'Giuliana and Bill' star offers insights as breast cancer survivor
Giuliana Rancic has voiced her support for Angelina Jolie, who went public about her double mastectomy on Tuesday. Jolie made the decision to undergo the preventative surgery and have both of her breasts removed in February in order to reduce her risk of contracting breast cancer. And as someone who underwent the same procedure more than a year ago, Rancic has offered insight on how Jolie's life will improve now that she has been proactive in reducing her chances of developing the disease.
In an open letter to E! Online, Rancic explains, "It will make her life fuller knowing that she doesn't have to look over her shoulder like she did when she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. She will feel even more courageous knowing that she took her health into her own hands and took that astronomically high risk down considerably." The breast cancer survivor also commends Jolie for using her A-list status as a positive influence to inspire those who may face cancer in the future. Rancic believes, "The fact that she is one of the most private stars in Hollywood, yet she has decided to go public with this incredibly personal story, demonstrates how important it is to shine the spotlight on the importance of breast and ovarian cancer prevention."
Girl group failed to generate enough on-screen drama for E! execs
The Saturdays' dreams of breaking America have been squashed after bosses at E! decided against picking up a second season of the singers' reality TV series, "Chasing the Saturdays." The British-Irish girl group invited a camera crew to record their mission of finding fame across the Atlantic last year, but the series premiered in January to low ratings. The group -- Una Healy, Rochelle Humes, Mollie King, Frankie Sandford and Vanessa White -- to attract viewers due to the lack of "drama" on the show, and it was pulled by executives after figures slumped to 100,000 viewers.
A source tells Britain's the Sun, "It got killed in the ratings. U.S. fans like drama and conflict, but the Saturdays actually liked each other." A spokesperson for the band said they are in talks for a Christmas special, according to the publication. Incidentally, fellow U.K. pop band the Wanted are debuting their own reality TV show, "The Wanted Life," June 2, on the very same network.
Judges share thoughts on Season 10 auditions, guest judges and more
By Minh Nguyen
Special to MSN TV
On a very warm winter day, I was able to attend the Los Angeles leg of auditions for the tenth season of "So You Think You Can Dance." While it wasn't the first time I've seen the auditions, it's still quite a thrill to see these hopefuls dance their hearts out for an opportunity to make it onto the hit FOX summer show. Nothing quite caught my eye while I was there, but I'm sure they will have unique talent like they always do!
So what should we expect for the auditions? Mary Murphy teased that Detroit had a couple of new dance styles called the Detroit Hip Roll, which was "ballet dancing mixed together with hip-hop, and right in the middle they'll tear their shirts off and start almost belly dancing in front of you." She said we'll also see "Detroit Jittin" which is "hip-hop mixed with some jitterbug." Lythgoe revealed, "Austin gave us some interesting dancers but wasn't as good as I would have liked it to have been this season. Memphis was terrific last week. Before that, Boston was really good. You never know where it's going to happen. We saw, I think in Memphis, we put 12 people through, straight to Vegas."
Nigel told us he would love his guest judge lists to include Lady Gaga, Kristen Chenoweth, Christina Applegate, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Paula Abdul. Jesse Tyler Ferguson was the guest judge the day of the audition in Los Angeles.
As for if the show returning for one or two nights, at the time they didn't know and were still talking to FOX. Lythgoe told me, "I, of course, would love a results show. If it is just one day, I think I would put the result up-front, this season, rather than leaving it 'til the end.”
"SYTYCD" premieres with a two night event on Tuesday, May 14, at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, May 15, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Former 'Jersey Shore' star turns focus to building a business empire
Former "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi has launched a new line of sunglasses for kids, inspired by her infant son, Lorenzo. The 25-year-old mom has turned a new leaf since giving birth to her first child last August. Now that her party days are over, she's focusing on building a business empire. Polizzi already has multiple projects under her belt, including a footwear line, novels, tanning products and a makeup deal.
She has now debuted a collection of sunglasses for children, called Enzo's. She took to her website to announce the new product line: "I will be launching a new children's sunglass line, The Enzo’s! I am teaming up with Snooki Shades and NYS Collection to do a really cute contest where you show off your baby wearing a fun pair of sunglasses!" The Enzo's are now available online, along with her collection of adult sunglasses.
Expect 'twists' to the format, three-judge panel and Ryan Seacrest for Season 13
FOX network executive Kevin Reilly has opened up about a possible "American Idol" shake-up, revealing that "everything is on the table" in terms of both casting and format. With the 12th season of the hit singing competition coming to a close this Thursday, the only thing confirmed about the panel is veteran judge Randy Jackson's departure, which was announced last week. And amid speculation that the remaining three panelists -- Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj -- will also be leaving after only one season, Reilly admits that anything could happen with the show in the future.
Before the network's upfront presentation on Monday, he was asked by reporters whether the three music superstars will be returning for the 13th season. He answered, "Welcome back? Absolutely. But everything at this point is on the table ... The only thing I will confirm is next year, without getting into any specifics, our next season begins on the Friday morning after our 'Idol' finale. That's when we're really going to get to work in earnest ... The format will have a few fresh twists, that we've already identified, that will be a nice little jolt for next season." As for Jackson's departure after 12 seasons with the series, the network boss insisted they will be parting on good terms. He said, "It was not a complete a shock. We've talked to Randy. We felt like it was time to move on. We didn't know the exact timing of it. He's been a great partner for 12 years, and there's not an ounce of ill-will there." Reilly also said that they will most likely be returning to a three-judge panel, instead of four, and veteran host Ryan Seacrest also confirmed to "Extra TV" that he has no plans to leave "Idol" and will serve as the host for the 13th season in a row.
Former 'American Idol' contestant recommends fellow Season 6 singer
"Dancing With the Stars" semifinalist Kellie Pickler believes fellow former "American Idol" contestant Katharine McPhee has the talent to dominate the hit dancing competition. Following the news of the cancellation of McPhee's "Smash," the country star remarked that her fellow "Idol" alumna would "do amazing" on the dance floor. Pickler, who competed alongside the singer/actress in Season 6 of "American Idol," wants McPhee to consider strapping on her dancing shoes for next year's competition.
Pickler maintains, "She's an amazing performer, obviously a very talented singer. But if you've seen her show 'Smash,' she's dancing. I really don't think there's anything she can't do." On the other hand, Pickler has high hopes a second finalist from her "American Idol" days will not don a leotard for "Dancing With the Stars" next season: Bucky Covington. She explains, "I have to say that because Bucky is like my brother, and we give each other hell." Despite her lowly opinion of Covington's dancing skills, the 26-year-old eased off her stance just in case it came back to bite her: "With me talking trash, he would probably do the show and kill it."
'X Factor' judge reveals some of her travel habits on 'Ellen DeGeneres'
"X Factor" star Demi Lovato has confessed to stealing pillows from the world's top hotels. The singer was quizzed about her penchant for carrying sleep aids through airports during an appearance on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show," which aired Monday, and revealed she nabs clean pillows from her hotel rooms so she always has something clean to snuggle up to on long plane journeys.
She explained, "I travel with a pillow 'cause flying is really tricky when you fly as often as I do ... I always just think, 'Better to be safe than sorry and look like an idiot, carrying your pillow through the airport ...' It is clean though ... I steal ... I take a pillow from the hotel I'm staying in ... Initially it starts off as my pillow, but I leave that one at the Ritz, and they've got money there. They can afford another pillow."
'Dancing With the Stars' pro sent to hospital, questionable for Monday night
"Dancing With the Stars" pro and fan favorite Karina Smirnoff suffered a neck injury in rehearsal, according to a report from People.com. The dancer was practicing a flip with her partner, NFL pro Jacoby Jones, when she landed awkwardly. According to the report, she twisted her neck and banged her face. The injury was significant enough for the dancer to be rushed to Cedars Sinai Medical Center for possible whiplash and a dislocated jaw. The injury puts in jeopardy her ability to perform on Monday's performance show.
Smirnoff and Jacoby Jones are among the five couples left in the competition. Also set to perform Monday night are Disney Channel star Zendaya, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, country singer Kellie Pickler and daytime veteran actor Ingo Rademacher. Jones and Smirnoff were set to perform the Lindy hop.