Headlines: Kat McPhee Hits the Road, David Archuleta Heads to Asia

Kellie Pickler Hosts “Christmas: A Second Look Preview Special” on Hallmark Channel – World-renowned country artist and “Christmas in Graceland” star Kellie Pickler hosts Hallmark Channel’s “Christmas: A Second Look Preview Special,” a half hour special airing on Saturday, September 29 (11:00 p.m. ET/PT). During the special, Kellie treats viewers to a sneak peek at the network’s crowning 2018 programming event “Countdown to Christmas.” The programming event, which kicks-off Friday, October 26, features its most robust slate yet with 22 original holiday premieres. – Read more at Futon Critic

Katharine McPhee Hits the Road in November

The American Idol 5 alum announces a new tour.


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hey EAST COAST: tickets are on sale NOW! soooo excited to get on the road in november and see all of your lovely faces! #FallInLoveTour (link in bio)

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David Archuleta Headed to the Philippines for Charity Christmas Concert

The concert is on November 16 at the Kia Theater, done in celebration of Mabuhay Deseret Foundation’s 30th anniversary.

“Your tickets will help provide for operations for patients with cataracts, with cleft palate and lip, cross-eyes, and club feet,” the American Idol season 7 alum said.

Dancing With the Stars Champ Mark Ballas Extends Run in Broadway’s Kinky Boots – Ballas, who had been scheduled to play the role of Charlie Price through November 4, will now continue through November 18. “I am so ready to come back to Broadway and can’t wait to step into those iconic boots and be part of the Kinky Boots legacy,” Ballas, who made his Broadway debut in Jersey Boys, said in an earlier statement. “Kinky Boots is a heartfelt, positive, and joyous show with an even more beautiful message that we all need right now more than ever. It will be an honor to perform alongside this amazing company and get to tell this story eight times a week!” – Read more at Playbill.com

First Look at North Shore Jekyll & Hyde Starring Constantine Maroulis and Diana DeGarmo – American Idol finalists and Broadway alums Constantine Maroulis and Diana DeGarmo head the cast of North Shore Music Theatre’s production of the Frank Wildhorn musical Jekyll & Hyde, which began September 25. – See more photos at Playbill

‘I wanted this more than I realized’: An ‘American Idol’ audition play-by-play – I hadn’t told a single person I was auditioning that day. I wanted to do it for the right reason. My family knew something was up, though – I was jittery and especially upbeat. I told them I was running errands. They knew, anyway. I arrived at Canalside a little after 4 p.m. The line was significantly shorter than it was in my friend’s Facebook photos. “Around 1,200 to 1,500 people” staff at Canalside said. “Some waited since 5:30 in the morning!” I picked up a release form, got in line and waited with the last of the group. We were the last four. Security made it a point to tell us, “Turn around.” There was no one behind us. – Read more at Buffalo News

Laith Al-Saadi is ready for his latest birthday bash – “I’ve got a lot of original material that I’m looking forward to getting into a studio and recording,” Al-Saadi says. “I really don’t write for a particular thing most of the time. I let things pour out as they exist in my head, and after the fact I organize them into groups that would complement each other.” – Read more at The Oakland Press

Chloe Kohanski’s Blind Audition, Featuring Blake Shelton – Blake Shelton and Chloe Kohanski reflect on her Season 13 blind audition with Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” why she picked Miley Cyrus to be her coach, and why she and Blake were ultimately the perfect match.

Ryan Seacrest Brings Viral 7-Year-Old Singer Malea to “American Idol” – After impressing the world by performing a perfect rendition of the National Anthem at an LA Galaxy game last weekend, 7-year-old songstress Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja is headed to American Idol!v“I will tell you this,” Ryan shared on-air on Friday, September 28, “We are bring Malea to Idol. She’s going be on American Idol. … I cannot reveal [in what capacity] … [but], the judges might be surprised.” “She deserves to audition for American Idol for 2026,” Ryan continued. “I was thinking we could do like the future class. You could do like really talented kids now and then give them a pass for when they’re old enough.” – Read more at OnAirwithRyan

Willis Clan rebuilding their career after father’s crimes – The Willis Clan, a musical family that starred in their own reality TV show and competed on “America’s Got Talent,” are now ready to sing again and tell their stories through a new album called “Speak My Mind” a year after their father was sent to prison for child abuse. But that all came to an end in 2016 when their father Toby Willis was investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for years of abuse against underage family members. He pleaded guilty to four counts of child rape last year and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. – Read more at Chicago Tribune

Simon Cowell donates £25,000 to battle dog meat farming in South Korea… months after slamming the killing of ‘kind, helpless’ animals – Simon Cowell has donated £25,000 in a bid to help a British charity rescue dogs from a brutal dog meat farm in South Korea.
The X Factor judge, 58, handed over the princely sum to Humane Society International, whose goal is to rescue more than 200 dogs from being eaten, with some of the pooches finding new families in Britain. – Read more at Daily Mail

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  1. Kinky Boots is closing April 7th.. Was an honor seeing the show twice with David Cook and I hope to go back before April!

  2. Scorpian was canceled right before her extension in Waitress was announced…

  3. Review: David Cook tips his hat to The Cranberries with ‘Dreams’ cover SPECIAL
    >>Markos Papadatos
    RT My rave review of @thedavidcook’s cover of “Dreams” by The Cranberries… #EatToTheBeat2018 Read it here: http://www.digitaljournal.com/entertainment/music/review-david-cook-tips-his-hat-to-the-cranberries-with-dreams-cover/article/533305

    Except, David is being facetious with that remark about *yodeling* after the song ends. Come on guys. Even a non-country fan can tell the difference – if that’s yodeling, then I’m a Tuvan Throat Singer. smh. Listen to the original…that’s a wail.

    (cite: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8094289/the-cranberries-dreams-best-song-dolores-oriordan)

  4. Very kind of Archie to make his Christmas concert in the Philippines a charity fundraiser! Every time he has visited there he’s made a point to visit at least one charitable organization and help raise awareness or offer some sort of assistance.
    This show had been kept very hush hush so there were lots of surprised and excited fans when he announced it yesterday ?

  5. I don’t really know anything, but IMO, Kat wanted to do other things, thus, opting out of Scorpion. She’s just had too many things scheduled.

  6. September 30th, 2018 – September 30th, 2008


    #flashback 10 years ago, @thedavidcook released “Light On” (written by Chris Cornell & Brian Howe), which later on became his 2nd platinum-selling single. [Video from an acoustic… https://www.instagram.com/p/BoWi8eNB6Cv/?utm_source=ig_twitter_share&igshid=d04rvfsphl66

    That song has aged well, as they say…sounded just as excellent on this past weekend’s videos from EPCOT – and was highly appreciated, judging by the crowd reaction.

  7. Now that we know it’s closing, I was wondering if David will go back before April too! ??

  8. Over the last few months I had been following Gabby’s big announcement out of curiosity that was to be made at the Steelers game along with other surprises. Here is what her sister posted on her FB page regarding those things:

    Gypsy Barrett The surprise was supposed to be Steve Perry but he back out. Then she was going to perform Renegade but last min wasn’t allowed. She opened with Whitney Houston and sound guy messed up the sound at the beginning ??

    Seems to be a recurring theme, but I wish her luck going forward.

  9. I’ve never heard a country singer sing with so much embellishment, esp the NA.

  10. Agreed it’s all smoke and mirrors and she has yet to back up much. Where the record deal? Where’s the reality show? Other than the chris lane tour where she will be Opeming for the yodeling kid she doesn’t have much. The writing in Nashville has been happening for years and nothing has come from it yet.

  11. Not sure what kind of singer she wants to be since she is doing a little of everything and seeing what sticks,

  12. IDK if it is smoke and mirrors but it will maybe teach them not to make such a big deal of things before they actually happen. I am more concern with the sound guy blaming whenever a performance doesnt go as well as they plan.

  13. Yes the blaming seems to always happen. My guess is that the record deal etc isn’t coming.

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