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Former executive at Island Def Jam records, LA Reid has been officially tapped as the first judge on the highly anticipated American version of X-Factor.

Reid is well established in the music world backing such talent as P!nk, Justin Beiber, TLC and Mariah Carey. We also hear that he may join another record company which will also be the official record company of the show.

Simon has been very tight lipped on who he wants on the show but rumors are flying that the likes of Enrique Iglesias could host and Taylor Momsen (Gossip Girl, the Pretty Reckless) could judge.

What do you think of these names? Let us know!

Former “Bachelor” and sports commentator, Jesse Palmer, was announced today as the host for the first season of “Recipe To Riches”.

The show gives inspiring home cooks the opportunity to win $25,000 each episode. Each episode will be based on a specific category of food (Appetizers, Frozen Treats, Entrees, Sweet & Savoury Snacks, Savoury Pies, Cakes, Sweet Pies) and at the end of the season Canada will vote on their favourite recipe and the winner will receive $250,000.

The winner of each episode will also have their product hit supermarket shelves in participating Loblaw stores as a President’s Choice product.

The 4 city open casting call starts this Saturday in Halifax at the Delta Halifax.

Other stops include Vancouver on the 12th (Hyatt Regency Vancouver), Montreal (Details to be confirmed) on the 19th and then Toronto on the 26th (Hyatt Regency Toronto)

For more information and to apply online visit

Is your recipe worth $250,000? Well with the annoucement today of a new Food Network show.. it could be! Recipe to Riches is scouring the country for the best recipes in 7 different categories: Appetizers, Frozen Treats, Entrees, Sweet & Savoury Snacks, Savoury Pies, Cakes and Sweet Pies. Each episode one person could win $25,000 and their product will hit store shelves as a President’s Choice product. Then at the end one person will walk away with the grand prize of $250,000.

They are also hitting the road.. so bring out your favorite recipes for the judges to taste. Halifax, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto are all having open auditions for the best recipes. Check out the casting note below. For more information visit

Here are the top 10 shows for the week of December 13 – December 19 as provided by BBM.

1) Big Bang Theory (CTV)

2) Criminal Minds (CTV)

3) Two and a Half Men (CTV)

4) Survivor: Nicaragua (GLOBAL)

5) Shit My Dad Says (CTV)

6) Mike & Molly (CTV)

7) Survivor: Nicaragua Reunion Special (GLOBAL)

8 ) NCIS: Los Angeles (CTV)

9) CTV Evening News (CTV)

10) CSI (CTV)

We’re hearing the plans to have Jersey Shore cast member Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi could be sacked. MTV had planned to put Snooki inside of a glass ball in times square and drop her at the stroke of midnight (again, this is not a joke). But New York city officials say that’s a no go because all media outlets must adhear to the same guidlines if broadcasting from Times Square.

But now TMZ is reporting that MTV has moved the ball drop from Times Square to where it all began, the Jersey Shore house in Seaside Heights. They’ve also posted photos of the ball in question and it’s a clear glass ball with the word “Snooki” lit up across it.

God love ya, MTV.

Are you staying in for New Years Eve? Don’t want to see an orange person being lowered in a glass ball? We’ve got you covered. Take a look at our New Years Eve TV Viewing Guide. Whether you want music, or a live event.. Throng’s got you covered.


The new season of American Idol is just around the corner and with a new judge line up the big question is, will you watch?

Changes are in store across the board for the new season which is set to premiere Wednesday, January 19 on FOX and CTV. For the first time during Hollywood week over 300 traveled to the city of Angels for their chance at fame. This was up from almost 180 last year. In addition those who survive some of Hollywood week are taking a road trip to Las Vegas where they take place in a Beatles themed performance to secure their place in the finals. Word is there was bidding war for which stage show would take on American Idol, and the Mirage’s LOVE show won that chance.

Expect a host of changes this season to keep the eyeballs coming back to America’s once most loved show. With executive producer Nigel Lythgoe back on board anything is possible.

For more American Idol news check out our sister site

Also check out this just released poster for the new season:

Here are the Top 10 programs for the week of December 6 – December 12 according to BBM

1) The Amazing Race (CTV)

2) C.S.I. (CTV)

3) Big Bang Theory (CTV)

4) The Mentalist (CTV)

5) Glee (Global)

6) Criminal Minds (CTV)

7) Survivor: Nicaragua (Global)

8 ) Jersey Ceremony (CBC)

9) Shit My Dad Says (CTV)

10) Desperate Housewives (CTV)

Again, CTV dominates the week with 7/10 top shows. The closest Canadian produced show to crack the top 30 was CTV National News which came in at number 15.

Come on Canadian viewers! Let’s support our home grown productions and kick the American shows out of the top spot.

Avoiding the crowds this New Years Eve? Having your own party at home with the goold old boob tube? No problem, Throng has got you covered! We’ve rounded up some of the best programming that will help you ring in the new year in style. If you know of a program that we don’t have listed let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to add it. Here we go!

Citytv New Years Bash 2011 (Citytv)
Citytv will ring in the New Year LIVE from Nathan Phillip’s Square in Toronto. One of Toronto’s longest running New Year’s party will kick off the night starting at 10pm/est. Hosted by Kevin Frankish and Dina Puglise (from Breakfast Television Toronto), Tracy Moore (from CityLine) and Gord Martineau (from CityNews Toronto).

Performances by Shawn Desman, Danny Fernandes, Stereos, These Kids Wear Crowns, Divine Brown and Blake McGrath.

For more information on the broadcast check out also if you’re in the area drop by. It’s a great family friendly party.

New Years in Niagara Falls (Global)
Thanks to the folks at Entertainment Tonight Canada, Niagara Falls will be set ablaze for 2011. The live show starts at 10pm/est on Global and will be hosted by ET Canada favorites Cheryl Hickey, and Rick Campanelli.

Great Big Sea, Barenaked Ladies and Kardinall Offishall will take the stage in front of almost 15,000 screaming fans.

Muchmusic’s New Years Eve Party (Muchmusic)
All of the years best music videos will air back to back to help you rock in the new year. Starts at 11pm/EST on Muchmusic.

MTV New Years Eve (MTV)
Hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings and coming to you live from Times Square in New York City. Special appearances by the cast of Jersey Shore (naturally). We hear they’re even sticking Snooki inside a ball and dropping her at the stroke of midnight. I wish I was joking, but I’m not.

Airs live at 10:30pm/est on MTV.

Dick Clark’s Rockin New Years Eve (ABC)
Dick is back for another year with the help of Ryan Seacrest, Fergie and Jenny McCarthy LIVE from Times Square. The show will feature performances from some of today’s hottest stars including Drake, Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo, Avril Lavigne, and Train.

Additional appearances by Willow Smith, Jason Derulo, La Roux, Mike Posner, Natasha Bedingfield and Far East Movement.

NBC’s New Years Eve with Carson Daily (NBC)
Carson Daily brings his late night show to New Years Eve. Performers and special guests have not been released. Show starts at 10:00pm/est on NBC.

New Years Eve Live (CNN)
After nearly getting fired last year Kathy Griffin is once again teaming up with CNN’s own Anderson Cooper for the annual event. The show will feature reports from across the world and from the show’s base in Times Square. Also guaranteed? Kathy’s off color jokes which are sure to get her fired again in 2011.

Airs live at 11:00pm/est on CNN.

CBC Specials (CBC)
CBC isn’t doing the live funny business that the rest of the networks are doing. Their going for scripted comedies and sit down interviews.

Starting at 7pm is a Just for Laughs Gala, then at 8pm is the Air Farce New Years Eve special followed by Ron James’ New Years Eve edition at 9pm. Then your boyfriend George Stroumboulopoulos will take us into the new year starting at 11pm.

Please check local listings for all air times.

They’re backkkkkk! The cast of Jersey Shore are hittin’ Seaside Heights again for the Jersey Shore Season 3 premiere Thursday January 6 @ 10pm. Gone? Angelina. In? Snook’s friend Deena. GTL my friends, GTL.

Canada’s Worst Driver concluded Monday night with the crowning (?) of Lance from Ottawa as Canada’s Worst Driver.

Drivers from across Canada descended on Dunnville, Ontario to compete for the title of Canada’s Worst Driver. The eight finalists completed challenges ranging from simple day-to-day driving tasks to high speed challenges

In the final episode Brad, Dale and Lance made their way to one of the busiest tourists areas in the country, Niagara Falls, to complete the road test challenge. Seconds after pulling out of the parking lot and onto Niagara Falls Blvd, Lance suffered a severe panic attack and was taken away by ambulance which contributed to becoming the best of the worst.

Dale didn’t fare as well either and didn’t technically “graduate” but could easily be considered the worst driver. Community members were outraged that Dale wasn’t the worst and some say that it should have been a tie.

What do you think of Lance being Canada’s Worst?

Is your friend or family member worse then Lance or Dale? Canada’s Worst Driver is casting for a new season and you can send your nomation to or call the tip line 1-866-598-2591.