‘American Idol’ notes: Queen + Adam Lambert, Ryan Seacrest, Paul McDonald

Originally posted Thursday, December 6, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Queen with Adam Lambert are finally coming to Atlanta next year August 22 at State Farm Arena as part of a North American tour next summer.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Dec. 7 at LiveNation.com at 10 a.m. EST.

Lambert has been touring with Queen since 2012. Lambert last came to Atlanta in 2016 to perform solo at the Tabernacle.

The Rhapsody Tour – North America 2019

Wed Jul 10 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Fri Jul 12 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Sun Jul 14 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
Tue Jul 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Fri Jul 19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Tue Jul 23 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Wed Jul 24 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Sat Jul 27 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Sun Jul 28 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Tue Jul 30 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
Wed Jul 31 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Sat Aug 03 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Sun Aug 04 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
Tue Aug 06 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Fri Aug 09 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Sat Aug 10 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Tue Aug 13 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Thu Aug 15 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Sat Aug 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
Sun Aug 18 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Tue Aug 20 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Thu Aug 22 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
Fri Aug 23 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center


Maddie Poppe sang "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" at the recent ABC Disney holiday special.


Credit: Vivien Killilea

Credit: Vivien Killilea

Ryan Seacrest remains unmarried and he parried a question from ET with deflected humor.

At the KIIS FM's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball last Friday night, e he said his family isn't pressuring him to get married to his girlfriend Shayna Taylor because they're too distracted by his sister Meredith having a baby.

“They don't even know I exist,” he said, before adding that he’s so excited to be a first-time uncle, he’s been honing his baby-handling skills.


Kelly Clarkson performed "Heat" on "The Voice" this week. This was a strange week where Adam Levine had his two remaining team members in the bottom three. One was going to be eliminated for sure. But one of his singers Reagan Strange was not there for some unspecified illness. Instead of supporting DeAndre Nico, who did perform, he pushed folks to vote for Strange, who did end up moving forward. There was a lot of outrage on social media though folks did appreciate Clarkson supporting Nico. 
She will be performing for Carson Daly's New Year's show, taping her part in advance.

I cover both "American Idol" and "The Walking Dead." A few years ago, the show used a song written by season 9 winner Lee DeWyze. Now season 10 singer Paul McDonald is dating Emily Kinney, who was Maggie's sister Beth on "Walking Dead" from season two through five.

She is a musician as well and after they started dating, they also began collaborating professionally as Sweetheart Deal.

“I mean, we’re both artsy. We’re kind of outside the box in a lot of things. And we both work real hard,” McDonald told Yahoo Entertainment.

Read more here.


Clay Aiken Tweet of the Week

He’s still in primo promo mode:

And get a preview taste of the show here. Show starts at about the 2:30 point...