Ian Terry edges out Dan Gheesling for $500,000 grand prize
Ian Terry has been crowned the winner of "Big Brother," winning the $500,000 grand prize on Wednesday's Season 14 finale. After 75 days and 31 competitions, the 21-year-old engineering student was voted the champion by his ex-housemates, edging out former "Big Brother 10" winner, Dan Gheesling.
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The season finale started with three contenders left in the house, but after Ian won the final Head of Household challenge, he decided to vote off third-place finisher, Danielle Murphree. Down to the final two, their fate was left in the hands of their former competitors. With mischievous mastermind Dan scheming and practically running the house for the past few weeks, the jury decided to hand over the crown to Ian, who won six out of the seven houseguests' votes in the showdown.
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Ian, a self-proclaimed superfan of the reality show who has watching "Big Brother" since he was 10 years old, gushed about his win as he exclaimed, "This is easily the best moment of my entire life. I don't know how the hell I pulled it off." Dan did not leave completely empty handed as he received the runner-up reward of $50,000. Another $25,000 prize was handed out to Frank Eudy, who was voted America's Favorite Houseguest by viewers. CBS execs also announced on Wednesday that "Big Brother" will return for a 15th season next summer.
Alana Thompson reportedly demanding $10,000 per episode to renew
To keep its trailer hitched to TLC for a second season of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," the family of 7-year-old Alana Thompson reportedly wants $10,000 per episode. According to the Hollywood Reporter, negotiations are ongoing.
The urge is strong to poke fun. After all, the greatest talents so far demonstrated by these people are pig-feet bobbing, flatulence and possible child exploitation. However, they also know how to draw viewers. Two million or more tune in each week to their reality show, spun off earlier this year from TLC's "Toddlers & Tiaras." And the Shannon-Thompson clan was reportedly paid a grand total of only $40,000 to shoot the reality
show's six-episode first season.
The Reporter quotes an unnamed source claiming that negotiations are likely to conclude with $8,000 per episode, plus a possible location fee.
The Season 1 finale of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" airs Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TLC.
Ballet dancers become first dual winners in series history
Ballet dancers Eliana Girard and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp were crowned America's favorite dancers on the "So You Think You Can Dance." After countless hours of rehearsals, weeks of breathtaking routines and beating out thousands of hopefuls, Eliana and Chehon were named the top male and female dancers on Tuesday's Season 9 finale.
The two beat out contemporary dancer Tiffany Maher and Cyrus 'Glitch' Spencer for the grand prize of $100,000. And for the first time in the series' history, two winners were crowned instead of one. Eliana, a 21-year-old Joffrey School of Ballet student, was a judges' favorite from the beginning, with Nigel Lythgoe even naming her the best dancer to ever compete on "SYTYCD." Chehon, who only started dancing at the age of 13, is a graduate of the Royal Ballet School in London and proved to be a strong dancer in every genre thrown at him. The finale also featured some of the judges' and contestants' favorite routines, as well as three new numbers from choreographers Sonya Tayeh, Christopher Scott, and Tabitha and Napoleon D'Umo.
"Call Me Maybe" hitmaker Carly Rae Jepsen took the stage to perform her new single, "This Kiss," in honor of her album release on Tuesday. The top 10 finalists will embark on a 30-city tour, kicking off in San Diego, Calif., on Oct 23.
Graphic birth highlights 'Kardashians' season finale
Penelope Scotland Disick is the latest celebrity to owe her success to a 2003 Kim Kardashian sex tape. The 7-pound, 14-ounce girl made a dramatic debut when mom Kourtney Kardashian reached down and yanked her out of her body on Sunday's Season 7 finale of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."
"Kourtney just loves to pull out her own children," younger sister Khloe remarked. (The eldest Kardashian sibling, 33, used the same graphic technique to deliver her son, Mason, now 2.)
"It's such a magical feeling to say hello to my baby girl," Kourtney said in a Cedars-Sinai hospital room packed with family members likely to one day clash with Penelope over inheritance.
Of course, as every true Kardashian fan knows, this happened way back in July. Penelope has already gone on to appear on her first Us Weekly cover, while mom is filming the next Kardashian reality spin-off, "Kourtney & Kim Take Miami," in Florida.
"Kourtney & Kim Take Miami" is expected to premiere in Jan. 2013 on E!
Host says Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are 'strong personalities'
Mariah Carey said she isn't feuding with her fellow "American Idol" judge Nicki Minaj because "a feud takes a little longer to happen" and she has only been working with the hip-hop star for a couple of days.
Minaj, meanwhile, said her and the other judges are "getting along wonderfully."
But what does Ryan Seacrest say?
"Nicki and Mariah, two very different, strong, powerful successful women on the panel -- there are not too many dull moments between the two of them," Seacrest, 37, cautiously said on "Today" Tuesday morning. "But at the end of the day, we all hug and laugh and go home and get ready for another day."
Hmm. While you have to applaud Seacrest for his diplomacy, he doesn't exactly make Carey, 42, and Minaj, 29, sound like best friends. But hey, if he did that, why would we tune in?
"American Idol" Season 12 kicks off in January 2013.
Report: Ms. 'Jesus Jugs' is done dealing with bullies
Alexis Bellino has apparently been bullied off "The Real Housewives of Orange County." An unnamed source tells Us Weekly that, after three season on the hit reality series, the fashion designer is "really tired of being bullied and chose home and family life over celebrity."
Bellino butted heads with pretty much every one of her cast mates last season -- especially her former BFF Gretchen Rossi, newcomer Heather Dubrow and Tamra Barney, who called Bellino "Jesus Jugs" on the 2012 RHOC reunion special. (This prompted a statement from Bellino and her husband that threatened legal action for the "slanderous and defamatory" remark.)
Neither Bellino nor Bravo has announced whether the latest report is true. However, in August, Bellino told Celebuzz that she would only return for Season 8 if she could have a friend cast on the show.
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Season 8 of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" is expected to premiere in 2013 on Bravo.
Singer in talks to create an 'American Idol' for young wizards
Will.i.am is reportedly developing a technology-themed talent show for kids. The Black Eyed Peas frontman knows a thing or two about reality TV, as he has been a judge on the U.K. version of "The Voice," a mentor on "American Idol" and will judge alongside Britney Spears on this season of "The X Factor."
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According to news site Broadcast.com, the singer is reportedly in talks to create a show that "aims to be an 'American Idol' for young wizards." Will.i.am allegedly wants to use the program as a platform for kids to create new technology, while they hone their science, engineering, and math skills. The music producer is apparently in talks with a number of networks to pick up the series, and has even garnered the support of technology giant Intel.
Pop stars would join the show's fourth season
NBC and the producers of "The Voice" are already eyeing Season 4 and have pop stars Shakira and Usher in their sights.
The two are in serious talks to join the talent-search show as coaches and are nearing deals, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The new panel of talent is already taking shape for next season, which kicks off in the spring, despite the fact that it is not yet clear who will leave and who will stay.
Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine are currently occupying the show's coveted and spinning coaches' chairs and have since last year.
Aguilera, 31, is working on a new album, "Lotus," to be released in November, and has said she wants to return to her first love, music. She told Billboard, she'd like to leave "The Voice," even if it's for a short while. Green is reportedly considering an exit plan as well.
As for Shakira and Usher, the two epitomize producers' ideal coaches -- artists who are active chart toppers. Executive producer Mark Burnett also has ties to Shakira, who once appeared on his other NBC show, "America's Got Talent."
"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.