Idol Headlines for 1/19/13

Pia Toscano to sing anthem for L.A. Kings’ opener – The National Hockey League begins its lockout-shortened season this weekend, and former American Idol contestant Pia Toscano will perform the U.S. national anthem for the Los Angeles Kings’ home opener. Toscano, a Season 10 finalist, has become a favorite anthem performer for the reigning Stanley Cup champions, and NBC will air the King’s banner-raising ceremony starting at 3 p.m. ET, followed by regional coverage of either the Kings hosting the Chicago Blackhawks (puck drop at 3:25 p.m. ET) or the Philadelphia Flyers hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins (3:35 p.m. ET). – Read more at USA Today

Kelly Clarkson’s inauguration performance comes with political baggage – When Kelly Clarkson belts out the patriotic standard “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” at President Obama’s second inauguration on Monday, it’s safe to assume the performance will be memorable, considering Clarkson’s well-documented vocal prowess. However, the moment could further justify use of the overwrought cliché, “What a difference a year makes,” considering the political baggage that comes with Clarkson’s appearance. Early last year the singer was embroiled in controversy after she drew the ire of some fans when she offered endorsement for controversial Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. – Read more at LA Times

Brad Paisley, Kelly Clarkson Included On President Obama’s Inaugural Mixtape – As President Obama prepares for his second inauguration on Monday (Jan. 21), he dropped the Presidential Inauguration playlist on Spotify. The list of songs cuts across demographic divides, including rock, country, soul and R&B. A few highlights include “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by Stevie Wonder, James Taylor‘s “Your Smiling Face,” and Kelly Clarkson’s ”Breakaway.” – Read more at CBS Local

Carrie Underwood Thinks Keith Urban Is the Perfect Fit for ‘American Idol’ = “If anyone can be objective, constructive and tell people what it’s gonna take, it’s gonna be him,” Underwood says of Urban’s qualifications (quote via WZTV). “I am excited ‘American Idol’ is my world. It’s my family and it’s so nice to have someone from Nashville be a part of my ‘American Idol’ family.” As coincidence would have it, a young hopeful belted out Underwood’s ‘Mama’s Song’ during the season premiere last week. The young lady made it to Hollywood, but it was actually Urban who voiced the most concern about the aspiring country singer. “When you sang the first song, I didn’t quite feel it from you,” Urban told the singer. – Read more at The Taste of Country


Carrie Underwood talks about the inspiration for her “Two Black Cadillacs” video, dropping on Wednesday.

Destiny’s Child Reunion Is Jennifer Hudson’s ‘Dream Come True’ – Destiny’s Child are back, and their army of celebrity fans are rejoicing. Just last week, Beyoncé, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland got fans feeling nostalgic when they dropped “Nuclear,” a new track off their upcoming compilation album. “Oh my God, that is a dream come true,” fellow diva Jennifer Hudson told MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival, where she is promoting her new movie, the drama “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.” – Read more at

Prince to Be Honored at Billboard Music Awards on May 19 – The 2013 Billboard Music Awards are returning to Las Vegas on Sunday, May 19 and will honor the legendary artist Prince during a live ABC broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Prince will be honored with the Billboard Icon Award and is set to deliver what will likely be an unforgettable performance during the broadcast, produced by Don Mischer and sponsored by Chevrolet and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. – Read more at

A.1. to Nicki Minaj You’ll NEVER Go Sauceless Again! – The Nicki Minaj/A.1. Steaksauce love affair isn’t a one way thing … because it turns out the folks behind the tasty, tasty sauce are as big a fan of her as she is of them. If you’ll recall … our photogs spotted Minaj out this week at Boa — a super-fancy steakhouse in Hollywood — where shehad someone bring her a bottle of A.1. into the restaurant. The rep tells, “We’re so glad to hear that Nicki Minaj loves our sauce just as much as we love her and her music. To make sure she’s never ‘sauceless’ again, we sent Nicki some of our A.1. Original Steak Sauce. Now she’ll have A.1. wherever she goes.” – Read more at

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  • Jim

    Pia Toscano.  Her power and grace for a magnificent National Anthem rendition!

  • Kariann Hart

    WOW!  What a powerful voice Pia has.  She’s such a pretty girl with that gorgeous voice!

  • heartly

    I know there were a few here that watched Duets this summer.  A tiny update on Kelly’s people… Jason Farol signed a record deal with Viva Entertainment in the Philippines and is currently recording his album and has been playing some shows in LA.  Jordan Meredith moved to Nashville this past summer and has been getting songs together to shop around to labels. She just posted this one last night on Youtube, “Burning Down the Dollhouse” written by Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Ashley Arrison and produced by Jason Halbert.

    I must say, Jordan really surprised me with this.  I know Kelly’s been keeping in touch with these two and trying to help each of them out as much as she can.  

  • halo9125

    Pia looked and sounded amazing

  • BonnieDee

    Lauren Alaina is raising funds for Special Olympics at this link.  If you can, please donate to this worthy cause.  Current goal is $2000.  Let’s help her get more than that.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Excellent rendition of the NA.

  • H.A.

    Pia did an amazing job on the NA and she looks great.

  • MellyPer1692

    Looks like Adam is doing a festival with Elton John and an Eastonian pop star in June.

    From the article, Elton, Adam and the other guy will do a 5 hour concert. :)

    “Five-hour show, and three artists whose names do not need a special presentation. The great musician and singer Sir Elton John and his band will present a commemorative program “40 Rocket Man”. Creative report support the artist’s favorite Estonian public Tõnis Mägi and a new pop-rock hero Adam Lambert.

  • H.A.

    So Adam is already working on new music, yay!!!!

  • asifclueless

    Oh!! WOW !! This same festival on June 28, 2013 … Jose Carreras performs.

    ” … Friday June 28King of opera’s greatest tenor Jose Carreras today accompanied by a large Philharmonic Orchestra will perform timeless, filled with words of love, arias from your favorite operas…”

    ” … Saturday June 29The most significant musical event of the summer, not only for Estonia but for the whole Baltic and Scandinavia.Five-hour show, and three artists whose names do not need a special presentation. The great musician and singer Sir Elton John and his band will present a commemorative program “40 Rocket Man”. Creative report support the artist’s favorite Estonian public Tõnis Mägi and a new pop-rock hero Adam Lambert.  ”

  • bridgette12

    Please! Please! Please! Let Adam and Elton do a song together. Two of my favorite artist of all time, it would be really special to see them do a duet.

  • bridgette12

    Jose Carreras, one of kind artist, I would pay a small fortune to see perform live. 


    Oh yes! Mine too! Elton is the only other artist I have ever followed before Adam. Love him! If they do something together it will be such a thrill. I wonder if Elton had a hand in this, he seemed very taken by Adam and also asked Adam and Queen to perform in Kiev. My two fan girl obsessions colliding, lol!

  • Axxxel

    I want a duet between Jose Carreras and Adam Lambert !
    Maybe the song ” The prayer” ???
    DreamDreamDream !!!

  • Beth Fischer

    I think Melanie Armaro and Astro from X FACTOR were dropped from Epic Records. They are no longer on their roster list online. Chris Rene, Marcus Canty, and Fifth Harmony are on there tho.

    If this is true, Melanie will go down as the biggest reality TV winner flop. Along with XF for being the biggest reality TV flop.

    Astro being drop wouldnt surprise me. There isnt any market for a 10 year old who can rap.

    Would Melanies album be released just by Syco? Hmm….

  • bridgette12

    I’m going to be greedy and hope that they not only perform together, but one day, maybe record a song together.  

  • bridgette12

    They are performing on different days, but if I was Adam, I would work it into my schedule to see Jose in concert. He has such a beautiful voice and listening to him, he leaves you breathless.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Oh, wow–really.  She won’t even get to release the album?  Do y’all think there will be an announcement or will they try to keep it hush-hush?  How sad…


    At this rate The Voice will never catch up to American Idol as far as successful winners go.


    Jessica Sanchez will be previewing her ablum and/or her single on Monday :)

  • asifclueless

    Axxxel, exactly my dreams, too.

    Talking about Freddie and the lady opera singer “Barcelona”, I have it on my iPod. And just last night, I heard it and thought of Adam. Barcelona is one of the places that Adam wants to visit.

    “Classical in the Sky” with Jose and Adam would be dreamy.
    I wish I had money so I could go to the Festival.

  • durbesque

    I assumed that Carreras is retired…checked out his 2012 videos.  He used to be a tenor, now he’s a baritone…not terrible…but nothing like he was when he was young. 

    Though he was never in a class with Pavarotti and Domingo, he was included in The Three Tenors because he had survived cancer.  I would be shocked if he would expose his present vocal estate next to a young tenor in his prime…but who knows? 

  • Jordana33

    Astro is 16. 

  • Jordana33

    Astro is 16.

  • shell29

    Wow…going missing on the artist roster of the label’s website is usually the first telltale sign that they’ve been dropped. They really screwed up Melanie’s launch. If this is true I feel bad for her. Simon has some major egg on his face if his first US winner gets dropped before even releasing their debut album. Not a good look for X Factor US at all IMO.

  • Axxxel

    Yeah… Egypt, Greece, Barcelona… many things to do on Adam’s bucketlist.
    Just one question, which one is ‘classical in the sky” ?? I tried to google or youtube it but I cannot find it…

  • girlygirltoo

    wow, that’s too bad if it turns out Melanie got dropped before she even released her album.

  • Axxxel

    Oh yeah, you are right, I did not notice they are on different days… yeah much be great to see Carreras live !!

  • girlygirltoo

    song request for Kris’ show tonight was Ellie Goulding’s song “Lights”. He performed this once before, in one of his StageIt concerts. Different arrangement this time around.

    Vid shot from someone’s phone (good quality audio, if the picture does goes sideways)

  • asifclueless

    Axxxel … Sorry!!!
    That’s not a song. I meant that festival has many themes and “Classic Under Sky” is one of them that I wish Adam sings.

    ” … As part of the annual project, we will select the best of the best, most worthy of your attention for the artists in the categories * Classic under Sky *, * Rock under Sky *, * Pop under Sky * and * Sky Dance *. …”

    Adam would enjoy Egypt very much because he is into Egyptian Stuff.
    I’ve been to Egypt and Greece but not Spain yet. Have a very good friend from Madrid so it’s posible.

    This video is FUN!!!

    It’s crazy to be a fan of this man.

  • lovetheusa1776

     Really, really good – looking forward to these covers very much.

  • irockhard

    Astro is almost 16 by now.

  • Axxxel

    Ah, ok, now I understand…. LOL.

    Hilarious video ! I still remember how dissapointed I was when I heard Adam saying that “glitter is dead”. and telling myself that “thank goodness he was not talking about the feathers…”

    Funny about the “roundtrips”… and about “Melvin”….

    Yeah, all those tweets from Adam are derivatives of old Egyptian stuff… Hope you will get to Spain one day and enjoy the food.

  • Karen C

    If Melanie was really dropped, I bet they say it was artistic differences.  I think they were trying to push her into being a pop star and it wasn’t working.  Especially since none of the singles did well.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Unfortunately, Melanie being dropped by her label isn’t a surprise. There were so many signs that any support that she had was waning, and not performing on this year’s finale of the X-FactorUS was telling. Now, it looks like she many not even get to release her album. I have a feeling that Simon et al botched her launch as a new artist, perhaps pushing her in the wrong direction, musically, and I feel badly for her.

  • Willis White

    Question: Even if Melanie was dropped by Epic she still gets a 5 million payout, right? That might soften the blow a bit.

    Still not sure how the whole 5 Mil thing works. Sounds like it’s not really a prize but a guaranteed contract. Oh well, looks like Simon wants it to go away next year. Wonder why??

  • springboard2

    It seems that Melanie got the 5 million prize and a recording contract whereas the season 2 winner only got the 5 million recording contract.
    Simon Cowell also declared that Melanie’s 5 million prize was guaranteed, and independent from her contract.
    This is what he led us to believe in his interviews.

  • SullyD

    Whoa, if this is really true, I think this is awful for both Melanie and XF, because what makes people want to audition/win those shows is the guarantee that you’ll have a record contract. And Melanie was promissed not only a simple record contract, but a 5M one.
    So this is either a bad move for Simon, or he just gave up the idea of XF in the US and doesn’t really care anymore.

  • Valarie

    I remember that Simon was even more pompous and obnoxious than usual, after the the first XFactor finale. He wanted to have a sing-off with Melanie, P2, and whichever forgotten artist won The Voice. P2 probably would have lost that match, but he won the sales contest.

    I feel badly for Melanie and I hope she finds a more supportive label.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    At that point, it was actually Melanie vs. Scotty vs. Javier Colon.  Simon also made fun of Scotty those couple of times in the media, then when people asked if his winner had a chance, he said that he thought so since both she and Scotty were brilliant.  Since it would have been a voting contest, there’s really no doubt how that would have come out…

  • springboard2

    I am not sure what happened with Melanie. SC seemed to do everything in his power to get her the win, but very little afterwards to promote his winner. Very strange.

  • tripp_ncwy

    YT of Kris’ Lights (Ellie Goulding cover)

  • Sharon S.

    Adam posted a new video to his Keek account:

    Even winded and on a treadmill, he sings “Diamonds” better than Rihanna. ;-)  Oh, and he looks about 20.  Just adorable.

  • MellyPer1692

    For those that don’t keek, YouTube version of Adams #fitness video

  • girlygirltoo

    Yeah, I’m still not convinced Melanie got, or will get, that $5 million. Didn’t Simon say he would pay it out of his own pocket if necessary? Somehow, I don’t see him actually doing that. I still think it’s more likely she got a recording contract potentially worth $5 million, not $5 million independent of the contract.

    But some media person should ask Melanie about this, if only to clear it up for us once and for all.

  • girlygirltoo

    lol, Shine Bright Like a Diamond!!!!  Funny, and very cute

  • kmd23

     It has to be that Melanie got a recording contract worth potentially $5 million. So if there is no recording contract then she gets no money. There is no way Simon Cowell gave that girl $5 million. lol

  • asifclueless

    Glamberts are fast.

    Collage from keek fitness.


    Lolololololol! He doesn’t look too happy about his regimen, kind of how I feel about mine, haha! And yes, he looks like a teenager, cuuute.

  • Jordana33

    I saw a very recent interview where Astro mentioned that he was going to be in an upcoming movie but could not discuss the details. He also mentioned plans to release a mix-album in 1-2 months. During the interview, there was no mention of being dropped by his label, so I can’t explain the absence of his picture on the Epic Records site. . 

  • Jordana33

    I saw a very recent interview where Astro mentioned that he was going to be in an upcoming movie but could not discuss the details. He also mentioned plans to release a mix-album in 1-2 months. During the interview, there was no mention of being dropped by his label, so I can’t explain the absence of his picture on the Epic Records site. . 

  • asifclueless

    Awww.  Cute Mash-up -Shine Bright Like a Diamond.  LOL

  • girlygirltoo

    In case anyone wants to bid on this shirt Kris signed or just wants to check out the organization and its upcoming silent auction

    American Idol Winner Kris Allen signing a MAG T-shirt to be used in an upcoming silent auction to raise funds for… 

  • Eilonwy

    Yeah, but it was just 16 days ago that Melanie Amaro tweeted the track list and release date for her album (3/12/13), and she’s sure not on the artist list.

    The common reaction among the news-ish sources (those that appear in response to Googling) was mild derision and predictions of failure. Epic may have realized that it had already made so many mistakes — starting with releasing and sticking with a lead single that got lots of nastily negative reviews — that no amount of promo could save the project now.

    It is a long, long way from “we’re finding the next global superstar” to “we bailed on our first winner before releasing her debut album.” Really sad for Amaro — no matter what her talents, she deserved better than this.

  • justmefornow

    Never liked Melanie really, but I agree, she deserved better. Simon is a real d*ck. That is all.

    On another note seeing it’s such a slow news day there’s a thread about Adam on his treadmill, lol, James came home last night from his trip to NYC. Still waiting to hear what he’s recording for the WWE, (a hint would be nice!!)

    Anyway, here’s a sweet pic Heidi tweeted.

    Heidi Durbin ?@MrsHeidiDurbinSo nice to have Daddy home…goodnight twitter friends ;)

  • Dennis

     News about Melanie really doesn’t surprise me. They gave up on her before anything could even happen. The songs were not good and she was absent for a year almost. She deserves better than this but again it goes to show you if they don’t think you worth it, you winning the show doesn’t matter. If they don’t think you could be really successful they’re not going to put that much effort into you.

    Also it was surprising to me that Astro never put out an official single but I guess it makes sense now since he doesn’t look like he’s on the roster.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris just finished his first show at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA. Anoop Desai in the house for the second show. Kranoop rules. No request song for the first session.

  • girlygirltoo

    Nice that Anoop’s there to support Kris. Kranoooop!!!

    From the tweets, people loved the 1st show. Tour mgr said it was sold out. 2nd one may be sold out as well 

    I’m thinking there was no song request, and his set was shorter than normal, because of the tight turnaround between the 2 shows.

  • tripp_ncwy

    They seemed to have them packed in like sardines from the few pics. ;)

  • H.A.


    Sold out show at #eddiesattic. Killin it. #outalivetour @KrisAllen

    Nice diverse crowd at Kris’ show. I read John Mayer played there also.

  • Axxxel

    I think there is a  thread about Adam Lambert is also because he was singing a popular popsong in the video…

    Remember the Madonna song he sang in VH1  Diva’s ?  Once there was an  amateur video on youtube when Adam was goofing around with that song during a soundcheck.

  • justmefornow

    I actually found it very funny myself, worthy of it’s own thread?, that’s debatable.
    Funny thing is, in normal clothes, with no makeup, that’s the best I’ve ever seen him look, lol.

  • girlygirltoo

    The song request Kris is doing for his 2nd show tonight is Hey! Ho! 

    (The Lumineers’ song, if anyone is unfamiliar with the title)

  • tripp_ncwy

    Good view of Kris & crew’s new transport, the new Dotty

  • mjsbigblog


    What’s SO TOTALLY NOT THE TOPIC? What is or is not a post on this blog. No meta comments please. Particularly when they are passive-aggressively fanwarish.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Video: Colton Dixon introduces his band.

  • durbesque

    Love it!!!  Makes me want to go to the show.  I’ll lie down until the urge passes.

  • tripp_ncwy

    People:  Danny Gokey Welcomes Son Daniel Emanuel

    “Weighing in at 8 lbs. 11 oz., Daniel arrived at 9:52 p.m. on his due date.”

  • girlygirltoo

    Danny and his wife’s baby was born today. A boy, named Daniel.  Congrats!!

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Wow, I’d love to watch a concert that this intimate. I have a friend who attended 3 concerts with 1 VIP and she said she could touch his face if she wished to that it’s almost like he’s doing a private gig and Kris is just singing in her living room. That’s how near she was to him and that was a standing crowd unlike this one. She was taking pictures and he looked at her cam and made funny faces in almost all the pictures. cute!

    Wonder what’s the capacity for his tour this time around?

  • CB40

    Kelly will be performing at 12:21 pm today:

    — SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 11:55 a.m.: Obama takes the presidential oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
    — 11:56 a.m.: The U.S. Marine Band performs “Hail to the Chief,” which is followed by a 21-gun military salute.
    — 12:00 p.m.: The president gives inaugural address.
    — 12:21 p.m.: Kelly Clarkson performs.
    — 12:26 p.m.: Richard Blanco reads poem.
    — 12:30 p.m.: The Rev. Luis Leon delivers the benediction.
    — 12:34 p.m.: Beyonce performs the National Anthem.
    — 2:32 p.m.: Obama reviews the troops, then departs with his wife and the Bidens for the luncheon

  • jpfan2

    NO videos of P2’s first shows on his tour? All. I know is the set includes covering some rap songs.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris request song of the day last night at Eddies Attic Decatur, GA. A cover of 
    The Lumineers – Ho Hey

    Complete set:

  • justmefornow

    No rabid fan show videos yet? I wouldn’t worry, the kids from PS 22 are singing “Home” right now on the steps of the Capital in the pre-Inaugural coverage. 
    I think it’s safe to say P2″s music has moved beyond the bubble.

  • revolution

    The amazing Crystal Bowersox performs 3 songs (confirmed) from her upcoming album and a fourth I think will be on the album. The show was at Sundance, where she will be performing again tonight.

  • TheOther

    Phillip’s videos from his Norte Dame, In gig are posted on his fan site. He had a 8+ song set. Lots of tweets and rabid fan videos going back and forth Sat night. Great response from the college crowd.

  • jpfan2

    Can you post some P2 videos? I stay away from fan sites. :)

  • justmefornow

    Check out this person’s channel. Lots of videos. Looks like they were there :)