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‘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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‘The Voice': Meet the Top 20!
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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

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