Be honest, when was the last time you even thought about Ryan Cabrera?
1. Justin “Bobby” Brescia
Biggest claim to fame: Aside from being a prolific philosopher, he also happened to date Audrina on The Hills.
Where is he now? In 2013 Brescia opened a hair salon in Costa Mesa called Brush Your Hair Salon by Justin Bobby Brescia. It has since closed.
2. Cris Judd
Biggest claim to fame: Before Britney and KFed, the greatest pop star and back-up dancer love story belonged to Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd. The two met in late 2000 on the set of her music video for “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” and married after a brief one-month engagement. After nine months of marriage the two called it quits in 2002.
Where is he now? Judd, now 45, continues to dance and has since remarried.
3. Willa Ford
Where is she now? Since then Ford has had roles in a few small films and appeared as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars in 2006.
4. Ryan Cabrera
Biggest claim to fame: For his hit 2004 single “On the Way Down” (which peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100), and for dating Ashlee Simpson.
Where is he now? Cabrera is still making music, he recently released a new EP — and he’s apparently tamed his hair too.
Biggest claim to fame: Having a few minor hits in the ’90s (with singles “Oh Carolina” and “Boombastic”) followed by a couple of huge hits in the early ’00s with singles “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel” off his album Hot Shot.
Where is he now? Shaggy continues to perform and make music.
6. Frankie Delgado
Biggest claim to fame: Being Brody Jenner’s friend on The Hills.
Where is he now? Delgado is a currently a club promoter, and last year he welcomed his first child with his wife, Shopatrend co-founder Jennifer Acosta.
Biggest claim to fame: For his 2003 top-20 Billboard hit “Fuck It (I Don’t Want You Back).”
Where is he now? In a recent interview, Eamon said he is currently finishing up work on his new album.
8. Brandon Davis
Biggest claim to fame: Dating Mischa Barton, being friends with Paris Hilton, and calling Lindsay Lohan a “fire crotch” on TMZ.
Where is he now? Davis has kept a lower profile over the last several years. Although last year he — along with his two brothers, Jason and Alexander — was sued over alleged fraudulent money transfers his mother Nancy made to him before filing for bankruptcy.
9. Lady Sovereign
Biggest claim to fame: For her 2006 single “Love Me or Hate Me.”
Where is she now? Lady Sovereign left her record label, Def Jam, after a dispute and released one more album independently, 2009’s Jigsaw.
10. Bobby Trendy
Biggest claim to fame: Being Anna Nicole Smith’s interior decorator on The Anna Nicole Smith Show.
11. Bam Margera
Biggest claim to fame: Co-starring on MTV’s Jackass (which he also co-created), as well as his own spin-off series Viva La Bam and Bam’s Unholy Union.
12. Ryan Starr
Biggest claim to fame: One of the early breakout stars during the first season of American Idol. Starr finished seventh during the competition.
Biggest claim to fame: Her Missy Elliott and Timbaland-produced 2002 debut single “Oops (Oh My).”
Where is she now? Tweet recently announced in an interview that she has a signed a new record deal and is re-teaming with Missy Elliott and Timbaland to work on it.
14. Shane West
Biggest claim to fame: Starring in A Walk to Remember, as well as starring roles on TV’s Once and Again and ER.
Where is he now? West is currently starring on the WGN America series Salem.
15. Sanjaya Malakar
Biggest claim to fame: Making tween-age girls everywhere* have emotional meltdowns every time he hit the stage to sing on the sixth season of American Idol.
Where is he now? In 2012, the Daily Beast tracked down Malakar, who was living in Queens, New York, and working as a bartender at an East Village bar. He stated that he had been taken advantage of financially by former managers and that he was working on his self-produced debut album.
*OK, so it was just one girl.
Keaton Simons is a thirty-something, multi-talented singer songwriter, and musician who has albums and EPs attached to his credential along with a degree in Ethnomusicology.
His musicality is always spot on and his voice soulful and bluesy. This was clear on the song “If I hadn’t forgotten” originally released as a single.
The song itself on first listen renders a feeling that you might have heard it before from somewhere. In its simplicity and timelessness, it could very well be placed in a movie soundtrack or perhaps a TV show.
And placed it was! ABC’s hit medical drama series “Private Practice” picked it up and put the song front and center in its November 3rd episode (EP506) entitled “If I Hadn’t Forgotten.” Not only is the episode the same as the track title, the main character Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) sings a few lines of the song!
“If I Hadn’t Forgotten” took another turn this week with a special release of a duet version. Lending the other half of this now two-tone harmony is the wistful, pulsing voice of Didi Benami.
Simons and Benami are long time friends and Didi has appeared in a number of Keaton Simons shows in Los Angeles.
While the tune could be carried fine on its own solo, we could see why Benami’s voice is the missing piece needed to perfect this song. Says producer and owner of Revolver Recordings (where the song was mixed and recorded), Mikal Blue:
“it was suggested that Didi could come and do a duet on one of (the) songs. I thought it was a great idea but I’ve no idea how amazing it was gonna sound. As soon as it got Didi’s voice into this track, the whole track took on a new vibe; it was beautiful hearing them both.”
In a post from Official American Idol site about the song release, Benami affirms:
“I’m very happy and excited about it. It’s been a long time in the works for me to get something out there, and I think the wait brought us to just the right song at just the right moment.”
Behind the scenes look:
Whether there was conscious effort to bring in Didi Benami to ‘complete’ the track, the result is sublime and universally appealing. The give and take, the push and pull, the symbiosis brought the song into a whole new tier.
Benami’s voice hooks you in, inviting you to her world as she sings about the lost love. There is longing and yearning as she profess: “And I don’t know what you’ve been dreamin’ of, if your heart is haunted by our love, and I don’t know if you’ve tried movin’ on, But I can’t get past the way we left off…” leading into the chorus blending in tastefully with Simons’ crisp vocals:
If I knew now
What I knew then
If I hadn’t forgotten
What we meant
If I’d held on
Through the hard times
If I’d done what I needed to make things right
I’d know love before I lost it
If I hadn’t forgotten
Where the two draws the connection to the song, Benami might have sentimental attachment to it from the beginning as revealed on the behind the scenes video: “When I first heard the song, I felt like it was the last relationship that I was in, and it just brought me back… to what I could have done differently… It’s a message of hope for those of us that overthink everything and for those of us that don’t…”
The track is Benami’s debut release since going on a nationwide American Idol tour in 2010. She was in New York City two months ago at the Rockwood Music Hall for an intimate showcase of what she’s been working on as far as her music goes. She is off to the Bahamas for a charity concert and dinner weekend on November 11, and she’s chosen to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org/musicgives).
We wish both of these artists much success in their respective careers and we surely won’t mind another collaboration in the offing.
There is a streaming song preview at Didi Benami’s Official website. You can check out Keaton Simons official site here. You could get FREE song download from Didi’s fansite. They have a contest giveaway going on at their site as part of supporting the song and Benami.
Follow up to the minute updates from the two on their social network:
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2010 Summer concerts in MA we're watching: Huey Lewis, Counting Crows, B-52s and uh, American Idol!!
We have always been upfront on the site that though we have followed AI, we have never been so attached to any contestant in all 9 seasons– if not for Didi, we would not have been following American Idol like it’s the freakin’ best thing that’s ever happened to television!
If not for Didi, we would have found other uses of our spare time- like saving the world or just getting some decent sleep! Instead, we dedicate our spare time, energy and money maintaining this website.
On a year where AI is going down, we would have stopped watching a long time ago…
So you see, there is something a little bit embarrassing when we tell people we are going to watch our first ever American Idol concert in its weakest season ever! Not Kelly Clarkson, not Carrie Underwood, heck not Taylor Hicks- not even Chris Daughtry, David Cook or Adam Lambert convinced us to watch the previous Idol tours. In the year of Tim, Aaron, Michael and Katie- we decided to attend. Go figure. We argued, yes but there is also Casey James, Lee DeWyze, Crystal Bowersox, Siobhan Magnus and Didi Benami!!
Comments go from “You’re joking, right?” “you are paying to watch Tim Urban and Aaron Kelly?” “Shouldn’t THEY pay people to watch?”
Well, that might already be true! They have been giving away American Idol tickets for FREE almost! Idol ran a
$25.00 $20.00 (regular about $50.00) per ticket sale while supply last since three weeks ago- so far we are still finding the offer online. After tax, the total would be around $28-30!
The idols have been advertising the concert massively on TV and radio, and for the first time, are even hosting a live chat to promote the tour. Notice how the Idols are also so alive on Twitter? That’s making buzz for the tour.
The producers are apprehensive. We would be too. How do you fill a stadium with a seating capacity of approximately 19,000 in HSBC Arena in New York or the Staples Center in Los Angeles ? Even the 5,000 seating at Etess Arena in Atlantic City, NJ might be hard to fill. 49-city tour, that’s a lot of people! In this economy? The Top 10 lineup?!
2010 Summer Concerts
Our boring lives come somewhat resurrected in the Summer time. We hibernate in the Winter, save money in the Fall and Spring so we can watch concerts in the Summer or take a vacation somewhere if we get lucky!
Our taste in music is wide and varied but we are way past attending a Lady Gaga show. The concerts we have attended over the years [insert Daughtry (as a band, awesome!) Greenday, Phil Collins, Kenny Loggins, Matchbox Twenty, Alanis Morissette, Lyle Lovett, Journey, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, America, The Beach Boys, U2, Sting, Collective Soul, Hootie and the Blowfish] will show there isn’t any room for an American Idol concert. It just doesn’t fit the uh “profile.” Sigh. What Didi Benami can do to people.
American Idol Live
Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA (capacity: 19,900)
Sunday, July 18. 2010 7:30 pm
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Cape Cod Melody Tent Concerts
We love an intimate venue. The Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, MA gives you that feel. It houses 2,250 people in the round (versus an arena of 19,900!). A revolving stage offers excellent views anywhere you are seating. Every seat is within 50 feet of the stage!
Huey Lewis & The News
Saturday, July 17th 2010 7:30 PM
Huey Lewis & the News continue to be one of America’s most popular pop/rock bands with their unpretentious, honest, thoroughly entertaining performances. Their driving, party-hearty spirit make songs like “If This Is It,” “Workin’ for a Livin’,” “I Want a New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Stuck With You,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” “Hip to Be Square,” “Heart and Soul,” ” Perfect World,” and “The Power of Love” memorable hits.
Counting Crows’ Traveling Circus & Medicine Show
With: Featuring Augustana & other Special Guests
Saturday, August 14th 2010 8:00 PM
“August” and “Everything After” instantly established the Counting Crows and frontman Adam Duritz as the heirs apparent to the Van Morrison/Bob Dylan/Bruce Springsteen songwriting tradition. Beginning with their 1993 smash single “Mr. Jones,” the Counting Crows have produced five albums, snagged Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, had their song “Accidently In Love” featured in the motion picture Shrek 2, and sold more than 20 million records. According to Rolling Stone, “The Crows bridge the worlds of rock, folk, and soul with an emphasis on living-room intimacy,” and it doesn’t get more intimate than the Cape Cod Melody Tent.
Saturday, August 21st 2010 8:00 PM
The first band to glorify pop culture, The B-52s remain the most unlikely rock stars ever. Celebrating the weirdness lurking just beneath the surface of Americana, the bouffant-topped, go-go dancing, manic mavens of kitsch turned their own concentrated craziness into genuine hits. Their danceable music made “the whole shack shimmie!” Their body of work is unique, beloved, and timeless in its own way. So join us at the Melody Tent and “Party out of Bounds” with a “Rock Lobster” on “Planet Claire,” or “Roam” over to the “Love Shack” in “Private Idaho” for fun that’s out of this world!
Glam Nation Tour with Adam Lambert & special guest Orianthi and Allison Iraheta!
Aug 19 8:00 PM
(Would have been really fun with Orianthi. Heard it sold out in half an hour!)
Until next year’s Summer concerts.