Join Mac tonight as he live blogs the SYTYCD Atlanta auditions! FOX 8/7c pm.
The American Idol 14 auditions begin today in Minneapolis MN. Ryan Seacrest is there, as well as Carly Smithson from season 7, who will be on hand to help audition hopefuls.
Lauren Alaina has been added to next Wednesday’s Grand Ole Opry. Via Opry twitter.
THE TELEVISION ACADEMY UNVEILS PRESENTERS FOR THE 66TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS AND THIS YEAR’S EMMY AWARDS KEY ART – NoHo Arts District, Calif. — June 18, 2014 – The Television Academy today announced that Carson Daly (The Voice) and Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) will join Television Academy Chairman and CEO, Bruce Rosenblum, to reveal the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations on Thursday, July 10th at 8:40 a.m. ET/5:40 a.m. PT. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations Announcement will take place at the Television Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood’s NoHo Arts District and will be streamed LIVE on Emmys.com. Spike Jones, Jr. returns to produce this year’s nominations telecast. For the first time, this year’s nominees were selected via online voting. – Read more at NBC.com
Inside Queen’s Huge Summer Tour With Adam Lambert – Filling Freddie Mercury’s shoes is an enormous task, but Lambert feels up to the challenge. “It’s not an easy feat,” he says. “I think a lot of the apprehension has faded because we’ve done this a number of times in the past couple of years. That’s not to suggest I’m getting cocky at all, because I will never compare to Freddie Mercury. He’s one in a million. At this point, I know how to strike a balance between honoring the way these songs were originally meant to be sung and my own instincts, my own choices.” Meanwhile, Lambert has been using his downtime to continue work on his next solo album. “I’m not finished with that,” he says. “I’ve done a lot of work and there’s some amazing music. We’d probably be able to put something out now, but I’m a perfectionist and I have to make sure that I love every song 100 percent and that they’re perfect for me. I maybe want to find even more material. I’m not going to rush a project like this.” – Read more at Rolling Stone
Blake Shelton: Missing the Hell Out of Shakira and Usher – “Gosh dang it, man. I’m gonna miss the hell out of Usher and Shakira,” Shelton told a handful of reporters in Nashville recently. “I know Shakira’s not coming back. She’s a great person and a great lifelong friend I made there. Usher, too.” Shelton admits he really doesn’t know what this season holds because he really doesn’t know the new judges — singer-songwriters Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams — at all. “As far as Gwen and Pharrell — I always want to call him ‘For Real’ — I’ve met them, but I can honestly say that outside of a handshake and a ‘What’s up,’ I don’t know these people that well,” Shelton said. – The Voice 7 had a press day at auditions yesterday, so Blake has certainly gotten to know his new coach-mates, of which we’ll here more soon, I’m sure. – Read more at CMT.
American Idol Finalists Sing National Anthem At B-Mets Game – They sang their way into the hearts of many during the American Idol competition. Now the top ten idol finalists are getting ready to go on tour this summer. Their first stop is right here in Binghamton. Tuesday night the Idols made a guest appearance at the B-Mets game at NYSEG stadium. Fans got the chance to get up close and meet and greet their favorite contestants. They also had the opportunity to hear them sing the National Anthem and see them throw out the first pitch. Fans of the show as well as the Idol contestants were excited for the chance to meet each other. – More at WICZ.com
Kellie Pickler: 11 People Who Changed My Life – Kellie Pickler may have entered the public consciousness by competing on American Idol, but the North Carolina native’s love of country music, and her path to a career in the genre, was established well before that. “It’s been so long ago, I feel like an antique Idol now,” Pickler says with a shrieking laugh. “I’m a dusty Idol!” As the singer prepares to re-release her latest album, The Woman I Am, on vinyl, she opens up about the personalities — from country legends to her own family — who made her that titular woman. – Read more at Rolling Stone
Fantasia Barrino Comments on AFTER MIDNIGHT Closing: ‘It Makes Me Sad’ – “It makes me sad,” began the American Idol champ. “Gladys Knight was supposed to go on after Patti Labelle [the show’s current guest star]. That was the first Broadway show that I started with. Those young people I worked with became like family to me. I saw how hard they worked; I know how much they love and respect jazz music. They’re talented and will do great things.” She continues, “But I’m also sad because I felt it was a much-needed play for people to know that jazz still lives. The music is great. So hopefully someone else will come back out with something like that so young people will know where music really started.” – Read more at Broadway World
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Cassadee Pope Thanks Her Fans
Connecting with ‘The Voice’ winner Josh Kaufman – You have probably heard the expression “six degrees of separation.” The concept is that everyone on the planet is connected through six or fewer relationships. Whether or not you buy into this theory, such a connection surely exists between Southwest Florida residents and Josh Kaufman, the latest winner of the reality TV show and singing competition “The Voice.” – FloridaWeekly.com
‘American Idol’ Couple Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo Talk Touring for Two (Q&A) – Anyone who’s driven around Los Angeles over the last few weeks has likely seen the parade of banners for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat playing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Starring in the lead roles through this run, which wraps June 22, and beyond are husband-and-wife team Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo, both American Idol alums. The L.A. stop on a national tour that spans a year-plus brings the couple back to the city they once called home and where they were married on June 1, 2013 (full disclosure: yours truly officiated). The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Mr. and Mrs. Young on a rare day off. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
Derek & Julianne Hough Open Up About How Their Challenging Childhood Shaped Their Success – Julianne and Derek Hough have been dancing ever since they could walk. “Our home videos are pretty self-evident that these kids loved to shake, rattle and roll,” their dad, Bruce Hough, tells PEOPLE. Now the siblings, who gained fame on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, are doing just that on their summer Move Live on Tour, selling out venues across the country. But as Julianne, 25, and Derek, 29, recount in PEOPLE’s new cover story, the success they’ve found on the dance floor came at a hefty price. – Read more at People
Maksim Chmerkovskiy Talks DWTS Showmances, Wants Meryl Davis to Be the Last Person He Dances With on the Show – Summer lovin’ had him a blast. Nearly a month after Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis took home the Mirrorball trophy on Dancing With the Stars’ season 18 finale, people are still buzzing about the duo’s insane chemistry. Asked about their special bond in a recent interview with Social Life magazine, the veteran DWTS pro compared his relationships with Davis and other past partners to summer romances. – USMagazine.com
Hey Dawg — Wanna Buy Randy Jackson’s House? – American Idol’s Randy Jackson loved his Tarazana, California estate when he bought it in 2005, but today he’s singing a different tune, RumorFix is reporting. The producer and music mentor has been trying to unload the 5,878 square foot home for seven years. In 2007, he listed it for $3.199 million, then it dropped to $2.395 million in 2010 and as of June 16 it’s on the market for $2.199 million. Our friends at Redfin tell us the home has five bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms. Of course, Randy would have a gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances like a Viking stove and Sub Zero refrigerator. – Read more at Rumor Fix