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Lady Antebellum and Arcade Fire were the big winners on last night’s Grammy Awards. The show kinda dragged in the middle, but started off great with that wicked Aretha Franklin tribute. Didn’t Jennifer Hudson and Florence Welch impress during their sets. Who knew Flo had so much soul? Not me. Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Norah Jones and Ce-Loo also impressed with their respective performances. Be sure to check out Tyrell’s rundown of the Grammy show and performances if you missed the show.

But enough about the show, let’s start dishing on what the musicians wore on the red carpet. Ever since Jennifer Lopez showed up in that infamous green Versace dress in 2000, celebs have been using the event to make a big fashion splash. The biggest trend on the red carpet this year was definitely metallics. Whether it was crystals, mirrors, sequins or other shiny fabrications, the brighter the better. So instead of picking my usual Top 10 best and 5 worst dressed, I decided to highlight all the glittery dresses that caught my eye along with three non-shiny outfits that impressed. Don’t worry, my picks for the worst fashion violations can be found after glitterati gowns. Check out my choices for both lists below.

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American Idol 10: Hollywood Week Day 1 & 2

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After seven episodes of hearing the good, the bad, and the truly awful, we enter the second phase of “American Idol“. Hollywood Week is by and far my favorite part of the audition process. In past years, the producers have skimmed through this portion and it always left me with wanting more. Even though tonight’s episode was only an hour and covered the first two days of competition in Hollywood (actually it was Pasadena), it was very well-paced and covered quite a lot.

Surprisingly, the episode followed up with plenty of the contestants we’ve gotten to known through the auditions. This year, over 327 singers received golden tickets, doubling the amount they normally grant. Will more contestants mean, more drama and tears. I surely hope so. By the end of the episode, over half of them didn’t survive the sudden death solo rounds. Check below to see, which early favorites fizzled and which continued to sizzle.

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American Idol 10: San Francisco Brings It

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Woo hoo, the seventh and final stop for American Idol Season 10’s audition tour is upon us. I can’t believe we’re already here. After Los Angeles’ dreckitude of an episode, the audition portion of this season ended on a high note. As promised, San Francisco delivered with talent but also in Idol-type Lifetime movie of the week stories, and with memorable gimmicks. Let’s just say, it was more than meets the eye *wink*.

Thankfully, the producers decided to opt out of the traditional “Best & Worst” mashup episode tomorrow. Rather, we’re heading straight to Hollywood Week. Is this a sign that major dramz runs amuck during the highly stressful slash entertaining phase of American Idol? I surely hope so. Rumor has it that Hollywood Week will end with a sudden death Top 20 with voters selecting the finalists. Can’t wait. But before we get there, check out some San Francisco golden ticket recipients that stand a good chance of going far. Watch them all below.

check out which performances I liked after the jump

I knew it. I knew it. I knew it. The moment I wrote in yesterday’s Idol recap that this season was amazing and that the talent was phenomenal, I knew I jinxed myself. This episode was the epitome of what I hate during the audition portion of the season. It was filled with losers who couldn’t sing and simply there, trying to capture their 15 minutes of fame.

Personally, I don’t even know why the producers go to LA. The city never produces any memorable performances. Instead, it’s just a bunch of fame-seeking failed entertainers trying to grab a little attention. Idol is lucky they placed this episode near the tail end of the process, otherwise I would’ve given up on this Season the minute I saw this. Thankfully, after San Francisco’s stop, it’s onto Hollywood Week, which is my favorite portion of the show.

Nigel Lythgoe is the king of giving contestants he likes a leg up in the competition and last night he was in major pimping mode. Before the episode even started, the show began with a montage of the “best talent” we’ve seen so far. Brett Loewenstern, Lauren Alaina, Casey Abrams, Jackie Wilson, Robbie Rosen, Jacee Badeaux, Chris Medina, Thia Megia, Scott McCreery and a few more received a little bit of airtime reminding America that this was good and what we were about to see in the next hour was supremely BAD. Was the LA episode just a big joke on us, so that Idol could promote their “chosen ones” a little before Hollywood Week? I smell a conspiracy.

check out which performances I liked after the jump

American Idol 10: Digs For Talent In Austin

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With four episodes down, I can confidently say “American Idol” is back. The show is really experiencing a renaissance with the new judging panel. Critics everywhere are giving praise for the chemistry Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson have. The trio were even on Oprah Winfrey to briefly talk about the show yesterday. Not only are the judges hitting all the right notes, but so are this year’s contestants. The talent this year is really starting to shine. Hopefully, the voting public will pick a winner that will actually sell records and not just make tween girls horny enough to flood telephone lines and go on texting frenzies.

After hitting New Jersey, Milwaukee, Nashville and New Orleans, American Idol headed off to Austin, hoping to find that oil wasn’t the only thing bountiful in Texas. This was the third time Idol hit the capital city of the Lone Star State. Will this time prove as fruitful as previous visits? Check out below to see who I thought stood out from last night’s episode.

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“She’s got it. Yeah baby, she’s got it.” Get your first look at Jennifer Lopez hawking Gillette Venus products in her new commercial for the brand. Shot in Autumn of 2010, the spot features La Lopez showing off her sexy legs while performing a cover of Shocking Blue’s hit “Venus“. The commercial is the kick off for Jennifer Lopez’s endorsement for the lady razor product. Print and TV ads will debut later this month.

In conjunction with the razor campaign, J.Lo will help launch the brand’s “Venus Goddess Fund For Education” which supports female empowerment through education and organizations like CARE International, the Step Up Women’s Network and Lopez’s own Maridel Foundation.

If you like Lopez’s cover, the track will be available later today on Gillette Venus’ official website. Uber-producer RedOne worked on the track with Lopez, while Sophie Muller directed the commercial. Muller has also worked with Beyonce and Cheryl Cole in the past. Watch the clip below and see how she fared with Lopez’s debut as Gillette’s new pitchwoman.

watch the video after the jump

American Idol 10: Hee Haws To Nashville

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It’s official American Idol is back. The changes for Season 10 are starting to pay off. While year-to-year ratings are down (the norm the past few seasons), Wednesday night’s auditions in Milwaukee delivered amazing ratings and actually delivered more than the season’s second episode. During the audition phase, that’s unheard of. Looks like all the great buzz and press being generated by Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez has translated to extra eyeballs.

I never thought I’d say this, but it looks like American Idol will survive without Simon Cowell. Who knew??? Speaking of Lopez, she’s really coming into her own. She’s come a long way since New Jersey’s auditions and has no problem telling the singers they suck and telling them “no”. At times, it seems like she even revels in it.

Considering Carrie Underwood is the best-selling Idol ever, it only makes sense the producers decided to giddy up to Nashville, Tennesse, home of country music. With Milwaukee delivering some spectacular auditions, Nashville had a tough act to follow. Not only did they do that, but they surpassed it. Even though last night’s episode was only one hour, I found more contestants I liked, than Wednesday’s two hour episode. Check out the auditions that stood out for me below.

check out my picks after the jump

American Idol 10: Milwaukee Auditions Impress

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Welcome to episode 3 of American Idol Season 10. For the first time ever, Ryan Seacrest and company are in Milwaukee to hold auditions. Naturally, they invite the city’s most famous contribution to Idol, Milwaukee native Danny Gokey. Coincidentally enough, Gokey’s appearance at the beginning of the show is fitting considering the episode’s final contestant, who will undoubtedly receive Gokey comparisons. Read the rest of the post, to find out what I’m referring to.

The episode started with an impromptu slash awkward duet between Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. Even though Idol has made a few changes for Season 10, the episode was vintage Idol. In other words, there were a lot of bad performances, exploitation of competitor back stories, and most notably, a lot of producer pimping for a few of their favorites. No kidding, there were about three who received more than their fair share of airtime during their audition and even minutes afterward. Find out which auditions made the biggest impression, good or bad, on me below.

check out my picks after the jump

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