Headlines: Clay Aiken’s Only Win Denied, Maddie Poppe Finishes Album

TNT Drops Jussie Smollett Episode Of ‘Drop The Mic’ After Arrest – TNT will not air a planned March 6 episode of its celeb rap-battle series Drop the Mic that featured Jussie Smollett, the Empire star who was arrested this morning and charged with felony counts for his part in faking that he was attacked last month in Chicago. – Read more at Deadline

Unfortunately, in the episode, Smollett battled American Idol alum Clay Aiken. And well…Clay isn’t very happy about the turn of events. As it affects him.


Maddie Poppe Finishes her Album

The American Idol winner is set to drop her album on May 17. She writes on Instagram: “So I’ve been sorta MIA for the past few months, and it probably seems like I’m not doing much since I haven’t been playing shows or making any appearances, but the truth is, I’ve been super busy the past few months creating my up-coming ALBUM with @hollywoodrecords !! It’s been a lot of work, and has gotten stressful and sorta lonely being here in LA for 42 nights, but it has been so much fun and so worth it. I’m so excited for you to hear the new music I’ve been creating with these people + about 30 others. And Resonate (the recording studio in LA that I’ve cut almost every song at) made me the cutest little cupcake tree since it’s my last day recording here!! Headed back home soon but so grateful for the time I’ve had & friends I’ve made while being in California.”


Kelly Clarkson Reveals Her Father ‘Passed Away Months Ago’ – During talk about her “Meaning of Life Tour,” which recently saw her perform a stellar cover of Lady Gaga’s “Shallow,” the soon-to-be TV host said that she knows she’s going to get emotional every time the track is coming up in the set list. “Just that song for me, personally, behind the scenes, it’s evolved mostly for me,” she explained. “So like from the moment I wrote it, just being pregnant with my little girl and then you know all the moments that I really did try and make it work with my father and life and just get completely let down to where… You know he passed away months ago. So that’s that’s why.” – Read more at iHeartRadio

Ex-“American Idol” contestant was arrested with enough fentanyl to kill 415,000 people – A former “American Idol” and “Fear Factor” contestant was arrested last October with enough fentanyl to kill 415,000 people, according to an analysis by The Virginian-Pilot using Drug Enforcement Administration statistics. With the support of federal prosecutors, U.S. Magistrate Judge Lawrence R. Leonard agreed Wednesday to let Barba, 32, live with her parents in New Jersey while she waits for her new trial. Barba will be released Thursday after she is fitted with a special monitor that will make sure she follows a curfew. If she violates the terms of her release, her father could be forced to pay $10,000. – Read more at PilotOnline

‘The Voice’ singer Brynn Cartelli tells her own story on tour with Kelly Clarkson – Before hitting the road, she and Ballerini had a chat about touring — and about performing songs for an audience that doesn’t know your music. “My expectations were low,” Cartelli says. “I thought I would sing songs to people, and no one would sing them back to me, which is totally fine. But surprisingly, people were singing back to me. It’s so rewarding. These songs are something I put a lot of work into, and other people are enjoying it.” – Read more at STLToday

‘The Voice’ coaches share what’s to come for season 16

Via The Today Show

Clark Beckham Q-and-A: Former ‘American Idol’ runner-up with ties to Oklahoma on tour – “American Idol” is getting ready to get cranked up again March 3. What’s your best advice for anyone competing on one of those kinds of shows? Be you. Know your strengths and capitalize. Don’t sing runs if it’s not a strength you have. Don’t sing high notes if that’s not a strength. Or if it is, belt it! No one in the world can do what you can do as an artist. No one. So show that. – Read more at Tulsa World

The Masked Singer’s rabbit speaks: ‘Everybody correctly guessed me from day one’ – Did it take much to convince you to do this show? JOEY FATONE Not really. I love doing fun things like this. I forget when I got the first call on Dancing with the Stars. I was hesitant on that one. I know my left from my right, I know dancing but I don’t know dancing like ballroom and Latin style. It took me up to season 4 to go, oh let’s do it. With this one, I was like it’s fun, it’s in costume. At first, I didn’t know 100 percent what I was getting myself into. What actually is the competition about? We’re not trying to win a million dollars. It’s nothing like that. It’s more of a performance, a celebration of people who don’t get a chance to shine or they do shine and it’s fun to hear them in a different way. That’s something that appealed to me. – Entertainment Weekly


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