Nashville is back Feb. 27 with a new episode, and we’re not the only ones celebrating. Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) decides to throw Deacon (Charles Esten) a surprise birthday party, which, judging from the promo, does not go well. But on the upside, real stars show up to fete everyone’s favorite guitarist (sorry, Gunnar and Liam), including The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Vince Gill, Pam Tillis, Kate York, and Kip Moore. Check out more exclusive photos below. READ FULL STORY
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Saturday Night Live is bringing sexy back… again. NBC’s sketch series announced today that perennial favorite Justin Timberlake will return to the show as both host and musical guest on March 9. His third solo album, the hotly anticipated 20/20 Experience, will drop ten days later, on March 19.
The week before Timberlake’s homecoming, actor and comedian Kevin Hart will make his hosting debut. Hart currently stars in and produces the Must List-approved Real Husbands of Hollywood on BET; he also hosted MTV’s Video Music Awards last year. SNL‘s March 2 show will feature “Thrift Shop” rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as musical guests.
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Gone are the halcyon days of American Idol auditions, in which the judges would put 50-plus people (of whom we viewers would get to meet at least… 10?) through to the next round. Tonight, the two-week “Hollywood Round” — guys this week, girls next — begins on Fox. “The minute we hit Hollywood, we go, ‘God, we’ve got 300 kids here,” executive producer Ken Warwick told EW in the midst of shooting Hollywood Round footage. “So the whole mental thing changes to ‘Who can we cut, and why?”
Below, Idol honchos Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe on what to expect. READ FULL STORY
'American Idol': New featurette offers boobs, clown costumes, and one tender Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj moment -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Granted, Mariah probably only looks so giddy here because a sassy male contestant has just told Nicki, “Shut yo mouth.” (Hidden gem: Randy Jackson’s hand, conjuring up this television magic.) Below, we’ve got an exclusive featurette to get you ready for American Idol‘s season 12 premiere this Wednesday and Thursday on Fox. It’s the first clip I’ve seen that shows more than just a split second of a hopeful’s crazy-good vibrato — as well as much more of the intra-judge dynamic.
We’ve also got Mariah Carey’s boobs competing with Mariah Carey’s hair for Most Volumnious in her single shot. You can’t blame her; it’s hard out there when the other diva at the table is an even bigger wig collector than you. Check it out: READ FULL STORY
Make no mistake: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is powerful. More powerful than her mind can even digest and understand. But even so, the superstar singer sometimes feels insecure. “I’m a human being,” she reveals in this new trailer for her upcoming HBO documentary. “I cry. I get scared. I get nervous.” Say it ain’t so, Bey!
Thankfully, the trailer also proves that doc will be more than a two-hour therapy session. It looks like there’ll be plenty of behind-the-scenes footage in the film, as well as a subplot about Beyoncé struggling to keep her pregnancy under wraps while on tour. The artist’s plans for world domination may also be revealed — as Bey says at one point, “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.”
Viva la Beyoncé, and check out the new trailer here:
It’s Saturday Night Bieber!
Justin Bieber will host and be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live Feb. 9, EW has confirmed. This will be the first time Bieber hosts; he was the musical guest in 2010 when Tina Fey hosted, and has appeared on a few other episodes as well, most notably in a Church Lady sketch with host Dana Carvey.
Bieber is presumably hosting to promote his upcoming Believe: Acoustic release, out Jan. 29. He will follow Jennifer Lawrence/The Lumineers on Jan. 19, and Adam Levine on Jan. 26, with musical guest Kendrick Lamar.
If you’re going to hire Jennifer Hudson to guest-star on a musical like Smash, you better have an epic ballad for the Oscar-winner to sing. Well, thankfully, the producers of the NBC series know exactly how to use Hudson’s talents. In this exclusive clip from the climax of episode 4, Hudson’s Veronica “Ronnie” Moore sings a brand new song, written by Smash‘s composers and exec producers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, while performing at her own televised concert.
Regular viewers will recognize Derek (Jack Davenport), who directed the concert, standing in the wings; Ivy (Megan Hilty) and Karen (Katharine McPhee) singing back-up; Tom (Christian Borle) on the piano; and newcomers Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) and Kyle (Andy Mientus), whose characters are credited with penning “I Can’t Let Go” on the episode. Also, look for a cameo in the audience by Sheryl Lee Ralph as Ronnie’s controlling mother. Watch the spectacle below… READ FULL STORY
On Jan. 1, TLC premieres the four-part series Totally T-Boz, which chronicles the comeback of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins of the girl group TLC (“No Scrubs,” “Unpretty,” and “Waterfalls”). Below, we’ve got your first look at the show’s cold open and title song in which T-Boz, a single mother to 12-year-old daughter Chase, breaks down her life since the death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes — a divorce, a brain tumor that robbed her of her speech, sight, hearing, and balance, and an ongoing battle with Sickle Cell — and how she plans to reinvent herself. READ FULL STORY
Due to a scheduling change, Phillip Phillips will no longer be playing Fox’s New Year’s Eve Live!, but the network has added two names to the show: Marlon Wayans will host the 90-minute special broadcast from Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, and Tate Stevens, winner of The X Factor, will join previously announced performers Lifehouse and Carmen Electra. Fox’s cameras will also cut to the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square at midnight.
Wayans’ new film, A Haunted House, hits theaters Jan. 11. He’s performing with his brother Shawn Wayans at The Orleans Showroom in Vegas on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30.
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Ready for your mind to be blown? According to 23-year-old Cassadee Pope — newly crowned winner of NBC’s The Voice — the ever-eccentric Cee Lo Green is actually “really normal” in person. “You can sit down and have a conversation with him and it’s not weird,” she explained yesterday during a visit to EW’s offices in New York City. “He’s very intellectual.”
Cassadee’s insight about Cee Lo is much more surprising than her recent win, which seemed foretold as soon as her cover of Blake Shelton’s “Over You” shot to No. 1 on iTunes’s singles chart. While the singer says she never thought of herself as season 3′s frontrunner — “I knew that stuff can happen in this show and not be lasting” — she will admit that her iTunes sales made her “very optimistic” before Tuesday’s finale. And though Cassadee feels like her victory still hasn’t really sunk in, she also can’t wait to get back to the recording studio in January and start work on a debut album that combines pop, rock, and country — sort of like “an edgier Taylor Swift [record], not as country, with more mature lyrics and more challenging vocals and melodies.”
Intrigued? Read on for more about Cassadee’s time on the show, her relationship with mentor Blake Shelton — and her near miss with the Muppets.
The X Factor wrapped up its second season on Thursday with a holiday-themed blowout, crowning its winner at the end of the two-hour episode. So long as you’re unafraid of spoilers, read on to learn what Simon and co. had to say about who took home the $5 million prize. READ FULL STORY
With Cassadee Pope crowned season 3′s Voice victor, it’s out with the old and in with the new judges.
In a new promo for next season’s show, newcomers Shakira and Usher bond with returning judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton (the only two judges with winning team members) over music, naturally. After the odd couple picks up the Latin songstress and R&B crooner, the four egos fight over control of the radio. Struck by “a total eclipse of the heart” (we’ve all been there …), they finally agree on a station.
Watch the jam session below: READ FULL STORY
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