Happy Idol tour day! The American Idol Live tour begins tonight in Detroit Michigan. We’ll be live blogging the tour set!
Haley Reinhart performs on The View this morning.
‘Idol’ winner Phillip Phillips is going ‘non-stop’ – Having made his first visit to D.C. for A Capitol Fourth, the Leesburg, Ga., native is looking forward to seeing America with the rest of Idol’s top 10 when the 46-date Idols Live tour kicks off Friday in Detroit. “I’ve never been to New York City, so I’m excited for that,” he says. “I’m just excited to go everywhere.” – Read more at USA Today
‘American Idol’ winner Phillip Phillips wants to blaze his own trail – With a sigh, he adds, “It’s all kind of crazy how your life just changes on a dime.” His musical role model? So far … nobody. “I just want to have a career that’s like … my own thing,” he says with a laugh. “I’m not trying to win Grammys. I just want to make enough money to make a living as a singer and have a family in the future.” Will he ever become a pompous rock star demanding only green M&Ms in his dressing room? Phillips laughs. “My family won’t allow me to be that way. – Read more at Chicago Sun Times
Colton Dixon talks ‘American Idol’ tour and ‘edgy’ Christian album – “We’re definitely planning to release [an album] by the end of the year, and it’s gonna be in the Christian world,” Dixon tells Zap2it. “It is Christian music, but not your typical contemporary Christian music. It’s very artsy and edgy, which I love about it. It’s very creative.” – Read more at Zap2it
American Idol Live! Tour hitting 45 cities including L.A., Ontario – Now that the constructive and often harsh criticism from the music industry’s biggest critics has subsided, the Top 10 contestants from Season 11 of “American Idol” are ready to let loose. Beginning Friday, the singers are heading out on the American Idol Live! Tour, which will hit 45 cities, including stops at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on July 23 and Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario July 25. – Read more at Press Telegram
‘American Idol’ Tour Starts Today! Idols Talk Winner Phillip Phillips’ Kidney Struggle – This year’s American Idol winner Phillip Phillips has taken a few months off to undergo and recover from kidney surgery following his health struggles throughout the season. But now that the champ is back in action and ready to kick off the American Idol tour tonight, OK! wanted to celebrate his comeback by talking to past Idols about his strength throughout this terrible ordeal. (Tim Urban, Matt Giraud, Mikalah Gordon, Blake Lewis) – Read more at OK Magazine
‘American Idol Live Tour’ 2012 off to a ‘hot’ start in Detroit – I talked to Colton during auditions for the tour last month, and he said rehearsals have been a “breeze.” “It’s a lot less crazy and a lot less stressful then the show,” he said. “We get a chance to hang out and and goof off. It’s been fun.” And they don’t have to learn a new song each night, impress the judges or wonder how the millions of fans will vote each night. “With 20 million people watching each night that puts a little bit of pressure on you,” Dixon said. – Read more at MLive.com
Lee DeWyze Joins One for the Heart™ Campaign
American Idol Season 9 Winner Lee DeWyze joins The Heart Foundation’s One for the Heart™ campaign! Text HEART to 80888 to donate $5 to the cause and receive a FREE download of Lee’s song ‘Fight’. (Don’t forget to respond YES to confirm your donation.)
A Little Bit Kelly, A Little Bit Rock and Roll – But when I arrive on the set of the new ABC show Duets, expecting to be greeted by some sort of handler, Clarkson herself charges out of her dressing room in curlers and a flowered sundress. “Hi, I’m Kelly,” she calls out. “Great to meet you.” She fixes her sweet brown eyes on my face. “You look so familiar.” When I suggest she may have mistaken me for actress Ally Sheedy, she laughs, asks where I’m from, then sincerely compliments my completely unremarkable homeland. “Massachusetts is beautiful. I love Boston. I went to a Red Sox game a while back.” When I tell Clarkson I saw the record of this outing on YouTube, she cringes. “The one where we were singing? And may very possibly have been drinking?” She plucks at the neck of her sundress and says, “God, isn’t it just so frickin’ hot out? I just had my assistant run out and get me this dress at Target. It’s pretty cute, right?” – Read more at Lucky Magazine
Kellie Pickler brings her country music to county fair – MODESTO: Kellie Pickler brings newfound songwriting voice and country hits to Turlock expo”American Idol” finalist Kellie Pickler struggled with writing songs until she realized all she had to do was speak from the heart. “Once I started being honest in my writing and I just wrote about my life and what I was going through, it was easy then,” said the North Carolina native who will perform at the Stanislaus County Fair on July 16. “It’s kind of like writing a diary. When you’re writing in a diary, you write your most personal, intimate, truthful thoughts,” she continued. “It’s between you and your diary. Then you just pull from that and there’s your song. Chances are there are millions of other people going through the same thing.” – Read more at Modbee.com
Travelling in style: BGT winner Pudsey the dog to fly to Hollywood on Simon Cowell’s private jet – He has a major new book deal, millions in the bank and his very own showbiz agent. And now Pudsey the dog is on his way to Hollywood – and will travel on board Simon Cowell’s luxury private jet alongside his trusted owner Ashleigh Butler. The Britain’s Got talent boss has declared himself to be Pudsey’s number one fan and has laid on his very own private plane to make sure the duo arrive safely in the States. – Read more at The Daily Mail
‘Glee’ Season 4: Could Santana Join Rachel in NYC? Hope for Brittana? Will Artie Step Up? The Cast Sounds Off – How many episodes will everyone be doing? All 15 cast members are confirmed to return in some capacity, while it’s still unclear just how many episodes the swelling ensemble cast will appear in. Michele, who notes she’s more excited about Glee’s fourth season than any previous edition of the series, confirms her role as a series regular and that she’ll be doing every episode next season. “I’ve spoken with Ryan and I know my character’s entire arc for the whole season, and it’s incredibly exciting,” she enthuses. Rivera notes she’ll be “a big part” of Season 4, and McHale says Artie will be around “quite a bit.” – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter