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The upcoming Season 20 of Dancing With The Stars marks the tenth anniversary of the popular dance competition. To mark the milestone, producers have fashioned a brand spanking new gold mirrorball trophy to give to the winner. Personally, I prefer the original one. The gold one looks a little tacky.

So who’s in the running? It’s not the most star-studded cast, but it’s an interesting one. The NFL’s first openly-gay player Michael Sam along with double amputee motivational speaker Noah Galloway provide the eye candy for the Spring 2015 edition. Fingers crossed that their respective female pros put them in very revealing outfits often.

Suzanne Somers and Patti LaBelle are representing for the veterans while Hunger Games actress Willow Shields checks in for the tween demo. Shields, at 14-years-old, is the youngest ever to compete on the show. For me, the addition of Rumer Willis is the most fascinating. I never thought I’d see Bruce Willis or Demi Moore in the audience, but they may just pop up to support their daughter.

The odds-on favorite to take Season 20 is Olympian Nastia Liukin. Athletes have a great track record on the show. To boot, she’s partnered up with the winningest pro, Derek Hough. He wasn’t supposed to take part this season, but the powers-that-be made it happen last minute. Speaking of Hough, his cousin, Riker Lynch, is also one of the stars strapping on their ballroom shoes. Check out the entire cast below, along with watching the reveal on Good Morning America.

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Christina Aguilera Heads To Nashville

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Hoping that Christina Aguilera records a country album? Sadly, you’re out of luck. Instead, the 34-year-old singer will show off her acting chops on Nashville. She just booked a multi-episode arc on the ABC drama.

People reports that X-tina will play Jade St. John. She’s described as ” a pop superstar who’s been going pretty much nonstop since she broke out a decade ago. She arrives to Nashville for a two-night stand at the Bridgestone, but her real dream is to record a country album – if only her label, who wants her to stay on brand as a pop star, would let her break out of her golden cage.”

Here’s hoping Aguilera does a duet with Hayden Panettiere. Better yet, a physical catfight between the two blondes. That would be ideal for May sweeps, right?

In addition to this new gig, Christina heads back to The Voice for Season 8, producing a TV series set in Las Vegas for ABC Family and prepping a new album. Excited for the “Dirrty” singer to pop on Nashville? Weigh in below.

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After ABC chose to move production from Los Angeles to Vancouver for Season 3 to cut costs, Alyssa Milano decided to leave Mistresses. Having recently given birth to a new baby, the 42-year-old actress revealed she didn’t want to spend too much time from her family.

Instead of canceling the moderately-rated series, producers decided to forge ahead and find a new leading lady. Find out below who’s been tapped to play the new ‘mistress’ in town.

find out who after the jump

Britney Spears’ Scandalous Connections To ABC Drama

In: Donovan, Music
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Before you jump to any conclusions. No, Britney Spears didn’t just book a guest spot on Scandal. However, with her recent “somewhat girls” word vomit and career worst opening bow for Britney Jean, she might consider hiring Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) to fix things. I’d give anything to see Olivia tell Brit, “It’s handled!!!” Knowing Brit, she’d be wondering handled what?!?!?

With the winter finale of Scandal airing tonight, I thought it was a perfect time to highlight Spears’ surprising connections with a couple of the cast members. First up is Guillermo Diaz who plays Huck. Before torturing people, he was somewhat of a savior. He rescues Brit in her “I Wanna Go” video while referencing his 90s stoner comedy, Half Baked.

The other connection is a tad more scandalous. For real. Apparently, Columbus Short aka Harrison was a professional dancer back in the day. He even choreographed her 2004 Onyx Hotel Tour before it was canceled due to a knee injury Brit sustained. Short also claims he had a brief fling with Brit while dancing for her. Speaking of dance, did you know he starred in the direct-to-video Save The Last Dance 2. If you recall, Kerry Washington appeared in the first one. Small world.

With all these connections, Brit is practically a Gladiator. I’m sure the “Perfume” singer has some skills Pope can utilize. After all, Brit’s music scares away Somali pirates. Check out videos below featuring Britney Jean with the Scandal guys.

watch the clips after the jump

ABC Reduces Scandal Season 3 Episodes To 18

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Gladiators brace yourselves. The number of Scandal episodes for Season 3 have been reduced from 22 to 18. Why would ABC do this? Surely, it’s not due to ratings. The political drama rakes in consistently high ratings. Last night’s episode propelled the show to become the season’s No. 1 broadcast drama in the key 18-49 demo.

Speaking of the episode, what did you think of the jaw-dropping revelation about Mama Pope? It’s all very Alias. Remember Sydney Bristow’s (Jennifer Garner) wickedly delicious mother Irina Derevko (Lena Olin)?

With such great numbers, what’s the reason behind this unfortunate decision. Though she’s never confirmed it, I highly suspect it’s due to Kerry Washington’s pregnancy. I can only imagine how difficult it would be for Shonda Rhimes to craft episodes with Olivia’s limited availability. After all, she is the epicenter of everything. Makes perfect sense to reduce episodes, rather than film substandard OMFG ones. Don’t you agree? Sound off below.

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Did you catch Lady Gaga’s holiday special on ABC? I didn’t, but stumbled upon the videos of the duets from the extravaganza. After checking them out, I’m half tempted to watch the entire thing. Perhaps, I’ll do it later this weekend as I’m nursing one of my hangovers ;)

During Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular, the 27-year-old pop star enlisted some expected and some not so expected duet partners. While Elton John and RuPaul are a given, seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt join Mother Monster on “Baby It’s Cold Outside” was a pleasant surprise. Random, but appreciated. My favorite of the duets though has to be the one with RuPaul. They’re like two peas in a pod those two. The Drag Race host was serving fierceness from every pore of her body. Hunty definitely WEEEERKED it.

Clearly, Gaga enjoyed her time with the furry bunch. She’s set to join them on their eight film feature, Muppets Most Wanted, opening March 21. In the meantime, check out the vids below.

watch all the performances after the jump

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As long as Jack Osbourne doesn’t pull a miracle out of his ass, I’ll be fine with either Corbin Bleu or Amber Riley winning. I just wish the latter was paired up with someone else than Derek Hough. Does he really need another win under his belt. With that being said, I don’t think Amber would’ve done nearly as well without Derek’s insane choreography. He’s definitely the most talented out of the pros.

The show kicked off as the season began, with that wicked group number choreographed by Mandy Moore. After that, each of the stars danced an encore. My personal favorite retreads were Bill Nye’s “Weird Science” and Snooki’s “Work, Bitch.” The latter introduced a whackload of new dance moves. Lady Antebellum, Colbie Caillat, Enrique Iglesias and Swedish duo Ylvis all dropped by for the two-hour extravaganza. Being the cheesefest that DWTS is, everyone got into “The Fox” spirit and donned their faux animal ears. Can we put this novelty single to pasture to keep “Gangnam Style” company?

It’s also worth nothing that viewers picked Amber and Derek’s freestyle as the encore. Is that foreshadowing the winner or simply a red herring? I think the former, but anything can Ellie Goulding happen.

check out the performances after the jump

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Next to the premiere, the freestyle episode is my favorite of any Dancing With The Stars season. As each year goes by, the professional dancers raise the bar and find new ways to highlight their respective celebrity. Tonight was no exception. Each wowed in their own special way.

The evening kicked off with each star revisiting a previous routine that the judges felt they could improve upon. In all honesty, producers could’ve scrapped this entire segment as the first hour felt more like a recap show. Been there, seen that. With exception to Amber Riley, the other three actually executed their encore dance worse than the first time, even with extra pointers from the judges. Must’ve been the nerves.

That was followed up with a samba relay where Corbin Bleu, rightfully so, scored the most points with Bill Engvall bringing up the rear (once again). Since the first two performances were pretty unremarkable except for Corbin looking especially hot, shirtless wearing yellow pants, I’m only embedding the freestyle dances. Check them out below and find out who fell just short of the mirrorball trophy.

check out the freestyles after the jump

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