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‘American Idol’ notes: Kelly Clarkson, Lauren Alaina, Carrie Underwood, Maddie Poppe

Originally posted Tuesday, October 8, 2019 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Kelly Clarkson will return for season 18 of “The Voice” this spring as a coach joining John Legend and Blake Shelton as well as first-time coach Nick Jonas.

And so far, her talk show continues to do well (and in Atlanta, was moved to a much better time slot last week). 

Here are a few of her recent Kellyoke performances:

But this was especially cool: Kal Penn and Clarkson covering “Gin & Juice.”

Kristin Chenoweth and Kelly Clarkson just start singing  mid interview just because they can:


Season 10 runner up Lauren Alaina is doing well on “Dancing With the Stars” so far. During week four, she received a 32 out of 40 on her foxtrot (Leah Remini was pointlessly a guest judge). That placed her in a tie for first with Kel Mitchell, Hannah Brown and Sailor Brinkley.

She dedicated her dance to a cousin who suffered a coma.

“I had a crazy, crazy week,” Alaina told co-host Erin Andrews on Monday’s episode. “My cousin Holly had a brain bleed and she slipped into a coma earlier this week. I went home and we missed a few days of rehearsals. And I was like really stressed and my family told me to come here and I want to dedicate the dance to you, Holly.”

Lamar Odom was eliminated following Ray Lewis’ injury departure last week. So Sean Spicer survives another week. 


NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JUNE 05: Cade Foehner and Gabby Barrett attend the 2019 CMT Music Awards - Arrivals at Bridgestone Arena on June 05, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

“American Idol” couple from season 16 Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner got married over the weekend. 

They had their wedding in Garrison, Texas, on Saturday in front of 100 guests at wedding. (People of course has the details.)

They are the second “Idol” marriage after Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo, who got hitched six years ago. 

Barrett and Foehner met two years ago when ABC first began airing the show and they finished third and fourth place respectively.

Runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson (who was at the wedding) and winner Maddie Poppe are still dating. 


Carrie Underwood performed “Low” last week on “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” That may be her next single. 

Underwood’s most recent song “Southbound” just hit No. 1 on Mediabase 24/7 airplay and has fallen to No. 2. It peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard country chart. 

She also spoke to Colbert about her time on “Idol,” talking about never flying before auditioning for the show 15 years ago and that she got college credit for being on the show.


Maddie Poppe’s last single “Made You Miss” peaked at No. 21 on the Hot AC charts, not quite qualifying as a hit. So her label is trying again with a new single “Not Losing You.”

The song, she said, was inspired in part by Caleb.  

“He was having an off night and telling me how he felt, and talking to him ended up inspiring the lyrics.” Maddie said, “One of the coolest things is that it started with these random piano chords my producer was playing when I got to the studio the next day—it was just something he’d made up right on the spot, but I loved it so much that we turned it into a song.”

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