Idol Headlines for 02/23/11 – The Evening Edition

Why the Green Mile is Going to be 3 Hours Long

Back in January, the top 40 returned to Hollywood fully expecting to be cut into the top group at that time. They were wrong. The reason that the contestants went back to Hollywood is for the “Sing For Your Life” round. Each contestant sang their BEST song. No one was cut and they all went back home. This gave the judges something extra to judge the top 40 on – which helped when making the final cut last Thursday.

Via JoesplaceBlog

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‘American Idol’ exec producer Ken Warwick on the new judging panel: ‘It was something that we thought, it could be great, and it might be a disaster’

“I have to say, it has been absolutely fabulous, ” Warwick says. “We’re ecstatic. It’s never about the individuals. It’s always about the chemistry between them. It really is a star-studded panel, which is what we wanted.”

And we took a leap of faith, to be truthful. It was something that we thought, it could be great, and it might be a disaster.” But in Warwick’s mind, Tyler’s addition has been anything but a disaster. “The truth of the matter is, for us, here, it has given a totally different chemistry to that panel, ” Warwick says. “And it’s a chemistry that everybody loves. Bless him, he took a huge jump of faith as well.

“We knew that if we wanted someone who had credibility and looked fabulous and had star power, Jennifer would clean up, ” Warwick says. “You could never say, ‘Oh but how do you know, she’s never done it.’ Well now, she’s done it all and she’s done it all brilliantly. And the fact is that she looks gorgeous doing it.”

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

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Gina Glocksen (season 6 american idol finalist) shooting for her video “Superhero”, to be aired on The Big Ten network March 3rd-6th.

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Clay Aiken: ‘It’s none of your business’

He said his sexuality wasn’t a secret.

“I wasn’t in the closet before, ” he said. “I was out to friends here in Charlotte; I was out to pretty much everyone I knew. I feel like there’s a little bit of hypocrisy there. People who are gay who live in Charlotte, who live anywhere else, they don’t have to come out to the world. And I didn’t either. People knew, I had told my family, I’d told friends, people knew but I had not told ‘you’ and it’s none of your business.”

Read more at the Charlotte Observer

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Kris Allen to Take Part in 6th Annual ChalleNGe Champions Gala – National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program

The National Guard Youth Foundation will honor supporters and celebrate the 100, 000 graduates of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, a 17-month voluntary intervention program established to provide high school dropouts a second chance. With a success rate exceeding 90%, Youth ChalleNGe assists dropouts in completing a high school diploma or GED and allows them to continue on to higher education or gain productive employment.

Featuring NASCAR(R) Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.; Senator Mary Landrieu; General Craig R. McKinley, Chief, National Guard Bureau; Tori Walston, Representing the 100, 000 Graduates of the Youth ChalleNGe Program; Grammy Winner Gretchen Wilson, American Idol Winner Kris Allen, and Several Athletes and Celebrities.

To take place Tuesday, March 1, 2011, J.W. Marriott Hotel 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington DC

Via Yahoo

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Idol star has bay link

SIOBHAN Magnus shot to stardom in America after finishing sixth in last year’s American Idol series.

And now Hervey Bay’s Rob Mackay is helping her realise her dreams of releasing her debut album.

So far the team has produced four of the tracks and Mr Mackay said helping with the production of Siobhan’s album from Hervey Bay had been a great experience.

“There’s a lot of soul in it, ” he said.

He says the experience of working with a star from American Idol has been valuable.

“She’s delightful, ” he said. “She’s very musical. She knows what she wants. “She’s very interested in not being too pop or too commercial.”

Read more at Fraser Coast Chronicle

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Brad Paisley’s Son Is ‘Obsessed’ with Carrie Underwood

“Huck has the biggest crush in the world on Carrie Underwood, ” Brad Paisley tells PEOPLE. “He is obsessed with her and he’s only four.”

Huck and Underwood already had a memorable first date.

Says Paisley, “Carrie came over to the farm [last week] and she hadn’t met him yet. He went out and got her roses – we took him to Whole Foods and he picked them out himself – and he wrote her a Valentine and dictated it to his mom.

Rumor has it Brad and Carrie are recording a duet for his next album.

Read more at People

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Jennifer Hudson – Cover for her single “Where You At”

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Melinda Doolittle: Love 101

With a voice and personality that’s part sweetness and part sass — and a seemingly perfect sense of pitch — Doolitle is never less than beguiling. But admittedly, she lacks the distinctive vocal qualities that have propelled fellow Idol alums Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson into the stratosphere.

Like a typical Idol season; Love 101 touches all the musical bases. Pop-haters needn’t worry, though; Justin Bieber’s infectious “Baby” and Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” and “Marry You” are combined for a short if cleverly conceived medley, and Doolittle throws little more than a snippet of Beyonce’s super-catchy “Single Ladies” at the end of a well-done pairing of “Blues in the Night” and “Ain’t Nobody Business (If I Do).”

Read more at Theatermania

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Vocalist Solomon making her mark

With a new album expected this year and currently starring in the Broadway dance production Burn the Floor, delivering mail once upon a time is in the rearview mirror as singer-actress Vonzell Solomon continues to work her way through the entertainment industry.

Solomon –– a former contestant on two “American Idol” seasons and on the second season of “Making the Band” –– who owns her own independent record label, Melodic Record, said the climb hasn’t been easy.

Attending a performing arts school helped shape and mold her into the vocalist she is today, she said.

Read more at Chicago Defender

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‘NCIS’ beats ‘Glee’ in ratings for first time

The NCIS team tackled Fox’s Glee in the ratings Tuesday night, the ultra-veteran CBS crime procedural beating the musical comedy phenomena for the first time in the 18-49 adult demo.

NCIS delivered 21.3 million viewers and a 4.4 preliminary adult demo rating, just barely squeezing out Glee with 10.5 million viewers and a 4.3 rating. (NCIS typically wins Tuesday in total audience, but it’s the adult demo that advertisers covet and broadcasters primarily use to make their programming decisions.)

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

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