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'American Idol' Recap: Signs Of Life From The Final Three

5/9/2013 8:21am EDT
Angie Miller performs on AMERICAN IDOL
It seems the theme of the past few weeks has been that of three “D’s”: Depressing, Dreary and Dull.

For weeks on end, the three remaining girls chose ballads for each performance. Dreadfully boring ballads that did little to entertain or really enhance their voices in any way. Just sad bits of beauty that are great for singers to mess around, but don’t show anything artistically about the type of singer the contestant could be or what they would record.

All the song choices serve is vanity as they’ve allowed each contestant to do as much vocal gymnastics as possible without having to worr...
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Academy of Country Music Awards Fashion: Carrie Underwood, Jewel, Taylor Swift & More!

4/8/2013 8:52am EDT
Academy of Country Music Awards Fashion
Country's brightest and hottest stars attended the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday night.

Several music stars ushered in spring with a variety of colorful gowns, including Carrie Underwood, who opted for a pink and red rose-patterened strapless dress.

Jewel turned heads in a pale pink sequined number, while Taylor Swift opted for a heavily beaded metallic gown.

Sheryl Crow made a departure from the norm in a blue jumpsuit, while Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Miranda Lambert wore black.

See the entire list of winners here, and check out more pho...
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'American Idol' Recap: A Lot Of Stalling On Motown Night With Top 8

3/28/2013 11:04am EDT
Janelle Arthur on AMERICAN IDOL
There’s one thing very certain about this season so far. It’s not that a girl is going to win. It’s not that the competition is stacked in the female’s favor. It’s not that this is the worst season for talent since the Jordin Sparks year. It’s none of that. No, the biggest certainty this year is that Mariah Carey is the worst judge on this show since Ellen.

It’s not that what she says is wrong. It’s that she doesn’t say anything. The hardest part about writing this column this season is trying to pick a sound byte out of Mariah’s insipid ramblings. She just never comments on the contestant...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Girls Dominate Again On Beatles Night

3/21/2013 12:52pm EDT
Amber Holcomb
There’s a lot to be excited about based on last night’s ‘American Idol’ and it doesn’t have anything to do with the members of the final nine.

Why would we care about them when we get to see a brand new song by Carly Rae Jepsen in just a short two months time? We even get to help her write the lyrics. And if her entire album (yes, there is one) is any indication of the types of songs this Canadian pixie likes to record, then aspiring lyricists should mention the previous evening and their desire to either kiss or hold hands with a potential lover. It’s all set.

Sadly, that news couldn’t b...
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'American Idol' Recap: Curtis Finch, Jr. Exits + Power Rankings

3/15/2013 11:49am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Curtis Finch, Jr. Exits
One week in and the producers’ definitely got their wish.

This season it’s very apparent that the creators of ‘Idol’ and all concerned behind the scenes are desperate to get off the Cute Guy With Guitar treadmill and finally get a female back to the top of ‘Idol’ mountain for the first time since Jordin Sparks beat that beat box guy so many years ago.

The producers only had one real problem in their quest for a winner without a Y Chromone: Curtis Finch, Jr. – the best male singer by far. His smooth soul voice and slick stage presence may have been enough to spoil the ladies’ party, and th...
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'American Idol' Recap: Candice And Angela Own The Top 10

3/14/2013 12:18pm EDT
Curtis Finch, Jr. performs on AMERICAN IDOL
Tonight should have been the ‘American Idol’ producers’ dream come true.

Was every performance spectacular? No. Did they manage to book a huge special guest? No way. Did Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell reveal they’d secretly been having an affair this entire time? Not even that.

No! Nicki Minaj was late! That means they had the opportunity do what this show does best: fill, Fill, FILL!

The possibilities were endless. Ryan could have recited a poem about each contestant, Randy could have seen how many women he could call “dude” consecutively, Keith and Mariah could have a competition to sa...
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'American Idol' Recap: Curtis Finch Jr. Stands Out In Top 10 Men Semi-Final

3/7/2013 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

3/6/2013 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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Music's Biggest Stars Rocked The Red Carpet At The 2013 Grammys

2/11/2013 11:04am EST
55th Grammy Awards
  The 55th Annual Grammy Awards got off to a hot start on the red carpet, where music's biggest stars gathered before the main event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Most stars adhered to the requests in the memo that CBS sent out on Wednesday, asking stars to tone their fashion choices down. The memo specifically asked that "buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered"; also warning that "see through" fashions, visible thongs and attire exposing any part of "genital regions" was forbidden at this year's award show.

Most stars followed the rules, including Jennifer Lopez, who ...
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Keith Urban Explains His Daughter's Peculiar Name

11/30/2012 2:34pm EST
Keith Urban
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban named their first daughter Sunday because it was their least favorite day of the week until they found each other.

The Hollywood actress gave birth to Sunday Rose, her first child with her country star husband, in 2008 and they subsequently welcomed a second girl, Faith, via a surrogate mother in 2010.

The couple revealed they called their youngest daughter Faith to reflect their long struggle with fertility problems, and now Urban has revealed the meaning behind Sunday's unusual name.

He says, "For me, Sunday used to be the loneliest day of the week beca...
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Celebrity Birthdays - October 26, 2012

10/26/2012 3:00am EDT
Keith Urban
Happy Birthday to:

Country singer Keith Urban (1967)

Singer Guy Sebastian (1981)

Actor Jon Heder (1977)

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane (1973)

Actress Lisa Ryder (1970)

Actor Steve Valentine (1966)

Singer Natalie Merchant (1963)

Director Ted Demme (1963; d. 2002)

Actor Cary Elwes (1962)

Actor Dylan McDermott (1961)

Actor Patrick Breen (1960)

Actress Rita Wilson (1956)

Funk bassist Bootsy Collins (1951)

Actress Jaclyn Smith (1947)

"Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak (1946)

Actor Bob Hoskins (1942)

Actress Shelley Morrison (1936)

Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (1911; d. 1972...
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Keith Urban To Receive Nashville Symphony's Harmony Award

10/11/2012 6:29pm EDT
Keith Urban
Country star Keith Urban is to be honored in Nashville, Tennessee for his commitment to preserving the city's strong music community.

Bosses at the Nashville Symphony will hand the Somebody Like You hit-maker the prestigious Harmony Award on December 8th at its annual gala, at which Urban has been invited to perform.

A statement from organization president Alan Valentine reads, "Keith Urban has been such a vital force in this community. What he brings to Nashville is precisely what the Harmony Award symbolizes."

In addition to his musical contributions, the new American Idol judge was...
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Nicole Kidman Gets Leggy, Poses With Monster Trucks & Talks Tom Cruise In The November Harper's Bazaar

10/9/2012 4:07pm EDT
Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman shows off her long legs in a new Terry Richardson photo shoot for the November issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine. The shoot features the stunning Australian actress posing with an interesting choice of props for such a movie icon -- monster trucks.

Nicole hits the big screen next week with her latest film, The Paperboy (Oct. 17); which also stars John Cusack and Zac Efron; and discusses the her red carpet style, getting older and the men in her life.

The actress opens up in the candid interview, revealing that she struggled with all the media attention she received when she ...
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Keith Urban Down Plays 'American Idol' Feuding

10/4/2012 11:34am EDT
Keith Urban
Keith Urban isn't fazed by the in-fighting between his fellow American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, calling the panel a "very alive and very invigorating" place to work.

The country singer was caught between the two divas after they became embroiled in a shouting match during try-outs in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday.

In video footage of the incident, Minaj can be heard yelling and swearing at the Hero hit-maker, ranting, "I'm not f**kin' putting up with her f**kin' highness over there," while Carey retorts, "Oh why, why do I have a three year old sitting around me?"...
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Ryan Seacrest Reveals American Idol Judges: Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj And Keith Urban

9/16/2012 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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Keith Urban Quits 'The Voice'

9/13/2012 12:30pm EDT
Keith Urban
Keith Urban has quit his role on the Australian version of TV talent show The Voice.

The country star took a place on the panel alongside Delta Goodrem, Seal and Joel Madden for the Down Under debut of the singing show earlier this year, but Urban has now confirmed he won't be returning for a second season.

Urban reveals he wants to concentrate on touring and releasing a new album.

He says in a statement, "I've been so fortunate to have been a part of The Voice. And as much as I'd love to do it again, it's clear that the recording and promoting of a new album, a tour and other commitment...
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Keith Urban Finalizing Deal To Join 'American Idol'

9/1/2012 11:04am EDT
Keith Urban
Australian country star Keith Urban is almost ready to join the judging panel for American Idol's upcoming season. Urban will replace Randy Jackson, who left the show on Friday after an 11 year run, according to TMZ.com.

The singer will join Mariah Carey, who signed an $18 million deal to join the show last month, on the judges panel; and TMZ.com reports that Nicki Minaj has a deal in place that's "99% done."

Word is Mariah's not happy about Nicki joining the show and has voiced her disdain; but producers think the tension between the two will be good for the show.

Urban's set to make a...
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Giuliana Rancic & Other Celebrities Who Used Surrogate Mothers

8/30/2012 5:00pm EDT
Giuliana & Bill Rancic
Congratulations to Giuliana Rancic and her husband Bill, who welcomed baby Edward on Wednesday via a surrogate mother.

The television personality had been trying for years to get pregnant and even miscarried in 2010. Then she battled breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. Not giving up hope, she sought help to bring a baby into the world. The couple is the baby's biological parents, and Giuliana has been very open about her journey towards motherhood.

She's the not the only celebrity who has needed help expanding his or her brood. It can cost anywhere between $25,000 to $80,000 ...
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Keith Urban Signs Up For 'All Access' Program For Nashville Public Schools

8/30/2012 3:19pm EDT
Keith Urban
Keith Urban is set to add teacher to his resume after signing up to mentor high school students at a special event.

The singer will take part in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's educational program for students in Nashville, Tennessee and share his songwriting wisdom and experience in the music industry with pupils.

Ali Tonn, the museum's director of education and public programs, says, "We're thrilled to offer music and arts students from several Metro Nashville Public Schools the chance to get 'up close and personal' with one of country music's great talents, Keith Urban." ...
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Nicole Kidman And Keith Urban Cheer On Olympic Aussies

7/31/2012 12:42am EDT
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
Actress Nicole Kidman and her country singer husband Keith Urban cheered on Team Australia on Saturday as the women's swimming team raced to victory in the Olympics relay championships.

The Hollywood stars were the guests of honor at an Olympics party held by Omega watchmakers in London, and they spent the evening mingling with fellow attendees Michelle Williams, Kim Cattrall, Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington and movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

A big screen was erected at the venue to allow sports fans to keep an eye on the London Games, and Kidman and Urban were among those celebrati...
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DILFs: 30 Hot Celebrity Dads - 2012 Edition

7/21/2012 4:00pm EDT
Cam Gigandet
Last week we put together a pictorial of 30 hot celebrity moms to the enjoyment of many that browsed. Not to let the ladies down, we thought it only fitting to do the same for the sexy celebrity dads. We did our best to throw in a few shirtless surprises, so click through our list of hot celeb dads. If we missed someone who'd be on your list let us know. Enjoy!

Cam Gigandet

Usher

Scott Disick

Brad Pitt

Chris Hemsworth

Colin Farrell

Will Smith

Orlando Bloom

Ben Afleck

David Beckham

Clive Owen

Josh Holloway

Jay-Z

Eric Dane

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Miranda Lambert Hits Back At Eric Church Over His 'American Idol Gone Mad' Remark

5/1/2012 8:40am EDT
Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert has taken aim at her former tour mate Eric Church after he openly criticized reality TV shows for churning out so many country singers and compared the genre to "American Idol gone mad."

Church slammed the industry during a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, claiming too many amateurs were being handed record deals simply from appearing on TV talent competitions like Idol and The Voice, on which Lambert's husband Blake Shelton is a mentor.

He said, "It's become American Idol gone mad. Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green f**king turn around in a red chai...
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Carrie Underwood And Miranda Lambert Dominate 2012 CMT Music Award Nominations

4/23/2012 2:47pm EDT
Carrie Underwood
Country music stars Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert look set to dominate the 2012 CMT Music Awards after landing a combined total of nine nominations.

American Idol winner Underwood leads the pack with five nods - her song Good Girl will go head-to-head with Lambert's Over You for Video and Female Video of the Year, and her unlikely duet with rocker Steven Tyler during a pre-Super Bowl party also earned her a mention in the CMT Performance of the Year category.

The Male Video of the Year will be a battle between the likes of Keith Urban (Long Hot Summer), Jason Aldean (Dirt Road An...
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Keith Urban To Donate 'For You' Royalties To The U.S. Navy

4/10/2012 1:36pm EDT
Keith Urban
Country star Keith Urban is donating all proceeds from his Act Of Valor track For You to the United States Navy to provide aid for members of the armed forces.

The Somebody Like You hit-maker wrote the track for the military-themed action movie, which tells the story of real-life Navy SEAL operations, and he performed the tune for the first time at the 2012 Academy of County Music Awards earlier this month.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the project, he said, "After seeing Act of Valor, my co-writer (Monty Powell) and I wanted to capture the essence of not only what these men and...
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Seal Postpones His Australian Tour

2/6/2012 7:48am EST
Seal
British singer Seal has postponed his upcoming Australian tour dates so he can film reality TV show The Voice.

The Kiss from a Rose hit-maker, who split from wife Heidi Klum last month, joins Keith Urban and Good Charlotte star Joel Madden on the upcoming Australian version of the hit U.S. reality series.

However, his commitment to the show has forced Seal to re-arrange a number of gigs, which were due to start this week.

In a statement, he says, "I'm so excited to be going back and forth to Australia over the coming five months filming The Voice and touring."

"I'm really sorry we'v...
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Keith Urban Was Terrified Of What His Voice Would Sound Like After Three Weeks Without Speaking

1/17/2012 8:59pm EST
Keith Urban
Country singer Keith Urban feared he'd sound like high-pitched pop star Leo Sayer when he returned to performing after vocal surgery last year.

The Aussie hunk spent three weeks not uttering a murmur after the operation to remove a nodule and a polyp from his throat and he had weird dreams about how his voice would sound when he was able to hit the stage and the studio again.

He says, "I had this operated on and you have to do three weeks (of) no talking, no uttering a sound - you can't cry, you can't sneeze, you can't cough, you can't clear your throat.

"I had a dream one night, it was ...
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2012 Golden Globes Fashion: Who Rocked The Red Carpet & Who Didn't?

1/16/2012 9:30am EST
2012 Golden Globes fashion
The Golden Globes are the first big awards show of the season, and the stars came out in colorful ensembles to attend one of Hollywood's most prestigious events leading up to the Academy Awards.

There were very few fashion missteps at this year's event. "Homeland" actress Morena Baccarin wore a daring black dress that showed quite a bit of cleavage (is that appropriate?), while "Ringer" star Sarah Michelle Gellar took a chance with a blue and white tie-dyed gown (too bohemian?).

There wasn't a lot of flash on the red carpet. Few stars wore sequins (Laura Dern, Madonna, Diane Lane and did)...
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Keith Urban Makes Plans To Return To The Stage After Surgery

1/12/2012 7:30pm EST
Keith Urban
Country star Keith Urban has marked his calendar for a return to performing after undergoing throat surgery in December - he'll hit the Grand Ole Opry Ryman Auditorium stage in Nashville, Tennessee on February 3.

Urban had a polyp removed from a vocal cord at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and he has been on vocal rest ever since.

His appearance next month will be his first public outing since he recorded a song for the CMA Country Christmas television special in mid-November, according to Access Hollywood.

He was forced to scrap his All For The Hall benefit concert this month and ...
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2011 - The Year In Review, January

1/1/2012 9:00am EST
2011 - The Year In Review
The new year began with wedding bells for many couples including singer Shania Twain, who married her fiance Frederic Thiebaud in Puerto Rico on New Year's Day, while country star Kellie Pickler and actress Valerie Bertinelli also walked down the aisle on January 1.

The new year brought baby news for a number of celebrity couples - Orlando Bloom and his wife Miranda Kerr became first-time parents with the birth of their son Flynn. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem also welcomed a son, and Owen Wilson became a father just days after he announced his girlfriend's pregnancy. Nicole Kidman also ...
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Keith Urban Not Allowed To Speak For Three Weeks

11/26/2011 11:00am EST
Keith Urban
Country star Keith Urban is recovering after undergoing a successful operation on his vocal cords.

The Aussie singer, who is married to Nicole Kidman, had the surgery to remove a polyp on Tuesday and his spokesman Paul Freundlich tells Reuters he is doing fine.

Urban has been ordered not to speak for three weeks to allow his throat time to heal.

The star, who had to cancel end-of-year shows due to his health issues, released a special Thanksgiving video message for fans before going under the knife earlier this week to thank them for their support.

Urban has become the latest celebrity ...
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