Thursday, May 19, 2011

American Idol, Top 3

I’ve really lost a lot of interest in American Idol this season. Partly because everyone I really liked is gone, and mostly because I have discovered The Voice and thus far, it is far superior to AI. I think AI and I might be headed for a break-up.

That, however, was not the reason that I didn’t recap last week’s episode. That was the unfortunate side effect of Grayson having an ear infection so bad that it prevented him from sleeping for more than 15 minutes at a time. I’m pretty sure he and I didn’t get much more than an hour’s sleep total last Wednesday night. That doesn’t bode well for stringing any coherent thoughts together in a post.

Anyway, all is well now and here goes a quick recap of last night’s show.

Scotty McCreery - “Amazed”, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not”, “She Believes in Me” – Is there anyone still under the illusion that Scotty doesn’t have this in the bag? I’m fairly certain if he doesn’t win, he’ll demand a recount, ‘cause he’s looking pretty darn sure himself. That being said, I still have not bought into the Scotty hoopla. He sounds exactly the same every single week. He has not stepped out of his comfort zone or pushed himself to try something anything new. And he’s no Kenny Rogers. Did I really just say that? And, of course, I’m talking about the Kenny Rogers of The Gambler days, not the Kenny Rogers of today that has had so much plastic surgery that he can’t blink properly. Although, clearly Scotty is not that Kenny either.

Lauren Alaina - “Wild One”, “If I Die Young”, “I Hope You Dance” – I like Lauren, as opposed to disliking her. I don’t think we’ve seen a whole lot of growth from her throughout the season. She is pretty much exactly where she was when the competition started. She still doesn’t have the confidence to command the stage, she’s still timid when not hitting the high notes that I’m pretty sure she can hit. She sang well last night, but still was just shy of that moment that has alluded her all season.

Haley Reinhart – “What Is and What Should Never Be”, “Rhiannon”, “You Oughta Know”- Who would’ve thought that I would be saying this after all the grief I’ve given Haley this season, but she was by far my favorite last night. She certainly wins the award for most varied performances in one night. From Led Zeppelin to Stevie Nicks to Alanis Morrisette. Hands down, she is the most improved contestant this season. That might have something to do with the fact that she is the only contestant the judges have given any sort of criticism to. But what do I know? The only thing that still gets me about Haley is the flailing arm. But, I can handle the flailing arm far better than Scotty’s one-sided smirk and attempt at smoldering eyes.

Who’s going home? Does it even matter? I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it won’t be Scotty. This is really setting up to be the most anti-climactic finale ever on American Idol.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

33 Weeks

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Pregnancy Highlights

How Far Along: 33 Weeks…in the home stretch now!

Size of baby: He weighs a little over 4 pounds and is over 17 inches long, about the size of a large pineapple. And I am feeling every ounce and inch now!

Maternity Clothes: Yep, except for stretchy pants and t-shirts

Gender: Boy! John Finley Lane, AKA Finn

Movement: Good gravy, this child is always on the move, especially at night after supper. I feel like he’s trying to bust out! I don’t remember the movements being quite so intense with Abby and Grayson, but I didn’t carry either of them this high, so maybe that’s it.

Sleep: I’m not sleeping so well at this point. Breathing has become a little difficult. Plus, I am so thirsty all that time. And of course, the more I drink, the more times I have to get up in the night to go to the bathroom. Vicious cycle.

What I miss: Good sleep, but this is good preparation for all the sleepless nights to come!

Cravings: I just drink all the time! Sonic has been getting a lot of business from me lately.

Symptoms: Just the usual third trimester stuff…

Best moment of the week: It wasn’t this week, but since the last time I updated, we’ve set the date! Finn will be here June 15! Five weeks and counting…

And here are some outtakes while trying to get that picture…
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And finally, Grayson showing off the baby in his belly….

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

American Idol, Top 5

So, I’m bitter. Bitter with a capital B. First, Paul gets sent home way before his time, and then Casey goes last week. Quite honestly, at this point, let’s just hand the title to Scotty, since that appears to be who the ‘tweens have already crowned the winner, call it a day and go watch The Voice. In case you can’t tell, this will not be a glowing review of last night’s show full of bubbles and giggles. ‘Cause I’m bitter. Make that Bitter.

I’m not really sure what it says about me that I was far more familiar with the “then” portion of the show, rather than the “now”. Other than I’m getting old.

James Durbin – “Closer to the Edge” – Yeah, I’ve never heard this song. While I am a huge rock fan, 30 Seconds to Mars is not on my iPod, although I do know who Jared Leto is. My So-Called Life… does that date me? Anyway, even if I have never heard the song, I could tell that most of this performance was not on-key. At all. Painful even, at times. Yet the judges loved it. This would seem to be a recurring theme last night: High praise from the judges for off-key performances.

‘Without You” – This is another one of those songs that should be banned from AI. Again, horribly off-key. Yes, he got emotional, but I’m not sure it would have mattered if he wasn’t. James was badly off his game last night and he might pay for it tonight. But, hey, the judges loved him.

Jacob Lusk – “No Air” – I have officially jumped off the Jacob bandwagon. It is past time for him to go. This whole performance proved it. Let’s break it down a bit. This is a duet, and he tried to sing both parts. But here’s the thing, even if you can technically sing both parts, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should. This came across sounding a bit like Jacob had a split personality. And then when you add in the “dancing” that he attempted on stage (some of those moves were NOT family appropriate), well, it was just a big ol’ mess.

"Love Hurts” – This didn’t get any better. Yes, he hit some ridiculously high notes, but it was all tainted by that horrendous first performance. This should seal the deal, and Jacob should take his rightful place in the voted- out section.

Scotty McCreery – “Gone” - I know I sound like a broken record when it comes to Scotty, but I just don’t get it. I’m quite sure it has something to do with the fact that I am 33 and not 13, but I don’t really think I would have been that into him at 13. Mainly because he is not a member of the New Kids on the Block, and that was all I cared about at 13. Anyway, here goes the broken record, I’ve never heard this song, and quite frankly, if I had not heard it last night, I’d have been just fine. I’m not sure why the judges thought this was breaking out of his comfort zone, because it was, after all, still country.

“Always on My Mind” – I couldn’t bear to watch this. I did listen, but I just couldn’t watch him squint, hold the mic to the side and sing out of the side of his mouth. Again, nothing really new here. But hey, it’s worked for him so far, so why change?

Lauren Alaina - “Flat on the Floor” – It should come as no shock to anyone that I have never heard of this song. I thought she sang it well, seeing as I had nothing to compare it to. But again, there was no wow factor. I’m pretty sure it’s got something to do with her age. If she had waited a few years, I think she would have a little better command of the stage.

“Unchained Melody” – Another one for the banned list. This could’ve been her wow moment, but alas, it was not. It was a wee bit boring. Not her best performance.

Lest you think I have nothing good to say about anybody…

Haley Reinhart - “You and I” – An unreleased Lady Gaga song…you would think that would have scored her some points on the “chance taking” scale with the judges. Unfortunately, it did not. I thought they were unnecessarily harsh on her. She sang on key, people, which is WAY MORE than the majority did last night. That in itself should have won her high praise.

“House of the Rising Sun” – This was her wow moment. This was, BY FAR, the best performance of the night, and Haley’s best performance to date. I am officially on the Haley bandwagon. Which, judging by my track record this season, will probably mean that she will be voted out this week. Apparently, my like of someone is the kiss of death.

So, obviously, my choice to be going home this week would be Jacob. And I’ll try to get over my bitterness by next week.