Idol Headlines for 4/26/14

‘The Music of Nashville Season 2, Vol. 2? to Release May 6 – Big Machine Records is set to release The Music of Nashville Season 2, Volume 2, which will release to all digital retailers Tuesday, May 6. While the standard version will include 11 tracks, a special deluxe version boasting 21 tracks (including four exclusive tracks) will be available exclusively at Target. – Read more at Music Row

Darren Criss set to attend the White House Correspondents Dinner – Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, “Revenge” star Madeline Stowe, “Glee’s” Darren Criss, and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be among the high-profile guests at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. The actors and athletes will join U.S. Ambassador to Israel Ron Dermer, former acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox, and Democratic political strategist Jeremy Bird at the Thomson Reuters tables at the May 3 soiree at the Washington Hilton. – Read more at The Hill

‘American Idol’ finalist, Malaya Watson, to be honored in Southfield – “American Idol” finalist Malaya Watson will be honored by the Southfield City Council at its meeting on Monday, April 28. Mayor Brenda Lawrence and the city council will present Watson, a Southfield resident, with a joint resolution recognizing her success and a key to the city. Malaya finished in eighth place on the current season of “American Idol,” and she is the second youngest contestant in the show’s history who has reached the live show and finals. – Read more at Daily Tribune

American Idol, The Day After: Top 6 Results Dish with Blake Lewis – It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven seasons since Blake Lewis beatboxed his way through one of the most memorable “American Idol” performances of all time, Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name,” and historically dueted with Doug E. Fresh on that year’s finale. Since then, the Season 6 runner-up has put out two albums, “Audio Day Dream” (which sold 350,000 copies and spawned the top 40 single “Break Anotha”) and “Heartbreak on Vinyl” (the title track of which went to #1 twice on Billboard’s dance charts). And now he’s gearing up to release the album he considers his best yet, “Portrait of a Chameleon,” on his own label. – See the Video at

‘American Idol’s’ Phillip Phillips Mourns Slain Teen Maren Sanchez – News of the death of 16-year old Connecticut student Maren Sanchez has deeply affected Phillip Phillips, who tweeted his condolences Friday. “I am so sad to hear of the tragic death of Maren Sanchez,” he wrote on Twitter. “My thoughts and prayers are with her family.” The teen was a fan of the season 11 winner, and covered his song “Home” in a school talent show the same year he won the competition series. (See her performance below.) Sanchez was stabbed in a hallway of Jonathan Law High School in Milford, about an hour’s drive from New York City, around 7:15 a.m. Friday. Staff members and paramedics performed life-saving measures on the girl, but she was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said. A 16-year-old boy was taken into custody. His name wasn’t released because of juvenile offender laws, said Police Chief Keith Mello. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

‘Dead’ Man Singing: Lee DeWyze Writes ‘Blackbird Song’ for His Favorite Series – During the early days of The Walking Dead, Lee DeWyze had no interest in watching the popular zombie-studded AMC program. “Everyone was talking about it, but there were so many vampire and werewolf series, and they were all cheesy. They were all bad,” the season-nine champ opined to THR. “But then my wife had her appendix out, and we were sitting on the couch, and I said, ‘Let’s start watching it.’ And she said, ‘I don’t know; it’s scary.’ We hit play, and it became a marathon. We were obsessed. It became our favorite show.” – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Chatting With: Siobhan Magnus – Siobhan Magnus is back on the Cape. The Barnstable High School graduate who gained national attention when she competed on the wildly popular talent show “American Idol” has returned home and will showcase her new band, Elcodrive, in a benefit concert in Orleans for the Latham Center. But you no longer watch American Idol. Why? That’s just because it’s strayed so far from its original intentions and it’s become such a contrived thing. It’s forced. It’s hard to believe that it’s ‘reality.’ After having gone through the process itself and knowing how much input the producers, the director and all of the staff have and how much persuasion that they have to the contestants, to the audience it’s just hard to have that much faith in it.- Read more at Wicked Local

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