'American Idol': The Top 8 Take On the 80s

Not ONE New Wave or Alternative song. What the WHAT? Sigh. It's like *my* 1980s didn't even exist with this crowd.Jimmy Iovine brought Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal to co-mentor, and while I was going to protest that they weren't actually in the music scene in the 80s, I liked them, so I'm going to shut up about it now.Last week they did trios, because 9 is divisible by 3. This week they're doing duets. Because 8…isn't.So, let's dig in....more
@ElisaC I'm watching it now on the dvr!more

Dancing with the Stars Recap: The Top 11 Tell a Story

A lot of teardrops fell, occasionally inexplicably....more
 @Zakary No kidding. I really didn't get the weepy Urkel stuff.more

American Idol Recap: The Top 9 Sing Their Idols

And I have to say: Inspiration makes for good performances (and, maybe, so does a Stevie Nicks spell or two).This is the week that the Idols were supposed to sing their idols. Jimmy brought Stevie Nicks to mentor, and I just kinda love everything she does, so I was happy. And I was happy with the performances too, actually. It was much much tougher to call the bottom three this week (vs. last week, when I batted 1.000)...more
Jonny Lang - one of the best singers!more

American Idol Recap: The Top 10 Sing Billy Joel

With his vast and diverse songbook I was looking for more from our Idols.It's Billy Joel week at American Idol, and I was pleased. I'm a huge fan and own every studio album the guy has released. He's done every genre, and he's a storyteller. This should have been a huge opportunity for each Idol to really shine.But half of them did not. Jimmy Iovine brought in Diddy to help, and I was wondering: Why not bring Billy?...more
I thought for sure Heejun. He was just making fun..not really serious. The one who continues ...more

Breakout Reality TV Star: "Big Ang"

Okay, truth: There are more important things on the horizon to talk about for Women's History Month. The truth is, I've always profiled empowering and awesome trailblazers in past posts,but, today my intent and hopefully your reading pleasure centers upon a bit of entertaiment trivia; specifically on Angela Raiola.Okay, she is a woman and maybe her full name doesn't rang a bell?...more

American Idol Recap: The Top 13 Tackle Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston

Because clearly the producers are cruel. And here's why:If you've watched American Idol for some time as I have, there's one thing you can count on. The boys will tackle Stevie Wonder at some point, and the girls will tackle Whitney (or Mariah or Celine). And when they do the judges will tell them how Stevie or Whitney or Mariah is one of the "best singers ever", so you really gotta bring it if you're going to try to tackle the master. And usually the implication is that it has not been brought....more
I thought Shannon saved herself by owning up to her bad performance, but Elise came off ...more

American Idol Recap: The Top 24, make that 25

Here we are, folks. American Idol Reboot season 2. And they are changing it up....more

Snooki, Angelina, and the Death of All Things Beautiful

Who are we? I mean, who are we?What have we become?As much as last weekend's Academy Awards were criticized for being boring, or, you know, I'm not even really sure what, I actually found the show classy and highlighted by what I perceive to be legitimate entertainment - singing, dancing, Cirque du Soleil...What do people want? And what did people talk about all week?Angelina's leg....more
@SilvaGang I think a poolside vacation could do her some good :)more

I'm Good at Reality TV

I am forever stuck in my teenage years.(Actually, I’m not…and thank GOD for that.  Cause, that was some serious, serious crap.)But, in the way that I love MTV reality shows – particularly The Challenge – I am still a teenager.To prove it, this year I’ve joined a fantasy leauge to make it even better…if that’s even possible....more

The Biggest Losers Lose More Than Weight

I wouldn’t call The Biggest Loser my guilty pleasure; I do feel guilty watching it, but it isn’t a pleasure.  I’d call the experience closer to the dread fascination you feel when you look at big snakes or other things that are so horrifying or alien you can’t take your eyes off them. ...more
 @KarenLynnn I've wondered all those things, too.  For me, gaining lots of weight is all about ...more