Idol Headlines for 10/12/12

Jordin Sparks tweeted, “Read another script today! So excited about this one!! :D”

Special Olympics Fall State Games open today Lauren Alaina to perform – The Special Olympics Fall State Games open today in Dalton with a special guest. Lauren Alaina, a country music star and former “American Idol” runner-up, is the grand marshal for the Opening Ceremony at the trade center, where she will also perform. The Opening Ceremony is free and open to the public. It kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. – Read more at Dalton Daily Citizen

Demi Lovato tweeted, “Me at The GoGo’s show!!”

Jordin Sparks: Jason Derulo and I Are Talking Marriage! –  “It’s not a conversation that we’re scared about,” Sparks explains. “Before, we both went through tragedies this year — he broke his neck and then [Sparkle costar] Whitney [Houston] passed — so before it might have been a little too crazy.” (While practicing choreography for his tour in January, Derulo missed a landing and fell on his neck, fracturing one of his vertebra. Doctors reportedly told him he “could have” been paralyzed. Sparks’ onscreen mother Houston died on February 11 at the age of 48.) Sparks says the couple’s priorities shifted after they took some time to reflect on the year’s events. “You really see the people you love and you go, I don’t want to lose you,” she explained. “So, it’s a conversation we have, but we’re not in a rush.” – Read more at US Magazine

Jennifer Hudson pays Tribute to Whitney

Jennifer Hudson, Usher sing Whitney Houston’s praises – The hour-long tribute, We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston, airs at 10 p.m. Nov. 16 ET/PT. Jennifer Hudson, sporting big hair in homage to one of Houston’s video looks in the ’80s, opened the show with an upbeat medley of I’m Every Woman, How Will I Know and I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Usher, who performed I Believe in You and Me from The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack, said Houston possessed “one of the greatest voices we have heard in this lifetime. I will never forget her.” – Read more at USA Today

Britney Spears & Jennifer Hudson: Whitney Houston Tribute! – Britney Spears and Jennifer Hudson snap a pic backstage at We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Thursday (October 11) in Los Angeles. – See the photos at Just Jared

Britney Spears tweets, “Backstage at The Whitney Houston Tribute. Such a solemn occasion. Jason’s doing his best to put a smile on my face.”

Katharine McPhee: Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj Make Great TV! – Katharine McPhee holds two cute little dogs while filming new scenes for her hit show Smash on Wednesday (October 10) in New York City. The 28-year-old actress was also joined by her co-star Jack Davenport. – See the Photos at Just Jared

Jason Aldean’s Fling Gets Reality Show Offer – TMZ has learned the former “American Idol” contestant has received an offer from Wag TV — the company behind shows like “How Do They Do It?” and “Ancient X Files” — to star in her very own show. We’re told Wag sent an offer letter to Brittany, touting their relationships with TLC and A&E, in an effort to lure her into doing a show with them. We’re told the basic premise would be to follow Brittany’s efforts to break into the music biz. Don’t hold your breath though — our sources say Brittany will likely turn down the proposition. First time for everything. – Read more at TMZ

Sophie Tweed-Simmons On Her ‘X Factor’ Elimination: ‘I’m Not Going To Give Up’ (Q&A) – Had Simmons, whose father is famed for playing bass in the band, KISS, not been cut, she would have been competing in the Young Adults category under the tutelege of Demi Lovato. One day after her Boot Camp elimination, Simmons talked to THR about what viewers didn’t see on television, what really happens in Boot Camp, and her plans to move forward. THR: We missed seeing you in Boot Camp! Simmons: Yeah, I don’t know what happened there, but we definitely did a lot when we were there. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

‘Survivor: Philippines’ Contestant Russell Swan: ‘I Have Very Little Positive to Say’ About Experience – Russell Swan’s second shot at winning Survivor is over. The 45-year-old from Glenside, Penn. — one of three returning competitors this season — became the fourth person voted out of Survivor: Philippines after his tribe lost its fourth challenge in a row. In the episode, Russell was seen getting emotional about the disappointing performance of his now-decimated tribe, which, after his ouster, leaves only two members: Denise Stapley and Malcolm Freberg, who previously formed an alliance. (The other two tribes still have all six original members.) – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Inside Britney Spears’ Fortune: See Where the Money Goes – Two years before her promotion to prime-time, Spears had already secured herself a healthy $32.4 million in cash, property and other assets, according to documents obtained today by E! News. And good for her—because the gal’s got expenses! Under a conservatorship managed by her father, Jamie Spears, and lawyer Andrew Wallet, Britney’s fiduciary and attorney fees came to $973,547.79 in 2010. Jamie, under the more businessy Spears Management, collected $192,000 for his efforts, and Wallet’s firm was paid $213,862.500. To Sam Ingraham, the attorney who’s been representing her since her infamous 2008 mental-health crisis led to the establishment of the conservatorship, Britney paid $209,920.62. Keeping that massive estate and her daily life in order costs a pretty penny, as well: $465,685.08 was spent on personnel and assistants. Next up, Britney shelled out $303,673.72 for child support and care (sounds like ex-husband Kevin Federline had a somewhat decent 2010 as well then). – Read more at Eonline

Steven Van Zandt, ‘utility guy,’ to be honored at gala performance – At this year’s Wrecking Ball Tour, audiences around the world have cheered Springsteen’s amazing resilience. But on Tuesday, a smaller crowd will gather at the Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom to shower praise on Van Zandt at the Right to Rock Celebration. Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit dedicated to providing musical instruments for children who cannot otherwise afford them, has named him the guest of honor at its 10th annual gala. Elvis Costello, Southside Johnny Lyon, Tom Morello, Jake Clemons and others have promised to perform Van Zandt originals. Van Zandt insists he’ll be mostly there to listen (and to have his life in showbiz pass before his eyes), but it’s a pretty safe bet he’ll take his turn in front of a microphone. – Read more at

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