‘Ralit’ (in two parts): ‘Top Model’ goes Ninja; ‘DWTS’ brings sexy back; ‘SYTYCD’ crushes dreams; ‘Runway’ gets stupid
I failed to properly celebrate National Poetry Day earlier this week, because I was too busy watching reality television. But hey, in a certain sense, this week’s Ralit is a love poem: To Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s meticulously groomed chest and Natalie Coughlin’s rippling back on Dancing With the Stars. To Tyra Banks, Mr. Jay, and a giant rainbow snail on America’s Next Top Model (please use bunky French accent when saying show title). To the Other Brother of So You Think You Can Dance. To Logan’s unfortunate pant cuffs on Project Runway. And to Samantha Harris, for making everything just a little more beautifully uncomfortable. This one goes out to you.
Press play below to enjoy, be sure to stick around for part 2 (which will play automatically after part 1), and hit me up on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak to weigh in on what other reality series we should be covering. I think I smell some Top Chef action cooking up in the next week or two, and we won’t be working with any inscrutable prawns.
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Kelly Clarkson fills Taj Arena with energy in 85-minute set
Once the people’s champion, always the people’s champion.
This much was clear 30 seconds into Kelly Clarkson’s Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort concert Saturday night, as the opening verse of “All I Ever Wanted” had a capacity crowd on its feet.
In the second week of her fall tour in support of her fourth album, “All I Ever Wanted, ” Clarkson wowed an all-ages crowd with a hard-charging set of favorites and covers that show the singer is at the peak of her pop powers, each song punctuated by an anything-but-low roar from her adoring fans.
Jordin Sparks’ Dilemma: Vacation, or Tour with Britney?
Which would you rather do: laze on a sun-soaked beach, or share a stage with the Princess of Pop?
For Jordin Sparks, it was a no-brainer.
When the American Idol star was coming to the end of an exhausting tour with the Jonas Brothers and putting in countless hours on her new video at the same time, she was beginning to fantasize about taking a break from the road.
But then came that once-in-a-lifetime call from Britney Spear’s camp.
American Idol Finalist Plays In South Portland
SOUTH PORTLAND (NEWS CENTER) — A former American Idol finalist put on a little show in South Portland Saturday.
Jason Castro, who finished 4th in Idol’s 7th season, came to Day’s Jewelers to promote the company’s exotic gem show. Castro’s self-titled album is scheduled to be released early next year, but the small crowd at Day’s got to hear his music for free, alongside the jewelry’s store’s gemstones.
Castro didn’t spend much time in Maine, but he tried to take in the sights. Castro said his life has completely changed since he left American Idol. And he still feels like he’s living a dream.
Kellie Pickler: ‘I don’t care if I’m on pop stations’
Kellie Pickler isn’t going to alter her country sound so that it’s more pop friendly and she isn’t going to release dance remixes to her songs to get more mainstream radio play.
She could — but she won’t.
‘I love country — that’s what I grew up listening to, ‘ said Pickler before opening for Taylor Swift at the Allstate Arena on Friday. ‘As long as I’m played on country radio, I don’t care if any other stations play my music or not. If they want to play my music, that’s fine. But I’m not changing it for them.
‘I don’t care if I’m on pop stations.’
Ex ‘Idol’ coming to Rialto
JOLIET — Former 2002 “American Idol” top 10 finalist Jim Verraros has agreed to be a celebrity judge for the Rialto Square Theatre’s Rialto Idol singing competition on Nov. 28. sponsored by Midwest Generation.
All ages are welcome to participate in Rialto Idol but the competition is limited to individuals only.
X Factor finalists face public vote
The Take That star-turned-soloist, who has sold 55 million records, is acting as mentor to the wannabe pop stars as they face the public vote for the first time this week.
The 35-year-old singer will perform his comeback single Bodies on the ITV1 show tonight.
Last night, the high-profile judges were each championing the acts which they have spent the last two weeks mentoring, but Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole clashed over the live performance by girl group Kandy Rain, whose past as pole dancers hangs over them.
‘Glee’ yellow dresses: Costume designer Lou Eyrich tells all
After EW’s Style Hunter received more emails than we could count about the yellow dresses from this week’s episode of Glee, we thought we’d go straight to the source, Glee’s costumer designer, Lou Eyrich, for the answer. Eyrich talked to us about the outfits for the ‘Halo’ /’ Walking on Sunshine’ mash up, her go-to shops for the show, and who her favorite character is to dress.
(By the way, to answer the many questions we got about Rachel and Quinn’s dresses: Rachel’s is by Shoshanna and Quinn’s is by Calvin Klein, but sadly, neither is available anymore.)