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Country Stars Perform On ‘The Gulf Is Back’ Special Tonight
BO BICE, LONESTAR, RICKY SKAGGS and TERRI CLARK are among the Country artists who will perform on “The GULF Is Back,” a one-hour special airing TONIGHT (8/27) at 8p (ET) on the CW NETWORK. The special, hosted by DAVID HASSELHOFF, focuses on the resiliency of the residents of the GULF COAST region and how they are bouncing back from the recent oil spill.
It was filmed during two days of free concerts at COAST COLISEUM in BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI. TAYLOR HICKS, ACE YOUNG, KYLE AND CHRIS MASSEY, BRIAN MCKNIGHT and DRAKE BELL will also perform for the special, with DEAN CAIN and SHANNON ELIZABETH as celebrity guests.
Read more at All Access
Fantasia Barrino opens up about her dark days and her painful healing process
Before the world learned that Fantasia had overdosed in a suicide attempt on Aug. 9, she had spent three days locked in a guest room in her house, refusing to eat, drink or talk to anyone. Her best friend, her mother and her manager reached out to her many times, but she says she has no recollection of anything they said to her because she was “zoned out.” Her cousin had helped by picking up her 9-year-old daughter, Zion, and taking her out for the day.
Fantasia discusses what happened the day of her suicide attempt in this in-depth interview with the LAT.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times
Simon Cowell is stamping out the tampering on X Factor vocals
Simon Cowell has banned auto-tuning on The X Factor after the row over tampering with performers’ vocals.
In a widespread clean-up of the show, he also scrapped this week’s planned episode at the last minute as it did not meet his strict criteria, the Daily Mail has learned.
Instead, an episode that was due to be shown later in the series will be broadcast on Saturday evening.
Cowell, 50, said: ‘People have got to be able to trust The X Factor – we are not faking anything.
‘People love this show, millions watch it every week and we absolutely respect that, we never take it for granted.’
Read more at the Daily Mail
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Steven Tyler To Rock “American Idol”
It’s official, say Aerosmith band members. Steven Tyler is signed, sealed and delivered to be an “American Idol” judge. Fox hasn’t made any announcement yet, but expect one very soon — taping “Idol” auditions with the judges usually starts in early September.
When Enquirer writer/copyeditor Paul Clark talked to Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry for a story to run Monday about the band’s Riverbend concert next Thursday, Perry said: “He told me just a couple of days ago he signed his papers to join the show. As far as he knew, everything’s set to go.”
Read More at Cincinnati.com
‘American Idol’ tour brings DeWyze back home
For the first time in months, Lee DeWyze will return home on Saturday, Aug. 28.
There will be a few people waiting for him. As in, thousands ready to cheer him on at the United Center when he takes the stage with the “American Idol” tour.
“It’s been crazy,” the “Idol” winner said by phone last week, a few hours before performing in Anaheim, Calif. “I haven’t seen my family or friends since I won. I can’t wait to come home.”
Read more at the Daily Herald
Crystal Bowersox’s big Toledo return and beyond
Sunday night marks the triumphant return of Crystal Bowersox. It’s been four months since the American Idol finale, in which she finished runner-up to Lee DeWyze.
Since then the pair, along with eight other top Idol finalists, have been on a nationwide American Idol Live! tour. The opening date was July 1 in Detroit, practically in Crystal’s back yard. Curiously, though, there were more Lee fans in attendance than for her. A merch guy even told me that night Lee was selling more T-shirts than any of the other Idols and that it wasn’t even close.
Read more at the Toledo Blade
Crystal Bowersox back in area with ‘Idol’ concert tour
TOLEDO — Local Crystal Bowersox fans are excited to see their hometown favorite perform in Toledo Sunday night.
The “American Idol Live Tour 2010″ will be at the Huntington Center, and second-place finisher Bowersox, a native of Elliston, is sure to be first in the hearts of her fans.
Her father, Bill Bowersox of Elliston, will be in the audience. Originally, he didn’t plan to go because he attended the first tour concert in Detroit.
Read more at PortClintonNewsHerald
‘American Idols’ Live Tour review and setlist, August 26 2010, Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines Iowa
A small but mighty group of nearly 5,000 cheered on the top 10 season nine “American Idol” finalists Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
As enthusiastic as the camera-wielding kids and parents appeared, they accounted for the smallest concert audience at the arena so far this year. Upper areas were curtained off, and half of the floor remained empty.
Read more at the Des Moines Register
Wolf wranglers and Emmy’s other unsung heroes
Try pulling off the nation’s largest talent competition without a choreographer.
“You’d have a bunch of kids going on-stage doing nothing, all looking at different cameras,” chuckles Florez, who, with partner Durell, makes sure the top 24 know exactly where to walk, when to turn and at which camera to flash a smile.
The biggest challenge? Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze. “He has this swagger, so we would always have to have someone else push him from behind or grab his hand and pull him out,” Florez says.
Read more at the Hollywood Reporter
Strip Scribbles: Fantasia Barrino to perform late-night concert at Rain
American Idol Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino is celebrating the release of her third album Back to Me, which dropped Tuesday, with an official album release party and performance at Rain in the Palms late tomorrow night/early Saturday morning, as the R&B and singer and actress is scheduled to perform at 1 a.m.
Read more at Las Vegas Weekly
On the set as ‘Glee’ begins its second season
It’s 10 a.m. on a Wednesday in the middle of a cavernous soundstage at Paramount Studios, and while the world outside is bathed in sun, everything inside is dark — everything, that is, except for the warren of classrooms and offices that make up the set of Fox’s “Glee.”
A dozen cameramen, grips and assistants are squeezed into Principal Figgins’ tiny office as four of the cast’s regulars try out their lines. They’re rusty at first, as you might imagine given that today is their first day back from summer hiatus.
Two of the main characters are having an argument.
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“Finn was just trying to help out his handicapable friend!” Will (Matthew Morrison) yells.
Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
EXCLUSIVE NEW DETAILS: Glee’s Naya Rivera ‘Looked Like She Was Having A Party’ While Vandalizing Mark Salling’s Car
“She looked like she was having a party, cheering wildly each time she and her friend threw something on the car,” a source said about the girls vandalizing the car shortly after midnight.
“She and her friend were going crazy when they were throwing things at his car,” the source told RadarOnline.com.
RadarOnline.com has also learned exclusively that the girls threw bird seed on the luxury vehicle, along with eggs and dog food.
Read more at RadarOnline
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