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4/18/12 VIDEO: AMERICAN IDOL RECAP; PHILLIP PHILLIPS EARNS NEW FANS WITH USHER

AMERICAN IDOL is down to the wire.  All of the remaining contestants are top-notch performers, so it comes down to who can stand out most.  Well, tonight Phillip Phillips definitely had “his moment”.  Although early on he was not my top pick, he certainly earned my respect tonight with his rendition of the Usher hit song “You Got It Bad“.  His version was fresh and unexpected, which put him ahead of the pack during the first round.

They all received two opportunities to wow the fans and judges tonight.  During round one Phillip was the clear winner, but round two went to Josh.  Celebrating the spirit of Soul Train, the classic songs were all hits so it was nearly impossible to miss. Colton sang a unique version of one of my favorite tunes, “September”, and surprisingly enough I liked it, although the judges didn’t.  Now Elise singing Marvin Gaye’s all time classic “Let’s Get It On” just did not seem to work.

After last weeks shocking announcement that Jessica Sanchez was nearly eliminated, we cannot count her out.  She nailed it tonight, singing the Alicia Keys classic “Fallen”, so she is clearly still in this game.

Colton and Hollie also sang well so this will be tough ride.  Josh is always consistent and fans continue to support Skylar and Elise, so it is still anyone’s game at this point.  It will be interesting to see who’s in the bottom three this week, but after last shows disappointing results, I’m afraid to guess.  However, if it were up to me, the bottom three would be Skylar, Elise and uhmmmmm….cannot come up with that one.

ALL I KNOW IS IF JOSH AND JESSICA DON’T MAKE THE FINALS…IT HAS TO BE RIGGED!

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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in AMERICAN IDOL BLOGS

 

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WILL RYAN SEACREST REPLACE DICK CLARK? NEW LEGEND IN THE MAKING…

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest offered his condolences during the shows opening tonight, in reference to the passing of Dick Clark.  He was clearly saddened by the loss of his mentor and friend, who died of a massive heart attack earlier today.

But was Seacrest being groomed to replace the legendary host?  Well, with him hosting American Idol, “E!”,  New Year’s Rockin Eve, and pretty much every other show out there it seems obvious.  Not only does he snatch up every possible gig, including a radio show, he also produces too many shows to count.  This includes; all the Kardashian series, Shahs of Sunset, It’s Complicated (Denise Richards), and dozens more.

It was a smart move on his part to take Clark’s advice litterally…own all that you can, don’t just be a host. Seacrest took a small gig as the American Idol host and ran with it all the way to the bank.  He is now said to be a mega multi-millionaire (if not a billionaire) and shows no sign of slowing down.

While he works hard for the money, his drive and success must be causing many in Hollywood to be green with envy.  Let’s face it, the guy is only 37-years-old and will probably far surpass Dick Clark when it comes to wealth.  No need to be “haters”, he has made some very intelligent and calculated moves and deserves to have it all.  I just feel sorry for all the others who would really like to secure at least one of his jobs. Unfortunately for them, he seems to leave them standing in a soup kitchen line, hoping he goes on vacation.

Will Ryan Seacrest replace Dick Clark?  Probably not exactly…but he will certainly become the next legend for the upcoming decades.  That’s life…one person leaves and another is born.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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2012: NURSE VERNA MCCLAIN SHOOTS TEXAS MOM & ABDUCTS INFANT AT DOCTOR’S OFFICE

The shocking news of the shooting of a mom and abduction of her 3-day-old baby, has caused outrage around the world.  This is one of the most horrific crimes to hit Texas involving an infant in recent memory.

Police authorities reported that on Tuesday, 31-year-old registered nurse, Verna McClain shot and killed Kala Marie Golden as she left the doctor’s office.  A witness reported seeing a Lexus pull up next to a car and then a struggle between the two women, before McClain shot and killed the young mom.

CNN released insider information alleging the shooter had just had a miscarriage and needed a replacement.  She apparently was engaged to a man and planned to marry in May.  Since he had already been told she was pregnant, desperation set in and her plan to kidnap a baby was put in motion.

Another tragic and surprising fact is that she is already a mother of three children aged 6, 10 and 16.  It is also amazing that she believed she could pass a white baby as her own, since she is black.  Why would someone do something so horrible?  Was it post-traumatic stress syndrome or did she just snap?  Not sure, but what a complete waste of a life.

Well, she can expect to spend a lifetime behind bars, McClain is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Kala Marie Golden.  No jury will feel sorry for such a cold-blooded killer.  The infant son, Keegan Schuchardt, was later found and will be reunited with his dad.

According to the arrest record, McClain admitted to the shooting, but the actual reason has not yet been confirmed.  Lucky for the world, she is currently being held without bail…and for good reason.

What is wrong with people?  Please tell me a man is NOT worth killing an innocent mother and stealing a baby.  Deeply saddened for the baby, dad and family of Kala.

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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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4/18/12: LEGEND DICK CLARK DIES AT 82 OF MASSIVE HEART ATTACK; AMERICAN BANDSTAND

The legendary host and TV producer Dick Clark died today from a heart attack at the age of 82-years-old.   Best known as American Bandstand host, his charm and success created a huge following around the world for decades.

During last December’s New Year’s Eve final countdown show, while hosting alongside Ryan Seacrest, it was apparent his health was in danger.  He inspired many and will leave a long legacy for all hosts who follow.  Obviously Seacrest has positioned himself to carry the torch in his absence, learning the importance of owning your own content, from the master.

R.I.P. Dick Clark, you will be missed by your many fans…what a hard person to replace. I remember the days of American Bandstand clearly….and loved every minute of it.

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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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SIMON COWELL ROBBED DURING ONE NIGHT STAND; MONEY DOES NOT BUY COMMON SENSE

Simon Cowell is one of the richest men on the planet.  Which is why many were surprised to hear of the leak of his “one night stand” robbery.  It seems like a man with all that money could at least afford a “top-notch” dating service, or at least to pay an insider for a “good time”.

According to news reports, last fall Cowell invited a stranger into his hotel room for some nightly fun after having a drink at Drai’s nightclub in Hollywood .  When he awoke the next morning, he found that his lovely lady was gone, along with his wallet and computer with “top-secret” X Factor documents.

The security team later recovered his wallet and computer but the cash was history.  It goes to show that all the money in the world does not buy happiness or common sense.  Men just can’t seem to steer clear of a pretty face.  What a foolish thing to do in this day and age.

Former X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne told the media about his secret affairs today.  According to her, Cowell also had a “special relationship” with judge Dannii Minogue while she was married.  Osbourne went on to tell the media he also had affairs with model Jasmine Lennard and make-up artist Julia Carta…and yes while engaged to former-fiance Mezghan Hussainy.

Isn’t he a bit old to be such a playboy?  Maybe he’s taking notes from Hugh Hefner…seems he may also be an old single player at the rate he’s going.   So sad…maybe marriage is just not in the cards for him.

Read more at THE NEW YORK POST

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2012 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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2012 THE VOICE ELIMINATES CHICAGO’S JESSE CAMPBELL; CHRISTINA AGUILERA DEFENDS DECISION

The Voice has given American Idol a run for the money this year.  It is the alternative singing competition show which also showcases incredible singers.  The ratings have continued to surge while Idol ratings have reached a low this year.  Originally, I did not like the format and stuck to watching American Idol and X Factor.  But this year I decided to give it a second chance and it started to grow on me…until now.

In earlier elimination rounds, the judges sent many of the wrong contestants home which made me begin to lose interest …but I still held on.  But after last nights decision by Christina Aguilera to send home Chicago’s extremely talented singer, Jesse Campbell, it sealed the deal.  This was a poor choice and he clearly is a far better singer than the ones she saved.  While she defended her decision tonight without a solid reason, the fans obviously were not happy with the shocking elimination and her horrible judging skills.  Chicagoan’s were especially outraged!

Anyone watching the show, knew this single parent of a young daughter, should have made it to the finals.  This was such a disappointment, but we all know it will only help further his career in the music industry.  Remember Jennifer Hudson?  That’s right, she did not make it to the end either…and has far surpassed her other former competitors.

Christina needs to take a course in judging and buy a hearing aid.  She definitely made a Simon Cowell type error in judgement (remember Melanie Amaro?).  What was she thinking? This should cause her to lose sleep for a while and certainly lowered her credibility as a judge.

Well, at least the show had one highlight tonight.  Justin Bieber, made a guest appearance announcing the “sneak peek” his new hit song video “Boyfriend”.   He also agreed to sing it during the season finale, which made the fans cheer and temporarily forget about Christina’s mishap.

Jesse Campbell will reach new highs with the news of his departure hitting the airwaves.  This can only help his career…so make it happen Jesse!

Looks like I will stick with American Idol and X Factor after all.  Even if Simon Cowell was robbed during a one night stand, he is still a better judge!

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Posted by on April 17, 2012 in THE VOICE BLOGS

 

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2012: PRESIDENT OBAMA SECRET SERVICE ACCUSED IN PROSTITUTION SCANDAL AT COLOMBIA SUMMIT

According to USA Today, what happens in Colombia…does not stay in Colombia.  About twelve of President Obamas ‘secret service men quickly discovered they were not in Vegas.  They were removed of their security detail and sent home, when their alleged involvement with prostitutes in Colombia, was revealed earlier today.

An anonymous U.S. official confirmed the report when questioned by The Associated Press.  The actual number of those involved was not released, but many speculate it was a about a dozen assigned to protecting U.S. officials while in Cartagena, Colombia.  While attending the sixth Summit of the Americas.

While the Secret Service spokesman,  Edwin Donovan would not comment on details of the scandal, he did release a statement addressing the allegations. Donovan told the press “these personnel changes will not affect the comprehensive security  plan that has been prepared in advance of the President’s trip.

Some critics have blamed President Obama for their misconduct, but seriously…he is not assigned to babysit personnel. These are grown men who should be held accountable for their own actions.  Now had it been former President Bill Clinton in office…it may have been another story.

Why do powerful men keep getting sidetracked by the Black Widow?  Maybe they should consider having women as Secret Service agents…they would certainly NOT put themselves in this position.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2012 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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4/12/12: WHO WENT HOME ON AMERICAN IDOL TONIGHT? SHOCKING RESULTS AND SAVE IS USED!

AMERICAN IDOL had a scare tonight as the judges truly earned their millions.  The ending had fans in shock and shouting in disbelief, and that included me.  It came down to the bottom three stunning us all, and one of the best singers almost going home.

The show was packed with performances tonight.  The show started with the remaining contestants singing Pink’s popular tune “Raise Your Glass“.  Then former Idol finalist James Durbin performed his new rock song, which was followed by a polished performance by Jennifer Hudson singing alongside Neo.  She sounded and looked great and brought the audience to their feet with her new single “Think Like A Man“.  Listen to the lyrics and fall in love with this message!

Getting down to serious business, the first two called to center stage were Hollie and Jessica.  Ryan Seacrest asked them to create two sides, obviously to keep the suspense going.  As Hollie headed to the opposite side of the stage, she had a look of horror and must have thought to herself “darn, I want to be on Jessica’s side”.  Especially after Jimmy Iovine totally ripped her last performance, calling her “stiff” in comparison to Jessica.  But was she right in thinking that?

So let’s cut to the chase, the huge shock tonight was just how badly America got it wrong.  The bottom three singers were Elise, Jessica and Josh, making me wonder if a producer put the wrong names on the card.  Josh and Jessica are clearly the best singers in this competition.  But another thing which could have happened; people did not vote and expected them to sail through.

Does the show do this to keep the fans on their toes?  Sometimes it makes me think they do this on purpose to add suspense.  Jessica Sanchez was on her way home?  This seems crazy and now makes me take back my angry statement about the judges keeping their save from Deandre Brackensick.  It was good to see Jennifer Lopez grab the microphone out of her hand and say “of course we’re using the save!”  No need for Jessica to continue her song, her tears were all for nothing.

Who will win Idol?  If America actually gets it right Jessica Sanchezshould be the clear winnerBut Josh and Colton will definitely give her a run for the money, so she better watch her back!  Come on America…pick up the phone and vote for the best singers, or we will end up with the “second best” as the winner.

In the end no one went home on Idol tonight, but that means two will leave next week. Let’s hope it is NOT Jessica or Josh.

On another note, Jimmy really seems to love Skylar…but she really is not a top pick for me. But she did hang on once again, so maybe America is feeling her too.

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2012 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

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4/12/12: JENNIFER HUDSON PERFORMS ON AMERICAN IDOL TONIGHT

JENNIFER HUDSON will perform on American Idol tonight.  It was the birth of her road to stardom, which includes winning an Oscar and Grammy.  How exciting it must be for her to return to the place which brought her fame and fortune.

It is a great night for her, but too bad it comes during the week the trial starts for her families tragic murder.  Jurors were instructed by the Judge not to watch American Idol during her appearance, so they won’t get swayed.  But seriously, that should not make a difference in their decision to put a killer behind bars.  Her mom, nephew and brother were allegedly murdered by her sisters ex-boyfriend.

Hudson should give the departing contestants hope…she is a true example of incredible success without actually winning Idol.  Chicago and the world loves Jennifer Hudson…and wishes her more amazing years to come.

No need to update this blog later with a review of her performance…I know she will rock!

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2012 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

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2012: 99-YEAR-OLD ROMEOVILLE WOMAN ROBBED DURING HOME INVASION

It was reported that a 99-year-old woman was robbed during a home invasion this week. Thieves posed as village worker’s when they busted into the home, located in Romeoville, IL.

When her 62-year-old son answered the door and told them they did not need their water pressure checked, they pushed past him and knocked him down.  He and his mother were duct taped to chairs and told to keep their mouths shut.  They hit the elderly woman in the face and then stole money from the home before leaving.

This is a disgrace…Who hits a senior citizen and knocks them down?  What if it was their grandmother…they would be furious.  The three presumed hispanic men, reportedly escaped in a black truck…let’s hope their friends and family turn them in.

What has this world come to?  What happened to respecting your elder…this generation has a lot to learn.  SERIOUSLY, is money worth that much to these animals?  This is tragic.

Ann Budzinsky is a tough senior, she refused medical attention and is said to be doing well.

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Posted by on April 12, 2012 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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