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Mel B Joining ‘America’s Got Talent’

Mel BMel B is replacing Sharon Osbourne on America's Got Talent.

The 37-year-old former Spice Girl - who previously worked on Australian X Factor - has reportedly signed a deal to join the judging panel for the NBC ahead of the start of its auditions in Los Angeles next month, after winning over the show's boss Simon Cowell.

"Simon loves trying people out on his shows, Mel's already been a judge on X Factor Australia and it's too far for her to keep taking the kids. She did want to do X Factor UK, but Simon really wanted her to do America's Got Talent. She's outspoken and never afraid to speak her mind, she makes for good TV. NBC execs will be watching through their eyes - let's hope they won't be using the delay button on live TV," a source said.

The mother-of-three is expected to join Howard Stern and Howie Mandel on the live TV show.


Cheryl Cole Suing ‘X Factor’ for $2.3 Million

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Prime Time, Reality, FOX, Gossip, Rumors,

Cheryl ColeCheryl Cole is suing The X Factor for $2.3 million after being dropped by the show.

The "Promise This" hitmaker was axed from music mogul Simon Cowell's talent show just days into the first auditions last year and though she was paid her salary for the entire season, but Cheryl, 29, is claiming they still owe her money.

TMZ reports that Cheryl says she signed a "Pay or Play" contract with production company Blue Orbit, who runs the show, in April 2011 and was assured that she would receive $2 million for the second season of the show - even if she wasn't to appear on the judging panel again. Cheryl also states in her 11-page lawsuit that she is owed further expenses which she was promised, such as a $100,000 wardrobe allowance, a stylist at $25,000 and $15,000-per-month for every hotel she stayed at in Los Angeles, California, during the filming of the show.

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Quote of the Day: Simon Cowell on Khloe Kardashian’s Wardrobe Malfunction

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Music, Prime Time, Reality, Gossip,

Khloe Kardashian with co-host Mario Lopez and Simon Cowell inset

"May I say, Khloé, you're looking very sexy tonight. I think the air conditioning's on high tonight. It's very distracting."

- X Factor judge Simon Cowell comments on co-host Khloe Kardashian's extremely see-through top during the live show.

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Howard Stern Quitting America’s Got Talent

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Howard SternHoward Stern is reportedly ready to quit America's Got Talent.

The outspoken radio star - who replaced Piers Morgan this year - is said to have dropped major hints he will not return for a second stint as a judge on the popular reality TV series amid rumors the show's format will be completely overhauled for its eight series.

"AGT is massively successful, but every TV show needs a refresh to make it the best it can be. At this time, there are questions over whether Howard wants to return," a source said.

Speaking on his radio show last week, the popular radio host - for whom the show moved from Los Angeles to New York - admitted he recently realized he didn't need to be "all over the television."

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X Factor Renewed for Third Season

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The X FactorThe X Factor has been renewed for a third season.

Fox has announced its talent show will run for a third series and judge Simon Cowell - who quit the UK version of the show to set up the American program - insists he is "so proud" of The X Factor and praised the show's fans for all their support.

The music mogul - who sits alongside L.A. Reid, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato on the panel - said in a statement, "I couldn't be happier about The X Factor already being renewed for another season. I am so proud of the show and the team who have made it this season. I want to thank our incredible sponsors for their support and creativity, and Fox for going out of their way to do everything they can to make this show a success. Most importantly, I have to personally thank our amazing fans for the support and enthusiasm they have given to The X Factor."

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Simon Cowell’s DJ Show Axed

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Simon CowellSimon Cowell's TV show with Jada Pinkett-Smith has been axed.

The music mogul was set to work with the Hollywood actress and her husband Will Smith in a search for the world's greatest DJ, but the project was ditched after Simon demanded top billing and Jada's production company Overbrook Entertainment refused.

"It's not happening anymore because of Simon," a source told Page Six.

Another insider added, "There were some deal points that couldn't be worked out, and Sony [Pictures Television] and Overbrook walked away."

A representative for Simon's company Syco confirmed the show will not be going ahead, saying, "Syco and Overbrook decided not to proceed together on a DJ-competition show."

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One Direction Too Inexperienced to Judge X Factor

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One DirectionOne Direction still sees themselves as newcomers.

The global chart-toppers - who earned $160 million in the two years since they competed on The X Factor - have reportedly declined an offer by boss Simon Cowell to mentor contestants on the show because they are too inexperienced.

"We don't feel like we are in a position to be giving strong advice," Louis Tomlinson told The Sun.

The group's mentor Simon is said to have been hoping the boy band would guest star in an episode of the UK reality TV series and conduct a master class with the current group of wannabe stars to help boost the show's ratings.

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L.A. Reid: Britney Spears is Like Marilyn Monroe

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Britney SpearsBritney Spears has been compared to Marilyn Monroe.

The reaction fans give when they see the pop singer has stunned her fellow X Factor judge L.A. Reid, who claims his co-star has the same mystique as the late icon.

"People go crazy for Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z. I've seen them go crazy for Rihanna. But this? Britney has the same magic that made Marilyn Monroe famous, that intangible ability to be completely loved and for people to be completely consumed by her everything," Reid said.

However, Britney insists the idea of being an icon "freaks" her out: "I try not to think about that. It's just - that's an overwhelming thing to think about. And I still feel new and fresh at the whole game. And when people say they know me, it still freaks me out. Still. To this day."

X Factor boss Simon Cowell, who recruited Britney to the show, revealed he was shocked by how shy she is in person. "She's one of the most humble people. I was raving about a song she'd written and she got really uncomfortable and it's not an act. It's partly down to her shyness. I didn't realize it until I started to work with her. We all remember her [performance at the MTV awards] with that snake around her neck and think, 'She can't be shy.' But she is."

Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez to Host The X Factor?

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Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez

Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez are set to host The X Factor. The pop star search show started last week, but still lacks a presenter to front its live episodes, but sources say reality TV star Khloe and former Saved by the Bell actor are the poised to sign on as presenters.

Mario - who appeared in the third season of Dancing with the Stars in 2006 - was tipped to host the first series of the show last year, but the job went to Steve Jones, who was dropped after unsatisfactory ratings. Show boss Simon Cowell has previously hinted Khloe, 28, was his first choice to host the show. "I know whom I would like, but now I have to get it approved by the network. We have screen-tested a load of people ... It could be a Kardashian. I think that would work. I'm a fan of putting inexperienced hosts on this show. We have to find people who have a great chemistry, but Khloe is definitely up there in the running," he said earlier this year.

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Kelsey Grammer Bolts From TV Interview Over Ex

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Kelsey GrammerKelsey Grammer "ran out" on an interview after seeing a picture of his former wife. The former Frasier star was due to be interviewed by Piers Morgan for CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight but became so uncomfortable after seeing a photograph of his ex Camille Grammer that he left the building before filming began.

"Kelsey Grammer was supposed to be on my show now but ran out of the building. Strange. #CNN So, Kelsey Grammer saw a photo of his ex wife Camille in the open to our show and legged it. Extraordinary. Never had this happen before. I had a very friendly chat with Kelsey backstage, He said he was really looking forward to the interview. Weird. #CNN (sic)," Piers wrote on Twitter.

When Piers' former America's Got Talent co-star Simon Cowell responded by saying "I know how he feels," Piers joked it was possible Simon's new show The X Factor which scared him off. "I suspect Kelsey was watching X Factor in the green room and suddenly felt nauseous," he wrote.

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