Carrie Underwood, Pioneer Woman among 2018 Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductees – Two of Oklahoma’s greatest contributions to contemporary pop culture will make a rare dual appearance in Tulsa, as country superstar Carrie Underwood and “Pioneer Woman” Ree Drummond will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. This year’s ceremony will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa. – Read more at Tulsa World
American Idol Alum Thia Megia Cast on Soap Days of Our Lives – At the Day of DAYS, newest cast member Thia Megia was introduced as Hayley Chen. “It’s surreal,” the AMERICAN IDOL alum told the crowd. “It’s such an honor… As far as my character, she’s had to endure so much in her past and to take on a role where she’s just full of strength and she’s such a vast character with so much depth. I’m just so grateful that they chose me to tell her story. It’s been amazing.” Look for her to cross paths with JJ. – Read more at Soap Opera Digest
The Voice Open Casting for Season 17 Begins in January!
Adam Lambert & Kristin Chenoweth Hit Stage To Perform at Patron Artists Awards 2018! – Adam Lambert is dapper in a suit as he hits the carpet at the 2018 Patron of the Artists Awards held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday (November 8) in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 36-year-old singer was joined at the event by fellow performer Kristin Chenoweth, hostess Rachel Bloom, Kat Graham, Veep‘s Tony Hale and Reid Scott, Alison Brie, Henry Winkler, Geoffrey Owens, Russell Hornsby, Jason George, Michelle Yeoh and Guillermo del Toro. – See the Photos at Just Jared
‘American Idol’ notes: David Cook interview (City Winery 11/19), David Archuleta, Lauren Alaina, Daughtry – He had a recent hand injury after one of his dogs got away from him and he tripped. “I didn’t stick the landing,” he said. This prevents him from playing guitar on tour. “I’m 35 years old,” he said. “This is the first major break I’ve ever had. I’m kind of flying blind.” He actually talked to season 8 winner Kris Allen, who had a much nastier wrist injury after a car accident a few years ago and had to re-learn how to play guitar form scratch. “I picked his brain a little,” Cook said. “I was lucky. His was more severe than mine. I avoided surgery.” – Read more at AJC.com
Life After American Idol: Inside Pia Toscano’s Attempted Comeback With Netflix’s Westside After Years of Struggle – “A lot of self-doubt and a lot of missed opportunities. I lost my record deal. You’re on a show that has new contestants every year, and so, of course people start to forget a little bit who you are and all that stuff,” she explained. “So it’s a scary thing when you get a taste of something like that. You get a taste and you think, ‘OK, I made it. I’m in it now. I’m going to create all this music.’ And then some things just don’t work out. Back then, it was very scary for me because I never lost hope that I would see the light at the end of the tunnel, but there were moments where it got very dark and where I did struggle to pay my rent.” After a lot of false starts, the New York native was forced to return to humble beginnings just to make ends meet. “I was, thank God, was able to go back to New York and sing with the wedding band that had once employed me. – Read more at EOnline