Idol Headlines for 12/4/13

Tonight, The X Factor Top 6 hit the stage for your votes. The contestants sing two songs one from their favorite “diva” artist, and a stripped down song of their choice. 8/7c pm FOX. Survivor continues on CBS at 8/7c pm. Nashville returns to ABC at 10/9c pm.

Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Jewel and more perform on Christmas at Rockefeller Center on NBC at 8/7c pm. Lauren Alaina, Leona Lewis and more perform during the 7/6c pm local hour carried in select markets.

Britain’s Got Talent alum, Susan Boyle, appears on The Wendy Williams Show

Ex-wife of Kelly Clarkson’s husband Brandon Blackstock blasts infidelity claims as ‘ridiculous’ – Kelly Clarkson’s husband Brandon Blackstock was at the center of a ‘cheating’ claim on Monday after an anonymous source alleged to a website that they currently having relations with him. However, Brandon’s ex-wife Melissa Ashworth has come forward to Radar, calling the claim ‘ridiculous’. The initial report emerged on gossip website The Dirty, that claimed to have received an anonymous letter detailing the alleged infidelity. But Brandon’s ex-wife Melissa tells Radar: ‘This is ridiculous … this silliness, I have my two children [by Brandon] right here, who I love.’ She continues, ‘I adore Kelly and Brandon as a couple, so if I say anything it’s going to be positive.’ – Read more at

Exclusive: Carrie Underwood Talks “Sound of Music”, Shares A Few Of Her Favorite Things – StyleFile: How did you wind up with the role of Maria? Carrie Underwood: When I first heard NBC was doing this project, I remember thinking it was an incredibly exciting idea, as nobody does stuff like this. It’s a big production with a lot of work going into one night—live! I’m so excited this opportunity happened to come my way through the producers and NBC, and have so much respect for the project and everyone involved. – Read more at Gilt Style File

‘Sound of Music’ Star Laura Benanti Is About to Be One of Your Favorite Things – When Carrie Underwood does her iconic Maria von Trapp on the mountaintop twirl on Thursday night’s live NBC broadcast of The Sound of Music, Laura Benanti will do her best not to rush in from the wings and start belting about the hills being alive herself. “Could you imagine?” the actress tells me. “That would be hilarious: ‘Actress Goes Crazy in Live Telecast, Never Works Again.’” The Tony-winning Broadway-turned-TV star is starring as Baroness Elsa Schraeder opposite Underwood in the ambitious broadcast, a live, one-night-only staging of the cherished musical. You’re going to love her in it. We promise. And that the scene-stealing supporting role could be somewhat of a breakout moment for Benanti is a bit of an absurd circumstance for several reasons, the least of which is that 16 years ago Benanti was already playing the lead role—Maria!—on Broadway…when she was only 18 years old. – Read more at the Daily Beast

Pittsburgh native Michael Campayno talks starring role in ‘Sound of Music’ with Carrie Underwood – Pittsburgh native Michael Campayno makes his television debut as Rolf in NBC’s live telecast of “The Sound of Music,” Thursday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. on WPXI-TV. Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Laura Benanti, Audra McDonald and Christian Borle also star. Campayno is currently a senior at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and said he was very excited to learn he got the part. “It still doesn’t feel real. I can’t put in to words how excited I am. How honored I am. How taken back I was when I received the call. It’s truly a dream come true,” Campayno told Channel 11. – Read more at WPXI

‘Glee’ creator carries on for Cory Monteith – “From the beginning of the show, the relationship between Cory’s character and Rachel (Lea Michele) was the core of it,” the Newton homey told the Track. “He was also truly one of my favorite people. The kindness, the generosity, that’s who he was. When we were on tour, he was always the first one to run out into the crowd and sign autographs. He kept everyone together and happy. I loved writing for him. I miss writing for him. I miss him as a person. … It’s hard to be at work sometimes.” Falchuk said it’s been especially difficult to do this season of the show, knowing what might have been had Monteith not died of a toxic mix of heroin and booze in a Vancouver hotel room last summer. “We were heading towards something special with his character this season,” he said. “We were really excited about it.” – Read more at Boston Herald

Why The Biggest Loser Is Dying to Get More Celebrities Like Ruben Studdard – “Ruben was a huge success for us,” Sweeney explains. “I mean for him, he didn’t even look at it like he was a celebrity, and he would be like, ‘I’m still the guy who wants to be on campus and change my life.’ He fit right in with the group, he was willing to do the work to make the changes that he needed for his life. It’s hard and it’s scary and emotional and he committed himself to the process, and I couldn’t say enough about this along the way, what a good man he is.” Sweeney jokes that she wishes they could clone Ruben, saying, “We need to have a Ruben every season!” Maybe they’ll let him come back? It happened once before… – Read more at EOnline

Lea Michele: My Family Gives Me the Strength I Need – Lea Michele is finding comfort in those closest to her and in her music. “My family has experienced a lot of loss in their life and they’ve been so wonderful in being there for me and giving me the strength I need,” the Glee star told PEOPLE at the L’Oreal Women of Worth event on Tuesday. Michele, 27, who will release the first single, Cannonball, off her debut album on Dec. 10, says the song that she recorded in August following the loss of her boyfriend Cory Monteith is “more than just a song to me. It completely helped to lift me up at a time where I needed it.” – Read more at People

Exclusive Nashville Video: Juliette-Layla Battle Rages, Classic Hayden Panettiere Snark Follows – As the clip begins, Juliette is grousing to Chuckles about the previous night’s concert, during which her tourmate expanded her set (thereby delaying her grand entrance).
“I want to bitch-slap her, but that’s probably not very good for business,” she reasons to her paramour. Instead, Jules resorts to verbal violence when her rival surfaces, making her a snark-coated offer she literally can’t refuse. Press PLAY below and watch Hayden Panettiere do her thing. – See the Video at TV Line

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