May 21, 2018
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Feeling content as ‘Idol’ says ‘bye’ to Paula Abdul

By Aimee Dolloff, Special to the BDN

It can’t be helped. I promise to let you know about the reality TV headed to your living rooms and some important “American Idol” news. But first, I must once again rave about country singing chicken catcher Kevin Skinner.

No, he’s not the best singer. But the genuine way he has about him (and that country Kentucky accent) brings tears to my eyes every time.

Another performer who brought tears to our eyes was Grandma Lee. The Man on the Couch and I love her. Why? She’s funny, but even more than that she’s pursuing her lifelong dream at an “advanced age” as Piers put it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these two performers are what “America’s Got Talent” is all about and I can’t wait to see what’s coming next week. Hopefully not more Mariah Carey.

After telling you a couple of weeks ago about a report from Reality TV World’s Web site that had Abdul’s manager saying that Abdul might not return to the show because she hadn’t received a contract proposal, the decision has been made. Abdul won’t be sitting at the judge’s table for season nine.

Surprised? Not me. When Kara DioGuardi came on the scene, I was convinced they were cautiously looking for an Abdul replacement. What’s even better, Abdul used Twitter to get the word out that she will not coming back to the show. Based on previous posts, it appears as if she didn’t like the deal she was offered, but that’s OK with us. After all, DioGuardi was smart enough to marry a Maine man, so she should have no problem filling Abdul’s seat.

Looking for something new this weekend? Hopefully you can find more entertaining TV than what CBS has to offer Sunday night. I mentioned it in my summer preview lineup, and it appears “There Goes the Neighborhood” will go on despite its premise, which leaves a lot to be desired.

“There Goes the Neighborhood,” which closes families off from the outside world leaving them with limited electricity, no text messaging or Internet — while they compete against their neighbors in the compound for the $250,000 grand prize, will premiere at 9 p.m. Sunday. I think I’ll go to bed early.

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