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Blake Shelton and NBC planning benefit concert for Oklahoma tornado victims

Oklahoma native Blake Shelton opened last night’s Voice results show with an emotional ballad dedicated to the victims of Monday’s horrific tornado. He sang “Over You” with his wife, fellow country star Miranda Lambert, as the Red Cross’s phone number flashed onscreen.

And the musician isn’t stopping there. Shelton annouced last night that he’s also organizing a benefit concert for tornado victims that will air sometime soon on NBC.

Though details are sparse thus far, Shelton expects the benefit to come together quickly: “We’ll know more about it in the next 24 hours,” Shelton told Billboard Tuesday after The Voice. “I’m hoping it will raise a lot of money. Obviously it will be televised and will happen really quickly.” If this concert follows the model of NBC’s Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together benefit, it should air by this Friday. (That telethon, too, was thrown together after a natural disaster that occurred on a Monday.)


Miss America pageant will sing new tune

The next Miss America won’t hear a familiar refrain when she’s crowned in Atlantic City, N.J., in September.

The song, “Miss America,” which starts with the words, “There she is, Miss America,” will not be part of the pageant.

Miss American Organization vice president Sharon Pearce tells The Press of Atlantic City the tune, which was first played in 1955, is no longer included. She says no decision has been made on a final song.

The song was replaced by instrumental music at the 2013 pageant in January after the widow of the songwriter filed a licensing lawsuit in federal court in California in 2012. The complaint was dismissed in December following a confidential settlement.

The song was not used for three years in the 1980s after a contract dispute.

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'The Show With Vinny': The best 'Jersey Shore' spin-off. (But don't let the word 'best' fool you.)

The best thing you can say about The Show With Vinny — MTV’s latest Jersey Shore franchise extension — is that the concept isn’t half bad. Vinny Guadagnino was the most believable human being on the Jersey Shore cast, the only person on the show who didn’t gradually morph into a cartoonish self-parody. He was also genuinely funny — his riffs with hetero-lifemate Pauly D lent the show a slight air of self-awareness.

And there is a lot of potential in having Vinny interview the celebs in his own house, with his mom and sisters and various other relatives on hand to provide a homey vibe. The whole talk-show format has gotten pretty stale lately. Celebrities are always on their guard inside an overlit studio and in front of an audience. Wouldn’t they feel more comfortable in a family dining room, with the host’s mom serving them broccoli rabe?


Lady Antebellum, Rod Stewart, and more to perform on 'The Voice'

The Voice will welcome an influx of celebrities in the next few weeks: Rod Stewart, Cee Lo Green, Lady Antebellum, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. will all appear on the show, NBC announced today.

Stewart and Green will perform Wednesday, May 8; Lady Antebellum, along with Thicke, Williams and T.I., will hit the stage Tuesday ,May 14. For many of the artists, this isn’t their first tango with the spinning chairs. Williams was previously an adviser to Team Usher; Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum served as an adviser to Team Adam earlier this season. Thicke dropped by the show last year, and of course, Green was previously a judge on the program.

The Voice has continued to perform well despite a recent ratings dip. Last Tuesday, the show had 12.4 million viewers and a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating.

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'Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life' review: More than just lady boners

“Let’s get druuuuunk!”

Welcome to the world of Ke$ha, where the glitter never runs out and it’s always spring break. That’s just some of what you learn in her new docuseries, Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life, which premieres on MTV tonight. The show promises (threatens?) to unveil two years of behind-the-scenes footage shot by the singer’s brother Lagan, who apparently isn’t uncomfortable with filming his sister making out at length with unidentified men at bars.

He also decides not to interfere when she creepily stalks her ex-boyfriend in Los Angeles, as she does halfway through the episode. “It was a crazy love,” says Ke$ha, who we start to learn uses that word quite liberally. Continues the singer as their car prowls by the ex’s house, “I’m going to poop my pants, I’m so scared!” This leads to a scene of the star taking a long, reflective walk on the beach — Ke$ha at rest.


'American Idol' eliminated contestant: 'There's enough pop country out there'

It was an all-girls club this week on American Idol, following last week’s elimination of last boy standing Lazaro Arbos. But on Thursday’s results show, the Fierce Five shrunk to a Fab Four. The fallen idol spoke to EW. READ FULL STORY

'The Glee Project' isn't canceled, says Oxygen

Has the fat lady sung for Oxygen’s Glee tie-in reality show? Not quite.

Yesterday, TVLine cited sources saying that the cable network “will likely be forced to postpone or scrap the next season of The Glee Project,” a talent competition that rewards one (or two, or four) amateurs with an arc on Glee. Since Glee itself hasn’t yet been renewed for a fifth season, the spin-off’s supposed fate wasn’t a shock.

But according to a spokesperson for Oxygen, The Glee Project may yet live to see another season. “What TVLine reported was speculation,” the rep told EW. “The Glee Project has not been canceled” — or, at least not yet. Given last year’s ratings, a renewal does seem less than likely: While the show’s first season drew up to 1.27 million viewers in 2011, its second managed just 821,000 at its peak — and four episodes of its 11-episode season failed to attract even 400,000 pairs of eyeballs.

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Kelly Clarkson to perform on 'American Idol' -- EXCLUSIVE

Kelly Clarkson is returning to the show that made her famous: She’ll perform her new single “People Like Us” for the time ever on April 11’s American Idol results show. Clarkson is promoting her compilation Greatest Hits: Chapter One. She’ll hook up with Maroon 5 on August 1 for the 2013 Honda Civic Tour.

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'Nashville' returns: Gunnar and Scarlett's morning after -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Nashville is back Wednesday, and we finally get to see Gunnar and Scarlett’s postcoital afterglow, which, truth be told, doesn’t look so bright in our exclusive clip below. Perhaps sleeping with the girl you’ve lusted after all season doesn’t fix every problem (like, the death of your brother).  READ FULL STORY

'The Voice': This auditioner is sexy, and he knows it -- EXCLUSIVE

A wannabe singer transforming a beloved pop song into a moody, acoustic ballad? Been there, done that. What Voice season 4 auditioner Christian Porter does to LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It,” though, is something different altogether. The only thing this cover shares with the original is its lyrics; otherwise, Porter’s take on “Sexy” is a bluesy, falsetto-tinged jam that seems tailor made to go viral. (For good reason: As commenters have pointed out, the performance seems to have been inspired by Noah Guthrie’s own acoustic “Sexy and I Know It.”) Prompting three of the competition’s four judges to turn their chairs around is a good start.

Check out Christian’s new spin on the electro-dance duo’s hit below — and tune in for more memorable blind auditions when The Voice returns on NBC March 25.


Vevo launches broadcast-style music and video channel

Say hello to Vevo TV!

Vevo took the stage at SXSW this week to announce a new multi-platform programming initiative that attempts to streamline and highlight the buzziest music and entertainment happenings.

“VEVO TV is your channel for live concert events, artist interviews and video premieres from the biggest artists in the world. You will also find exclusive and original music shows we produce that you won’t be able to find anywhere else,” the company said in a blog post announcing the initiative. “…Just like a TV programming guide, our schedule will illustrate what is on right now and what is coming up later in the day, so you won’t miss a thing.”

The “channel” model will also reportedly allow the company to more effectively monetize its content behind the scenes. The Vevo TV ad model presents advertisers a chance to sponsor programming blocks across all platforms rather than individual videos.

Vevo TV is currently available on the web, Apple iOS, Android, Windows, Xbox and Roku.

'Glee': Sue confronts Blaine about his Cheerios duties -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It looks like Sue has a pretty rigorous contract in place to keep her Cheerios in check.

In an exclusive clip from this week’s episode “Feud,” Sue reads Blaine the contract he allegedly “signed” that basically binds him to the Cheerios forever (and there’s something in there about performing at the RNC).

She also calls him a “young Burt Reynolds,” which, you know, seems pretty spot on.

Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' chatter: Five things we learned backstage after the top 10 reveal

American Idol revealed its top 10 last night, but after the lights dimmed on the live show, the new crop of contestants and the judges had a chance to speak to the press about the big night and preview the competition to come.

So what did we learn? Here are some highlights:

1. Keith Urban thinks Lazaro could upset the Year of the Girl
Since the early audition rounds, producers and judges have said the girls have a strong chance of breaking the male-winner streak. But while Keith Urban notes the strength of the female lot, he’s not counting out the boys, especially Lazaro Arbos. “There are some really good girls singers, but when you see a guy like Burnell [Taylor] or even more so Lazaro and the way he connects with an audience — he comes out and sings and they go crazy. They love him and the votes have really reflected that,” Urban told reporters.

So could Arbos be the one to upset what’s been referred to by some as the Year of the Girls? “He certainly could be,” says Urban. “But I love that there’s a few in here who could do that if they get the right song and the stars line up. The timing is everything. I hate that [that's the case] for them. It’s like — you might be the best football team ever, but if you don’t have the game on Super Bowl day that you need, you don’t win. But you could [have] won the day before if you’d played the day before. This show is like that.”

Meanwhile, Arbos admits that his “Bridge Over Troubled Water” performance may have not been his best showing: “Yeah, I was a hot mess with my song tonight. I didn’t get a chance to rehearse it. Therefore, I walked on stage and found out I have to sing, I was like, ‘Oh My God! Uh-Oh.’ So from now on, I just want to get comfortable with performing.”

2. That reveal was awkward for the contestants, too.
EW recapper Annie Barrett wasn’t a fan of the awkwardly formatted top 10 reveal show, saying it lacked suspense and tension for the home audience. But backstage, the biggest problem was an overload of emotions. “I think that was the ugliest walk I’ve ever made because I was in the middle of crying and laughing and just thinking of what’s going on back home right now,” Amber Holcomb joked. “But it was great.” Spanish-speaking singer Devin Velez also admitted to being a little overwhelmed after the big moment. “I got a little woozy, and Ryan had to shake me, ‘Devin, Devin, you have to go on stage.’ And the moment the doors open on stage, I just walked out, and I had to put my face in my hands. I just couldn’t look. It was unbelievable that all those people were clapping for me because they voted for me,” he said. “It was just confirmation of, ‘Devin, you’re here to sing. You were born to sing. We need you to do this.’ So it was like, ‘Alright. I have to do it now.'”

3. A change will do you good
Speaking of Velez, who has made it a point to show off his Spanish skills during his performances thus far, he’s going to skip the Spanish twist next week in an effort to keep his offerings fresh. “I’m not going to make it predictable; I want to catch them by surprise. If you make it predictable, you will get voted off. But I definitely think there will be more coming, just not right now. We’re going to take a break,” he said. “I might [eventually] do a whole Spanish song, too, but I don’t know yet. It’s all up in the air right now.”

4. Even contestants fear the Nicki
Minaj’s side eyes aren’t the only scary thing about this season of American Idol. As contestants prepare to head into the more intense rounds of competition, Minaj’s razor-sharp tongue and bluntness have some of them sweating. “She’s always so honest — but it’s so necessary,” Burnell Taylor told us, after confessing Minaj was the judge whose critiques he’s most fearing. “I can always count on her when it comes to honesty.” Country singer Janelle Arthur echoed the statement, saying despite being Minaj’s beloved “Marshmallow,” she doesn’t consider herself safe. “Even though I know Nicki loves me, I always know that she’s looking for that certain thing that makes her love me. So when she doesn’t see it, I know she’s going to bring it up and she’s going to say, ‘What happened? I didn’t see what I wanted to see,'” said Arthur. “She’s also so unpredictable. I never know what she’s going to do. So, yeah, I’m probably most apprehensive about her.”

5. Just Say No… to Carrie
While we’re talking about Arthur, it’s worth bringing up that this blond country singer is well aware of the comparisons being drawn to that other blonde country singer from Idol, and while flattering, she said she has no plans to cover a Carrie Underwood song. “I’m trying to stay as far away from the Carrie Underwood songs as I can because Carrie is incredible,” she said. “I don’t want to be compared to Carrie — but of course I’m going to be because I’m blonde and country. But our styles are so different, and that’s the good thing about it. Hopefully Nashville has room for another blonde.” One blonde singer’s music she definitely wants a chance to tackle, however? “I hope to perform a Dolly Parton song at some point,” she said.

EW’s Idol recap:
‘American Idol': Here’s your Top 10


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