American Idol alum, Erika Van Pelt performed at the Vice President’s Ball last night in Washington. And Glee star, Darren Criss, sat in with the band! Erika tweeted, “Got to hang and sing with our friend @DarrenCriss tonight at the Vice President’s party…@DarrenCriss great to have you sit in with the band tonight. You are a true talent! Xoxo.
Cher Lloyd to guest star on ‘Big Time Rush’-EXCLUSIVE – The guys from Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush will get a real rush when singer Cher Lloyd guest stars in an episode of the boy-band show taping the week of Jan. 27 and airing this spring. In it, James (James Maslow), desperate for attention, and Katie (Ciaro Bravo) create a lie that he and Cher Lloyd are releasing a hot new duet and video. – Read more at Entertainment Weekly
Country Artists Come Together For Nashville Benefit Show – Country artists are set to take the stage TONIGHT (1/22) beginning at 5:30p (CT) at TIN ROOF in NASHVILLE, TN for NASHVILLE LIFESTYLES’ 9th Annual MUSIC IN THE CITY benefitting the W.O. SMITH MUSIC SCHOOL. Artists include KELLEIGH BANNEN, KRISTY LEE COOK, CASEY JAMES, HIGH VALLEY, EDENS EDGE and CLAY COOK of the ZAC BROWN BAND. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. – Read more at All Access
American Idol: New Judges Pass First Test – Barely – Two weeks ago in this column I suggested that the radically new judging panel might be the weak link of Season 12 of ratings superstar American Idol. After the first round of auditions, two days and four televised hours’ worth, I am pleasantly surprised – but still quite concerned. For the most part, each judge did a good job on their own. However, I likened them to a sports team of highly paid free agents and worried that they might not mesh. That lack of cohesion seems like it is going to be the biggest problem. And the biggest distraction. – Read more at Forbes
PHOTO CALL: First Look at Broadway-Aimed Nerds Musical, With Darren Ritchie, Stanley Bahorek, Leslie Kritzer, Diana DeGarmo – Darren Ritchie, Stanley Bahorek, Leslie Kritzer and Diana DeGarmo star in the North Carolina Theatre production of Nerds, the new musical about technology giants Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, which boots-up Jan. 18 at the North Carolina Theatre. – See the photos at Playbill
Jekyll & Hyde, Starring Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox, Will Arrive at Broadway’s Marquis in April – Following the completion of its current national tour, the 13-week limited Broadway engagement of Jekyll & Hyde will begin previews at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre (rather than the previously announced Richard Rodgers Theatre) April 5 prior to an official opening April 18. Tickets for the Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Independent Presenters Network, Chunsoo Shin, Luigi Caiola and Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley production are available exclusively to Audience Rewards (www.audiencerewards.com) members beginning Jan. 22 and will go on sale to the general public Feb. 2 at 10 AM ET via www.ticketmaster.com. – Read more at Playbill
Adam Lambert May Collaborate With Cyndi Lauper – Remember earlier this year when we shared with you an amazing collaboration between Adam Lambert and Cyndi Lauper of “Mad World” during a performance in New York City? Well, we just have even more amazing news to share with you. Get ready, Glamberts! Lambert and Lauper were so great on stage and their chemistry was perfect. Their voices join incredibly well together. In fact, they were so good that they will most likely record the song together. A source exclusively reveals: “Adam and Cyndi talked after their performance. They want to record their duet of Mad World at the studio and release it. It’s just a project they want to do for fun.” – Read more at Music News