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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Elliott Yamin in studio with his favorite producer Rex Rideout

Elliott Yamin in the studio writing with his favorite producer Rex Rideout for a special music project.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Night of Generosity on March 22/2010

Just confirmed American Idol's Elliott Yamin for our Night of Generosity on March 22nd!!8 PM- 12:00 AM At The Sky Bar at the Mondrian Hotel Hosted by E! Personality Jason Kennedy   Night of Generosity is a celebration of World Water Day and our combined efforts to end the clean water crisis.

Elliott Yamin's earthquake scare in Chile: In his own words

March 9, 2010 |  6:24 am
Eyamin1 Like many "American Idol" loyalists (and social networking junkies), we were tuned into Twitter during the early morning hours of February 27 when we learned that Season 5's Elliott Yamin had experienced the Chilean earthquake firsthand.

Yamin was performing at the annual Competencia Internacional in Viña del Mar, the largest music festival and competition in Latin America, representing the United States with the song "Rock Around the Clock." He had just been cut from the seminfinals round and tweeted a semi-tirade about the show, which he called an "incredibly huge waste of time." Hours later, a terrified Elliott took it all back as he wrote of "utter chaos on the streets" as an 8.8-magnitude earthquake reverberated from the city of Concepcion, some 200 miles away. With the power out and aftershocks rattling the buildings regularly, Elliott and his fellow performers gathered in the street outside their hotel until morning, after which he became a go-to witness for several American media outlets, such as CNN's "Larry King Live."

Over the next few days, we had intermittent contact with Elliott, who is a diabetic and was traveling with a limited supply of insulin. Assured that he was OK and finding his way home to Los Angeles, we waited until he returned Friday and had a moment to process and reflect upon the experience..

Here, in his own words and pictures, Elliott talks about his harrowing tale, the emotional highs and lows he experienced and the first thing he did when he finally made it back. . . .

Eyamin3 I was in Chile representing America in an international festival with artists from around the world. Viña del Mar is like the Olympics: It’s watched all over Latin America, on every network and practically every channel -- people plan their vacations around it! And I’m learning as I go. This was something my manager signed me up for a year ago and didn’t give me all the details, but I had to honor the contract.

So it was a panel of judges, most of whom are Latin American soap opera stars or singers, and they chose a song for each country to sing. Every night, there's 50,000 or 60,000 people there and my song was “Rock Around the Clock.” I advanced to the first round, then the second, and I got cut in the semifinals. 

To be honest, I wasn't having a good time. It just wasn't my cup of tea, I felt like it was very amateur and that my competing days were over after “American Idol.” I had a blast performing, and, of course, I’ll never phone it in, but I didn’t like the whole scenario. Everything else about the trip was amazing until the earthquake happened. It was the last performance night, I’d been there six days already, and I got back to my hotel room at, like, 2:30 in the morning and was on Twitter talking about how I didn’t like the competition when literally, the Chilean God saw my tweet and the building started shaking. The timing was so ironic.
My room was on the seventh floor and what started off as a subtle sway turned into a pretty violent rumbling. The room was jerking every which way like King Kong had grabbed the building and started shaking it. It started getting crazier and crazier, then I got up, ran to the doorway and started yelling out into the hall.
There was nobody there and I just felt like, I'm way up here and I have to get to the staircase and get out of this building. I stayed up there maybe 60 seconds and then took off running for the staircase. I'm thinking about everybody I love, yelling and basically jumping down whole flights of stairs. The lights were flickering on and off, pictures were falling off the hallway walls, it was really an apocalyptic scene that felt like a movie or an attraction at Universal Studios. It was a really surreal thing to go through. I was running on shaky ground just trying to get away.
In the beginning, I didn’t think anything of sharing my experience on Twitter. My phone happened to be working and we were letting people know that we were OK. It went dead pretty quickly because I was letting people use my phone to call home. Remember, these were musicians from all over the world who'd never experienced an earthquake and were just scared. And I guess in tweeting about what was going on, it played a significant role in the early flow of information in terms of what we were seeing in Chile; because it was 3:20 in the morning on the East Coast. The next thing you know, my phone starts ringing off the hook with requests to talk about what was happening, so rather inadvertently, I turned into a reporter.

Eyamin2 Of course, images of Haiti were still fresh in our minds, and I was just in Angola, the poorest country in Africa for “Idol Gives Back” (see photo, left), but Chile is very well-equipped for earthquakes and there's great infrastructure. In fact, a lot of the search and rescue teams in Haiti came from Chile. But the scary thing is just the unknown. Not knowing how long the quake will last, feeling over 100 aftershocks, some of which were big. The earth never stopped moving under our feet and that’s an unsettling feeling. 

Still, I learned how truly universal the language of music is. Kicking it with all these musicians who share the same passion as me -- Brits, Italians, this really cool French jazz singer, Mexicans, Colombians. … We had these jam sessions huddled outside. And the earthquake brought us that much closer.  
About 13 hours after the quake hit, a whole group of us were bused to Santiago because they had power there and their aftershocks weren’t as severe or happening as frequently. Also, being that we're foreigners and it’s the capital, all of our embassies were there, and we were closer to the airport. They came up with a plan to drive everybody to Mendoza, in Argentina, the closest airport city. It was a 10-hour trip through the Andes on what are called “death roads.” 
The Andes are huge and colossal. It’s like being so close to the San Gabriel Mountains in Pasadena, but so much bigger and taller. I decided to stay in Santiago because I had a good feeling that the airport would open up soon and I didn't feel comfortable being in a bus on a road deemed not the safest. So most of the group went and I stayed for almost six days, pretty much confined to my room in the hotel because I was a bit scared to go anywhere and I wanted to be glued to the announcements.
I had a couple of meltdowns. In the very beginning, I kind of lost it. I called my brother, who deserves a shout-out because a lot of the news agencies were reaching him first. I was just in tears. I couldn't keep it together -- my chest was caved in, I felt like my blood pressure was through the roof and I couldn’t breathe right. I knew it was from the nerves and what I had just been through; it just messed me up.
On the third day we were in Santiago, I had another little meltdown because there were all these angles and possibilities to get us out of there, and every time something felt promising, it fell through. Like we had reached out to the USO who were trying to help and it didn’t work out. Again, it’s the not knowing and, being a diabetic, I was worried about my insulin, so yeah, I lost it.
I wear an insulin pump and I always bring an extra week's worth of supplies, just in case I need more or one of my tubings isn’t working. Going on six days, I was getting kind of low, and not knowing when we were leaving, I got a little nervous and wrote a tweet about it. I just said that I was worried -- that if your blood sugar gets too high, you could go into a coma, but I wasn't tweeting like I was in dire straits. All of a sudden, the media makes it out like I'm buried under rubble and I can't get to my insulin! Perez Hilton made it sound like I was on my deathbed. There were actually people on the ground in Chile helping me out, and I ended up getting more supplies that I never had to use. But just being a diabetic, I kind of freaked.
Eyamin4 I was the first to get a flight out of there, but the airport looked like World War III. From what I understand,  it was remodeled fairly recently, but it got hit pretty hard. Walking in, it looked like a movie scene -- unorganized lines of people, the airlines had makeshift terminals that were basically tents outside, flight information was written on a dry erase board. It was so funny, and also kind of annoying because there were all these impatient Americans there with attitudes. 
I travel so much, and once I'm on the flight, I'm cool, but the whole preamble of being in the airport and how the TSA treats you, no one's ever happy going through that. But having a ticket in my hand and knowing there was a 99.9% chance that I would be going home, it was one time when I was so carefree and happy to be there. 
The Jewish holiday of Purim is about celebrating miracles, which is exactly what that Chile trip was. That none of us got hurt, that we weren't in a devastated area or had to see any crazy ...  and how we made it through this 8.8-magnitude quake and lived to tell about, it truly was a very Purim-like miracle.
When I got back to L.A., I went to Katsuya in Encino. It’s one of my favorite sushi restaurants and I go there once about a week with a group of friends. I was a little inebriated since it was quite the celebration dinner. But it was cool just to be around friends and to share my story. It's good to talk about. It was a crazy, dramatic experience. Even parts of Sunday, I still felt like the ground was moving. And on Saturday, I tried to go see “Alice in Wonderland,” and the noise from the surround sound triggered little things you'll always remember -- what came through the speakers was bringing me back to that earthquake noise. It was weird.
I have a feeling some of this experience will end up in my music. It's not like I'm planning on it, but I'm pretty positive it will come out naturally. It'll definitely inspire me. It already has. I was being a stupid, spoiled American complaining about the festival when the quake struck. And in an instant, I worried if we were actually going to live. How it changed was so abrupt that it makes you think: There's so much more important things in life to be upset about or mad about.
-- As told to Shirley Halperin Idol Tracker

Elliott Yamin at Angel's at Santa Monica

Acoustic set 8pm 2night at Angel's in Santa Monica.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Elliott Yamin, survivor of the earthquake in Chile and "A.I." finalist will perform on Oscar night.

Thank God Elliott is finally coming home.Elliott Yamin who has become the world's go to correspondent on the earthquake in Chile, will be celebrating life and how blessed he is, when he performs at Sunday's upcoming 11th Annual Children Uniting Nations Awards Celebration Viewing Dinner & After Party at The Beverly Hilton.  Elliott was in Chile for an International Songwriters Festival when the 3rd biggest recorded earthquake in history struck Chile.  Over the last two days Elliott has appeared on "The Today Show", "Larry King Live", "MSNBC" and JoJo on the radio on LA's very own KIIS FM.  Tomorrow morning Angelenos can catch Elliott on Ryan Seacrest's show at 7am on KIIS FM and then he will be speaking with various radio stations throughout the country. 
By the time Elliott gets home to LA, the platinum recording artist and "American Idol" finalist will have been on three continents, in 6 time zones, in 2 hemispheres and in 2 datelines, all over the course of 16 days.  Prior to his stop in Chile, Elliott was in Angola, Africa doing work to help fight Malaria, which paints the picture of the generous soul that is Elliott Yamin.  Elliott has donated his amazing talent & time to help Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County, The Wounded Warrior Project, Free The Slaves, Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, "Idol Gives Back" and more! 
On Oscar night, Elliott will donate his time and talent once again, this time to support Children Uniting Nations as they raise money and awareness for foster children & at risk youth.  Randy Jackson will be on hand to accept the Angel Award in honor of his brother Michael Jackson's humanitarian work for children. 
Celebrities scheduled to attend include: Alex Band, Scott Bakula, Adam Beach, Bruce Buffer, Cheryl Burke, Kimberly Caldwell, Trishelle Cannatella, Chef Steff, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Erika Christenson, Tommy Davidson, Jason Dohring,Vivica Fox, Gloria Garayua, Debbie Gibson, Ricky Paull Goldin, Maurice Greene, Anthony Hamilton, Harry Hamlin, Cheryl Hines, Aldis Hodge, Edwin Hodge, Derek Hough, Boris Kodjoe, Kate Linder, Samm Levine, Evan Lysacek, Radha Mitchell, Oscar Nominee Tom Moore, Glenn Morshower, Matt Morris, MC Lyte, Niecy Nash, Miguel Nunez, Shaunie O’Neal, Neville Page, Nicole Parker, Quddus Philippe, Heidi & Spencer Pratt, Lisa Rinna, Spinderella, Karri Turner, Johnny Weir, Brian White, Daphne Zuniga and more.

   Thank you so much  Amy Balsam  (  LA Event Examiner  )    

American Idol' Elliott Yamin's diabetic scare: 'I'm fine' [Updated]


By Jethro Nededog
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March 3, 2010 12:50 PM ET
Last Saturday, former "American Idol" contestant Elliott Yamin found himself in the middle of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Chile.

Soon afterward, his tweets captured the world's attention. But while he described the horror of the quake, he soon realized that he, himself, was in trouble.
"SOS," Yamin reached out via Twitter to media on Monday, March 1. "Can I fly back home with you!!...I am runnin' out of insulin!!"
Yamin, a Type 1 diabetic, had only packed enough insulin to get him through his planned trip through last Sunday. Local airports were closed for passenger flights, so that they can be used to deliver supplies and other earthquake relief to the area.
Now, Yamin reports he's doing OK on supplies.
"I am fine," Yamin tweeted this morning. "No need to worry about my meds! I have insulin. I will live!!"

ABC News reports that Yamin was able to get supplies from the U.S. Embassy and the manufacturer of his pump that should last him until he gets a flight out.

On Monday, Yamin said on "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest's radio show that he was able to get a flight out of Chile for today, Wed. March 3. There are no reports as to whether that flight came through for him.

Yamin's representatives have not returned Zap2it's request for confirmation that he was able to fly out today.  We hope he gets the flight and we're sending our best thoughts to the quake victims in Chile.

[Update 6:39 PM ET Yamin's rep, Mark Gorlick at The Collective, tells Zap2it that Yamin was unable to fly out of Chile on his scheduled flight today. There is no information as to the next possible flight out of the country. Gorlick says Yamin wants to fly out "as soon as possible." Now in Santiago, Chile, the "Idol" star has better access to insulin and medical services, so he continues to be fine when it comes to his diabetic medication.]

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ryan Seacrest tweets

Ryan Seacrest tweets:Been keeping in touch w/ @elliottyamin past couple days...he's still in Chile unable to get flight out. We're also making calls here to help

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Is Elliott Yamin beginning to have Post Traumatic Stress?

Elliott Yamin updated his Twitter followers earlier this morning as the ‘American Idol’ alum continues to search for a way out of Chile after being in the country when the devastating earthquake hit early Saturday. Yamin writes:
Good morning world!… still stuck in Santiago, with no clear idea as to when we get out.. decided 2 stay put.. embassy says not to go to Mendoza … I think I’m starting to have post traumatic stress, as I reflect on where I’ve been over the last 2 weeks, and what I’ve been thru.. although I’m safe, alive, and well, still experiencing aftershox, and will be restless until I touch down on American soil

Monday, March 1, 2010

EXCLUSIVE: 'Idol' Finalist Elliott Yamin Needs to Get Out of Chile, Running Out of Diabetic Supplies

By Hollie McKay
 - FOXNews.com 

"I hope to get home before I slip into a diabetic coma," the singer said in an exclusive interview.

Season Five “American Idol” alum Elliott Yamin survived the 8.8 magnitude Chile earthquake this weekend. But now the Type 1 diabetic fears for his health and safety as his attempts to leave the disaster zone remain unsuccessful.
“We’re stuck, stranded. We haven’t been able to reach the U.S Consulate at the embassy here, it goes straight to voice mail, and the voice mail is full," a distressed Yamin told Pop Tarts via phone on Monday. "It’s the first business day since the quake hit, they’re probably busy with Hillary Clinton and US government officials as we speak, so I’m sure getting us out of here is the furthest thing from their minds.”  
But Yamin said he will need medical supplies and attention soon or could suffer severe health problems.
“I am a Type 1 diabetic and I only packed enough insulin supplies for my pump to last a couple more days, so I’m starting to worry," he said. "I don’t know how long we’re going to be here. This country isn’t very keen on insulin pumps; supplies for my pump are running low. Hospitals here are very crowded, and as you can imagine, they are dealing with bigger things.”
Yamin has been in Chile for the past eight days, coming to play at a musical festival in a town 90 miles southwest of Santiago. Festival organizers have since relocated the musician to Santiago.
“We’re close to the airport here, but it is closed except for emergency purposes. The information has been so scarce regarding flights, one minute we’re leaving Wednesday, and then it is Friday. Now they are saying it could be beyond that time,” Yamin said. “I heard this morning that festival officials are hoping to drive us to Mendoza in Argentina, but I’m not keen because we have to drive through the Andes Mountains. They’re colossal and its single lane traffic. They claim the roads are passable, but nobody really knows. I think I am better off staying put where I am, I don’t want to take that death ride in an attempt to get to an airport.”
The 31-year-old was scheduled to play a 20-minute set at the at the 11th Annual Children Uniting Nations Awards Celebration during the Oscars this Sunday, but its unclear if he will even be back in time. Yet despite the dire situation, Yamin is trying to be optimistic as he prays for urgent assistance.
“I hope to get home before I slip into a diabetic coma. That would be nice,” he added. “I’m trying to be positive, I’m alive and well. I have all my limbs attached. I don’t know how we all got out of there unscathed. I’m very grateful we lived to tell about it.”

Elliott Yamin is stuck in Chile

Elliott is stuck in Chile because all the flights are screwed up and they are saying Friday. He needs to get out because he needs medicine.

Elliott on the phone with Today Show about Chile Quake

BREAKING NEWS: ELLIOTT YAMIN COMING HOME MAR.3 OR SOONER

 He has a flight out of Chile on Mar 3. He's asking American Embassy for earlier flight if possible

Elliott Yamin Kiss FM Chile