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Entries by Michael Giltz from 03/2010

Idol Needs Me, Says Producer Steve Lillywhite

| Posted 03.01.2010 | Entertainment

What began as an off-handed comment by a fan on Facebook has blossomed into a full-blown campaign to replace Simon Cowell with legendary British producer Steve Lillywhite.

Idol Season 9: Top 20 -- The Men

| Posted 03.03.2010 | Entertainment

A good improvement for a number of men this week on American Idol ... but then, so many of them had so much room for improvement.

Exclusive: Midlake On "The Courage Of Others"

| Posted 03.03.2010 | Entertainment

The bandmembers of Midlake have finally emerged almost four years after their last CD with The Courage Of Others, a quieter, moodier and genuinely beautiful album.

Idol Season 9: Top 20 -- The Women

| Posted 03.04.2010 | Entertainment

The women took to the stage and after a very strong Crystal Bowersox, so many of the women crashed and burned that the not-bad women towards the end seemed pretty good in comparison.

Idol Season 9: Top 20 -- The Elimination

| Posted 03.05.2010 | Entertainment

Last night's show began with another godawful lip-synced group performance. The group performances, with 20 folks crowding the stage, invariably have a painful 'Up With People' aura about them.

Oscar Picks: Win Your Office Pool!

| Posted 03.05.2010 | Entertainment

I've spoken to friends in Hollywood who attend the screenings and studied the tea leaves and here are my picks for the winners, along with info on close races if you want to ignore my advice.

Idol Season 9: Top 16 -- The Women

| Posted 03.10.2010 | Entertainment

Half of Idol's women are vulnerable and only two have to go home, with Katie Stevens almost certain to be one of them.

Idol Season 9: Top 16 -- The Men

| Posted 03.11.2010 | Entertainment

This season on American Idol, the judges have insisted the women are where it's at. But the men are certainly more consistent.

Idol Season 9: Top 16 Elimination: Meet The Top 12

| Posted 03.12.2010 | Entertainment

Four more contestants were eliminated on American Idol. So this is the Top 12, the performers who get to go on tour and get a shot at a career of some sort.

Idol Season 9: Top 12 -- Rolling Stones Night

| Posted 03.17.2010 | Entertainment

American Idol moved to a bigger stage this week as the Top 12 tackled the Rolling Stones. Ryan stared down Simon, Simon gave Crystal Bowersox some helpful tips and the kids were alright.

Idol: Judges Refuse To Save Lacey Brown; Top 11 Back Tuesday

| Posted 03.17.2010 | Entertainment

Lacey Brown was the first contestant to be dumped from the Top 12 on American Idol.

Soap Star Brett Claywell Talks About Being Cut From One Life To Live

| Posted 03.23.2010 | Entertainment

Daytime soap star Brett Claywell talks about the abrupt ending of the ground-breaking "Kish" storyline on One Life To Live.

Idol Season 9: Top 11 -- Paige Making Top 10? Only Against All Odds

| Posted 03.24.2010 | Entertainment

American Idol week now begins on Mondays, when the contestant who just left the show appears on the Late Show With David Letterman.

Idol Season 9: Top 11 -- Non-Shocker: Paige Goes Home

| Posted 03.24.2010 | Entertainment

American Idol said goodbye to Paige Miles and finalized the Top 10. That's the group that goes on tour and from which most every single successful Idol alum has sprung.

Idol Season 9: Top 10 -- Lee Dewyze Breaks Out

| Posted 03.31.2010 | Entertainment

Lee Dewyze Sang "Treat Her Like A Lady," the #3 hit from 1971. Usher actually said "wow" about Lee's singing after a rehearsal when Lee was heading out the door and couldn't see him. And no wonder.

Idol Season 9: Top 10 -- Didi Says Bye-Bye

| Posted 03.31.2010 | Entertainment

I doubt many people will argue Didi should have been saved. That would only make sense if you believed she were destined to make the finale and voters had made a tragic mistake. But what about the contenders?