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Jewel Performs at Veterans Day Fundraising Special on 'Extreme Makeover' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 14th 2011 1:15AM
Jewel, 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition''Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Fri., 8PM ET on ABC) took a break from building houses for families in need to tackle another worthy cause. Taking advantage of their new Friday time slot, the show was perfectly poised to address Veterans Day, and they did so with a star-studded fundraising event co-hosted by Ty Pennington and Jewel.

The special looked back at veterans and military families 'Extreme Makeover' has helped over the years, and shed a spotlight on modern veterans returning to a difficult economic climate, emphasizing the skills their military training makes them well suited for in civilian life.

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'Platinum Hit': Will Love Blossom for Jes and Johnny? (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 14th 2011 9:43AM
Jes and Johnny'Platinum Hit' (Mon., 10PM ET on Bravo) is not a dating show. It's actually a talent competition show for songwriters, but parts of last night's episode felt like 'The Bachelorette'.

Jes Hudak is developing a major crush on fellow competitor Johnny Marnell: "He's really smart. He's really funny. And he's really cuuuuuute." But, Jes is also in this thing to win it, so feels like maybe she should try to ignore her feelings.

So will romance blossom when she goes over to his place? The beer and wine's flowing and Jes is in a flirty mood. She tries to explain why she's glad they're not writing together in this challenge when he hits the nail on the head: "You find it hard to concentrate around me."

Poor Jes is just so embarrassed and conflicted. "I'm really trying to ignore the feelings that I'm having for Johnny because I really just want to do this competition and I really just want to win, but ... maybe this is good ... I'm used to writing about my feelings."

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Donna Summer Upsets an Aspiring Songwriter, on 'Platinum Hit' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 7th 2011 8:20AM
Nick Nittoli, 'Platinum Hit'It was 'Dance Floor Royalty' Week on 'Platinum Hit' (Mon., 10PM ET on Bravo) and so the legendary Donna Summer stopped by as guest judge.

Some of the contestants were nervous about tackling songs with a dance hook, but 23 year-old telemarketer Nick Nittoli was real confident he would win the challenge.

When it came time for Donna to announce the results, she said she'd chosen the winning song because it stood out from the rest.

She told the nervous songwriters that she'd wanted to hear something new and original: "I've been in the business a long time ... [and] maybe you haven't, but I've heard it all before."

!!!SPOILER ALERT!!! As Donna said, "And the winner is ... " Nick was just sure she'd say his name.

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'Platinum Hit' Songwriters Get Inspired by Los Angeles in Series Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 31st 2011 6:22AM
'Platinum Hit'Kara DioGuardi and Jewel Kilcher kicked off their new songwriting series 'Platinum Hit' (Mon., 10PM ET on Bravo) by showing us how to make songwriting interesting. You do it by putting the contestants into groups and having them collaborate on new songs around a singular theme, in this case Los Angeles.

This gave us four new songs to hear, and while they were all rough in places, you could definitely gain an appreciation for how difficult songwriting can be. Especially in a collaborative environment featuring people with such varied backgrounds and preferred genres.

In the end, Nick, Jes and Karen pulled out a victory with their song 'My City.' It was a little cheesy at times, but we enjoyed their story of someone linking the city with dreams of stardom. Its innocence was a lot of its charm.

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'Platinum Hit': Leona Lewis, Natasha Bedingfield Named Guest Judges, Premiere Set for May 30

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 12th 2011 3:30PM
Platinum HitBravo's banking on a few big names to help make 'Platinum Hit' a success.

Alongside host Jewel and head judge Kara DioGuardi, superstars Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Donna Summer, Taio Cruz, Jermaine Dupri and Ryan Tedder will serve as guest judges.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Keith Naftaly, a senior vice-president at Sony Music Entertainment, will be a permanent judge during the competition.

The Bravo series will debut at 10PM on May 30.

The winner of the singer/songwriter competition will receive a $100,000 cash prize, a publishing deal with Sony BMI Songwriters the Writing Camp and a recording contract with RCA/Jive.

Check out a preview of the show below.

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Kara DioGuardi, Jewel Headline Bravo Music Competition Series, 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' Creator Dies and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 26th 2010 1:00PM
Kara DioGuardiKara DioGuardi fans: don't fret, because she'll be back on TV before you know it -- this time on Bravo.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the ousted 'American Idol' judge is teaming up with Jewel for a new singer/songwriter competition series. The 10-episode series, 'Going Platinum,' will see DioGuardi as head judge and Jewel as a host/mentor of sorts.

'Going Platinum,' previously announced as 'Hitmakers,' is currently in production in Los Angeles with 12 contestants vying for a $100,000 cash prize, a publishing deal with Sony, BMI Songwriters The Writing Camp and a recording deal with RCA/Jive.

Contestants will have to write and perform songs from various genres. The judges -- including popular recording artist guest judges -- will determine the winner.

"Hit songs are the backbone of the music industry, and as a publisher, nothing excites me more than finding new songwriting talent," DioGuardi said in a statement. "I am happy to be a part of a show that helps up and coming songwriters pursue their dreams, while giving the public a look into the creative process."

In other TV news ...

Alexander Anderson Jr., the creator of 'Rocky and Bullwinkle,' has died at the age of 90. Anderson had been battling Alzheimer's disease prior to this death. He teamed with his friend, Jay Ward, to create the low-budget cartoons that included Dudley Do-Right. [Variety]

NBC is developing a family drama based around NASCAR. The show follows a sibling racing team in the NASCAR world. NBC is negotiating to include NASCAR so the show can use logos, names, track footage and other trademarked racing elements. [Deadline]

Melissa Rauch has been promoted to series regular on 'The Big Bang Theory.' Rauch, who plays Howard's girlfriend Bernadette, isn't contracted for every episode and may not extend after this season. [Ausiello Files]

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On the Scene: Michael Grimm on Winning 'America's Got Talent'

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 16th 2010 10:00AM
The winner is annoubced on 'America's Got Talent'Southern soul singer Michael Grimm pulled a shocking upset by winning Season 5 of 'America's Got Talent' over front-runner Jackie Evancho, the 10-year-old opera singer from Pennsylvania.

"It's really still sinking in," Grimm told TV Squad after the show. "But I do want to thank America, 'America's Got Talent,' the judges and, most importantly, I want to thank God."

Prior to his victory, Grimm, an aspiring singer, had trouble getting record labels to consider him. They'd want to know how big his following was because they didn't have money to invest in him. "Well, now I have a little money and I have fans," he says gratefully.

"I haven't talked to my grandparents yet," he said. "But it's going to be an emotional moment."

"When you stand there and you see a guy who's never had a break in his life and he starts crying, you say, 'This was the right decision,'" judge Sharon Osbourne says about Grimm's victory.

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The 5 Funniest TV Clips of the Week (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 5th 2010 8:35PM
Jewel, 'Chelsea Lately'Laughter is the best medicine, and what better way to soothe the headaches that tend to come after big Labor Day holiday cookouts than to look back at the funniest television moments of the week. Since we know you're too busy with all the shopping and food-prepping to watch whole television programs, we've gathered up the five best bits from the TV week that was. Now you'll have something to talk about when that awkward quiet moment arrives in the middle of dinner.

On 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' (Sun., 10PM ET on E!), we've got sisters sharing perhaps too much about one another's personal appearance, targeting areas best left undiscussed, while Jewel stopped by 'Chelsea Lately' (weeknights, 11PM ET on E!) to laugh about stealing another woman's car.

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Jewel Stole Someone Else's Car, But at Least She Didn't Steal a Baby (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 31st 2010 4:49AM
Jewel Stole Someone Else's Car, But at Least She Didn't Steal a BabySinger-songwriter Jewel appeared on the latest episode of 'Chelsea Lately' (weeknights, 11PM ET on E!). While she was on the show, Jewel confessed to a fairly heinous crime. In legal terms, it's a little thing called grand theft auto. Yes, the singer stole someone else's car. (Don't worry, though. It wasn't really her fault.)

It seems that while Jewel was staying a hotel during a recent vacation, she accidentally zoomed off in a car that didn't belong to her. She drove in it for a really long time without noticing this, too. Eventually, the manager of the hotel had to call Jewel and point out that she had, in fact, "boosted" someone's "ride." But it could have been worse!

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Dancing with the Stars: Week 2 Results

by Michael Pascua, posted Mar 18th 2009 1:19AM
Lacey and Steve-O(S08E03) With the results of week one, it could go either way. Either a non-contender bites the dust, or someone just doesn't have the fanbase. You can't say that Gilles has no fanbase after two really strong performances.

The recap show somehow managed to squeeze 26 performances in an hour. I now realize how much time I've wasted having to sit through Samantha Harris. Along with the results, and 30 minutes of other filler, Jewel performed. I'm sure someone out there was giving her the evil glare. The results after the jump.

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Dancing With the Stars loses two, gains one?

by Michael Pascua, posted Mar 6th 2009 9:02AM
After the continued rumors of Jewel pulling out of the competition, it's confirmed. But there's worse news: Nancy O'Dell is dropping out as well. O'Dell tore her meniscus, while Jewel suffered from tibia fractures.

I'm not sure if the professionals are pushing the performers too hard or if casting doesn't do physicals for these celebrities. Twisting an ankle during the competition is one thing, but having a pre-existing condition is another. I even thought that casting Toni Braxton last season was in bad taste, but the dancing actually helped her heart condition.

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Wait a second ... Steve Wozniak is going to be on Dancing with the Stars?

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 9th 2009 12:36PM
WozThis is probably only logical, since Macs are all you see on TV shows when a character owns a computer: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is going to be on Dancing with the Stars.

You would think from the comments at the link above that past seasons have had stars like Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep on the show. They think the entire cast for this new season is disappointing, a bunch of nobodies. Hey, Wozniak pretty much invented the home computer industry! And I would say that Denise Richards, David Alan Grier, Jewel, and Lil' Kim are pretty well known. There are always some unknowns or fringe celebs in the cast too (though not always the ones we want to see).

I don't watch the show, but as a Mac user I kinda have to tune in at least once to see how Woz does. This is the second time that Woz will find himself in the reality-show spotlight (I know, DWTS is more of a competition show). He dated My Life on the D-List star Kathy Griffin not too long ago. I wonder if Steve Jobs will be watching?

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Don't forget Celebrity Bull Riding tonight!

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 10th 2007 4:42PM

Johnny FairplayCan we all agree that if you're a TV, film, or music star and you are reduced to going on a show called Celebirty Bull Riding, your career has pretty much at its lowest point?

It's Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge, to be precise, and it premieres tonight at 9 on CMT. The celebs (or "celebs") involved in the six episode show include Leif Garrett, Stephen Baldwin, Vanilla Ice, and Johnny Fairplay from Survivor (the one who lied about his grandmother dying). The object of the show is for the gentlemen to learn how to rides bulls so they can participate in a rodeo in Nashville.

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Kelly Clarkson signs with...NASCAR

by Brett Love, posted Jan 19th 2007 11:01AM
Kelly ClarksonYou might think that Kelly Clarkson has it all. With two Grammy awards, five #1 singles, and over ten million copies of her latest record sold, what more could she ask for? Well, a "NASCAR. How bad have you got it?" commercial of course. The spot is part of a big deal the two have signed.

The relationship kicks off February 18th with Clarkson headlining the NEXTEL Tribute To America, live on Fox, before the Daytona 500. The commercial will combine race footage with Clarkson's performance and feature a song from her upcoming third album. She's in good company working with NASCAR. Other musicians that have been part of the promo series include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jewel, Lenny Kravitz, Leann Rimes, and Sheryl Crow.

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Minneapolis 'Idol' contestants found on MySpace

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Jan 17th 2007 7:46PM
Jessical RhodeAmerican Idol always provides some interesting and inspiring back-stories on some of the more unusual and/or "unique" contestants during the audition episodes. But if you're like me, you might also hunger for more information on some of those who don't merit an individual AI spotlight. Don't you wonder, "Who are these people? And what rock did they crawl out from under?"

Folks you're in luck, because Eric over at Death by Camera has done a little legwork and compiled a list of links to the MySpace pages for last night's rejected and accepted Minneapolis contestants. Dying to know more about The Juggler, The Jewel-Wannabe, or The Cowardly Lion Girl? Then check it out.

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