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So.damn.close.

It’s been grueling these past elimination weeks as top picks and sellable acts have been getting the boot time after time as Idol seems to control every aspect of our lives and our votes (well, not mine: I’m canadian, but you get what I’m saying). We’ve been deconstructing judges motivation, exposing panning shots and ridiculous production and styling choices, and most importantly the fine print at the end of each episode that gives us a big middle finger and declares: “We [Nigel Lythgoe and his flying monkey minions] are gonna pick whomever the frig we feel like, so suck it… and keep buying coca cola.” Still, we stay tuned to see the talent. Not to watch the dumb light show in the background or pay ANY attention to the extreme and outrageous claims of “perfect and unparalleled performances” by the judging panel, but to hear that one-off amazing song that keeps us interested and wanting to root for our favourites.

Tonight we get the musical stylings of past runner up Adam Lambert who felt the sting of Idol manipulation and lost to a WGWG (“white guy with guitar”: an expression I learned from you all commenting on my articles, thank you!) who couldn’t sell himself out of a paper bag. Tonight the out and proud man-diva will be performing “Never Close Our Eyes“, on top of which we’ll get the “singing stylings” or Lisa Marie Presley (seriously… why?). Like matching “Songs of the 60s” with “Songs from Today” Idol once again misses the mark and I shake my head in wonder at how this show still survives. You heard me rant that Joshua Ledet just didn’t have it last night despite the rantings of his biggest fan Randy, that Jessica Sanchez is getting back on her game and should win but not exactly with a perfect 10 score and that Phil Phillips though with an amazing night isn’t exactly what I would call America’s IDOL… all in all, this year isn’t knocking me over and I only hope next week we get something stellar or I might have to officially check out. Let’s see who’s going home tonight!

Click through to see my review of the night and see who gets sent home

Well, we’re nearly there boys and girls. We experienced some highs and a helluva lot of lows together these past months as we strained to understand song choices, deconstructed producer machinations and collaborated on some elaborate and probably scarily accurate conspiracy theories of judging and vote-counting falsities… and now we’re down to the final three! We’ve got the early favourite and soon to be gay icon beauty: Jessica Sanchez and her impossibly strong voice. There’s soulful and always pitch-perfect Joshua Ledet who receives perfect reactions from the judges week in and out. And, the sexy and scratchy easy sounds of Phillip Phillips, the man so nice they named him twice. While there’s plenty bitching I can do about their equally balanced negative sides, I’m opting to focus on the good (in this paragraph at least) as we get into these final two days/episodes of singing and declare a winner and a new American Idol.

Tonight, the kids will be singing three songs each: mentor, Jimmy Iovine’s choice, the judges’ choice and the contestants choice themselves. I’m very much always into this week of songs as typically all three are current and nearly always match up extremely well with the type of song we’d like to hear from em’. Followers of my articles know that Phil has been my crush for a while now but I’ve never truly seen him as the man to beat on this show: yes he has the votes there’s no doubt about that but selling power? I think he might go the way of Kris Allen and his cute face/zero CD sales. Further, I think Josh is in the same boat with amazing talent but no real mass appeal to those who still pay for songs in the US these days. Honestly, I think Skylar Laine who got booted a couple weeks ago is their best chance at $$$ this year with her strong southern base where torrents and the like are about as foreign to them as automatic transmissions, but there’s no going back. All in all, I believe it will/should be a Jessica win with her tumultuous near sending home, resultant save and stunning on stage performances. I’ve hated- HATED- the judging this year and wasn’t exactly heart-broken when I heard rumours that Jennifer Lopez might not be returning for another season. I think the show is past her boytoy’s boyfriend’s bedtime and he’s been getting cranky waiting for her to get home from taping.

Click through to see the performances and read my review of the night!

Forbes Magazine has just revealed their “Celebrity 100” list for this year, revealing a new number one celebrity for 2012. The magazine looks at various factors when classifying the celebs, including: Wealth, TV/Radio ranking, Press ranking, Web ranking, and Social ranking.

The person who topped this list year is involved in many areas of the business and despite the image above, it’s not Justin Bieber nor is it Oprah Winfrey. I’m not surprised to see this person on the list, but I must say I’m a little surprised to see them at number one. Last year, Gaga topped the list with Oprah trailing behind in second. This year, the Top 10 list is quite different, but Oprah finds herself at number two once again.

Check out the Top 10 list below to find out who tops the list this year.

Top 10 list after the jump…

This coming weekend, the hilarious-looking ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting‘ movie hits theatres and as promotion for the film, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez stopped by The Ellen Show to chat about the movie, their personal lives, and the rumors of a feud between them.

The rumor-mill had been swirling and tabloids reported that the two didn’t get along on set. Do either of them read the tabloids? Yes – one does, but you’ll have to watch to learn who. The two discussed what it was like filming the movie and Lopez also chatted about whether or not she’d be doing Idol next season and the rumors that she was thinking about adoption.

Oh, and I’ve also included another clip of the show where Ellen performs with two stars from the long-running soap “The Young and The Restless” in Episode 2 of Ellen’s new hit soap opera, “My Fair and Square Lady.” The over the top JC Penney promotion is hilarious. Watch both clips below.

Watch the trailer after the jump…

Last night saw a lame-ass first round followed by a pretty killer second time up to bat as the now-four remaining puppets contestants sang for Nigel Lythgoe’s pleasure doing first songs of California (seriously? did Schwarzenegger think that would help with the energy crisis and call in a favour?) and then “I wish I wrote it” pieces. We saw what I would argue was the best performance Phil’s given, Josh’s top 3 for sure, a great rendition by Jessica and a robotic, lack-luster song from soon-to-be-sent-packing Hollie.

I don’t want to jinx tonight’s results too much by declaring the poorly styled blond as the official loser as my predictions have been well off in the past but so far the comments on yesterday’s review seem to support the thought that the Top 3 really do deserve to be: Phil Phillips, Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez. We get to see some very sweet (even cynical me can’t deny how amazing it would be to be raised to the level of “hero” and icon in one’s own city) hometown visits for the remaining singers. Often coming from smaller places, it’s pretty adorable to see how this show can bring together a group of people who cheer for the “home team” and likely run their phone bills up voting for these kids. But, what we care about it RESULTS, so let’s click through!

Click through to see my review of the night and see who gets sent home

We’re back! With little to no dumb banter, Seacrest jumps almost right into the singing and so will I: Songs about/from California and Songs the contestants wish they wrote themselves. I’m rolling my eyes as the semi stupidity as these themes get longer and weirder but hey: I’m just happy no one needs to find out what songs were “hip” in the 50s to pick something out for this evening. That said, we find out tonight is also the “let’s reflect on their road here” evening as Idol fills those full two hours basically with nothing we haven’t seen before. I consider tonight to be like that penultimate episode before all dramas finales where they recap the greatest moments and add about 5 minutes of new material- in this case the singing- to squeeze a whole nother episode to make advertisement agencies happy.

My cynicism aside, today seems like it might be a reasonable one: we get current songs and the kids get to pick basically anything they want so I’m hoping a few of the brain-using singers show us something new and unique. Last week’s screen death of Skylar Laine left me blown away and particularly devastated tonight as I just know that she would have picked something awesome to offer us. So, it comes down to the two remaining kids I can stand: Phil Phils and Jessica Sanchez to prove there’s still relevant talent left in this pool as Hollie Cavanagh and Joshua Ledet tread water in the shallow end and wear awful clothes doing it: let’s get to it!

Click through to see the performances and read my review of the night!

Before we discuss the actual video, I just wanted to share that Jennifer Lopez’s new music video made history. “Follow The Leader”, a collaboration with Wisin Y Yandel, was the first music clip to have its premiere on Twitter. Whether or not this starts a trend remains to be seen. Maybe the song’s title will prove prophetic if other musical acts do “Follow The Leader” which in this case is J. Lo. Back to the video.

Interestingly enough, I found myself sorta captivated watching it. Lopez channels her inner Zoe Saldana in “Columbiana” (yup I watched that wretched movie) and Parkours all over Acapulco, Mexico. From people’s bedrooms, to apartment complexes to rooftops, Lopez shows off her free running skills. Obviously, all the dangerous stunts weren’t performed by “Jenny From The Block” and instead a body double did all the tricks. That said, the editors did a great job of camouflaging that fact. Watch the video below and see if you can spot her doppleganger. Speaking of camouflage, Lopez gets all tatted up in the clip, sporting a “Lideres” tattoo on her collarbone and dragon-like body art on her back.

watch the music video after the jump

Last night was British Hits and Songs From the 60s: I was barely amused. Thankfully the brit picks were for the most part quite recent while the mid-century (literally, Nigel, you’re having them sing MID CENTURY SONGS) tunes were meh. More often than not, the responsibility to update and modernize these songs falls on the shoulders of the kids as they attempt not just individualize their performance but also rise above the terrible theme choices being made by our aged producers avoiding forced retirement. That said, the night was pretty good.

Oh and while I say “good”, Lopez would have you believe “greatest thing in the entire history of things ever” as she ridiculously threw it out that Joshua Ledet was the “best singer in 50 years”. Once again, it’s crap statements like this that a) make me hate these judges b) make me hate a show that wouldn’t edit crap like that out c) not trust a single standing ovation they’ve given the kid to date and d) did I already say J Lo is an idiot cause I should have. Anyway, tonight’s show features huge names in the industry as we get played to by Carrie Underwood and Coldplay. Sometimes the performance gods to look down on us. But, I ain’t here for no cold, I’m here for RESULTS: which by the way, only include a bottom TWO this evening. Whhhaaat? Let’s get to them!

Click through to see my review of the night and see who gets sent home!

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