Audience Members Allowed to Bring Cell Phones into the American Idol Live Shows for the First Time – No more smuggling your iPhone in your sock (or, uhm, elsewhere). American Idol producers are encouraging live audience members to bring their cell phones to live tapings to snap and tweet to your hearts content! Via OnCameraAudiences “Great news #idolsuperfan. The audience will now be allowed to bring phones inside the studio at the #liveshow #epic pics!!”
CBS WILL PRESENT AN ENCORE BROADCAST OF “THE BEATLES: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA—A GRAMMY SALUTE,” WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12, 8:30-11:00 PM. – CBS will present an encore broadcast of THE BEATLES: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA—A GRAMMY SALUTE, Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT). – Ya’ll will be watching Idol, tho right? ;) Read more at CBS
The Rhode interviews Jillian Jensen
Seth Meyers’ Late Night Band Includes Fred Armisen & Members Of Les Savy Fav – The most important person in any late-night show is obviously its host, but a show’s bandleader can have a huge impact on that show’s personality. Consider, if you will, NBC’s Late Night franchise. In its past incarnations, Paul Shaffer, Max Weinberg, and ?uestlove have all led the house bands, and it would be impossible to imagine any of those shows without those guys. And now, when Seth Meyers takes over the show later this month, we now know who will lead his band: Meyers’s old SNL castmate Fred Armisen. Meyers Tweeted the above photo of Armisen and his G8 band earlier today, and it appears that the band will also include Seth Jabour and Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav, Eli Janney (Girls Against Boys), and Kim Thompson (Beyoncé). Armisen was a drummer in the underground Trenchmouth for years before he broke into the comedy world, and he also played drums on a few songs from Les Savy Fav’s 2007 album Let’s Stay Friends. – Read more at Stereogum
Idina Menzel to Perform at the Oscars – Tony Award®-winning singer, songwriter and actress Idina Menzel will, for the first time, perform the Oscar®-nominated song “Let it Go” for a global television audience at the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on SUNDAY, MARCH 2 live on ABC. “Let it Go,” written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for “Frozen,” is nominated for Original Song. The three other nominated songs are “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “The Moon Song” from “Her.” – Read more at TV By The Numbers
Chris Daughtry – Idol Insider Interview
Reality Check: Are Idol’s Guitars Unfair? Plus: Cruelty Bus; Spencer, Jessica & Keith Imbroglios!
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American Idol alum, Casey Abrams, is part of a Kickstarter Campaign – A new comedy starring Tom Cavanaugh, Constance Zimmer, Frances Fisher, French Stewart, Haaz Sleiman & Casey Abrams. Many of you remember me as Doris Schwartz, a character from the 1980s TV show Fame. (Ha ha ha. I loved Doris!) I got my first shot at directing on Fame, and I’ve been acting, writing and directing ever since. I have a new film project and that’s what brings me here to Kickstarter. (You can read more about what I’ve been up to in the bio section). My film project is called Offer & Compromise and it falls right in the middle, with a moderate $500,000 budget, an experienced producer in Tani Cohen, a talented editor in Timothy Snell and seasoned casting director Shana Landsburg. And the actors! We’ve got Tom Cavanaugh (Ed, How to Eat Fried Worms), Constance Zimmer (House of Cards, Entourage) and Frances Fisher (Resurrection, Titanic). This will also be the film debut for musician and American Idol finalist Casey Abrams. Offer & Compromise is a collaboration with writer Dylan Otto, and it tells the story of the fictional Warner family and Travis Parker, the 19-year-old debt collector who enters their lives as they struggle to break free of debts, both financial and emotional. It’s a comedy/drama, in the vein of The Descendants, Little Miss Sunshine and Juno. It’s funny and heartbreaking and timely. All of the actors signed on as soon as they read the script. Dylan’s script is that good!- Contribute HERE.
Ruben Studdard Talks New Album, Big Weight Loss: ‘This Time It’s for Me’ – Last heard on the 2012 Shanachie album “Letters From Birmingham,” Studdard is also working on a Christmas album for Verve and has a theater project in development. Dropping by Billboard’s Los Angeles office a day after the “Biggest Loser” finale, the singer/songwriter shared insights about “Unconditional Love” and lessons learned during his 10-year career. – Read more at Billboard
Valentine’s Day POPsessions: Midas Whale Pour Some ‘Sugar’ on Yahoo – Midas Whale, the totally robbed “Voice” Season 4 duo comprising Ryan Hayes and “American Idol” alum Jon Peter Lewis, are no strangers to love in all its epic forms. They did stage a Gothic rock opera called “Deep Love” once, after all. So it’s no wonder that Ryan and Jon have released Midas Whale’s excellent debut album “Sugar House” this week, just in time for Valentine’s Day. – Performances and Interview at Yahoo Music
Yes, they think they can dance – It was cold, polar vortex cold. Schools were closed and heavy snow was on the way. But for nearly 600 dancers, plus supporters bundled up in puffy coats, hats, and blankets outside the Merriam Theater as much as 11 hours ahead of call time, it was worth it. Worth it for the possibility of dancing on TV, working with great choreographers, and maybe a place on the “hot-tamale train” to stardom. – Read more at Philly.com