Thursday, May 20, 2010

It's American Idol Week on Kitchen Chat!!!

I'm thrilled to interviewing American Idols this week on Kitchen Chat! Be sure to tune in tomorrow at 11:00 am Central for all the inside scoop and to find out what the pat Idols are up to now!

Our first guest will be Carole MacIntyre!

Carole MacIntyre, mother of Season 8 Idol, Scott McIntyre, was born in Colorado and grew up in Redondo Beach, California. She was raised in an airline family and from an early age loved to travel. She has also lived in Toronto, Canada and now resides in Scottsdale Arizona. A graduate of Biola University in Southern California, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, minor in Bible, she also attended California State University Long Beach for a minor in Computer Science and Community College in Southern California. She was an exchange student in Japan, and later spent 6 months with the Christian organization Youth with a Mission in Hawaii. She has been married to her dear husband for 28 years. (Both she and her husband were contestants on Family Feud before they were married which, when they both found out about this coincidence, is what sealed the deal and they decided they should definitely get married!).

Carole has three children, (two are special-needs/ blind), all of whom she home educated in the US and Canada for 19 years from Kindergarten through High School. Both her two eldest sons graduated from University Summa cum Laude at 19 years old with Bachelor’s degrees; the eldest son in Piano Performance, and her second son in Musical Theatre and Economics. Recently her youngest 18 yr old daughter moved to Southern California, and attends Biola University on scholarship in Vocal Performance, while her 21 yr old son Todd relocated to Japan and is working as a lead singer/actor for Tokyo Disney. Her eldest, Scott received his masters degree from the Royal College of Music in London England, as a Marshall Scholar, a Fulbright Scholar for the UK, a Rhodes Scholar finalist and USA Today All Academic First team 2005. Carole enjoys lecturing and performing for organizations in the US and Canada including Home-School organizations, the Mayo Clinic, Braille Institute of Los Angeles, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, The Ontario Provincial Ministry of Education, colleges, churches, and charities. She and her husband and daughter have testified in front of the Arizona House and Senate Education Committees with regards to Homeschooling Disabled Children.

Carole recently assisted her son Scott as sighted guide throughout his year and a half long American Idol journey, living in a BelAire mansion and out of a suitcase for over 6 months - even sleeping on the guys tour bus as they travelled through 52 cities on tour. She has been interviewed on the “Today” show in NYC and danced on the American Idol Stage for the Tour Finale. Additionally, she has traveled as alto in the US, Canada and Japan with the "MacIntyre Family Singers" with performance highlights being ticketed concerts at the Kennedy Center in Wash. DC and Tokyo Billboard Live! in Japan. She is a licensed Realtor in the state of Arizona and works in promotion and management with Scott’s music Career and the release of his new album "Heartstrings" announced on American Idol. Carole’s heart is to share her wealth of practical knowledge and encourage parents in their progression of raising their children.

Tune in for Jessica Sierra during the second half of our show:
Known for her jaw-dropping performances on the TV phenomenon _American Idol _(FOX), singer/songwriter Jessica Sierra tenacity. After departing _Idol_, Sierra was riddled with constant media attention and controversy. Nearly swallowed up by the severe public scrutiny that followed, it was Sierra's heartfelt passion for music and undeniable strength that enabled her to find her true voice. With the upcoming release of her new single, "Enough," Sierra will once again share her incredible talents with fans and critics alike. Drawing upon the many ups and downs Sierra has experienced in her life, the single stands as an emotional declaration of power and resilience, and paves the way for her highly-anticipated album (Summer 2010).

Since the age of three, Tampa, FL native Jessica Sierra has had an undeniable talent and passion for singing. She began to realize her dreams at only 17 years-old, stunning the audience of CBS' _Star Search_ with her vocal range. Re-emerging three years later, Sierra became one of the stars on Season 4 of _American Idol_. Described by judge Simon Cowell as one of the strongest female vocalists in the competition, she finished in the Top Ten. Following the show, Sierra sang on the 44-city, sold-out arena tour with fellow _American Idol_ contestants, including Bo Bice, Constantine Maroulis and Carrie Underwood. Singing all over the world in unique places such as Kazakhstan, Sierra has had many memorable moments including performing for the U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait. Her popular single, "Total Eclipse of the Heart," is featured on the certified-Gold-album, "The American Idol Showstoppers."

After run-ins with the law, the media quickly targeted Sierra as the "bad girl," of Hollywood. Realizing that millions of fans looked to her as a role model, Sierra knew she had to take action. In 2008, Sierra joined Dr. Drew Pinsky for VH-1's _Celebrity Rehab_, where she underwent the grueling healing process with other troubled celebs. With the help of Dr. Drew, Sierra made a full recovery and triumphantly returned to her music. After her treatment, she released her "Deepest Secrets" EP featuring the hit single, "Unbroken."

With two years of sobriety under her belt and the birth of her first child, Kayden, in December of 2009, Jessica Sierra is a new woman. Volunteering at the Santa Anita Family Services Center in Monrovia, CA, Sierra works as a mentor for children motivating them to stay away from the path she once traveled. Currently living in Los Angeles, Sierra continues to embody the spirit of a courageous winner, soaring above her mistakes to new heights of success.

AND Carole has shared a yummy recipe for Dolmates with us. I'm making my shopping list right now! Check it out {HERE}.

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