Simon Cowell teams with NBC for Las Vegas performer search

Simon Cowell will produce yet another Idol knock-off show, bringing his total of new audience-voting talent shows to three. He’s also planning American Inventor for ABC and Duets for FOX.)

The new series will air this summer on NBC and will allow viewers to “vote on which amateur performer is ready to be showcased in Sin City,” Variety reports. The show “will encompass a wide variety of performers — dancers, singers, standup comics, novelty acts — who will be judged by a panel of celebs.” It does not yet have a name, but is based upon a UK show called Got Talent.

“This time we’re looking for everything. Personally, I hope to find the next Siegfried and Roy,” Simon said.

[Variety]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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