Tattle: 'Idol' Justin Guarini is back in the area

Justin Guarini at the opening of American Idol Experience at Disney World.
Justin Guarini at the opening of American Idol Experience at Disney World.
Posted: March 31, 2009

NOW THAT "American Idol" is again at the top of the ratings and the "American Idol Experience" has opened at Disney World, it seemed like a good time to catch up with Doylestown Idol Justin Guarini.

After six years living in L.A., Justin tired of the scene and moved back to Doylestown, where he's set to marry Reina Capodici on July 4.

Still busy in the entertainment business, Justin works for the TV Guide Channel, was a contestant on CMT's "Gone Country," hosts his own Internet radio show, is developing a TV variety show, is making his own music and was involved with the Idol Experience launch at Disney World (which is coincidentally where he proposed to Reina with fireworks, champagne and chocolate).

"I'm proud to be a part of it," Justin said of the "American Idol Experience." "It's amazing the lengths they went to" to get it right. "It's absolutely awesome."

Similar to the way the show makes phenomena out of nobodies, the Disney World attraction takes theme park guests and turns them into possible stars (with hair, makeup, judges and a live studio audience).

"It plucks very talented people out of the middle of nowhere," Justin said. "You never know."

Tattle spies who sat in the audience to experience the "Experience" when it opened last month said it was a lot of fun, but a few minor technical glitches had to be worked out.

We're confident they've been fixed by now and the Imagineer who caused them is now in a Disney holding cell with Tigger. (Disney World doesn't like glitches.)

As for his own music career, Justin said he has "grown so much as an artist over the years" and his goal for 2009 is to "really focus on my brand and reintroduce my brand."

He acknowledged that the music world is "difficult now because of the economics" and that a career seems more dependent on viral marketing and the Internet. But it has been six years since he appeared on "American Idol" and he's thrilled to still be consistently working in entertainment.

"I'm doing great," he said.


* Billboard.

com reports that when Peter Gabriel was in Mexico Friday for his concert tour, he met with President Felipe Calderon, urging him to increase efforts to end the violence against women and murders in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua.

The meeting was arranged by Ga-briel's group WITNESS, which trains and supports people to use video and online technologies in human-rights campaigns.

* Alberta rockers Nickelback domi-

nated Canada's Juno music awards Sunday night, winning awards for group of the year and album of the year ("Dark Horses"), and the Fan Choice award.

Montreal rocker Sam Roberts was chosen artist of the year, and Toronto hip-hop artist Kardinal

Offishall won for best rap recording and best single ("Dangerous"). Lights was named best new artist. Montreal indie rockers the Stills won best alternative album of the year and new group of the year.

Alanis Morissette (a Canadian we're familiar with) earned best pop- album honors for "Flavors of Entanglement." British rockers Coldplay won for best international album of the year for "Viva la Vida."

* Madonna and her three children

yesterday toured a Malawi day-care center built by her charity, as critics slammed her attempt to adopt a second Malawian child.

A judge delayed a ruling in the case until Friday.

Earlier yesterday, Madonna's adopted son David spent 2 1/2 hours with his biological father at the exclusive lodge where Madonna is staying.

"I was very happy to see him," the father, Yohane Banda, told the Associated Press, adding that David did not recognize him. "He asked me who I was."

* Josh Hartnett was taken to L.A.'s

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center yesterday afternoon, complaining of gastrointestinal problems.

Publicist Susan Patricola said Hartnett was "under observation but is resting comfortably."

Patricola said Hartnett had a flare-up of a gastrointestinal issue that affected him in London last year while he was starring in an onstage production of "Rain Man."

* Tim Allen, 55, is doing a little

more home improvement.

He has added another child.

His publicist, Marleah Leslie, said Allen's wife, Jane, gave birth to 5-pound, 13-ounce Elizabeth, on Saturday in L.A.

Mom and daughter are both healthy.

Elizabeth is Allen's second child. He has a 19-year-old daughter, Katherine, from his first marriage.

* Green Day's "American Idiot" is

going to be a show.

Billboard.com reports that Mi-

chael Mayer, the Tony Award-winning director of "Spring Awakening," is adapting Green Day's 2004 concept album for the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California. The production will run Sept. 4-Oct. 11, with tickets on sale for early performances at berkeleyrep.org.

Mayer and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong wrote the script for "American Idiot," which follows the working-class subjects of the album's songs - including Jesus of Suburbia, St. Jimmy and a female protagonist called Whatsername - as they "express their individuality in a mass-media culture."

* Matt Dillon's Vermont speeding

case was dismissed after he pleaded guilty and paid an $828 fine.

An $828 speeding ticket?

What was he driving, a jet? *

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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