After last week's elimination of Michael Johns on "American Idol," I was ready to boycott the show. (Never mind that I almost quit watching after Chikezie was voted out.) But now that so-so country girl Kristy Lee Cook is finally gone, I'll give "Idol" another chance. David Cook is my pick to win, but I'm rooting for Bridgeport, Conn.-born and -raised Syesha Mercado. Andrew Lloyd Webber tunes are the order for next week's show.
"American Idol" airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. and Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Fox.
Bikini barista Natalie, one of the game's biggest threats, is eliminated on "Big Brother 9." Natalie's downfall begins after she gives up the Head of Household competition to Sheila, who nominates Adam and Sharon. Adam wins the Power of Veto and Sheila puts Natalie on the block. Natalie's "boys" Adam and Ryan hold an impromptu meeting where they call out their girl, who admits she's faithful to them, not the women. Her words come back to bite her. The boys give one vote to Natalie and one vote to Sharon (who's been nominated five times!), leaving HoH Sheila to break the tie, sending a sobbing Natalie home. It's her own fault for playing both sides. By next week at this time, we'll know the final two. I'm betting it's Ryan and Adam, and I'm rooting for lovable Jersey boy Adam.
"Big Brother" airs Sunday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Tuesday at 9 p.m. on CBS.
Congratulations to Ali Vincent, the first female "Biggest Loser," who went from 234 pounds to a buff 122. The fierce former champion synchronized swimmer lost 112 pounds, or 47.88 percent of her body weight, to beat competitors Roger and Kelly on the finale of season five of the NBC weight-loss show.
The judges' scores dictate the viewer votes this week on "Dancing With the Stars," as Priscilla Presley rhumbas her way out of the competition with a 21. The season's oldest contestant has been the epitome of elegance, but her dancing talent is nowhere near that of show frontrunners, athletes Kristi Yamaguchi and Jason Taylor.
"Dancing with the Stars" airs Monday at 8 p.m. and Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Fox.
Bret Michaels has found his "Rock of Love" (again) on this week's finale of season two of the VH1 show. I'll admit, I was fooled. Bret picks the more mature actress, Ambre, over wild-child rocker girl Daisy. He says Ambre's perfect, smart, confident, funny and unbelievably hot.
Fatima almost blows her shot at becoming "America's Next Top Model" when the Somalian refugee lacks the proper documents to leave the United States and misses a photo shoot because she's at the consulate sorting out her paperwork. The judges have mercy on the Iman lookalike, as bubbly Stacy Ann is eliminated instead. The final six are headed to Rome for the rest of the competition.
"Top Model" airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. on the CW.
Heidi trumps her ex, Spencer, when it comes to craziness this week on "The Hills." While Heidi's out with Spencer's sister, Stephanie, and the girls, she spots him doing shots with random females and flips out. Hold on, Heidi, didn't you break up with him? For once, she needs to chill, not Spencer. "Who takes a vacation from a relationship?" he asks. Besides, all he does is drink a shot, it's not like he hooks up with another girl. Meanwhile, Lauren gets a job with Whitney at People's Revolution -- how boring.
"The Hills" airs Monday at 10 p.m. on MTV.
Matt takes his final six on a winter adventure to Sun Valley, Idaho, on "The Bachelor: London Calling." Former frontrunner Chelsea must prove she wants to be more than friends, while Noelle impresses Matt during their first one-on-one date. They both stick around, along with actress Shayne and the always-hiccuping Amanda. I can't wait for next week's hometown dates when Matt meets Shayne's dad, actor Lorenzo Lamas. This week, the two most cranky and disliked girls, Robin and Marshana, are eliminated.
"The Bachelor" airs Monday at 10 p.m. on ABC.
... goes to me and all my fellow "Rob & Big" fans out there who are sad Tuesday marked the show's series finale. The MTV show about a professional skateboarder and his huge bodyguard is one of my favorites. Christopher "Big Black" Boykin is now a proud papa, and has married and moved out of Rob Dyrdek's home. I'm bummed the hysterical duo's shenanigans are over, but I'm convinced this isn't the last we've seen of them.
"A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila 2," Tuesday, 10 p.m., MTV.
"Farmer Wants a Wife," April 30, 9 p.m., the CW.
"American Gladiators," May 12, 8 p.m., NBC.
"The Bachelorette," May 19, 9 p.m., ABC.
"So You Think You Can Dance 4," May 22, 9:30 p.m., Fox.
"Last Comic Standing," May 22, 9:30 p.m., NBC.
"The Mole 2," May 26, 10 p.m., ABC.