Chance this weekend to meet San Jose’s ‘American Idol’ finalist – Fans of San Jose “American “Idol” finalist DeAndre Brackensick will get their first chance to meet and greet the singer Sunday. Brackensick, who finished 8th in the current season of the hit Fox show, will be at San Jose’s Eastridge Mall from noon to 3 p.m. After some performances from local artists, the 17-year-old singer will lead a question-and-answer session with the audience around 1:10 p.m. Then at 1:50 p.m., he will sign memorabilia from his fans. Organizers will also be offering free raffle tickets for the chance to be photographed with DeAndre. – Read more at Mercury News

Country singer Scotty McCreery added to Stadium of Fire 2012 – PROVO — American Idol winner Scotty McCreery has been added to the program of this year’s Stadium of Fire celebration. “Scotty McCreery contributes enormously to the enthusiasm of this year’s show,” said Paul Warner, executive director of America’s Freedom Festival, which sponsors the annual Stadium of Fire on the Fourth of July. “As if The Beach Boys weren’t enough, Scotty will certainly thrill the stadium audience, as well as the million-plus military men and women watching from around the world.” – Read more at Deseret News

Jason Aldean brings out Kelly Clarkson at Stagecoach Music Festival – NDIO – Country music superstar Jason Aldean gave the crowd at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival a surprise guest of Kelly Clarkson. The duo performed their single “Don’t You Want To Stay” to loud cheers at the Mane stage. – Read more at Daily Bulletin

Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” Sirius Studio Stop – Just days away from her new album’s release, Carrie Underwood paid a visit to SiriusXM Studio in New York City earlier today (April 27). The 29-year-old country singer looked fetching in a floral-printed mini skirt, cowgirl boots, multi-chain pendant necklace & white eyelet sweater as she tossed on a pair of headphones and got situated in her chair for the sitdown interview. – See the photos at Gossip Center

Kris Allen: Bruce Springsteen Concert! – Kris Allen flashes a smile as he arrives at the Los Angeles Sports Arena for the Bruce Springsteen concert on Friday (April 27) in Los Angeles. The 26-year-old singer was joined for the night out by a pal. – See the photos at Just Jared

‘Idol Hangover’: Season 10′s Haley Reinhart Talks Taking Risks on ‘American Idol,’ Feeling Sexy on New Album (Video)

Read more at THR

Harper College to offer Haley Reinhart’s sandwich – The Wheeling High School graduate’s recipe is a long one. Her favorite sandwich, which she named “The Harper,” calls for toasted, whole-wheat bread, turkey, roast beef, salami, Muenster cheese, mayo, mustard, black olives, butter chip pickles and finally, tomatoes. The folks at Harper came across the mention in SELF and decided to feature the sandwich at the college’s cafeteria. – Read more at the Daily Herald

My Afternoon with David Archuleta – Anyway, just recently, I was happy to receive a call from Ivory Records, asking me to shoot David Archuleta, who was in town recording an album of OPM hits (Original Pilipino Music). I must mention right off the bat that I am a huge fan of David’s, and remember rooting for him when he was competing in American Idol in 2008 — so imagine my excitement to actually be working with him. By the way, did you know that he got 44 percent of some 97 million votes that season? Amazing. – See the photos at HelloBalloon.com

Blind American Idol Contestant Scott Macintyre – In life, you play with the cards you’re dealt. And sometimes… What may not appear to be a winning hand… Can turn into a blessing. Scott Macintyre is the talented young fellow who did not let being legally blind keep him from pursuing his dream of being a contestant on American Idol. – See the video at MYFoxLA

Jennifer Hudson family slayings trial summary – Testimony began and prosecutors, faced with a largely circumstantial case that lacks DNA and fingerprints, sped through more than 35 witnesses. – Read more at Chicago Tribune

‘Idol’ Bikini Girl Charged with Drunk Hit-and-Run – Katrina Darrell — the girl who infamously auditioned for “American Idol” back in 2009 wearing just a bikini — has been charged with hit-and-run while driving under the influence … TMZ has learned. According to the charging docs, obtained by TMZ, Katrina has been charged with one count of DUI, and two counts of misdemeanor hit and run.If convicted on all counts, she faces up to 2 years behind bars. – Read more at TMZ

 
  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    MJ, I don’t know if u saw, but this video needs its own topic. It’s more than perfect. 

     What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction Parody

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=t7CHfqg0wd8 

  • Anonymous

    Oh, man, Leandro, that was awesomely funny. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous

    So excited to listen to OH MY now!  

  • Anonymous

    Rumor is Noel Gallagher from Oasis is mentoring this week. Um kinda hard to believe but LOL if true. Isn’t he known for being a pain in the ass?

    Chris-Oasis ? @MrMeatPotatoPie   · Open@Vote4Jessica @MYIDOLTOWN Don’t see anything posted about Noel Gallagher on American Idol, would be good if we could get confirmation

    AI,XFactor,Voice,Fan ? @MYIDOLTOWNClose@MrMeatPotatoPie @Vote4Jessica it was revealed about noel thursday, and also fyi: finalists always work with mentors on fridays !!!

  • Anonymous

    I think didi was still high from 4/20 lol…

  • http://twitter.com/makeFigure8s Just Me

    Couple more Haley items.
    Listen Up! release events:May 21, CD Signing & Live Performance W. Hollywood Hard Rock CafeMay 26, Wheeling (Walmart) May 26, Chicago (HRC) CD Signing & Live Performance
    May 27, Mall Of America CD Signing & Live Performancehttp://www.universalmusic.com/news/detail/1818 and http://www.haleyreinhart.com/news/default.aspx?nid=38327&aid=1231Interview of Haley by How You Doin’ (at the Louisville.com event), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ccZCOPMEd0

  • http://twitter.com/germanyet lct

    Love the pictures of David Archuleta!  He is one gorgeous young man!

  • Anonymous

    Noel’s the good guy, Liam is the idiot

  • Chris

    2 country idols in one magazine. In the check out line I saw Carrie Underwood on the cover of Country Weekly and on that same cover, small inset of Lauren Alaina voted #2 in their Top 10 survey of Bachelorettes.

  • Anonymous

    Loving the article and photos from the Filipino Photographer that spent the afternoon shooting David Archuleta.  Enjoyed all the pictures and captions. 
    Part of the promotion for album Forevermore and the recording process.

  • Valentin432

    The pier reminds me of that Britney video way at the beginning of her career which  Blink 182 parodied at the time.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ht5RZpzPqw&ob=av2e

  • http://twitter.com/erlindita Linda Spivey

    I just love the photos that the filipino photographer took of David.  He is so photogenic and beautiful inside and out. Believe me David is taking such good care of his fans while he is away for his mission. David , we will be waiting for you. 

  • http://twitter.com/LanielLucie Lucie Laniel

    On top of all his headlining gigs this Summer, Scotty is being added to the Stadium of Fire celebration. This is a huge event with (according to press) 50,000 people attending and over 1M military people watching via satelite. Go Scotty.

  • Anonymous

    Heart goes out to Jennifer Hudson and her fam, what a long, tragic ordeal they’ve been through… thanks for the photog’s blog about the David Archuleta Forevermore photo shoot… album’s amazing.

  • Anonymous

    that was epic. made me laugh out loud.  thank you so much!

  • Anonymous

    Thrilled to hear Scotty will be performing for the Stadium of Fire Celebration and will be viewed by the military around the world. There was a U-tube video of a soldier  singing Scotty’s song, ‘I love You This Big’, I guess to send home to a loved one. Its a perfect choice, and I hope Scotty includes it in his performance. The military are my heros..they give so much of themselves for this country.

  • http://twitter.com/rhed31 rhed31

    yeah, i went to last year’s with David A. it’s a big event. too bad this year’s headliner is the beach boys though. they usually have a big name to headline. idk what happened this year.

  • Mateja Praznik

    THE X FACTOR (USA)
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    @TheXFactorUSA
    If you think @onedirection is amazing, now’s your chance to join them! #xfactor http://ow.ly/i/ARCW

    How sweet, who wouldn’t want to join them?

  • Anonymous

     even though the beach boys are old, they still have tons of fans and will pull in a huge crowd

  • Anonymous

    KrisAllen:
    May be the best show I’ve ever been to. http://instagr.am/p/J-lq_cyy7W/

  • Anonymous

    Nice picture of Kris with Steven Van Zandt

    http://instagr.am/p/J8-Q7dSy3c/ 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roger-Kramjet/100003524695403 Roger Kramjet
  • too-cool-for-school

    Noel is pretty cool, his brother Liam is the crazier one. Noel is known for making some foot-in-mouth/controversial statements too, though. :P I would be really surprised to see him on Idol.

    But stranger things have happened. He could be an interesting mentor.

  • Anonymous

    Great picture of David A. from his photoshoot.  We also got a new vlog showing behind the scenes on Nandito Ako.  Hopefully they have stock piled some more vlogs that we will get periodically.  This one is really cute showing how David had such a good relationship with the behind the scenes people who worked on the series.  He is such a kind, sweet guy.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcxTn0y7fps&feature=player_embedded

  • http://www.helloballoon.com Hello Balloon

    Thanks for all the great comments on David’s photos for his Forevermore album! It means a lot to me that you guys like them. He is truly a photographer’s dream. Hope to work with him again in the future. :)

    Arlu

  • Anonymous

    That was awesome.  When the parody of your song has over 2 million hits that’s a flahing sign that you have arrived.  It is a pretty decent parody.

  • judes

    Oh my 2  all time favourite Idols Michael & Kris at the Springsteen concert.The twitpic of them someone posted earlier is great but Michael must have been standing on a lower step as he’s a lot taller!!
    I’ve seen Bruce at an outside concert here & the sound broke down about 10 times . He was good but I would n’t say its the best concert I’ve been to.maybe its because I don’t know all his songs.

  • Anonymous

    Great pics of David A. in that photoshoot he did.

  • revcat

    Am getting ready to pop popcorn and watch the White House Correspondents Dinner aka #nerdprom which has an Idol connection as Colton Dixon will be there as guest of the Christian Broadcasting Network, any other former contestants there? Am a little mad Colton got to go and I didn’t lol :)

  • Kitwana

    Hello Balloon, thanks for the great photos from the David Archuleta album photoshoot. You’re so lucky that you got to spend the afternoon with him and hear him record the album. If you have any more behind the scenes stories of David, we’d love to hear them :) Maybe another blog?

  • Anonymous

    judes, LOL
    Yes, I noticed that too and I was thinking of you, if you noticed that too.
    Too funny. I took pictures with both of them, separately. Michael Johns was way taller than Kris. Of course both of them are way taller than me anyway.

    And I love the t-shirt of Michael Johns. So much pretty in that photo.
    I’m glad that they’ve met and had a great time at the concert.

  • djafan

    Loved the photo shoot of David A.  Hello Balloon has worked with some pretty famous celebrities.  I’m with Kitwana, wouldn’t mind some more behind the scenes pics or any David A pics for that matter :)

    One of the distinct pleasures of being a professional photographer is
    getting to meet the most fascinating people up close. In New York, while
    working with photographer Sante D’Orazio, I had the privilege of
    working with a number of celebrities, many of whom I personally admired
    and was happy to get to hang out with on set.  And boy, were there many
    stories! I will never forget the time I found myself alone in the makeup
    room with Diana Ross; Or the time I took a swig from Keith Richards’
    vodka after a shoot for Rolling Stone Magazine; Or the day I helped
    James Taylor locate his wife, who went missing in Milk Studios.  And
    there were more — Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, the Victoria’s Secret
    Girls, Mickey Rourke, Faith Hill, Jennifer Garner (with Ben Affleck in
    tow), the list goes on.

  • Anonymous

    I love those photos of David Archuleta from the Forevermore photo shoot!  Wonderful pics of a gorgeous young man for a beautiful album!! Thanks to “Hello Balloon” and Arlu for sharing them with his fans!

  • Anonymous

    Just to think that all of the experiences that David acquires in the next two years should be incorporated in and thus make for some outstanding songs/albums when he returns. I can’t wait.

  • Anonymous

    Me.

  • Paris Cortney

    Maureen Van Zandt
    ?
    @MVZaGoGo

    Handsome devils waiting for Bruuuuce @KrisAllen @michael_johns http://lockerz.com/s/204730860
     

  • Anonymous

    Danny performed an acoustic set at his charity facility “Compassion Nashville” on Friday night for his runners prior to the half marathon yesterday. He unvieled songs on his new EP that should hit Itunes this week.

    Here is a cover he did that night of Leann Rimes’ “I need you”. You may recognise some of the faces that performed with him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=C3fOlhvq7UI

    Singing back up was Jamelle Fraley who is Carries backup and Matt Reviere who travels with Scotty but  was orriginally with Danny and now does spot dates when he needs him.

  • Anonymous

    Just Jared: Kelly Clarkson: ‘Dark Side’ Video Shoot – First Pics!

    http://www.justjared.com/2012/04/29/kelly-clarkson-dark-side-video-shoot-first-pics/ 

  • mmb

    Kelly I love you.. and i LOVE this song.  But WTF are you wearing???????? (your hair looks fabulous tho)