Tuesday, May 22, 2007

MAY 22, 2007

1) DON'T GIVE OUT YOUR NUMBER. Be aware of people taking surveys, contests or sweepstakes forms. Often, these are specifically designed JUST to get your phone number. (FYI: 97.7 The Breeze never gives your number out when you enter any contest or promotion)

2) KEEP YOUR NUMBER UNLISTED. If you still have a landline, pay the extra fee to keep it unlisted. This makes it more difficult for telemarketers to track you down.

3) USE CALLER ID. If you see a number that's blocked or that you don't recognize on your caller ID, it could be a telemarketer. You can call your phone company and block your number from callers who won't allow you to identify them on caller ID.

4) JOIN THE "DO NOT CALL" LIST. There's a national Do Not Call Registry which makes it ILLEGAL for telemarketers to call you. It's free to register. . . and your registration lasts for five years. Click here to register online.

5) TELL THEM TO STOP. Memorize this exact phrase: "Put my number on your 'don't-call list.'" When you tell a telemarketer this, they are prohibited from calling you again for 10 YEARS.

If you like reality shows…
On The Lot (FOX)
America’s Got Talent (NBC)
Pirate Master (CBS)
Top Chef (Bravo)

If you like comedies…
Monk (USA)

If you like dramas…
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (NBC)
The Closer (TNT)
Heartland (TNT)
Traveler (ABC)
The Dead Zone (USA)
The 4400 (USA)

With only three couples remaining, the results from last night's Dancing With the Stars are anybody's guess. And with the bickering between the judges, a completely different fight is going on off-stage as Bruno Tonioli continues to badger Len Goodman on his intolerance for "razzle dazzle" and inability to recognize "passion."

Each couple was asked to perform a dance of the judge's choice, followed by their own freestyle number. World champion boxer Laila Ali and Maks Chmerkovskiy, who brought in a composite score of a perfect 60 for last week's performances, fell to third last night. Their judges request -- a paso doble -- packed a punch and got a 29, while the freestyle number earned a 26, giving them 55. 'N Sync's Joey Fatone and partner Kym Johnson danced a cha-cha-cha for the judges, which was deemed "too theatrical" and brought in a 26 -- a far cry from last week's perfect score. But they recovered during their freestyle number, complete with leaps and lifts, which brought a perfect 30, giving them a 56. Olympic skater Apolo Anton Ohno and partner Julianne Hough owned the evening. While the judges said their rumba was a bit fast for such a sensual dance, it still scored a 28. A high energy freestyle number featuring the young couple executing hip-hop and break-dance moves received a perfect 30 -- giving them a 58 and the lead going into tonight's results show.

The couples will perform one more dance for the judges on a two-hour Dancing With the Stars: The Results tonight. Those scores will be combined with last night's judges and audience numbers to confirm this season's champion. Mark it down, even though I thought Laila Ali had all the momentum going in, it'll be Apolo who wins the prize!