‘American Idol’ Back-Up Plan — Shania Twain
“American Idol” sources tell TMZ … the Jennifer Lopez deal isn’t dead yet, but if it does flatline … “Idol’s” next choice is country star Shania Twain.
Shania was a hit on “Idol” this past season when she served as guest judge and mentor.
We’re told Shania is Plan B.
Read more at TMZ
What’s the holdup? Seven reasons Fox hasn’t signed an ‘Idol’ judge
Why is hiring a TV talent show judge (or two, or three) taking so long?
Sources say there are at least seven variables at play:
2. Money, honey. Top-pick Elton John wanted too much. Now, by one report, Jennifer Lopez’s deal fell apart due to her so-called “unreasonable” demands. Sources close to the matter tell THR, however, that “nothing is off the table” regarding Lopez and that Fox has not given up on landing her…
Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
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Steven Tyler wants on ‘Idol’
It sounds like Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler wants to be a judge on “American Idol.” The Post’s Dan Aquilante asked him about the rumor that he’d be joining Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez on the hit show’s panel next season, “Can you be tough on a young singer?”
Read more at The New York Post
Donald Trump on ‘American Idol’: ‘A lot of people want me to do that show’
“I think I’d get great ratings, ” Trump tells Zap2it of what he considers his “Idol” potential, “and I do have an amazing understanding of music, but I do think they should go in a different direction. I’ve always had an aptitude for music, for whatever reason.”
Steven Tyler and — until today — Jennifer Lopez were the “Idol” heirs apparent to the departing Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres, but Trump reasons, “Although I have this great success with ‘The Apprentice, ‘ I could do both, I guess. I really have to let ‘The Apprentice’ be the overriding thing, though.
Read more at Zap2it
Who Is the Man Fantasia Had an Affair With?
Two weeks ago, Antwaun Cook lived a low-profile life. A father of two sons, he managed a Charlotte, N.C., T-Mobile store and recently joined a local real estate office as an agent.
But one court document and a bitter separation later, he finds himself immersed in headlines as the man who began dating Fantasia Barrino – while he was still married.
Read more at People.com
Lucas Grabeel: In The Heights with Jordin Sparks & Corbin Bleu!
Lucas Grabeel snaps a pic backstage as he visits bud Corbin Bleu after a performance of In The Heights at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in NYC on Sunday night (August 8).
The “I Don’t Dance” singers and former HSM costars were joined by Jordin Sparks, who’s learning the backstage ropes from Janet Dacal.
Read more at Just Jared
Idol Hands, The Devil’s Playthings: The Most Troubled ‘AI’ Alums
Fantasia Barrino’s autobiography was called Life Is Not A Fairytale, and perhaps no memoir has ever been so aptly titled. Despite winning “American Idol” in Season 3 and going on to sell millions of records and earn eight Grammy nominations, she certainly hasn’t lived an idyllic existence in her recent post-“Idol” years. And just when she seemed to get her life on track preparing the August 24 release of her comeback album, things went awry for the 26-year-old, as she found herself surrounded by scandal (she was accused in divorce court papers of breaking up a marriage, then was hospitalized this past Monday for overdosing on medication).
Read more at Yahoo Music
KELLIE PICKLER BUILDS AUDIENCE TOURING WITH RASCAL FLATTS
“I can hear 100 nice things and then read one bad thing, and that’s the one thing that sticks with me, ” said Pickler during a recent phone interview from her tour bus en route to Cincinnati.
“I will lose sleep and agonize over why that person thinks I’m fat or hates me so bad and doesn’t even know me. I’m working on trying not to take things so personally and not letting them hurt my feelings.”
Read more at Fredericksburg.com
Season 8’s Alex Wagner-Trugman and Von Smith cover Justin Bieber’s “Baby”
‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Grab your pillows ’cause we’re almost home
I love “So You Think You Can Dance” but I confess I won’t mind having a break from these two-hour Wednesday night shows after this week. I’m sure the dancers feel the same way: Tonight they each performed four choreographed numbers in addition to their solos. No matter how you feel about this season’s dancers, you can’t argue that they were put through the wringer: Lauren, Kent and Robert are lucky just to have reached this point in good physical health.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times
Backstage at So You Think You Can Dance: What Happened to Robert’s Pants…and Kent’s Goofy Grin?
We just got the scoop backstage from Kent, Robert and Lauren after the show. And you’ll never guess which Glee stars (hint: “close friends”) were hiding out in the audience…
So where did this serious Kent come from? “I’ve always been there. I think I needed the piece, and this piece really showcased it. We connected in just a beautiful place, ” Kent told us about his Stacey Tookey contemporary dance with all-star Allison Holker. “I wanted to work with [Tookey] so much, ” Kent added. “she’s so amazing to work with and I was so honored to be with her.”
Read more at EOnline
‘I Do & I Don’t’: Jane Lynch on Marriage, Singing, and Life with ‘Glee’
These days, Jane Lynch may be synonymous with Sue Sylvester, ‘Glee”s resident tough-talking cheerleading coach (and soon also with ‘Saturday Night Live’), but before the Emmy-nominated actress donned her track suit, she starred in ‘I Do & I Don’t’, an indie comedy about the the meaning of marriage.
As the DVD of ‘I Do & I Don’t’ arrives on DVD, Lynch spoke with TV Squad about the film, it’s message, and life since ‘Glee’ — not to mention what might be ahead for Sue this fall.
Read more at TV Squad
Lea Michele Talks ‘Glee’ Super Bowl Episode
Lea Michele rubs shoulders with fellow actress Christina Ricci at AT&T’s BlackBerry Torch launch party on Wednesday (August 11) in Los Angeles.
The 23-year-old actress wore a Jenni Kayne ensemble, Brian Atwood shoes, Gerard Darel bag, Neil Lane earrings and Jen Cohen ring.
Read more at Just Jared
‘America’s Got Talent’: YouTube semifinalists revealed
There you have it America, your 4 YouTubular acts that will be moving into the semi-finals are Maestro Alexander Bui, Dan Sperry, Jackie Evancho, & Kristina Young. Nick tells us that next week there will be a wildcard show that features 12 acts that have been asked back 1 more time by the judges. These acts will be: Michael Grasso (magician), Connor Doran (indoor kite flyer), Swing Shift Side Show, Kruti Dance Academy, Michael Lipari and AshleighDejon (dancers), The Hot Shop Tap Dancers, RNG, CJ Dippa, Harmonica Pierre, Anna & Patryk (dancers), Doogie Horner, Rudi Macaggi.
Read more at The Baltimore Sun
Jordin Sparks ‘In The Heights” Backstage Tour
Jordin debuts as Nina Rosario in the Broadway musical, In The Heights on August 19