May 11th, 2010
09:00 PM ET

'Idol' Top 4 should have stuck with duets

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I totally agree with the judges that tonight's duets completely outshined the solo performances.

Jamie Foxx enjoyed the evening way more than I did, clearly.

Someone is going home on Wednesday night, and I'm torn between Casey and Mike. Both have been on the bubble before, and tonight gave us no reason as to why they shouldn't be back.

Your thoughts?

May 11th, 2010
08:05 PM ET

The 'Idol' Top 4 go to the movies

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8:52 p.m. –The final duet of the evening is Casey and Big Mike singing "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman."

Again, the two of them play their guitars, and I enjoy it. Their voices seem to blend even better than Lee and MamaSox.

Still, I can't help but think that we are looking at our bottom two.

8:44 p.m. – MamaSox is the last woman standing.

She thinks the judges have been tough on her lately, and I agree. Jamie takes it to church and says her version of Kenny Loggins' "I'm All Right" needs to be a testimony.

MamaSox is as saucy as ever, turning the song into a bluesy anthem. And unlike last week, she gives "Idol" the big finish with the notes at the end.

Yay MamaSox!

8:34 p.m. – "Seduce me?"

Really Jamie? His advice to Casey James seems to have done the trick, because his "Mrs. Robinson" was kind of hot. The Casey we know and love is back!

Almost getting voted off last week must have shook him up a little bit, which was a good thing.

Even if he may have been singing to Kara.

8:26 p.m. –I love the song "Falling Slowly," and Lee and Crystal "MamaSox" Bowersox sound good singing it together.

I love seeing the two of them, facing each other singing and strumming their guitars. They rocked!

I wouldn't be mad to see the two of them in the finals. And MamaSox has a "musical crush" on Lee? Her man better come with that proposal soon!

8:14 p.m. – Hey "Big Mike" Lynche.

He says he feels pressure from his family, friends and city to make it into the Top 3. A year ago, he set a goal to make it into the top trio, but it's going to be a tough fight.

Jamie gets him to dance to loosen "Big Mike" up. There is also some hand punching, so for me, more "Ali" flashback.

"Big Mike" sings "Will You Be There," and it sounds like he starts out in the wrong key. Michael Jackson is hard to pull off, and this is a powerful song.

I heart "Big Mike," but I did not love this performance. Such a disappointment.

Cowell is so British and so confused. Loves it!

P.S., I attended the Michael Jackson memorial in Los Angeles, and former "Idol" contestant Jennifer Hudson blew "Will You Be There" out of the atmosphere, so perhaps the bar has been set too high for me.

8:04 p.m. – First up is Danny Go ... oops, I mean Lee DeWyze singing "Kiss From a Rose."

Jamie reminded me of his character in "Ali" when he coached Lee.  All up in the face to get him to perform and connect.

Not sure that it helped. The audience is loving it, but I was not moved. Once again, song choice is key, people. The judges weren't overwhelmed either.

And is Kara DioGuardi wearing one of Ellen's suits?

8:01 p.m. – Awwww, Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs left the baby home and are enjoying date night at "Idol." Cool to see them in the audience.

Is there anyone cooler than Jamie Foxx? He's trying to motivate them with ... T-shirts? I guess.

May 11th, 2010
08:01 PM ET

'Idol' Top 4 dive right in to performance night

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The first thing I thought when I heard Jamie Foxx would be mentoring "American Idol" tonight is whether any of the contestants are going to be auto-tuned.

That's one music industry trend I wish would go far, far away. So annoying. I'm with Jay Z in terms of longing for the death of auto-tune.

The festivities just began, and we get to see all of the contestants' faces super huge on the screen.

"This is your Top 4, and this ... is American Idol!"

Let's roll.

May 11th, 2010
05:32 PM ET

Has the hot tamale train left the station?

Fox has already announced major changes for the seventh season of “So You Think You Can Dance” - judges will choose 10 dancers to compete rather than the usual 20, one contestant will be eliminated each week rather than two and former contestants will return as “all-star dancers” to partner with the new cast.

And the changes don’t end on the dance floor. Fox wrote in a blog post Monday, the judges table will look a bit differently this season, as well.

Unfortunately, or fortunately for viewers who wear ear plugs to keep her from damaging their ear drums, it doesn’t look like ballroom expert Mary Murphy will be a fixture on the show this season.

However, joining executive producer and co-creator Nigel Lythgoe and director and choreographer Adam Shankman will be Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mia Michaels, who was absent during season six.

Murphy has helped judge during the audition process and will hopefully guest judge and choreograph throughout the season, a source close to the show tells CNN.

There’s a chance the hot tamale train will make its way to season seven after all.

The two-hour season premiere will air May 27.

May 11th, 2010
05:12 PM ET

'Idol' Top 4 will one and a two

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We’re almost there!

“American Idol” is down to the Top 4 and Tuesday night Crystal “MamaSox” Bowersox, Lee DeWyze, Casey James and “Big Mike” Lynche will be performing songs of the cinema as they tackle the Movie Week theme.

Special guest mentor is a man who knows lots about both  movies and music: award-winning actor, singer and comedian Jamie Foxx. FULL POST

May 11th, 2010
01:08 PM ET

Newsweek writer stirs anger with gay actor article

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When writer Ramin Setoodeh wrote an essay for Newsweek expressing his belief that it’s rare for gay actors to be able to pull of playing a heterosexual character, he set off a firestorm.

Setoodeh, who is openly gay, has been getting berated across the Internet for the article and has even incurred the wrath of Hollywood and Broadway stars.

It all began when Settodeh’s article appeared a few days ago and led with the example of “Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes turn as the romantic lead opposite Kristin Chenoweth in the Broadway revival of “Promises, Promises.” FULL POST

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