Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦
‘Idol’ Sparks Juggling Touring, Recording
Like previous “American Idol” winners, Jordin Sparks is laying claim to the title of Hardest Working Person in Show Business.
The 17-year-old Season 6 champ is in the midst of rehearsals for this year’s American Idols Live! tour, which kicks off Friday (July 6) in Sunrise, Fla. She tells Billboard.com that she’s also started working on her album, which she hopes to release before Thanksgiving….
Is Kelly Clarkson The New Carrie Underwood?
…Thankfully, July has arrived, and with it, a new management team. Nashville-based Starstruck Entertainment has taken the reigns to help guide Clarkson out of her career limbo, and it doesnt take a conspiracy theorist to guess which path theyll steer her toward ¦
Kelly Clarkson Hires Reba’s Rep
E! News confirmed Monday that the Grammy winner has signed up with Nashville-based Starstruck Entertainment and that Reba McEntire’s hubby, Starstruck CEO Narvel Blackstock, will step up as her personal manager….
LOCKE TO LOSE WEIGHT FOR JENNY CRAIG
Former AMERICAN IDOL favourite KIMBERLEY LOCKE is set to become the new face of U.S. diet company Jenny Craig.
The 8th World Wonder singer has already lost 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) on the plan and hopes to lose another 10 before her stint as a celebrity spokeswoman begins.
It’s not the first time Locke has gone public with her weight battle – she’s a former contestant on U.S. reality TV show Celebrity Fit Club.
Paula Abdul Has Fun With Fragrance For Simon Cowell ‘ Perfume Business New For American Idol Judge
Paula Abdul will be adding a new item to her resume, according to a report from Access Hollywood. The show says that besides her work with the Bravo reality television series and Fox American Idol, the pop star is scheduled to debut a new fragrance.
The report says the 45 year old Abdul has been really busy lately. Now she is a fragrance creator. “When I wear my fragrance, its the strangest thing. I look around for Ashton Kutcher, ” Paula told Access Hollywood. “I think I’m getting ‘Punk’d’ for real!”….
Celebrity Search is On in Rhode Island
…In August, Verizon will announce the top 20 contestants, based on ratings by Web site visitors, and the final five will be revealed at a ceremony at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Providence. The five winners will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges that includes singer Ayla Brown, an American Idol finalist…
Mixing and matching musical traditions
A Capitol Fourth program may create a classical case of crossover fireworks
…I’m sure that some classical-music lovers will look similarly askance at the National Symphony Orchestra’s Wednesday-night program on the Mall, titled A Capitol Fourth 2007 and consisting of what its producers call “an unrivaled evening of patriotic and uplifting music followed by a stunning display of fireworks.”
According to the press release, “veteran actor Tony Danza will host a star-studded show that will feature performances from some of the country’s best-known and award-winning musical artists including recording artist Elliott Yamin (American Idol), Grammy award-winning gospel star Yolanda Adams, Tony award-winner Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago, Cheers), country music sensation Dierks Bentley, and star of the hit series Heroes Hayden Panettiere with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Erich Kunzel.”…
‘Idol’ Sierra Pleads Not Guilty
With long blond-and-black locks hanging over the shoulders of her tight, peach-colored dress, Jessica Sierra walked into the Hillsborough County Courthouse Monday morning to answer charges that she struck a man on the head with a cocktail glass……
White, Lowry set to perform with Percy Sledge
…Lowry, the opening act, mixes hip-hop and R&B with sounds from her American Indian upbringing. In 2004, Lowry made it to the round of 32 for …American Idol. While a student at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she formed her own group, One Voice. White and Lowry graduated together in 2006 from UNC.
Since graduating, the Pembroke native has been writing songs and expects to release her debut album in the fall. Lowry has made singles …Hold me, …I Tried to Love You and …Brown Skin….
Youth Quest: You’re showing your age by the TV you watch
…On the other hand, there is such a thing as shooting for too young – like Joan Rivers face or Melanie Griffith in a miniskirt. So if CW looks ridiculous on you, you might consider Fox, which has been growing older gracefully and now has a median age of 42, passing the 40-year milestone this past season for the very first time. That after aging up three years in just one season, thanks to series starring grumpy middle-aged men: 24, House and American Idol…
Nickelback climaxes long day’s party
Crowd covers Citadel Hill to hear Alberta band round off Canada Day celebrations
…”How many out there know who we are?” Chris Daughtry asked, after he took the stage.
The shaved-headed singer – and former American Idol contestant – revealed this was his first performance north of the border.
“Let’s see what Canadian love is like, ” he said…
Taking a Gamble on American Idol Taylor Hicks: A New Back Up Singer
It all started with an idea, a concert sign, and a dream. Arriving in Atlantic City a day early for the June 24th Taylor Hicks concert at the House of Blues, I asked one of my travel buddies to create a sign that I could take to the show. This idea came to me when I heard Taylor backup singer would not be on this leg of the tour….
‘American Idol’ boot didn’t discourage Daughtry
…One of the oddities of “American Idol” is that you can become famous very fast and be seen by millions of people but still be largely unknown as a musician because you’re performing cover tunes often from before you were even born.
Daughtry was asked whether it was important to write the songs on his debut to establish his own voice as a musician.
“Well, to be honest, ” he said, “I don’t think they care about you as a musician on ‘American Idol.’ That’s not what that’s about.”…
Alabama Shoreline to Offer Discount to Military Personnel
…Alabama Shoreline and their parent company, Redstone Properties, Inc., recently donated 1, 000 copies of Taylor Hicks’ self-titled new album to the “Proud of Our Troops Fund Drive” sponsored by Jewelry Sprout, an online jewelry retailer. All of the CDs collected in the drive will benefit Soldiers’ Angels, a non-profit organization that assembles care packages for the troops…
HOLLYWOOD BEAT: Beastly Ball & Aviva Awards on Hollywood Beat
…Cynthia Garrett introduced a scintillating show featuring Frenchie Davis, who got her start on American Idol. Frenchie, who has starred on Broadway in Rent, is preparing for the role of the legendary gospel great Mahalia Jackson. She literarily shook the house with her rendition of “”And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls…
‘Early Show’s’ Summer Concert Series Comes To Orlando
“The CBS Early Show” is inviting Central Floridians to a live concert featuring Katharine McPhee at Universal CityWalk at Universal Studios in Orlando on Friday, July 6.
The Early Show has lined up a world-class roster of musicians for its summer concert series that will air live throughout the nation in July.
The Orlando show will provide a unique opportunity for schools or organizations to gain free national exposure, according to a news release…..