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Voting open for Shi Scott on 'American Idol'

Shi Scott, 19, a former resident of Belcamp who lives in Gaithersburg, belted out a rendition of Rihanna's "Umbrella" from the stage of The Fillmore Detroit in front of a live audience during Thursday's episode of "American Idol."

Scott was among the Top 12 girls who performed before judges Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez.

Thursday's episode, which was pre-recorded, was the first in this season in which viewers can cast their votes for contestants.

"We are coming to you, once again, from one of the most prestigious music cities in America, Detroit, Michigan," host Ryan Seacrest said during the beginning of the episode as he welcomed the cheering crowd at The Fillmore.

The show ended at 9 p.m., and viewers could cast their votes for up to two hours after the episode ended Thursday for Scott via phone at 1-866-436-5708 or by texting 8 to 21523.

Votes can also be cast online until 9 a.m. Pacific time Friday, or noon East Coast time, by visiting...

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'Empire' recap: Coming out and respectability politics

The brothers of “Empire” are all over the place, for better or worse. In the latest episode, Hakeem, Jamal and Andre each take important steps on their personal journeys.

With Hakeem, we can put the brooms away; he’s finally acting his age, not his shoe size.

While in the studio, working on a Cookie-produced legacy album for Lucious, Hakeem throws a fit when his mother calls him out for rushing his rap. Lucious lays the smack down, rejecting his normally passive role for one more authoritative (more lion-like, if you will). Playing Dr. Phil, he forces his son to speak candidly about his anti-Cookie feelings.

In one of the rawest moments of Hakeem’s storyline to date, he says he felt abandoned during Cookie’s stint in jail and jealous of her love of Jamal. It’s the first time he’s been able to articulate his emotions -- signs of a changed but still barely legal man.

But if you thought this apparent maturity was self-motivated, think again. Pulling the strings is Camilla, his cougar...

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Wardrobe drawn from 'House of Cards' being offered for sale

Few of us might want to be like Frank Underwood, but maybe we'd like to dress like him?

Here's your chance. An Amsterdam-based company,, will be offering wardrobe items exactly like those worn in Season 3 of "House of Cards" within hours of the season's release Friday by Netflix.

So yeah, if you've longed to dress just like Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood or Robin Wright's Claire Underwood, this is the place for you. The list of items will be up on their site at 3 a.m. EST on Saturday.

“The show’s characters are largely defined by their wardrobe," says brand marketing director Ruben Trustfull in a press release. "Frank’s power suits help him dominate a room when he walks in, and nobody uses clothes like body armour the way Claire does. Claire wouldn’t be Claire if she dressed like Hilary Clinton.”

The site already has the wardrobe from Season 2 of "House of Cards" up for sale. You can buy a Burberry shirt just like Kevin Spacey wore, for example, for $350 (or a similar...

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'Survivor' season premiere recap, 'It's Survivor Warfare'

Time for another season of "Survivor," and much like the past few, it has to have a gimmick. This season, it’s Blue Collar, White Collar and No Collar.

Really? This is the best they can do? And now I’ll have to suffer through at least three episodes where everyone tries to live up to their stereotypes, at least until they get hungry and sleep-deprived enough to forget what they’re supposed to be doing. And then people start getting real. (Whoops, wrong show.)

As we open, Jeff explains that the tribes have been divided by occupation and "approach to life." Gah. I hate this concept, and tonight they’re going to hit us upside the head with it. Repeatedly

The White Collar Tribe (yellow) includes a Yahoo executive, a media consultant, a retail buyer and a college professor. The retail buyer takes pride in making people who work for her cry. I believe she’s my first boss reincarnated. I was her fourth assistant in two years. Oh, and the media consultant and college professor are the same...

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'The Voice' recap: Adam Levine's mojo returns in the blinds, Night 2

Heading into the second night of “The Voice” Season 8 blind auditions, things were looking pretty grim for Adam Levine. On the first night of blinds, the other coaches had each picked up two or three talented vocalists, while he hadn’t been able to persuade a single singer – nope, not even one – to join his team, leaving him bemoaning the loss of his mojo.

“Right now, I’m just a little deflated,” he said at the outset of Tuesday’s show, “but I’ll be all right.”

Indeed, the evening would prove Levine right, offering him a chance to recover and pick up three – count ‘em! – singers, twice edging out his beloved archrival Blake Shelton to get them. This time, when he ditched his chair and wandered away from the other three coaches, he didn’t storm off – he swaggered.

Here’s how Night 2 of the blind auditions played out:

Anthony Riley: This 27-year-old Motown-loving street singer from Philadelphia earned what Carson Daly said was the fastest four-chair turn in “The Voice” history with his...

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'The Americans' recap: Managing females is not so easy for Philip

KGB spy Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) struggles to manage the females in his life while remaining true to the Soviet Motherland on “Salang Pass,” Episode 305 of “The Americans” on FX.

The title refers to a Hindu Kush mountain pass where Soviet troops suffered devastating losses in a 1982 tunnel fire. As the war in Afghanistan sinks into a Vietnam-like quagmire, it’s critical for Philip and wife Elizabeth (Keri Russell) to infiltrate the CIA and score a Cold War coup.

Accordingly, Philip must seduce troubled teenager Kimberly Breland (Julia Garner), whose father Isaac (Frank Deal) heads a CIA unit supporting Afghan rebels.

Kimberly is just 15 years old, however, which presents a moral dilemma for Philip but not for veteran KGB handler Gabriel (Frank Langella).

Keep in mind, Gabriel counsels, “that when people’s lives intersect with our operations, it’s the operation that’s crucial” -- even if that means exploiting a hormonal teen with a daddy complex.

“You have a conscience, Philip,”...

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