Entertainment Roundup for Jan. 6

Her album is set to be released this year.

Planetarium highlights weird cosmic weather

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The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii premieres National Geographic’s new planetarium show “Wildest Weather in the Solar System,” starting at noon Saturday.

Join National Geographic on a journey to witness the most extraordinary, powerful and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. Experience weather extremes in space as never before.

Audiences will fly through the dense atmosphere on Venus, methane storms on Titan and centuries old anti-cyclones on Jupiter. Explore the solar system alongside a specially designed imaginary spacecraft so sophisticated that it can survive the fiercest of planetary cauldrons. From lightning 10,000 times stronger than on Earth to 1,200-MPH winds nearly twice the speed of sound, to 5-mile-high dust storms that could engulf entire planets, audiences will be glad they live on Earth.

Packed with breathtaking visuals and state-of-the-art CGI, “Wildest Weather in the Solar System” is an original production for fulldome theaters and digital planetariums worldwide.

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is open to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). For more information, visit the website at www.imiloahawaii.org.


‘X Factor’ winner dreams of nursing

NEW YORK (AP) — She’s got a $5 million recording contract, but Melanie Amaro still sees herself as a nurse someday.

The 19-year-old was studying nursing in college before her winning run on Fox’s “The X Factor.” Although she’s just signed a deal with Epic Records and is about to start working on her debut album, she said she still wants to pursue the field of nursing at some point.

“To be honest, I still do want to do nursing because I want to help people,” she said in an interview Wednesday. “But I think as of right now I want to pursue what I absolutely love, which is my singing first. … I’ll just probably take classes while I’m on the road or something. I don’t know. Whatever comes my way.”

If her singing career takes off like she did on “The X Factor,” she’ll likely never get the chance. Amaro won the talent competition last month on the strength of her big voice and ballad-style singing. But Amaro says people shouldn’t expect just slow, anthemlike songs on her debut.

“I’ll still have the big ballads, but then I’m hoping to throw something out there that fans won’t expect so they’ll be like, ‘Oh my God, there’s like different stages of her or different like genres that she can do,”‘ says the Sunrise, Fla., resident. “So I can do lots of different types of genres of music and I wasn’t able to show that a lot on the show, but I’ll hopefully be able to do that on the album.”

She’ll be working on her album with L.A. Reid, the “X Factor” judge who is also chairman and CEO of Epic Records. Although Simon Cowell was her official mentor on the show, she said Reid always gave her confidence.

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“(He said) trust my voice. … He always told me like, ‘Girl, you can sing. You can sing. You really can sing.’ He was like, ‘I believe in you,”‘ she recalled. “Just to hear words like that from L.A. Reid … that’s really big for me, you know.”

Her album is set to be released this year.