Thursday Morning Entertainment Headlines


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When Demi Lovato signed on to be an "X Factor" judge, she didn't expect someone with a story like her own to audition. Jillian Jensen of Rochester, Massachusetts, said she had been bullied and had a "stay strong" tattoo like Lovato. Simon Cowell says the only time he's ever lost it is when Jensen sang Jessie J's "Who Are You." Britney Spears is showing she's got a mind of her own as a judge. She rejected one of her own former duet partners. And even though Cowell hates costumes, the judges were intrigued enough by a man dressed as a bride to put him through to the next round.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nicole Nelson is a chair-turner. The self-professed Vermont hippy was the only singer on "The Voice" last night to get turn-arounds from all the judges. She did a version of "Hallelujah" that got the crowd on its feet. Adam Levine made the pitch that he was the first judge to hit the button and she picked him. A bit of history was made on "The Voice," too. Allison and Crystal Steel are the mother-daughter duo 2Steel Girls. It's first time a mother and daughter have performed on the show. They did "Before He Cheats" and impressed both Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton. But Shelton told the 2Steel Girls wants to protect them from the "savage and angry world of entertainment." They picked him. More blind additions next week.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Kathy Bates has had a double mastectomy. Bates tells that she was diagnosed with breast cancer several weeks ago. She says because she got the double mastectomy she won't have to have chemotherapy or radiation. Bates says her doctors have told her she's going to be around "for a long time." Bates beat ovarian cancer nine years ago.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Justin Bieber was a troublemaker, even as early as the first grade. He tells Ryan Seacrest that he got kicked out of class on the first day of first grade because he was making noises with his armpit. He ended up getting moved to a different class because his teacher said she couldn't handle him. It didn't get better as he grew older. Bieber says he "got suspended from school, like, every year." Bieber's interview is airing on the "Today" show and tonight on "Rock Center With Brian Williams."


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Brit Marling is finally getting to use her degree in economics. She plays a hedge fund manager in "Arbitrage." Marling graduated with honors from Georgetown University. She was even the class valedictorian. But she ended up in acting, partly because she says she wasn't really good at economics. She says she'd spend hours in the library trying to wrap her head around what she was reading. Marling says she'd see her classmates getting inspired by what they were learning, but she didn't have "that thing for it." Arbitrage opens tomorrow.


BEVERLY HILLS (AP) -- David Kohan and Max Mutchnick have been asked for years to turn their friendship and professional partnership into a sitcom and now, they've finally done it. Kohan and Mutchnick created "Will and Grace." Now, they're behind the new series "Partners." Kohan says it's based on their experiences, so "story ideas can begin with `what did you do last night?"' Kohan says he's been friends with Mutchnick since he was 14 years old. He says they're so close, it's like they're married. "Partners" premieres September 24 on CBS.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- David Letterman jokes that it must be some "mix-up." But he really is one of this year's Kennedy Center honorees. He's in prestigious company. Led Zeppelin will also get one of the medals, along with Dustin Hoffman and Buddy Guy. Now the speculation can begin about who will show up the night of the gala to pay tribute to the honorees. Any chance that Jay Leno would say nice things about Letterman? Will Hoffman's "Rain Man" co-star Tom Cruise attend? Which rock stars will perform Led Zeppelin songs while Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant look on from the balcony of the Kennedy Center? And what fellow blues great will honor Buddy Guy? We'll find out December 2 the gala is taped to air on CBS December 26.

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