'American Idol' Roundup: Jordin Sparks Goes Broadway 05/04/2010, BuddyTV
On tonight's American Idol recap, we finally get an explanation for that sudden change of themes during Top 11 week. Adam Lambert's also here, but first, a little surprise.
Here goes: Jordin Sparks goes Broadway! JustJared.com reports that the season 6 winner is joining the cast of the musical In the Heights for a 12-week engagement, kicking off on August 19. "It's always been one of my dreams to perform on Broadway," she said. "This is a brand new experience for me." She's set to take on the role of Nina Rosario.
We finally have an explanation for that last minute switch of themes during Top 11 week, when Teen Idols week became Billboard #1 Hits week. During her stay at the If I Can Dream house, recently eliminated Siobhan Magnus told the Los Angeles Times that the song list was just so bad. "Two people wanted Jackson 5, two wanted Michael Jackson, two wanted to do the Monkees," she said. Executive producer Ken Warwick wasn't happy, apparently: "He was, like, 'Never have I had so many people want the same thing!' So after we'd been rehearsing all day, everything got halted, and we had to wait for a few hours while they made a new list of songs."
Adam Lambert confirms on his Twitter page that "If I Had You" will be the third single off his hit debut For Your Entertainment. "Shooting the video in the next couple of weeks," he tweeted. "S'gonna be epic!" While it's still weeks away before you can hear it on the radio, Adam also posted the album art, and it looks... glam-tastic, of course:
And finally, Randy Jackson signs up former Idol contestant Kimberley Locke to his newly-founded dance label, DreamMerchant21. "I feel compelled with the music that I am hearing in 2010 to start this kind of label," the judge said. "I want to make a difference within this genre and bring good energy and great music to all!" No word yet on when the label's first project will hit shelves.