Renee Zellweger is being lined-up to appear on Dancing with the Stars.
Bosses for the reality show are keen to pull out all of the stops for the next season by choosing celebrity contestants who have all won Oscars, and they believe securing Renee - who took home the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Cold Mountain in 2003 - will encourage other stars to sign up.
"Renee is being seen as the lynchpin contestant that would seal the deal for the theme season. The producers are fixated on Renee, in part because she hasn't done much dancing at all since Chicago more than 10 years ago and there's this real mystery about her and what she's up to. They keep raising the amount of money they are willing to give her in the hope that she'll say yes, and the theory is that if they can get her to sign on, then it would attract some other really prominent Oscar winning stars - who wouldn't normally do reality TV - to fall in step," a source said.
Ratings for the ABC program have decreased in recent seasons after producers only wanted celebrities with little dancing experience to take part, but they believe a talent like Renee's could boost viewings. "Now that the rule that stars had to be total dance novices has been broken, it opens the door wide for someone like Renee, who hoofed it in Chicago, to strut her stuff. The DWTS masterminds think the idea of having a theme of Oscar winners would be a sure ratings-grabber," the source explained.
Amber Riley has won Dancing with the Stars.
The Glee actress and her professional partner Derek Hough have taken home this year's mirrorball trophy after triumphing over High School Musical actor Corbin Bleu and his professional partner Karina Smirnoff with a perfect-scoring samba/quickstep fusion.
"Anything that scares me I want to do. You can do whatever, whatever, whatever you put your mind to," Amber said, speaking after the result was announced.
And despite coming second, Corbin was just delighted to have taken part: "I thank God for this experience. I thank my family."
Earlier in the evening, Jack Osbourne - whose sister Kelly came third on the show in 2009 - and his partner Cheryl Burke were eliminated into third place after the first round of dances. "I'm definitely not a better dancer than my sister, for one. We're both tied. Just going the distance for me was winning enough," he said.
Miley Cyrus is making X Factor bosses nervous ahead of her performance on the show tomorrow.
The "Wrecking Ball" singer has reportedly been told to tone down her act for the family-friendly show after her controversial twerking at the MTV Video Music Awards with hitmaker Robin Thicke. "Miley seems to be on a mission to be as controversial as possible so everyone's a bit nervous. She's been told to tone it down for The X Factor. That said, we're not stupid," a source said.
Although big bosses don't want the performance to result in complaints, head judge Gary thinks 20-year-old should include her controversial rump-shaking move "It's music - she's a young girl. If that's the way she wants to express herself, fair enough. It's a tricky one because I remember Madonna when she brought her Sex book out and everyone was going crazy. That seemed more shocking. But, you know, there's an off button. I always say, if you don't want to watch it, turn it off," he said earlier in the week. "These singers are young, sexy girls - of course they are going to express themselves like that. But I don't let my kids watch it. I probably wouldn't let them watch anything like that, it's too sexual for them," he added.
Mariah Carey hated being a judge on American Idol.
The "Art of Letting Go" hitmaker, who served on the show's judging panel for one season that ended six months ago, alongside Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban, has confessed it was like "going to work every day in hell with Satan":
"Honestly, I hated it. Here's what it was. I was the first person who signed on... I thought it was going to be a three-person panel. They gave me a nice... monetary moment, and I was just like, 'Okay, Randy Jackson will be there; I've known him forever. He used to play bass for me. Like, this isn't a big deal. This will be nothing.' But it wasn't that. It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan."
"I'm so not qualified to be judging on a technical basis because I don't know anything about ballroom dancing. I just don't want to be responsible for someone getting a different mark than a professional would give them. So I am a little worried about that part."
- Cher reveals her hesitance in judging dancers on Dancing with the Stars - a gig that she hasn't previously done.
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Simon Cowell could be set to leave The X Factor.
The 54-year-old media mogul is a judge on the singing contest - which is his brainchild - however he could be planning to leave the show since it is pulling in fewer viewers than in previous years - with the live show on Tuesday night, attracting only 4.8 million viewers. The drop in numbers could force bosses to lower the budget on the series, meaning Simon will walk away and back onto the judging panel of the UK version of the talent show.
"People have talked as if it is all over for The X Factor, but that's not the case at all. It is true that ratings are down but it still does well with younger viewers if it was to come back next year it would have to have a lower budget. Simon leaving the show would allow a cheaper panel to be introduced - and give him the time to be reunited with the British show," an insider said.
The X Factor is currently in its third season with the winner awarded a $1 million recording contract with Simon's label Syco, however, in the previous two series' it was worth $5 million. Simon is currently on the judging panel alongside Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, and he is mentoring the groups category.
Simon Cowell is to sing on X Factor.
The music mogul is persuaded to show off his vocal talents by fellow talent show judge Kelly Rowland during auditions in Denver, Colorado, after being less than impressed with one wannabe's attempt at singing 1940s classic "Fools Rush In." Following the hopeful's rendition, judge Demi Lovato told them, "You would sound like what Simon sounds like when he sings."
Kelly then urged the 53-year-old star, who branded the auditions the "worst" day of try-outs ever, to sing the same song. Simon, who has always vowed to never sing in public, obliged and was praised by fellow judges Paulina Rubio and Demi, who said his rendition was "charming."
Kelly added, "I knew that voice was always there."
P. Diddy has launched a global talent search.
The "Come With Me" rapper is looking for a young person aged between 13 and 25 to join his REVOLT TV network as a presenter, and has been personally evaluating the 15-second audition tapes submitted by applicants.
"The time is NOW people, get your submissions in #IAmRevolt!!! guess what?!? tweet your audition videos for @RevoltTV now! make sure you add hashtag #IamRevolt so i can check it out now!!!!!! the next 10 ppl to submit their videos will be viewed by me!!!!!!! im WAITING PPL!!!!!!!!!! LET'S GOOOOOO!!! (sic)" he wrote in a series of posts on Twitter.
Diddy's online TV channel is launching in October and he's keen to hire the freshest and most innovative people to appear on it from anywhere around the world. "I need individuals that are fearless and speak the truth. Young talent. Fresh faces. Attitude. I want to empower the creators of this generation and show artists this is their channel," he said in a statement launching the talent search.
Simon Cowell dropped Britney Spears from The X Factor because she wasn't outspoken enough.
The music mogul who is judging this year's singing contest alongside Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland - who was a judge on the UK X Factor in 2011 - and Paulina Rubio, fired Britney as she felt "uncomfortable" in the role.
Simon says the "Ooh La La" singer was unable to give honest, "negative" feedback to the pop hopefuls so he had to replace her. Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he said, "I kind of booked someone who couldn't talk, which is a bit of a problem when you want someone to judge! She wasn't comfortable being negative, she didn't like it when the contestants spoke back to her, so she was just uncomfortable. I liked her. So we decided to change it this year and I thought I'll work with three girls because I like working with girls."
Jack Osbourne, Snooki and Amber Riley are among the celebrities competing on the next season of Dancing with the Stars.
The trio will join nine other famous personalities on Season 17 of the ballroom dancing competition, which is judged by Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Jack - who suffers from the nerve disorder multiple sclerosis and is the son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne - has been partnered with Cheryl Burke, Jersey Shore star Snooki, who has a 12-month-old son, Lorenzo, with her fiance Jionni LaValle, will dance with Sasha Farber, while Glee actress Amber will foxtrot with Derek Hough.
Other notable names from the line-up include Showgirls actress Elizabeth Berkley, singer Christina Milian, High School Musical actor Corbin Bleu and King of Queens star Leah Remini.
Season 17 will kick off with a two-hour episode on Monday, September 16 on ABC.
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