Dayton Daily News : 2019-02-11

LIFE + THE WEEK IN TELEVISION : 30 : D2

LIFE + THE WEEK IN TELEVISION

D2 DAYTON DAILY NEWS COMPLETE. IN-DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. • • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019 An age-old complaint TELEVISION for storing. — Heloise Improve your health Dear Heloise: Improving your health is as easy as brushing and flossing your teeth, or so says my dentist. Is this really true? RuPaul Charles will never be Simon Cowell. Cowell became infamous for his unabashed honesty as a judge on reality competition series such as “American Idol,” “The X Factor” and “American’s Got Talent.” His brutal comments have sent many a hopeful home to re-evaluate their career choice. RuPaul takes on a similar situation with the new CBS series “The World’s Best,” which debuted after the network’s Super Bowl telecast and airs on Wednesdays. The well-known host, actor, singer and performer joins Faith Hill and Drew Barrymore as the three American judges who will be helping pick a winner from competitors from around the world. Don’t look for RuPaul to go all Simon Cowell on the participants. “I have a sense that people have had enough of the meanness,” RuPaul says. “In the past two years, if something comes on television where I can sense people are going to be mean to one another, I cannot watch it. That’s because there is so much of that going on in the world right now. “I may be living in a pink cloud, perhaps, but I am 58 years old and I have seen a lot of nasty stuff. I don’t want any more right now. Not by choice.” To be fair, unlike early seasons of “American Idol” where bad singers were fed to Cowell just to watch the slaughter, RuPaul and the other judges on “The World’s Best” will never face that situation. Only acts that have shown great skill and success will get to step onto the stage. “The World’s Best” is hosted by Emmy Award winner and late-night talk show LOS ANGELES — Heloise — Alicia V., Lincoln, N.D. Household Hints Alicia, yes, it’s true. Research has found a link between oral care and overall health. Bacteria will in time build up in the mouth, making the gums susceptible to infection. Before long, the infection becomes gum disease, which affects the whole body. Your dentist can tell you more in detail. Readers, I strongly suggest making an appointment with your dentist for a cleaning and X-rays to ensure you stay as healthy as possible. Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about age discrimination. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: I retired last year from a job I held for over 25 years. I’m in excellent health, and I want to work part time. Before I retired, I was a district manager and wellrespected in my field. My resume was done professionally and mentions the awards and achievements of my career. The problem is, no one seems to want to hire people my age. “I’m not alone, because I’ve heard the same thing from other retirees who want to put in an honest day’s work but can’t get hired. We’ll work for the money that’s offered; we’ll show up on time and do the job. We have so much experience and numerous skills, but age discrimination is our biggest problem. Employers should really take a second look at retirees and give us a chance to show how loyal, trustworthy and reliable a senior employee can be when given the opportunity.” (Left to right) Alison Holloway, Mike Darnell, RuPaul Charles and Ben Winston speak during the CBS segment of the 2019 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on Jan. 30 in Pasadena, Calif. — Heloise PHOTO BY FREDERICK M. BROWN/GETTY IMAGES Overmedicating Dear Heloise: My daughter-in-law was given a medication for my grandson, and the nurse told her to give him 1 teaspoonful at bedtime. It’s even written on the bottle’s label. The following day, I noticed half the bottle was gone! My daughter-in-law had inadvertently overdosed my grandson, apparently believing that if a little is good, more is even better. Please tell your readers that it’s crucial to read the prescription label, listen to the doctor’s instructions and follow them to the letter. My grandson suffered no long-lasting harm, but not all children will be as lucky as he was. RuPaul, especially through the series “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” RuPaul has found it easy to judge such diversity through a combination of skill and using his “emotional GPS.” “I also discuss it with the other judges,” RuPaul says. “There are a lot of factors that go into making a decision. It’s different every single time, but I always go with my emotional GPS. It’s important to use that, especially in this kind of situation. “I will say I always like when the performers on stage are adding love and emotion to what they are doing. I think that makes a difference with everything on this planet. When you add love and your heart to something, you got me.” Where things get just a little fuzzy is the scoring system used to advance participants. With a smile, RuPaul says it all sounds like math and that’s not a strong suit for the judge. host James Corden. When all the smoke and dust clears, one performer will be going home with a $1 million prize. The marks of the three American judges will be added to voting by 50 experts from 38 countries who make up the wall of the world of judges. Executive producer Alison Holloway stresses it’s the panel of international judges and the selection of first-rate talent from around the world that are the biggest differences between “The World’s Best” and other competition shows. Those also were the reasons RuPaul was willing to be a judge. “This show represents the global promise that we were all promised as kids — I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s — as to what the world would be and how we would be interlinked. A lot of that has come true and a lot of it hasn’t in our world,” RuPaul says. “A lot of people are stuck in the 20th century and they don’t want to move forward. HOW TO WATCH What: “The World’s Best” When: 8 p.m. Wednesdays CBS Network: “This show represents that vision of a global world and I dig that. We are more similar than we are not. It was phenomenal to sit there and watch all these amazing people from around the world express themselves, and then to, of course, bond with all the judges, and judges from around the world.” Getting to a final winner means selecting from an eclectic group of performers that include acrobats, singers, magicians, martial arts experts and even a dog that can hypnotize people. This means the judges will have to weigh the abilities of very different performers against each other. Judging is nothing new for — Roger H., South Bend, Ind. Fast facts — Y. in Texas Dear Readers: For those who receive a daily paper, here are some suggestions for the plastic sleeves that go over the newspaper: Use as an umbrella cover for storage. Decorative outdoor banners can be stored in them. Slip over golf clubs Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to [email protected] com. I can’t answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column. ■ ■ ■

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