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Scott Dangerfield’s ‘American Idol’ Audition Wows Jennifer Lopez

‘You might be my favorite so far,’ J.Lo tells the unassuming student teacher in Milwaukee. By Adam Graham Scott Dangerfield auditions on Wednesday’s “American Idol” Photo: FOX Sometimes talent catches you off guard, and Scott Dangerfield came into his Milwaukee audition on Wednesday’s (January 26) “American Idol” episode without a hard-luck tale or a weepy backstory. But he left elevated on a cloud of praise and was dubbed by Jennifer Lopez as her “favorite” contestant thus far. The first thing the judges noticed about Dangerfield, an unassuming 22-year-old student teacher in Milwaukee, was his lips, and how he appeared to be wearing lipstick. Blushing, he wiped off his lips. “I was kissing one of the girls backstage!” Dangerfield said, prompting Jackson to make a crack about a potential love connection. “More than one destiny is going to be made for me today,” Dangerfield joked. With his shaggy haircut, black framed glasses and bookish outfit — he wore a button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up and a casual pair of shorts — Dangerfield gave off a slight Clay Aiken vibe, albeit cooler than the season-two contestant. And when he sang, it was similarly surprising: He did Amos Lee’s 2005 song “Dreamin’ ” and infused it with his rich, soulful tone, made smoother by his easygoing style. There were no nerves on display as he sang, and Dangerfield sailed through the audition. The judges were floored. “You might be my favorite so far,” Lopez beamed. “I swear! Wow!” She pushed for a quick vote, giddily bouncing in her chair and repeating “I want to vote!” like a toddler trying to get her way. Yes, Dangerfield managed to turn J.Lo into a pile of mush. Following Lopez’s yes vote, Randy Jackson offered one of his trademark over-the-top endorsements — “hundred million percent yes” is just the same as “100 percent yes,” Randy — and Steven Tyler chimed in by saying, “We’ve been waiting all day for you.” But Lopez still wasn’t finished gushing: “Keep the hair, keep the glasses, I like all of it,” she said, reiterating, “You’re my favorite.” In the hallway outside the judges’ room, Dangerfield was greeted by a group of friends, to whom he bragged about Lopez’s praise, saying it almost caused him to faint. But he had earned his right to gloat: Unlike his namesake Rodney, this Dangerfield got plenty of respect. What did you think of “American Idol” on Wednesday? Let us know in the comments! Get your “Idol” fix on MTV News’ “American Idol” page , where you’ll find all the latest news, interviews and opinions. Related Artists Jennifer Lopez

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‘American Idol’ Finds Tragic Stories, Aerosmith Groupies In Milwaukee

Jerome Bell, Scott Dangerfield, Alyson Jados and Scotty McCreery stand out in week two. By Gil Kaufman Steven Tyler on Wednesday’s “American Idol” Photo: FOX The second week of “American Idol” auditions brought our judges to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the first visit to the beer-and-cheese-loving Midwestern town busted out of the gate with a surefire star in the making, as well as the by-now-familiar slow-motion glamour montage complete with Steven Tyler yelps and profane bleeps. The trip also served up one of the most touching “Idol” audition moments of all time and a healthy roster of talented young teens. Though the focus was to be on the auditioners this year, the episode opened with Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler doing an endearing a cappella duet of Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” accompanied by an Altoids tin and some cheeky lyrics about bad singing. As if we could forget that Tyler is a world-famous rock star, right? But that was soon replaced by the froggy voice of Garner, North Carolina, native Scotty McCreery, 16, who wowed the judges off the bat with his perfect country rumble through Josh Turner’s “Your Man” and Travis Tritt’s “Put Some Drive in Your Country.” Both songs sounded like the work of a career cowboy crooner rather than a high school baseball prospect. “Well hellfire, save matches, f— a duck and see what hatches!” Tyler enthused to the howls of the whole “Idol” crew. “That’s beautiful.” Host Ryan Seacrest humored budding radio host Joe Repka, 19, an awkward communications major who lost the panel off the bat with his lame “radio voice,” then set them howling like dogs with a warbly operatic slog through Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time.” Emma Henry, 15, said she’s watched the show since she was 5, and her raspy, emotional “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper had rough spots but won Tyler over with its unique character. “I want this so bad; this is what my life is about,” the emo teen wept after judge Jennifer Lopez said no and Jackson reluctantly put her through. “Don’t disappoint us,” he cautioned. One of the bright spots in an otherwise grim day of auditions in Milwaukee was colorful belter Naima Adedapo, who killed it with a gospel-tinged slow-and-easy version of Donny Hathaway’s “For All We Know,” which was powerful, self-assured and oh-so-buttery. “I like you a lot,” said Lopez, who called Adedapo the whole package. They also gave a thumbs-up to wedding/ bar mitzvah singer Jerome Bell , 27, when the New York native slayed Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” thanks to high energy and a sugar-sweet falsetto. “So good, so good,” Tyler gushed. One thing has already become clear this season: Singing Lady Gaga is a terrible idea in an “Idol” audition. Every time. And don’t show up with giant toothbrushes or wearing your Civil War re-enactment costumes, because that mess doesn’t wash. Admitting that they lowered the age limit in part because of Bieber Fever, Seacrest said there have been a lot of stellar 15-year-olds so far this year, with startlingly confident California native Thia Megia proving them right after a soulful stroll through Adele’s “Chasing Pavements.” She set off an avalanche of 15-year-old gold-ticket winners, providing a glimpse of the youthquake that is sure to shake the Hollywood rounds. It’s unclear why 22-year-old Harvard grad and White House intern Molly De-Wolf Swensen even needs “Idol,” but the statuesque blonde proved she has some other skills with a smoky “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” that appeared to catch Tyler’s eye. “Who knew what was goin’ on at the White House?” Randy said, with Tyler adding, “That’s great. You got attitude, you know where to put it, geez, that was beautiful!” Day two brought more R&B belters, a (terrible) Obama impersonator, an operatic destruction of Bieber’s “Baby” and a Minnie Riperton slayer with some serious bad attitude. Then there was mild-mannered awkward loner accountant/funeral singer (is that even a thing?) Steve Beghun, who did a Jason Mraz-meets-Josh Groban warble that Tyler called “disturbingly great” and which was just good enough to get him to Hollywood. Milwaukee student teacher Scott Dangerfield, 22, looked like an indie-rock slacker but came on like a blue-eyed soulster when he sang Amos Lee’s “Dreamin’.” It felt a bit mannered but was so compelling to Lopez that she called it her favorite audition so far, counseling him to keep the grown-out Bieber hair and nerdy glasses. Hire a rock star and you’ll get a few groupies, such as self-avowed Chicago rocker girl and bartender Ali Jados, 26, who immediately caught her idol’s fancy. “Wow,” Tyler said wide-eyed while looking over the raven-haired beauty with the voluptuous mouth. “You look like you could be one of my … nope, I can’t say it. … One of my friends. ” She knew just what song to pick, too, growling out a cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together,” which Aerosmith famously covered in the disastrous 1978 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” movie, segueing into a duet with Tyler on Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” Tyler appreciated that she sang one of his songs but said he was scared by how pitchy her performance was, though Lopez liked her stage presence and performance quality. Randy gave it a no while Lopez said yes, so it was up to Tyler, who faked left and then sent Jados to the next round. The night ended with one of the all-time “Idol” audition tearjerker stories, courtesy of Chicago’s Chris Medina, 26, who told the tragic tale of his fianc

TMZ’s Guts of Glory Contest — WINNER!

Filed under: Contest , Photo Galleries The tribe has spoken — and the Beer Belly photo dominated our Guts of Glory Contest — scoring the $250 prize and some great gifts from TMZ! ** CLICK HERE for contest rules and regulations!** Read more

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Fried Beer Is Finally Here

This year at the Sixth Annual Big Tex Choice Awards competition in Texas someone finally hit the nail on the head. Mark Zable has trademarked the name Fried Beer. Well, it seems as though you can fry anything you eat and now drink. You may be asking yourself how in the world Mark Zable came up with this recipe. Does it taste good? “We are able to place beer inside a salty pretzel like dough, and deep fry it. When you take a bite, beer pours out of the inside pocket of dough,” Zable says on his website, friedbeer.net (we are actually salivating at the thought of making these pockets with some of our favorite brews). Zable claims that he cooks the beer snack at a temperature that allows the alcohol to keep its composition and not get “cooked off.” Unlike “fried coke” no beer flavoring is included in the dough. Currently, Zable uses Guinness but might switch to Shiner Bock or a pale ale like Sierra Nevada. Zable had faced adversity prior to this year – past frustrations led him to consult with a food scientist with little luck. After three years of research and development, 2010 brought him success as he finally figured a way to capture the entirety of the beer product through the full frying process. He will not discuss how he has solved the problem. This closely kept secret may have the potential of bringing Zable the riches of life (through his newly filed patent). Craft brewing fans can unite in looking to pair some of these snacks with their local favorites. Although we’re not sure if the treat will be massed produced anytime soon… What do you think? Do you think it’ll be a hit? Look out for our finalists as Labor Day approaches. Two lucky winners will be selected to be allowed to sell their product at the Texas state fair. Your Choice. Your Beer. Drink Up. – Beer Universe http://www.beer-universe.com/beer-education-article/2010-08-30/Fried-Beer-Is-Fin… added by: pjacobs51

White House Crasher — Unwanted at Family Winery

Filed under: Michaele Salahi , Tareq Salahi , Celebrity Justice , Real Housewives , TV TMZ has learned White House party crasher Tareq Salahi had a run-in with police just a few weeks ago — after his own mother called the cops, claiming he was trespassing at the family winery. According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, it all went… Read more

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Blue Moon Distances Itself From Slater Connection

Filed under: Steven Slater Steven Slater wanted a couple of bottles of Blue Moon beer before he hopped off Flight 1052 last week — but the beer company wants nothing to do with him! As we first reported, the two beer bottles Slater grabbed on his off the plane were Blue Moon –… Read more

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Thoughts on Lollapalooza: Concerts Getting Cleaner?

Photos by Jeff Kart So I spent the weekend at Lollapalooza, along with another 200,000 or so people, rocking out to headliners like Green Day, The Strokes and Lady Gaga. And I noticed something. For the most part, people were doing the right thing: Recycling their beer cans, using refillable water bottles, putting trash in its place. Now this may not seem like a revolution, but it’s worth mentioning, especially against the backdrop of the first few Lollapaloozas I attended back in the 1990s…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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JWoWW’s Big Old Boobies Get Me Going

I hate myself for continuously posting pictures of this JWoWW aka Jenni Farley piece of rottenness, but her big fat boobies are like crack to me, I wake up in a cold sweat on the bathroom floor thinking about those things. Are they soft or nice and firm like an over inflated water balloon? Hopefully one of these days I’ll be invited to some party that she’s at and I’ll get to casually rub my elbow up against one of them while I drink my beer. Everyone’s got to have goals.

Ask Pablo: Which Is Less Bad For The Environment: Wine Or Beer?

Image Source: Riebschlager Dear Pablo: When asked if I prefer beer or wine I am neutral. To help me get off the fence I am wondering: Is beer or wine better for the environment? Like car commercials claiming that 2000 pounds of metal and plastic are “good for the environment” because it has a trunk full of batteries, the choice between beer and wine for environmental reasons is a false one. Hardly anything that we humans do on this planet can be considered good for it. T… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Jake Gyllenhaal Didn’t Take Himself ‘Too Seriously’ On ‘Prince Of Persia’

‘I always like to try and find something that’s more interesting than what’s just on the page,’ he tells MTV News. By Eric Ditzian, with reporting by Vanessa White Wolf Jake Gyllenhaal Photo: MTV News Back in February, “Prince of Persia” director Mike Newell told MTV News that Jake Gyllenhaal, his upcoming film’s star, was the definition of a “thinking woman’s action hero.” “He’s got a sort of cheeky, devil-may-care light in his eye, and at the same time, he has a sensitivity, delicacy and thinness of skin,” the Brit director explained. “He is glorious-looking, but you wanted more than that. You wanted women to be interested in him not just as a piece of eye candy.” Now it’s all well and good to have your boss paying you such compliments, but Newell’s label lined up perfectly with how Gyllenhaal approached the role — his first turn as an action hero after years spent making a name in serious fare like “Brokeback Mountain” and “Jarhead.” “I always like to try and find something that’s more interesting than what’s just on the page whenever I’m doing something,” the Oscar-nominated actor told MTV News. Gyllenhaal plays Dastan, a poor young man in the ancient Mideast who’s essentially adopted into the royal family and suddenly finds himself in the midst of a swashbuckling adventure to protect a magical dagger capable of turning back time. “Brokeback,” this ain’t. But he approached the Disney material with respect and seriousness — for the most part. “Before I even read the script, [Newell] said to me, ‘You know, my boy, it’s a script about a dagger that turns back time. Now let’s talk about what that is.’ I was like, ‘A dagger that turns back time?’ And he was like, ‘Well, yes, I know what you are thinking, because I know you are the thinking woman’s action hero, but, my boy!’ And then he [said] in ancient Persia, or during the time this fantasy world is set, they would believe in things like that. … Somehow, that was an in for me. It wasn’t just a device, it was actually an idea that was fascinating. The whole movie became that with Mike. We were going just a little bit deeper than you would expect.” Going deeper, though, didn’t mean becoming overly serious about a summer popcorn flick that is adapted from a long-running video game series. “There’s also a great sense of not taking yourself too seriously, which is so important,” Gyllenhaal explained. “And occasionally, when you have an opportunity, take yourself a little seriously, which we do in this movie, and I do think that separates Dastan from other action heroes.” Check out everything we’ve got on “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com . Related Videos MTV Rough Cut: ‘Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time’ Related Photos ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’ Red Carpet

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