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David Canary-After 27 years on All My Children, actor David Canary officially said goodbye to the soap opera today. Canary played both Adam and Stuart Chandler on the ABC series.

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-The Idol Gives Back special helped raise $45 million for its efforts on Wednesday night. While still impressive, the amount was down $15 million from two years ago.

-If the world is still here in 2024, college basketball will be as well. The NCAA has signed a new 14-year deal with both CBS and Turner Broadcasting worth $10.8 billion.

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American Idol 9: Idol Gives Back, Top 7 Results

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At the top of the spectacular, host Ryan Seacrest immediately introduced the President of the United States and his First Lady, Mr. and Mrs. Barack Obama. Two praised the Idol Gives Back event and urged viewers to contribute to the cause. In his typical contemporary fashion, President Obama then gave a message to the Idol contestants: “As Randy Jackson says, you’re all my dogs.”

Ryan then reappeared on stage to introduce the judges and hype up the crowd. served as the host of the event at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, which was filled with a screaming crowd.

The Top 12 were brought back together for the first group performance of the night, an incredibly weak number. The only big moment in the song was given (predictably) to Crystal Bowersox. Could this show please make it more obvious that they want her to win? I’m not sure the astronauts on the space shuttle have managed to get the message yet - they’re so far away, and all.

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American Idol 9: Top 7 Perform

It’s week, which means the Top 7 performance round was stuffed with plugs for the upcoming event. In honor of charity week, the Idols sang “inspirational songs,” a topic so broad we were pretty well guaranteed a grab bag of styles.

Casey James picked the imminently popular “Don’t Stop,” a bit of a dangerous decision, for the first performance of the night. Mentor tried to help Casey find some personality within his performance, a quality she felt was essential for the popular tune. On the big stage, Casey James was more raspy than usual, full of energy and absolutely generic. His guitar solo was pretty hot, but he’s been relying on that crutch a bit too much. All the same, James delivers consistently solid performances that the crowd seems to enjoy. I don’t think he’ll do too poorly in the industry…when he’s finally let out of his Idol cage.

“It was a good performance,” Randy Jackson told him, though he grudgingly added “every week, we’re seeing the same thing.” He asked for James to deliver “something different,” a request he’s made in the past. “We’re getting to the point to where you have to be great…and it wasn’t great,” Ellen DeGeneres expanded on Randy’s theme. “You made yourself like everybody else tonight,” Kara DioGuardi likewise expressed her disappointment. “That wasn’t particularly inspiring,” Simon Cowell noted.

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American Idol 9: Top 7 Song Spoilers

American IdolNext week’s American Idol 9 isn’t just about performances from the Top 7 remaining contenders - it’s an ode to . As such, the Idols will be crooning songs from a pretty obvious theme. Keep reading to find out where you can view the song list…

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American Idol 9: Top 9 Results, the Sequel

It was the duty of American Idol‘s Wednesday’s results show to send two contestants away from the competition. The judges’ save is off the table (er, stage) and there are no do-overs. The epic Season 9 results show would put an end to all the Idol dreams for at least two contestants.

I know, pretty heady stuff. An appropriate lead-in opened the show, filled with dramatic music and bold graphics meant to drum up excitement. Since everyone knows that the final result won’t be read until we sit through a seemingly endless hour of banter and random live performances, it’s pretty hard to get excited at the top of the episode.

The Top 9 performed a medley of songs to kick off the episode, beginning with “Burning Love” before moving into “Teddy Bear.” “Return to Sender” and “Viva Las Vegas” were also featured. The group number was actually rather horrible, which is surprising considering the artist the Idols were allowed to cover - but the songs selected for the medley really weren’t good ideas. I couldn’t wait for it to end.

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American Idol: Shock and Awe

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The pushed-back Thursday elimination night on began with a promise from Ryan Seacrest, who touted “guest stars and surprises” at the top of the hour. There certainly were some surprises, but most of them weren’t at all good.

The evening kicked off with clips of , which has so far raised more than $60 million for various charitable organizations. Next, the Top 8 Idols sang “Shout to the Lord” while a huge choir sang in the background. It was, all told, way too schmaltzy for an elimination night. But more of the same would continue throughout the evening.

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Idol Gives Back: Just as Good the Second Time Around?

Idol Gives Back Top 8 Group Number

Last year, ’s charity spectacular was still shiny and brand-new. Everything was a surprise, everything was unexpected. Two theaters were packed with partygoers, celebs, singers and cameras. The contestants were given a week without eliminations, and the viewers were given more A-list performers than they could quickly name. In a two and one half-hour broadcast that still ran long, Idol did it again this year. Was giving back as successful this second time around?

American Idol’s charity special still earned the highest ratings of Wednesday night, but the numbers were down from last year. In fact, the numbers were the lowest for Idol since a 2005 pre-taped broadcast. The stars were bigger, the performances more astounding and the promos even more exhausting. So, where did it all go wrong?

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American Idol Top 8: An Inspiring Bunch?

American Idol Top 8

With promos and promises of Idol Gives Back clouding every available moment of this week, it was only fitting that Tuesday night’s performance theme was songs of inspiration. Singing about peace, hope, joy, dreams and love, the Top 8 contestants took to the stage to win over our hearts. But which of them failed to inspire votes?

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How Charitable: American Idol

Ryan Seacrest With three nights of quickly approaching, the show is prepared to dominate the week’s ratings once more. But don’t worry - it’s all in the name of charity. And it seems that everyone involved with the show is getting into the spirit of things.

Host , who reportedly earns $14 million a year (Forbes), has decided to forgo his usual paycheck for Sunday night’s Idol Gives Back special (which airs Wednesday). See Seacrest work for free tomorrow night, when Idol will take over no less than two and one half hours of programming. Yowzah.

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Idol Gives Back Tidbits

American IdolThough ’s charity extravaganza won’t air until Wednesday, much of the show has been pre-taped…and thus, it’s already happened. Want to know who showed up to sing what? Want to know more about the money the event wants to raise? Want to know what’s going to happen…before it does? Keep reading or turn back now - spoilers to follow.

Last year’s spectacular raised more than $75 million for various charitable organizations and even helped FOX score an honorary Emmy award. The official financial statement for the event will be released in May. This year’s goal is to raise at least $100 million in funds for charity. To kick off the night and begin the event, the Top 8 Idols performed Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music.”

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