Tuesday, February 12, 2008
7 News Features: Idol Dressing Room Demands
They started as dreamers, but now that our favorite former Idols are living the dream do they act like big stars backstage? Here's the dish on Idols' Dressing Room Demands.
WSVN -- We knew them way back, when Kelly was the Idol pioneer, when Clay was building his devoted legions of Claymates and when Daughtry was becoming, well, Daughtry. On Idol, they all say they're going to keep it real.
Kelly: "If I toured my friends would be there. My friends and family are the most important thing to me."
But do they?
Seven News has obtained these documents the stars and their spastic publicists don't want you to see. When our favorite Idols rock South Florida, they want all the comforts of home, and we mean "all" the comforts.
Our relentless investigation found Kelly Clarkson is not cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. When she's in town it's Post's Banana Nut Crunch, Raisin Bran and Fruit Loops. Take that, Frankenberry.
Clean cut Clay likes his dressing room clean no big deal, right? Well, he's so adamant, he spells it out in the contract. His sofas must be "clean and fresh."
Dave Gold: "I'm not sure where he might have come from beforehand, or if he had a bad experience, but all of our stuff is clean and well-preserved."
It may sound freaky but still not as freaky as those devoted Claymates.
All these things are called concert riders and they're designed to keep the stars happy and concert organizers on their toes.
Dave Gold: "Definitely from A to Z. They can range from candles, to clothing racks, to a heater, to certain mirrors, hairdryers, certain towels."
Dave Gold is in charge of clean and everything in between for stars appearing at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.
Dave Gold: "Kelly was in that room, Daughtry was using dressing room three, and Clay was in dressing room four."
We convinced Dave to take us beyond backstage to the stars inner sanctum and help us understand some of the more crazy requests.
Dave Gold: "I'll take you this way. It's pretty much this long walk or the elevator. It's pretty much off-limits to almost everybody."
When Daughtry rolls in he likes to rehydrate with his favorite beer, juices and bottled water, but read the fine print, no Dasani, and apparently that's not uncommon.
Dave Gold: "No Dasani or no Evian seem to be the two everybody has a preference of what they like when it comes to a water."
Louis: "Let's see here, Miss Independent wants shrimp cocktail in a jar, marshmallow cream and, look at this, Kelly's band wants blue Orbit chewing gum in their dressing room. What divas! Hey, intern, I said only green M&Ms, what color is that, what color is it?"
Dave Gold: "This is our catering area and our greenroom."
Here's where the stars hang and get their grub on.
Dave Gold: "This is where all the artists-- well most of the artists or at least the production crews and the artist-- will, most of the time have breakfast lunch and dinner."
So, when Kelly wants Hint of Lime Tostitos Chips or one jar of local salsa, who steps up?
Dave Gold: "It will go to our food and beverage people, which will then bring it to our purchasing people, and they go out and obtain all of the items."
By the way, what is local salsa anyway?
Dave Gold: "Local salsa is anything we can find on the shelf."
Just don't serve Kelly on paper plates, since a meal is "not a picnic," so dish the good stuff, and, as stars go, Dave says the Idol kids are pretty low maintenance.
Dave Gold: "I think that they appreciate it more. I think they had a hard struggle getting to where they were and have finally been rewarded and understand that, and they take that with them."