Headlines: Kellie Pickler Xmas Tour, Caleb Johnson, Jacquie Lee, Katie Stevens

Lisbon to Host 2018 Eurovision Song Contest – Organizers say next year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Portugal will be hosting the annual event for the first time after Salvador Sobral, the singer representing the country this year, won the 2017 contest. Sobral clinched Portugal’s maiden victory with a gentle, soulful ballad and a subdued, no-frills performance that broke with the contest’s tradition of glitter and gaudiness. – Read more at Billboard

Kellie Pickler Embarking on Christmas Tour.

The American Idol season 5 singer and DWTS winner is heading off a holiday tour this fall.

Caleb Johnson Music Update

The American Idol 13 winner is finishing his album

An ‘American Idol’ finalist says she felt ‘forgettable’ after being voted off of the show – “American Idol” can be an incredible experience and a stepping stone for aspiring musicians, but it can also be disheartening. For “The Bold Type” actress Katie Stevens’ eighth place finish on the ninth season of the reality competition show, it left her feeling “forgettable.” The 24-year-old described how she spent three years after “American Idol” trying to figure life out, while not giving up on her aspirations. – Read more at The Insider

Jacquie Lee takes control of her sound back from the music industry – What are you here to tell us about today? I’ve spent the last year and a half developing my sound and just living life, but now the first single is finally out!!! “Am I the Only One” is the first song off the EP I’ve been working on. I wrote and lived through every song on it and am finally able to have complete control over what I create and release. It’s all me. There’s a lot more on the way. More music, more visuals, videos, etc., all coming this year. – Read more at Galore Magazine

Mary Sarah Endures Heartache For ‘Without You’: Interview – The young star grew up in Richmond, Texas, so her roots run far and wide: She has enough pop sensibility to garner mass appeal, but she glows with the ethos of country tunes past. “I love to write, but I always like to find other writers to work with in Nashville. I had the honor of getting to write ‘Without You’ with Mike Walker, Bart Butler and David Garcia,” she shares. “Each of those names has so many credits behind them. To get to sit in the room with them and explain to them how I felt about the story and where it came from was incredible.” – Read more at Pop Crush

Kingdom Bound: ‘American Idol’ favorite Danny Gokey mixes inspirational lyrics with soulful pop music on new album ‘Rise’ – It was on “American Idol” audiences first met faith-proclaiming – and in many cases faith-based – performers Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, Scotty McCreery, Colton Dixon, Angie Miller, Hollyn, Chris Sligh, Mandisa and Danny Gokey.
So what gives? “I think it really represents our country. There’s this view – a lot of times Hollywood represents our country a certain way. But then when you have a show that brings people from Middle America (together), people who are not part of that scene, a lot of us represent faith. And faith is a big deal in this country,” Gokey said in a recent phone interview. “There’s a few voices out there that say faith is irrelevant, but it’s not irrelevant. We hold onto faith. It got us where we are today. … – Read more at WNYPapers

Yahoo Music Chats with Adore Delano AKA Danny Noriega from American Idol

Hanging Out With America’s Got Talent Fave Darci Lynne – When I first met super-singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer last year at the Vent Haven Ventriloquism Convention, she was just an uber-talented 11-year-old kid with a pretty exciting career in her future. But boy did that future success materialize quickly. A year later, I would meet up again with Darci Lynne and mom Misty Farmer in the very same place to discuss the extreme attention that has surrounded Darci Lynne and her family on the heels of that America’s Got Talent golden buzzer moment that will soon take them to the AGT’s Hollywood rounds and a little bit closer to the $1 million prize. – Read more at Parade.com

First Look: ‘The Star’ Teaser Trailer; Animated Film for the Whole Family — The Nativity Through the Eyes of the Animals – From the Studio that brought you MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS comes THE STAR, premiering in theaters nationwide Nov. 10. The cast of vocal talent features Steven Yeun (Bo the donkey), Gina Rodriguez (Mary), Zachary Levi (Joseph), Keegan-Michael Key (Dave the dove), Kelly Clarkson (Leah the horse), Anthony Anderson (Zach the goat), Aidy Bryant (Ruth the sheep), Ving Rhames (Thaddeus the dog), Gabriel Iglesias (Rufus the dog), Patricia Heaton (Edith the cow), Kristin Chenoweth (Abby the mouse), national radio personality Delilah Rene (Elizabeth), Christopher Plummer (King Herod), Kris Kristofferson (Old Donkey), and Tracy Morgan (Felix), Tyler Perry (Cyrus), Oprah Winfrey (Deborah) as the three camels. – Read more at Standard News Wire

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