I've dubbed this week Showdown Week on TV, with three big reality competitions — "American Idol," "The Bachelor" and "Dancing with the Stars" — ending within days of each other. Obviously, that means it's time to make more of my (potentially misguided) predictions of the winners. Take a spin through my guesses, then let me know your take.
"Dancing with the Stars"
When? The final competition round is tonight, with results announced Tuesday.
Who's left? Boxer Lalia Ali with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy; *Nsync-er Joey Fatone with partner Kym Johnson; and speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno with partner Julianne Hough (at right).
My take: You'd think Joey would be in control here — dancing, after all, is pretty much a prerequisite for being a boy-band star, and (believe it or not) he's even been on Broadway. I'd rather see Lalia win, just to prove that a woman can actually claim the "Dancing" title again. But if I had to bet, I'd put my money on the almost frighteningly cute Apolo.
Two more, so
When? Andy will choose his lady tonight — and then face questions from several bachelorettes on Tuesday in the "After the Final Rose" special.
Who's left? Bevin (left), a medical research coordinator, and Tessa (right), a social worker.
My take: Andy is boring and cheesy. Bevin is boring and bland. Tessa is boring and insecure. They all deserve each other. But if I had to pick, I'd go with Tessa, who at least didn't pretend to be in love with Andy before she'd even laid eyes on him. Besides, Bevin always looks angry, and thinking about the miserable, dull life she'd have with Andy just makes me sad. (Yes, I know the winner has supposedly blabbed her status left and right — no spoilers here, though, please!)
When? The final performances are Tuesday, with the winner revealed on Wednesday.
Who's left? Beatboxing Blake Lewis and sparkly 17-year-old Jordin Sparks.
My take: Way back in February, I wrote: "Please, please, please, can we have a beatboxing American Idol? That would so vindicate this show for me." Even so, I can't say I actually thought it would be an option. Jordin's grown on me (she's more than just "fulfilling this year's teenage girl with a voice beyond her years quota," which is what I wrote about her in February), and she's definitely the better singer of the two, while Blake is more of an entertainer. My head says the title should be Jordin's, but my gut says Blake's taking this one.