He can sing, cook and now he shows us that he can act. One of our favorite Idols chats with us about winning American Idol, having his own Vegas show and his upcoming role on Law & Order: SVU.
You're the first 'American Idol' winner to score a Vegas residency. We hear it’s a great show.
I really love performing in Vegas. It’s pretty awesome to have your own show room and to be a part of such a historic landscape of entertainers that have had residencies here.
What is your favorite act in Las Vegas...other than yours?
There’s so many wonderful talented entertainers. I love all the Cirque Shows. It’s like asking me what my favorite song is. It’s a really hard question. It depends on your mood.
Can you tell us a little about your role on Law & Order: SVU?
I’ve been working with an acting coach for about a year now. I have been auditioning for scripted TV. What's great about this role is that I get to play myself, and I love the show. It's one of my favorites on TV.
Would you have any desire to judge American Idol?
I know the idea has been kicked around a lot. I would love to take on that role because I know a lot about it, and I would love to help up-and-coming artists get to really successful points in their careers, which is what I think American Idol does.
How was working with Clay Aiken and Ashanti?
Those two were wonderful to work with. Ashanti is as sweet as she can be, and we just had a ball on set. It was a wonderful experience, and I hope I get to see and work with them again.
We hear you’re working on a country album.
I definitely think it will be country, soulful music. Coming from the South and Alabama, you pick up on a lot of genres. Country music was definitely a big part of my life. I’m really blessed to be able to work in Nashville and live and work in Las Vegas and Birmingham - where I'm from - and to work with wonderful country artists and writers on this next record.
Who have you enjoyed performing with the most?
That’s a tough one. I think adding blues harmonica to "Gin and Juice" with Snoop Dogg was probably one of the best moments I’ve had as an entertainer. Adding blues to rap was the most innovative thought we had. Definitely a fun moment.
Any dream future collaborator?
I'd love to work with Paul Simon. He's one of my favorite singer/songwriters. I just really love his music, and I’ve been playing it for a long time. Hopefully our paths will cross.
Word is you’re a great cook. You even own your own restaurant, Saw's Juke Joint in your native Birmingham, Alabama. What inspired you to get into the restaurant business?
Well, I used to perform in that location long before my American Idol days. I was always around restaurants and clubs. I was always a foodie. When you’re from Alabama, you're born a foodie. I love the culinary arts, music and food. It’s the perfect match. Saw's is a wonderful combination of those. Live music, jalapeno poppers stuffed with BBQ and sweet tea fried chicken. It’s a soulful venue.
Do you ever play there?
I do. I sneak in and perform some nights. It’s always fun to come back and surprise folks.
You have a couple recipes in the new Taste of Home cookbook, Recipes Across America. Where'd you learn to cook?
My grandmother and my great-grandmother were always in the kitchen. I love to cook. I love big pasta diners with friends and family. Spaghetti is one of my favorites to cook for everybody. I don’t get to cook too much because I travel a lot, but when friends or family come over, we do pasta.
What will you do for Thanksgiving dinner?
I always like to take Thanksgiving to be with my family and friends. There's a lot of great cooking around, and there's always a festive atmosphere.
Lastly, I have to ask: How did it feel to win American Idol?
You know, it was one of those feelings that I will never forget for the rest of my life. As many years as I spent as a struggling musician, it all culminated in that moment...of catching my break. I am very grateful for that.
Catch Taylor on Law & Order: SVU on NBC Wednesday, November 6 at 9PM ET.
Charlie Sheen's ex-wife Brooke Mueller has asked a judge to hold the actor in contempt of court after alleging he violated the terms of their divorce deal by discussing her drug problems with a media outlet. The former Two and a Half Men star lashed out at Mueller and officials at America's Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) in a candid interview on U.S. gossip show TMZ Live on Friday (01Nov13), venting his frustration after learning the recovering addict could gain full custody of their twin sons Bob and Max after completing her latest stint in a drug rehabilitation facility.
During the rant, he reportedly claimed the former real estate agent, who spent Friday night with her boys for the first time in months, had damaged the four-year-old twins emotionally, and alleged that they suffered night terrors after every visit with their mother.
The accusations have infuriated Mueller and her lawyers have now issued a subpoena to TMZ editors to hand over the footage so they can present it as evidence in court to prove that Sheen broke the terms of their 2011 divorce settlement, in which he agreed to "not disclose to any media sources personal information relating to Brooke's alleged drug usage".
If Sheen is found to be in contempt of court, he is likely to have his visitation with the kids restricted and could even face jail.
The news comes just a day after Mueller was denied a request for an emergency restraining order against Sheen as the former couple continues to fight over the custody of their kids. She will argue her case for a protective order again next month (Dec13).
Mueller and Sheen have been fighting over their kids since splitting in 2010 after two years of marriage.
The twins have been under the temporary care of Sheen's second wife, Denise Richards, since May (13), when Mueller was stripped of custody and admitted to a rehab clinic.
Charlie Sheen's ex-wife Brooke Mueller has been denied a request for an emergency restraining order against the actor as they continue to fight over custody of their twin boys. The former Two and a Half Men star's second wife, Denise Richards, has been looking after Sheen's four-year-old sons Bob and Max since Mueller was stripped of custody and admitted to a drug rehabilitation facility in May (13).
She spent Friday night (01Nov13) with her kids for the first time in months, and has since revealed plans to regain full custody - but the news angered Sheen and he launched into a Twitter.com rant that morning to slam officials at America's Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) for their handling of the case.
He unleashed another tirade against Mueller during an interview on U.S. gossip show TMZ Live last week (ends01Nov13), when he warned there will be a "reckoning" after accusing the recovering addict of putting their boys' lives in danger by allegedly using illegal substances while they were in her care.
He added, "I will exercise every resource at my disposal. I will, I will, I will, I will empty my entire war chest and if I can't get it done, I know a guy who can."
His fiery comments reportedly prompted authorities to ban him from visiting his boys back at Richards' house on Saturday (02Nov13), and prompted Mueller to file court papers for an immediate protective order.
Her motion was rejected by a Los Angeles judge on Monday (04Nov13), although she has been given another opportunity to argue her case at a hearing next month (Dec13), reports TMZ.com.
Sheen and Mueller have been fighting over their boys since splitting in 2010 after two years of marriage. Their divorce was finalised in 2011.
Charlie Sheen was reportedly denied access to his two sons on Saturday (02Nov13). The former Two and a Half Men actor's ex-wife Denise Richards, who has temporary custody over Sheen's four-year-old twins, Bob and Max, was allegedly informed by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), that she was not allowed to take them to the star's house for a visit.
According to editors at TMZ.com, officials were annoyed with Sheen after he slammed bosses at the governmental department as inept in their handling of his sons and claimed their mother Brooke Mueller could regain custody of the boys.
Bob and Max, who were removed from Mueller's care in May (13) after she was put on an involuntary psychiatric hold for overdosing on crystal methamphetamine, spent their first night with her on Friday (01Nov13) after her release from rehab.
Mueller is now seeking full custody.
Charlie Sheen has slammed America's Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) in a rant on Twitter.com. The former Two and a Half Men star labelled bosses of the government department inept in their handling of his two children with ex-wife Brooke Mueller.
It has emerged Mueller could regain custody of their sons Bob and Max after completing a drug rehabilitation program, and Sheen is furious at the prospect.
In a message posted on the microblogging website on Friday (01Nov13), in reference to the previous night's Halloween celebrations, he writes, "Last night (31Oct13) was awesoem (sic)! I went as an officer from DCFS (child protection srvc (services)) because that's about as sane as these inept and retarded doosh (sic) bags seem when dealing with my sons bob and max.
"It's an abhorrent d**k dance that has NOTHING to do (with) protecting any child. Instead they are swayed by the evil and pathetic uber loser w**re that calls herself Brooke. There will be a reckoning. There will be a whirlwind, that they will all reap while desperate (sic) begging for my forgiveness. You've all been warned."
Sheen and socialite Mueller split in 2010 after two years of marriage, but Mueller lost custody of their children in May (13) after overdosing on crystal methamphetamine. She was put on an involuntary psychiatric hold and the boys were placed with Sheen's ex-wife Denise Richards, but Mueller is now seeking full custody.
Charlie Sheen has slashed his monthly child support to his former wife Brooke Mueller in half. The actor reportedly provided $55,000 (£36,666)-a-month in support to Mueller but has managed to successfully cut it by more than 50 per cent to $25,000 (£16,600) as their twin sons remain in the care of Sheen's second wife, Denise Richards.
The four-year-old boys, Bob and Max, were taken from the socialite in May (13) when she was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold after overdosing on drugs.
A source tells Radaronline, "A deal was made out of court between Charlie and Brooke's lawyers, which involved a mediator. The new child support payment is $25,000 a month, since the twins, Bob and Max, aren't living with Brooke.
"If the judge in child dependency court gives the boys back to Brooke, Charlie will immediately begin paying her the full $55,000 a month."
Age is but a number. In Hollywood, it's something you ignore altogether. Teen movies are equal opportunities employers: not even 30 year-olds are discriminated against in that search for the perfect juvie casting.
33 might seem old to don a kilt and bucket hat and hit the lockers for a high school TV series, but that's how many years Stacey Dash had clocked up by the time she hung up her Clueless franchise knee-socks. Alan Ruck made Ferris Bueller's Day Off, thanks to his off-the-charts levels of brooding adolescent angst. However, at the ripe old age of 29, he was more middle management, than middle school. It would have been pretty wrong for an under-18 to take on the steamy sex scenes of Wild Things, so they brought in a 27 year-old Denise Richards to take one - or several - for the team. Suspend your disbelief, ignore the crow's feet, try not to giggle as a karate 'Kid' with laughter lines defends his under-18 title.
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British TV presenter Denise Van Outen is planning to walk the Great Wall of China to raise cash for charity - and help her overcome her split from husband Lee Mead. The blonde has previously scaled Mount Kilimanjaro, cycled across India, and enjoyed an expedition to the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu in Peru, and now she has her sights set on another Wonder of the World.
Van Outen was inspired to take on the challenge following the death of a close friend's father, but she also confesses she is hoping to put the trauma of her split from musical theatre star Mead last month (Jul13) firmly behind her.
She tells British magazine Hello!, "Whenever I've done anything like this before I've always come back with a clear head, and the past few months haven't been easy. I'll come back with a clean slate ready to start again. It's going to be very emotional..."
Van Outen will be raising cash for the Royal Marsden Hospital in London during the trek.
Former Westlife star Brian Mcfadden will show off his fancy footwork on TV after signing up for a new U.K. show which teaches celebrity couples how to dance. The singer will hit the dancefloor with his wife Vogue Williams for Stepping Out on Britain's ITV network.
JLS singer Oritse Williams and his girlfriend AJ Azari will also take part, along with Dempsey and Makepeace stars Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber, and British actress Denise Welch with her husband Lincoln Townley.
The celebrities will be judged each week on a new genre of dance. The show will debut in the U.K. later this month (Aug13).
Actress Denise Richards has worked up a sweat over her recently installed air conditioning system by suing the company behind the job. The former Bond girl claims the contractors she hired to put in air conditioning at her Los Angeles property have ruined parts of her home, as well as the electrical layout and the roof.
In legal documents filed in L.A. earlier this week (beg29Jul13), Richards suggests parts of her home are now unbearably hot and there are sewer smells in the attic.
She also accuses firm bosses of overcharging her, demanding $3 million (£2 million) instead of the agreed $1.6 million (£1.1 million).
Richards is seeking more than $1 million (£666,000) in damages, according to TMZ.com.