‘American Idol’ notes: Carrie Underwood gives birth, Lauren Alaina, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Caleb Lee Hutchinson

And what’s up with season 12 winner Candace Glover?

Originally posted Thursday, January 24, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Carrie Underwood had her baby boy Jacob Bryan Fisher with Mike Fisher on Monday. 

“His mom, dad and big brother couldn’t be happier for God to trust them with taking care of this little miracle! Our hearts are full, our eyes are tired and our lives are forever changed. Life is good,” she wrote on Instagram.

She has talked about three previous miscarriages. She is planning a tour that starts in May and June, then starts back up in September and October.  She comes to Atlanta at State Farm Arena October 19

Her current single “Love Wins” is at No. 15 on the Mediabase 24/7 country airplay charts.


Remember season 12 winner Candace Glover? I received a press release yesterday about the SCAD aTVfest in Atlanta February 7 to 9. 

She is now a SCAD sophomore in Atlanta majoring in dramatic writing and taking part in a SCAD comedy “G.R.I.T.S.” 

According to the description of the show: “G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised in the South) is a new sitcom from SCAD dramatic writing alumnus Chad Morton. Tiana ( played by Glover), a natural born leader, runs a soul food restaurant while trying to manage her crazy sister and friends. Episodes tackle societal issues and current events with humor and heart.”

It doesn’t appear the show has a network attached to it. 


NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 22: Alex Hopkins and Lauren Alaina (R) attend the 12th Annual ACM Honors at Ryman Auditorium on August 22, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM)
Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM

Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina broke off her engagement to her long-time boyfriend Alex Hopkins.

They announced their engagement last July after six years of dating.

They released a joint statement on Instagram:

Over the last several years, you have been so supportive of us through all of our ups and downs, including personal struggles with health and family, and we couldn’t be more grateful. You share your lives with us, and we always want to be open with you in return. We want you to let you know that we have decided to call off our engagement. While we still have love for each other, we’ve grown into very different people over the last six years. We are now in a place where we are each looking forward to starting our own fresh, new chapters of our lives. We both love and respect each other and hope you all will do the same. This has not been an easy decision, but we both feel it is the right decision. Thank you always for your love and support.


After the AFC championship game, James Corden paired up with Queen frontman Adam Lambert to do a football-themed parody of   “Don’t Stop Me Now” called “The Show’s Ending Now.”


Daughtry will also join in the pre-game concert fun.

If you have a lot of cash to spare and want to take part in an “NFL experience” package, one of the pre-game parties next week at the Georgia World Congress Center will feature Daughtry.

The packages start at around $2,600 a ticket, which includes entry into the Super Bowl itself. 


“The Kelly Clarkson Show,” a new syndicated talk show set to begin airing later this year, is now cleared in 80 percent of the country

Since it’s an NBCUniversal product, I figure Tegna-owned 11Alive, the local NBC affiliate would pick it up. But 11Alive general manager John Deushane said that is not the case. 

A NBCUniversal spokeswoman said they will have a deal with a specific Atlanta TV station soon. 


Rumors are out that Simon Cowell is thinking of shaking up the “America’s Got Talent” judges panel, which has been stable. Is it true? Who knows? The show remains incredibly popular and the current “Champions” edition is doing well. 

Howie Mandel has been there since season 5. Both Mel B and Heidi Klum have been judges since season 8. Cowell  - who created and executive produces the show - joined season 11. 

Page 6 also said host Tyra Banks is out for sure. 


Dallas resident and season 16 runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson has expressed his admiration for Post Malone and has done covers of him in concert. Here he is doing “Better Now” in total country form. 

Sugarland’s Kristian Bush produced this track and his new single “Left of Me.”

I have been doing Clay Aiken’s Tweet of the Week for awhile now but he has hardly been posting lately on social media so nothing this week of note. 

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.