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Kate: Writer, runner, outdoors enthusiast with a soft spot for the Muppets and all things cheese, bacon and Italian. Based out of Chicago and looking to make a return trip to New Zeand, Kate usually takes a look at the things in pop culture that make her one of two things: glad she knew about it, or ready to erase her memory of it ever happening. Enjoy the bi-polar prose!

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 7 - Lauren Wins!

8/13/2010 9:24am EDT
We’re here. It’s ending. Before we can pull the plug on two dancers’ dreams we’re going to sit through an intensive look at this past season whether we like it or not. Although we were served a healthy dose of Season 7 montage last night, we weren’t treated to many surprises. Tonight, however, was different.

The opening number featured all top 11 and the Allstars. It was strong and dramatic jazz that had everything you want in a piece that kicks off the finale show including a cheeky little section that paid obvious tribute to the talented but injured Alex Wong. They literally wheeled him ...

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 7: Finale Part One

8/12/2010 9:12am EDT
SYTYCD Final 3
It’s been a busy past few weeks. We’ve seen the departure of Jose, Billy and Adechike, not to mention some excellent pieces and moving routines. We are at the end – down to three dancers that were a little worrisome at the start of this competition. Robert with his pretty boy looks and carbon copy Billy Bell technique initially seemed to be a strong contender that was destined to leave in the final weeks. Lauren the recent high school cheerleader with acrobatic skills to spare began as a jailbait tease with some cutesy moves and not much personality. Kent was a small town hick with some Pod...

'SYTYCD' Season 7 Week 8 - Top 5 Perform

7/28/2010 10:56pm EDT
Lauren and Alison teamed up for a Broadway number
After a two week hiatus due to conflicting schedules and no access to a TV or DVR, the profile of the latest season of 'So You Think You Can Dance' is back. Within the past two weeks we lost another stellar dancer to injury as Ashley went home to rest her injured rib cage. We also saw the first no-elimination week with no warning last time. It seemed like Billy, Robert or Jose was in trouble – and Billy even declined to perform due to another injury! Nigel obviously saw the mix of fan favorites and talented competitors and made an executive decision. No one went home last week. Which means ...

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 7: 1 of 8 Voted Off

7/9/2010 10:22am EDT
Natasha Bedingfiel
The show opened with a group number filled with fog, angels, and boys in long white skirts. Mia Michaels choreographed the routine to a slow paced Sting song. It was understated and pretty with lots of reaching and modern arms. It’s then noted that SYTYCD was nominated for three Emmys today (Legacy and Katherine last season, Mia Michaels’ three pieces from season 5, and the makeup crew). Woohoo. It’s also noted the ‘Glee’ was nominated 19 times. A FOX show promoting another FOX show? How surprising. Later, they also plugged auditions for the next season of ‘American Idol.’

The bottom three...

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 7: Final 8 Perform

7/8/2010 10:10am EDT
Lauren + Kent
Remember the elimination episode last week where Melinda was finally sent away? If you don’t, there’s another less deserved change they introduced for Season 7. This week each contestant will perform two dances – one with an Allstar, one with another contestant.

Sadly, there were no Alex performances tonight. He wasn’t dancing due to an injury. Oh sweet Jesus, when Nigel said “ruptured Achilles tendon” it hurt my Achilles. This means he may have a season ending injury if not career ending (if not taken care of properly). He’ll be in the bottom three this week and if he cannot dance next w...

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 7: Melinda Eliminated, 8 Remain

7/2/2010 10:51am EDT
SYTYCD Final 8
You cannot get any more dramatic in song than ‘O Fortuna’ from Carmina Burana. Unless you add an authentic 18th century white ruffled collar of royalty to your costume. SYTYCD did one better. The sleeved mesh on the boys put it over the top. The slow and controlled jazz/lyrical hybrid opening number was heavy on the Alex and I think Ashley. They’re opening the show with more group numbers that feature soloists. I like. Especially since we’re still getting to know each remaining dancer.

Next week there’s a new setup for the show. All remaining dancers will perform two routines. In one, the...

Why Aren't You Watching 'Man V. Food?'

7/1/2010 12:15pm EDT
Man v. Food
The Travel Channel has a few gems. Anthony Bourdain is quite entertaining to watch and brings more than just a bratty attitude to his food show. Andrew Zimmern will keep you interested for the entire episode. Samantha Brown has the best job in the world (and I’d like it next, thanks). These are shows that cater to the older demographic on the whole – with the exception of some Bourdain episodes that walk the line between edgy and trying-too-hard. They are devoid of rabid screaming, silly attempts at overcoming pointless obstacles, and a bloated stomach - nine times out of ten.

Thankfully f...

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 7: Top 9 Perform

7/1/2010 9:47am EDT
So You Think You Can Dance
It just keeps rolling on. Nine dancers performed tonight. Three ladies and six men performed a solo as well as their selected routine. Finally, we got to see all the dancers in their element once again. Considering the quality of some of them, this may have been the only time we’ll see their solos until the very end. Let’s get into it:


Allstar: Neil

Style: Broadway

Flirty girl Lauren had the best pick of the routines this week. She was seducing her partner in a Broadway style – and from what we’ve seen of her in solos and try-outs in the past this should be no problem. If she’s...

Pretty Wild On E! Cliff Notes

6/28/2010 9:15am EDT
Pretty Wild On E!
E! is running out of reality stars. Case in point: “Pretty Wild on E!” exists.

This show popped up out of nowhere featuring what I thought was one skinny brunette girl doing the usual “living it up and dealing with drama in the big city of __X__.” Then I realized she had a clone. And that clone had a twin. I wasn’t intrigued, just confused. Soon, the promos were disrupting my “Soup” watching but beginning to peak my interest. It became acceptable for these no-name ladies to be on TV doing less than the cast of “The Hills” but without me knowing who the hell they were.

Then the word “robbe...

Concerts And Artists Who Have Been Banned In Other Countries

6/27/2010 10:38pm EDT
Kelly Clarkson
Some shows are called off on account of dangerous weather, illness, exhaustion, or structural failure. Go back through the news of the past couple of years and you can find shows by Bush, Madonna and even Lady Gaga affected by what can be called unavoidable or extreme circumstances. More recently Kelly Clarkson experienced a different cause for the cancellation of her concert in Jakarta.

She was banned from performing there altogether based on her sponsorship.

Jakarta has a rule based on its’ governing ideals that prohibits all smoking under Islam. Clarkson’s tour is sponsored by a tobacc...