Life after ‘American Idol’: Carrie Underwood, C.J. Harris, Jordin Sparks, Phillip Phillips

This was posted on Thursday, November 3, 2016 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

For the ninth time, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosted the CMA Awards last night and this one was epic, given it was the 50th anniversary.

A litany of past greats showed up, from Randy Travis to Charlie Daniels to Loretta Lynn with tributes to everyone from Merle Haggard to Johnny Cash.

Underwood – who made a dozen costume changes – got to perform her latest single “Dirty Laundry,” now No. 14 on the Mediabase country chart but almost guaranteed a spot in the top 3 because everything she releases lands at or near the top of the airplay chart. She also won the Female Vocalist of the Year award for the fourth time, breaking Miranda Lambert‘s six-year streak. She was up for Entertainer of the Year but Garth Brooks won that.

She also took part in a tribute to Dolly Parton.

Read my colleague Melissa Ruggieri’s coverage from the CMAs. 

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AMERICAN IDOL XIII: C.J. Harris peforms on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Wednesday, March 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET / PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: C.J. Harris peforms on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Wednesday, March 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET / PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

Season 13 finalist C.J. Harris will spend an extra month in jail in Alabama because he didn’t show up to court over a drug arrest. He mixed up dates, he said, according to TMZ.

Harris turned himself in Monday after an arrest warrant was issued due to his skipping out on a court date last month.

Harris was supposed to be in court Oct. 27 for his drug arrest, but we’re told he claims he confused that for another date. We broke the story … Harris was arrested in an undercover drug bust for selling oxycodone and marijuana. He’s facing three felonies.

Harris will be held in jail until later this month for his next hearing.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: Kelly Clarkson is a guest on "The Hoda Show" on Today Show Radio at SiriusXM Studios on October 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 05: Kelly Clarkson is a guest on “The Hoda Show” on Today Show Radio at SiriusXM Studios on October 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Kelly Clarkson again talks about how hard it is to balance her career with being a mom, this time to People magazine.

“While I love music, my family comes first,” she says. “There are days where s— hits the fan, and I’m crying because there’s not enough time to do everything. But that’s any mom. It’s a hard thing to take care of children. You’re molding lives. You don’t want to suck at it.”

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Recording artist Phillip Phillips performs on stage during 10th Annual Stand Up For Heroes at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: Recording artist Phillip Phillips performs on stage during 10th Annual Stand Up For Heroes at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Phillip Phillips loves “The Walking Dead.” He told Billboard his thoughts:

The singer is a huge fan of the show, and was just as shocked as everyone else when favorite characters Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) met their demise at the hands of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

“I couldn’t sit still,” he says. “I guessed it was Abraham, so I knew that was happening, but the Glenn thing threw me off.”

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PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 26: Musician Jordin Sparks performs the national anthem before the NBA game between the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 26, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 26: Musician Jordin Sparks performs the national anthem before the NBA game between the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 26, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Jordin Sparks will guest star as herself in a fantasy sequence on ABC’s ‘The Real O’Neals,” according to EW.

As ABC puts it, “Kenny’s fear that his relationship with his boyfriend is moving too quickly leads to a fantasy sequence in which he pictures their rut of a future, complete with belly fat, receding hairlines, and way too many lap dogs. Enter Jordin Sparks, whose surprise visit is cut short when she points out that settling down too soon has ruined Kenny’s life.”

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Adam Lambert, in Australia judging “The X Factor,” celebrated Halloween thusly:

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