Idol Headlines for 03/28/12 – The Evening Edition

I’m hearing that Kelly Clarkson is taping her performance for Idol tonight. I’ll update if there is anymore news.

British Boy Band The Wanted (“Glad You Came”) tweeted that they will be appearing on Idol in April, “And now for our big news…we are excited to announce we will be performing on American Idol on 5th of April!! #TheWantedOnIdol”

David Cook is set to host Hollywood Hamilton’s Top 30 pop show at 8 pm. on April 7th and 8th. More information at This Link

‘American Idol’ Conundrum: Why Are Heejun And DeAndre Still In? – There’s almost always a singer on each season of “American Idol” who makes it way deeper into the competition than expected. But season 11 of the show has seen two unlikely finalists — Heejun Han and DeAndre Brackensick — stumble into the top nine and onto this summer’s cast tour despite a string of, respectively, jokey and lackluster performances that have drawn assorted raspberries from the judges and outright derision at times from music-industry icon and show mentor Jimmy Iovine. Read more on MTV

‘American Idol’: Heejun Han wonders, ‘Do I really belong here?’ – “To be honest, Top 9 was beyond my goal. My goal was to make it to Top 24,” he says. “But after last week, I realized there are just so many people who believe in me and so many people that I was representing at this point, so my attitude towards the competition slightly changed. Now I want to be more greedy about it. Now I want to be more hungry about it.” – Read more at Zap2it

‘American Idol’ Top 9 talk Stevie Nicks: ‘My favorite mentor ever’ – The “American Idol” Top 9 might be a very diverse group of singers with different outlooks on life, but they can all agree on one thing: Stevie Nicks is the best mentor they’ve ever had. “She was amazing,” gushes Jessica Sanchez. For Elise Testone, the mentoring experience was especially wonderful because she actually got to sing with the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman. – Read more at Zap2it

‘American Idol’ contestants get singing advice … and ‘spiritual financial aid’ – But as it turns out, another perk of being on the show is “spiritual financial aid” for the hopefuls and their families, though not from the show itself. And just for those more spiritually inclined singers — some of whom are approached, and some who seek it out.
Proud Christian Colton Dixon is the latest “Idol” singer to hook up with a Southern California ministry that provides that extra bit of help. “Colton is the Tim Tebow of ‘American Idol,’ ” said Leesa Bellesi, who founded the Kingdom Assignment ministry in Orange County with her husband, preacher Denny Bellesi. “I have had some really unique opportunities to pray over (Colton) and give input where I can.” Read more at

Erika Van Pelt: ‘I Felt Shafted’ by American Idol Judges – “I definitely felt a little shafted by their decision not to save me,” she tells PEOPLE, referring to the panel’s ability to veto the audience’s decision one time during the season. “It’s one of those things that, in hindsight, I’m looking at it like they didn’t want to use their save this early.” In her chat with PEOPLE, Erika cited Casey Abrams’s elimination and subsequent save by the judges early on in season 10. Then, when frontrunner Pia Toscano also ended up in the bottom just weeks later, there was no opportunity to save her, and Toscano was sent home in what has become one of Idol’s most shocking eliminations. – Watch the video at

‘American Idol’ Veteran Haley Reinhart’s New Single ‘Defines’ Her – She may not have been crowned the winner of last season’s “American Idol,” but that hasn’t seemed to have any effect on the career of third-place finisher Haley Reinhart. The singer captivated viewers week after week on “Idol” by bringing her own soulful flare to songs like Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Lady Gaga’s “You and I.” And now, nearly a year later, the jazzy singer is finally ready to show fans who she really is with “Free,” the first single off her debut album, Listen Up! – Read more at MTV

Scotty McCreery builds momentum for ACM Awards – “It’s a huge deal,” McCreery says of the nomination, seated on his tour bus with his parents, Mike and Judy McCreery, before a Great American Country television taping in February. “It’s been a crazy year for us. There’s been a lot of work put into it. It’s one of those things where you’re recognized for all the hard work you’ve put up, but you’re just going there to have fun. If you get it, cool. If you don’t, you’re still having a good time.” But even with his success, McCreery says he’s still the same kid he was before American Idol. The Garner, N.C., native attends the same school he did pre-American Idol — something he was warned would be impossible following his success on the popular fan-voted televised talent contest. – Read more at

OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood’s “Most Random Mix of Music Ever” – If you look on my iPod, I have the most random stuff. It’s just the most random mix of music ever,” she said. But she says that’s what makes it possible for her to perform with Steven Tyler one day, then Tony Bennett the next. “Those are polar opposites, but I feel so comfortable in both places. My album’s a lot like that. It’s a big ol’ puzzle. And everything has its own place. And has its own piece,” Underwood revealed. – Read more at CMT

4 New Photos From ‘Sparkle’ with Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston – After getting a first look at Sparkle featuring Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks, we now have four new photos to take a look at featuring more people from the cast. The movie also stars Mike Epps, Derek Luke, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Carmen Ejogo, Cee-Lo and is directed by Salim Akil. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on August 10, 2012. – See the photos at Film Equals

Jennifer Lopez New Single, “Dance Again” to Premiere March 30th – NEW YORK, March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and producer RedOne team up, once again on “Dance Again” a new single from the international superstar. Lopez’s “Dance Again” featuring Pitbull and produced by RedOne will world premiere March 30th On-Air with Ryan Seacrest. Lopez’s social media fans, followers and website visitors will be getting a sneak peak to new photos. Twitter: @JLO – Read more at PRNewswire

X-Factor’s Rachel Crow Talks Kids Choice Awards Style, New Music & More (VIDEO) – Even though Rachel Crow was eliminated from X Factor last year, the best has yet to come for this incredibly talented 14-year-old! Celebuzz caught up with the rising star, who not only will guest star on the Nickelodeon show Fred, but also has her own project with the popular channel that’s currently in development. If that weren’t enough, she’ll also be touring with Big Time Rush this summer! This weekend, Rachel will be walking the orange carpet at the Kids Choice Awards in Los Angeles, so we asked — what can we expect you to be wearing? – See the Video at Celebuzz

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  • Anonymous

    “4 New Photos From ‘Sparkle’ with Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston – After getting a first look at Sparkle featuring Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks, we now have four new photos to take a look at featuring more people from the cast. The movie also stars Mike Epps, Derek Luke, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Carmen Ejogo, Cee-Lo and is directed by Salim Akil. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on August 10, 2012. – See the photos at Film Equals”

    Actually the release date is supposed to be August 17th. Also an interview with a friend of Whitney says that Whitney was bragging about Jordin to her  . The trailer is supposed to debut  with Titanic 3D on April 4th.

  • Anonymous

    kelly is taping a performance on idol tonight!! curses, i was supposed to be there, but i’m sick :/

    oh well, i’ll be seeing her live in a week and a half anyway.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait for J-Lo’s new single! On the Floor was fun song. :D

    I hope she will perform on Idol. The show needs a hot J-Lo performance!

  • Anonymous

    Heejun definitely belongs in Idol. He has a great and beautiful tone to his voice. When he gets the right song, he’ll do awesomely. 

    I can’t wait for The Wanted’s appearance. I’ve been playing their song daily. 

  • HappyDaisy

    DeAndre is much more talented than Heejun.  Sad to see DeAndre mentioned in the same sentence as Heejun.  Personality-wise, DeAndre also seems sweet while Heejun seems quite full of himself.

    The judges and Jimmy haven’t been showing DeAndre much love and I wonder about what type of mentoring he’s getting.  His last two performances were disappointing — due to the songs and that silly outfit last week.  Tonight is important for him. 

  • Chris

    Erika’s “I felt a little shafted” is a little strong considering she was a wild card pick.  Jen can say she felt shafted, but Erika had several more weeks of air time and gets to go on tour.  

    Once again, better to just sshhhh and enjoy the ride.

  • raya

    I’m impressed by what I’m reading about Stevie in terms of how much prep she put into her mentoring this week.  Though Colton and Heejun could dial down their outright disdain for Diddy.

    I don’t really like DeAndre being lumped in with Heejun either, but it is what it is.

  • Incipit

    “David Cook is set to host Hollywood Hamilton’s Top 30 pop show at 8 pm. on April 7th and 8th.”

    I didn’t know anything about this show, but I always enjoy whenever David does the DJ thing, and tells some of his stories, so I went looking for how to listen to the station. It seems to be a big deal, turns out it is not just one station, there is a list: Hollywood Hamilton’s Weekend Top 30 – all stations and times

    Twenty three different stations that carry it – from coast to coast, even some in Canada, and all but five of them have a live stream capacity. Pretty cool. I’m looking forward to this – and I know some of the Tech People in the fandom will capture it – that will be cool too!

  • sweetmm

    Looking forward to Stevie Nicks after reading such colorful remarks from the contestants :)  I wish the AI management brief PR to HJ, P2 and Colton, they need to know not to openly criticize.

  • Anonymous

    Kris Allen ? @KrisAllen
    Oh shoot! Got some exciting news for you guys tomorrow. Stay tuned…..

  • Anonymous

    Just heard that Carly Smithson is pregnant!!  Congrats Carly!!

  • Just Me

    VEVO is showing availability at 3AM ET 3/29 for two Haley Reinhart videos: the official video for Free and a Photoshoot behind the scenes video.
    Hopefully, it will be released to her youtube channel HaleyReinhartVEVO around the same time.

  • Anonymous

    Kris Allen @KrisAllen
    Doing a little sequencing for the album. This is hard.

  • Anonymous

    I enjoy watching AI so much more now that I mute the response from the judges lol.

  • Anonymous

    Kris news on its way:

    Lane Newland @LNEWLAND1
    Exciting day 4 @KrisAllen & @HaleyReinhart! Approx 1030am EST for @KrisAllen news, and check out @HaleyReinhart video

  • AXG

    MJ, do you have any idea if Brandy and Monica will be booked for a performance on Idol?? I have been tweeting Nigel for the last 2 months asking for one.. lol thanks!

  • deanie0923

    well, we have to agree to disagree about Heejun….I don’t think he should have even made the top 12…reminds me of the little Hawaiian gal who was #3 one season….very sweet voice but not ‘star’ quality  (sorry, I never remember seasons or names)