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The 19-year-old Ms. Lovato was queried about her concerns for younger contestants confronted with fame.

In 2011, the singer-actress entered rehab for what were termed “emotional and physical issues.” She said that as a child who faced bullying, she had an eating disorder and later started cutting her wrists to vent her despair.

Ms. Lovato said she takes that issue into consideration as a judge and in regard to her younger sister, Madison, whom she said she worries about but is “doing great.” Madison, 10, played the daughter of Eva Longoria’s character on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.”

But the perils of fame can be overblown, Ms. Lovato said.

“It adds some pressures, sometimes it makes the problem a little bit worse. … But for me, I had been struggling with those issues before,” she said. “Unless you’re in a good place when you start working, I think it’s kind of it’s inevitable for these things will happen.”

‘American Idol’ audition bus to make small-town stops

“American Idol” is planning stops in some smaller cities in search of singing talent for its 12th season.

The Fox television show’s website said the new “Small Town Audition Bus Tour” is scheduled to make stops in Idaho Falls, Idaho; Billings, Mont.; and Casper, Wyo., as part of a 10-city tour that starts next month.

The dates, times and locations are to be announced.

Small-town auditions are scheduled in Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado, as well.

The show also is taking nominations for people who may not think of trying out, and it’s accepting online video submissions for two weeks, starting Aug. 1.

‘Weekend Update Thursday’ added to NBC lineup

NBC has plans for more “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday.” The mouthful of a spinoff, which famously helped introduce Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin impersonation during the 2008 presidential election, has been added to the network’s prime-time schedule for Sept. 20 and 27.

Though no talent was announced during NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt’s presentation during the Television Critics Association summer press tour, it’s assumed that “SNL” head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers will take lead.

“I’m really in love with the job I have,” Mr. Meyers recently said in a Hollywood Reporter interview. “I’m very excited to be going back [to ‘SNL’] for the election season, which is always fun.”

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