Shape magazine has featured a number of popstars on its cover, most recently Beyonce, and now it's Britney Spears showing off her new svelte figure. The 31-year old covers the June issue in a white Deja Soleil bikini, slightly reminiscent of the infamous Rolling Stone shoot she did when she was 17.
Of course, she's all grown up now and the mother of two boys, and has trouble staying in shape like the rest of us. "I like it, then again, I hate it. I'm in my 30s now, so I have to work harder to keep it up," she tells the mag. She stays trim with yoga and the Nutrisystem weight loss program, but was photographed with a bucket of KFC after she had finished the photoshoot for the mag back in March. Hey girl, we understand.
You can check out the rest of Britney's photos and fitness tips when the issue hits newsstands May 20th.
Thank God, or maybe Satan, this thing is done with. Although it seemed like there was a clear winner from the get go, there was an upset that I'm sure pleased many, but the whole show left us viewers scratching our heads.
Simon Cowell arrived to the finale in a Rolls Royce, because he's Simon Cowell. I don't remember there being a whole red carpet re-show last year, and they could do without it for next season. The three finalist then exit their big ass SUVs while singing "All You Need Is Love" in the corniest thing to ever be put on television. I may or may no the exaggerating. This show is so terrible to it's contestants.
Along the way they stop and schmooze with past contestants, all dressed in white because CHRISTMAS! I also don't remember the contestants beating us over the head with Xmas songs last finale either, but there was Tate Stevens joined by dancing presents for "Please Come Home For Christmas." Fifth Harmony sand "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) on a carousel with candy cane microphones. Carly Rose Sonenclar had the cutest setup with breakdancing to soldiers during Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You."
Did I mention that I hate the word Christmas now?
After all the winter wonderland performances, and montages of Simon being a Grinch and Britney's weird faces, one act was sent home. Fifth Harmony ended their run, but not without some tears and a butchered whistle note. I like these girls, and again I think they are the only act that had really progressed over the course of the show, both Tate and Carly were good from the beginning.
It sucks that Simon spent so much time on those douchebuckets in Emblem3 when he should have been focused on these lovely ladies. I hope they decide to stick together, but speaking of Simon's creations, One Direction. I still don't get the obsession with these boys, and honestly they're not being marketed towards me anyways so I guess that doesn't matter.
Then there was Pitbull, again! I feel like he packs up his dancers into a big van and just roams the country, shouting "dale" to anyone who will listen. I just turned Pitbull into the Ikea monkey.
For their duet, Carly and Tate sing "The Climb," and as noted by one tweeter it was good for them to highlight the journey they've taken rather than the win. There was a montage of how bratty Demi Lovato is, trading barbs with Simon and even spitting mints into his hand. I'm glad I missed that the first time around. After another change of dress for Khloe Kardashian, it's time for the results.
Tate and Carly walk back out onto the stage with their mentors and the winner is.... Tate Stevens! Which is cool, I guess. Carly still has plenty of time to be out there, but she sure had a lot of people rooting for her, including myself.
We'll, reluctantly, be back for Season 3. I wonder if half the judges and one of the hosts will?
Since we're all scheduled to die on Friday, why not go out with some of our favorite tunes?
R.E.M. "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" This is the most obvious thing to play, and you can make yourself dizzy trying to sing along to the lyrics. For a live and more ska version, check out No Doubt's cover during MTV's New Year's Eve Bash when we all thought computers were going to kill us when we rolled over into 2000.
U2 "Last Night On Earth" While "Pop" wasn't U2's most successful album, I still think it was their most ambitious and it's one of my favorites. This is one of the better cuts and it's video features the last filmed appearance of William S. Burroughs. You can also check out their song "Until The End of The World" which appears on the soundtrack to the film of the same name.
Prince "1999" You gotta have a little Prince before you die. This one was popular going into the year 1999, but it still resonates today.
Justin Timberlake ft. Beyonce "Until The End Of Time" A slow burner if you plan on spending the apocalypse with your boo.
Britney Spears "Till The World Ends" Get together with your besties, dance it out and remember all the good times.
Like when you thought Brit and Timberlake were going to be together forever.
Soundgarden "Blow Up The Outside World" One of the darker songs from DiC faves Soundgarden. Their hit "The Day I Tried To Live" also works.
Will.i.am and Brit-Brit
Britney Spears premiered the video for her collaboration with Will.i.am on Wednesday night's 'The X Factor.' The song "Scream and Shout" is the fifth single released from his album "#willpower," which will finally be released in early 2013. Everything I just wrote bothers me.
Spears seemed a little nervous before hosts Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez introduced the new video, or maybe that was just her excited face. It's another repetitive electro-dance-pop song from Will with very little substance.
I don't get Britney's accent here, or her Tyra Banks hairdo. She had a good thing going with the bangs, okay. I'm sure the chorus will be stuck in my head anyways.
Check out the video and tell us what you think!
[Sean? Seantelle? Doolittle? Let's hear it, Boo. ~ DivaJulia]
The theme for the show is "Divas," with the Top 12 tackling songs from some of the most famous in music. So we got to watch people "try it" songs by Whitney, Celine and Mariah. Ugh. So, how did they all do?
Things kicked off with the "Young Adults," with Jennel Garcia performing first. "Proud Mary" was her song, but could she make us want to roll down the river with her? That was corny, sorry. The song started off too slowly, and I didn't like this arrangement at all. It would have worked better with a live band. Yes I know there was a drummer and keyboard player on stage but I highly doubt they were playing anything. Britney said that "Tina would be proud," but I'm sure Tina Turner is in a chateau somewhere not caring about this girl messing up her song. Although Simon commented that she was back in the competition, she seems to be getting further away from it. I don't know what type of artist she wants to be, but this isn't really working for her.
The first of the "Over 25s," and the only other of L.A.'s team left on the show is Tate Stevens who sang "From This Moment" by Shania Twain. Well Shania was on "Divas Live" once, so I guess this counts. It was simply another solid performance from Tate, Britney called it "heartfelt." Simon said it was better than last week's performance because of his new found confidence. I think it's enough to keep him at the top of the rankings, at least for this week.
The First of Britney's "Teens" was Diamond White. Brit chose Beyonce's "Halo" for her and I was hoping that she could take on the challenge of such a big song. After this performance I realized my issue with Diamond's voice, it's not all that mature the way Carly Rose's is. I don't want to compare the two but I feel like Diamond still has a long way to go. She didn't hit her notes as well as she should have, and Simon gave her some good advice. Don't walk and sing at the same time! I just want Diamond to stay in the competition and get better.
Sticking with another of Britney's singers, Beatrice Miller sang "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper. Beatrice has unfortunately been going through some personal drama, but it helped her to channel the emotion of the song. If you haven't noticed, Beatrice is almost always sitting during her performances and she would be helped so much by just standing up or something. Overall, it was a little boring and I know she's better than this. L.A. thought it was a bad song choice for her, and I kind of agree. She needs to do something more upbeat because she isn't connecting with the same audience that votes for Tate, or her contemporary Carly Rose.
Lyric 145 put their spin on Queen's "We Will Rock You" mashed up with some Katy Perry song. Um, I missed most of this performance and I was okay with that. I just don't get this. Even Britney said that they are a hip hop group and they need to be doing hip hop songs, yo! No Simon, it didn't make sense for them to be doing a Queen song even though Freddie Mercury was very much a diva. Simon could very well be trolling her, and while I don't dislike Lyric 145 the way I do say, Cece, L.A. said that this might be the last time we see them in the competition. He could be right.
Arin Ray sang "Crazy For You" by Madonna. Um, okay. So Arin didn't mind what I thought wasn't a good choice for him because he decided to sing it to one of the Fifth Harmony girls. Well, at least they would make a cute couple. I thought this was the best performance Arin has given so far because it wasn't him surrounding by distracting dancers and it was the most clear he has been. Admitting to having a sort of girlfriend might cost him the panty vote though. L.A. and Demi weren't moved by it, Simon asked him if he hated it. I didn't get that vibe from him, but a slightly more uptempo song might have been better.
Paige Thomas went with Donna Summer's "Last Dance." The theatrics were mostly gone, and I loved that she worked the finger waves. Even though the theme was about Divas, Paige got lost in the staging again and didn't really deliver. Still, the judges thought it was her best performance so far, but Simon pointed out that the staging was off.
Fifth Harmony tackled Mariah Carey's "Hero." You'd think this would sound good with five voices. I like that the girls genuinely like each other and enjoy performing but this was, sigh. Was it me or did they seem a little proud of themselves for that performance. Maybe they were excited but they need to pull their fives harmonies together and produce things better than this. On a positive note, they looked cute.
Carly Rose Sonenclar was given Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On." An obvious choice but I expected her to get through it with no problems, and she did. I hate the dress they put her in, but altogether is was another great performance from her. The judges heaped much deserved praises on her. I'll be surprised if she doesn't take the top spot in the rankings this week.
Vino Alan, described by L.A. as an "underdog," sang "Let's Stay Together." This was Tina Turner's version of the song which isn't all that different from Al Green's version, but it worked for him. The ending seemed abrupt, but his rasp came across so well here and he gave probably his best performance, or at least the only one that I really liked. Simon disagrees with me, although I think this will probably keep him in the Top 5.
Emblem3 was given Alicia Keys' "No One," plenty of shouting for them to do with this one. I hated the way they Jason Mraz-ed this up, and I actually like Jason but this only works for them. Whereas every other performer on this show obviously has a bit of styling, I think they just pulled some dirty t-shirts from their the bottom of their closets and walked out on stage. Thankfully they kept it short. None of the judges talked about the actual performance, Demi did say it was better than last week's performance, but mostly they just talked about their "star quality."
The final act of the night was Cece Frey. I'm just so over Cece's whole, well, everything. Watching her cry over her parents might help her get some sympathy votes, but her performance of "All By Myself" was so overwrought. Her singing is so flat, I'm still not sure why she's on the show. The missed notes, the awkward grabbing of her microphone, I hope she didn't think she actually did a good job and i'm glad L.A. and Britney didn't mince words. Simon pulled out the word "cabaret" again and said that Cece and Demi aren't working right together. If you vote for this thing, get rid of Cece already.
How do you think the Top 12 did singing songs by artists better than they will ever be? Was that sentence too mean? Yeah, probably. But tell us what you think!