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It's Showdown Time on "Idol," "Dancing," "Bachelor"

It's Showdown Time on "Idol," "Dancing," "Bachelor"

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

"The Bachelor"
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!)

"American Idol"
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.

"The Bachelor" and "Dancing" photos copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.
"American Idol" photo courtesy of Fox

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tati33 tati33 10 years
I hope Apolo wins! I also wanted Bevin to win for some reason she seemed much cooler..Tessa seemed nice but guarded, I guess that's what happens when your man is dating a bunch of other girls at the same time. She's super cute though.
JLew1982 JLew1982 10 years
Apolo is clearly the best, so he better win! I'll also go with Blake, though neither is particular great. And The Bachelor series makes me gag. It makes women look like gold-digging airheads.
Alleigh Alleigh 10 years
Go Blake! Although part of me doesn't want him to win so that he doesn't have all the American Idol strings attached.
SaraSmile SaraSmile 10 years
It makes sense that the Dancing with the Stars final three would be Joey, Apollo, and Lalia - Joey has the dance training (I guess) from NSYNC and his broadway stuff, and as athletes Apollo and Laila should have excellent coordination. (Ditto Drew Lachay and Emmett Smith) I would like to see a celebrity without any dance background win! That would really be a transformation, which I guess is the point of the show? Truth be told, I dont really watch it. Blake is mind-numbingly annoying. Team Jordin, all the way!
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
i'm looking forward to the bachelor! they did a good job (finally) of making it look like he hadn't made up his mind right up until the end.
aras8218 aras8218 10 years
Blake's gonna win
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