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Giuliana Rancic Drops the Award She's Presenting to Kara DioGuardi (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 23rd 2011 9:40AM
Kara DioGuardi, 'Giuliana & Bill'Public speaking is a very difficult thing for some people to master. There's something about all those faces staring back at you that can cause your body to freeze and your brain to push the flush lever on everything you were planning to say. We saw it last week on 'Giuliana & Bill' (Mon., 8PM ET on Style) when Giuliana bombed as host of an awards show.

This week, all she had to do was present a Lifetime Achievement Award to her good friend Kara DioGuardi, but nevertheless Bill was nervous for her. We all were.

Giuliana started off shaky, but surprisingly dropping the award turned out to be the best thing that could have happened for her. She got the audience laughing, and that seemed to help her calm down. That and actually getting some laughs for her jokes had to help.

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Kara DioGuardi Judges a Belly-Flopping Contest on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 29th 2011 4:54AM
Kara DioGuardi, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Jimmy Kimmel set up another one of his belly-flopping competitions on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC). While the first contestants were a little underwhelming, Kimmel got his hopes up when Eddie stood poised and ready to jump.

Clearly, his was the belly to beat, but could he flop it properly? Kara DioGuardi was on hand to judge, while Jason Bateman made sure Kimmel reminded him to jump belly first into the water. You can't get a good splash otherwise.

"I want there to be not a drop of water left in that pool," Kimmel told Eddie.

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Scotty Tells Jackie People Don't Like Working With Her on 'Platinum Hit' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 21st 2011 2:27AM
Jackie Tohn, 'Platinum Hit'Jackie Tohn had a tough week on 'Platinum Hit' (Mon., 10PM ET on Bravo), and it wasn't even from the competition. Rather, it was from Scotty Granger deciding to step up -- on behalf of everyone else -- and tell her that she's difficult to work with.

He backtracked personally saying, "Scotty didn't say s*** about you. You should honor it that I am telling you what people are saying about you behind your back, whether they say it that they're saying it right now or not."

What a great way to stir up drama. Scotty could have been making that up, but he did it in such a way that Jackie immediately became convinced at least some of her fellow contestants don't like her, and the rest are looking at each other warily.

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Carson Kressley Talks 'Carson Nation,' Tweeting About Man Boobs (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 17th 2011 2:15PM
Carson Kressley on 'Live With Regis and Kelly'Former 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' star Carson Kressley is taking his fashion advice on the road for his new show, 'Carson Nation,' which premieres this month on OWN. He described the show Friday on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), and also got props on his Twitter skills from guest host Kara DioGuardi, who said she personally hasn't figured out how to use the medium properly.

"I have a vintage Airstream and my own truck," Kressley said of the show, "and me and my assistant drive it across country, and we stop at all the towns that need our help, which is a lot." A clip from the show featured Kressley helping a woman with her "man jeans."

DioGuardi said she was glad that Kressley tweets, particularly a recent post in which Kressley included a photo of his "moobs," or man-boobs. "Oh, I know a guy who has those," DioGuardi said. "Simon Cowell."

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Kara DioGuardi Tells Regis About 'Platinum Hit,' Says Songwriting Is Hard Work (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 17th 2011 1:40PM
Regis Philbin and Kara DioGuardi on 'Live With Regis and KellyKara DioGuardi has written hit songs for Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera and others, and that's hard work, she said Friday on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated). DioGuardi might be best known as judge on 'American Idol,' which is primarily billed as a singing contest. But her new show on Bravo, 'Platinum Hit,' is all about the songwriters.

"It's a really difficult thing, it's not easy to write hit songs," said DioGuardi. "And it's Bravo, so there's a lot of drama." That job is made harder with the distractions of a reality show setting. "We're starting to get into some good stuff because, like, two of the characters, or two of the contestants have a little romance going on," said DioGuardi. "In the house they're living in -- where they should be writing songs."

Regrettably, that gave Regis Philbin flashbacks to Thursday's show, when Michael Bolton was a guest, prompting him to butcher 'When a Man Loves a Woman,' making it an off-key, staccato 'When a Man Needs a Woman' that's more a cry for help than a love song.

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'American Idol' - 'Idol Gives Back/1 of 7 Voted Off' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 21st 2010 11:09PM
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It's "Inspiration Week" on 'American Idol,' which means the Idols sang inspirational songs on Tuesday, and 'Idol Gives Back' was on tap for tonight. It's truly amazing how much this charitable endeavor helps people around the globe. It's not easy to see all of the suffering going on in the world -- especially the children -- but it's really easy to pick up the phone and make a small donation that could save a kid's life.

Tonight, celebrities reported on the huge malaria problem in Africa; Save the Children; a food bank in Monrovia, Calif.; and global health, among others. At the end of the show, Simon Cowell reported that $15 million had been raised during the two hours the show aired. That's awesome. For more info and to learn how you can give, check out 'Idol Gives Back.'

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'American Idol' - 'Seven Finalists Compete' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 20th 2010 10:23PM
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This season has actually gone by pretty quickly for me. Top 7? That's completely nuts, yet here we are. Plus, we get a bitchin' mentor this week: Alicia Keys. The theme this week is the nebulous, "songs of inspiration," which could either be completely ridiculous or pretty cool.

Unfortunately, it's a little bit more of the former instead of the latter. I don't know what it is, but when left to basically their own devices, these guys aren't very good at picking songs. Just about everybody gave pretty much a "take it or leave it" performance. Of course, it wouldn't be 'Idol' if there wasn't a standout or two in the crowd.

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Do Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest Truly Not Like Each Other? (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 20th 2010 4:11AM
Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres Talk 'Idol' on 'Larry King Live'Larry King has interviewed some 40,000 politicians, athletes and entertainers -- basically every individual the culture's currently buzzing about. Last night on 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN) he spoke with 'American Idol's' judges, and it was time to get to the bottom of the Simon Cowell-Ryan Seacrest banter: Is it an act, or do they really not like each other?

Watch the video after the jump.

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'American Idol' - 'Two of 9 Voted Off' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 14th 2010 11:22PM
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After Big Mike's dramatic save last week, this show is being set up to be super-intense. Not only have the judges used their only save, but as the title indicates, two people are going home. But before that, we need a lot of filler. We have performances by Brooke White and Adam Lambert, which wow -- I enjoyed Brooke when she was on the show, but I can honestly say I haven't thought of her since.

We don't start off the show with any of this. Instead, we start off with the longest Elvis medley ever. It was so long, in fact, that I'm pretty sure they sang every single Elvis song ever written, four songs written by Elvis impersonators, and a verse from "Allison," just to round things out a little bit.

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'American Idol' - 'Top 9 Compete ... Again' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 14th 2010 4:08AM
American Idol, Casey James, Elvis Week"My tongue is not nearly as talented as yours." - Ryan Seacrest to Adam Lambert

It was an interesting night on 'American Idol,' as that statement suggests. Obviously, Ryan was talking about Adam's tongue action while singing, but when he said it, Adam's eyebrows went up. He and Ryan would make a cute couple, wouldn't they?

Anyway, Ryan's mom was in the audience, too, which made things even more interesting. That and the fact that after Big Mike's save last week -- which I'm thankful for -- the Idols are definitely feeling the pressure. Two -- count 'em, two -- people will be sent packing this week.

Based on the performances, I'm guessing they won't be the ones we predict. Meaning that Tim Urban and Andrew Garcia will still be here after tonight. Ok, maybe not Andrew.

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Didi Benami Sings, Talks Ryan Seacrest on 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 7th 2010 4:29AM
Didi Benami Performs on 'Late Show with David Letterman'Now that she's off 'American Idol,' perhaps she could speak frankly on a few things about 'Idol' that appear to be bugging David Letterman. That seemed to be the premise when she visited the 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) last night and performed Kara DioGuardi's "Terrified."

Dave asked her, "By the way, why is Ryan Seacrest on this show?" and "What about that Simon Cowell -- what is he sitting on?"

Didi gave some tactful answers and added that -- like other ex-'Idol' contestants this year -- she was grateful for Ellen Degeneres' presence on the judges' panel. "She added comic relief," Didi explained.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'American Idol' - 'Nine Finalists Compete' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 7th 2010 12:28AM
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We're finally into the single digits tonight, but we're still going for two hours. It's Lennon/McCartney night, and Seacrest starts out by saying they have the most recognizable songs in the world. Would you agree with that? Do you think that they or Elvis were more popular worldwide? In any case, Paul McCartney gave his blessing to these contestants, so here's hoping they don't screw it up. Of course, just based on Siobhan's outfit alone, I'm a little nervous going into it.

Turns out, though, I have nothing to be nervous about. Overall, this is my favorite episode of 'Idol' so far this season. There were several performances that I enjoyed, and many that took me by surprise. Plus, 'Idol' instituted a new thing that I actually like: the interviews in which the contestants talk about each other. It was cool to hear how people are perceived in the house, but more than that, Crystal's comment about how she loves the fact that Andrew and Lee can get married and have lots of "little Danny Gokey babies" is still cracking me up.

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'American Idol' - '1 of 10 Voted Off' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 1st 2010 1:36AM
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My favorite part about the very beginning of an 'American Idol' results show is guessing who's going to go home. According to our poll from last night's episode, most of you think that it's Didi Benami's turn to leave the stage. While I can definitely understand that rationale -- she has been murdered by the judges for the past few weeks, after all -- I disagree. Even though he did a good job last night, I kind of feel that Lee DeWyze should go home, if for no other reason than the fact that I completely forget he's on the show every week.

Before we get to the actual results, though, there's a lot of other stuff that we have to get through: namely a rally weird 'Clash of the Titans' product placement that opens the show, as well as a performance from 'Idol's' forgotten winner, Ruben Studdard. We learn a few interesting things during this performance: Ruben has lost a pretty substantial amount of weight, and he's going on tour this summer with his 'Idol' runner-up, Clay Aiken. So what do you guys think? Is this tour going to be a fun show, or just two guys trying to recapture the limelight?

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Kelsey Grammer Sings on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 29th 2010 11:30AM
Kelsey Grammer serenades Regis Philbin and Kara DioGuardi with a few lines from the La Cage Aux Folles tune 'Song on the Sand' on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

Grammer is set to star in a revival of the musical on Broadway starting next month, and will play Georges, a role originated by Gene Barry.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'American Idol' - '1 of 11 Eliminated' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 25th 2010 6:27AM
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Last night, we learned the Top Ten who'd be going on the 'American Idol' tour this summer. Out of all the contestants who made it into the Top 24, I'm ok with who's left. There are really only a handful of standouts for me -- Crystal Bowersox, Michael Lynche, and Siobhan Magnus -- but all of the contestants have their moments.

What I love about this season is there's such a diverse group of singers, each with their own fan base. We've got Crystal's bluesy-folksy vocals, Katie Stevens' teen pop, Michael Lynche's soulful blues, Casey James' guitar rock, Aaron Kelly's mad vocals (I'm convinced he can sing anything well), Tim Urban's Zac Efron vibe, and Siobhan's edgy pop-rock. Lee DeWyze, Didi Benami, and Andrew Garcia don't really pop out at me, but there's still time.

Did the right person go home last night? Let's talk about it after the jump.

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