The American Idol 15 audition bus rolls into the Santa Fe Railyard in Santa Fe New Mexico.
American Idol’ looking for the next star in Tulsa, get the details – “From past seasons, you can really tell genre-wise we look across the board for any type of artist as long as that artist is really authentic to the genre and is the best in the area,” Robinson said. “You have to come in pretty much ready to go and show that right from the first audition that you could be that one on the finale stage. You have to encompass everything: a great voice, great stage presence, personality, and have fun with it.” That’s not easy when it all comes down to a short a cappella audition in front of strangers. Robinson said he gets the intimidation the auditions can cause. So does Clark Beckham, last season’s runner-up. Beckham, who has family living in Oklahoma, said the worst part of the audition was the anticipation, waiting in line for his chance to step up. – Read more at Tulsa World.com
Up & Adam – Out glam god Adam Lambert — on changing his style, the impending end of ‘Idol’ and what question he won’t answer. Stripped of that glossy sheen, those painted nails and the purple mane that he famously flaunted on his 2009 post-American Idol debut, For Your Entertainment, Adam Lambert’s latest album cover isn’t even in color. His hair still reaches the same towering heights as his voice on The Original High, but otherwise, he’s unadorned. The glam is gone. In our recent interview, the Idol alum comes clean about how a long period of “overcompensation” — yes, the outfits — led him to the latest chapter in his life. – Read more at DallasVoice.com
The Next Big Thing in Music? Make Sure You Know Christina Grimmie – The first half of 2015 has been very good to 21-year-old Christina Grimmie. She recently won Macy’s Rising Star iHeartRadio competition after returning from her first European headline tour, she’ll open the iHeartRadio festival in Vegas this September, she’s releasing new music in the fall, and her single, “Cliche,” peaked at number 7 on the iTunes chart. Not bad for someone who was so shy she initially had trouble talking to her fans on YouTube. And in the years in between, she’s independently released two albums, won an American Music Award, finished in the top three of The Voice season six, opened for Selena Gomez, and performed on Dancing With the Stars. If you don’t know Christina Grimmie already, it’s about time you start. – Read more at Glamour.com
Kellie Pickler: ‘The Goal Is to Cash Out and Help the World’ – She’s also not eager to engage in the “Tomatogate” debate, opting to put things in perspective instead. “There are bigger issues going on in the world than being called a tomato,” she explains. “I’ve been called worse! If our biggest thing is fighting to get on the radio, then that’s a good problem to have, considering what other women are dealing with around the world, who would do anything to trade problems with women in country music.” – Read more at Rolling Stone