AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 recap: Shocker! Colton Dixon Kicked off, Six Left

Colton Dixon is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 19, 2012 In case you didn’t know it, there are no more second chances on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. I don’t know how you couldn’t, given how much they drilled it into our heads in this episode. Of course, by now you know that Colton Dixon got kicked off the show with Elise Testone and Hollie Cavanaugh also in the bottom three. Before we get to how it shook out, I’ll spare you all the fluff […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 recap: Hollie Cavanaugh Rocks, Joshua Ledet Sinks

Hollie Cavanaugh sings the first of two songs on Season 11 of AMERICAN IDOL | © 2012 Fox/ Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 18, 2012 After American had a brain fart last week or it was all rigged for ratings on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, we get a double dose of karaoke with each singer performing twice. It’s fitting then that two will go home this week without any saves from the judges. That’s because the judges saved Jessica Sanchez from elimination last week in case you forgot after she placed inexplicably last in votes. This week they are […]Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “The Movie Star”

Uma Thurman in SMASH - Season 1 - "The Movie Star" | ©2012 NBC/Will Hart

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky Director: Tricia Brock Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: April 17, 2012 SMASH course-corrects and gets a little bit on track with “The Movie Star” which brings Uma Thurman in as pampered Hollywood star Rebecca Duvall. There’s still tons of soapy irritants, but the ingredients that keep the show interesting is when the series focuses on putting on a show. The struggle this episode concerns Duvall, who proves to be flighty, unreliable, bossy and not a very good singer. In fact, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Gentlemen prefer SMASH star Megan Hilty

Megan Hilty in SMASH - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Patrick Randak

While Megan Hilty is best known for her Broadway turns in 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL and WICKED, moving to TV was much easier than expected when she landed the role of Ivy Lynn on NBC’s new hit series SMASH. It’s set in the world of Broadway, with Ivy being a long-time chorus girl on Broadway who is given the chance to workshop the role of Marilyn Monroe on the series’ fictitious play BOMBSHELL. Of course things don’t go as planned, with unexpected rivalry with newbie Karen (Katharine McPhee) and now, with a movie star (Uma Thurman) coming in to […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 recap: Shocker! Jessica Sanchez Booted then Saved from Elimination by Judges

Jessica Sanchez performs on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 11 - "The Top 7" | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 13, 2012 Decision time and would we have a shocker on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL? Well, by now you know that in some mind boggling voting process Jessica Sanchez got the least amount of votes. However, the judges saved her from elimination to sing again. Elise Testone and Joshua Ledet were also in the bottom three. OK, before we move on just a bit on the comments from Jimmy Iovine. I love this part of the […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 recap: Colton Dixon Wows, Phillip Phillips Mixes it Up Nicely

Colton Dixon on AMERICAN IDOL- Season 11 - "The Top 7 Perform" | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 4, 2012 How do you find the strength to carry on when your friends leave on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL? That was the sanctimonious and oddly-phrased question put before us at the beginning of this episode of IDOL. Wait a minute, this is a freaking reality show, right? Aren’t these fools competing against one another? Shouldn’t they be freaking damn happy it ain’t them? I know Elise Testone and Hollie Cavanaugh are thinking it despite how […]Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Understudy”

Uma Thurman in SMASH - Season 1 - "Understudy" | ©2012 NBC/Will Hart

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: Jason Grote Director: Mimi Leder Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: April 9, 2012 Sometimes you just wish you could holler at the writers of SMASH “the play’s the thing.” This episode, “Understudy,” gets it, well, almost. We’ve still got lyricist Julia (Debra Messing) still dealing with her husband leaving her, which is sad and all, but we’re not seeing its affect on the show. Dev (Raza Jaffrey) is having a really, really bad day, being passed up for a much-wanted promotion to a scumbucket – but again, just […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 Recap: America Gets Brackensick of DeAndre, He’s Kicked Off, Seven Left

DeAndre Brackensick is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 11 - "Top 8" | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 5, 2012 It was decision time once again on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. But who was it? Well by now, you know that DeAndre Brackensick was given the boot from the show, leaving seven in the competition. But things aren’t looking good for Elise Testone and Hollie Cavanaugh who were also in the bottom three. Funny, I’ve been railing on DeAndre all year because I didn’t get what the judges loved so much about him. Glad […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 Recap: Colton Dixon Rocks the ‘80s

Colton Dixon rocks the '80s on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 11 - 1980s Week | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 4, 2012 Another week has gone and the field has trimmed to eight on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. This week the karaoke kids are singing songs from the 80s because why not sing a bunch of songs that have no barring at all on music today in a competition to find the singer who will best represent SONGS OF TODAY. Whatever, its IDOL logic that never makes any sense. Just a bit of rant before I […]Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Hell On Earth”

Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty in SMASH - Season 1 - "Hell On Earth" | ©2012 NBC/Craig Blankenhorn

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Anjelica Houston Writers: Scott Burkhardt Director: Paul McGuigan Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: April 4, 2012 After the nosedive SMASH took last week, the only place to go was up which is what “Hell on Earth” does, but only marginally. It’s another wading water episode until we get some movie star power with Uma Thurman next week. The big news this week is watching Ivy (Megan Hilty) go on a downward spiral into self-pity and heavy medication (shades of Marilyn?). It’s already been established she has adverse reaction […]Read On »

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