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'The X Factor' sneak-peak set for MLB All-Star game

Now that American Idol’s on vacation, the lane’s wide open for music mogul Simon Cowell to pitch his new show to America. And what better time and place to do that than at the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Fox? His singing reality competition, The X Factor, is getting a “world premiere preview” on July 12 just before the game at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The show that wooed onetime Island Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid from his post has been teasing the preview during ads for the game, though Fox reps have yet to confirm anything outside of what’s seen in the clips.

The X Factor doesn’t officially premiere until Sept. 21, so what are you expecting from Cowell’s sneak preview?

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Simon Cowell reunites with his wind-up toy Paula Abdul for 'X Factor' auditions

And for a moment, the world is as it should be: Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul are together again now that auditions for Fox’s X Factor have begun. EW’s Dave Karger was on the scene of the first taping Sunday, and in addition to describing how the audience protested one contestant’s dismissal with a “Bring her back!” chant until producers did, he also notes that during one break, Simon “lovingly petted” Paula’s hair. Ah. Speaking to Cowell before the taping, HollywoodJunket.com found out Abdul owes her reunion with Cowell to the media. It was while chatting with the press that Cowell realized, “Overwhelmingly, they wanted her on the show.” The reason he and Abdul get along so well is simple, according to Cowell: “When I’m bored, Paula’s like one of those toys, you know, you just wind up, and then I’ll just throw it on the floor for a minute and just play with it, and then I’m happy.” Watch the interview below.  READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': The disastrous booting of Pia Toscano reveals why critics, yes, DO matter

Anyone who’s a critic these days has to contend with a steady anti-mainstream-media drumbeat, one that sounds something like this: Critics don’t matter! They’re out of the touch with The People! They’re snobby hacks whose opinions carry no more validity than anyone else’s! (Memo to haters: Have I left out any of your complaints?) If you accused me of being defensive on this issue, you would probably be right. It’s how I make my living, so of course I’m bound to get a little touchy about it. Yet I also think that I’m capable of setting my personal bias aside to talk about why critics, at their best, really do matter. And offhand, I can think of no better illustration of why they matter than what happened on American Idol last week, when the golden-throated songstress Pia Toscano got booted off before her time. The audience voted, presumably with their hearts, but where were the judges, the tastemakers — the critics! — when we needed them? READ FULL STORY

Simon Cowell talks 'Idol' with Piers Morgan: 'I personally think it is a better show than last year.'

The sky is blue. The Ryan Seacrest is orange. And season 10 of American Idol is much better than season 9, Simon Cowell tells Piers Morgan, while throwing on his Captain Obvious cape. In a preview clip for his March 14 interview on Piers Morgan Tonight, the former American Idol judge tells the CNN host: “I personally think it is a better show than last year. I genuinely do. I think what they’ve got is that it feels to me that they’ve got their energy back, that they’re confident, that they’re competitive.” What he means is, we’re no longer forced to watch a veteran judge with senioritis spending the course of a show daydreaming about whether or not he can place a house of cards on his flat top LEGO hair. READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor': Register to audition right now

x-factorImage Credit: Ian Derry/FoxDo you want $5 million? You know about reality TV and America, right? Wanting something badly enough could be all you need. It’s time to get what you deserve: molto fortuna. The X Factor‘s holding auditions in five cities, so decide whether you’re a “young guy,” a “young girl,” an “older singer,” or part of a “vocal group” and register online by March 1. Don’t let those labels get you down. We all belong somewhere, and face it: You might be old. It’s 2011. Go here for more details, and maybe practice singing stuff. Maybe. Mostly you should work on your speech.

After the jump, watch an X Factor featurette of Simon Cowell explaining it all. He says “Los Angelees” at 1:48. I love Steven Tyler, but I have missed that. READ FULL STORY

Super Bowl XLV: Best and worst commercials?

Presenting… Your Super Bowl Commercials of 2011, brought to you by Eminem. He LOST HIMSELF in not one but two major ad campaigns this year. During the first quarter, Claymation Eminem quenched his thirst with a refreshing Brisk iced tea; then just before halftime, super-intense human Eminem delivered a cross between a eulogy and a giant “eff you, pay attention” on behalf of the city of Detroit. And you thought he didn’t do commercials.

Meanwhile, Ozzy Osbourne finally had to find out what a Bieber was, Adrien Brody serenaded some crying/orgasmic women (Stella Artois), Faith Hill’s rack is huge (Teleflora), Timothy Hutton is really, really into Tibetan fish curry (Groupon.com), and Kim Kardashian’s ass (Shape-Ups) is ass usual. Plus, so many movie trailers, including J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s Super 8, Terra Nova, Thor, Cowboys & Aliens — starring Danny Craig and Indy Ford — Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and a first look at Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger. My five favorite commercials, after the break. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' poll: So far, is it better or worse without Simon?

idol-judgesImage Credit: Michael Becker/FoxIt’s three weeks into a Simon-less American Idol, and… I haven’t missed him. Now I reserve the right to reevaluate the judges’ panel again when we get to the live shows and they have to offer critiques other than a simple “yes” or “no,” but right now, I’m 100 percent satisfied with Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. There’s at least three times an episode when I tell my TV, “I love Steven Tyler.” Shockingly, it’s not when he’s rhyming random profanity that has to be bleeped (although I enjoy that, too), it’s when he’s visibly enjoying hearing someone sing well. He genuinely appreciates it, and is excited by it, and his face shows it. As my colleague Kate Ward says, it’s much more fun to watch the show when the judges clearly are having fun and want to be there. It feels like season 1 or 2, and less like season 8 and 9, when you could tell Cowell was biding his time. As for Lopez, I’ve grown to love the way she tends to look off-camera at someone, who I assume is a producer. I’m sure you’ve noticed it. It seems to happen when she’s just heard a great backstory and she’s thinking, for the love of God, I hope this person can actually sing, so she doesn’t have to crush his or her dream. In my mind, she’s nervously searching for some kind of assurance on a producer’s face that it will be okay because she’s invested. (And if that producer is good, he or she doesn’t give it to her! Suffer, Lopez! It’s drama!) It also happens after someone surprises her with a unique sound. Then, in my mind, the look is a wordless, We’re really doing it!.

Let’s take it to a vote below.  READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' season 10 premiere: It's on!

AMERICAN-IDOL-SEASON-10Image Credit: Tony Duran/FoxUPDATE: Annie Barrett’s American Idol premiere recap is live! Click here!

And it’s new! And I’m new! Steven Tyler and I have more in common than ever! Sadly, I cannot say the same about me and Jennifer Lopez. Look to your right. Doll Legs.

Discuss tonight’s staggering two-hour American Idol season 10 premiere here during and after the show. Do you miss Simon? Will any of the featured hopefuls linger in your brain long enough for you to illegally text your friends about them tomorrow from an AT&T device while driving your Ford after drinking your morning Coca-Cola? And based on the first two hours of auditions, would you extend a First Impression Rose to J. Lo, S. Ty, or Randy? Keep them alive or shatter their dreams of finding true love on reality TV in the comments. And come back tomorrow morning for my first-ever American Idol recap on EW.com.

UPDATE: Annie Barrett’s American Idol premiere recap is live! Click here!

Read more:
‘Idol': Annie Barrett is new EW recapper
‘American Idol’: 12 Burning Questions!
EW.com’s ‘American Idol’ Central

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

This week's cover: Johnny Depp talks exclusively about 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' and the possibility of 'Pirates 5'

EW-COVER-1138When Johnny Depp appeared at a Disney fan convention in the fall of 2009 to hype the announcement of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, it looked like fair weather-sailing for the fourth movie in the blockbuster franchise. But as the cover story of this week’s special 2011 preview issue reveals, the subsequent journey was anything but squall-free. Indeed, for a while, it looked like Depp himself was about to jump ship. “Things became a little creaky,” admits the superstar. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced operation also had to deal with bad weather of a literal stripe while shooting in Hawaii and the pregnancy of franchise newcomer Penélope Cruz, though Depp says the blooming actress could hardly have been more game. “It was funny to see a pregnant woman f—ing sword-fighting,” he laughs.


Paula Abdul on 'Ellen': Simon is 'like a fungus'

Paula Abdul swung by Ellen today to shill for her new show Live to Dance, but the talk quickly shifted towards American Idol. Paula talked about trying to keep her season-finale return to Idol a secret from Simon Cowell, and how much she enjoyed his shocked reaction: “I always like making Simon cry.” Ellen prodded her fellow ex-Idol judge about her love/hate relationship with Cowell, which Paula summed up in these immortal words: “He’s like fungus, in the sense that he just sticks around for a long time, and then finally you just surrender to it.” Ellen: “You surrender to fungus?” Paula: “Yeah!” READ FULL STORY

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