Idol Headlines for 7/11/14

Constantine Maroulis to Host STRAIGHT FROM NEW YORK Fundraiser, 7/16 – American Idol star and Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis is back in Houston and headlining Straight From New York’s 2014 Fundraiser Gala at The Music Box Theater on Wednesday, July 16th, 7:00pm. The evening of wine and live entertainment will include Constantine and his greatest hits, along with special appearances by Deborah Duncan, Tyce Green, Jenna Burns, and more! – Read more at Broadway World

‘American Idol’ on the road: Season 13 Top 10 headed to Bethlehem – “When you’ve done a lot of shows and you’ve written stuff and you’ve made a record, and you’ve been out [performing], you’ve experienced the highs and the lows of being a musician and playing out, and dealing with the struggles of that,” Johnson says in a phone interviw. “When you go into something like that [‘American Idol’], it’s no sweat off your back. If you’ve really experienced it, then you know exactly what you’re getting into and you go and do it. You know exactly how to handle it when those experiences come. But if you’re kind of green and you don’t know, yeah, you’re going to be freaking out.” – Read more at

Colton Dixon – More of You Music Video

Colton Dixon gears up to release his “More of You” music video. He posts on Instagram, “More of you. Music video. July 15th. This Tuesday. #anchornews” The song is from his upcoming album, Anchor. The video officially comes out, July 15, but we’ll be posting it sooner!


Colton previews first 15 seconds

On the scene: ‘The Voice’ season 7 blind auditions – On this particular occasion, though, judges were selective. Why? A couple of judges alluded to a lack of space, explaining that their teams were already stacked with talent and there wasn’t much room to expand. (The blind auditions are filmed over a handful of days in Los Angeles, and the contestants who appeared at this taping seemed to be on the latter end of the audition process.) Good for viewers, bad for contestants. To the judges’ credit, though, they gave the contestants they turned down specific, constructive criticism and encouraged many to come back and audition again. – Read more at Entertainment Weekly

Blake Shelton: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams will ‘nice each other to death’ on ‘The Voice’ – Stefani and Williams, who have been buddies since they started making beautiful music together, such as Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” in 2004 and Williams’ “Can I Have It Like That” in 2005, are finding it difficult to adopt the playfully bad behavior and bickering banter of their fellow coaches. During the blind auditions for the upcoming season, the newbies often chose to turn around for the same contestants, but couldn’t bring themselves to say anything mean about the other when trying to convince singers to join their team. “It’s like watching a candy cane swordfight,” Levine joked as Stefani and Williams complimented each other — and at some points held hands — while trying to dissuade contestants from choosing the other coach. – Read more at

5 questions with The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery – What has surprised you about life as a country music celebrity? “It’s just really cool to see how normal these artists are, seeing behind the scenes, it’s really cool to see that kind of view. The dedication that the fans have is pretty awesome, seeing how pumped up they get during the shows. We feed off (the fans’) energy, so as much energy as they have, we will give it right back.” – Read more at Elkhart Truth

Danny Gokey sees hope in front of him – He’s not proud of it, but Gokey met Peralta on Twitter. About three years had passed since Gokey was widowed and he finally felt ready to start dating again. The singer had been on a few dates and failed to make a connection with anyone. When he saw Peralta’s picture and profile on Twitter, he reached out. “All of a sudden, I’m asking for her number and we’re talking on the phone and seven months later we were married,” Gokey said. “Trust me. I didn’t want it to be that way. If I had a dream, that wasn’t part of the dream.” “He wanted to meet at a church,” said Peralta, pausing between waves of pregnancy-related nausea as she spoon-fed Danny Jr. in the couple’s well-appointed kitchen. – Read more at The Tennessean

‘American Idol’ alum Casey Abrams likes playing Levitt Pavilion-size shows – If Casey Abrams has his way, he would play venues the size of Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks in Bethlehem for the rest of his career. “I’m not wishing for stadiums,” says Abrams, a Top 10 contestant on the 2011 season of “American Idol,” in a phone call from Burbank, Calif., where the Texas native now lives. “It’s those little vibes. Who needs those big stadiums? It’s more intimate like that. I see myself doing those all over the place and all over the world. … It’s way better.” – Read more at

Daughtry comes forth a new band following ‘Baptized’ – Daughtry admitted that the music on “Baptized” fits with current trends where folk-ish acts like Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers and Imagine Dragons are doing well on top 40 radio. Electronic music is one of the hottest genres in all of rock, and hard rock music struggles to get radio play. “Of course, you hear these things on the radio, like Imagine Dragons or Lumineers,” he said. “I love that stuff. I love a lot of the stuff that’s going on right now. I’m digging the new Katy Perry stuff. So, yeah, you hear that stuff and it just so happens that it’s working on radio right now, so that certainly doesn’t hurt.” – Read more at The Daily Herald

Dave Grohl Takes Dig at ‘Song Contests’ During HBO’s ‘Sonic Highways’ Panel – Speaking at the Television Critics Association panel for the upcoming series, which premieres in October, the Foo Fighters frontman discussed the inspiration that he hopes the series will inspire in aspiring musicians — and he took a thinly veiled swipe at “American Idol” and its ilk. “I don’t want my kid to think that the only way you can be a musician is to stand in line at a song contest audition, and then wind up having a bazillionaire tell you if you’re not a good singer,” Grohl said Thursday at the Beverly Hilton hotel. “Don’t get me started. To me, that’s not what music’s about.” – Ironically, Carrie Underwood was asked to participate in this project… – Read more at The Wrap

Kesha Opens Up About Rehab Stint: I Was ‘Really Hurting My Body’ – “The music industry has set unrealistic expectations for what a body is supposed to look like, and I started becoming overly critical of my own body because of that,” the singer continued. “I felt like people were always lurking, trying to take pictures of me with the intention of putting them up online or printing them in magazines and making me look terrible. I became scared to go in public, or even use the internet. I may have been paranoid, but I also saw and heard enough hateful things to fuel that paranoia. I felt like a liar, telling people to love themselves as they are, while I was being hateful to myself and really hurting my body. I wanted to control things that weren’t in my power, but I was controlling the wrong things. I convinced myself that being sick, being skinny was part of my job. It felt safer somehow.” – Read more at Access Hollywood

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