This was posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by RODNEY HOemail@example.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
Kellie Pickler is debuting a new talk show in syndication but you won’t see it in Georgia.
You can see if it’s going to be available in your market here. Some of the larger markets where it will be shown include San Diego, Phoenix, Denver, Tampa, Baltimore, Detroit, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Raleigh, Cleveland, Nashville and Milwaukee.
Starting September 18, 2017, the season six “American Idol” finalist joins journalist Ben Aaron in a show executive produced by Faith Hill and shot out of Nashville.
“It’s a lifestyle show so it’s of course talking and interviewing people, but really shining a light on small businesses and special talents,” Picker told PEOPLE Now last October.
Keith Urban hinted he isn’t going to re-join “Idol” come 2018. He told US Weekly: “I think it’s going to be all new people except for Ryan.”
That’s hardly a surprise. He was (barely) in the rumor mix.
Carrie Underwood’s Sunday Night Football theme video is out. “Oh, Sunday Night” uses the musical bed of “Somethin’ Bad.” It appears each week, a video and some lyrical content will be personalized for the teams playing that night.
Season four’s Anthony Fedorov wrote new lyrics to the National Anthem inspired after football quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines for kneeling as the anthem was played. The former San Francisco 49er was protesting racial injustice.
Fedorov recorded the song with former Norcross resident and season 1 finalist Tamyra Gray and season 12’s David Hernandez for a trio version of the song on YouTube.
In a recent interview with Variety, he said: “I started reflecting on this song and did some research and discovered some of the uncomfortable truths about its origins,” said Anthony. “Because of that, I wanted to imagine an anthem that really does reflect the face of America right now. Diversity is the bedrock of our country. Why not open the conversation and ask if we can revisit the lyrics?”
Here are the new lyrics:
“Bless Our Home”
Standing proudly and strong
Stand united as one
Every color and creed
Build a nation of hope
Time can never erase
Many truths we must face
We must learn, we can heal
Show the world love is real
Honor all those brave souls
Who protect us from foes
Our flag is our bond
It reveals who we are
Together, let us sing
Through our voices we’ll let freedom ring
Fight for justice, fight for all
Bless our country, bless our home!
My friend Phil Hudson over at the Atlanta Business Chronicle attended an American Cancer Society fundraiser in town Saturday that featured Paula Abdul. (I was at a wedding and missed it.)
They talked “Idol” briefly and she, like everybody else, wonders if the show is coming back a wee bit too soon.
ABC: Do you know Rodney Ho? He’s another reporter in town and one of the top ‘American Idol’ reporters in the country.
PA: Yes! I do know him. He’s great.
Constantane Maroulis, a Greek American, was cast as Che Guevara in a Boston production of “Evita,” sparking a controversy from Latinos who believe this is yet another case of “whitewashing” in casting.
Maroulis, a former “American Idol’’ contestant from season four, earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance on Broadway in “Rock of Ages.’’
In a recent Boston Globe interview, Maroulis said he believes concerns about him playing Che are not justified: “I’m not exactly a loaf of Wonder Bread,’’ citing discrimination encountered by his grandparents when they immigrated to the United States.
And here’s the official video for Kelly Clarkson’s new R&B-tinged single “Love So Soft.”
So far, 92 of 118 Hot AC radio stations tracked by Mediabase 24/7 are playing it after a week and it debuted at No. 18 on airplay. On Top 40, 130 stations out of 219 picked it up and it debuted at 45.