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If we can get over Billy Joel being kind of a creep, we can look to his fun song catalog. Ok, I've just pored over the Billy Joel songbook and I have a different conclusion than the word "fun." It can be fun, yes, but it's not completely malleable to everyone. Honestly, I feel a little annoyed and exhausted by Billy Joel as a theme week. It just doesn't make sense for so many of the contestants. It barely makes sense in a singing competition.
But they have to choose Something. If it was good enough to make a mostly-dancing Broadway musical out of, it's good enough for American Idol I suppose. Why can't we do an Abba week? It just seems like more of a challenge for the band than the singers. Here's what I'll pick for them, albeit at times an arbitrary choice. »
Given how bad the last few season of American Idol were, and the new addition of The Voice into our infinite and hungry DVR abyss, it wouldn’t surprise me in the last if many of you have given up on Idol completely. And you’re not completely wrong. They’re already down to 12 contestants, now 11 given that Jermaine Jones was booted from the finalists for lying about outstanding arrest warrants. (Is being a lovable giant bear illegal where he is from? No thank you.) But seeing as it’s still fairly early in the season, Fox is cranking out two-hour long performance shows followed by an hour long results show every week. Three hours of your time that could be spent doing something else, like filing or listening to Abba in the dark. So rather than recap the entire episode, why not save both of us some much needed »
- Michelle Collins
I thought I knew everything about the Academy Awards, but the ceremony is only the tip of the iceberg. The real action happens at the after-parties
By the time I left my hotel room for the after-parties, I had been watching the Oscars on TV for, by my reckoning, seven hours. Pre-red carpet coverage, red carpet coverage, post-red carpet pundit discussion: that kind of stuff takes hours on American TV, and that's before the ceremony itself is close to starting. My eyes felt radioactive and square, which is perhaps not quite as good a party-eye look as smoky and sultry.
But even seven hours is a serious understatement. I have been watching the Oscars for decades. I love the Oscars. After enough to drink – say, one orange juice – I will happily do, from memory, a rendition of Billy Crystal's opening montage from 1991 ("I'll tell Nick Nolte 'Stand there!' Tight on my legs, »
- Hadley Freeman
3 items from 2012
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