American Idol’s 10th finale opened with all due pomp and circumstance. Ryan Seacrest wore a tuxedo, but black tie was optional for everyone else. More than 122 million votes, a record number, were counted to determine whether Lauren Alaina or Scotty McCreery would become the next American Idol.
The year’s Top 13 performed “Born This Way” to open the night’s festivities, each dressed in white like angels. If only they sounded like angels. To call the number bad would be too nice. But the show would improve vastly from here...
In the year’s most highly-anticipated episode of Glee, the New Directions traveled from Lima, Ohio to the grand city of New York, New York.
The opening started with Times Square, larger than life with its lights and billboards. In the midst of it all stood Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) in her adorable striped coat. “I made it,” she breathed. And that’s how it all began.
Hines Ward, Chelsea Kane and Kirstie Alley, together with their partners, each gave the Monday performance round of Dancing With The Stars their all. But only one of them could win, and ABC revealed which one would take the mirror ball home on Tuesday night…
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American Idol kicked off the first installment of its finale shows with clips of past Idols and its two current contestants. The stage was set for drama, the Nokia Theater was packed with people and we were all ready to count the cowboy hats as the hour-long performance episode kicked off.
Ryan Seacrest called the battle “the boy next door versus the southern belle.” They are Idol’s youngest two contestants to face off in the final round. Both gained early attention from judges and fans, both are absolutely country singers, both want to win badly. Despite reports from TMZ that the finale might have been otherwise, Lauren Alaina was indeed ready to perform on Tuesday. According to the doctor that Idol trotted on stage, Lauren belted too hard in her rehearsal and blew out a vocal cord.
Think it’ll affect the voting? Doesn’t everything?
Oprah Winfrey taped her final show this week, and Chicago was brimming with A-listers who came to help her say good-bye. A massive stage was added to the United Center, which was packed with more than 20,000 fans.
Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Madonna, Maria Shriver, Tom Hanks, Diane Sawyer, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx and many others were in attendance, including Chicago hero Michael Jordan. Oprah's finale shows will air on Monday and Tuesday.
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Turn back now if you don’t want to know what happened during the epic three-hour Survivor: Redemption Island finale event, which aired on Sunday night.
The maestro managed to secure his victory at last. Joined by Natalie Tenerelli, 19, and Phillip Sheppard, 52, “Boston Rob” Mariano, 35, faced one of the show’s most unsympathetic juries in history… and still managed to procure all but one of the votes.
Only Ralph, the red-haired farmer, cast a vote Phillip’s way, no surprise after the touching heart-to-heart the two shared at the last tribal council. Rob, who orchestrated the entire game from day one, offered up a sweet speech to the jury before they unleashed a bitter tirade against the last three standing. Natalie was best known for being Mariano’s faithful lapdog, Phillip made himself one of the most unpopular castaways in show history… and in the end, it was David who most eloquently pleaded Rob’s case to the others.
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The Pretty Little Liars craze has barely begun, and already the first season is celebrating its mid-season finale. ABC Family viewers were introduced to Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Emily (Shay Mitchell) only 10 weeks ago, but in that short time the series has become one of the most talked-about of the year.
Pretty Little Liars has been so successful, ABC Family has ordered 12 more Season 1 episodes…but Tuesday will mark the last new installment before the show breaks for the fall season. What can viewers expect? We’ve got a few of the gritty details…
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American Idol was so busy crowning Lee DeWyze and bidding farewell to Simon Cowell at the end of its ninth season, the show never got around to telling the audience that another very important cast member has left the series: band leader
Ricky Rickey Minor. You might recognize the name - Ryan Seacrest frequently shouts “ Ricky
Ricky Minor and the band!” during Idol performance nights.
Minor has been a part of the Idol family for six years, receiving many compliments from contestants and judges alike during his time with the show. Minor worked closely with the contestants, helping them with the arrangements and other musical concerns related to their performances.
And after all that, Idol didn’t so much as wave good-bye to the musician. Reportedly,
Rickey Minor was extremely upset at the end of the big Season 9 finale, which featured a huge send-off for former judge Simon Cowell.
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If you watched the American Idol 9 finale, you know the show closed its season with lots of glitter, glamour and more than one tear-jerking moment as the series bid good-bye to Simon Cowell, its most beloved star. The finale was stuffed with live performances, but Popeater is reporting that there’s at least one we missed: Adam Lambert got cut from the show earlier this week.
According to unnamed sources, Adam Lambert failed to show up for scheduled rehearsals before the big finale. Producers didn’t know where he was, and decided to cut him from the episode altogether. One source claims the powers-that-be were too nervous to put an unrehearsed Lambert on the live Idol stage to perform, as the unpredictable singer is far too well-known for pushing the envelope of what’s acceptable during his performances.
Recap every glorious moment of the ninth season - from early auditions to the grand finale - right here. Check out all our American Idol 9 posts.
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Wednesday night was Simon Cowell’s last moment with American Idol, and the night belonged to him much more than the two contenders for the ninth Idol crown. Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox performed ably on Tuesday night, but only the votes would determine which would walk away with the winning title. The show will undoubtedly crash and burn now that Cowell is walking away…but that is talk for another time.
The Top 12 Idols - including Crystal and Lee, of course - danced out on stage to deliver “School’s Out for Summer.” While Orianthi jammed out on the guitar, Casey James suddenly announced a surprise appearance - Alice Cooper. This was an exciting guest star, but honestly, he sounded quite bad. And I’m a fan.
The evening started out with a fairly lackluster vibe…but there was much, much more to come.
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