American Idol’s JESSICA SANCHEZ to sing Nat’l Anthem at Pacquiao-Bradley; Cohen Congratulates Austin Trout for his victory over Rodriguez – LAS VEGAS, NEV. (June 5, 2012) — American Idol’s JESSICA SANCHEZ is confirmed to sing the National Anthem before the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley World Welterweight Championship, Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Sanchez will be singing before a live audience of over 16,000 fans and tens of millions of viewers worldwide watching it live on Pay-Per-View. The 16-year-old San Diegan was the runner-up in the 11th season of television’s No. 1 rated show, AMERICAN IDOL on FOX. Sanchez quickly became a fan favorite this season with her powerhouse vocals, often garnering high praise from the judges each week. – Read more at East Side Boxing
Much Music announces via twitter that Kelly Clarkson will perform on the Much Music Awards on June 17.
American Idol Auditions Take Over Dodgers Stadium – We’ve just got finished with American Idol 2012, but American Idol 2013 auditions get under way this week here in Los Angeles. Registration starts Tuesday, June 5th and Wednesday June 6th with actual auditions on Thursday, June 7. People are lining up by the hundreds for a chance to audition, and even LA Kings fans wanted the chance to sing praise in FOX 11 Reporter Lauren Sivan’s video. – Watch the video at KTLA
Hudson on Simpson Joining Weight Watchers – Jennifer Hudson’s performance was one of the highlights of last night’s star-studded 11th annual Samsung Hope for Children Gala in New York City, where she also accepted a donation for her charity the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which she founded in honor of her late nephew who was murdered three years ago. Hudson also unsurprisingly had thoughts on Jessica Simpson’s recent highly publicized Weight Watchers deal, given that she herself famously shed 80 pounds under the program. “Oh I think she’ll do alright — get yourself back into those daisy dukes girl!,” she jokes. – Read more at ETOnline
Kris Allen: I’m ‘A Huge Supporter’ Of American Idol – “I’ve always been a huge supporter of the show, I was a huge fan of the show this year, I thought it was great,” he told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover. “I just wanted to put it out there that I’m not trying to degrade the show in any form or fashion.” Kris acknowledged that winning the show comes with its challenges. “The nice thing is that they give you an opportunity, but they’re throwing you into it,” he continued. “It definitely is a tough thing, but you have to have the right mind set.” – Read more at Access Hollywood
Kelly Clarkson: ‘I Have No Desire to Be Super-Skinny’ – As for imparting tips to up-and-coming singers on her show, she says she’s giving the Duets contestants something she never had on Idol. “I’m going to be completely honest – I had no one looking out for me. They were looking out for the show, and it was horrible,” she says. “I was 19 years old. I was smart enough to know that it wasn’t about me, but that didn’t make it any easier. I’m all cried out about it, but my first four years, I hated my life; I almost quit a dozen times.”
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Carrie Underwood Sings Happy Birthday to her Hubby
Carrie Underwood sang happy birthday to her husband, Mike Fisher, from her CMA Fest fan party today.
Photo Coverage: Paper Mill Playhouse’s ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Celebrates Opening Night! – More than 20 years after its premiere, Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens have re-invented their first musical with Tony-nominated director Thomas Kail (In the Heights, Lombardi, Magic/Bird), choreographer Bradley Rapier (So You Think You Can Dance, Jesus Christ Superstar) and new orchestrations by music director Lynne Shankel (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Altar Boyz). Once On This Island just opened last night, June 3, and runs through Sunday, June 24, 2012. American Idol finalist Syesha Mercado plays Ti Moune, and Broadway veteran Darius de Haas portrays Agwe.- Read more at Broadway World
Lea Michele Previews ‘Stronger,’ ‘Inspirational’ ‘Glee Project’ Cast – “The talent is just as great — if not even stronger,” Michele told The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the premiere, in which she appears as the season’s first mentor. “All of these kids, their stories are so inspirational and they’re so touching that I think people are just going to fall in love with all the contestants.” – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
MySpace Meets ‘American Idol’ In New Singing Competition ‘Take the Stage’ – MySpace may now have its “American Idol.” MySpace has partnered with talent competition network YOBI.tv for “Take the Stage,” a new singing competition that will air on the social giant starting Thursday. Nine different artists will compete for $20,000 and a contract with Johnny Wright, the manager for pop giants such as Timberlake and the Jonas Brothers. The show is part of MySpace’s new direction since Specific Media took it over in June 2011, giving an ownership stake to Justin Timberlake and vowing to turn it back into a destination for music and discovery. – Read more at The Wrap