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During her four sold-out shows at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, Taylor Swift enlisted a few of her famous friends to make appearances. Jennifer Lopez, Ellie Goulding, Sara Bareilles, Tegan & Sara and Cher Lloyd popped up on stage to perform one of their signature hits with the 23-year-old singer.

In a new behind-the-scenes look at her Red concert tour, her duet partners share their thoughts about their experience performing with the “Trouble” singer. Watch the seven-minute long clip below to hear what they say, along with the actual performances.

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The auditions for American Idol Season 13 begin today in Boston. It’s only fitting FOX officially unveil its latest judging panel line-up. Question is… can they save the show?

Initially, music producer Dr. Luke was to fill the third slot, but due to a professional conflict of interest, he had to step down. This sent the show’s producers into a panic trying to find a last-minute replacement. Enter Harry Connick, Jr. Personally, I’m not sure why it took this long to bring him on board. He’s always been a great mentor and never been afraid to mince words with the other judges, but not in a Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj uncomfortable way.

Connick Jr. joins Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban on the panel. Lopez makes a return after a season break, while Urban is the only returning member from last year’s lineup. Randy Jackson also returns, but in a mentor role. He takes over for a departing Jimmy Iovine. Just when I thought I was finally rid of Jackson, he returns. I just hope Idol doesn’t dedicate too much time for his input. I’m so over him. Check out what everyone, including Ryan Seacrest have to say about the upcoming season below.

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So much for those rumors about an American Idol alum judging panel. BOOOOO. I was really hoping that would come to fruition. It’s exactly what the show needed (IMHO) to usher in a new era without Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick as producers. Instead, they’re going with the familiar.

During FOX’s turn at TCA Press Tour, Kevin Reilly, the chairman of entertainment for FOX, discussed the upcoming season of American Idol. He confirmed Keith Urban signing on for another stint on the judging panel. He also addressed rumors that Jennifer Lopez is THIS close to returning to the show. “Most of what you’re reporting or you read is true. … [Jennifer Lopez] has been a close part of the show all along. There have been discussions there. There is no deal with her or with anybody else.”

Since Simon Cowell’s departure, the veteran reality show became all about the celebrity judges. Reilly is hoping to change that.

“We want some judges in that are good at the job, that people like, that refocus the attention on the contestants. … It really became too much about the judges. The show’s always been about the contestants. … Let’s really focus on some great stories with the kids,” says Reilly.

Personally, I don’t think that’s ever going to happen. Do you? Excited that Urban is back for Season 13 and potentially J. Lo? Sound off below.

Well hello there Miss Jennifer “Elizabeth Taylor” Lopez. The “Live It Up” singer serves some major Liz realness circa Cat On A Hot Tin Roof era for Mario Sorrenti. The famed photographer snapped Lopez for the latest issue of W magazine. The cover debuted a couple of days ago, but the inside editorial have just surfaced. Wearing vintage fur (PETA would so not approve), J.Lo. heads back to her childhood home in the Bronx in glamorous style. Wouldn’t expect anything less from the pop diva.

Inside the accompanying interview, Jennifer reveals she was homeless before getting her big break. She also talks about her relationship with her mom, her own parenting skills and her feelings about returning to the Bronx for the shoot and interview.

On Returning Back To Her Bronx Home For The Interview

“The last time I was in there was when my mom and dad called us home to tell us they were separating after 33 years of marriage. I think that’s why I was nervous about coming here today. It’s like seeing someone from the past—you’re afraid to run into them because you never know if it’s going to be ‘wow’ or very difficult. This is a combination of both.”

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UGH, I really hate Jennifer Lopez. I wasn’t feeling “On The Floor” part three, but the “Live It Up” music video made me change my tune. Both the song and the visual aren’t groundbreaking by any means, but it’s just so damn fun, I wish I was there in Fort Lauderdale during filming. I realize there are plenty of Pitbull haters here on the site, but don’t you think he’d be a lot of fun to hang with. I do.

Directed by Jessy Terrero, the clip showcases Lopez strutting her stuff in feather couture on the catwalk. ANTM fans might recognize Cycle 3 winner Eva Pigford among the models in the show. It then segues to a beach party with free-flowing sponsored vodka. What would liquor companies do without product placement? Naturally, they hit the club afterwards. Once again, La Lopez enlists her boy toy Casper Smart to choreograph the routines. At least this time, we’re not forced to watch them have foreplay on screen. PHEW.

Side note: I wonder what Jenny’s secret is to eternal youth. Papa wants some. She looks exactly the same as she did during her “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” era and that was before she had kids and over ten years ago. Check out the brand new clip below.

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Summer is around the corner. You know what that means. Another derivative dance-pop collaboration between Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull again. Have they never heard of the expression, “quit while you’re ahead?” Hopefully this third go-round completes the hat trick the two are looking for. J. Lo, it’s time to look beyond Miami’s favorite son. Even he’s moved on and latched onto Christina Aguilera for the surprisingly catchy “Feel This Moment.”

On The Floor” was epic, which is why it hit No. 1 in several countries. The follow-up, “Dance Again” was a poor man’s version of that but mildly grew on me. It was a moderate hit but nowhere near its predecessor. Now we have “Live It Up,” a paint-by-numbers creation from RedOne clearly intended for club play during the summer months. It’s not God awful, but nowhere as catchy as her previous club bangers. Plus anything that includes YOLO in the lyrics is already in the doghouse if you ask me. That has to be one of the most annoying acronyms in modern-day speak. Lopez needs to ditch the Miami sound and go back to her Bronx roots. I want me some “Jenny From The Block” realness 2013 edition. Check out the lyric video below.

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The annual Met Gala took place last night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Fashionistas and celebrities donned their couture best to embody this year’s theme, “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.” The red carpet pictures have been working their way online since last night, but now it’s the photos from inside the gala that are making the rounds.

Out of all the pictures that Nicki Minaj could’ve snapped inside the event, the 30-year-old rapper posted two that seem to take aim at her fellow American Idol judge. First up is a “chance” meeting with Tommy Mottola and his wife, singer Thalia. If you recall, Mottola was the man behind Mariah Carey’s success. The two were also married but ended in a bitter divorce. He recently published a tell-all book on his time with the multi-octave vocalist.

Second up is an Instagram pic of Jennifer Lopez and Barbz. Recently, there were rumors that American Idol had a secret backup plan to replace Carey midseason with Lopez. All parties have denied it, but since that report came out, there have been more tense interactions between Carey and Minaj on and off the panel. Just last week, Nicki called out Mariah on Twitter about being old and insecure. Ouch. Check out the pics below.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, American Idol producers and Fox executives secretly hatched a plan to replace Mariah Carey with Jennifer Lopez mid-season. Reportedly, when Mimi’s team found out, they threatened legal action. The show had no choice but to kibosh the plan. Can you imagine if Idol actually did a panel change mid-season? The DRAMA that would’ve ensued would’ve been amazing.

The Season 12 premiere featuring Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and Carey opened to decent numbers. Early on, the current season even bested previous year declines after the premiere. But as the weeks passed, viewers began leaving in droves, setting record lows for the veteran reality show. Making matters even worse was The Voice was experiencing season gains with the addition of Shakira and Usher.

Some say Carey’s passive and rambling comments are to blame, while others say that Minaj’s sharp-tongued quips have alienated the core viewer which is “a midwestern, Southern, older woman.” While I don’t necessarily disagree about Nicki’s aggressiveness, I enjoy her the most. Her comments are the most entertaining and memorable, IMHO. Onto other Idol-related news. Find out what the Top 4 girls are singing tomorrow.

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