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29 April 2011
With the general elections in the way, today's Idol results show really doesn't matter. The show has become a joke. So, here are just two videos you need to watch to keep yourself fairly updated.
Bruno Mars' performance of 'The Lazy Song' & 'Just The Way You Are', and the Results
28 April 2011
Jacob Lusk – Oh No, Not My Baby
Hideous clothes?! No, he will not last longer than George Huff's position. He will get out THIS WEEK. How terribly cabaret was this? 5.5/10
Lauren Alaina – Where You Lead
Carole King week is as boring as it gets, and Alaina did her best to entertain the crowd with her flirting with the guy and prancing around in her floral dress. She seems very comfortable in her own skin this time around. 7.0/10
Haley Reinhart & Casey Abrams – I Feel The Earth Move
One of the better performances of the night. They both have the raspy voices that just tingles in your ears. Actually, with the terrible selection of finalists, I wouldn't mind seeing them in the final two. 7.5/10
Scotty McCreery – You've Got A Friend
Very different from his usual performances. He gave a very mature feel to the song. 7.5/10
James Durbin – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
HATE IT how he's just dominating this whole competition. He's good, but he gets on my nerves. I won't love him today, tomorrow, forever. 7.5/10
Casey Abrams – Hi De Ho
This was so sexy haha! I can imagine him performing in her quirky mannerisms at awards shows already. 7.5/10
Haley Reinhart – Beautiful
I thought this wasn't necessarily the best song choice for her. It's a bit too chillax, but please I really hope she stays. 6.5/10
Scotty McCreery & Lauren Alaina – Up On The Roof
They are like permanent duet partners. Not fair one. Ok lor, it's romantic and sweet and lovey-dovey, but that's all! 7.0/10
James Durbin & Jacob Lusk – I'm Into Something Good
What a random pairing! But surprisingly this was pretty good. 7.5/10
Predicted Bottom 2: Jacob & Haley. JUST GET JAGIRL OUT ALREADY.
A surprise double elimination unfolds exactly how you think it would. Luckily, that means this is the last boring week and next week, the game begins.
Matt starts crying because he doesn't really want to be in this game anymore, but God keeps making him win.
That's followed by the big twist: The remaining seven will immediately play another immunity challenge and then immediately vote out another person. So wait, the next Redemption Island duel is going to be a four-way?
The show, in what was seen as a relative surprise, was the most watched telecast on the night it aired, garnering more viewers than high-profile competitors Dancing With The Stars on ABC and Glee on Fox.
Christina Aguilera's Acts
Aguilera thus far favours the powerhouse divas like herself, so it's not very surprising. The only surprise is that two of her 3 female acts are bald. She obviously knows she's the biggest shot when she told Javier Colon that she knows 'amazing people that will take him' to places.
Tarralyn Ramsey – 'Breathe' by Faith Hill
Trivia: In 2000 she enjoyed a fulfilling singing career at Verity/Warner where she released her Stellar Award-nominated self-titled gospel project, and later released Tarralyn on Tommy Motola's Casablanca/Universal label in 2004, after winning VH1's “Born To Diva,” hosted by Queen Latifah, and announced the winner by Sharon Osbourne.
Frenchie Davis - 'I Kissed A Girl' by Katy Perry
Trivia: Davis was a semi-finalist on the second season of American Idol but was disqualified due to topless photos taken earlier in her career. Idol drew criticism when the same situation occurred to season six's Antonella Barba, but different actions were undertaken to deal with it. She is going to fuel the rivalry between Voice and Idol undoubtedly!
Beverly McClellan – 'Piece of My Heart'
Another bald woman, though this one has the rock edge.
Tarralyn Ramsey (Aguilera's pick) & Javier Colon (Levine's pick)
Adam Levine's Acts
Levine's hardsell tactics to the contestants he favours is certainly putting Aguilera off. Having said that, I think he got the best three thus far.
Javier Colon – 'Time After Time' by Cyndi Lauper
He sounds so good. Very tasteful, her vocal gymnastics are impressive.
Jeff Jenkins – 'Bless The Broken Road' by Rascal Flatts
I swear this show was made for him. His looks was so blah, but goodness, the voice, so full.
Rebecca Loebe – 'Come As You Are'
She's so adorable, and I love how she sounds so alternative. Goodness! Blardy good!
Jeff Jenkins and Rebecca Loebe (Levine's picks)
Blake Shelton's Acts
He goes for nothing but conservative country music, so he has a very niche bunch of contestants he is mentoring.
Patrick Thomas – 'Live Like You Were Dying' by Tim McGraw
Total Scotty McCreery, except he's better looking!
Elenowen (Josh and Nicole Johnson) – 'Falling Slowly'
A duet! I thought this competition was only allowed for individuals? Interesting.
Xenia Martinez – 'Breakeven' by The Script
Shy girl with a decent voice. Just too sweet, the judges couldn't break her heart.
Cee Lo Green's Acts
Cee Lo is somewhat a wildcard judge. His picks have been proven to be very diverse, and basically he's the judge who presses the 'I Want You' button the most, because he's somewhat the least popular judge in the group.
Vicci Martinez – 'Rolling In The Deep' by Adele
Such a raw but brilliant voice. A very unique spin on things!
Kelsey Rey – 'American Boy' by Estelle
Very sweet girl with a very nice voice to boot. Levine obviously wanted her bad!
Tje Austin – 'Just The Way You Are' by Bruno Mars
Don't really fancy his voice, but we'll see how it goes.
Vicci Martinez & Kelsey Rey (Cee Lo's picks)
Labels: The Voice
The cowboys are first to get out of the train at Liechtenstein, which was headed toward the border crossing at Schaanwald. Gary and Mallory lose time as their cab driver checks his GPS.
For the first Road Block, one team member will measure the entire length of Liechtenstein (22 km) on a motorized bike (a Solex). If they measure incorrectly, they have to go back and measure again! For the team getting this measurement wrongly, it's going to be a lot of time lost.
For coming in last the previous week, Gary and Mallory had to clear a Speed Bump. They have to make fuel for their Solex with gas and oil.
Jet misses a turn, followed by Flight Time (who was totally lost), and Jen drops her map. Gary and Mallory complete their Speed Bump, and Gary hops on the bike and catches up with Jet. Vyxsin struggles to understand her map, and Justin guesses the distance correctly! Jen hears Justin's guess and duplicates it. Sneaky.
For the detour, teams had to choose between "Cheese” (teams have to eat a bunch of fondue) or "Wheeze" (teams must deliver luggage to five different hotels.) It would definitely suck for the teams on the receiving end of that Double U-Turn, which was going to take place later in the leg.
Kent complains about delivering the luggage because it's heavy and unwieldy. Vyxsin, having had just about enough of Kent, offers to pull him in the luggage cart.
Zev and Justin check in first at the Pit Stop for their fourth win. Kisha and Jen are close behind, having chosen not to U-Turn anyone either.
The Globetrotters deliver 20 bags, but lose two of the tickets! The cowboys are catching up, and Gary and Mallory pull ahead. Kent and Vyxsin decide not to U-Turn anyone since they've already used their U-Turn earlier this season. Gary and Mallory also choose not to U-Turn anyone. Everyone is so peaceloving.
The cowboys and the Globetrotters then race to the U-Turn box. I was so pissed off when the Globetrotters arrived first. The cowboys have to eat all that cheese and then get eliminated! What a way to go.
The cowboys toast to racing over their pot of fondue. I'll miss them and the cowboy-style music that plays whenever they did something great in the Race. I really thought they would make it to the finale.
Anyway, random quiz I just did:
Labels: Amazing Race
27 April 2011
1) Lady Gaga - Judas
It takes a lot to be offended by a song before you've even heard it, but such was the case among Christian extremists when Lady GaGa released the lyrics to 'Judas' a couple of months ago. Proclaiming her love for a man who betrayed one of the world's most iconic religious figures was undoubtedly risky, but rather than gasping in dismay, our excitement levels were instead raised to extreme.
2) Death Cab For Cutie - You Are A Tourist
Frontman Ben Gibbard (also Zooey Deschanel's man) stated that this album is “a much less guitar-centric album” than the band has produced before. The sound may be new, but it's still very familiar.
3) Arctic Monkeys - Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair
This is another bit of evidence for the band's admirable refusal to do the same old thing to keep people happy. Whatever you think they are, it seems, they are not.
4) David Cook - The Last Goodbye
Strong vocal delivery, solid storytelling and a sing-along chorus complete with Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody"-style "whoa ohs" come together for a great song that should do big business at Adult Pop and Top 40 radio stations.
5) LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem
"Party rock is in the house tonight/ Everybody just have a good time," they chant over squiffy synths, a deep pan bassline and all the other standard ingredients for a modern party tune. We can't help but enjoy it - worse - be secretly addicted to it. All we can say is: get ready to shuffle - a lot.
6) Glee Cast - Loser Like Me
Fronted by Lea Michele, 'Loser Like Me' is the anti-cool anthem; a double toe touch attack against the haterz, cool kids and - worst of all - Sue Sylvesters of the world. Essentially a 'Raise Your Glass' mark II, their shared producers Max Martin and Shellback chuck the Pinks, Ke$has and Katy Perrys into the kitchen sink and add a generous coat of gloss and shimmer (and Auto-Tune) to create what is ultimately an audacious, unabashed and, crucially, authentic pop stomper that remains true to what Glee is all about.
7) Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Starlight
'Starlight' is the type of intergalactic dance-ballad that only Sophie's divine vocal could really do justice. It's rich and lush, with a glorious sweeping hook underscored by disco and a spacey 80's retro thump.
8) Beyonce - (Run The World) Girls
Earthy beats, hypnotising hooks and militant drums pound relentlessly as Queen B declares it's "GRLZ who run this mutha". With no identifiable structure, the uber-trendy, uber-squiggly Major Lazer 'Pon De Floor' sample - a staple on the underground scene since 2009 - is free to roam as it sees fit; adding up to an aggressive, head-spinning and ferocious club stomper that doesn't quite fulfill the task in hand, but it's not for want of trying.
9) Alex Clare - Relax My Beloved
"Relax My Beloved" is the latest track to be released on Alex Clare's upcoming Diplo & Switch produced full length album. Get ready for some epic soulful wobbles!
10) Jessie J - Nobody's Perfect
Attitude, boldness and trademark decent vocals, lyrics are reasonable and there’s plenty going on within the musical mix.
11) David Guetta - Where Dem Girls At (feat. Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida)
This song is quite literally Sexy Bitch 2.0. The music is nearly identical to last summer’s club hit. Maybe that’s why Guetta went for a same sound…hoping for a second year of owning the clubs. Who knows, maybe it will work, but this just seems really lazy to me.
12) Jennifer Lopez - Papi
Papi is just another average “perfect-for-the-summer” hit with repetitive and club-friendly lyrics.
13) Neon Trees - Your Surrender
“Your Surrender” definitely has a prom-vibe to it, with a great drum/bass up-tempo pop-rock alternative sound. This track captures teen romance at its most passionate. The lyrics are enchanting, and make a listener remember the moments of their own prom, and teen romances.
14) Sara Bareilles - Uncharted
Bareilles went with some big names for the clip, including Josh Groban, Pharrell, Ben Folds, Maroon's Adam Levine, Tegan and Sara, and Jennifer Nettles.
15) Dionne Bromfield - Yeah Right (feat. Diggy Simmons)
The goddaughter/protégé of Amy Winehouse, it was hard not to dismiss her as a piggybacker on the success of a close family connection; particularly after her rush-released '60s covers album and a debut - albeit impressive - performance on Strictly Come Dancing. However, two years later and faced with her first original effort, such cynicism simply melts away.
16) Lenka - Heart Skips A Beat
Just like Lenka’s past offerings, Heart Skips A Beat possesses satisfying doses of catchiness – enough to convince the listener that the track is something special. The beats, resembling those of hand claps, actually add a touch of sheer fun into the track – enough to make the listener nod his head in approval.
17) Danger Mouse - Two Against One (feat. Danielle Luppi and Jack White)
This is Jack White's most ear-grabbing outburst since the end of the White Stripes did not do punk blues.
18) Owl City - Alligator Sky
Another optimistic tune about reaching for the stars.
19) Katy B - Broken Record
While the melody remains as grimey as her previous offerings, her vulnerable and grief-stricken vocal immediately softens the song's sharper edges, culminating in an achingly sad but sonically uplifting ending that Robyn would be proud to call her own.
20) Nicki Minaj - Girls Fall Like Dominoes
Nicki Minaj's use of hyperbole, sprinkled here over a boombastic beat and juttering synths courtesy of J-J-J-J.R Rotem, who confidently refreshes The Big Pink's 2009 hit 'Dominos' to give it a youthful glean that would make Joan Rivers's plastic surgeon proud. Also, anyone brave enough to rhyme Beyoncé with strangé deserves to feel a little bit smug, right?
21) The Strokes - Call Me Back
22) Alex Clare - Too Close
23) Plain White T's - Boomerang
24) Incubus - Adolescents
25) Jon McLaughlin - What I Want
26 April 2011
PHOTOS AND VIDEOS TO BE UPLOADED ON FRIDAY OR SATURDAY. PROMISE.
24 April 2011
Dionne Bromfield – Yeah Right (feat. Diggy Simmons)
Lenka – Heart Skips A Beat
Plain White T’s – Boomerang
Parachute – Kiss Me Slowly
David Cook – The Last Goodbye
Beyonce – Run The World (Girls)
Jennifer Lopez – Papi
Incubus – Adolescents
22 April 2011
Kanye West – All Of The Lights & Stronger
Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
Cee Lo Green – Crazy & Fuck You
The Strokes – Under Cover of Darkness
Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
The Kills – DNA
Monarchy – Love Get Out Of My Way
Arcade Fire – Wake Up
Neon Trees – Animal
Scissor Sisters – Take Your Momma Out
Marina & The Diamonds – Oh No!
Mumford & Sons – Lover’s Eyes
Warpaint – Elephants
NOTE: I will be calling Phillip crazy a lot in this recap, but it does NOT mean that I'm secretly calling him the "N" word using coded language. As Julie says, "It has nothing to do with the color of your skin, Phil. You are one crazy dude."
Left: Matt, Mike and David face off in Redemption Island Arena
Right: Andrea and Phillip sort through their maggot-infested rice
The Three-Way Duel
Matt, Mike and David are confused by the fact that all three will participate in the duel, and I'm confused when Jeff Probst reveals that in the duel (building an 8-foot-high house of cards from wooden tiles), the first two to finish will stay and only one person will go to the jury.
After a tense battle, Mike and Matt stay alive (but Mike actually beats Matt, for the first time ever in a duel) and David is gone for good.
Left: Steve, Julie and Ralph enjoy more rice
Right: Phillip berates Steve and Julie for not sharing their tin can
The Rice and Race War
The centerpiece of this episode is a fight that will certainly go down in Survivor history. As I see it, there are five simple parts to this scene.
Part 1: Your Rice Is My Rice
There are two rice tins, one from Zapatera and one from Ometepe. The Zapaterans are eating all the rice they can since they're gone anyway and don't want to share, which is within their right. Except Phillip disagrees, so when they leave, he steals some rice from Zapatera.
Part 2: Your Rice Tin is My Rice Tin
Later, Ometepe finds maggots in their rice, so they separate it on a blanket, but then have nowhere to put it. Phillip wants to put it in the Zapatera tin and mix it all together, but the Zapaterans are understandably unhappy with the idea that the tribe voting them out one-by-one now wants to eat their rice.
Left: The Murlonio tribe get set for the Immunity Challenge
Right: Steve and a shortless Phillip
Part 3: The Race Card
And the debate should be over, but Phillip raises his voice, acts crazy as usual and then he plays the race card.
Phillip claims that Steve is calling him crazy because he's black. Steve, the former NFL player (so I'm guessing he's had a few black friends). But Phillip ups the ante, claiming that black men have short tempers and that's why so many of them shoot people. Seriously, that's not me, he said it. And the things Phillip says are so much more racist than Steve.
Part 4: Comedy Interlude
The racial issue makes things tense, but it's briefly interrupted when Phillip challenges Steve to mano-a-mano combat, which would be a mistake because Phillip is a "Wing Chung Kung Fu expert."
Part 5: Dropping the "N" Bomb
To close things out for good measure, Phillip starts dropping the "N" bomb left and right. Even his own tribe is looking at him like "What the H?" Phillip is being totally irrational and acting crazier than I thought possible.
The Immunity Challenge
It's a puzzle, which means Boston Rob should have an edge. And he does, winning individual immunity.
Left: The Murlonio tribe at Tribal Council
Right: Julie's torch is snuffed and she is sent to Redemption Island
Phillip starts blaming Steve for stealing his pants (which Julie did) and then the race issues comes up, and Jeff Probst does his best to navigate this very touchy subject around the truly crazy Phillip. Steve defends himself by saying that he played in the NFL where 80 percent of the players were black, and that there's no distinction between black and white in his heart. Jeff gets everyone to agree that there was a lot of pressure and it got blown out of proportion.
Then Julie is voted out, 6-3. That's right, even with Phillip's race-baiting tirade, his tribe stuck with him. I know it's a good strategy to keep such a hated figure around, but there has to be a limit to the amount of crazy you'll allow, and Phillip certainly surpassed it tonight.
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The show starts off with its usual dramatics of asking the viewers whether they have voted. Then, it was Jacob, Stefano, Haley and Alaina performing Train’s ‘Hey, Soul Sister’. Jacob looked disgustingly-hoochy-trashy as ever (NO, do not even call him a diva. You’re insulting the world’s legends.) and I’m liking Haley more week after week (I would like to forget ‘Call Me’ as much as possible).
Ryan hasn’t mentioned about any ‘shocking’ results, so I’m guessing Stefano is leaving us tonight. A pity, because I seriously want Lusk out.
Scotty, Casey and James then bring us Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’. Scotty blended in surprisingly well.
It’s verdict time!
Round 1: Casey VS Jacob. The person who deserves getting into the bottom 3, gets into the bottom 3. Hurray!
Winner of Season 7, David Cook, then performs his latest single, ‘The Last Goodbye’. I liked the guitarist’s polkadotted guitar, and Cook’s hair. The song? Uh uh. He’s going to be performing at a charity event at Washington DC (haha, anyone got the pun? DC at DC?)
Round 2: Lauren VS Stefano VS James. Stefano in the bottom 3!
Round 3: Haley VS Scotty. I was so praying for a miracle, but alas, Scotty is safe AGAIN. Haley doesn’t get to sit in the Bottom 3 couches for long though, as Ryan pulled her from the hot seat within seconds.
Katy Perry performs ET with Kanye West. I got to be unbiased – she was vocally adept for this performance. The song is just suitable for her range. Kanye’s guest appearance is rather random though, preferred him more during Coachella (which I’ll be posting soon later.)
Stefano is eliminated. America breathes a sigh of relief because they had time to mentally prepare for this. Stefano must be relieved too, that he does not need to do anymore bad Ford Music Videos.
21 April 2011
The Top 7 perform songs from the 21st century! If I were to be the executive producer of Idol, I'd make Week 1 as songs from 2001, Week 2 as songs from 2002, and so on. But yeah, we do need the folks to vote.
Scotty McCreery - Swingin' by John Anderson
It was ok by Scotty standards, but it didn't wow me or anything. 6.5/10
James Durbin - Uprising by Muse
Crap. Images of failure started surfacing the moment he said he was gonna do Muse. At this point in time, I'm the fat cat who had a heart attack. 6.5/10
Haley Bennett - Rolling In The Deep by Adele
Is this amazing or what?! The judges' comments were WAY under-rated. She completely excelled in this, and I want her to go all the way. 8.5/10
Jacob Lusk - Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross
I don't wish to torture myself watching him trying to emote genuinely. Fakey can dance on his own or with his father for all I care. No rating and no picture is required. No rating.
Casey Abrams - Harder to Breathe by Maroon 5
Flails! I absolutely love his rendition. Contrary to his voters, I actually love it when he gets all grouchy (like in Smells Like Teen Spirit). This performance was flaming! Now, all you people should grab your Maroon 5 tickets now! 8.5/10
Stefano Langone - Closer by Ne-Yo
I see he attempted doing some swift dance moves. Ok, he pulled out all his stops to avoid elimination once again. To be honest, I thought it was pretty decent! Decent enough for another week? You never know.
Lauren Alaina - Born To Fly by Sara Evans
This was solid, but not different from what she usually does, neither was it particularly moving. She has successfully established herself as those country/cross-over artists whom I do not care for in the long run. What a waste.
Predicted Bottom 3: Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery, Stefano Langone
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