Headlines: Melanie Martinez Opens for Adam Lambert

The Critics Choice Awards airs tonight at 8 pm on Lifetime and A&E. I’ll have the winners list up after. The event awards achievement in television and film.

American Idol contestant visits Gwinnett elementary school – A celebrity visited Ivy Creek Elementary School on Friday morning, and students and teachers alike swooned, screeched and gasped as he walked the halls and visited classrooms. Dacula native Josiah Siska, a recent American Idol contestant given a golden ticket to Hollywood, brought his deep voice and laid back, down home demeanor for a reunion of sorts with his former fourth-grade teacher Laura Callahan, now the principal at Ivy Creek. Siska performed Chris Young’s “Got this thing about her” on the morning television announcements and was interviewed by fourth-grader Reagan Corley. – Read more at Gwinnett Daily Post

Pats backer Scotty McCreery sings anthem at playoff game – If you’re wondering how a 22-year-old who grew up in North Carolina listening to Conway Twitty became a Pats fan, it’s because his father grew up in New England. “I am the lone wolf back in North Carolina, especially because the Pats beat the Panthers back in the day in the Super Bowl,” he said Friday at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena, Calif. “There’s a lot of haters back home, but I love the Pats.” – See a photo at the Boston Globe

Melanie Martinez has blown her covers: She’ll support Adam Lambert on his Aussie tour – Martinez’s clips, which she writes, directs and stars in, are like short films. She is a woman with a clear vision. “It is very important to me now more than ever that songs are visual and that I can see a music video in my head while I’m writing it or else I just won’t even finish the song for some reason,” she explained. “I feel like it just helps me, I don’t know why that is.” She added: “When you think that way and you have a process, everything just naturally fits together.” – Read more at The Daily Telegraph

Keith Urban Says He Had to Remove His ‘Selfishness’ After Seeing His Late Father Struggle with Cancer – “My dad was dealing with cancer for a long time so there’s a sense of relief for him as well that he’s not struggling with that anymore,” Urban told PEOPLE during the FOX Winter TCA Press Tour on Friday in Pasadena, California. “Anybody that’s had a loved one go through that, understands that strange mix of emotions that you have,” he continued. “But my love for my dad is so much that I wanted him to not be having to go through that anymore, more than my want for him to be here. I had to remove my selfishness from that.” – Read more at People

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