First of all a little disclaimer as I only heard the tail end of this, but if I understood correctly, and I think I did .... "Rita Cosby Live" on MSNBC will host ALL 10 American Idol finalists on her show on Thursday, June 22.
She said everyone on the staff was very excited as they are going to hang out with them ... in LA I think ... as they prepare for their "record breaking" tour. Apparently many, many venues are totally sold out and tickets sales to the "Idols Live" concert are Number One in summer sales, outselling everything/everyone such as Sports, Broadway (Wicked) and other music concerts/tours such as Madonna.
They attribute all of this to the exceptional popularity of this season's winner and mentioned that the things Taylor has been doing, like the Snoop Dogg thing is just underscoring his versatility in the industry. They say this clearly illustrates that he's not just another assembly line "idol" but is in this to stay and is a very smart business person/strategist as well.
I've seen a few of the things she has done through the Idol Season and they do gush a lot .... but they love Taylor.
They also commented about the success of AI in general and the fact that the buzz continues this long after the show is over. They said this season has elevated the show to being accepted as a real presence in the industry.
Note ... I paraphrased their comments above but hope you get the general idea.
As for the Cosby Live appearance by the top 10 ... I don't know if or what time she's on earlier in the evening as I occasionally catch it at Midnight Central time.
Oh ... I just read on another MB an account of a young girl who was invited to meet and take pictures with Taylor ( when he and Kat were on Today ) for a Life Magazine shoot ? Sheesh ... at this rate this guy may end up Time's Man of the Year. ... Anyway she said he is very tall and very gorgeous in person ... and I am very jealous.
Editting to add:
Ooops ... sorry ... that FOI article does confirm the finalists on with Rita Cosby on Thursday ... but I posted this before I read the article. Sorry if I'm telling you stuff you already knew. I guess it's a baaaaad case of Tayloritis. Thanks for your tolerance,