May 18th, 2010
09:01 PM ET

This is who I think will end up in the 'Idol' finale

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Yeah, you are looking at our Top 2 as far as I am concerned.

Unless the "Cougars for Casey" turn out in huge numbers, I can't imagine anyone but Crystal "MamaSox" Bowersox and Lee DeWyze on that Nokia stage next week.

And can we please discuss how that was the least home town representation I have ever seen on a home town visit Top 3 show? I did not dig that at all.

Who do you think is our Top 2? Discuss!

May 18th, 2010
08:06 PM ET

The road to the Nokia Theater begins for 'Idol' Top 3

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8:51 p.m. – Wait, how come we didn't see anything of Lee's hometown visit?

Are we running short on time or did no one show up? That was weird.

Simon chose "Hallelujah" for Lee, and there's the mini-choir! "Idol" uses any excuse to trot out a choir, I swear.

Lee just had the closest thing to a "moment" this show has seen tonight. I felt cheated on the last note though cause he pulled away from the mic like he was about to pass out.

We will see you, like, next week Lee.

8:41 p.m. – Hey, Colin Hanks looking just like your daddy, Tom!

He and co-star Bradley Whitford are in the audience to pimp, umm, I mean represent, their new Fox show "Good Guys."

MamaSox sings Ellen's choice for her, Sir Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed." Love the performance, but it was disconcerting to hear her keep singing "Maybe I'm a man ... "

That messed me up a little bit.

8:30 p.m. – How did they figure out what judges picked what songs for which contestant? Did they draw straws?

Randy and Kara picked John Mayer's "Daughters" for Casey, and I get that it's supposed to make him even more appealing to the young, female voting demographic (is that even possible?), but it was too sleepy for me.

I liked the guitar playing and that has always been Casey's wheel house. It was sweet and yet not enough for me to make me yell at the TV, "That's our American Idol right here."

Frankly, I found the judges arguing at the table more exciting than Casey's performance.

If I were Casey, I would be annoyed right now with Randy and Kara for picking what felt like a swan song.

8:21 p.m. – Lee DeWyze says he wanted to bring some of the energy from his home town visit back with him to the show.

The words "energy" and "Lee" don't go together for me.

He sings Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man," and it's very Nickelback lite. That works for Lee, though.

Everyone is singing songs they like so far tonight when I think they should have been selecting songs that are going to make the fans go crazy.

The judges are going crazy over Lee's performance, which to me is just indicative of what a snoozer this season has been.

8:10 p.m. – All season, I have been saying that Crystal "MamaSox" Bowersox is the one contestant who knows exactly who she is and how to stay in her lane.

Her selection of Melissa Etheridge's "Come to My Window" proves that she "don't care what they say" or "what they think." As she said, she is out here now having fun, and I have to believe it's because she is confident in her status as a front runner.

It didn't knock my (Mama) sox off, but it was all good.

8:03 p.m. – "OK, It's Alright With Me" if it's alright with you Casey James.

Casey looks comfortable back with his guitar. His song choice is pretty smart, in my opinion, as it shows off the easy, breezy, beautiful Casey his fans love.

I'm just nervous for him kicking off the show. When you go first, you really have to knock folks out, and I don't think he did that.

Crazy alert: I agree with Ellen for the first time this season I think. He did not bring it with that performance.

May 18th, 2010
08:01 PM ET

'Idol' Top 3 performance show begins

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We are almost there people.

The Top 3 are lined up on the stairs, and they're looking cool as always.

Ryan Seacrest really needs to stop standing next to folks. It makes him look so wee!

"This is the fight for the finale."

Indeed it is!

May 18th, 2010
05:26 PM ET

'Idol' Top 3 to face the judges' choices

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It’s now down to the three amigos on “American Idol.”

Tuesday will see the last woman standing, Crystal “Mamasox” Bowersox, take on Lee DeWyze and Casey James for a battle to see who makes it to the “Idol” finale.

The trio will head to their hometowns for what is sure to be a warm reception and each will sing two songs: one they choose and a judges’ choice. FULL POST

May 18th, 2010
04:39 PM ET

James Franco heading back to 'General Hospital'

If you didn’t get enough of James Franco the first time he made a cameo on daytime soap "General Hospital" – and really, who did? – then you’re in luck.

Franco will be back as his "bad boy performance artist" alter ego, also named Franco, on June 30, just as the summer storyline gets into high gear, according to a press release from ABC.

Franco is returning to take care of some “unfinished business,” where he’ll "take the citizens of Port Charles on a wild ride of mystery, music, murder and mayhem,” the release said. FULL POST

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May 18th, 2010
03:44 PM ET

Is that you, Will Ferrell?

Will FerrellWhere there’s a Will (Ferrell), there’s not a tweeter.

According to the comic actor’s publicist, Matt Labov, his client isn’t the guy behind the fake Paramount twitter account, which materialized about two weeks ago, right around the time it looked like “Anchorman 2” wasn't going to happen.

“There are at least 4 fake 'Will Ferrell' pages, none of which are actually him. The actor Will Ferrell did not 'tweet' these and it is unfortunate that Twitter, which purports to have authenticity and legitimacy, still cannot fix the continual issue of impostors,” Labov said.

Just so we're clear: Labov is "saying that Will Ferrell himself does not have a Twitter page nor does he have anything to do with this Paramount page in any way, shape or form.”


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