‘Glee’ casting competition looks for the show’s next star
Ree Hines writes:Those who think they’ve got what it takes to sing and dance alongside the “kids” from McKinley High can prove it this weekend, as the Oxygen network’s new reality TV casting competition, “The Glee Project,” holds an open casting call.
“Glee” star Darren Criss, otherwise known as Kurt’s BFF Blaine, and robert Ulrich, the casting director from “Battlestar Galactica” and “CSI,” will be on-hand while “Glee” hopefuls make the trek to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to vie for a shot to join the “Project.”
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Carrie Underwood talks about her marriage, new home and her accent
Country music star Carrie Underwood, who hails from Checotah, called into Chicago-based radio station US 99.5 and talked about her new home in Canada, her marriage to pro hockey player Mike Fisher and her eating habits.
“I can’t be like a groupie wife. I gotta hold down the fort,” Underwood said, explaining why she wouldn’t be accompanying her husband as his Ottawa Senators travel today to Chicago for a matchup with the Blackhawks. “I gotta learn how to be a hockey wife. I don’t know if I’ve figured it out yet.
“He wants me to cook for him an awful lot. I’m not sure if I’m OK with that,” she added with a laugh.
To hear the interview, click here.
“Hey Girl” (A Spontaneous Love Song) – JRA, Traphik, & Andrew Garcia
Andrew and pals are in Alaska getting ready to perform at West Anchorage High School Auditorium in Anchorage, AK at 8 pm. tomorrow night
Ryan Seacrest Gets Syndicated Down Under
The Australian Radio Network (ARN) and Premiere Radio Networks announce that On Air with Ryan Seacrest will launch on Sydney’s Mix 106.5 and Melbourne’s Mix 101.1 in Australia on January 10. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, music’s number one radio host in the U.S. reaching a weekly worldwide audience estimated at more than 20 million, the radio program will be heard Monday through Friday beginning at 7:00 p.m. local time.
Seacrest stated, “I’m beyond excited to be On Air in Sydney and Melbourne. It’s always a thrill to know our show is broadcasting all the way on the other side of the planet from Hollywood in one of my favorite countries. We look forward to delivering the best in music and pop culture from Hollywood all the way Down Under.”
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Steven Tyler Wants To Record New Aerosmith LP, But He Can’t Find Joe Perry
Steven Tyler has spent the last few months preparing for his first season as a judge on American Idol, but he tells Rolling Stone that’s he’s still keen on recording a new Aerosmith album. “I’m trying to rally the guys together,” he says. “We’re having trouble getting Joe [Perry.. I don’t know where he is, but just come down to L.A. at the end of January sometime. I’ve had enough downtime.”
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EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Lopez tells LATINA she “Might Perform” on ‘American Idol’
We recently caught up with Jennifer Lopez to hear about her new role as L’Oreal’s latest spokesmodel, but soon got to talking about her other new gig: American Idol judge. Here’s what she told us:
How does it feel to be back on TV (from your Living Color Days)?
Oh! I didn’t really think of it that way. But, yes it’s fun. I’m having a great time doing Idol. We’re having a ball.
Will you debut any new music from your Love? album on the show?
I might perform on the show. They’ve offered. I said, ‘We’ll see!’
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Simon Cowell Laps Up His Luxurious Life Shirtless on a Yacht
Simon Cowell looked like he didn’t have a care in the world amid rumored women drama as he caught some rays on the deck of a yacht off the coast of St. Barts yesterday.
See the photos at Popsugar
Going back in time: my early days with ‘Idol,’ part one
In April, 2002, Fox was trying to get us to cover the auditions of this new show “American Idol” at the AmericasMart downtown. We said no. Why? We were covering Music Midtown and nobody knew what this show was.
At that time, I was covering radio, nightlife and youth culture. I was not covering television. We had two writers full time doing that. But when the first VHS advance screener for “Idol” arrived at the AJC, neither of them were interested in a reality program that looked like summer cannon fodder. It landed on my desk. I shrugged my shoulders. Hey, why not?
This is a pretty fun read. Check it out at AJC
“Silencing the Song: An Afghan Fallen Star” Debuts Jan. 26 on HBO2
In the 2010 HBO documentary “Afghan Star,” Setara, a young singer, was voted off the “American Idol”-style show of the same name. Caught up in the emotion of the moment, she danced across the stage and her head scarf slipped, revealing her hair. The incident sparked an uproar in post-Taliban Afghanistan, where music, dancing and TV were completely banned just ten years ago, with some traditionalists saying Setara “deserves to be killed.”
In the new documentary SILENCING THE SONG: AN AFGHAN FALLEN STAR, “Afghan Star” director Havana Marking revisits Setara as she deals with ever-present threats to her safety and starts a new life as a wife and mother-to-be, while continuing to nurture dreams of becoming a pop-music idol. Debuting WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26 (8:00-8:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO2, this intimate portrait will be immediately preceded by an encore presentation of “Afghan Star” at 6:30 p.m.
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‘DWTS’ star Maksim Chmerkovskiy did not turn down U.S. ‘Bachelor,’ says source
While it certainly would have been the most dramatic network crossover… EVER, Dancing with the Stars‘ resident hunk Maksim Chmerkovskiy did not, in fact, turn down an offer to star in ABC’s hit dating show The Bachelor, according to a show source. Though Maks writes on his blog that he “turned down the American version” of The Bachelor and will instead star in a Ukrainian version of the show, a show source tells EW that ABC did meet with the Dancing star but never offered him the gig as chief rose-master.
Read more at EW
Lea Michele Made Young ‘True Grit’ Star Cry With Brush Off
“When I was auditioning for ‘True Grit,’ I was on the Paramount lot. I was wearing clothes from the 1800s that were big and uncomfortable. ‘Glee’ also films on the lot, and I love the show,” Steinfeld told J-14 magazine. “I saw Lea Michele just walking to her trailer, and I was like, ‘That’s the girl from ‘Glee.’ I’ve got to go ask for her autograph!’ So I walked up to her and asked for her autograph, but she walked by and a guy came and said, ‘Sorry, now’s not a good time!’”
The young actress, who stars alongside Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges in ‘Grit,’ was so heartbroken by the brush off that she left in tears. “I had to walk all the way back to the car wearing what I was wearing. I was practically crying on the way home,” Steinfeld said. “I was so sad! But she’s beautiful, and she has an amazing voice.”
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