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

Twitter: @CandiceAI12

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 announces new Bill Nye the Science Guy talk show

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11:39 am EDT, August 31, 2016

Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

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Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” said Bill Nye in a press release.

“Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”

Netflix also promises that “In Bill’s unfiltered style, he will bring in special guests, conduct experiments and demonstrations, and ultimately let the facts lead the argument.”

Bill Nye is best known for Bill Nye the Science Guy, the half-hour PBS show that ran from 1993 through 1998.

The theme song is iconic. Science RULES!

The new Netflix series seems like a continuation of Bill Nye the Science Guy, so we’re very excited for the new show to launch in 2017.

Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

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Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

Shannon Purser has also declared her interest in the role. You’ll know her as Barb from Stranger Things, but she’s also just been added to Riverdale.

Before we can start casting, however, we need a show, and according to TV Line, that show is New Warriors.

Marvel and ABC Studios are currently shopping the project around, which would be a half-hour comedy based on the character. One of the tell-tale signs of a Squirrel Girl story line is its lighthearted and humorous nature, so this sounds like a perfect fit.

TV Line reports that the show is being described as “the junior version of The Avengers,” and that “the New Warriors are a superhero squad made up of teenagers.”

Marvel has, of course, brought plenty of its characters to the small screen and to great success. There’s even a chance that this project could be tied to some of the Netflix properties, as Doreen acts as a nanny to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ daughter, Danielle, in the comic books.

Just think about that crossover potential.

Are you looking forward to this ‘New Warriors’ show if it stars Squirrel Girl?

Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

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Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

EW is now reporting that Purser has joined Riverdale, the television show based on the Archie comics.

Purser will be portraying Ethel Muggs for at least three episodes.

Don’t expect her to follow in the footsteps of her comic book equivalent, however. Ethel may have a crush on Jughead in the source material, but EW is reporting that she’ll have her heart set on someone else.

Ethel will also be teaming up with Veronica and Betty as they set out to get revenge on Reggie Mantle, Archie’s nemesis.

In July, we brought you our thoughts on the Riverdale pilot after we saw it at San Diego Comic-Con. It’ll be premiering midseason next winter on the CW and provides a darker spin on the original Archie characters as they become wrapped up in a murder mystery.

Though the pilot has already been shot, the remaining 12 episodes have yet to be filmed. Production on the rest of the season will begin in early September, and the show is expected to premiere in early 2017, barring any complications.

Are you looking forward to seeing Shannon Purser on ‘Riverdale’?