‘American Idol’ notes: David Cook, Danny Gokey, Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 07: Recording artist David Cook performs onstage during FOX’s “American Idol” Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Posted Friday, February 16, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk

David Cook has joined the Broadway production of “Kinky Boots.”

He will play the role of Charlie Price, the son of a shoe factory owner who reluctantly takes over his father’s business. He’ll be at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre starting April 3 through May 5.

This is Cook’s first time on Broadway where many other Idols have thrived, including Fantasia, Constantine Maroulis and Diana DeGarmo.

“I love the collaborative aspect of theater, the idea of being part of a creative team and working it out in front of an audience each night,” Cook said in a statement. “I can’t wait to join this incredible cast in Kinky Boots including the very talented Wayne Brady and Kirstin Maldonado.”

“Kinky Boots” has been on Broadway since 2013 and has won several Tonys.

Cook has also released his new EP “Chromance.”

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Danny Gokey landed a No. 1 hit last year on the Christian pop chart. CREDIT: publicity photo

Danny Gokey, after a successful run on BMG, has changed labels.

According to Billboard, he is now part of Capitol Christian Music Group.

He had a great run with BMG, where he generated two hit Christian albums with several hit singles including “Rise” and “Hope in Front of Me.”

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Kelly Clarkson is doing a webisode series! Yah! And she sings her next single “I  Don’t Think About You!”

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Ruben Studdard is performing twice in Atlanta in two weeks later this fall at two different venues and events. CREDIT: Getty Images

It’s about time! Ruben Studdard is releasing an album that honors Luther Vandross next month!

He is touring, too. No Atlanta dates yet but you can check out his tour schedule here. 

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Carrie Underwood’s recent injuries and her husband’s return to hockey have fueled the tabloid magazines. She is typically not a controversial figure but the tabs clearly think she can sell copies. And aware of the rumors about her marriage, she went to US magazine to counter the other narrative as seen on InTouch.

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David Archuleta covers Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” with Nathan Pacheco:

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Clay Aiken’s Tweet of the week:


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