Celebrity To Host ‘american Idol’ Finalists At Sea

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Post to Facebook Celebrity to host ‘American Idol’ finalists at sea on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1fLPMgX Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Celebrity to host ‘American Idol’ finalists at sea Fran Golden, Special for USA TODAY 12:34 p.m. EDT October 3, 2013 “American Idol” runner-up Blake Lewis will appear on a Celebrity cruise. (Photo: Handout) SHARE 8 CONNECT 43 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Celebrity Cruises is launching a series of concerts, Q&A sessions and autograph signings by finalists from past seasons of the popular Fox TV show American Idol. On the line’s Christmas cruises in the Caribbean, two American Idol singing artists will perform on each sailing. The lineup includes runner-up finalists Bo Bice (fourth season) and Blake Lewis (sixth season), as well as Elliot Yamin, who placed third in the show’s fifth season and whose self-titled album debuted at number one on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number three on the Billboard 200. Also appearing onboard will be Kimberly Caldwell (second season), Melinda Doolittle (sixth season), Matt Giraud (eighth season) and Mikalah Gordon (fourth season). The Caribbean holiday sailings include week-long cruises on the Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Silhouette; a five-day cruise on the Celebrity Constellation; a 10-day cruise on Celebrity Equinox; and a 14-day sailing on the Celebrity Eclipse. The Reflection sails from Miami, the Summit from San Juan and the other ships from Fort Lauderdale. The cruise line scheduled the artists as part of its partnership with Las Vegas-based Nite Raiders entertainment, Celebrity officials said. Fran Golden is the Experience Cruise expert blogger and a contributing editor of Porthole Magazine. She is the co-author of Frommer’s Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call. Golden is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away.

Golf legend Tony Jacklin is the first celebrity to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing

But Strictly judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli all chose to save Macdonald and Manrara, who danced the Tango to Applause by Lady Gaga. Head Judge Len Goodman said: ‘Tony you’ve been one of my golfing heroes all of my life, sadly I have to say I would have gone with Julien and Janette, but you’re still one of my heroes.’ Below par: The pair’s golf-themed Charleston failed to impress the judges ‘It’s been so much fun!’ Tony admitted he was intimidated by the show, but didn’t regret having taken part Dance off: Tony had to take on Julien Macdonald and his partner Janette Manrara during the dance off Speaking after he exited the show, 69-year-old Jacklin, described as the most successful British golf player of his generation, confessed to feeling ‘petrified’ on Saturday before going on stage to perform the Charleston. ‘It was a very, very intimidating situation going on stage in front of 10 million people – I felt like running away half an hour before going on last night but there was security all over the place,’ he joked. ‘That’s the feeling you get, you are just completely petrified.’ Positive: Julian remained in high spirits despite discovering he must dance again The nerves: Jacklin appeared anxious before discovering his fate Support: Tess and the audience showed their supported for Tony ahead of final performance An experience: When he discovered he had to leave the show Tony reflected positively on the experience Relief: Julian was delighted to make it through to the next round of the show But he said the experience had been ‘very positive’ and he had no regrets about taking part in Strictly. ‘I did not want to be the first one out. I gave it my best shot but it was not good enough, so you have to take your punishment, if you like, but overall, it was a very positive experience and I shall look back and think “well I am glad I did that'”,’ he said. ‘If I put my hand on my heart, it was hard work, it was exhausting but I am very, very glad I did it. “I did give it my best. I appreciated what those pros go through and their expertise and their dedication – and meeting all the other celebrities. Last dance: Tony was in high spirits as he performed for the final time First off: The contestants look nervous as they gear up to find out their fate Elated: Deborah Meaden looks ecstatic as she discovers she’s through to next round of the show She’s done it: Susanna Reid couldn’t help but smile as she finds out she’s through ‘It was a wonderful time and a wonderful few weeks.’ Saturday night’s show saw singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, dressed in a 1920s-style gold tasselled Flapper dress, score four nines from the judges after performing the Charleston with dance partner Brendan Cole. But Jacklin, who is originally from Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire, came under fire for his Charleston routine, in which he used a golf club as a prop and wore a bright diamond-patterned golfing style top with plus fours and diamond patterned socks. She deserves it: Vanessa looked close to tears when she discovered she had made it through The Bond girl lives: Fiona Fullerton will be back on the dance floor next week Tonioli remarked: ‘The most exciting thing in that was the jumper,’ and Revel Horwood added: ‘The Charleston should be lively, energetic, frenetic. Unfortunately yours was limp, lame and lacklustre.’ But Goodman defended him, saying: ‘You have only been dancing for about five weeks…

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