Carly Smithson


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  • Birth Name: Carly Hennessy
  • Birth Place: Dublin, Ireland
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/12/1983, Virgo
  • Profession: Reality cast member; singer
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Idol's Carly Smithson Teams Up with Ex-Evanescence Members

Chris Daughtry turned down Fuel. Adam Lambert turned down Queen (for now). But Carly Smithson said yes to Evanescence — or to most of them, at least.

The Season 7 American Idol finalist has teamed up with three former members of Evanescence to front a new rock band called The Fallen, the Los Angeles Times reports. The lineup includes Ben Moody, Rocky Gray, John Lecompt — all of whom were in Evanescence — and Marty O'Brian, who was not in the group.

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TV Guide Network's Idol Tonight Welcomes Carly Smithson

This week on TV Guide Network's Idol Tonight, American Idol Season 7 finalist Carly Smithson joins hosts Kimberly Caldwell and Justin Guarini to discuss how the Top 10 performed the night before and to discuss life after American Idol, her recent duet on Idol with Michael Johns and her work in the recording studio.

This week only, because American Idol's Top 10 performance and results shows are each pushed back a day by Tuesday night's presidential news conference, Idol Tonight will air Thursday, March 26, at 7 pm/ET. Idol Tonight regularly airs Wednesdays at 8 pm.

For the latest on American Idol, tune into TV Guide Network's Idol Tonight every Wednesday at 8 pm/ET and Idol Wrap every Friday at 8 pm/ET with co-hosts Kimberly Caldwell and Justin Guarini. Plus get more on your favorite Idols every Friday with American Idol Rewind at 7 pm/ET.

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Tour Update: Kristy Lee and Carly on Missing Their Men

It's been barely over a week since the American Idol tour got underway, but life on the road is already presenting its shining moments and its tougher aspects for the top ten singers. Two of the Idols, Kristy Lee Cook and Carly Smithson, talked to about the mixed bag of hitting the road all summer long.One of the main challenges so far, each confided, is staying connected to their main squeezes. Kristy Lee, who got engaged during Season 7, said she hasn't seen her man at all. "I get to see him on the 10th, but I don't know if he's going to any of the other shows," she lamented, adding, "It's tough. We've had a few 'moments,' because he doesn't understand what's going on, but he's starting to get the picture when I'm like, 'I can't handle this!' But he's getting the picture that he needs to be supportive. He's starting to come around."Carly also admitted that her grueling tour and rehearsal schedule has been hard for both her and her husband. "The whole [thing of] not more


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VIDEO: Michael Johns and Carly Smithson Sing U2

The daytime talk divas are really going all out this week, eh? On yesterday's Ellen, which was filmed in Chicago, former Idol contestants Michael Johns and Carly Smithson gave an exclusive performance, singing a duet version of the U2 classic "One." This was much more fun than the 'repeat performances' we get during their press tour, and it's safe to say Michael Johns, in particular, would have made Bono proud with this one. — Gina DiNunno read more

Video Q&A: Up Close with Carly Smithson

Attention, Carly fans! The lovely, tattooed power-singer stopped by our studio for a one-on-one with Erin Fox. Find out Carly's take on Simon's harshness, singing "Jesus Christ, Superstar," her flawless eyebrows (hey, we had to ask how she gets them so perfect) and what's next for this incredibly talented singer.Miss the latest epidsode of Idol? Don't miss our in-depth recaps. read more

The Idols Reveal Their Most Desired Superpower

You'd figure that the fierceness of the competition has been wearing down on these guys for quite some time now — but that doesn't stop the elite few Idols from showing their goofy side in a behind-the-scenes video. And the question posed to the Top 7 (this was filmed before Carly and Kristy Lee got the boot) — what superpower would you want to possess?Watch the video now! read more

Idol Boss Talks Shocking Exits, Sliding Ratings

The Britweek Launch, held Thursday night at the home of the Consul General, was a little like a ball: Nearly everyone, including the five American Idol contestants had a curfew— but forget the Midnight curfew like Cinderella had — the AI gang had to be out by 8:30!None of the Idol contestants are allowed to talk to the press until after they leave the show, so all they could do for the press was smile politely and pose for photos. Off-camera, one journalist asked Jason Castro how long it took to get his dreadlocks. The answer: 15 hours for the initial process (for real?) and a few months to let it all develop. He said he was excited to be doing Neil Diamond songs next week and that no, he wasn't planning on singing "Memory" again any time soon.Inside the garden party, where guests dined on fish and chips, Syesha chatted with friends and was overheard to say, presumably about her fate on the show, "Whatever happens, it's all good."American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe has no... read more

Controversy Could Have Kiboshed Idol's Carly Smithson

What would Jesus do? Isn't that always the question? Who knows, he might have said, "My child, that was a little pitchy for me."The New York Times speculates that the controversy surrounding "Jesus Christ Superstar," the movie theme song sung by Carly Smithson this week on American Idol, may have contributed to her ouster. She received the lowest number of votes among the six remaining contestants.Since the movie's release 35 years ago, the song has come under scrutiny by Christians. Many believe it portrays Jesus as unsure of his role as a religious icon. So, Idol followers, what do you think? Did Carly get caught up in controversy, or were there just simply five better performances than hers? — J.R. Whalen read more

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