Idol Headlines for 12/16/11

Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson, Victoria Justice and The Band Perry will be playing on TNT’s annual “Christmas in Washington” show on Dec. 11 (airing Dec. 16)

Online Auditions for ‘The X Factor’ Season Two Now Open

Online auditions for the second season of The X Factor are now open! Now through Dec. 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM PT, solo artists and vocal groups 12 years old and over have the opportunity to submit their two-minute a cappella audition videos to

More information at TVByTheNumbers

Jennifer Hudson May Be Star Witness In Her Family’s Triple Murder Case

The ordeal surrounding her family’s horrific murder is far from over for Jennifer Hudson as she may now be called to testify as a witness in court, Star magazine is exclusively reporting.

The trial is set for February and Balfour’s public defender, Amy Thompson, revealed: “There have (also) been reports of new witnesses,” but she could not divulge details.

Read more at RadarOnline

American Idol contestant James Durbin visits CHOA

American Idol contestant James Durbin and his band will be visiting patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston on Friday.

Durbin will be interviewed and perform songs from his new album, ‘Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster,’ in THE VOICE, a broadcast media center for patients.

Afterward, he will visit with patients of the hospital. Patients from Marcus Autism Center will also attend the event.

Read more at CBS Atlanta

Katharine McPhee Makes a Star Turn in Smash

The series stars Katharine McPhee as a struggling actress desperate for her chance in the spotlight.

“I could just so relate to this girl,” says the American Idol alum, 27. “All the doors shut in my face. She’s just like, ‘Let me show you what I can do.’ ”

In the storyline, McPhee’s character is up for the role of Marilyn Monroe in a new musical. Her competition? Megan Hilty, who says her own character will “do just about anything to get what she wants.”

Read more at People

American Idol winner part of Singing Christmas Tree

American Idol winner Ruben Studdard will be rocking around the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree this year.

For all five shows, Studdard will join the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, dancing Santas, 125 singers in the tree and a children’s choir for the 42nd annual event, now at the Jubilee auditorium.

The Singing Christmas Tree runs from Friday to Sunday with an evening show at 7 p.m. all nights and 3 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

Read more at the Edmunton Sun

The High Stakes Of ‘Smash’

NBC is making a big bet—that its new TV show, “Smash,” will actually be one.

The series, about the making of a Broadway musical, will premiere Feb. 6, but its promotional push has already begun. The network has put up billboards, started airing ads on NBC and released an online preview, sparking buzz on theater and TV blogs. Last week, the show announced that Uma Thurman would appear in a multiepisode arc. Monday, the network screened the “Smash” pilot for hundreds of Broadway industry guests, including actors Joel Grey and Alan Rickman, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal

INTERVIEW: Ruben Studdard reflects on post-Idol life, Singing Christmas Tree

Studdard declares himself immune from the opinions of the press: “The most important thing for me was that I always knew who I was as a person. No one’s opinion ever shaped who I was. My parents were very validating and made sure I knew I was important, always. So this has been a blessing, but it hasn’t shaped who I am. I was shaped by two amazing people who raised me in Birmingham, Alabama.”


BLA Exclusive: Christmas Interview with Blake Lewis

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

Blake took time out of his busy schedule to answer some fun questions pertaining to Christmas and his memories of it for The BLA and his fans. We hope you enjoy this special Christmas interview.

Read more at Blake Lewis Army

Chris Daughtry Stops By Fox and Friends

Chris Daughtry joined Fox and Friends yesterday to speak about his “life-changing” trip overseas to visit the troops. He said that “it was very humbling to see just a taste of what they go through on a daily basis” and that as a father himself he understands how difficult it must be for the troops to be away from their children.

Via DaughtryOfficial

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  • Sassycatz

    Brooke White (Season 7, top 5) announced that she and her husband are having a baby:

  • ronnie

    Are those songs of James from his album really appropriate for a children’s hospital?  I would hope something like “May” would not even be considered and those others could hurt their eardrums.

  • Anonymous


    James Durbin from american idol just visit my son in the hospital. I have a thing for rock stars

  • Anonymous

    And this from one of the band members…..

    Archer Nation

    Just left the children’s
    hospital in Atlanta. A touching experience to say the least. It was an
    honor to play for and meet some of the kids.

  • Anonymous

    A teensy bit of info from Kris on what he hopes album #2 will sound like. This is taken from his FB page where he answers questions from Little pawns (his street team) members every week…

    What song from your first album best describes the sound/feel that you’re heading in for your new album? ANSWER: It’s hard because the stuff that I am really liking for this album and hoping is on there has a little more soul to it but in a pop way. I don’t think anything on the last album really captured that vibe like these songs do.

  • Anonymous

    More tweets re Durbin & band visiting the children’s hospital today…….

    Jed Selkowitz

    Shout out to @DurbinRock for visiting @RyanFoundation #TheVoice today. Made a lot of sick kids + families very happy. #givingback

    Hannah Orlin

    Amazing interview with @DurbinRock today at @TheVoice! Thank you all so much for coming by!!

  • Anonymous

    The January 2012 issue of Guitar World has a nice feature on American
    Idol finalist James Durbin. James talks about his new project and, if
    you look closely, you’ll notice James with his Epiphone Masterbilt acoustic. Visit Guitar World on-line at

  • ronnie

    That’s terrible if Jennifer Hudson will have to testify and go through that.  If she does, I would imagine he’s toast- though he should plead guilty and get it over with- it’s obvious he did it.