American Idol Tour Visits Seacrest Studios in Cincinnati!

American Idol 2018 Winner Maddie Poppe stopped by with the rest of the top 5 contestants: Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Cade Foehner, Gabby Barrett, Catie Turner and Michael J. Woodard. After an impromptu dance of “JuJu On That Beat” they were asked which Disney character they would be, to which they said: Flounder, Anakin Skywalker, Mufasa, Raven Baxter and Jenny from Oliver & Company! The whole American Idol crew said they would love to continue collaborations following the American Idol tour and all are excited for the future!


American Idol Winner, Maddie Poppe, Stops by Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Written recap and slider-cam operator: Kayce Wilson, Seacrest Studios Intern
Kid Question Mic: Anna Pavlakovich, Seacrest Studios Intern

Maddie Poppe, American Idol winner, visited the Seacrest Studio at Children’s Hospital Colorado before the Denver show of the American Idol Live! tour. The kids asked questions about everything from amusement park rides, ice cream flavors and eating contests. Carol asked about her upcoming music and she said her next album should be released within the next year.

Maddie brought along American Idol runner-up, Caleb Hutchinson, and they sang a cover of James Taylor’s “You’ve Got a Friend” together. During the traditional BBOY45 game of Backwards Forwards, Maddie was challenged to say the title of her newest single “Going Going Gone” and the phrase “Caleb Lee Hutchinson is cute.” Before taking pictures and signing autographs, Maddie left us with some inspiring words of wisdom, “Always be yourself and always do what makes you the happiest.”

Big thanks to Maddie and Caleb for coming to see us at Children’s Hospital Colorado!


Diana DeGarmo & Ace Young, Play “Finish the Lyric” at Seacrest Studios

Video by intern: Savannah Stewart, from Lipscomb University

Recap by: Sierra Sparks, from Lipscomb University

The dynamic duo of husband and wife, Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young made a visit to Monroe Carroll Jr. Children’s Hospital to help spread some cheer! The American Idol stars joined forces and played an exciting game of “Finish the Lyric!” Patients clapped along and sang while the couple tag-teamed the game! Together they were the perfect blend of fun and spunkiness—just what our friends at Children’s Hospital needed!

Diana and Ace were a delight to have in the Studios and we hope to have them back soon!


Katy Perry Brings all the Magic to Seacrest Studios!

What a week leading up to Christmas! A visit from KATY PERRY and her band was just what the doctor ordered to lift the spirits of patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Decked out in full holiday regalia – Santa suits, light up sweaters (we’re not calling them Ugly Christmas sweaters!), antler hats and more, Katy and her band spent hours entertaining families with her hits as well as sing-along Christmas carols.

The kids couldn’t contain their excitement as she snapchatted, took selfies, surprised patients in their rooms and sent video messages and well wishes to others. It truly was a special night we’ll never forget. Thank you Katy for the gift of time! We wouldn’t have wanted to spend our evening with anyone else….and we look forward to watching you on the upcoming season of American Idol!



David Cook Plays Games With Patients In Seacrest Studios Nashville

Recap by Seacrest Studios Intern, Lexi Miller, Clemson University
Videos by Seacrest Studios Intern, Katie Klochany

American Idol’s Season 7 winner, David Cook, made a memorable visit to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. David told friends in the studio about growing up in a musical household, his unconventional audition for American Idol, and details about his newest album, Digital Vein. Typically, David likes to name his records first, then form the songs based on that name. We learned that Digital Vein was originally going to be named Mirror, Mirror but was changed at the very last minute.

During the interview, David shared some details about growing up in a family that loved music. The first instrument he ever played was a violin, then three years later he learned to play guitar. Today, David owns 30 guitars! He told us the white guitar he played during his time on American Idol has now been retired to a special place on the wall in his home. Although David’s first musical breakthrough was in a school Christmas pageant as a child, the rest of his childhood he spent more focused on sports. It wasn’t until college that David started concentrating on his band and music career.

After the interview, David finished up the visit with a meet and greet with new friends in the studio. Thank you so much for making our day here at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, David!

American Idol Top 5 Visit Seacrest Studios Dallas

Video by: Chance Harris
Written by: Paula Cuadrado

Patients packed into Seacrest Studios to meet the Top 5 contestants from American Idol when they visited Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

Many of the patients watched the stars on TV during Season 14 and were exited to get the inside scoop on performing, meeting the judges and working with Ryan Seacrest.

Nick, Jax, Clark, Tyanna and Rayvon each talked about the moments when they were star-struck on the show.

Alayna, 4, and Jax became fast friends and talked about their favorite color. They shared lots of hugs before the singers headed out of the Studio to perform their concert nearby.

Alex called in from his hospital room, able to still watch the interview on TV, and asked if the singers had met any past Idol contestants.

Thank you to Nick, Clark, Jax, Rayvon and Tyanna! We loved getting to know you! And, be sure to be on the lookout for our next Celebrity Challenge video to see what else the Idol cast did during their visit!

American Idol Season 13 Finalists Visit Seacrest Studios!

Video and Written Recap By: Caroline LeMasters, Seacrest Studios Intern

American Idol Top 10, Season 13, rocked the house in Seacrest Studios at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center!  Idol-lovers came from all across the hospital to be serenaded by the most talented voices on the show and to listen to the challenges and joys the Idols had on their way to stardom.

Caleb Johnson, this year’s winner, shared his secret to success as  “keeping his nose to the ground and staying focused!” Others reiterated similar messages of “perseverance”, “buckling down”, and sticking to their dreams no matter what anyone said! Although the competition only allowed one winner, it was very evident that all ten of the Idols were winners.

Each one of them emphasized how “blessed“ they were to have had the experience and the new friends that came with it. Thank you Caleb, CJ, Jena, Jessica, MK, Alex, Majesty, Malaya, and Sam for a fabulous performance and visit!  The sights and sounds made us feel a part of the entire journey!



American Idol’s Birthday Surprise At Seacrest Studios!

The atmosphere at Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH) was full of excitement as the 2013 American Idols (AI) walked into a packed crowd of patients and fans who had waited for their appearance at Seacrest Studios.  This year’s AI finalists were in the middle of their LIVE road tour when they stopped in North Carolina.  Candice Glover, the 2013 winner of the talent competition, joined the group in Charlotte to sing Happy Birthday to an LCH patient who had never missed an episode of the hit show, and who could not be in the studio.  

During their interview, the group talked about auditioning for American Idol, life on the road, believing in yourself and where they like to shop in Charlotte, before signing autographs and taking pictures with patients.

“If you are an artist, it is important to be different.  It’s important to be unique.  It’s important to have something that sets you apart from everybody else.  As an artist, it is always important to know what you want to be, who you want to be, and how you want to portray yourself.” – Curtis Finch, Jr.

An immeasurable amount of encouragement was left behind in Charlotte as the group departed.  LCH patients will be watching when the new season of American Idol returns in January. Thanks to everyone for the special visit!