Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale has reportedly ended her summer romance with actor Graham Rogers. The TV beauty was first linked to Rogers in June (13), and she confirmed the relationship soon afterwards, gushing about the Revolution star and branding him a "sweetheart" and "a good guy".
The young couple enjoyed a romantic vacation in Hawaii in July (13), but now sources tell Us Weekly magazine the romance has fizzled out and the actors have since parted ways.
Hale previously dated The Amazing Spider-Man's Chris Zylka and Teen Wolf hunk Colton Haynes.
Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale has opened up about her relationship with actor Graham Rogers, insisting she is thrilled to be dating a nice guy after a string of bad boys. Editors at America's Star magazine reported the secret union last week (ends23Jun13) and Hale has now confirmed the gossip is true, gushing about the Revolution actor in a new interview.
She tells Us Weekly magazine, "He is such a sweetheart. We are having a good time. We started out as friends. He is a good guy, and I am past the bad-boy stage."
Hale, 24, previously dated The Amazing Spider-Man's Chris Zylka and was more recently linked to Teen Wolf hunk Colton Haynes.
And the Comic-Con news just keeps on coming!
Vampires, werewolves, geeks, serial killers, secret agents and more are set to dazzle fans at the 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego. Warner Bros. has just unveiled their lineup, and it's looking like 17 of their fan-favorite series will be in attendance. Take a look at the full lineup below to find out when stars from The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, and more will be taking the stage.
Wendesday, July 17:– Pilot screenings of Almost Human, The Tomorrow People, and The 100, as well as a special presentation of The Originals featuring never-before-seen footage.
Thursday, July 18:- MAD: Producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek.
Friday, July 19:- Almost Human: Stars Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, and executive producer J.H. Wyman. - The Big Bang Theory: Executive producers Steven Molaro and Bill Prady and the writers- Childrens Hospital: Creator/star Rob Corddry and executive producers David Wain and Jonathan Stern join cast members Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Ken Marino and Rob Huebel. - The Following: Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore, and Valorie Curry join executive producers Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega. - Nikita: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Devon Sawa, and Noah Bean join executive producer Craig Silverstein. - The 100: Series stars Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonell, Marie Avgeropoulos, and Henry Ian Cusick join executive producers Matthew Miller and Jason Rothenberg. - The Paranormal and Extraterrestrial Squad: Producers Milo Ventimiglia and Russ Cundiff and creators/stars John Dale and Michael Hobert.
Saturday, July 20:- Arrow: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards and Colton Haynes joining executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg. - The Originals: Joseph Morgan, Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin, and Charles Michael Davis join executive producer Julie Plec. - Person of Interest: Executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman join members of the cast for their third visit to Comic-Con. - Revolution: Series stars and creator/executive producer Eric Kripke. - The Tomorrow People: Series stars Robbie Amell, Mark Pellegrino, and Peyton List with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer and Danny Cannon. - The Vampire Diaries: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham and Candice Accola join executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries.
Sunday, July 21:- Supernatural: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Mark A. Sheppard with executive producers Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer. - Beware the Batman: Producers Glen Murakami and Mitch Watson. - Teen Titans Go!: Producer Aaron Horvath joins members of the voice cast, including Greg Cipes and Scott Menville.
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Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale has embarked on a romance with actor Graham Rogers, according to a U.S. report. The TV beauty has been quietly dating the 22-year-old Revolution star since they met through mutual pals, and the new couple was spotted out together at the Hollywood Palladium on 30 May (13), when they attended a concert by Imagine Dragons.
A source tells Star magazine, "Lucy and Graham decided to be more open about their relationship now. They were all over each other (at the gig) and didn't care that they were surrounded by tons of people."
Hale, 24, appears to have a thing for actors - she split from The Amazing Spider-Man's Chris Zylka in September (12) and was subsequently linked to Teen Wolf hunk Colton Haynes.
Having gone through Hollywood Week myself, I can say that it was the most intense experience ever, even more so than American Idol itself. Everybody loses their voice, you're singing all the time, it’s where you prove yourself. It's insane, and it's just the beginning.
This year, they separated the guys and the girls for separate weeks in Hollywood. But the real twist is that the producers assigned people to groups rather than having them pick their own. I have no idea why they did that — I wonder how they ended up grouping everyone together. It seemed like it was pretty fair, and it actually could have been more of an advantage to the singers. It's really difficult when you're trying to choose somebody so fast, so late at night, and you don't know anybody there. You just form a group and sometimes there are no similarities whatsoever.
I was really impressed with a lot of kids. Micah, Elijah, Curtis Finch Jr. — he reminded me of Joshua Ledet. Wow, that guy’s got some serious soul. Lazaro, though — he makes me cry every time I see him perform. He's so grateful and so sweet, and he just doesn't even know how good he is. He does something to your soul. He's like the embodiment of hope and inspiration and it's really moving to see somebody being so fearless and going forward. It's a really beautiful thing.
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The way Lazaro’s fellow group members acted when they didn’t get through was terrible. It broke my heart. I couldn't believe there were really people like that in the world. I didn't want to see it. Watching Kayden go home really broke my heart, too. He was really sweet. He stood out to me, and I was really sad to see him go. I thought that whole group was really sweet.
It's really amazing to see these kids triumph regardless of what they're going through. There are some really great stories and some really inspirational stories — like Lazaro — but most importantly, I want to hear everybody sing and feel moved or get goosebumps because there is just something about that voice.
I think that real voices come from a place of pain, from somewhere really, really deep and unexplainable. In my opinion, a good voice is one that just pours out of your body, moves us, gives us chill bumps and makes our hearts beat fast. It's something that makes you feel. That's what I really appreciate, anyway. A lot of good singers just have that because of whatever they've been through.
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Although I was sad to see Kayden go home, I understood what he went through. I auditioned two times before I actually made it through, so I had to develop and get better. I didn't make it past the first round, and then I made it all the way through to the top 10. You try and try and try again, and if you don't get through, it's probably because you're not ready and it's not because you're bad. I still feel like I maybe wasn't ready yet! It's crazy how much you develop even after that show.
It’s a tough time, but I also have some great memories from Hollywood Week. I met Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze sitting outside on the very first day. I remember singing right next to Crystal during the "sudden death" round, and she was so good that she got a standing ovation from the contestants waiting to audition. I remember when Siobhan Magnus fell down and skinned her knees and she had orange spider tights on. There was so much excitement, and it was really, really fun.
During our season we all got along really well. I think for anybody who does any season it's just a crazy experience. Having the same goal and dream as everybody, we're like gladiators fighting against each other. Keith Urban was right — it's like the Hunger Games. But you make so many great friends and you don't want to see them go!
Didi Benami finished 10th on Season 9 of ‘American Idol.’ She’s currently working on her first album, which should be released independently by the summer of 2013. Follow her on Twitter @didibenami, visit her Facebook, or check out her website, www.officialdidibenami.com. You can buy her single, "Gasoline," on iTunes and Amazon.
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It took the entirety of the audition rounds, but it appears we have our very first scandal of American Idol Season 12: Matt Farmer, who tried out for the show in Long Beach, Calif. in the Wednesday, Jan. 30 episode and made it to Hollywood Week, has admitted that he totally lied about his sob story.
Farmer said in his pre-audition interview that he'd suffered a traumatic brain injury after being hit by an IED in Iraq. "I just remember waking up in the hospital in Kuwait," he said.
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His 3-year-old daughter was a miracle because the medication he took for his alleged injury was supposed to make him sterile. "I want her to look back in 15-20 years and say 'My dad never stopped. He gave it everything he had,'" he said of his reason for trying out for Idol.
Now, Farmer has admitted on the site GuardianofValor.com, dedicated to exposing people who lie about military service, that he wasn't completely truthful. Men who served with him overseas revealed that he mixed illicit acne medication with illicit whiskey, and had to be medi-vaced out of Iraq because he had seizures. At first he maintained that the Idol producers chopped up his interview to make it sound like he said those things about the IED when he didn't, but after some more prodding (and proof that he'd made those claims before), he came clean.
"I do in fact take FULL responsibility for the actions and words I have said, and know that this will never go away. In NO way was I looking to take from everyone who has served. I started to believe my own lies. And after I believed them… I would catch myself talking like it had happened to me my entire life," he admitted.
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Here's the full truth, according to Farmer: "I at no time was a sniper, was never deployed to Afghanistan, did a single tour in Iraq, and was never at any time hit or wounded by an IED." Farmer also revealed in his statement to the site that he's no longer with the show, not specifying whether he was cut or if he pulled out of the competition.
A spokesperson for Idol producers 19 Entertainment had no comment on the incident.
Here's the real question: Farmer is a not-horrible-looking guy with a cute daughter and actual military service. He already has a good enough back story for reality TV. What compelled him to lie? If he was still in the competition, would you want him to quit? If so, why? He didn't lie about a criminal past, he just enhanced his story to make himself look more appealing (and made himself look worse in the process). Share your thoughts on the incident in the comments!
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This is a message from the converted: Nicki Minaj is a fantastic American Idol judge. The best. Magnificent. More valuable than she could possibly know.
Yet, if you were speaking to me approximately a week and a half ago, I’d have told you all this Minaj nonsense would be the death of Idol and that her Twitter rants were only the tip of the iceberg. I can say it now: I was so, so wrong. Nicki, I love you.
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The rapper is the youngest member of the judging panel at age 30, and compared to Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, and Keith Urban (who also judged the Australian version of The Voice), her expertise in judging and producing music is far more limited. Of course we were wary when she burst onto the scene with snide looks for Mariah and her never-ending barrage of ridiculous nicknames. (Yes, that pasty, boring kid from Tennessee named Joel should definitely go around calling himself Jumanji.) What is she bringing to the table? And why does she keep calling everyone she likes “a staaaar”? And what possesses her to speak in a British accent randomly? The answers are: She’s bringing Nicki to the table, and she does those things because she’s Nicki-freaking-Minaj and that’s what Nicki-freaking-Minaj does. And it’s great.
Now, naysayers, stay with me for a moment. Since Simon Cowell got tired and tuned out during Season 9 and then left us with the clueless patrol in Seasons 10 and 11 (sorry, Steven and JLo), Idol has lacked that special something. Sure, we’ve fallen in love with contestants (America sure fell hard for Mr. Phillip Phillips), but the judges have simply been there, woken up occasionally by the loud isms and wasms of Steven Tyler and the periodical misunderstandings of the way things like fish work by Randy and his all-powerful Yo pin. We yearned week in and week out for the wise, and sometimes harsh, words of mega-producer and mentor Jimmy Iovine, because our regular panel lacked teeth. With Nicki at the table, that’s not a problem anymore. (But, don’t leave us, Jimmy!) Nicki brings out the harder sides of her fellow judges.
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This year, Randy is far more inclined to tell a contestant, “You’re tone deaf, dawg.” And he actually did. Whereas he would mask his true feelings with niceties in the past, or be buried under Simon’s avalanche of mean on the original panel, Randy gets to throw his 30 years of music biz know-how around. And it’s because Nicki is there. It’s because she fosters an atmosphere in which anything goes, from calling a tone-deaf contestant “boo-boo” and giving him puppy dog eyes, to teasing a young woman for her last name resembling a ladies’ nether regions (ahem, Bush), to telling Mariah “she’s a b***h” within 10 minutes of their first audition session. Nicki is a loose cannon in an ever-changing wardrobe of technicolor dreams. Plus, she is the most entertaining judge we’ve seen on this show since Simon.
But don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying the girl is Simon. She consistently favors contestants’ looks, style, and general air of awesomeness over their talent and you can see her fighting to enjoy a country singer, no matter how close their voices come to making angels weep tears of joy. If she hates your voice, she'll find something nice to say about you or a complete non-sequitur to soften the blow. She’s not going to tell someone where their technical flaws lie and she’s not about to tell anyone they’re “delusional” (one of Simon’s favorite words). She’s not in charge, but she's the inadvertent taste-maker. She’s the new judge to love, hate, and obsess over. She’s the one we’re here to see. Why else would the panel have a fourth judge? Nicki is the ace in the hole.
Wednesday night’s walkout incident was only further ammunition for why: She’s an atypical judge and she knows it. The fight that stopped the Charlotte auditions was initiated because Nicki felt marginalized. She felt like her vision for contestants was at odds with Randy’s and Mariah’s vision, and when Randy threw out his “30 years of experience” as justification, Nicki didn’t fire back with some overconfident remark. She was legitimately hurt: She’s the outsider, and Randy’s retort shook her confidence, so she retreated to lick her wounds. Nicki doesn’t have the upper hand. She’s the newcomer, the underdog, and very often the black sheep. How could you not love her? She’s doing everything she can to make her mark, and she’s doing so by being her outrageous, weird self. In what other year would someone like Chicago’s androgynous Kez Ban be so heralded? When else would we spend so much time getting to know an outrageous attention hog with a collection of blonde and pink wigs like Ashley Smith from Charlotte? Only during the reign of Nicki.
Let’s face it. We’re in the era of the new American Idol and the new Idol is Nicki.
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Kelly Clarkson is back on top. The original Idol has just surpassed fellow American Idol winner Carrie Underwood for the spot as the top-selling winner of the Fox talent series. Her single, “Stronger” has officially sold 1,000 more copies than Underwood’s previous title holder “Before He Cheats,” according to Nielsen SoundScan, via The Hollywood Reporter. Clarkson’s single sold 3,510,000 while Underwood’s hit reached 3,509,000. (It’s okay Carrie, those sales will still make that cheatin’ ex of yours green with envy.)
But now that Clarkson is once again Queen of the Idol alums on the charts, we couldn’t help but wonder, is she the Idol Queen in the eyes of the media (and in our hearts)? We pitted the two peppy singers against each other in a battle of pop culture clout. And as Ryan Seacrest would say: Dim the lights, here we go!
Kelly: “Stronger,” 3,510,000 copies sold
Carrie: “Before He Cheats,” 3,509,000 copies sold
As we said, Clarkson is clearly the winner here. Numbers don’t lie, but they are ridiculously close. If Clarkson doesn’t keep it up, an upset could be in her future. Get to work, ladies!
Clarkson may rule the singles charts, but when it comes to making the long term commitment of buying an artist’s entire album, Underwood’s got her fans on the hook. Perhaps after making an impact with “Stronger” Clarkson can pull ahead, but for now she’s playing second fiddle to Miss Underwood.
Kelly: David Hodges (of Evanescence), Graham Colton (The Graham Colton Band), Brandon Blackstock (Reba McEntire’s Stepson)
Carrie: Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys Quarterback), Chase Crawford (Gossip Girl Star), Mike Fisher (the NHL hockey player is now her husband)
Nice effort, Clarkson, but Underwood played the field a little better. She’s got two big name pro athletes in her little black book (one of whom finally put a ring on it - bonus points!) and she’s got TV star and part-time elf, Crawford. Clarkson definitely showed up, but Underwood’s batting 1000.
Kelly: She’s rocked the same set of hairdos since she wisely retired her Idol-era koolaid streaks; she often opts for figure-obscuring short dresses on the red carpet and flowy tanks and blouses in her casual wear; when she gets glam right, she usually does so with safe choices and flattering colors. Translation: She wears a lot of black.
Carrie: Sparkles. So many sparkles. She too has had the same do for years, but her effortless blonde waves are country music gold. Literally.
Underwood has not been plagued with the same weight struggles as Clarkson has dealt with, but body image aside, Underwood simply finds clothes that fit her shape better than Clarkson does (with a few sophomore-cheerleader-at-a-Texas-prom dress faux pas aside.) While Underwood may want to ask her stylist to cool it on the sparkly dresses here and there, Clarkson needs to find herself a stylist who dresses her shape to highlight her best features instead of trying to mask her body. Every shape is beautiful, it’s all about finding the right fit, and Clarkson simply hasn’t found it yet.
Winner: Carrie Side Projects Kelly: Celeb judge/contestant on Duets on ABC; Owns a ranch in Texas for Unwanted Animals; March of Dimes Ambassador; Supports various charities such as Save The Music, STOMP Out Bullying, and UNICEF. Carrie: Various guest-starring roles on TV; Voted “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian” by PETA; Once saved an injured dog on the side of the road and found it a home; supports various charities including the Human Society of the United States and Stand Up 2 Cancer. We’re not about to compare Underwood’s various charities to Clarkson’s various charities. Who are we to say music in schools is more important than saving adorable little puppies and kitties? It’s all wonderful as far as we’re concerned. Underwood took the time to save a destitute puppy on the side of the road, Clarkson gives destitute animals a home. Even. Clarkson serves as an ambassador for March of Dimes, Underwood records singles and makes appearances for her various charities. Even. Both singers have made incredibly average appearances on television. Even. Damn, that was the only real comparison we had going for us. How does anyone “win” charity, anyway? Winner: Tie Celeb News Scandals Kelly: Supported Ron Paul, was accused of being anti-gay; Rumored to be a lesbian; Accused of losing weight for her boyfriend; Indonesian billboard used her image to sell cigarettes. Carrie: Unfounded claims of nude photos (just like every hot celeb out there); Various relationship rumors. Underwood is basically scandal-free. She keeps to herself, tries to stay out of tabloids unless she’s got herself a new beau, but now that she’s married, that’s no longer an issue. Clarkson, however, is a passive recipient of scandal with the exception of the Ron Paul debacle. Clarkson tweeted her support of the candidate, therefore opening herself up to questions about her political beliefs. All other scandals, however, are issues pressed upon her by outside parties. She just barely squeaks ahead of Underwood this time. Winner: Kelly Awards Kelly: 2 Grammys, 6 Grammy Nominations, 70 total awards, 98 nominations Carrie: 5 Grammys, 9 Grammy Nominations, 116 total awards, 173 nominations Math doesn’t lie, folks. And neither do Grammys. Underwood is a clear winner on this one. Winner: Carrie So who’s the better celebrity? With a score of 5.5 to Clarkson’s 2.5, Underwood is the better celeb, but don't worry Kelly, you will still be our go-to girl for breakup anthems! Ding, ding, ding: Carrie for the win! Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler.
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Kelly Clarkson is in love.
"I have a new boyfriend!" Clarkson revealed during an interview on March 6, according to Us magazine.
Sources say that the American Idol winner is now dating Brandon Blackstock, a 35-year-old talent manager. Blackstock is country singer Reba McEntire's stepson. His dad, Narvel Blackstock, also manages Clarkson.
Clarkson waited a long time to find her prince charming. She split from her her ex-boyfriend Graham Colton six years ago. But, the 29-year-old singer bounced back after she started dating Blackstock last year.
"Before Brandon, Kelly had a really tough time with love," a source shares. "[Brandon] is just what she needed."
Source: Us magazine