January 14th, 2010
10:26 AM ET

'Idol' has hit with 'Pants on the Ground'

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“American Idol” was all about the comedy Wednesday night.

Sure, there was talent found at the Atlanta auditions, but the highlight of the evening was someone who left the judges in stitches despite having no shot at the title.

A 62-year-old who goes by the name “General” Larry Platt sang an original composition titled “Pants on the Ground.” The lyrics – “Pants on the ground, pants on the ground. Looking like a fool with your pants on the ground” – had even guest judge Mary J. Blige wiping away tears of amusement.

Platt is well beyond the age limit for contestants, but I predict that “Pants on the Ground” will be the new “Tardy for the Party.”  The video of his performance is already a hit on YouTube. FULL POST

January 14th, 2010
10:01 AM ET

Transcript: Conan O’Brien’s monologue 1/13/2010

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Jay Leno wasn’t the only one still stuck on the NBC debacle during his monologue. Conan O’Brien got a few jokes in as well:

Hi, I'm Conan O'Brien, and I've been practicing the phrase, "Who ordered the mochaccino grande?"

Hosting "The Tonight Show" has been the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for me – and I just want to say to the kids out there watching: You can do anything you want in life.  Unless Jay Leno wants to do it too. FULL POST

January 14th, 2010
09:52 AM ET

Transcript: Jay Leno’s monologue 1/13/2010

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Jay Leno opened his monologue on “The Jay Leno Show” still making cracks about his own network. (Conan O'Brien got in plenty of digs, too.) Check the transcript:

“Good news from Afghanistan - critics of the war have stopped referring to it as “another Vietnam.”  They are not calling it that anymore.  The bad news – they’re now calling it “another NBC.”

Welcome to NBC.  America’s most dysfunctional TV family. Thank you very much. FULL POST

January 14th, 2010
01:28 AM ET

R&B's Teddy Pendergrass dead at 59

R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass passed away Wednesday night surrounded by family members following a long illness. The 59 year old Philadelphia native started honing his craft and voice at an early age, singing in youth choirs, then joining the Cadillacs, a group that later merged with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.

The group's self titled debut album in 1972, spawned the number one hit  “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” later covered by the band Simply Red. Over the next three years the band saw success in the form of hits like, “The Love I Lost,” “Bad Luck,” “Don’t Leave Me This Way” and “Wake up Everybody.”

Pendergrass embarked on a solo career in 1977 with hits like  “I Don't Love You Anymore," "You Can't Hide From Yourself," and "The More I Get the More I Want." Heating up the charts and the stage, Pendergrass became known for his steamy  “Ladies Only” tours. He also received critical acclaim with Billboard's 1977 Pop Album New Artist Award and an American Music Award for best R&B performer of 1978. FULL POST

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