Idol Headlines for 10/17/13

Join Pedro for the Season Finale of Project Runway! It airs at 8/7c pm on Lifetime.

Sound Check: Former “Idol” champ David Cook feels different since then – “I’m just enjoying the (recording) process and trying different sounds, different instrumentation and working without parameters,” he says. “I want to experiment and go down roads I wouldn’t have been as comfortable with in the past. I’m definitely toying around with some (electronic) programming and using loops and playing keyboards live now. “If you’d told me I was going to do that two years ago I would’ve said you were nuts, but I’m loving it. And you don’t want to stay in the same place if you’re really an artist.” – Read more at The Morning Sun

2008 ‘American Idol’ winner David Cook shows off new single at Ark show Sunday – Fans of “American Idol” probably remember David Cook as the scruffy, post-grunge singer-songwriter with the formidable vocal chops who beat out squeaky-clean David Archuleta for the top spot in 2008. Cook comes to The Ark for a show Sunday night. He’s working on a new CD, and recently released a new single, “Laying Me Low.” – Read more at MLive

Taylor Hicks’ Home Cooking – The new book “Taste of Home Recipes Across America: 735 of the Best Reader Recipes from Across the Nation,” details 735 recipes from real home cooks from around the country that reflect the best of American cooking. American Idol star and restaurant owner Taylor Hicks has contributed several recipes straight from his recently open barbecue and blues joint in Birmingham, Alabama, Saw’s Jukes Joint. – See the Video at CBS New York

Blake Shelton Responds To Keith Urban Saying He’s Going To Hire Someone To Kick His Butt – Blake Shelton chats with Access’ Michelle Beadle about Keith Urban saying he is going to hire someone to kick his butt. Is Blake scared at all? Plus, why does Blake say he’s going to need to play nice with Keith for at least the next few months? – See the Video at Access Hollywood

Amber Riley’s Dancing With the Stars Blog: ‘Don’t Forget Your Dreams’ – We are doing the samba next week and so far, it’s really hard! It’s a lot of bouncing and it’s really quick and very energy driven, which I’m excited about because my cardio and my stamina have been getting a lot better. It’s going to be fun to push myself in this dance and see what I can do. I can’t believe we’re past the halfway mark! Week 6 is coming up and I can’t even imagine going home. But whether I get voted off or even if I win, both are going to be sad because I won’t be doing this every day anymore! I’m really enjoying the company of all the other dancers. This is the experience of a lifetime! – Read more at Parade

Ruben Studdard’s Biggest Loser Blog: ‘I Didn’t Know How Hard the Journey Would Be’ – Watching tonight’s episode of The Biggest Loser brought back some good and some tough memories. I remember how excited we all were to be walking through the gates of the ranch and how fast those happy faces turned into tears of agony in the gym. The first week on the ranch has to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through, but I made it. – Read more at Parade

Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood host the 2013 CMA Awards

Elise Testone Sings Charleston’s Praises

For the third consecutive year, Charleston has been named #1 U.S. City/Condé Nast Traveler/ Reader’s Choice Awards. Listen to Charleston resident and former American Idol contestant Elise Testone sing about some of Charleston’s many charms!

Kellie Pickler talks heels, hits

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