TODAY: American Idol Auditions begin in Orlando Florida, where winners Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen and Ruben Studdard will be on hand to encourage hopefuls. West coast auditions begin in Portland Oregon.
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ALSO: The Voice 13 Knockout Rounds film at Universal Studios with the coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson.
David Cook: From Idol to Real Life – It goes without saying that when David Cook won the seventh season of American Idol in 2008, his world turned upside down. “I was raised to live my life in a secure set of parameters for 25 years,” he says. “And then I had this once in a lifetime opportunity and was able to take advantage of it, and I had to rewire everything. I went from playing bar gigs for 10 years to all of a sudden traveling the world playing music. It was a pretty severe shift.” – Read more at sfweekly.com
Lee DeWyze feels ‘free to do whatever I want’ with his new music – Singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze is gearing up for his next studio album, the follow-up to 2016’s “Oil & Water,” with something he says will be darker than anything he has done before. “Darker” isn’t a word one associates with “American Idol” winners. “I think my new music is a little darker overall because of the content and the instrumentation at times,” DeWyze says. He sought a new vibe because he says he never wants to be bored as a singer-songwriter. – Read more at St. Louis Dispatch
LeBron James joined by shirtless J.R. Smith, Jordin Sparks and Usher for foundation event at Cedar Point – SANDUSKY, Ohio — For the third straight year, the LeBron James Family Foundation hosted its summer get-together at Cedar Point, and just as he has in the past the Cleveland Cavaliers star brought some special guests on stage to celebrate what he called “the greatest day of the year.” -Singer Jordin Sparks joined James for the duration Tuesday night. Donning a green and gold “We Are Family” T-shirt, she performed her hit “One Step At A Time.” Usher sang a few of his songs while James and Sparks joined in. Even J.R. Smith, initially shirtless when introduced to the crowd, was part of the event. – Read more at Cleveland.com
Simon Cowell Details His ‘Incredible Bond’ With Louis Tomlinson & the One Direction Guys: ‘I Feel Like a Proud Dad’ – “Louis and I, you know, we’ve got this very close bond. When we heard about this current record, I remember calling him and going, ‘Louis, this record is special’ — and I could not be happier.” Cowell told Billboard on the America’s Got Talent red carpet, then touching on all the 1D guys’ careers. “Actually, with all the boys, if I’m being honest with you. They’ve worked for this. But yeah, you do feel a little bit like a proud dad when you see all five of them doing well now.” – Read more at Billboard
Simon Cowell Says His Son Eric, 3, Is ‘Old Enough Now to Be My Buddy’: ‘We’re Friends and He’s Fun to Be Around’ – The America’s Got Talent host spoke to Extra recently about a sun-soaked vacation he took alongside 3-year-old Eric Philip, Cowell’s ex-girlfriend Terri Seymour and Seymour’s daughter Coco, 2. – Read more at People.com