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Inside the "Idol" Tour After-Party

8/28/2006 2:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ace Young at the Idol after-partyImmediately following their performance at the LA stop of their tour, the "American Idols" greeted lucky fans at their Staples Center after-party on Saturday.

The ever-gracious Ace Young signed autographs for the throngs of his young female fans, while their moms gawked on the side.

Paris Bennett, who recently turned 18, handled herself like an old pro and stood on a table to handle the crush of the teenage amateur paparazzi that swarmed the pint-size pop star.

Kellie Pickler, sporting blonde extensions, proved she's just a down home gal by arriving in slippers and sweatpants.

But the scene stealer and diva of the evening was Chris Daughtry. Chris arrived with extra security,and although initially he did mingle with fans, by the end of the night you had to be asked over by The Daughtry in order to say hello.

Interestingly, LIVE lead singer Ed Kowlaczyk --who performed with The Daughtry on the "Idol" finale -- was part of Chris' entourage that night and went completely unnoticed by the crowd.

"Idol" winner Taylor Hicks, Bucky Covington and Elliott Yamin did not attend the meet and greet. The trio were busy getting across town to the Johnny Depp-owned Viper Room to take the stage with the Little Memphis Blues Orchestra, which features members of Taylor Hicks' band.

Another no-show was film actress hopeful, Katharine McPhee. We're told that Kat, who is from nearby Sherman Oaks, Calif., had so many family and friends come visit her backstage that she wasn't able to attend the after-party.

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patsy    

small factual correction: johnny depp sold the viper room a little while ago

2874 days ago
17.

Tina from Cincinnati    

Chris Daughtry is certainly NOT A DIVA!!!. I have friends who have waited for hours in the parking lots venues to hopefully get to meet Chris Daughtry and he has spent his time, with visible appreciation towards them, to fulfill their requests of hugs, photos and autographs. Even tho he is recording his album, and giving his audience 110% in his performances, he still finds time for his fans on the meet and greet and in the parking lots of the venues. Your commenting of the fact that he brought extra security with him, Ed from Live was also with him, so apparently there was security enough for both of them. Who would care anyway about how much or how little security they bring ??? Also, noted, was Taylor, Elliott and Bucky were NOT THERE for their fans..the fans who attend these concerts to see their Idols. Chris has tons of fans that would disagree with your article portraying him as a Diva. Please consider your facts before putting out trash and lies about Chris. Chris has integrity about himself and puts his fans first and foremost.

2874 days ago
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Jayme    

Chris is a a major dive and seems so into his self.

Katharine was not there because she had SO many friends and family visit her backstage that she went back home to have a party so that is understandable that she was not there.

2873 days ago
19.

danelle    

chris kicks a** . He doesn't need any show to make him a rockstar. He is already a rockstar. Evidentially some you people don't know good music when you hear it. Or someone that can sing. He will make it to the top. He will make a name for himself. He is already a WINNER. Go Chris. Show all your critics what you are made of.

2873 days ago
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Elizabeth Rohde    

Just a comment for the after show meet and greet up here in Sacramento, 8-29-06. Arco Arena Security really is the worst around. Bucky wanted to sign and talk with fans, and the security wouldn't let him; he actually touched my arm and told me that he was sorry. Taylor booked out as well as Paris; they didn't even stop. Mandisa was a doll, and as for Ace, what a total gentleman and all around nice guy. He made sure that everyone had a chance for pics and autographs, even when security was trying to make him blow people off. Class act! A man from security did get my Richmond, Va. book signed by Elliott, which was a very nice gesture, but as far as everyone else, I guess they do not need the fans any longer. I will remember when it comes time to buy a cd. Thanks for the space in which to leave a message. Liz

2873 days ago
21.

ME    

Chris wasnt really nice at the after party in Birmigham. Katharine, Elliot, and Bucky were the nicest. Taylor was really rude too. He came up to the doors smokin, then they turned him around

2873 days ago
22.

Dee    

Chris is the furthest thing from a Diva. I know the man and he has taken time
to call many friends and acquaintances and thank them personally for their support (myself included), even while on the road away from his family all summer. The guy can't even keep his new address private for his family's security. He deserves some down time, plus if Ed & the guys from Live were there, it could have very well been THEIR security--think much??

All the idols have been great to their fans with the exception of Taylor and Kat.
There's your divas in this group. I speak from personal experience.

2873 days ago
23.

Mike    

Chris and Ace are obviously not "Divas" as you call them, they stood for hours in the heat this summer to sign autographs for their fans, they are true stars and deserve all the attention they are getting.

2871 days ago
24.

RoCkEdByChRiSd    

all of you people who think chris isnt "good or big enough" yet...you can just hush! he is a ROCKSTAR!!! just you wait until his cd comes out...he already has billions of fans and once it is released there will be countless people loving him! watch!

2871 days ago
25.

Kenzie    

CHRIS ROCKS AND YOU KNOW IT!!!! HE IS THE NICEST MAN ON THE WORLD! U CHRIS HATERS DONT KNOW WHAT YALL R TALKIN BOUT! ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THAT CHRIS IS NOT A DIVA! I DIDNT EVEN KNOW DUDES COULD BE DIVAS! AND IF ANY 1 HAS A PROUBLUM WE CAN TAKE IT OUT SIDE (just kidin i aint gonna take it out side) I'M A CHRIS FAN AND HE ROCKS!

2870 days ago
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Brenda    

Calling Chris Daughtry a diva is equal to saying Britney Spears is an angel. Chris is the most down to earth, caring, compassionate talent that has crossed the music industry's path in a very long time.
Diva is a frame of mind. And far too often, it's a dilusional one!
This world better get ready for Chris Daughtry. There is a very obvious reason why he is the most "Wanted" man in these parts now. He deserves it. Because he is about to set the music industry on it's ear, shake out the crap that we are forced to listen to, and change the path that music has taken!!!
Get ready World.....Daughtry is on the loose!!!

2869 days ago
27.

Kate    

I'm not sure if it was an "after party" I attended after the last show in Wilkes Barre,PA as it was at a hotel's entertainment area. From experience of being in the public's eye , and yes you/they are their fans because of your genuine, generous support, there are times that one needs quiet, down time, even after a great performance. I understand how it appears to be rude, but unless you persoanlly know the "celebrity" one has no idea what happenend in their life that particular day. As far as my experience at Wilkes Barre, I must say both Chris and Ace were gracious, appreciative, polite and so very sweet. There were lots of people trying to get autographs and photos. I stayed in the background (Personally I wanted to see how hot they were in person.) and observed the scene until the end when their vehicles were ready to leave and NOT ONCE did I see either one turn away from a person. They were so generous with their time. "Diva's"? N O WAY !!!

2818 days ago
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