Idol Headlines for 02/23/12

Latest Idol Gallery From Entertainment Weekly: Ten Hollywood Week Breakouts – Entertainment Weekly

James Durbin: It Really Does Get Better – How did you get involved with the STAR Alliance? James Durbin: I’ve always been a fan of WWE and pro-wrestling – when I was on Idol, I got the chance to tell the world that. Having Hulk Hogan come out and surprise me and becoming friends with Chris Jericho and The Miz, it’s really been a dream come true. Match that with my bullying experiences throughout my childhood for being different (James has Asperger’s and Tourette’s Syndrome) and , it just kind of came together. They asked if I would be interested, and I was already a huge fan of the Be A Star program, so I knew right then and there I wanted to Be A part of it. – Read more at The Insider

James Durbin at at Los Coyotes Middle School

James Durbin with students after an anti-bullying rally at the Los Coyotes Middle school It was part of an event organized by the Star Alliance, for which James recently became a spokesperson.

Kris Allen performed at a corporate event at Walmart today

Kris performed some new and old songs at the Walmart Buyers Banquet today. Photos via @LNEWLAND1

Lionel Richie, George Strait Light Up CRS in Nashville – Day one of the 2012 Country Radio Seminar is in the books. The day started with the opening ceremonies at the Nashville Convention Center with the presentation of the annual Humanitarian Awards to stations in small, medium, and large markets following an opening keynote address by Bob Pittman and a performance of the National Anthem by Lauren Alaina. – Read more at

Backbeat: George Strait, Bob Pittman, Gary Overton at Country Radio Seminar Day OneBucky Covington confirmed Sinder’s observation, saying “I love CRS because I can come here and in three days see so many of the people who are responsible for playing my songs on radio. And I get to catch up with all my buddies who are always out on the road and I never get to see when we’re all touring.” – Read more at Billboard

‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Goes Medieval – The men’s team on this season of The Celebrity Apprentice has no shortage of alpha males, and on the next episode two of them go toe-to-toe in hand-to-hand combat. In our advance clip, Lou Ferrigno and reality star Paul Teutul Sr. (American Chopper) rehearse a sword fight for an event at Medieval Times. While in the heat of the moment, Lou seems to lose sight of safety concerns, leaving Paul reasonably concerned. – See the Video at EOnline

Howard Stern gets nice(r) as ‘America’s Got Talent’ auditions begin – Howard Stern came to Los Angeles last Friday to begin his tenure as “America’s Got Talent’s” newest judge. And, by his own admission, this may not be the Howard Stern most people expected to see. “There were times when I was downright compassionate,” Stern told KNBC-TV outside the season’s first auditions, held at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown L.A. – Read more at the LA Times

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  • Chris

    Sounds like UMG Nashville really did a nice job of highlighting their “stable” of artists, including Scotty and Lauren.  Both of them have to feel like this is an out of body experience to be in the same room, same stage as George Strait, Lionel Richie.

  • steph6449

    Danny has a show in a day or two, looks like he is firing up the band lol. It’s been a while since he did a full-out show with full band. 

  • Anonymous

    WooHoo!!!! Doing a little happy dance.  David Cook is doing his Charity Concert for Hope in Washington DC again this year.  It’s so tempting to go.  I have it marked on the calendar – May 5, 2012. :D

  • Anonymous

    Love how James towers over all the students.  Doin’ good.

  • Anonymous

    The iTunes release of Young Homie has been pushed back to March 20: 

  • jdanton2

    Jordin talks about Whitney Houston at ESSENCE’s 2012 Black Women in Hollywood event.
    .@jordinsparks sings the first single from ‘Sparkle’ remake in remembrance of co-star Whitney Houston #ESSENCEBWIH
    2 hours ago via Echofon!/thesherylralph/status/172816297040683008/photo/1
    sheryl lee ralph ? @thesherylralph
    Jordan Sparks sings for whitney, if you look into your heart
    5:53 PM – 23 Feb 12 via Twitter for Android

    Also based on those tweets of Jordin performing it today at the event the first single from the Sparkle movie will be Look Into Your Heart.Here is the version from the original movie .

    Also here is a version of the song performed by Whitney in the 90’s .

  • GS61

    So proud to be a fan!
    Between this anti-bullying campaign and the Help Kids Rock fundraiser on 3/2, he really is giving back and walking the walk.
    He has a heart as big as his talent.
    Go James! 

  • Anonymous

     *Like* *Like* *Like* *Like* *Like* *Like*

    Me, too.  :)

  • Anonymous

    They look like they are having a blast.

  • Van

    Tamyra Gray is at Kelly’s Atlanta, GA show tonight. 
    @tamyragray:twitter For all who asked… Here’s a pic!! 

  • heartly

     Cute!  Another S1’er is there as well, Ejay Day, remember him? 

  • Van

    Yeah I remember! I saw that, but he hasn’t posted a picture or anything. Hopefully he gets to say hello. Jim from Season 1 also tweeted he’s seeing Kelly at one of her March shows. Aww it’s like a reunion :)

  • heartly

    I thought Kelly and Tamyra would break out their duet of “You Thought Wrong” but they ended up singing “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” by Whitney tonight.  Can’t wait to see this one.

  • Sassycatz

    David Cook’s latest tweet:

    Working on a pretty ditty to play somewhere, maybe in your city!/thedavidcook/status/172846232551694339/photo/1

  • Incipit

    Heh. Andy and Devin are just doing their thing on the “pretty ditty”while David is being such a Tease! Love that those guys are writing together. Maybe the ditty will be in DC in May –  Who knows?

  • B

    Hope we get footage from the Walmart gig of Kris. 
    I am still hoping  Parachute will be on the new album.

  • Anonymous

    Chris Brown and Rihanna Reuniting on American Idol?

    Please tell me this isn’t going to happen!

  • Anonymous

    HaHa the AI reference in that last clip was cute.

    And awesome job on the EW Hollywood Breakout list, MJ….I’m so happy you included Band of Gold…it was awesome!

  • Anonymous

    Talk about only being concerned about ratings and money, this is the ultimate display of that.  If the Idol viewing public who acts shocked every time one of the Idols says an inappropriate thing, or uses a swear word, or wears a skirt that’s too short, etc. can sit through a performance by these two knowing that he beat her like that and what a bad example this is for young girls to see, I will be totally disgusted.  It seems the performers are not held to the high standard that the Idols are held to (for the rest of their lives).  I guess because it’s good for ratings, and ratings equals money, and ultimately, that is all that matters.  Sad.

  • Anonymous

    James Durbin, by all accounts, has a heart of gold. He is so good with kids, and good to them. He has the life experience to be a credible and compassionate spokesman for the antibullying movement. 

  • Van

    KELLY CLARKSON & TAMYRA GRAY tribute to Whitney Houston from tonight’s show!

  • Anonymous

    I love parachute too. It’s has such great lyrics.By the way,I started following you on twitter. I’m trying to figure it out.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s hoping the Chris & Rhianna rumor, is nothing more than that. This would really bother me.

  • Tess

    Well, I see someone from The Voice is spreading rumors again.  What better way to make your show all about Apple Pie and cupcakes than to make your competition a center of controversy.

  • Lynda Hanson Beaugez

    Chris Brown is on probation.  I hope the judge puts his ass in jail for stealing that woman’s cellphone.  He is a timebomb waiting to happen.

  • Anonymous

    Why would someone from the Voice do this? There is nothing Nigel wouldn’t do to boost the ratings for this show or get publicity. The biggest reason to do it would be to attract the demographic that is fleeing this show in big numbers, which is the same age of a lot of the Rhianna and Chris Brown fans. Sure it would sicken the older fans, but at this point, what do Idol have to lose. The ratings are in a free fall and they need some help. 

  • Tess

    Nigel may be a lot of things but I don’t think he is stupid enough to promote AIs suicide by having Chris and Rhianna on the show.  No way would anyone with any kind of sense (other than the Chris Brown fanatics that think beating a girl is a sign of undying love and devotion) think this would be good for the show.  AI might always be looking to bring back the younger viewers but they aren’t going to ruin their rep by pandering to the bottom feeders.

  • Kesia Monteith

    Well Rihanna’s rep denied it (Thank God. Despite the controversial past, I can’t stand his or her music), but where is it in the e! article that someone from The Voice spread this info around? I don’t understand where you thought the source of info came from. Unless you’re joking….

  • shamrock

    I agree with every word you said, and it’s just such a joy to see how much he has grown since Idol, where he was often akward and shy off stage, he lately seems so much at ease and comfortable in the middle of a crowd of strangers and interacting with them.