Idol Headlines for 7/9/14

Two dancers leave So You Think You Can Dance tonight! Join Mac’s live blog at 8/7c PM FOX.

Big Brother 16 continues tonight at 8/7c pm on CBS. Who will win the Veto Ceremony? And will will ultimately wind up on the bloc? Join the discussion.

The American Idol 14 Audition Bus tour begins today. Check out the schedule HERE.

Melanie Amaro Set To Star in a Play in Atlanta – Remember Melanie Amaro, the “X Factor” season one winner. She is starring in an upcoming play “You’re Never Alone” coming to Cobb Energy Centre August 8-9. Details here. – Via AJC

Jay Z, No Doubt, Tiësto, Carrie Underwood Set to Headline Free Global Citizen Festival – The rapper will headline the annual charity event organized by the Global Poverty Project, taking place this year on September 27th on the Great Lawn in New York’s Central Park. But Jay is just one of the megawatt music names slated to perform at this year’s festival, which includes country superstar Carrie Underwood, alt-pop hitmakers fun., hip-hop’s greatest band the Roots, dance music veteran Tiësto and No Doubt, who will be making their first live appearance as a band following an extended hiatus from performing. – Read more at Rolling Stone

Usher’s foundation celebrates 15 years this month – ATLANTA (AP) — A nonprofit organization founded by singer Usher will celebrate its 15th anniversary in Atlanta this month. The Grammy Award-winning singer said in a statement Wednesday his New Look Foundation will hold its President’s Circle Awards luncheon July 31 in downtown Atlanta. Rapper Ludacris is expected to host the event. Soulful rocker Josh Kaufman, the season six winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” will perform. – Read more at SF Gate

Dexter Roberts set for World Deer Expo at BJCC, but will he perform in Birmingham on ‘American Idol’ tour? – Will Roberts rejoin the tour for its stop in Birmingham on July 26 at the BJCC Concert Hall? There’s no word yet from the tour publicist. But we do know he’ll be present and accounted for at the deer expo. Stay tuned. – Read more at (We get a mention!)

Aiken Addresses NAACP on Education, Ellmers – Singer, actor and activist Clay Aiken, the Democratic nominee in the North Carolina 2nd congressional district election for 2014, spoke on the need for changes in education and in the current political climate when he addressed the Moore County NAACP during a Tuesday evening appearance. The meeting was held in Little Hall on the campus of Sandhills Community College. Dressed casually in khaki pants, a blue shirt and loafers and carrying a book bag, Aiken, who rose to fame after placing second in the second season of the television program American Idol in 2003, seemed at ease in the collegiate atmosphere with his laid back, accessible style. – Read more at The Pilot

Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed Release Post-Breakup Album – Actress Nikki Reed and American Idol alum Paul McDonald recently announced their separation, just a little more than three years after they met on an Idol episode and married after a whirlwind courtship. But over the course of their relationship, they worked on music together as a Civil Wars-like duo — and this week, their independently released full-length debut album is finally out.”Both Nikki and I are so proud of this album,” Paul tells Yahoo Music. “I feel like it showcases some of the most honest and raw songwriting I’ve ever been a part of.” – You can listen to tracks from “I’m Not Falling” at the link! It’s streaming on SpotifyYahoo Music

Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx Talk Cassadee Pope’s Cover of ‘Animal in Me’ – “She really nailed it,” concurred Sixx, adding, “Zander called me when they were in the studio and he said, ‘Man, it’s amazing seeing Cassadee singing this song, and it’s all like veiled in bondage.’ I didn’t say anything, because the song’s not about bondage. All this stuff about being tied up in bed and all the lovers that you’ve had — the song is actually kind of a love song, about releasing that part of you when you fall in love. It’s like the animal inside of you, all that passion.” Differing interpretations aside, Sixx admitted that Zander might have a point — and Pope might have some secrets. “Robin heard it as being this bondage song, and when I was listening to it the other day, I was like, ‘It could be.’ So Cassadee, what’s going on?” he laughed. “Something we need to know about?” – (The album, a Motley Crue country tribute album, is out this week. Cassadee Pope and Robin Zander cover “Animal in Me”) – Via Ultimate Classic Rock

‘American Idol’ bits: Chris Daughtry interview – “I’m pretty happy where we are,” he added, after eight years in the spotlight. “We’re still out there. Fans are still buying our albums. Radio is still playing us, thank God. It’s been a good ride. Hopefully, it’ll continue to be there.” His band has stayed consistent since 2006. He still has three original members, including both guitar players and the bass player. (He is on his third drummer. Neither of the previous two spontaneously combusted.) – Read more at AJC

‘Big Brother 16’s’ Joey Van Pelt: Caleb is ‘very misogynistic’ – Who do you think is in the best position in the house right now? I think Donny and Derrick are in really good places. Frankie, I think, will go to the end, maybe the last 5 or 4, but people will eventually start to turn on him. I think Donny and Derrick, because they’re just very neutral. Donny’s such a sweet guy, I hope Donny wins. That is just who Donny is, and I hope that he pulls through this and he can bring home $500,000. – Read more at Zap2it

Cher Lloyd: ‘I was a total bitch’ – sort of expected you to have an American accent these days (2). Really? Come on. People assume I live there now but I was just renting out there for a couple of months. I was fortunate to get signed to a US record label and I think anyone in my position would take that. When I came off The X Factor I wasn’t necessarily the biggest thing. I really wasn’t. And to be honest it was totally fine, because I wasn’t in the right headspace for it and I was a total bitch at the time. I am not prepared to sweep my past under the carpet and be like “Let’s not talk about that” because I think it’s really important to talk about it. – Read more at The Guardian

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