Most of the top 10 acts underwhelm on rock-themed night
By Jilliane Johnson
The top 10 put the pedal to the metal on the "X Factor" stage Wednesday night. Blow out your hair. Slap on that funky makeup. And pour yourselves into those leather pants. It's rock night!
LeRoy Bell -- "We've Got Tonight" by Bob Seger
While LeRoy is a great performer and has a great sense of style for an older cat, he's "still not working it like a rock star," as L.A. states. There isn't enough connection and feeling in this one. Nothing about it is memorable, so either Nicole needs to step up her game or he needs to start making the calls.
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Rachel Crow -- "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones
Why is it that everyone takes a shot at this song? The Stones have tons of other ones. Anyways, Rachel is cute, but have you ever seen those movies where someone is trying to catch a train after it leaves the station? Well, I believe Rachel is attempting to catch the "X Factor" train. I'm not convinced that she knows where she's going, yet the arena loves the performance.
Chris Rene -- "No Woman, No Cry" by Bob Marley
It is rock night, correct? Nothing about this is rock 'n' roll. While it's not in theme, the performance is fun and entertaining. However, Chris can do so much better than this one. There's a huge ruckus over whether the song is in the requested genre, but all in all the performance could have been much better.
Stacy Francis -- "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" by Meatloaf
Holy flat notes, Batman! Yes, Stacy sings this song. She sings it really loud and off-key, but she sings it. Paula agrees it's her least favorite of Stacy's performances. The fact that Nicole calls this "glam rock" is ridiculous. Nowhere in the world should Stacy Francis be categorized with David Bowie.
Melanie Amaro -- "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M.
All right, this isn't an up-tempo rock song by any means, yet it is a rock song all the same. Melanie kills the vocals, as always, but it's the same performance that we always see from her. Where's the edge? Somebody's got to step up. She won't be able to ride on just that voice throughout the competition.
Josh Krajcik -- "The Pretender" by Foo Fighters
This is what we should have been hearing all night long! Awesome raspy vocals, strobe lights and Nicole's head-banging make for a rockin' performance. Hands down the best one on this night. "Bloody fantastic," Simon comments. I have to ask, though: Why doesn't Nicole give her other contestants songs like this one?
Astro -- "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy (a.k.a. Diddy), Faith Evans, 112 and Sting
Astro does it again. He adds his own lyrics and pays homage to hip-hop and fallen musical legends such as Tupac Shakur and Heavy D. Is it rock and roll? Perhaps yes, because of Sting's influence. Aside from that, it's a great performance that reaches out to the audience. Astro's winning this competition could mean huge changes for rap and hip-hop, and he could very well take this.
Lakoda Rayne -- "Your Love/Go Your Own Way" by the Outfield and Fleetwood Mac
Well, this is fun. It's definitely better than what we have seen so far, but is it great? So, Paula is trying to mold a new Dixie Chicks? After this comment, that third seat might be vacant next week. These girls still need to work on vocals, but they look cute.
Drew Ryniewicz -- "With or Without You" by U2
Like L.A. and Nicole, I am waiting for the drums to kick in. Drew needs to try something more upbeat. It is the same performance every single week. Beautiful song, pretty nice vocals, but no one wants to be put to sleep, Drew. Just saying.
Marcus Canty -- "Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin
I don't know how to comment, because Marcus states that he wants to hold true to his morals. Did anyone else catch him mopping up the floor with his back while sliding through the dancers' legs? I don't mind some provocative performances at all. Dirty it up! Yet, that stands out more than anything else.
My favorite of the night has to be Josh Krajcik. He rocks the house! Although let's not forget that he's in his element. Who are your favorites? Who should be kicked to the curb this week?
"The X Factor" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
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Contestant Marcus Canty's routine censored, report says
Oh no you Canty!
According to this Radar Online report, contestant Marcus Canty's original dance moves for tonight's "X Factor" were banned by FOX for being "too raunchy for TV." Viewers will see a sanitized performance when the show airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
According to the report, the original choreography had a scantily clad Canty slithering through female legs. However, that didn't fly with the lawyers FOX staffs every rehearsal with, thanks to the show's fetish for controversy. (Last year on the UK version, heads spun when Rihanna appeared in a teeny bikini and Christina Aguilera performed a burlesque number.)
Here's some acceptable Canty from the third live show:An interesting footnote: Canty auditioned for "American Idol" four years ago but didn't make the cut. He was fully clothed at the time.
"The X Factor" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Rob, Ricki and J.R. advance to the finals
I don't think anyone was too surprised by this week's elimination. J.R., Ricki, and Rob in the finals is how things have been looking ever since David Arquette was cut.
Hope had a rough time of it in the semifinals. Neither of her routines were well received by the judges, and she came in last in the cha-cha relay. She also got snippy with the judges. Bad timing, to say the least. Hope didn't seem too surprised when Tom read out the verdict. She said she was grateful for the amazing opportunity, and thanked her family, friends and most of all, her fans. It was a sweet speech, if perhaps a bit rehearsed. Maks thanked Hope for her determination and echoed Hope's thanks to the fans.
Here's a quick look at how our three semifinalists did this week:
Rob never danced better than he did in the semifinals! He and Cheryl turned in a bright and cheerful samba that was the judges' choice for this week's encore. Rob's Argentine tango was the sexiest we've seen in this competition. He also placed first in the cha-cha relay, which left him in second place for the week. As Len said, "It's not where you start, it's where you finish." This kid has come so far and worked so hard that it's hard not to root for him.
Ricki and Derek placed first in the semifinals. A cheerful samba netted the pair their first perfect 30 of the season: Ricki's lines were great, her footwork was perfect, and she was totally engaged in the routine. Ricki's Argentine tango was also stunning. She and Derek went for smoldering rather than sexy, and the tango had a combative playfulness to it. Ricki also did well in the cha-cha relay: She and Derek came in second. I'd say Ricki's got the best shot at the mirror ball trophy at this point.
It was heartbreaking to see how much J.R.'s sore ankle affected his performance this week. He was in obvious pain, so it's amazing that he danced at all. He and Karina danced a Zorro-esque paso doble that pleased the crowd, but not the judges. He fared better in the second round, but his Argentine tango still wasn't his best dance. The choreography was tricky, and J.R. wasn't up to his usual standard of footwork. As usual, J.R.'s presence was fantastic, and he says his ankle is getting better. He placed third in the semifinals, but it seems fair to attribute that to his injury. Let's hope he'll be 100% next week.
What do you think of Tuesday night's results?
"Dancing With the Stars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
MTV reality show to return in December
With the imminent return of "Teen Mom 2" on Tuesday, Dec. 6, MTV has released a trailer full of juicy goodness about Chelsea, Jenelle, Kailyn and Leah. The trailer is full of snippets about confrontations with baby daddies, first steps, jail, cheating and MRIs.
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Are you excited for Season 2? Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
"Teen Mom 2" returns Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
Bono dishes on his feud with Bruno and his 'DWTS' guy crush
Bono, who was voted off in Week 6, says he has no hard feelings and thanked "DWTS" for a confidence boost.
"That's the hardest gig on TV, and the pressure is insane," he said. "When you get through that, you feel like I can do anything."
Bono said he's now rooting for J.R. Martinez, the former Army soldier burned over 40 percent of his body in Iraq.
"Lacey (Schwimmer) and I, there was a spot where we could spy on other people, which we liked to do a lot," Bono said of his partner. "So we saw J.R. early on and we both were like, you know what, he's gonna win. And I really want him to win. He's an amazing dancer and he is one of the coolest people I've ever met."
Bono even admitted swooning a bit.
"You spend time around him and you don't even see that he was burned," he said. "He suddenly becomes really handsome. He just radiates such confidence. He's definitely a guy crush that I have."
Stern responded: "Listen, you can't have any guy crushes … You're a man now. Stick with this."
"I think it's a winner," Bono said. "I think the good thing about the four of us, too, is that I think we could attract female viewership as well. We're offbeat guys."
In response, the radio host invited Bono to test the show out on one of his two radio channels, which Bono accepted. Then he called Arquette, who said "I'm up for it, hell yeah!"
Among the other talking points was Bruno Tonioli, the judge who referred to Bono alternately as an Ewok, a basketball and a penguin.
"Did you go up to him afterward and say, 'I'm gonna kick your *** if you call me an Ewok?" Stern asked.
"I didn't say that, but I thought it," Bono replied.
Bono also promoted his new documentary, "Being Chaz," the follow-up to the Oprah Winfrey Network's "Becoming Chaz," which documented Bono's transition from female to male.
"It's fun," Bono said. "It's hard, though. Jen (his girlfriend, Jennifer Elia) and I have been going through some stuff, and you really see it in this film."
"Being Chaz" premieres Sunday, Nov. 27, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). "Dancing With the Stars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Howard Stern's interview with Chaz Bono will run shortly on On Demand's Howard TV channel.
What you didn't see or hear during the Week 9 performance episode
By Minh Nguyen
Special to MSN TV
"Dancing With the Stars" billed this week as "Personal" week and true to their word, things got quite personal as the stars revealed their own stories. JR's story brought a tear to eyes throughout the ballroom. Derek, Maks and Cheryl shared that they all try to get their partners to focus on their next dance and not pay attention to the video packages that play right before they go on. However, Karina and JR were both crying even before their dance started just from watching his video package.
The semifinal show was both touching and also a little bit of a disappointment. The dancing was great and all four stars did well. Although it baffled me that the judges scored Rob Kardashian with a "10", Ricki Lake "8", JR Martinez a "6" and Hope Solo a "4." I am not a dance expert, but I don't think Rob did the best out there. He has come a long way and I like him (despite the fact that he is a Kardashian). However, I feel his scores were too high. Hope did some amazing lifts and got such low scores. Wonder if it is favoritism or if the judges have a far different opinion than the rest of us non-experts? Were you happy with the judges' scores? We're predicting that Hope and Maks will be going home tonight.
The stars in the audience included Cheryl Hines (looking much younger and quite gorgeous in person), Rick Fox (looking distinguished with his white hair), Eliza Dushku (sitting next to her man, of course), Ralph Macchio (I think he found the fountain of youth because he looks about 30), the Kardashian/Jenner clan, Carson Kressley (just as lovable as ever), Nancy Grace (one of the nicest celeb we've ever met) and Tristan MacManus.
Top 10 Things Seen & Heard at "Dancing With the Stars"
1. When Maks and Hope got their first low score, Maks jumped up and down and said (insincerely), "I am very happy!" Tom Bergeron looked at the judges skeptically with a frown on his face and announced, "Wow! It's Stepford Maks!" We wonder if Maks got a talking-to for expressing how he felt about the judges' judging.
2. (SNL Grandma) Bruce Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian were the only two holding baby Mason throughout the show. Kris Jenner was too busy looking for the cameras. Scott Disick made us a little bit sick when he made an attempt to play by waving his tie in front of Mason. Mason ignored his father and looked elsewhere. Smart kid, I'd be embarrassed too if that was my dad.
3. "We saw the [video] package, we both started crying." (Karina Smirnoff) "It didn't help seeing my mother talk about everything, remembering all that. Tonight I wanted to channel, and show a different emotion. I wanted to show America I can play something completely different than a smiling, funny guy all the time." (JR Martinez) "I think I like the funny guy better." (Karina Smirnoff)
4. As Kourtney Kardashian walked across the ballroom during a commercial break, Tom Bergeron did a hop, skip and danced backwards with Kourtney as she halfway danced across the ballroom with Tom. Tom proceeded to yell at Rick Fox, "No yawning in the ballroom."
5. "We're in the final and one more week. We'll push through and rock 'n' roll. Second win baby." (Derek Hough)
6. Cheryl Hines ("Suburgatory") is so down to earth that she grabbed her daughter and joined the rest of the audience before the show in the dancing festivities.
7. A senior-aged woman turned into a teenaged school girl before our eyes when she caught a glimpse of Tony Dovolani. She put her hands over her mouth and giggled. Tony smiled and waved at her, which made her turn into mush. We wonder how many ladies out there turn into mush when they see Tony.
8. After Rob's colorful samba with the rainbows, Brooke said to Rob Kardashian, "You've found your way to Bruno's world." Bruno moved his hips in a circular motion, put his arms in the air and did a come-to-mama motion for Rob to come to him.
9. Karina came over and sat on Ralph Macchio's lap before her second dance with JR. She then went over to her friends and said, "This one you can miss. We're not doing too good this year."
10. "I think Carrie Ann has an issue. I don't know what it is. I would love to know what it is and address it...I totally disagree with the scores [tonight] but what else is new?" (Maks Chmerkovskiy in response to Carrie Ann Inaba saying Hope had smiled too much)
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"Dancing With the Stars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.