American Idol Alumni Chikezie Eze Charged with Theft

American Idol alumni Chikezie Eze has been charged with attempted grand theft by the L. A. County District Attorney. Eze, who placed 10th on season 7 of American Idol, is also facing charges of misdemeanor identity theft.

Chikezie Eze on 'American Idol' (FOX)
Chikezie Eze on 'American Idol' (FOX)

The charges against Chikezie Eze stem from an arrest last February when the American Idol finalist allegedly attempted to buy two bottles of cologne at the Beverly Hills Neiman Marcus using fraudulent credit information. Store employees turned Eze over to police for attempting to use a card flagged as “stolen”.

After his arrest, Eze said in a press statement that he was using a brand new Neiman’s card of his own when he tried to make the purchase and had no idea why he was arrested. He denied any credit information regarding the card he attempted to use was stolen.

The L. A. County District Attorney, however, apparently didn’t buy Eze’s story. We’re not sure if we do either. Regardless, trying to make off with a couple of bottles of over-priced cologne is a lame reason to end up in jail.

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Will Sarah Palin Show Us Where to See Russia from Her House?

Former vice-presidential candidate and Alaskan governor Sarah Palin has been confirmed as the host of a new reality series to air on TLC. Discovery Communications announced Thursday that Sarah Palin’s Alaska would be broadcast as an eight-part series on TLC. 

Sarah Palin (Photo: Therealbs2002 - Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Sarah Palin (Photo: Therealbs2002 - Source: Wikimedia Commons)

“Our family enjoys Discovery’s networks,” Sarah Palin said in a press statement. “I look forward to working with Mark [Burnett] to bring the wonder and majesty of Alaska to all Americans.” Mark Burnett, who produced the reality shows Survivor and The Apprentice, will helm the new reality show as executive producer.

No air date has yet been set for the series. That’s okay though, because we really don’t give a damn. The only reason we’d tune in is if Sarah Palin plans on showing us exactly where she can see Russia from her house.

Whenever it airs, however, we solemly beg Tina Fey to bring her Sarah Palin impersonation to Saturday Night Live once again. There is just SO much about this whole gig that deserves some delicious mocking by the 30 Rock queen.

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Paige Miles Cut from American Idol – Tim Urban Saved Again

Yes, we admit it; we want Tim Urban gone from American Idol. We’ve wanted him gone from the first time he opened his mouth and that shaky, karaoke, strained voice squeaked out. However, we have to admit that Paige Miles elimination from American Idol this week was well deserved.

Paige Miles on 'American Idol' (FOX)
Paige Miles on 'American Idol' (FOX)

Still, we feel bad for those who plan to attend the American Idols Live Tour and will now have to endure listening to Tim Urban squawk his way across the country.

After the horror that was Paige Miles’ performance on Tuesday night, we would have been shocked if the teacher from Florida hadn’t been in the bottom three. We were a bit surprised that Andrew Garcia wasn’t there after his abysmal showing this week. As Simon Cowell said, that boy sucked all the life out of his song and left it bleeding on the floor. We doubt he’ll make it more than another week or two though unless Tim Urban does finally get voted off and the folks switch to Garcia.

Paige Miles & Tim Urban on 'American Idol' (FOX)
Paige Miles & Tim Urban on 'American Idol' (FOX)

Katie Stevens rounded out the bottom three this week and it’s not hard to see why. She’s not the worst singer still in the pack, but she just doesn’t seem to click with American Idol fans. We think she’s just too boringly generic to inspire a strong fan base. Although her performance this week was actually one of her best, it still doesn’t come close in comparision to powerhouses like Crystal Bowersox or Siobhan Magnus. Stevens is another one we bet won’t be sticking around for the top five unless she miraculously pulls something spectacular out of her hat.

We can’t help but feel lousy for Paige Miles getting the cut this week. Not that she didn’t deserve to go, but to stand there and know Tim Urban would get to go on the American Idol Live tour instead of her – with all the extra cash and attention that comes with it? That just has to hurt.

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American Idol Alum Tamyra Gray Pregnant with First Baby

American Idol alum Tamyra Gray may have been robbed of her chance to compete in the finals on the 1st season of the show, but she’s still got plenty to celebrate. Gray announced this week she is pregnant and expecting her first baby with music producer husband Sam Watters.

Tamyra Gray on 'American Idol' (FOX)
Tamyra Gray on 'American Idol' (FOX)

Tamyra Gray married former Color Me Badd singer and music producer Sam Watters in 2006. Gray and her husband co-parent Watters’ son from a previous marriage, but the new baby on the way will be the first biological child for the couple.

Gray rose to fame in 2002 as one of the top ten finalists on the 1st season of American Idol. Although she eventually finished fourth in the competition, many felt she strongly deserved to make it to the final two and compete against Kelly Clarkston for the American Idol crown.

After American Idol, Tamyra Gray went on to land a recurring role on Boston Public and perform in several Broadway productions. She also had a role in the independent film The Gospel and co-wrote the #1 Billboard Hot 100 song “I Believe”. Gray is currently working on a new album, but no release date has yet been announced.

Congrats to the happy couple! Gray was always one of our American Idol favorites and we hope the future holds many more great things in store for her.

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Crystal Bowersox Bobby McGee Rocks Out American Idol

Every week when we tune in to American Idol, we always look forward to the performance of one of the contestants more than all of the others. Although we are fond of several other American Idol hopefuls, such as Michael Lynche and Siobhan Magnus, it is hippie-chick Crystal Bowersox who has truly won our hearts this year.

Crystal Bowersox performs 'Bobby McGee' (FOX)
Crystal Bowersox performs 'Bobby McGee' (FOX)

Last night, Crystal Bowersox rocked it out yet again in the American Idol top 11 with a passionate performance of Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee”. The song was an absolutely perfect choice for her vocals and we frankly haven’t heard a better version of this song since Joplin sang it herself.

Michel Lynche’s “When a Man Loves a Woman” once again showed off his big, powerful voice, but we found the song rather boring and stale. Still, we love Big Mike and hope like hell he ends up in the top three. As for the rest of the competitors, we were decently impressed with Siobhan Magnus – she’s quite growing on us. Casey James actually pulled off a rather okay version of “Power of Love”. We’re not a fan of Casey James, so it takes a lot to say we didn’t hate it too much.

The rest of the guys and girls this week were so pathetic we can’t even make a good guess at who will end up going home. It might Paige Miles, who was painfully terrible singing “Against All Odds”, but we’re still kind of hoping Tim Urban will get the boot despite the crowd.

Just on a completely random note, we’re a little insulted that Bowersox let Miley Cyrus sign her guitar. We’re sure Melissa Etheridge and the other notables gracing Bowersox’s instrument are shuddering at having that poser wannabe’s name scrawled so close to their own…

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Do We Really Want a Sarah Palin Reality Series?

Former vice-presidential candidate and Alaskan governor Sarah Palin is reportedly close to signing a deal to host her own new reality show. Palin has been shopping around the nature-themed reality series to various networks and Variety reports she may have finally landed a network willing to pay over $1 million per episode for the show.

Sarah Palin (Photo: Therealbs2002 - Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Sarah Palin (Photo: Therealbs2002 - Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The travelogue reality show, tentatively called Sarah Palin’s Alaska, has supposedly been purchased by Discovery Communications, according to a report in Variety. Palin allegedly met with a slew of networks while shopping around the series, including ABC, CBS and NBC. When none of them took the bait, Palin reportedly turned to the cable networks for a buyer. Bidding finally came down to A&E versus Discovery, with A&E eventually bowing out.

Sarah Palin’s Alaska will reportedly focus on the people, traditions, and natural wonders of the former governor turned Fox News analyst’s home state. No official announcement about a purchase of the series has come out so far from Discovery.

Here’s the thing. Sarah Palin pretty much bailed on the whole state of Alaska when she famously decided to quit her job as governor. Regardless of your political affiliations, does she really deserve to be given a job representing the ‘people and traditions’ of the state she abandoned mid-term?

Let’s not forget this is also the woman who is known for enjoying shooting and eating the wildlife of Alaska, not for wanting to preserve them and celebrate their natural glory. Come on, this is the lady who grinned during a Thanksgiving interview bit while turkeys were being slaughtered bloodily over her shoulder – and she’s going to host a “nature” series? Somebody stop the madness, please!

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Miley Cyrus Teaches American Idol Contestants How to Suck and Still Be Famous

Disney star Miley Cyrus will guest on American Idol this week as the mentor for ‘Billboard #1 Hits’ week. Yes, Tuesday night we get to listen to Miley Cyrus give advice to the likes of Crystal Bowersox, who could already pretty much crush Cyrus into the ground like a cockroach with her voice.

Miley Cyrus (Photo: calmdownlove - Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Miley Cyrus (Photo: calmdownlove - Source: Wikimedia Commons)

For the theme this round (which was suddenly change for some reason from ‘Teen Idols’ to “Billboard Hits’), they should just go ahead and call it ‘Disney Advertising Shoved in Your Face’ week. After viewers are tortured with the horror that is Miley Cyrus on Tuesday night, they’ll be slapped with groan-worthy performances from Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato on Wednesday’s elimination night.

Note to American Idol producers, it’s kind of lame to put on mentors and performers who suck worse than most of your contestants on the show.

On the other hand, if the American Idol powers-that-be want to show the contestants that you can have a mediocre at best voice, ‘accidentally’ leak semi-nude photos of your underage ass online and act like a nasty, whiny bitch – yet still be filthy rich and famous – we guess Miley Cyrus is just about the best mentor you could get.

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