The live shows on American Idol are inching closer, but before the top contestants go before an audience, they have to get through a new competition phase called RandyJackson’s "Boot Camp." Helping with the crash course in pop stardom? Two exciting camp counselors: season eight’s Adam Lambert and season five’s Chris Daughtry.
And the winner is ... Carrie Underwood, for being American Idol's top-earningalum, according to Forbes' annual list.
The country singer raked in approximately $31 million between June 2012 through June 2013, playing 100 shows on tour and signing endorsement deals with the likes of Olay. Over the past five years, Forbes estimates that has she has earned $83 million.
From marriages to births to Glee guest-starring roles, 2013 was certainly a busy year for AmericanIdol alums and judges.
The year began with a new judging panel featuring KeithUrban, NickiMinaj and MariahCarey -- and ended by welcoming back departed judge Jennifer Lopez and adding the affable HarryConnickJr. into the fold.
DOWN NONNBERG ABBEY ROAD: Combine hit recording artist Carrie Underwood and a Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein score and there’s no way you can miss the Billboard charts. The cast recording of NBC’s The Sound of Music makes its debut just one week after the live broadcast, entering The Billboard 200 at No. 17, the Top Soundtracks tally at No. 2 (unable to dislodge Disney’s Frozen) and Top Digital Albums at No. 17.
The Hollywood Palladium was bustling with stars on Sunday, Dec. 8. The occasion: TrevorLIVE, an all-star show to raise funds for the Trevor Project, a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
American Idol's die-hard fans -- diminishing but still proud -- will appreciate the effort Fox and the show's new executive producers are putting into highlighting the series' past to amp up its future.
After a two-year break from American Idol, Rickey Minor will return to take on the role of musical director. The accomplished arranger and producer left the Fox show after season nine in 2010 to lead The Tonight Show band. With NBC relinquishing Jay Leno's late-night throne to Jimmy Fallon, the door was open for an Idol return.
Naturally, that means Ray Chew and his Ray Chew Live band will not be back when season 13 launches in January.
American Idol alum Adam Lambert will join Glee stars Jane Lynch, DarrenCriss, AmberRiley, NayaRivera and ChrisColfer at the Trevor Project’s gala annual fundraiser, TrevorLIVE, on Dec. 8 at the Hollywood Palladium.
‘NIGHT’ TIME:Adam Lambert doesn’t have a new album out yet but he does return to the Billboard charts this week, thanks to his cover of Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night,” the song he performed on last week’s “Glee,” which featured songs by Lady Gaga as well as Katy Perry in the episode, “A Katy or a Gaga.”