Headlines: American Idol Bring Back! David Cook Joins Big Slick

LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN Announces Return of AMERICAN IDOL ENCORE – With only three contestants left in the competition, “Idol” fans can help one of their favorites make one more national TV appearance, this time on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” “Live’s ‘American Idol’ Encore” will return again this season, allowing viewers to help choose one of the eliminated Top 10 singers to perform in “Live with Kelly and Ryan’s” New York studio on Thursday, May 23. Viewers will get to weigh in on the decision via an online poll beginning Monday morning, May 20. After polling ends, one of the eliminated “Idol” singers will travel to New York City to appear on “Live” on May 23. – Read more at BroadwayWorld.com

A ‘kinky’ Idol, Mad Man and HBO alum highlight latest Big Slick celeb announcements – Blue Springs rocker David Cook, the Season 7 “American Idol” winner and recent Broadway star of “Kinky Boots,” has signed on for another year of fun with the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend guys as they continue to raise money for the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital. The 10th annual fundraiser is set for June 7-8. Events this year include the usual: a Friday night celebrity softball game at Kauffman Stadium; a Saturday morning red carpet arrival, bowling tournament and free block party at Pinstripes in Overland Park; and a Saturday night auction. – Read more at Kansas City.com

American Idol Finalist Walker Burroughs Joining Bobby Bones Tour

“Can’t wait to see you guys out this year. Tickets on sale Friday . http://RagingIdiots.com . Bringing @WalkerBurroughs and @imemmaklein”

As ‘American Idol’ Nears Finale, Judges & Eliminated Contestants Reflect on Season 17 Lessons – One of the most priceless perks of being on American Idol is getting advice from the three superstar judges. After Sunday (May 12) night’s penultimate live show of season 17, backstage talk turned to the opinions the judges offered this year’s top three finalists. “I think with Madison [VanDenburg], it’s always to dig harder,” Luke Bryan began the discussion. “When you look at her voice structurally, it is as dynamic as any voice in the world. So it’s about her creating the character and the emotion. With Laine [Hardy], it was always about, ‘Get out of your way and be free.’ And Alejandro [Aranda], we had to let him know where his career’s fixing to go.” – Read more at Billboard.com

How the American Idol Top 3 Plan to Win the Competition – American Idol has its Top 3, and all is right in the world, according to judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. “On the money,” Perry said about the results of the Sunday, May 12 show on ABC. “Great,” Richie said. “Perfect,” Bryan added. The episode featured Madison VanDenburg, Alejandro Aranda and Laine Hardy making it through the elimination, becoming the Top 3 of season 17 (the second season on ABC). “If you’re not excited for [the finale], you don’t have a pulse,” Perry told E! News. And then she, well, you should click play on the video above to see what she does. It must be seen. – Read more at EOnline

The Voice’s Maelyn Jarmon Says John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s Relationship Gives Her ‘Hope’ – “It’s funny — he said, ‘I am not at all intimidated by having a very successful partner, I actually love it,’” Jarmon said. “I loved that because it’s hard when you date a musician. You do think about the future, and you’re like, ‘What if one of us gets really successful? Or what if we both are successful, how are we going to work that out?’ To see that John and Chrissy have made that work and that they have such a beautiful relationship, it definitely gives me hope.” – Read more at People

‘Songland’ Podcast Lets Mentors Tell Stories Behind Their Hits– As part of the rollout for the upcoming NBC show “Songland,” a podcast featuring the show’s mentors and celebrity guests has been launched in conjunction with iHeartMedia, which the radio powerhouse is describing as its first joint podcast effort with a broadcast TV network. – Read more at Variety

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