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Music, All Shook Down Harry Connick, Jr. Is the Greatest Thing That's Ever Happened to <i>American Idol</i>

Harry Connick, Jr. Is the Greatest Thing That's Ever Happened to American Idol

Just as the youngsters -- with all the twerking and the swag and the Instagram filters -- are apparently deserting Facebook in droves, American Idol no longer holds the appeal that it did five years ago. In fact, Wednesday's premiere…
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Film, "One Direction: This Is Us": Scream Like a Tweener, Seethe Like Taylor Swift

"One Direction: This Is Us": Scream Like a Tweener, Seethe Like Taylor Swift

This being a Morgan Spurlock movie, it's hard not to wish he'd structured it like Super Size Me, wondering what happens to a person after subsisting for a month exclusively on one insidiously innocuous UK boy band. But Spurlock's One…
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Music, All Shook Down Fifth Harmony Demonstrates Everything That's Wrong With TV Singing Competitions

Fifth Harmony Demonstrates Everything That's Wrong With TV Singing Competitions

Fifth Harmony is a girl group from Texas who finished third in Fox's second season of the imported British talent show The X Factor. All five people in the girl group are pretty in a still-relatable sort of way, and all…
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Music, All Shook Down One Direction: After Ignoring so Many Brit Boy Bands, Why Does America Like These Twerps?

One Direction: After Ignoring so Many Brit Boy Bands, Why Does America Like These Twerps?

If you're a regular viewer of Saturday Night Live, chances are high that you found yourself confused and aghast last weekend, when the show's musical guest turned out to be British boy-band sensation One Direction. The band members grinned their…
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Music, All Shook Down The X Factor Makes Its US Debut, Crazy People Get Humiliated

The X Factor Makes Its US Debut, Crazy People Get Humiliated

So, this week The X Factor -- Simon Cowell's new reality show/ singing competition -- arrived on U.S. screens for the first time, and we've already had two nights of occasionally exciting, often harrowing, auditions. In case you missed it…
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Music, All Shook Down True Soccer Anthems are Catchy, Curse-Laden, and Mean-Spirited

True Soccer Anthems are Catchy, Curse-Laden, and Mean-Spirited

Don't be alarmed to turn on ESPN this month and hear some witty Englishman declare the arc of a round ball through space "inspired," "creative" or "clever." It's World Cup season -- the month-long Super Bowl-meets-Olympics-meets-Mardi Gras of that "beautiful…
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Tomorrow: Round Two American Idol Auditions at Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel

Signs on the 4th floor. The waiting area. A friend of the Weekly tipped us off earlier today about American Idol auditions, which were supposedly going on at the Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel downtown. We thought this was strange…
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