Idol Headlines for 03/26/12 – The Evening Edition

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‘American Idol’ A ‘Constant Struggle’ For Erika Van Pelt – ‘I think a lot of your fate rides on what sort of light [the judges] shed on you,’ latest castoff tells MTV News. – “I think a lot of your fate rides on what sort of light [the judges] shed on you,” Van Pelt said. “For me, I was doing ‘New York State of Mind,’ which is a ballad, and every time Billy Joel has ever performed it, he’s been sitting behind a piano, he’s not dancing around, and [Jennifer Lopez] made some comments about me planting my feet. I just wasn’t feeling it. I don’t feel like I need to jump around to sing. There are a few other contestants on the show that do nothing but stand there and sing, and they don’t say anything to them. [At] the very least, they get standing O’s, and they like that. I just felt it was a constant struggle for me.” Yet Van Pelt doesn’t feel like she was the only contestant receiving contradicting feedback week after week. “There are a lot of really great performers,” Van Pelt said. “Even my personal favorites have gotten some really sort of questionable feedback. – More at MTV News

Clay Aiken Ready To Use ‘Shuttle Diplomacy’ To Repair Feud Between Donald Trump & Rosie O’Donnell – LOS ANGELES, Calif. — “Celebrity Apprentice” standout Clay Aiken could be the man to broker a peace between Rosie O’Donnell and Donald Trump. On Monday’s Access Hollywood Live, Clay said that, so far, the biggest surprise from his time on “The Celebrity Apprentice” is the fondness he’s developed for Trump, and when Billy Bush suggested he could sort out the feud between Trump and the singer’s pal Rosie, the redhead said he just might. “I’ve thought of that… I feel like that may need to happen,” he said. “I don’t know if we can get the parties to come to the table or not.” – Read more at Access Hollywood

Catching Up With Justin Guarini – Incredibly, it’s been almost 10 years since Justin Guarini lost to Kelly Clarkson on the very first finale of “American Idol”–after actually being the frontrunner for much of that inaugural season–and his trademark Sideshow Bob curls are long gone. But the man is still forever, inextricably tied to the “Idol” phenomenon. So it’s easy to imagine that “Idol”s first first runner-up at least occasionally looks back on that historical finale night and wonders how differently his life might have turned out if Ryan Seacrest (and Brian Dunkleman, of course) had announced him as the winner instead. When asked about this, Justin’s answer is quite surprising. – Read more at Yahoo Music

Danny Gokey unveils new fashion eyewear line at Vision Expo – A musical highlight of the three-day International Vision Expo East eyecare trade show, which ended yesterday at the Javits Center, was Long Island fashion eyewear supplier Match Eyewear’s Saturday launch of the Danny Gokey Eyewear Collection. The prescription eyewear collection will highlight the personal flair of the country/pop artist Gokey, American Idol’s Season Eight third-place finisher in 2009. Twelve initial styles are now being marketed, targeting men ages 18 to 35. “It’s an edgier collection,” says Match Eyewear president Ethan Goodman. “I wouldn’t call it ‘rocker,’ but Danny’s image is youthful and up-to-date.” – Read more at The Examiner

Anjelica Huston Teases Her ‘Smash’ Singing Debut! – To say that Anjelica Huston has been relishing her role as the delicious Broadway producer Eileen Rand is an understatement. In fact, the typically composed icon adorably devolves into a giggly fan when talking about Smash. As she did last Thursday while chatting with ETonline at the Graydon Carter hosted New York premiere for the new Starz series, Magic City (which stars Anjelica’s brother, Danny). In addition to teasing a few upcoming spoilers (Eileen sings!), I got Anjelica’s take on video games, martini throwing and the show’s most controversial character, Ellis! – Read more at ETOnline

Megan Hilty: The Finale Will Freak Fans Out! – The cast of Smash was simultaneously hit with good news and bad news last week as an announcement of their season two pick-up was closely followed by the reveal that creator Teresa Rebek wouldn’t be returning as showrunner for the sophomore season. Turns out, both bits came as total shocks to the cast. At least that’s what star Megan Hilty told me Saturday at the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards. In addition to chatting about those two real-life twists, Megan teased some interesting on-screen developments, pulled the curtain back on her favorite moments so far and revealed what fans can expect from the season one finale!- Read more at The Insider

‘Dancing With the Stars’: Maria and Derek Break Into Macarena During Rehearsals (Video) – On Monday, they’ll try to up their rank with a Quickstep, which The Hollywood Reporter caught a preview of during the duo’s rehearsals. “We love our song for this week,” Hough tells THR of the fast-paced dance. “The band is going to kill it, we’re going to be in character, we’re going to be running around.” – See the Video at The Hollywood Reporter

Maria Menounous suffers broken rib during ‘Dancing With the Stars’ rehearsals, report says – “Extra” host Maria Menounos has a secret as she rehearses with dance partner Derek Hough for week two of “Dancing With the Stars.” Word on the show is Menounos broke a rib during a hardcore rehearsal with Hough, who was teaching her the Cha-cha-cha. Read more at Extra

Aerosmith Announces The Global Warming North American Summer Tour – LOS ANGELES, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Aerosmith, America’s greatest rock and roll band, will start your summer sizzling and have you dancing around the fires of rock n’ roll again. After blowing away audiences in South America and Japan, the Bad Boys from Boston are back to rock America’s soul, with The Global Warming Tour playing 18 markets beginning on June 16 in Minneapolis, MN. “The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance and we will kick your ass and make out with yur mothers,” says Steven Tyler. Joe Perry adds, “Can’t wait to bring this band back home. It feels like we’ve been away too long.” – See the dates at PR Newswire

Jennifer Lopez announces her first ever concerts in Brazil this June – NEW YORK — Jennifer Lopez is in Brazil this week for her show “Q’Viva,” but she’s never performed in the country. That will soon change when she headlines a music festival there this summer. The “American Idol” judge announced in a statement Monday that she would be performing at the Pop Music Festival in Sao Paulo on June 23 and in Rio de Janeiro on June 27. – Read more at Washington Post

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