Kelly Clarkson performs at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA.
Kimberley Locke performs at the Ghost Tree Invitational Celebrity Golf Tournament in Sunriver, OR.
Phil Stacey performs at the North Central Washington Fair in Waterville, WA.
Michael Johns performs at the grand opening of the Hard Rock Hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Haley Reinhart opens for Macy Gray at the Americana in Glendale, CA. Via AmericanIdol
Phillip Phillips appears on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz and Access Hollywood
Tune in tonight to Rookie Blue on ABC to hear Haley Reinhart’s “Oh My!”
Pia Toscano opened for Jared Lee at the Viper room last night. Jacob Lusk and Paul McDonald were in attendance. Paul tweeted, “Good times tonight @theVIPERroom @PiaToscano killed it. Fun seeing you sing again…brings me back to the arena…” Jacob tweeted, “Going to see my Girl Pia Toscano tonight….PUMPED!”
Hopefuls turn out for chance to appear on ‘American Idol’ – OPLIN, Mo. — From the time she could talk, Ariana Goddard, now 15, has sung. She has sung everywhere. While listening to the radio. As an accompaniment to the piano, which she taught herself to play. On Wednesday, the Sarcoxie High School junior stood in line at Landreth Park with more than 100 other would-be celebrities hoping to give the performance of her life: a one-minute audition in front of “American Idol” producers for a chance to appear on the show. – Read more at The Joplin Globe
Tour brings all-‘American’ boy to Portland – That pretty much describes the sound of The Dave Matthews Band. And Phillips didn’t try to dodge the comparison in a mid-July phone interview. “It (Phillips’ album) will probably be similar like that, but not quite as funky,” he said. “I met Dave the other day, and he was a really nice guy, and I met Boyd Tinsley (Matthews’ violinist). So they’re really cool. “It will probably be similar, but not quite as — I don’t know how to explain it — but it’s definitely different. It’s probably going to be a little bit more rock mixed with jazz, but more of the rock, probably.” There’s still plenty of work to be done on Phillips’ debut CD, which is targeted for a November release. – Read more at the Portland Press Herald
Backstage with the ‘American Idols’ – “I know it helped the song so much and I’m just so thankful that they wanted to use the song,” the Leesburg, Ga., native said about NBC‘s use of the song, which propelled it to No. 1 on iTunes and into the Top 10 on the Billboard charts. “It helped them get through to do their best. It’s just amazing.” Though Phillips didn’t plan to do his version of Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out” at Wednesday night’s concert, he did feel like he should pay homage to the Hicksville native while he was on his home turf. “That was one of my favorite songs that I did on the show,” he said. “He’s an amazing musician.” – Read more at Newsday
Jessica Sanchez Talks Dating Deandre on Access Hollywood
Haley Reinhart (American Idol) Fan Chat | What’s Trending
Kelly Clarkson greets Let There Be Rock school kids before concert – A lucky group of students from the Let There Be Rock School of Music in Delaware County were surprised with a backstage meet-and-greet with Kelly Clarkson before her concert last Thursday. The pop star was on the bill with the Fray at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden. Let There Be Rock owners John and Melissa Daley rented a bus for 16 of their students, ages 8 to 17, and surprised them with tickets to the show. Read more at Philly.com
Jennifer Hudson & Katharine McPhee’s Changing Costumes on “Smash” Set – Holding son David by the hand, Jennifer Hudson arrived on the set of “Smash” in New York City today (August 22). The “Dreamgirls” star started out in a tight hot pink dress with black and white flats before emerging from wardrobe in a sequined black dress and bright pink loafers. – See the photos at Celebrity-Gossip
Sneak Peek: Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato Discuss The X Factor 2.0 – Cowell and Lovato banter like brother and sister, but Spears remains relatively quiet until an energetic rendition of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” gets her moving and elicits heaps of praise. “You guys were so good, I wanted to cry!” she gushes. “I wanted to jump on the stage with you.” And when a panic attack freezes another young boy, Cowell calls “Cut!” consults with producers and heads backstage with Reid to give a pep talk. “We had a word with him,” Cowell tells the other members of the boy’s group. “Give it 10 or 15 minutes and make it feel like there’s no pressure.” When the singer returns, the judges are pleased and Cowell and Spears high-five. – Read more at TV Guide
Former ‘Today’ Host Meredith Vieira Says Ryan Seacrest ‘Should Be More Scared’ of Matt Lauer (VIDEO) – “I think Ryan is very respectful of Mr. Lauer,” Vieira told Celebuzz this week while promoting the eleventh season of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. “I think Ryan should be more scared of Lauer!” she joked. “He’s a crafty little devil.” “I call Matt the Meercat,” she continued to quip. “Not just because he looks like one. [Laughs] No, he’s not.” All kidding aside, Vieira — who worked closely with Seacrest at the 2012 Olympics in London — had only kind things to say about Seacrest’s run thus far. – Read more at Celebuzz