April 11, 2014 |
In an outcome that was not the least bit surprising - except, perhaps, to the "American Idol" judges who unconditionally love her - Malaya Watson was sent home by the voters this week. And after using their save on Sam Woolf, there was nothing those judges could do to prevent or delay the departure of the 16-year-old singer (and tuba player) from Southfield, Mich., whom Keith Urban had once said made glasses and braces "look so cool. " Having made appearances in the bottom three twice before, Watson turned in a shrill and shouty rendition of Chaka Kahn's "Through the Fire" on this week's performance show.
April 10, 2014 |
With Sam Woolf back in the fold this week after last week's save, the "American Idol" top eight tackled songs of the '80s, a decade in which none of them -- nope, not one -- was actually alive. If that fact alone doesn't make "Idol" watchers over age 24 feel old, Caleb Johnson added an extra insult before stepping onto the stage to sing Journey's "Faithfully," a song guest mentor and Season 7 "Idol" winner David Cook encouraged him to approach with "reverence. " Johnson said he planned to go out there and "make some old ladies cry. " (I trust he wasn't referring to the likes of Jennifer Lopez, who did seem moved by Johnson's performance.)
March 31, 2014 |
In an early win for BlackBerry, a start-up co-founded by Ryan Seacrest has been banned from selling its iPhone keyboard. BlackBerry sued Typo Products in January, alleging that Typo's iPhone case -- which includes a physical keyboard -- copies BlackBerry's hardware and infringes on its patents. In a 24-page court order Friday, a federal judge in San Francisco granted BlackBerry's motion for a preliminary injunction, ruling that the Canadian smartphone maker "has established a likelihood of proving that Typo infringes the patents at issue and Typo has not presented a substantial question of the validity of those patents.
March 14, 2014 |
Let's hear it for the "American Idol" voters. They were spot-on this week. The voters didn't care if the judges told Majesty Rose that her shouty rendition of "Let It Go" was "strong. " Nor were they willing to unquestioningly accept all that Sam Woolf-is-the-next-big-heartthrob propaganda the show has been handing them when his performances have been consistently awkward and underwhelming. And they certainly won't sit idly by when a guy who'd portrayed himself as a down-home country boy suddenly sees fit to lose the backward baseball hat, slick back his hair, groom his scraggly beard, replace his flannel shirt with a velvet jacket and make like Elton John.
March 2, 2014 |
What I'm loving about the Oscars so far is the individual style statements -- Pharrell Williams in shorts and Lupita Nyong'o in what she calling Nairobi blue. "This is Prada and it was made for me. It's a blue that reminds me of Nairobi and I wanted to have a little bit of home," Nyong'o told Ryan Seacrest. The gown is sweet and striking with the kind of plunging neckline I wish Amy Adams was wearing. More Oscar fashion galleries: Best and worst dressed | Stars on the red carpet | Makeup and hair | Men's fashion Nyong'o is also decked out in some exceptional Fred Leighton jewelry, especially that chic, chic, chic diamond-and-gold headband.