Idol Headlines for 03/07/12 – The Evening Edition

Season 9 Idol, Didi Benami, interviews the American Idol finalists on the Top 13 party red carpet. The Hollywood Reporter

Pia Toscano tweets, “Guesss what??? @Lauren_Alaina & I will be reuniting tonight!!!!! I can’t wait to see my girl!

American Idol’s Top 13 on Performing Whitney and Stevie! Plus, Who “Can’t Stand” Each Other? – American Idol isn’t going easy on season 11’s Top 13: In their first week of real competition, the girls have to tackle songs by the late Whitney Houston while the boys take on Stevie Wonder. Talk about pressure! We caught up with Idol’s Top 13 to discuss the pressure of taking on the two musical icons, as well as how living, working and playing togther is faring so far. Spoiler alert: Not everyone’s thrilled with the living situation! See the Videos at EOnline

DeAndre Brackensick: Bay Area’s Hawaiian ‘American Idol’ – “American Idol” fans who’ve been captivated by 17-year-old DeAndre Brackensick, the judges’ “wild card” addition to last week’s Top 10, may not be aware that the senior at San Jose’s Oak Grove High School also sings traditional Hawaiian music — hence his nickname “Kamele” and that sweet falsetto. He may not be based in the islands like previous Top 12 contestants Jasmine Trias and Camile Velasco, but as his “hula sister” Tihanai Bernardo notes in a letter urging support, “Deandre has a passion for hula and has participated in hula competition since the age of 10, starting with the 2005 George Na‘ope Kane Hula Festival” – Read more at SFGate

Kellie Pickler To Perform Pepsi Pre-Race Show At Bristol Food City 500 – BNA NASHVILLE artist KELLIE PICKLER is set to perform at the PEPSI pre-race concert for the FOOD CITY 500 at BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY on SUNDAY, MARCH 18th in BRISTOL, TN.“Two of my favorite things are singing Country music and driving fast,” said KELLIE. “So I can’t wait to get to BRISTOL and the NASCAR FOOD CITY 500 to do both!” – Read more at All Access

Paul McDonald Hoping To Pen A ‘Twilight’ Song – Newlyweds Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald gave MTV News an exclusive look at their latest labor of love on Tuesday — the video for their first musical collaboration, “Now That I’ve Found You.” And while “Twilight” star Reed didn’t necessarily see the sweet ditty ending up on the “Breaking Dawn – Part 2” soundtrack, she did reveal that husband McDonald is in the early stages of submitting a song for potential inclusion in the saga’s final installment. – Read more at MTV

Country Stars Step Up For “Autism Sings!” – Country artists are stepping up Margaritaville (322 Broadway, Nashville, TN) and showing their support in the fight against autism at the Nashville benefit concert Autism Speaks™ Presents “Autism Sings!” On Tuesday, March 13th, Country artists Ty Herndon, Bucky Covington, Bo Bice, Carter’s Chord and Mockingbird Sun will perform individual acoustic sets at the event, as will 13-year-old Katie Chance, who was diagnosed on the autism spectrum when she was two years old. – Read more at

‘American Idol’ Producer Rebooting ‘Name That Tune’ – Iconic game show Name That Tune could be returning to television. American Idol and The X Factor production company FremantleMedia has secured worldwide rights to the property from Prestige Entertainment Group, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. As first reported by Vulture, the music-themed game show that first ran from 1953-1959 on NBC and CBS is being rebooted for a modern audience, with Fremantle becoming the latest to attempt the Tune revival. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

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  • Chris

    As expected, Deandre’s no dummy.  Get those Hawaiian voters ready to hit dial.  

  • Anonymous

    Ha ha thats just what I thought when I saw this and here he is doing the hula – go Hawaii, my first son was born there too, :)

  • Anonymous

    I just heard the strangest thing, that Rhianna and Chris Brown are engaged. He proposed to her in November and they have kept it secret since then.

  • Chris

    Nothing would surprise me now after their “Birthday Cake” duet.  Go ahead, get married, be the next Ike and Tina.  I’ve checked out.

  • Lexie

    Didn’t know where to post…but Scotty will be performing at LP Field for CMA Fest!!!!!

  • Elliegrll

    I thought this was a joke at first:

    ABC is entering the crowded singing competition arena, but with four hefty names: Kelly Clarkson,Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke and Sugarland’sJennifer Nettles. The four superstars will serve as mentors and singing partners on Duets, which will premiere this summer. 

  • Kirsten


    I just heard the strangest thing, that Rhianna and Chris Brown are
    engaged. He proposed to her in November and they have kept it secret
    since then.

    Doesn’t he have a live in girldfriend? I seem to remember hearing something about that when the re-mixes came out.

    If true, Rihanna is one hot mess.

  • Kirsten

    I thought this was a joke at first:

    Are we sure it’s not? Did they meet on the set of The Voice and just decide to keep mentoring?

    Well, I guess Kelly Clarkson wants her name firmly associated with singing competitions forever.

    I bet Simon is freaking out and screaming at his crew: “Kelly Clarkson was available and these are the candidates you bring me? How did we miss this boat?”