AMERICAN IDOL Recap: Going Solo!

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Solo Performance night of Hollywood Week is ‘Idol’s’ first major attempt to get us to care about this season’s contestants and decide if we’re interested in seeing more of them.
The contestants get a full band, an audience and a big stage on which to perform. It’s the real crucible to see if they’re cut out to make it on the live shows and, of course, to see if they can make an impact and make us care about them going forward.
Here’s my assessment of the contestants from whom we got to see a full performance last night. [Read more…]

AMERICAN IDOL Week Ends and We’ve Got Your Best and Worst

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The brilliant glorious wreck that is the group round of Hollywood Week came to an end last night with no shortage of awkwardness, in-fighting and strange illnesses. But what were the best parts? Check out round two of our Hollywood Week Awards:

“Lost in Space” Award
Back in the day, long before Matt LeBlanc attempted to be a sci-fi action movie hero, “Lost in Space” was known for ending its episodes on a cliffhanger and then starting the next week to show an anti-climactic resolution to that situation. This week, ‘Idol’ did the same with Alexis’ panic attack. Guess what? She was fine and started singing immediately! Who saw that coming as she suffered from nothing that was caused by nothing? She got through despite an inability to sing. At least there may be some more panic attacks in our future. [Read more…]

THE MENTALIST Recap: Our Top 5 Favorite Moments From “Byzantium”

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We’re down to the wire, folks. Here are your MENTALIST Top Five Moments!

The Case!
Two young lovebirds are shot dead in their car for being in a lover’s lane at the wrong time. Cho, who I’m relieved did not up and quit after last week, tells Lisbon they can use Jane’s special brand of intuition. Lisbon looks like she wants to throw up but puts on a smile and says she’ll do it. Oblivious Cho remains what must be intentionally oblivious. Jane, meanwhile, is enjoying the Grand Canyon in his airstream and ignores Lisbon’s call. Yikes!

The kids were each missing a fingernail. Ew. Abbott tells Lisbon he knows she and Jane are trying to work it out, but he says the case is getting headlines, and they need Jane’s noggin. Lisbon swears she’s working on it. And by that she means she put a warrant out for his arrest for “failing to appear.” At least Jane appreciates the pun.

A park ranger tells Cho of a couple of brothers who have a shack outside of the park where the kids were found, and I think Cho’s having Vega-related PTSD, because he’s especially rough with one of them. They turn out to be a dead-end.

Abbott later calls him on it after the ranger tattles on Cho. He admits to the aggression because he was caught by surprise and says it won’t happen again. Though he does get his back up when Abbott suggests he see the counselor he saw after he left Special Forces. Cho says he’ll think about it but not in a way you believe it.

However, he does genuinely thank Abbott. [Read more…]

THE MENTALIST Shocker: Our Top 5 Favorite Moments From “Nothing Gold Can Stay”

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Brace yourselves, everyone. Here are your Mentalist Top Five Moments!

Vacation Time!
Jane wants to go to a “rustic” cabin, and I’m with Lisbon when she equates that word with no running water. She was hoping to go to a place where they leave a mint on the pillow. Jane later gets Lisbon mints and agrees to her luxurious terms. Let’s see if it happens. [Read more…]

THE ORIGINALS Recap: “Sanctuary”

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Everyone, this week’s episode of THE ORIGINALS was epic!  It was the kind of epicness that sneaks up on you because all the knowledge and revelations that were dropped came out of nowhere.  I’m still reeling from this episode.  We meet Freya (who may be super crazy), were graced with more Rebekah, saw the Kalus we all love to hate again and Finn figured out about Hope!  Let’s dig in (and this week we’re going to take it storyline by storyline)! [Read more…]

AMERICAN IDOL Season 14 Recap: We Rank the Best and Worst New Orleans Auditions

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‘Idol’ strolled into the Big Easy last night and Harry predictably had very high and specific standards for the hopefuls from New Orleans.

So who lived up to the judges’ lofty expectations and who fell flat? Luckily, there was a nice mixture of both last night. [Read more…]