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Posts from: January 2009

Idol 8 auditions end as the show runs out of material, but ratings are up over last year

American Idol 8‘s auditions have ended after seven episodes and nine hours–and just in time, because the show ran out of people so fast they had to double-up audition cities in a single hour-long episode, never mind spending time on the losers that have been mostly, thankfully absent this year. The general approach–which included concluding …

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Debra Beebe: “I’m kind of upbeat so negativity kind of grinds on my nerves”

Survivor Tocantins cast member Debra Beebe may be a middle school principal–she was Alabama’s middle school principal of the year in 2007 for her work at J. F. Drake Middle School in Auburn–but have you ever known a middle school principal who dances on tables with her teenage daughters’ friends? Debra told me that she …

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Gordon Ramsay says he’s never watched Hell’s Kitchen because “I’ve lived the nightmare once”

Gordon Ramsay insists he’s never watched an episode of his Fox reality competition Hell’s Kitchen, which returned last night for its fifth season, because he doesn’t want to relive the “nightmare.” Because he’s Ramsay, though, he says it in a much more colorful way. In a video interview with Comcast.net’s Victor Balta, Ramsay first said …

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American Idol apologizes to those “offended by” contestant’s “be careful” comment

The producers of American Idol 8 have apologized to viewers via their web site over the editing of an audition, admitting to a “misinterpretation” of comments portrayed as threatening, and saying those comments “took everyone by surprise.” Last Wednesday during the Louisville audition, a distant grandson of convicted Lincoln assassination conspirator Samuel Mudd auditioned and, …

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Hell’s Kitchen’s fifth season is more of the same great insults, incompetent chefs

Gordon Ramsay returns tonight to berate another group of incompetent chefs when Fox debuts Hell’s Kitchen 5 at 9 p.m. ET. If the first episode is any indication, this season will be practically identical to the preceding four seasons, which is why it’s both awesome and surprisingly boring. In some ways, Hell’s Kitchen is the …

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