Headlines: American Idol Alum Auditions Again, Phillip Phillips Georgia Charity

‘American Idol’ hopefuls audition in Little Rock; former contestant advances – Thousands of people gathered Wednesday at Little Rock’s River Market District to audition for the reality singing competition American Idol. River Market spokesman Erik Holbrooks said he expected up to 5,000 people to audition at the tour’s penultimate stop. The nationwide search began Aug. 25 in Orlando and is scheduled to conclude Saturday in Charleston, W.Va. One contestant, 20-year-old Thomas Stringfellow, won over the recruiters with renditions of “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur and “Dark Times” by The Weekend. The North Little Rock resident, who recently moved from Bentonville, appeared on the show in 2016 and advanced to the top 14 before being eliminated. – More Videos at ArkansasOnline

American Idol stops in Columbus – Feature reporter Cameron Fontana headed to Genoa Park near downtown Columbus to show Ohioans and people from across the country ready to audition for American Idol. – See the Videos at FOX 28

Phillip Phillips, Luke Bryan and More Participate in South Georgia Charity Event

Jordin Sparks New Heart of the Batter Digital Show

Jordan talks about winning American Idol and more in this clip.

Carrie Underwood on making a leap with Cry Pretty and taking women on the road: ‘I hate being put in a box’ – She understands that the song’s inclusion — as well as a reference to a shooting in “Love Wins” — may pique the curiosity of some listeners about her own views on guns. And she knows others will decide how she feels no matter what she says, or doesn’t say. “I know I have a couple of songs on this record that people try to make about something — it’s already happened,” she says, unruffled. “It’s been interesting to just see what I’ve been asked about it and what people try to assign it to. It’s about people. We are all different for a reason. It’s bigger than any one political party or issue or any one thing.” – Read more at Entertainment Weekly

America’s Got Talent Season 11 Winner Grace VanderWaal on Her New Fender Ukulele, Her Upcoming Disney Movie, Her Pug Puppy, and More – n addition she toured this summer with Imagine Dragons, she just landed her debut acting role in Disney’s upcoming film Stargirl, and she has twice been named to Billboard magazine’s 21 Under 21 list of fast-rising young music stars, and received the 2017 Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award. Even so, she was happily surprised when Fender approached her with the idea of designing her own ukulele, which would have her name on it. At 14, she is the youngest artist in the Fender Artist Signature Series with the Grace VanderWaal Signature Ukulele and Moonlight Ukulele. – Read more at Parade.com

Simon Cowell: Garth Brooks Interested in Michael Ketterer Collaboration

The Bachelor Star Bekah Martinez Is Pregnant – Surprise! There’s a baby on the way for Bekah Martinez. The Bachelor star, who has been dating Grayston Leonard for seven months, announced her pregnancy Wednesday. “I was in disbelief and thought, ‘Is this really happening?'” Martinez told Pure Wow. “I immediately called Grayston and then went across the street to the Dollar Tree and bought two more pregnancy tests. They, of course, were both positive.” – Read more at E Online

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