Idol Headlines for 1/29/13

Phillip Phillips begins his tour with Matchbox 20, opening at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, OK.

Grady Smith from EW tweets, “FoxSearch will release faith-based musical BLACK NATIVITY w/ Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson. May well be 2013’s Les Mis.”

“American Idol” Tenna Torres on making Mariah Carey cry and being the one to beat – “She is my idol, without a doubt,” says Torres, who was raised and still resides in Queens, New York. “Singing for her again was a dream come true.” The 28-year-old even presented Carey with pictures from their meeting more than ten years ago and once she began a soulful rendition of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend,” she drew tears from Carey. “There have been so many times where I cried listening to Mariah’s music, so to have that kind of response from her was really emotional,” recalls Torres, who sings at local casinos and New York City venues. “I had to watch that moment again on TV to really relieve it because it was just an incredible experience!” – Read more at NBC Latino

Colton Dixon: On ‘A Messenger’ and life beyond ‘Idol’ – “Well done, mates!” Dixon says after the band runs through You Are, currently a hit on Christian radio. “How’d everybody feel on that one? It felt good to me, too.” Lots of things feel good to Dixon these days. The American Idol standout is just the second singer from Season 11, besides winner Phillip Phillips, to release an album. His A Messenger is out today. In February, Dixon and his band will go on an arena tour in support of Christian rockers Third Day. Dixon is now where he always wanted to be. He just didn’t expect to get here the way he did.- Read more at USA Today

Kelly Clarkson’s Life Imitates Art – Kelly Clarkson’s life seems to be imitating art. In fact, she says her current single, “Catch My Breath,” is about “the rollercoaster ride that can be your life.” She’s the first to admit that the past decade has been a pretty great ride. Since winning the first season of American Idol in 2002, Clarkson has released five studio albums, sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and collected multiple accolades, including two Grammys, 12 Billboard Music Awards and even a CMA trophy and two ACM wins for her collaboration with Jason Aldean on “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” – Read more at CMT

Katharine McPhee: Rainy Monday on Set of “Smash” – Trying to stay warm in the chilly rain, Katharine McPhee and Jack Davenport filmed on the set of “Smash” in New York City on Monday (January 28). The 28-year-old brunette beauty wore a black hooded coat, gray sweater, and pink scarf as she snuggled up close to her handsome costar during a scene. – See the photos at Gossip Center

Nashville Hot Shots: When Avery and Gunnar Come to Bloody Blows, Scarlett Gives a Little TLC – For those of you who’ve ever had the urge to punch Nashville‘s Avery in the face, today’s about to become a very good day. The photos in the gallery below are from the ABC drama’s Feb. 6 episode (10/9c), in which a financially strapped Scarlett accepts a generous offer from her hot pal Gunnar. Given the moving boxes in these shots, we’re going to take a wild guess and say that the two work out some kind of new living arrangement… and you just know that’s going to irk Avery in the extreme. – Read more at TV Line

In the Wake of Sandy Hook, Does Country Music Have a Gun Problem? – he most popular male country singer, and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, is Blake Shelton, a poster boy for loud ‘n’ proud gun ownership. Last March, the day before he hosted the annual ACM Awards in Las Vegas, he also hosted the second annual NRA Country “celebrity shoot” at a skeet range just outside of town. Shelton’s publicist points out that the event was for charity and that the star is not officially an “NRA Country artist,” a monthly designation that entails a sponsorship by the gun lobby. (Like nearly all the artists contacted for this story, Shelton declined comment.) But Shelton hasn’t exactly been shy about his views, taking on anti-gun types in his Twitter feed almost as enthusiastically as he takes on vegetarians. – Read more at Popdust

Adam Levine Flexes Buff Biceps, Reveals Workout Routine – Forget about The Voice: it’s all about Adam Levine’s body! Wearing a tight black T-shirt and blue jeans, the Maroon 5 frontman shows off his buff biceps on the March cover of Men’s Health. In the accompanying interview, the “One More Night” singer credits yoga with reshaping his body and giving him a calmer demeanor. “It’s made me more successful,” Levine explains. “I love it and don’t know what I’d do without it.” The zen musician adds, “I have a hard time sitting still. I can be all over the map. Yoga has given me the ability to be more focused and make better decisions that come from a clear place.” – Read more at US

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