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March 21, 2007: "Belt It. Cinch It. Ruche It."

I went to a TV Guide party last night instead of watching AI in real time. TV Guide hosted the “Sexiest Stars” party at Bar Marmont in Hollywood. (You can pick up the “hot” issue on newsstands Friday.) I spent quite a bit of time joking around with Jesse Spencer from House, asking where his fiancée “J-Mo” was. He was a good sport and referred to himself as “J-Spo”. I said it wouldn’t sell, but he is sexy. My good friends, after last night, we are tight. There were a lot of cuties. Shemar Moore, Eric Mabius, Mandy Patinkin... I cannot name them all. (That last one was a joke — tee-hee — but I love the M-Po!) I met a guy at the party who voted for Sanjaya over 30 times just to mess up the competition. I wanted to hate him, but he was so nice I had to push my feelings of anger aside. However, this sort of sabotage makes a farce out of the competition, and as easy as it is to make fun of the contestants, you want people there ... read more

March 20, 2007: "Who's Your Daddy?"

Wow, this show turned out to be very interesting. This week we revisited 40-year-old songs with Peter Noone and Lulu. Peter, former lead singer of Herman's Hermits, and Lulu, who sang one of my favorite songs ever, “To Sir with Love,” helped coach the contestants since neither Mick Jagger (not in a million years) nor Shirley Bassey (busy being a Dame) were available. I was expecting to hear “She Loves You,” “I Only Want to Be with You” or at least “Wild Thing,” to no avail. Perhaps there were licensing issues. Oh well, we did get The Rolling Stones, two songs by the Zombies and two Shirley Bassey tunes. Not bad for a Tuesday night. Haley went first, and all I could think was, “Got legs?” This is a smart girl because she knows she hasn’t got the singing chops of several of the others, but she does probably have the best legs and she knows how to use them. I am surprised no one rushed the stage. Did you see her catwalk? Even I cou... read more

March 13, 2007: "Goosebumps Are Good!"

Welcome back to the big stage for the next three months. (Did he really say that?) Tonight we celebrate the music of Diana Ross and, therefore, Motown. Diana was named something like “Female Entertainer of Forever” and I always loved her. Immediately noticeable was Sanjaya’s curly 'do (we’ll get to that later), and Phil’s bare head, lampshade optional. Did you notice that when Ryan introduced the judges, he referred to them as the “people who found our contestants in the first place,” an obvious snarky reference to Jennifer Hudson’s neglect on thanking AI in her Oscar speech. Simon mentions that this stage will either make or break the contestants. Unfortunately, it will only break one of them at a time, and after tonight’s show, I can count at least five people who are broken and need to go home. Ryan’s suit was just weird, and the vest did not seem to fit. The man can’t weigh a buck fiddy, so where did he find a vest that was... read more

Idol Chat: Which Top 12 Finalist Faces the Biggest Hurdle?

Kimberly Caldwell and Rosanna Tavarez take on American Idol.

Who from last Thursday was American Idol's most upsetting ejection? Which top 12 finalist faces the biggest hurdle with this week's theme? And which singer is pulling a fast one on the audience? TVGuide.com asked Rosanna Tavarez, the cohost of the TV Guide Channel's Idol Chat and Reality Chat, for her insider's take on the competition's latest twists and turns. TVGuide.com: Before we get started, what did you think about "the biggest thing to happen to American Idol in five years," the "Idol Gives Back" fund-raiser shows?R read more

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