American Idol Headlines for 11/25/12

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Phillip Phillips will be performing a free concert today at the Americana in Glendale, CA

Check out the schedule for the special Scotty McCreery and Friends set to air on GAC. It debuts on December 1 at 11 pm. See the entire schedule HERE.

Scotty McCreery has also been added o the Christmas at Rockefeller Center lineup that includes Mariah Carey and Cee Lo Green. Airs on NBC Wednesday November 28.

Ryan Seacrest Gets New “Idol” Panel Scoop

Hunter Hayes Admits to Being Intimidated by Carrie Underwood – “She’s a sweetheart. She’s awesome. Her show is really impressive and it’s kind of cool ’cause I’m a production guy and I’m really into watching shows and she’s a consistent vocalist,” he told MTV News. “It’s really something I love to watch and it’s intimidating ’cause you sort of stand there and you’re like, ‘How do you that?’ It’s unbelievable,” he added. “It’s really cool.” – Read more at A Taste of Country

PHOTO CALL: Ben Davis, Anthony Fedorov, Elena Shaddow, Chelsea Stock Star in Paper Mill’s Sound of Music – Tony Award recipient Ben Davis, television star Edward Hibbert, “American Idol” finalist Anthony Fedorov and Elena Shaddow are among the cast of Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of the Tony-winning musical The Sound of Music, which began performances Nov. 23 in Milburn, NJ. James Brennan (Jubilee, Sally) directs and choreographs the production, which will officially open Nov. 25 for a run through Dec. 30. – See the photos at Playbill

Melissa Rycroft On Why She & Shawn Johnson Aren’t Dancing Rivals – “At this point, we are such good friends that we’re rooting each other on,” Melissa, who came in third during Season 8 (second place was taken by Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke), told Access Hollywood earlier this week. “I just saw Shawn [and I said], ‘I’ll see you in the morning.’ “At this point, when you make it to the finals, you’ve made it as far as you can go,” Melissa added. “You almost feel like the pressure’s off and now’s your time to have fun. Now’s your time to show off. Go and show what you can do that you don’t think anybody else in the competition can do. So, it’s fun.” – Read more at Access Hollywood

Kendall Jenner Shot Down By ‘X Factor’ Boy Band – Sometimes, but not often … someone says no to the Kardashians — just ask super mom-ager Kris Jenner who recently tried to hire “X Factor” finalists Emblem3, but the boys said no. Sources close to the K-clan tell TMZ … Kendall Jenner is obsessed with the Cali boy band and wanted them to play a gig at her recent 17th birthday bash. We’re told her famous fam stepped in to help — Khloe (who is hosting “X”) got the band’s contact info and Kris made the call. Problem is … the boys declined. According to our sources, since Wesley, Drew and Keaton are still competing on the show, they couldn’t find the time in between rehearsals to do the party … though we’re told they would have loved to. – Raed more at TMZ

 
  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    The X Factor contestants are allowed to take paying gigs while they’re still competing on the show?  Seriously?  I’m surprised.

    Reminder for Adam fans – tonight is his hour long interview on Canada’s In Sixty at 10pm ET.  Preview clip:

    http://www.muchmore.ca/in-sixty/pid/127224/

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Of course they aren’t. Simon planted this article to hype his boy band.

  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    Then why not just say they received the offer, but weren’t allowed to accept it?  How would that hype them any less?

    Or are you saying they never received the offer to begin with?  I dunno, I could imagine Kris Jenner trying to get around a rule if it were something she or one of her meal tick…er, daughters wanted.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    How would that hype them any less?

    “they couldn’t find the time in between rehearsals to do the part” means they are working really hard!!

  • girlygirltoo

    It’s another non-story planted by the producers. The XF and AI people must be paying TMZ a ton of $ to get these stupid rumors planted. How did TMZ ever survive prior to 2 years ago, which is when they became reality show rumor central?

    Who cares who sings at someone’s birthday party anyway? It’s a birthday party? Yeah, they’d get paid good money for it, but so what? It’s not news.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris Allen @KrisAllen
    So today was the get-acclimated-to-Kenya day and we drove around and got to check out Nairobi. Tomorrow the real stuff starts.#truespiritofchristmas #kenyadigit

  • lovesickheroine

     I heard Jessica Sanchez and PP’s song Gone Gone Gone are featured on the new Beats by Dre commercial. I’m just waiting for someone to upload the ad on youtube

  • OffLeash

    Smart move from Interscope if it’s true. WWCF would be/would’ve been a terrible choice. 

  • OffLeash

    Looks like the TMZ love affair isn’t just with Idol, it’s with FOX execs. ;D

  • Nadine_Bitch

    @Enews24hrs:disqus

    Lady GAGA announced she will be working with Adam Lambert, David Ghetta, Usher on her new album “ART POP”

    What?! O_o

  • bridgette12

    Not true, someone with a new twitter account and about eight followers, just trolling for hits.

  • OffLeash

    Not sure where to put this, but Home is #2 at iTunes right now. Shocking! Or maybe not so much.

  • TheOther

    Actually, both Phillip’s single Home and the CD, The World From The Side Of The Moon are #2 on Itunes.

  • OffLeash

    The album has been #2 for several days now, so that wasn’t the surprise for me. The single was. 

  • Nadine_Bitch

    LOL yeah, you’re right.

    I’ll just prolly wait for that hour long interview with In Sixty;)

  • lovetheusa1776

    Looking forward to this interview.  Lambert’s always smart and funny and is terrific to talk with, but this particular match-up with its length and unusually perceptive interviewer will be a stand-out.

  • MellyPer1692

    Probably the numbers thread since MJ doesn’t allow those in the headlines thread.

  • bridgette12

    I’m totally looking forward to that interview. A whole hour of Adam is going to be fun and knowing him, very interesting.

  • tripp_ncwy

    World Vision USA @WorldVisionUSA
    Lights! Camera! Action! Video taping has officially begun for the #spiritofchristmas tour w/ @KrisAllen. instagr.am/p/Sd3HuitKE7/

  • lovetheusa1776

     Will Kris be performing?

  • durbesque

    Federov keeps busy…I don’t remember if Rolf sings.  Musical theater is a vast medium of employment for a person with name recognition.  American Idol is a powerful credit on the resume. 

  • lovetheusa1776

     Wonder if Voice and X-F will have the same cachet.

  • OffLeash

    It truly is a rewarding outlet for those alums who choose musicals. Jennifer and Constantine sure made the most of it, as does Federov. It can even lead to greater recognition, like in Jennifer’s case.

    I wonder why there aren’t more alums choosing this path. Do most of them really prefer taking their chances at a difficult solo career, or is it the lack of openings and/or rejections?

  • girlygirltoo

    The original batch of tickets for Kris’ Xmas StageIt show on 12/20 have sold out. But they have added a new batch.

    http://www.stageit.com/kris_allen/the_christmas_show/16342

  • girlygirltoo

    based on the current lack of success by the alums? Probably not

  • girlygirltoo

    You have to be able to act as well as sing in order to do musical theatre. And you are competiting against a ton of people who are trained actors, not just singers. This isn’t any easier of a career path than trying to be a musician.

  • OffLeash

    The Idol business card isn’t much help then unless you’re at least as good as the rest at acting and singing. If it makes a difference all things being equal, that would imply there’s no Idol stigma in that field. Is there? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    Doubt that TMZ has much to do with rumors coming out of Idol.   Lets face it all the promos are either with Nicki and with Mariah.   Unless I missed something they don’t seem to be doing any promos together.  Read where the ladies on X Factor aren’t speaking, so we will probably see the Diva War on Idol.   Wonder where I can sign up to get millions and be a bitch on TV?   Just a thought.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    I wonder why there aren’t more alums choosing this path. Do most of them really prefer taking their chances at a difficult solo career, or is it the lack of openings and/or rejections?

    Musical theater requires a specific skill set (both singing and acting) and a certain type of vocals. It’s not for everybody who can sing.

    Musicians who passionately want to release original music would probably quietly go mad performing the same Broadway show night after night, even if they could manage to get the gig. And we don’t really know how well Idols stack up against normal aspiring musical theater actors in getting gigs, as the sample’s still very small and it’s not any number cruncher’s interest. (And it will not be mine.) I suspect that in some (but not all) circumstances, the name recognition from Idol is a help in getting certain parts. But it probably wouldn’t play equally across all types of roles.

    Thing is, while there are artists whose heart lies primarily with performing — anywhere, any how, original work, theater, doesn’t matter — there are also artists whose heart lies primarily with creating original music. A person who’s passionate about writing and singing rock songs isn’t necessarily going to be excited about doing musical theater as anything other than a one-time fun thing. Making a career in musical theater requires being genuinely devoted to it and working at that career.

  • tripp_ncwy

    2012 Soul Train Music Awards airing tonight 8P/7C on BET with performances from Fantasia & Marcus Canty. 
    Nominees
    Jordin Sparks & Whitney Houston for “Celebrate” – Best Gospel/Inspirational Performace
    Rebecca Ferguson “Nothing Real But Love – Best International Performance

  • OffLeash

    That certain type of vocals is the one you typically find among Idol alums – even if these days they don’t win anymore LOL. As for those who create original music, they’ve been the exception rather than the norm among Idol alums so far, and I understand how they wouldn’t want to do musicals even if they failed at a solo career. 

  • merkureye

    Did all the AI clothing budget go to Nikki?  What is up with that dress Mariah is wearing?  It looks like the one my sister wore to prom in 1979 (sis’s was not quite the same plunging neckline though, lol).  My uncle Reese had a leisure suit the exact same color.  And the way that dress fits. . . . . well, not complimentary at all.  Sorry Mariah stylists, that was a big fat fail!

  • girlygirltoo

    If you look at the original source for most of the stories about Idol or XF stuff over the past couple years, probably 90% of the time it is TMZ — at least when it is something that is a “rumor”, a “feud”, etc. The more hard news (album info, tour info, etc.) usually comes from non-TMZ source

  • girlygirltoo

    I don’t think there is an Idol stigma really exists outside of the actual music industry. But maybe the ex-Idols who have tried to break into acting would have a different opinion :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Jennifer does movies and now television, not musical theatre. She wasn’t on stage eight times a week, playing the same role. Hudson did the film adaptation of Dreamgirls. 
    Constantine was active in theatre long before his season on AI. He graduated from The Boston Conservatory, where he received a BFA degree in Musical Theatre.
    Many past Idol contestants did some type of theatre training or work before they tried out for the show. Those are typically the ones who will end up doing some musicals at some point.

  • elliegrll

    I think that the idol calling card is a huge reason why Clay and Taylor were offered roles on Broadway, and why Clay was given a cut of the box office.  The producers of those two shows were banking on Clay and Taylor luring their AI fans to the theater.  That’s the biggest explanation for why Taylor was paid so much, even though he was only on stage for a few minutes.

  • tripp_ncwy

    2012 Soul Train Music Awards Winners;

    Best Gospel/ Inspirational Performance: Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks’ “Celebrate”

  • jdanton2

    So happy that Jordin won with her duet with Whitney. Also congrats to Leah LaBelle from Season 3 who won an award as well. Interestingly she spent some time touring with Jordin before releasing her album. Link to all the winners.

    http://blogs.centrictv.com/music/soulsessions/miguel-tyrese-elle-varner-2-chainz-john-legend-win-big-at-the-soul-train-awards-2012/

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris Allen @KrisAllen

    Met some amazing people at Zakale today. Really cool stuff going on here and they taught me how to dance. St instagr.am/p/SfQS_JSyzQ/

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t recall reading that Clay was “given a cut of the box office”, except as a rumor. Is there a source for how much Taylor was paid for his Broadway gig?

    I agree, though, that casting ex-Idols (like casting some celebs who don’t have any Broadway experience) is in the realm of “stunt casting”, and done to attract their fanbases (who aren’t normally theatergoers.

  • stargazed

     If you had seen Clay in Spamalot, the term stunt casting would have been quickly put aside as he is wonderfully talented in so many areas and vastly increased attendance.

    Clay is now on his Joyful Noise Christmas Tour.  His encore is a delightful new song added to his program called “All Year Long”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_FVj-MPtpY&feature=youtu.be

  • fuzzywuzzy

    ” If you had seen Clay in Spamalot, the term stunt casting would have
    been quickly put aside as he is wonderfully talented in so many areas
    and vastly increased attendance.”

    I saw videos of his performance, and he was good (better at the beginning), but as I wrote, it’s still in the realm of stunt casting, as are all instances of this kind of casting on Broadway. The quality of the performances from the stunt casts are variable, and again, as I wrote, Clay was certainly good, but that’s not always a guarantee for such casting. As for increasing attendance, again, as I wrote, that is exactly why non-Broadway singers/celebs are cast – to attract their normally non-Broadway fans to the theaters, so Clay’s casting fulfilled that requirement.

  • mmb

    I always find it a bit of a head scratcher when Idol fans view Broadway as some sort of easier path or back up plan for Idol alums.  First, an alum has to be able to act, or at least have a certain type of stage presence, and possibly dance.  Second, its not simply a matter of saying “hey, I think I’ll go do a broadway show now” — in any given year there are only X number of musicals on Broadway.  Some have open roles for 18-30 year olds; others don’t.  Timing and luck are as big a factor in success on Broadway as they are in the music industry.  There needs to be the right role, for the right person, at the right time.  Yeah there are always a few shows that make heavy use of stunt casting (e.g. Chicago, which surprisingly no one from Idol has been in yet) but those shows are few and far between.  A theater career is hard work, eight shows a week.  There are some alums who are well suited to theater work — many of them already had some sort of theater experience prior to their stint on Idol. Many Idol alums couldn’t act or dance their way out of a paper bag and theater will never be an option.  Some just aren’t interested.  But it is not a “safety net” no problem easy to get if you can’t make it in the music biz job for Idol alums.

  • notafangirl84

    A good indicator of stunt casting is whether or not you get another gig.  Stunt casting from Idol works only for a limited time, as the notoriety from the TV show quickly fades away. The next Broadway gigs will have to be earned on their own merit.  The fact that neither Aiken nor Hicks never got another gig, specially during the inactive times, points to stunt casting.

  • mmb

    Not necessarily. Again, with Broadway there is a big element of right role at right time.   And stunt casting doesn’t necessarily mean bad casting.  You could argue that any movie or TV star who appears on Broadway these days is stunt casting.  Yet, many of these actors/actresses do a phenomenal job, are nominated for Tony Awards, but have not appeared on Broadway since (to name a few — Julia Roberts, Daniel Craig, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, James Gandolfini).  They certainly merit another role, but either are not interested, there has been no “right role”, or they cannot fit it into their schedule.  Taylor’s role in Grease was really more akin to a “special musical guest” type thing (nothing wrong with that)…I suspect he isn’t looking to play a romantic or comic lead in a new musical (and he is already booked in Vegas right now anyway).  Clay had a real lead role in Spamalot.  He could probably get another good theater job at some point, if the right role came along. 

  • revcat

    mmb hit the nail on the head! I hadn’t heard the term stunt casting before, but I saw Melanie Griffith in Chicago and she was really, really bad. Her husband was playing in something across the street and I am betting he was as good as she was bad, unfortunately I made the wrong choice. Constatine on the other hand is really, really good on stage but that’s where his roots are, no stunt casting there. Joey Fatone from Insync was wonderful in Rent and Fantasia did pretty good in Color Purple (the audience loved her, but I thought she was somewhat miscast). Broadway is a business and ticket sales are necessary to keep it alive, but stunt casting is just one small part. Without true talent, Broadway would fade away and disappear.

  • mmb

    lol I saw Antonio in Nine and can attest that he was terrific…but imo Jane Krakowski stole the show (and won a Tony)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “And stunt casting doesn’t necessarily mean bad casting.  You could argue
    that any movie or TV star who appears on Broadway these days is stunt
    casting.  Yet, many of these actors/actresses do a phenomenal job, are
    nominated for Tony Awards, but have not appeared on Broadway since (to
    name a few — Julia Roberts, Daniel Craig, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio
    Banderas, James Gandolfini)”

    Exactly. Some “stunt casts” do a phenomenal job, others not so much so, but they are all “stunt casts”.

    “Clay had a real lead role in Spamalot.  He could probably get another
    good theater job at some point, if the right role came along. ”

    I agree.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I always find it a bit of a head scratcher when Idol fans view Broadway
    as some sort of easier path or back up plan for Idol alums.”

    I never thought that the “Broadway” label was an insult, as IMO, THE most talented, multi-talented performers are on Broadway. It’s not an “easy” gig to do well.

  • stargazed

    I think Clay will return to Broadway,  He said he would love to return in more of a singing role.  Spamalot was comedy, which he did very well, but with very little singing.