Headlines: Last American Idol Cattle Call, How DWTS Landed a Hero

Tonight, it’s the finale of America’s Got Talent. We’ll be liveblogging the results beginning at 9/8c PM. NBC. It’s another eviction on Big Brother tonight at 8/7c PM CBS.

CBS’ ‘The Doctors’ to feature ‘American Idol’ contestant hit by motorcycle – “The Doctors” promotes its Sept. 16 show as “an American Idol contestant lives to tell her harrowing ordeal after being severely injured in a parade.” The crash during a June 27 parade honoring Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green, a Saginaw native, is the topic of “The Doctors,” airing at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, on CBS. Saginaw viewers may watch on Channel 5, WNEM. Click here to check local listings. Sikenya Thompson was a contestant on FOX’s “American Idol” in 2014. – Read more at MLive.com

Colgate Teams With Jana Kramer & Cassadee Pope for 49th Annual CMA AWARDS – For the second year running, Colgate Optic White is teaming up with the Country Music Association (CMA) to give fans an insider look at the glamour and excitement around “The 49 th Annual CMA Awards” taking place on Wednesday, November 4. To help share that insider story, Colgate Optic White together with two of Country’s brightest stars, Jana Kramer and Cassadee Pope, will share how to look and feel your best whether on or off the red carpet. Starting today, stay in the know on all of the behind the scenes tips and tricks by following @OpticWhite, @CountryMusic, @KramerGirl and @CassadeePope on Twitter. – Read more at Broadway World

One last time in S.F. — This is ‘American Idol’ auditions – “Idol” auditions are open to anyone ages 15 to 29, provided they comply with a five-page packet of rules containing detailed instructions and a list of things one may not bring to the audition. Included on this list are hairdryers, swords, fireworks, drugs, candles and folding chairs, the last of which were present in abundance. “We come to San Francisco because we always get good talent out here,” said “American Idol” senior supervising producer Patrick Lynn. Season five runner-up Katharine McPhee was a San Francisco auditioner, as was season eight runner-up Adam Lambert. William Hung’s audition during season three’s San Francisco tryouts was so terrible, it actually made him famous. – Read more at SF Gate

Hopeful Musicians Aim to be Crowned the Last American Idol – Thousands of people woke up before the sun Tuesday morning, in hopes of becoming the very last American Idol. San Francisco-Daly City was the last open audition site for the show’s final season. Senior Producer, Patrick Lynn has been with the show for all 15 seasons. He said he will miss the mornings of open auditions, when they discover raw talent. “It hasn’t changed since season one. We’re looking for the wow factor,” Lynn said. “Who is going to be in that crowd? I remember Phil Phillips, who was this just quiet guy in line, nice guy, he was playing his guitar. But when he got inside the room in Savannah Georgia, he was a superstar.” Season 9 Idol Winner, Lee DeWyze also made an appearance for the crowd. He sat along the producers, looking for the next Idol winner. – See the Video at FOX 40

Carrie Underwood on Motherhood, Fitness and Her New Album – “And it’s beautiful and it’s amazing, and there’s stuff about you that will never be the same. But it’s OK. And you work out when you can, and you treat your body as good as you can with what you put into it. … I don’t know if you’ll ever feel back to normal. I don’t know if I’ll ever be back to normal, but this is the new normal, and I feel good about it.” – Read more at CMT

See ‘Scorpion’ Star Katharine McPhee’s Interview, Exclusive Photos From TheWrap Fall TV Issue Cover Shoot – “It’s really silly and funny this year, more so than last year,” she said. “And I think the show’s a little bit sexier this year, if I do say so myself. They’re just taking more risks with the dynamics between the characters.” – Watch the Video at The Wrap

‘Idol’ star James Durbin uses music to cope with adversity – “Music is a great tool, and it frees us from our everyday challenges,” he said, phoning from his home in Santa Cruz, California. “When I’m not singing, I’m trying to have the guitar in my hands as much as possible and be strumming it. That Eminem song ‘Lose yourself in the music, the moment, you own it,’ those lyrics have never rung truer.” – Read more at CantonRep

A couple of interviews with Big Brother evictee, Austin Matelson. He was truly blindsided, and cursing Vanessa “Vanessa completely betrayed me,” says Austin. “I knew it was a possibility because it’s Big Brother, but her whole game was about playing with integrity and not betraying me since we made a final two deal on the second day. She swore to me on her family, her girlfriend, the LGBT community and the Bible and she’ll have to deal with those consequences of making those pledges and going back on it…” Read more about the blindside and his showmance with Liz (including more about ditching his girlfriend during the show) at EW and THR.

tWitch on the ‘powerful’ impact of So You Think You Can Dance – “I’m not bummed at all,” Team Street captain tWitch told EW after the finale. “You will not see the end of the dancers that you’ve seen on Team Street right now. And here’s the thing: The runner-up club is a very prestigious place to be.” Both tWitch and Team Stage captain Travis Wall were runners up in their seasons, as were many of the All-Stars featured this year. – Read more at EW

From hero to hoofer: Alek Skarlatos’ speedy path to ‘Dancing With the Stars’ – Story about how a DWTS producer pursued one of the heroes that thwarted a terrorist attack just a few weeks after the event–and signed him. When he appeared on “Good Morning America” to discuss the incident, during which Stone and several other passengers were injured, Katz worked with the sister ABC program to cut through the media firestorm. She made her “five-minute elevator pitch,” and then waited anxiously to learn if Skarlatos would agree to be on “DWTS.” They encouraged Skarlatos to call Galloway, fan favorite competitor and finalist from last season, and ask about his experience. That may have been the tipping point, along with Katz’s relentless “stalking” and “psycho texting,” she said. – Read more at the LA Times

Empire’s’ “Batshit Crazy” Behind-the-Scenes Drama: On the Set of TV’s Hottest Show – It’s TV’s soap opera within a soap opera, a show so big even Lucious Lyon couldn’t dream it up, with an A-list guest-star roster (Chris Rock as … a cannibal?), hints of a tour, a spinoff and Lee Daniels’ defense of Terrence Howard: “He ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn.” All of the “Zany” behind the scenes happenings on the set of Empire is captured by THR.

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