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The Amazing Race 26 The Amazing Race's 26th season eliminated Jeff Magee and Lyda Grawn during Wednesday night's premiere episode, which introduced the brand new "dating couples" theme, on CBS.
 
Jeff, a 57-year-old airline pilot from McCall, ID, and his girlfriend Lyda, a 49-year-old flight attendant from Scottsdale, AZ, were ousted from the race around the world after they arrived at the first Pit Stop in last place. The couple started dating four years ago although they've known each other for 20 years.

Jeff had trouble with the dancing Detour task and it put them way behind most of the pack. It was then a U-Turn that did them in completely.

In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Thursday, Jeff and Lyda talked about their short-lived The Amazing Race experience. Below is the concluding portion. Click here to read the first half.

Reality TV World: Were you two surprised to find out you had been U-Turned once you arrived at the board and which team did you assume did that at the time?

Lyda Grawn: (Laughs) Funny you should ask. We were shocked to come around the corner and see our pictures up there. Really, that was the last thing we ever expected. And for me, I just kept thinking -- I didn't even think about it being [Michael Dombrowski and his girlfriend Rochelle Nevedal].

For some reason, I just thought it would be [Matt Cucolo and his girlfriend Ashley Gordon] because while we were in the park, Matt had been [talking] -- because he was really into the game -- strategy, and I assumed always that it was Matt and Ashley who U-Turned us because they were very strategic and competitive, as are we, but I kind of assumed it was them.

So I was surprised it was Mike and Rochelle, but you know what? We would've done the same thing in their shoes.

Jeff Magee: Yeah, we got to know them a little bit later and they are a sweet couple. We told them in person, like, "We would've done exactly the same thing," because we were the only ones left after they left the dancing task.

And, you know, they didn't know what the transit was going to be like or anything because it was such a far distance with communication and everything, so we would've done exactly the same thing.

Reality TV World: You seemed to fly through the "Samurai Sake" task. How long did that take you?

Lyda Grawn: Ten minutes! Literally. When we walked through the door, we listened to his little spiel, we went back there, and they picked the one sake bottle that Jeff remembered because the name of it was so funny...

Jeff Magee: And the Japanese writing, it kind of had a couple round places on it and stuff, so I kind of put that in my mind and said, "Oh boobies!" (Laughs)

Lyda Grawn: (Laughs) Him and his boobies!

Reality TV World: Did you feel the pre-existing couples did have some type of advantage over the blind dating couples at the start of the leg and now, knowing how things unfolded, do you still feel that same way?

Jeff Magee: Well, we can't really talk about anything past the first episode, and on the first episode that you saw, two blind dates finished first and second. So, obviously, I think what I did come away from that is a lot of it is individual talent or abilities, and in my case, my dancing was horrible and even some of my decision making.

So, I don't know that the pre-existing relationships help or hinder -- at least in that particular scenario. I'm sure in other parts of the Race it might, but I guess we'll have to watch the rest of the season to see how that really unfolds.

Lyda Grawn: And certainly we went into it hoping that one of the pre-existing couples would, you know, come out on top because it was the six of us that were familiar with each other kind of. And so, of course we went into it rooting for a pre-existing couple to come out on top.

Reality TV World: Phil Keoghan said in a recent interview he thought the blind dating couples were on their best behavior at first at least during the first leg. Do you think that played any role in their success, because pre-existing couples obviously have a comfort level there to act as themselves -- even when it may not be pretty?

Jeff Magee: I think it's going to be fun to watch how those relationships evolve. What they showed on the first episode, yeah, they didn't know each other and they were feeling each other out, trying to get along. And then as time goes by, they got to know each other, and to some degree, I think maybe some of them work better than others with their relationship.

Lyda Grawn: But even the pre-existing couples, you know, you crack. After so many days, you're tired, you're hungry, whatever. So everybody is going to have their breaking moments at some point whether you've known each other for 20 years, five years or two days.

Reality TV World: Which team did you view as potentially being your biggest competition while you were in the Race? Was it Matt and Ashley as you had previously mentioned?

Jeff Magee: Well, we had seen Matt and Ashley before -- earlier in the interview process and things -- and they always looked strong.

Lyda Grawn: And the Olympians [Aly Dudek and her boyfriend Steven Langton].

Jeff Magee: Yeah, the Olympians looked really strong and until we got to LAX, we were allowed to talk with the different couples. We didn't really know who did what, but you know, those were our Top 2. And actually, it was funny. There were no villains. All the cast were sweet, nice people, so we were really happy that we got to know all of them and we could communicate with them privately and as friends.

Reality TV World: If you were to ever compete in an all-stars edition, would you change anything about your strategy or preparation going into it? I know you didn't get that much experience with just that first leg but was there anything you picked up on?

Lyda Grawn: Yes, we would buy Jeff dance lessons.

Jeff Magee: (Laughs) And if there was a choice of things to do, we would not do dancing!

Lyda Grawn: We will steer clear! We think that they should do a Race where it's all the people who were eliminated first, because I'm sure from the past 25 seasons previously, every first couple goes and lays their head on the pillow going, "We want a second chance!" So, we think they ought to give us all first eliminated a second chance.

Reality TV World: What's the status of your relationship now? Are you two still dating, and if so, any engagement plans in the near future?

Jeff Magee: Well, you know, it's kind of like if it aint broke, don't fix it. We are very happy living together and we've both been married before, and that's not something we're -- I'm way too old to have kids. So, no, the marriage thing hasn't come up but our relationship is stronger than it ever was.

Lyda Grawn: Yeah. We're happy to just keep it status quo. We're blessed with a really nice life, and so we're just going to stay just like it is.

Reality TV World: How were you cast on The Amazing Race this season and was it your first time applying to get on the show?

Lyda Grawn: We were very lucky and fortunate. We did not apply although we're big fans and have watched a lot. But a friend of Jeff, who's a pilot for us as well, knew somebody who knew somebody and it was kind of a convoluted thing. We don't even really know for sure, but we got a phone call.

Jeff got a phone call from his friend saying, "Hey, The Amazing Race is looking for an airline couple dating -- not married -- and I thought of you and your girlfriend because you're always out doing crazy things. And so, call this number if you're interested."

And Jeff called me late at night and said, "Hey, do you want to do it!?" And I was like, "We'll give it a try! You never know. Just do it." And the ball started rolling fast after that, so we were lucky we were on the fast track.

Click here to read the first half of Lyda and Jeff's exclusive interview with Reality TV World.
Posted by: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski on Friday, February 27, 2015 - 05:27 PM EST
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Industry News : 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' reportedly gets picked up for a few more years
Keeping Up with the Kardashians If you haven't had enough of the Kardashians, don't worry.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians has been renewed for three more years, which includes three seasons and an option for a fourth, the New York Post reported Thursday.

E! has reached a deal with the Kardashians to air their series on the network for the next several years although terms of the agreement have yet to be released.

While the Post alleges the Kardashians will be paid $100 million in the contract, an NBCUniversal representative called that "grossly inaccurate," and TMZ claims the figure is more like $80 million.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians' eighth and ninth editions continued to bring in great ratings for the network, averaging 3.5 million viewers.

The show's tenth season is set to premiere March 15 on E!.


Posted by: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski on Friday, February 27, 2015 - 03:10 PM EST
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Industry News : Kendall Jenner and sister Kylie Jenner reportedly being considered to star in new E! spinoff
Keeping Up with the Kardashians Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner are reportedly prospects to star in their own Keeping Up with the Kardashians spinoff on E!.

E! has discussed the possibility of creating a new spinoff featuring the Jenner sisters with Ryan Seacrest Productions, Variety reported.

According to sources, no formal negotiations are underway and its unclear whether the girls would subject themselves to more scrutiny of their lives, but a source told Variety the idea is certainly floating around.

Kendall and Kylie's father Bruce Jenner has reportedly inked a contract to develop his own docu-reality series on E!, which would chronicle his transition into womanhood. However, the sisters' potential deal would reportedly be separate from both Bruce's show and Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Now that Kendall, 19, and Kylie, 17, are getting older, they are establishing highbrow careers and making a serious impact on social media.

Kendall, a successful model, is the new face of Estee Lauder and has walked some legendary runways for Fashion Weeks around the world. Kylie has created her own line of hair extensions, and both sisters have two clothing collections along with a novel. 

The report comes on the heels of Keeping Up with the Kardashians' renewal announcement. The series will air for another three years on in a deal worth about $20 million, according to Variety, plus the family members will have a $75,000 clothing allowance.

The tenth season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians is set to premiere March 15 on E!.


Posted by: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski on Friday, February 27, 2015 - 11:54 AM EST
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People News : Kanye West gets tattoos on his wrists to show love for two girls
Keeping Up with the Kardashians Kanye West has gotten tattoos to honor two of the most important women in his life, but Kim Kardashian isn't one of them.

The 37-year-old rapper, who has ink all over his arms, commemorated the birth dates of North and Donda by tattooing them on his wrists in a London tattoo parlor Friday at 4AM, Us Weekly reported.

"I talked him out of getting a face tattoo....for now," Kardashian captioned a photo of West's wrists on Instagram. "He got it on his wrists instead. His mothers birthdate and North's birthdate in Roman numerals."

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star joined West on his visit to Sang Bleu tattoo parlor, where she documented the process in a series of photos on Instagram.

The tattoos mark June 15, 2013 for North's birth date, as well as July 12, 1949 for Donda's birth date in Roman numerals. Donda passed away in 2007 from alleged plastic surgery complications.

In a Thursday interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, West said he's working on getting Kardashian, 34, pregnant again so they can give North, 20 months, a little brother or sister.

"I'm practicing really hard. I try as many times a day I can," West said, according to Us. "Nori, this one is for you. You need a sibling."

Posted by: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski on Friday, February 27, 2015 - 11:15 AM EST
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Show Update News : 'American Idol's Top 12 girls perform, standouts include Jax, Tyanna Jones and Sarina-Joi Crowe
American Idol 14 American Idol's Top 12 girls took the stage and performed for America's vote during Thursday night's broadcast of the Fox reality singing competition, and a handful of artists shined.

The 12 girls in the Top 24 performed for home viewer votes and were able to sing any song of their choice. Jax, Tyanna Jones, Sarina-Joi Crowe, Loren Lott, and Joey Cook dominated their competitors with standout performances.

Jax, an 18-year-old musician from East Brunswick, NJ, sang "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)." Judge Keith Urban loved her artistry and originality, Jennifer Lopez said she'll definitely be back next week, and fellow judge Harry Connick Jr. noted it will be fun to watch her going forward.

Tyanna, a 16-year-old student from Jacksonville, FL, took the stage with "Lips Are Moving." Harry called her "ridiculously talented" and unbelievable, Jennifer said her voice is from God himself, and Keith explained she had the chops to take the song's pitch even higher.

Sarina-Joi, a 19-year-old musician from Columbia, TN, sang "Mama Knows Best." Jennifer said she rivaled Jessie J. on the song, Harry called the performance "very strong," and Keith said she was loose, chill and right on point.

Loren, a 22-year-old actress from San Diego, CA, took the stage with "Note to God." Jennifer dubbed it a "brave performance," Harry called it powerful, and Keith said she gave everyone a run for their money.

Joey, a 23-year-old server from Woodbridge, VA, sang "Somebody Like You." Jennifer said she showcased who she is, and Keith and Harry joked that her performance would be like if both guys had a baby together. Keith noted it was "perfect."

The seven other artists delivered great performances, but the judges had more criticism for them that anyone else.

Shi Scott, a 19-year-old artist from Belcamp, MD, sang "Umbrella" and Jennifer said the song got the best of her. While Keith called it powerful and gutsy, Harry said she's extremely talented but chose the wrong song.

Maddie Walker, a 16-year-old student from Ankeny, IA, performed "Love Gets Me Every Time." Jennifer said it wasn't the right song to wow the crowd on the girls' first night of performances.  

Katherine Winston, an 18-year-old musician from Lenox, MA, sang "Safe & Sound." Keith said it was beautiful but she needed more feeling, and Keith explained her vocals are phenomenal although the song didn't really do it for her.

Adanna Duru, an 18-year-old student from Diamond Bar, CA, performed "Rather Be." The judges agreed her performance became out of control once she started belting and rocking out but she went for it and showed how capable she is.

Lovey James, a 16-year-old student from Portland, OR, sang "Love Runs Out." Jennifer said she did a great job, while Harry admitted the song got better as it progressed.

Alexis Gomez, a 22-year-old Spanish tutor from Dayton, OH, performed "Gunpowder & Lead." Harry said she appeared so natural on the stage but shouldn't imitate a record. Keith suggested she sing without her guitar to be more comfortable, and Jennifer loved it.

Shannon Berthiaume, a 17-year-old student from St. Paul, MN, took the stage with a rendition of "Who Know." Keith said she needed to be more committed to the lyrics and energetic. Harry noted it wasn't a good song choice, but Jennifer pointed out she's still a phenomenal singer.

Next week, Idol's Top 24 will be narrowed down to a Top 16 -- eight girls and eight guys -- based on America's vote.

Posted by: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski on Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:26 AM EST
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Features & Interviews : Exclusive: 'The Amazing Race' couple Jeff Magee and Lyda Grawn talk (Part 1)
The Amazing Race 26 The Amazing Race's 26th season eliminated Jeff Magee and Lyda Grawn during Wednesday night's premiere episode, which introduced the brand new "dating couples" theme, on CBS.
 
Jeff, a 57-year-old airline pilot from McCall, ID, and his girlfriend Lyda, a 49-year-old flight attendant from Scottsdale, AZ, were ousted from the race around the world after they arrived at the first Pit Stop in last place. The couple started dating four years ago although they've known each other for 20 years.

Jeff had trouble in the dancing Detour task and it put them way behind most of the pack. It was then a U-Turn that did them in completely.

In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Thursday, Jeff and Lyda talked about their short-lived The Amazing Race experience. Below is the first half. Check back with us soon for the concluding portion.

Reality TV World: I think the first obvious question is, can you believe you were the first team to get eliminated and how did you feel walking away from that experience?

Jeff Magee: Oh, you know, when we first got selected to be on it and became finalists to actually do it, we always said the worst thing is if we got eliminated in the first round. And then when we did, it was so deflating!

Lyda Grawn: Yeah, it was pretty disappointing for sure, but what are you going to do? You can't unring that bell. We just laid in bed for weeks after that going, "We should have chosen [the other Detour] 'Sake!' We should have chosen 'Sake!'"

Reality TV World: The editing made it look like you two were very close to C.J. Harris and his girlfriend Lebya Simpson at the end when you were searching for the Pit Stop. How accurate was that? How far behind that team did you finally arrive at the Pit Stop?

Jeff Magee: You know, we were never told exactly and we didn't see them, so it wasn't like we were right behind them. But we don't know for sure.

Lyda Grawn: We think it was within 30 minutes to an hour. So, it was fairly close considering how big Tokyo is, you know, I think it was pretty darn close.

Jeff Magee: Yeah, I think had that U-Turn not have happened, we probably would've beaten them. But you know, that's the way it goes and we have no hard feelings about the U-Turn.

Reality TV World: What made you want to pick the "Syncing Steps" task to begin with instead of the "Samurai Sake." Because obviously, Jeff, dancing isn't your strong suit. (Laughs)

Jeff Magee: (Laughs) Well, you know, I told Lyda before we knew we were going to go, I said, "I don't want to do anything that involves dancing." And some, you don't have a choice. And she was like, "Yeah, I don't want to do anything that involved bungee jumping." And I said, "Okay, well if given a choice, we won't dance and we won't do bungee jumping for her."

So it turns out we had to do this one and we had just kind of teamed up with [Bergen Olson and his blind date Kurt Jordan Belcher]. We were on the train together [into town] and I didn't put my foot down and say, "No, I don't want to dance!"

Because they were all excited about dancing and I didn't want to be the wet blanket and already split off from those other guys. And it turns out, I should have. And then later, again, during the dancing -- when I realized how poorly I was doing -- I should've said, "No, let's go do 'Sake.'"

Lyda Grawn: Well, you get caught up in the moment and we chose poorly. I think the "Sake" was intimidating to us because we had been traveling, and at that point, we had been up for 30-something hours.

And so we were a little intimidated by it, and you know, the clue, you don't understand everything just from the little blurb they give you on the clue. And it made it sound like we had to memorize 10 Sakes, when really, you only had to hopefully pick one of the 10. So, it made it sound a lot more difficult when, actually, it was the easiest.

Reality TV World: Is that why you chose to stick with the dancing task instead of switching after a while?

Jeff Magee: Yes. That and the transit time, because we had traveled so far and we took taxis. It turns out the faster way was their little above-ground subway system. It took so long and the traffic was so horrible, we were worried about the transit time to "Sake" and then back to the cluebox. And so, we were thinking, "Well, we've already..." We felt somewhat committed already.

Reality TV World: In terms of directions and how you both navigated that leg, did you have any problems like a lot of the other teams or did things pretty much run smoothly besides that dancing task and U-Turn?

Jeff Magee: It was pretty smooth really navigation-wise, yeah.

Lyda Grawn: Because we were lucky with our taxi cabs pretty much. We were able to find some folks that spoke some English who could translate to our taxi cab driver. So we actually got pretty lucky in that department. I mean, the transit time between each place was about 30 minutes. It was, you know, across town. But our taxis never got lost. They took us straight to where we needed to go.

Jeff Magee: Actually, we did have to go and ask for directions from a third party after the dancing, and that took a little while. But we found someone who spoke both languages and wrote it down in Japanese so that our taxi driver could take us to the... park. The park was kind of obscure, where that second cluebox was, and so that was -- I don't know, that probably took an extra 20 minutes just getting the directions.

Reality TV World: Lyda, you started crying during the dancing task. Obviously you guys ended up doing it over 20 times. Do you think those tears were coming from a place of frustration, disappointment or just plain exhaustion?

Lyda Grawn: You know, quite honestly, a little bit of everything. My dad died two days before we left for The Race, and so, I didn't get to go to his service and my sister died of cancer when I got back. But she and I had talked and she promised me she'd be waiting for me when I got there.

And that's the one thing that she and I always said, was, "You never give up hope. You always keep going. Never give up hope." So those tears were not only coming from frustration and being tired, but I was also a very emotional person during our whole leg of the Race.

Reality TV World: Oh wow, I'm very sorry to hear all of that, Lyda.

Lyda Grawn: So, nobody knows that really, and it didn't really come across. But that was just my journey and my life and what was happening for me during that time.

Reality TV World: Jeff, you seemed to stay pretty calm and collected during the "Syncing Steps" task. After what Lyda just told me, is that why? Because you felt the need to be strong for her?

Jeff Magee: Well, you know, I think it was a complicated -- it was more of a march than a dance. But I think, just from my life experience as a pilot and things, I just knew that getting flustered wasn't going to help. I just had to keep trying and plug it out.

Given that, I didn't have the mental strength to say, "No, I'm too slow at this. Let's go do 'Sake.'" So, I can't compliment myself on my composure too much because I should've made a different decision.

Check back with Reality TV World soon for the concluding portion of Jeff and Lyda's exclusive interview.


Posted by: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 05:22 PM EST
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Features & Interviews : Exclusive: 'Survivor: Worlds Apart' eliminee So Kim talks (Part 1)
Survivor: Worlds Apart Survivor: Worlds Apart eliminated So Kim during Wednesday night's premiere of the CBS reality competition's 30th season.

So Kim, a 31-year-old retail buyer from Long Beach, CA, was voted out of her White Collar tribe, called the Masaya Tribe, on Day 3 at the season's first Tribal Council session.

Her tribe didn't find her trustworthy considering how she had lied about the show's "Deceive" and "Honesty" twist at the beginning of the episode. So Kim, who performed well in the Immunity Challenge, was shocked the men didn't target another woman in tribe.

In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Thursday, So Kim talked about her short-lived Survivor experience. Below is the first half. Check back with us soon for the concluding portion.

Reality TV World: So is it safe to say you went into Tribal Council thinking Carolyn Rivera was going to be voted off and got blindsided?

So Kim: It's safe to say that that is exactly what happened, yes. It was a complete blindside. I thought we were locked for Carolyn and yup! I think (laughs) when we sat down and conversations started to role, I realized pretty much right away that I was in trouble.

Reality TV World: Why do you think they decided to keep Carolyn instead of you?

So Kim: Well, I think there were several factors in play, right? So, we had talked about it as a group that we had to keep the tribe strong, and so the three girls had talked and we knew that it was going to be one of the girls. Now after the challenge, I knew I had done really well, and the three boys had approached me and said, "Hey, the four of us should work together. This will be the core four right here."

So, I kind of went along with that, and when we all got back to camp -- after losing that first challenge -- [Shirin Oskooi] and Carolyn immediately became very, very paranoid. Well, I had promised Shirin that I would protect her, so I had kind of convinced the other guys, "Okay, instead of Shirin, let's get out Carolyn."

Well, what ended up happening is that [Max Dawson] had always wanted to work with two weaker girls, and by saving them, we had hoped that they would be indebted to him later on in the game. So, the three of them ended up working together and kind of got Tyler locked up with them once, I think, Carolyn showed him the idol.

So that's actually what ended up happening kind of behind my back. I think [Tyler Fredrickson] could've been the swing vote, but when Carolyn showed him the idol, it kind of became, like, "Okay, I guess I was the one to go then."

Reality TV World: If you had Tyler, it would've been a 3-3 vote. But you're thinking if you had gotten Tyler, then Max...

So Kim: If I could have, yeah, gotten Shirin to -- because Shirin was extremely paranoid. When we got back to camp, I mean, she was bawling, she was sobbing. She knew that she was in trouble. And I kept telling her, "You're not in trouble. You're not in trouble." But she was so paranoid and she knew that, you know, I think her and Carolyn realized that the three boys had been talking to me a lot.

And, so, they kind of flipped the game and said, "Okay, well, So Kim thinks that she's safe. How about the two of us try and get two other people onboard?" [They] positioned the fact that [Joaquin Souberbielle] and I had been working so closely together, so it was very smart on their part, right?

I mean, they knew that it was going to be a girl, so the two weaker girls got together. And on a tribe of six, once you get two, you can start to kind of ween other people in. And I felt way too safe. So, it kind of worked in their advantage because they knew I felt really safe, and then things kind of went on in that form.

Reality TV World: How big of a role do you think the decision you made with Joaquin to lie about the hidden Immunity Idol clue and the neutral option played in your vote off? And was Tribal Council the first time you found out none of your tribemates had believed your story?

So Kim: So, what actually happened is, when we made that decision -- I mean, you kind of see it on-air -- but I really didn't think we were making the right decision. I kind of argued with Joaquin a little bit. I tried to convince him to take the "Honest," but I got really excited and he was so focused on going with "Deceive" and getting that clue that I kind of went along with it.

Once we got back to camp, I actually did tell Shirin about it. She did know about the clue, and that was my way of telling her, "Don't worry. You and I will work together. I trust you and you can trust me. I'm showing this to you because I want you to know that you can trust me."

Max knew right away that something [was up]. He actually asked me about it prior to us going to Tribal, when it actually ended up coming out. So, no. When we were at Tribal -- it wasn't the first [revelation].

Everybody already knew about the clue. So, it was just Max and Shirin basically emphasizing the fact that they knew about the clue. But Shirin actually knew about it because I told her about it.

Reality TV World: So were you concerned that people might be holding that lie against you or did you believe everyone was completely okay with it?

So Kim: You know, at that point, I thought that Shirin and I would be working together and Joaquin and I would be working together. I had made the decision to show Shirin the clue and thought it was actually fine. And Max, he also knew about the clue.

But as he said, it was something that he was aware of also and it's a decision that he would've made. And then, you know, it was really Tyler and Carolyn who didn't know about it, and Carolyn was the one that I thought we were voting off. So, I didn't think (laughs) that it was going to be a big deal.

Reality TV World: Do you think Tyler found out you were lying?

So Kim: Yes, also yes. I think everyone -- what we should've -- yeah, hindsight is 20/20. What we should've done is, knowing that we had some of the savviest players on this tribe and some of the most prestigious ones that knew the game in and out, we should've been honest about it from the beginning.

We should have picked the "Deceive," brought back the clue and shared it with everyone instead of it coming out in pieces the way it did. So, that might have hurt us.

But I actually really do think what ended up happening, more so, is that the two girls were so paranoid and Max really wanted to work with two weak girls. That was sort of his strategic gameplay from the very beginning. So then the three of them being together in a tribe of six, well you just need one other person, so.

Reality TV World: And do you think Tyler chose to side with them because Carolyn told him that she had found the idol?

So Kim: I do. I think that was the solidifier.

Reality TV World: Did Joaquin and yourself ever suspect someone else might've managed to find the idol without the clue or did you just think it was still out there to find?

So Kim: It wasn't just Joaquin and I looking for the idol. I mean, it was pretty obvious. Shirin was looking for it; Max was looking for it. So the four of us would actually talk about, "Why can't we find this idol?! We have the clue. We are supposed to know where it is."

But we knew Tyler wasn't looking for it because he's been so adamant about not looking for the idol because he had wanted us to work as a team. Carolyn, we never saw her go off! So, the fact she found the idol was a complete shock to everyone when we saw that. But in retrospect, we should have, yeah!

The fact we couldn't find it and we knew where it was -- the positioning of where that idol was supposed to be -- we should've entertained the idea that someone found it. But we just didn't think that was a possibility.

Reality TV World: What was your reaction when you learned Carolyn had told Tyler she had found the idol and do you think that was a good or bad move to do something like that on Day 3?

So Kim: I mean, what can you do but laugh? I laughed because it was amazing that she found it and she used it in the way that she should have. She was very smart in doing that. She knew that Tyler was sort of the one that was questionable and she made the right decision in only sharing it with him. And I think that was a good move on her part! I think she played that beautifully.

Check back with Reality TV World soon for the concluding portion of So Kim's exclusive interview.


Posted by: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 04:17 PM EST
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Show Update News : 'The Amazing Race' ousts dating couple Jeff Magee and Lyda Grawn in debut episode
The Amazing Race 26 The Amazing Race's 26th season eliminated Jeff Magee and Lyda Grawn during Wednesday night's premiere episode, which introduced the brand new "dating couples" theme, on CBS.

Jeff, a 57-year-old airline pilot from McCall, ID, and his girlfriend Lyda, a 49-year-old flight attendant from Scottsdale, AZ, were ousted from the race around the world after they arrived at the first Pit Stop in last place. The couple started dating four years ago although they've known each other for 20 years.

"Our relationship is as strong as ever, so we are very happy and we love each other," Jeff said following his team's ouster.

The debut episode began with five single men lining up at the starting line next to six couples who have pre-existing relationships. The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan had five single women join the men. He then explained how five couples would be going on the most extreme blind date ever while competing against the six couples who already know their partners.

Laura Pierson, a 29-year-old talent booker from Los Angeles, CA, and her blind date Tyler Adams, a 26-year-old mobile app developer from Santa Monica, CA, felt an initial spark as well as Jenny Wu, a 32-year-old blogger and lawyer from Los Angeles, CA, and her blind date Jelani Roy, a 32-year-old lawyer from New York, NY.

Bergen Olson, a 23-year-old human resources project manager from Sunnyvale, CA, met his partner Kurt Jordan Belcher, a 24-year-old pageant consultant from Butler, KY, for the first time and the guys agreed they both had the best hair. Jackie Ibarra, a 27-year-old professional dancer from Las Vegas, NV, really liked the buff body her partner Jeffrey Weldon, a 26-year-old account executive and salesman from Tampa, FL, had to offer.

In addition, Hayley Keel, a 28-year-old registered nurse from St. Petersburg, FL, said her partner Blair Townsend, a 31-year-old Navy physician from Jacksonville, FL, seemed to have everything she was looking for in a guy.

The pre-existing dating couples felt they'd have a huge advantage in the Race because they knew each other's strengths and weaknesses already.

Phil then announced the couples had to race for tickets to Tokyo, Japan by running along the lake's shore and getting through a difficult mud-run. Only eight pairs of tickets awaited the teams for the earliest flight.

Phil also revealed the winner of the leg would receive an Express Pass.

After completing the grueling obstacle course, the following teams got tickets on the first flight in this exact order: Matt Cucolo and his girlfriend Ashley Gordon, Jeffrey and Jackie, Laura and Tyler, Aly Dudek and her boyfriend Steven Langton, Harley Rodriguez and his partner Jonathan Knight, Jeff and Lyda, Bergen and Kurt, and finally Jelani and Jenny.

The rest of the teams got on the second flight and everyone showered quickly before leaving.

The couples then got in a vehicle and drove to the airport, which was a great opportunity for the blind-dating couples to start getting to know one another. Upon landing in Tokyo, they'd have to make their way to the Kanda Myojin shrine. They also learned a "Blind Double U-Turn" awaited them in this leg. 

Once in Tokyo, Jeff and Lyda, Rochelle Nevedal and her boyfriend Michael Dombrowski, and Bergen and Kurt took an Express train to their next destination. Hayley and Blair missed the first train they wanted to take, and everyone else appeared to hop in cabs. Hayley and Blair were having a tough time thus far, so Hayley called it "the worst first date ever."

Blair suggested he and Hayley go a certain direction after getting off the train. Hayley disagreed with the move but he asked her to trust him, and he ended up being wrong -- swallowing his pride.

Jelani and Jenny were the first team to arrive at the shrine. They were then followed by Jeffrey and Jackie, Matt and Ashley, Laura and Tyler, Aly and Steve, Harley and Jonathan, Jeff and Lyda, Bergen and Kurt, Mike and Rochelle, C.J. Harris and his girlfriend Lebya Simpson, and finally Hayley and Blair.

The teams then learned they must complete one of two possible Detour tasks: "Syncing Steps" or "Samurai Sake."

"Syncing Steps" required the couples to join a Japanese pop-techno group called World Order and master robotic slow-motion choreography in order to earn their next clue.

"Samurai Sake" required the teams to memorize the names of 10 sakes, take a drink order from a table of samurai and then relay that order to his or her partner at the bar. If they got the order correct and the samurai accepted the bottle of sake, they'd participate in a toast and then receive their next clue.

On the way to their choice of Detour, Lebya and C.J. got lost. Navigation became more of a problem for them as the leg progressed.

The following couples opted to take on the dancing task: Jelani and Jenny, Matt and Ashley, Laura and Tyler, Aly and Steve, Jeff and Lyda, Bergen and Kurt, Mike and Rochelle, Hayley and Blair, and Lebya and C.J.

Jeffrey and Jackie as well as Harley and Jonathan took on the sake and samurai task.

"Syncing Steps" proved to be the more difficult task of the two. In fact, some teams started thinking it was nearly impossible to complete. The couples who struggled the most were Matt and Ashley, Mike and Rochelle, and Jeff and Lyda. Both Lyda and Rochelle ended up breaking down into tears because it was so hard and frustrating. However, no one wanted to give up.

Jeffrey and Jackie were the first team to finish the Detour task. They were then followed by Harley and Jonathan, Laura and Tyler, Jelani and Jenny -- after eight attempts -- Aly and Steve, Bergen and Kurt, Hayley and Blair, Matt and Ashley -- after a whopping 25 attempts -- Libby and C.J. on their eighth attempt, Mike and Rochelle on their fourteenth attempt, and finally Jeff and Lyda on their 23rd try.

The teams' next set of clues instructed them to make their way to Wakaba Higashi Park, where the Blind Double U-Turn awaited them. 

Harley and Jonathan got lost trying to find this location, as did Lebya and C.J. Lebya even admitted she had underestimated the Race.

Jeffrey and Jackie got to the U-Turn board first and they opted out of using the advantage. Jelani and Jenny got their next and also declined to use it. Laura and Tyler got to the board in third place and they chose not to U-Turn anyone. Harley and Jonathan did the same, followed by Aly and Steve and then Bergen and Kurt.

Once Mike and Rochelle arrived at the park, they felt the need to U-Turn a couple because they were definitely behind the pack -- if not in last place. The only team Mike and Rochelle were certain about being behind them were Jeff and Lyda, so the couple decided to U-Turn them. Hayley and Blair opted out of U-Turning anyone next, followed by Matt and Ashley making the same decision.

Jeff and Lyda soon discovered they had been U-Turned. They seemed to take the news well, and then they went off to complete the sake samurai task. They got through it in no time at all and wished they had tried that one first -- or switched before it was too late.

Jeff and Lyda chose to U-Turn Jeffrey and Jackie, thinking the couple was behind them, but they were wrong. Once Lebya and C.J. got to the U-Turn board, they just kept racing ahead.

The leg's final clue required the teams to find a parking space, which would serve as the Race's first Pit Stop. They had to search for Phil "in the vicinity of the UDX Building in Akihabara."

Jelani and Jenny met Phil on the Pit Stop mat in first place. For winning the leg, they received the coveted Express Pass.

Jeffrey and Jackie got to the Pit Stop in second place, followed by Laura and Tyler in third and then Aly and Steve in fourth. Harley and Jonathan claimed fifth place and then Bergen and Kurt finished in sixth. Mike and Rochelle got to the mat in seventh place, and then Hayley and Blair claimed eighth.

Matt and Ashley met Phil in ninth place, and then Jeff and Jackie finished the first leg in tenth place. It appeared to come down to a foot race between Lebya and C.J. as well as Jeff and Lyda, as both couples were trying to find the correct parking spot. Lebya and C.J. got there in tenth place.

As a result, Jeff and Lyda finished the first leg in eleventh -- and last -- place. Phil announced they had been eliminated.

Ironically, three blind-date couples finished the leg in the Top 3 spots.


Posted by: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 12:51 PM EST
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People News : Kylie Jenner buys $2.7 million mansion at age 17
Keeping Up with the Kardashians Kylie Jenner has bought herself a pricey pad and is moving out of her mother Kris Jenner's Calabasas home.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has purchased a new mansion for $2.7 million in The Oaks neighborhood of Calabasas, LA, E! News reported.

"You know she completely has her own style," Kris told E! News of how her youngest daughter Kylie plans to decorate her home's interior.

"Kylie has her own vision on how she wants her home to look. She has a few months now until she moves in, to really take her time and get it together... So she will really embrace that time... and get really creative. Kylie is really excited!"

Kylie, 17, will probably move into her new mansion this coming August. She'll reportedly be living only one block away from her half-sisters Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian.

The reality TV star is apparently different from her sisters in one major way.

"Kylie is more edgy. She likes more blacks and grays and [Kim Kardashian] likes more cream colors," Kris explained. "Kourtney is very neutral and Khloe is big on white colors. I like all of it like -- thrown in a mush pot is my style! Kylie is definitely the edgy one."

Kim also recently moved out of Kris' house with her husband Kanye West and daughter North West, according to the website.

Kris reportedly advised Kylie to be "as creative as possible" while also maintaining "an open mind" about things.

"I think it's so important to make a lot of lists and really plan out what you're doing and what order it should be done," Kris said.

Kris explained she definitely has her go-to stores when shopping for supplies that she's brought Kylie to.

"I go to Sears for appliances and William Sonoma for the kitchen and Bed Bath & Beyond for the towels... Kylie is doing some new floors, so we are choosing those now. It's exciting to help someone setup a home... It's a great education because she is really gets to develop a whole new set of organizational skills," Kris said, adding that it makes her so "freakin' happy" her children are "organized to a tee."

"Everyone is just so fantastic, you can't get over it," the proud mom gushed to E! News about her kids.

Kylie has been rumored to be dating Tyga, a 25-year-old rapper, whom she's allegedly been staying with a lot to get a break from family drama.

Posted by: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 12:24 PM EST
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Show Update News : 'Survivor: Worlds Apart' White Collar "Masaya" Tribe votes off So Kim in premiere
Survivor: Worlds Apart Survivor: Worlds Apart eliminated So Kim during Wednesday night's premiere of the CBS reality competition's 30th season.

So Kim, a 31-year-old retail buyer from Long Beach, CA, was voted out of her White Collar tribe, called the Masaya Tribe, on Day 3 at the season's first Tribal Council session.

"This moment is absolutely my worst nightmare. I never would've imagined that I'd be sitting here the first one voted out. They definitely made a mistake. You're going to see that team self-destruct because they did, they kicked off someone who was clearly an asset in challenges. I mean, this hurts a lot and I think I'm just trying to absorb the shock of it all," So Kim said following her ouster.

Survivor's debut episode began with introductions to the 18 people competing over the course of 39 days for the $1 million grand prize and title of "Sole Survivor." Host Jeff Probst explained they'd be divided into three tribes -- White Collar vs. Blue Collar vs. No Collar.

Jeff explained White Collar people typically make the rules and are used to making decisions and leading others. Blue Collar people tend to follow the rules and work with their hands. No Collar people are free spirits who usually break the rules in order to do their own thing.

The White Collar "Masaya" Tribe was comprised of So Kim; Tyler Fredrickson, a 33-year-old ex-talent agent assistant from Los Angeles, CA; Carolyn Rivera, a 52-year-old corporate executive from Tampa, FL; Max Dawson, a 37-year-old media consultant with a Ph.D from Topanga, CA; Shirin Oskooi, a 31-year-old Yahoo executive from San Francisco, CA; and Joaquin Souberbielle, a 27-year-old marketing director from Valley Stream, NY.

The Blue Collar "Escameca" Tribe was made up of Kelly Remington, a 44-year-old state trooper from Grand Island, NY; Sierra Dawn Thomas, a 27-year-old barrel racer from Roy, UT; Mike Holloway, a 38-year-old oil driller from North Richland Hills, TX; Lindsey Cascaddan, a 24-year-old hairdresser from College Park, FL; Dan Foley, a 47-year-old postal worker from Gorham, ME; and Rodney Lavoie Jr., a 24-year-old general contractor from Boston, MA.

The No Collar "Nargarote" Tribe featured Jenn Brown, a 22-year-old sailing instructor from Long Beach, CA; Hali Ford, a 25-year-old law student from San Francisco, CA; Joe Anglim, a 25-year-old jewelry designer from Scottsdale, AZ; Nina Poersch, a 51-year-old hearing advocate from Palmdale, CA; Vince Sly, a 32-year-old coconut vendor from Santa Monica, CA; and Will Sims II, a 41-year-old YouTube sensation from Sherman Oaks, CA.

Tyler told Jeff Probst he's used to setting team goals and taking the lead. Joaquin got a little defensive, insisting his 9-5 job didn't define him. Carolyn also argued White Collars work just as hard as the other tribes.

Dan was proud to be with the Blue Collars, saying they built the heart of America with blood, sweat and tears. The No Collars boasted how they do what they're passionate about. Vince said his tribe was full of smiles and they already felt like family to him.    

Jeff Probst then asked each tribe to pick one person to represent them. The White Collars chose Joaquin, the Blue Collars picked Dan, and the No Collars selected Will. Each leader was then forced to pick a second tribe member to join him or her in making a big decision on behalf of the tribe. Joaquin asked So Kim to join him. Mike volunteered for the Blue Collar tribe, and Will asked Jenn to join him.

On Day 1, The No Collars planned to play the game in a laid-back, fun manner. They wanted to go with the flow. Nina felt disadvantaged because she's completely deaf, however, she intended to give it her all.

The No Collar representatives, Jenn and Will, walked away from tribe and were given two options: "Deceive" or "Honesty." If they chose to deceive, the pair would receive a clue to a hidden Immunity Idol and a tiny bag of beans to give to their tribe. If they opted to go with "Honesty," the pair would receive a larger bag of beans for their tribe and that's it.

Jenn noted they weren't playing an individual game at that point, so they needed to do what's best for the tribe. They therefore selected "Honesty."

The Blue Collar representatives, Dan and Mike, agreed it was too early to become villains, so they also chose "Honesty" and took the big bag of beans. When they returned to camp, Sierra accused the guys of taking the smaller bag of rice and lying to them. The big bag was still fairly small.

The White Collar leaders, Joaquin and So Kim, were the only people who chose "Deceive." The pair agreed they were in an alliance right away, and Joaquin thought she was cool and down to earth. So Kim felt she had no choice but to trust him and she felt she had made a "deal with the devil."

Joaquin and So Kim received their hidden Immunity Idol clue, read it, hid it, and then came up with a story to tell their tribemates. Once they returned to camp, they explained there were three boxes "Honest, Deceive and Neutral." She said they selected "Neutral" because there would be no consequences yet no reward. So Kim said they ended up with the bag of beans as a result.

Carolyn didn't trust them and automatically assumed they had a clue. Shirin somehow knew they only had a choice between honesty and deception, and they clearly opted to deceive the tribe. Carolyn and Shirin seemed to be on the same page and formed an alliance with one another. The girls then got Max to join them.

On the first day, the Blue Collar tribe got right to building their shelter and catching crabs. Rodney admitted in a confessional he planned to get all the girls on his side and lead them to the merge.

At No Collar's camp, Vince and Jenn teamed up. He was attracted to her and liked how real she was. But Jenn was only interested in having an ally, so she just smiled and nodded. Vince and Joe battled to take charge of building the shelter. Joe, who has a background in construction, believed Vince was going about everything the wrong way. Vince, on the other hand, didn't like how Joe was "bulldozing" everything.

On Day 2, at Blue Collar's camp, Dan was showcasing his dramatic personality, and he was starting to rub people the wrong way. Kelly complained that Dan lacked social skills and needed to listen to the young girls or they'd turn against him.

Dan decided to chill out for his own good and try to be more laid back since he was getting a lot of grief from people. Rodney told some of his tribemates they needed to get rid of Dan, the "bossy Harry Potter grandfather." Mike stayed out of the drama and Dan loved his positivity. Dan called him the tribe's sunshine.

Meanwhile, Jenn liked Joe on the No Collar tribe because she thought he was handsome and nice, but she had to lie to Vince about it. Vince got jealous and was clearly very attracted to Jenn. Vince worried Joe -- who made fire for the tribe out of nothing -- was a threat to his alliance, but Jenn insisted she wasn't into Joe romantically at all.

Jenn assumed she knew how to handle Vince, but he was just thinking she was being "fake" and dishonest. Jenn told the cameras he was paranoid and a lot to deal with. However, Vince and Jenn kept up appearances, hugged one another and just continued on like nothing happened.

The White Collars needed to adopt a "Blue Collar method" at camp because they weren't building their shelter very successfully and couldn't make fire. Joaquin joked that they would've hired a blue collar worker to do the job for them in the real world. He then went off looking for the hidden Immunity Idol, as did So Kim.

However, So Kim was very obvious about the way she was searching for something, so Carolyn followed her around and pinpointed the spot where the idol might be hidden. Carolyn ended up discovering the idol in a strange-looking tree. She had a great advantage because everyone thought that if any person had an idol, it would be Joaquin or So Kim.

On Day 3, the three tribes met Jeff Probst for the season's first Immunity Challenge, which would also serve as their Reward Challenge.

The host explained each tribe had to race down a ramp and run through an obstacle where they'd make their way to a large wooden crate containing a ladder. They could open it by using keys to unlock locks or untying a series of knots that would release the ladder. They had to use the ladder to move up, across and down a tall platform. After entering another series of obstacles, they had to use the ladder to solve one of three puzzles.

One puzzle had five pieces and the person solving it would need to see the big picture. The second puzzle they could choose from had 10 pieces and it was a visual puzzle. The last puzzle had 50 pieces but it was pretty direct and straightforward. Each puzzle seemed to cater to the stereotypes of each tribe yet averaged the same amount of time to complete.

The first two tribes to finish their puzzle would win immunity and be safe from the next vote. The last-place tribe would be forced to go to Tribal Council and vote someone out. In addition, the first two tribes to complete the challenge would win Reward. The first-place tribe would receive a massive fire-making kit, while the second-place tribe would earn a flint.

During the challenge, both the No Collars and Blue Collars picked the visual puzzle. The White Collars selected the 50-piece straightforward one.

In the end, the No Collar tribe won Immunity and the highest reward. The Blue Collar tribe finished in second place. The White Collar tribe was very disappointed, as they had a lead until the very end when Shirin struggled with their puzzle. Max had to switch with Shirin to get the job done on what Jeff Probst described as the easiest puzzle out there.

Back at the White Collar camp, Max asked if they should make a schedule or calendar for how everyone should go home. Carolyn knew a girl was going home because they were weaker in challenges.

So Kim argued to everyone that Carolyn was happy to do nothing while Shirin at least had a real voice in the tribe. She expected people to deliver and believed Shirin could live up to their expectations. So Kim also pointed out that Carolyn was the oldest person in their tribe. Additionally, Shirin felt terrible about letting the tribe down.

Shirin felt bad about letting the tribe down and Carolyn wasn't stepping up. Carolyn was also the oldest person in the tribe. So Kim lied to Carolyn's face, saying that her name hadn't come up in conversation.

Carolyn then told Tyler she had found the hidden Immunity Idol. He told her to play it just in case. Shirin, Carolyn and Max then got together and made the suggestion to target So Kim because she wasn't very trustworthy. Max pointed out that So Kim had already lied to the tribe about the important choice she had to make at the beginning of the game with Joaquin.

At the season's first Tribal Council session, Max called So Kim and Joaquin out for lying. He admitted he would've made the same decision to deceive but he just would've fibbed better. Joaquin then announced Carolyn and Shirin were not in the tribe's core alliance, which ended up not being true. So Kim declared they were going after Carolyn but tried to keep her comfortable by lying to her.

So Kim also argued that Shirin and Carolyn were weaker than her because she had performed well in the challenge. Carolyn yelled that she worked her ass off around camp and could be just as athletic as anyone else.

Before the tribe cast their votes, Jeff Probst asked if anyone wanted to play their hidden Immunity Idol, and Carolyn declined.

Jeff Probst then revealed the votes: Carolyn, So Kim, Carolyn, So Kim, So Kim, and So Kim.

Joaquin and So Kim were the only tribe members who attempted to vote out Carolyn.


Posted by: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 12:00 PM EST
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Show Update News : 'American Idol's Top 12 guys perform for votes and some rise above the pack
American Idol 14 American Idol's Top 12 guys took the stage and performed for America's vote during Wednesday night's broadcast of the Fox reality singing competition, and five guys in particular definitely delivered.

The 12 guys in the Top 24 performed for home viewer votes and were able to sing any song of their choice. Mark Andrew, Clark Beckham, Quentin Alexander, Nick Fradiani, and Qaasim Middleton stood out from the pack.

Mark, a 29-year-old landscape foreman from Eden Prairie, MN, sang "The Weight" by Band. Judge Keith Urban said it was the perfect song for him and Harry Connick Jr. agreed. Fellow judge Jennifer Lopez said his "vibe is so right now."

Clark, a 22-year-old street performer from Whitehouse, TN, performed "When a Man Loves a Woman." He gave Jennifer her famous "goosies" everywhere. Harry called him very talented, insisting he'd be able to withstand any criticism this season that comes with the praise. Keith said the performance was "killer." 

Quentin, a 21-year-old retail associate from New Orleans, LA, sang "I Put a Spell on You." Harry noted he's a real artist who made a brave song choice that paid off, Jennifer said it was perfect and entertaining, and Keith actually called it "a Grammy performance."

Nick, a 29-year-old musician from Guilford, CT, sang "Thinking Out Loud." Keith explained it was the perfect song choice and it was great he showed off his skills on the guitar. Jennifer called it one of the best performances of the night, and Harry noted it was "strong."

Qaasim, an 18-year-old student from Brooklyn, NY, performed "Uptown Funk." Jennifer was so excited about the performance that she wanted to get up on the stage and sing and dance with him. She loved him. Harry said Qaasim gave it all he had, and Keith noted he had made a connection with the audience and stood out because of his charisma.

The rest of the Top 12 guys sang well but didn't exactly blow anyone away.

Adam Ezegelian, a 21-year-old toy designer from Wantagh, NY, sang "I Want to Rock." Jennifer called him "contagious."

Michael Simeon, a 21-year-old farmer from Lumberton, MS, performed "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You." Harry said he needed to sing in tune but the other judges enjoyed it.

Savion Wright, a 22-year-old student from Jasper, TX, sang "Hey Soul Sister." Harry called him talented but said he started off unfocused. Jennifer liked his style but Keith wasn't a fan of the song choice.

Trevor Douglas, a 16-year-old student from Fort Worth, TX, performed "Best I Ever Had." Keith said he had good energy.

Rayvon Owen, a 23-year-old singer and vocal coach from Richmond, VA, sang "Jealous." Harry called him "elegant, handsome, talented and strong." Jennifer just asked him to show more attitude and portray the feeling of the song.

Daniel Seavey, a 15-year-old student from Portland, OR, sang "I'm Yours." Keith thought it was cool, but Jennifer explained it was a little inconsistent throughout.

Riley Bria, an 18-year-old student from Spring Hill, TN, performed "Homeboy." Jennifer liked how he was edgy but sweet at the same time, and Keith really liked the song.

The Top 12 girls will perform during Thursday night's American Idol broadcast. The Top 24 will eventually become a Top 16 based on America's vote.

Posted by: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:23 AM EST
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People News : 'Survivor: Worlds Apart' host Jeff Probst: The cast is the best yet, the three tribes live up to stereotypes
Survivor: Worlds Apart Survivor host Jeff Probst talks the Survivor: Worlds Apart cast and how the castaways "one hundred percent" lived up to their White Collar, Blue Collar or No Collar stereotypes.

"Two of the big keys to a good season are an interesting theme, in terms of how we divide the tribes, which we have... The pitch to CBS was, White Collar make the rules, Blue Collar follow the rules, No Collar break the rules," Probst told TV Guide in an interview.

"And then, you have to have the group of people. And this is, for my money, probably the best overall cast we've ever had. That doesn't mean there won't be duds or people that don't live up to their potential. But person to person as a group, this is a really strong group and one of my favorite casts ever."

Survivor: Worlds Apart premieres with a special 90-minute episode on Wednesday, February 25 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.

"In almost every episode, there are moments that personify the three different groups of people that really are the dominating philosophies in our culture right now... But there was a feeling amongst the White Collars that they weren't White Collars," Probst revealed.

"The Blue Collars were very proud to be Blue Collars, and the No Collars thoroughly embraced their No Collar ways. But the White Collars kept wanting to say, 'We've got Blue Collar in us. We've got some No Collar in us.' I thought that was really interesting, given the culture right now, that the one group that was a bit embarrassed were the White Collars."

Probst elaborated a bit more on how the three-tribe premise came about and why he believes it will make for a very entertaining season.

"The White Collars represent that part of the world that make the rules. They work in offices. They wear suits. The Blue Collars are the people who are out getting it done every day. They might wear a uniform. They might use their hands. They are the bread and butter of our country," Probst told TV Guide.

"And the No Collars are the people that are willing to break the rules, like a Mark Zuckerberg or somebody who just wants to sit on the beach and read poetry. They're not bound by societal norms. When you put those three together and force them to play this game, it's really compelling."

Survivor: Worlds Apart is the franchise's milestone 30th edition, however, Probst noted it won't be highlighted in the series.

"We realized, we don't really look at this as any kind of an end," the Survivor host said. "It's just a celebration."

Posted by: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 05:55 PM EST
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People News : 'The Amazing Race' host Phil Keoghan on new season: The format hasn't changed, it's not a dating show!
The Amazing Race 26 The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan is assuring viewers the next race around the world featuring dating couples will not be like The Bachelor in any sense.

"Just to put our fans' minds at rest, we're not changing the format of Amazing Race," Keoghan told TV Guide.

"I don't want you to think this is the Family Edition format change that you saw all those years ago [in Season 8]. It's The Amazing Race as you know it. However, for the first time in Amazing Race history, 10 singles are going to be meeting at the starting line for the first time and they will be going on the most extreme blind date ever."

Out of the 11 couples competing on the show, half of them have a pre-existing relationship while the rest are embarking on the craziest and longest blind date ever. Keoghan said there were still be Detours, Roadblocks, U-Turns and Pit Stops as the pairs travel far and wide.

"We know the format works well. We just mixed up the theme," the host said, adding that fans have pushed the dating-couples idea for years.

"There are a lot of applications that we've gotten over the years that have come from singles [saying], 'I don't really have anybody to race with, but I'd really like to go on the Race and maybe you can pair me up with somebody...' We do really listen to our fans and what they say. We listened to our fans after Season 8 when they said, 'Don't change the format.' Some fans thought, 'Oh, my God! They're changing the format. It's becoming a dating show.'"

Keoghan insisted, "Don't worry, it's not a dating show now. It's the race as you know it."

The upcoming theme, however, will create some new twists and turns like never before.

"You'll see people racing while dealing with, 'Do I like this person? Do I think they're attractive? Do I think there is a potential for a relationship after this?' I just want to make it clear to fans we are not changing the format... When we put the word out, we were able to go back to some of the singles that had been applying over the years and we were able to reach out to some singles that we found through casting," Keoghan explained.

Keoghan said the show didn't really consider doing a season with just an entire cast of blind-date couples.

"My personal feeling is that it's more interesting to watch pre-existing couples competing against 10 singles so there's something to compare. Will the newly dating teams be able to out-compete the pre-existing teams and vice versa?" The Amazing Race host told TV Guide.

"It's a different type of relationship because newly dating couples might be on their best behavior for a while because they genuinely like each other. They're only with each other for 21 days max, but they're going through that period where they're on their best behavior. Or, if they don't like each other, they're on their worst behavior. It was so that it wasn't the same flavor in terms of the relationships and that there was a balance and we have something to compare."

Keoghan said producers put some people together who truly seemed to make a great match, but "even when your best friend lines you up on a blind date... sometimes screws it up. Afterward, you go, 'Are you serious? You really thought I'd like Bob?' And your best friend goes, 'I thought you guys would be perfect!'"

If someone's best friend could be a terrible matchmaker, Keoghan throws out the idea that The Amazing Race may not be entirely successful at it either.

"It's important to say that as hard as we tried to come up with the perfect matches, who's really an expert in coming up with a perfect match? There's a reason that match.com and these websites don't always work. It's hard to find that perfect somebody. We've done our best," he said.

"I can assure you that we are not claiming to be perfect matchmakers because it's too hard. You will see there are connections with some people and they are instantly attracted to each other from the first moment they stare into each other's eyes. I would say on paper, if you look at it, we tried to match people up with their likes and dislikes, and what they want in a mate."

Keoghan explained that a love story coming out of the show would be more powerful and entertaining than trying to cast couples who are awful for one another and could therefore stir up arguments and drama.

"Quite frankly, it's much more interesting if we are able to get through the end of the Race, a newly dating couple wins and they also find love. We wouldn't want to lessen our chances of having that story. That story, to me, is more interesting than if we put people together just because we thought they'd be volatile and we didn't get a match, but we got all this crazy stuff going on," the host told TV Guide.

"I think it's really cool if we're in the long-term able to say, 'We were able to match these people up, we captured the moment they fell in love, we captured this extreme blind date around the world, and they won.' That's better than, 'They hated each other. They were eliminated in the third leg because they just couldn't stand to be around each other.'"

The Amazing Race's 26th season premieres with a special 90-minute episode on Wednesday at 9:30PM ET/PT after Survivor's debut before moving to its regular timeslot on Friday at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.

Posted by: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 05:10 PM EST
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People News : 'The Bachelor' eliminees Britt Nilsson and Kaitlyn Bristowe weigh-in on which girl should win Chris Soules' heart
The Bachelor 19 The Bachelor star Chris Soules has narrowed down his field of bachelorettes to only two choices -- Whitney Bischoff and Becca Tilley. So which bachelorette do previously-eliminated contestants see Soules standing with at the end?

Britt Nilsson, who was a frontrunner from the start but got eliminated just before hometown dates, apparently has a favorite, Us Weekly reported.

"My bias is a little towards Becca just because she's so funny and cool," Nilsson told Us at the Women Tell All taping.

"I think that Whitney is someone who already loves kids and she's totally into him. There are no questions in her mind if she loves him... She speaks her mind, she's a very truthful person. I like Whitney a lot. [But] Becca, I think has all of those qualities, she's also very truthful, she's very sweet, she'll be a great mom, but she's also just fun."

Kaitlyn Bristowe, whom Soules sent home after overnight fantasy-suite dates, explained to the magazine she thinks it's simply up in the air.

"I do feel like it's a toss-up because out of everyone that I became friends with in the house, those are my two closest friends. I feel like he made a very great decision with those being the Final 2 because they are classy, unbelievable women," Bristowe said.

However, Bristowe noted that Tilley might be "too good to be true."

"I think she needs to experience a lot more in life before she's gonna settle down because she deserves great things and I don't think she even knows how great she is. Where Whitney has established herself and she's two hours from home and she's ready for that. They have great chemistry," she explained.

"When I picture Whitney, I picture her being a good wife, I picture her wanting babies right away, and I just see it. In the grand scheme of things, I see Whitney as a wife. She's a great, genuine human being."

The Bachelor: Women Tell All special will air Monday, March 2 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC. The season's highly anticipated three-hour finale will air the following week.


Posted by: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 04:31 PM EST
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People News : Bobbi Kristina Brown taken out of a coma in the hope of change, says family source
The Houstons: On Our Own Bobbi Kristina Brown has reportedly been taken out of a coma although she still remains on life support, which includes a ventilator and feeding tube.

"We're hoping for a significant change soon," a family source told People, "but we know that it may not change anything."

NeuroCritical Care professor Subhashini Ramesh from Georgia Regents University explained Brown may have been weaned off the medication that puts her into a coma because either her condition has improved or doctors just want to see what she can do on her own.

"We're all hoping and praying that this will give us some answers," said the family source, adding that Brown's condition is "severe."

Brown recently underwent a tracheotomy, and according to Dr. Ramesh, it was a positive sign because it means Brown did not meet the criteria for brain death, according to the magazine. However, she could still have a devastating injury.

"There will be a sign of hope, and then nothing," added the family source. "Every day, we wonder if this will be the day that we get good news."

On January 31, friend Max Lomas found Brown face down and unresponsive in her home's bathtub. Her longtime boyfriend Nick Gordon then attempted to revive her before she was rushed to the hospital and put on life support. Gordon, who has a history of domestic violence, has since been at the center of Brown's criminal investigation.

Conflicting reports have circulated about whether Gordon has been given permission by Brown's family to visit his girlfriend at Emory University Hospital. He has expressed his desperation to sit by Brown's side and talk to her on social media multiple times.

"He can say whatever he wants to say," the family source told People. "We are leaving the investigation in the hands of the authorities. Our focus has always been Bobbi Kristina's health and recovery. That's all that matters to us right now."


Posted by: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 03:43 PM EST
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