Idol Headlines for 04/28/11 – The Evening Edition

Jlo Promotes her new album at The Grove

According to @TheGroveLA: “@JLo record release Extravaganza and live interview tomorrow 4/29 at 7pm @TheGroveLA!”

Katharine McPhee – Voice over for the Family Guy

Katharine McPhee tweets, “Just recorded a voiceover for an episode of Family Guy! I played the voice of Mother Maggie! I’ll let you know when it airs! Fun stuff.”

Jordin Sparks To Sing National Anthem Prior To Kentucky Derby

Grammy-nominated recording artist Jordin Sparks will sing the national anthem prior to the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs.

Sparks, a 21-year-old native of Phoenix, Ariz., will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” around 5:10 p.m. ET following the running of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI). The performance will be carried live on NBC Sports’ coverage of Kentucky Derby 137 which airs 4-7 p.m. ET.

Read more at lex18.com

Claire Danes, Jennifer Hudson in Brazil for AIDS fundraiser

SAO PAULO — American actresses Claire Danes and Jennifer Hudson have come to Brazil to promote the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

The foundation says on its website that Thursday night’s fundraiser in Sao Paulo is the first benefit it has held in South America.

Read more at AP

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Adam Lambert presents an ASCAP Award to Max Martin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma-hhNj-vwM

‘American Idol’: Contestants open up about ‘big balancing act’ of juggling producers’ opinions

Reinhart, who has been in the bottom three four times this season, admits it can all be too much.

“There are a lot of opinions and it can eat you up. A lot of them are contradictory, and that’s the part that gets me, ” she said. “You have to meet in the middle and do what you feel as well. It can be tough, but we’re getting through it.”

McCreery, who has gotten plenty of criticism for being too ballad-heavy, said he changed his arrangement of King’s classic “You’ve Got a Friend” from an upbeat one back to a ballad, as “everyone was giving their opinion.”

“They always tell us that it’s our choice. They are very nice about it, ” he said. “It’s like, ‘It’s your choice, but here’s my opinion.’ ”

Read more at the LA Times

Melinda Doolittle rates the ‘American Idol’ Carole King Night for HitFix

Carole King is my hero! When you can write song so well that anyone sounds good singing them, you automatically achieve hero status. Wow! This was an amazing night on Idol. At this point, it’s anybody’s game. I loved the feedback that Jimmy Iovine and Babyface gave the contestants this week. I think they are really taking time to bring out the artistry (as Kara DioGuardi would say) in each contestant. So here are my thoughts about each contestant tonight. I’ve put them in order from most favorite to least favorite. I even critiqued the duets. Well…most of them. :-) Let me know if you agree.

Read more at Hit Fix

Blake Lewis: ‘Haley and Casey Have Great Chemistry, James Has My Vote’

I was really impressed with three people — James, Haley and Casey. Each of their performances was unique.

James got my vote, last night, singing “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” It was beautiful and J.Lo said it best: He is consistent every week. The arrangement of this piece was just amazing! I really liked hearing his tone by itself at the beginning. It was heartfelt and really showed the sensitivity of his voice.

Read more TV Squad

A Guide to How You’ll Feel If Each of the American Idol Contestants Wins

An American Idol victory can inspire a whole host of emotions: Sometimes, you’re thrilled that the right person won (Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia); other times, you’re simply indifferent (Jordin Sparks); and once in a while, you struggle to even remember the winner’s name (we’re certain that a Lee Something won Idol at some point … help us out here?). But how will we feel when one of Idol’s six current contestants takes the prize, and can any of them inspire us to actual anger? Vulture’s taken the time to chart out the complex range of emotions you’ll feel if each contestant wins, from beginning to end.

Read more at NY Magazine

James Durbin Rocks ‘American Idol’ Memorabilia On eBay

It’s that time of year when we make a completely arbitrary judgment on which “American Idol” finalists might end up in the winner’s circle based on the profusion of weird junk being offered for sale under their name on eBay.

Unlike the truly bizarre homemade fan stuff we’ve seen in the past honoring Adam Lambert and Jason Castro, most of the top six remaining on season 10 have failed to garner the same level of crafty goodness in their followers.

As his status has slowly risen on the show, though, and he appears headed for a possible spot in the finale, rocker James Durbin has clearly laid the smackdown on the competition when it comes to eBay action.

Read more at MTV

Steven Tyler Tells All: The Real Story Behind His Aerosmith Battles and ‘American Idol’ Triumph

The new issue of Rolling Stone, on stands and in the digital archive on April 29th, includes an in-depth cover story on Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler by writer Brian Hiatt, who finds the Aerosmith frontman overflowing with positive energy. “I’m really lucky right now, ” Tyler says as he hikes to the edge of a Laurel Canyon cliff. “I’m on top of the world: I’m Hollywood’s little fuckin’ sweetheart, basically.”

Read more at Rolling Stone

Video: Steven Tyler: I Write Songs With Johnny Depp!

What’s been the biggest draw to moving from his Boston hometown where the band formed in 1970 to Los Angeles? His new network of A-list pals!

“I get to write songs with Johnny Depp, ” Tyler enthuses to Lauer during the chat, set at Tyler’s L.A. pad. “I would have never done that being home [in Boston]. He plays music and I call him [and say] ‘I’m coming over, we’re going to write a song together.’ He’s like ‘yeah, come over…tell me if I’m playing “Seasons of Wither” right, ‘” Tyler adds, referring to his band’s 1974 hit.

See the video at US

Jennifer Lopez’s Secret to Finding a Hot Music Video Co-Star

Singing superstar Jennifer Lopez is excited about her new music video “I’m Into You” off her new album “Love?” — and about her sexy video co-star, William Levy, one of Latin America’s biggest stars, known as “the Brad Pitt of Mexico”!

“Extra’s” Terri Seymour caught up with Lopez at the launch of the new BlackBerry PlayBook at Best Buy, where Lopez explained how she found the hot Cuban actor. “I called my cousins and I said ‘Who’s the hottest guy right now?’ and they’re like William Levy! And I was like, ‘Okay, let’s get William Levy!”

Read more at Extra TV

Exclusive: Savan Kotecha writes original song for ‘Glee’ finale

Songwriter Savan Kotecha has revealed that he has worked on another original track for the season finale of Glee.

Kotecha, who has written for stars including Britney Spears and Usher, worked with producers Max Martin and Shellman on the first Glee original track ‘Loser Like Me’, which reached number six on the US Hot 100 chart upon its release in March.

Speaking about the response to the track, Kotecha told Digital Spy: “It’s been great – it’s been a fun experience because we were asked to do it by Adam Anders, who’s the musical director of Glee.

Read more at Digital Spy

‘Glee’ scoop: Patti LuPone to guest-star on season finale

The cast of Glee are currently shooting the season finale in New York City and hitting various Big Apple landmarks like Tiffany’s and Times Square. So it’s natural for them to run into one of New York (and Broadway’s) biggest icons: Patti LuPone. While early reports have LuPone acting opposite Lea Michele and Chris Colfer, EW has learned it’s actually Michele (Rachel) and Cory Monteith (Finn) who share the screen with the fabulous LuPone.

Read more at EW

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