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Life after 'American Idol': Phillip Phillips, Carrie Underwood, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson

This was posted by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog on Monday, November 28, 2016

Georgia native and season 11 "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips will be headlining a Christmas benefit concert in Gainesville December 9 for  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

It will be held at Brenau University's Pearce Auditorium from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $200.

Sam Woolf from "Idol" season 13 will also be there, along with "America's Got Talent' singer Svet.



LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 26: EDITORS NOTE: Image was processed using digital filters) Singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood performs during a stop of The Storyteller Tour at T-Mobile Arena on November 26, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Carrie Underwood expressed doubts about kids to Redbook before she had Isaiah.

“I was always like, ‘I don’t know about kids. I’m not sure. I think we’re fine. We have a good life. Why would we go messing with it,'” Underwood said.

“It was true, and I think a lot of people feel like that. But he’s the missing piece I didn’t know I was missing,” she said of her little boy.



Clay Aiken, a long-time North Carolina resident, is considering a pad in New York City, according to the New York Post. He was spotted house hunting in the Financial District.


NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Fantasia performs onstage during the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for VH1)

In a People magazine staple, a celebrity (in this case, Fantasia!) reveals her weight-loss secrets!

Her secret isn't all that exciting: high protein, low carb diet and exercise. She lost 20 pounds. The most recent Getty photo of her above is from July.


HAIRSPRAY LIVE! -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: Jennifer Hudson -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

My colleague Melissa Ruggieri got to meet Jennifer Hudson on the set of "Hairspray Live" a few days back.

Hudson is going to duet with Ariana Grande on December 7 on NBC during the live show. Details here.


Chart update:

Carrie Underwood "Dirty Laundry": No. 9 country

Lauren Alaina: "Road Less Travelled" No. 19 country

Trent Harmon: "There's A Girl" No. 31 country

Kelly Clarkson: "It's Quiet Uptown No. 47 hot AC

Nick Fradiani: "All On You" No. 34 (peaked at No. 28) Top 40

Fantasia: "Sleeping With the One I Love" No. 7 Urban AC

La'Porsha Renae: "Good Woman" No. 17 Urban AC

Danny Gokey : "Rise" No. 12 Christian AC

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