Idol Headlines for 09/22/11

Casey James at Toby Keith’s in St. Louis Park, MN
Elliott Yamin at The Square Room in Knoxville, TN
Trenyce in “Thriller Live” in London UK
More at IdolStages

Kelly Clarkson performs on the Ellen Degeneres Show
Jane Lynch on the Wendy Williams Show
Adam Lambert is guest judge on Project Runway, Lifetime.  9 ET/8 CT.

The last of the American Idol cattle call auditions are taking place in East Rutherford, NJ today.

James Durbin tweets, “Just decided on my albums title! And were looking at a home tonight and arrive 2 hours before I left! Then track guitar with Dylan”

LOVE FOOD & MUSIC Festival | Saturday October 1st

David Hernandez, Vonzell Solomon and Sam Sparro will perform at Hungerstock in South Jersey. More information HERE.

If you are interested, the Kidz Star performance videos are up at the Kids Bop website. You can watch and vote HERE.  Season 9 winner, Kris Allen is one of the judges.  You can see him in reaction shots of the audience.

‘Majors & Minors’ Creator Evan Bogart on Working with Adam Lambert, Finding the Future Justin Bieber (Q&A)

THR: You mentioned Adam Lambert, what are his strongest attributes when it comes to participating in a show like Majors and Minors?

Bogart: First of all, he’s an incredible singer. His range is ridiculous. But he really wanted to work with the kids on stage presence and delivering the right performance. Even when you’re not the person singing, what you’re doing, how you’re interacting with other people on stage, how you’re being a part of it when you’re not the center of attention. And then when you are the center of attention, how you grab that, run with it, and then pass it off. Because a lot of the performances are done as an ensemble. So, Adam worked with them individually on their movements and their presence. It was something he specifically said he wanted to do.

THR: What can you tell us about his new music?

Bogart: He’s really taken the reigns on this record. I haven’t heard all the songs, but what I did hear, they’re very Adam. They’re deep and true. He was saying that he didn’t want anything to be about “rebel this and that.” Like on the first record, it was very much a let-your-flag-show kind of thing. This one is more specific to what’s going on in his life and his relationships. I think he’s making a very personal record, and he’s kind of in control of it. I think he changed management, because he’s definitely leading the charge on this record.


Jennifer Hudson Surprise Performance — See The Exclusive Video!

Jennifer Hudson may have lost a lot of weight, but one thing she did not lose is her amazing voice!

The Oscar and Grammy winner brought things back to her roots in her hometown of Chicago Wednesday night with a surprise appearance at Paris Club’s Lounge Studio, and has exclusive video of her amazing performance.

Watch at Radaronline

Jennifer Hudson: Glad The X Factor Held Chicago Auditions

Chicago – Simon Cowell made sure Chicago was one of the audition cities for The X Factor because he felt there was unfinished business here from the American Idol days.

“I actually saw it and I was like ‘Oh wow, did Simon actually mention me?’” Jennifer Hudson said. “Its like thinking about where I came from because Idol is where I started was like, ‘Am I making you proud Simon?’ That’s al I really can say.”

More at FOX Chicago

Kelly Clarkson: I can’t compete with Lennon

The 29-year-old singer says comparisons shouldn’t be drawn between songs in the charts today and those created by legends such as The Beatles or Bob Dylan.

‘ mean maybe, ‘ she replied when asked if there’s too much pressure on artists to produce good music nowadays. ‘But I’m not one of those… I’m making pop music, and I mean, we’re not writing Imagine by John Lennon here…

‘What I’m saying is, I’m not trying to be Bob Dylan. My goal is to make ‘ and the music I like ‘ is fun, mainstream music. That’s what I’m meant to do.’

Factor’ Pepsi sponsors debut segment

Tonight when viewers tune into the much-anticipated U.S. debut of The X Factor, they’ll see a star from another Fox series: Glee. Kevin McHale, who plays the wheelchair-bound Artie Abrams character in the hit show, is hosting a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the new Simon Cowell talent search program, courtesy of Pepsi.

Read more at Adweek

‘Glee’ newbie Vanessa Lengies on Sugar’s upcoming revenge (of sorts) and her scary moment with Idina Menzel

Basking in the Glee glow hasn’t been as easy as one would think for new cast member Vanessa Lengies, who made her debut on the show last night as delusional high schooler, Sugar. As fans (about 8 million of them) were settling down to watch the premiere episode, Lengies was wrapping up a seven-hour dance rehearsal with her new Glee castmates and rushing to make it to her Glee premiere party (thrown by her BFF, Life Unexpected creator Liz Tigelaar). No rest for those who love Wicked.

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

‘X Factor’ Judge Paula Abdul on Simon Cowell: ‘I Get a Kick Out of Seeing Him Happy’ (Q&A)

The Hollywood Reporter: You left American Idol amid some controversy involving your salary. If everything including the money was the same, would you have stayed with Idol or still made the switch to X Factor?

Paula Abdul: I would say X Factor because I think change is always good. I’ve never had one job for nine years, and for someone like me, who’s been a director, choreographer and then a performer, I’ve had multiple reinventions when it comes to career paths. It makes sense to try something different, but it doesn’t take away from the love that I had with Idol.

Read more at Hollywood Reporter

Oprah gets a tour of Sunapee with Steven Tyler

SUNAPEE — Television talk-show superstar Oprah Winfrey visited Sunapee Wednesday, glimpsing the town at the side of its most famous part-time resident, Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler.

Sunapee police escorted Winfrey at times, Officer Tim Therrien said.

“They went to Steve Tyler’s childhood home. They walked around there for a while, and then went to his home, ” Therrien said.

Tyler, a judge for “American Idol, ” lives on Lake Avenue in a home that overlooks Lake Sunapee.

Therrien said he believes that Winfrey had a camera crew with her. She was interested in Tyler because of a recent book he wrote, Therrien said.

Read more at the Union Leader

Interview: Glee’s Chris Colfer and Lea Michele

Glee has a large ensemble cast but there’s no doubt who the big stars are – of the kids, anyway. Standing out from the rest of the class are Lea Michele, who plays prodigious, uptight diva Rachel Berry; and Chris Colfer, aka waspish soprano Kurt Hummel.

“Is this our last season?!” Michele exclaims, doing comedy theatrical shock. “Who said that? Let’s fail! Let’s do really bad in school!”

Read more at Radio Times

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