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'American Idol' notes: Kellie Pickler, Carrie Underwood, Paula Abdul, three alums re-do 'National Anthem'

This was posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by RODNEY HO/ 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.

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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 15: (L-R) Host Ryan Seacrest, Judge Keith Urban and Judge Jennifer Lopez speaks onstage during the "American Idol" panel discussion at the FOX portion of the 2015 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel on January 15, 2016 in Pasadena, California (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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.


LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 06: Singer Anthony Fedorov attends The Music Center's 50th Anniversary Spectacular at The Music Center on December 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for The Music Center)

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.

Here's his story and yes, he name-dropped me.  

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.


NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Constantine Maroulis attends the "Bad Santa 2" New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on November 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

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.

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

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