Jason’s Headlines for 9/20/12: American Idol, Glee

Carrie Underwood performs at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA tonight!


James Durbin performs a Stage It concert tonight at 9 p.m. EST! More info HERE.


Adam Lambert to appear on The Voice of China on September 30! Via Weibo 




Jason Castro performs at The Roxy Theatre with Taylor Mathews, Keaton Simons and Katie Shorey in West Hollywood! More info HERE.




Keith Urban Is the Voice of the Opry Keith Urban is the voice of the new Grand Ole Opry radio campaign.  In the ads he recorded, Keith reflects on the night he was inducted as a member of the Opry and how it is a night he will never forget.  He also invites those listening to visit Nashville and to stay connected to the Opry via its mobile app.  You can hear Keith’s new commercials hereFrom The Country Vibe


Mariah Carey Talks ‘American Idol’ Judging Strategy Mariah Carey’s new stint as anAmerican Idol judge officially began with Sunday’s first season-12 auditions in New York, and so far, the Grammy-winning, butterfly-loving, mother-of-twins pop diva appears to be doling out the tough love.

“I try to be honest and I try to be constructive,” Carey told THRon Wednesday night at a Peggy Siegal Company party forPenny Marshall’s new book,My Mother Was Nuts, at Monkey Bar in midtown.

“I don’t know if that means that I’m nice or mean or whatever,” she continued. “I’m a producer and I’m a songwriter, and I look at myself as a singer as kind of third. But I look at these kids as though we’re in the studio producing a record. And if I feel they should have done something a certain way, I’ll say, ‘you can try this, you can try this,’ only in a constructive way, to sort of be a guide and someone to give them guidance rather than, like, judging somebody.” Read more at THR





Steven Tyler wants to be a mentor on ‘Idol’ Veteran rocker Steven Tyler wants to return to “American Idol.”

The “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” singer announced he was leaving the show in July after a successful two-season run on the judging panel but admitted he would jump at the chance to work on it again, although in a different capacity.

He told E! News: “I wouldn’t go back and be a judge, but I’d be a mentor. I loved the fact that you go through 700 people, and out of that, you really can pick someone that has talent, because they have to audition anyway. And I’m just grateful that Jennifer [Lopez] and I and Randy [Jackson] could pick people that wound up being so good.”

Steven admitted his decision to join “American Idol” upset his Aerosmith bandmates but luckily the damage wasn’t irreparable.

He said: “We’d just come off a tour and I took ‘Idol’ and I didn’t tell these guys, to be fair, and they got bummed out. We got into a lot of ya-ya because of tumult that happens in a band. Sometimes stuff doesn’t get talked out quite properly, but it always turns out as songs down the line anyway.” From ABS-CBN News





Adam Lambert Performance To Benefit Maryland Gay Marriage Adam Lambert is set to headline a fundraiser concert to benefit Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the group working to uphold a gay marriage law approved by lawmakers.The concert will be held on Tuesday, September 25 at the 9:30 Club, the legendary live music club located in the U Street neighborhood of Washington, D.C.“JUST ANNOUNCED! A benefit for Marriage Equality feat. @AdamLambert on 9/25! Tix on sale Fri 10AM!” the 9:30 Club tweeted.

“Marriage equality is about treating everyone as equals, regardless of who they fall in love with,” Lambert said in a statement. “I’m honored to appear at this event to help do whatever I can to bring notice to a cause that is close to my heart.”

Josh Levin, campaign manager for Marylanders for Marriage Equality, thanked Lambert for his support. Read more at On Top Magazine





Fans get to see Top 10 Idols up-close The “American Idol” fever is not going to die down anytime soon as the season 11 top 10 finalists toured Metro Manila malls to give their fans the chance to see them up-close.

“American Idol” runner-up Jessica Sanchez

The top 10 Idols attended separate meet-and-greet sessions on Wednesday, two days ahead of their much-awaited concert at the Araneta Coliseum on September 21.

Erika Van Pelt, Elise Testone, Deandre Brackensick, Heejun Hann and Jessica Sanchez went to Eastwood Mall in Quezon City, while Hollie Cavanagh, Colton Dixon, Joshua Ledet, Skylar Laine and Phillip Phillips were at Glorietta in Makati.

Hundreds of excited fans trooped to the two malls just to catch a glimpse of their favorite Idols.

“American Idol” finalist Heejun Han

Not even the organizers were able to stop the eager fans, who expressed in their own ways how much they love the top 10.

A kid wearing the same outfit as Sanchez when she sang Beyonce’s “Sweet Dreams” during the competition even caught the 17-year-old singer’s attention. Read more at ABS-CBN News




Carrie Underwood, Phillip Phillips top the week’s ‘Idol’ sales This week, Carrie Underwood had the top-selling album from an American Idol act, and Phillip Phillips had the best-selling track. Phillips’ Home sold more than 100,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, pushing his coronation song’s total to 1.653 million. Underwood, who launched her U.S. tour last week, moved 15,000 units of her Blown Away album, putting it at No. 24 on The Billboard 200.

Mandisa’s What If We Were Real jumped 41% in week-to-week sales, enough to put her back into theBillboard album chart. Bucky Covington’s new album, Good Guys, made its debut at No. 178 on the album chart.

As far as track sales, Underwood had 67,000 downloads ofBlown Away, while Casey James saw a 32% increase in weekly sales of his current single, Crying on a Suitcase.

Idol albums

Carrie Underwood, Blown Away (15,000, -49%, 794,000) (#24 Billboard 200)
Kelly Clarkson, Stronger (4,000, -14%, 929,000) (#89 BB200)
Phillip Phillips, American Idol (3,000, -13%, 80,000) (#156 BB200)

Read more at Idol Chatter





‘Glee’s’ Damian McGinty readying single release Just in case you have been missing Damian McGinty on “Glee” as of late (and haven’t we all, really?), there is some good news: you will be getting an opportunity to hear his soulful voice again soon via some music of his own.

Speaking in a recent interview with Digital Spy, the former Celtic Thunder single and “Glee Project” winner, who has spent much of the past few months helping other artists record, claimed that he will have a single launching at some point in the next few weeks. We imagine that it will be in the vein of some of the music he has performed on television in the past, while hopefully also showcasing some of his own creative side.

We know that there were a good many people devastated by his lack of inclusion on “Glee” this season, but there is some silver lining even in there. Damian is still very much a fan of the show, and he also will be appearing (per executive producer Ryan Murphy) in the show’s upcoming Thanksgiving episode. Read more at Carter Matt





First Look: Sarah Jessica Parker on ‘Glee’







‘Glee’s’ Ryan Murphy: ‘I Have a Really Renewed Passion’ for the Series It may be early in its rebooted fourth season, but Glee is back to its roots.

The Fox musical answered one of the new fall season’s biggest question last week, unspooling its split-location format and introducing a loyal army of Gleeks to four fresh new faces as the series repopulates McKinley’s halls and spices up Rachel’s love life in New York.

The massive change has reinvigorated co-creatorRyan Murphy and the rest of the writers to tap into what once made the show a breakout: plots grounded in realistic stories about the underdog in high school. Ratings for the premiere, which saw Lea Michele‘s Rachel get off to a bumpy start in New York with her tough dance teacher (Kate Hudson), illustrated that the beloved musical — which in its third season found itself a target for critics — was not just back but creatively stronger. ”It’s very nice to hear people say nice things about the show again, I won’t lie about it,” Murphy tells The Hollywood Reporter. Further proving the point is Thursday’s “Britney 2.0,” Glee‘s second Britney Spears tribute episode, which THR screened early. The hour, which like the first, revolves around Heather Morris‘ lovable dingbat Brittany S. Pearce, is grounded in reality.

The premiere episode, titled “The New Rachel,” averaged a 3.3 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic, with 8.1 million viewers — up 25 percent compared with its season three average and up 10 percent vs. last year’s graduation-themed finale.

Further proof can be seen on iTunes, where at press time, six songs from the season four premiere were the series’ most-downloaded for the week, with two appearing in the top 200 a week after the episode aired (Darren Criss‘ cover of “It’s Time, Michele and newcomerMelissa Benoist‘s “New York State of Mind”). Read more at THR





Cher Lloyd on set of her music video for “Oath”:





Glee’s Jacob Artist Photo Shoot Jacob Artist strikes a pose in thisexclusive sexy new photo shoot forJustJared.com.

The 19-year-old Glee heartthrob may be new to the acting scene, but he’s winning over audiences this Fall with his role as Jake Puckerman on his hit Fox show.

Make sure to watch Jacob in his big Glee episode “Britney 2.0″ airing TONIGHT (September 20) at 9/8c.

JJ: We absolutely love you on Glee! Are you excited to be part of the show’s cast? 

JA: Oh my God, yeah! It all feels totally surreal.

JJ: Were you a Gleek before you auditioned?
JA: Yeah, I definitely was a fan of the show. That adds to how unbelievable this whole thing has been to be on a show – that you’ve actually supported in the past, you know?

JJ: When you auditioned, which song did you perform?
JA: I actually auditioned with “Never Say Never” by The Fray, which is the song I ended up singing in the first episode. Initially, they didn’t really know what song they wanted my character to sing and then it kind of worked out that that’s the one they wanted to do, which was really cool.

JJ: That is cool! Before you landed the role of Jake Puckerman, we heard you got accepted to Julliard for dance. Was that audition harder than Glee’s was?
JA: You know what? To be honest, I think Glee‘s was harder! With the Julliard audition, it was all day and there was tons and tons of cuts. Dancing was something I started doing when I was really young and I think I was more comfortable with that, where on Glee, there’s obviously the acting, but then there’s a whole singing side of it where we had to bring in like five songs. So yeah, I think Glee was definitely harder (laughs). Read more at Just Jared

Photo Credits: Mike Rosenthal





Demi Lovato Confident ‘X Factor’ Winner Is In Her Group Although we’ve only just begun to meet the stellar singers on the new season of “The X Factor,” one special insider is confident she’s seen the future winner already. When MTV News caught up with new judge Demi Lovato, there was no holding back with regard to which judge’s group contains the future champ.

“My group. I predict my group will win,” Lovato said. “I feel like my group has the winner of the entire competition in it, and I’m so excited for all four people in my category. I’m really excited.”

After the contestants are narrowed down to the top 16, the judges are each assigned a group of four: boys, girls, over 30s or groups. While Lovato was forthcoming with her confidence in her group, she opted not to answer our question about which category she’ll be mentoring. “I’m not going to tell you. You’re just going to have to wait and find out,” she said with a wink and a smile. Read more at MTV

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Britney Spears Freaks Out Over Lightning on X Factor 

We’ve already seen some verbal fireworks between contestants on The X Factorand judges clashing over musical talent (or lack thereof). But this sneak peek of tonight’s episode reveals a real-life lightning bolt that rattles Britney Spears and others on the judging panel.

Watch the clip to see Britney’s priceless reaction to lightning and roaring thunder during a contestant’s audition in Greensboro, North Carolina.

You can watch the full episode of The X Factor tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX. From ET





Demi Lovato New Anti-Bullying Ambassador For Secret Deodorant Demi Lovato, 20, is a fierce singer and super courageous in her life battles. Now, she’s bringing that same strength to help wage war on bullying. “I’ve teamed up with Secret Deodorant as their new Mean Stinks ambassador because it’s important to me to use my voice to help end bullying,” said Demi Lovato. “Urging young women to ‘Gang Up for Good’ is a really great way to inspire us all to change the way we think when it comes to being a bully, witnessing bullying or being the victim of a bully.” Beginning in October, girls nationwide can join this year’s Mean Stinks program by participating in a number of activities designed to educate about, and stand up to, bullying in fun ways. Throughout this school year, @MeanStinks will Tweet fun #GangUpforGood challenges to inspire girls with ways to wipeout mean and spread more nice, and create a national movement of more gangs of good, starting within their circle of friends. To help girls ‘stick-up’ against what really stinks, being mean, and protect against the ‘stink’ caused by wetness and odor, Secret has created new Secret Mean Stinks Clinical Strength. As part of Secret’s commitment to bring an end to girl-to-girl bullying, the brand will donate $1 from every Mean Stinks Clinical Strength purchase to Girls on the Run to fund their girl empowerment programming and help prevent mean behavior before it starts. Read more at Hollywood Life

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