Chayce Beckham Signs With KP Entertainment – American Idol 2021 winner and 19 Recordings/BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records artist Chayce Beckham has signed with Kerri Edwards‘ KP Entertainment for management. “Chayce immediately had my attention during his American Idol audition,” Edwards shares. “When I got the call to take a meeting with him, I didn’t hesitate. I quickly found out his love for country music and the type of artist he wants to be. He is the real deal…songwriter and performer. The team at KPE has had the privilege to be a part of this first release of music and we are so proud of how it turned out. He has all the right things to keep him around for a very long time and we are excited for what his future holds in this business.” – Read more at Music Row
Former American Idol contestant to host vocal bootcamp – Former Memphis American Idol contestant Lil Rounds is hosting a six-week summer intensive boot camp for those ages 10 to 17 who want to enhance and develop their vocal abilities. Lil Rounds joined Action News 5?s Amanda Hanson at the digital desk to talk about how the camp will encompass not only vocal training but how to compete in today’s entertainment industry. Lil was a season 7 finalist. – More at Action News
Kelly Clarkson Teases new music backstage at the American Song Contest Finale
Backstage at the ASC finale, Kelly Clarkson teases a new music project.
.@kellyclarkson hints at new music coming! ?
— ExtraTV (@extratv) May 10, 2022
Carrie Underwood Says She’s in a ‘Fun, Happy Era’ of Her Life – “I love it when I get to make a body of work and then I get to kinda live that out for a couple of years,” Underwood, who proudly rocked a bedazzled denim vest, denim boots and purple tie dye shorts combo, said. “I feel like this is such a fun and happy era for me, so I’m dressing the part. I feel in character. Which is just me. I’m just having a blast.” – Read more at ETOnline
American Idol Contestants React to “Childhood Hero” Carrie Underwood Returning to the Show – The Top five will travel to Las Vegas to be mentored by Carrie Underwood. Carrie is ready to kick off another leg of her residency at Resorts World. “I’m so excited, I’m losing my mind,” HunterGirl said. Marlene, who fell down when the news was announced, added, “She was my childhood hero of all heroes. I have so many videos of me singing Carrie Underwood growing up. It’s crazy, I’m just so excited.” – Read more at EOnline
Chayce Beckham Offers a Little Advice for This Season’s ‘American Idol’ Finalists – The American Idol winner shared his advice for the Top 5: “For them, I would just be trying to connect with my audience and getting them to vote,” Beckham shares. “That gave me confidence. I was just looking at my audience,” he adds, “But I was engaged with my audience and my social media, and I kind of wear my heart on my sleeve a lot. I think I was just able to connect with people.” “It’s kind of double-sided because you might check and be like ‘oh … I’m not winning,'” he adds.- Read more at Taste of Country
Five Years In, What Do Judges Katy, Lionel and Luke Know That They Didn’t Realize When They Began Their ‘Idol’ Jobs? – This post-show interview has a ton of stuff in it, including interview with the Top 7. Each of the judges also assessed the current season compared to their first four years on Idol. “Last year we had an amazing group of talented people,” says Bryan. “This year is right up there with last year, if not better. The show where we did the judges’ song contest was a big hit and then you have Katy dressing up like a mermaid. We’re able to have fun on the show. Me and Lionel and Katy, especially Katy and I, we’re not able to take ourselves too seriously. There’s so much ‘serious’ out there. You’re getting fed stuff that upsets you and I think there’s nothing about this show that upsets you. It’s an uplifting show that provides hope and we’re just lucky to be the facilitators of it.” – Read more at Billboard
Lionel Richie Says Idol Builds ‘Special Forces’ as Contestants with COVID Appear from Hotel Room – “Let me explain something. You’re looking at two people right here. There’s 50,000 people in a concert. Your throats hurting. You have a cold like you’ve never experienced before. And you go, ‘You’re on,’ ” Richie, 42, says in a group interview. “We’ve done that so many times. I mean, what you saw tonight was one of those moments for them for the rest of their lives. In other words, they’re gonna be sick and tired and worn out every time for the rest of their careers. But they have a career.” – Read more at People
American Idol judge Luke Bryan Pretty Much thinks Noah Thompson will win
“Noah might be my front runner right now,” Luke says
— Access Hollywood (@accesshollywood) May 9, 2022