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Tuning in to TV: Cee Lo sticking with ‘The Voice’
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Cee Lo Green said he’ll stick with “The Voice” singing competition show “as long as it’s fresh.” The rapper turned singer joined the show last year as coach and judge alongside Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.
“I would like to think that we were irreplaceable, you know what I’m saying?” he said in an interview with the Associated Press. “But the truth of the matter is, we’re still working-class artists and artists can be very fickle. … I would like to be here as long as it’s fresh and new and exciting and fun for me.”
Mr. Green, 37, said he considers the gig a “day job” and expects that NBC has plans in place should any of the judges decide to leave. But for now he’s happy to continue “building the brand of Cee Lo Green” on the popular TV series, which ends its second season this week.
Ms. Aguilera’s appearance on Maroon 5’s hit from last year “Moves Like Jagger” has led to further musical collaboration among the show’s stars. Mr. Green said he recently recorded a tune with Ms. Aguilera and has been in discussions with Mr. Levine.
“And I have a song for Blake Shelton that I gave to him. And I’d like to do it alongside him. I’d like for it to be a duet,” he said.
And what about a supergroup featuring all four of the singers?
“Why not, man? Why not? Everybody’s talented. Everybody’s available and highly enthusiastic,” he said. “I think everybody would be up for it, man, because it’s a great idea.”
Kardashian wants divorce to move forward
Kim Kardashian’s attorney told a judge Friday that the reality star wants her divorce from Kris Humphries to move forward, but that the case has been slowed by the NBA player’s hurt feelings and his desire for an annulment.
Mr. Humphries‘ attorneys said they needed more time to gather information to decide whether to pursue allegations that the couple’s 72-day marriage was a fraud. Proving the allegations likely would require a trial, which Ms. Kardashian’s attorney Laura Wasser said could prove costly to her estranged husband.
The couple was married last summer in a lavish, star-studded and televised ceremony, but Ms. Kardashian filed for divorce on Oct. 31. Mr. Humphries responded a month later by asking for an annulment, claiming the couple’s nuptials were based on a fraud, but not laying out specific evidence.
“I feel that [Mr. Humphries‘] personal feelings and maybe some media drive is keeping this case alive,” Ms. Wasser said. She said the couple is eligible for a divorce since it has been more than six months since Ms. Kardashian filed her petition.
“Certainly, they’ve been separated longer than they’ve been married,” Ms. Wasser said.
She said if the case goes to trial and Ms. Kardashian wins, she will ask that Mr. Humphries pay her hefty legal fees. Currently, Ms. Kardashian, the star of the E! Entertainment Television series “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” wants each side to pay their own fees.
Superior Court Judge Stephen Moloney told both sides to return to court on Aug. 15 for a status hearing.
‘The Bachelor’ host to be bachelor himself
“The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison is going be a bachelor again.
A spokeswoman for the 40-year-old TV personality said Thursday that Mr. Harrison and his wife are ending their 18-year marriage.
Mr. Harrison has hosted the ABC dating series and its various spinoffs since “The Bachelor” debuted in 2002.
“Though we have made this incredibly difficult decision to separate, our love and mutual respect remain, and we look forward to sharing in the lives of our wonderful children,” the couple said in a joint statement.
They have two children together.
The eighth season of “The Bachelorette” is set to premiere May 14.
Jagger to host, perform on ‘SNL’ season finale
Mick Jagger will test his comic chops later this month as host of the “Saturday Night Live” season finale.
The Rolling Stones frontman has been a musical guest twice before on the long-running NBC show, and the network said Thursday he will perform musically on the May 19 finale, the Associated Press reports. But he has never been host before, a job that usually requires participation in several comedic skits.
The Rolling Stones mark their 50th anniversary as a band this year, but have yet to announce any activities to commemorate the occasion.
Country rocker Laine dismissed on ‘Idol,’ four singers remain
It was an unfortunate night for Skylar Laine on “American Idol.”
The 18-year-old country rocker from Brandon, Miss., who imbued Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son” and Dusty Springfield’s “Say You Love Me” with her twangy sensibilities on Wednesday’s show was revealed to have received the fewest viewer votes Thursday on the Fox singing contest.
Miss Laine was joined at the bottom by Hollie Cavanagh, the 18-year-old balladeer from McKinney, Texas, who opened Wednesday’s installment with a pop-infused take on Ike and Tina Turner’s “River Deep Mountain High,” and later dialed it down with the Leona Lewis hit “Bleeding Love.”
The other singers remaining in the competition are booming 20-year-old gospel singer Joshua Ledet of Westlake, La.; bluesy 21-year-old pawnshop worker Phillip Phillips of Leesburg, Ga.; and budding 16-year-old pop diva Jessica Sanchez of San Diego.
• Compiled from Web and wire reports
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