Tuesday, April 29, 2008

APRIL 29, 2008

Samantha Levy joined us this morning to talk about all the week's events. Click here to get a rundown of what's happening this week.

Last night on Dancing With the Stars, the celebrities put their stamina to the test by performing two scored dances -- one ballroom and the other Latin. For the first time all season, Kristi Yamaguchi and her partner Mark Ballas got knocked out of their cozy nest atop of the leader board by Jason Taylor and his partner Edyta. Jason rose above last week's mediocre scores with a perky quick step and a powerful paso doble. Marissa Jaret Winokur continued to improve and impress the judges enough to place third. Shannon Elizabeth and Mario both had one strong performance offset a weaker one tying them for fourth. Cristian de la Fuente pulled a muscle in his arm while performing the samba with his partner Cheryl Burke. Though clearly in pain, Cristian finished the dance then was immediately taken to the hospital for evaluation. Unfortunately the judges could only score their second dance up to the point of injury, leaving them in last place.

Dancing With The Stars Leaderboard
Jason Taylor & Edyta Sliwinska- 55
Kristi Yamaguchi & Mark Ballas- 54
Marissa Jaret Winokur & Tony Dovolani- 52
Shannon Elizabeth & Derek Hough- 51
Mario & Karina Smirnoff- 51
Cristian de la Fuente & Cheryl Burke- 46 (our elimination prediction)

"American Idol" is suffering through its first major ratings decline in its seven-season run... and last Wednesday's results show was the lowest-rated episode in five years. It's not an emergency, since "Idol" is still, by far, the most-watched show on TV.

But just in case the "Idol" format is becoming stale and / or annoying, Fox and the show's producers are brainstorming some possible improvements to keep it fresh.

One of those ideas may be to cut out the weeks of long, drawn-out audition shows.

Instead, the season would begin with the Hollywood round... and they'd show audition footage here and there until the actual, live competition started.

That concept was floated to a recent "Idol" audience via a questionnaire that also asked the following questions...

"Is the banter among the judges too much or too little?"... and "Do you want to see more of host Ryan Seacrest, or less?"

Here are five lies we've all told at work... just don't do it again!

1) "I'D BE HAPPY TO". Honestly, think about the last few times you've said you'd be happy to do something. Were you actually being SINCERE? Probably not. If you have too much work on your plate, just say you can't do it.

2) "NO, I DON'T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS". If something doesn't make sense to you... ASK about it. It's better to make sure you know what you're doing than to not know and screw it up.

3) "MY ALARM DIDN'T GO OFF". Excuses are completely worthless to your boss. If you're late... then you're late. You'd probably be better off not saying anything unless you're asked about it. And if you are asked about it, tell the truth.

4) "I'M NOT SICK". No one wants to use their personal days to stay home sick, but sometimes, we have to. Don't go into work when you're ill and make everyone else around you sick, too. That's not cool.

5) "I'M RIGHT ON SCHEDULE". If you're behind, and you have to make a deadline... don't lie and say you've got everything under control. Instead, say you're working on it... and if need be, ask someone to help you.