NEW YORK (AP) - Fox is cutting back how much "American Idol" will air next year. Fox Entertainment chief Kevin Reilly says "Idol" will run about 37 hours of programming next season. Usually it airs more than 50 hours. He says after the auditions, "Idol" will probably air a two-hour show once a week. Reilly says "Idol" is not the ratings champion it once was but it will still be on for many years to come. Simon Cowell will be out of a job, too. "The X Factor" has been canceled.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Adam Levine says he wants to impress people and sometimes make them uncomfortable on "The Voice." That's why he set up Christina Grimmie with a vocoder to sing "Hide and Seek." Usher and Shakira were unsure about it but were sold on it by the end. Blake Shelton congratulated Kristen Merlin for her version of "Gunpowder and Lead," a song his wife, Miranda Lambert, wrote. He said Merlin was smiling rather than angry. Levine said he couldn't compliment Josh Kaufman because the crowd cheered so much he ran out of time to comment. Shelton told Kat Perkins he wants her to make a record so he can listen to all her power notes at the end. Usher said Jake Worthington had the mark of a professional because he pushed through vocal issues to do an incredible performance.
NEW YORK (AP) - A publicist says Eminem has no comment about the new music video in which he gives his estranged mom a musical bouquet, rather than the brickbats he usually tosses her way in song. The video for the song "Headlights" came out Sunday - and it's an apology to his mom Debbie for all the trouble he caused her over the years. The rapper has publicly feuded with his mom from the earliest part of his career, saying she did everything from wish him dead, to doing drugs and pretending he was ill when he wasn't. The video was shot by filmmaker Spike Lee.
ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) - Just because his opponent died suddenly, that won't mean former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken gets the win in his Democratic primary election race. Keith Crisco died yesterday from what a family statement calls "an accidental fall" at his home in Asheboro, North Carolina. At the time Crisco died, Aiken was leading him by fewer than 400 votes after last week's voting. If the gap isn't reversed during a final tally of votes this week, Aiken will be the Democratic nominee. The vote is expected to be certified on Thursday. If Crisco comes from behind to win, local Democrats would select the nominee.
NEW YORK (AP) - The reaction for most people when they heard there was a hotel security video showing Beyonce's sister attacking her brother-in-law, Jay-Z was: what was THAT all about? But the reaction of the hotel where the footage was recorded has a different reaction: how'd the tape get released. Asked about the video yesterday, the hotel issued a statement saying it's "shocked and disappointed" that the security system was breached. TMZ.com posted parts of the video, which it says was shot in a hotel elevator. It seems to show Solange attacking Jay-Z while her older sister is in the elevator with them before a security guard steps in between. There is no audio on the tape, so it's unclear what the dispute may have been about. Reps for Beyonce, Jay-Z and Solange didn't reply to emails seeking comment yesterday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Lady Antebellum will kick off "Good Morning America's" summer concert series. "GMA" will air a live concert every Friday starting with Lady A on May 23. Others who will perform throughout the summer include 50 Cent, Paramore, Jennifer Lopez, Jason Derulo, Keith Urban, Kings of Leon, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Robin Thicke and Brad Paisley.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - LeeAnn Rimes says it's an honor to be chosen to sing the national anthem at this year's Indianapolis 500. The veteran country music star's participation in the event was announced yesterday by race officials. Rimes has been on the country scene since she dropped her first national hit in 1996 - when she was just 13. May 25 will mark the race's 98th running. The pre-race events will also mark the last time actor and singer Jim Nabors says he will sing "Back Home Again In Indiana" at the track. Nabors is 83 - and has done the song nearly every year since 1972.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bruce Willis certainly will have enough experience to raise his new baby. It's his fifth daughter. He has no sons. People.com says Evelyn Penn Willis is the second daughter for Willis and his wife, Emma Heming-Willis. They have a two-year-old named Mabel Ray. Willis also has three daughters from his marriage to Demi Moore. They're all in their 20s.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jessica Meuse is going home -- but not in the way she wanted. Meuse was voted off "American Idol" last night. So, she won't be making a hometown appearance for the show. The three remaining Idol hopefuls will be getting heroes' welcomes and doing concerts, in taped segments for next week. Caleb Johnson, Alex Preston and Jena Irene are this season's top three, as Idol goes into its final couple of weeks.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jimmy Fallon's late-night show isn't the only TV program getting help from Questlove. The Roots leader is executive producing a music series for VH1 that will feature three artists performing simultaneously on one stage. "SoundClash" debuts July 23 with Lil Wayne, Fall Out Boy and buzzed British group London Grammar. The concept behind the series is to showcase A-List musicians and rising acts performing a range of songs, from current hits to covers to collaborative numbers, instantaneously. Ed Sheeran, singer-songwriter Sia and alternative rock band Grouplove will appear on the second episode, to air July 30. More episodes will be announced later. Diplo, the DJ who has produced for Beyonce and M.I.A., will host "SoundClash." The series also will air on digital cable and satellite TV network Palladia.