Today’s Idol Appearances:
- David Archuleta will be honored as part of the Mass General Hospital Cancer Center 100. Westin Boston Waterfront, Westin, MA. More info HERE
- Lauren Alaina will appear on Live with Regis and Kelly
- Taylor Hicks performs at the Dirty Martini, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
The Carrie Underwood/Tony Bennett duet recorded for the legendary crooner’s new Duets II album has been revealed. The duo recorded “It Had To Be You” for the disc, set to be released on September 20. Oh. One of my favorite standards! Should be good.
David Archuleta tweeted last night, “Went to the Grand Ole Opry again tonight. Little Jimmy Dickens was performing on that stage and he just turned 90.”
Whatever Pia Toscano was doing in Arkansas, she seems to be finished, She tweets, “Had a blast at the Walmart Shareholder Conference!!!!” The big meeting is Friday. I would be really surprised if Scotty McCreery isn’t scheduled to perform. Plus, on August 22, Pia will be honored by the Brooklyn Cyclones at MCU park before the 7:30 baseball game. She first sang the anthem there in 2003 when she was only 15. More information about “Pia Toscano Appreciation Night” can be found HERE.
‘American Idol’ Scotty McCreery Weighs In On ‘Country Bieber’ Moniker
“Country Bieber … I mean, Justin Bieber is the epitome of [a] big star, so it was cool for me, ” McCreery smiled. “I mean, Justin’s a whole lot further ahead than I am … so, I guess it’s mainly because of our age. …”
“Girls love Scotty McCreery like they love Justin Bieber, ” Alaina interjected. “It’s true.”
“Thank you, Lauren, ” McCreery laughed. “I just figure it’s because of our age. Me and Justin are pretty much two young guns.”
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American Idol’s Haley Reinhart Talks Top 3 With Scotty & Lauren; All the Adam Lambert Love
Haley would like to sing Etta James’ “At Last” on tour.
Read more at OK Magazine
Lauren Alaina on Her ‘American Idol’ Loss
“My school starts back in September. I do schooling online now. I am still enrolled as a student at my school and I will graduate with my class.”
And despite all the stars she has met and the instant fame and fashion and fans, her absolute favorite moment on Idol was going home for the homecoming show. She said, “We had been gone for so long. It was just like we got back to see our friends and family and tell them we loved them and spend a little bit of time with them.”
Read more at WSJ
American Idol’s Haley Reinhart: “I Was at Peace” with Elimination
American Idol’s Haley Reinhart may have looked upset about her third-place finish, but the 20-year-old singer says she was OK with her dismissal.
“I’ve never really been upset, ” she tells TVGuide.com. “There’s always going to be a state of shock when you get to that point [but] all in all, I was at peace with it.”
See the video in TV Guide
‘Idol’ Season 9: Where are they now?
Season 10 of American Idol is history, which makes this an appropriate time to check back in with the Idol finalists of Season 9. What have they been doing, where are they headed, what kind of music are they making — and are they selling any of it?
USA TODAY tracked down final 12 of the Class of 2010, from winner Lee DeWyze and runnerup Crystal Bowersox, to last year’s first-eliminated, Lacey Brown. What she found:
Read more at USA Today
Caught in the Act!
Carrie Underwood and fellow former American Idol winner David Cook sat down for a sushi dinner together at Sushi Roku in L.A. The singers were joined by a group of friends and dined on appetizers and an assortment of rolls.
KELLIE PICKLER PLAYS BILLBOARD SUMMIT
With the debut single from her third album freshly released to radio programmers, Kellie Pickler will make a key appearance June 7 at the second Billboard Country Music Summit.
Pickler, whose “Tough” was issued May 23 through PlayMPE, will perform a closing showcase at the finale of the two-day event, making her the latest addition in a stellar cast of participating acts. Kenny Chesney and Carrie
Underwood will take part in keynote Q&As, and Jason Aldean will join an artist-development panel that focuses on his emergence as one of the genre’s top attractions. Joe Nichols, Charlie Daniels, renowned guitarist Tommy Emmanuel,
Gloriana member Tom Gossin and independent artist David St. Romain will also appear on panels and at round-table discussions that range in topics from the concert business to branding to international marketing.
American Idol brings charitable cause to the Coast
Performing such hits as “19” and “What’s Right is Right, ” Hicks told KCBY that in addition to singing and acting, he is now looking to use his talents for some fund raising.
He has teamed-up with the American Red Cross, and other County artists, to raise financial aid for families in his home state of Alabama, who were hurt by recent tornadoes.
Read more at KCBY
Paul McDonald & Nikki Reed Get Matching Tattoos But You’ll Never Guess Where!
Forget making it official on Facebook — Paul McDonald, 26, and Nikki Reed, 23, have ink to prove they’re in love! HollywoodLife.com can officially tell you that Paul and Nikki got matching tattoos on May 13 at Studio 21 Tattoo in Las Vegas. But they didn’t get music notes or their astrology signs — they got each others names tattooed on their fingers!
“They are really in love, ” a source close to the couple tells us. “They are crazy in love … they got each other’s names tattooed on their fingers. They’re even buying a house together too. They are looking everywhere to find the perfect place. They are moving fast but it’s the real deal.”
Read more at Hollywood Life
2011 CMA Awards set for November 9
The 2011 CMA Awards show will be held Wednesday, November 9 at 7 p.m., and will be broadcast live on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
“The CMA Awards is one of the most highly anticipated events for our industry each year, ” Country Music Association CEO Steve Moore said in a statement. “It’s a night to honor our finest performers, songwriters, record producers, musicians and music video directors.”
Read more at Tennessean.com
Simon Cowell — Cool On Cheryl Cole ‘X-Factor’ Feud
Simon Cowell was flashing more cleavage than Cheryl Cole when he finally opened up about dumping her from “X-Factor” … TWICE! Sorry Simon … we’d rather see Cheryl in the low-cut top.
‘Glee’s’ Matthew Morrison: Elton John Should Be Sue Sylvester’s Boyfriend
TORONTO — Glee star Mathew Morrison wants Elton John to take a break from diaper duty and get busy with Sue Sylvester, played by Jane Lynch, on the hit Fox TV show.
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“I came up with this thing where he (John) should be Sue Sylvester’s new boyfriend. I think that would be hilarious, ” the singer-turned-TV star joked backstage during a publicity stop in Toronto on Tuesday.
Read more at Hollywood Reporter
GM Signs on to Sponsor ‘X Factor’ on Fox
General Motors has signed on as a larger sponsor Fox’s “X Factor, ” becoming the second major advertiser to pledge support for the much-anticipated musical-contest program, according to people familiar with the situation.
Spokespeople for Fox and General Motors declined to comment.
The sponsorship will likely weave a GM vehicle into epsiodes of “X Factor, ” but will not last the entire season, like the deals that Coca-Cola, Ford Motor and AT&T have with Fox’s other big program, “American Idol.” Last January, Pepsi said it would be exclusive season-long sponsor of the program, which Fox executives are hoping will match ratings juggernaut “Idol” in terms of viewer interest.
Read more at Ad Age