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Dancing, Idol, the end is near

Posted in american idol, dwts, tv with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2010 by jefferyrn

The end is coming nearer for two of my addictions,  American Idol and Dancing with the Stars.  We are down to three dance couples and two Idols.  The finally for both shows are next week.

DTWS will get a jump on Idol Monday night with their final competition.  The remaining 3 couples,  Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya,  Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough, will all dance twice, one being a freestyle.  Then all the stars will return for the result show on Tuesday and the winner of the Mirror Ball Trophy will be announced.   My money is on Nicole and Derek, second would be Evan and Anna, leaving Erin and Maksim in third.  But anything can happen when you take into account audience votes.

Prince inspired Nicole to dance:

“He encouraged me to come on the show,” Nicole said. “He’s an amazing influence and inspiration in my life and I know everybody and anybody who’s an artist in their lives thinks so as well. I want to thank Prince for allowing us to perform his song ‘Kiss.’ “ she said, adding that the rock star had to give his clearance. “I hope I made him proud.”

Prince and Nicole Scherzinger

As for American Idol we are down to Crytal Bowersox (Momma Sox) and Lee Dewyze.  Crystal won the coin toss so she will sing last on Tuesday nights show.  Crystal is a big fan of Melissa Etheridge and Melissa is apparently a big fan of hers.  She was sitting in the audience on last weeks show and Crystal sang one of her songs, “Come to My Window.”   Lee sang a moving version of  “Hallelujah”.  I will be happy with either of these contestants being crowned AI, but I think it is going to be Crystal.

Escape From Reality

Posted in american idol, tv with tags , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2010 by jefferyrn

Up until now the majority of my posts have been about reality TV shows.  I find myself escaping my own reality by watching an alternate one on TV.   Now I find myself with a new problem.  These alternate realities have become hostile and boring.

 First take a look at DWTS.  The last two episodes we have seen fighting between the judges, fighting between the stars and their professional partners, not to mention some of the worst dance ever (Kate Gosselin go home!).   Buzz Aldrin, a hero from another time and place, goes home, but Kate the “scary bitch from hell” remains.

 Now let’s look at AI.   We have a group of uninteresting kids who for the most part can’t sing.  How did they get selected in the first place?  We have Tim Urban hanging in there because nobody really cares enough to vote for the others.   We have bad advice from the judges throwing some contestants like Didi off their game and into elimination.  And we have some weird dynamics between Simon, Kara and Ryan.  First off Kara needs to quit kissing Simons ass on the air.   We also need to quit promoting her “finds” as guests on the results show.  And never ever ever let her write the finally song again.  Second, Ryan needs to get over himself.  Yes I said Ryan not Simon.  We know who Simon is and we expect his behavior week after week.  And he is usually right about the contestants.    We don’t know who Ryan is…..  It makes for some odd TV to see Ellen who is comfortable enough with who she is to tell the world, be on the same show as Ryan who appears to be very immature and afraid.  I won’t say he is gay…..we don’t need to be unfairly labeling people, but the producers should not be throwing this question in our faces each week with the banter between Ryan and Simon either.   If he isn’t gay let it go!   If he is gay, shame on him for not having the guts to stand up for himself.  Either way it is an affront to gays and the human rights movement.

Okay so now that I have tired to put some reality back into reality…..lets hope for some entertainment this week.

Idol thoughts….

Posted in american idol, tv with tags , , , , on March 26, 2010 by jefferyrn

We have our top 10 touring group now on AI.  Unfortunately,  only a handful are capable singers.   Based on this weeks performances, Crystal Bowersox is the clear leader of the pack.  She has raw talent and remain unaffected by the judges.  She also knows how to play the game.  She looks happy doing the dreadful group numbers and silly Ford commercials.  But when she sings she does it her way.

As for the rest of the gang, there are some hopefuls.  I really like the two young ones, Aaron Kelly and Katie Stevens.  Even if they don’t go far in this competition they most certainly will improve and have long careers in the business.

And there is the quirky girl, Siobhan Magnus.  She makes me want to see what she will do next.

Siobhan Magnus

As for Tim Urban, Big Mike Lynche, Casey James and the sunshine gang,  it is only a matter of time before they are eliminated.   The other 3 (Lee Dewyez, Didi Benami, Andrew Garcia) are middle of the road.  One of them could surprise us with a knockout performance and end up winning, but my money is still on Crystal Bowersox.

Miley Cyrus and Crystal Bowersox

One final observation,  Miley Cyrus offering advice to Idol contestants?  I guess she is successful and the younger contestant can probably relate to her, but my granddaughters, ages 13 and 8, aren’t even interested in her anymore.  And then we got that awful duet from a Jonas bother and some other Disney star I have never seen before and judging from the reaction of the crowd no on else had either……ugh…results shows are bad!

So disappointing…..

Posted in american idol with tags , , , on March 8, 2010 by jefferyrn

The second week of the live competition was equally as disappointing as the first.   It looks like Simon is leaving and taking the show down the drain with him.   The girls are better then the boys with two standouts.  The boys only have Kara’s eye candy!

Casey James

There are two potential winners from the girls camp as I mentioned before. The first is that quirky Crystal Bowersox which seems to be the judges favorite, since they rescheduled around her illness.   The second is Lilly Scott pictured below.  Both of these girls have been my favorites so far. 

Lilly Scott

It’s not happening….

Posted in american idol with tags , , , on February 26, 2010 by jefferyrn

The top 24 is now the top 20.   I can’t say that I will missing any of them.  I had hopes for the boys and none of them delivered that star performance.   I lost interest in the whole thing half way through.

The Olympics were more entertaining and I hate sports.

Maybe next week will be better.

The guest performances by last years winner, Kris Allen and third place,  Allison Iraheta, did provide some entertainment.

Kris Allen

Allison Iraheta

Allison Iraheta

Clay nation!

Posted in american idol, tv with tags , , , , , , on February 24, 2010 by jefferyrn

Former Idol runner -up, Clay Aiken, has come forward to promote gay rights in his hometown.  He will be giving a speech this weekend at the Human Rights Campaign Carolinas gala in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“I don’t feel like this is the place to be horribly politically charged and bash people and talk about the wrongs that have been done,” he said. “My goal is to be hopeful, that it’s time for everyone to have equal rights.”

“It’s more important to me, as a parent, that my son have all the rights — if he’s gay — than it is for me. I don’t want to do anything today that’s going to inhibit, or be a detriment to, his rights,” he said.

 “Some Southern families like to sweep things under the rug,” he said. “We just don’t talk about it.”

 Actress Meredith Baxter will also deliver a speech.

There isn’t much press on what Meredith plans to say but the “Family Ties” star has away been a favorite of mine since “Bridget Loves Bernie”, a short lived show from the 70’s.

Girls Night Out

Posted in american idol, tv with tags , , , , on February 24, 2010 by jefferyrn

The top 12 girls performed last night.  Here are the ones I think were the best.  The rest were unimpressive.  The cute little kitty in the picture is the famous “Death Cat”  which will be visiting the rest of the top twelve soon!

Idol thoughts…..

Posted in american idol, tv with tags , , , on February 19, 2010 by jefferyrn

What would AI be without controversy.  We have the top 24 picks, but we already have a replacement before the show airs.  Chris Golightly was replaced by Tim Urban. Crazy!   I don’t know if we will ever hear the truth about this fallen contestant but his story is certainly compelling.

It would appear that Ellen has restrictions on what she can say about the show.  That’s understandable, but if this is truly the inane mess that is described on the blogosphere I hope she backs away, rather than joining into it.

As with previous controversy, it only serves to boost the ratings of the show, and I somehow can’t help but think is it all planned.  As for Kara DioGuardi and her little bout of acting with the three-time turn down, Angela Martin, please!!  Give me back Paula, at least I would expect that from her.

I am looking forward to Ellen having Angela as a guest next week!

Seven Idol Picks Revealed

Posted in american idol with tags , , , , on February 17, 2010 by jefferyrn

At last we are getting somewhere.  It took two hours but we learned who 7 of the top 24 were on American Idol last night.  I gotta say some the ones that went home appeared to have more talent the the ones they kept.  But I have a theory on that one.  The producers try to get a good mix and make the decision on who the winner should be easier by not putting all the best in the top 24.   Plus we need some under dogs to root for and there is always the wild card picks. 

(Descriptions and pictures pulled from Fox news)

  • Michael “Big Mike” Lynche, the large guy from Queens, N.Y. who missed the birth of his first child to compete in the Idol group round in Hollywood.
  • Didi Benami, who dedicated her singing career to a close friend in Nashville who passed away a few years ago.
  • Aaron Kelly, the 16-year-old Pennsylvania foster kid with the spiked hair and great voice.
  • Lee Dewyze, the Chicago guy with a powerful voice. He’s one of the few semi-finalists who wasn’t seen much on television during the earlier rounds, but he gave a terrific, passionate solo of The Fray’s hit, “You Found Me” last night.
  • Katelyn Epperly, the 19-year-old Iowa singer with long, frizzy blonde hair.
  • Todrick Hall, the stage actor and dancer from Dallas who performed with former Idol winner Fantasia in “The Color Purple.”
  •  Casey James, who gained a lot of attention after removing his shirt during the early auditions in Denver, made it to the top 24.

and Sanshirt!

Horray for Hollywood

Posted in american idol with tags , , , , on February 3, 2010 by jefferyrn

If you couldn’t tell from my previous post, I am addicted to American Idol (my partner not so much but he doesn’t mind watching if we use the DVR). You can see the entire show in 20 minutes if you fastforward the commercials!

Anyway, I have been waiting for Ellen to come on as one of the judges and the wait is over. She will be there next Tuesday when the auditions move to Hollywood.

I am really tired of the audition shows with the cattle call and the people who think they can sing but can’t. We all know these were added into the show for entertainment but it really isn’t what I watch the show for….. okay I was entertained by “Pants on the Ground”……and last night we had Bikini Boy” Ty Hemmerling, a 25-year-old Denver guy, pictured here for your amusement. BUT I really like it when they get down to serious singing. And Ellen should make that all the more fun.