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Steven Tyler rips new 'Idol' judges; Nicki Minaj calls him racist

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

Martin Short and Paul McCartney tapped for 'Saturday Night Live' Christmas show

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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'Hawaii Five-0' sneak peek: It's a Victoria's Secret crossover! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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

‘X Factor’: 6 things we learned from the judges and hosts after the show

Simon Cowell humbled?

After the live episode of The X Factor wrapped taping on Thursday, the show’s judges, hosts and eliminated contestants chatted with press backstage, and the show’s creator was captured in a rare low-confidence moment. Read on to learn what the show’s talent had to say about notable moments from the episode — including some that didn’t make it on-screen — and check out EW’s report on the eliminated contestants for scoop on how they believe their mentors could have done better by them. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor': This week's ousted singers sound off on where their mentors went wrong

Anyone who has watched a music competition show has heard the constant, predictable advice judges and winners impart on contestants: “Just be yourself.” That’s a lesson this week’s two eliminated acts from The X Factor learned the hard way. SPOILERS AFTER THE JUMP! READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift will perform on 'X Factor' next week

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Hot off the heels of her Dancing With the Stars: All Stars performance last week, Taylor Swift will take The X Factor stage next Thursday, Nov. 15. As if the show wasn’t star-studded enough!

The appearance will mark her first-ever television performance of “State of Grace,” the latest single off her new album Red. The album sold 1.2 million copies in its opening week, making her the only woman in the SoundScan era to sell over a million copies in a single week on multiple occasions.

Khloe Kardashian calls One Direction 's--ty,' and 8 other backstage 'surprises' at 'The X Factor'

WARNING! SPOILERS FOLLOW! After boy band extraordinaire One Direction performed twice inside The X Factor‘s Xanadome to promote their new album Take Me Home – and their fans’ piercing screams effectively liquified my eardrums – they happily bounded backstage to speak with the press, along with judges Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, and Demi Lovato, and co-hosts Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian Odom. Judge L.A. Reid skipped almost all press — though it was unclear whether he was licking his wounds from the loss of contestant Jason Brock or celebrating that his other two contestants Vino Alan and Tate Stevens came in third and first in the vote tally.

Speaking of that vote tally, the decision of The X Factor to reveal the voting order — seemingly for the first time in American reality competition show history — was topic A for most everyone. That is, when they weren’t basking in One Direction’s youthful vigor. Here are the top nine highlights of what we learned backstage: READ FULL STORY

Maroon 5 debut new single on 'The Voice,' season 2 champ Jermaine Paul returns -- EXCLUSIVE

Last season’s Voice champ Jermaine Paul will return to the singing competition this week to perform his debut single “I Believe in This Life,” EW has learned exclusively. Paul takes the stage again as part of the show’s first live results show, during which the Top 12 artists will be revealed. The results show will also feature Voice coach Adam Levine and his band Maroon 5 premiering their latest single “Daylight.”

The Voice‘s first live results show airs Thursday from 8-9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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'X Factor': 10 things we learned from the judges, hosts, and eliminated contestants after the show

The X Factor has wrapped up its first week of live shows, and all of the talent involved had plenty to divulge about the experience. After Thursday’s show, judges, hosts, and recently eliminated contestants made the rounds in the press lounge, which is lined with portraits of this season’s contestants and video screens displaying the show’s familiar turquoise-and-pink ‘X’ logo. EW has already told you what Simon Cowell and Khloé Kardashian had to say about the unexpectedly sheer top she wore on Wednesday night’s show. Here are 10 more things we learned on the scene about the road to unveiling the Top 12.

1. The judges tend to open up more in the press room about their elimination decision, where it’s surely easier to be honest about their decision than when they’re talking directly to the artist they’re sending home on live TV. L.A. Reid told reporters he opted to keep flamboyant Jason Brock in the competition instead of edgy David Correy because “Jason just really makes me smile. It’s fun to me. David is really strong also but just a little bit predictable kind of try-hard. I like genuine fun. I like it when people just lose themselves in their little moment.” Was it tough to make that decision? “The politically correct answer would be yes. The truth is no,” Reid admitted. READ FULL STORY

'Parenthood': 'Once' star Glen Hansard to guest -- EXCLUSIVE

Here’s some news that will be music to the ears of Parenthood viewers: Glen Hansard is guest-starring as himself on an upcoming episode of the NBC drama. The Oscar-winning singer/songwriter and star of Once will use the Luncheonette to record a few tracks. Hosting another famous musician at the studio poses problems for Adam (Peter Krause) and Crosby (Dax Shepard), as they are engaged in a legal battle with their ill-tempered neighbor, who is less than thrilled with all of the activity going on next door. READ FULL STORY

CMA Awards 2012: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood's opening -- VIDEO

Brad Paisley and Paisley and Carrie Underwood have become quite a fine comedic duo over the past few years, so it’s no surprise they’re back to host the CMA Awards for a fifth year. It’s also no surprise that they totally nailed the opening.

Check out some of their best quips below in video or text form: READ FULL STORY

Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Joel to headline NBC's Hurricane Sandy benefit concert

Tomorrow, NBC Universal’s TV networks — including NBC, USA, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, E!, Style Network, and G4, among others — will air a concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. The special will begin at 8 p.m. ET and will feature performances by artists with connections to the disaster or NBC, including New Jersey natives Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, native New Yorker Billy Joel, New York City resident Sting, and Christina Aguilera, a coach on NBC’s The Voice.

Today‘s Matt Lauer, who revealed plans for the commercial-free concert on the air this morning, will host. NBC talent Brian Williams and Jimmy Fallon will appear as well. Proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross, which is providing food, shelter, and other assistance to those affected by the hurricane.

“Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” will also stream live on NBC.com. Watch Lauer announce the concert in the video below.

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