Melinda Doolittle does Veggie Tale
A few more details from Idol Chatter about Melinda Doolittle’s role in the animated series, Veggie Tales. She voiced a new character, Cassie Cassava, for the series’ upcoming Easter DVD, VeggieTales: Easter in Crisper County.
“I absolutely looooveVeggieTales, ” Melinda says. “I used to be a nanny, so I watched VeggieTales all the time and thought, ‘Something about this is for adults, too.’ Those kids probably got tired of me singing all those songs.”
Easter in Crisper County is scheduled for a March 5, 2011, release.
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Butterfly House corn maze features Crystal Bowersox
American Idol fans, prepare to be a-maze-d. Northwest Ohio’s own Crystal Bowersox is the theme of this year’s corn maze at the Butterfly House.
The maze runs through Halloween and has 4 levels of skill.
(The maze opened to the public over the weekend. The owners are raffling off a guitar to benefit tornado victims.)
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A Conversation with The Goo Goo Doll’s John Rzeznick
MR: There seem to be two main routes to success now: Be an indie band that works the Internet and gets a huge fan base that’s loyal and supportive, or let a major entity with deep promotional pockets who becomes a partner in your image and sound.
JR: I feel for these kids because, you know, they’re talented, but I think one of the things with the whole American Idol deal is that they grab a hold of you and you do what they tell you. I wrote songs with David Cook for his last record, and he’s talented, man. That kid can sing, he can play guitar, he knows what he wants to do, and he’s constantly fighting for his identity and his right to be an artist. I respect him a lot.
A Conversation with Josiah Leming
Mike Ragogna: You have a new debut album, Come On Kid. But first, apparently, because of the circumstances by which you left American Idol, they invented this wild card thing, right?
Josiah Leming: Yeah, I think so. It’s just kind of like a fail safe, you know?
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Boston Conservatory grad Constantine Maroulis (above), an “American Idol’’ survivor and star of Broadway’s “Rock of Ages, ’’ sang the national anthem before the Patriots game yesterday. He tweeted this note to fans on Sept. 11: “Returning to Boston today where I was nine years ago this morning . . . We’ll never forget.’’
Read more at Boston Globe
Kimberly Caldwell performed the National Anthem yesterday at the Malibu Triathalon to benefit Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles.
Simon Cowell ‘won’t quit UK X Factor – he just likes moaning’ insists Sinitta
The Eighties chart star, who helped Cowell pick his final three acts at the judge’s houses in Spain, says Cowell just likes moaning after he hinted last week he would quit Britain for the US.
Instead, insists his right hand woman, all SiCo needs is a big holiday and he’ll bounce back.
‘The guy is a workaholic, ’ the singer told Metro.
‘I think he enjoys complaining as much as he likes working too hard. I think he’ll do both. He’ll be tired and then just take a big holiday.’
Read more at the Metro
Jane Lynch on iCarly: Just the Latest Reason to Get Your Comedy Fix on Nickelodeon
Jane Lynch guest-starred on Nickelodeon’s iCarly last night, turning in a typically scene-chewing performance as Sam’s much-discussed, never-before-seen mom. She proved a perfect choice to play the tough-talking tomboy’s equally tough-talking mother — and, let’s face it, only Glee‘s Sue Sylvester could consider it showing her softer side to play a parent who responds to her kid saying, “My future’s gonna be just fine, ” with, “Who told you that? Your parole officer?” Hey, at least there were no hair jokes.
Read more at Entertainment Weekly
Prince Poppycock From ‘America’s Got Talent’: Who Is This Guy?
If you haven’t been watching ‘America’s Got Talent’ over the summer you have missed out on quite the sensation: Prince Poppycock.
Then again, even if you haven’t watched, you probably at least read headlines on sites like TVSquad or heard about him around the watercooler at work because Poppycock has been a serious contender for the ‘America’s Got Talent’ crown as early as his New York audition and is now part of the Top 4 finale airing next week.
Read more at TV Squad
Jim Cantiello’s VMAs in 60 seconds
Jordin Sparks and the cast of “The Heights” perform at Broadway on Broadway in Times Square yesterday
Jordin will appear on The Wendy Williams show today.
Simon Cowell Negotiating $32M ITV Pay-Day
The network is trying to tie the X Factor supremo down to a 3-year deal. Cowell said on Friday that the UK X Factor could move to January 2012 to accommodate next year’s US version. ITV executives have been looking for replacements for its ratings juggernaut, which got 10.8 million viewers on Saturday. Network executives had hoped the talent show would be running out of steam by this Fall’s series 7, giving them greater bargaining power. Cowell, 50, has even coined the nickname Mr ITV because he is so powerful at the station
Meanwhile, Cowell is investigating getting into the movie business providing he can find the right partner.
Read more at Deadline London
Preview 2 from Fantasia’s Reality Show, Fantasia For Real