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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.

No more dancing for Niecy

Posted in dwts with tags , , , on May 11, 2010 by jefferyrn

I was disappointed but not totally surprised to see Niecy eliminated tonight.  I wanted Ocho Cinco to go home first.  It was a good run for the Reno 911 comedian.  I will just have to keep watching her on the Insider to see her “jiggly parts”  and reruns of Clean House.  The way she buffed the floor last night, maybe she forgot which show she was on.

Niecy Nash

Casey Survives Idol Elimination

Posted in american idol with tags , , , , , on May 5, 2010 by jefferyrn

The bottom two tonight were big Mike and little Aaron Kelly and it was Aaron’s last night on Idol.

Aaron Kelly

I am going on vacation down to Las Vegas for a few days of warmth and sunshine.   Maybe I will blog for there but if not I will be back next Tuesday.

Maks takes his pants off

Posted in dwts, tv with tags , , , , on May 4, 2010 by jefferyrn

After Len’s reaction to Maks removing his shirt last week, the producers decided to tease us with rehearsal footage implying that Maks would be removing his pants.  Well he did but he had another more colorful pair underneath.  They were bright coral to match his partners dress.  It was a fun little stunt and surprisingly Len approved of it.

I will reserve further comments until after tonight’s results show.  Oh, and in case you missed Maks shirtless here it is….

Idol gives birth?

Posted in american idol, tv with tags , , , , , , on April 29, 2010 by jefferyrn

We sadly had to say good-bye to Siobhan (and after I just learned how to spell her name).  I think she was talented and entertaining to watch.  I was always excited to see what she was wearing and what she would say and of course to hear her sing.  She  made the show relevant and interesting.  Simon said her last note sounded like someone giving birth rather than singing, but thought her rendition of “Any Man of Mine” was fun.   I think that is what we lost was some of the fun from AI last night.

Siobhan Magnus

I think she will go on and become a star.

As for the rest of Idol.  I am sticking to my prediction that it will come down to Crytal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze. 

Big Mike seems to have a following but he comes across as cocky and over the top in a bad way.  I don’t think he will catch any of Soibhan’s voters.  That and the fact that he was the judges save almost dooms him.

What can I say about Casey James, if you could win on looks he’s got it made, but the singing isn’t always up to par and I don’t think he ever out sang Crystal.  But then again having been to Idols on tour, the fan base is mostly a bunch of over zealous tween girls, he could gain momentum in the next couple of weeks and prove me wrong.

Arron Kelly still has the “isn’t he adorable” grandma vote, but that probably won’t take him to the finish line either.

The Last Rose for Jake

Posted in tv with tags , , on April 28, 2010 by jefferyrn

DWTS….Okay so we have to say good bye to Jake the bachelor.   I was ready for him to go home, but then he danced with that shirt open and it kept falling off his shoulders and revealing more chest…..who cares if he can dance.

Jake Pavelka and Chelsi Hightower

Then we have Max, the pro.  His partner rips his sleeves off and then later he removes his entire shirt.  Who’s his partner….. I was watching Max….

 The sad thing is that Niecy Nash is trying so hard and she was still in the bottom 2.  I would like to see a comedian win this thing.  I loved it when Cloris Leachman was on.  I enjoyed Jerry Springer’s  antics.  And Adam Carolla an a unicycle was great fun.  Not that any of them should have won, but it was entertainment and that is why I watch.

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Seriously though, I think these amateurs are what the show is all about.  Who wouldn’t think an Olympic athlete could dance?   Or a Pussycat Doll….of course she can dance, that’s what made her famous, certainly not her singing ability.

Breakfast of Champions

Posted in american idol, family, health, tv with tags , , , on April 28, 2010 by jefferyrn

It’s Wednesday.  Every Wednesday a group of us meet for breakfast before coming to work.  It’s a great way to start the day.  We get to complain about work, politics, our partners.  We gossip about coworkers. I call it therapy.  When I miss one my week doesn’t go as smoothly.

Some people call it the meeting of the grumpy old mens club.  I am the youngest member of the group and the only one who still has hair.  We do invite other youngsters but they don’t seem to come regularly like the grumpies do.  I think they are both bored and threatened by our knowledge and experience. …Or maybe they just don’t like us  😉

Bored Baby

Okay so maybe they aren’t this young …………….

I am still digesting breakfast and last nights DWTS and AI and now I am hooked on that darn Glee.  I will post later.

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!

The top 12 move on in Idol’s most boring season yet

Posted in american idol, tv with tags , , , on March 11, 2010 by jefferyrn

We finally have our top 12 on Idol.   The good thing is we won’t have two nights of painful singing.  From now on it will be one performance night and one going home night.  I didn’t critique the girls night or the boys night because I found them for the most part uneventful and dull.

Michael Lynche

This season is a real yawn.  There were a couple of boys that showed some hope of making this a real competition.   Big Michael Lynche  finished the show with his take on “This Woman’s Work,” and really impressed the judges, even making Kara cry.  How can you find fault with someone who does that . . . I think Ellen would like to make her cry too sometimes.  😉

The other boy that impressed was Tim Urban singing “Hallelujah”,  and we all said Hallelujah at last he is showing some sign of talent.

Tim Urban

Okay now I have one less reason to watch.  They sent Lilly home 😦

Lilly Scott