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Critiquing Randy Jackson — Can Judging Jump the Shark?

Randy Jackson

You had to feel for Kris Allen last week after watching his stirring rendition of "Falling Slowly" on American Idol. The crowd went nuts with each soaring note, and later we found that Paula Abdul, Kara DioGuardi and Simon Cowell were quite pleased with his performance. Unfortunately for Allen, Randy Jackson critiqued his song first:

"A'ight, so check it out man, uh, dude — for me, for you tonight... I gotta tell you something, man. I don't know, it never really quite caught on for me. And yo, I love that song, but for me, it was pitchy from note one, for me."

Were we all listening to the same song? And for us, Randy, that critique could have been a bit more coherent — for us.

Read on for more about Randy's judging style and tell us what you think! read more

American Idol Episode Recap: Top 5 Revealed

The Top 7 Idols brace themselves to lose two contestants from their tight-knit group in this week's elimination round. But, not before we hear the sweet sounds of Season 7 runner-up, David Archuleta. read more

American Idol Episode Recap: Disco Week

Break out your platforms, spandex and short shorts: this week our Idol hopefuls are taking on disco! And since Matt Giraud was saved by the judges last week, we'll have to say goodbye to two contestants on Wednesday's elimination show.

Hello Idol fans! It's finally here. The week I dread the most during these theme shows: Disco week. Really? Out of all the amazing music genres or artists' repertoires to pick, the producers have to stick with disco? Boo.

On a positive note, it seems that someone finally called a meeting at Fox and told Seacrest and the judges to get down to business at the top of the show. No lame drawn out intros or nonsense; they literally swoop right into Lil Rounds' song. So, let's follow suit.

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Cristian de la Fuente Dishes on In Plain Sight Proposal

Mary McCormack and Cristian de la Fuente

For those who miss seeing Cristian de la Fuente waltzing around Dancing with the Stars, fret not! De la Fuente returns as Mary McCormick's on-again-off-again boyfriend, Rafael, in the second season of USA's In Plain Sight (which premieres Sunday, April 19, 10 pm/ET). spoke to De la Fuente about why Raf stays with Mary, when he might actually pop the question again and who he thinks should go home with the mirrorball trophy on Dancing with the Stars. Why do you think Rafael sticks around when Mary clearly has so many issues?
Cristian de la Fuente: Well, maybe it's because of that. We all have this idea that we can help our loved ones solve their issues... read more

David James Elliott Plunges into Sci Fi's Knights of Bloodsteel

David James Elliott

JAG's David James Elliott has traded his buzzcut and pressed uniform for a flowing mane and a leather breastplate to star in Sci Fi's two-part movie event Knights of Bloodsteel (Sunday, April 19 and Monday, April 20, 9 pm/ET, Sci Fi). Elliott stars as freedom fighter John Serragoth in this tale about the continent of Mirabilis, where humans, goblins, elves and dwarves seek bloodsteel, an ore that imparts magical abilities to anyone who can draw it from the Earth. spoke with Elliott about making the leap into the fantasy genre, training for sword-fighting scenes and talking up the idea of a JAG reunion. Knights of Bloodsteel could not be more different from JAG. What drew you to the project?
David James Elliott: I'm a fan of the genre and I'm always looking for something my 6-year-old can watch. I thought it was right up his alley. He's always asking me to be in a movie, because he's a big movie watcher.

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American Idol's Top 10 to Tour 50 Cities

Anoop Desai

Think you have a busy summer? American Idol's Top 10 may beg to differ.

This season's lucky finalists embark on a massive, 50-city North American tour starting July 5 in Portland, Ore. Tickets to see Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver and Scott MacIntyre go on sale Saturday, May 9. Check here for a full list of the 50 cities, venue names and the exact times the tickets will go on sale.

Will you be shelling out your hard-earned dough to see 'Noop Dogg or A. Lamb sing live? read more

American Idol Episode Recap: Top 7 Shocker

Teen sensation Miley Cyrus takes the stage as part of the cinema-themed week, Oscar winner and former Idol Jennifer Hudson performs and one more hopeful faces elimination.

Hey dawgs! Once again, I must thank you all for your awesome comments on Tuesday's episode — even the one poster who said I was too snarky and was running off to read Michael Slezak's recap. Moi? Snarky? Compared to Slezak? I think we all know who would win that snark-off. Just sayin'. But seriously, thanks for your lively debates and passionate beliefs!

Ryan begins the night by introducing our Top 7 and reminding us that the Top 10 will be on tour beginning this summer (in 50 cities? Did I hear that right?). After the magazine cover-themed music video, the Idols launch into "She's a Maniac" from Flashdance. Like last week, it's not lip-synched, which is good? Such a weird song to sing, out of all the movie songs they could've chosen. I love how the contestants get crap for bad song choices, but the producers don't do any better with their selections.

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Stargate's Universe Fills with Guest Stars Galore

Amanda Tapping, Richard Dean Anderson

Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis fans have cause to be over the moon.

Sci Fi has opened up the Stargate vault of characters and announced several past favorites will guest-star on Stargate Universe throughout its freshman season.

Most notably, Richard Dean Anderson and Amanda Tapping will reprise their roles as General O'Neil and Colonel Carter, respectively. Fans will also be treated to guest spots by Stargate alums Michael Shanks (Dr. Jackson) and Gary Jones (Chief Mst. Sgt. Harriman) as well.

Check out more guest stars and share your reaction after the jump. read more

American Idol Episode Recap: Top 7 Perform

The remaining contestants take a shot at singing songs from the cinema with help from the ever-spazzy movie director Quentin Tarantino as their mentor. read more

VIDEO: Scott MacIntyre: "Someone out There Literally Saved My Life"

Blindness hasn't been the only challenge for American Idol's Scott MacIntyre. In a visit to the studio, he said he also suffered from kidney failure for two years and received a life-saving transplant in 2007 — information he did not share with producers on the show.

"It's something I didn't want to bring up during the competition process because I wanted to be judged on my voice and my artistry," he says.

The piano man also talked about stepping out of his comfort zone on his last outing by playing guitar. "[I] had to bring out the shredder for the final performance — you know, going down in a blaze of glory," he says.

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