Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler gets CMT Music Awards noms
Carrie’s Cowboy Casanova got nominated for Video and Female Video of the Year, while her performance of Temporary Home from Invitation Only: Carrie Underwood will compete for CMT Performance of the Year.
Kellie Pickler’s Best Days of Your Life goes up against Carrie in the Female Video category, and it’s also up for Collaborative Video of the Year.
Fans can vote starting today through May 3 on CMT.com.
The four finalists in each category will be announced May 11 (except for Video of the Year, which will have its finalists announced at the beginning of the awards show), and the 2010 CMT Music Award will premiere live from Nashville June 9 on CMT and CMT.com.
Reports from Rwanda – Another Allen Boy
Kris Allen, the currently reigning “American Idol”, and his bride, Katy, stayed at the house last week and performed at a dinner for President Paul Kagame. The 24-year-old rock star visited Rwanda to assess and support the work of Bridge2Rwanda and assist in our partnership with TOMS Shoes. (More about TOMS in a subsequent post.) Kris took off time from his work promoting his eponymous debut album, “Kris Allen”, which I enthusiastically recommend, but it does not compare to Kris finger picking in your living room and singing at the ceiling. His unaccompanied, unproduced vocals are incredibly rich with emotion, … the kind of emotive voice that can bring tears.
For fans who are interested (like sister Teresa), Kris is an unbelievably easy going, “good guy”, who doesn’t have a single corpuscle of arrogance, pretentiousness, or conceit. He is super “low maintenance”, demands nothing for himself, and is so mellow you sometimes wonder if you should check for a pulse. He is, indeed, warm and thoughtful, with still waters that run very deep.
Tom Allen – Reports from Rwanda (check it out, there are some nice photos)
More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…
American Idol 2010 Betting Odds Have Crystal Bowersox Favourite To Win And Tim Urban Favourite To Go
American Idol 2010 Betting Odds make Crystal Bowersox an odds on favourite to win the American Idol 2010 Final in eight weeks time and whilst Tim Urban is the hot favourite to be voted off American Idol this week.
Crystal Bowersox The Odds On Favourite Ahead Of Lee Dewyze
Crystal Bowersox has been the favourite in the American Idol 2010 Betting Odds for months now and just last week she finally became the odds on favourite, she can currently be backed at 10/11 with Paddy Power and VC Bet to win American Idol 2010. If Crystal Bowersox fails to win then it is now Lee Dewyze who looks in pole position to win, he is now the clear second favourite at 10/3 with Bet365, who offer up to £200 in free bets to new customers. Those odds put him ahead of Casey James who is 7/1 with Paddy Power and also Siobhan Magnus who is 8/1 with Bet365 and SkyBet.
Adam Lambert tops our ‘Idol’ airplay chart
Adam Lambert reins supreme on this week’s American Idol airplay chart, as Whataya Want From Me tops 10, 000 spins, according to Mediabase. Adam is currently in the top 20 of three formats, reaching new peaks at AC (No. 16), Hot AC (No. 12) and Top 40 (No. 13).
Kelly Clarkson’s All I Ever Wanted moves into the Idol airplay Top 10 this week and into USA TODAY’s Top 40 chart (No. 39), as well. Also making significant gains: Bucky Covington’s A Father’s Love (The Only Way He Knew How) (No. 46-No. 41), We Are the Fallen’s Bury Me Alive (No. 83-No. 61) and Kellie Pickler’s Makin’ Me Fall in Love Again (No. 75-No. 69).
Family Movie Night is Back with Launch of Television Movie ‘Secrets of the Mountain’
CINCINNATI, April 5, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Procter & Gamble /quotes/comstock/13*!pg/quotes/nls/pg (PG 63.68, +0.32, +0.51%) and Walmart /quotes/comstock/13*!wmt/quotes/nls/wmt (WMT 55.60, +0.11, +0.20%) are together furthering their commitment to families by launching the action-packed made-for-TV movie, “Secrets of the Mountain, ” which will debut Friday, April 16, 2010 at 8/7c on NBC. The soundtrack for the nail-biting, family-friendly drama was produced by music mogul Randy Jackson and includes original tracks from popular artists such as Alisan & Ilsey, Brooke White and Jordin Sparks.
‘American Idol’: Analyzing Usher, Urban, Seacrest
WHO MUST STAY: After several weeks of dull, forgettable performances, ‘Idol’s’ Season 9 contestants FINALLY redeemed themselves, giving viewers a record four performances to get excited about. Kudos to Crystal, Andrew, Lee, and Big Mike for stepping up their game this week! The reason for such success should be attributed to their guest mentor, Usher, who expertly honed into each contestant’s weaknesses and worked to erase them. Unlike most guest mentors, Usher seemed emotionally invested in the contestants and genuinely amazed by their talent or lack thereof. If Usher ever gets tired of mentoring Justin Bieber, ‘Idol’ should definitely consider hiring Usher as a full time consultant to the contestants. Who knows? Maybe Usher could become the Tim Gunn of ‘Idol, ’ guiding contestants on the road to stardom!
Who Will Win ‘American Idol’?
The ‘American Idol’ season nine finale is still a ways off, but I’m ready to start talking about who I think will win. I’m tempted to say that the judges missed the boat on some of the contestants who made it (or rather, didn’t make it) into the Top 24, but that’s not really fair. Sometimes a contestant will shine during the auditions and Hollywood Week, but once they get to the big stage, nerves or a lack of confidence take over, and it shows in the live performances.
If ‘Idol’ moves on to another season, I’d like to see more behind-the-scenes footage with the Top 12 — more scenes of the music coaching, what the contestants go through making those all-important song choices, and what goes into the hair and wardrobe we see on stage. Future wish-list aside, follow me after the jump for more analysis on the remaining contestants, and my choice for the winner.
Getting their Siobhan on
FALMOUTH — The homemade sign outside the Falmouth Cinema Pub theater said it all: “Go On Siobhan.’’ Inside the theater, the crowd watching “American Idol’’ on a movie screen said it even more succinctly when contestant Siobhan Magnus walked onstage and began singing Chaka Khan’s “Through the Fire.’’ Cheers and screams arose from an audience that included the singer’s father, four of her siblings, and many of her closest friends.
Up close with Jason Castro
The brief, exclusive one-on-one Jason Castro, “American Idol” Season 7 finalist, could have been an awkward 15 minutes.
He once said interviews made him uncomfortable, and this was apparent in the video clips shown before each of his performances on the reality talent show.
It has been two years since, and Jason—wearing a loose shirt, khakis and his trademark dreadlocks—entered the holding room of InterContinental Manila looking just as laid back as we remember him on “Idol.”
But his interview skills have clearly improved.
Adam Lambert Taps Simon Curtis for New Album
Adam Lambert walks arm-in-arm with two lovely ladies — former Pussycat Doll Carmit Bachar and singer Scarlett Cherry — as he leaves the parking lot of the Soho House in Los Angeles on Sunday (April 4).
The 28-year-old glam rocker recently asked rising pop star Simon Curtis to write for his new album.
The glamboyant Idol makes the scene arm-in-arm with former Pussycat Doll Carmit Bachar and singer Scarlett Cherry at Soho House in Los Angeles.
Clay Aiken fan’s adulation leads to local fundraiser
About 20 sketches of Clay Aiken, a goose egg painted to resemble Aiken, Aiken posters, a life-size Aiken cardboard cutout, and photographs of Aiken cover what Diane “Cookie” Knappenberger calls the “Clay room” in her house.
Amid the Clay Aiken paraphernalia, a tiny fraction of the room is decorated with sports stuff.
“That’s his wall, ” Knappenberger said of her husband, Jim, and giggled.
On Wednesday, the couple showed off Knappenberger’s everything Clay collection in their Mount Wolf home while they discussed plans for a Clay Aiken-related fundraiser in May.
The reality is, ‘burbs are well represented on reality TV
Gina Glocksen, 25, of Naperville, “American Idol” season 6
“When I made it, and I got my golden ticket, I ran out (of the auditioning room) and I guess I wasn’t excited enough. So I literally did that take five times, ” she said. “There was one where they had me running down the hallway. They were like, ‘Gina, you could do better!’ I said, ‘I have to be an actress now?'”
Exclusive: SPOILER! See What Star Coached Pam Anderson for DWTS
To perfect her pasodoble routine (with partner Damien Whitewood) on this Monday’s Dancing with the Stars, Pamela Anderson turned to a muy caliente coach: Charo!
Anderson, 42, recruited the Spanish-born entertainer, 51, to prep for the upcoming number, Dan Mathews of PETA tells UsMagazine.com exclusively.
Kate Gosselin: I Dance ‘For My Kids’
“Dancing With the Stars” contestant Kate Gosselin tearfully responded to criticism today, saying that she uses her fame to help her kids, not the other way around.
“That just does me in. Any work that comes my way — and this job [on ‘Dancing’] is most cost effective, ” the reality star said. “If it could all go away because I was financially set and I could stay home and bake and cook from scratch, I’d like to do that. I’d so be there.”
Quitting ‘Not an Option’ For Erin Andrews
The show must go on – at least, it must for Erin Andrews. Despite an ongoing FBI investigation into a string of threatening emails sent to the ESPN correspondent, Andrews insists she’ll continue participation in the current season of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ as planned.
“I have a dance on Monday and I don’t want to let [partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy] down, I don’t want to let my family down, and I don’t want to let myself down, ” she tells PEOPLE. “I’m not going to stop living my life.”
Evan Lysacek to Quickstep on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Despite Broken Toes
Evan Lysacek and pro partner Anna Trebunskaya jived their way to a cumulative score of 47 last week, but can the “Dancing with the Stars” couple keep it up given the Olympian’s injuries?
Lysacek tells ET that he has two broken toes on his left foot but that he’s been working through the injury. “I’m an athlete. I’ve dealt with pain before and everything is going just fine.” The gold medalist and his pro partner Trebunskaya are practicing the quickstep for story week. Trebunskaya hints that their dance will have a Chicago theme.
Erin Andrews: ‘I Don’t Quit on Things’
Fans of Dancing With the Stars take note: Erin Andrews will perform on Monday night’s live show.
Despite receiving death threats, the ESPN correspondent tells PEOPLE she is committed to the show and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
“I’m glad I’m here. I have a dance on Monday and I don’t want to let Maks down, I don’t want to let my family down, and I don’t want to let myself down, ” she says. “I’m not going to stop living my life.”
What’s the well-dressed Idol wearing these days?
American Idol has begun providing fashion information regarding the contestants’ wardrobes on performance nights. So if you’re interesting in that outfit Siobhan Magnus wore, or you want to start dressing like Lee DeWyze, we’ve got details.
Female Contestant Wardrobe Details (Tuesday Performance Show Only):
Kate Gosselin Talks Raising Teenagers (VIDEO)
We imagine things are already tough enough for Kate Gosselin as a newly-divorced mother of eight children. So, it comes as no surprise that she doesn’t like the idea that parenting gets more difficult as children get older.
On ‘Good Morning America’ (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), Gosselin reacts to a comment made by ‘Dancing With the Stars’ co-star Niecy Nash that teenagers are harder to raise than young children.
Evan’s DWTS Blog: Doing the Quickstep on Broken Toes
t’s been quite the week. First of all, I have to tell you how hard it was to see Shannen Doherty and Mark Ballas eliminated last Tuesday. We all knew going into this show that the nature of a results show is saying goodbye to one couple. But it was a lot more difficult than any of us imagined. It was not fun at all.
Mark is a really close friend of mine — maybe one of my best buddies out here. And Shannen is such a great person. She’s what this show is all about. The improvement she made from week one to week two was astonishing. I’m not sure people know what a tough time they had during rehearsals leading up to Monday night’s show. Mark had to go the hospital because he badly injured his knee. While he was being treated, Shannen had to learn the routine with a different partner right up until Monday night. Somehow Mark was able to rally and the two of them knocked out a great performance. We were all blown away by how she rose to the occasion. I hope she knows that we are all extremely proud of how well she performed on the show.