Wednesday Morning Entertainment Headlines


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The first "Dancing With the Stars" champ finds herself in an unusual position -- at the bottom. Kelly Monaco trails on the judges' leaderboard, after an individual and a group performance. No one was given the boot this week, as the performances were split between two shows. Bruno Tonioli screamed he was going to wet himself after Gilles Marini danced wrapped in towel. Marini whipped off the towel and handed it to Tonioli. Sabrina Bryan has the highest combined scores this week.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Battles done -- knockouts to come. "The Voice" teams are set, now the head-to-head battles are over. Christina Aguilera used her final steal to snap up former Lady Gaga backup singer Chevonne. She had been dropped by Team Cee Lo. Blake Shelton had to choose between two teenagers. He drops country girl Kelly Crapa while hanging on to Michaela Paige. The knockout rounds begin next week.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sister C gets an "A" from Simon Cowell. He keeps the trio of Texas sisters on "The X Factor." He also gives a nod to the Lylas, one of the instant groups formed at boot camp. Demi Lovato keeps a pair of rivals Paige Thomas and CeCe Frey. We'll start hearing them live on November first.


NEW YORK (AP) -- "American Idol" no longer commands the highest prices for commercials. Advertising Age says the cost of a 30-second spot on the performance episode has dropped from about $503,000 last season to about $341,000. The results show is even cheaper, dropping from $468,000 to $296,000. The most expensive program to advertise on now is "Sunday Night Football." The cost of a 30-second commercial during the football game is $545,000, - $33,000 higher than last season.


UNDATED (AP) -- It's one thing for "Saturday Night Live" to make fun of Brad Pitt's commercial for Chanel Number Five, now a dog is doing it. A group called the Pet Collective has posted a black-and-white video of a dog staring at the camera. A guy who sounds like Brad Pitt speaks for the dog, saying things like "the stick flies and we chase after it. Training disappears." He talks about his master, saying "wherever I fetch, there you are. My wag. My tree. My belly rub." The video closes with a shot of the perfume the dog is plugging: Kennel Number Five.


LONDON (AP) -- Prince Charles and his wife Camilla attended the world premiere of "Skyfall" in London. They seemed to share a laugh with Daniel Craig before they went into the theater. The royal gala raised money for charities that help members of British intelligence services.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's time to vote for your favorite movies, TV shows and singers to see who gets People's Choice Awards. In addition to the usual categories of favorite movie drama and comedy, favorite TV drama and comedy and favorite male and female singers, there are some new categories. They include favorite on-screen chemistry in a movie, favorite celebrity judge, favorite new talk show host and favorite breakout artist in music. The top five vote-getters in each category will be the nominees. They'll be announced November 15. The People's Choice Awards will be held January 9.


TORONTO (AP) -- Robert Smigel is known for creating and speaking for Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and the "Ambiguously Gay Duo" cartoon on "Saturday Night Live." You wouldn't think he'd enjoy cleaning up his act to write a kids movie. But that's what he did for "Hotel Transylvania." He says it was "really easy." He says he's always loved cartoons and used to draw his own characters. He says he wanted to be Charles Schulz.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Who sounds like Janis Joplin, looks like Janis Joplin, but isn't Janis Joplin? Mary Bridget Davies. She stars in the musical biography "One Night With Janis Joplin." Joplin's brother Michael says it's uncanny how much Davies sings and moves like Janis. The play reminds him of the time he went with his parents to see Joplin perform at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. He was a teenager at the time. He says the other bands let Joplin go on first because her parents were in the audience and didn't want to stay up late. He says the concert was "bizarrely cool." "One Night With Janis Joplin" is in Washington through November 4.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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