I’m sure by now you probably know which contestant American Idol bid adieu to. And even if you didn’t, I’m pretty sure you had a good idea which lady was in danger. Out of all the eliminations during Season 12, this one was the easiest to predict. That’s why I’m not even going to wait til the jump to reveal that **SPOILER ALERT** Amber Holcomb was finally sent packing. Love the girl, but it was definitely time for her to go.
Proving her inability to pick the right song was part of her undoing, the 19-year-old selected Whitney Houston’s “I Believe In You And Me” as her farewell song. Why she picked it is mind-boggling. Her original cover wasn’t anywhere near her best performance during her entire run. And her second attempt at it wasn’t any better. Though I’ll give her a pass as I’m sure her emotions got the best of her. That end where Amber choked up à la Kelly Clarkson during the Season 1 finale was sorta adorable.
It’s usually a cliché when ousted contestants claim you’ll be hearing from them in the future, but I believe it in Amber’s case. She might be the Jennifer Hudson of the season. Given the right material, Holcomb could be huge.
Like Amber’s elimination, the rest of the show was anti-climatic. The hour featured performances by Season 7 winner David Cook, will.i.am and this week’s mentor Harry Connick Jr. The part I did enough from #ThrowbackThursday was catching up with Season 4 standout Constantine Maroulis. Congrats on being the first Idol alum to snag a Tony nomination. Check out all the performances, Amber’s elimination and Constantine’s update below.
There’s no denying Aaron Paul is one handsome guy, but for some reason I was never really attracted to him… until now. I find him smoking hot in his photoshoot for Terry Richardson. The badass schtick he’s putting on display is really working for me. Plus his piercing blue-green eyes are beyond insane in a couple of the shots. I could get lost in them for hours.
The Breaking Bad star didn’t just pose for Richardson for sh*ts and giggles, but rather, for an editorial appearing in the latest issue of British GQ. Along with Terry’s signature white backdrop, the two head to the beach for a few takes. Check out the results below.
Side note: Did you know the 33-year-old actor once appeared on an episode of The Price Is Right? Just in case you missed it last year, he tells the story to Jay Leno during an interview. Thankfully, Leno brought out the footage. If you ever want to get picked as a contestant on TPIR, be sure to watch the interview. Paul has some major insight. You won’t believe how far he gets. Check it out below.
Do you ever look at a hot guy and think he seems to have it all- brains, career and personality? Well, Ryan Lochte ain’t that. The guy is as dull as unsharpened lead pencils. Even his catchphrase “Jeah” is extremely annoying. What would you expect from one of the douchiest guys in the world? Thankfully, if you put him on mute, he’s somewhat tolerable.
On the most recent episode of What Would Ryan Do?, the swimmer discusses his manscaping routine to a lady friend. Apparently, it takes him 4-5 hours for the entire process due to his fear of cutting himself. You’d think custom gold-plated razors could expedite the process.
Speaking of the show, I can’t believe Lochte agreed to the E! reality series instead of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars or The Bachelor. Based on Nielsen ratings, he’s clearly made the wrong choice. Luckily for his fans, the producers utilize every opportunity they can to have him as naked as possible. Ergo, the shaving scene. Check out that clip below, along with his best shirtless moments on the show.
If there was any way Jason Mraz, Mark Wahlberg and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath could have a lovechild together, singer-songwriter Dave Patten would be the result. The 22-year-old has qualities about him that remind me of each of the three guys. Patten hails from the Philadelphia area, where he grew up around music and played drums in local bands. After gathering a loyal YouTube following, he signed to Warner Bros. artist Meek Mill’s record label DreamChasers Records.
Dave recently released a music video for his brand new song, “Let Me Introduce My Band.” It’s his first single since signing with Meek Mills. It features him along with his band on a crime spree across Southern California. It all ends when an uncompromising FBI agent takes them down. Before he debuted the clip, he released a short intro featuring him in a boxing ring. Be sure to check out that sexy video before. Enjoy.
That’s what social commentator Dr. Boyce Watkins says about the clip. American rapper Tyler The Creator is the man behind Mountain Dew’s three part trash-talking ad spots featuring Felicia the Goat. The first one showed the wily goat violently throwing a soda at a waitress while the second spot had her pulled over for a Dew-U-I, but it’s the last one that’s creating so much controversy that forced PepsiCo to issue an apology.
The ad features a battered and bloodied woman, sporting a neck brace and crutches, as she attempts to pick her aggressor from a police lineup. Meanwhile, Felicia threatens her from behind the mirror with zingers like this, “Keep your mouth shut. I’m gonna get outta here and I’m gonna ‘dew’ you up.” Dr. Watkins eloquently describes the offending lineup as follows:
“Of course, in the world of Mountain Dew, every single suspect is black. Not just regular black people, but the kinds of ratchety negroes you might find in the middle of any hip-hop minstrel show: Gold teeth, “mean mugging,” sun glasses wearing, white-t sportin, hard core n*ggaz ready to “get into some ol gangsta sh*t.”
One of them is even called Beyonte (OK that part I admit I chuckled at ;) This isn’t the first time Tyler the Creator has come under fire. The 22-year-old has often drawn criticism for being homophobic and misogynistic in his raps. His rep issued a statement to the Hollywood Reporter about the offensive commercial. Check out the clips after his statement.
“It was never Tyler’s intention to offend however, offense is personal and valid to anyone who is offended. Out of respect to those that were offended the ad was taken down,” it said. “For those who know and respect Tyler he is known for pushing boundaries and challenging stereotypes through humor. This is someone who grew up on David Chappelle. This situation is layered with context and is a discussion that Tyler would love to address in the right forum as he does have a point of view.” – Tyler The Creator
Viva Forever! More like Viva til June 29. That’s when the Spice Girls musical will end its run at London’s Piccadilly Theater after a disappointing six-month run. Clearly, the group’s brand of girl power couldn’t translate to the West End production. Aside from a few hits, many felt the girls’ song catalog wasn’t strong enough to sustain a two hour plus show about five girls making the finals of a reality competition show resembling The X Factor. Reportedly, the musical will have a net loss of $7.8 million. Ouch.
It’s a shame Judy Craymer, the woman behind the awesome Mamma Mia!, couldn’t do the same with the Spice Girls what she did for ABBA. That musical has earned nearly $2 billion worldwide. Here’s what Cramer said about the closing.
“With a heavy heart that we’ve had to make this very difficult decision to post closing notices for this original show.” She adds “The show has evolved since we first opened and is now brighter, lighter and funnier, but despite the wonderful audiences and extremely positive feedback we just can’t make it work” – Judy Cramer
I have to admit, I’m a little bummed I didn’t make the trek to London to catch the musical before its closing. How bad could it really be? Along with the weakness of the Spice Girls catalog, the less-than-flattering reviews cited the poor script written by AB FAB’s Jennifer Saunders, gloomy set and poor performances as problems. A far cry from the energy and va va voom the Fab Five consistently delivered.
Collectively the girls thanked their fans in a statement, “Although ‘Viva Forever’ won’t continue in the West End we are thrilled that the thousands of people who came to the show had as much fun as we did.” Baby Spice aka Emma Button tweeted, she was “totally gutted” about the show’s closing.
In honor of the short-lived musical, I thought I’d share my favorite Spice Girls song and video. Check it out below.
Apparently I was crush-less in April. I can’t believe I didn’t write a Man Crush post during the entire month. To get back in the saddle (so to speak), I planned on highlighting a completely different stud but since One Life To Live returned back to the airwaves (or should I say online for their relaunch), I thought I’d crush on one of its stars.
Meet Josh Kelly. Not to be confused with Katherine Heigl’s hubby Josh Kelley, this Josh is a buff drink of blond water. Born in Japan, Kelly lived the life of your typical army brat, living in various locations (Guam, Philippines, Maryland, Georgia, Maine) during his childhood. After graduating high school, he followed in his father’s footsteps and enlisted in the Army where he served three tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq.
Before landing the role of Cutter Wentworth on One Life To Live, the 31-year-old actor played bit roles on Ugly Betty, True Blood, Army Wives and Rizzoli and Isles to name a few. He made the leap to the silver screen when Michael Bay cast him in Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen. Josh returned for Transformers: Dark of the Moon where he appeared in front of the camera and served as a military consultant after Bay saw his post-traumatic stress short film, Cope. Check out this stud below in all his glory. You’ll never guess which former Jersey Shore star he’s acting with on OLTL.
Work it out girls. Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu are giving me everything in their newly-dropped music video. The visual for their awesome collaboration, “Q.U.E.E.N.” doesn’t disappoint. Given it’s rather simplistic nature, the clip is a visually entertaining ride. It premiered yesterday via BET’s 106 & Park.
Both R&B ladies are exhibits in a “living museum” for being legendary musical rebels. As the vinyl record begins to spin, Monae and Badu come to life. Janelle once again teams up with director Alan Ferguson who did her “Many Moons” vid. Together, they put together a stylishly futuristic funky clip. Badu, or should I say Badoula Oblongata as she’s referred to in the clip, looks fantastic in her wigs. God, I missed her. Check out their somewhat sci-fi video below.