Mickey Guyton Shares The Special Gift Carrie Underwood Gave Her Son – American Idol season 7 alum Mickey Guyton shared the sweet gift season 4 winner Carrie Underwood sent to her son Grayson. “I was having a rough day when this showed up in my mailbox. Then I opened it up to see that [Carrie Underwood] got my baby a piano! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. To watch him light up as he plays is the heart explosion I didn’t know I needed.” In the video, filmed by Guyton’s husband Grant Savoy, Grayson even gets some encouragement from his dad, who exclaims, “you a piano player bubba.” via iHeartRadio
Oh, I’m so glad he likes it! Figured it was a good bet that he’s musical!!! ?????? What a cutie!
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) July 23, 2021
Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony features Naomi Osaka, blue humans and Tongan flag-bearer – After the parade ended, musicians from around the world performed a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” which was also sung at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Singers John Legend (The Voice coach), Keith Urban (American Idol judge, (The Voice Australia coach), Angelique Kidjo and Alejandro Sanz took part in the performance as 1,800 drones soared over the stadium to form the shape of the Earth, a glowing circle in the Tokyo dark sky.- Read more at NBCNews
Idol alum Catie Turner releases first EP, has advice for new hopefuls ahead of auditions – If you’ve ever dreamed of your shot on American Idol, your chance is coming up! The show is bringing back its Idol Across America tour, and it kicks off in two weeks. We got some words of encouragement for anyone thinking of auditioning from former Idol contestant and Bucks County native Catie Turner, who just released her first EP on a major record label. What a nearly four year journey it has been for Catie. – 6ABC.com
Nile Rodgers hosts star-studded roller disco at LA botanic garden – Nile Rodgers had VIPs like Jason Mraz boogying on skates at The DiscOasis — an outdoor “music-driven interactive theatre” that he curated at the South Coast Botanic Garden in LA on Wednesday. The garden featured a giant roller-rink, where guests could skate and dance along with professional rollerbladers and performers in ’70s disco garb. It also featured a retro arcade, curated food trucks, and a “bloom box dance floor.” Adam Lambert, Allen Hughes, Shaun Ross, Kat Graham, Jeremy Scott, Bruce Bozzi, Dita von Teese and will.i.am were some of the celebs who popped by. – Read more at Page 6
Luke Bryan Says He Plans to Give an ‘Embarrassing’ Gift to Newlyweds Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani – While recently chatting with PEOPLE about his new digital series with Fendt, the 45-year-old country singer also opened up about friend Blake Shelton’s recent wedding to Gwen Stefani, and the “embarrassing” gift he plans on bestowing upon the newlywed couple. Noting that he was not in attendance at the event that took place earlier this month, Bryan tells PEOPLE exclusively, “I did not know it was happening. I found out with the rest of the world.” “But … I have started my mental wedding gift soirée,” he continues. “I’m going to get a big box and there will be embarrassing items in there.” – Read more at People
Nick Jonas hospitalized for fractured rib in Olympic Dreams special after crashing bike – Nick Jonas had to be hospitalized after fracturing his rib while filming NBC’s Olympic Dreams Featuring Jonas Brothers. Footage of the incident, which was shot beforehand, aired on the network Wednesday at the end of the premiere. The brothers had been racing on BMX bikes around an intense track. As they rounded a curve, Nick’s bike spun out. Joe and Kevin nearly avoided a three-guy bike pileup, but the producers of the special had to call an ambulance, as Nick was visibly in pain. He had told Entertainment Tonight ahead of the special’s premiere, “Something just got caught, dirt on the bike and just tumbled. But again, I feel good, surprisingly, all things considered. I was back in my Voice chair right away, kind of said, ‘Listen, I’m not going to let this slow me down.'” – Read more at Entertainment Weekly Basically more detail about when Nick showed up at The Voice live shows after a mysterious accident. Explains why he didn’t go into detail at the time. They were saving it for Olympics special.
‘American Idol’ Star Uché Loves Jesus, Goes Commando and Would Like to Thank the Academy – POP ARTIST Uché “Walter” Ndubizu, who goes by simply Uché on stage, is well known to American Idol fans, who watched him chew up the stage as a Top 10 competitor in 2019, with memorable, animated covers including an audacious interpretation of “Play that Funky Music White Boy.” The Sugar Land native continues to ignite stages around Texas — and to light up social media, where he’s racked up an even 100,000 followers on Instagram. He hit some interesting notes answering our 20 questions! – Read more Houston City Book
Penn & Teller lead Las Vegas Strip vaccination event (featuring America’s Got Talent alums) – The Rio hotel-casino stars are heading up the Caesars Entertainment pop-up vaccination effort Saturday at Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club at The Linq Promenade. Magician Mat Franco of The Linq Hotel, comic mime Tape Face of Harrah’s and “Paranormal” at Bally’s mentalist Frederic Da Silva are also scheduled to be on hand. The event runs from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., operating under the #VivaVaxVegas hashtag (catchy title) and the “This Is Your Shot” campaign. No-cost Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are offered for those ages 12 or older who have not been vaccinated. Free COVID-19 testing is also being offered. – Read more at LVRJ
Derek Hough Heading to Las Vegas for Limited Engagement, ‘Dance-Centric’ Show This Fall – Derek Hough will soon be taking the stage for his Las Vegas show, nearly a year-and-a-half after the COVID-19 pandemic upended his original scheduled run. The Dancing with the Stars judge, 36, will perform the limited engagement show, titled Derek Hough: No Limit, at The Venetian Resort’s Summit Showroom this fall. The dates include Sept. 22-26 and 29-30, Oct. 1-3 and 13-17, and Nov. 3-7, 10-14 and 17-21. According to a release announcing the news on Wednesday, the show will be “dance-centric” but also “incorporate all-new production elements, designed specifically for the astounding versatility of The Summit Showroom, and, as always, Derek’s magnetic stage presence.” – Read more at People.com