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'Glee' Wants Adele and Susan Boyle for Season 3

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 3rd 2011 5:55AM
Adele'Glee' may have just bowed out for the summer, but the producers are hard at work prepping for Season 3 already, and word is that at least two new girls will be enrolling at McKinley High this fall.

According to TVLine.com producers are planning to add two recurring female characters to the cast. The casting call memorably describes one of them as "Adele meets Susan Boyle."

The lucky candidate will not only have to possess great singing chops, but she must be at least 18 years old and still be able to pass for a high-school student.

The second character is less specific. Named Rebecca, she's described as "beautiful and someone who can sing all kinds of music."

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Cheryl Cole Loses Seat on 'X Factor' U.K. Judging Panel

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 31st 2011 5:30AM
Cheryl ColeThe news just keeps on getting worse for Cheryl Cole. After being summarily axed from the U.S. version of 'The X Factor' mid-auditions, it's now reported that she's also been dropped from the U.K. version.

'The X Factor' U.K. producers announced the new judging lineup Monday night: Take That frontman Gary Barlow, former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland, lead singer of N-Dubz Tulisa Contostavlos, and surviving original judge, boyband impresario Louis Walsh.

Cole was a judge on 'The X Factor' U.K. before heading stateside, and British newspapers are reporting that she had been offered her old job back as an olive branch. However, after she and her manager, Black Eyed Pea will.i.am, reportedly refused to take phone calls from TV executives to discuss the option, the offer was withdrawn Sunday night.

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Fox Pulls 'Running Wilde,' Jane Lynch to Guest on 'The Simpsons' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 14th 2010 6:30PM
Running WildeFox has pulled the remaining five episodes of 'Running Wilde' from its schedule.

The Will Arnett/Keri Russell comedy has been plagued with bad reviews and ratings since its launch. Fox pulled the series from its schedule once before in November.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the final five episodes -- including a one-hour finale -- will not air at all this month. The network said they will air eventually, but did not indicate a date.

In other TV news ...

Jane Lynch will guest star on 'The Simpsons.' The recent Golden Globe nominee will play Roz, Homer's new assistant at the power plant. Lynch recorded her lines last week. [EW]

Bravo's Andy Cohen has gotten a promotion. The 'Watch What Happens: Live' host has been named executive vice president of original programming and development at the cable network. He will continue to oversee the development slate of the network as well as host 'Watch What Happens: Live.' [Broadcasting & Cable]

David Hasselhoff has joined the judging panel of 'Britain's Got Talent.' The former 'Baywatch' star whose reality series was pulled by A&E after two episodes will sit on the panel alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Michael McIntyre. [Guardian]

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Simon Cowell May Ditch His U.K. Shows to Concentrate on 'The X Factor' U.S. Launch

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 7th 2010 11:30AM
Simon CowellSimon Cowell's exit from the 'American Idol' judging panel is shaking up the 10-season-old U.S. show, but the reality talent competition guru isn't stopping there. Cowell's two U.K. shows, 'The X Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent,' which he produces as well as judges, are getting their own massive cleanups as well.

"Expect big changes," he told the U.K.'s Daily Star. "I like the idea of doing something different next year.

First up: changing the judging panels on both shows, including giving himself the axe.

"No one is safe," he said. "No one should feel they have the show guaranteed, including myself. At the moment you are going to see me doing one show next year. "

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Did Susan Boyle Also Get the Auto-Tune Treatment?

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 26th 2010 12:00PM
Susan BoyleSusan Boyle might have become the world's sweetheart last year when she stunned audiences during her run on 'Britain's Got Talent,' but if new reports are to be believed, she had a little help getting there.

According to Deadline, a Scottish newspaper is reporting that a "show insider" admitted Boyle's voice was "smoothed out" in post-production using Auto-Tune software. A 'BGT' co-producer told Deadline that the software had been used on the show, but refused to admit if it had been used on Boyle.

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Simon Cowell Sued By 'Britain's Got Talent' Contestant

by Chris Jordan, posted Jul 23rd 2010 9:23AM
Simon Cowell's been accused of being a bad boy. But didn't we know that already?

Cowell is being sued by a contestant on the U.K.'s 'Britain's Got Talent' who claims that she was humiliated and degraded on the show, thanks to the treatment she received from Cowell and co-judge Piers Morgan, according to the Guardian. Before the contestant, Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai, was able to finish the first line of her song, 'You Raise Me Up,' both Cowell and Morgan hit their rejection buzzers.

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Best TV of the '00s: Celebrities

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 30th 2009 2:02PM

More of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about a very aught-like phenomenon: the cult of celebrity.

There is no clearer metaphor for the concept of being a celebrity than the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You work hard to chase your dream and achieve a career for yourself by making your name known to the masses of the universe.

Then when you've grabbed that star and become a regular fixture in the flash bulb of the press' cameras, how does the public honor your tireless toil and efforts? They throw you down on a sidewalk and walk all over you.

In the Aughts, however, a new celebrity oozed out of the primordial muck. A celebrity that still suffered the slings and arrows of the tabloid press and a complete loss of the right to privacy, but achieved their stardom by simply cutting out all that pesky hard work and tireless effort nonsense. These are the celebrities who became famous by simply because they were famous.

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Top TV Stories of 2009: Susan Boyle

by Nick Zaino, posted Dec 24th 2009 11:03AM
Susan Boyle on Britain's Got TalentSusan Boyle was a feel good story almost from the first minute she took the stage on Britain's Got Talent. She walked on as frumpy contestant 4321, which turned out to be just the countdown to the first nationally televised standing ovation of her career.

It was clear she had, as they say, spunk, then the judges asked her age and she rolled her hips and said, "I am 47. And that's just one side 'o me." It was clear she had ambition and a theatrical bent when Simon Cowell asked her whose success she'd like to mimic, and she named English theater star and singer Elaine Paige. And when she said she was going to sing "I Dreamed A Dream" from Les Miserables, it was clear to the audience that she was delusional. That is, until she opened up her mouth to sing.

Boyle didn't finish the first verse, barely finished the first line, before the judges raised their eyebrows in surprise and the audience started cheering and getting to their feet.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: One great TV moment

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 23rd 2009 11:12AM
Susan Boyle on Britain's Got TalentOn the first day of Festivus, TV gave to me... one great TV moment.

Unlike last year, which had a ton of major TV moments to choose from, this year had a whole roster of moments that seemed major at the time but ended up being minor in retrospect. Obama's inauguration feels more like a leftover moment from 2008. ER's finale would have been huge if it aired in 2004 instead of 2009. Letterman talking about his affairs and the corresponding blackmail incident would have been huge if Tiger Woods didn't run over that fire hydrant. Balloon Boy was a hoax, and Jon and Kate's divorce announcement had more of a rubbernecking feel than one that was communal.

No, the only TV moment that seemed to give us all a reason to talk around the Keurig machine (no one talks around watercoolers anymore, do they) was a moment that a) didn't even happen in the US, and 2) the vast majority of people discovered via YouTube.

Yep, I'm talking about Susan Boyle. The famous video is after the jump.

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Susan Boyle's Britain's Got Talent appearance most watched thing on YouTube in '09

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 16th 2009 8:01PM
This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who doesn't live in a cave or still have dial-up Internet... or both. Although given the economy these days, I'm sure I can forgive people who still live in caves.

Susan Boyle's breakthrough performance on Britain's Got Talent garnered the most eyeballs on YouTube in 2009 with a whopping 120 million views.

Sorry, dog that's stuck in a toilet as cruel owner films you. Maybe next year.

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Susan Boyle's CD debuts at number one in UK

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 30th 2009 9:03AM
susan_boyle_ITVSomewhere tonight American Idol judge Simon Cowell is grinning. You can just imagine it, can't you? That smile that he wore on Britain's Got Talent when he heard Susan Boyle sing "I Dreamed A Dream" from Les Miserables, remember? Simon was smart enough to take that talented lady and make her a star. Oh yes, she had the talent, but Simon had the wherewithal. And today it's paid off with the news that Susan Boyle's debut CD is number one on the UK charts.

The record keepers across the pond, the Official Charts Company, announced that Boyle's CD, also called I Dreamed A Dream, sold 410,000 copies since its release on November 23. That means it's not only the top of the chart, it's also the fastest selling album this year. It's even the most albums sold in the first week of a release for a British debut.

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TV Guide Network to Air Susan Boyle Documentary

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Nov 24th 2009 2:31PM
Susan Boyle 'Britain's Got Talent' megastar Susan Boyle, known for her version of 'I Dreamed a Dream,' will now be the subject of an upcoming documentary, set to air on the TV Guide Channel.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network has purchased the broadasting rights to 'I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story,' a one-hour doc that focuses on Boyle's journey from a small village in Scotland to 'Talent' and beyond.

Boyle became an overnight sensation after her 'Dream' performance went viral in April. It has since been viewed over 300 times on the Internet worldwide.

Staying close to the Simon Cowell machine, FremantleMedia, talkbackTHAMES and Cowell's own Syco TV will produce the special.

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Susan Boyle is going to Dancing with the Stars

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 8th 2009 1:01PM
susan_boyle_singingEverybody's favorite singing newcomer, England's Susan Boyle, is going to appear on Dancing With the Stars this week. She will not be doing the samba or the quick step. Susan will be singing, promoting her upcoming CD, I Dreamed A Dream, in stores on November 24.

Luckily for Susan, Sharon Osbourne will not be on the show. Or maybe it's lucky for Sharon because after the horrible things she said about SB, Susan would probably deck her if she had the chance. Last week, while on Sirius radio, Sharon was compelled to share her opinion of Susan's sudden success.

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'DWTS' Showdown Brewing Between Susan Boyle and Sharon Osbourne?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 8th 2009 12:01PM

Susan Boyle and Sharon OsbourneCould there be a showdown in the near future between Susan Boyle and Sharon Osbourne? Things could get awkward if the two come face to face during Boyle's appearance on 'Dancing With the Stars' this week.

The 'Britain's Got Talent' runner-up is set to perform material from her new CD, 'I Dreamed a Dream,' due out Nov. 23. Osbourne, whose daughter Kelly is a contestant on the show (and is doing quite well), slammed Boyle's looks on 'The Opie & Anthony Show' recently.

Osbourne told the hosts, "There's this great picture of Susan Boyle, smiling, looking like a slapped a** next to Ozzy ... I like everybody to do well, even someone that looks like a slapped a**. It's like, God bless her. You go girl. She does look like a hairy a**hole ... You just want to say, 'God Bless and here's a Gillette razor ... He (God) hit her with the f**king ugly stick."

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Finally, a Simon Cowell vote we can all (cough) get behind

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 27th 2009 8:35PM
American Idol and Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell might have shown some unfair misgivings about Susan Boyle before she proved her musical worth to the universe, but here's a preconception that even Paula Abdul would support.

Mr. Methane, a familiar guest to fans of The Howard Stern Show, is the world's only (thank Holy Christ) performing flatulist and he took a turn at the mic on Britain's Got Talent. Anyone want to guess if he made it through to the final round? If you guessed wrong, please get out of the gene pool and take a shower immediately.

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