Paulina Rubio — the Mexican actress, hostess, model, businesswoman and singer who has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide as a solo artist — will be offering her guidance and advice to this year's group of singing hopefuls on the FOX series "The X Factor."
It's not her first time on a reality music competition series, having been on Telemundo's "La Voz ... Mexico" and "La Voz Kids."
She has a very caring style when it comes to dealing with singing hopefuls.
"I'm not mean. I'm just telling them the truth," Rubio tells me during a chat at the TV critics press tour this summer. "I'm always really positive about everything that I do."
There wasn't this kind of competition series when Rubio started her career two decades ago. She had a personal mentor when she decided to begin a career in entertainment — her mother.
She is the daughter of actress Susana Dosamantes. Rubio was at a studio where her mother was making a movie. There was an open casting call and while she was waiting for her mother, she auditioned. That led to her first professional singing job. She praises her mother for everything she has accomplished.
"She's been my mentor, my mom, my friend," Rubio says.
Rubio's 1992 debut album, "La Chica Dorada," was just the first of a string of hit albums that include "El Tiempo es Oro" and "Paulina." After becoming a major force in Latin music, the singer is looking to expand her fan base.
Rubio agreed to be on the "The X Factor" because she loves working with singers. She also sees it as a way to become more of a familiar face and voice for a non-Spanish-speaking audience.
She is busy with a wide variety of projects, but she immediately agreed to be a new "The X Factor" judge when Simon Cowell called. She has had no trouble making sure her voice is just as loud as returning judges Cowell and Demi Lovato.
"I don't get intimidated by anybody," Rubio says. "All my life, I've been doing this. I really appreciate them as much as they appreciate me. It's a win-win situation."
'Low Winter Sun'
The latest jewel in the AMC series crown is "Low Winter Sun," the gritty cop drama set in Detroit starring Mark Strong. It's the best new series in this genre since "The Shield" launched.
The series delivers the same high quality AMC has shown with past shows, but this one is starting even stronger because of Strong.
The British actor's distinct look and superb acting style elevates the show. It also helps that he played the character in the original British show. He jumped at the chance to take on the role again.
"I think I chose to play him twice because you don't get that opportunity as an actor ever. Normally you play a part; you put it to bed; it's done. The idea that you can resurrect a character seven or eight years later, move him from Edinburgh to Detroit, was too fascinating a creative opportunity, I think, to let go by," Strong says.
"And the difference is an interesting question because essentially he's me, but, of course, the culture of a cop in Scotland, in Edinburgh, is very different from one in Detroit.
"I think what's been fascinating has been to be able to take a three-hour original and make it 10 hours. We've cherry-picked the best moments of the original but kind of let it fly. Now we've got an extra element to the story that we can run with, and Frank now belongs to Detroit."
There will a big change made in the syndicated game show, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" when new episodes begin airing today: Cedric the Entertainer replaces Meredith Vieira as host.
Asked how the show will be different, Cedric the Entertainer says it starts with borrowing from both Vieira and original host Regis Philbin.
"Both of them are really great and they had different styles in which they did the show. So for me, I just mainly want to be as sharply dressed as Regis and hug and kiss as many people as Meredith," he says.
"Meredith was also very passionate, very kind to the contestants, where she paid a lot of attention to them. And I think that Regis, he just kind of jumps out with a lot of wit, which you need.
"It's a little more energetic from the days when Regis did it, where you kind of sat down in the chairs. So you can expect a lot more energy and a lot more fun and a lot more excitement throughout the show, which is what I plan on bringing to it."
If you want to hear some of Cedric the Entertainer's work, he is the voice of a cranky cropduster in the new animated feature film "Disney's Planes."
"I like those movies and Disney does a great job with animation. It's always fun to be a part of it," he says.
TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, email@example.com or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.