TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 12 – “1st 10 Semifinalists Perform”

Breanna Steer performs on AMERICAN IDOL Season 12 | (c) 2013 Michael Becker/FOX

Stars: Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Seacrest Network: Airs on Fox, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm Original Telecast: Feb. 27, 2013 Finally, America gets involved on the world’ greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, as we are down to the Top 10 chicks and Top 10 dudes that make up the finals. Does anyone care is a good question to ask given the bottoming out of the ratings but we’ll just put that on the back burner for the duration. First up is the ladies of the competition, the next night will be the dudes and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the SPARKLE World Premiere

Jordin Sparks at the World Premiere of SPARKLE | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Recently Tri Star Pictures’ held the World Premiere of SPARKLE at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. SPARKLE was the last movie that Whitney Houston (who was also Executive Producer) did before she passed away and stars and guests came out to honor her. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Goapele Mohlabane, and Cee-Lo Green. Joining the stars were guests, which included: Jennia Fredrique, Cicely Tyson, Jennifer Lewis, Bebe Winans, Flex Alexander, Keke Palmer, Bre’ly Evans, Zendaya Coleman, Loretta Devine, Garcelle Beauvais, […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL recap: Phillip Phillips Wins Season 11 – Season Finale

Phillip Phillips wins AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 | (c) 2012 Michael Becker / FOX

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: May 23, 2012 So we are mercifully at the finale of the 11th season of the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. I missed last week because I had a serious case of IDOLitis, meaning I simply could not watch the show last week it was something in my blood. This is roughly the 40th review I have done this year and so yes it grates on you after many, many weeks. Anyway, just to get this out of the […]Read On »

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Interview: Katharine McPhee makes a SMASH with the Season 1 finale

Katharine McPhee in SMASH - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Patrick Randak

NBC’s SMASH, set in the world of Broadway musicals, has its first season finale tonight at 10 PM. Never fear – the show has been renewed for a second season. This year, one of the main plotlines has been the rivalry between veteran musical chorus member Ivy Bell, played by musical theatre veteran Megan Hilty, and New York newcomer Karen Cartwright, played by Katharine McPhee in her first scripted TV series lead. McPhee, a Los Angeles native, shot to pop fame as the runner-up in the 2006 fifth season of AMERICAN IDOL. Since then, she’s appeared in feature films, including […]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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AMERICAN IDOL Recap (and Photos): Jeremy Rosado Eliminated, Elise Testone in the bottom 2

Jeremy Rosado 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: March 8, 2012 It was an hour long elimination that should have been 15 minutes on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. Well I lost the pool on when J.Lo would first sell herself out on IDOL during Season 11. I figured it was going to be a music video … instead it was a music video of an advertisement for one of her products. The other came nearly immediately after with a make-up ad featuring J.Lo. They also […]Read On »

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TV Recap and Photos: AMERICAN IDOL Top 13 does Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder songs

Jessica Sanchez performs on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 11 - "Finalists Compete" | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 7, 2012 So it has been 400 episodes of awesome karaoke on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. Sigh. This is depressing considering I probably have reviewed maybe 250 of these episodes. Anyway, this week the guys are taking on Stevie Wonder while the girls are taking on Whitney Houston. Oh because IDOL wouldn’t want to needlessly cash in on the tragedy of her death or something … wait, this is IDOL all they do is cash in […]Read On »

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THE X FACTOR Season 1 Recap: Nothing to Crow about as Rachel Crow gets her heart ripped out by Nicole Scherzinger

Rachel Crow (pictured here with host Steve Jones) is eliminated from THE X FACTOR - Season 1 - Top 5 week | ©2011 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Network: Fox Original Telecast: November 30, 2011 Here’s the problem with having 13, 14, or 15 year olds competing on reality programs – they’re not mature enough and emotionally not ready to take on the big hurdles these kind of shows present. And THE X FACTOR has proven all season, its youngest contestants may be talented, but to be thrust into the dog eat dog world of the entertainment industry is a dangerous, slippery slope. First, we had the arrogance of Astro refusing to perform when he was in the bottom one week. Last week, the judges unfairly ousted Drew […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE X FACTOR – Season 1 – “The Top 5 Perform” Recap

Chris Rene in THE X FACTOR - Season 1 - "The Top 5 Perform" | ©2011 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Network: Fox Original Telecast: December 7, 2011 THE X FACTOR is down to the Final Five, and I’m so bored with the remaining contestants, going into the latest episode, I was prepared to be bored to tears. After Drew got the boot last week (my fave singer), the five remaining have a lot to prove. Usually I list the judges comments, but it doesn’t matter what they really say tonight. Last week they proved they’re in it for themselves – not for voting for who is most deserving. Yet, even more so, what is necessary now, is to determine and […]Read On »

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THE X FACTOR Season 1 Recap: Astro beats it, and sadly, Drew does too

Drew (next to her mentor Simon Cowell) is eliminated on THE X FACTOR - Season 1 - "The Top 7 elimination" | ©2011 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Network: Fox Original Telecast: November 30, 2011 THE X FACTOR did its second week of double eliminations during “The Top 7 Perform – Michael Jackson Tribute Week,” with one person who you expected to be booted off and another who was a complete surprise. The four people that made it through easily – Chris Rene, Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik, Rachel Crow. Then, came the automatic booting off of Astro. It was finally his time and surprisingly he was grateful, even as he was ushered off the stage (a complete about face from his attitude two weeks ago). This left Marcus […]Read On »

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