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Shi Scott's 'American Idol' run ends

Maryland's Shi Scott's run on "American Idol" ended Thursday, as she did not earn enough votes to be among the top eight female contestants moving on to the next round.

Scott, 19, who is a former resident of Harford County and current resident of Gaithersburg, made it through auditions in New York City, the grueling Hollywood Week selection rounds in Los Angeles and ended up as a member of the Top 12 women and girls who performed in Detroit.

Scott performed live at The Fillmore in Detroit last week, and then viewers logged their votes for their favorite Top 12 performer by phone, text message or online. The top eight vote-getters among the women were revealed during Thursday's episode, which aired live on Fox.

The top eight performed in front of a live audience, and judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr., at The Fillmore again Thursday.

Because she did not get enough votes, Scott wasn't in the group that will move on to become in hopes of becoming this season's...

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'Survivor' recap, 'It Will Be My Revenge'

It’s the dawn of Day 4, and Dan starts the day by losing his underwear. He was trying to "do his business" in the ocean, and a wave tore them away from him. For Lindsay, this only adds to the general annoyance that is Dan. It was a really, really stupid thing to do, and I don’t think you’re supposed to be "doing your business" in the ocean.

Over at the White Collar Tribe, they finally have flint for fire. Max claims that they suck at fending for themselves because of their high-falutin’ jobs, but I’m sure that there are plenty of people with office jobs who have gone camping before. Maybe you guys just suck. Max then tries to be like Richard Hatch and hangs around the beach naked. It is, as he points out, a great way to get some time alone.

Shirin decides to follow suit and get naked as well, but she doesn’t go topless, only bottomless, which is an odd choice. Joachim and Taylor have a hard time carrying on a conversation with her about dishwashing.

Hali is trying to get to know Nina...

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'Scandal' recap, 'The Lawn Chair'

Back from her kidnapping, Olivia is having a difficult time dealing with her emotions, so she lies to Jake about her whereabouts (giving Scott Foley a 10-second on-screen appearance) and throws herself into work. Which is what a lot of people do, when dealing with their personal lives seems like an insurmountable task. However, I don't think most people would have chosen to take on the kind of job Liv selects.

After a D.C. police officer shot and killed a black teen in the street, the police department called in Olivia to handle the optics. The boy was Brandon Parker, an 18-year-old neighborhood kid whose father, Clarence, raised him alone after his mother died of breast cancer.

Brandon was supposed to graduate from high school in the spring. What's more, he was killed a mere stone's throw from the White House after being stopped by an officer because he "matched the description" of a man suspected of stealing a cellphone from a nearby store. According to the cop, Brandon charged at...

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Could hip-hop soap 'Empire' become TV's No. 1 show?

"Empire" could well be rapping its way to becoming America's No. 1 show.

Fox's hip-hop soap -- with Terrence Howard as an ailing record mogul struggling with family intrigue -- keeps climbing higher in the ratings. Wednesday's episode drew 14.2 million total viewers, again crushing all competition as the night's most-watched program, according to Nielsen.

"Empire" has scored eight straight weeks of ratings growth since it premiered in January -- an almost unheard-of feat in television.

Like many dramas, the series also scores well in delayed viewing. People who watch within a week of the original air date boost the already-high rating among adults ages 18 to 49 by another 42%.

And the best may be yet to come. "Empire" has already been picked up for a second season, and if past patterns hold, it will grow even more. Primetime soaps tend to accumulate their audiences for the first two seasons and peak before slowly burning out. Ratings for the original "Dallas" on CBS peaked in Season 4;...

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'Empire' recap: Andre flushes medication, snaps

Mental illness is real, and Andre’s continual downward spiral is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever watched on television. But the necessity of this image – much like Jamal’s sexuality – within the context of a black family can’t be overlooked.

Reviewing his backstory, Andre occupies a unique and complex space. The oldest of the Lyon cubs, he’s the only one who was truly at an age to understand the malarkey that was the start of Cookie’s 17-year stint in jail. After graduating from an Ivy League institution, it was his skill set that helped Empire become what it is, and the reason he is the company’s CFO. And though Lucious is not feeling his son’s respectability attempt in marrying Rhonda, Andre still believes he’s the most qualified to run the company when his father eventually kicks the bucket.

On top of all of this, he has bipolar disorder. Though his condition is manageable with prescription drugs, he’s not taking them. In this episode, he flushes pills from almost five...

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'The Americans' recap: Fight over Paige's future intensifies

Following the baptism of Paige Jennings (Holly Taylor) at an activist church, her KGB parents intensify efforts to influence their daughter’s next steps on “Born Again,” Episode 306 of “The Americans” on FX.

“Paige gives her whole heart to every political action that we engage in at this church,” Pastor Tim (Kelly AuCoin) proudly proclaimed, as atheist mom Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and dad Philip (Matthew Rhys) observed their daughter’s religious ritual with frozen smiles.

Whether it is opposing South African apartheid or protesting the nuclear arms race, Pastor Tim said, Paige is always “challenging, questioning, yelling!”

Impressed with her daughter’s inner strength and social conscience, Elizabeth is determined to groom Paige as a second-generation Soviet spy. But Philip is just as determined to steer his 15-year-old child far away from the brutal world of Cold War espionage.

“You should never feel pressured to do anything that you don’t feel is right for you,” Philip cautions Paige,...

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