The Black Eyed Peas star to help Britney Spears' acts during judges' home rounds
Pop star Will.i.am is bringing his boom, boom, pow star power to FOX's "The X Factor."
The Black Eyed Peas lead singer will act as a mentor to new judge Britney Spears' chosen contestants in season 2 of the talent-search show, which kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Will.i.am is slated to join "The X Factor" during the judge's home rounds, TV Guide reports. The 37-year-old Los Angeles native is not a reality competition novice. He was recently a coach on "The Voice UK."
He's also the latest and final mentor to join the series. As MSN TV previously reported, Nick Jonas will mentor Demi Lovato's acts, Justin Bieber will lend a hand to L.A. Reid's crop of singers and Marc Anthony will use his expertise to guide Simon Cowell's folks.
Will.i.am and Spears also collaborated on a track called "Sexy Sexy" on his new solo album, "#willpower," which hits store shelves in October.
"The X Factor" premieres Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
One of the hopefuls performs a crowd-pleasing hit entirely in Spanish
By John Kubicek
Esta es "La Voz"! The second night of blind auditions for Season 3 featured the first person to sing entirely in Spanish. Aside from that very energetic performance of "La Bamba," this episode also features a girl who was held hostage at gunpoint, a kid who almost died from a heart disease and some guy who had his jaw broken.
And all of them make it onto a team (but not Adam Levine's team, because he doesn't get anyone tonight).
Adriana Louise ("Domino" by Jessie J.)
I've seen lots and lots of reality singing competition auditions, so it takes a lot to shock me. But Adriana did just that because when she was 9, her entire family was held hostage at gunpoint by a group of thieves. Luckily everyone was safe, but wow, that takes the cake for craziest tragic story. She's exactly what you might expect from an attractive female singer with a big range.
Casey Muessigmann ("Sweet Home, Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Coaches: All four coaches turn around. Adam and Cee Lo went first, probably because they sensed she was a sexy lady. But she's very similar to Christina Aguilera, who really, really wants her. She joins Team Christina. Oh Xtina, you've started out with three women on your team on a show with two male winners. This is not a winning strategy.
He's a big cowboy who was a collegiate wrestler. And his last name sounds like "Music Man." He's likable, in a goofy kind of way that reminds me of Ricky and Bubba from "Storage Wars: Texas." His voice sounds much higher than I expected, like it's the voice of a skinnier man.
Coaches: Blake and Cee Lo turn around. Blake loved his ass-slapping. He joins Team Blake. Of course he does.
He's biracial and had his jaw broken five years ago. His voice is silky smooth and very soft and beautiful.
Coaches: Adam, Cee Lo and Christina turn around. Christina "jokingly" wants a private concert. Keep it in your pants, Xtina. He joins Team Christina.
He's LeAnn Rimes' roadie and she learned he was a singer at a karaoke bar. Sadly, he's a total karaoke singer and should stick to stocking her tour bus with water.
Coaches: No one turns around. They're as polite as they can be while turning him down. It really wasn't that good, but the coaches on this show make a point of NEVER being mean. That fact is proven when we quickly see three more failures who are TERRIBLE, but who the coaches treat nicely. Luckily, tomorrow we can choose between the niceness of "The Voice" or the harsh reality of Simon Cowell on "The X Factor."
Mackenzie Bourg ("Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People)
He had a very serious heart disease that nearly killed him, but I'm a bit distracted by how much he looks and sounds like Artie from "Glee," only with a bird's nest, Harry Styles from One Direction haircut. He has a very hipster-chic kind of voice that I actually love.
Coaches: Cee Lo is the only coach who turns around. Christina didn't think it went anywhere, and I get that, but I still love the tone of his voice. Mackenzie earns my undying love when Xtina compares him to Justin Bieber and he is NOT happy at all. He joins Team Cee Lo.
He loves mariachi music and is the first contestant to sing entirely in Spanish. It's fun and lively, but a bit nasal.
Coaches: Blake and Cee Lo turn around. Everyone has fun with it, but Blake turns around almost immediately. He joins Team Blake.
Drag queen proposes a duet with seven-year-old reality star
RuPaul has visions of Honey Boo Boo dancing in his head. Or should we say singing?
The 52-year-old drag-queen superstar said he is a fan of the reality darling (aka Alana Thompson) and her show, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," and would love to record a duet with her. The TLC series pulls in around three million viewers weekly.
"She is real. She is lovely. She's funny," RuPaul told E! "She doesn't take herself seriously. The whole family doesn't take themselves seriously. It's really just good fun. I love anybody who dances to the beat of a different drummer."
While RuPaul, who was born RuPaul Andre Charles, has also professed his love for Honey Boo Boo on Twitter, the two have yet to meet and ink a record deal.
If they do, might we suggest "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"? The song sure suited Aretha Franklin and George Michael back in the 1980s.
"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TLC. "RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race" premieres Monday, Oct. 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Logo.
Report: The Untouchables are untameable, caused a flood of complaints
Excuse me, but do you have a room directly underneath 20 barely supervised little children rehearsing their dance moves?
The Untouchables -- that adorable gaggle of dancing "America's Got Talent" finalists aged eight to 13 -- have caused a flood of complaints at their New York City hotel, according to TMZ, for "raising hell and creating chaos."
The specific infractions included excessive noise, throwing objects out windows, and generally confusing themselves for the Who circa 1968.
The group is still staying at the hotel, but only because "AGT" producers begged management not to kick them out.
Somebody's getting a spanking when they get home.
"America's Got Talent" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
After much indecision, the judging vet appears headed back to his spot on the panel
Giudice only 'New Jersey' cast member not to reach out after autism diagnosis
"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice has turned a blind eye to her co-star Jacqueline Laurita and was the only cast member to not reach out after her son Nicholas was diagnosed with autism. In the past few episodes of the reality show, the former best friends had been getting along but their relationship is on the rocks again nearly a year after taping.
In August, Laurita opened up to People magazine about her three-year-old son and his autism diagnosis. Castmates and fans reached out to Laurita to show their support, but the one person who was noticeably quiet was Giudice. Laurita tells the Huffington Post, "All of my cast members knew there was an issue prior to the actual diagnosis and most were very supportive with encouraging kind words and offering us different resources to help. "Since the actual diagnosis, and the article in People magazine, all of my cast mates have reached out to us for support except for Teresa, but that was to be expected."
Laurita insists Bravo executives were respectful about her decision to keep her son's health issues from unraveling on TV until she gave the OK. She adds, "We decided not to publicize it on the show until we had an actual diagnosis and a treatment plan in place. Bravo knew as well, and respected our decision to wait on airing it until we felt comfortable. "I felt like it was one thing to show my life, but my son didn't sign up for this. Once we got the diagnosis and treatment plan in place we realized that by putting it out there, it would not only help our son by the amount of support and resources given to us, but we could also bring awareness to autism and help other people that can relate to us."
"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.
Season 3 ends in an appropriately explosive fashion
"Bachelor Pad" Season 3 has come to a stunning close as one winner's back-stabbing helped him net $250,000, while another pair walked away engaged. After a summer of drama, the third season of "The Bachelor" spin-off show's finale ended in an appropriately explosive fashion.
On the Monday episode, all 21 contestants were brought back for a reunion to rehash what went on in the "Bachelor Pad" house. While some of the contenders made enemies for life, a few found their soul mates, including "Bachelorette" Season 8 villain Kalon and "Bachelor" Season 16 runner-up Lindzi, who continued their relationship outside of the house. Lovebirds Tony and Blakeley unexpectedly fell for each other halfway through the series and also decided to continue their romance without cameras around. In fact, she plans to leave her native Charlotte, North Carolina to move in with Tony and his son in Portland, Oregon.
But Tony shocked Blakeley and everyone in the studio when he professed his love for her and bent down on one knee to propose. With the "Bachelor" go-to Neil Lane sparkling diamond ring, Blakeley said yes right away, and their co-stars rushed to congratulate them. As for the competition, two couples were left to vie for the grand prize -- Chris and Sarah, and Nick and Rachel. Going into the final vote, Nick and Rachel knew Chris had made a lot of enemies, making it easy for them to win over the scheming pair. As predicted, Nick and Rachel received all but one vote from the panel of contestants to win the $250,000. The final challenge posed a question between the winners, as they each had to decide whether or not to share the money or keep the quarter of a million dollars for themselves.
In a stunning turn of events, Nick decided to keep the $250,000, and since Rachel did not come to the same conclusion and instead chose to share they money, she walked away with nothing. Nick defended his decision by insisting no one helped him get to the winner's circle except for himself, which is why he opted to keep the cash. He claimed, "It's ironic that no one ever would have put their money on me to sit here and win this. I was on nobody's radar, nobody was ever on my team, and I did this all by myself. Nobody cared how I was going to vote. Nobody cared what my plan was. I feel like I'm an outsider... Rachel never wanted to be my partner... She tried to leave on me three times. "You know how bad it sucks when you're in the final competition to sing together and you tell me that 'If (former partner) Michael and I were in this competition together, we'd win this for sure'? But I was your partner. So I decided to keep it." Heartbroken and angry, Rachel was left stunned by his decision and later demanded an explanation backstage, ranting, "How could you be so heartless?" Nick, who clearly didn't regret his choice, left Rachel with no solid answer and was escorted away in a limo with $250,000 to his name. He concluded, "I don't owe this to anybody. She's a sweet girl, but this is 'Bachelor Pad.' Anything goes."
Kevin Jonas, Corbin Bleu, Khloe Kardashian Odom and Kevin McHale in the running
Kevin Jonas, Mario Lopez, and Corbin Bleu have all been added to the shortlist of possible co-hosts for the upcoming season of "The X Factor." Last week, reality TV star Khloe Kardashian Odom was announced as front-runner for the hosting position on the singing competition. Now, a FOX network source confirms to E! News that producers have narrowed their hunt down to eight stars who could present the show with her.
In the running are "Extra" host Lopez, singer Jonas, former "High School Musical" heartthrob Bleu, and "Glee" actor Kevin McHale. Kardashian still has some competition before she is officially announced in the role - other female stars being considered include Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen, and "106 & Park" host Rosci Diaz.
Last week, "X Factor" judge Simon Cowell confirmed he is looking for a male and female duo to replace Season 1 host Steve Jones. A final decision is expected within a week before the live shows begin in October.
"The X Factor" premieres Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.