Headlines: La’Porsha Renae’s Home Town Gets Ready

FOX airs its LIVE production of The Passion starring American Idol 5 alum Chris Daughtry as Judas. 8 pm.

The American Idol Top 5 will sing God Bless America prior to today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup on FOX 3:30 ET.

According to the Enterprise Journal, “Crews from the hit TV show “American Idol” will be in town Saturday to put on a parade and a concert by hometown contestant La’Porsha Renae.” Unfortunately, the full article is behind a paywall.

Hundreds turn out to see ‘Idol’ Lee Jean on Hilton Head – “I’m so excited to be back,” Jean said, as he signed T-shirts and glossy publicity photos for fans who waited in line for the chance to have their picture taken with him. “This is the complete opposite of when I used to perform here and no one knew me,” Jean said smiling. Several hundred people crammed into the open-air courtyard of the shopping plaza for the Saturday night performance, which included the Bluffton-based rock band Native. The night before, about 300 turned out for a Friday night performance Jean gave at Southern Barrel Brewing Co. – Read more at Island Packet

‘Idol’ alum Daughtry: Live musical ‘Passion’ offers much-needed ‘love and hope’ – Have you seen other musicals about Christ, like “Godspell” or “Jesus Christ Superstar”?
Never. Obviously I saw enough clips [of those shows] throughout my life to get a sense of that vibe, and my thought was I feel like [our show] is going to be incredible. It’s about love and hope, and I feel like that’s something we could use a lot of.” – Read more at New York Post

Adam Lambert talks media coverage of homosexuality, more before Milwaukee show – Q.How do you feel about society’s response to openly gay performers or gay themes in music in 2016? A. What I’ve found that is interesting is the majority of people I’ve encountered really don’t care. The people that care the most about it are the media. And in some ways it can be a very good thing because it is helping us progress and it can help us break down stereotypes and it can help break homophobia by talking about it and really exploring it. But in some ways it perpetuates the separateness of it. By talking about it all the time, and pointing it out and slanting articles about it all the time, you’re keeping people separated. The thing I’m trying to do with my music is it’s not gay, it’s not straight, it’s not black or white, it’s not man or woman, it’s sort of just human. – Read more at JSOnline

Idol finalist gets treats, high praise – TLC FROM ARKANSAS: Currently in the top five finalists of Fox’s American Idol singing competition, Trent Harmon, 25, who hails from Amory, Miss., but graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and resides in Malvern, felt the love last week from friends and loved ones there, who sent him a care package. After one friend asked, via text, what he’d like to receive, Harmon replied: “Hmm..I can always use Orbit gum, Throat Coat, Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop popcorn, Kit Kats, Smart Water–I’m pretty basic. Haha and those are my roommate’s favorite too–except he’s a Starburst fan instead of chocolate.” So his Malvern pals gathered the items and shipped them Monday. After his performance Thursday, Harmon opened his care package from Malvern. “It was great,” he told Paper Trails by phone Friday. “I sat down and ate a bunch of it. I had Kit Kats and popcorn. … I felt like a kid with a bunch of junk food. … Please tell everyone in Arkansas I love them. It’s my home away from home. And tell them to please vote — my fate is in their fingertips.” – Read more at Arkansas Online

Cocktails With — Fantasia Barrino – It’s a good 12 years since you won American Idol. If you knew then what you know now, what advice would you give yourself? Stand for what you really believe in musically, and always keep a team of people around you who will be honest, and tell you when you’re wrong and when you’re right. But I would have to say it’s being true to who you are, not letting people change you to what they want you to be and what they think you should be. It’s something that’s very, very, very important. I’m not gonna say I don’t love and enjoy the music that I’ve done, because I do, and they all mean something to me, it’s just something that, you know, when you’re an artiste, you hear certain things, you like certain things, and when you get with a label sometimes, you can’t do it the way you want to do it, so you just have to fight and stand for what you believe in so that everything you put out there is something that is dear to you and you can live with forever and ever. – Read more at Jamaica Observer

Fifth Harmony Addresses Break-Up Rumors After Album 2, Reveals Harry Styles Warned Them Not to Split – “I remember we were in rehearsals and he came up to us and told us as a group, ‘All five of you should be on the same page and the closest things to each other because around all five of you there are gonna be people that are gonna come and try to snatch you, people are gonna try to break you guys apart. So, as long as you five are your best friends, that’s the most important.'” – See the Video at Entertainment Tonight

Dancing with the Stars’ Witney Carson on Her First NFL Partner, and Those Late Penalty Rumors – “I asked him what happens in the NFL when you’re late,” she says, “and he told me. So I said, ‘Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to do.'” Carson, who was nominated for an Emmy for her choreography that helped Alfonso Ribeiro win in 2014, wanted to show that she meant business, and it worked. “He hasn’t been late anymore. Which is good for him, but not for me,” she jokes. (She said she’ll give the $1,500 she collected to a skin cancer charity — a cause that is deeply personal to her, having had a bout with melanoma before she joined the show.) – Read more at TV Guide

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