May 4th, 2010
03:58 PM ET

The 'Idol' Top 5 to take on Sinatra

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Luck be a lady tonight!

We are down to the Top 5, and Tuesday night the theme is the songs of the Chairman of the Board, Ol' Blue Eyes, Mr. S himself: Francis Albert Sinatra.

I have to say, I think Harry Connick Jr. is the perfect mentor for Sinatra night. If anyone knows how to bring the pipes, personality and the cool, it’s Harry (insert your own “I’m just wild about Harry” joke here).


May 4th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

'Idol's' Randy Jackson launches record label

“American Idol” judge Randy Jackson doesn’t just want to discover new talent - he wants to produce it.

Jackson recently announced the launch of his new dance label, DreamMerchant21, and the signing of the label’s first artist, “Idol” season two third-place finalist, Kimberley Locke.

According to a press release, Jackson “has plans to serve all facets of the dance community as he sees the genre of dance at the forefront of today’s music trends.”

In April, Locke’s released the label’s first song, “Strobelight.”  “I feel compelled with the music that I am hearing in 2010 to start this kind of label,” the press release quotes Jackson as saying. “I want to make a difference within this genre and bring good energy and great music to all!”

In the past few years, Locke, has had eight Top 20 Adult Contemporary hits, three No. 1 Dance hits, and eight No. 1s across various Billboard charts.  She also had three No. 1 Christmas singles and a holiday tour with Dave Koz, with whom she duetted with on the classic, “Please Come Home for Christmas.”

Jackson is a former musician who has played and toured with superstars including Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Elton John and Celine Dion. His background also includes years as an A&R music executive.

“Strobelight” was produced by DJs and music producers Tony Moran and Warren Rigg.

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May 4th, 2010
11:54 AM ET

Tony Night looking a lot like the Oscars

The 2010 Tony Awards will be presented on June 13, and the list of nominees is full of Hollywood celebs. In fact, the show is shaping up to be a bit more like Oscar night than the Tony Awards, with big names like Jay-Z, Will Smith, Jude Law, Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Sean Hayes and Catherine Zeta-Jones all nominated.

Other notable nominees are Green Day for their musical "American Idiot," Scarlett Johansson for her role in "A View from the Bridge" and Kelsey Grammar for his role in "La Cage aux Folles." "Fela" and "La Cage aux Folles" are leading the pack with 11 nominations, while Denzel Washington's "Fences" is right behind with 10.

Here's the complete list of nominees: FULL POST

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May 4th, 2010
10:55 AM ET

TV Recap: Perfect scores on 'Dancing'

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Skating champ Evan Lysacek was perfection last night on “Dancing With the Stars.” Literally.

A week after suffering a concussion and receiving his first disappointing scores, Lysacek came back big with a stunning Argentine tango that had all three judges flashing their “10” paddles.

Hair slicked back and dressed in an elegant suit with a bow tie, Lysacek seemed to be born to dance the tango, offering some real competition for singer Nicole Scherzinger, who has been dominating the show for most of the season. “You danced like a true alpha male,” said judge Bruno Tonioli after Lysacek’s performance prompted a long standing ovation from the audience. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba called the routine refined and sexy.

Scherzinger’s waltz also drew lots of compliments. In fact, all of the couples did so well last night that it’s hard to pick someone who should go home tonight.

ESPN correspondent Erin Andrews’ fun quickstep with professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy was described as “brilliant” by the judges, though the performance was almost overshadowed by the couple’s bright salmon-colored costumes that were revealed during the routine.

Football star Chad Ochocinco, dressed in gauzy white, performed a romantic Viennese waltz that prompted judge Len Goodman to remark that this was the night Ochocinco became a contender for the mirror ball trophy.

Actress Pamela Anderson’s pretty waltz was described by Tonioli as the “pure essence of romance,” while comedienne Niecy Nash’s fun quickstep was called her best dance so far.

Then it was on to the “Cha Cha Challenge,” in which the celebrity contestants were split into “Team Gaga” and “Team Madonna” and danced as groups to hits made famous by the two women: “Telephone” and “Holiday.” Both were fun to watch, though what’s the obsession with some of the stars trying to do splits? Anderson’s seemed painful.

Who do you think should go tonight?

May 4th, 2010
08:25 AM ET

'24' recap: Ding dong, the witch is dead!

"24": Day 8 - 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Today is a wonderfully beautiful, fantastically awesome day. Why you ask? Well, let me be the first to tell you. Today is wonderfully beautiful and fantastically awesome because after last night's episode of "24," Dana Walsh officially sleeps with the fishes.

If you saw the episode, you already know Dana didn't die a death exactly similar to Luca Brasi from "The Godfather," but as far as I'm concerned, that doesn't matter one bit. Whether you put it in haiku, spoken word or interpretive dance... ding dong, the witch is dead!

Right about the time she asked Jack her last question ("Jack, tell me what I can do?"), Bauerites far and near were gearing up for what we've been waiting for - the end of Dana Walsh. FULL POST

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