Idol Headlines for 11/17/11

Kelly Clarkson’s Unplugged on
Naima Adedapo performs at the Tree Lighting ceremony at the Red Arrow Park, Milwaukee, WI.

Taylor Hicks will perform an acoustic benefit for Toys For Tots at his restaurant, ORE in Birmingham, AL on December 10. More information HERE.

Scotty McCreery will sign autographs at the Best Buy in Garner, NC on Thursday December 15. More information HERE.

James Durbin Talks Haters, Hair Bands & “Holy Diver”

I recently got to talk with James over at 19 Entertainment’s office about his album, and while he was understandably distracted by the endless loop of VH1 Classic videos playing in the room, it was still a very entertaining (and dare I say rockin’) chat, covering everything from working Mick Mars to how Ronnie James Dio changed his life to how he feels about his equally ardent fans and haters. James also revealed a little detail about his “Idol” iTunes numbers that indicate sales for MOABD may be quite robust…

See the video at Yahoo Music

‘American Idol’ finalist Haley Reinhart coming home for the holidays

In addition to recording the Christmas classic, Reinhart has been hard at work on her post-”Idol” debut album. She said she hopes to have the album done by the end of the year so that it can be released in the first quarter of next year.

“Right now I’m leaning toward a very retro, Motown sound from the ‘60s that has some hip-hop drum beats mixed in …” Reinhart said. “There’s definitely soul in all of it. I really do like where it’s going. I have a lot of fun doing the background (vocals) and everything else. I’m a huge fan of three-part harmonies — all the little things that make it a song.”

Read more at Chicago Tribune

Inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival to Debut on VH1 November 23

NEW YORK, Nov 17, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — –Festival to Also Air on Palladia TV Network in December

Clear Channel Radio, the leading media company in America with a greater reach than any radio or television outlet, today announced that the iHeartRadio Music Festival will premiere on VH1, the music and pop culture network for young adults, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 at 10 p.m./9c and again on Thanksgiving – Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 at 3 a.m./2c and 10 a.m./9c. The two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival, which took place September 23-24, 2011, will air in high definition on VH1 and feature performances from Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Kenny Chesney, The Black Eyed Peas, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Jane’s Addiction, Nicki Minaj and one-of-a-kind collaborations from Sting and Jeff Beck.

Read more at Marketwatch

Preview of Thia Megia’s One Day from the Zhu Soundtrack

Jennifer Hudson doesn’t look so Sure of herself as she reveals unsightly sweat patches

Not even her beaming smile could detract from the problem at hand…

It would have been another dazzling turn for Jennifer Hudson tonight, if was not for the embarrassing sweat patches she was sporting under her arms.

Clearly it is hot work looking as good as Jennifer does these days – and the 30-year-old singer seemed to know it.

See the photos at the Daily Mail

Anchor Bay Acquires Kurt Russell-Starrer ‘Touchback’

Anchor Bay has acquired North American distribution rights to Touchback, the Don Handfield-directed gridiron drama that stars Kurt Russell, Brian Presley, Melanie Lynskey, Christine Lahti, Drew Powell, Kevin Covais and Marc Blucas. The plan is to release the film next year.

Read more at Deadline to Release Solo Single, “T.H.E (The Hardest Ever),” Featuring Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez, on November 20th

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Multi-platinum producer and songwriter will release a solo single, entitled “T.H.E (The Hardest Ever),” featuring Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez, on Sunday, November 20th. He will premiere the track in a performance with Lopez on this Sunday’s American Music Awards telecast, which airs on ABC at 8/7c. Produced by, Audiobot, and Dallas Austin, “T.H.E (The Hardest Ever)” will be made available on iTunes immediately following and Lopez’s performance.

Read more at PR Newswire

Live at X Factor: Stacy Francis Fires Back at the Judges! Rachel Crow’s First “Diva” Moment!

“I got beat up tonight. I felt like it was really unfair. I didn’t feel like it was a fair evaluation,” Stacy tells us. “I’m not one to toot my horn. I’m very hard on myself as an artist, but I was later told that I was not off-pitch at all and Paula [Abdul] said I was flat. That wasn’t true. Simon said I sounded like a cabaret singer and yet the same thing that I do when I first got here, that he loved in my first audition, now he’s beating me up.”

She continues to say that she thinks she may have gotten a harsher critique from Simon because she isn’t in his group.

“I don’t know if it’s because I’m not in his category….because Melanie came on and did an R.E.M. ballad and I did a Meat Loaf ballad, and she got a rave review. I don’t get it,” Francis ponders

Read more at EOnline

‘X Factor’: Chris Rene Wears Controversial Rocawear ‘Occupy’ Shirt

Being a Top 10 finalist on X Factor has its privileges. Just ask Chris Rene, who managed to get his hands on a Rocawear Occupy Wall Street shirt for his performance of Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” on Wednesday night. despite the fact that the Jay-Z-owned company pulled the tees from its website and retailers amid a storm of controversy.

At issue: the idea that the line was created to support Occupy Wall Street but would not share profits with the thousands of protesters who’ve set up camp in parks and near government buildings for the better part of two months.

Read more at Hollywood Reporter

‘X Factor’: What the Top 10 Finalists Think of ‘American Idol’

Last week, we asked a group of American Idol alumni for their thoughts on Simon Cowell’s new show The X Factor and the opinions were all over the map — some, like season 7’s Michael Johns and season 8’s Nick Mitchell, loved the production value, others, like season 5’s Elliott Yamin, gristled at X Factor’s bells and whistles; Season 10’s Didi Benami marveled at how Cowell’s tableside manner has changed (for the better, ‘natch), while for many, the image of a Cowell-Paula Abdul reunion immediately rekindled its share of warm, fuzzy nostalgia.

Now, we turn the tables and ask the X Factor contestants for their thoughts on the Fox talent show predecessor. Not surprisingly, most of this year’s Top 10 are fans, some would have tried out, if they were eligible, and one (Marcus Canty) can even call himself an Idol reject.

Read more at Hollywood Reporter

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