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Jesse McCartney Happy To Be Touring With An "Idol"

Of the Oakland Press

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Jesse McCartney has high regard for his current touring partner, “American Idol” sixth season champ Jordin Sparks. “She really can sing,” he says. “The girl can blow, man.”

But McCartney doesn’t have a high regard for the “Idol” machine in general.

“I think for the winner it’s a dream come true,” says the 21-year-old singer, a veteran of the teen vocal group Dream Street and the TV series “Summerland.” “I think the rest is bull****. I’m not a big fan. I can see what they do to get people to watch, actually airing the worst performances you’ve ever seen and all that stuff.

“But when you see somebody like Jordin come up who’s humble, sweet and hungry ... it’s just really refreshing. For that one person who wins the whole shebang and has actually got the it, it’s great.”

McCartney recently released his third album, “Departure,” moving from pop to a more R&B direction. But he actually has another claim to fame these days — co-writing “Bleeding Love” with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, which became a Smash for British singer Leona Lewis.

“I just wanted to write something with Ryan,” McCartney recalls. “We wrote a bunch of stuff, and one of them was ‘Bleeding Love.’ It felt like a great song at the time, but everyone who heard it said ‘This’ll sound a lot better with a female vocalist — and this is before we knew about Leona (Lewis).

“It was just a perfect storm; they were looking for her first single, they heard the song, it just worked out. But, man, we did not expect it was gonna do what it did, I’ll tell you that.”

Jesse McCartney, Jordin Sparks and Prima J perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 17) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Tickets are $49.50. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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