Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, Ellen Degeneres
If the latest reports are to be believed, when Fox launches the 10th season of American Idol in January, the contestants will be hearing from judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.
How the chemistry among the trio — which might still be a foursome — would jell remains an unknown, but here's what we do know about the new season:
Access Hollywood correspondent Maria Menounos spends most of her time reporting on entertainment news and chatting with celebrities. So she bear-hugged the opportunity to wrestle in a six diva match in October as part of a past WWE guest-hosting gig. (You can see it here.) The 31-year-old says the experience inspired her to take on more immersive, adventurous experiences. And so Maria's Madcap Adventure Series was born. Airing this week during Access, her Adventure segments include dancing with New Kids on the Block, singing with Justin Bieber, and impersonating Dolly Parton in Las Vegas. She even got to do play-by-play for her beloved Boston Celtics. Menounos spoke to TVGuide.com about a few of her adventures.
Recording with Justin Bieber: He's a good little...
Hey guys sorry I didnt announce myself as Idol blogger last night Its me Erin Fox at your blogging service once again for the results show Ryan promises an action-packed hour and the Idols start right off with their group number 9 to 5 Not to sound completely ancient but this is such a toe-tapper how could they mess it up Oh wait theyre making them line dance in the background Thats how to ruin a great song Boo Am I just cranky tonight or did they butcher this song Now they are surrounding and pouncing on the judges Its kinda cute actually Is Simon actually smiling He must have taken some happy pills after his PMS attack last night I can say that because Im a chick No hate mail pleaseSide note Did you see creepy Dr Phils wife in the audience How about ChikezieWe get to see some highlights from last night and then its straight to the results First up is Michael Johns who is safe David Archuleta and Carly Smithson are also safe after Ry
Tonights mentor is Dolly Parton Singer songwriter and hit-producing country star Her voice is as big as her hair You thought I was going somewhere else didnt you Hey now this is a family showThey dive right in tonight which makes me happy After reading this recap be sure to check out the news about David Cook rushing to the hospital after his performance ScaryBrooke White Jolene I think Brooke has a voice that can do almost any genre of music and country is a very nice fit for her Shes just not as obvious as Kristy Lee However this song is lacking some good drama for Brooke to sink her teeth into Randy thinks she rushed parts but it was all right Paula blabs a lot about her being who she is and she being Brooke White Thanks for that observation P Simon thinks it was lacking any emotion and goes on to diss the band as well NiceDavid Cook Little Sparrow Dolly squeals Yay Your voice is beautiful Hes stoked He launches into the high and
American Idol's top 10 by Frank Micelotta/Fox
Finally, watching the tedious results show paid off! Ryan Seacrest announced last night that the (thank goodness only) four mentors for the top 10 will be Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Neil "Sweet Caroline" Diamond. Each mentor will help the remaining finalists prepare for their Tuesday-night performances and will perform themselves on the Wednesday-night results show. One can only guess what the themes will be with this eclectic group. Dolly could be tapped for a country night, Mariah could do either a Billboard 100 or an R&B night, Andrew Lloyd Webber must be coaching on musical-theater numbers, and Neil Diamond should totally do a karaoke-favorites night... because let's face it, every time I go to a karaoke bar, at least two or three people sing Neil Diamond songs. Great, now I have "Sweet Caroline" stuck in my head. Specific dates for the mentors will be released at a later time, so in the meantime, brush up on your favorite Dolly, Mariah, Webber and D...
Hey guys Erin Fox here again First off I still have no news about Nina and her baby which means shes dealing with some seriously long labor I thought for sure shed have him last night but alas Baby Boy Hammerling-Smith is a stubborn little guy Send lots of positive thoughts her way Secondly I know all about Chikezie-gate 2008 I swear he was not left out intentionally it was just computer error as in my computer kept crashing and I had to keep re-entering my recap it was not a fun time at my house late last night Poor Chikezie was temporarily dissed but I made sure to add him back as soon as I couldNow I have to admit something I hate the elimination shows I never watch them I just cant stand the cheesy group numbers and bad product placement videos But lets hope they prove me wrong and Im thoroughly entertained We start with Ryan making a pretty huge announcement The four mentors this year include Dolly Parton Andrew Lloyd Webber Neil Diamo
Seth Rogen by Eric Charbonneau/WireImage.com
Seth Rogen, Scrubs' Elizabeth Banks and Kevin Smith muse Jason Mewes will star in the Clerks director's next comedy, Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Says an excited Smith: "Getting Seth in this flick is like suddenly growing an extra six inches in the crotch."... Grownup Panic Room moppet Kristen Stewart has landed the female lead in Twilight, based on Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel about a girl who is not named Buffy who is in love with a vampire who is not named Angel... The curtain will go up on Dolly Parton's stage adaptation of 9 to 5, the 1980 classic comedy she made with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, on Sept. 21, 2008, in L.A. Allison Janney stars. No, not in the old Parton role, in Tomlin's role. As if....Tim Burton has sealed a deal with Disney to direct and produce a live-action-plus-performance-capture animation version of Alice in Wonderland and remake his own stop-motion short, Frankenweenie, as a full-length feature. Both will be shown in 3-D, and if we're lucky, Alice ...
Some stars can cause a commotion just by walking into the room. And that was certainly the case with country legend Dolly Parton, who brought the crowd to its feet without any prompting from Dancing with the Stars' warm-up Cory Almeida. Rarely has the ballroom seen this kind of over-the-top reception for a guest performer. The only question was whether the 500 members of the studio audience would settle down long enough to let her sing. "I didn't have to say a word," says Almeida. "Come on, it's Dolly Parton."
Like most television shows that go out live to the satellite, Dancing with the Stars pretapes special segments that require too much extra setup to be done on the fly. There might be special staging, as there was for the exceptional performance by tap dancer
Will Floyd Mayweather survive this decision? Dancing With the Stars by Isaac Brekken/ABC
I don't see a big surprise coming our way tonight. There is a very solid bottom three in Wayne Newton, Floyd Mayweather and Josie Maran.The only injustice will be if Floyd Mayweather goes home too soon. He has a lot left to give.So who do you think will go? Are we in for an unexpected ousting? And don't forget, Dolly Parton's in the ballroom tonight! Let's chew the fat during the show and be sure to check back later for my thoughts on who was sent packing!
Lucy Kate Hale, Michelle Ryan and Molly Price in Bionic Woman by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC Photo
First, an important public-service announcement: Tonight on The War, we relive D-Day, a momentous turning point in military history brought to vivid life by those who lived through it, courtesy of Ken Burns' masterful way with documentary narrative. I know this is premiere week, and Wednesday is the most competitive night for new shows this season, but I wouldn't be doing my duty if I didn't remind everyone that this is TV you not only shouldn't miss, but it's an experience you'll never forget. (The reality, though, is that PBS is giving viewers multiple opportunities to see these episodes, and I can't think of a better gift DVD for holiday season.) Back to the network game, where only one of the nine new series being launched on Wednesdays is MIA: ABCs marvelous Pushing Daisies, its premiere pushed back a week by the tsunami-like launch of Dancing with the Stars, which once again is turning out to be the ratings monster everyone expected. (And the men, by and large, had a bla...