“American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest could be a possible successor to Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show if Lauer steps down next year.
The talk are preliminary, and they may just be a negotiation tactic for NBC who will need a strong backup plan if Lauer does vacate the coveted co-anchor seat. According to people close to the matter, Seacrest is one of NBC’s top replacement choices.
Ever since Lauer hinted to “Today” executives earlier this year that he was contemplating leaving, NBC executives have been hunting for someone to fill the big shoes.
Seacrest’s deal with NBC-Universal expires in early 2012. He is a busy man. Seacrest currently hosts and produces a daily news show on E! Network, as well as E! red carpet specials.
Neither Lauer or Seacrest would comment on the matter.
Ryan Seacrest and girlfriend Julianne Hough’s romantic weekend in Miami Beach was put on hold for a bit, when the two had to make an emergency trip to a veterinarian’s office.
Shortly after the “American Idol” host flew to Miami to spend some quality time with Hough, who has been in town shooting “Rock of Ages,” the two found themselves part of Saturday at the vet with her Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Lexi.
“First time I legitimately balled my eyes out in years,” Hough tweeted on Saturday, apparently referring to the unexpected vet visit. “Being a helpless parent is the worst thing in the world!”
While they didn’t reveal much details of the emergency, there was definitely a lot of waiting around. Seacrest posted a picture of himself on Twitter asleep on what looks like a receptionist desk.
“Made a trip to the animal emergency room over the weekend,” he tweeted.
It turned out that Lexi just had an upset stomach, and Seacrest and Hough were sure to inform their followers.
“All is ok. Thx. Upset stomach! Have a good monday,” Seacrest posted.
“All is well in Lexi land! Thanks for all of your sweet messages! It means the world! Xoxo,” Hough wrote.
The couple then met up with singer Katy Perry to help celebrate her husband Russell Brand’s 36th birthday at Casa Tua on South Beach.
The British comedian, who also stars in “Rock of Ages,” was then seen heading upstairs to a VIP section with his wife and friends.
A source told People magazine: “They were super cool and had a blast.
The singer-and-actress joined ‘American Idol’ at the start of the current season and she has grown so close to the other new judge, their fellow panellist Randy Jackson and the show’s host Ryan Seacrest, she has come to regard them as family.
She said: ‘ love it. We are having a great time. Steven, Ryan and Randy are awesome.
‘t’s like having brothers for the first time in my life. They are all very protective of me. We support each other, it’s a good unit.’
The 41-year-old star ‘ who has three-year-old twins Max and Emme with her husband Marc Anthony ‘ admits she is ‘figuring out’ motherhood as she goes along and sometimes finds it hard to juggle raising her family with her singing career, work on ‘American Idol’ and other ventures, including a successful fragrance line.
She added to the Daily Record newspaper: ‘When I was on my own without kids, I had no trouble. I worked from day to night. I worked 24/7. Now I am different. I am a working mother now.
‘To find the right balance is just very difficult. The babies become the most important thing in my life.
‘Everything else has had to take a back seat. I am figuring out as I go along with these two angels of mine. And we are doing just fine.’
If you thought Jennifer Lopez was going to be fine with just sitting behind a desk on “American Idol,” you don’t know J.Lo. She just released a hot new track featuring Pitbull and is still planning on releasing her highly-anticipated new album. Lopez just released her brand new single, “On the Floor,” to radio, which Ryan Seacrest premiering the single first. The single, which samples the medley of “Lambada,” previously leaked online in an earlier demo version and quickly became a viral hit. “Dance the night away / Live your life / And stay young on the floor,” Lopez sings on the thumping club track, the single for her first new album since 2007’s “Brave.” The track sees her collaborating with RedOne, who produced the hits “Just Dance” and “Bad Romance” for Lady Gaga, and re-teaming with Pitbull, whom she collaborated with on the promo single “Fresh Out the Oven.” Release date information for the single on iTunes and the upcoming album have yet to be announced, but our first glimpse of Lopez on Idol will happen on Wednesday when the new season of “American Idol” premieres on Fox.
New Kids On The Block, Backstreet Boys Confirm Joint Tour, AMAs Performance. Fans of both multi-platinum boy bands New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys will be able to see all nine guys on one stage during the officially confirmed NKOTBSB Tour and during a special performance at the American Music Awards this month. Announced today on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show and confirmed by Live Nation, the NKOTBSB tour will visit Toronto, New York, New Jersey, Chicago, and Los Angeles, with more cities and dates to be announced soon. The first date of the NKOTOBSB tour, at Toronto’s Air Canada Center, will take place June 9th, with tickets for the shows to go on sale beginning November 19th. Rumors of a joint Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block tour began when they took the stage together at NKOTB’s sold-out Radio City Music Hall show. “It started when we got together at Radio City Music Hall a few months back. We wanted to do something big for the crowd in NY. So we got the Backstreet Boys to come down to Radio City and we put together a performance of ‘I Want It That Way’ in about 5 minutes. It was electric,” the New Kids said on Ryan Seacrest’s show. “Something happened when they came out on stage. The crowd went to a place that we never heard it go to before,” they added. “We started talking, people started talking, and it seemed right. It’s really just going to be an amazing night of pop music and pop culture.” “We are blessed. This is a wonderful opportunity for fans of all— not only New Kids fans, or Backstreet fans, but fans of music,” added the Backstreet Boys. “It’s not about who opens or who closes. It’s a night of continuous music, hit after hit. We are going to give people a show to remember.” But fans won’t have to wait until Summer 2011 to see the New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys on one stage. Both bands have been announced to perform together at the “2010 American Music Awards,” airing live Sunday, November 21st. It’ll be the first time they’ve performed together for a televised audience. “New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys on one stage is something special. Moments like these are what the AMAs are all about,” said AMA producer Larry Klein.
New Kids on the Block / Backstreet Boys
NKOTBSB Tour Dates
•THU 9-JUN Toronto, CAN Air Canada Center ON-SALE 10am 11/19
•SAT 11-JUN Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum ON-SALE 10am 11/19
•SUN 12-JUN East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center ON-SALE 10am 11/19
•FRI 17-JUN Chicago, IL United Center ON-SALE 10am 11/20
•FRI 1-JUL Los Angeles, CA Staples Center ON- SALE 10am 11/22
MTV Cancels Reality Show “The City”. It looks like Whitney Port is out of a job. The former “The Hills” reality star who made waves with her spin-off in “The City,” has been canceled by MTV. A spokesperson for the Music channel says: “’The City’ will not be returning to MTV for season three.” “Whitney has been a part of our family for many years and we wish her and the cast the best, and hope to collaborate with them again.” The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise for Port, as she herself hinted that the show would end during an interview with Ryan Seacrest on his radio show. “As of right now it doesn’t really look like we’re doing it anymore,” she said. “The City” followed Port as she moved from the west coast to New York City in pursuit of a fashion career while in the big city. This doesn’t look like it’s the end of Port’s career in the fashion world, though. She told Seacrest, “It’s OK – one door closes and another opens,” adding that she has several new projects lined up for the future as well
“American Idol” Officially Announces New Judge Line-Up. It’s official! Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are joining longtime judge Randy Jackson in the judges’ panel for the 10th season of “American Idol.” We all knew it for weeks now, but Fox has just made the rumors official. Host Ryan Seacrest has announced the new line-up at a press conference in Los Angeles Wednesday. Lopez and Tyler will replace former judges Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, and Kara DioGuardi. Lopez said in a statement, “For nine years I’ve enjoyed watching artists compete to get a meaningful chance to achieve their dreams. I know from my own experience how hard it is to succeed, and I’m looking forward to discovering and nurturing that spirit in the many American Idol contestants I look forward to meeting this year.” For Tyler, his judging stint on “Idol” is aimed to make wannabes grow stronger. He said, “I’ve been on tour for most of my life in a band with four guys who judge me everyday. Sometimes it hurt, but it only made me stronger. I want to give everybody a little love before I decide who goes home heartbroken. If you don’t like what I say, don’t get mad, get better.” “I’m ready to bring some rock to this ‘roller’ coaster and show these kids if they have the dream, the talent and the drive, they will be the next ‘American Idol.’” The tenth season of “American Idol” is slated to debut in January.
“Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” Picked Up For Second Season. The Emmy Award-winning “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” will continue to be televised. The Neked Chef’s foray into revitalizing American school system lunches proved a big hit for ABC and it’s recently been picked up for a second season.
The new season finds Oliver taking on the second largest city in the country: Los Angeles, CA. That’s right. The Food Revolution goes Hollywood where Oliver will find his biggest challenge yet.In the show’s first season, the chef, author and TV personality traveled from across the pond to Huntington, West Virginia, statistically the unhealthiest city in the United States. There, Oliver opened up a kitchen in the area to teach people how to cook healthier but, most importantly, fought the town’s school system in order to change the unhealthy, overly processed foods served to children, including pizza for breakfast. “I can’t tell you how big the mountain is that I’ve got to try and climb,” Oliver told our source earlier this year. “I’m not trying to pretend that I’m Superman or something like that. I have this wonderful opportunity to help a country that needs change and a country that I care about and, as a father and a human being, when you’re trying to do things that are so simple and so important, but you come across all these people who don’t understand what you’re trying to do, it’s really hard.” The show is set to premiere later this season on ABC. Like its first season, which recently picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Series, it’ll run for six episodes. “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” from Ryan Seacrest Productions, led its time period and brought in the highest number of the coveted 18-49 demo in that timeslot in over three years. It was also ABC’s highest rated Friday night premiere in over four years.
What do Adam Lambert, Justin Bieber, and Akon have in common? Well, other than the fact that they’re all performing at this year’s Wango Tango, not too much. The three very different artists are, however, all current pop radio staples, especially on LA’s KIIS FM. The #1 radio station and home of Ryan Seacrest’s show is hosting the Wango Tango concert at the Staples Center on Saturday, May 15th. Usher is also among the headliners, who’ll be joining his little protege Justin Bieber to perform for what’s sure to be an arena packed with screaming girls. They’ll both be performing tracks from their latest releases. Never too far away is Ludacris, who appears on a track on Usher’s latest album, as well as the hit “Baby” with Justin Bieber. He’s also set to perform, along with current R&B radio chart toppers B.o.B and Iyaz. “Sexy B—-” singer Akon is also joining the fun, along with Ke$ha and Adam Lambert, together for the first time since, well, their recent make-out session. KIIS Club VIPs get first access to tickets beginning Friday, April 2nd. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting next week.
Quick! Someone explain to Simon what a “binky” is. After a weird show opening on Tuesday involving Ellen sitting on his lap, Ryan starts the show on Wednesday asking why Kara and Simon are sitting so close together this season. He then calls Kara Simon’s “binky,” which confuses Simon greatly. All in all, the lady judges cannot get enough of Mr. Cowell this week. Tonight’s episode is really exciting, because for the first time so far, it’s going to be kind of difficult to find two contestants to eliminate. Overall it’s a strong night of performances, with a couple of pleasant surprises. I definitely have my favorite, how about you?
Lee Dewyze is singing ‘Fireflies,’ but it’s not the amazing Rhett Miller song, so I’m already disappointed. He’s fine, but it’s not a particularly interesting performance. Turns out, it’s an Adam Young song, and the judges must be in a good mood this week, because Randy and Ellen both praise him. Kara even goes so far as to say that he made it a better song. Simon, however, dials it down a little bit and tells Lee that he “didn’t have a moment” with that song, but is generally positive.
Alex Lambert, on the other hand, is singing ‘Trouble,’ a song I actually like. His mullet is so distracting however, that it’s hard to enjoy it. Also making it difficult is the fact that he’s singing the song completely out of his nose. He’s always kind of nasally, but it’s so, so intense this week. Randy wished he would have slowed the song down a little bit, while Ellen says he gets “better and better every week.” She also warns him against becoming “a cocky banana,” but let’s not talk about that. Kara tells him that the only thing standing in the way of his winning is him, because he’s “not letting go.” Simon tells him that he needs to relax and picture Randy in a bikini. Let’s just move on, shall we?
Tim Urban is singing Jeff Buckley’s version of ‘Hallelujah,’ which is a hard song to touch. Tim hasn’t exactly been setting the stage on fire the past several weeks, so this is definitely a risky choice for him. While it doesn’t come close to Buckley’s version in terms of pure, heartbreaking beauty, it’s certainly the best performance I’ve seen from Tim so far. If he’s made it this far in the competition spouting the nonsense he’s been singing the past several weeks, he definitely deserves to advance based on this. Randy seems to agree, saying that he’s got some big shoes to fill, but he did a good job. Ellen tells Tim that she feels as though she’s been criticizing him a lot lately, so she actually gets up, runs to the stage, hugs him and tells him that he was fantastic. When she gets up, poor Tim looks like a terrified little bunny, and it’s all kind of hilarious. Kara tells him that he’s “in it,” while Simon takes credit for him doing so well.
Andrew Garcia peaked early during Hollywood week with ‘Straight Up,’ so doing ‘Genie in a Bottle’ is kind of risky. He’s covered Adele and Alicia Keys since then, and while this is his most successful re-imagining since ‘Straight Up,’ he’s veering dangerously close to gimmick alley over here. Randy liked the choice, but it didn’t quite work for him. Ellen says that the “genie came out of the bottle too late,” and while Kara can appreciate what he did with this song, she says that he was fighting with the rhythm of the guitar. Simon calls it “a little bit desperate,” and tells him that he’s still going backwards a little bit.
Casey James is singing a song with which I am not familiar, Keith Urban’s ‘You’ll Think of Me,’ so I have no expectations going into it. This also means that I can’t really compare it to the original. However, just going into it blind, I really enjoy Casey’s performance. It didn’t totally rock my world, but it was a simple, honest, and most of all, strong performance. Randy says that it was a safe choice, but Ellen thinks that it was great. Kara is kind of back on the Casey train, which I’m sure her husband will be thrilled about. Simon tells Casey that this performance was his “second best,” and it made him sincere. However, it wasn’t terribly memorable.
Aaron Kelly is singing ‘I’m Already There,’ which just screams “wedding reception” to me. He starts off super-shaky. He seems off-key and mumbles the first couple of lines. He picks up steam during the chorus, but the whole thing is just kind of cheesy to me. Randy says that there’s still some work to do, but that it was a job well done. Ellen loves the way he carries himself, but says that it was a little “too much song for him.” Kara loves him, but says the song isn’t relevant to his life. Simon, however tells Kara that what she said is “complete and utter rubbish.” He says that it wasn’t a great vocal, but it was a perfect song choice.
Todrick Hall is singing Queen, and I’m interested to see what he does with it. ‘Somebody to Love’ is probably one of my favorite Queen songs, and I’m excited going into Todrick’s performance. He starts off with a pretty sweet high note. The first few lines don’t quite do it for me, but he quickly gets comfortable and does a really interesting soulful version. I love what he does, but it seems as though when I like what Todrick does, the judges feel the exact opposite. However, Randy simply says, “Todrick is back,” and praises him effusively. Ellen says he was brave. She wishes he would have committed to making it more of a gospel song, but really enjoyed it. Kara tells him he sang it well, but says that she didn’t know whether to laugh or love it at times, which seems a little harsh. Simon tells him that it was good in parts, but that he told them that he’s more of a Broadway singer than a recording artist. However, he also says that this song may have saved him.
Michael Lynche is singing ‘This Woman’s Work’ and starts with a very daring falsetto. While he shows a different side vocally than we’ve really seen from him in this competition, the performance kind of bores me, despite the fact that he does an admirable job with the vocals. Randy, however, loved it and pretty much has a seizure while praising him. Ellen tells Big Mike that he’s the one to beat, and Kara is literally in tears. I should probably watch this performance again, because I clearly missed something the first time around. Simon tells him that this was “so needed tonight,” and that he 100% nailed it. Meanwhile, Kara still can’t get it together. I’ve never quite seen a reaction like this before. UPDATE: Okay, I actually went back and watched the performance. I turned the volume up, and now I see where the judges were coming from. It didn’t quite move me to tears, but it showed a range and an emotion that we really haven’t seen from Mike before. It was a daring performance, and he absolutely pulled it off. In any case, it was a great way to end the show.