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Baby Boomer Bill Pinella updates American Idol

Season 14 well underway

The ratings are mixed, the talent has its ups and downs but Idol moves on. This is the initial post for the season and we purposefully waited until near the end of the initial round of tryouts to do so. Figuring you would be just as good at judging the talent as we are … well, then why bother. And to make it even better the AI publicity machine has passed along clips for use from the various stops they… Read More »

Q and A with Idol judge Keith Urban

Following is a transcript of part of what Keith Urban had to say earlier this week in a conference call:   Q: Are there any changes this season in format or any of the rounds or anything? Keith:  There’s a few things we’ve changed up.  Certainly, the most recent one for me that really stood out was once we narrowed down our list of–we send over 200 people through to Hollywood and then we narrowed it down, of course, and… Read More »

Phillip Phillips is coming to town

Phillip Phillips performs live at UC San Diego on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (photo by Bill Pinella)

Note: This blog post appeared on-line Dec 4th in advance of Phillip Phillips appearance at UC San Diego the next night. Later this week we will offer you a review of that concert and what you might expect Friday (Dec. 12th) night at the Wells Fargo Center… For the article by Dan Taylor that will run in the Press Democrat on Dec. 12, click here. By Bill Pinella Six weeks ago Phillip Phillips stood on the baseball field at Kaufman… Read More »