Headlines: Chris Daughtry NC HOF Inductee, American Idol Contestants Speak

Daughtry among state Music HOF inductees – Chris Daughtry, the Roanoke Rapids native who grew up in Lasker, and a 2006 American Idol contestant, is among seven new inductees added to the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. The Kannapolis-based hall of fame will celebrate its 10th annual induction with a ceremony scheduled for October. The Induction ceremony is open to the public and tickets are expected to go on sale in late spring, according to the statement released Thursday. – rrdailyherald.com

Her father wrote ‘Great Balls of Fire.’ Now this Lexingtonian is on ‘American Idol.’ – Amelia Hammer Harris’ “American Idol” audition has been viewed more than half-a-million times on YouTube and earned effusive praise, but she won’t look at it. “Being my own toughest critic, I can’t really watch that audition tape anymore,” Harris says of her performance of the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.” “But I’m also cool with it and glad that I tried to tackle a big song that’s really inspiring to me. It was a lot of fun, and then obviously my outfit is just slightly ridiculous. “Having that outfit with that song, I hope I look back at that in 30 years, and I hope that I’m not embarrassed but instead am just like, ‘Yeah, you knew who you were, and you owned it.’” – Read more at Kentucky.com

Maddie Poppe talks struggles, success as she advances on ‘American Idol’ – Though she’s doing well now, Poppe previously auditioned on a different singing competition show, “The Voice,” in 2015, and did not get a chair turn from any of the four judges. She was not able to choose her song, which was “Dog Days are Over” by Florence and the Machine. “I was a terrible singer at that song — it was not good,” she said. “I’m not making excuses, I just wasn’t ready.” “I’ve changed so much in three years that I’m glad it didn’t work out (on ‘The Voice’),” Poppe said. – Read more at WCFCourier.com

Teen ‘Voice’ contestant Alexa Cappelli talks going it alone in the battle round – But just before hitting “The Voice” stage to sing Sam Smith’s “Pray” with fellow teammate Hannah Goebel on Tuesday, March 27, the 18-year-old contestant being coached by Kelly Clarkson got word that Goebel had left Season 14 of the NBC competition for personal reasons. And so, Cappelli had to go it alone. “It was kind of awkward on stage having it just be me for something that was meant to be a duet, but I just had to roll with the punches and take advantage of the opportunity,” she said, speaking by phone from her parents home after automatically winning the battle round by default. “It just showed the judges what I’ve got and that I can adapt well to whatever the situation is.” – Read more at OCRegister.com

Cassadee Pope on Dog Park First Date With Actor Sam Palladio: ‘We Hit It Off’ – Cassadee Pope met actor/new boyfriend Sam Palladio years ago at a CMA Awards afterparty, but the couple didn’t start dating until late 2017. They’ve really hit it off, but she doesn’t want to rush it. “It was December of last year,” Pope tells Taste of Country Nights radio, “where we decided we’d take our dogs to the dog park and hang out at the dog park and we hit it off … for now.” “I don’t know, it’s so new!” she adds.- Read more at Taste of Country

Is Katy Perry Okay? – After explaining why she loves Japan so much (when she was 4 or 5, her mom forgot her in an elevator and five Japanese girls found her and gave her Coca-Cola gummy bears), and performing her song “Act My Age,” the show’s hosts wheeled out a tray with a variety of flavored chicken nuggets for Perry, from the Japanese convenience store Lawson’s. “I prepared that because [we] heard you are addicted to some foods in Japan,” the host explains, as Perry’s jaw drops. For reasons that remain unclear to all of us (including Perry, it seems), she leaps on the nuggets, shoving as many in her mouth as she can at once. – Read more at The Cut

Grace VanderWaal: The 14-year-old pop star with an “old soul” sound – Grace VanderWaal became an instant star at 12 years old. She won a season of “America’s Got Talent” in 2016 by showcasing her original songs and raw singing ability. Music mogul Simon Cowell called her the next Taylor Swift and Rolling Stone says she’s a pop prodigy. She may be young, but when you listen closely, you can hear a bit of an old soul in her music. As CBS News’ Vladimir Duthiers found out, the 14-year-old’s got one foot in middle school and the other on center stage. Just don’t call her famous. “Famous is a very weird word,” Grace told Duthiers at her home outside New York City. “I feel like – I feel like that’s definitely not me.” – Read more at CBS.com

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