Today’s Idol Appearances
- Justin Guarini takes over the role of Will in American Idiot on Broadway
- Jordin Sparks, Mark Salling, Amber Riley take part in a White House tribute to Motown in the East room to celebrate Black History Month. Airs on PBS
- Kris Allen performs at the Challenge Champions Gala in Washington DC
Adam Lambert’s Glam Nation Live DVD is available for pre-order at iTunes. Pre-order yours HERE.
Casey James is set to perform tonight (March 1) at Sony’s Official Country Radio Hall of Fame Post Awards Party in Nashville, Tennessee. (Via Casey James Blog)
Colton Dixon tweets that he’ll be singing Paramore’s “Decode” when he performs on the Ellen Degeneres Show Thursday. Jacee Badeaux is also set to appear.
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David Archuleta’s IHOP Wake-up Call for National Pancake Day to benefit Children’s Miracle Network.
Did you get your pancakes today? David’s wake-up call was part of the effort to raise $2.3 million for The Children’s Miracle Network.
PHOTO: Bo Bice at Todd Cerney Benefit
Country acts Restless Heart, Steve Holy, Ty Herndon, Bo Bice and Jeff Bates came together (2/28) to headline a night of music honoring well-known songwriter Todd Cerney, recently diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma. Todd is a Grammy-nominated songwriter best known for his hits “I’ll Still Be Loving You” by Restless Heart, “Good Morning Beautiful” by Steve Holy, and “No Mercy” by Ty Herndon.
A Silent Auction was held at the event with numerous items for bidding, including Todd’s own handwritten, personally-autographed lyric sheets for his two biggest hits, “I’ll Still Be Loving You” and “Good Morning Beautiful.”
See the photo at Music Row
Bell eliminated on ‘American Idol, ‘ meeting with record label
“We just figured he was going on to the next stage, ” said Clarence Davis, Jerome’s father and a driver for Citibus in Lubbock. “My wife called him, and then Jerome called us back and told us he had been eliminated.
“But he also told us that (judge) Randy Jackson said there is still a chance that he (Bell) might be brought back with the show’s ‘Wild Card.’”
“He sounded all right, ” Davis said. “He sounded strong on the phone. He told us that it was all part of the music business, and that he still had some other options. He’d been getting lots of calls from people who saw him on the show.
“One of them is Universal Records. And Jerome has agreed to meet with them. Just doing as well as he did on TV gave his talent exposure.”
Read more at Lubbock Online
‘American Idol’ Top 24: Favorites, dark horses and most likely to have a meltdown
The “American Idol” Top 24 is here! Fans, get your voting fingers ready. Before the guys take the stage Tuesday night (March 1), Zap2it thought we should offer some of our picks and predictions from our very own Tierney Bricker and Andrea Reiher.
Read more at Zap2it
How Different Will This Season of Idol Be From Previous Years?
The American Idol semifinals begin tonight, with an episode featuring performances by the top 12 male contestants (including the on-the-mend Casey Abrams, above) that was taped last Friday night. Because the shows were taped in advance, spoilers of what everyone would be singing have leaked out. Let’s take a look at what we’ll allegedly be hearing tonight and tomorrow
Read more at Pop Dust
‘American Idol’ Top 24: Scotty McCreery, Pia Toscano and other early faves
“American Idol” made a major change to its format this season: The Top 24 is not performing live this week. Instead, their performances were pre-taped a few days before this week’s episodes.
Also a big change? The field will be cut from 24 to 12 in one shot on Thursday (March 3), when the Top 5 guys and girls (as chosen by the viewers) and the judges’ wild cards advance to the Top 12.
Zap2it was on the scene with 700 other audience members when the boys took the stage on Friday, Feb. 25, and when the girls had their turn on Monday, Feb. 28. Believe us when we say this may be “Idol’s” most talented Top 24 ever.
Read more at Zap2it
First Jewish ‘Idol’?
Merrick, Long Island’s Robbie Rosen has a real chance to become the 10th “American Idol, ” according to the experts — and the first Jewish “Idol.”
The talent show has never been a caldron of ethnic politics — unless you count all the young female fans who tend to vote for the cutest boy singer every year and have swayed the results in recent seasons.
And Rosen is about as central casting as they come — 17, a straight-A student and the star third-baseman on his high school’s baseball team.
“He’s everybody’s friend, ” says Sanford Sardo, director of choral activities at Sanford H. Calhoun High School, “a sweet, unassuming kid who’s probably a little bit embarrassed by all the publicity.”
Read more at New York Post
Jennifer Hudson says new album covers her ‘four different lives’
Hudson, whose mother, brother, and young nephew were murdered by her sister’s estranged husband in October of 2008, used the album the recall the things and people she’s lost. “I named it I Remember Me because I feel like in 29 years I have lead over four different lives, ” she said. “And the album is helping to remember the old stuff and celebrate the new. It is a disc of everything I’ve been through. I don’t have much from my old stuff to grasp at, so the only way I remember me is from my voice or the scar on my hand. That’s a part of me an I want to remember it all, every minute.”
Though it’s hard to pick just one, she said her cover of Brooks & Dunn’ s “Believe” is one of her favorites on the record.
Read more at Entertainment Weekly
Chris Medina Calls Post-‘American Idol’ Single ‘Heartfelt’
“I always knew who Rodney Jerkins was, but after doing some research, I didn’t realize how ‘the man’ he actually was, ” Medina explained of his reaction to getting a phone call two days after his unexpected elimination. “I got a call on Friday and then that Monday I recorded, ” he said. “It was surreal. It was great.”
Medina went on to say that while the song isn’t technically his style, it’s not entirely out of his “wheelhouse.”
“The words totally embody what my situation is, ” he said. “It’s heartfelt, it’s real, and it was an honor to be asked to put my voice to this wonderful material.”
See the Video at MTV
Mia Michaels to Choreograph Rock of Ages
Director Adam Shankman got busy last night tweeting deets from his next movie, “Rock of Ages”. So far, we know Tom Cruise is on board to play Stacee Jax. But also:
More to confirm: Mia Michaels choreographing ROA. She will be brilliant. World search for Sherrie and drew begins.
Last bit for tonight: not confirmed, but I hope audiences will like Mary j Blige as justice… But not confirming