David Archuleta to perform a Christmas Concert Series with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, Salt Lake City on Thurs, 12/16, 8:00 p.m. (dress rehearsal), and Fri. and Sat., 12/17-12/18, 7:30 p.m.
Sun. 12/19, the Choir’s weekly Music and the Spoken Word broadcast will also feature David with a mini-concert immediately following. All the concerts will be held in the Conference Center. More information at mormontabernacle.org
Lee Confirms Today’s announcement will be about the Single
@LeeDeWyze, “Hey guys, there is going to be announcement @ americanidol.com today about the single :) I’ll update you soon, love ya.”
Reminder from @RCAMusic: AmericanIdol.com (@americanidol) will have some special news about Season 9 champ @LeeDeWyze today. Stay tuned!
Jennifer Lopez & Ryan Seacrest To Address “Feud” On Radio Friday [AUDIO]
In an effort separate fact from fiction, Jennifer will call “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” radio show Friday at 7:30am PST to talk about the story that has captured the attention of the web, originating with InTouch (nuf said) and magnified by Perez Hilton.
Listen to the Audio at RyanSeacrest.com
Syesha Mercado will debut a new song soon @Syesha: Check out my NEW SONG that will be played on 99 JAMZ very soon! Stay posted to hear it! Ready Miami for “Hostage”?
Idol producers shooting in Little Rock AR today for Kris Allen’s Idol promo: @GSafarian: “Now onto the project at hand! Good morning sunshines! Beautiful day in Little Rock. Been shooting for an hour-heading to Conway in a few.
Kris Allen in Conway – This Friday!
Kris Allen along with a film crew from American Idol will be in Simon Park, Friday, October 8, from 4p – 4:30p revisiting his journey to the top of the American Idol ladder. Stop by Simon Park to show your support for Kris! Special surprise announcement at 4:30!!!
Not sure what KURB means by “surprise announcement”? Hm. We already know what his new single is. It could also be something radio-station related and nothing to do with Kris.
Also on Friday, Kris will be at Excell Park in Jacksonville, AR for a check presentation.
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Benardo to ‘Idol’ — I Survived Two Suicide Bombings
Ian Benardo ain’t backing down from his $100 million lawsuit against “American Idol”– in fact, he’s so serious … dude is comparing the “Idol” legal ambush to terrorist attacks he survived as an Israeli soldier.
“Idol” lawyers want Benardo’s lawsuit tossed out of court — but the former contestant ain’t taking the “Idol” counter-attack sitting down.
Dude just fired off a letter to the judge in the case claiming, “As a soldier who served in the Israeli Army and survived two suicide bombings, I hold equality close to my heart and won’t back down due to intimidation.”
Read more at TMZ
‘From one Fish to another’
He was only 15, he loved hockey and his favourite player was Mike Fisher — because his name was Mike Fisher, too.
“When Mike married Carrie Underwood, he used to go around telling everybody, ‘Yeah, I’m married to Carrie Underwood, ‘” his stepfather Daniel Nees said from the family’s home in New Jersey.
On Sept. 24, Fisher was at a roller hockey practice in his hometown of Dennisville, New Jersey, when he collapsed without warning and died. His heartbroken family thought an autographed photo from his idol of the same name would be a fitting final gift to display at his funeral.
The player said Wednesday he had been touched to hear of his namesake. “It was a sad, sad story, ” he said, adding, “There aren’t too many Mike Fishers playing hockey out there.”
Read more at the Ottawa Citizen
Last Night: Carrie Underwood At Toyota Center
Carrie Underwood is perfect for Vegas. That’s not a knock – mostly.
Underwood is wholesome, engaging and dynamic. She’s no Tina Turner, but she can strut onstage. Her voice is excellent – good range and control, on key and expressive. Maybe she oversells ballads like “I Know You Won’t, ” but hey, Streisand does the same thing. And before a singer can oversell a song, they have to sell it first.
No problem there. But Underwood has a real edge to her, a fiery rock singer a la Chrissie Hynde or Joan Jett itching to tear up her All-American Girl image, or at least smudge it up a little. Wednesday night at Toyota Center, Aftermath saw just enough of that side of Underwood to make us want to see more.
Read more at the Houston Press
ACM Lifts Lives Through Donations
ACM Lifting Lives® has donated $800, 000 this year to programs that improve lives through the power of music. Among its newest beneficiaries are the Nashville Symphony, Sophia’s Heart Foundation and Stars for Stripes.
Throughout 2010, the organization has supported flood relief in Middle Tennessee, the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund for music industry professionals in need, and artists’ favorite causes through a monthly “My Cause” web feature.
Read more at Music Row.com
Clay Aiken & Tyra Banks Train Together
Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken and supermodel gal pal Tyra Banks took their relationship underground … and rode the NYC subway together on Wednesday.
See the photo at TMZ
Giraud to perform at Otsego’s ‘purple game’
Otsego High School will host its “Community for the Cure” purple game on Friday, Oct. 15, during a home game against Dowagiac. In addition to raising awareness and funds for cancer research, the event will also include a performance by former American Idol finalist Matt Giraud.
The event is a collaboration between Van Andel Institute, Giraud and the school district.
The color purple has been adopted as a symbol for cancer survivors. The purple-themed event is intended to bring the school district and community together to raise awareness, celebrate cancer survivors, honor loved ones who have passed away and support research that provides hope to patients and families around the world.
Read more at Allegan News
Diana DeGarmo interview on Charlotte Today
Accomplished cast of ‘9 to 5’ works hard for the money
At first, the actors seem to be playing to our expectations, reviving memories of the actresses in the film: Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton (who wrote songs for the stage show and narrates via projected image) and Jane Fonda.
But individualities emerge as we get to know them. Hoty has a harder edge, like Eve Arden on steroids; Parris has an appealingly brassy quality when she comes into her own; DeGarmo, who sounds like Parton if you close your eyes on “Backwoods Barbie, ” is less of a caricature and more of a character. Even Mahowald, who looks like Rock Hudson playing a porn star, is more macho than Dabney Coleman was on-screen.
Read more at Charlotte Observer
For Maroulis, theater career is a ‘Rock’
The school is proud of its alumnus. Maroulis said he will be taking part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new conservatory facility as well as teaching a master class in acting.
Would he like to pursue straight roles and drama in the future?
“Definitely, in fact I have a few projects in development, ” he said. “I grew up as an actor. I love the classics. I would love to do Tennessee Williams, Shakespeare, a new Tom Stoppard.”
Read more at Telegram.com
Music Speaks 2010 Charity Competition
AJ Rafael, Andrew Garcia, Tori Kelley and others will judge a charity competition for Music Speaks to raise autism awareness. 5 acts will be chosen to compete on November 6th, 2010 at the Heritage Forum in Anaheim, CA. Watch this video for more information.
Simon’s Next Show Won’t Be Talent Search
I’m told that ITV is still discussing this 3rd show with Syco, which it plans to make after X Factor launches in the U.S. next Fall. The broadcaster hasn’t said yes to it yet. But Ellis Watson, managing director of Simon Cowell’s UK production company Syco, says the next show after Got Talent and X Factor won’t be a talent search.
Cowell plans to create a maximum of 6 entertainment brands over the next 5 years.
Read more at Deadline
Axed X Factor singer Gamu Nhengu pleads with Simon Cowell to help her stay in Scotland
Sobbing Gamu Nhengu last night begged Simon Cowell to put her back on The X Factor and help her family stay in Scotland.
The Record can reveal that Gamu, 18, is going to court to fight the bid by immigration officials to force the family out of the UK.
More than 100 friends and neighbours rallied outside her home yesterday to demand that the family be allowed to stay.
And Gamu wants Cowell to use his influence to save her, her mum and two brothers from the nightmare of having to return to Zimbabwe.
Read more at the Daily Record.co.uk