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27 May 2010
FINAL TWO: CRYSTAL BOWERSOX AND LEE DEWYZE
Lee DeWyze's song choices
1) ‘The Boxer’ by Simon and Garfunkel
2) ‘Everybody Hurts’ by R.E.M
3) ‘Beautiful Day’ by U2
Crystal Bowersox's song choices
1) ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ by Roger Miller
2) ‘Black Velvet’ by Alannah Myles
3) ‘Up To The Mountain’ by Patty Griffin
It’s ironic how Bowersox, who received more compliments from the judges during the performance show, lost to DeWyze by a 2 percent voting gap. DeWyze’s first single will be ‘Beautiful Day’ (can you believe it? I mean, it was terrible.)
Bret Michaels, recently crowned Celebrity Apprentice and also former Poison frontman, joined Casey James on one of the band’s biggest hits, ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’. Kris Allen sang ‘The Truth’, while other performers included Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, and Janet Jackson.
Thoughts of this season as a whole:
Hoping Idol 2011 would be a much more kick-ass one!
25 May 2010
It's official. Bret Michael wins Celebrity Apprentice 3 (aka Apprentice 9).
It was obvious right from the start, given the fact that he managed to even make it to the 'live' results show despite his medical condition! Holly Robinson put on a great fight nevertheless.
I still recall the days when I was in that makeshift classroom beside the wishing well, thinking about my university options.
"NO WAY. NO WAY AM I GOING TO STUDY IN SINGAPORE. I WANT TO GO AMERICA LIKE NOW."
I worked my butt to mug for SATs I and II, cracked my brains every single day to write a good application essay, spent countless hours of research finding which university fit my choice of course... only to find that that was not meant for me.
Why not NYU? Well, not NYU because I didn't think Metropolitan Studies was a course that would justify my parent's money (knowing I wouldn't get any scholarship from any organization based on my grades).
Who knew? Within this previous month, NUS just delivered a string of fantastic news to me. Not only did they give me a DDP for Law and Econs, they also just offered me the Fac of Law Scholarship.
I am really thankful that after all the craziness in university applications, I'm finally settled so nicely, and that my education is being taken care of.
2012 will be the year that I start working my brains 1000000 times harder than what I'm doing now, and I'll make sure I do not let this privilege slip by.
23 May 2010
A high fever [39 degrees to be exact] got the better of me over this weekend.
Morale this past week has been pretty low - it's one of those moments where you start thinking why are you caught up in such a situation, why can't there be an easier way out...
It just sucks.
Booking in later tonight. Booking out on Thursday afternoon, in view of Vesak Day on Friday.
Russell gets visibly upset when Sandra played the hidden immunity idol without informing him. He accuses Sandra of lying (to which she responds ‘What do you mean, like when I find an Idol I should hurry up and tell you?), and subsequently Parvati.
Russell tells Sandra that he wants her ‘in the final three because he thinks he can beat her for the million’, and Sandra replies ‘All right, I’ll take the hundred thousand’. Later on, she reveals, ‘I’m feeling wonderful because regardless Russell is keeping me around because I’ll never get a single vote... but I don’t know about that’. HAHA. Of course, Parvati is more discerning in figuring that Sandra might potentially receive a lot of jury votes.
Casey James – ‘OK, It’s Alright With Me’ by Eric Hutchinson
The song was alright with me too. It’s down to the Top 3, and he decides to choose such a safe, unknown song? He should’ve brought it, knowing he’s the most possible casualty amongst the three.
Crystal Bowersox – ‘Come To My Window’ by Melissa Etheridge
The arrangement of the song seemed a little weird, but her vocals still managed to shine through. Throughout the season, she hasn’t compromised her style of music, and that’s what impressed the judges.
Lee Dewyze – ‘Simple Man’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd
That was a brilliant song choice. He sounded bigger than usual self, and I could feel that he is here to win the competition. Round One goes to Lee.
Casey James – ‘Daughters’ by John Mayer
I found it slightly pitchy, but the song fitted him like a glove.
Crystal Bowersox – ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ by Paul McCartney
She executed the performance with fantastic vocals, a voice I haven’t heard coming out from her over the past few weeks.
Lee Dewyze – ‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen
First things first, why in the world does Lee have an entourage of backup singers in this performance? Nevertheless, that was a stunning performance, and the judges are all rallying behind him.
Eliminated: Casey James
Muse – Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)
Goldfrapp – Alive
Rooney – I Can’t Get Enough
Alexandra Burke feat Pitbull – All Night Long
Christina Aguilera feat Nicki Minaj – Woohoo
[Clockwise from top left] WWE Diva Maria Kanellis, celebrity chef Curtis Stone, and Rocker wife Sharon Osbourne were eliminated, leaving actress Holly Robinson Peete and rocker Bret Michaels to compete in next week’s finale.
Maria’s elimination was really sad, because everyone just rode on the bandwagon and named her the weakest player amongst all of them.
The remaining four had to endure interviews with ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ winners Bill Rancic and Joan Rivers, who were left unimpressed by Stone and Osbourne.
The final challenge required Peete and Michaels to create a new tea flavour for Snapple. They are required to create a three-page ad campaign, produce a three-minute TV spot and organize a launch event for the new flavour. The winner’s new flavour will be sold by Snapple and proceeds from the sales will go to the winner’s charity.
Past contestants Darryl Strawberry and Summer Sanders were teamed up with Michaels to provide support, while Kanellis and Stone are working under Peete this time around.
[Bret Michaels remains in critical condition after suffering a brain haemorrhage. The 47-year-old Poison frontman is under 24-hour surveillance as doctors try to locate the source of the bleeding.]
16 May 2010
Final destination city: San Francisco, California.
Dan and Jordan definitely did not have their integrity intact after winning the million bucks. Well, line-cutting Jet and Cord at the Shanghai airport might have been part of the game, but it was surely a pretty dishonourable move. Jet and Cord phrased it so nicely: “These people don’t care about people. They juts care about money.” Kudos to the brothers though, for they managed to sweet-talk the flight attendant to get their first-class seats.
LOL @ a fun fact: If animals were named after the sound they make, Dan would be called ''I'mDoingThisForJordan.
I loved the conversation between Caite and Brent:
Caite: This is why I f***ing wanted somebody who could speak English. Brent, stop being a f*** or I’m gonna punch you in the face.
Brent: Don’t even talk right now! Cause all you’re gonna do is cry!
Caite: You’re not helping.
Brent: YOU’RE not helping.
Caite: I wanna punch you in the face.
The Lucasfilm challenge was very entertaining. At one point, you see two grown men (Jet and Jordan) wearing jumpsuits covered in pingpong balls, and two other men (Cord and Dan) screaming orders from the other room.
Jordan was the picture of delight in the final task, where teams had to put the psychedelic posters depicting the eliminated teams in the correct order. This is what he had spent his life studying for. ''I've watched Amazing Race for 15 seasons,'' he reminded us, ''and there's always some type of memory challenge.''
BEST SCENE OF THE SEASON: Showdown between Caite and Brandy.
Caite, after coming in third on a race around the world, felt that she proved that she was ‘an intelligent person.’ Brandy obviously wasn’t impressed.
Brandy: “I don’t wanna hear sorry from you! You purposefully whacked us! The cowboys should’ve been U-turned!”
Caite: ‘Maybe you should’ve treated people nicer.”
Jordan may have achieved his greatest dream of being on The Amazing Race, but it possibly cost his soul and integrity.
[Will only be booking out on Sunday morning this week, because of section live firing. Very depressing, but that is life. Goodbye world take care, I'll see you soon.]
Now, there is something I absolutely do not understand. Why is everyone so intimidated by Russell and his ‘scare tactics’? I mean, he didn’t even have an immunity idol this episode. Shouldn’t Sandra have just publicly rallied everyone to vote him off as she has the hidden immunity idol? Not only would they get that scheming guy out, Sandra would also garner some street credit for herself!
Colby totally sucked in the reward challenge (Come on Reid, dammit!), while his nemesis back in Survivor: Australia, Jerri, managed to fill her bucket up with water first.
Russell is a crybaby. Jerri chose the 2 girls (Parvati and Sandra) along with her on the reward, possibly because they connect better as social creatures, and because she thought the girls needed more emotional encouragement. Russell obviously doesn’t get it and he goes on whining about how he didn’t get selected. Suck thumb.
“Everyday my chances of winning this game get better and better.” Not very true, Rupert. Obviously sawing, cutting and breaking wood in the middle of the night is not a very strategic means to get your tribemates to like you.
The immunity challenge revealed Colby’s inadequacies once more (I still can’t believe he’s the remaining Hero in this competition, considering he didn’t make a single move throughout the game), and as usual, Rupert gives up at the very last minute to give the idol to Parvati, who I’m absolutely delighted for.
Back at camp, Rupert destroys his only chance of survival by spilling the beans to inform Russell that Sandra wants Russell out. Way to go Parvati for calling Russell a lunatic, and Sandra for mocking Rupert (‘Loose lips sink ships’) and for overtly telling Russell that she’s against him.
In the end, Sandra played her hidden immunity idol (‘I would hate to go home with the idol in my bra.’ Smart one) and Rupert was sent home with four out of six votes against him. He may go home and continue chopping and sawing your wood in the middle of the night!
With only 5 remaining, it means I'll be missing the Season Finale taking place this coming Monday. I'm guessing Colby's out next. When it's down to the Final Four, either Jerri or Sandra would be the last jury member, and whoever escapes that elimination would go on to win the million dollars, because I highly doubt Russell or Parvati are going to get any votes. I'm rooting for Sandra, who would create history to be the only person winning 2 seasons of Survivor should she outwit, outplay and outlast everyone.
Taskscope: To remodel and decorate an apartment
Tenacity project manager: Holly Robinson Peete
Rocksolid project manager: Sharon Osbourne
Winning team: Rocksolid, as the judges felt 'solidly' about their decoration.
Losing team: Tenacity, who made the apartment look smaller, and the judges did not like the seafoam green-room.
Fired: Cyndi Lauper for telling Mr. Trump that the celebrity room's color was Holly's idea
[Curtis swapped teams with Bret, because Sharon and Maria obviously do not like him, and Trump was able to identify that, so he decided to lump them together.]
Kylie Minogue – All The Lovers
Train – If It’s Love
Florence and the Machine – Cosmic Love
M.I.A – XXXO
Sara Bareilles – King Of Anything
15 May 2010
Eliminated: Michael Lynche
14 May 2010
Top 4: Alexandra, Angelea, Krista and Raina
Their runway challenge required them to model using the aisle way of the plane. I liked how Alexandra had fun with her spontaneous ‘flight attendant’ poses, but didn’t really fancy Krista’s simplistic handling of her mini black jacket. Angelea did her usual drunken walk, and Raina walked like a ‘linebacker’ HAHA. I thought it was pretty obvious that Alexandra snagged the victory, but the judges preferred Krista’s safe walk, and she gets to feature in the New Zealand Fashion Week.
The models then did a ‘Pretty Ugly’ photoshoot at Queenstown (not the MRT station here.), where they donned really fugly hairdos and slightly fugly corsets. Once again, I liked Alexandra’s ‘La Roux-like’ photo. Raina’s one was pretty impressive too, but I must say I loved Krista’s body pose the most. Angelea just looked perpetually stunned.
I would have loved to see Angelea in the final two. She might be a bitch sometimes, but her life story (the ghettoes and all) was pretty touching.
Eliminated: Alexandra and Angelea
Top 2: Krista and Raina
Throughout the episode, Raina kept going ‘FINAL FOUR! TOP TWO! FINAL TWO! IT’S THE FOUR OF US LEFT!’ Too much positive energy there, gurl. At least Krista wasn’t as annoying when she went ‘50 percent! 50 percent!’
Raina described herself as fun and flirty, while she described Krista as focused and fierce. WOW, that’s one whole chunk of alliteration.
Krista needed cue cards for her Covergirl shoot. She might have sucked at that, but her photo looked amazing in my opinion (yes, I know she did not ‘smize’) – slightly better than Raina’s typical All-American girl face.
The two finalists also did a Seventeen magazine photo shoot, and the final Anna Sui runway show, where they all looked like schoolgirls.
Tyra summarized the two finalists in a few simple words. Raina is very interesting, has bushy eyebrows and full lips, and could be the new Brooke Shields. Krista has beautiful, luminescent skin that glows a colour tone which Tyra finds absolutely stunning and interesting.
Krista wins this cycle over Raina, because the judges think she has more international appeal, and is a more versatile model.
America’s Next Top Model: Krista White [Yes, the irony. Joining 12 consecutive cycles have served her well too haha.]
Runner-up: Raina Hein [she was a gracious loser!]
09 May 2010
Heroes are pissed off that Candice flipped.
Sandra and Russell just quit the challenge in a minute to get a nice feast of cookies and milk. Colby sacrificed the immunity necklace for donuts; Jerri, Candice and Danielle gave it up for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Rupert rants about losing his grip, as he gives the immunity necklace to Parvati.
Sandra finds the hidden immunity idol. Rupert tries to scam everyone by placing a rock into his pocket. Russell notices the bulge and tells the whole world.
Candice gets blindsided by the villains and was voted off. Amanda could be seen beaming from side to side.
Russell disgustingly wins the 2nd immunity challenge. Parvati wanted to vote out Rupert. Russell was concerned that Parvati was more loyal to Danielle than Parvati was to him, so he decided to break them up by discussing voting out Parvati with Danielle and telling Parvati that Danielle wanted to vote her out when it came down to five or six remaining. Obviously, Russell’s plan failed when the girls corroborated the stories with each other.
The two begged Jerri to vote for Rupert to foil Russell's plan. Meanwhile, Russell decided to get Danielle out of the game so that Parvati would stay loyal to him by telling Colby and Rupert that Danielle needed to go out next.
Russell threatened Jerri to vote out Danielle by telling Jerri she would be voted out next if Danielle didn't go. At Tribal Council, Danielle and Russell argued over what the other had said to each other. Danielle broke into tears and unintentionally revealed that Jerri was not included in the Final 3 alliance of herself, Parvati and Russell. Russell's plan came together when Jerri switched her vote and Danielle was voted out 4–3. Jerri rocks.
No pictures for today. Rushing out of the house.
Good news. I got accepted into NUS's Double Degree Programme for Econs and Law. Very very excited about the course as a whole, and I'm looking forward to it. Field camp is taking place this coming week, hope I will survive. I will hopefully be back by this Friday night, provided I do not have any corrective training on Saturday! Love, Louis.
Taskscope: To create three radio commercials for three different areas of a home repair company.
Tenacity project manager: Summer Sanders (above)
Rocksolid project manager: Bret Michaels
Winning team: Rocksolid
Reasons for win: The executives of the company believed that their commercials were superior to Tenacity's in terms of clarity and originality.
Losing team: Tenacity
Reasons for loss: Despite enjoying Cyndi Lauper's singing, the executives believed the team's commercials were too wordy, and they wanted to hear more of Cyndi's voice.
Final boardroom: Cyndi Lauper, Summer Sanders, Curtis Stone, though Cyndi was sent out of the boardroom before Trump fired Summer.
Fired: Summer Sanders, for not defending herself.
Aaron Kelly – Fly Me To The Moon
Given his age, it was a maturely delivered performance, backed up with beautiful vocals. There was some lack of charisma and conviction though – he needs to loosen up and add more emotion to his songs!
Casey James – Blue Skies
That was stiff, awkward and pitchy. For once, the judges unanimously did not appreciate his performance.
Crystal Bowersox – Summer Wind
She wore a dress! Perhaps that was why she looked so nervous throughout the entire song. This was definitely a weak performance by her standards. That was pretty disappointing.
Michael Lynche – The Way You Look Tonight
Despite the hat which looked pretty cock on him, Big Mike was surprisingly charming! That was enjoyable.
Lee Dewyze – [song I forgot the title]
Well, it’s apparent the judges are backing him for the win. Come on Crystal, you need to pull off something amazing. It’s accepted that Lee was great today though.
Bottom Two: Mike (lol??) and Aaron
Eliminated: Aaron Kelly
Lots of great tracks this week!
1) The xx – Islands
2) Adam Lambert – If I Had You
3) Kat Deluna – Push Push (feat. Akon)
4) Ke$ha – Take It Off [the song’s growing on me since Dance Nite ended]
5) Travie McCoy – Billionaire (feat. Bruno Mars)
6) 3OH!3 – My First Kiss (feat. Ke$ha)
7) Beyonce – Why Don’t You Love Me
8) Pixie Lott – Turn It Up
9) Katy Perry – California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg)
10) Christina Aguilera – Not Myself Tonight (Live Performance at Oprah)
11) JLS – The Club Is Alive
With Louie and Michael eliminated in China, the final three teams vying for the grand prize are as follows:
Jet and Cord
The high energy male duo who have surprisingly done so well in a race around the world, despite not having travelled outside the U.S before. They managed to reach the final without demeaning, belittling, or sniping at the other contestants. What’s more impressive – they have worn their cowboy hats at almost all times, even when they were caught in windstorms, stuck at sea or trapped in rain squalls. Having obtained 4 pole positions throughout this entire season, these guys are tipped to win the final leg of the race.
Caite and Brent
Caite’s bimbotic response 2 years ago: "I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to [locate U.S on a world map] because some people out there in our nation don't have maps," she replied. "I believe that our education, like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like, such as, and, I believe that they should; our education here in the U.S. should help the U.S., or, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future, for our children." Miraculously, she was able to navigate her way in China. Coupled with her relatively sunny disposition and incurable optimism, she and her partner Brent might somehow whip up a shock victory.
Dan and Jordan
The gay-non-gay brother team entered the race as sentimental favourites because of that ‘chasing a dream’ motivating factor, but that feeling seems to have dissipated in recent weeks, judging from the irritated reactions from fans on forums and fan sites. I doubt they will be claiming the million dollars.
The two outstanding photos: Alexandra (left) and Krista.
Jessica gets eliminated because she is deemed too commercial by the judging panel. That is a pretty lame excuse in my opinion, because Jessica is so obviously the prettiest. Raina was disappointing, considering how I'm rooting for her besides Angelea.
02 May 2010
Will be away until this coming Saturday! Take care guys!
01 May 2010
On January 19, 2010, Jennifer Lyon passed away at age 37 after a long battle with cancer, becoming the first former Survivor castaway to die. R.I.P Jenn Lyon.
I really liked this episode. Every single one of them was implicated in one way or another.
Ok, I need to keep track of the remaining contestants.
Heroes – Rupert, Amanda, Candice, Colby
Villains – Jerri, Sandra, Parvati, Danielle, Russell
Reward Challenge: Shuffle Board [Just give your puck a push and pray it lands closest to the ‘X’ mark]
Black Team: Jerri, Candice, Parvati
Red Team: Rupert, Sandra, Russell
Blue Team: Colby, Amanda, Danielle
Red Team was leading throughout the entire challenge, but Colby made an AMAZING last toss which led to their victory. It was simply unbelievable.So, they made a visit to Robert Louis Stevenson’s abode, and they watched ‘Treasure Island.’ Amanda wasn’t watching at all – she was busily finding the idol. Sadly, Danielle found the hidden idol the box of popcorn. Amanda (Russell describes her as Boston Rob in a girl's body) sensed something fishy, and caught Danielle red-handed, and decided to snatch it from Danielle like a bitch. The plan failed miserably because Colby didn’t really back Amanda up. Jokes.
Russell produces the hidden idol during tribal council. What a waste.
The 12th contestant voted off and 4th member of the jury: Amanda (3rd time she's played Survivor and this is her worst position. Sadness.) Parvati got a scare, receiving 3 votes. Thank god she's still around.
For a week where everyone had to perform a female artist’s song, I thought the guys all did better than the 2 female contestants. Irony.
Lee DeWyze (a.k.a Paint Salesman) – You’re Still The One
Original, good start to the evening. It was a very good song choice on his part. He has this very zhuai smile.
Michael Lynche – It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing
A decent performance. There was emotion and conviction. He was able to change the arrangement with good taste.
Casey James (a.k.a Construction Worker) – Don’t!
I like this side of him. He demonstrated great artistry. This is definitely his personal best performance by far, and I think he has to thank Shania a lot again.
Crystal Bowersox – No One Needs To Know
She experiments this week, infusing some country flavour into her rendition. The judges didn’t really like it though.
Aaron Kelly – You’ve Got A Way
Aaron surprised me. He delivered the song very maturely, and has definitely put himself back in the safe zone. Siobhan Magnus (a.k.a Glass Blower) – Any Man Of Mine
Somehow, I felt she was lagging throughout the entire performance. Nevertheless, the judges liked it. She tried to salvage the situation with a high-pitched blast at the end, but I guess that didn’t prevent her from being the next casualty. Moral of the story: If you’re being featured on Vote For The Worst, don’t do so well, because no one will vote for you.
Bottom 3: Michael Lynche, Casey James, Siobhan Magnus
Eliminated: Siobhan Magnus [As much as I don’t really like her, I was surprised to see her receiving the lowest votes, since she wasn’t in the bottom three a single time.]
[The only performance you need to watch for the results show is Lady Antebellum’s ‘Need You Now’, and Shakira’s ‘Gypsy’.]
Shakira’s quote of the day: “Keep your eyes on the stars, but keep your feet on the ground.”
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