Idol Headlines for 1/8/14

Tonight, it’s the Peoples Choice Awards. The Voice, Glee and more are up for awards, voted by you. 9/8c pm on CBS.

Today’s #IdolBlitz schedule is busy – And will all take place on twitter. Join your favorite Idol alums for a twitter chat sponsored by American Idol to promote next week’s Jan. 15 premiere. Ask your questions for the above alumni using #IdolBlitz and include their twitter handle.

Lauren Alaina (@Lauren_Alaina) – Wed, 1/8 at 10am PT
Pia Toscano (@PiaToscano ) – Wed, 1/8 at 12pm PT
Angie Miller (@AngieMiller) – Wed, 1/8 at 2pm PT
Candice Glover (@CandiceGlover) – Wed, 1/8 at 3pm PT

“Samson and Delilah, A Love Story” Album, With Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, Will Be Released in February – “Samson and Delilah, A Love Story,” a concept recording of the new musical love story featuring Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, will be released digitally by Broadway Records Feb. 7. The CD will hit shelves Feb. 11 and is available at 54 Below Jan. 29-30 at the couple’s album-release concert. Newlyweds and former “American Idol” contestants DeGarmo and Young — who met in the 2009 Broadway revival of Hair — will play 9:30 PM concerts at 54 Below. The CD is available for pre-order by clicking here. – Read more at Broadway.com

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Carrie Underwood set for first-ever iHeartRadio Country Festival – Wednesday morning Clear Channel Media + Entertainment announced the first-ever iHeartRadio Country Festival, taking place in Austin, Texas March 29th, 2014. Country’s biggest superstars will share the stage at Austin’s Frank Erwin Center, including Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church and more. Also on the bill: Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen and Dan + Shay.

Read more at iheart.com

Joe Murena of “American Idol” Fame to Make Off-Broadway Debut in My Big Gay Italian Funeral – Joe Murena, a former contestant on the Fox reality competition “American Idol,” will make his Off-Broadway debut in My Big Gay Italian Funeral. He will begin performances as Ezio Feb. 2 at St. Luke’s Theatre. Singer-songwriter Murena is also known for his performances on “Star Search,” “Good Morning America” and “Showtime at the Apollo.” His theatrical credits include Long Island community theatre productions of West Side Story and Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. – Read more at Playbill.com

Ben Platt, Nic Rouleau and Syesha Mercado Are New Stars of The Book of Mormon on Broadway – Ben Platt, Nic Rouleau and “American Idol” finalist Syesha Mercado are the new leading trio of Broadway’s The Book of Mormon, beginning Jan. 7 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. Platt, Rouleau and Mercado opened the Chicago second national tour of The Book of Mormon in December 2012. Platt and Mercado, who play Elder Cunningham and Nabulungi, respectively, are making their Broadway debuts. Rouleau made his Broadway debut as Elder Price in 2012 and returns to the role alongside his original tour co-stars. – Read more at Broadway.com

YouTube is alive with the sound of musicals – Not many Internet sensations can attribute their career to a No. 6 super-size burger with only mustard and ketchup, large fries and an M&M McFlurry. But Todrick Hall can. “I’m an unconventional artist,” says Hall, 28, who is managed by Scooter Braun (the name behind Justin Bieber) and contributed choreography to Beyoncé’s Blow video. “When I was on Idol, people wanted to see me be more R&B, urban or hip-hop, but that’s not me. … What YouTube does is allow artists to express themselves freely. Everybody has an equal opportunity to make their careers successful, based on their own ideas and content, and how much effort, money and time they’re willing to invest.” – Read more at USA Today

‘American Idol’ to Winter Jam: Colton Dixon sees himself as ‘A Messenger’ – Dixon says he’s clear about his role as a messenger for God. “God’s first, and I’m second,” Dixon said. “One of the last songs on the record is ‘Let Them See You.’ That about sums it up.” He said he was “saved at 7” and “called to the music ministry at 13.” That early grounding as a Christian helped him to face challenges, such as his elimination from “American Idol.” “A lot of things tested me in spiritual areas,” he said. “I went back to how I was raised.” He added that the experience was a reminder that, “you’re never going to be handed something. You’ve got to work for it.” – Read more at AL.com

Daughtry Sings Acoustic Version of ‘Waiting for Superman’ – The North Carolina native joined host Nic Harcourt for an illuminating conversation telling stories behind his music, including the true story of how he was not interested in recording “Feels Like Tonight,” a song written by Max Martin and Dr. Luke specifically for him in case he won American Idol. “Of course it was a massive hit,” he laughed. “And I freaking love the song now.”

Read more at Hollywood Reporter

Melinda Doolittle – You’re The Reason EP – Behind the Scenes

Carly Rae Jepsen Shares First Look at Cinderella

Carly Rae Jepsen tries on Cinderella’s wedding dress, her first day on stage as she takes over the lead role in Broadway’s Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The singer posted, “First day on set and they let me try on the BIG wedding dress! They had to bribe me with smarties to take it off. @CinderellaBway let’s play dress up again tmr please! #CinderellaBway”

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Adds Two African-American Female Writers – Saturday Night Live is not only adding a new African-American woman to its cast but two to its writers’ room as well. LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, who were discovered during the sketch show’s recent auditions, will join SNL’s writers’ room starting Monday, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Tookes and Jones were both among the black female comedians who auditioned during showcases held in New York and Los Angeles after the long-running Lorne Michaels sketch series faced widespread criticism that its new cast lacked diversity — specifically the inclusion of an African-American woman. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

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