Idol Headlines for 10/18/13

Shnugs live blogs MasterChef Jr. tonight. Watch on FOX 8/7c pm.

Previews for the Broadway show, After Midnight, starring Fantasia, begin tonight at the Brooks Atkinson Theater.

American Idol Season 12 alum, Devin Velez ran into a bunch of X Factor contestants at The Grove in Los Angeles. The Groups category were featured in a live Google Hangout for fans.  With some of the girls HERE. And a few of the guys HERE. And the annoying couple, Alex and Sierra HERE.

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‘Idol’ winner Candice Glover at Chandler fest, Halloween fun, play day on tap Oct. 25-26 – Candice Glover was so shy as a child that she would only sing for her parents if they listened from another room. Glover, the Season 12 winner of the “American Idol” television singing competition, has overcome her early bouts with stage fright. Valley music fans will have a chance to see just how far she has progressed Saturday, Oct. 26, as she headlines Chandler’s Fall Rhythm Fest at Tumbleweed Park. – Read more at AZ Central

Darren Criss to Perform at Environmental Media Awards, E! Online Livestreaming Red Carpet and the Show! – Darren Criss is going green. The Glee star has signed on to perform at Saturday’s Environmental Media Awards. The Environmental Media Association’s 23rd annual event will honor Matt Damon with the EMA Ongoing Commitment Award. Hayden Panettiere will receive the EMA Futures Award. And guess who is livestreaming the whole shebang? That’s right, E! Online! – Read more at E Online

Ex-‘Idol’ hopefuls join symphony – When you think of the symphony, what names pop into your mind? Mozart, maybe, or Bach? But what about the Bee Gees, Journey, or Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons? This Saturday, three former “American Idol” contestants will be performing pop, rock and jazz classics while accompanied by the Spokane Symphony and conductor Morihiko Nakahara in a program called “Symphony Idol,” meant to challenge your perceptions of an orchestra’s limitations. Any regular “Idol” viewer will recognize the participating vocalists: Haley Scarnato and LaKisha Jones, who were top 10 finishers on the show’s sixth season, and Matt Giraud, who came in fourth place during season 8. – Read more at Spokesman.com

THOMAS ROBERTS (‘MSNBC LIVE’) AND MEL B (‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’) TO HOST THE 2013 MISS UNIVERSE® COMPETITION ON NBC – NEW YORK – October 17, 2013 – NBC, Donald J. Trump, and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today that Thomas Roberts and Mel B will host the 62nd Annual Miss Universe® Competition airing Saturday, Nov. 9 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) from Crocus City Hall in Moscow. The global event will also air with a Spanish simulcast on Telemundo.- Read more at NBC

‘American Idol’ winner David Cook talks TV’s golden ticket – “Music kind of, for me, has been a bit therapeutic,” Cook said. “I turned to songwriting to try to take whatever negative energy and angst you have as a teenager and present it in a socially acceptable way. Fortunately, I’ve been able to … make a career out of it.” – Read more at Michigan Daily

‘We’re Thinking Two,’ Kelly Clarkson Reveals On Starting a Family: ‘I Want a Baby Girl!’ – “I did not ever want kids but my priorities are changing because now I want a baby real bad — a big, chunky baby. I want a girl!” Kelly goes on to tell the mag, on stands now, that she and her fiancé, Brandon Blackstock, don’t want to stop at just one. “We’re thinking maybe two,” she confides. “I’m not patient, so I already have names picked out for a boy or a girl, and what kind of diapers they’ll wear. It’s crazy! We’re very excited.” – Read more at In Touch

Scotty McCreery On The Ride for Album No. 2: It ‘Pretty Much Has To Be My Wave Now’ – Scotty McCreery rode his 2011 “American Idol” win to a platinum album and several new artist awards. With his second album, “See You Tonight,” McCreery says his career is now in his hands alone. “We have been off the show for 2 1/2 years,” the 20-year-old said. “The wave pretty much has to be my wave now. We have to make our own momentum. That comes with success, with radio success, but you’ve also got to make the good music first, the good songs for that to happen.” – Read more at Billboard

Scotty McCreery finds his voice on post-‘Idol’ album – Album producer Frank Rogers, who has worked with Darius Rucker and Brad Paisley, said McCreery’s musical influences, like a lot of younger music fans, are not just traditional country and that is reflected in the new album. “He’s also a college kid who has a very diverse iPod and playlist,” Rogers said. “I don’t think anything is forced in there, but we brought in some musical elements, things that that maybe he hasn’t put on a record before, but they are part of his musical vocabulary.” – Read more at the Associated Press

Skinny Jennifer Hudson Supports Fellow American Idol Alum Ruben Studdard on Biggest Loser: “I Am So Proud!” – Hudson attended the God’s Love We Deliver 2013 Golden Heart Awards in New York City on Oct. 15 where she talked about her fellow Idol alum’s weight loss journey. “I am so proud of Ruben,” she told reporters. “It’s one thing to lose weight, it’s another thing to keep it off. I do believe if he’s gone this far to make that commitment, he’ll make it. Just keep that mindset. I was just so happy for him. It’s a journey. He has to find his niche and work in his own time.” – Read more at US Magazine

Dancing’s Derek Hough: We Didn’t Break the Rules – I thought this week went great. Amber and I are very pleased with our foxtrot. Len wasn’t feeling it, but that’s OK. When he was explaining his critique, I was nodding my head. I knew what he was getting at and I respect it. I told Amber that I didn’t know if we had enough hold content, so she was prepared for it too. I did try putting in more holds, but it didn’t feel right with the music we had. The song was so high energy. I’m not “blaming” the song, but when I choreograph, my first and foremost goal is to stay true to the music. You just didn’t see the quick one-two-three counts. I wouldn’t say I broke the rules because it’s not like we didn’t have any holds; there just wasn’t enough. I thought it was a fun routine and Amber totally killed it. – Read more at TV Guide

Maks Chmerkovskiy Confirms He’s Dating Kate Upton! ‘I Think I Got Lucky’ – “Extra” caught up with the “Dancing with the Stars” pro as he celebrated his brother Val’s new fashion line at Philippe in Beverly Hills, where he gushed about the Sports Illustrated model. Maks told “Extra,” “Things are going great… I think I got lucky… she’s an amazing girl.” He added, “Everyone is happy, we are enjoying each other’s company.” As for reports that Kate got an apartment to be closer to Maks, he clarified, “I live in New Jersey, she got an apartment in Manhattan.” – Read more at EXTRA

‘Project Runway’ Winner Dom Streater on the ‘Nerve-Racking’ Final Judging and What’s Next – Dom Streater went from working two jobs to support herself to winning Project Runway and a half-million-dollar prize package — the biggest in series history. On Friday, she talked to The Hollywood Reporter about her time on Runway and what’s next. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Kelly Clarkson Graces the Cover of Billboard Magazine

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Read an excerpt at Billboard. Kelly may release a Broadway album!

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