Today’s Idol Appearances:
- Taylor Hicks performs at Ride 2 Recovery benefit concert for injured veterans, Mar 28, Embassy Suites, San Marcos TX. Doors: 7:30 PM CDT.
- Lee Dewyze will be performing at University of Florida’s Curtis M. Phillips Center. Tickets will be given out on the day of the show, about 2 hours prior to start. 7 pm ET.
- Fantasia will be a guest judge on Ru Paul’s Drag Race 10 pm LOGO
- Carrie Underwood appears on All Together Now A Celebration of Service – NBC 8/c pm
Carrie Underwood will appear on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno on April 6 to promote her upcoming movie, Soul Surfer.
Crystal Bowersox set for the Lakeside Country Bash in Fort Myers FL on Sunday May 15. More info HERE.
Ryan Seacrest and Britney Spears to co-host, Jennifer Lopez to perform at KIIS LA Wango Tango concert, May 14. More info at KIIS-FM
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Blake Lewis – Hollyscoop
Blake talks about the new season of Idol on the Red Carpet
X Factor Auditions Kick Off in L.A. With Nary a Momsen or Abdul in Sight
But whoever eventually ends up sitting at the judges’ table next to Cowell and Reid, they’ll naturally be looking for that special something.
“It’s intangible. It’s something you feel in your heart, ” said Wade. “When you see somebody sing, that’s what it is, and you and I would have the same opinion about that. You’ll see it on stage and be like, ‘Wow, that person’s got the X factor.'”
More at EOnline
‘The X Factor’ draws thousands to audition in L.A.
Around 15, 000 people filled the Los Angeles Sports Arena parking lot early Sunday morning to audition for Simon Cowell’s new talent search, The X Factor. As the show’s title suggests, contestants must not only be good singers, but also possess that certain, elusive je ne sais quoi. They’ll need that special something to captivate audiences and snag the grand prize: a $5 million recording contract with Sony.
Read more at Entertainment Weekly
Q&A: Simon Cowell on His Search for ‘X Factor’ Talent and What He Thinks of ‘American Idol’
How do you cut through all this clutter of singing competitions? Mark Burnett is launching The Voice on NBC; everybody’s gunning to reach Death Star status like Idol.
Cowell: This has been happening for years. Mark did that same thing when he launched Rockstar, or whatever the show was called. I’ve seen a lot of shows come and go and I can now just to stick to what we do best, which is, I have very good producers working for me. And I always make a show that I want to watch. And the formulas work, to be honest with you. But there’s never any guarantee. It would be insane to tell you now that this show is going to do better than anybody else, because I haven’t started filming it yet.
Idol was notorious for tension on the set. Is it just a part of something that big and successful, there’s going to be bad blood?
Cowell: There wasn’t bad blood from my point of view. I was very grateful for the show because otherwise I wouldn’t be talking to you today. It did a lot of good for a lot of people, and we all benefited from it. It’s sad when you read about the producers saying, “I’m glad Simon’s not on the show anymore, ” that “it’s better without him, ” because you kind of wish that they would say that to your face rather than in public. Because I didn’t feel that when I was on the show. I thought we all liked each other. And that’s why I’m happy now that I’m launching something new with people who do want to work with me.
Read more at THR
Curt Schilling & Co. cheer different kind of ‘Idol’ singer
It is probably no surprise, but at retired Red Sox [team stats] ace Curt Schilling [stats]’s house, everyone’s rooting for “American Idol” wannabe James Durbin.
“He’s so great, so passionate, ” said Curt’s wife, Shonda.
“And I think it’s just great that kids — who have something nobody ever talked about before — can look at him and admire him for doing something so cool.”
Durbin, as you may know, has Asperger’s syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. The Schillings’ son Grant, 11, suffers from the same condition.
Read more at the Boston Herald
In Charge of Her Destiny
“What excites me most about this new year in general is that I have the opportunity to use the leg up I have from being on Idol to create things and share them with the followers I already have, ” says Magnus. She is working on a summer show for the Melody Tent in Hyannis that will allow her to showcase the different styles of music that she performs.
And for other projects in the future? Magnus’ clothing style often drew sharp commentary from the American Idol judges, but the singer would never change her look for anyone. “I am all about creating my own line of clothing, and I’ve actually been scheming with a friend about that for some time now, ” says Magnus, a fan of re-fab vintage with heavy embellishments.
Read more at Cape Cod Magazine
Lee DeWyze Performs at Reed Arena
It was a rockin’ good time Sunday evening at Reed Arena.
Hundreds of Aggies and community members came out to hear American Idol winner Lee DeWyze in concert.
His performance was a thank you to the more than $15, 000 Aggies who participated in the Big Event service project over the weekend.
Grand Slam Charity Jam
Question: What do Mark McGrath (right) of “Celebrity Apprentice, ” former “American Idol” contestants Kimberley Locke and Paris Bennett, Super Bowl champions LeRoy Butler and Nick Collins, Olympic speedskater Bonnie Blair and “True Blood” actress and Racine native Kristin Bauer have in common?
Answer: They’re all part of the party that is the Grand Slam Charity Jam, a fundraiser to be held Saturday at Potawatomi Bingo Casino, 1721 W. Canal St.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a VIP dinner party in the casino’s Woodland Dreams Ballroom, followed by a red carpet walk. The Grand Slam concert by Sugar Ray, featuring singer McGrath, begins at 8 p.m. in the Northern Lights Theater.
Read more at jsonline
Daniel Radcliffe: How To Succeed Opening Night!
Daniel Radcliffe is definitely daper in his suit as he arrives at the after party for opening night of his new play, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Plaza Hotel in New York City on Sunday night (March 27).
Other celeb guests at opening night and at the party include director Garry Marshall, John Stamos and Katharine McPhee.
Read more at Just Jared
New Promo for “The Voice”