Carrie Underwood (Cowboy Casanova), Kellie Pickler (Best Days of Your Life) and Chris Sligh (Here Comes Goodbye) all won songwriting awards at the BMI Country Awards tonight. Check out the list of winners at BMI.com
You can listen to snippets of Lee DeWyze Live It Up album on his Facebook page, but you have to “Like” him first. http://on.fb.me/aWQV1a
According to twitter reports, Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean will perform about 1/2 through the CMA awards tomorrow night (9:30ish). Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood start the show with a parody of a Beverly Hillbillies song.
Jason Aldean’s concert tonight in Nashville will be live streamed HERE. You never know who might show up!
Carrie Underwood set to perform at the CBS Thanksgiving day parade, according to her official fan club. The parade will be broadcast on CBS 9:00 AM-Noon, live ET; 8:00-11AM, live CT; 7:00-10:00 AM, live MT; 9:00-Noon, delayed PT.
Carrie will be taping the performance at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City on Sunday, November 14.
Jason Castro’s record release party at BB Kings in New York City will be live streamed tonight, as will a post concert chat. Check HERE for more details. The concert begins at 9 PM EST.
Don’t miss Lee DeWyze on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35/10:35c on NBC. He’ll be performing his new single, “Sweet Serendipity.”
Crystal Bowersox tweets, “Just did a great interview and got to perform for the staff… thanks VEVO.com!!!!”
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CKX CEO Expects American Idol Renewal Talks With Fox Early Next Year
NEW YORK – CKX Inc., the company behind American Idol, expects to start serious talks with Fox about a renewal of the show about half-way into this coming 10th season, or around late February-early March, CEO Michael Ferrel said Tuesday.
Fox’s current Idol deal ends after this coming season.
On his company’s earnings conference call, Ferrel also touted positive developments so far in the production process for the hit show.
Management said it expects significant upside to next year’s financials from a restructuring at Idol producer 19 Entertainment, on which it has focused and which it recently said will yield annual savings of $20 million. Ferrel said the staff was reduced by more than 50% – from 244 to 95.
“They will be well poised to continue to be the top-rated show in 2011, ” Ferrel said.
Read more at Hollywood Reporter
David Cook and Melinda Doolittle with Mike Woods of Fox 5 New York
Ruben, Melinda, and David Cook attended a Ronald McDonald House benefit in New York City tonight.
David Cook performed three songs – Living on a Prayer, Light On, and Radiohead’s High and Dry. Thanks LadyMadonna
More photos at Beauty By Benz
George Lopez to serve as Master of Ceremonies at MTIFF Gala
Actor and talk show host, George Lopez will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the inaugural Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival Gala honoring acclaimed filmmaker Clint Eastwood on Sunday evening, November 14, it was announced today by Museum officials. Officials also announced the line-up of entertainment for the evening including special guest performances by this season’s America’s Got Talent grand prize winner Michael Grimm and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks.
Read more at Hollywood News
Anoop sings “All Is Fair
Via Rolling Out
Nigel Lythgoe tweets from the San Francisco Idol callbacks, “We are happy in SF”
Lee DeWyze: The Reality Rocks Interview, Pt. 2
In the second installment of Reality Rocks’ two-part interview with Season 9 “American Idol” champ Lee DeWyze–in celebration of the November 16 release of his RCA Records debut album, Live It Up–he discusses former love interests, autobiographical lyrics, his small circle of trusted collaborators, and life after “Idol.” And he even strums a chord or two and sings a few bars!
Read more at Yahoo Music
American Idol Finalist Sanjaya To Sing National Anthem
Tacoma, WA – Season Six American Idol Finalist and soccer fan, Sanjaya Malakar, is scheduled to sing the National Anthem this Saturday, November 13th at the Tacoma Stars home opener.
“It’s a special night for the team and I am excited to be a part of it.” Sanjaya explains, “I have always been a soccer fan and it’s cool to be part of the return of professional soccer to Tacoma.”
Read more at boxscorenews.com
Anoop Desai rehearsing for The Mo’Nique Show
Via Anoop Desai News
Constantine Maroulis Preps New Album During ‘Rock of Ages’ Tour
“Sometime early next year, I’d like to start putting out some of the songs, ” the Season 4 “American Idol” finalist tells Billboard.com about his follow-up to 2007’s “Constantine.” Maroulis began working on the album at his studio in Brooklyn and plans to continue recording on the road, even having engineers fly out to the cities “Rock of Ages” is playing.
“I wanted to get back to just rock-and-roll, ” Maroulis says of the new material. “I love what people are doing on the radio with pop music now, all these sounds and cool stuff. But I want to get back to a straight rock ‘n’ roll record with some edge — modern rock ‘n’ roll but not forgetting the stuff I grew up loving, which is 70s classic rock with kind of soulful vocals.”
Read more at Billboard.com
Photos: Disney Store New York Grand Opening – November 9, 2010
The new Disney Store is officially open in Times Square and a cast of characters led the way in grand style to celebrate the unlocking of magic!
Jordin Sparks performed the beloved theme song to Beauty and the Beast in celebration of the grand opening of the Disney Store in Times Square!
Read more at ChipandCo.com
Steven Tyler, ‘American Idol’ and the Certain Disaster That Can’t Come Soon Enough
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of interviewing this great man, you know that part of his brilliance is that he has no attention span — his brain zooms from topic to topic, as he jabbers entire paragraphs of surrealist prose poetry, defying you to guess what the hell he’s talking about. But now the plan is for him to concentrate on the same topic for an hour at a time, two nights a week, on live TV? Gosh, what could go wrong?
On Idol, Steven Tyler will be sitting at a table with two other judges, and part of his job will be keeping his yap zipped while they talk. This makes no sense at all, since Tyler has zero yap-zipping skills. Even when it’s not his turn to sing, he can be counted on to twirl the mikestand, play harmonica, get fellated by the front row, yell “bippity bippity skow-yippity-pow!” or whatever else he can think of to hog attention while Joe Perry is trying to play the guitar solo. Letting other people share the spotlight, even for a few seconds at a time, is not what Tyler can or should be doing. Not once in his professional career has he heard the words, “Excuse me, Mr. Tyler? Somebody else is talking right now, ” or “Hold on a sec, Mr. Tyler, the kid is still singing.”
Read more at Rollingstone
Backstage at Dancing With the Stars: Anger on the Dance Floor
The stars weren’t the only ones battling it out on the Dancing With the Stars dance floor Monday night. Pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy went after judge Carrie Ann Inaba on the air, fighting back verbally after Inaba dissed the slow opening to his “instant dance” cha cha choreography with Brandy. But backstage after the show, long-time choreographer and dancer teacher Buddy Schwimmer, father of pro Lacey Schwimmer, went after Maks.
“I would’ve thrown him off the show, ” said Schwimmer. “You don’t do that to a judge. It’s very unprofessional. Afterwards, if you want to say something, that’s one thing. But not on the air, when all you’re trying to do is make them look bad. If someone did that to me, I would kick them out of the studio.”
Read more at TV Guide
DWTS’ Maksim Apologizes for Outburst: “I Lost My Temper”
You guys came out on top of the leader board last night. How do you feel about how the night went?
I feel great about everything. Actually, I wanted to apologize, I guess, to all the fans. There was a bit of lost temper on my part and it’s not something I always resort to. I’m not like that. I just felt so proud of Brandy’s performance. I think she’s doing phenomenal, and she’s really trying so hard and I felt like she was maybe a bit overlooked and that caused me to speak out. I’m just sorry because the fans. …They don’t want to see all that drama, they want to see us composed and professional, and I lost my temper a little bit.
Read more at EOnline