‘American Idol’ bits: Jennifer Hudson, Corey Clark, Kelly Clarkson

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Jennifer Hudson sings "Hallelujah" prior to a Mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis at Madison Square Garden on September 25, 2015 in New York City. The pope is visiting New York City during a six-day tour of the United States, that included a stop in Washington D.C. and includes one in Philadelphia. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 25: Jennifer Hudson sings “Hallelujah” prior to a Mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis at Madison Square Garden on September 25, 2015 in New York City. The pope is visiting New York City during a six-day tour of the United States, that included a stop in Washington D.C. and includes one in Philadelphia. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Tuesday, September 28, 2015

Jennifer Hudson and Harry Connick Jr. both performed at Madison Square Garden for Pope Francis on Friday.
Hudson did a stunning gospel-esque “Hallelujah.”
Connick did “How Great Thou Art.”
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On a far less inspirational note, the ickiest contestant in “American Idol” history has to be Corey Clark. He may or may not have slept with Paula Abdul and was kicked out of the competition. He tried years later to sue “Idol” for racial discrimination to no avail. He just oozed smarmy.

Now he’s back in the news and he wasn’t performing for the Pope. TMZ reports that Clark allegedly broke a protective order his estranged wife had against him.

He was only allowed to communicate with Monica Clark via email and only to discuss their children. He supposedly began stalking her when she stopped replying to his emails, which were outside the scope of the order. One time, he allegedly stared at her for hours outside a restaurant.

He was jailed for misdemeanor domestic violence and a felony aggravated harassment.

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Kelly Clarkson on what was ultimately her final date on her tour "Piece by Piece" in Atlanta September 10, 2015. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/ rho@ajc.com

Kelly Clarkson on what was ultimately her final date on her tour “Piece by Piece” in Atlanta September 10, 2015. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/ rho@ajc.com

Apparently, the Kelly Clarkson concert I saw last month was the final one she was able to perform. We got lucky! She not only cancelled five subsequent concerts but the entire rest of the tour in Canada and Europe.

“I am truly sorry that I have to cancel the remainder of my tour dates,” Clarkson says via her official website. “I was so looking forward to sharing this tour with all my amazing fans in Canada and the U.K. Unfortunately my doctor is telling me I have to stay on vocal rest, but I am working hard to get better as fast as possible.”

The nixed concert dates:

9/30 – Ottawa, Ont.
10/1 – Ottawa, Ont.
10/2 – Montreal, QC
10/4 – London, Ont.
10/7 – Winnipeg, MB
10/10 – Saskatoon, SK
10/12 – Calgary, AB
10/14 – Edmonton, AB
10/15 – Dawson Creek, BC
10/17 – Vancouver, BC

UK
11/10 – Dublin, Ireland
11/12 – Glasgow, U.K.
11/14 – Birmingham, U.K.
11/16 – Leeds, U.K.
11/18 – Manchester, U.K.
11/20 – Wembley, U.K.

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 On the radio airplay charts:
Carrie Underwood‘s “Smoke Break” is at No. 7 on the Mediabase 24/7 chart and still climbing.
Nick Fradiani’s “Beautiful Life” peaked at No. 24 on the Hot AC and is now falling.
Adam Lambert‘s “Ghost Town” peaked at No. 16 on the Hot AC chart and No. 19 on Top 40 and is slipping off.

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