Idol Headlines for 5/22/14

No TV tonight to cover. May sweeps is over, and we’ll be starting our summer coverage soon with The Bachelorette, SYTYCD, America’s Got Talent, Rising Star, Big Brother and more. SO Stay tuned.

Nikki Reed Files for Divorce from Paul McDonald – “Twilight” star Nikki Reed has filed for divorce from former “American Idol” contestant Paul McDonald … TMZ has learned. In the divorce docs, obtained by TMZ, Reed cites irreconcilable differences. She’s also asking the court to deny McDonald spousal support. It was the first marriage for both. The couple had no kids together. Interestingly, even though several reports had the couple getting married in October 2011 — in the docs their marriage date is July 14, 2011. – Read more at TMZ

It is with great disappointment we announce that Daughtry and Robin Diaz are parting ways. In the midst of a scheduling conflict, Robin chose to pursue other interests over his obligations to the band. Even so, we did great work together over the last 4 years and we wish him all the best in his endeavors. – Daughtry Facebook

Caleb Johnson Wins American Idol, Beats Jena Irene: I’m the “Antithesis” of Past Idols! – “I was like, holy smokes, I can’t believe that I won this,” Johnson told Us Weekly after the show. “I’m probably the antithesis of what American Idols have been!” “It’s funny because Jena’s mom couldn’t picture me as the American Idol, she told me that,” he continued. “I mean, seriously, look at me, it’s so crazy to me!” “There’s so much amazing music out there that nobody hears,” he said. “Rock ‘n’ roll is the kind of music that I want to make. I want to do a rock opera. I want to do something crazy like a zombie rock opera. You have to stay true to who you are, be unique and not give a s–t.” – Read more at US Magazine

Caleb Johnson overwhelmed by ‘Idol’ triumph – “I worked so hard just honing my performance abilities, my craft, my singing and I can’t believe I won this show. This is true perseverance. If you never give up, you can make your dreams come true,” the 23-year-old from Asheville, N.C., said in his first interview moments after his victory. “I was just so overwhelmed. My gosh, I don’t even know. It completely overwhelmed me. Oooh,” he said, exhaling. His fellow finalists “were like, ‘Sing, sing, sing!’ And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ I tried to sing some more and then I was like, ‘Oh, man.’ ” – Read more at USA Today

Caleb Johnson Talks ‘Insane’ Win on ‘American Idol’

Via Ryan Seacrest

‘American Idol’ runner-up Jena Irene: ‘I was like a ninja’ – “I think I kind of was a surprise. I kind of just came out nowhere. I was like a ninja,” Jena jokes backstage after her friend (and prom date) Caleb Johnson took home the Season 13 title. She continues, “This has been such a great launching pad for me and the fact that I did get this far, it’s just such an honor. ‘American Idol’ doesn’t just teach you how to be a good singer; they teach you how to be a good performer and good with press and to dress you well and to know how to speak. It makes you a well-rounded person.” – Read more at Zap2it

Jena Irene Reveals Advice She Got From Hayley Williams

Via Ryan Seacrest

Crystal Bowersox Talks Coming Out, Touring, and Michfest – When 28-year-old Crystal Bowersox appeared on Good Day L.A. in November to perform her single “Coming Out for Christmas,” she was doing just that. On the show that day, the American Idol alum revealed publicly for the first time that she is bisexual. She was met with support and was even included among The Advocate’s Person of the Year finalists as a symbol of the bisexual population’s increasing visibility. – Read more at The Advocate

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Loves Meryl Davis More Than He’s Loved Any Woman, Brother Val Says – “He definitely loves her, and I know she loves him back,” Val told Us of his brother, whose victory with Davis, 27, was his first in 14 seasons of competition. (“There’s a reason it didn’t happen before,” Maks said on the finale. “It’s because I was meant to do it with her.”) – Read more at US Magazine

Maksim Chmerkovskiy: I’m Probably Not Returning to ‘Dancing with the Stars’ – ET caught up with Dancing with the Stars’ big winners Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Tuesday night in Los Angeles, where dancing pro Maksim dished that he probably won’t be returning to the hit ABC show. “I don’t think so,” a clearly exhausted Maks told ET bluntly when asked if he would be returning next season. “This is exhausting. It has nothing to do with money. The first thing that I did after hugging her [Meryl] … was come up to Derek [Hough] and I was like, ‘Dude, I don’t how you do it.’ He did it five times. I have no idea.” – Read more at Entertainment Tonight

Rejected Bachelorette Party-Crasher Says His Surprise Visit Was Scripted – On Monday’s season premiere, Bukowski, an alum of both Season 8 and Bachelor Pad, paid a surprise visit to the mansion in hopes of meeting Andi Dorfman. Unfortunately, Andi turned him away without even saying hello, and host Chris Harrison had to tell him he wasn’t allowed inside. The Bachelor’s terrible track record: A history of failed romances Bukowski tells TMZ that it was the producers’ idea for him to show up unannounced, and with a dozen roses no less. “They made it seem like they didn’t know I was coming, but they knew,” he told the site.- Read more at US Magazine

‘American Idol’ Season 14: Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban are ready for new talent – “To imagine the next ‘American Idol’ winner is walking around somewhere — that is so exciting. I can’t wait; I am so fired up,” Connick tells Zap2it on the red carpet at the “Idol” Season 13 finale. “I can’t wait! That is the most exciting thing. We were talking about that last night.” It’s not exactly official that Connick, Urban and Jennifer Lopez are all returning for Season 14, but it seems like it’s almost a done deal. They’re visiting each judge’s hometown during the auditions, so that’s a good sign. “I’m looking forward to it a lot,” Urban says of finding the next generation of talent. “I hope all of us stay in tact for next season because I really had a great time and I feel like we’ve got a good groove going so I hope we get to keep it going.” – Read more at Zap2it

After the Show – Judges Take

Phillip Phillips Offers Sage Advice to Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene

Said Phillip of Behind the Light: “It just has a lot more personality [than the first album], a lot more growth to it. I got to spend more time on it. It’s just me, from start to finish, so people just gotta listen to it.”
“Make sure you’re proud of it. That’s what I did with both albums. Make sure you’re proud of it and it’s something that you want to sing for the rest of your life, because once you put it out there, you gotta do it. I mean, you don’t have to; there’s some songs I don’t want to play sometimes and that I won’t play. But you gotta make sure you love it.

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