KLC Is Comin’ At Ya, Doesn’t Care If You Care

American Idol’s seventh place finisher, Snarkista’s NEMESIS country singer Kristy Lee Cook, is back with Arista Nashville, the same label that signed and then dropped her in 1999. KLC punked Snarkista week after week, and made it into the Idol Top 10! Arista, in conjunction with Idol’s arm 19 Recordings, plans to release KLC’s first single “15 Minutes of Shame” on August 11th. An album is scheduled to drop this fall. The fab Brett James will produce, he co-wrote Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel.”

Snarkista knows you’re wondering why would 19 and Arista toss such a deal to a seventh place finisher when season 6 runner-up Blake Lewis was dropped from his contract? Idol’s figured out that contestants seem to do better with country music. Two words: Carrie Underwood. Her massive success is just too hard to resist for Idol brass. Kellie Pickler has had a modicum of success as well, although nothing near what superstar Carrie has enjoyed. KLC was the only country option out of this year’s Top 10, so Idol’s gonna go back to the well despite her mediocre finish.

KLC is no Carrie, although she might be a Kellie. If her release is basically background music for 4th of July fireworks, Snarkista predicts a major bomb. Brett James will certainly give KLC a good shot at country airplay, which is CRITICAL to any type of successful showing. Country programmers are notoriously hard to crack, but KLC’s Idol exposure should give her a leg up with them. “Fifteen Minutes Of Shame” IS a provocative title, and may blow up Kristy’s squeaky-clean image. Advice for Brett: DON’T put a remake of “God Bless The USA” on the release, or KLC will be sitting in the discount bin. No matter what you think of the genre, country’s a LOT cooler than that shizz.

Photoshop Awards: American Idol Edition

American Idol Season 7 TourHere’s the first American Idol Season 7 tour poster I’ve seen, (click to enlarge) and I’m wondering why they all look like they floated in from outer space! Was it not possible to get them all in the room at the same time? Surely there’s something in those 19E contracts that mandates attendance at all shoots!

I’m assuming Carly’s jacket has sleeves, but if not, at least they’ve got the tats covered. Not sure why wardrobe chose to put black stilletos on Kristy Lee; with the white and gold theme they make her feet stick out like giant skis. David Cook has such mad skills that he’s trying to point out this faux-pas in the pic. Is there no END to his talent?! Ramiele’s hair looks like a melted conehead, and Archie must be looking at daddy; Brooke looks sick to her stomach, and Poor Michael Johns is scooted in like an afterthought. Obviously SOMEONE quit their graphics education at Photoshop 101! Cut and paste anyone?