‘America’s Got Talent’ Winner Grace VanderWaal to Return for Live Results Show (EXCLUSIVE) – “America’s Got Talent” season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal is returning to the NBC show for the first live results episode on Aug. 16. The 13-year old will be joined by other AGT graduates and success stories, including season 9 winner Mat Franco, who performs his Magic Reinvented show nightly at the newly renamed Mat Franco Theater at Las Vegas’ LINQ Hotel & Casino; season 11 third place finisher Jon Dorenbos, a magician and NFL star who plays for the Philadelphia Eagles; and season 10 fan favorite Piff the Magic Dragon, whose magic show with canine companion, “Mr. Piffles,” earned a “Golden Buzzer” from guest Neil Patrick Harris and accolades from former judge Howard Stern, who calls the comic a “phenomenal talent.” – Read more at Variety
Louis Tomlinson to Perform Debut Solo Single, “Back to You,” Featuring Bebe Rexha, Live on “Teen Choice 2017” – Singer/songwriter Louis Tomlinson will perform his newly released debut solo single, “Back To You,” with Bebe Rexha, LIVE at TEEN CHOICE 2017.
Additionally, Grammy Award-winning trio Clean Bandit will perform their TEEN CHOICE-nominated smash song, “Rockabye,” as well as a rendition of the U.K. electronic trio’s brand-new single, “Symphony,” featuring international pop vocalist Zara Larsson, and backed by Santa Monica High School’s Samohi Orchestra students. TEEN CHOICE 2017 Airs Sunday, August 13, LIVE from University of Southern California’s Galen Center on FOX – Read more at Futon Critic
The Smith Center in Las Vegas to Present Postmodern Jukebox on August 14 for National PBS Program – Following its successful participation in the 2016 PBS Arts Fall Festival, Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts will present two concerts by acclaimed group Postmodern Jukebox on August 14, with both shows filmed and available for PBS stations across the country to schedule for broadcast in December 2017. – Read more at Vegas News.com
Jordin Sparks Guest Hosting on The Talk
The American Idol season 6 winner will return on August 3.
— The Talk (@TheTalkCBS) July 27, 2017
Troy Ramey: Finding His Voice On Long Island – Treading into the cutthroat environment that is today’s music industry is daunting under the best of circumstances. But if you have the talent and goods, sometimes it takes that one break that allows you to ascend to that next level of being a performer who earns a full-time living doing what they love.
For Troy Ramey, that break came when he auditioned for season 12 of The Voice, the NBC reality television singing competition where the Sea Cliff resident got as far as making the Top 12 before getting eliminated. What made it an even more surreal ride for Ramey was the fact that he had no intention of trying to get on the show. – Read more at Long Island Weekly
Syesha Mercado on local upbringing, ‘Idol’ and ‘Mormon’ – What did you take away from your time on “American Idol”? My experience on “American Idol,” it was like a boot camp for me — definitely learning a lot of information in a short amount of time. I learned a lot about balancing and how to prioritize. I learned a lot about my instrument and how to take of care of myself so that I have stamina for the stage and so that I’m healthy and I don’t lose my voice. Going into the competition, I had laryngitis; I had no clue that I had laryngitis. So I basically had to sing with the laryngitis because they wouldn’t allow me to go to the doctor or to take anything because they didn’t want me to have an advantage over other contestants. So that kind of started the process of me learning more and more about health and how to take care of myself and vocals and what to do. – Read more at Herald Tribune