Idol Headlines for 1/21/12

Happy Martin Luther King Day! Melinda Doolittle tweets, “So happy to celebrate the legacy of a man who had such a huge impact on the world we live in. Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!” To celebrate, Melinda will be singing with the Boston Children’s chorus today.

Also, American President, Barack Obama, will be sworn in for a second term today. Kelly Clarkson will sing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at 12:21 PM ET. Beyonce will sing the National Anthem at 12:34.

Lauren Alaina began work on her 2nd studio album today. She tweeted, “Working away in the studio. Feels great to be in here (: can’t wait for y’all to hear the new album!!!! #excitedtweet”

Glee star, Chris Colfer, will appear on The Ellen Degeneres Show today.

Jessica Sanchez will be holding two Ustream chats today. One at 10 am and another at 5 pm PT. She may be making some announcements, and or talking new music.

Speaking of Jessica, here she is with American Idol 12 hopeful, Lazara Arbos. He tweeted, “She’s such a beautiful person inside and out!!”

Phillip Phillips began shooting the music video for “Gone Gone Gone.” He tweeted, “Got some awesome people here to help out with “Gone Gone Gone” video! Missouri State!”

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Kellie Pickler’s Ram Truck Going Up for Auction Tuesday to Benefit the USO – Kellie Pickler has been driving her Dodge Ram truck for a year now, but it’s time to give it up for a good cause. She is the first of five artists who participated in last month’s Road to the Ram Jam All-Star Country Music Series to put her truck up for auction. The 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck, which was listed Tuesday in eBay, holds a lot of fond memories for Kellie and her husband, songwriter Kyle Jacobs. Kellie tells ABC News Radio, “We’ve definitely had that truck parked at the river. We’ve filled the boxes on the side up with our favorite ice-cold beverages and went fishing, and we’ve done a lot of road trips and whatnot.” – Read more at ABC News Radio

‘American Idol’ Premiere: Nicki Minaj’s Top 8 Moments (Video) – With the premiere of American Idol season 12 now behind us, one nagging question finally has its answer: will Nicki Minaj work as a judge? Say it together: “Yes!” In just two episodes, America has seen no fewer than three wigs, off-the-color chart eye shadow, one drummer hat, and some of the most fantastic GIFs in Idol history. – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

‘X Factor’ Fantasy Panel: Who Could Replace Britney and Why Demi Lovato Should Stay – After axing X Factor season one judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Sherzinger, keeping Epic Records chairman L.A. Reid, last January, Cowell now faces vacant seats from Britney Spears and the aforementioned Reid as he looks ahead to season three. Reid announced his exit from the program just one week ahead of the season two finale, which saw one of his own mentees, country man Tate Stevens, nab the $5 million prize. Meanwhile, Spears made her exodus official in early January after reports had speculated that she would not be asked back for another shot, citing a lackluster performance on screen. Both judges said they would be returning to focus on their day jobs: music. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Reality television is not ‘dead’ yet, says Simon Cowell – Simon Cowell, the man behind The X Factor, says he thinks reality TV shows still have a future. The Britain’s Got Talent judge talked to Newsbeat ahead of the show’s London auditions. “For bad shows it’s dead, definitely,” he said. “You’ve seen with something like the Olympics, when you put something good on, people watch it.” The star is adding another reality TV format to his list, with Food Glorious Food. The cookery competition will set out to find the best home-cooked comfort food recipe. – Read more at

Simon Cowell Bullish on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Despite ‘The Voice’ Competition – LONDON — Simon Cowell told reporters on Sunday that he is optimistic that ITV hit show Britain’s Got Talent can bring in strong, and possibly even higher, ratings this year despite continued competition from the BBC’s The Voice UK. He also signaled that he wouldn’t return to the U.K. version of The X Factor on ITV and said the future of that show in the U.K. and U.S. would be discussed in upcoming meetings. Syco Entertainment, Cowell’s joint venture with Sony Music, is one of the producers of The X Factor and Got Talent formats. – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

‘Glee’ star: Singing for FLOTUS was scary – Darren Criss, the singer, actor and co-star of Fox’s “Glee” had the jitters while performing his song “Not Alone” for first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama’s two daughters, Sasha and Malia, at the Kids’ Inaugural Concert on Saturday night. “It was incredibly nerve-racking,” he told POLITICO at the Daily Beast’s Bipartisan Brunch in Washington on Sunday. “I made a couple of mistakes, stuff that nobody would notice but me, in the song that I wrote and played — I’ve done it thousands and thousands of times before, never messed it up.” – Read more at Politico

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  • heartly

    This was posted on the Marine Band’s FB page last night about the background of the arrangement that Kelly will be using for “America” today:

    “It sounds so beautiful and I’m so excited to be a part of it!”
    That’s what Kelly Clarkson said to “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band following rehearsal at Marine Barracks Annex on Saturday, Jan. 19. The moving setting of “America” (My Country Tis of Thee), which Clarkson will perform during the ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Inauguration Day, was arranged by Clarkson, her music director Jason Halbert, and Marine Band arranger Staff Sergeant Ryan Nowlin.
    “We wrote the arrangement to follow her soulful interpretation of the melody,” Nowlin said. “The work has several meter changes and is deeply reverent and bleeds of love of country,” he continued.
    There are no key changes through all three verses in the key of A, and Clarkson asked specifically for a snare rudimental solo to start in the second verse. In a nod to the fallen, Nowlin inserted an impression of “Taps” into the third verse.
    Prior to leaving the Annex, Clarkson asked Nowlin for a copy of the arrangement to frame for her studio. On hearing her sing the arrangement he worked on so diligently, Nowlin said, “It was really special. I was really inspired by her performance of this piece and I hope it resonates with the millions of Americans who will hear it as it resonated with me.”

  • Bug Menot

    Haley opened for Allen Stone last night in Boston, accompanied by two of his band members. She performed 9 songs, including three covers. The most complete video (below) is for “Baby It’s You.”

  • Aaron

    That is such an adorable picture of Jessica and Lazaro.

  • tripp_ncwy

    After his show last night Kris & crew made a beeline to Disneyworld. lol

    Kris Allen @KrisAllen
    Oh shoot! This is happening! #disneyworld #outalivetour


    Jessica’s ustream will be for her album/and or single preview!!

  • ladymctech

    Simon Cowell is so delusional that I cannot get past the first sentence describing any of the articles about him or his shows.

  • girlygirltoo

    Kelly sounded fantastic just now!

  • girlygirltoo

    He should go judge/host the American Idol Experience again :)

  • BigNLiddle

    what was jessica doing with lazaro?

  • Leandro
  • toother

    Good choice for guest coach on The Voice Mr Shelton. Sheryl Crow knows talent when she hears it.  I will always remember her visit on season 10 of American Idol and the good things she said about Scotty and his country music career. 

  • Jordana33

    Sheryl Crow is a great choice (I wonder if she’ll get to perform at some point too). I haven’t heard anything about Shakira or Adam’s pick, but I read that Pharrell Williams will be Usher’s guest coach. I’m only familiar with a handful of his songs, but apparently he co-wrote and produced “Trespassing” and “Kickin’ In” on Adam Lambert’s album (both very good songs, IMO). 

  • Leandro

    Sheryl worked as a mentor on Idol before. I thought she and her advices were kinda bland. Well, let’s see what happens. I haven’t heard of Pharrel for a long time. Is he only a producer now?

  • revolution

    Crystal Bowersox last night at Sundance: 3 songs that will be on the next album for sure and one that I think will be on it…enjoy

  • curly_yenta

    @TaylorHicks tweets:
    Going to be in film about the harmonica! Pocket Full of Soul! At . One night only screenings across the US on 2/28/13.

    Also, tonight is the first performance of his residency at Paris LAs Vegas! Break a leg!                 

  • Bug Menot

    Youngest verified fan of Haley Reinhart:

  • jpfan2

    Interesting review of P2’s concert at Notre Dame. I think it did a good job of listing the very good and what needs to be improved.

    I laughed at the comment about giving his album to their moms and the obligatory Taylor HIcks comment. Season 5 lives!

  • Larc

    Siobhan Magnus tweeted a few hours ago that her dad has died.

    Siobhan E. Magnus

    I’ll see you at the crossroads, Dad. Good Journey. Rest in Peace Alan Nicholas Magnus, 1961-2013.

  • julesb2183

    I think Jessica was there during Hollywood Week

  • Incipit

    Siobhan’s dad was relatively young, only 52…my sympathies to her and the family for their loss.

    Cool that he got to see her sing “The House of the Rising Sun” on Idol, and she gave him credit and respect for the influences he brought to her musical history, especially because of that song.  I won’t forget when she took that opening on a cappella, and how amazing that sounded…it was a lovely tribute to him.


  • tucker davis

    Thanks for the links! It made me laugh to hear these college kids singing every word to Eminem’s song…but the good news is they also sang every word to ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’. Phillip is still recovering from the flu. Maybe his audience interaction will improve as he feels better, but glad the reviewer loved his music!

  • tucker davis

    For anyone who knows: Does Kris’s wife, Katy, get to travel with him a lot. We never see her in pictures, but really hope she’s getting to go to the fun places.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Not much as much now since she is a school teacher but does come out when she is able.  She was with him this past weekend for a couple of shows.  She will get to see him again next week because he has a show in Little Rock, AR and a couple of additional shows in AR later.

  • TheOther

    Phillip just tweeted that he is shooting the video for Gone, Gone, Gone with help from Missouri State.

  • Anny_nanny

    Phillip Phillips

    Got some awesome people here to help out with “Gone Gone Gone” video! Missouri State!

  • Li Wright

    I’m sorry….but Jessica takes horrible pictures.  Not a flattering picture at all.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Pulse:  Fantasia – The Side Effects Of You  March 12, 2013

    Melanie Amaro has been removed.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Thanks for everything today @thecharliehall. We had a magical time.

  • renzy24

    Jessica Sanchez’s fans got a chance to listen to one of her songs(just 2 to 3 lines) Very RNB though she sang Acapella, She said it has dance bit. lol

  • raya

    There wasn’t really any new insight in Jessica ustreams from what I saw/heard from others.  She sang like two lines from a song on her album that she said was her fave.  I think it’s a club type song and not her single, but she was too nervous to sing much because she didn’t want to get in trouble.  You couldn’t really tell much of anything from the bit she sang.

    Still doesn’t know when she’ll be on Glee other than “soon”.  Doesn’t have any co-writes on the album, but she picked all the songs she wanted.  Change Nothing is not on the album (LOL).  She didn’t say if Fairytale was on the album. 

    Jessica will be in the Philippines for about a week.  Though from what I heard, not on her ustream obviously, the tickets for her concert with Colton aren’t selling all that well.  I assume she’ll do plenty of promo when she’s there.  Not sure if the tickets are just overpriced or if the demand isn’t as high as folks over there seem to think.

  • Kitwana

    That picture of Jessica Sanchez is horrible. For her management to have allowed that picture to go out is a TOTAL FAIL. Yes, she does not have to dress up all the time but it was in her power to decline a photo or to tell Lazara to not share the picture.

  • renzy24

    Where did you get that info about her concert is not selling well? I just checked but it seems most of the seats category are sold out. :)

  • justmefornow

    James and Heidi are at WWE Monday Night Raw (on USA network) tonight ringside seats. They’ve showed him on camera several times. 
    Here he is on camera hugging Heidi awww….
    (Oh yeah, what are you recording for the WWE? A Hint at least?)

  • raya

    What does Jessica’s management have to do with a personal pic being of Jessica w/ Lazaro that he posted on his twitter?  Mind you I see nothing wrong with the picture in the first place, but Jessica’s management can’t control every fan or friend picture that get released of her via twitter or the internet in general.  Search Jessica’s tag and you can see all sorts of posed pics with fans and friends.  Some are great and like other normal people, some are not so great. I think Jessica’s management has better things to do, hopefully, than ask Lazaro to take down a pic of the two of them together because it’s not flattering enough to some.  Same with Jessica for that matter.  If Jessica was walking around declining pictures or making people delete photos of her would not flattering enough, she would be labelled a diva in two seconds. 

    Then again, I still don’t see anything wrong with that picture for what it is–a posed picture with someone who requested a picture.

  • raya

    I don’t really know anything for sure, but a couple of her Filipino fans asked at the box office when buying tickets this week and were told there were still something like 7,000 General Admission seats available.  But maybe they were given wrong information, so who knows.

  • Larc

    Taste of Country’s 2013 Bowl is now down to semi-final voting, which starts tomorrow.  If standings shown immediately after last night’s voting round ended were correct, it will be Scotty vs. Taylor Swift and Carrie vs. Eric Church.  Those 4 were shown as winning over Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton, respectively.  The 2 winners of the semi-final round will then battle it out for #1.

  • MellyPer1692

    I think Jessica looks great in that picture. People post photos of themselves with celebrities all the time and they’re not always glammed up. She looks like a real person and its cool that she took the pic. I don’t see the problem.

  • renzy24 Jessica Sanchez preview song from her album.

  • Jenny Williams

     I Agree. I don’t know how anyone can see that picture as bad! In fact, I’d say she looks amazing there. So real and natural. And if you want to see “great” pictures of Jessica, you’d follow her Instagram or her twitter

  • Jenny Williams

     She mentioned that this was her favorite song on her album.

  • renzy24

    Yeah that info was wrong. General Admission is the one that was sold out in the first week they announced it. :)

  • renzy24

    Yeah that info was wrong. General Admission is the one that was sold out in the first week they announced it. :)

  • Larc

    If you got somebody to take a picture of you and Jessica and Jessica’s management told you not to share it, would you pay any attention to them?  I wouldn’t either.  ;)

  • Kitwana

    Jessica looks good in her Bench photos but not in the picture MJ posted above. Maybe it’s the lighting or the angle but in that picture she seems to have really dark circles under her eyes, a big nose, a mustache, and reminds me a bit too much of Kez Ban. Everybody takes a bad photo. I just hope Jessica has the people around her to tell her about the importance of public appearances and on how to take good candid pictures. Tyra Banks could help her with that haha.

  • justmefornow

    What’s the big deal with Jessica’s picture? Other than the hair up in that bun, not the best look I’ll admit, she looks exactly the same as she did on Idol. 
    I don’t get it.

  • Jenny Williams

     Hey Renzy. Do you know when they announced that general admission was sold out?

  • renzy24

    I think second week of January. My friends try to purchase online that time but the sits are sold out. That’s why they got much expensive one. hahahaha. 

  • raya

    I honestly have no idea.  I just know that there is a group of Jessica fans in the Philippines that do a lot of Jessica promoting on their own and they have still been able to buy tickets, were told there were lots of tickets still unsold at this point, and have been concerned about the lack of promotion over there.  I don’t know if their information is legit, but they definitely seem concerned about attendance.  I swear these same fans tend to know Jessica’s schedule in the Philippines before she does, so they must be getting their info from somewhere.

  • Miz

    Katy was in a chat with us last week and said she’d be going to some weekend shows when she could. I forget which specific ones. I’m pretty sure she’s going to San Francisco and maybe Vegas. She has Spring break when the Austin festival is and she’s looking forward to that.

  • Miz

    Katy was in a chat with us last week and said she’d be going to some weekend shows when she could. I forget which specific ones. I’m pretty sure she’s going to San Francisco and maybe Vegas. She has Spring break when the Austin festival is and she’s looking forward to that.

  • DragonFly

    Liking it that they’re putting James on camera at WWE–got to know he’s loving his life being there again & “#datenight”.   This…  “(Oh yeah, what are you recording for the WWE? A Hint at least?).”  Agree, “Come on, spill it, lol!”  Hope it’s all good coming up.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Nile Rodgers@nilerodgers
    Thanks much to @Sam_Sparro for coming to get down with CHIC & @AdamLambert for @WeAreFamilyFdtn gala! #shady #goodtimes

    So they are all going to be there!!!
    It’s like a triple chocolate ice cream.
    Triple flavor, triple the goodness, triple the fun:)
    haha *I’m sorry I don’t know what I’m saying*

  • justmefornow

    The camera kept going to him a lot. I noticed Heidi’s Wrestlemania 29 T-shirt in other camera shots like this one here.
     I’m so hoping the reason he heard the demo last week for the theme song is because he’ll be recording it and that was what those cryptic tweets from him and WWEMusic were about on Friday. He’s definitely recording something.
    Hope he can talk about it soon!

  • durbesque

    I take horrible pictures too.  They look just like me.  Jessica needs to learn how to shape her face to it’s best advantage at the moment of shooting.

  • durbesque

    Here’s Phillip riding the crest of the wave…..

  • BonnieDee

    Can’t wait for Lauren’s new album!


     Very excited for this! I hope, hope, we get good video. I can’t believe Sam is going to join Nile and Adam on Shady! I have a not so secret wish that Nile will produce all or part of Adam’s next album because I love the funk/pop direction Adam took with TP and I want to hear more.

  • iani

    Just-wow- to those videos and the review, the reception of P2-the artist after his AI-win is amazing and pretty unexpected to me, not because of P2 but the show itself and its reputation amongst critics, mainstream media(at least in the last years) and music snobs as that karaoke show/singers. 

  • jpfan2

    The review was great because it shared my belief in P2’s potential.  Right now he has to prove he’s more than a one hit wonder. So P2  really, really needs GGG to be even a modest hit.  Can they release it to radio already. I’m getting impatient. ;0

  • bridgette12

    Oh, this is great! Adam, Sam and Nile, all on the same stage performing together. I love seeing great talent coming together and making magic on stage.

  • justmefornow

    Looks like James is becoming a part of the WWE Family. It must be like a dream come true to him, now to know and be friends with these guys.
    (Not to mention good connections for his career)

    Zack Ryder ?@ZackRyder
    @DurbinRock good seeing you tonight bro

    Michael McGillicutty ?@WWEMcGillicutty
    Good to see @DurbinRock last night. Always good seeing you brother! Hopefully soon we party together. Look forward to the new album!

  • Lion's DENN

    Jessica’s concert with Colton is up against another show dubbed Foursome with same 16K seating capacity venue featuring four artists who are considered (almost)legends in the Philippines – i.e. they’ve been in the entertainment business for 25 years or so but it’s the first time all of them are doing a show together. The tickets are much less expensive than Jessica’s – highest at 6430, lowest 530 vis-a-vis 10560 and 735 – and their concert is supported by the country’s two biggest TV  networks while Jessica’s ads appear at the smaller channels only. (Over at a 5-star hotel, John Ford Coley will be playing for the well-heeled Valentine crowd.) And on the following night, Paramore is scheduled to perform – also targeting the Valentine market. The strong competition would partly explain the slow ticket sales if indeed it is true. But that would change once Jessica and Colton arrive and they do the media rounds and mall visits.