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My first LOL moment of the night came courtesy of Seacrest. “A test of courage, a test of stamina and strength.” Really Seacrest? It’s Hollywood Week. It’s challenging and overwhelming but it’s not exactly Basic Training.

So tonight we caught a glimpse of the 147 singers who made it through to Hollywood. Prior to taking the stage to sing accapella, the contestants got a chance to go through Idol Boot Camp. What a neat idea. Even if you get kicked out after Day 1, at least you can tell your friends you heard Barry Manilow give a motivational speech.

Here are some of my thoughts on the folks who got through tonight.

  • Lil Rounds, 23 – Lil is far and away one of the best female vocalists I’ve heard so far. I think I liked her audition performance a little better though. Tonight’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You” seemed a little out of control at times. Still amazing though!
  • Nathaniel Marshall – He had my second LOL moment of the night. He finished singing then started crying and blubbering a bit on stage. ” I want this more than anything. It’s on my skin like it just bursts out of me every time I’m on stage and I don’t know why.”   He wasn’t an amazing singer and I’m a little surprised he got through to the next round of Hollywood Week. Maybe his sob story worked on the judges. I’ll have to give him another look on Night 2.
  • Anoop Desai, 21 – I love Anoop. He is a great vocalist and he seems like a really genuine guy. I am excited to see how far he goes in the competition. I’m worried he may not have enough star power.
  • Rose Flack, 16 – Her voice and style are really unique but I’m not sold just yet. I don’t think I’d buy a CD of her music, but then again, as long as millions of others would, it doesn’t matter.
  • Jorge Nunez, 20 – Jorge has a huge voice! He’s really a pleasure to listen to and I see him going places after the show, Top 36 or not. His crossover appeal is off the charts. I loved the song he sang in Spanish during the audition and hopefully he’ll get to incorporate that into his future performances.
  • Von Smith, 22 – Giant mouth. Okay voice. I see him in musical theater, he’s very dramatic.
  • Danny Gokey, 28 – Danny is one of those guys that can go either way. He’s got a nice voice (loved that he sang “Kiss From A Rose”) but I need to hear him sing a few more times before I can tell if I like him or not. Lucky for Danny, he’s got the friend angle, the sob story and the fact that Paula loves him on his side. (Sidenote: When I heard him sing the first time I thought, “His voice sounds like it would be a good match for Christian rock.” Turns out he’s a church music teacher. It was a borderline ESP moment)
  • Katrina Darrell, 20 – I wouldn’t have put Katrina through back at the first audition so color me stunned when she got through to round 2 of Hollywood Week. She’s gorgeous and I’m sure she’s a great model, but as a singer I was unimpressed given the level of talent present.
  • Erika Wesley, 26 – So Erika didn’t make it through but I had a few things to say. 1. Shes an FBI Agent which is totally bad ass. 2. When she started pleading for another chance after she didn’t make it through, I thought she was going to go rogue and start torturing the judges Jack Bauer style. That would’ve been a much better way to go down swinging than just begging and telling them it’s your husband’s birthday.

Anyone else have picks or early opinions from tonight? I think this season has a lot of potential, there are some real talents out there. I’m amped for Night 2: Group singing. Bring on the tears!

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Tonight, we come together as a nation to welcome back American Idol. Excited doesn’t begin to describe it. I am geeked as usual to see who will rise to the top and which fans I will piss off the fastest. (It’s been a rocking year Archuleta people!)

I will be playing American Idol bingo once again. I wanted to update the card to factor in the new judge, Kara Dioguardi, but the computer is in the hospital, and with it, my precious blogging documents. For now, we’ll stick with the old card and if you’re tech and/or cut and paste savvy feel free to add a few new squares. Here are some suggestions:

-A tie among the four judges

-Infighting between Paula and Kara

-A contestant calls home after getting a Golden Ticket

Also, I like to yell “Seacrest Out!” when I get a bingo. It really spices up the night.

Any other ideas? Let’s dish about it tomorrow in the Hump Day Update

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This is my Super Bowl. I’ve booked and scheduled every minute of my day today to ensure I can successfully be in front of my television and ready to watch in awe without feeling guilty about homework, job applications, etc. I’ve studied, I’ve read thousands of blogs entries and watched even more hours of TV in preparation for this night. This is my thing. This is the one night my medium gets to truly celebrate itself. After a long year with a Writer’s Strike and turmoil with the actors, the industry needs this. Frankly, I need this too.

So here are my picks for the primary categories at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards. I pretty much stuck to party lines here (30 Rock & Mad Men) but in categories where I couldn’t, I went with my instinct…even if it means Ryan Seacrest wins an Emmy.

Curb Your Enthusiasm


The Office

30 Rock

Two and a Half Men

My Pick: 30 Rock

Boston Legal
Mad Men

My Pick: Mad Men

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

My Pick: Alec Baldwin

Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
James Spader, Boston Legal

My Pick: Jon Hamm

Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

My Pick: Tina Fey

Glenn Close, Damages
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

My Pick: Glenn Close

Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Rainn Wilson, The Office

My Pick: Neil Patrick Harris

Ted Danson, Damages
Michael Emerson, Lost
Zeljko Ivanek, Damages
William Shatner, Boston Legal
John Slattery, Mad Men

My Pick: John Slattery


Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Jean Smart, Samantha Who?
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

My Pick: Amy Poehler


Candice Bergen, Boston Legal
Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy

My Pick: Candice Bergen

The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef

My Pick: The Amazing Race

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Heidi Klum, Project Runway
Howie Mandel, Deal or No Deal
Jeff Probst, Survivor
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

My Pick: Ryan Seacrest

John Adams
Tin Man
The Andromeda Strain

My Pick: John Adams

The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With John Stewart
Late Show With David Letterman
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

My Pick: The Daily Show With John Stewart

Think I’m totally off base? TV Addict is holding an Emmy picks contest and the winner receives Season 2 of 30 Rock. Press your luck and enter here. Happy viewing folks!

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In case edubTV is your only source of TV news, (my apologies BTW), you may not have heard that there’s a new full-time American Idol judge joining Paula, Randy and Simon. Her name is Kara Dioguardi and she’s a songwriter by trade and also Senior Vice-President of A&R at Warner Brothers.

According to my favorite speedy research tool Wikipedia, her songs have been recorded by some heavy hitters (Santana, Faith Hill, and Celine Dion) and some not-so-heavy-hitters (Ashlee Simpson! Ouch!)

A lot of thoughts came to mind when I heard the news about the 4th judge. Instead of trying to articulate tonight, I thought I would just give myself 60 seconds to jot down some notes. Piece them together as you wish. And your time starts….now:

  • Paula = Pill Popper/ Kara = Not Pill Popper
  • How will they sit?
  • Will I still be a Randy? Or will I be a Kara?
  • Has she been on auditions?
  • Is there room for a 4th person behind the table?
  • Do you have to get three votes to move on now?
  • If Seacrest has to ask one more person what they thought, won’t that make the show even longer?
  • She looks like Katherine McPhee
  • I miss Dunkleman.

And stop. I wish I could’ve ended on a thought better than Brian Dunkleman.

Photo: LA Times

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Poor, poor American Idol. They decided to hold auditions in Puerto Rico, the 50 states’ sexy-but complicated half brother from a previous marriage. As it turns out, about 300 people showed up.

Let’s write that again shall we?


This means the same amount of people showed up to fight in a bloody, virtually un-winnable battle in a mountain pass than in sunny, beach-filled Puerto Rico for Idol auditions.

That’s a sad state of affairs.

But to Puerto Rico’s credit: most of the people auditioning in any given city are not from that city or even the area. It’s a lot easier to drive to Los Angeles from your farm in Oregon than to buy airfare to Puerto Rico. And because of the way they shoot the show, you’d have to do it twice. No thanks.

I can’t wait to see Seacrest chatting up the 300 folks who came out. Where are they going to find a stadium small enough to shoot that intro “This is…American Idol!” shot? A high school gym-a-cafe-torium?

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The following story is all the proof I need to know that not only does a higher power exist, but he or she has a sense of humor.

The King of the Coif, Ryan Seacrest, got bit by a shark over the weekend.

It was a baby shark, and it only nipped his foot, but apparently it left behind a tooth.

Best news I’ve heard all day. I don’t hate the guy, but does anyone else smile a bit when pretty people with lots of money get theirs?

Photo: TheLifeofLuxury.com

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