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The Amazing Race: Things start to get real cheesy

It's said that after having babies nature allows women to forget the pain so that they might bear another child.

That's not true of all painful experiences. Memory, in most cases, serves an important function. It helps to stop us from making the same mistake twice.

On the other hand, no pain, no gain.

After our non-elimination leg, we're in Salzburg and Team Aspie gets to leave first. But first we get treated to another scene of their joy at winning the 2012 Ford Focus. I don't think this product placement is as effective as the Snapple plug. I wanted to buy the Snapple; I am not buying a Ford Focus.

'Dancing with the Stars': A Texas two-step and a gracious goodbye

Our 'Dancing with the Stars' correspondents Chuck Small and Lenni G will be back on the job for us with recaps throughout Season 12. Lenni G gives us her thoughts on last night's elimination.

Major disappointment for me last night. Given the odd pairings of Latin dances to American patriotic dances on Monday, I was sure the pro dancers would be doing an Argentine tango while Toby Keith sang, "Shoulda Been a Cowboy." I was wrong -- they did a Texas two step!  Really!  Who knew!
 

'Dancing with the Stars': Saluting America with Latin dances


Our 'Dancing with the Stars' correspondents Chuck Small and Lenni G will be back on the job for us with recaps throughout Season 12. Lenni G gives us her thoughts on last night's show.

So, it's "American Week" and the stars will be dancing to patriotic American songs. OK, sounds like a plan. At this point, I'm thinking we'll be seeing dances like the jive and the quick step.

And, I would be wrong. Well, mostly wrong.

The Amazing Race: Eyes bigger than their stomachs

You'd think that experienced Racers would know that tackling any task involving food is probably not a good idea.

You would think.

The Globetrotters leave India first, heading for a flight to Vienna, Austria. Once the teams arrive in Austria, we're told, they are to find a new 2012 Ford Focus for the next clue.

The trip to Austria gives Flight Time of the Globetrotters the chance to do his Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonation, because that's pretty much all we know about Austria, that Ah-nold is from there. He's impersonation is OK.

Friday Night Lights: Setting the stage for one last run

As a logical extension of its old "It's New to You!" marketing campaign, NBC trots out the fifth and final season of Friday Night Lights tonight (8 p.m.), months after the critically acclaimed, unjustly ignored drama had its farewell run on DirecTV.

Tonight's opening episode is all about saying farewell to a few principal characters from past seasons and introducing the next perceived savior for East Dillon football.

Scotty Watch: The kid stays in the picture

McCreerians worldwide can breathe a sigh of relief. The Garner native's rendition of George Strait's "Cross My Heart" last night was more than enough to advance him to another week of competition.

'Idol' showcased movie songs this week, and Scotty McCreery opted for a love song from Strait's "Pure Country" instead of taking Jimmy Iovine's advice to branch out a little with "Everybody's Talkin'" from "Midnight Cowboy." But Scotty's fans are just fine with him keeping it pure country, thank you very much.

For tonight's show, Scotty and Lauren Alaina opened things with a nice duet of Lady Antebellum's "American Honey." Scotty looked cute, though there was a lot of bouncing and eyebrow action from the young crooner. He and Lauren sound really good together.

'Survivor': The Robfather works the buddy system

Our correspondent, Raleigh lawyer and "Survivor" fan Damon Circosta, offers his thoughts about this week's episode:

There is a running debate among 'Survivor' fans about who the greatest player is of all time. Some argue that it is the contestant that has played the most days. Others say it is who has won the most money. Russell Hand argues (in his villainous way) that it is him. But I think Russell is alone on that one.

Scotty Watch: Scotty stays pure country for movie night

After props to Jennifer Lopez, who was just named The Most Beautiful Woman in the World by People Magazine, the eight remaining 'American Idol' contestants kicked off movie week with a very eclectic sampling of artists.

Tonight's selections ranged from Miley Cyrus to a way-out-there Nat King Cole pick, but  Scotty McCreery kept things pretty comfortable. In fact, you might say Scott was pure country.

JUST LIKE ME, 'Idol' Coach Jimmy Iovine thought Scotty should have sung "Everybody's Talkin'" from "Midnight Cowboy." But after giving the Harry Nilsson classic a test spin, Scotty said he just felt more comfortable singing country. Is anyone surprised? So Scotty sang "Cross My Heart" from the George Strait movie "Pure Country," and he did a great job.

A surprising knockout on 'Dancing with the Stars'


Our 'Dancing with the Stars' correspondents Chuck Small and Lenni G will be back on the job for us with recaps throughout Season 12. Chuck gives us his thoughts on tonight's elimination.

The results show gets a connection from last night's instrumental night with David Garrett doing "Walk This Way" in a very cool rock- meets-classical performance, with the new "DWTS" troupe. It's really making me want to see the rest of the season without singers!

Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke get started with the three top couples from Monday night: Chelsea Kane/Mark Ballas, Hines Ward/Kym Johnson and Ralph Macchio/Karina Smirnoff. Two are safe, and one is still "in jeopardy" (which I don't believe for a second ... but there needs to be some drama, doesn't there?).

'Dancing with the Stars': A classical week, indeed.


 Our 'Dancing with the Stars' correspondents Chuck Small and Lenni G will be back on the job for us with recaps throughout Season 12. Chuck gives us his thoughts on tonight's episode.

This week is classical week, with an extra-large band and classical- inspired outfits. (BTW, at least Brooke's dress isn't awful this week.)

The professional dancers are trying to figure out how to choreograph and dance "twice as big," so that the music doesn't take the audience's attention from the dance. Paso dobles, waltzes and Viennese waltzes will abound tonight, Tom and Brooke tell us. The early music from guest David Garrett suggests less "pure classical" and more Mannheim Steamroller/"A Fifth of Beethoven" pop-classical. Could this mean no awful singing, at least? Woo hoo!

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