Wexford's own Christina Aguilera said a season away from "The Voice" was the break that she needed to get reinvigorated -- for herself, the show and the contestants, The Associated Press reports.
Aguilera and CeeLo Green took time off from the show last season and were replaced by Usher and Shakira. But they were back in their signature red chairs on Monday night when the hit talent competition premiered on NBC.
Speaking to a small group of reporters last week at the tony Soho House, Aguilera said the show, now in its fifth season, was taking a bit of a toll on her -- coupled with her demanding life outside of it -- including being a mother to 5-year-old son Max.
"As artists we need to feel like we're appreciated and we're understood and we're given the breathing room, because we're constantly in front of the camera giving, giving, giving, giving. And then I'm a mother on top of that, and it's giving, giving, giving at home. And it's like, when do I get something back?" she said, eliciting laughter. "You know, and I'm giving, giving to my team. And it's just like, you know, I just -- you just, you know, need to take a moment."
Aguilera's commitment to finding that elusive balance of life and career is something she's teaching this year's crop of singing hopefuls.
"It's learning how to better care and protect and nurture yourself," she said. "I'm giving these kids that coaching advice on my team this year and I'm trying to get them to step, sometimes away from, sorry, the competition of it and just live and breathe into music and remember why you're up there on that stage."
Ellen Pompeo wasn't a fan of this year's Emmy Awards show, the AP reports.
The 43-year-old star of "Grey's Anatomy" says she "was really disappointed" by Sunday's telecast.
"I didn't see any diversity in the Emmys at all. The Emmys felt so dated to me," she said in an interview Monday. "??? That dance number was embarrassing. Did you see one person of color in that dance number?"
Pompeo says one of her favorite things about "Grey's Anatomy" is that it is one of the more diverse shows on television.
"I'm extremely proud of our very, very diverse cast, which represents the world that I walk around in every day," she said.
"Grey's Anatomy" is now in its 10th season on ABC. The new season will premiere Thursday.
Stephen King is clearly not a Twihard.
While chatting with The Guardian to promote his new novel "Doctor Sleep," the highly anticipated sequel to "The Shining," the acclaimed author didn't hesitate to refer to the "Twilight" book series as "tweenager porn."
He added, "They're really not about vampires and werewolves. They're about how the love of a girl can turn a bad boy good. ??? I read 'Twilight' and didn't feel any urge to go on with her."
When the subject of "The Hunger Games" came up, King pointed out that it reminded him of one of his own works.
"It's not unlike 'The Running Man,' which is about a game where people are actually killed and people are watching: a satire on reality TV," he said.
As for "Fifty Shades of Grey"?
King admitted to reading it, but much like "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games," "felt no urge to go on" with the other books in the series.
"They call it mommy porn, but it's not really mommy porn," he said of "Grey." "It is highly charged, sexually driven fiction for women who are, say, between 18 and 25."
Meanwhile, King's "Doctor Sleep" will be released today.
While spending a weekend at the beach in Thailand, Rihanna left behind a trail of racy tweets and an incriminating Instagram photo showing her cuddling an endangered primate. That didn't sit well with authorities, who arrested two people for allegedly peddling the protected species, People reports.
On a break from her Diamonds World Tour, Rihanna visited the Thai island of Phuket, where she befriended the wildlife. An Instagram photo she also shared on Twitter Friday showed her in sunglasses snuggling up to a furry primate called the slow loris, captioned, "Look who was talkin dirty to me!"
The slow loris, a squirrel-like animal with big eyes, is native to Southeast Asia and is listed as a protected species.
"Phuket authorities were alerted to the picture [of Rihanna], and last night police arrested the two individuals who brought out the loris as a photo opportunity for tourists," a Phuket district chief, Weera Kerdsirimongkon, said by telephone Sunday.
Police confiscated two lorises from the pair -- a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy -- who could face charges of possession of protected animals. The charge carries a penalty of up to four years in prison and a 40,000 baht ($1,300) fine.
Weera said authorities have tried for years to crack down on the problem of vendors exploiting wildlife, particularly in popular tourist areas where people pay to pose for pictures with elephants, orangutans and other animals.
"It's like a cat-and-mouse game. But this time it's bigger because a celebrity like Rihanna posted the picture, and there were more than 200,000 'likes' from around the world," he said.
The U.S. Postal Service has added soul singer Ray Charles to its "Music Icons Forever" stamp series, the AP reports.
Postal officials say the agency released a stamp featuring the Albany, Ga., native on Monday along with one of the artist's previously unreleased songs.
Charles was a singer and songwriter who pioneered the soul and rhythm-and-blues genres. He died in 2004.
Events were planned Monday in Atlanta and Los Angeles to celebrate Charles' inclusion in the series.
R&B singer Ashanti and the Morehouse College Glee Club performed at the Atlanta school's Ray Charles Performing Arts Center. And Chaka Khan was to headline an event at the Grammy Museum in LA.
The U.S. Postal Service honors music legends each year by featuring them on limited-edition stamps.