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

Phil Cauthon

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 ...

Momentum shifts on 'American Idol' finale

Jon Niccum

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. Unfortunately, in between all ...

Final three 'Idol' contestants get picky

Jon Niccum

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 crowned on ...

Small-screen ‘Idol’ renders big-screen songs

Jon Niccum

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 broadcast delivered a parade of ...

'American Idol': The fix is on

Jon Niccum

"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 when frontrunner Crystal Bowersox was ...

‘American Idol’ gets a little bit country

Jon Niccum

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!"). Instead, they dove into ...

‘American Idol’ gets inspirational

Jon Niccum

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 iconic. Given that it was "Inspirational Songs" ...

Elvis, Adam and desperation collide on ‘American Idol’

Jon Niccum

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 season’s ...

‘American Idol’ struggles to come together

Jon Niccum

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 that a dose of songs from the world's most popular band might boost ratings. Unfortunately, instead ...

Ranking the Top Ten 'Idol' finishers

Jon Niccum

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 when Carrie ...

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