‘The X Factor’ judges select the Top 16 acts

11:15 am EDT, October 24, 2012

Live episodes of The X Factor begin next week, just in time for the Top 16 to really show off their talent!

The Top 16 acts were finalized last night, and here now is the line-up.

Teens (mentored by Britney Spears)

“I had a really tough time picking my final four – all of my kids were incredibly talented,” said Spears. “But I do believe I have the winner, so watch out Simon! You and your groups are going down! My Teens and I have some surprises in store for you.”

– Beatrice Miller from Maplewood, NJ (13)
– Arin Ray from Cincinnati, OH (17)
– Carly Rose Sonenclar from Westchester, NY (13)
– Diamond White from Los Angeles, CA (13)

Young Adults (mentored by Demi Lovato)

“I am so excited that I have this group because I am SURE the winner is in my final four,” said Lovato. “I cannot wait to mentor them – they are amazing!!”

– Cece Frey from Decatur, IL (21)
– Jennel Garcia from Rochester, MA (18)
– Willie Jones from Shreveport, LA (18)
– Paige Thomas from San Antonio, TX (22)

The Over 25s (mentored by L.A. Reid)

“Choosing my four acts was tough, but I feel good about the category I’m bringing with me to the live shows,” said Reid. “The Over 25s are definitely the ones to watch this season.”

– Vino Alan from Laquey, MO (40)
– Jason Brock from San Francisco, CA (35)
– David Correy from Riva, MD (27)
– Tate Stevens from Raymore, MO (37)

The Groups (mentored by Simon Cowell)

“The groups are in a different league this year,” said Cowell. “I am feeling very confident and so are they. They have a great mentor and I have great artists.”

Drew Chadwick – Age: 20 – Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Keaton Stromberg – Age: 16 – Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Wesley Stromberg – Age: 18 – Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA

Ally Brooke – Age: 19 – Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Camila Cabello – Age: 15 – Hometown: Miami, FL
Normani Hamilton – Age: 16 – Hometown: Houston, TX
Dinah Jane Hansen – Age: 15 – Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
Lauren Jauregui – Age: 16 – Hometown: Miami, FL

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Jemelle Joseph – Age: 23 – Hometown: Bay Shore, NY
Julien Joseph – Age: 19 – Hometown: Bay Shore, NY
Lyric Da Queen – Age: 23 – Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Sister C
Carli Rayne Manchaca – Age: 19 – Hometown: Austin,TX
Celbi Manchaca – Age: 18 – Hometown: Austin, TX
Cirby Ryan Manchaca – Age: 21 – Hometown: Austin, TX

Tune in Thursday, November 1 to see the acts perform live.

(Pictured above: The girls of LYLAS)

‘Galavant’ cast thank fans for #MoreGalavant campaign

"So just dance, dance, dance."

4:30 pm EDT, May 25, 2016

Galavant may have been axed over on ABC, but the fans refuse to stop the beat — and the cast are getting down to it!

There’s nothing worse than seeing your favorite show cut off in its prime, but if there’s one thing that fans do best in moments of crushing adversity, that’s come together and use their voices in a cacophony. And Galavant fans? They want a third season of their little show that could and are campaigning for it to return.

That campaign has not escaped the notice of the cast, who came together to thank the fans in a video that you can’t help but move your feet to — and the rest of your body.

“It warms the cockles of my heart to see everything you’re doing to save our beautiful little show,” Timothy Odmunson says, at the top of the video — right before it launches into Justin Timberlake’s newest hit, “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” and we’re treated to a montage of familiar and brand-new footage from Galavant’s stars.

#MoreGalavant "Can't Stop The Feeling" from #MoreGalavant on Vimeo.

Karen David (Princess Isabella), who has also been vocal on social media about the #MoreGalavant campaign, leads the charge — and has printed out everyone’s contributions so far. But don’t worry, she planted a tree to make up for all the paper that was used. Also shaking their tush is Genevieve Allenbury, who played the Queen of Valencia throughout Galavant’s two season run.

Other familiar faces from the cast include Robert Lindsay, Ben Presley, Mallory Jansen, Vinnie Jones, and Muzz Khan. Not to mention the titular hero, Joshua Sasse.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Galavant without some cameos — and this thank you video is no exception to that. Making their debut are Billy Boyd (of Lord of the Rings fame), holding a sign that proclaims, “You can’t eat this Hobbit!” and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, with his own “Galavanterrific” sign.

And, what better way to close out the video than with an appearance from Weird Al. “Well, that should definitely do it,” he proclaims. “I can’t imagine any network not picking up this show now that it’s a hashtag campaign. Feel the power of the hashtag!”

So, Galavant fans, get signing and start dancing. And here’s hoping Tad Cooper breathes fire again — be it on the stage, or screen.

This week’s twist on Game of Thrones was one for the show’s history books, and now the fans and creators are acting on their emotions.

Sunday’s Game of Thrones found Hodor dying (dammit Bran) as he held back the army of wights by holding the door. A significant death like this one naturally became a big topic of conversation online, with fans coming up with adorable yet depressing tributes to Hodor.

For example, viewers have been creating Hodor doorstoppers:





Interestingly, we couldn’t find any Hodor doorstoppers for sale on Etsy. Get on that, people!

Others have added Hodor to the ‘hold door’ button in their local elevator





On last night’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff ‘apologized’ for killing Hodor — but not for the reason you think:

Related: After Hodor, who will die next on ‘Thrones’?

Starz has decided that their original programming can compete with the other hot shows airing on Sunday nights.

Network CEO Chris Albrecht has told THR that they are planning on moving all of their original shows including Outlander, Ash Vs Evil Dead, and Black Sails — which currently air on Saturdays — to Sundays. The move will begin July 17 with the Starz series Power. Outlander will likely not move to Sundays until next season.

“Sundays are a prestige night and we feel our shows are definitely going to be very competitive, not just in viewership but in the attention-getting business on Sundays,” Albrecht said to THR, “So it made sense to move.”

Outlander and Starz’s other original series will be going up against tough competition, including AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones. Albrecht says part of the reason he wanted to move the shows was to make sure they were part of the watercooler talk on Monday mornings.

THR notes that Showtime’s original series typically get DVR’d, “growing 214 percent [in viewership] during the course of a week.” This would suggest that a lot of people aren’t sitting in front of a TV on Saturdays and want to watch the shows on a different day of the week. So, moving their programming to Sundays may not impact overall viewership numbers much.

Starz recently overtook Showtime as the second-most subscribed to cable channel. HBO still sits at number one, though all three are facing tough competition from Netflix.