Early favorite Scott Dangerfield pulled out of ‘American Idol’ 2011?

| February 13, 2011 at 1:37 AM EST

During last week’s first “American Idol” Hollywood Week episode I noticed early standout Scott Dangerfield (Milwaukee auditions) was missing. There had been no real reports as to whether he was still in the running or if he was out.

I thought I was the only one wondering, but when a lot of “Scott Dangerfield” Internet searches directed readers to Reality Rewind, I decided it was my job to find out what happened. So I’ve been searching for an answer since Thursday night.

According to Daemon’s TV (via Internet rumors), Scott took himself out of the running to focus on school. I don’t even know what to make of that. The guy could’ve gone all the way (at least Top 12). He already had Jennifer Lopez on his side and according to Internet searches, a lot of early fans. I hope he knows what he’s doing.

Maybe we’ll see him again next year.

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‘American Idol’ Hollywood week Round One recap: The good, the bad, the weird

| February 10, 2011 at 9:29 PM EST

“American Idol” Hollywood week Round One was even more boring than I remembered. And some weird things happened that I don’t remember noticing before. Like really really bad singers. Sure people often mess up or forget the words during Hollywood week, but flat-out terrible singers? How did some of those people even get through?

If you are going to play the game at least make sure that you remember exactly what you are doing. It’s like forgetting the rules when playing one of the popular bingo games online and not realising that your numbers have been called out and in fact you now have a full house.

Even some of the ones I liked during the first auditions weren’t as good. It was just weird to me. Any way, on to the rundown.

What caught my eye and/or ears

James Durbin. We just saw him first on Wednesday. His voice is strong but he could easily get annoying if he screams every time he sings. It’s too soon for another Adam Lambert.

Paris Tassin. I thought she blew the audition but she made it to the next round.

Scotty McCreery, Jackie Wilson and Jerome Bell. They all repeated their first audition songs, but all three are very talented and I’m glad they made it to the next round.

Tiffany Rios. Did she really make that diva statement or did I just imagine it? First she had the star nipples and now she’s a flat-out diva? Wow. And she was put through to the next round. On a mediocre audition, none the less. I guess they think she’ll make good TV. I disagree. She might be the first person I’ve ever hated this early in the competition.

Rachel Zevita. She goes on but I still don’t like her.

Brett Loewenstern. I’ve had enough of the sob story, but the boy can sing. I look for him to go Top 10 and beyond.

Victoria Huggins. I don’t like watching people’s dreams get crushed, but I’m glad I don’t have to be annoyed by her any longer.

Chris Medina. I liked him before, but I thought his audition kind of blew. At least they let him through. He’s better than his audition, I’m pretty sure.

Jacee Badeaux. His voice is flawless. Still can’t wait to see him make it to the Idol makeover.

Robbie Rosen. So far, Robbie is my favorite. I told myself I wasn’t going to fall for Idol’s teeny bopper trickery but I already have. Maybe it’s because he seems a lot older than 17.

Rob Bolin and Chelsee Oaks. The exes have stolen my heart. I love them both. I hope they stick around long enough to duet. They’d be amazing singing the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly” from the movie “Once.”

Stormi Henely. Miss Teen USA got the gong. I called it.

Steve Beghun. Speaking of calling it, the old guy got the axe. Which isn’t cool since they let singers not half as good through.

Scott Dangerfield. Where was he?!? He was one of Jennifer Lopez’s favorites and mine! I hope he wasn’t disqualified or just didn’t make it. But he was featured prominently in his audition episode. Anyone know the answer?

What were your overall thoughts on Hollywood Week Round One?

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‘American Idol’ San Francisco auditions: City of sob stories

| February 9, 2011 at 10:07 PM EST

James Durbin

Wow. Could Wednesday’s episode of “American Idol” have contained any more sob stories? I don’t think so. I was ready to pull my hair out. But before I get all negative, let me get into the good stuff.

The good

*Stefano Langone. He has a great and unique voice and that star look. Look for him to go far. He, too, had a sob story, but it wasn’t as overplayed as some.

*Julie Zorilla. I think them calling her the potential winner of this season was a bit much, but her audition was good. She has a good voice but I could’ve done without yet another sob story and yet another version of “Summertime.” Some songs should just be banned on “Idol.” Like “Summertime.” And “Alone” by Heart.

*Steven Tyler didn’t put up with crappy singers. Finally he tells it like it is.

*James Durbin. Insane vocals. He’s like Adam Lambert only better. Yes, Lambert fans I did just say that. And it’s OK if you want to punch me for having my own opinion. I know how much you hate people having opinions. Or am I confusing Lambert fans with Taylor Hicks fans? Oh well.

*They didn’t shove a bunch of 15-year-olds down our throats.

The OK

*Clint Jun Gamboa. I thought his vocals were fine but he annoyed me. He was all over the place and his Harry Potter glasses drove me crazy. I think the judges over reacted on that one. Especially Randy Jackson.

The bad

*The potty humor. We really didn’t need that stupid opening with the fart joke or the bird crap shots. Have some class, “Idol.”

*Sob stories. Wow. I said it already, but like everyone in San Francisco had a sob story! I’m so over it!

The good/bad/unsure/aaaaagh!

*Emily Anne Reed. I had to make a special category for this girl. I really have no idea what I think. I know I was definitely annoyed with her weirdness. I’m so tired of this being weird trend. And her voice. Um. Hmm. No power. Just call Old Navy. She’d be perfect for their airy-voiced pretentious commercial songs. Just when I thought I hated her, Steven tells her to play her guitar. And she does and I like what I hear. See what I mean? She’s really confusing. I’m really confused. I’ll wait until Hollywood week to see what I really think of her.

What were your thoughts on the final night of auditions?

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‘Top Chef Just Desserts’ picked up for second season

| February 7, 2011 at 2:45 PM EST

It should come as no surprise that Bravo has ordered a second season of “Top Chef Just Desserts.” After all the drama of the first season combined with the amazing Gail Simmons and Johnny Iuzzini it had to happen! I’m thrilled. Are you?

Bravo hasn’t released any changes, dates or details. Casting calls for the show go through mid-march, so don’t expect the show to return until the summer.

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‘Top Chef’s’ Marcel update: What’s next and who he thinks will win

| February 1, 2011 at 5:51 PM EST

I’ve been a little mad at “Top Chef” since they sent home my favorite misunderstood chef, Marcel Vigneron, but I feel a lot better now that he’s basically saying everything about him that I said. He did an interview with E! and covered the two-faced contestants, what’s up with his own reality show and who he thinks will win this season of “Top Chef All-Stars.”

“According to my friends and myself, I’m actually like a pretty nice guy,” Marcel told E!. “[But] when I’m communicating with the other contestants, I’ll actually tell them how I feel. I’m kind of that person that wears my heart on my sleeve… I’ll actually kind of like let you know exactly how I’m feeling, where I think a lot of the other contestants, Dale, Mike Isabella, they act like children.

“I remember when I was in high school and everybody was two-faced and smiling to your face and then talking trash about you behind your back. That’s the way a lot of the other contestants kind of like treated me.”

As for who he things will take this season’s crown, he surprisingly picked my second-favorite Top Chef contestant Carla Hall. Awesome! “I’m going to go with Carla. Her food is delicious!”

And next on his plate is “Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen” which will air on SyFy March 7. And don’t expect him to be returning to the Top Chef kitchen. He’s a SyFy guy now. Bravo can eat it.

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