‘American Idol’s’ Competition: No Big Breakout Stars Yet – “The Voice” has given NBC a ratings boost, while Fox’s “The X-Factor” upped the production ante — but can their winners deliver a hit song or album? – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’ behavior let down ‘X-Factor’ boss Simon Cowell: source – Britney Spears has been for months exhibiting signs of her old, not-so-stable behavior behind the scenes at “The X Factor” and during a commercial she filmed for her new perfume, Fantasy Twist.
“She acts like she has a different contract than everyone else,” a source tells Confidenti@l. “She shows up late, she wanders around aimlessly and she is in her own world. She wasn’t ready for this responsibility.” The source adds that the “Toxic” singer, who earned $15 million for her single-season run as a talent judge, reportedly let down her boss, Simon Cowell. He expected Spears, who’s on the verge of being canned, to draw huge ratings for his show, which debuted in the fall of 2011. – Read more at NY Daily News
American Idol Phillip Phillips not your average contest winner – eason 11 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips sure doesn’t come across as your average reality TV show contestant — i.e. a keener. The 22-year-old Leesburg, Georgia native, is low-key with a dry sense of humor and humble about his talent. “I’m not a great singer,” he says, looking cute if dishevelled in a plaid shirt and jeans with his hair messed from a recent nap. – Read more at IFPress
615 Spotlight: Jason Castro Moves ‘Mountain’ – “American Idol” alum Jason Castro is counting down the days until the January 15 release of his new album, “Only A Mountain.” “It’s been quite some time since my debut came out, so I’m anxiously looking forward to it,” Castro tells Billboard. “I remember that in the beginning when we started writing and recording it, I thought ‘Is this really going to happen? Are we really going to do this?’ I’m so excited. It’s all kind of surreal, in a way.” Castro explains that many of the tracks on the new disc represent a growth and maturity of his personal life over the past few years. “I think a good portion of the album has been directly influenced or inspired by family life, and things that have gone on the past few years. It’s definitely a snapshot of the last few years of my life. I hope they inspire people in their own journeys.” – Read more at Billboard.com
Jennifer Hudson – Holiday Toy Drive & Giving Back – Happy holidays from the Julian D. King Gift Foundation toy drive! Here’s a recap of all the wonderful moments and blessings we had this holiday season.