Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Fashion At AMAs

Got home too late to watch the show, but I had to check out the fashion at tonight's American Music Awards.

Best-Dressed: The Game

Worst-Dressed: Sarah Silverman (honey, it's an awards show, not a debate competition)

Best-Dressed Couple: Mario Lopez and Kareeeeena

Worst-Dressed Couple: Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale (He looks like he's auditioning for Danny Zuko on Grease, and she looks like she's about to go to outerspace)

Worst Use of Accessories: Flavor Flav

Best Era Outfit: Carmen Electra in flapper-wear

Best Impression, Male: John Mayer looking like Edward Scissorhands

Best Impression, Female: Nelly Furtado looking like Janice Dickinson

Best Lighting: Beyonce

And I have to ask this. Do they starve all the former American Idol contestants? The weight loss on these people is a bit scary.

Look at Carrie Underwood's bony legs (and don't get me started on that hideous outfit).

Taylor Hicks looks much leaner.

Oh wait. I just saw Clay Aiken. He must have eaten Carrie and Taylor's sandwiches.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Lone Star Dancing

Dallas Cowboy legend Emmitt Smith took home the Dancing With The Stars Season 3 title last night, defeating Saved By The Bell star Mario Lopez for the championship. For Emmitt's partner, Cheryl Burke, it was her second consecutive title in as many seasons. Last year, she helped singer Drew Lachey win it all.

As I said when I saw the celebrity pairings, "Without seeing any of these people dance, the top two contenders right now have to be Harry Hamlin and Emmitt Smith." Ok, I was dead wrong with Harry, but Emmitt I knew that pairing with Cheryl was a huge coup for him and that his NFL fanbase would help a lot. What I didn't know was how good he would end up being and how much charm he had and how much HE won over so many fans with his dancing.

Mario and Karina, who were considered to be the best dancers in the competition, did not really take the loss very well. Karina had major bitch-face going on after the announcement and had that half-hearted clap. In press interviews immediately after, Karina broke down in tears and had this to say: "It's better to be second while everyone is saying 'You should have been first,' than be first when everyone says 'You should be second." Damn. It's not as if she lost to Master P. Emmitt can dance, Kareeeeeeeena Bittercakes!

Mario didn't fare much better in the PR department, saying to one media outlet, "Apparently, world-class dancing wasn't enough." And I'm really hoping he's talking about Karina (who we aren't really voting for) here and not himself because that lame-ass freestyle he did was barely high school talent show dancing.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Samba Showdown

Emmitt Smith and Mario Lopez duked it out for the championship on Dancing with the Stars tonight. Each danced three dances - a samba to "Sir Duke", their favorite dance of the season and a freestyle. And for the second week in a row, the judges proved themselves to be absolutely worthless, tying the competitors so that the decisions was solely left to the audience.

My five internet votes went solely to Emmitt and his partner Cheryl Burke. Emmitt came in with no dance experience and came out as a delightful, confident ballroom dancer. Mario is technically the better dancer, but he's had dance training (despite his protestations), and he's been hired as a dancer in his career (see this video from when he was dancing on Kids Incorporated) He's a ringer!

Mario is a terrific dancer, no doubt, and his paso doble tonight was outstanding. But there's just something about Emmitt that makes you smile when you watch him dance. It's so fun. And you can relate so easily to him. As they said on the show today, he's Every Man. Although I don't know many men who have won that many Super Bowls!

Dance 1 - Samba
Emmitt and Cheryl started out a bit slow but heated up towards the end, and I was giggling with glee when he funked it up at the end. That was great. Some of Mario's moves seemed a bit off to me at times, and I wasn't too excited about it. I did appreciate the samba rolls, although they weren't the greatest. Round 1 goes to Emmitt.

Dance 2 - Favorite Dance
Emmitt and Cheryl re-did their mambo, and Emmitt was on fi-yah with the shimmying. Mario and Karina did their paso doble properly this time, and it was professional quality. Fantastic. Round 2 to Mario.

Dance 3 - Freestyle
Cheryl had a lot to live up to after one of the best dance routines I've seen on TV, her freestyle with Drew Lachey last year (see video). This year, she put together a routine to MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This", complete with Hammer moves and the Running Man that made me laugh and laugh and laugh. Hammer can't touch Emmitt on that one. He was smooth! Some of the lifts were precarious, though, and they got dinged a point for it. I expected so much more out of Mario and Karina, and I was disappointed that they took freestyle so literally. This routine didn't have much of a semblance of routine to it. It felt like they were just out there at a club or a party, and Mario was showing off. There was little to no partnering, and their lift wasn't smooth either. They also had some synchronization issues. Yet, Carrie Ann Inaba said it was the best dance of the season. WTF?! Their paso was way better than their freestyle! And don't even get me started on the singers (where have I heard this before?!). Those people should never sing hip-hop. Ever! It's distressing that we've heard 3 early 90's hip hop songs this season (MC Hammer and "It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ Easy Rock on the freestyles and "Jump" by Kris Kross earlier in the season). That is just so wrong.

So who will win? If past reality shows are any indication, I think Emmitt's improvement throughout the year and his natural charm will be enough to overtake Mario and his dance skills and dimples.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Mutiny On The Island

Last night's Survivor was one of the best episodes in recent memory. Great drama, controversial strategies and a crazy twist made for one great episode.

The show started out with two equal-sized tribes - six members of Aitu (Yul, Becky, Ozzy, Sundra, Jonathan and Candice) and six members of Raro (Parvati, Adam, Nate, Jenny, Rebecca and Brad). When the two tribes got to the Reward Challenge, Jeff Probst threw in a crazy twist. Anyone from any tribe had 10 seconds to decide if they wanted to switch tribes. Earlier in the episode, Candice, who had an alliance with Jonathan, Yul, Becky and Sundra on Aitu, had said that she intended to go back to her original tribe members Adam and Parvati (but mostly Adam. Can you say showmance?!) when the merge occured. Candice decided not to wait and switched teams right there. Jonathan followed suit, and BAM - Aitu was down to four members, while Raro had eight.

The remaining Aitu tribe was shocked and PISSED that they got decimated just like that. But the numbers advantage don't help teams out in challenges, and they had to sit four people out. Meanwhile, Aitu had a double advantage of being super-motivated to win after the betrayal and of having super studs Ozzy and Yul (Have you SEEN the man's abs, not to mention his back muscles?!) on the team. Those two have consistently been the best competitors in challenges, and this was no different. It was embarrassing and gratifying to see how badly they smoked Raro in this challenge. And I laughed muchly when Ozzy pulled a Bobby Jon and screamed in Candice and Jonathan's faces after the victory, saying twice, "Mutineers are the first to die!" And then they promptly sent Candice to Exile Island. Heh.

Aitu's reward was coffee, pastries and letters from home. If being jacked by Candice and Jonathan wasn't enough to bond them together, winning that reward was. Group hugs, tears, laughter (at Yul's ultra-geeky photo of him as a kid) all around for that group during the reward.

Meanwhile, at the Raro camp, Jonathan is kissing everyone's asses after realizing that he'd be the first to go if they lost the Immunity Challenge. He tries to cozy up to Adam, saying that he wants an "All-Caucasian Final Four" with him, Adam, Candice and Pavarti. Huh. So with all of the hype about the racially-divided tribes in the beginning of the season, it's the white tribe that sticks together. Interesting.

At the Immunity Challenge, the Aitu four (suddenly my favorite tribe ever!) compete against the weaker half of Raro (suddenly one of my most hated tribes ever!) - Jonathan, Brad, Pavarti and Rebecca. Raro gets off to a seemingly big lead while Aitu struggles, but then suddenly Yul figures out an easier way to accomplish their task (and nearly yells it out loud enough for Raro to hear before Becky hushes him!), and they catch up quickly. Jonathan starts panicking and then gets snarky with Probst, who snarks back in his play-by-play, "Jonathan ... getting frustrated by me!" BWAH! Go Probst! Aitu pulls off the win and sends Raro off to Tribal Council Take that, traitors!

Unfortunately, the traitors get spared when Adam and Nate decide that it's better strategy to get rid of Brad instead of Jonathan because they don't trust Brad and are worried he might reunite with Yul and Becky. And because Jonathan is white. Kidding. Sorta. Nate, Jenny and Rebecca foolishly don't see that by getting rid of Brad, they're giving the original white tribe the numbers. As much as they talk about wanting to get rid of Jonathan, they might keep him around as the Will Kirby of the group, thinking that no one will ever vote for him to win, so let's keep him around. Stupid! So don't be surprised if Rebecca or Jenny are the next to go.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

100 Greatest Songs Of The 80's

VH1 is airing the 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's, as voted by viewers.

Here is the Top 100 List. I take exception to quite a few of these placements, especially No. 6. I can't go for that. No can do I.

1. Bon Jovi / "Livin' on a Prayer"
2. Def Leppard / "Pour Some Sugar On Me"
3. Duran Duran / "Hungry Like the Wolf"
4. Michael Jackson / "Billie Jean"
5. Prince / "When Doves Cry"
6. Hall & Oates / "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)"
7. Guns N' Roses / "Sweet Child O' Mine"
8. Madonna / "Like a Virgin"
9. Run-D.M.C. / "Walk This Way"
10. AC/DC / "You Shook Me All Night Long"
11. Journey / "Don't Stop Believin'"
12. Whitney Houston / "How Will I Know"
13. U2 / "With Or Without You"
14. The Bangles / "Walk Like an Egyptian"
15. Van Halen / "Jump"
16. INXS / "Need You Tonight"
17. Whitesnake / "Here I Go Again"
18. Dexy's Midnight Runners / "Come On Eileen"
19. Cyndi Lauper / "Time after Time"
20. Rick Springfield / "Jessie's Girl"
21. Michael Jackson / "Beat It"
22. The Cure / "Just Like Heaven"
23. Cyndi Lauper / "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
24. A-Ha / "Take On Me"
25. Go-Go's / "Our Lips Are Sealed"
26. Guns N' Roses / "Welcome to the Jungle"
27. Kajagoogoo / "Too Shy"
28. Wham! / "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
29. Talking Heads / "Burning Down the House"
30. Pat Benatar / "Love is a Battlefield"
31. Queen and David Bowie / "Under Pressure"
32. Night Ranger / "Sister Christian"
33. Soft Cell / "Tainted Love"
34. Poison / "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"
35. Phil Collins / "In the Air Tonight"
36. Tommy Tutone / "867-5309 / Jenny"
37. Aerosmith / "Janie's Got a Gun"
38. U2 / "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
39. Modern English / "I Melt With You"
40. The B-52's / "Love Shack"
41. Motley Crue / "Dr. Feelgood"
42. The Clash / "London Calling"
43. ABC / "Look of Love (Part One)"
44. Bananarama / "Cruel Summer"
45. Janet Jackson / "Nasty"
46. The Police / "Every Breath You Take"
47. Twisted Sister / "We're Not Gonna Take It"
48. Bruce Springsteen / "Born in the U.S.A."
49. Beastie Boys / "Fight For Your Right"
50. Eurythmics / "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
51. Ratt / "Round and Round"
52. Dead or Alive / "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)"
53. Billy Idol / "White Wedding"
54. Salt-N-Pepa / "Push It"
55. A Flock of Seagulls / "I Ran (So Far Away)"
56. Bonnie Tyler / "Total Eclipse of the Heart"
57. Toni Basil / "Mickey"
58. Culture Club / "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
59. John Mellencamp / "Jack & Diane"
60. Young M.C. / "Bust a Move"
61. Styx / "Mr. Roboto"
62. Berlin / "Take My Breath Away"
63. Devo / "Whip It"
64. Paula Abdul / "Straight Up"
65. Foreigner / "I Want to Know What Love Is"
66. Depeche Mode / "Just Can't Get Enough"
67. REO Speedwagon / "Keep On Loving You"
68. Public Enemy / "Fight the Power"
69. R.E.M / "It's The End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)"
70. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts/ "I Love Rock N' Roll"
71. Rick James / "Super Freak"
72. The Fixx / "One Thing Leads to Another"
73. Nena / "99 Luftbaloons"
74. George Michael / "Faith"
75. Prince / "Little Red Corvette"
76. Thomas Dolby / "She Blinded Me With Science"
77. New Edition / "Candy Girl"
78. Blondie / "Call Me"
79. Human League / "Don't You Want Me?"
80. Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock / "It Takes Two"
81. Cameo / "Word Up!"
82. Squeeze / "Tempted"
83. Prince / "Kiss"
84. Lionel Richie / "All Night Long (All Night)"
85. Robert Palmer / "Addicted to Love"
86. Bow Wow Wow / "I Want Candy"
87. Falco / "Rock Me Amadeus"
88. Chaka Khan / "Ain't Nobody"
89. The Pretenders / "Brass in Pocket"
90. Tone-Loc / "Wild Thing"
91. Katrina and The Waves / "Walking On Sunshine"
92. New Kids on the Block / "You Got It (The Right Stuff)"
93. Gary Numan / "Cars"
94. The Rolling Stones / "Start Me Up"
95. Debbie Gibson / "Only in My Dreams"
96. Men at Work / "Down Under"
97. The Romantics / "What I Like About You"
98. Bobby Brown / "My Perogative"
99. Wang Chung / "Everybody Have Fun Tonight"
100. Loverboy / "Working for the Weekend"

My Top 10 would probably be:
1. Modern English / "I Melt With You" (ranked 39th on Vh1)
2. Prince / "Purple Rain" (unranked)
3. Depeche Mode / "Just Can't Get Enough" (66th)
4. Cyndi Lauper / "Time After Time" (19th)
5. Michael Jackson / "Billie Jean" (4th)
6. Soft Cell / "Tainted Love" (33rd)
7. Kim Wilde / "Kids In America" (unranked)
8. U2 / "With Or Without You (13th)
9. General Public / "Tenderness (unranked)
10. Duran Duran / "Hungry Like The Wolf (3rd)

Other notables missing from the list:
Peter Gabriel / "In Your Eyes"
INXS / "Never Tear Us Apart"
Thompson Twins / "Hold Me Now"
Madness / "Our House"
Billy Idol / "Dancing With Myself"
Madonna / "Like A Prayer"
New Order / "Bizarre Love Triangle"
Wham! / "Careless Whisper"

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Award Show Meltdowns

First Kanye, now Faith.

Kanye West had yet another meltdown at an awards show, busting in on another band's acceptance speech at the MTV Europe Awards last week to go on a diatribe about how his video for "Touch the Sky" should have won Best Video. His reasons? It cost a million dollars, Pamela Anderson was in it, and he was jumping across canyons.

Um, ok, Kanye. If the amount of money spent on something is enough to warrant an award, then Battlefield Earth should have won an Oscar.

Last night at the CMAs, Faith Hill either took a page out of the Kanye book or was mocking him. When Carrie Underwood was announced as the Female Vocalist of the Year, Faith, who was backstage, threw her hands up in the air, looked into the camera and mouthed "WHAT?!"

Faith has issued a statement that she was joking, saying, "The idea that I would act disrespectful towards a fellow musician is unimaginable to me. For this to become a focus of attention given the talent gathered is utterly ridiculous. Carrie is a talented and deserving Female Vocalist of The Year."

Making the situation even more fishy was LeAnn Rimes, who weighed in on this topic earlier today before Faith's statement, posting this on her website:
"I feel I need to stand up for my friend, Faith. She was just being honest and emotional like every other person sitting at home with an opinion. These awards shows are SO political and we all get fed up with them. We all work very hard and have for many years so to see someone come in and win Female Vocalist that has been here for a VERY short time, is a little disheartening. That is why we have the Horizon award and Carrie had an incredible year, enough to sweep that one. I don't think Faith was angry about Her loss, she probably felt, as I did that Carrie has not payed her dues long enough to fully deserve that award. Cut her some slack!"

And then she took it down. Way to stand up for your beliefs! Ha!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Tardy Thoughts On TV

Had a really busy week this week, so I'm finally just now catching up on all my shows.

Team Kentucky is no longer lucky. Their luck finally ran out on The Amazing Race tonight. They finished last in last week's leg for the second time in the race yet managed to stay in the game by finishing last on a non-elimination leg. They were not so lucky the third time. Although they arrived at the pit stop second-to-last, they were marked for elimination due to last week's last place finish and thus had a 30-minute penalty. When the Alabama girls arrived at the mat 10 minutes later, David and Mary were eliminated. They will be missed on the show. Those two were the kindest, most genuine team ever on this show, with the biggest hearts.

Their behavior and demeanor on the race is a stark contrast to the selfish, catty behavior of the Barbies, who are making no friends on the race and don't care to either. The pageant girls are definitely living up to their stereotype, although you gotta give them props for being a serious kick-ass team who very well could become the first female team ever to win the race.

There is one other team who shows the good character of Kentucky, and that's the Cho Bros, who, in one of the first episodes, paused to take a moment of silence for the Vietnam Vets when they were at the Hanoi Hilton. The Chos have continually sacrificed their standing in the race to help out their alliance-mates Kentucky and Alabama. Sometimes I think they're too nice for their own good, but with David and Mary gone and with Alabama wanting to forge out on their own many times, it will probably be a good thing for the Chos to look out for themselves.

Monique Coleman danced her last dance on Dancing With The Stars Wednesday night. She got her long-awaited encore and a couple of 10s but got the boot nonetheless. This leaves us with an all-male Top 3 - Mario Lopez, Emmitt Smith and Joey Lawrence. Based on last week's show, I'd say that Mario and Emmitt are the most likely finalists. Mario had an outstanding showing with an emotional, beautiful waltz that I would have given a 10 for. His samba? cha-cha? mambo? (I always get them confused) was good, but I felt he was doing a disco dance more than a latin dance. But what do I know? I think he got a 29 for it. Emmitt was awesome on the rhumba. His hip action was spot-on. He also got a 29, and Len said he would have given him an 11 if he could. Joey was a bit campy but got a tongue-bath. He hasn't wowed me since that routine he did where he was wearing his Keebler elf outfit. That was a while ago. He's been in the bottom 2 a lot lately, and I've got to think that he won't be able to pull out of that bottom 2 slot against Mario and Emmitt. But then again, Jerry Rice beat Stacy Kiebler for a Top 2 spot last year, so you never know.

Lost is winding down for the fall season (ALREADY!), and I'm still not clear on what's going down. The black cloud killed Ecko this week. I think the black cloud is some kind of metaphor for the castaways' conscience or hidden demons. His dying words to Locke were that they're next. Meanwhile, Juliet plays a tape for Jack with instructions to operate on Ben and then kill him on the operating table. Hmmm ... sounds a bit too convenient. Not sure he should trust her! Next week's show looks quite cliff-hangerish. Jack may or may not kill Ben. Sawyer may or may not be killed. Can't wait!

Grey's Anatomy, had one of its best episodes of the season this week. It started with Meredith and George pretending to be Izzie and Cristina, respectively, with each other in the elevator. George made McReferences (Cristina), while Meredith said "Seriously" a lot (Izzie). Seriously! Izzie returned to the hospital under strict orders from Bailey not to talk to any patients. She, of course, did after astutely noticing that a burn victim deliberately burned herself in order not to take the bar exam that she has failed several times before. Alex gives up a career in plastic surgery (aka being McSteamy's lackey), choosing to save a baby's life with sports talk instead of staying on hold with the DMV for McSteamy. George bungles some chicken/pig relationship analogy and calls Callie a pig. I still don't get what that analogy means. A pig is committed but a chicken is ...?

Desperate Housewives borrowed from The Nine with a hostage crisis on tonight's episode. Lynette, Nora, Edie and Julie were amongst the hostages in a supermarket by a crazy neighbor whose husband cheated on her. The last 15 minutes was great TV, especially when Lynette and Nora were bickering, and Lynette said to crazy neighbor that Nora tried to seduce her husband. Crazy neighbor's response? "She put the moves on your husband? Why didn't you say so?" ... BANG. Shot Nora point blank in the chest. After Nora died, Lynette went AWF on the lady and said that maybe she deserved to be cheated on. Oooh snaps! Crazy neighbor went to shoot Lynette for that, but their new neighbor threw something at her head, and the bullet hit Lynette in the arm. Edie's nephew tried to tackle crazy neighbor and another customer picked up the gun and shot her in the head. Damn good TV, let me tell ya!