Wednesday night's two-hour season premiere of "American Idol" was either incredibly predictable or somewhat infuriating, depending on how much pop culture news one has been following over the past few months.
Simon Cowell is hoping to make stars of another all-boy group: California's own Emblem3. "The X Factor" creator and judge, who mentored the Huntington Beach-based trio on season two of the series, has made it official, signing Wesley Stromberg, Keaton Stromberg and Drew Chadwick to his Syco Music via Columbia Records, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Thursday night's (Dec. 20) "X Factor" finale seemed destined to be a nail-biter following a too-close-to-call competition show during which all three finalists turned in some of their best performances of the 2012 season.
During the final four episode of "The X Factor," girl group Fifth Harmony performed "Anything Could Happen," an Ellie Goulding song that preaches spontaneity and the idea that, well, anything could and sometimes will happen. The next evening, the five-piece shocked the viewing public by vaulting into the show's finale, beating out fellow group Emblem3. One week later, Fifth Harmony was singing the same tune -- literally. And the group could just be the second champion of "X Factor."
Before Cassadee Pope was crowned season three winner, NBC tried mightily to pack the two-hour finale of "The Voice" with big musical guests from Avril Lavigne, the Killers, Smokey Robinson and the last two artist to top the Billboard Hot 100, Rihanna and Bruno Mars.