A record-setting 72 million votes were cast to determine which three American Idol singers would be become hometown heroes and which singer would, in the immortal words of Ryan Seacrest, "just be going home." But that poor, non-heroic person was a bit of a shock. So, who is headed home as the shame of his or her hometown? (Seriously, producers, let's not pretend that all of these kids aren't famous, OK? ) Let's find out...
John Velazquez and Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom, who was 20-1 on the morning line, won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
Shackleford kept a commanding lead throughout the race, but Animal Kingdom, ridden by John Velazquez and trained by H. Motion, overtook his competitors on the homestretch to win the 137th Kentucky Derby. Velazquez, who was initially set to ride Uncle Mo before the horse was scratched, replaced jockey Robby Albarado after an injury. Shackleford only placed fourth.
Pack your bags, kid.
Last night, the final five took the American Idol stage and it became clear about 10 minutes into the night that Jacob Lusk wasn't so much in it to win it as he was out to hurt our ears.
Faced with handling two songs each—as Seacrest vaguely explained, one from ...
Following her recent dramatic weight loss, Jordin Sparks was more than happy to show off her bikini-ready body on Twitter.
"I don't know why but my bathing suit reminds me of fruity pebbles," the 21-year-old American Idol winner wrote, linking to a...
Haley Reinhart, Lauren Alaina
The two remaining American Idol girls need to step up their game if they want to end the guys' winning streak. The last time a female won, fans were still waiting for the final Harry Potter book to hit shelves and Bob Barker was still hosting The Price Is Right.
But after only four female wins in the show's past nine seasons (including hugely successful alums Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood), the men have dominated the last four seasons, including the current one. With only two women left and seven weeks to go...
It looks like Jordin Sparks may have to give up her plus-size modeling contract.
The American Idol winner, 21, showed off a noticeably slimmer figure in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Check out photos of Jordin Sparks
Sparks has not yet publicly commented on her weight loss, but...
Matt Lauria, Jason Clarke
The Chicago Code (Monday, 9/8c, Fox)
As often happens in the best crime dramas, the bad guy often gets some of the meatiest material. And Ronin Gibbons, the Chicago Alderman played so deliciously by Delroy Lindo, is no ordinary adversary. We get a better sense of what makes him tick in this episode, when the powerful politician is confronted by an armed teenage robber, causing Gibbons to look back on his own upbringing, back before he became so cynical about the city's corrupt ways. In another storyline, a bomber blows up a city building and promises more mayhem, putting a ticking clock on Jarek and Caleb's efforts to track down the culprit. This situation is not unlike the dilemma on ABC's Castle an hour later (10/9c), in the conclusion of a tense two-parter that finds Beckett and Castle teaming up with a fed (Adrian Pasdar) to avert a terrorist calamity....
What does Russell Brand look like made out of candy? The British actor gets a peek in this exclusive first-look photo of his Big Time Rush debut.
In the one-hour episode titled "Beach Blanket Big Time," Brand plays himself and we can only imagine what he and the band are up to.
You can't stop the Bells! Actress-writer-director Lauralee Bell — aka Cricket on The Young and the Restless — launches the fifth installment of her wackadoo web series Family Dinner November 15 (funnyordie.com and familydinneronline.com). Previous episodes wowed us with guest stints by Phyllis Diller and Cloris Leachman. This time, Bell goes nuts with a massive cast including American Idol champ Jordin Sparks, suds-rock icon Rick Springfield, drummer Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Oscar winner Shirley Jones. The last will play a musical therapist named Dr. Jones who comes to dinner intent on healing the screwed-up O'Connell clan, led by Bell's Oprah-obsessed matriarch.
In Friday's episode of Big Time Rush (8/7c on Nickelodeon), the guys bump into American Idol winner Jordin Sparks when she's recording a new song with the band's label. Not only did the show's stars, James Maslow, Kendall Schmidt, Carlos Pena and Logan Henderson, get to act alongside the singer, but the foursome filmed a new music video with her as well. Shooting with Sparks "was a lot of fun," Pena tells TVGuide.com. "She's very talented, and it's a very funny episode."
Watch the video for the brand new song "Count on You," which will be featured in Friday's episode, titled "Big Time Sparks."