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At the start of NBC's "The Sing-Off," Nick Lachey called it "a very special edition" of the a capella singing competition, which had the subtitle "Holiday Special." Those were both very nice ways of saying that NBC cut the show: from the 11 hours, seven episodes, and 10 groups last year to two hours, one episode, and six groups this year. Also, the prize was cut in half to $50,000, and the show lost last year's fun face-off performances between the bottom two teams. Along with all that, it lost a lot of what made it such a terrific series. Most significantly, judge Ben Folds was gone, replaced by Patrick Stump because Ben Folds was on tour and apparently NBC couldn't figure out how to reschedule the show to film with its true star. Stump couldn't figure out how to judge, either. While returning judges Jewel and Shawn Stockman gave specific feedback, identifying individuals' strengths and sometimes weaknesses, »
- Andy Dehnart
The red cups are off the judges’ table. Coca-Cola, which struck a landmark ad deal with Fox in 2002 that kept drinking cups emblazoned with the soft-drink company’s logos on the “American Idol” set, has dropped its sponsorship of the show just before it starts its 14th season.
“Coca-Cola and Fox have mutually decided to end their 13-year ‘American Idol’ partnership,” the advertiser and the network said in a statement. “We look forward to working together on new collaborations in the future.” Ford Motor, the last of what was once a troika of big “Idol” sponsors, will stay with the program, though it has trimmed its support in recent seasons. At&T ended its “Idol” association in January.
The departure of Coke underscores the challenge Fox faces to rehabilitate the show in the eyes of viewers and marketers. The pressure is even greater with Fox having a down year overall, »
- Brian Steinberg and Cynthia Littleton
The 29-year-old "Just the Way You Are" singer took to the stage in a full set of hair rollers, definitely making for one of the most bizarre beauty trends we've seen in a while.
Photos: The 11 Strangest Hairstyles of 2014, Ranked
Though this isn't the first time the usually stylish star has rocked the rollers look.
He also wore the style in the music video for "Uptown Funk" in a scene when he and Mark get their hair done together at the salon.
... At least now we know how these flawless curls are achieved!
Photos: Celebrity Trend Spotting!
Et caught up with The Voice season seven finale coaches ahead of Tuesday's performance-packed finale, when they talked candidly about whether or not »
The newly minted Endemol Shine Group has set key corporate posts and international management teams following the end of a lengthy regulatory review of the merger of 21st Century’s Shine Group and Apollo’s Endemol and Core Media assets.
The joint venture of Fox and Apollo Global Management aims to create a production powerhouse fortified by strong local infrastructure in major TV markets. Former BSkyB exec Sophie Turner Laing was tapped in September to lead the merged entity, which boasts a roster of shows ranging from “American Idol” and “MasterChef” (pictured) to “Broadchurch” and “Peaky Blinders.”
The new structure, which formally launches Jan. 1, blends execs from Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group and Endemol as co-heads of several departments, including international operations, where Shine’s Gary Carter and Endemol’s Martha Brass are carving up territories. Core Media Group, the smallest of the three entities, will maintain some autonomy and its own capital structure, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Let me begin this recap with a bold prediction: Season 7 of The Voice, despite being the weakest in the history of NBC’s singing competition, will be the first to launch a chart-topping, stadium-filling superstar.
I will stop short, however, of predicting which contestant gets the job done for the only reality franchise where the slightest hint of negativity is greeted by producers in Hazmat suits, sealed in plastic biohazard bins and shipped to landfills in deepest New Jersey. (I live in the Garden State, so that joke is officially not offensive.)
I mean, let’s face it: At noon today, »
On Friday night, while walking the red carpet at the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest told THR that the reality show will be cutting the results show this season. Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance have each made a similar change.
He said, "We are going to do the performance show and the results in the same show... So there won't be a 'Wait 'til tomorrow night.' There won't be a 'Coming up, coming up, coming up.' We are going to put it all into one format in one night. So that will be exciting."
Seacrest noted, "[It will be] one night when we get to the final stage, the top 10, there will be one night of performances and results all in one night."
What do you think? Do you »
Ahead of tonight's season-seven finale of The Voice, Et spoke to the coaches and finalists about the potential impact winning the show could have on a musical career. But, are the days of creating a Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood gone for good?
News: What The Voice's Rookie Coaches Learned this Season
Blake Shelton has coached three protégés to victory (Jermaine Paul, Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery), but none of the show's winners have been able to attain the success of early American Idol winners like Kelly or Carrie.
"Most record companies that sign artists for 20 years never get a Kelly Clarkson," Blake told Et. "Carrie Underwood -- same thing. [Successes like that] are one in a million -- not just for a reality show, but in the music industry."
Blake's archrival Adam Levine has coached two winners (Javier Colon and Tessanne Chin), and he told us that a win affords an artist with opportunities they might not get »
News: The Complete List of American Idol Winners
While returning judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. are getting chummier as the auditions go on, the contestants are more cutthroat than ever, which should make for some fierce rivalries.
"I'm going to do whatever it takes to make my goal, to fulfill my dream," said Idol hopeful Quentin Alexander. "If it means stepping on my best friend's toes, I love you, best friend, but your toes are going to get stomped."
Fortunately for Quentin's best friend, it may not come to that.
"We get more excited when the contestants are amazing," J.Lo told Et. "Our job is to put the best contestants in front of America. We feel we are going to make an amazing show."
The show is »
Jennifer Lopez sees nothing wrong with dating younger men! The "American Idol" judge covers the January issue of Self magazine, where she opens up about coming to terms with her addiction to love and talks about her former cougar status. Lopez -- who has been married three times -- says she copes with pain by being there for someone else. "When you have that much pain, you have to anesthetize yourself in some ways. People do different things," she tells the mag. "Some go out and party and sleep around, but that's just not my way. I found the comfort in someone else. That's called being a love addict."The "Booty" singer infamously started dating her backup dancer Casper Smart following her split from ex-husband Marc Anthony in 2014. While the "Maid in Manhattan" star made a ton of headlines during her relationship with her 27-year-old beau, Lopez doesn't understand why »
- tooFab Staff
Terry Crews is going viral for Fox.
The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star has been tapped to host World’s Funniest Fails, an unscripted series that will feature “the best ‘epic fail’ viral videos in the most entertaining ways possible.”
Inspired by the YouTube channel FailArmy, Fox’s Fails premieres Friday, Jan. 16, at 8/7c.
Each episode will feature rotating celebrity guest-panelists, whose job is it to crown the ultimate Fail of the Week. A list of celebrity guests which will be announced at a later date.
“Like everyone else, I find myself watching these viral videos with my kids and cracking up »
The 31-year-old country superstar stunned in a skin-tight white Ashdon gown at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards on Monday night in Nashville, showing off her burgeoning baby bump in the one-sleeve style.
With her blonde hair in waves swept to the side, and accessorizing with an Emm Kuo clutch, Carrie was head-to-toe perfection on the red carpet.
Photos: Maternity Couture! The Best-Dressed Bumps of 2014
For her performance, she changed into an equally great cobalt blue Leanne Marshall dress.
Carrie is expecting her first child with husband Mike Fisher -- a boy -- this spring. Earlier this month, Carrie talked to Et about staying in shape while pregnant.
"I still make it a point to be very active," she said. "Of course, I can't push myself -- I am carrying around a little bit extra weight »
Say goodbye to those giant Coke cups at the American Idol judges' table. When the Fox show returns for its 14th season on Jan. 7, it will be without its longtime sponsor, Coca-Cola. The soft drink company has ended its relationship with the show after 13 seasons. "Coca-Cola and Fox have mutually decided to end their 13-year American Idol partnership," a Coca-Cola rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. "We look forward to working together on new collaborations in the future.” A source close to negotiations has disclosed to THR that the show is already
- Michele Amabile Angermiller
The hits keep coming for American Idol, and we don't mean the musical hits. You won't see those giant Coke cups when the reality show returns for its fourteenth season this January. Coca-Cola has cut ties with the aging series. Coke has been a sponsor of the show since it began in 2001. "I can confirm that Coca-Cola and Fox have mutually decided to end our 13-year American Idol partnership," a rep for Coca-Cola told E! News. "After 13 years, we feel it is the right time for the Coca-Cola brand to venture into new spaces and pursue other opportunities to connect with teens and leverage music as a passion point." Variety first reported the news. At&T, another longtime sponsor of »
Get ready to let it go — and that’s not just our way of reminding you that Glee‘s sixth (and final) season is just around the corner.
In the first official trailer for Season 6, Lea Michele’s Rachel Berry puts her own stamp on that song from Frozen that every grade-schooler in America has been belting in the backs of minivans for the last 12 months.
But there are also potential spoilers in the 20-second spot — most of which confirm what’s already been leaked about the high school musical’s…about the high school musical’s final run of »
Coke adds life, or so a popular 1976 ad slogan for the popular soda once bragged. It has certainly done just that for “American Idol,” the venerable Fox program that has long featured big cups festooned with logos for various drinks made by Coca-Cola laid out on its judges’ table. What Coke adds, however, it can also take away.
After more than a decade as one of the top sponsors of “Idol,” Coca-Cola is cutting ties to the program, the company said in a statement. Coca-Cola will instead work with Fox in other ways. “After 13 years, we feel it is the right time for the Coca-Cola brand to venture into new spaces and pursue other opportunities to connect with teens and leverage music as a passion point,” the Atlanta beverage company responded when asked why it was leaving the show.
Coca-Cola departs as Madison Avenue has noticeably cut its support of “American Idol, »
- Brian Steinberg
Who says you can't have it all? Not Jennifer Lopez!
The 45-year-old entertainer flaunts her flawless physique for Self magazine and confesses that despite her many jobs -- judging American Idol, starring in the new thriller The Boy Next Door and performing her hit songs -- she has no plans to slow down. "I want to prove to everyone that I can do everything and be a superwoman," she says. "But I have to take time for myself."
Photos: 40-Something or 30-Something? Guess Jennifer Lopez’s Age In These Pics!
This "superwoman" used her chat with Self to speak out for ladies everywhere. "All the old cliches about women need to be undone," Lopez proclaims. "Enough already. We're in the other position now. We are desirable older, we can date younger guys and it's not this big taboo. Men have been doing this for years, and it's no big deal."
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Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this! These days, American Idol finalist James Durbin has a much bigger cause for celebration than winning a reality show. The 25-year-old pop rocker welcomed daughter Kinzee Cruz Durbin with his wife Heidi on Nov. 21. Less than a month later, the family of four, including Kinzee’s older brother Hunter, 5, posed for beautiful family portraits exclusive to Us Weekly. The photos, which were taken by photographer Amber Stoddard and Shirley Henderson, feature the family in front of a [...] »
It’s been a strange season of The Voice — and not just because of Gwen Stefani’s penchant for pairing torturous heels with tights.
But despite the almost constant shift in contestant momentum and often head-scratching results (Damien over Toia Jones in the Knockouts? Ryan Sill in the Top 8?), something kind of miraculous occurred during tonight’s performance finale: NBC’s reality singing behemoth finally took on its most obvious shortcoming — that it’s never produced an American Idol-level superstar — and did something that may very well obliterate all those “what’s the point of all this, anyway?” criticisms. »
Carrie Underwood, you amaze us once again! Just two days after showing off her growing baby bump at the Grand Ole Opry, the American Idol winner turned heads once again with a stunning ensemble at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards. Wearing a tight white dress with gold accents and a black clutch, the 31-year-old stepped onto the carpet with plenty of cheers from the fashion community. Soon after, the mom-to-be rushed backstage to change looks and open the inaugural award show with a medley of her greatest hits. Taking the stage in a long flowing blue gown (she really does love the color), Underwood kicked things off with her classic hit "Before He Cheats." She »
Awww, look at that belly!Carrie Underwood was one of the first stars to hit the red carpet in Nashville, Tennessee for the first annual American Country Countdown Awards, airing Monday night on Fox.Sporting a tight white gown with gold detail and only one sleeve, the mama-to-be was absolutely glowing on the arrivals line. The former "American Idol" winner paired her look with dangly diamond earrings, a gold clutch and her hair swept to one side.This will be the first child for Carrie and husband Mike Fisher. Underwood previously revealed the two are expecting a baby boy.Other stars at tonight's event included Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Miranda Kerr, Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans and woman of the evening, Reba McEntire.Miranda looked sexier than ever in a black gown that featured leather details and revealing cutouts -- see that and more red carpet looks in the gallery above! »
- tooFab Staff
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