LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 01: Host Kelly Clarkson presents the Top Artist award during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

‘American Idol’ notes: Kelly Clarkson health scares, Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina, David Archuleta

Originally posted by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Kelly Clarkson had two major health scares earlier this year while taping two TV shows but got through it. 

In a People cover story, Clarkson - promoting her upcoming talk show - said she had appendicitis while hosting the Billboard Music Awards in May and was in massive pain. She had her appendix taken out the next day.

Then just a week later while taping “The Voice,” a cyst burst in her ovary and she needed emergency surgery. 

“That was more painful than the appendicitis,” she told People. “It was literally a week after my surgery so I was freaking out!”

Good news: she is fine now and ready to rock  and try to make a mark in the very fraught land of syndicated talk shows. 

Clarkson’s talk show, which debuts Sept. 9, is a lead-in for “Ellen” in many markets. In Atlanta, she will be played at 2 a.m. on WSB-TV so set up your DVR!

She will be working as a coach alongside Gwen Stefani for the first time on her fourth season of “The Voice.” The show comes back Sept. 23 for season 15, the first without Adam Levine. Blake Shelton is the only coach who has been on every season. 


NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JUNE 07: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Carrie Underwood performs on stage during day 2 for the 2019 CMA Music Festival on June 07, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Carrie Underwood, who will be hosting the CMA Awards in November with Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, received nominations for Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Album of the Year for  “Cry Pretty.”

She has nine CMA Awards and 32 previous nominations. 

Underwood has had at least one nomination every single year since 2006, an incredible 14-year streak. 


Here is the promo photo of Lauren Alaina, now on “Dancing With the Stars.” She is teamed with Gleb Savchenko. This is Savchenko’s seventh appearance on the show. He has never had a dancer finish higher than fourth but it was another country singer Jana Kramer season 23. 

The show returns for season 28 Monday, September 23. 

DANCING WITH THE STARS - With a lineup of celebrities including a supermodel, a former White House press secretary, a Bachelorette, pro-athletes from the NFL and NBA, a Supreme and a TV icon to name a few, "Dancing with the Stars" is waltzing its way into its highly anticipated upcoming 2019 season. The new celebrity cast is adding some glitzy bling to their wardrobe, breaking in their dancing shoes and readying themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, as the show kicks off MONDAY, SEPT. 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Justin Stephens) LAUREN ALAINA
Photo: Justin Stephens/ABC

As a result of her new DWTS commitment, Alaina also had to move her fall tour back to 2020, including a date in Atlanta. Her Buckhead Theatre date October 24 has been pushed back to Feb. 8, 2020. Check her for other date changes. 


Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta’s new video for his pop single “Paralyzed” features ballet dancers and the song shows  he has matured. And yes, he is donning serious facial hair!The man is 28! 


Gabby Barnett, who finished third season 16, released a video for her song “The Good Ones” in honor of her fiance Cade Foehner.

“‘The Good Ones’ is such a special song to me. It’s inspired by my love story with my fiancé Cade, so I knew that the video needed to be just as special,” she recently told People magazine. 

Season 16 winner Maddie Poppe will open for Ingrid Michaelson on a tour in October. 

Michaelson on her social media posted: “Bringing this sweetheart @maddiepoppe on tour as my special guest on The Dramatic Tour OCT 3-OCT 29! There is going to be a lot of harmonizing and fan girling all October long. Bring cookies and scented candles thanks.”

Tour dates are here.  Atlanta is not included. 

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