ABC Reality Chief – More on American Idol – What has been the most challenging part of the Idol reboot process? There is an expectation of: How is the show going to be ABC’s American Idol? And staying true to what made it so great and beloved in the first place. It’s a unique opportunity for not just ABC but for the Walt Disney Company, because you see what we’ve done when we’ve had these brands like Marvel or Star Wars and finding new and different ways while still keeping the DNA of these properties that people love. That’s the same with Idol. When you look at it in the TV landscape, Idol is definitely as big of a brand as any of those. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
Clay Aiken: Trump is racist, ‘I was a f—ing dumb—’ for defending him – Singer and former congressional candidate Clay Aiken said on Twitter Tuesday that he felt dumb for defending the president. Aiken said that he was “a f—ing dumb—” for defending President Donald Trump and believing Trump is “not actually racist.” “I’ve always thought he would be a dumpster fire as a president, and I was right about that,” Aiken continued in another tweet. “I just didn’t think he was racist. #wrong” – Read more at News-Observer
Blake Shelton Announces Six-Song Live EP – Since joining The Voice, Blake Shelton has had little time for touring, but that isn’t stopping the superstar from letting his fans re-live his rowdy live shows. Later this month, the superstar will release a live EP, featuring six tracks. Recorded during Shelton’s pop-up show at the 2017 CMA Music Festival, the project will feature some of his biggest hits, including “Honey Bee,” “Ol’ Red” and “A Guy With A Girl.” The Oklahoma announced Blake Shelton (Live) with a post to social media, writing “My favorite thing in the world is playing for y’all.” – Read more at SoundsLikeNashville
Israeli Singing Show ‘The Final Four’ to Get Russian Version – Russian entertainment network CTC is set to become the first TV outlet outside the U.S. to air an adaptation of The Final Four, an Israeli music competition format that some have called the new American Idol. Fox recently ordered a U.S. version of the singing show, dubbed The Four. CTC will start Moscow auditions for contestants on Sept. 1, the network said. Its version of the show will be called Uspekh (Success) and air during the fall. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
Phillip Phillips plays “Headphone Karaoke” with Karson & Kennedy!
Phillip Phillips & Wife Recall the First Time They Met – Phillip Phillips knows that holding hands is important. The singer and his wife Hannah recently spoke about when he first met, and how they didn’t kiss on the first date. They ended up at the same party soon after, but they still didn’t kiss just yet. “See that’s very important to me – kissing and holding hands. We didn’t hold hands for a long time. “We kissed after about three or four dates.” – Listen to the interview at y98.com
‘American Idol’ director Bruce Gowers begins another search for a buyer in Malibu – Television director and producer Bruce Gowers has put his equestrian estate in Malibu up for sale again at $14.45 million — $500,000 less than what he was asking for the property about this time last year. – All that bad directing turned out to be lucrative – See more at Los Angeles Times