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Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.

'American Idol' bits: Kelly Clarkson, Simon Cowell, David Cook, Ryan Seacrest

By RODNEY HO/ originally filed Monday, July 6, 2015

Kelly Clarkson rocked the 4th of July in D.C., which aired on NBC, with her latest two singles "Heartbeat Song" and "Invincible."

kellyclarkson-heartbeat-4th by mjsbigblog


Season 7 winner David Cook will release his third album "Digital Vein" September 18.


Scotty mcCreery southern belle

Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery's third album is set to come out that month as well.  He has a new single "Southern Belle."


Ryan Seacrest has hit 40 but his girlfriends remain in their mid-20s. His latest lady friend is a former beauty queen named Hilary Cruz. No cliches here, eh?

The folks at the Daily Mail have photos of him and her on a yacht in the South of France. How annoying it must be to be relaxing while knowing someone is probably taking pics of you. Such is the life of the rich and famous.

He's hosting a new game show "Knock Knock Live" July 21 on Fox. He describes it below:


Season 8 finalist Danny Gokey has another Christian hit with "More Than You Think I Am,' now at No. 8 on the Mediabase Christian AC chart. This is his follow up to his No. 1 song "Hope in Front of Me."

Season 11 finalist Colton Dixon's "Through All of It" is not far behind at No. 12. This is his third top 15 hit on the Christian chart.


Season 14 winner Nick Fradiani performed his song "Beautiful Life" at the FIFA World Cup championships in Vancouver yesterday. Maybe this exposure will help jumpstart the song, which is languishing at No. 33 on the Hot AC chart.


NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: TV Producer Simon Cowell attends the 2015 Yahoo Digital Content NewFronts at Avery Fisher Hall on April 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Yahoo)

Simon Cowell's 89-year-old mo Julie Brett has passed, according to the NY Daily News.  They cited a Sun story using a "family friend."

"Simon is absolutely devastated," the source shared. "His mum was the most beloved person in his life and they were incredibly close. But at least she got to see him settle down and start a family which was one of the great wishes of her life. Julie had been unwell for some time and she was in a home. But Simon and his brothers were in constant contact with her and the family remained very close."

"They had been paying regular visits to her bedside and it's been a godsend that Simon hadn't had to do too much work in the U.S. over the last year," the source adds. "He's completely heartbroken."

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