David Archuleta to embark on Mormon mission
December 21st, 2011
10:05 AM ET

David Archuleta to embark on Mormon mission

Fresh-faced “American Idol” star David Archuleta is putting his promising career aside for a higher calling.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Archuleta – or Archie, as he’s known to fans – has announced that he’s embarking on a Mormon mission.

The 20-year-old Utah native shared his news at the Salt Lake City stop of his My Kind of Christmas Tour. “I would like to make a special announcement: That I’ve chosen to serve a full-time mission,” he told the audience.

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Kara DioGuardi: I tripped out on brownies at Paula Abdul's house
May 27th, 2011
09:34 AM ET

Kara DioGuardi: I tripped out on brownies at Paula Abdul's house

Beware of the baked goods at Paula Abdul's house. That's the lesson Kara DioGuardi learned several years ago after a simple case of the munchies landed her in the hospital.

During a recent appearance on "Lopez Tonight," DioGuardi said she was house-sitting for a vacationing Abdul and decided to have a snack. "The maid at the time found these brownies in the freezer," she recalled. "She took them out, put them in the refrigerator, and I hadn't really eaten much that night... They were these little nuggets, little, you know? I take six, not a lot."

Six hours later, "I was like, 'Hey, what’s going on?'" remembered the host of Bravo's upcoming "Platinum Hit." "I fell out of bed, on the floor and stumbled down stairs... and the ambulance comes, and this guy is like, 'This b— is high as a kite!"'

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July 2nd, 2010
01:19 PM ET

Kris Allen: 'I'm pasty'

Kris Allen fans hoping to purchase posters of the "American Idol" champ posing shirtless are going to be sorely disappointed. The singer is still smarting from topless poolside photographs of him that were recently splashed all over the Internet.

"I was pretty upset. It was like, 'Seriously?' " a mortified Allen told MTV News of the pictures, which were snapped in April as he relaxed before a Paradise Island gig in the Bahamas. "I’m pasty," says Allen. "It was rough!"

Thankfully, he wasn’t alone – Allen's younger brother Daniel and band mate Cale Mills also appeared in the skin pics.

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February 4th, 2010
11:10 AM ET

Carrie Underwood lands a movie role

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"American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood is headed to the big screen. The country singer will be starring opposite Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid in the film "Soul Surfer," set to begin production in February.

The movie is based on the autobiography of Bethany Hamilton, the pro-surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack six years ago. According to a release for the film, Carrie will be playing a church youth leader.

The Grammy winner became engaged to her hockey-player boyfriend, Mike Fisher, over the holidays. She told reporters on the red carpet on Sunday night that no date had been set for the wedding.

February 2nd, 2010
02:13 PM ET

Ellen debuts on 'Idol' next week

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It’s almost Ellen time.

Ellen DeGeneres takes her seat as the newest “American Idol” judge on February 9.

The comic/talk show host will make her debut on the show during the Hollywood round where contestants will vie for a spot among the Top 24 semifinalists.

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January 1st, 2010
11:13 AM ET

TV worth watching in 2010

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Calling all couch potatoes: Our days of darkness are over.

Finally, along with the new year, comes some watchable television in 2010. Plenty of your favorite shows will be coming back in January so there's no need to venture out into the cold to find alternative entertainment.

Here’s a look at some of the big premieres over the next month.

January 4 – “The Bachelor” – Everyone’s favorite reality dating show returns starring hunky pilot Jake Pavelka and 25 eligible (desperate?) women.

January 5 – “The Biggest Loser” (NBC) – This is being billed as the biggest season of the weight loss competition ever, since it features the heaviest contestant yet, Michael Ventrella, a 30-year-old deejay from Chicago, Illinois, who weighs 526 lbs. The couples edition of the show features 11 teams of two competing for the season 9 crown.
Also: “The Good Wife” (CBS), “NCIS” (CBS)

January 6 – “Nip/Tuck (FX) – The plastic surgery drama is preparing to make its final facelifts as the show kicks off its last episodes.
Also: “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV)

January 10 – “Big Love” (HBO) – This will be the last season on the multi-marriage drama for actress Amanda Seyfried, who plans to leave to pursue her burgeoning movie career at the end of the fourth season. Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek joins the cast as a powerful Washington, D.C., lobbyist.
Also: “Chuck” (NBC) – Chuck Bartowski overcame network threats of cancellation - and now he has to weather becoming a real honest-to-goodness secret agent on the NBC spy comedy.

January 14 – “Fringe” (Fox) The paranormal crime series will return for four weeks before going on hiatus until April.
Also: “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Private Practice” (ABC), “Project Runway” (Lifetime), “CSI” (CBS), “Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “The Vampire Diaries” (CW)

January 12 – “American Idol” (Fox) – Get ready for a whole new Idol, sans Paula and with the addition of Ellen DeGeneres (yay!). This could just be cantankerous judge Simon Cowell’s last year before jumping ship to start yet another reality singing franchise, so savor these moments while you can.

January 17 – “24” (Fox) – Jack Bauer is back, and if history is any indication it is going to be a pretty long day. Watch out, Big Apple; this time the drama is set in NYC.

January 31 – Fox's lovable animation lineup of "American Dad," "The Cleveland Show," "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" return.

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