Idol Headlines for 04/11/12

Haley Reinhart has been confirmed for the 2012 Lolapalooza festival Aug. 3-5 in Grant Park, Chicago. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath  Black Keys and Jack White have main stage slots.  Check out the Lolapalooza website HERE.

Jury chosen in Jennifer Hudson family murder trial – CHICAGO (AP) – Jury selection wrapped up Tuesday for the Chicago trial of the man accused of killing the mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew of actress and singer Jennifer Hudson. The final four panelists were chosen on the second day of one-by-one questioning of prospective jurors. Among them was a member of an acrobatics group and someone who served years ago on the jury of another murder trial. – Read more at USA Today

‘X Factor’: What Kind of Judge Will Britney Spears Be? – This week comes word that Britney Spears is nearing a deal to fill one of those seats. A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that X Factor was hoping to lock in the pop star for a cool $10 million, but with dad Jamie Spears steering the ship (he along with Spears’ fiance, agent Jason Trawick, also controls her conservatorship), the Britney camp was holding out for $16 million. – Read More at the Hollywood Reporter

Move over, ‘American Idol’ judges! It’s time to put Jimmy on the panel – Jimmy Iovine knows better. As the chairman of Interscope Records, he’ll get the task of trying to convince the “Idol” TV audience to become music buyers in the months after the May finale, when everyone’s focus has moved on to the next singing competition. He doesn’t care so much about whether a singer has a great backstory or a winning smile – he needs someone who can record songs that will make people want to buy them. That’s why he’s miscast as the show’s mentor. He’d be a much better fit as one of the judges. – MSNBC

American Idol’s DeAndre Brackensick on “The Tom Sullivan Show”

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Starring Shuler Hensley, Emily Skinner, Justin Guarini, Opens April 11 – Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the world-premiere musical thriller by horror writer Stephen King and Grammy Award-winning musician John Mellencamp, officially opens April 11 at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley, Tony nominee Emily Skinner and Justin Guarini star. Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth directs the production that began previews April 4 for a run through May 13. The musical’s blues-tinged score is by Mellencamp. “Carrie,” “Misery” and “The Shining” novelist King authored the book. T Bone Burnett is the musical director. – Read more at Playbill

Dancing With the Stars Backstage Scoop: Cast Dishes On Tonight’s Shocking Elimination! – It was an especially hard night on Dancing With the Stars as fans watched the shocking elimination of View host Sherri Sheperd. And when we caught up with the contestants after the show, it was only sober moods and sadness as they talked about the results. So what did they have to say about the early exit of this season’s most sparkling personality? And what exactly happened to Melissa Gilbert during last night’s performance that landed her in the hospital with a mild concussion and whiplash? We got the DWTS cast to spill… – Read more at EOnline

Will Melissa Gilbert Return To ‘Dancing With The Stars’? – LOS ANGELES, Calif. — After being injured on Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars,” Melissa Gilbert was a no-show on Tuesday’s results show – but will the actress return to the competition? Access Hollywood caught up with her professional partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who gave an update on her health. “She’s got a headache… she wanted to come but she wasn’t allowed,” he said of his partner who Tweeted that she a “mild concussion and whiplash” after hitting her head on Monday’s show. – Read more at Access Hollywood

‘Smash’ First Look: Uma Thurman Steps in as Marilyn Monroe (Exclusive Photos) – NBC’s Smash scored a bit of a coup by convincing Uma Thurman to take on her first five-episode TV arc as a Hollywood starlet recruited to play Marilyn Monroe in the Broadway musical at the center of the series. But even though executive producers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman penned a song, “Dig Deep,” specifically for the actress (who was pregnant during production), “she had a bit of a shock between movies and television,” Wittman says. See the photos at THR

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