Idol Winner Scott McCreery to Perform After Braves Game – ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves say 2011 American Idol winner Scott McCreery will perform a free postgame concert on Saturday, May 26. The 2012 Postgame Concert Series also includes a date with Lynyrd Skynyrd on Saturday, September 1, following the Braves-Phillies 4:00 p.m. game, according to the Atlanta Braves. – Read more at FOX 5
Blake Lewis tweets, “All my years of listening to Harry Connick Jr. paid off in the studio last night. I finished a jazzy tune for film or tv called “More Than Friends””
‘Smash’ Star Megan Hilty Scores Columbia Records Deal – The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the 30-year-old Bellevue, Washington native has been signed to Columbia Records through Sony subsidiary Masterworks, which has typically been the label home to classical music releases and, more recently, the likes of Wilson Phillips and Kristin Chenoweth. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
Jennifer Hudson to Perform on USA’s UPFRONT, 5/17 – USA moves into Upfront Week for the first time with the biggest and most spectacular event yet with performances by Oscar and Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson and world-renowned DJ and Grammy Award- winner Mark Ronson. The talent only presentation will feature the stars of USA at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City on Thursday, May 17 at 3:30pm. – Read more at Broadway World
‘American Idol’ Castoff Erika Van Pelt ‘Went Crazy’ With New Look – “After the tour is done, I honestly want to get right to work,” she said. “I want to work on my first album, I want to do a ton of writing, I even want to get involved in acting and musical theater. I would love to be involved maybe on Broadway. I’m just a hard worker and I don’t care, 12-, 16-hour days, I’ll put the work in this. It’s what I want to do.” – Read more at MTV
Haley Reinhart Hula Hoops at Self Magazine
David Archuleta prepares to leave on his mission
David Archuleta is doing some last minute recording before he leaves for his 2 year Mormon mission. Check out his new haircut!
Catch Up With Kris Allen
Kris Allen talks to AmericanIdol.com about the making of his new single “Vision of Love,” his take on this season’s contestants, and how he still gets nervous when he hears the Idol intro tune!
‘Best Ink’ Host and ‘American Idol’ Alum Kimberly Caldwell Talks Tattoos (Q&A) – Kimberly Caldwell has clocked untold TV hours over the last decade, from her first outing as the smoky-voiced rock contender on season 2 of American Idol to hosting stints on the TV Guide Network, Fox Sports and now Oxygen where tonight she helps kick off Best Ink. The 30-year-old Katy, Texas native recently spoke to THR about her trip to Hollywood Week that never ended. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
INTERVIEW: Clay Aiken Remains Steadfast On His New CD – Clay Aiken was first introduced to most of the world when he appeared on FOX’s American Idol in 2003, becoming that season’s runner-up and, soon after, a top-selling recording artist. Since then, he’s starred in the Broadway hit, Monty Python’s Spamalot, has released numerous hit CDs, and is currently a contestant on NBC’s reality series, The Celebrity Apprentice. In addition, Decca has just released his latest CD, Steadfast, and he will also be heard alongside Apprentice castmate Dee Snider on his CD, Dee Does Broadway, due out on May 8. TheaterMania recently spoke to Aiken about his current projects, working with Linda Eder, and a possible return to Broadway. – Read more at TheatreMania
The Voice’s Final Six Dish on Next Week’s Live Showdown—And Who’s Having a Baby! – Broadway vet Tony Vincent talks about the exciting changes from the battle rounds: “The production caliber gets a little bit larger. We are adding musicians introducing background vocals. It’s going to be a little bit more of a complete solo performance and that I’m really excited about.” But Tony has another reason to be excited: We’ve seen him talk oh-so-adorably to his wife’s baby bump, but what we didn’t know was that the due date falls on the day of the first live performance. Um, that could be a busy day! Read more at EOnline
Smash Producers Weigh In on Season 1 Backlash and the Plan to ‘Correct’ Any Mistakes – Presented by TVLine with a recounting of Smash‘s less popular storylines — Ellis the omnipresent eavesdropper, Julia the impulsive adulterer, the intermittent but entirely superfluous adoption saga — executive producer Neil Meron said, “It’s common for all first-season shows to go through a shakedown, and for a show to kind of find its footing. And I think what’s happened [with Smash].” The ray of light, he offers, is that “as the episodes continue, you’ll see certain things slip away, and focuses and emphasis shifted.” EP Craig Zadan, who with Meron was honored at the GLAAD Media Awards this past weekend, echoed that the promise of a second season is “to analyze what worked and what didn’t work, and then … correct it, put it on course, and hopefully make it bigger and better.” Read more at TV Line
‘Q’Viva! The Chosen’ Moved to Late Night Saturday – FOX’s Saturday talent competition Q’Viva: The Chosen (which features judges Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez) has been moved from its original 8:00 PM Saturday time slot to 11:00 PM. The show’s original 2-hour format is also being condensed to a brisker 90 minutes. The scheduling hole will be filled immediately by a new Cops this weekend, and by repeats of Cops and Bones for the weeks following. – Read more at Zap2it
Erin Martin From “The Voice” Was One of the “Rock of Love” Girls – Erin Martin, who previously went by the name Lyanna, was on “Rock of Love 2” with Bret Michaels (official picture to the left) vying for all of the affection and STDs that come with that love. Erin was eliminated in the first episode after she bored Bret with her talk of HTML and world events. She also talked about how she likes to have sex outdoors. – Via VoteForTheWorst