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Britney Spears and Simon Cowell share their quirks on 'Tonight Show' -- VIDEO

It’s Britney, bit** … and Simon.

The X Factor‘s two harshest judges, Britney Spears and Simon Cowell, stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night and aside from the usual chatter about Britney’s reaction to being booed by audiences and being “mean” to contestants, the reality stars also revealed some quirky facts about themselves. Here’s what we learned:


Oprah's still the highest-paid woman in entertainment -- but maybe not for long

The sun is hot, water is wet, and Oprah Winfrey earns more each year than any other woman in the entertainment industry — as well as any other celebrity, male or female. Thus it is, and thus it always will be. Right?

Not necessarily, according to Forbes. Though Oprah is still sitting pretty atop the magazine’s list of both the highest-paid celebs and the highest-paid women in entertainment, Forbes warns that Winfrey’s number one spot on the latter could soon be in jeopardy. During the time frame Forbes used to calculate that list, the OWN owner was still earning money from The Oprah Winfrey Show. Now her old series is kaput — and since she has yet to take a salary at OWN, Winfrey’s only sources of revenue now are O, The Oprah Magazine, her satellite radio station, and the TV series made by her production company, Harpo.


'Gangnam Style' breaks world record for 'most liked' YouTube video

Move over LMFAO, South Korean superstar PSY’s ”Gangnam Style” music video is the most ”liked” clip on YouTube. Who knew that horse-trotting moves could land you a Guinness World Record?

With 2,265,499 likes as of press time, Guinness World Record reports that “Gangnam” has trumped the former most liked video, LMFAO’s ”Party Rock Anthem” (1,574,963 likes), as well as Justin Bieber’s ”Baby” (1,327,147 likes) and Adele’s ”Rolling In The Deep” (1,245,641 likes). The video was posted on July 15 and has since eared PSY, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang, a number one hit on iTunes as well as appearances on the VMAs, Today, Ellen, and Saturday Night Live.


'Glee' Britney tribute -- Silly or mean? POLL

You want a piece of her?

Britney Spears was the name of the hour last night on Glee, with the show performing eight more of her songs, after a first “tribute” episode for the singer aired during the show’s second season.

Quality-wise, the episode was enjoyable with well-produced numbers throughout. But on Access Hollywood today, host Billy Bush reported that he’d spoken with Britney’s manager this morning, and her team was livid over the portrayal, which they had no idea was coming. (EW reached out to Spears’ publicist, who has yet to respond.)

If true, I can definitely see where the anger comes from. While the first Britney episode was about overcoming challenges, this tribute episode seemed to focus on the darkest periods of her life and make jokes about it. Everything from shaving her head and fighting with the paparazzi to her disastrous 2007 VMA performance was referenced in some way. On the show, Brittany was going through a similar breakdown that mirrored Spears’. I’m not sure “tribute” was necessarily the right word for this hour of television. It’s a part of her legacy, sure, but it’s not the part we need to celebrate.


'The X Factor': Britney Spears sings 'Happy Birthday' to L.A. Reid while America holds its breath (to blow out the candles)

Some people say it with flowers, but true superstars — who are goaded into reality TV filler stunts by lick-lipping producers who can’t wait to tap into that icing — sing it with cake. Here’s Britney Spears wishing her X Factor colleague, seat-dancing specialist L.A. Reid, a happy birthday. AND SHE’S SINGING!

L.A. first utters a low-toned “Oh my God” (at the fact that Britney Spears is serving a cake, seemingly of her own volition), then transitions to a more intrigued, upward-lilting “Oh my God!” (at the fact that Britney is really giving it her all with the singing). Watch a new American classic here:  READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor': Listen to Britney Spears and Don Philip's 1999 duet, then weep for humanity

Update: Annie’s full recap is live.

Here’s Britney Spears’ duet with 32-year-old vocal coach and X Factor contestant Don Philip — “I Will Still Love You,” off her debut album, 1999’s …Baby One More Time. Something …drastic has happened to Don’s voice since then. Ugh, life. It’ll getcha.

We didn’t get many details on why current Don is such a mess, but the guy’s clearly been through hell and, thanks to the “magic” of a network television production team in search of a buzzy premiere moment, has made it back to one of the gates of hell — The X Factor audition stage!

Britney was so distraught after Don walked away that Simon had to interrupt his Skittles consumption to come over and hover over/console her.

What a difference 12 years can make. Listen to Britney and Don here: READ FULL STORY

Wednesday night TV: Britney vs. XTina as 'The Voice' and 'X Factor' go head to head -- POLL

Fall television’s timeslot wars continue tonight as The Voice and The X Factor face off in a bitter duel for the ages. (Something like this, I imagine.)

The Voice debuted on Monday night to respectable ratings, though it wasn’t up against much competition. Tonight will be the true test of the NBC series’ viewership.

While The X Factor got off to a rough start last year, it has undergone a number of changes. Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger are gone, with Demi Lovato and Britney Spears taking their places for season 2. What’s more, Simon Cowell has vowed that viewers will see a whole new side to Spears, who he says is “surprisingly quite mean.” Looks like it might deserve another chance.

But this is more than just a question of The Voice vs. The X Factor. This, readers, is the age old battle of Britney vs. XTina. So, when 8 p.m. rolls around, which show will you be watching live? READ FULL STORY

YouTube sensation Psy teaches Britney Spears 'Gangnam Style' -- VIDEO

Even a hitmaker like Britney Spears isn’t immune to the wacky allure of Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” Spears is on record as a fan of the Korean star’s catchy tune and sick dance moves — something that Ellen DeGeneres didn’t miss when the new X Factor judge visited Ellen yesterday afternoon. (Side note: Remember when Ellen was an American Idol judge?)

Soon enough, the host pulled out Psy himself, who proceeded to teach Ellen and Britney how to Dougie the finer points of Gangnam Style. The main takeaway: “Dress classy, and dance cheesy.” Done and done!

By gamely dancing along, Spears proved that she still knows how to move — even in five-inch heels. Check her out:


Simon Cowell on 'X Factor' judge Britney: 'She's surprisingly quite mean'

Britney Spears is not that innocent — and not that nice to aspiring singers. “She’s very unpredictable,” Simon Cowell recently told reporters during a conference call. “She has taken this very seriously and she’s surprisingly quite mean.”

Wait a minute — sweet, wide-eyed Brit-Brit is going to be more of a Simon than a Paula (or, shudder, a Nicole Scherzinger)? Apparently, according to Cowell: “In the past we’ve had judges that never say no. She can’t say no quick enough on this show. She’s quite difficult to please,” he said, repeating what he told EW’s Dave Karger earlier this month. And this is from the guy who once told an American Idol contestant, “If you had lived 2,000 years ago and sung like that, I think they would have stoned you.”

But don’t take Simon’s word for it.  READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor' vs. 'The Voice': Which gets your vote? POLL

Oh, it’s on.

The Voice is officially challenging The X Factor for the title of Biggest Non-Idol Singing Show. NBC just announced that next week, it will air The Voice on three consecutive nights rather than two — meaning that on Wednesday, the series’ third audition episode will go head to head with The X Factor‘s season premiere on Fox.

Simon Cowell isn’t too pleased about this development: “This is a cynical, cold-hearted, unprofessional way of doing business,” he told TMZ today, explaining he thought NBC and Fox had a “gentleman’s agreement” to air The Voice on Mondays and Tuesdays, while X Factor would appear Wednesdays and Thursdays. “Britney’s not going to appreciate the fact that Christina — who has been a bit of a rival — isn’t allowing Britney to have a night of her own,” Cowell added. And whether or not Cowell’s assessment is correct, these shows are clearly engaged in a battle for melismatic dominance.

So, what will it be: Britney or Christina? Flash or substance? Chairs or another kind of chair? Let’s examine what we know about both The Voice Season 3 and The X Factor Season 2, category by category:


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