- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV5 hrs ago
"The X Factor USA" has suffered from a credibility problem over the past two years, with its ratings in steady decline and winners Melanie Amaro and Tate Stevens failing to sell (or even release) many records. But with folk duo Alex & Sierra, who were crowned the show's Season 3 winners on Thursday, the fledgling "X Factor USA" may finally replicate the success it has had with U.K. contestants like Leona Lewis and One Direction.
"I feel like Christmas just came early…thank you America," said the duo's delighted mentor, Simon Cowell. As for Alex & Sierra themselves, they seemed to be in shock. All Sierra could muster was: "Thanks America, for not making fun of my weird faces all the time!"
The realization that they'd actually just won a $1 million Sony record deal seemed to finally set in when they started to sing "Say Something." Alex couldn't even get through the already weepy song, he was crying so hard...and by the time the rest of the top 13 ran onstage, all dressed in white, to congratulate them, everyone else was crying, too.
- suzy at Yahoo TV6 hrs ago
But are "Duck Dynasty's" days numbered in the wake of Phil Robertson's polarizing comments on gays and African Americans?
Far from it.
"This controversy will quickly pass and do no damage to the brand," says David E. Johnson, CEO of the PR and branding agency Strategic Vision LLC. "The reason is that the controversy reinforced the brand image. The brand image of Robertson and 'Duck Dynasty' is that they speak their minds and live their lives as they believe best. His comments reinforced that image."
- czap at Yahoo TV8 hrs ago
Taran Killam is quite possibly a superhero. He performs crazy-funny sketches as a cast member of "Saturday Night Live" ("Boy Dance Party," anyone?), writes comic books ("The Illegitimates" just came out), and found the time to discuss answers to many probing questions — such as the "SNL" sketch that got him noticed — on our Twitter chat, @YahooComedy.
Killam dished on his breakout "SNL" sketch: Not surprisingly, "Merryville Brothers" has made its creepy, comical mark.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV8 hrs ago
On Wednesday, the "X Factor" top three performed for the last time, and on tonight's big finale, either Carlito Olivero, Alex & Sierra, or Jeff Gutt will be crowned the Season 3 winner. Today, my "The Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield and I are rooting for Alex & Sierra, but we're not counting out Jeff or Carlito ( especially Jeff) just yet.
Watch us discuss last night's mostly excellent performances, tonight's predictions, Paulina Rubio's ridiculous "Boys Will Be Boys" number, the Motor City madness at Jeff's Detroit viewing party, Demi Lovato's just-announced departure from the show, and more...and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below!
- Yahoo TV11 hrs ago
Sharon Needles and Alaska — the most popular romantic couple to each appear as contestants on "RuPaul's Drag Race" — have decided to sashay away from each other … at least, romantically-speaking. The couple had been together for four years, since meeting in Pittsburgh where they both lived before being cast in the hit Logo show. They issued a joint statement together announcing their split. "I will always love Sharon, and we will continue to be a part of each other's lives," Alaska wrote. "Authenticity and honesty to our fans is so important to us, and we will always be there for all of you, no matter what. I appreciate your love and support in this period of change." Added Sharon, "Due to the severe change not only in mine but Alaska's life, the survival of our partnership relies on simply changing the word 'boy' in boyfriend to 'best.' And because of my severe vanity, I'd like to keep my social media as a place dedicated to my art, and not a place to talk about my personal life. RuPaul once said that people come into our lives for different reasons for different intervals of time. I will treasure the four years we had together." Sharon (real name Aaron Coady) came into the public eye in 2012 when she won Season 4 of "Drag Race," dazzling fans of the show with her outrageous sense of goth-shock style. Her boyfriend, Alaska (real name Justin Andrew Honard), was 2nd runner-up in Season 5 of the show in 2013, making her way to the finals on her sharp sense of humor and her signature high-pitched way of greeting everyone, "Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii." We're glad to read that this seems like a friendly parting for the former couple. Meanwhile, Season 6 of "RuPaul's Drag Race" is getting ready to premiere in February. Click here to meet the queens who will be competing for this year's crown.
- carriebell at Yahoo TV13 hrs ago
This winter, the Games are coming to NBC.
The competitors have been dreaming of this moment their whole lives. They have trained. They have sacrificed. Blood, sweat, and tears have been shed. The battles will be fierce, and there can be only one winner per match. “Hollywood Game Night” is where champions are born.
Actually, that’s probably the Olympics, which don’t start until February. But what this game show lacks in intense physical endurance, mental stamina, and international bragging rights is compensated for with singing, booze, trash-talking, jokes, butt wiggles, charades, and an exploding bowl of bits of paper — as you can witness in this exclusive Season 2 sneak peek, starring host Jane Lynch and a merry band of celebrities they’ve convinced to show up and make fools of themselves in order to help “civilians” win up to $25,000.
Plus, you only have to wait until Monday, Dec. 23 for these games to begin. There will be a special holiday-themed episode (the set, unfortunately; not the games) following the finale of “The Sing-Off,” with Ray Romano, Cheryl Hines, Gavin DeGraw, Rachel Bilson, Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker participating.
- Yahoo TV14 hrs ago
A lot can happen in 24 hours. Exhibit A: On Wednesday, GQ released some rather blunt remarks Phil Robertson made on the topic of homosexuality. When asked about his definition of sin, the reality star said, "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there — bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."
Less than two hours later, as news of these remarks spread like wildfire, prompting the "Duck Dynasty" star to clarify his statements.
- Yahoo TV14 hrs ago
Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments aren't the only part of his interview with GQ causing controversy.
The 67-year-old "Duck Dynasty" star was suspended by A&E Wednesday for calling homosexuality sinful — and putting gay people in same category as terrorists. While those quotes quickly went viral, it wasn't his only brow-raising statement in the interview; he also implied that African Americans were happier living under Jim Crow laws.
- jblacklow at Yahoo TV14 hrs ago
UPDATE: On Wednesday, Kristen updated her Facebook page to share with fans that the auto-immune disorder she has been diagnosed with is "a rare form of Lupus called Lupus Myelitis."
"I'm not on my death bead [sic]...far from it. I'm gonna be fine," she continued. "I just watned to have a few weeks of privacy to navigate it & receive treatment."
If you've read Kristen Johnston's 2012 memoir "Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster," you know that she's an actress who knows a thing or two about perseverance.
But even her drive to keep working through illness (as she documented in "Guts") couldn't help in her current battle. Johnston, 46, will be taking an upcoming two-episode break from her hit TV Land show, "The Exes," as she continues recovering from her recent diagnosis with an auto-immune disorder, which she's only now speaking about for the first time.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV22 hrs ago
"The X Factor" Season 3's final three competed for the final time this Wednesday, each performing three numbers: one "Song to Win," one duet with a celebrity guest, and one "Song of the Season" encore performance. I'll get to the recapping in a moment, but first, some random observations:
—That Daft Punk-style opening group number was supercool. I wonder if I can get my hands on one of those glow-in-the-dark, X-emblazoned unitards for me to wear this New Year's Eve? Come on, Fox wardrobe department, hook me up.
—Simon looked like he was about to burst into giggles while watching judge Paulina Rubio's unintentionally hilarious, very Samantha Foxy performance of "Boys Will Be Boys." (At least I hope the hilarity was unintentional.) CeCe Frey, all is forgiven. This was in fact the most camp "X Factor USA" performance ever. And at least CeCe never used Auto-Tune.