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“America’s Got Talent” Recap: The Last Seven Semifinalists Are Revealed

Virginia Sherwood/NBC(NEW YORK) — Wednesday night’s installment of NBC’s America’s Got Talent saw seven of the 12 acts that performed on Tuesday’s final quarterfinals show learn which of them had been chosen to advance to the semifinals. The other five acts were sent home.

Also back this week was the “Dunkin’ Save,” which allowed viewers to vote live to save an act in danger of elimination. They were instructed to search “Dunkin’ Save” on Google and select one of the three acts with the lowest vote totals that they wanted to see in the finals.

Bluegrass act Mountain Faith Band, singers Alicia Michilli and Daniella Mass, Stevie Starr a.k.a. The Professional Regurgitator, mentalist Oz Pearlman, dance troupe Freelusion and comedian Gary Vider all advanced to the finals.

Gospel choir Selected of God, dance acts Chapkiss Dance Family and DADitude!, motocross stunt teamMetal Mulisha Fitz Army and blind dancer Benjamin Yonattan were sent home.

Judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel, along with host Nick Cannon, were on hand for the live-event broadcast from New York’s Radio City Music Hall to learn which acts America had selected to advance for a chance at the $1 million top prize.

Here’s a rundown of Wednesday’s action:

Bluegrass act Mountain Faith Band and gospel choir Selected of God were the first acts called to the front of the stage. Mountain Faith Band advanced to the semifinals. Heidi believed America made the correct choice and advised the band to “keep surprising us.”

The next two acts to learn their fates were Chapkis Dance Family and singer Alicia Michilli. Michilli moves on to the semifinals. Mel B declared the singer proved to herself and to America that she is “a true contender.”

Cannon then called Stevie Starr a.k.a. The Professional Regurgitator, and mentalist Oz Pearlman to the front of the stage. Both advanced to the semifinals. Pearlman joked that he “didn’t know that was going to happen.” An elated Stern declared Starr is “such a contender, I can see you in the final two.” Howard noted that Pearlman was also a “strong contender,” but warned him to tighten up his delivery. Klum praised Stevie, exclaiming, “I can’t wait to see what you’ll regurgitate up next. “

Dance troupes DADitude! and Freelusion and motocross stunt team Metal Mulisha Fitz Army were then asked to step forward. Freelusion moved on. Mel B, who noted after their performance on Tuesday that she didn’t want Freelusion’s routine to stop, said she was happy America voted them into the semifinals.

Earlier in the show, Cannon revealed that blind dancer Benjamin Yonattan, comedian Gary Vider and singer Daniella Mass were the acts with the three lowest vote totals and gave viewers a chance to save one of them with the “Dunkin’ Save.” America picked Vider to advance to the semifinals. Howie noted Vider has been bringing his “A” game, but given the talent going into the semifinals, he needs to raise it to “A plus.”

The judges then got to decide which of the remaining two acts would advance. Heidi chose Yonattan. Mel B, Mandel and Stern picked Mass. Daniella advances to the semifinals.

The evening also included a performance by the cast of the Las Vegas production Le Rêve – The Dream, which features top aerial acrobats, synchronized swimmers and professional high-divers.

America’s Got Talent continues Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

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Tracy Morgan Gushes About New Wife: ‘She Is My Rock’

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — After Tracy Morgan’s tough year, the funny man recently wed his longtime fiancee Megan Wollover. Although the 30 Rock star knew she was the one before his nearly fatal crash in June, Morgan says she further proved why she’s his perfect match.

“Megan was by my side throughout all of the hard times of this past year,” he tells People magazine of his bride. “She is my rock, and I couldn’t be happier to have her take my last name. We are the Morgans!”

In June 2014, Morgan was riding in a vehicle that was struck by a Walmart truck. He sustained broken bones and what his lawyer called “a traumatic brain injury,” while one of his friends, comedian James McNair, was killed.

For Morgan, he says it was love at first sight with Wollover. “The very first thing I said to Megan when I met her was, ‘You are going to be my wife,'” he recalled. “No joke, before I even said ‘Hello,’ I knew we would be married one day.”

The two wed in an intimate New Jersey ceremony on August 23. The couple already has a 2-year-old daughter Maven, who served as a flower girl for the ceremony. Morgan’s son from a previous relationship, Tracy Jr., was his best man.

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Justin Theroux ‘Very Happy’ to Be Married to Jennifer Aniston

HBO(NEW YORK) — It’s been weeks since Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston surprised pretty much everyone and got married. Already, the actor tells People magazine it “does feel different.”

“I’m very happy,” Theroux added. “It’s nice to be able to look down and see a new piece of jewelry on my finger.”

After Theroux proposed in August 2012, the couple wed Aug. 5 at their Beverly Hills home.

Theroux, who stars in season two of HBO’s The Leftovers, said when he returned from his honeymoon in Bora Bora, the cast and crew on the set in Austin “gave me a big cheer, so it was wonderful.”

The actor said season two of the series, which centers on life after a cataclysmic event wipes out 140 million people, shifts to small Texas town. “It’s a town that’s literally bordered by a fence,” Theroux explained. “For my character and his insta-family, it’s a fresh start. But it boxes them in — in a weird and wonderful way.”

The Leftovers returns Oct. 4.

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Justin Theroux ‘Very Happy’ to Be Married to Jennifer Aniston

HBO(NEW YORK) — It’s been weeks since Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston surprised pretty much everyone and got married. Already, the actor tells People magazine it “does feel different.”

“I’m very happy,” Theroux added. “It’s nice to be able to look down and see a new piece of jewelry on my finger.”

After Theroux proposed in August 2012, the couple wed Aug. 5 at their Beverly Hills home.

Theroux, who stars in season two of HBO’s The Leftovers, said when he returned from his honeymoon in Bora Bora, the cast and crew on the set in Austin “gave me a big cheer, so it was wonderful.”

The actor said season two of the series, which centers on life after a cataclysmic event wipes out 140 million people, shifts to small Texas town. “It’s a town that’s literally bordered by a fence,” Theroux explained. “For my character and his insta-family, it’s a fresh start. But it boxes them in — in a weird and wonderful way.”

The Leftovers returns Oct. 4.

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Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Confirmed for “Dancing with the Stars”

FOX(NEW YORK) — After turning down the offer for the past four years, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter is finally taking the plunge: he’ll be part of the cast of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars season 21.

He tells US Weekly magazine that his buddy Joey Fatone of ‘N SYNC talked him into it. Joey competed on the show in seasons four and 15.

“He talks about it all the time and I was really debating if I wanted to do it, and he said, ‘It’s a great experience, it keeps you in shape and it’ll teach you a lot of stuff,'” Nick said of Joey.

Nick says he also wanted to do the show to see if he could get further than his little brother, Aaron Carter. During season nine, he came in fifth with partner Karina Smirnoff.

“There’s a lot of competitiveness in me and I think there’s a little something inside of me that says, ‘Okay, I’m going to go there and represent the Carter name and do even better than what he did!'” Nick tells US Weekly.

You’d think that Nick would be a ringer, considering the dance routines he’s been performing with Backstreet for years, but he claims he’s nothing special.

“I never considered myself a great dancer. Even though funny enough I’ve danced my entire life, I might have had a little insecurity on that end,” he tells the magazine. “But I felt this time around I had some time and I think it’ll be a cool experience. I think they can teach me some stuff…it’ll be a great experience to learn how to ballroom dance.”

Nick says he also hopes the show will whip him into shape. “I have a tendency to get overweight pretty damn fast so dancing has always kept me slim,” he laughs.

There have been quite a few boy banders on DWTS over the years in addition to Nick and Joey; Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees and ‘N SYNC’s Lance Bass have also competed.

Other confirmed DWTS cast members are Bindi Irwin, daughter of late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin, and triple crown jockey Victor Espinoza. The rest of the cast will be revealed September 2 on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Joy Behar Can’t Wait to Take on Donald Trump, the Duggars on “The View”

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Joy Behar couldn’t stay away from The View. After announcing Tuesday that she’ll return to the daytime talk show next month, she revealed that she’s coming back because she doesn’t want to miss out on all the fun. And by “fun,” she means making fun of celebrities in the news.

“I spent two years where I didn’t ever have to think about Kim Kardashian or the Duggars and it was really kind of nice,” Behar said Wednesday on Good Morning America, referring to her 2013 departure from the shw after 16 seasons. “But I remembered…all the wonderful things, fun I had over there.”

“I though, ‘Let me go back and try and have some more fun. That’s why I’m back,” Behar explained. “I want to stick my two cents in. That’s my main goal in life.”

For Behar, the first topics to tackle will not be a hard choice. “Look, what’s going on with Donald Trump right now…and you just talked about the Duggars and how it’s not a very good idea, it’s not godly for a woman to be angry,” Behar said, referring to a story that aired on GMA Wednesday. “I think I’m going to show that it is godly for a woman to be angry.”

A familiar face to View viewers, Behar was the longest-running of the original co-hosts of the talk show created by Barbara Walters. She left in 2013 to pursue other professional opportunities, which included starring in her own one-woman show.

Behar will be joined for the show’s 19th season by fellow newly-announced co-hosts Paula Faris and Candace Cameron Bure, along with the current panel of Whoopi Goldberg, Raven-Symone and Michelle Collins.

In addition, the show will feature appearances by regular contributors including former co-host Sherri Shepherd, Padma Lakshmi, Stacy London, Ana Navarro and Molly Sims.

The new season of The View premieres Sept. 8.

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Snooki Slams Rumor That Her Husband Had an Ashley Madison Account

ABC(NEW YORK) — Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is standing up for her husband.

The former reality TV star took to social media to slam a report that her husband, Jionni LaValle, may have had an Ashley Madison account.

“I really didn’t even want to acknowledge this absurd story, but when my family is being bashed for no reason — mama bear is gonna say what’s up,” she wrote on Instagram. “So no, my husband didn’t sign up on that website to cheat on me. Honestly, if he wanted to cheat — he would go out and do it. Not sign up on a website and pay for it. Jionni is a good guy and doesn’t need his name being tarnished. Nor does our family. We did nothing wrong to deserve this.”

Polizzi, 27, and LaValle, 28, were married last year and have two children, Lorenzo, who turns 3 on Wednesday, and Giovanna, 11 months old. Polizzi, who shared a photo from her wedding day, wrote that she first laughed when she heard the Ashley Madison rumor, but felt compelled to comment after it became “news of the day.”

“The fact that the tabloids can deliberately make stories up and print things like ‘Jionni LaValle ALLEGEDLY and MAY HAVE signed up on Ashley Madison’ is absurd. I can see if there is proof in the story to make it legitimate, but to accuse my husband of something he had no idea about… HOW IS THAT LEGAL?” she wrote. “Jionni is the the most humble, respectful, and most loyal souls I know. I mean hello, that’s why I married him. He’s a stand up guy who loves his family more than anything in this world.”

She concluded her post by addressing LaValle directly.

“I love you babe,” she wrote. “And even though I’m a pain in your ass, I know you would never cheat on me. Especially on a lame ass website. @jlavalle5 #myfamilyrocks.”

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Alison Sweeney Leaving “The Biggest Loser”

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC(NEW YORK) — The Biggest Loser has suffered a big loss.

Host Alison Sweeney is leaving the NBC weight-loss competition after 13 seasons, the show’s producers announced Tuesday.

“After an incredible run together, Alison Sweeney will not be returning as host of The Biggest Loser next season,” producers said in a statement obtained by Access Hollywood.

The former Days of Our Lives star had hosted The Biggest Loser since 2006, when she replaced original hostCaroline Rhea. Her successor has not yet been named.

The 17th season of The Biggest Loser will begin shooting in September. A premiere date has not been announced.

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Alison Sweeney Leaving “The Biggest Loser”

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC(NEW YORK) — The Biggest Loser has suffered a big loss.

Host Alison Sweeney is leaving the NBC weight-loss competition after 13 seasons, the show’s producers announced Tuesday.

“After an incredible run together, Alison Sweeney will not be returning as host of The Biggest Loser next season,” producers said in a statement obtained by Access Hollywood.

The former Days of Our Lives star had hosted The Biggest Loser since 2006, when she replaced original hostCaroline Rhea. Her successor has not yet been named.

The 17th season of The Biggest Loser will begin shooting in September. A premiere date has not been announced.

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Toys Get Global ‘Unboxing’ Event

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — There has been an unboxing, can you feel it?

Star Wars fans the world over will get their first look at toys and other products tied to The Force Awakensas part of a first-ever global toy “unboxing” event that will unfold over 18 hours in 15 cities and 12 countries, kicking off in Sydney, Australia on the morning of September 3.

In what is being related to a rolling New Year’s Eve type celebration, Lucasfilm notes the reveal will be carried live via The Star Wars YouTube channel starting with the first unboxing in Sydney, Australia at 7:45 a.m. local time on Thursday, Sept. 3 — 5:45 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, Sept. 2 — and continue in cities and countries including Toyko, Japan, Seoul, South Korea, Paris, France, and New York City.

Each location will reveal a new Force Awakens toy for the first time.

The grand finale will be held at Lucasfilm HQ in San Francisco at 8 a.m. PDT — 11 a.m. Eastern — on Thursday, Sept. 3.

A full schedule has been posted on StarWars.com.

Star Wars toys have always played an important role in how our fans interact with the Saga,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “They’ve inspired multiple generations to relive the experience of the movies and to create new adventures all their own. These spectacular Star Wars: The Force Awakens products will continue that tradition.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens blasts into theaters December 18.

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