Headlines: Grease Singalong Airs on Tony Sunday, Gyth Rigdon Welcomes Baby Girl

CBS to Air Grease Sing-a-Long on What Would Have Been Tony Sunday – A sing-along version of the 1978 blockbuster Grease, based on the 1971 Broadway musical, will be broadcast on CBS next month as part of the network’s Sunday Night Movies lineup, featuring films from the Paramount Pictures library. Grease Sing-A-Long will air June 7 at 8:30 PM ET and will feature follow-along lyrics to all the songs, including “Greased Lightnin’,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Summer Nights,” the Oscar-nominated “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “Beauty School Drop Out,” and the title track “Grease.” The musical heads to the network on the day initially reserved for another celebration of theatre: the 74th annual Tony Awards. The ceremony has been put on hold indefinitely in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. – Read more at Playbill

Voice Alum Gyth Rigdon and Wife Bayleigh Welcome Daughter Ivy Ray: ‘Best Day Ever’ – Gyth Rigdon is speaking that baby language! On Wednesday, the country singer and Voice season 16 runner-up, 26, welcomed his first child, a daughter, with his wife of nearly two years, Bayleigh. Their baby girl, whom they named Ivy Ray, was born at 1:39 p.m. CST at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women in Lake Charles, Louisiana, weighing 6 lbs., 12 oz. “My wife Bayleigh and I are beyond happy and blessed to welcome our new, healthy baby girl, Ivy Ray Rigdon into the world,” Rigdon tells PEOPLE exclusively. “From the moment I held her, she captured my heart and soul and my life now has new meaning — best day ever.” – Read more at People

Daughtry Announces Official Beer

Chris Daughtry announces an official beer. He writes on Instagram: “SEPTEMBER ALE , a collaboration with myself @daughtry and @rockbrothers is out now! It’s delightfully crisp, light, with a tad of honey for a slightly, but not all overwhelming, sweet crisp taste. This beer is great all year round and comes in a 5% ABV. The specialty 16oz can was designed by our very own @brian_craddock ! Get it now at www.daughtryofficial.com/beer.” My family has an official beer too. J/K! It’s named after the street where the brewery is located.

Semi-Finalist Jonny West on the Possibility of Becoming the Next American Idol – Initially, Jonny West had to be coaxed into auditioning for American Idol by his girlfriend Margie Mays. She was eliminated during Hollywood Week, but Johnny moved on and is now in the Top 7 with a really good shot at making the Top 5 and the finale. The 23-year-old piano teacher from Murrieta, Calif., was compared to last season’s Alejandro Aranda, who finished second in the competition, by judge Katy Perry, who added that he was his own artist with a shot at winning the competition. “To be compared to the guy that made American Idol cool again, yeah, it was a real great thing to me, so, I’ll take it,” Jonny modestly told Parade.com in a call after the Sunday night performances. – Read more at Parade

23ABC talks with Bakersfield native and American Idol finalist Dillon James – Sunday, May 17, the next American Idol will be crowned, and there’s a chance that a Bakersfield man could win it all. Dillon James sat down with 23ABC to talk about his journey to the top 7, what it’s like to perform on a national platform from his backyard in Bakersfield, and why he’s using his newfound fame to raise awareness about mental health issues. – Read more at 23ABC

 

Former ‘Voice’ Winner Chevel Shepherd on New Music, Missing Graduation and Prom (Exclusive) – Chevel Shepherd is full of country sass! The 17-year-old, who first charmed America in 2018 when she was crowned the winner of season 15 of The Voice, is back with new music. “Ever since winning The Voice, everyone was asking, ‘When are you going to put music out?'” Shepherd exclusively tells ET. “I kept telling them, ‘I’m working on it,’ and now that it’s finally done and it’s finally out, people are actually able to hear who I am as a singer. It feels really, really great.” – Read more at ETOnline

Katharine McPhee Opens Up About Being a Newlywed in Quarantine: ‘He’s an Easy Guy to Be Around’ – Katharine McPhee has some sage advice for couples in isolation together amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: “Whether they like it or not, this is a time when people can figure out if they truly are compatible with somebody.” After being locked down with her husband, music producer David Foster, the actress-singer, 36, confidently says in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, that she has no doubts. “We’ve been friends for so long, and he’s such an easy guy to be around,” McPhee says of Foster, 70, whom she met in 2006 while he mentored her and other contestants on season 5 of American Idol and married on June 28, 2019. “So, we’re very lucky. We’ve been pretty happy.” – Read more at People

Ryan Seacrest Says Judges ‘Set Out to Find a Star’ Ahead of American Idol Season 3 Finale – In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, the longtime host opened up about how the Idol crew teamed together to create a successful remote show and why he thinks judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan were able to find a true “star” this season despite the circumstances. (Since April, Idol has been conducting remote shows amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.) “We put the show together earlier in the week because there are so many factors to it,” Seacrest, 45, told PEOPLE. “It’s technically not possible to do it all live obviously. Every once in a while we have to be careful not to step on each other while we’re talking because there’s that delay that we’ve all experienced talking to our families at home on different Zooms and things like that.” – Read more at People

Lionel Richie & ‘American Idol’ Showrunners Hope the Finale Performances Inspire Fans ‘To Help and Support Each Other’ – “I don’t think Lionel would have suggested doing that song and it was him that suggested it because he’s been asked endlessly during this pandemic to do ‘We Are The World’ by loads of others and he’s said no,” Kinane says, adding that Richie’s idea was to do the song with his Idol family instead. So, during the two-hour (8-10:00 p.m. ET) live finale, the reboot will feature the Idol judges, this year’s top 11 and a large group of Idol alums: Alejandro Aranda aka Scarypoolparty, Fantasia, Gabby Barrett, Jordin Sparks, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Laine Hardy, Lauren Alaina, Phillip Phillips, Ruben Studdard and Scotty McCreery. – Read more at Billboard

Star-studded ‘American Idol’ finale is Sunday night; find out who Katy Perry’s rooting for – “If I can be completely honest about my favorites, Jonny West and Julia Gargano,” Katy tells ABC News. “Those are my picks. But it’s up to America to vote for who they want…it could easily be Francisco [Martin] or it could be Louis Knight, or Arthur [Gunn]. We’ll see!” Judge Lionel Richie is also a big fan of the guitar-strumming, raspy-voiced Arthur Gunn, telling ABC News, “He has that sound all by himself.” But he believes that all seven — Arthur, Jonny, Julia, Just Sam, Louis, Francisco and Dillon James — will go on to have successful careers. “Everyone has their specialty that I’m loving…it’s not even a competition between each other anymore,” Lionel says. “It’s just all about, ‘How great can you be on the next thing you do?'” – Read more at ABCNews

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