Scotty McCreery performs at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH.
Kelly Clarkson performs at Challenge Stadium in Perth, Australia.
Lauren Alaina performs at Dalton Red Carpet Half Marathon in Dalton, GA.
Daughtry performs at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, UK.
Constantine Maroulis performs in Jekyll & Hyde in San Diego, CA.
Melinda Doolittle performs in Smokey Joe’s Cafe at The Franklin Theater in Franklin, TN.
Jason Castro performs at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church in Wilmington, DE.
Phil Stacey performs at a student conference in Boise, ID.
Mandisa performs at Women of Faith – Celebrate in Milwaukee, WI. via AmericanIdol.com
OHHHH! Kelly Clarkson tweets Carrie Underwood: “@carrieunderwood girl I’m covering Blown Away tonight for my fan request song and it is my favorite! I love how dark it is! Very cool song!”
Nigel Lythgoe tweets, “I am now in Baton Rouge for the #AmericanIdol auditions. I wonder what today holds for me?”
Cee Lo Green Mariah & Nicki’s Beef IS BOGUS – “The Voice” judge Cee Lo Green is calling BS on Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj’s fiery feud — telling TMZ, we’re in L.A. … practically EVERYTHING is fake in this town. Cee Lo had just finished lunch in West Hollywood yesterday when we asked if he thought Nicki and Mariah’s “Idol” fight was legit — and he said, “This is Hollywood, California. Hardly anything’s legit.” – Read more at TMZ
Mariah Carey’s Posse Cops, Bodyguards, Umbrella Holder – Mariah Carey got a full police AND umbrella escort on her way out of an “American Idol” photo shoot in Baton Rouge yesterday — ’cause the only more harmful than angry rappers are those damn UV rays. Carey had told Babwa Wawa that she bulked up her security team after Nicki Minaj allegedly threatened to shoot her with a gun during their blowup earlier this week … and Thursday she proved she ain’t messin’ around. Sources tell us … Mariah and Nicki both participated in the shoot — and even posed for pics TOGETHER. We’re told the shoot was peaceful, but it’s clear the hatchet is not buried. – Read more at TMZ
Smash’s Katharine McPhee Talks Auditions, Anjelica Huston and the Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey Beef – Okay, we just have to go there. Thoughts on the American Idol Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey beef? I barely heard about it today and I don’t know the details. All I know is there was some yelling that was caught on tape and Nicki went off. It sounds like it could be not a good thing, but their altercation will be great press, for sure. Listen, it’s gonna make great TV. If people know that now and it’s just getting started, it’s gonna be exciting. – Read more at PaperMag.com
Katharine McPhee on ‘Smash’: Sean Hayes, a Big Kissing Scene, and Dream Guest Stars – On how filming is going for the second season of Smash. “It’s really going great. We’re on Episode 8. We don’t air until next year sometime—they haven’t given us our date yet. We’re just plugging along. I think that the stories are just really great this year. They’re kind of refocused, and at the same time there’s more music—it’s going back to the heart of what the show’s about, which is the making of a show. So people really have an inside look of it. And with that comes a lot of drama. It’s just been really exciting.” – Read more at MinotDailyNews
GLAAD: TV’s LGBT Characters at All-Time High by Kimberly Roots – Thanks in part to series like NBC’s The New Normal and CBS’ Partners, broadcast TV this season will feature the highest percentage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters ever recorded. GLAAD’s annual “Where We Are on TV” report, released Friday, showed that 4.4 percent of broadcast series regular characters will be LGBT this season, up from 2.9 percent in 2011. That number is the highest the group has seen in the 17 years it has tracked TV, and a far cry from 1.1 percent registered in 2007. – Read more at TV Line
Chris Colfer Opens Up About ‘The Break-Up’ – No matter which ‘ship you sail on, Glee’s gail-force break-up episode left everyone’s hearts bruised, battered and gasping for air. Finchel is no more, Brittana is dunzo and Wemma’s future is uncertain. To help make sense of it all, TheInsider.com sat down with Chris Colfer for an exclusive post-mortem on the episode, and found out that while the skies are cloudy now, the sun is right around the corner. – Read more at The Insider
Exclusive Post Mortem: Glee Boss on ‘Break-Up’ Fallout, Promises ‘Nothing Is Set in Stone’ – Plus: Cory Monteith ‘Sad, Nostalgic’ in Episode’s Wake – f you have yet to watch this week’s “Break-Up”-themed Glee, think twice before proceeding. Everyone else, dry those tears and read on… They were the splits heard ’round the world — but will any of ‘em stick? – Read more at TVLine.com
“The X Factor” boot camp: What you don’t see – They don’t call this week’s “X Factor” competitions “boot camp” just for fun. According to season one finalist Chris Rene, it’s called that for a reason. Even Simon Cowell described Wednesday and Thursday’s rounds as “a nightmare.” And behind-the-scenes, the contestants are put through the ringer a bit, too. “They don’t show that part,” Rene told CBSNews.com. “I was there. I know what it’s like.” – Read More at CBS News
Urban Chat: Video 24: Hanging with Ryan at American Idol!