Headlines: Katy Perry, John Legend Houseparty, Lionel Richie Talks We Are the World

Katy Perry, John Legend Join Houseparty’s Celeb-Studded Livestreaming Event This Weekend – Houseparty, riding a pandemic-driven surge in usage, is trying to strike while the iron is hot: The social video-chat app has lined up Katy Perry, John Legend and over 40 other stars for a three-day livestreaming event this weekend. Houseparty’s “In the House” event, running Friday, May 15, through Sunday, May 17, will include performances by Perry and Legend, along with segments featuring Doja Cat, Alicia Keys, DaBaby, Bad Bunny, Neil Patrick Harris, Keegan-Michael Key, Idina Menzel, Sarah Michelle Gellar and more. Other talent newly announced as joining “In the House” include David Blaine, Lindsey Harrod, Gabi Butler, Snoop Dogg, Chvrches and Dua Lipa. In a new co-viewing feature, everyone who opens Houseparty during an “In The House” live video can add it into their own group chats for a private viewing party. – Read more at Variety.com

‘DWTS’ Pro Dancer Lindsay Arnold Pregnant with First Child – “Dancing with the Stars” pro dancer Lindsay Arnold, 26, has a baby on the way! On Wednesday, Arnold announced that she’s expecting her first child with husband Sam Cusick. Along with a pic of herself holding a sonogram, she wrote on Instagram, “Ohhhhhh baby. Mom and Dad love you already.” Lindsay also revealed that she’s due in November. – Read more at Extra

Lionel Richie on Quarantine Afro, We Are the World & Kenny Rogers

American Idol’s Just Sam Talks Night That Forever Changed Contestants and Fate of Her Lucky Tip Box – About the groundbreaking changes Sam said, “This is making history, and we’re a part of that. Which is a big deal.” She said the contestants weren’t sure how the new format would look, but that it turned out even better than they had expected. “It’s beautiful,” she said. However, Sam did state that filming remotely does have its challenges. “This is more than just American Idol at home. I’m telling you, this is like boot camp for singers. This is like, ‘So you wanna be a singer’”, Sam laughed. She shared, “It’s super tough. We barely sleep. But it’s worth it. We’re doing production’s job. We’re doing the stylist’s job. We’re doing everyone’s job right now and also our own.” – Read more at AfterBuzzTV

Southern California’s Sophia James and Makayla Phillips reflect on ‘American Idol’ competition – Sophia James, 20 of Long Beach, and Makayla Phillips, 17, of Temecula both got the bad news they had not won enough viewer votes, while singer Jonny West, 23, of Murrieta remains alive in the contest at least until the start of the episode on Sunday when the finale is aired. We caught up with James and Phillips to chat about their Idol journeys now ended. Here’s what we learned. – Read more at OC Register

Interview: Colton Dixon talks changing musical direction, considering giving up music and American Idol – Three years ago, the American Idol deal ended, which meant the label deal ended as well so it was an uncertain time for me in my career. A few months went by and I didn’t really know if music was still going to be in the future or not and then the Atlantic Records deal came to the table. I was signed to a Christian label and Atlantic, as we all know, is a mainstream record label. It just meant, right off the bat, a very different approach to what I do. With that said, I love Christian music, I grew up on it and still love it but I love the opportunity of stepping outside of the box for a second and exploring new things and new sounds and even new things to talk about. I think we came up with something really beautiful and authentic that still goes in line with what I believe and my morale but at the same time it opens the door for even more people to relate and to appreciate what I do. That’s why it’s so different than things we’ve done in the past. – Read more at Entertainment Focus

Blake Shelton Jokes He’s ‘Naked from the Waist Down’ While Filming The Voice Remote Shows – During the conference, the coaches also opened up about how their families have been helping them go live for the Voice from home amid the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.”My husband [Brandon Blackstock] is now a lighting technician, an audio visual technician, a director and he’s also playing cowboy on our ranch,” Clarkson said. “He’s got his hands full. We both, definitely, have our hands full. It’s not just this job, it’s [my] TV show and making records. We’re all still making records. It’s a lot of new things happening for us, and we’re trying to get it done.” “None of this would be happening without my partner in crime,” she added.- Read more at People.com

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