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Sugarland, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift Top Nominees at 2009 CMT Music Awards

sugarlandSugarland, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift Top Nominees at 2009 CMT Music Awards.  Sugarland, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift have emerged as the top finalists for the 2009 CMT Music Awards. Sugarland heads the list with five nominations, and Paisley and Swift have four each.  The final nominees were announced Tuesday morning (May 19) during a CMT special hosted by Kellie Pickler and CMT’s Lance Smith. Fans cast more than 2.5 million votes to determine the four finalists nominees in all categories except video of the year. The final nominees for video of the year will be announced at the beginning of the live awards show telecast on June 16. The eight titles currently up for video of the year are considered in the tally for the final nominees. Those include Sugarland’s “All I Want to Do,” Paisley’s “Waitin’ on a Woman” and Swift’s “Love Story” along with Trace Adkins’ “You’re Gonna Miss This,” Kenny Chesney’s “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven,” Toby Keith’s “God Love Her,” Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long,” Lady Antebellum’s “Lookin’ for a Good Time,” Rascal Flatts’ “Every Day” and Carrie Underwood’s “Just a Dream.” 

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Robert Pattinson, Zac Efron Nominated for Choice Male Hottie Teen Choice Award

taylor-kitschRobert Pattinson and Zac Efron are vying for Choice Male Hottie Teen Choice Award with the likes of Chace Crawford, Jonas Brothers, and Taylor Kitsch.  The list of nominees for 2009 Teen Choice Awards has been unveiled and it sees the likes of Robert Pattinson and Zac Efron being nominated for Choice Male Hottie prize. Both movie heartthrobs vie for the category with fellow actors that include Chace Crawford, Jonas Brothers, and Taylor Kitsch. Zac and the Jonas boys, additionally, are nominated for Choice Red Carpet Icon: Male. Their competitors for the gong include “American Idol” season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert, Justin Timberlake, and Kanye West.  As for Choice Female Hottie Teen Choice Award, the nominees are Miley Cyrus, Megan Fox, Vanessa Hudgens, Beyonce Knowles, and Blake Lively. Miley, in the meantime, is also nominated for the category of Choice Red Carpet Icon: Female. She competes against the likes of Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Rachel Bilson, and Eva Longoria. Beside them all, this year’s Teen Choice Awards also lists senior actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie among its nominees. The celebrity partners are vying for the category of Choice Celebrity Activist.  2009 Teen Choice Awards will be aired Monday, August 10, on FOX. Jonas Brothers have been tapped to serve as both hosts and performers at the 11th annual awards gala. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once each day for their favorite in movie, TV, music, and other categories starting from today at Teen Choice Awards 2009.

List of 2009 Teen Choice Awards Nominees in Sports and Other Categories:

Choice Male Hottie
Chace Crawford
Zac Efron
Jonas Brothers
Taylor Kitsch
Robert Pattinson

Choice Female Hottie
Miley Cyrus
Megan Fox
Vanessa Hudgens
Beyonce Knowles
Blake Lively

Choice Web Star
Will Ferrell
Perez Hilton
Ashton Kutcher
Andy Samberg

Choice Red Carpet Icon: Male
Zac Efron
Jonas Brothers
Adam Lambert
Justin Timberlake
Kanye West

Choice Red Carpet Icon: Female
Rachel Bilson
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez
Demi Lovato
Eva Longoria

Choice Comedian
Dane Cook
Kathy Griffin
George Lopez
Amy Poehler
Andy Samberg

Choice Celebrity Activist

Leonardo DiCaprio
Angelina Jolie
Hayden Panettiere
Brad Pitt
Natalie Portman

Choice Athlete: Male
David Beckham
Kobe Bryant
Roger Federer
Michael Phelps
Tiger Woods

Choice Athlete: Female
Shawn Johnson
Nastia Liukin
Danica Patrick
Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor
Serena Williams

Choice Action Sports Athlete: Male
Paul Rodriguez (Skateboarding)
Ryan Sheckler (Skateboarding)
Kelly Slater (Surfing)
James Stewart (Motocross)
Shaun White (Snowboarding)

Choice Action Sports Athlete: Female
Gretchen Bleiler (Snowboarding)
Torah Bright (Snowboarding)
Stephanie Gilmore (Surfing)
Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins (Skateboarding)
Carissa Moore (Surfing)

Shawn Johnson, the Olympic gold-medal gymnast, won Season 8 of “Dancing With the Stars.”

shawn-johnsonSomewhat surprising, given the European swarthiness of Gilles Marini and the reported fact that more women than men watch this show . . . and admit it by voting. But all the world loves those kooky Jabberwockeez, don’t they?  Here’s what we wrote about Johnson when the season began: Among my general rules in life: Never underestimate the heart of an Olympian. They operate much differently than regular humans. However, the adorable little Johnson may be way too little — roughly 4-foot-9 — to win the gold medal, er, cheap crystal ball trophy. Odds: 16-1.
Half-right. Not bad. Olympians are wired differently than us civilians. Imagine spending four years of life training to be perfect for a few minutes or seconds. Nuts, right? That’s why they were the rings on their hats, jackets, jerseys and pants and we cheer like crazy for them. And now that we’ve got three Olympians with the “DWTS” championship trophy — the other two are Apolo Anton Ohno (Season 4) and Kristi Yamaguchi (Season 6) — might we see a rule change that prohibits Olympians from competing? Or maybe a “Dancing With the Olympians” special season? Likely not on both counts.  About Johnson:  She’s young, which means all her friends know how to use computers and text messaging to jack up the votes, which count for 50 percent of the total score. Plus, she’s pretty darn good. Old odds: 16-1. New odds: 6-1.  And when it comes down to less than 1 percent difference between Johnson and Marini, always err on the side of the Olympian who spent a career fighting for every tenth of a point or hundredth of a second.  2nd place: Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke  When the season started on March 9, we set 7-1 odds for Marini. What we wrote then:  Can’t confess to knowing much about this guy beyond his IMDb profile. But he’s a swarthy European, which will score votes. And he’s got two-time champ Burke, which will score with judges. Add in the mysterious factor and he could sway the whole competition. Odds: 7-1. Wow, that was pretty much on point, huh?  Nice work from the Frenchman with the Italian last name and the Spanish looks. But when you forget to dance in the finale, these sorts of things happen. Still, how exactly did this guy lose? This has 18-1 New England Patriots written all over it.  3rd place: Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani.  Tough break for the former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. At least she wasn’t the runner-up on another reality competition show. She’s a sweet gal with a bangin’ body, but to go from two days of training to the final week is pretty impressive. Still, that’s what happens when you break out the 1991 dance moves from teen night at Escapes in the freestyle finale.

How you voted

282 – Gilles Marini
173 – Melissa Rycroft
157 – Shawn Johnson

More about Jennifer Morrison.

jennifer-morrisonThe dancer-turned-actress Jennifer Morrison made her film debut in the movie “Intersection.” She has also starred in “Urban legends Final Cut” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” but she currently has a role on the Fox drama “House.” The actress was born August 19, 1979, in Chicago and has dated co-star Jesses Spencer.  An actress who first earned her critical laurels (and reeled in a substantial television fanbase) as Dr. Alison Cameron on the blockbuster medical drama House (2004), Jennifer Morrison grew up well outside the realm of Hollywood, in a middle-class family in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights, Illinois. As a preteen and teenager, Morrison entered showbusiness via modeling, appearing in innumerable print campaigns and gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids at one point; after wrapping up high school, she attended Loyola University as a theater major (reportedly graduating in only three years) and subsequently trained with the legendary Steppenwolf theatrical ensemble, onetime home to such stars as John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, and Glenne Headly. From there, Hollywood fame was merely a short leap away; by the time of her Loyola graduation, Morrison had already officially debuted onscreen, with a small part as the daughter of Richard Gere and Sharon Stone in the psychological drama Intersection (1994) and a more significant role as a missing girl who psychically haunts Kevin Bacon in the supernatural thriller Stir of Echoes (1999). Morrison signed for her first lead with a role that many felt unworthy of her talents and intelligence: that of Amy Mayfield, a young film student who gets in way over her head amid a thesis project on urban legends, in John Ottman’s slasher outing Urban Legends: The Final Cut (2000). Subsequent projects included Michael Davis’s teen-oriented romantic comedy 100 Women (2002), Casey La Scala’s teen comedy Grind (2003), and — as something of a nadir — the critically despised holiday gross-out fest Surviving Christmas (2004), in which she played Ben Affleck’s snotty girlfriend. As indicated, House represented Morrison’s breakthrough and the role that finally brought her public attention. The long-running Fox drama told of Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), a diagnostician with an astounding degree of medical knowledge and an absolute dearth of social skills. As Dr. Cameron (an immunologist with a not-so-secret crush on the physician), Morrison brought a much-needed dose of warmth and vulnerability to the series.      Morrison subsequently made headlines in 2007, when she was tapped to appear as Winona Kirk, James T. Kirk’s mother, in J.J. Abrams’s much-anticipated 11th installment of the Star Trek series.

Who do you want us to follow?

Take your pick and let us know below.  Who is your favorite and why.
alyssamilanoAlyssa Milano, Amanda Bynes,  Angelina Jolie, AnnaLynne McCord,  Anne Hathaway,  April Bowlby,  Ashley Tisdale,  Britney Spears,   Brooke Burke , Carmen Electra,  Carrie Underwood,  Catherine Bell,  Charlize Theron, Christina Aguilera,  Eva Larue,
Eva Longoria,  Fergie,  Gina Gershon,  Hayden Panettiere,  Heather Locklear, Heidi Montag,  Helen Flanagan,  Hilary Duff, Jane Krakowski,
Jennifer Aniston,  Jennifer Love Hewitt,  Jennifer Tilly,  Jessica Alba,  Jessica Beil, Jessica Simpson, Joanna Levesque,  Julianne Hough,
Kaley Cuoco,  Kate Beckinsale,  Katharine McPhee,  Katherine Heigl,  Kelly Brook,  Kim Kardashian,  Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Bell,  Kristin Cavallari,  Kristin Chenoweth,  Lindsay Lohan, Lisa Rinna, Lucy Pinder,  Mariah Carey,  Marisa Tomei,  Megan Fox,  Miley Cyrus, Minka Kelly, 
Miranda Kerr, Monica Bellucci,  Nadine Coyle, Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton, Paula Abdul,  Raquel Welch, Rose McGowan, Salma Hayek,
Sarah Palin,  Scarlett Johansson, Shauna Sands, Shawn Johnson,  Summer Glau, Tara Reid,  Tina Fey,  Tricia Helfer,  Aishwarya Rai,
Ali Larter,  Angelina Jolie,  Cheryl Ladd, Christina Applegate, Courtney Thorne Smith, Danica Patrick, Farrah Fawcett,  Gina Gershon,
Jaclyn Smith,  Jaime Pressly,  Jami Gertz,  Jane Seymour, Jennifer Love Hewitt,  Jennifer Morrison,  Jennifer Tilly, Jessica Alba,
Joanna Garcia,  Julia Louis Dreyfus, Kari Byron, Katie Couric, Lisa Rinna,  Marin Hinkle,  Michelle Ryan, Minka Kelly, Penelope Cruz ,
Salma Hayek, Valerie Bertinelli.

Any other suggestions? Let us know!

Dancing with the Stars Top 8 Live Results

lacey_schwimmerDancing with the Stars is all set to eliminate yet another celebrity and professional dancer from the competition tonight.  Last night, the eight remaining couples jumped in the jive or sizzled in the rumba.  It was a night of upsets, sort of, with Lil’ Kim and Derek taking control of the top spot of the judges’ leaderboard.  All the dancers’ fates are now in the hands of America.  Stay with me to find out which celebrities will find themselves in the bottom two, and which one will be leaving the competition tonight. 

Live!  From Hollywood!  This is Dancing with the Stars!
Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris announce that the dance that the judges want to see again from last night is Lil’ Kim and Derek’s jive.  Woohoo, this is the second time these two were asked to do the encore.  I’m so impressed with how well they are doing this competition.  Also, I love Lil’ Kim’s sense of humor in doing a jailbird-themed dance, since she herself was once a jailbird (and also, apparently, Marc Jacobs’ pen pal).  Now we get a quick recap of last night’s performances but you can just read my recap here.  But tonight, each couple’s ballroom life is on the line, and one couple will soon have to say good-bye. After the commercial break, the 2009 Broadway revival cast of West Side Story perform “America.”  I’m going to out myself as a big geek, but I love musical theater!  I find this kind of performance so much more interesting and fun to watch than some of the random Macy’s Stars of Dance performances that we get.  Not that the Stars of Dance people aren’t talented, but I just don’t have a whole lot of context to appreciate them as much as I appreciate West Side Story. Backstage, Samantha Harris is with Lil’ Kim, Melissa Rycroft, Ty Murry and Steve-O.  Lil’ Kim says that she’s going to work as hard as she can to stay at the top spot of the leaderboard, but she won’t take anything for granted.  Ty isn’t too surprised that he has slipped in scores because he hasn’t been doing well, and Steve-O is very gracious to his fans.

Here’s the judges’ leaderboard after last night’s performances:

1. Lil’ Kim and Derek Hough – 28
2. Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani – 27
3. Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke – 26
3. Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas – 26
5. Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough – 23
6. Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska – 22
7. Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower – 18
8. Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer – 16 (see photo above)

Oh, I’m mistaken.  There is apparently no dance-off tonight.  It’ll be the usual business of combining the judges’ scores with the audience votes. Tom Bergeron calls Lil’ Kim and Derek, and Lawrence and Edyta down to the stage to call out the first results of the evening.  I guess this is kind of a new way of announcing the results.  Lil’ Kim and Derek are safe.  And, so are Lawrence and Edyta!  Another musical guest act.  Performing the current number one country song in the nation, “Here Comes Goodbye,” that famous country trio Rascal Flatts takes the stage, accompanied by Julianne Hough and Tony Dovolani.  See, this is the kind of dancing that I love to watch, with tons of huge lifts and throws.  Tony is basically just throwing her around, but it looks so beautiful.  Good thing she ways like 80 pounds.  I also like barefoot dancing, I think.  It’s not traditional, I know, but it’s so much more intimate when they are not wearing like four-inch heels.  Julianne and Tony are so great!  Samantha and Tom make an intro to a reel about the costume design process.  Normally, the professional dancer in the partnership takes the lead in coming up with a costume idea and collaborates with the head designer, Randall Christenson.  But next week, the celebrity will take the lead.  I’m so excited.  They are all going to look AWFUL.  Ha!  Lawrence tells Randall that he thinks Edyta is allergic to clothing.  His mama watches the show, so he’s going to make her cover up some more.  Also, Steve-O gives the green light for a cheetah-print banana hammock.  That would be interesting to see, but I hope to God that we wont’ have to!  Shawn wants to put Mark in a onesie, hee.  She should be careful, though, because we don’t want him to get another boner.

There are six more couples who are awaiting their fates.  Tom calls Shawn and Mark, and Melissa and Tony down to the stage.  Shawn and Mark will definitely be back next week.  Melissa and Tony will also be back too. Samantha is backstage with Lil’ Kim, Derek, Edyta and Lawrence.  She asks the stars about what kind of costumes they’ll be designing.  Lil’ Kim says that she can put Derek in a paper bag and he’ll still be hot.  Samantha asks Lawrence why on earth he would want to cover Edyta up, and he mumbles something about wanting his mama to be proud of him.The Macy’s Stars of Dance performance is a cabaret routine featuring Carmen Electra, and choreographed by original Pussycat Doll member Lindsley Allen.  I’m so glad that Robin Antin isn’t anywhere near here because I’m afraid of her.  She looks like a drag queen version of Skeletor.  But Carmen Electra is cute in her little blue sparkly outfit.  She runs up to playfully tug on Len’s tie and then table dance on the judges’ table. Rascal Flatts is back again.  This time, they are singing a cover of the Beatles song, “Revolution.”  They are joined by two pairs of professional dancers, Mark Ballas and Chelsie Hightower, and two more who I couldn’t identify. In the segment that wins the award for Most Useless Filler of the evening, a so-called “body language expert” gives us the rundown of how the celebrities are doing based on their facial and body tics.  I’m trying not to tune out, but it’s hard, people.  This whole segment is kind of like, “Let’s say some really obvious statements and pass them off as insightful fact.” OK, in no particular order, the next couple who will be coming back next week is Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke. Oops, haha.  Someone is falling asleep at the controls.  Samantha leads us out into the commercial, but the cameras are still rolling, making everyone look around awkwardly.  Whoops!  There are three couples left who still don’t know whether they will come back next week: Ty and Chelsie, Steve-O and Lacey, and Chuck and Julianne.  The next couple who is safe is Chuck and Julianne.  (Doh!  They were my pick to be eliminated.  Oh well.) The two couples remaining are not necessarily in the bottom two.  And now, the final results: the couple with the lowest combined total and therefore leaving right now is Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer.  Oh, sad!  I really got to like Steve-O these past six weeks.  Tom graciously assures Steve-O that he charmed everyone on the show.  Haha!  Steve-O wants to thank Lacey for her patience because he tends to “manstruate” occasionally, his word.

Dancing with the Stars Top 13 Live Results

karina-smirnoff1It’s the first elimination of the season on Dancing with the Stars.  For the first time in the show’s history, the bottom two will have to dance off against one another to determine who will stay and who will have to hang up their dancing shoes.

Who’s it gonna be?  Will Steve and Karina somehow miraculously stay on?  Will fan favorites Melissa and Tony be in danger of going home?  We’ll find out soon enough, and we’ll also be entertained by musical performances by Jewel and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.  Whatever happens, you’ll find it all right here in my live blog.  Stay with me!

The live results show opens with a great performance by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, with six of our professional dancers swing dancing along.  I love swing!  How fun!

Now, it’s time for an update about Steve-O’s condition.  He is backstage with Samantha Harris, and he explains that at the last minute, he decided to put in an ill-advised front flip, against Lacey’s advice.  He had a different, safer move, but he wanted to do the flip.  Well, he’s back, and nothing is broken, and if he survives tonight’s elimination, then he’ll be dancing next week.

The judges’ scores and audience votes have all been tallied from the first two weeks of performances.  So far, here are the standings in the judges’ leaderboard:

1. Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke – 51
2. Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani – 49
3. Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas – 47
4. Lil’ Kim and Derek Hough – 44
5. Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough – 40
6. Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – 39
7. David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson – 36
7. Holly Madison and Dmitry Chaplin – 36
7. Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska – 36
10. Belinda Carlisle and Jonathan Roberts – 35
11. Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower – 34
12. Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer – 31
13. Steve Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff – 30

So far, Gilles, Melissa, Shawn and Lil’ Kim seem safe, way at the top of the leaderboard, but because of the unpredictable voting nature of Dancing with the Stars, you really never know who’s going to go.  Steve-O and Steve Wozniak occupy the two lowest rungs of the leaderboard, but they’ve both got some intense fans out there.

Each of the couples is prepared to perform one of their first two dances in case any of them land in the bottom two for the dance off.

Jewel, Nancy O’Dell drop ‘Dancing With the Stars’

nancy-o-dell-dancing-with-the-starsPop star Jewel and TV host Nancy O’Dell have dropped out of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Both women sustained injuries during training for the show that prevent them from continuing the competition, the network announced Thursday. Jewel was diagnosed with a fractured tibia in both legs, while the “Access Hollywood” host will need surgery to repair a torn knee cartilage, the network said. A replacement for at least one of the women may be announced during Monday’s season premiere, said executive producer Conrad Green. “Obviously this has caught us a bit by surprise,” he said, adding that any replacement would have “literally a couple of days to learn the routine, as opposed to a month.”

“The show will go on,” Green said. “But really, our thoughts are with Jewel and Nancy. It’s such a tough blow for them and just horribly bad luck.” Jewel and O’Dell are the first contestants in eight seasons of “Dancing” to withdraw because of injuries sustained during pre-show training, Green said. Olympian Misty May dropped out last season after tearing her Achilles tendon during the competition.

Contestants could see their training time limited in future seasons, Green said.  “Usually the drama happens once the show has begun, not before the it starts,” he said. Jewel said in a telephone interview Thursday that she initially dismissed the pain in her legs as soreness from the show’s six- to eight-hour daily rehearsals. She eventually sought treatment and was “completely shocked” by the diagnosis. “The doctor just looked at me and said, ‘You’re done dancing,’” she said.  The 34-year-old singer-songwriter said she is in pain and using crutches and will have to be seated to perform her next two shows scheduled for Thursday near Los Angeles and Saturday in Seattle.  “It’s my first time sitting down in a concert,” she said.

Jewel and O’Dell are still slated to appear on the show’s season premiere Monday. Jewel ‘s husband, rodeo champ Ty Murray , remains a contestant on the program, though he said it’s “a huge bummer” that his wife had to withdraw. “That’s a big part of the reason why we did the show,” he said. “It was chance for us to work together and go through this together.” Jewel said she will continue to support her husband and her professional dance partner, Dmitry Chaplin, and she expects to return to the show.  “I think I’ll be able to sing this season, so I can sing for Ty on the show if I can’t dance for him,” she said. “And I hope to dance with Dmitry again and vindicate ourselves.”  Other contestants include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, rapper Lil Kim, former football star Lawrence Taylor, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson , singers Chuck Wicks and Belinda Carlisle, TV personality Steve-O , and actors David Alan Grier , Gilles Marini and Denise Richards .

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