Look for country veteran Reba McEntire to make a guest appearance on the special "American Idol in Vegas," which airs Monday (Sept. 23) on Fox. "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson has previously cit
Look for country veteran Reba McEntire to make a guest appearance on the special "American Idol in Vegas," which airs Monday (Sept. 23) on Fox. "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson has previously cited McEntire as her favorite entertainer; during the program, the two singers duet on McEntire's Grammy-winning hit "Does He Love You?"
"American Idol in Vegas" was taped Sept. 18 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and features the TV competition's 30 semifinalists performing solo and together. The special also includes footage of the singers performing at such local landmarks such as the Vegas Strip and Fremont Street, among others.
Clarkson's first single, "Before Your Love/A Moment Like This" (RCA Records), is expected to rocket to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 next week on the strength of retail sales of the single, released Sept. 17. The music video for "Before Your Love" will premiere during the special, while Clarkson performs "A Moment Like This" on stage.
One of the heavily promoted aspects of the special was that viewers would be able vote for Clarkson's next single. However, Fox says that aspect has been removed from "American Idol in Vegas." Fox also plans to air an "American Idol" holiday special Dec. 17. Auditions for "American Idol 2" will begin in January 2003.
Meanwhile, the commercial release of Clarkson's debut single and album are what "American Idol" fans are most looking forward to, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll about upcoming "Idol"-related events. Of 5,549 voters, 37% said that they couldn't wait to get their hands on the "Before Your Love/A Moment Like This" single and the as-yet-untitled album, which as previously reported, has been bumped from a planned Nov. 26 release to sometime in early 2003.
Another 13% said they're most looking forward to the second season of the show, which Fox has planned for early next year. An additional 8% claim the Las Vegas reunion special is what they're most excited for, while 37% of those taking part denied being interested in "American Idol" at all.
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