Headlines: Carrie Underwood Meets Deaf Fan, Jordin Sparks Celebrates

Carrie Underwood Meets Deaf Fan, 8, Whose Sign Language Rendition of ‘The Champion’ Went Viral – Carrie Underwood has officially met Savannah Dahan, the 8-year-old girl from Maryland whose sign language rendition of the singer’s song “The Champion” went viral earlier this year. While taking her Cry Pretty 360 Tour to Washington D.C. on Friday, the American Idol alum, 36, got a chance to hang out with Savannah — and perform a special duet of the 2018 track. Documenting the sweet moment on her Instagram page, the pair stand side-by-side as Underwood delivers an a cappella performance of the song while Savanah enthusiastically signs along. – Read more at People

WATCH: Waitress’ Jordin Sparks and Brandon Kalm Celebrate You Matter to Me Day – October 7 is You Matter to Me Day, and to celebrate Waitress’ Jordin Sparks and Brandon Kalm stopped by the Playbill studio. Watch the exclusive performance of “You Matter to Me” from Waitress in the video above. Grammy-nominated Sparks, who made her Broadway debut in In the Heights, returned to the musical theatre stage September 16 in the hit musical at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The American Idol winner is playing a limited engagement in Waitress as Jenna through October 27. – Watch the Video at Playbill

Gwen Stefani Jokes She’s ‘Dragging Out’ Her 50th Birthday During Celebrations with Blake Shelton – Gwen Stefani continued her birthday festivities into the weekend after celebrating her 50th with family on Thursday. Sharing a series of videos on her Instagram Stories, the singer revealed she grabbed dinner and drinks with boyfriend Blake Shelton and a few friends on Friday night. “We are dragging this out,” Stefani joked in a video as one friend said “Birthday!” in a singing voice. The group had some drinks and dined on oysters before slicing into a flower-covered cake. “Blake + Gwen” was sweetly written on the platter underneath the cake. – Read more at People

Niall Horan Is Ready to ‘Make a Bit of Noise’ With ‘Nice to Meet Ya,’ His First New Song in Two Years – Two year’s later, the 26-year-old is taking that sexiness up a notch with his latest single, “Nice To Meet Ya.” Horan co-wrote the song with a few of his “Slow Hands” cohorts, Julian Bunetta (Maroon 5), Tobias Jesso, Jr. (Adele) and Ruth-Anne Cunningham (John Legend). “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” Horan says of his powerhouse writing team, via email. “This song is a development of ‘Slow Hands’ — what ‘Slow Hands” sister sounds like. Taking that next step up and branching out a little bit. I was never worried about writing with these guys. This is just kind of like a next chapter for us.” – Read more at Billboard

Ally Brooke Says Her ‘Confidence Is Just Booming’ as She Competes on Dancing With the Stars – “Being on Dancing with the Stars has been so transformative for me,” she tells PEOPLE exclusively. “You’ve seen me since the beginning, and I’m such a different person now. Even just in this past month, I already feel like my confidence is just booming.” “I’ve had a really hard time believing in my dancing because those mean comments online were so bad and affected me really badly,” the 26-year-old continues. “But the more and more I can progress on the show is a blessing. All I can do is do my best.” – Watch the Video at People

Nicole Scherzinger Says ‘Masked Singer’ Is More “Competitive” in Season 2 – “I’m doing better this year. I think now that I’ve got my sea legs, we’ve got a point of reference, we’re all doing better,” she said of fellow judges Ken Jeong, Robin Thicke and Jenny McCarthy. “It’s gotten a lot more competitive. Ken somehow is getting a little worse. But I’m picking up on the subtle clues in the clue packages.” She continued: “I think it’s happened to all of us because we forget that a lot of those people are friends underneath the masks. But you have no idea. Then they unveil themselves and you’re like, ‘What? I had no idea.’ And they’re like, ‘I’ve been hiding from you all along.'” – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

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