If anyone felt a sense of déjà vu on Wednesday's American Idol, you weren't alone. Like last week, it was the Top 4 girls performing. But the key difference? Someone's definitely going home this week, as host Ryan Seacrest repeatedly assured viewers throughout the broadcast.
With no more remaining saves, sort-of saves, or other shenanigans that the judges could pull out of their sleeves, the final push for Idol's 12th season began in earnest, with the four finalists each performing two songs, from the themes "Songs from 2013" and "Standards," after coaching from guest mentor Harry Connick, Jr. Here's a critique of the performances:
The success of American Idol's grand experiment — attempting to revive the judges' panel in the show's 12th season with the addition of Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban — is debatable at best, with the feud between Carey and Minaj creating more of an annoying distraction than entertaining television. But the show definitely deserves two thumbs up for hiring Urban. The country crooner is hands down our favorite judge on the panel — and it's not just because he's easy on the eyes and has an adorable Australian accent. (Though those certainly don't hurt.) Whether he's dancing in his chair during a song or complimenting a finalist on the technical merits of his or her performance, sharing a private chuckle with BFF Minaj or keeping his mouth shut when Minaj, Carey and Randy Jackson are all shouting over each other, Urban is our go-to guy for a calming presence during the craziness that is American Idol. Here are some of the other reasons we love him:
Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Bacon
The Following went out with a boom last night, bringing its first season to a conclusion that ratcheted up the body count and ended with an explosion and a final surprise that provided more questions than answers.
Yahoo! unveiled its new slate of original programming at its newfront presentation Monday, including new comedy series from Ed Helms and John Stamos.
When Tate Stevens' wife told him that she had signed him up to audition for The X Factor in Kansas City last year without his knowledge, he was less than enthusiastic about the idea, even telling her flat-out that he wasn't going to go.
"We'd watched the first season," Stevens tells TVGuide.com. "We watched American Idol, The Voice. We watched all those shows. And you see, 15, 20,000 people standing outside in lines. I'm like, 'There's no way I'm going to stand in those lines. No. Not gonna happen.'"
But his wife wouldn't take no for an answer.
All My Children, One Life To Live
Today's the day! All My Children and One Life to Live made their online debuts before the sun came up in most viewers' households this morning, premiering on Hulu and iTunes at 5 a.m./ET.
If you haven't had a chance to watch the 30-minute episodes (or if you just can't get enough of them), you can check them out below.
Jason Collins has become the first male athlete to come out while being active in a major professional sport, writing in this week's Sports Illustrated, " I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."