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Trent Harmon Will Perform For NASH Next Challenge – Cumulus Media has confirmed American Idol winner Trent Harmon to perform at the NASH Next Challenge 2016 Finals Event at Mercy Lounge in Nashville on Oct. 25. The NASH Next 2016 winner will be selected from 10 national finalists competing at the event. Country Inns & Suites By Carlson has signed on as the national presenting sponsor of NASH Next Challenge 2016. – Read more at MusicRow.com

Kelly Clarkson on her soul album: ‘I’ve wanted to make this record since I was in junior high’ – Is that why you signed with Atlantic?
Yeah! They just had this stellar, soulful, more urban vibe, and that’s really what I was looking for. And they’re down with me making a country record one day. Because basically country and R&B are cousins. [Atlantic] is just really into me being an artist and doing different things. We don’t need to hear “Stronger” again, or “Since You’ve Been Gone.” It’s time for something else. We’re about to go to L.A. to do a big recording-writing session. It’s so much fun, because it’s like I’m a brand new artist again. – Read more at Entertainment Weekly

X Factor judge Adam Lambert set to party while in Sydney – WHEN Adam Lambert returns to Sydney for the X Factor live shows, the sometimes Queen frontman’s connections in the Emerald City guarantee he won’t be lonely or bored. On a previous visit here for The Original High tour last August, the For Your Entertainment singer seems to have been close to well-known Sydney party boy Oliver Barry on several occasions. The unlikely duo were snapped together several times, with social media images of them lying in bed while taking a selfie and posing together. Described as the “captain” of a ratpack of young gay men in the eastern suburbs, Barry’s notoriety rose earlier this year when a photo of him partying with Ian Thorpe was printed on the front page of The Daily Telegraph. – Read more at the Daily Telegraph

International Star Elliott Yamin – The Season 5 American Idol finalist made a return visit to our LIVE show to bring us up to speed on his latest projects, and shared the details on two special events he’s taking part in while in Richmond. See Elliott performing LIVE Saturday, October 1st at the Tin Pan at 8pm. He is also the new celebrity ambassador for JDRF and will be on hand for their annual One Walk Sunday, October 2nd at Noon.

Carrie Underwood’s Baby Boy Can’t Hide His Happiness When Meeting Elmo and the Sesame Street Cast – As seen on mom’s Instagram, Isaiah had the chance to see the cast of Sesame Street perform live at Pennsylvania’s Sesame Place theme park. And yes, he got to meet the one and only Elmo. Since we were in the area…we got the chance to make Isaiah’s day!” Carrie shared on Instagram as her son was able to meet Big Bird, Cookie Monster and more familiar characters. “Thanks, #sesameplace for the fun! We all had a blast!” And if there was any doubt this happy boy had an amazing time, just look at the pictures. – Read more at E News

Cassadee Pope Gives Inside Scoop on Touring with Chris Young – “It’s been really incredible because we’ve become such good friends, so off the road, we hang out and we’re talking about getting in to write some more and possibly doing an EP someday because we just loved singing together so much. But getting to go back on tour is great because people are singing ‘Think of You’ now for us. We can put the mics out to the crowd and they’re singing it super loud, which is crazy,” she explained to Sounds Like Nashville in a recent phone interview. – Read more at Sounds Like Nashville

Jason Mraz Surprises ‘America’s Got Talent’ Winner Grace VanderWaal — See Her Amazing Reaction!ETOnline

Cheryl Burke: ‘DWTS’ partner Ryan Lochte is ‘prepared for the worst’ – “I always like to have a dance partner who is going through change or controversy, because I like to be able to affect their life more than just teaching them how to dance,” says Burke, who during her hiatus from “Dancing With the Stars” created and directed a stage show in Japan called “Love on the Floor” and competed on the short-lived NBC reality show “I Can Do That.” “So with Ryan, before I met him, I was like, ‘Hopefully, he’s a great guy – because I would love to change people’s perception.’ ” – Read more at Charlotte Observer

Dancing’s Derek Hough: I Was Not Upset with Marilu – We may not have gotten immunity, but I thought the tango was Marilu’s best dance so far! She’s been improving every week and I thought she looked fantastic and very impressive. I want to clear the air about something: I know Marilu said in the clip on the results show that she thought I was upset with her, but I wasn’t. I wasn’t upset with her or about the scores. “Upset” is the wrong word. I was just bummed out because I just knew she could perform it better. Our dress rehearsal was better. I’m with her when she does it fantastically. I just want everyone to see that. I’m not disappointed in her. I’m not upset with her. I’m proud of her. I just want people to see how great she is. She loves the show so much and I want her to look her absolute best. – Read more at TV Guide

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