Rep: Megan Fox Will Not Judge ‘X-Factor’
There’s a rumor going around that actress Megan Fox will be sharing the judging panel with “Idol’s” Simon Cowell on the “X-Factor, ” but Megan’s rep confirms to “Extra” that it’s false.
Cowell will be leaving “Idol” at the end of the current season in order to bring his successful UK show the “X-Factor” to the US.
INSIDE STORY: Idol Contestant’s Mother Vanishes
But the day after a family Christmas dinner, her mother, Viola Brown Martin, failed to show up at her intended destination, the house of Angela’s older sister. After the family filed a missing person’s report, the Glenwood, Ill., police found Viola’s car on New Year’s Eve in an unfamiliar neighborhood.
As of Jan. 23, Viola is still missing. “We haven’t heard anything yet, ” Martin tells PEOPLE. “The detectives have been calling my sisters and myself, and just keeping us informed. They say they are still just looking and asking us more questions, if we know anything but her friends are calling us, so it’s hard.”
Viola’s tan-colored 1999 Chrysler Cirrus was found in the south Chicago suburbs of Riverdale and Dixmoor, not close to her daughter Latrina’s home. “We haven’t stopped looking, ” Martin says. “We’ve been out in the cold, and before I left to go to Hollywood, we were looking. I think what hurts us the most was they found her car but they didn’t find her. It was abandoned in a forest preserve in the dark. We just want to know, what were you doing over there?”
A rumor that St. Petersburg native Michael Lynche was disqualified from American Idol richochets across the media universe
The Web site Reality Blurred noted Friday that Lynche’s father, Marque Lynche Sr., confirmed his son’s place in the top 24 in a story by me that was published in the St. Petersburg Times, which might violate the show’s confidentiality rules.
But neither blog cites concrete evidence connecting the newspaper story to any possible dismissal of Lynche. The Fox network has continually refused to comment on the status of contestants before it is revealed on the show and Marque Lynche Sr. has now disconnected his home phone in Sarasota, declining to comment.
Paula Abdul — ‘Dancing’ Is Lucrative
ABC has offered Abdul a $1, 000, 000 development deal, with one catch — she has to appear on “DWTS, ” sources tell TMZ.
ABC has been going after Paula for a few years now, trying to get her on “DWTS.”
According to the proposed deal, ABC would allow Paula to do “The X Factor” with Simon Cowell. We’re told Simon and Paula met a week ago to discuss the show, and it looks like it will happe
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American Idol Rewind Returns this Saturday
Season 5 of American Idol Rewind is in full swing. The top rated syndicated series returns to national syndication on Saturday, January 30th (check local listings) with all-new episodes, exclusive Idol interviews and never-before-seen footage from one of the television and pop culture phenomenon’s best seasons to date. In the new episode premiere, viewers will relive how the Top 10 contestants were first revealed on the show, began to crack under the enormous pressure of the competition, experience the consequences of bad song choices and lashed out at their critics.
This season will also feature a one-hour Chris Daughtry special focusing on his extraordinary success and spectacular rise from his first audition in Denver to international rock superstar.
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher make first public appearance
Country star Carrie Underwood and fiancé Mike Fisher of the Ottawa Senators made their first official public appearance at the annual Sens’ Soiree fundraiser at the Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau Monday night.
Underwood smiled and laughed with her finace by her side, her hair pulled back in an elegant ponytail.
People Magazine is reportedly paying $50, 000 for the first photo of the superstar couple. US Magazine also has a photographer on hand.
Fisher told CTV Ottawa the couple is happy to be at the fundraiser together. They will not give any other interviews.
Martha Stewart Vying for ‘Idol’ Judge
Not only does Martha Stewart see a future in pole dancing, but the domestic doyenne, 68, would like to place her name in the running for the American Idol judge seat about to be vacated by Simon Cowell.
“I’d be the best American Idol judge because I’m fair, ” she tells me during the American Antiques Show benefiting the American Folk Art Museum held this week in NYC.
Unlike other big names such as Simon, Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks and Conan O’Brien, however, Martha won’t be leaving her post as host of The Martha Stewart Show.
Joe Jonas Learns to Be Ruthless on American Idol
Joe Jonas says he had a great time as a guest judge on American Idol — once he learned to be candid with the contestants about their performances.
“[I was] a little nervous at the start because I was kind of afraid I was going to hurt people’s feelings, ” the 20-year-old Jonas Brother told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show Monday morning. “You have to really be honest. At first, you feel bad, because you see these people come through, and they just want it really bad. The first few, I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’re great.’ Towards like five [people] in, you have to be like, ‘I’m sorry, no. This isn’t for you.’”
Joe Jonas Was ‘Honest’ As ‘American Idol’ Guest Judge, Nick Says
Joe Jonas is the latest celebrity to sit at the judges’ table with Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi before Ellen DeGeneres joins the “American Idol” crew for Hollywood Week. Jonas joins other superstars like Katy Perry, Shania Twain and Mary J. Blige as celebrities who helped fill the void during the audition process.
Younger brother Nick said Joe enjoyed himself while taking in the Dallas tryouts in the fall. “We talked about it, and he had a great time, ” Nick told MTV News. “He said that he was nice, but he also was honest, and that’s important.”
‘Pants on the Ground’ Used in Political Attack
It all went down Friday morning inside the New Brunswick Legislature — when veteran politician T.J. Burke used “General” Larry Platt’s theme song to explain how an opposition member had been caught with his “pants on the ground” during a recent radio interview.
Details aside — it’s just funny.
Idol airplay: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, etc.
The top four of this week’s American Idol airplay chart remains the same as last week — Kelly Clarkson’s Already Gone, Daughtry’s No Surprise, Kris Allen’s Live Like We’re Dying and Daughtry’s Life After You — with Carrie Underwood’s Temporary Home and Cowboy Casanova flipping the Nos. 5 and 6 spots.
Adam Lambert wants to keep the party going
Adam Lambert is a year into the wild ride that began when he emerged out of the pack on American Idol last January.
The guy who parlayed a runner-up finish into an album deal and a reputation for creating controversy was in Toronto on Monday to promote his album, For Your Entertainment.
In an interview with CBC’s Q cultural affairs show, Lambert said he is heeding some advice from Madonna about fame.
Adam Lambert to play fashion police at Grammy Awards
“American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert will be attending Sunday’s (Jan. 31) Grammy Awards. No, not as a presenter, performer or a nominee, but as “Entertainment Tonight’s” special fashion correspondent.
Adam, a.k.a. Glambert, says that he’s “a big fan of most of the people that will be there” and should be able to keep from embarrassing himself: “I’ll be ok. I love clothes, I love fashion. I pay attention to that stuff.”
Katharine McPhee is Chelsea Lately Lovely
Katharine McPhee looks lovely in a black dress as she leaves a taping of Chelsea Lately in Los Angeles on Monday (January 25).
The 25-year-old Season 5 American Idol runner-up currently takes the cover of Shape magazine where she talked about her struggle with bulimia and her now healthy life.
Winnie angry about film biopic
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has threatened legal action against film producer Darrell Roodt over his planned biopic about her life, according to a newspaper report.
In a letter from her attorneys, Madikizela-Mandela says she is “extremely concerned” to hear about the planned fiilm dealing with her life “in circumstances in which she has never been approached for consent at all, ” reports The Star.
The film, titled Winnie, hit the headlines last year when it was revealed that American Jennifer Hudson would play the role of Winnie.
Q&A: Vonzell Solomon
It’s no secret that Vonzell Solomon is my favorite American Idol contestant of all time. Being the gracious person that she is, the fourth season, third-place finisher agreed to answer a few questions for Bring Da Beat Back as she gears up for the release of her highly anticipated debut album.
Q: Is there any particular memory that you have of your time on American Idol that sticks out to you?
A: Meeting Brandy, someone I’ve loved & idolized since I was a kid!
‘American Idol’: Your 10 Favorite ‘Bad’ Auditions
From the cluelessly tuneless to the knowingly outrageous, here are the tryouts you say left you howling with laughter (we’re looking at you, ”General” Larry Platt!)
Can ‘Idol’ hit right notes without Simon Cowell?
Without its Darth Vader, will TV’s Death Star lose its sting?
The recent announcement that Simon Cowell is leaving “American Idol” at the end of this season could make NBC’s ill-fated Leno at 10 experiment seem like a breezy little coin toss. Forced to act to keep Cowell, Fox acquiesced to his demand to step off the “Idol” express after this season in order to launch his popular UK pet project “The X Factor” (coming to Fox in the fall of 2011).
But did Fox just take the engine out of “Idol” in order to jump-start a series that may never achieve “Idol’s” level of popularity? Losing Paula Abdul was one thing, but will millions of viewers ditch the hit show once the man they love to hate is gone from the series?
Kara DioGuardi: I Just Wanted To Be Liked
With a tougher image and new confidence, American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is ready to take on a new season of contestants. The 39-year-old songwriter dishes on sharing the judges table with Ellen DeGeneres and who she thinks should replace Simon Cowell next year.
DioGuardi is also teaming up with another American staple, Folgers, to invite hopefuls to create their own version of the iconic “The Best Part of Wakin’ Up” jingle.
‘Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief’ Draws 83 Million Television Viewers in the United States
‘Hope for Haiti Now’ Raises More than $61 Million to Date
‘Hope for Haiti Now’ Also Attracts 5.8 Million Online Video Streams over the Weekend
NEW YORK, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ — “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, ” drew a cumulative audience of more than 83 million viewers and a gross average audience of more than 24 million viewers in the United States, according to Nielsen Media Research. The telethon has now raised more than $61 million in donations from the general public to date. “Hope for Haiti Now” aired on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and 7:00 p.m. CT, across networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT, PBS, TNT, Showtime, AMC, CNBC, COMEDY CENTRAL, Bravo, E! Entertainment, MSNBC, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4, CENTRIC, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, EPIX, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health, Planet Green, CNN en Espanol, HBO Latino, Logo, MTV2, MTV Tr3s, MTV Hits, VH1 Classic and VH1 Soul.
Backstage At The 2010 SAG Awards: Is The Cast Of ‘Glee’ Getting Spoiled?
Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Mark Salling, Kevin McHale, Jessalyn Gilsig, Cory Monteith and Dianna Agron react to receiving their SAG statues for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. But do they think they’re getting spoiled?
Dancers With Oscar Dreams Audition for Big Show
Lined up in sweats and leotards, hundreds of sinewy dancers wait with paper numbers pinned to their chests and a singular hope within. Under gray, rainy skies, in dance shoes and bare feet, they’ve come to an open audition at a place called Center Staging with one dream: dancing on the Academy Awards.
No. 149, April Thomas, brought her bundled-up 9-month-old son Kerrick along in his stroller. No. 37, Leah Adler, stretches and warms up after waiting outside in the rain. No. 26, the one-named Malaya, stands quietly in a crowd of her colleagues.
At the front of a nondescript room sits Academy Awards producer and choreographer Adam Shankman, who got his first big Oscar break as a dancer on the show 20 years ago. Flanked by some of the industry’s top choreographers, Shankman presides over Friday’s audition.
Hundreds of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ hopefuls sashay into Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom
Hundreds of “So You Think You Can Dance” hopefuls poured into Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday, hoping to shake, spin and glide their way onto TV.
They may not be able to moonwalk like Michael Jackson or hip shimmy like Beyonce, but they all had superstar aspirations.
“This is my dream! All my family and friends have been calling, saying ‘I can feel it, you’re gonna do well, ” and tears just come to my eyes, ” said Jason Taylor, 21, who was born and raised in the Bronx, but now lives in New Britain, Conn.
Dancing’s Cheryl Burke and Model Boyfriend Split
Dancing With the Stars pro dancer Cheryl Burke and her boyfriend, model Maxwell Zagorski, have split, Burke’s rep confirms exclusively to PEOPLE.
A source close to the couple says Burke, 25, and Zagorski, 22, struggled with living on opposite coasts.
“The distance was so hard on the relationship. She lives in L.A. and he lives in New York, ” the source says. “After a while it was just really hard for them to get together.”
Burke and Zagorski, who has appeared in ad campaigns for Levi’s and Abercrombie & Fitch, were introduced by former DWTS contestant Lance Bass last winter.
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Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Make First Red Carpet Appearance!
Carrie Underwood and fiance, hockey player Mike Fisher, made their first official red carpet appearance Monday night at the annual Sens’ Soiree fundraiser at the Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec.
With her hair pulled back in an elegant ponytail, Underwood, 26, smiled and laughed, as Fisher, 29, stood by her side. (For even more shots of the happy couple, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly on newsstands Wednesday!)
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher’s Date Night
You wanted to see Carrie Underwood and fiancé Mike Fisher make their red carpet debut as a couple at the Grammy Awards on Sunday – but they did it early!
The Grammy nominee, 26, joined the NHL star, 29, on the carpet at the annual Bell Sens Soiree, a fundraiser for the Sens Foundation, the charity of his hockey team, the Ottawa Senators. The “Carnaval Mystique”-themed party raised $325, 000 for children’s healthcare.
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‘American Idol’ Power List: We rank (and you vote on) the top 20 singers from season 9’s first two weeks
20. Katelyn Epperly (New this week): Producers inexplicably played up her divorcing-parents backstory, and (blasphemy alert!) the shaggy-maned blonde admitted she’d long been “stand-offish” about auditioning for the show. Still, Katelyn’s choice of Duffy’s “Syrup and Honey” was refreshingly left-field, and as Shania Twain noted, girlfriend has the kind of voice one might hear on a hit record.