Steven Tyler says he’ll be an “American Idol” judge
A source close to Steven Tyler says the Aerosmith frontman told the source he will be a judge on Fox’s “American Idol” next season.
While an official announcement about Tyler has yet to come from Fox and the producers of the top-rated show, the source told The Associated Press on Wednesday, “there is no reason to refute” Tyler’s account.
Report from the Associated Press
ANOOP DESAI SET TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT JIMMY V CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC
(openPR) – Los Angeles, CA- On Sunday, August 29th, American Idol Alum, Anoop Desai will sing the national anthem to kick off the 17th Annual Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic for Cancer Research at Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Diana DeGarmo begins rehearsals for 9 to 5 The Musical today. She tweets, “First day of 9 to 5 rehearsal, yeehaw!” Diana plays, Doralee Rhodes, the role made famous by Dolly Parton (who wrote the songs, incidentally). The national touring company opens in Nashville on September 21.
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Tyler lands on ‘Idol’
A source close to the bad boys from Boston tells us Tyler neglected to mention “Idol’’ when Aerosmith recently negotiated a new deal with Sony. And it’s not known how Tyler’s TV duties might affect Aerosmith’s plans to tour and record.
Read more at Boston.com
American Idol Semi-Finalist Todrick Hall Back on Broadway in Memphis
Todrick Hall, a semi-finalist on this year’s Season 9 of American Idol has returned to the Broadway stage, joining the ensemble of the Tony-winning hit musical Memphis. He made his debut in the show on August 17, on the same night High School Musical sweethearts Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens paid a backstage visit.
Read more at Broadway.com
Giraud joins Battle Creek choirs for a big cause
KALAMAZOO — Sitting at an outdoor table at Arcadia Creek Festival Place, former “American Idol” finalist Matt Giraud’s gold Louis Vuitton sunglasses glinting in the sunlight were his only hints of fame. The otherwise average 25-year old was talking about something that changed his life, and it wasn’t appearing on TV or releasing albums.
Giraud is going to highlight his work as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters with a fundraising concert at 7 p.m. today. While Giraud was in college, he became a Big as a way to be productive. He said it ended up changing his life, and he’s now on his second match.
“You have to be a role model, ” he said. “You learn about yourself, actually. I really found out I could help someone.”
Read more at the Battle Creek Enquirer
Trying a new track, Ayla goes country
Don’t look now, but Ayla Brown just crossed over. After years of pursuing pop music fame, and graduating from Boston College this spring, the daughter of the Bay State’s freshman US senator is going country.
She has her reasons. OK, she’s tall and beautiful. She can’t change that. But she doesn’t want the sexy stuff that dominates the music industry to define her. Not like Lady Ga-Ga, Janet Jackson, or a young Madonna. She wants to be a role model for young girls.
“I don’t want to be on stage shaking my butt to get fans, ’’ says Brown. “The pop world is not where I see my future.’’
Read more at Boston.com
Older, wiser and engaged: Pickler part of Nashville’s changing of the guard
Forgive Kellie Pickler if she’s not sure what day it is.
Or where she is exactly.
“I just literally woke up to call you, ’’ she says on an early afternoon last week from her tour bus, which was temporarily pulled over from “wherever we’re riding to today. I don’t even know where we’re going.’’
Just the day before — on a lone day off at home in Nashville, Tenn. — she wrote on Twitter: “3:30 a.m. Wide awake. Tempted 2 call my bus driver & see if he will drive me around so I can sleep (addicted to the road).’’
Read more at the Green Bay Press Gazette
‘American Idol’ star Kristy Lee Cook’s reality TV show about hunting doesn’t sit well with PETA
When former “American Idol” contestant Kristy Lee Cook’s new reality TV show, “Goin’ Country with Kristy Lee Cook, ” launched on the Versus sports network earlier this month, the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was quick to state its disapproval.
Cook’s eight-episode show documents her travels to hunt whitetail deer, turkeys, pheasants and even black bears throughout the United States, all while trying to score a recording contract.
Read more at the LA Times
Katharine McPhee sings “Brand New Key/Faith” at LINC Houston
Katharine McPhee was in Houston 8/17/2010 as part of the Hunger-Free Summer initiative, developed by the ConAgra Foods Foundation and Feeding America, which provides school-age children with free meals during the summer. (The Houston Food Bank was the local recipient.)
McPhee has visited five locations across the country, and LINC-Houston, a faith-based nonprofit, was her final stop. (The entire program was taken to 23 organizations in 16 states.)
Read more at the Houston Chronicle
Worshipping ‘Idol’ jobs
Just nine short seasons ago, “American Idol” was an untested reality show, with an obscure panel of judges: a music producer no one outside the industry had heard of, a snarky Brit no one in the country had ever heard of and a perky, babbling has-been.
Since then, “Idol” has dominated television and made a significant impact on the music scene. So with one or more judging spots open after the exits of Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres and the rumored firing of Kara DioGuardi, the casting process has considerably higher stakes.
Read more at the Chicago Sun-Times
Jackie Tohn and Alex Wagner-Trugman sing songs that Should Never Be Sung on Idol Again