Idol Headlines for 6/18/12 – The Evening Edition

Songwriter Greg Holden Discusses the Success of Phillip Phillips’ ‘Home’ – Phillip Phillips’ coronation song, “Home,” hits the radio this week, and the man behind the lyrics, Greg Holden, still can’t believe it. “It’s the biggest thing that’s happened to me,” Holden told the Scotland website, “If sales reach 500,000, I will get myself a little gold disc, which would be incredible.” – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Scotty McCreery throwing out first pitch at Chattanooga Lookouts game June 22 – Season 10 “American Idol” Scotty McCreery will throw out the first pitch at the Lookouts baseball game at AT&T Field on Friday, June 22, at 7:15 p.m. Pete Intza, Lookouts spokesman, confirmed McCreery’s appearance and first-pitch honors. The country singer’s visit is one of the promotions during Paint the Park Purple, a benefit for the Mid-South chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association during the Lookouts vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos game. – Read more at Times Free Press

OFFSTAGE: Scotty McCreery Looks for Balance – “It was tough at first,” Scotty McCreery told me. “I mean, for 17 years of your life you live every day at home — and you see your friends every single day — and then all of a sudden, poof, you’re on the road and don’t see them for five months at a time.” That’s what he admitted to me last night (June 17) when he was in Chicago to headline his own show at the House of Blues. I was asking what he missed most about home when he was out on the road, and it came down to the people. – Read more at

Carrie Underwood: BBC Radio 2 Babe – Promoting her new album Blown Away, Carrie Underwood was spotted at BBC Radio 2 studios in London, England today (June 18). The “Jesus Take the Wheel” songstress donned a striped top teamed with a black blazer and grey trousers as she smiled for the fans and shutterbugs that gathered to greet her. – See the Photos at Celebrity Gossip

Carrie Underwood’s Scary Underwear

Benji Schwimmer’s Naked Truth – I was a true blue, believing, serving, active Mormon and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was on a television show, and it was very widely known that I was LDS. But all my life I’ve also been pretty much gay. Not much of a surprise considering I was a dancer, but still a surprise to many—especially those who didn’t want to know. I had girlfriends growing up. I’ve been engaged once, semi-officially twice—and after there was love, I confessed to them about my situation. But I never really experimented. I felt like I was on the right track. You get home from your mission, and the next real mission is to get married and have kids and serve in the church until you die. I felt that God had blessed me with all these talents, and if I had done something sinful, it would have been a slap in his face. I’d been out of the church for about a year when I did the interview. – Read more at

Country star Jennifer Nettles is pregnant – Congrats are in order for Sugarland singer and Duets star Jennifer Nettles, who is expecting her first child with new husband Justin Miller. “They are thrilled beyond belief,” Sugarland’s manager Gail Gellman tells USA TODAY in a statement. It will be the first child for Nettles, 37, who married Miller last November in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. – Read more at USA Today

Arsenio Hall will host a new late-night talk show in 2013 – Celebrity Apprentice winner, Arsenio Hall is returning to late night TV via a syndication deal. Hall is partnering with syndicator CBS Television Distribution and Tribune Co., which will broadcast the 11 p.m. show on its 17 TV stations, including WGN-TV in Chicago and KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, giving it instant access to more than half the country. Tribune also owns or is a partner in scores of websites and operates eight daily newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times. “In the end I’m a comic, and nothing fits the talk-show mode like a stand-up comic,” Hall said in an interview Monday. – Read more at the LA Times

‘Glee’s’ Cory Monteith Talks ‘The Glee Project’s’ Anti-Bullying Episode – “Glee has always advocated for things like this and anti-bullying is close to a lot of the people’s hearts who run, produce and star in the show, myself and [co-creator] Ryan Murphy included,” Monteith tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s high on everyone’s priority list to lend our support to make people more aware that this is happening to real kids every day,” he says. As part of the episode, Oxygen Media is partnering with the Bully Project for an on-air PSA featuring Monteith and online campaign featuring LeAnn Rimes. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

About mj santilli 34035 Articles
Founder and editor of, home of the awesomest fan community on the net. I love cheesy singing shows of all kinds, whether reality or scripted. I adore American Idol, but also love The Voice, Glee, X Factor and more!