Crystal Bowersox is headed to Capitol Hill tomorrow to speak on juvenile diabetes. She tweeted this morning, “going to Capital Hill tomorrow… lets do this, @JDRF!!!”
‘Idol’ tryouts await their day of judgment
For a guy without a TV, Colten Henry is surprisingly excited about getting on “American Idol.”
The 19-year-old from Iowa drove up here and has been living in his car since Monday on the fifth floor of a parking ramp across from the Bradley Center, where auditions for the reality show will be held Wednesday.
He’s got his cat, Mecho, and two friends to keep him company in the four-wheel motel. The dusty black Chevy Cavalier is loaded up with snacks, blankets, a cooler, a litter box, an extra can of gasoline and a coffeemaker that runs off the cigarette lighter.
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Danny Gokey is already outside the Bradley Center in Milwaukee greeting auditioners
American Idol hopefuls prepare for July 21st auditions
WITI-TV, MILWAUKEE – If you want to try out for American Idol there is still time to get your wristband. The doors initially opened Monday morning and haven’t closed since. Pre-registration is still taking place throughout Tuesday night.
Thousands have already signed up to perform in front of American Idol producers, but one Milwaukee girls secured her spot weeks ago. She won the American Idol experience in Disney World, so it was only fitting that she wants to perform a Disney song. Her ticket will put her at the front of the line for auditions, but countless others say they will wait as long as it takes for their moment of spotlight.
Watch the video at Fox6Now
‘Idol’ finalist Danny Gokey leads off grandstand lineup
If you think about it, there might be no better crowd pleaser at this week’s DuPage County Fair than “American Idol” finalist Danny Gokey.
Fair patrons in recent years have shown an appetite for pop acts, artists with all-ages appeal, and – of course – singers who specialize in country music. As one of the finalists in “Idol’s” eighth season, and with his new country album “My Best Days,” Gokey might prove he fits the bill perfectly during his show at 8 p.m. today in the Wheaton fairgrounds grandstand.
We caught up with Gokey last week to find out about life after “Idol,” a less glamorous summer fair experience, and what’s in store for the Wheaton audience.
Read more at the Daily Herald
Jennifer Hudson Gets Serious for Winnie
Looks like Jennifer Hudson, who scored a best supporting actress Oscar for 2006’s “Dreamgirls,” is tackling another ambitious part.
The songstress-turned-actress is currently before the cameras in South Africa filming “Winnie,” playing Winnie Madikizela-Mandela opposite Terrence Howard’s Nelson Mandela. Though Madikizela-Mandela fought for years to win her husband’s release from prison, the couple divorced in 1996, which might be worth a reprise or two of Hudson’s “Dreamgirls” anthem, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”
Side by side comparison via JhudDaily
Read more at the Hollywood Reporter
Clay Aiken talks about returning to Asheville
Friday at the Biltmore Estate, you’ll be seeing Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard. But you should be thinking Sonny & Cher.
“We both love ’70s variety shows,” Aiken said in a brief three-way telephone call on Tuesday. “We’re an entity this summer: Ruben and Clay.”
“I notice you put my name first,” Studdard said with a laugh.
Friday is the kickoff for a three-week, 17-show coast-to-coast road trip that reunites the two top finishers from the second season of “American Idol.” In case you’ve forgotten, Ruben won, but Clay sold more records.
Read more at Citizen-Times.com
American Idol Live Tour 2010
Interviews with Crystal Bowersox, Katie Stevens, Tim Urban, Casey James, Didi Benami, and Aaron Kelly
What’s the best part of the tour so far?
All of it really. The opportunity. The platform. To do what you love. It gives you an instant fan base. Getting to meet the fans. Playing venues I wouldn’t be able to play.
Oh, and the catering. The tour catering is amazing.
What are you most looking forward to?
Read more at TheResident.com
‘American Idol’ Kellie Pickler, country singer Chris Young cancel shows
CENTREVILLE — Country singers Kellie Pickler and Chris Young have canceled their concerts at the St. Joseph County Grange Fair, which runs Sept. 19-15 in Centreville.
Pickler was to perform Sept. 25 and Young was slated to open for George Jones Sept. 23. The Jones concert is still on and fair organizers are looking for a replacement act for Young. Organizers have not determined what they will do with Pickler’s slot.
Kellie canceled due to a scheduling conflict with the Rascal Flatts tour. She and Young are both openers for the band’s current tour.
Read the statement from fair organizers at MLive
Clay Aiken answers fan questions
Clay Aiken, in Atlanta to tape some pledge drops for Georgia Public Broadcasting Tuesday, gave me a few minutes to talk about his career and answer some fan questions.
Aiken, who came out with an album of standards in June called “Tried and True,” is also prepping for his one-month concert tour with Ruben Studdard that kicks off in Asheville, N.C. Friday. He said the two will be on stage the entire time and do a “Sonny and Cher” type variety show. He didn’t want to reveal what he was going to sing but it’d be fair to say he’ll definitely do a few from his most recent album.
Read more at the Atlanta Journal Constitution
Jordin Sparks – Ad for The Heights
The 20-year-old “Battlefield” beauty joins the cast this August as Nina Rosario, just two days after Corbin Bleu departs from the Broadway cast.
Jordin will play a limited 12 week engagement as Nina, starting on August 19th through Sunday, November 14, 2010.
Jordin recently moved into her new digs in NYC to begin rehearsals. It’s the first time she’s ever lived on her own.