Jessica Sanchez gets ready for Thursday’s American Idol appearance Watch her rehearse HERE.
Jennifer Hudson to Star in Lifetime’s Original Movie ‘CALL ME CRAZY’, Premiering 4/20 – The Lifetime Original Movie event CALL ME CRAZY: A FIVE FILM, which brings together an all-star ensemble cast with five interwoven stories about how everlasting bonds of love and family can overcome life’s most challenging hurdles, will make its world premiere on Saturday, April 20, at 8:00pm ET/PT. Through the five shorts named after each title character — Lucy, Eddie, Allison, Grace and Maggie – powerful relationships Built on hope and triumph raise a new understanding of what happens when a loved one struggles with mental illness. Call Me Crazy stars Academy Award and Golden Globe winners Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Octavia Spencer (The Help), SARAH HYLANd (Modern Family), Sofia Vassilieva (My Sister’s Keeper), Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect), Ernie Hudson (Oz), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), three-time Emmy Award-winner Jean Smart (Frasier), Lea Thompson (J. Edgar), Oscar-nominee Melanie Griffith (Working Girl) and Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately). Laura Dern (Enlightened), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), Bonnie Hunt (Return to Me), Ashley Judd (Missing) and Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary) direct the anthology.- Read more at Broadway.com
Jake Owen Defends ‘American Idol’ and ‘The Voice’ – “Obviously, the reason they win is because they’re great singers and they’re great at what they do,” he explains. “They know about music, and the people out there that vote, the fans, they know what great music is, because that’s what’s on the radio and whatever other mediums. Everyone has their own path and you can’t judge. Yes, I worked hard, but that was my path. Some people choose to go on ‘American Idol’ or another singing contest, and some people choose to beat down barrooms before anyone even knows who they are, in order to get a fan base, so when they do get a record deal, they have that to put in front of a label. I know the things you have to sacrifice to be successful in this business. No matter how you get there, everyone goes through it. I think it’s cool that people can win on a TV show like that.” – Read more at The Boot
Crystal Bowersox Lightens Up on New Album, Talks Jakob Dylan and Upcoming Patsy Cline Role: ‘I’ve Got Big Boots to Fill’ – Once again, the genre-lines on the album are very blurry. She laughs when it’s said that she is a little tough to pigeon-hole. “It’s tough for marketing,” she says with a smile, “but I gotta be who I am. I grew up with all of those flavors. My mom was a country fan, so I had pop that I grew up with, but also Merle Haggard and Patsy Cline, so all of those influences are present in my music. Then, you had my dad, who was a blues guy. So, it all plays into my style. It’s all there. But, I don’t think that music should be pigeon holed that way. I think that expression and creativity are meant to be unleashed in a way that is full of freedom.” – Read more at Billboard.com
‘Stupid boys’ will inspire her songs – Reinhart, 22, who finished third in Season 10 of the hit reality singing show, says she has begun writing songs for a new EP to follow her debut album, Listen Up! (2012). The singer, who was in town to promote the 12th season of Idol, which is airing on cable TV here, told Life! last Friday of her new material: “I think there will be elements that will be different about the music as a whole (compared to Listen Up!), but it will still have a soulfulness to it.” She said there is no release date for the EP yet but wants to put it out as soon as possible. Taking a cue from American pop singer Taylor Swift, a songwriter known to write break-up songs about every ex-boyfriend who has done her wrong, Reinhart jokes her new songs will also be inspired by “stupid boys”. – Reaa more at Asia One
Carrie Underwood has strict hygiene rules on tour – The singer encourages all the workers to wash their hands more often than normal to banish bugs, and she also insists on healthy food at gig venues to keep her in top condition. She tells Britain’s Daily Star newspaper, “It comes down to trying to be smart about everything. We wash our hands quite a bit to make sure no one gets sick. There’s lots of healthy food options everywhere we go… I like to do two to three shows in a row and then I’ll take a day off – three is my absolute limit.” – Read more at SFGate.com
‘The Voice’: 6 Things to expect from its premiere — The two-hour extravaganza kicks off with an opening performance from the judges — with a song we can only hope young viewers are familiar with, for the sake of all that is holy in music. The ditty features Levine on the drums, Shelton and Usher on guitars, and Shakira on harmonica. Process that. – Read more at LA Times
La Toya Says Omarosa Comments Were Misunderstood – Jackson’s comments — which a lawyer for Manigault called “defamatory” — included the following statements: “Omarosa’s fiance passed away not long ago. He had a heart attack, I’m sure she gave it to him.” Jackson also called Omarosa “a conniving, scheming, cut-throat, (who) probably pulled the cord on Michael Duncan Clarke [sic]… and I thought Mr. Trump was falling for that fake cry. Such a lie.” Addressing her earlier comments on Today, Jackson said she had been misunderstood about implying that Manigault’s behavior may have somehow contributed to Clarke’s death. “I didn’t mean it that way at all, not at all,” she said. “I think when you are under a lot of pressure, and people are just nudging you and nudging you… but absolutely not. I mean he’s a kind guy. He’s a sweet guy. He was.” – Read more at Entertainment Tonight