I’m hearing that Kelly Clarkson, Danny Gokey, Mandisa and Reba McEntire are all at the Carrie Underwood concert tonight at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Kris Allen’s 3rd single, “Alright With Me”, from his self-titled album had been released to radio. Kris Allen tweeted, “Alright With Me” has been released to radio! So call your radio stations and request that stuff!”
Kelly Clarkson’s Idol 10 promo shoot in Nashville has wrapped! @GSafarian: “We’re wrapped with Kelly! What a gr8 shoot!”
CBS Announces the Host and Panel of Experts for the New Reality-Competition Series, “Live to Dance” With Paula Abdul
Award-Winning Choreographer Travis Payne (Michael Jackson’s “This Is It”) and Former Pussycat Dolls Member Kimberly Wyatt Will Join Executive Producer and Mentor Paula Abdul on the Series’ Panel of Experts
CBS announced today the host and panel of experts for the new reality-competition series, LIVE TO DANCE with Paula Abdul. Executive producer, lead expert and mentor Paula Abdul will be joined by host Andrew Gunsberg and fellow experts, choreographer Travis Payne and singer/dancer Kimberly Wyatt.
Recently, Andrew Gunsberg served as co-host of “Australian Idol, ” as well as host of the nationally syndicated radio countdown, “Take 40 Australia.” Additionally, Gunsberg was host of Australia’s Network Ten quiz show series, “The ConTest.”
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Siobhan Magnus Gets Ready for Halloween
American Idol singer stars in Barnstable parade
American Idol contestant Siobhan Magnus and her family love Halloween.
“You know the weeks of family specials that run on ABC or whatever around Christmas?” said Joseph Magnus, Siobhan’s brother. “We’re the counteracting six weeks of Halloween.”
Further proof can be found on Main Street in Hyannis where Siobhan’s favorite glassblowing haunt, Morrison Glassworks, is decked out in large swaths of fake cobwebs and giant spiders.
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‘American Idol’ Lee DeWyze’s first single, ‘Sweet Serendipity’
Last week, we previewed four new songs for you from Lee DeWyze’s post-”American Idol” debut, “Live it Up, ” including the title track, which was tagged as the first single.
Well, these things can always change. Yesterday we got the call from DeWyze’s rep that instead of “Live It Up, ” the new single would be a tune called “Sweet Serendipity, ”and it would debut on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show on Wednesday morning. Even without hearing it, we were happy to hear the news since, as we wrote, we weren’t sure that “Live It Up” was the right call. It turns out “Sweet Serendipity” is a much stronger choice.
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Lee DeWyze Thanks His Lucky Stars On His Debut Single “Sweet Serendipity”
Oh boy, is “Sweet Serendipity” sweet — the positive, inoffensive feel good tune is the definition of playing it safe. We understand why 19 Recordings would pick the most fool-proof track to lead off with, but we just hope Lee’s next few singles have a bit more bite to them — after all, this is the guy who bared his soul in “The Boxer” and was ballsy enough to add a bagpipe player to his “Hey Jude” performance. It’s natural for us to expect a little more from him.
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Lee DeWyze’s Debut Single Is Changed At Last Minute…Why?
But honestly, from what I heard last week when I went to 19 Entertainment to hear some of Lee’s finished songs, “Sweet Serendipity” and “Live It Up” are quite similiar in vibe: Easy-breezy and cheerful (perhaps an attempt to improve Lee’s “Idol” image of being serious, quiet, and somewhat lacking in superstar personality), with a distinctly Mrazzy influence. So if anyone–the label, management, radio gatekeepers, Lee himself–had doubts or concerns about “Live It Up, ” I’m not sure why they went with such a soundalike track. I personally prefer “Live It Up” and think RCA should have just well enough alone, or maybe they could have gone with something a little darker and deeper, with that supposed Sufjan Stevens influence Lee is always enthusiastically mentioning in interviews.
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Lee DeWyze debuts ‘Sweet Serendipity’: What do you think?
There’s nothing wrong with “Sweet Serendipity, ” the bouncy debut single from American Idol season 9 champ Lee DeWyze. Rhythmically, it skips along like a smooth stone across a placid pond. Melodically, it could serve as the baby greens on a satisfactory lite-rock sandwich. But at the risk of overtaxing those ridiculous/disparate similes, it’s hard to imagine “Sweet Serendipity” creating a lot of waves, or becoming anybody’s favorite new flavor at radio. It’s a vaguely inspirational, vaguely catchy affair, tailor made for the middle third of a Katherine Heigl or Kate Hudson rom-com trailer. You know, the part where they show a couple of sun-drenched urban vistas and quick-cut shots of our working-girl heroine learning to let loose, be free, and put a little love in her heart. Which isn’t the worst thing in the world, really. And though the song itself is a little generic, Lee’s gruff growl of a voice manages to not get sandpapered into submission by the major-label production; 15 seconds in, you know exactly who’s singing it. A couple other thoughts:
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Taylor Hicks manifests on ‘Celebrity Ghost Stories’
Do you believe in the paranormal? A lot of celebrities do, including Birmingham’s Taylor Hicks, winner of the fifth season of “American Idol.”
Just in time for Halloween, “Celebrity Ghost Stories” is back on BIO (the channel formerly known as Biography) for a new season of stars recounting their real-life paranormal encounters.
Hicks’ story will air sometime in the course of the “CGS” season.
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Jennifer Hudson: Fiancé Is ‘Pleasantly Adjusted’ to My New Body
Her fiancé David Ortunga is also keeping a close eye on her slimming figure. “He’s getting adjusted to it, ” she said Saturday at Andre Agassi’s Foundation for Education event in Las Vegas. “I’ll say that, pleasantly adjusted.”
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Extreme Makeovers: Billboard Charts Edition, Part 2
“Hello, ” David Cook, 2008
Of all the charted “American Idol” covers, none may have generated more attention than this David Cook performance, which added rock wails to Lionel Richie’s R&B ballad – and helped spur Cook’s eventual ascension to the 2008 “Idol” throne. “Hello” charted at No. 73 on the Hot 100, along with his similar rock makeovers of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” (No. 47) and Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” (No. 67).
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Derek Hough: Ryan Seacrest ‘Fits Right in with My Family’
“He fits right in with my family, ” Julianne Hough’s pro-dancer brother Derek tells PEOPLE. “We’re all kind of goofy and quirky, so it works out well.”
Derek, 25, says it’s Seacrest’s personality that has won over his clan – not the glamorous life the TV and radio star leads.
“You know, my family’s not really into private jets and things like that, ” Derek says. “We’re very about family and love and everything like that, so [the flashy] side of [Ryan] is irrelevant for me. He’s very nice and very funny. I think as long as he’s a good guy and treats [Julianne] well, then I’m a happy man.”
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Glee’s Chord Overstreet Says ‘Sam’ Went From Gay To Straight
Overstreet plays McKinley High’s new quarterback, Sam Evans, on the show. He said the show’s producers initially intended to cast him as the romantic interest of show regular Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), but noticed the natural chemistry he shares with castmate Dianna Agron, who plays Quinn Fabray, and adjusted his storyline accordingly.
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‘DWTS’ Florence Henderson Gets Sexy Text From ‘Brady Bunch’ Son
Florence Henderson’s slinky black lace dress and sexy Rumba moves on ‘Dancing with the Stars‘ this week were surely saucy enough to get someone’s fire burning, but who would’ve thought it would’ve been her former costar (and onetime date) Barry Williams?
That’s right, ‘The Brady Bunch‘ mom revealed to reporters after Tuesday’s results show this juicy tidbit: “I got several text messages from Barry Williams, Greg. And he said, ‘Great energy. Your moves were great.’ He said, ‘I’m so jealous of Corky Ballas.’ Well, you know we dated, so there you have it. He’d be a great guest on this show because he can dance. He can sing. He’d be a terrific guest, ” she added.
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Dancing with the Stars” Derek Hough Goes ‘Extreme’
Derek Hough took off his dancing shoes and replaced them with a pair of sturdy work boots when he joined the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team and several of the other “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancers to build a home for a deserving family.
How well did you do with power tools?
Derek Hough: I actually love doing handiwork and stuff growing up around the house with my dad and whatnot. I was excited to be around a construction site and seeing a house being demolished and then rebuilt as this beautiful home for this amazing family. It was really beautiful. I can’t say that my dance experience really helped, although, we did do a fun kind of ’80s montage demolition day.
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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ in Oakland draw hundreds of aspirants
A major case of dance fever broke out on the streets of Oakland on Wednesday morning as limber-limbed dreamers flocked to the Paramount Theatre hoping to waltz, tap, swing, break and salsa their way to TV glory.
“I want to be a star, ” proclaimed Spencer Abrom, echoing the sentiment of hundreds who auditioned for a prized appearance on the popular Fox reality series “So You Think You Can Dance.” “I want to be on TV. I want to spread my talent to the world.”
Abrom flew from his Seattle home and, in the wee hours of the morning, claimed his spot in a line that flowed down Broadway. While waiting for the TV judges to beckon, he and his fellow wannabes caught up on their sleep, formed friendships and mugged for the cameras.
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