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'American Idol'-'Voice': Jessica Sanchez better than Jermaine Paul?

Jermaine Paul
“The Voice” ended its run this week, crowning Jermaine Paul the winner of Season 2. Over at "American Idol," Hollie Cavanagh got the boot, leaving finalists Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips and Joshua Ledet  to do their hometown visits and vie for the big prize.

Although “The Voice” is over, our "Idol" vs. "Voice" rankings continue, taking the singers from both shows and putting them head to head each week. I'm still choosing my top five performers from among the two shows, along with Times music writers Todd Martens and Chris Barton, and you can cast your votes too, at the bottom of this post.

Below are my picks for the week. To see what my co-judges have to say and to view the performances, click below.

INTERACTIVE: Who's the best? "Idol" vs. "The Voice

1. Jessica Sanchez, "American Idol"

Jimmy Iovine predicted that Sanchez's performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from "Dreamgirls" could seal the "Idol" win for her, and if Phillip Phillips and Joshua Ledet hadn't also had strong performances this week, it likely would have done so. Sanchez funneled into the song all the fury and frustration she felt after her near-elimination earlier this season and solidly, passionately landed every note, every word, every nuance. It felt cathartic. And when she sang "And you, and you, and you, and you … You're gonna love me," she left viewers no choice but to surrender.

 2. Phillip Phillips, "American Idol"

This take on Damien Rice's "Volcano" was perfect, pure Phillip Phillips: intimate, contained, intense, with so much hot emotion roiling beneath the surface of his pebbly voice. He showed a range, melodic command and vocal ease he had not before and brought the song a lava-like sizzle that was also … cool. No herky-jerky moves, no jimmying legs, you could barely see Phillips' profile in chiaroscuro. Steven Tyler was spot-on when he said it was the kind of song he could imagine listening to on headphones over and over and over again. I'm ready to replay it –- yet again -– right now.

 3. Jermaine Paul, "The Voice"

Paul tucked the "Voice" win under his wing and lifted off as a solo artist with R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly." He sang with soul and style, passion and power, emotion and elegance. Now he'll be able to crow about a win (though he seems so humble, it's hard to see him doing that), feather his nest with $100,000 and sing like a bird on his own record. May he soar high and go far.

 4. Joshua Ledet, "American Idol"

Ledet went all in on James Brown's textured "It's a Man's Man's Man's World." At points, he seemed to be attacking the song through gritted teeth. And how could you not love that stage full of female musicians? Though it didn't pack quite the emotional punch and the added irony of Juliet Simms' triumphantly furious recent take on it on "The Voice," it had standing-o-worthy soul to spare (that "ahhh-hooo" moment especially). If Ledet keeps this up, who knows? It may be a Man's Man's Man's "Idol" again this year.

5. Juliet Simms, "The Voice"

Though she was apparently ill, Simms carried off Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird" like the rock star she's poised to become. She's a bird we don't want to change –- and it will be interesting to see how she launches from her second-place perch. The incredible Erte-esque costume –- that fiery red dress with the filmy cape that at one point shot up in the air like a flame –- didn't hurt either. Lighters aloft to that!

"American Idol" vs. "The Voice"

Each week our experts and readers rank the best of the best between the two blockbuster singing competitions. Last week, readers put "American Idol's" Jessica Sanchez just slightly ahead of "The Voice's" Juliet Simms on top. Who will be the favorite this week? Vote below and check out this week's performances and see what our judges had to say at


'The Voice' finale recap: Jermaine Paul wins Season 2

'American Idol' recap: Hollie Cavanaugh ousted, three remain

Jermaine Paul wins and Christina Aguilera mends fences [video]

— Amy Reiter

Photo: Jermaine Paul won it all on "The Voice." Credit: Mitchell Haaseth / NBC.

Hart Hanson talks 'Bones,' 'The Finder,' the art of show running

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Hart Hanson, the creator of both “The Finder” and “Bones” on Fox, talks about the pitfalls of running a network show. And one of those pitfalls -- cancellation -- happened earlier this week, with Fox canning "The Finder" after this interview was conducted. The final episode of "The Finder" airs Friday; the "Bones" season finale is next Monday.

Were you surprised by "The Finder’s" performance?

I was hopeful that the “Bones” audience would check it out, but as I said to the network: It’s always tough to explain the “Bones” audience to people.... Every character that we’ve introduced on “Bones” has been roundly hated from the get-go. It took a year for people to like Tamara Taylor (who plays Dr. Camille Saroyan). They didn’t like her. And when John Francis Daley came on, I told him, "Don’t look at Twitter or the message boards for a year because they are going to hate you. You’re coming in to a very tight community." And, so, I thought there was a very good chance that would happen to "The Finder."

And it did. I got a lot of messages saying, "Hey, quit trying to force "The Finder' down our throats." There was no way to explain to people that “The Finder” wasn’t replacing “Bones” -- that Emily [Deschanel] got pregnant and she took some time off to have a baby; “The Finder” wasn’t there to push “Bones” away.

As a show runner in this new age of TV, what do you look at as your measure of success?

I'll tell you, one of things that has been hugely gratifying for me, especially with “The Finder,” was the anecdotal response I've gotten. People talking to me [about “The Finder”] love it. And on “Bones,” the satisfaction was, literally, the fact that we were booked to be dead before the end of the first season and the network moved us around a ton on the schedule — really, a ton. We never had four episodes in a row without being moved or pre-empted — and yet 6 million people followed us wherever. I think it was in Season 3, the network realized it wasn't going to die and thought, “Well, we might as well be nice to it.” And here we are going into Season 8.

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'American Idol' recap: Hollie Cavanagh ousted, three remain

Hollie Cavanaugh on "American Idol"
It was no pleasure to see Hollie Cavanagh go home on "American Idol" on Thursday night, just shy of earning a slot in the top three and a hero's homecoming. Despite giving uneven performances all the way through – a few rousing numbers ("The Climb," which she reprised as her goodbye song, and, just this week, Journey's "Faithfully") amid a sea of so-so ones – Cavanagh had been unfailingly likable, sunny and upbeat in the face of near-constant criticism.

The 18-year-old British-Texan seemed to embody a certain all-American can-do attitude, an optimistic stick-to-itivenenss, doggedly getting out there and giving it another shot, week after week, long after most people – including probably the "Idol" judges and Jimmy Iovine -- had expected her to stick around.

But Cavanagh's time was clearly up. And of course, it would have been far worse to have seen any of the others go. Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips are the perfect top three. Each so different. Each so talented.

Before the results were revealed, each of the top four contestants was called forward for a recap of the previous night's performances and a taste of Iovine's tough love. The "Idol" mentor had high praise for Sanchez, calling her "Dreamgirls" number "flawless" and saying that, immediately afterward, star maker Tommy Mottola had emailed him to say she was "the real thing" and he couldn't wait to go to her first concert. He gushed that, on Damien Rice's "Volcano," Phillips had "finally delivered" on his promise, giving a "magnificent" performance that would have prompted Iovine to sign him on the spot had he heard him do it in a club. And he said Ledet was practically speaking in tongues on "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," and while he had seen Prince and Bruce Springsteen do that, "I've never seen that on 'American Idol' … It was so, so captivating. I want to see it again and again and again."

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Amber Riley sings her 'Glee' swan song — or has she?

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Is Amber Riley leaving "Glee"?

According to a tweet from the actress reported on the Grape website, she has departed the series.

The website posted a tweet from Riley that read, "That's a wrap on Amber Riley. Just closed a chapter in my life, the only thing I've known day in and day out for three years. I'm going to miss the whole 'Glee' family, seeing them everyday! I have so many brothers and sisters now. but I am looking forward to a much needed and deserved summer vacation. SCHOOL'S OUT 'Glee Kids! Let's play!"

Fox would not confirm or deny whether Riley, the only African American regular member of the cast, is leaving the show.


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Fox renews "Touch," cancels "The Finder," "Alcatraz

— Greg Braxton

Photo: Amber Riley. Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images.


Fox renews 'Touch,' cancels 'The Finder,' 'Alcatraz'

Fox has picked up three comedies and two dramas for the 2012-13 season, stealing Mindy Kaling from NBC and nabbing Kevin Bacon
Fox has picked up three comedies and two dramas for the 2012-13 season, stealing a familiar face from NBC and nabbing Kevin Bacon in the process. In addition, the network renewed its Kiefer Sutherland-led drama "Touch" and canned "Alcatraz" and "Bones" spinoff "The Finder."

The network may be losing a grumpy doc with "House" ending its run this season, but it's staying in the medical practice with "Mob Doctor." "My Boys" alum Jordana Spiro stars as a young female thoracic surgeon who becomes indebted to the South Chicago Mafia and is forced to moonlight as a "mob doctor" while also working full time at Chicago's most prominent hospital. 

Fox has also inched its way forward in the "Six Degrees" game, giving a series order to the "The Following." The series, from "The Vampire Diaries'" Kevin Williamson, features Kevin Bacon as a former FBI agent searching for a serial killer, played by James Purefoy, who has created a cult of killers. 

Meanwhile, not to be outdone by the heap of comedies picked up by NBC, Fox is adding some more funny to its programming.

"Ben & Kate" is based on the life of writer/executive producer Dana Fox's ("Couples Retreat," "The Wedding Date") brother, Ben, and centers on a single mother whose brother moves in to help raise her baby.

"Goodwin Games," from "How I Met Your Mother" scribes Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris, centers on siblings who inherit their late father's fortune. The cast includes Becki Newton ("Ugly Betty") and Scott Foley ("Grey's Anatomy," "Felicity").

And "The Office's" Mindy Kaling makes the move to the top-rated network in "It's Messy," in which she plays a young doctor trying to balance her personal and professional life. The project, which she is to write, executive produce and star in, will mark her departure from "The Office."

Then there are the faces of this season to contend with. 

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'American Idol' recap: The final four duke it out

"American Idol"
I'm still a little damp-eyed from Jessica Sanchez's final performance on "American Idol" Wednesday night, on which the final four contestants each sang a song either from or about California (yes, somewhat random) as well as a song they wish they'd written themselves, which Ryan Seacrest also classified as songs that inspired them.

Sanchez's take on "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from "Dreamgirls," into which she channeled all the emotion stirred up by her near "Idol" ouster a few weeks back, may have inspired us all — or at least anyone who has at any point ever felt underappreciated or overlooked. It was not just beautifully sung and deeply felt; it was moving, galvanizing, electrifying. Breathtaking.

Jimmy Iovine had been so deeply affected by Sanchez's song during rehearsal, he said he'd probably never forget the moment. He said if she sang it the same way during the show, "it could be game-over."

It could be game-over.

It really would be game-over if it weren't for the fact that Sanchez has some stiff competition — at least for the judges' affections — in Phillip Phillips and Joshua Ledet.

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Fall TV: Advertisers dangle bucks for family-friendly shows

"Leave It to Beaver"

Hey, network programmers: If your own sense of decency doesn’t dictate that you pick family-friendly shows for prime-time TV, then maybe a financial incentive will do the trick?

The Assn. of National Advertisers’ Alliance for Family Entertainment, made up of deep-pocketed marketers like Procter & Gamble, State Farm, AT&T and Microsoft, has launched a national ad campaign to encourage network executives to schedule more all-family shows for the 2012-2013 season.

And rather than appealing to anyone’s nobler instincts — or jabbing the broadcasters for risqué situations, pixilated naughty parts and vagina jokes currently dominating prime time — the savvy sponsors point out that they, collectively, control one out of every three ad dollars spent on network TV.

Signed by more than 20 blue-chip advertisers, the ad is framed as an open letter to “our partners in television,” aiming to shine a light on the current boundary-pushing environment. It says, essentially, that marketers will vote with their checkbooks when they feel they’re getting quality entertainment that works for kids and their Gen X parents but won’t embarrass the heck out of Grandma.

“Families make for great television,” the ad says, because they’re “dramatic, comedic, uplifting, infuriating, struggling, flourishing, traditional, unconventional, dysfunctional and functional.”

The advertisers, longtime advocates and backers of G-rated fare, unveiled the full-page print ads on the eve of television’s upfronts, when network executives choose their programming slates for next season and sell the bulk of their ad time.

This week, executives are still finalizing those decisions, so, technically, there’s still time for them to swap out a few sitcoms littered with the b-word for a couple of squeaky-clean family shows.

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‘Fringe’ recap: Surprise, surprise

“Fringe” has always been fantastic at season finales, mostly because the show seems to enjoy making massive changes from one year to the next. At the end of Season One, Olivia first visited the other side, traveling to the parallel universe to first meet William Bell. Season Two concluded with Olivia trapped as Walternate’s prisoner while Fauxlivia took her place. Then last year, Peter climbed into the machine and ended up far in the future. Each finale has been more daring than the last, and “Brave New World” has already had more surprises than any other season closer, and that’s only the first half. 

Season Four came out of nowhere. When Peter activated the machine, he erased himself from history and rebooted the universe. “Fringe” restarted, introducing us to new versions of all the characters we’d come to know. They were still the same people, but without Peter, their lives had taken different paths. It was a crazy risk that paid off. Season Four has been the finest year of “Fringe.” The writing, the acting, the themes. And it has all been building to this.

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'American Idol' vs. 'Voice': Juliet Simms better than Jessica Sanchez?

Juliet Simms
The finish line is in sight for both "The Voice" and "American Idol," with just a handful of performers still standing. On "The Voice," Jamar Rogers, Lindsey Pavao, Katrina Parker and Erin Willett were eliminated, leaving behind a final four of Tony Lucca, Chris Mann, Jermaine Paul and Juliet Simms. Over at "American Idol," Skyler Laine went home, leaving behind Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips, Joshua Ledet and Hollie Cavanagh.

As the final four on each show move forward, so do our "Idol" vs. "Voice" rankings, which take the singers from both shows and put them head to head each week. I'm choosing my top five performers from among the two shows, along with Times music writers Todd Martens and Chris Barton —and you can cast your votes too, at the bottom of this post.

Below are my picks for the week. To see what my co-judges have to say and to view the performances, click below.

INTERACTIVE | 'American Idol' vs. 'The Voice'

1. Juliet Simms, "The Voice"

This performance of "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" wasn't just a deeply visceral take on the James Brown classic and one of the best performances we've seen on either "The Voice" or "Idol" all season long. It also was a rallying cry, a raised fist against the male favoritism Simms has come up against in the music industry. "My performance tonight is for women everywhere. Mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, and grandmothers," she tweeted. "You're amazing and beautiful. <3 you all." It feels both ironic and inevitable that it helped secure Simms' spot as the sole surviving female contestant on "The Voice" going into next week's finals, an especially impressive accomplishment given that she had to beat out perceived front-runner Jamar Rogers to get there.

2. Jessica Sanchez, "American Idol"

Shunning the stage commotion after her too-much, too-soon take on Tina Turner, Sanchez kicked off her high heels and offering up a soul-baring moment with "You Are So Beautiful" that was magnified by its intimacy. She'd worried before taking the stage that she might end up sounding lounge-y. But her voice came through as pure and honest and just … so beautiful. The stillness and simplicity of the staging (nothing onstage apart from a few fog-ensconced flickering candles) allowed us to zoom in on Sanchez's pure voice — its clarity and vibrato, its breadth and tone — and appreciate every detail.

3. Jamar Rogers, "The Voice"

Despite the song title ("If You Don't Know Me by Now") and the fact that we've been watching and listening to Rogers all these weeks, we learned a few things about him we didn't know. He showed us his vision for the sort of musician he'd like to become and revealed a heretofore-unheard resonant lower register that somehow felt like a deep surprise. On results night, he seemed as shocked as the rest of us by his elimination. But we know him well enough by now to predict that — as long as he keeps his newly adopted "victor's mentality" — the comeback kid will bounce back just fine.

4. Lindsey Pavao, "The Voice"

Katrina Parker, also eliminated this week, was a near miss for this slot. But Pavao, with her quirky lyrical pronunciation, asymmetrical 'do, beautiful tone and shy smile, pulled ahead, capturing my attention anew in her final performance of "Skinny Love." Those haunting, breathy, half-swallowed "my my mys" were particularly arresting. Had Christina Aguilera not been so irritatingly aggressive an advocate, my love for Pavao, slender at times though never emaciated, might have been much beefier.

5. Joshua Ledet, "American Idol"

Though he'd never heard the Bee Gees song "To Love Somebody" before Jimmy Iovine and this week's guest mentor, Steven Van Zandt, handed it to him in rehearsals, Ledet sang it as if it had been written for him — or by him. He got swept up in the emotion, and swept us up in it, but never lost control. Midway through, he actually seemed to be ripping whole hunks of pain off with his teeth, chewing them up and spitting them out. We may or may not know what it's like to love somebody like he does. But he sure made us love him.

"American Idol" vs. "The Voice"

Each week our experts and readers rank the best of the best between the two blockbuster singing competitions. Last week, "American Idol's" Jessica Sanchez came out on top. Who will be the favorite this week? Use the poll below to vote. Check out this week's performances and see what our judges had to say at


'The Voice' recap: Final four prove it's a man's world

'American Idol' recap: Top 5 tackle the '60s and the Brits

'American Idol' finale: Sklyler Laine leaves behind a final four

— Amy Reiter

Photo: Juliet Simms on "The Voice." Credit: Lewis Jacobs / NBC.

'American Idol' recap: Skylar Laine booted off in fifth place

Skylar Laine was dismissed from "American Idol"

Someone had to go home on "American Idol" on Thursday night, and certainly there's no shame in heading out in fifth place, especially this season. But the fact that it was Skylar Laine, the boot-stompin', gun-lovin', rip-roarin' country girl who had made no secret of her desire to win, well, I couldn't help but feel a bit sorry for her. After all, she'd taken the competition seriously and worked hard to select songs she thought could position her for the long haul.

But Laine had fumbled with her song choice Wednesday night. Dusting off Dusty Springfield's "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" and giving it a dated production that was cheesy to boot (Jimmy Iovine noted it had elements of Vegas and Broadway) wasn't such a great idea, as it turned out. The judges had gushed about the song choice and the performance, but these judges, they gush. And with Hollie Cavanagh seriously stepping up her game Wednesday to save her own skin, the voters made Laine pay.

Once you're in the upper ranks of "Idol" this season, there's no room for a stumble -- unless your name is Phillip Phillips. I love Phillips, but he's had a series of off weeks (Iovine implied Phillips' health might be to blame) and, week after week, he's dipped nary a tappin' toe in the bottom two or three.

INTERACTIVE | 'American Idol' vs. 'The Voice'

Phillips was sitting pretty on the couches again this week, despite the fact that neither of his performances was up to the standards he'd set earlier in the season. Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez, both of whom had had strong nights, were safe, too, though Iovine echoed my sentiments that Sanchez scanned too mature and too sexy for a 16-year-old girl on "Proud Mary." Her stellar "You Are So Beautiful" likely restored her to voters' good graces.

Cavanagh, meanwhile, kept Laine company in the bottom two. And after Coldplay had performed twice and Carrie Underwood once, and Ryan Seacrest had done all he could to stretch out the results, the two 18-year-olds finally got the news that, after nearly 60 million votes had been cast, Laine was the singer who'd leave the competition.

Cavanagh locked Laine in a clinch and refused to let go for an uncomfortably long time. Jennifer Lopez, who'd only the night before posited that Laine had a good shot at the win, teared up. But Laine appeared to take the news in boot-shod stride. She almost seemed less upset by her ouster than she had about those rumors that she and Colton Dixon were an item. As her highlight reel ran, she could actually be seen in video inset singing along with the Scotty McCreery song that's serving as this year's sayonara song.

So it's probably safe to say that Laine will keep on singing, whether on "Idol" or off. As if to prove exactly that, before the credits rolled and her run on the show ended, Laine kicked up her heels with a rootin', tootin' rendition of "Gunpowder and Lead." Yeah, she's tough, that girl. And I predict her music career will take off like a shot.

Are you sad to see Skylar Laine get the boot?

"American Idol" vs. "The Voice"

Each week our experts and readers rank the best of the best between the two blockbuster singing competitions. Last week, "American Idol's" Jessica Sanchez came out on top. Who will be the favorite this week? Use the poll below to vote. Check out this week's performances and see what our judges had to say at


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-- Amy Reiter

Photo: Skylar Laine performs on "American Idol" on Wednesday. Credit: Michael Becker / Fox

'American Idol' recap: Top 5 tackle the '60s and the Brits

Jessica Sanchez sings "You Are So Beautiful" on Wednesday
We learned so much on "American Idol" on Wednesday night, when the final five contestants took the stage to sing two solo songs each -– one from the '60s and one by a British artist -– plus either a duet (the boys: Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips) or a trio (the girls: Hollie Cavanagh, Skylar Laine and Jessica Sanchez).

Just to name a few of those things:

1. Jimmy Iovine and his old pal Steven Van Zandt (this week's guest mentor) are like a couple of backslapping, noogie-exchanging teenagers cracking each other up and making silly trouble when they get together, as the contestants noted when they attended hilarious rehearsal sessions with the duo.

2. Phillip Phillips has a girlfriend, whom Ryan Seacrest, still apparently uneasy that his own girlfriend found Phillips "yummy," pointed out in the audience. But those who were disappointed to learn that Phillips is off the market might take heart that he had the decency to look uncomfortable when Seacrest reduced his female friend to a hair color. "He's into brunettes," the host, whose girlfriend is blonde dancer Julianne Hough, said.

3. Phillips and Ledet, who did a sort of peculiar though ultimately good duet of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," don't have the smoothest rapport. Phillips looked dyspeptic (sure, could have been the old kidney acting up) when Ledet said something about him messing him up on the song before they took the stage together. But then Ledet looked seriously uncomfortable when Phillips jokingly moved to put his arm around him at the end of the song. Phillips naughtily pressed on. I guess he really does like brunets.

4. If one of them doesn't win this thing, thus becoming, as Seacrest reminded us, the first female "Idol" winner in years, Jessica Sanchez, Hollie Cavanagh and Skylar Laine -– who seemed to have a lot of fun with Jackie Wilson's "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" -- could form a powerful/adorable girl group. It did seem a bit diminishing when Jennifer Lopez said they looked like "three little dolls," though.

5. "Idol" really seems to be pumping up the production values this year: lots of big backing bands onstage and backup singers and dancers -– and even the occasional set, as Laine had when she took the stage with Dusty Springfield's "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me."

6. Steven Tyler had never heard Leona Lewis's hit "Bleeding Love," which Hollie Cavanagh -– seated on a piano, emoting, and singing spot-on and crystal clear -- really shined on.

7. Lopez had never heard the Box Tops' "The Letter," which is why she had no idea how much Phillips had changed it up and flattened out the melody.

8. Seacrest, A, doesn't know a tulip from a daffodil and, B, thinks we've all been waiting to see him put on Jessica Sanchez's ridiculously high-heeled shoes.

Oh, we could keep going like this all night, but we have many performances to discuss, so let's get to it:

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'X Factor': Will Demi Lovato or Miley Cyrus be fourth judge?

Britney Spears may have some tabloid competition at "The X Factor" judging table, with troubled teen queen Demi Lovato possibly slated to join the singing show.

Lovato, who checked in to rehab in 2010 to deal with bulimia and other issues, is in the final stages of a deal to join Simon Cowell's show, according to a Hollywood Reporter article published Tuesday.

That could put the kibosh on "X Factor" interest in Miley Cyrus, another former teen singing sensation trying to navigate her way to a post-adolescent career. The gossip site Celebuzz reported the Cyrus angle as an exclusive Tuesday, but it appears no firm offer has been made to the former "Hannah Montana" star.

Meanwhile, talks to bring Spears on board the show continue to drag on, as the "Toxic" singer has insisted on various perks that have bogged down negotiations, according to one agent familiar with the situation.

A spokeswoman for "The X Factor" declined to comment. A rep for Cyrus did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

Cowell, who will return as a judge this fall along with Antonio "L.A." Reid, fired Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul as judges earlier this year, shortly after "The X Factor" wrapped its first season on Fox.

Who do you think would make the best judges on "The X Factor"?


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Photo: Demi Lovato may end up as the fourth judge on Fox's "The X Factor." Credit: Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times.





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