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'American Idol' Recap: The Top 12 Girls Mostly Disappoint

March 1st, 2012 10:00am EST
AMERICAN IDOL: Hallie Day performs
Welcome back judges! After last night, I was worried they were gone. Based on their commentary, there was no difference between any of the guys. If you didn’t watch the show, and just read my breakdown of the judges’ comments, you’d have sworn that Eben and Reed were every bit as good as Joshua. That’s how unopinionated the judges were on the first show.

Last night, they finally came back. It could be because the girls were so horrible. It could be because the producers said, “Hey, this isn’t ‘The X-Factor,’ start actually judging.”

Whatever the case, I’m glad to have them back, because I...
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'American Idol' Top 13 Guys Take The Stage With Mixed Results

February 29th, 2012 9:34am EST
AMERICAN IDOL: Phillip Phillips performs
Let’s face it, we’ve had enough of not hearing anybody sing on this show. Let’s just get right to the recap, shall we?

Random Thoughts Waiting for the Actual Show to Start:

And it’s ‘Idol’s’ new home! Smaller. Less fancy. Cheaper? Budget cuts are coming to TV’s no-longer number one show.

I was hoping Ryan would make some sort of a subtle reference to the Sasha Baron Cohen incident. Maybe say, “It’s a little dusty in here?” Pop a dust cloud out of his pocket? Anything? Nope. Skipped that, but did pop a jab at J-Lo for her Oscar dress mishap. I’m really beginning to think this guy is incap...
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Wood Sprites Gave Steven Tyler His 'First Spiritual Moment' As A Child

February 29th, 2012 8:45am EST
Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler has spent his career trying to re-connect with "the children of the woods."

The Aerosmith frontman and "American Idol" judge reveals he had a spiritual awakening while playing near his home as a child, and it was such a magical experience he has devoted his life to try and find that solace again.

He explains, "I saw this place in the woods where the sun was coming through and I'm walking around with my slingshot at nine years old... It was so quiet in there I thought I heard something called the children of the woods.

"It was my first spiritual moment... and I've always been...
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Steven Tyler Assures Fans He'll Complete Aerosmith's Summer Tour

February 28th, 2012 11:54pm EST
Steven Tyler
Rocker Steven Tyler has assured fans he's fit and ready to tour with Aerosmith this summer - and they should not wait to get tickets for concerts.

The singer famously fell off a stage in South Dakota at the beginning of the band's last summer tour in 2009 and his injuries prompted the group to scrap dates with ZZ Top.

He subsequently quit the band and checked into rehab for a painkiller problem.

But he insists his reputation as an injury-prone, concert-cancelling rock star is undeserved and he's committed to making it through Aerosmith's next tour, which begins in June.

He says, "It's n...
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Jimmy Kimmel Lines Up The Stars For Post-Oscars 'Movie: The Movie' Trailer (Watch!)

February 27th, 2012 4:00pm EST
Movie: The Movie Jimmy Kimmel
A fake movie trailer stole the spotlight from the Academy Awards last night, thanks to Jimmy Kimmel's ability to line up a cavalcade of stars.

In the fake teaser, Edward Norton (playing the world's greatest spy) gets married to the President of the United States (Josh Brolin) in a ceremony ordained by Antonio Banderas.

Colin Farrell is a SWAT officer that has to defuse a bomb with the help of a field goal-kicking canine. Tom Hanks is a robotic lawyer that takes on ornery judge Charlize Theron. Bryan Cranston is a hot dog vendor that seems to always be near an explosion.

Jeff Goldblum i...
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'American Idol' Recap: Breaking Down The Top 24

February 24th, 2012 10:30am EST
American Idol Top 24
Now that we know the top 24 (or at least most of it), it’s time to unleash a new tradition here in my ‘American Idol’ column: The Molly DeWolf Swenson Scale.

For those uninitiated, Molly DeWolf Swenson is the blonde stunner from Harvard who stole my ‘Idol’ heart last year with her dry wit, excellent voice and ability to never appear on the show (Totally playing hard-to-get). This caused her to become my favorite contestant ever, and, as my luck would have it, get voted off before the Top 24.

That year, I decided I needed a new favorite to cheer on for the rest of the show, and decided to ...
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Joe Perry To Pen Autobiography

February 24th, 2012 8:12am EST
Joe Perry
Veteran rocker Joe Perry is set to lift the lid on his time in Aerosmith in a new book.

The guitarist is putting pen to paper to document his life story in a new autobiography and he started work on the project this week.

Perry announced the news to fans on Twitter.com but has yet to reveal any more details about the book.

In a post on the site, he writes, "Officially started writing my biography (sic) this week. More info to come soon re: publisher, tentative release date, etc..."

The rocker will be the third member of the legendary band to write an autobiography - frontman Steven ...
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'American Idol' Reveals First Group Of Semifinalists

February 23rd, 2012 9:41am EST
'American Idol' Reveals First Group Of Semifinalist
I guess singing doesn’t really matter anymore? For what seems like the 47th straight night, ‘Idol’ basically put the actual singing on the back-burner last night for an incredibly long introduction to the potential top 24 and a whole lot of sitting in a darkened room.

Yes, there were some snippets of performances, but that was about it. Mostly it was talking, sob stories, and the judges judging things we didn’t get to see much of. I’m starting to wonder if the ‘Idol’ of the title is the person who talks in the confessional booth the best.

Of course, singing is just around the corner, now ...
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'American Idol' Recap: 50s Night In Vegas

February 17th, 2012 9:33am EST
American Idol Night in Vegas
‘American Idol’ went back in time last night with a trip to the 50s for Vegas Night.

It’s always such an odd choice to me when they do these sorts of nights. After all, we constantly hear the judges begging artists to be current. Continuously, we here that the show is desperate to create a star for right now. And, as the demographics for this show seem to slip older, we hear that ‘Idol’ itself is desperate to get young.

Why then did they decide to take it back to the fifties with first-season ‘American Bandstand’-style performances? It was a completely contradictory night. Seeing the hope...
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'American Idol' Recap: Group Night, Solo Night And Three Rooms All In One

February 16th, 2012 9:28am EST
American Idol
It was an ‘Idol’ overload as the show crammed three mainstays into one mammoth episode.We got basically the full run of Hollywood week. The group round, the individual performances, and the “three rooms” format were all on display after last week’s first-half nonsense of no singing.

So how did it feel? A bit overblown. I’m not sure why they decided to cram all this together like this when it would have been so easy to just give us the normal full group show last week and then split it into the individual show this week, but here we are.

And while we’re here, let’s doll out our first-ever ...
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Steven Tyler Auctioning Off Elton John Oscar Party Invitation

February 10th, 2012 4:15pm EST
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Aerosmith rocker and American Idol judge Steven Tyler is offering up the chance to be his date at Elton John's upcoming Oscars party in Hollywood.

The highest bidder of the Charity Buzz auction will dine with the rocker at his table at the glitzy bash on February 26.

The winner will enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner prepared by celebrity chef Cat Cora and a performance by rockers Foster The People at the event hosted annually by the Rocket Man and his partner David Furnish.

The invitation is expected to raise $25,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
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'American Idol' Recap: Divas, Tears And The Flu During The Group Round

February 10th, 2012 9:18am EST
American Idol Group Round
Last night, ‘American Idol’ started off just like an episode of ‘The Killing’: We got the resolution to a cliffhanger that didn’t relate to the rest of the previous episode. It turned out that the cliffhanger was completely anti-climactic. Then the show moved on like nothing happened.

It’s kind of crazy that the ‘Idol’ producers decided to use the well-being of a 16-year-old as a dramatic device in this way, but I guess this is where we are in reality TV at this point. I’m not saying they shouldn’t have shown it, they just could have told us last night if she was okay or not, rather than u...
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'American Idol' Round 1 Of Hollywood Week: Who's In, Who's Out, Who Fell Off The Stage

February 9th, 2012 9:59am EST
Simone is helped off the stage after fainting during her perform
Going into 'American Idol' Hollywood week, I’m faced with two questions:

1) Exactly how many of those wake up scenes were staged? I mean the second girl woke up with lipstick, eye shadow, mascara and earrings on. Are we to believe she just happened to be sleeping like that the night before her mother came in and “surprised” her with an ‘Idol’ wake up call? I smell a rat.

2) Why exactly did the crows explode into spontaneous applause at Steven Tyler’s opening motivational speech that sounded like Dr. Seuss decided to write a children’s book the way William S. Burroughs wrote “Naked Lunch...
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'American Idol' Makes Final Stop In St. Louis For Auditions

February 3rd, 2012 9:42am EST
AMERICAN IDOL: St. Louis contestant Johnny Keyser
All right, kids. Here’s the skinny: It’s midnight on the West Coast. I just got back from a night of doing comedy shows (and celebrating said comedy shows) in Hollywood, and I’m all settled in to do this recap.

In other words, things are about to get real. I’m talking really real. I’m talking Simon Cowell with hemorrhoids level real. I’m talking Walter, that cranky cabbie at the beginning of the show, level real.

No bad auditioner is safe. No good auditioner is safe. Hell, I don’t even know if Molly DeWolf Swenson is safe.

Let’s get to it. Shall we?

The Three Best Auditions:

3 - Rachel...
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'American Idol' Portland Provides Some Of The Worst Auditions Of The Year

February 2nd, 2012 9:58am EST
Portland contestant Britnee Kellogg
Okay. I’m going to admit it. I’m rushing through this beginning to get to tonight’s episode of “The Challenge”. But can you blame me? I mean Wes is trying to be smart, CT is ready to blow and Jasmine is already the ultimate wild card.

Exactly, I can’t waste any more of your time as you try to catch up with it on MTV.com. Let’s get to the ‘Idol’ Recap!

The Four Best Auditions:

4 - Britnee

This is the former basketball wife who decided to go ahead and let loose her entire history of personal problems to the judges. Good, but pretty ordinary. I’m only mentioning her because of what happene...
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'American Idol' Recap: An Old-School Audition Show In Houston

January 27th, 2012 9:41am EST
Skylar Laine
Last night we got an old-school ‘Idol’ audition show with the sob stories, bad auditions and performances from the judges that made this show the (almost former) number one show on television.

Nothing seemed processed last night. In recent years, everything has been so telegraphed on these results shows. You know the good. You know the bad. You know it all as soon as they enter. Even worse, you know just how good or bad each is going to be and exactly how the contestants will go about proving this.

Last night, all bets were off as we got some of the most earnest bad performances ever on t...
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'American Idol' Recap: A Lot Of Good And A Lot Of Bad In Aspen

January 26th, 2012 9:29am EST
Shelby Meredith
We’re four episodes into this season of ‘American Idol’ and I’m extremely confused about something. Something so confounding to me, that I really need it explained.

Why do girls seem to find Steven Tyler attractive?

I do not understand this at all. My friend Mark asked me during the commercials on football a few weeks ago when they added an Asian woman to the cast. He was referring to Tyler. A sex symbol apparently.

I understand that he’s a rock star and that rock stars could look like me and multitudes would still swoon over them, but doesn’t there have to be a breaking point? Isn’t the...
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Liv Tyler Records INXS Cover For Givenchy Ad

January 24th, 2012 2:19pm EST
Liv Tyler
Actress Liv Tyler is following her father and stepfather into the music business after recording a cover of an INXS tune for a new Givenchy advertisement.

The 34 year old admits she grew up dreaming of chart success but appearances in her dad Steven Tyler's Aerosmith videos led to more on screen time and less in the studio.

But now she's tackling music at last, telling People.com, "I got to record a cover of INXS' I Need You Tonight for a Givenchy commercial. It was fun and terrifying and wonderful. I always thought when I was a little girl that I'd be a singer. My mom (Bebe Buell) was ...
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Steven Tyler's National Anthem At New England Patriots Championship Game - Bad Or Good? (Video)

January 23rd, 2012 2:02pm EST
Steven Tyler
American Idol judge and lead singer for Aerosmith - perhaps the biggest rock band to come out of Boston - Steven Tyler belted out the National Anthem before Sunday's AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens - but... was he a little pitchy, dog?

Decked out in a fur-lined leather jacket & sparkly Patriots scarf, the hometown hero seemed a little more Roseanne Barr than "Sweet Emotion" - but you can probably chalk that up to old age - after all, the guy's 63.

FOX Sports columnist Jason Whitlock even threw in his two cents afterward, Tweeting, "Steven Tyler ...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Best And Worst From The Post-Football Show

January 23rd, 2012 9:15am EST
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I’m not sure how I feel about these ‘Idol’ shows after Football.

Three problems:

One – If you’re on the East Coast, you end up staying up until almost midnight to watch ‘Idol’. Isn’t this supposed to be a family show?

Two – If you don’t watch football and set your DVR, it inevitably gets cut off. This show didn’t start recording for a full hour after it was supposed to. That’s a lot of planning.

Three – Being an Eagles fan now faced with the horror of an impending Giants/Patriots Super Bowl, I now must write this column.

Ugh. I’ll give it my best shot. Here we go.

The Three Best Audit...
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Jim Carrey's Daughter Jane Competing On 'American Idol'

January 23rd, 2012 8:43am EST
Jane Carrey
Jim Carrey's daughter Jane is setting her sights on becoming the next American Idol.

The new mother was revealed as a contestant on the show on Sunday night when she took part in the pre-taped auditions in San Diego, California.

Carrey performed Something to Talk About in front of judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson who all voted her through to the next round of the current competition.

The young singer confessed she has found it hard growing up as Jim Carrey's daughter, stating, "It is difficult kind of growing up in the shadow of something and trying to find your p...
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'American Idol' Recap: Pittsburgh Auditions Best And Worst

January 20th, 2012 9:44am EST
Contestant Reed Grimm on AMERICAN IDOL
Ah, Pittsburgh – land of Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and me for college.

Living in Los Angeles, I’ve become a bit jaded by seeing places I know well on television and in the movies, but there’s something about seeing Pittsburgh on TV that takes me back to a time when I was just learning journalism. Clearly, I’ve put my college learnin’ to good use with this column.

Speaking of the column, I realized I made a gaffe yesterday, when I pointed you to my Twitter feed. You actually have to click on my name at the top of the page and then click the Twitter link from there to find my feed. Or you...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Auditions Return In Savannah

January 19th, 2012 9:23am EST
Colton Dixon and Schyler Dixon on AMERICAN IDOL
Welcome back everybody, to your favorite ‘American Idol’ column.

At least I hope it’s your favorite ‘American Idol’ column. I imagine that if you came back for a fourth helping of my snark, you must find something enjoyable about my ramblings. I thank you for it.

To wit, we have a goal for this year’s ‘American Idol’ column: let’s make this the most popular ‘Idol’ recap on the web.

It’s up to you guys. If you’ve enjoyed this column lo these many years and have other friends who watch ‘Idol’ with a similar religious bent, clue them in. Let them know about it. Share this column around. I t...
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Steven Tyler Fell For Fiancee After Kinky Bedroom Act

January 18th, 2012 9:30am EST
Steven Tyler & Erin Brady
Aerosmith legend Steven Tyler knew he wanted to marry his new fiancee when she tied him up with an "old-fashioned" headband during their first bedroom encounter.

The rocker proposed to his longtime girlfriend Erin Brady on Christmas Day during a romantic vacation in Hawaii, and he has gushed about his future wife in recent interviews.

He has now opened up about the moment he knew she was the woman for him, telling TV host Ellen DeGeneres he fell for her during a kinky moment in the bedroom.

He tells the presenter, "She had on this hair band on around her head. She looked really old-fashi...
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Steven Tyler Didn't Tell Aerosmith About 'American Idol' Job

January 17th, 2012 8:27pm EST
Steven Tyler
Rocker Steven Tyler refused to tell his bandmates in Aerosmith he had signed on as an American Idol judge - because he knew they'd give him grief.

The "Love in an Elevator" singer had just rejoined the band after a spell in rehab when it was announced he was joining Jennifer Lopez as the talent show's new judge, and he admits the members of Aerosmith found out just like fans did - from the Internet.

In a pre-taped interview with former Idol judge Ellen Degeneres, which aired on her show on Tuesday, Tyler says, "I didn't tell them. A band is like a... It's not women. It's men. It's a diff...
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Potty Mouth Steven Tyler Calls For Fewer Swear Words On TV

January 11th, 2012 9:32am EST
Steven Tyler
Rocker Steven Tyler is urging U.S. Supreme Court officials to step up their legislation against indecency and the use of profanity on broadcast TV before programmes start becoming too "crass."

In 2010, a New York federal appeals court stripped the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of its authority to ban the use of a single curse word on live television and fine broadcasters for airing segments of nudity.

FCC officials have since appealed the ruling and U.S. Supreme Court legislators are set to begin a hearing on the future of decency in broadcasting on Tuesday - and it has sparked ...
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Steven Tyler Opens Up About Magical Christmas Morning Proposal

January 9th, 2012 10:59pm EST
Steven Tyler
Rocker Steven Tyler has opened up about his Christmas morning proposal, revealing he hid fiancee Erin Brady's ring in a gift she gave him under the tree during a vacation in Hawaii.

The Aerosmith star, who is currently experiencing a career resurgence as an American Idol judge, asked celebrity jeweler Loree Rodkin to design a one-of-a-kind sparkler for his third wife-to-be - and he presented it to her during a magical moment over the holidays.

He tells news show Entertainment Tonight, "It was Christmas morning and her father was there, down from Alaska, and I hid it in a box... she had gi...
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Q&A: Jennifer Lopez Gives Us Her 'American Idol' Judging Insight And How She Puts Her Kids First

January 9th, 2012 1:00pm EST
Jennifer Lopez Gives Us Her 'American Idol' Judging Insight
Well, it’s a new year and reality fans know what that means. American Idol is back. The judges of American Idol met the Television Critics Association on Sunday, including Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez who were new to the show last year.

Lopez continues to be busy as an actor, a producer and a mother. She spoke about her family, her beauty and fitness tips, and mentoring the hopeful young singers who are going to compete for her vote this season.

Q: What do you know about American Idol now that you didn’t know last year?

Jennifer Lopez: It’s so funny because I was such a fan of the sho...
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Steven Tyler To Wed For A Third Time

December 27th, 2011 9:43pm EST
Steven Tyler and Erin Brady
Rocker and TV personality Steven Tyler is set to wed for a third time after reportedly proposing to his longtime girlfriend Erin Brady.

The 38 year old was spotted wearing a diamond ring on her wedding finger during a Christmas vacation with the Aerosmith frontman in Hawaii and sources tell TMZ.com she's set to become the third Mrs. Tyler.

The couple has been dating since 2006, shortly after Tyler divorced Teresa Barrick.

He was also married to Cyrinda Foxe from 1978 to 1987.
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Oprah To Interview Steven Tyler, George Lucas & Sean Penn For Her New Talk Show

November 20th, 2011 4:00pm EST
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is set to return to her talk show roots by launching a new series to interview celebrities in their own homes.

The TV titan walked away from her successful Oprah Winfrey Show in May after 25 years on the small screen to establish her own network OWN.

However, Winfrey will soon be back doing what she does best for the channel, hosting Oprah's Next Chapter from January.

The show will feature Winfrey talking to stars at home, starting with Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler at his house in New Hampshire on January 1.

She says, "After 25 years I got myself out of the studio chairs....
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