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‘Idol’ Power Rankings: Top 16

In Thursday’s “Eye on Idol” live chat with Maura Johnston, I was asked who I thought would go and I listed Jermaine Sellers, John Park and Michelle Delamor outright. I then said Haeley Vaughn should be the final girl to go, but that she’d likely be safe another week. I’ll count that as a half-win, […]

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‘Idol’ Power Rankings: Top 20

Well, that was surprising. Needless to say, I wasn’t expecting my top-ranked girl as we entered the Top 24 to get bounced in the first round of voting. Janell Wheeler’s abrupt departure was both a shock and not terribly surprising, but it will definitely cause a shakeup in this week’s power rankings. Wheeler made the […]

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Super Bowl Ads: A Fight to the Finish

It’s Super Bowl time again, which means high anticipation – followed by the annual let down – over the precious, 30-second spots for which companies will pay $2.5 million in an effort to be the most talked about commercial on Monday morning. But this year, the let down is coming early, because the buzz is […]

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Interview: Mayim Bialik’s ‘Saving Grace’

How often do you get to say this about a Hollywood actor? Now that she’s finished her Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA, Mayim Bialik is on Tinseltown’s comeback trail. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve seen the one-time child star of ‘Blossom’ and Beaches in small parts recently on shows such as ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ […]

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Simon’s New ‘Idol’ Deal: $144M?

I reported here last week that “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell was working with British retail billionaire Sir Philip Green to create a new entertainment company that would handle all of Cowell’s affairs, including “Idol,” and his British shows, “Britain’s Got Talent” and “The X Factor,” according to the Financial Times of London. The company’s […]

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