Idol Headlines for 11/10/11 – The Evening Edition

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Lauren Alaina to Perform National Anthem at Detroit Lions & Green Bay Packers Thanksgiving Game

Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope artist Lauren Alaina will kick off the first game of the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day tripleheader with a televised performance of the national anthem between host Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers onThursday, November 24 at 12:30 PM ET on FOX.

Alaina will be joined by PLAY 60 youth ambassadors from the NFL Youth Education Town – Boys & Girls Club at the Dick & Sandy Dauch Campus in Detroit.

Read more at Keepin it Country

Katharine to perform at Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

Ring in the holidays with a special performance from Katharine on the 14th annual “Christmas In Rockefeller Center” special live on Wednesday, November 30, at 8:00 pm on NBC!

The star-studded holiday special also features performances by Tony Bennett, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé, Cee Lo Green, Faith Hill, Carole King, Javier Colon and The Radio City Rockettes with a mix of current hits and holiday classics.

Read more at KatharineMcPhee.com

Dream Foundation Honors Donna Karan at 10th Annual Celebration of Dreams

The Dream Foundation, the first national organization that makes dreams come true for adults in the end stages of life, is proud to honor fashion icon Donna Karan with The Founders Award at the 10th Annual Celebration of Dreams on November 18, 2011 at the Bacara Resort and Spa. An event unlike any other, Celebration of Dreams combines high fashion on and off the runway, world-class entertainment, and creative cuisine, all benefiting Dream Foundation.

The evening will also include performances by Grammy award-winning singer Macy Gray, recording artist and American Idol finalist Pia Toscano, Naya Rivera and Amber Riley of GLEE and recording artist Jackson Guthy.

Read more at Independent.com

ZhuZhu Pets® Music Featuring Savannah Outen and Thia Megia Debuts on Zhu-niverse™ Float in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — An audience of over 45 million people will kick off the release of the debut Quest for Zhu™ soundtrack from the internationally popular ZhuZhu Pets® at the 85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on Thursday, November 24th, 2011. Live musical performances aboard the Zhu-niverse™ float by up-and-coming star Savannah Outen and over 100 individually selected young performers will introduce the world to the ZhuZhu Pets’® music. The 14-song ZhuZhu Pets – Quest for Zhu™ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which also features American Idol finalist Thia Megia, will be available for purchase in stores and online on November 21st (UPC 815046011008, suggested retail price $12.98.)

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Girl Scouts Seek Singing Superstar with “I Want to Rock the Mall” Contest

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Girl Scouts around America are warming up their voices, tuning their guitars and arranging new lyrics in hopes of become the next singing sensation. Tapping into a tech-savvy youth culture, Girl Scouts announced I Want to Rock the Mall YouTube contest sponsored by K12 Inc., America’s leader in online learning for students in grades kindergarten through 12. To enter, Girl Scouts must write an original song expressing what it’s like to be a Girl Scout today. The contest is part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Girl Scout movement. The Girl Scout contest winner will dazzle the stage with a live performance in front of hundreds of thousands at Girl Scouts Rock the Mall: 100th Anniversary Sing-Along, in Washington, DC on June 9, 2012. Plus, she’ll be introduced and share a stage with “American Idol” finalist and Girl Scout alumna Thia Megia.

Read more at PRNewswire

Backbeat: Kelly Clarkson’s VH1 ‘Unplugged’ Taping, VH1 Pres. Tom Calderone Reminisces

Label love: Sony execs with Clarkson and VH1’s Director of Music & Talent following her “Unplugged” taping. Left to right: Roulie Zouzias (VH1 Director of Music & Talent), Andrew Berkowitz (VP, Artist Relations, Sony Music Entertainment), Kelly Clarkson, Shannah Miller (SVP, Video Promotion, Sony Music Entertainment), Adrian Moreira (SVP, Adult Formats, Sony Music Entertainment).

See the photo Billboard Biz

The X Factor’s Drew Defends Her Dress: I Expected Some Not to Like It

It takes something pretty special to draw a negative word from Paula Abdul, but Drew Ryniewicz’s Wednesday night performance dress did just that.

Abdul praised the 14-year-old X Factor contestant’s rendition of Coldplay’s “Fix You” before, in a rare moment, slamming her ensemble — a Punky Brewster-style mash-up of an evening gown that Ryniewicz wore with black feather earrings and rainbow hair. “That outfit took the seriousness away. Don’t take fashion advice from Simon anymore,” Abdul told her.

Read more at TV Guide

  • http://twitter.com/nickpeterson Nick Peterson

    Katharine + Christmas Music + Singing Live = AMAZINGNESS! Really happy about the incredible support she is ALREADY receiving from both NBC and Columbia, her new label.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    What a nice gig for Lauren.  Even though the NA can be difficult to sing, I’m sure Lauren will be fine. 

  • Kylee

    Wow, I didn’t recognize Thia at first there! Good for her for doing something instead of just sitting there waiting for something to happen.

  • moonz

    Finally some good news on Thia. She looks good and happy. Nice to see her still involved with her music. May have to buy that CD just to hear her sing One Day.

  • Anonymous

    I understand that Drew Ryniewicz’s last name is hard to pronounce, and so something simpler for the American public to pronounce would be better for launching a singing career.  But personally I don’t care for just “Drew.”  Seems to me it would be better for her to just shorten and change up her last name, like “Drew Ryne” or something in that vein.

  • CindyM
  • Anonymous

    I agree nice spot for exsposure. Lauren did a great job singing the NA this summer at the Red Sox game. Nothing fancy simple and powerful as you might expect from her.

  • Anonymous

    Not surprised Cook’s leaving to go to Fuller’s company. Just surprised it didn’t happen (or wasn’t announced) months ago

    Not many Idols left at 19M. Kris may be the only one left (A) has a record deal and/or  (B) isn’t co-managed by another company

  • Anonymous

    Not many Idols left at 19M. Kris may be the only one left (A) has a record deal and/or  (B) isn’t co-managed by another company

    Based on the details that the NY Times printed about the season 8 contract, Kris has a few more months left on his contract with 19M.  i wish they would let him out of it, so that he can go to a firm that will help promote him well in advance of his second album coming out.  I know that some fans are crazy about Lizzie, but I don’t think that she has the reach or experience that he needs.  In many ways she/19M manages him like a fan would, or like he doesn’t have a major label contract.  Booking him to internet radio shows that nobody listens to, or letting him get interviewed by people who aren’t really journalists wouldn’t be a big problem, if he was getting more high profile exposure.  

  • Anonymous

    Or, she could use her middle name like Lauren (Alaina).  Her last name is something “unglamorous” so she auditioned without it.

  • Nele621

    Anyone having trouble seeing comments in Cook’s thread? There are 16 posted, but it’s all blank.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Yep.  I can’t even see the comment I made there.  It looks like it’s a feed update glitch or something.

  • Anonymous

    The feed is doing something screwy in that thread, for sure.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Front page of tomorrow’s The Sun: http://twitpic.com/7cv7sj
    Frankie sold his story: My six nights on coke … and I’ve bedded 7 girls since show began.

  • Anonymous

    If the tweets are right, sounds like Irvin Mayfield Jr. has invited Haley Reinhart to do Carnegie Hall with him next October:

    @IrvinMayfieldJr Irvin Mayfield
    @HaleyReinhart I think you should do Carnegie hall with me next oct. What do you think?

    @HaleyReinhart Haley Reinhart
    @IrvinMayfieldJr I think that’d be pretty awesome!

  • Anonymous

    WOW LAUREN!! That’s a HUGE gig! Good for her….Thanksgiving Day football has a massive audience.

    As for David: Can anyone share exactly what 19E does for its clients? It seems the recording labels do most of the promoting and occasionally I see tweets from 19E about stuff that’s already old news. I don’t know the industry at all so am curious what their job actually is. It’s even more ominous that so many artists are packing their bags and going elsewhere….I’d love to know why.

  • Anonymous

    I predict that girl is going to go places…..big places. It may take a little while but she’ll get there.

  • http://twitter.com/DorkAngel Goboywonder

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    Annie
    Wow! Big billboard for @DavidArchie & @MoTabChoir’s “Glad Christmas Tidings”! Awesome! twitpic.com/7cu15d – thanks for the pic, @NanDeeAy!

  • BonnieDee

    I don’t think Lauren will have any difficulty with the anthem or anything else.  :)

  • http://twitter.com/SimpsonsFan0 Cal

    I’m so happy for Lauren to be getting this gig :) She already slayed the anthem once and I’m confident she will do it again!