April 21st, 2009
08:22 PM ET

Top 7 Part Two: Kris Allen works it out!!!

Oh snap!!!!

Kris Allen

Kris was one that I really, really worried about and he completely blew me away with his version of Donna Summer's "She Works Hard for the Money."

I absolutely NEVER would have imagined that it would have been that good. It was HOTNESS.

What in the world was Paula rambling about him "shopping in the woman's department?" I guess she was shooting for an analogy about his singing a song by a female artist but that was just silly.


Filed under: Paula Abdul
April 21st, 2009
08:11 PM ET

Top 7 Part Two: Lil Rounds is 'Every Woman'

Wow, we just jumped right into it didn't we?

Lil Rounds

Lil sang Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman" and from where I sat it was a whole hot mess. Flat in some places and just wrong in others.  Kara said it wasn't worth the wait and I have to agree.

What is Lil's issue? Why can't she pull it off? I was more entertained by Ryan asking her about her "inner goddess" than I was the song.

Simon thinks she is so out of here this week. Do you agree?

April 21st, 2009
08:07 PM ET

Top 7 Part Two: Starting it out

The show just started and the first lesson I have learned is not to ever again try to use my pup to demonstrate the dance known as “the robot.” He’s got sharp teeth, that one.

Ahhh, disco night. How I am both repelled and attracted by you.

On the one hand, I enjoy some of the songs (“Shame” by Evelyn “Champagne” King is my jam and I love the soundtrack to “Saturday Night Fever”) yet on the other there is a reason why the genre died and I, for one, do not mourn its demise.

Like with country night, the potential for disaster here is so acute that I am truly afraid for some of the “Idol” contestants. That’s the danger with some of these themes.

While we know that true talent should shine through, what does it really mean if you can’t sing a disco song well? The next “American Idol” no more has to worry about mastering disco than they do polka music.

Hmm, now there’s a theme the producers might want to consider next year.

More flames again in the intro, this time behind Ryan on stage. Is this some sort of subtle context that I am missing?

Ryan just said that Matt "lived to see another week." Well thank goodness for that.

Hold on tight, cause this is going to be something!

–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com


Filed under: American Idol judges • Ryan Seacrest
April 21st, 2009
02:43 PM ET

Watch 'American Idol' with CNN.com

Disco is the theme on “American Idol” tonight - so be sure to tune in to see who will survive!

Top seven again

No one went home last week thanks to the judges' save of Matt Giraud. So that means two of the contestants will be eliminated this week. Who among the top seven will dance their last dance after an evening of (I hope) buzz-worthy tunes?

Watch “American Idol” tonight along with CNN.com’s Lisa Respers France, who will be blogging live during the show.
We want to know your thoughts on who you think will do well tonight.

Post your comments below, or head over to iReport to share videos of your thoughts about the show.

Your comment or video may appear on CNN!

–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer

April 21st, 2009
11:14 AM ET

Slight wardrobe malfunction on 'Dancing'

Part of the fun of “Dancing With the Stars” is watching the sparkly, colorful and sometimes outrageous costumes the celebrities and their professional partners wear on the show.

“Entertainment Weekly” recently put together a fun gallery titled “Crazy Costume Watch!” featuring some of the more memorable outfits from this season.

This is probably the only TV show where you can see a very masculine guy, like professional dancer Tony Dovolani, wear a sequined yellow-magenta shirt (which reminded me of two gelato flavors melting together) while dancing the rumba and not think twice of it.

But last night’s show had a wardrobe malfunction of sorts, though the danger didn’t come from too little fabric, but from too much.

Professional dancer Edyta Sliwinska - who is usually known for her “less is more” costumes - was actually pretty covered up with a coat and floor-length gown, but almost paid the price when she got tangled in part of her dress for a moment.

Meanwhile, Chuck Wicks, who dances with girlfriend Julianne Hough, had a particularly odd costume choice - dressed head to toe in red, including a flowing satin shirt that made him look like he was wearing pajamas.

What do you think of the outfits?


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