ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- The four remaining couples on ABC's Dancing with the Stars pulled out all the stops Monday night in their final bid to win the mirror ball trophy. Each couple performed three routines, including the all-important freestyle.
At the end of the night, Zendaya and partner Val Chmerkovskiy were atop the leader board, while Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff found themselves in last place.
The fourth-place couple will be eliminated within the first hour of the results show on Tuesday, and in a final element of the competition, the three remaining couples will perform a new routine in an instant dance. The routine will be scored and added to the judges' scores for both nights.
The couple with the highest combined total of judges' scores and viewers' votes will be declared the winner.
Host Tom Bergeron made a point during the broadcast to mention the deadly tornado that struck Oklahoma Monday afternoon. Bergeron said “our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the devastating tornado...” He then asked the studio audience to applaud the “amazing courage of the first responders on site.”
For the first routine, the judges picked a style of dance each star had previously performed, asking them to re-do it and improve upon it. The second routine was a cha cha cha relay in which all the stars danced and had the opportunity to earn up to five extra points from the judges. The third dance was the freestyle.
Jacoby Jones: For their first dance, the jive, the Baltimore Ravens wide receiver and partner Karina Smirnoff got some advice during rehearsals from head judge Len Goodman, who advised the NFL star to make his kicks sharp and crisp. Judges saw improvement in Jones' kicks during the ballroom performance, but said the routine had a few flaws. “The footwork was a bit better...you got excited on occasion and you lost it but overall I've got to say, I saw that slightly crisper footwork,” Goodman said. Bruno Tonioli told Jones he always brought a "limitless supply of energy and power" but said he missed the beat "quite a few times" and also went flat-footed. Carrie Ann Inaba told Jones he “always brought the swagger” and was always exciting to watch. Total score: 27 out of a possible 30 points.
In the cha-cha relay, judges ranked Jones fourth place, earning him two extra points.
Jones' tap dance-inspired supersized freestyle came with help from several other dancers on the ballroom floor, and while the judges commended the upbeat, celebratory air, they also found flaws. Tonioli said the routine was "like watching a Mardi Gras parade down Bourbon Street.” Inaba thought the production was good but felt that it overshadowed Jones. "That's the sad part. I wanted you to be the star," she said. Total score: 27 out of a possible 30 points.
Aly Raisman: The Olympic gymnast got advice from Tonioli, who walked her through performing the samba roll, a difficult move, for her first dance. Her samba with partner Mark Ballas wowed the judges. Tonioli said Raisman did everything he asked for and she was "prettier than ever, and cleaner and slicker than ever." Inaba told Raisman she had the musicality and sensuality, swagger and beautiful lines of her fellow finalists. Goodman said the routine was "a little bit heavy in the legs on occasion," but overall, the performance was terrific. Samba score: 28/30.
In the cha-cha relay, Raisman was ranked third, picking up three points.
Raisman’s supersize freestyle was a futuristic performance that unfolded with her and Ballas dancing on poles to showcase her gymnastic ability. The judges were impressed. Inaba said it was "one of the most amazing routines" she'd seen in a finale freestyle, and Goodman said he loved the concept, adding that it had "great imagination." Tonioli told Raisman that she took "an incredible risk." The risk paid off. Total score: 30/30.
Kellie Pickler: The country music star and partner Derek Hough performed the quickstep for their first dance. Pickler had danced the quickstep before and Inaba had noted that she didn't see enough body contact. The ballroom audience loved Pickler's routine Monday and gave her prolonged applause. Inaba also approved, saying the performance had the body contact she wanted to see. Tonioli told Pickler the routine was, technically, "a tour de force.” Total score: 30/30.
In the cha-cha relay, Pickler was ranked second, earning four points.
Pickler's contemporary freestyle routine brought her another enthusiastic standing ovation from the audience and a hug from a teary-eyed Inaba. "Kellie, you just bared your soul on the dance floor and it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Thank you," Inaba said. Goodman also stood up to applaud for Pickler, telling her the routine drew everyone in. Tonioli called the routine "a dance of spellbinding beauty." Total score: 30/30.
Zendaya: The season's youngest competitor had a visit from Inaba during rehearsals for her first dance, the samba, and she got some pointers from the judge. Inaba Ann called the 16-year-old Disney star's performance with partner Val Chmerkovskiy “magical,” while Goodman exclaimed, “That was eye-popping, show-stopping, jaw-dropping - that's a samba.” Tonioli added, “You're just incredibly fierce, child...you have a natural flamboyance that's so easy. It comes out without effort.” Total score: 30/30.
Zendaya won the cha cha cha relay, earning 5 points.
Zendaya's freestyle, with elements of contemporary, cha cha cha and hip hop, ended with several young dancers joining her and Chmerkovskiy on the ballroom floor. Goodman liked the variety of styles in the performance. "There were so many parts to that number but it all came together and created a fabulous routine," he said. Tonioli said Zendaya brought a “unique luminosity” to everything she performed. Total score: 30/30.
The Scores (First dance, second dance, freestyle dance, grand total):
Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy: 30, 5, 30. Total: 65
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: 30, 4, 30. Total: 64
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: 28, 3, 30. Total: 61
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: 27, 2, 27. Total: 56
The two-hour season finale results show, featuring musical performances from Pitbull, Wynonna and PSY, airs on ABC Tuesday at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It's official: Seth MacFarlane won't return to host Hollywood's biggest night.
"Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep," the Family Guy creator announced Monday via Twitter.
After being offered the gig by the telecast's producers -- Craig Zadan and Neil Meron -- MacFarlane turned down the job and claimed he suggested another host: Joaquin Phoenix. (No word on if that was a joke.)
MacFarlane immediately rejected the possibility of hosting again after receiving tons of criticism when he hosted the 85th Academy Awards in February. One of the most criticized elements of the show was the "Boobs Song," in which MacFarlane sang about the topless scenes of many Hollywood actresses.
Perhaps the Oscars didn't fit in MacFarlane's schedule because he's currently busy preparing for his next film, a comedy titled A Million Ways to Die in the West, which will star MacFarlane, Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried. He is also planning a sequel to his blockbuster 2012 comedy, Ted.
The 86th Academy Awards will go on without him on Sunday, March 2, 2014, from inside the Dolby Theatre on level one of the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. It will air live on ABC.
Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The rumors are true. Fox announced Monday night that one-time Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland and Mexican singer Paulina Rubio will be joining Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato on the judges’ panel when The X Factor returns this fall.
“It’s taken more than a decade, but I’m delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls (I think!), Cowell declared in a statement. "Paulina and Kelly both have great taste and massive experience in the music industry and together with Demi, this is going to be a fun panel. It just feels like the time to do something different.”
Rowland and Rubio fill the vacancies left by the departures of Britney Spears and L.A. Reid.
Rowland served as a judge on the British version of The X Factor in 2011.
"I am very exciting to be reuniting with Simon Cowell and The X Factor family," said Rowland in a statement. "It feels great to be able to take this journey here at home in the states."
Rubio, who has sold more than 20 million records and released 10 studio albums, said in a statement, "I love The X Factor. I can't wait to find the next big music star here in America. Simon, be careful what you wish for. Let's see if you are ready to handle me, empieza la fiesta, amigo."
iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Great news for Downton Abbey fans who may be experiencing withdrawal symptoms due to the lack of new episodes at the present time.
The New York Post reports Brendan Coyle, the actor who portrays the valet Mr. Bates, and Lesley Nicol, the actress who plays the cook Mrs. Patmore, will be auctioning themselves on May 30 to benefit the Origin Theatre Company in New York City.
Last year, someone paid $20,000 to read poetry to Coyle in a horse-drawn carriage in Central Park, followed by dinner. This year, Coyle is adding the opportunity to have lunch with him in London.
Nicol is offering a lucky bidder the chance to have tea with her at Tea and Sympathy in Manhattan.
Andreas Rentz/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Hayden Panettiere is waving off reports that she's engaged to her on-again boyfriend, pro boxer Wladimir Klitschko.
"No ring," the Nashville star told E! News while walking the blue carpet on Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards.
Panettiere was photographed wearing a fancy ring on her right hand at an ABC event last week to promote the network's 2013-2014 schedule in New York City. Panettiere and Klitschko dated in 2010 and 2011 before breaking up, though they reconciled in January.
The 23-year-old also dismissed rumors of a real-life Nashville tour.
"I'm kind of confused as to when they think that's going to happen," Panettiere said. "We shoot from the end of July to the end of April."
Fans of the ABC series can still get their fill when Nashville's season finale airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In light of the real-life devastation that tornados are causing in the Midwest, CBS has decided to postpone the finale of the sitcom Mike & Molly, which dealt with a tornado hitting Chicago.
“Due to the tragic events this afternoon in Oklahoma, we are pre-empting tonight’s season finale of Mike & Molly, which has a related storyline,” a CBS spokesperson tells ABC News in a statement. “A repeat broadcast of Mike & Molly will run in the time period.”
On Monday, a huge tornado ripped through Oklahoma City, delivering a “direct hit” on an elementary school. The twister is just one of more than 50 devastating storms that have ravaged the Midwest since Sunday, leaving dozens of people dead and injured.
The Doors in 1968. Ray Manzarek (far right) died May 20, 2013 (Express/Express/Getty Images)(ROSENHEIM, Germany) -- Ray Manzarek, founding keyboardist of The Doors, died Monday at age 74 at a medical clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, after a long battle with bile duct cancer. At his side was his wife of 45 years, Dorothy, as well as his brothers Rick and James Manczarek.
Ray co-founded The Doors in Venice Beach, California, in 1965 with singer and fellow UCLA film student Jim Morrison, along with guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore. Driven by Morrison's charismatic stage presence, powerful voice and poetic lyrics, as well as Manzarek's hypnotic, jazzy keyboards, the band soon shot to stardom on the strength of such classic hits as the chart-topping "Light My Fire" and "Hello, I Love You." The group continued to release popular albums and singles until Morrison's death from heart failure at age 27 in July 1971. On the strength of The Doors' enduring body of work, the band has gone on to influence and inspire countless other artists, while selling more than 100 million albums worldwide.
After The Doors broke up in 1973, Manzarek continued his music career, releasing a number of solo albums and collaborative albums. From 2001 until his death, Manzarek performed Doors music in a popular touring group with Krieger that most recently was called the Manzarek-Krieger Band. Manzarek also has recorded albums with blues guitarist Roy Rogers and poet Michael McClure, has produced music by such bands as Echo and the Bunnymen and X, and has written a memoir and two novels.
Commenting on Manzarek's death, Krieger said in a statement, "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today. I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him."
Besides his wife and brothers, Manzarek is survived by a son, Pablo Manzarek, as well as three grandchildren -- Noah, Apollo and Camille. No official funeral plans have been confirmed. The family is suggesting that rather than sending flowers, fans can make a donation in honor of Ray to StandUp2Cancer.org.
Buena Vista(LOS ANGELES) -- Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon confirmed that despite Iron Man 3's ending, hinting Tony Stark was hanging up his metal suits for good, the armored Avenger will be back for Avengers 2.
During an interview with the gaming website IGN, Whedon said, "The question is, if The Avengers are called, does he show up? And the answer is, 'Yes!'"
Whedon also confirmed that comic heroes Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver would be joining the team for the 2015 film.
Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABC(LAS VEGAS) -- Taylor Swift's night at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas was a success. She led all artists at the Sunday-night ceremony with eight wins, including top artist and top Billboard 200 album, for Red.
During her top artist acceptance speech, Swift thanked her fans for making her music about her crazy emotions the soundtrack to their own crazy emotions. She added that her relationship with her fans was the longest and best relationship she's ever had.
Swift found out she won the top Billboard 200 album category when fans in the mosh pit held up smartphones that spelled out the album title, RED, in big letters. She said, "I'm really happy about this" and went on to thank her fans for the "magical" award.
Swift also delivered one of the more memorable performances of the night, singing her hit "22" in an elaborate production that began backstage and featured several dancers, a bicycle ride and plenty of red balloons.
Rihanna and Gotye each received four awards. Several artists, including Justin Bieber, picked up three.
Bieber made a bid for musical relevance while accepting the first-ever Milestone Award for musical ingenuity and innovation.
During his acceptance speech, Bieber took the opportunity to address all the tabloid headlines saying, "I'm 19 years old. I think I'm doing a pretty good job, and basically, from my heart, it should be about the music and the craft that I'm making it."
He added, "This is not a gimmick. I'm an artist, and I should be taken seriously, and all this bull should not be spoken of."
Bieber also accepted the top male artist award from Miley Cyrus. Her new song, "We Can't Stop," comes out on June 3.
Prince closed out the night performing a rocked out version of his classic "Let's Go Crazy" backed by his all female band, 3rdEyeGirl. The Purple One, who received the Billboard icon award, was dressed in a fringe jacket and wore his hair in an afro. It was the first full-on rock performance of the show, and he went into the new song, "FIXURLIFEUP," after an extended guitar and bass solo.
Here's a rundown of the rest of the night's performances and winners:
Bruno Mars kicked off the night with a finely choreographed performance of "Treasure." Mars' set looked like it was lifted from classic Soul Train footage with its multiple disco balls and gold flashing lights. Mars worked the stage with him and his band all wearing matching '70s-inspired, red suits.
Selena Gomez heated things up performing a Middle Eastern-inspired dance routine as she sang "Come and Get It." Gomez returned later to introduce Swift's performance of "22."
Swift kicked the song off singing in her dressing room before continuing the performance with a choreographed romp through the backstage area. An entire crew of dancers, showgirls and masked men accompanied Swift as she entered the arena on the back of a bicycle during the second verse. She then took the stage to finish the song out with a dance remix breakdown of the song as red balloons rained down on the crowd.
Country star Jennifer Nettles was on hand to introduce The Band Perry's performance of their number one country hit, "Better Dig Two," which featured a dramatic laser light show. The sibling trio broke it down towards the end with all three members playing individual drums in synch before returning to the chorus.
Carly Rae Jepsen introduced new Swedish pop duo Icona Pop to sing their debut U.S. hit, "I Love It." Psy and host Tracy Morgan had a dance off before Chris Brown hit the stage for a performance of "Fine China." Brown's Chinese-inspired set and costuming were accented by a martial arts-style dance breakdown. Brown even tapped Michael Jackson's former guitar player, Orianthi, to play as he closed the performance with moves reminiscent of Jackson's classic "Billie Jean" routine.
Nashville's Hayden Panettiere introduced Macklemore & Ryan Lewis singing "Thrift Shop" live from the Tryst nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas. Country duo Florida Georgia Line introduced fellow country newcomer Kacey Musgraves' acoustic performance of her debut hit, "Merry Go 'Round."
Bieber emerged from an airplane cockpit to sing and dance his way through "Take You," the song his fans chose via Twitter for him to perform. Bieber returned to perform "That Power" with will.i.am from Will's new album #Willpower.
Ke$ha introduced Pitbull and Christina Aguilera's performance of "Feel This Moment," which includes a sample of the '80s hit "Take on Me" by Norwegian band A-ha. A-ha actually showed up to sing a chorus of the original song to close it out. Pitbull returned later for his latest collaboration with Jennifer Lopez, "Live It Up."
Miguel crooned his breakthrough hit "Adorn" behind a screen projecting evocative images to go along with the sexy song. Once the screen went up, Miguel danced around the smoke-filled stage and even jumped over the fans in the mosh pit to the catwalk, accidentally landing on top of one girl and kicking another in the head.
Ed Sheeran turned in an intimate, solo performance of "Lego House" from the arena's b-stage. David Guetta, Ne-Yo and Akon transformed the MGM Grand into a giant rave with their high-energy performance of "Play Hard," and Nicki Minaj gave Lil Wayne a full-on lap dance during their performance of "High School."
Vegas headliner Shania Twain noted how odd it was that she was presenting the evening's first trophy, top rap artist. Minaj took that award and admitted she didn't expect to win it in her acceptance speech.
Will.i.am confessed his favorite Madonna song is "Like a Virgin" before introducing Madonna herself to accept the top touring artist award for her blockbuster MDNA tour. An extended highlights reel of the show, including a shot of Madonna's bare backside, aired before she took the stage. She joked that it took longer to negotiate whether she could show her bottom in that trailer than it took to rehearse for the actual tour. Madonna took off what she called her "pretentious sunglasses" to thank a few key people in her touring organization, her four children and her fans.
Avril Lavigne and Alyssa Milano presented the digital song award to Jepsen for "Call Me Maybe," which has sold seven million downloads.
Kid Rock got a jab in at people lip-synching to pre-recorded music on the show before presenting the top rap song award to "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Macklemore thanked Goodwill and Value Village for the win.
Kelly Rowland and Austin Mahone handed the top EDM artist award to Guetta. Fun. took the top rock artist award, and Psy's "Gangnam Style" won honors for top streaming video. Rihanna was named top radio artist, and One Direction won new artist honors.
Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Has Simon Cowell found two new judges for The X Factor? TMZ.com is reporting that Kelly Rowland is in final negotiations to join the panel of the Fox singing competition, which currently has two vacancies due to the departures of Britney Spears and L.A. Reid.
The one-time Destiny's Child member served as a judge on the British version of The X Factor in 2011.
The website further reports that Mexican singer Paulina Rubio is also close to joining the U.S. X Factor. Both artists reportedly will finalize their deals as early as Monday. The Hollywood Reporter adds that the two should be on board by Tuesday, when auditions will be taped in Charleston, S.C.
If Rowland and Rubio are indeed added to the show, they would sit alongside Cowell and Demi Lovato, who's returning for her second season.
Virginia Sherwood/NBC(NEW YORK) -- The All-Star Apprentice's finale aired on NBC Sunday night, and the ultimate ice cream showdown was appropriately a split.
While Donald Trump declared "Maple Macadamia Mashup" creator Trace Adkins the first-ever All-Star Celebrity Apprentice champion, Penn Jillette earned his charity a hundred thousand dollars from Walgreens for having the best-selling flavor -- his "Vanilla Chocolate Magic Swirtle."
Tied into their flavors, the two contestants presented their commercials during a star-studded ice cream social in which they took big dollar donations from their friends.
While Team Trace raked in big checks from the likes of country music stars like Billy Ray Cyrus, and Wynonna, and NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, Jillette used his Sin City connections to attract money from Vegas performers like Wayne Newton, Blue Man Group, former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks.
In the end, it was revealed that Jillette earned $503,655, while Adkins earned $664,000 -- however, donor Tim Tebow showed up past a deadline, meaning his $100,000 donation didn't count towards Trace's bottom line.
Both presentations also featured a live performance -- magic from Penn & Teller, and music from Adkins, playing his hit "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," which he called the, "nastiest song ever heard at an ice cream social."
The country star also performed "Not Fade Away" for which Gary Busey reprised his Oscar nominated role as Buddy Holly, and the competitors came together to play Adkins' new single "Love Will" with Adkins on vocals, and Jillette on bass.
Trump gave Lil Jon a hundred thousand dollar check for his charity, the American Diabetes Association, in honor of the recording artist's mother, who recently died from complications of the disease. The rapper was moved to tears behind his trademark giant sunglasses.
Trump also doled out $20,000 checks to the respective charities for the stars who hadn't won any money for them during the season, including Busey and Dennis Rodman.
In a tweet before the show's finale aired, the real estate mogul hinted, "The cast for next season looks really good!"
Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Bill Hader bade farewell to Saturday Night Live over the weekend with one final appearance from his signature character, Stefon.
For the season finale of the NBC sketch comedy show, the "city correspondent" joined Seth Meyers and guest anchor and ex-SNL star Amy Poehler at the "Weekend Update" desk. Eventually Stefon declared that Meyers does not respect him and that he was running away to marry someone who does.
With some prompting from Poehler, Meyers ran after Stefon, discovering him at the altar of a church with Anderson Cooper. It was basically a spoof of The Graduate -- aside from the fact that the wedding guests included ALF, the Smurfs, and an assortment of other random fictional characters.
Hader also appeared in the final sketch, which signaled the possible end of Fred Armisen's run on SNL. The two, along with Jason Sudeikis -- also rumored to be leaving the show -- and Taran Killam, resurrected their fake British rock band The Bizarros for a performance featuring guests such as Armisen's Portlandia co-star Carrie Brownstein and the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones.
Armisen opened the performance by saying, "Well, look it's our last night here." Hader added, "But we're going to keep playing together."
The season finale was hosted by Ben Affleck, who in his monologue poked fun at the fact that, while accepting the best picture Oscar for Argo this year, he referred to how he and his wife Jennifer Garner were "working" on their marriage. The actress herself joined him on stage as they attempted to clarify the comment.
Garner said she wasn't sure why Affleck shared his thoughts on their marriage to a billion Oscar viewers worldwide, noting that she would've called their relationship "a gift," not "work."
Affleck then said, "I want to tell you how I wish I had ended that speech, OK? I couldn’t do any of the things I do without you, without your support. You’re my angel, my life, and my world.”
Garner then pointed out that he was reading off of a cue card.
Affleck told his wife he loved her. She responded by kissing him and saying, "You're a lot of work."
Kanye West was the musical guest, performing two new songs.