Idol Headlines for 08/04/11 – The Evening Edition

Nigel Lythoe tweets, “So that we don’t reveal the top 2 tonight only the bottom male and female will be revealed and sent home. America’s vote stands! Kent and Lauren back together on #SYTYCD tonight.”

Pia Toscano taped her SYTYCD performance this mornin and and immediately headed to Milwaukee to join her fellow Top 11 contestants for tonight’s Idols Live show. (Via @Blkeener and @MichaelOrland)

David Cook will perform the National Anthem at the Kansas City Chief’s home opener on September 11.

Scotty McCreery: ‘I Just Want to Find a Nice Hometown Girl’

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery has had the year of a lifetime, including a jam-packed summer that has brought him the opportunity to perform with one of his musical role models and hitting the road with his fellow Idol contestants.

Read more at Parade

Interview with American Idol’s Pia Toscano

You’re doing so well now and you have become a celebrity and your popularity is increasing at an exponential rate. Do you think that your American Idol experience was a critical stepping stone for you?

Definably! I have been doing this since I was 13 years old and I have been told NO so many times. So I know that this was a huge stepping stone in my career and I really don’t think that I would be here today if it was not for the show. It would have been a lot harder at least.

Read more at Celebrity Dirty Laundry

Jennifer Hudson sins Happy Birthday to President Obama

Today is President Obama’s 50th birthday, and to celebrate the occasion, Jennifer Hudson sang “Happy Birthday” to the President during a fundraising event in Chicago last night.

Via Idolator

STAGE TUBE: More from HAIRSPRAY’s Diana DeGarmo!

HAIRSPRAY is hitting the Hollywood Bowl this weekend. Original (and Tony-winning) Broadway stars Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur lead the cast, which additionally features Corbin Bleu, Drew Carey, Diana DeGarmo, Mo Gaffney, Nick Jonas, Darlene Love, Tara Macri, and John Stamos. Click below for Matthew Rodrigues’ extended interview with Diana DeGarmo!

HAIRSPRAY will have three performances only at the Hollywood Bowl — Friday and Saturday August 5 and 6 at 8:30pm, and Sunday August 7 at 7:30pm.

See the video at Broadway World

Photos: Rising Artists Making The Rounds

Mandisa Celebrates First No. 1
On Monday (8/1) ASCAP celebrated the writers and publishers of “Stronger, ” Mandisa’s No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart, with a reception in Franklin, Tenn. Written by Ben Glover, David Garcia and Chris Stevens, the song marks Glover’s eleventh trip to the top of the charts and Garcia’s first. Publishers Brentwood-Benson Publishing and EMI CMG Publishing were also honored. “Stronger” is Mandisa’s first trip to No. 1 and is the lead single from her third studio album on Sparrow/EMI CMG, What If We Were Real.

See the photos at Music Row

Marc Anthony “Begging” Jennifer Lopez “to Take Him Back”

Jennifer Lopez is ready to let go — but Marc Anthony isn’t.

Although Lopez has joyously embraced life as a single working mom since the couple announced the end of their seven-year marriage nearly three weeks ago, Anthony is struggling and scrambling big-time, an insider tells the new Us Weekly, out now.

And the Latin crooner sometimes takes it out on his future ex-wife. “His mood shifts from blaming her to begging her to take him back to telling her she is destroying his life, ” the Lopez source says.

Read more at US

‘SYTYCD’: Nigel Lythgoe on Lady Gaga, celeb judges, and why ‘American Idol’ should win an Emmy over ‘SYTYCD’ — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Fans of So You Think You Can Dance know that exec producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe likes to talk, and his exclusive conversation with EW in his trailer before last night’s Top 6 performance show was no exception. The voluble Brit held forth on the controversial decision not to send anyone in the Top 20 home; how the guys continue to fall short of their female competition; why Lady Gaga is at least partially responsible for all the celeb guest judges this season; and why he favors American Idol and Ryan Seacrest over SYTYCD and Cat Deeley at this year’s Emmy Awards.

See the video at EW

‘SYTYCD’: Cat Deeley talks killer heels, busted fingers, and why Ryan Seacrest deserves an Emmy — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

After last night’s dance-packed episode of So You Think You Can Dance, one can understand why host Cat Deeley would want to kick back in her dressing room in a pair of cut-off jeans and her bare feet — especially after getting a look at the pair of four-inch heels she had to wear for the two-hour episode. In an exclusive backstage interview, Deeley also explained how Season 4 SYTYCD winner Joshua Allen caused her a “war wound”; demonstrated her unnerving Mary Murphy impression; and expounded on why she thinks fellow best Reality TV Host nominee Ryan Seacrest deserves to win an Emmy over her: “He has held together the biggest TV show on the planet.”

See the video at EW

Paul McCartney On Music Reality Shows & His Upcoming Post-9/11 Concert Documentary

Beatles songs have become standard fare on music competition shows, and Paul McCartney admitted on Thursday he is a fan of programs like “American Idol” and “The X Factor.”

“I think all of that is cool because it’s what’s happening today, ” Paul told reporters as he answered questions via satellite from Cincinnati, OH, at the Showtime portion of the Television Critics Association Session in Beverly Hills.

“You always have to understand, if people want it – it’s got some value, ” he continued. “I feel a little sorry sometimes for some of the performers because they don’t have that background [like The Beatles]. We had years before we hit it big time… But I think the shows are fascinating. I watch those kinds of shows.”

Read more at Access Hollywood

Chris Colfer Talks ‘Glee’ ‘Misunderstandings’

“Glee” star Chris Colfer is happy the confusion about his future on the hit FOX show has been resolved.

“Everything was just kind of a series of misunderstandings, ” the actor told Access Hollywood on the set of his upcoming movie, “Struck by Lighting.”

“Everything’s good now. We are on the show, I don’t think we’re going anywhere, ” he continued.

Read more at Access Hollywood

The actor was cast in ‘Imogene, ‘ set for a 2013 release.

Darren Criss has got a lot on his plate! The Glee star, who was officially made a series regular in June, and has the show’s Glee: The 3D Concert Movie premiere August 12, also signed on to take over Daniel Radcliff’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying role on Broadway January 1, 2012.

And now, the actor has been cast in his first feature film, Kristen Wiig’s post-Bridesmaid’s project, Imogene (she’ll star and executive produce).

The film, set for a 2013 release, tells the tale of a woman who fakes her own suicide to get an ex-boyfriend back, but instead, ends up living back with her mom (a gambler) in New Jersey. Criss will play Wigg’s love interest.

Read more at THR

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