Former contestant eager to show off his slimmer body
Chaz Bono wants another chance on "Dancing With the Stars" to show off his slimmer body after shedding a staggering 65 pounds in just six months. The activist sported a trimmer physique at Tuesday's "Dancing With the Stars" 300th episode celebration in Hollywood, where he announced his desire to compete on the hit dancing show again. He believes his shrinking waistline will boost his chances of hoisting the Mirrorball Trophy.
He tells People, "I'd love to do 'Dancing' all over again. I'd do it much better now than I did it then. Physically, my body feels just so much better." The 44-year-old embarked on his weight-loss mission in November. As a result, his confidence has grown: "I really like what I see in the mirror (now)." Bono admitted his weight-loss journey is "slowing down now and getting harder," but adds, "It was never really about a number. It was just about getting healthy and feeling and looking better. So I'm just kind of letting my body dictate. I've been eating the same way now for months and months, and that hasn't changed. I'm going to have to eat this way for the rest of my life."
Judge credits show with getting through 'mental things and some fears'
Demi Lovato's first season as an "X Factor" judge helped her recover from a stint in rehab. The singer used her panel position on the series to help her get over her health battles but admits that she doubted her mental readiness for the show as she accepted the position just three months after a rehab stint in 2011.
She tells MTV, "I think someone that's recovering from an eating disorder can only be in front of the camera so much before it starts to play mind games." The whole experience influenced Lovato to "get through some mental things and some fears" because the aspiring contestants of the Simon Cowell-led show looked up to her. She adds, "It also held me accountable to still be that light in other people's eyes and an inspiration to people."
'Dancing With the Star's finalist to share lifestyle and fashion tips with fans
"Dancing With the Stars" finalist Zendaya is planning to share her top lifestyle and fashion tips with young fans in her new book. The Disney Channel star is only 16-years old. But after years as a working actress in the entertainment industry, she's ready to share what she's learned over the years with her adoring devotees.
Zendaya is keeping her business in the family, by inking her first-ever book deal with Disney Publishing Worldwide. Titled "Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years With Style and Confidence," the guide will feature her personal photos, recipes, music playlists and more. While her first book doesn't hit shelves until August 6, her fans can continue to vote for her on "Dancing With the Stars," as she heads into the season finale next Monday.
Host understands rationale behind recent decision to eliminate results show
"Dancing With the Stars" host Tom Bergeron still has high hopes for the long-running ballroom dancing competition, despite the recent decision by ABC to eliminate the results show following a slip in ratings. The veteran presenter celebrated the 300th episode of "DWTS" on Tuesday, but the festivities were slightly marred by the network execs' announcement that they are axing the second night of programming next season, thereby downsizing the show from four to two hours a week. But Bergeron isn't blind to the fact that the ratings aren't as high as they used to be in seasons past, telling OK! Magazine that the condensed show may actually help the struggling series, rather than hurt it.
He admits, "I'm a glass half full kind of guy. I get the rationale behind it. There's no denying the numbers have been slipping. On the plus side, we still beat 'The Voice' last night by two million viewers, but they are beating us in the demo, and that's what the advertisers look to and that's the strategy behind (this). There have been times in the past -- and this will not come as a news flash to you -- late in the season we're stretching to fill two hours. It's sort of like, 'How much water can you put in the soup?' This will afford us the luxury of not having to worry about that. We've gone from sometimes stretching to fill the three hours to now saying, 'OK, we've got an embarrassment of riches here with what we can do in two."
'America's Got Talent' host wants to devote more time to production company
"America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon is stepping down as the host of his weekly radio show. The actor is pulling the plug on his syndicated Top 40 program, "Cannon's Countdown," after two years in order to focus on other projects. A statement from the rapper-turned-actor reads: "It has been an amazing experience working with the team these past few years. I've made the difficult decision to step away from my on-air duties in radio in order to have the time to dedicate to (my production company) NCredible Entertainment and the various projects that I have on my plate in film, TV, retail and a new album. It is my plan to return to radio and my listeners very soon through my music."
His last broadcast will air on June 8, one month before Cannon is set to revive his popular sketch comedy TV show, "Wild 'N Out." He has been cutting back on his radio commitments since early 2012, when he quit his New York morning show on doctor's orders after he was diagnosed with acute kidney failure.
'General Hospital' star relieved not to have to learn more routines
"Dancing With the Stars" cast-off Ingo Rademacher is relieved he was eliminated from the show on Tuesday because he won't be obligated to learn any more choreography. The "General Hospital" star just missed the cut for the finals and landed in fifth place after Tuesday's results show, but Rademacher is surprisingly at peace with his elimination. He tells People magazine, "I'm really happy that I don't have to learn two or three of those dances next week. I'm sore, I'm tired and this is it. We're going to have a party while everyone else has to worry about choreographing. I'm really going to party."
He isn't the only one partying: The series celebrated its 300th episode on Tuesday. And some of the greatest "DWTS" contestants -- including all-stars Kelly Monaco, Sabrina Bryan and Joey Fatone -- returned to their old stomping grounds to acknowledge the milestone. The final four -- Zendaya, Jacoby Jones, Kellie Pickler and Aly Raisman -- will continue their ballroom journey next Monday, when they give their final dances of the season.
Rookie judge joins Randy Jackson in clearing her spot behind the table
Us Weekly is reporting that judge Nicki Minaj will not be returning to "American Idol" for Season 13. It's news that should come as no surprise to followers of FOX's once top-rated singing competition series, which has suffered a turbulent year both on set and with the viewing public.
Earlier this week, FOX executive Kevin Reilly sounded off on the future of the show, raising questions about the fates of rookie judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban (Randy Jackson had previously announced that this season would be his last). Amid rumors that producers have plans to clean house comes this exclusive report that Minaj's tenure behind the judges' table will definitely come to an end after Thursday's season finale.
According to a show insider, the Us Weekly report states, Minaj is turning her focus to her next album, touring and endorsements. "It's safe to say she isn't coming back to 'Idol,'" the source is quoted as saying. "She's OK with it. She had a great time but was only going to do one season anyway."
Attention now turns to Keith Urban and Mariah Carey, with whom Minaj has publicly feuded this season. Ongoing drama between the two female judges is seen as one of the more prominent reasons for the show's ratings decline this year (though "Idol" ratings have generally been on a downward slope for quite some time) and impetus for network executives to want to start with a clean slate next season. Carey has not commented yet on her future with the series. However, she is in preparations for a new world tour. Urban has been silent about his intentions as well. Host Ryan Seacrest is set to return for Season 13.
Grammy-winning producer and trendsetter to mentor on fashion competition show
Pharrell Williams is a Grammy-winning producer who has been known to turn heads with his unconventional sartorial style.
So it only makes sense that Williams, who dabbles in design, would lend his expertise as a mentor on the Style Network's new offering, "Styled to Rock." Produced by pop star Rihanna, the series will give 12 relatively-unknown designers the opportunity to compete and create fashionable looks for A-list entertainers. The 10-episode series will debut later this year. Williams, 40, who served as a musical mentor on "The Voice," will act as a fashion mentor throughout the show's first season.
"We are delighted to have Pharrell, who is a driving force in both the music industry and fashion world, serve as a mentor on 'Styled to Rock,'" said Salaam Coleman Smith, Style Media president, in a statement. "Pharrell's unique aesthetic and commitment to individuality combined with Rihanna's vision for this series will enable our aspiring designers to hone their craft and learn from the very people who set the trends."
Williams, who has won four Grammys, is the lead vocalist, guitarist and drummer for N.E.R.D. and one-half of the producing duo, the Neptunes. His clothing lines include Billionaire Boys Club, Billionaire Girls Club, Bee Line and ICECREAM and he has designed jewelry and accessories for Louis Vuitton. "Styled to Rock" is executive produced by Robyn Rihanna Fenty and is produced by Shed Media U.S., Overbrook Entertainment and Marcy Media Films.
"Styled to Rock" premieres later this year on the Style Network.