Taylor, Katharine, and Kellie’s albums will be released on the same day

November 14 will be a big day for American Idol 5 fans: it’s the day that albums from Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee, and Kellie Pickler will all be released.

As Variety notes, “The only one left out of the equation is Chris Daughtry, who has inked with 19 Recordings/RCA Records. His album, slated for the fourth quarter, has no firm release date.” 19 Entertainment manages all four singers, the largest number of finalists the company has ever signed.

Kellie Pickler recently signed with 19 Entertainment, and also appeared as a one-day co-host on The View. Her guest appearance was well-received by the show’s newest member, Rosie O’Donnell. Rosie wrote on her blog, and the caps are all hers, “PICK PICKLER!! THAT KID / TODAY ON THE VIEW / PERFECTION!!! / TRIPLE LOVE HER”

This fall will be full of Idol-related releases. So far, we have:

  • Sept. 12, Mario Vazquez (first album)
  • Sept. 19, Clay Aiken (third album)
  • Sept. 26, Ruben Studdard (third album)
  • Oct. 17, Fantasia (second album)
  • Nov. 14, Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler (first albums)
  • early 2007, Kelly Clarkson (third album)
‘Idol’s’ dating game [Variety]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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