'Idol' Top 5 give it their all
May 4th, 2011
09:32 PM ET

'Idol' Top 5 give it their all

We have got a competition people!

Just about everyone brought it tonight. Even Seacrest said we had a hot night.

We are only three weeks away from the finale, and this thing just gets tighter and tighter every week.

Who is your favorite? See ya tomorrow night for the results "Idol"-ators!

Top 5 battle to stay on 'Idol'
May 4th, 2011
08:01 PM ET

Top 5 battle to stay on 'Idol'

9:22 p.m. -  I love "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals.

Haley starts singing it a capella, and she sings her little heart out. That felt like a big ole "In your face judges!"

And sure enough, the judges give her a standing ovation. She so deserved it, and she looks stunned when Randy tells her the award for the performance of the night goes to her. FULL POST

Simon Cowell launching 'high-concept' game show
May 4th, 2011
06:51 PM ET

Simon Cowell launching 'high-concept' game show

"X Factor" and "American Idol" producer Simon Cowell is betting on success with his upcoming game show "Red or Black."

The series, which will air on Britain's ITV1 over seven nights this fall, will begin with 7,000 contestants competing in a series of chance-based challenges, according to the Hollywood Reporter. That number will eventually be pared down to just a handful of competitors, who will face a giant roulette wheel and bet on red or black for the chance to win one million pounds (approximately $1.65 million U.S.).

"A lot of TV shows I see are quite boring. I like the fact that we are doing something that is high-concept," says Cowell. "Every single night someone is going to have to make that decision [red or black—to win a million pounds]. That isn't something we have seen more than a few times on television. Thank goodness ITV gives us the budget to do something big."

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'Idol' Top 5 will sing then and now tunes
May 4th, 2011
05:44 PM ET

'Idol' Top 5 will sing then and now tunes

"American Idol" is doubling it up tonight.

The remaining five contestants will be singing two songs on Wednesday, one from the 1960s and a current tune.

That means they each have double the chance to impress the viewers – and they are going to need it. We are coming down to the wire and unlike past seasons, predicting a winner isn't a given. FULL POST

David Spade donates $200,000 for tornado relief
May 4th, 2011
05:25 PM ET

David Spade donates $200,000 for tornado relief

David Spade's on-screen image is indelible: the self-centered, smart-alec brat. He's played that role with great success on the big and small screens, including in his current gig as Russell on TV's "Rules of Engagement."

But off-screen, it's a different story. Spade is known for contributing both time and money to good causes, especially when disaster strikes. The 46-year-old comic actor has made large, quiet donations to Southern California fire department benefit funds, which help firefighters and their families in times of need, and to the American Red Cross last year when disastrous flooding hit Tennessee and other Southern states.

Now, following the massive destruction caused by last month's record tornado outbreak across the South, Spade has made a $200,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help with disaster relief.

Other stars are pitching in as well: Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire are hosting a tornado relief concert in Oklahoma, and celebrities from Michael W. Smith to Charlie Sheen have also helped.

Jennifer Lopez's 'Love?': What's the verdict?
May 4th, 2011
04:50 PM ET

Jennifer Lopez's 'Love?': What's the verdict?

Jennifer Lopez’s career looked like it was slowing down for a moment there, but since she’s teamed up with “American Idol,” the 41-year-old mom of two has been eagerly welcomed back into the spotlight.

As Entertainment Weekly points out, her role as a judge on “Idol” no doubt has shown fans old and new how much of a star she is, and may have even helped boost her single “On the Floor” on the Billboard charts.

But for someone who sparkles on “Idol,” that same flavor seems to be missing from her album "Love?," her seventh studio offering.

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