Entries in Finalists (3)


'Dancing with the Stars': Maria Menounos Eliminated, Finalists Are Revealed

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Maria Menounos eliminated from Dancing with the Stars!

The Extra correspondent and her partner, Derek Hough, on Tuesday night failed to advance to the finals of the ABC competition. Next week, Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas, telenovela actor William Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke, and NFL star Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd will face off for the Mirror Ball trophy.

Menounos' dismissal was surprising, considering that she and Hough topped the semifinals leader board with a near-perfect overall score the previous night.

Following the announcement, Menounos said her experience as a contestant was a rewarding one for her. She said, "I learned so many things. I learned how strong I was. I learned to persevere."

Jenkins is headed for the finals despite suffering what she described on Twitter as a "reflectorical spasm" in her lower back during this week's performance show. She jumped up and down after learning that she'd advanced, then stated that she'll be OK to compete next Monday night.

The musical guests on the results show were Carrie Underwood, who sang her new hit "Good Girl"; Alanis Morissette, who performed her new single "Guardian"; and Rock of Ages stars Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige and Diego Boneta, who did a medley of '80s rock hits from their upcoming film. It was a homecoming of sorts for Hough, who was a pro dancer on the show for several seasons.

The Dancing with the Stars finals begin next Monday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


‘American Idol’ Recap: Hollie Cavanagh Eliminated; 3 Finalists Remain

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Hollie Cavanagh got the boot on American Idol Thursday night. She stumbled Wednesday night with Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” while the other three finalists soared. Hollie sang Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb” for her farewell song.

Remaining contestants Phillip Phillips, Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez will now head off to visit their hometowns in the coming days.

The top four opened the show with a group performance of The Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” in a nod to Wednesday night’s California Dreamin’ performance round.

Everyone in the audience at Thursday’s results show got a ticket to one of the concerts on this summer’s Idol tour. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Season seven winner David Cook sang his new song, “The Last Song I’ll Write for You” on Thursday’s results show. Jennifer Lopez left her spot behind the judges’ table for a big production performance of her new hit “Dance Again.” As in the video, Jennifer danced the breakdown with her boyfriend, dancer Casper Smart. At the end of the performance, Jennifer said of Casper, “He’s so cute.”

Of note, Phillip Phillips was absent from this week’s Ford music video, which means he wasn’t available to shoot it last Sunday for some reason.

American Idol's top three finalists will perform for the nation’s vote next Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


'The Voice' Finalists to Hit Road for Summer Concert Tour?

Michael Desmond/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Taking a lead from American Idol, NBC’s The Voice is planning a summer concert tour featuring the show’s eight finalists, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

The report says a tour is in the works for finalists Vicci Martinez, Javier Colon, Dia Frampton, Beverly McClellan, Nakia, Xenia, Casey Weston, and Frenchie Davis.  Multiple sources say organizers of the Live Nation Voice tour also wanted the show’s coaches -- Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera -- to join the finalists on the road but talks fell apart over compensation.

The two-night season finale of The Voice begins Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern.

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