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American Idol: Did the Contestants Sabotage Each Other on Competitors' Pick Night?

American Idol

It's Competitors' Pick Night on American Idol, where the Top 7 finalists get to pick songs for their competitors, and each singer gets to choose one of six options. Did anyone go the sabotage route, or was everyone altruistic?

The show finally finds something for Randy Jackson to do, as he introduces the theme of the night and interviews each singer about what they would select for their counterparts. (Everyone seems to be playing nice, for the record.)

American Idol's Malaya Watson explains why she almost didn't audition

So, what did the finalists ultimately decide on? Let's get to the performances:

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Valerie Harper Denies Reports That She’s “Cancer-Free”

Valerie Harper

After a story in Closer Weekly stated that Valerie Harper is "absolutely cancer-free," the actress released a statement via the Hallmark Channel to set the record straight.

"In response to a recent erroneous quote concerning my health... read more

Arrow Boss on Big Ravager Reveal — And Who Almost Played Her!

Stephen Amell and Summer Glau

[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Wednesday's episode of Arrow. Read at your own risk!]

Slade Wilson's dastardly plan claimed yet another life during Wednesday's episode of Arrow — but this time, there was a twist!

After Oliver (Stephen Amell) tracked down the stolen S.T.A.R. labs machine, which was being used on Roy (Colton Haynes) to filter the Mirakuru in his blood to the prisoners that Slade (Manu Bennett) recently set free, the emerald archer faced off against both Slade and Isabel (Summer Glau). But Diggle (David Ramsey) made short work of Isabel, shooting her in the chest.

Arrow: Will Laurel reveal that she knows Oliver's big secret?

Isabel is far from dead... read more

Will Arnett Files for Divorce from Amy Poehler Nearly Two Years After Separating

Amy Poehler, Will Arnett

Will Arnett and Amy Poehler are finally getting around to divorcing, People reports.

Arnett officially filed divorce papers in Los Angeles... read more

The Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley: Directorial Debut Addresses the Future of Stefan and Elena

Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev

Although The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley has wanted to direct an episode for a very long time, he says it took him three seasons to summon the courage to ask.

"I decided I wanted to direct when I saw my first Stanley Kubrick film, so that was a very long time ago, but I knew I wanted to direct an episode of The Vampire Diaries from the minute I got one of the lead roles," Wesley tells TVGuide.com. "I just also knew it was presumptuous to ask any sooner than Season 4, so I asked at the beginning of Season 4 and I got to do it in Season 5."

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Banshee Promotes Two to Series Regular

Geno Segers, Afton Williamson

Banshee has upped Geno Segers and Afton Williamson to series regulars, TV Line reports.

Segers and Williamson, who play gang leader Chayton Littlestone and ADA Alison Medding, respectively, both joined the Cinemax drama ... read more

Exclusive Video: Kitchen Nightmares Tries to Save a Marriage!

Kitchen Nightmares

On this Friday's Kitchen Nightmares, the chef swings by Kati Allo in Queens, New York to find the Greek restaurant in a very sad state. The eatery's struggles are putting quite a strain on its owners, husband and wife Emmanuel and Christine Zavolas. read more

Rapper Affiliated With Wu-Tang Clan Severs Own Penis, Jumps Off Balcony in Suicide Attempt

Andre Johnson, a.k.a. Christ Bearer

Andre Johnson, who is more widely known as Northstar rapper Christ Bearer, was hospitalized Wednesday after a suspected suicide attempt, TMZ reports.

Johnson was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles... read more

Exclusive: B.D. Wong Will Return to Law & Order: SVU

B.D. Wong

After saying goodbye to two of its own earlier this season, Law & Order: SVU is welcoming back a familiar face.

B.D. Wong, who starred on the NBC drama for nine seasons, will reprise his role as Dr. George Huang in the season's penultimate episode, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

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In the episode, titled "Thought Criminal," Huang is... read more

Ratings: Fargo Gets Off to OK Start; S.H.I.E.L.D. Up

Billy Bob Thornton

Aw, geez. Fargo had a modest debut Tuesday.

The well-received drama bowed to 2.65 million viewers, with 1.02 million in the 18-to-49 demographic. That's slightly below FX's most recent launch, The Bridge in July, which drew 3.04 million. Counting encores, Fargo pulled in 4.15 million and 1.79 million in the demo.

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