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Who should win 'The X Factor'? *Crickets*

“You never cease to… not blow me away,” Demi Lovato blundered during Wednesday’s finals on Fox — while deftly summing up my overall impression of The X Factor!

We stopped recapping this mess early in season 3 — not only because, as previously established, The X Factor has no soul, but because ratings dropped by a lot and we noticed barely anyone wanted to read about it. Yet the show has sputtered on, this time with bright yellow lights on the front of the judges’ table instead of red or blue, and Paulina Rubio wobbling around in her chair instead of Britney Spears sitting there like a sad statue. There’s still a lot of lasers. Alex & Sierra (pictured) have emerged as a duo you might have heard of this fall even if you don’t watch The X Factor. So that’s certainly new! Good for them. They’re lovely.

Overall, though, the show strikes me more than ever as a scripted yet poorly executed celebration of both the judges’ wealth and the contestants’ poverty. It could all change for them if they win the million-dollar recording contract. Meet the finalists in all their destitute glory, and run through their final performances with me, below.

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PopWatch Planner: 'Anchorman 2' in theaters, 'The X Factor' finale, and more

As we head into the holiday season, this week has a little bit of everything. From Beyoncé’s surprise album — which you should download now — to Ron Burgundy’s return in Anchorman 2 and every fall finale in between, here’s what we recommend you put on your schedule:

SUNDAY 12/15
Homeland season finale AND Beyoncé on iTunes

Homeland wraps up its third season this week — what’s in store for Brody and Carrie? Other than an hour of twists and turns, we can’t be sure!

Plus: Queen B’s newest album was secretly released on iTunes and is the perfect soundtrack for any weekend activity.


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Adapt This! Pulp's 'Common People'

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There’s nothing new under the sun — but somehow, these awesome properties have never been adapted for screens big or small. Psst, Hollywood: Let’s change that.

It’s the plot of Titanic. And The Notebook. And Aladdin. Also, Good Will HuntingPirates of the Caribbean, Wild at Heart, Say Anything, A Knight’s Tale, Atonement, The Great Gatsby, The Princess Bride and thousands of other stories that we’ve seen and read time and time again.

She’s rich (and beautiful). He’s poor (and beautiful). And he worships the privileged ground she walks on. Obviously they must end up together.You’d think that all love stories were really about class.

Because what’s more appealing than a tale of a scrappy, devilishly handsome fellow from the wrong side of the tracks who lusts after the privileged, sheltered beauty raised with silver spoons and gold forks and strands of pearls and eventually wins her pretty little heart?  No, not a reverse gender take. We’ve seen that a million times too. (Hi, Love Story, Pretty Woman, Maid in Manhattan, etc.)

Maybe what we need is a devilishly handsome fellow from the wrong side of the tracks who realizes that the privileged, sheltered beauty raised with silver spoons and gold forks and strands of pearls was full of sh-t? That’s why we should adapt Pulp’s “Common People.” Here’s my modest proposal.

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From the makers of 'Friday': Finally, an alphabet song for the YOLO generation! -- VIDEO

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Are you an entitled millennial who never learned to read good? (Are you making your overprotective helicopter dad read this post to you right now?) If so, Internet “hitmaker” Patrice Wilson has just the “song” for you.

In “Friday,” he taught you the days of the week. In “It’s Thanksgiving,” he taught you that there is a holiday called Thanksgiving. And now, with this latest purposefully terrible wannabe viral music video, he’ll teach you something even more basic: The letters of the alphabet. Or at least everything before “Q.”

The new song’s title, no joke, is just “ABCDEFG.” (Somehow, I feel like we should give props to Patrice for managing to get the order right.) It’s sung by Alison Gold of questionable “Chinese Food” fame, and its faux-inspirational nonsense lyrics make “Friday” sound like Faulkner. Seriously, don’t play this song for anyone hoping to learn English; it’ll only confuse them.

Also, the video features Wilson peering into 11-year-old Alison’s bedroom window, and the tween confusedly flipping through an ancient paperback dictionary before getting into a strange van that has just pulled up outside her front door, which takes her to a club where she drinks a glass of punch that Patrice Wilson has drugged. With “Puppet Potion.” Also, at one point, she sings solfège syllables without tying them to any recognizable diatonic scale, which is super confusing.

I guess you can watch it if you really want:
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This week's cover: Inside the wild world of Katy Perry

What does it means to be the biggest pop star on the planet in 2013?

In this week’s cover story, Katy Perry gave EW an all-access pass to her crazy world (spoiler alert: we saw her boobs), as we spent a week criss-crossing the globe with her from L.A. to London, Berlin, and New York.

“You’re gonna see all different kinds of things,” Perry warned in L.A. at the outset of our trip. And she wasn’t kidding: Closing out the mammoth iTunes Festival. Sipping champagne with a giant German gentleman with bedazzled eyebrows named Bubbles (he’s a member of the superfan contingent known as Katycats). Late-night tea in a London hotel lobby with a rock icon. Twitter accounts named after her breasts. Near-constant jet lag. Being Katy Perry (or even just being her plus-one) is an exhausting, exhilarating ride.
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It's Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson's birthday: Your mother reacts

Today, the eldest Backstreet Boy, Kevin Richardson, turns 42, and in honor of his birthday, I got his biggest fan on the phone: Entertainment Weekly readers, meet my 53-year-old mother, Donna Highfill. She’s the woman who taught me that Robert Redford was what people call “sexy,” and she also opened my eyes to what a “good kisser” was on the big screen. Among the men she loves are Johnny Depp, Michael Cudlitz, and, of course, Kevin Richardson.

As a child of the ’90s, I loved the Backstreet Boys basically from the moment I was born. And when my mom took me to a concert at age 10, I screamed my lungs out when we saw the band’s bus drive by and Brian waved at me. And just moments later, my mother screamed her lungs out when she spotted Kevin. It was then that I realized that I might love BSB more, but my mother loves Kevin more.

Now, 13 years later, my mother and I are still attending BSB concerts — we went to one in August — and so when I found out today was Kevin’s birthday, I wanted to see how my mother, who’s really your mother, feels about the joyous occasion:
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Miley Cyrus literally can't stop, posts new NSFW photos

Miley Cyrus has already proven that she doesn’t need a foam finger to start controversy, and if you thought her naked ride on a wrecking ball or even her latest tweet would mark the end of her scandalous streak, you were so very, very wrong.

Terry Richardson has now posted a bunch of photos of Miley to his photo diary, and not surprisingly, they’re not exactly something you would want on a Christmas card. From going topless to wearing a leotard that’s more revealing than Pamela Anderson’s Baywatch one-piece, Miley’s still going hard. To be fair, she told us she wouldn’t stop.

The diary includes photos of Miley smoking, showing off her bare backside, eating ice cream, and doing to a can what she pretty much already did to a foam finger. Which inanimate object will be her next target? If only we knew, we’d warn the poor thing.

What do you think of Miley’s latest photos, PopWatchers? How long before this gets old (if it hasn’t already)?

Jimmy Fallon, the Roots, and its residents tell you how to get to Sesame Street -- VIDEO

Warning: The following video will make you grin uncontrollably.

Late Night‘s occasional “classroom instruments” videos — in which Jimmy Fallon, the Roots, and special guests perform popular songs accompanied only by woodblocks, toy xylophones, and the like — are generally pretty great. For pure joy value, though, none of the previous clips can compare to this one — which features Fallon and his band performing Sesame Street‘s theme song with Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, and the rest of that show’s principal cast of muppets.

They’re counted in by The Count. Partway through, Cookie Monster devours his instrument. The Roots’ Black Thought does a Sesame Street-themed rap, assisted by Abby Cadabby. This video is, in short, awesome, and you should watch it immediately.

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Miley Cyrus' VMA foam finger available for all your Halloween needs

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If you’re planning to dress up as Miley Cyrus for Halloween, well, first of all, congratulations on being one of the bravest people we’ve ever met. You do realize that you’re going to have to be half-naked (at least), right? Teddy bear backpacks won’t cut it anymore.

But regardless, there is one thing you are allowed to wear for your costume: a foam finger. More specifically, the red-nailed foam finger Miley Cyrus used to scar viewers at this years VMAs. Luckily for you, it’s now available for purchase at Amazon for $14.99.
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Justin Timberlake's super-sized 'TKO': How many Hot 100 singles can you fit in it? PopWatch investigates!

Fans waited a very long time for Justin Timberlake’s return to music. And thanks to the length of his new songs, they can spend about the same amount of time listening to that music.

With a two-part album and songs like “Mirrors,” which has a run time of 8:06, and newest single “TKO” (7:04), Timberlake is quite literally squeezing every second of music out of his long-awaited return. But just how drastic are his song lengths? Are they that much longer than the biggest songs right now?

The short answer: Pretty much.

Below is a list of the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 along with the run time for each of the songs:
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