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Bucky Covington has been busy on the road despite the dissolution of his label Lyric Street Records. In this performance of his song Mexicoma (available on his I’m Alright EP, stream it here), Bucky confirms that he does have an album coming out “very soon”:
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Mexicoma is cowritten by Logan Eric Mize and Lonnie Lee Fowler. Bucky sure does work the stage! Tonight, he will be bringing those moves to the Santa Cruz County Fair. For more on Bucky’s touring dates, check the Idol Appearances tab at MJ’s.
Both Bucky and fellow Season 5 finalist Kellie Pickler attended last night’s 2010 ASCAP Country Music Awards according to Music Row:
Bucky Covington chose a pale blue t-shirt, jeans and a trim black jacket. Kellie Pickler wore a scalloped and sequined cream-and-black mini cocktail dress with a wide black belt and sky-high stilleto heels.
The picture above is from last night’s event, and includes many people familiar to the AI world including Matt Serletic, producer for David Cook and Taylor Hicks, Hillary Lindsey, a friend and frequent collaborator of Carrie Underwood’s who has also worked with Kellie, Aimee Mayo, a very close friend and collaborator of Kellie Pickler as well as the cowriter of Adam Lambert’s Sleepwalker, and Chris Lindsey, a frequent collaborator of Kellie’s who has also worked with Carrie.
Kellie Pickler is busy working on her third album with producer Frank Liddell (who has coproduced all 3 of Miranda Lambert’s albums) in between opening for Rascal Flatts on their Nothing Like This tour. Oh yeah, and she’s also getting ready for her wedding to songwriter Kyle Jacobs! She tells People mag:
“I’m in the middle of working on an album and on the Rascal Flatts tour, so trying to juggle that and plan a wedding has been a challenge,” she said Tuesday at the ASCAP Awards in Nashville. “I think once the record gets finished I can jump into wedding mode.”
In this videotaped meet & greet with a couple of her fans, Kellie talked about how she feels like her best music is still to come and that she recently cut her favorite song that she has ever recorded. It is a song she did not cowrite, but Kellie says she is also excited about some of the songs she has cowritten. One of those songs could be a song she cowrote with her soon-to-be husband Kyle Jacobs called I Thought About You, which also lists Kellie as performer of the song. ASCAP is also listing Kellie as the performer of a song called Just Give Me Jesus which is written by Benjamin Glover, Kyle Jacobs, and Rachel Thibodeau.
Casey James is taking meetings in Los Angeles and Nashville this week according to his mother, who cleared up a rumor that he had already moved to Nashville. Stacy McCloud, a FOX entertainment reporter in Nashville, posted on her Facebook wall that she plans to do a “big story” on him soon. She had expected to meet him at last night’s ASCAP Country Music Awards, but did not. But Casey has apparently already begun the networking process. He participated a post-ASCAP Awards jam in Nashville according to Aimee Mayo on Twitter:
Ascap Awards last nite @silvertire & pickler won awards finally met Casey James -after party jam session N studio- he’s amazing on guitar.
Aaron Kelly tweeted today that he is writing with John Hadley. John Hadley is a country songwriter who cowrote Hello Mr. Heartbreak by the Dixie Chicks (from their sophomore album Fly), the 1987 top 10 hit Til I’m Too Old To Die Young by Bandy Moe, the 1987 top 10 hit Brilliant Conversationalist by T. Graham Brown, and the 1991 top 10 That’s What I Like About You by Trisha Yearwood.
Carrie Underwood is doing a round of radio interviews to promote the 2nd leg of her Play On tour, which is set to resume on September 25th at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. Interviews broadcast today (podcasts linked if available) include ones with KRTY in San Jose, KMLE in Phoenix, and Q104.3 in Kansas City. Carrie’s interviews with 95.5 The Wolf in Nashville and KZSN in Wichita will broadcast tomorrow morning.
Tomorrow night’s Opry with Carrie Underwood and more will also feature a certain popular network television show! http://bit.ly/cFDBBc
The network show in question is rumored to be Extreme Makeover: Home Edition which is taping a show dedicated to Nashville’s recovery from the devastating floods from May this week. The show will spotlight the rebuilding of the Lighthouse School according to an official press release from ABC.
Check out an extended CMA Awards promo featuring Carrie and Brad Paisley featuring some previously unseen footage!
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Last but definitely not least, don’t forget that Diana DeGarmo will perform at the Opry this Saturday with the legendary Dolly Parton! They will perform during the 8:45-9:15 PM Central segment of the show.
Check out the latest Danny Gokey update at MJ’s here.
NOTE: Danny Gokey fans, if there are news/video updates you feel fit this post, please post in comments and I will update the post. The main reason he isn’t in here already is that I didn’t want to step on the regular Danny posts that already go here. I’m still figuring this all out, which is why I just posted a link to the most recent Danny post. #ITSAPROCESS
Same goes for fans of any other Idol in country. I’ll update this post with relevant links and information that you all post in comments.
Tonight we crown a winner. Who will win? Results after the jump Winner Big Brother 12 Nothing Yet
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Survivor 21: Nicaragua Episode 1 Live Blog. Results after the jump Voted Off I am running late this evening. results won’t be posted till later unless a mod handles it for me
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Who will win America’s Got Talent Season 5? I’ll be live blogging the results here.
The Final Four will duet with their heroes. The Goo Goo Dolls, Cirque Du Soleil, David Copperfield and Usher perform tonight.
First duet: Prince Poppycock and Donna Summer sing “Last Dance/Enough is Enough”. OMG! Donna’s got her own big hair-do going. This is pretty surreal. Male pronouns for the win!
‘Idol’ album sales: Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, etc.
Fantasia drops out of The Billboard 200’s top 10 this week, as Back to Me drops 27%, to No. 11. In its first three weeks, Back to Me has sold 187,000 units.
Read more at USA Today
See David Archuleta Live in Ohio!
Midwesterners! Want to see David perform live in Ohio? Well, he will be performing at the taping of Skate For the Heart at The Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio on October 10th at 5 pm. For tickets, you can hit up ticketmaster.com or visit the Covelli Centre box office.
More at DavidArchuleta.com
More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…
Q&A with Michael Lynch
American Idol finalist and former UCF football player Michael Lynche returned to campus this past weekend to sing the National Anthem before the NC State game and prior to the contest he signed autographs for fans.
Eric Lopez caught up with the St. Petersburg native during the game to talk about his memories of UCF and what the future holds as far as his performing career.
Read more at UCFSports.com
Jennifer Hudson presents a $10,000 check to the NYC Dept of Education
In her ongoing promotion of the Weight Watcher?s 2010 Lose For Good campaign, Jennifer visited Adolph S. Ochs School, in New York this morning. Jennifer presented the New York City Department of Education with a check for $10,000; to support Breakfast In the Classroom. Jennifer then spoke to the children about the importance of having a good breakfast.
Read more and see the photos at Jennifer Hudson Daily.com
Jennifer Hudson “Can’t Wait to Perform” in Slim Body
NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Hudson said on Wednesday she can’t wait to perform again, now that she has a slim new look.
Hudson, 29, has dropped five dress sizes since joining a Weight Watchers program last year — and having her first baby.
“I can’t wait to perform again — with my new body,” Hudson told Reuters at a New York school, where she helped launch Weight Watchers “Lose For Good” campaign to help fight obesity and hunger in young people.
Read more at ABC News
Jennifer Hudson and David Ortunga Jr: GMA Press Pals
Finished up with morning press obligations, Jennifer Hudson was spotted leaving ABC Studios in New York City on Wednesday (September 15).
Toting her adorable young son David Ortunga Jr in her arms, the “American Idol” alum smiled and waved to paparazzi after her appearance on “Good Morning America”.
See the photos at Celebrity-gossip.net
Could Jordin Sparks Fly to the Heights of Broadway?s Wicked?
Now that American Idol winner Jordin Sparks has made her official Broadway debut as Nina in In the Heights, Broadway.com was curious about which other musicals she’d like to tackle, should she continue to call Broadway ‘home.’ ?Wicked is an amazing show that really touched me when I saw it,? the pop star and budding actress said at her opening night party on September 14. ?I love that [Mandy Gonzalez] who originated the role of Nina is now playing Elphaba. Our [In the Heights performance] schedule is different from Wicked’s so I hope I get to see her in it soon.?
Read more at Broadway.com
Jordin Sparks: ?My Dogs Help Me Relax?
Jordin Sparks is getting adjusted to life in NYC. She celebrated her opening night in Broadway?s In The Heights Tuesday.
Her pup, Miles, joins her in her Big Apple apartment while ?tour dog? Maggie and lab Noni relax with her mom in Arizona.
?He?s doing well,? Jordin, 20, tells me during the Celebrity Pet Products showcase. ?He?s young, nine months, and he?s getting used to meeting new dogs. People walk their dogs everywhere, so he?s making a lot of new friends.?
Read more at OK
Fantasia On TMZ Photog: He Pissed Me Off
?I?ve been saying this in every interview and every show I?ve gone on: they don?t ever try to give me a break. They don?t ever try to say anything nice about me, that?s not what they do for Fantasia. I?ve accepted that. When [the cameraman] came out in the airport, he was being very, very nice in the beginning. And then, all of a sudden, he tried to throw me a blow, like, ?So, have you taken any aspirin lately?? I don?t find anything funny about that situation. Like I told Wendy Williams and Rickey Smiley, I?m not even going to talk about that situation anymore, because it?s not anything fun to talk about and it?s not easy to talk about. I want to just move on and take every step at a time and gradually get my life back and myself back together.
Read more at VH1
Interview :: Constantine Maroulis
Constantine Maroulis rocked it in American Idol?s fourth season and as lead singer in his band Pray for the Soul of Betty. He brings all that and more to Chicago on the Rock of Ages tour.
WCT: What was it like being nominated for a Tony?
CM: It was my dream. I grew up loving theater, and I always dreamed to create a role and even be in the conversation for something like that. I think it?s a testament to the hard work of our creative team for getting the show to Broadway, starting it in a little bar in Los Angeles. No one was getting paid, [they brought] their own costumes and we eventually got it to off-Broadway?and that?s when I joined the company and it really came together.
Read more at Chicago Pride.com
‘Dancing with the Stars” Brandy Feels the Pressure of High Expectations
Some consider Brandy Norwood and Maksim Chmerkovskiy to be the No. 1 duo heading in to this season’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and Brandy admits she’s feeling the heat that comes with the high expectations!
“It makes me feel a lot of pressure that people are saying we’re the couple to beat,” Brandy tells ET during her “DWTS” rehearsal. “How does it make you feel, Maks?”
“Good. Feels good,” a relaxed Maks replies.
See the video at ET Online