Carrie Underwood performs at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, IA.
Constantine Maroulis performs in Jekyll & Hyde the Musical at the Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, TX.
Taylor Hicks performs at Bally’s Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV.
Daughtry performs at the Green Valley Ranch in Las Vegas, NV.
Mandisa performs at the Hits Deep Tour in Nashville, TN.
Melinda Doolittle performs at the Boston Pops in Boston, MA.
Lee DeWyze performs at the Altar Bar in Pittsburgh, PA.
Casey James performs at Midnight Rodeo in San Angelo, TX.
Scotty McCreery performs at BJCC Concert Hall in Birmingham, AL. Via AmericanIdol
Phillip Philips performs at Bob’s 93.3 3rd Annual Mistletoe Mixer in Morehead City, NC
Pentatonix will perform on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Ovation to Air SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s Ninth Season Beginning January 4 – Ovation, the only network devoted to artists and every kind of artistic expression, will premiere encore presentations of So You Think You Can Dance season nine starting January 4 at 8 p.m.ET. The enhanced presentations will also include exclusive never-before-seen “extras” on Ovation’s website, Facebook Page and YouTube channel, including special features with the So You Think You Can Dance All-Stars. – Read more at Broadway World
‘American Idol’ Alum Haley Reinhart on Interscope Split: ‘I’ll Find Another Great Home’ – “I was more shocked than anything when I heard they were letting go of maybe 65 acts,” the 22-year old Wheeling, Illinois native tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I definitely want to be an artist that is being heard all the time, but they had a lot going on there and had to change things up, so I have to respect that. I’ll find another great home.” Reinhart, who is still managed by 19 Entertainment, is moving forward with plans for 2013, which include a return to the studio to begin recording her next album. “I just want to evolve,” she says, adding, “it’s important to listen to your heart.” – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
Colton Dixon Loves Listening To “Jingle Bells” In The Summer – Long before he was winning over fans on American Idol, Colton Dixon was performing in rock bands. He confessed that every year his band would cover “Jingle Bells” during the holidays but when it came down to choosing a favorite holiday song he had trouble selecting just one.
“‘Carol of the Bells’ has got to be one of my favorites,” he tells CBS Local. “But I also love ‘Once Upon a December‘ from Anastasia. My choir used to sing that song all the time. It’s so creepy and eerie. I love that. It’s almost like if Tim Burton or Danny Elfman were to take on a Christmas song that’s what that style would be. I love that kind of stuff.” – Read more at Radio Alice
Adam Lambert Teaches Us How To Dance In Our VH1 DIVAS GIF Wall – We’re only two days out from the biggest dance party in VH1 Divas history! Now I like to think I can rock hips, sway and sip with the best of them, but don’t worry if you’re not as confident. Our host Adam Lambert was kind enough to lead a tutorial for a simple but fierce head snap move you can use in a pinch. Need more tips? Check out our GIF wall of past Divas performers’ dancing for inspiration before you watch the show live this Sunday, December 16. The red carpet live stream kicks off right here at 8PM/7C. – Read more at VH1
‘X Factor’: 20 Things You Didn’t See During Emblem3’s Elimination Night – All’s well that ends well at The X Factor, as Drew Chadwick, Wesley Stromberg and Keaton Stromberg seemed actually, well, pleased to be heading home early. “We’re happy because we can go make some bad ass music now and not be under any restrictions,” Wesley told reporters in the press lounge following their elimination. Added Drew, “The bottom line is we had the dopest experience. We got everything we really wanted out of this competition, which was a solid international fan base. We expanded our comfort zone by stepping out of it.” – Read more at Hollywood Reporter
Emblem3 Reacts To Their The X-Factor Elimination
Wow Factor: Country queen Carrie Underwood continues to impress – “I love being a headlining act, but being an opener was a heck of a lot easier,” Underwood says with a laugh. “Now we’re the first ones at the arena and last ones to leave.” “There are a lot of obligations, lot of people to talk to,” she says. “I’m a shy person by nature. I’m not so great at talking. I make awkward moments even more awkward most of the time. I totally enjoy and love to meet different folks from all over — but finally getting on stage is the most fun part of it all.” – Read more at Go Memphis.com
One Direction: Q&As With Billboard’s Top New Artist of 2012 – So when the time came to interview all five members two days after that magical night at the Garden, I was so entrenched in One Direction music and energy that I found I was approaching it less as a journalist and more as a fan — a Directioner, as we call ourselves. Billboard conducted interviews for all five members via phone in between stops on their crazy takeover of New York City, with an occasionally wonky connection that prevented folks like Harry Styles from being able to answer more pressing questions like, “What’s your favorite karaoke song?” or “How long did it take you to rehearse that ‘Dirty Dancing’ move?” – Read more at Billboard