Kris Allen is headlining a sold out show for WTSS in Buffalo. The station will be live streaming the entire concert on their website. Kris is scheduled to go on around 8:15 p.m. ET. Mat Kearney and Andy Grammer are also on the bill. Click to Watch.
Kelly Clarkson Australian concert dates have been announced! Her special guests are The Fray and Sarah De Bono. The 5 date nationwide tour begins in Brisbane on September 25 and ends October 5 in Perth. See the entire schedule HERE.
American Idol’s Phillip Phillips Pushing Himself to Get Healthy and Strong Again Post-Surgery – “I’m doing good, just been recovering and just taking it easy,” the singer tells us. “But also pushing myself to get my strength back and just get some energy back.”
He says that doctors were surprised by how well he’s recovering, which is always a good sign. “I’m surprised myself,” he exclaims. “Even the doctors are surprised how well it’s coming along. They’ve been helping me—I just need to keep pushing myself.” He admits that the pain was so excruciating it hurt to bend over or sit up for too long, and even though he hated it, Phillips took painkillers to try and ease what he was feeling. – See the video at EOnline
In-Studio: Casey Abrams ‘American Idol’ Interview- New Album, Randy Jackson
‘Idol’ finalist Casey Abrams strives for the ‘Simple Life’ – “People tiptoe around it because it’s embarrassing,” Abrams admitted. “It’s a disease that’s gross and has to do with your colon, but it’s something 1.4 million people suffer from, and someone you know could have it.” Abrams even created a song and music video at www.ibdicons.com to help raise support and awareness for those who suffer from ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases. By becoming a fan, $1 is donated to the Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America. – Read more at Daily Herald
Carrie Underwood’s High School Reunion
Sophisticated Lyrics Show David Cook’s Not Just an ‘Idol’ Star – American rock singer David Cook, who will perform in Jakarta on July 17, was hardly a music-industry rookie when he became a contestant in the seventh season of “American Idol.” Having played in a variety of bands since he was 15 and with several studio albums already under his belt, Cook knew just how hard it could be to break through in the tough business. And he didn’t know how long he could keep at it. – Read more at The Jakarta Globe
Jordin Sparks: “You Can Hear the Smile In Whitney’s Voice” – Jordin Sparks is almost ready for her big screen Hollywood closeup. In a mere month, the American Idol alum will make her feature film debut in Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 classic. Adding to that distinction, the 23-year old got the honor of duetting on “Celebrate,” the upbeat and ’80s-inspired R. Kelly-produced single from the film’s soundtrack, and the final recording made by pop music icon Whitney Houston. BET.com caught up with Sparks while she was in the recording studio and she talked all things “Celebrate” — recording the song and making the video. Plus she shared her special on-set memories of Whitney while shooting Sparkle. – Read more at BET
Jennifer Hudson: ‘Fashion Is a Tough Industry’ – Jennifer Hudson launched her Jennifer Hudson Collection for QVC line yesterday with a stylish presentation at the New Museum in New York. Her line of apparel and accessories consists of 14 designs that include leggings, sports jackets, maxi skirts and body-hugging short dresses. The looks, which range from approximately $50 to $170, will be available for purchase on QVC in early September (set to coincide with Fashion’s Night Out), followed by a one-hour premiere on the TV channel on September 10th. – Read more at Rolling Stone
Jennifer Hudson: Intimidated & Excited To Join Smash Cast – “I’m going to be a Broadway star — this successful Broadway star, which is going to be a great experience,” Jennifer said. “[It’s] quite intimidating, but it will be a great experience and I’m so excited to get started, which I’ll be starting on that probably within the next week or so.” And like she did for the “Sex and The City” movie, she’ll be shooting on the East Coast. “Everything is New York based, so I’m a New Yorker this time around,” she said. – Read more at Hollywood.com
Britney Spears: 8 blunt reactions to ‘X Factor’ contestants — EXCLUSIVE – So far Spears has tended to prefer “exciting” contestants who are visually appealing and charismatic performers rather than those who simply possess a fine voice. “She knows it takes more than having a good singing voice and that you have to be entertaining and have that ‘wow’ factor,” the source says. “She can really tell the difference between a good singer and a great performer.” Spears’ favorite rejection? “Too boring.” – Read more at Entertainment Weekly