The X Factor auditions continue tonight on FOX. Join Mac as he live blogs beginning at 8/7c pm. The musical drama, Nashville, returns to ABC tonight at 10/9c pm for a second season. Make sure to catch Windmills recap. And, Eric recaps Survivor, airing on CBS at 8/7c pm.
The Voice season 5 has just started, but it’s already time to tape Season 6! Catch Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher at a live taping in Los Angeles beginning on October 13. Click to get your tickets.
Second round of American Idol auditions underway in Austin – The second round of auditions for FOX’s long-running reality show American Idol is being held in Austin. Idol wannabes will get the chance to showcase their talent in front of the show’s judges—Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr— to see if they are “Idol” material. – Read more at MyFoxAustin
Toby Keith Taking Eli Young Band and Kellie Pickler on His First-Ever Australian Tour – Toby Keith has recruited Eli Young Band and Kellie Pickler to open his first-ever Australian tour next year. The Hammer Down Under tour launches March 14 in Brisbane followed by a March 16 show at the CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival. Toby wraps things up with a March 18 show in Sydney and a March 19 date in Melbourne. – Read more at ABC News Radio
Artists, Chef Grace Ryman Stage For ‘Sing For Your Supper’ – Music and food grace the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in a current series airing on Public Television stations.
Sing For Your Supper with Bob Waggoner premiered earlier this month on Public Television stations; the fall season’s 13 episodes feature Chef Bob Waggoner preparing a gourmet meal with several top performers. But, there is no such thing as a free lunch, so Chef Bob will make each entertainer “sing for their supper” on the Ryman stage. Artists appearing on the series include Lauren Alaina, Kelleigh Bannen, Dailey & Vincent, Sarah Darling, Brett Eldredge, Escondido, Amy Grant, Brandon Heath, Jana Kramer, The Mavericks, Erin McCarley and Craig Morgan. – Read more at Music Row
Opry, Southwest Bringing Pope, Farr, Love and Theft to NYC – In celebration of the Grand Ole Opry’s Birthday and Country Music Month, the Opry and Southwest Airlines® are set to fly three Nashville newcomers to New York City for a series of free acoustic performances at the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park. To set the tone, the Opry’s signature microphone stand and a replica of the famed circle of wood from center stage at the Opry House will also be making the trip. Tyler Farr will perform Sept. 30, followed by Love and Theft on Oct. 3 and Cassadee Pope on Oct. 7. On-air personalities from New York’s NASH FM 94.7 will host each event. Each performance is open to the public and admittance will be based on a first-come first-served basis. – Read more at Music Row
Carrie Underwood’s Little Dogs Get Their Own Twitter Account, Win Over Mike Fisher – Carrie admits that Mike was not a fan of tiny dogs when they met, but he came around when he met Carrie and her rat terrier, Ace. “Ace was grandfathered in,” explains Carrie. “(Mike’s) not a little dog guy. He’ll be the first one to tell you that, but Ace was there before he was and I’ll be darned if he was going anywhere, because he wasn’t. You love me, you love my dog.” – Read more at The Country Vibe
Taylor Hicks: ‘American Idol’ champion, Paris headliner and … restaurateur – I knew “American Idol” Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks headlines at the Paris and that fans love his songs and guitar work. I never knew that he owned a blues barbeque restaurant and hails from generations of cooks. Now he’s hoping to open a similar Southern menu venue here because he says since living in Las Vegas so far, he’s been unable to find the food he serves at his Saw’s Juke Joint back home in Birmingham, Ala. – Read more at The Las Vegas Sun
Interview: Lee Dewyze – Frames feels as cinematic as it does auditory. It’s as if you’re flipping through a photo album of Lee DeWyze’s experiences, while listening to it. That’s the real magic of the album. It’s an intimate and irresistible journey driven by a phenomenally talented singer and songwriter. In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Lee Dewyze talks Frames and so much more. – Read more at Artist Direct
Nashville EP Talks Rayna’s Recovery, Deacon’s Dry-Out – Plus: Their Pre-Crash Convo Revealed! – When Nashville‘s second season bows Wednesday (ABC, 10/9c), it does so with the weight of many unanswered questions resting on its fringed shoulders. How will Rayna and Deacon’s accident affect their relationship – if they still have one? Is Deke back on the wagon? Will Scarlett say yes to Gunnar’s impromptu proposal? Will Juliette ever smile again? TVLine lobbed these questions – and more – at showrunner Dee Johnson, who provided lots of scoop on the country-music drama’s sophomore run. – Read more at TVLine.com
‘Nashville’ Creator Stands By Divisive Finale, Previews Season Two – “We wanted to take all the cards and throw them up in the air.” That’s how Nashville creator Callie Khouri describes last May’s freshman season finale for her ABC country music drama. Not only did she toss the cards up in the air, but the series completely shuffled the deck going into season two, which will pick up the minute Rayna (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Esten) were involved in a serious car crash that will find the country music superstar on life support. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
Who Does Amber Riley ‘Have an Infatuation With’ on Dancing With the Stars? – I feel very accomplished after last night, because I didn’t think it was something I would able to do. I know that I can dance, but my focus is not just dancing and performing so much; I really want to get the technique right. I definitely take the judges’ critiques to heart because I want to execute the technique the way all the other dancers do. I may not actually achieve it, but it’s just a good goal for me. I don’t think anybody really comes in expecting low scores, so it really doesn’t matter what your score is the week before. You go in with the mentality that you want to get all 10s. Even though you may not, the goal is just to do your absolute best and push past what you think that you can do. – Read more at Parade
Chris Colfer: Buh-by Hollywood Hills Starter House – YOUR MAMAS NOTES: We’ve now heard from several snitchy informants who let Your Mama know that out and proud Glee star Chris Colfer has put his starter house in the Hollywood Hills up for sale with a $1,150,000 price tag. If y’all clear out the cobwebs and/or put on your thinking caps the children may recall that the singing and dancing Golden Globe winner purchased the house in the hills just over two years ago, in March 2011, for $860,000.* – Read more at Real Estalker