Jason’s Headlines for 8/14/12: American Idol, The X-Factor UK, Glee, The Glee Project, America’s Got Talent

The American Idols Live Tour 2012 heads to Pittsburgh tonight!

 

The Glee Project finale is tonight!

 

America’s Got Talent returns tonight! 

Simon Cowell’s ‘The X Factor’ to Return to U.K.’s ITV1 With Some Changes Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger joins the show, which has been the country’s top entertainment series for eight years in a row, as a judge.

LONDON – After two weeks of weak ratings due to the dominant role of the BBC’s Summer Olympics coverage, British commercial broadcaster ITV is on Saturday bringing back one of its big guns.

Simon Cowell‘s The X Factor returns to ITV1 for its ninth season after being the country’s number one entertainment show for eight years in a row. The music talent show was the U.K.’s biggest entertainment  show last year. Read more at THR

 

FIRST LOOK: ‘Glee’ Emmy nominee Dot-Marie Jones visits ‘The Exes’ “I said yes to it before I even read the script,” Jones says about her guest role in The Exes. “I knew Kristen Johnston, and I have loved her since Third Rock from the Sun. I thought she was so brilliant…the chance to get to work with her and Wayne Knight and Donald Faison and to meet Kelly [Stables] and the rest of the cast was so awesome.”

In the episode, Holly Franklin (Johnston) stumbles into a gay nightclub and piques the interest of Jones’ character. To keep this tried-and-true fish-out-of-water set-up fresh, Jones says she and Johnson “changed it up every time.” Between Johnson’s famous rubber faces and little physical comedy — “I was, like, grinding my face into hers” — the two comedy vets had the whole set “dying laughing,” says Jones, “so I figured it was working.” Read more at EW

 

America’s Got Talent Is Back: Rev Up for New Episodes With These OMG Moments Calling out hundreds of people from multiple cities and asking them to show off their talents? Yeah, you’re bound to meet some unique individuals with some interesting acts.

Now that the Olympics are over (sniffle),America’s Got Talent is back on our small screens. But before we continue on the journey to find the next great performer, let’s take a minute to remember all the strippers, singers, gymnasts and dancers—to name a few—that have left a memorable impression. Read more at E! Online

 

Glee to Cover “Call Me Maybe”! Five Other Hit Songs We Want to Hear “Hey, I just met you. And this is crazy. But here’s your song clearance, so cover me maybe!”

That’s basically what Carly Rae Jepsentold Glee producers (or how we imagineshe told them) about her hit song “Call Me Maybe” as the Fox hit is set to tackle the biggest song of the summer in its season four premiere, Entertainment Weeklyreports. New Directions, down its graduating seniors, will cover it, so we’re guessing it’ll have to do with the long-distance couples keeping in touch, as creator Ryan Murphy hinted at last week.

Since Glee is taking on one of our favorite hits, here are five other summer jams we’d like the show to cover this season… Read more at E! Online

 

‘The Voice’ Coaches Excited for Changes Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera – all four coaches of The Voice – joined producer Mark Burnett, host Carson Daly and the show’s social media maven Christina Milian for a press conference last night at Burnett’s Malibu home. Looking out at the panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, Levine quipped, “So this is what reality TV buys you.”

That, or maybe just knowing what makes for good TV. And Burnett and his team have demonstrated a knack for spotting opportunities. Last season there was shock among fans when singer Jesse Campbell, one of the favorites to win the title, was eliminated by coach Christina Aguilera. Even her fellow coaches expressed their disbelief. Read more at Rolling Stone

 

Jordin Sparks met Nicki Minaj. She tweeted: “The Queen Barbie herself! It was great to finally meet you@nickiminaj!! Hope to work w/ you soon!”

 

 Kelly Clarkson on Balancing Football and her Boyfriend Come September, Kelly Clarkson will have to balance two loves: boyfriend Brandon Blackstock – and football.

But the Texas-born Dallas Cowboys fan, who recorded a self-penned anthem for the team in collaboration with the NFL and Pepsi, says she’s hoping to combine those two loves with some game day-dates during the upcoming NFL season.

“I always go to games,” the recently tonedsinger, 30, tells PEOPLE. “I usually have my [running back] Emmitt Smith jersey on because I go old-school, and he’s my favorite.” Read more at People

 

What’s new: A new album from David Archuleta Before he departed on his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, singer David Archuleta recorded one more album.

That album, “Begin,” was recently released by Highway Records and is now available in stores.

“I hope you know that I never wanted to leave you guys without music, and will continue when I get back,” Archuleta wrote in a thank you to fans that came with the CD. Read more at Deseret News

 

Katharine McPhee Named Breakout TV Star of 2012, According to Dirt.com Poll   Dirt.com, a worldwide Leader in Celebrity Gossip, Music and Entertainment News, Celebrity Scandals, Hollywood Rumors, and Personal Dirt with its new DirtBlurb has named ex-American Idol Contestant the Breakout TV Star of 2012

Dirt.com today announced the results of its newest vote, “Who is The Breakout TV Star of 2012, and the results will have the producers of the hot NBC TV show “Smash”, dancing in their shoes.

In the vote, Katharine McPhee walked away with the title of Breakout TV Star of 2012, just a month before Smash premiers for its second season on NBC. Katherine beat out competition from fellow Smash Member Megan Hilty, and Hannah Simone from New Girl. Read more at PR Web

 

No Doubt’s Push and Shove track listing revealed

“Settle Down”
“Looking Hot”
“One More Summer”
“Push and Shove” (featuring Busy Signal and Major Lazer)
“Easy”
“Gravity”
“Undercover”
“Undone”
“Sparkle”
“Heaven”
“Dreaming the Same Dream”

Read more at MTV

 

Chris Colfer Dishes on Glee Project Finale and Sarah Jessica Parker! Plus, an Exclusive Sneak Peek Just how awesome is Glee‘s Chris Colfer?

So freakin’ awesome that he inspired Glee executive producer Ryan Murphy to create The Glee Project, which ends its second season tonight and features an appearance by the show’s inspiration himself! We chatted with Colfer about mentoring the final three contestants, Aylin BayramogluAli Stroker and Blake Jenner, and what fans can expect from the finale.

Plus, Colfer talks about the new season of Glee, which he is loving so far, filming in New York vs. Los Angeles, and his reaction when he found out Sarah Jessica Parker, who he has yet to work with, was playing his mentor (Hint: it had nothing to do with Sex and the City)… Read more at E! Online

 

Christina Aguilera on Pairing With Billie Joe Armstrong on ‘The Voice’ The third season of The Voice brings on a new set of mentors to assist the coaches, none more attention-grabbing than Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, who’s working with Christina Aguilera.

While that may seem like an odd pairing, Aguilera tells Rolling Stone they’ve had a blast. “It’s nice to get together and both vent and laugh,” she says. “We laughed our asses off, oh my God, we made each other laugh.” Read more at Rolling Stone

 

Ask Billboard: Phillip Phillips Goes ‘Home’ To Hot 100′s Top 10 Dear Gary,

America’s “Idol,” Phillip Phillips, proved last week that you can go “Home” again. His song “Home” re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 at No. 9, blasting 84-9 after its usage in NBC’s coverage of the Olympics.

The song debuted at No. 10 in June following Phillips’ victory on “American Idol” and then slipped to Nos. 41 and 99 before completely dropping off the chart – twice, as it then re-entered at No. 96 the week of July 28. On Aug. 11, it re-entered at No. 84 before vaulting back to the top 10.

“Home,” thus, becomes the first song to reach the Hot 100′s top 10 in separate chart runs in a single calendar year (over a span of just 11 weeks). Read more at Billboard

 

Glee First Look: Ryan Murphy tweeted: “Kate Hudson in action”


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