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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 6 Episode 9: “Queens of Talk”

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Maybe this was purposefully timed, maybe not. But on the night that Logo announced it would pull the offending Drag Race episode that features a mini-challenge “Female or She-male” and that they would remove the “You’ve got she-mail” intro to all new episodes of the series (after saying they weren’t going to), trans man Chaz Bono and his grandmother Georgia Holt appeared as guest judges on last night’s show, along with Paula Abdul. Each of the queens were tasked with hosting their own talk show, with Chaz and Georgia as interview subjects. Sometimes their questions about the transgender experience got dicey, most of the time it was fine, so kudos Logo for actually listening. Now, onto the queens!
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The Best Cats in the World of Music

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The Internet loves nothing more than cats, but it’s rare that we look beyond the cute photos and memes to more seriously consider their place in our world. Flavorwire’s Highbrow Cat Week is an attempt to remedy that, with a series of pieces devoted to analyzing their impact on the cultural realm.

Throughout this week we’ve been analyzing the place of cats in popular culture, and why they’re such an ongoing obsession for the Internet, along with various other fairly cerebral cat-related topics. But shit, it’s Friday, so perhaps it’s time to get a little less highbrow and just appreciate some of the cats we’ve known and loved in popular culture. With that in mind, here’s a brief survey of some of the best cats in the world of music — 15 of our favorite music-related feline friends. Let us know in the comments if you’ve any to add.
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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Good news for the summer of superheroes: Thor topped the weekend box office, bringing in $66 million in its opening weekend. It was followed by Fast Five ($32 million) and Jumping the Broom ($13.7 million). [via Movieline]

2. Def Leppard is planning to release an album of rock lullabies for babies aka,… Read More

The Nuttiest Moments in ‘American Idol’ History

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Last night on American Idol, Iggy Pop exploded onto the stage to give a shirtless performance of “Real Wild Child (Wild One)”  and dance around like a hyperactive four-year old at a Chuck E. Cheese’s birthday bash. Weird, right? Not only that American Idol is still on the air or that the 63-year-old Pop is allowed to be so chillingly shirtless on live network TV, but that the suburban-mom favorite hasn’t yet been prescribed the programming equivalent of Valium. Because, really, this isn’t the show’s first foray into the quaint town of WTF-ville, USA. After the jump, we count some of American Idol’s craziest moments. This one’s for you, Paula Abdul: You made it okay for men and women everywhere to act clinically insane on reality TV.
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10 American Idol Ellen Replacements Crazier Than Paula

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Let’s face it: American Idol effed up. After refusing to play ball with Paula Abdul, they snapped up Ellen DeGeneres. We love Ellen, but it was not the right venue for her. She didn’t know what she was talking about, and the jokes just fell flat. So we’re totally with her on the decision to cut her losses after a single season. And now, we think it’s time to admit something to ourselves. It was a mistake to think that bringing in a normal, balanced human being would improve the show. What we need is crazy. That is why, in our attempt to help the Idol producers replace Ellen, our mission is clear. Here are 10 potential judges who achieve or surpass Paula’s level of crazy. We hope you pick one of them.
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Sony and Michael Jackson‘s estate have set a music-industry record with a $250 million deal that covers 10 albums. The material will involve a mix of previously unreleased songs and new packages of old ones. [via WSJ]
2. Paula Abdul is finalizing a deal to host/judge an updated version of Star Search… Read More

American Idol Recapped: What Does Tarantino Know About Singing?

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Last night on Idol, the top 7 contestants choked out the theme songs from various movies and the result was an hour of television more boring than Cold Mountain. Plus, guest mentor/judge/all-around crazy person Quentin Tarantino’s advice was about as useful to improving a performance as Renee Zellweger’s Oscar was to her getting better roles. Performance-wise, there were very few highlights. Anoop Desai kept his upward momentum going by giving Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” a nice R&B spin. Otherwise, it was an evening of snoozers.
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