American Idol 14 auditions will be held today at the Illinois State Fair.
American Idol season 8 winner, Kris Allen, is set to play an online StageIt show on the August 12, the release day of his upcoming album, Horizons. Click to buy a ticket.
‘It’s feels so good be back:’ American Idol runner-up Jena Irene gearing up for show in Mount Pleasant – “I was so excited when we pulled into Soaring Eagle today, I was up first thing in the morning,” said this season’s American Idol runner-up from Farmington Hills, talking with the press before tonight’s show in the casino’s outdoor arena. “As soon as I opened the bus door, I knew I was back in Michigan. There’s a certain smell, I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s summer time in Michigan and it feels so good to be back.” – Read more at MLive.com
‘Idol’ talk: TV show champ Cook will perform Aug. 15 in Ottawa – “Music has always been a way for me to connect,” Cook said in a recent phone interview with The Times. “From an early age, I watched my dad play guitar and both my parents listened to a variety of music. I was brought up on a steady diet of country and classic rock, so music was always around and a connection point to other people.” – Read more at MyWebTime.com
Chris Daughtry playing Holmdel – “After making a couple of albums, you can’t help but move in a different direction,” Daughtry said. “Hopefully you grow and I think we have with this album. I think you can see my sense of humor on this one. It was a great experience writing these songs. My wife and children served as the muse behind many of the songs.” It’s a nice change in direction for Daughtry, who has certainly made his share of brooding post-grunge tracks. “Baptized” exercises a new set of muscles for Daughtry. “We all felt good doing something a little different,” Daughtry said. “It works for us.” – Read more at App.com
‘The Voice’ Alum RaeLynn Reveals the Best Advice Pal Miranda Lambert Gave Her – The bubbly Texan gives credit to Scott Borchetta, the head of the Big Machine Label Group, for allowing her the time to find herself musically. “Right when I got off of the show, I was 18 and I moved to Nashville,” she says. “I began writing every day. I was literally giving Scott a CD every week of songs I was writing. He just saw me progressing as a writer. I had no idea who I was musically then. I thought I did, but I didn’t. I am so thankful they gave me that time.” – Read more at Billboard.com
Derek Hough on How He Got His Start on Dancing With the Stars – I talked to Mark about it. I knew it would be a big transition—relocating my life from London to America. While I was mulling it over, Mark got a call, too. He had sent in an audition tape and they were interested in him as well. “Dude, if we’re going to do this, then let’s do it together,” I told him. So that was it. We literally just packed our guitars and one suitcase apiece, and boarded a plane. I was aware that being on a live TV show in front of millions of people every week would likely change my life forever. I went into it very excited but also nervous. I knew a lot of the pros already through the ballroom circles, and I knew how good they were. – Read more at Parade.com