<p>Andrew Garcia of 'American Idol'&nbsp;</p>

Andrew Garcia of 'American Idol' 

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Recap: 'American Idol' - The Top 12 Men perform

Mediocrities scrape up praise on one of the least impressive nights in 'Idol' performance history

The "American Idol" ladies got the performance season off to a mixed start on Tuesday night.

There were a few strong performances, but there were many more mediocre and poor turns, a concern given the clear sense that the women were stronger than the men this season.

How will the Top 12 Men respond on Wednesday (Feb. 24) night?

And will Ellen DeGeneres actually add something on Wednesday, after an uninspiring live judging debut?

Click through for all of the "American Idol" action...

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<p>Hurley and Jack share a moment on this week's episode of 'Lost.'</p>

Hurley and Jack share a moment on this week's episode of 'Lost.'

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Recap: 'Lost' 6.05 'Lighthouse' sets a path for the series finale

More of Jacob's master plan is illuminated this week

It seems to me like real progress is being made now, like we're getting major chunks of mythology downloaded each week, and it shouldn't really be a surprise that this week's episode was written by Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof.  As the hosts of this party, it makes sense that they'd be the ones to give us some of the major puzzle pieces.

The "previously on" clips this year are major hints as to what you'll see in the episode each week, and this week was no exception.  First, they show Jack in TIMELINE A at the airport as the guy from Oceanic tells him that they lost his father, and Jack telling Locke about it.  Then we see Dogen meeting the Oceanic survivors, Sayid getting dunked and waking up, and Lennon telling Jack about the pill they want Sayid to take.

They specifically played the exchange between Jack and Dogen, as well.

"There's a darkness growing in him."

"How do you know?"

"Because it happened to your sister."

Then we see Aldo about to shoot Jin, and Claire showing up to shoot Aldo and rescue him.  And with that...

TIMELINE A.  Jack comes home.  Quickly changes clothes.  Washes up.  And as he's getting ready, he sees a scar that confuses him a bit.  It's not new, but it's certainly not ancient.  His mother calls, and she's upset that she can't find Christian's will anywhere in the house.  She wants Jack to help her find it, and he promises he'll come over to do that.  He asks her when he had his appendix out, and she tells him it was when he was young, no more than seven or eight years old.

"You don't remember that?"

"Yeah... I guess I do..."

Does he, though?  Isn't that the scar he got when Juliet did that for him?  The more we see the way these two timelines work, the more questions I have about it all.  I'm sure that's the point, of course.

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<p>&nbsp;Lilly Scott of 'American Idol'</p>

 Lilly Scott of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' - The Top 12 Women perform

Lilly Scott shines, but the judges wanted more originality from the 'Idol' ladies

The auditions are over.

Hollywood Week is over.

Finally, "American Idol" gets down to the episodes that actually count.

Finally, "American Idol" puts forth a selection of singers and lets the American People vote.

Finally, we have something invested in choosing our favorites and figuring out who we want to spend the next three months with.

Tuesday (Feb. 23) features performances by the "American Idol" Top 12 Women, all singing songs from the Billboard charts.

Click through to see who sang, what they sang, what I thought and what the judges thought...

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<p>&nbsp;Katee Sackhoff of '24'</p>

 Katee Sackhoff of '24'

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Recap: '24' Day 8 - '12 a.m. to 1 a.m.'

As a new threat looms over an unsuspecting NYC, personal problems derail CTU's efforts.

 "24" fans: it's the week you've been waiting for: the dreaded Kevin storyline comes to a close! Ding dong, the loser's dead! Since his death distracted two of CTU's finest at a critical juncture in the investigation, no doubt we'll feel the fallout from his death for some time to come. But for now, let's light up some nuclear fuel rods like radioactive sparklers on the 4th of July and relive what went down in the midnight hour. 

[Full recap of Monday's (Feb. 22) night's "24" after the break...]

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<p>Cassie Thomson and Zeljko Ivanek of 'Big Love'</p>

Cassie Thomson and Zeljko Ivanek of 'Big Love'

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Recap: 'Big Love' - 'Blood Atonement'

'Big Love' takes a disappointing detour to Mexico.

 "Blood Atonement" revels in almost everything I like least about "Big Love." The vast majority of the episode deals with inter-polygamist compound conflicts, a large portion of the episode seems to revolve around an apparent miracle (that's not given any of the ambiguity seeming miracles are usually given on this show) and even the Henrickson compound stuff ends up feeling like a few goofy soap opera twists too many. Now, I didn't hate all of it - it's insanely hard to do bad scenes with the show's central trio of wives, and I liked much of the storyline with Ana up until Margie's big decision - but this is probably the series' weakest episode since at least early season two.

[Full recap after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Jet and Cord of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

 Jet and Cord of 'The Amazing Race'

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race -- 'When the Cow Kicked Me in the Head'

Three teams not know for intelligence make a smart bussing move in Chile
Last week, I made fun of the constants on this season's "The Amazing Race," referring to this as the "All-Stupid" season. I singled out several teams -- Brent & Caite, Jordan & Jeff, Jet & Cord, Steve & Allie -- for spectacular intellectual boners and anticipated a season characterized more by mental blunders than any smart racing.
At least temporarily, I have to pause and take off my cowboy hat to Jet & Cord, who were funny, likable and, dare I say it, smart in Sunday (Feb. 21) night's episode of "The Amazing Race," titled "When the Cow Kicked Me in the Head." The other dumb teams may not be off the hook yet, but Jet & Cord have moved from my "The Jury Is Still Out" category into my group of favorites.
[More on Sunday's "Amazing Race" after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Eric Stoltz and Patton Oswalt of 'Caprica'</p>

 Eric Stoltz and Patton Oswalt of 'Caprica'

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Recap: 'Caprica' - 'Gravedancing'

As Daniel preps for his talk show appearance, Joseph and Sam keep their eyes on Amanda.

Well, it’s been two weeks since the last new episode of “Caprica.” Apparently SyFy thought that counter-programming a solid sci-fi show against the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics was a frakkin’ bad idea. That decision was everyone’s loss, as the show had only started to build a little momentum before being halted almost right out of the starting gate. It’s like something Fox would do to its Friday night programming. Did the show recover its mojo tonight? Not especially, although all things Patton Oswalt and Grandma Adama rocked. Onto what happened! 

[Full recap of Friday's (Feb. 19) "Caprica" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Jonathan of 'Project Runway'</p>

 Jonathan of 'Project Runway'

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Recap: 'Project Runway' - 'A Little Bit of Fashion'

The designers discover dressing wee ones isn’t easy kid stuff

Oh, lord. Can I just say how uninterested I am in tonight’s episode? Seriously, I’m half a heartbeat away from turning on the Olympics and hoping I didn’t miss the curling competition. The reason I’m bored? They’re dressing little girls. On the one hand, it might irritate the designers to the breaking point. On the other, it might irritate me to the breaking point. Is it not enough that I already have to put up with high-pitched shrieking at every sushi restaurant I go to in this town? Not that I hate kids, far from it, but I certainly hate smug yuppie Los Angeles parents, whose definition of discipline is usually, “Now, honey, you go express yourself by kicking the shins of those nice people at the next table over. Aren’t you creative?” Seriously, curling is looking better all the time.
[Full recap of Thursday's (Feb. 18) "Project Runway" after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Boston Rob experiences pain on 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'</p>

 Boston Rob experiences pain on 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'

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Recap: 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'It's Getting the Best of Me'

Boston Rob goes for an Oscar, while one tribe has a verbally violent split
Pre-credit sequence. It's raining on Night 3 and the Villains are unhappy. Not having roof will do that for you. Everybody's shivering and crying and Boston Rob is unimpressed with the team morale. "It's making me physically sick," Boston Rob says of his colleagues and their complaints. "Again, again, again I'm on the buffoon tribe," Rob grumbles. Oh, poor Boston Rob. You're legitimately the only Villain I can imagine pitying in this context.
[Full recap of Thursday (Feb. 18) night's "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Didi Benami of the 'American Idol' Season 9 Top 24</p>

 Didi Benami of the 'American Idol' Season 9 Top 24

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Recap: 'American Idol' - The Top 24 is Revealed

After picking 7 last night, which 17 singers will round out this season's 'Idol' Top 24?

Last night, "American Idol" revealed the first seven members of the Top 24. That leaves 17 open slots to be filled over the course of only one hour on Wednesday (Feb. 17) night. How will "American Idol" possibly be able to fit in all of the excitement?

And who will join Didi Benami, Michael Lynche, Aaron Kelly, Katelyn Epperly, Lee Dewyze, Todrick Hall and Casey James in the Top 24?

This is the final judgment. And this is "American Idol." After the break...

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