The X Factor
The remaining X Factor contestants were whittled down to the final 12 on Tuesday's first live episode ... but who cares about that when Simon's entertaining a marriage proposal from a 13-year-old, Paula's shunning Nicole, and a "friend of" The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is in the audience?
Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger and her boyfriend, race car driver Lewis Hamilton, have called it quits after four years together, People reports.
Distance was a primary reason for the split, a source told the magazine. The X Factor judge, 33, is based in Los Angeles while Hamilton, 26, has...
The X Factor
It's been four X Factor-free days and I bet you were developing cold sweats and severe anxiety — right? Well, thank goodness we're back at the judges' amazing mansions and can continue to feel completely inadequate about our own lives and homes again.
Jazzlyn Little starts out the evening by underwhelming us with a tired rendition of "I Will Survive." I honestly didn't think it was possible to make that song a snoozefest, but Jazzlyn proved me wrong. Given the talent she's demonstrated in the competition, this was totally...
We're down to only 32 acts, divided into four groups. You know this by now (because they mention it every episode!), but in case you've contracted temporary amnesia, the groups are: boys, girls, old folks and groups.
Paula's "groups" will meet at her mansion in Santa Barbara, the boys head to LA's mansion in the Hamptons, the oldies find themselves at Nicole's Malibu mansion, and Simon's girls? Oh, they're just headed to Paris. Because Simon's in charge, and he can do things like that.
Derek Hough and Ricki Lake may have topped the Dancing with the Stars leader board last week, but Hough by no means thinks they're the ones to beat. "It felt great, but if you look, the scores were really close, so it's going to be a very competitive season," Hough tells TVGuide.com. "I know people are going to do really well next week and whatnot, and as long we can keep improving as far as her skill set, then I think we'll be in good shape." Not in good shape? His apparent inability to add their scores. Find out what the three-time champ has to say about this math skills, why Lake was never hung up on being Kirstie Alley, and why he chose to film a movie last season instead of going for a threepeat.
Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli
Dear Reality Shows,
Listen, we need to talk. It's about these two-hour episodes, the twice-a-week commitments, the extended eliminations, the reunions... all of it. Our DVRS are tired, and so are we. In other words, it's not us. It's you.
Used to be that TV shows were once a week, and two-hours long only if they were, like, special episodes or season premieres. Now, it seems that every ...
Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion
Our top moments of the week:
14. Best Blast from the Past: Six years after attempting to cheat on her on How I Met Your Mother, Ted gets the shock of his life when he spots Miss Buttercup herself, Victoria (Ashley Williams), catering the Architects Ball. We know canonically that Victoria's not the mother, but she was among our favorites of Ted's girlfriends (and he's had a lot), so it's nice to see her again, even if her only purpose is to restore the jaded romantic's faith in romance.
13. Best First Dance: Who knew moves like Jagger involves rooster chest-puffing and...
Over the past year, you've heard plenty of hype from Simon Cowell about his new singing competition, The X Factor: It's huge! Auditions are held in packed arenas! It's got really young and really old contestants! Groups are allowed! New judge Nicole Scherzinger will out-cry and out-crazy Paula Abdul! L.A. Reid will finally give Simon a worthy opponent! And did he mention it's huge? For all these reasons, we should probably brace ourselves for it to blow American Idol and The Voice right out of prime time's talent show-infested waters, right?
5 ways Simon Cowell plans to crush Idol with The X Factor: Mo' money, crazy Nicole ...
Well, now that you've tuned in to Wednesday's premiere to see the goods firsthand, let's discuss. We want to hear your opinions on the night's standouts, good and bad, starting with:
L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul judging thousands of aspiring singers, some of whom will make your ears bleed? Sounds like American Idol redux. At first glance, there isn't a ton separating Cowell's new music competition show, The X Factor, from its predecessors — until you stack up the details. Then Cowell's master plan for music show domination becomes all too clear.
My God, It's huge! And 9 other things we learned at the premiere of The X Factor
In advance of Wednesday's premiere (8/7c on Fox), Cowell and the other X Factor judges help explain the five biggest ways in which their show will crush the competition.
5. He'll throw more money at the screen: How best to top...
The Sing-Off, Sara Bareilles
Before she sold a million records, before she had a No. 1 song and before she was nominated for three Grammy awards, Sara Bareilles was kind of a nerd, and she's not afraid to admit it.
"We would choreograph dances at parties instead of doing keg stands. We were all so nerdy together," she tells TVGuide.com of her college years spent in the UCLA a cappella group Awaken A Cappella.
"My experience in an a cappella group totally shaped me at a really impressionable time in my life as a performer. It gave me a lot of my confidence on stage, because I was someone who was really insecure and felt a little lost in college."
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Fans first got a taste of Bareilles' a cappella chops on the Season 2 finale of The Sing-Off when she performed her hit record, "King of Anything" with The Backbeats, but now her expertise will really be put to the test as she takes a spot on the judges panel this season. The singer-songwriter replaces...