LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 24: Singer/songwriter Kelly Clarkson performs at the Sands Cares INSPIRE 2019 charity concert benefiting local nonprofit organizations at The Venetian Las Vegas on May 24, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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‘American Idol’ notes: Kelly Clarkson, Ryan Seacrest, Haley Reinhart, Lauren Alaina

Originally posted Tuesday, July 30, 2019 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The syndicated “Kelly Clarkson Show” is cleared in 100 percent of markets across the United States.

In Atlanta, it will be seen on ABC affiliate WSB-TV. Unfortunately, it didn’t get a premium time: 2 a.m. So unless you’re a night crawler, you will have to use your DVR.

In many markets, Clarkson is teamed up with “Ellen” in the afternoons. It bumped Steve Harvey’s show in several cities, which led to that show’s cancellation. (In Atlanta, he is on Fox 5, which will replace him with “Divorce Court.”)

Clarkson’s show launches September 9. 

Despite her fundamental likability, she faces steep odds for success. More celebrity talkers fail than succeed. Among those who have failed in recent years: Queen Latifah, Anderson Cooper, Meredith Vieira, Katie Couric, Harry Connick Jr.

Clarkson’s show will be shot before a live audience in Los Angeles. 

“Pickler & Ben” featuring Kellie Pickler did okay but was cancelled this year after three seasons. 


Ryan Seacrest was almost denied entry into Jennifer Lopez’s 50th birthday party. 

“So, I get there, very excited because she personally invited me,” Ryan explained to his co-host Kelly Ripa on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” last week. “So I get to the front and [the guy] has a list and I see there are a bunch of Ryans … and he says, ‘Well, you’re not on the list.’”

Ryan continued: “This is a true story. So I say, ‘Cleary there must be a mistake … she invited me personally. Can I see the list?’ Well, sure enough … there’s no Ryan Seacrest.”

He had to wait to the side like a non-VIP until the issue was cleared up. 


Laine Hardy and most of the rest of this past season’s top 10 performed in Seattle for the Museum of Flights moon landing 50th anniversary


New York City auditions for season 18 featured visits by Justin Guarini and Madison Vandenburg


Chris Young released a duet with Lauren Alaina called “Town Ain’t Big Enough.”

“I love her voice and had done a couple of radio things with her and was like, ‘I want her to be on this song and she would be perfect for it,’” Young told Taste of Country. “So I sent it to her manager and they immediately hit me back and said absolutely.”

Jessica Sanchez, runner up from season 11, sang “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” on the season finale of the Phillippines version of “Idol.” She now goes by JES. 

Her latest single is “Angels.”

Haley Reinhart decided to take her song title “Deep Water” literally by doing part of her performance in a living room set up in a pool under water.

She told Forbes: 

This video was one of the most ambitious things I’ve ever taken on. But hey, I’ve always been up for a good challenge. Just before plummeting into the water, I got a few safety tips from our amazing camera operator, Brett Stanley. I had to take three deep breaths in and out. After my last inhale, I needed to exhale as much as possible, and then submerge eight feet underwater. I basically had to find the breath or air from within! As difficult as this was in different ways, I stayed present throughout and enjoyed the crazy '70s styled living room that was dressed up at the bottom of the pool. So I was doing a photo shoot some time ago on an old timey car with a velvet suit on and that’s where I met the director, Naomi Christie. 


- Carrie Underwood “Southbound” Country chart: 12

- Maddie Poppe “Made You Miss” Hot AC: 22

- Kelly Clarkson “Broken & Beautiful” Hot AC: 39

- Fantasia “Enough” Urban AC: 4

- Danny Gokey “Haven’t Seen It Yet”: Christian AC: 1

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