In these new interviews at AmericanIdol.com, the Top 8 talk Movie Madness.
Kris Allen tweets, “Just finished up another song today. This one feels like a purple one.” Kris was co-writing today with Jamie Hartman who tweeted, “I’m in with Kris Allen today Finishing the blinding hit we wrote yesterday What a great singer..yikes”
Kimberly Caldwell Performs “Without Regret” For Yahoo!
Yes, seven (seven??? really???) long years after placing seventh on “Idol,” and a year after her original planned album release date, Kimberly is at long last releasing her full-length debut, Without Regret, on Vanguard Records. But this waiting game has paid off, as the album is undoubtedly much more mature and confident than whatever she would have recorded if she’d been quickly signed and rushed into the studio in 2003, when she was only 22. Hence the album’s title, of course.
Kim sits down for an interview with Lyndsey Parker, plus performs 3 new songs from her album. Watch the videos at Reality Rocks.
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‘American Idol’ contestant from Mountain House to get welcome home party
Thia Megia, the San Joaquin Valley teen-turned-overnight-singing-star, will return to her roots Saturday and be feted by her hometown.
Thia, a 16-year-old from Mountain House who was the youngest contestant to ever compete on the television show “American Idol,” will be in Tracy and Mountain House on Saturday for a special meet-and-greet and recognition ceremony. Tracy activities are scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. at Center Court inside the West Valley Mall in Tracy. Mountain House activities will begin at 3 p.m. at Central Park.
Read more at Mercury News
Kimberly Caldwell Talks About Her New Album, American Idol, And More!
We know you’ve been up to a lot since Idol! Can you talk a bit about the doors that opened for you and what all you been up to since the show?
Kimberly Caldwell: I was very lucky! The day after Idol I was doing an interview and was asked to be a host on Fox Sports 54321, so I took the job. That snowballed into a hosting career. From TV Guide Network to MTV I have really enjoyed doing TV. I did have to take a break because I needed to make the album I had always dreamed of. I was fortunate enough to sign with Vanguard/Capitol Records and I’m releasing a record I’m really proud of and a writer on as well. ‘Without Regret’ April 19th! Finally!
Read more at Fan Bolt
Channel Surfer: Why Cowell-Less American Idol Is New, Improved, Better Than Ever
Something unique, something truly startling, something totally mind-blowing occurred on the American Idol results hour last week (Thursday, April 14): Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart covered “Moanin'” from the 1960 Lambert, Hendricks and Ross album (RCA), The Hottest New Group in Jazz. Making the Charles Mingus melody with lyrics added by Jon Hendricks their own — and that includes alarmingly deft scatting by both Abrams and Reinhart — they positioned themselves as The Hottest New Duo in 2011 Jazz.
Read more at Huffington Post
Danny Gokey shoots commercial in Franklin’s Moondance Cafe
A couple of hours ago, Franklin’s very own Moondance Cafe posted an update on their Facebook page thanking American Idol-turned-Country star Danny Gokey for filming part of his Wisconsin Vision commercial at their business. For those who might not be aware of this, Gokey actually has family ties in Franklin, and while being a sensation on American Idol made a stop at Robinwood Elementary School, where his relatives attended school, for a special performance.
It’s great to see Gokey back in Franklin, this time showing support for one of our local businesses.
See the photo at MyFranklinToday
Why male X Factor winners are doomed
When former winner Shayne Ward appeared on last year’s X Factor it was a portrait of desperation: “It’s great to be back,” he gushed repeatedly, almost grovelling to Simon Cowell while the studio audience gave subdued whoops. But this homecoming was the start of his final act: after a flop album he has been dropped by Cowell’s label Syco and joins Steve Brookstein, Joe McElderry and Leon Jackson in the pop wilderness.
These ex-winners have something in common besides shattered dreams: they’re all men. Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke, the show’s two female victors, are still signed and successful.
Read more at the Guardian
Warblers ‘Glee’ Album: A Track-by-Track Account From the Beelzebubs
The Hollywood Reporter spoke with the real-life collegiate a cappella group, the Beelzebubs, that lends its voices to Glee’s Dalton Academy Warblers.
Members of the group Penn Rosen, Kent McCann, Eli Seidman and Evan Powell – along with Bubs alum Ed Boyle, who arranges the Warblers’ songs – shared stories and thoughts about the songs on Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers, which hits stores Tuesday.
Read more at THR
Harry Shum Jr. Talks Glee and Dance-tastic LXD: “It’s Getting Down to the Wire”
“We have about five or six more episodes left, so it’s getting down to the wire. Are we even going to make it to Nationals? And in between all that there is obviously going to be some tension between the glee clubbers and everyone else,” Harry tells us about Fox’s smash hit musical comedy. Whoa, New Directions not making it to Nationals? In what world?
Harry wouldn’t say much more on the subject, but he did promise Mike would get more time to shine. “There is going to be another [number] where, if you look at the promo, you might be able to tell who Mike Chang is dancing with, but it’s someone you wouldn’t expect. That’s coming up soon,” he teases. “And there are more moments where you’re going to see Mike not only by himself but teaming up with people and bringing some great entertainment.”
Read more at EOnline
‘Glee’ cast unleashes their inner divas
If I Were a Diva…
‘Glee’ Is Back: How Did Heather Morris Spend Her Break?
” ‘The Elevator’ is a short film about this guy Nate. He is scared of elevators, and he sees this girl one day [played by Morris] and he keeps seeing her on the elevator, and he can’t seem to find her anywhere else,” Lendzion said. “His attention is shifted towards her because her cell phone ringtone is his go-to karaoke song. He doesn’t know what to do, and he recruits the help of his crazy roommate, Louise, played by me, she tries to coax him through and get him on an elevator.”
In describing their writing process, the ladies joked that their ideas come from the same place.
“She’s the brains,” Morris said of Lendzion, adding, “We share a brain. It works out.”
See the Video at MTV
‘Glee’ Spoiler Leads Fox to Consider Changing Contracts to Punish Leaks
But according to a source close to the show, the standard SAG day-player contracts Glee uses don’t contain “NDA” (non-disclosure agreement) language providing for punishment when plot secrets are revealed. So while the studio and network might never hire a leaking extra again, the legal ramifications of spilling secrets are probably less serious.
That surprised us, frankly, and it could soon change. An insider at Glee producer 20th Century Fox Television tells us the studio is considering amending all of its talent deals — from series regulars to day players like Crowther — to include strict punishments for blabbing online.
Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
Backstage Interviews at ‘Dancing With the Stars': Kendra, Carrie Ann Make Up; John Travolta Loves Maks
Rivalries, couples not getting along, polarizing celebrities and loads of off-screen drama. These are the things that, for better or worse, have at times dominated the reality competition series known as ‘Dancing With the Stars.’
But as regular viewers of the show are finding out, there’s not much of that going on in season 12. Instead, the most compelling aspects of the show are taking place right where they should be — on the dance floor.
There was, however, one feud that seemed to erupt from last week’s show — Kendra Wilkinson appeared to take great umbrage at judge Carrie Ann Inaba’s remark that she appeared fearful of embracing elegance.
Read more at TV Squad
Will Kendra Wilkinson Go Home on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Tuesday?
Will Kendra Wilkinson go home on Tuesday’s Dancing With the Stars?
Season 9 winner Donny Osmond thinks so.
“Kendra is going home tonight,” he said on Good Morning America Tuesday morning.
“Kendra, c’mon. Enough with the bad attitude,” he added. “I think that’s hurting her.”
He said she and partner Louis Van Amstel were “stomping” during their performance Monday, which earned them 22 points and put them in last place.
Read more at THR