Less than 24 hours after her shocking elimination from American Idol, UsWeekly is reporting Pia Toscano has scored herself a record deal!
According to UsWeekly, the 22-year-old New York native has signed a deal under Interscope Records, chaired by Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine, and will record her debut album right away.
“Pia is being signed to a deal with Interscope Records who are rushing her into the studio to record an album ASAP,” a source familiar with the contract talks reveals. “Starting [Thursday] night after the show, Interscope told her they wanted her and first thing [Friday] morning Interscope brass started calling every top songwriter and producer in town to get an album together and rush release it.”
When it comes to the contract, the insider adds that “Papers are being finalized. It’s basically a done deal. She’s signing. They rushed everything but she’s so excited.”
Following her elimination, Pia told reporters on Friday, “You don’t know for sure why things happen, but you know, it did! It was my time to go on the show and I’m excited to see what my future holds.”
Dina, 39, will star in a new series for the HGTV network. The series will follow Dina and the staff of her event company Design Affairs as they create lavish events in their clients’ homes.
“Dina is an accomplished interior designer and also runs a thriving event planning business — her Real Housewives fans will be very surprised to see this side of her,” said Kathleen Finch, general manager of HGTV. “Dina brings a unique set of skills to HGTV and I’m thrilled to have her join our growing team of expert talent.”
The weekly series is set to debut in September.
It also seems Dina will make some appearances on the upcoming season of the ‘NJ Housewives.’ “Yes even tho I’m part of the HGTV family now u will still see me on @BravoTV here & there! Sooner than you think ; )” tweeted Dina on Friday.
The fourth season of the Real Housewives of New York City premiered last night without the show’s break out star Bethenny Frankel, bringing us to the question – Was Bethenny missed? Well, an answer to that below but one thing was clear from watching the premiere, which is that some of the ladies clearly had an agenda set for this season.
Judging from the premiere, it appears that Jill Zarin will spend the entire season trying to convince us she is a changed woman except she is still the same and nastier than ever, while Kelly Bensimon badly wants us to believe she is sane – a hard task to prove when you’re bat sh*t insane. With that said, let’s get right to the recap!
The show begins with most of the housewives having new taglines in their opening credits. “Good or bad, I know who I am and I own it,” declares Jill. Um no you don’t. “I’ve always had opinions. Now people know it,” states Alex having discovered last season that voicing said opinions gets you more face time on TV. “I’m living the American dream one mistake at a time,” says Kelly. I don’t speak crazy so I won’t even attempt to decode what that means.
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With the ratings of her TLC show continuing to decline, a new report states Kate Gosselin is worried about having to get a real job.
According to Popeater, Kate, 36, is going all out for the new season of her show in hopes that it will be a big success. “This season Kate has been told to bring her A-game,” a TV producer tells Popeater. “If her ratings drop to the 1 million mark this will be her last season, and then Kate would have to get a real job.”
Ratings for Kate Plus 8, her TLC show following her divorce from Jon Gosselin, has steadily averaged 1.6 million viewers per episode. A far cry from the staggering 10 million viewers that tuned in for the episode in which Jon and Kate formally announced their divorce.
“You are going to see Kate spend another night camping, but this time without Sarah Palin. You will see her explore Sydney, meet with aboriginals and even swim with sharks in an attempt to win back viewers,” adds the source.
Another source assures Popeater that TLC is still Team Kate. “TLC hadn’t really done ‘Kate Plus 8′ in a series way until now — it was just sporadic specials that people had trouble finding,” the source says. “TLC does believe in her.”
However, it seems Kate does have reason to be worried as the Monday night premiere episode of Kate Plus 8 only brought in 1.3 million viewers.
In other Kate news, TMZ is reporting that Kate is being sued after failing to pay $10,476 for marriage counseling services back in 2009.
Despite getting her divorce from Jon finalized in December 2009, it seems Kate had previously requested that one of the Pennsylvania-based counselors of Creative Energy Options company “fly to Los Angeles to perform marriage counseling, then refused to pay for service or travel fees.”
The company’s president, Dr. Sylvia Lafair, told TMZ they had reached out to Kate several times, but that she has yet to make any payments.
Two weeks after RadarOnline first broke the news, Bravo has now confirmed the Real Housewives of DC has been canceled, making this the first time ever the network has canceled a housewives franchise.
“We had an amazing season and we told stories that were unique to any other in the franchise,” Bravo’s Andy Cohen told the Washington Post on Thursday. “I wish all our DC Wives the best and hope to work with them again in another capacity.”
Below are some reactions from the DC Housewives –
Stacie Turner – “The past 18 months has truly been an amazing adventure! Thanks so much for your support. The best is yet to come…….” she tweeted.
Mary Amons – “Bittersweet day, memorable fun ride w/ @catommanney @THErealLyndaDC @stacieturnerdc & the Bravo family! Exciting projects ahead! #staytuned,” tweeted Mary.
Cat Ommaney – “So the milk was spilt,and we cried over it..(meow meow) and then the next show..mmm well thats going to be ‘creme de la creme’!!..” tweeted Cat.
As for Michaele Salahi, she promises her next project will be “wild and entertaining,” perhaps referring to her upcoming appearance on Celebrity Rehab.
While the DC Housewives averaged decent ratings, 1.4 million viewers, it didn’t quite compare to its counterparts, for example the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills which averaged over 2 million viewers for its freshman season. It seems the final straw for Bravo was the report that the DC Housewives had banded together and refused to do the show if the controversial Michaele was allowed back on by the network which wanted her to return.
Michaele also spoke to PEOPLE, confirming that her castmates did indeed want her off the show. “I sort of knew this was going to happen,” Michaele tells PEOPLE. “The other women didn’t want me back on the show, and [Bravo executive] Andy [Cohen] stood his ground and said there wouldn’t be a show without me on it. I’m grateful to him for that.”
This cancellation of the DC housewives could also spell trouble for the Real Housewives of Miami, which averaged a poor 1.1 million viewers this season.
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It seems the judges’ decision to use their one time save early on this season came back to hunt them.
In what is being called one of the most shocking eliminations in American Idol history, fan favorite Pia Toscano, 22, was sent packing on Thursday night.
After being in the bottom three with StefanoLangone, and JacobLusk, host Ryan Seacrest announced Pia had been eliminated from the show.
Everyone, especially the judges, were shocked at Pia’s exit. “I have no idea what just happened here. I’m shocked, I’m angry…I don’t even know what to say,” said a tearful Jennifer Lopez. “A mistake is one thing, but lack of passion is unforgivable,” said Steven Tyler chiding the home audience for failing to vote for Pia.
“I’m gutted. You’re one of the best singers in this!” added Randy Jackson. Even the twitterverse was up in arms with many fans, celebs and past Idol contestants voicing their disappointment. “I can not believe they just eliminated pia ! ReAlly..???? Long as she walked away with that voice she will be alright !! Just hate to see talent like that go!” tweeted Jennifer Hudson.
Pia remained a trooper as she closed the show with a performance of “I’ll Stand By You,” receiving a standing ovation following her performance. She broke down in tears after the song as her fellow contestants rallied around her.
Pia’s exit makes the fifth consecutive female eliminated from the show this season. None of the men have been eliminated with only two girls remaining in the top eight now, almost guaranteeing a male will win the show.
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Playboy honcho Hugh Hefneractually broke the news on twitter Wednesday. “The May issue of Playboy is unforgettable with Dancing With The Stars‘ Karina Smirnoff on the cover & nude inside,” Hugh, 84, tweeted.
For the time being, Karina, 33, is remaining mum on her nude pictorial while a Popeater report states the Playboy spread might get her in trouble with DWTS.
“If Karina posed naked, she can kiss her dancing days goodbye,” a ‘DWTS’ insider stated. “I hope for Karina’s sake that this isn’t true.”
The reason? Apparently the folks at ABC feel having one of their dancers pose naked during an ongoing season could “soil” the wholesome image of the show.
It should however be pointed out that Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson is currently a contestant on the show plus Holly Madison participated in the show a few years back. Also, show host Brooke Burke has appeared in the mag before.
The Popeater report does state the issue with Karina is that she will be appearing in the mag while the show is currently on the air. Karina, who got engaged to professional baseball player Brad Pennyback in November, has also received some criticism from fans who wonder why she has decided to pose nude. Bikini photos of Karina below!
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On the season 4 premiere titled “Grin and Bare It,” Ramona hosts a rooftop cocktail party while elsewhere, tension continues to brew between Jill and Alex; and the ladies gear up to participate in a gay-equality march. Single mother and spa entrepreneur Cindy Barshop joins the cast. A preview clip is below.
Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight will be Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin!
In other news, following a major slight fall from grace last season with her actions both on and off the show, Jill Zarin reveals the reason she decided to return for another season.
But first Jill states she felt she was ganged up on last year. “I was ganged up on by Alex, Bethenny and Ramona,” Jill tells the NYDailyNews. “It’s so last year and it’s so over that I don’t want to talk about it anymore. … But let me tell you, it’s hard to fight three against one. One on one is one thing. Three on one, not so even.”
So why did she return? “I asked my husband, Bobby, ‘What should I do?’ And he said, ‘Don’t leave,’ ” she says. “My family felt that I wasn’t portrayed accurately, that I needed to come back, to have another round at it. Then, if I want to leave, I leave with my head held high.” Aka ‘I’m going to spend this entire season pretending to be nice and trying to redeem my image.’
Meanwhile, the NYC ladies visited The View talk show this week during which both Jill and her BFF Kelly Bensimon tried to insinuate the show isn’t real, well at least last season, with Kelly also trying to convince us she isn’t really crazy.
First Jill insinuated Bethenny Frankel played up their fight for the cameras last season. “You wanna know what the truth is? The truth is I thought it was a wink-wink. We had a fight, I thought it was sort of drama for the show and that we would make up,” said Jill.
And when host Sherri Shepherd asked Kelly about being crazy and that whole Scary Island meltdown, Kelly denied being mentally unstable. “I didn’t fall apart. It’s hard to be portrayed as crazy and it’s hard to come back from that,” said Kelly. “Sorry you guys I didn’t fall apart. I know it’s hard for everyone to understand that … I make great television and Bethenny and I create better television. So, I mean, that’s what it is,” added Kelly as we try to figure out what planet these people are living on.
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