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30 September 2011
Brian Bradley - Stop Looking At My Momz (Original Composition)
Brennin Hunt - How We Make It (Original Composition)
Jazzlyn Little - 'I'm Going Down' by Mary J. Blige
Tora Woloshin - 'I Want You Back' by The Jackson 5
Nick Dean - Walk Away (Original Composition)
Cari Fletcher - 'Alone' by Heart
Kelly Warner - 'Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen
Liliana Rose Andreano - 'You Are My Sunshine' by Jimmie Davis
Paige Elizabeth Ogle - 'You And I' by Lady Gaga
Leroy Bell (59 years old?!) - 'Lean On Me' by Ben E. King
Labels: X Factor (US)
29 September 2011
Catch the episode here.
This week's challenge involved an interview with Mario Lopez, where the girls were split into teams of 6. The winning team would be immune from elimination this week. Team 2, comprising Shannon, Bre, Allison, Camille, Kayla and Bianca, win the challenge and are thus safe from elimination. There's also an overall winner who gets to come back and interview for real with "Extra", and that winner is Allison.
On the way home from the challenge, Angelea is still upset by Nigel's criticism (that she didn't give enough of her personality, which is insanity) and is in a foul mood, because she tried to be professional and it backfired. She thinks Nigel wants her to act like a Buffalo caricature, and she resents that: "Whatever, I'm not gonna get on there and be this hood ghetto bitch! I work at a BANK!"
The models figure that the photo shoot involved walking on stilts, as they are paired one from the winning team, and the other from the losing team.
Laura and Bre: Nigel says it could be a fragrance ad. Andre says Laura looks high fashion and Bre looks like a "robot out of Blade Runner" and Kristin disagrees with him, saying she wishes Bre had more of an expression.
Lisa and Bianca: Nigel to Lisa: "Do you ever have your photograph taken with your legs together?" Ohhhh, snap! It's hard to tell if Nigel loves or is disgusted by Lisa. Tyra says Bianca looks like she lacks energy, but it works because she's pushing up Lisa's leg, so it looks like she's just super strong.
Alexandria and Shannon: "So Lady Gaga, it's culturally so exciting," says Andre. The judges love the photo, but Nigel wishes that Shannon had been more of a top than a bottom, so to speak.
Angelea and Allison: Angelea stops the judges before they can start, to address Nigel about the "Extra" interview. Nigel says that she doesn't have to be hood to have personality, and she toned herself down too much. To explain, Tyra tells a nonsensical story about how SNL mocked her once. So I guess the lesson is to be worthy of parody, but don't BECOME the parody. As for Allison, the judges love her in this shot, because "Allison is giving us a booty tooch." That's Tyra's new term for arching your back and showing off your ass. I know it's stupid, but we should probably just embrace it, because it's here to stay, just like smize.
Camille and Isis: Nigel says it feels "clubby," and Camille tries to cover and say that the shoot reminded her of Carnivale, so she wanted it to seem "dancy." The judges say Isis didn't give enough energy and face. It's just blah.
Tyra first calls out the safe girls, and gives the best photo to... ALLISON. "And we've added a new word to Top Model's vernacular. Tooch. Can you say tooch?" Tyra asks Allison. Poor, punished Allison. She meekly answers, "tooch," knowing it's below her, but knowing she has no choice. Such is the price of selling your soul to the devil. Twice.
Second Photo: BIANCA
CAMILLE (Tyra give it begrudgingly: "This picture is so whack, girl!")
Now to the "unsafe" girls:
Bottom Two: ANGELEA and ISIS
ELIMINATED: ISIS and her gray shoulder pad yarmulke
She says she's shocked, but she doesn't seem that shocked. Unfortunately, neither am I. I love Isis, but her modeling just didn't measure up, and I had a bad feeling that Tyra was only bringing her back as some sort of self-back-patting novelty exercise. "I leave here with a great impact on the other girls, and hopefully the world," our brave Isis says as she departs.
AT REDEMPTION ISLAND
Time for the Redemption Island Duel! Semhar had a lot of time to braid her hair. Before the challenge, Semhar recites a spoken word poem for whatever reason. Man, it was weird, and a bit awkward. The challenge then required Christine and Semhar to balance a totem on a pole, then add a second section of pole. After the third section of pole, Semhar loses the totem. Weeping about her abandonment issues again, Semhar leaves the game for good.
Mikayla has no idea why Brandon hates her. And she shouldn't have any idea because it is completely illogical. Brandon has realized that villainy is in his blood, and in his tattoos. Brandon is feeling an ancient shame, so he takes off his t-shirt, to reveal his tattoos. Since it didn't have the impact he desired, he tells his tribe that he's Russell's nephew, which did have the desired impact, particularly from Stacey. He apologizes, but it's too late for Mikayla, who hates him for his personality, not his family ties. Coach isn't sure he trusts Brandon anymore, either.
Mikayla confronts Brandon, "why do you have a problem with me?" Brandon can't defend himself. He says he doesn't like Mikayla "because of the attitude." No, it's because of the body. So Brandon brings this argument to the whole tribe, which is weird and snakey and desperate. Come on Russian Lit Major, Sophie! She knows what's up: Brandon is devious, but also crazy religious, and may have referred to Mikayla as the Whore of Babylon.
At Savaii, things are going pretty well. Papa Bear has realized that he's on the outs because he doesn't have many friends or close relationships, and he's not an idiot. Ozzy has elected to trust Keith, who might be a big idiot, but now knows that he has the idol. He immediately went to tell Whitney, because he might be a big idiot or he wants Whitney to trust him.
Team members must race across a bridge carrying a body board, grab a bag, then the rest of the team will pull them back. There's also a puzzle banner element at the end. In addition to immunity, the teams will play for a tasty reward. Ozzy and Brandon head out with the body boards, but predictably, Cochran gums up the works with the rope and slows Ozzy down. They go neck-to-neck reaching into the puzzle element, where Coach and Edna are much better at hooking the bags than Whitney. Upolu pulls into the lead, thanks to Coach, and Sophie leads them to the win.
"We did a good job," Cochran tells the rest of the tribe, optimistically. Dawn did a good job, specifically, so it's between the weak young one, and the weak old one.
The Allied Five decide that Papa Bear is the one to go. It didn't matter that he tried finding and pretending that he got the hidden immunity idol, but he really didn't have it.
Joshua Krajcik - 'At Last' by Etta James
Phillip Lomax - 'Fly Me To The Moon' by Frank Sinatra
4Shore - 'End Of The Road' by Boys II Men
Tiah Tolliver - 'Impossible' by Shontelle / 'It Don't Mean A Thing' by Luke Ellington
Elaine Gibbs - 'You Got A Friend' by Carole King
Makenna & Brock - 'Colder Weather' by Zac Brown Band
Skyelor Anderson - 'Must Be Doing Something Right' by Billy Currington
Drew Ryniewicz - 'Baby' by Justin Bieber
Labels: X Factor (US)
28 September 2011
Top 8 Boys
Boys: Craig Colton, Frankie Cocozza, James Michael, Joe Cox
Boys: John Wilding, Luke Lucas, Marcus Collins, Max Vickers
Top 8 Overs
Overs: Carolyn Poole, Goldie Cheung, Johnny Robinson, Jonjo Kerr
Overs: Joseph Gilligan, Kitty Brucknell, Samantha Brookes, Terry Winstanley
Top 8 Girls
Girls: Amelia Lily, Holly Repton, Jade Richards, Janet Devlin
Girls: Melanie McCabe, Misha Bryan, Sarah Watson, Sophie Habibis
Top 8 Groups
Judges get their Categories!
Labels: X Factor
27 September 2011
Watch the episode here.
This time on The Amazing Race, Olympic snowboarders Andy and Tommy, Survivor winners Ethan and Jenna, and sailing record settlers Laurence and Zac, are competing. There is also engaged couple Ernie and Cindy (who feels very Asian this leg of the race), brother and sister Justin and Jennifer, married grandparents Bill and Cathi, and twins Liz and Marie. There's also the goodlooking dating couple Jeremy and Sandy, along with domestic partners Tom and Bill, NFL husband and wife Amani and Marcus, and showgirls Kaylani and Lisa.
The Express Pass is back, and goes to the first team to finish this leg. The first challenge is a word puzzle leading them to Taipei, Taiwan. The last team to finish this puzzle receives a new stumbling block: the Hazard. The teams rush toward the umbrellas to find ones with the right letters (T-A-I). The professional snowboarders Andy and Tommy are first to their cars, followed by Amani and Marcus. Lisa and Kaylani struggled to find the right umbrellas, thereby receiving the Hazard penalty. In a completely devastating turn, Kaylani's passport falls out of the car at a gas station.
At the airport, Ethan and Jenna
The first flight arrives in Taipei, where they will have to look for a sign (which is in Chinese characters) instead of a clue box. DAMN HARD TO FIND. Marcus plans to hide the fact that he was a professional football player, which is a little easier to hide than being on/winning Survivor. The first eight teams get off the bus and try to figure out what they're looking for.
The sign directs them to the Confucius Temple. The first Road Block asks teams to memorize a message they hear over the phone. But first, they have to find the phone. The message is sort of long, and repeats words, so it's challenging. Surprisingly though, the vegas showgirls did it in their first attempt, and that's good because they still have a Hazard task to complete. For the Hazard, Kaylani has to bungee jump into the middle of a mall.
The twins and the showgirls have paired up to get lost together. But they finally get it. Not getting it are Bill and Cathi
The teams then head to Dajia
Engaged couple Ernie and Cindy
2nd: Jeremy and Sandy
3rd: Justin and Jennifer
4th: Ethan and Jenna
5th: Amani and Marcus
6th: Laurence and Zac
7th: Andy and Tommy
8th: Ron and Bill
9th: Kaylani and Lisa
10th: Liz & Marie
Last: Bill and Cathi (Non-elimination leg)
Bill and Cathi will encounter a Speed Bump next time, and at the end of next week's episode, two teams will be eliminated.
Labels: The Amazing Race
Dartmouth Aires from Dartmouth College - 'Higher Ground' by Stevie Wonder
High energy performance with good choreography. The song has the right mix of fun, complexity and brotherly energy. The lead singer was pretty entertaining too. Bass was MOTHER strong.
Pentatonix - 'E.T' by Katy Perry
Loved the effects that they came up with. Pentatonix use the song as a basic framework, which they layer with entertaining musical magic.
Sonos - 'Wicked Game' by Chris Isaakyears
Overall layering and harmonies were good. Beatboxer was pretty sick!
Messiah's Men - 'People Get Ready' by Curtis Mayfield
Refugees in Liberia who had to sing through terrible times. Boring.
Deltones from University of Delaware
'Feels Like Home' by Randy Newman
Good song choice for them, the backups were strong, and the lead had a great tone.
North Shore - 'Runaround Sue' by Dion
Very old school, but fun and upbeat. Great bass, good vocals.
The Collective - 'Rolling In The Deep' by Adele
Getting annoyed by how the whole world's performing this song. However, considering this group consisted a group of solo artists, they managed to blend well.
Soul'd Out - 'Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In' from Hair
They claim they're like Glee, I don't think so. It was enjoyable, but they're just too young.
Eliminated: Messiah's Men & Soul'd Out (so sucky I didn't even provide links)
Labels: The Sing-Off
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