Just some quick thoughts on TV as we near the end of the regular 2011-12 season (spoilers through 5/7/2012):
NBC's "The Voice": The final four performed last night. I thought Jermaine was okay but overwrought yet bland, which is not a good combination. I don't get the appeal for Chris (the opera guy) but last night's songs seemed to suit his style much more than his earlier butchering of Coldplay's "Viva la Vida." Juliet was quite good and probably deserves to win.
But I threw all 10 of my internet votes toward Tony. I just don't get why judge Christina Aguilera is so irredeemably nasty toward Tony, constantly trashing him throughout the season. It certainly provides fuel for the speculation that, back when they were both on the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, she may have had some unrequited crush on him or something.
I guess it's too much to hope for that the producers would get rid of her after this season.
NBC's "The Apprentice": Now we're down to the final three: Aubrey O'Day, Arsenio Hall, and Clay Aiken. Wow, that means Lisa Lampanelli was first to be fired after the "interviews" with last season's winner and runner-up. I've utterly loathed Lampanelli's mean-spirited, profane, abusive tirades this season, so I had to rewind and rewatch the part where Trump fired her. I do have to admit that she handled it well and in a classy fashion, so perhaps she's not as nasty a person as she sometimes came across.
One more of the three is due to be fired as a result of the interviews. I would prefer that the final two be Arsenio and Clay, because Aubrey is just "me me me me me I'm so great I'm awesome me me me me." Based on their performance in the game, though, I think it should probably be Aubrey and Clay, as Aubrey has done a lot of work, and Clay has been very steady. However, Trump's decisions are bizarre and make sense only if they validate his greatness or they help ratings. Therefore, I believe the final two will be Arsenio and Aubrey, given the conflict they've already had during the season.
CBS's "Survivor": This show sure does have a long season, doesn't it? I mean, it seemed like there were so many weeks where loathsome Colton dominated the screen, and then he was taken out for a medical emergency well before making the jury! Well, it looks like Kim is in strong position to make it to the finals, considering her prowess in challenges, her possession of a hidden immunity idol, and her approximately 500% greater strategic intellect than virtually everyone else put together. (I'm not sure about Sabrina though; she's been somewhat under the radar, so she could be quite the strategic player herself.)
Fox's "Touch": I wanted to like this show, but it's . . . kind of boring. At one level, I know it's not fair to expect "24" because it's not the same show, not even the same type of show. But I can't help but see Kiefer Sutherland and long for Jack Bauer.