Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks SpectacularJune 1, 2007 07:38:00 by Joe Blackmon
NBC celebrates the nation’s 231st birthday extravaganza with
performances by superstar Martina McBride, ‘American Idol’ winner
Jordin Sparks, American Idol contestants Blake Lewis and Melinda
Doolittle on the live broadcast of the "Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks®
Spectacular." Hosted by Natalie Morales, NBC’s "Today" National
Correspondent and Tiki Barber, "Today" Correspondent and "Football
Night in America" Studio Analyst, the show will air on Wednesday, July
4th, 9-10 p.m. EST (all time zones).
In winning American Idol 6, Jordin Sparks became not only the youngest
person to win American Idol, but she also became the first
non-Southerner to win the show. Jordin is only the second contestant
to win American Idol while still in their teens. The first and former
youngest contestant was Fantasia Barrino, who won American Idol 3 when
she was only nineteen.
On the American Idol finale, Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks kicked off
the musical performances with a duet of “I Saw Her Standing There.”
Next up was Gwen Stefani via a satellite feed from her concert tour.
Stefani performed her new single “Four In The Morning.”
To kick off the American Idol final performance show, Ryan Seacrest
asked Paula Abdul about reports that she had broken her nose. Paula
said she tripped over her dog Tulip but that the dog was fine, and
Seacrest quipped “So the bitch is ok, alright we’ve got it.”
At only seventeen years old, Jordin Sparks has impressed both the
judges and America with her powerful voice. In the early stages of the
American Idol 6 competition, the girls showed their dominance. Jordin
deserves credit for outlasting a very talented group of female
contestant to be the last woman standing.
The American Idol cameras see all, and the contestants and judges have
to be aware that their every action can be interpreted in a million
different ways. Last week, a badly timed eye roll by Simon Cowell had
fans and media screaming that he had disrespected the victims of the
Virginia Tech tragedy. It turned out that Simon Cowell was innocent
and had not heard Chris Richardson expressing his sympathies to the
Virginia Tech victims and instead was rolling his eyes at Richardson’s
claim that he was singing nasally on purpose.
For the Idol Gives Back theme night, the remaining six American Idol
finalists performed “Songs That Inspire.” Chris Richardson sang
“Change the World.” Randy Jackson said “And tonight dawg for the first
time in a long time for me, you’re in it to win it.” Paula Abdul said
“I’m really proud of you to see your journey from the beginning to
where you are now, it’s really exciting.” Simon Cowell said “It was a
good vocal, it kind of had much more soul in it, it was a kind of a
more sexy performance, I think you did really well.”