Acworth worship chief Camryn Leigh Smith obtained the distinction of being the primary singer on the 18th season debut of “American Idol” Sunday evening on ABC. 

(ABC is selling this as season 3, which it’s on that individual community after 15 on Fox.)

At age 16, she got here throughout as candy and picked up. The audition itself went about in addition to any audition might go. She carried out a nuanced, assured tackle “Huge White Room,” by Jessie J

“It’s been my tune for eight years,” Camryn stated in an interview. (She had back-up songs able to go simply in case together with “A Million Causes” by Pink and the Fugees model of “Killing Me Softy.”)

Smith stated coming into the audition with the precise perspective in Savannah made a distinction.

“I used to be not freaking out due to my mindset. If I bought a golden ticket, that’s wonderful, an incredible alternative. If I don’t, I do know that’s not what I used to be presupposed to do. It was enjoyable. I used to be singing in entrance of well-known individuals however they’re simply individuals. And so they had been good!” 

There was a second throughout an interview with the producers the place they requested her if she had ever been to Hollywood and he or she regarded flustered and stated, “Is that in California? L.A.?”

If truth be told, she stated she went to Hollywood as a toddler throughout a two-week household journey that additionally included the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. She simply blanked out.

Smith stated she has been writing her personal unique songs, a couple of relationship gone dangerous, friendships, her religion. 

She is from a church household they usually attend 4 Factors Church in Acworth. 

However like Katy Perry, she desires to sing secular music as properly. She started taking voice classes at age eight and found the likes of Tori Kelly, Christina Aguilera and Jessie J. 

Dwelling-schooled since first grade, she is graduating in Could a 12 months early and planning to attend Hillsong School in Arizona whereas specializing in her music profession. 

Camryn beforehand tried out for “America’s Received Expertise” and “The Voice” when she was a lot youthful however she stated now could be simply the precise time in her improvement to succeed at a expertise present of this caliber.

The judges had been duly impressed together with her audition and Perry gave her a standing ovation.

“While you dug into that be aware towards the tip,” Perry stated, “it gave me hope for the third season of ‘American Idol.’”

Luke Bryan added: “It’s so pure and simple for you at this age is simply outstanding. So I’m an enormous time sure.”


Not surprisingly, the opening Nielsen numbers for “Idol” had been down from season 17: 8.1 million and a 1.5 18-49 score vs. 8.65 million and a 1.7 18-49 score a 12 months in the past. It’s a comparatively modest dropoff and a far cry from the present’s peak in its early years when rankings would exceed 30 million. (No person will get these kinds of numbers anymore)

Rankings are falling throughout the board for practically all broadcast TV exhibits as increasingly more of us go to streaming providers.

And right here is the complete schedule this season, which is able to characteristic 18 episodes. Final 12 months, they did 19. Though the season begins earlier, there are fewer Monday episodes. 

Sunday Feb 16 – Auditions (8-10 ET/PT)

Sunday Feb 23 – Auditions (8-10 ET/PT)

Sunday Mar 1 – Auditions (8-10 ET/PT)

Sunday Mar 8 – TBA (8-10 ET/PT)

Sunday Mar 15 – TBA (8-10 ET/PT) 
Monday Mar 16 – TBA (8-10 ET/PT)

Sunday Mar 22 – TBA (8-10 ET/PT)
Monday Mar 23 – TBA (8-10 ET/PT)

Sunday Mar 29 – TBA (8-10 ET/PT)
Monday Mar 30 – TBA (8-10 ET/PT)

Sunday Apr 5 – TBA (8-10 ET/PT)
Monday Apr 6 – TBA (8-10 ET/PT)

Sunday Apr 12 – TBA (8-10 ET/PT)

Sunday Apr 19 – TBA (8-10 ET/PT)

Sunday Apr 26 – TBA (8-10 ET/PT)

Sunday Could 3 – TBA (8-10 ET/PT)

Sunday Could 10 – TBA (8-10 ET/PT)

Sunday Could 17 – TBA (8-10 ET/PT)


I noticed Lauren Alaina reside earlier this month at Buckhead Theatre, a part of a sold-out tour. This was her final solo date earlier than opening for Blake Shelton.

What’s so nice about Alaina is that regardless of all of the challenges she has confronted through the years, from bulimia to a stepdad’s loss of life to vocal points to public boyfriend break-ups, she comes out nonetheless shining vibrant.
Alaina, who favored comfortable sparkly attire that evening, sung her largest hits together with her No. 1 sing “A Street Much less Travelled” and some minor ones that the viewers handled like massive hits. 

She and her band had been tremendous tight and several other occasions, she synced precisely to the music video behind her. 

Alaina additionally wrote a tune for her stepdad, who handed a few years in the past from most cancers, referred to as “The Different Facet.” She instructed the viewers about how indignant she was at God about his sickness however on his loss of life mattress, he instructed the household he noticed heaven and was amazed. “There was a lot peace inside that home throughout a time of darkness,” she stated. (She danced to the tune throughout “Dancing With the Stars,” which she stated was a spotlight of her time there.)

Alaina additionally praised her mother and father and regardless of the actual fact they had been under no circumstances rich, “I didn’t know we had been poor. We had an entire lot of affection in that home” in Rossville, GA, she stated. She then promoted her basis My Kinda Folks, which provides cash to different charities. 

A number of of the songs she sang (together with “The Different Facet” and her single “Girls of the ‘90s”) will land on an EP “Getting Good” she is planning to launch early subsequent month. 


Jennifer Hudson carried out a stunning tribute to Kobe Bryant throughout the NBA All-Star sport over the weekend. The tune? “For All We Know.”


Carrie Underwood is releasing an inspirational e-book subsequent month referred to as “Discover Your Path” and doing a small e-book tour hitting Los Angeles, New York Connecticut and Nashville. 

Her present single “Consuming Alone” is struggling, caught at No. 30 on the Mediabase nation airplay charts. It might wind up being her worst-performing single of her profession partially as a result of it’s in contrast to anything she has ever launched as a single.


Nick Jonas is the brand new coach and the opposite three (John Legend, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson) be part of him to sing “Jealous.” Its 18th season debuts Feb. 24. Sure, the present has been airing two cycles a 12 months so it now has caught as much as “Idol” in seasons. 

For an Australian Fireplace Combat fundraiser, Adam Lambert + Queen re-created the band’s unique six-song Reside Support set from 1985. Highlights from the live performance will air on Fox TV on Saturday, February 29 from 11 p.m. to midnight. 

For any followers of both the band and/or Lambert, it is a deal with:


“Idol” singles watch

Nation #15 and climbing: “I Hope” Gabby Barrett

Nation #23 and climbing: “In Between” Scotty McCreeery

Nation #30 and climbing: “Consuming Alone” Carrie Underwood

Nation #49 and falling: “Getting Good” Lauren Alaina

City AC #12 and stalled: “PTSD” Fantasia

Christian AC: #30 and climbing: “Wished” Danny Gokey

Christian AC: #37 and climbing: “Means Maker” Mandisa


tI’m unsure what to make of the social media battle occurring between Maddie Poppe and Cade Foehner from season 16. He first wrote that his spouse Gabby Barrett could be an enormous star, the largest ever from season 16. Maddie took problem with this. Then he modified it to her being probably the most profitable Idol alum ever. That didn’t make issues higher.

MJ has the complete lengthy sequence right here. 

Socia media trolls harassed him some extra after which he made issues worse by citing Christ.


Kelly Clarkson Kellyoke performances of latest classic together with “Dancing On My Personal” by Robyn, “Hopelessly Dedicated to You” by Olivia Newton-John, “Right here’s a Quarter (Name Somebody Who Cares)” by Travis Tritt, “We Belong” by Pat Benatar, “I’m With You” by Avril Lavigne and “Poisonous” by Britney Spears.