Ryan Seacrest performed on American Idol last night.
The 39-year-old star - who has fronted the talent show since it began in 2002 - took to the stage on the show's finale for a surprise musical performance, which was introduced by program mentor Randy Jackson. Wearing a tuxedo, Ryan sang Richard Marx's classic ballad "Right Here Waiting" - which quickly turned into a duet when the curtains rose to reveal the crooner and the two performed together at the piano.
Speaking afterwards, Ryan jokingly told the audience, "I apologize. [That was my] moment in the sun."
Judge Harry Connick Jr. claimed the performance would trigger a new career direction for the host. "My prediction? You're going to have a record deal before this night is over," he joked. Ryan replied, "I hope not."
Miley Cyrus has refused to perform on The Voice because of Christina Aguilera.
The "Wrecking Ball" hitmaker reportedly has an intense dislike of the show's coach - who, like Miley, shot to fame as a young Disney star - and even though the "Fighter" singer is currently on a two-season break from the competition, she won't sing on the show.
"Miley is no friend or supporter of Christina, despite the fact they have a lot in common, including long associations with Disney and using some of same people through the years on their respective business teams. Even if Christina has temporarily stepped aside, The Voice is still Christina's show and Miley doesn't want to lift a finger to help that woman," a source said.
Show bosses are said to be upset as they are desperate for the former Hannah Montana star to sing on the season finale. "Last month Voice bosses made Miley another offer to have her perform on the finale show and Miley said no - and was very clear about her reasons!" the source said.
Mel B has branded Howard Stern "inappropriate" for questioning her judging abilities.
The 38-year-old former Spice Girls singer sits on the judging panel alongside the TV personality on America's Got Talent and though they now get on well, Mel was left speechless when she heard audio footage of his initial thoughts of her joining the panel.
Recalling when he first heard she was joining the show, Howard said, "At first I was like 'What kind of choice was that?,' Mel B, Scary Spice, wasn't she on Dancing With The Stars?' I was like, 'Who cares about the Spice Girls and who cares?' I saw a piece of tape of her, she's on X Factor Australia, my first reaction was I don't even know her."
After hearing the audio clip, Mel B said, "What can you say to that, that was kind of inappropriate."
Chris Martin has joined The Voice as a mentor.
The Coldplay frontman will have a special advisory role on the show - which has Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton as coaches - and met with the contestants ahead of the Battles: Round Two stage of the contest to advise them on their performances.
"Chris is to work with @adamlevine @blakeshelton @usher & @shakira as a Key Adviser on this season's US #TheVoice [sic]," a post on Coldplay's Twitter account read.
Network NBC, who aired the show, went on to explain Chris' role in more detail, revealing the "Viva La Vida" hitmaker helped the contestants with "vocal technique and stage presence." They said in a statement, "Martin advised each of the Battles: Round Two performers on vocal techniques, stage presence and the importance of tailoring songs to fit their persona and strengths. These artists will continue to try and earn the support of their respective coaches, who will be forced to decide who will move on to the Playoff Rounds. Each coach will have the opportunity to strategically steal one more artist in this round."
WWE Superstar Fandango wants to be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.
The 32-year-old wrestler is a fan of the program and if the opportunity arose to compete on the ballroom show he'd jump at the chance. Fandango - who uses ballroom dance moves in the ring and is always accompanied by his "dancing partner" Summer Rae - first got into the series when fellow WWE Superstar Chris Jericho competed on it in 2011. When asked if he'd like to compete on the series, Fandango told BANG Showbiz, "I would like to give it a go, I just need the right partner - maybe a lingerie model! I've watched Dancing with the Stars, I watched when Chris Jericho was on it, I think it's cool. It's always cool to see the stars - whether they're a football player or an actor, an actress, a model, whatever - put into that situation of crunch training to try and win the show. How they deal with the pressures and their egos of not being really good at it is interesting to see."
NeNe Leakes will compete on Dancing With The Stars. The outspoken Real Housewives of Atlanta star is set to join the likes of Price Is Right host Drew Carey, former ice hockey player Sean Avery and Full House alumni Candace Cameron Bure on the 18th season of the popular ballroom dancing show.
The full line-up was officially unveiled on Good Morning America yesterday morning and features a heavy dose of athletes. Double-amputee snowboarding champion Amy Purdy, who will be partnered with professional dancer Derek Hough, long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, and Olympic figure skaters Charlie White and Meryl Davis have all signed on to compete.
CeeLo Green has quit the The Voice to host his own show.
The "Forget You" hitmaker has been a judge on the version of the singing contest on the first three series, before returning on the fifth series last year, but has now decided to step back to focus on other TV projects.
"I'm not coming back guys. I'm going to continue my relationship with NBC. I have a television show development deal with them as well and hopefully some other talk show opportunities for later in the year. But yeah, I'm going to miss The Voice too. So I'm not coming back guys," he said, speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Shocked by his revelation, Ellen replied, "Oh, you're not coming back at all? I did not know that!"
CeeLo is hoping to take some time to focus on his music and is excited about the release of his next album Girl Power, which is due out between February and March.
Mariah Carey has slammed Nicki Minaj.
The 43-year-old singer - who repeatedly clashed with the "Starships" hitmaker when they were both judges on American Idol last year - insisted she wants to press "delete" on her time on the show and claimed she can't even remember her fellow panelist. When asked about the program on Power 105.1's "Breakfast Club" radio show, she said, "I was a professional on that show, and that's all I have to say. I was a complete professional."
Bruce Jenner is eager to be a contestant on Dancing With the Stars.
The 64-year-old retired athlete, whose stepchildren Kim and Rob Kardashian have both previously competed on the reality series, is in talks to take part in the upcoming 18th season. "He's dying to do it. The show is close to locking him in," a source said.
Meanwhile, the Olympic gold medallist's sons Brandon and Brody Jenner are said to be very supportive of his recent decision to reduce the size of his Adam's apple. Bruce, who separated from his wife Kris Jenner in October after 22 years of marriage, reportedly underwent a "laryngeal shave" procedure in Beverly Hills on Sunday to soften the feature of his neck, which is typically done on patients who are in the first stage of gender reassignment.
"The boys don't think their father is trying to become a woman and simply laugh at rumors. They do believe that Bruce became more conscience of his physical appearance and how he looked after Keeping Up With The Kardashians premiered. They blame their stepmother [Kris] for all of the plastic surgery he has had over the years. Kris always encouraged Bruce to have his face nipped and tucked. He has had plastic surgery to remove excess fat above his eyelids. The Adam's apple surgery is just following in that pattern," a source said.
Carrie Underwood has been named the top-earning American Idol alumni.
The country music star and 2005 winner topped Forbes magazine's annual list thanks to her staggering $31 million income over the last year, with a sell-out tour, albums and beauty deals under her belt.
Kelly Clarkson, the first ever Idol winner, came in second place with $7 million with the earnings of two albums and concerts, each scoring her quarter of a million dollars. The third spot on the list is a surprise tie between season 8 winner Adam Lambert, who landed a guest role on Glee, and 2012 winner Phillip Phillips, with $5 million each. The lesser-known Phillips' winner's single "Home" fared better than any in the show's history, shifting over 4 million copies.
Chris Daughtry was third with $4 million thanks to performing over 80 shows with his eponymous rock band. Baby-faced country singer Scott McCreery ranked sixth with earnings of $3 million, while season 5 winner Taylor Hicks - who is the only Idol alumni with a Las Vegas-residency - came seventh. Broadway star Fantasia Barrino, Dancing with the Stars contestant Kellie Pickler, Smash singer-and-actress Katharine McPhee and Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson rounded out the top 10.
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