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27 August 2011
Watch the damn amazing episode here.
The double eviction episode is by far the best episode this season. Nonstop action and gameplay with very little filler.
Veto Aftermath: Despite a double eviction, we still get to see some of Daniele's campaigning to stay by getting Shelly and Porsche on her side and targeting Adam to join them. Daniele makes solid points that Jeff and Jordan are the last remaining couple while Rachel is also a threat because everyone hates her. This finally starts to wake Shelly up to the fact that she will lose if she stays loyal to Jeff and Jordan.
Shelly then tries to sell it to Adam, but he's not as easily swayed because he doesn't trust Daniele. Adam is basically willing to roll the dice and compete against Jeff and Jordan, being foolish enough to think he could beat them in a competition, which is just wrong on every level.
Because of Adam's vapid nature, Daniele is evicted 3-2.
Daniele calls Adam the worst player in the history of the game and I agree.
The HGs play "Before or After" about events in the house.
Adam is out first. Ha, everyone in the house thinks Adam knows everything and he's always talking about how he remembers every detail about the summer and would be so great at this kind of competition. After a few more questions, Kalia emerged as the new HOH. OHMYGOD, FREAKING KARMA.
Wow, two HoH wins and now it's time for Jeff and Jordan to pay. Kalia is definitely stepping it up. It's hard to call anyone who wins two HoHs a floater.
Kalia nominates Jeff and Rachel. AGAIN.
Power of Veto Competition
Jordan is the one person not picked to play for the PoV during the commercial break. The HGs must find two clown shoes in a giant ball pit and bring them back and then get the veto symbol. They can only bring one clown shoe at a time.
And VOILA, Porsche wins the POV. Everything is happening beautifully.
With Porsche winning her first-ever challenge, this means Shelly is the only HG who hasn't won.
Porsche does NOT use the Power of Veto.
Nominee Speeches: Rachel gives a speech that sounds like she knows she's staying. Big Jeff pleads directly to Shelly and begs her for her vote.
Jordan votes to evict...RACHEL
Porsche votes to evict...JEFF
Adam votes to evict...RACHEL (after a lot of thinking)
Shelly votes to evict...JEFF (she can barely say it through the tears)
It's a tie.
KALIA VOTES TO EVICT JEFF! HURRAY THE WORLD CELEBRATES. For once, I really don't give a damn if Jordan's upset or what. She can cry all she wants, boohoo.
In a total role reversal, Jordan is a sobbing mess and Rachel is being the level-headed one trying to calm her down. Also, Jordan is cursing like a sailor, calling Shelly a "f***ing b****" for turning on Jeff and saying that Jeff and Brendon are stuck in the jury house with "that whore," Daniele. Yeah, this is a completely different side of America's Sweetheart.
Go Jordan, now win some challenges and prove your mettle.
Labels: Big Brother
The designers on Project Runway this week are put to the challenge of creating an ensemble for Nina Garcia to wear on a day at the office that could transition into an outfit for an event in the evening. Kimberly's winning design will be worn by Nina herself, and featured in a Marie Claire ad campaign atop NYC taxis. Guest judges this week include Joanna Coales, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire magazine, and actress Kerry Washington.
Top 3 designs: Viktor, Anya, Kimberly (Winner)
Trouble surfaces from the very beginning of the episode while the designers shop for their materials. Becky and Anthony realize that they have chosen the exact same printed fabric and neither is willing to trade it in to find something new. Of course for added effect the visionaries behind the show choose to put the matching designs back to back on the runway, hoping to make things interesting, but the judges don't even mention it.
Joanna Wants a Taste, Too
As if Nina's harsh words weren't enough, guest judge Joanna Coales is also handing out cruel critiques to the bottom designers. Her top three hateful comments of the night all fit with the same introduction: "If Nina came in to the office wearing that..." and finished with one of the following: 1. I would think she was ill. 2. ...everybody would be talking behind her back. 3. I would think she was asking to be fired. Geez Joanna, tone it down a little, will you?
Others: Josh M, Laura, Olivier
Julie Truly Loses
Julie's straight-out-of-star-Trek "droat" (dress/coat -Joanna) is unquestionably hideous from my point of view, but the decision to send her packing is controversial for a number of reasons. The judges frequently discuss the fact that Cecilia, the other bottom choice, comes up with one of the worst designs every episode, and when she is told she is still in the running, she goes back into the room and basically admits she doesn't care to be on the show anymore. What is even more shocking is the designers who were safe and sent from the stage first deliberate about who they think is in the bottom vs. the top, and they can't make up their mind about Julie! If a team of designers think her outfit has the potential to qualify for a winning slot, does she really deserve to go home?
Labels: Project Runway
26 August 2011
Florence + The Machine - What The Water Gave Me
Panic! At The Disco - Let's Kill Tonight
Leona Lewis - Collide
Beyonce - 1 + 1
Rihanna - Cheers (Drink To That)
Blink 182 - Up All Night
Joss Stone - Karma
Demi Lovato - Skyscraper (America's Got Talent Live Performance)
The Ready Set- Hollywood Dream
24 August 2011
Goodness, the amount of effort they put in each performance is mad. I liked the whole 'game' concept, and their incorporation of LMFAO's 'Shake That' chant. I really wanna be there to watch that performance. It's super awesome - the programmer must be damn proud of herself.
Lys Agnes - Opera Singer ('Bring Me To Life' to Evanescence)
Aww, a pity she doesn't cover all the rapping parts. This was sensational though, she cracked at parts, but at least she doesn't exaggerate the singing. Howie's comment was quite uncalled for.
I think the choice of music made everything very underwhelming from the home viewer's perspective. Once again, because so much was going on onstage, it was hard for the cameras to zoom in on the act. The choreography was brilliant though! Costumes so beautiful. They really would make a terrific Vegas show.
Poplyfe - Pop Band
THEY ARE LIKE HOW YOUNG? The lead vocalist's charisma is damn incredible. Loved the staging, loved the energy. If only she sang with a little more huskiness in her tone, then the sound of the band and her vocals would really complement each other. Nevertheless, this was great!
He makes me want to learn cycling all over again LOL. The stunts he do with his bicycle are absolutely insane. Yes, he may have fell once during the performance, but he very quickly regained composure. Great effort. The song is by Wolfgang Gartner ('Fire Power'). It's true what the judges say though - watching this for a straight 20 minutes may be pretty repetitive.
West Springfield Dance Team - Dancers
This was very True Blood inspired, the peeling of that facial skin haha. I like how they just get into total zombie-evil mode when they perform. Props to them for coming up with something so amazing despite their short preparation times.
Beth Ann Robinson - Dancer
Wow, this gave me chills. This pwns some of the SYTYCD contemporary dancers already.
Melissa Villasenor - Comedian
Aww, only her Shakira & Xtina impersonations impressed me, because those were the only ones I knew haha. Seriously, given the tremendous odds facing her, it's damn hard to come up with a good script, but she conquered it all, and delivered a pretty wacky one.
Some of the tricks executed are just downright risky and foolish. I admire them for taking such risks (eg. balancing 4 weirdly-placed chairs on glass cups), but I wouldn't want them to advance - freaks me out.
Kevin Colis - Singer
This was almost flat throughout. Goddamn boring. He's like the worst 'humble-personality-singer' EVER. This was worth $5. Even Sharon calls it 'bland and forgettable' - means it was TERRIBLE.
Daniel Joseph Baker - Singer ('Turning Tables')
WHY IS HE STILL HERE? He's like a failed cross-breed experiment of Glee and Gaga. Don't know why the judges love him.
Sandou Trio Russian Bar - Stuntmen
WTF HAPPENED? They decided to give up doing their stunts and sing instead? If Piers had 3 'X's, he'd probably buzz them all.
Labels: America's Got Talent
1) Lady Gaga - You & I
The soulful, piano-driven, 80′s rock-influenced ballad is about going back to see an old love and not wanting to let that love go. The interesting thing about the choice of Yoü and I as a single is that, even though the album has other electropop songs that would become faster and surer hits on radio, Lady Gaga chose this “unconventional” song for pop radio. It could be that seeing the runaway success Adele is currently having, Gaga has realized the electropop age is fading and is slowly trying to get listeners to get accustomed to her new intended sound.
2) Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
Songwriter, producer and band leader Mark Foster says that the words to "Pumped Up Kicks" were written to draw attention to gun violence among youth and Columbine style disasters. Why he chose to wrap it in such a catchy, otherwise upbeat, package is an open question, but it guarantees that once you hear the words they will be memorable. "Pumped Up Kicks" is that rare hit that works as a centerpiece of a party soundtrack as well as one which rewards close listening over headphones in the bedroom.
The instrumental mix for "Pumped Up Kicks" is admirably dense and layered. For the bridge it breaks down into a sort of spaced out surf guitar and whistling. The chorus is delivered once again nearly a capella with handclapping and bass before the full mix joins once again for the fade. It is a satisfyingly complete pop concoction which clearly ranks among the best singles of 2011. Best New Artist, or Record of the Year? Very likely!
3) Marina & The Diamonds - Fear & Loathing
Welsh singer-songwriter Marina Diamandis released this buzz track a couple weeks ago - the first of two introductory songs to the intriguingly-titled 'Electra Heart'. She may be sketchy on the details for now, but the haunting melodies and big vocals of 'Fear & Loathing' suggest a stepping up for her sophomore album.
4) Funeral Party - New York Moves to the Sound of LA
This track has got a really vibrant indie rock sound but somehow evolved. As the lyrics say “it's all been done before and will all be done again”. Such tracks might be overdone, but it's rarely done as good as this or sounding quite so fresh.
5) Snow Patrol - Called Out In The Dark
Gone is the unnecessary use of metaphors to describe things that so plagued Lightbody’s songwriting on some tracks from 2008’s A Hundred Million Suns. Also apparently vanished are the band’s epic and overly-serious guitar hooks that they have made famous, replaced instead with a more playful and fun track for the listener to experience.
6) Foster The People - Helena Beat
An excited kick drum rhythm followed by an ambient heartbeat interlude serves as introduction to a synth-pop melody. Foster wastes no time as he sings through the only two eight line verses. Though most of the song is chorus, there is no sacrifice of substance.
7) Kanye West & Jay-Z - Otis
The back-and-forth banter between the rap kings is endearing, and they offer plenty of fantastic one-liners too numerous to mention. Highly addictive track which you could keep on looping.
8) Bad Meets Evil - Lighters (feat. Bruno Mars)
"Lighters" kicks off with the warm, pleasing vocals of Bruno Mars celebrating living out one's life dreams with validation from a sea of admirers represented by the concert tradition of lighters in the air. It is followed by a confident and amusing Eminem rap in which he asks us to forgive his cockiness while he dismisses any haters that would argue with his status as the world's top rapper. While "Lighters" may not be the hardcore rap many Bad Meets Evil fans want to hear, it is a reminder to mainstream pop fans that hip hop and pop can blend without alienating audiences of either genre.
9) Red Hot Chilli Peppers - The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
It's reassuring to realize just how little they have changed in the five years since their last album—or in the two decades, for that matter. So what if their guitarist quit during their most recent hiatus? The remaining members seem to be the same as always.
10) David Guetta - Titanium (feat. Sia)
“Titanium” is the best thing Guetta’s produced in ages (since Kelly Rowland's 'Commander'). While the frighteningly successful French DJ has become a dance floor staple for the latter half of the past decade, Guetta’s usually due to churn out something truly transcendent every year or so–”Titanium” is one of those moments.
11) Jessie J - Who's Laughing Now
"'Cause I'm in LA, you think I've made my fame/ FB makes us friends when you only really know my name," Jessie J blasts between squeaky cartoon-styled vocals rarely heard in pop music. Flanked by pounding hip-hop kick-beats and twinkling piano pinches, Ms. Cornish rightfully addresses all those hanger-ons with diva ad-libbing perfection.
12) James Morrison - Right By Your Side
After losing Amy Winehouse, it makes me happy to think that she wasn't the only one who dominated the 'soulful R&B' genre and I think it is fair to recognize the talent in other people, just like in James Morrison who has dropped a taste of his third upcoming album The Awakening, a beautiful track called Right By Your Side.
13) Evanescence - What You Want
Rock music is experiencing a bit of a renaissance in the pop music world during the summer of 2011 and the return of Evanescence fits perfectly into the framework. Piano flourishes maintain the gothic feel that has always lurked in the music of Evanescence. "What You Want" will likely please long-term fans of the band while roping in fans of the rock end of the dance spectrum.
14) Feist - How Come You Never Go There
15) Kaiser Chiefs - Man On Mars
'Man on Mars' will be the second official single to be lifted from their recent album The Future Is Medieval. The video was filmed earlier this summer in Japan, where the band performed at the Fuji Rock festival.The group recently admitted that they pushed themselves while writing their new album, which prompted them to give fans the option to create their own custom tracklistings out of a collection of 20 new songs.
16) Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know
This song topped the Aussie charts last week, after 'Someone Like You' dominated it for 7 weeks. I think it's this expression of personal regret which has resonated with the public. Artists like Mumford & Sons and Adele have had successful charting singles, with morose songs about failed relationships that explicitly acknowledge fault. After all, none of us are perfect. But it doesn't stop us longing.
17) Wolfgang Gartner - Forever (feat will.i.am)
Definite Ministry-of-Sound approved, the song features vocals from will.i.am, who also stars in the promo clip for the track. The Black Eyed Peas man's head appears in several stages of life, attached to a sperm, foetus, baby, toddler and so on.
18) Oh Land - White Nights
We are really not sure what to make of the oddities that fill this song's music video. Throughout the clip, she keeps waking up in various scenarios, looking confused. There’s geometric dance parties; the pop star riding on a horse with a unicorn horn on her head; soft-shoeing on a sound stage; and cliff-diving in her undies. We’re unclear how it all ties together, but it sure was one fun video to watch.
19) Pia Toscano - This Time
Toscano really shows off the pipes that made her an ‘Idol’ favorite with vocal gymnastics over the final chorus. With Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina pursuing country music projects, the door is wide open for Toscano to become the big pop star from Season 10.
20) One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
Aimed solidly at teenage girls who are waiting for somebody to be secretly in love with them, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ is so unthreatening it might have to think twice about holding hands, lest it get overwhelmed.
Winner: Laura & Anthony Ryan
Anthony and Laura made a red couture gown with feather accents. The judges loved it and declared it modern, dramatic, and exciting.
The designers will work on a challenge revolving around a theme called "Larger than Life." They will work in teams of 2 with a budget of $500 and design for professional stilt walkers in one day. The runway show will be at Battery Park, making it the first runway show to be held outside and giving fans an opportunity to tune in and observe.
The Bottom Three:
Watch the episode here.
Labels: Project Runway
23 August 2011
Rihanna - What's My Name
Rihanna - Only Girl (In The World)
Rihanna - Cheers (Drink To That)
Bruno Mars - The Lazy Song
Example - Kickstarts
Example - Stay Awake
Jessie J - Do It Like A Dude
Mark Ronson feat. Dionne Bromfield - Valerie (in memory of Amy Winehouse)
Arctic Monkeys - Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair
Arctic Monkeys - Brick By Brick
Ellie Goulding - The Writer
Example - Changed The Way You Kissed Me
The Wanted - Glad You Came
Hurts - Wonderful Life
The Script - The Man Who Can't Be Moved
Labels: Best Of Music 2011
The remaining 15 designers have to use the items inside a pet supply store to create a completely unique, unconventional look. Live animals are off-limits though, a bummer.
Since Bert has immunity for the week, he heads right for the doggie beds and pet clothes. Everyone else buys supplies from leashes to squeeze toys to neck cones. Julie buys a bag of dog food to masquerade. Interesting.
The designers are allowed to use muslin as a base for their construction, but are encouraged to think as much out of the box as possible.
Designs which were safe: (1st row, L to R: Anya, Becky, Bert; 2nd row, L to R: Cecelia, Daniele, Julie; 3rd row, L to R: Kimberly, Laura, Viktor) Click to enlarge.
Bottom 3 (below, from left to right):
Winner: Olivier Green (receives Immunity next week)
Eliminated: Josh Christensen
Watch Episode 2 here.
Labels: Project Runway
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