Duets, featuring Kelly Clarkson, begins LIVE shows tonight with voting. The show returns to Thursdays at 8 pm, ABC.
X Factor auditions continue in Providence, Rhode Island today. I’ll be attending a taping tomorrow afternoon. Hooray!
“American Idol” Alum Casey Abrams: “I Have No Idea How Phillip Will Survive Tour” –
American Idol champ Phillip Phillips is now recovering from surgery he had to correct the kidney problem that plagued him all throughout the season. He says he’ll be ready to hit the road with the rest of the finalists when the American Idols Live tour kicks off July 6 — but one Idol alum who’s struggled with his own medical issues says he doesn’t know how the singer who fans have dubbed “P2” will make it through. Casey Abrams, the bearded bass player who was season 10’s recipient of the judges’ save, was also hospitalized during his time on the show, due to his struggles with ulcerative colitis. Speaking about Phillip, he tells ABC News Radio, “I have no idea how he’s gonna survive tour, to be honest with you. I wish the best for him, but it’s grueling…it’s grueling.” – Read more at ABC News Radio
Kellie Pickler: My Husband Won’t Let Me Have More Animals – “If I see a dog sitting anywhere on the road, I’m going to put him on the bus and find him a home,” she told PEOPLE at the 2010 CMA Music Festival. “I’ve been notoriously known for giving animals away at concerts.” Pickler’s most memorable recent rescue was Chunk, a pit bull she found with a broken pelvis and venomous snake bite last summer. After nursing him back to health, she had to find him a permanent home – but not without a few tears. – Read more at People
Adam Lambert: ‘Excited’ About Queen Opportunity – Stepping out for a radio appearance, Adam Lambert was spotted heading into the BBC Radio 2 studios in London, UK on Wednesday afternoon (June 27).
The “Trespassing” singer looked glam-tastic in his usual black-heavy garb which he paired with a black and white striped undershirt and white shoes as he held up a peace sign for the awaiting photographers before heading inside. – See the photos at Gossip Center
Jennifer Lopez – Jennifer Lopez Releases World Tour Dates – Jennifer Lopez is taking her new Dance Again tour global after announcing new dates in Russia, Europe and the Middle East. The pop superstar is currently completing a series of solo South American dates before embarking on a North American tour with Enrique Iglesias and Wisin y Yandel next month (Jul12) – and now she’s packing her bags for global dates in October and November (12). She’ll kick off the European leg of the tour in Lisbon, Portugal on 5 October (12) and perform in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, France, Scandinavia, England, Ireland and Germany before hitting the former Soviet Union for dates in St. Petersburg and Moscow in November (12). – Read more at Contactnusic
Steven Tyler, Joe Perry: Aerosmith truce – Aerosmith has had a rough couple of years. Lead singer Steven Tyler suffered from severe foot problems, got addicted to painkillers and ended up in rehab again. Guitarist Joe Perry even pushed Tyler off the stage during a performance. The frustrated band, consisting of guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer, tried to move on without him by auditioning other singers. Tyler then went on to be the most popular judge on “American Idol,” write a biography and release a solo single. Meanwhile, the band — which plays Nassau Coliseum Sunday — realized he was irreplaceable. – Read more at Newsday
News Corp Officially Announces Plan For Business Split – Newscorp is the parent company of FOX – NEW YORK – JUNE 28, 2012 – News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) today announced that it intends to pursue the separation of its publishing and media and entertainment businesses into two distinct publicly traded companies. Upon closing of such a transaction, shareholders would hold interests in a world-class publishing company, consisting of the largest collection of best-in-class publishing assets and a new digital education group, and an unmatched global media and entertainment company, each of which would benefit from enhanced strategic alignment and increased operational flexibility with respect to an unparalleled portfolio of assets, brands and franchises. – Read more at Deadline
‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Season 9’s Top 20 announced — On the scene for the 200th episode! – SPOILER ALERT: Finally! Twenty dazzling dancers have made it to “Los Ange-leese”! EW sat in the audience Monday night for the taping of the performance show. Your Top 20 are listed after the break — but first, some odds and ends from on the scene: Executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe made a cute speech during the cake-cutting ceremony (pictured) before the taping — he made sure to thank producers, and choreographers, but “first and foremost all these kids, and America for blessing us with such wonderful talent. God bless America.” Okay settle down Nigel. You’re laying it on almost as thick as that frosting! – Read more at Entertainment Weekly