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Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.

TMZ: Benzino and Althea booted from ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’

  • 6:27 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Benzino and Althea hanging at Kirk's "I'm Sorry" party. CREDIT: VH1

TMZ reports that Benzino and Althea have been given the boot from VH1’s No. 1 show “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.”

Insiders told TMZ that the two cast members were the scapegoats for the reunion brawl despite the fact Joseline Hernandez made the first move. Ultimately, the producers love Joseline and her ability to draw ratings despite her unapologetic, violent streak.

During the reunion taping in New York City, Joseline became enraged when Benzino and Althea said she was on drugs, implying that was why she thought it was so hot on set. (Details here.)

Althea later sued Joseline and [More]

V-103’s ‘For Sisters Only’ 2014 photo gallery

  • 5:45 pm Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

I spent an afternoon at V-103’s “For Sisters Only” event at the Georgia World Congress Center Saturday. I didn’t stick around for Keyshia Cole, Tamar Braxton and LL Cool J but I heard they were great.

The event included vendors, celebrities, a health area, a spoken word stage, a children’s play area and a chess master. I also came to talk to Michael Baisden, who left his radio show last year under murky circumstances, but he didn’t arrive when his business manager promised and I had to leave before his “Battle of the Sexes” segment at 6 p.m.

So here are some [More]

Video: Talking ‘Survivor’s Remorse,’ Ty Pennington, Steak Shapiro

  • 5:30 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

CineStars’ Brittany Umar and I discuss Atlanta-based”Survivor’s Remorse” executive produced by LeBron James, TNT’s “On the Menu” with former Atlantan Ty Pennington as host and the Food Network’s “Food Truck Face Off” with “Atlanta Eats” owner Steak Shapiro as the judge.

‘American Idol’ bits: Adam Lambert sub judge, anticipated songs ‘Idol’ contestants will sing season 14

  • 10:27 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26:  Adam Lambert, looking a bit like George Michael circa 1988, performs on stage with QUEEN during QUEEN'S first tour of Australia since 1985 at Allphones Arena on August 26, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Adam Lambert will guest judge in place of Keith Urban during the upcoming New York auditions Wednesday.

He has expressed a past desire for a full-time judging job but it’s unclear if ‘Idol” ever seriously considered him.

He’d be the first former “Idol” to sit in even as a guest judge that I can recall. (If I’m wrong, please point it out.)

Urban is mourning the death of his wife Nicole Kidman‘s father.

The season 8 runner up was a mentor last year and did a fine job.

Lambert has been spending the summer fronting Queen in Australia and Europe.

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Here are some songs we’ll probably [More]

‘America’s Got Talent’ final 6 recap

  • 9:12 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

“America’s Got Talent” has only six acts but NBC stretched things out to two hours by having the finalists spend hour one reprising a past performance.

Fortunately, this is a solid final group of acts. I’m having a hard time deciding who will win it all but I will go for who I think the producers are signaling by placing her at the end: Emily West.

Why? She has the majestic beauty, the maturity and the soaring voice necessary to take this home. Sure, she’s old fashioned and not remotely current but “AGT” isn’t really designed to look for the next pop [More]

Who is out first on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ season 19?

  • 9:51 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Alfonso Ribeiro is the man to beat after just one week of "Dancing With the Stars." CREDIT: ABC

The first dancer eliminated was an easy pick: track star Lolo Jones, who tanked Monday night and readily admitted her stiff, awkward performance was an embarrassment. As a competitive athlete, she is going to kicking herself for a long time.

The weirdness of her being a 32-year-old virgin and hasn’t slow danced since high school probably didn’t garner her a lot of sympathy votes.

Lolo accepted the decision with grace. She knew it was coming.

Surprisingly, Jones didn’t have the lowest judges’ scores. That would go to Betsey Johnson, but she was certain to survive. Her esprit de corps was incredible.

“Dancing With the [More]

TLC’s quickly axed ‘Women of Homicide’ is resurrected on ID as ‘Inside Homicide’

  • 3:42 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Summer Benton, an APD homicide detective, has seen her show "Women of Homicide" cut from the TLC lineup after just one appearance April 16. CREDIT: TLC

Homicide victims don’t come back to life – at least in this non-zombie world of ours.

But homicide shows apparently can.

TLC in April debuted a crime reality series called “Women of Homicide” featuring Atlanta Police Department homicide detective Summer Benton. The show, which also focused on two Cincinnati female homicide detectives, did so poorly, TLC dumped it after two episodes. (My original story on the show.)

Cable networks rarely kill shows off that quickly but executives clearly figured out this was the wrong show on the wrong network. TLC is better known for profiling individuals and families outside the norm of [More]

Maroon 5’s ‘Maps’ tops Atlanta radio airplay

  • 3:35 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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Maroon 5’s ‘Maps” is the played tune of the week in Atlanta, just edging out Magic!’s “Rude.”

Both songs are played by the same four pop stations, with “Maps’ heard 290 times vs. 287 times for “Rude,” according to Mediabase 24/7 tracking. (The service does not include smaller FM translator stations such as X107.1, Streetz 94.5, Q100 at 97.9 and Nash Icon 98.9 or outlying stations in its calculations.)

For “Maps,” it’s 32 spins on B98.5, 47 on Star 94, 104 on Power and 102 on Q100.

For “Rude,” it’s 41 spins on B98.5, 46 on Star, 99 on Power and 101 on [More]

TV best bets with final season of ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ series finale of ‘Kitchen Nightmares,’ Ken Burns’ ‘Roosevelts’

  • 10:21 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
On FX's seventh and final season of "Sons of Anarchy,"  Jax (Charlie Hunnam) goes on a solo night ride. CREDIT: FX

FX rolls out the seventh and final season of the violent family drama “Sons of Anarchy” Tuesday while Gordon Ramsay finishes up “Kitchen Nightmares” after seven seasons on Friday night.

Two reality shows return with Atlanta ties: former local trainer Dolvett Quince returns on “The Biggest Loser” Thursday while Ramsay’s 13th season “Hell’s Kitchen” includes a La Grange chef.

And two new series of very different ilk have Georgia connections.

First, Tyler Perry’s latest OWN series “If Loving You Is Wrong,” shot in Atlanta, debuts Tuesday. Then on Sunday, Ken Burns‘ latest documentary series “The Roosevelts” arrives in seven parts and 14 hours [More]

Video: Talking VH1 hip-hop documentary, ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,’ Zack Everhart on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

  • 5:53 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho

CineStars’ Brittany Umar and I discuss “ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game” which airs on Tuesday night and Joseline going crazy on “Love and Hip Hop” Monday as well as Zack Everhart Jr. of Kennesaw on “So You Think You Can Dance” finale Wednesday night.