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‘Idols’ visit Ryan Seacrest’s The Voice at Children’s Healthcare

Children and all 11 "Idols" visited the Voice studios at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Tuesday morning. Lauren Alaina, Naima Adedapo and Haley Reinhart can be easily seen here. ALL PHOTOS HERE: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Children and all 11 "Idols" visited the Voice studios at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Tuesday morning. Lauren Alaina, Naima Adedapo and Haley Reinhart can be easily seen here. ALL PHOTOS HERE: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

From Scotty to Naima, all 11 “American Idols” on tour this season stopped by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta near Emory University to meet with ailing children and talk with The Voice, Ryan Seacrest’s multi-media studio Tuesday morning.

All of them squeezed into the studio to talk for 30 minutes with Wendy Threatt, the Voice jock who used to work at Star 94, Ryan’s first employer. Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart were the gabbiest, with Casey Abrams, James Durbin and Jacob Lusk contributing plenty as well. Quietest? Paul McDonald and Pia Toscano. Pia and Haley seemed very tight, sitting together in the studio and during the autograph session afterwards.

I don’t recall any major news developments. Jacob wants to do Broadway and name-dropped Tyler Perry (”Call me!”). James wants to join the WWE (though he’d probably have to bulk up a bit). Lauren wants to be on a soap opera. When Wendy asked what celebrity they’d love to work with on a duet on an album, Haley pointed at Casey. (Awwww…) They also only get a very modest of free tickets for family and friends during the course of the entire 49-stop tour, maybe around 10 to 15. Overall, the vibe was relaxed, the camaraderie definitely there.

Connie and Gary Seacrest, Ryan’s parents, hovered nearby. I heard Connie give advice to Scotty McCreery’s mom Judy, who appreciated that Ryan was able to say Scotty’s last name clearly. She also fretted about his schooling (he’s a rising senior) and how many chefs are in the kitchen prepping his post-”Idol” career.

Later, at the Gwinnett Arena during media hour, I spoke with Paul McDonald, Lauren Alaina and James Durbin. I’ll post those video interviews later this week. Paul, who has performed many times in the past in Atlanta, spent yesterday, a day off, at Little Five Points, lunching at the Vortex. Lauren recorded five new songs at a local studio and hopes to have a record out this fall. I forgot to ask James what he did but his family is not with him (”Idol” won’t pay for an entourage!). He said he should have an album out pretty quickly after the tour ends.

After media hour, I also got to hang with Lauren’s aunt Kim Witherow and her cousin Holly, who were there during her auditions and I had met before at Lauren’s high school a few weeks back. Lauren came outside to the area where fans congregate to get autographs and pictures. She spent 15 minutes there, also bringing along Casey. Before going back into the arena, Casey came up to me (having seen me three times in 24 hours) and thanked me for my previous story. Classy guy!

Anyway, here are photos from the morning event, with plenty of Haley for Haley fans like Negativo:

The "Idols' get prepped before their time at Children's Healthcare.

The "Idols' get prepped before their time at Children's Healthcare.

Just a week after getting the cast off her sprained left ankle, she is now wearing... four inch wedges? In an interview, she said she quickly regretted wearing them.

Just a week after getting the cast off her sprained left ankle, she is now wearing... four inch wedges? In an interview, she said she quickly regretted wearing them.

Haley

Haley

Haley was the liveliest of the crew.

Haley was the liveliest of the crew.

Haley holds Taryn Adams of Oakwood.

Haley holds Taryn Adams of Oakwood.

Have I taken enough photos of Haley, Haley fans?

Have I taken enough photos of Haley, Haley fans?

Gary Seacrest, Ryan's dad, talks with Haley.

Gary Seacrest, Ryan's dad, talks with Haley.

Jacob Lusk with Lauren

Jacob Lusk with Lauren

Jacob gabs with Scotty McCreery

Jacob gabs with Scotty McCreery

James Durbin poses.

James Durbin poses.

Lauren looks at me while I snap a shot.

Lauren looks at me while I snap a shot.

Naima Adedapo

Naima Adedapo

Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald

Pia Toscano poses.

Pia Toscano poses.

Stefano Langone and Haley Reinhart. Yes, another shot of Haley.

Stefano Langone and Haley Reinhart. Yes, another shot of Haley.

Stefano, who likes hats like me

Stefano, who likes hats like me

Three-year-old lLex Money of Cornelia, who had a heart transplant, amuses Jacob, Scotty and Casey

Three-year-old Lex Money of Cornelia, who had a heart transplant, amuses Jacob, Scotty and Casey

Okay, here you go. I added this photo of Thia Megia for folks who noticed she was the only one I hadn't given much face time in this blog entry.

Okay, here you go. I added this photo of Thia Megia for folks who noticed she was the only one I hadn't given much face time in this blog entry.

46 comments Add your comment

JTesla

July 26th, 2011
5:42 pm

Wow, thanks Rodney. By the way, who is doing the prepping there?

Great stuff.

Deirdre

July 26th, 2011
6:35 pm

OH Neg…Rodney is soooo good to you!

Great pictures, Rodney!

Imagine a 3 year old with a heart transplant……..there but for the Grace of God……….

DEANN MONEY

July 26th, 2011
6:37 pm

Thank you so much for covering this story! Lex had a BLAST! It was a wonderful day today getting to meet the top 11 idols! Blessings to you ALL that were involved to make this happen!
(DeAnn Money Lex’s Mom)

Deirdre

July 26th, 2011
6:41 pm

Ms Money, you and your son are my heroes….I can’t even begin to imagine what you’ve been through.

HaleyFan

July 26th, 2011
6:49 pm

Never enough photos of Haley ;) or the others. But let’s remember this entire thing wasn’t about the “idols”, it was about the kids and helping bring a little joy into their lives. I hope that part of the event was successful.

Mr. Plant

July 26th, 2011
6:50 pm

Thanks for all the Haley pics! Love that girl!

Nutmeg

July 26th, 2011
7:04 pm

Haley does look absolutely radiant. That didn’t always come out on the show, and I’m not sure why.

Thanks for the nice picture of Paul, too. I realized that liking Paul more than most of the contestants this year fits right in with my preferring The Voice to AI, because he’s one of those guys who has traveled around and paid the dues, so to speak, and that’s exactly what I like about The Voice.

I also preferred to Dia to Javier on that show, even though Javier clearly had the stronger voice, because for me musicality is more important than raw talent (not that Javier doesn’t have musicality–just that Dia’s folk sensibility, like Paul’s, matches my preferences). And this may also explain why I preferred Kris to Adam, even knowing that Adam’s voice was much, much better.

I posted to the Casey blog this morning, but it got eaten by filters. Or rather, I thought it had. Then I noticed that I had the window still open and I never posted. So here it is:

Love love love Casey–one of my favorites this season. I agree that he’s got a great shot at being a studio musician. A switch-hitter like he is might also find a niche in the entourage/band/backup singers for somebody like Norah Jones, our much-beloved HCJ, or someone with similar sensibilities.

Acting isn’t out of the question–he’s a little different than Zach G. (whom I adore), because I think he could do some dramatic-type roles. Zach G. is an amazing goofball, and Casey can do that as well as other things. As to the thought that there’s already a Zach G–well, if Jonah Hill AND Seth Rogen can have careers acting, then so could Zach and Casey.

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Android!*

July 26th, 2011
7:25 pm

How come Thia Megia doesn’t have any shots???????????

JTesla

July 26th, 2011
7:40 pm

Android!*

I was just wondering the same thing. Thia, the lost Idol.

Tiffany

July 26th, 2011
8:05 pm

Awe, Lex Money!! I met him at our local BK before his surgery! I almost didn’t recognize him in this pic, ’cause he looks so great!!! Keep up the good work Lex!! Praying for you all the time!!! ;o)

Deirdre

July 26th, 2011
8:32 pm

Thia is in the picture captioned “The Idols get prepped……..

JTesla

July 26th, 2011
9:41 pm

I was looking at the prepper, it wasn’t until later that I realized yay Thia was even missing from the individual pictures.

Mercedes S.

July 26th, 2011
9:49 pm

Way too many pics of Haley!
Lauren’s shoes are insane as in insanely stupid – and ill-fitting to boot; the toes stick out!

Loved the picture of little Lex.

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Neg Haleysox

July 26th, 2011
10:17 pm

Very nice event, and glad Haley got extra pix…being gorgeous certainly does make the camera want you. Still, can’t help but be amazed that a so-called Idol blog failed to mention how today it was officially announced that Haley Reinhart was signed to Interscope records. It’s literally all over the internet…except here.

Anyway, while I appreciate the shut out, Rodney, this failure to hit the big headline makes you look like an amateur. Everyone can have a bad day, so I’ll be nice and chalk this up to you simply dropping the ball.

JTesla

July 26th, 2011
10:53 pm

LOL, all over the internet… funny I don’t remember the Danish porn sites having it listed.

Nutmeg

July 26th, 2011
11:44 pm

JTesla, it was a quick line between the pictures of Karon and Mettalise: “Also, Haley Reinhart was signed to Interscope.”

Nutmeg

July 26th, 2011
11:47 pm

(Actually, it said “Desuden blev Haley Reinhart kontrakt med Interscope.”)

Mona

July 27th, 2011
12:08 am

Thanks for the info and the pics.

However kinda sad that for what ever reason you choose to take individual pics of all the idols except Thia. She is an idol too. Oversight or just being bias?

Rodney Ho

July 27th, 2011
12:22 am

Okay. I had a shot of Thia but got kind of tired putting up so many photos and skipped her. I’ll add it. Glad to see she has some fans who even noticed!

katty

July 27th, 2011
12:32 am

LAUREN has shining smiles.i know she always loves children so she is really happy here.

JASon

July 27th, 2011
12:37 am

I’m so glad you put up that photo of thia. She was really talented and totally deserved to win.

Just kidding, she sucked

john

July 27th, 2011
12:38 am

Rodney, can you add more pics of LAUREN.she really shines everywhere and i love her so much.

Roz

July 27th, 2011
12:46 am

Love all the pictures. Especially love all the beautiful pics of Haley. I am a big fan of hers. But it is always good to see everybody. How can we hear the interview that took place at Ryans office.

KID123

July 27th, 2011
12:51 am

I loeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee LAUREN.she is very beautiful.thank Rodney for sharing her photos .

JTesla

July 27th, 2011
2:26 am

Nutmeg! Awesome.

Unpredictable

July 27th, 2011
4:16 am

Good story. I love the pics (I don’t need to say it again way toooooo many of Haley. ) What’s with Jacob Lusk (a little chubby) either diabetes or bending the elbow too much at the table. Hit the gym guy. What is with that (dirty looking) James Durbin? Maybe it’s heavy metal.

Mia

July 27th, 2011
4:39 am

Thanks for all the Haley pics! We’re having withdrawals here! Very much appreciated!

Anywhere I can go to find the audio or video or transcript of the full press interview??

Mercedes S.

July 27th, 2011
6:55 am

“got kinda tied putting up so many photos” – SIX pix of Haley’s toothy grin… no wonder you got tired.

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
7:18 am

Morning!

All the pics are great, Rodney. Thanks! The Idols look like a good bunch this year and I’m sure they’re having fun on the tour.

Joy

July 27th, 2011
7:22 am

Do you hate Thia much for not mentioning her?

Rodney Ho

July 27th, 2011
7:24 am

Concert photos are now up too! And video of the fun finale medley. Watch Scotty, Casey and James goof around like Michael Johns and David Cook did back in season 7.

Rodney Ho

July 27th, 2011
7:25 am

@Joy. No. I just felt she had the least impact among the top 11 in terms of personality. And that may be a consequence of her youth. Great voice, no doubt. She didn’t stand out at all at the hospital.

tita

July 27th, 2011
12:12 pm

thnx for putting up thia megia’s picture…..we love her….although she didn’t win….she has an amazing voice…i hope the producers will give her a break to cut new song…..she’s beautiful and very good girl like scotty who is awesome kid……can you pls post pictures of the two of them together? am a fan of scotthia! hope the scotty and thia will also sing a duet together….why not?…they’re great singers……hope ull post more pics of thia…..God bless u!

Robert

July 27th, 2011
3:15 pm

American Idol pick a good group of kids (young adults) this year. My favorite singer is Haley but one that I think has a beautiful voice and was overlook during the show and maybe a little here is Thia Megia.

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Peaches

July 27th, 2011
3:16 pm

Who can ever stand out or get attention with Lauren in vincinity. She totally demands attn. one way or the other and it’s almost always inappropriate…The Girl is so vain,,,those shoes for crying out loud? But as usual it’s always something with Lauren. Haley has so much more depth and sincerity as we have opportunity to observe character over time…everyone’s true colors are emerging. No wonder Lauren is nervous wreck, everyone has quit propping her up and she knows she didn’t belong in 2nd place…(judges shameless promotion and luck fell her way in respect to Durbin and Haley going home prematurely) Sorry Lauren Lovers, but I have very different opinion of the girl. I’m country music fan, but she just ruins pretty voice with insensitivity to others. seeking….Thia is sweatheart and sometimes what is not said speaks louder than what is said often. Perhaps she just doesn’t feel need to suck all the attn. out of atmosphere.

Jan Robin

July 27th, 2011
3:42 pm

thx!! another beautiful photo of the lovely NAIMA!!!!!!!!

nicole

July 27th, 2011
5:17 pm

Is there a way to get a copy of this article. My daughter was in the pic with Haley and would love to find a way to keep it for her to remember this by. Thanks.

monica

July 27th, 2011
8:57 pm

GRACIAS POR LAS FOTOS, DESEO MAS FOTOS DE JAMES DURBIN HAY QUE SEGUIR APOYANDO A ESTE JOVEN TALENTO, CON UN BUEN PRODUCTOR SU FUTURO SERA INCREIBLE, QUEREMOS VER PRONTO SU CD.
UNA PERSONA CON MUCHA SENSIBILIDAD Y MUY SINCERO.

monica

July 27th, 2011
9:04 pm

PLEASE MORE PICTURES, THANKS.

JTesla

July 27th, 2011
11:56 pm

Nicole, right click the picture and “Save picture as” is the best way to save the picture. You can save the link, but these things get taken down over the years, so saving that pic is probably the first and easiest option. Beyond that requires more than I’m able to help with.

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Dan E

July 28th, 2011
4:59 am

Too much Haley?? Impossible!! That’s like too much fun. She is gorgeous and very talented!!

Chris

July 28th, 2011
11:43 am

Too many Haley pics, need more of Lauren/Scotty preferably..

Kat

July 29th, 2011
11:46 am

Thanks for all the Haley pics!!!! Much appreciated! ;)