Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Gossip Of The Day

Michael J. Fox filmed an Democratic Party ad in support of a Missouri Senate Democratic candidate, who supports stem-cell research. Rush Limbaugh has accused Fox of exaggerating his Parkinson's syndromes for the ad, saying, it was purely an act and that it's "shameless". Um, no. What's shameless is someone accusing a man who is suffering from Parkinson's Disease of faking it. Asshole.

Naomi Campbell was arrested today after attacking her drug counselor. I think that counselor needs to find a new job because Naomi is obviously still on the crack.

Jerry Springer has finally been sprung from Dancing With The Stars. That show can really do wonders for one's reputation. As they said on the show today, the general public's impression of Jerry Springer now is nothing like it was prior to, when all people saw was him hosting his trashy talk show. Now the world knows that Jerry's a really nice, funny, hard-working, CLASSY GUY.

Forbes released their list of Top Dead Celebrities. For the first time in years, it's not Elvis Presley. Kurt Cobain is now the No. 1 dead money earner. I think Rock Star is responsible for most of that money considering how many Nirvana songs we heard this year and last!

Speaking of Rock Star, Tommy Lee always seemed to look at Lukas Rossi the way Gary Garry looked at Jordis with those moo cow eyes on RS: INXS. I think Tommy has taken it to a new level. Paparrazi pics abound of Lukas and Tommy locking lips.

Just found out that Hedley is playing in LA next Thursday at the Knitting Factory. The start time is listed as 5:30 pm. WTF?! 5:30 pm?!?!?! What the hell kind of concert starts before 7 pm on a weeknight? And it's all ages too. Not that having kids around has stopped Jacob Hoggard from urinating on stage in the past!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Move Over, Mario

Mario Lopez just may not run off with the Dancing With The Stars title after all. Dallas Cowboy legend Emmitt Smith suddenly re-emerged as a legitimate contender tonight on the strength of a graceful waltz and an energetic mambo that drew three 10s out of six judges' scores.

Although Mario and his partner Karina still remain in first place after the judges' marks for the two-week period, Emmitt and his partner, last year's co-winner Cheryl Burke, had the highest marks of the night with 57 points.

Emmitt and Cheryl's waltz was exquisite - flowy, graceful, smooth. The man danced on his toes! Their mambo was all hip action, shoulder shimmying and charisma up the ying-yang. They got 10s from the first two judges, and when Bruno flashed his 9, the crowd went nuts, booing him for ruining what should have been a perfect score.

Bruno inexplicably saved his 10 for Joey Lawrence's mambo, which, while good, wasn't nearly as good as Emmitt's.

Mario is easily the best dancer of the bunch, and his partner Karina is probably the best professional female dancer on the show. But they lack a certain innate likeability that Cheryl and especially Emmitt possess. Whenever Emmitt flashes that adorable little smile, you can't help but coo at the big teddy bear. Mario flashes his dimples and his muscles, but there's a bit of smugness and cockiness underneath. He's good, and he's good looking, and he knows it. In the long run, this will probably hurt him in the end. I also see he and Joey splitting votes at some point, and if it's a three-team finale with Mario, Joey and Emmitt, Emmitt will undoubtedly win.

Monique Coleman is another terrific dancer, but if she keeps getting handed dances to songs like "The Reflex" by Duran Duran (for the paso doble, of all things), then she's going to be out this week or next. Her High School Musical fanbase is probably keeping her in the competition.

Let me just interrupt here with a rant. In what alternate universe could THE REFLEX be considered a song you could do a paso doble to?! And I thought the Kris Kross thing was bad. And as a Duran Duran fan back in the day, I was apalled to hear the DWtS singers butcher that song. That was just all kinds of wrong. I couldn't even focus on the dancing, I was so horrified.

Jerry Springer did a lovely foxtrot tonight, but his mambo? samba? was painful. I love that he's having fun, as is Emmitt, but he really has to go. And I think he's been ready to go for weeks now.

Monday, October 23, 2006

More Bad News For Supernova

The bad news keeps coming for Supernova, er, Rock Star Supernova. First, the group was issued a court injunction preventing them from using the name Supernova. Then the House Band, Storm Large and Magni were unceremoniously dumped from the tour by SuperNotNova's management. And now, bassist Jason Newsted injured himself and will be unable to tour with the group.

This comes from Tommy Lee's website:

ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA BASSIST JASON NEWSTED SUFFERS SHOULDER INJURY IN ACCIDENT: As they gear up for the November 21st release of their highly anticipated Epic debut and the New Year's Eve launch of their much-buzzed-about national tour, ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA have suffered a major setback with the loss of all-star bassist Jason Newsted.

The former Metallica member is scheduled for immediate surgery to repair a torn anterior labrum in his left shoulder and a rotator cuff and bicep tear in the right. Newsted suffered the injuries while trying to catch a 90-lb bass head that had fallen from atop his amp. The surgery will be followed by a lengthy rehab assignment that could leave him sidelined for up to nine months.

"I'm freaking out," Says Newsted, "My heart was set on finally getting on the road with these guys, but my main focus now is to build myself back to 100%. The stage is set for the band, I wish them the best of luck."

The band - rounded out by vocalist Lukas Rossi, drummer Tommy Lee and guitarist Gilby Clarke - is currently searching for a suitable replacement to handle touring duties while Newsted recovers.

"When we started this project, I was handed a list of names--guys who could potentially anchor our rhythm section," says Lee. "I responded by crumpling up the paper and asking, 'Where's Newsted?' Jason was always the right guy for this band and we'll miss having him with us as we kick off our album and tour, but we know he'll be back as soon as he can pick up and play. As for who will handle bass duties until then, we've got a few monster guys in mind, any one of which can hit the ground running. Stay tuned."


Some message boards were speculating as to whether or not Jason was really hurt or if he was using the excuse to bail on the band and its projected one-and-out shelf-life. I'm incredulous that anyone would think that JASON, of all people, would do something like that. The man showed nothing but the highest integrity while on the show, and while he was with Metallica.

So the question is ... who will replace Jason on tour? My first reaction was Magni, but I would hope he has his own gigs in the works where he can be more than just a bassist. My second reaction was Sasha from the House Band, but the House Band is on tour with Paul Stanley right now. Plus, Sasha may have too much pride to fill in after SN so unceremoniously dumped the House Band the way they did. But you never know ...

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Great Music Videos

The new Ryan Star video for his song "We Might Fall" was released, and it's really cool. The way the animation and sketches come together is really interesting, and the animation on Ryan himself is so realistic.



The video reminds me of "Take on Me" by A-Ha, which is regarded as one of the greatest videos of all-time:


Since they don't seem to make many good videos like this anymore (undoubtedly because MTV doesn't even air videos anymore!), I thought I would share some of the best from the MTV hey-days, back when videos had plots and stuff:

"Voices Carry" by 'til Tuesday


"Love Is A Battlefield" by Pat Benatar


"Material Girl" by Madonna


"Thriller" by Michael Jackson (full version)


"Hungry Like The Wolf" by Duran Duran


"Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits


"Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel


"You Might Think" by The Cars


I want my MTV, and it isn't to watch Real World/Road Rules Challenges every 3 months!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Vote For New Seven Wonders

Vote for the new 7 world wonders

Voting has begun for the new Seven Wonders of the World. It has been narrowed down to 21 wonders, some obvious, some dubious.

The picks are:

The Acropolis (Athens, Greece)
Alhambra (Granada, Spain)
Angkor (Cambodia)
Chichen Itzá (Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico)
Christ Redeemer (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
The Colosseum (Rome, Italy)
Easter Island (Easter Island, Chile)
Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
Great Wall of China (China)
Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey)
Kiyomizu Temple (Kyoto, Japan)
Kremlin (Moscow, Russia)
Machu Picchu (Peru)
Neuschwanstein Castle (Füssen, Germany)
Petra (Jordan)
Pyramids of Giza (Egypt)
Statue of Liberty (New York City, U.S.A.)
Stonehenge (Amesbury, United Kingdom)
Syndey Opera House (Sydney, Australia)
Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
Timbuktu (Mali)

Not making the Top 21 (77 were initially considered) was Mount Rushmore. Shocking. If anything were to represent the United States in this, I would have thought it would be Mount Rushmore.

Of the original Seven Wonders (The Lighthouse of Alexandria, The Temple of Artemis, The Statue of Zeus, The Colossus of Rhodes, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, The Pyramids of Egypt), only the Pyramids remain standing. It would be wrong to be replaced on the list, so I hope people vote for it!

My picks are:
The Acropolis (Athens, Greece)
Chichen Itzá (Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico)
The Colosseum (Rome, Italy)
Great Wall of China (China)
Pyramids of Giza (Egypt)
Stonehenge (Amesbury, United Kingdom)
Taj Mahal (Agra, India) -or- Machu Picchu (Peru)

TAR All-Stars?

TVgasm is reporting that reliable sources have confirmed that an All-Stars version of The Amazing Race is in the works and will be shooting next month.

The only "confirmed" teams so far are Season 5's Colin and Christie and Charla and Mirna.

I'm sure CBS will find a way to sic Rob and Amber on us again. I'm hoping for some Cha-Cha-Cha action. I love those guys! They were so fun and so obviously enjoyed the whole experience. Another must-have is Kris and Jon, who should have won season 6. Wouldn't mind seeing some of the Linz family again, especially Nick. The Gaghan parents would be nice to have around also.

CBS, I beg of you ... please no Weaver clan. They hated everything about being on the show. Don't give them another opportunity to wreck it. Jonathan and Victoria Baker is another couple my ears cannot tolerate.

As for former winners, the only ones other than the Linzes that I would like to see back are Chip/Kim and Uchenna/Joyce. The others? There are a few all-male teams that I don't even remember because they're practically the same people. Flo and Zach? Oh god no. If I have to hear that lady whine on my TV again, I may have to hurt it. Reichen and Chip? Reichen's a little busy with his new boyfriend Lance Bass. The Hippies? Too over the top.

Personally, I'd rather see an All-Stars version of TAR consisting of other celebrities doing the show rather than having former TAR contestants doing it again. But we'll see how it goes (if it does go at all ...)

Pass On The Paso

Barring a week of safety that may be caused due to Sara Evans' departure of the show for personal reasons, Jerry Springer's run on Dancing With The Stars may be coming to an end this week.

With only the best of the best left, Jerry's inadequacies as a dancer are even more obviously apparent. His Paso Doble was, as the judges said, gimmicky (he smashed a guitar, for one ... Tommy Lee would be proud), and his footwork continues to be awkward. After receiving his season-best score last week, Jerry regressed, scoring an 18 with a 5 from Bruno. Fair score, I must say. If he doesn't get the boot, though, he can thank that HILARIOUS sprinkler he did during the disco group dance. I was about on the floor laughing.

Mario Lopez had the highest score with a 28 and earned a 10 from Bruno. I think the 9s were more spot-on than the 10. Mario is good, but there were times in his mambo where I could totally see the AC Slater pop up in his dancing. His disco could have earned a 10 on that lift alone. The ease and speed on that difficult lift was jaw-dropping. His Michael Jackson impersonation, though ... Ew. And, by the way, I find it so amusing that he's all of a sudden Latino again and starts talking with a little bit of an accent. Like where did that come from?! When he was on Saved By The Bell, you'd have thought the boy was Anglo.

Emmitt Smith was in second with a 25 for his jive. I thought he was way too slow for a jive, but his charm and enthusiasm makes up for a lot of his deficiencies. His disco, on the other hand, was EXCELLENT! He most definitely brought the funk.

Joey Lawrence did a rumba that looked like it could have been a contemporary number on So You Think You Can Dance. I really liked it! He got a 24, but I think Carrie Ann docked him for that dumb microphone bit.

Monique Coleman's samba was so not a samba, and she deserved her 23. She threw in so many other dances that weren't samba. She even did some krumping. It was just a big hot mess.

Prediction - Jerry and Monique battling it out in the Bottom 2 if they eliminate anyone. I'm thinking they're all staying, and they're going to combine this week and next week. ABC is not revealing what will happen until Wednesday. Of course. Ratings.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Lousy Timing

Something drastic must have happened between Wednesday's Dancing With The Stars results show and Thursday because Sara Evans abruptly left the show Thursday for "personal reasons", and her reps confirmed that she filed for divorce from her husband Craig Schelske on Thursday. (Read more at EOnline.com)

My theory? It sounds like she found out he was having an affair in the last 24 hours or so. If something had gone down between her and her husband prior to Wednesday night, she would have asked the producers to take her out, and she could have saved herself a lot of embarrassment and prying into her personal life.

It's a shame, for both her and Willa and Maxsim, who were voted out Wednesday. First of all, Sara should have been gone eons ago, especially when she did that horrific Phantom of the Opera paso doble.

It's unclearn right now what is going to happen. They may bring back Willa and Maxsim, which would be the right thing to do, IMO. But they'll probably not reveal what will happen until Tuesday's show ... it's all about the ratings, baby!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Night The Lights Went Out

Let me set the scene. Tuesday night - House of Blues, Sunset Strip. Ryan Star opening for Cheyenne Kimball. I'm surrounded by Cheyenne teeny-bopper and tween fans who look and act so young that I feel like I'm ancient (thank god for these youthful Asian genes, though. I didn't look too out of place there.). A large group of Ryan fans are on the right side of the stage, I'm on the left, right smack in front of the keyboard, behind some teenagers.

Ryan comes out, sits down on the keyboard and sings "We Might Fall". It's beautiful. He's wearing the same shirt as Sunday, but hey, whatever. He's on the road. And he looks great in it. After the song, he pushes some button on the keyboard, and all of a sudden some techno-sounding canned music comes out. Ryan gets up and starts dancing from behind the keyboard. It's hilarious and sexy all at the same time. He sits back down and tells us that he got a special request for this song from Megan and that it's her 25th birthday. Megan happens to be standing right behind me, and she's beyond thrilled. It's her favorite song, "Famous Love". Ryan gets maybe a few notes in when POOF. The power goes out. I turn to Megan and say "Megan! What did you do?!" hahaha.

So we're all in the dark with just a a few emergency lights on. Many other artists would have just left the stage and thrown a hissy fit backstage. Ryan? He left briefly then just stood at the edge of the stage, played his guitar and sang his heart out with no lights other than a flashlight or two, no amplifier, no microphone. He did "O", then "Back Of Your Car". The crowd was singing along to help him out. (I sang the fast version. Oops! Forgot he was doing the slower one.) And he also did the uncensored version of both songs. "In a minute we'll be gone/So we might as well just fuck." Hell yeah! The moms of the tweens who were there to see Cheyenne may not have been impressed by the language, but the Ryan fans sure were! He tries to lengthen the song with some guitar playing, but still no power, so on to the next song - "Ride With Me", and I think this is where the lights finally come back on.

So with all of that, Ryan's set-list was pretty much moot. So he ripped it off the floor, tore it and asked if anyone wanted it since it was useless. Some lucky fan got it. That one is a keeper, for sure!

Once the power went back on, he got back behind the keyboard and re-did "Famous Love" for Megan. The finger snapping for this went much better than the one in Anaheim. LOL. After that was the brief piano version of "Enjoy The Silence". I was still hoping he'd end the piano part by kicking over the piano bench and rocking out, but I think he'll have to save that for when he has a full band behind him.

After "Enjoy the Silence", he has been doing "Back of Your Car/Ride with Me", but since he did that already, he had to go into something else. This must have been where he asked to see the setlist again. LOL. Some of us in the audience shouted out requests. Some guy wanted "Losing Your Memory" (dammit! Still haven't heard it live!), I heard a "Frog Prince" request, which would have been awesome as well. I shouted out for "The First Time". Ah well. What we did get, however, was a brand new song that he was playing for the very first time. I think it is called "Someone's Son" or "Someone's Song". And this is where I was really wishing I had my camera. Unfortunately, it got sniffed out by the security at the entrance. Dammit! I had it hidden pretty well too. Then I had to play it off like I forgot it was in my inside pocket of my purse, wrapped up in paper. Uh yeah. I recorded the song on my cell phone, but the sound quality is truly awful. After that (or maybe before?), he did "The Same When I'm Alone", which no one expected. I think it was birthday girl Megan who gasped along with me when we recognized the song. It was beautiful.

He did his other new song "11:59", which is my new favorite song. I got lucky in Anaheim, and the security people didn't feel up my tiny purse where my camera was hidden. So I recorded the whole song. You can watch it here. It's really a great song. I listened to it a couple of times after Anaheim and remembered quite a few of the words. I hope Ryan didn't see me singing along or he would have thought I was truly a stalker or Rain Man.

"Famous Yet" is where Ryan gets volunteers from the audience to play with him. My hand shot up when he asked. I think I was almost going to get called up because he and EE were looking my way, and I thought EE was pointing in my direction, but he was probably pointing at Megan the birthday girl. Oops. Psyche. Ryan specifically called her out to come up, though, so the lucky girl got to shake the tambourine on stage with him. He was really funny here. She was standing close to him, and he told her to step back because no one should upstage him. Hee! And she wasn't getting the beat right or she wasn't hitting it right, and I think he stopped and made a comment, and she playfully beat the tambourine on his head. It was very cute. What a freakin' awesome birthday. I don't know the girl, but I was really happy for her.

Back to the piano for "Sink Or Swim", which segued into "Losing My Religion". Still can't hear that song enough times. And then he thanked us for coming and said to look around at the people here because if he makes it big, this concert will be one that people were saying they were at, but they'd be lying. I really feel privileged to have been there for this show. It was truly one of the Top 2 concerts I've ever been to (sorry, Ryan, but Prince tops my list ... he sang for almost 3 hours!). Anyway, he closed with "So Ordinary" and then left the stage. But he changed his mind in a split-second and walked back on with a guitar and said "fuck it" and started to play "Head Like A Hole". Apparently, he ran over his alloted time because of the blackout, but he said to hell with it and kept playing. And thank god he did because ... hell yeah! That was a showstopper right there. The perfect way to end the show.

So post-show ... he's doing the meet and greet at the merchandise table, but it's still inside the concert hall, so it's a little loud. I made my way up there with my friend Maria. She bought a CD and shirt. I bought the Dark Horse CD even though I already have it through MSN downloads. I'm weak. I wanted a signed hard copy. I asked Ryan again about posting that 11:59 video. I wanted to make sure sure that he was ok with me putting it up online, and he said yeah. I know how some artists are about having bootlegs up, and especially with this being an unrecorded song, I didn't want to do anything to compromise anything. So I got the A-OK, and he said to send him a message through his MySpace to let him know where to get a hold of me in case he wants me to take it down. My reaction? Oh lord. Now I have to join MySpace?! I have philosphical issues with that site. Oh well. Guess what? I caved. I joined. I am weak around him, I tell ya!! So anyway, while I was talking to him about this, I realize I didn't buy the CD and have him sign it, so I go back a little bit and make the purchase and ask for the siggy. He signs it and leans in and asks how to spell my name. I am talking into his ear and trying to tell him but it's super-loud, but he winged it pretty well. He made the Z look pretty ambiguous and then added what looks like a question mark underneath it. Hahaha. So I said thanks, and as I left, he gave me a little shoulder squeeze/rub. Oh yeah. Good thing I had no stairs to walk down like last time. Hee!

So that's it for my Ryan Star concert adventures, I'm afraid. Can't go to San Diego on Friday, and everything else is too far away. I'd love to go to his Homecoming Show in NYC, but a) too far, and b) gotta work. Whoever gets to go to that show is going to get one hell of a show, I bet.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Ryan Star Rocks Anaheim

Ryan Star had a mini-concert at the Anaheim House of Blues Sunday night. He is touring the West Coast with Cheyenne Kimball, and I had the great fortune of seeing just his second show since Rock Star: Supernova ended.

This is the Ryan I have been dying to see. The man was in his element - just him on stage, a guitar and a piano. Singing his original material. (Not that I wouldn't kill to see him on stage with a full band singing his original material. That may just slay me.) From what I understand, he's not big on doing covers in shows. When he does, he usually doesn't do them at full length. On Sunday, he gave us about a minute of "Enjoy the Silence" and the Rock Star-length "Losing My Religion". Everything else was all 100% Ryan Star, including a brand-new, just written song called "11:59". It's f-in' fantastic.

Ryan opened with "We Might Fall", which sounded BEAUTIFUL. Next, he tried to get the crowd to snap along to "Famous Love", but he had to stop pretty quickly because we weren't getting the beat right and the tempo he led us to was too fast. Heh. Seriously, trying to get people to clap on the beat is hard enough, let alone snap fingers to it. The first Rock Star: Supernova episode this season ... I was standing behind some really tall dude who could not clap in rhythm. It was awful. Anyway ... Ryan then launched into the snippet of "Enjoy the Silence", then I think "Back Of Your Car"/"Take A Ride With Me". He introduced "O" by saying it was one of his "angry" songs. And he censored himself in the song. No f-bomb. Bah. Blasted tweens in the audience!

I think "Famous Yet" was after this. He asked for volunteers to play with him and got plenty. Then he said "OK, who doesn't want to play", and this chick in front of me raised her hand, and he saw her and said something. Ha! He ended up bringing up a tween who was celebrating her 13th (?) birthday. I'm pretty sure she was there to see Cheyenne. Anyway, she played the tambourine for the song, and he was really cute with her, even though there were points where she looked completely terrified to be up there. I guess he was smart to bring up a tween instead of an adult. For one, he may have converted her into a new fan. Second of all, an adult might have tried to pull a Jill Gioia on him, turning him into her Gilby Clarke.

Then, we were really in for a treat. He sang the new song, "11:59", on guitar. It's a love song. I can totally hear it on the radio. It has a bit of a Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse type of feel.

The lyrics to the chorus are:
Please don't leave
This could be the best time of our lives tonight

You and me
Don't let the moment pass by
Put the windows down and drive



Anyway, loved the song. And then he went back to the piano to do "Sink Or Swim". I was eagerly anticipating this because I have heard that Ryan has been known to segue into other random songs during this tune, 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" amongst them. Unfortunately, no Fiddy, but we got "Losing My Religion" instead, which made me squee just a little bit. Ok. A lot.

Unfortunately, he wrapped up his set with "So Ordinary" and that was that. While the show was longer than I had expected for an opening act, it was still too short. But I think 3 hours would have been too short for me.

Ryan said he'd be meeting people at the merch table after the show, so about half the room high-tailed it out of there to meet him. Cheyenne who? The line was fairly long, so I hung back till it started to dwindle. When I got up there, I shook Ryan's hand, introduced myself and asked if I could get a picture taken with him (BTW, I love my bf. He was so patient. Took the picture, stood in line with me, stood back as I made googly-eyes at Ryan, endured the teeny-boppers squealing during the show. And he didn't make fun of me for it. He's the best.). I told Ryan I loved his new song, asked him when he wrote it (last week!) and chit-chatted a little bit more. He is very easy to talk to. I asked him he was going to release anymore older stuff (not yet ... no time!) and told him I had pretty much bought everything he's put out. And then he said "come here, give me a hug" (squee!!) and thanked me for the support. So after all that, I almost fell down the stairs leaving the venue. Haha!

Tuesday night ... House of Blues, Sunset Strip. I will be there. I want some "Candy Shop". Or at least some "Losing Your Memory"! Oh - this is how good the show was. It was so good that I didn't even realize until hours later that I didn't get to hear my favorite Ryan Star song live. Gah! Hopefully next time.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

ABC Rules The TiVo

ABC seems to be the big winner in regards to new shows this year. And all shows period. Right now, I've got a whopping 8 ABC shows on my TiVo Season Pass - returning shows Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Desperate Housewives, What About Brian and Dancing with the Stars. This fall, I've added Ugly Betty, Six Degrees and, after tonight, The Nine. It wasn't that long ago that I didn't watch a single show on this network, and now I'm practically parked on this station.

Ugly Betty drew 16 million viewers last week. Big numbers against Survivor. I didn't get to see it until Monday, and I really enjoyed it. It was really funny in the beginning (The poncho ... just wow) and sweet at the end.

I watched The Nine tonight after hearing so many great reviews, and it did not disappoint. The only bad thing I have to say about it is that it's a little confusing not really knowing what happened during the 52 hours of hostage-dom, but I suppose the show wouldn't last too long if we did know right away, right? The twist at the end of tonight's episode ... oooh ... wouldn't have seen that coming!

Six Degrees is a J.J. Abrams creation, so I always give those a chance. Ironic that J.J.'s favorite guy to cast on every show - Greg Grunberg - is on the only other non-ABC new show I watch ... Heroes. Anyway, Six Degrees has kept my interest so far, but ratings have not been all that impressive considering that it follows Grey's Anatomy. And thank goodness for this show last week because GA ran long, and I wouldn't have seen McDreamy see McSteamy come out of Addison's bathroom in a towel at the very end if I weren't taping Six Degrees.

Lost continues to make me lost. I think I need to watch it again. Sigh. The ending ... I feel like I should know the meaning behind that last exchange, but, frankly, there's too much stuff going on with this show that I do not remember. Is she Desmond's girlfriend? The only thing that I know for sure about that show is that Kate and Sawyer have chemistry up the wazoo.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Crying With The Stars

There were almost as many tears shed on tonight's episode of Dancing With The Stars than when Benji Schwimmer was told he was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance (and that's a lot, folks!).

Monique Coleman started the waterworks by getting very emotional during her waltz. The girl was practically sobbing at the end. I don't think she cried, but Willa Ford, who has been languishing near elimination, could have after receiving a 10 from Bruno. I was almost crying after seeing a painfully boring Sara Evans dance a paso doble to ... get this ... The Phantom of the Opera. Just say no, people!

What got everyone all weepy, though, was Jerry Springer, of all people. The man who hosts shows where people throw chairs and bitch-slap other guests has turned into the beloved character on the show. He's easily the worst dancer there, but his self-effacing humor has charmed the viewers and judges, and he's certainly no Master P. Jerry gives it his all every time, and he has fun doing it. He wanted to be on the show to learn how to dance for his daughter's wedding, and this week, he got the waltz, which he is what he has been striving for all this time. At the end of his dance, he waltzed over to his daughter in the audience and gave her a big hug. Awww. Carrie-Ann cried (and then she cried again during Joey Lawrence's waltz), Jerry's partner cried. The audience probably cried. Even Jerry's crazy talk show guests probably cried at home.

But it was Mario Lopez who got the scores in the end, earning two 10s and a 9 for his mariachi paso doble. The man is probably the best dancer there, his chemistry with his partner Karina is sizzling (she's fantastic!), and he stuck to the rules this time, but when is he going to do a slow, non-Latin ballroom dance? Hmmm ...

Who's out tomorrow night? It should be Sara, but she seems to have a huge fanbase that will vote for her no matter how blah she is. There is no way Jerry is going home this week after the whole daughter thing. I can keep saying Willa until she actually does leave, but I'm thinking possibly Vivica Fox.