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Chicago now has its first American Idol…Lee DeWyze!

26 May

After an audition process that began in August 2009, Mt. Prospect’s Lee DeWyze can now call himself the American Idol

Chicago now has its first American Idol…Lee DeWyze!

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Chicago welcomes home American Idol finalist Lee Dewyze

14 May

Mount Prospect golden boy, Lee Dewyze, is getting ready for a whirlwind visit today.  After securing himself a place in the top 3 of American Idol on Wednesday night, Dewyze is now back in Chicago to thank his fans and get a taste of what Chicago is like now that he’s on the verge of becoming Idol’s newest star…

Chicago welcomes home American Idol finalist Lee Dewyze

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Tuesday night TV breakdown (seriously): LOST, DWTS, Idol, Glee

4 May

Where do I begin?  I guess I’ll start by warning that there are MAJOR spoilers ahead from many of the shows I’m about to discuss.  American Idol, Glee, DWTS and LOST have put me through the emotional wringer this week.

*I began by watching Idol and except for the last 15 minutes, the show was a waste of time.  I will make one exception for the other 45 minutes and that being the always charismatic Harry Connick, Jr. He had fun with the singers and even played the piano for each number.  The show is down to five contestants and three of them definitely made their case for elimination after tonight’s performances.  Aaron, Casey & Crystal will definitely make up your bottom three on Wednesday night.

Big Mike sang one of my all time favorite songs, The Way You Look Tonight, and he did Frank Sinatra proud.  I’m still not a passenger on the Big Mike train, but I’ll give him kudos for tonight’s song choice/performance.  The big winner once again, and soon to be season 9 winner, was Lee Dewyze.  The best whole package of the night, Lee won rave reviews from Connick and the judges, with two out of the four telling him this is his show to win.

*Glee, an on-the-rise juggernaut, began with an incredible Ice Ice Baby song & dance number courtesy of Mr. Schuster.  Oh to be Vanilla Ice, chillin’ (haha) at home and hearing another version of the song he probably wishes would go away forever.  MC Hammer, don’t be jealous, they tackled U Can’t Touch This too.  Would you expect any less?

Sue added another pop culture music video to her resume, this time joined by the one and only, Olivia Newton-John.  They remade her classic 80’s video, Let’s Get Physical.  It’s because of episodes like tonight’s that keep Sue humanized.  The scenes with her sister are touching and real and without them, Sue would be a one-note, albeit funny one-note, character.

*DWTS got rid of Pamela Anderson after numerous weeks in the bottom two.  She was joined by Erin Andrews and Maks.  I’m not sorry to see her go and I’m definitely not sorry to see her special lighting tape packages go either.  Is it just me or is the results show way too long and boring?

*LOST.  Give me a minute as I wipe away the tears that have been running down my face for two hours now.  I knew that the LOST cast was not going to remain in tact for the remainder of the season and I knew it was going to be a sad loss when I watched whoever that person might be who met their end, but it didn’t make tonight’s episode any easier to watch.

The deaths of Sun and Jin were heartbreaking.  Even after what I assumed would be their deaths when they reunited (did anyone else think that as they came together by the electric fence, it would zap them?), I didn’t think it would be Kwons who would lose their battle with the island.  I was convinced Kate was going to get the ax and not just because she was shot.  The only solace I have from tonight’s episode is that they died together.  It was beautiful and the LOST writers earned every bit of their paychecks with tonight’s episode.

I love that Sayid saved the day.  That whole redemption thing is really playing out, isn’t it?  My only teeny tiny grievance is that we didn’t get to see him again.  To lose 3, count them 3(!) original cast members in one episode was tough.  I’d like to think that none of them are officially out for good though.  Four episodes left, anything is possible.  This is LOST we’re talking about.

Is your favorite ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ All-Star coming back this summer?

23 Apr

This summer should be exciting for the newest season of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance.  Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has promised that the show is changing things up for it’s return in May.

So far it’s been announced that the show will only eliminate one dancer per week, changing from season’s past where two dancers were sent home.  The biggest change comes in the form of the dance partners.  Lythgoe announced that the show would be bringing back former SYTYCD contestants to be paired with the newest group of dancing hopefuls.

Entertainment Weekly reported earlier today that FOX had released the names of the “All-Stars.”  12 favorites are coming back to once again strut their stuff and they are:

Stephen “tWitch” Boss
Comfort Fedoke
Courtney Galiano
Anya Garnis
Lauren Gottlieb
Neil Haskell
Allison Holker
Mark Kanemura
Pasha Kovalev
Kathryn McCormick
Ade Obayomi
Dominic “D-trix” Sandoval

 

I am most excited about Neil, Mark, tWitch and Lauren.  I’m sure more changes are to come.  The quick turnaround of the previous two seasons were a bit rough on the ratings, so it’s no big shocker that Lythgoe is aiming to come back with a bang.

One happy TV woman: Glee, Idol, DWTS

21 Apr

TV has been on an upswing this week with incredibly original and exciting shows like Glee and Lost.  Let’s not forget that the reality shows (American Idol, Dancing with the Stars) have finally gotten rid of the two people who’ve been destined for elimination for weeks now.

-I will start with what I think is one of the best episodes of television in a long time: the Madonna episode of Glee.  Not only did they center an entire episode around the music of Madge herself, but they brought depth and longing to the show’s tortured pseduo-couple of Rachel and Finn. 

They are no longer an item, but this was the first episode in the show’s short history where I actually felt that they worked as a couple.  Before this week’s show, I felt that their maybe-relationship was sort of contrived.  That feeling is long gone now though.  The hidden stares and the confessions of this pairing was palpable.  I have to say that I LOVE the addition of Jonathan Groff as Jesse though.  I know he can’t bring anything good to the kids at McKinley High, but I can’t wait to see what they do with his character!

Jane Lynch Emmy.  The Vogue video was insane.  Who even thinks of tackling a classic Madonna video, scene for scene?  Glee, creator Ryan Murphy and Lynch, that’s who.  She was beyond fantastic and that was just in the video.  Each week she continues to build upon the wonderfully written character of Sue Sylvester and hits it out of the park every time.

-I cannot believe that there are only five episodes of Lost remaining.  The Desmond centered episode from a few weeks back was incredible and I shed a tear this week during a scene that involved the reuniting of a certain married couple. 

Am I the only one who is dying to know who is the mom of Jack’s son is??  I’m pretty over Kate, so kinda hoping it’s not her.  I’m hearing that the finale of the show is going to be an extravaganza, something like 5 hours of programming devoted to the show (pre-show, show, Jimmy Kimmel). 

-As for Idol and DWTS, the curtain fell on Tim Urban and Kate Gosselin, respectively.  There was no way that Gosselin wasn’t going to get the ax this week, unless she was a magician of some sort.  Her tears at the end were definitely NOT pulling at my heartstrings.  I was ready for her to be voted off before the season even began. 

Urban had been able to escape the final elimination for weeks now, but his time came as well.  Up against Casey James in the bottom two, he left the show the way he came in: smiling.  The show is now left with six contestants and next week their job is to conquer the music of country superstar and Idol mentor, Shania Twain

-In other TV news, I’m loving where Bones and Fringe are going.

Comedienne Kathy Griffin spreads for cancer

18 Apr

Chicago native and My Life on the D-List star, Kathy Griffin, has taken her game to the next level.  In a bold and adventurous move, Griffin decided that the best place to take care of some lady business would be poolside at the Palomar Hotel in Los Angeles…

Comedienne Kathy Griffin spreads for cancer

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Another two bite the dust on American Idol

14 Apr

So after watching American Idol’s results show tonight, I can say that I batted a respectable .500 based on my posted  predictions of who I thought was going home.

Not too far into tonight’s show, Ryan Seacrest let the first of the two to-be eliminated contestants know that the end of the road had come.  Andrew Garcia received his walking papers and didn’t appear to be too shocked.  Andrew was my first pick for elimination, so I scored with that choice.

After performances from Season 7 contestant Brooke White and Justin Gaston and last night’s mentor, Adam Lambert, the ax fell on Katie Stevens.  She appeared to take it much harder than Garcia.  Katie butchered her swan song, understandable though as she was on the verge of tears the entire time.  I actually didn’t have Katie in my going home picks, but I’m not too disappointed by the decision.

The next mentor the contestants will have is Alicia Keys and next week will be the Idol Gives Back episode.  So the show is down to 7 singers, hopefully now things will start to get interesting.