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American Idol minus one and Mullally’s Motherhood premieres

There was plenty of American Idol awkwardness on Motown night. A few top contenders faltered. Scott was majorly off his game last night and the American Idol judges let him know without mincing words.

Allison Iraheta sings her heart out on American IdolI had to laugh at Scott’s remark about his pink pants, only to have Ryan come back and ask the blind contestant, “how did you know you’re wearing pink pants?” I adore Scott, but I don’t think he has one chance of winning American Idol.

Also awkward was last night’s America’s Next Top Model, which was ending a little too early. That’s so they had room on the backend for Celia to step up and humiliate herself. Tyra was about to send Kortnie packing but Celia literally walked up to Tyra and said, wait, there’s something you should know! She then tattles on Tahlia, repeating things the model said about not wanting to be in the competition any longer. Of course, that was before she had the best photo of the night. I thought Tyra was going to go off!

Back to American Idol for a moment, Adam surprised everyone again, but in a good way this time, when he wiped off the eyeliner and black nail polish and donned an Elvis style suit and hair-do. He performed an incredibly moving version of Tracks of My Tears. Note to self: buy that one on iTunes.

Allison got raves for Papa Was a Rolling Stone but I didn’t see it. Randy agreed with me 100 percent on Lil Rounds Heat Wave — she sounded like she was chasing the song the whole time, and Megan Joy was a mess and I’d be happy to see her go. I’d guess Michael Sarver will be joining her in the bottom two.

Find out who goes home on the American Idol results show at 8:00, but that’s not all that’s on tonight. Have a look:

Tonight On TV — Thursday, March 26

ABC begins with the premiere of the new sitcom In the Motherhood starring Megan Mullally and Cheryl Hines, then it’s the return of Samantha Who? Izzie goes under the knife on Grey’s Anatomy and jealousy rears its ugly head on Private Practice.

In the Motherhood's Cheryl Hines

The CW fills the night with two episodes showing how things might have been instead of how they are. A magician grants Chloe a wish on Smallville, then it’s Sam and Dean but they’re working in an office and they aren’t brothers. It’s a very alternate universe Supernatural tonight.

Smallville Hexes the competitionFox bumps Bones in favor of the American Idol results show and then a couple of celebs stop by Hell’s Kitchen.

NBC has a new My Name is Earl, followed by one new and one old The Office, the beeper king returns on 30 Rock, and it’s the countdown to the finale of ER.

CBS has the NCAA Basketball Tournament followed by local programming depending where you live.

Over on cable

There’s a millionaire that needs a makeover and not a matchmaker on Bravo tonight.

MTV gives us more wannabe stars on Taking the Stage and Making the Band.

Erica is out to stop her sister’s wedding on SOAPnet’s Being Erica.

Travel is off to Jamaica with Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches at 10:00.

News & notable

Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer has signed on to the Canadian series The Dealership about the world of luxury cars. (Is this a comedy?)

Logo has ordered a second season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

Ian Somerhalder has been cast in the new CW series Vampire Diaries (yummy.)

Rumor is that The CW will take on the Daytime Emmys this year. Odd since they don’t really have any scripted daytime programming but if it means former soap star Jensen Ackles showing up to present, I’m all for it.

Photo credit:
America’s Next Top Model: Put Your Best Face Forward — The girls pose for a photo shoot on Ellis Island where they strike poses inspired by historical images of immigrants from the early 1900s. Pictured: Kortnie Cycle 12 Photo: Brian Edwards/Pottle Productions Inc
American Idol: CR: Michael Becker / Fox
Smallville: Hex — Serinda Swan as Zatanna and Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen. Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW

TV bonus: Supernatural clip from tonight’s episode:

Thanks CW!

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