Kelly Clarkson hits the big 3-0. She tweets “Today I am 30 years old YEAHHHHHHHH!!!! I am happy, healthy, and looking forward to my thirties! Have an awesome day everybody!”
Phil Stacey tweets a reminder to watch the Dove Awards tonight on GMC TV. Phil, Mandisa, Danny Gokey and Ruben Studdard perform together. The show airs at 8 and 10 pm.
Idology: Who Should’ve Paid to Save Colton? And Is Phillip Season 11?s Only True ‘Artist’?
Colton Dixon on the Tom Sullivan Show
Prosecutors play video at Hudson slayings trial – Prosecutors played a 3-minute-long surveillance video Tuesday afternoon that showed the defendant, William Balfour, getting out of a car at a gas station not far from where the murders occurred on Oct. 24, 2008. Balfour has said he wasn’t in the area at the time. Hudson rested her head on her knees for several minutes as the video played on a courtroom screen. – Read more at the Chicago Tribune
More interviews with Carrie Underwood: Carrie describes her album to iHeartRadio. In a 3 part video interview with the Opry, Carrie talks about her musical influences HERE, The making of “Blown Away” HERE and the music behind “Blown Away HERE.
Beauty by Example: Carrie Underwood
Carrie talks about her mom for Olay
TWIST Chats with Haley Reinhart! – TWIST: Can you tell me about your song “Free” and your upcoming album? Haley: “Free” just came out. It’s an empowering break up tune. It’s kind of the more mature way of saying, ‘I know we love each other but this thing kind of has to end if we want to be the happiest beings we can be.’ I actually wrote the majority of material. It was a very fast paced writing process. I couldn’t imagine it any other way. The album really defines me. I’ve always been a songwriter. It was really great finally getting to splurge and get it all out on paper. – Read more at Twist Magazine.com
Catching Up with Stefano Langone
Stefano will perform his new single “On A Roll” on Thursday’s Idol. He talks about his new single with AmericanIdol.com
‘American Idol’s’ Kris Allen Visits L.A. Area Middle School to Promote Music Education – A gymnasium filled with some 400 eager teenagers in navy blue Frost M.S. T-shirts and khakis erupted into shrilly cheers as soon as American Idol season 8 winner Kris Allen entered the room. The 26-year-old Arkansas native had a mission: to share with the middle school students the important role music has played in his life — so he included brief renditions of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and pop hits like Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” and Katy Perry’s “Firework” to tell the tale. – Read more at Hollywood Reporter
Katharine McPhee: From ‘Idol’ runner-up to a ‘Smash’ hit – Singer and now actress Katharine McPhee is enjoying life as an “American Idol” alum. Since finishing season 5 as the runner-up, McPhee has sold more than 400,000 albums, and she’s launched an acting career. On NBC’s freshman series “Smash,” she plays wannabe Broadway star Karen Cartwright, who has the technical training to make it on stage but learns that the off-stage drama might stand in her way. She recently sat down with “Showbiz Tonight’s” Kareen Wynter to talk about life on set, her work with the non-profit group Malaria No More, and if she’d be good at judging an “Idol”-esque competition. – See the Video at CNN
‘Sweet Revenge’: Inside the mindset of Simon Cowell – Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was blaring across the dark Mediterranean. Simon Cowell pulled on his Kool cigarette. “Today was an eye-opener,” he said, gritting and swigging a freezing Sapporo beer. “I’m disappointed.” At 2:30 A.M. on August 5, 2011, Cowell had returned to Slipstream, his 193-foot chartered yacht, from Bâoli, a brash restaurant in Cannes’s harbor. “I hate this place,” Cowell had told his friends. “Getting in was trouble. I expected an elbow in my eye.” Offensive doormen had temporarily blocked his entrance after failing to recognize their famous guest. – Read more at MSNBC
Carson Daly blogs ‘The Voice’ live shows, week 4: Smooth sailing – The coaches really got it right this time. There was so much shock and awe last week — so much controversy over Jesse Campbell going home as well as RaeLynn and Jordis — that people may have been thinking, What’s going on? But it felt like there weren’t any surprises last night, which is a good thing for the show and has a stabling effect. – Read more at Entertainment Weekly
Tony Lucca: Covering Britney Spears On ‘The Voice’ Was ‘Therapeutic’ – “Shenanigans aside, [we thought] how could we do it musically so that it’s credible and worthy of like moving onto the next level,” Tony told Access Hollywood about performing the Britney song in front of Christina. “We did that and then after that it was all icing on the cake for there to be a ton of subtext and layers of context.” Tony – whose coach on the show is Adam Levine – told Access that he wanted to perform his former co-star’s song similar to how British rock Band Travis has covered it and thinking it would freeing experience. – Read more at Access Hollywood
Chris Colfer Teases ‘Emotional’ Whitney Episode – It’s a highly emotional hour for the characters and the actors. “Whitney Houston meant the world to me,” Chris Colfer told TheInsider.com at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of his new movie, Struck By Lightning. “I had a major musical education with this show, but she is one of the few artists I absolutely loved prior to Glee.” And much like his character Kurt, who has erected a shrine to Miss. Whit in his locker, Chris says, “I was devastated when she passed away, but what a way to honor her and sing her music. I just pray the episode turns out alright.” – Read more at Insider.com
Tribeca Exclusive: Chris Colfer on Struck By Lightning & More! – CS: Can you talk about what the genesis of the film was? I know it started as a project for your speech and debate club. Colfer: I’d always known that I’d wanted to screenwrite from a very early age, since I knew what it was I’ve wanted to do, and I started this project when I was 16 (laughs) – I’m talking like it was official. It really started as like a diary almost of sorts as a way to vent my daily frustrations at public high school. I was in speech and debate and I used this story as an OPP which is a “original prose and poetry,” which is an event in the speech & debate world. So I performed all the characters as a little mini one-man show, and then I knew I always wanted to try to turn it into a movie if I ever had the chance and then the success of “Glee” kind of came, and I was thinking, “Wow I could possibly have a platform to actually make this happen” and I did. – Read more at ComingSoon.net
‘Glee’ Star Chris Colfer Reveals ‘Message’ Behind ‘Struck By Lightning’ – Even though the story is loosely based on Colfer’s high school experience, he tells us that it is not autobiographical. “Carson is a very, very driven kid who really just wants to get out of his town and is waiting for his life to begin in New York City,” he said. “That’s his goal. Meanwhile, he’s stuck in this really small town with these people whose aspirations are becoming a fireman, becoming a nurse, becoming principal of the school, and he has a hard time with it. And I think he has a really important message for kids to hear these days.” – See the Video at MTV