American Idol season 7 finalist Brooke White and Justin Gaston, current star of the If I Can Dream web series, will perform together on this Wednesday’s Idol telecast, EW has learned exclusively. No word yet on what White and Gaston will sing, but the duet (shown rehearsing in the IICD studio on Sunday) is in keeping with Idol‘s recent trend of showcasing its alumni during results shows, and of synergy between Idol and If I Can Dream, which were both created by Simon Fuller. (IICD recently added Alex Lambert, who was shockingly booted during Idol‘s current season semifinals, to its roster of struggling young artists.)
Since her fifth-place run on Idol, White has released the disc High Hopes and Heartbreak, to widely positive reviews, and recently launched her own Web-based initiative, The Girls With Glasses. Gaston, a one-time contestant on USA network’s Nashville Star and a former boyfriend of Miley Cyrus, has been living in the IICD house since the project kicked off in early March. IICD broadcasts a live stream of its residents’ day-to-day activities at IfICanDream.com, and half-hour episodes about its residents’ quests for show-biz fame air every Tuesday morning on Hulu.com.
Personally, I’m pretty stoked by this news. Brooke’s debut CD is packed with classic melodies that deserve the kind of wider audience that Idol can help provide, but of course, with only seven results shows left in season 9 (including the finale), alumni performance slots are at a premium. (This week’s guest mentor, season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert, will also perform on Wednesday.) I’d like to see Jason Castro, Fantasia, Melinda Doolittle, Anoop Desai, and Mishavonna Henson follow Brooke’s lead, and of course, I wouldn’t be too upset to see Kris Allen and David Cook launch new singles on results nights, either. Hmmm…at this rate, maybe Ken Warwick & Co. should consider putting the kibosh on the Ke$has and Biebers of the world and sticking with only home-grown talent on the Idol stage. Three per week is alright, alright with me…
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