Janae French, Nick Bloxsom-Carter and David Searle talk pros and cons
While fans have mixed feelings about the new one-night format of "So You Think You Can Dance," in which performances are married with eliminations at the end of the show, they're not alone. The dancers on the show also see pros and cons to the revised program -- and they don't list "fewer dumb commercials to sit through" as one of the benefits. Though squishing the show down to just one night a week was a move by Fox intended to save a long-running show that's showing its age in the ratings, the down side is that viewers (who vote on the outcome) spend less time getting to know the top 20 performers. In a conference call with reporters, the first three dancers dumped from the top 20 -- Janae French, Nick Bloxsom-Carter and David Searle (Alexa Anderson, who was also eliminated, did not participate)-- talked about what does and doesn't work for them.
We meet the top 16, but which diva will melt down first?
"Project Runway" is back for season 10, bitches! And I mean bitches in the good way, because I've missed you guys and your collective knack for sniffing out the tacky stuff faster than Michael Kors can come up with a zinger! Aren't you excited? Didn't you miss Tim Gunn? I know I did! Especially when I was watching "Project Accessory" and wishing I could stick sewing needles in my eyes. Anyway, this season promises to be a whole hella lot of crazy, what with designers actually LEAVING THE SHOW in the middle of the night like very chic catburglers carrying pinking shears. Thanks to a lead-in episode, we do get to meet all of the designers tonight, so we should all be able to place our bets on a winner pretty quickly. For the record, I've made mine. But let's get to that in a minute. First, we need to meet our designers! Past winners Nick Verreos and Mondo Guerra lead the way.
We also get a preview of 'Step Up Revolution'
This week it's time to see how well a performance/elimination combo episode works for "SYTYCD." I'm guessing that it may actually be a boon to the show, which was ordered to double up as ratings flagged. While I'm a little worried that we'll lose the opportunity to see some of the impressive guest dancers that have come to the show in the past to fluff up the results show, that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make in order to tighten up what has been a pretty bloated program. Let's see if they can pull it off.
As Cat ominously promises, 20 will start the show, but only 16 will survive, which makes this seem like a dance competition/horror movie musical. Which should be coming to a theater near you at some point anyway.
The 'All-Stars' winner discovers he can't manipulate the girls
Eight contestants remain, and one throws a tantrum
Eight contestants remain and at this point, well, I wouldn't want to be the one narrowing the field. Every time I count someone out (like Nellie), he or she turns around and gives a kick ass performance to save the day. But it's a new week, there's a new challenge, and anything can happen with teenagers.
Brooks takes the sofa, but Briana brings the fireworks
McHale has an idea about which star he'd like to play his sister
Kevin McHale, who plays wheelchair-bound Artie on "Glee," has a new project in the works. On Sunday, July 22 he'll be co-hosting the Teen Choice Awards (8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Fox) with old friend Demi Lovato. "[The show] is always fun and super crazy, and I can't wait," McHale told journalists during a conference call. "It's kind of nerve wracking. Because it's live, you have to watch what you say and keep it together. Hopefully, I won't act like a fangirl in front of people I like."
Carole's sick of LuAnn, but the real fight is between Ramona and Heather
The "Real Housewives of New York City" sans Ramona and Aviva are still frolicking in London this week. But as we know, you can take the girl out of Noo Yawk but it's considerably harder to take the Noo Yawk out of the girl, so the first thing we see is Sonja sticking her face in a bidet. Admittedly, it's filled with ice and Sonja swears this is the easiest way to reduce the swelling in her face as the sink is too shallow, but all I can think is that next week we will be seeing Sonja tooling around New York with enormous, blistering sores all over her head.
It's time for Kalon and Ryan's day of reckoning
It's time for one of those "the rejects speak" episodes of "The Bachelorette," which is usually just an excuse to get people yelling at one another. But given how low this season was on friction, I'm not expecting fireworks. Okay, maybe someone will take a punch at Kalon, but I'm sure he's used to it. What I'm really not expecting is much animosity toward Emily. Emily may be one of the most universally adored heartbreakers in the history of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," and it doesn't hurt that she can swear like a sailor (judging from how much she's bleeped) and isn't afraid to get her mama bear on when it comes to her kid. I do think Ricki, though she never meets the guys face-to-face, has been an effective tool in keeping them focused on exactly how much is at stake. And, in the case of Kalon, she has been a helpful tool in exposing him as a self-absorbed ass. But more on Kalon in a moment. Let's get to the episode!
The TLC show generates more questions than answers
Watching the third season premiere of TLC's "Strange Sex" (Sundays, 10 p.m. ET), I had a lot of questions -- none of them about sex. Who are these people? Where did TLC find them? Why are they talking about this stuff on national television? Is this willingness to share part of the fetish, too? Do they have jobs to go to? If so, do they have to go to them the day after this airs? Damn, I wonder what that's like!