Idol Headlines for 10/24/12 – The Evening Edition

Skylar Laine to Perform at Graceland’s Annual Lighting Ceremony – Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis will officially begin the holiday season with its annual lighting ceremony on Friday, November 16. Season 11’s Skylar Laine will “flip the switch” and officially light the Graceland property and kick off the holiday festivities. Skylar will also perform a few songs, including some holiday favorites. The extensive Christmas display includes hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh, and much more, all originally displayed at Graceland by Elvis and the Presley family. The free lighting event is open to the public. – Read more at

Pre-World Series Interview with Phillip Phillips – You asked Phillip Phillips your questions on Facebook and Twitter and he answered! Phillip is scheduled to sing the National Anthem before Game 1 of the World Series TONIGHT at 7:30 ET/ 4:30 PT on FOX! Phillip’s debut album, “The World From The Side Of The Moon”, is available everywhere Monday, November 19th AND for pre-order now at Read more at American

Paul McDonald, Huntsville native and ‘American Idol’ alum, joining Scotty McCreery at Von Braun Center show – HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Last seen in a September episode of the NBC TV series “Parenthood,” Huntsville High grad and “American Idol” alum Paul McDonald has been added to a Dec. 13 bill headlined by another “Idol” vet, Scotty McCreery. McDonald, a scratchy-voiced singer/songwriter, now resides in Los Angeles. He and his actress wife Nikki Reed have a duet on the “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2” soundtrack called “All I’ve Ever Needed.” The album also contains songs from the likes of Green Day, Passion Pit and Ellie Goulding and will be released Nov. 13, three days before the film. Reed is one of the stars of the “Twilight” series. – Read more at

Justin Guarini, Jill Paice, Lauren Molina and More Join It’s A Wonderful Life at Bucks County Playhouse – Justin Guarini, Jill Paice and Lauren Molina have all signed onto celebrate the holidays in It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Playhouse. Gordon Greenberg directs the holiday production, which runs from December 13 through December 30. Guarini will play Jake, with Paice taking on the role of Sally and Molina playing Lana. They join Broadway alums Garth Kravits as Harry/Jazzbo and Kevin Pariseau as Freddie. – Read more at

Danney Gokey Announces Third Annual Cruise for Sophia’s Heart – Here’s how you can set sail with some of your favorite singing competition stars! Danny Gokey has announced the Third Annual Cruise for Sophia’s Heart Foundation. The cruise will leave from Port Canaveral, Florida on February 24, 2013 with Danny, season 8 American Idol winner Kris Allen and The Voice finalist Jamar Rogers. “I’m excited that we get to do this benefit cruise again for the third year,” Danny said. “Last year’s cruise raised over $23,000 to help fund our programming, which was a tremendous blessing to the families who have come through Sophia’s Heart this year. Everyone that knows me knows Sophia’s Heart is a huge part of my life and I’m so thankful for all the support over the past few years.” – Read more at GACTV

Mariah Carey Spends $1,500 on Eight-Hour Massage – Ambien? A white-noise machine? That’s kid stuff for a sleepy Mariah Carey. The American Idol diva arranged an eight-hour rub-down while she got shut-eye at her L.A. mansion September 29. “The masseuse made $1,500,” a source tells Us Weekly. On top of that, Carey had a seriously kooky request. “She insisted [Sacha Baron Cohen’s] Bruno play on repeat,” the insider adds. “It looped the entire time!” – Read more at US Magazine

PICTURE: Cat Deeley Shows Off Ring at First Post-Wedding Event – Three weeks after her wedding, Cat Deeley is still every bit the blushing bride. The So You Think You Can Dance host, 35, stepped out in London Wednesday, her first official public appearance since tying the knot in late September with Irish comedian Patrick Kielty. Deeley glowed in a floral print, 3/4 sleeve shift dress, which she accessorized with black tights, high heeled boots — and her new wedding bling. – Read more at US Magazine

Photos of Darren Criss, Dean Geyer and More Glee Stars Promoting Arts Education in LA – Numerous cast members of the hit FOX show Glee – including Broadway veteran Darren Criss and hot young newcomer Dean Geyer – helped out the Young Storytellers Foundation in a special evening aimed at reinforcing arts education in LA public schools. Dubbed The Big Show, the event occurred at Willows Community School in Culver City, California on Saturday, October 20 and involved the stars performing short screenplays written by public school students. In addition to Criss and Geyer, Glee participants included Max Adler, Dot Marie Jones, Kevin McHale, Naya Rivera, Iqbal Theba, and Becca Tobin. Also on hand was Juliette Goglia from That’s So Raven, Trevor Donovan from 90210, and Chelsea Kane of Fish Hooks and Dancing With The Stars fame. – See the Photos at Huffington Post

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Simon Cowell wants Carmen Electra for ‘America’s Got Talent’ – Simon Cowell is lobbying for Carmen Electra to join the judges’ table at “America’s Got Talent,” The Post has learned. “He wanted to add her last year [as a fourth judge] but the network said, ‘no’,” a show source says. Last winter, Cowell told the Post he planned to expand the panel by adding “somebody younger. A girl. Someone who will not be afraid of Sharon [Osbourne] and Howard and fight for a different type of act than they would.” In recent weeks, Cowell has been photographed in Los Angeles with the former “Baywatch” beauty, fueling speculation that the two may be dating. – Read more at New York Post

‘X Factor’: Mario Lopez Asks Co-Host Khloe Kardashian to Ditch the Heels – Calling in to LA radio’s 104.3 MYfm Valentine in the Morning show Wednesday, Lopez revealed that while Kardashian expects him to “quarterback” the show, he’s made a simple request of his own. “My only request to her was, ‘Can we not wear anything bigger than 3-inch heels?'” he said. “‘Cause she’s already tall and I don’t want to be coming in looking like a runt. She’s already 5’10, so if she’s coming in at 6’3… It’s gonna be rough.” – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

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