American Idol News – Bucky Covington Gets Record Deal, Mandisa Writing Book, Kellie Pickler In Hockey Brawl
January 04, 2007 12:41 AM by Joe Reality
Alabama might be famous for producing American Idols, but Tennessee seems to be the state where they come to live after Idol. From American Idol 4, Carrie Underwood, Bo Bice, Scott Savol, & Jessica Sierra all settled in the Nashville, Tennessee area. From American Idol 5, Bucky Convington, Mandisa Hundley (already a resident before Idol), and Kellie Pickler all now call Tennessee home.
Bucky Covington has become the latest American Idol 5 finalist to sign a record deal. According to the USA Today’s Idol Chatter Blog, Bucky Covington has signed with Lyric Street Records in Nashville, Tennessee. Bucky’s debut single “A Different World” is scheduled to be released to country radio on January 16, 2007, and his debut album is scheduled for release on April 17, 2007. Lyric Street Records is also the label of American Idol 2 finalist Josh Gracin.
Mandisa also recently signed a record deal with a Nashville based Christian label and is currently working on a book. The Tennessean reports that Mandisa doubted God after losing on American Idol, but writing a book helped her realize that God had already provided her everything she needs. The book is going to be called IDOLeyes and will address Mandisa’s food addiction and derogatory comments made about her weight by Simon Cowell.
The Tennessean also reported that Kelly Pickler became involved in a hockey brawl. According to entertainment columnist Beverly Keel, Kelly Pickler attended a Nashville Predators hockey game on Saturday. After the game, Pickler joined Predators Jordin Tootoo and Scottie Upshall at a Nashville bar called the Tin Roof. After Pickler did a handstand in an attempt to cure hiccups, a pretend hockey fight started. Pickler ended up on the bottom of the pile, which resulted in a knot on her forehead.