American Idol

On Wednesday night’s episode of American Idol, the theme was “Now and Then,” giving each Idol hopeful the opportunity to perform a song that was popular back in the 60’s and 70’s and one that has been a recent chart topper.

Idol fave, Scotty McCreery managed fantastic performances in both categories, choosing Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone” and Elvis Presley’s “Always on My Mind” which caused an excited Steven Tyler to exclaim that Scotty – the sweetest of country boys – had “danced with the devil!” Good job Scotty – and of course, as long as teenage girls in America have access to phones, Scotty isn’t going anywhere! Despite Scotty’s successes, it was underdog Haley Reinhart who stole the show with a performance of The Animals’ “Houses of the Rising Sun” that resulted in a standing ovation from the judges and Randy Jackson declaring it the best performance of the night.

Thursday night’s results show began with J. Lo debuting an ill-advised gold lame pouf skirt she wore to her prom in 1985 as she walked out on stage and Steven debuting his new autobiography: Walk This Way to Sweet Misery: How Bad Plastic Surgery Ruined My Life. Just kidding! It’s actually called Does the Noise in my Head Bother You?: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir.

With 60 million votes cast determining who would move forward to the final four, Idol decided to drag out the suspense by not revealing which side of the stage featured the safe contestants; Ryan Seacrest asked Haley and James Durbin to stand on one side and Lauren Alaina and Jacob Lusk to stand on the other, with Scotty receiving the last critique from mentor Jimmy Lovine. Since, of course, Scotty was moving forward – even if his performance consisted of yodeling – Ryan unfairly asked him to choose the side of the stage he felt featured the safe contestants. Scotty chose wisely, opting to stand with Haley and James, who as it turned out turned were the other members of the top three, leaving Lauren and Jacob as the bottom two.

In the middle of all this drama of who’s safe, who’s not, we were treated to a performance of Jennifer Lopez’s new song: “On The Floor” featuring Pittbull. I couldn’t even pay attention to the song because I was so distracted by J. Lo’s second unfortunate outfit of the night which featured silver sequined harem pants (oh so terrible) and a fringedyes FRINGED! – sequined, crop-top with Dynasty pouffed sleeves. Oh the nightmare… Isn’t J. Lo supposed to be a fashion icon?

After a rocky performance of Jordin Sparks’ and Chris Brown’s “No Air”, Jacob was eliminated. Jacob has an amazing voice and I am excited to see where his talent will take him. The man who Randy thought had one of the best performances ever on Idol and who Steven Tyler decided had been brought to Idol by “divine intervention” went home with a beautiful and fun performance of “A House Is Not A Home.” Good Luck Jacob!

Next week – the final four! Who do you think will go home next?

Wednesday night on American Idol, judge Jennifer Lopez voiced her support for girl power, making it clear she did not want to see anymore girls going home, and she got her wish.

A week after Pia Toscano‘s shocking elimination, Paul McDonald was eliminated from AI. The 26-year-old Nashville, Tennessee native became the first guy to be eliminated this season following the eliminations of five female contestants.

Joining Paul in the bottom three were Haley Reinhart and Stefano Langone. Stefano, who has been in the bottom many times this season, lived to sing another week.

“We’re bummed about this, man. You’re the life of the party,” said host Ryan Seacrest to Paul after delivering the bad news. “You’ve had such an amazing impact on our show. You really have.”

The remaining top 7 Idols return next week to sing songs from the 21st century. Katy Perry will perform her new single “E.T.” on next week’s results show, wtih season seven winner David Cook returning to premiere his new song ‘The Last Goodbye‘.



With loss of their most controversial contestant ever, Kate Gosselin that is, the show must go on during tonight’s episode of Dancing With The Stars.

So what can we expect from week 6? Well the seven remaining celebrities, actress Pamela Anderson, ESPN anchor Erin Andrews, Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek, comedienne Niecy Nash, NFL player Chad Ochocinco, Bachelor Jake Pavelka and pop singer Nicole Scherzinger, will be dancing to either the Argentine tango or the samba.

Erin, Evan, Jake and Nicole will perform the samba, while Pamela, Niecy and Chad will dance the Argentine tango.  All the couples will then take place in a swing marathon as well.

DWTS has experienced its highest ratings ever this season, even beating out the widely popular American Idol on more than one occasion. However, with the departure of Kate Gosselin, the question on everyone’s minds seems to be will the ratings take a hit? Only time will tell.

Speaking of Kate, there’s a new story claiming that most of the DWTS cast was glad to see her leave. According to E! Online, Kate was not fun to be on the set and even made demands such as asking crew members not to look at her, thus her recent elimination leaving everyone happy.  “Everyone couldn’t be more relieved,” says a show insider. “We all had to walk on eggshells around [Kate]. At least we don’t have to worry about where our eyes can or can’t drift off to now.”

The source continues, “Kate just thought that everyone was out to get her.  That’s why she had all of those crazy rules, like how she was to be approached.”  Adds the source, “She was not an easy person to work with.”



And then there were seven.  Two of American Idol‘s nine remaining finalists saw their dreams come to an end last night during the dramatic double elimination show.

The double elimination came as a result of the judges saving Michael Lynche, who received the fewest votes last week. Andrew Garcia, the 24-year-old musician from Moreno, Calif, was the first to go.  Andrew’s elimination was not much of a surprise as he failed to impress this judges this week with his Elvis rendition of “Hound Dog.”

“I’m still happy.  Thank you guys.  I mean, I appreciate everything and I’m glad I’m here, I’m glad I’ve been through what I’ve been through,” said Andrew.

Next to go was 17-year-old high school student Katie Stevens. “It was the best,” said Katie said of her American Idol experience. “[I’ll talk] about all the amazing people I met, the amazing experience that this was,” she added when asked what she’ll tell her friends when she returns home.



American Idol Winner and platinum-selling R&B artist, Fantasia Barino will soon join the list of celebrities turned reality star as she will star in her own VH1 reality show.

The 8 episode, 30 minute docu-series will focus on Fantasia juggling her career as a single mother. Fantasia, a young single mother found fame after winning the 3rd season of American Idol. In addition to staring in her own reality show, she is working on her most anticipated album. Fantasia for Real will premiere January 11, 2010 at 10pm on VH1.

Below is the press release:

VH1 will give viewers a close-up view into the complex, touching and surprisingly relatable life of recording artist, actress and American Idol winner Fantasia. The series follows Fantasia as she juggles her career and single-motherhood while devoting her energy into recording her highly anticipated third album. The 8 episode, 30-minute docu-series Fantasia For Real is slated to premiere January 11, 2010 at 10PM on VH1.

Six years ago, Fantasia was a young single mother from High Point, North Carolina singing in her church choir and struggling to raise her daughter, Zion. On a whim, she tried out for the third season of American Idol, and seemingly overnight the world discovered Fantasia’s tremendous voice. Five years and 8 Grammy® Award nominations later, life couldn’t look more different for Fantasia. Her first album, Free Yourself, was a platinum-selling, chart-topping success, bringing her wealth, fame, and recognition as an accomplished artist. Fantasia has worked with many music industry legends, including Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, and Missy Elliot. In 2007 Fantasia was chosen to star as Celie in the acclaimed Broadway musical The Color Purple. Her book Life is Not a Fairy Tale made the New York Times bestseller list, and she also starred in a made-for-television movie based on her life.

As Fantasia’s fame has grown, her personal life has increasingly become more complicated. The sole breadwinner for her large family, Fantasia struggles to balance career, family, and the demanding life of a highly successful performing artist. Fantasia’s VH1 series delves into how she has dealt with the seismic aftershocks of fame, all while managing the daily demands of life on the road and writing and recording new music that will connect with her fans.


Justin Guarini, runner-up to Kelly Clarkson in the first season of American Idol, is getting married this weekend.

The 30-year-old singer will tie the knot with fiancee, Reina Capodici this Saturday on a private estate along the Delaware River near both their families’ homes in Pennsylvania, has learned.

Though Justin and Reina dated for a few years, they’ve known each other since they were teens. Justin will become a stepfather to Reina’s 4-year-old daughter Lola, from a previous relationship.

A female minister from the Universal Church will preside over the ceremony and the couple intend to recite vows they’ve written themselves.

Last weekend, Justin covered the Emmy Awards for the TV Guide Channel. He also plans to return to the studio to record his third CD.

Paula Abdul and Ellen DeGeneres

Fox recently announced that Ellen DeGeneres has signed on to be the fourth judge on American Idol, replacing Paula Abdul. Paula however has nothing but positive things to say about Ellen.

“I think Ellen will b a great judge on Idol,” she Twittered Thursday. “She is wildly funny, talented and I wish her the best of luck!”

Former judge, Paula Abdul, abruptly announced she would not be returning to the show on her Twitter page back in August. It is said to have been due to contract negotiations. Paula felt she deserved more money than what AI was offering. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Ellen promises to be the “honest” judge who will “bring compassion” to the show. In addition, she intends to keep fellow judge Simon Cowell in check.

“I’ll tell him the same thing I tell him when he’s on my show — that he’s mean,” she said. “You can be constructive, and you can criticize someone in a way that’s helpful and not mean-spirited.”


Even though Paula Abdul is leaving the show, American Idol will still have four judges, Fox chairman Peter Rice told the FOX Television Critics Association on Thursday.

“There is going to be a search,” he said. The search is for a permanent replacement, while there will be guest judges taking her place during the auditions.

According to Peter, the producers “were hoping” Abdul would come back. “We love Paula. She’s been a really wonderful part of the show for eight years.”

Sources say that Paula asked for a $20 million deal which producers were unwilling to meet. She also rejected a thirty percent raise.

According to FOX, guest judges including Victoria Beckham and Katy Perry will join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi in the seven weeks of audition rounds, which starts Friday in Denver.

“We’ll have these guest judges do one week each during the audition [period]… there is no thought right now that any of these judges will be long term judge for us,” Rice said. “All of the people we are talking to have successful careers. I don’t even think they’d be available to judge full-time. We have now until January to introduce a new energy to the panel.”

There are also rumors that Kandi Burruss of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is being considered as a judge, but those are simply rumors for now.

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