Today’s Idol Appearances
- The winners of Dancing With The Stars appear on Live with Jimmy Kimmel ABC
- Kimberley Locke performs at 36th annual Gracie Awards Gala, Beverly Hilton Hotel, sponsored by the Alliance for Women In Media (AWM).
- David Cook performs “Don’t You Forget About Me” live on tonight’s Idol final 8 pm FOX. The Glee finale follows at 9 pm. And on NBC, it’s The Voice at 10 pm (So much TV, so little time…)
- Fifteen former Idols have partnered with AT&T for an Idol reunion outside of the Nokia Theater where they will perform a special concert and do meet and greets before the final show. 1 pm PST
@IdolsNow: Matt Rogers will be reporting from SCOTTY McCREERY’s hometown of Garner NC on the “American Idol” finale Wednesday night. (Mikalah Gordon will be hosting Lauren’s hometown party in Chattanooga)
David Cook Confirms the New Album is in the Can!
David Cook tells Houston Mix that he approved the final mastering of his upcoming album this morning. The record is in the can!
James Durbin From American Idol Talks Smack On Adam Lambert
Bubba and Melanie are at the season finale of American Idol in Los Angeles. James Durbin, who many people thought was going to win this thing stopped by. People have compared him to Adam Lambert, don’t think after listening to this interview James really likes that comparison.
Allstars Reunite For Hollywood Reporter Epic Idol Photo Shoot
The average American has a better chance of being struck by lightning than making it onto “American Idol.” This is a statistical fact. No wonder the few, the proud, who have appeared on the show share such a special bond–even if they competed on different seasons (or even competed against each other!). So when The Hollywood Reporter’s Shirley Halperin organized an “Idol Allstars” photo shoot in Los Angeles this month for the magazine’s big “Idol” finale issue, it was a total lovefest, a giant family reunion.
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Red Carpet Hosts: Didi & Brandon
Before Wednesday night’s Season Finale, the celebrities, Top 2, Season 10 finalists, and Idol alumni will make their way down the red carpet on their way into the Nokia Theatre. AmericanIdol.com is bringing you live 360° videos from the red carpet, and Season 9’s Didi Benami and Season 6’s Brandon Rogers will be your hosts.
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Hollywood Bowl Hairspray to Feature Harvey Fierstein, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Drew Carey, Darlene Love, Nick Jonas
Casting has been announced for the Hollywood Bowl’s summer production of the Tony-winning musical Hairspray.
Tony winners Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur, who created the roles of, respectively, mother Edna Turnblad and daughter Tracy Turnblad in the original Broadway company, will reunite for the upcoming production, which will be directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.
Fierstein and Winokur will be joined by Corbin Bleu (Seaweed), Drew Carey (Wilbur Turnblad), Diana DeGarmo (Penny Pingleton), Mo Gaffney (Prudy Pingleton, the Gym Teacher, the Matron), Nick Jonas (Link Larkin), Darlene Love (Motormouth Maybelle), Tara Macri (Amber) and John Stamos (Corny Collins).
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Idoloonies: Hoping for Surprises in a Haley-Free, Lauren Vs. Scotty Finale
It’ll be an all-country, teen-vs.-teen showdown when American Idol kicks off the first half of its two-night Season 10 finale in a few short hours. And somewhere backstage at the Nokia, I’m guessing Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe is rubbing his hands together with glee that it’s come down to a pair of fresh-scrubbed kids who’ve been prominently featured on the show since the audition rounds kicked off in January.
Season 7 finalist Carly Smithson and I enter the Idoloonies arena this week and brainstorm ways to infuse Season 10?s swan song with a sense of the unexpected. We talk about one creative move we’d like to see from Scotty, ponder the fashion choices that might help Lauren have a tiny chance at an upset victory, and wax philosophical about the risk-taking awesomeness of recent evictee Haley Reinhart. All that, plus an update on Carly’s latest adventures, and some thoughts on what Scotty and Lauren can learn from this year’s third- and fourth-place finishers.
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Tom Hanks on ‘Ellen’: ‘I voted for [‘Idol’s] Haley Reinhart’
Tom Hanks is bummed that Haley Reinhart was voted off “American Idol” last week ahead of this week’s finale. He’s also sort of bummed that he’s caught up in watching the show in the first place and blames wife Rita Wilson for getting him hooked.
On Tuesday (May 24) Hanks visits “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and, among other things, talks “Idol” with the former show judge. Hanks admits he voted for Reinhart twice, but adds that he hasn’t succumbed to phoning in “Dancing with the Stars” votes yet. And, since the show’s finale is also this week, he won’t get his chance this season.
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‘Idol’ winner will be country-singing teen
Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery, Idol’s youngest finale pairing, will each perform three songs: their favorite from the season, a new single chosen by producers and a song picked by their idols (Carrie Underwood and George Strait, respectively). USA TODAY’s Bill Keveney sizes up the competition, with insights from music producer Tricky Stewart, who has worked with both, and Idol executive producer Ken Warwick.
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Lauren, Scotty bring country to “American Idol” finale
But whichever contestant prevails when the votes are announced on Wednesday — and predictions as usual are for a close race — country music may end up the real winner, some experts say.
“Either way they have two people who could do very well in country music. If you look at some of the biggest sellers of the past couple of years they have been Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert, ” said Yahoo! Music managing editor Lyndsey Parker.
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Commentary: ‘Idol’ a little bit country with Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina
Yes, it’s a country music year for “Idol” — just what producer Nigel Lythgoe wanted when he tagged Alaina early on as this season’s Chosen One. (The show’s producers have also pushed McCreery, who is now likely to win, since the beginning; he’s had a signature song — Josh Turner’s “Your Man” — ever since his audition.) With Carrie Underwood now the official top-earning “Idol” alum and Nashville holding up better than any other corner of the conventional recording industry, no one can be surprised that “Idol” has found new life, in part, by assertively reconnecting with this heartland.
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EXCLUSIVE: SCOTTY MCCREERY TALKS AMERICAN IDOL FINALE
With ‘Idol’ Finale A Day Away, Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery Meet the Press
On competing against each other:
Scotty: “We’re friends. This isn’t a competition, we’re just singing our hearts out. We’re both going in full steam ahead.”
Lauren: “I think whatever is meant to happen will happen. I think if Scotty wins, I’ll be happy for him because he’s one of my best friends.”
On living the American Idol dream:
Lauren: “I’ve dreamed of being the next American idol since I was 6. Either way, I feel like I’m going to win, even if Scotty wins.”
Scotty : “She’s too nice.”
Lauren: “I’m not too nice.”
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Scotty McCreery on American Idol Finale: “This Isn’t a Competition”
“It’s tough for us because we’re both from small towns and nowhere around L.A., ” Scotty laughed. “This is all new for us. We just try to stay true to ourselves and stay in our boots. That’s what I always tell myself. To stay grounded and just take it one day at a time. We’ll see where it leads us.”
Lauren added, “You know this place is completely different from where I’m from. I went home and realized how small the buildings are and how everything is like a little dollhouse compared to here. It’s such a great experience and I’m so glad to be here.”
Read more at EOnline
Idol finalist Alaina is a ‘country girl’ at heart
ATLANTA (AP) – Every Wednesday night since she was 12, Lauren Alaina Suddeth belted out a two-hour set at a restaurant just across the Tennessee border from her hometown of Rossville, Ga.
She’d roll through “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry, ” but her big number was Miranda Lambert’s “Famous in a Small Town.” That song doesn’t describe the 16-year-old “American Idol” finalist anymore after she charmed viewers with her bright smile and powerful voice.
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Bookies Like ‘American Idol’s’ Chances Vs. ‘X Factor’
NEW YORK — American Idol is much more likely to be the highest-rated TV show next season than Simon Cowell’s new Fox singing competition show X Factor, according to bookies.
The team of oddsmakers at Bookmaker.com have calculated the odds for each of the two shows getting the highest ratings in 2011. While X Factor has a 28.6% chance, Idol has a 90.9% likelihood, according to the firm.
Read more at the Hollywood Reporter
Randy Jackson: Ryan Seacrest’s House Is Decorated Like an Old Lady’s?!
Yo, yo, yo dawg…Randy Jackson is in the Chelsea Lately house!
The American Idol judge chatted away with Chelsea Handler tonight, and the two bonded by playfully snarking on their mutual coworker Ryan Seacrest.
Randy confesses that the interior of Ryan home freaks him out a little: “This decor this weird, gaudy, older-woman kind of a thing…I walk in and I’m like, ‘Dawg, where are the doilies?’ ”
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Nigel Lythgoe Discusses ‘SYTYCD’ Season 8
That was at least my impression when I attended the recent “SYTYCD” Season 8 Las Vegas callbacks, which took place at the Planet Hollywood hotel. The dancers there were incredible–and when they’re finally whittled down to the top 10 and matched with allstars (whose names are TBA, though I did suggest Brandon Bryant and Robert Roldan to Nigel), it’s going to make for fantastic television.
See Nigel discuss Alex Wong’s possible return, injury prevention, allstars, and Season 8 format changes below, and get ready for the big “SYTYCD” premiere on May 26!
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