Idol Headlines for 12/20/11

Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young will co-host the Upright Cabaret’s A Broadway Christmas review. More information HERE.
Amber Riley guests on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno 11:35/10:35c

‘The X Factor’ judges and finalists on the Top 3’s favorite performances, and why you shouldn’t count out the groups

Simon is not changing the voting structure
Despite fan confusion and outrage over a voting system that usually relies on the judges to make the final call — except when they don’t and deliberately force a deadlock, automatically sending home whomever had the lowest votes, like with Simon’s adorable muppet Rachel Crow — Simon made clear he was not planning on changing the system next year. “If that week had worked in the way I believe the process should work, the judges could have actually saved [Rachel],” Simon said. “The fact it went to deadlock that week — the process didn’t work. So I’m not going to change the system, I’m just going to suggest that we do a better job in the future.”

Read more at EW

‘X Factor’: Simon Cowell Talks Season 1 Mistakes, Teases Finale

Still, Simon was perhaps hardest on himself, from overestimating the ratings to predicting an out-the-gate hit. He blamed it on his own ego, but made no apologies for it. Said Simon: “I’m cocky by nature, but I’d come off a massive final in the UK, I had adrenaline, I couldn’t wait to put the show on here and it’s gonna take a little bit longer than I thought.”

He also acknowledged that his British sensibility where song choices were concerned may have been a bit off the mark. “I learned that I’m not American — that was a big factor of where I got things right and where I got things wrong,” said Simon, revealing that as recently as the previous night, he had changed Melanie’s song because he believed “it was too British and too old for her — I’m trying to think American,” he added.

Read more at THR

‘Good Day LA’: Simon Cowell Confident In Melanie Amaro, Talks ‘X Factor’ Guest Performers (VIDEO)

Creator and mentor Simon Cowell sat down with “Good Day LA” (Weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) to talk about the chances for his remaining contestant, Melanie Amaro, facing off against Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene.

“She will be amazing on Wednesday and she’s the right person to win,” Cowell said of Amaro. “But I don’t rule out Chris.” As for Josh Krajcik? “I don’t know what he knows that I don’t know, but he’s very, very, very confident.”

See the video at Huffington Post

Cowell: We’re adding fourth ‘Talent’ judge

‘America’s Got Talent” will undergo an extreme makeover — and will add a fourth judge to join Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel.

“I always like four-person panels because it leaves less room for error,” show creator Simon Cowell told The Post. “It also means you can have different skill-sets on there.”

With Stern joining the show last week, Cowell says he and NBC are looking to balance the judges’ table out with “somebody younger. A girl. Someone who will not be afraid of Sharon [Osbourne] and Howard and fight for a different type of act than they would.”

Read more at the NY Post

Jennifer Hudson Turned Down Precious!

In her new book, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, Hudson reveals that she was offered the plum part of the troubled yet developing schoolgirl (which ultimately went to Gabourey Sidibe, who got an Oscar nomination for it and lots of other acclaim).

Hudson had triumphed in Dreamgirls, then lost the weight she’d gained, eagerly presenting a lither JHud to the world.

She knew she’d have to gain it all back to play Precious, and the thought of that made her as queasy as if she’d tasted rotten cam dip.

Read more at the Village Voice

Darren Criss Announces Donation to Toy Drive from Fox Home Entertainment

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