There are a mere six left on American Idol, with Wednesday night being Queen night. What’s not to love about that?
The show opens with a Queen cover band performing everyone’s favorite “Somebody to Love.” After a fabulous rendition, AI sends the remaining crew to TMZ for some “media training.” Good luck with that! The first two up are Elise Testone and Jessica Sanchez. Jessica doesn’t get the best critique from Jimmy (the judges liked her) for her “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but she blew everyone away with her “Dance With My Father” by Luther VanDross. Randy Jackson couldn’t find a thing wrong with her performance. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez loved Elise’s Queen cover, but Randy and Steven think she made a poor song choice with her Jimi Hendrix pick. She finds herself the first contestant banished to the bottom three.
We’re getting down there in numbers as far as this season’s American Idol is concerned. Ryan Seacrest reveals that Wednesday’s show garnered 53 million votes, which is a record for the season. The remaining seven perform a group number, and I have to say that these are not my favorite…although I do love Fox’s excessive use of balloons in the opening number.
After the necessary product placement for Ford, Ryan engages in witty banter with the final seven. He asks Hollie about how last week’s save of Jessica has affected the relationships with the remaining singers. She gives a politically correct answer before she and Joshua are called to the stage. After Joshua’s two songs on Wednesday, JLo calls him “beautiful” while Randy Jackson touts him as one of the most gifted singers ever to grace the AI stage. Steven Tyler believes Joshua climbed inside him…in a good way.
Hollie channeled Adele. While the judges loved it, and I am no critic, I stand firm that it’s always a bad idea to try to recreate a song which is still popular…and sung by someone so revered in such a small amount of (American pop culture) time. I loved her “Son of a Preacher Man” rendition, but I don’t think she can hold a candle to Adele, so she shouldn’t have even forced the comparison. Jimmy is pulling for Joshua, while he thinks Hollie has improved. Joshua is safe while Hollie finds herself the first in the bottom three.
Taylor Hicks crawls out of that bar I once saw him at in Birmingham to announce he’s got a Vegas tour in the works. Sure you do…and I am a big fan of THicks. He also introduces recent Idol winner Kris Allen who debuts a new mediocre song. The next two up for results are Skylar and Elise. Skylar rocked a country version of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and I think Gaga herself would be proud. Her rendition of “Heard It Through the Grapevine” was just as impressive. Elise is from my home state, so I am glad that she garnered love from JLo and Steven Tyler...but I am not her biggest fan. Loved Skylar, liked Elise in a “I hate people get voted off this show” sort of way. Ryan informs Elise that she must join Hollie in the bottom three.
Other reality stars caught out and about this week: Kelly Bensimon, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Jason Hoppy, Ramona Singer, Holly Madison, J-Woww, J-Lo, La La Anthony, Reza Farahan, Tia Mowry, Evelyn Lozada and more!
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Last night’s American Idol elimination had the remaining eight contestants worried about their fate after a night filled with eighties tributes.
Ryan Seacrest approaches Joshua Ledet who had been feeling faint. He seems very thrilled to have his health issues highlighted on the live show. Ryan announces that JLo is introducing a new, sexy video. He questions whether Jennifer had some sort of connection with any of the back-up dancers. A blushing JLo pleads the fifth. Oh, Idol…you’re so coy! A sneak peek of the video reveals that it is very desperate sexy.
Not letting go of the fact that Joshua is sick as a dog, they show a video of a pre-school class in Vietnam wishing him luck. Huh? Last night’s results are based on duet teams. Joshua is strong enough to make it to center stage with Jessica Sanchez. Joshua sang “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” to rave reviews from the judges. Jessica channeled Whitney Houston with “How Will I Know.” Steven Tyler calls her (and her voice) absolutely “beautiful.” Jessica fumbles, telling the crowd she doesn’t have a voice for eighties music. Both are safe.
The Wanted, a British pop group, is introduced and makes quite a debut. I like this song…I didn’t know they sang it! However, enough is enough, let’s get back to the results! Skylar Laine and Colton Dixon are the next pair in the hot seat. Skylar belted out a country version of “Wind Beneath My Wings” and Randy Jackson called it her best performance to date. She received a standing ovation. Colton sang my favorite Cyndi Lauper ballad “Time After Time” and I loved it. Jimmy didn’t agree.
Ryan wants to keep the anticipation high, so he calls Hollie Cavanagh and DeAndre Brackensick to the stage with Skylar and Colton. Hollie flashed back with everyone’s favorite Flashdance theme, singing “What a Feelin'” and I wish I had on a cut-off sweatshirt. The judges didn’t love it. Perhaps, I loved the song more than her rendition, but you have to admit, it’s a fab, open your sun-roof and sing your head off song. On the other hand, Jennifer loved DeAndre’s version of the El Debarge hit. I concur with Jimmy on this one…the judges loved him, but I found it mediocre at best. But his mediocre is better than I’ll ever be! Unfortunately, he finds himself in the bottom three, and Hollie joins him. Both Skylar and Colton are safe.
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And then there were eight. We’re jumping in to covering American Idol, which is awesome for me because 1) I love it; and 2) but for recapping the elimination show, I’d likely be reminded of my Pauly D and Vinny Thursday night withdrawals. The show begins as it should…Randy Jackson is smooth, dawg, Steven Tyler is swathed in an excessive amount of man scarves, and JLo is sporting an outfit I would have killed for back when I was in middle school – and mind you, that was in the late 80’s.
The show opens with the always suave and debonairly coiffed Ryan Seacrest promoting Aerosmith’s upcoming tour. The remaining nine singers are shown the celebrity tweets, which tout their favorite idols of the season. Carrie Underwood, Lifehouse, and Mariah Carey all show some love for those who chose their songs. Poor DeAndreBrackensick didn’t receive any such tweets after his performance of Eric Benet’s “Sometimes I Cry” (sidebar…I’m so excited to be recapping the AI because all season I’ve wanted to hear from y’all how much he reminds you of former contestant Jason Castro). Instead, DeAndre gets a personal visit from Eric Benet. He’s moved to tears, Ryan is excited to have Eric grace the stage, and somewhere Halle Berry is flaunting her engagement ring at her television screen while Olivier Martinez chides his future bride about being married to such a d-bag. Did I digress too much?
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The popular show released a preview of what’s to come during Game 4 of the World Series letting us know, without question, all of last year’s judges: Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson, and Jennifer Lopez will be returning. Along with debonair host with the most, Ryan Seacrest!
Unlike the cantankerous behavior of former judging panels these judges are the best of friends on camera. “They’re like my brothers and they drive me crazy like brothers, too,” Jennifer described of Steven and Randy. “But we love each other, which is why we’ve become like a family.” Well, as family I wish somebody would talk to Jennifer about her on-set wardrobe! It was a standout last season – and not in a good way.
And since it’s another season without Simon Cowell to be the blunt voice of reason, Jennifer is assuring us this year the judges are “a little tougher on everybody.” Oooohh… good! No more constant praise – we want to see some snark!
Jennifer tells PEOPLE that being too nice wasn’t necessarily the way to go. “Because of last season and the standard that we set, it’s easy to go, ‘Is he as good as even our top 24 from last year?’ ” I guess Jenny has to earn that reported $20M she is getting paid to sit on the judges panel this season.
However, she is positive the talent pool is better than ever with many amazing voices to wow both the judges and the fans alike! “It’s not like you find people just like that, but the ones that we found, we know are very special,” she declared.
The preview clip is below!
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ARE YOU EXCITED FOR SEASON 11 OF AMERICAN IDOL? DO YOU THINK THE JUDGES SHOULD BE A LITTLE HARDER ON THE PERFORMERS OR DO YOU PREFER A GENTLER APPROACH?
Well in today’s astounding news, former Playmate Holly Madison is following in the footsteps of other body conscious stars and insuring her implants breasts for $1 million! Hey, J Lo insured her butt…
Talking to People, Holly reveals she took out a policy with Lloyd’s of London insurance company, because “I thought I’d cover my assets.”
The Holly’s Word star is savvy in recognizing that her boobs are integral to her success and she isn’t willing to jeopardize her future over an injury in that department! “I’ve heard about people getting body parts insured and I thought, why not?, because if anything happened to my boobs, I’d be out for a few months and I’d probably be out a million dollars,” she explained.
Holly, who is currently performing in Peepshow in Las Vegas, is topless in certain scenes and deems the insurance a necessary professional precaution, but she’s not above laughing about it! “I think it’s kind of funny. I think they’re getting the credit they deserve,” she jokes. “They’re my primary money makers right now.”
Well, Holly – best of luck to you and your bubbies – may they have a long, firm life and bring you much prosperity!
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Is Holly being business savvy or ridiculous to insure her boobs? Would you insure a body part if you had one hot enough to pay the bills?
With just less than a day until “Royal Wedding #2,” more details are now coming out about Kim Kardashian’swedding!
First up is a report by the NY Post which reveals the Keeping Up With The Kardashiansstar actually dis-invited 50 guests to her wedding at the last minute Wowzers. The reason? There simply wasn’t enough space at the Montecito, California home of Google’s Eric Schmidt, where the wedding is set to take place.
And guess which guests got uninvited? If you guessed anyone with the Kardashian last name, you guessed wrong! The Post reports members of stepdad Bruce Jenner‘s extended family got the axe, as well as any ‘plus one’ guests who weren’t specifically invited. Poor Bruce.
As for the guests who are still invited, that exclusive list includes celebs Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest, Kathie Lee Gifford, Nicole Richie, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, and Serena and Venus Williams. Kimmie also managed to thrown a bone to the future Mr. Kardashian by inviting some of his New Jersey Nets teammates!
When it comes to Kimmie’s wedding dress, reports state she plans to pick one of three custom-made Vera Wang wedding gowns, each costing up to $25,000, and four pairs of custom-made Louboutins. Those pricey gowns should go well with the reported $20,000 cake. Pimpmomager Kris Jennner reportedly helped Kimmie pick out the 10-tier cake with chocolate chip frosting worth.
The color scheme for the wedding is said to be black and white all the way with Kim picking out some white South African roses as decorations. In fact guests have been asked to only wear black or white attire.
As for the wedding dance, Kimmie, who might or might not have two left feet, has enlisted the help of her former Dancing With The Stars partner Mark Ballas. Kim, 30, and Kris, 26, have reportedly been taking professional lessons from Mark.
And finally, TMZ is reporting that security at the Kardashian-Humphries nuptials will be tighter than Bruce Jenner’s face! Kris Jenner A source reveals the security is treating the event “as if it was the white house.” The reason? Well Kimmie has a deal in place with PEOPLE and E! to publish photos and footage of the big day. So majority of the wedding festivities will take place either indoors or under tents to thwart the paparazzi because the Kardashians don’t want the footage to leak out.
The nuptials, which will take place tomorrow, will be featured on the cover of PEOPLE magazine next week. The E! network also announced it will air the made for TV wedding in a 4-hour special starting Oct. 9.
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