Decision to save ‘Idol’ contestant stirs the pot

Posted April 16, 2009, at 8:14 p.m.

Two things we must talk about this week.

First up is “American Idol.” I know I might sound like a broken record, but this has been a fantastic season so far, and things are really heating up.

The judges used their one and only “save” this week on Matt Giraud. While I’m not a huge Matt fan, I agree with their choice. Had it been Lil Rounds up for elimination, I would have been less supportive.

She’s talented, no doubt about it. But the competition is tough this season and for once Simon Cowell is right in saying that 16-year-old Allison Iraheta is the only chance the women have at victory.

The true test will be next week to see if Lil Rounds can pull it together with a disco number. I’m thinking Gloria Gaynor or The Temptations.

And for Adam, we better be hearing some Queen or a little ABBA. Either way, it will be interesting to see whose “Stayin’ Alive” for another week.

Second on the docket is TV Land’s newest, “The Cougar,” brought to our living rooms by the creator of “The Bachelor.”

For those not in the lingo loop, a cougar is a woman who dates a man who is several years younger than she is. Much like the wild felines they are named after, women cougars dominate their prey.

In “The Cougar,” Stacey, a real estate agent and mother of four from Arizona, is being set up with an assortment of men in a quest to find love with a partner who can keep her attention.

Each week, the bachelors are given challenges where they must demonstrate their knowledge of how to satisfy a woman of Stacey’s age.

If the men fail to live up to Stacey’s dreams of spontaneity and spice, they receive only a kiss on the cheek from Stacey and are sent on their way.

I wasn’t too optimistic about this one at first since it’s not on a prime network, but if the right crowd tunes in, I think there’s hope.

Check out the next episode at 10 p.m. Wednesday. For a preview and a chance to rate the contestants, log on to www.tvland.com.

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