Idol Headlines for 12/12/12

Clay Aiken performs at Avalon Theater in Easton, MD.
Carrie Underwood performs at United Center in Chicago, IL.
Constantine Maroulis performs in Jekyll & Hyde the Musical at the Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, TX.
Taylor Hicks performs at Bally’s Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV.
Lee DeWyze performs at Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem, PA.
Lauren Alaina performs at the Ramada Oasis in Springfield, MO. Read more at AmericanIdol

‘American Idol’ Goes To NAB Hall of Fame – American Idol, the reality musical competition series that launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Jennifer Hudson, Phillip Phillips and many other artists, will be the television inductee into the National Association of Broadcasters’ Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The series will be honored at the 2013 NAB Show Television Luncheon, to be held April 8 in Las Vegas. – Read more at Music Row

Kelly Rowland, Adam Lambert, Keri Hilson To Perform Donna Summer Tribute At VH1 DIVAS – Can you keep a secret? We can’t either! That’s why as soon as we heard, we had to share: Kelly Rowland and Keri Hilson are joining Adam Lambert on the VH1 Divas stage to pay homage to late, great – and newly minted 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee – Donna Summer. First Adam’s Madonna news, now this? I love to love this lineup! – Read more at

American Idol alum Syesha Mercado apparently replacing Stephanie Umoh in Chicago cast of Book of Mormon – The show’s producers didn’t respond to multiple inquiries over the last week. Yet while the Chicago Tribune and both continued to describe Stephanie Umoh as a member of the cast in new items today, Umoh’s public Twitter feed seemed to indicate that she wasn’t in Chicago. Multiple attendees of last night’s invited final dress rehearsal told me that the actor playing the featured role of Nabulungi wasn’t Umoh, though with no programs handed out they couldn’t say who it was. Tonight’s first public preview provides some answers. The above photo from tonight’s Playbill, passed along by a paying ticketholder at tonight’s show, lists Syesha Mercado, the former American Idol contestant who went on to perform in a national touring production of Dreamgirls, as Nabulungi. Though Book of Mormon’s producers have remained mum on the cast switch, Mercado hasn’t: – Read more at Time Out Chicago

Check out these photos from last night’s Ronald McDonald House event in New York City, feat. Melinda Doolittle, Kris Allen and Lee Dewyze

Melinda, Kris and Lee via @melindadoolittle

Melinda and Kris via @melindadoolittle

Lee, Melinda and Kris with Stevie Van Zandt! via Maureen Van Zandt @MVZaGoGo

Interview: Phillip Phillips Talks New Album, ‘Idol’ & Hanging With Pete Townshend – In conversation, Phillip Phillips is as easygoing and unassuming as you’d imagine that any 22-year-old pawn shop worker could be – which leaves one a bit bewildered, when considering his “American Idol” win this year and the release of his highly praised debut album The World From the Side of the Moon (check out the album sampler player at bottom). Phillips, whose soulful inflection sounds far more like a mix of Dave Matthews and Mumford & Sons than anything crooning alongside the Glamor Shots sheen of previous “Idol” winners, wrote or co-wrote the entirety of The World From the Side of the Moon, and in his drive to maintain integrity and creative control he’s found himself in the welcoming company of some of rock’s most respected figures. We caught up with the singer/songwriter to discuss a few of those, as well as what the future holds for the bright young star. – Crave Online

Demi Lovato sizes up ‘X Factor’ Final Four – Demi Lovato, who was the judge/mentor of the Young Adult group and who hasn’t been afraid to take on Cowell whenever she felt like it, has seen all of her acts exit the show. So we turned to her for an impartial assessment of the singers who are still standing. – Read more at USA Today

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  • Anny_nanny

    Melinda, Kris and Lee. I love it! Melinda is like my favorite aunt on the last image.

  • Kesia Monteith

    Melinda and Kris look adorable together. A duet please? :D 

  • curly_yenta

    FOX’s Hit Series ‘American Idol’ to Be Inducted Into NAB Broadcasting Hall
    of Fame

  • tripp_ncwy

    More pics from the Ronald McDonald House event with Kris, Melinda & Lee.

  • justmefornow

    Nice article, but I had to LMAO at this sentence… “other former contestants such as Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Adam Lambert and Jessica Sanchez have all become household names and made their marks on the recording industry.”
    -Jessica Sanchez a household name? Marks on the recording industry?  Really?  lol.
    (Even Kelly Pickler is really pushing it.)

  • heartly

    Cute pics of Kris, Melinda and Lee!

    In things not shocking, apparently Carson announced the guest performers for The Voice finale on his radio show this morning.  

    Matthew?@iM4tt5’@CarsonDaly announced on @ampradio that The Killers, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, & Kelly Clarkson are performing next wk! NBCTheVoice #TheVoice

    Figured Kelly would be there just because, so it’s good to see that they’ll actually get a performance out of it this time.  

  • fantoo1

    I love seeing the idols from different seasons together.

  • mtlfan2

    cute pics from Melinda, Kris and Lee :)

  • IrisandLilies

    Thanks for posting the link to the CraveOnline interview of Phillip.  Did Phillip imply that he’s been befriended by Dave Matthews and Pete Townshend or did I misread his comment?  Phillip also confirmed something that I had long suspected from watching numerous concert videos – he tries to have each musician in his band perform a solo at every concert.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    ‘X Factor’s’ CeCe Frey on Being Inspired by Adam Lambert, Getting Advice from Ke$ha: ‘I’m Ready To Raise Hell’

  • MellyPer1692
  • katy

     Certainly Kellie & Chris are very well known names from American Idol. They have both had excellent promotion & gigs.

  • tripp_ncwy

    2013 NAACP Image Awards Nominees

    Outstanding Reality Series
    • “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
    • “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (HBO)
    • “The X Factor” (FOX)• “Tia & Tamera” (Style)
    • “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (OWN)

    Outstanding New Artist
    • Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)
    • Gary Clark, Jr. (Warner Bros. Records)
    • Lianne La Havas (Nonesuch Records Inc. / Warner Bros. Records)
    • Melanie Amaro (Epic Records)
    • The OMG Girlz (Pretty Hustle / Grand Hustle / Streamline / Interscope)

    Outstanding Music Video
    • “Adorn” – Miguel (ByStorm / RCA)
    • “Girl On Fire” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
    • “Locked Out Of Heaven” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic)
    • “This Christmas” – CeeLo Green (Elektra)
    • “You’re On My Mind” – KEM (Universal Motown)

    Full list .pdf

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris Allen @KrisAllen
    Check out this video for some info about the “Out Alive Tour” and @calevis24 beautiful hands playing the piano.

    ETA: 2013 Out Alive Tour!!!!!

  • artemis112

    I love seeing Idols perform together, and Lee, Kris and Melinda are three of my favorites. Cute pictures.
    Lee is on tour now with his keyboard player Lincoln Cleary and hornplayer Aaron Johnson, and is including some of the songs from his upcoming album in his shows. Here are a few videos from a show in New York:

    Here’s an interview he gave a few days ago in Harrisburg where he talks about his new music:

  • Nadine_Bitch


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    Supported by Sony Music Russia.

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  • tripp_ncwy

    Jill Hennessy @JillHennessy
    @mdoolittle @KrisAllen and @LeeDeWyze were amazing at @rmhnewyork last night! Thanks for sharing your brilliance for the kids.

  • Axxxel

    yeah, would love to see a “VH1 Diva” picture of Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson and Jordin Sparks together *sigh*…

  • MellyPer1692

    Just saw @AdamLambert giving a deeply Method performance. See for yourself Sunday on@VH1Music

  • ptebwwong

    Phillip Phillips is on the 2012 Year in Review Facebook Trends. This is the year end list of the best trends on Facebook in specific categories. Phillip made the top 10 trends in songs (Home) & public figures.

    Carly Rae made the list for songs (Call Me Maybe), Maroon 5 for songs (Payphone), One Direction for songs (What Makes You Beautiful). OD also made the list for public figures.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    An interview at the ACA’s with Scotty.  What’s interesting is that he talks about working on the 2nd album…and he mentions that they have writers who have written several big hits and writers who had the song of the year in their year.  So, do you think this means that they go with the songwriter and whatever they bring or they have the songs mostly lined up?  

  • milwlovesadam

    Just saw @AdamLambert giving a deeply Method performance. See for yourself Sunday on@VH1Music

    MacArthur Park? Someone left his cake out in the rain?

  • MellyPer1692

    “@shirleyhalperin: American Idol amnesia? @thedavidcook most recent winner represented in this press room.

  • fantoo1

    Hopefully-the sooner he gets it out, the better.

  • Kariann Hart

    I am impressed that American Idol will be the television inductee into the National Association of Broadcasters’ Broadcasting Hall of Fame!  Wonder what Nygel has to say.  So cool…

  • Miz

    Thanks for the pics of Kris, Melinda, and Lee from the Ronald McDonald House event. They look great.

    I agree with Michael Slezak.

    @MichaelSlezakTVHonestly @mdoolittle & @KrisAllen are 2 of the loveliest, most talented singers on the planet today. 2013 duet, please? 

  • 1Can

    The Avalon Theatre tweeted throughout the show last night. Great idea.

    AvalonTheatre: @AvalonTheatre @clayaiken #StandingOvation! #AJoyfulNoiseTour