Headlines: Phillip Phillips, Carrie Underwood, Derek Hough

American Idol 11 winner Phillip Phillips set for National Anthem

The event takes place Nov 1 at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City. Featuring Bruce Springsteen, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and more.

Preston James looks back on his time in The Voice – After Blake Shelton turned his chair around during James’s blind audition, in which he performed Chris Stapleton’s “Nobody to Blame,” James had to compete for a spot on Shelton’s team against Austin Allsup in a “battle” over who could sing “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Best, James, and an Entertainment Weekly episode recap are in agreement that having James and Allsup sing a Creedence song was the production’s way of picking the winner before the song had even begun: the 32-year-old Texan, whose father was a guitarist for Buddy Holly and who has opened for Blake Shelton in the past, just plain sounds like John Fogerty. “It was hard. You know, I’m kind of seasoned in producers and how they finagle things, but even I was kind of taken aback,” she says. “Yeah, they’re very good at it.” Coincidentally, Best put together the wedding of Shelton and his now-former wife Miranda Lambert, and Best wonders if the reason James was given conspicuously little airtime, especially during his blind audition, where he was just a clip in a montage, was an effort by the producers to avoid that connection being dredged up. “They montage’d my blind audition, which was disappointing,” he says. – Read more at the Tennessean

Lil’ Sweet campaign pays off for DPSG’s Diet Dr Pepper – The CEO of Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG) has said the company’s Diet Dr Pepper brand “continued to significantly outperform the diet category”, growing just under 1% in the company’s third quarter. He highlighted DPSG’s success with its Lil’ Sweet marketing initiative. The campaign, which launched last year, stars American Idol 2002 runner-up Justin Guarini. “We continue to market, especially our Dr Pepper with Lil’ Sweet,” said Young. “We’ve seen a great return on that.” – Read more at Just-Drinks

No Surprise Here, Carrie Underwood Will Be Changing 11 Times at the CMAs – Underwood will be wearing a different outfit to celebrate the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and ’00s, and each look will pay homage to the evolution of country style. “There are some looks throughout our night that are very singular artist inspired and it should evident,” Underwood tells PeopleStyle exclusively. “But going back, there are just so many incredible, legendary ladies of country music. I didn’t wanna really completely pigeonhole myself to one artist. It’s about paying tribute as well.” – Read more at Yahoo.com

Inside Carrie Underwood’s Sweet Date Nights with Husband Mike Fisher – “We like to stay in,” the Calia athletic wear designer tells PEOPLE. “I love making dinner for my family. Isaiah will go down, and we will crack open a bottle of wine and just talk and laugh about our weird jobs and all the crazy places they take us. Just to be home together is the best.” – Read more at People

Miley Cyrus Is The Voice’s ‘Most Devoted Coach Ever’ – “She’s the show’s most devoted coach ever,” a source close to the NBC sing-off reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. “She has a hand in choosing the hair, makeup and wardrobe for her team, and she goes to all the dress rehearsals when she’s not even paid to be there. Nobody else does that!” – Read more at US

WATCH: How Jana Kramer Really Gets Ready for Dancing with the Stars – Not only is Jana Kramer currently on tour, but the mom to 8-month-old daughter Jolie Rae is also competing on Dancing with the Stars. As for what a day on the reality competition show is like? Find out for yourself in the video above, where the singer/songwriter takes PeopleStyle behind the scenes for a day on the DWTS set for our Most Instagrammable Day video series. And Kramer’s day is packed, from rehearsing her routine with pro partner Gleb Savchenko to getting ready for the ballroom in the makeup trailer. “I just pray that it all comes together,” admits Kramer, 32. – See the Video at People

Dancing’s Derek Hough: Marilu’s Feet Were Killing Her Last Week – Monday night wasn’t the best for us, but I’m very proud of Marilu for what she did and pushing through. They didn’t show it, but Marilu’s feet were killing her last week. It started last Thursday while we were dancing, and Marilu started mentioning that her feet were hurting. There’s a lot of hopping in the Charleston and I don’t think her feet were used to that. They got progressively worse, so much so that she could literally barely walk down the stairs on show day. She had injections and numbing cream. She tried all these different things to no avail. It was just a combination of things. Her feet hurt, her ribs hurt, she broke out into hives one day. By the time Monday came around, she was in a lot of pain. – Read more at TV Guide

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