Headlines: TCA Tour Cancelled, Kelly Clarkson Pushes Residency to 2021

Television Critics Assoc. Summer Press Tour Cancelled— TCA Awards Plan TBD – The Television Critics Association’s summer press tour — at which the broadcast-TV networks, cablers and some streamers showcase for critics and journalists their new and returning shows and stars — has been cancelled for 2020. This summer’s tour was to be held in Pasadena, Calif., running late July through the middle of August. California Governor Gavin Newsom recently said that gatherings of hundreds or more will likely be banned at least through summer, as the state waits to plot out its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The TCA board said in a statement that while is “working with the networks to explore virtual alternatives both within the original press tour time frame and later in 2020… given the current state of television production, as of now, this is a cancellation not a postponement.” – Read more at TVLine

Kelly Clarkson Postpones Her Las Vegas Residency to 2021 – Kelly’s Vegas residency was originally set to kick off in April. She moved it to later in the years due to coronavirus concerns. Now, she’s postponing further into next year. “We’ve decided to postpone my Vegas residency, Invincible, until 2021,” she writes, “I want everyone to be safe, healthy, & ready to party next year! For the latest info & to receive presale access when new dates are announced, sign up for my mailing list at http://kellyclarkson.com”

‘American Idol’ Top 20 Created a Group Chat to Cheer Each Other on Despite the Distance – The Top 20 American Idol Season 18 contestants are finding ways to support each other, and to get the support they need from the show’s judges and crew, despite being quarantined in many separate locations due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The aspiring stars admit that their experience on the TV singing competition has been, not surprisingly, nothing like they expected, but they’re bonded together forever because of it. “We all go on Zoom calls, we all FaceTime each other, we all have our own group chat where we literally just hype each other up and tell each other like good luck,” Lauren Spencer-Smith told the Boot and other media members during a conference call after the season’s first “live” episode aired on Sunday night (April 26). “I feel like everyone in the Top 20 right now really is a family, and we’re all going to be friends for life, and everyone is just so supportive with everyone.” – Read more at TasteofCountry

Carrie Underwood turned down Florida Georgia Line collaboration, band reveals– American country music duo Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line took to social media in February to request Carrie’s presence on one of their upcoming songs. They said: “Whether you know it or not, we are huge fans of you and we have always wanted to do a song with you.” Tyler then mentioned a tune the pair had recently composed with singer-songwriter Julia Michaels, saying: “We’d really love for Carrie Underwood to hear this song. However, during a CMT Hot 20 Countdown, Brian and Tyler said Carrie had “declined” a duet. Tyler said: “No, we got turned down on that one. You don’t win ’em all. I guess she didn’t love it as much as we did, but that’s alright. We got turned down, we got turned down. “I think she said it was amazing and she’d love to, but it was right around her book tour release and so she was super busy and didn’t really have time. “But who knows, who knows where it will go. Now it’s just open game.” – Read more at Smooth Radio

‘American Idol’ Winner Laine Hardy Reveals Something Amazing About His Prize – It was the card that declared him American Idol winner that blew our feeble minds, however. That’s no cheap cardboard scrap with a winner’s name on it. Did you know it was embossed with glitter and sparkles, and that Hardy keeps it nearby at all times? The 19-year-old spoke with ToC Nights from his family’s home and performed his single “Ground I Grew Up On” in addition to “Can’t You See” by the Marshall Tucker Band and an original called “Let There Be Country.” It was all part of his virtual tour of media outlets nationwide. Since winning American Idol, Hardy has been hard at work on new music with producer Michael Knox. Prior to the coronavirus quarantine, he split time between Nashville and Louisiana, working with top-tier songwriters to learn the craft and create new music that’s true to his influences. Previously he said that brought a lot of anxiety, but he’s been welcomed with open arms by the Music City community. – Read more at TasteofCountry

Wade Cota Takes Baby Steps Toward the Spotlight – Wade Cota’s story reads like a synopsis for an award-winning musical biopic. Much like Freddie Mercury and Elton John, he had to go through hell to finally step into the spotlight. But much of his journey so far has played out on the small screen. Local music fans may remember Cota when he started singing his songs in clubs around the Valley. But his musical career really took off when Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan brought him on as a contestant for American Idol’s 17th season in 2019. That’s when he knew he was possibly meant for something more. But he was sent home after reaching the top five. Now, a year after his moment in Hollywood, he released his debut album Big Feet, Baby Steps. He says he wants it to be a beacon of hope for people who find themselves in a tough situation. – Read more at New Times

Hunter Hayes, Masked Singer’s Astronaut, ‘Just Wanted People to Like’ His Music Following Debut – Why did you want to go on The Masked Singer? This is a time of growth for me musically and life-wise and Part 2, Red Sky, is about serious change — moving on, letting go and embracing newness and the unknown. Part 1 talks about it and approaches it, Part 2 is about setting off on the road trip and really experiencing it. Because I had to be in unknown places, I couldn’t make it at home. So I knew that I was going to be in Los Angeles when I got the invitation [to do Masked Singer]. It was perfect timing. I knew that it was going to be a lot of things that I’ve never done before and that’s exactly what I needed. I needed to be taken outside of my comfort zone, I needed to be challenged and learn how to dance and figure out how to be in a suit. And it was a good reminder to me that even outside of the costume I’ve got to start from sincerity, which I always believed in but it was a good affirmation. – Read more at People.com

Astronaut Is Over the Moon About ‘Masked Singer’ Orbit: ‘I Could Do Anything Because No One Knows It’s Me’ – Listening to your clue packages, it sounds like it was the perfect time for you to do this. Why is that? You talked about being forced to start over after trying to blast away certain labels. It was such a Godsend. We cleared the touring schedule for several months because I wanted to work on the new album and honestly… The new album is part of a three-part series that’s all about growth and change and moving and adventure and just growing as a human and in writing and talking about that musically it gave me another mirror to see myself through and to learn the things I like and certain kinds of music I like and to incorporate that. But it was a weird double life for a minute because we had these early mornings where I’d go to rehearsal and I’d finish halfway through the day and then I’d come back to my home studio and work like I normally would, but informed by experiences I had on the show. It kind of blew the doors open and took the walls down on the music I was making at the time. – Read more at Billboard.com

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