Idol Headlines for 12/5/12

Clay Aiken performs at The Turning Stone Casino & Resort in Verona, NY.
Constantine Maroulis performs in Jekyll & Hyde The Musical at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, TX.
Taylor Hicks performs at Bally’s Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV.
Daughtry performs at Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI.
Brooke White performs at Mix 100’s and Hard Rock’s “Merry Mix-Mas” show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Denver, CO.- Via AmericanIdol.com

The Grammy Nominations Concert LIVE is tonight on CBS at 10 pm!

One of Glee’s musical directors, Adam Anders, tweeted Jessica Sanchez: “@JessicaESanchez you were amazing at Trevor Live! Thanks so much for doing that!! Can;t wait to get you in the studio. xoxox”

Kelly Clarkson & Only Boys Aloud to join One Direction & Rihanna on X Factor 2012 final! – The lineup for this weekend’s X Factor final is beginning to take shape. We’ve already reported that One Direction and Emeli Sande would be performing, as will Australian pop star Kylie Minogue and US songstress Rihanna. This morning it has been confirmed that joining them on the grand finale over Saturday and Sunday night will be none other than American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson and Britain’s Got Talent stars Only Boys Aloud. – Read more at UnrealityTV

Cast of Newsies, Phillip Phillips, Yolanda Adams and More Will Perform on ABC’s “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” – “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade,” which will feature a performance from the cast of Broadway’s Newsies, will air on ABC Dec. 25 beginning at 10 AM ET; check local listings. TV watchers can also expect to enjoy performances by country/pop supergroup Lady Antebellum, Backstreet Boys, acoustic queen Colbie Caillat, country superstar Brad Paisley, musician/actor Ross Lynch, Christian rock chart-topper TobyMac, “American Idol” Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips and gospel legend Yolanda Adams. – Read more at Playbill.com

Daughtry and 3 Doors Down Live TV Special – AXS TV will be broadcasting the Daughtry and 3 Doors Down concert from from 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado live on December 11th. “This has been a great tour with 3 Doors Down,” said Chris Daughtry, lead singer of Daughtry. “We want to thank AXS TV for bringing the tour to everyone that isn’t able to see us out on the road.” – Read more at Anti-Music

Country music icons, newcomers are set to rock the NFR – At the arena, a slate of country favorites will lead the national anthem nightly. “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks, who recently extended his headlining residency at Bally’s, will sing on opening night Thursday. – Read more at Las Vegas Sun

Catching up with Elise – Elise Testone thinks she’s a mumbler. “Can you hear me alright? People tell me I mumble a lot,” she says over the telephone. Though she may be somewhat soft-spoken, nothing could be further from the truth when she opens her mouth to sing on stage. Whether you’re an American Idol fan or not, most folks in the Holy City are aware that the Charleston songstress made big waves on the hit show. She placed sixth overall and wowed the judges and viewers with her covers of James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” Billy Joel’s “Vienna,” and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” Hell, Stevie Nicks even told the Charleston resident she wanted to work with her — and the Fleetwood Mac great did it on national TV. – Read more at Charleston City Paper

Jennifer Hudson Gets Fashion Advice from Son David Jr., 3 – Jennifer Hudson’s 3-year-old son David Jr. (with fiance David Otunga) is equally fashion-forward, the American Idol alum reveals, offering his mother totally unsolicited fashion advice. “We call him Boss Baby!” Hudson tells Lucky mag’s January issue (on stands December 11.) “He says, ‘Mommy, I don’t like that,’ or ‘Momma, you look very pretty.'” Confesses the Oscar winner, “I totally dress for my child! I have T-shirts with Popeye the Sailor Man on it, ones with different animals, comic book characters . . . ” – Read more at US Magazine

Paul McDonald’s surreal life: Singer on Huntsville concert memories, his hit EP with wife Nikki Reed, more – HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Sandpaper-voiced, Los Angeles-based singer Paul McDonald was in the fourth grade when he attended his first concert: a Tom Petty show at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center. “My parents took me and that was kind of a turning point – ‘This is unbelievable,’ ” McDonald, a Rocket City native, says. “Tom Petty is a great first concert to have. And when I was a middle-school kid, my parents took me to see Elton John, and at the time me and my friends were like, ‘We don’t want to go to see Elton John’ and we got there and he was unbelievable.
“And I also remember seeing Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top (at the VBC) one year. And it was awesome because ZZ Top were on treadmills walking while matching these guitar riffs.” – Read more at AL.com

Kelly Clarkson: I Haven’t Changed Since ‘American Idol’! – Kelly Clarkson is all smiles as she arrives at the ITV Studios on Wednesday (December 5) in London, England. The 30-year-old singer is in town promoting her greatest hits album Greatest Hits – Chapter One, currently in stores. – Read more at Just Jared

Jordin Sparks & Jason Derulo: Jingle Ball 2012! – Jordin Sparks gets festive in a Nicole Miller Atelier dress during night two of KIIS FM’s 2012 Jingle Ball held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday night (December 3) in Los Angeles. Sticking close to boyfriend musician Jason Derulo, the 22-year-old singer/actress recently chatted about her openness to talk about Jason, also 22, during interviews. – See the Photos at Just Jared

Diamond White ‘X Factor’ Interview- KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012

‘X Factor’ Burning Questions: The Top 6 on Viewer Input, Song Choices and Wearing ‘Speedos and Cowboy Boots’ – Coming off the heels of Vino Alan’s shocking elimination on The X Factor, the six remaining contestants have reason to be nervous. “It’s anybody’s game,” said Fifth Harmony member Dinah Jane Hansen. “He was top three and then he went home.” “You can’t be complacent,” added Lauren Jauregui. Alan’s biggest problem in his departing week was arguably song choice, and the soul singer fired a warning off to the California trio Emblem3 as he left the competition. “He looked at us and said, ‘This is the perfect example of why you should be able to choose your songs,’” recalled Wesley Stromberg. – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

Khloe Kardashian Odom Dishes Secrets From ‘X Factor’ – When Khloe Kardashian Odom signed on as a host of The X Factor, she thought it would be a walk in the park. But she didn’t anticipate a few things. One, the sobbing contestants make her verklempt. Two, the live audience is so loud, she feels like she’s yelling. Three, a producer is always barking into her earpiece. And four, her vision is so bad, the teleprompter looks blurry. This last setback is a potentially terrifying discovery to make 48 hours before your live TV debut, but Kardashian Odom found a solution (more on that later). Now she’s getting comfortable as the co-emcee on Fox’s singing Olympics, with judges Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato, and Britney Spears, and co-host Mario Lopez. Kardashian Odom spoke to Ramin Setoodeh about all things X Factor, from Ryan Seacrest’s tips on making Simon uncomfortable to the scene backstage. (LULZ FOREVER AT KHLOE’S EXCUSE MAKING) – Read more at Daily Beast

Nashville’ Songs Light Up iTunes Charts – ABC’s Nashville isn’t burning up the ratings, but songs featured on the freshman country music soap are doing surprisingly brisk business. Within two weeks of its Oct. 10 premiere, five Nashville numbers populated the iTunes Top 5. And according to label partner Big Machine Records (home to Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts and Reba McEntire), 702,000 digital downloads have been purchased as of Dec. 3, which a source estimates has netted the company $1 million. That’s nowhere near Glee numbers, but while Glee label Columbia is hawking cover tunes, Nashville’s music, curated by producer T Bone Burnett, is entirely original. – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

‘Nashville’ Creator Callie Khouri on Scheduling, Ratings and the Midseason Finale – Heading into Wednesday’s midseason finale, things are starting to gel on ABC’s country music drama Nashville. Rayna (Connie Britton) and Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) finally took the stage together for a duet that marked one of the season’s must-see musical performances, Scarlett and Gunnar inched closer to fulfilling the romantic tension that’s thisclose to coming out and Teddy’s bid for office faced yet another roadblock in the form of potentially damaging photos being leaked to the press at the hands of the opposition — a close friend of the Jaymes family. Off-screen, the Nashville-set country music soap secured what creator/showrunner Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise) believes is a vote of confidence from the network after ABC kept the rookie series in its Wednesday at 10 p.m. slot after rumblings about a potential move to Sundays, where it could have been paired with sophomore soap Revenge. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

  • girlygirltoo

    @rmhnewyork:disqus #Exciting News! Our 4th Annual #MakeADifference Evening has been rescheduled to Tuesday 12/11 with performances from @KrisAllen &@LeeDeWyze.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Glad to see this event rescheduled but dang Kris will just be getting back from Kenya this weekend. 

  • yksask

     A couple of vids from Clay`s Christmas tour last night. Love the
    snow! Also love how he can power a song. Then end with a touching, soft
    song.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…

  • stargazed

    Fabulous yksask, I posted the funny and you posted the pretty.

    Thank you Mj for listing Clay’s concert appearances.

    The Idols sure have a lot going on and isn’t it wonderful to have a cornucopia of entertainment presented from such a wonderful group.

  • girlygirltoo

    He’s used to this, though. He did that Kradison concert in 2010 literally hours after he had gotten back from Asia. :)

  • merkureye

    I’m liking the career strategy here for Elise Testone.  I think a mix of covers to be released on ITunes is terrific.  Elise fans want to hear her voice and cover songs give us her voice on familiar songs.  This keeps the fanbase engaged and happy while we await her getting her original material polished.  I’ve heard some of her original songs and they DO need “tightening-up” as Elise puts it.  Booking gigs in Nashville is also brilliant.  This all just “feels” right.