Nicole being very fierce Laura being equally fierce Jennifer poses for National Geographic. I want these three in the final 3.
Brett is so smart. See, those graphic tee designer skills come in handy during challenges that require one to decipher patterns. Liz is so smart. But her tribemates are stupid. Very stupid. They merge next week. Galu will start eliminating their own members for no reason. I hate when such things happen. Russell will most likely be very smug, and sound as though he planned everything, when it is just absolutely coincidental.
Singapore's fourth public-funded university, which is scheduled to open its doors in 2011, has been named the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SU). Thankfully it wasn't STD. Hideous name nevertheless. --- SYTYCD The live show begins!
The three judges are such a joy to watch. They make sense in their critiques, they are so quick-witted, and they have such a keen eye on technical details! Brilliant! Shows like SYTYCD and X Factor make the show that Channel 5 plays on Wednesday nights look particularly dreadful.
Billy Bell, my pre-show favourite, had to withdraw from the competition because he was down with a major illness! What a bummer! Another contestant, Noelle suffered an injury, but the judges her somewhat awarded her immunity by giving her a free pass to next week’s show, which isn’t particularly fair in my honest opinion. If that’s the case, then give Billy some time!
In the first live show, all the dancers performed their own styles. The more exciting ones included:
Contemporary Gang #1 – Billy, Victor, Noelle and Kathryn - ‘Viva La Vida’ - Coldplay Contemporary Gang #2 – Ariana, Jakob, Channing and Nathan - ‘Crying’ – k.d. lang
The next episode came the performances proper, where they were put into pairs once again. The 6 fiercer performances included:
Kathryn and Legacy – Hip-Hop They have great chemistry! Trust they would go far! Mollee and Nathan – Disco HSM girl does a good job! Loved the song and the dance. So enjoyable!
Karen & Kevin – ‘Push It’ by Glee LOL! - ChaCha Listen to Adam Shankman’s comment at the end. Absolutely hilarious. Bianca and Victor – Contemporary
Ryan and Ellenore – Jazz Jakob and Ashleigh – Broadway
Notable performances: Pauline and Brandon – Smooth Waltz Brandon replaced Billy in just one and a half days. Considered he was thrown in so late, it was really tough for him. Objectively speaking, performance-wise, it was pretty blah. Ariana & Peter – ‘Black and Gold’ by Sam Sparro (Hip-Hop)
Bottom 4: Ariana, Pauline, Brandon, Russell Eliminated: Ariana and Brandon (Brandon’s invited to join the Top 20 next season though, Nigel’s going to ask the Fox producers to rewrite the terms and conditions. How magnanimous of him!
Mae Sta – ‘Kiss’ - A+ Very fierce! Glad she’s back – the best performance tonight. Ken is living in Mars; he has no idea what good singing is.
Sylvia – ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ – A Good singing, although I found the transition between her falsettos rather awkward.
Duane – ‘Tainted Love’ – A Brilliant. Brilliant. Entertainment value to the max. Left me in tears when he strutted all his curves.
Malaque Mahdaly – ‘Last Dance’ – B+ Her bubbly personality certainly shone through this performance. I don’t understand why Dick finds her pitchy. Sometimes I wish I was sitting behind Ken, then they can just film all my reactions.
Tabitha – ‘Ain’t Nobody’ – B+ Her background music worked against her. She looked good, but didn’t sound as good.
Sezairi – ‘Play That Funky Music’ – B- He says this is his true self. I sincerely hope it isn’t. Would be surprising if he doesn’t end up in the bottom 3.
Faisal – ‘That Thing You Do’ – C+ Tell me who in their right frame of mind would choose a song that Rafflesians dance to for their Befrienders’ Dance? Honestly, those specs ruined his whole Topman look, and he looks similar to Sezairi. Corny.
Charles – ‘Take On Me’ – D Terrible. Dreadful. Boom-chick-chick-jijibaboom-jikawokkawokka-woomz! His performances left me in ‘stitch’es. FLAT THROUGHOUT. EPIC FAIL.
If I were Canaan, I would change that 'Newly Dating' status to 'In Jail for Beating her to death with her Goddamn Floaties'. Pure agony watching this episode. ARGH, honestly wanted to pull my hair out. Poor Canaan.
[Latest: Danyl Johnson and Miss Frank were in the bottom two, with Miss Frank getting the boot. Such a result is far worse any decision that Singapore Idol has made. Looks like Louis Walsh's sole representative act is John and Edward.]
Lucie Jones – ‘My Funny Valentine’ – Mitzi Green This was her best performance this season, and was also the best performance of the night. Absolutely stunning!
Danyl Johnson – ‘Feeling Good’ – Michael Buble This is the cursed American Idol: whoever sings this song gets eliminated in that episode. Obviously this isn’t going to happen to Danyl. Incredibly diva-ish and theatrical, but it works to this genre. The most dramatized rendition of this song, but I loved it. Hot!
Rachel Adedeji– ‘Proud Mary’ – Creedence Clearwater Revival Fugly new hair, but she definitely got the chops! Her personality finally shone through, and I’m so happy for her! Now, it’s time for her to attain Alexandra Burke status!
Miss Frank – ‘That’s Life’ – Frank Sinatra They were vocally very competent this week, great harmonies, fantastic rap by Gretel. Overall an impeccable performance! One gripe though: they’re getting hoochier by the week.
Olly Murs – ‘Bewitched’ – Steve Lawrence He’s such a natural performer! Style, charisma, confidence – aced every single component!
Stacey Solomon – ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ – Cliff Edwards She looks absolutely gorgeous, but she somewhat confirmed that she isn’t really that much of a belter. Nevertheless, good song choice, and I think she’s more likeable than Joe.
Lloyd Daniels – ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ - Kaye Ballard Simon’s facial expressions tickled me throughout the performance. Lloyd figured his voice isn’t going to support the performance, so he did a back flip to entertain the crowd. How does that complement a Jazz song?
Joe McElderry – ‘Sway’ – Michael Buble Face made me cringe. Voice made me cringe. Dancing made me cringe. Why is he so popular?!?! It’s a UK thing right? He smiles like 24/7!
Jamie Archer – ‘Angel of Harlem’ – U2 I totally agreed with Louis Walsh. It sounded karaoke-ish, and I wasn’t particularly excited this time round. Bottom 2 please, he needs a wake-up call.
John and Edward– ‘She Bangs’ – Ricky Martin They’re living proof of how one can stay in a singing competition despite having absolutely no talent. Honestly, they’ll be eliminated the moment they land themselves in the bottom 2.
Survivor – Samoa continued pouring. Russell faints during the reward challenge. He faints again after recovering. He pulls out from the competition. Galu are down to 8, against Foa Foa's measly 5. I’m starting to find John and Erik endearing. Love the tension between the two tribes now. Very dramatic episode.
ANTM – Jennifer does the best commercial shoot! At the rate she’s progressing, we might very well have an Asian winning this show for the first time!
Project Runway – The designers were required to create a look inspired by a famous locale. I love Irina for being such a bitch. Christopher is super duper lucky, dodged the bullet 4 weeks in a row. There, the remaining two guys were the two I liked from the get-go, but I seriously doubt they’re making it to the finals.
Irina's winning design. Fierce.
[Celine, the Singaporean model, got eliminated this episode. Oh well, it was a good run!]
So You Think You Can Dance: Top 20 are revealed!
Here are 6 of my current favourites!
From Top Left (Clockwise): Billy Bell (Julliard Dance Major), Bianca Revels (Tap Dancer #1), Victor Smalley (Shaved his distracting hair and blossomed thereafter), Peter Sabasino (Tap dancer #2), Mollee Gray (Girl who danced in the background of all 3 HSM movies), Legacy Perez (featured in ‘Stomp the Yard’)
Sezairi – Ordinary People – 9.5 [Brilliant song choice once again, great]
Faisal – I’m Yours – 9.0 [Such a cliché song choice, but he duly impressed me.]
Duane – A Song For You - 9.0 [not as good as his Poker Face cover, but nevertheless a good job]
Malaque – Because You Loved Me – 8.5 [Died before reaching the high note, but still good.]
Tabitha – Halo – 8 [Shitty backing track couldn’t support those great vocals]
Charles – Fall For You – 7.0
Predicted bottom 3:
Amira – Back At One – 6.5
Sylvia – When You Believe – 6 [Bad. Bad. Bad.]
Mae Sta – Hero – 5.5 [Worse. Worse. Worse.]
Dick Lee and Ken Lim are the worst judges you can ever find. They don’t realize how much Amira has gained in terms of confidence, how Duane was possibly the best performer that night, and how people like Tabitha were terribly affected by the pathetic backing tracks. I’m absolutely looking forward to Ellen judging American Idol in 2010. I’m so deprived of wit.
Kermit Singh called the Music Director the wrong name. He ought to be shot.
In the words of Lambert, it's Time For Miracles. Singapore Idol needs major restructuring in its judges and host line-ups, and needs better backing tracks and the existence of back-up singers.
all thanks to this highly annoying suspicions of a missing heart, my enlistment date might potentially be really late, and that is a frightening thought that is preventing me from concentrating on anything now.
WINNER! Olly Murs - ‘A Fool In Love’ – Tina Turner He is absolutely one freaking amazing performer! Smashing!! The only performance worth remembering this week.
Good but not amazing performances: Jamie Archer – ‘Hurt’ – Christina Aguilera There, Amira, that’s how you sing Christina’s song. He should work on his delicate side though, comes across as slightly wimpy and weak rather than heartfelt. Stacey Solomon – ‘At Last’ Ray Eberle and Pat FridayBrilliant, brilliant! I am starting to love her. Two solid ‘live’ performances over the past two weeks.
Performances which made the judges, but not me, go gaga: Joe McElderry – ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’ – Whitney Houston I still don’t like his voice. I mean, the performance was polished and almost pitch-perfect, but he’s just not my cup of tea. I shall just post his video here because he was highly commended. Danyl Johnson – ‘I Didn’t Know My Own Strength’ – Whitney Houston Weird, but I couldn’t get the tune of the song. There was some great belting though, ‘flawless’ as Dannii describes it. It’s scary when he starts grinning really widely after the performance.
'Blah' performances: Lucie Jones – “How Will I Know” – Whitney Houston Impressed with this girl for once. Gets boring after a while though.
Miss Frank – ‘All The Man That I Need’ – Whitney Houston It’s damn sad when their mentor (Louis Walsh) is not here to protect them, and they’re left all alone fighting for themselves. Simon seizes the opportunity to cull all over them.
Rachel Adedeji – ‘If I Were A Boy’ – Beyonce Wrong song choice, wrong wrong wrong! The song did not complement her voice well at all in my opinion. Rikki Loney – “Respect” – Otis Redding He’s starting to come out (no pun intended). Dannii compares him to Will Young. Simon thinks the song was too big for him. I agree. But we can’t fault the boys for having a Diva week. Only contestants like Duane can survive such a theme.
Lloyd Daniels – ‘Bleeding Love’ – Leona Lewis What? Singing Leona in front of Simon? Not smart dude. He’s definitely dropping of my favourite charts. Simon slams Cheryl BIG TIME, and she feels really shitty about the whole thing.
John and Edward – ‘Oops... I Did It Again’ – Britney Spears Honestly. What in the world. The only entertaining part was the ‘Edward, before I go there’s something I want you to have’ moment. ‘Argubly... actually not arguably, the worst live performance I’ve ever sat through in all these years of doing the show.’ Simon is the bomb haha.
Haven't done this in a long while. The closure of the blog , musicistheheartofoursoul, which I've been visiting daily without fail for all my music updates, has been deleted. This is really a ss....ssttr...stra....tragedy.
Tell me where you guys watch your Glee episodes. I'll need to find another source. =(
Penn Badgley (my Monopoly acquaintance) is going to feature in a new horror movie called 'The Stepfather'. Looks like a potential flop, but I might just catch a movie to horrify myself. Haven't watched such genres in theatres for a long long while.
Latest: Nurul eliminated. Charles and Malaque were the other two in the bottom three. Shocking.
Amira – ‘You Are Not Alone’ – 9.0 Very, very impressive. Finally something which fitted into her register so well! Well done. The best tonight. Her confidence finally came back tonight.
Sylvia – ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ 8.5 She is the most consistent contestant who aces every single genre. Dick said she wasn’t giving her all, though I thought she had stage presence and was vocally competent. Ken has his moment of self-fulfilling prophecy when he reminds Sylvia that he pressurized her in getting into the top 10.
Malaque – ‘Rock With You’ – 8.0 I am in love with Malaque. She took the risk of doing a rap, and it was absolutely brilliant! No one, not even Charles, can possibly pulled that off. Great vocals. Ken thinks she destroyed it, and calls it ‘the worst performance’, Florence thought the ‘interpretation was not there’. Ken thinks ‘it’s not good for her’. Honestly, that was one of the best performances of the night? The comments came as an absolute shock.
Nurul – ‘Ben’ – 8.0 This was quite an impressive performance. Ken undermines it by dishing out all the rhetorical philosophical blabbers.
Faizal – ‘Billie Jean’ – 7.5 He found the right feel, thoroughly enjoyed this performance of his. Hated the way he pronounced ‘kid’.
Charles – ‘Remember The Time’ – 7.5 Choose a Kris Allen song, and Blake-Lewisize it. That’s his approach, and that’s what differentiates himself from some of the bland performances. If you got it, flaunt it. God, when he started beatboxing, he totally deserved a 10. Then, he starts singing, and all his ‘cool’ factor just vanished. He kept running ahead of the beat, and I almost fell asleep.
Tabitha – ‘Who’s Loving You’ – 7.5 She has hot bangs. Good song choice; she performed it better than Miss Frank. Smooth delivery in general. It’s hilarious when the Angmoh’s face is displayed, he’s like laughing at all the stupid things Ken is saying.
Duane – ‘The Girl Is Mine’ – 7.0 (I’m not like Ken, I don’t give 0/10s.) Mr. Duane had a haircut, I think. And there, after so many weeks, the judges realize that Duane is too young! I see that as very constructive criticism.
Sezairi – ‘Thriller’ – 6.0 Quite a thriller. Ok, I can give him props for having a creative song arrangement, but this was way off the mark. Didn’t like his grating sounds at all. And it’s so darn ironic that this is the only Sezairi performance that Ken enjoys, when it obviously is his weakest one.
Mae Sta - ‘I Want You Back’ – 5.5 Very cringeworthy intro video, substantiated with a very corny performance. Seriously, she’s falling off the frontrunners’ list rapidly. It was this series of high-pitched sounds that reverberated throughout my head non-stop.
Predicted bottom three: Sezairi, Mae Sta, Malaque (The judges' comments definitely would've affected her votes)
Rachel Adedeji – Let Me Entertain You (Robbie Williams) Brilliant and fiery performance!
Olly Murs – She’s The One (Robbie Williams) OMGGG!! =D His performances just never fails to make me smile. And I love how he dons Fred Perry every single day. A great talent, such humility.
Stacey Solomon – The Scientist (Coldplay) Loved it how her personality and voice shines through this song. Wonderful.
Miss Frank – Who’s Lovin’ You (Jackson 5) This is the only group that will go far! Very refreshing, potentially the new Sugababes, with maturity. Huge, huge potential. Louis Walsh calls them the girl JLS, quite funny.
Jamie Archer – Get It On (T. Rex) Why do I feel like he’s going to be a one-trick pony? Ahh. Still a great performance nevertheless. Simon insists he’s in a different league from the rest.
Danyl Johnson – And I’m Telling You (sung by a million black women) All his songs very diva! Simon gave him a standing ovation, a little exaggerated there. Agree with Louis that he is slightly cocky, and extremely drama. Dannii drew some flak for her inappropriate comments!
Oh no. Oh no. They sounded as though some audience participant came up to sing the song. Epic failure. Even the voice qualities of all the Singapore Idol finalists trashed them. They had better be out. Guessing the other performing act in the bottom 2 would be Rikki Loney or Kandy Rain.
Well, since my council term has ended, I guess I assume the liberty of speech.
Now, I checked the College Awards and yippee, I got a Merit Award for OM and Council. I'm contented with that. The amusing issue is that some councillors, who have slogged their guts out for council, only received a Certificate of Appreciation. I have no clue how all these arbitrary awards are determined, but I sincerely believe this system is rather faulty in some ways.
P.S I didn't know you had to apply for this Distinction for Service award. Shows how much I give a hoot about such things. I rightfully did 2 years back, but somehow, this hunger for recognition doesn't really thrive in me anymore, because there's hardly any justice in this world. Right now, I shall just be under the illusion that I would have received it if I had applied. Hurhur.
At the end of the day, this lovely school just wants you to get 5As. And i'll do JUST that.
Malaque – Omg, look at the way she moves throughout the performance! It was really so Bollywoodesque (borrowing from Flo’s Idolesque)! Was so impressed by her vocals and her flirtatiousness! She is absolutely growing on me! 9.5
Sezairi – OMG, his beginning verse was so brilliant. Great song choice once again, loved the spotlight shining on him. Was very engaging. 9.0
Charles – Anjing. Ok piano. Good. This was better than I had expected. Ok luh, beat Sly. Did you see Ken’s expression when Charles came in with that erhu? 8.0
Sylvia – Started the night very well, because I’m anticipating a lot of bad performances. She feels very comfortable singing it. 8.0
Mae – Nobody (Acoustic version siah.) Omg, the ending was so abruptly cut. But a cool interpretation overall. For the first time I agree with Ken, she hasn’t dished out an ‘awesome’ performance yet, but props to her for choosing one of the few songs I know today. 7.5
Nurul – Made In India. Omg, she’s damn quirky ah. Last week go Egypt, this week go India. 7.5
Farhan – Ok la, tried to display some personality here today. But it’s really not smart to sing a Taufik song when you don’t really sing as well as him. Ken, why would you even need to care about the children having to sleep early? 7.0
Tabitha – Ting Hai. Ok la, I shall forgive her mispronunciations because she’s not Chinese unlike Duane. Hilarious, she looks so freaked out throughout the whole performance. But vocally, it was smooth. 7.0
Fathin – Aiyah, why she keep singing all these boring powerhouse songs that she has problems coping with? She feels like so unconfident too, pretty disappointing. Omg, totally trying to pull votes with that Philippines plea, not impressed. 6.0
Faizal – Yawn. Wow, awkward moments. 5.5
Duane – There, the massacre begins. Dang Ni. Oh no. Hanyu pinyin lessons please. Absolutely lame reason he gave there for his song choice (‘Cos’ I want Singapore to love ME!’) 5.5