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Today’s Idol Appearances
- Daughtry set to perform at the Musicians On Call event at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. More information HERE.
- Mandisa helps announce the nominees for the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards in Atlanta, GA.
- Jennifer Hudson performs on the Ellen Degeneres Show
Lee DeWyze will be performing at Davis & Elkins College on Apr 30th in Elkins, WV as part of their 2011 Déjà Vu Festival. Tickets go on sale to public on 2/28 for $20 (Students/staff on sale 2/21 for $10) (via @DweezySignal)
David Cook at last night’s “secret” Foo Fighters concert. He tweets, “Dude, @foofighters were so damn good! Best/Worst Line of the night: guy next to me – “I think I just FOO-ed my pants!” #grossbutfunnyashell”
Crystal Bowersox tweets, “Just played an open mic at the Buffalo gap saloon in Portland.. everyone check out Karyn partridge… reverbnation.com/karynpatridge”
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Adam Lambert and Sauli Koskinen: Travel Mates
Gearing up for an outbound flight, Adam Lambert was spotted at LAX International Airport last night (February 15).
Joined by his boyfriend Sauli Koskinen, the “For Your Entertainment” singer looked to be in good spirits as he strolled past the paparazzi.
See the photos at Celebrity-Gossip
Clay Aiken of ‘American Idol’ fame lists mansion outside Raleigh for $2.7 mln
Clay Aiken, the American singer, songwriter, actor, producer, and author who began his rise to fame on the second season of a television program American Idol in 2003, has listed his mansion outside Raleigh, NC on the market for $2,700,000.
According to the listing, the 9,392 square feet home in the semi-rural community of Cary has a total of 6 bedrooms and 6 full and 3 half bathrooms.
Read more at IB Times
Check out Lee DeWyze’s New Tattoo
Jordin Sparks, Mark Salling, Amber Riley and More Take Part in a White House Motown tribute Feb. 24
The White House announced Wednesday that it will host an East Room concert next week that will highlight the influence of Motown Records on American music.
The Thursday night “Motown Sound” event, part of the White House’s celebration of Black History Month, will include performances by Smokey Robinson, Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Gloriana, Nick Jonas, Ledisi, John Legend, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Seal and Jordin Sparks.
Read more at Washington Post
American Idol contestant to play in IC
The past few weeks have been a wild ride for musician Caleb Hawley.
Since his audition for “American Idol” was featured in the first 10 minutes of the season première, he’s seen a jump in support for his music, and he was even met by TMZ reporters after one of his New York gigs.
“It’s put life in the fast lane for the past couple of weeks,” said Hawley, 25. “It’s been fun, you know, it’s been a great exposure. We’ll have to see what happens.”
Hawley played Iowa City last year as an opening act. This time, he’s coming back as a headliner. He will play songs on his new album, We All Got Problems, at 9 p.m. today at the Mill, 120 E. Burlington St. Admission is $6. Opening for Hawley will be UI student Jonnie Cohen and his band.
Read more at The Daily Iowan
Could He Be The Next American Idol?
Aunt Tina McCreery Creech is an RN and case manager at FirstHealth of the Carolinas Moore Regional Hospital. She and her husband, Billy, who also grew up in Garner, and their children, Samantha, 17, and Casey, 15, who attend Pinecrest High School, are Pinehurst residents.
“Scott mainly sang in church,” says Creech. “But in 2009, he won the Clayton Idol competition, and I believe it launched everything.”
Creech says her office door at the hospital is the “American Idol” bulletin board.
“A lot of people are watching him, and I discuss it every day with someone,” she says. “Doctor, nurse or patient, we are all talking about him. I even had a patient ask me to bring my laptop to her room so she could watch the audition.”
Read more at The Pilot
Carrie To Guest Host New Faces
Country music superstar Carrie Underwood will shine the spotlight on country music’s hottest new stars as she co-hosts the America’s Opry Weekend New Faces of Country Special the weekend of March 5. Underwood made her Grand Ole Opry debut six years ago less than two weeks after winning the 4th season of “American Idol.” Now the multi-award-winning, multi-platinum-selling superstar member of the Opry will share her success story as well as playing the music of some of the hot new voices on the Opry stage and on the country music charts throughout the special.
Among the artists and songs listeners will hear are “Undo It,” Underwood; “If I Die Young,” The Band Perry; “I’m A Little More Country Than That,” Easton Corbin; “Smoke A Little Smoke,” Eric Church; “Boots On,” Randy Houser and “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” Luke Bryan.
Read more at Carrie Underwood Official
American Idol’s Clint Gamboa and Julie Zorrilla on GDLA
Kinder, gentler ‘Idol’ shows cruel side in Hollywood
Sure, the judges have softened the edges of what traditionally has been an often bluntly cruel process of whittling down the auditioners, presumably to underline the transition to a post-Simon “Idol” regime. Unfortunately, their initial niceness is going to backfire horribly now that we’ve reached the second stage of auditions. By refusing to show their claws early, they’ve all but guaranteed a bloodbath in the Hollywood rounds. And the first Tinseltown episode on Feb. 10 was proof.
Three hundred twenty-seven people made it through to Hollywood, suggesting that when “Idol” says that this year is showcasing “the most talent we’ve ever had,” the folks behind the show presumably mean in aggregate. The previous record came in season two, with 234 Hollywood competitors. Last year’s total was 181, a little more than half of this season’s Tinseltown crop.
Read more at MSNBC
Perez Hilton interview with Adam Lambert Part 2
Inspirational ‘Idol’ Raises $27K For Disabled Fiancee
Ever since “American Idol” hopeful Chris Medina revealed his financial struggles after a car accident left his fiancee partially paralyzed … the couple has received thousands of dollars in donations … TMZ has learned.
We’re told the money began pouring in from caring “Idol” fans after Chris explained how the couple was barely managing to cover the exorbitant medical bills. So far, we’re told the donations have hit the $27,000 mark.
But the generosity isn’t all in cash — a local air conditioning and heating company donated a $4,000 furnace to Medina after hearing his heater was on the fritz. The company — King Heating and A/C — even installed it free of charge.
Chris is pretty stoked — in fact, he plans to perform at the store as payback whenever his schedule opens up post-”Idol.”
Read more at TMZ
From Death Row to ‘American Idol’
As a golden ticket-holding contestant on “American Idol,” heading into round two of Hollywood Week tonight, Connecticut’s Henry Smith knows a thing or two about reality show clichés like “do or die” and “sudden death.”
Smith, 27, of Ellington, is a corrections officer at the Northern Correctional Institution in Somers, working on death row.
Singing has been his main goal, he says in an interview. “I’ve been chasing my dreams right out of college. But it’s a great job and I’ve stuck with it.”
Read more at TV Eye
Jennifer Hudson Diary Inspired Song, Ryan Tedder Says
“I have to give a big-up to Jennifer Hudson,” Tedder told MTV News’ Sway during our Grammy red-carpet live stream on Sunday. “I did the title cut for her new album, I Remember Me. I produced and wrote that with her and it’s, honestly, probably the most emotional song I’ve ever been involved with in my entire career.”
“So I sit down and she’s like, ‘I hear we’re going to work together,’ and I’m like, ‘Yes, we are,’ Tedder recalled. “She sends me an e-mail with a diary entry dated right after her family was … and it was, literally, her thoughts immediately after that happened. It started with the phrase, ‘I remember me. I used to smile. I used to know love. I used to laugh. I used to hear things.’ ”
Tedder revealed that Hudson’s private entry was “about four or five paragraphs” and revolved around her initial response to the stunning loss.
Read more at MTV
Jennifer Lopez’s forthcoming album ‘Love?’: Producer RedOne spills on the sound
American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez’s long-gestating album Love? is currently slated for a March 29 release, and one single, the Pitbull-infused, “Lambada”-riffing “On the Floor” has already hit radio (although not the Billboard charts in the U.S….yet). So we’ve gotten a taste of what’s possibly to come, but what’s up with the rest of the forthcoming album? Lopez is reportedly using music that she recorded for the album back when it was in the works at Sony and songs that she’s newly recorded with producers Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, and RedOne. Which is interesting considering RedOne came down the red carpet at Sunday evening’s 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, where he spilled some details about what to expect when Love? drops next month. “I did about half of the album and I am one of the executive producers with LA Reid,” Red One told EW. “The first song, ‘On The Floor,’ is already blowing up and the rest is even better. Lots of dance songs.”
Read more at EW
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