Tonight, the Top 12 girls take the stage on American Idol to perform Motown hits. Four contestants will be eliminated! 8/7c pm FOX
Chris Colfer, John Stamos, Kelli O’Hara, and More Pay Tribute to Polly Bergen – Some of show business’ biggest stars will come together on March 26 for A Tribute to Polly Bergen to be held at Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre, from 3pm-4:30pm. An Emmy Award-winning actress and singer, Bergen’s career spanned over six decades in television, film, Broadway musicals, and concerts. She died of natural causes on September 20 at the age of 84.
The celebration of Bergen’s life and career will be produced by Rex Reed and Michael Alden with creative consultant Deborah Grace Winer. The lineup of participants currently includes Christine Andreas, Harry Belafonte, Marge Champion, Chris Colfer, Arlene Dahl, Blythe Danner, Raúl Esparza, Michael Feinstein, Mark Hamill, Gregory Harrison, Judith Ivey, Chris Matthews, Phyllis Newman, Kelli O’Hara, Liz Smith, John Stamos, John Waters, and Treat Williams. – Read more at Theatre Mania
Jennifer Hudson, Iggy Azalea to Perform ‘Trouble’ at KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS – Nick Jonas will serve as host of the 28th ANNUAL KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS airing on Nickelodeon on Satuday, March 28th. Today, PEOPLE reports that two hot Australian acts, 5 Seconds of Summer and Iggy Azalea, have signed on to perform at the annual event. “We are so excited to be nominated and perform at the Kids’ Choice Awards!” the band, who is up for Favorite New Artist, said in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE. “It’s our first time at the show and it’s going to be awesome!” – Read more at Broadway World
Losing ‘X Factor’ and a Weaker ‘American Idol’ Hurts RTL Group’s Profits – RTL Group, Europe’s leading television company, had a mixed 2014 amid digital growth, but weakness in more traditional media businesses.
Losing X Factor in the U.S, which Fox canceled last year after three underperforming seasons, and weaker returns from American Idol hit RTL’s production division FremantleMedia, which saw its operating profit slip to $125 million (€113 million) from €136 million in 2013. – Read more at Billboard.com
Kelly Clarkson on Television, Broadway, and (Maybe) Returning to American Idol – What’s not to love about Kelly Clarkson? She was American Idol’s first winner — and arguably the most successful one. But that was 13 years ago, when bleach-blonde highlights were still very popular. Today, she has ten Top 10 singles under her belt, a shiny wedding ring on her finger, and three kids at home in Nashville (including adorable baby River Rose, of “Heartbeat” video-teaser fame). Vulture caught up with Clarkson in New York, Texas drawl still intact, to talk about her current album Piece by Piece and her dreams of making it big on Broadway. – Read more at Vulture
Pharrell Williams & Lionel Richie Reflect On Lessons They Learned On ‘The Voice’ – “The Voice” coach Pharrell William has recruited Lionel Richie to advise his team of up and coming artists on the hit singing competition show this season. Will the “All Night Long” singer – who has sold more than 100 million records worldwide – be Team Pharrell’s secret weapon for the title? “You know what’s so funny? That’s never been my aim to take [Blake Shelton and Adam Levine] out,” Pharrell told Access Hollywood’s Liz Hernandez. – Read more at Access Hollywood
‘The Voice’ winner Boyd headed for Turlock – Slow and steady wins the race, goes the old familiar proverb. Craig Wayne Boyd embodied just such a sentiment as he sang his way to victory on the seventh season of NBC’s hit series “The Voice.” The 36-year-old singer-songwriter, who spent the past decade in Nashville toiling in semi-obscurity, showcased a soulful country style, beating out his fellow finalists (Damien Lawson, Chris Jamison and Matt McAndrew) and bringing coach Blake Shelton his fourth victory in seven seasons. Boyd’s debut single, “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face,” was in the 25 top songs on iTunes and he’s been busy preparing a new album this year. – Read more at modbee.com
Former USM student turns chairs on ‘The Voice’ – A former University of Southern Mississippi student turned a couple chairs on Tuesday’s edition of “The Voice.” Briar Jonnee Blakley, 20, of Shuqualak, sang Rihanna’s 2007 hit “Take A Bow” during her blind audition on the NBC reality singing competition, and had Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton vying for a chance to add her to their roster. A broadcast journalism major, Briar Jonnee ultimately chose Team Pharrell. She admitted she had to leave her classes this past fall but feels it was worth it. “… Recently I had to give all that up to do ‘The Voice,’ but honestly it wasn’t a tough decision because hey, it’s ‘The Voice,'” she said during an interview on the show’s website. – Read more at HattiesburgAmerican.com
Jeff Probst explains why everyone on Survivor is getting naked – All of a sudden, everybody is getting naked! Max, Shirin, Hali, and Jenn all went au natural in this one episode. What’s this all about? Is it just the next step in shedding the shackles of society? Is it a comfort issue of getting out of dirty clothes for a bit? Or, perhaps in the case of Max, is it just a way to ensure a little extra camera time? What gives here? I think it’s a combination of all of the above, depending on the person. Max was very clear that he was giving a nod to Richard Hatch, so I think for him it was a “Survivor moment.” For Shirinn, I think it was 50% strategy—to align more closely with Max—and I think the other 50% was the bit of her “No Collar” coming out to say hi! For Hali and Jenn, completely different. They’re young, beautiful women with a much more carefree attitude toward life, and so for them I’m guessing it was just a fun idea—one they would have done with or without cameras. I love the free spirit. It bums me out how uptight most of us are with our bodies. Who cares? Just go have fun! – Read more at Entertainment Weekly
‘Empire’s’ Trai Byers on Andre’s Breakdown, Relationship With Jennifer Hudson – “I don’t think that Andre wanted to have any signs of weakness; he didn’t want to accept the bipolar disorder,” Byers tells The Hollywood Reporter. “But at this point, it’s like ‘Who am I? My father doesn’t want me; my mother’s only concerned about Jamal; I don’t have anybody but my wife. This is who I am, so I’m going to be me, flaws and all.’ I like the analogy of cutting off your nose to spite your face because in accepting [the disorder] and going with the flow instead of treating it does that, but it’s also a great platform to showcase the disorder — one that I think we kind of sweep under the rug as a nation.” – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter