Idol Headlines for 09/13/11 – The Evening Edition

Allison Iraheta will perform at Broadway & Beyond Benefit to honor Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, choreographer Mary Murphy (So You Think You Can Dance) and plastic surgeon Leif Rogers. The variety show and fund-raiser benefits the weSPARK Cancer Support Center and is set for Sept. 26 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. (Via THR)

Kelly Clarkson is set to perform on the Ellen Degeneres show on Thursday September 22.

Jane Lynch’s autobiography, “Happy Accidents” is out today. You can order it now at Amazon. Jane tweets, “Can I just say how honored & just plain thrilled I am that CAROL BURNETT wrote the forward to my book, Happy Accidents? It’s out today!!”

Danny Gokey will go back to his truck driving days for a new reality show, according to Music Row.  GAC TV premieres Day Jobs on October 2.  The new show “follows country artists as they revisit the day jobs they had before they had airtime on the radio. Each one-hour episode will show three artists as they work an eight-hour shift at their prior place of employment.”

These  Idols Live backstage interviews took place before the Toronto concert last week.  Jaffer Murtz interviews:  Stefano Langone,   Haley Reinhart, James Durbin, Pia Toscano, and Casey Abrams.

Check out this new Kris Allen Q&A from the Kidz Bop website.  Watch it HERE.

Hey, isn’t that…?: Jennifer Hudson at her surprise 30th birthday party

Jennifer Hudson celebrating her 30th birthday at Opera Ultra Lounge Monday night. The newly-svelte singer, in town for the Kennedy Center concert honoring Aretha Franklin, thought she was going to a late birthday dinner with friends; instead her sisters and about 300 fans surprised Hudson with a party at the new downtown club. The festivities — with a three-tiered cake, “Happy Birthday” sung by Raheem Devaughn and Lil’Mo, and Hudson’s hits performed by drag queens — lasted until 2 a.m.

See the Photo at The Washington Post

Jennifer Lopez, Silvio Horta Sell Family Dramedy to Fox

Fox is doubling down on its commitment to Jennifer Lopez.

The top rated network has given a script commitment with penalty for a family dramedy project from the American Idol judge and Ugly Betty showrunner Silvio Horta.

Horta, who inked an overall deal with Sony in June, will write and executive produce, with Lopez and her Nuyorican Prods. producing partner Simon Fields attached to EP.

Read more at Hollywood Reporter

Broadway Rocks Anaheim to Feature Shirley Jones, Patrick Cassidy, Ace Young and Lea Thompson

Academy Award winner Shirley Jones, David Burnham, Ace Young and Lea Thompson will lend their voices to Broadway Rocks Anaheim Nov. 5 at the Heritage Forum.

Funds from the benefit concert go toward the ongoing capital campaign for the Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation. Calvin Remsberg will direct the 8 PM concert that will have musical direction by Ron Abel.

Read more at Broadway Rocks

Scotty McCreery, ‘The Trouble With Girls’ — Story Behind the Lyrics

My co-writer, Phillip White, and I have known each other for a long time. He’s from my hometown in Alabama. We ran into each other this summer and got together to write. I usually always write at my studio at [publishing company] Big Loud Shirt, so I can use my Pro Tools, but Phillip proposed that we do it at Universal. I thought, “That’s a good idea. It will be old-school — two writers with a guitar and a piano — with no toys to play with and interrupt the creative process.” It was a good change from my everyday norm.

Read more at the Boot

A Re-Introduction to: Pia Toscano

Any American Idol enthusiast will certainly remember Pia Toscano. The Howard Beach, New York-based singer was eliminated too early during the contest’s tenth season, placing ninth, surprisingly low for someone of Toscano’s vocal ability. Judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez were understandably shocked.

Nevertheless in June, she signed a major label record deal with Interscope, and her first non-American Idol single, “This Time”, dropped in July (watch the video here). Expect a debut album soon; in the meantime check out Toscano’s answers to our questions and listen to her “Summer Playlist” below.


Dr. Ablow Gets It Wrong About Chaz Bono and ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Although this “monkey see, monkey do” warning might come across as common sense advice, this is another instance where “common sense” does not square with science. While science has yet to explain what causes gender dysphoria, as my colleague, APA President, Dr. John Oldham affirms, “There is no evidence that viewing a television game show with a transgender contestant would induce Gender Identity Disorder in young people.”

Yet without much scientific evidence, Dr. Ablow asserts, “It would be wrong to think that gender dysphoria cannot be kindled by celebrating those who have undergone sexual reassignment surgery…By broadcasting, applauding and mainstreaming the journey of a very disordered person who endured, and likely will continue to endure, real suffering based on extraordinarily deep psychological problems, we suggest that that journey is a smart—even heroic—one to take.”

Read more at Fox News

Bradley Cooper And Jennifer Lopez’s Date; He Had No Idea

Bradley Cooper was shocked after a private dinner with Jennifer Lopez was leaked to the press as a romantic date, but he isn’t the first or the last celebrity who will fall into the diva’s trap — just ask “Schindler’s List” actor, Ralph Fiennes.

In 2002, Lopez had a casual dinner with Fiennes, around the time they were filming “Maid in Manhattan” together, only to find pictures from their joint meal splashed all over the New York Post saying ‘deny this.’ Fiennes later went on to say, “I had dinner with her and her producer and her manager who’s in the background of the shot as well. That didn’t upset me because it was just so not true and so badly set up.”

Read more at Huffington Post

‘Glee’s’ Cory Monteith says working with Ryan Murphy is ‘awesome’

What does Cory Monteith make of reports that he’s been battling Ryan Murphy behind the scenes of Fox’s “Glee”?

“This is gossip, ” Monteith said Monday night to reporters at a Fox party. “I think people try to make a big deal of things. I think people make something out of nothing.”

At Monday’s party, Monteith downplayed any kerfuffle, instead maintaining that working for Murphy is “awesome. It’s always been awesome…. I feel fortunate.”

Read more at the LA Times

‘Glee’ DVD EXCLUSIVE: Laugh Along With ‘Santana’s Slams’


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