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Now it's down to four. Matt Giraud had a tearful exit Wednesday. Now, here are the comments of some local "American Idol" fans who are expressing their hopes and fears for the remaining contestants – Kris Allen, Danny Gokey, Alison Iraheta and Adam Lambert.
And now we want to know what you think!
Here's our best guesses. but we'd rather hear yours
It's getting close to the finals. Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds are out, and the remaining "American Idol" men and one 16-year-old female are heading into the last weeks. Lots of talk about the show this year, maybe because there seems to be so much talent.
No TV Week is here – officially Turn Off Week – and you're scrambling to figure out what to do with the kiddos.
With no DVDs, computer games or other "screen time" to keep them occupied (don't lie, we've all done it), what's there to do?
Mark James, an alumnus of Mahomet-Seymour High School and the University of Illinois, directed a commercial that is one of five semifinalists in the Jim Beam "The Remake" Video Contest.
A green field like any other marks New Philadelphia, the tiny western Illinois town where "Free Frank" McWorter once built his vision for a desegregated America, a dirt road tracing the street where about 160 black and white people once lived together in the 1860s.
"You would never know, I mean, it's basically somebody's farm now," said Steve Drake, producer of WILL-TV's "Prairie Fire" show.
URBANA – WILL-TV will stop analog broadcasting March 31, but WCIA-TV plans to continue broadcasting in analog through June 12, station managers said.
WILL-TV's analog signal will cease as of 6 a.m. March 31, station manager Carl Caldwell said. At that point, viewers relying on over-the-air signals will need to get a digital TV or a digital converter box to receive PBS programming on WILL. They can also choose to switch to cable or satellite.
CHAMPAIGN – Though Congress extended the deadline for the digital television transition to June 12, several area stations still plan to cut off analog transmission by Feb. 17.
The transition will not affect those people with cable or satellite services or those with digital televisions. Those with older, analog televisions who receive television via the airways will be affected.
The Illinois Scholarship Association and Dolphin Entertainment, a producer of children's and young adult programming, seek individuals and groups to compete in the first Illinois Talent Competition. The event is May 23-24 at Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield. Entrants will compete for a prize that includes $1,000 cash, $2,500 tuition for the LA Experience from Dolphin Entertainment and the chance to compete in August in Orlando, Fla.
The LA Experience is a weeklong event offering a chance to perform for and meet key players in young adult entertainment in Los Angeles. Dolphin produces TV shows such as "Zoey 101" and the Nickelodeon TV movie "Gym Teacher."
Viewers of PBS are being asked to vote at 7 p.m. Saturday on their favorite British comedy.
WILL-TV will host the Great BritCom Vote X at that time, when viewers may sample five British comedies and then call in a vote for one of them. WILL-TV Program director David Thiel plans to buy the winning program to air during the next fiscal year.
If the backdrop looks a bit different for the seventh season of WEIU-TV's "Heartland Highways" – that's because it is.
Hosts Lori Casey and Kate Pleasant shot all of the story introductions for this season at Flesor's Candy Kitchen in downtown Tuscola. "Heartland Highways" is a video magazine that focuses on the interesting people and places in Illinois and Indiana. The first show of the new season is at 7 p.m. Friday on WEIU-TV (it will be rebroadcast at 4 p.m. Feb. 8).