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
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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
As the music supervisor for shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas has long been TV’s musical rainmaker. Pinpointing emergent, primetime-ready tunes for those shows is one challenge, but for her work on Scandal, another drama from Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes, Patsavas faced another one — breathing new life into old-school R&B classics. Below, Patsavas discusses how she takes a well-worn track like Kool & the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie” and gives it new meaning, plus her one major exception in Scandal‘s soulful set list.
Today, The Music of ‘Nashville‘ original soundtrack is released, but there’s a good chance you already own the two songs it features performed by British actor Sam Palladio (Gunnar) and Aussie actress Clare Bowen (Scarlett) — their duets in the season premiere (“If I Didn’t Know Better”) and midseason finale (“When the Right One Comes Along”). Below, Palladio takes us behind the music of the five Gunnar/Scarlett songs heard in the first half of season 1. For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverage. READ FULL STORY
New York’s Times Square is getting a little bit Jersey for New Year’s Eve.
MTV says Jersey Shore stars Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley and comedian Jeff Dye will host the network’s live New Year’s Eve special from Times Square.
MTV’s Club NYE 2013 will also feature performances from Ke$ha, Ne-Yo, Sean Kingston, Rita Ora, and others. Ke$ha described the final night of the year as a time when people come together to celebrate “in a sweaty, drunken, dance-fueled orgy of bliss.”
Polizzi said she is hoping to use “a leopard bedazzled microphone” for her hosting duties.
The special is set to air at 11 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 31.
Vince Neil and PBS may seem like unlikely collaborators, but the two have joined forces for a few episodes of television that come with sky-high expectations. PBS’ The Aviators — the Anthony Nalli-hosted docuseries that provides a behind-the-scenes look at airplanes and the people who fly, build, and otherwise obsess over them — is chronicling the journey of the 51-year-old Mötley Crüe frontman as he sets out to earn his pilot’s license. (Check local listings for air dates.)
His televised education won’t be completed at the conclusion of the second episode, though. EW has learned that Neil has signed a deal with FourPoints Television, which produces The Aviators, to star in a reality series that will follow him through the final stages of realizing his dream. (No network is attached yet.) Titled Vince Neil… Escapes, the travel adventure series will tag along with Neil as he works with a flight instructor, attempts to overcome obstacles with the FAA (Neil has two DUIs on his record, including one that resulted in a fatal accident), and jets off to hot spots in North America and the Caribbean. “It’s not about having a reality show,” says Neil. “But if it’s going to keep me flying, and I am basically getting paid to get better as a pilot, then absolutely! I’ll have that sea plane going to the Caribbean sooner than I thought.”
Below, Neil recounts his experience of learning to navigate a single-engine propeller plane on The Aviators. READ FULL STORY
After seven seasons on Saturday Night Live, Kristen Wiig said goodbye on May 19. She’d co-written and starred in the surprise 2011 blockbuster Bridesmaids and the time had come, just as it had for stars like Chevy and Eddie and Will before her. SNL godfather Lorne Michaels called her one of the “top three or four” performers the show had ever produced, and during her reign, the show was dominated by sketches filled with the likes of the Target Lady, tiny-handed Dooneese, and compulsive one-upper Penelope.
Colin Jost started writing for Saturday Night Live in 2005, the same year that Wiig began as a featured player. They connected creatively and ultimately collaborated on several sketches, including some of her Björk bits and a commercial parody for Red Flag perfume. With Mick Jagger hosting the season finale, Jost assumed the responsibility of sending her off in style. The premise he came up with could not have been more simple — Jagger bidding farewell to an honored “graduate” with an impromptu dance — but when each cast member cut in to share one last moment while Arcade Fire played the Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow,” the effect was magical.
As told by: Colin Jost
I don’t think I raised the bar in any way. I think people find different ways of saying goodbye or people find different ways of saying goodbye to them. I remember when Will Ferrell left, he had a really funny documentary where people talked about Will, and Tracy Morgan talks about how Will Ferrell stole from him and [says] really mean stuff. I remember that Tina [Fey] and Jimmy [Fallon] had done one that was like a “Summer Lovin” from Grease kind of farewell. So people have different ways of doing it, and I think this is just one of them. READ FULL STORY
The hills are alive… with a new version of The Sound of Music.
Grammy winner Carrie Underwood will star as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s broadcast of the original stage version of The Sound of Music, the network announced today. An air date has not been set for the three-hour live event, but it will be broadcast sometime during the holidays in 2013. READ FULL STORY
A happy American Idol judging family? Dream on.
But according to former American Idol judge Steven Tyler, harmony should be the ideal. Want that peacefulness explained via a sort-of gross birth metaphor? Tyler’s got you covered:
“I know that they’ve got something going on on the judges’ panel, [and] it shouldn’t be that, it should be just the opposite: They should have something going on, which is called ‘camaraderie,’ ” he said in an interview with MTV. “They should have something going on so thick and beautiful that they can lay it over the new talent that’s trying to birth itself. It needs to be birthed, not judged by ‘entertainment’ factors, it needs to be judged by people that [are] honest, true, that have the ‘it’ factor. Not the ‘it’ factor because they can fight. The f— is that all about?”
The rocker goes on to say, “These kids…they’re scared to death; you’re not going to get the best [out of them]. … If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield! Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip Phillips. Just saying.” READ FULL STORY
Get ready for A Very Ed Grimley Christmas.
EW has confirmed that SNL alum Martin Short will return to Studio 8H on Dec. 15 to host the sketch show’s last episode of 2012. He’ll be joined by Paul McCartney, who will be making his fifth Saturday Night Live appearance. McCartney last stopped by SNL in 2010.
Short has hosted SNL twice previously, though not since 1996. He’s made several cameo appearances between then and now, though, most recently in a 2006 episode. Short was a member of Saturday Night Live‘s cast during its 1984-1985 season.
Jamie Foxx will host SNL‘s next episode, which airs Dec. 8. NBC will also air SNL Christmas, a compilation of favorite holiday sketches, this Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 9 p.m.
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Look for not one, but two nights of models from Victoria’s Secret on CBS. In the Dec. 3 episode of Hawaii Five-0, lingerie model Behati Prinsloo will guest star alongside Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. We’re guessing she won’t wear much.
Prinsloo will also appear in the network’s annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Dec. 4.
Here’s a sneak peek of the bathing beauty with the 5-0 boys: READ FULL STORY
How 'Revolution' landed two Led Zeppelin songs for tonight's episode. Plus: Which Cat Stevens song almost made it into the pilot
Revolution takes place in a world with no electricity, which means no iPods, no CD players, no tape decks, no turntables. So it’s not easy for creator Eric Kripke to find ways to put his love of classic rock on display in the new hit post-apocalyptic show. But when the opportunity arose to feature Led Zeppelin in an upcoming episode, Kripke jumped at the chance and found a way to light up the show with a bit of rock and roll.
Tonight’s episode of Revolution features two songs by Led Zeppelin: 1970 slow jam “Since I’ve Been Loving You” and 1975 exotic, driving mega-hit “Kashmir,” which also lends its name to the episode’s title.
Getting the rights to Led Zeppelin songs is no easy feat: The British rock band very rarely licenses its music for use in Hollywood projects. (Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, a 2001 Cadillac commercial and this year’s Argo are among the lucky few.) But Kripke was in for a pleasant surprise when record label Warner/Chappell Music reached out to him offering to license some Zep songs for his show. READ FULL STORY
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