Bobby Moynihan to Exit ‘Saturday Night Live’ After 9 Seasons – Bobby Moynihan is set to depart “Saturday Night Live” after nine seasons, TheWrap has learned. This week’s Season 42 finale, hosted by “Baywatch” star Dwayne Johnson, will be the comedian’s final episode on the NBC sketch comedy series. His departure brings an end to a long nine-year run on the show and marks a loss of one of “Saturday Night Live’s” most seasoned veterans. The news comes as little surprise after Moynihan’s CBS sitcom “Me, Myself & I” was picked up to series earlier this month, indicating that the actor would no longer have the time to commit to “SNL.” – Read more at The Wrap
CBS Late Late Show host James Corden Will Host the Grammys Again When the Event Airs Live From Madison Square Garden in New York City January 28 2018
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REVING UP THE IDOL BUS CAN YOU BELIEVE IT.
We’re hitting the road this summer! Stay tuned for audition cities and dates… coming soon! pic.twitter.com/JAn6pwM6sQ
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Paula Abdul’s Total Package Tour with New Kids on the Block hit the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville! Carrie Underwood came to see her old pal Paula and her tween favs NKOTB.
— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) May 18, 2017
And then there’s this
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) May 18, 2017
RaeLynn Postpones Concert Dates Due to Death in Her Family – RaeLynn’s show at the Loft in Lansing, Mich., on Friday (May 19) has been postponed to Friday, Sept. 22. Another gig at the 8 Seconds Saloon in Indianapolis, Ind., that was set for Saturday (May 20) has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23. All tickets purchased for the original dates will be honored at the new shows. Refunds are available at point of purchase for fans who cannot make the new dates. The singer did not clarify about the death in her family, but the cancellations come just one day after she revealed that her husband Josh’s grandfather had died. The death of the man he called Papa was even harder due to the fact that he is currently serving in the military overseas. – Read more at TasteofCountry
American Idol Alums Bo Bice and Jess Meuse Hit the Studio for Collab
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Kelly Clarkson Talks New LP, Top Female Execs Speak Out at Music Biz 2017 – At the “Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out” presentation at the Music Biz conference on Tuesday, Atlantic Records co-chairman/COO Julie Greenwald told a story that more than lived up to the event’s name. She was speaking of the first time she heard the forthcoming new album — and Atlantic debut — from Kelly Clarkson.
“I put the record on and it was like she kicked through the door,” Greenwald said in a Q&A session with Clarkson moderated by NPR’s Ann Powers. “I say to people all the time: I run a record company, I could eat you, that’s part of my rep. And we all know Kelly has this big voice. But these songs have so much attitude. She’s not walking through the door, she’s kicking it the f— open.” – Read more at Variety
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Jennifer Hudson Talks ‘Emotional’ Stint as ‘Voice’ Coach, Warns Blake Shelton and Adam Levine to ‘Be Ready’
Jhud ain’t playin’!
Haley Reinhart Gears up for European Tour
Day 3: European tour rehearsals – I’ll be seein your lovely faces a week from today! Get your tix while ya can! ??? Tickets for my European Tour available now —> http://haley.ae/Tour 24-May #Warsaw, #Poland 25-May #Berlin, #Germany 26-May #Amsterdam, #Holland 27-May #Zurich, #Switzerland 29-May #Paris, #France 30-May #London, #UK 31-May #Birmingham, #UK 2-Jun #Manchester, #UK 3-Jun #Glasgow, #UK 5-Jun #Dublin, #Ireland
David Cook and Ryan Star in the Studio
Ruben Studdard Digs Deep for Soulful Sam Cooke Classic – And he’s done a whole lot more, including the just completed and powerful new version of Sam Cooke’s classic, “A Change is Gonna Come.” Studdard, 38, said that he initially wanted to sing the song for a civil rights event in Birmingham, Ala. “It was a big event and Dr. Henry Panion III was producing and conducting the orchestra and it turned into a PBS special during Black History Month,” Studdard said. Studdard added that Panion, his mentor, asked if he’d sing and the former Idol champ didn’t hesitate. “I’ve always been a fan of that song and the importance of the material inclined me to do it,” said Studdard. – Read more at BlackPressUSA
American Idol’s Mandisa Was Suicidal, Gained 200 Lbs. After Friend’s Death: ‘I’m Still Here’ After Feeling ‘So Hopeless’ – After losing her best friend to cancer, the Christian contemporary singer sequestered herself away, gaining 195 lbs. and even considering suicide rather than deal with her grief. But today, Mandisa, 40, is in a happy, healthy place — and with the release of her new album, Out of the Dark, she hopes to help others battling mental illness. “It only takes one flicker of light to chase out the darkness,” she says. “When she passed away, it shook the foundations underneath me,” Mandisa says. “I sank into a deep pit of depression.” Rather than cope with her emotions, “I turned back to my old ways, which is food,” says Mandisa, who gained back the 120 lbs. she had famously lost, plus 75 lbs. more, and became a recluse. – Read more at People
World Series Champion David Ross on New Challenges as ESPN Analyst, ‘DWTS’ Finale – The show “has been amazing, it has been very hard. It is a lot of work and is a long journey,” Ross said. “In my wildest dreams, I never thought I would enjoy it this much or that I would get this far.” Just how he made it to the brink of being the first MLB player to win the Mirror Ball trophy (competing against Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei and NFL running back Rashad Jennings), Ross said: “You have to be invested — if you’re not, you won’t be on the show very long. – Read more at The Wrap