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Watch Lisa make Lady Gaga cry on 'The Simpsons' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Lady Gaga is coming to Springfield this Sunday? To paraphrase Mr. Burns: “Eggcellent!”

Seriously, she’s bringing the egg (er, vessel) — along with 18 different costumes and who knows what else — to the season finale of Fox’s The Simpsons. How exactly does the monster pop star wind up in town? When Lisa’s scheme to boost her popularity at school goes horribly wrong, Gaga, who happens to be chugging past Springfield on the Gaga Express, magically intuits that her help is needed. She’s determined to cheer up Lisa — and the rest of Springfield — by all means necessary, including through song and flash mob. In this clip from the episode, you will see that Lisa isn’t exactly going gaga for Gaga, and that hurts Gaga’s feelings. And when Gaga’s feelings get hurt, something priceless happens.

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The week in 'American Idol': Aerosmith to return, Carrie Underwood jokes with Jimmy Kimmel

The American Idol Top 3, Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, and Joshua Ledet will be heading home to film their hometown visits this weekend. During their visit, they will learn the name of the songs chosen for them by Jimmy Iovine and the judges. Then next Wednesday (FOX 8 p.m.), each contestant will sing 3 songs: Jimmy’s Choice, Judges’ Choice, and Their Choice.

The hometown visits will air on Thursday’s results show (8 p.m.), which will also feature Adam Lambert singing his latest single, “Never Close Our Eyes,” and Lisa Marie Presley performing “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” from her new album, Storm & Grace.

Aerosmith to Perform on Idol

In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry reveals that the band will be performing their new single on the May 23 American Idol finale.

Once upon a time, Perry had nothing good to say about Idol: “It’s his business, but I don’t want Aerosmith’s name involved with it,” he told the Calgary Herald after learning that bandmate Steven Tyler signed up to join the judges’ panel. “It’s a reality show designed to get people to watch that station and sell advertising. It’s one step above [Teenage Mutant] Ninja Turtles.”

A few years and many records sold later, thanks to Tyler’s Idol exposure, Perry has changed his tune, even appearing on the show to help Steven celebrate his birthday. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' exit Q&A with Hollie Cavanagh: 'I'm just thankful to have gotten this chance' -- VIDEO

Hollie Cavanagh, the British-born 18-year-old singer from Texas, had an inkling her American Idol journey would be ending Thursday night. “I kind of woke up today with a gut feeling,” Cavanagh told EW backstage about an hour after being eliminated. “I was staying positive throughout the day and still staying hopeful, of course, but when my name wasn’t called, I wasn’t like, ‘Oh, really?’”

It was her undistinguished performance of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” on Wednesday that drew criticism from the judges and baseball cap collector Jimmy Iovine, and may have been Cavanagh’s undoing. But the contestant didn’t regret choosing the song. “The lyrics are so powerful and it’s such a beautiful song,” said Cavanagh. “Maybe it wasn’t right for a competition, but if I think about something I wish I had written, I’d choose that one.” And she already knows exactly the kind of album she’d like to release: “A pop album with some soul” that would be inspired by the music of Christina Aguilera. “But not so much her recent [albums],” said Cavanagh. “Can I say that?” Yes, yes you can.

To hear more from Hollie, including how she got herself out of a mid-season rut and why she picked Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” for her exit performance, check out EW’s video exit Q&A below. READ FULL STORY

Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire join Mick Jagger on 'SNL' season finale -- EXCLUSIVE

Dave Grohl and Win Butler are about to get hip-shaking, strutting lessons from the best in the biz. EW can exclusively reveal that the Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire will join Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger on Saturday Night Live on May 19. The finale is Jagger’s first time carrying the whole show, though it’s his third time as a musical performer. In that regard, Grohl can teach him a thing or two. Between Nirvana, Foo Fighters, and Them Crooked Vultures and his appearance with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Grohl has taken the SNL stage 11 times.

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Report: Britney Spears signs on to 'X Factor'

After months of speculation, pop star Britney Spears has reportedly signed on as a judge for the second season of The X Factor, according to E! Online.

Rumors have swirled about the singer joining the Fox singing competition, but today E! reports that Spears will be paid $15 million to join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid on the judging panel for the show’s next season, set to premiere in early fall.

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What will Lady Gaga look like when she visits 'The Simpsons'? -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

And there’s your fashionable answer. It appears that the already-animated pop star will lose little in translation to cartoon, sporting a seafoam-and-white punky dress accented with a tiara and platform shoes. Behold the cool-as-ice queen! READ FULL STORY

The week in 'American Idol': Top 4 going back to Cali, Kris Allen shut down on the pier, and more

Next Wednesday on American Idol, the Top 4 will choose songs from California artists for a “California Dreamin’”-themed performance show. On Thursday’s results show, judge Jennifer Lopez will perform her new single “Dance Again” and season 7 champ David Cook will debut his new single “The Last Song I’ll Write for You.”

Carrie Underwood’s fourth album, Blown Away, is set to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart next week. It’s her third No. 1, following 2009’s Play On and 2007′s Carnival Ride. Her post-Idol debut, 2005′s Some Hearts debuted and peaked at No. 2. The new disc is predicted to sell around 275,000 copies, according to industry sources.

“Music video shoot!” Adam Lambert tweeted on Tuesday. The season 8 alum shot the new video for his latest single, the Bruno Mars-penned “Never Close Our Eyes” earlier this week. Afterward, Adam confessed, “That shoot was a long one!! This video is going to be AMAZING! Get ready!!!!” He also uploaded a photo to give his fans a little taste of what’s to come. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' exit Q&A with Skylar Laine: 'I didn't expect to go home.' -- VIDEO

Skylar Laine, the 18-year-old boot-scootin’ spitfire from Mississippi, had contemplated singing “Knock On Wood” as her ’60s selection. Turns out she might have benefited from partaking in the superstitious activity instead because, despite earning high praise from the judges, Laine found herself with the least votes Thursday night. [Read Annie Barrett's recap here.] “I don’t know what it was about last night to make people not vote for me. I expected to be in the bottom. I didn’t expect to go home,” she admitted to EW after the show, though she also said she’d started packing up her very messy Idol bedroom the night before just in case. “I got a gut feeling right there at the end and I looked at Holly and said, ‘I think you’re going to be surprised.’ And she was. She thought she was going home.”

In typical Laine fashion, she turned her frown upside down by focusing on the positives in EW’s video exit interview. She genuinely seemed happy for her friends, otherwise known as the competition, and proud of Holly Cavanaugh for “coming out of her shell.” She felt blessed to make it as far as she had, and while she wanted to win so badly (and admitted as much a day earlier when prompted by Jennifer Lopez), Laine was simultaneously thrilled to be headed home to Brandon, Miss., to log some ATV miles in the mud.

Watch the video to hear how the competition bolstered her stage confidence, which of her performances she hopes to take on tour, and what kind of record she plans to write and record. (BTW: Her revisiting of “Gunpowder and Lead” in the final moments of the episode is a big hint!) READ FULL STORY

The Black Keys to guest on 'Workaholics' -- EXCLUSIVE

The Black Keys are about to tighten up their acting resumes: Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney will guest-star in an episode of Comedy Central’s Workaholics, EW has learned. In the episode that will likely air in early summer, Adam (Adam DeVine), Ders (Anders Holm) and Blake (Blake Anderson) sue their co-worker Montez (Erik Griffin) after he sells them a defective hovercraft. While in small claims court, the guys cross paths with two dirtbags, played by Auerbach and Carney, who are waiting for their own case to be heard. It should be noted that the duo will be sporting oddly long ponytails.  READ FULL STORY

'ABDC' judge JC Chasez talks boy bands, 'The Voice,' and tonight's Drake performances

Seven seasons into judging America’s Best Dance Crew, JC Chasez (pictured on the left with series creator Randy Jackson) likes to “go into it fresh every week.” It’s easier said than done with dozens of dance crews floating around in the former NSYNC member’s head at any given time. Tonight’s performances of Drake songs will likely go a long way toward a little mental spring cleaning, though. After routines to Britney, Madonna, and Flo Rida tracks, “Drake is a great change-up,” said Chasez. “The Flo Rida music is very high-paced and energetic, and you’re dealing with two female icons who do dance music. Drake’s tempo is totally different musically. That’s what I’m looking forward to. It’s going to be really, really interesting to see how these crews adjust.”

Below, Chasez talks about the latest crop of ABDC competitors, teases upcoming superstars, names some of his favorite routines in the show’s history, dishes on The Voice and the current boy band resurgence, and addresses rumors of an NSYNC reunion.  READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': Little Steven to guest-mentor

It’s British Week on American Idol this week. And while you can expect the remaining five finalists to be singing songs made famous by artists from across the pond, they’ll be mentored by a musician who is decidedly all-American. EW has learned that Steven Van Zandt, the guitarist from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, will be the guest mentor on Idol tomorrow. Little Steven, as he is affectionately known, will be lending Jimmy Iovine a hand as the Idol mentor coaches the kids on English rock and pop on the May 2 performance show (Fox 8 p.m.). READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' exit Q&A with Elise Testone: 'I really didn't expect to go today' -- VIDEO

Elise Testone, the 28-year-old rock and soul crooner from South Carolina, had mixed feelings about being eliminated Thursday night. On the one hand, she told EW that she was surprised to be sent home after her rendition of The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Bold as Love.” “I felt completely successful [with] that performance in every aspect,” said Testone, “[including] the outfit, the singing, and having my bandmate onstage with me.”

On the other hand, Testone wasn’t about to dwell on her elimination. “I accepted what happened to me as soon as it happened,” she said. “I just thought, ‘What’s next? What am I going to do now?’” To hear about Testone’s plans for the future, check out EW’s video exit Q&A with the singer below.

As for the results show itself, the most memorable moment actually occurred during a commercial break. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' scoop: Coldplay to perform on May 3 results show

This week, the American Idol finalists paid homage to Queen, arguably the original arena rock band. Next week, another band known to pack in an arena or two will take to the Idol stage for the first time: Coldplay.

EW has learned the British foursome will perform during the May 3 results show (Fox, 8 p.m.). They’ll almost certainly play a song from their latest album, the day-glo Mylo Xyloto, and frontman Chris Martin will almost definitely spastically dance around the stage. So watch those hands, swaybots!

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