Idol Headlines for 4/4/13

The American Idol results show airs tonight featuring performances from alums Carrie Underwood and Casey James! 8/7c pm.

‘American Idol’ Sucks This Season: Here’s Seven Reasons Why – American Idol has always leaned retro—with its tributes to Elvis, disco, the Beatles, and the Bee Gees—but it’s weird to see the singing competition turn into All About Eve. That’s been the main narrative of the show’s 12th season. Producers of the reality-TV juggernaut have neglected the contestants in favor of the story line about an established diva (Mariah Carey) protecting her crown from a feisty newcomer (Nicki Minaj). The dynamic played out, but unfortunately for Idol, there was a glitch. The younger siren who stole Mimi’s thunder wasn’t Nicki—it was Shakira, the new judge on NBC’s The Voice. – Read more at The Daily Beast

American Idol Backstage Scoop: Why Janelle Will Be Confronting “Mean” Nicki Minaj – “Nicki better give me my boots back!” Janelled told us. Especially because they aren’t just any old pair: “A lady made them for me, like a lady who does boots for Miss Texas USA. She saw me on the show, and I think she knew people who knew me so she contacted them and [was] like, ‘I want to make boots for Janelle.'” While the Tennessee native doesn’t blame Nicki for coveting her “hot” cowgirl kicks, she vowed to stand up to Idol’s most critical judge the next time she sees her. “I’ll be like, ‘Girl, give me my boots back!'” Janelle exclaimed. “Because you know, she’ll probably be mean to me. She can’t be nice to me for more than one show!” – Read more at EOnline

Jessica Sanchez hopes to see Boracay, Palawan, Bataan next time she visits, maybe in June – By the time this column comes out, the talented Filipino-Mexican-American will have started filming her scenes for two episodes, including the season finale. At the time of our phone interview, the only details Jessica knew about her character was that she’s “a diva singer from a rival school.” She did not know yet what her character’s race is or how different her role’s story line is from that of Filipino singer Charice Pempengco when the latter played a powerhouse vocalist, Sunshine Corazon, on “Glee.” “I can’t wait [to shoot],” Jessica said. “I’m very excited. I can’t wait to meet the cast.” According to the Chula Vista, California native, it will be her first time to meet another Fil-Am, Darren Criss. – Read nire at

Colton Dixon Finds His Calling In Christian Rock – Finishing seventh on last year’s season of “American Idol” hasn’t stopped Colton Dixon from living out his dream. The 22-year-old Tennessee native has carved a niche for himself and is quickly becoming a staple in the Christian rock market. Dixon recently returned to the “Idol” stage where he debuted his latest single “Love Has Come for Me.” The track is lifted from his debut album, “A Messenger,” released Jan. 29. The set continues to perform well on the sales charts. After nine weeks, it has a peak of No. 15 on The Billboard 200 and is currently in the top 50. Dixon’s previous single “You Are” is at No. 11 on the Christian Songs chart in its 24th week. – Read more at Billboard

Elise Testone to open and close the Cooper River Bridge Run – “That was the first and only one I’ve done, and I loved it,” she said of her previous Bridge Run. “It was inspiring because everyone was doing it together, no matter what shape they were in. During the race, your body just takes over and your mind just goes for the ride. I want to do it again for sure.” On Saturday, Testone is scheduled to perform a brief acoustic set and sing the national anthem at the starting line on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. Last December, she sang the national anthem in front of 30,000 soccer fans at the Major League Soccer Cup in Los Angeles. She’ll sing in front of thousands once again this week. – Read more at Post and Courier

CARRIE UNDERWOOD’S “BLOWN AWAY TOUR” SELLS OUT ALL DATES PLAYED IN 2013 – Fresh from international stops across the Atlantic, six-time Grammy winner and ACM double-nominee Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away Tour” has returned to play a string of sold-out arenas in North America to rave reviews. All 22 tour dates performed so far this year have been sell-outs, including Buffalo’s First Niagara Center, Hamilton, ON’s Copps Coliseum, Spokane’s Spokane Arena, and Fresno’s SaveMart Center, each with sold-out crowds of over 10,000 attendees. – Read more at Carrie Underwood Official

Carrie Underwood On Being A Nashville Homebody

Carrie Underwood Explains Why She Doesn’t Call Herself 30 – Carrie, who is performing her new single “See You Again” on American Idol tonight, says returning to the Idol stage is “like going back to school…everybody’s always been super nice.” Carrie revealed the single originally came when “we were writing for [Chronicles of] Narnia soundtrack and we had a magical four days in which we wrote three songs and I loved every single one. There was something so amazingly special about that writing session and the vibe that was happening…after they made their pick I loved ‘See You Again’ there’s something so amazingly special it’s about losing somebody but it’s so positive still about someday being reunited with that person.” – Listen to the interview at

Keith Urban MIGHT Collaborate With Nicki Minaj

OFFSTAGE: Kellie Pickler Reflects on Wynonna’s Exit From Dancing With the Stars – “I’m so glad and blessed and grateful that I’m still here, and hopefully I’ll be here for the long run,” she said. “But I look up to [Wynonna] so much. She’s such a strong person. She has so many words of wisdom. She has this presence about her that you learn something when you’re around her. She’s such a godly woman. I admire her so much, so I’m definitely gonna miss her being here.” – Read more at CMT

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