Posts Tagged ‘American Idol’

It’s A Wrap

March 2, 2012

Break out the marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, and, oh yeah, the umbrellas, we got our weekends and our site. Our home away from home, that little slanted hamlet nestled in the woods, neath precariously towering and slender swaying trees is now ours once again for the season. It didn’t take me long to get through on the phone. I started around 7–remember all those busy signals I was getting?–and I didn’t note the exact time but it was right around 12:45 when I saw the clock as I was listing my dates. Deposit check is written out and ready for today’s mail.

Now that that’s passed, the next thing to conquer is my tattoo appointment this afternoon. Conquer isn’t really the right word; it’s not my first time at the rodeo. I’m not sure how long they’ll take, the three charms on my charm bracelet, how much they’ll cost, keeping in mind he’s not tattooing “property of MGM” on my backside and subsequently how much I should tip him.

I had a bit of a brainstorm yesterday. So, that takes care of me for the week.

Oh! Remember that debacle at the phone store from last week or so? Well, I missed the call, but someone from Verizon called who wanted to talk to me about my complaint and left me a message. Now it’s up to me to call him back. I’m sure he won’t be chasing me any more than the one phone call. I’ll get to it. Probably this weekend, so stay tuned.

I tried to add those “fancy” things to my blog; there was this list of widgets I could add to the right hand margin including a “like” button for Facebook. As it turns out, the widgets did nothing more than simply enter the same info that you see now. Those are widget-generated.  And the “like” button, well, that’s only for a specific page on Facebook, like a organization or a fan site. Hey, maybe I could set up a Facebook page for this blog, or even the website (hence, my book). What is wrong with me? Why haven’t I dont that before.

And there’s more other stuff in the works that I have to get jumping on this weekend so stay tuned for that as well. I have to remain secretive until I make the right contacts before I reveal what that’s all about.

Speaking of American Idol, I’m really like Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez though I think Sanchez might have the edge. I hadn’t paid attention to her during the auditions, but when she sang on performance night, I just sat, staring at my TV, in total awe and all I could say was WOW, over and over again.

I just felt like having fun and in spite of the despicable idea of dancing and/or talking babies, I opted for this version, kind of let my hair down.  Just thought it was edgier than looking at a still picture of a 45 rpm.   (A what, old timer?)

On that note, I’m outta here. Have a great weekend.

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Teachers Who Fix Their Hair

May 26, 2011

122 million votes, an all time record will determine the winner of this year’s American Idol. The two finalists, Scotty and Lauren came out and a remote of each one’s hometown was shown in the background. Scotty had such a huge crowd and it was determined by us, the revelers, that most of the people in Lauren’s hometown, which recently suffered a tornado, got blown into North Carolina, into Scotty’s camp. The reunion of the idols came together for the final Brady Bunch moment singing, once again (yawn….) Lady Gaga’s Born This Way.

James then joined Judas Priest for a performance and he was in his glory. Jacob sang with some guy playing the piano (sorry, I was multi-tasking) and Gladys Knight with her Pips. She never leaves home without them. Well, that one time, but we won’t talk about that. Oh, it was Kirk Franklin, the piano player guy.

Next up was Constipation Casey AND Jack Black (a perfect pair if ever there was one) singing Fat Bottom Girls. Jack Black’s a singer? For that matter…. Constipation Casey’s a singer?

The girls of the Top 13, all dressed in red came out and sang Put A Ring On It and To The Left and something I didn’t recognize (I’m assuming a Beyonce song) and If I Were A Boy… alright already, where is Beyonce herself, this medley is getting tiresome. Ah, there she is and, oh man, those shoes….HOT!!!!! And she’s got legs all the way up to there.

During this little break, while they’re saluting Steven Tyler’s first year on Idol, let me interject with this ridiculous asinine quote and see if you know who said it : “Serials, for the most part are baby boomer programs…”.

Speaking of asinine, the coupling of Haley and Tony Bennett, for instance. Well, what does he care? He’s 85, he’s left a legacy and still going strong and his Duets 2 album will be out in September. Gotta put that on my Amazon wishlist. Or maybe my birthday wishlist. Little John (L’il John?) came bouncing out followed by TLC singing Waterfalls. LOVE that song.

Scottypants and Tim McGraw duetted with Live Like You Were Dying. Go Scotty. And Jennifer Lopez turned up missing (uh…oxymoron much?). She must be gonna sing. Must be gonna sing; oh, Mac would have my head for that one.

Let me finish that quote while we revisit some of the year’s misguided idol hopefuls. “…and as Boomers are out of the key selling demographic, we need to look at alternatives.”. Need a hint? His name rhymes with Jackass. Yes, it was Brian Frons. Not gonna get into analyzing that one, not now.

Well it wasn’t J-lo, but Marc Anthony who appeared at the top the stairs, singing some hip-gyrating rhythmic song accompanied by Sheila E. on the drums, of course and oh yeah and J-lo, shaking her money maker for hubby Marc.

Oh dear, and then the boys came out, lead by Stefano (making it evident it was a wise move he got voted off) singing a Prince song (made sense with Sheila E being there) and then Paul sang a Tom Jones song, as did the rest of the boys, and I remembered that The Voice had once covered Prince, so he should be out shortly and here he is, all tan and looking spiffy singing It’s Not Unusual.

Speaking of Lady Gaga, here she is in a bedazzled modified revolutionary war hat.

Lauren’s turn, singing Before He Cheats, the Carrie Underpants, er, Underwood version, not the hyped up club version by Jackie O. So, could Ms. Underpants be far behind. Thanks for that one, Pocono Bob! R.I.P.

And one more time with Beyonce who can’t say algebra. But then again, who uses the word algebra in a song? Well, Rose Nylund wanted to use intrauterine in a song about Miami… you’re cuter than, an intrauterine…so I guess all bets are off.

Bono and The Edge, amid a huge Spiderman set, including a flying Spiderman (which one is this, the one with the broken ribs or the broken back?) failed to impress me with Rise Above.

Our own Steven Tyler suddenly appeared on stage tickling the ivories to Dream On. I hear tell he performed solo because the rest of Aerosmith has shunned him for being a judge on American Idol.

And now comes the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Dim the lights… Come on Scotty…….

It’s Scotty!!!!!  Scotty is the new American Idol.  And Lauren seemed as genuinely happy as she could be and that other creep that got voted off last week is still scowling.

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I Say F That!

May 25, 2011

I turned on the TV yesterday morning to watch my daily dose of Headline News with Robin Meade and the Casey Anthony trial was being shown live. I guess it was Linda Drane Burdick, the Assistant State Attorney who was in the middle of her opening statement and at one point, while she was reading testimony, she read aloud some quotes and one of them contained the “F” word. Well several seconds later, Robin Meade chimed in with an apology for the coarse language being used and they went to a commercial. When they came back, she announced they were going on a delay so that in case any more F bombs were let loose, we’d be spared. Then I thought, that sucks. How is the news channel responsible for the language in the trial? Did they sugar coat the quotes the attorney read for the sake of the jury and spectators in the courtroom?  Kind of a sad state of affairs when even the news cannot be reported as it happens. I guess we really do live in a sterile bubble because someone of some importance deems it so.  I say phuque that!

We set up a series of inline sprinklers with a timer for the garden last night and set if for a virgin run and it turned on and turned off and there was happiness here at Leaning Pines. There was also chicken salad sandwiches and penne with vodka sauce. There was also a tear to the eye, but I’ll get to that after.

Wow, I almost forgot, I needed to leave room for American Idol. Lauren was tanked up on meds to help her get passed a strained vocal cord. She injured herself during rehearsal, but the doctor assured everyone she would be alright for the night. Round one would be each contestants’ favorite song of the season, round two, the idols’ Idols picking songs for them  and round three would be each one’s first single.

First up was Scotty doing Gone and of course he was our beloved Scottypants and Lauren chose Flat On The Floor. In spite of her voice being in jeopardy, she sounded good. There might have been a moment when she sounded a little compromised and a look of concern came to her face, and they cut to J-lo who also looked on a little distressful.

George Strait chose Check Yes Or No (his own song) for Scotty. And Carrie Underwood chose Maybe It Was Memphis  for Lauren’s second song.

Jimmy Iovine announced Scotty’s first single I Love You This Big, should he win, to be his final song of the night. Then Lauren’s song was Like My Mother Does.

Though I’d love for Scotty to win, I think Lauren has a slight edge. But you know what? In spite of that, I’m choosing Scotty, though this year, I’m really torn and would be okay for either to win. Tonight is our annual American Idol finale party, which coincidentally serves as a combination birthday party for Ariel and our friend Sue. Their birthdays are about a week apart and if we don’t do it along with the Idol finale, it can get to be August or September before we do any celebrating. It has happened!

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The tear to the eye I spoke of earlier was because the opening scene of my story last night was Kassie DePaiva’s “Blair” rehearsing a song at Capricorn… Here’s what you do when you don’t find the rainbow’s end, this time. Here’s where you go when it looks like the rain won’t end, don’t cry. I’ll give you to-m”… and she abruptly stopped, slapping the sheet music down saying “This is depressing.” Those are the opening lines to the One Life to Live theme from back in the 80’s when Peabo Bryson sang over a montage of images of Llanview and its characters. So, it’s obvious we’re seeing the beginning of the… No, I won’t say it. I’m just gonna keep fighting.

All This, And Tomatoes Too

May 20, 2011

Okay, I’m getting right to it today. There’s an issue at Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School in Wyckoff, NJ. There are naked pictures of a 13 year old female student on just about everyone’s mobile phone. When its existence was discovered, a warning letter was sent to the parents by the school  and the students had 2 days (ending yesterday) to delete any copies of the photo, or anything else inappropriate on their phones. If any student was found with any inappropriate image afterwards, he or she would be arrested and face criminal charges for the distribution of child porn. Okay, great. However, why punish an entire school for the act of one? That one? The girl herself! She took the naked picture of herself and sent it to another student. Let’s see, Junior High (that’s old school for middle school, and I’m old …. school) boys with a picture of a naked girl, armed with the technology to share it with the masses (unlike the old days,  having to gather his buddies into his father’s toolshed like college kids piling into  Volkswagen, to do what boys do when they discover dad’s Playboy magazines. Somehow, that’s a rite of passage; this is a criminal case. I’m going out on a limb here and saying the only guilty party here is the girl herself. Or perhaps her parents for possibly not telling her there’d be repurcutions of such actions.  Ah, what the heck, let’s lump that one friend into the blame pool as well.  But then, at that age, one hasn’t really been in the world long enough to wisely call someone  a friend. So, should the pictures be removed? Yes. Out of repsect for the girl and for the assumption it was just a silly mistake. Will they be removed?Probably some, but not all. They’ve probably already been uploaded to home computers and encrypted and otherwise tucked safely under lock and key.  And if there was no face or other incriminating details in this picture, then I say just let it go. It’ll be forgotten as soon as the next nudie shot surfaces. There, I’ve said my piece.

So, tomorrow is Doomsday. Yeah, that just figures. After so many years of waiting, I finally  have real garden and as of yesterday I have CORN growing…Damn it!  Still waiting on the new tomato seeds I had to plant to sprout, but I also have squash, poppies, red basil, thyme, oregano, peppers (I think it’s the peppers) all doing very well. Alas.

Over to American Idol now; over 95 million votes, more than 15 million more than last year’s Top 3 vote decided last night’s elimination. And come on, what was with that crown in Haley’s hair? Barf-a-roni! The first half hour plus was devoted to the homecomings and some performances by a young Italian trio, Il Volo, who really sounded fantastic, and Nicole Scherzinger with 50 Cent debuting her new single. Il Volo far surpassed the Pussycat Doll. And Scotty had me all misty-eyed with his homecoming segment.

Here we go, the first person staying for next week’s finale is…. SCOTTYPANTS! And LAUREN is his competition! And oh man, if looks could kill. Haley is not amused. Commander!!!!!!  I wouldn’t be surprised if her camp demanded a recount. There must be hanging chad somewhere. There IS a God!

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On the One Life to Live front: It’s been reported that Robin Strasser, aka. Dorian Lord will bow out of the show at sometime before it (allegedly) ends in January. According to her tweet, she will be undergoing back surgery. She also has an out clause in her contract. That’s really distressing, A) because of such a health issue, and B) because she is the quintessential “bitch”. I always felt Alexis Carrington was modeled after Dorian Lord.

A quick update from an article I read this morning: Adverstisers were largely impressed with the Upfronts, giving enthusiastic  nods to NBC and CBS for their presentations of new shows for the coming season, liking the fact they are appealing to a somewhat older demographic, which the advertisers are looking for and they deemed ABC down and dirty, providing little insight for their new line up and saying what they are looking to sell is aimed at the younger set. 

But our battle rages on with emails and phone calls to ABC executives, advertisers, marketing agencies. We’re not going down without a fight.  Oh, and hey, God….if you’re reading this…..

With This Ring…Whoops!

May 19, 2011

I was out on my own last night. It’s official; The Ghost of Commander has left the building. Beyonce was last night’s mentor and her first charge was Scottypants who sang “Amazed” by Lonestar. His performance was decidedly better (with the usual Scotty smoothness and confidence) than his rehearsal.

Lauren was next with “She’s A Wild One” by Faith Hill. She started okay, went a little flat in an attempt to reach some high notes, then brought it back.

The last contestant for this round decided on Led Zeppelin’s “What Is And What Should Never Be”. To me, this alleged superstar sounded like Charlie Brown’s mother. And then she fell. It was hard to tell how she sang because the band played so loud on top of her.

Round two: “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” by Thompson Square is Jimmy Iovine’s pick for Scotty. Again, cool, confident Scotty.

Lauren’s round two song was “If I Die Young” by Perry. Did she miss a line? Again she sounded a little unsure of herself.

The third contestant sang “Rhiannon” by Stevie Nicks. Again, Charlie Brown’s mother.

Scotty’s final song was Kenny Rogers’ “She Believes In Me”. Scotty! Scotty! Scotty!

Lauren sang “I Hope You Dance” by LeeAnn Womak. Her best of the night.

The last judge’s choice is “You Oughtta Know” by Alanis Morissette. By far the worst of the night.

Okay, you know who I’m gunning for. I’ll be happy with a Scotty/Lauren finale! Let’s see what happens.

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Okay, time for a quick, yet uncomfortable video. It’s fairly self explanatory.

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And now the continuing saga of the Battle of the Soaps: My head is actually pounding while I’m writing this. Soap Nazi (thank you whichever Facebook group member who came up with that, I love that) Brian Frons waved and chuckled at protestors outside New York’s Lincoln Center on Tuesday after a meeting of ABC Upfront, a meeting between network execs and advertisers in preparation for the upcoming season. Chuckled? The man who allegedly was brought to tears when he made the announcement of the cancellation, an emotion confirmed by kiss-ass Barbara Walters?  He never thought he’d be the one to do that, he’s been known to say. He also was quoted as saying there is no chance the shows will be back. You’re so full of shit, Frons! And you know it! That’s him with the sunglasses and the smug look on his face!

Our groups on Facebook don’t have much more time until the Upfronts are over and we are bombarding current advertisers to try to get them to not sponsor the new shows. I can’t believe I’m writing this, but The Chew, or, how I affectionately refer to it as The Cud, is set to replace All My Children on September 26, 2011 and The Revulsion (what they’re calling The Revolution) is scheduled to replace One Life to Live beginning on Monday, January 23, 2012. Goodbye, ABC. 

Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) made this following statement:

Idol Upset

May 13, 2011

Well, here’s some good news. Two of the pots we planted morning glories and sunflowers in have buds in them. The other two still don’t. And I’ve had to re-sow some thyme and oregano because the seedlings I had started must have gone into shock like my tomatoes because they withered and died. I also need to plant some fresh tomato seeds before the season gets too far underway.

My new eyeglasses are ready; the multifocal ones. Ever since I had my most recent eye infection, I haven’t worn any contact lenses. I’ve been back in regular glasses which are a little easier to manuever, especially when I have to see something close up, I can just take them off. But any further than those 5 inches, things start to get blurry, so I’ve been wearing readers on top of my glasses so I can see my work, since it all involves numbers and such. I’m not sure, but I think I’ve got four focal points in these new glasses (or it might be just three) but either way, I’m kind of excited about a new ease in seeing again.

So, here we go with the results. After 72 million votes, (and a boy/boy then girl/girl mini Brady Bunch moment) the first person safe is Lauren. Oh dear, Commander, hold on to your hats. Unless there’s a major upset as the show goes on and one of the boys gets the boot, your wish will come true.

But first, Lady Gaga in a taped performance did her new song You and I. Then Enrique Iglesias came to the stage to sing Dirty Dancer. I wonder if he has an X-rated version of this song, too, like his song Tonight (tonight I’m loving you turns into ~ tonight I’m F***’ing you). Just a little FYI. You’re welcome.

Jordin Sparks then came out, all thin and looking good singing her song I Am Woman. And the we got to see Steven Tyler’s new music video. Is this the end now? Can we get back to the results? Please? This show could have been over in 11 minutes.

Here we go. Haley is safe. Okay, I just threw up a lotta bit in my mouth. Sorry Ghost of Commander. I guess this is it for you. Sorry you were  roused from your eternal rest.

And of Scotty and James, it’s Scottypants who is safe. Well, there’s still a chance that Lauren and Scotty can take it. I’m putting Scotty and Lauren in the final 2! But now I’m fairly convinced this show is rigged. I’ve thought that since season 5 when Elliott yamin lost to Katherine McPhee and Taylor Hicks.  And look at Daughtry.

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Don’t forget One Life to Live today. 2pm. Todd vs. Todd.

And keep those emails going. DAILY!! Just jam their mailboxes.

GaGa Idol

May 12, 2011

Last night was the American Idol stylings of the Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller songbook and as per his own boycott, The Ghost of Commander was nowhere to be found. Lady Gaga was the night’s mentor but James came barreling out of the chute without benefit of any mentoring. He sang Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” He was alright. I think he’s done better and the night, at that point was still young so we’ll see what else he can do to wow me. As long as Haley goes, I don’t care how James sings. (Turns out, GaGa wouldn’t be out until the second half of the show)

Speaking of whom, she sang Michael Jackson’s Earth Song. I don’t know this song, but the general consensus in the house is that it was horrible and we happen to have the consummate Michael Jackson here….my niece Melissa. And because I’m the furthest thing from an MJ fan, I have to take her word for it and she wholeheartedly agreed with J-lo and Randy’s opinions.

Scottypants sang Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning by Alan Jackson. It’s a known fact that everyone loves Scottypants and with good reason. He’s so in the Scotty zone, he’s always Scotty, he never tries to be anything but that.

Lauren cleaned up the first round with Martina McBride’s Anyway.

Finally here comes the Lady Gaga mentoring round. She was decked out in a modified Cruella DeVille get up, with angular protrusions at the temples and garish black makeup around the eyes and redder than red lipstick to mentor and her first task was Haley who smugly sang I Who Have Nothing as if to tell the judges a big F you for their comments. I hate her. Can somebody knock her in the back of the head with one of her spike heels?

Scottypants sang The Coasters’ Young Blood. Again we have an animated and playful Scotty and I agree with J-lo this time, he does need to find a midway point. He can do the ballad, he can do the playful.

Lauren took on Elvis Presley’s Trouble. It started off great while it was all ballad-y, primed to be the best performance of the night, but then she revved it up a little too much and the fevered interlude got the better of her. Her performance lost its oomph.

Love Potion No. 9 by The Drifters was James’ last offering to close out the show. Again, it was good, and I like him, but I’m just not feeling him tonight.

Aside from the over the top theatrics of Lady Gaga, I have to say she gave useful advice to the contestants from the viewpoint of current musical tastes. Rather then just tell them they had to “bring it”, the canned reply most mentors seem to have, she told them what they had to do in order to bring it. I was impressed.  

I’m not having a bottom 3 of my own, I’m just sending Haley home. She’s too conceited and full of entitlement to go any further. And maybe Commander will be back to close out the season.

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Reminder: Roger Howarth returns to One Life to Live tomorrow. Set your DVR’s, VCR’s, Betamax’s (if you still have one of those) or just stay home from work if you have to and tune in at 2pm (1pm central) but I take no responsiblity for that.

So Long, Sunday Driver

May 6, 2011

Hang tight everyone, Lady Antebellum is going to purge your ears clean of the Top 5’s Brady Bunch moment; The Turtles’ Happy Together. If it was based on this song, the season would be over. Can we get a do-over? I see you, Commander, giving me that little smirk! Everybody decided to sing off-key and in as many registers as they could manage. What’s up with that? Well, maybe not Scottypants.

As promised, Lady Antebellum sang Just A Kiss and my ears have calmed down considerably.

Time for the results: James, with his frosted hair, gets sent to start a group on one end of the stage. Are they doing that one, leaving the 5th wheel to decide which group to go to? Lauren creates a new group.

Pad, pad, pad. J-Lo sang On The Floor, again, this time, allegedly live.

Oh, back to the results, 45 minutes into the hour-long show and Jacob is up and is joining Lauren’s group. Haley next (honestly, there’s got to be “something” going on with her) and she’s with James. And that leaves Scotty, who is safe and then was walked, by Ryan to the “safe” group because he refused to decide. Scotty, James and Haley are safe (sorry Commander, honestly). That leaves Lauren and Jacob in jeopardy. Dim the lights…(please let it be Jacob) After 60 million votes, it is ,YES!!!!–Jacob. Okay, I got one. But that was really easy after performance night and the last few weeks. Not sure whether Comm–nope, I see Commander still shaking his head. It’ll be me here next week.

 

Regrets, I’ve had a few. Too much to get into here and now, just trust me, but it relates to what’s coming. There’s a new bill “floating” (I guess that makes it sound lively and fun, like Glinda in her bubble) courtesy of the Obama administration, that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers….according to how many miles they drive. If it gets passed, a new committee will be formed under the Federal Highway Administration, The Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office. So, pretty much, in this bleak economic climate, new jobs are being created, but we are the ones paying the salaries. Anyone surprised? Show of hands. This VMT (vehicle miles traveled) tax would be calculated with an  electronic device installed in your car to determine how many miles were driven in a certain time period and payment could take place electronically at gas stations. Yeah, that’ll be a really good idea, I think. Further screw the lower class who is barely getting by, maybe driving a car held together with a prayer, just trying to get to work to make an honest living, day in, day out. Show of hands?

Though it is yet undetermined where the field trials will begin, there are four criteria to consider; the capability of states to enforce payment, the reliability of technology, administrative costs and user acceptance. Like that will matter. $300M is being funded to the new office through fiscal 2017 for the project.

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Speaking of money, it’s being reported that ABC is offering Katie Couric $20M to come to the alphabet network as a fill-in anchor on the news, for a spot on 20/20 and her own talk show in the time slot between 3 and 5 pm, which coincidentally is where General Hospital falls. So, come on people! How many news and talk shows do we need. There are hundreds of channels available nowadays, many of them dedicated to news and to food and to talk.

We have to keep the soap genre ALIVE. How can a company like Disney be so cavalier with so many peoples’ livelihoods. Not just the soap actors, but writers, technical people, people associated with publications, both in print and online, dedicated to the Soap Opera, not to mention us, the viewing audience that has come back day after day, year after year to watch stories unfold, the audience who are the consumers of the products that get advertised on these shows. I’m doing all I can, writing letters, emails, making phone calls. I cannot let One Life to Live down, a show that has been part of my life for nearly 42 of its 43 years. Otherwise I could not honestly say I am a fan.

Please, join the fight. WATCH! Roger Howarth is returning. WATCH! It’s going to be a smackdown between team Viki/Dorian and Echo de Savoy. WATCH! Tess has more tricks up her sleeve! WATCH! It’s One Life to Live. Watch, call, write….FIGHT!

And finally, have a great mother’s day. I think I will, too. I’ve been called a mother on various occasions–does that count? Give your mother a great gift, keep her soaps on the air!

The Part of Commander Is Being Played By…

May 5, 2011

Well, it’s time once again for American Idol. Seems ages ago the last blog was posted but last week, as you know, I was away, in Illinois for Easter. And who was it, Stefano that got the boot? Yeah. And because of that, and the fact that Haley is still hanging on, Commander seems to have abdicated his position, so I’ll see what I can do with the remaining 5 contestants, each singing two songs; one a current selection and the other a classic.

Last night’s guest mentor was music’s royalty(?), Sheryl Crowe. And she’s ready to retire because she got to sing with James who was up first singing Closer The Edge by 30 Seconds To Mars. Sorry, and to quote Randy, for me, James was all over the place and flat at times and even his signature and usually melodic screech was quite the opposite. The judges, of course, all peed themselves over it, but I was disappointed. This was his worst performance to date.

I also see Marie Osmond has remarried her first husband. Liz Taylor much?

Jacob decided to sing Jordin Sparks’ No Air. Goodness, even the background singers sounded off key. This was horrid also; again, like James, off key. I’m so looking forward to the return of So You Think You Can Dance.

Lauren then sang Carrie Underpa….Underwood’s Flat On the Floor. You know, Commander and I both gave her a pass a while back, lifting from her the enigma of being this year’s Katherine McPhee. That honor is now firmly planted on Haley. Lauren’s performance was very good–not great–but she left the previous two guys eating her dust.

Scotty…pants (really, Ryan?) sang Gone, by Montgomery Gentry. Still wants to hold his mic like a flute, but this was the most animated I’ve seen Scotty all season and the song fit him to a tee. When he started I was about ready to start yawning…another country song, yeah, whatever, but then he sort of broke out into a performance. And now that was my favorite of the night, so far.

Haley sang You And I by Lady Gaga, a song that’s not even released. Not sure why she’s still on the show.

James returned to sing Nilsson’s Without You, one of my all time personal favorites. Better than his first song, and his emotions got a hold of him, but he held it together and gave a fairly good performance. Still, he has done better. But through his crying and choking up, he did a great job.

Jacob encored with Love Hurts by Nazareth. You know what else hurts? My ears.

Lauren’s classic was The Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody. It was okay, nothing earth-shattering, a little too heavy on the runs. I liked her first song better.

Scotty toned it down with Elvis’ Always On My Mind. I know Elvis sang it, but I think Willie Nelson with this song. Anyway, Scotty did a very good job. He always comes across so cool and confident.

House of the Rising Sun by The Animals was Haley’s closing number.

Okay, I have my bottom 3.

  

I want to have at least one correct guess this season, so against what  Commander really wants, as you can see, I’m making Jacob the one who should go. But, wouldn’t it be great if this was the week I was wrong and Commander got his wish?

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Nothing more yet on the Sony/One Life To Live rumor and our hopes got a little up yesterday with news that The Revolution was going to be canceled. That’s one of the shows, along with the Cud, er, Chew, that’s slated to take the place of  One Life To Live. The thing is, Jamie Oliver, The Naked Chef also has a show on ABC called Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and the network pulled it in favor of an hour long Dancing With The Stars recap show for May sweeps, airing on Tuesdays before the results show. In the meantime, keep making contact with the names and network affiliates contained within this link. Remember, it could be one of your shows one day. Let’s fight THE MAN and let the little peoples’ voices be heard!

A Bright Spot

April 29, 2011

No matter how I coaxed, The Ghost of Commander was adamant about not doing his recap, so it’s up to me. I hope I do him proud. I know he’ll be reading this.

First of all, Ariel and I were trying to determine where Steven Tyler is buying his clothes and he thought it was the International Male reject warehouse. I, on the other hand, think it’s Carly Simon’s closet.

Then, the six remaining contestants did a horrendous job with a Carole King medley; that aside, I’m just flabbergasted that so many songs that are so familiar and have been around forever are all hers.

Crystal Bowersox, who really should have won last year, America, sang “Ridin With The Radio”. And then the obligatory “pad the hour” with silly stuff and it was question and answer time for the contestants.

Finally time for the results. First up, Haley. She’s safe. WTF? Really! Sorry, Commander. I guess I’ll be here next week, as well. Next is Scotty, but Ryan made him sit and wait a while longer for his results. Then it was Lauren’s turn. And she went back to the couch without her results.

Constipation Casey was next. And back to the couch. Finally, a true result, James is safe. And now it’s Jacob’s turn and Lauren, Constipation Casey and Scotty came back to the stage. Lauren is safe.  And the world waited while Bruno Mars whined through some song or other. Ugh.

So, it was the three remaining boys; Jacob, Scotty and Casey.  Double ugh… Jacob is safe. And between Constipation Casey and Scotty, the person who got voted off was CONSTIPATION CASEY! YES!!!!!! Scotty is safe! That should give Commander a little consolation.

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So, there’s a new rumor going around concerning the battle to save One Life to Live and All My Children. I wasn’t sure if mentioning it would be a jinx or not, but I’m seeing it posted almost everywhere, and quite frankly, I’m too excited about the prospect to keep hold onto it. This is a definite bright spot in an otherwise dismal abyss.

Considering this latest bit of news, maybe this rumor may just come to be fact.  One Life To Live tied for second during the week of April 18-22, winning over 263,000 viewers, beating General Hospital in total viewers–the show Brian Frons was going to “keep around” because it was doing so well. But then rumors began to spread that even GH was going bye-bye. Super Genius just wants to kill the “soap”.  Wouldn’t this proposesd acquisition be a huge ostrich egg in Brian Frons’ face!

So, come on, dear readers, I repeat what I said a few days ago, watch an episode or two,  it won’t kill you. Tell a friend to tune in. SAVE OUR SOAPS!

And I’ll close out the week with this short, but nonetheless hysterical video. It’s a few years old, but it came into my mind yesterday and I found it and so here it is. You all have a great weekend.