Idol Headlines for 03/18/12

‘Idol’ Contestant Phillip Phillips Hometown Scrimps to Send Family to Hollywood – “American Idol” finalist Phillip Phillips’ family can’t afford to watch him perform live in Hollywood — so his hometown in Georgia is banding together … to raise money to send ’em there … TMZ has learned. According to sources, it costs about $3,000 to fly out Phillip’s family from Leesburg, GA to Los Angeles — and the Phillipses simply can’t afford to make the trip … despite their son making it to the finals. But the good citizens of Leesburg, GA have trying their best to help out … throwing fundraisers every Wednesday — where at least 15 merchants donate a percentage of their profits from that day … to help the family make the trip to tinseltown. – Read more at TMZ

Take Me Down to the Paradox City – Approval ratings are up. Television ratings are down. One much-hyped competing series has been put in its place, at least for the time being, while another is nipping at its heels. Such is the mixed bag that Season Eleven has delivered so far to the producers of American Idol. Running in the same Wednesday-Thursday time slots as The X-Factor did last fall, Idol is pulling in about 70% more viewers for its live competition episodes. Needless to say, that gap has almost nothing to do with AI and almost everything to do with X’s many missteps and miscalculations. Even so, if the folks at 19E enjoyed some schadenfreude over Simon Cowell’s discomfiture, we doubt that many people would blame them. – Read more at What Not To Sing

Lauren Alaina sings Good Girl

Lauren had been singing Good Girl with me but no one got it on video.. so before she went inside I made her sing Good Girl… hahaa! Also the beginning of this video is her leaving a voicemail for a fan.

Behind-the-Scenes: Carrie Underwood’s Cover Shoot – Our cover shoot with Carrie Underwood in Nashville was like a reunion. It’s SELF’s 4th cover with the country superstar and she seemed happier than ever -marriage to Mike Fisher clearly agrees with her! We did the shoot on a chilly, overcast day in January and Carrie loved all the bright springy colors that Evyan Metzner, our fashion director, had brought for the shoot. – See the Video at Self

Nikki Reed & Paul McDonald: St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Lovers– Enjoying a St. Patty’s Day outing alongside one another, Nikki Reed grabbed a midday lunch with husband Paul McDonald in Studio City, CA on Saturday (March 17).
With the pair exchanging an intimate embrace after their Aroma Cafe holiday meal, it looked like the “Twilight” actress was ready to get to work while toting around a cartoon covered laptop bag. – rRead more at Celebrity-Net

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