Many TV critics have already harped on the American Idol judges this season. Their refrain: J.Lo, Steven and Randy are nothing more than paid cheerleaders, incapable of criticism. In their eyes, all of the Top 13 contestants were winners, and their performances have deserved nothing worse than a "that was kind of pitchy."
American Idol: What do the girls need to do to survive?
We agree, and would like to offer some advice by pointing to lesser-seen TV competition America's Next Great Restaurant, the NBC show in which the winner gets to open a new fast-casual restaurant chain. Seems to us, the Idol panel could learn a lot from the show's four judges Curtis Stone, Bobby Flay, Lorena Garcia and Steve Ells.
The New York songbird has been silenced. In an elimination greeted with howls of protest, Pia Toscano, 22, was told that for her, American Idol is over. The studio audience was stunned, then angry. Her fellow competitor in the bottom two, Stefano Langone, was so distraught he tried to turn away from the cameras to hide his tears. TV Guide Magazine talks to the woman many believed was going to win the whole competition...
"I'll stand by you, Pia!" yelled one distraught male fan in the crowd, echoing the lyrics of her farewell tune after the cameras stopped rolling. "I'll buy your records!" called another.
It was truly a bizarre evening on American Idol that featured the shirtless antics of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Iggy Pop — who dropped the S-bomb and pumped the microphone from his crotch, both of which were censored...
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13. Best Day of the Week: Hard to believe, but Rebecca Black's ubiquitous "Friday" is a rip-off of another song — or so Conan O'Brien claims. In his Conan video blog, the funnyman reveals that he did a music video a few weeks ago called "Thursday" that is vaguely similar to Black's "Friday" clip, with shout-outs to cereal (Cap'n Crunch) and driving in cars (his beloved 1992 Ford Taurus). Not to be outdone, Coco manages to squeeze in his own ...
"How do you feel?" a reporter asked Casey Abrams after American Idol's Wednesday-night performance show. Abrams had been hospitalized for a second time last week, suffering from serious intestinal problems. "Awesome," he said quietly.
He didn't look awesome. Neither did any of the eleven other ...