Idol Headlines for 2/5/13

Katharine McPhee will appear on Live! With Kelly and Michael this promote Smash. The second season of the musical drama will premiere tonight on NBC at 9 pm. Look out for Nick’s recap and discussion post!

X Factor winner, Tate Stevens, tweeted, “I wanted to say that the love you guys show me is awesome! I can’t believe that I am almost done with my album! Love me some #tatenation”

Blake Shelton Books ‘Malibu Country’ – HuffPost TV can exclusively reveal that Shelton will play Reba McEntire’s brother on the ABC comedy. “The Voice” coach will appear in the Friday, March 1 episode. The “Malibu Country” cast also includes Lily Tomlin as Reba’s mother and Sara Rue as Kim, Reba’s neighbor. – Read more at Huffington Post

JetBlue’s Live From T5 Concert Series Presents Phillip Phillips – NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU), New York’s Hometown Airline™, today announces an exclusive live performance by Phillip Phillips on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 3 p.m. ET. Since his “American Idol” win, Phillip’s single “Home” has remained on top of the charts. He will perform “Home” as well as other selections from his debut CD, “The World From The Side Of The Moon,” at a special Live From T5 concert this President’s Day. JetBlue’s Live From T5 concerts are held post-security at Terminal 5 (T5) at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York and are available exclusively to ticketed customers and contest winners. JetBlue and Phillip Phillips have partnered with Interscope Records to provide tickets to some of Phillip’s most deserving fans to attend this special performance. “I spend so much time running through airports,” said Phillip Phillips , singer/songwriter. “It will be nice to stop and perform and meet some fans at the JetBlue Terminal in New York.” – Read more at PR Newswire

Jennifer Hudson: Super Bowl Performance With Sandy Hook Students Was “Emotional” and “Overwhelming” – “It was emotional,” the Smash actress admitted. “I got to meet them (at rehearsal) and we went over the song, and … I couldn’t get through the song because it was so overwhelming. Before we went out I hugged each and every one of them, and then we prayed a little bit, and then we got out there.” Hudson first met with the group of students and their families earlier in the week after they were flown to New Orleans by the NFL. – Read more at US Magazine

Behind The Song: Carrie Underwood ‘Blown Away’ – Earning two GRAMMY Award nominations this year for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song, “Blown Away” was written by Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear. They are the same duo who penned Carrie’s 2008 GRAMMY-winning smash “Before He Cheats.” And as the two songwriters told, they didn’t necessarily set out to write something this dark–much less a song that involved storm cellars, “tear-soaked whiskey memor[ies],” and “sweet revenge.” “We were searching for a highly dramatic story song,” says Josh. “We started with strings and a four-on-the-floor kick drum, still with no idea what the song would be about. At one point Chris decided he wanted to mess around with sound effects and almost instantly landed on these samples of storm sounds.” – Read more at Radio Alice

Behind the Song: Kelly Clarkson “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Nominated for three GRAMMYs including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, the song began organically. chatted with songwriter Ali Tamposi and producer Greg Kurstin, two of the masterminds behind Kelly Clarkson’s ”Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).” On the day of her writing session with Jorgen Elofsson and David Gamson, Ali was spending time with her mom who was in town visiting. “I was going through a break-up from someone I had been with for seven years. In the midst of tears, anger, and a bad attitude she said the magic words, ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,’” Ali recalled. – Read more at CBS Local

X Factor Alums, Emblem3, announces 3 new show dates – The boys will play 3 dates in California: The Roxy, Los Angeles, Feb. 27; The Glass House, Pomona, March 2; and The House of Blues, San Diego, March 3. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the group is working with Ryan Tedder (along with a slew of other collaborators, including Benji and Joel Madden, and more) “Those guys are as Southern California surfer dudes as you can possibly be,” Tedder told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s like Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, but they are smarter than Bill and Ted.” Check out the Ustream announcement of their tour dates below.

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‘American Idol’ Season 12: Carrie Underwood Is Rooting for the Ladies – “You never know who or why people vote a certain way,” Carrie recently told a group of journalists in Nashville. “The way the voting goes has a lot to do with the audience watching the show. I don’t know how I pulled off a win the year I was on. That year, they said a guy was gonna win and they were wrong, fortunately. Thank goodness. “I’m always excited to watch the show and definitely will throw in some votes of my own. I would like to see another female take it home, I think it’s time.” – Read more at The Boot

‘Smash’ Showrunner Josh Safran on Season 2 Changes: ‘I Wanted to Create New Stakes for Everybody’ – THR: Most people wouldn’t associate the Gossip Girl showrunner with Broadway and Smash. How long have you been interested in musical theater? Safran: I was a playwriting major at NYU. I wanted to be a playwright, but it didn’t happen and I became a screenwriter instead. I dated one of the leads of the original cast of Rent (Anthony Rapp) when it opened on Broadway and moving forward. Being with Anthony for six years was very instrumental, and if I hadn’t done that, I don’t think I’d have this job. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Smash! Josh Safran on What’s New for Season 2, Karen-Vs.-Ivy, Derek-as-Fosse and the Ellis Tease – TVLINE | Tell me about how, when and by whom you were approached about taking over at Smash. I approached them. I put in a cold call when I heard they were looking for somebody. I had been watching the show and had sort of been obsessed with it, so I wanted to see if there was any possible chance. I got in the door first with DreamWorks, I talked to them, and I just kept moving up until I was meeting with Steven [Spielberg] and [NBC president] Bob [Greenblatt]. Every step of the way, I was like, “This isn’t going to happen. There’s just no way.” Then, really, it was a fairy tale. It was crazy. – Read more at TV Line

Steve Jones flip-flops – But the designer flip-flop is on the other foot now – the Welshman is reinventing himself as an actor and has been trying out in LA for new films and TV shows. A source said: “Steve moved to LA for the X Factor. But even though that came to an end, he loves it there. He decided to try acting and hasn’t found it hard to get auditions.” – Read more at The Sun

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