Idol Headlines for 1/24/13 – Evening Edition

Microsoft and Kelly Clarkson to celebrate grand opening of new La Cantera store – There’s been a lot happening on the Microsoft Corp. front “since you’ve been gone.” The Redmond, Wash.-based retailer (NASDAQ: MSFT) has released its opening date for the new store at Northwest San Antonio regional mall the Shops at La Cantera. For those who have been waiting for a moment like this, the date is March, 9, 2013 — beginning at 10:30 a.m., with the grand opening/ribbon cutting. – Read more at Alamo City Beat

MTV Buzzworthy Blog – We’ll pretty much do anything Pharrell tells us (sorry, but have you seen him lately? He’s THE COOLEST), so if he’s all like “It’s time to love Leah LaBelle!” then, DUH, we totally will. But we’d probably be all up in Leah’s grill even if Pharrell wasn’t involved (and he IS involved with everyone these days, no?), but luckily, the production genius has stamped his vibe all over Leah’s latest offering, “Lolita,” which is set to appear on her long-awaited debut. Listen at MTV Buzzworthy

Melinda Doolittle to sing at Black Tie Affair – “American Idol” finalist and longtime Franklin resident Melinda Doolittle will serve as the honorary chairwoman for the African American Heritage Society’s 12th annual Black Tie Affair on Feb. 1 at Embassy Suites Cool Springs. Doolittle will lead the black national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” with the audience invited to sing along. The Black Tie Affair raises money for the McLemore House Museum, home of former slave Harvey McLemore, who built the home as a free man and which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. – Read more at The Tennessean

The X Factor’s Carly Rose Sonenclar Hangs Around Backstage at Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark – X Factor runner-up and Broadway vet Carly Rose Sonenclar enjoyed a visit to the Foxwoods Theatre on January 20, where she took in a performance of Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark and met the show’s high-flying stars Reeve Carney and Rebecca Faulkenberry. The pint-sized powerhouse, an ambassador to the Starlight Children’s Foundation (an organization that provides entertainment, education and family activities to children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and injuries), headed backstage with her family and some of the Starlight kids to say hello to their (and our!) favorite superhero. Check out all the fun in our gallery. – See the Photos at

Nicki/Mariah ‘American Idol’ Showdown: What We Know Vs. What We Saw – If you were to look up the phrase “bait-and-switch” in an online dictionary on Thursday morning (January 24), you might just see a picture of the “American Idol” logo. That’s because after months of hype and nearly 60 minutes of teasing a MAJOR blow-out between judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey on Wednesday night, “Idol” ended up showing just a fraction of what viewers already know happened at the October Charlotte, North Carolina, audition. – Read more at MTV

‘America’s Got Talent Live’ tour is ‘postponed’ – The “America’s Got Talent Live: All-Stars Tour” scheduled for March 30 at the Fox Theatre is off. “The America’s Got Talent Live: All-Stars Tour has been indefinitely postponed, and the performance scheduled for the Fox Theatre on March 30 has been canceled” is the statement given. Jerry Springer was set to host the tour. Tickets for the St. Louis show had not yet gone on sale. The America’s Got Talent Live: All-Stars Tour has been indefinitely postponed, and the performance scheduled for the Fabulous Fox Theatre on March 30 has been canceled. – Read more at STLToday

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