Jordin Sparks may have sputtered with her last album but she is ably trying other things. First, Broadway, now talking pictures!
Sparks is starring in a remake of a 1976 film called “Sparkle,” which was loosely based on the Supremes. (Take that, Jennifer Hudson and your “Dreamgirls” Oscar!) Whitney Houston is in talks to be Sparks’ mom. Comic Mike Epps is in the film, too, according to Hollywood Reporter.
- Gavin DeGraw and David Cook are co-headlining a tour that will take them to Athens at the Classic Centre November 10. Tickets go on sale Sept. 16.
- Kelly Clarkson’s “Mr. Know It All” has jumped into the top 30 on the top 40 charts.
- Kellie Pickler will be on “90210″ tonight on the CW singing “Tough.”
“American Idol” took home two minor Creative Emmys for sound mixing and technical direction last night while Ryan Seacrest lost yet again as best reality show host to Jeff Probst of “Survivor.”
This doesn’t bode well for “Idol” to win best competitive reality program next Sunday. “Idol” has never won.
- The press last week received a 12-minute preview reel of “The X Factor.” Here’s a cut-down eight-minute version that aired last night:
If Diana DeGarmo and Fantasia and dozens of others can do it, why not Kara DioGuardi? DioGuardi, the former “Idol” judge, has joined the Broadway production of “Chicago” as Roxie Hart.
I always thought Kara had a beautiful voice and she showed it off today on “Regis & Kelly.” She should open her eyes more while singing though. Connect with the audience!
With Bravo’s “Platinum Hit” a platinum bust, Kara is smart to try other things. The fortunate thing for her is she can always rely on her songwriting chops to pay the bills. But she obviously has the bug to be out in the public, too.
- Could Clay Aiken be the first “American Idol” to join “Celebrity Apprentice”? (I could be wrong there but I don’t recall anybody from the show ever appearing on the NBC Trump show.) It would be a good career move for him. He’s done Broadway and a few TV spots. But this could show off his sense of humor and work ethic quite well. RealityBlurred thinks the clues are there.
After a gazillion promos, “The X Factor” has given the media a 12-minute teaser reel with the opener of the show introducing the judges/coaches. Then we see samplings of bad/good singers.
There’s a sassy younger girl and a 42-year-old single mom who is doing this as her last chance at glory. There’s one contestant with way too much attitude. Otherwise, it’s too brief to really judge whether the coaches are going to work in combo or individually. Okay, we already know Paula and Simon quite well so that’s a given.
And if you enjoy raucous crowds booing or cheering contestants in a ridiculously over the top way (like “America’s Got Talent,”) this is for you.
We’ll have to wait til Sept. 21 to see the entire first episode and see how this all plays out.
-And there’s another singing show, too, on NBC: “The Sing Off” gets its first full blown season
When I spoke with James Durbin in late July during his stop in Atlanta for the tour, he implied heavily he had things going on with a record deal but was still tied down by “Idol” until September.
The minute he was “freed,” he made it quick: he has signed with Wind-Up Records, home to fellow rockers Seether, Evanescence, O.A.R. and Creed. (Creed still has a record deal?)
Durbin’s debut album is set to come out in November. He definitely sold himself well on the show. Although he had some Adam Lambert-ish mannerisms, Adam is a pop-theatrical guy. James? It has been metal-rock all the way. Who else would have introduced the “Idol” audience to Judas Priest?
He is managed by 19 Entertainment and Red Light Management. His new manager? Josh Klemme, former manager of Buckcherry who also represents Steven Tyler.
Although the marathon was significantly shorter and missing its signature Jerry Lewis, the MDA this Labor Day weekend raised more money than last year with Nigel Lythgoe as host. This is the first time Lewis was absent after 46 years.
MDA raised $61.4 million. Other co-hosts besides Lythgoe included Alison Sweeney, Nancy O’Dell and Jann Carl. Guests included Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Can’t imagine Nigel had anything to do with that?
The show didn’t ignore Lewis, providing montages and kind words. Lewis did not make a surprise appearance though Nigel said he had hoped he would.
As we know, Lewis badmouthed “Idol” a few weeks ago and soon after, he was gone from MDA. Coincidence? Who knows?
- CMA nominations are out and Carrie Underwood was nominated for female vocalist of the year, an award she won three times 2006 to 2008. She was nominated in 2009 and 2010 as well but did not win. (Last year, Miranda Lambert won.) Carrie will host the show
Jason Castro, who just had his first child, is part of the huge Celebrate Freedom concert Saturday, Sept. 3, at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta sponsored by 104.7/The Fish.
Working with WinShape Foundation, the concert features Switchfoot, Newsboys, Josh Wilson, Victory World Music featuring Montell Jordan, Echoing Angels and Castro.
The festival, which has drawn more than 50,000 people in past years, is free and will have various activities available to attendees including a BMX Stunt Show, Kenyan Acrobats, Ultimate Air Dogs, inflatables and kids’ activities, and more. Parking is $5.00 and food and drink will be available on site for purchase.
Additional information is available at www.celebratefreedomatlanta.com.
So Kelly Clarkson’s new single “Mr. Know It All” is out. Maybe you’ve heard it. It’s about folks who think they know you more than they do. If you haven’t heard it yet, check it out here:
Vocally, Kelly is in fine form. It has some decent hooks. The title is memorable. I’ve listened to it a few times now. Is it going Top 5? That’s a safe bet. Is it No. 1 material like “My Life Would Suck Without You” or “Since U Been Gone”? I’m not sure.
Carrie Underwood has landed her 13th No. 1 hit “Remind Me,” the duet with her CMA co host Brad Paisley, according to Mediabase 24/7.
It may or may not go No. 1 on the Billboard country chart. (There, she has 11 official No. 1 hits.) Jake Owen’s “Barefood Blue Jean Night” is climbing quickly and is positioned to lap Underwood/Paisley. Dierks Bentley’s “Am I the Only One” is the current country No. 1 song on the Billboard country chart.
Scotty McCreery’s single “I Love You This Big” appears to have peaked at No. 15. Airplay is starting to drop. He has a new single coming out “The Trouble With Girls.”
Kellie Pickler’s “Tough” is still going up, ever so slowly, and is now at No. 30.
- Kelly Clarkson’s new single “Mr. Know It All” debuts later today.
- And congratulations to Bo Bice! He announced on his Facebook page today that he is expecting his fourth child.
- Plus, charges against Bucky Covington were dropped after a promoter