March 26th, 2009
08:26 PM ET

Top 10: Ruben Studdard returns to the 'Idol' stage

Boy, have I missed the Velvet Teddy Bear!

Reuben Studdard

Ruben is looking good! Appears to have lost some weight and still sounding great.

I hope that performance of his new song "Together" was abbreviated, because it seemed to be over way too quickly.

Poor Ryan looked like a little kid standing next to the big man and winner of Season Two.

Got mad love for you Ruuuuuuuuuuuben!

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March 26th, 2009
08:19 PM ET

Top 10: Do they or don't they?

The medley of Motown hits reminds me of some news that broke today.

It seems that there had been some question as to whether or not the contestants are lip-syncing on the show. According to an official spokesperson for “American Idol”:

“The contestants do not lip-sync during any performance on "American Idol." During the group performances, which are outside the competition, the contestants do sing along to their own pre-recorded vocal track, due to the extensive choreography, and to balance their voices with open mics against a screaming audience. The competition performances do not use any pre-recorded vocals or music whatsoever.”

Well, that clears that up.

The Top 10 performed some of the more famous Motown tunes like "You're All I Need to Get By," "Keep Me Hanging On" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." If you ask me, they oversold it a bit. I didn't love it.

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March 26th, 2009
08:04 PM ET

Top 10: 'Idol' results show begins

**SPOILER ALERT: Thursday night’s blog will eventually reveal the contestant leaving the show. Do not visit the final entry of the blog if you do not want to know the results.**

The results show just started and the pup has declined to be my viewing partner – something about a date with a squeaky toy.

Is it wrong that I so look forward to results night?

Not necessarily because I am anxious to see who is going home, but more so because I look forward to the guest performances.

Let’s be honest, even on their best night we know that there will be some duds with the “American Idol” contestants. Then they bring in the pros and it’s good times.

Tonight should be one for the books, given the announced performers: Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Joss Stone and Ruben Studdard.

I anticipate getting my dance on at least two or three times before it’s all over. The opening intro made me think the gladiators had arrived. Way to stoke the flames!

–Lisa Respers France, Writer

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March 26th, 2009
03:42 PM ET

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**SPOILER ALERT: Thursday night's blog will eventually reveal the contestant leaving the show. Do not visit the final entry of the blog if you do not want to know the results.**

The results are coming in. It’s time to find out who's motoring home after performing on Motown night.

Everyone seems to have a distinct, unambiguous opinion about who did the most justice to the classic tunes of Motown - and who let the music down.

Many of you weighing in seem to think that Michael Sarver, Megan Joy and Scott MacIntyre have the best chance to be in the bottom three this week.

Of Megan’s performance of “For Once in My Life,” Jim from Chicago commented that it was “Just awful!” Stacey obviously didn't like  Scott’s version of “You Can’t Hurry Love”: “Scott has got to go!” she exclaimed.

And though Michael promised big things for his rendition of “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” Sky in Seattle said, “He has outlived his moment.”

There was also quite a bit of conversation about Paula and Simon’s antics at the judges table. “Wish Paula and Simon would quit playing around, beginning to be quite annoying,” Carolyn wrote.

Tonight’s show is another opportunity to let us know what you think about the results and the scheduled performances of Smokey Robinson, Joss Stone, Stevie Wonder and “American Idol” Ruben Studdard.

Join’s Lisa Respers France, who will blog live during the show. Post your comments below, or head over to iReport to submit video of your reactions.

Your comment or video may appear on CNN!

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March 26th, 2009
11:54 AM ET

'Stooges,' 'Arrested' movie updates

During some interviews for “Monsters vs. Aliens” last weekend, star Will Arnett told CNN about those “Arrested Development” film rumors.

“I will say that I'm not entirely sure what stage in the process they’re at,” he told CNN’s David Daniel, “but it is something that we want to start hopefully by the end of this year. So it's something that['s on] … everybody's radar now that is involved with the show, and we have a kind of rough guess of when it will start - and yeah it looks like it's going to happen, so we're excited.”

“Arrested Development,” of course, was the critically acclaimed but low-rated show about the Bluth family of eccentrics, including manipulative land developer father George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), materialistic mother Lucille (Jessica Walter), and several other wonderful oddballs, all anchored by the family’s one relatively sane member, Michael.

Arnett played the Segway-driving magician, Gob. That’s pronounced “Job,” as in the biblical prophet, but try telling that to the other characters.

The show ran from 2003 to 2006, and despite winning an Emmy for best comedy its first season, never gained more than a cult following.

Arnett says that everyone’s trying to clear their schedules: the nine major cast members, creator Mitch Hurwitz, narrator/executive producer Ron Howard and many others.

“You have a lot of people who have a lot of things going on,” he said, but added, “I'm open, I'm ready.”

Meanwhile, Variety had an interesting item about the Farrelly brothers’ long-gestating update of the “Three Stooges.”  The film has now been cast, according to the article, and here’s the lineup: Sean Penn as Larry, Jim Carrey in negotiations to play Curly and - the Farrellys hope - Benicio Del Toro as Moe. The idea behind the film, the brothers have said, isn’t to do a biopic, but try a fresh take using the same characters.

Sean Penn as Larry? Seems like Moe to me.

- Todd Leopold, Entertainment Producer

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