August 29, 2012 |
DO VIEWERS WATCH our national karaoke shows for the singers or for the judges? The producers must think it's the judges, because how else can one explain "American Idol" allegedly offering Katy Perry $20 million in order to spout cliches such as "I really felt that performance," "Tonight, you brought it," "You are the complete package" and other nonsense. Twenty million? To listen to mediocre cover versions of songs you've heard a hundred times? And this comes after already inking Mariah Carey to an $18 million deal.
January 16, 2014 |
* AMERICAN IDOL. 8 tonight and tomorrow, Fox 29. PASADENA, CALIF. - One fewer judge, way less drama. Or so it seemed as the new three-judge panel for this season's "American Idol" met with reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association's winter meetings. The same session a year ago turned out to be largely about parsing the relationship - or nonrelationship - between then-judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. This year, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and newbie judge Harry Connick Jr. got to talk about all kinds of things.
December 28, 2012 |
Let's get the bad news out of the way first as we recap the year in TV. In 2012, we lost Mayberry's Sheriff Andy Taylor, J.R. Ewing, George Jefferson, two dance-party kings with the initials D.C., Barnabas Collins, the cutest Monkee, the skipper of PT-73, and Family Feud 's kissing bandit. The good news? We gained Honey Boo Boo. You do the math. TLC's tiny, tubby yahoo was a rebuke to all of you who wrote me declaring that TV could not get any lower than Jersey Shore . Ha!
April 1, 2012 |
Pop Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Republic sssf) If you're a hip-hop aficionado who has long loved steamy rapper/singer Nicki Minaj's mix tapes but thought her 2010 Pink Friday debut was sorely lacking in grit, sexuality, and overall oddity, Roman Reloaded is for you. The Trinidadian-American has appropriated Missy Elliot's bent rhythms, weird electronics, and choppy, overheated flow...
September 12, 2012
IN A MOVE that surprised even avid celeb-stalkers, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds tied the knot in a secret ceremony over the weekend. Linked publicly for a little more than a year, the "Gossip Girl" actress and her chiseled hubby were wed at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, S.C., right outside of Charleston. Florence Welch , leader of Florence and the Machine and a good friend of Lively's, provided the soundtrack for the wedding. The newlyweds have largely been tight-lipped to reporters about their relationship.
October 5, 2012 |
IN HIS NEVER-ENDING quest to make "American Idol" seem relevant again, host Ryan Seacrest said Wednesday that things got intense between new hosts Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey during a tryout taping the previous day in Charlotte, N.C. Amid a dispute over a contestant, Nicki announced that she was no longer putting up with "her [bleepin'] Highness," in a reference to Mariah. The entire expletive-laden rant can be seen at TMZ.com. Another new judge, Keith Urban , was in the unenviable position of sitting between the pair, wondering why he ever chose to take the gig. On his radio show, Seacrest said that "Idol" needs some passionate debate.
January 9, 2013 |
Good to know some things don't change. Minutes into their season-opening press confab on Tuesday, American Idol 's Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj were at each other's throats, reviving their headline-making, if paper-thin, faux feud from last year. Asked about their fight, Minaj said, "We're professionals. Have you ever had an argument with someone you've worked with?" Carey looked displeased. "This was sort of one-sided," she said. "No, it wasn't," Minaj snapped. (Don't you wish we could send them up to their rooms?
August 11, 2011 |
IT SEEMS DOWNRIGHT MEAN that as unemployment hovers above 9 percent, the stock market is plummeting and politicans are horrified that rich people may be asked to pay the same rate of income tax that they paid 10 years ago, TV Guide and Forbes have both decided to release lists of wealthy celebrities. This is not an indictment of rich people; it's good that there are folks with money to burn and millions of others who want to be just like them. Tattle wants to be just like them.
May 10, 2013 |
LET'S FACE FACTS, the judges on "American Idol" do less actual judging than the "judges" at Philadelphia Traffic Court. Their purpose is to cheerlead and create drama and give viewers some name recognition to latch on to while they learn the names of the new batch of karaoke singers. Judging chemistry is hard to duplicate, and "American Idol" has been floundering around since the original trio of Simon Cowell , Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson , mixing in Kara DioGuardi , Ellen DeGeneres , Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler before adding this year's newbies.
November 9, 2012 |
A lot of people got drunk on election night, some in glee, some in despair. And some only seemed drunk. Which was it, we at "SideShow" wonder, with Diane Sawyer , longtime ABC anchor? She seemed, shall we say, lit from within Tuesday night as she cohosted election coverage with George Stephanopoulos . Her speech was slurred ("President Barack Ora - Barack Obama "), she wandered, seemed on the verge of giggling, and she kept leaning forward on her arms like a stevedore calling for a double Rusty Nail and make it quick . Twitter, with customary lack of mercy, exploded.