Idol Headlines for 12/29/12

Live video: Kellie Pickler, other country music icons perform ‘2012 Ram Jam’ concert – DETROIT, MI- Five country music icons are gathering in Nashville tonight for a one-of-a-kind concert event. And if you weren’t privy to one of the invitation-only tickets, Chrysler Group LLC’s Ram truck brand and Yahoo! Music have you covered. The Auburn Hills-based automaker and the online search engine are live streaming the live streaming the “2012 Ram Jam” concert event starting at 5 p.m. from the Marathon Music Works in Nashville. Artists performing include Zac Brown Band, Kellie Pickler, Easton Corbin, Brantley Gilbert (who performed in Detroit Friday night) and Billy Currington. – Read more at MLive

‘X Factor’ Update: Britney Spears’ Possible Exit Signals Major Overhaul – “It’s tough for an advertiser or a sponsor or pay a prime CPM of $30 or $35 for ashow that does the broadcast average,” says Michael Parent, senior VP of broadcast at TargetCast. “Once they start asking the General Motors or Pepsis to pony up major sponsorship deals again, they may see some push back.” With Antonio “L.A.” Reid departing his coaches’ seat and Spears likely to not be asked back, Cowell and Fox are likely looking at significant budget constraints for season three. No free-spending on a star name for a coach’s chair and, as he told Billboard at the beginning of the season, the $5 million recording contract prize is probably a thing of the past. – Read more at Billboard

Exclusive: Kelly Clarkson “Cried” When Brandon Blackstock Proposed – She’s been talking about getting hitched to boyfriend Brandon Blackstock for months, but when Kelly Clarkson finally came face-to-face with a diamond sparkler and a proposal, the singer was still moved to tears. “It was a proper proposal — very romantic,” a source close to the singer told Us Weekly. “And yes, she cried!” Clarkson, 30, hasn’t been able to hold back her excitement since the Dec. 14 proposal. – Read more at US Magazine

Jordin Sparks on Her Style: ‘I’ve Become Adventurous’ – Jordin Sparks is stepping out of her comfort zone and into some very daring dresses. The singer reveals to PEOPLE.com that the graphic-print gown with mesh insets (left) she wore to the American Music Awards last month was a big decision for her. “Instead of wearing something because I know it will accentuate my positives and look good, I’ve become adventurous,” she says. “I know I’m not this edgy and crazy person, but that AMA dress was so different for me. So I just said to myself, ‘I’m going to try it.’” – Read more at People Style Watch

Close your eyes, Carmen! Simon Cowell goes on holiday with his ex fiancee Mezhgan Hussainy – While Carmen Electra is busy buying appliqué animals for hypothetical nursery walls, setting up a Mumsnet username and telling the whole world that she wants Simon Cowell to fertilise one of her ovaries, it looks like the X Factor judge has got other things on his mind. Like trying not to capsize his jetski, working out how to do up the straps on his life jacket, and taking his ex-fiancee on a romantic bikini-clad holiday to Barbados We’re just going to write that sentence again, in case Carmen didn’t manage to see it over the top of the pile of cuddly toys materialising out of thin air in her lap. Simon Cowell has taken his ex-fiancee on a romantic bikini-clad holiday to Barbados. – Read more at Mirror.co.uk

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