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Jun 1, 2011

Cheryl Cole not the only sour note for Cowell’s “X Factor”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “American Idol” made Simon Cowell a household name in the United States, but the prickly British music Svengali is hitting some flat notes as he tries to launch his own TV singing competition.

Cowell, 51, has been working on a U.S. version of his hit UK talent show “The X Factor” for more than 18 months. But as the clock winds down to its much-hyped debut in the fall, he is facing some last-minute challenges.

Jun 1, 2011

Cole not the only sour note for Cowell’s ‘X Factor’

LOS ANGELES, June 1 (Reuters) – “American Idol” made Simon
Cowell a household name in the United States, but the prickly
British music Svengali is hitting some flat notes as he tries
to launch his own TV singing competition.

Cowell, 51, has been working on a U.S. version of his hit
UK talent show “The X Factor” for more than 18 months. But as
the clock winds down to its much-hyped debut in the fall, he is
facing some last-minute challenges.

May 29, 2011

“Hangover Part II” soaks up N.American box office

LOS ANGELES, May 29 (Reuters) – Raunchy comedy “The
Hangover Part II” soaked up $86.5 million at the North American
box office at the weekend, in the biggest comedy movie debut
ever.

According to studio estimates issued on Sunday, the Warner
Bros Pictures (TWX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) sequel to the breakout 2009 hit about men
behaving badly, also set a record opening for an R-rated
movie.

May 26, 2011

Scotty tops iTunes, ‘American Idol’ ratings surge

LOS ANGELES, May 26 (Reuters) – New “American Idol”
champion Scotty McCreery hit No.1 on the iTunes single charts
on Thursday, as Fox television reported a 21 percent surge in
viewers for the all country music finale of the long-running
singing contest.

McCreery, 17, became the first country musician to win the
“Idol” title and a recording contract since Carrie Underwood in
2005. The poised teen with the distinctive deep voice beat 16
year-old Lauren Alaina in the youngest Top 2 match-up in the
show’s 10 year history.

May 26, 2011

“Idol” finale kicks off with Beyonce, Judas Priest

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Lauren Alaina may have won the hearts of “American Idol” judges with her final performances, but TV viewers were more interested in “Dancing With the Stars,” according to early ratings figures for the two big rival shows.

And according to some predictions, Scotty McCreery may emerge the ultimate winner on Wednesday after public votes are counted, despite an emotional performance by Alaina that she dedicated to her mother, and a last minute vocal scare.

May 25, 2011

Scotty in with “Idol” chance, Lauren wins over judges

LOS ANGELES, May 25 (Reuters) – Lauren Alaina may have won
the hearts of “American Idol” judges with her final
performance, but her young rival Scotty McCreery was thought to
still be in with a chance of winning the title on Wednesday.

Fox television said that 122 million votes — the highest
in the 10 year history of the TV contest — had been cast after
teen country singers Alaina and McCreery performed for the 2011
“American Idol” title on Tuesday.

May 25, 2011

Scotty in with a chance? “Dancing” audience beats “Idol”

LOS ANGELES, May 25 (Reuters) – Lauren Alaina may have won
the hearts of “American Idol” judges with her final
performances, but U.S. TV viewers were more interested in
“Dancing With the Stars,” according to early ratings figures
for the two big rival shows.

And according to some predictions, Scotty McCreery may
emerge the ultimate winner on Wednesday after public votes are
counted, despite an emotional performance by Alaina that she
dedicated to her mother, and a last minute vocal scare.

May 24, 2011

Lauren, Scotty bring country to “American Idol” finale

LOS ANGELES, May 24 (Reuters) – Teens Lauren Alaina and
Scotty McCreery sing on Tuesday for the 2011 “American Idol”
title in the TV show’s youngest-ever, and first all-country
music finale.

After 125,000 nationwide auditions and months of
nail-biting eliminations, Alaina and McCreery will woo “Idol”
judges and some 25 million fans with three songs each in the
hope of winning a guaranteed recording contract.

May 20, 2011

Haley Reinhart kind on harsh “American Idol” judges

LOS ANGELES, May 20 (Reuters) – Haley Reinhart said on
Friday she was at peace with missing out on a spot in next
week’s “American Idol” finale and predicted that teens Scotty
McCreery and Lauren Alaina would captivate the show’s younger
fans.

Reinhart, 22, was finally voted off the singing contest
after landing in the bottom three on four occasions, and
receiving some of the harshest comments from the new, more
friendly judging panel.

May 20, 2011

Schwarzenegger halts Hollywood return after scandal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday put his Hollywood projects on hold following the scandal over a secret child he fathered 13 years ago with his housekeeper.

The 63-year-old former California governor and “Terminator” star has told his agents to halt plans to resume his movie career so that he can deal with “personal matters”, according to a statement.

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      "I'm a British import to Los Angeles who still hasn't managed to lose the accent after 10 years. I cover all things celebrity -- Hollywood award shows, stars in trouble, U.S. television and California lifestyle. Before arriving in Los Angeles, I worked for Reuters in London and Italy, covering stories like the death of Princess Diana, the Italian Mafia, and the Good Friday Northern Ireland peace agreement."
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