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American Idol – Results

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Who will be the first of the top 12 to go home? If there’s any justice in this world, it will be Sanjaya. Let’s see what happens.

The three with the lowest number of votes are: Brandon Rogers, Phil Stacey, and … and we have to wait to find out.

First we get to see Diana Ross perform “Every Day’s a New Day”. I love this song. Diana is an icon and did a good job, but her age is definitely showing. Getting old sucks, doesn’t it?

Okay, back to the results. Please be Sanjaya rounding out that bottom three! YES!!!!!!! There is hope yet.

Phil gets to sit back down, that’s not a surprise. He’s got to be less creepy (if that’s possible) if he wants to stay much longer. And now for the final result. Sanjaya is still with us. Brandon Rogers goes home. I knew he wouldn’t last long, but he deserved to stay longer than Sanjaya.

Oh! The going home song! I wondered what it would be this year. We had Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” last year. I’m not sure what this song is but it’s not too bad. Next week Sanjaya goes home. Hopefully.

[tags]American Idol, American Idol results, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, Ryan Seacrest, [/tags]

Reelin’ in the Years Confession

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Yesterday I was driving to work and that song “Reelin’ in the Years” came on. I rocked out since I just love that song to pieces. When it was over, the deejay came on to announce the song and artist. When he said, “Steely Dan,” I thought to myself that it was funny that a deejay got it wrong. Coincidentally, I heard the song again last night, where they said it was Steely Dan once more. And I saw it on Christine’s blog this morning under the same artist’s name. And right this minute, it just came up on Pandora.

Why did I think for all these years that Crosby, Stills & Nash sang this? Go ahead and laugh now.

[tags]Steely Dan, Reelin’ in the Years, Crosby, Stills & Nash, CSN, CSNY[/tags]

American Idol – Big Stage, Week 1

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

We’ve got the Final 12 on the big stage tonight. For some people, the season officially starts tonight. And they’re off to a good start, in my opinion, since Diana Ross is this week’s mentor. Wow, she looks amazing! I love her and her music. A true star – these kids are so fortunate to get the chance to work with her.

I’m going to try to listen to everyone with fresh ears and put away any prejudice I have of their previous performances. It won’t be easy, but I’m going to try!

First one out on the big stage is Brandon Rogers singing- “You Can’t Hurry Love” and I still don’t like him. Oh my goodness, did he forget the words?? Yes he did. That makes me feel bad for him, but this is a competition. I thought that was a poor performance, I was really unimpressed. He’s got a nice voice, but he’s got some major breathing problems. Simon said “no star quality” and I agree.

Oh my goodness! Simon just said to Ryan that “he should know about the high heels” and that “he is out” of the closet. Ha ha ha! Did Ryan just hit on Simon? Too funny. The gossip rags are going to be on fire tomorrow with that little interaction!

Next up is Melinda Doolittle singing “Home” (from The Wiz). I’m not familiar with this song. Is it always so slow and boring? There’s no doubt that this girl can sing. Her voice is just so rich and resonant and I can tell she did a nice job singing this song, it just wasn’t my favorite. My 12 year old just said, “I think Paula is high.” Haha! Okay, Simon said this song is typically boring, so that makes sense.

Diana’s hair twin, Chris Sligh, is singing “Endless Love”. Oh, he took the glasses off! I’m not sure if I like that or not. Okay, so this is a sped up version of the song. It’s a little jarring because I have the old version in my mind as I hear this. The judges didn’t like this and I agree with them, for the most part. It’s hard to get past such a classic sounding so different. Paula and Randy nailed it – he tries too hard to be cool and tried to make this sound like a Coldplay remix.

Looking like Pat Benatar from 1986 is Gina Glockson singing “Love Child”. She did a decent job, but I think she lacks soul. She shouted a lot of the song and it seemed like she couldn’t wait to get through it and get off the stage.

I loved watching Diana interact with the next contestant, Sanjaya Malakar, who sang “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. “Can you dance” HA! No, Diana, and he can’t sing either! What in the world is up with that hair tonight? So distracting – and the only thing Randy looks forward to. How sad is that? It’s the truth, though. He sucks and needs to go home.

The next song was written in mourning of Marvin Gaye. Haley Scarnato sang “Missing You”. She butchered the first line. And then proceeded to oversing and butcher the rest of the song. Another one forgetting the words. Wow. Diana has to be cringing listening to this. I know I am. Awful. Whoa, Simon actually somewhat liked it. Is it just me or are the contestants this season a lot greener than in previous seasons? These people seem like babes in the woods and are just waiting for Hollywood to eat them up. Hardly any of them seem like they get into their element when they get on the stage.

Oooh, Phil called Diana “Miss Ross”. I love that. Phil Stacey sang “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”. I wonder what he would look like if he had hair? I think he needs it. Okay, the shape of his head isn’t my favorite, but I really liked his performance. He did a great job! Even with the yelling. Somehow the male yelling doesn’t bother me as much as when the females do it. He talked about coming out with confidence and I wonder if that’s what the difference is between him and the other singers tonight.

Tonight’s favorite for this genre, LaKisha Jones aka Kiki (cute nickname!) sang “God Bless the Child”. Oooh, this girl did not disappoint. She’s got the stage presence. She’s got the voice. She’s got the soul down into her bones. And she gives me chills. Damn. That was wonderful. Loved it. Best performance of the night by a mile.

The next guy is just too cool. Watching him mix up this song on his computer made me hot. Seriously. Blake Lewis sang, “You Keep Me Hanging On” and it was different! One thing about this guy is he keeps your eyes glued to the TV. There were some ups and downs to this song, but he should have tried to hit the big notes a little bit more. I hope he’s not in trouble with this.

Wearing a bizarre dress is Stephanie Edwards singing “Love Hang Over Here”. She did a nice job, but she has a tendency to yell and you all know how much I don’t like that. Her voice is so smooth, she really doesn’t need to do that. Ahh, Randy said she forgot some of the words, too. I didn’t notice it like I did with the other two, so her performance was better than theirs, but she’s no LaKisha or Melinda.

Chris Richardson sang “The Boss”. It was just okay. I didn’t love it, that is for sure. Oh, and Chris, that cheesy flip grin at the camera as you walked off stage? Don’t do that ever again.

Closing the show was Jordin Sparks, singing “If We Hold On Together”. Despite her cheesy sitting down start, I really loved this. I love how she can easily transition between different ranges. Those transitions were seamless and breathtaking. On top of that, she is stunningly gorgeous. She’s got that over LaKisha and Melinda, but she needs to wear dresses with push up cups, I think.

Favorites tonight were Jordin and LaKisha. Least favorites were Sanjaya and Haley.

[tags]American Idol, reality television, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest[/tags]

I Heart Pandora

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Since I lost my external hard drive … [moment of silence] … I’ve been mourning my mp3s and iTunes. I try not to think about it too much or I will just get really upset. It’s not the end of the world, I know, so I try to think about things that really matter. Or just something besides the fact that I lost thousands of songs! OMG, I lost a ton of tunes, you guys!!! Okay, collecting myself.

Today, I had some graphic design work to do, and I always get more inspired when I can listen to music while I’m designing. I had checked out Pandora in the past, but I never really used it. I think I saw it when it first launched and it just told you other artists you might like instead of actually creating a radio station for you how it does now. Well, I’m in love. All day long, songs in the genre I like have been playing. I’m discovering new artists and I’m generally jamming. Very cool. Hard to believe this is free. Gotta love ads!

My next mission is to find a pair of headphones that don’t kill my ears. The headphones pressing up against my ears while I’m wearing hearing aids can be pretty painful. My ears and cheekbones were hurting when I left work today, but I was peaceful from having listened to music all afternoon, and that’s all that mattered.

American Idol – The Girls, Week 3

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

I’ve got a searing headache tonight, so there better not be too much screeching going on or heads are going to roll.

First up is Jordin Sparks. Her behind the scenes footage shows us she’s a football player, a fact that doesn’t surprise me a bit – that girl is a brick house! Jordin sang “Heartbreaker” by Pat Benatar and she kicked that song’s ass. I loved it!

Next is Sabrina Sloan who sang “Don’t Let Go Love” by En Vogue. I suppose she did a good job, and that last note was phenomenal, but I wasn’t in love with it. Simon nailed it – the performance was robotic. I am so sick of Simon and his “that reminded me of a nightclub/hotel/bar performance” line, though. It’s tired.

Oh yay, Antonella Barba is up next. I hate it and she hasn’t even started singing yet. I have no idea what she sang, and I don’t care. It was awful, as expected. This girl is just plain awful. Please stop voting for her!

Haley Scarnato sang “If My Heart Had Wings” by Faith Hill. And I’m thinking, if she could sing, we’d be seeing a lot more of her. I’m thinking she’s a goner after tonight, though. That wasn’t too good.

Stephanie Edwards sang “Sweet Thing” by Chaka Kahn. Okay, I had to fast forward through this one, the screeching was too much for me. I don’t know if it was good or not, but the judges seemed to think it was pretty good. It seems like people really like her and think she’s talented, but I haven’t felt it with her.

Our generation’s Aretha is up next. LaKisha Jones sang “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston. I really enjoyed this! Her voice is incredible and gave me chills. I got scared there was going to be screeching and had my finger on the fast forward button, but I didn’t need it. She was just lovely. My favorite so far.

A goth Gina Glocksen on stage singing “Call Me When You’re Sober” by Evanescence. This is one of my favorite recent songs, I hope she doesn’t screw it up. Well, she’s no Amy Lee, but she did halfway decent. It seems like she needs breathing lessons, she seems winded through parts of this. Her voice is good, but some technical problems. Overall, though, I enjoyed it.

Closing the show is no-neck Melinda Doolittle. I’m expecting this to be good. Melinda sang “I’m A Woman” by the great Peggy Lee. This girl definitely has some soul. I really liked it and I love that she chose this song. The audience went crazy for her! I’m amazed at her lack of confidence in herself, she has no idea how great she is.

My favorites tonight were LaKisha and Melinda. Antonella and Haley need to go home. Now. And the guys need to watch their backs next week!

[tags]American Idol, reality television, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, Ryan Seacrest[/tags]