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X Factor Season 3: Premiere Auditions

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Premiering with much less fanfare than the previous two seasons, The X Factor began its third season Wednesday night. To say expectations for the third season weren’t high would be a fair assessment. Perhaps, the lowered and realistic expectations will be much better for the show and Simon Cowell.

I wasn’t expecting too much from Paulina Rubio but she definitely surprised me. Sure her fashion choices were from a couple decades ago and a tad tacky, but she was adorable and her sometimes lost in translation critiques were endearing. If you count the words she spoke in coherent English, she already said more in this hour-long episode than Britney Spears did the entire year. Yup, I went there ;)

With regards to Kelly Rowland, I knew she’d do well. She fit right in with Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato on the panel. Not surprising considering she has a year under her belt judging the UK version. She was direct and blunt when she needed to be and sympathetic when it was called for. No unnecessary coddling.

Overall, I enjoyed the season premiere. The show seems to be making good on its promise to refocus on the contestants. I like the fact the episode jumped from city to city instead of just focusing on the auditions of a particular one. I was even more grateful, that only one “awful” audition was included in the mix. Next time, I’m hoping for none. Check out the auditions that received four “yeses” below.

check out the good auditions after the jump

Meet The Newbies Joining Saturday Night Live

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With Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis leaving Saturday Night Live last season and Seth Meyer’s planned midseason exit, pressure was on Lorne Michaels to recruit talented newbies to fill the void.

Entering its 39th season, the show is going through one of the biggest cast overhauls in the sketch comedy’s history. Five new faces are being added to the roster this year. The most new talent since 1995 when Will Ferrell made his debut, along with Cheri Oteri and Darrell Hammond to name a few. Get to know the quintet of new players hoping to make you laugh this season below. One of them (Beck Bennett) is a certifiable hottie. Wouldn’t mind spending some early Sunday morning time with him ;)

meet the newbies after the jump

Whenever Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake get together, it’s guaranteed to be a good time. Their chemistry is undeniable and infectious. They’ve previously tackled the history of rap and now they’ve teamed up to show the evolution of end zone dances. With football season in full swing, the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

Naturally, the duo poked fun at controversial NFL players Manti Te’o, Aaron Hernandez and Tim Tebow. The latter’s signature pose was updated in light of his recent status free agent status. Shade, shade, shade.

But their clip wasn’t just limited to athletes, even Timberlake was a target at one point. If you ever wanted to see Fallon execute ‘N Sync’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” choreography, you’re in luck. Along the way, actual real touchdown celebrations are performed as well. Check out their dancing anthology below.

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Up until now, all of FX’s promos for American Horror Story: Coven have featured nondescript people in extremely creepy situations. At long last, we finally have our first look at the incredible cast starring in the third iteration of the spooky series. The official promo description asks, “The doors are open… dare to come inside?” “Yes, please!!!,” I respond enthusiastically.

In the clip titled “Initiation,” a new batch of students including Gabourey Sidibe enter a school of witches. Evan Peters is shown inside the mansion looking out at them as they enter, while Sarah Paulson opens the door to welcome them. In a grand ballroom waiting are three very imposing women hiding their faces with masks. It should come as no surprise that the trio are Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett. Check out the fabulous new teaser below.

“American Horror Story: Coven” tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.”

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All hail Jimmy Kimmel. The late night talk show host can execute a prank like no other. Late last week, a girl calling herself Caitlin Heller uploaded a video on YouTube that went viral. In the clip, she caught on fire after a twerking mishap. Millions viewed it and numerous media outlets showed it on their respective telecast.

As it turns out, the woman is a stuntwoman named Daphne Avalon and Kimmel was the mastermind behind it all. He made the juicy revelation on his show last night via a director’s cut of the clip. Watch the reveal below.

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Cher Returns To The Voice To Mentor Contestants

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After almost a decade not performing live on television, the “Woman’s World” singer choose the NBC singing competition to debut her comeback single. Cher must’ve really enjoyed her time on the fourth season finale of The Voice. She returns to the show, but this time as one of the mentors during the battle rounds for Season 5. Find out who she’s paired up with below, along with the other three mentors.

“This group of wildly successful musicians will add their distinctive talents to their respective teams” Paul Telegdy, NBC’s late night and alternative programming president said in a statement. “I know Christina, Adam, CeeLo and Blake are very much looking forward to having them come aboard.”

find out the pairings after the jump

Being the good little drag queen that she is, Lady Gaga took on one of the biggest gay icons ever… Judy Garland. The 27-year-old singer wore her best gingham outfit and performed “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” before breaking out into her current single, “Applause.” She even had a dog in tow, albeit a confused scared one but a dog nonetheless. Poor guy, had no idea what was going on.

Much like her MTV VMA performance, Mother Monster underwent several costumes changes on stage. She started as Dorothy before transitioning into Glinda the Good Witch, the Wicked Witch of the West, and even an apple tree. One of the highlights occurred at the end when Gaga said, “There’s no place like ‘Good Morning America,’” swapping out “home” for the ABC morning show. Check out her performance below.

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Saturday Night Live is bringing in the big guns to open its 39th season. Tina Fey returns to her former stomping grounds to guest host the September 28 episode. This will mark her fourth time hosting the show. Joining her as the musical guest are Arcade Fire. Coincidentally enough, it’s also their fourth appearance on the show. Find out who else is heading to SNL in the coming weeks below.

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