Hailee Steinfeld couldn't stop fan-girling over Kelly Clarkson! She had the chance to work with the newest Voice coach as a guest mentor this season, a situation that younger Hailee would've never seen coming. “I was so excited when she invited me to advise her team, because what she didn’t know was that she was a huge influence on me when I was younger," Steinfeld told Billboard. "When Kelly was on American Idol my parents surprised me and my brother with tickets to the show. I just remember looking at my dad and having him tell me that one day I would be on that stage too. It was one of those moments that reinforced my dream of pursuing music.” Steinfeld's time with Clarkson wasn't just a dream come true, though. As the "Most Girls" singer continues to work on her debut album, the 21-year-old took a few pointers from the 35-year-old superstar too. “One of the main things I learned from Kelly is to determine when and where to add embellishments in a song," Steinfeld explained. "She knows how to choose the right moment to give you that extra wow factor without it feeling like too much. A lot of times singing is based on feelings, but you also need to be able to make smart choices and pick the moments of greatest impact. She’s someone I truly admire."
Will season 5 of “Jane The Virgin” be the last? Series star and co-executive producer Gina Rodriguez said so during the Women To Watch day of panels from Create & Cultivate and Fossil in Austin, Texas on Sunday. Rodriguez discussed directing, which she tried her hand at in a pivotal season 4 episode, saying, “When it came to directing ‘Jane,’ as the star of the show — as a woman, as Latina, I was like, ‘I need to come so correct that I cannot be denied.'” After calling it “the most incredible experience,” Rodriguez noted that her episode happened to be “the highest-rated of the season” and concluded by noting that she has plans to “do more [directing] next year — in our final season.” However, the CW has not yet made any official announcements or pick-ups for returning shows next season. “Jane The Virgin” is not Rodriguez’s only project at the CW. She is also developing a female-driven drama entitled “Femme” and a dramedy about an undocumented immigrant called “Illegal.” Back in January, CW president Mark Pedowitz told Variety that he wanted to “stay in the Gina Rodriguez business.” “Gina is a friend,” he said. “She is a special, special person. Really, she is the real frickin’ deal. That’s how much I feel about her and respect her.” Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Jane Villanueva on the comedic take on a telenovela in 2015. It was the first-ever Globe for the network. The latest episode of “Jane The Virgin” grabbed approximately 600,000 live+same day viewers and earned a 0.2 in the 18-49 demo. It is averaging a 0.3 in adults 18-49 and 652,000 viewers per episode in live+same day this season, down around 30% in both measures from last season. It remains one of CW’s lowest-rated originals, ranking above only “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and freshman shows “Valor,” “Dynasty” and “Life Sentence,” the last of which debuted last week.
You can take the girl out of country, but you can't take country out of the girl. Taylor Swift pivoted toward pop with her synth-laden 2014 album 1989 and audacious latest effort Reputation, out Friday. Yet the Nashville transplant hasn't entirely abandoned her country roots. In fact, Swift earned her 12th Country Music Association Award Wednesday, taking home song of the year for writing Little Big Town's Better Man. The four-piece group's Karen Fairchild accepted the award on behalf of Swift, the sole writer on the breakup ballad who was not in attendance at the ceremony. "Taylor, wherever you are, thank you for this beautiful song and for loving songs and loving Nashville," Fairchild said. Swift, who is performing on Saturday Night Live this weekend, posted her stunned reaction to the honor on social media, writing, "In NYC for SNL rehearsals. I LOVE YOU @littlebigtown and CMAs." Better Man marks the first song of the year CMA for Swift, who previously picked up the show's top trophies for entertainer of the year and album of the year (Fearless).
Cardi B might be having a baby girl -- and she's already pretty feisty! The "Bartier Cardi" rapper hinted at the sex of her baby at the 2018 Met Gala in New York City on Monday. "Oh, she wants to fight me!" Cardi said when asked about her baby kicking -- using "she" instead of "he" -- on the red carpet. "[My dress weighs] about 35 pounds plus baby. It's OK though, I used to go up the project stairs." The 25-year-old rapper, who confirmed she was expecting her first child with Offset during her April appearance on Saturday Night Live, also referred to her baby as a girl in a pre-Met Gala interview with The New York Times. "Shorty weighs three and a half pounds. She do!” Cardi shared. "She do weigh three and a half pounds." "That’s pretty good for seven months, right?" she asked, looking around. "Because I was born five pounds." Cardi isn't the only one who has hinted at the sex of her baby. In a since-deleted Instagram caption last month, Cardi's sister, Hennessy Carolina, wrote: "I use to wish I was older than you just so I wouldve gotten the chance to carry you and give you kisses when you were a baby because you were so cute and adorable! and NOW that ur baby is coming its like it’s coming true! I’m going to be able to hold baby you and give her all the kisses and hugs!"