American Idol Recap: Weird, Good and Great Abound in Austin, San Francisco Auditions (1/16/14)

Day two of American Idol’s broadcast had auditions happening in Austin and San Francisco. Tonight’s show yielded a number of very interesting singers, including the son of a runner-up back in Season 1. Here’s a recap of the show. Jesse Roach captured the first golden ticket for tonight; kudos to an encouraging mom who wanted her out of the garage and into Hollywood. Jesse’s rock vibe resonated with the judges and got affirmation that she can be a rock artist with soul (plus the raspiness that doesn’t distract Harry). Joining Jesse are Steven Curd, Anna Melvin and Ryan Clark. School…

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Judge Judy: $1,500 for Share of 4 Months’ Rent (1/16/14)

Judge Judy Sheindlin awards $1,500 for 4 months’ rent and $750 for half a month’s rent to 2 parties. Nicole sues former roommate Shaun Scranton for credit card charges and living expenses. Shaun already receives rent subsidy in the form of federal student loans. And: Nadia sues diabetic Jacqueline for rent. Judge Judy tells Jacqueline that since she couldn’t work, she should have gotten Section 8 housing. Nicole Synesiou sues former roommate and friend Shaun, of LA,  for living expenses. The judge tells her that if she wanted to help people, she should make a donation, not move in with…

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American Idol Season 13 Premiere: Harry Connick Jr. Spices Up Auditions (1/15/14)

American Idol’s 13th season made its 2-hour debut tonight with a new bunch of hopefuls auditioning. This season is expected to be a ratings redemption for the show, with Harry Connick Jr. being that missing factor that could provide 1/3 of the excitement, the rest coming from returning judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. Yes, the show is about the aspiring singers but the judges’ personality and prudence in finding the right mix of this season’s top billers matter. Keith was judicious on the technical aspect last season but was outshined by the Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj shenanigans. JLo was ok…

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Judge Judy: $3,500 for Motorcycle in Pile-Up (1/15/14)

Judge Judy Sheindlin awards $3,500 to Richard “Rick” Gibson, whose motorcycle was totaled in a multiple-vehicle collision caused by a dog. She then dismisses Jeremy Bauer‘s suit for rent and a dresser, and tenant Nathan‘s countersuit for storage. She rules that Nathan had been evicted. He claims that the former tenant had given him the dresser. Chain-Reaction Crash Rick sues Kristi Funk for the cost of his motorcycle. Kristi claims that her dog was not on the highway and that if so, that the accident was Rick’s fault as he was driving too fast. If so? Isn’t that a lot…

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The Biggest Loser Recap 1/14/14: Jay Goes Home

Jay is not The Biggest Loser, after having the 2nd lowest weight loss. 4 of the remaining 6 contestants had voted for Jay. If Jay and Bobby had tied, Bobby would have been eliminated, having the lowest weight loss. Jay had set out to lose the curling competition, for fear of being targeted by the other contestants. At Park City, Utah, contestants have to cook their own food. They also compete in curling. Jay doesn’t want to win, for fear that he would have a target on his back. Four contestants compete at a time. They push 100 pounds into…

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