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Life after 'American Idol': Carrie Underwood, Kris Allen, Kellie Pickler, Adam Lambert

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Carrie Underwood has been singing songs for NFL's Sunday Night Football for years.

This fall, she is doing a new version of her hit duet with Miranda Lambert "Something Bad" with revised lyrics for the NFL. Here's the original, which hit No. 1 in 2014 on the country chart.

For 10 years, the network has used a revised version of Joan Jett's "I Hate Myself For Lovin' You" called "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night." Pink, Faith Hill, then Underwood herself sang it.

"The song had lasted 10 years, but I didn't know how much more we could stay with the song without it feeling routine," Fred Gaudelli, the executive producer of Sunday Night Football, told the Associated Press.

This was Faith Hill's version:


LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Kris Allen (L) and Katy O'Connell attend the 2014 Unbridled Eve Derby Gala during the 140th Kentucky Derby at Galt House Hotel & Suites on May 2, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for York Sisters, LLC)

Season 8 winner Kris Allen just had his second child with his wife Katy O'Connell.

Rose Elizabeth Allen was born in Nashville at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday. She weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz., and measured 19 inches long, according to People. His son Oliver was born in 2013 and is about to turn three.

My interview with Allen from March before his April appearance at Eddie's Attic. 


LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 01: Singer Kellie Pickler performs onstage at the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 1, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for ACM)

Kellie Pickler has split with her record label Black River Entertainment.

Black River was unable to create chart magic for Pickler. None of her singles while under the label made the country top 40.

She will be on "Celebrity Family Feud" Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC going up against Lance Bass and his family.


NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 10: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been converted to black and white.) Adam Lambert - "The Original High" Tour stops at The Ryman Auditorium on March 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Adam Lambert will be a judge on "The X Factor" in Australia for season eight.

"I am very excited to join X Factor in Australia and am looking forward to helping people shine their brightest," Lambert told the Australian Telegraph. "Australia has always been one of my favorite places to tour.  The Aussies I've met are so kind and good humored -- so the thought of getting to live in Sydney is exciting."

He subbed in for Keith Urban briefly season 14 for "American Idol" and helped shepherd through eventual winner Nick Fradiani and third-place finisher Jax.  He was the first former "Idol" to judge. He also saw crooner Sal Valentinetti, who didn't make it out of Hollywood that season but re-appeared on "America's Got Talent' this season.

Someone posted the entire "Idol" episode featuring Lambert on YouTube. (I guess Fox doesn't really care anymore at this point.) I"m re-watching this episode. Makes me miss the show. Sniff.

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

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