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Celebrity Apprentice Finale: Will Trace Adkins' Money or Penn Jillette's Tenacity Win?

Penn Jillette and Trace Adkins

Rest easy; only one more person is getting fired. Enough celebrity blood on the floor. Donald "Mr." Trump picks his sixth Celebrity Apprentice — either country musician Trace Adkins or comedian-magician Penn Jillette — on Sunday at 9/8c on NBC.

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Clint Eastwood Makes Romney’s Day at Republican National Convention

Clint Eastwood

Who says there are no Conservatives in Hollywood?

Clint Eastwood was a surprise guest for the final evening of the Republican National Convention in Tampa Thursday, speaking minutes before Mitt Romney accepted the party's nomination to run for president.

"I know what you're thinking," the Oscar winner greeted the crowd. "You know they're all left-wingers out there... read more

Idol Runner-Up Katharine McPhee Snags New Record Deal

Katherine McPhee, Smash

American Idol Season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee has inked a new recording contract with Columbia Records.

The contract comes as part of a deal between Columbia Records and NBC to release the soundtrack for McPhee's upcoming TV series, Smash. Set to premiere midseason on NBC, Smash is a drama that follows the making of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. McPhee appears in this, her first scripted series, as... read more

Watercooler: Casey Abrams Shows What Idols Are Made Of

Casey Abrams

Lucky 13? Maybe not so much, Randy.

Last night, American Idol's Top 13 took the stage for their first performance show and, well, let's just say not all wannabes are created equal. Some were good, some were grisly, but only a handful were great. And of them, the most memorable was easily Casey Abrams.

Taking on Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help from My Friends," the fuzzy goofball with the passing resemblance to... read more

American Idol Alums Say Farewell to Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

After nine seasons at the judges' table, Simon Cowell said goodbye to American Idol on Tuesday's finale. His snarky critiques and cheeky British candor captured the attention of... read more

Taylor Hicks Takes His (Broadway) Show on the Road

Taylor Hicks

It's been quite a year for Taylor Hicks. After mutually splitting with his record company, Arista, in January, the former American Idol champ took his career into his own hands by starting his own label, Modern Whomp Records, and taking a little music breather to get into acting. And no, there was no From Justin to Kelly monstrosity. Hicks made his Broadway debut in Grease as Teen Angel, the one (role) that he wanted and loved so much that he's joining the musical on a nationwide tour. Before the festivities kick off Dec. 2, the man behind the Soul Patrol chatted with TVGuide.com about jump-starting his acting career, his upcoming, as-yet-untitled album and why he loves working overtime.

TVGuide.com: Let's start at the beginning. How'd you land the role of Teen Angel?
Taylor Hicks: I've been offered to do ...
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Taylor Hicks "Saddened" by Death of Paula Abdul Fan

Taylor Hicks

Former American Idol champ Taylor Hicks was "very saddened" to hear about the recent death of ex-Idol hopeful and Paula Abdul fan, Paula Goodspeed, outside of Abdul's home.

"My thoughts ...
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Taylor Hicks Inks Indie Deal for Second Album

Taylor Hicks

Taylor Hicks has more than his birthday to celebrate on Tuesday.

The Season 5 American Idol champ has partnered with indie company Artist to Market, in conjunction with his own label, Modern Whomp Records, to release his second solo album next winter, he announced.

"In this digital age, when artists can connect more directly with audiences, this is a partnership that makes a lot of sense," the singer said. "I'm very much enjoying being in the studio with Simon [Cline] working on the new album and look forward to releasing it through A2M early next year."
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Taylor Hicks Goes from Idol to Teen Angel

Taylor Hicks by Jim Spellman/ WireImage.com

Our favorite gray-haired, funky-dancing, soulful-singing American Idol winner Taylor Hicks will join the Broadway cast of Grease on June 6, reports the AP. You'd think the former Idol, who's been missing in action since losing his deal with J Records after selling a respectable 702K albums, would go after a part like sexy Danny Zuko or troublemaker Kenickie. But, no, this Idol winner wants to be your Teen Angel, and plans to add his trademark soulful sound to his version of "Beauty School Dropout."Hicks joins a growing list of former Idols who have joined Broadway shows, including Fantasia (The Color Purple), Clay Aiken (Spamalot), Tamyra Gray (Rent) and more. Hicks considers his debut "the opportunity of a lifetime," and a great way to season his skills as a performer. And coming up this summer, Hicks will be finishing up his second album where he "had creative freedom and the time to write some of the best music that I've ever writen." And even though he's sans record deal, he add... read more

Idol Gives Back Stamp Invites You to Stick Hicks

Taylor Hicks stamp courtesy Idol Gives Back

How do you know you've gotten a letter from a member of the Soul Patrol? Because this guy on the right is grinning at ya from the corner of the envelope. The latest issue in the Idol Gives Back limited-edition stamp collection is Season 5 champ Taylor Hicks, and TVGuide.com has been offered this sneak peek at his postage. Previous reveals included Idols Kelly, Ruben, Fantasia and Carrie. Only 2,000 of each stamp are being made available per state.The books of stamps are available for purchase at PhotoStamps.com, with $10 of the above-face-value price going to Idol Gives Back's charity efforts. — MWMMore Idol news and views:• Cheers & Jeers: Castro's Reign of Terror Must End!• WATCH VIDEO: Michael Johns and Carly Smithson Sing U2• WATCH VIDEO: Jason Castro Forgets Lyrics• Ryan Seacrest to Replace Larry King on CNN? read more

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