Scotty McCreery to Appear on “American Idol” Finale for Special “We Are The World” Performance

Scotty McCreery is returning to his Idol roots…

The 26-year-old part-Puerto Rican American singer and former American Idol champion will appear in this year’s AI finale.

Scotty McCreery

Even though it won’t be the typical AI finale to announce the winner of season 18 due to the COVID-19 lockdown, next Sunday’s (8:00 – 10:00 pm ET, May 17) shelter-at-home-based season-ender will still feature A-listers, including McCreery, who claimed the crown in Season 10.

During Sunday’s semifinal, host Ryan Seacrest revealed some of the special guests who’ll dial in for the finale, which include two performances from the top five (who’ll be announced at the beginning of the episode after two eliminations) preceding the live vote to determine this year’s winner. 

The top five will then perform a song celebrating their induction into the semifinal round, followed by a previously performed song and, then, their official AIsingle. (The winner will be determined live in a real-time vote on the East Coast broadcast.)

In addition to the return of the top 11 and a fan favorite from this season, there’ll be a once-in-a-lifetime special performance of “We Are The World” by the inspiring anthem’s co-writer, Idoljudge Lionel Richie. In the first television take on the song in 35 years, Richie will team up with fellow judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan to pay tribute to all the families at home around the world now. 

Joining the judges on the all-star anthem will be a giant cast of former Idolcontestants including last year’s runner-up, Alejandro “ScaryPoolParty” ArandaGabby BarrettJordin SparksKatharine McPheeKellie PicklerLaine Hardy, Lauren AlainaPhillip PhillipsRuben Studdard and McCreery.

Additionally, Cynthia Erivo singing a medley of Aretha Franklin songs, two-time Idol contestant Lauren Daigle singing her hit “You Say,” as well as Rascal Flatts and Doug Kiker doing “Bless the Broken Road,” Bryan performing his single “One Margarita” and Perry offering up the television debut of her new single, “Daisies.”

After Sunday night’s Mother’s Day special, the top seven semi-finalists are: Just Sam (Samantha Diaz), Louis KnightFrancisco MartinJulia GarganoArthur GunnDillon James and Jonny West.

Santana to Perform Instrumental Version of the National Anthem at the World Series

Carlos Santana is ready to play ball… 

The 67-year-old Mexican musician is among the entertainers scheduled to perform the National Anthem at the 2014 World Series, according to Fox officials.

Carlos Santana

Santana, a multiple Grammy winner considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, joins a roster that includes American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, Trisha Yearwood and Little Big Town.

Yearwood will kick things off Tuesday, singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Game 1 when the San Francisco Giants face the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

Phillips will make his second appearance singing at a World Series when he takes the mic before Game 2 on Wednesday. He last appeared in 2012, the year he won American Idol, when the Giants faced the Detroit Tigers.

The series moves to San Francisco on Friday with country group Little Big Town.

Santana then takes the 4 p.m. slot on Saturday for Game 4, when he performs an instrumental version of the song.

The games will air on Fox at 8:00 pm ET.

McCreery Named to Forbes’ Top-Earning American Idols List

Scotty McCreery is the Three Million Dollar Man

The 20-year-old part-Puerto Rican country singer and former American Idol champion has earned a spot on Forbes magazine’s annual list of the Top-Earning American Idols.

Scotty McCreery

McCreery comes in at No. 6 on the list, raking in $3 million dollars.

“Still not old enough to drink legally and not quite three years removed from his Idol win, McCreery is already making a name for himself as a solo act,” states the magazine’s description of McCreery. “His debut album, Clear As Day, sold over 1 million copies; on the road, he opened for Brad Paisley before launching a solo tour in 2013.”

Forbes determined this year’s Top-Earning list by calculating pretax earnings from June 2012 through June 2013 “with the help of data from Pollstar Pro, the RIAA, Nielsen SoundScan as wells industry veterans, the musicians’ handlers and some of the artists themselves.”

Carrie Underwood, who raked in approximately $31 million, comes in No. 1 on the list. Over the past five years, Forbes estimates that she has earned $83 million.

Here’s the complete list:

1. Carrie Underwood, $31 million
2. Kelly Clarkson, $7 million
3. Phillip Phillips, $5 million
3. Adam Lambert, $5 million
5. Chris Daughtry, $4 million
6. Scotty McCreery $3 million
7. Taylor Hicks, $2.5 million
8. Fantasia Barrino, $1.5 million
8. Kellie Pickler, $1.5 million
10. Katharine McPhee, $1 million
10. Jennifer Hudson, $1 million

Lovato Receives MuchMusic Video Award Nomination

Demi Lovato is getting much love in Canada…

The 20-year-old part-Mexican American singer/actress and The X Factor star has received a MuchMusic Video award nomination.

Demi Lovato

Lovato is nominated in the International Video of the Year – Artist category for the clip for her latest single “Heart Attack.”

Lovato’s video, which was directed by Chris Applebaum, is up against Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Phillip Phillips, Pink, PSY, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and will.iam featuring Britney Spears.

Pop-rock band Marianas Trench leads the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards with six nominations, followed by Drake with five and rapper Classified with four.

The awards show will take place on June 16 in Toronto, on a giant main stage in the MuchMusic headquarters’ parking lot and on the adjacent street’s smaller stage, surrounded by an estimated 10,000 fans. The presentation will air live at 9:00 pm on Fuse in the U.S. and MuchMusic in Canada.

Here’s a look at the nominees in the International Video of the Year – Artist category:

Demi Lovato “Heart Attack” — Director: Chris Applebaum
Ed Sheeran “Give Me Love” — Director: Emil Nava
Justin Timberlake “Mirrors” — Director: Floria Sigismondi
Nicki Minaj “Va Va Voom” — Director: Hype Williams
Phillip Phillips “Home” — Director: Joseph Toman
P!NK “Try” — Director: Floria Sigismondi
PSY “Gangnam Style” — Director: Bo Young Lee
Rihanna “Diamonds” — Director: Anthony Mandler
Taylor Swift “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” — Director: Declan Whitebloom
will.i.am f. Britney Spears “Scream & Shout” — Director: Ben Mor

Rodriguez Helps the Obamas Light the National Christmas Tree

Rico Rodriguez is helping the first family ring in the holiday season in Washington, DC…

The 14-year-old Modern Family star participated in the annual White House Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, alongside James Taylor, Babyface, Jason Mraz and Phillip Phillips.

Rico Rodriguez & Michelle Obama

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the annual ritual on the Ellipse adjacent to the White House, welcoming to the stage President Barack Obama, the first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, Sasha and Malia. Shortly before 6:00 pm ET, the president led a countdown from five and pressed the button to light the large Christmas tree, complete with a yellow star on top.

Rodriguez later joined first lady Michelle Obama for a reading of the classic poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (aka “The Night Before Christmas“). The actor joked that he hoped to join the Obama family in Hawaii for their holiday vacation.

The president noted that the White House has had three separate trees in the last three years.

“A longstanding tree was lost in a storm, then the replacement didn’t take hold — just goes to show nobody’s job is safe in Washington,” said Obama . “I feel good about this one. It was planted just days before Hurricane Sandy, and it made it in one piece.”

An estimated 17,000 people attended the event, according to the U.S. National Park Service.

Sanchez to Appear on Fox’s “Glee” Next Season…

She may have lost the American Idol title to Phillip Phillips… But that hasn’t stopped Jessica Sanchez from having the most gleeful year of her life.

Following her emotionally charged  performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Capitol Hill and at Game One of the NBA Finals, the 16-year-old half-Mexican singer is reportedly thisclose to signing on for a multi-episode arc on Fox’s hit musical dramedy Glee.

Jessica Sanchez

Details on Sanchez’s character are being kept under tight wraps, but according to TVLine the pint-sized singer would join the Ryan Murphy-Brad Falchuk series midway through its upcoming fourth season. And, she’d join high-profile additions Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson, who have both signed on for multiple episodes.

Glee will move from its longtime home on Tuesdays to Thursday nights starting in September when it will be paired with Fox’s reality juggernaut Idol.

Sanchez—who successfully tackled music by divas Whitney Houston, Beyonce and Jennifer Holliday to land in the American Idol finale— will most likely join the series after the completion of Idol‘s summer concert tour.

Caitlin Gutiérrez: Country Music’s Next Big Thing?

There aren’t many Latino artists in country music… But that could all change with the arrival of Caitlin Gutiérrez.

The Latweena country singer who hails from Georgia is a rising star in the world of country music. And, she’s garnering support from big name artists in the industry like The Band Perry.

Caitlin Gutierrez

“I’m not just a normal 14-year-old, I’m a 14-year-old who knows what she wants to do in her career and will do anything for it,” says Gutiérrez, who started singing at the age of 6.

Caitlin is currently working with famed voice coach Jan Smith, who has helped train Usher and Justin Bieber’s vocal pipes. And, she seems destined for stardom. After all, she hails from a small Georgia town that’s big on talent –Leesburg. It just happens to be the home of recent American Idol winner Phillip Phillips.

“I mean there’s something in the water in Leesburg going on because there’s a lot of talent in Leesburg,” exclaims Gutiérrez. “But his success is just a blessing and I know that he is so proud of himself and everyone here is proud of him.”

But Gutiérrez is determined to make her own mark in the world… She’s already wowing audiences all over the country; and she’s even released her first music video for the catchy single “Country Air.” But that’s not all… She recently opened for The Band Perry and there’s talk of a sitcom and a possible reality show.

No matter Gutiérrez’s next path, she’s got a great head on her shoulders and a strong team behind her. Her mother serves as her hair and makeup artist while her dad also helps out. And, there’s also her manager and her sister who helps her stay on pitch.

“They’ve been helping me through everything. They’ve been supporting me, they’ve been driving me places. They’re just amazing and it’s a real blessing to have them in my life,” says Gutiérrez.

Gutiérrez, who also enjoys acting and modeling, says she loves singing the most and hopes to one day sell out Madison Square Garden.

Sanchez Gives Two Memorial Day Performances at the U.S. Capitol

She may have ended up losing the American Idol crown to Phillip PhillipsBut as she sang earlier this month, Jessica Sanchez is “not going” anywhere.

The 16-year-old half-Mexican songstress took her vocal talents to our nation’s capital to perform at the 2012 PBS National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, DC on Sunday.

Jessica Sanchez

During her first live post-Idol appearances, Sanchez performed twice on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The pint-sized singer, dressed in a floor-length blue evening gown, kicked off the annual Memorial Day concert by performing the National Anthem.

Sanchez later returned to the stage, in a white lace knee-length dress and strappy white heels, to perform Yolanda Adams’ “The Prayer.”

PBS’ annual event honors the men and women who have served in the military. Sanchez’s father—to whom she dedicated Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father” earlier in her Idol run—has served several tours of duty in Iraq and Kuwait with the Navy, and her grandfather is a retired Navy veteran.

Sanchez to Sing for American Idol Crown…

The quest to become American Idol’s first Latina winner continues for Jessica Sanchez

After nearly 90 million votes were cast and counted, the 16-year-old half-Mexican singer, who judge Steven Tyler predicted would be the last contestant standing on Wednesday’s performance episode, was the first finalist to advance to next week’s finale.

Jessica Sanchez on American Idol

Sanchez, who faced elimination in the seventh round before getting the judge’s save, will face off against Phillip Phillips for the American Idol crown, after they beat out Joshua Ledet to make it to the finale.