'American Idol' Season 9 Alum Casey James to Appear on VH1's 'Big Morning Buzz'

The finalist is spending some quality time in Manhattan this week, hosting a live stream chat with fans and slated for an appearance on the program Thursday.

CMT Awards 2012: 'One Tree Hill's' Jana Kramer and 'American Idol's' Casey James play us out

No, you're not seeing things! That was Jana Kramer, best known as troubled model/actress/screenwriter/singer/songwriter Alex Dupre from "One Tree Hill," performing at the CMT Awards on Wednesday night. Kramer's character left Tree Hill early in the show's final season, leaving behind her boyfriend to pursue a country music career. In a case of art-imitating-life-imitating-art, Kramer herself hit the tour circuit, too. Her debut album was released on Tuesday, and fans got a little listen at the CMT Awards as she played the show into a commercial with her single "Why Ya Wanna," which, of course, "One Tree Hill" fans are already familiar with. Kramer isn't the only emerging artist who played an abbreviated version of a new song as the show lead into a commercial break. "American Idol" fans likely recognized Casey James as the third place finalist from Season 9. He played his song "Crying On a Suitcase" from his debut album, which was...

Season 9 Winner Lee DeWyze Is Engaged!

Sorry ladies, but your favorite bearded American Idol winner Lee DeWyze is officially off the market. According to People, Lee has popped the question to model/actress Jonna Walsh on July 16 at Disney World in Orlando.. The romantic proposal took place while the couple was sipping champagne and watching a fireworks show aboard a private yacht.Lee said, "Jonna is a Disney freak. They were playing love songs on the boat and I got down on my knee and asked her. I had a speech prepared but it all...

Lee DeWyze: I Wouldn't Want to Have a Drink With Nigel Lythgoe

Just because Lee DeWyze wasn't asked to perform on Wednesday night's American Idol finale, he didn't want to present Scotty McCreery the trophy as some sort of consolation prize. "I didn't want them to throw me a bone because I didn't perform," DeWyze tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Pia Toscano’s First Single Title Revealed

American Idol contestant Pia Toscano was the subject of a short segment on Ryan Seacrests KIIS-FM radio show today, stoking the fires that she will produce a full album with Jimmy Iovines Interscope Records. Ryan let slip the title for her first single, which will be called Counterfeit. Jimmy Iovine is itching to get this track out ASAP, Ryan dished. What do you think? If Pia releases an album, would you buy/download it? As for us, weve already saved a spot for her on our iPods! But you knew...

Crystal Bowsersox Says 'Idol' Won't Be the Same Without Cowell and More Celebrity News

Want to know what's going on with your favorite TV stars when the cameras aren't rolling? Check out the latest celebrity news from our friends at * In a recent interview with Popeater, former 'American Idol' contestant said neither Jennifer Lopez nor Steven Tyler will be able to fill Simon Cowell's sassy shoes. * Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, married since 1997 and proud parents of two beautiful daughters, are trying to add another baby to their happy family, a friend of the couple's reveals to me. * Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, who had been in talks to become the face of the Plaza Hotel's luxury gym, now has been barred from the deal. * Another 'Jersey Shore' star, Ronald "Ronnie" Ortiz-Magro has been indicted for an assault that prosecutors say happened just off camera during the first season * Taxi' star Marilu Henner was featured on Sunday's '60 Minutes' for her rare ability to remember almost every day of her life vividly and accurately.

Crystal Bower-Sox It to American Idol Producers - Wetpaint

Crystal Bowersox has sometimes been perceived as exuding a holier-than-thou attitude about appearing on   American Idol   alongside teenybopper pop singers (a category which she most certainly does not fall into). But MomaSox wants to assure her fans that she doesn’t look down her nose at the über-populist reality television show that put her on the map. The folksy balladeer said, "I don't take for granted for a second what   American Idol   did for me, the life that I have now. I'm sitting here now because of American Idol. I wouldn't have anything that I have now if I hadn't tried out for the show. It's changed my entire life." To Read More  Click Here.

'American Idol' to Introduce Online Semi-Final Voting?

We're now officially in the thick of the holiday season, but there's another annual celebration we should start preparing for: 'American Idol' season. Though the show doesn't premiere until January, today brings the first of what will surely be many, many 'Idol'-related stories to come over the next month. According to Reality Blurred, some intrepid 'AI' sleuths have deduced how the field will be narrowed down to the finalists now that the semi-final rounds are out: online voting. Though convenient, introducing online voting into the 'Idol' process could have some unintentionally disastrous consequences. After the jump, read why we think it could be a good idea -- and also why it could be a very bad one. Just to be clear: This is not official news from Fox, but it is a likely (and probable) explanation for several clues floating around the internet right now. One 'Idol'-tracking website noted that the Twitter bio for an account titled "AI10 Contestants" reads "Voting begins Thursday, February 24 at" Plus, an insider told Vote for the Worst that 40 to 50 contestants will be prominently featured during the five Hollywood episodes, with viewers voting online for the top 12 contestants. Three more finalists will be chosen via a judges' wild card. To Read More Click Here.

Kara DioGuardi to Pen Memoir About American Idol

Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is writing a memoir about her time at the judges' table. The book, titled A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol, will be published by It Books, a division of  HarperCollins, a rep for the publisher confirms. DioGuardi left Idol after two seasons amid a major shuffle that ended with Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler becoming new judges of the Fox reality hit. Last month, DioGuardi, 39, landed a new judging gig on Bravo's singing competition show, Going Platinum, which is set to premiere next year. A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol will be released on April 26, 2011. Source Here

Katharine McPhee sings at NASDAQ opening; Kara DioGuardi writing 'Idol' memoir

Some quick hits of "American Idol" news: Katharine McPhee sang "It's Not Christmas Without You" Monday (Nov. 29) morning at the opening of the NASDAQ stock exchange. The performance also celebrated a newly engaged couple winning Blue Nile's "Ring It. Sing It." contest. McPhee wore a replica of Princess Diana and Kate Middleton's engagement ring while performing. To Read More Click Here.