Idol Headlines for 3/4/15

Tonight, American Idol 14 Top 24 returns to Detroit for its first combined performance/elimination show. Four guys will be eliminated, while the remaining 8 perform Motown hits. Aretha Franklin appears as mentor and will perform tonight. Tomorrow night, it’s the girls turn.  8/7c pm on FOX. At 9/8c pm, it’s Cookie time, as Empire’s wild ride continues.

Survivor Worlds Apart continues on CBS beginning at 8/7c pm, and over on ABC it’s Nashville at 10/9c pm.

“The Bachelor,” MONDAY, MARCH 9
– The compelling live three-hour television event begins as America will watch along with the studio audience as Chris Soules’ journey to find love comes to its astonishing conclusion. The Bachelor prepares to make one of the most difficult choices of this life, having narrowed down the field to two women – Becca and Whitney – both of whom he is falling in love with. Will Chris get down on one knee and propose to the woman of his dreams and make a life with her in Arlington, Iowa? Who – if anyone — does a confused Chris, after much soul-searching, see as his future wife? And will he leave single or with the love on his life? Find out on the Season Finale of “The Bachelor,” MONDAY, MARCH 9 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.- Read more at TVBYTheNumbers

Winnefeld, Celebrities Bring Cheer to Troops on USO World Tour – ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT, March 3, 2015 – A top NFL quarterback, an “American Idol” winner and Miss America are making their first voyage around the globe to bring cheer to deployed service members. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, season 11 “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, and Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev are among the celebrities traveling with Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on his third USO tour. Others in the traveling troupe include actor Dennis Haysbert, who is making his sixth USO tour; “American Idol” runner-up Diana DeGarmo, on her fourth tour; and DeGarmo’s husband, Ace Young, an “American Idol” finalist, who is on his third USO trip. – Read more at

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Supports the USO and DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Through Country Checkers Challenge™ – LEBANON, Tenn., Mar 04, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Twelve country music celebrities have joined the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Country Checkers Challenge™ and will play to support the USO (United Service Organizations) and DAV (Disabled American Veterans). On Saturday, April 18, team captains Kellie Pickler and Thomas Rhett, and their teams of country music artists, will play on a giant checkerboard onsite at the 3rd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. The country music entertainers participating in the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Country Checkers Challenge include Rhett Akins, Dan + Shay, Danielle Bradbery, Scotty McCreery and Cassadee Pope playing on Thomas Rhett’s team. Lauren Alaina, Chase Bryant, Kristian Bush, Love & Theft and Jamie Lynn Spears will play on Kellie Pickler’s team. – Read more at Market Watch

‘American Idol’ returns to Detroit, links with Aretha – “American Idol” will continue its Motor City adventure this week. Two weeks after shooting at the Fillmore Detroit — taped episodes that aired last week — the reality program is returning to the venue Wednesday and Thursday to present its first live-shot shows of Season 14.
And there’s a hometown bonus: Aretha Franklin has been tapped as a mentor for this week’s action, culminating in her own performance on Wednesday’s show. Franklin, a longtime “Idol” fan, has been shooting mentoring segments with the young singers this week. – Read more at

Kelly Clarkson Admits It’s Impossible to Sing Her Daughter River Rose to Sleep: “She Just Stares at Me!” – Kelly Clarkson has called her daughter River Rose “the happiest baby on the planet,” but the American Idol winner’s 8-month-old mini-me can be difficult at times, too. Case in point: the three-time Grammy Award winner has tried and failed to sing her baby to sleep. “It’s funny, because you’d think singing to her would put her to bed. Nope. Even when she was a newborn, I’d try to sing to her, and she doesn’t go to sleep. She just stares at me,” Clarkson says in Entertainment Weekly’s March 6 issue, on stands now. – Read more at EOnline

Kelly Clarkson Feels “Empowered,” Says “Anything Is Possible at This Point” – One unexpected benefit of recording the album while pregnant, Kelly says, was the way she was able to bring extra emotion to the material.
“It is a different thing, it’s hard to describe to people,” she says. “Like, you just feel everything a hundred percent more. Everything is enhanced when you’re pregnant. And there are good and bad points of that, ‘cause when I was feeling sick it would be really bad, but when I wasn’t, you’d get these really raw emotional vocals, and they would just be even more vulnerable than normal, so I loved it.” – Read more at ABC News Radio

CT’s Nick Fradiani Credits Journey To ‘American Idol’ To Musical Dad – Fradiani at first preferred sports, all through his childhood and his teen years at Guilford High, where he graduated in 2004. At Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., he got a bachelor’s degree in history and played basketball. Then in 2008, Fradiani sprained his ankle and tore his Achilles tendon. The door to an athletic career closed. But a new door opened. “I picked up the guitar again. I realized I was more talented in music than I was in playing ball,” Fradiani said. He started getting solo gigs, increasing in popularity over the years. Mark Gravino, booking agent for both Fradianis, said by the time Fradiani got “American Idol,” he was at the top of his game. – Read more at

NBC’s ‘The Voice’: Interview with Joshua Davis – “It’s an incredible thing. I feel supported,” Davis, who currently lives in Traverse City, told the LSJ. “It’s the way I’ve made my career successful for all these years. The beautiful thing about the Michigan music community is that it’s collaborative. So many people are invested in furthering what we have going on here, which is a unique thing. “But this, to have people be so excited about it and to have that feeling of representing Michigan on this kind of wider scale, it feels really good. It feels important to me, so I’m taking it very seriously, and I want to do my best for Michigan on this bigger stage.” – Read more at Lansing State Journal

Travis Ewing, star of ‘The Voice,’ following musical path – At LSU, Ewing changed his major from pre-med to marketing, which he thought would keep him closer to the music he loved. Ewing was set to graduate in the fall of 2013 before performances in New Orleans earned him Musician of the Year honors from RAW Artists. The title convinced Ewing he was on the right track. “That was really exciting and encouraging for me,” said Ewing. “I needed it at the time because I was getting close to graduating. I was thinking of moving on with marketing instead of music. That was really a big moment in my life. “It just helped reassure me. Every part of this process has been that kind of reassurance, especially with ‘The Voice.’ This is what I’m meant to do. If I give up on this talent, I’m doing a disservice to myself.” – Read more at The Advertiser

How Jordin Sparks’ Split With Jason Derulo Influenced Her Album—Plus, Would She Ever Appear on The Bachelorette? – “The song ‘Double Tap’ is definitely inspired by Instagram and the times right now,” she shared. “So you double tap to ‘like’ a picture, so there are a couple of ways you could take it. For me, in the song, I take it as a girl knowing that there’s a guy looking at her pictures, but he won’t like them because he doesn’t want her to know. And she’s like ‘I bet you’re not going to double tap that picture.'” – Read more at EOnline

Voice USA pop sensation Christina Grimmie on why she won’t get undressed to impress – She has hundreds of millions of views on the website and has an album on the way. And she said she has worked hard to make it in the music business her way – and stay fully clothed. Christina said: “I’ve absolutely fought against having to be half-naked to sell a track. “It’s not me or how I want to do things. I write lyrics, sing on stage and perform. “Someone asked me the same question five years ago and it was the same answer then. “They say, ‘We’ll pay you this cheque if you sing this line or dress in this particular outfit.’ “Although you have to give a little bit, I haven’t sold my soul. – Read more at Daily

Dan Bakkedahl Joins CBS Pilot ‘Life In Pieces’; Aylin Bayramoglu In CW’s ‘Cheerleader Death Squad’ – Newcomer Aylin Bayramoglu (The Glee Project) has landed a series regular role in Cheerleader Death Squad, the CW’s drama pilot written by Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, Under The Dome showrunner Neal Baer and Blue Bloods executive producer Dan Truly and directed by Mark Waters. It centers on a disgraced CIA agent-turned-teacher at an elite Washington, D.C. prep school. When he realizes that his students have high-level access through personal connections, he trains a select few to be his eyes and ears into the world of international espionage and help him earn his way back into the agency. Bayramoglu, repped by Global Artists Agency and KTM Artist Group, plays Fatima, the lonely girl at school that no one seems to notice. – Read more at

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