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Jimmy Kimmel's Guillermo Teases Celebs on the Grammys' Red Carpet (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 15th 2011 5:10AM
Guillermo Rodriguez, Nicki Minaj at the GrammysJimmy Kimmel's parking lot security guard hilarious sidekick hit the red carpet of the Grammys to schmooze with the stars. More precisely, Guillermo teased and tormented them. The resulting footage was on full display on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC). Since Valentine's Day was around the corner, he handed roses to the ladies (such as Miley Cyrus) and a few coupons for a free massage that "expires in one minute." He offered a rose to a long-haired Megadeth member, saying sweetly, "A rose for the lady?" It was thrown back in his face.

Wearing a Justin Bieber-esque wig, he was asked by Nicki Minaj, "Do you see how crazy you look?" This, coming from a woman with her hair fashioned after an animal print and topped by a beehive reminiscent of Bride of Frankenstein. He replied, "No. Do you see how crazy you look?" She burst out laughing.

The real Justin Bieber then passed by. Guillermo said, "Wow, he smell like cookies!" Marc Anthony roughed him up a little for giving Jennifer Lopez a rose, and Guillermo had just one question for Jamie Foxx: "How do you make babies?"

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TVR Awards -- Shockingly Good Talent That Didn't Win Reality Talent Shows (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 4th 2011 8:00AM


Despite their massive and persistent popularity, many TV-watchers still dismiss reality talent shows as boring, formulaic and silly. But it's impossible to deny that the likes of 'American Idol,' 'So You Think You Can Dance,' and 'The Sing-Off' exposed us to an incredible array of unique (and at times bizarre) talent in 2010. Many of our favorite reality talent show contestants this year weren't the ones who ended up winning; it was often the zaniest, most original acts that left the biggest impressions. We've narrowed our favorite runner-ups and also-rans down to the five most memorable. Which one of these almost-winners impressed you the most?

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Most Obvious Reality TV Finalists

by Jane Murphy, posted Aug 11th 2010 5:00PM
Kent, So You Think You Can DanceReality competitions depend on suspense, but what if there's a contestant so clearly a contender to win from the get-go?

If producers are lucky, a player who is a gimme will be so talented (Mama Sox on 'American Idol') or so hot (Miles on 'Work of Art') or so Kent ('So You Think You Can Dance's' small-town favorite) viewers will want to follow their journey -- even if everyone knows it won't end in a mid-season thud.

Here are some recent reality TV stars who made it to the end without making themselves (or anyone else) break into a sweat.

Kent Boyd, 'So You Think You Can Dance?'
Take one look at Kent, and you know he's a winner. Of 'America's Happiest Engineering Student'. Or perhaps 'World's Cutest Carnival Employee'. So what is he doing on scintillating 'SYTYCD'? Shutting it down, that's what. You just knew as soon as the unlikely 18 year-old Ohioan showed up, judges and audiences would not let him go.

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SomethingPitchy Backstage With the Idols: Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox (VIDEO)

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Jul 30th 2010 2:30PM
CrystalyzeWe weren't exactly the biggest Lee DeWyze fans during this past season of 'American Idol,' but we'll admit that after we interviewed him last week, we're ready to call him our new BFF.

As you'll see after the jump, the interview turned out to be, as Lee might put it, amazing. (Though, as he told us, he's ready to pick a new favorite word.)

In this special SomethingPitchy interview, watch as the season 9 champ dishes on getting new tattoos, what it's like to be the star of the 'American Idol' tour and what his new album is going to sound like. (Get ready for lots of polka!)

Then, stick around for SP's favorite girl Crystal Bowersox, who told Gaby about her son's cute mispronunciations, her budding romance with TV host Jimmy Kimmel (not!) and her thoughts on the new Janis Joplin biopic. (How was she not cast, Hollywood?!)

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @somethingpitchy (or @gabydunn and @aolandy) for more 'Idol' coverage.

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'American Idol' Runner-up Crystal Bowersox on Season 9 and Missing the 'If I Can Dream' House Visit

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 24th 2010 4:30PM
Crystal BowersoxCrystal Bowersox may not have won 'American Idol,' but the 24-year-old from Ohio created a huge following over the course of season 9 -- enough to make her the first female contestant to reach the finals since -- wait for it -- season 6.

Bowersox, who wowed America with her brilliant takes on 'Me and Bobby McGee,' 'People Get Ready' and 'Saved,' among other songs, recently gave an exclusive interview to TV Squad.

After the jump, read what she had to say about her upcoming CD, the quality of season 9, whether a girl will ever win 'American Idol' again and the real reason she missed the 'If I Can Dream' house visit.

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Crystal Bowersox Signs Record Deal

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 22nd 2010 10:30AM
Crystal Bowersox signs a record deal with 19 Recordings/Jive Records'American Idol's' Crystal Bowersox has found a new home: According to E! Online, the season 9 runner-up has signed with 19 Recordings/Jive Records, a company that already includes such former contestants as Daughtry, Carrie Underwood, David Cook, Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert.

The album, which is expected to hit shelves later this year, will be Bowersox's major-label debut.

Bowersox kept a fairly consistent voice on the show, showing her folk and classic rock influences. Her go-to cover song was the Janis Joplin version of 'Me and Bobby McGee.'

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Crystal Bowersox on Breaking Up With Her Boyfriend and Predicting Lee's Victory

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted May 28th 2010 6:45PM
Crystal BowersoxCrystal Bowersox, a 24-year-old single mom from Ohio, was the clear front-runner for most of season 9, with such memorable performances as 'People Get Ready' (tear!), 'Me and Bobby McGee' and 'Come to My Window.'

But in the end, she was defeated by another 24-year-old guitarist: Lee DeWyze, a paint salesman from Chicago.

Still, Bowersox made a lasting impression on America, and even though she didn't take home the title on Wednesday, she still feels like a winner.

Earlier today, talented and driven mama talked to the press about her intuition that DeWyze would win the 'Idol' crown, her struggle with diabetes and her break-up with her boyfriend the day of the finale.

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'American Idol' - 'Finale Results' Recap (Season Finale)

by Kona Gallagher, posted May 27th 2010 1:15AM
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It's been a long season, but we're finally at the end. Simon is saying goodbye tonight, and we're going to crown another American Idol. Both contestants are deserving, although Crystal impressed me a little bit more last night. Regardless, when the winner is announced at the end of the episode, I'm going to be happy. They both deserve it, and I'm sure they're both going to go on to have a career.

Of course, the weird school uniforms make me think that the careers they are going to go on to are of the weird married-stripping-team variety, a la Steve Carell and Tina Fey in 'Date Night,' but Ryan did say we were in for a lot of surprises tonight, so I'm just going to go with it.

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MJ's Take: The Final 2: It's Crystal Bowersox in a Knockout

by MJ Santilli, posted May 26th 2010 9:08AM
Let's have a moment of silence for ... the big cheesy coronation single. The biggest surprise this very last week of Idol? Instead of being handed a brand new (always awful) song to sing, Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox were given the opportunity to sing a cover in competition, with the eventual winner releasing that song as the winner's single.

I complain about the dreck-filled cliche-ridden coronation singles every year. Now that they're gone? Hm. I might be missing them a little! Well, maybe not. Heh.

Crystal chose Patti Griffin's 'Up to the Mountain' -- a gorgeous song that Kelly Clarkson famously performed with Jeff Beck on the very first 'Idol Gives Back' show in season 6. Crystal nailed it, took it to church, hit it out of the ballpark. You name the cliche--she killed it. Easily the moment of the season. And, in a perfect world, that performance would seal the win for Crystal.

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'American Idol' - 'Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox Compete' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 26th 2010 12:00AM
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We're down to the wire on 'American Idol,' live at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Live! Based on tonight's performances, I have some thoughts on who should win it, but I'll save those for the end of this recap. It's clear that both Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox are in it to win it.

The show started off with Lee and Crystal making their way to the stage through the audience, a decision the producers might want to re-think in the future, since Crystal lost her microphone twice on the way down. By the time they reached the stage, they both seemed a little overwhelmed. But the show must go on, so here we go.

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'American Idol' Season 9 Finale to Have "Something ... for Everybody"

by Anna Dimond, posted May 25th 2010 10:44PM
Who will America choose? On Wednesday, 'American Idol' will crown its winner in the season 9 finale, which pits all-American Lee DeWyze against vocal powerhouse Crystal Bowersox.

With the annual red carpet glamour kicking things off Wednesday (May 26, 6PM ET on Fox), the extravaganza will feature requisite group performances with the entire top 12, as well as duets, guest performances and a bevy of other acts that have yet to be revealed.

As the flurry of preparation picks up pace, the gurus responsible for orchestrating the season's last show are working overtime to make the magic happen. "It's like summer camp," said Michael Orland, the associate music director for 'Idol.' "It is really my favorite time(of the season), because you bond so much with all the contestants, and they all go so quick. Now they're back, and it's almost like they never left."

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'American Idol': Lee DeWyze's 'Beautiful Day' vs. Crystal Bowersox's 'Up to the Mountain' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 25th 2010 10:39PM
Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze face off on the final 'American Idol' performance show of the season, each singing a cover tune instead of the treacly original dreck of seasons past.

DeWyze took a stab at U2's 'Beautiful Day' and struggled a bit, and his feedback from the judges was lukewarm at best (and Ellen's pandering doesn't count). But Bowersox gave an emotional performance of 'Up to the Mountain' by Patty Griffin that easily eclipsed DeWyze and got a rave of "outstanding" by the toughest judge on the panel, Simon Cowell.

Watch their final performances after the jump.

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The Final Showdown: Crystal vs. Lee. Roll the Tape!

by Donald Deane, posted May 25th 2010 9:52PM
This is it! After months and months of competition, the field of hopefuls has been whittled down to Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze, each vying for the coveted title of the next 'American Idol.'

The contestants performed three songs each during Tuesday night's final performance show -- a song of their own choice, a song selected by executive producer Simon Fuller and a song that will become the winner's first single.

Unfortunately, DeWyze's vocals were inconsistent throughout the night. He fell in and out of tune, and he was even accused by the judges of not having enough energy. Bowersox, however, powered through her performances and sang with real heart. This was no more apparent than when both performed the songs meant to be their first singles should they win.

Watch Crystal and Lee's performances after the jump.

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Simon Cowell Predicts Lee DeWyze Will Win 'American Idol'

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted May 25th 2010 11:15AM
Simon CowellSimon Cowell loves a good dark horse, and this season is clearly no exception.

In a taped segment airing today on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show,' Cowell predicted that Lee DeWyze will win 'Idol' season 9.

"If you'd asked me five or six weeks ago, 100 percent I would have said Crystal [Bowersox]. But now I've changed my mind. I think Lee is going to win," Cowell said.

The reason for Cowell's change of heart, he said, is because of the former paint salesman's captivating personal story.

"He's worked in a paint shop," Cowell said of DeWyze. "He's talented. He hasn't had any real breaks in life, and this has given him a shot, and I like that."

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Finale Week: What Should the 'American Idol' Top 2 Sing?

by Kim Potts, posted May 24th 2010 1:33PM

A very long season has come down to a final two that we certainly couldn't have imagined when the season began. Crystal Bowersox? Sure. But Lee DeWyze? The Chicago paint store worker seemingly came out of nowhere with weeks of performances that were under the radar. But slow and steady -- emphasis on the steady, since Lee, more than any other contender in season 9, has been consistent -- has won a spot in the finale, as the season 9 championship all boils down to Tuesday night.

There's been no official confirmation from Fox, but MJ's Big Blog suggests the "theme" for Tuesday night's performances -- where each of the Top 2 will perform three songs -- will consist of Crystal and Lee singing the dreaded songwriter's tune, and then each picking new songs or one of their best performances from the season for an encore.

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