Idol Headlines for 1/23/13

American Idol returns tonight with a 2 hour audition episode in Charlotte NC. We’ll be live blogging, of course!

Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs” music video debut on Entertainment Tonight. It will be release on VEVO a bit later.

‘American Idol’ Season 12: Experts Break Down Nicki And Mariah’s First WeekI AM AFRAID TO LOOK. Ha. – “I thought it was really entertaining for the most part,” said longtime “Idol” blogger MJ Santilli. “Nicki Minaj is the breakout star of the season. I’m just a little worried that the bickering between her and Mariah might get a little old.” Santilli said Minaj grabbed the spotlight because she clearly understands that her job is to judge and entertain. In addition to being quirky and witty, MJ praised Minaj’s ability to be tough, but let down contestants without hurting their feelings. – More at

Rock Hall of Fame: Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer, And Christina Aguilera To Perform – LOS ANGELES — John Mayer, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson are among the stars set to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Mayer will perform in honor of Albert King with Gary Clark Jr., then induct the late bluesman. Aguilera and Hudson will salute Donna Summer. Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins will induct Rush and hall of fame member Don Henley will induct Randy Newman at the April 18 ceremony in Los Angeles. – Read more at Huffington Post

Adele to Perform at the Oscars! – The producers of the Academy Awards announced today that immensely popular English singer Adele will perform her song “Skyfall” from the soundtrack of the most recent James Bond film. “It’s an honour to be nominated and terrifyingly wonderful to be singing in front of people who have captured my imagination over and over again,” Adele said in a press release. “It’s something I’ve never experienced and probably only ever will once!” – Read more at ET Online

Short and sweet! Carrie Underwood is a dream in tangerine as she complements her golden tan in a silky shirt and miniskirt – All year round it seems that she has a permanent gorgeous golden tan. And Carrie Underwood complemented her stunning skin tone as she attended the Nashville Grammy Nominee Party on Tuesday night. The 29-year-old country music star looked a dream in a tangerine and navy ensemble for the bash which was held at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. – Read more at Daily Mail

Nashville’s Grammy nominees gather to celebrate – Carrie Underwood was among the stars looking forward to attending next month’s show — not only as a nominee, but a recently announced performer, and hinted that she has “a little something special planned.” She’s also happy that her hit “Blown Away” was the one that earned her and songwriters Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear recognition. “It was such an epic song, that it just made sense to name my album (after it.)” – See the video at

Kelly Clarkson Stuffed Mushrooms …Key To Singing LIVE – Wanna know the secret to Kelly Clarkson’s sensational LIVE performance of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” at the Presidential Inauguration? Two words … STUFFED MUSHROOMS. That’s right, the night before Kelly rocked the National Mall in front of more than 800,000 people … she and a few friends carbo-loaded at Buca di Beppo in D.C. — and as everyone knows by now, it clearly paid off. We’re told Kelly and co. feasted on lasagna, bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, half-pound meatballs, spaghetti, chicken parmigiana — and the always delicious colossal brownie …all for a cool $230. – Read more at TMZ

Colton Dixon: A ‘Messenger’ Of Positive Music – “I am who I am and I’m not ashamed of that. But, of course, there are people pulling you [in] different directions and wanting you to do one thing but it wouldn’t make sense to you to do that. I just wanna put out positive music. The truth of the matter is, we all need to hear it; not just my music, but something positive, especially here in America with [all] the dark things that [have] happened in the last three months,” he told Bulletin Entertainment in a recent phone interview, apparently referencing the heartbreaking incidences of violence that stunned the powerful nation. – Read more at

Photo Flash: Katharine McPhee Channels Co-Star Anjelica Huston in Photoshoot – In a recent photoshoot with 7Hollywood, SMASH actress Katharine McPhee donned a neo-noir look to pay homage to her co-star Anjelica Huston. Check out the stylized shoot below! – See the photos at

Smash star Katharine McPhee tries a pair of bold blue suede shoes on for size – It is one of the hottest fashion trends of the moment and Katharine McPhee appears to be the latest celebrity to jump onto the bandwagon. The Smash star was seen shopping in New York on Tuesday and tried a pair of wedged trainers on for size. Known for her bold fashion choices, the striking 28-year-old actress opted for a pair in standout bright blue suede. – Read more at Daily

Adam Lambert: Let’s Sell Out Tokyo! – Adam Lambert shows off his pearly whites as he leaves M Cafe on Tuesday (January 22) in Los Angeles. The 30-year-old actor took to Twitter to alert his fans of some tickets still available for his Tokyo shows this coming February. – See the photos at Just Jared

Taylor Hicks talks about his new gig in Las Vegas, reveals details of Bieber encounter (video) – In fact, Hicks says he introduced Justin Bieber to Saw’s barbecue when the young pop star’s tour came to the BJCC Arena on Jan. 16. Their backstage encounter was brief but memorable: “He was actually a little star-struck,” Hicks says. “He said he watched my whole season on ‘American Idol.’ Then he rode off on scooter, one of those Segways, yelling ‘Soul Patrol!'” – Read more at

Celebrity Spotting: Taylor Hicks Sups a Beer at Gordon Ramsay Pub – Singer Taylor Hicks, was seen at the all-new Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace on Sunday night. During his visit, he sipped on chef Gordon Ramsay’s favorite beer, Innis & Gunn, from a selection of more than 24 beers available on tap and 70 bottled beers. Hicks is currently headlining at Paris Las Vegas with scheduled performances into 2013. – Read more at Haute Living

Danny Gokey has heart to give – “I was taught at an early age on how helping other people will help you,” Gokey said recently. “It’s difficult to get back on your feet when you have the weight of the world on you. “Getting them here we are taking burdens off of them and re-instilling dreams. Some of the greatest success stories will come out of Sophia’s Heart. This will be a pivotal turning point to a lot of people.” – Read more at

Phillip Phillips, Framed – To help celebrate the return of American Idol for its most exciting 12th season yet, this week we welcome last year’s winner, Phillip Phillips, and his debut single, “Home.” – Read more at Yahoo


X Factor alum, Carly Rose Sonenclar poses for a photo with bad boy actor, Charlie Sheen. She tweets it with the caption “#wWinning…@CharlieShheen” and he responds, “You were awesome Carly! Right on…!

Lea Michele passes the Candies Torch to Carly Rae Jepsen

Lea tweets, “I had so much fun being the @Candiesbrand girl! Time to pass the torch!! The next Candie’s girl is….”

Darren Criss rehearses with the Soul Children of Chicago Choir

Over the weekend, the Glee star performed with the choir at the Inaugural Kids Concert. Here is Darren and the choir rehearsing.

Simon Cowell’s Syco to Co-Produce Film About ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Winner Pudsey – LONDON – Syco Entertainment, Simon Cowell’s joint venture with Sony Music, is teaming with British movie banner Vertigo Films to co-produce a fictional film about the life of 2012 Britain’s Got Talent winner Pudsey. Pudsey: The Movie is set to star dancing dog Pudsey and, at least in cameos, his trainer Ashleigh Butler. Their act won Cowell’s talent search show and audience adolation in the U.K. and abroad. The project, billed as a family film, is being developed and produced by Syco and Vertigo. It is scheduled to shoot this spring with a Christmas 2013 release penciled in, with Vertigo Distribution handling the U.K. theatrical release. It has been scripted by top kids TV writer Paul Rose. – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

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  • Axxxel

    8 gorgeous pictures of Glee’s Chris Colfer (+ one cover picture) in Icon Magazine (see link above)…. plus great interview … aspiring photomodel ???

  • girlygirltoo

    Here’s video of Kris covering “Let’s Stay Together” during his concert last night.

    The tour rolls on, tonight he (and opener Jillette Johnson) will be playing in Orlando, FL at The Back Booth. Tomorrow, they will play at The High Dive in Gainesville, FL, then have a day off before Kris plays his hometown show at The Revolution Music Room (Rev Room) in Little Rock on Saturday.

  • mzbet

    Katharine McPhee is truly a beautiful woman imo. Can’t wait for Smash to start up again.

    Kris’ cover of Let’s Stay Together was really good. This tour has been so much fun even though I’ve only seen it via YouTube.  My show is coming up in April and it seems so far away :)

  • Bug Menot

    Haley had a writing session yesterday with Rob Kleiner, a producer and writer she worked with on Listen Up!, and Skyler Stonestreet.

    Early in the day, Haley tweeted:

    “Back from good old Boston; now in sunny land! Today is the beginning of a whole lot of writing sessions.. Ya heardddd!?!???! #thatnewstuff”

    And Rob tweeted:

    “all month: all stars every day at my studio. my favorite writers & artists to work with. It’s like a party you make money at”

    Late in the evening they tweeted the attached photo.

    Speaking of photos, I’ve also attached a nice shot of Haley performing in Boston.

  • LongKissGoodnight

    ‘X Factor’ Winner Tate Stevens Set to Debut New Track

    The X Factor season two winner Tate Stevens is going from one
    big TV show to another. The country singer will unveil a new track,
    “Holler If You’re With Me,” as part of a Pepsi clip to debut during the
    Grammys, with a full music video available online immediately afterward.

    “The whole concept is just people getting together, having a big bonfire party. That’s the idea – you’re going to a Tate Stevens concert, or party, in the middle of nowhere.”

    To capture that feel, the producers brought in a hundred or so extras. Stevens used the crowd reactions to the song as a litmus test. “Of course the more they heard it the more they got involved, and they were singing along and stuff,” he said of the track, which he described as “an anthem-y kind of thing.”;_ylt=AhDuvhPEFsE2lpulRWIxh1DasyUv;_ylu=X3oDMTQzN2owZXE2BG1pdANIb21lIE11c2ljIE5ld3MgVG9wIFN0b3J5BHBrZwM1NzAwNTRlYi0xNTE0LTNhZmQtODcxYS1jMWZjYjllZThmYWMEcG9zAzIEc2VjA3RvcF9zdG9yeQR2ZXIDMmQwOGJjNzEtNjU4MS0xMWUyLWFmZmYtODYyZTNiMDYxYzcx;_ylg=X3oDMTFpNzk0NjhtBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25z;_ylv=3

  • curly_yenta

    Very interesting list! Ranking All The American Idol Winners In Terms Of Quality from the Village Voice:

    11. Lee DeWyze
    10. Scotty McCreery.
    9. Kris Allen.
    8. Ruben Studdard.
    7. Fantasia.
    6. Jordin Sparks.
    5. Taylor Hicks.
    4. Carrie Underwood.
    3. David Cook.
    2. Phillip Phillips.
    1. Kelly Clarkson.

  • Eilonwy

    While this will be the first taste of Stevens’ music fans get post-X Factor, he is not ready to declare “Holler If You’re With Me” his first single. Of four songs he says he’s completed toward his debut album, one called “Ordinary Angels” is “probably a really strong candidate for a first single. It’s got a great message behind it.”

    Okay, two positive signs here:

    1. The Pepsi commercial song doesn’t sound like an inspirational pseudo-coronation song. Something faintly resembling a real song has a better chance of survival in the wild. (Probably won’t mention beer, due to the sponsor, but I’m guessing decent chance of “fishing” and “truck.”) It also sounds like it fits Stevens’ image well enough.

    2. We’re already getting the groundwork to call it a “buzz single” and move on if critical and popular response is strongly negative, rather than doubling down on it the way Epic did with Amaro’s lead single in August.

  • Bug Menot

    Haley also exchanged tweets with Brett Loewenstern yesterday. He is attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

    He tweeted:

    “my Roomate saw you opening for Allen Stone .. So happy for you!!! Btw he said he likes your voice a lot :)”

    She responded:

    “Aww thanks Brett:) Tell him thanks as well! Hope you’re doing amazing, I miss yewww. Xox”

    Robbie Rosen also tweeted her a few days ago.

    On a purely Idol-related note, there is another contestant from S10 who made the Top 40. He tried out again this year but didn’t make it to Hollywood. He related this about his experience:

    “Nicki was extremely rude and apathetic and the atmosphere was nothing like what it was last time. It felt like I was on the set of a Kardashians show. It was all about drama and making fun of people whereas last time everybody was happy and friendly, and it felt genuine.”

  • ali_359921

      I read it and was like , It’s ok , openions as they say but then >
      Carrie has no personality … I didn’t get that AT ALL. I am not one of her fans but that was just stupid . How much did she sell ?? I guess most of her fans have that same quality as well !!

  • Sassycatz

    Thank you for posting that blog link. David fans I’ve shared it with are pleased to see him get some appreciation.

  • elliegrll

    How much did she sell

    At the end of the day that’s all that matters.  There is an audience for her music, and they are fine with her personality.  The same is true for all of the alums, and every artist, period.  There will always be people who don’t get them or their music, but these are not the people who the artists are trying to reach, so who cares.  Carrie has her critics just like every other successful artist, it comes with the territory.  

    No artist will appeal to everyone, and the idols who have tried to do that are the ones who have failed to build up an audience, and who aren’t selling any music.

  • mad1son

    A regular on the gay gossip board took a stab at ranking the show’s bevy of belting prize winners, from 11 to 1.
    Here what they wrote: 

    That’s some sad music journalism there, reposting the comments of an anonymous person off a random website without bothering to add any commentary of his own. Lazy writer on a deadline, or just another critic who’s lost all interest in AI?

  • Tess

    I think we could all play this game and come up with a gazillion different rankings.  And what does “quality ” mean.

  • standtotheright

    That’s some sad music journalism there

    Seriously. And the message board poster barely gave any reason for his (presumably) critiques to begin with. Would it have been that hard to pick a representative song or two for each to illustrate the overall assessments? I like some of the people at the top of that list too, but it was just a lazy effort all around.

  • Eilonwy

    At the end of the day that’s all that matters.  There is an audience for her music, and they are fine with her personality.

    ^^^That. That in a that way.

    No artist will appeal to everyone, and the idols who have tried to do that are the ones who have failed to build up an audience, and who aren’t selling their music.

    While I don’t really agree that lack of focus is the big root cause of most post-Idol woes, I do agree that musicians in general end up having to set priorities on how to reach the right audience for the music they want to make, in a way that generates income. For Idol alum, especially in the pre-S10 era of “you must sing every style,” that does mean there’ll be fans-from-the-show who aren’t on board for the long-term musical vision.

    Having to lose fans has got to be tough on all the interested parties. The label wants to make as much money as possible. The artist, being human, probably likes praise and positive attention, and doesn’t enjoy disappointing people who’ve been providing it. The erstwhile fan, having invested, feels disappointed at no longer being in the target audience. (I recently ran into the wall that, to be a reasonably valuable fan of the kind of indie band I like, I need to be much more involved in my local music scene. I hate those “I am such a dumb bunny” moments.)

  • Taylor

    Michael Musto is the author of the blog article ranking the Idol winners. Where have I heard that name?

    He’s certainly an ~expert in several areas. lol

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  • asifclueless

    Adam gorgeous photos from Just Jared.

    Adam Lambert: Let’s Sell Out Tokyo!

    ” … Adam Lambert shows off his pearly whites as he leaves M Cafe on Tuesday (January 22) in Los Angeles. The 30-year-old actor took to Twitter to alert his fans of some tickets still available for his Tokyo shows this coming February. – See the photos at Just Jared  … ”

  • elliegrll

    Michael Musto has some journalistic cred., but he didn’t come up with the rankings, or add anything to the descriptions.  As standtotheright noted, the person who did didn’t even support his rankings with a lot of solid information.  For example, some of the idols couldn’t get more than a, “I really don’t remember this person,” but he still decided to rank them. 

  • asifclueless

    7 HQ photos of Adam stepping out from M Cafe.

  • jpfan2

    The ranking of Idols came from an unidentified poster on The VV just reposted it.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    This is Adam’s tweet:

    Adam Lambert@adamlambert
    Arigato, Japan! 2 sold out Tokyo shows & last one is close to selling out! Let’s sell out Tokyo by this weekend!

    He has a total of 6 shows in Japan next month.

    19-Feb-13 Tokyo, JapanShibyua, Kokaidou
    20-Feb-13 Tokyo, JapanShibyua, Kokaidou
    21-Feb-13 Tokyo, JapanShibyua, Kokaidou
    23-Feb-13 Kanazawa, Japan Kanazawa City Hall
    25-Feb-13 Nagoya, Japan Club Diamond Hall
    26-Feb-13 Osaka, Japan Mamba Hatch

  • Nadine_Bitch

    19 Pictures of  @adamlambert Working His Diva Hand! Enjoy#Glamberts: 


    Nile Rodgers ?@nilerodgers
    @adamlambert Your infectious laughter on the phone instanly had me cracking up too. I'm thankful for this wonderful new day. Peace, Nile.

  • mmb

    Michael Musto is a pretty well-known NYC “personality” — he is kinda part of the fabric of the city.  He has written a column, and now a blog,  for the Village Voice for as long as I can remember, probably close to 25-30 years.  He actually is a bit of an Idol fan, posts things in his blog about it from time to time.  But yeah, that list wasn’t his. 

  • Taylor

    So, the list was just from some random person on another blog? Let’s make out our list and MJ can write an article about our rankings! lol

    Seriously, I have a feeling the rankings from members here at mjs would at least be backed up with better reasoning than comments on the past Idol’s name, looks, personality or whether they “got him or her” or not.

  • blackberryharvest

     American Idol ?@AmericanIdolIdol Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe (@dizzyfeet) will be tweeting along with tonight’s East Coast show. Ask questions using #askidol.

  • lovetheusa1776

    The man is an endless source of fun – and fantastic pics.  That PopDust piece is priceless.  Thanks so much.

  • asifclueless

    Nile Rodgers’ tweets

    @adamlambert Your infectious laughter on the phone instanly had me cracking up too. I’m thankful for this wonderful new day. Peace, Nile

    LOL … Infectious laughter … in deed.

    This video cracks me up and I’m in tears, laughing so hard.
    Adam is adorable, funny, and hilarious.
    Can’t wait for him, Nile and Sam Sparrow are together for a charity event in NY this Dec. 31st.

    Laughter is the best medicine.

  • asifclueless

    I can’t wait for this event in  New York, NY.  at  Hammerstein Ballroom

    The event  – January 31, 2013:   -Adam receives Unity Award and performs at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 New York City.

    More info:

  • Axxxel

    Adam has this boyish laughter that sometimes escapes from his mouth after he has done a serious number… Pretty much a contrast and therefore actually funny in my eyes….

  • Anny_nanny

    Phillip Phillips ?@Phillips
    me and @HannahBlackwell were just trying to sing like @joshledet hahahaha no one can sing like that dude!

    We have a chance that Phillip says on new entries Josh? I am not talking
    about the vocal PP, I am interested in news from Joshua.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Nice articles on Kris & his opener Jillette Johnson in local AR paper previewing their show Saturday in Little Rock.


    Kris Allen to play Rev Room, minus guitar

    Johnson passed on The Voice spot