Idol Headlines for 4/18/12 – The Evening Edition

American Idol: 10 Big Second Chances: – Jessica Sanchez is back from the brink; she joins this memorable group — including Casey Abrams, Anoop Desai, and Matt Giraud — who were out, then grabbed a lifeline – Read more at Entertainment Weekly

See a preview of the new ABC competition reality show, Duets, featuring Kelly Clarkson on Facebook.

‘American Idol’ finalist Jessica Sanchez on her almost-elimination – “I didn’t expect it, but I wasn’t surprised,” Sanchez tells Zap2it in her one of her first post-save interviews. “I sang a song that nobody knew [“Stuttering” by Jazmine Sullivan], and I guess people thought I was okay with the past performances. I heard people telling me and tweeting me that they didn’t vote for me because they thought I was safe. So that’s probably why [I wound up in the bottom] too.” Even after Steven Tyler announced mid-show that he and his fellow judges were going to save someone that night, the 16-year-old says she wasn’t sure they would actually go through with it. So when she picked up the mic to sing her “Save me!” song, she had no idea what would happen. – Read more at Zap2it

‘American Idol’ Top 7 on the judges’ save and that weird results show – The “American Idol” Top 7 tell Zap2it that they knew something weird was afoot during that strange results show that saw the judges use their save on 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez. “It was weird — in a way they made it obvious,” says Hollie Cavanagh, who wound up being safe despite some harsh criticism from the judges. “We wouldn’t have that big of a dramatic show for somebody that you wouldn’t think would go home. When it was [Jessica, Elise Testone and Joshua Ledet] standing there and then they had all these tweets about how the favorite’s going home, it was like, something’s not right here.” – Read more at Zap2it

‘American Idol’ final Phillip Phillips says he stroked Colton Dixon’s hair to make girls jealous – “Yeah, it was my idea,” Phillips confesses to Zap2it. “I knew every girl in America would be jealous. You know, all the girls love Colton because of his fake hair — oops, did I say that?” Dixon confirms: “Phillip just naturally did that. There’s Phillip for ya! He naturally did that during one of the rehearsals and everyone loved it so much that they made us do it,” he says. Now, it’s a moment that will go down in “Idol” history. “That’s the new chest bump between Michael Johns and David Cook!” – Read more at Zap2it

Ruben Studdard, Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Phil Stacey – Dove Awards

Phil Stacey tweets, “Guess who I get to sing w at the Dove Wards? : )”

Blues Traveler Celebrates 25th Anniversary With New Album For 429 Records – John Popper, Chan Kinchla, Tad Kinchla, Ben Wilson and Brendan Hill, aka Blues Traveler, will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary with the release of SUZIE CRACKS THE WHIP–their 11th album and first for 429 Records. The Grammy Award winning, platinum selling rock band have built up a considerable musical legacy based on their infectious, winning sound and their tireless love of touring resulting in a legion of loyal fans worldwide. The band have mixed it up with their latest bringing in the powerhouse production team of Sam Hollander and Dave “Sluggo” Katz–aka S*A*M* and Sluggo (Katy Perry) and inviting a slew of special guests such as Ron Sexsmith, Spin Doctor’s Chris Barron and Crystal Bowersox who contributed both in the songwriting and performing and help take the Blues Traveler trademark sound to a new level. – Read more at PRNewswire

Sharon Osbourne attacks Simon Cowell on ‘The Talk’

Chris Rene Talks Life After ‘X Factor’ – It’s been almost five months since Chris Rene lost out on The X Factor’s $5 million prize, but to hear the 29 year old tell it, coming in third was the best thing that could have happened to him.”On The X Factor there were things I really couldn’t say or do,” Chris tells “Melanie [Amaro, winner], Josh [Krajcik, runner-up] and I all have certain things we get to do now that we have record deals, and one of those is the freedom to finally unleash.” – Read more at the Insider

Backstage with Gavin DeGraw After ‘DWTS’ Departure – Gavin DeGraw was unable to overcome a sudden death duel against Jaleel White on last night’s Dancing with the Stars and was eliminated from the competition. But when ET caught up with the musician after the decision backstage, he put a positive spin on the outcome and said the competition had been a great experience. – See the Video at ETOnline

‘Glee’ star Kevin McHale dances into Hollywood Hills – “Glee’s” Kevin McHale, who plays paraplegic Artie Abrams, has bought a house in the Hollywood Hills for $1.025 million. The Midcentury home features a tall entry leading to a combined living and dining room with vaulted ceilings and city and hillside views. A wall of windows open to a deck on the main level of the more than 2,000-square-foot house. The kitchen features red cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, plus an island/bar with seating. – Read more at LA Times

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