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'American Idol's' Fantasia Barrino Clarifies Gay Marriage Comment in Instagram Rant (Video)

31 December 2012 3:55 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

American Idol season three winner Fantasia Barrino raised a few eyebrows with fans after posting a rant referencing the gay marriage and marijuana laws Monday on her Instagram account.  “I Rise Above It All!!! The World Is Gone Mad. Kids, The Goverment, The church House… Everybody Trying!!!!!!!,” she wrote. “It’s a lot that going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing. Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal But Yet Im Judged!!! Im not doing Nothing for you… My Life!!!!” Since

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- Michele Amabile Angermiller

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AfterElton Briefs: Adam Lambert Is Not A "Les Miz" Fan, "The Creation of Neil Patrick Harris," and "The Biggest Loser" Gets Its First Out Contestant

31 December 2012 11:14 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Joe Dallesandro (above), who is 64, Bebe Neuwirth is 54, Val Kilmer is 53, and Donna Summer would have been 64.We wish all of you a very happy and safe New Year's Eve. We'll have Briefs and a couple of special posts tomorrow, then we'll be back to a regular schedule on Wednesday. I'm not all that sure who Jim Davidson is, but he sounds like a real winner. When The Biggest Loser returns to NBC this Sunday, it will have its first openly gay contestant, 21-year-old Utah native Jackson Carter.10 athletes who came out in 2012.Les Miserables may be rolling in the dough and accolades, but Adam Lambert points out the screeching elephant in the room.

2012 in four minutes.

If you can get through this without cringing dozens of times, you're better than me. Below you can see a blooper reel from Exodus International. Remember, these men are "Ex-Gay. »

- snicks

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'Idol' Roundup: Fantasia's New Single, New Book Exposes Season 10 Secrets and More

19 December 2012 4:59 AM, PST | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

If you're a Fantasia fan, then get ready because she's just released her new single. Kelly Clarkson is now engaged and she's revealed what her ring looks like. And a new tell-all book about American Idol season 10 is coming out next month in the form of a fictional novel by -- get this -- an anonymous author. And read on to find out where to catch Phillip Phillips and Scotty McCreery on TV in the coming days. »

- editor@buddytv.com

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'Idol' Roundup: Grammy Nominations, New Keith Urban Promo and More

7 December 2012 5:11 AM, PST | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Former American Idol contestants over the years have been nominated for (and won) quite a few Grammy Awards. Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood have all won before. And two of them are in the running to win even more. Also in today's Roundup, a second Keith Urban promo has been released, find out when you can watch a Daughtry/3 Doors Down concert on TV and Phillip Phillips is holding strong on the Billboard 200. »

- editor@buddytv.com

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Reality Check: Are Carly Rose and Cassadee Unbeatable on The X Factor and The Voice?

2 December 2012 7:34 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

There are still three weeks left of The X Factor Season 2 and The Voice Season 3, but most prognosticators would argue that the proceedings are mere formalities on the way to crowning Carly Rose Sonenclar and Cassadee Pope as the shows’ respective champs. But are these ladies worthy winners? And more importantly, what in the whatty what is going on with Simon Cowell’s bloated beast of a reality singing competition?

On the latest installment of Reality Check, my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I take a deep, uncomfortable dive into all things X Factor, from how we’re judging the show »

- Michael Slezak

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The X Factor Recap: Rickrolling in the Deep

28 November 2012 7:34 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We interrupt your regularly scheduled recap with a warning to the quintet of lovely brunettes who make up The X Factor Season 2 girl group Fifth Harmony: Do not stand too close to Khloé Kardashian Odom. She can sense your youth. She is beginning to feed off your effervescence. She has been instructed to assimilate you into the Kardashian collective.

With that housekeeping detail out of the way, we can now focus on the important business of Top 8 performance night: A world premiere “video” from “will.i.ann” (hey, that’s what Mario Lopez called him!) and a robot rendering of Britney Spears 2.0 (airbrushed into submission, »

- Michael Slezak

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The X Factor Recap: Double Unhappiness

16 November 2012 9:27 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It’s a double elimination tonight, folks! That means not one but two acts will be banished from Pepsi Stadium and sent back to their humdrum lives never to be heard from again. Speaking of which, who won the X Factor season that One Direction came out of? If I ask you to name the winner of Jennifer Hudson’s American Idol season, how long does it honestly take you to come up with “Fantasia Barrino?” Is Melanie Amaro in the Federal Witness Protection Program? No real reason, just asking.The show begins with Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian in slow motion. They read their lines with such deliberate pacing that I actually briefly think my television is playing at the wrong speed. But that’s not a thing, so this must just be a session of Remedial Hosting 101 for Khloe. Mario reveals that tonight is “intense,” which means it »

- Dave Holmes

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TV News: Community, Steel, Mindy, Dracula

8 October 2012 8:58 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Community

NBC is delaying both the season four premiere of "Community" and season two premiere of "Whitney" from the previously scheduled October 19th debut.

The network has not indicated new return dates for the two comedies but claim they will likely announce the news dates in a few weeks as viewership for the various new shows on its schedule settle into a groove. [Source: EW]

Steel Magnolias

Lifetime's African-American cast telemovie remake of the 1989 feature delivered a record average of 6.5 million total viewers in its premiere on Sunday night.

That was No. 3 on Lifetime's all-time most-watched list, its best numbers since 2006's Fantasia Barrino telemovie. [Source: The Los Angeles Times]

Ben and Kate & The Mindy Project

Fox's new comedies "Ben and Kate" and "The Mindy Project" have received full-season orders after just two episodes of each series have aired.

Both shows premiered to fairly soft numbers last week - 4.21 million and 4.67 million viewers respectively. [Source: The Los Angeles Times]

Dracula

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- Garth Franklin

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Ratings: 'Steel Magnolias' Draws 6.5M

8 October 2012 2:16 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

An impressive 6.5 million people stopped to smell the "Steel Magnolias" Sunday, giving Lifetime its third-most watched original telecast ever. The film scored Lifetime's best audience since "Life is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story" in 2006 and was the top cable movie among total viewers since 2007.  Also read: Judge Allows 'Steel Magnolias' to Air Among women 25-54, "Steel Magnolias" was Lifetime's most-watched movie in network history with 2.5 million viewers, a cable best since at least 2004, according to Nielsen Research. The new version of the movie and play, produced »

- Tim Molloy

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Lifetime's 'Steel Magnolias' Draws 6.5 Million Viewers

8 October 2012 1:19 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Steel Magnolias has bloomed big for Lifetime. The telepic, starring Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad and Alfre Woodard, collected 6.5 million total viewers, ranking as the female-skewing cable network's third-most-watched telecast ever. The remake from Latifah and Smash executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron posted Lifetime's best delivery since 2006's Life is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story, and the No. 1 cable movie among total viewers since 2007 (excluding miniseries). The Sony Pictures Television pic averaged 3.2 million adults 25-54, ranking as Lifetime's best demo showing for a movie in 17

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Ian Somerhalder & More Celebrities Tweet About Hurricane Isaac

28 August 2012 9:35 AM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Hollywood is using Twitter to offer messages of support to the victims of Hurricane Isaac — except Reggie Bush, who claims, 'it rains like this all the time.' Topical storm Issac is forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane and many celebrities have taken to their Twitter accounts to offer support and encouragement to those in the regions affected. "Damn hurricane get'n in the way of me going down to Louisiana to fight to preserve the ISFsanctuary land from be'n destroyedby a development," Ian Somerhalder tweeted Aug. 26. "Prayers And Blessings For The Good People Of New Orleans And Gulf Coast For Oncoming Hurricane.Be Safe.Be Well.Peace And Love.God Bless You," tweeted Spike Lee. "Everyone let's keep N.O in our prayers you guys as they face hurricane Issac," tweeted American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino. Anderson Cooper and Kim Kardashian's sidekick, Jonathan Cheban, tweeted photos of the rising water. »

- Hollywood Life Staff

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'American Idol' Contestants In Movies: From Kelly Clarkson To Carrie Underwood (Videos)

16 August 2012 7:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

As it was designed to, "American Idol" has launched some great music careers, including those of superstars Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood. However, when it comes to acting, contestants have had mixed results, from Jennifer Hudson's Oscar-winning performance in "Dreamgirls" to Clalrkson and runner-up Justin Guarini's horrid "From Justin to Kelly" (a film that crashed so badly, it's still regarded as one of the worst movies ever made). This Friday, "Idol" winner Jordin Sparks makes her feature-film debut in "Sparkle" as an aspiring Motown singer. Will it lead to Oscar gold as it did for Hudson? Considering the film's current Rotten Tomatoes score, it's not likely. So, in honor of Sparks's role in "Sparkle," let's rank the acting skills of those who've made it to the big screen. (Apologies to Constantine Maroulis, Ruben Studdard and Fantasia, who've proven their acting chops, but only on the stage, »

- Sharon Knolle

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'American Idol' Contestants in Movies

14 August 2012 11:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Jordin Sparks isn't the first "American Idol" star to step away from the reality boob tube and give Hollywood a go, and she won't be the last. Her loosely biographical movie "Sparkle" — also featuring the late Whitney Houston, Mike Epps and Cee-Lo Green — is but the latest instance of an "Idol" star getting a close-up on the big screen.

The movie successes of Sparks' predecessors in "Idol" alumni-hood have been a mixed bag of total wins and, well, sheer embarrassment. So, how will the season six-winning songstress' flick fare?

Let's compare "Idol" in Hollywood notes to find out.

Jennifer Hudson

While Season 3's winner (Fantasia Barrino) has had very little luck in the Hollywood spotlight, its the seventh-placer who serves as the lodestar example of an "Idol" alum making movie magic happen for herself. In 2006, she starred in the movie musical "Dreamgirls" and took home Hollywood's highest honor, an Academy Award, »

- Amanda Bell

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Winner Announcement: Ology's ''Greatest American Idol'' Competition!

27 July 2012 7:31 AM, PDT | Celebsology | See recent Celebsology news »

Hey there Ologizers,

Who is the “Greatest American Idol?” Well........we Really want to tell you!

*Drum Roll Please*.....

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Ok--now!!!

Carrie Underwood takes 1st place, winning by 49285 points! Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery and Fantasia Barrino battled back and forth, climbing up the ranks aiming for the #1 spot, but in the end, Carrie Underwood could not be Beat!

Here are the final rankings:

1. Carrie Underwood - 78120 Points

2. Lee DeWyze - 28835 Points

3. Scotty McCreery - 11870 Points

4. Fantasia Barrino - 4235 Points

5. Phillip Phillips - 2280 Points

6. Kris Allen - 2235 Points

7. Taylor Hicks - 2000 Points

8. Kelly Clarkson - 1950 Points

9. David Cook - 1825 Points

10. Jordin Sparks - 1740 Points

11.Ruben Studdard - 1355 Points

Yeah, we know. The amount of points Team Carrie Underwood managed to earn is quite impressive. Be sure to join Carrie Underwood's ology Here (click the "follow" button)!

Well, did you have fun during this contest? If you did, definitely comment about it! »

- The Ology Team .

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Duets Season Finale: The Winner Is… [Updated]

19 July 2012 6:24 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Just like its charming/ridiculous “exploding mirrorball” logo and mid-2000s dance-club theme song, Duets wrapped its first season tonight with a vibe that was more about low-wattage summer fun than a serious coronation of the next big Billboard chart topper.

That doesn’t mean, however, that the contestant most likely to actually score a significant radio hit didn’t take home the big prize: The title of Duets champ and a contract with Hollywood Records.

Yes indeed, J Rome, who towered over the competition since Week 1 like the Empire State building transported to an Iowa corn field, prevailed over »

- Michael Slezak

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Ology's "Greatest American Idol Contest"!

12 July 2012 9:08 AM, PDT | Celebsology | See recent Celebsology news »

American Idol...where amateur singers get the chance to become instant Stars. It’s also home to the most amazing runner-ups most of us have ever seen (and heard, of course).

Just think: without American Idol, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson would still be unknowns, singing like pros while performing as amateurs. Throughout the years, there have been many notable contestants, so we’ve devised an awesome contest to finally bring the debate to an end--who is the “Greatest American Idol” winner of all time! That’s it. Let's finally recognize...The Greatest American Idol!

So who’s your favorite American Idol 1st place contestant? Is it Kelly Clarkson singing “Stronger”? What about teddy bear, Ruben Studdard and his amazing original song, “Flying Without Wings”? We’re ready to put the American Idol winners against one another to find out who truly is the greatest. Die-hard fans, get ready to vote! »

- The Ology Team .

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AfterElton Briefs: "Magic Mike: The Musical," "Where The Bears Are," and Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are Divorcing

29 June 2012 11:51 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Here is last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...

"Dame Edna is out of retirement? And chatting with Heads of State? Who said diplomacy was boring!?."

Thanks to Morgan for this week's winning caption!

Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). Mitch Hewer (above) is 23, Pamela Anderson is 45, Fred Schneider is 61, Michael Phelps is 27, Brian Bloom is 42, Fantasia Barrino is 28, and Debbie Harry is 67. What are your Debbie/Blondie faves? Here are mine: 5. "French Kissin'," 4. "Maria," 3. "Dreaming," 2. "Call Me," 1. "I Want That Man." (my undying love to anyone who remembers it).

Happy Birthday to the faboo Karen Black, who turns 73 this weekend. And here comes her gif(t) now!

Bwa-Ha-Ha! Did you really think that today's release of »

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Happy Birthday Fantasia Barrino — Today, June 30, You’re 28 Years Old!

29 June 2012 8:29 AM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

We wish former 'American Idol' winner Fantasia Barrino a very happy birthday! Fantasia Barrino, you got our attention with your amazing singing voice on American Idol. We hope you have an amazing birthday celebrating with your children! We hope that you have a great year! Happy birthday, Fantasia! With both your Sun and Moon in the tender, emotional sign of Cancer, you certainly sing from the bottom of your heart. Evoking the affection of others comes easily for you, despite having to work a little harder at self-acceptance due to your stellium of planets in relentlessly introspective Scorpio. Your passion for performance is akin to a survival tool, and the stars are gearing up to tag you for another Emmy-acknowledged best-ever television moment! Click here for more details at Astrology.com. »

- HL Staff

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Emily and Terron, Amateurs M.D., Predict The 2012 Tony Awards Winners

8 June 2012 3:25 PM, PDT | Celebsology | See recent Celebsology news »

Since the incredible Neil Patrick Harris is hosting this weekend’s Tony Awards, that gives Ologists Emily Cheever and Terron R. Moore the magnificent chance to predict the winners just like every other fancy schmancy critic out there. Do Emily or Terron have any knowledge about what’s been tearing up Broadway this year? Better question: does it matter? Nope! Check out their predictions for six major categories below:

Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role In A Play

Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur

Tracie Bennett, End of the Rainbow

Stockard Channing, Other Desert Cities

Linda Lavin, The Lyons

Cynthia Nixon, Wit

Terron: What's a Stockard Channing? Because that sounds familiar. And Christmas-y.

Emily:  I think she was in Grease? And I think she was the slutty one. No lie, once this therapist said I reminded her of Stockard in Grease, which is weird because i specifically said boys weren't into me. »

- Terron R. Moore

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Fantasia American Idol 2012 Show (Photos) Near Wardrobe Malfunction on Red Carpet

25 May 2012 10:51 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Oops! Former American idol winner Fantasia, clad in a sparkly ill-fitting purple gown, narrowly escaped a wardrobe malfunction when her breasts came close to popping out of her dress, reveals Us Weekly. Fantasia also shocked viewers with the above catsuit for her on stage performance. USA Today reveals: "The third-season Idol champ looked nothing like she did when she won in 2004 (not that any of us look like we did in 2004, but we're not performing on the Idol finale!). Fantasia belted out a duet of Elton John's Take me to the Pilot with Joshua Ledet, roaming throughout the theater and adding improvised lines." Watch video below. Comments have not been positive. WetPaint's Amanda Bell muses: "Oh, Fantasia. We love your sartorial bravery, but you might want to hire a new stylist!" The Inqisitr cites a fan: "Last night Fantasia looked like she was performing at a Nc local club »

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