Idol Headlines for 6/25/12 – The Evening Edition

‘American Idol’ Hopefuls Audition By The Thousands In Newark – Among the hopefuls “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest, who was confident in Seasons 12’s success. “We actually now realize we don’t know what we’re going to find, and that makes for the best season,” Seacrest said. “When we set out to find something specifically it doesn’t work out as well, so when we don’t know it usually works out best.” – Read more at

Carrie Underwood Appears at the CMA Songwriters Series in Boston –  Carrie Underwood is slated to make her first appearance in the popular CMA Songwriters Series, when it returns to Boston on Tuesday, July 31 at Royale in the downtown Theater District. Joining Underwood for the event will be some of her hit co-writers Brett James (“Cowboy Casanova”), Luke Laird (“So Small”), and Hillary Lindsey (“Just a Dream”). As usual, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Bob DiPiero will host and perform at the event. Tickets go on sale Friday (June 29) and are $50 for VIP seating, $39 for reserved, and $25 for general admission. – Read more at Music Row

Watch Taylor Hicks perform “Love The One You’re With on The Morning Blend – Taylor is promoting his summer residency in Las Vegas, which begins tomorrow night in Ballys – Watch at Vegas Morning Blend.

Scotty McCreery: Album No. 2 Won’t Get Too ‘Sappy’ – “We’ve gotten songs in… and starting to get in the mode of writing and stuff,” McCreery says. “We’ve already got a few winners picked out I’m really excited about cutting. It’s going to be fun. I like the process of making an album. The first one I did was a little rushed; I didn’t get to enjoy it or get creative with it. This one we’re going to take our time and really make a good album.” McCreery predicts that he’ll probably start recording during the summer, in-between concert dates, but he doesn’t expect to release anything until 2013. “I’m definitely seeing for this second album that people are really excited when they’re sending me songs,” McCreery says. “I’m enjoying the songs I’ve been hearing. I just want people to really see me this time. I don’t want to get caught up in the sappy love songs; those are important, but I want them to get a feel for who I am as an artist and sing about real things in life. Hopefully we’ll get that with the songs and have some fun with it as well.” – Read more at

Adam Lambert Talks Gay Pride, Being a Reluctant Role Model: Video


Drew Ryniewicz, Blake Lewis, Kiowa Gordon & More Celebrate ‘Summer With the Stars’ in Mexico! – Notable contestants from American Idol and The X Factor, as well as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s Alfonso Ribeiro, The Twilight Saga’s Kiowa Gordon and The Lying Game’s Rick Malambri all headed down to Aventura Cove Palace — soon to be rebranded Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya — in Riviera Maya, Mexico this past week for the Summer With the Stars event… and OK! was there to catch all the action! Idol stars Blake Lewis, Karen Rodriguez, Didi Benami, Mikalah Gordon, Michael Johns, Tim Urban, Katie Stevens, Matt Giraud, Brandon Rogers, Chris Richardson and Aaron Kelly joined forces with The X Factor’s Drew Ryniewicz and Nick Dean to participate in a slew of events with vacationers, including the live All Star Jam. The singers put on an incredible show, performing hit songs like Taylor Swift’s “Eyes Open,” Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and “Set Fire to the Rain” and Lady Gaga’s “You and I.” – Read more OK Magazine

Season 10 American Idol Finalist and Musician Casey Abrams Releases New Song Devoted to Raising Awareness About Inflammatory Bowel Disease – HORSHAM, Pa., June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — In advance of releasing his debut album, musician and American Idol alumnus Casey Abrams has created an original song entitled “Chip on Your Shoulder” and music video inspired by his personal experience with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and the people he met through the national disease awareness campaign IBD Icons. Starting today, people can view Abrams’ music video by joining the fan club at . For every fan who joins, a donation will be made to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), IBD Icons partner and the only national non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures for IBD, including chronic digestive diseases ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease. – Read more at Marketwatch

Fantasia’s ‘Night of Truth’ set for Aug. 31 at BJCC Concert Hall in Birmingham (video) – BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Tickets went on sale today for Fantasia’s Aug. 31 appearance at the BJCC Concert Hall, priced at $57.30-$89.05 through Ticketmaster. The 8 p.m. show, billed as “The Night of Truth,” also features R&B singer Joe. Pollstar lists four other summer dates for Fantasia, 27, a former “American Idol” winner with three records and several music awards to her credit. She’ll perform July 8 at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, then move on to shows in Philadelphia (July 12); Country Club Hills, Ill. (July 14); and Florence, S.C. (July 20). –

Aubrey O’Day – I Have Serious Mental Health Issues – Aubrey O’Day is a certified headcase … so says one of her doctors, who issued the reality star an official medical document which allows her to bring her dogs on to an airplane. A rep for Virgin America airlines tells TMZ … the “Celebrity Apprentice” star was cleared to bring her 2 pets into the 1st class section of a flight this week … because they are registered as “Emotional Support Animals.” So how does one get emotional support animal clearance? Ya gotta have a doctor write a letter … stating you have mental issues. – Read more at TMZ

Is unscripted TV the new reality for record industry executives? – (CNN) — For years, there has been talk that the music industry is in decline. The increase of Internet music piracy and the decrease of consumers’ attention spans have been two of the factors blamed for for lackluster sales. So it’s no surprise that music stars have sought other streams of income outside royalties, concert dates and merchandising sales throughout the years. Some, like Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Gwen Stefani and Queen Latifah, are the faces of major cosmetic brands, while others, like Jennifer Hudson, Janet Jackson, Marie Osmond and Mariah Carey, offer up their images to popular weight loss systems. – Read more at CNN

Darren Criss Shares “Glee” Season 4 Secrets – Criss also opened up to us about his own hopes for the upcoming season of “Glee”—death and destruction! Well, kind of: “I want all of season [four] to be one adventure train ride where Lea Michelle has to keep the train at 75 miles per hour, and if it goes under that, it’s gonna blow up.”

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