Today’s Idol Appearances:
- The American Country Awards air on FOX. 8-10 pm. Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler and Danny Gokey are nominated for awards.
Joes Place blog reports that the American Idol 10 hopefuls arrive in Pasadena today to begin the 11 day Hollywood Rounds!
More Headlines after the JUMP…
Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney Receive Kennedy Center Honors Salute
President Barack and first lady Michelle Obama were on hand today to salute entertainment luminaries Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, country singer Merle Haggard, composer Jerry Herman and dancer Bill T. Jones with the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.
Hollywood’s A-List was also there to congratulate the honorees, reports the Associated Press. Julia Roberts, John Travolta and Barbara Walters each offered personal reflections of their relationships with Winfrey, and Jennifer Hudson serenaded the CEO of Harpo Productions with “I’m Here” from The Color Purple — Winfrey starred in the film and produced the show on Broadway.
The Kennedy Center Honors airs on CBS Dec. 28
Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
Idol winner surprise guest at Christmas party
Ruben Studdard, who was the season two winner of American Idol, performed for more than 300 people at a local production company’s Christmas party Saturday night.
Axe Productions brought in the AI winner to surprise their employees and clients with a private show.
“It’s always fun to surprise people, ” said Studdard. “Hopefully, they won’t boo when I come on stage.”
Read more at CTV.ca
SIMON COWELL ‘YANKS’ TOP STAFF
TELLY chiefs fear Simon Cowell is secretly poaching key staff from The X Factor to join him on the US version of the show.
He is believed to have drawn up a hit-list of people he would like to take over the pond to help make the £100million launch of The X Factor USA a success.
Among those he wants are the show’s Bafta Award-winning executive producer Andrew Llinares.
Another executive producer, Richard Holloway, has been told he will now have to divide his time between the US and Britain.
Read more at the Daily Star
Bristol Palin: My Mom Didn’t “Force” Me to Do DWTS
“I will give my friend credit for creativity, and extra points for getting so many ‘facts’ wrong in so few sentences, ” she blogged. “Let me be blunt: my mom did not “force” me to go on DWTS. She did not ask me either. The show approached me.”
In a final zinger to Cho, Bristol urged the star to develop a fuller understanding of conservative politics. If that happens, says the teen activist, Cho “would embrace us faster than k.d. lang at an Indigo Girls concert.”
Read more at US
L’Oreal Paris Announces Jennifer Lopez as the Newest Global Brand Ambassador
PARIS, Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — For many years, L’Oreal Paris spokespeople have inspired women and men around the world with their talent, their personalities and their generosity. Jennifer Lopez has all of these qualities. Golden Globe nominated actress, multi-platinum selling recording artist, film and television producer, entrepreneur and a philanthropist, Jennifer Lopez is indisputably one of the most accomplished women of her time. The L’Oreal Paris family is very proud to welcome her as the brand’s new global Ambassador.
“We are more than excited to announce this new partnership with the sublime, iconic and multi-talented Jennifer Lopez, ” declares Cyril Chapuy, Global Brand President, L’Oreal Paris. “Women everywhere admire not only Jennifer’s beauty but also her charisma and her commitment. We are honored to welcome her to our amazing roster of spokespeople that represents in all its diversity, the beauty of today’s woman. Jennifer will be the face of upcoming product innovations in makeup and haircare, as first campaigns.”
“Having used L’Oreal Paris products most of my life, I’m excited to work with a brand that consistently offers a wide range of superior products that are attainable for women everywhere, ” says Jennifer Lopez. “I’ve always loved their sophisticated ad campaigns and am thrilled to represent a brand that embraces a woman’s worth.”
Read more at PR Newswire
Jennifer Lopez Dishes On ‘Most Fascinating People’ Interview With Barbara Walters
Speaking with WWD, Lopez credited her inclusion on the celeb hot list to a combination of personal and professional endeavors including “the ‘American Idol’ [deal to appear as a judge] and also being a mom and entering back in the scene with the album.”
The singer also admitted that she felt the pressure from the news correspondent during the interview, which airs Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
As for her music career, Lopez recently told reporters during a press conference in Mexico that the lead single from her much-delayed album Love? would be released in January or February of next year. No word on the single’s producer, but it was recently revealed that J. Lo locked studio sessions with RedOne (Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and “Bad Romance”).
Read more at MTV
Dancing With the Stars Judge: No More Palins!
“I think one Palin was enough for awhile, ” Carrie Ann Inaba told me last night at the Trevor Project’s Trevor Live benefit at the Hollywood Palladium. “I think we need to go on a Palin vacation for a minute.”
“Although it was great media attention, I think it was too controversial, ” Inaba explained. “I think people got confused about what they were rooting for: Are you voting for dancing on the show or are you voting for a Party?
“I think that made it very uncomfortable for a lot of people who just want to see a dance competition. I like to keep it simple. I think it diluted the nature of the competition.”
Read more at EOnline
Matt Morrison sings “Sway” and “The Street Where You Live” at the Kennedy Center Honors Party
Ryan Seacrest Promises A ‘Wild Animal’ On ‘American Idol’ Panel
“We added a wild animal to the panel. There will be a wild animal in one of the seats, ” Seacrest told MTV News at KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2010 in Los Angeles over the weekend, not specifying who that person is. “I can’t tell you which wild animal, but it was one that was on the ark. So that’s something that’s new. Yes, there’s a total animal.”
Sure, the new judges are one reason to tune in to the coming season, but Seacrest is talking up the talent as well, giving the contestants two thumbs up. “The contestants that we found — we brought more kids back to Hollywood than ever before, there’s like 240 of them, so I think we’ve got a really good shot to find some fantastic [talent], ” he explained.
Read more at MTV