This week, the ex-contestants on our exclusive EW.com panel — Kimberley, Ace, Anthony, and Amy — tackle those most pressing of issues: Is Sanjaya really a great entertainer, as Randy claimed? Did LaKisha disrespect music legend Tony Bennett? And is Phil a budding Chairman of the Board, as Paula asserted — or best suited to perform for the not-quite-living, as Simon maintained?
MEET OUR PANELISTS: Kimberley Locke just released a new single, ”Change,” in advance of her May 1 album Based on a True Story (Curb Records), and the song has already broken into the top 15 on the Adult Contemporary charts. (Previously, her ”8th World Wonder” was a top 10 Billboard hit.) Currently finishing up her stint on the upcoming season of VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, she will also be a new spokesperson for Jenny Craig.
Amy Adams just organized a benefit concert in her hometown of Bakersfield, Calif., for the Play It Forward Music and Arts Foundation, a center she’s spearheading, she says, ”where underprivileged kids come to be exposed to and learn from people in the entertainment and arts industry.” She is also working on writing and recording a country album, which she hopes to release at the end of the year.