Headlines: AGT Christmas Special, Billy Gilman, LaPorsha Renae

Sal Valentinetti Dishes on His Duet with Heidi Klum for America’s Got Talent Holiday Spectacular – “Heidi and I became very close as the weeks went on with the show and when it came time for her to do the Christmas special and she had to choose an act to do it with, she chose me,” Sal told Parade.com in an exclusive interview. “I was really, really honored to be able to do that with her. Working with Heidi is just an incredible experience. You think that it’s going to be something cookie cutter because it’s Christmas, but she went all out so it’s going to be awesome.” – Read more at Parade.com

Sundance Head Discusses Winning “The Voice” on AOL Build

Billy Gilman believes he may be a star once again – “It’s quite the crazy train, right this second, trying to figure all that out,” Gilman said in a phone interview. He’s battling a virus, so the voice that brought him this far wasn’t functioning well. But Gilman’s singing work is done, for the moment. Gilman said his next objectives are to make a new album and go on tour. His long-range ambitions are lofty – he wants to be a male version of British pop sensation Adele. “There’s not a male act out there that sounds like me … I honestly feel like there’s a lane for me. On ‘The Voice,’ I felt like I was singing the songs I was meant to sing,” he said. Gilman said he’s already heard from some record companies. A “huge” pop producer, whose name he can’t reveal, wants to talk to him. And he said “The Voice” itself might be in the mix, because they still have an option to work with Gilman. – Read more at the Providence Journal

The Voice Singer Cassadee Pope Appears on Spike’s Lip Sync Battle

The Swon Brothers Promise New Music in the New Year – “This summer, we took the summer off, after June, and we went in and cut a lot of new music,” Zach Swon tells The Boot. “On the second leg of the [Storyteller] Tour, we [played] some of the tunes, and they’ve been going over great. So, first of the year, we’ll have new music out.” Adds Colton Swon, “The good news is, it’s done. The bad news is, we have to wait just a little bit.” The Swon Brothers left Arista Nashville after their freshman project, but the guys say that while they have talked to other labels, they will gladly release the new record themselves, if it will make their fans happy. – Read more at The Boot

LaPorsha Renae Receives Ford Car she Won on American Idol

Sturbridge officer helps Blood Sweat & Tears out of a slick spot – Helping a stranded bus through the snow involved Blood Sweat & Tears and an American Idol for a Sturbridge Police officer Saturday morning. But he said it was all part of doing his job. “It really wasn’t a big deal, but it’s pretty slick out there,” said Sgt. Kevin Mercier, who helped direct the snowbound tour bus of the rock band Blood Sweat & Tears, which is touring with singer and American Idol alum Bo Bice as lead singer, through an intersection in Sturbridge on Saturday morning. “They were very down to earth, a very good group of guys, my first impression was they were a group of good guys.” – Read more at Telegram.com

Oklahoma Girls Fighting Cancer Get Chance To Meet Carrie Underwood – Christmas came early for two young Green Country cancer patients — who have a shared love for country music. Social media helped make their dreams come true in meeting one country’s biggest stars. The girls were set to see Carrie in concert at Tulsa’s BOK back in the spring. But at the last minute, Arleigh got sick and had to go to the hospital. “I cried because I didn’t get to go to the concert. I was very sad,” Arleigh said. Kodi still got to go and she made a sign explaining the situation. “To get Carrie’s attention,” Kodi said. – Read more at Newson6

Adam Lambert Attended Two Broadway Shows Last Week

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd Celebrate Their Baby Shower — See the Adorable Pics! – The engaged parents-to-be celebrated their baby shower at the McCarren Hotel & Pool in Brooklyn, New York. The couple sure knows how to dress to impress, as Maks looked dashing in a black suit,while Peta rocked a low-cut white dress. Peta and Maks both took to Instagram to commemorate the exciting day. “I’m the luckiest guy in the world,” Maks, 36, captioned his sweet picture, where he had slipped on a top hat and sunglasses and his fiance held up a onesie with a pastel blue bow. “We’re almost ‘three’ and I couldn’t be more excited about our life together! I’m in love with you @petamurgatroyd and I can’t wait…” – Read more at Entertainment Tonight

She’s Preggo!


We want to say a huge thank you to @nicolevolynets for the baby shower for the ages!!! This was my first experience and I had an amazing time! There’s nothing you can’t do and @petamurgatroyd and I are truly grateful… ?? Love our eclectic fam and can’t wait for #babyChmerkovskiy to be influenced by everyone in it! #RoomFullOfOGs ?? Thank you to everyone who came. The love in the room was apparent and all the babies made us feel at ease about bringing a kid into this crazy world. If our children are half as close as we have been through the years, they will have a large family of loyal friends to fall back on! That’s what it’s all about after all…. Don’t like the world you live in??? Do better! And it starts with how you raise your children ?? This is an incredible adventure and I can’t say it enough how lucky I am to have a partner like @petamurgatroyd to experience it with! I love you for always ???? We want to also thank everyone that helped put this milestone of ours together !! Especially @mccarrenbk for hosting us!!!! @starbrightnyc @couturecreationss @shakeandsharemedia @goodiebox_bakeshop #BestInTheBiz #babychmerkovskiy

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Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment Signs Development Deal With Star China – Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment has signed a three-year development deal with Canxing Production/Star China, one of China’s leading television production companies. The deal, announced Monday by Jin Lei, Cowell and Canxing/Star China’s chief director and CEO of Canxing Production, will see the two companies develop large-scale entertainment formats for the Mainland Chinese market that also have international export potential. – Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

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