Danny Gokey (Jan 8.) and Crystal Bowersox (Jan. 6) will perform at the Sony Theater Booth at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. More information HERE.
Blake Lewis new music video! He tweets, “So nice to sleep in my own bed. Now to start 2011 off right. Refreshed and Refined! Watch out for my end of year Blog and new music video coming with in the next 2 weeks.”
Jeremy Lister of Street Corner Symphony, the Sing-Off runner-ups, announces some good news. He tweets, “Just found out we’re going on tour opening for Ben Folds Jan 23-Feb 1. Check out show dates at benfolds.com Yay!!” Check out Ben Folds’ tour schedule HERE.
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Pepsi to Sponsor ‘American Idol’ Rival
Fox will announce Tuesday that Pepsi is the sole season-long sponsor for “The X Factor, ” a singing competition that Mr. Cowell is bringing to the United States in the fall. Pepsi will have commercial time and integrations within “X Factor, ” and the two brands will support each other on the Web and in stores.
Mr. Cowell, too, talked up the online opportunities for “X Factor” and Pepsi.
“The social community, the Internet, is going to be a vital part of building up the buzz about this show, ” he said in an interview on Monday.
Pepsi will have regular commercial time throughout the season of “X Factor, ” and its brand and its products will also be integrated into the show. Perhaps there will be blue Pepsi cups on the judges’ table, just as there are red Coke cups on “Idol.” But “that to me would be the wallpaper, ” Mr. Cooper said. “We’re really going a layer deeper.”
Read more at the NY Times
New photo of Casey James!
Randy Jackson and Brooke White discuss “Change of Plans” with FOX All Access
Via FOX All Access
EXCLUSIVE! Ex-Idol Flattered By J-Hud Buzz!
Former “American Idol” season seven contestant Brooke White, who will soon make her acting debut, tells TooFab she doesn’t mind the comparison to trailblazer Jennifer Hudson!
“It’s so nice, ” White tells TooFab of the comparison to Hudson. “I guess you could make that comparison, because she’s so phenomenal. Her first role was just so powerful. Her performance was just so incredible. That anyone would compare me to her is quite the compliment. I wouldn’t have compared myself but it’s nice!”
Read more at Too Fab
David Archuleta New Year’s Vlog!
David’s concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will air next Christmas on PBS.
“Soul Kittens Cabaret, ” Starring Fantasia Barrino and Faith Evans, Will Debut on DVD Jan. 11
“Soul Kittens Cabaret, ” a new film musical about seven women who discover themselves while saving a Detroit club, will be released on DVD Jan. 11.
The film stars “American Idol” and Broadway singer-actress Fantasia Barrino (The Color Purple) and Grammy Award winner Faith Evans as Good Conscience (Barrino) and Bad Conscience (Evans), who guide the women on their journey. Also featured in the cast are Nicci Gilbert, Terrell Carter, Chrystale Wilson, Monifah Carter, Miss Sophia, Tondy Gallant and Dave Tolliver.
Let’s Stop Celebrating Jennifer Hudson’s Weight Loss!
Michael Musto from the Village Voice is sick of hearing about Jennifer Hudson’s recent weight loss. He rants, “If Weight Watchers wants to suck out the woman as if she were a deflated balloon, then fine–but do we have to be so damned thrilled about it?”
Read more at the Village Voice
‘IDOL’ SHOCK FOR JENNIFER LOPEZ?
As most people know, Jennifer Lopez has joined the American Idol judging panel. Being a judge on American Idol can be fun and terrifying at the same time. But as a star who has seen it all as a musical artist, actress, and dancer, we wanted to know if there has been anything that has surprised her so far as a judge on television’s most popular reality show. (Click on the audio player below to hear Jennifer Lopez)
Listen to the soundbite at FOX All Access
Paula Abdul Ready to Step Out in ‘Live to Dance’
“I’ve been on the phone to L.A. already five times, making sure it’s OK, ” she reports. Back at the start of the series’ gestation, “They probably didn’t know what to expect when I said, ‘No, seriously, I really AM going to be an active executive producer. No, seriously, I am!’”
“As my parents say, ‘You always pick the hardest jobs, Paula! Why a dance show coming behind five OTHER dance shows? How are you going to make it different?’ But that’s where my juices get flowing. I love rising to the challenge of that, especially since I have so much vocabulary in dance that I want to explore, and I also do things aesthetically that haven’t been seen before.”
Read more at Fancast
Piers Morgan Interviews Anderson Cooper
Piers Morgan Tonight debuts on CNN on Jan. 17, but you can get an idea of what to expect in this teaser interview with Anderson Cooper.
Piers almost gets Anderson to cry. Will Piers be Barbara Walters with an English accent? Check it out here: