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"The Celebrity Apprentice": Who was meanest to Cyndi?

Happiness has gotten into "The Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 9 tonight)
and last week's episode had us talking about who was the was the worst offender on the let's-beat-up-on-Cyndi-Lauper bandwagon.

Let's look at the candidates:

Michael Johnson, the Olympian who thinks good leadership means not listening to anyone and going with your gut, even if you don't know what the heck you're talking about.

As long as you take responsibility for your foolishness, it seems, you're OK. And Donald Trump seemed to co-sign that definition.

Worse, when Lauper tried to explain why Johnson's failed advertorial didn't work, he rudely cut her off using the words of the next candidate...

Observations on "The Celebrity Apprentice"

From watching the first, very fun episode (NBC, 9 tonight)

Rod Blagojevich: The former disgraced Illinois governor adds an interesting element; someone all the celebrities can feel a little superior about. After all, a druggie celebrity is not as bad as a crooked politician. Blagojevich is in it to clear his name (his NBC bio says he was "hijacked" from office) and also to show us he's a good guy. We'll see. Plus his hair trumps Donald's.

Cyndi Lauper: Not a mean bone in her body. A spacey charmer. Love her.

Rosie vs. The Donald: That feud that started when Rosie O'Donnell was on "The View"? Real and not over.

Holly Robinson Peete: Maybe not as intimidating as her husband, former Carolina Panthers QB Rodney, but probably tougher. This is the woman who once knocked down Robin Givens for talking about her mother.

Sinbad: The show's Greek chorus. Look for him to give clarity, even if it isn't needed.

Bones: If it isn't love, why do I feel this way?



When we last saw Brennan and Booth they had finally done the nasty, and then we found out if was just their imaginations; a joint alternate reality that happened while Booth was in a coma and Brennan was reading to him from her book.

It felt a little too Bobby Ewing dreamed the whole thing.

Anoop shows his "True Colors"

As predicted, Chapel Hill "American Idol" finalist Anoop Desai stuck to the top of the charts with his Tuesday night performance. This week's theme had contestants singing songs from the year they were born, so Desai did Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" -- a No. 1 hit from 1986, and a nervy selection. But Desai pretty much knocked it out of the park, with a tasteful reinterpretation that mutated a pop song into restrained slow-burn soul.

The judges all praised Desai's performance, although Randy Jackson seemed almost surprised by how good it was. And of course, Simon Cowell had to get a jab in by comparing Desai to a yo-yo: "Last week was abysmal, this week was good."

So get voting, people: 866/436-5704. We'll find out if he can hang in there for another week on Wednesday night's results show.

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