Headlines: American Idol to Feature Trans Singer, Plus Billy Gilman, David Archuleta

Transgender Durfee student Colton McGrath featured on ‘American Idol’ – Colton McGrath has made a name locally as a talented singer-songwriter, but up until last summer, it was as Cassidy McGrath. Now, the transgender B.M.C. Durfee High School senior is bringing a message of diversity to the national stage as a competitor on “American Idol.” A singer/songwriter with a strong following in Boston and the SouthCoast, McGrath will be featured on the show when it begins airing March 11 on ABC, American Idol’s new network. – Read more at HeraldNews.com

Patchogue Theatre Celebrates 50 Years Of HAIR With A Broadway Caliber Concert! – Patchogue Theatre to produce a full concert version of the exciting, Broadway altering and Tony, Drama Desk and Grammy winning musical “HAIR.” The concert production will be directed by Emmy, Grammy and Tony winner John McDaniel and will star Broadway and American Idol’s Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, along with a cast of young Broadway and national touring talent. A full 11-piece band will back this amazing cast. There will be two thrilling nights of music performed at Patchogue Theatre on March 9 and 10 at 8:00 p.m. – Read more at Broadway.com

Coaches Tell Us What They Love About ‘The Voice’ – Newcomer Kelly Clarkson knows a little bit about winning a reality competition show, as she is the first-ever American Idol winner, and perhaps more importantly, one of the most successful people coming from that show. In the above interview, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine talk about what sets this show apart from the other competition shows, and why ‘The Voice’ is special. – See the Video at Hollywood.com

The Voice 11 Alum Billy Gilman Previews “The Good Life”

David Archuleta Previews New Music Video

The Voice season 10 winner Alisan Porter performed at Women’s Apparel convention in Las Vegas

Jordin Sparks Says New Music Is Different Than Her ‘American Idol’ Days – “I remember with that first album after I won [American Idol], it was so fast-paced we had to get it done so quickly that I wasn’t able to take as much time as I would’ve liked on it,” Sparks explained. “With these next songs I’ve been able to write a lot more which is great because then I know the songs I write are coming from me.” “I’ve also grown up significantly since then,” she admitted. “I remember in 2007 singing No Air, I hadn’t been in love yet I didn’t even know what that was.” – Read more at OK Magazine

Racy photos found on Constantine Maroulis’ phone – Constantine Maroulis needs to keep an eye on his phone. The singer was spotted with a woman at Manhattan’s Kellari Taverna, where “he dropped off his coat with the hostess, [and] also managed to leave his phone behind,” says a spy. “It wouldn’t have been awkward until explicit pictures of a woman, who was not his date, started popping up for all to see.” The hostess returned the phone to Maroulis, whispering, “You may want to put a lock on that for next time.” – Read more at Page Six

DWTS Alum Tony Dovolani to Guest Host Chippendales Show in Las Vegas – Tony Dovolani will soon be learning firsthand that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. The former Dancing with the Stars pro and Mirrorball Trophy winner will soon be guest hosting the world famous Chippendales show for six weeks at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, PEOPLE can exclusively reveal.
Dovolani, 44, is the latest celebrity to don the brand’s iconic cuffs and collar and guest host the show, which will run from April 19 through May 27. In addition to hosting, the DWTS alum will work with the production’s creative team to choreograph parts of the show in which he will be featured. – Read more at People.com

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