Idol Headlines for 06/22/12

Casey Abrams will sing the National Anthem at the Yankee Vs Mets game tonight! 19eNews tweets, “Just in : @IAmCaseyAbrams will be performing the National Anthem in a VERY “CASEY” way @ tomorrow’s @yankees vs @mets game! ?#subwayseries” The game begins at 7:10 pm at the Mets CitiField.

Nigel Lythgoe tweets, “I’m thrilled Zooey Deschanel is guesting on ?#SYTYCD? next week. Meet the top 20.” Zooey is the star of the FOX show new girl and she’ll be joining the panel for  next week’s Green Mile episode.

Phillip Phillips and his brother-in-Law Ben Neil, were in the studio yesterday. Phillip tweeted, “Had a blast in the studio with @thebenneil today. Its coming along, its coming along. Yep”

Scott Savol (S4), Ace Young (S5), Diana Degarmo (S2), and Alexis Grace (S8) promote their Idol show in Branson at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater. They also preformed “Life In A Northern Town” a capella. Watch at

Simon Cowell Releases Euro 2012 Charity Song – Simon Cowell has recruited actor James Corden and rapper Dizzee Rascal for a special charity song to mark the Euro 2012 soccer tournament. The tune is an updated version of Shout, the unofficial anthem of the England team during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and will be unveiled this weekend (begs23Jun12).
Breaking the news on his page, Cowell writes, “Just heard the new updated version of DizzeeRascal (sic) and JKCorden’s (sic) Shout – Incredible! Hopefully first radio play this weekend.” – Read more at

Matthew Morrison of “Glee” to perform with PSO – The Pittsburgh Symphony has landed “Glee” star Matthew Morrison to replace “American Idol” singer Katharine McPhee, who cancelled in May because the concert interferred with the filming of the TV show “Smash.” He will open the Pops season Sept. 27-30 in Heinz Hall with Marvin Hamlisch conducting. – Read more at The Pittsburgh Post Gazette

‘American Idol’ journey begins in Newark for thousands of hopefuls – NEWARK — Taylor Daneyko’s dad knows how important a dream is, so Thursday he gave his daughter a ride to hers. The retired Devils star and 17-year-old Taylor arrived at the Prudential Center in Newark from their Mendham home around 5:30 a.m. so she could sign up to audition for “American Idol.” “I’ve always wanted to be on stage,” Taylor said, adding that when she was little, she used to sing Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” and cry. – Read more at

Casey Abrams Talks Working with Randy Jackson [AUDIO] – “First of all he’s got way better of a vocabulary than you’d expect. He says dawg and stuff, but he actually really understands stuff about the music industry and about music.. So, it was awesome working with him,” Casey tell us. If Randy believes in this project enough to jump on board I’d say it’s worth your time to take a listen! – Listen at Ryan

Lauren Alaina Celebrates Awards, Aerosmith and Aerobics – The “American Idol” runner-up is up for Choice Female Country Artist and Choice TV: Female Reality Star at the July 22 Teen Choice Awards. “I was super excited when I found out about that,” Lauren gushes. “I was also nominated for a CMT Award this year. I didn’t win; Scotty (McCreery) did. But I’m cool with it, because that’s happened before! [laughs] But at the Teen Choice Awards, I’m not up against him! It’s just cool to be nominated and for people to recognize your hard work.” – Read more at The Boot

ACM Lifting Lives Camp In Nashville This Week – On Monday (6/18), Brett Eldredge and David Lee Murphy lead campers in a songwriting session, creating “We’re Having a Party,” an original song based on campers’ personal experiences and inspirations. Yesterday Luke Bryan visited the campers during their recording session, where they recorded “We’re Having a Party” with producer Paul Worley. Later that day, Lauren Alaina dropped by and participated in a karaoke event at Winner’s with the campers. Today (6/21) they are scheduled for a campsite cookout with Jana Kramer, followed tomorrow by a performance with Big & Rich at the Grand Ole Opry. = Read more and see the photos at Music Row

London Calling! Carrie Underwood Drops by 10 Downing Street – Carrie Underwood was all smiles Wednesday as she dropped by 10 Downing Street in London. The 29-year-old country star paired a sweet pink dress with an edgy leather jacket and black heels. She dropped by the Prime Minister’s house (sadly, he wasn’t home) and then headed across town to sign copies of Blown Away for some U.K. fans. – Read more at EOnline

Carrie Underwood: “I Love Jessie J & Cheryl Is Gorgeous” – Carrie Underwood may be a huge star across the pond, but the former American Idol champion has heaped praise on the UK music scene, revealing she’s a massive fan of Jessie J, Coldplay and Adele. In MTV’s exclusive chat with the country star, Carrie also tipped Geordie star Cheryl Cole for US success, as well as stating that One Direction mania has well and truly taken the States by storm. – Read more at

Carrie Underwood Rejects Comparisons to Taylor Swift – Even though Carrie Underwood is a few years Taylor Swift‘s senior, that hasn’t stopped music critics from lumping the two popular blonde singers into the same mold. Both Underwood and Swift have major crossover power, but that doesn’t mean that they are cut from the same cloth. In fact, Underwood recently told BANG Showbiz that she hates being compared to her 22-year-old fellow country/pop star. “I feel like we’re definitely completely different artists; that is something that’s so cool about country music because everyone has there own thing,” Underwood, 27, says. Read more at Taste of Country

Wired Exclusive: L.A. Reid, Pharrell, and Jermaine Dupri Debut Leah LaBelle (Photos) – Three legendary music moguls joined forces Thursday night in New York City to showcase the talented new R&B singer Leah LaBelle, at the exclusive Tribeca Grand Hotel, and Allie is Wired was there for the VIP party and the spectacular debut performance of the young rising star. Reid spoke to the VIP audience about how it was obvious Leah was not just a cute girl he would give “a song and a dress” to. He noticed what many critics have said, which is that Leah LaBelle has soul, and no one in attendance Thursday night could deny her live performance chops. – Read more at AllieIsWired

‘American Idol’ Taylor Hicks Looks for Love on ‘The Choice’ – Hicks isn’t spilling any details about who he wound up dating, or what happened, but said he had a “blast.” “It’s the Dating Game meets Love Connection meets The Voice,” he said of the program, which pairs eligible celebrity bachelors with potential love matches. Hicks, who said his recipe for the perfect date includes “lots of laughter,” noted that viewers will have the opportunity to see the results of the date. – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

Why Cat Deeley Is Unleashing Her Inner Tomboy on ‘The Choice’ – “I’m styling myself,” she tells PEOPLE. “In general the clothes I’m wearing have a slightly androgynous, masculine edge … they are much less whimsical than what I wear on So You Think You Can Dance.” Counting Helmut Lang, Isabel Marant and Stella McCartney among her go-to designers for the series, Deeley says her rule of thumb is, “‘Could I go and play pool in this and drink beers with the guys?’” she says. “I’ve always had a tomboy quality to my personality and I just chose to play up this facet for the show.” – Read more at People

The Voice’s Chris Mann Engaged to Actress Laura Perloe – Chris Mann might not have won The Voice, but he’s still got a lot to celebrate: The 30-year-old singer is engaged! Mann told Us Weekly on Monday that he and longtime girlfriend Laura Perloe, who has a small role in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, got engaged “about four weeks ago.” So how did Mann propose? “It was very sweet,” Perloe said. “He had just gotten off The Voice—so it had been craziness—and we decided we wanted to take a few days to ourselves and go up to Napa and just kind of relax…Reconnect with each other. We went to one of our favorite Vineyards and he did it the old fashioned way…down on one knee!” – Read more at EOnline

X Factor finalist Stacy Francis admits that Grace Jones’s brother Bishop Noel Jones is her baby’s father – She was in the headlines last month after being involved in an altercation with Whitney Houston over hip hop artist Ray J just days before her death. And today X Factor finalist Stacy Francis has confirmed the shocking news that California mega-church leader Bishop Noel Jones is the father of her second child. The singer was hoping to keep the focus on her new single, a gospel version of the Prince classic Purple Rain, but will now go from battling rumours about her relationship with Ray J to explaining this one. – Read more at The Daily Mail

Legendary Musicals Director Stanley Donen On Audrey Hepburn and ‘Dancing With The Stars’ (Q&A) – THR: So you like the reality musical shows? Donen: They’re not reality, they are very studied learned people doing what they’ve learned to do. I think they’re terrific, those dancers. I record those shows to watch them. They really are wonderful. THR: Have you thought about entering the competition yourself? Donen: No (laughter). But I’ve thought about using the stars of them in a film. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

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