Mandisa performs at Women of Faith Celebrate in Hartford, CT.
Jason Castro performs at the Proof of Your Love Tour in Dover, NH.
Lauren Alaina performs at Coastal Carolina Fair in Ladson, SC.
Casey Abrams performs at The Uptown Theatre in Napa, CA. – Via AmericanIdol.com
The 11th Annual Citadel Tree Lighting Is Here! – The 11th Annual Citadel Tree Lighting Ceremony returns to the Citadel Outlets on Saturday, November 10th. This year’s event is going to be bigger than ever! Join Tony McEwing from FOX 11 and Jimmy Reyes as they host the festivities. Catch performances by Ariana Grande, Kris Allen, Colton Dixon and Roshon Fegan. – Read more at MyFoxLA
‘X Factor’ Goes Live, And Britney, Demi Get (Barely) Passing Grades – t was the moment that “X Factor” fans were waiting for. Wednesday night’s first live show promised proof of whether new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato were ready for prime time, or if the latest bold-name reality singing show panelists only give great TV in the editing room. And the early verdict after the two-hour performance show was … yes and no.
MTV News spoke to a pair of “Factor” experts to judge Britney and Demi and the reviews were mixed, though both agreed that Spears was taking home a pretty hefty paycheck compared to the Dr. Seuss-level amount of words she expended on the show. – Read more at MTV
Nicki Minaj Has No Problem Being The ‘Toughest’ Judge On ‘American Idol’ – “You’re going to see the no makeup, the crazy sweaty face in the studio, you know, the regular stuff. You’re going to see rehearsals for the tour. People always see the glamorous side of the tour when I’m all made up and done up and everything is already set in stone,” Minaj said. “You’re going to see the behind-the-scenes stuff…me saying how I really feel about the people who interview me and a good part of what I love about the special is that its showing the people around me, the people I love, the people I have to be with everyday and its showing us take on these new things that are going my way recently.” – Read more at MTV
2012 CMA Awards Red Carpet – Kellie Pickler – who recently shaved her head in support of a friend being treated for cancer – stunned on the red carpet at the 46th Annual CMA Awards held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. (Plus photos of Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and more) – Read more at Yahoo
Scotty McCreery & Lauren Alaina’s Night at the 2012 CMA – oining Country Music’s biggest stars, “American Idol” alums Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery attended the 46th Annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday (November 1). The 17-year-old starlet looked beautiful in a red strapless gown and sparkly red necklace as she hosted the CMA Red Carpet show live. Her fellow “Idol” contestant looked boyishly handsome in a gray suit with a black dress shirt and black skinny tie. – See the Photos at Celebrity-Gossip
Carrie Underwood Wears 12 Dresses to the CMAs! Do You Have a Favorite? – Miranda Lambert promised to awe us, Kellie Pickler got our attention with her head-turning look, but it was Carrie Underwood who stole the show at Thursday’s CMA Awards, wearing 12 different dresses during her time as cohost. Arriving in a gorgeous Reem Acra gown, Underwood went on to wear 11 more dresses by designers like Alice + Olivia, Georges Chakra and more. Some of our favorites included (from left) a dramatic black-and-gray one-shoulder Ines Di Santo dress with a sexy slit, a strapless embellished red number (it’s a good color on her!), a frothy, floral tea-length creation and her performance ensemble, a deep-gray high-low dress with sheer sleeves. – Read more at People Magazine
Jana Kramer Fills in as Top 20 Host – & Casey James Stops By – GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown has a new face this week! The lovely and talented Jana Kramer steps in as host while Nan Kelley enjoys a vacation. Jana will count down this week’s Top 20 videos, chosen by you! Plus, Storme Warren sits down with Casey James to discuss Casey’s life after American Idol. They’ll also talk about his new self-titled album and his “Crying On A Suitcase” video, which has become a countdown staple. Tune in to Top 20 tonight at 8p|7c to catch Jana and Casey! – Read more at Great American Country
Clear as McCreery: ‘Idol’ star balances life in college and country music – “I’d been singing my whole life,” McCreery said. “ ‘Idol’ was something I’d watched for a few years. We had the frequent-flier miles and hotel points, so we treated it like a vacation.” McCreery admits it took a while to get used to the limelight. His fans sometimes follow his tour bus out of town, or drive by his home to take pictures. He was once asked what his favorite candy was during an interview, and ever since, his fans give him Starburst and Tootsie Rolls at every show. – Read more at Wenatchee World
Does Carrie Underwood Want To Become An ‘American Idol’ Judge? – “I’ve never been asked to be a part of ‘American Idol’ in that capacity. I don’t know if I could ever judge. I think I would be nice to everybody, even if they really needed to hear the truth. So, I don’t think I would probably make a very good judge,” Carrie says. – Read more at RyanSeacrest.com
The two faces of ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ – “I’m still trying to figure out whether Hyde is a tragic figure or not,” says Maroulis. “That’s a conversation we could have weeks from now or years from now. This show elicits those conversations from the audience: I got into one with a group of bright kids, girls who were just so articulate, and they were fascinated by the duality of man. That’s (a topic) for all ages.” – Read more at Charlotte Observer
Pepsi Offering New ‘X Factor’ Winner Grammy Commercial, $5 Million Contract With Sony’s Syco – Pepsi is upping the stakes of its historic prize package for The X Factor by offering the season two winner another $5 million record deal (this time with Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment on Sony) as well as the chance to develop, create and produce their first original track and film the accompanying music video. The Pepsi-backed video will debut during the 2013 Grammy Awards, set to air Feb. 10 on CBS. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
‘X Factor’: 20 Things You Didn’t See on Thursday’s Broadcast – Someone was running late for X Factor. It was L.A. traffic’s fault, swear, but it turned out to be a fortuitous delay — because since yours truly strolled in at five minutes to air, the only available open seat was at the end of row 2. Or maybe it should be called the Crow row, since positioned near the aisle was none other than season one’s Rachel Crow, the spunky, 14-year-old belter who wowed America last year, but ultimately finished in fifth place. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
‘The X Factor’: Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid talk Emblem3, Lyric 145 and Diamond White – “I think they’re the anti-One Direction,” Cowell adds about Emblem3. “I think they’re very different. I like the idea you can have two bands competing against each other, different sets of bands.” He believes in the group — consisting of brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg and their friend Drew Chadwick — so much that he even let them choose their own song for Wednesday night’s Top 16 performance. Usually it’s up to the judge to pick a song, but as Cowell revealed: “Emblem3 chose their song, [Matisyahu’s “One Day”], last night. I’d never heard it before. It was going to be their safety song and they played it for me. I said ‘Are you nuts? You’ve got to sing that song Wednesday!’ But I would never have chosen that song.” Now we know why Emblem3 didn’t SUCK on Wedensday… – Read more at Zap2it
Britney Spears Trial Over: Sam Lutfi Defamation Case Dismissed – LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ former confidante and self-professed manager failed to prove his libel and breach-of-contract claims against the singer’s parents and her caretakers, a judge who dismissed the case mid-trial ruled Thursday.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bruguera said an attorney for Sam Lutfi hadn’t proven any of his allegations in the case that centered on events before the singer’s public meltdown more than four years ago.
Lutfi’s side rested its case Tuesday, but Bruguera agreed with arguments by attorneys for Spears’ father and her conservators that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to send the claims to a jury. – Read more at Huffington Post
‘Glee’s’ Blake Jenner Previews Ryder’s Dyslexia and Finn as His ‘Role Model’ – The Glee Project season two winner Blake Jenner will make his Glee debut as newbie Ryder Lynn on the Fox musical when the series returns Nov. 8 and the character comes with a full plate. Ryder is an existing student at McKinley, and like Jenner was in high school, is member of the football team. The character will possess many of the traits — vulnerability, caring, sensitive, driven — that the actor displayed during the Oxygen reality competition that earned him the seven-episode run. “I’m really stoked for everybody to see who Ryder plays, it’s really fun,” Jenner tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Once you meet him, you see he’s a strong person but he has his own vulnerabilities and being dyslexic is one of them.” – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
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