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Life after 'American Idol': Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Lopez, Fantasia, Jason Castro

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jennifer Lopez is set to produce and judge a new dance competition show on NBC called "World of Dance."

Lopez, who has a busy schedule with her NBC police drama "Shades of Blue" and her residency in Las Vegas, is going to judge a new NBC reality competition show "World of Dance" which will require dancers to do a broad array of dance - far broader than "So You Think You Can Dance.'

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Season 7 fourth place finalist ">Jason Castro publicly admitted in a testimonial video to a porn addiction. The video is dubbed "I am Second." (Jesus is first in this reference. Watch it below)

"It started out as a small every now and then, then kept growing," Castro said to the camera. By the time he was on the "Idol" tour, he was watching porn multiple times a day. "It was keeping me depressed," he said. "I'd stay all night out of shame. The addictive cycle... I'd keep going. I couldn't stop."

Ultimately, he said he slept with someone on tour. He told his future wife a few months later about the affair and porn addiction. Even after they married, he slipped back. They grew more distant. "I was a coward," he said. "I didn't want to tell her."

Castro then entered a 12-step program, which gave him hope. He has remained married and feels this has helped his personal life. "I am no longer a porn addict or this thing keeping me away from my wife and  my daughter," he said. "I can just be there."


Fantasia last week canceled an "All Lives Matter" concert in Charlotte over logistical issues. She also apologized for even calling the concert that name because it offended some "Black Lives Matter' supporters. She posted this on Instagram:


Kelly Clarkson is scheduled to perform at the White House Christmas tree lighting December 1. Chance the Rapper and Yolanda Adams will join her. The Hallmark Channel will air the special on December 2.


Carrie Underwood joined 30 other country icons past and present for a CMA 50th anniversary video. She sings a portion of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," one of three songs artfully intertwined together with John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and Willie Nelson's 'On the Road Again."

Among the others participating: Randy Travis (who is not fully recovered from heart issues and couldn't perform but appears), Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Nelson, Parton, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Ronnie Milsap, Kacey Musgraves, Trisha Yearwood, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Pride, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, George Strait, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, Brooks & Dunn, Alabama and Eric Church.

Here is Carrie singing "I Will Always Love You" in full:


Last week, Ellen DeGeneres freaked out Carrie when a hockey player popped up out of nowhere, This time, Kellie Pickler gets the "shock' treatment:


Simon Cowell accidentally punched a 'UK X Factor" contestant last week and somewhere this became a big to-do in England:

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.