Jason Castro Visits the American Idol Experience
@JasonCastro: “The American idol experience is so much FUN! I just made a guest appearance and gave some advice to the contestants.. Haha”
Constantine Maroulis readies for his final ‘Rock of Ages’ Broadway show
“It’s bittersweet, ” Constantine says about leaving the Broadway cast. “I know the tour’s going to be amazing, to take a role that I created across the country and engage all those Idol fans and all those cool people I haven’t seen in a while.
“I’m excited, but I’m also sad to leave. This is my home. This is the house that I feel like I built. This was a big deal for my — and for my friends and family, the cast and crew. It’s going to be tough to leave them behind.”
The touring production of Rock of Ages kicks off Sept. 21 in Chicago and currently has dates scheduled through June 2011.
Read more at USA Today
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Carrie Underwood: Marriage ‘Feels A Lot Like Dating’
Country songbird Carrie Underwood wed NHL star Mike Fisher in July, and the beautiful blonde says married life is “working out really nicely.”
“Everyone always asks, ‘Do you feel any different?’ and I don’t, ” Carrie told Access Hollywood at an Olay Skin Care event on Wednesday, of life after saying, “I do.” “He’s in Ottawa working right now, and I’m working, so it feels a lot like dating.”
Read more at Access Hollywood
Jessica Simpson is `Project Runway’ finale judge – Jordin Sparks in the Audience
She promised the audience, which included singer Jordin Sparks and designer Betsey Johnson, that they’d see color and fantasy on the catwalk. The crowd also saw an uneven mix of runway-ready, masterful looks and gimmicky ones — especially those micro mini shorts that don’t typically garner the best reviews when top-tier designers bring them back.
Sparks, now starring in Broadway’s “In the Heights, ” said before the show that she couldn’t imagine what was running through the designers’ heads even though she was essentially in the same position on “American Idol.” The difference, she said, was that she felt in control of her destiny because she was being judged on her voice.
Read more at the Associated Press
Houston Astros Fans With 10, 000 Harmonicas To Break World Record for Largest Ensemble Song
HOUSTON, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ — The Houston Astros and the independent film, “Pocket Full of Soul: The Harmonica Documentary, “ have announced they will attempt to break the World Record for largest harmonica ensemble after the Astros game Friday, September 10th at Minute Maid Ballpark.
“Pocket Full of Soul” is a film about America’s love affair with the harmonica and the musicians who consider the humble instrument an essential ingredient of their unique Blues sound. Huey Lewis narrates the film and is joined by John Popper of Blues Traveler, comedian Robert Klein, country music star Clint Black, James Cotton, Magic Dick (from the J. Geils Band), Taylor Hicks (from American Idol), Lee Oskar (from War), and Kim Wilson (from the Fabulous Thunderbirds), as well many other musicians who cherish harmonicas as their pocket full of soul.
Read more at PR Newswire
Melinda Doolittle in Veggie Tales
Melinda Doolittle tweets, “Just had the best. day. ever. Dreams seriously do come true. I’m Officially a Veggie Tale!” (Veggie Tales are a series of Christean Judeo themed children’s strories featuring computer-animated vegtables)
Nigel Lythgoe: My Dogs Went from ‘Homeless to Bel-Air’
A Dalmatian, a pit bull and the executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance, all living under the same roof and getting along? In Hollywood, anything is possible.
Nigel Lythgoe hadn’t been looking for either of those dogs —he’d been thinking about getting two Rhodesian ridgeback puppies from a breeder in Chicago. But the producer was in the middle of a season of his hit dance show, and the prospect of picking them up started to get too challenging.
Then, a friend told Lythgoe, “I don’t know why you want to go through a breeder anyway. There are too many dogs in the world that haven’t got homes that are already alive.”
Read more and see a photo of Nigel and his adorable doggies at PeoplePets
Simon Cowell and Jesus
News of the X Factor mogul’s resemblance to the Son Of God couldn’t have come at a better time. Old Flat-Top’s had a rough few weeks. First there was the Auto-Tuning scandal on The X Factor, charges which Cowell seems to have taken to refuting with the claim that Auto-Tuning doesn’t actually exist: thus we are faced with the intriguing prospect that every successful auditionee in Glasgow and Dublin just happened to sound like a cross between Stephen Hawking and one of the For Mash Get Smash robots. “There is no machine to make people sound worse or better, ” he said, which presumably comes as news to the manufacturers of the Antares Auto-Tune Evo Pitch Correcting Plug-In, who are, as we speak, doubtless amending their industry-standard product’s slogan to The Fastest, Easiest To Use, Highest-Quality Tool for Correcting Pitch That Doesn’t Actually Exist According to Simon Cowell.
Read more at the Guardian
‘DWTS’: Erin Andrews Has Advice on Maks for Brandy
“The dos: do bring him coffee and a smoothie to practice. That gets him off on a good note, ” Andrews told “Extra.” “The don’ts: don’t take any of his bull! He will start to yell Russian expletives at you, and you’ll learn them by the end of the season.”
Read more at Extra
Susan Sarandon Up for Glee‘s Rocky Horror Tribute
And with rumors already buzzing about an episode of Glee devoted to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, will Susan Sarandon be making an appearance in tribute to the 35-year-old cult classic in which she costarred?
“Depending on what they wanted me to do, ” the Oscar winner, 63, told PEOPLE at Wednesday night’s SPiN New York “Ping Pong With The Models” Event to Benefit Haiti. “I’m not really a singer, so I wouldn’t be very out there. I’m a terrible singer. But I’m flattered they want to do it.”
And while Sarandon admits she was only recently introduced to the FOX show, she has certainly become a fan.
Read more at People
Chart Watch Extra: Is It A Hit Or A Let-Down?
Katy Perry’s exuberant “Teenage Dream” jumps to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 this week. It’s Perry’s second #1 hit in a row on that chart, following her summertime smash “California Gurls.” So her new Teenage Dream album must be setting records, right? Not so much. The album has sold 281, 000 copies in its first two weeks, nothing to sneeze at, but far below industry projections. (Most insiders figured it would sell about 400, 000 copies in its first week, which would have it approaching 600, 000 by now.)
Read more at Yahoo Chart Watch
Fox Toledo Speaks to Crystal Bowersox about the Ohio Records Check
Mike Lynche – Late Nite Sandwich – Sno Ball Edition!
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