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Thursday
Mar072013

'American Idol' Reveals This Season's Top 10

Michael Becker / FOX(LAS VEGAS) -- This season's top 10 American Idol contestants were revealed Thursday night based on America's votes from Tuesday and Wednesday night's shows. They are Paul Jolley, Burnell Taylor, Curtis Finch, Jr., Devin Velez, Lazaro Arbos, Janelle Arthur, Candice Glover, Angie Miller, Amber Holcomb and Kree Harrison.

Thirty-nine million votes came in to determine this year's top 10. They have now secured a spot on American Idol's summer tour and will compete for the Idol crown over the coming weeks.

Each contestant sang a victory song as they made the top 10, starting with the top five guys. Paul kicked it off with Heart's "Alone," and Burnell was next, singing India.Arie's "Ready for Love." Curtis took the stage to sing "So High" by John Legend. Devin went the gospel route with "The Power of One (Change the World)" by Israel Houghton, and judge Nicki Minaj looked forward to hearing Devin mix English and Spanish-language performances on future shows. Lazaro had to quickly conference with the band before he went on stage to sing his original audition song, Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

Tennessee native Janelle was the first girl on stage, and she chose Dierks Bentley's country hit "Home" for her victory song. R&B powerhouse Candice sang Mary J. Blige's version of Rose Royce's "I'm Going Down," and Angie's performance of Beyoncé's "I Was Here" left judge Keith Urban in tears. Amber was up next with Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman," and Kree closed out the night singing Susan Tedeschi's "Evidence."

American Idol's
top 10 returns Wednesday night to perform for America's vote live on Fox.

And, in a special twist, the show next week will have a sing-off between the guy and the girl who just missed the top ten.  Viewers will choose the winner, who will then get to join the top 10 on the American Idols Live summer tour.  At this point, we don't know who those contestants will be.

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Monday
Nov192012

"Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" Semifinals: Three Stars Get Perfect Scores

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- The five stars remaining on Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars danced two routines in Monday night’s semifinals, and their second sets were performed to songs from Michael Jackson’s Bad to commemorate the iconic album’s 25th anniversary.

The stars pushed themselves and delivered outstanding routines that earned three of them perfect scores. At the end of the night, Shawn Johnson was at the head of the pack with a total of 59 out of a possible 60 points, while Emmitt Smith and Kelly Monaco each had 54 points, tying them for the night’s lowest totals.

The first round required dancers to create a coherent routine featuring an unusual mix of styles and themes. Among the styles were the surfer flamenco, knight rider bhangra, and big top jazz.

Two dancers will go home Tuesday ahead of next week’s finale. Elimination is based on a combination of judges’ scores plus audience votes. The stars with the lowest overall totals will go home.

Kirstie Alley and Gilles Marini were voted off the show last week.

Also on Tuesday's show, Paula Abdul will return to the ballroom to perform her new single “Dream Medley.” She served as a guest judge earlier this season.

First Round


Melissa Rycroft:  Even though Rycroft’s pro partner Tony Dovolani was dancing with a back injury, he easily performed the lifts in an athletic routine that presented the hustle with a prehistoric flavor.

“Melissa, you never disappoint. ... I thought Tony had the muscle and you had the hustle and I really enjoyed watching it. Well done,” head judge Len Goodman told Rycroft. Total score: 27.5 out of a possible 30 points.

Shawn Johnson: The Olympian danced a Bhangra – an Indian folkdance – to an Indian version of the theme of Knight Rider, the hit 1980s TV show. The ballroom audience surged to its feet and roared its approval of the frenetic routine, and the judges loved it, too.

Judge Bruno Tonioli gave Johnson and her David Hasselhoff-styled pro dance partner Derek Hough a standing ovation. “Another mega hit for Shawn and the Hoff – and this time - they’re doing it Bhangra style,” he proclaimed. Total score: 30/30, the first perfect score of the night.

Apolo Anton Ohno: Ohno’s big top jazz routine featured ambitious jazz choreography with a circus theme that drew mixed feedback from judges.

Ohno slipped at the beginning of the routine, and judge Carrie Ann Inaba said that may have thrown him off. She also called the routine “disjointed.”

Tonioli strongly disagreed, saying he appreciated the routine’s creativity.

“That was edgy, surreal, it was like a blend of Cirque du Soleil and Clockwork Orange,” he said. Total score: 27/30.

Emmitt Smith: His lindy hop was a comical take on an espionage story, and Tonoli called it fun. “It was like a Looney Tunes version of James Bond,” he said.

Goodman said he would have liked a little more lindy hop content, but approved of the concept, the energy, the lifts and the overall package. Total score: 27/30.

Kelly Monaco: The soap opera star’s surfer-themed flamenco was aggressive and passionate, and when Monaco and her pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy stripped off their costumes to reveal swimsuits, ending the routine on a wet platform, the crowd went wild.

Judges appreciated the energy, but told Monaco that the routine didn’t have enough flamenco content. “It was all paso (doble), it really didn’t have the arms,” Inaba said, mentioning a unique feature of the dance. Total score: 25.5/30.

Second Round


Each second-round dance was performed to a song from Michael Jackson’s Bad.

Melissa Rycroft:  Rycroft’s sensuous Argentine tango was set to “Dirty Diana,” and the routine was filled with intricate lifts that Rycroft and Dovolani performed without a hitch.

“Dirty Diana, I would like to introduce you to magnificent Melissa,” Inaba said, praising the performance. Tonioli told Rycroft she had exceeded all expectations and deserved a spot in the final. He ended with a plea to America to support Rycroft. Total score: 30/30.

Shawn Johnson: Johnson’s Argentine tango was set to Bad, the title track from the album. The crisp, passionate performance drew rave reviews from Tonioli and Goodman.

“It was breathtaking...stylistically it was perfect. Is there anything you can’t do?” Tonioli asked. Inaba agreed that Johnson’s performance was beautiful, but said it lacked the drama that such a dance required. Total score: 29/30.

Apolo Anton Ohno: Ohno’s fluid rumba to “Man in the Mirror” drew praise from all three judges.

Tonioli said the performance was the “perfect pitch between sensuality and romance.” Inaba said the routine touched her with its passion and emotion, while Goodman added: “It had a subtlety to it. There was a calmness. It was captivating. It was fabulous.” Total score: 30/30.

Emmitt Smith:  The NFL legend’s tango had judges praising his commitment even as they pointed out the flaws in his technique.

Tonioli commended Smith’s “almost criminal and predatory power” but added “the footwork could have been more exact.” Inaba agreed, saying the hold was “a bit broad,” but adding that the performance would please fans. Total score: 27/30.

Kelly Monaco: Monaco’s sultry rumba wowed judges. Tonioli commented on the chemistry between Monaco and her partner, with whom she had shared a kiss at the end of the routine.

“Well, that was smoldering, driven by desire,” Tonioli said of the performance. Goodman told Monaco she had done well in showing emotion with control. Total score: 28.5/30.

The Scores (First Round; Second Round: Night’s Total)


Shawn Johnson:  30; 29: Total: 59
Melissa Rycroft:  27.5; 30. Total: 57.5
Apolo Anton Ohno:  27; 30. Total: 57
Kelly Monaco:  25.5; 28.5. Total: 54
Emmitt Smith:  27; 27. Total: 54

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Monday
Nov122012

"Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" Recap: In Week of Military Tributes, Trio Dances, Melissa Rycroft Reigns

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Monday night on Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars, the seven remaining celebrities performed two routines in a show that paid homage to the nation’s veterans.

TV personality Melissa Rycroft continued her domination of the leader board by earning two perfect scores. Those points, added to the scores from last week, had her at the head of the pack. Actress Kirstie Alley has the lowest totals.

Because last Tuesday was Election Day, there was no results show last week. The scores from Monday's show were combined with the totals from last week.

Two stars will be eliminated Tuesday night. Elimination is decided based on judges' scores and viewer votes. The stars with the lowest combined totals will be sent home.

Monday's show featured two rounds of dance. The first round featured couples in routines that commemorated Veterans Day and honored members of the U.S. armed services. In the subsequent round –- dubbed the Trio dances -- the couples were joined by a second professional dancer.

Members of the U.S. military were in the ballroom audience, including J.R. Martinez, the Army veteran who won season 13 of the regular competition.

First Round: The Individual Routines

Shawn Johnson: Dancing again with pro partner Derek Hough -- who was out last week with an injury -- Johnson’s delicate, tender Viennese waltz touched the judges.

"My darling, that was heavenly perfection,” Bruno Tonioli said. Head judge Len Goodman called the performance poignant and fabulous, while Carrie Ann Inaba said the routine was a fitting tribute for the occasion. Total score: 29.5 out of a possible 30 points.

Apolo Anton Ohno: The Olympic speedskater made a strong impression when he entered the dance floor on a zip line, and his militant tango continued to impress, drawing a standing ovation from the ballroom audience.  

"That was a daredevil of a tango!” Tonioli enthused. Inaba and Goodman also raved about the performance. Total score: 29.5/30.

Kirstie Alley: Alley’s elegant Viennese waltz won the judges’ approval.

Tonioli told her the routine was stylish, elegant and well-danced, while Goodman told the actress it was her “best dance yet. Well done!” Inaba also praised Alley, but said she would like to see a greater degree of difficulty in her next routine. Total score: 27/30.

Kelly Monaco: The General Hospital star’s Viennese waltz drew mixed feedback from the judges.

Inaba and Tonioli were captivated by the routine, but Goodman found it “a little sharp on occasion.” Tonioli rushed to the star’s defense. “Ignore him, darling, you are a twinkling twirler....,” Tonioli said, adding that Monaco performed each of the dance’s shapes with ease. Total score: 28/30.

Gilles Marini: The actor’s high-energy quickstep had the judges giving high praise.

Tonioli called it fast, slick and efficient. Goodman agreed. “You came out, energy, speed and with control. That was a quickstep,” he said. Inaba tempered her praise by saying she noticed Marini wobbling a few times during the routine. Her fellow judges disagreed with that assessment. Total score: 29.5/30.

Emmitt Smith: Smith’s Viennese waltz was smooth but he had a slight stumble, judges said. Nevertheless, they said they liked his performance.

Inaba told the NFL legend that she wanted him to push himself more. “Yes, there was a slight stumble but overall it was very, very nice, because you interpreted it in a very, very classic way,” Tonioli said. Total score: 28/30.

Melissa Rycroft:  Rycroft’s jaunty, Navy-inspired quickstep had judges praising the TV personality’s performance.

“Oh, Melissa, I want to join the Navy. Oh, that was so wonderful...fantastic,” Tonioli said. Inaba told Rycroft that she was on a roll from her leader board-topping performances from last week, and Goodman called the routine “the bee’s knees.” Total score: 30/30.

Second Round: The Trio Routines

Shawn Johnson:  Johnson’s tribal-inspired samba featuring her partner and pro Mark Ballas had judges deeply divided.

Goodman called the routine “self-indulgent.” He acknowledged that the performance was a crowd-pleaser, but said it lacked samba content. “Shawn, if you go home tomorrow, don’t blame me, blame those two,” he said, of Johnson’s partners. Tonioli agreed. “As a piece of dance, as art, it was absolutely fantastic...but even I have to admit, it wasn’t really a samba,” he said.

Inaba disagreed, saying that Johnson and her partners took a risk and she appreciated what they did. Total score: 26/30. Inaba and Tonioli gave her 10 and 9 points, respectively, but the audience booed when Goodman awarded 7 points.

Apolo Anton Ohno: Ohno did a spirited jive inspired by the movie Grease alongside pro dancer Sasha Farber and his partner Karina Smirnoff.

Tonioli told the athlete he had done a “fantastic job,” adding that Ohno was at the top of his game. Inaba said it was Ohno’s “best, most vibrant performance.” Total score: 29/30.

Kirstie Alley:  Alley’s barefoot paso doble -- alongside her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy and pro dancer Tristan MacManus -- was a bit of a disappointment to judges.

Tonioli praised the originality of the interpretation, but said that “as a paso doble, it could have been a bit more refined.” Inaba said she loved the costume and presentation but found Alley’s performance a little sloppy. Total score: 24/30.

Kelly Monaco: Joined by pro dancer Louis Van Amstel, Monaco and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy turned in a fun, bubbly jive which Goodman said had the “f” factor: “It was fun, it was fast, it was flamboyant and it was fabulous!” he said. Tonioli and Inaba were similarly enthusiastic. Total score: 28.5/30.

Gilles Marini: The actor’s sultry salsa found favor with the audience, but Tonioli pointed out that he seemed to lose his timing at certain points, and Inaba agreed -- but Goodman had nothing but praise for the routine, telling Marini he had not hidden behind his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd or pro dancer Chelsie Hightower. Total score: 29/30.

Emmitt Smith: The NFL legend and his partner, Cheryl Burke, were joined by pro dancer Kym Johnson for a smooth salsa which judges loved.

Inaba told Smith he was “red-hot,” while Goodman said Smith’s routine was like “working two yo-yos at the same time....,” with clean choreography and great musicality. Total score: 30/30.

Melissa Rycroft:  With partner Tony Dovolani and pro dancer Henry Byalikov, Rycroft played a controlling dominatrix in a paso doble that was flamboyant and fierce.

“Of all our celebrities, and you’re all great, you impress me the most,” Goodman told Rycroft. Tonioli called Rycroft “a fantastic dancer.” Total score: 30/30, her second perfect score of the night.

The Totals:  (Individual Routines; Trio Dance)

Melissa Rycroft: 30; 30. Added to last week’s score, Rycroft has a combined total of 99 points.

Shawn Johnson: 29.5; 26. Added to last week’s score, Johnson has a combined total of 93.5 points.

Kelly Monaco: 28; 28.5. Added to last week’s score, Monaco has a combined total of 92.5 points.

Emmitt Smith: 28; 30. Added to last week’s score, Smith has a combined total of 92.5 points.

Gilles Marini: 29.5; 29. Added to last week’s score, Marini has a combined total of 92 points.

Apolo Anton Ohno: 29.5; 29. Added to last week’s score, Ohno has a combined total of 91.5 points.

Kirstie Alley: 27; 24. Added to last week’s score, Alley has a combined total of 79 points.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Oct232012

"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Celebs Dance to "Guilty Pleasure" Songs

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing with the Stars kicked off its "guilty pleasures" week Monday night, with four of the eight remaining celebrities performing individual routines to songs they enjoy listening to.

The other stars collaborated on a team freestyle dance. That group included Melissa Rycroft, who on Sunday suffered a disc herniation at the C4-C5 level of her cervical spine during rehearsals. She soldiered on and competed despite the injury, which didn't seem to hamper her ability on the dance floor too much.

The show was cut short by one hour due to the presidential debate.

Here's a rundown of Monday's individual dances:

-- Kelly Monaco, wearing a sexy leather outfit, and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy -- who showed off his own body by keeping his shirt open -- got things started with a samba to "Want U Back," by British pop star Cher Lloyd.

Len Goodman, calling himself a "conservative sort of an English guy," complained that it was too raunchy. Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba both felt Monaco came across as tense and unnatural in her movements. Total score: 24.5 out of a possible 30.

-- Gilles Marini donned dress pants and suspenders for his rumba with Peta Murgatroyd. Marini's song choice was Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."

Inaba had the pratfall of the night -- after yelling, "Let the baby-making begin!" she fell off her chair. After getting back to her feet with a smile on her face, she said she enjoyed the sensuality of the dance.

Tonioli believed that Marini maintained his rhythm well. Goodman added that the performance deserved an Oscar nomination. Total score: 29.5/30.

-- Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy wore all black for their quickstep to the Simon & Garfunkel classic "Mrs. Robinson."

Inaba declared it to be Alley's best dance of the season, aside from one small "boo boo." Goodman played off the name of her partner by telling her she danced to the "maximum." Total score: 25.5/30.

-- Surrounded by inflatable parrots, Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke tackled the samba as the house band played the Barry Manilow hit "Copacabana."

Goodman called it an "unstoppable" performance. Tonioli said the ex-NFL star made the samba look so easy to do. Inaba built upon Tonioli's critique, exclaiming that Smith has the "samba swagger." Total score: 29/30.

For the team dance, Rycroft, Sabrina Bryan, Apolo Anton Ohno and captain Shawn Johnson worked together on a high school football-themed freestyle set to the Carly Rae Jepsen hit "Call Me Maybe." The ladies wore cheerleader outfits for the occasion.

Goodman said the team's moves were tight, in a good way. Inaba thought they were fantastic, and Tonioli said it was hard to distinguish the stars from the pros because the former danced so well. Total score: 29.5/30, including a 10 from Goodman.

On Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC, the celebrities involved in the aforementioned team dance will perform their individual routines. The other stars will deliver their own team freestyle. No one will be eliminated this week.

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Monday
Oct152012

"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Gilles Marini and Shawn Johnson Tie for First Place

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- For the second week in a row, there is a two-way tie atop the Dancing with the Stars leader board.

Gilles Marini and Shawn Johnson on Monday night each earned a near-perfect total score of 39.5/40. That's not a misprint -- the couples had the opportunity to earn up to 40 points, rather than the usual 30, due to the presence of a special guest judge: Paula Abdul. She joined regulars Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges' table.

As part of their scores, Marini and Johnson received the first 10s of the season.

Kirstie Alley, who opened the broadcast, was the lowest-scoring celebrity of the night.

The couples performed dance styles rarely seen on Dancing with the Stars. The styles were assigned to them by their fellow competitors.

Here's a rundown of Monday's performances:

-- Kirstie Alley kicked off the first dance of the night by jumping out of a fake, oversized wedding cake. She then joined her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, for their version of the Charleston.

Maks cleaned up his look -- he had a stubble-free face and a neatly-parted hairdo.

Goodman said Alley turned "Monday into a fun day" with her entertaining dance. Abdul admired the former Cheers star for adopting a new persona in the ballroom each week. Tonioli called Alley a "mad woman," reasoning that she danced as if she was a combination of Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters. Total score: 30 out of a possible 40.

-- Bristol Palin turned the clock back with a 1950s rock 'n' roll dance with Mark Ballas, set to "At the Hop" by Danny & the Juniors. Once again, her mom, Sarah Palin, was in the audience to cheer her on.

Abdul and Inaba both noted how much Palin has improved from the start of the season. Goodman praised her for giving it her all on the dance floor. Total score: 32/40.

-- Sabrina Bryan donned a feathery blue outfit for the start of her disco routine with Louis Van Amstel. She quickly ditched it for the rest of the performance, with the Bee Gees' "You Should Be Dancing" providing the soundtrack.

Tonioli shot out of his chair, did a few Bee Gees-style moves himself, and proclaimed Bryan to be a disco diva. However, he claimed she lost her timing in spots, a sentiment that Inaba disagreed with. Inaba said Bryan managed to demonstrate a different style effectively. Total score: 35.5/40.

-- The fog machine was in full effect for Emmitt Smith's bolero with Cheryl Burke. The song of choice was the Leona Lewis single "Better In Time."

Inaba practically drooled as she said she enjoyed watching a burly man such as Smith dance so dramatically. Abdul was on the same wavelength as Inaba, describing Smith as a "sexy beast." Goodman said he had been concerned that Smith was attempting the bolero, but he marveled at his fluidity. Total score: 36/40.

-- Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd tackled the Bollywood genre with the help of the Oscar-winning song from Slumdog Millionaire, "Jai Ho."

Goodman applauded Marini for committing himself 100 percent to the dance. Abdul imitated Tonioli's exuberant tone in complimenting the actor on his spicy maneuvers. The real Tonioli was similarly enthusiastic. Inaba claimed Aladdin has nothing on Marini. Total score: 39.5/40. Marini became the first celebrity of the season to earn a 10 from a judge.

-- Melissa Rycroft teamed up with Tony Dovolani for a jitterbug to Brian Setzer's "This Cat's On A Hot Tin Roof." Both wore green and white costumes that would have fit right in at a '50s café.

Abdul said Rycroft and Dovolani fit together like a brother and sister. Inaba remarked that the couple's work seemed effortless. Goodman told Rycroft that all of her dances, including what he termed her "glitterbug," are clean. Total score: 37/40.

-- Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough followed last week's crowd-pleasing display with a mambo set to Santana music.

Tonioli raved that the Olympic gymnast keeps getting better and better. Goodman said he really liked what he saw from Johnson. Inaba declared that the other contestants should be scared of Johnson and Hough at this stage of the competition. Total score: 39.5/40.

-- Apolo Anton Ohno struggled with his microphone pack during his hip-hop dance with Karina Smirnoff; at one point, it was swinging wildly in the air.

Even worse, Smirnoff slipped during the routine. She was so distraught that she cried once the music -- Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison" -- ended.

Goodman said he didn't even notice Smirnoff's mishap, and told Ohno he was excellent. Abdul said hip-hop comes naturally to Ohno. Tonioli said the speed skater covered his own mistake beautifully.

As co-host Brooke Burke pointed out, Smirnoff's performance did not factor into the judges' scores. Total score: 34.5/40.

-- Kelly Monaco showed a lot of leg for a steamy contemporary dance with Valentin Chmerkovskiy, as the band played Coldplay's "Fix You." It was inarguably one of the sexiest dances of the season.

Goodman mentioned the wide range of emotions displayed by Monaco -- love, hate and more. Tonioli complimented her for ably handling the most difficult genre of dance of the night. Inaba said the dance was "stunning" because Monaco wore her heart on her sleeve. Total score: 37.5/40.

One of these celebrities will be eliminated on the Dancing with the Stars results show, airing on ABC at a special time of 8 p.m. Eastern time. Donny Osmond and Susan Boyle will be the musical guests.

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Tuesday
Oct022012

"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Sabrina Leads the Way, Bristol's on the Bottom

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- If her performance on Dancing with the Stars Monday night is any indication, Sabrina Bryan may not have to worry about an early elimination from the competition again.

The former Disney star, who surprisingly was voted off during Week Six of the show's fifth season, topped the leader board with a late '50s/early '60s-style quickstep.

Bristol Palin, who improbably reached the season-11 finals, is in danger of getting the boot on Tuesday night's results show after receiving the lowest total score.

Here's a rundown of what happened:

-- Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani opened the broadcast with a high-energy jive set to The Isley Brothers' classic song "Shout."

Len Goodman declared that Rycroft had set the bar high for the rest of the competitors. Bruno Tonioli remarked that it was one of the fastest jives he's ever seen -- he meant that as a compliment -- though he claimed Rycroft's footwork was slightly off. Goodman vehemently disagreed. Total score: 23.5 out of a possible 30.

-- Bristol Palin adopted a cowgirl motif for her quickstep with Mark Ballas, choosing Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman" because she said it fits her well. She donned cowboy boots and danced in front of a makeshift desert set that featured neon cacti and a blazing sun.

For the second week in a row, Palin's mom, Sarah Palin, was in attendance to root her on.

Tonioli said there were too many mistakes in Palin's technique. Carrie Ann Inaba focused on the positive at first, telling her she's come a long way since she first competed on Dancing with the Stars. However, Inaba also claimed Palin blatantly broke the show's rule regarding holds.  Total score: 18/30.

-- Helio Castroneves sported a flashy pink jacket -- matching partner Chelsie Hightower's dress -- for their jive to Neon Trees' "Everybody Talks."

Goodman said Castroneves brought "style with a smile." Tonioli agreed, calling the performance a "delicious treat of a jive." Total score: 23/30.

-- Apolo Anton Ohno joined Karina Smirnoff for a big band-flavored quickstep, as the band played Louis Prima's "Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days."

Tonioli praised Ohno for his incredible footwork. Inaba said he was "truly driving the dance," which is key to winning the Mirror Ball trophy. Total score: 24.5/30.

-- Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel dashed from backstage to the dance floor -- it was all part of their act -- for a quickstep to the 1970s Ram Jam hit "Black Betty."

Tonioli compared Bryan to Ginger Rogers at her best. That may have been a dated reference for the 28-year-old Bryan. Inaba let out a scream and said the dance was ridiculously good. Total score: 26/30.

-- Kirstie Alley channeled her inner Frenchwoman -- donning a short black wig -- for a jive with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She teased a kiss with Goodman at the end, but unlike last week, when she smooched host Tom Bergeron, Alley backed off.

Goodman labeled her "flirty Kirstie," then said her moves were neat and precise. Tonioli commented that she "played" the jive beautifully. Total score: 21/30.

-- Last week's high scorer, Emmitt Smith, partnered with Cheryl Burke for a quickstep that was a notch below his week-one effort.

Tonioli said he felt the chemistry between Smith and Burke, but added the former NFL star's timing was a bit off. Inaba believed that the other male athletes on the show, Castroneves and Ohno, outperformed Smith. Total score: 22.5/30.

-- After falling into the bottom two during the first results show of the season, Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya bounced back with a rock 'n' roll jive to Fall Out Boy's "Dance, Dance."

Inaba said she was pleasantly surprised to see an edgy side from Lachey. However, the panel advised him to improve his footwork. Total score: 22.5/30.

-- Joey Fatone, doing his best Charlie Chaplin impression, teamed up with Kym Johnson for a silent film-inspired quickstep. It was accompanied by a jazzy version of the Radiohead hit "Creep."

Inaba said the routine was entertaining, but had its fair share of mistakes. Goodman built on that critique by giving Fatone a backhanded compliment: "If you can't dance much, come out and entertain us, and you did." Total score: 22.5/30.

-- Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough turned back the clock with a jive to the sounds of "The Nicest Kids in Town," from Hairspray.

Tonioli launched out of his chair -- he does that often -- and exclaimed it was exhilarating. He then turned to Goodman, who claimed the dance was "just enough," and said, "I don't know what you want more, but you won't get it." Total score: 25/30.

-- Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy did an elegant quickstep, with Selena Gomez's "Who Says" providing the soundtrack.

Tonioli and Inaba both pointed out there were some flaws in the dance, with Tonioli warning Monaco that she missed a few steps. Total score: 22/30.

-- Gilles Marini closed the show with a jive alongside Peta Murgatroyd.

Inaba likened Marini to John Travolta, saying that his kicks were the best of the night. Goodman complimented him on his fast movements, and Tonioli screamed, "Let the good times roll! Great!" Total score: 25.5/30.

A second celebrity will be eliminated on Tuesday night's results show, airing on ABC at 9 p.m. Eastern time, following a "defining dances" special. Past contestant Katherine Jenkins will perform with fellow opera singer Placido Domingo. Cher Lloyd has also been announced as a musical guest.

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Monday
May142012

"Desperate Housewives" Finale: A Wedding, a Birth, a Death and the Future

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- It was all flashbacks, feelings and fond farewells on Sunday night, as ABC’s Desperate Housewives finally reached the end of the lane. In a two-part special, the show ended its eighth season with story lines that included a murder trial, a wedding, a birth and a death. It’s the stuff that the comedy-drama has been dishing up since the women of Wisteria Lane first hit our screens in 2004.

The finale featured Marcia Cross’ Bree on trial for the murder of Gabrielle’s (Eva Longoria) perverted stepfather, Alejandro. Poor Mrs. McCluskey, played by Kathryn Joosten, succumbed to her cancer, but not before taking the stand at Bree’s trial to make the claim that she was the one who killed Alejandro, taking the heat off Gabrielle and Bree. Fans of the show had already seen Gabrielle’s husband, Carlos, Ricardo Chavira’s character, unintentionally kill Alejandro at the start of this season. Bree ended up romantically involved with her lawyer, Trip, portrayed by Scott Bakula.

Renee — Vanessa Williams’ character — got married to Ben, but on the way, pregnant Julie’s water broke, forcing her mother, Teri Hatcher’s Susan, to comically take the wheel of the limo to get them to the hospital. Felicity Huffman’s Lynette reconciled with her estranged husband, Tom, when she made a moving speech at the wedding telling the happy couple and watching friends, “Always remember how much you wanted to be loved, and how much you are loved.”

We also got to see, in a flashback, Mary Alice Young, who is usually only heard as the show’s narrator, plus the return of Dana Delaney’s Katherine to Fairview.

Near the end of the show, the four principal housewives were seen sitting around a table playing poker and talking. They promised each other that they would meet to play cards again – but that was not to be. We were shown that the future would see Lynette and Tom moving to New York, Gabrielle leaving the lane with Carlos to become a home shopping TV celebrity in Hollywood, and Bree moving to Louisville and entering into a political career.

Susan and her family were the last to move out, but not before we were introduced a new young housewife with her own secrets.  As Susan took one last drive down Wisteria Lane, we saw that she was being watched over by the ghosts of all who had lived and died there, including her dead lover Mike, played by James Denton, and, of course, Mrs. McCluskey. In the final voiceover, we were reminded that most of us try in vain to keep secrets that will never stay hidden.

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Friday
May112012

‘American Idol’ Recap: Hollie Cavanagh Eliminated; 3 Finalists Remain

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Hollie Cavanagh got the boot on American Idol Thursday night. She stumbled Wednesday night with Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” while the other three finalists soared. Hollie sang Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb” for her farewell song.

Remaining contestants Phillip Phillips, Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez will now head off to visit their hometowns in the coming days.

The top four opened the show with a group performance of The Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” in a nod to Wednesday night’s California Dreamin’ performance round.

Everyone in the audience at Thursday’s results show got a ticket to one of the concerts on this summer’s Idol tour. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Season seven winner David Cook sang his new song, “The Last Song I’ll Write for You” on Thursday’s results show. Jennifer Lopez left her spot behind the judges’ table for a big production performance of her new hit “Dance Again.” As in the video, Jennifer danced the breakdown with her boyfriend, dancer Casper Smart. At the end of the performance, Jennifer said of Casper, “He’s so cute.”

Of note, Phillip Phillips was absent from this week’s Ford music video, which means he wasn’t available to shoot it last Sunday for some reason.

American Idol's top three finalists will perform for the nation’s vote next Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Tuesday
May082012

'Dancing with the Stars' Recap: Melissa Gilbert & Roshon Fegan Eliminated

ABC (LOS ANGELES) -- So much for "happy birthday." On the day she turned 48, former Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert and her pro partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, were eliminated from Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.

Disney actor Roshon Fegan and his partner, Chelsie Hightower, also got the boot as part of the ABC series' double-elimination week.

That leaves four couples to battle it out in next week's semifinals: Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd, Maria Menounos and Derek Hough, and William Levy and Cheryl Burke.

Gilbert, the lowest-scoring celebrity on Monday's performance show, said it was a joyful birthday for her despite her elimination because she made it so far in the competition.    

Fegan -- who was situated in the upper half of the leader board thanks in part to a foxtrot that earned him a score of 29 out of a possible 30 -- said he was happy he learned ballroom dancing moves.

Chris Brown was the musical guest on the results show, performing "Turn Up the Music." There was also a dancing tribute to the late Dick Clark.

Dancing with the Stars' semifinals round begins next Monday on ABC at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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Monday
May072012

"Dancing with the Stars": William Levy Tops Leader Board in Double-Elimination Week

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- William Levy did all he could on Monday night to make sure he'll survive double-elimination week on Dancing with the Stars. The telenovela actor and his pro partner, Cheryl Burke, earned the top overall score on the strength of their foxtrot and paso doble.

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy returned to the bottom of the leader board, though the judges praised them for showing improvement.

The six remaining stars had to dance twice on Monday night. There was a ballroom round as a well as a "trio" round, in which each couple invited a pro to join them for their second performance.

Here's a rundown of the individual performances, in chronological order:

-- Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd put on their serious faces for an intense tango set to the Stevie Wonder hit "Higher Ground."

Len Goodman described the routine as a "first-round knockout." Bruno Tonioli exclaimed that it was filled with aggression and power. Total score: 27 out of a possible 30.

The couple was joined by Karina Smirnoff for the "trio dance": a jive to Little Richards' "Rip It Up" that concluded with Driver leaping over both ladies simultaneously. Goodman yelled that it was "fun, fun, fun!" Trio score: 28/30. Overall score: 55/60.

-- Maria Menounos and Derek Hough delivered an elegant Viennese waltz to Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years."

As Menounos' eyes welled up, Tonioli said her emotional involvement in the dance, as well as her fluidity and seamless transitions, were impressive. Carrie Ann Inaba said she felt as if an angel was singing as Menounos performed. For some reason, Goodman was a little underwhelmed by what he saw. Total score: 28/30.

Menounos and Hough did a Bollywood-influenced samba with the help of a pro named Henry Byalikov. Inaba said the threesome was in sync but there were a few slip-ups by Menounos. Goodman observed the moves had no real connection to the samba. Trio score: 25/30. Overall score: 53/60.

-- Melissa Gilbert, wearing a tiger print outfit, and a bespectacled Maksim Chmerkovskiy tackled the foxtrot, as the house band played Rod Stewart's "Maggie May."

Inaba declared it to be Gilbert's best dance to date because she appeared confident. Tonioli agreed, saying he enjoyed the presentation.

Before the pair received their score, Maksim conceded that he'd been too harsh with Gilbert during rehearsals -- he was videotaped cursing in her presence repeatedly -- and vowed not to be so temperamental around her again. Total score: 24/30.

The duo was joined by Maksim's brother, Val Chermkovskiy, for a samba set to "Hard to Handle." Inaba applauded Gilbert for letting loose. Both she and Goodman thought it trumped her foxtrot from earlier in the night. Trio score: 27/30. Overall score: 51/60.

-- Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas did an ambitious Viennese waltz that included the classical singer's partner spinning her with arms extended repeatedly on the dance floor. The song of choice was David Gray's "Kathleen."

Goodman didn't like "the spinning thing," but otherwise was fine with the dance. Inaba said Jenkins lost her balance at times and it showed. Total score: 26/30.

Tristan MacManus teamed up with Jenkins and Ballas for a cha cha cha set to her fellow Welshman Tom Jones' song "She's A Lady." The men were dressed like Men in Black-type agents.

Goodman thought it was "clean." Tonioli told Jenkins that she conveyed a sense of coolness during the dance. Trio score: 29/30. Overall score: 55/60.

-- Roshon Fegan, dressed in a plaid suit, courted Chelsie Hightower on a "park bench" before the two broke out into the foxtrot to Amos Lee's "Sweet Pea."

In a somewhat odd statement, Tonioli said Fegan reminded him of Mickey Rooney. Inaba said that his grandmother -- who was sitting in the audience and to whom the Disney actor dedicated the dance -- should be proud. Total score: 29/30.

The couple welcomed pro Sasha Farber for a paso doble, with the David Guetta/Nicki Minaj song "Turn Me On" providing the soundtrack. Inaba said she loved the theme of the two men "fighting," but they were off at times. Goodman said the guys were like "two skinny flies chasing the ketchup." Trio score: 27/30. Overall score: 56/60.

-- With the Eiffel Tower serving as a backdrop, William Levy and Cheryl Burke danced the foxtrot to the Stray Cats' "Stray Cat Strut."

Inaba raved about the performance, calling Levy a super-hot and sexy Pink Panther. Tonioli added that Levy couldn't act more debonair and suave if he tried. Total score: 30/30.

The couple collaborated with Tony Dovolani on a paso doble, with Levy dressed like Zorro. Goodman told all three they did a fabulous job. Tonioli said they weren't always in sync with one another. Trio score: 27/30. Overall score: 57/60.

On Tuesday night's results show, two couples will be eliminated, and Chris Brown will perform. It airs on ABC at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.
 
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