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Simon Cowell, Will.i.am developing 'X Factor for Tech'

Will.i.am has announced that he is developing a tech version of The X Factor with Simon Cowell.

“We’re working on a project called X Factor for Tech — and it’s going to be out of this world,” Will.i.am said during a live video press conference, according to The London Sun. “Singing and performance create a couple of jobs. But this will create lots. It’s about getting in touch with youth and giving them a platform to express themselves — whether that’s in science or mathematics.” READ FULL STORY

Katie Couric to reveal her own bulimia struggles on today's 'Katie'

X Factor judge Demi Lovato will discuss her prolonged battle with body image, bulimia, and bullying on this afternoon’s episode of Katie. But she’s not the only one opening up about her troubled past: Katie Couric will also candidly discuss her own struggle with bulimia.

“I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years after that,” Couric reveals on the show, according to the New York Post. “And I know this rigidity, this feeling that if you eat one thing that’s wrong, you’re full of self-loathing and then you punish yourself, whether it’s one cookie or a stick of gum that isn’t sugarless, that I would sometimes beat myself up for that.

“How do you have a healthy relationship with food, and say, ‘You know what, I can have one cookie and it’s OK?’” she continues. “That is such a huge thing for people who wrestle with this.”

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'Survivor' premiere ratings down from last year

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Media pundits obsess about the falling ratings of singing competition shows, but ultra-veteran Survivor is long past its bell-curve tipping point too.

Wednesday night’s 25th cycle premiere of Survivor slipped in the ratings, a pretty typical story for the CBS program’s debuts in recent years. The reality veteran had a 90-minute opener that delivered 11.2 million viewers and a 3.1 rating in the adult demo, down 9 percent among adults 18-49 from last fall. Survivor led into the finale of the 14th edition of Big Brother (7.4 million, 2.5), down 14 percent.

CBS is pointing out to everybody that among total viewers Survivor actually improved a bit. But if you believe that really matters to the network, then I have some commercials on CSI: Miami (9.4 million), A Gifted Man (7.9 million) and Unforgettable (10.3 million viewers) to sell you (axed last year, don’t you know, though Unforgettable has been revived for a summer run). When it comes to ratings, the adult demo gets the love behind the scenes, fairly or not.

Over on Fox, The X Factor gave network executives a measured sense of relief. Last night’s two-hour block beat Survivor for the night in the demo, bringing in 9.4 million viewers and a 3.5 rating. That’s up a tenth of a point from last week. Granted, X Factor isn’t demonstrating as much week-over-week post-premiere growth as NBC’s The Voice, but at least it isn’t going the other direction. And Fox says there is a fair chance of the show growing another tenth of a point in the nationals (which, if true, would have the show tracking to grow about the same as Voice).

Britney vs. Christina – Who was more popular on Facebook? EXCLUSIVE

It’s the diva battle as old as time (or, at least, 1999): Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera.

With both women’s television shows premiering last week, Facebook’s Talk Meter, a tool that measures chatter on Facebook by looking at current chatter compared to the baseline, was able to measure which singer was buzziest and EW has the exclusive results.

The takeaway points?

-Britney is currently leading Christina in mention counts on Facebook.

-Britney saw a higher spike on the night The X Factor premiered (Sept. 12), with her mentions going up 2,375%. Christina’s mentions “only”  went up 450% during the premiere of The Voice (Sept. 10). READ FULL STORY

'Glee' kids cover Britney Spears -- LISTEN HERE

Oops…They’re doing it again.

It’s a double dose of Ms. Spears this Thursday on Fox. After The X Factor, the Glee kids will be honoring the pop princess with a second tribute episode — mostly focusing on her later work — and you can check out a preview below of Gimme More and Oops…I Did It Again (as first released by Ryan Seacrest‘s radio show).

In addition, you can also head over to Glee’s official music site to hear the McKinley kids (and NY transplants!) take on 3, a mash-up of Boys and Justin Bieber’s Boyfriend, Womanizer, and Hold It Against Me.

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'The X Factor': Does it deserve another chance?

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Paula Abdul, Nicole Sherzinger, Steve Jones (and poor Cheryl Cole) are out, while Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are in. But for The X Factor, is it a case of too little, too late? After the soulless and over-produced spectacle that was season 1, does The X Factor deserve another chance? Annie Barrett and I discuss and debate that very point on the InsideTV Podcast. What does Annie make of the new judges? And how will the new panel stack up against NBC’s competing quartet of famous coaches on The Voice? Just click on the audio player icon below to hear our thoughts on what The X Factor needs to do to turn things around. (The X Factor chat starts at 26:00.) READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy': Are Clay's days numbered? Plus: What to expect in season 5

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Somehow, someway, Clay survived season 4 of Sons of Anarchy. But does that mean the former SAMCRO prez is now in the clear, or are his days still numbered? Mandi Bierly and I discuss that and more as we preview Sons of Anarchy’s upcoming season 5 on the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast.

What can we expect from the new additions of Jimmy Smits and Harold Perrineau? What is Gemma’s next move? And how will Jax react to being at the head of the table? We’ve seen the first two episodes and will provide our thoughts and teases as for what to expect. Just click on the audio player icon below to hear Mandi and me break it down. (The Sons of Anarchy discussion begins at 14 minutes in.)

But first, Dan Snierson and Melissa Maerz stop by to discuss and debate the Breaking Bad 2012 finale. Is Walt’s cancer back? Is Jesse really out? And should we be rooting for Heisenberg at this point, or against him? We answer all that and present theories as to how the whole thing may end. Plus, Annie Barrett calls in preview the new (and hopefully improved) X Factor. Will the addition of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato make the show watchable? Is it worth giving The X Factor another shot? (The X Factor chat starts at 26:00.) READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor' promo: Demi Lovato insulted by contestant

The X Factor is set to return on Wednesday night, and fans are curious to see what new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato bring to the table. Fox decided to whet our appetites with a new clip that doesn’t flinch from saying what some might be thinking.

In the promo, a contestant insists that he’s worked “way too frickin’ hard” to hear any criticism from the four judges. New addition Demi Lovato tries to calm him down, saying: “A lot of people work really, really hard for their dreams, but it’s not meant for everybody.”

The contestant snaps back: “That’s why you use auto-tune and I don’t.” Me-ow!

Britney Spears, showcasing her surprisingly vocal side, tells him: “I want to know who let you on stage. I feel uncomfortable with you even staring at me.” (And the tunes of Spears’ “Toxic” play in the background for added effect.)

At that, the contestant storms off, retorting: “You know what? I don’t need this either.”

Check out the clip below, which includes an hysterical moment in which Simon Cowell almost chokes on his Pepsi: READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Will Walt die on 'Breaking Bad'...and should he? Plus: previewing 'Sons of Anarchy' and 'The X Factor'

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With only eight episodes remaining and brother-in-law Hank finally on to him, is the clock about to run out on Breaking Bad’s Walter White…as in, is he finally doomed to die? But more important than that, do we want him to die? EW’s own Dan Snierson and Melissa Maerz join me on this week’s edition of the InsideTV Podcast to break down the last Breaking Bad episode of the year. Is Walt’s cancer back? Will Hank finally take down Heisenberg? And what sort of misery will befall Jesse next? We have theories! Listen in as we discuss how TV’s best drama may — or may not — wrap things up.

Then, Mandi Bierly stops by to preview the upcoming season 5 of Sons of Anarchy and offer up intel on the two big new characters played by Jimmy Smits and Harold Perrineau. We’ve seen the first two (excellent) episodes and provide some teases and clues on what to expect. (If you want to skip straight to the Sons of Anarchy discussion, it begins at 14:00.)

Finally, we call up Annie Barrett to get her insight on the new X Factor judges panel. Will the addition of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato make the show…um, watchable? Is it worth giving The X Factor another shot? And who the hell is hosting this show now anyway? We get into all of that and more — like which show will come out on top: The X-Factor or The Voice. (The X Factor chat starts at 26:00.) READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor': Simon Cowell on new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato

, so I didn’t feel that this was someone just taking a check. In the auditions, she couldn’t care less about saying no to someone. Over time that shyness, which was there at the beginning, started to go away. We’ll find out how good she is or isn’t when we go into the live shows. Demi, to me, has been a revelation. She’s hilarious. It’s like having a bratty younger sister.” As long as they don’t suddenly turn wishy-washy in front of a live audience like Paula and Nicole (remember the Rachel Crow fiasco?), we’re more than willing to give them a chance.

Read more from Cowell in EW’s Fall TV Preview, on stands now.

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'The X Factor': Check out Britney Spears' judging style in new promo video

The X Factor is nearing its return to Fox, and it’s marching in to the tune of “…Baby One More Time.” Hey, if you were promoting new judge Britney Spears, you’d take every opportunity to use her ’90s hits in ads, too, right?

In a new promo for the sophomore season of the music competition show, Spears says in voiceover, “It’s really kind of hard to tell some people ‘no.’” Well, she must have not had too much difficulty bashing contestants lacking in sufficient talent. A second later she says, “I wanna know who let you on stage.”

Check out the Spears-centric promo below, including a moment that Simon Cowell didn’t hesitate to proclaim “awkward!” READ FULL STORY

Simon Cowell says 'Idol' may be difficult for Mariah Carey

So what does Simon Cowell think of American Idol hiring Mariah Carey as its new judge?

Cowell has previously expressed enthusiasm in Carey as a candidate for X Factor. But now that she’s joined his previous show, he injected a little note of skepticism about her ability to crush the dreams of wannabe pop singers.

“I think she’s going to find it difficult to say ‘no’ [to contestants],” Cowell told reporters via satellite from Miami during The X Factor‘s panel at critics’ press tour in Beverly Hills. “She’s sweet.” Cowell then gamely added: “I think she’s going to be great.”

Speaking of judges being too polite, Cowell’s new hires, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, didn’t demonstrate much bite during the panel, though Cowell assured Spears is “quite mean” and Lovato is “a brat.”  READ FULL STORY

'X Factor': Watch Britney Spears trash talk -- VIDEO

Fox wants you to think that Britney Spears is not America’s sweetheart anymore.

In this sneak peek of her work as a judge on The X Factor, Fox shows (or at least tries to show) that Spears can be as brutal as Simon Cowell. READ FULL STORY

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