Tuesday, March 27, 2007

American Idol Recap - Top 10


I'm the one reminding everyone not to forget the show's gonna run late, and I'm the one who forgets to cancel the recording of House right after AI! *LOL* So I missed Chris Richardson. But that's ok, there's this gorgeous guy on House: he played Riley in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marc Blucas. *swoon*

It was a good night! Aside from Sanjaya who was at his all time worst, it was the best show of the season so far.

Lakisha - Let's Dance - She looked great tonight, and vavavavoom on the boots and cleavage! She sang great, she looked younger, and she performed well. It was nice to hear her do a more fun, up tempo song. But she still sounded much older than she really is.

Chris Sligh — Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - It was good to hear Chris telling jokes again tonight. I think this song really suited his voice and his style. But like everyone else, it was him not following the beat that made this song sound bad. It could have been great...

Gina Glocksen — I'll Stand By You - Ok, I'll sound like a total dork, but Gina gave me chills and my eyes welled up as she was singing. This was beautiful, believable, vulnerable, her best vocals, her best performance, it was the best of the night. That was GREAT!!!

Haley Scarnato — True Colors- - Her soft voice is nice, and yes, she did perform it well. But like Simon said - forgetable.

Phil Stacey — Every Breath You Take - I still can't watch him perform. The hat makes it a bit better. He sounded good tonight, and I actually liked his vocals. The bridge was especially good. Probably my favorite from him.

Melinda Doolittle — Heaven Knows - Damn she's good. She is a pro. She's awesome! But like Lakisha, she sounds old. Everyone tonight sounded young and contemporary, but her and Lakisha didn't. It was still a good performance, and great vocals. She has a warm tone to her voice that I find quite nice!

Sanjaya Malakar — Bath Water - The only positive thing I can say about Sanjaya tonight is that it's nice to see him with a bit more confidence than before.

Blake Lewis — Lovesong

This was a very controlled yet very sexy rendition of this song. I LOVED his softer tone, and thought that was his best vocals so far. His performance lacked a bit - I guess we are too use to seeing him upbeat and all. Tho I admit I missed the beatbox tonight, I was kinda glad he didn't do it. I don't think it would have worked for this song. Good job Blake. I just re-listen to it (audio only) and this sounds AWESOME and damn sexy.

Jordin Sparks — Hey Baby - Fun performance, but that didn't do anything for me tonight. Her outfit made her look much bigger than she really is.

Chris Richardson — Don't Speak - I just listened to the audio, so my critic is based on that. The beginning was not nasal at all and tho a bit boring, it was kinda nice to hear his voice. Based on vocals only - I didn't like it. He flubbed the lyrics too.

Best of the night: Gina, Gina, Gina!
Worst of the night: Sanjaya and Chris R and Chris S

B2: Haley and Chris R
Going home: Haley


Well, seems I was wrong... The bottom 3 was Phil, Haley and Chris S, or as Simon Cowell called him so affectionately, Curly. *L* I thought Phil didn't deserve to be in the B3. I don't really like or dislike him - although I really can't watch him perform - and I thought he had his best performance this week. I predicted Haley would be in the B3, and she was there, rightfully so. It's not that she's bad, but this weeks' performance really didn't have any YO factor, to borrow words from The Dawg. And Chris, well, he was plain bad this week. He was not gonna win this competition, so it really doesn't matter if he went home this week or the next... Of course, it should have been Sanjaya who was sent home, but we all know this is not going to happen for quite some time, so let's not waste energy on this...

It's too bad Chris had to go tho - he's a good singer, has a nice voice and a great personality. Oh well, good luck, Chris!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Jetski lesson with Richard Simmons

One of the very funniest sketch of "Who's Line is it Anyway?"

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Blake Lewis pre-Idol

I've done a bit of research and found a few clips of Blake doing his thing on stage pre-Idol. I especially like the first one - Jealousy. He plays the guitar and I like his voice very much on it.


She Loves The Way

Dumpty Humpty

We Came To Get Down

Beatbox Freestyle

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

American Idol - Top 11

Over all it was a much better night than last week! The guys really upped their game this week. Ryan was so funny, imitating Blake with the beatboxing! That little girl who was crying and sobbing had such a grat night, too. I mean, she's what, 89yo? She got to see her idols live and she got a hug from Sanjaya (who seems to be her fav) AND she got to go on stage and hug all of them at the end! That's a night she'll never forget!

I am way over all those antics between Ryan and Simon. I mean it was funny at first, a few years ago... Now it's annoying, it takes away from the performance of the contestants, and it makes everyone uncomfortable. Plus it doesn't make for a very professional image.

Ok, on with the performances...

All pictues courtesy of rickey.org

Haley Scarnato — Tell Him - That was really good! It was not the best vocals, but she was into the performance and she did it really well. She looked gorgeous tonight - WOW, she's got legs! Simon called her a naughty little thing... *LOL* All in all, I really enjoyed Hailey tonight.

Chris Richardson — Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying - That was beautiful. I agree with Simon - it was a bit nasal in places, but overall, his voice was beautiful and controled. When he doesn't push it too much, I find his voice very soothing... Paula was right - very sexy, very, very nice. I could picture a sunset, me sitting on a chair sipping some girlie drinks and him, sitting on a stool, singing this song to me, looking straight into my eyes. Yep. He's gotta watch the ceepy eye fuck at the end tho...

Stephanie Edwards — You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - That was a bit rough. She looks gorgeous, I love the shorther hair, and that blue really suits her. But she seems like she had to really concentrate on her song, and her performance suffered because of it. I felt like she had no power or depth to her voice tonight. Not great.

Blake Lewis — Time Of The Season

According to some spoilers, Blake was having problems with his song during rehearsal. Well, he certainly didn't have any problems with it tonight!!! That was AMAZING. And I don't even like that kind of music! I agree with everything the judges said - he made the song contemporary, he made it cool, his voice was great... I LOVED that he was looking at the audience more than in the camera... He gave a serious eye fuck to someone at some point... *L* But the pants were HIDIOUS! But hey, that's his style, he's being true to himself - per the vids I found earlier this week (I'll post them later) - and he's great! Who's your daddy, indeed... *fan self*

LaKisha Jones — Diamonds Are Forever - I didn't like it at all. It sounded old. Flat. I HATED her lower register, when her voice totally changed tones. I get that she didn't know the song very well, and for that, she gets kuddos... But it could have been much, much, much better. I really like LaKisha, but this performance was far from her best.

Phil Stacey — Tobacco Road - I actually enjoyed Phil this week! Maybe because he was singing something that is much more my taste... He seemed comfortable and like he was having fun up there. There was some grit missing in his voice to really deliver that kind of song, but I think it was good!

Jordin Sparks — I Who Have Nothing - That was brilliant. Amazing. Beautiful. I get what Simon said - it was depressing, because the song is depressing and because Jordin totally sold it to all of us, him included. So I see this as a very positive comment! She was believable, she wasd powerful when needed and soft when needed... She was truly, truly amazing tonight. Her best so far. WOW!

Sanjaya Malakar — You Really Got Me - He did pick the right song. He did get into it. He did shock me. This guys is not going anywhere this week. That little girl was so cute... Too cute!

Gina Glocksen — Paint It Black - It was not bad, but it was not the greatest either. There were great moments throughout the songs, and there were totally flat moments. I really like her, I like her voice, but that was not her best. I LOVE her hair, and she looks great! I loved the last few sentenses (or is it phrases?) when she was crouching and walking towards the front of the stage - that was great!

Chris Sligh — She's Not There
Fro Patro and Brining Chubby Back... *L*
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I liked it! Not his best vocals, but I feel this style suited him very well. I wish he didn't walk through the audience tho - that was a bit ackward with the camera and all, and it was distracting me and him with his vocals.

Melinda Doolittle — As Long As He Needs Me - Melinda was awesome again tonight. But I'm getting a bit bored. Her facial expressions bothered me tonight, too.

Best of the night: Jordin and Blake

Worst of the night: Sanjaya, Gina, Stephanie
Bottom 3: Stephanie, Gina, Chris R
Going home: Stephanie

ETA: Well, the results are in, and Stephanie is going home. I was 2/3 right, and Chris R was standing next to her as the bottom 2.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

When I became a Jim fan

I wrote this entry a little bit ago for a website dedicated to Jim McGorman's fans. It's called "On The Rebound", and it's great! check it out at THIS ADDY.

So here is how and when I became a Jim fan...

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I became a fan of Jim and his music when... It traces back to a while ago...

Sometimes in 2004, actually. I didn't know Jim at the time, but I had just watched a re-aired episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Tabula Rasa". I had fallen in love with Michelle Branch's song, Goodbye to You, and had noticed the cute keyboard player.

Fast forward to the summer of 2005.... Rockstar INXS... As the season went on, I started noticing the fabulous House Band more and more, and Jim always stood out for me. I've always loved watching Nate bang on his drums like his life depended on it, dreads flying all over the place... I've also always enjoyed the way Rafa seemed to make love to his guitar, and how intense he always is on stage... But somehow, it was the rhythm guitar and beautiful back vocals from Jimmy that got my attention. He was alwys so into the music, rocking out on stage... A few of the best Jim moments for me were, of course, Bohemian Rapshody, but also Pretty Vegas acoustic, You Can't Always Get What You Want, and a few others earlier in the season.

September 2005 - RockStar INXS Finale Week. JD, Marty and Mig, along with Nate, Paul and Jim from the House Band (I think it was only those 3, but I may be mistaken) are doing a radio interview and performing. At the end of the show, Jim sings lead on You Can't Always Get What You Want. I'm in love! I loved Jim's voice on this song from the moment I heard the first few lines.

Fast forward to the summer of 2006... RockStar Supernova... I'm excited for a new season! I'm excited to see the new contestants, and of course to hear my beloved House Band (and Jimmy) every week again. Gosh I missed
them! A few stand out Jim moments are of course his interactions with Zayra. I love how Jim's face cannot lie on how he feels... On stage, I've enjoyed every single Jim moment, but particularly Time after Time with Dilana. Jim was showcased for the brilliant musician and singer he really is... I love this particular performance. And of course we were treated to a few Jim performances at the City Walk show... Jesse's Girl was just an amazing performance!!!

Sometimes in august 2006, I became aware that Jim had his own band, Jamestown Ltd. I listened to his album, The World Is Falling Down, on his website. When I listen to an album the first time, I like to get a quick feel of what the album is all about, so I usually listen to about 30 seconds of each song before listening to the whole thing. Not with Jim's album. From the first note of You're Not Alone to the last one of You and I, I listened to every single second of every single song rigth away.

That was it, I was totally won over. I am now a fan for life. Whatever he does in the future, I'll support him. Now that he will be touring with Avril Lavigne, I'm looking forward to having a chance to see him on stage in Canada... I'm also very much looking forward his next album. In the meantime...

Don't cover it up
All the streets of America oiled in blood
I'm sorry my love
There are some things that happened that can't be undone
Is our love enough?
When there's nowhere to hide breathing ashes from above

If this world is falling down
If this town is underground
I wish you were here
Singing along with me...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Amazing Kid Drummers

This little boy is ONLY 4yo... and his brother is only 2!!! Amazing!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Por Una Cabeza

Not only one of the best piece of acting from Al Pacino, but also one of the most sensual movie scene of all time.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

American Idol

Top 12 - Guys

Blake Lewis .. All Mixed Up

I like Blake very much for his uniqueness, for his cool voice and look. That was a good performance that I enjoy very much. Not because it was the strongest vocal performance ever, but because it's something that has not been done on Idol before. I don't know the song, and like Randy, I didn't care much that I didn't know, because Blake got me interested. I think the problem for Blake this week is that he chose a unique song, sure, but it did nothing to show off his voice. Still lvoe him tho. And I love we saw some of his tattoo!!!

Sanjaya Malakar - Waiting on the World to Change - When he started I had high hopes... But that quickly faded away. Still better than last week, but that's not saying much. There's nothing more I can say... He's not ready, he shouldn't be there, and the judges only want him gone gone gone, just like the rest of us. Teeny boppers, please let him go!

Sundance Head .. Jeremy - It wasn't that bad, but it was not as good as last week. He did scream a lot of that song. I felt he tried way too hard with the pseudo dancing and mike stand manipulations (that are nothing like those of that other bloke, ya know, that guy, huh what's his name... Oh yeah, JD fortune.. *L*). If he really wanted to sing a Pearl Jam song - a Pearl Jam song on AI! WOW! - he should have done a slower tune... Perhaps even Better Man. But he gets brownie points for bringing Pearl Jam to AI.

Chris Richardson - Tonight I Want To Cry - I usually don't like that kind of voice, and the kind of music he favors, but there's something that is pleasing to my ears in Chris' voice. He WAS nasal tonight, much more so than usual. I don't think he showed very much originality with his song choice or his interpretation, but he sang it well. Elliott Yamin KILLED this song last season.

Jared Cotter .. If You Really Love Me - Second song in a row that Elliott Yamin did last season. Jared surprised me, I really did not expect him to do as well as he did. That being said, I just don't like him. Yeah, he's cute, yeah, he's esthetically pleasing... But his eye fucks, the way he moves, the facial expressions he has when he sings, everything bothers me. Tonight, he was shouting his song rather than singing it.

Brandon Rogers - Just Want To Celebrate - Brandon is just not picking songs that show off his beautiful voice. But damn his got a beautiful smile....

Phil Stacey - Like Water - OMFG the start of this song was soooooooooooooo bad... Creepy even. The lower part of his voice is baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad. Ok, falsetto surprised me. Pretty good. And he's got a good thing going when he streches himself. But tonight, he screamed, he was pitchy, he was all over the place. His looks was strange, and the hat? No thanks. Bad, bad, bad performance. And I know it i stupid, but the fact he had one ear tucked in his hat and the other was not bothered me to no end.

Chris Sligh - We All Want to Be Love - LOVED the start of the song. That was awesome! I wish he'd stop dancing around tho - he was great until he started moving around, and then it's like he was concentrating more on the dancing rather than the singing. It was distracting to me, too. But still, Chris did really well. I like his tone very much.

Best of the night - Chris, Blake
Worst of the night - Sanjaya, Brandon

I want to send home - Sanjaya, Sanjaya, Sanjaya!
Will be going home - Brandon and Jared

Top 12 - Girls

Jordin Sparks .. Heartbreaker - Meh, she sang well, had some pitchy notes here and there, he f-ing back up singers were horrible... Jordin was just not believable on that song. Anyone thought about Ty Taylor? *LOL*

Sabrina Sloan .. Don't Let Go - Sabrina screamed her song. But she looked good.

Antonella Barba - Put Your Records On - Simon was being nice to Antonella, mentioning the stuff in the media and all... But damn Ryan needed to come ruin that for her by asking her questions. Why does he do hat this season? I really don't like it!

Haley Scarnato .. If My Heart Had Wings - Apparently, Haley's first song didn't clear, and she could only rehearse her new song once. I actually liked Hailey tonight. True, she's not the strongest singer, but I thought she sung her best tonight.

Stephanie Edwards .. Sweet Thing - Stephenie... I hated it tonight. Nearly flawless? No way, she was pitchy in many places, and shaky all over. I HATE that she chooses that kind of songs - the ones where there are a lot of words, and the rythm of the song doesn't always make sense. Not liking her or the song tonight AT ALL.

LaKisha Jones .. I Have Nothing - Lakisha sang really well, she looked STUNNING - I love her hair! But the song choice was indulgent and she didn't show originality at all. She did show passion and clearly has some "yo", but still...

Gina Glocksen .. Call Me When You're Sober - I REALLY enjoyed gina tonight! She seemed so comfortable up there. she showed personality and her voice was great. Yeah, she had some pitch problems here and there, but she was great. But those damn back up singers were so out of tune again on her song, that was totally awful!

Melinda Doolittle .. I'm a Woman - That from Melinda was amazing. AMAZING! I love the blues stuff she did. She was great!!!

Best of the night - Melinda, Gina
Worst of the night - Antonella, Stephenie

I want to send home - Antonella, Haley
Will be going home - Haley and Stephenie

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Les Trois Accords - Oh Ma Jolie

Those guys are definetely not the best singers, but their music never fails to cheer me up. And I love them for it!!!

Oh Ma Jolie

Les Trois Accords

La fille plus belle que toi
N'est pas icitte a soir
La fille plus belle que toi
Je ne l'ai jamais rencontre

Ho ma jolie
Je suis beau
Car je suis gros
Je suis beau
Quand je suis gros
Laisse-moi manger

Les carottes du bonheur
Ne sont pas loin sous la terre
Les carottes du bonheur
Nous serons deux pour les recolter

Ho ma jolie
Je suis beau
Car je suis gros
Je suis beau
Quand je suis gros
Laisse-moi manger

La fille plus belle que toi
N'est pas icitte a soir
La fille plus belle que toi
Je ne l'ai jamais rencontre

Ho ma jolie
Je suis beau
Car je suis gros
Je suis beau
Quand je suis gros
Laisse-moi manger

Sunday, March 4, 2007

O Canada

Oh, Canada

Five Iron Frenzy

Welcome to Canada, it's the Maple Leaf State.
Canada, oh Canada it's great!
The people are nice here and they speak French too.
If you don't like it, man, you sniff glue.
The Great White North, their kilts are plaid,
Hosers take off, it's not half bad.

I want to be where yaks can run free,
Where Royal Mounties can arrest me.

Let's go to Canada, let's leave today,
Canada, oh, Canada, I Sil Vous Plait.

They've got trees, and mooses, and sled dogs,
Lots of lumber, and lumberjacks, and logs!
We all think that it's kind of a drag,
That you have to go there to get milk in a bag.
They say "eh?" instead of "what?" or "duh?"
That's the mighty power of Canada.

I want to be where lemmings run into the sea,
Where the marmosets can attack me.

Let's go to Canada, let's leave today,
Canada, oh, Canada, I Sil Vous Plait.
Let's go to Canada, let's leave today,
Canada, oh, Canada, I Sil Vous Plait.

Please, please, explain to me,
How this all has come to be,
We forgot to mention something here.
Did we say that William Shatner is a native citizen?
And Slurpees made from venison,
That's deer.

Let's go to Canada, let's leave today,
Canada, oh, Canada, I Sil Vous Plait.
Let's go to Canada, let's leave today,
Canada, oh, Canada, I Sil Vous Plait.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

American Idol

Top 18 - Guys

Phil Stacey — I Aint Missing You - I really didn't like his version. He did better near the end, but I thought the arrangement was cheap and the performance overall was not good. I don't think his voice can cut through songs well enough to be played on radio.

Jared Cotter — Let's Get It On - Such and obvious song choice for him, and huge icky factor that he dedicated this song to his parents! Good vocals, but it's like he's trying way too hard.

A.J. Tabaldo — Feeling Good - Great vocals, although I am not crazy about his falsetto. But he sings really well!

Sanjaya Malakar — Steppin' Out With My Baby - Hey chicken little, we'll see you next week! Damn, he seems like a great kid, but he's way too shy and too soft spoken for this. He really isn't ready...

Chris Sligh — Trouble - I didn't know Chris had that kind of voice. That was good! He put a lot of himself into it, and that made it even more enjoyable to me. I hd forgotten that Taylor Hicks did it last season. Chris did not do this better than Taylor... But I still like him!

Nick Pedro — Fever - I love love love this guy's tone, but his performance tonight was ordinary. The genre suited him much better, but still... When he sang those high FEVER! he gave me chills. The last FEVER and subsequent lyrics were great... But the rest in between was very meh to me.

Blake Lewis — Virtual Insanity

That was amazing. I am not into that kind of music, but damn, Blake did awesome. He was a bit shaky at first, but then he kicked into gear and it was great. I loved the scatting and the transition to falsetto to words... That was amazing and original. There's no one like him!

Brandon Rogers — Time After Time - Damn he's cute... I love his smile. But this was such a bad song choice... I get what he was saying about feeling the song and not needing to oversing it, but this was not the song to do that. It really didn't showcase his voice properly.

Chris Richardson — Geek in the Pink - I'm so not into that kind of music, but I enjoyed that performance immensely. Chris was in his element tonight, and it showed. Top performance of the night.

Sundance Head — Mustang Sally - Much better than last week by a thousand miles! I agree with Simon that he still can do better than that, but this was still really good. More of that kind of music, Sundance!

Best of the night - Chris R., Blake, Sundance
My favs - Blake, Chris R.

I want to send home - Sanjaya, Jared
Will be going home - Brandon and Jared

Top 18 - Girls

Well, to be really concise - no one grabbed me tonight but Lakisha and Melinda. All those girls are good singers - yes, even Antonella. But many of them lack that "humpf" that M and L had tonight.

Gina Glocksen — Alone - Hum... Ok. She was good, but to pick a song that Carrie Underwood did so well 2 seasons ago was NOT a good idea. I am no fan of Carrie's, mainly because she sings songs that are not my style (I don't really like country) and I really didn't like how robotic she was on stage. That being said, I've always recognise how great a singer Carrie really is. Alone is the ONLY song she did on the show that I have downloaded and put on my ipod/itunes. Gina baby, you were good, but not THAT good. Was it just me or were the background vocals on the high "ALONE"'s were off???

Alaina Alexander — Not Ready To Make Nice - She was not baaaaaaaaaaad, but she was not gooooooooood. The bridge between the two chorus was jammed packed with words, and she was out of breath after a bit...

LaKeisha Jones — Midnight Train to Georgia - I like Lakeisha very much! Last week was better, but she was great tonight as well. I really like the sound of her voice when she sings in a more tone downed fashion.

Melinda Doolittle — My Funny Valentine - I am not a big fan of diva-like singers... But this was perfect. That was amazing! Amazing!

Antonella Barba — Because You Love Me - She doesn't sing THAT badly... Her tone is pleasant, but her voice is thin. She looked really mad after the judges comments. And I would too. Randy with the "the positive is that you are drop dead gorgeous". She may not be cut out to sing, but I find that kind of comments to be unecessarly rude. There's no need to put someone down like that. Like being beautiful is all she has.

Jordin Sparks — Reflection - She was much better last week. Yeah, her emotions probably got the better of her.

Stephanie Edwards — Dangerously in Love - I hate that they put Stephanie and Jordin one after the other. They sound very similar to me. Maybe it's the kind of music, but I really didn't feel her tonight.

Leslie Hunt — I'm Feeling Good - This was much, much, much better than last week. I like her tone - I've always liked women who have a smokey, lower voice. Hearing her by herself during the performance, I went wow... But then during the recaps, hearing her right after all the others... She didn't stand out. I liked the beginning, but other than that...

Haley Scarnato — Queen of the Night - Oh, tears again... She was better than last week, but there is still something lacking.

Sabrina Sloan — All The Man That I Need - Not bad, but she put a bit too much sugar all over it. Her last note was baaaaaaaaad...

I want to send home: Alaina and Leslie
Will go home: Alaina and Leslie

Best of the night: Melinda and Lakisha