What American Idol’s Top 5 Should Sing

The Top 5 (from left): Angela Miller, Candice Glover, Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison, and Amber Holcomb. Photo: Starpulse

After 12 seasons, American Idol has its first ever all-female Top 5, and next week’s Idol themes have been revealed: Songs from the Year of Their Births and Divas. Here are my song suggestions for the ladies:

I think Stay by Lisa Loeb is a good choice for Angela Miller, born in 1994. It’s a crowd pleaser and while she could do a different piano arrangement on it, it might be best to keep the melody as is on such a well-loved song and just do her own vocal runs on it.

For the diva theme, she should do Sober by Kelly Clarkson because even though it’s never been released as a single, I think it’s one of the best-loved songs among Clarkson fans and it’s one of my personal favorites. It has really powerful lyrics and could be great when performed on the piano, as it’s what Miller does best.

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Movie You Should Watch: ‘Drive’

Ryan Gosling (aka the guy who should have been People's Sexiest Man Alive) in the movie, "Drive." Photo: Beyond Hollywood

If Drive doesn’t rake in nominations come awards season, then they’re all just deaf and blind.

It deserves Best Picture and Best Director nods.

Based on the James Sallis’ novel of the same name, the thriller (“Pretty in Pink with head smashing”) centers on Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine), a mechanic, movie stuntman, and getaway driver all in one. Things get complicated when a heist goes wrong.

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80+ Trailers: Katherine Heigl, Charlize Theron, Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Robert De Niro, and Matt Damon Starrers

You know that saying, “Too much of anything is bad”? Well, that can’t be the case with George Clooney. The actor is surrounded by Oscar buzz for The Descendants. Alexander Payne (Sideways) directs Clooney as a recently widowed father of one Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager). Expected U.S. release date: In theaters now

Also, be sure to check out the documentary on a movie mogul, Unauthorized: Harvey Weinstein. Expected U.S. release date: unknown

Jason Statham (The Transporter) tries to keep a young girl Safe in yet another action movie. Expected U.S. release date: April 27, 2012

After the jump: Films by big-name directors, Guy Ritchie, Joss Whedon, Steven Soderbergh, Steven Spielberg, Roman Polanski, Peter Jackson, Cameron Crowe, Jason Reitman, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, and David Fincher

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TV Recap: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ 8×09 – ‘Dark was the Night’

The latest episode is a game changer for these actors' characters (L to R): Kim Raver, Sandra Oh, and Kevin McKidd. Photo: Pop Tower

Shonda Rhimes, what did you do? WHAT DID YOU DO?

The medical drama has its fair share of mediocre episodes—the kind that made some Grey’s Anatomy fans stop watching years ago. However, I stuck with the show and I’m glad I did. Case in point: The awesome season 6.

Season 8 is no different in this matter, especially the first few episodes, which were ho-hum. Then, it got better again … and then the ninth episode happened.

Depending on who you talk to, this is either a terrific or horrible episode. Rhimes, the show runner, is either a genius or a bitch. Call it sitting on the fence, but I think all of the aforementioned applies.


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TV Show You Should Watch: ‘Raising Hope’

The cast of a new comedy, Raising Hope: Martha Plimpton, Shannon Woodward, Lucas Neff, and Garret Dillahunt. Photo: Couch Time with Jill

The half-hour comedy is just as funny as Modern Family, if not more, then definitely wackier. It’s easily one of my new favorite series! To give you a better idea of the show’s sense of humor, it’s brought to us by Greg Garcia, creator of My Name is Earl (which was super wacky, in case you didn’t know).

Raising Hope is about Jimmy Chance (newcomer Lucas Neff), a young single dad who grapples with the day-to-day problems of taking care of his daughter. He has some help from his lower class family: his great great grandmother (Cloris Leachman) and his parents who also had him at a young age (Garret Dillahunt from The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Martha Plimpton from The Goonies).

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TV Show You Should Try: ‘The Mentalist’

Simon Baker, star of "The Mentalist." Photo: Fanpop

Happiness is Simon Baker’s smile.

When The Mentalist star flashes his pearly whites as Patrick Jane, he lights up the screen. The series is a procedural cop show with an overarching story, in which Jane tries to catch Red John, the serial killer who murdered Jane’s wife and daughter.

Jane’s part of the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), so they take cases all over the state. As a bonus, because of that, I’m familiarizing myself with a lot of places I haven’t heard of before.

It differs from other mystery shows because of its central character. Jane is a quirky guy who can adeptly read people and decipher crime scenes. Some people even go so far as to call him a psychic. He can tell what job you have just by looking at you (deciphering) and he also drinks a lot of tea (quirk).

Many funny moments arise from Jane’s antics; hypnosis is no exception. Here’s an example of the show’s sense of humor:

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16 Songs for Your Playlist: Natasha Bedingfield, Vanessa Carlton, Evanescence, and more

Here are some songs I’ve recently discovered and almost all of them are on repeat on my speakers. I hope you enjoy them as much as me.

Turn It Up – Taryn Manning
Check out the latest catchy dance tune from the singer/actress with a raspy voice. If you haven’t heard her stuff as one-half of Boomkat (her brother is the other half), I also recommend tuning in to their unique sound. The Wreckoning (below) is a good place to start.

After the jump: Music from TV shows, such as Cougar Town, The Big C, Hart of Dixie, Revenge, etc.

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