Kimberley Locke will sing the National Anthem at L.A. Lakers vs. New Orleans Hornets game, Staples Center, Fri Jan 7, 7:30 PM PST. (Via @IdolsNow)
Jordin Sparks is in the studio today working with folks like John Legend! She tweets, “n the studio makin hits w/ @bizkitphatboi @gravyphatboi @buttaphatboi @johnlegend & @brianohler first session of 2011!!!”
Check out a photo with Legend after the jump.
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@TheRealJordin: This is how happy we are after already finishing a song. Haha
Crystal Bowersox performing at the Sony Booth, Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (Via @GinaOrr)
Crystal Bowersox Talks “Farmer’s Daughter, ” Anne Rice Books and “American Idol” Tour
Crystal Bowersox sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about her debut album Farmer’s Daughter, the song she wrote on the American Idol tour, her favorite Anne Rice book, and so much more.
Read ore at Artist Direct
Ryan Seacrest Dishes On New ‘American Idol’ Judges
Simon Cowell is gone, but mean critiques from the “American Idol” judges’ table will continue thanks to Jennifer Lopez!
“Jennifer [is the mean one], ” “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest told Access Hollywood at the 2011 E! TCA party on Tuesday. “She expects a lot… she’s tough, but she gives tough love.”
J.Lo might be the stern judge, but according to Ryan, Steven Tyler is the sensitive one who will be shedding some tears.
“Steven is probably our most emotional judge. We will probably see tears from Steven as well as laughs and he’s a prankster too, but they got along very well on the road, ” Ryan continued.
Read more at Access Hollywood
‘American Idol’: Behind the Scenes of TV’s Big Gamble
Read the FULL Hollywood Reporter Idol report HERE.
Lythgoe’s return is very much about trying to relive Idol’s glory days. “It was obvious Nigel was missing, ” says Gail Berman, the former president of Fox who was one of Idol’s original champions at the network and played a hands-on role in its first four years on the air. “He’s a very good producer, and I think the show was lacking his leadership. Now that he’s back, Idol will be better for it.”
Nigel Lythgoe – After two years away from Idol, the executive producer wasted no time reasserting his authority. “It was Nigel’s way or the highway, ” says a Season 10 contestant who made it through Hollywood Week. “He had a clear agenda and enforced it strictly.”
Tyler also has had a reputation for being erratic and difficult. (A Tyler source points out that he’s been sober for a year.) In the past five years alone, he’s retained four different managers and five publicists. On set, a crew member notes that he requires more touch-ups and breaks than Jackson or Lopez, and that Tyler is also “the quietest” of the bunch. Says Jerkins, “He could be more stern with the artists.”
Then again, power in the music business has its privileges. For instance, during a day of shooting in Las Vegas, one Fox executive noticed Iovine wearing a Springsteen shirt. Typically, anyone who’s on camera is asked to avoid wearing anything with a logo or copyrighted image. When a staffer mentioned the hassle in clearing its use, Iovine took out his cell phone, called the Boss direct and got verbal approval.
Read more at THR
Midseason TV Preview: ‘American Idol’
The big suspense surrounding the new “Idol” isn’t whether Steven Tyler will be introduced as Liv Tyler’s father or Jennifer Lopez will salvage her fading career. The Aerosmith frontman and Bronx-born J-Lo were picked as new judges amid a seemingly endless carnival of speculation last summer. Instead, the real story centers on whether the show will survive the departure of Simon Cowell, the caustic lead judge who rode his merciless putdowns of auditioners to high-powered stardom.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times
PHOTO CALL: Past and Present In the Heights Cast Members (including Jordin Sparks) Sing for Cabaret Cares
Doreen Montalvo hosted the Jan. 5 presentation of Cabaret Cares, a benefit that boasted both past and present cast members from In the Heights performing both pop and musical theatre songs.
Performers in the concert included Javier Munoz, Marcus Paul James, Shaun Taylor Corbett, Noemi Taylor Corbett, Alejandra Reyes, Rosie Lani Fiedelman, Courtney Reed, Willis White, Antuan Ramoine, Ruben Flores, Bianca Marroquin, Arielle Jacobs, Tony Chiroldes, Blanca Camacho and a special surprise appearance by Corbin Bleu and Jordin Sparks, who joined the cast for the concert’s finale “Lean On Me.”
Read more at Playbill
Carrie Underwood: “It Is Nice Being a Hockey Wife”
During a recent trip to Montreal with Ottawa-based hubby Mike Fisher, 30, “our car got broken into, ” the five-time Grammy winner, 27, told Minneapolis radio station K102 in an interview Thursday. “So that was fun. I am not going back to Montreal.”
“We’re together a lot more than people think we are, ” she said. “Even if it’s just for a day, we get to pop in. We’ll make sure we put the extra time and effort to do that.”
“It is nice being a hockey wife, ” she said. “Of course now I’m like cleaning the house, buying the groceries…I can spend hours in a grocery store and I’m the happiest person in the universe.”
Read more at US
‘Idol’ Watch: Brooke White’s ‘Change of Plans’
Via the New York Post
Photos from Mandisa’s Photo Shoot
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Cowell is invited to be Mideast Peacemaker
Simon Cowell was this week invited to Israel to help bring Israelis and Palestinians together through music.
The offer to the pop impresario, who has sold more than 150 million records, was issued this week by the Jewish state’s Ambassador to the UK Ron Prosor. The envoy, whose invitation to Sir Paul McCartney helped pave the way for a visit and sell-out concert in Tel Aviv in 2008, said during an interview with the Jewish News: “I am sure he will find amazing talent in Israel which he might just bring over to the UK.
Cowell, who has spoken of his “delight” at discovering his father was Jewish, would be sure of a warm reception in Israel, having become a familiar face in the country through his appearances on American Idol.
Read more at Totally Jewish
Oprah Winfrey is Piers Morgan’s first CNN guest
Piers Morgan will kick off his new show on CNN with a big get for a first guest: None other than Oprah Winfrey.
Winfrey will go one-on-one in the debut of “Piers Morgan Tonight” Jan. 17 on CNN. Morgan revealed the news Thursday (Jan. 6) at the Television Critics Association press tour. He acknowledges that Winfrey has been doing lots of interviews lately, but he still calls her “one of the two or three most brilliant gets in the world.”
Read more at Zap2it
For the man that has everything: Ryan Seacrest gets a $6, 000 luxury toilet for his birthday
It can’t be easy coming up with gift ideas for a man who earns over $50 million.
But Ryan Seacrest’s best friend managed to think outside the box for his 36th birthday.
The media mogul and America Idol host today told listeners of his KISS FM radio show that he was given a $6000 luxury automatic toilet.
Read more at the Daily Mail
Paula Abdul Talks to CNN’s Anderson Cooper
Paula Abdul Explains How ‘Live to Dance’ Is ‘Different, ‘ Reveals Surprising Inspiration for Getting Back to TV
Via AOL Popeater