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Ruben Studdard in TV One biography; Fantasia talks to NeNe Leakes

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Clay Aiken coming to Atlanta for GPB pledge drive concert, Carrie Underwood in Tahiti


Clay Aiken is coming to Atlanta Tuesday to tape an interview to promote a concert he did in Raleigh for an upcoming August 1 pledge drive on Georgia Public Broadcasting. I’ll be able to interview him face to face for the first time. (I’ve talked to him by phone once and have seen him in concert.)

So Claymates who have questions for me to ask, email me at

He starts his tour in Asheville, N.C. next Friday with Ruben Studdard. No Atlanta dates have been set yet but Ruben told me last month he’d like to add a local date in the fall.

-Songs by Jordin Sparks and Brooke White are on tonight’s “Jensen Project,” a Hallmark movie on NBC that is pre-empting “Friday Night Lights.”

-Michael Johns is doing a GQ photo shoot for October, he Tweets.

- Runner ups Tweet: Kat McPhee and Blake Lewis Tweeted each other today with this scintillating exchange:

@katharinemcphee Hey Kat, poppin in your album this morning. I’m diggin it. Hope your well. Cheers. B


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Clay Aiken guesting on ‘Phineas and Ferb,’ Constantine Maroulis on ‘America’s Got Talent’


Clay Aiken is voice guesting on the Disney animated series “Phineas and Ferb” August 2, dueting with Chaka Khan.

Here’s the description:

A one-hour episode entitled “Summer Belongs to You” premieres MONDAY, AUGUST 2 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD and Friday, August 6 on Disney Channel.  As the story goes, it’s the summer solstice and, because it’s the longest day of the year, stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb decide to travel around the world in one day.  But not everyone believes they can actually achieve what they’ve set out to do, leading them to get some encouraging words, in the form of a duet, from Clay Aiken and Chaka Khan.  Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz takes a father-daughter trip to Tokyo with Vanessa.

- Blake Lewis Tweeted that he too is doing “Don’t  Forget the Lyrics,” joining Alex Lambert, Elliott Yamin and Taylor Hicks.

-Constantine Maroulis performed Wednesday night on ‘America’s Got Talent” as part of “Rock of Ages.” He sings the Twisted Sister “I …

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The Carrie Underwood People cover shot, ‘Idol’ still in demand at upfronts

Here’s the cover to this Friday’s People magazine featuring Carrie Underwood’s marriage at Reynolds Plantation. Some details MJ got included the fact her dog Ace got dressed up in a pink tux and barked while everyone else applauded. The first dance was to Christian singer’s Brandon Heath’s “Love Never Fails.” The $2 million estimate for how much People paid for is “way off,” the magazine said. Still no confirmation on celebrity guests. We’ll have to wait until Friday.


- Advertisers are ignoring the fact ‘American Idol” is on a decline and will likely continue to shed viewers next year minus Simon Cowell.

In fact, at upfronts, many paid a premium over this year for next year, according to The Wrap. I think “Idol” has an advantage in the sense there are so few shows that draw a broad audience anymore that it keeps the show viable from that perspective.

The rate? A whopping $650,000 per 30-second ad on the high end.

“Idol” this year shed 10 percent of its 18  to 49 crowd and …

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Elliott Yamin, Taylor Hicks taping ‘Don’t Forget the Lyrics’

The syndicated version of ‘Don’t Forget the Lyrics’ appears to be doing an “American Idol” week. Elliott Yamin Tweeted he’s taping his episode on July 22.  I bet he’d be pretty good at that. MJ says Alex Lambert and Taylor Hicks are others who will be on the show.

Mark McGrath CREDIT: VH1

Mark McGrath CREDIT: VH1

Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath will host this version. (Wayne Brady hosted the Fox version.)

-Paparazzi caught Carrie Underwood’s wedding band at the Los Angeles airport Sunday before she and her hubby left for Tahiti. It looks lovely, of course.

And someone finally talked about the wedding: one of Mike Fisher’s teammates Chris Phillips talked to the Canadian press, but he offered little in the way of details.

“It was neat to be there, but once you were there it was like an elaborate wedding — a regular wedding,” Phillips said Monday during the NHLPA’s charity golf tournament. “There was a lot of hockey guys there and we had a good time.”

No comments from the likes of Garth Brooks, Faith Hill

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Adam Lambert adds 2nd Atlanta date

Adam Lambert If I Had YouWith his September 14 date at the Atlanta Symphony Hall sold out, Adam Lambert has added a second date at a larger location: the Tabernacle on September 15. Tickets go on sale Friday July 16 at 10 a.m. for $35 general admission.

The Symphony Hall seats about 1,800; the Tabernacle, another 2,500. The Tabernacle is probably more amenable to a rock show so for folks who missed out on the Symphony Hall date, they now have a new chance to get up close and personal.

His third single  “If I Had You,” after a slow start, is beginning to gain some momentum, moving up to No. 32 on the charts.  Locally, Q100 spun it for the first time Saturday. Star 94 has not added it yet.

-Carrie Underwood’s latest single “Undo It” is now at No. 3 on the country charts, according to Mediabase 24.7. It is in position to become her 10th No. 1 hit.  It could go No. 1 while she’s on her honeymoon. It’s now noon on Monday and the lack of details from the wedding are impressive.

Bucky Covington’s “A …

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Carrie Underwood married Mike Fisher at Reynolds Plantation under a tent



Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher tied the knot Saturday at secluded Reynold Plantation resort under a tent before 250 guests in Greensboro, about 75 miles east of Atlanta.

The super-secret wedding was covered by a single media outlet: People magazine. How much did they pay for exclusive access? Rumors are in the $2 million range,  more than covering the cost of the wedding itself, which was estimated to be at least $500,000, according to RadarOnline.

“We could not feel more blessed to have found each other and to have shared this day with our friends and family that mean so much to us!” the newlyweds told PEOPLE in a statement, signing their names “Mike & Carrie Fisher.”

People, which said she wore a Chantilly lace dress created for her by Monique Lhuillier, will provide photos and more details in its print edition next week.

Underwood paid for all 250 rooms for the entire weekend. Roads were cut off. The Sheriff’s office shooed people away who got too …

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Who’s at Carrie Underwood’s wedding?

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. CREDIT: AP

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. CREDIT: AP

Names floating around the Web of who is at Carrie Underwood’s wedding today at 5 p.m. at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro: Paula Abdul (who was in Peachtree City Friday for “Drop Dead Diva” taping), Faith Hill, Tim McGraw (left), Garth Brooks. MJ says David Cook was spotted, too.

The Ottawa Citizen has a reporter and photographer around town but they can’t get inside. It sounds like an unnamed publication has exclusive access to photos inside Reynolds Plantation, which is blocked off from any outsiders this weekend. My guess: People magazine.

I”m kind of glad I’m not out there because it sounds like it would be a largely fruitless (and hot) affair. Private security kept them off the private road leading to the hotel and cops kept them off the public roads after 90 minutes of taking  limos rolling in.

My source said yesterday at noon he’d be inside the complex last night but have not heard from him since. I’m not sure if he’s paranoid he …

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Radar: Ryan Seacrest caught smooching Julianne Hough

CREDIT: AP photos

CREDIT: AP photos

Go to Radaronline to see a photo the site procured of  Ryan Seacrest kissing country singer and “Dancing With the Stars” ballroom dancer Julianne Hough on July 7.

The pair were out on a yacht in Italy. Clearly, the paparazzi worked hard for this shot.

There’s been buzz about the couple for several weeks. Neither has confirmed anything, which naturally raises the bar when it comes to speculation.

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Carrie Underwood’s wedding: $500,000?

CREDIT: AP photo

CREDIT: AP photo

Radaronline said Carrie Underwood is spending $500,000 for her wedding with NHL player Mike Fisher this weekend at the Reynolds Plantation in the tiny town of Greensboro, about 75 miles east of Atlanta.

That price tag doesn’t seem far fetched given the cash flow these two generate as a power couple.

Fisher makes $4 million a year for the Ottawa Senators. Carrie Underwood, based on this Yahoo estimate, made $14 million from mid-2008 through mid-2009. No doubt she has made as much if not more the past year from touring and proceeds from her latest album. Her post “Idol” earnings probably exceed $40 million since 2005, when she won.

The Radaronline story said the Ritz Carlton at Reynolds Plantation as of noon today has been closed off to anybody except invited guests and staff.

For a whopping $4,000 a night, the couple will get VIP use of the lake and the 18th green on the golf course — not that we think golf is on their agenda.

The massive 5,400 square-foot …

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