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Lopez, Urban, Connick & Seacrest Commit To Season 14 Of 'American Idol'

June 24th, 2014 11:00am EDT
Lopez, Urban, Connick & Seacrest Commit To Season 14 Of 'America
"American Idol" judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick, Jr. and host Ryan Seacrest are staying put for season 14, according to 21st Century Fox Senior Executive Vice President David Hill, who announced the news on Monday.

"Jennifer, Keith, Harry and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I'm thrilled that they are returning to American Idol for another season," he explained during a network event in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Each brings unique qualities and expertise to the team, but they all share the same passion for helping undiscovered singers achieve the ...
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Lady Gaga To Host Pop Countdown Show With Ryan Seacrest

April 5th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is joining Ryan Seacrest this weekend to host the American Top 40 chart countdown. Fans will be able to call in and ask questions of the singer, who is in the midst of promoting her "ARTPOP" album.

Gaga is currently completing her historic seven-night concert stint at New York's Roseland Ballroom. Following her final perfomance on Monday night, the venue will close its doors forever.

On Wedneday, Gaga marched David Letterman's audience out of the studio to watch her perform at the ballroom.

She told Letterman, guest Bill Murray and the audience: "Hey, what are you guys doing ...
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'American Idol' Recap: New Judges Means A New Show

January 16th, 2014 9:06am EST
American Idol
13 Years in and suddenly 'Idol' seems like it's playing catch-up.

In what it's hoping isn't its unlucky thirteenth season, 'American Idol' attempted yet another reinvention last night, veering farther away from the snide formula that made it such a breakout success all those summers ago. Gone is the ridicule, the delight at disaster and general amateur nature of the show. Instead, it's mostly good contestants and enough sob/inspiration stories to fill a week's worth of Olympics coverage.

Even worse than that, we're getting to know the contestants before they even sing a bar. Banter abound...
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Celebrities That Turn 40 In 2014

January 1st, 2014 11:00am EST
Leonardo DiCaprio
Happy New Years everyone and welcome to 2014!

It's that time of year for our annual "who is turning 40" this year extravaganza. Truth is, lots of people do, but we'll just keep it to the more famous variety of peeps in the world.

Doing some simple math, 40 years ago would make it 1974.

For those of you who weren't around that year, the mantra of 74' and the world was energy crisis -gasoline was a little hard to get and lines at gas stations were blocks long. Because of the crisis, our then President, Richard "Tricky Dick" Nixon imposed a 55 MPH speed limit on highways. That wasn't the re...
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Simon Cowell & Howard Stern Are The Highest Paid TV Personalities

August 9th, 2013 10:09pm EDT
Simon Cowell
Forbes magazine just released its list of the highest paid TV personalities, and Howard Stern and Simon Cowell tied for the top spot.

"The X Factor" judge and radio host each made $95 million between June, 2012, and June, 2013. Ironically (or maybe not really), Stern is a judge on Cowell's popular series "America's Got Talent." They are definitely sharing the wealth.

Cowell has been making headlines recently for having a fling with a married woman, who wound up getting pregnant. Oh, and she happens to be the estranged wife of his friend Andrew Silverman. Oops!

Conservative talk show host...
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Ryan Seacrest To Host Live Game Show 'Million Second Quiz' On NBC

August 5th, 2013 11:33am EDT
Ryan Seacrest
NBC just announced that "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest will be hosting the game show "The Million Second Quiz" this September in New York City.

In the series, contestants play head-to-head trivia bouts within an enormous outdoor hourglass-shaped structure in Manhattan and compete non-stop for 1 million seconds (11 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes and 40 seconds). 

During each round, one player sits in the "money chair," accumulating as much time on the chair as possible by answering trivia questions against an opponent.

Every second that a player stays in the money chair is worth $10, pote...
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Ryan Seacrest Is Latest 'Swatting' Victim

April 11th, 2013 9:00am EDT
Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest is the latest Hollywood star to be "swatted" by pranksters. The "American Idol" host became the latest victim of a fake emergency call on Wednesday, just hours after interviewing Russell Brand about his own swatting incident.

A caller claimed four "mobster-looking guys in suits with rifles" were inside Seacrest's property firing shots, according to TMZ.com. A team of officers quickly determined the call was a hoax.

Crank callers have targeted several celebrities in recent months, including Rihanna, Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake.

In order to st...
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Rumor Patrol: Jennifer Aniston's Wedding, Justin Bieber V. Lindsay Lohan, More

March 17th, 2013 12:07pm EDT
Jennifer Anniston and Justin Theroux
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Jennifer Aniston's Wedding: Jen is getting married in Hawaii... or in Pennsylvania at her Grandmother's House. Jen is purposely waiting for Angelina Jolie to announce her wedding date so she can have hers on the same day.

Verdict: All False. As with any celebrity wedding, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux' nuptials are a big focus in the tabloids. Jennifer's rep told RumorFix she isn't getting marrie...
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Julianne Hough & Ryan Seacrest Break Up

March 16th, 2013 2:00pm EDT
Julianne Hough & Ryan Seacrest
Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest have reportedly split, according to multiple reports.

After two years of dating, Hough, who has appeared in films such as "Safe Haven," "Rock of Ages" and "Footloose," and the "American Idol" host have ended their romance and are no longer living together.

Their grueling work schedules contributed to the break up, according to UsMagazine.com.

In addition to his "Idol" gig, Seacrest hosts two different radio shows and is involved in numerous other projects. Hough was a pro on "Dancing With The Stars" before she broke into acting.

An insider explained, "Ho...
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'American Idol' Recap: Power Ranking The Top 10

March 8th, 2013 12:07pm EST
American Idol Top 10
This year will be ‘Idol’s’ hardest to handicap in half-a-decade. Without a cute guy playing an acoustic guitar poorly on which to rely, this year’s power rankings promises to be as topsy as it is turvy. In other words, this should be the most exciting completion in years, if it weren’t for the fact that there isn’t really a standout performer that’s worth feeling excitement about.

Oh well, at least it will be changeable.

But before we get to the power rankings, there’s the matter of last night’s 90-minute results show travesty to discuss. Even worse, one recappers ill-fated decision to wa...
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'American Idol' Recap: Curtis Finch Jr. Stands Out In Top 10 Men Semi-Final

March 7th, 2013 12:07pm EST
'American Idol' Recap: Curtis Finch Jr. The Only Standout In Top
The guys of this season’s ‘American Idol’ need no introduction, mostly because they don’t deserve an introduction. They’re just a bunch of mediocre talents with one standout. None of whom the producers particularly want to win.

So who was the best of the worst? Read on to find out.

Elijah Liu Sang “Stay” by Rihanna

Keith Said: I thought that was a really great start to the show.

Nicki Said: I think I would be willing to stay.

Randy Said: It never left first gear. It just lay there flat.

Mariah Said: I liked this a lot. I felt it was one of your better performances.

The Verdict:

He...
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'American Idol' Recap: Semi-Finals Go Live With Top Ten Girls

March 6th, 2013 11:11am EST
Breanna Steer performs in front of the judges on AMERICAN IDOL
It’s clear this year that the producers want a girl to win. They’re craving it. They’re desperate for it. They’re so in need of a girl to snap the cute guy with guitar streak that there isn’t even a cute guy with a guitar to be seen this year! Or even one with much talent.

That leaves last night’s performers with the staunch task of justifying the producers’ stacking this season’s lineup in the females’ favor. So who answered the producers calls and who left them hanging?

Let’s find out, shall we?

Zoanette Sang “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” by Tina Turner

Keith Said: I love the way y...
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Weekly Celebrity Twitter Roundup: Jan. 19-26, 2013

January 26th, 2013 11:30am EST
Barack Obama
Welcome one, welcome all to this week's Twitter roundup, where we put all the best Twitterings and Instagrammings in one place for you to see, in one bite-sized package! This week, President Obama's inauguration, Seacrest crowns Justin Bieber the Grand Pooh-Bah of Twitter, some old men join the internet, Shakira gives birth, Seth Macfarlane brings civil rights to Tweets and more.

President Obama reflecting on his successes at the 2013 inauguration

"I want to take a look one more time. I'm not going to see this again."—The President pausing at the Capitol yesterday twitter.com/BarackOb...
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Julianne Hough Shows Off Her Toned Bikini Body In St. Barts

January 4th, 2013 3:30pm EST
Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough and her boyfriend Ryan Seacrest are enjoying a vacation and the winter sun in St. Barts. The couple spent the day swimming and hanging out at the beach.

The "'Dancing with the Stars" pro and "American Idol" host took a walk before stripping down to their swimsuits and jumping in the ocean. Earlier in the day Ryan rode up on his boat and showed off his toned body as he emerged from the waves.

The dancer-turned-actress recently revealed she was mentally and physically abused when she was a 10-year-old dance student in London. She talked about her past to Cosmopolitan magazine...
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Celebrity Birthdays - December 24, 2012

December 24th, 2012 3:00am EST
Ryan Seacrest
Happy Birthday to:

TV & Radio host Ryan Seacrest (1974)

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer (1973)

Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin (1971)

Actor Amaury Nolasco (1970)

Guitarist Doyle Bramhall II (1968)

Actor Diedrich Bader (1966)

Actor Mark Valley (1964)

Actor Grand L. Bush (1955)

Motörhead singer/bassist Lemmy (1945)

Screen siren Ava Gardner (1922; d. 1990)

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Ryan Seacrest Reveals American Idol Judges: Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj And Keith Urban

September 16th, 2012 1:07pm EDT
Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Kei
Ryan Seacrest has revealed the upcoming lineup of judges for the next season of American Idol. Randy Jackson has retained his spot at the table, and confirmed judge Mariah Carey has been joined by Nicki Minaj (finally) and Keith Urban.

Seacrest tweeted the above photo with the message, "It's official, your new IdolJudges are @MariahCarey, @NickiMinaj,@KeithUrban & @Yo_RandyJackson!"

He also posted, "Everyone gave a heartfelt toast about being on the show after we ate last night. Cant wait to see the first contestants today. #IdolJudges."

Minaj had been in talks with the show for months, ...
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'American Idol' Recap: It's Phillip In A Landslide On Final Performance Night

May 23rd, 2012 7:07am EDT
Phillip Phillips performs on AMERICAN IDOL
The joke ever since Simon left is, “What do the judges even do anymore?” Well, tonight that concern was apt. Very apt. Because the judges never spoke. They didn’t break down individual performances. Instead, they simply offered a few half-finished thoughts at the end of the first two performances before finally swooping in at the end.

I’m not sure why we even needed them until the last minute. They should have been trotted out like wrestlers interrupting a match. That’s how useless they were for the first 45 minutes. It’s like they weren’t there.

So without them, it looks like it’s up to ...
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'American Idol' Recap: Joshua Ledet Is Out As The Best Contestant Loses Again

May 18th, 2012 9:12am EDT
Joshua Ledet is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about ‘Idol’ it’s that the best doesn’t usually win. Last night, the clear standout of this year’s season, Joshua Ledet, was unceremoniously shown the door while waiting on the doorstep of the finale. This after delivering a stellar rendition of ‘No More Drama’ and winning the night last night by leaps and bounds.

Blame going first. Blame the voters’ apparent detest for soul music. Blame Joshua’s being too old school for the show’s demographic. Whatever the reason, Joshua won’t compete in the finale and join the long line of ‘Idol’ losers who were actuall...
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'American Idol': Phillip And Joshua Are The Standouts Of The Final Three

May 17th, 2012 10:15am EDT
The Final 3: L-R: Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Josh Led
Finally, the producers find a way to fill time that’s actually worth mentioning. Traditionally, we’ve saved the big homecoming clip packages for the final three results show, but with two hours to fill (instead of the typical 90 minutes) the producers shrewdly moved those fun packages to the performance show.

I think this worked a lot better because there’s always some sadness, some trepidation, some fear on the results show since somebody is about to get voted off. It’s hard to get in the full celebratory mode of these packages. They just work better on the fun performance show where ever...
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'American Idol' Recap: Hollie Cavanagh Goes Home + Final Three Power Rankings

May 11th, 2012 10:03am EDT
Hollie Cavanagh is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL
Every year there’s a lurker. That one contestant that you think is going home each week but somehow, improbably, outlasts several other potential favorites and ends up around way longer than you ever expected.

This year, it was that little singling pixie, Hollie. Week-after-week she was in the bottom three. We heard her called stiff, wooden, emotionless and overly technical. All cold qualities that usually do a singer in with a voting public. They want somebody they can love through their performances, and Hollie didn’t really put off that vibe.

Still, despite that, she hung around. And s...
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'American Idol' Down To Three After Hollie Cavanagh's Dismal Bonnie Raitt Cover Does Her In

May 11th, 2012 12:33am EDT
Holly Cavanagh
Hollie Cavanagh couldn't make America love her.

The 18-year-old McKinney, Texas, native received the fewest number of votes on this week's American Idol and was sent home Thursday night.

Hollie's lacking performance of Bonnie Raitt's breakup ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me", which judge Randy Jackson called "the wrong choice at the wrong time", proved to be the budding singer's downfall.

Mentor Jimmy Iovine said Holly "crashed and burned and lost out to those other three singers," chalking up her woes to her lack of having "the personal experience or the professional experience" to take...
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$16 Million Contract Puts Britney Spears On TV's Top Paid List - Behind Judge Judy

May 10th, 2012 11:03am EDT
Britney Spears
Britney Spears is reportedly set to rake in $16 million as a judge on The X Factor, but the incredible amount isn't nearly enough to put her on top of TV's best paid list.

Assuming The X Factor has the same amount of episodes this season (26), Spears would pocket a bit over $615,000 an episode. That makes her the second highest paid per episode in primetime currently - Ashton Kutcher makes $700,000 an episode for Two and a Half Men. She is also far behind predecessor Charlie Sheen's whopping $1.2 million an episode. It would put her ahead of William Petersen's previous salary on CSI ($600,...
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'American Idol' Recap: Hollie Stands Alone At The Bottom

May 10th, 2012 9:24am EDT
Josh Ledet performs on AMERICAN IDOL
Another night. Another ridiculous two duets to save time. Another week of my intro hunger strike against the ‘Idol’ producers for failing to find a more competitive way to round out the show. I think this will be the last week of this nonsense; however, so you should be getting much more of my musings next week. Be afraid.

And…on with the show!

Phillip Phillips’ First Song: “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Steven Said: You’re living proof that the road to perfection is always under construction.

J-Lo Said: You did a great job and it was a great way to start ...
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Ryan Seacrest: Sacha Baron Cohen Was 'Very Apologetic' For Oscars Stunt

May 8th, 2012 1:53pm EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen
Apparently, there's more to Sacha Baron Cohen than the doofus characters he plays on the big screen. In February, the actor attended the E! Oscars pre-show and spilled a an urn containing what he claimed were the remains of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il all over Ryan Seacrest's tuxedo. He was in character for his upcoming film "The Dictator."

Bogus security guards pretended to escort Cohen away as a bemused Seacrest told TV viewers, "Part of me thought he would be up to something... I had an idea something was coming."

During filming of "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend, Cohe...
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'American Idol' Recap: Skylar Laine Goes Home + Final 4 Power Rankings

May 4th, 2012 11:00am EDT
American Idol - Skylar Goes Home
I guess country isn’t for the whole country. I’ve been working under the assumption all year that Skylar was a real contender mostly due to her musical genre: Country/Western. We’ve seen for the last few years that even the most middling of country singers can make deep runs in this show. (See: Alain, Lauren).

I thought this year, Skylar was set to be that Nashville Nobody, but it seems America grew tired of her amateurish twang after awhile and she bit the dust because of it.

All I can say is, America got it right. Of the remaining contestants (In the non-Phillip Phillips Division, but h...
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'American Idol' Recap: Joshua Ledet Stuns Again

May 3rd, 2012 10:03am EDT
American Idol - Joshua Ledet Stuns Again
Until they stop with these ridiculous duets and trios and whatevers that I will not mention any further, I am protesting by not writing an intro. I’m sure you’re heartbroken.

And…on with the show!

Hollie Cavanagh’s First Song: “River Deep, Mountain High” by Ike and Tina Turner

Steven Said: The first time I heard you step out and use your blues.

J-Lo Said: It was a different type of Hollie tonight.

Randy Said: You guys loved it? I loved it too!

The Verdict:

Here’s just a miserable song choice. Hollie decided to go with something upbeat and soulful. Something that requires energy and v...
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Kardashian Drama Dominates E! 2012 Upfront Event In New York City

May 1st, 2012 10:30am EDT
Kim & Kourtney Kardashian
There's always some kind of drama going on with the Kardashian clan - and that's what makes and keeps people watching them on television.

Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian, Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner attended the E! 2012 Upfront event in New York City yesterday.

The latest news centered on whether Khloe her husband Lamar Odom were cancelling "Khloe & Lamar" after just two seasons. Their rep clarified that the program is simply "on hold."

Kim's dating life has also been in the spotlight recently, but her boyfriend Kanye West was nowhere to be seen. And there's always the baby bump...
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Jennifer Lopez And Enrique Iglesias To Hit The Road Together

April 30th, 2012 3:35pm EDT
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez will be spending her summer with Enrique Iglesias after announcing a joint tour.

The two superstars will kick off the 13-date trek in Montreal, Canada on July 14 and perform shows across North America, including stops in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Illinois, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Georgia and Miami, Florida.

Lopez's American Idol colleague, host Ryan Seacrest, unveiled the concert news during his Los Angeles radio show on Monday.

And the On the Floor hit-maker is planning to virtually invite fans backstage during the upcoming tour via her newly-relaunched interactive webs...
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'Bridesmaids' Dominate The 2012 Comedy Awards

April 30th, 2012 8:33am EDT
Bridesmaids
The stars of hit movie Bridesmaids were the toast of The Comedy Awards in New York City over the weekend as the film landed four of the night's top trophies.

Melissa McCarthy, who won an Oscar nomination for her part in the movie, scooped Best Performance by an Actress during the Comedy Central prize giving at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan on Saturday night.

The actress' co-star Kristen Wiig shared the Best Comedy Screenplay prize with her co-writer Annie Mumolo, and the pair drew laughs from the audience by pretending to wrestle for the trophy on stage.

Paul Feig won Best Com...
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Ryan Seacrest Joins 'Today' As A Special Correspondent

April 28th, 2012 9:58am EDT
Ryan Seacrest
After months of speculation, Ryan Seacrest has officially joined the "Today" team on NBC. The "American Idol" host will join Matt Lauer and the rest of the morning team as a special correspondent, NBC said Friday.

Last year it was rumored Seacrest would replace Lauer if the morning host didn't renew his contract - but he did.

Seacrest's new gig is part of new, two-year with NBCUniversal. He will continue his on-air hosting duties for E! as well as his broadcasting and producing duties. He currently hosts a morning radio show on Los Angeles' KIIS FM, produces and hosts E! News as well as n...
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