Star Search

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Christina Aguilera Joins NBC's The Voice

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera has been added to the coaching ranks on NBC's upcoming show The Voice, the network announced Wednesday.

"Her journey as an artist, who started so young in the music business, will be an inspiration to the talent she coaches on the show," network executive Paul Telegdy said in a statement.

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Report: Paula Abdul in Talks with NBC to Join Kenny Ortega Dance Series

Paula Abdul

TV's most wanted woman, Paula Abdul, may be heading to NBC for a new dance show, The Wrap reports.

Less than a week after negotiations for a Star Search reboot fell apart between the former American Idol judge and ABC, Abdul is in talks with... read more

Paula Abdul Not Joining Star Search Reboot

Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul won't be returning to the judges table just yet.

Talks for the former American Idol judge to join ABC's possible Star Search reboot as a judge and host have ended, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Abdul's decision not to participate puts the show's fate into question, as the idea was largely tied to Abdul... read more

Paula Abdul to Reboot Star Search?

Paula Abdul

Has Paula Abdul's job search led her to Star Search?

The former American Idol judge is in final negotiations to ...
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Remote Control Host Ken Ober Dead at 52

Ken Ober

Ken Ober, host of MTV's Remote Control, has died at the age of 52, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

"His body was discovered in his home on Sunday," Mark Measures, Ober's talent agent, said. "The last person to have spoken to him was on Saturday morning. No foul play is suspected, no suicide, it looks like natural causes, just no one knows the exact cause yet."

Gallery: In Memoriam 2009

Ober began his career on... read more

Ed McMahon Fighting Foreclosure on Mansion

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Despite being the guy who passes out million-dollar checks on peoples' doorsteps, Ed McMahon is fighting foreclosure on his own multimillion-dollar manse. The former Tonight Show sidekick and Star Search host had a default notice filed against him Feb. 28 after falling behind in $664,000 worth of mortgage payments, says Reuters.McMahon, 85, broke his neck 18 months ago and has not been able to pass out checks for American Family Publishers' sweepstakes, much less collect checks of his own. The good news, however, is that he may be able to work things out with his mortgage lender — but it's not yet clear if he and his wife can stay in their six-bedroom, five-bath house. The property, which sits atop Mulholland Drive, has been on the market for two years, for $6.25 mil. Now where's a sweepstakes check when we need one? — Anna DimondUse our Online Video Guide to see more of McMahon. read more

Young David Archuleta on Star Search

For some reason, we just can’t seem to get enough of David Archuleta. But if you thought this little guy has a ridiculous amount of talent now at the young age of 17, wait until you get a load of his voice before he hit puberty! When we stumbled upon this video of bite-size David performing on Star Search as a child, we couldn’t believe our ears. Some people are just born with it! read more

Rising Star Jake Simpson

Even before he trounced the competition on Star Search, vocalist Jake Simpson probably could have gotten anything he wanted. For Pete's sake, the guy looks like a mischievous altar boy and sings like an angel! So now that he has in hand his prize money, he ought to be buying Jags! Mansions! Towns! But, he tells TV Guide Online, "I haven't bought anything yet. I really want a mountain bike, though." At least the blue-eyed soul man has a good excuse for not doing his part to boost the economy: He's been too darn busy to go on any spending sprees. First, he has to settle on a musical genre, then — hello?! — he has an album to make. "I'm in between two styles right now — one is very urban, and one is very not," he explains. "I'm having a hard time with it, because I love so many different styles." Fortuitously, as soon as he gets back into, as he puts it, his "hippie brain," one of his nearest and dearest will be able to help him come u read more

Arsenio Hall Escapes Dog Pound

After years of virtual invisibility, Arsenio Hall is back in the TV game, hosting "not your father's" Star Search for CBS (Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 pm/ET). And the 47-year-old ex-late nighter confesses that as far as gigs go, well, this one is a piece of cake. (No offense, Ed McMahon.) "[As] the host, you're just the glue," he told reporters at the Television Critics Assoc. press tour in Hollywood. "You're the ring master for this live circus, and anybody can do it. You don't have an opinion; you read a teleprompter, and you try to look for an opportunity to throw in an ad-lib with the audience." For their final judgment, the aspiring singers, comedians and models turn to the glib opinions of regular judges Ben Stein read more

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Premiered: 1983, on Syndicated
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Premise: This long-running talent contest had performers competing in such categories as dance, male and female vocalist, comedy and TV spokesmodel, while a panel of judges rated them. In the fall of 1992, a half-hour daily version of the show aired, in addition to the weekly hourlong program, and the title became `Ed McMahon's Star Search.' Years after the original had ended, and following the huge success of Fox's `American Idol,' CBS revived `Star Search' in January of 2003, with Arsenio Hall as host.

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