Olly Murs Stops By CHOA Before Opening For One Direction! – While the boy band, One Direction, invaded Atlanta, GA this week, the group’s opening act, Olly Murs, charmed the American crowd waiting for him at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! Murs, 2nd place X Factor UK 2009 winner, Double Platinum recording artist, co-host of Xtra Factor UK, author of “Happy Days”, and supporter for the charity, Brainwave, delighted the patients and staff at The Voice with his quick wit, amazing vocals, and enchanting accent.
‘Glee’s’ Jenna Ushkowitz to Write Book (Exclusive) – The actress, who has played Tina Cohen-Chang for three seasons of the Fox musical, will pen her first book, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. St. Martin’s Press has optioned Ushkowitz’s Choosing Glee, which will explore the 26-year-old actress’ rise to fame and motivational approach to life. “People ask me, ‘How did you get here?’ Well, I learned how to fight for what I want,” says Ushkowitz. “I learned to focus and work hard and not give up. I learned that every obstacle is really an opportunity.” – Read more at Hollywood Reporter
Haley Reinhart: The Chicagoan With The Musical Ear Springboards Off Her “American Idol” Exposure – Long before Haley Reinhart made a name for herself as an “American Idol” finalist, she was performing on international stages. Haley’s pre-”Idol” participation in Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival and Italy’s Umbria Jazz Festival underpinned her dazzling soul-infused renditions that ultimately led to her third-place finish. Throughout the 10th season, Reinhart tackled several venerable classics: “God Bless the Child” (Billie Holiday), “Fallin’” (Alicia Keys), and “Rolling in the Deep” (Adele). Her debut album – Listen Up! – was released via 19 Recordings and Interscope Records on May 22, and received widespread critical acclaim. – Read more at AllHipHop
Simon Cowell Is ‘Fascinated’ By ‘Shy’ Britney Spears – “She’s not on the show to be Britney Spears on a TV show,” the X Factor boss, 52, says of the “Till the World Ends” singer, 30. “She’s actually there to prove to the world there’s more to her, and she’s got the ability to do this job really well. She’s taken the role really seriously.”Part of what Cowell likes most about the pop star – with whom he is “fascinated” – is her down-to-earth nature. “It’s quite interesting because when someone has done what she’s done as she has with her career, and being such a public person, you kind of think she is going to be very confident, but in real life she’s shy,” he says. “There’s kind of a mystique about her which I think is what kind of attracted me to her in the place.” – Read more at People
Glee Scoop: Kevin McHale Hints at Season Four’s Dynamic – “In theory I wanted to pull a Simon Cowell and be very harsh and what I thought was truthful,” he says. “And then the assignment for the week was so hard! Like the whole twist they threw into it, and even I was like, ‘I don’t think I could do that.'” So what exactly does “adaptability” mean to him? “Every week is adaptability, but my character obviously has a close connection with adaptability,” Kevin tells us. “But everybody’s characters do, only because we are playing those kind of characters and we’re doing different songs every week, so even just doing the work you have to adapt every single day.” – Read more at EOnline
Aerosmith’s Jiffy Lube Live performance postponed – n non-storm related posponement news, Live Nation has announced that Tuesday’s Aerosmith concert at Jiffy Lube Live has been rescheduled for Aug. 12. Vocalist Steven Tyler is to refrain from performing for “vocal rest,” per doctor’s orders. – Read more at the Washington Post