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Kansas City artist Peregrine Honig to appear on new Bravo reality series

Bravo's latest variation on reality-style game shows — "Work of Art" — will feature a Kansas Citian, Peregrine Honig. It's the second time in the last year that a Bravo show will feature a KC artist — last year Ari Fish was on "Project Runway." "Work of Art" premieres at 10 p.m. ...

Momentum shifts on ‘American Idol’ finale

The ninth season of "American Idol" entered its final night of competition, with titans Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox making their case for ownership of the coveted, occasionally cursed title. It was a season that began with turbulent change and ended amid even more turbulent change. ...

Final three ‘Idol’ contestants get picky

Hard to believe it's down to the final three contestants ... unless you've been writing a weekly blog about this year's "American Idol." In that case, the five-month season has felt five times longer than that. Yes, folks, this is definitely the weakest "Idol" since Jordin Sparks was ...

Small-screen ‘Idol’ renders big-screen songs

Music and film -- my two favorite things. And that's what got combined on "American Idol," in its own peculiar, intriguing and slightly unsatisfying way. Tonight's theme promised "songs from the movies," which gave the four remaining contestants nearly 100 years worth of material. The ...

‘American Idol’: The fix is on

"American Idol" is rigged. Okay, maybe rigged or fixed is too strong a word. Specifically, it's more like the show is heavily tilted toward certain contestants winning. I had previously thought this claim to be merely conspiracy theory nutjobbery ... until last week's show. That's ...

‘American Idol’ gets a little bit country

Country superstar Shania Twain has sold 65 million records. But up until tonight's episode of "American Idol," I could only name two of her songs. Happily, the remaining six finalists didn't even pick one of those discernible hits (the blasphemous "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"). ...

‘American Idol’ gets inspirational

Part of the allure of "American Idol" is you hope for that one special performance that judge Simon Cowell refers to as “a moment." Whether it’s Fantasia Barrino crooning “Summertime” or David Cook overhauling “Billie Jean,” each season yields performance worthy of becoming ...

Elvis, Adam and desperation collide on ‘American Idol’

After a week devoted to the all-time most iconic rock band, “American Idol” raided the catalog of the all-time most iconic singer. Yes, America, it was Elvis week. The good news was it gave the producers an excuse to film a segment in Vegas with mentor Adam Lambert, last ...

‘American Idol’ struggles to come together

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2010/04/07/casey.jpg After Nielsen numbers revealed this week that top dog "American Idol" had dropped to second place behind "Dancing With the Stars" for the first time, the singing competition's producers were no doubt hoping ...

Ranking the Top Ten ‘Idol’ finishers

Since this uneven season of "American Idol" has now reached the top ten plateau, it's time to officially handicap the chances each contestant has of winning it all. Given this truly oddball collection of entertainers, predicting is by no means an exact science. (Compare it to past seasons ...

Billboard number ones butchered by ‘Idol’ cast

Billboard has been in existence for 116 years. And since 1958, the publication has released its Hot 100, charting the top songs of each week. Despite such an exhaustive catalog of number one hits to choose from, few of the "American Idol" contestants proved able to find anything listenable ...

‘Idol’ contenders can’t always get what they want

Finally, it's dirty dozen time. All the preliminary hoo-ha is over, and "American Idol" is officially underway. Consequently, with a more manageable amount of contestants to wade through, it's time to now dive in each week and employ Culture Crumbs to scrutinize the world's most popular TV ...

CoCo is coming to K.C.!

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/11/conan1.png Has your funny bone been sedentary since Conan O'Brien was unceremoniously dumped from his gig at "The Tonight Show?" Well, now's your chance to give it a jump-start. The red-headed funny guy ...

The Oscars: Welcome to the history books, Kathryn

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/08/bigelow.png The Oscars are usually a mix of upsets and sure things with a few awkward moments and off-center jokes in between. Last night was no exception, but it could alternately be called "The Night of the ...

Oscar fun!

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/05/oscarstatues.png So ... whatcha doing Sunday? Want to watch the Academy Awards with us? That's right, we'll be blogging and tweeting this year's big show right here on Culture Crumbs. Follow along with us ...

Oscar predictions 2010

In order to warm up for predicting this year’s NCAA basketball tournament, it’s best to start with something a little less perplexing: the Oscars. For once, the acting races are all but sowed up in the 82nd Awards (which airs Sunday), so it should be a cinch to forecast, ...

‘Idol’ females unleashed on America

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Feb/24/Crystal-Bowersox-idol_320_.jpg To paraphrase the old adage, you can't be too cute or too young to take the stage on "American Idol." As revealed by the first live look at the top 24 contestants -- in this ...

Ellen … meet Simon

"So this is it, huh? I come on; you leave." So began the first conversation between incoming "American Idol" judge Ellen DeGeneres and outgoing judge Simon Cowell. After much ballyhoo, DeGeneres took her chair at the judges podium during "Hollywood Week" on the ninth season of ...

Super Bowl Ad wars — What commercials stood out to you?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Feb/08/bettywhite.png The Super Bowl — every year millions of non-football lovers flock to the couch to take part in what is consistently the top secondary storyline to the game: the ads sandwiched between the big ...

And the Oscar nomination goes to… everyone

There are a lot of very happy, very tired people in Hollywood this morning, chugging double shot caramel nonfat macchiatos while waking up everyone on their speed dial with shouts of "We did it! We're up for Best Picture!" Yes, the Academy Award nominations were announced this morning ...