Today’s Idol Appearances
- Scott MacIntyre MC’s and performs at “ASU’s Got Talent” competition finals. Gammage Auditorium, Tempe AZ.
- Melinda Doolittle performs at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry SC. 8 pm.
- Lee DeWyze to perform at the Viper Room in Lincolnshire, IL for Fresh 105.9
- Casey James opens for Sugarland, Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, SC
- Adam Lambert sings an acoustic version of “Aftermath” on the American Idol results show tonight. After, his club remix will be available for download at AdamOfficial.com /w proceeds going to the Trevor Project.
Chris Daughtry, on his way to the studio, continues to tweet and drive. WATCH.
Jacob Lusk tweets, “Good Morning all…Last nite was not my best performance…BUT I PROMISE IF I MAKE IT THROUGH I WILL MAKE IT UP TO YOU GUYS!”
THR reporter, Shirley Halperin watched Idol last night at Blake Lewis’ house, with Brandon Rogers, Todrick Hall and Antonella Barba, “Surreal-at @BlakeLewis’s house and he’s singing @therealjordin’s “No Air” with @brandonrogersLA @toddyrockstar. I really am an #Idol groupie…Damn, ex-Idols are almost as catty as the bloggers!…No surprise here, the guys are feeling Pia. But @BlakeLewis also has a man crush on Casey…”Everything on that face works, but that’s a lot of red lipstick!” Who’s @brandonrogersLA talking about?? Love this picture of Antonella Barba and @brandonrogersLA http://yfrog.com/h68e9rj
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Jimmy Iovine: Last Night’s Show Felt Like an Award’s Show
The Top 13 ‘Idol’ Finalists Discuss Their Dream Duets…With Each Other!
Last night the “American Idol” top 13 competed together for the first time, and afterwards some lucky press folks, including myself, were ushered backstage for some face time with the contestants. The camaraderie between the finalists was truly adorable to behold; when these guys raved about being the best of BFFs and feeling no sense of cutthroat competitiveness between them…I actually believed them!
Read more at Reality Rocks
Casey James, far from typical ‘American Idol’ finalist, will open for Sugarland
“Everybody in my family plays (an instrument) or sings, ” James said. “My mom, my dad, my uncle, my aunt, my cousins, my brother — literally everybody, I could go on and on.”
James, however, set himself apart by finishing third in last year’s “American Idol” competition and earning a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville.
A seasoned singer and guitarist who had played clubs in his native Texas since he was a teenager, James was initially reluctant to participate in “American Idol.”
Read more at GroupState.com
Program Announced for Star-Studded Event Celebrating President George H. W. Bush and Volunteer Service
ATLANTA, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Points of Light Institute today announced a star-studded line up for the upcoming March 21 event celebrating President George H. W. Bush’s leadership in promoting the value of service and volunteerism in American life.
The line up will bring together some of the biggest acts in country music, soul and rock in a unique program celebrating the powerful role voluntary service can play in overcoming the challenges our communities face in the 21st century. Taking place at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., “All Together Now – A Celebration of Service” will feature performances by Sheryl Crow, Cee Lo Green, Reba McEntire, Sam Moore, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood. Additional performers will be announced shortly.
Read more at PR Newswire
Robert Plant, Peter Frampton top Ravinia 2011 concert schedule
For the “babies, ” Ravinia’s offerings include Chicago singer-actress Jennifer Hudson, Maroon 5 (two shows), Carrie Underwood, Lifehouse, Guster and (taking the “babies” remark literally) 11-year-old classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho. Yes, of course there’s a BoDeans show.
July 16: Jennifer Hudson, Sept. 4: Carrie Underwood with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra For more information, visit ravinia.org.
More at Chicago Sun Times
‘American Idol’ behind the scenes: ‘Idol’ coaches dish on the Top 13 — EXCLUSIVE
For ten seasons, American Idol associate music director and arranger Michael Orland and vocal coach and arranger Debra Byrd have been on the front lines with the contestants, from Hollywood week to the grand finale in May. Orland and Byrd work with the wannabe superstars on their respective songs, helping them shine on the big Idol stage and in front of a national TV audience. With the revamped judging panel, “the show feels brand new, ” says Orland. “The kids are totally supported every inch of they way.” Adds Byrd, “I love this season because there are So. Many. Excellent. Singers.”
‘American Idol:’ Post-Show Breakdown with the Top 13
After a quick post-show dinner (20 minutes to be exact), the Top 13 sat down with reporters for a quick recap of performance night. In one corner, teen hopefuls Lauren Alaina and Thea Megia leaned on each other for emotional support. In another, James Durbin (his dream theme: 80s night!) and Casey Abrams looked relieved following their turns on the big stage. The chattiest of the bunch? Stefani Langone, Karen Rodriguez and Ashthon Jones — no surprises there. Their thoughts on the first finalist showdown, which was taped on Tuesday and aired Wednesday? Read on…
On working with professional producers…
Read more at the Hollywood Reporter
Tim Halperin satisfied with ‘Idol’ run, which ended in top 24
TCU grad Tim Halperin wasn’t on American Idol very long this season — he made the top 24 but was cut in the first results show — but if you’re familiar with his offbeat singer-songwriter style, it might be an even bigger surprise that he was on the show at all.
“I don’t really see myself as an American Idol type, either, ” Halperin said Monday during a brief phone interview. “But there are some people that I really respect in the music industry, and one of those guys gave me a call and said, ‘Hey, American Idol is working with Interscope, and that’s a very reputable label. They’re doing MySpace auditions this year, and I know you’re busy, but it’ll only take you five minutes to put a MySpace video online.'”
Read more at the Star Telegram
Interview: Catching Up With Tim Halperin, Part Two
In the first part of my chat with American Idol season 10 Top 24 contestant, Tim Halperin, we touched on the earlier rounds of his Idol journey, from his initial audition in front of the judges in L.A. to making it into the Top 24.
During the final part of my interview with Halperin, we talked about Top 24 from his song selection to the Wild Card round, what he took away from his American Idol experience, and what lies ahead for his music career.
Read more at Blog Critics
American Idol Top 13 Contestant Paul McDonald Was on a Paste Sampler
We’ve finally got a dog in this fight. Paste hasn’t maybe paid as much attention to American Idol as some other pop-culture sites out there, but we’re in it to win this time. We just found out that Top 13 contestant Paul McDonald is the Nashville singer/songwriter who fronted the band Hightide Blues, who appeared on Paste Sampler #56 back in September of 2009. Hightide Blues became Grand Magnolias before McDonald was selected for the show.
Read more at Paste
Listen to FULL STREAMS of songs from Jennifer Hudson’s upcoming album, I Remember Me at Amazon.com. “Where You At, “I Got This”, “Gone” and No One Gonna Love You” are available now.
Tim Urban covers Justin Bieber’s “Baby”
Melinda Doolittle on music and love
Doolittle has a lot of things to love. The most obvious is that she has enjoyed success since finishing third on the sixth season of “American Idol.” The post-“Idol” climate, particularly for recent winners, has been cold.
Melinda Doolittle performs at Newberry Opera House tonight.
Her 2009 debut, the lovely “Coming Back to You, ” earned solid reviews from several publications including the New York Times. Doolittle, who mixes soul, jazz and R&B, has a skilled vocal presence, something she learned while singing background for Aretha Franklin, Michael McDonald and Aaron Neville.
Read more at The State
Catching up with former American Idol contestant George Huff
Before the bright lights and glitter on TV, every year, American Idol holds auditions in various states, in search of the next big superstar. Millions of people looking to give the world their talents turn out for the auditions at stadiums and arenas. This year was no different with a different judge line-up and more raging talent the show took to the streets once again.
Read more at Pegasus News
Burn the floor: Dancing here in studio!
Anya and Pasha were burning up the dance floor on the hit FOX show then, and now, they’re here in Boston with a sizzling performance in “Burn the Floor.” Check out their performance on the FOX 25 Morning News for more.
X Factor’s Simon Cowell brands Sir Elton John as ‘money-grabbing’
And the X Factor mogul claimed Elton is “only worried about himself”.
His furious outburst reignites the long-running, increasingly catty feud between the stars, with Cowell, 51, accusing his rival of being more concerned with money than helping discover new talent.
Asked about Elton’s suggestion that X Factor hinders mainstream artists, Cowell said: “Well, look. This is somebody who charges what, a million dollars a private gig? Two million dollars, you know? I don’t know whether he’s concerned about himself – maybe he is.
“But they always bleat on that we’re not giving other people a chance.
Read more at the Daily Mirror
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