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.

JRforDA2011

 
  • Jamcracker

    No need to go to Georgia for grass, Lauren, just look in Paul’s luggage.

  • Tess

    “I really don’t know if it (winning) had anything to do with musicality or singing because everybody that was here, from even the top 40 down, was just amazingly talented,” McCreery said. “But I think it was just because people could relate to me just being a normal kid. I’m just a 17-year-old kid who plays baseball and worked at a grocery store. I didn’t try to be anything different when I was on the show. I mean, what you saw was what you get. It’s Scotty.”

    …NC Times

    Sometimes Idolettes just GET IT…I truly believe that Scotty is the farthest thing from egotistical that you can get. He has a head on his shoulders that actually works and he is able to easily separate reality from the fiction of fame. He may not evolve into the greatest country singing star eveh’, but I think he is going to have a nice fun ride as far as it takes him…and if the rollercoaster stops running he will just move on to another challenge. For whatever reason he just reminds me of Tom Hanks, brilliant and brilliant at what he does tempered with real expectations and the ability to see IT for what IT really is.

  • music78girl

    That was quite the reception for Archie in Jakarta — I was a little afraid for his life there for a minute. The Indonesian fans were super excited to see him though since this is his first visit there.

    The sponsor of his concert (Ponds) posted a couple pictures from the airport of the crowd as he got on the bus and then a message from David to the fans.
    http://yfrog.com/z/kf2ldmdj
    http://yfrog.com/ke86567723j

    Also, if you haven’t yet I recommend giving a listen to the new songs released as bonus tracks on the Asian tour edition of his album. Not sure why the didn’t make the initial cut for the album — they’re good. Personal favorites for me are “Wait” and “Notice Me”.

  • Davidx2

    Very nice turnout to welcome Archie to Asia. It did look a little frightening but then you can see David’s big smile and you knew he was okay! :)

  • Fenway

    Goodness, that welcoming for David was really something. I loved how the girl doing the video at one point was a little taken back by all of the police officers, but then she said that they were there for “David’s defense”, so then it was OK. David just smiled through the whole thing even though it must have been a little scary. He isn’t the biggest guy.

  • fgh8791

    Tess-
    Great comments on Scotty! You “get it” too! Love reading your replies.

  • Indigobunting

    Aw, good for Archie :)

  • tinawina

    Good for Archie!!

    Crystal rocks. I would actually like to see her act in something just to see how she does. Wasn’t she supposed to be on TV this year? What happened with that?

  • whateverblah

    Great to see the pics of Casey & Paul with the kids.

  • Valentin432

    ChelsieKayH chelsie hightower
    Have some fun/exciting news to share with you all, Watch Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance tonight to find out!
    14 minutes ago

    The timing seems to indicate that she would be an “All Star” coming back to perform with the top 10 in the next few weeks.

    I would be very happy with that and at the same time surprised that her contract with ABC/DWTS will let her perform on SYTYCD.

  • tripp_ncwy

    PToscanoAI10
    Shooting the video for This Time :)

  • tripp_ncwy

    I guess Pia’s tweet clears up whether Interscope was going to back This Time.

  • heidijoy

    Loving the great reception and excitement for Archie!! Indonesia is 12 hours ahead so many US fans were up ’til the wee hours watching ustream and capturing pictures.

    AInow had stream of new songs!! Loving the songs and ordered the Asian edition.

    Thanks JR for the video of arrival!! JR is from Phillipines and has kept David’s American Idol and tour videos on TheDavid Chronicles. Appreciate her dedication.

  • sr4mjc

    VH1 has changed the schedule for Behind the Music to Sunday nights. Adam’s is now August 7th.

    http://www.vh1press.com/mid-season-schedule-changes-for-vh1%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cbehind-the-music%E2%80%9D/

  • SajiNoKami

    Scotty looks to be a nice grounded individual.

    Of course my inner cynic keeps saying: It’s all an act, don’t believe him.

  • Tess

    VH1 has changed the schedule for Behind the Music to Sunday nights. Adam’s is now August 7th.

    I watched Miranda Lambert’s last night and thoroughly enjoyed it….especially Blake with his nerdy long curly hair. Much, much better done than the documentaries done on E. It will be fun to watch one on Adam since I do know more about him than I did Miranda.

  • tomk

    PToscanoAI10
    Shooting the video for This Time

    I guess the Idols are in LA today? If so, I hope my two faves (Haley & James) are getting something productive done!

  • Loverly

    Holy Moly that video of David A. arriving in Indonesia is kinda insane!! Lol but awesome that they love him so much…

  • Mahalo2

    Crystal rocks. I would actually like to see her act in something just to see how she does. Wasn’t she supposed to be on TV this year? What happened with that?

    Tinawina,

    Crystal’s episode on Body of Proof (ABC) will shown sometime this fall. :) Apparently, this episode has already aired in Russia — I saw some screen caps of Crystal in ‘prison’ on another site. Her character is being accused of killing her former drug dealer.

  • Fenway

    Can’t get David A.’s song Wait out of my head. Love the angst in his voice when he sings the new songs.

  • Trina

    I guess the Idols are in LA today? If so, I hope my two faves (Haley & James) are getting something productive done!

    I’m almost certain James was meeting up with Marti Frederiksen today..forgot where I read that but I saw something about tha happening when James got to LA.

  • indigoimrah

    I am glad they moved it to closer date because this wait is just killing me, Sunday is better slot then wed. more people will be able to see it live. So happy for Adam to have this opportunity.

  • Mike M

    The timing seems to indicate that she would be an “All Star” coming back to perform with the top 10 in the next few weeks.

    That would be good news and bad news. Good because she’s my all-time favorite and I can’t take my eyes off her when she dances. Bad for the same reason. Contestant? What contestant?

  • heidijoy

    Was in Dr’s office the other day and saw an entire cover picture of Crystal on a booklet about Diabetes. Good for her using her platform to help with Diabetes education.

  • HotHotHot

    I’m dying for Kelly to put out her new single. What are they waiting for??

  • Kitwana

    I love how David A singles out the Sony Asia in giving thanks for the new album. It’s too bad he can’t stay with Sony Asia or Sony Global while ditching Jive. These two have really supported him in his efforts. I know that Something bout love continues to be spun on Radio Disney (Spanish). Again, thanks to Sony Music Latin and not Jive. Also strange to not see David thanking Simon Fuller or 19 as he has in his 3 previous CDs.

  • Fenway

    David arrives in Indonesia and a volcano erupts. What a welcome! Sounds like there are no casualties, but I am sure people have lost their homes, etc. Thoughts and prayers with all involved.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Leona Lewis announced on Twitter that her new single will premiere tomorrow on Radio One (BBC) on air with Scott Mills. It’s titled “Collide”. It was written and produced by Sandy Vee (Only Girl In The World, Firework, S&M, Commander, etc.)

    https://twitter.com/#!/leonalewismusic/status/91518734375723008

  • Mike M

    Here is a three-part interview with Scotty’s mom done this morning with a radio station in Raleigh, N.C. Sweet lady. She talks about the album and gives a bit of info on what the tour schedule is like behind the scenes. Just scroll down to the pic of Scotty, and you’ll see this three-part series right under Scotty’s interviews (those are older).

    (If you’re on a Mac, Quicktime works):

    http://www.947qdr.com/showdj.asp?DJID=15801

  • Indigobunting

    Danny mentioned in People magazine under Hot Singles:

    http://twitpic.com/5q4yoh

  • tinawina

    Tinawina,

    Crystal’s episode on Body of Proof (ABC) will shown sometime this fall. :) Apparently, this episode has already aired in Russia — I saw some screen caps of Crystal in ‘prison’ on another site. Her character is being accused of killing her former drug dealer.

    Thanks for the info! I’ll be looking forward to that!

  • brie200

    I guess now that Idol and DWTS are buddy buddy, SYTYCD and DWTS are buddy buddy as well? Granted I know Louis has been a choreographer on SYTYCD for awhile now, but I’m kind of surprised Chelsie’s DWTS contract allows her to return to SYTYCD. Though I guess why would it matter. She’s not actually competing on SYTYCD and it’s during the DWTS off season.

  • argie

    OMG YES!! Chelsea!! I had a good feeling she’d be invited since they don’t have a huge pick of ballroom All-Stars anyway.
    Crossing my fingers that Katee is also one of my Season 4 favs that gets announced tonight. If only Mark weren’t busy touring with Lady Gaga =(

  • theonlygirl

    There’s a rumour Adam is in New York filming a guest judge stint on Project Runway. I hope it gets verified. That would be awesome.

  • kmd

    Glad to see all the love that Archie is getting from his Asian fans. Good for him.

  • JazzRocks

    Fingers & toes crossed for the Project Runway rumor to be true!!! Maybe the drought is ending – some rain in sight?

  • TwigLA

    That interview with Crystal was very enlightening.

  • soverymel

    There’s a rumour Adam is in New York filming a guest judge stint on Project Runway. I hope it gets verified. That would be awesome.

    There’ve been enough rumors about Adam that turned out not to be true that I am definitely waiting for official confirmation before even thinking about flailing.

  • goboywonder

    It was both exciting and scary to see the reception David got arriving in Indonesia. I could hardly see from laughing because the person streaming it, Scpancake, kept saying periodically while they were waiting for him to come out, that they were going to remain calm and not scream because they didn’t want to make the police/security there angry. :D

  • http://www.comcast.net KAT80

    Glad to hear Chelsea will be one of the All Stars. I am hoping for Katie too and Robert. I hope the rumor about Adam and Project Runway are true.

  • mmb

    Fingers & toes crossed for the Project Runway rumor to be true!!! Maybe the drought is ending – some rain in sight?

    Regardless of the veracity of the PR rumor ( hope it’s true! Adam would be a fun judge), the drought is ending on August 7 with BTM……

  • djafan

    This was way more than a greeting lol

    This from Modoration

    David Archuleta arrived in Indonesia on his first stop for his Asian tour and he was given a very warm and quite frenzied welcome. His bodyguard and others are trying to guide him through the crowd as fans try to snap pictures and get a glimpse of him. Check it out for yourself!

    David tweeted that he was glad to be in Asia, “I accidentally tweeted earlier on someone else’s account so sorry for the dry spell! Good to be here in Asia though!”

    And it looks like Asia is glad to have him there!

    I was up watching the livestream and was great listening and watching the excited anticipation from everyone there. Can’t wait for the live performances, 1st one is Pond’s Teens Concert – Jakarta, Indonesia Saturday, July 16 · 5:00pm – 11:30pm

    The Other Side of Down Asia Tour Edition is the #1 preordered at CDWOW US

    http://www.cdwow.us/music/0/0/top-100

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  • brie200

    I suspect Katee will be an all-star, though I will be really disappointed if I find out she isn’t. Especially as she’s always around SYTYCD in some capacity. She and Kent have been assisting Tyce all season and she also was one of the ones who led folks during choreography in Vegas. Not to mention they used her as a substitute all-star last season when Allison got injured.

  • Pixie Baker

    arg!…..it’s a sad, sad day when I get excited about a rumor about Adam and the fact my instructor played his music during a weight and aerobic class today! :) So ready to hear some real news!

  • indigoimrah

    All fingers and toes crossed, hope Adam gets project runway guest judge spot, hope its true and not just a rumor. He can do anything and make it fun

  • Bowie1
  • SajiNoKami

    Adam Lambert’s VH1 Behind the Music

    based on the ones i have watched in this series over the years.. it is rather early in his career to have one of these.. isn’t it?

  • steph6449

    Danny mentioned in People magazine under Hot Singles:

    http://twitpic.com/5q4yoh

    Yay. I don’t read People but I know a ton of people do.

    “Country-rock confection” — that’s a cute description for Second Hand Heart :)

  • BeachBum

    Just in case you were wondering, I REALLY like to eat pizza!

  • Kirkee

    based on the ones i have watched in this series over the years.. it is rather early in his career to have one of these.. isn’t it?

    I think they’re changing things up this time around. Check it out:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/changing_tunes_HwOziSEQN7mWoBDGLvEKWP

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Im sooooooo psyched for behind the music