Colton Dixon tweets, “Reunited with @EVanPeltAI11 @BrackensickAI11 and @HHanAI11 !:-). Tour photoshoot!”
The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade featuring Haley Reinhart, Siobhan Magnus and Javier Colon begins today at 10 am in Washington DC. You can watch a live stream of the festivities HERE.
A slew of Idols will play at the Andy Williams Theater in Branson, MO this summer. The first crop begins on May 15 and includes Lee DeWyze, Blake Lewis, Elliott Yamin, Kim Caldwell and Thia Megia. Click for More Info.
Heejun and Phillip Reunited!
“American Idol”: Have they lost the kids? – For years, “Idol” was TV’s unrivaled ratings champ, and a big part of its success lay in its appeal to young people, who made it their No. 1 TV choice for years. But this year, critics are attacking the show as increasingly stodgy while viewership has plunged more than 30% among teens and 20-somethings. And many of those viewers have gone to NBC’s “The Voice,” a hipper and sexier upstart that has much younger judges and often edgier songs. “The Voice” has pulled even with “Idol” in ratings among young adults and has a median age of 43, according to Nielsen. While not exactly brimming with youth, that figure nevertheless beats “Idol,” which has a median viewer age of 48 — 14 years higher than it was when the show premiered back in summer 2002. – Read more at the LA Times
Wichita senior’s prom invite shows up on ‘American Idol’ – Nobody had asked her to the prom, so Katie Elder took action. In a mood of silly abandon, the 17-year-old Campus High School senior sent American Idol contestant Colton Dixon a “prom box,” an invitation asking him to take her to the school’s senior prom on April 28. She’s been a fan of his from the beginning.
The box contained a cardboard cutout of teen idol Justin Bieber, along with photos of Elder, the official prom invitation, a sheet of information about her, and a top ten list of reasons why Dixon should be her prom date instead of the Justin Bieber cutout.- Read more at Kansas City.com
‘Idol Hangover’: Season 10’s James Durbin On Bringing the Heavy, Rebellion to ‘American Idol’ (Video) – American Idol alum James Durbin joins THR on the Idol Hangover couch this week to talk about his performance on Thursday’s elimination show, being “the rebel” of season 10 and inspiring fellow Santa Cruz native Chris Rene to audition for X Factor. The rocker’s endless charm, which delighted millions last year, is on full display during the interview as Durbin offers invaluable advice to the season 11 finalists and performs the song “Right Behind You” for Idol Hangover viewers. – Read more at the Hollywood Reporter
Photo Flash: Check Out Stephen King & John Mellencamp’s GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY – Justin Guarini & More! – Atlanta’s ALLIANCE THEATRE launched its world premiere of Stephen King and John Mellencamp’s new blues and rock musical, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County on April 11, 2012. Directed by Susan V. Booth, the show runs at the Alliance though May 13, 2012. Production shots have been released and BroadwayWorld brings you a look here! Check them out, along with shots from the opening night curtain call and celebration below! – See the photos at Broadway World
Talking with Justin Guarini, starring in ‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County’ – Justin Guarini, runner-up season one of “American Idol” a decade ago, knows about being a guinea pig for something potentially big. So joining the Stephen King/John Mellencamp musical “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” at the Alliance Theatre was a challenge he welcomed. And he’s embraced the cast, the music, even the special effects. “It’s been tiring but really good,” he said. “The coolest part is getting direct feedback from Stephen and John and T-Bone [Burnett.] It was inspiring to be able to sit with T-Bone and work with him on these songs, to see how organic his creative process is.” – Read more at the Atlanta Journal Constitution
What is David Archuleta up to at Mormon Missionary Training Center? His elders & sisters tell all – Murray native and “American Idol” finalist David Archuleta began his journey to become a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by entering Missionary Training Center in late March.
It was thought that once he went inside the doors of the secretive Provo institution, the 21-year-old would be out of the public eye for about two years, spending about 10 weeks at MTC and then the rest of his time in his assigned mission, reportedly in Chile. But this is an age where social media breaks down ramparts and bulwarks, no matter how much Elder Archuleta desires his pious privacy. As a consequence, the public and his fans have been able to read about his experiences through blog posts written by fellow elders and sisters at MTC. – Read more at Salt Lake Tribune
The Annual On Stage! Event Takes Place Thursday, Apr. 19 – Greensboro, NC — Students in Guilford County will showcase their skills and raise money for their schools. Students will take the stage next Thursday for the Guilford Education Alliance’s annual On Stage! performance. Frank Mickens, Eric Chilton and Jackie Fernandez will emcee the event. Musician Chris Daughtry will serve as honorary chair and he will perform at the event. Some 450 Guilford County Schools students will perform. – Read more at Digtriad.com
News: Dancing’s Maks: We Are Taking It Easier This Week – First things first, Melissa is doing well. She’s quite an inspiration. It’s not like her injury was a crazy trauma, but it’s definitely scary and not something you want to see on the show. This is not The Hunger Games. It’s Dancing with the Stars. It’s not without struggle and adversity, but it’s not a blood sport. We love to see people fall down and get up metaphorically speaking, not literally. Watching the playback made me think, “Am I doing the right thing? Am I pushing her too hard?” There was a lot of debating within myself. But Melissa and I spoke afterward on how to proceed and where we’re gonna go. We’re gonna try to take this week easier. It goes against everything I believe in and my process, but I’ve matured enough to understand that sometimes, certain things are not worth it. This is one of those moments where it’s not worth the drama and not worth putting her through it.- Read more at SeattlePI.com