American Idol Headlines for 05/14/12 – The Evening Edition

John Rich Hosting St. Jude Fundraiser Featuring Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker – Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Jeff Foxworthy and Big & Rich will perform at the St. Jude Presents John Rich & Friends concert on June 5 at the Cannon Center in Memphis, Tenn. Rich will host the event that launches the 2012 FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament. – CMT

Channel 933 Summer Kickoff Concert with American Idol contestant Jessica Sanchez

Adam Lambert braces for whirlwind with ‘Trespassing,’ Queen tour – “All I had on my plate was working on my music. It felt so good,” he says. “The last album I made while I was on the road and I was just adjusting to all this.” He remembers struggling to dial down the competitive mind set “Idol” requires and learning how to navigate the imposed intimacy of his interaction with fans. “Now I’m renting a house and I’m in a relationship,” he says. “I’m living somewhat of a normal life.” Or at least he was. With “Trespassing” in stores, Lambert’s existence is again taking a turn for the extraordinary, as he launches a campaign RCA Vice President of marketing Nick Pirovano claims will stretch well into 2013. “We know this album has several singles,” Pirovano says, adding, “We want a No. 1 album, and we feel good about the setup.” – Read more at The Los Angeles Times

Chris Colfer and Adam Lambert on VH1 Big Morning Buzz

Chris and Adam with host Carrie Keagan

As the show went to break, Chris was introduced. He hugged Adam and the two chatted for awhile in between a clip of the “Trespassing” video. <3 <3 <3.

Upfronts 2012: NBC aims to look beyond music – “Smash” stars Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty performed the ballad “Let Me Be Your Star,” before being joined onstage by “The Voice” judge s— Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera — in their signature red revolving chairs (which will get more air time when the series returns in the fall). Advertisers were even shown a clip, introduced onscreen by “30 Rock’s” Tina Fey and late night host Jimmy Fallon — imagining what the upcoming season might look like if it went through the “Smash” machine: with a montage showcasing actors from “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office,” “Law & Order: SVU” and even “Grimm,” belting out mid-scene.  Then there was a performance by “The Voice” winner Jermaine Paul. And yet another performance by Katherine McPhee.- Read more at The LA Times Blog

Catching Up With Katie Stevens – In 2010, Katie Stevens captured the hearts of Connecticut, making it to American Idol’s Top Ten before she even graduated from Southbury’s Pomperaug High School. These days, the 19-year-old from Middlebury is living in Los Angeles trying to become a superstar singer in spite of losing “Idol.” It’s a daunting task that she talked about with Fox CT’s Alison Morris. See Stevens live Wednesday on Fox CT News at 10 p.m. following “American Idol.” – Read more at Hartford Courant

Megan Hilty on the ‘Smash’ Finale and ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ – Fans of NBC’s “Smash” are waiting to find out tonight in the season finale whether Karen Cartwright, played by Katharine McPhee, or Ivy Lynn, played by Megan Hilty, will win the part of Marilyn Monroe on Broadway. If anyone’s keeping tabs offscreen, Hilty has an edge. The petite blond actress just wrapped a seven-performance concert staging of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” as Lorelei Lee, a role made famous by Carol Channing on Broadway and cemented on the silver screen by Monroe in 1953. – Read more at Wall Street Journal

‘Smash’ Finale Preview: Who is Best Equipped to be Marilyn? – “I think Karen has a similar drive to succeed Marilyn,” McPhee tells THR. “She was just haunted by so many of her little demons. But that being said, Karen is just at the cusp of possible success and notoriety and success sometimes destroys people.” In addition to a similar drive, Karen’s challenge with her relationship with boyfriend Dev (Raza Jaffrey) almost parallels Marilyn’s tortured romance with Yankee slugger Joe DiMaggio. “There is a bit of a connection between Marilyn’s men wanting her to just stay at home and Joe DiMaggio wanting her to just stay at home and be part of the family, have children and her struggling with wanting that but also wanting to have her career,” McPhee says. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards Host Darren Criss on His Big Win, Gleeful Fans and Theater Love – Asked about the fourth season of Glee, Criss says, “As a fan, I look forward to seeing what happens between Blaine and Kurt [Chris Colfer]. It’s a very common thing when people in love go off to college and have to figure out what happens, so that journey interests me. But listen, I’m just glad to be back at all, so if they have me sitting in the back of the choir room all year, that sounds fine! As usual, Criss is being too modest, but he has a clear vision of why his star has risen so fast in less than two years. “I wouldn’t be doing any of this if it wasn’t for the fans,” he declares. “Even before Glee, Broadway fans have been very good to me.” – Read more at Broadway.com

HOWARD STERN: Ryan Seacrest interviews Howard about America’s Got Talent

  • Anonymous

    YT video of the promo for Kris that has been running in Target stores.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7fvMDvkV0U 

  • windmills

    Oprah PR for Carrie & Mike’s interview Sunday.

    Oprah Winfrey travels to Nashville, Tennessee where she speaks with music superstar Carrie Underwood who is joined by her NHL husband Mike Fisher, marking the first time cameras have ever been invited inside their cabin retreat for an intimate, in-depth interview. Underwood reflects on her rise to stardom as she looks back on her journey. For their first television interview together, Underwood and Fisher talk about how they balance their successful and fast-paced careers with their two year marriage. The couple also takes Winfrey to their new plot of land where they plan to build their dream home.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGWO435FL6UN2ICRVTFLWRJZSA Lexie

    Windmills:))  I promise I just came to this thread and happened to see your post, not like I’m following you around or anything…

    So, Scotty got nominated for Breakthrough Artist for the Music Row Awards…would you mind sharing anything you know about these?  From what I read, this award is a good predictor of the CMAs?  It only looks like a few categories?  Is it televised?  Thanks in advance…

     http://www.musicrow.com/wp-content/CBOcharts/Nominator5142012b.pdf

  • Penny Burke

    The Advocate: Clay Aiken: Future Politician?
    The crooner’s appearance was so straightforward (citing polls, calmly
    explaining national support for marriage equality, never getting fired
    up at Perkinss’ ridiculousness) and he “was so well-spoken on Face the Nation,” said Adam Vary,
    that “maybe he could accomplish what Trump’s only teased about doing
    and make a run for public office. Stranger things have happened!”

    If the ClayNation, the moniker Jann Karl of Entertainment Tonight
    gave to Aiken’s many fans,
    have anything to say about it, someday we could all be saying, “All
    hail, President Aiken.”

    http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/music/2012/05/14/clay-aiken-future-politician

  • Anonymous

    Nice article on Kris in American Songwriter magazine (well on their site, anyway):

    http://www.americansongwriter.com/2012/05/kris-allen-gets-free/ 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Article on Clay’s FTN appearance in EW by Adam Vary, parts of which were quoted in the Advocate article:

    Finally, when Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer asked how Aiken’s decision to come out in
    2008 had affected his career — which Schieffer oddly assumed was based
    in country music — Aiken just smiled. “Today, it’s even less
    conservative in the country music world than it was in 2003 when I was
    on Idol,” he said. “[Coming out] hasn’t really had much of an impact at all in a negative sense; it’s had more of a positive impact.”

    In truth, the picture of Aiken’s post-coming out career is a bit murkier. While his record sales have been sluggish for years, he was dropped by RCA in 2009, after he’d come out — and, you know, he’s now appearing on The Celebrity Apprentice. But Aiken was so well-spoken on Face the Nation,
    maybe he could accomplish what Trump’s only teased about doing and make
    a run for public office. Stranger things have happened!

    http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/05/13/clay-aiken-defends-gay-marriage-on-face-the-nation-looks-like-a-polished-politician/?hpt=hp_bn16

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JSP727NMTNZTGZOULUGOH6G3CI Beth Fischer

    “Happy Scotty McCreery Day” is tending on twitter… LOL

  • Anonymous

    The top 3 from S10 all had their homecoming’s exactly one year ago. Happy Haley Reinhart Day is trending right now. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Happy Lauren Alaina Day trends, too.

  • Anonymous

    photo of Kris with KLLY DJ prior to his radio show tonight

    http://pinterest.com/pin/165648092514578716/ 

  • mchcat

    Also is this something we Scotty fans can vote for?

  • justmefornow

    “Happy Scotty, Lauren, Haley AND Durbin Day!” 
    (The only 4th place finisher to ever have a homecoming.)

    May they all have successful music careers :)

  • Anonymous

    Ya LA day trended also three very passionate fanbases. May all their careers continue to grow.

  • Axxxel

    MJ, Thank you for those adorable VH1 pictures !!
    My two most favorites artists in one shot…undescribable feeling when watching those pictures…
    I love Adam Lambert and Chris Colfer to pieces !
    Can I write this last sentence  a 1000 times on this blog without being kicked out ? Yeah, wishful thinking !!

  • HotHotHot

    There is now speculation that Adam might get to sing in the Olympic!!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GUdjP_OjeiM#! 

  • larc

    A Queen performance for the closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics has been rumored, partly fueled by remarks by Roger Taylor.  Now, Brian May is in no way refuting it.  I suspect it’s close to being a done deal.  And Adam will likely be fronting for them if it does happen.

  • Anonymous

    Well.. Adam is their frontman for the summer, but UK Olympic is about UK artist. So it’s possible only both of them. I mean both Brian & Roger also actually sing. I really doubt that Adam will be with Queen in the Olympic, but if he is I will be really very.. very.. very.. happy. ;D

  • windmills

    Lexie: So, Scotty got nominated for Breakthrough Artist for the Music Row
    Awards…would you mind sharing anything you know about these?  From
    what I read, this award is a good predictor of the CMAs?  It only looks
    like a few categories?  Is it televised?  Thanks in advance…

    It’s definitely not televised. As indicated in the literature the winners are determined by the votes of magazine subscribers which includes but is not limited to industry people.

    As far as being a predictor of the CMAs, I feel like the years they’ve matched winners were years where there was an obvious runaway favorite in a certain category. IMO there isn’t an obvious runaway favorite in the New Artist category right now. I mean if you were looking at sales it’d probably be Scotty but Brantley Gilbert has a gold-certified album, #1 hit followed by a bulleted #10 hit, and he cowrote a huge #1 hit for Jason Aldean (I’m not a fan of his, I’m just saying). Kip Moore seems to be getting a lot of strong buzz right now though he’s really just getting started. Eli Young Band is doing well on the radio.

    Like I said a while ago I’m confident Scotty will be nominated for New Artist Of The Year at the CMAs. But, I still feel like the industry is likely to give the win to somebody else if Scotty doesn’t get a lot of momentum going when they vote. But, if Scotty wins his Music Row category then that’d probably be a sign of him having more industry support than I’m giving him credit for. And if he doesn’t, it still doesn’t mean he won’t win the CMA because the New Artist nominees could be different.

  • windmills

    Lexie: So, Scotty got nominated for Breakthrough Artist for the Music Row
    Awards…would you mind sharing anything you know about these?  From
    what I read, this award is a good predictor of the CMAs?  It only looks
    like a few categories?  Is it televised?  Thanks in advance…

    It’s definitely not televised. As indicated in the literature the winners are determined by the votes of magazine subscribers which includes but is not limited to industry people.

    As far as being a predictor of the CMAs, I feel like the years they’ve matched winners were years where there was an obvious runaway favorite in a certain category. IMO there isn’t an obvious runaway favorite in the New Artist category right now. I mean if you were looking at sales it’d probably be Scotty but Brantley Gilbert has a gold-certified album, #1 hit followed by a bulleted #10 hit, and he cowrote a huge #1 hit for Jason Aldean (I’m not a fan of his, I’m just saying). Kip Moore seems to be getting a lot of strong buzz right now though he’s really just getting started. Eli Young Band is doing well on the radio.

    Like I said a while ago I’m confident Scotty will be nominated for New Artist Of The Year at the CMAs. But, I still feel like the industry is likely to give the win to somebody else if Scotty doesn’t get a lot of momentum going when they vote. But, if Scotty wins his Music Row category then that’d probably be a sign of him having more industry support than I’m giving him credit for. And if he doesn’t, it still doesn’t mean he won’t win the CMA because the New Artist nominees could be different.

  • Anonymous

    WTMX just played Kris’ single, and now they are playing Adam’s :)

    http://www.wtmx.com/live/playerWTMX1.php 

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    1D’s Harry Styles in the running to play Mick Jagger?

    http://www.mtv.com.au/news/harry-styles-one-direction-to-play-mick-jagger-90f43222/

  • Anonymous

     Ha ha. I thought of you when I posted them. I knew you’d like. ;).

  • Anonymous

    lol…I subscribe to Music Row, so I got emailed a ballot for these awards. Yeah…I know nothing about country music…

  • Anonymous

    This is so sexist, it is ticking me off. Why does Melanie have to lose weight? She isn’t overweight to begin with. And etiquette lessons? What??? Do the X-Factor guys have to take these as well? I doubt it somehow…

    This reminds me of P!nk’s comments about how L.A. Reid tried to change everything about her. And now he seems to be at it again.  #smhhttp://www.hollywoodreporter.com//earshot/x-factor-melanie-amaro-weight-loss-la-reid-323927 

  • Axxxel

    MJ thank you very much !! So sweet of you !  :-)

  • Axxxel

    Would love to click your link…but cannot do it…

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Sing-Off judges are trying to get #savethesingoff to trend on Twitter. It’s not being renewed?

  • judes

    Oh that’s a shame Gwen. Even though we didnt see the Singoff here in Australia until after your season had finished -I still enjoyed the show & concept. Great harmony acapella singing -really entertaining.

  • Anonymous

    Damn!  First time I’ve ever wished I could twitter.  I want my Sing-Off!

    ETA: Whoops. Meant to reply to Gwen. But I’m glad you got to see the show, Judes. It’s such a treat.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    iTunes banners for Trespassing: Main, Music and Pop!

    http://yfrog.com/nujdenp

  • Anonymous

    Haley Reinhart has a Listen Up! iTunes Pre-order banner up on the iTunes Pop page.

  • Anonymous

    People in the entertainment industry as stick insect like, it’s part of the job, and it’s not just female artists, and not just singers.
    Only very few (Adele…) can get away with being out of the standards.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGWO435FL6UN2ICRVTFLWRJZSA Lexie

     Thank you, windmills!  Appreciate your insight!

  • Anonymous

    I knew that something Haley related would trend yesterday, and I missed it. Boo. :(

    There’s something to be said about the continued popularity of last years group. I remember how hard it was trying to get something Allison related to trend in the past. Haliens make it look easy, and clearly my help isn’t needed. Although to be honest I’m kinda okay with it. Love my Idol faves to bits, but trending can be a pain in the butt. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Aw, such a cute pic of Chris and Adam hugging. I must say that Adam is looking particularly handsome in that pic with the VH1 host and Chris. More gravity-defying hair! Cool hairdo.  lol

  • Anonymous

    That’s the second week for the Haley preorder banner. It was on the POP page last week too.

    Listened to her album leak and preordered!

  • Axxxel

    Yeah, love Adam’s smile in “the hug”…