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29 November 2010
I always love it when they show us Sue Sylvester's more sensitive side. "Furt" showed just how hurt she was by her mother's abandonment, and while she may be well-known for being sadistically funny, it was the moment when she expelled Karofsky for threatening Kurt that added a human touch to her heartless exterior.
The exchange of Burt and Carole's wedding vows and Finn's speech were the parts that brought a tear to my eye, especially when Carole said 'I'm not only getting a son, I'm getting a friend".
While I appreciate the meltworthiness of 'Just The Way You Are', I was slightly disturbed by how Finn conveniently sang to Kurt: 'Girl, you're amazing, just the way you are.' It's even weirder, considering how Kurt got offended when Sue called him 'Lady'. I mean, the producers bothered to change the pronouns in 'F*** You', so they probably should have done the same for this.
Random this may be, but I found it super hilarious when Rachel, who was initially so supportive in standing up for Kurt, upon knowing that he was about to leave McKinley for Dalton, insensitively asked: "Does this mean you're going to be competing against us in sectionals?" It's just so her.
Thumbs up to Sue's eDesperate profile (right) as well.
28 November 2010
81) Arcade Fire – The Suburbs [Song Lyrics]
‘Indestructible’ is a synthpop song released as the lead single from her seventh studio album, Body Talk. Robyn said the song is ‘about what happens when you meet new people and fall in love, and how that can be scary and fun at the same time’. The track remains emotionally honest without producing a hint of generic pop cheesiness. It has since peaked at #9 on the Sweden Music Charts.
83) Kris Allen – The Truth [Song Lyrics]
‘The Flood’ is the lead single from Take That’s sixth studio album, Progress. Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams are featured on lead vocals. This is an epic pop belter that blends the best of Williams’ rabble rousing instincts with Barlow’s smooth songwriting.’ The song has since peaked at #2 in the UK Singles Chart.
85) Diana Vickers – The Boy Who Murdered Love [Song Lyrics]
‘Kick Ass’ was released as a single from the soundtrack to the film Kick-Ass. The track has all the usual Mika ingredients – ‘a handful of quirky lyrics, a dash of piano and a sprinkling of his trademark wail’. The collaboration with RedOne makes this song a pop stomper that is empowering, contemporary and packed with personality. The track has since peaked at #84 on the UK Singles Charts.
87) Pink – Fuckin’ Perfect [Song Lyrics]
88) Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot [Song Lyrics]
‘Fuckin’ Perfect’ is a song taken from Pink’s compilation album, ‘Greatest Hits... So Far!’ The song debuted at #10 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, at #71 on the UK Singles Chart and at #120 on the Billboard Hot 100, all without an official release.
‘I Am Not A Robot’ is the third single from Marina and the Diamond’s debut studio album, The Family Jewels. It is an infectious pop track with a unique vocal. Marina re-released the single because ‘people seem to empathize and relate with the song, regardless of gender and age.’ The song has peaked at #26 on the UK Singles Chart.
89) 3OH!3 – My First Kiss (feat. Ke$ha) [Song Lyrics]
90) Black Eyed Peas – The Time (Dirty Bit) [Song Lyrics]
‘My First Kiss’ is the first single off 3OH!3’s third album, Streets of Gold. The song’s inspiration is about going through your first kiss and exploring further parts of the relationship. The track has peaked at #9 and #7 in the US and UK Charts respectively, and has been certified Gold in the US.
‘The Time (Dirty Bit)’ is the lead single off Black Eyed Peas’ sixth studio album, The Beginning. The chorus of the song samples ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’ from the film Dirty Dancing. The track has since peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
91) The Wanted – Heart Vacancy [Song Lyrics]
92) Maroon 5 – Misery [Song Lyrics]
‘Heart Vacancy’ is a pop song from The Wanted’s self-titled debut album. The track has since peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Charts.
‘Misery’ is Maroon 5’s first single from their third studio album, Hands All Over. The song is about the narrator finding himself in a difficult situation when a relationship fades. The track is a ‘falsetto-pleading, yet upbeat, keyboard-popping’ one which has a chorus similar to their 2004 single, This Love. The song has peaked at #14 and #30 in the US and UK Charts respectively.
93) Rihanna – Hard (feat. Young Jeezy) [Song Lyrics]
94) Kat DeLuna – Push Push (feat. Akon) [Song Lyrics]
‘Hard’ is the second single released in the US and fourth single in UK from her fourth studio album Rated R. The song is well-known for its hip-hop vibe and Rihanna’s monotone vocals. The track peaked at #8 and #42 in the US and UK respectively, and was certified Platinum in the US. The accompanying music video features Rihanna and Jeezy in militaristic desert scenes, and critics did not receive the vulgarities and portrayal of war well.
‘Push Push’ is the second single off Kat DeLuna’s sophomore album, Inside Out.
95) Olly Murs – Please Don’t Let Me Go [Song Lyrics]
96) Chris Brown – Yeah 3X [Song Lyrics]
‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’ is the debut single off Olly Murs’ self-titled debut album. The track is a lovely ‘summer reggae-tinged pop tune thatbobs along in a thoroughly hummable and Will Young-like fashion’. It has peaked at #1 in the UK, and #5 in Ireland.
‘Yeah 3X’ is the lead single taken from Chris Brown’s upcoming fourth studio album, F.A.M.E. The track is an up-tempo dance-pop song that incorporates elements of Eurodance in its production and beats. The song has since peaked at #33 on the Billboard Top 100.
97) Brandon Flowers – Only The Young [Song Lyrics]
98) Nicole Scherzinger – Poison [Song Lyrics]
‘Only The Young’ is the second solo single from The Killers frontman, Brandon Flowers’ debut album Flamingo. The track has since peaked at #143 in the UK Singles Chart.
‘Poison’ is the first single off Nicole Scherzinger’s as-of-yet untitled debut album. The song’s overall theme could be summed up as using a ‘deadly elixir on the dance floor’ and ‘singing through a fuzzy filter over bombastic synthesizers’.
99) Nelly Furtado - Night Is Young [Song Lyrics]
100) The Pretty Reckless – Make Me Wanna Die [Song Lyrics]
‘Night Is Young’ is the lead single from Nelly Furtado’s first compilation album, The Best of Nelly Furtado. The song itself follows a dance and electronic style, with the lyrics making reference to carpe diem, enjoying life and love and having fun.
‘Make Me Wanna Die’ is the debut single by The Pretty Reckless, headed by Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen. The track appears in the closing credits for the 2010 film Kick-Ass. The track peaked at #16 on the UK Singles Charts.
Labels: Best of Music 2010
Trump shuffled the teams, making it men vs. women once again. The teams will be flown to Westchester, Pennsylvania, where they will be working at QVC to sell products on-air. During the time in the helicopter, Steuart tells Clint that the reason why he likes him so much is because Clint is like a 20-years younger version of his father, with a country twang.
At QVC, the teams have to negotiate for the Isaac Mizrahi products they will be trying to sell, and what time slot during which they will be making their sales. The men successfully pull off a head fake on the women, and got their later time slot and choice of product. The girls settled on $69.96 as the selling price of their watch, while the men settle on $194.97 on the purse.
Steuart thinks that Clint is not very sophisticated and cultured in terms of ‘living that metropolitan lifestyle’, and hence mutually decided that he was to present on the product. As for Fortitude, Liza brought out a demographics table and saw that the target QVC audience is female and Caucasian. She then needlessly points out that Brandy is white and that she is African-American. Liza really does the most bizarre things.
During the pitching, Brandy initially followed Liza’s cues, but eventually got frustrated and disregarded them, improvising a conversation with the host. Steuart was in his element as well, rambling on effortlessly about the salient features of the purse.
Eventually, the women sold 77 watches making a profit of $2,998.38, while the guys sold 25 handbags and made $2,174.25 in profit. Liza couldn’t be happy for long, because Trump informed everyone that he will be firing two tonight.
The two headhunters gave their input as to who Trump should keep. Juan thinks that from the position of corporate cultural fit, Steuart would fit in better with the Trump organization, from communication to playing the New York corporate political game. Catherine, on the other hand, thinks Clint has a greater breadth of experience and could be used in a number of organizations.
Trump thinks that there are no losers tonight, but he has to fire one, and the unlucky one is Steuart.
To view this episode, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq1gZivOBNY
Cher Lloyd - Girlfriend
This reminded me of Diana Vickers covering the same Avril song two seasons back. This time, she added some Cher flavour into it by adding the funky rap and her youthful, exuberant bopping. I don’t rave it as much as the judges do, but it’s a great comeback after she landed herself in the bottom two last week.
Matt Cardle – I Love Rock N’ Roll
Being Dannii’s sole representative, there’s certainly pressure on him to do well. Like Simon, I thought this song choice was very clichéd, but he managed to entertain the crowd, with his signature suit and sneakers and his powerhouse vocals. The ending note was weird though.
Katie Waissel – Sex On Fire
She attempted to do as much as she could to compensate for her one-dimensional vocals. She screamed, jumped around onstage, rallied the crowd to sing with her, whacked the microphone stand down, changed the tune a little – she was definitely in her comfort zone, and I’m glad she made it enjoyable.
Rebecca Ferguson – Still Haven’t Found
The judges have obviously found who they are looking for as the winner. Although this wasn’t necessarily rock, she still pulled it off well. I agree with Dannii – Rebecca should whip up something exciting, by moving around the stage more and perhaps surprising the audience positively!
One Direction – Summer of ‘69
Their last two performances have involved a huge entourage of girls onstage. This song simply solidifies their identity as a relevant and youthful boy band.
Mary Byrne – All I Want Is You
She has a gift to make me adore her so much during the introduction video. However, when she starts singing... ergh. I mean, it’s good by her standards, but really, Mary making it all the way to the finals? It seriously defeats the purpose of the show in finding a contemporary pop icon.
Wagner – Creep
‘But I’m a creep... what the hell am I doing here? I don’t belong here.’ Wagner connected with the lyrics so well – so darn believable. Once again, Walsh should be shot in the head for thinking that Thom Yorke would like this version.
Matt Cardle – Knights in White Satin
Holy smokes! This was insanely good – makes me want to listen to the original immediately and make a comparison. This was easily one of Matt’s best performances. I love what he’s wearing too.
Cher Lloyd – Walk This Way
Sugababes VS Girls Aloud! This was brilliant, I loved how she just gave it her all. She displays her fighting spirit so strongly during the judges’ deliberation, and it shows that she really wants to win it.
Rebecca Ferguson – Satisfaction
This made me so happy! She finally showed everyone that she can be versatile! It was vintage-rock at its best – so great to see her being genuinely overjoyed by the judges’ comments.
Katie Waissel – Everybody Hurts
Wow. This actually moved me. She has blossomed into a star over the past 2 weeks, and she knows her strengths so well these days.
One Direction – You Are So Beautiful
This was a good vocal performance. Two questions though: What were the guys at the extremes doing? How was this, in any way, rock? It doesn’t matter though – the girls are going to ring the phones till their fingers get numb, because they all would believe that the song was addressed to them.
Mary Byrne – Brass In Pocket
Yay! Mary is going to dance. That shall successfully repel her fans from voting! Although she looked particularly nervous, I actually liked this performance, because it felt contemporary and she had so much fun doing it. She probably thinks it was goofy though.
Wagner – Addicted To Love
The monotonous devil arrives in a tuxedo. He chants, the girls pop the confetti, and it ends. I suspect Walsh and Wagner are blood brothers.
Mary and Wagner bottom 2 please.
27 November 2010
1) Don’t Stop Believin’
Who? Originally sung by Journey, covered by the Lea Michele & Cory Monteith
When? Performed at the Pilot, Episode 5's 'The Rhodes Not Taken', Sectionals [Season 1 Episode 13] and Regionals [Season 1 Episode 22]
2) Over the Rainbow
Who? Originally sung by Judy Garland, covered by Matthew Morrison & Mark Salling
When? Final performance of Season 1, after Will announces the club's extension [Season 1 Episode 22]
3) Teenage Dream
Who? Originally sung by Katy Perry, covered by Darren Criss
When? Kurt visits Dalton Academy and watches the Warblers perform this number, sung by Kurt's eventual boyfriend, Blaine.
4) Faithfully / Any Way You Want It
Who? Originally sung by Journey, covered by the Glee Cast
When? The glee club pays tribute to Journey at Regionals [Season 1 Epsiode 22]
5) Poker Face
Who? Originally sung by Lady Gaga, covered by Lea Michele & Idina Menzel
When? Shelby and Rachel performing a duet after acknowledging each other as mother and daughter [Season 1 Episode 20: Theatricality]
Who? Originally sung by Britney Spears, covered by the Glee Cast
When? After seeing the positive effect that Britney has on the glee club members, Will relents and allows them to perform a Bob Fosse-inspired rendition of 'Toxic' at the homecoming assembly, joining them on stage in an effort to impress Emma [Season 2 Episode 2: Britney / Brittany]
7) Somebody To Love
Who? Originally sung by Queen, covered by the Glee Cast
When? After April (Kristin Chenoweth) leaves, Rachel steps back in and joins the club on this ensemble number [Season 1 Episode 5: The Rhodes Not Taken]
8) Taking Chances
Who? Originally sung by Celine Dion, covered by Lea Michele
When? Performed by Rachel after Will is unwilling to reassign a solo song for her, and she leaves the club [Season 1 Episode 4: Preggers]
9) Singing In The Rain / Umbrella
Who? Originally sung by Gene Kelly & Rihanna, covered by Matthew Morrison and Gwyneth Paltrow
When? Following the urging of the glee club members, Sue reinstates Will. He suggests a group performance of 'Singin' in the Rain', but asks for Holly's help to modernize it, resulting in a mash-up with Rihanna's 'Umbrella' [Season 2 Episode 7: The Substitute]
10) I Look To You
Who? Originally sung by Whitney Houston, covered by Amber Riley
When? Mercedes sings this number to Kurt, hoping he will find strength in faith after his father Burt suffered a heart attack [Season 2 Episode 3: Grilled Cheesus]
Who? Originally sung by Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat, covered by Chord Overstreet and Dianna Agron
When? Sam and Quinn pair up on this number, as they compete for the duet assignment, in which the winning duo gets a meal at Breadstix [Season 2 Episode 4: Duets]
12) Gold Digger
Who? Originally performed by Kanye West, covered by the Glee Cast
When? Will suggests the glee club to sing this number after they opposed to his choice of song 'Le Freak' by Chic [Season 1 Episode 2: Showmance]
13) Defying Gravity
Who? Originally sung by Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth, covered by Chris Colfer & Lea Michele
When? Kurt and Rachel compete for a solo on this number [Season 1 Episode 9: Wheels]
14) Bohemian Rhapsody
Who? Originally sung by Queen, covered by Jonathan Groff
When? Vocal Adrenaline, New Directions' competitor, performs at the Regionals [Season 1 Epsiode 22]
15) Stop! In The Name of Love / Free Your Mind
Who? Originally sung by The Supremes / En Vogue, covered by the Boys of Glee Cast
When? Will invests Beiste to watch the boys' competition performance, where they perform this number to apologize and earn her forgiveness [Season 2 Episode 6: Never Been Kissed]
Who? Originally sung by Lady Gaga & Beyonce, covered by Charice & Lea Michele
When? An impromptu duet after Rachel encounters Sunshine in the girls' bathroom [Season 2 Episode 1: Audition]
17) The Only Exception
Who? Originally sung by Paramore, covered by Lea Michele
When? Rachel has Finn's ex-girlfriend, Quinn, to attempt to seduce him to test his fidelity. She is relieved when Finn turns her down, and Rachel sings this number to him in apology [Season 2 Episode 2: Britney / Brittany]
Who? Originally sung by Beyonce, covered by Charice Pempengco
When? Charice successfully auditions to join the glee club with this number [Season 2 Episode 1: Audition]
19) Empire State Of Mind
Who? Originally sung by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, covered by the Glee Cast
When? The glee club performed this number at the school courtyard, upon knowing that next years' Nationals will be held at New York [Season 2 Episode 1: Audition]
20) What I Did For Love
Who? Originally performed at A Chorus Line, covered by Lea Michele
When? After admitting that she values herself more than the other glee club members, Rachel sings this number alone in the auditorium, before heading to the choir room to apologize [Season 2 Episode 1: Audition]
26 November 2010
The remaining teams start out this leg flying to Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Amazing Race debuts the Double U-Turn, and Chad & Stephanie look geared to use it Nat & Kat, whom they identified as their strongest competitors (despite coming in last the previous leg).
Jill and Thomas managed to secure a flight that arrives 7 hours earlier than the other teams. Thomas, looking very pleased, tells the viewers that ‘hard work sometimes does pay off.’ Erm, it’s more of the hard work of the ticket lady. Nick & Vicki managed to secure an early flight as well.
Their first task at Bangladesh was to drink a full cup of sugar cane juice which they squeezed out of the machine. I don’t see any challenge in that.
Next was the detour, where teams had to choose between Balanced Meal (hoisting and delivering food containers onto a ship deck) and Balanced Bricks (using heads to transport 100 bricks). Jill and Thomas chose the latter, and while Jill couldn’t stand the smell in Dhaka (or as Nick puts it, ‘Everybody has a body odour. RACIST MUCH), Thomas couldn’t believe that men ‘half his size’ were carrying twice the number of bricks he can.
Arriving at the Double U-turn stop first, Jill and Thomas decided to U-turn Brooke & Claire. Seeing that they have plenty of time, Jill decided to assemble a rickshaw for the Road Block. Though Jill couldn’t distinguish bolts from bullets, she and Thomas still had zero competition leading up to the pit stop. Bangladesh seemed too easy for them. They won a $15,000 gift card for coming in first. Nick & Vicki came in second – the best position they have ever gotten.
Nat and Kat, along with Brooke and Claire, went for Balanced Meal, and delivered food, that according to Vicki ‘smells like poop’, to the men pounding the boat with hammers. Nat & Kat then decided to U-turn Chad & Stephanie, whose rickshaw rider screwed them up by heading them in the wrong direction. Looks like Chad & Stephanie are going to be terribly disappointed!
Brooke and Claire powered their way through the second U-turn, something which Chad & Stephanie can’t get to terms with, as they continue getting lost and fighting with each other. I don’t really care, because I’m not a big fan of them anyway.
I must seriously applaud Nat & Kat (who came in third), for they haven’t really got frustrated once throughout this entire race. I can’t really say the same for Chad & Stephanie. Brooke and Claire must really be physically exhausted after completing both detours.
Surprisingly, all the 3 teams met up at the Roadblock, and Chad seized the opportunity to taunt Nat, without much success. Chad is such a pitiful loser. Be a gracious gentleman, and accept the fact that what Nat & Kat did to your team was a strategic move. In fact, they had no choice as Chad & Stephanie was the only team behind them who was not U-turned.
Stephanie has problems fixing the seat while Brook cannot attach the bell. It’s a rich to the finish, and Brooke finished just before Stephanie. Eventually, Brooke and Claire narrowly edged out Chad and Stephanie to come in fourth.
At the end of the leg, Phil told Brooke and Claire that they ‘still have a chance to become the first all-women team to win The Amazing Race.’ Yes, Phil, we know you and the producers are really pushing for that. I’m hoping to see Nat & Kat emerge victorious this season.
To view The Amazing Race 17 Episode 9, visit: http://stagevu.com/video/cydtxgaohjpi
25 November 2010
Joe McElderry - Someone Wake Me Up
Pixie Lott - Can't Make This Over
Lykke Li - Get Some
Eliza Doolittle - Skinny Genes
The Black Eyed Peas - The Time (Dirty Bit)
Cheryl Cole - The Flood
22 November 2010
Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie (Pt II), What’s My Name, Only Girl (In The World)
Christina Aguilera – Express (from the Burlesque OST)
Pink – Raise Your Glass
Ke$ha – Take It Off / We R Who We R
Katy Perry – Firework
Enrique – Tonight, I Like It
Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber (He beat the likes of Eminem, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga & Katy Perry. Beats me.)
Breakthrough Artist: Justin Bieber
Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Lady Gaga
Favourite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group: The Black Eyed Peas
Favourite Pop/Rock Album: My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber
Favourite Soul/R&B Male Artist: Usher