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Rants of a singing competition enthusiast

You know damn well I’m talking about American Idol, hehe. The finale performance is due tomorrow night and once again I’m gobsmacked from the last elimination. Worse than season 8 (season 9 was meh), my faves didn’t even make it to the finale. Yes I was betting on a Haley – James showdown, actually there could’ve been a Casey somewhere in there too. Casey has musicality and he plays different instruments but I think his main asset is personality.

For those saying James is an Adam 2.0, yes to some extent I agree and to be honest Adam was more versatile in his performances. But from this season’s contestants, James got the attitude and is far surer of himself as an artist than anyone. As for the screaming, I have accepted that its part of the whole rock persona (ehem Steven). And I’m not one to use the sympathy card but I have to say you gotta admire him more in spite of his tourette’s and asperger’s – a form of autism.

With Haley, I like her cause she has that unique and raspy voice that if ever will be exciting to hear in the sea of boring recording artists these days. I’m not saying she’s the best of the season but in the Top 3, she is. And yes I hated her early on cause she seemed fake and her song choices were blah but she is the most improved and each week she bloomed on stage. Her voice got the ‘umph’ and in case you haven’t noticed she’s got some feistiness in there too especially when the judges gang up on her. I’m sorry but I do think they don’t give her enough love and seems harsher on her. When did they ever put Lauren and Scotty in the hot seat? Ya I thought so.

My problem with our 2 youngest finalists ever (16 & 17) is that they’re good performers but not great. If you’re an avid Idol fan you’d agree with this: I didn’t have a ‘wow’ moment with Lauren throughout the season: no jaw drops, no giddy feeling, no standing o (even though I’m just in my room watching). It’s always safe with her, just enough to gather in those votes. Having said that I did like her from the very beginning, cue in the likeability factor but gosh again this is a singing competition.

Scotty, scotty, what can I say? Hmm… I definitely think he’ll win I’m 99% sure of that. He’s charming and different but as weeks passed it gotten dull which will pretty much sum up the upcoming performance night. There’s not much you can expect from him but I guess millions of teenage girls will disagree with me, if you know what I mean.

I’m sure these two must be the sweetest kids ever but I don’t think they have ‘it’. I don’t think I’ll buy their records. Then again, winning this whole thing doesn’t necessarily make you a successful artist. So yeah, weird enough it doesn’t matter in the end. More than anything, Idol has become a mere popularity contest. However if we stick to the show’s premise, they’re looking for the best and they, for me, are not the best.

It’s our turn to judge American Idol

So what do you think of the new (well except Randy) panel of judges? The Top 13? Or just the show in general? Me, I thought it was surprisingly good compared to last season, whatever that was. I do miss Simon and his comments but at least the producers were thinking because they didn’t try and get another “Simon”. At first I wasn’t sure about Steven nor Jennifer but the two actually work and you can sense their sincerity. I wish they replaced Randy too but three’s a good number. Can I just add: why is Adam Lambert in the opening credits? When did he win? ;-P I mean, he was my bet and it wouldn’t be a big deal if they included other successful contestants from past seasons but he’s the only non-winner featured, plus they never did that before. If I was Kris Allen I would throw a fit.

Let’s go to the contestants. From the Top 24 only 13 emerged victorious, 3 of which was chosen through a wildcard round. This is only the 2nd time AI had 13 finalists, the first time was when Anoop was given a spot which I didn’t get. Only Naima deserved the 2nd chance. If I had a say I wanted Kendra to go forward too, Stefano and Ashton were blah. From the Top 10 America voted, James blew me away. I’m not a rock fan but if he can deliver that first performance all throughout the competition, he can win this. But then there’s Jacob and Jacob can sing, man! Amazing! Scotty is oh so country but you’ll love him with that deep voice and twang. Personality wise, Casey stands out and I’m curious on what he can offer. For the girls, I love 15 & 16 yo Thia and Lauren A. I can’t believe all that talent come from such a young age. Pia’s “Stand by me” was such a knock-out moment for her and I think Latina Karen will bring flavor in the competition. To round up the Top 13, you have Haley and Paul. This is going to be an interesting year. I guess I’ll be staying tune all season, hopefully they won’t pull another “Adam” on me. 🙂

Indie Vs. Mainstream (Predictable Much?)

Can you believe it has been a year already since Adam Lambert took the title as Season 8’s Ameri… oh wait, that didn’t happen, did it?

Oh well, its time once again for America to decide. Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze will be battling it out on Season 9, hoping to garner as much votes as they can.

Frankly, this has been a lackluster year for AI. Barely watched the weekly performances (which I never thought will happen ever), nobody really stood out – yeah they were a bunch of good singers but that’s about it. No ‘X-Factor’ (no pun intended). Do I think people will buy their records? No. At least, I don’t think I am. Simon leaving didn’t really convinced me enough to stay tuned throughout the season. Wow, I’m still surprised I’m talking about Idol this way. Probably the only reason I’ll be watching the finale is because Christina will be performing (shameless plug!). Anyways, if you ask who my “bet” is, though I wouldn’t actually bet on it, it would be Crystal. But if you ask who will win, I would say Lee. Why? He’s got the bigger fan base. Proof? He made it as no. 1 trending topic on Twitter – ever heard of Justin Bieber? Probably not. And obviously, as my title suggests, he’s more mainstream than Crystal. Problem is, is he any different from Kris Allen? Or David Cook? But we really never know, right? So just tune in for the whole 2-hour extravaganza and update me on who they’ll announce as winner. Blah.

Thousands down, Twenty-three to go!

American Idol has presented this year’s Top 24, and I saw some familiar faces from the auditions. Before the coveted Top 12 title, these contestants will need to out-sing and outshine each other for 3 more grueling weeks, this time with America having the say. Not that I’m picking favorites already but these people were the ones that got stuck in my mind and saw some potential.

From the guys: Tyler Grady, Andrew Garcia and John Park                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          From the girls: Katie Stevens and Ashley Rodriquez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I really need to catch up soon. Would love to see them go all the way, I hope this will be another exciting season. Most of the finalists are pretty young, aren’t they? Head to AmericanIdol.com for more info on the Top 24. 🙂

Paula on the ropes.

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I can’t believe Fox is still not making the decision whether to sign Paula for Season 9 of the biggest reality show on TV, American Idol. I think they owe her that much. If they will cut her or they’re having second thoughts on keeping her, then why prolong it just tell her the truth? But why remove her in the first place? That’s my question really. Was Kara Dioquardi a front for a more drastic reformatting of the show particulary on its judges? Hope she stays, that’s my opinion. 🙂

 

New Idol Crowned

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So unless you’re living under a rock, you might have come across the Idol Finale last Thursday or the breaking news of the crowned winner. Whichever way, I knew I just had to voice out my opinion – more like violent reaction. So, here’s how it went. Kris Allen won and I’m straight. Kidding. It just ain’t right you know? It didn’t feel right. I didn’t even bother to catch it myself. For the first time, I didn’t care having heard of who won before I even get to watch it. I just caught glimpses of the show towards the big reveal. I think it’s the first time for me personally, that I really felt disappointed. Cause I have had bets before that didn’t win but that was just fine for me because the other finalist was equally great. But this one… this one is different because it boils down to the question on why the people voted for the lesser talent. I’m sorry for those who think otherwise but it’s true. Kris knew it himself; I mean he was called the ‘underdog’ and it did felt like Adam Lambert was robbed of the title. I’m sure Kris could be a really nice guy, down-to-earth, humble but it’s not American Good Guy. The show is American Idol, created to find the best undiscovered talent. I’m starting to feel the show is becoming hugely subjective more than objective. I don’t know if I’m ever going to feel the same about the show.

You know what I think? Say what you want or even think that I’m taking this way seriously than others but Adam lost because he’s gay. Bottomline, people don’t want a ‘gay idol’. Did you know that a population in the vote – the conservative demographic, which actually voted for Kris or even encouraged voting for Kris not because they like him but rather because they don’t like Adam for what he is or for that matter, scared of what he stands for and the implications it will convey if he should win such a coveted title. I mean I’m talking about people who don’t even watch the show. So what does he stand for, you ask?  He stands for change. Adam Lambert doesn’t blend in the crowd, he stands out from it. He defies the conventional, shatters the norm and ultimately, stayed true to himself. I say this and I quote from Paula: there are only a few those who dared to walk in the path of greatness: Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler and Adam Lambert. This season claims that there are ‘No Boundaries’ but I beg to differ. Once again, America turned its back against innovation. This is bigger than the show. I’m not blaming Kris for anything because he just took what he was given. After all said, it’s just really sad that he got caught up in this and the victim had to be Adam. Remembering the show, I just feel a soft spot for that teary-eyed Adam side by side with his closest co-finalist, Allison.

Wrapping this up, we’ll just see how this turns out because it is after Idol that we find out the true markings of a star. And without any hint of sarcasm and I say this honestly I really wish both the best of luck, Kris Allen deserves a chance and he earned it. As for Adam, he’s a rock star and I’m sure he’s gonna do great things in the world of music and entertainment.

Idol Upd8: Kris Allen leading!!!

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Yup, you read it right. 61.14 points versus 60.04 points, that is Kris and Adam, respectively according to DialIdol.com who has been accurate for predicting the winners of the past 7 seasons of American Idol and the eliminations every week. DialIdol works by measuring the busy signal of people dialling in to vote for their favorite contestants. DialIdol works with Dancing With The Stars as well. Damn this is not good. But there’s still time for the ‘Glamberts’ or anyone who actually thinks American Idol is a talent competition! I haven’t watched it yet since the Philippines is a couple of hours late with the airing. But judging by the comments of the judges, Adam definitely did better. So I hope they put some sense to America. Come on people! Vote! Vote A-D-A-M L-A-M-B-E-R-T!

P.S. Heard that the Final song done every year which was supposed to be the winning song for this season entitled ‘No Boundaries’ sucks, well it was co-written by Kara DioGuardi so I don’t know if that’s the reason.

No posts for April?!?!

I know, I’ve been out of my element lately. I don’t know if I just didn’t have a great material or just no inspiration at all. And my tight work schedules didn’t help as well. I have been really busy due to the deadlines I have to meet last month. April is of course, the end of tax season so audit firms are in chaotic mode as their clients’ Financial Statements and Income Tax Returns become due to be filed in the Securities and Exchange Commission and Bureau of Internal Revenue. You must be bored out of hell now knowing that once again I’m talking about my work. But no, I’m stopping right here. So what now, you ask? I’m thinking since I didn’t post any entries lately aside from my take on microblogs; JDpress, I’m gonna talk about my latest finds – TV shows that is, and those somewhat old but still exciting to watch.

Continue reading “No posts for April?!?!”

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Oh my gosh!!! I love Adam Lambert! Definitely betting on him to be in the finale… now it’s a toss up between Allison, Matt, Danny and Megan for the other spot. And can somebody just kick off Anoop already? Damn!

I take back everything I said about Lady GaGa. I love her! She’s so cool and hot! That’s the perfect combination. So addicted to her songs right now.. Poker Face, Just Dance, Love Game, Beautiful Dirty Rich, The Fame, Paparazzi and even Eh Eh which is so not like her but I like it….

I can’t believe Kaba Modern didn’t make it to the finale!!! Aside from Jabbawockeez whom by the way has 3 Filipino members, they’re the sickest group in the show America’s Best Dance Crew, they’re amazing!!!

I’ve been busy….

It’s been two crazy, frustrating weeks. I just didn’t think I could get through to it. Work stuff yet again. Anyways, enough about me. What had happened since then? A lot. There was the Golden Globes kicking off the awards season with Slumdog Millionaire and 30 Rock pretty much bagging every award for movie and tv categories, respectively. Kate Winslet also won for two best actress categories and was so grateful she gushed and constantly reminded herself to calm down during her acceptance speeches. Check the official webpage of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the complete list of winners. (Click here.)

 

Then there was the plane accident at the Hudson River or should I say miracle since all of the 150 plus passengers and crew got out alive. And this was all because of the courage and skills of the pilot Mr. Chelsey Sullenberger as he navigated the plane so graceful you wouldn’t think the plane was actually crashing. Birds were apparently scattered throughout the area and got into the engine. I couldn’t imagine what people may have been thinking as they saw the plane go down and pass by, what flying that low within the city? There’s only one thing that crosses my mind, 9/11. Thank God, it wasn’t.

 

American Idol Season 8! Yup, with a lot of changes in store for fans. We’ve finally met the new judge Kara that is just as, let’s just say straightforward as Simon and sweet as Paula. Finally met his match, eh? It’s going to be much more interesting, especially during Hollywood week and Eliminations week. Can’t wait! It just sucks that I have to wait for the re-runs to catch it! Since I don’t know, maybe because my work habits are taking over my whole life!

 

Finally, who could’ve missed the inauguration of the first black president of America? For the first time, I think, it was aired here in the Philippines through live broadcast. Actually, the whole world covered the event. It was crazy. Obama is definitely reaching celebrity status! I don’t mean it in a bad way. And Michelle Obama, fashion icon with all the buzz about her first dress as the First Lady. It was also a bit funny when Obama got his oath all wrong don’t you think? But I do know we can expect a lot of great things from this guy. All I can say is: Buti pa sila! Ang Pilipinas kaya?

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