Idol returns for lucky 13: It isn’t just talent alone that makes an idol. Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. started their journey across America searching for the the next singing superstar. Kicking off their search in Boston, and hitting up Austin and San Francisco along the way, the three icons sat through some amazing original pieces and covers from talented young singing hopefuls during the two-night premiere. Kaitlyn Jackson, 15, wowed with an original piece written for her late grandfather, while Munfarid Zaidi’s rendition of Adele’s Crazy For You earned him a cradle hug from Harry and a golden ticket to Hollywood. Connick Jr., the new addition to the judge’s seat, displayed his thorough knowledge of technical music and made sure to question the taste of his Urban and Lopez. Apparently they are easily impressed. This being the auditions, there were plenty of terrible performances that helped provide comic relief. Grace Anne Field’s screeching version of Martina McBride’s A Broken Wing had the judges cracking up, while L.J. Hernandez used glowsticks to add comedic relief to his terrible performance. There was twerking, guitar playing, rapping, screaming, jumping and crying and it was only the first week.
Quack, quack, there back: The duck-hunting Robertson family returned this week with the famous clan introducing someone new to the clan. Willie and his son John Luke picked up honourary Robertson member, Rebecca from the airport, who was back from Los Angeles where she was interning in the fashion industry. Willie, sporting the latest skinny jean fashion from Rebecca was curious about how long the adopted daughter would stay, but threw a surprise party for her anyway. Uncle Si was up to no good, even though he was sick with the ‘bird flu’ and a fever, relying heavily on Miss Kay and Air Bud movies to get him through his illness. Then, Willie hired a new assistant - or "redneck butler" - and it looked like a beard what his only requirement to fit in with the family. The infamous GQ interview in which Phil made controversial comments about gay men wasn't addressed. But that’s because this week’s episodes – and most of the shows that will air this spring – were shot before the article came out last December.
No children allowed: Relationships are a series of ups and downs, quite like this week’s episode of The Bachelor, as Juan Pablo and the ladies faced their first dates and first heartbreaks. On the first one-on-one dates of the season, Juan Pablo blindfolded Clare and whisked her off to a winter wonderland in the heart of Los Angeles before jumping on a private jet with Kat. The two flew to Salt Lake City, dressed in electronic neon outfits and took part in a dancing marathon called the Electronic Run. Both ladies earned themselves roses. On the group date, Juan juggled the ladies during a photo-shoot with some four-legged friends in order to raise money for Models and Mutts. After the shoot, the group joined Juan on a romantic rooftop date, where some got to share more of themselves with the Bachelor, like Cassandra, who opened up about her son to the single father for the first time. Victoria on the other hand, drank a glass of champagne (or five) too many and locked herself in the bathroom crying, screaming and swearing in a drunken rage. Although she apologized for her tantrum, Juan Pablo sent her home. He has a child, he isn’t looking to date one. At the final rose ceremony, Amy L. and Chantel were also sent home.
Training at the U.S. Olympic Oval could only mean Olympic-style workouts for The Biggest Loser competitors as the eight remaining contestants travelled from the ranch to Park City, Utah, to train with world famous Olympians such as eight time Olympic medalist Apolo Ohno, the U.S. women’s bobsled team and curling team. With two challenges this week, the contestants played a game of curling with 100 pound weights for a $5,000 prize, and ran an excruciating race up the mile long, uphill bobsled track in order to gain a one pound advantage at the weigh-in. Rachel Frederickson, who was already seen as the biggest threat in the game by the other contestants, only increased the target on her back by winning both challenges. At the weigh-in, the scale showed the lowest numbers yet, which usually happens during travelling, according to trainer Bob. Jay and Bobby found themselves below the yellow line when they had both gained weight as opposed to losing it. In the end, the votes exposed that cowboy Jay’s time on The Biggest Loser was up and he was eliminated.
Quote of the Week: “The best part of the job is giving people the break they’ve been looking for” – Keith Urban
Big Numbers: Season 5 of Duck Dynasty aired with 8.5 million viewers Wednesday night.
February Favourites: The Amazing Race will be returning with its 24th season Feb 23 , The Voice will return Feb 24th and Survivor is back with season 28 on Feb 26th as announced this week.
Fearless Prediction: We are sure that hippie/nudist, Lucy is not a match for Bachelor Juan Pablo and will be sent home next.