Tonight’s TV: Survivor at 8/7c PM on CBS, Empire at 9/8c PM on FOX and Nashville at 10/9c PM on ABC.
Carrie Underwood will perform on NBC’s Today Show, on October 23, the same day her new album Storyteller is released.
American Idol Nick Fradiani Headlines TUDOR Night of Champions – The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series will celebrate its 2015 championship and award winners tonight in the annual TUDOR Night of Champions at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. “I was introduced to the world of racing by my American Idol mentor and now label head, Scott Borchetta,” Fradiani said. “Since that time, I have become a big fan of the sport. I am honored to perform at tonight’s TUDOR Night of Champions as we celebrate the accomplishments of these great and talented racers.” – Read more at IMSA.com
American Idol’s Quentin Alexander back home in NOLA & no longer feuding with Harry Connick Jr. – “I’m out here scoping out some scenery for some music videos that I’ll be doing,” he said. Quentin Alexander is back home again in New Orleans after placing 6th out of thousands of American Idol contestants last season. He’s home and envisioning his music video with some New Orleans funk. “I’ve never seen a music video strictly dedicated to potholes, but you know mine could be the first. I could lay in the middle and kind of make the pothole like a coffin. This pothole is one of the longest I’ve ever seen,” the singing sensation said. – See the Video at WGNO
Meet the Real Jennifer Hudson: The Actress Shares What She’s Learned Since Dreamgirls – Hudson, of course, is talking about the 2008 murder of her mother, brother, and nephew, who were shot by her sister’s estranged husband—a subject she rarely discusses. “It’s frustrating as hell to me to have somebody who ain’t lost nothing try to talk to me about it,” she says. “I want to say, ‘Don’t even bother, because you know nothing.’ But you never know how much you can get through until you’re going through it.” What helped her through it? Giving birth a year later to her son, David, was the best therapy, she says, if bittersweet. “I went from being an aunt, having a mom, and being a child to not having a mom, becoming a mom, and raising my own child,” she says. “I tell David [now six] all the time, ‘You saved my life.’ – Read more at Glamour
Jennifer Hudson sings for thousands of cheering charter school supporters at NYC rally – Grammy- and Oscar-winning star Jennifer Hudson has performed for thousands of charter school supporters in Brooklyn.Two little girls introduced Hudson to the cheering crowd on Wednesday. The throng was awash in red T-shirts bearing the slogan, “I Fight to End Inequality.” Some participants waved red flags. The rally included many children and parents from the Success Academy charter school network. – Read more at US News
How Blake Shelton’s Moving On: ‘He’s Not Someone to Sit Around and Lick His Wounds,’ Says Source – Blake Shelton is the People Magazine Cover Story this week – “This is the most loving combination [of coaches],” Shelton – whose compilation album Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits comes out Oct. 23 – told PEOPLE earlier this summer. “We spend time together a lot mostly just talking [and ] having life discussions. That’s my favorite part of being on this show is those friendships that I’ve made. We love each other.” Shelton, 39, is also working on new music (“This is the most excited he’s been about an album,” says another source) and has lost at least 20 lbs. in the last several months. – Read more at People Magazine
Go behind the scenes of Thomas Rhett and Jordin Sparks’ duet – But his duet with pop star Jordin Sparks, “Playing With Fire” is also a highlight. EW is excited to premiere a behind the scenes look at the making of that collaboration below. Sparks was clearly thrilled with the process. “I was so excited,” she tells EW. “I grew up listening to everything and I love country music — one day I will do a country album. I will! [And] the song is beautiful and we had a really great time in the studio. He had already done his part but he was with me the whole time and it was a really, really good time.” Part of that good time includes a visit from an unexpected icon. “Reba walked in!” Sparks says. “And she listened to the track! I mean, that was pretty nerve-wrecking, but she loved it.” – See the Video at Entertainment Weekly