March 10th, 2010
10:06 PM ET

Separating the men from the boys on 'Idol'

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Like the women Tuesday night, the men tried to step it up a little bit Wednesday night

Lots of striving for big notes and more confidence among the dudes. I thought for sure I would come out of this one convinced who would go home, but at this point, I just can't call it. One thing I can safely say: If lots of ladies vote, Big Mike is all types of good.

Who do you think tore it up or just messed it up tonight?

Keep track of who's been kicked off and who's still singing on "American Idol."

March 10th, 2010
09:07 PM ET

The men of 'Idol's' Top 16 take to the stage

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9:56 p.m.– "This Woman's Work." Another one of my jams. Maxwell. Another one of my favorites.

"Big Mike" Lynche showed some hubris singing that song, and his performance came across a little cocky to me. Not that he can't sing. He can definitely sing, but he was all over that stage like "Feel me. Love me." Plus, I like cocky sometimes.

And before you start blowing up the comments, I know Kate Bush originally sang the song. Kara tried pulling a Paula by crying over it. That was some utter foolishness right there!

9:48 p.m. – When he first started singing, I thought Todrick Hall was pulling an Adam Lambert. I swear that jacket looked like the Kmart version of Adam's finale outfit when he performed with KISS last season.

Todrick's "Somebody To Love" seemed like such an odd choice to me. Queen? Really? But I couldn't help liking it, and I am almost mad at myself for that. There was a disconnect that makes me want to not like it.

I hate when Simon says someone is too Broadway as if that is a diss.

9:39 p.m. – Oh Aaron Kelly. I know fans have high hopes for you to be the next David Archuleta, but honey, I don't think you are quite there yet.

His "Already There" started out so messed up that I would have changed the channel were it not for my blogging duties. He picked it up toward the end, but he definitely is no Arch at this point. Perhaps he'll grow a bit more? He's so earnest and sweet.

I'm glad that Simon cut Kara to the quick. You don't have to be a middle-aged dude to sing the song. It's telling a story, like Aaron said. Good for him wanting to be a narrator!

9:36 p.m.– Casey James really is a cutie, and I think he should just go ahead and cut that hair.

The whole time he was performing "You'll Think of Me," I thought it was the most un-country version of that Keith Urban song I have heard. It was borderline dull for me, but the kid can sing. No doubt.

9:27 p.m. – I see Andrew Garcia got our memo.

His "Genie in a Bottle" was the Andrew we fell in love with - that artist who can take a song and make you say "No, he didn't just do that!"

Ever since Kris Allen ripped it on"Heartless," I've been loving contestants who can take a popular song and reconstructed it.

The judges didn't love him, but seriously I stopped listening to them awhile ago. BOO judges and welcome back Andrew!

9:18 p.m. – I am praying  for Tim Urban. I mean, come on, seriously this guy is the next "American Idol?"

His version of Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah" was only great if you compare it to the hot mess he has offered up so far. Simon saying this was his strongest performance so far is really not saying much.

And Ellen running up to hug him was just too, too much.

9:12 p.m. – Oh no you didn't Alex Lambert!

I love "Trouble," and that song needs some grown-man growl in it,  not little boy squeak. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't fantastic either. Worry, worry, worry, worry, worry. Worry just won't leave me alone this "Idol" season.

9:04 p.m. – Lee Dewyze is growing on me.

I liked his version of "Fireflies." Ellen says his pitch problems don't matter cause people have crushes on him. You still have to be able to sing well E.

Lee is starting to feel like a real artist and I like that he said he's trying to focus on the critiques in an attempt to grow. That's what we like to hear.

March 10th, 2010
09:02 PM ET

Boys' club has its turn at 'Idol'

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It's these people you see right here who I blame for this season's mediocrity.

What a weird opening to the show with Seacrest all up in the guys' faces introducing each one like he was some type of drill sergeant.

A few of them looked like they were about to be ill.

Kara is Simon's "binky?" I think not.

Here we go with men's night.

March 10th, 2010
05:11 PM ET

The 'Idol' Top 16 continues with the men

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It’s Wednesday,  so that means it’s time for the men of “American Idol” to take to the stage.

Eight will perform, but only six will move on as part of the Top 12. That means they have to bring their “A” game if they want to leave a favorable impression on the voters.

Don’t forget that tonight’s show starts at 9 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. on Fox.


March 10th, 2010
02:14 PM ET

The Reinvention of Hugh Hefner

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I'm going to ask you to do something for me. I need you to put your preconceived notions aside for a moment with regards to octogenarian über playboy Hugh Hefner because that's what I did last night.

I'm attending the Miami International Film Festival and one of many documentaries shown in South Beach was "Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel."

The film had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, but few North American audiences have yet to see it before it releases theatrically in June.


March 10th, 2010
12:50 PM ET

TV recap: Man versus possum on 'Parenthood'

The episode opens with Adam waking up to a noisy possum, and chasing the thing with a tennis racket. Maybe it’s supposed to be a metaphor for his problems, maybe it’s just supposed to show some of the crazy things people have to deal with. Don’t know, moving on…

Crosby tries to get to know his son over a stack of pancakes. He’s very cute and really calm considering his ex sprung the kid on him. She wants him to develop a relationship with their son. Perhaps she should have thought about that, say, five years ago, when she had the kid.

Julia is going through the time-honored tradition of trying to bond with your kid in the car rider drop-off line at school, while hoping to get to work on time. While she's waiting, one of the other mothers cuts her off in line, then proceeds to chat and otherwise take her time, as Julia steams about trying to get to a meeting. FULL POST

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