After last week’s highly unexpected elimination of the soulful tatted-up softie, Vino Alan, the Top 6 contestants of the X Factor are imitating Tate Stevens and “Livin’ On a Prayer,” hoping to not get surprisingly eliminated on Thursday night. Even though the polarizing CeCe Frey didn’t get sent home, she — and her mysterious reappearing leopard spots — got a chance to prove she is packing… some vocals. (OMG, get your mind out of the gutter people!) Once again, girls were near-hyperventilation watching Emblem3, wishing Wesley a “Happy Birthday” during commercial breaks (surprisingly, no panties were thrown on stage), while Demi Lovato had a change of heart toward Fifth Harmony after they performed her single “Give Your Heart A Break.” Tate — unlike Mr. Romney — was able to win back all of those red states with some Garth Brooks, and Carly Rose Sonenclar made Justin Bieber fans proud, giving them plenty of reasons to love the up-and-coming teen phenom.
After the show, Hollywood.com chit-chatted with the remaining contestants to get the low-down about their unplugged performances, taking on the Pepsi Challenge, and singing a second song picked by America. Carly Rose talks about Britney Spears’ genius pop-star-approved strategy to win the Biebs’ fan base (golf clap), Emblem3 opens up about Simon Cowell’s own tactical move to follow One Direction’s footsteps (they seem to think he may know a thing, or two), and Tate talks plans of spending the $5 million recording contract that may be coming his way. (Of course, if Ms. Broadway loses her reign at No. 1.) Check out what beans they spilled below:
Carly Rose Sonenclar, on Justin Bieber fans reaction to her performance:
Carly: [I’m nervous] a little bit! I'll have to go check Twitter in a little bit. I don't really know what's happening right now, but hopefully it's good. His fan base is really dedicated, so it'll be interesting to see what they think.
On Britney’s strategy for her to win Justin’ s fan base:
Carly: I think that's a good strategy. Having them on my side would be really helpful.
On Simon turning Emblem3 into another One Direction:
Carly: I think they're really different than One Direction, and that's good because we don't need another One Direction. I don't think Simon would try to do that because he's a very smart person, but obviously One Direction worked out well.
Emblem3, on celebrating Wesley’s birthday this week:
Drew Chadwick: We are going to take shots of Pedialyte.
Keaton Stromberg: Pedialyte!
Wesley Stromberg: yeah, we are such rebels.
Keaton: Or wheatgrass, and get severely wasted.
Drew: We need the electrolytes.
On Simon turning them into another One Direction:
Wesley: Honestly, we talk to him about that.
Keaton: We have seen what he's trying to do, and even though he's had a lot of success in the show, I think what he's trying to do is…
Drew: Simon knows what works, and has a good strategy. Even if that means us taking some heat for some of the songs, it's going to reach out for bigger audience and get us more votes, and that's what he's trying to do.
Wesley: He's made a path and it's easier to go through that path until we are done with the competition.
Keaton: You get what you get, and you don't throw a fit.
Wesley: It's all about reaching out, and gaining fans. That's a good strategy.
On Demi possibly crushing on them:
Drew: You know what it is… she has one of those old-school crushers. The only way she knows how to flirt is by being mean. She just wants the attention.
Keaton: She has a shrine.
Drew: She has a locket with Wes's face on it. You should see her closet.
Keaton: She has a shrine made out of bubblegum.
On Simon compromising to let them have some facial hair:
Drew: You know, I actually talk to … his right-hand man about that. I was like, “Dude, I don’t want to be baby-faced. I want to be a man. Okay?” He said, “We were never mad about your scruff; we just didn't want you to have a beard.” When it was no shave November, I hadn't shaved in like two weeks, and it was literally a full beard. It was beard-ish [and] I liked it, but it was too much. We finally found a happy compromise.
Tate Stevens, on never going back to his blue-collar jobs:
Tate: I don’t think I’m ever going back to paving roads. God, I hope not. It is a great job. It helped support my family for the last going on 10 years. It’s a great job, so I can’t complain about it, but it is definitely not me. It is not what I want to do. So I am going to run with this music, and if I go home tomorrow, I go home tomorrow. I have a “fall forward” mentality, and I am going to fall forward. I am not going back.
On how he’d spend the $5 million:
Tate: It will be great if I win and I’m going to buy some really dumb stuff like a new Harley and stuff I don’t need. I have a new Harley now but I’ll buy another one just because. I’ll have two. Why not? I can do it.
On spending 15th wedding anniversary this Friday with his wife:
Tate: She’s got to leave [the contestant’s mansion] at like three in the afternoon, so we will have breakfast and kind of chill out in the morning.
CeCe Frye, on Britney praising her ‘Part of Me’ performance:
CeCe: If the queen approves, then I’m down with it. So, yeah that felt amazing. I feel like Britney doesn’t always love what I do, so to hear that from her it feels great.
On getting hated on by the judges and the audience:
CeCe: I hear crap on the Internet all of the time. I shouldn’t read it, but I do because I’m curious and I want to see what, like, people on the outside think. You know, people on the outside hate on me just as much as these judges do.
On Simon’s weekly brutal criticism:
CeCe: I don’t know what to do to try and please that man, so I’m not even going to try.
[Image Credit: Ray Mickshaw/Fox]
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Taylor Swift may have been in a complete state of grace as she took the stage to rock the house during The X Factor on Thursday – but the remaining 12 contestants were singing an entirely different tune for the double elimination on Thursday night. Nerves were on edge, emotions were worn on sleeves, and waterworks were ready to commence at the drop of a hat. As if the drama wasn’t already heavier than an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after Lyric 145 was sent packing, the cheeky Simon Cowell put Demi Lovato in the toughest position yet, picking to save one of her two contestants: Paige Thomas, and Jennel Garcia. After Jennel as sent packing, which included a heartfelt sobfest, America’s mouths hit the ground, asking if these results were for real (were they?) when Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez revealed the top 10:
1. Tate Stevens
2. Carly Rose Sonenclar
3. Vino Alan
5. CeCe Frey
6. Fifth Harmony
7. Diamond White
8. Beatrice Miller
9. Arin Ray
10. Paige Thomas
Resurrecting – in only one day instead of three like J.C. – from the bottom 12 was CeCe Frey to number five, while Vino Allan played musical chairs with the number two and three slots with Carly Rose Sonenclar. Tate Stevens continues to dominate this rodeo, remaining in the number one spot for the second week in a row (can he get a yeehaw?). Hollywood.com chit-chatted with the mentors – and their co-hosts! – who had much to say about tonight’s diva-worthy revelations.
Simon Cowell, on his love/hate relationship with Demi:
Simon: If you like someone you can have that relationship, but tonight I just couldn’t help but do what I did, because I knew it was going to be the most uncomfortable thing. (Laughs) And everyone at home was thinking the same thing.
On the future of Britney’s contestants:
Simon: She’s got one act doing well. She’s going to lose a couple in the next few weeks, trust me. It’s quite clear with Carly that she’s going to be there all the way through to the end, she was incredible last night.
On Britney’s recent feistiness on the judging panel:
Simon: It’s like, you know, having a dog that normally licks you and decides to bite you out of nowhere one week. I prefer the licking.
Demi Lovato, on choosing to save Janelle:
Demi: I genuinely think that Janelle is just more talented. I think that Paige has a more star quality to her – which is going to help her as an advantage. I think that Janelle definitely didn’t deserve to go home, and I couldn’t let her go home tonight.
Britney Spears, on having none of her contestants eliminated:
Britney: I think they are just really spectacularly talented kids. You know? And that is really rare to come by, and they are really gifted.
On the competition between the judges increasing:
Britney: Yeah, we were all kind of a little out for our team big time. There is a lot of competition going on.
On voting to eliminate Jennel Garcia:
Britney: It was a hard decision. It really was. Just because they both – they are all so talented. Any time you have to pick someone out specifically for something like that – it is their dream, so it is kind of crucial.
Jennel Garcia, on her post-elimination conversation with Demi:
Jennel: She talked to me afterwards – but that is something confidential, and I want to keep that to myself. I think she feels the same way I do. It's a little bit frustrating, too. When you know what goes on behind the scenes. It's frustrating I know that she is a little upset over it. I'm just glad that she believed in me so much.
Khloe Kardashian-Odom, on being yelled at by producers for consoling eliminated contestants:
Khloe: Khlo-money, that is my alter ego for years! I think everyone was like, “What are you talking about?” It’s just – I think everyone – I personally have split personalities, but I embrace it and love it. I could just turn crazy, but Khlo-money is the one that I love. I’m just like, fierce, and fun. I could also be pretty bitchy, but it’s a fun moment. Trust me. It’s not like – you’ll want to see it. It’s like, “I need purple M&Ms now!”
On her alter ego:
Khloe: It’s hard to ignore someone yelling at you like, “We’ve got to run on time!” Like, screaming, screaming, screaming! I’m like, “I just want to hug someone.” It’s hard, and I don’t know if I’m like, going to get in trouble for not pushing them out fast enough – but I was like, “I’m just going to finish hugging. I’m just going to hug.”
On husband Lamar Odom’s advice for the show:
Khloe: The only tip he gave me was – don’t show your nipples anymore. He said, “Please do not have your tits out.” I said, “Oh, good tip.”
L.A. Reid, on CeCe Frye staying in the competition:
L.A.: I am honestly happy for her, very happy that she got through, and that she actually made it into the top five! Very, very happy for her, and I can’t quite explain that except that maybe people thought that we were a bit harsh, and because of that people went and saved her, right? That’s what I think happened.
Mario Lopez, on his long friendship with Taylor Swift:
Mario: I've actually known her since she was like 15, because when she was 15, I think I was doing something at, like, a state fair, and she was a performer. And her mom – who's real sweet – she remembers all the time. And I've seen her throughout the years, since then, and watched her blow up how she has. She's remained the same sweet person, and her mom's super cool, and her manager. So, yeah, but she's super cool.
[Photo Credit: FOX]
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Christmas seemed to have arrived early for Arin Ray and Fifth Harmony’s Normani Hamilton, because their showmance is so on, they’re totally going to be kissing underneath the mistletoe. Their adorable flirtation session, mixed with a game of pool (not the Prince Harry kind) at the contestant’s mansion was shown for America to witness during the show last night. And OMG, there were literally hearts in their eyes as they gazed at each other. Minus the technical difficulty at the beginning of Arin’s performance, dedicating Madonna’s 'Crazy For You' to his soon-to-be (if not already) girlfriend was totally, as Britney Spears also likes to say, incredible.
Following the show, Hollywood.com chit-chatted with the remaining 12 contestants to discuss their performances for Diva Week, some of which received very hard-to-swallow criticism brought to you by Simon & Co. (enter Beatrice Miller, Arin Ray, and CeCe Frey). Vino Alan dish on Tate Stevens’ wifey will hopefully put an end to his snoring (he’s got the evidence on his iPhone), while Emblem3 are happy to share just how highly-solicited they are these days by female fans. Justin Bieber, you may have some serious competition for your fans. Check out what they said below:
Emblem3, on their song selection:
Wesley Stromberg: We sat for like seven hours trying to pick songs. One of the ones we thought about doing was ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ by Britney Spears. We went with Alicia Keys because it felt the most like us. We put the beach vibe spin on it, and it worked really well.
On Britney calling them heartthrobs:
Wesley: It feels incredible!
Drew Chadwick: Well they say sexual energy is one of the most powerful forms of energy so we'll take it!
On getting attention from female fans:
Wesley: I literally posted a photo two days ago on Instagram and got 22,000 "likes" on it! It's insane. I had more likes on a photo than Zac Efron. I couldn't believe it.
Keaton Stromberg: That's insane. It's incredible.
Wesley: He's gotten... it's too inappropriate to actually say! [Laughs]
Drew: I got a video. It was very... eye-opening!
Vino Alan, on being a hopeless romantic:
Vino: I’ve got to catch myself, because I’m in love with the thought of being in love sometimes. I don’t know if it’s just me, or that thing that [is] true love.
On his roommate Tate Stevens being a loving husband:
Vino: He truly is loyal, and honors his wife. She flew out [to Los Angeles] by herself. I’m guessing he told you. And I’m like, “Go give him some loving.” Hopefully it will stop his snoring.
Arin Ray, on the technical difficulty at the beginning of his performance:
Arin: When you have a mindset to go in there and kill it and be emotional and you hear ‘We Will Rock You’ it's just like, huh? That's not my song. And it just keeps playing, and you wonder when it's gonna stop. And then immediately your song comes in, and you're completely thrown off.
On his evolving friendship with Normani from Fifth Harmony:
Arin: We're really close. She's really special to me. It's really cool to have someone that supportive, you know. She'll definitely be there for me later today.
On having Britney as his mentor:
Arin: She's really cool, you know. She likes to joke around. She tells us about her kids and stuff. She's a really down to earth person. She's not standoffish at all. She brings the energy. It's really cool to be around her.
Fifth Harmony, on Arin and Normani’s relationship:
Camila Cabello: He digs her, and that is not her fault. He can't help it.
Normani Hamilton: But I'm not going to lie, I dig him to. He is super, super, sweet and we are really close friends and I don't want it to end. And that's all I'm going to say.
On his song dedication to her:
Normani: A little bit. I didn't have anything to say, I was speechless. But it was really sweet.
Camila: I predicted it and I told her last night that he would dedicate a song to her.
Lyric 145, on praise from mentors behind the cameras:
Lyric: Da Queen: I don't care what they say on TV, it's always a different conversation when the cameras are off. Me and Demi's conversation, me and L.A. Reid's conversation, it's like, why didn't you say that on TV?
Jemelle Joseph: First of all, L.A. Reid loves us.
Lyric Da Queen: Every performance.
Jemelle Joseph: He loves every performance that we have done so far, and has come up to us afterwards and said he was obsessed. He loves us.
Lyric Da Queen: Exactly, and people may think he doesn't like us, but he does.
CeCe Frye, on L.A. Reid disliking her dress:
CeCe: This dress is probably a $20,000+ Alexander McQueen runway dress. There's probably only 10 of them in the world, and L.A. Reid just insulted it. The fashion gods are going to strike him dead, okay? Alexander McQueen himself is going to haunt him and his diva-esque mansion somewhere. Come on.
On receiving harsh criticism for her performance:
CeCe: I've been picked on my whole life. It's nothing new. It's not anything I can't handle either and I don't know. Bottom line I respect the judges, I respect their comments, but if it's not constructive I'm not going to let it affect how I feel about myself or how I change my next performance.
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Political intrigue corruption scandal sex — it’s all here in this Americanized adaptation of the much acclaimed 2003 six-hour BBC miniseries. With the story shifting from London to Washington D.C. the focus is now on a married congressman who is chairman of an important committee overseeing defense spending. He is a rising star in his party until his beautiful young assistant with whom he has been carrying on a clandestine affair is suddenly found dead. Things get complicated when his old friend Washington Globe investigative reporter Cal McAffrey is assigned to track down the story and try to uncover the identity of the killer. With cub blogger Della Frye forced on him as a partner the two journalists step into a government coverup that is much bigger than anyone could have imagined.
WHO’S IN IT?
Four days before production kicked off Brad Pitt dropped and Russell Crowe replaced him in the key reporter's role. It’s hard to imagine Pitt in this part since Russell Crowe disheveled-looking with long hair and about 30 pounds overweight owns it in his best performance since A Beautiful Mind. As his blog-savvy young partner Rachel McAdams firmly captures the essence of a determined but inexperienced young journalist in over her head. A sharp-tongued and feisty Helen Mirren is ideal as the newspaper boss more concerned with profits than integrity as she spouts out lines like “I don’t give a s--t about the rest of the story. We are going to press!” Ben Affleck also has his best screen outing in a while as the ambitious congressman Stephen Collins who gets caught with his pants down. A bevy of fine supporting turns include Robin Wright Penn as Collins’ unhappy wife; Jeff Daniels oily and smarmy as a conservative politician who knows more than he lets on and especially Jason Bateman stealing scenes as a slimy PR guy who provides some key details.
Not only does State of Play work well as a political thriller its pointed take on the failing state of newspapers and lax journalistic standards could not be more timely. Stunning widescreen cinematography and lavish sets add to the authenticity of a movie that in its best moments can be compared favorably with similar '70s classics like All the President's Men.
As the dense plot unfolds it gets a bit confusing trying to keep all the players straight particularly towards the end where you might need "State of Play for Dummies" just to follow it all.
A nail-biter beautifully staged by director Kevin MacDonald (Last King of Scotland) where Crowe plays a cat-and-mouse game in an underground garage with a mysterious armed suspect he has just confronted.
HOW MANY WRITERS DOES IT TAKE TO SCREW IN A LIGHT BULB?
Four major ones in this case. Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom) Tony Gilroy (Duplicity Michael Clayton) Billy Ray (Breach) and an uncredited Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon The Queen) are the superstar team of scribes who each took a crack at whittling down a six-hour miniseries into a two-hour flick.
Look for Bateman and the art directors responsible for the massive newspaper office to turn up on the shortlist for next year’s Academy Awards.