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'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas': You choose the best version, in our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics -- POLL


The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! Starting with “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the next 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below.

UPDATE: The polls are closed, and we have our winners! Listen to YOUR ultimate holiday playlist here.

The 1944 movie musical Meet Me in St. Louis might not be associated with the holidays like White Christmas or A Christmas Carol are, but it did spawn one of the most famous Christmas songs of all time: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Judy Garland’s Esther sings the song to comfort her little sister, promising that next year all their “troubles will be miles away.”

Of course Garland’s original take is a classic, but is it the best version ever? Gather near to us, and place your vote below:

'American Idol' Top 5 results: Did the right person get the boot?

idol-top-5Image Credit: Michael Becker/Fox; Francis Specker/LandovAin’t that a kick in the head? On a week where American Idol celebrated the smooth and jazzy sounds of Frank Sinatra, the show incomprehensibly failed to invite back season 6 alum Melinda Doolittle, a woman who slays it completely when it comes to said genre of music. Le. Frakking. Ridiculous. In fact, for the second week running, no Idol graduates were given the opportunity to strut their stuff in front of a massive music-buying audience. Yep, look it up on Twitter under #KenWarwickFail!

Instead of the dulcet sounds of Mindy Doo, we got a domestic violence joke (not as bad as it sounds on paper, but still…) from mentor Harry Connick Jr.; not one but two group performances from the top 5 that may or may not have been lipsynched (though if I had to bet my entire life savings, I’d wager on pre-recorded proceedings); and a Step Aerobics Class straight from the Forest of the Damned courtesy of entertainingly madcap Lady Gaga. Oh, and we also had results! [SPOILERS AHEAD, left-coast readers!] READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': The Top 5 tackle Sinatra. How did they do?

idol-top-5Image Credit: Michael Becker/Fox; Francis Specker/LandovWhenever American Idol swings into big-band mode, great things happen. Season one gave us Kelly’s “Stuff Like That There” and Tamyra’s “Minnie the Moocher.” Season five found Paris nailing “These Foolish Things,” Daughtry changing gears on “What a Wonderful World,” and Katharine tearing up “Someone to Watch Over Me.” And last year’s Rat Pack night found Kris, Adam, Allison, Matt, and Danny in terrific vocal form. So say what you want about “relevance” or “being current” — don’t get me wrong, I’d love a “songs written in the post-2000 era” night — you can’t blame Ken Warwick & Co. for taking a stroll down Standards Lane. [SPOILERS AHEAD, west coast readers!] READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': What should the Top 5 sing for Frank Sinatra night?

idol-top-5Image Credit: Michael Becker/Fox; Francis Specker/LandovWith only four weeks and eight episodes remaining in its not-so-fresh ninth season, American Idol is going to try something a little different next Tuesday: Harry Connick Jr. will be the first guest mentor in the show’s history to arrange the songs and write the orchestrations for the remaining contestants as they tackle the Frank Sinatra songbook. And since the top 5 hopefuls are having control wrested from their hands anyway, I say let’s do the honor of choosing their songs as well. The full list of 50 pre-approved Sinatra tracks is listed after the jump, and below is my dream set-list. (Related: ‘American Idol’ recap: A note to remember!; follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak.)

My Dream Set List for Sinatra Night on Idol
Crystal Bowersox: “You Do Something To Me” (she can go all Sinead/Cueball on it!)
Lee DeWyze: “One For My Baby” (do not do “My Kind of Town,” sir!)
Casey James: “Somethin’ Stupid” (could be Kris Allen/”Falling Slowly”-ish, no?)
Michael Lynche: “That’s Life” (somebody’s gotta go uptempo!)
High School Student Aaron Kelly: “In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning” (no I did not pick this because it contains the words “wee small”…I’m not that beastly!) READ FULL STORY

Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney: Who'd make the best Frank Sinatra?

Back in May, we heard about the Frank Sinatra biopic that Martin Scorsese will be directing with Universal producing. Now mega-stars Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney are rumored (courtesy of UK newspaper The Guardian) to be in contention for the role of Old Blue Eyes. It’s probably important to note here that Clooney’s rep, Stan Rosenfeld, told EW, “I wouldn’t believe anything I read in British papers” — which isn’t exactly a denial — while a Universal rep said the studio had no comment. (Reps for DiCaprio and Depp were not immediately available for comment.)

Fact or fiction, I do kind of love the idea of these actors having a glitzy Hollywood tussle over what will surely be an Oscar-buzz role (and movie). My vote? Johnny Depp. If his take as Captain Jack Sparrow and bank robber John Dillinger proved anything to us, it’s that this man is a chameleon who’d slip into the role of the legendary singer seamlessly.

I know Leo and Scorsese have a rapport, after working on The Aviator, The Departed, and now Shutter Island, but I just don’t see him as Sinatra. His character transformations always seemed a little phony to me and I worry his performance would pull me out of the movie.

As for Clooney, I see him as Hollywood’s perennial nice/funny guy, which to me means quirky comedies like Burn After Reading and the upcoming Men Who Stare at Goats. That said, he’s shown a knack for drama (Syriana, Michael Clayton) and would no doubt look good wearing one of the Chairman’s dark suits with gleaming gold cufflinks.

But if we can go beyond the Depp-DiCaprio-Clooney trifecta, I think the best person for the job would’ve been the late Phil Hartman. His version of Sinatra was one for the books (clip and poll, after the jump). READ FULL STORY

Never-before-seen Frank Sinatra photos

Franksinatra_lToday is the 11th anniversary of Frank Sinatra‘s death. To mark the occasion, Life.com has posted a gallery of previously unpublished photographs (including the one pictured here) featuring Ol’ Blue Eyes in a series of TV appearances on Aug. 19, 1956. The shots are a testament to both how good the then 40-year-old Sinatra looked in a sharp suit (even when forced to accessorize that suit with a cowboy hat) and the depth of the LIFE archives. While checking out the Sinatra pics I also came across a gallery of Rolling Stones shots from 1975 that includes a great photograph of Ron Wood and what the caption describes as his "inebriated colleague Keith Richards." Though, frankly, if it’s a picture of Keef in the ’70s his inebriatedness pretty much goes without saying.

Check out the rest of the Life.com Sinatra gallery here.

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