American Idol’s heartthrob rocker gets his second chance at stardom with his band’s album release on Tuesday. PEOPLE takes a peek at what to expect from the CD, plus other events to watch for in the coming week:
SUNDAY, MAY 8: Jonathan Rhys Meyers has some big (blue suede) shoes to fill – he plays the King himself in the CBS miniseries Elvis. One thing the Irish actor has in common with Presley: “I have a snarl,” he tells PEOPLE. “But I have it on the opposite side of my face.” Rhys Meyers – who portrays Presley from 1952 to 1968 – resembles the young Elvis so much that once, after filming had wrapped, director James Sadwith recalls, “I was stunned when three girls walking past him pointed and said, ‘Elvis!'” The four-hour TV movie – which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. and concludes Wednesday, May 11 at 8 p.m. – was made with the full participation of the Presley estate and features master recordings which have never before appeared in a biographical film.
TUESDAY, MAY 10: He was voted off American Idol, but Brooklyn-born Constantine Maroulis rocks on. The singer and his band, Pray for the Soul of Betty, will release their self-titled debut album on Koch Records, the same label that signed Idol reject William Hung. According to the label, Betty sounds “like a New York City band should sound: intense, raw and powerful.” And don’t expect any Partridge Family covers – the group’s influences include such hard rockers as Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden and Queens of the Stone Age.
The latest globe-spanning competition will end on the two-hour season finale of The Amazing Race, which airs on CBS at 9 p.m. Will Rob and Amber’s sneaky tactics score the former Survivors another $1 million? Will former POW Ron and his beauty-queen girlfriend Kelly stop their constant bickering and take the lead? Or will likeable married couple Uchenna and Joyce come out on top? Tune in to find out.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11: Celebrities will make their yearly pilgrimage to the south of France to see and be seen at the Cannes Film Festival, which will run through May 22. Among the highlights at this year’s movie extravaganza: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith director George Lucas will receive a special tribute and his long-awaited movie will have its world premiere. Woody Allen will also screen his comedy Match Point (starring Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who will be in attendance) and the cast of Sin City, including Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy and Clive Owen, will hit the Riviera for a special screening of their hit movie. Also due to make appearances: Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Bruce Willis and a host of other stars.
NEW THIS WEEK:
• Movies (now in theaters): Crash, starring Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle and Matt Dillon; House of Wax, starring Chad Michael Murray and Paris Hilton; Kingdom of Heaven, starring Orlando Bloom and Liam Neeson
• Music (in stores Tuesday): Dave Matthews Band, Stand Up; Weezer, Make Believe; Lucinda Williams, Live at the Fillmore
• DVDs (in stores Tuesday): The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, starring Bill Murray and Owen Wilson; In Good Company, starring Dennis Quaid, Scarlett Johansson and Topher Grace; Entourage: Season 1, starring Adrian Grenier and Kevin Dillon