You all know Shirley Halperin’s top-notch Idol reporting from Entertainment Weekly, The Los Times and more (She’s also set to release an Idol 10 year anniversary book). Now, she has started a new Idol blog at the Hollywood Reporter where she currently resides as Music Editor.
Shirley promises the new blog will be “where both casual viewers and aficionados can come for curated coverage, criticism, a deeper read and lots of David Cook mentions.” Ha!
Read her introductory post HERE. Shirley’s first real blog introduces a brand-new Idol sponsor, Beats Headphones by Dr. Dre. Read all about it HERE. Plus her review of Adam Lambert at Club Nokia HERE. Follow her on twitter at @Idol_Worship
Lacey Brown is getting ready to release an EP. She tweets, “Someone is coming out with a debut ep in a matter of weeks so keep your ears and eyes open for the exact date. And I LOVE YOU!…Oh yeah. That person is ME!”
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Lee DeWyze Interview from Backstage Alice Sweet 16 – Denver CO
David Archuleta says he’s humbled to perform with Mormon Tabernacle Choir
SALT LAKE CITY — Teen idol David Archuleta grew up listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
“They’re still one of my most favorites on iTunes, ” he said. “So to be here, performing with them, is like, ‘Wow! Is this really happening?’ ”
For long-time actor and narrator Michael York, it has “already been an extraordinary experience. I’ve been to Salt Lake before, but as an outsider, outside the buildings, outside the experience. To now be an insider, to belong as part of the experience — it’s more than entertainment. There’s a feeling of fellowship, of worship. It has all magically come together. I’m much looking forward to the next three days.”
Read more at Deseret News
Diana DeGarmo Works Overtime
Season 3 American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo has moved on to a career in musical theater, playing roles on Broadway, Off Broadway, and in regional productions. She has been starring as Doralee Rhodes in a national tour of 9 to 5: The Musical, based on the Dolly Parton film, including several performances at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples.
Read the interview at Naples Illustrated
Taylor Hicks and Santa!
John Park – I’m Your Man
Listen to the new single from American Idol 9 Top 24 contestant, and K-Pop runner-up, John Park
‘Simon Cowell’s like a Mafia boss – fall out of favour and you’re doomed, ‘ warns first X Factor winner Steve Brookstein (who now sings in coffee bars)
Had history taken a different course, Steve Brookstein would have spent the evening of December 11, 2004 performing at Wembley Arena as a support act for Lionel Richie.
But that night instead saw him centre stage in a huge television studio nearby — being crowned winner of the first series of the X Factor.
A far bigger prize, you might think, and one that more than justified his decision to decline the overture from an internationally renowned singer.
After all, he had already committed himself to take part in the ITV series when the support request came to his agent.
Really interesting report on the first winner of X Factor UK (2004) who is now reduced to playing coffee shops for free.
Read more at the Daily Mail
…And here’s the companion piece to the Steve Brookstein story!
THE singer is happy to kowtow to SIMON COWELL because he believes he is almost too old to make it in the music industry.
Matt said: “Ending up bending over and taking it from Simon, why not?
“I’m completely aware of what I’m doing, I’m still in contact with my bandmates and they’re congratulating me.”
Matt almost didn’t do the show after discovering a friend had put him up for it.
He admitted: “Honestly, I was, like, head down, cap down, ‘I shouldn’t be here, I shouldn’t be here!’
He tells Aiden Grimshaw, 18, that he’s too young to bend over…
Read more at The Sun
Darren Criss: Let’s Do Lunch!
Darren Criss strolls around with a friend while doing some shopping after having lunch together on Thursday (December 16) in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The 23-year-old Glee actor and his co-star Chord Overstreet have been spending some time together hitting up the events around town.
Read more at Just Jared