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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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Oppan 'Glee'-nam style: Musical show takes on Psy -- VIDEO

From Rebecca Black’s “Friday” to “Call Me Maybe,” Glee has left no YouTube fad go uncovered. So it should be no surprise to learn that the gang will perform their version of Psy’s international smash “Gangnam Style” on an episode airing next month — as star Kevin McHale says in the following clip, “You know we had to do it.”

Before you gallop down the street in a colorful tux and sunglasses tonight, take a peek at the Glee cast rehearsing the choreography for their upcoming “Gangnam Style” number. The video also includes a short look at the final product, which we’ll be able to see in full in a few weeks. Enjoy, sexy ladies (and gentlemen):

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Bret Michaels to host Travel Channel's 'Rock My RV'

The man who rocked love is now moving on to RVs.

Poison frontman/Rock of Love star/Celebrity Apprentice winner Bret Michaels will host a new Travel Channel series, Rock My RV, in which custom RV designers and fabricators turn regular recreational vehicles into “the most outrageous, badass, hooked-up mobile mansions on the road,” the network announced today.  READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' scoop: 'Terriers' actor to guest star as ... EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

A friend of FX will join the already impressive roster of guest stars on Sons of Anarchy this season.

Donal Logue — who last appeared in the network’s series Terriers — will play a brilliant and dangerous U.S. Marshal named Lee Toric who is forced into retirement because of his history of violence. He’ll appear in the drama’s final three episodes before it wraps its current season on Dec. 4.

“Lucky 2B part of amazing finish on this seasons’s Sons of Anarchy [Creator Kurt Sutter] pushing TV boundaries-shockingly awesome stuff coming down pike,” Logue recently tweeted.

Here’s an exclusive first look of Logue as Toric: READ FULL STORY

'DWTS' eliminated contestant's partner: 'You can drag a horse to water...'

Kirstie Alley didn’t knock it out of the park on Monday’s Dancing with the Stars. Neither did Bristol Palin. So which low scorer stayed after Tuesday’s elimination episode to talk about why she does — or doesn’t — deserve to go? To read the words of the latest booted contestant, head to the jump: READ FULL STORY

Ratings: 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Beauty and Beast' bow beautifully

The last time I led with a CW show in a ratings report was … well, never, but the debut of Beauty and the Beast and the return of The Vampire Diaries deserve some applause. The debut of the Kristin Kreuk show that’s a reboot of the 80s’ drama with Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton averaged 3.1 million viewers on Thursday, up 63% in adults 18-49 and 33% in adults 18-34 versus what The Secret Circle did last season. It, combined with the fourth season return of The Vampire Diaries (which was not only up 25% in women 18-34 but beat ABC and NBC in that demo), ended up giving the network a win among females 12-17 (2.2 rating/8 share) — a target demo that’s not particularly interested in watching Joe Biden condescend to Paul Ryan.

Now back to our regular programming. Ratings are a bit screwy (and expected to change) because of the live Vice Presidential debate and the hand-wringing analysis that followed, but here’s what we know based on preliminary numbers: CBS had the best night in 18-49 (2.7/7) and viewers (9.3 million) with The Big Bang Theory earning a 4.2/13 and 13.7 million viewers and Two & A Half Men posting a 3.4/9 and 11.1 million. Its coverage of the debate earned a 2.2/5 while its analysis snagged a 1.6/4. READ FULL STORY

'Idol' fight: Nicki Minaj curses out Mariah Carey

The American Idol auditions were disrupted Tuesday after two new judges on the show engaged in a contentious fight on the panel.

In a video obtained by TMZ (below), rapper Nicki Minaj curses out pop singer Mariah Carey at a stop in Charlotte, N.C. The audio makes the conversation difficult to understand, but according to one translation, Minaj shouts, “I told them, I’m not f–kin’ putting up with her f–kin’ highness over there.”

The site claims the fight was over a contestant’s performance and that Minaj threatened to “knock out” Carey, but that’s not confirmed. Another site claims Carey started the fight by “making jabs” at Minaj. Arguably, the best part is fellow newcomer judge Keith Urban looking rather trapped sitting between them.

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NBC picks up full seasons of 'Revolution,' 'The New Normal' and 'Go On'

NBC has ordered full seasons of the new drama Revolution and the freshman comedies Go On and The New Normal.

After three telecasts, Revolution is averaging a 3.6/9 share in adults 18-49 and 9.8 million viewers, while Go On is earning a 3.2/9 and 8.6 million viewers, and Normal a 2.2/6 and 6.0 million.

“We’re impressed with the imagination and creative direction of the entire team on Revolution, not to mention the immediately strong response we got from the audience,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke in a statement. “Ordering the full season of this show is a pleasure. Thanks to J.J. Abrams, Erik Kripke, Jon Favreau, and everyone at Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television for their dedication to making a truly unique series. And I personally love to escape into a world where there is no power, the phone doesn’t ring, and the pace of life slows down — if only for one hour a week!

“We’re also very proud of our new comedy block of Go On and The New Normal. In partnering with Matthew Perry for Go On, creator Scott Silveri has created a comedy with a highly original voice that deftly combines humor and emotion. And Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler have created a truly unique family in The New Normal that is reflective of the changing dynamics of the world we live in. These shows are both welcome additions to our new lineup!”

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