Idol Headlines for 8/21/14

Tonight, another houseguest leaves Big Brother. I’ll be live blogging beginning a 9/8c pm.

STAR LINEUP SET FOR THE MDA SHOW OF STRENGTH TELETHON THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND – The entertainment industry has once again joined together to lend support to the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The 49th broadcast of the television fundraising event will air in primetime, SUNDAY, AUGUST 31 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on The ABC Television Network. Delivering one-of-a-kind performances of their new, hit or classic songs are Grammy® winners Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes, plus Aloe Blacc, American Authors, Bret Michaels, Fall Out Boy, Jason Derulo, Matt Nathanson, R5 and Sara Evans. The long-standing Labor Day weekend tradition combines performances and celebrity presenters to engage viewers with powerful “stories of strength” and moving calls-to-action to help families affected by muscle diseases. Celebrity presenters on the telethon include Alyssa Milano, Brad Paisley, Charles Esten, Chris Powell, Jann Carl, Jordin Sparks, Josh Groban, Kesha, Kevin Frazier, Laila Ali, Ludacris, Nancy O’Dell, Pete Wentz, ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser, Susan Lucci, Terry Fator, Tom Bergeron and Victor Ortiz. – Read more at ABCMediaNet

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Revenues Plunge at ‘American Idol’ Parent Company FremantleMedia – Revenues and profits at reality TV giant FremantleMedia, producers of X Factor, American Idol and America’s Got Talent, dipped sharply in the first half of this year. Operating profits at Fremantle, which is owned by European broadcaster RTL Group, plunged to $38 million (€29 million) in the first half of this year, down from $62 million (€47 million) over the same period in 2013. Revenue was also down 6.5 percent to $825 million (€623 million). Fremantle made and sold fewer shows this year – a factor that could accelerate now that Fox has axed X Factor US – and the international operation was hit by negative foreign exchange effects. To counter this drop, Fremantle plans to get bigger. It’s $50 million plus acquisition earlier this year of a 75 percent stake Sally Ann Salsano’s 495 Productions – makers of Jersey Shore and Party Down South – is only the beginning of a acquisition spree for Fremantle and RTL. – Read more at

‘American Idol’ Alum Colton Dixon Banks on Christianity – Colton Dixon may be making a name for himself in the world of Christian music, but that doesn’t mean his name isn’t associated with at least one sinful indulgence: ice cream. The American Idol season 11 alum now has his very own flavor courtesy of Boston ice creamery Emack & Bolio, one part of a marketing blitz in advance of his sophomore effort, Anchor, which includes his likeness on specially-marked cans of Mountain Dew (that come with a free download of new music). That’s in addition to branding opportunities afforded by being a member of the Universal Music Group family. The 19 Recordings/Capitol CMG release, out on Aug. 19, arrives on the heels of two nominations for the 2014 Dove Awards, which honors Christian artists, in the category of best Rock/Contemporary song and short form video of the year for “Never Gone.” – read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Caleb Johnson – The Journey Begins: Part VI

This video was uploaded to YouTube yesterday and it only has 160 views…

Watch: LDS bishop featured in ‘Meet the Mormons’ teaches David Archuleta how to step dance – Jermaine Sullivan, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Atlanta, recently taught singer-songwriter David Archuleta a new skill: step-dancing. In video posted to Instagram Aug. 21, Sullivan, who is one of the six Latter-day Saints featured in an upcoming documentary called “Meet the Mormons,” leads Archuleta in a step routine, involving rhythmic footwork and hand claps, at a screening of the film. David Archuleta also played in role in the documentary. He performs a song titled “Glorious,” by Stephanie Mabey, in the film.

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