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David Cook, Sawyer Fredericks to sing Anthem at Watkins Glen Racetrack – American Idol Season 7 winner, David Cook, will sing the National Anthem singer for the Cheez-It™ 355 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on August 9th. The Voice 8 winner, Sawyer Fredericks will sing the Anthem on August 8th ahead of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Zippo 200. Both races are at the Watkins Glen International race track in Watkins Glen NY. More at New York Twin Tiers.com.

Jennifer Hudson cast in Spike Lee’s movie for Amazon – Spike Lee’s next major film (working title, Chi-Raq) is the first-ever Amazon Original Movie produced. Chi-Raq will feature Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett with John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. In what will be her breakout-starring role, Teyonah Parris will play the central lead character. Chi-Raq was shot entirely in Chicago and wrapped last week. – Read the press release at Futon Critic.

Idol Producer gives advice to Hopefuls – American Idol producer, Patrick Lynn has advice for hopefuls auditioning this summer for the show’s final season “We get people with good voices, but that’s all they’ve got and that doesn’t fit the bill.” Also, don’t let your nerves get the best of you, and don’t pick the wrong song. Idol auditions are scheduled for Savannah on July 22. Read more at Savannah Now

‘American Idol’ Tour Director Raj Kapoor on Top 5: ‘They All Sing Their Faces Off’ – American Idol’s long time tour director, Raj Kapoor, talks to Billboard about the American Idol Live summer tour. “Idol has evolved and you change with the times. This year’s kids are very musical. Last year we made a decision not to have a band for the first time, which was not my favorite decision. This year one of our priorities was to have a band again. You can’t really have a show like this with real music and musicians without a band. That was one of the number one priorities. But somewhere along the line there had to be a compromise. We can’t really have a band if we’re taking all 10 of them, but way in advance they thought we were only taking five this year. It made the most sense economically,” said Kapoor who adds that it’s one of the strongest Top 5s he has ever worked with. Read more at Billboard.com

Clark Beckham, Rayvon Owen talk life after ‘American Idol’ – Clark Beckham and Rayvon Owen are heading home to Tennessee for a concert at the Ryman in Nashville on Friday with the American Idol Top 5. They talk to the Tennessean about tour and plans for the future. – Read it at The Tennessean

Rayvon Owen Nervous About Hometown Concert – Rayvon Owen is a little nervous about performing in front of family and friends when the American Idol Live tour hits his hometown of Richmond VA. “You would think it would be easier, playing in front of family and friends, but it makes me more nervous,” he said. “But I’m excited to show them what I’ve been working on all my life,” he said. Rayvon is also looking to start a line of hats, and is seeking acting opportunities in Los Angeles – Read more at Richmond.com

Kelly Clarkson Spills Secrets of Her Summer Tour – Kelly talks about her current summer tour with Entertainment Weekly

Scotty McCreery interview ahead of his solo Atlanta Botanical Gardens concert – Scotty on handling fame: “I am from a small town in North Carolina, and I have been lucky enough to have had the same friends since I was a boy. We’ve gone to school together, played sports together and hung out together most of our lives. Thankfully, they never fail to keep me from getting a big head. I’m also a pretty laid-back guy. God, friends and family, music and sports, and time on the beach — that’s really all I need.” Read more at Gainesville Times

The Voice Stars Play Out of the Box

The Voice stars, Sawyer Fredericks, Jermaine Paul and more talk to NECN ahead of their concert on the Boston Common last night.

Pentatonix and their journey to fame – Epic records dropped the Sing-Off winners, Pentatonix, but that didn’t deter the a’cappella quintet from pursuing their dreams. They talk about their journey with TribLive. The group is currently opening for Kelly Clarkson on her summer tour. Read more at TribLive.com

Kelly Clarkson Backstage at Finding Neverland

Kelly Clarkson attended the hit Broadway musical, Finding Neverland. Here she is backstage, with star Matthew Morrison

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