American Idol auditions resume tonight in San Antonio and Long Beach. Tune in with us at 8/7c PM on FOX.
Kelly Clarkson tweeted, “Recorded some killer hand claps & vocals w/the amazing Chip Esten aka Deacon Claybourne from Nashville. Can’t wait to sing w/him! Great guy!”
Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett starring in holiday musical ‘Black Nativity’ – A slew of Oscar faves like Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson are on tap for holiday musical “Black Nativity,” which began principal photography today in New York. The adaptation of the 1961 Langston Hughes play, “Black Nativity” will boast new songs and arrangements from producer and singer Raphael Saadiq, with director Kasi Lemmons (“Eve’s Bayou”) at the helm. Considering its a musical film, there are other artists on tap in the cast: Nas, Tyrese Gibson (or, simply, Tyrese), Island Def Jam’s Luke James and RCA artist Jacob Latimore are also added. – Read more at Hit Fix
Carrie Underwood Joins ‘Tickets-For-Charity’ Program – 9 MUSIC/ARISTA NASHVILLE artist CARRIE UNDERWOOD has partnered with ACM LIFTING LIVES’ TICKETS-FOR-CHARITY to benefit the non-profit organization C.A.T.S. FOUNDATION during the 2013 portion of her “BLOWN AWAY TOUR.” TICKETS-FOR-CHARITY gives fans access to seats at otherwise sold out concerts, with proceeds from the tickets benefitting the artist’s favorite charity, rather than ticket re-sellers.Other Country artists who have teamed up with the program are ZAC BROWN BAND, BRAD PAISLEY, TOBY KEITH and more. – Read more at All Access
Glee Star Amber Riley Hangs Out With Fantasia – Glee star, Amber Riley, tweeted a photo with American Idol season 3 winner, Fantasia, “In the studio with Fantasia listening to her new album, was in tears by b4 the 1st verse ended, this album is AMAZING!”
‘American Idol’ Alum Colton Dixon Brings the Noise — And a Message — on New Album – “I’m just blessed,” the 21-year-old singer tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s been a crazy ride and I’ve learned so much, not only about music and the music business but about life itself.” Dixon’s standing in the Christian market certainly has created some buzz, particularly from fellow Idols like season seven’s Jason Castro, who just released his own CD, Only a Mountain, in January. “I really like his first single, which is, ironically, the name of my first single,” joshed Castro. “He’s got an amazing voice, and we haven’t crossed paths yet. He’s super-talented and he’s just a great ambassador for the show.” – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
Private Coaching by Kimberley Locke! – The American Idol, season 3 alum is offering coaching to a few lucky students. Check out the deets: I AM Entertainment, LLC is pleased to announce that we are now offering “Private Coaching” with Kimberley Locke herself!!! She has been teaching some classes over the past two years and most recently, she just started teaching a class in New York City. It really has been a fulfilling experience for her to work with such talented singers and share the knowledge that she has gained over the past 10 years of working in the music and entertainment industries. This is an Exclusive Announcement that is only being offered to those who receive her newsletter. As Ms. Locke is still aggressively pursuing her own career, she only has room for a few students. If you would like more information please send your inquiries to Info@I-AM-Ent.com or call our office at 818-724-4423 or 917-426-4423.
Katharine McPhee: Super Bowl NYC Celebration! – Katharine McPhee is chic while attending the No Diggity, No Doubt: Beck’s Sapphire Pops Up To Celebrate Super Bowl event on Tuesday (January 29) in New York City. The day before, the 28-year-old actress and her Smash co-star Jack Davenport shielded themselves from the downpour while waiting to film a scene in the Big Apple. – See the Photos at Just Jared
LOGO’S SEASON DEBUT OF “RUPAUL’S Drag Race” ON MONDAY NIGHT SCORES AS THE HIGHEST-RATED PREMIERE IN NETWORK HISTORY – NEW YORK, NY, January 29, 2013 – Monday night’s 9PM season five premiere of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” worked the ratings runway, averaging a .8 rating in the P18-49 demo. This number represents a 33% increase over Logo’s previous top-rated season premiere (fourth season premiere of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”) and clocks in as the highest-rated season premiere in Logo history. Additionally, the 90-minute, “Rupersized” premiere tallied 565,000 total viewers tuning in to meet the new cast of 14 drag queen hopefuls who will fight it out to be crowned “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” The fifth season premiere night of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and companion series “Untucked: RuPaul’s Drag Race” delivered over 1.3 million viewers. Fan favorite companion series “Untucked: RuPaul’s Drag Race” at 10:30PM sped across the finish line with its most-watched premiere ever averaging 291,000 total viewers and a .5 rating P18-49. – Read more at TVByTheNumbers
Barbra Streisand to Perform on Oscars for First Time in 36 Years – Barbra Streisand will perform on the Oscars telecast for the first time in 36 years, the producers of this year’s show said Wednesday. They did not say what song she would sing. Streisand, who has battled stage fright at various points in her career, has only sung on the Oscars one time before. She sang the love theme from “A Star Is Born” on the 1977 show, which won her the Best Original Song Oscar that same night. – Read more at The Wrap
Justin Timberlake To Perform On Music’s Biggest Night – Six-time GRAMMY winner Justin Timberlake is set to perform on the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast. This marks the first time in four years that Timberlake will perform on the GRAMMY stage, and will be his first TV performance since he announced the release of his first studio album in seven years, The 20/20 Experience, which will be released March 19. Previously announced performers for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards are current nominees Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert, the Black Keys, Fun., the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Jack White, as well as Elton John and current nominee Ed Sheeran performing live together for the first time. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL Cool J returns as host of Music’s Biggest Night. – Read more at Grammy.com