A number of critics have panned the new season of American Idol, but did the audience also tune out?
Well, it seems at least some of them did. According to an AP report, the ratings for AI are down this season from the previous year. While the premiere episode was one of the most watched television shows of the year, averaging a total of 26.2 million viewers, it was still down 13% from the nearly 30 million who watched last season’s opener.
The decline continued onto the second episode of the season, averaging 22.6 million viewers.
Season 10 officially made it’s debut Wednesday, January 19 with a two-hour opener which was mostly dedicated to showcasing the new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, who joined the sole returning judge Randy Jackson.
And following two weeks of auditions, some are wondering if these new set of judges are simply not Simon Cowell too soft as a high number of contestants were reportedly let through to go to Hollywood.
“I’m beginning to see why the Hollywood Week group was so large this year (a reported 325),” Brian Mansfield of USA Today wrote. “This group of judges are a much softer touch than previous crews. They’re much more likely to put somebody through on the strength of their personalities. Simon would have shut 75 percent of those people down.”
Critic Emily Yahr of the Washington Post stated the “same dramatic music, same talk about making people’s dreams come true, same sob stories with predictable tickets to Hollywood. It’s comforting, or it’s a snoozefest — take your pick.” Interesting.
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Following a very successful 3rd season, regaining its title as the highest rated Bravo housewives franchise, tonight marks the finale of the Real Housewives of Atlanta!
On the episode titled ‘The Bride and the Doom,’ season 3 closes with Cynthia’s wedding rapidly approaching, but jitters and dramas surround the big event. Elsewhere, Phaedra returns to work; Sheree’s acting ability is sorely tested during a movie audition; and Kandi approaches Kim about song-related finances.
According to a NY Post report that came out last July, days after the wedding, Cynthia Bailey’s BFF Nene Leakes supposedly held up the wedding for 45 minutes when she barged into Cynthia’s bridal suite and demanded her hair and makeup be done. The Post added the drama did not end there as Kim then got into an argument with boyfriend Kroy when she caught him checking out “a hot redhead.” It will be interesting to see if any of these stories make the finale episode tonight.
And finally, wedding photos of Cynthia and Peter Thomas are below. The super sized 1 hour 30 minute episode airs at 10/9c on Bravo.
Watch What Happens Live – On tonight’s show, Andy Cohen will throw a live baby shower for the pregnant Kim Zolciak. Joining Kim will be her baby daddy to be/NFL player Kroy Biermann.
A preview clip of tonight’s episode is below!
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The reunion begins with Andy Cohen greeting and complimenting the ladies, you know, easing them in for the verbal smackdown that is about to ensue! The first question is about plastic surgery and Lisa reveals she’s only had botox and fillers, while we learn that Paul is not Adrienne‘s plastic surgeon. Kyle then comes close to guessing the price of a gallon of milk, while Taylor doesn’t believe 60k is too much for a kid’s birthday party though Lisa thinks it’s “bloody ridiculous.”
The topic turns to the ladies ginormous mansions and we find out Lisa‘s home is actually 17,000 sq ft and not the 15,480 posted on her home listing. Lisa reveals she now wants to downsize and Andy tries to be messy wants to know what Lisa would consider a cozy home. At this point I’m thinking don’t take the bait Lisa, don’t give a figure, don’t do it! Lisa is smart and doesn’t take the bait, simply stating a cozy home is one in which she doesn’t have to page her husband. Good answer as there was really no right answer for a question like that.
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Yes, according to the NYPost and other media outlets, Lulu, star of the Real Housewives of New York City, has snagged herself an acting role on Law And Order: SVU.
What is the challenging role you ask? Well LuAnn, 45, will be playing “an eccentric art patron who poses semi-nude for a painter.”
The episode, set to air Feb. 23 on NBC, will open up with a crime scene involving her character. The Post adds that LuAnn is the first NYC Housewife to land an acting gig though former housewife Bethenny Frankel has also done some acting in the past.
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This incident began when Kim reportedly kept bothering the airport staff about a flight delay, which let to them calling airport security to help control the situation . Ultimately, the security discovered Kim was in the wrong terminal all along.
TMZ states they “obtained footage of a boozy Kim slurring, stammering and popping pills at San Francisco International airport back in July.”
While the 1 minute 47 seconds video footage, posted below, does not show Kim drinking at the airport, it does show her open up a prescription bottle to ingest some pills. The footage was shot by some men at the airport who seemed to recognize who Kim was. In part of the footage, Kim is aware the men are taping her and tells them to stop.
When Kim is speaking to the security men, they inform her “[the staff] is kind of concerned about your sobriety” and ask her is she has had anything to drink that day. Kim admits she has, stating she only had 1 cocktail.
Despite TMZ’s claims that Kim was slurring and stammering at the airport, the footage doesn’t seem to show any of that, as also noticed by some people in the comments section, but we’ll let you be the judge of that. Perhaps TMZ left those parts out of the footage they posted.
According to TMZ, Kim was eventually escorted out of the airport without further incident. While family sources tell TMZ they’ve been dealing with Kim’s “issues” for a long time. With family like this… The TMZ footage of Kim is below.
Meanwhile, following last week’s dramatic finale episode, many magazines are covering Kim and her sister Kyle Richards. The latest cover of UsWeekly promises to reveal secrets TV didn’t show though the actual article in the magazine is a very short piece that was nothing short of a Team Kyle article. It offered no secrets about Kyle at all, instead stating Kim was out of control, had been in rehab before, and is “not the shy waif she presents herself as on TV.” Kim must be a great actress to fool Bravo through five months of filming.
The article also mentions “Kyle didn’t want anything out there that would shame Kim.” While Kim doesn’t give any quotes to UsWeekly, Kyle, who might or might not be the new Jill Zarin, managed to tell the mag how much she loves her sister. And for those who don’t’ know how the media works, there’s about a 99.99% chance the quotes in the article came directly from Kyle or someone very close to her. A real “source” would have dished secrets about both Kyle and Kim.
Life & Style also covered the fight story and even had some quotes from Kim, though in reading the article, I suspect the quotes from Kim might be from an older interview. Kim did not reveal much in the story other than, “It’s the biggest conflict and drama I think we’ve ever had.” Kim added, “I don’t like conflict.” Kim also states that despite the conflict, “I probably had the most fun with my sister since we were little girls.”
Kyle once again reiterates to Life & Style magazine how much she truly loves Kim. Kyle has definitely been making the press rounds all week trying to repair her image explain her side of the story. Oddly enough, while Kyle has expressed regret over her actions, she has yet to apologize for them. Interesting.
And last night, right after the reunion aired, Kyle decided to tweet Kim. “@kimrichards11. Portia and I are singing the chicken song…”that’s my chicken, that’s my chicken…” is what she wrote. Not sure what the intent behind this was but Kim has yet to update her twitter page since Jan. 18.
Safe to assume this video, which was shot last July, would have never made it’s way online had Kim’s younger sister not outed her alcoholism on national television. By the way, most of the TMZ comments under the video post are in support of Kim.
My Thoughts – This video and report by TMZ is quite sad. In my opinion, it definitely proves Kim has a problem. The severity of that problem? I don’t know. This footage was shot in July, the same month the finale episode was taped, though it is unknown whether it was before or after the fight with Kim. A part of me started to feel badly for Kyle during the week, but the more I thought about her actions, mainly outing Kim’s alcoholism on national television, the more I realized just how vile that action was. Kim’s alcoholism or issues rather is arguably her deepest darkest secret, one she has managed to keep away from the public, one she did not want on the show, and one she managed to keep off the show through 5 months of filming, that is until Kyle decided to reveal it during the last night of filming. What Kyle did to Kim is despicable, almost unforgivable and the ultimate betrayal. What breaks my heart about this is the fact that I truly believe Kyle had a hand in the UsWeekly article trashing Kim, even sadder is the fact that she decided to contribute to such an article by giving them a quote (good or bad). Kyle’s actions doesn’t seem to show that of someone that truly feels sorry for what she did, but more so someone who is working overtime to clean up her public image, at the expense of her own sister. This is just my opinion, please always feel free to disagree.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE VIDEO FOOTAGE AND THE LATEST? DO YOU THINK KIM HAS A PROBLEM? DOES THIS CHANGE YOUR OPINION ON KYLE AND HER ACTIONS?
In a recently posted video blog on her site, Khloe Kardashian opens up about her struggles with weight, admitting she isn’t always 100% confident in her body.
“My weight is always going up and down. I’m always fighting that,” the 26-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star revealed. “I feel like no matter what I do, I never look good enough to everybody else.”
Khloe adds that while she has grown to love her curvy body, she still struggles with what critics have to say sometimes. “That’s been a struggle that I think I’ve gotten ahold of, not caring what other people think,” she said. “But as much as I say that, other people’s words eventually come and do hit you hard.”
Khloe, who continues to be plagued with pregnancy rumors despite her numerous denials, also feels her weight issues is something she’s always going to have to deal with. “I think my weight is my biggest lifetime struggle,” said Khloe. “My weight is always going up and down. I’m always fighting that.”
In other Khloe news, she recently graced the cover of YRB magazine sporting a darker, sexier look. Khloe dons a spiked bondage mask to cover her heavily made-up face.
“It’s so different from anything I’ve ever done, which was what made the shoot so fun for me,” Khloe explained of the magazine shoot. “YRB is known for being very wild and crazy with the content they publish, so I jumped at the chance to work with them! I love experimenting with different looks and this was the perfect opportunity for me to do that.”
The photos of Khloe in YRB magazine below!
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“I think my weight is my biggest lifetime struggle,” the E! reality star says in a video on her blog. “My weight is always going up and down. I’m always fighting that.”
On the first part airing tonight on Bravo at 9/8c, the ladies regroup with Andy Cohen to rehash the biggest fights of the season. We will get to see Camille vs. Kyle, Kyle vs. Kim, and Kim vs. Taylor. Camille will also attempt to set the record straight on being called “the most hated housewife” in the history of the franchise as well as details of her split from Kelsey.
Watch What Happens Live will not be airing tonight.
In other BH news, Popeater is reporting that Kelsey Grammer, 55, might be getting ready to do the unthinkable, which is to invite his estranged wife Camille Grammer, 42, to his upcoming wedding with fiance Kayte Walsh, 29.
The reason? Kelsey wants so badly for his kids to be present at his wedding that he’s willing to invite Camille if that’s what it takes. So will Camille be attending? The jury is still out on that but D.D. a friend of Camille’s does manage to sing her great praises in the Popeater article.
“Camille is an amazing human being,” D.D. a friend of Camille tells Popeater. “For her, it’s all about her children. She’s willing to put her personal hurt aside to be a great mom.”
Another source tells Popeater that Camille has now come to terms with Kelsey’s decision to remarry and her main concern is putting their kids first.
Allrighty, below is a preview clip of tonight’s episode. Kim Richards calls out the delusionalTaylor Armstrong on her violent threats despite claiming to be an advocate against domestic violence.
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In two separate new interviews, Cynthia Bailey and hubby Peter Thomas are telling it all, discussing issues such as a prenup and their financial woes.
First up is Peter, who slams all of Cynthia’s Real Housewives of Atlantacostars in an interview with UpTown magazine. In the interview, Peter also discusses signing a prenup as well as Cynthia’s lost investment in his now closed restaurant. Excerpts from Peter’s interview is below –
ON THE MONEY-LENDING INCIDENT As much as I appreciate what she’s done, it probably came across to everybody that she put up all this money to help me build my restaurant. No. Initially, she put up $10,000. Uptown [Restaurant and Lounge] cost several hundred thousand dollars—$10,000 couldn’t buy the silverware and the plates at Uptown.
SHE CAN’T TELL ME NO If I need her to do something for me again, she better step up. That’s part of her duty as a wife. Because she’s never gonna call on me and I say no—never. It’s my duty as a husband to provide whatever support to [help] her go forward. The show that I’m on is called Atlanta Housewives, not Atlanta Husbands. I’m not getting paid to be on the show. But I have to do it to support my wife. So I just gotta bite my lip, swallow my spit, and call it a day.
IS CYNTHIA GETTING HER MONEY BACK? If that’s the last thing I do before I die, I’ll make sure that she gets her money back.
IN CASE IT DOESN’T WORK OUT… I do respect that what’s hers belongs to her. I have nothing to do with it. And what’s mine is mine. We have a prenup. But if I build something and she was by my side while I was building it, that’s definitely for us.
ON ANDY COHEN AND THE OTHER HOUSEWIVES I say anything I f—ing feel, because I don’t feel I need to answer to anybody but God. People are going on Andy Cohen’s show and being all careful—I don’t give a f-ck. If they ever put me on that sh–, I’m gonna say exactly how I feel… If they say, “What do you think about the other Housewives?” I’m gonna say, “I can’t stand Phaedra’s ass. I think Kim is crazy as f–k. Nene has a big-ass mouth, okay? And Sheree’s not cute! She thinks she’s cute, but she’s not cute.” And this is ON the record. The only one I like is Kandi, and she’s too soft. That’s why she got played with Kim. And that’s how I truly feel.”
Wowzers! Peter also reveals he has some new business endeavors in the works including opening a new bar called Bar One in March 2011, and starting “The Lifestyle Conference, which will take place Memorial Day weekend in Montego Bay.”
Cynthia also gave an interview to Black Voices during which she briefly touched on her financial woes with Peter.
BV: Wait. You still asked him whether he was going to give you the money back? CB: Yes! I just asked him yesterday. I don’t know when I am getting that money back, but he’s going to have to give me something.
BV:A lot of people think you should work out your financial challenges before tying the knot. Many people believe a relationship can’t last with something so major causing disagreements before a wedding. CB: When we started the process, our wedding wasn’t so expensive that we couldn’t do it. The more involved in the planning I was the more I wanted it. Who wants to go through tastings and menus and then go to the courthouse? I’ve never been married before. I just wanted it. It’s mine to want. We just had problems in the end.
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