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'American Idol' notes: Ryan Seacrest deal not quite done, Phillip Phillips, David Cook

This was posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 by Rodney Ho/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk

The Ryan Seacrest deal with "American Idol" is not quite done.

TMZ said he wants an executive producer title and they are resisting. He is getting less money than judge Katy Perry so he may perceive that to be a compensatory deal. But given how busy he is, TMZ questioned how active he could possibly be in the day-to-day operations of the show. (Then again, a lot of people have been given symbolic "executive producer" titles in the past in movies and TV shows.) The story also said ABC wants the Seacrest deal before signing two other judges. (Name floated: Lionel Richie.)


NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Musician Phillip Phillips attends Live Nation's celebration of The 3rd Annual National Concert Day at Irving Plaza on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Live Nation)

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Season 10 "Idol" winner Phillip Phillips has settled his 2015 complaint with "Idol" producers 19 Entertainment over his "oppressive" contract, according to an exclusive story in The Hollywood Reporter. Details have not been released.

In early 2015, he filed a complaint with the California Labor Commission to get out of the contract. He felt he was made to make appearances against his own best interests for the benefit of the company.

“I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on American Idol,” said Phillips in the complaint. “The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with.  I look forward to being able to make my own choices about my career and to being able to make great music and play it for my fans.”

19 Entertainment filed for bankruptcy protection and went after Phillips in a $6 million lawsuit for breaching the contract.


David Cook has released a single "Gimme Heartbreak."

Fans can pre-order his EP and help him raise some money, too, here.

He is coming to the City Winery in Atlanta on July 18. Tickets are available here.

Here's his summer schedule:

Jun 29           Cincinnati, OH                  Ludlow Garage

Jun 30            Chicago, IL                       Lincoln Hall

Jul 1               Stevens Point, WI             Mainstage - Riverfront Rendezvous (festival)

Jul 3               Indianapolis, IN                Hi-Fi Music Hall

Jul 5               Pittsburgh, PA                  Jergel’s

Jul 6               Philadelphia, PA               World Cafe Live

Jul 9               Norfolk, CT                       Infinity Hall

Jul 10             Brooklyn, NY                    Knitting Factory

Jul 12             Asbury Park, NJ                Wonder Bar

Jul 13             Richmond, VA                  The Broadberry

Jul 14             Raleigh, NC                      The Stag's Head

Jul 15             Charleston, SC                 The Windjammer

Jul 17             Asheville, NC                    The Grey Eagle

Jul 18            Atlanta, GA                       City Winery

Jul 20             Nashville, TN                    Mercy Lounge

Aug 16           Denver, CO                       Soiled Dove Underground

Aug 17           Steamboat Springs, CO    Schmiggity’s

Aug 18           Greeley, CO                      Moxi Theater

Aug 21           Seattle, WA                       The Crocodile

Aug 23          Portland, OR                     Hawthorn Theatre

Aug 25           Berkeley, CA                     Cornerstone

Aug 26           Petaluma, CA                    Mystic Theatre

Aug 29           Los Angeles, CA               Troubadour

Aug 31           San Diego, CA                  Belly Up

Sep 1             Las Vegas, NV                  Chrome at Santa Fe Station

Sep 2             Phoenix, AZ                      MIM Music Theatre

Sep 3             Tucson, AZ                       191 Toole

Sep 6             Oklahoma City, OK           Tower Theatre

Sep 7             Tulsa, OK                         The Shrine

Sep 8             Dallas, TX                         Granada Theatre

Sep  9            Austin, TX                        One World Theatre

Sep 12            Birmingham, AL               Saturn

Sep 13            Chattanooga, TN               Revelry Room

Sep 14            Athens, GA                       The Foundry

Sep 17            Tampa, FL                        The Attic

Sep 19            Gainesville, FL                 High Dive

Sep 21 -22      Orlando, FL                      Epcot - Eat To The Beat Concert Series

Sep 23            Ft Lauderdale, FL             Amaturo Theater at Broward Center


PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 15: Carrie Underwood performs live exclusively for American Airlines AAdvantage® Mastercard® cardmembers at The Fillmore Philadelphia on Thursday, on June 15, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Mastercard)

Carrie Underwood and Simon Cowell were nominated for a 2018 Hollywood Walk of Fame. They could join Ryan Seacrest, who got his star in 2010. Former "Idol" judge Harry Connick Jr. is included, too.

Here's the full list:

In the category of MOTION PICTURES:   Jack Black, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Goldblum, F. Gary Gray, Mark Hamill, Jennifer Lawrence, Gina Lollobrigida, Minnie Mouse, Nick Nolte and Zoe Saldana

In the category of TELEVISION: Anthony Anderson, Gillian Anderson, Lynda Carter, Simon Cowell, RuPaul Charles, Taraji P. Henson, Eric McCormack, Ryan Murphy, Niecy Nash, Mandy Patinkin, Shonda Rhimes, and posthumous Steve Irwin

In the category of RECORDING: Mary J. Blige, Sir Richard Branson, Petula Clark,Harry Connick, Jr., Ice T, Snoop Dogg, Carrie Underwood and “Weird Al” Yankovic


This is just awesome:


HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Recording artist Lee DeWyze performs onstage during FOX's "American Idol" Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze signed a deal with a publishing company called SONGS, home to The Weeknd, Diplo, Lorde, and DJ Mustard.

According to Variety:

DeWyze, who is signed to Vanguard Records, has seen success in synchs ever since his composition, “Blackbird Song,” was selected for a key scene in “The Walking Dead.” Since then, he’s seen more than 30 placements in television shows and commercials.


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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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