Simon Cowell Admits Singers Aren’t the Best TV Judges – So, who could ever take Simon’s seat on the “X Factor” judging panel? Speaking exclusively to Yahoo’s Reality Rocks backstage after the finale, he said: “Who would replace me? Hopefully someone with the same kind of experience as me. The job I do well is I do know how to make hit records. And I do that in my day job. I think that’s what we need more of on these shows — people who’ve made records, rather than just sang records. I’ve always had a theory of, how much does a singer want another singer to do well? I kind of query that — because I know what singers are like!” – Watch the Videos at Yahoo.com
Chris Daughtry performs – WWE Tribute to the Troops
NBC and WWE will once again honor the United States Armed Forces with the annual “WWE Tribute to the Troops” holiday celebration. “WWE Tribute to the Troops” will feature musical guest Daughtry, as well as “Access Hollywood’s” Michelle Beadle and comedian Jeff Dunham, along with WWE’s biggest superstars and divas. Thousands of military personnel and their families will be in attendance for the special that will tape at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Celebrity shout-outs from some of the today’s biggest names in Hollywood, including Will Ferrell, Bruce Willis, Ryan Seacrest, Christina Applegate and Stephen Colbert, will also be a part of the special.
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Jordin Sparks and Demi Lovato Reunite
Jordin Sparks instagrammed this photo with Demi Lovato “It’s been so long since I’ve seen this amazing woman! @ddlovato, you are so special! Don’t let anyone put out your light!”
Kristy Lee Cook Interview: One-Time ‘American Idol’ Contestant Inspired by Love, Heartbreak and Her Horses – Cook tells Taste of Country she’s more of a rocker. “I like to work up a sweat on stage and really perform,” she revealed after explaining how she gets into character for the more emotional songs. She’s got more experience to draw from since now than when she left ‘American Idol’ in 2008 and released ‘Why Wait’ on Sony Nashville. A boyfriend, an engagement and a breakup will do that. The five-plus years between records was good for her, she explains. – Read more at Taste of Country
Lauren Alaina Visits Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital – On Tuesday, Dec. 17, Lauren Alaina made a surprise visit to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt through one of Musicians On Call’s (MOC) weekly Bedside Performance Programs. To the delight of patients and staff, Alaina spent time with each of the families learning about their own holiday traditions and encouraging them to join her in singing some holiday carols. The Georgia peach brightened spirits with classics including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Clause is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Silent Night.” – Read more at Nashville.com
InDepth InterView: Craig Zadan & Neil Meron Talk THE SOUND OF MUSIC: LIVE!, PIPPIN Movie, Oscars 2014, Upcoming Projects & More – PC: Exactly how much of the show was staged and prepared before you even started rehearsals? Did Carrie Underwood start earlier than everyone else? NM: Well, in regards to Carrie, she knew that she was the neophyte of the group, so she worked extra, extra hard. And, when she showed up for the first day of rehearsal, she knew the entire book for the show and she also knew the entire score. She had been studying with a vocal coach and she went to Salzburg herself to research the actual Maria and the Von Trapps. PC: She was fully prepared in more ways than one, then. NM: Yes. Then, Rob Ashford directed it like it was a Broadway show – with a full rehearsal period. And we proceeded from there. – Read more at Broadway World
‘X Factor’ Contestants, Judges Celebrate at Season Wrap Party – After The X Factor wrapped its third season on Thursday night, the cast and crew celebrated with an exclusive after party at Mixology at The Grove in Los Angeles, just steps away from the lot where the show is filmed. There, the show’s top 12 contestants mingled with judges Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubio and Simon Cowell. Noticeably absent, however, was Demi Lovato, — possibly feeling stung by a tasteless joke host Mario Lopez made during the night’s two-hour finale. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
Blake Shelton Doesn’t Think Adam Levine Should Have a Bachelor Party: “That’s Like Bringing Sand to the Beach” – The Maroon 5 frontman’s bromance partner Blake Shelton is advising his Voice pal against having a bachelor party Why, you ask? Well, the country crooner just doesn’t see the point! “First of all, if he has a bachelor party that’s like bringing sand to the beach. He is marrying a supermodel, for God’s sakes. A Victoria’s Secret supermodel,” he tells E! News. “What are you gonna have at your bachelor party? I wouldn’t have one if I was him. I would just hang out at the house and hang out with [Behati Prinsloo]. And she’s really cool.” – Read more at EOnline
A Cappella Contest Makes a Comeback – “The Voice” has paid a lot of bills for NBC, but another good singing competition, “The Sing-Off,” never became a ratings juggernaut and was apparently dead at the end of its third season in 2011. Then the network had a change of heart. It decided to bring “The Sing-Off” back this month for a two-week, seven-episode Season 4 and gave its premiere “The Voice” as a lead-in. – More at The New York Times