Headlines: American Idol in Charleston, JHud Set for Super School Live

Video shows American Idol line growing before sunrise – The audition line for American Idol at the Charleston Area Convention Center was already lengthy at around 5:30 a.m. Friday. In fact, our team in North Charleston said the line doubled in size between 5 a.m. and 5:30. – Read more at ABCNews4

Hollywood’s Brightest Stars Join Students, Educators and Parents for “EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live” Airing on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 – The telecast will feature a live musical performance by Andra Day, comedy sketches and moving documentary segments to bring to life the past, present and future of high school in America. The evening will culminate in a special performance led by Jennifer Hudson with Sheryl Crow, Max Weinberg and Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, MC Hammer, Jon Boogz and Sheila E. – Read more at Market Insider

‘The Voice’ Team on the Reality Hit’s Secret of Success – And even so many seasons in, they say there’s no shortage of talent for them to discover. “That’s the most amazing thing about it,” says Burnett. “Here you have a country of 300 million Americans, and new talent popping up every day. And people who took them 12 seasons to decide to send in an audition and now want to be on the show.” So despite the influx of other competition shows, like the return of “American Idol,” the team isn’t worried. “There was a definitive moment in the show’s run where it’s almost like America said, ‘OK, this is the show we’re going to audition for,” says Daly. “And it’s unbelievable, this great talent.” – Read more at Variety

Haley Reinhart Reaches Out to Idol Hopefuls

Reba McEntire has ruled out all possibilities of judging on ‘American Idol’. – The 62-year-old country singer has admitted she won’t be taking a seat on the panel of the revived talent competition when it returns to TV screens because she doesn’t think she is cut out to be a harsh critic like music mogul Simon Cowell. Speaking to ‘Entertainment Tonight’ about a possibility of mentoring a category on the popular show, she said: “If anybody was bad, I don’t think I could say, ‘You were bad,’ or, ‘Honey, go get you a day job’. I would definitely not be a Simon [Cowell].” – Read more at Sunday World

Would Gwen Stefani Leave The Voice for American Idol? “You Just Never Know…” – But The Voice isn’t the only singing competition on TV. American Idol auditions began Aug. 17, and so far, only Katy Perry has signed on to judge the rebooted series for ABC. Hypothetically, if producers were to reach out to Stefani, would she jump ship? “That would, like, I don’t know,” the songwriter said. “You never know what could happen. You just never know…but I doubt it.” If Stefani were offered $25 million, as Perry was, would she still decline the opportunity? “I think she got all the money!” Stefani said with a laugh. “I think there’s no more left!” – Read more at EOnline

Fifth Harmony on How They Got Over the Loss of Camila Cabello, Took Control and Found Harmony as a Four-Piece – How does it work now in terms of dividing up vocals and who is going to sing what? (Editor’s note: Genius.com found that Cabello sang the most lines on 5H’s first two albums.) Kordei: It’s not really about leads for us. For the most part, all of us are really strong vocalists and, this time around, we had a lot more harmony moments, a lot of ad-libs going on, from all of us. You get to explore all of our vocals now individually. With each other, if someone shows that a [certain] part sounds better with their voice on it, that’s what we’re going to do. We’re all conscious about making sure that we’re all represented. That’s the point of being a group, really…is to have different strengths, to have different tones and play around with that. – Read more at Newsweek

Meet the Next Wave of Boy Bands: PRETTYMUCH, Why Don’t We and CNCO – Why Don’t We — which consists of Jonah Marais, Corbyn Besson, Daniel Seavey, Jack Avery and Zach Herron, all solo artists before linking up — embody a boy band for the vlogger generation, regularly posting videos from the studio and of recorded mashups. YouTube star Logan Paul featured the act on his single “Help Me Help You”; the clip has garnered over 100 million views. “If you’re just constantly dropping content, the fans love it,” says the group’s Besson. Thus far, Why Don’t We has taken a more-is-more approach to proper releases, with three EPs in the past nine months (the most recent, Why Don’t We Just, peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart). Kallman adds, “When an artist delivers a consistent reveal of who they are, that has its own magnetic appeal.” – Read more at Billboard

‘American Idol’ winner Lee DeWyze returns to Marshfield – As a musician, DeWyze said that Cat Stevens’ “Tea for the Tillerman” and Paul Simon’s “Graceland” were two albums that had a heavy influence on him. DeWyze learned to play the guitar, piano, and the drums, and it was not long before he started to write his own songs. “I discovered that I could turn my thoughts and ideas into a clever song or line,” DeWyze said. “I am a songwriter first. … Being a songwriter and going on ‘American Idol’ was a way different approach, a different path than I would have taken, but nonetheless it was a great experience. It was really a great kick start for me.” – Read more at HubCityTimes

DWTS Co-Host Tom Bergeron Admits ‘I Don’t Have a Clue’ – He’s one of the hardest-working men in showbiz. Although to hear Tom Bergeron tell it, his co-hosting gig on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, which debuts its 25th season on September 18, is anything but work. “It’s so much fun to watch these people, who you may know from other venues and other careers, come into our ballroom,” he says. “And then with all the energy and passion and commitment that they’ve given into either their sports or music or acting careers, they put it into learning how to dance.” – Read more at Parade

Evie Clair’s father reacts to news that his daughter will advance on ‘America’s Got Talent’ – It was a proud moment for Amos Ablanalp as he watched his oldest daughter, Evie Clair, advance to the semi-finals of “America’s Got Talent” during the live show on Wednesday night. “Good luck, baby!” he told the camera from his hospital bed, giving her a double thumbs up. “I’m sorry I missed it live.” – Read more at Deseret News

America’s Got Talent’s Deaf Singer Mandy Harvey on How She Feels the Music – You know how dancers put speakers on the floor so they can feel the music, can you feel the music in some way? Absolutely, that’s why I kick my shoes off. For me, I’m feeling the music. I want to be able to feel the beat. For me, like today when it is just me singing, I want to feel that I was actually making noise, so I can feel that something came out whether it was good or bad at least something happened. When I’m playing with my band, I designate different parts to feel different things. The bass pounds in your chest when you go to a concert. It almost replaces your heartbeat. Then the drums you feel on the floor. Feeling music is at the heart of what I’m doing. – Read more at Parade.com

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