April 13th, 2010
09:30 PM ET

Did the 'Idol' Top 9 do Elvis justice?

I'm thinking no.

My friend Kelly nailed it when she said that it's like "Idol" went to high school and we don't know it anymore. Only a few standout performances and lots of "ehhhh."

I miss my old friend "Idol!"

Adam Lambert was OK as a mentor, but he could only do so much. One of the biggest issues this season is that there is no Lambert.

Your thoughts?

April 13th, 2010
08:12 PM ET

'Idol' Top 9 take to the stage for part deux

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9:19 p.m. –Am I allowed to say that my favorite part of the show tonight was the introduction of the cast of "Glee" in the audience? I squealed a little bit every time I spotted Jane Lynch behind Simon!

There is just something wrong about Seacrest introducing the "very sexy Casey James." Casey sings "Lawdy Ms. Clawdy," and I like it. He, MamaSox and Lee are the most consistent performers this season.

Casey looks a little worried though. I hope his sexy will help keep him around for another week.

9:10 p.m. –"Baby, What You Want Me To Do?"

Very valid question from Katie Stevens to the judges and a very saucy performance from her. Little Ms. Katie worked that song!

Simon was "annoyed," but like the audience, I was with her for this one. She owned it, and I'm not mad at her.

9:02 p.m. – Ouch!

Seacrest dissed former "Idol" co-host Brian Dunkleman hard! He joked that Brian would be hosting a part of "Idol Gives Back" next week. That was just mean!

"Big Mike" Lynche selects "In the Ghetto" and while I loved his voice, I'm not sure it will be enough to get the votes.

As it was pointed out, it was a tad bit sleepy. But there is no doubt that he's a great singer.

8:51 p.m.– Siobhan "Screech" Magnus is looking super cute tonight, and she reminds me of a short-haired Sara Silverman for some reason.

I'm not at all surprised that she's a big Elvis fan. She lets Adam know that she's been compared to him.

She certainly goes for his theatrics, beginning "Suspicious Minds" with her back to the audience and staring straight into the camera. I know I am supposed to be moved, but something just seemed off.

I agree with Kara DioGuardi (shocking, I know) in that I didn't love it. Siobhan has her say in that she can't be labeled. That might be a problem for America, sweets.

As for the comparison, Adam Lambert would have knocked that song out of the park.

8:40 p.m. – Little Aaron Kelly has his collar up.

So adorable! He showed way more attitude on "Blue Suede Shoes" than I expected, but I could have done without some of the dance moves.

At first I thought he was going to fake himself out by saying the song probably wasn't a good choice for him. The girls were going crazy in the audience and I am imagining that his fan base really enjoyed that.

Simon thinks Tim was better than Aaron. Wow.

8:36 p.m. – I'll say this for Lee Dewyze – he clearly took Lambert's advice to heart.

He connects with the audience during "A Little More Conversation" (even though he turns his back on them at the very end). His performance was more Elvis than anyone else so far.

His voice was in great form and you can tell Lee is in it to win it. He gets kudos all around and they are well deserved.

8:27 p.m. – Mama Seacrest is a cutie! I dig her.

"Can't Help Falling in Love With You" gets the "TUrban" treatment. And we once again have the cheesy split screen for half a sec. And Seacrest breaks into a dance in the audience.

This whole performance had me picturing Tim singing in a scene from some as-yet-cast teen show.  The flash of his friends in the audience showed them looking less than moved, but the judges are all aboard the Tim Train.

Is this some Jedi-like mind trick where they fawn over Urban in the hopes that the fans vote against? And did Simon really say he went from "zero to hero?"

I'm baffled.

8:16 p.m.– Bad karaoke alert!

I dig Andrew Garcia, but his version of "Hound Dog" reminded me of the being in Vegas way, way, way off The Strip. All I needed was a warm, watered-down drink and some stale snacks.

Ellen gets points for mentioning his lack of swagger, but then lost a few for thinking it was a good performance. I feel like he is so lost without his guitar. Andrew is in some serious trouble, having apparently peaked during the auditions.

That was so painful to type.

8:05 p.m. – So the rumors were correct, and we are off to Las Vegas for an Elvis-themed night.

This is why Lambert is so savvy. Right up front, he addresses that he is super green in the industry. He also hits the nail on the head by saying the contestants need more energy and to step up their performance game. And perhaps some "guy-liner?"

Seacrest manages a joke about Lambert's tongue. You are sooooo edgy Ryan.

First out of the box with "Saved" is Crystal Bowersox.

As always, MamaSox delivers. You would have thought they were having revival up in that theater. She's just beyond. She rocked it out, and I really need her album to drop already. For reals.

Filed under: American Idol 2010 • television
April 13th, 2010
08:02 PM ET

Expecting no silence of the Lambs on 'Idol'

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I imagine that the "Idol" judges are super excited about tonight.

The anointed one, Adam Lambert, has returned.

The show just started and you can tell Ryan Seacrest can barely contain himself, strolling down the brightly lit staircase lined with the Top 9.

Here we go peeps.

April 13th, 2010
06:11 PM ET

Adam Lambert returns to 'Idol'

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Even though I have missed Adam Lambert, I’m not sure how I feel about him returning this season as a mentor.

There are plenty of “Lambs” (fans of Lambert) who are thrilled to bits that he will be back Tuesday night, but there are still others who think it’s an odd choice given the fact that dude has had a career now for all of two minutes.

Yes, I get that he can relate to the contestants and all that they are enduring. Yet on the other hand, he didn’t even win “Idol!”


April 13th, 2010
04:49 PM ET

'True Blood's' leading men get personal

pic1HBO is home to three of the hottest men on TV, only one of which has a pulse - figures.

“True Blood’s” leading men - who appear on the cover of Details this month - share their pasts, their presents and how life has changed since donning fangs.

Stephen Moyer, 40, who plays vampire Bill Compton, said HBO is responsible for his relationship with fiancée and costar Anna Paquin, 27.

"[HBO] put us in these hotel suites, and we hung out for a while and got to know each other,” Moyer said. The attraction was there, so it was a matter of whether we acted on it or not."

Alexander Skarsgård, 33, is not new to fame. The pretty face behind vampire Eric Northman was a child star in Sweden before venturing to New York. pic2His father, film star Stellan Skarsgård, is also no stranger to the spotlight.

"At the age of 12, he had girls standing outside the house,” Stellan said. “They would ask his younger brother Gustaf to let them in, and sometimes it worked."

“True Blood’s” token mortal, Jason Stackhouse - played by Ryan Kwanten - doesn’t leave much to the imagination for viewers.

"I'm very comfortable with my body,” Kwanten said of his frequent carnal activity on the series.

"My parents have seen the show. My mom walked in on me a few times when I was living at home - you know, caught in the act. She's seen me in uncompromising [sic] positions before.”


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April 13th, 2010
03:51 PM ET

'Biggest Loser' host on critics and weight loss

“The Biggest Loser” host Alison Sweeney can relate to the struggle of the show’s contestants.

The “Days of Our Lives” star recently spoke with Working Mother magazine about her own weight issues and balancing life as a mother and actress.

“From the time I was 12 I was overweight, and as a teen I definitely struggled with my weight,” Sweeney said. “I tried very extreme diets, like the papaya diet. It was about me feeling insecure and lacking confidence.”


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