Idol Headlines for 7/7/12

Adam Lambert performs with Queen in Wroclaw, Poland today.

The American Idol Live tour plays in Chicago IL tonight, 7 pm CDT.

American Idol Producer Nigel Lythgoe on the Hunt for New Opening Act – American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance producer Nigel Lythgoe is done with voting. No, Idol and SYTYCD are not eliminating their voting elements, but Lythgoe has decided against using the same tactic for his new E! music reality series, Opening Act… Instead, the show follows a handful of wannabe singing superstars who posted performance videos only to find themselves handpicked by Lythgoe to become opening acts for major headliners like Lady Gaga, Rod Stewart, Jason Mraz, Nicki Minaj and Jason Aldean, among others. While there’s no Idol or X Factor-like competitions taking place, each singer is put through a grueling five-day performance boot camp leading up to their big opening act gig. On the scene to assist are Martina McBride, Pete Wentz, Jason Derulo, vocal coach Nick Cooper and uber-producer Antonina Armato of Rock Mafia. (Opening Act premieres on E Monday 10 pm) – Read more at EOnline

Jennifer Lopez Developing Drama Project for ABC Family – ABC Family is looking to get into business with Jennifer Lopez. Under Nuyorican Productions, the American Idol judge is developing an untitled hourlong drama project for the younger-female-skewing cable network centered on a lesbian couple, who already has several children, bringing a teenager into their home, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

The One Item of Clothing Katharine McPhee Isn’t Daring Enough To Wear – Katharine McPhee has the guts to sing in front of thousands of people, but she just can’t seem to work up the courage to step out wearing a certain trend.
“I love those really short, short shorts…the high-waisted ones everyone’s wearing,” she says, but adds, “I’m not quite daring enough.” – Read more at People

THE LEADING MEN: “American Idol” Alum Anthony Fedorov Finds a “Season of Love” in Off-Broadway’s Rent – You have about a week left until your debut in Rent. How are rehearsals going? Anthony Fedorov: Rehearsals are going great! It’s been a really incredible experience, and I haven’t even started the show yet. Just living the story out every single time we get on stage to rehearse a number is pretty incredible. I know the show at this point, so now it’s about adding those layers and continuing to explore within [that] world… I woke up this morning, and I was like, “Oh, my God. I’m opening next week!” I’m feeling pretty good. I still need about a week of my guitar playing, but I’m almost there. Everything else is coming along nicely. – Read more at Playbill

Upcoming Artist Spotlight: Vonzell Solomon “Dirt Bag” – Following her amazing performances on American Idol, she created and launched her own record label and Publishing Company. Vonzell has recently released a highly anticipated album “True Story”, on which she wrote and produced songs telling her life’s journey. Her current single from “True Story” is “Dirt Bag”, which is a song about ……”. Vonzell is also gaining notoriety as a co-writer for the “OMG Girlz” latest hit “Gucci This Gucci That”. – Listen to Dirt bag at You Know You Got Soul

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