‘American Idol’ Grads: Your Next Favorite Song?
Melinda Doolittle, Matt Giraud, Allison Iraheta, and other alums have made terrific music since leaving the show — tunes we think you’ll love if you give ’em a chance. Stream 10 tracks that sure sound like hits to us; tell us if we’re right!
‘American Idol’ Has Southbury Rooting For Katie Stevens
SOUTHBURY – It’s no surprise to those who know her that Katie Stevens made it to Hollywood Week on “American Idol” — Stevens is a girl who stands out, friends, neighbors, classmates and teachers all say.
“Everybody knows who Katie Stevens is, ” says Nina Paganucci, 16, a classmate at Pomperaug High School, where Stevens, 17, is a senior. “You come in freshman year and everyone knows Katie Stevens is an awesome actress and singer.”
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Fantasia cleared to return to Pantages stage Tuesday
Getprev-2 Fantasia Barrino’s journey with Miss Celie continues to be a bumpy one, but the “American Idol” winner and lead in “The Color Purple” was cleared by her physician to return to the stage Tuesday night.
The musical opened at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Wednesday, but Fantasia was able to perform only two nights before her doctor ordered her to “sit out” the weekend to heal her inflamed vocal cords.
Jennifer Hudson Drops A Whopping 56 Pounds To Play Winnie Mandela!!!
Congratulations are due to Jennifer Hudson!!! BOSSIP has learned the actress/singer has been sticking to a weight loss program that has brought her 56 pounds lighter. Jennifer revealed she shed the pounds to play South Africa’s Winnie Mandela for the upcoming film Winnie. Pop the hood to find out how she did it.
For Hudson weight loss didn’t come in a magic pill or cream, the curvy Chicago star credits hard work for her progress:
Simon Cowell presents Mezhgan Hussainy with bulging sparkler
TV mogul Simon Cowell has bought his girlfriend Mezhgan Hussainy, aka Mish, a bulging sparkler, a UK newspaper claims.
The star talent judge, 50, took Hussainy out to Mr Chow in Knightsbridge with old flame Jackie St Claire and her husband, Carl Michaelson. The news of their relationship has been touch and go over the past six months, with Hussainy residing in Los Angeles as a make-up artist. In the past week, however, things have hotted up notably.
Nightline interviewed Adam Lambert over the weekend:
Interviewed @adamlambert for a @nightline piece. what happened when he met @Madonna? and what he thinks of @ladygaga!
via Steven Baker tweet
Seth Rollins Was Cut on “American Idol, ” But Keep Listening
Seth Rollins’ voice will not go unheard.
The 29-year-old Lakeland resident was eliminated from Season 9 of ”American Idol” last week after making it to the second round of competition dubbed Hollywood Week. The competition continues without him tonight and Wednesday on Fox.
While he has suffered what he admits was a “heartbreaking” disappointment, Rollins says he is only getting started.
“There’s a reason I’m not there. I don’t have any regrets, ” said Rollins, an insurance adjuster for Progressive.
Kris-crossing with Allen
What does it take to be an Idol? If reigning American Idol Kris Allen’s advice is anything to go by, the secret is pretty simple. “I think playing an instrument helps.”
Sound advice as he handled quite a few instruments during his performances on the show including the acoustic and electric guitar, keyboard and the piano.
“But if you can’t do that, obviously eyeliner helps — but not for me, ” he laughs, in an apparent reference to his Idol runner-up Adam Lambert.
His deadpan sense of humour is refreshing. In an interview some time before his showcase at the Gardens Hotel last week, Kris did seem rather aloof, but it’s forgivable seeing the strenuous schedule he has been put through since being crowned in the world’s most popular talent show.
Milwaukee Talks: “Idol” finalist Danny Gokey
Danny Gokey was in a car traveling from Austin to Dallas last Thursday afternoon when he took some time to talk about how his life has changed over the past year, since his run to a third-place finish on Fox’s “American Idol.”
He’s pushing his first album, “My Best Days, ” which comes out March 2, and he’s working just as hard on his Sophia’s Heart Foundation, which he set up in memory of his late wife to fund arts and music programs for kids.
Gokey, 29, is hoping to find a niche in the musical world as a country artist, a genre that wasn’t exactly what you might have expected when he competed on last year’s “Idol.”
Jason Wade of Lifehouse Talks About The Band’s New Album, Smoke & Mirrors, And His Songwriting
One of the melodies that Wade paid attention to became “Had Enough.” Co-written with Chris Daughtry and Richard Marx, the song examines a recurring theme in many of Wade’s hit songs–love. “This is probably one of the more memorable songs I’ve written. Chris and I just kind of hit it off. We played a show in Texas a couple of years ago and just became really good friends. Chris also suggested the Richard Marx connection so we made it a three piece. Richard flew in from Chicago and met Chris who was doing his record out in Hollywood. I met them out there and we wrote “Had Enough” in about an hour. Chris was still in town when we recorded this song, so he also lent his background vocals on that track.”
Review: Kelly Clarkson, BIC, Bournemouth
IT’S common knowledge that Kelly Clarkson has an impressive voice, but to fully appreciate her astonishing vocal ability you have to see her live.
The original pop idol opened her set with the title track of her tour and latest album, All I Ever Wanted, before steaming into the single that launched her post-American Idol career all those years ago, Miss Independent.
Dressed all in black, Clarkson was joined on stage by an impressive eight-piece band and no expense had been spared on the production side with an impressive lighting display adding to every song.
Former ‘Idol’ Mandisa Is a Big Loser
The slimmed down 33-year-old resurfaced at a NYC fashion show on Monday, looking fab.
In case you don’t remember, Taylor Hicks won that season.
First Look Video: Sue Sylvester Takes Center Stage When GLEE Returns in April
Sabotage, slushies, stilts and shots to the groin. These are just the few of the surprises in store for fans of the hit FOX show GLEE upon its return in 56 days and counting. But don’t take our word for it, see for yourself with this sneak peek courtesy of Entertainment Tonight.
Caught! All Eyes on Lambert & Ke$ha—But Why?
Adam Lambert, Ke$ha and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black were spotted hanging in NYC at Club 57 over the weekend.
While DLB kept pretty under the radar at the hip joint, we’re told one of his fellow companions caused a stir for all the wrong reasons…
Relax Glambert fans, it was KeSha, obviously.
The wannabe rebel singer performed two songs at the club, “Tik Tok” and “Blah Blah Blah, ” around 3 a.m. and a partier tells us it was “awful.”
The real stud you’re all wondering about, Mr. Lambert, held court with fellow power gay Dustin Lance Black in the VIP section upstairs.
Our source says AL looked his usual fabulous eyelinered self, but “didn’t mix with anyone in the regular crowd.”
David Cook Sheet Music
For all of our musician fans, David Cook sheet music is now available to purchase! Ever wondered how to play some of David’s hits like “Declaration” and “Light On”? Now you can with this great collection. Click here to order your copy!
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Kimberley Locke’s New Single and Shows
Season 2’s top girl, Kimberley Locke, is releasing a new single on March 16. The track is called “Strobe Light” and Kimberley collaborated with Randy Jackson on her upcoming fourth album. If you receive Kimberley’s email newsletters, you’ll get an early listen to “Strobe Light” in the near future.
The singer/actress/model/host is as busy as ever in 2010. She will be performing at the Tribute to the USO event in Beverly Hills, CA on February 21st. Kimberley Locke fans can get a discount when they purchase tickets by mentioning that they are a Kimberley fan. She also filmed episodes of Celebrity Ghost Stoies as well as Benise: Nights Of Fire recently. In addition, Kimberley has four shows scheduled for February and June and she’ll be adding more shows as her album comes out.
Early Look: Carrie Underwood on How I Met Your Mother
She can sing and she can look beautiful… but can Carrie Underwood act?
How I Met Your Mother viewers will be able to answer this question in a couple weeks, as the American Idol champion guest stars on “Hooked, ” the sitcom’s next new episode. It airs on March 1.
Underwood will portray Tiffany, a woman suspected of stringing Ted along. Get an early look at the Grammy Award winner in a few How I Met Your Mother scenes below:
110 Stories Benefit to Feature McPhee, Asner, Lawrence, Alonso, Warner and More
A starry reading of Sarah Tuft’s 110 Stories will be presented Feb. 22 at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles to benefit the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.
Narrated by Nic Harcourt, the cast will feature Katharine McPhee, Ed Asner, Michael Welch, Sharon Lawrence, Michael Beach, Diane Venora, Maria Conchita Alonso, Ernie Hudson, Gail O’Grady, Stelio Savante, Nick Turturro, Malcolm Jamal Warner and Sophie Sinise. Mark Freiburger directs; show time is 8 PM.
110 Stories, according to press notes, is the “‘people’s 9/11’ and the only non-politicized, non-sensationalized version of the events, created from first-person accounts of those directly involved. The play doesn’t recreate. Instead it aims to shed light on who we really are, as revealed by extreme circumstances.”
Proceeds will benefit the Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles.