THE FIRST LADY AND DR. JILL BIDEN CELEBRATE THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF JOINING FORCES – Next week, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will celebrate the 5th anniversary of their Joining Forces initiative. NBC * 8:00 PM ET — The First Lady and Dr. Biden will kick off the 5th anniversary of their Joining Forces initiative on NBC’s The Voice. They will join Carson Daly, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and an audience filled with active duty and retired service members and military families for The Top 10 of The Voice. In 2011, the First Lady and Dr. Biden launched Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative that calls on all Americans – in both the public and private sectors – to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through employment, education and wellness opportunities. – Read more at NBCUnv
iHeartMedia and AT&T Bring Fans Nationwide the 2016 “iHeartCountry Festival,” Hosted by Bobby Bones and Brooklyn Decker – iHeartMedia announced today that in addition to Bobby Bones, actress and model Brooklyn Decker will co-host the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival, bringing together Country music’s biggest superstars all on one stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, April 30. This year’s incredible lineup will feature Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Miranda Lambert, Lee Brice, Chris Young, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band as well as special guest appearances by Minka Kelly, Ashley Greene, The Bachelor’s Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell, American Idol’s Trent Harmon and more. – Read more at The Futon Critic.com
Will Simon Fuller Save American Idol? A Conversation with the Most Powerful Man in Television – But knowing Simon Fuller, there may be a silver lining in all of this and he could quickly become the White Knight coming to the rescue of American Idol. My sources are confident that Fuller will actually rescue the company and launch an entirely new brand of American Idol next year. (This could be the reason Idol host Ryan Seacrest signed off on the series finale saying “goodbye….for now.”) For now Simon Fuller is enjoying the fruits of his labor. He owns several enormous mansions in Beverly Hills, one currently listed for sale at $17.5 million as he upgraded to a larger estate. He owns property in London and New York, and was recently noted by the British Sunday Times as having a personal worth of almost $500 million. – Read more at Forbes.com
Scotty McCreery shares stories of faith and fame in new book – He says upfront that “Go Big or Go Home,” his book that comes out Tuesday, isn’t really meant to be an autobiography. “It’s more a travelogue of all the cool experiences I’ve had and the awesome places I’ve visited,” he writes. Most of those experiences came about, of course, from “American Idol,” the TV singing competition that ended last month after 15 seasons on Fox. McCreery competed in season 10, skyrocketing in a few short months from Garner High School junior to “Idol” winner and national recording artist. – Read more at News & Observer
Paula Abdul and The Voice winner Jordan Smith Backstage at WE Day Seattle
Photo was taken at the We Day Seattle event held last week.
— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) April 29, 2016