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In response to Monday’s Oklahoma City tornado, which had killed over 50 people at press time, Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron requested that the audience not applaud coming back from a commercial break during season 16′s final performance show (read full recap).
“Here’s why,” Bergeron said, on the verge of tears. “We’re a live show, and as such, occasionally we go to air in the shadow of tragic events. That happened April 15, when we went to air hours after the Boston bombing. And it’s happened again today. While we’re having a celebration here [in the ballroom], we want you to know our thoughts are with everyone who’s been affected by the devastating tornado in Oklahoma City.”
“I would, however, ask you to applaud the amazing courage of the first responders on site,” Bergeron added, visibly shaken before introducing the next dance.
Update: At 10 p.m. ET, the hosts announced that voting on ABC.com was “temporarily down” and directed fans to vote via phone or Facebook instead. As of 6 a.m. ET, ABC.com voting is still down. It’s Facebook or bust. The official voting period ends at 11 a.m. ET.
Keith Urban has already said he would be willing to return to American Idol as a judge, but for the time being, his future on the show remains up in the air, the singer said Thursday backstage at the American Idol finale.
“I have no idea. All I know is that there is talk about it,” he says. “For me, I’m in the studio literally this week finishing up my album and putting a tour together, hitting the road in July. So onwards.” READ FULL STORY »
The new winner of American Idol was still shocked by the time she came backstage to face the press after learning she’d won the crown. READ FULL STORY »
American Idol finalists Kree Harrison and Candice Glover wowed the audience at the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live Wednesday evening with three show-stopping ballads each. After the performances, Glover, Harrison and judge Keith Urban came backstage to talk about their night, that coin flip, and singing those soulful songs.
“As different as they are, they have a lot of similarities. They have a lot of vulnerability and strength that are both apparent when they perform. They both come from very roots-y, earthy, real families and I think that’s what’s apparent in what they do. There’s no pageantry in either of them,” said first-time judge Urban. “They sing because they need to sing. Not because they want to be famous.”
But as to what he thought of their performances, Urban said: “I was really taken with the original songs, particularly Kree’s. Kree’s to me was the one that just hit me.” Harrison and Glover may not have Urban’s luxury of distance, but both offered up insights into their performances as well.
Apparently, what a girl wants is an NBC homecoming. Original Voice judge Christina Aguilera will return for the fifth season of the peacock’s reality hit, sources confirm to EW. (TheWrap first reported the news.)
Aguilera and fellow original judge Cee Lo Green exited the series last winter at the end of season 3 to focus on their own music careers. Aguilera has been promoting her Lotus album and tour, while Green is working on his solo album Girl Power, as well as a reality show for TBS. They were replaced by Usher and Shakira for The Voice‘s spring edition, though NBC always expected both musicians to be back for the fall of 2013. And though Green has yet to sign a contract, he is reportedly also nearing a deal to return to the singing competition.
Sources say that Aguilera’s own contract is for about $12 million, a number exceeded by the paydays given to one-season wonders such as American Idol‘s Mariah Carey (widely reported to be $18 million) and The X Factor‘s Britney Spears ($15 million).
'Survivor:' Jeff Probst talks Brenda vs. Dawn, the final challenge advantage, and controversial new reunion show format
Each week, host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of ‘Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites’. Here, he talks about Sunday’s finale and reunion show.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So Cochran wins in a landslide. This is a guy that almost talked himself into getting voted off at the very first Tribal Council in South Pacific. Is this the biggest maturation of a player we’ve seen from a first season to a second?
JEFF PROBST: I can’t think of a bigger transformation than Cochran. It was on all levels. His emotional intelligence is already very high but I think he said it best at the live show — he accepted who he was and turned what had been paralyzing quirks into devastating assets. One of my favorite winners of all time. I’m really proud of him and happy for him and I love what he represents for people brave enough to go for their dream. READ FULL STORY »
Medically evacuated Erik slams the 'disrespectful...ridiculous...insane...farce' of a 'Survivor' reunion show
Erik Reichenbach is not happy. It doesn’t have so much to do with the fact that he had to be medically evacuated from last night’s Survivor: Caramoan finale, but rather that there was no proper explanation as to the injury that led to him being pulled from the game. And he could not give one at the reunion show because he was not even allowed to speak. At least Erik got to sit on the stage. In a Survivor first, anybody voted out before the jury was forced to sit and watch from the audience. Whether this was done to mask the fact that Brandon Hantz was not invited to the reunion show remains unclear, but the rest of the cast was certainly not happy with the demotion. We spoke with Erik today and he cleared up everything regarding his evacuation and pulled no bunches with his take on the reunion, describing it as a “farce,” “disrespectful,” “ridiculous,” and “insane.” [NOTE: Read through both pages for the complete interview, and also check out our interview with winner John Cochran as well as our chat with Dawn Meehan, who talks all about her reaction to Toothgate.]
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So, Erik. How are you doing today?
ERIK REICHENBACH: All right.
EW: Just all right?
ERIK: Yeah, just all right.
ERIK: Well, I wasn’t very happy with the finale in a lot of ways. READ FULL STORY »
John Cochran explains how he won 'Survivor: Caramoan', weighs in on Toothgate, and announces his brand new job...for EW!
The kid who used to wear buffs to school and write papers about his favorite reality show is a kid no longer. John Cochran went from almost being voted out in his very first Tribal Council in Survivor: South Pacific to being named champion of Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites. And he didn’t just win — he dominated, never having a single vote cast against him and then receiving every single vote from the jury to take home the million dollars. We caught up with the man with the most famous last name in reality television, and he talked all about how he did it, his thoughts on the Dawn-Brenda feud, and what he’ll be up to next! [NOTE: Click through to read both pages of the interview. Also make sure to read Dalton’s full finale/reunion recap. as well as his exit interview with Dawn Meehan, who talks all about Toothgate, and his chat with Erik Reichenbach, who slams the "farce" of a reunion show.]
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Have you slept yet?
JOHN COCHRAN: I didn’t do too much of the partying. I feel bad. I feel like I blew it. I’m always regretting things. I feel like I should have been out being some lothario and taking advantage of my fleeting notoriety, but I basically just holed up in hotel room and went out for a tiny bit. But I did not sleep. I’m pretty exhausted right now.
EW: Now, wait and minute. If you didn’t go out and party last night does that mean Eddie gets to go back and retroactively change his vote since you didn’t sit with him at the bar?
COCHRAN: No, I did meet up with Eddie. We were going to do photo op where I had a girl in each arm but that never happened unfortunately. God, that question of his. They didn’t even show it. I started to give a joke answer and then Jeff cut me off and said “It’s a really good question! Take it seriously!” So I then had to talk about my incredible growth and how much I wanted to go out with the bros. It was ridiculous. READ FULL STORY »
'The Real Housewives of NYC': Season 6 salary dispute nearly over, conversations with cast moving toward deal
It seems the ladies of The Real Housewives of New York City are nearly back in business with cable network Bravo after a salary dispute that threatened to shut down the show as it heads into its sixth season.
Bravo won’t confirm that the deals are done, but sources told EW that the six-member cast — Ramona Singer, Carole Radziwill, LuAnn de Lesseps, Heather Thomson, Sonja Morgan, and Aviva Drescher — will likely sign a deal soon and “conversations are moving in that direction.” Us Weekly is reporting the women have “agreed to return for a sixth season,” while Deadline is reporting that they have signed their contracts.
Few details are available yet, but it’s likely the housewives received pay increases. Early reports from the negotiations hinted that Bravo would possibly more forward on the show without some — or all — of the castmembers, if a deal could not be worked out. The cast was set to begin production on the show’s sixth season last week, but they didn’t show up as a negotiation tactic.
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You better not cross Marilu Henner. Because that woman remembers EVERYTHING! No, seriously, she does. The former Taxi star possesses some sort of super memory power worthy of X-Men mutant status. So we put her special powers to the test when she dropped by the InsideTV Podcast studio to tell us about her All-Star Celebrity Apprentice experience.
Why was Marilu assaulting people at Universal Studios by yelling out what day of the week they were born on? What’s this about Celebrity Apprentice pimp daddy Farouk Shami trying to fly her down to Houston? What are some things we didn’t see because they never made it onto the show? And most importantly, if Marilu has some sort of superhuman memory, why does she not remember meeting me?!? It’s a fun, freewheeling conversation that also somehow manages to include Tony Danza and a orangutan. To listen in, just click on the audio player below.
But that’s not all. First up, blindsided Brenda Lowe calls in to talk about the “painful eye-opener” of being voted out by her friend Dawn on the last episode of Survivor: Caramoan. Turns out she has refused to communicate with the woman who blindsided her since they returned from the game last June. What will happen when they share the stage at tonight’s reunion? Brenda tells us how she plans to approach the awkward situation. Looking for the perfect way to pre-game for tonight’s finale? Then have a listen! READ FULL STORY »
TNT has greenlit a new reality series that follows companies on their search to fill their open executive positions with the best candidate possible. But there’s a gimmick, naturally.
On TNT’s Inside Job, four job candidates will compete for a six-figure executive position by living and working together for one week during the interview and hiring process. But what they don’t know is that one of their fellow candidates is already a high-level employee at the company they wish to join. This mole will then report all his or her findings to the top boss, in order to inform the final decision. Each week will feature a new batch of candidates.
The series is being produced by All3Media America/Studio Lambert, which also produces CBS’s Undercover Boss
The first season will consist of six episodes, launching in 2014.
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