Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Brooke Burke Ballroom Queen

Derek Hough Brooke Burke took home the title of Dancing with the Stars Season 7 champion. I shouldn't have been surprised since she was the best celebrity dancer from the beginning, but the best dancer doesn't always win. Just ask Mel B. Or Sabrina Bryan. I thought Warren Sapp's charm and surprisingly nimble moves would make him the fifth consecutive athlete to win, but he came in second, with Lance Bass placing third.

So Brooke wins, the audience cheers, confetti drops, and her partner Derek hogs the spotlight, the microphone and the trophy. Hello ... it's called Dancing With The Stars. SHE is the star, Derek, not you. Get over yourself. And Mark Ballas ... it wasn't about you either when you won. How about congratulating the celebrity first before picking up Derek and putting him on your shoulder?

The result show was kind of a snoozer, I'd have to say. The most interesting part was probably the Jeffrey Ross roast of the finalists. He did come up with some doozies, like joking that Brooke popped out another baby with Lance as the father, and that the kid was going to come out of womb and the closet at the same time. I was really surprised Disney/ABC allowed that one to air.

Also hilarious:
*The cameras panning to the audience after Miley Cyrus' performance, and stopping at a man and woman looking rather bored. I howled when I realized it was Miley's boyfriend and mother. HAHA!
*Carrie Ann Inaba invoking Paula Abdul once again by crying while giving Brooke her critique after her final dance
*Kim Kardashian trying to dance again. Man alive, she is AWFUL!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Coldplay EP On Sale Today For 99 Cents

Who needs Black Friday when you see bargains like this? has Coldplay's new EP, Prospekt's March, on sale today for just 99 cents on their mp3 download page. This is likely a one-day sale, so if you want it for less than a buck, buy it now.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Dancing Judges Favor Brooke ... Again

As if it wasn't obvious from the very beginning, the Dancing with the Stars judges want Brooke Burke to win this show. For her Grease- borrowed inspired freestyle, they threw the "best freestyle EVAH!" OTT praise out there, along with the perfect 10s.

First of all, anything that demeans, so to speak, Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke's freestyle is automatically going to get me fired up because THAT dance was THE. BEST. FREESTYLE. EVAH. That dance was brilliant and inspired. Brooke and Derek had some way impressive lifts, but that was really the only exciting thing about that dance for me. The actual dancing was unoriginal. Best dance ever, my ass.

Warren Sapp and and Kym Johnson's freestyle was way more exciting and fun. Carrie-Ann Inaba ... WTF, lady? She said she thought their freestyle was the best this year, yet she still scored them lower than Brooke and Derek.

Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer were hilarious with their hip-hop freestyle, but the actual dancing was very disappointing. This should have been HOT, seeing as how hip-hop is what Lance danced to for years, and Lacey is very good at hip-hop. But this one fell way short of expectations dance-wise. It was witty and hilarious, but I thought they did way too little in this dance. Their samba, on the other hand ... wow. They killed it. They won Round 1, IMO (and got underscored while Brooke got overscored) but then lost Round 2.

So after the finale, I really don't know who should or will win this. Brooke has been consistently good all season, but I also think she's been way overpraised and has never really captured me enough to want to vote for her. I can easily see her falling short in the public vote. I've thought Warren was going to win for weeks now, due to that "fat boy can move" underdog thing and due to his charisma. But he's also been coasting on that while not dancing as well as others. Lance and Lacey are an exciting pair and should have a strong combined fanbase, but their freestyle was a letdown of Mel/Maks proportions and probably won't grab any new voters.

It will be interesting to see how things go down tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sneak Peek Of David Cook's Album

Clear Channel has David Cook's upcoming album available to stream before it releases next Tuesday. To listen to the album, click here:

After Track 12 "A Daily AntheM", make sure to move to the 12 minute mark for a hidden song.

My early favorite is "Permanent", which was written about his brother Adam and is totally, completely heartbreaking. David has said in interviews that everyone was in tears in the studio when he recorded this song. I don't know how he'll ever be able to keep it together singing live. I don't know how people can get through listening to it without getting choked up.

Other favorites are "Declaration", which I immediately loved after hearing it on SNL, "Come Back To Me" and "Lie".

Apparently, there will be some exclusive tracks on iTunes and Wal-Mart if you purchase the album. Argh. I really dislike when artists do that. It's smart, I guess, but ... argh. Argh because I know I will totally buy both, justifying the iTunes one by saying I wanted it immediately and won't get to a Wal-Mart for awhile because there isn't one conveniently located near me. Such a sucker. These better not be throw-away songs!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Hip Hop Not Hip For DwtS

This week, Dancing with the Stars continued with its almost comical now attempts at trying to horn in on the So You Think You Can Dance crowd. As if having a former SYTYCD finalist on the show as a professional and bringing in two dancers to perform as guests wasn't enough, they decided to make the ballroom dancers and celebrities do a group hip hop routine. Oh yes, because the past hip hop freestyles have been SO good. (Not)

Can you say TRAIN WRECK?! Cloris Leachman brought some laughs with her Old School Granny routine before they hid her in the back, but poor Susan Lucci looked like she just walked into a hip hop class, was taught the choreography once and forced to do it on the spot in front of the whole class. She had no idea what steps she was supposed to be doing. It was sad. Brooke Burke has been great all season, but she was just terrible at the hip hop. Lance Bass was easily the best celeb at this, unsurprisingly, and I loved that he threw in a little N'Sync Bye Bye Bye move in there. He and Lacey Schwimmer totally killed it. Everybody else? Not so much. Derek and Cheryl were pretty good, and Warren was smooth when they showed him. But man alive, that was bad.

Cloris finally went home. I was sure it would be Susan Lucci after the hip hop. She just looked so terrible in it. But she's bound to go home either next week or the week after.

Len Goodman was not judging this week (probably avoiding the group hip hop on purpose!), and they brought in ballroom expert (snort) Michael Flatley to replace him. That was a disaster as well, especially when he gave Brooke Burke a 10 while Carrie-Ann and Bruno gave out 8s.

Julianne Hough left the show temporarily while she had her appendix removed today. She will be replaced by Edyta, who will now dance with Cody. That will be interesting. She's too much woman for him, methinks.

I still think this is Warren Sapp's to lose, but Lance is sneaking up on him, and if he can continue his momentum, he could give Warren a run for his money. I have a sneaking suspicion that Brooke isn't getting the votes, so the judges anoint her such high scores to keep her out of danger. Sometimes she deserves it, sometimes she doesn't. She definitely didn't deserve that 10 this week.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

David Cook Album Cover, Track Listings Released

The album cover and track listings for David Cook's debut album are out. The album drops on Nov. 18!

01 Declaration
02 Heroes
03 Light On
04 Come Back to Me
05 Life on the Moon
06 Bar-ba-sol
07 Mr. Sensitive
08 Lie
09 I Did It for You
10 Avalanche
11 Permanent
12 A Daily Anthem

The Time Of My Life

Track 12 - "A Daily Anthem" - is apparently a David Cook original that was going to be on his second solo album that he was working on prior to AI. That's awesome that he got it in.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Cloris Actually Dances On DwtS

Cloris Leachman has been riding her schtick for weeks now on Dancing with the Stars, but tonight she finally let her dancing speak for itself and ended up with a score of 22, which tied her with one of the weekly leaders, Warren Sapp.

Cloris and her partner Corky Ballas played it straight in their tango, and Cloris unleashed some serious flexibility for her age. She got a pair of 8s, which was way excessive, but good for her for actually dancing this time. She kind of has it made in this competition. She's such a character that she can get the votes for being funny, and when no one is expecting her to dance anymore, she gets high marks for exceeding expectations.

Warren Sapp also gets the benefit of low expectations. Because he's such a big guy, it's amazing to see him so light on his feet. But I think now the judges are kind of over that and are now putting high expectations on him based on his past dances. He got dinged this week for lack of content in his samba and for not doing much while his partner Kym Johnson just danced around him. I was really quite surprised to hear that critique towards a favorite since they always turned a blind eye with Helio.

Lance Bass has been dinged for weeks for not reaching expectations. Everyone expects him to be better than he actually is just because he was in N Sync, but he was always the obviously not-as-talented band member. This week, he and his partner Lacey Schwimmer finally struck the right balance between doing actual ballroom and getting their "rebel" schtick in there. They did a gothic tango to "Disturbia" that earned two 9s and an 8 from Len, their highest marks of the year. I think this may have been their "Thriller" paso moment.

I was wondering if Lacey was about to cut a bitch during Brooke Burke and Derek Hough's samba since they performed to "Hip Hip, Chin Chin", which was what Lacey and Danny danced to so memorably on SYTYCD. Bruno and Carrie-Ann loved it, but Len thought it was too raunchy. I thought it was too awkward to be raunchy and not nearly as close to as good as Lacey and Danny's dance. Brooke's a good dancer, no doubt, but she doesn't get called out on much, it seems.

Neither does Cody Linley, who stumbled and bumbled around during his tango with Julianne Hough. But not only did he get high praise and marks, but Carrie-Ann made excuses for him by saying he stumbled on Julianne's dress. Looked more like he stumbled on his feet than her dress, but whatever it was, it was sloppy.

Toni Braxton also looked a bit sloppy at times, although I was entertained by her muy caliente samba with Alec. Maybe it's just Alec. But you go with your samba rolls, Toni! At least she did a real samba, unlike Maurice Green, who didn't do much samba-ing, as far as I could tell. It looked more like a disco, but what are you going to do when you're given KC & the Sunshine Band for a samba?!

Rocco DiSpirito knows something about goofy music, not to mention goofy costumes. He got both tonight and just looked like a drunk frat boy trying to samba. I was expecting the white man's overbite to appear at any minute. I love his enthusiasm for the show and how great he was with Misty May Treanor when she got hurt, but the dancing just isn't cutting it, and he's probably going to go this week now that Cloris actually did a real dance and Susan Lucci brought out the Erica Kane for her tango.

Next week's dances are brand new to the competition: jitterbug, hustle, West Coast Swing and salsa. If Lacey doesn't get West Coast Swing, I will eat my hat. That's her specialty. It would kind of suck to have two Schwimmers have WCS in the mix during their respective shows and not get it.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Shortened Schedule Shafts Stars

They had just three full days to learn their new dances on Dancing with the Stars, and it showed. I'm not sure why the producers insisted on having the celebs dance twice in week one, especially since, as a result, week two was, well, weak.

Warren Sapp and Brooke Burke tied for the night's high scores with three 8's, and each had obvious flaws. Warren broke into big grins during his Matrix paso, and the ending was really wonky, with Warren dropping down on Kym. I thought he was going to crush her. Sometimes I feel like he's getting praised so much because no one expects him to be so light on his feet. I thought Brooke was way overscored on her rumba. She looked sloppy to me, and not nearly as polished as she did last week.

Toni Braxton earned a seven and two eights for her rumba. Technically I think she was probably the best one, but I didn't feel any connection between her and Alec. Misty May-Treanor, Susan Lucci and Cody Linley all scored three sevens. Maks choreographed another dominatrix paso. Misty had the appropriate aggression but looked like a tranny robot. Susan Lucci danced the slowest, most careful rumba I've seen, but I really don't know how they could have done a sexy rumba to "Waiting on a World to Change." Cody did the best male rumba, but that's mostly because the other guys didn't do much in their rumbas. He didn' look great doing it, but at least he did something.

Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer continued to push it with Len, and now the other judges are starting to get annoyed with them bucking the traditional dance, scoring them with two sevens and a six. Lance and Lacey's stubborness is going to cost them eventually. But, like with Susan, how in the hell are you supposed to do a paso doble to "I Kissed A Girl"?! I did laugh really hard at Lance's cherry Chapstick, however.

Maurice Greene scored 19. He didn't do much of anything, rumba-wise. Kim Kardashian was given the moves, but she didn't do much with it again. She doesn't finish her moves, and she's sloppy. She looks so half-ass when she dances. Her actual ass, however is not so half. More like one and a half. Holy cow. That dress made her look like a freakin' barge from the side. She scored 17 (and Len ridiculously gave her and Lance the same score).

Bringing up the rear (heh) were Rocco DiSpirito with 16 and Cloris Leachman with 15. Rocco barely did anything in his rumba, and Cloris had a part in the middle where she just stood there while Corky waved his cape around.

I'm going to guess Rocco will be on his way out, but I'm still hoping for Kardashian.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ted McGinley Jumps The Shark

Ted McGinley, the "Patron Saint of Shark Jumping", jumped his own shark on Dancing with the Stars, becoming the second celebrity eliminated in week one.

To be fair, Ted had no business being eliminated this early when horrid dancers like Cloris Leachman and Kim Kardashian were still in the game. Mambo McGinley was doing just fine, but the combo of him not being very popular and his partner being brand new was probably what sealed his fate. That, and Cloris Leachman being batshit crazy and entertaining as hell. I can't really explain Kardashian because I can't imagine that she actually has fans. Because really? What does she do?

The producers had Toni Braxton in the perceived "bottom 2" with Ted, which really isn't too cool considering the fact that she has a heart problem. But I guess if she can dance, she can stand through a potential elimination.

Musical guests on tonight's show were Jesse McCartney and the Jonas Brothers. Jesse McCartney and Susan Lucci since they were on All My Children together for a few years. Wish they had showed some of that footage. The Jonas Brothers ... uh, HOW exactly are they big stars? They are horrible singers! Eeek. My ears were bleeding.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Jeffrey Ross Not Last Comic Dancing

Comedian Jeffrey Ross became the first celebrity to be voted off on this season's Dancing with the Stars after last night's weak foxtrot with his partner Edyta.

What probably torpedoed Jeffrey (along with his bad dancing) was Cloris Leachman's emergence as the funny man on the show. Cloris, who noted that she was "older than the mambo", continued to steal the show with her hilarity tonight, doing some crazy "dance" moves and crotch grabbing. She has zero dance technique but most definitely brings a show. She had the crowd eating out of her hand.

Also stealing the show once again was Warren Sapp. The self-proclaimed Fat Boy exudes fun and joy in his dancing, and it's very contagious. You can't help but smile, especially when you see the twinkle in his eye. And his footwork is something, especially considering how big he is. Kudos to Kym for getting him to this level so quickly. Maurice Greene also has an infectious attitude that makes you enjoy whatever he is doing. Unless you are an old fogie like Len, who thinks a worm is called a "Free Willy". Ted McGinley is another one who throws himself into the dances. He totally had the mambo attitude, if not all the moves. He reminds me of Albert Reed a bit. Hopefully he won't suffer the same fate.

On the opposite end of that spectrum is Kim Kardashian, who was nearly eliminated and who probably should be eliminated next. Kim, who was hilariously dancing a mambo to "Baby Got Back", barely tried tonight. She is a gorgeous woman, but she has absolutely no sex appeal on the dance floor. She is awkward and gawky. And her partner Mark tried to overcompensate by dancing feverishly around her, but that only served to make it more obvious that she wasn't doing anything out there. And then she tried to pretend that she's just reserved and shy. Oh sure. Introverts go out to clubs all weekend. And make sex tapes. Ahem.

Showing big improvement was Susan Lucci, who is much more suited for the ballroom dances. She loosened up a lot and showed good footwork and posture in her quickstep. Cody Linley did the same with his quickstep, loosening up more than he did yesterday. His footwork, though, needs a bit of help.

Rocco DiSpirito also improved with his mambo, but his quickstep yesterday was pretty mediocre, so he didn't have very far to go to improve. He didn't actually do all that much dancing. And somehow the judges scored him the same as Maurice, Misty, and Lance.

Speaking of the latter two, Misty continued to show potential, doing a lot of her mambo solo, which was really cheeky, but she still dances too much like a jock, and I could almost see her mentally counting some of the steps in her head. I think Maks can whip her into a more graceful shape with time. Lance regressed a bit with his quickstep, which was a bit clompy and stompy.

The best dancers over the last two nights were Brooke Burke and Toni Braxton. Brooke got the highest marks, but I think Toni was equally as good, and even better when it came to chemistry with her partner. Toni and Alec look amazing together and dance very well with each other.

I think Kim is most likely to leave tomorrow, but Ted could be in big danger as well since he's not one of the bigger names and isn't paired with a known pro.

David Cook's New Single Leaked

AOL Music has an exclusive first listen for David Cook's new single, "Light On", which is co-written by Chris Cornell and Brian Howes.

Check it out here:

IMO, I think it's a good mix of rock and pop, which I think he may need off the bat so as to not alienate his Idol fans. And it's rock enough to draw in some of the rock fans. His voice sounds really great on this, and the chorus is catchy. The softer piano part where he goes in really deep voice is stunning.

But is it distinctly David Cook? I'm not sure. It is an anthemic song, though, and I do associate that with DC. If not for his voice, which I can pick out of anywhere, I'd say the song itself is a little Hinder, a little 3 Doors Down, a little Daughtry. And they have all put out some huge hits, so if he goes down the same path, that would be fantastic.

The song will be released on iTunes on Sept. 30.

Monday, September 22, 2008

DwtS Judges Remove Cobwebs From Low Paddles

After too many seasons of dormancy, the low paddles have finally been broken out on Dancing with the Stars. Contrary to past recent seasons, the judges actually showed some restraint in awarding high marks, with the 4, 5 and 6 paddles being shown with regularity, even for praised dances. THANK YOU!

They did reward good routines, however, giving Brooke Burke and Derek Hough a 23 and Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer a 22 (a total score that was dragged down by a six from fuddy-duddy Len Goodman, who did not appreciate the edginess in the cha cha). Also scoring high, in a big surprise, was Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson, with a 21.

Best of the night for me were Lance and Lacey. That routine was so exciting and entertaining. And so different from what we normally see on this show, which I think it fantastic. I think with her more modern approach, Lacey will help expand the audience of this show. This choreography was amazing. That last move made me yell "HOLY CRAP!" out loud. The only thing I did not like about this routine was their outfits. Hideous. They could have done edgy without looking like street urchins.

Technically, Brooke was very good, and I think she's going to go very far in this competition, but I would hesitate to call her best of the night because I felt like she needed to loosen up more, personality-wise. She was holding back a little. Once she breaks through that, however, look out.

Warren was a revelation. I though he was going to be one of the first to go, but he totally brought it tonight. He was fun, charming, and surprisingly nimble for a dude that big. And they thought Emmitt Smith was a big teddy bear. If he can make it through the ballroom dances, he'll be in good shape because he's money in Latin.

Toni Braxton was also very good. She and Alec Mazo make a HOT couple.

In the upper-middle of the pack for me were Misty May-Trainor, Cody Linley and Ted McGinley. All three of them have great potential and looked really good at times but also clumsy and/or stiff at times. Misty looked really elegant in hold with Maks, but when they did side-by-sides, she out-masculined him, and he's really macho, so that's not good. The judges gave her good advice in telling her to ease up on the aggression. It was hard to critique Cody because Julianne Hough steals all the attention away, but when I noticed him, he looked stiff often, especially in the hips. Ted was very debonair and charming, with good posture and frame, but Bruno was dead-on. Ted was half Cary Grant, half Steve Carrell.

Maurice Greene and Kim Kardashian fall pretty much in the middle. Maurice has the capability to really groove and charm like Warren Sapp, but that foxtrot was so snooze-worthy most of the time. Very slow and plodding. I was expecting to hate Kim, but she was actually likeable. Not so much likeable, though, was her music. Pink Panther? Really? Like the upper-middle group, she looked good at times, but she also looked really clumsy at other times. And had no connection with anyone during her dancing, really. I expect her to be better in Latin.

The ones who should be duking it out for first to go are Jeffrey Ross, Rocco DiSpirito, Cloris Leachman and Susan Lucci. I think it's pretty much a given that it's going to be Jeffrey, who was really bad, injured eye or not. Cloris is almost as bad as a dancer, and she showed us way too much skin for an 82 year old, but she's also hilarious and memorable, so I think she'll stay. Rocco DiSpirito, who went early, will probably be in the bottom 2 with Jeffrey. Rocco is a good performer but not so much a good dancer. His frame and footwork need help. Susan Lucci won't be in any danger due to her fame, but if she wants to stay longer, she needs to Erica Kane this one up and lose the daintiness and stifness.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Josh Groban Emmy Medley

Check out this hilarious video of Josh Groban on the Emmy's, doing a TV Theme Song medley. Make sure to watch for the Baywatch beach run and the South Park voices. Haha

Monday, September 15, 2008

American Idol Trainwreck In Australia

Oh man, this might be the single worst performance I've ever seen from an American Idol winner. This is Jordin Sparks performing "No Air" on Australian Idol.

Oof. Jordin looks and sounds really sick. Sweetie, there are times when it's better to call in sick. Please try that next time, k?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Cook Brothers Sing National Anthem

David Cook's first post-Idol tour gig was singing the national anthem at the Kansas City Chiefs' home opener today, with his younger brother Andrew.

As we all know, Andrew was the one who originally auditioned for American Idol, and David allegedly just came for support and got coerced into auditioning and, of course, eventually won. Andrew got cut, but the kid can sing too!

Here's video of David and Andrew singing the anthem, found on YouTube. Nice harmonies!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

AI, SYTYCD, DwtS Win Emmys

David Cook wins again ... sorta. At the creative arts Emmy ceremony Saturday night, American Idol won an editing Emmy (Outstanding Picture Editing of Clip Packages For Talk, Performance, Award or a Reality-Competition Program) for the "David Cook Goes Home" package on Top 3 results night. It shared the award with the Jimmy Kimmel Show for "I'm F***ing Matt Damon", which also won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

Wade Robson picked up a well-deserved Emmy for his Hummingbird and Flower choreography, danced by Hok and Jaimie in season 3.

Dancing with the Stars won awards for makeup and technical direction.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Kanye West In Trouble, But Not For His Mouth

Kanye West was arrested on Thursday morning at LAX after an altercation with photographers who were taking his picture. Kanye and his bodyguard were booked on suspicion of felony vandalism after they smashed cameras. TMZ, whose videocamera was amongst those tossed, caught it on tape:

He was charged with "suspicion" of vandalism. I don't know that there's much suspicion there. That video, is pretty much proof right there, although, to be fair, it also doesn't show what provoked it. But really, Kanye? Causing a scene in an airport on 9-11? Jesus.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Theo Tams Wins Canadian Idol 6

Lethbridge, Alberta piano man Theo Tams was crowned the sixth Canadian Idol tonight, defeating Nova Scotian Mitch MacDonald in the finale. No big surprise here, although I wouldn't have been surprised (or even too disappointed) if Mitch had won. Mitch's vocals were lacking for me, but his taste in music won me over in the end.

Theo, who judge Zack Werner called the best male vocalist in the show's history (throwing the Kalanadians into a tizzy!), will have his new single "Sing" released immediately. The studio version can be heard on his brand-new website. It's a little more mellow. Not sure that's an improvement.

The song has some lyrics that are cheesy enough to make David Cook's Magic Rainbow song sound deep. The chorus starts with "We'll sing till the stardust falls around us and we breathe it in". Oh boy! But it's a pretty good tune melodically, and it's infinitely better than the coronation songs from Kalan Porter and Eva Avila, the latter of which I can't even remember the title.

Speaking of former contestants, Jacob Hoggard returned to the stage with his band Hedley and sang "Old School", which I may attempt to purchase if available in the States. I was very pleasantly surprised by Hedley. I think I was expecting spazzy Jacob but really liked what I saw from him. Good song too. The other performance I really liked was the Top 10 singing "World". Drew killed it on this song. He sounded terrific.

So another season in the books. This was supposed to be the best season ever, and it certainly started out that way, but once they got to the Top 10 show, things went downhill, and voting got really weird. Oddly enough, though, the show got its rightful winner. Theo was consistently good throughout the whole show (although I kind of hated his last Foreigner song), and I pegged him for the finale pretty much from the get-go. Congrats to him! And congrats to Alberta, which has now produced half of the Canadian Idol winners. Hmmm ... maybe the regional voting isn't taking place in Newfoundland or Nova Scotia. Maybe it's Alberta!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Even More Lost With Fringe

And I thought Lost was confusing.

Just caught the premiere of J.J. Abrams' new show, Fringe, on Fox tonight, and it's twice as confusing as Lost is, and that's saying a lot because I'm continually baffled by Lost. I started to follow it a little bit more towards the end of the show, but I may have to watch it again to figure out WTF is going on with the "pattern" and all that.

Best part of the show for me, by far, is Joshua Jackson, who brings some of the charm and snarkiness he showed so well with Pacey Witter to this new role. Pacey is one of my favorite TV characters of all-time, so I totally welcome this.

But what I want to know is this ... when is Greg Grunberg showing up?! He's pretty much done every J.J. show.

Oh, and Fox used THIS show as a lead-in for Hole in the Wall? Talk about an odd pairing. The Japanese version of this show that I've seen on YouTube is hysterically funny. This show makes me want to scream hysterically. Brooke Burns is the most annoying host EVER. Even more annoying than Samantha Harris. Wow.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Jordin Sparks Promise Ring Controversy

On last night's MTV Video Music Awards, Jordin Sparks set off a bit of a controversy with her comments about promise rings. After hearing host Russell Brand mock the Jonas Brothers for wearing promise rings, Jordin fired off this:
"I just want to say, it's not bad to wear a promise ring because not every guy and girl wants to be a slut, OK?"

Here's the video. Check out John Legend's expression while this is going on. LOL

For the record, I have no problems with people, especially young teenagers, choosing abstinence, and I think making sexual jokes about teenagers like the Jonas Brothers is tacky. But to basically say that people who DON'T wear promise rings and who have sex are sluts? Um, judgemental much, Jordin? She could have stated her case a whole lot better than that by endorsing it rather than belittling the other way.

But if it makes the non-"sluts" of the world feel any better, they weren't the only ones getting mocked. Check out this one from Russell Brand about Barack Obama and George W. Bush:

"Please elect Barack Obama on behalf of the world. Some people - I think they're called racists - may not be ready to elect a black man. It was nice of you to let that retarded cowboy have a go at it."

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Memorable 90210 Moments

With the new 90210 premiering tonight, here's a list of 9 of the most memorable moments from the original show.

1. "Donna Martin graduates!"
I don't think there's anyone who's never Somehow this whole thing grew a life of its own and has lived on in pop culture infamy. It's right up there with "I'm so excited! I'm so excited! I'm so ... scared!" You didn't even need to see the episode to recognize it.

2. Brenda loses her virginity at the spring dance
Brenda and Dylan sneak away during the dance to have sex for the first time. And Brenda utters this hilariously bad line: "How many girls get to have sex for the first time with someone they actually love?"

3. Dylan's dad gets blown up
We find out years later that his dad actually didn't, but I won't forget Luke Perry's screams of anguish that made me laugh more than anything else.

4. Dylan chooses Kelly
After cheating on Brenda with Kelly while Brenda was in Paris, the girls let him decide who he wants, and Dylan chooses Kelly during a nighttime dip in the pool.

5. Emily Valentine slips Brandon Euphoria
Brandon's girlfriend spikes Brandon's drink with "Euphoria" at a club. When he finds out, he dumps her, then she turns into Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. The best was when she threw paint all over some float they were all working on and then doused it with gasoline before Brenda comes in and saves the day. lol

6. Brenda fools REEK into thinking she's French with a really bad accent
Brenda had the most ridiculously bad accent ("My name izzz Bren-da"), but her American in Paris love interest, played by Dean Cain (!!!) bought it anyway. I can't find YouTube video of them in Paris, but if you go down towards the end of this video, you can hear the bad accent.

7. Andrea offers herself to Brandon as a going away present
More ridiculous but memorable storylines. The Walshes were going to move back to Minnesota, and Andrea decided to give her unrequited crush Brandon a going away present - herself. And who was the present for - her or him?

8. The slumber party
While playing Truth or Dare, Kelly's bitchy friend gets her to admit that she was raped during her freshman year. Which I guess set her up for almost getting raped the next season at a college frat party and then actually getting raped late in the series. Couple that with Kelly being burned in a fire, getting stalked and getting addicted to diet pills, I guess the producers had this thing for Kelly Taylor being in peril.

9. David's old pal Scott shoots himself while playing with guns
Well that was one way to get rid of him!

Monday, August 25, 2008

AI Adds Fourth Judge To Panel

Songwriter Kara DioGuardi will be joining the American Idol judging panel. Unfortunately, she will not be replacing Randy Jackson but will be joining Randy, Simon and Paula. I suppose that means the chances of expanding the length of singing time to 2 minutes is out of the question now that there are four opinions to be heard. Sigh.

DioGuardi has previous judging experience, having been a judge/mentor on the short-lived singing competition The One (the same show Syesha did before Idol). I watched that show every once in a while when it was on, and I remember her to be a pretty decent judge. Let's just hope Randy's lack of vocabulary and Paula's crazy don't rub off on her.

Kara's songwriting credits include a bunch of Hilary Duff tunes, some Cheetah Girl songs, some Lindsay Lohan shit and the more universally accepted songs "Walk Away" by Kelly Clarkson, "Taking Chances" by Celine Dion and "Ain't No Other Man" by Christina Aguilera.

New DwtS Cast Revealed

Not only will we see 13 new celebrity contestants on next month's premiere of Dancing with the Stars, but we'll also see our first Dance crossover performer, as So You Think You Can Dance Season 3 finalist Lacey Schwimmer will join the DwtS cast as a professional.

Will this be the first season since season 2 that a non-athlete wins? The three athletes on the cast - two-time beach volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treanor, 2000 track and field gold medalist Maurice Green and football player Warren Sapp - don't seem to be obvious front-runners, but you just never know.

Here's the full lineup, courtesty of

• Toni Braxton, singer, 40, and season one DWTS champ Alec Mazo
• Lance Bass, N'Sync singer, 29, and SYTYCD3 finalist Lacey Schwimmer
• Ted McGinley, actor ("Happy Days", "Married with Children"), 50, and Inna Brayer
• Cloris Leachman, actress ("Mary Tyler Moore", "Facts of Life", and many many more), 82, and Corky Ballas (aka Mark Ballas' father)
• Warren Sapp, former NFL star, 35, and Kym Johnson
• Rocco DiSpirito, chef, 41, and Karina Smirnoff
• Kim Kardashian, TV personality, 27, and reigning DWTS champ Mark Ballas
• Maurice Green, Olympic gold medalist track and field star, 34, and two-time DWTS champ Cheryl Burke
• Misty May-Treanor, Olympic gold medalist beach volleyball player, 31, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
• Susan Lucci, Emmy-award losing winning soap opera actress, 61, and Tony Dovolani
• Jeffrey Ross, 42, comedian, and Edyta Sliwinska
• Cody Linley, 18, actor ("Hannah Montana"), and two-time DWTS champ Julianne Hough
• Brooke Burke, 36, TV personality ("Rock Star" host), and Derek Hough

You know that Susan Lucci will have a long run in this show because soap fans are very fanatic. And she's Susan Lucci. Julianne Hough has her fans and now the Hannah Montana tween fans, so they'll do really well. I expect Lance Bass to be one of the best celeb dancers. Not sure how people will react to Lacey, though. I think she's a great dancer, but she seemed to be a polarizing figure amongst SYTYCD fans. Kim Kardashian is probably even more polarizing than Lacey, though, so I don't think she'll last very long at all.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Memorable Olympic Moments So Far

I've been so engulfed in the Olympics the past week that I thought I'd compile a list of the Most Memorable Olympic Moments so far. Obviously Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals is the story of the Olympics, but since that's a series of moments I'll exclude it from here. But, like he does with everything, he kind of dominates this list as well.

Top 5 -

1. Comeback For The Ages
Trailing world-record holder Alain Bernard of France by nearly a body length heading into the last 50 meters of the 4x100 free relay, U.S. anchor Jason Lezak saved the day (and Michael Phelps' record hopes) by passing Bernard at the end and winning by 0.08 seconds. Lezak's relay split was 46.06, the fastest anchor leg ever. If Phelps does win his eight gold medals, he'll have Jason Lezak to thank.

2. Nastia Liukin Wins All-Around
U.S. gymnast Nastia Liukin's all-around victory was not only a win for herself and the U.S., but it was also a win for artistry and grace in the sport. With this code of points and scoring system rewarding difficulty above all else, it is encouraging to see that pretty gymnastics can still win. It was also great to see such a competitive meet where you had to hit to medal. You shouldn't be able to fall and still win a gold medal (coughPaulHammcough).

3.World's Fastest
Jamaica's Usain Bolt, who just recently began running the 100m, captured the gold medal in a world record time of 9.69 seconds. And what's even crazier is that he eased up towards the end and started celebrating with about a quarter of the race to go. He could have gone 9.5-something if he hadn't done that. INSANE.

4. Short Stroke Keeps Phelps' Record Hopes Alive
Michael Phelps won his seventh gold medal with a come-from-behind victory in the 100m fly. Serbia's Milorad Cavic blew the lead at the very end, gliding to the wall and coming up short while Phelps took an extra stroke and beat Cavic to the wall in a time of 50.58 to 50.59.

5. Alternates Lead U.S. To Gymnastics Bronze
Considered by many to be down and out after the Hamm brothers pulled out of the Olympics due to injuries, the U.S. men's gymnastics team, using two alternates, won the bronze medal. The U.S. had a chance to win silver, but its first two pommel horse performers had error-filled routines, putting the bronze in doubt. But Sasha Artemev, one of the two alternates, came through with a stunning, high-risk routine to secure the bronze.

And the Bottom 5 -

1. Senseless Murder
Right off the bat, tragedy struck when Todd and Barbara Bachman, whose son-in-law Hugh McCutcheon is the U.S. men's volleyball head coach, were stabbed by a Chinese man at the Drum Tower. Todd was killed and Barbara seriously wounded. McCutcheon's wife, 2004 Olympic volleyball player Elisabeth Bachman was at the scene but unharmed. The assailant later jumped from the tower to his death.

2. Medal Protest
After losing in the semifinals, Swedish Greco-Roman wrestler Ara Abrahamian staged a protest against the refereeing at the medal ceremony. Abrahamian took the medal off his neck, stepped off the podium and dropped his medal in the middle of the wrestling mat and walked away. He was later disqualified, stripped of his medal and tossed out of the Olympics.

3. Protecting A Lead When Behind
American boxer Rau'Shee Warren spent the last 35 seconds of his first match trying to protect a lead that he actually never had. Dancing around and not throwing any punches, Warren did not realize until the final seconds that he was trailing and not leading, but by then it was too late, and he ended up losing, 9-8.

4. It's Not Supposed To Bend That Way
Hungarian weighlifter Janos Baranyai turned his elbow inside out while trying to snatch 148kg. You only see that stuff from contortionists. Or poppers.

5. Under The Wall
With just seconds remaining in extra time, the Netherlands scored on a free kick under the jumping wall to salvage a 2-2 tie. A U.S. win would have put the team in the quarterfinals, but instead they lost their next game after left back Michael Orozco got a red card just three minutes into the game.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Please Don't Stop The Mavid!

Apparently, TPTB have shut down the Michael Johns/David Cook dance show during the Idol tour's finale of "Don't Stop The Music". Why? Because TPTB are humorless bastards is my guess.

Several fans have reported that Michael said he and Cook were sent a letter telling them to cut out the antics because it was disrespectful to the fans. Oh yeah, it's so disrespectful to give the fans a show and to show them a good time. What a crock of shit.

R.I.P. Mavid dance.

Here's a collection of the fun dancing by Michael Johns and Cook, compiled by Kristen8108 on YouTube:

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Joshua Is America's Favorite Dancer

Popper Joshua Allen was crowned "Ameriker's" (tm Cat Deeley) Favorite Dancer, beating out runner-up Twitch, third-place finisher Katee Shean and fourth-place finisher Courtney Galiano. Joshua wins $250,000 and a featured dance role in Step Up 3-D.

Like season 2 winner Benji Schwimmer, Joshua was never in the bottom 2 or 3 during his run on the show. And Joshua was challenged in ways no other dancers seemed to be, dancing in so many different styles outside of his specialty. He did two Hip-Hops, two Contemporaries, Broadway, Samba, West Coast Swing, Viennese Waltz, Bollywood, Rumba, Argentine Tango, Disco, Paso Doble, Lyrical Jazz, Russian Trepak and Jive. Wow. I'm exhausted just thinking about it. One of the judges called him an "everything dancer" on Wednesday's show. IV REAL. I've loved Joshua since his first audition, so I was so happy to see him win. After hearing how hard he had it growing up and how he worked in the studio to pay for his classes, I'm so pleased that he's winning half a mil.

Twitch was a CLASS ACT during the winner's announcement, as I knew he would be. Both of the guys looked so nervous while awaiting the announcement, but Twitch celebrated Joshua's win as if he himself had. I also noticed Twitch bowing down to Katee after she was eliminated. He's good people. I don't think he will be hurting for jobs after this show. He's a tremendous entertainer. And I do hope he comes back to choreograph for the show because Tabitha & Napoleon have obviously run out of good ideas, and Shane Sparks is no longer available.

(Speaking of Shane, that Top 20 hip-hop group dance was HOT! Gev rolling through the line of girls! And who knew Jamie was that good?! Too bad he got stuck w/ that crappy drop-trou routine in week one. It would have been good to have a partner dancer for the first few weeks!)

Katee did not go away empty-handed. In a surprise development, as the top female finisher, she was awarded $50,000. That's awesome. I always thought it was weird that you vote out one guy and one girl every week but that only one person could win. Katee was amazing in her routines tonight, especially the pas de deux with Will, where they nailed that one move that they missed the first time around. I thought it was telling that she danced so many of the favorite dances tonight (Bollywood, pas de deux, door dance with Twitch, No Air with Josh), although I suspect that one of them was probably subbed in (door dance) because Jessica couldn't dance tonight.

Courtney got to do two favorite dances - the rumba with Gev and the Sonya dance with Mark - before being eliminated first. Joshua also did two dances - the two with Katee. Twitch did three (hip-hop with Comfort, door dance, Viennese Waltz with Kherington). Also amongst the favorites was the Chelsie/Mark Bleeding Love hip-hop.

The judges also got into the act, with Mary Murphy dancing a Samba with Dmitry Chaplin and Nigel Lythgoe doing a tap routine with kids from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Past dancers came back to do a routine to "Don't Stop The Music" (my god, does 19E get a shitload of money every time they use this song on this show or Idol?!). Anya & Dmitry were the highlight of that routine. Wow, are those two smokin' hot, or what?! Amongst those also spotted in the dance were Melody and Ryan (S1); Benji, Travis, Ivan and an unrecognizable Allison (S2); Hok, Lauren, Dominic, Neil, Jamie (S3). This year's Top 20 also were in the routine, but they didn't do much but strut in at the end. Oh, and watching Anya & Dmitry dance really drives home the fact that this year's Latin dancers were really mediocre. And if Anya, Heidi or Lacey couldn't win this show, then Chelsie Hightower most certainly could not because those three really blow her away.

Some other highlights for me included the Top 5 guys doing the Five Guys Named Moe dance again, and in better costumes, no less!; Debbie Allen crackin' on Lil' C for his vocabulary; and some of the cool moves in the uber-creepy Wade Robson/Criss Angel bunny dance.

Tonight's music:
Season recap - "Wow" by Kylie Minogue, "The Time Of My Life" by David Cook
Top 20 hip-hop, choreographed by Shane Sparks - "Boom" by Sin feat. T-Pain
Katee/Joshua Bollywood - Dhoom Taana from the Om Shanti Om soundtrack
Courtney/Gev Rumba - Wishing On A Star by Rose Royce
Phillip Chbeeb/Robert Muraine popping battle - "Stronger" by Kanye West
Comfort/Twitch hip-hop - "Forever" by Chris Brown
Chelsie/Mark Hip-Hop - "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis
Mary/Dmitry Samba - "Baila, Baila" by Angela Via
Katee/Will Pas De Deux - "Imagine" by David Archuleta
Courtney/Mark Jazz - "The Garden" by Mirah
Courtney elimination - "It's Only Life" by Kate Voegele
Top 5 Guys - "Five Guys Named Moe" by Joe Jackson
Criss Angel Believe - "Homage To The Rabbits" by Eric Serra
Katee elimination - "From Where You Are" by Lifehouse
Nigel and Debbie Allen Dance Academy Tap - "Boogie Wonderland" by Earth, Wind & Fire
Katee/Twitch Contemporary - "Mercy" by Duffy
Jonas Brothers performance - "Burnin' Up"
Kherington/Twitch Viennese Waltz - "A New Day Has Come" by Celine Dion
Katee/Joshua Hip-Hop - "No Air" by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown
SYTYCD Where Are They Now - "Hollywood Swinging" by Kool & The Gang
SYTYCD alumni - "Don't Stop The Music" by Rihanna

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

SYTYCD Top 4 Recap & Music

Everyone danced with each other, lots of tears, lots of sweat, and after the smoked cleared, I still can't decide who I want to win. I love all four of them - Courtney, Joshua, Katee and Twitch.

But based on tonight's show, I am leaning towards a Twitch win. He was the standout for me tonight on many levels, and while his dancing in the foxtrot was a little bit stiff at times, he made up for it with his personality and with his embodiment of the characters in each dance. He's an entertainer, and I think when it's all said and done, I'd rather be entertained than see perfect technique. Here's the thing; only one person can win. The winner isn't going to be doing foxtrots and waltzes after this show. The winner is going to dance in his/her specialty. The best dancer in his/her specialty this season, IMO, is Twitch. He has done some of the best solos I've seen on this show.

Joshua was a close second for me, but he did not end the show on a high note, struggling with that ridiculously demanding jive and then not pulling off the lift in the group dance. His solo, though? Great. And his personality, even better. He's darling. I would be thrilled if he won also. His body of work throughout the course of the season has been stellar; he's had to show the most versatility, doing pretty much every kind of dance there is. And with his background, I think this would be so great for him to win this.

Katee deserves to win as well. She is technically the best dancer on the show and hasn't mis-stepped once, except for that plodding West Coast Swing. She has been terrific in every dance. The only thing is that she also hasn't been challenged much outside of her genre. And her solos are just okay. Her partner dances tonight, though, were so pretty. She was definitely a standout in all three dances.

Courtney has fought and clawed her way to the finale, and I'd be okay with her winning too, but at the same time I'd be more than a little "WTF?!" if she did win. She was the weakest of the four tonight, although her solos all season have been the best amongst the girls. She has a great personality and seems like a great girl, though. Her tears after her solo got to me. And I'm a cynical wench! But whose puppies did she kick in costuming to get stuck with those three atrocious outfits?!

As far as the actual dances go, I loved everything about the Russian Trepak, from the pre-dance video, to the tricks (holy straddle jumps and pirouettes, Joshua!) to the posturing during the judges' comments. That was probably the most entertaining bit I've ever seen on this show. The Wade lyrical was beautiful. Katee and Joshua are just brilliant together. And was it just me, or was Joshua mimicing the foxes dance when he and Katee met with Wade? If so, hee! The foxtrot was pretty, and that lift was great. I also loved the Bond-ing of Twitch. He nailed that accent.

I won't say much about the Broadway other than HATED IT. The hip-hop? Napoleon and Tabitha are so hit-and-miss. Sometimes they create incredible routines (No Air, Mark/Comfort detention), sometimes their routines are incredibly lame (Rayven/Jamie number in week one, Twitch/Chelsie conductor routine). Twitch and Courtney's hip-hop tonight was just ok. It was disappointing because you've got two really good hip-hop dancers, but they weren't given that good of a showcase. The jive was too demanding, especially for two non-ballroom dancers. I did like the round-the-world, though.

I'm really excited to see the finale tomorrow night. I'm looking forward to seeing all the favorite dances, plus the past dancers from this season and prior seasons. Oh, and that little matter of crowning a winner. As someone said on the show tonight, though, they're all winners. :)

Tonight's song list:
Courtney/Twitch - Hip-Hop choreographed by Tabitha & Napoleon ("Church" by T-Pain)
Courtney solo - "They Weren't There" by Missy Higgins
Katee/Joshua - Lyrical choreographed by Wade Robson ("Slow Dancing In A Burning Room" by John Mayer
Katee/Courtney - Broadway choreographed by Tyce Diorio ("The Trolley Song" by Rufus Wainwright)
Twitch solo - "It Was All In Your Mind" by Wade Robson
Joshua/Twitch - Russian Trepak by Youri Nelzine ("Trepak" from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite)
Katee solo - "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap
Katee/Twitch - Foxtrot choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin ("Feeling Good" by Michael Buble)
Joshua solo - "(Not Just) Knee Deep" by Funkadelic
Courtney/Joshua - Jive choreographed by Jason Gilkison ("The Dirty Boogie" by The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Group dance - choreographed by Mia Michaels ("Hallelujah" by The Vitamin String Quartet)

Mark Has A Bad Day On CI

Either the phone lines were down in Newfoundland or the people finally came to their senses, sending Mark Day home during Tuesday's Canadian Idol Top 7 results show. The divalicious singer had been riding hometown support throughout the competition but was voted out this week after a karaoke-ish performance of "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis.

Joining Mark in the bottom 3 were two big surprises - first-time seal-dwellers and crowd/judges' favorites Earl Stevenson and Theo Tams. I'm pretty shocked at Theo being in the bottom because he's been outstanding throughout. I'm going to blame that one on voter complacency. Earl's been pretty much a mystery to me musically, save one or two really good performances, but I thought he had a bigger fanbase.

So the only ones left who have never been in the bottom are, miraculously, Mitch MacDonald and Drew Wright. I'm so dumbfounded by that because they certainly aren't the second-coming of David Cook and David Archuleta, neither of whom were ever in danger of going home. They've had some good performances, sure, but never at a consistent level like Theo or Kalan Porter. This season seems to be impossible to predict.

Next week Simple Plan mentors for Canadian Rock week.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

2008 Teen Choice Awards

The Teen Choice Awards will never be confused with any serious industry award, especially when you have, for example, Channing Tatum winning for Favorite Actor in a Drama, or the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus winning just about every music category, Lauren Conrad winning for the third-straight year, or the movie Meet Dave being nominated for anything other than a Razzie.

The tweens definitely ruled this show, and their choices were Gossip Girl and the Jonas Brothers (6 awards each), Chris Brown (4 awards) and Miley Cyrus (3 awards). David Cook won another award, one much less cherished than the American Idol crown, I'm sure, as Choice TV Male Reality/Variety Star. David Archuleta "won" the award for Most Fanatic Fans. I'm not so sure that is such a good thing.

The show had a big production over a dance-off between YouTube sensations M&M Cru (Miley and her friend Mandy) and ACDC (Jon Chu and Adam Sevani). Yeah, I tend to avoid any Miley Cyrus news, so I had no clue. You can read more here. Anyway, ACDC had Jabbawockeez and Chris Brown in their routine. It should be Game Over right there. But, again, you put voting into the hands of screaming tweenies, and all hell breaks loose. Well, that and the fact that Miley Cyrus was hosting the show, so they wouldn't let her lose even if crickets were chirping when they asked for applause for her group. They would've just pumped in noise on the broadcast and no one would know better.

But really, Miley's group couldn't even outdance little Cruz Beckham, who went from shyly hiding behind Daddy Becks during his acceptance speech to busting out a full breakdancing routine on stage as they were leaving! He's darling. Oh yeah, and Cruz is too.

2008 Teen Choice Awards Winners
Choice Movie Action Adventure: 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian'
Choice Movie Drama: 'Step Up 2: The Streets'
Choice Movie Chick Flick: '27 Dresses'
Choice Movie Romantic Comedy: 'What Happens in Vegas'
Choice Movie Comedy: 'Juno'
Choice Movie Horror/Thriller: 'I Am Legend'
Choice Summer Movie Action Adventure: 'Hancock'
Choice Summer Movie Comedy: 'Get Smart'
Choice Movie Actor Drama: Channing Tatum, 'Stop-Loss'
Choice Movie Actress Drama: Keira Knightley, 'Atonement'
Choice Movie Actress Action Adventure: Rachel Bilson, 'Jumper'
Choice Movie Actor Comedy: Ashton Kutcher, 'What Happens in Vegas'
Choice Movie Actress Comedy: Ellen Page, 'Juno'
Choice Movie Actor Horror/Thriller: Will Smith, 'I Am Legend'
Choice Movie Actress Horror/Thriller: Jessica Alba, 'The Eye'
Choice Movie Villain: Johnny Depp, 'Sweeney Todd'
Choice Movie Breakout Female: Ellen Page, 'Juno'
Choice Movie Breakout Male: Drake Bell, 'Superhero Movie'
Choice TV Show Drama: 'Gossip Girl'
Choice TV Show Action Adventure: 'Heroes'
Choice TV Show Comedy: 'Hannah Montana'
Choice TV Reality Dance: 'America's Best Dance Crew'
Choice TV Reality Music Competition: 'American Idol'
Choice TV Celebrity Reality: 'The Hills'
Choice Summer TV Show: 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager'
Choice TV Actor Drama: Chad Michael Murray, 'One Tree Hill'
Choice TV Actress Drama: Blake Lively, 'Gossip Girl'
Choice TV Actress Action Adventure: Hayden Panettiere, 'Heroes'
Choice TV Actor Comedy: Steve Carrell, 'The Office'
Choice TV Actress Comedy: Miley Cyrus, 'Hannah Montana'
Choice TV Breakout Show: 'Gossip Girl'
Choice TV Breakout Star Female: Blake Lively, 'Gossip Girl'
Choice TV Breakout Star Male: Chace Crawford, 'Gossip Girl'
Choice TV Male Reality/Variety Star: David Cook, 'American Idol'
Choice TV Female Reality/Variety Star: Lauren Conrad, 'The Hills'
Choice TV Villain: Ed Westwick, 'Gossip Girl'
Choice Music Single: Jonas Brothers, 'When You Look Me in the Eyes'
Choice Hook-Up: Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown, 'No Air'
Choice Music Male Artist: Chris Brown
Choice Music Female Artist: Miley Cyrus
Choice Music R'n'B Artist: Chris Brown
Choice Breakout Group: Jonas Brothers
Choice Music Love Song: Jonas Brothers, 'When You Look Me in the Eyes'
Choice Music R'n'B Track: Chris Brown, 'Forever'
Choice Music Rap/Hip-Hop Track: Lil Mama featuring T-Pain and Chris Brown, 'Shawty Get Loose'
Choice Summer Song: Jonas Brothers, 'Burnin' Up'
Choice Male Hottie: Jonas Brothers
Choice Female Hottie: Vanessa Hudgens
Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon Female: Carrie Underwood
Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon Male: Jonas Brothers
Choice Comedian: Adam Sandler
Choice Male Athlete: David Beckham
Choice Female Athlete: Shawn Johnson
Choice Action Sports Male: Ryan Sheckler
Do Something Award: Chad Bullock
Choice Most Fanatic Fans: David Archuleta
Choice MySpacer: Ryan Sheckler

Monday, August 04, 2008

Melissa Lawson Wins Nashville Star

Thirty-two year-old mother of five Melissa Lawson was crowned this year's Nashville Star, defeating Hispanic-American Gabe Garcia in the finale. And the only reason I am categorizing them as such is because the show beat us over the head with it and probably cast them for precisely those reasons. Just as they cast Coffey for being a rare African-American country singer, or whats-his-name for being a pretty boy model or whats-his-other-name for being a Navy guy. Almost everyone fit into this nice little demographic/category that made for what the NBC execs thought was good TV, whether or not they were actually good country singers or not. NBC latching onto this show probably ruined it for good.

Melissa, who leaned more Adult Contemporary than country on the show, wins a recording contract with Warner Brothers Nashville and a chance to perform at the Olympics. She performed the winner's single "What If It All Goes Right" at the show's closing.

Runner-up Gabe, meanwhile, got pretty much brushed aside after the announcement. No round of applause or recognition for him from host Billy Ray Cyrus, or from Melissa, for that matter. And these people do not know how to stage finales. Billy Ray was AWKWARD (as usual), they didn't even have real fireworks, just video fireworks, and the show ended with Billy Ray asking Melissa how she felt. Amateurs.

British Invasion On Canadian Idol

Tom Jones mentored British Hits night on Canadian Idol, and it's not unsual to say that a few singers gave some standout performances, while a few others gave some karaoke bar-worthy performances that may or may not put them in danger because this show is really all about whose hometown can vote the most.

The standouts:
Drew Wright - "Creep" by Radiohead
Tom Jones gave Drew some great advice about zoning in on what he's all about. That's been his problem all season for me - he's been all over the place musically. But if this is the real Drew, sign me up! I like the new look a lot, and his vocals were ridiculous tonight. Not only was that glory note insane, but it seemed effortless.

Theo Tams - "You Had Me" by Joss Stone
I've been making fun of Mark for singing diva songs all the time, but I shouldn't leave Theo out because that boy is always singing songs by female artists. But Theo just makes it work every time out, and you don't think about who originally sang it because he brings his own thing to each song. This week, he brought a show and sold the heck out of it (a few awkward stage movements aside). Loved that growl in his voice.

Mitch MacDonald - "Jealous Guy" by John Lennon
I think I was so glad that he didn't pick "Imagine" that I probably enjoyed this more than I normally would. But honestly, I actually did think Mitch did a nice job with this song. Ironically enough, while the judges didn't like this but liked most of everything else he's done all year, this was probably my favorite performance of his.

Mookie Moris - "Lola" by The Kinks
I really enjoyed this, but I think Mookie might be hitting the seal again despite (or maybe because of) the judges' slightly OTT praise. There were times where the backup singers were drowning him out, and I think I heard the faux-Brit accent again.

Karaoke Hell:
Mark Day - "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis
Oh my word. The diva songs are back! I think Mark made a big mistake in covering such a popular current song. It's too easy to make the comparisons, especially when you don't do much to change the arrangement. He didn't even sing it all that well; some of his notes were off. This was pretty much a karaoke performance. Nothing original or impressive whatsoever.

Amberly Thiessen - "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae
I would have thought this would have been another great choice for her voice, but she struggled a little bit with those high notes. She did add more of a performance quality this time, so I give her props for that, but it was total karaoke. She did absolutely nothing original to it, and I didn't think she deserved that tongue bath.

Do. Not. Get. It.:
Earl Stevenson - "Change The World" by Eric Clapton
That little sing-songy sing-along that Earl took us on with his arm waving and ridiculous howling at the end really just murdered the sentimentality of that song. Ugh. Naturally, the judges loved it.

Mark really needs to go, and hopefully last week's bottom 3 showing means that the time is coming soon (meaning tomorrow). Torontonian Mookie is probably going to have to worry each and every week because of his lack of hometown support. I think the other bottom 3'er will be either Mitch or Amberly.

Dancers Down! is reporting that two of the Top 4 finalists on So You Think You Can Dance collapsed during rehearsals on Saturday and were hospitalized and released. No names were released, but it was stated that both were severely dehydrated. Rehearsals were cancelled on Saturday and Sunday but were set to continue on Monday.

According to the article, the dancers have been working super long hours.
“Leading up to the finale, the dancers have been putting in 10 to 12 hour rehearsals a day, because “they want it so bad,” says Mary Murphy, adding “so, they keep pushing themselves and pushing themselves and not letting anybody know that, ‘Hey, I’m running on empty,’ and then it catches up on them and then they collapse.”
With all the dancing they've been doing this year (at least 2 dances each since, what, Top 14 week?), this shouldn't come as a big surprise. But you'd think they would have learned from past years' injuries with Donyelle and Lacey and, I think, Jamie.

While I'm really curious to know who went to the hospital, I'm glad they are not releasing the names. The conspiracy theorists would have a field day no matter who it was, and it could shed doubt as to whether or not the person who ends up winning really won on his/her own merit or if the hospitalization helped votes.

Best wishes to all four dancers - Joshua, Twitch, Katee and Courtney!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

SYTYCD Top 6 Results & Music

In a bit of a (pleasant) surprise, my favorite four made it to the finale of So You Think You Can Dance. Competing for the title next week will be Joshua, Katee, Twitch and Courtney. Yay!

I will freely admit that Twitch is not as versatile a dancer as Mark, and I was really expecting Mark to make it, but I have adored Twitch since he was on the Wade Robson Project years ago, so I'm really glad to see him make it this far. And I am salivating over the thought of a Twitch/Joshua pop-lock routine. Props to Mark for a great season and for a way classy exit.

I figured Chelsie would make it in seeing as how she had never been in the bottom before, but Courtney worked her ASS off to get this far, and she totally deserved it. She's been in the bottom a few times but never gave up and never got down. She has been thrown challenge after challenge in all different styles and really delivered. And she's been the best female soloist all season. I'm really happy that she made it.

Joshua and Katee ... no surprise. The dream team has never been in the bottom, even when they danced with other people. I fully expect them to be standing next to each other as the final two and hugging each other when Joshua wins. :)

Here's tonight's music list:
Group Dance - "The Rose" by Bette Midler, choreographed by Mandy Moore
Courtney solo - "Almost Lover" by A Fine Frenzy
Mark solo - "Wind It Up (Original Neptunes Mix)" by Gwen Stefani
Katee solo - "Beautiful Disaster" by Jon McLaughlin
Joshua solo - "I Can Make You Dance" by Zapp
Chelsie solo - "The Girl's Gone Wild" by Travis Tritt
Twitch solo - "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
Little Demon (guest dancer) - "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force
Lady GaGa performance - "Just Dance"
Chelsie elimination song - "Come Home" by OneRepublic
Mark elimination song - "All I Can See" by Brendan James

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

SYTYCD Top 6 Recap & Music

We're down to six dancers on So You Think You Can Dance, and at this point, it's basically going to come down to who has the most fans, especially on a night filled with great performances.

Courtney/Mark - Viennese Waltz, choreographed by Jason Gilkison ("The Time Of My Life" by David Cook)
Was it just me, or were they a little bouncy in this? Courtney could also have pointed her toes more during the lifts. Love the music they used, though! Heh.

Chelsie solo - "When I Grow Up" by Pussycat Dolls
Finally she started watching Heidi videos to figure out how to do a solo. She looked a little bit shaky at times, but it was easily her best solo of the season (not that that says much!).

Twitch solo - "Midas Touch" By Midnight Star
HA!!! Great dancing and great entertaining. Twitch basically has the market on comical hip-hop here. And I love that gorgeous Cat Deeley wanted to put on the glasses and the grill. She SO got robbed of an Emmy nom!

Katee/Joshua - Contemporary, choregoraphed by Tyce Diorio ("All By Myself" by Celine Dion)
Oh Katee & Joshua. How I've missed you so. They seriously might be the best couple ever on this show (sorry Benjelle fans!). They are magic together. Beautiful dancing by both of them. The leaps were incredible, and Katee's lines were just gorgeous.

Chelsie/Twitch - Mambo, choreographed by Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin ("Ahora Me Toca A Mi" by Victor Manuelle)
Chelsie shined in this, obviously. Twitch did struggle at times but managed to somewhat hang in there on what sounded and looked like a really hard routine.

Katee solo - "Can't Stop" by Maroon 5
It was a nice change of pace from her usual contemporary solos, but it didn't seem all that much different than the others outside of the tempo.

Joshua solo - "Like That" by Memphis Bleek
Like last week (I think), it took a little bit of time for him to get started, but then he did some tricks and skied a huge straddle jump, and made it exciting again.

Courtney/Mark - Jazz, choreographed by Sonya Tayeh ("The Garden" by Mirah)
They fully embodied those characters. It was an odd piece but it definitely suited the two of them, particularly Mark.

Katee/Joshua - Paso Doble, choreographed by Jason Gilkison ("Filet" from Le Reve)
WOW. What a dramatic routine. Joshua totally sold this one, showing more strength and passion than I've seen on a paso on this show. He was rocking the stank face!

Courtney solo - "Rock Your Soul" by Elisa
The first half was dull, but those turns near the end were spectacular.

Mark solo - "Bum Like You" by Robyn
Er, yeah. Did not like this one. Although it did amuse me that Mark joined in on the shirtless act. Sort of.

Chelsie/Twitch - Hip Hop, choreographed by Tabitha & Napoleon ("Control" by The Vitamin String Quartet)
This was one of my least favorite hip-hop routines of the season, choreographically speaking. Was it even hip-hop? Twitch looked totally natural doing this, Chelsie, not so much. And she didn't even really do anything!

I think the Final Four will be Joshua, Katee, Chelsie and either Mark or Twitch (lol way to go out on a limb, huh?). Most likely it'll be Mark, but I'm personally hoping for Twitch because I would kill to see a Twitch/Joshua hip-hop (by Dave Scott). And I'd much rather have Courtney in the finale than Chelsie, but Chelsie's never been in the bottom, so she probably has a big fanbase.

Last Little Pigott Goes Home

There won't be Sebastian Pigott for Zack Werner to kick around anymore. The Canadian Idol hottie was put out of his misery voted out Tuesday night in eighth place.

Sebastian, who has been lambasted all season by the cranky judge with no filter, got a chance to fire back during the group song ("My Generation" by the Who) at the top of the show. Changing the lyric to suit his situation, Sebastian jumped on top of the judges' table in front of Zack and sang down to him, "I hope you die before I get old." (The original lyric is "I hope I die before I get old") HEH.

I say good for him. Sebastian had some awesome performances during the semifinals ("Bring It On Home To Me"!!!) and never got more than damned praise from Zack. Most of the time, Zack just told him that he's a terrible singer and nothing more than just a pretty face. Well if that were the case, he should never have put him through to the Top 24.

Just escaping elimination were Mookie and Mark. I don't understand why Mookie's not getting the votes other than the fact that he's from big-city Toronto and has no regional/hometown support. Glad to see, though, that Mark's Newfie support is starting to run thin. That boy needed to go weeks ago.

Next week the Idols get mentored by Tom Jones and will sing hits from the UK. Watch for the return of Mookie's faux-Brit accent!

Monday, July 28, 2008

SYTYCD - Top 8 Results Music

Catching up after being out of town this weekend ...

I don't have much to say about the show other than the set-up for announcing the Bottom 4 was beyond stupid. And making Courtney wait by herself backstage while knowing she was in the bottom was cruel.

Oh - and Will leaving is a little bit of a surprise, but not really because I never thought he had the rabid fanbase some of the others do. I think he's a little too mature-looking and acting to really appeal to the tweens who tend to dominate the voting blocs.

And another thing - I read about this big firestorm online about Twitch choking up when he was called into the bottom 2. I was expecting a big hissy fit after reading the way some people were going on, and when I finally watched it, I couldn't believe people were getting pissy about THAT. It was not even that bad. Plus, I'm sure he thought he was gone after seeing he was up against Will, who the judges pretty much proclaimed God's gift to dance. And I wish he had saved that solo for a voting night because that was AWESOME!

Here's the music list for the Top 8 Results Show:
Group Dance - "Universal Mind Control (UMC)" by Common
Guest Dance (Los Angeles Ballet) - "The Man I Love" from the ballet Who Cares?
Comfort solo - "Like This" by Mims
Will solo - "Closer" by Goapele
Courtney solo - "Passion" by Kreesha Turner
Twitch solo - "Hollywood Swinging" by Kool & The Gang
LL Cool J performance - "Baby"
Comfort elimination song (v2.0) - "Come Home" by OneRepublic
Will elimination song - "Love Remains The Same" by Gavin Rossdale

CI Goes Unplugged-ish

I guess my idea of an unplugged night is a lot different than what we saw on Canadian Idol tonight. I think I was expecting some intimate performances with minimal musical accompaniment, but we didn't get a whole lot of that tonight. Technically it was all unplugged, I guess, but some of the performances didn't seem all that much different than a "plugged" performance. One thing that was plugged, though, was Sass Jordan's microphone, unfortunately. She is absolutely useless this year.

On to the performances ...

Sebastian Pigott - "Lucile" by Little Richard
I think part of Sebastian's troubles from a voting standpoint are his song choices. He keeps picking old songs that the viewers can't relate to. This really wasn't I would have had in mind for an acoustic night, but at least it afforded him a chance to play the harmonica again. I did enjoy that. I did not, however, enjoy all those "woo!-s". That was a little cheesy. But if the boy is going to go home this week as Zack is decreeing, at least he went out on a high (ish) note.
Score: 7.25

Earl Stevenson - "Two" by Ryan Adams
It's so nice to see Earl perform without those spastic "dance" moves because it gives us a chance to concentrate on that really cool, unique voice of his. I like this different side of Earl.
Score: 8.5

Mark Day - "Stay" by Sugarland
Mark sang it well, and if Canada's looking for its own version of Clay Aiken, I guess Mark's your guy. I, however, am not buying what he's selling. Every time he sings, I feel like he's putting on an act, and it all just seems very disingenuous.
Score: 7.0

Mitch MacDonald - "Oh Atlanta" by Alison Krauss
It was certainly an improvement from a performance standpoint after last week's stop and stare thing, but this song? I'm with Zack on this one. I'm not sure why Mitch is trying to do blues right now. I did not really enjoy this song. Geor-i-gia? Say what?
Score: 7.0

Amberly Thiessen - "The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson
Finally, Amberly picks the right song for her voice. I was really tiring of her continually picking harder songs and turning them into coffeehouse songs. This is pretty much a perfect song for her, and she performed this great. And wow, does she look fantastic in green!
Score: 9.0

Mookie Morris - "Ophelia" by The Band
One thing that's really cool about Mookie is that he can infuse a new sound into these old classics. Not to get all Randy Jackson on everyone, but I can't believe he's only 18!
Score: 8.75

Drew Wright - "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5
This is more what I had in mind when I imagined a night of acoustic performances. Way more of this and way less of what Mookie did with his big horn section. I enjoyed it, but I would have enjoyed it more if Drew didn't get ahead of the beat and didn't tell me to "Come on!" twice.
Score: 7.75

Theo Tams - "Weak In The Knees" by Serena Ryder
Theo may also be Canada's (improved) version of Clay Aiken, but, unlike Mark, he conveys his passion and heart in his performances. The part where he went up into the falsetto was stunning.
Score: 9.25

I still think Mark should go home, but I think Sebastian's constant bottom 3 placement is going to catch up with him this week. Or he could continue to squeak by, and Drew or Mitch will go home.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

SYTYCD Top 8 Recap And Music

There was a new judge on the So You Think You Can Dance judging panel this week for the Top 8 show - choreographer and one-hit wonder ("Mickey") Toni Basil. After sitting through Toni's history of dance lessons and her really wordy critiques that make Adam Shankman seem mute, I'm hoping her stint on the panel is also a one-hit wonder. I'd rather have Paula Abdul than have to endure that again!

As far as the dancing went, the first half of the show was pretty great, the second half, not so much.

Courtney/Will - Samba, choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux ("I Fell In Love With The DJ" by Che' Nelle)
It felt a little slow to me, and, at times, a little bit awkward. Nice hip action from Will, I must say.

Comfort solo - "I Got This Down" by Simian Mobile Disco
She did more footwork this time, but I'm still not enthralled with her solos.

Katee/Twitch - Broadway, choreographed by Mia Michaels ("Mercy" by Duffy)
Twitch really didn't do much dancing in this routine. I'm waiting for Mia to turn on him for this the next time she is on the judges' panel, like she did with Heidi. What he and Katee did do, though, was perform it and embody it perfectly. Toni Basil didn't do them any favors, though, when she said they were lucky to have gotten Mia and to have gotten a funk-laced contemporary routine.

Will solo - "Get Up Offa That Thing" by James Brown
I was HOWLING at this routine. It was great to see something completely different out of a solo since it seems like everyone does pretty much the same thing each week.

Comfort/Mark - Hip-Hop, choreographed by Tabitha & Napoleon ("Party People" by Fergie, feat. Nelly)
Comfort totally killed this routine. Two weeks running she's danced a killer hip-hop and a not-so killer ballroom. Well, it worked for her last week. You never know ... Mark did a really good job on this as well.

Katee solo - "Taking Chances" by Celine Dion
All these contemporary solos look the same to me. Rinse, later, repeat. Next!

Chelsie/Joshua - Argentine Tango, choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin ("A Los Amigos" from Forever Tango)
Chelsie was really annoying me (And Joshua. And Dmitry.) in the pre-package. Just because you look 12 doesn't mean you have to act 12. Her dancing, at least, wasn't annoying. It was pretty damn good, actually. Joshua did well with the footwork, and he seems to be able to have chemistry with anyone. He smolders in these Latin dances.

Mark solo - "Creator" by Santogold feat. Switch & Freq Nasty
I really liked it right up until the lyric "I will deliver the explosion". Because he didn't really deliver an explosion. It was more like a little poof after that. I did enjoy the dancing as Cat read off his numbers, though.

Courtney/Will - Lyrical Hip-Hop, choregoraphed by Tabitha & Napoleon ("Like You'll Never See Me Again" by Alicia Keyes)
The judges talked about how they were so emotionally together and all that, but I didn't feel anything from that. I didn't see the yearning or the aching from either of them. That dance probably should have struck an emotional chord, but the dancers didn't make it happen for me.

Chelsie solo - "Damaged" by Danity Kane
OK, she can move her legs and hips. That's nice. How about showing some semblance of musicality?? Meh!

Katee/Twitch - Broadway, choreographed by Tyce Diorio ("Sweet Georgia Brown" from Bubbling Brown Sugar)
Way to stretch their acting chops here, giving them essentially the same story in both dances this week - Katee wants Twitch, Twitch doesn't want her. OK, we get it! For all the wordiness that is Toni Basil, she did make sense in what she said about Twitch bringing a reality to the dancing and how Katee needed more hardness to match the vocal. Katee did dance it well, but for the second week in a row, she's not so believable at the vamp role. She's too cutsie.

Joshua solo - "Shawty Get Loose" by Lil Mama feat. T-Pain and Chris Brown
Great popping moves by Joshua. I thought he was going to pull a Robert Muraine for a sec! That slow split was crazy!

Courtney solo - "Where I Stood" by Missy Higgins
I liked Courtney's solo best amongst the girls, but, like with Katee, it is more of the same ol', same ol'. Her turns were really pretty, though.

Twitch solo - "Go To Work" by Kay L
Not as good as his other solos but still good. I can't say enough about his musicality.

Comfort/Mark - Foxtrot, choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux ("Lady Luck" by The Brian Setzer Orchestra)
That was certainly not as bad as the judges made it out to be. I thought it was one of Comfort's best ballroom efforts. Mark looked elegant, although I hated that big ol' stripe on his pants. Nice spinning lift at the end.

Chelsie/Joshua - Disco, choreographed by Dorianna Sanchez ("Everlasting Love" by Gloria Estefan)
That was poorly executed and ridiculously overpraised. They looked like they were just chucking tricks with no artistry. Hmm ... kind of like elite gymnastics nowadays! I put a lot of blame on Dorianna here, but these two, outside of that pretty awesome airplane move, really struggled with even basic moves. Joshua fell out of a turn in the beginning. Chelsie stumbled on an assisted turn soon after that. Their side-by-side dancing wasn't much better. I could not believe the judges completely ignored all of that.

I think it will be Comfort and Mark going home tomorrow, but it honestly could be any of the four guys. They're all good. Unfortunately, one of them has to leave. No matter which one, it will be sad. :(