Fast-track to stardom: Country singer who rose to the top on ‘The Voice’ keeps in touch with fans – Danielle Bradbery’s rise to fame happened quickly – and in front of millions of viewers. The country singer tried out for “The Voice” on NBC in 2013 at the age of 17. Having never sung for an audience before, Bradbery went on to win season four of the show. “A lot has happened and I never expected to get to this point and all of the opportunities,” she says during a recent interview. “It’s all just been amazing to me.” In the year since winning the show, Bradbery has had opportunities to open for Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes, just to name a few. – Read more at abqjournal.com
Clay Aiken pledges to stand with workers – This morning, at North Carolina’s annual stateAFL-CIO convention in Raleigh, 2nd district congressional hopeful Clay Aiken said he would stand with workers. “People in Congress do not seem to understand—what’s goodfor workers is good for everybody,” he said at the endof a 15 minute speech which received an enthusiastic responsefrom union delegates from all over the state. The American Idol star is running against Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers for the 2nd District U.S. Congressional seat. He touted his union credentials (Aiken is a card-carrying member of the North Carolina Association of Educators) and said he knew what it was like to struggle, having watched his mother live paycheck to paycheck. – Read more at Indyweek.com
Bravo Pushes Back ‘Shahs of Sunset’ Premiere Date Amid Workers Strike (Exclusive) – Bravo has pushed back the Season 4 premiere date of “Shahs of Sunset” amid a strike by its post-production crew, TheWrap has learned. “Bravo has decided to push the premiere date for ‘Shahs of Sunset’ to a later date,” a representative from the network said. “The new airdate has yet to be determined.” The postponement occurs just days after the network announced the show will return on Monday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. and released its first trailer. The strike came a day after members of the crew walked off set Tuesday in protest over unsatisfactory working conditions. ”The artists and craftspeople who do that work seek the same basic industry standards that their counterparts in scripted programming have long enjoyed,” said Heim in an earlier statement. “For a show celebrating flamboyant opulence, it should be embarrassing that they don’t provide employees with health and retirement benefits.” – Read more at The Wrap
VeggieTales: Beauty And The Beet – Trailer
Kellie Pickler stars in the next Veggie Tales DVD, due out for the Holidays.
Dancing’s Derek Hough: I Wasn’t Sure About Coming Back – As I’m sure you know, Bethany Mota is my partner. I’ll be honest — I didn’t know exactly who she was. After producers told me she was my partner, I looked her up, and she’s amazing. I’m in awe at what she’s accomplished at such a young age. She’s actually the youngest partner I’ve ever had too. She’s just an absolute sweetheart. I love what she stands for and what she’s built — and that her fans call themselves the Motavators! It’s pretty remarkable what she’s done when you think about it. Our first dance is the jive and Bethany’s doing great. She doesn’t have any dance experience except for the usual dance classes you take when you’re a kid. She’s a real natural and I think it’s gonna be a great premiere. The cast is really eclectic this year. I don’t think we’ve ever had so many people this diverse before. I know some people in the cast have been wanting to do the show for a long time, so I’m happy for them. This is a cast of people who are really excited to be on the show, and I think you will see that enthusiasm radiate onscreen. I’ve got my eye on Alfonso. He is hilarious. He is definitely a competitor and a performer. I think he’s gonna be great and a lot of fun. I think Val and Janel will do well too. We’ll see how it goes — there are always surprises! – Read more at TVGuide