The top 8 contestants tackled Detroit’s finest this week, with the help of guest mentor and Motown legend Smokey Robinson. However, not everyone was up to the challenge.

American Idol celebrated judge Mariah Carey’s 43rd birthday with a night full of the very best music Detroit has to offer. The Motown classics proved to be too much for some of the contestants, while others rose to the occasion. The judges didn’t pull any punches with their critiques of last night’s performances, which did not always go over well.

Top 8 Performances

Candice Glover

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Front-runner Candice started off the night with Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” Her performance started out slow and bluesy, with a saxophone accompaniment, but built to a rocking conclusion. The judges praised her vocal control in particular: that she can do the big belty notes and runs, but knows when to hold back.

Lazaro Arbos

Twitter: @LazaroAI12

Lazaro’s had a tough few weeks, and this was his big opportunity to shine. He chose Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life,” which was a better song choice than those he’s made recently, but still not great. The judges commended him for listening to their critiques, and for following his heart this week and choosing a song that he felt he had more of a connection to.

Janelle Arthur

Twitter: @JanelleAI12

Country girl Janelle chose to do an arrangement of The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” that she had arranged herself, when she was 14 years old. This performance had less of the country sound we’re used to from Janelle, and more of an ’80s pop-rock sort of drama. The judges agreed it was one of her best performances.

Devin Velez

Twitter: @DevinAI12

After two straight weeks in the bottom two, Devin really needed to pull out a great performance to save himself this week. Mentor Smokey Robinson’s own “Tracks of My Tears” was an excellent choice. Devin’s smooth voice was enough to carry the classic song, but he added just enough of his own personality to it. If he ends up in the bottom two again this week, America is officially crazy.

Burnell Taylor

Twitter: @BurnellAI12

Looking almost unrecognizable in a slick white suit and without his signature glasses, Burnell took on the Stevie Wonder classic “My Cherie Amour.” Even though he wrang every bit of French out of the title phrase, Burnell’s performance was pretty good. The judges didn’t seem wowed by it, though they did continue to praise his uniqueness, and the interesting choices he makes in his performances.

Angie Miller

Twitter: @AngieAI12

Angie tried a sexy performance this week, and it did not go over well with the judges. Singing “Shop Around,” another classic by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Angie shimmied uncomfortably across the stage in a tight blue dress. The judges questioned her decision to try on this new personality, when there was no problem with the old one, and called her out for being pitchy.

Amber Holcomb

Twitter: @AmberAI12

As the big surprise in the bottom three last week, judges’ favorite Amber had to pull out a big performance this week to avoid the same fate. She chose Stevie Wonder’s “Lately,” and gave a beautiful performance. She brought all four of the judges to their feet, with Mariah even calling her performance a “tour de force.” Hopefully America’s realized the error of their ways and will save Amber this week.

Kree Harrison

Twitter: @KreeAI12

Bluesy country girl Kree took on Aretha Franklin’s “Don’t Play That Song,” but seemed to lose some of her usual luster when she made it to the stage. Perhaps more distracted by the feat of shuffling around the stage in her super-high super-sparkly stiletto heels, she seemed sort of dead-eyed and nervous. But this didn’t stop the judges from praising her, and assuring her she’ll be back next week.

Group Performances

The contestants broke up the night with some group performances, to mixed results.

Kree and Janelle’s performance of Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” resulted in Kree sailing ahead and leaving Janelle in the dust. The judges couldn’t praise Kree enough, and made it clear to Janelle that, in this performance at least, she was out of her league.

Angie, Candice, and Amber did their best Supremes impression with “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.” Before the performance, Ryan asked them which of the three was the Diana Ross of the group, and they all sort of hesitated and giggled. But the performance itself left no question that Candice is obviously the Diana. Not only was she the center of the trio, but she got to show off all the best vocal acrobatics.

Burnell, Devin and Lazaro performed The Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself,” and it did not go so well. While Burnell and Devin each turned in a good performance, Lazaro obviously had no idea what he was doing. He didn’t know the words, the arrangement, or even the choreography. He then had the nerve to seem annoyed at being blamed for their terrible performance.

This is not the first time Lazaro has been outwardly annoyed by the judges’ critiques, and acted rudely. Viewers have not responded well to such attitudes in the past, and it seems pretty likely that between his continued bitterness, and his mess of a performance, Lazaro will be the one to go home.

Find out which contestant is eliminated Wednesday night at 8/7c on Fox.

What did you think of this week’s Motown theme? Which performances were your favorites?

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

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Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

Netflix’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ episode count

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“They truncated all of the books into a two hour movie,” Harris said of the Unfortunate Events movie starring Jim Carrey, noting that it just wasn’t a great adaptation. “And there’s thirteen books in the series. So [Netflix’s take] is more spread out. Each book is going to be two episodes. We did the first four books, the first eight episodes of the show.”

As for the tone of the show? Great news: “It’s super dark,” he said. “It’s a much darker on the take on the material than has been seen before.”

When Kelly asked Harris if her kids could watch it, the actor dropped some interesting information about Neflix’s plans:

“I hope so!” he replied. “It’s not Rated-R dark. It’s the most expensive show that they’ve ever done. It’s the first one they call a four quadrant show, so they’re try to get four different quadrants to like it. So in addition to being for adults and for 20-somethings and teenagers, they want it to be for kids as well.”

Dark, appealing to all ages, and two episodes per book? We are so down.

Netflix has yet to share a premiere date for A Series of Unfortunate Events, but we’ll keep you posted.

Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

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Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

Everything you need to know about ‘Luke Cage’

The man

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We first met Luke in the series premiere of Jessica Jones and he was in the majority of the episodes for the season. He owned a bar in Hell’s Kitchen and made it a priority to stay away from complications. Too bad Jessica Jones is the definition of complicated. Sweet Christmas.

With chemistry pretty much off the charts, it didn’t take long for Luke and Jessica to start hooking up. Unfortunately, between Kilgrave’s manipulations and Jessica’s lies, the situation came to a head and Luke found out it was Jessica who was responsible for his wife’s death way back when Kilgrave was livin’ large with Jessica at his side.

Luke left after that, but not before he ran into Kilgrave with the intention of killing the man. Instead, Kilgrave used his power of mind control to plant Luke back into Jessica’s life and keep an eye on her until it was time for Kilgrave to use his trump card. He even forced Luke to blow up his own bar.

In a final confrontation, where Kilgrave once again played with Jessica’s emotions, Luke said he didn’t forgive her for killing his wife and, under Kilgrave’s power, attacked her until she was forced to put a shotgun to his head and pull the trigger.

Thanks to Luke’s powers, he survived, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t some damage. Luke was unconscious, and Jessica was forced to bring him to the hospital where Claire used her position as a nurse to sneak him back to Jessica’s apartment and keep an eye on him.

By the end of the series, once Kilgrave was killed and Jessica was arrested, Luke recovered from his injuries and left Jessica’s apartment when Claire wasn’t looking.

The myth

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Luke Cage’s powers are not unlike Jessica’s, though where they both share a similar level of strength, Luke has the added benefit of unbreakable skin. The experiments he was subjected to didn’t make him completely impervious to injury, as seen when the shotgun blast rattled his brain so much it did some internal damage. Areas like his eyes are also open to injury, if Claire sticking that needle through the socket is any indication.

Luke is also just, you know, a big guy. Is intimidation a supernatural ability? Because if so, this guy has got it in spades. He’s a good fighter and obviously used to dealing with the seedier side of the city, so even without his powers, he’d be good to have in a fight.

Luke Cage from the comics isn’t much different, though his interactions with other superheroes have given him an additional leg up. For instance, Iron Fist has taught Luke Cage additional fighting techniques, but we haven’t seen that in the MCU since Iron Fist has yet to debut on Netflix and it’s uncertain what their interactions will be like.

Apparently Luke also has a sweet jacket that’s as impervious as his skin. Given all the clothes we see him go through in the trailers for the upcoming season, perhaps we’ll see him gain a useful item like this in the upcoming freshman run.

The legend

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Luke Cage is already making a name for himself by the end of Jessica Jones, and it’s clear that season 1 of his own show is only going to further his story as a legendary hero. If you want to avoid spoilers at all costs, skip this section. If you’d like to get familiar with some of the show’s upcoming new characters, read on.

In Luke Cage season 1, it’s clear that Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth will be to Luke as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin was to Matt Murdock’s Daredevil. This is the guy who wears the crown around Harlem (where Luke has recently moved following his interactions with Jessica), and it’s pretty clear Stokes took no time in pissing off Luke.

Mariah Dillard will be an enemy of a different variety, as she’s a powerful local politician who also happens to be Stokes’ cousin. From the trailers it looks like the two are in business together, but the relationship is contentious at best. Alvarez/Shades, an associate of Cottonmouth, is also going to cause some problems for Luke.

On the other side of the line you have Misty Knight, a police detective who has Luke Cage on her radar. She might also be causing some problems for our hero, but she’s definitely one of the good guys. Her partner is Rafael Scarfe.

Claire will also be returning, this time in a starring role, so the hope is we’ll be seeing plenty of the nurse who is heroic in her own way. She might not have supernatural abilities, but she heals who she can, despite their various complications. She’s also there to light a fire up under the asses of heroes who might be losing their way — and she’s very good at her job.

Everyone’s favorite crook, Turk, will also be showing up in Luke Cage, as will Claire’s mother, Soledad. You can also expect Willis Stryker/Diamondback to play a part this season. He’s tied up with Cottonmouth and Shades and definitely has something against Luke. In the comics, they go way back, and Stryker even had a thing for Luke’s wife, Reva.

Here’s the latest trailer for ‘Luke Cage’ season 1

‘Luke Cage’ season 1 will be exclusively available to stream on Netflix come September 30

Once Upon a Time season 6 will see Sean Maguire’s Robin Hood at least one more time! Come on, is anyone ever really gone for good on this show?

Remember when Hook died, but he really didn’t? Remember when Neal died, but we got see him again in limbo between reality and the Underworld? Well, Robin Hood is following a similar Once Upon a Time narrative arc as EW confirms that the outlaw will return in season 6.

Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis confirmed the news saying, “We’re thrilled to have Sean back for this story arc and are excited for the audience to see what we have planned, which in the wake of his character’s heartbreaking demise, is something we hope is unexpected and surprising.”

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Once Upon a Time season 6 will see Sean Maguire’s Robin Hood at least one more time! Come on, is anyone ever really gone for good on this show?

Remember when Hook died, but he really didn’t? Remember when Neal died, but we got see him again in limbo between reality and the Underworld? Well, Robin Hood is following a similar Once Upon a Time narrative arc as EW confirms that the outlaw will return in season 6.

Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis confirmed the news saying, “We’re thrilled to have Sean back for this story arc and are excited for the audience to see what we have planned, which in the wake of his character’s heartbreaking demise, is something we hope is unexpected and surprising.”

Bringing back characters is one of the major reasons why characters on this show can never have closure. In the aftermath of season 5’s most remarkable death, Once Upon a Time took the necessary steps to give Regina closure. In Neal’s apartment (once again, reviving Neal’s presence for Emma), Regina began to process the reality of her life through a letter from Robin.

Once Upon a Time season 5 regina robin

Kitsis makes note that Regina’s course of action this season will deal with processing her grief. “I can tell you that a lot of this year is about Regina dealing with loss and moving on, because I think Regina has the most unfair luck of anybody, but that’s what makes her Regina,” says Kitsis.

We already caught some of that in the season 6 opener where Regina talks with Snow White about her character’s story and its various interpretations. If the feather floating away from Regina on the bench was a nod to her finding the strength to let go even a little bit, what will Robin’s return mean for her mentally? Regina needs all her faculties to face the most terrifying adversary this season– herself.

What will Robin’s return look like?

Maybe he will appear Jiminy Cricket style and remind her of her best qualities as she faces the Evil Queen. Or perhaps he will appear to save his daughter through some kind of intrinsic bond that exists between them? Maybe that feather actually means a bit more than we give it credit for!

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Kitsis and Horowitz note that Sean Maguire will have “an arc” meaning it is likely that he will appear in more than one episode.

What are some of your theories for Robin’s involvement in season 6? Let us know in comments!

Once Upon a Time season 6, episode 2, “A Bitter Draught,” airs Sunday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.