Kara DioGuardi Docu-Series in Development at Bravo
Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has teamed up with Bravo to develop a new docu-series.
The KARA project takes a glimpse inside the music business through the perspective of songwriter-producer DioGuardi, who also serves as head judge on the cable network’s upcoming music competition series Platinum Hit, making its debut May 30 at 10 p.m.
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American Idol finalists heading to Walt Disney World
As is the trend after any major event in America, the top five American Idol finalists will be heading to Walt Disney World.
Scotty McCreery (the winner), Lauren Alaina, Hayley Reinhart, James Durbin and Jacob Lusk will be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Sunday May 29th and are scheduled to visit The American Idol Experience.
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Carrie Underwood Gives Her Number to Idol Contestants, but Does Anyone Actually Call?
“Both of them are going to have a lot ahead of them and there’s really nothing I can tell them that will make any of it any easier,” the country cutie told E! News before last night’s big show when asked what advice she has for Scotty and Lauren. “Maybe I can give them my number, both of them.”
“I’ve done this every year, by the way, and no one ever calls me,” she said. “I think David Cook is the only one I’ve managed to become friends with and we swap stories and talk about stuff, but nobody ever calls me. So maybe they will.”
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‘American Idol': What’s next for favorites Pia, Haley, Casey, and more
Don’t believe the rumors: Pia Toscano doesn’t actually have a record deal yet. But she’s still hoping to parlay her time on American Idol into a successful music career. “I have been in the studio and we’re working on finding the perfect sound,” she told EW after Wednesday’s finale. “I don’t want to rush it and just throw something out there and ruin everything I built up on the show. I am working with some amazing producers. I have been doing some stuff with [producers] Rodney Jerkins, Roc Mafia and Harvey Mason Jr. I met them through the show and I don’t think I would be working with such amazing people if it wasn’t for the show.”
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‘American Idol’ About to Chart 300th No. 1 with Scotty McCreery Single
It’s a phenomenon that began on Oct. 5, 2002, the date that Kelly Clarkson captured her first No. 1 on a Billboard chart with her debut single, “A Moment Like This,” and has continued unabated. This month, Carrie Underwood’s live recording of “How Great Thou Art” topped the Christian Digital Songs and Christian/Gospel Digital Songs sales charts and Mandisa’s latest single, “Stronger,” led the airplay-based Christian Songs list, bringing the total number of No. 1s for the American Idol franchise to a whopping 299. With Idol’s newest inductee, season 10 winner Scotty McCreery, almost sure to top of Hot Digital Singles chart and possibly the Billboard Hot 100 with “I Love You This Big,” the franchise is about to hit a landmark 300 No. 1s.
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Haley Reinhart Talks About Almost Replacing Lauren Alaina in ‘Idol’ Finale
“Extra” caught up with “American Idol” contestant Haley Reinhart on the red carpet and asked her about preparing to go onstage if finalist Lauren Alaina’s vocal chord problems prevented her from singing.
“I had somebody come up to me tell me what her condition was,” explained Reinhart. “They didn’t know if she could sing or not. They asked me to do it and said to pick out some tunes I already did. It was an honor that they asked me; they never did this for somebody else on the show.”
Haley added, “But at the same time, I did not feel right about the whole thing.”
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‘American Idol’ Predictions Results: Scotty Rewards Our Faith
And, after a dismal season of prognosticating in which none of our experts could come within Skoal-spittin’ distance of .500, we finally all got it right for once. (Even if it feels like getting one of those participation trophies kids get these days just for showing up.)
“The ‘American Idol’ finale Wednesday night was super entertaining and full of little surprises — none of which included Scotty McCreery’s taking of the ‘Idol’ crown,” said “Idol” blogger MJ Santilli. “That Scotty would have confetti raining down on his head when all was said and done seemed to be a foregone conclusion. Even Lauren, who had wanted the win so bad, didn’t seem fazed.”
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Judas Priest Call James Durbin ‘Idol’ Cover ‘Dream Come True’
“Because we’ve lived so long and done so much stuff in heavy metal and we’ve seen so many crazy things and heard so many crazy things, when we heard this we went, ‘F—! That’s incredible, man. Let’s do it, you know? This is insane. That’s just amazing,’ ” frontman Rob Halford explained of their reaction to getting “Idol” exposure. “So as it progressed from ‘Another Thing Coming’ till this point now, when we’re on the carpet and we’re about to do the show, it’s just a dream come true for Priest, for metal and, mostly, for James Durbin.”
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Watch Kelly Clarkson conquer New York City
But unlike those three, I ignored my spot in the VIP section to belly up to the stage because Kelly! Clarkson! Was! Performing! And yes, I am dorky enough to visually show you just how close I was to my ultimate “American Idol” as she served up a sensational smattering of songs.
This was no “oh, here are three performances, thanks so much, buh-bye.” Kelly put on a legit concert last night as she rattled through “Since U Been Gone,” “Walk Away,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and nine other hits over the course of 90 minutes.
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Carrie Underwood’s Hilarious ‘Idol’ Dialing Mix Up
Carrie Underwood shines in her shimmering outfit for the “American Idol” Season 10 Grand Finale at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Also, Carrie tells Access’ Shaun Robinson she had a hilarious mix up when she called in to vote for “Idol.”
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Kris Allen Talks New Music, Shares ‘American Idol’ Secrets
When asked details about a new song called “For Better Or For Worse,” which was recently uploaded on a songwriter database under his name, Kris appeared shocked that we even knew about it. “You’re breaking this to me, by the way, and of course I’m the last to know this,” he laughed, before admitting that he wrote the song with a few of his friends.
Not only did Allen divulge on some new details about new material, but MTV News also had some fun with the former “Idol” champ as he showed Cantiello “the secret ‘Idol’ winner handshake.”
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New Tunes From Kellie Pickler, Josh Kelley, Eden’s Edge
Kellie Pickler is giving fans the first look at music from her next album, exclusively at kelliepickler.com. The lead single “Tough” is at radio now and was written by hit songwriter Leslie Satcher specifically for Pickler. “Kellie speaks lyrically,” explains Satcher. “Many of the lines in ‘Tough’ were inspired by conversations I had with her. I’ve only written two other songs specifically for artists. One was ‘Troubadour’ for George Strait and the other was ‘You Remain’ for Willie Nelson which he recorded with Bonnie Raitt.”
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Exclusive: Why Cheryl Cole Was Dropped From X Factor
“Everyone is freaking out and it’s all a bit of a mess,” a source close to Girls Aloud singer Cole, 27, told Us Weekly Wednesday after news of the switch surfaced.
Though Internet reports claim Cole’s thick British accent was a possible reason for the switch, a source tells Us show creator Cowell was more concerned with his panel’s chemistry.
“Throughout the whole decision making process, Simon was really torn between Cheryl and Nicole. He absolutely loved Nicole, really felt like she was the right one, but also knew his chemistry with Cheryl had been great before in the U.K. He finally decided on the more comfortable option and chose Cheryl,” a source close to Scherzinger tells Us of Cowell and Cole, who cojudged The X Factor’s U.K. installment.
Later, says the Scherzinger source, the mogul felt Cole’s appointment was “a mistake.”
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‘SYTYCD': Mary Murphy on returning to the judges chair, and the cancer scare that almost took her voice
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So was it hard to be away last season?
MARY MURPHY: Well, yeah I’m not going to lie to you. It was really difficult to be away. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be for me, especially watching the show. I could only watch it a couple times, and I had such major disagreements with the judges. [Laughs] I was sitting at home yelling at the TV. I can remember one in particular was a tap dancer named Melinda and everybody was going off on her about how bad her salsa was. And I was sitting there [saying], “That’s the best salsa that’s ever been on the show!” [Laughs] I was just like, this is absurd. I went to the finale, [and] I just had to let her know.
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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges Express Excitement for New Season
“[I’m] delighted that Mary’s healthy again,” Nigel said. “She went through a terrible time and she’s out of it now and moving forward.”
As for Mary? The vibrant judge was full of smiles, happy to be cancer-free and wasn’t shy to let it be known that she’s “ready to go.”
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Lauren Alaina tells Piers Morgan on the Tonight Show that America’s Got Talent turned her down TWICE