Blake Shelton’s “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” will air live on NBC at 9/8c PM
Season 7 alums, Michael Johns and Brooke White are recording a duet – He tweets, “Pretty pumped @brookewhite and I are recording a new duet today I wrote “Dream to Me” I can’t believe she said yes to sing with me love her”
Neil Patrick Harris Named Host of Primetime Emmy Awards – Neil Patrick Harris has been named host and producer of THE 65TH PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS, to be broadcast from NOKIA Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 22 on the CBS Television Network. This will be the multi-talented television, film and stage actor’s second time hosting the Emmy Awards, which he emceed to critical acclaim when the program last aired on CBS in 2009. As previously announced, Ken Ehrlich will serve as Executive Producer of this year’s Emmy broadcast. – Read more at TVByTheNumbers Great news. Neil does a WONDERFUL job with the Tonys.
Fox’s Mike Darnell: Did He Jump, or Was He Pushed? – A number of sources believe that the simplest explanation is correct: Darnell succumbed to the dramatic drop in American Idol ratings (the May 16 finale was down 40 percent, and the median viewer age jumped to 51.2) combined with the fading of the crass reality genre (When Animals Attack) that once worked so well for Fox. The soft May 23 debut of Darnell’s latest effort, the layoffs competition Does Someone Have to Go?, reinforces the point. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
Fire the stars! ‘American Idol’ alumni who’d make great judges – It makes perfect sense to re-energize the fan base by bringing back old favorites instead of throwing millions upon millions of dollars at big names with questionable appeal and no ties to the show. If viewers aren’t going to fall in love with Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and this season, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, is replacing them with other flashy entertainers really going to work? (Although a panel of Taylor Swift, a couple of her exes and Kanye West might get the job done — but not for the right reasons.) – Read more at Today.com
Kree Harrison Talks the Future, Friendship With Kacey Musgraves, Tattoos With Kellie Pickler + More – Kree Harrison was the runner-up for Season 12 of ‘American Idol,’ but the buck doesn’t stop there. She’s moving full-steam ahead and staring down a bright career in the country genre. Taste of Country spoke to Harrison just days after the finale, and she hadn’t yet stopped to take a breather. She was in full-on promotion mode for her new single ‘All Cried Out’ and laying the groundwork for what’s shaping up to be a busy year. One thing’s certain: She’s not bummed about placing second. – Read more at Taste of Country
Chris Daughtry lawsuit goes back to federal court – GREENSBORO — A lawsuit filed against local singer and former “American Idol” contestant Chris Daughtry by his former bandmates has been remanded back to U.S. District Court. Bassist Ryan Andrews, drummer Scott Crawford and guitarist Mark Perry filed suit last year in Guilford County Superior Court, accusing Daughtry of “constructive fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, unfair trade practices and other deceptive and wrongful conduct.” – Read more at The Times News
The Voice: Why Did Sarah Simmons Have to Comfort Adam Levine?
Judith Hill Eliminated From The Voice
Adam Levine Extremely Upset Over The Voice Eliminations
The Voice’s Garrett Gardner on Mining His John Lennon Connection and Rocking Backstreet! – “I spent a lot of time practicing with my friends in my basement. I did a lot of cafe and bar gigs — less than ideal settings — to get used to playing live in loud situations,” Gardner explains of the months that followed his Season 3 setback. “And I did a lot of songwriting as well, just to try to figure out who I was as an artist.” One thing Gardner solidified was his love of reinventing songs in eclectic and unexpected ways. “I did a version of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song — it’s not online right now — but I mixed it with Eminem and Stevie Wonder,” Gardner says. “It’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever heard, but if I played that on the show would I have gotten picked during the Blinds? Probably not!” – Read more at TV Line
People Cover Story – Blake Shelton: I Have Nothing to Hide from Miranda – It’s been two years since Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton tied the knot, but it hasn’t always been total bliss for the couple.In recent months, the country stars have been the subject of rumors about troubles in their relationship. Now, Shelton is opening up about their marriage – and he tells PEOPLE that there are no secrets between the two. “[I tell Miranda], ‘I have nothing to hide from you,’ ” he says. – Read more at People
The real drama at ABC’s Nashville starts as the season stops – ABC’s Nashville ended its first season with a cliffhanger last night, leaving its audience around the world to wonder if a key character will live to see another pin-drop Bluebird Cafe performance. But even though ABC renewed the prime-time soap for a second season, there’s another crucial character whose return is up in the air — and that’s Music City itself. What the show’s production company, Lionsgate Entertainment, and the network have not announced is whether they’ll continue filming the show on location. – Read more at Nashville Scene
Darren Criss Trying Out ’26 Years’ Worth Of Music On Listen Up… Tour – “We’re playing a lot of new songs, and it is a sort of venture into new territory for people who may or may not know my music [and] people who know me pre-‘Glee’ or pre-StarKid There’s a lot of music that I had that I may or may not play on the tour,” he explained to MTV News. “It’s more of an experiment. I’ve been working on a solo album for basically 26 years. It’s been changing throughout my life, depending on where I’m at personally, as it should, I guess.” – Read more at MTV