Headlines: Antonella Barba Back in Jail, Lauren Alaina and John Crist Split

‘American Idol’ Star Antonella Barba Arrested on Drug Warrant, Thrown Back In Prison – The warrant was issued after Barba’s probation officer rushed to court last week. He accused the reality star of violating the terms of her release. The P.O. accused her of not living with her father, which was ordered by the judge. Last month, Barba plead guilty to a charge relating to possessing and distributing fentanyl. The reality star reached a plea deal with prosecutors. She is facing 10 years in prison. – Read more at The Blast

Lauren Alaina and Comedian John Crist Split Ahead of Her ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Debut: ‘It Just Didn’t Work Out’ – During an appearance on The Bobby Bones Show, the radio host asked Alaina how Crist felt about her “being on the [DWTS] now that you’ve been practicing for a couple of weeks.” To this, the American Idol alum confessed that she does not “have a boyfriend anymore.” “I mean, there’s, like, no big story,” Alaina, 24, said on Monday, September 16. “We were, like, best friends before we dated, and we’re still best friends. It just didn’t work out. I guess that’s how dating goes, right?” – Read more at US Magazine

Jordin Sparks Reminisces On Working With Lin-Manuel Miranda Ahead Of Debut In ‘Waitress’ – The 29-year-old singer and performer sat down with Access Hollywood to discuss taking on the titular role of Jenna in “Waitress” from Sept. 16 – Oct. 27. “It’s been almost 10 years since I did it the first time, and I constantly said that I missed it every single day because I did,” she explained. “But it’s such a big commitment that I was like, ‘It has to be the right thing in the right time in the right show.’ And this happens to be the right thing in the right time in the right show!” She added, “It’s a very welcome challenge. It’s a lot to learn. I think I leave the stage maybe a total of maybe five minutes out of the whole two-hour show, so it’s a lot of dialogue, it’s a lot of singing and it’s a lot of props… But I’m really excited. What I love about musical theater is that it’s everything under the creative umbrella that I love.” – Read more at Access Hollywood

Jordin’s Broadway Debut is Tonight

“I can’t believe the first show of @waitressmusical is tonight!!!” Jordin posts in Instagram. “My head is absolutely spinning! Some people closest to me and & few of the cast & crew said some sweet words of encouragement. Thank you guys so much for welcoming me with open arms. Love you all so much already! I start my shift in 2 hours!”

Katharine McPhee Says She’s ‘Extremely Proud’ to Join Husband David Foster on Tour Next Year – PEOPLE can exclusively reveal that the 16-time Grammy Award winner will hit the road in North America next year for his “Hitman Tour” that will feature McPhee Foster as a special guest. “I’m thrilled to be announcing a 2020 US tour and to be coming to cities I have never been to before,” Foster, 69, tells PEOPLE. “This intimate show allows me to tell my story of my experience in the music business for the last 40 years. I bring along some of the greatest voices in the world, including the incredibly talented Katharine McPhee.” – Read more at People

Billy Gilman to Perform National Anthem at Angelica Ross-Hosted LGBTQ Presidential Forum – On Thursday (Sept. 16), GLAAD announced that out country music star Billy Gilman will perform the National Anthem at the organization’s 2020 Presidential Candidate Forum on LGBTQ Issues taking place on Friday, Sept. 20 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Gilman, who is best known for taking second place on season 11 of NBC’s The Voice, has long been an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ community in the country music scene, aiming to help more queer artists find success in the industry. – Read more at Billboard

Kelly Clarkson Plays Hot Hands on Ellen Show

Brynn Cartelli talks music, fan support after Big E concert (photos) – “It’s always exciting to play shows for my hometown crowd, since they really supported me since the beginning,” Cartelli said. “The Big E is special because I remember being out in California (during “The Voice” filming) and seeing videos of the watch parties there. It made me feel so special and grateful.” – Read more at Mass Live

Fantasia On Happiness, Love And Balance, New Music + More

Diana DeGarmo Is Claiming Her Country Queen Crown – “I wanted to do something that was inspired by the music I love,” she says, pointing to country icons like Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire as a few of the influences on GEMINI. She knew that a big backing band with real instruments was crucial to creating the sounds that she wanted, telling Glatthorn “I want to combine all these things because these are the people and the world that I’ve grown up loving and been so inspired by.” – Read more at Forbes.com

‘Dancing With the Stars’ perfected a formula for kitschy, escapist joy. Can it survive today’s politics? – Even contestants who aren’t fleeing a scandal have seen their images shined up by the show. MJ Santilli, who runs the reality competition website Mjsbigblog, points to Kelly Osbourne, daughter of Ozzy and Sharon, best known for her stint on MTV’s “The Osbournes,” who placed third in Season 9 after a foot injury. Once dismissed as a reality-TV has-been, “her stint on the show gave her a sheen of being a survivor, a strong person, someone who persevered,” Santilli said. “The show can do that, and I think a lot of stars hope for that.” – Read more at Washington Post

Mirror-Ball Champion Bobby Bones Handicaps His Dancing with the Stars Favorites, Talks Sharna Burgess’ Exit, and Service Dog Salute – Lauren Alaina: “I love Lauren Alaina, she is my pick to win for many reasons, but mostly because she’s one of my best friends and I got her to do the show. But I’ve never seen Lauren dance, I’ll be honest with you. She just texted me about five minutes ago and she’s like, ‘My feet hurt so bad.’ She’s like, ‘Come to rehearsal.’ She’s going to be great on the show because people love Lauren, she’s a very likable person and a big key to that show is getting America to feel like they know you and getting them invested in your story, so that’ll be interesting.” – Read more at Parade

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