Next week crucial for ‘Idol’

Posted April 08, 2010, at 5:35 p.m.

They saved Big Mike, but now I’m nervous. The panel of “American Idol” judges used the one and only chance they get each season to save a contestant from elimination this week, but what happens if America gets it horribly wrong in the next few weeks and we see another deserving contestant on the chopping block?

Next week will be crucial (just like all the weeks before it) as Adam Lambert returns to “Idol” not just to perform, but to offer words of wisdom. I’m torn as to whether this is a good idea or will end badly.

He has promised to be family friendly and admits that he’s early in his recording career, so let’s hope he sticks to what he knows — how to work a stage (appropriately) and have confidence in his performance.

Even more exciting, there’s word that Shania Twain, who served as a guest judge during auditions, is returning as a mentor to contestants sometime during the season, according to a report on Reality TV World’s Web site. I wonder if she’ll suggest that Casey take his shirt off during his performance.

“Idol” aside for now, I received an interesting e-mail this week promoting a new reality TV opportunity. It appears that the trend is expanding to the commercial world, and now Pantene is on a nationwide search to find the first reality hair star.

You can submit an entry by uploading a video to www.pantene.com/realitystar. In May, the field will be narrowed to 12 women who will head to New York City for a test shoot. The commercial is scheduled to air May 25.

If you have a mane that you think will make the cut, submit your video before April 18 for a chance to appear in the commercial alongside spokeswoman Stacey London (from TLC’s “What Not to Wear”). If you’re chosen as the next reality hair star, you’ll also receive the “Be the Rock Star You Are” experience from Bret Michaels (now on “Celebrity Apprentice”), which will include tickets to one of his concerts, first-class airfare, a ride in Michaels’ tour bus, and backstage passes.

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