Nigel Lythgoe reveals to TV Guide that DWTS pro and former SYTYCD contestant Chelsie Hightower will return as an All-Star, “Chelsie Hightower is coming back,” Lythgoe says. “We’re delighted she’s coming back from Dancing with the Stars for us. She’ll be going back to them, of course.” The rest of the All-stars will be announced on tonight’s SYTYCD results show.
Pia Toscano tweets, “Shooting the video for This Time”
Adam Lambert’s VH1 Behind the Music special has a new premiere date. It will air on Sunday August 7, so mark your calendars! The networks has moved the series from Wednesdays to Sundays. Check out the brand-new schedule HERE.
Today’s Idol Appearances
Bo Bice performs at Denton’s Back Porch, Benton AR
Chris Daughtry performs at Rock USA, Oshkosh, WI
Constantine Maroulis in “Rock of Ages” Washington, DC
Crystal Bowersox performs at the Oregon Garden Amphitheatre, Silverton, OR
Danny Gokey performs at Centre Bell, Montreal, Canada
Diana DeGarmo in “9 to 5: The Musical” St. Paul, MN
Sanjaya Malakar at the Lucky Lounge, Austin, TX
Tamyra Gray in “Twist”, Pasadena, CA
Trenyce in “Thriller Live”, London, UK
Via Idol Stages
CALIFORNIAN: McCreery just being Scotty on ‘Live!’ tour
McCreery has also been busy working on his debut CD for Mercury Nashville.
“We’re pretty much half way done with it, with my part, laying down the vocals and everything,” he said. “We’re moving right along. So I think we’ve made really good progress and we’re trying to get it done as soon as possible.”
He expects his debut CD will be a blend of traditional and modern country.
“I think it’s going to be a good mix of the old kind of country that I grew up with, with Hank Williamses and Conway Twittys and all of that,” McCreery said. “That is how country music sounded and it’s the foundation. So we’re trying to throw that in there as well as a bunch of contemporary country songs and some rock kind of songs.”
Read more at the NC Times
Lauren Alaina interview: American Idol runner-up discusses sprained ankle, sweet tea
Lauren Alaina wants to show her fellow “American Idol” finalists something special when the “Idol” tour stops in her home state of Georgia on July 26.
Barbecue? Nope. Peaches? Not exactly. The correct answer: grass. “There’s no grass in California, hardly,” the “Idol” runner-up said in a phone interview on Wednesday.
Read more at the ledger-enquirer
‘Idol’ stars entertain kids at Ronald McDonald House
“American Idol” stars Casey Abrams, a jazz, blues and rock musician, and singer-songwriter Paul McDonald met with seriously ill children staying at Ronald McDonald House on July 13.
See the photos at Palo Alto.com
Idol singers a hit during visit to Stanford Ronald McDonald House
Surrounded by kids in tie-dye summer camp T-shirts, Abrams and McDonald turned into kids themselves, competing in — and losing — hula hoop contests, improvising duets with a toy microphone and harmonizing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on a keyboard with 7-year-old Isabelle Bang, the older sister of twin, newborn patients.
Read more at Mercury News.com
Crystal Bowersox: Striving to Live Without Limitations
Recently, Crystal was kind enough to slow down and answer some questions from Diabetes Health publisher and editor-in-chief Nadia Al-Samarrie. In her wide-ranging responses to Nadia, Crystal tells why she kept her diabetes a secret from “American Idol” producers, talks about what it was like growing up, and names her biggest musical influences. She also reveals that acting was once her first love, and she describes how her father’s fierce dedication helped her as a young girl and teen in her struggle against diabetes.
Read more at Diabetes Health
David Archuleta arrives in Indonesia
David Archuleta arrived in Indonesia to begin a brief Asian tour. See fans greeting him at the airport this morning.