Today’s Idol Appearances:
- Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia appear on Live with Regis and Kelly
- Academy of Country Music at Girls Night Out: Superstar Women of Country, feat. Carrie Underwood, will be taped to air later on CBS
- Justin Guarini appears at “Rock Talk” Feinstein’s NYC
- Casey James will be on GAC-TV’s Conversations from the Road: Sugarland, set to air at 8 pm.
Kelly Clarkson posts on her Facebook, “I still can’t believe Kate got this shot because this roller coaster was super fast! We spent all day yesterday at Universal Studios in Orlando and had the time of our lives! Loved the rides, LOVED all the Harry Potter stuff (especially butterbeer:), loved being on the Ellen show, and our guides were fantastic! Seriously, can’t wait to go back! In this picture my sister and I are in the front!”
See the photo HERE.
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@Chrisaphoto tweets “Behind the scenes Kris Allen photoshoot Will be featured in OK magazine soon.”
Casey James – More from the ACM Weekend
Casey James was backed by Sugarland’s band and joined onstage by Kristian Bush at the first ever “Fan Jam” — a fans-only concert held during and after the Academy of Country Music Awards show yesterday. Casey took the stage to perform two songs, “Let’s Don’t Call it a Night” and “Liza Jane.” Check out some photos at the Casey James Blog and if some video appears, I’ll post it out front.
99 Kiss Country Interview
Jennifer Hudson Is Pretty in Pink and All Smiles for ‘Behind the Sessions’ — Exclusive Video
The always-amazing Jennifer Hudson recently stopped by AOL Music’s studios for an exclusive live Sessions performance, which premieres April 5. AOL’s cameras followed the newly svelte 29-year-old throughout the day to grab exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the superstar.
Via AOL Popeater
Naima Adedapo returns to Milwaukee Tuesday
Naima Adedapo, the Milwaukee singer and dancer voted off “American Idol” last week, is coming home 8 p.m. Tuesday to the welcoming arms of family, friends and fans.
“We are going to have a celebration and let her know how much we love her and miss her, ” said Adekola Adedapo, her mother. “The outpouring of support from this city has been absolutely amazing.”
Naima Adedapo’s family has arranged to have banners, African drums and flowers to cheer the return of Milwaukee’s “exotic flower, ” which is the translation of her name. Adekola Adedapo said Naima Adedapo will likely need a few days to relax with family after the rigors of the “Idol” schedule of practicing, performing and promotional events for the show.
Read more at JS Online
FremantleMedia CEO: ‘American Idol’ Will Get “Higher Ratings Than Ever” This Season
Speaking at MIPTV in Cannes, FremantleMedia’s CEO Tony Cohen said the company is focusing on its “existing franchises” like X Factor, Idol and Got Talent. He was bullish on the revamped American Idol, predicting that in its 10th season will achieve “even higher ratings than ever.” He also was optimistic about the TV marketplace. “Broadcasters are buying, ” Cohen told a breakfast meeting of journalists and executives on the FremantleMedia stand which has the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop. “It’s not like in previous years when we are here and people are saying. ‘Oh my God what’s going to happen? If you have good shows, they are buying.”
Read more at Deadline
Underwood adds acting to a full plate
Carrie Underwood certainly has her song-and-dance moves down to a multi-award-winning T.
Filming on location in Hawaii gave her a chance to try something new. “Being on stage, I know how to sing, and that’s what I do and I feel very at home, ” says Underwood. “But there, I was in other people’s world. I was surrounded by great actors and actresses. There was no ego involved with anyone in this movie. I got a lot of encouragement.”
Just don’t ask her to surf. “Noooooo, ” Underwood playfully responds when asked whether she hits the waves. “I went surfing once totally for a guy’s sake. I wasn’t terrible. We had one of those giant boards.”
Read more at USA Today
Taylor Hicks on Singing ‘Friday’ With Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert: ‘Every Moment Was Absurd’
“The whole thing was genius in my opinion, ” Hicks tells THR of the bit, which featured Colbert singing a country-esque version of the party song. “Every moment was absurd: Fallon and Colbert in autotune, the hyper-glow Soul Patrol sweatshirt…”
Hicks was working on new music in Nashville when the call came from Fallon’s people. By the next day, he was in New York City and ready for his cue. “It all happened so fast, ” he says. “In 24 hours, I went from writing a record to doing ‘Friday’ with Colbert and Fallon, a beekeeper and a Yeti.”
Read more at Hollywood Reporter
Selena Gomez Records Acoustic Version of ‘Who Says’ for Radio Disney’s 15th Anniversary Celebration
Radio Disney kicks off its 15th anniversary Monday with a slew of stars set to take part in the celebration, including singer-actress Selena Gomez.
Other celebrities set to participate in the anniversary celebration include Willow Smith, Jordin Sparks, Greyson Chance, Cody Simpson, Ashley Tisdale and Austin Butler and cast members from Disney Channel’s Shake It Up, Lemonade Mouth and Good Luck Charlie.
Read more at Hollywood Reporter
Ellen DeGeneres’ return a boost for Universal, Orlando
OK, so we won’t give away too much here, but if you’re severely allergic to spoilers, turn away … now!
Can’t be sure what all will get cut in editing — both tapings exceeded the hour mark. We did hear Duran Duran do three songs for Tuesday’s show and Kelly Clarkson did a medley of her hits for Wednesday. Actually, she did it twice, I think, for technical reasons. Both times the CityWalk crowd automatically jumped and pumped to “Since U Been Gone.” It may be genetic.
Read more at Orlando Sentinel
American Idol duo to serve at Celebrity Waiters Dinner
Teenage siblings Colton and Schyler Dixon, who enjoyed successful separate auditions for American Idol last July, have accepted the invitation to be celebrity waiters for the second annual dinner on Thursday at Stones River Country Club, according to Executive Producer Donna Gibson.
Read more at dnj.com
LA Reid: Cheryl Cole WILL do US X Factor
NEW US X Factor judge, L.A. Reid has confirmed Cheryl Cole WILL be joining him on the show’s panel.
And the top music producer is sure they’ll see off their TV rivals.
He said: “We’re gonna compete against American Idol just fine. I’m very confident. But along with Simon Cowell and Cheryl, I don’t know who the other judge is.” C’mon, Si, pleeease tell.
Read more at the Mirror
Stevie Wonder: ‘I’d love X Factor job’
Stevie Wonder has revealed his interest in becoming an X Factor judge.
The Grammy Award-winning singer and producer told The Mirror that he would love to hear from Simon Cowell about taking up a position on the show.
“Simon should give me a buzz, ” he said. “I love X Factor and to be a judge would be great.”
Read more at Digital Spy
‘Glee’s’ Ryan Murphy Backs Off Kings of Leon Attack (Exclusive)
The showrunner tells THR the feud has taught him a lesson: “Don’t say f*** you to someone in the press.”
“I didn’t speak with as much clarity as I would have liked, ” he said on the set of Glee Friday afternoon. “Who am I to say ‘F–k you?’ That’s not what I meant. I completely understand when artists don’t want a show or another artist to interpret their songs. In fact, I respect it. It’s their personal work and I’d feel the same way. We get turned down all the time and I’ve don’t fight it or even go back after a rejection.”
Murphy points to a recent request to use a song by Bjork in the show, which the Icelandic singer turned down. “She read the scene and didn’t think it was the right fit for her song, ” he recounts. “I told her, ‘That’s completely cool, ‘ and she said to come back to her down the road. We deal with that every day.”
Read more at THR