Life after ‘American Idol’: Carrie Underwood, Sundance Head, Kelly Clarkson, Kat McPhee, Adam Lambert

THE VOICE -- "Battle Rounds" -- Pictured: Sundance Head -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

THE VOICE — “Battle Rounds” — Pictured: Sundance Head — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

This was posted on Rodney Ho’s AJC Radio & TV Talk blog on Friday, October 14, 2016

Sundance Head is the latest former “American Idol” contestant to be featured on “The Voice.” He made the top 16 on “Idol” season 6, just missing the top 12.

Of course, “The Voice” never acknowledges a singer’s prior reality show efforts. Why should they?

Head, who at 37 is clearly older but still very much in the southern soul/country lane, beat out 56-year-old Dan Schafer to make it past the Battle Rounds. Usually, that round will cut the top 48 down to 32 with two steals per team. The two relatively older singers were placed in a duet singing Bad Company’s “Feels Like Makn’ Love.”

Both sang well but Head possessed far more charisma and his voice soared. It was an easy call for his coach Blake Shelton.

My original story about Sundance after his initial audition. 

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Carrie Underwood was nominated in the top 10 for artist of the year for the American Music Awards. She’s the lone country artist. The other nine: Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots and The Weeknd.

Here’s her official “Dirty Laundry” video. This is her fourth single of “Storyteller” following hits , “Smoke Break,” “Heartbeat” and “Church Bells.” It’s already in the top 20 on the country charts. Virtually everything she releases finishes in the top 2 and that has not changed more than 11 years past her “Idol” win.

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Kelly Clarkson released a kid’s book earlier this month called ‘River Rose and the Magical Lullaby.”

She has been doing a book tour. The Tennessean captures her reading it.

The characters in the book are River Rose – her daughter – and her now passed-away dog Joplin.

“Being a working mom is always really hard,” Clarkson said. “It’s really cool that this specific project, I get to bring kids along.”

And she did a Diabetes Dare Dance with her daughter to “Push It.” It’s too adorable for words:

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Adam Lambert is a judge on “X Factor Australia.” Watch him duet “I Want to Break Free” with a contestant. I hope Adam judges “The Voice” or some other reality show stateside one day! You will see him play Eddie on Fox’s upcoming “Rocky Horror Picture Show” revival on October 20.

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"It Isn't the Fall That Kills You" -- When Walter is accidentally launched into space in a rocket, he hallucinates about Paige as his oxygen runs low, and Team Scorpion works feverishly to find a way to bring him home before he suffocates, on SCORPION, Monday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Katharine McPhee as Paige Dineen, Elyes Gabel as Walter O'Brien. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

“It Isn’t the Fall That Kills You” — When Walter is accidentally launched into space in a rocket, he hallucinates about Paige as his oxygen runs low, and Team Scorpion works feverishly to find a way to bring him home before he suffocates, on SCORPION, Monday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Katharine McPhee as Paige Dineen, Elyes Gabel as Walter O’Brien. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Walter, the lead character on CBS’s “Scorpion,” confessed his love to Paige, Katharine McPhee‘s character, while stuck in space and trying to get back down to earth in an episode this week. But Walter remembers none of it.

“Although it’s fantasy when Paige is down on Earth speaking to Walter, there are real feelings and real, truthful things coming out, even though he’s hallucinating essentially,” McPhee tells EW. “It’s heartbreaking more than it is satisfying because there’s this sort of aspect of their relationship that, at least this far, feels like it can never be.”

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Clay Aiken recently attended a Donald Trump rally and felt more empathy for his supporters than he had before.


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