Baby-faced singer-songwriter Gabe Lopez has been most widely known as an American Idol's best friend: He produced Season 1 contestant Jim Verraros' unrelentingly catchy Rollercoaster CD (as well as its infectious club hit, "You Turn It On"), and now he's working with former Idol wannabe and Coca-Cola vocalist Angela Peel on her rock debut.
"When I'm producing other artists like Jim or Angela, I'm always happy when I see that look on their face that says, 'That's it! That's what I want!read more
Shortly after TV Guide reported that General Hospital teenager Lucas Jones would be coming out, the ABC sudser issued an even more surprising announcement about his portrayer: "Ryan Carnes has decided to move on... and the cast and crew wish him well in all of his future professional endeavors." What's more, the recurring role of Lucas has been recast with Ben Hogestyn, the 21-year-old son of Days of our Lives star Drake Hogestyn.
While GH's rep had no comment on why Carnes quit, a source close to the situation tells TVGuide.com that the 22-year-old actor feared being typecast playing yet another gay character. Carnes already appears on Desperate Housewives as Justin, the gardener who was caught canoodling with Bree Van De Kamp's son, Andrew. He also costarred with openly gay American Idol finalist read more
First-season American Idol finalist Jim Verraros stands out in two major ways. He happens to be the sole openly gay Idol thus far. And far from fading into obscurity like most of his fellow pop-star wannabes, Verraros has commenced a respectable showbiz career since getting voted off the show. His catchy song "You Turn It On" — from his risqué new album Rollercoaster — recently hit No. 21 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. He's also undergone quite an image change from geek to chic. In this Q&A, Verraros verifies for TVGuide.com that there is life after AI.TVGuide.com: You look so different since we first saw you. Where are the glasses? Did you do a lost episode of Extreme Makeover to repackage yourself for pop stardom?Jim Verraros: American Idol was three years ago. I was 19 on the show; I'm 22 now. Change just naturread more