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American Idol 10: Top 6 Eliminations

In: Donovan, Music

Ugh… Tonight was a prime example of why the results show should only be a half hour, which BTW was promised by Idol they would be implementing this year. While some of the filler was entertaining, the last half which retreaded last night’s performances was painful. Did each contestant really have to come to the middle of the stage and revisit the night before. To boot, that Q&A session that preceded the results was neither informative nor interesting.

Ryan Seacrest began the episode by warning viewers they weren’t going to be happy with the results. Was Seacrest blowing smoke up our collective asses, or were we actually in for a shocker? God, I hope the latter. Without revealing the results just yet, I will say the eliminated Idol gave the best swan song in Idol history IMHO. Intrigued? Keep reading.

After forgoing the group performance the past few weeks, the producers brought it back and made the Top 6 perform a Carole King medley. Much like the duets the night before, this wasn’t good. The only highlight for me was the short duet between Haley and Lauren on “One Fine Day“.

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American Idol 10: Top 6 Performances

In: Donovan, TV Shows

I can’t believe we’re mere weeks away from crowning American Idol Season 10′s winner. It’s insane how time flies. After watching how awesome “The Voice” was, I admit, I was a little uninterested in watching Idol this week. It’s not fair to judge an entire series based on one episode, but that’s how good it was. Everyone today was talking about “The Voice”. That being said, when Jacob, Casey, Lauren, Scotty, James and Haley took to the stage, I got into the Idol spirit. Love them or hate them, this year’s Top 6 collectively is leaps and bounds better than Season 9′s lot. With exception to Crystal Bowersox, of course, who just so happens to be performing on tonight’s results show.

This week’s theme revolved around Carole King’s songbook. At first, I was expecting to listen to a lot of songs from her “Tapestry” album. I had no idea, she was such a prolific songwriter before her iconic album. “Tapestry” was the top-selling solo album until Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in 1982 squashed her record. Who knew? Also featured in this episode was singer/songwriter/producer, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. He was on deck to mentor the kids this week. Back in the day, I used to love Babyface’s slow jams. He was the king of old school R&B jams from the late 80s, early 90s. Teen rebel, Miley Cyrus, also popped up for a couple of nanoseconds to give Lauren Alaina advice. It definitely wasn’t a party in the USA. So how did the kids fare this week? Watch their performances and read my commentary below.

watch the performances, check my predictions all after the jump

American Idol 10 : Top 7 Eliminations

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Hey ya’ll. Sorry this is a little late today. Last night, a few of us had to go to an event where Homorazzi was being honored for helping out the charitable organization, YouthCo Aids Society, so I wasn’t able to watch the episode til this morning. To boot, it was Redd’s going away party and the first night out in Vancouver for me in a month. It was awesome seeing friends I haven’t seen in weeks. To say, I had a good time would be an understatement. Thankfully, Good Friday is a holiday up here. Now, onto to American Idol.

Last night’s time fillers were Katy Perry, Kanye West and David Cook. While, I like all three, I’m sooooooo glad we were on hand last week to watch Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson live instead. Having seen the results show in person, I have a whole new appreciation for the show and more importantly the audience. I know what those poor saps in the rafters went through. Neither of last night’s performance was great, but I do appreciate Katy going all extraterrestrial on us. That pin-up schtick is so tired. Also, was it wrong that I wanted Kanye’s fur vest. I’d risk the chance of PETA supporters throwing red paint on me to wear that hot little number.

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American Idol 10: Top 7 Performances

In: Donovan, Music

This week’s theme was 21st Century Songs. WTF is up with that loosey goosey theme. Oh well. With such a broad selection, the Idols should have no problem picking songs in their wheelhouse. Normally, tackling more contemporary songs can prove tricky. The more popular the hit, the harder it is to believe the authenticity of the Idol performance. Surprisingly, the majority of the singers did a solid job. There wasn’t a complete trainwreck out of the bunch.

Speaking of trainwrecks, what was up with that ridiculous group performance by Season 10′s castoffs. They’ve been voted off and had no business being back on the Idol stage. It sorta cheapens the honor, for those singers still in the competition. I wonder what Nigel Lythgoe’s thought process was for this annoying filler. Pink’s “So What” was lyrically fitting. So what if these idols are back. No one cares. LOL. If you missed the performance, I embedded it at the end of the post. Listen with caution.

watch the performances, check my predictions all after the jump

Last night, Patrick, Tyrell, Brian and myself were lucky enough to score tickets to American Idol’s result show. It couldn’t have been better timing since Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson were both performing. By now you probably know who was booted, so I won’t bore with details as you’ve probably seen the show. Instead, I’ll give you some insight on what went on when the cameras weren’t rolling. But for those who haven’t seen it. I’ll post a quick paragraph at the end of the post.

Let’s get a few production details out of the way. First, the venue is a lot smaller in person than on television. That wide lens really does wonders. Over the years, Simon Cowell to present day judges have commented how differently the performances sound in person from the televised version. I can honestly say, that is 100% true. Everyone sounds really good in the venue.

What You Didn’t See On Television

If you watched the show you know Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Marc Anthony, Pia Toscano and Mary Hart were all in the audience. By the time the cameras were on Chaka Khan was sitting in the row behind the judges with Anita Baker, BUT that’s now how it started. At first Chaka was about nine rows behind Anita, before Baker motioned Khan to join here. How dare the producers put Miss Chaka up in the Idol nose bleeds. Oh wait, that’s where we were. LOL. By the time Mary Hart came, there were no more prime seats, so she had to sit where Chaka was originally sitting. SCANDAL-O.

read how J.Lo was after the jump

Not that Jacob Lusk had a great shot of winning this year’s American Idol, but this pretty much puts the nail in the coffin on that dream. TMZ has uncovered a mug shot of the Idol contestant. Apparently, Lusk has had problems with the popo.

Back in 2009, Jacob was caught for riding a Metro train without a ticket. Tsk, tsk. When he failed to appear for his court day, a warrant was issued. It wasn’t until November 2010, when he got pulled over for a traffic violation that it finally caught up to him. The arresting police officer saw the outstanding warrant and took him to the big house. Ironically enough, this was the day after he received his Golden Ticket to Hollywood. LMFA0.

find out what Jacob did during his time behind bars after the jump

American Idol 10: Top 8 Performances

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Guess, who’s back??? ME… I’ve been a bit MIA the past couple of weeks due to traveling across the US. I’m having a great time, but I’m so ready to go home and sleep in my own bed. I’m still in LA but had to find time to watch this week’s show and recap it. Why? Because the boys and I are attending tomorrow’s results show featuring Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson. How lucky are we?

Just got home from a night of playing bingo at Hamburger Mary’s in WeHo. It was a lot more fun than that I thought it would be. Having said that, I’m a little tired and have to go to sleep shortly since we have an early day tomorrow. I quickly skimmed through the episode and based my commentary without listening to the judges. There were a couple of instances, I did listen to their ramblings, but for the most part, I avoided it.

watch the performances, check my predictions all after the jump

Is Jennifer Lopez The Most Beautiful?

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan

According to People Magazine, she just might be. The American Idol judge is rumored to be gracing the cover of the magazine’s annual “Most Beautiful” issue. After literally falling on her butt on “Louboutins” and “The Backup Plan”, Jennifer Lopez has certainly managed to stage a comeback. Signing on to Idol has definitely resuscitated her career. Not only is she riding high on the charts with “On The Floor“, but the accompanying music video has garnered more views that Britney and Gaga’s latest vids.

This isn’t the first time Lopez has made People Magazine’s beautiful cut. She appeared in 1997, 1999, 2007 and 2010, but this is the first time she’ll appear on the cover for the special issue. Not too shabby for the 41-year-old stunner. Definitely a wise move sitting in between both Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. Having those two on either side of her on the Idol panel only punctuates her beauty. LOL.

Jennifer Lopez’s new album, “Love?” hits stores on April 29, 2011. Check out a preview of her tracklisting here.

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