David Archuleta talks Nashville, new songs and forthcoming memoir
Last week, David Archuleta returned to Nashville to write more songs for his next album. As he did during his last Music City visit in October, he worked with singer/songwriter Joy Williams, even staying at the house of Williams and her husband, Nate Yetton.
David and Williams brought a variety of other writers into last week’s collaborations, among them Cary Barlowe (co-writer of Lady Antebellum’s latest country hit, American Honey), Hillary Lindsey (Carrie Underwood’s Jesus, Take the Wheel), Danny Orton (Josh Gracin and Tim McGraw’s Telluride), Jenn Schott and Jamie Kenney.
In all, David says he’s written about 20 songs so far for his next album. And as much as he’d like to have more hit singles, he says it’s more important to him to convey his personality through his music.
Kara ‘Idol’-izes former GOP congressman dad
“American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi thinks her father, a former GOP congressman from Westchester County, will beat the competition for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s seat.
Joe DioGuardi, 69, is expected to make a formal announcement Tuesday in Grand Central Terminal.
“He’s my father, and of course I’m supportive of him. He always encouraged me in my dreams, ” Kara DioGuardi told The Post.
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‘American Idol’ Top 24 revisited in pictures
It’s that time of year when 12 contestants advance to the final rounds of “American Idol” and 12 others fade into obscurity.
But before we move on as if none of this ever happened, let’s take a look back at the group of 24 in these AP and PictureGroup photos:
Scott MacIntyre has his own ‘hook line’
It’s that nice, little compact line in a song that reels you in. Makes you start humming it when you are in the car, or worse yet, singing it when you are in the shower.
If you watched American Idol at all in Season 8 you already know Scott’s story. He’s about 99.9 percent blind. Can’t get from Point A to Point B without help. He went through kidney failure and finally, a little over two years ago, received a new lease on life via a kidney transplant.
Gilles Marini Hosts “Ballroom With A Twist”
HOLLYWOOD —Gilles Marini will host the highly anticipated production of “Ballroom with a Twist, ” a brilliant new dance production at the Parker Playhouse (parkerplayhouse.com) on March 20, at 8 p.m. and March 21 at 2 p.m.
Conceived and choreographed by EMMY®-nominated Louis van Amstel, a five-time “Dancing With the Stars” pro, ballroom includes an ensemble of fabulous young dancers from shows such as “Dancing With the Stars, ” “So You Think You Can Dance” and “High School Musical.” An exciting ensemble includes Allison Holker of “High School Musical” and “So You Think You Can Dance” as well “American Idol” alumni David Hernandez and Trenyce, who provide stylish and exciting vocal accompaniment and interludes. This groundbreaking show pushes the boundaries of ballroom dance, infusing it with the energy and intensity of the latest hip-hop styles. “Ballroom with a Twist” is an extravagant evening of entertainment for the entire family, highlighted by stunning costumes, magnificent music and breathtaking performances.
Danny Gokey, Easton Corbin Living Parallel Lives
Danny Gokey and Easton Corbin are very different kinds of singers, but they find themselves on very similar paths.
Easton is a traditional-country vocalist in the vein of George Strait and Alan Jackson, while Danny is a pop-country singer who built an audience on last year’s “American Idol.” Now they’re both competing for attention as new artists with their first albums in release — and those two albums came out on the exact same day.
As it turns out, Danny and Easton each celebrated the same way: They went to the store to buy their own CDs.
‘Glee’: Lionel Richie, The Beatles and The Doors’ songs score April’s premiere… which, p.s., rocks
First of all, the writers aren’t wasting any time. Many of the things that you might think you’ll have to wait all season to see are already in full swing when the hour opens.
I won’t say any more on that right now, but just know, what they’ve got going down is pretty brilliant. I think you’ll be pleased.
More details from the panel and from the ep:
Glee Cast and Creators Dish on Neil Patrick Harris, “Puckleberry” and Lady Gaga!
Just when you thought Glee couldn’t get any better: Lady Gaga has agreed to let Glee cover one of her songs this season. Neil Patrick Harris and Matthew Morrison will share some seriously awesome screentime (and duets). And the romance is heating up!
That’s just the start of the scoop we just learned tonight from the Glee cast and producers.
Here’s the scoop you Gleeks absolutely need to know…
‘American Idol’s’ Paige Miles: ‘So stoked for Stones’
Paige Miles is excited to have made the Top 12 of “American Idol” and is looking forward to the Rolling Stones.
She tells Zap2it was “a little scary coming into it without an established fan base like some of the other contestants had … but once you get on that live show, it’s a clean slate.”
‘American Idol’: Aaron Kelly’s dream theme is original songs
Aaron Kelly was perhaps a surprise inclusion in the “American Idol” Top 12, but he couldn’t be more thrilled.
“I feel very excited to be walking the blue carpet, surrounded by all these great contestants and great people, ” the 16-year-old tells Zap2it.
Kathy Griffin and more celebs step out for Human Rights Campaign gala
Kathy Griffin, Portia de Rossi and other celebrities showed their support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Annual Awards Gala in Los Angeles last night (Sat. March 13).
The HRC honored Griffin with the Ally for Equality Award for being “straight but not narrow” and using her celebrity in supporting GLBT rights.
Portia de Rossi was also honored with the HRC Visibility Award.
Other guests included Oprah’s favorite money maven, Suze Orman, “Real World D.C.’s” Mike Manning and “American Idol’s” Blake Lewis.
@blakelewis tweeted: “Last night I was honored to play for The Human Rights Campaign. What an inspiring evening. People coming together for equality. UNITY!”