Headlines: Lauren Alaina, Paula Abdul on CBS, Willie Spence Surprises Students

CBS Summer Premiere Dates: Season 2 Of ‘The Greatest #AtHome Videos’ & New ‘Secret Celebrity Renovation’ – Secret Celebrity Renovation, in which sports, music and entertainment figures get the chance to gift a surprise home renovation to a meaningful person who helped guide them to success, will bow from 8-9 p.m. Friday, July 9. Hosted by Nischelle Turner, Secret Celebrity Renovation provides stars with a hands-on opportunity to show their gratitude to someone who has had a significant impact on their life’s journey by helping to realize the renovation of their dreams. Among those taking part are singer-choreographer-reality star Paula Abdul, singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina; actor and comic Wayne Brady; ex-NFL MVP and CBS sports analyst Boomer Esiason; rapper-actress Eve, Modern Family alum Jesse Tyler Ferguson; Survivor champ “Boston” Rob Mariano; NBA All-Star Chris Paul, singer-songwriter-actor Anthony Ramos and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith. The series also features the design team of home improvement contractor and television personality Jason Cameron and interior designer Sabrina Soto. – Read more at Deadline

After ‘American Idol,’ runner-up Willie Spence calls reality show a ‘hard,’ ‘amazing’ ride – Willie Spence spent much of this year performing on an international stage as a finalist on “American Idol.” On Saturday, he was back home in Palm Beach County, singing for the people who know him best. People gathered that morning in a packed room at a DoubleTree hotel in Palm Beach Gardens to honor Kenneth Bowers, the executive director and founder of the charity Operation Hope, and others in the community. Spence, who was involved in the charity from the ages of 6 to 16, said it was “about time that we’re finally honoring Mr. Bowers.” He admitted performing in the finale put him under a lot of pressure. He described his entire time on the show as the best experience of his life, but also the most difficult. “To go through that for three months living in a hotel and having to learn new songs, it’s definitely been hard,” he said. “But it’s been amazing the whole ride through, so I’m definitely glad that I chose to do the show.” – Read more at Palm Beach Post

‘American Idol’ finalist Willie Spence surprises Renaissance Charter School – Friday was the last day of school for students at Renaissance Charter School in West Palm Beach. Principal Kendra Spence-Wester held an outdoor concert to celebrate the year the students faced amid a pandemic. “We are here to celebrate you. Give it up for yourselves,” Spence-Wester said. The principal invited a surprise guest to celebrate the end of the school year. The guest also happens to be her little brother, Willie Spence. In a matter of minutes, the assembly turned into a concert. – Read more at WPBF.com

Kenzie Wheeler Reflects on ‘The Voice,’ Working with Kelly Clarkson and Reveals If He Plans To Move To Nashville – Do you ever plan to move to Nashville, and what’s next for you? Nashville is something that I’ve always thought about but it could definitely be a possibility that I’m there soon. Right now, I’m back home concentrating on booking shows, and working on new music. I will be releasing new music hopefully later this year. – Read more at Country Now

Interview: Nightbirde finds her triumph in music, earns Golden buzzer from Simon Cowell on ‘America’s Got Talent’ – On earning the Golden buzzer from critical judge Simon Cowell, she said, “It was completely shocking, and it felt incredible. In the moment, I was totally speechless. I did not expect it at all, and I am still trying to wrap my mind around it, to be honest.” Following her superb “America’s Got Talent” audition, Nightbirde shared that she was thrilled to hear from one of her favorite celebrities, Chrissy Metz from “This is Us.” She listed Jack Antonoff of Bleachers as her dream collaboration partner in music. “I’ve always wanted to work with Jack Antonoff. That would probably be my No. 1 choice, to do something with Bleachers,” she said. – Read more at Digital Journal

Gwen Stefani Is ‘Feeling Loved’ as She Celebrates Bridal Shower with Family: ‘I’m Getting Married!’ – On Thursday, the singer, 51, says she was “kidnapped” for a surprise bridal shower to celebrate her upcoming wedding to fiancé Blake Shelton – and there were gifts galore! “I got kidnapped by my family to celebrate,” she said in a selfie video. “I’m getting married!” Stefani shared photos of several of her gifts, including a card “to the Bride to Be” and some pretty, pink flowers. “Feeling loved feeling blessed,” she wrote. – Read more at People

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