Idol Headlines for 3/19/2013 – The Evening Edition

Jessica Sanchez gets ready for Thursday’s American Idol appearance Watch her rehearse HERE.

Jennifer Hudson to Star in Lifetime’s Original Movie ‘CALL ME CRAZY’, Premiering 4/20 – The Lifetime Original Movie event CALL ME CRAZY: A FIVE FILM, which brings together an all-star ensemble cast with five interwoven stories about how everlasting bonds of love and family can overcome life’s most challenging hurdles, will make its world premiere on Saturday, April 20, at 8:00pm ET/PT. Through the five shorts named after each title character — Lucy, Eddie, Allison, Grace and Maggie – powerful relationships Built on hope and triumph raise a new understanding of what happens when a loved one struggles with mental illness. Call Me Crazy stars Academy Award and Golden Globe winners Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Octavia Spencer (The Help), SARAH HYLANd (Modern Family), Sofia Vassilieva (My Sister’s Keeper), Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect), Ernie Hudson (Oz), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), three-time Emmy Award-winner Jean Smart (Frasier), Lea Thompson (J. Edgar), Oscar-nominee Melanie Griffith (Working Girl) and Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately). Laura Dern (Enlightened), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), Bonnie Hunt (Return to Me), Ashley Judd (Missing) and Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary) direct the anthology.- Read more at

Jake Owen Defends ‘American Idol’ and ‘The Voice’ – “Obviously, the reason they win is because they’re great singers and they’re great at what they do,” he explains. “They know about music, and the people out there that vote, the fans, they know what great music is, because that’s what’s on the radio and whatever other mediums. Everyone has their own path and you can’t judge. Yes, I worked hard, but that was my path. Some people choose to go on ‘American Idol’ or another singing contest, and some people choose to beat down barrooms before anyone even knows who they are, in order to get a fan base, so when they do get a record deal, they have that to put in front of a label. I know the things you have to sacrifice to be successful in this business. No matter how you get there, everyone goes through it. I think it’s cool that people can win on a TV show like that.” – Read more at The Boot

Crystal Bowersox Lightens Up on New Album, Talks Jakob Dylan and Upcoming Patsy Cline Role: ‘I’ve Got Big Boots to Fill’ – Once again, the genre-lines on the album are very blurry. She laughs when it’s said that she is a little tough to pigeon-hole. “It’s tough for marketing,” she says with a smile, “but I gotta be who I am. I grew up with all of those flavors. My mom was a country fan, so I had pop that I grew up with, but also Merle Haggard and Patsy Cline, so all of those influences are present in my music. Then, you had my dad, who was a blues guy. So, it all plays into my style. It’s all there. But, I don’t think that music should be pigeon holed that way. I think that expression and creativity are meant to be unleashed in a way that is full of freedom.” – Read more at

‘Stupid boys’ will inspire her songs – Reinhart, 22, who finished third in Season 10 of the hit reality singing show, says she has begun writing songs for a new EP to follow her debut album, Listen Up! (2012). The singer, who was in town to promote the 12th season of Idol, which is airing on cable TV here, told Life! last Friday of her new material: “I think there will be elements that will be different about the music as a whole (compared to Listen Up!), but it will still have a soulfulness to it.” She said there is no release date for the EP yet but wants to put it out as soon as possible. Taking a cue from American pop singer Taylor Swift, a songwriter known to write break-up songs about every ex-boyfriend who has done her wrong, Reinhart jokes her new songs will also be inspired by “stupid boys”. – Reaa more at Asia One

Carrie Underwood has strict hygiene rules on tour – The singer encourages all the workers to wash their hands more often than normal to banish bugs, and she also insists on healthy food at gig venues to keep her in top condition. She tells Britain’s Daily Star newspaper, “It comes down to trying to be smart about everything. We wash our hands quite a bit to make sure no one gets sick. There’s lots of healthy food options everywhere we go… I like to do two to three shows in a row and then I’ll take a day off – three is my absolute limit.” – Read more at

‘The Voice': 6 Things to expect from its premiere — The two-hour extravaganza kicks off with an opening performance from the judges — with a song we can only hope young viewers are familiar with, for the sake of all that is holy in music. The ditty features Levine on the drums, Shelton and Usher on guitars, and Shakira on harmonica. Process that. – Read more at LA Times

La Toya Says Omarosa Comments Were Misunderstood – Jackson’s comments — which a lawyer for Manigault called “defamatory” — included the following statements: “Omarosa’s fiance passed away not long ago. He had a heart attack, I’m sure she gave it to him.” Jackson also called Omarosa “a conniving, scheming, cut-throat, (who) probably pulled the cord on Michael Duncan Clarke [sic]… and I thought Mr. Trump was falling for that fake cry. Such a lie.” Addressing her earlier comments on Today, Jackson said she had been misunderstood about implying that Manigault’s behavior may have somehow contributed to Clarke’s death. “I didn’t mean it that way at all, not at all,” she said. “I think when you are under a lot of pressure, and people are just nudging you and nudging you… but absolutely not. I mean he’s a kind guy. He’s a sweet guy. He was.” – Read more at Entertainment Tonight

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  • hayes

    Whoa at Jessica’s moves. Idol has not produced a pop star like that in a while, if at all. I hope she can fill the void and have much success.

  • Tommyo2000

    Jessica… She ain’t singing no ballad when she is moving like that!…

  • Li Wright

    I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but to clarify what I wrote in another message board….Jennifer Hudson has morphed into an actress. She’s got a lot of acting gigs on the board, so she CANNOT TOUR….and that’s why she is NOT touring….she’s in the studio recording another CD, but if she doesn’t get out to support it with a tour, it’s because of all her acting gigs….that’s a bit different from Fantasia, who’s NOT acting and has a lot of time to tour.

    I wish the best for Haley, I think she’s got stardom in her future. She’s such a hard worker. Only a matter of time and luck.
    The same for Crystal, who was one of my faves. I think she’s going to blow up Broadway! LOL

  • lithee

    Fifth Harmony released a new cover of “Lego House” today and it even got the attention of Ed Sheeran who called it “incredible” on Twitter and tweeted out the link to it as well.

  • bridgette12

    I don’t think there has been a big demand for Jennifer to tour singing her own music. Her own music is usually a little generic.

  • Kariann Hart

    Lots of good Idol news, but it involves the lovely ladies from Idol. The guys win the show. Where’s news about them?

  • TheOther

    Check out the Sales, Media Base threads.

  • Li Wright

    “Her” own music? Or music written for her by Neyo and Alicia Keys? Jennifer doesn’t to my knowledge, write her own music.

  • taylor

    Jennifer’s songs on her albums are still “her” songs, no matter who wrote the songs. Stronger is Kelly Clarkson’s song, WWFM is Adam’s, LLWD is Kris’s, etc.

  • abbysee

    Its about Damn time. Groove. It girl!

  • breakdown

    Wow, Crystal is playing Patsy Cline. I wish her well in the role of an icon. Classy remarks from Jake Owen. Shocker! The Voice starts off with a performance by the judges.

  • ali_359921

    Jessica will rock that damn stage on Thursday for sure ..

  • standtotheright

    So, it all plays into my style. It’s all there. But, I don’t think that music should be pigeon holed that way. I think that expression and creativity are meant to be unleashed in a way that is full of freedom.


  • FE Swann

    So Jennifer has graduated from Oscar to Lifetime. Interesting!

  • standtotheright

    So have Melissa Leo, Octavia Spencer, and Melanie Griffith (if counting nominees), apparently.

  • jpfan2

    Don’t forget Ella Fitzgerald and Elvis as people who clearly didn’t have their “own” music. ;0 (Not that I am comparing JHud’s music to theirs obviously)

  • girlygirltoo

    The Voice is kicking off the season with a performance by the judges. What a shock (not). This is why I am not a big fan of that show.

  • bridgette12

    I don’t mind who performs as long as they make the show entertaining.

  • taylor

    It’s the exact opposite for me. It is one of the many reasons I am a fan of the show. I love that all of the judges are artists who have been where the contestants are at. I also enjoy when the artists team up with the contestants they are mentoring to do performances.

  • tripp_ncwy

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