Idol Headlines for 07/19/10 – The Evening Edition

Emmy prediction: ‘American Idol’ will finally beat ‘Amazing Race’

Why does “Amazing Race” keep winning the Emmy race for best reality/competition show every year? Can “American Idol” ever win? And can Ryan Seacrest finally claim the Emmy contest for best reality TV host? Answers: Yes. For two reasons:

1.) Producers submitted the finale to Emmy judges, which is exciting, heart-felt and twice as long as rival episode entries.

2.) Simon Cowell. Yes, “American Idol’s” resident rascal may finally do something good for the show. Whether he means to or not.

Tom O’Neil predicts Simon’s big farewell will win the Emmy, finally for Idol

Watch the Video prediction at LA Time’s Gold Derby

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Jordin Sparks ‘Ecstatic’ About Heading To Broadway

“American Idol” season six winner Jordin Sparks is heading to Broadway, and she couldn’t be more thrilled about the journey on which she’s about to embark.

The “Battlefield” singer is joining the cast of the multiple-Tony winning musical, “In The Heights, ” on the Great White Way beginning August 19.

“I’m really excited, ” Jordin, 19, told during a Midwestern tour stop on her “Battlefield” tour, which wraps up August 8, just in time for the singer to begin her Broadway training.

Jordin plays Nina Rosario in the production and according to a tweet, is already settled in her own digs in NY. It’s the first time she’s lived on her own.

Read more at Access Hollywood

Constantine Maroulis Looks Forward to Becoming a Dad

Being a dad? “It’s a beautiful thing, ” Constantine Maroulis tells PEOPLE.

“It’s part of life, ” says the 2005 Idol alum, as he walked the red carpet Sunday at CC Sabathia’s 30th birthday party at New York’s 40/40 Club with his girlfriend (and mother of his baby-to-be), Angel Reed – whom Maroulis met last year while the two were starring in the Broadway musical Rock of Ages.

Read more at People

TV One’s ‘Life After’ to focus on ‘American Idol’ winner Ruben Studdard

Birmingham’s Ruben Studdard will be profiled tonight on TV One’s “Life After.”

The celebrity biography series is kicking off its second season with two episodes. The first, set to air at 8 p.m., focuses on Janet Hubert, an actress and dancer who was part of the cast on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”

Studdard’s episode, the second installment, airs at 8:30 p.m. The half-hour program will focus on the R&B singer’s life before and after his 2003 win on “American Idol.” That includes his TV rivalry with fellow contestant Clay Aiken, his reactions to fame and his recording career.

Read more at the Birmingham News

Matt Giraud to perform Aug. 15 at Fifth Third Ballpark

“American Idol” Season 8 finalist Matt Giraud will return to West Michigan next month to perform the National Anthem on Aug. 15 at Fifth Third Ballpark. The Kalamazoo resident will also meet fans and sign autographs during his guest appearance at the West Michigan Whitecaps’ minor league baseball facility in Comstock Park, just north of Grand Rapids.

According to officials of the Whitecaps, a Single A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, Giraud will also throw out the first pitch. Also, Giraud is appearing as part of Big Brothers Big Sisters Day at the Park, organized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of D.A. Blodgett-St. Johns. The outing allows kids and mentors to spend a day at the ballpark. Admission to the Day at the Park, plus food and t-shirt, is free to all pre-registered Big Brothers Big Sisters’ participants.

Read more at MLive

Watch Jason Castro fly with the Patriots Jet team. Video from his recent trip to Fort McChord-Lewis in Tacoma WA. Watch it HERE.

Kellie Pickler Adds Another Puppy to Her Brood

Kellie Pickler’s family just keeps growing and growing. Along with new fiancé, songwriter Kyle Jacobs, it seems she’s added Tucker, an adorable Weimaraner puppy, to her clan. Ten-month-old Tucker originally belonged to Kellie’s sister but has now taken up residence at the Pickler household, along with her other three dogs, Pixie, Maddie and MooMoo (pictured left with Kellie), and her pet snake Boots.

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Train’s Pat Monahan Films Video with Kris Allen for “The Truth”

Pat told us that he had originally written “The Truth” for Train’s album Save Me San Francisco, but it didn’t quite go with the rest of the songs. He says, “When Kris and his people heard the song, they were like, ‘Man, if you don’t mind, we’d like to use this one.’ It wasn’t that it wasn’t good enough for our record, it just didn’t fit the record we were making.” And even though Pat takes a shot at American Idol in the lyrics of Train’s new single “If It’s Love, ” he says he thinks the world of Kris and his performance on the track.

The re-shoot is not scheduled for today, a production person will tweet more deets when they are available

Catching up with Blake Lewis

Two years later, the beat-boxing extraordinaire has released a fully realized follow-up to his 2007 debut, “Audio Day Dream”, which sold more than 350, 000 copies. “Heartbreak on Vinyl” blends his intrinsic pop sensibility with a love of electronic and dance music, which began taking shape long before he hit the Idol stage.

“This is me trying to bridge the gap and make a record that I’m truly proud of, ” Lewis said. “I’ve got my 80s side and my indie side, my super pop slant and the electronic music that I love. I wanted to make happy, feel-good music.”


‘Glee’s’ Ryan Murphy Signs $24M Deal With 20th TV

Twentieth Century Fox TV is betting big on Ryan Murphy.

The “Glee” writer, producer and co-creator has agreed to a new four-year, $24 million deal that will keep him with the studio and its juggernaut series, but also allow him to develop new programming for Fox.

The deal was originally reported by, which described it as “one of the biggest deals ever for a TV writer-producer.” Individuals familiar with the deal said that might be exaggerating it a bit.

“It’s a significant deal for a significant creator of a show that is doing very well, but the total amount of the deal, even with future shared profit potential, is not a record deal, ” one individual told TheWrap. “And most of the terms of the deal did not break new ground.”

Read more at The Wrap

‘Glee’ Star Jane Lynch to Host ‘Do Something Awards’

Jane Lynch, Emmy nominee for Best Supporting Actress for “Glee, ” will host the “Do Something Awards” tonight on VH1 — honoring five young people who have been pivotal “doers” in their field or cause.

Read more at Extra

Tonight’s celebrity participants include Christina Applegate, Kellan Lutz, George Lopez, Joe Jonas, Kathy Griffin, Kara DioGuardi, Randy Jackson, and others, with performances by Natasha Bedingfield, Lifehouse and Travis McCoy.

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