Idol Headlines for 01/31/11

Mainstay Productions confirms a college tour date for Lee DeWyze. They tweet, “We have one date so far confirmed for Lee Dewyze and that is March 23 at Sacred Heart University.” The college is located in Fairfield, CT.

The date has not been confirmed by Lee’s people yet.


Today’s Idol Appearances:

  • Kim Caldwell performs at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, CA.


Aimee Mayo and Casey James collaborate with Alabama’s Randy Owen

Songwriter Aimee Mayo (Adam Lambert, Kellie Pickler) tweeted yesterday, “In car heading to Alabama w/ Casey & @silvertire to write with Randy Owen – I’m excited!!! Play Me Some Mountain Music – woo hoo!”. @silvertire is Aimee’s husband, Chris Lindsey, who also co-wrote Adam Lambert’s “Sleepwalker” and has written with Carrie & Kellie (He produced Kellie’s sophomore album).


Elliott Yamin tweets, “Oh, japan…how ive missed you so….i will b seeing u in less than 12 hrs!!!” Elliott is flying to Japan to begin a tour to promote his album, Gather Round. The tour begins with a date in Osaka, Japan on Feb 8. Check out the schedule HERE.


Crystal Bowersox heads to Minnesota for some promo. Her manager, Gina Orr tweets, “Thurs 2/3 around 4 PM @crystalbowersox and @FrankieMayBass will be visiting @cities97radio in Minneapolis.


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Taylor Hicks performs At Palafox Place, Pensacola FL 2/24

Alert the “Soul Patrol, ” because on Feb. 24, fifth season “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks takes to the Vinyl Music Hall stage. Hicks got his start in the juke joints of the Gulf Coast before winning “Idol, ” and went on to score hits with “Do I Make You Proud, ” “Just to Feel That Way, ” “Heaven Knows” and “What’s Right is Right, ” and starred as the “Teen Angel” in the Broadway and touring companies of “Grease.” Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, if available. All ages are welcome, but those younger than 21 will be subject to a $5 surcharge at the door, payable in cash.



Idol vocal coach, Debra Byrd talks to KUDL Radio about working with David Cook, Chris Daughtry and more

Debra Byrd – KUDL


ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood: Honoring ‘Simply the Best’

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — ESSENCE, the number one media brand aimed at African-American women, is honoring ‘Simply the Best’ Black actresses in Hollywood with its annual Oscar-week soiree. The fourth annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon – honoring Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Loretta Devine and Viola Davis — will be held on February 24, 2011 at the Beverly Hills Hotel and will celebrate African-American women who, through their work in Hollywood, have inspired positive images of Black women around the world.

“As women who define star power, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Loretta Devine and Viola Davis unquestionably embody the spirit of ESSENCE with strength, optimism and resiliency, ” said ESSENCE Communications President Michelle Ebanks. “The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood luncheon enthusiastically honors the achievements of extraordinary women who are ‘simply the best’ at their craft and boldly encourage millions of other young women who dare to dream.”

Read more at PR Newswire


‘Idol’ contestant not giving up the dream

Allen Lewis didn’t get his ticket to Hollywood, but that isn’t going to stop him from pursuing his dream.

The 26-year-old Franklin Furnace native caught the attention of Tri-State residents when he appeared on an episode of American Idol last week. Lewis gave what he called, “one of the worst performances I’ve ever given” in front of Idol judges, Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, singing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.”

The lifelong musician said, “When I made it in front of Steven (Tyler), I was on an hour of sleep that day, fighting flu. I blew it all. I was in horrible shape. I cannot believe how bad I performed that day.”

See Allen’s audition HERE.

Read more at Ironton Tribune


Allstate and Jordin Sparks ‘Tackle’ Texting While Driving

DALLAS, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Allstate and Jordin Sparks are bringing the “X the TXT: DSGN8 Before You Drive” movement to the Jordin Sparks Experience, an annual gala for Sparks Charities held just before The Big Game. The “DSGN8 Before You Drive” message urges Americans to hand their cell phone to their DSGN8D TXTR – the person they chose to text on their behalf before they get behind the wheel so they can stay safe and stay in touch on the road.

“The Experience is about doing the right thing for your community; that’s why it’s important to share the designated texter message with my friends and fans to help make our roads safer, ” said Sparks. “Keeping yourself, friends, family and other drivers safe by not texting and driving is a life-changing way of showing that you care.”

Read more at PR Newswire


Kris Allen at a post-Anthem Luau!

Photo: LizBiz8


Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Join Brad Paisley on Stage in Ottawa

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher joined Brad Paisley on stage from the audience at his concert in Ottawa last night. According to fan reports, Carrie joined Brad to sing a bit of his country hit, “Alcohol”.

Photos: @Shari_Blossom


David Archuleta in Chennai

A popular star hotel in the city was the venue for a special performance, featuring a singing sensation, who didn’t need an introduction, — David Archuleta. The young American heartthrob was welcomed with cheerful hoots, whistles and hollers that bordered on frenzy.

Read more at Times of India


Randy Jackson: ‘I try to give the truth’

Randy Jackson has laughed off the suggestion that he was being “mean” on last week’s American Idol.

The judge was asked during an appearance on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, which airs weekday mornings on KIIS-FM, about Jennifer Lopez’s suggestion that he was being “too mean” following one audition.

“Oh come on! Jennifer, come on, take it back! It’s not true!” he replied.

“I’m a very humble, kind, mild-mannered man and I just try to give people the honest truth, ” he replied. “We have to feed it to them the right way…”

Read more at Digital Spy


Report: Madonna Planning to Take ‘Glee’ Cast on Tour

After ‘Glee’ paid homage to the Queen of Pop last year in a special episode showcasing her hits, including Jane Lynch’s unique rendition of ‘Vogue, ‘ it’s apparent Madonna became a fan of the musical comedy series, as she plans to take the cast on tour with her this year.

According to Britain’s News of the World, the blond bombshell is looking to embark on a tour with the likes of ‘Glee’ stars Lea Michele and Corey Monteith. She reportedly plans on using segments of last year’s tribute episode during the forthcoming concerts.

Read more at AOL Popeater


‘Glee’ Co-Star Says Matthew Morrison Compares Debut To Justin Timberlake

Jenna Ushkowitz, who was nominated along with her “Glee” co-stars for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, revealed to MTV News she’s already had a listen to Morrison’s latest effort.

Ushkowitz saw Morrison perform a few of his new songs at The Grove in Los Angeles over the weekend, saying, “He was amazing.

“We’re really proud of him, ” she said on behalf of her fellow “Glee”-mates, adding, “His music is really great.”

Read more at MTV


Lea Michele, True Grit Actress End Bitter Feud

True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld made nice with Lea Michele at Sunday’s SAG Awards in L.A., officially squashing any awkwardness between the pair.

Steinfeld recently told J-14 magazine that their first meeting on the Paramount lot wasn’t so sweet.

When Steinfeld (wearing 1800s-style clothes for her True Grit audition) approached her idol (filming her FOX smash nearby) for an autograph, she was rebuffed.

Read more at US


Rumors of a Madonna Tour with “Glee” Cast Members Are Out of Tune

One rumor that’s been picked up everywhere today claims Madonna plans to invite members of the “Glee” cast to perform with her during an upcoming tour.

So are Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Cory Monteith set to take the stage with Madge as widely reported?


A rep for Madonna tells Gossip Cop the rumor is “not true.”

Read more at Gossip Cop

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