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

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Recording artist Phillip Phillips performs on stage during 10th Annual Stand Up For Heroes at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

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.

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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)

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.

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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.

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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)

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.

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

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.

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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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