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Tyler Perry, Chris Daughtry weigh in on The Passion – Chris Daughtry, who is acting as Judas, says his view of the disciple has changed since his role in the production.
“We all have done something we’ve immediately regretted or felt this huge weight or burden and carried it around for so long that eventually we crack. That’s human nature,” Daughtry said. “I look at it a completely different way than I did growing up. He (Judas) has been the bad guy, he’s the original betrayer. I think he’s just a guy that made a bad choice and made a bad mistake. He couldn’t live with the ramifications of his actions and his consequences so heavy that he ended up committing suicide.” Daughtry said preparing to play Judas he tried to tap into what Judas may have been thinking two thousand years ago. “I was trying to tap into that humanity. What was he really thinking? What’s his real motivation for what he did?” – Read more at FOX10TV.com

Chris Daughtry’s Fine with Portraying Judas in Fox’s Live Musical “The Passion”: “It’s Fun to Play a Bad Guy” – Chris Daughtry’s been trying to get his acting career off the ground for a while now, and this Sunday marks his biggest role yet: he’s starring as Judas in The Passion, a live musical spectacular on Fox that will take place in New Orleans. It will tell the story of Jesus’ final hours on Earth, but the story unfolds in the present, and all the songs are modern-day rock and pop hits. If the concept sounds a bit strange to you, well, it did to Chris, too. “I had to be convinced,” he admits. “I didn’t want to do a musical,” Chris tells ABC Radio. “After taking a little bit of a break in music and really going out for these [acting] roles, I wasn’t too hip on doing a musical. I wanted to separate the two…I do music for a living, you know?” – Read more at ABC.com

The Passion: Star Chris Daughtry and EP Adam Anders preview Fox’s contemporary take on the Bible – Hot off its hit musical Grease: Live, Fox trades in the T-Birds for the New Testament with The Passion (airing March 20 at 8 p.m.). EP Adam Anders and star Chris Daughtry reveal the divine plan behind the project. – Entertainment Weekly

Jordan Smith hosts album release party in Harlan – (WBIR) “The Voice” Season Nine winner Jordan Smith was back in his hometown to celebrate the release of his new CD. On Friday, Jordan met with fans and signed CDs at the Walmart in Harlan, Ky. It’s the same day his debut album, “Something Beautiful,” is released, which has already reached number 2 on both iTunes and the pop charts. The new CD comes just three months after he was crowned the season nine winner of “The Voice.” – Read more at WBIR.com

‘American Idol’ Star La’Porsha Renae Talks Emotional Moment That Reduced Jennifer Lopez to Tears – ‘I’m So Grateful’ – “I was nervous, because I just didn’t feel like I was going to be able to keep it together,” 22-year-old La’Porsha Renae told ETonline after the show. The Mississippi native brought down the house with an emotional performance of Mary J. Blige’s “No More Drama” after revealing that she had recently removed herself from an abusive relationship. “I got out of the relationship in April and then I came straight to Idol in June of last year, so it’s been fast-paced, learning song after song and singing week after week,” Renae said backstage. “I never really just sat down and sunk my teeth into the fact that I was there. So, to face the pain that I’ve been through was a whole different thing and America kind of forced me to do that this week.” – Read more at ETOnline

Scotty McCreery Talks New Music, Return To ‘American Idol’ – When Scotty McCreery parted ways with his label last month, fans were concerned about whether or not they’d get to hear all the new music the North Carolina native has been working on. Despite the setback, McCreery is still determined to get his new music to fans. “We’re always working on new music,” McCreery told Sounds Like Nashville. “Always writing and trying to find that next idea. That next song. I’ve got plenty of songs in the can. I think we’ve got about 10 songs in the can and we’re trying to figure out which ones will make the record and still got to put a few more on there, but hopefully end of the year sometime I’ll have a record.” – Read more at SoundslikeNashville

The Bachelor’s Ben Higgins Opens Up About Fiancée Lauren Bushnell: ‘She’s the Only Woman I’ll Love from Now On’ – They’ve been engaged for just four months, but former Bachelor Ben Higgins and his fiancée Lauren Bushnell have discovered that despite the glamour of dating on a reality show, life off camera is even better. “Now that I’m out of that world and we’re together and looking at life from here on out, it’s a lot easier,” Higgins, 26, tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue. “[The Bachelor] led me to this woman who I love deeply. She is the only woman I’ll love from now on.” – Read more at People.com

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it — that’s “The Bachelorette” exec producer’s attitude toward dinner. -For the last five years, Executive Producer Mike Fleiss has gone with the same menu item on the first night of filming his hit reality TV show, but last week he apparently considered mixing it up in the catering department by choosing Thai food instead of the usual barbecue chicken. Then at the last minute this week he tweeted that he “chickened out” and went with the same American dish that he’d been serving up season after season. Fleiss tweeted on March 6 “After 5 years of BBQ chicken as our Night One dinner, I’m thinking of mixing things up this year. Maybe a little Thai food… Yum!” And then on March 17, “I chickened out and went with BBQ chicken. If it ain’t broke… #Bachelorette” – Read more at the Los Angeles Times

Taylor Swift Surprises Kids At Ryan Seacrest Studio Opening At Nashville Hospital – While the American Idol host was on-hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, none of the patients knew Swift would be in attendance, too. “Perhaps you’ll recognize my friend,” Seacrest said as Swift made her surprise arrival. The superstar gave a speech, played with the young kids, and participated in the new studio’s very first broadcast. – Read more at Ryan Seacrest

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