May 26th, 2010
03:45 PM ET

Regina Spektor to perform at White House

The White House is rapidly becoming one of the best places to catch a great live performance these days.

Esperanza Spalding, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and the cast of "Glee" have all been there for a performance or two, and now the First Couple has tapped Regina Spektor to perform at the first ever White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.

The celebration, scheduled to take place on Thursday, will feature a variety of guests, including prominent Jewish American business leaders, athletes, writers and members of Congress.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Music
May 26th, 2010
02:46 PM ET

Let us be thankful: 'Idol' prepares for the end

I have no problem admitting it: I can’t wait for this season’s “American Idol” to be over.

I have been underwhelmed with the show this year. (I can't even say I was "whelmed," things were that bad.) Blogging about "Idol" is usually fun for me, but this season it has just been downright painful – and I’m not alone in my assessment.

“It has been the worst, but I felt obligated to cover it this year,” groaned fellow blogger Donna Reynolds, who has written about the show since Season Two.

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May 26th, 2010
01:46 PM ET

Season finale ratings not exactly impressive

Maybe it’s not so hard to say goodbye after all.

Despite the surprise many had when news spread that NBC was cutting “Law & Order” from its prime time roster, its last episode wasn’t a ratings winner on Monday. “L&O” pulled in about 500,000 more viewers than its recent average to get a total of 7.6 million on Monday, according to the NYT.

Similarly, the two-hour season finale for “Chuck” saw a series low with only a 1.7 rating in its first 60 minutes; about 5 million watched. “24," by comparison, had a "humble" sendoff, as EW.com put it, with nearly 9 million viewers watching as the series came to an end.

And while "Dancing with the Stars" had 19 million viewers on average for Monday's show, the season finale and winner reveal attracted about 18.2 million viewers. The show's 3.8 rating is a season high according to the ABC press release, but number-crunchers at TVByTheNumbers.com note that rating is a 27 percent drop over last spring's finale.


Filed under: television
May 26th, 2010
01:31 PM ET

Forbes ranks top 'Idol' earners

Regardless of who wins “American Idol” season nine, be it Crystal Bowersox or Lee DeWyze, it appears that neither has mega-success to look forward to.

According to a Forbes ranking of the top earning “Idol” contestants, the music market is pretty well saturated with almost 100 "Idol" alumni and the odds are against this season’s winner raking in the dough.

Last year’s winner, Kris Allen, sold only 300,000 copies of his album, and if ratings and vote tallies are any indication, fans may have moved beyond voting for their favorites with their wallets.

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May 26th, 2010
12:46 PM ET

Family secrets surface on 'Parenthood'

If there was anyone left on "Parenthood" who didn’t know a dark Braverman family secret, they were let in on just about everything Tuesday, usually in a group, in public or both. Quite a few people were on the verge of tears for most of the show, and like any good dramatic season finale, there was also plenty of yelling.

Haddie hasn’t recovered from the "cousin sleeping with her ex-boyfriend" thing and she’s going through a dark period: dying her hair black,  wearing dark lipstick, skipping class and being generally bratty.  Her parents have a mild freak out, but really, aside from the change in hair color I’m not sure what’s different.  I don’t care what I was going through, if I had spoken to my parents the way she talked to hers, I can’t imagine what they would have done.  It certainly wouldn’t have been ,“OK honey, it’s fine.”

Amber hasn’t recovered from sleeping with her cousin’s ex and she too has been cutting class. In the middle of that discussion, Drew says he wants to try out for baseball and he wants Uncle Adam to help.  For some reason, Sarah says she’ll talk to Adam about it, instead of letting the kid ask himself.  She goes to Adam’s, where she gets a frosty reception from Kristina. (Apparently no one is getting past Amber sleeping with Haddie’s ex.)

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May 26th, 2010
11:55 AM ET

Bristol Palin: I'm not being hypocritical

Bristol Palin wears a lot of hats. Figuratively, that is.

The 19-year-old - who is a mother, a student, a medical assistant at a dermatologist’s office and an ambassador for the Candie’s Foundation - talked to Harper’s Bazaar about her life since the 2008 presidential campaign that catapulted her into the public eye.

“It didn’t hit me that I was going to be a parent until Tripp was like four months old. And I was like, ‘Oh yeah, this is reality. I haven’t slept in a week and I’m exhausted,' ” Palin said, which is why she doesn’t consider her role as an ambassador advocating abstinence hypocritical.

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