Sunday’s three-hour ‘American Idol’ finale revealed Noah Thompson, HunterGirl or Leah Marlene as the winner of Season 20.
By decree of Ryan Seacrest, a new American Idol has been crowned.
Sunday’s three-hour finale brought back Season 20’s most popular finalists, pairing them with some of the biggest names in music for a series of special performances, before revealing which of the three remaining contestants — HunterGirl, Leah Marlene or Noah Thompson — would take home the ultimate title.
Thompson was the frontrunner heading into this finale, with 50 percent of TVLine readers expecting him to win. HunterGirl followed closely in our poll with 30 percent of readers’ votes, while Marlene trailed behind with 19.
But enough math, let’s talk about the music. After a legitimately vertigo-inducing performance from Flo Rida and friends, the finale kicked off with a round entirely devoted to Bruce Springsteen, followed by performances of the finalists’ official singles. The first elimination came midway through the night, preceding several all-star duets, including an unforgettable rendition of “Smile” courtesy of Michael Bublé and Christian Guardino. (Click here to watch.)
The final round gave us encore performances of the Top 2’s favorite songs from the season, before Seacrest revealed the long-awaited results — all of which you can find below.
Guitar legend Eric Clapton will return to Pittsburgh for the first time in nine years to play PPG Paints Arena on Sept. 16.
Tickets go on sale Friday, June 10 at 10 a.m. at ticketmaster.com.
Clapton, 77, made his name as a member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Cream before launching a solo career and also forming Derek and the Dominos in 1970.
Clapton arrives in Pittsburgh on the same night fellow British rock legend Elton John is playing PNC Park. It is John’s second trip here on the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which previously played PPG Paints Arena in November 2019.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers did a stadium tour together in 1992.
Sunday is the big day.
Notices are already posted on part of Boulevard of the Allies that no parking will be allowed starting at 6 a.m Friday. Those restrictions will continue until after the race.
“If you are heading out Saturday night, Downtown, to the South Side, to Oakland, and you see a sign that says “No Parking 11 p.m.”, and think ‘I’m only going to be here for a little bit longer, enjoy my night,” that’s not true. You might not have your car there when you get back,” Brian Schmidt, operations director, Pittsburgh Marathon, told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.
The first full road closings started at noon Friday on a few blocks of the Boulevard of the Allies downtown, between Wood Street and Stanwix Street.
“First off, we don’t want to tow anyone’s car that we don’t have to. But for safety for all, we need to make sure the route is clear for the runners for, again, like I said, the safety. So no parking begins Friday with our closure (on part of Boulevard of the Allies),” Schmidt said.
On Saturday was the next phase of road closings. Those are happening on the North Shore as well as Downtown, to accommodate the 5K and kids marathon races.
The new 5K course will allow North Shore parking lots to remain open and accessible.
Sunday’s the big day.
Road closings will affect lots of neighborhood streets, as the 26.2 mile marathon makes its way across the North Side, the West End, the South Side, the East End, and back Downtown.
Closures along the course route begin as early as 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
“Overall, the route is the same that we used back in 2019 and 2018. The only difference we have this year is a slight detour off our original route out in the Homewood section of the city, due to the Fern Hollow Bridge collapse,” Schmidt said.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Naomi Judd, whose family harmonies with daughter Wynonna turned them into the Grammy-winning country stars The Judds, has died. She was 76. Her daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, announced her death on Saturday in a statement provided to The Associated Press.
The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum will host it’s annual Bunny Trolley on April 8-10 and April 15-16.The season favorite let’s guests ride an antique trolley to visit the Easter Bunny. Additional activities include a scavenger hunt, a springtime craft, photos with the Easter Bunny and the opportunity to hold a live rabbit courtesy of the Four-Leaf 4-H Club.
The Spring Fling with the East Bunny event is sold out for Easter weekend, but the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays in April and May. Masks are required to be worn by visitors over 2 years old, social distancing will be practiced and enhanced cleaning procedures will be in place.
For more information, call 724-228-9256 or visit www.patrolley.org.
Kennywood will be opening earlier for its 2022 season.
The park will be open to the public starting on Sunday, April 17, following a passholder preview on Saturday, April 16.
The news came Wednesday, during a media tour of various upgrades around the amusement park that guests will notice when they walk through the main gate.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A bar in Uptown was shut down after a raid.
The state calls it a nuisance bar with complaints about drug activity and late-night noise and has been trying to shut it down for years. On Wednesday, agents once again raided Ace’s & Deuce’s lounge on Fifth Avenue and shut it down — at least for now.
Agents from the Nuisance Bar Taskforce descended on the bar shortly after 1 p.m. and by midday, the Allegheny County Health Department had shut it down for numerous violations. But the investigation goes deeper.
Detectives from vice and narcotics, state police and agents from the Liquor Control Board descended on the bar en masse much to the delight of the bar’s neighbor, the Bethlehem Haven Woman’s Shelter.
The shelter for women in recovery has been one of the major sources of complaints against the bar for drug activity and late-night noise. Executive Director Annette Fetchko calls it a threat to the health and safety of her clients.
Source: Uptown Bar Shut Down After Raid
For the first time since 2019, Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will go on as planned in March, and police are expecting its return to be very well-attended.
“After two very challenging years, it’s understandable that people will be in the mood to celebrate one of Pittsburgh’s most beloved traditions: St. Patrick’s Day,” said Public Safety Director Lee Schmidt.
The parade was canceled in 2020 as the covid-19 pandemic took hold. In 2021, it was pushed to September as covid cases again surged throughout the winter and into the early spring.
Schmidt urged revelers to keep in mind that “while the worst of the pandemic appears to have waned at this moment, it has not disappeared entirely.”
In addition to large crowds along the parade route, authorities also expect the usual party spots – the South Side, Downtown and the North Shore – to see crowds reminiscent of pre-pandemic celebrations.
Temporary light towers will be in the busiest areas, and firefighters and liquor control officers will be doing occupancy checks. Schmidt said bars and restaurants exceeding their posted occupancy limits will be cleared and closed.
As with most city celebrations, Pittsburgh police will be out in full force, including the mounted unit, motorcycle and bicycle units, and K-9 units. County and state police also will be patrolling.
After debuting to $128.5 million in North America, the Warner Bros. comic book adventure has generated $248.5 million globally to date. That’s a strong start since the movie, which clocks in at a butt-numbing three hours, cost $200 million to make.
Outside of domestic theaters, “The Batman” had the best turnout in the United Kingdom, where it earned $18.4 million, followed by Mexico, where it earned $12 million. Other top territories include Australia ($9.2 million), Brazil ($8.8 million), France ($8.5 million), Germany ($5.1 million) and Korea ($4.4 million). “The Batman” doesn’t open in China, which is currently the world’s biggest theatrical market, until March 18. It won’t play at all in Russia after Warner Bros. opted to pull its release following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
A Pittsburgh homemaker is a Jeopardy! winning machine, cruising to her fourth consecutive victory as a contestant on Friday’s show.
Margaret Shelton, of the city’s East End, won for the fourth consecutive game on Friday. She earned another $21,500 to bring her total winnings to $79,700.
Shelton had to stage a come-from-behind rally on Wednesday and Thursday to capture victory in Final Jeopardy!.
But there was no such drama Friday. Going into the final round, Shelton had amassed $24,000, which was $18,400 more than her nearest competitor, a woman from Philadelphia.
Unlike the two previous shows, Shelton did not give the correct question to the Final Jeopardy! answer, which was about a character in a book by Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. Neither did her competitors.
Shelter took a commanding lead in the Jeopardy! portion of the show when she bet all of her $7,600 winnings as of that point on a Daily Double category about King Arthur’s legend. She answered correctly, giving her $15,200.
She opened the contest by cleaning up in the “History” category and was never seriously challenged.
“Not bad for a couple of hours work,” Shelton was heard saying after the contest and captured on a video available on jeopardy.com/overheard. Her winning streak made her “a winner, for like, the first time in my whole life.” She mixed in “Holy Moly!” twice to show her amazement.
Bob Beckel, the longtime Democratic operative whose appearances on Fox News Channel included a stint as host of “The Five,” has died. He was 73 years old.
FNC star Sean Hannity announced Beckel’s death during his nightly primetime show on Monday.
“We miss him already,” Hannity said of his former FNC colleague, whom he called a “dear friend.”
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As guests make their way up the escalator to the second floor, they can catch a glimpse of it. The shiny smooth black finish and sleek design of the 2022 Maserati Levante Modena S stands out. At $133,795, it is believed to be the most expensive new car available at the show.
As guests make their way up the escalator to the second floor, they can catch a glimpse of it.
The shiny smooth black finish and sleek design of the 2022 Maserati Levante Modena S stands out. At $133,795, it is believed to be the most expensive new car available for purchase at the Pittsburgh International Auto Show.
The four-day event at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh runs through Monday.
MONROEVILLE, PA — A $130,000 winning Treasure Hunt Pennyslvania Lottery ticket sold on the Feb. 10 drawing, matching all five balls drawn: 8-13-22-23-28.
The ticket was sold at the Sheetz on William Penn Highway, which will receive a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
More than 41,200 other Treasure Hunt tickets won prizes in the drawing. Players should check every ticket, every time.
ABC News president Kim Godwin released a statement announcing the “View” star would be placed on a two-week suspension.
“Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments,” ABC News president Kim Godwin said in a statement Tuesday evening. “While Whoopi has apologized, I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments.”
“The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends and communities,” Godwin added.
Goldberg went viral on Monday when she argued that the Holocaust “isn’t about race,” stunning her colleagues at the table.
“What is it about?” co-host Joy Behar asked.
“It’s about man’s inhumanity to man, that’s what it’s about,” Goldberg said.
“But it’s about a White supremacist going after Jews and Gypsies,” guest co-host Ana Navarro said as Goldberg attempted to speak over her.
“But these are two White groups of people,” Goldberg said as her colleagues disagreed.
Jewish groups condemned the comments, accusing her of minimizing Jewish suffering.
Goldberg attempted to explain her remarks during her appearance on “The Late Show.”
“It upset a lot of people which was never, ever, ever, ever my intention… I thought we were having a discussion,” Goldberg told Stephen Colbert. “I think of race as being something that I can see… “You couldn’t tell who was Jewish. They had to delve deeply to figure it out… My point is, they had to do the work.”
She also told Colbert, “I don’t want to fake apologize…I’m very upset that people misunderstood what I was saying.”
NATIONAL HOT CHOCOLATE DAY
Each year on January 31st, National Hot Chocolate Day warms up people across the country by celebrating the timeless cold-weather beverage.
Hot chocolate is a warm beverage made with ground chocolate, heated milk or water, and sugar. In America, we often use the terms hot chocolate and hot cocoa interchangeably. However, the two beverages are different.
Cocoa vs Hot Chocolate
We make hot cocoa with cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and sugar. We’re able to do this thanks to a process developed by father and son chemists. For the thicker, more flavorful beverage, we make hot chocolate from ground chocolate containing cocoa butter. It is also called drinking chocolate. Hot chocolate has also been around longer than hot cocoa. In the early 1800s, Casparus van Houten Sr. developed a process to separate the cocoa solids from the butter. His son, Coenraad Johannes made those fats more soluble in water. Together their processes made cocoa powder possible.
The two-time Emmy nominee and improv veteran also played teacher Charlie Moore on ‘Head of the Class.’
Hesseman died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles of complications from colon surgery he first had last summer, his wife, actress and acting teacher Caroline Ducrocq, told The Hollywood Reporter.
A member of the San Francisco improv group The Committee and a real-life DJ back in the 1960s, Hesseman also was known for his stint as out-of-work actor turned history teacher Charlie Moore on the ABC comedy Head of the Class. (He quit that show after four seasons to aim for a movie career.)
Meat Loaf, the singer and actor whose debut album “Bat Out of Hell” in 1977 became one of the best-selling of all time, has died at the age of 74.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side,” a post published on the star’s official Facebook page early Friday said. The cause of death was unclear.
Born Marvin Lee Aday, the rock musician‘s career spanned six decades across the music and film industries. He was beloved by fans and soared to unlikely rock stardom with theatrical, dark-hearted anthems and an iconic long-haired look.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that deputies were called to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes about an “unresponsive man in a hotel room.” The man was identified as Robert Saget and pronounced dead on the scene, the sheriff’s office said.
Detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use, the sheriff’s office said.
Bob Saget said goodbye to Betty White in a heartfelt post, just days before his own tragic death.
His cause of death has not been released. He is remembered for ‘Full House.’
He was 65 years old.
Sidney Poitier’s groundbreaking work as a film actor and director is being hailed by prominent figures in Pittsburgh’s rich arts and entertainment community as the inspiration for their careers as actors, directors and playwrights.
Before Poitier came along, Black characters usually were portrayed in movies in unflattering and stereotypical ways. Poitier broke that mold by articulating intelligence, intensity and defiance on screen, said Pittsburgh actor, director and playwright Monteze Freeland.
“I think specifically for me as a Black male actor, I think he was part of that blueprint that we still follow today. I think he was a lot of people’s North Star in a sense where he, of course, was a trailblazer,” said Freeland. “He knocked down barriers, he started trends. I think he is credited for the contemporary Black expression of acting that has served us throughout the years.”
Mark Clayton Southers, founder and producing artistic director of the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, remembers the profound impact Poitier made on him when he first saw him on screen.
“It’s like the impact (Barack) Obama has on Black kids today. They see him and know that one day they could be president. Well, when we saw Sidney Poitier on film in ‘Lillies of the Field’ and ‘Blackboard Jungle,’ he was our hero,” Southers said.
“It was amazing to see him work his craft and be so articulate. At that time, it was us against the world. It was unheard of just to get our stories told at that time. He was a renegade, and it was always refreshing to see him play these different roles. It was exciting to see this handsome Black man on screen.”
(WHTM) — A Chester County resident was the winner of a $1 million prize that was awarded just after midnight during ABC’s broadcast of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022 on Jan. 1.
Brian Mineweaser, 49, was announced the winner of the drawing after his name was selected from a random drawing. He won a special Pennsylvania Lottery online prize drawing that gave him a shot to win the $1 million dollar prize.
White is said to have passed away at her home on Friday morning
- Betty White, an early pioneer in television comedy and star of The Golden Girls has died at the age of 99 – after an 80-year-long career in Hollywood
- White holds the Guinness World Record for ‘Longest TV Career for an Entertainer’ after she started working in television in 1939
- Without any formal training, White starred alongside disc-jockey Al Jarvis in one of TV’s earliest variety shows filmed in LA called, ‘Hollywood on Television’
- She was preceded in death by her third husband, Allen Ludden and survived by three stepchildren. White had no children of her own
- She is the recipient of eight Emmy Awards (21 nominations), three Screen Actors Guild Awards and a 1985 Television Hall of Fame inductee
- She credited ‘vodka, french fries and hot dogs’ for her longevity and said her ‘obsessive addiction to crossword puzzles’ kept her mind sharp
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’s’ will become biggest movie of the year worldwide on Friday, Christmas Eve.
The latest entry in the Tom Holland-led trilogy will become the biggest movie of the year worldwide on Friday, Christmas Eve.
It’s set to cross the $1 billion mark on Christmas Day. At 11 days, it would be the second-fastest to hit that milestone (behind 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame” at five days and tied with 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War”). It would also be the first theatrical release of the pandemic to join the billion-dollar club — even without China, the largest box office market in the world.
“No Way Home” made $29.3 million domestically on Thursday, bringing its seven-day gross to $385.8 million — the third-highest seven-day gross of all time, the highest seven-day gross in the “Spider-Man” franchise, and the second-highest seven-day gross ever for December and for a superhero film.
Monkees singer and guitarist Michael Nesmith, a pop visionary who penned many of the group’s most enduring songs before laying the groundwork for country rock with the First National Band in the early Seventies, died Friday from natural causes. He was 78.
“With Infinite Love we announce that Michael Nesmith has passed away this morning in his home, surrounded by family, peacefully and of natural causes,” his family said in a statement. “We ask that you respect our privacy at this time and we thank you for the love and light that all of you have shown him and us.”
Nesmith was known as the Monkee in the green wool hat with the thick Texas drawl, and the writer of songs like “Mary, Mary,” “Circle Sky,” “Listen to the Band,” and “The Girl I Knew Somewhere.” But he raged behind the scenes that the group didn’t have creative control of its albums, and in 1967 led the successful rebellion against record producer Don Kirshner. The group would subsequently release Headquarters and other albums created largely on its own.
CNN said Saturday that anchor Chris Cuomo has been “terminated” by the network, “effective immediately.”
PITTSBURGH, PA — Actor-turned-astronaut William Shatner will make a Pittsburgh-area appearance early in 2022. The “Star Trek” star will be live on stage March 2 at the Carnegie of Homestead.
Shatner will speak and take questions following a screening of perhaps the most renowned of the Star Trek movie series, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”
In October, Shatner, then 90, became the oldest human ever to travel into space. He was on the second crewed flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship that launched from the west Texas desert. The private space company’s founder is Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos.
Former Quantum Leap star Dean Stockwell, an Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actor whose career on stage, in film and TV spanned more than 70 years, died in the early morning of November 7. He died peacefully at home of natural causes, a rep for the family confirmed to Deadline. He was 85.
Stockwell was born in 1936 in North Hollywood. By the time he was 7, he was on Broadway, launching a career as a child actor. He appeared in Anchors Aweigh with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly; Kim with Errol Flynn; Gentleman’s Agreement, which landed him a Golden Globe Award; and, most notably, in the controversial 1948 movie The Boy with the Green Hair.
Peter Scolari, the prolific television and stage actor who found instant fame and a lifelong friendship with Tom Hanks when the two co-starred in the hit 1980 TV comedy Bosom Buddies, died early Friday morning following a two-year battle with cancer. He was 66.
His death was announced by Ellen Lubin Sanitsky at Wright Entertainment.
Scolari’s 43-year show business career included such highlights as his Emmy-nominated series regular role of producer Michael Harris on Bob Newhart’s 1984-90 comedy Newhart, an Emmy-winning recurring role as the father of Lena Dunham’s character on HBO’s Girls, and, most recently, his role as Bishop Thomas Marx on the CBS supernatural drama Evil.
A partial roster of other TV credits include Fosse/Verdon, Madoff, The Good Fight, Murphy Brown, The West Wing, ER, Gotham, Law & Order: SVU, Ally McBeal, From the Earth to the Moon and Honey I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, to name a relative few. Film credits include The Polar Express and a cameo appearance as a TV host in the 1996 comedy-drama That Thing You Do!, directed by and starring his old friend and co-star Tom Hanks.
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R&B star R. Kelly faces the possibility of decades in prison after being convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking in federal court in New York City.