Simon Cowell Previews X Factor USA Boot Camp

| October 5, 2011 at 7:45 AM EDT

Simon Cowell previews X Factor USA boot camp in this discussion with MTV News. He sat down with LA Reid, his co-judge, and spoke with MTV about how different X Factor was from American Idol, especially when it came to this next down-select.

Unlike Idol’s “Hollywood Week” which Simon referred to as “high-gloss” you’ll get a real look at the singers and the process. Viewers will “see the good, the bad, and the terrible.” Hopefully X Factor will be presenting more of the good, or even great, rather than the bad and ugly.

Unfortunately LA remains silent in the short interview clip, but we’re sure he’s got lots more to say in the coming weeks as he’s quickly becoming a favorite on the judges panel.

Don’t forget that you’ll be able to start watching the boot camp phase tonight on FOX and there are even some X Factor spoilers out there if you want to really get ahead of the show.

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X Factor USA Goes to Boot Camp

| October 4, 2011 at 5:35 PM EDT

X Factor USA goes to boot camp this week since Simon isn’t content to just follow the formula of American Idol. Instead he’ll march over a hundred singers off to training to see who has it and who has got to be sent home.

Last week on X Factor 2011 the singers audition process concluded and the phase closed. Now we’ve got a month of boot camp, read: training sessions, and then direct mentoring from the judges. You can see the full X Factor USA 2011 schedule.

Checking out the preview clip from FOX’s X Factor (see below), I was rather amazed that the boot camp phase would include choreographed dance routines as part of their evaluation. Perhaps that goes behind the idea that this isn’t just another singing competition show but rather a full package deal where you have to be able to do it all.

LA and Paula are seen in the video warning that the X Factor singers better be “on their game” and better than “good” if they want to make it on to the next round. Of course there are a few favorites peppered in as well. Best of luck to all the singers. Can’t wait to see where they go next!

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Big Brother Renewed To 14th Season

| October 4, 2011 at 8:40 AM EDT

Big Brother renewed for another season shouldn’t surprise anyone. The CBS reality television series beat out nearly every competitor in its time slot this summer and continued to grow its own ratings, beating out all recent numbers.

CBS made the announcement for Big Brother 14 in 2012 just before this summer’s series’s conclusion. CBS’s VP of “Alternative Programming” showered the reality series with praise as she rightfully should have. It looks like Big Brother could be showing up each summer until either host Julie Chen gets bored of covering it or the studio crumbles to the ground. No reason to quit on something this good.

The next season is expected to commence with casting right away. Applications are now being accepted and audition events should be held in late spring of 2012. We anticipate the hour doors swinging open in early July just like they do each season.

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‘Top Chef’ may be coming to a city near you

| March 20, 2011 at 2:31 PM EDT

Bravo’s popular Emmy-winning show “Top Chef” is hitting the road  again and could be coming to a city near you. The third annual Top Chef: The Tour has a full schedule of upcoming stops where past contestants will be at festivals, events, farmers markets, etc. Apparently they’ll even be competing in challenges before the audience. And that could be you.

The events are free, so apparently you have to act fast to be a part of the experience. Check out www.bravo.com for details.

The tour cities and dates:

St. Louis, Mo. – April 15

Kansas City, Mo. – April 17

Nashville, Tenn. – April 20

Atlanta, Ga. – April 25 & 26

Biloxi, Miss. – April 29

Miami, Fl. – May 1

Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. – May 3

Orlando, Fl. – May 5

Denver, Co. – May 5, 6, & 7

Chicago, Il. – May 10 & 11

Newport, Ky. – May 13

Cincinnati, Oh. – May 15

Yonkers, Ny. – May 17 & 18

Keasbey, Nj. – May 19

New York, Ny. – May 21 & 22

Hartford, Ct. – May 24

Red Bank, Nj.  – May 26

Washington D.C – May 28 & 29

Miami, Fl. – June 1

Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. – June 3

Orlando, Fl. – June 5

Katy, Tx. – June 8

San Antonio, Tx. – June 11

Los Angeles, Ca. – June 16, 17, & 18

San Francisco, Ca. – June 20 & 21

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‘Dancing With the Stars 12’ cast announced

| February 28, 2011 at 10:46 PM EDT

We got a sneak peek of some of the 2011 “Dancing With The Stars” contestants and tonight during a disgusting episode of “The Bachelor,” we got to see the rest.

The “Dancing With The Stars 12” Cast:

1. Sugar Ray Leonard, 54 – Former pro boxer

2. Chelsea Kane, 22 – Disney star

3. Romeo, 21 – Rapper

4. Ralph Macchio, 49 – Actor, “The Karate Kid”

5. Petra Nemcova, 31 – Supermodel

6. Kendra Wilkinson, 25 – Model

7. Hines Ward, 34 – Football player

8. Mike Catherwood, 31 – Radio personality

9. Wendy Williams, 46 – Talk show host

10. Chris Jericho, 40 – Wrestler

11. Kirstie Alley, 60 – Actress

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