Thursday, February 26, 2009

American Idol, Top 36, Round 2

This could be dubbed "The Round Full of People I Wanted to Like, but Just Couldn't Quite Make Myself". To be honest, the only one I really truly liked was 16 year old Allison Iraheta. She rocked Heart's "Alone". And really, you shouldn't attempt Heart unless you can rock it, as oh-so-many contestants in the past have learned.

On the list of those who I wanted to like, but just couldn't quite make myself:

Jasmine Murray was one of the few contestants that I remembered from auditions. But, seriously, some songs don't lend themselves to an R&B flair, and it's safe to say Sara Bareille's "Love Song" is one of them. Moving on...

I really do like Matt Giraud. He's got a great voice, and a good personality. I mean, he's a dueling pianist, you have to have personality to pull that off, no? His rendition of "Viva La Vida" was comparable to Michael Buble singing Chris Martin. IT DID NOT WORK. Hate it for him...

Nick Mitchell. There are no words...

I want to like Matt Breitzke, really I do. But every time he sings, I feel embarrassed, uncomfortable, awkward. Pretty much any adjective that you can use to describe a bad first date, that's how I feel. Seriously, my stomach is starting to hurt just typing this. And I love me some Tonic, ever since they played my sophomore homecoming at Jax State 12 (!) years ago. (Have I seriously been out of college for 10 years??? Say it ain't so!) But he sounded like a really bad lounge act. It hurt (and still does).

Adam Lambert has the potential to be the next Freddie Mercury. I realize that has both good and bad connotations, and I mean them all. He has an amazingly powerful voice and range, but he freaks me out just a little. It may be the goth look or the fact that he sounds like a girl a lot of the time. Yeah, I think that may be it. It's slightly unnatural the way he can effortlessly hit those high notes. Again, for some reason, it makes my stomach hurt a bit to think about it.

Anyway, I'm betting Allison and Adam are a lock for the top guy and girl. I'm more unsure about the 3rd spot. Who do you think? Now I'm off to swig some Mylanta and try not to think about it anymore.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A few thoughts on "The Bachelor"

I just have to get a few things off my chest today after watching The Bachelor: The Women Tell All last night. First of all, I am truly glad that Trista and Ryan are still together. I'm happy for them that they have a family, and that they still live in Vail, and that Ryan is still in the Vail Fire Department. But, must we get an update (the same update) every time there's a new bachelor? Leave 'em alone, folks!

Can we just have a reality check here, people? While The Bachelor is entertaining and at times, thought-provoking (What was he thinking when he chose her?), inspirational is NOT a word I would use to describe it. Yet that is what Jason said last night. I am not making this up. He said that, yes he came on that show to find love, but if he could just touch one person, it was worth it. Because, really, what's more touching than watching a guy make out with several different women in the span of a few days? Yep, that's inspiration to me!

And a note to Jason, when you've admitted to only going to "first base" with Molly in the tent, then you refuse to answer a question about what went on in the fantasy suite, YOU'VE PRETTY WELL ANSWERED THE QUESTION BY YOUR OMISSION. M'kay?

And I know Stephanie is an Alabama girl, everybody likes her and she's a single mom, but really, what is thinking about when she gets ready? The feathered hair, the blush, the fake gold rings on every finger. It was bad, and I mean, BAD. Seriously, does she own a mirror??

Anyway, next week is the finale. There are all sorts of rumors floating around the internet. And Chris Harrison does a pretty good job of not addressing the real rumors on his blog. Which might mean they're true. Or not. Who knows? All we know for sure is that it will be the most dramatic finale in Bachelor history...

Monday, February 23, 2009

This and that...

Abby has quite the fashion sense...this is the outfit she chose for herself the other day. Some might say that it was a bold fashion move to wear pants with a dress, but I totally think she pulled it off. Note the supermodel pose and the carefully chosen puppy as an accessory. Also, the disheveled hair is all the rage these days.

And, seriously, at what age do boys learn to kick back on the couch with a snack and drink, watching TV while ignoring everything else? Apparently, 16 months old.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

This is American Idol...

So, I never intended to review television shows on here. There are other blogs out there (BooMama, I'm talking about you) who do that, and do a much better job than I could ever do. But, well, I haven't been posting much lately, and since my life right now pretty much consists of wiping snotty noses and watching reality TV, I can't help myself. And there's also the fact that from January until May, American Idol consumes me. Y'all, I get into it. I realize that it's not healthy. And frankly, I'm a bit ashamed to be admitting it to the entire world wide web, but there you go.

Last night was the first live performance. And on a side note, it was quite obvious it was the first live show. Fox, you've been doing this for 8 seasons now, have you not worked out the kinks yet? And by the way, someone tell Kara that there is no need to lean into the mic and YELL, it's not necessary.

I'm not really sure what happens between the first audition and the first live show, but people who could sing (and I mean, sing, people) at their first audition , suck on the first live show (Stevie, honey, I'm talking to you). It happens every year.

I'll just hit the highlights, because first of all, you can read a great recap here, and second of all, I'm writing this Wednesday morning, and I can't remember everything that happened last night.

Jackie, oh Jackie, was apparently channeling her inner Olivia Newton-John, circa early 80's. Dude, those pants were bad. 'Nuff said.

Alexis Grace will go through as the girl for the night, but not because she hit it out of the park. All the other girls were just that bad. Although, it pains me, and I mean, pains me, that Tatiana did not stink as bad as she could have. She sang Whitney, which is always a no-no, but I'm sure that her healthy (ahem!) self-confidence told her she could pull it off. I just don't like her, and I'm sure I'm not alone. On another side note, when has the Police been added to the "untouchable" category?? Whitney, Mariah, even MJ, I can see. But, Sting? Come on, people, let's keep it real.

As far as the guys go, I don't remember Guy#2's name (which I think says something about his chances of going through...), but he sang good (how's that for proper grammar??). Anoop speaks to my inner nerd. I like him, and he has a really good voice. Apparently he's got quite a following from his a cappella college days on YouTube (I don't know for sure...I don't have that much free time.) Anyway, he's good, as is Michael Sarver. I'm not sure if I liked Michael singing Gavin DeGraw. Okay, I'm quite sure I didn't like him singing Gavin DeGraw, but I like Michael. After all, he has one of the 5 most dangerous jobs in the US. Not that I'm that up-to-date on the most dangerous jobs in the US, he just mentioned it a lot in the auditions.

By far, the standout of the evening was Danny Gokey. He is my favorite, hands down. I will admit I was a little concerned when Julie tweeted that he was singing "Hero", because really, has anyone sang that particular song on eight seasons of AI and gotten favorable comments from the judges? But I should not have doubted. Dude, he could sing the phone book. He looks like Robert Downey Jr, and he can nail Mariah Carey. Now that, my friends, is a recipe for success if ever there was one. He will be the guy going though to the top 12. I think Anoop and Michael will be fighting it out for spot #3.

So, what were your favorite moments from American Idol last night? You did watch, didn't you??

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Cartoons of Yesteryear

First, let me say that I have not gone back on my new year's resolution to turn off the TV. And second, yes, we finally got our TV back! Woot-woot!

Anyway, I do let the kids watch cartoons when they get up from nap while they are eating snack. Has children's programming always been this weird or is a new phenomenon? Seriously Yo Gabba Gabba is way farther out there than H.R. Pufnstuf, and we all know where that one was coming from. If not, ask Michael Phelps. Ahem.

And, of course, that is one of the few shows that will hold Grayson's attention. He likes Elmo, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Yo Gabba Gabba. Abby's favorite, at the moment, is Imagination Movers. And well, that's a little strange too. Really, how many guys grow up thinking the coolest job in the world is singing lame children's songs and talking to a mouse puppet? Seriously. Not making any accusations, just worries me a little is all I'm saying...

What happened to good old cartoons that had no educational value whatsoever? Like the Flintstones, the Jetsons, the Smurfs. The Smurfs, people. Fat Albert, anyone? And I don't mean the live action garbage that came out a few years ago. Looney Tunes? Tom & Jerry? Those were quality cartoons that didn't freak me out in the least bit.

I miss the good old days...