Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson graces the Unplugged stage in “VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson,” debuting online at Unplugged.VH1.com Thursday, November 17 at 8PM ET / 7PM CT. The on-air premiere follows on VH1 Friday, November 18 at 11PM* and on Palladia, MTV Networks’ high-definition music channel on Saturday, November 19 at 9PM*. Kelly’s extremely personal set will include performances from her forthcoming album Stronger as well as other past favorites.
Since bursting onto the music scene 10 years ago, Kelly Clarkson has released 4 studio albums (Thankful, Breakaway, My December, All I Ever Wanted), sold over 20 million albums worldwide, 10 million albums in the US and has had 7 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. She is the recipient of 2 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 2 MTV Awards and 11 Billboard Awards. Clarkson’s last effort, 2009’s All I Ever Wanted debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and produced the smash singles “My Life Would Suck Without You” and “Already Gone.”
Kelly joins Thirty Seconds to Mars, Mumford & Sons, Adele and Lykke Li in the 2011 roster of “Unplugged” artists. New episodes will continue to launch throughout the year at Unplugged.CMT.com, Unplugged.MTV.com, and/or Unplugged.VH1.com.
Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls joins Van McNeil for a chat about...kicking off their US tour at The Pabst Theater here in Milwaukee, when will a new Goo Goo Dolls record be available, and what "Milwaukee" thing(s) is he obsessed with. Find out all of that and lots more in this interview.
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THE X FACTOR is the new competition series that gives viewers the opportunity to help choose the next global superstar or breakout music group. Judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger will travel the nation searching for undiscovered talent 12 years old or over â both solo artists and vocal groups â who are worthy of the largest prize in television history: a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.
Chris Daughtry joins Van McNeil for a chat about the band's new album due in stores November 21, a possible upcoming tour and what video game soundtrack will he be a part of? Find out in this interview.
Terra Nova | 7pm | FOX.
TERRA NOVA follows an ordinary family on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149, the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped and overcrowded, with the majority of plant and animal life extinct. The future of mankind is in jeopardy, and its only hope for survival is in the distant past.
2 Broke Girls | 7:30pm | CBS.
2 BROKE GIRLS is a comedy about two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner who strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business - if only they can raise the cash. Sassy, streetwise Max Black works two jobs just to get by, one of which is waiting tables during the night shift at the retro-hip Williamsburg Diner. Sophisticated Caroline Channing is an uptown trust fund princess who's having a run of bad luck that forces her to reluctantly give waitressing a shot.
The Sing-Off | 7pm | NBC.
The Sing-Off" features 16 of the country's best a cappella groups performing popular songs like you've never heard them before. There's no lip-synching, backup bands or safety net. They'll be singing for America's vote, with the winner walking away with the ultimate prize - a Sony Music recording contract and $100,000.
Dancing with the Stars | 7pm | ABC.
For 12 seasons, fans have flocked to Dancing With The Stars making it one of the hottest shows on TV. Season 13 is shaping up to be hotter than ever with a few new twists to go with all those tangos.
New this season is a feature called the âBallroom Battle.â Weâve seen how well the pros dance and teach, but this season weâll watch a couple trained by a pro go head-to-head with another proâs couple. All in all, six couples will battle it out in this competition beginning in Week 5.
New Girl | 8pm | FOX.
NEW GIRL is a new single-camera comedy that features a young ensemble cast and takes a fresh and outrageous look at modern male/female relationships.
JESS DAY (Zooey Deschanel, "(500) Days of Summer") is an offbeat and adorable girl in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves in with three single guys. Goofy, positive, vulnerable and honest to a fault, Jess has faith in people, even when she shouldn't. Although she's dorky and awkward, she's comfortable in her own skin. More prone to friendships with women, she's not used to hanging with the boys - especially at home.
Unforgettable | 9pm | CBS.
UNFORGETTABLE stars Poppy Montgomery as Carrie Wells, an enigmatic former police detective with a rare condition that makes her memory so flawless that every place, every conversation, every moment of joy and every heartbreak is forever embedded in her mind. It's not just that she doesn't forget anything - she can't; except for one thing: the details that would help solve her sister's long-ago murder.
The Biggest Loser | 7pm | NBC.
The Biggest Loser kicks off Season 12 features two new trainers - Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince - joining Biggest Loser favorite Bob Harper and 15 contestants competing in a "Battle of the Ages" that will group contestants by age for the first time ever in the history of the show.
Last Man Standing | 7pm | ABC.
Tim Allen returns to ABC in Last Man Standing. Men may have built civilizations, invented the locomotive and created ESPN, but they're about to find out that it's not a man's world anymore. You can't get manlier than Mike Baxter. He's the marketing director for an iconic outdoor sporting goods store, he loves to have adventures while he's traveling for work and, of course, he drives a pick-up truck. While Mike is king of the hill at work, he's the odd man out in a home that is dominated by women -- namely his wife, Vanessa, and their three daughters, 22- year-old Kristin, 17-year-old Mandy and 14-year-old Eve.
The X Factor | 7pm | FOX.
In a departure from other singing competition series, the first time contestants audition for THE X FACTOR judges, Simon Cowell, Antonio "L.A." Reid, Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, they will do so in front of an audience of thousands - raising the stakes and increasing the pressure to impress not only the judges, but also a potential legion of fans. This will be the ultimate test to prove they have the vocal ability, charisma and stage presence that it takes to win an unprecedented $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.
Survivor: South Pacific | 7pm | CBS.
SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC, hosted by Jeff Probst, features the return of Coach and Ozzy as well as 16 new castaways.
Up All Night | 7pm | NBC.
"Up All Night," is an irreverent look at modern parenthood.
Christina Applegate ("Samantha Who?") stars as Reagan Brinkley: loving wife, successful career woman, life of the party and, most recently, mom. Determined not to compromise her career or cool reputation to the cliches of motherhood, Reagan adjusts to life with a baby and returns to work with the support of her stay-at-home husband, Chris (Will Arnett, "Arrested Development"). As Reagan and Chris figure out their new life, self-doubt, sleep deprivation and the pressure of today's parenting protocols rattle their confidence. What's more, the endless needs of Reagan's boss, ambitious but vulnerable talk-show host Ava (Maya Rudolph, "Saturday Night Live," "Bridesmaids"), threaten to throw Reagan off balance.
Modern Family | 8pm | ABC.
After six Emmys and countless belly laughs, it's obvious we're not the only ones who fell in love with this hilarious Modern Family.
Meet the Dunphys. Phil is the enthusiastic, "tries too hard" husband/dad who loves his slightly-uptight (but in a good way) wife, Claire, and their three way different kids. Haley is your typical independent, eye-rolling teen. Younger sister Alex is wise beyond her years and little brother Luke, well, isn't.
Bones | 7pm | FOX.
BONES, a darkly amusing procedural entering its sixth season, is inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs.
DR. TEMPERANCE BRENNAN (Emily Deschanel) is a highly skilled forensic anthropologist who works at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and writes novels on the side. When the standard methods of identifying a body are useless (when the remains are so badly decomposed, burned or destroyed), law enforcement calls on Brennan for her uncanny ability to read clues left behind in the victim's bones.
How To Be A Gentlemen | 7:30pm | CBS.
How To Be A Gentlemen, inspired by the book of the same name, is a comedy about the unlikely friendship between a traditional, refined writer and an unrefined personal trainer. Andrew Carlson (David Hornsby) is an etiquette columnist whose devotion to ideals from a more civilized time has lead to a life detached from modern society. Infectiously optimistic, Bert Lansing (Kevin Dillon) is a reformed "bad boy" from Andrew's past who inherited a fitness center, but can still be rude, loud and sloppy.
Whitney | 8:30pm | NBC.
NBC's new multi-camera comedy "Whitney" is a hilarious look at modern day love, which centers around Whitney (Whitney Cummings, "Chelsea Lately") and Alex (Chris D'Elia, "Glory Daze"), a happily unmarried couple. Together for three years, the duo is in no rush to get hitched, which seems to get a mixed response from their friends.
Charlie's Angels | 7pm | ABC.
Everyone deserves a second chance -- even a thief, a street racer and a cop who got in a little too deep. After all, the three women who solve cases for their elusive boss, Charlie Townsend, are no saints. They're angels... Charlie's Angels.
Set and filmed in Miami, this fun, glamorous, action-packed take on the 1970s smash hit series introduces us to three new angels, all fearless detectives, head-turning beauties and close friends.
Kitchen Nightmares | 7pm | FOX.
World-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay is back for a third course of the ultimate restaurant revival show where he steps out of his own five-star establishments and travels the country visiting some of the most unsanitary and unsuccessful restaurants in America. For many, Ramsay is their last chance to help turn around their businesses or else they'll be forced to close their doors forever.
A Gifted Man | 7pm | CBS.
When a well-known surgeon begins seeing his dead ex-wife he starts questioning the meaning of life and his place in the world. 'A Gifted Man' begins this Fall on CBS.
Grimm | 8pm | NBC.
"Grimm" is a new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm's Fairy Tales.Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, "Turn The Beat Around") discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms," charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world.
Extreme Makeover Home Edition | 7pm | ABC.
Keep a box of tissues handy for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition becauseâ¦
A) The tears of joy WILL flow. B) You may need to plug your ears when Ty Pennington belts out his famed "Move that bus!!!!"
Youâll see dingy kitchens get completely tricked out, spa-inspired bathrooms built where icky ones once were, and olympic-sized swimming pools installed in what were once shabby overgrown yards. It's stuff we know youâd want at your own padâand then some. And Ty and his crew do it from the ground up, adding five-star luxuries and the occasional theme park attraction.
I had a great time hanging and chatting w Colbie Caillat (and her new puppy Mahti) before her show at The Pabst Theater.
In this interview Colbie talks about her new record in stores and available for download called, "All Of You", she touches on a few new TV shows you can see her in this fall, how did she end up singing for the President Of The United States and lots, lots more!
Global icon Jennifer Lopez, rock legend Steven Tyler and Grammy Award-winning producer Randy Jackson will return to the judgesâ panel for the 11th season of AMERICAN IDOL. The trio, along with EmmyÂ®-nominated host Ryan Seacrest, will begin their search for Americaâs next singing superstar when AMERICAN IDOL debuts Sunday, Jan. 22 (9pm CT)), immediately following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME on FOX.
AMERICAN IDOL recently received an incredible 10 Primetime EmmyÂ® Award nominations, more than any other reality program on television and the most nominations in the showâs history. Highlights include EmmyÂ® nominations for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program as well as an Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for Ryan Seacrest.
âHaving both Jennifer and Steven return to IDOL in 2012 alongside Randy is such a positive reflection on what was a wonderful and hugely successful season last year, and everyone is delighted,â said Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer, AMERICAN IDOL.
âI am very pleased to have our panel of judges back for the 11th season of AMERICAN IDOL,â said executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz. âTheir chemistry and ability to select amazing talent made last season one of our most successful yet, and we look forward to going on another exciting ride.â
âFrom the very first day of auditions, we knew we had something special in our new judges panel, and weâre so happy that America felt that way too,â said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. âTogether with Ryan â who is fantastic day in and day out â they built an incredible connection with both the contestants and our viewers, and Iâm absolutely thrilled to welcome them all back to IDOL for another season.â
AMERICAN IDOL, televisionâs No. 1 show, continues its search for the best undiscovered talent in the country with auditions in Houston, TX, on Friday, Aug. 26. For more audition information, visit www.americanidol.com
Wisconsin State Fair Park Officials are pleased to announce that the 160th Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, ended on a high note this evening at 10pm.
Hundreds of thousands of loyal Fairgoers came out to celebrate during the Fairâs annual 11-day run and take advantage of family-friendly pricing, diverse entertainment and fair traditions. Mother Nature was âfairlyâ kind this year, offering a few hot, humid days and a couple days of light rain, but mostly beautiful blue skies and light breezes, providing Fairgoers the opportunity to enjoy all that the Fair has to offer.
âIt was a tremendous Fair despite the tough start,â stated Chief Executive Officer of Wisconsin State Fair Park Rick Frenette. âWe are appreciative of the collaboration and efforts of the State Patrol, West Allis Police Department, and Milwaukee Police Department to assure our Fairgoers that the Fair is a safe, fun experience for our guests. We look forward to continuing to work with them for the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair and beyond.â
âThe attendance this year shows, that more than ever our Fairgoers are passionate about the Wisconsin State Fair, and they showed amazing support for us this year,â stated Patrice Harris, communications manager. âWe are thrilled that each year they come out to enjoy the new things we have to offer and the traditions of the Fair â the agriculture, food, music, attractions, contests and activities.â
In addition to a four percent increase in attendance, initial revenue reports reflect a significant increase of 5.6%.
2011 ATTENDANCE 911,231
AUGUST 4 HUNGER TASK FORCE DAY 45,133
149,500 pounds of food donated to Hunger Task Force
AUGUST 5 DISCOVERWISCONSIN.COM DAY 5,145
AUGUST 8 SPRECHER BREWING CO. $6 BEFORE 6PM 10,047
AUGUST 9 KOHLâS FAMILY VALUE DAY 27,559 Adults
AUGUST 11 U.S.CELLULAR $5 after 5pm 4,214
AUGUST 14 MILITARY & VETERANS RECOGNITION DAY
COURTESY OF BUDWEISER 2,162
Wisconsin Bakers Association Original Cream Puffs 355,478
Artic Glacier Pounds of Ice 550,425
Real Wisconsin Cheese Grill Grilled Cheese Sandwiches 52,143
The 2012 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will take place August 2 â 12, 2012. The Wisconsin State Fair offers an original experience to all that attend and is a phenomenal value with 30 FREE entertainment stages, thousands of animals, endless family activities, events, contests, vendors and culinary delights. For the most up-to-date information, please visit WiStateFair.com
Fairgoers, participants and spectators always look forward to the annual Cream Puff Eating Contests on Golden Guernsey Dairy Day and today was no exception. The contests, held earlier today on the stage in Central Park did not disappoint! This yearâs judges included Master Baker Dave Schmidt of the Wisconsin Bakers Association and Rick Wisconsin State Fair Park Board members Rebecca Wickhem House, State Representative Keith Ripp, West Allis Mayor Dan Devine and Aldo Madrigrano. The Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, continues through Sunday, August 15 in West Allis, Wisconsin.
Competitors in the celebrity Cream Puff eating contest were served up an extra-large Cream Puff by Master Baker Dave Schmidt and members of Team Cream Puff. Contestants were allowed to touch the plate and lift it however, their hands were not allowed to touch the Cream Puff itself.
The Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Contest commenced shortly after 11:45am on the stage at Central Park. Participants included Van "The Man" McNeil from 99.1 The Mix and Milwaukee Wave Professional Soccer Team, Stan Atkinson from B93.3 FM, Alexis Nickelotti, Fairest of the Fair, Katie Wirkus, Alice in Dairyland, Danielle Dale, Wisconsin Honey Queen, Heather Wojciehowski from the Milwaukee Admirals, Trenni Kusnierek from AM620 WTMJ, Curtis McSchmurtis from 97.3 Radio Now (2010 Champion), Dave Murphy from Oldies 95.7, Kyle Lance #16 of the Milwaukee Wave, Ryan Miller of FM102/1, Tony Clark from FOX 6, Rigs from Radio Now 97.3, Renee Lorenz from OnMilwaukee.com, and Tony âRadarâ Hess from FM106.1.
Contestants taunted each other in good fun prior to the start of the competition and were all business once things got underway. Things wrapped up in just one minute and fifteen seconds with 2009 Champion Dave Murphy of WRIT Oldies 95.7 declared the winner. Murphy was awarded with a plaque and the traveling Cream Puff Trophy, a Cream Puff topped milk bottle that will be inscribed with his name.
The â5 and underâ age category featured a number of excited young Fairgoers! The winner was Jeremy Conley of Richfield, WI.
The 6 to 9-year-olds took the stage next and Mykala Anchondo of Milwaukee took the top spot.
The 10 to 12-year-old heat was won by Ryan Caflisch of Sauk City.
There were two heats for the 13 to 17-year-old age group. In one, Matthew Misiewicz of New Berlin walked away the winner and the other heat produced Tyler Foster of Milwaukee as the winner.
The reigning champion in the 18 to 29-year-old category, Dom Singleton from New Berlin, claimed victory yet again dominating the competition!
There were three rounds in the 30 to 59-year-old division, including heat winners Thomas Hernandez of Milwaukee, Paul Stelter of Greendale, and Dave Zabler of Franklin.
The 160th Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will take placeÂ Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 14, 2011. The Wisconsin State Fair offers an original experience to all that attend and is a phenomenal value with 30 FREE entertainment stages, thousands of animals, endless family activities, events, contests, vendors and culinary delights. For the most up-to-date information, please visitÂ WiStateFair.com
Franklin, WI's very own Nick Young is in the TOP 20 on Season 8 of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE!
Watch Wednesdays 7:00pm CST for the performance show and Thursdays 7:00pm CST for the results show (FOX). Don't forget to vote for Nick every Wednesday beginning at 9:00pm CST!
Cast up to 50 votes online at www.fox.com/dance (you must have a registered Facebook account) immediately after the show airs every Wednesday evening throughout the summer beginning June 15th.
Along with voting online, you can cast an UNLIMITED number of votes via the toll-free telephone number designated for Nick. You can also vote an UNLIMITED number of times by texting the designated key number to the five-digit short code 83676.
AMERICAN IDOL, televisionâs No. 1 show, begins its 11th nationwide search for the best undiscovered talent in the country in St. Louis, MO on Tuesday, June 28. The search for the next singing superstar continues in Portland, OR, on Saturday, July 2; San Diego, CA, on Friday, July 8; Pittsburgh, PA, on Friday, July 15; Charleston, SC, on Friday, July 22; Denver, CO, on Friday, July 29; and Houston, TX, on Friday, Aug. 26.
AMERICAN IDOL auditions will be held as follows:
Cities | Dates | Venues
St. Louis, MO | Tuesday, June 28 | Scottrade Center
Portland, OR | Saturday, July 2 | Rose Garden
San Diego, CA | Friday, July 8 | Petco Park
Pittsburgh, PA | Friday, July 15 | Heinz Field
Charleston, SC | Friday, July 22 | North Charleston Coliseum
Denver, CO | Friday, July 29 | INVESCO Field at Mile High
Houston, TX | Friday, Aug. 26 | Reliant Park
Here is St. Louis AMERICAN IDOL Audition Information
WHO: Men and women 15-28 years old as of June 26, 2011, who are eligible to work in the U.S. Some restrictions apply â please visit americanidol.com for specific information.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 28
WHERE: Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103
HOW: Wristbands will be distributed from approximately 7:00 AM on Sunday, June 26, until approximately 8:00 AM on Tuesday, June 28. Auditioners will not be permitted to camp out. Once auditioners obtain their wristbands, they will be asked to return to Scottrade Center by 5:00 AM on Tuesday, June 28.
Audition information, including forms and requirements, will be available online at americanidol.com
Wisconsin's very own Andrea Boehlke finished 5th on Survivor Redemption Island ann joined me early this morning to talk all about it. In the interview Andrea talks about being voted out, her relationship w Ashely, Boston Rob winning and lots more!
The 22nd season of, "Survivor" wraps up tonight in aÂ two-hour finale followed by a one hour LIVE reunion special. 8/7c on CBS. You can catch up on older episodes at http://www.cbs.com/primetime/survivor/
Take a sneek peek of tonight's finale below and enjoy the collection of interviews from both Zapatera and Ometepe tribe members as they were kicked of Survivor Redemption Island each week.
And good luck to our very ownÂ Andrea Boehlke from Randon Lake, WI. Will she will win the $1 million dollar prize and become the FIRST Sole Survivor from Wisconsin? Find out TONIGHT 8/7c on CBS and listen tomorrow as she joins me WIN or LOSE for a chat to talk Survivor Redemption Island. Deets on FB.
Americaâs sweetheart, world-renowned choreographer and pop icon Paula Abdul will join Cheryl Cole, Antonio âL.A.â Reid and Simon Cowell as a judge on THE X FACTOR, the highly anticipated singing competition series debuting this fall on FOX. Abdul, who sat alongside Cowell for eight seasons as a judge on AMERICAN IDOL, has worldwide album sales exceeding 50 million records, two No. 1 albums, six No. 1 singles, a Grammy Award, seven MTV Awards, two Emmy Awards, two Peopleâs Choice Awards and two Kidsâ Choice Awards. Abdul will join Cole, Cowell, and Reid as they travel to THE X FACTOR audition cities searching for the next global superstar or breakout music group.
âThis show would never have been the same without Paula and I canât believe I am saying this - I have missed her a lot, and I am thrilled sheâs on the show,â said Simon Cowell.
"I am excited beyond words to be a part of THE X FACTOR. I couldn't be happier to bring my love for cultivating talent and performance to such a wildly anticipated show," said Paula Abdul. "I'm looking forward to being back with the FOX/FremantleMedia family and know that it will be an extraordinary journey -- we're going to have a blast. I'm also delighted and grateful to be sitting next to Simon again...but you might want to check back with me in a week or two!"
âPaula is not only the lovely, nurturing person that America fell in love with, but sheâs also one of the fiercest competitors Iâve ever seen -- which makes her a perfect fit to judge THE X FACTOR,â said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. âPaula and Simon have undeniable chemistry, and together with L.A. Reid and Cheryl Cole, I think weâve put together an incredibly entertaining judgesâ panel.â
âI'm thrilled to be working with Paula again," says executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz. âA consummate entertainer in her own right, she has an extraordinary talent and generosity for nurturing performers -- and her chemistry with Simon Cowell is like no other. I especially look forward to seeing her signature sensibilities in action during our mentoring rounds!"
Auditions continue in Dallas, TX, on Thursday, May 26.
THE X FACTOR is searching for undiscovered talent 12 years old or over â both solo artists and vocal groups â who are willing to brave the panel for a chance to win a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. Interested solo artists and vocal groups should sign up now for audition information at www.fox.com/theXfactor or call toll-free 855-345-5678
British pop superstar Cheryl Cole will join Antonio âL.A.â Reid and Simon Cowell as a judge on THE X FACTOR, the highly anticipated singing competition series debuting this fall on FOX. Cole, who has sat alongside Cowell as a judge on the U.K. version of âThe X Factorâ for three years, is a multi-platinum-selling solo artist and a member of Girls Aloud, one of the U.K.âs most successful female vocal groups of all time. Cole will join Cowell, Reid and an additional judge (to be announced) as they travel to THE X FACTOR audition cities searching for the next global superstar or breakout music group.
âIâm thrilled for Cheryl. She is massively excited about this show, and has been fantastic to work with,â said Cowell. âShe is also a complete brat! Most importantly, this girl can spot talent.â
âIâm so excited to be taking part in the American version of THE X FACTOR. I absolutely love it here in the U.K., and with the talent they have out in America, Iâm sure weâre going to find someone very special. I canât wait to get started,â said Cole. âI just canât decide whether I am more excited to find and nurture the talent or for the unbelievable amount of amusement and entertainment I will have watching Simon doing everything and anything he can to beat me. Heâs tried to beat me for three years in the U.K., and hasnât even come close. His ego must be so bruised. America is gonna love this.â
âCheryl Cole has the whole THE X FACTOR package: Sheâs an incredibly talented artist and performer, as well as a style icon, and she has that special charisma that draws in fans around the world,â said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. âCherylâs charm and chemistry with Simon have been a key part of the overwhelming success of âThe X Factorâ in the U.K., and we canât wait to welcome her to the U.S. on our air.â
âAs a young artist whose talent show discovery led to almost immediate stardom, Cherylâs career exemplifies the promise of THE X FACTOR,â said executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz. âHer empathy and passion for identifying and nurturing undiscovered talent has made her a huge hit with British audiences, and I have no doubt America will fall in love with her beauty, her accent and her incredible chemistry with Simon Cowell.â
Auditions continue in Dallas, TX, on Thursday, May 26. Now through this Sunday, May 8, hopefuls may also audition in specially built high-definition recording studios in Honolulu, HI; Phoenix, AZ; Nashville, TN; Anchorage, AK; Kansas City, KS; and Denver, CO.
THE X FACTOR is searching for undiscovered talent 12 years old or over â both solo artists and vocal groups â who are willing to brave the panel for a chance to win a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. Interested solo artists and vocal groups should sign up now for audition information at www.fox.com/theXfactor or call toll-free 855-345-5678.
The one and only SIMON COWELL chats w Van McNeil to get you ready for the $5 Million Dollar X Factor Auditions next Tuesday in Chicago at Sears Center. In the interview...Simon has advice for you if you plan on auditioning, what you need to do to stand out from the others and what about the judges? Simon talks about it all!
THE X FACTOR is searching for undiscovered talent 12 years old or over â both solo artists and vocal groups â who are willing to brave the panel for a chance to win a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. Interested solo artists and vocal groups should sign up now for audition information at www.fox.com/theXfactorÂ or call toll-free 855-345-5678.
Antonio âL.A.â Reid, former Chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group and one of the most influential names in music today, joins Van McNeil to talk about joining the judging panel on THE X FACTOR, the highly anticipated singing competition series debuting this fall on FOX.
L.A. also shares what they are looking for during audtions in Chicago, IL, April 26th / 27th
David Kim is the CEO of Baja Fresh, the country's leading chain in fast casual Mexican dining.
He chats with Van about his Undercover Boss experience, reveals the company's coveted Salsa recipe and lots more! CLICK ON THE PLAYER or CLICK HERE TO LISTEN:
Baja Fresh has been around for over 20 years.Â It currently has 400 restaurants operating in 29 states.Â Per David, Baja Fresh doesn't have freezers -- none of their products are frozen.Â They use fresh ingredients and everything is made fresh everyday. http://www.cbs.com/undercoverboss
Baja Fresh CEO David Kim Reveals the Company's Coveted Salsa Recipe for the First Time!
David Kim, CEO of Baja Fresh, travels to the front lines of his national restaurant chain during this week's episode of UNDERCOVER BOSS, Sunday, April 10 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) and, among many other tasks, attempts to make the brand's popular tomatillo salsa verde.
Though the recipe is generally made in multiple gallon batches several times daily at Baja Fresh's 255 restaurants, the company's executive chef, Francisco Castellanos, has pared down the recipe to a more manageable serving size for those who may wish to nosh on it at home while watching the episode.
Instructions: Pull the husks from the tomatillos and wash the tomatillos under cool running water until they no longer feel sticky. Cut the tomatillos into quarters and place in a blender or a food processor (fitted with the metal blade).
Roughly chop the jalapeno and poblano chili and add to the tomatillos.
Add the remaining ingredients (lime juice, cilantro, salt, sugar and water).
Process to a coarse puree, and then scrape into a serving dish â and serve with your favorite tortilla chips (or on top of chicken or steak tacos). Always stir salsa prior to serving .
***If making ahead of time store it in a container with a lid and place it in refrigerator. The salsa keeps in the refrigerator for 1 day only.
Stephaine Valencia is the 5th cast-off on Survivor Redemption Island.
In this interview Stephaine chats w Van about...her time with her former Zapatera tribemates, what she will say during the live reunion and did you know she has her own tequila!?! All that and lots more...
In MOBBED, host Howie Mandel,Â choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon D'Umo, and thousands of strangers will help special guests plan extraordinary surprises for friends, family members, loved ones or co-workers.
These unknowing participants will be shocked and stunned by surprise performances that lead up to fantastic reveals that include a husband learning that his wife is pregnant, an applicant finding out that she got the job and a marriage proposal, among others. Mobbed airs Thursday, March 31 after American Idol on FOX.
Auditions for the highly anticipated singing competition THE X FACTOR are set to begin on Sunday, March 27 in Los Angeles at the L.A. Sports Arena. The search for the next global superstar will continue in Miami, FL, on Thursday, April 7; Newark, NJ, on Thursday, April 14; Seattle, WA, on Wednesday, April 20; Chicago, IL, on Wednesday, April 27; and Dallas, TX (date to be announced).
Interested solo artists and vocal groups should sign up now for audition information at www.fox.com/theXfactor.
The exciting new competition series is looking for talent young and old alike â with no upper age limit. THE X FACTOR judges will travel the nation searching for undiscovered talent 12 years old or over â both solo artists and vocal groups â who are willing to brave the panel for a chance to make their dreams come true.
In a departure from other singing competition series, the first time a contestant auditions for the judges, he/she will do so in front of an audience of thousands â raising the stakes and increasing the pressure to impress not only the judges, but also a potential legion of fans. This will be the ultimate test to prove they have the vocal ability, charisma and stage presence that it takes to become a global superstar and win an unprecedented $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.
THE X FACTOR audition cities, dates and venue information are as follows:
Los Angeles, CA |Sunday, March 27| L.A. Sports Arena
Miami, FL |Thursday, April 7| Bank United Center
Newark, NJ |Thursday, April 14| Prudential Center
Seattle, WA |Wednesday, April 20| Key Arena Chicago, IL |Wednesday, April 27| Sears Centre Arena
Dallas, TX |TBA| TBA
Wristbands must be obtained from the venue the day prior to auditions. Additional audition details, including eligibility requirements, are available at www.fox.com/theXfactor. Hopefuls should check back regularly for updated information, rules and registration forms.
"MGM Grand" â Scott Sibella, President and COO of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, chats with Van about going undercover within the walls of the second-largest hotel in the world and faces a group of rowdy gamblers who are quick to point out his shortcomings as a dealer. Meanwhile, the boss also becomes frustrated with the slowness of their computer system while attempting to check-in guests, on UNDERCOVER BOSS, this Sunday, March 20 (8pm CT) on CBS.
Ashthon Jones was the first finalist elimiated from American Idol this season and joins Van for a chat about, her time on the show, what she's doing now, what Milwaukee's very own Naima Adedapo said to her immediately after being eliminated and lots more!
For the first time in his three seasons on Survivor, Russell Hantz was unable to secure an idol or enough votes to make it safely through the third tribal council and finally had his torch snuffed by host Jeff Probst.
In this interview, Russell chats with Van about...his time on Redemption Island, what he wants to do to Boston Rob, who he thinks will win it all and lots more!
So You Think You Can Dance Host Cat Deeley chats w Van about the final weekend of auditions in L.A. and what the judges are looking for. Plus she gives advice on what Van should wear for his dance competition and lots more.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE has been traveling across the U.S. in search of the best and most talented dancers in the country. Hopefuls have one more opportunity to show the judges they have what it takes to be Americaâs Favorite Dancer as auditions make the final stop in Los Angeles, CA, on Saturday, March 12.
For the first time ever the boss's wife joins him undercover in New Berlin, WI at Schroeder United, one of United Van Lines top quality agencies. Their customer claims for damaged items are handled from there. Sharon does this job under cover and Rich is able to see and hear what's happening via a monitor, etc.
United Van Lines is the nation's largest moving company and was founded over 65 years ago. Rich poses as an office manager looking to change professions.
"Mack Trucks" â Denny Slagle, President and CEO of Mack Trucks, the second largest manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks in the world, chats w Van McNeil about going undercover and accidently bringing their plant's assembly line to sudden halt, and later discovers that rumors are circulating about Mack moving their operations to Mexico, on UNDERCOVER BOSS, Sunday, Feb. 20 (8PM CT) on the CBS Television Network.
Denny Slagle is President and CEO of Mack Trucks, an iconic American brand that's been building vehicles in the U.S. for more than 100 years. He poses as an out of work subcontractor looking for a new line of work.
Mack Trucks was founded in 1900 by the Mack brothers. Their trucks have been used in all the major wars since then. In WWI they got the nickname, Bulldog Macks because they were seemingly able to plow through anything. Mack trucks were also utilized for the construction of the Hoover Dam, the Empire State Building, etc.
With more than 5,000 employees, it's one of the largest manufacturers of heavy duty trucks in the world.
Denny was raised in North Carolina and the suburbs of Baltimore, MD. He is based at the company's headquarters in Greensboro, NC.
Mack Trucks was acquired by Volvo in 2002. Denny was working at Volvo and came to Mack Trucks in 2008. His father was in construction so he grew up with Mack Trucks, so he says he felt honored to take on this great American brand.
Tribe Designation: Ometepe Current Residence: Random Lake, Wis. Occupation: Student (University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point) Personal Claim to Fame: Paying for my own college education and making the Dean's list every semester. Inspiration in Life: My parents are my inspiration because they are hard-working, down-to-earth and both have a great sense of humor. Hobbies: Sports, theater, horseback riding, hunting and outdoor activities. Pet Peeves: "Girly-girls" and electric staplers. 3 Words to Describe You: Hard-working, competitive and outgoing. SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Perhaps a mixture of J.T. because he is hard-working and has a farm background and Parvati because she's competitive and knows how to have fun, but I'm also very unique. Reason for being on SURVIVOR: I crave adventures. I also want to prove how tough I am. Why you think you'll "survive" SURVIVOR: Growing up on a farm and being a member of the 4-H club has made me both outdoorsy and resourceful. I'm also mentally tough and a bit of a social butterfly. I love being challenged and can handle the pressure. Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: People will underestimate me based on my looks, but I am tremendously competitive and driven. I'm feisty, brave and can manipulate people while remaining likeable.
As SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE travels across the U.S. in search of the best and most talented dancers in the country, the show is announcing new information for the Season Eight auditions.
Mary Muprhy returns as a permanent judge for Season 8 and chats w Van McNeil about the craziness of the show, Mia Michaels departure and what you have to do if you audition. CLICK ON THE PLAYER TO LISTEN:
Hopefuls have two more opportunities to show the judges they have what it takes to be Americaâs Favorite Dancer as auditions continue in Atlanta, GA, on Saturday, Feb. 19 and the final stop will be Los Angeles, CA, on Saturday, March 12. For the latest updates, visit www.fox.com/dance.
I am getting you ready for what some are saying will be the best season of American Idol, ever! Season 10 kicks off tonight in New JerseyÂ w a 2-hour premiere. Milwaukee auditions are set to air next week.
We take you behind the scenes of American Idol Season 10 w audio, video and more! Enjoy.
Season 9 finalist BIG MIKE chats w Van about Season 1o.
In this interview Mike talks about the chaos of the show, what happens behind the scenes and what you should you do if you plan on auditioning. CLICK ON THE PLAYER TO LISTEN!
PAULA ABDUL AND THE "LIVE TO DANCE" EXPERTS SELECT 17 OF THE 18 DANCE ACTS WHO WILL COMPETE IN THE UPCOMING LIVE SEMI-FINAL SHOWS
Fans Will Vote for the 18th and Final Act, Which Will Be Announced on Jan. 12
"Live to Danceâs" experts selected 17 of the 18 dance acts who will compete for the $500,000 prize on the new reality-competition series. The identity of the 18th cast member, who will be selected by fans through voting, will be announced during next weekâs episode airing on Wednesday, Jan. 12 (8/7c) on the CBS Television Network.
Starting Wednesday, Jan. 12, the first six dance acts will compete against each other LIVE on CBS in the first semi-final episode with two acts advancingâone chosen by the experts and one chosen by fans. After a total of three semi-final episodes, the six dance acts that have advanced will compete against one another in one final round. Following the final performances, fans will vote for the winner of LIVE TO DANCE, which will be announced LIVE during the season finale, on Wednesday, Feb. 9 (8/7c).
Live To Dance expert Travis Payne chats w/ Van about the show, his passion for dance and the late great Michael Jackson.
CBS today announced 16 of 18 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR: REDEMPTION ISLAND, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 22nd season, Wednesday, Feb. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Two of the 18 castaways, to be revealed later this week, are former castaways who will return to seek redemption.
This edition of SURVIVOR will feature a new twist when, for the first time, castaways who have been eliminated from the game will have an opportunity to seek redemption and return for a chance to win the million dollar prize. Each week at Tribal Council when a castaway is voted off, they will be sent to an isolated island called "Redemption Island," where they will live alone in exile. To stay on Redemption Island, they will need to compete in a duel against the next person eliminated at Tribal Council and sent to the Island. The winner of each duel earns the right to continue fighting for an opportunity to return to the game and the chance to compete for the title of Sole Survivor; the loser is sent home.
The battle unfolds in Nicaragua where the 18 castaways will be divided into two Tribes of nine: the Ometepe Tribe and the Zapatera Tribe. The tribes are comprised of individuals from all different backgrounds with the same ultimate goal: to be the Sole Survivor. While 16 of the contestants are new to the competition, two are former castaways who will be given another chance to compete for the million dollar prize and one last shot at redemption.
Meet and get to know Survivor: Redemption Island contestant, Andrea Boehlke from Random Lake, WI...click here.
It's SOO Easy!
When it comes to cleaning up, who wants it to take a long time? No one. And that's why I've teamed up with the great people at Fiora to tell you about their amazing products that I use every day at my house! I'm talking about Fiora paper towels and bath tissue.
I have a dog, and these days with the snow melting, there's always a mess on the floor. But with Fiora paper towels I can clean it up with only one sheet!! And let's be honest, when it comes to bath tissue, you want to use the best, I know I do! That's what's great about Fiora paper towels and bath tissue, it's strong, soft, absorbent and long lasting. And the bath tissue have twice as many sheets as the double roll.
Fiora can be found at your local Piggly Wiggly, where you can shop savings, shop quality, shop the pig!
For more savings, "like" Fiora on Facebook now at https://www.facebook.com/FioraBrand and then you can thank me later when you fall in love with these products, like me!
Can't believe I'm about to write this...
Let me preface what I'm about to write by saying this: I'm not proud of myself…I'm not even HAPPY with myself. Ok, here goes!
I went to see Miley Cyrus last night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, the "BANGERZ" tour. Having been in the radio industry my whole life, part of what I enjoy the most are the shows, whether I'm a fan of the artist or not, I enjoy a great production! I enjoy seeing the crowd and it's reaction to the artist that's performing. What I saw last night was Miley OWNING the crowd filled with fans of ALL AGES!
I say this MOSTLY in a joking manner, but I saw things THAT I CAN'T UN-SEE!!!!! For example: Miley took the stage by sliding down a GIANT TONGUE SLIDE. She "flew" around on a GIANT SAUSAGE. She even forgot the words to one of her own songs "Rooting For My Baby" and acknowledged it by saying she "MESSED UP" (she used other words to explain it, LOL). There were other things that happened during the show that I can't and won't talk about here, but all that said, it was worth the price of admission IMO...a GREAT PRODUCTION! Like Miley or not, she really CAN SING and again, she OWNED the crowd last night!
Ok, I waited as long as I could: I ENJOYED IT...ALOT!
I hope you won't hold that against me
An Evergreen Harvest â Cooking with Spruce
A long time favorite in Europe, spruce shoot syrup and beer are gaining popularity in North America. The tender new growth of spruce, pines and firs were also used by Native Americans and early settlers for food and medicine.
For the best flavor, harvest the tender new growth as it emerges in spring. Remove the papery brown covering before eating or processing.
Use them fresh to flavor fish dishes, sauce or salad dressing.
Or try something simple like tea. Just dry the needles and brew into tea. Or create spruce vinegar with brown rice, vinegar and pine or spruce shoots. Just place the shoots in a glass jar, cover with brown rice vinegar, seal and let it age for a month.
Spruce shoots are also used to add the unique flavor to the Canadian martini.
Ask before harvesting spruce shoots from private and public property. And only use shoots from evergreens free of pesticides.
A bit more information: For more tips on harvesting and recipes click here.. And for more on the history of brewing and cooking with evergreen shoots click here. If you want to skip or give them a try before harvesting and preserving your own, you can find them for sale on-line at Forbes Wild Food.
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The Easiest Way To Clean Up
If you're like me, you want to keep your house clean!! And I've teamed up with Fiora paper products and have found that Fiora paper towels and bath tissue are the most reliable when it comes to those household needs!
With a dog and my niece and nephews coming over all the time, I'm glad I've discovered Fiora paper towels! It's makes cleaning up really easy!
Fiora bath tissue and paper towels are soft, strong, absorbant and long lasting. These products are just right for me and MY budget. See for yourself and stop by your local Piggly Wiggly and look for the bright green and orange Fiora packages in their paper aisle.
And for coupons and more, "like" Fiora on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FioraBrand...trust me, you won't be disappointed!!
Disclosure: Elizabeth Kay and Fiora have teamed up to bring you information about the fine line of Fiora products.
Birth Tree March 1 through 10 - Weeping Willow
The lovely and graceful weeping willow has long been a part of our landscapes. And, although it is the birth tree for those born between March 1st and 10th, think twice before planting this beauty in your backyard.
As birth trees go, the weeping willow represents beauty filled with a bit of melancholy. Individuals with this birth tree are also said to be tasteful, dreamers, restless and have good intuition.
Today the golden weeping willow is considered the standard and the one most of us know as weeping willow. This fast growing tree is hardy in zones 2 through 9, develops a stout trunk and is covered with long pendulous branches. It is tolerant of moist to wet soils and is often found growing along ponds and streams.
This large tree is perfect for wet areas where other trees fail and where the leaf, stem and fluffy seedpod litter and aggressive roots are not a problem.
A bit more information: The golden weeping willow can grow 50 to 80 feet tall with a broad canopy. If your yard is too small or you don’t want the litter issue, visit this graceful beauty in a nearby park or natural setting.
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Leaf Spot on Philodendron
Philodendrons have long been considered one of the easiest to grow – hardest to kill houseplants. But even these robust beauties can suffer from too much love and attention.
Don't be embarrassed if you've killed this supposedly indestructible plant – many gardeners have. The most common complaints are yellow leaves with brown spots.
Leaf spot diseases are usually the culprit and improper watering the cause.
Take a close look at the container and your watering regimen. Make sure the pot has holes in the bottom for drainage. No matter how good a gardener, it is impossible to provide exactly the right amount of moisture every time you water.
Move your plant to a container with drainage holes if needed. For best results water this and most houseplants thoroughly whenever the top couple inches of soil feels like a damp sponge. Pour off any excess water that collects in the saucer. Plants sitting in water are more subject to root rot and leaf spot diseases.
A bit more information: Reduce your work load and improve your plants' growing environment by placing stones or marbles in the saucer. The excess water can collect in the saucer while the marbles elevate the pot and plant roots above the water. As the water evaporates it increases the humidity around the plant where it is needed.
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