American Idol XIII auditions head to Salt Lake City, Utah. We’ll be live blogging, of course. 8/7c FOX.
The drama continues on Nashville! ABC at 10/9c PM. Windmills recaps.
Mandisa Stayed Home from The Grammys – They Make her Uncomfortable – NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Christian singer Mandisa says she was at home watching Sunday’s Grammy Awards ceremony online when her song “Overcomer” was named the best contemporary Christian music song. Minutes later, her album of the same name won the Grammy for best contemporary Christian music album. Mandisa explained that she was at home alone “allowing the Lord to speak” to her and protect her from being either proud of winning or self-conscious about gaining back some of the weight she had lost. As a Christian, Mandisa said she also had found some parts of past Grammy Awards ceremonies she attended uncomfortable to watch. – Read more at Washington Post.com
Kelly Clarkson. Ruben Studdard. Kris Allen. Carrie Underwood. Spencer Lloyd? – Lloyd is no stranger to singing competitions. After having a brief stint on NBC’s The Voice last year, Lloyd decided to abandon the idea of competing again. Lloyd changed his mind, however, when he heard the American Idol tour bus was coming through Little Rock, stopping near the Clinton Library – only 15 minutes away from his house in Bryant, Ark. “A lot of people were saying, ‘Hey, Spencer, you should go audition for this.’ I was like, ‘I don’t know, I just got done with that other thing and I don’t think I really want to go into it.’ [Trying out] was just kind of off of a whim. I was like, ‘Oh, I guess I’ll go do it.’” – Read more at The Forum
BMLG To Release Motley Crue Country Tribute Album – After more than three decades together, iconic rock ‘n roll band Mötley Crüe announced today (Jan. 28) their final tour and the band’s ultimate retirement. The announcement was solidified when the band signed a formal cessation of touring agreement, effective at the end of 2015, in front of global media in Los Angeles today. Celebrating the announcement of this final tour, the band will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight and will appear on CBS This Morning tomorrow morning (Jan. 29). In conjunction with the tour, Big Machine Records, home to country superstars such as Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts has teamed up in a joint venture with Mötley Records and Eleven Seven music for the summer 2014 release of a Country music tribute to Mötley Crüe. Among the artists already confirmed to be featured on the country tribute album are LeAnn Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band and Cassadee Pope. – Read more at Music Row
INTERLUDES: ‘American Idol’ Winner Candice Glover Proves Why She’s Here To Stay – Here at #TeamBeautiful, we love performers who can really sang. When Candice Glover signed on to grace us with her voice and presence for a special Interludes performance, we obviously couldn’t wait. The powerful vocalist didn’t disappoint and made us remember exactly why she won the 12th season of “American Idol.” Her debut album, Music Speaks, will be released February 18th, and who can forget that emotional video for the ballad, “Cried”? – Watch the performance Hello Beautiful
Sara Bareilles Fires Manager Jordan Feldstein After Grammys Scuffle With Osbournes – Also counting Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke as clients, Feldstein, who is Jonah Hill’s brother, was caught in a heated, plate-throwing exchange with Sharon Osbourne at a pre-Grammy gala. Sara Bareilles has fired manager Jordan Feldstein, who also counts Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke as clients, sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter. The news comes after a strange scuffle between Feldstein and Sharon Osbourne took place at Saturday night’s Clive Davis/Recording Academy-sponsored pre-Grammy gala at the Beverly Hilton hotel. According to E! Online, Feldstein was first spotted in the ballroom arguing with Kelly Osbourne, with her mother following up after her daughter stormed away from the music manager’s table. “Sharon walked up to him pointing her finger and screaming,” an eyewitness tells THR. With Bareilles seated nearby, Feldstein and The Talk host apparently got into a heated exchange that resulted in Osbourne tipping over a plate of food on his lap and throwing water at his head (see photo below). The fight apparently erupted over comments Feldstein made about Jack Osbourne and his wife. Says a source: “You don’t f— with the Osbournes.” – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
Danny Gokey In Snowball Fight At His Radio Network – AMERICAN IDOL alumni DANNY GOKEY got involved in a snowball dust-up this morning (WEDNESDAY JANUARY 29) while visiting RADIO TRAINING NETWORK Contemporary Christian WLFJ (HIS RADIO)/GREENVILLE SC. With the southern “blizzard” conditions calling, DANNY along with traveling companions Promoter/CHRIS HAUSER and Guitarist/SAM TINNESZ engaged in an epic winter battle, entertaining PD/ROB DEMPSEY, co-host/LESLIE NEASE and the HIS RADIO listeners. – See the Video at All Access
Ed Sheeran And Tori Kelly Have A New Song All Ready For Us – If you haven’t listened to Tori Kelly’s music yet, I suggest (after you read this) to do so immediately. The talented curly-haired 21-year-old MTV Artist to Watch singer gained a following with her YouTube cover songs of everyone from Bruno Mars to Michael Jackson. However, it was when she released her Foreward EP in October that people really started taking notice, including one very important person: Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun. Kelly is now currently in the studio working on her debut effort, which she describes as a mix between “more hip-hop edgy Lauryn Hill type of vibe” and her acoustic guitar. Even though Kelly has no release date in mind for her debut effort or first single, fans should still be in the lookout for some new music. She recently finished working on a song with none other than Ed Sheeran. – Read more at MTV
Lea Michele on Her “Insane Love” for Cory Monteith: I Know “He’s Watching Everything I’m Doing” – Cory Monteith may be gone, but Lea Michele feels his presence in her life now more than ever. Six months after his tragic death at age 31, the Glee actress is preparing to release her debut album, Louder, which is rich with reminders of the couple’s “insane love” for each other. In a new interview with her BFF Jonathan Groff for the March issue of Teen Vogue, Michele, 27, opens up about moving on from the loss of her costar and real-life boyfriend. “I somehow feel the insane love Cory and I had for each other morphed into this strength that I have right now,” the “Cannonball” singer explains. “There’s just something about knowing he’s watching everything I’m doing and feeling like I have to do everything now not just for me but for him. I also have a safety net below me — if I fall or if it’s too much, my friends and family will be there to catch me.” – Read more at US Magazine