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American Idol Judges Round Takes Place in Nashville Today
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Thousands audition for American Idol in Nashville – NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WDRB) – Even though season 14 of American Idol won’t start airing until next year, the search for talent is well underway. Around 4,000 aspiring singers turned out in ‘Music City’ for show auditions. “Very nervous right now and excited I guess,” said Rose Thompson of Nashville. People lined up overnight for their chance at fame, including a big crowd from Kentucky. WDRB News interviewed people from Shively, Radcliff, Owensboro and Taylorsville. – Read more at WDRB
Carrie Underwood to Be Featured on Brad Paisley’s Upcoming Album? – “There’s one where she’s mentioned,” Paisley tells Alex of his female friend. “There might be a female singer on there that sounds a lot like Carrie Underwood,” the singer adds, laughing. We’ll just have to wait until the album drops on Aug. 26 to see what tricks Paisley has up his sleeve! – Read more at Taste of Country
Michigan’s Jena Irene talks ‘American Idol;’ tour to stop in Mount Pleasant – Now, she has time to explore her options for recording an album on a more reasonable schedule. She’s researching options, trying to figure out her future and writing when she can.
“Writing has always been a huge aspect of my career,” she said. She started writing music at age 9, playing the piano by ear. She hopes to take this love of writing and parlay it into a music career. “I want to write with as many people as I can,” she said. As for now, she’s enjoying the tour. “We’ve been having a blast,” she said. “We’ve always been very close as a group and that made the competition a bit less stressful. – Read more at Our Midland.com
Idol winner Phillip Phillips stars at surprise Ogden concert – The occasional leak was supposed to be inevitable. It’s not easy to put on a parade with 1,000 participants in the dark, nor to host a concert with a mystery celebrity, without a few people catching wind. But Downtown Ogden Inc. and Pepsi Co. kept interested onlookers, numbered in the thousands by the end of the night, guessing about Saturday’s surprise event mystery performer right up until 2012 “American Idol”-winner Phillip Phillips made his appearance on the V.I.P. float. – Read more at Standard.net
American Idol Taylor Hicks helps celebrate Flora-Bama anniversary – PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) – It’s not every day that a bar turns 50 years old. And for American Idol alum Taylor Hicks, who spent 20 years performing at the bar, it’s something you want to be there for. “This taught me a lot about performing in front of all kinds of different folks. And when I got on Idol, I just thought about the Idol audience as the Flora-Bama audience. So it translated,” Hicks said. Beyond the Idol stage, Hicks said being able to spend time here also paved the way for another prominent gig: starring in “Grease” on Broadway. – Read more at FOX 10 TV
Usher’s New Look Foundation celebrates 15 years – The pop superstar from Atlanta founded New Look in 1999, before the peak of his fame, to help underprivileged youth develop skills to become leaders. “To be prepared for life is obviously more important,” he said to the crowd at Thursday’s fundraiser. “To graduate, to establish a talent and focus is far more important than anything because it can take you anywhere.” – Read more at 11Alive.com
Josh Kaufman and Usher – New Look Foundation Red Carpet – I got a little behind after yesterday’s sad breaking news, but here’s a photo of The Voice winner, Josh Kaufman and his coach, Usher, together, on the Red Carpet of the 15th anniversary celebration of Usher’s New Look Foundation on Thursday. Josh was one of the performers.
Speed Read: Josh Kaufman, Pitch Man – 1. As a father of three, Josh Kaufman has spent plenty of time in the barns at the Indiana State Fair. “We usually go a couple times a year. They love to see the animals and feed the goats. That’s a staple for us,” he says. The family will have a new reason to attend when Kaufman headlines the Free Stage on August 7. – Read more at Indianapolis Monthly
Michael Johns Wanted to Show America He Had ‘Something to Say’ – But success in the spotlight didn’t come easy – and it took years of highs and lows before Johns finally earned a spot on season 7 of American Idol. “It’s just been an absolute roller coaster for me, of really good moments and then really horrible moments of just getting stomped upon,” the singer, who died Friday at the age of 35 from a blood clot in his ankle, told PEOPLE in 2008, at the time he was on the TV singing competition. – Read more at People
VIDEO: See What a Good Sport Michael Johns Was When He Lost on American Idol – After his ouster, Johns spoke with TVGuide.com about his run on Idoland how surprised he was to have been voted off. “I was so bummed and shocked that night, and I woke up the next morning depressed, and got to hear the whole backlash. The people really were behind me, and that’s really special,” Johns said. – Read more at TV Guide.com