First ‘American Idol’ runner-up Justin Guarini breaks down what it was like filming season one – On June 11, 2002, “American Idol” aired its first episode. “We all went into this blind, and we were making it up as we went along,” he told Insider. “All I knew is that my job was to just show up and shine.” Guarini said there were “hours and hours of singers in lines” but that the process happened “over a matter of weeks, rather than months and months,” as it does today. “It’s still one of the most wild and interesting processes I’ve ever been through,” he added. – Read more at Insider.com
American Idol season 17 alum Laci Kaye Booth invited current runner-up HunterGirl on stage at CMA
Noah Thompson and HunterGirl also performed with Jimmie Allen and Chayce Beckham.
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‘American Idol’ Winner Noah Thompson attends his first CMA Fest – “We got a lot of plans [for CMA Fest], actually. I’m trying to just get an idea of what Nashville’s like, you know what I mean? I guess that’s what I’m trying to do for me.” “Jimmie [Allen] is awesome. He’s a really good dude. He basically said for me to look at him as an older brother. He understands, he’s been in my shoes before, so he gets it and he wants to help me out in that way. So I appreciate him for that.” – Read more at Music Mayhem Magazine
Carrie Underwood Audacy interview – Carrie reveals her performance day menu, which is the same every day. Plus, how her Las Vegas residency boosted her confident, performing with Axl Rose, and how tour opener Jimmie Allen’s outfits will fit right in the Denim & Rhinestones tour.
Carrie Underwood Reveals the Surprising Place She Feels Most Inspired – Country star and guest ET correspondent Jimmie Allen recently chatted with Underwood, and got the singer to reveal where her best ideas for songs are born. “I feel like I think a lot when I’m in the shower — just ’cause what else are you doing when you’re, like, washing your hair? — so I feel like I’ve had ideas spark [there],” Underwood told ET. “I have to stop what I’m doing and grab my phone while it’s wet and type something out.” When it came time to pick a special guest to accompany her on tour, Underwood and her team were quick to choose Allen, “First and foremost, I respect you very much as an artist. We just have been watching you and all the success that you have been enjoying recently,” Underwood told Allen. – Read more at Entertainment Tonight
Carrie Underwood Recalls The Moment She Went From Nervous to Excited When Writing “Denim & Rhinestones” – At the beginning of the process, Underwood didn’t know the album would land in such a lighthearted space. She started with a blank piece of paper, and it was scary. However, the more she wrote, the more ideas presented themselves and she began to get anxious. “’Velvet Heartbreak’ was one of the first ones that we wrote that I was excited about,” Underwood said. “I was like, ’Oh, there’s something really cool about this.’ I wasn’t sure if that’s like the direction I wanted the whole album to go, but I was like, ’This could be a cool puzzle piece.’” “Wanted Woman” and “Garden” were written on the same day and also came early in the process. – Read more at CMT
Carson Daly and ‘The Voice’ creative team discusses being the ‘Avengers of television’ – Carson Daly and ‘The Voice’ creative team on being ‘Avengers of television’ and which coach would sell their own child to win. Host and producer Daly, executive producer Audrey Morrissey, director Alan Carter, production designer Zeya Maurer, supervising casting director Michelle McNulty and lighting designer Oscar Dominguez came together to discuss the reality competition juggernaut