Headlines: Todrick Hall Joining Cowell Dance Show, Adam Lambert Billboard Pride

‘THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON’ OPENS THE NEW FALL SEASON WITH SUNDAY POST-FOOTBALL TELECASTS AND A WEEK OF LIVE SHOWS – In a late-night first, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is getting into the gridiron groove with five telecasts that will follow the fall’s most exciting sports event, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” The first post-“Sunday Night Football” show will air Sept. 8 following a prime AFC match-up when the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Foxborough, Mass., to take on the World Champion New England Patriots. Guests for the telecast will include Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, who will share a clip of their new film, “Just Mercy.” In addition, Kelly Clarkson will appear to discuss her latest project, the daytime series “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” and singer Kane Brown will perform. The other four “Tonight Show” Sunday telecasts are Oct. 6, 20, 27 and Dec. 1. “The Tonight Show” will air all five nights following late local news. Check local listings for specific times/markets. – Read more at NBCUmv

Todrick Hall ‘set to join The Greatest Dancer as new dance captain’ – Todrick Hall is to join series 2 of The Greatest Dancer on BBC One, it’s been reported. The performer, who first rose to fame on American Idol, is set to join as a fourth dance captain. According to The Sun, he’ll appear alongside returning captains Cheryl, Matthew Morrison and Oti Mabuse when the show returns to BBC One in 2020. A source shared: “At one point it looked like Matthew’s schedule might mean he wouldn’t return then bosses decided they wanted to add a fourth captain. “They were really impressed with Todrick and decided to tweak the format slightly.” Filming for The Greatest Dancer 2020 auditions will take place this weekend. The Greatest Dancer is made for the BBC by Syco and Thames TV, makers of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. (The format is like ABC’s Rising Star, except with dance) – Read more at Metro

5 LGBTQ Trailblazers (Including Adam Lambert) on Why ‘The World Is Changing’: Billboard’s First Pride Roundtable – I was really overwhelmed in the very beginning. American Idol was so fast. All of a sudden I was on magazine covers. I was dealing with the personal adjustment I had to make, and then on top of it, there was all this energy behind being the gay guy doing it. I knew I was comfortable saying, “Yes, I’m gay.” But educating the masses? I didn’t get into this business to be an educator. I just wanted to wear glitter and sing. – Read more at Billboard

American Idol Maddie Poppe Returns Home for Fair Performance – larksville native, Maddie Poppe won American Idol more than a year ago and life hasn’t slowed down yet. But that doesn’t keep her away from Iowa. The Clarksville native is promoting her new single and is now working on a new album. She took a break before her sound check to talk with our Ed Wilson and the new album, the next album, and returning home. – WHOTV

Chevel Shepherd talks about life after ‘The Voice’ – And for the high school senior, her work is anything but a grind, she said. “It’s so much fun. I’m very thankful that I have this opportunity,” she said. ““I’ve met so many amazing artists that are in the music industry – a whole bunch of country artists. I’ve headlined my own shows, opened for multiple people such as Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne, Lee Brice. I’ve gotten so many opportunities – the whole performing and touring thing is just amazing and probably my favorite thing – I love doing it; it’s a dream.” – The Durango Herald

‘The Voice’ runner-up Gyth Rigdon to appear at ‘Bulls, Bands and Barrels’ – “It’s awesome seeing the fans’ reactions,” said Gyth Rigdon, the singer/songwriter from Singer about when they spot him in public. Rigdon doesn’t shy away from them. In fact, he encourages them to take photos with him. And that could happen for some lucky fans Saturday when Rigdon comes to Alexandria to perform as the opening act for “Bulls, Bands and Barrels” happening at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rapides Parish Coliseum. Alexandria is the sixth stop on the tour which will feature bull riding, freestyle bull fighting and barrel racing in addition to a concert with Rigdon, country music headliner Koe Wetzel and Jerad Bridges. – Read more at The Town Talk

Blake Shelton Believes Gwen Stefani’s Return To ‘The Voice’ Saved The Show – As The Voice prepares to premiere its 17th season, Blake Shelton is still reeling over the departure of his frenemy Adam Levine; however, he is grateful that his girlfriend Gwen Stefani stepped in to reprise her role as coach. “You know, when you’re a coach on there and trying to navigate and keeping in mind that you are supposed to be entertaining the audience at home, you know, it’s kind of a juggling act.” Blake said in a statement with press. “So, having her there, selfishly for me made me happy and I think it kind of saved the show with Adam going away.” Though he’s happy to have her around, there’s still going to be an Adam sized hole in the country star’s heart. “There’s no way around it. That sucks not having Adam there,” he admitted. “He’s a major part of that show and my favorite person to kick in the nuts.” – Read more at y100iheart.com

Grace VanderWaal Talks “Stargirl” and Her New Single “Waste My Time” – “I sound like I’m 40 right now,” Grace VanderWaal jokes while on the phone with Teen Vogue. In reality, the America’s Got Talent winner turned rising pop singer is a cool 15 — but you might not know it from the way she talks about Stargirl, heroine of the Jerry Spinelli novel of the same name, and who she’s playing in the upcoming Disney+ film.
She’s wrapped filming on the project, which is set to come out in 2020, but the plucky, ukelele-wielding, norm-defying Stargirl has stuck with her even though Grace’s work is done. “She is so unapologetically herself and it’s ridiculous because she’s so young,” Grace says, before dropping the 40-year-old remark. Teen Vogue chatted with Grace about her Stargirl acting role, her past selves, and her new song “Waste My Time,” out on Aug. 9. – Read more at Teen Vogue

The Kelly Clarkson Show: Promo Blooper Reel

Why We Wrote Carrie Underwood’s ‘The Bullet’ | Opinion – It is so hard to write socially conscious songs without sounding preachy or judgmental. But that day we didn’t take time to second-guess ourselves, or question who would record it, or consider any of the other potential issues that can dilute an idea. We didn’t think for a second about gun politics or about left or right. We focused on what we felt the heart of the idea was really all about: the people left behind after a shooting. We focused on small images that we hoped would show how lonely their pain must be. That the consequences of these shootings don’t end a few days later, when the rest of the public moves on. Long after the cameras and crowds are gone, those people are left with a pain that they somehow must live with forever. – Read more at Newsweek – Read more at Durango Herald

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