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“American Idol” favorite talked out of quitting


Scary news from the usually-closely guarded “American Idol”  camp.

Crystal Bowersox Seems front-runner Crystal Bowersox — the only contestant this season to get consistently rave reviews from both the judges and the viewing public — had a bit of a meltdown a couple of weeks ago and was persuaded against quitting the show only by the wisdom of “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest.

Seacrest, whose busy career also includes presenting a celebrity news TV show for E!, confirmed a TMZ report on Friday that he had talked the dreadlocked young mom into staying in the competition in a parking lot showdown after she said she hated the attention  and missed her family too much to continue.seacrest

“The greatest thing I ever did was make enough money so I could buy my mom a house,” he told her, according to E! online. “You can buy your mom a house.”

As we all know, it worked and Bowersox, 24,  was back wowing the judges and audiences in Elvis-themed week.

Too much ‘escapism’ at Berlinale?



“Escapism”, we were warned, was going to be a recurrent element of many of the entries in this year’s Berlin Film Festival, the world’s first major cinematic barometer since the global financial meltdown began. People are yearning to escape for a few hours from the economic gloom and doom, the film experts were saying before the Berlinale’s curtain went up.

Yet even knowing that, it was still difficult to predict how far French director Francois Ozon (“8 Women”, “Swimming Pool”) was going to take viewers on a most bizarre journey out of our depressing little lives in his newest film “Ricky“, which made its world premiere in Berlin.