Read: IS CHERYL BURKE PREGNANT...OR JUST FAT?
Another week of Dancing with the Stars, another elimination prediction.
Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson stole the show for me last night with their totally entertaining Matrix inspired routine -- he is so unbelievably charming, I find it hard to believe he won't cruise into at least the Final Four. (And if he does start to sink he can use Kym's enormous breasts as a flotation device!) Though Len Goodman clearly has something against Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer, I found their performance energetic and exciting, so I'm guessing they won't face any trouble either. Ditto Cloris Leachman, who likely has a couple weeks left in her. Meanwhile Derek Hough and Brooke Burke, as well as Toni Braxton and Alec Mazo, probably earned high enough scores from the judges to keep them out of the danger zone.
Maks and Misty Mae are fan-favorites, as are Julianne Hough and Cody Linley, so they, too, should be spared the wrath of the red light.
That leaves Rocco Dispirito and Karinna Smirnoff, Kim Khardashian and Mark Ballas, Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani, and Cheryl Burke and Maurice Green , all of whom could get the boot tonight. My money is on Kim and Mark -- the judges clearly hate the vacant reality star, and I have a feeling the viewers share that sentiment. If somehow the big-booty wonder is spared, expect Rocco to be sent packin -- he may make a mean meatball, but his rumba was downright embarrassing!
Who do you think will go home tonight? Sound off below!
Read: IS CHERYL BURKE PREGNANT...OR JUST FAT?
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
The genuis that is Tina Fey has no limits!
The Emmy Award winner returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend to recreate her uncanny impression of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin during her now-classic interview with Katie Couric (brilliantly essayed by Amy Poehler). Watch the video below.
And if you haven't seen the real thing, it is truly a must-see. Click here to watch.
Posted by Idol Thoughts at 9/29/2008 02:49:00 AM
Sunday, September 28, 2008
His day (or night) job is singing and dancing in The Fantasticks Off-Broadway, but Nick Spangler is moonlighting this season with his sister Starr on The Amazing Race. Tonight he showed he can do more than belt out a showtune -- he and sister came in first place!
The two started quickly out of the gate (the startpoint this season was Los Angeles), but missed a key turn on the way to the airport that looked like it was going to find them in trouble. Thanks to the ineptitude of some of their fellow racers they were able to cruise onto the first flight to Santiago, Brazil, and didn't look back from there.
Along the way they've tried to befriend scary former NFL'er and Footballer's Wife wannabe Ken and Trina. He cheated on her and is "trying every day to win her back." Gag me. How long until Nick and Starr regret this "two-round alliance"?
Unfortunately the first eliminated couple on this season's show were adorable hippie beekeepers Anita and Arthur. Let's face it -- they didn't stand a chance.
As for the other competitors, none were immediately memorable -- lots of "dating" couples, and pretty girls who are southern or just-divorced -- you know, the usual. Attention must be paid, however, to Mark and Bill, the "comic book geeks," and the Seth Rogen/Jonah Hill look-a-like frat boys, who one of the contestants called Superbad. Genius.
Episode one -- I'm hooked. Can't wait 'til next week.
We've all seen it and talked about it, and we've seen him pickin' at it -- and now here it is in all it's glory!
Rafael Nadal was caught with his pants down, literally, showing off his nude butt!
CLICK HERE FOR NSFW NAKED PHOTOS OF RAFAEL NADAL
Friday, September 26, 2008
There were a lot of people surprised that the first-ever Best Reality Show Host prize at this year's Emmy Awards went to Survivor host Jeff Probst, but anyone who saw last night's season premiere of Survivor Gabon knows the kind of impact he's had on the show.
When the show debuted in 2000, Probst impartially oversaw the proceedings, explained the rules at challenges, and asked a few questions at tribal council. Over the years, his questions have become more and more probing, and he's let slip his feelings about some of the contestants and their behavior on the show.
Flash forward to 2008, and Jeff Probst is helping a tribe elect a leader, and giving them props for coming closer in a competition than they had in the one before ("Much better than the last challenge guys, you were right there.")
I don't believe it's a coincidence that Probst has been inserting himself further into the game -- he is now an executive producer on the show, and is part of the casting process. But is it appropriate for him to insert himself quite that much? He knows more about the game than anyone else -- if he uses his knowledge to help one tribe (ie helping them choose a leader), is it unfair to the other tribe? Or is this just part of the game?
Sound off below.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Sarah Palin once again proved that she has absolutely no idea what she's talking about in a new interview with Katie Couric. Check out the video below, and let me know what you think.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
People magazine has released some quotes from their cover story on Clay Aiken this week. In case you somehow missed it, Clay reveals in the story that he is gay.
Said Aiken: "It was the first decision I made as a father. I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn't raised that way, and I'm not going to raise a child to do that...[I hope my fans ] know that I've never intended to lie to anybody at all. ... But if they leave, I don't want them to leave hating me."
On coming out to his family: "The born-again Christian singer also reveals how he told his mother Faye he's gay four years ago. After dropping off his younger brother Brett, who was being deployed to Iraq, at Camp Lejeune, 'I started crying in the car,' Aiken remembers. 'It was dark. I was sitting there, thinking to myself. I don't know why I started thinking about it ... I just started bawling. She made me pull over the car and it just came out.' So what was his mom's reaction? 'She started crying. She was obviously somewhat stunned. But she was very supportive and very comforting.' Even now, Aiken admits, 'She still struggles with things quite a bit, but she's come a long way.'"
Said Aiken of his child: "I have no idea if he'll be gay or straight. It's not something I'll have anything to do with, or that he'll have anything to do with. It's already probably up inside the code there ... No matter what the situation you're in, if you're raised in a loving environment, that's the most important thing."
On his dating status: "I've got one man in my life right now and he's crying and he needs formula! And if Jaymes continues to date, she will, but she's not going to date anyone who doesn't understand this is the dynamic."
On his faith: ""I still consider myself a born-again Christian, and I am absolutely comfortable with that, and comfortable with my salvation."
The first two performance episodes of the new (and eagerly anticipated) season of Dancing with the Stars are now over and we've already lost one "celebrity" (see ya later Jeffrey Ross), which means it's just about time for me to give my impressions on the remaining dozen (one of whom will go home tonight).
Before I do that, however, I have to reiterate a theme that has recurred throughout the years I've been writing about this show..
I hate Samantha Harris!
Ok, I feel better now that I've gotten that out.
On to the contestants:
-Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer
Hands down my favorite couple of the season, though at this point it has very little to do with their dancing. I was a huge Lacey fan back on So You Think You Can Dance, where she came in 4th place, and Lance was both in 'nysnc and is the first openly gay contestant on the show. How can I not root for them? I'm a bit concerned for their longevity in the competition, however -- as much as I love Lacey, I'm not sure she's in tune with what the judges are looking for in these dances, and it could come back to bite them in the butt. Still -- for now, they've got my vote.
-Toni Braxton and Alec Mazo
Toni's sporting a crazy-eye thing that is buggin' me out a bit, but so far her moves have been pretty impressive. However -- does she have the stamina to keep up?
-Kim Khardashian and Mark Ballas
Aside from her, um, assets, I'm not quite sure what Kim is bringing to the dance floor -- except a hot partner! Unfortunately for Mark, however, I don't expect this couple to go much further than tonight.
-Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas
I know, I know, she's charming and hysterical -- but I'm just not enjoying her shake her geriatric groove thing. Call me ageist, but I hope she gets shown the door right quick.
-Misty May Treanor and Maksim Chmerkovsky
Maks compared Misty's legs to Stacey Kiebler, which I think is giving the volleyballer a bit more credit than she currently deserves. Still, there's no way these two won't be around in the Final Four.
-Brooke Burke and Derek Hough
I was sure Brooke would perform like the other models on this show -- ie, stiffly and without personality. What a revelation she's been, executing both dances with style and passion. Keep an eye on these two.
-Cody Linley and Julianne Hough
Julianne can, of course, do no wrong, and Cody is adorable and clearly respectful of the competition. These two may just be a force to be reckoned with.
-Maurice Green and Cheryl Burke
While this couple has been solid thus far, and Cheryl's choreography is always entertaining, they are performing exactly as I would have expected a track and field star to perform. Will the lack of surprise do them in?
-Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani
Susan -- eat a sandwich! I can't pay attention to your dancing because I'm too afraid you're going to break in half! And maybe lay of the plastic surgery a bit? Your face is lookin' a little rough.
-Ted McGinley and Inna Brayer
Ted is charming, and his dancing is not bad, but thus far he's a bit boring. He's going to have to show a bit more personality, and kiss up a little less, if he wants to go further in the competition.
-Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson
What a surprise this couple has turned out to be! Warren could not be more likable, and he flies around the dance floor in a way that seems completely antithetical to his size. I love 'em! (Though what did Kym do to her breasts??)
There they are -- my first impressions of the Dancing with the Stars Top 12. As I said above, I'm guessing either Kim Khardashian or Ted McGinley will get the boot tonight. Later this week I'll give my (very!) early thoughts on how I think the rest of the season will shake out.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Not like this is a surprise to anyone with two eyes, but...
Clay Aiken is gay! And he's talking about it!
The American Idol runner-up is on the cover of People magazine this week, talking about his homosexuality.
"I cannot raise a child to lie or hide things," he is quoted as saying.
I love it!!
Posted by Idol Thoughts at 9/23/2008 06:12:00 PM
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
America's favorite Big Brother 10 juror is...
Huh? What? Who?
Renny -- I was expecting.
April, Libra, Michelle and Ollie -- not a chance in hell.
Jerry -- maybe, after last week's show, which was, admittedly, kinda heartbreaking.
But Keesha? Is it 'cause people are having Janelle nostalgia? (Trust me, I understand it -- I was obsessed with Janelle).
Truth is -- I kinda loved Keesha. Of course, like all good Big Brother houseguests, sometimes I loved to hate her and it weirded me out a bit that she reminded me so much of Daniele Donato, but ultimately I kinda loved her. I just loved Dan more.
So, good for Keesha and her $25K. But Renny -- you and I know you wuz robbed!
The winner of Big Brother 10 is...
In what can best be described as "masterful," Dan said exactly the right things to win the jury over. The truly remarkable thing, however, is that he was pretty much telling the truth -- his lies weren't lies of vicious deception, they were lies of the game. The first evicted houseguest Brian said it best -- he never made the game personal. He wanted to win, and he did what he needed to. And he did it well. In fact, he did it brilliantly.
That he won 7-0 is kind of surprising, though -- even up until the end I thought April was going Memphis' way. Thing is, though, even though Dan was a formidable foe, Memphis really had nothing to say. He got as far as he did by staying out of the way and not making himself stand out as a physical threat. It's a skill, to be sure, but not one that can go up against the skiiiiiiiiillz that Dan displayed.
Kudos Dan, on a game well played.
READ: America's Favorite Juror Is...
Monday, September 15, 2008
Here are some user-made videos from the 2008 'Broadway on Broadway' concert, held this past Sunday. Enjoy!
Featuring Cheyenne Jackson and Kerry Butler
IN THE HEIGHTS
Featuring Mandy Gonzales and Christopher Jackson
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It's all come down to this -- Memphis and Dan will battle it out in front of the jury tomorrow night in an effort to win the $500K grand prize on Big Brother 10.
Here's how I see the votes panning out:
Jerry -- Memphis
Keesha -- Dan
Renny -- Dan
Ollie -- Memphis
Michelle -- Dan
April -- Memphis
A couple of these are no-brainers -- Jerry will definitely go Memphis' way, as will April and Ollie, who have not gotten over their "betrayal" by Dan, while Keesha and Rennie are more than likely to choose Dan as the game's best player. I'm also guessing Michelle will have been won over by Dan's taking her on the trip to the private island, and the buttering up he is sure to do on tomorrow's finale.
Which leaves Libra. Oh Libra. While she lost her cool several times throughout the game, I'm guessing her final decision will actually be a rational one, and she'll choose the player who made more strategic moves over the one who glided under the radar.
Which means -- Libra will vote for Dan, and Dan will win Big Brother 10.
Agree? Disagree? Take the poll HERE and vote on who you think will be named the winner of Big Brother.
American Idol winner David Cook joined forces with the brother that is responsible for him being on the show to sing the National Anthem at a Kansas City Chiefs game this past weekend.
Watch the video of the brothers harmonizing and let me know what you think!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Tina Fey is a comic genius! Watch a video of her performance as Sarah Palin (with Amy Poehler stellar as always as Hillary Clinton) on the September 13 episode of SNL and lemme know what you think!
PS. This is the official video clip from NBC.com, so, unlike the youtube video, it actually works!
The 2007-2008 Creative Arts Emmy Awards were announced tonight, and So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Wade Robson picked up his second straight win in the category of Best Choreography for his work on "The Hummingbird and Flower/Chairman's Waltz." Wade beat out fellow SYTYCD choreographers Mandy Moore and Shane Sparks.
In other Emmy news, Kathy Griffin's My Life on the D-List (loveLovelove!) won it's second straight prize as well. I haven't yet heard if Kathy's speech is as scandalous as last year's infamous "Suck it Jesus" moment.
Cynthia Nixon, Kathryn Joosten, Tim Conway and Glynn Turman took home the Guest Actor and Actress prizes for Law and Order: SVU, Desperate Housewives, 30 Rock and In Treatment, respectively, while Sarah Silverman (and others) picked up the Emmy for their lyrics to "I'm Fucking Matt Damon" (genius).
All in all, John Adams took home 8 awards, followed by Mad Men with four. Dancing with the Stars grabbed two, while American Idol snagged one. In my mind the big one (reality show host) is going to come down to Tom Bergeron and Ryan Seacrest. My vote would go to Seacrest -- you?
For the full list of winners at the Creative Arts Emmys, click here.
I know there's a lot of Idol Thoughts readers who are big Hunter Parrish fans, so this one's for you!
Well, he waited until the end of the season, but Weeds and Spring Awakening star Hunter Parrish decided to show us his ass again in the Weeds season finale. The show doesn't air until next week, but here's a preview. Enjoy!
I haven't watched the episode yet (this pic was sent to me by an anonymous Idol Thoughts reader), but I'll let you know what I think once I have.
UPDATE: The episode is awesome! Seriously -- you must watch.
(This pic is NSFW)
The list of hot young Hollywood stars showing their asses in movies just keeps getting longer and longer!
Check out Heroes and Gilmore Girls star Milo Ventimiglia showing off his butt in the movie Pathology.
Friday, September 12, 2008
I was going through my old files the other day, and found this classic video of Marky Mark (aka Mark Wahlberg) doing a photo shoot on the beach, in which he got his Calvin Klein briefs ripped off by a dog.
Needless to say, I thought it was worth posting.
MORE PICTURES --
A Retrospective on Marky Mark: The Calvin Klein Years
Joshua Jackson Showed His Butt In a Movie!
Hunter Parrish Takes It Off...Again...In the WEEDS Season Finale
Cute Boys of Pop Culture
Thursday, September 11, 2008
The second part of the final Head of Househould competition has taken place, and the winner is...
The "Renegades" will now battle it out in Part 3 of the competition, though it appears as though Memphis is going to "let" Dan win. That way, Dan will have the responsibility of having eliminated Jerry, evening the playing field since Memphis sent Keesha packin'.
(Though, it should be noted that Memphis' "betrayal" of Keesha will likely have bigger repercussions, especially since Keesha and Renny are so close.)
Stay tuned for more...
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BIG BROTHER FINAL 3: WHO WILL THE JURY VOTE FOR?
It's not a country music award show with Carrie Underwood racking up some nods!
The nominations were announced yesterday for the 42nd Annual Country Music Awards, and the American Idol winner picked up two of 'em -- Best Female Vocalist and Album of the Year.
Fellow Idol alum Kellie Pickler also grabbed a nomination, for Best New Artist.
CLICK HERE for the full list of nominees.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
It's coming down to the wire!
The first part of the final HOH competition is over (CLICK HERE to see who won), but I thought I'd take a leap ahead in time and try and predict who the Big Brother jury will vote for.
This is not as easy an exercise as you might think -- we're talking about a pretty petty group of people here, and since they haven't had the luxury of watching what's went down, their votes may still be up for grabs. Will Michelle, for example, be swayed by Dan taking her to the private island? Is there any way Ollie or April could forgive Dan's betrayal? Who would Libra choose in a battle between Dan and Memphis? Jerry and Memphis? The questions are endless!
Here are my best guesses (at this point)...please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
Jerry vs. Dan
Jerry vs. Memphis
Memphis vs. Dan
Part 1 of the final Big Brother 10 HOH competiton is over, and the winner is...
Dan outlasted Memphis and Jerry in the balancing plain part of the competition. The winner of Part 2, either Memphis or Jerry, will face off against Dan in the third and final part of the competition.
Dan and Memphis are continuing to lay low, though I'm not quite sure why -- if Jerry wins HOH, it won't matter that he knows Dan and Memphis intend to go to the Final 2 with each other. Perhaps they are just keeping themselves busy?
Stay tuned for more...
Saturday, September 06, 2008
He's best known as "coma boy" from the dearly departed Everwood, but Mike Erwin showed he's grown up to become quite a nice looking young man on last night's Dexter -- flashing his nude butt in the process! Check out the pics below!
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Drama in the reality TV dance world!
According to an item in today's New York Post Page Six, two-time Dancing with the Stars champions Cheryl Burke and Julianne Hough are snubbing former So You Think You Can Dance finalist and new Dancing with the Stars professional Lacey Schwimmer. Apparently the ladies are upset that Lacey was paired with Lance Bass, who is considered to be the most talented and highest profile star on the upcoming season.
While it's not hard to imagine Cheryl (who is paired with football star Maurice Greene) pulling a diva act, Julianne seems like a sweetheart, and she's got a burgeoning music career -- is she really that upset? Plus, she's got a young buck of her own -- Disney channel hearthrob Cody Linley.
I can't wait until this show premieres!
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
It's a hit! (For now.)
The debut of 90210 snagged 4.91 million viewers, leading the CW to overall victory among adults 18-49. This was the best ever performance for a scripted series for the fledgling network.
Here's the Nielsen half-hour breakdown, courtesy of Marc Berman at Mediaweek:
8:00 p.m. – Viewers: 4.54 million (#5), A18-49: 2.5/ 8 (#1t)
8:30 p.m. – Viewers: 4.88 million (#2), A18-49: 2.7/ 7 (#2)
9:00 p.m. – Viewers: 5.14 million (#4), A18-49: 2.7/ 7 (#2)
9:30 p.m. – Viewers: 5.06 million (#4), A18-49: 2.7/ 7 (#3)
Did you watch? Did you love? Take the poll HERE and let me know what you think.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Former America's Next Top Model finalist Yaya DaCosta has shown she's more than just a pretty face -- she's receiving rave reviews for her stage debut in Signature Theatre Company's The First Breeze of Summer.
Yaya, who stars opposite Leslie Uggams in the production, was singled out in Ben Brantley's review of the show for her "exquisite form." The notoriously hard-to-please critic said she made a "lovely New York debut." Other reviewers have called her performance "star-making," "vivid" and "luscious." Not bad!
In addition, Yaya and Leslie were featured in a New York Times profile in today's paper. That article can be read here.
And -- to see video of Yaya in action, check out a trailer for the show below.
The First Breeze of Summer has been extended through October 5. To purchase tickets, call 212-244-7529, or visit www.signaturetheatre.org.
In the last week I got TV Guide, US Weekly and Entertainment Weekly -- all with 90210's Jennie Garth and/or Shannen Doherty on the cover!
Hey, I'm not complaining -- I can't wait to see the show!
Will you be watching? Take the poll below and let me know -- then come back tomorrow and let me know what you think!
Monday, September 01, 2008
This story keeps getting more and more interesting -- apparently Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's 17-year old daughter is five months pregnant! (Supposedly John McCain knew about this before he selected her as his running mate -- I don't buy it). For more info, click here to read the New York Times article.