Idol Headlines for 10/23/14

ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards announce performers – On November 13, the Inspirational Country Music Association will hold its 20th annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards at Cornerstone Nashville in Madison, Tenn. Comedic country mainstay Ray Stevens and “Inside Edition” correspondent Megan Alexander will host this year’s show, and performers include Danny Gokey, Rhonda Vincent, John Conlee, The Roys, T. Bubba Bechtol and John Berry. – Read more at The Tennessean

Jessica Meuse Attends the Waltrip Brothers Champion Dinner

Caleb Johnson performed at the event which took place in Franklin, TN last night.  Here’s Jessica with Season 4 alum, Bo Bice.  Janelle Arthur, Ben Briley, and Bucky Covington also attended.


‘Idol’ alum Abrams going his own way – Fresh from a morning hike in Los Angeles’ Runyon Canyon Park, Casey Abrams is now blazing musical trails through a new song. It may not be composed in time for Friday night’s show in the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (7:30 p.m.), but the journey is underway. “It’s about a mystical delicatessen man,” he begins matter-of-factly, as if a song about a mystical deli man makes as much sense as one about a non-mystical one. The inspiration, he notes, comes from just such a purveyor … “this dude I pass by on the way to the zoo who always has the best things to eat for sale.” – Read more at

Aiken defends problematic TV ad – Responding to Boyum’s questions about the ad, Aiken repeated the claim about the payroll tax that the fact check found to be false. “I take issue with anyone telling me it’s off-key, because at the end of the day what’s off-key is implying that $1,000 is not a lot of money to people in your district, and that’s what Congresswoman Ellmers did,” Aiken said. called Aikens claim “a gross distortion of Ellmers’ position.” – Read more at News Observer

TV Runner-up Aiken Seeks Win in NC House Race – Eleven years after becoming a national TV sensation, Clay Aiken still attracts a crowd in central North Carolina. In an hour he could only get a block or so down the street during an old textile town’s fall festival while fans stopped to talk and take pictures. “I can’t believe you’re here!” exclaimed Suzanne Strickland, 23, after she and her mother left their craft booth at Erwin Denim Days. “I saw you watching ‘American Idol’!” Finishing second for Congress won’t cut it for the 2003 runner-up on the Fox show that vaulted him to a singing career and another second-place finish on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” Rather, he would just be another Democratic candidate who failed to beat the odds on North Carolina’s congressional map since Republicans redrew it and shifted the delegation’s makeup to the right. – Read more at ABCNews

‘American Idol’ singer Clay Aiken seeks win in first political bid – Polls and pundits suggest Aiken, a Democrat running in a solidly Republican congressional district, could be headed for another second-place finish. Undeterred, he is spending the final stretch of the campaign traveling and living on a bus emblazoned with a “Clay for North Carolina” slogan to tell voters in his native state why he would be an effective advocate for them in Congress. “I can get people to pay attention,” Aiken, 35, said at a town hall campaign event in Asheboro last week. “It’s a benefit of where I came from and how I got here.” About 30 people showed up at an historic courthouse in central North Carolina to hear Aiken speak at the event, a far different scene than his heady “American Idol” days in 2003 when 38 million TV viewers watched him perform in the show’s finale. – Read more at

‘Joseph’ a dream job for husband and wife – DeGarmo and Young come to The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts next week for an eight-show visit with the new national touring production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The musical tells the story of Joseph — the Old Testament diviner of dreams — exclusively through song via a narrator. Young is the show’s Joseph, and DeGarmo the narrator. They also come here as real-life man and wife, having tied the knot last year. “We’re a bit of an anomaly,” DeGarmo said about their shared experiences. “There hasn’t been a married couple from ‘American Idol,’ ” said Young. – Read more at

Jennifer Lopez Buys $22 Million New York City Apartment Next Door to Chelsea Clinton: Details – No biggie. Jennifer Lopez has reportedly purchased a $22 million pad in New York City, Refinery29 reports. The penthouse, located in The Whitman, a four-unit prewar building in Manhattan’s Flatiron district, is 6,250 square feet and boasts four bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms. Not to mention, two levels of outdoor space with views of Madison Square Park. Even better? Jenny from the Block has neighbors like Chelsea Clinton and NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to borrow sugar from. – Read more at USMagazine

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