Idol Headlines for 07/15/11 – The Evening Edition

Pia Toscano tweets, “Good times… behind the scenes at my video shoot.. All smiles

Chris Daughtry tweets, “We were just told that the show at Mystic Lake tonight has been cancelled. We are very sorry to our fans! We HATE canceling shows…However, this is out of our control…Rain or shine? Yes. Electric instruments and lightening? Not so much. Just got word that the stage we were supposed to play was all but destroyed from the storm. Thank GOD our equipment wasn’t on it at the time

New Date For “Country’s Night To Rock”

The CMA Music Festival TV special is shifting dates, in a move possibly influenced by the airing of the popular Teen Choice Awards opposite the originally scheduled date. CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock is now set to air Sun., Aug. 14 on ABC. (Original date was Aug. 7) via Music Row

Matthew Morrison Joins Lionsgate’s ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’

Matthew Morrison has signed on (along with seemingly everybody else in town) for Lionsgate’s What to Expect When You’re Expecting, the adaptation of the bestselling pregnancy guidebook. The Glee star will play Evan, who teams with Cameron Diaz’s character on a celebrity dance show and eventually teams on a pregnancy, forcing them to re-evaluate what’s important in life. Chace Crawford and Rob Heubel also have recently joined the cast, which includes Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Brooklyn Decker, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick and Chris Rock.

Read more at Deadline


“Lifting Lives at Joe’s Bar, ” ACM Lifting Lives’ first-ever stand-alone benefit concert featuring performances by country music super star LeAnn Rimes and American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox. ACM Lifting Lives works to improve lives through the power of music, and Joe’s Bar – winner of the Nightclub of the Year Award this year from the Academy of Country Music – will generously host the event and underwrite costs so that every ticket purchase will go directly to the work of the philanthropy.

Read more at ACM Lifting Lives

“Idol” tryout draws 13, 000 to Pittsburgh

Lexi Ferrell traveled a long way for what would be an audition lasting, in the end, about as long as it takes to turn the key and put her car into gear.

The 18-year-old, along with her mother Sam, left home in New Freedom, Pa., at 4:30 a.m. Friday to travel to Heinz Field to be among the 13, 000 or more would-be “American Idol” contestants in the first of three rounds of auditions that will put Pittsburgh on the “American Idol” map for the first time in the Fox reality show’s nearly decade on the air.

Read more at Biz Journal

‘American Idol’ comes to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Hopes hung high in Friday’s pre-dawn hours for more than 13, 000 people huddled outside Heinz Field holding the same dream.

By late afternoon, hundreds of them still cling to the notion that they might be named the next “American Idol.”

Read more at the Times Online

Q&A: Randy Travis

What did you think about a country singer, Scotty McCreery, winning “American Idol”?

I liked him a lot. I thought he was a very, very good singer. There are a lot of good singers, but a big part of what he seemed to have going for him was the ability to pick music. I know they’re limited on what they can pick. They’re going to have a pool of songs and you kind of have to go with what you end up with sometimes. You can’t change that on that show. I think he has a good ear for hearing songs. I think he’s a good vocalist. At his age, he has a lot going on for him.

Read more at Sound Spike

Bill Anderson Celebrates 50 Years at the Grand Ole Opry

Do you think younger artists have the respect for the Opry today as artists did when you were coming on board?

I absolutely do, I feel it from a lot of them. Carrie Underwood has really floored me as to how many times she has performed at the Opry since she became a member. I said this the last time I introduced her, I said, “Here is this lady who could be on any stage in the world tonight, and here she is devoting this night to be on the Opry.” I think I introduced her the first time.

Read more at The Boot

I’ve got to maintain the X Factor! Paula Abdul enjoys a spending spree on Rodeo Drive

She’s about to start working with a guy who wears a monochromatic collection of black T-shirts, so it’s no wonder that Paula Abdul would want to step up her fashion game.

The X Factor USA judge stepped out in Beverly Hills yesterday picking up what appeared to be some fancy designer threads.

See the photos at Daily Mail

Ryan Seacrest Gives Back in a Big Way, Opens Broadcast Center at Children’s Hospital

Earlier today, the E! News anchor (just one of his roughly half-dozen jobs we get exhausted simply thinking about) headed east, where the Hollywood do-gooder’s titular Ryan Seacrest Foundation launched The Voice, a super-cool, super-heartwarming new broadcast center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

And since our Ryan is nothing if not connected, he even had a surprise guest join him for the ribbon-cutting ceremony: none other than Selena Gomez.

Read more at EOnline

PIC: Jane Lynch, Wife Lara Embry Stun in Beautiful New Portrait

In the August issue of Vogue, Glee’s breakout star Jane Lynch — who wed Dr. Lara Embry in Sunderland, Mass. last June — admits that married life has been anything but relaxing.

“We’ve taken on everything in our first year of marriage, ” Lynch, 51, says. “Moving. I gained a daughter. We renovated a house — and writing a book. I mean, talk about learning about your wife!”

Read more at US Magazine

‘SYTYCD’: Mary Murphy on last night’s eliminations, and all those Emmys

As I promised, I want to address so many of you about the fact that contestants are leaving as couples. This has not happened in the history of SYTYCD. Trust me, there is no conspiracy. We do not have to do this because of the network or Nigel. We would love nothing better to see a mix-match of partnerships, since this is the part of the show where we usually see a partner shift.

Read more at Popwatch

100 & Single: How Digital Changed The Charts, From Gwen To GoonRock

The headline-grabbing music story of the week isn’t on the Billboard charts—it’s the U.S. debut of Spotify. With the streaming-music service less than 48 hours old here, it’s a bit too soon to analyze what songs are getting the most play on its celestial jukebox and why.

But one thing is all but assured: whether Spotify excites you or leaves you a bit wary, it’s bound to have an effect on the music we enjoy communally.

Read more at Village Voice

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