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American Idol Tour Fined for Child-labor Violation

Jordin Sparks courtesy Fox, Sanjaya Malakar courtesy Fox

The results are in, and the New York State Labor Department has dinged 19 Touring LLC, the outfit that runs the American Idols Live tour, to the tune of (a "whopping") $5,000, for failing to secure the proper permits when the show came to the Empire State. According to the New York Daily News, a labor-department staffer who also is a fan of Idol — and thus knew that both Jordin Sparks and Sanjaya Malakar were just 17 at the time of their New York stop — sniffed around and discovered that 19 Touring did not, as required, register with the state so that they could be monitored for compliance with child-labor laws. As a result, Fox's idea of an "Idol Nation" reality show now seems a long shot. read more

Jordin Sparks Makes Album Plans

Jordin Sparks by Kevin Terrell/WireImage.com

It’s official: Jordin Sparks has signed a contract with Jive Records in conjunction with 19Recordings, the label managed by American Idol creator Simon Fuller. The contract was part of the prize the young singer won for nabbing the top spot on Idol. Her debut album is scheduled to be released in November. Her first single, “Tattoo,” is due to hit radio waves on Aug. 27. —Reporting by Marissa Klein read more

On Tour with American Idol: The Jordin Sparks Q&A

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Thirty-one million viewers watched live as she became the reigning American Idol. But, despite the Nielsen ratings, Jordin Sparks still insists her face isn't nearly as recognizable as her name. Hours before she took the stage in Sunrise, Florida, with the American Idols Live tour, the Season 6 winner spoke with TV Guide. TV Guide: When did you get to Florida?Jordin Sparks: We got to Florida on the 1st, so we've been here for a week, you know, tanning and soaking up the sun and rehearsing.... TV Guide: Have you done any sightseeing yet?Jordin: We had a day off where I rode the WaveRunners and we all just kind of chilled. It was really fun. TV Guide: Was that your first time on a WaveRunner?Jordin: It's like a Jet Ski, which I read more

Short Cuts: Jordin Sparks, Ratings, HSM2 and More!

Your American Idol, Jordin Sparks, serves up the national anthem at tonight's NBA championship series tip-off.... America's Got Talent was Tuesday's ratings winner, averaging some 13 million total viewers across its two-hour premiere. On the Lot, meanwhile, dropped to a scant 3.13 mil.... Hannibal Rising and Apocalypto topped last week's DVD sales and rental charts, respectively.... "What Time Is It?", the first music video from High School Musical 2, premieres Saturday at 7:55 pm/ET, on Disney Channel.... My Trivial Matt'rs blog has been updated. read more

Three Idol Finalists to Perform on July 4th

A trio of American Idol finalists — runner-ups Melinda Doolittle and Blake Lewis, and winner Jordin Sparks — will celebrate our nation's birthday in song on NBC's Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. Just two days later, they will join their fellow finalists to launch the Idols Live tour in Sunrise, Florida. read more

Idol's Jordin: H'wood Must Get Over the "Thin" Thing

Jordin Sparks by Lester Cohen/WireImage.com

Freshly crowned (and audibly hoarse, the poor thing) American Idol Jordin Sparks says she has the best-possible support system in place to contend with the pressures that fame, especially at such a young age, can bring. On the topic of the biz's "ideal image" concepts, she said during a Friday conference call, "That 'super-thin' stuff, Hollywood needs to get over it." As for expectations to be seen on the party scene, the 17-year-old said, "I've got a really good family around me, and I'm pretty sure they'll keep me grounded. They're always like, 'Don't let it go to your head, Jordin,' and I'm like, 'OK!' As long as I've got them with me, I'll be OK."On a very separate topic, Jordin shared this scary notion: runner-up Blake Lewis has tried to teach her how to {wait for it} beatbox. "But I'm really horrible at it," she admitted, laughing. "I entertain myself by trying to do it, but I can't do it!"In related news: AmericanIdol.com is streaming the final minutes of Wednesday's overtime... read more

Way to End a Season (Lost, Not Idol)

Matthew Fox in Lost by Bob D'Amico/ABC

Now that's what it's like to sit on the edge of your seat for two hours. And no, I'm not talking about the endless end of American Idol, whose final episode Wednesday couldn't have been less concerned with crowning a winner, which came several minutes past the 10 pm point on the East Coast, as something of an afterthought. (Pity anyone who taped it and didn’t record it past the two-hour mark. They’d have missed the coronation.) Guess that’s what happens when there’s no suspense. From the moment Jordin Sparks sang this year’s schmaltzy Idol ballad Tuesday night with a catch in her throat, it was preordained that the 17-year-old with the grown-up pipes would win. (I did my part on the phone Tuesday night to make it happen.) Not bad, though, as variety shows go. And I’ll say this about the Idol finale: Tony Bennett sure knows how to stop a show, pure and simple. Forget idols. He’s a living legend.If you wanted surprise and suspense on Wednesday, the f... read more

American Idol's Jordin: "I Can't Believe That I Won!"

Jordin Sparks, American Idol

Ah, the glamorous life of a newly minted American Idol: Mere hours after a Badgley Mischka-clad Jordin Sparks beat out Blake Lewis for the coveted title on May 23, the effusive 17-year-old Arizona native had changed into jeans and was wolfing down a roast-beef sandwich. "Sorry," she said, politely covering her mouth. "I haven't eaten since breakfast." While Sparks seemed like a clear victor after nailing her final performances, she swears she didn't see it that way: "I had no idea what was going to happen. When Blake and I were standing up there [waiting to hear who'd won], he was just like, 'I love you, sweetheart,' and he squeezed my hand, and I realized that no matter what happened, everything was going to be OK." OK, indeed. Here is TV Guide's post-fina read more

Inside Idol's Finale: Blake and Doug, "Crying Girl" and More

Idol's Blake scored his own big "W," beatboxing with Doug E. Fresh.

In the end, the only person who didn't know that Jordin Sparks was going to be crowned the newest American Idol was... Jordin Sparks. After host Ryan Seacrest (finally!) got around to announcing Sparks as the winner, the 17-year-old high-school junior from Arizona said that she had no idea she was the odds-on favorite to join Kelly, Reuben, Fantasia, Carrie and Taylor as America's favorite singer. "I've been in a bubble," Sparks told TVGuide.com after being crowned the youngest Idol to date. "When I went home [after making the finals] there was so much support, but that was from my home state. I had no idea what everyone was thinking." Sparks needed to go no further than the red carpet outside the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Wednes read more

Heir Jordin: Yes, She Is Your New American Idol

Jordin Sparks by Frank Micelotta/Fox

To those of you watching Lost and TiVoing American Idol, which ran six minutes over (and counting...), hi, I am your new best friend. I suppose you could say that "this is her now" — though she reserves the right to come up with a new theme for her victory at a later date. With a record 74 million votes cast in this, the final salvo of American Idol 6 — and after sitting through 124 minutes of filler (albeit rather entertaining filler) — Jordin Sparks beat 'boxer Blake Lewis to emerge as the last crooner standing. Overcome with emotion as Ryan ripped open the envelope and then read her name, the verklempt 17-year-old from Arizona — the youngest Idol in the show's history, mind you — thanked America "for everything," gave props to the fam, and then launched into her rendition of this year's Idol original, "This Is My Now."As mentioned above, the telecast was chock-a-block with musical entertainment in a fun and frothy way you kinda wish "Idol Gives Back" had ... read more

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