Headlines: Billie Eilish Watched Idol Growing Up, Grace Kinstler on Body Shaming

BKLYN THE MUSICAL Starring Diana DeGarmo, Miguel Cervantes, Taylor Iman Jones & More to Stream in June – Art Lab and ShowTown Productions have announced a special streaming presentation of BKLYN The Musical, available for three performances only this June 4, 5, and 6 on BroadwayOnDemand.com. Directed by Fofonoff, the cast of BKLYN The Musical includes Diana DeGarmo (Hair, BKLYN national tour) as Brooklyn; Miguel Cervantes (Hamilton national tour, American Idiot) as Taylor; Taylor Iman Jones (Head Over Heels, The Devil Wears Prada) as Faith; Quentin Earl Darrington as Streetsigner; Felicia Boswell (Memphis, Shuffle Along…) as Paradice; and Thom Sesma (Sweeney Todd at Barrow Street Theatre), Nick Cearley (“The Skivvies,” All Shook Up) and Lauren Molina (“The Skivvies,” Rock of Ages) as the City Weeds. – Read more at BroadwayWorld

Billie Eilish on Embracing Growing Up, Her ‘Therapeutic’ New Album & More – Watch back the full interview with Billie and Seacrest for more, including to learn how she used to vote for American Idol as a kid and fantasized about competing on the show. OnAirWithRyanSeacrest

‘The Voice’: Nick Jonas on His First Live Shows and Biggest Competition (Exclusive) – “I’m very proud of all the work that [my team has] put in,” he noted. “There’s so many gifted people, so many talented artists and so, to have to then cut that down to a small group is so tough, but it’s the show, it’s what we do, it’s part of the journey, and I’m so grateful to have had the chance to work with all the artists. Now to see who moves on is gonna be interesting.” – Read more at CBS8

Grace Kinstler talks about ‘American Idol’ experience ahead of new single release – Hosea Sanders talks to the McHenry County native about making it this far with just over a week until the finale! instler: I” think the biggest thing for me is just trying to stay in the moment and take in the experience as much as possible because at the end of the day, only one person is gonna win. Just to be here is a blessing, so I’m just trying to take in the experience one day at a time, and enjoy it because it’s going to be over faster than I know it.” – Watch the interview at ABC7

‘American Idol’ contestant Grace Kinstler inspires young girls, women to regain confidence in fashion choices as online trolls body shame Berklee student – Instead of discussing her voice, online trolls began body shaming the plus size singer, suggesting she needs to “dress better for her body style” or go to the gym. But those comments were drowned out by hundreds of positive responses from young girls and women. “They want people to stick to like the old norms of if you’re plus size you can’t do this because you don’t fit the mold or you shouldn’t wear this,” Kinstler told MassLive. “I don’t agree with that. ” The singer’s outfit on Sunday wasn’t just a look for “American Idol”, it’s the 20-year-old Berklee College of Music student style, she said. – Read more at MassLive

Former Fort Myers American Idol contestant ‘Baby V’ offers advice to Casey Bishop – Solomon was the Fort Myers American Idol contestant that made it to the Top 3 during season 4. It was 17 years ago when she brought American Idol to Centennial Park in Fort Myers. “I still look at the footage from Idol and I’m like… that was me? I don’t even believe that was me,” Solomon said. Since then, Solomon has been all over the world, performing on stages and cruise ships. “Just being able to travel and see the world, it really shapes your view of the world, your life,” she said. “I found out I love music. It’s my first love but I have a lot of other gifts to give to the world as well.” One of those gifts is a new beauty line Solomon just launched for lashes and hair extensions. She also has a new single dropping this week, all of which was made possible by being on American Idol. “I think Casey is doing an amazing job,” Solomon said. If she could give Casey any advice, Solomon said she would tell her to trust herself. “She’s beautiful, she sings like an angel. She looks like she’s handling it.” – Read more at ABC-7.com

After ‘American Idol’: Colin Jamieson discusses his favorite Massachusetts coffee choice that isn’t Dunkin’ and his future career plans – “I know I’m going to get a lot of hate for this but it’s not my favorite coffee. I wouldn’t go there if I could choose,” Colin Jamieson said. “I choose Starbucks or McDonalds.” HERESY! Heh. “It’s so easy to get in your head and say, ‘Why didn’t they choose me?’” he said. “I had an honest talk with myself and said, ‘Hey, no matter what happens you’re going to be fine. This is a lifetime choice for me. This isn’t going to all stop when this stops.”- Read more at masslive

David Cook promises “energy and excitement” at Sunday’s livestream show, but can’t wait to play in person this fall – Before hitting the road this fall, David Cook will play the third in a series of three livestream concerts this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. David says having done a few of these has only made him realize how much he misses playing for real live people. “It’s a little sterile if I’m being honest,” David tells ABC Audio of the livestreams. “I think it’s giving me a new level of appreciation for that immediate feedback. Because even with streaming — as much of a godsend as it’s been this last year — there’s still that that 20 to 40 second-lag before the comments catch up!” He laughs, “So I’m definitely looking forward to getting in front of a live audience again, absolutely!” – Read more at Warm1069.com.

Cassadee Pope Brings Her Pop-Punk Roots to New Song ‘What the Stars See’: ‘That’s Just Who I Am’ (Exclusive) – “I just feel like there’s a whole lane open in country music that I can fill authentically that’s just who I am,” she told PopCulture.com, sharing that she wrote “What the Stars See” with Jake Rose and Lindsay Rimes during her first-ever Zoom writing session at the beginning of quarantine. “The night before, I was just sitting on our deck at our house, and it was a very starry night and I just looked up and was like, ‘Man, the stars have a great perspective,'” she reflected. “And going through a breakup, I wonder how awesome it would have been to be a star and see what those guys were doing in their most private moments and were they crying over me or over me already. And so that’s kind of where the idea came from.” – Read more at PopCulture.com

Todd Tilghman and His Wife Brooke Keep It Real in ‘Every Little Win’ [EXCLUSIVE] – “We kind of thought, ‘Who would read a book about us?’” Brooke admits to Everything Nash. “Right after The Voice happened, Tricia Goyer, who co-authored this book with us, she has a podcast, or a blog, and she contacted me to come on her podcast. That turned into her saying, ‘Let’s write a book.’ I’ll be honest. I thought, okay, let’s write a book. It’s not really going to happen. We’ll throw around the idea. It’ll be fun to say, ‘Hey, somebody says they want to write a book about us.’ But the ball got rolling pretty quickly. We were in this thing, it’s been a blast.” – Read more at Everything Nash

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