American Idol’ Season 12 Premiere: Former Finalists React – So seemed to be the general sentiment on social media the night of Jan. 16, when season 12 premiered with new judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban joining series vets Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest on a search for the next superstar singer. But did the excitement extend beyond Twitter and Facebook to actual Idol alums? We tracked down a few finalists and asked for their snap judgment on night one. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Jason Castro’s take on “Idol’s” new judges and his new music.

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Carrie Underwood Calls Her New Video “Juicy” with an Unexpected Killer – The video for Carrie Underwood’s current single, “Two Black Cadillacs” will make its world premiere this Wednesday, January 23rd, on Entertainment Tonight. Carrie didn’t want to do a video that simply mirrored the lyrics and told the obvious story. She says, “I want the video to take it in a different direction or add a little something or have a little twist, a plot twist in there and not just be a retelling of now I see it instead of just hearing it. I don’t know, I just would rather it be more “ Carrie says she and the director modeled the video after “something” that they’re both big fans of, but she couldn’t say what that “something” is. But she promises, “It’s more drama, it’s juicy. The day was gloomy and rainy and perfect, and the killer is not who you would expect.” – Read more at Country Vibe

After American Idol, ‘Big Mike’ makes big changes – ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - A huge heart and giant voice are two big things American Idol fans remember about “Big Mike.” The hometown favorite made his way back to the Bay area just in time for the holidays, and one of the biggest changes you’ll notice about him right away is that he’s not all that big any more. “I’ve lost 90 pounds since last November,” he said. Mike, whose full name is Michael Lynche, says he gained a lot from the Idol experience. “Well, you know, my wife doesn’t have to work anymore, which is pretty cool, and we’ve got these great babies and I’m able to make music full-time for a living,” he said. – Read more at MyFoxTampaBay

‘Glee’: Romance for Finn, a Valentine’s Wedding, Sam and Brittany Backlash and More Teasers – Finn will continue to lead New Directions, but it’s a romance that will help play a role in his future, Glee executive producer Dante Di Loreto told reporters Wednesday during a visit to the Fox musical’s Hollywood set. During a Q&A with critics to help close out the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, the cast and EP confirmed the Valentine’s Day wedding, defended new couple Brittany and Sam and teased that the Class of 2013 could follow in the footsteps of some of their former classmates. Here are 11 teasers from the cast: – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

Smash Season 2: First Look at Guest Stars Liza Minnelli, Jesse L. Martin, Sean Hayes and More! – The premiere of Smash is just around the corner (Feb. 5!), so it’s high time we prepare you for the onslaught of awesome guest stars that are coming your way in season two. In this exclusive preview, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee and Christian Borle and the rest of the cast talk about the all-star lineup of people coming onto the show to do guest arcs. Those stars include Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, Tony-nominee and Will & Grace alum Sean Hayes, and Broadway vet Jesse L. Martin. – Read more at EOnline

Baby News! Former American Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi Is Going to Be a Mom! – Kara DioGuardi is going to be a mom. The former American Idol judge and her builder husband Mike McCuddy are expecting their first child, a son, via a surrogate, a source confirms to E! News. They’ve already picked out a name—Greyson James Carroll McCuddy, according to People magazine, which first reported the happy news. The couple, who married in 2009 after meeting when McCuddy was working on a house next to DioGuardi’s property in Maine, have been trying to get pregnant for quite some time. – Read more at E News

Britney Spears thought ‘X Factor’ USA was ‘a bad show’? – Britney Spears’s representatives have branded The X Factor USA “a bad show” following the star’s departure after just one season. Spears confirmed her exit from the Fox contest on Friday (January 11) amid rumors that X Factor creator Simon Cowell had planned to remove her from the panel. “Vegas has been wooing her,” a source close to Spears told tabloid watchdog Gossip Cop. “For millions, why would she stay on a bad show – she is in demand – has a career.” – Read more at Digital Spy

 
  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Scotty’s changed up his website and has a name for his tour this year…http://www.scottymccreery.com

  • luly

    http://www.accessatlanta.com/news/entertainment/american-idol-kris-allen-plays-eddies-attic/nTsHm/  

     Allen said he wants to carve out a niche as an artist who can write strong material in a variety of styles. “Thank You Camellia” hints at that approach, as its songs include the gently grooving, soulful “Better With You,” the breezy Jason Mraz-ish pop of “My Weakness” and ”Loves Me Not,” a funky, hip hop-laced tune in “Rooftops,” folky acoustic pop with “Teach Me How Love Goes,” more expansive U2- style pop in “Out Alive” and a bit more intense pop-rock style with “Monster.” 

    “I’m not trying to write in a genre,” Allen said. “I don’t even know if there are genres anymore, honestly, except for pop and country. … I think I’m just trying to write great songs. If it ends up sounding like a country song or if it ends up sounding like a pop song, then that’s what it is.” 

     

  • curly_yenta

    Taylor Hicks hung out with Justin Bieber last night when Bieber performed at the BJCC in Birmingham last night!

    Oddest pairing of the year! Gotta love it!

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BAxizzlCQAAbJh8.jpg

  • blackberryharvest

    Taylor Hicks enjoyed the premiere last night! :)

    Taylor Hicks ?@taylorhicks“@AmericanIdol: @taylorhicks we’re glad to have such great company on premiere night! #idol” thanks! Rockin #idol tonight…

  • luly

    TheAltamont ?@TheAltamont
    We are going to start the Kris Allen show earlier tonight. The show will start at 7:30pm. #avlent #avlmusic

  • MissMyEm

    Another nice article for Kris Allen.   I’m curious to know who he will collaborate with.  As for the Bruce Springsteen comment…any praise from the Boss himself, in my opinion, couldn’t get any better.  Kudos to Kris.  

    http://www.alligator.org/the_avenue/music/article_2b39b3a6-6052-11e2-ac7b-001a4bcf887a.html#.UPgfvvaAGdZ.twitter

  • curly_yenta

    Could they have been watching Idol backstage? Haha! Never know!

  • http://twitter.com/Free_in_march El oh El

    Haley Reinhart did an interview with D.O.P.E magazine….and no not that kind of dope. 

    http://dopemag.net/2013/01/haley-reinhart-the-dope-mag-interview/

    QUOTE

  • ptebwwong

    Scotty had a twitter party & answered this about his next album:

    Tara ?@tater4784 · @ScottyMcCreery When are you going to start recording your next album??

    Scotty McCreery ?@ScottyMcCreery · @tater4784 next week????

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3EBGLZMUFDHE2PTJBT266WO74 Andy

    Britney’s people calling X Factor USA a bad show? Wow.. it shows the immaturity of Britney. Yes, the show may not be good, but you get paid $15 million, and you do not bad mouth the spoon that feeds you, at least not in the public….its just a bad taste on Britney side, in my opinion. After all, she did not help brigning in big rating, so she is partially the problem as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638805698 Jason Scott

    “Immaturity of Britney”? You mean her team, right?

    And the spoon already fed her, so her team can say whatever they choose…and they’re not wrong. It is a bad show.

  • tripp_ncwy

     @aaronmichaelavl: 
    .@KrisAllen stopped by the @star1043 studios to play some songs! Pics/Vid comin soon! #avlent yfrog.com/esdcpouj

  • Miss Chaos

    A real good looking man, and a boy:)

  • tripp_ncwy

    Photos: Star104.3 

    American Idol Winner Kris Allen Stops By!
    Before his show at the Altamont Theather in Asheville, Kris stopped by to play a few songs for us!

    http://www.star1043.com/cc-common/gallery/photos.html?album_id=341471#/0/20251794#ixzz2IGacfBxB

  • Nadine_Bitch

    ”Considering the success of past contestants such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Fantasia, Adam Lambert and Jennifer Hudson, it makes sense that this season’s slogan is “Everyone dreams. ‘Idol’ delivers.”
    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-0116-idol-preview-20130116,0,1692255.story

    ”American Idol: Ranking the seasons”
    3. Season 8 (2009)
    Two words: Adam Lambert.
    http://blogs.detroitnews.com/poptropolis/2013/01/16/american-idol-ranking-the-seasons/

  • tripp_ncwy

    Video: Kris, Cale & Torres Star104.3 Better With You & Killing Me Softlyhttp://www.star1043.com/iplaylist/artist/1752948/

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    nvm

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Mmm. My posts are not posting?

  • girlygirltoo

    Interesting that they performed KMS, rather than another of his own songs.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Adam Lambert Interview CityBeat China Jan 15 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnBULxa52h4&sns=tw …

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris Allen worked on project for this guy & a bunch of musicians to be revealed later this yr: 

    DerekBrad (bio: http://www.derekbrad.com/#/client/content_page/13711.xml)
    Moment in the life of Derek Brad: Ep 11 Musician with a broken wrist 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TeNoOyhz5NE

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I know how much Kara wanted a baby – congratulations!  May she have a beautiful healthy baby!

  • ptslittlecomment

    Congratulations Kara! we know how long you have hoped and worked for this! May GOD bless you all!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3EBGLZMUFDHE2PTJBT266WO74 Andy

    All I am saying is that she got a cool $15M, keep your mouth shut and move on.. These people are hired by Britney, so words from her people = her words.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    That was a very good recap of Adam’s achievements after being on Idol. When some quotes from the judges were mentioned, I could picture out the time they said that to Adam:)

    Thanks for the link!

  • Nadine_Bitch

    @ScorpioBert:
    “Just A Fool” was cut by Adam for Trespassing now on Christina Aguilera’s album

    Bobby Sukhraj ?@BobbySukhraj
    Imagem’s Steve Robson over songwriting: ‘.. the most important thing is to be sympathetic to the artist..’ http://pic.twitter.com/6OHdSmXq

    Now I’ve been thinking how Adam could nail that song, dammit!

  • girlygirltoo

    well, that was vague

  • girlygirltoo

    Congrats to Kara and her husband. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    I was trying to post that but couldn’t. If Adam recorded it there must be a demo. I wonder if it was meant for a Pink/Lambert duet. Adam hinted about wanting to do a duet and things fell through. I don’t think Pink’s album was out yet.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    curly_yenta, I plan to go to Las Vegas sometime in April. I really would like to check out Taylor’s show. Can you tell me how long he’ll be doing his shows there.

  • breakdown

    Looks like Britney’s residency may be at Planet Hollywood. Stay tuned :)

  • Nadine_Bitch

    ” I wonder if it was meant for a Pink/Lambert duet.”

    God have mercy! I don’t even want to think about the possible outcome of the recording. That’s what I think Adam should do on his next Album, a duet with Pink.

  • curly_yenta

    Here’s Taylor’s schedule for ParisLV.  He’ll do a 5 day a week show for a majority of 2013. Check out the complete list here:

    http://www.ticketmaster.com/Taylor-Hicks-tickets/artist/1092763

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

     Thank You. Bookmarked it. I know I will have a good time and seeing a Taylor Hick’s show will be my highlight this year.