Idol Headlines for 01/27/12

Tony Bennett special featuring Carrie Underwood airs on PBS
Mark Ballas performs at the Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington, NY
Casey James makes his debut at the Grand Ole Opry
Kellie Pickler appears on the Ellen Degeneres Show

Melanie Amaro has a single, “Respect” listed at Amazon with a February 2 drop date. Reportedly, it’s a cover of the Aretha Franklin song and is from the X Factor winner’s Pepsi commercial set to debut during the Superbowl. The spot was part of her winner’s prize that included a 5 million dollar record contract. Reportedly, Elton John will make an appearance in the ad.

‘Dancing With the Stars’ to reveal cast Feb. 28 on ‘GMA’ – ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” begins its next season on Monday, March 19. But the network will reveal the next batch of celebrities on Tuesday, Feb. 28. “Good Morning America” will be the spot for the announcement. – Read more at the Orlando Sentinel

Kellie Pickler Talks 100 Proof on Top 20 – This week on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown, Kellie Pickler drops by to talk with Suzanne Alexander about her brand new album, 100 Proof, which hit stores January 24, and her current single, “Tough.” Nan Kelley will also count down this week’s Top 20 videos, voted on by you! Tune in tonight at 9/8 CT to catch Kellie and see which video tops the chart this week! Check the full schedule of all airtimes – GACTV

‘Idol’ Reject Back to Slinging Bull Testicles – Instead of a golden ticket to Hollywood … “American Idol” contestant Alanna Snare got a one-way ticket back to her life of fried bulls’ balls — and it looks like she’s thrilled. Alanna was rejected on last night’s episode, but used her ‘AI’ platform to educate America about the delicacy known as Rocky Mountain Oysters … aka bull testicles. We got pics of Alanna back in action as a waitress at Bruce’s in Severance, CO … where the house specialty is testes from all sorts of animals. – Read more at TMZ

Kelly Clarkson: ‘Why coming from a broken home made me stronger’ – “We had fun,” says Kelly, 29, “but there was struggle too. Now I don’t have to worry about having clean clothes or paying the bills too late, but that level of stress definitely has an effect.” She saw her parents Jeanne and Stephen split when she was five. The same thing happened at 19, when her mum separated from her second husband, Jimmy. It might be why she’s content to remain a single girl. – Read more at the Daily Mirror

Katharine McPhee & Megan Hilty: ‘Smash’ Premiere! – Katharine McPhee hits the red carpet in style at the premiere of her NBC show Smash held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Thursday (January 26) in New York City. The 27-year-old actress and singer, in Donna Karan, was joined on the carpet by her co-star Megan Hilty! – See the photos at Just Jared

Katharine McPhee & Megan Hilty Transform On ‘Smash’ – Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty hit the red carpet for the premiere of their new NBC series, “Smash,” in New York City where they chat with Access correspondent Jill Martin about transforming into Marilyn Monroe. – See the Video at Access Hollywood

‘Extra’ Raw: Jennifer Hudson on Her Book, Body Image and Baby Boy – Jennifer Hudson showed off her slimmed-down figure at The Grove to promote her first book, “I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down.”  The talented singer’s book follows her 80-pound weight loss journey, and includes how being overweight influenced her mindset. After struggling with weight issues and industry pressure to be thin, it was ultimately her 2-year-old son, David, who made her want to get in better shape. Hudson says she and fiance David Otunga “wanted to start him off right.” – See the Video at ExtraTV

Cowell hints Jones may be axed from ‘X’ – Simon Cowell isn’t exactly mincing his words when it comes to the future of “The X Factor” host Steve Jones.
“He got a lot of stick,” Cowell told The Daily Mirror, using the British idiom for criticism. Jones took a lot of heat from viewers during the show’s first season on Fox, which ended late last month. He was criticized by some for his thick accent — while others didn’t like the way he interacted with the show’s contestants (and some complained he didn’t interact with the constants at all). “I don’t think he did a bad job but, like ‘America’s Got Talent,’ there is a Brit limit on the show,” said Cowell, who was auditioning contestants for his other UK show, “Britain’s Got Talent.” (Jones is Welsh.) – Read more at NY Post

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