Idol Headlines for 06/29/10 – The Evening Edition

Larry King confirms fall exit from CNN show

Larry King has officially announced on his website that he will be ending CNN’s “Larry King Live” this fall.

There had been speculation that King would be leaving for the past several months.

He will continue to host specials on various topics.

Here is his full statement:

Hollywood Reporter

The show had a rating slide of 37% between the 2nd quarter of 2009 and the same period 2010.

Michael Sarver cutting Special Olympics song in Nashville

Michael Sarver’s in Nashville today, recording a song for Special Olympics. He’ll perform the song, a tribute to founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, at the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Special Olympics National Games in July in Lincoln, Neb.

“I don’t know if I was the last man on the list or if they thought I was the right guy for the job, but they called and said, ‘We think Michael should sing this song, ‘” Michael told me over dinner Monday at Stoney River Steakhouse, not far from Music Row.

Michael recorded his album, which comes out July 27, at John and Martina McBride’s Blackbird Studio in Nashville this past winter. On this trip, he’s working in interviews and signing up with the Country Music Association.

Michael co-wrote 6 of the 13 cuts on his upcoming album. He plans to move his family to Nashville soon. Kellie Pickler’s finance wrote several songs on his album.

USA Today

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Hearing postponed for ‘American Idol’ finalist Stephanie Edwards

A preliminary hearing on charges against former “American Idol” finalist Stephanie Edwards and a second woman in a March fight today were continued until July 20.

Both Edwards, 22, and Laquilla White, 20, were arrested in March after they were found fighting each other in Jackson Park.

(Stephanie finished in 11th place Season 6) read more HERE


Bret Michaels continues his campaign for ‘American Idol’ judge. I continue to be skeptical.

Hrmm. First things first, reps for Fox, Idol, and FremantleMedia North America all declined to comment on Michaels’ comments. But before we interpret their silence as particularly meaningful, let’s keep a couple things in mind. I’m pretty certain the poll Michaels is referring to wasn’t an internal Idol survey, but rather a question posed to readers of (in which Michaels scored 50 percent of votes, with Stern the next closest at 19 percent). And while we’re referencing poll numbers, back in early June, a whopping 54.6 percent of readers said they’d prefer to see Michaels in the role of Hair Metal Week mentor than as a Simon Cowell replacement (36.6 percent). (The other 8.8 percent of you said he shouldn’t get involved with the show at all.)

Also worth noting, the “Idol judge” chatter surrounding Bret Michaels has mostly been started by…Bret Michaels himself, like when he said during a concert shortly after Idol‘s season 9 finale that he “could possibly be a judge” for the show’s tenth season in January 2011. I mean, I’m not gonna blame the guy for campaigning to get a gig on a show that regularly scores upwards of 20 million viewers, but I’m just saying that much as you’d do with your French fries, take Michaels’ remarks with more than a couple grains of salt.

Entertainment Weekly

Broadway Stars Chad Kimball and Constantine Maroulis to Help Select Performing Arts Scholarship Recipients

BOSTON, June 29 /PRNewswire/ — Calling all gleeks and triple threats! The Arts Edge, an educational consulting firm, is offering a Broadway-inspired scholarship for Arts Edge Summer, a unique two-week musical theater and college prep boot camp in New York City. Scholarship applicants will be reviewed by top-tier performing arts and education professionals including “Rock of Ages” star Constantine Maroulis and “Memphis” headliner Chad Kimball.

The elite Arts Edge Summer program, offered August 9 through 20, gives aspiring singers, dancers and actors specialized guidance on the admissions process from prestigious performing arts schools while helping students hone their performances. High school and college transfer students seriously considering a college major in musical theater will learn how to make their college applications, portfolios and auditions stand out so they can get in.

PR Newswire

Kellie Pickler Breaks Engagement News … to a Stranger!

Just a week into her engagement, Kellie is already thinking about what she wants on the big day. She says they’ve been playing around with a few ideas.

Kellie Pickler, Kyle Jacobs “I would love to find a really old, small church … wooden, simple, the pretty stained glass windows. I would love to find a place like that and keep it really small and intimate, and then have a big party to celebrate, ” she says.

When Kyle popped the question, the news was too good to keep to herself. But instead of calling any of her friends, the first person Kellie told happened to be a stranger! “The [first] person that found out about Kyle’s and my engagement was some random older man that was riding on a bicycle, ” she reveals.

The Boot

Sparks fly at Idol winner’s Houston show

Jordin Sparks, in many ways, is still the same girl who won the sixth American Idol crown. She remains bubbly and bright, sugary and sweet.

But Monday night at the House of Blues, Sparks also showcased a very different performer. She was more mature, more confident and brandished a sassy onstage attitude. Not a girl, not yet a woman — but consistently entertaining.

She kicked off a brisk, 14-song set with the defiant pop-drama of Battlefield, her album and tour namesake. (This is Sparks’ first headlining tour after opening slots for Alicia Keys, Britney Spears and the Jonas Brothers.)

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