Thia Megia to embark on Asian concert tour – MANILA, Philippines – Following her “American Idol” stint last season, Filipino-American singer Thia Megia is set to visit the country again as part of her Asian concert tour. Megia is scheduled to headline concerts in Manila, Taipei, Bali, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur from April 19 until May 3. Megia will hold her show in Manila on April 22 at the Glorietta Activity Center. – Read more at ABS CBN
‘American Idol’ judges are missing key component — credibility – You can forgive the “American Idol” judges if they’re wondering why nobody listens to them any more.Two weeks ago, Jennifer Lopez praised DeAndre Brackensick non-stop for two hours on performance night, only to see him exit the next day as the lowest vote-getter. Last week all three urged voters to kick off Hollie Cavanagh, but instead it was Jessica Sanchez who found herself in trouble. The perennial favorite of all three judges got the boot from the voters only to be saved by the judges.- MSNBC
Why the Idol Judges’ Save Won’t Help Jessica Win – Jessica Sanchez may have had the lowest number of votes on American Idol last week, but she earned the judges’ save in a moment even more dramatically befuddling than last season’s save of Casey Abrams. Before Jessica could even sing a full verse of her “save me” song, the Idol judges stormed the stage. Jennifer Lopez yanked the mic from her hand and said, “This is crazy! Yes, we’re using the save. You ain’t going home. Go sit down; go sit down.” Randy Jackson then admonished the audience, “This girl is one of the best singers in America! Ever! … Please vote for the best.” – Read more at TVGuide
‘Idol’ finalist gets Coast family’s vote – When “American Idol” contestant Skylar Laine Harden visits her family in South Mississippi, sand and seafood are a must. The 18-year-old vocal powerhouse from Brandon will compete again tonight on the Fox reality competition show. As usual, her aunt and uncle, Julie and Kent Massey, and cousins Spencer and Melanie Massey will be watching and voting. The Biloxi family will learn Thursday whether Harden will make it into the top six. – Read more at Sun Herald
Chula Vista Taking Steps To Welcome ‘Idol’ Hopeful – CHULA VISTA, Calif. — The city of Chula Vista is making preparations to welcome an ‘American Idol’ contestant home if she makes it to the top three. “We know that what happens with the top three is that there’s a home visit and we know the kinds of places that we think the nation would like to see,” said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox. – Read more at 10News
An ‘Idol’ speaks out – Clay Aiken has come a long way since he was an awkward, flat-ironed, power-voiced finalist on the second season of “American Idol.” Since he rocketed to stardom in 2003, the UNC Charlotte graduate has released a string of albums, starred on Broadway in Monty Python’s “Spamalot” and is in the cast of the current season of Donald Trump’s NBC show “The Celebrity Apprentice.” And he made a rare foray into politics this spring by filming a video opposing Amendment One, a measure on North Carolina’s May 8 ballot that would outlaw gay marriage and domestic partnerships by defining marriage as between a man and a woman. – Read more at Charlotte Observer
Interview: Elliott Yamin Taps Back Into Original Influences as he “Get’s Back to What’s Real” on New Album – Now a completely independent artist, Elliott seems excited as ever to have complete artistic control over his music and deliver his most personal effort yet. He just released his new album “Let’s Get to What’s Real” where he tapped back into his original soul influences for inspiration and in the process got back to real artistry. YouKnowIGotSoul caught up with Elliott for this interview to discuss the new album, creating this project on his own, his fan base in Japan, and his journey since American Idol. – Read more at YouKnowIGotSoul
Now That’s Just Rude! Jennifer Hudson Sticks Out Her Tongue During TSA Patdown – Looks like Jennifer Hudson had more to watch out for than her weight during a day of traveling! The American Idol alum received a thorough patdown from TSA while at LAX airport on Tuesday with a sense of humor, sticking out her tongue while a female officer copped a feel – and RadarOnline.com has the photos. – Read more at RadarOnline
Jennifer Hudson and Sister Julia Draw Strength From Each Other Ahead of Murder Trial, Says Friend – “Julia and Jennifer have an extremely close relationship,” Harvey says. “Jennifer loves Julia so much and embraces her. And for Julia, having that bond with her sister means everything to her. No matter how successful Jennifer is, she will always be there for Julia.” According to Washington, both are helping each other find strength knowing they’ll have to relive the tragic details of the triple murder, but Julia, in particular, is getting stronger every day. – Read more at EOnline
Dancing With the Stars Backstage Scoop: Duel Dish and…Fart Jokes? – All kidding aside, Gavin gave all the credit to Karina Smirnoff for making it as far as he did. “I love Karina Smirnoff,” he gushed. “I love her. She’s a great dancer. She’s amazing for taking on the challenge of teaching me a couple of the easy versions of the things she knows how to do amazingly well. When Karina shows you a move you think it looks really easy and you’re like, ‘OK, I’ll try those shoes on.’ The shoes are big my friends, the shoes are very big. It’s hard to pull those moves off!” – Read more at EOnline
What Made Blake Shelton Feel ‘Sick’ On ‘The Voice’?
Blake Shelton chats with Access about Christina Aguilera’s country music performance on “The Voice.” Also, he tells Access why he decided to eliminate RaeLynn from his team. Plus, Blake talks about sharing his experience of losing his father with contestant Erin Willett.