April 2nd, 2010
04:23 PM ET

Didi Benami opens up about the future, Cowell

Getting the boot from "American Idol" must be tough for any aspiring singer.  One day you're pursuing your dream, singing in front of millions on television's highest rated show (well, not the last few weeks... "Dancing With The Stars" has tangoed its way past "Idol" in the ratings) - and then it's over, done, kaput,  at least for a majority of "Idol" hopefuls.  Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry are doing well these days.

It's too early to tell what the future may hold for 23-year-old singer Didi Benami, the lastest contestant to be voted off the singing competition.  In an interview with CNN on Friday, she said she was expecting to be eliminated but "it's still kind of tough."

"I had a feeling. I knew it wasn't my best performance, so I was ready just in case," Benami said.  "I didn't really expect to go so early in the whole scheme of things." FULL POST

April 2nd, 2010
02:14 PM ET

CNN confirms Madonna's former manager Caresse Henry has died

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CNN received the following statement from Madonna's publicist, Liz Rosenberg, regarding the passing of Caresse Henry.

Caresse Henry, 44, of Laguna Beach, California died suddenly on March 31st in Irvine, California. Despite rumors to the contrary, the cause of death has not been determined and is currently under investigation. Born in Los Angeles, Ms. Henry managed Madonna’s career for 10 years. She went on to briefly manage Ricky Martin, Jessica Simpson, Joss Stone, Paula Abdul and Andrew Dice Clay. Henry is survived by her two children, Honour Kristen Norman and Ava Caresse Hinojosa who both reside in Los Angeles. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law Yvette and Steve Dobbie of Laguna Beach, brother Patrick Henry, Jr. of San Diego, mother Angelica Henry of Newport Beach and father Patrick Henry, Sr. of Wexford, Ireland. Services will be held on Friday, April 9th at ll:00 am at St. Paul’s Church in Westwood, California. “The family has requested that their privacy be respected during this difficult time,” stated Liz Rosenberg, longtime friend and spokeperson for the family.


Filed under: Celebrities • Madonna
April 2nd, 2010
10:56 AM ET

'DWTS' beats 'Idol' in the ratings

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Are audiences dancing to a different beat this season when it comes to “American Idol?”

The Los Angeles Times reports that ABC is claiming victory in the ratings over the last two weeks for “Dancing with the Stars” over Fox’s “Idol.” “DWTS” reportedly drew a larger average of viewers (23.6 million) the past two weeks than the Tuesday total for “Idol” (23 million).

The Monday night episode of “DWTS” scored 23 million viewers while “Idol” saw 21.3 million viewers and 20.5 million viewers for their Tuesday and Wednesday night shows.

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April 2nd, 2010
08:18 AM ET

TV Recap: I love the '80s on 'Fringe'

When we last left "Fringe" (about two months ago), Olivia rediscovered her ability to tell which objects came from the parallel world... complicating things quite a bit for Walter when she took a good look at Peter.

Well, Walter certainly had some explaining to do, which sent us back to where all the trouble began, 25 years ago. A much younger, saner Walter was showing off his latest invention to some government officials: a mirror/monitor that served as a window to the other world, where dirigibles docked at the Empire State Building. And, cue "Fringe" '80s opening credits. It was at this moment that my jaw hit the floor. Is it possible to get an Emmy for Best Intro to an Episode?

Even if such a thing doesn't exist (for shame!), John Noble delivered an Emmy-worthy performance here as Walter watched in horror as the cure which would have healed his dead son in the other world slipped through his (or rather, the parallel Walter's) fingers. It turns out that one of the Observers made a little mistake, one which he had to confess to two other Observers walking out of a screening of "Back to the Future," seeming awfully confused. Since Peter is "important," he had to do whatever he could to correct his accidental interference in the course of history. FULL POST

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