Idol Headlines for 09/21/10

Jennifer Hudson & John Legend To Hit Concert Stage Together

John Legend and The Roots have some very special guests for their special UNSTAGED concert on Thursday (September 23) in New York City. can exclusively confirm that Jennifer Hudson, Estelle, Melanie Fiona and Common will all hit the concert stage as part of UNSTAGED, an original series from American Express in partnership with VEVO and YouTube.

If you don’t have tickets to the show, don’t worry! Tune into the live online concert, directed by Spike Lee, on September 23 at!

Read more: at JustJared


via @Fantasia_Info: Fantasia’s 30 city tour is called “Back To Me” and begins in Richmond, VA on November 3 & 4th. Other cities she’ll be playing include: Philly, Baltimore, Atlanta, Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Birmingham & Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale October 1. Eric Benet and Kandi Burruss will be touring with her. More details to come.


Daughtry covers the classic 80’s tune, “Photograph” from Def Leppard on the new album from Santana.  Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time.  is available everywhere today.  You can download it from iTunes or order it from Amazon right now.

Daughtry will appear on tonight’s Dancing With the Stars results show at 9/8c PT on ABC


The Idol promo shoots continue in Birmingham. They shot with Taylor Hicks yesterday, and now Ruben Studdard today, @Gsafarian: “Good morning! It’s another bright day in Birmingham! Looking thru our shoot schedule 4 today-lots of cool locations 2 hit with Ruben!”


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Arkansas licking chops at thought of toppling Alabama

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — It has been a long time since Arkansas played a game of this magnitude at home.

“This is a big game, ” said tight end D.J. Williams, whose No. 11 Razorbacks play No. 1 Alabama on Saturday. How big? “Kris Allen is a buddy of mine. He won American Idol, and he can’t get tickets.”

Though Williams didn’t have any extra tickets for Idol’s Allen, who is an Arkansas native, he managed to find some elsewhere, Williams said. As if this game needs any more hype, Williams added, “Now I have to get him to sing the national anthem.”

Read more at USA Today


Rock of Ages National Tour, with Constantine Maroulis, Launches Sept. 21

The national tour of the Tony-nominated musical Rock of Ages kicks off Sept. 21 in Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre, where it will reside through Oct. 3.

Constantine Maroulis repeats his Tony-nominated performance as Drew with MiG Ayesa as Stacee Jaxx, Nick Cordero as Dennis, Rebecca Faulkenberry as Sherrie, Patrick Lewallen as Lonny, Teresa Stanley as Justice, Casey Tuma as Regina, Bret Tuomi as Hertz and Travis Walker as Franz. The ensemble comprises Angela Brydon, Joey Calveri, Daniel Luis Domenech, Lindsay Janisse, Sean Jenness, Holly Laurent, Lauralynn McClelland, Rashad Naylor, Josh Sassanella and Erika Shannon.

Read more at Playbill


Dolly Parton “Thrilled” About Nashville Premiere of 9 to 5: The Musical

Parton eagerly stepped back up to say, “Anybody can buy a cheap wig and wear it. And a push-up bra, ” she added. “But you’ve got to have a lot of talent — and she does.” Looking straight at DeGarmo, she told her, “I’m proud of you.”

Parton admitted she hasn’t offered any advice to the 23-year-old actress, but she says she didn’t need to.

“Diana’s got her own following, ” she remarked. “She’s a little star of her own.”



She’s a little bit country, a little bit musical theater

If you know Diana DeGarmo only from her “American Idol” days, you haven’t been paying attention. In the past five years, she’s jumped head first into theater, working on Broadway, off-Broadway and all across the country.

She’s grown a bit, too. She’s 23 now, has her own place in Nashville where she works as a songwriter and is happy to ride the musical theater train for as long as it will carry her. Ideally, she says, she’d spend half her year doing theater and half writing songs.

Read more at Encore Atlanta


Past ‘Idol’ finalists bring Motown to Folsom

This year, former American Idol singers will be bringing some Motown magic to the kick-off block party for Folsom Live.

Four former Idol contestants will be performing that Friday night and they are:

Trenyce Cobbins who placed fifth on the second season of Idol in 2003;Gina Glocksen who placed ninth the sixth season of Idol in 2007; Michael Sarver who placed tenth on the eighth season of Idol in 2009; and, David Hernandez who placed twelfth on the seventh season of Idol in 2008.

Langford said that Michael Orland, musical director for the “American Idol” TV show, oversees the Idol touring shows that feature former contestants. Since the Motown program has always been popular, Langford said Orland packaged together a tour featuring Motown songs.

“There are different tours for each region of the country, ” Langford said. “In fact, Folsom Live is the beginning of the West Coast Motown tour shows. Yes, they’re kicking off the tour here in our town.” This will also be the first time the stage show will be performed outdoors.

More info at, Friday Sept. 24, El Dorado CA.


American Idol Finalist, Scott MacIntyre, Performs at the 100th Anniversary Gala for the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind

MECHANICSBURG, Pa., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind (PAB) and their celebration of the milestone will prove to be one of the most historic events ever offered.

On Thursday, October 14, 2010, PAB will kick-off the festivities at 5:00pm with a Silent Auction Cocktail Reception at the Crowne Plaza in Harrisburg. Wine baskets, art, trips, jewelry, iPads and more will be auctioned to the highest bidder, with all proceeds benefiting programs for Pennsylvanians who are blind or visually impaired.

An “Around the World” Dinner will be served at 6:30pm where guests will have the opportunity to taste foods from Ireland, Italy, China, and the United States.

Following dinner, guests will walk to the Whitaker Center where they will see the featured performance for the Gala, American Idol Top Ten Finalist, Scott MacIntyre. As the first visually impaired finalist on American Idol, Scott was called, “An inspiration to the entire world through his commitment and through his talent.” Doors open at 7:30pm and the Concert will begin at 8:30pm.

Read more at PR Newswire


Sneak Peek: Glee Gang on The SimpsonsMore at E Online


Television review: ‘Glee’

The second season of “Glee” is going to be much harder to pull off than the first.

It’s not that the knives are out — although having a special issue of People devoted to the show was truly weird and annoying. It’s just that while the glorious and joyful noise of the first season rocked most everyone back on their heels, we’re all caught up on the soundtracks and the live shows, Jane Lynch and Ryan Murphy have got their Emmys and now we’re looking forward to “Glee’s” becoming a real television show.

Read more at the LA Times


‘Glee’ Premiere: A Look At The High Notes (And A Few Missed Ones)

‘Glee‘ is back in session, and in a new time slot – Tuesdays at 8/7c. Now facing off against TV’s most watched scripted show – the admittedly older-skewing ‘NCIS’ – Fox’s sophomore musical comedy has a ton of tricks up its sleeve. Among them: guest stars Britney Spears, John Stamos and Gwyneth Paltrow (see news story), and a riff on ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show.’

Read more at Fancast


‘Glee’ goes typically, enjoyably over-the-top for its encore

Here’s to heading in new New Directions.

It’s the start of another semester for Fox’s outlandishly entertaining musical schoolhouse romp, Glee, but not much has changed. The New Directions singers may have tasted a bit of success, but they’re still social outcasts, and their club could still become a budget fatality — with or without Sue’s conniving.

As for the TV show itself, it remains the same heady, sometimes-too-rich mix of song-and-dance magic, high school musical spoof and overall excess. It’s a mess, but it’s the kind of joyous mess that makes you think order can be overrated.

Read more at USA Today


‘Glee’ New Class: John Stamos, Charice And More

One of the newbies, Chord Overstreet, is not only a pal of Demi Lovato’s, but will certainly have fans of the show buzzing as Finn’s gridiron rival. Football is a sport known for hazing, so has Overstreet seen any of that happening on the “Glee” set?

“I’m raw meat, fresh, ” he joked. “There’s candles involved, a bunch of, like, Satanic rituals. Just some hazing, some general hazing. Little pranks here and there, nothing big, but I mean everybody was really welcoming when I came in.”

Read more at MTV


‘Dancing With the Stars’ recap: ‘Our wildest cast ever!’

Welcome back to the ballroom, dance fans! We’re at the top of yet another sequin-studded season of “Dancing With the Stars.” This time around, we’ve got a Baby, a comedian, a football player, a Brady, and a Palin. Not to mention the Hoff!

Read more at the LA Times


New Susan Boyle Album, The Gift, Arriving Tuesday, November 9

SYCO/Columbia Records proudly announces the release of The Gift, the eagerly awaited second full-length album from the top-selling international singing sensation Susan Boyle, available everywhere on Tuesday, November 9.

One of the most highly anticipated releases of 2010, Susan Boyle’s The Gift premieres ten new performances from the former “Britain’s Got Talent” contestant whose debut album, I Dreamed A Dream, sold more than 9 million copies worldwide since its release in November 2009. Like its predecessor, The Gift is produced by Steve Mac.

The first full-length collection since the release of her 9 times platinum record-breaking debut, The Gift offers a seasonal repertoire of inspirational and secular songs united in theme and the breathtaking vocal artistry of Susan Boyle.

Read more at PRNewswire


Jane Lynch talks Glee on Jay Leno

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TV Ratings Monday: Dancing, Castle, Two and a Half Men Up ; Lone Star No Star; + The Event, Hawaii Five-0

ABC has to be feeling pretty good, with both CBS & NBC at least content for a day. Over at Fox it’s more “oh my!” and not in a good way.

ABC won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers with both Dancing with the Stars and Castle up 22% in adults 18-49 vs. last year’s premieres. Any overrun for Dancing with the Stars will cause later adjustments for Castle in the finals.

Read more at TVByTheNumbers


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Josiah Leming works to overcome ‘Idol’ impression

Josiah Leming made a big impression during American Idol’s seventh season. It just wasn’t exactly the kind he wanted.

“I was very immature at the time, ” says the singer, often remembered by the show’s viewers for his easy-flowing tears and faux-British accent. “I think anybody who saw me could tell I was pretty emotionally unfit for the ordeal.”

Focusing that energy has been a two-year ordeal for Josiah. Shortly after his brief Idol run ended, he signed to Warner Bros. Records, but he turned out to be just as immature a recording artist as he was a TV-show contestant. (“Infantile, in every respect, ” he admits. “And, right now, I’m like a toddler, hating on my infancy.”)

Read more at Idol Chatter


On Set: Keeping Up the Glee in Season 2

Lots of Glee spoilers in this article:

In the choir room, Amber Riley and Naya Rivera are power-stomping and rump-shaking through another run of Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High.” While Eric Stoltz directs the scene from the season’s fourth episode, Adam Shankman arrives to prep the fifth. He’s shooting segments for Glee’s Halloween episode, in which the club mounts a production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. During a break, choreographer Zach Woodlee shows Shankman some potential moves for “Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me, ” a planned show-stopper for chaste guidance counselor Emma (Jayma Mays).

Read more at TV Guide

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