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Simon Cowell Sounds Off on X Factor's Cheryl Cole Snafu, Voice Mimicry, and Hidden Cameras

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THE X FACTOR: THE X FACTOR, hosted by Steve Jones and featuring judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger,  will award the next superstar solo artist or breakout musical group with a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. THE X FACTOR will air on FOX. Pictured L-R: Nicole Sherzinger, Steve Jones, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid. CR: Nino Munoz / FOX.

Reality TV king Simon Cowell held court, via satellite, at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Friday, fielding questions about Fox’s fall premiere of The X Factor, the surprising switcheroo in judges, how The Voice did and didn’t steal its ideas, and how this singing competition will deliver moments unlike anything you’ve seen before. READ MORE


American Idol in Season 11: Nigel Lythgoe Talks SYTYCD-Style Voting, Banned Songs List

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With only three episodes remaining of So You Think You Can Dance‘s eighth season, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is beginning to turn his attention to Fox’s other reality tentpole, a little show called American Idol. Coming off a year in which Idol not only survived Simon Cowell’s exit but thrived creatively (scoring 10 Emmy nominations) and in the ratings (despite a reconfigured judges’ panel and new time slot), Lythgoe says he is hesitant to make any drastic changes to the show when it returns for Season 11 in January 2012. But he took a few minutes to talk to TVLine about possible changes to Idol‘s voting rules, the idea of introducing a “banned songs list” that would outlaw …READ MORE


Big Bang Theory @ Comic-Con: Emmy Rivalries, Penny-Raj Aftermath, and Sheldon Sexytimes?

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Riding high from its first-ever nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series, The Big Bang Theory rolled into Comic-Con today with a panel discussion that provided scoop about a resolution to the Penny-Raj hookup, the evolving (and perhaps kinky) relationship between Sheldon and Amy, and the possibility of a brewing rivalry between Best Actor in a Comedy nominees Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki. Read on for the whole sheBang! …READ MORE


The Voice Champ Javier Colon on His Season-
Long Set List and iTunes Chart 'Addiction'

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Six months ago, Javier Colon was considering abandoning his music career in exchange for a more stable profession. Last week, he took home the crown on NBC’s hit freshman singing competition The Voice. Colon got on the phone with TVLine to talk about his musical decisions over the course of The Voice‘s inaugural season, his duet with the legendary Stevie Nicks, and what you can expect from his upcoming album and tour. …READ MORE


Glee Boss Ryan Murphy: 'Amazing Stories' Coming for Mercedes, Mike, Tina, and Sue

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Glee co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy used to worry about how fans would react to the introduction of new characters to the show’s merry band of musical high-school outcasts. But as he plans Season 3 of Fox’s smash hit — including a long-envisioned “endgame,” a graduation strategy for New Directions’ senior classmen, and a fresh crop of young talent (including one warbler from his new Oxygen reality series The Glee Project) — Murphy says he’s put those worries behind him. “It’s all about …READ MORE


Idol Scoop: Haley Reinhart 'Rehearsing' as Possible Sub for Ailing Lauren Alaina

AMERICAN IDOL: Ryan Seacrest reveals who will advance to the finals of AMERICAN IDOL airing Thursday, May 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. L-R: Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart and Ryan Seacrest. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

American Idol‘s presumed third-place finisher Haley Reinhart “is rehearsing right now” as a possible substitute for finalist Lauren Alaina, a source close to the show tells TVLine.com. Alaina, who lost


Idol Source: Second Theme for Top 4 Week Is…

We’ve known for almost a week that the American Idol Top 4 will tackle songs from the Leiber & Stoller Songbook on this week’s performance show (a theme that, incidentally, was covered by the Top 5 contestants back in Season 4). But simple math tells us that with four singers — Haley Reinhart, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, and James Durbin — competing over the course of a 90-minute episode, they’ve got to be tackling a second song, and possibly a second theme, when they hit the stage tonight. Now, a source close to the production confirms exclusively to TVLine that