Friday February 28, 2014
This Thursday, American Idol contestant Kristen O'Connor became the first contestant eliminated since the final 13 singers were chosen.
O'Connor was a wild card contestant, having made it into the live performance rounds not by viewer choice but by Idol judges. But their support couldn't keep the twenty-four-year-old nurse from being eliminated when she received the lowest number of votes this week.
While former judge Randy Jackson no longer has a vote as the show's new mentor, his backstage presence gives him unfettered view about about what's coming for Season Thirteen.
What's next for the remaining twelve Season 13 contestants? Next Wednesday, March 5, they will perform again for viewer's votes, and Thursday they will meet their destiny, while viewers are treated with the latest single by Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips.
Meet the American Idol Season 13 contestants here and find out what the next theme to dominate song choice and who else will perform on stage here.
American Idol airs Wednesday and Thursday nights starting at 8PM Eastern on Fox.
Photo of Kristen O'Connor © Fox.
Sunday February 16, 2014
The daisy chain of heartbreak known as ABC's dating shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette continues with tomorrow's Bachelor episode in which one of Season Eighteen's final six bachelorettes suddenly drops out of the competition, reportedly devastating current star Juan Pablo.
Juan Pablo, of course, got the Bachelor gig after being dumped by Bachelorette Season Nine star Desiree Hartsock who was later stunned when one of her final three bachelors suddenly quit. Desiree had previously been dumped by Bachelor Season Seventeen star Sean Lowe, who had had his own heart broken by Bachelorette star Emily Maynard.
Ironically, the current chain stretches back to Brad Womak's first appearance (in Bachelor Season 11)--he returned to star a second time in Season 15, when his winning bachelorette was Emily Maynard.
As every fan knows, the truth is, the entire franchise is built on recycling bachelor and bachelorette contestants, beginning with the very first seasons; when Bachelor star Alex Michel dumped Trista Rhen, who went on to become the first star of The Bachelorette.
With that in mind, many pundits are wagering that the bachelorette who drops out of Bachelor Season 18 will just happen to star as Bachelorette number ten.
With all that the network has riding on recruiting a bachelorette who is both familiar to viewers and likeable enough to carry her own season, does anyone think they might encourage a strong contender to drop out of the competition? Or do they keep their pants on and only begin planning for the following season of The Bachelorette once the previous season of The Bachelor wraps and vice versa?
Who do you hope leaves the current season of The Bachelor? Which contestant do you want Juan Pablo to end up with? Which bachelorette would you most like to see get their own show?
If you don't mind the potential for spoilers, check out this look at the upcoming episode. If you do, watch the show Monday, February 17th on ABC and then come back and see if the prediction was accurate.
Photo © ABC.
Sunday February 9, 2014
The Sochi Winter Olympics may have begun, but many reality fans are more interested in a little competition called American Idol. Of course there are parallels between the two, like they both revolve around stories of triumph and loss.
And, as broadcasting the Olympics has become more and more about entertaining viewers, the manufactured drama around the competition has only increased, sometimes to the point that it seems to almost overshadow the competition itself.
Similarly, following American Idol Season 13's launch of the group rounds, several media outlets posted headlines about judge Harry Connick Jr. reportedly leaving the show. For example, USA Today's online version led with, "'American Idol' Group Night: Harry quits!" When, in reality, Connick was just joking, acting like he was quitting in response to the self-initiated departure of Idol contestant Tiquila Wilson.
But I guess, "Harry Jokes as Singer Quits" isn't the kind of headline that draws readers. And it may be hard for any of us--whether we're producing the show, starring on it or just watching to focus exclusively on the quality of a contestant's singing. (Which is why some of us love The Voice).
If you're a cynic and think TV producers manipulate reality competitions to produce the most drama, you might be surprised to learn one of those contestants sent home on the latest episode had previously garnered international attention when judges couldn't get past his song choice.
When London began singing, "If I Were a Boy," without altering the lyrics, judge Jennifer Lopez turned to Harry Connick Jr. and muttered, "He's singing if I were a boy. Do you hear that?" Connick nodded, " "It's bizarre."
The gender dissonance apparently bothered the judges so much they couldn't concentrate on his voice and asked him to choose another song. London picked Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's "Same Love," and later tweeted "Wait, did I just basically come out on National TV?"
Asked why he'd picked the Beyoncé song, London told the judges: "I had a really good reason for singing that song. I think it's a general message for everyone not to judge anybody else, because nobody knows where you started from."
London's song choice, and the judges' reactions has drawn international coverage. While many pundits interpreted London's song choices and comments as indication he is gay, others suggested that London could be transgender or at least sympathetic to the trans experience. (For example check out this opinion piece.)
If the judges had understood London's decision would it have altered their opinion of his talent? Who knows. But it certainly demonstrates the kind of knee-jerk reaction people can have when they sense something isn't gender normative.
What do you think about London's song choice? Did you think he should have been kept in the competition? Who should have been sent home but wasn't? And which are you watching? Olympics or Idol? Or Both?
The Idol competition continues this Wednesday, 8/7 Central. If you missed the group performances, catch a recap here.
Photo © Fox.
Monday January 13, 2014
Blood, Sweat and Heels, the new hit show from Bravo features a group of New York women who are rising stars in their fields of real estate, fashion, marketing and media.
One of the new reality shows on Bravo Blood, Sweat and Heels became the network's highest-rated premiere ever when it launched earlier this month. That's great news for viewers and the all women of color cast; which includes music video star Melyssa Ford, fashion model Mica Hughes, author of Never Pay Retail Again Daisy Lewellyn, and "the black Carrie Bradshaw") Demetria Lucas,.
Although these women are so successful in their careers, so far the show has focused more on their social lives and has hyped up the supposed rift between Daisy and Demetria (Play along by joining Twitter's #TeamDaisy or #TeamDemetria).
Of course we love Bravo's ability to foster conflict and keep their shows interesting but still hope the network doesn't get too formulaic; particularly by showing us the "cost of success" on their personal lives (aka, the tears implied in the title). That kind of tired and all-too-frequently-used trope seems to be one that TV shows use to make viewers feel better about their own lives; but it also suggests women can't have it all--and therefore maybe shouldn't even try.
Blood, Sweat and Heels airs Sundays on Bravo, 9/8 Central.
Photo © Bravo.