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Source: Nicki Minaj is in deep talks to join 'American Idol'

After a couple of canceled performances and a new Us Weekly report, speculation that Nicki Minaj will help to judge American Idol‘s 12th season is at a fever pitch. And while nothing is final yet, sources have told EW that the Pink Friday rapper is in deep talks to join Fox’s reality juggernaut — though, again, no deal has been made.

Pop diva Mariah Carey signed on to become an Idol judge this summer, shortly after Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and multihyphenate Jennifer Lopez left the show. Singer Nick Jonas revealed a few weeks ago that he is also “being considered” for a seat on the panel. (Sorry, Snoop.)

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Hope Solo accuses Maks of slapping her on 'Dancing With the Stars'

In her new memoir, U.S. Olympic goalkeeper and one-time Dancing With the Stars contestant Hope Solo accuses her dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy of slapping her “across the face. Hard.” In the “Dancing” chapter of Solo: A Memoir of Hope, which went on sale Aug. 14, the author said Chmerkovskiy “was extremely apologetic,” but that the blow was powerful enough that her ears rang afterwards.

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'Dancing With the Stars': Who's your early pick to win this crazy 'All-Stars' season?

Monday’s star-pro pairings caused me to slightly tweak my prediction for how DWTS‘ season 15 sparkaliens will finish. Has your own ranking changed now that we know which of Our Pros will accompany Our All-Stars? Check out my list below, then chime in with your own.

Will the recapper please reveal her scores? Barrett Ann-Inahhhhhh-ber! READ FULL STORY

Cee Lo Green, Mariah Carey, No Doubt contributing their voices to NFL

Football games this season are about to get some music star power.

It’ll all start at the first game of the NFL season, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, when Mariah Carey and No Doubt will perform a live pre-game show at Rockefeller Plaza. The hour-long show will air at 7:30 p.m. EST on NBC before the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys go head-to-head at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

No Doubt will be following up on another engagement with the NFL — they performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2003. READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert interviews The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne...inside a space capsule -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Warning: Strange things may happen on your screen tonight when Stephen Colbert tries to read these lips. As you can see in the photos below, the space enthusiast/host of The Colbert Report will fight quirk with quirk, interviewing The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne while the two lie on their backs inside a space capsule at Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. READ FULL STORY

New 'Glee' promo: See Kate Hudson's nasty dance teacher in action

This September, school is back in session — even though the class of 2012 has moved on. (Well, mostly.)

Fox just released a new trailer for Glee‘s fourth season — and while it’s only a scant 31 seconds long, it holds plenty of hints for what’s in store for McKinley’s finest. A newly transported Rachel is doing her best to succeed at NYADA, despite snide comments from mean dance teacher Cassandra July (Kate Hudson); Sue has apparently given birth, or is at least holding someone else’s baby; and Brittany is being Brittany, mistaking a New Directions member for… well, we won’t ruin the joke. For all this, plus a snippet of Darren Criss’s rendition of “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons, watch the full clip for yourself:

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Nick Jonas says he's 'being considered' for 'American Idol' judge seat

Could a Jonas brother become a judge on American Idol? According to Nick Jonas, it’s a distinct possibility — and one that he’s very excited about. The 19-year-old singer-songwriter/actor tweeted on Saturday: “The rumors are true… I am being considered to be a judge on American Idol, and it would be a dream come true if it happens. #nickonidol” He continued to promote that hashtag, later tweeting: “Loved seeing all your amazing response to #nickonidol keep it coming!”

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'Strike Back' trailer features all-new Bob Dylan song

Folk legend Bob Dylan and Cinemax’s hard-charging series Strike Back may not seem like a natural pair — but as a new music video proves, these two could actually be a match made in testosterone-soaked heaven. The clip showcases footage of Strike Back‘s upcoming second season and features Dylan’s “Early Roman Kings,” a bluesy tune that will appear on the singer-songwriter’s forthcoming album Tempest. The song is a surprisingly good fit for footage of the action holy trinity: explosions, combat, and pretty ladies holding guns.

But don’t take our word for it; see the video for yourself below. And if it’s got you hankering for more new Dylan, don’t fret: The artist’s song “Scarlet Town” will debut with Strike Back as well, playing over the end credits of the series’ Aug. 17 season premiere.

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Steven Tyler criticizes 'American Idol': 'Not my cup of tea'

Where was this honesty during Idol‘s last season?

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, former American Idol judge Steven Tyler admitted that life at AI wasn’t always sunshine and Coca-Cola. “It was something to do while the storm blew by, to be honest,” he told the magazine, explaining that he joined the judging panel primarily because of spats with his Aerosmith bandmates. And once on the show, Tyler found that Fox’s reality juggernaut was “not [his] cup of tea.”

Though the rock star said he enjoyed working with fellow ex-judge Jennifer Lopez and taking home a fat paycheck — reportedly $10 million per season — Tyler wasn’t keen on criticizing the series’ fresh-faced contestants. “The show’s about kids and what you do to nurture their talent. They wanted me to take the piss out of the kids and I don’t have that in me,” he told Rolling Stone. “That’s not what I’m about.”

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Carly Rae Jepsen to guest star on '90210'

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We’ve been hearing Carly Rae Jepsen sing “This is crazy / But here’s my number” seemingly everywhere for months, but now we finally have some digits for her – well, a zip code at least. The “Call Me Maybe” singer will make an appearance on the season 5 premiere of The CW’s 90210. CBS Television Studios, which produces the show, announced the news today.

Jepsen will perform a song from her upcoming album and will play herself as the headliner for Adrianna’s Las Vegas show.

“We fell in love with ['Call Me Maybe'] when we first heard it and used it in last season’s finale before it was a national sensation,” 90210 executive producers Patti Carr and Lara Olsen said in a statement. “We think she’s an exciting artist and are thrilled to be able to have her music on the show again, this time in a live performance in our season premiere.”

The episode will air Monday, Oct. 8.

Read more:
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Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City have a ‘Good Time’ in new collaboration: Hear it here
‘90210’ season finale react: Really?!

'The Glee Project': Kevin McHale talks tonight's episode and season 4 of 'Glee'

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This week, Oxygen’s The Glee Project welcomes Kevin McHale, who of course plays Artie on Glee, to mentor the remaining contestants. Their lesson this week? “Adaptability,” which required the contestants to think on their feet. EW spoke to McHale about tonight’s episode — and didn’t hesitate to grill him for scoop on season 4 and even his thoughts on a Quinn/Artie romance.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Your theme is adaptability. What song did they have to do?
KEVIN MCHALE: They had to do Alanis Morissette… What Alanis Morissette song was it? The one about [oral sex] in a theater.

“You Oughta Know?”
“You Oughta Know” — that’s what I thought! My intention was to be as cruel as possible to them. READ FULL STORY

'The Glee Project' exit Q&A: 'I was worried about how to pull sexuality out of thin air'

Last night’s episode of The Glee Project focused on sexuality, which naturally brought its own share of drama. Charlie got called out for flirting with Aylin, and Michael got lost in his own head and wound up forgetting the lyrics. But at the end of the hour, it was 21-year-old Florida native Tyler Ford whose Glee journey came to an end.

Tyler spoke with EW about making friends, his struggles with displaying sexuality, and why he decided to audition for The Glee Project less than a year after transitioning from being a woman.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you see the episode last night?
TYLER FORD: Of course. I watched it with Abraham, as usual. [We didn’t know each other before the show but] we live together now. READ FULL STORY

'The Next: Fame Is At Your Doorstep' trailer: Celebrities invade your personal space

The celeb mentors on CW’s upcoming answer to the singing competition genre have no boundaries! And that’s sort of the point.

On the network’s unfortunately titled The Next: Fame Is At Your Doorstep, Joe Jonas (who recently went looking for a date on Fox), Gloria Estefan, Nelly, and country star John Rich immerse themselves in contestants’ lives for a hands-on mentoring experience.

The series, produced by Dave Broome and Queen Latifah, premieres Aug. 16. Click below to see the exclusive first trailer for the show, which features Estefan What Not to Wear-ing some girl’s closet. READ FULL STORY

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