Justin Guarini performs at Justin Guarini in Concert: The Media Theatre 2013 Gala in Media, PA.
Constantine Maroulis performs in Jekyll & Hyde the Musical at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
Taylor Hicks performs at Paris Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
Daughtry performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Pensacola, FL.
Mandisa performs at the Brandisa Tour in Columbia, SC.
Jason Castro performs at the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 2013 in Chicago, IL.
Adam Lambert performs at Shi Bunka Hall in Kanazawa, Japan.
Casey James performs at Denim and Diamonds in Temple, TX.
Scotty McCreery performs at Clay Center for the Arts in Charleston, WV.
Phillip Phillips performs at Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ.
X Factor Alum, Rachel Crow, Joins Cast of Rio2 – The singer/actress announced the news on twitter: “In case u missed my #bignews I’ve joined the cast of RIO 2! I’ll be playing the daughter macaw of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway! #Rio2”
Life falls into place for Bowersox – That’s the chorus of a jaunty love song called “Fall Into Place” from Crystal Bowersox’s forthcoming disc, “All That For This.” “That song’s really special; my husband [Brian Walker] and I wrote it together, and we finished it up with [musician and producer] Jono Manson in Santa Fe,” she said. “I feel like my life has fallen into place. Everything is as it should be, and I’m very happy in this place and time.” The singer-songwriter sounded content during a call from her home in Portland, Ore. “I’m just kind of laying low until the tour kicks off,” Bowersox said as she finished breakfast. “I just made some bacon and eggs.” – Read more at Toledo Free Press
Skylar Laine chats about ‘American Idol,’ her future – “But I was lucky to have been there when (Aerosmith lead singer) Steven Tyler was a judge. The others … Jennifer Lopez always had bodyguards surrounding her. Randy Jackson really didn’t say much. But Steven was unbelievable. He is one of the most genuine, humble people I’ve ever known. He was always like, ‘Hey, how ya doing? It’s gonna be a great night.’ He was always positive, and I think he ‘got’ me. I think he understood that I didn’t want to be a cookie-cutter country singer. Skylar is moving March 13 to Nashville without a record deal in hand. She has already secured a condominium within 20 minutes of downtown. “I want to meet with writers I’ve already worked with, and also start writing with new ones,” she says. “And I’ll perform whenever and wherever I can.” She has written “dozens of songs” and believes the one that could launch her post-Idol career might be among them. “But it all depends on what people in the music industry think,” she says. – Read more at Clarion Ledger
Pia Toscano of ‘American Idol’ Hits a High Note for Animals – In her debut single, “This Time,” Pia bids a powerful adieu to a bad boyfriend. And she thinks it’s time that everyone broke up with two businesses that are bad for animals: the fur industry and circuses.
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Jermaine Jones Holds No Grudges Against ‘American Idol’ – American Idol season 11 semifinalist Jermaine Jones is moving on with his career and harbors no ill will toward the show, despite his dramatic disqualification by the show’s producers after it was discovered he gave fake names to Gloucester police for outstanding warrants. “To sit and dwell on the negative, you will always be in that dark place. I decided to pick up and move forward from that,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. – Read more at Hollywood Reporter
STAGE TO SCREENS: Katharine McPhee and Krysta Rodriguez, On and Off-Screen Friends in NBC’s “Smash” – “I went to Boston Conservatory for like three semesters,” said “Smash” leading lady Katharine McPhee on the Brooklyn set of the NBC musical drama, as she began to explain her first encounter with Krysta Rodriguez, one of the many new cast members featured on the show’s second season. “I dropped out early on because I wanted to start working. But it’s so funny because [during] our freshman year of college…this guy named Jesse — this really talented guy — his girlfriend who went to NYU was coming into town to stay with him for the weekend. And, she was going to sing at one of the vocal recitals with him because they were ‘madly in love,’ and it happened to be Krysta Rodriguez!” – Read more at Playbill
‘DWTS’ News: Derek Hough Will Return for Season 16 – “Just got the call,” he wrote. “Wasn’t sure if I was able to do this season because of my other projects. But worked it out so I can do both. #pumped.” Back in November “Today” asked him about this “DWTS” future and he replied, “I can’t say right now,” calling his “All Star” win with Shawn Johnson a “perfect ending.” – Read more at ExtraTV
Jane Lynch Hosting New NBC Game Show, ‘Hollywood Game Night’ – Jane Lynch is hosting the new NBC game show “Hollywood Game Night,” which will pit A-list contestants against mere mortals in a cocktail-party atmosphere. NBC has ordered eight episodes of the series, from Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner.
“With Jane Lynch on board as our host, we now have a key component in place that will further enliven the sheer fun of a raucous Hollywood party that will include real everyday people,” said NBC president of alternative and late night programming Paul Telegdy. – Read more at The Wrap
AMERICAN IDOL ACID TRIP (Idol in a Minute)
Not to be missed. Jim outdid himself this time.
Martha Heredia, “Latin American Idol” winner, arrested for allegedly smuggling heroin – (CBS/AP) SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Martha Heredia, a winner of the TV talent show “Latin American Idol,” is charged with drug smuggling after police found heroin stuffed in the heels of her platform shoes, authorities said Thursday. Martha Heredia was arrested late Wednesday as she was about to board a plane from the Dominican Republic to New York, said Frank Duran, the National Drug Control Agency’s director for the city of Santiago. He said police found 2.9 pounds of heroin in the heels of three pairs of shoes packed in her suitcase. Police also ordered Heredia to undergo X-ray tests to determine whether she had any drugs hidden inside her body, but none were found. – Read more at CBS News