Nikki's Thinkin'

  • Julia Roberts Gets Bumped from the cover of People

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    Julia 2005Today I'm thinking about People's Most Beautiful People issue. Julia Roberts graced the cover of People's Most Beautiful issue in 2000 and in 2005, she was set to also be on the cover of this year's issue, but that was before People got the exclusive interview with Sandra Bullock on the divorce and surprise adoption!

    A source reveals, "The plan was for Julia Roberts to be on the cover as PEOPLE's Most Beautiful Person, however, after Sandra's representatives called the magazine offering this amazing story, they changed it in a second. Everything was so secretive that no one let Julia know about the switch." 

    Sandra on PeopleDue to the switch the World's Most Beautiful Person, Julia Roberts appears in a tiny picture in the upper right hand side of the cover. While as you can see Sandra and her new baby Louis are front and center. 

    In the exclusive interview Sandra Bullock divulges information about the divorce and the secret adoption that had been in the works for the last 4 years. Sandra tells the mag the adoption took place in New Orleans over 3 months ago. "He's just perfect, I can't even describe him any other way," she says of her baby boy. 

    Though the Sandra exclusive over shadows PEOPLE's World's Most Beautiful People list it will still be a major highlight of the issue featuring the Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Robert Pattinson, Bradley Cooper, Johnny Depp, and country starlets Jessica Simpson, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Swift among others.

  • American Idol Recap 4-28-10

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    siobhanToday I'm thinking about Siobhan leaving Idol last night. I don't think this is the last we'll hear of her. 

    It was pretty surprising to me to see Casey James in the bottom three last night, I did predict that Aaron and Siobhan would both be there and I did predict that Siobhan would be going home though it is sad to see any of them go because everyone did well with the Shania songs. Even Shania thought so, "I personally think they are all worthy of appreciation for their talent and hate to see any of them go at this point, to be honest. They all have sweet personalities, a genuine desire to make it, a passion for music and an admirable level of humility about them. 

    It seems that Shania really enjoyed her chance to meet all 6 of the contestants while she was mentoring them. She was very impressed how all of them interpreted her songs, "All six of the performers applied their own sound, each being very different from one another. I found they all created original versions of each of my songs and did a great job with the delivery of both lyrics and vocals."

    I am still finding it hard to name a winner for this competition. I really like all of them. I fear Aaron will be the next to go, Mike soon to follow, but of those remaining it will be tough. What do you think? (comment below)

    The performances on Idol were pretty good last night visit the Behind the Mic blog to see videos of Lady A and Rascal Flatts performing with Shakira

  • American Idol in Milwaukee

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    summerfestThe American Idol Tour is coming to the Marcus Amphitheater during Summerfest 2010! 

    American Idols LIVE! tour features the top 10 American Idol contestants from this year so you can expect to see: Aaron Kelly, Andrew Garcia, Casey James, Crystal Bowersox, Didi Benami, Katie Stevens, Lee DeWyze, Michael Lynche, Siobhan Magnus, and Tim Urban.  

    The show will headline the mainstage on Friday, July 2nd at 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, May 15th at 10am and include Summerfest admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Marcus Amphitheater Box Office, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, online at and by phone at 800-745-3000.

  • Shania Mentors on Idol

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    shaniaToday I'm thinking about Shania on American Idol. She did a really great job with the contestants on the "music of Shania Twain" theme. She was a little nervous for the guys to sing her songs since they were written by her for her, but was ultimately happy with the outcome. Listen to the clip for her advice to the contestants.

    Lee DeWyze started the show off with "You're Still The One" and all the judges liked his performance. Kara liked that he cracked a smile or two, but Simon said his facial expressions were weird.

    Michael Lynche AKA Big Mike, sang "It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing" and it was beautiful, however Simon said it was "wet". Don't worry no one else knew what that meant either.

    Casey James was my favorite performance of the night. He did an awesome job with "Don't" and all the judges agreed it was his best performance to date.

    Crystal Bowersox didn't knock my socks off with "No One Needs To Know," but she was the only person to sing it like a country song. All the judges and I agree that this wasn't her best performance, but she's still great.

    Aaron Kelly did "You've Got A Way," another ballad from him makes me a little bored, but he did sing well. Kara liked that he changed a few of the words to fit him better. He impressed all the judges with his connection with the song because he's so young, he said he was singing it to his mom. My heart melted a little. No way that kid goes home this week.

    Siobhan Magnus performed "Any Man Of Mine" and didn't put enough attitude in it in my opinion. Simon didn't like her screaming at the end and I agree that it didn't fit the song, it was just kind of random. I know that's her thing, but she doesn't have to do it every single week. All the other judges liked it though. I think this might be the end of the road for her, but I could be wrong. Watch American Idol tonight to find out if I'm right.

    American Idol tonight features performances by Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and Shakira with Rascal Flatts and Sons of Sylvia who are currently on tour with Carrie Underwood.


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  • Could things get any worse for Lindsay

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    Today I'm thinking about the train wreck that is Lindsay Lohan's life. Lindsay was set to star in the movie "The Other Side" alongside Woody Harrelson, Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee, Anjelica Huston, Eddie Izzard, Alanis Morissette, and Dave Matthews. News broke yesterday that she has been dumped from the movie because of turmoil in her personal life. Her fans are not happy about it. One of them took to Twitter writing, "The amount of daily BS that Lindsay Lohan puts up with is incredible." Lindsay responded by writing, "It's called HOLLYWOOD-and it sucks...whatever happened to glamour and talent!?!" If you had either Lindsay we may have an answer for you.

    On top of that she's having major issues with her xgf Sam Ronson. According to the New York Post, Lindsay has been banned from the LA hotspot Trousdale, after she threw a glass at Ronson. A souce said, "Samantha was DJing and went to sit with her friends when Lindsay stormed over and threw a glass at her head, glass flew everywhere and Samantha looked really shaken up. The club owner asked Lindsay to leave and was overheard saying she'll never come back." As Sam was leaving she commented to TMZ that Lindsay was "an angry human being." Ronson later tweeted, "just got a glass thrown at my head...hummm-wonder who did it?" Lindsay tweeted, "last night-never again-believe it or not she's done with the club scene I've learned my lesson-sometimes it just takes a glimpse of reality."

    She's also dealing with crap from her no-good father. Last week Michael Lohan, Lindsay's father gave her an ultimatum, saying he'd take legal action unless she and her sister Ali sat down with him for an intervention without their lawyers or mother Dina. Lindsay told Gossip Cop, "no, I'm not meeting with him." TMZ reports that Michael met with his lawyer yesterday to begin legal proceedings to get Lindsay put under conservatorship. Linday's mom Dina thinks the whole thing is BS. She calls Michael's actions "disgusting." Dina says, "he's never been there. He's been in and out of jail for 10 years. This guy has to be stopped. He's dangerous!" Dina claims that her daughters Lindsay and Ali plan to get restraining orders against their dad. 


  • Changes for So You Think You Can Dance

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    SYTYCDToday I'm thinking about the return of "So You Think You Can Dance". If you haven't heard there are going to be some changes this year. 

    The judges will only pick 10 dancers, 5 guys and 5 girls. One dancer will be eliminated per week. Instead of the contestants being partnered with each other the way they had been in past seasons they will be partnered with "All Star" dancers from previous seasons. 

    The "All Stars" have been announced: Stephen "Twitch" Boss, Comfort Fedoke, Courtney Galiano, Anya Garnis, Lauren Gottlieb, Neil Haskell, Allison Holker, Mark Kanemura, Pasha Kovalev, Kathryn McCormick, Ade Obayomi and Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval.

    Why the changes? Creator and judge, Nigel Lythoge says, “Boredom on my part. After two seasons back-to-back, I wanted something to refresh us. The minute you know what everyone is going to say, why bother watching?”

    "So You Think You Can Dance" 2hr premiere 5/27 on Fox.

  • Ellen in over her head

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    ellenToday I'm thinking about Ellen. Juggling her talk show and American Idol is apparently getting to be too much for Ellen DeGeneres. "We fear she's headed for a total breakdown," a source tells The National Enquirer. "We're afraid she has cracked under the pressure." American Idol seems to be the main cause of Ellen's stress. Sources say she feels like she's being blamed for anything that goes wrong with the show. Adds the insider, "it's really eating her up inside." The stress has caused Ellen's whole attitude to change. "She's not always her bouncy, vibrant self," said the source. "She's snippy with people, is more easily distracted and needs a few more minutes of makeup to deal with the bags under her eyes."

    I hope she can work through it because I do enjoy her little quips even though sometimes they're hard to follow like the strange analogies she always made for Tim Urban's performances. 

    Tim Urban has been dismissed after a much too long a run on American Idol. He was featured on the website Vote for the Worst for 9 weeks straight. When asked about it the smiley Urban's smile faded, "I'm not excited I was on their website. It's really not anything that anybody should be proud of. I really didn't like being on there. Basically I was working my hardest to get off of it. I'm actually kind of sad that I was on that website." Well Tim, the good news is that now that you're off the show they have to find someone else to pick on. 

    I have a feeling next week, country week, is going to be a tough week for some of the contestants, Siobhan immediately leaps to mind so she may be the next victim of Vote for the Worst.

    Past American Idol winner, country superstar, Carrie Underwood performed during Idol Gives Back so we won't be seeing her perform during country week. To see who will perform go Behind the Mic.

    Back stage at the Idol Gives Back show Carrie was asked if she has a favorite contestant this year, "I quit having favorites because I would have a favorite and then they would get voted off," she said. She says she TiVos the show on her tour bus so she can watch and is sure she'll develop a favorite, but she'll keep it to herself. 

  • Movies this summer

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    Today I'm thinking about some kick ass movies that are coming out this summer that I think look awesome! 

    If you visit the Charter Movie page you can watch trailers, see release dates and showtimes and even purchase your movie tickets!





    In "Salt" Angelina Jolie did all her own stunts. You can tell by the trailer that there are a lot of major stunts in this movie. She told Entertainment Weekly that she did it to impress her kids, "The funny thing about having children is that now I am twice as motivated to do a cool stunt because my kids will like it." During the filming she was taken to the hospital once for bumping her head, but she could've been hurt way worse doing these stunts, do you think she was being irresponsible as a mother of 6?

  • American Idol Recap 4-20-10

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    Lee DeWyzeToday I'm thinking about how much I love Lee DeWyze! He wins my Most Improved Player Award. At first he looked very uncomfortable on stage, he had a great voice, but didn't really seem to believe in himself and that made it hard to him to connect to the songs, but now that has all changed! Well, all except the great voice part.

    My second favorite performance of the night was Crystal Bowersox. She connected with the song so much that she was actually crying at the end and was unable to finish singing it. Listen to the clip below to find out what made her so emotional. 

    In other Crystal Bowersox news; I mentioned in an earlier blog that she had a mini meltdown and wanted to leave American Idol because she was homesick. Crystal is not denying that she did have a "moment", but is upset that Ryan Seacrest shared that with the world on his radio show. Crystal's friend Katelyn Epperly (a former contestant in the top 24 this season) told a Des Moines radio station that she texted Crystal to find out if she was doing OK and she reportedly responded, "I'm fine...betrayed by Seacrest." Epperly added, "She had a moment back stage and they made it into something it wasn't. She's still in the game."

    Big Mike was good, my 3rd fav, but I don't think I was a huge fan of his song choice.

    Casey James looked like he was more interested in looking good than actually connecting to the song. Disappointing performance, but good singing.

    Aaron Kelley picked a very hard song and I think it was just too big for him, he may be in the bottom three this week.

    Siobhan Magnus is too much of a drama queen for my taste. She has an interesting voice, an even more interesting style, but she just didn't make the song work for her last night. Bottom 3 for sure.

    Tim Urban, OK so I was eating my words last week, but I'm back to the idea of creating a SEND TIM URBAN HOME facebook page. It's time to go boy. He just doesn't have the star power, the stage presence, or the voice to win American Idol. GO HOME!

    "Idol Gives Back" is on tonight with lots of amazing performances. Alicia Keys, this week's mentor will be performing, Elton John, The Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lenox, Jeff Beck & Joss Stone, Mary J. Blige & the all star band, and Carrie Underwood. Check out the Behind the Mic Blog for more on Carrie's performance

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  • No warm welcome CSI Miami star at ACMS

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    Eddie and BrandiToday I'm thinking about Eddie Cibrian's not so warm welcome at the ACMs. 

    First lets quickly revisit the story. In 2001, CSI Miami actor, Eddie Cibrian married model, Brandi Glanville. Eddie and Brandi have two children together Mason who is now 6 and Jake 2.

    In 2002, 19 year old country starlet Leann Rimes married 22 year old dancer Dean Sheremet. In 2008, they hosted a 7 year itch party to celebrate their anniversary. Maybe that theme wasn't so far from the truth. leann and dean








    In 2009, Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian met while filming the Lifetime Movie "Northern Lights" and the two really hit it off. Rumors started flying about the two having an off-screen romance as hot as their on-screen one.


    They double dated to try to throw off the rumors, but it may have just been an excuse to see each other. They repeatedly "bumped" into each other and were spotted together in public at sporting events and at restaurants. 

    Cibrian's wife Brandi was getting suspicious and asked that Eddie stop communicating with Rimes, but she continued to call him and text him. Glanville called Rimes a "stalker." Cibrian told the press that he and his wife were seeking counseling, but not long after he announced their marriage was over. 

    Shortly after Cibrian's divorce plans were made public sources reported that Leann Rimes and her husband Dean Sheremet had been separated for a long time and that they too were going to end their marriage.

    Not long after their divorces were out in the open Eddie Cibrian and Leann Rimes made their relationship public. Glanville has been very open with the press about her anger and resentment toward both Eddie and Leann, but especially Leann. 

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    Just a couple months ago Leann Rimes opened an unofficial Twitter account under the name Wewenlove and tweeted "Love him" referring to her one year anniversary with Cibrian. Her ex Sheremet tweeted back, "You should feel proud of that...Considering you were still married [to me] this time last year." That's the first serious shot I've heard Sheremet take at her since this situation transpired. 

    On Sunday night at the ACMs Eddie Cibrian presented an award to Lady Antebellum, people in the press room yelled, "Cheater!"

    Well, the upside is that even though Cibrian is a cheater at least he only cheated on his wife with Rimes and he's in a relationship with her now unlike these other sleazy celebs (Jesse James and Tiger Woods) who have cheated with handfuls of different women.

  • Crystal Bowersox QUITS Idol?

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    crystal bowersoxToday I'm thinking about terrible news from "American Idol!" TMZ reports that "American Idol" contestant Crystal Bowersox actually walked off the set of the show two weeks ago calling it quits. Ryan Seacrest chased her down to the parking lot where he used his charm to convince her to stay. 

    Crystal, has been a front runner in the competition since the auditions, told Ryan she couldn't handle the competition...she said she hated the attention and said to Seacrest, "What's the point?" She said she was going back to Ohio to be with her family whom she misses terribly. Ryan told Crystal that being on the show was like starting a business, and if she won she'd get a recording contract and become a millionaire. (Lets be real Seacrest you don't need to win to get a contract and become a millionaire). Ryan told Crystal, "The greatest thing I ever did was make enough money so I could buy my mom a house. You can buy your mom a house." 

    More Idol news, rumors are flying that Ryan Seacrest may be dating Dancing with the Stars dancer turned country singer Julianne Hough!

    Another rumor going around is that Idol may be trying to get Paula Abdul back in the judge's chair. The show's ratings have fallen since the dismissal of the popular judge and now with Simon Cowell leaving the producers are extremely worried about the future of the show. Do you think it would be a good choice for producers to replace Simon with Paula?

  • What does Jon do?

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    Today I'm thinking about Kate Gosselin. I don't like her, I'm tired of her diva attitude on "Dancing with the Stars" but I dislike Jon more so I have to be on her side.

    Jon stopped production on their show Jon and Kate Plus 8 on TLC and then turned around and said she couldn't do her own show Kate Plus 8 because he didn't think it was good for their kids. Funny because when he was on the show it was fine and they did it for the benefit of the children, but when he's out of the picture now it's wrong. Kate's brother and his wife are on Jon's side saying that having the kids on the show breaks child labor laws. Since Kate can't do her own TLC show featuring he children because Jon does have a say in how the children are exploited she has to go do something else for money. She signs on to do Dancing with the Stars and now Jon is taking her to court for custody of their 8 children calling her an absentee mom! In reality I think he's just upset that she's getting all this attention and making all the money. I can't figure out how Jon lives nor do I know how he would be able to take care of 8 children. Apparently, neither does Kate, she said in an interview with Jay Leno that she has no idea what Jon does for money.