Headlines: Jennifer Hudson Set to Sing at Oscars, Removes R Kelly Songs

Jennifer Hudson to Perform ‘RBG’ Song ‘I’ll Fight’ at Oscars – Jennifer Hudson will be performing her Oscar-nominated song “I’ll Fight” from the documentary “RBG” at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24. The Academy made the announcement on social media on Thursday, tagging Hudson and adding as an aside that “this has been our favorite tweet of the day.” Hudson’s addition marks the first official confirmation of any song from the best original song category being performed on the Oscars. – Read more at Variety

David Hasselhoff Returns To America’s Got Talent This Monday Night! – America’s Got Talent

Constantine Maroulis joins ‘Into the Woods’ in Patchogue – The singer, who came in sixth on the talent competition in 2005 (the year Carrie Underwood took the crown) has joined the cast of “Into the Woods: In Concert” at the Patchogue Theatre for March 8 and 9. Maroulis will be playing Cinderella’s Prince and the Wolf in this scaled-down, concert version of the Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical. Tickets for “Into the Woods” can be purchased at patchoguetheatre.org. – Read more at Newsday

Jennifer Hudson Removes R. Kelly-Penned Songs From Streaming Platforms – In the wake of multiple sexual abuse allegations against Kelly — which intensified this month with the release of the Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly — some performers are denouncing songs the R&B hitmaker created for them. Jennifer Hudson on Thursday removed two songs Kelly wrote for her from some streaming platforms, including YouTube and Apple Music: the Grammy-nominated “It’s Your World” and “Where You At,” a Top 10 R&B hit. – Read more Hollywood Reporter

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Oh Brother: Scotty McCreery returns from the road to discover his truck’s been ransacked – Read more at KWBE.com

Josh Gracin Puts His R&B Influences to Work on ‘Good for You’ [Watch] – “Growing up in Michigan, I was exposed to soul and R&B music — you know, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke,” he says in the interview clip above, which is premiering exclusively with Taste of Country. “That’s how I learned to sing. I got into country when I was 13, and it’s been country ever since. But I still have that foundation.” – Read more at Taste of Country

James Durbin mellows out for Akron show – “With the acoustic show, it’s a way to bring in people closer,” Durbin said. “This is night and day to Quiet Riot, and I haven’t played a bunch of solo performances in the past couple of years, so I’m really looking forward to it. The whole point of this is to connect on a different level than you would at any other show.” “There’s something I really enjoy about just taking on a guitar, “Durbin said. “I’m really a homebody when it comes down to it. So I love to do something on the road for my fans that’s like inviting them into my house, but instead I come to you. It’s really intimate. I just play the songs, talk about the stories behind them, talk about ‘Idol’ and play some ‘Idol’ songs. It’s kind of like catching up with an old friend.” – Read more at IndeOnline.com

‘The World’s Best’ Producers Bullish on Challenging ‘America’s Got Talent’ – While indicating that the mid-season edition of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” was a “direct shot at us,” executive producer Mike Darnell sounded bullish on the prospects for “The World’s Best,” a talent competition show that incorporates an international judging element. And pointing to the success of “The Voice” and its swinging judging chairs amid an already competitive landscape of singing competition shows, Darnell highlighted the way that a new element can differentiate a show. “The World’s Best” adds a “global feel” and “dramatic way of scoring” that he says makes the show feel “fresh and new.” – Read more at Variety

‘The World’s Best’ Producers on Why Their Show Definitely, Definitely Isn’t ‘America’s Got Talent’ – “While the talent is going to be the best in the world and similar to ‘Got Talent’ in some ways, the whole format is completely different — and that’s the biggest change,” Mike Darnell said at the Television Critics Association press tour. – Read more at The Wrap

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