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Billboard number ones butchered by 'Idol' cast

Jon Niccum

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 when ...

'Idol' contenders can't always get what they want

Jon Niccum

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 show. But after ...

CoCo is coming to K.C.!

Sarah Henning

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 just announced dates and locations for his "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour" and included ...

The Oscars: Welcome to the history books, Kathryn

Sarah Henning

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 Underdog," "The Night of the Woman" or "The Night of the People Hollywood ...

Oscar fun!

Sarah Henning

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 during the pre-show red carpet fashion show, wade through the jokes/showtunes/speeches with us and then get ...

"Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives": An update

Sarah Henning

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/04/ddd.png OK, so if you'll recall, I heard from a producer at the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" a few weeks ago. She wanted to know if there were any restaurants in Lawrence that fit the bill for the show: Cheap, tasty and original. I asked you all for ...

Oscar predictions 2010

Jon Niccum

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, right? ...

'Idol' females unleashed on America

Jon Niccum

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 case the female half -- the ninth season is shaping up to be a ...

K.C. culinary whiz to be on "Top Chef!"

Sarah Henning

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Feb/12/topchefmastersgroup.png So, you know we love our "Top Chef" here at Culture Crumbs, and now we have a reason to love it even more: A local chef is going to be on the Bravo show! OK, so by local we mean Kansas City — the American Restaurant at Crown Center, ...

Ellen ... meet Simon

Jon Niccum

"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 television's No. 1 program, ...

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