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'The X Factor' on the scene: Paula's strutting, Rachel Crow's doppelganger, and six other things you didn't see on TV

You know what being at a live taping of The X Factor is like? A boxing match.

Now, mind you, I haven’t been to too many boxing bouts in my time. (My reputation can’t withstand too many of those, honestly.) But I’ve hit a couple over the years, and being in the studio last night at L.A.’s CBS Television City as Marcus, Chris, Melanie, and Josh battled it out felt something like those nights at the MGM Grand Garden Arena: A big fight was going on in the middle of the venue; the crowd was yelling like crazy, sometimes shaking their fists; and yes, the stands were trembling with all the stomping and jumping from the audience. In fact, there were several moments where I thought we all might be going down in those stands together in one massive heap that would turn the entertainment-news world on its head, but alas, those stands at The X Factor can withstand quite a lot. Not a person was harmed — even those battling it out on stage — last night, thankfully.

The evening, with all its energy, however, did provide quite a few tidbits that I observed from inside that you most likely didn’t gather from watching on screen. (The commercial breaks at The X Factor tapings are rather entertaining!) The most interesting moments included everything from Paula strutting around the judges’ platform to a wave from a super-excited Mackenzie Phillips, who was in the crowd. Enjoy my observations from inside The X Factor dome:


'The X Factor' on the scene: Confetti catastrophe, Rachel's teacher, and that Pepsi Challenge 'error'

Wilt Chamberlain. Godzilla. That baby from Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. All were shorter than the man standing in front of me at The X Factor last night, which is simply my way of saying that I had a wee bit of trouble observing any off-camera drama inside the Xanadome. But compromised vantage point notwithstanding, I do have a few what-you-didn’t-see-on-TV tidbits I’d like to discuss. Let’s begin, as all X Factor conversations should, with some confetti.

Brooms, get a room: Melanie Amaro started off the dance-music themed show by performing a song by an artist synonymous with dance music: Adele. (And don’t get me started on those dancers — a metallic cloned army of Mortal Kombat‘s Scorpion.) During the climax of “Someone Like You,” confetti machines started showering the stage with little shreds of paper. If the producers of X Factor learn anything from last night, it should be this: If you’re going to employ confetti machines, don’t use them for the opening number. READ FULL STORY

Celebs fight a good fight with Trevor Live: Red-carpet photos from the star-studded event

Typically an assortment of so many A-list stars in one place can only mean one thing in Hollywood: an awards ceremony. (That, or Garry Marshall just made another ensemble comedy about a holiday nobody likes.) And while an award was given out at Trevor Live (to none other than Lady Gaga) over the weekend at the Hollywood Palladium, celebrities convened for a much greater cause: to raise money and awareness for The Trevor Project an organization that provides “crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.” Just a few names in attendance: Amy Poehler, Neil Patrick Harris, Queen Latifah, Zachary Quinto, and Amber Heard.

EW was on the scene for the star-studded fund-raiser and caught up with a few of the celebrities on hand on the red carpet. Check out the photos, as well as what some stars, like Darren Criss, Kris Allen, and event guest-director Adam Shankman, had to say about the night: READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor' on the scene: Simon doesn't know what's happening, but he knows he doesn't like it

“Does it get louder than this?” asked the woman sitting a few seats down from me at The X Factor, after one of the CBS pages asked her if she wanted earplugs before the show. At that point, the pre-show dance mega-mix was pumping through the Xanadome at a volume usually reserved for jet engines or Mary Murphy, but I quickly answered for the page. “Yes. Oh yes. It does.”

I thought about the health of that woman’s eardrums while Drew was singing her save-me song while the Xanadome, as it had been instructed to all night, erupted in a deafening torrent of cheering and cat-calls. READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor': On the scene for the Jackson family invasion. Or: Prince Jackson, spit out your gum!

It’s been a while since I last stepped into The X Factor‘s Cylon basestar Galaga rollerderby Xanadome, so maybe it’s normal to see Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul milling outside the studio with a pregnant Kaitlin Olsen of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I’m just saying that that is at least three orders of magnitude of pop-culture coolness higher than pretty much any celebrity that’s come within spitting distance of the Idoldome. Maybe Paul and Olsen were tipped off that the Jackson dynasty would be plopping the late Michael Jackson’s children into the X Factor eardrum shatter factory to promote a new Cirque du Soleil show, and they wanted to be there to witness the circle of (mega-celebrity) life sprout anew. Me, I just happened to luck into it.

Listen: If you’ve come here for juicy gossip and spicy scuttlebutt and flavorful flibbertigibbeting about Prince, Paris, and Blanket Jackson, you’re going to leave disappointed. My overall impression was that the newest generation of Jacksons behaved as normally as those kids could possibly be in that situation. READ FULL STORY

'Dancing With the Stars': On set for the semifinals -- and into Tristan's trailer! -- VIDEO

Last week, when I attended the liiiiiiiiive tapings of Dancing With the Stars’ Monday and Tuesday shows, I also had the honor of becoming fast friends with a giant mirrorball I’d found in the prop cage. Just kidding! Burying the lede! I got to hang out with Our Cutest and Most Irish Pro Tristan MacManus — in and around his trailer!

If the 29-year-old dancer truly is a leprechaun like everyone says, then they sure have given him a big house-on-wheels in which to luxuriate and roll around seductively in his heaps of colorful marshmallows and gold. Watch the videos: READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Dawn' midnight screening: Blood, sweat, and tears (and, of course, a movie)

Some said they arrived at 5 p.m., a full seven hours before they could hand over their ticket — purchased two weeks ago — to get into last night’s sold-out midnight screening of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1. Or the sold-out 12:06 a.m. screening…or the sold-out 12:11 a.m. screening…or the sold-out 12:16 a.m. screening. The United Artists Kaufman Astoria theater in New York City, like so many other theaters around the country, attempted to accommodate Twi-hard demand with a multitude of options slotted well past midnight. (A tip of the hat to any movie theater employee that works on nights like these. It cannot be easy.)

As a newbie to the Twilight midnight showing experience (and oh, is it an experience), I arrived at 10:30 p.m. It was pretty obvious I had zero chance at getting a good seat — the lobby and theater area (pictured) were packed to the brim with (mostly) girls in their late teens and early 20s (though I spotted a few reluctant boyfriends here and there), all out far past reasonable bedtimes and curfews. READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor' on the scene: A look behind all that Astro and Stacy drama

Last night’s The X Factor show concluded with all sorts of unexpected, juicy, normally seen-on-Bravo drama. It started with Astro prefacing his survival performance with these words: “I really don’t want to perform. I feel like it’s unnecessary.” And then moments later, the 15-year-old rapper told America, “I feel like if you’re going to put me in the bottom two, I don’t want to perform for people who don’t want me here.” This comment effectively turned the entire Xanadome against the kid. But I want to begin this on-the-scene recap several minutes before that and tell you how everything you didn’t see on TV went down. READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor' on the scene: Rihanna, audience questions, and... glow sticks?

Before heading out to last night’s The X Factor, I spent a few hours watching Syfy’s new Peter Pan miniseries Neverland, which features man-eating spiders, 10-legged crocodiles, and Bob Hoskins. Yet all of those fantastical creatures were nothing compared to what awaited me inside the Xanadome: an audience that was absolutely bonkers. They were crazy loud, reaching a decibel level comparable to a symphony of jackhammers. They were crazy energetic, sometimes jumping up and down as frequently as this adorable dog. And some of them were simply crazy crazy, like a woman in the audience who, during a commercial break, delivered an incomprehensible speech in support of LeRoy Bell — a speech that, for reasons that’ll be debated for centuries to come, ended with the words “women power!”

So when Bill the Warmup Host allowed the audience to ask the judges a few questions at the end of the show, you can imagine some of the inquiries were, um, interesting. Read on for the judges’ answers (including Paula’s response as to why the group acts have been struggling so far), plus some other on-the-scene highlights: READ FULL STORY

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' premiere: Watch the red carpet here! -- LIVE VIDEO

In case anyone blinked and missed it, that tiny low-budget indie film with the sparkly vampires and ab-tastic werewolves is premiering tonight in Los Angeles. Thousands of fans have been lined up since Thursday for the chance to catch a glimpse of the stars of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, but below you can watch live footage of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Green and all of your favorite stars as they walk the black carpet. The fun starts at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. READ FULL STORY

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