Headlines: SNF High Tech Upgrade, Kelly Clarkson on ‘Joke’ American Idol

Carrie Underwood’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ Opening Gets a High-Tech Upgrade – NBC Sports shot a new opening for its football broadcast — the nation’s most-watched regular TV series — that puts singer Carrie Underwood at a virtual football tailgate while performing “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night.” The shoot was conducted at an Industrial Light & Magic sound stage using virtual technology recently utilized in “The Mandalorian.” The singer has opened the program with various segments since 2013. NBC will augment her performance with user-generated videos from fans at their own tailgates, as well as from NFL stars — all of which will be updated each week to reflect current events.- Read more at Variety

Classic cars cruise into Buchanan for ‘American Idol’ star’s music video shoot – More than 100 classic cars pulled into Buchanan’s Fisher Field Sunday night to appear in “American Idol” star Margie Mays’ latest music video. The cars were requested for a drive-in theater date scene for the video of Mays’ upcoming single, “Take It Back.” Mays — a singer, songwriter and actress who appeared on seasons two and three of “American Idol” on ABC — took time before the shoot to meet and take photos with the participants. A Delaware native who now lives and works in Los Angeles, she enjoyed her Buchanan experience. – Read more at LeaderPub.com

Colton Dixon Marks Twin Daughters Dior and Athens’ 1st Birthday: ‘Best Year of Our Lives Thus Far’ – Colton Dixon is marking one full year with his baby girls. The 29-year-old American Idol alum and wife Annie share exclusive photos with PEOPLE from an adorable celebration for twin daughters Ava Dior and Athens Elizabeth’s 1st birthday. “This has been the best year of our lives thus far,” the parents, who tied the knot in January 2016, tell PEOPLE. “We have learned so much, been challenged in every way, and have grown exponentially.” “The most challenging circumstances often heed the biggest reward,” they continue. “We know we are just getting started, but we are grateful to be on this journey together — what a gift.” – Read more at People

Laci Kaye Booth Had a Fan-Girl Moment in Front of Lady A’s Charles Kelley: ‘I Was Just So Nervous’ – “My mom would put books on my stomach to help me build up my diaphragm so I wouldn’t sound so nasally, and it really helped,” remembers Booth, 25, in an interview with PEOPLE from her ’70s-inspired home in Nashville. “But then, I remember hearing ‘Merry Go ‘Round’ by Kacey Musgraves on the radio and I heard her voice, and I was just done. I hadn’t heard a voice like that. I was absolutely captivated.” “I was just so nervous and so happy,” she says of working alongside Lady A’s Charles Kelley on the hauntingly good “Broken Heart Still Beats,” which the duo co-wrote with Paul DiGiovanni and Adam Hambrick. – Read more at People

Cassadee Pope Shares How Her Pop-Punk Roots Influenced Her Upcoming Album ‘Thrive’ – “So, I just made an intentional plan to go into sessions with people that could aid me in this direction. I wrote with a lot of rock writers, a lot of people I used to tour with like – Paul DiGiovanni from Boys Like Girls, Kevin Bard, who was in Stereo Skyline, and Andy Albert, who was in Holiday Parade. Then next thing I know, I have this pop-punk country record that has country lyrics and storylines, but leans a little bit more pop-rock, pop-punk when it comes to sonically and melodies,” she adds. – Read more at Music Mayhem Magazine

American Idol Finalist Dwayne Crocker Accepts Full Scholarship to Oral Roberts University

Dwayne is entering the class as a Junior and majoring in Worship Arts and Music Production with a minor in business. “I want to become the best leader possible so that when you experience my gift there’s more behind it than just a beautiful voice.”

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Hart to Heart | Kelly Clarkson on Using Personal Struggles as Inspiration – In this interview, Kelly talks about early struggles in the industry, and how she and her fellow contestants didn’t take American Idol seriously at first. It was just a paycheck. Hart to Hart is a new talk show on NBC’s new streaming platform, Peacock.

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