MANILA, APRIL 27, 2011 (MALAYA) GMA-7's high-rating fantasy series "Dwarfina" is down to its final two weeks with the tiny heroine set on fulfilling her royal duties as princess of the Duwende Kingdom.

The fate of the Duwende World now rests in the tiny hands of Dwarfina after Romera's (Angelika dela Cruz) gruesome assassination of Abiana (Jackielou Blanco).

But until recently, Dwarfina still hasn't figured out how to use the magical sword, which is the only way to defeat the black duwendes. Fortunately for Dwarfina, Elvin offers to train her on how to use the sword until she is finally ready to go into war in Kamurayaw.

Meanwhile, Lyndon makes it to the Duwende World after drinking a special potion from Dweinstein (Fabio Ide). His loyal sidekick Buddy (Yogo Singh) also tags along.

However, Elvin is not too happy about Lyndon entering the Duwende Kingdom and tries to keep him away from Dwarfina for as long as possible. Tension further rises between the two when Lyndon and Buddy got attacked by a swarm of bees, but received no help from Elvin.

Can Dwarfina perfect her sword-wielding skills before Romera completely takes over their land? What role will Lyndon and his companions play in Dwarfina's battle with the black duwendes? Can Lyndon and Elvin peacefully resolve their differences and agree to work together in the end?

"Dwarfina" airs weeknights after "Captain Barbell" on GMA.

Simon Cowell wants Paula Abdul, Cheryl Cole for 'X Factor'

LOS ANGELES - Simon Cowell wants his former "American Idol" sparring partner Paula Abdul and British singer Cheryl Cole join him on the US version of his TV contest "The X Factor."

But the music impresario told entertainment industry website Deadline Hollywood that no deals had yet been signed to complete the line-up for the show, which is due to start airing on Fox television in September.

So far only the acid-tongued Briton himself and record executive Antonio "L.A." Reid have been confirmed as judges on "X Factor," which is offering a $5 million prize for the winner and a recording contract.

"I've always wanted Paula," Cowell told Deadline Hollywood in an interview released on Sunday.

"I've never found anyone better than her. I think there's a good chance it will be her. We've agreed we would meet with as many people as possible, and now (that) we're reaching the deadline we've got to make the decision soon. But I think she's got a really good shot," he said.

Cowell added that he would like Cole to join him, although the former Girls Aloud singer and a judge on the U.K. version of "X Factor" is virtually unknown in the United States.

"If people take to her (Cole) like the British public did, I think she's going to do really well in America. And Fox was desperate to hire her," he said.

Cowell also quashed rumors surrounding some of the many other celebrities whose names have been mentioned in the media as potential "X Factor" judges.

They include Sean "Diddy" Combs ("We didn't even approach him"); rapper Snoop Dogg ("I've never once spoken to him about doing the show"); soul singer Cee Lo Green ("We never offered him the show, and he didn't meet our producers"); and Mariah Carey (Cowell said he'd love to have her but she is focusing on the imminent birth of her twins).

Cowell said earlier this month that "X Factor" producers had "25 different opinions" about who should make up the remainder of the judging panel, and host the show. - Reuters


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