Teddy Mathews feted by community at Onset VFW on his way to American Idol – The send-off party was organized by friends and family after American Idol’s 2018 commercials showed Mathews. The young artist did not expect to have a commercial run with his face, “I didn’t think that would happen before the show got started, I thought word wasn’t supposed to get out.” Once it was certain he was on, the wheels were turning to get family, friends and community together to wish him well on this new adventure. “I am loving this moment right now,” said Mathews, “I’m just enjoying seeing all these faces and people that mean so much. But I know I have to remain laser-focused on perfecting my craft and being prepared for what’s ahead, at the same time, I know much of what’s ahead of me is unknown. But there’s no doubt this is the chance of a lifetime and I want to make sure I am ready to take it.” The young recording artist will be leaving in a week for the Hollywood Week round of competitions for American Idol. – Read more at Wicked Local
So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley is expecting her second child – The TV host, 41 — who welcomed son Milo in January 2016 with husband Patrick Kielty, 46 — is expecting a second baby in the coming months. She broke the news on Saturday via Twitter, writing, “Over-the-moon to share that Milo is going to be a big brother! Can’t wait to be a family of four in the spring. We’re all so excited.” Deeley stepped out at Sunday’s Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour in support of Lifetime’s new series This Time Next Year, where she told PEOPLE she’s ready to have her hands full despite how difficult parenting can be. – Read more at Entertainment Weekly
Davon Fleming MLK Parade Grand Marshall in Baltimore
The Voice singer Davon Fleming looks like he had a great time heading the MLK Day Parade in his hometown, Baltimore.
— Davon Fleming (@DavonFleming) January 15, 2018
The Voice Season 11 Runner-Up Billy Gilman Sings Anthem for Patriots vs Titans Game Jan 13.
— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) January 14, 2018
‘The Voice’ runner-up, Addison Agen, honored by Indiana House – A 16-year-old Fort Wayne girl who nearly won NBC’s “The Voice” singing competition was honored Thursday by the Indiana House for her nationally renowned achievement. Lawmakers got a first-hand glimpse of Agen’s talent as she sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” to open the day’s legislative business. They also approved House Concurrent Resolution 11 officially congratulating Agen on behalf of all Hoosiers. – Read more at NewsBug.info
— Indiana House GOP (@INHouseGOP) January 11, 2018
INTERVIEW: Wé McDonald to remember Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th at Harlem Stage benefit – What can fans expect from you in 2018? So much! I have spent the past year writing new music for my upcoming album! I have been working with amazing producers and talent to pull together an EP that speaks to how I feel about everything from love to social injustice, and I am so excited for its release in the coming weeks. Fans will get to know me better, know where I stand and truly hear my sound. I have also partnered with Sussman Education to launch my new children’s book soon to be released! The book really focuses on how to overcome being bullied. – Read more at Hollywood SoapBox
CARRIE UNDERWOOD LOOKS FORWARD TO SUNDAY NIGHTS AND FOOTBALL. – “I love being the voice of Sunday Night Football because I grew up watching football…from birth. I’m from Oklahoma – we’re a football state. It’s just a part of the country that everybody has their teams and there’s such an energy about it,” says Carrie.
‘The Voice’ Taught Craig Wayne Boyd to Stay True to Himself – “Blake was the one that really pushed me to stick to my guns and be myself. And I think Gwen was the one that helped me find myself in the fact that she said ‘don’t pigeonhole yourself in to just being one thing,” Boyd explains to Taste of Country. “Whatever it is that you’re feeling at the moment, don’t be scared of that.'” It’s these lessons that helped shape Boyd into the artist he is today, not allowing the harsh opinions of the industry to dictate his artistry. This sense of self is reflected in his current album, Top Shelf, which blends a myriad of genres and influences to create a sound that’s distinctly Boyd’s. – Read more at Taste of Country