Idol Bites: Five Things We Learned This Week About Our Favorite Reality Stars

Is The X Factor’s Melanie Amaro dating Stereo Hogzz’s Trace Kennedy? Since leaving the competion after a failed performance of “Rhythm Nation,” Kennedy’s been in Los Angeles working on his music. Sources close to the show say the pair spend a lot of private time together, but Amaro says a boyfriend is the last thing she needs right now. “The only romance I’m having right now is with my microphone,” Amaro told E! News. “I have a very close friend, but it’s not like right now I’m doing anything to distract me, because I have to worry about this 5 million dollars.”

Former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler is busy gearing up for her next album, “100 Proof.” The country crooner released the official track listing this week. Click here for the details. In the mean time, enjoy her latest video, and the first single off her new album, “Tough.”

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has met with NBC and is talking serious business over a potential co-hosting gig. Matt Lauer is rumored to leave in early 2012, just when Seacrest’s contract with E! ends. Though Seacrest is mum on the subject, he has met with Today Executive Producer Jim Bell.

Is The X Factor’s Simon Cowell on a mission to take Marcus Canty down? Canty is responsible for Cowell being down to one girl (first beating Drew and then Rachel Crow), so it’d make sense if he’s willing to make sure the more talented contestants win. Does America need to worry?  Cowell says, no. “I have talked to the others and he is not going to be in that league, especially with what we have planned next week,” he told Hollywood Life. Cowell’s a fair judge, but I would be a little fearful if I was Canty!

Keeping Up With the Kardashian’s Kris Jenner and Dancing With the Stars’ Mark Ballas are confirmed as judges for this year’s Miss America Pagent. Let’s hope some of the girls are smart enough to save their best moves for the dance floor! Miss America airs January 14 at 9p/8C on ABC.

Remember Kimberley Locke? She’s had a great career post-American Idol. Click here to read more about it.

by Melissa Warner on December 11th, 2011

Melissa is Unreality TV's X Factor USA expert, bringing you all the gossip on the contestants and religiously recapping their performances each week! You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+

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