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X Factor USA cancelled as Simon Cowell heads back to Britain

February 7th, 2014 7:40pm EST
Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell's X Factor experiment in America has officially failed - the TV talent show has been axed by executives at TV network Fox.

The show will not be back for a fourth season later this year (14).

The news comes just hours after Cowell announced he would be returning to the U.K.'s version of The X Factor as a judge.

The music mogul quit the show three years ago to concentrate on making the format work in America. He also stepped down as a judge on American Idol to work solely on his new show.

Last month (Jan14), Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly addressed the show's struggle t...

Paula Abdul sues tanning salon bosses over burned leg

January 10th, 2014 3:10am EST
Paula Abdul
Singer-turned-reality TV regular Paula Abdul has filed a personal injury lawsuit against tanning company bosses after she allegedly burned her leg during a treatment.

The Opposites Attract hitmaker has taken legal action against the executives behind Los Angeles-based company UVASUN West, Inc., claiming she suffered severe burns following a tanning treatment in 2012.

In the documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Abdul states she purchased an infrared body wrap treatment, which was applied "negligently, carelessly and recklessly" and consequently led her to incur "severe and painful...

Fashion Fails: Adam Lambert, Paula Abdul, Kristen Bell, More

December 15th, 2013 2:07pm EST
Adam Lambert
It's Fashion Fail Time! That means we take a break from letting you know how good all of your favorite stars look to show the other side of fashion: the fails!

Adam Lambert's suit could be trying to show cherry blossoms on a cloudy day, but from here it just looks gross. Plus, he buttoned up and didn't wear a tie.

This looks like something Paula Abdul would wear early in her career, because it was the late 80s and this would be considered fashionable. Thankfully, we don't consider this a good look nowadays.

We still hate animal prints and Samantha Ronson has some yellow zebra str...

Paula Abdul opts for low-key Bat Mitzvah ceremony

November 6th, 2013 3:10am EST
Paula Abdul
Pop star Paula Abdul enjoyed a private Bat Mitzvah ceremony in Israel over the weekend (02-03Nov13) after deciding against plans to stage the belated event in public at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

The Opposites Attract singer is currently reconnecting with her Jewish roots during a visit to Israel, and she recently announced she would be undergoing the coming-of-age ceremony, which is traditionally celebrated by 12 to 13-year-old girls, at the holy place of worship.

However, Abdul had a change of heart about the high-profile event and instead chose to hold the Bat Mitzvah privately in ...

Paula Abdul to hold belated Bat Mitzvah in Israel

November 3rd, 2013 8:30pm EST
Paula Abdul
Singer Paula Abdul is reconnecting with her Jewish roots and planning a belated Bat Mitzvah, almost four decades after the ceremony is traditionally held.

The Opposites Attract hitmaker is currently on her very first trip to Israel, serving as a guest of the country's ministry of tourism. In addition to visiting holy sites and touring the area, Abdul is reaffirming her Jewish faith by undergoing the coming-of-age ceremony, which is usually celebrated by 12 to 13-year-old girls.

Traditionally, the Jewish ritual involves reading a portion of the Torah, leading prayers and completing a chari...

American Idol rejects sue producers for discrimination

July 24th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
American Idol
A group of former American Idol contestants is suing show producers for discrimination.

The 10 African-American singers - including Corey Clark, who alleged he briefly romanced then-judge Paula Abdul - claim they were forced out of the TV talent contest because of their race.

The plaintiffs have accused Idol bosses of conducting a "cruel and inhumane" scheme to exploit them for ratings by illegally digging up their arrest histories and using the records to humiliate them on national TV, according to

Clark's fellow Idol Season Two wannabes Jaered Andrews and Jacob John Smalley an...

Stars express shock over New Orleans parade shooting

May 13th, 2013 12:48pm EDT
Russell Simmons
Stars including Moby, Russell Simmons and Paula Abdul have expressed their shock over a shooting at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday (12May13).

Gunmen opened fire on dozens of people marching in the parade, injuring 19 people, including two children.

Police officials have revealed that three suspects were seen fleeing the scene after the shooting and that most of the injuries sustained by the victims are non life-threatening.

Stars immediately took to to share their dismay, with dance star Moby declaring, "Another terrible and horrifying gun tragedy....

Randy Jackson to quit American Idol after 12 years

May 9th, 2013 10:41pm EDT
Randy Jackson
American Idol judge Randy Jackson is to quit the show after 12 years.

The producer/musician will give up his seat on the panel next week (16May13) after the latest Idol queen is crowned.

The news comes amid reports that all four judges - Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban - are poised to depart after the current season ends, and hours after it was announced that Carey had dropped Jackson as her longtime business manager.

He tells E! News, "To put all of the speculation to rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season...

'Dancing With The Stars' Week 4: All Stars Perform Chosen Dances

October 16th, 2012 10:30am EDT
DWTS Giles and Peta
This week on “Dancing with the Stars” the nine remaining couples must tackle dances that they have rarely, if ever, seen in the Ballroom with only one of the dances being a true Ballroom dance.

Grammy and Emmy Award winning choreographer, singer, dancer, and Judge Paula Abdul joins Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba at the judge’s table this week.

With the unusual dances being performed this week, lifts are being allowed in the performances.

First up was Kristie and Maks with a Charleston to “42nd Street” that had Kristie jumping out of a cake. Len said Kristie turns Monda...

Jennifer Lopez Gives Reality Show Rival Britney Spears Some Judging Tips

May 15th, 2012 3:00pm EDT
Britney Spears
Fox network execs officially revealed yesterday that Demi Lovato and Britney Spears are the two new judges on "The X Factor" alongside Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid.

Cowell famously stepped down from "American Idol" to helm "The X Factor," and it had disappointing ratings in its first season. That led him to fire pal Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger from the judging panel. He snagged Demi and Britney, who will probably bring some new life to the show.

Jennifer Lopez, who has been judging "American Idol" for two seasons, has a little advice for Spears.

Lopez told Entertainment Tonight, "J...

Demi Lovato In Negotiations To Join 'X Factor'

May 2nd, 2012 9:24am EDT
Demi Lovato
After last season's underwhelming ratings for "The X Factor," Simon Cowell cleaned house by removing Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger from the judging panel. He also kicked off host Steve Jones.

In an effort to compete with "American Idol," "The Voice," and other singing competitions on the horizon (including ABC's upcoming "Duets"), Cowell brought Britney Spears on board. Now he's reportedly offering a spot to Demi Lovato to judge alongside Spears, Cowell and L.A. Reid.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lovato is in final negotiations for the job. Neither Fox execs nor Cowell have c...

Paula Abdul & Kathy Griffin Step Out With Their Sexy, Younger Boyfriends (Photos)

April 17th, 2012 12:00pm EDT
Paula Abdul & Jeff Bratton
No longer just a man's arena, more and more women (famous and not so famous) are hooking up with guys several years younger than them.

We spotted Paula Abdul with her entrepreneur boyfriend Jon Caprio holding on to each other in Miami Beach yesterday. Paula, 49, and Jon, 40, have reportedly been dating since November. The former "X Factor" judge looked happy as she strolled around in a pink button-down shirt and colorful scarf.

Kathy Griffin, 51, has been hooking up with a younger guy for the past several months. Last night photographers snapped her holding hands with her boyfriend, who i...

Nicole Scherzinger Supports Britney Spears As 'X Factor' Replacement

April 13th, 2012 11:19am EDT
Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger has thrown her support behind Britney Spears as her potential replacement on The X Factor, insisting she is always "rooting" for the singer "no matter what."

The Pussycat Dolls star was initially hired to host Simon Cowell's show, but was drafted onto the judging panel to replace British pop star Cheryl Cole, who was axed during the early stages of the contest.

Scherzinger exited the show at the end of the first season, along with fellow judge Paula Abdul, and Cowell is rumored to be close to signing the Toxic hit-maker to take over in a massive $15 million deal.


Britney Spears Tweets Trim Twister Photo

April 12th, 2012 1:30pm EDT
Britney Spears Twister Dance
Britney Spears is looking good! The pop star tweeted a photo of herself taking promotional pictures for the new Twister Dance series of games.

"Couldn't be happier with the Twister Dance video shoot! It's gonna be so hot..." she tweeted with a link to the above photo. She also gave her followers a link so see a gallery of more promotional pictures on Twister's Facebook page.

It's great to see Britney is back in shape and having a good time. In other Britney news, she's reportedly close to signing a huge deal to be on The X Factor as a judge. She could pocket $15 million as a replacement f...

Stacy Keibler To Host 'The X Factor'?

March 19th, 2012 4:20pm EDT
Stacy Keibler
George Clooney's girlfriend Stacy Keibler is in talks to host the upcoming season of hit TV series The X Factor, according to a new report.

Music mogul Simon Cowell has been scrambling to find the talent show's new dream team ever since host Steve Jones and judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul were axed in January.

Now, reports suggest former professional wrestler Keibler is in negotiations to front the program.

A source tells the New York Post, "She looks fantastic and has bags of charisma."

Cowell has previously expressed his desire to sign both a male and female host to repl...

Fans Must 'Wait And See' If Britney Spears Joins 'X Factor'

March 14th, 2012 9:22am EDT
Britney Spears
Simon Cowell is refusing to confirm or deny rumors he's chasing Britney Spears for "The X Factor," telling fans they'll have to "wait and see" if the pop star becomes a judge on the show.

The singer is reportedly in contract talks to replace either Paula Abdul or Nicole Scherzinger, but Cowell is refusing to let viewers know just how close she is to signing up - or if the rumors are true.

He says, "You'll have to wait and see...I can't confirm or deny anything right now. The truth is, we are talking to a number of people. It changes on a daily basis, to be honest with you."

But Cowell ha...

Is Britney Spears A Good Fit For 'The X Factor'?

March 10th, 2012 12:00pm EST
Britney Spears
Britney Spears is about to sign on to join Simon Cowell and Antonio 'L.A.' Reid as a judge on "The X Factor," according to reports.

A source told The Hollywood Reporter that Spears' fiance and agent Jason Trawick is negotiating a deal, which could be signed as early as next week.

Britney sure has the star power to bring in viewers, but does she have what it takes to be a mentor to aspiring singers?

Janet Jackson was in the running as a potential judge, but reportedly bowed out citing previous commitments.

Cowell and producers are completely revamping the show. They fired judges Nicole ...

Janet Jackson Says She's Too Busy For 'The X Factor'

March 2nd, 2012 8:21am EST
Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson has ruled herself out of the next season of The X Factor because she just can't work the show into her schedule.

The Nasty singer was one of the stars rumored to be in the running to take up a seat as a judge on Simon Cowell's hit TV talent contest following the departure of Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul after the first series.

She played coy about the job possibility during an interview with Anderson Cooper last month, but she has now confirmed she definitely won't be on the panel.

She tells E! News, "(I'm) very flattered that X Factor let me know that I was being ...

Paula Abdul Clears Up 'X Factor' Rumors

February 26th, 2012 1:15pm EST
Paula Abdul
Singer Paula Abdul has cleared up rumors suggesting she left America's The X Factor on bad terms, insisting her departure was "amicable" and she remains friends with creator Simon Cowell.

The star reteamed with her former American Idol colleague Cowell to sit on the judging panel for the first season of the reality TV show, but she was axed from the line-up at the end of series one along with fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones.

Online gossip suggested Abdul was furious about being booted from the show, but she has now spoken out to dismiss rumors of a rift with her longt...

Paula Abdul Puts Unlucky Mansion On The Market

February 23rd, 2012 2:30pm EST
Paula Abdul mansion for sale
Paula Abdul is selling her 4,679 square-foot Mediterranean-style mansion in Sherman Oaks for $1.9 million. The former "American Idol" and "X Factor" judge is likely fed up with all the problems the property has caused her.

In 2008, an obsessed fan died of a drug overdose just down the street. The following year, a woman sued Paula, claiming she was injured in her driveway.

The former pop star has agreed to pay $900,000 in damages stemming from the lawsuit. That will leave her a cool $1 million towards a new abode. She is unemployed and probably needs the cash...

Check out photos of the 5...

Simon Cowell Wanted Whitney Houston For Next Season Of 'The X Factor'

February 12th, 2012 1:15pm EST
Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell was doubly devastated upon hearing news of Whitney Houston's death on Saturday as he had hoped to hire her for The X Factor.

The superstar singer was found dead in her hotel room in Los Angeles, just two days before Cowell was due to host a meeting to discuss giving her a job on the reality TV show.

Cowell, who recently axed Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger from the judging panel, has revealed he heard rumors Houston would be interested in joining the upcoming second series and he had scheduled talks on Monday with network bosses at Fox.

He told CNN's Piers Morgan, "The ru...

Simon Cowell & Nicole Scherzinger Open Up About 'X Factor' Shake Up

February 8th, 2012 10:00am EST
Nicole Scherzinger Simon Cowell & Paula Abdul
Music mogul Simon Cowell fought to help his friend Paula Abdul keep her job as a judge on "The X Factor," but he was overruled by TV executives.

Abdul was dropped from the line-up of the reality show last month, along with fellow panel member Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones.

Antonio 'L.A.' Reid kept his place as a judge, and Cowell reveals he did everything he could to keep Abdul alongside him on the Fox series when negotiations began at the start of the year.

He told "Extra," "I would've liked to have kept her. She was very gracious and I said that to her. She understands it's b...

Report: Beyoncé's $500 Million 'X Factor' Deal

February 3rd, 2012 10:21am EST
Simon Cowell is a man who knows what he wants. And when it comes to The X Factor USA, what Cowell wants is Beyoncé.

Listen up, X Factor fans. Here's the latest scoop heating up the search engines: Simon Cowell has reportedly offered pop megastar Beyoncé a whopping $500 million to appear as a judge and mentor on the sophomore season of his struggling FOX talent show, The X Factor.

An "extremely reliable" source blabbed the alleged scoop to Media TakeOut on Thursday. We hear Simon is desperate to get a "big name female star on the panel" and Mariah Carey — who has been the subject of X Fac...

Jennifer Lopez Makes A Fashion Misstep In Baggy Checkered Pants

February 2nd, 2012 8:25am EST
Jennifer Lopez
We spotted Jennifer Lopez leaving her Manhattan hotel yesterday. The singer/actress waved to fans as she left wearing blue and red checkered pants, a plaid scarf and fur stole.

Lopez is currently judging season 11 of "American Idol." She's lucky she still has a job. Simon Cowell has been shaking things up on competing FOX singing competition show "The X Factor." Host Steve Jones and judges Nicole Scherzinger & Paula Abdul were booted after just one season.

She is also working on and promoting her new reality TV show Q'Viva - The Chosen, which she hosts and produces with her ex Marc Anthon...

Simon Cowell Confirms Paula Abdul & Nicole Scherzinger's 'X Factor' Exits

January 31st, 2012 7:15pm EST
Simon Cowell
Music and TV mogul Simon Cowell has confirmed Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger will not be returning as star judges on the new season of The X Factor.

On Monday, host Steve Jones became the first to be dropped from the U.S. version of the program ahead of its second season, while it was rumored singers Abdul and Scherzinger would also be axed.

The two stars, who sat on the judging panel alongside Cowell and Antonio 'L.A.' Reid, confirmed the news of their exit on Tuesday.

In a post, Scherzinger wrote, "I wanted to let you know directly from me that it's true I won't be retu...

Paula Abdul And Nicole Scherzinger Kicked Off 'X Factor'

January 31st, 2012 3:00pm EST
X Factor
The contestants aren't the only ones getting booted off The X Factor: Judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger have been shown the door, according to

Perhaps the fallout surrounding Rachel Crow's elimination (Scherzinger infamously refused to vote, thus setting up a audience tiebreaker that Crow lost) influenced the singer's - or the producer's - decision. A source told EW, "She wants to focus on her music career. She's spoken to Simon [Cowell] and he's given her his blessing. X Factor took a lot more of her time than she ever expected. She didn’t have any time really to work on h...

Celebrity Fashion Standoff: Who Wore It Better?

January 25th, 2012 8:00am EST
Jenna Dewan, Selena Gomez & Ashley Tisdale
There are many trends in the fashion industry, and celebrities follow them obsessively. Often they take a similar look and add their own personal twists.

Check out the ladies above. Lace may be traditional and old fashioned, but these gals are anything but! Jenna Dewan, Selena Gomez & Ashley Tisdale all stepped out in the the same material with different interpretations. Jenna paired her white lace dress with a black belt and pumps. Selena went for a more antique, off-white look. Ashley chose funky leopard-print booties to pair with her dress. Who is your favorite?

Check out other celebs ...

Paula Abdul Is Single

January 9th, 2012 8:57am EST
Paula Abdul
Singer and TV personality Paula Abdul is a single woman after splitting from her boyfriend.

"The X Factor" judge and record label owner Jeff Bratton decided to call off their relationship because their busy schedules were keeping them apart.

Bratton confirms to, "Paula and I split in November. It was an amicable thing. But between the final months of X Factor and my responsibilities with (record label) Cascine, there was little time for us. We're still close, and I'll always be grateful for the time we shared as a couple."

The couple began dating after meeting on a flight in 2...

Fashion Fails Of The Week: The Looks That Ruined Christmas Break

December 27th, 2011 12:00pm EST
Helen Mirren
Bad fashion doesn't take the holidays off. Here's what we were grimacing at while waiting for Santa to deliver our presents.

Helen Mirren has a beautiful body, especially when you consider her age. However, after showing up on our Fashion Fails of 2011 list, she didn't exactly improve on her outfits. This satin dress has way too much material - while it hugs her curvy body, the ripples in front are anything but flattering.

Paula Abdul should have left this cream colored, pinstriped pantsuit in a previous decade. Also, notice the blinged-out Pepsi can she's toting about. Pepsi was keen t...

'The X Factor' Recap: Melanie Wins + The Year-End Awards

December 23rd, 2011 9:28am EST
Melanie Amaro is announed winner of THE X FACTOR
Ordinarily I give shows like this the full mega-diary treatment, but ‘X Factor’ doesn’t seem worthy.

This show is a disappointment by most measures. To wit, last night’s show did about a third of the demo rating of ‘Idol’s’ finale last may. So, I can’t quite give this the full mega-diary. So instead, I’m going to whip out the first annual X-Factor Awards.

First, congratulations to this year’s winner Melanie Amaro. I look forward to seeing your Pepsi commercial and then never hearing from you again until you’re brought back as a musical guest for one of next year’s results show. Enjoy your...

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