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. :(

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Down To One Girl On Canadian Idol

We're down to one girl and seven guys on Canadian Idol now after Katherine St-Laurent was eliminated Tuesday night. Gee, you think a guy is gonna win this year?

I think it would be hilarious if Last Girl Standing Amberly Thiessen ends up winning, but after her trip to the bottom three after a good performance this week, I'm thinking her chances are not so high at this point.

Joining Amberly and Katherine in the bottom 3 was Sebastian Pigott, for the second week in a row. That boy needs to step it up because I don't think he can Syesha Mercado his way into third place. I think he's gonzo next week if he doesn't deliver the way he delivered in the semis.

Again not hitting the seal was Mark Day. Guess those crocodile tears saved him. That, and his residency in Newfoundland. He's damn lucky he's not from any other province in the country.

Next week we get unplugged week with Gavin Rossdale as the mentor. Also on deck as future mentors are Bryan Adams, Tom Jones and Simple Plan for Canadian Rock night.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Dead Or Canadian?

Bonus points if anyone actually gets the above reference ... (it was a category on an 80's MTV game show called "Remote Control").

The Top 9 theme for Canadian Idol this week was basically Songs By Dead People. Or, how they put it, "Rock and Roll Heaven". Ben Mulroney cracked some kind of tasteless joke about Googling to make sure these artists were indeed dead. The whole thing was kind of weird. As were some of the musical choices and performances.

The two coffehouse-esque singers - Theo Tams and Amberly Thiessen - sang Bob Marley - "No Woman, No Cry" and "Redemption Song", respectively (they both sounded nice, but almost too nice).

Drew Wright busted out a wallet chain and stupid hat and mugged like a fool to the cameras while singing "No Rain". The best part of that whole performance was Mulroney introducing him while wearing a bee shirt.

Mark Day unleashed what looked to be crocodile tears while singing "Dance With My Father".

Earl Stevenson did a "Light My Fire" that was like Jose Feliciano in the first half and like some Vegas cabaret act in the second half.

Sebastian Pigott brought the pretty with some Elvis ("Love Me") and got raked over the coals by the judges, who told him to stop singing and just go into acting. I didn't think his singing was so much more out of tune as Katherine St-Laurent's at times during her Janis Joplin song ("Move Over"), or Mitch MacDonald's "Angel Eyes" by Jeff Healey.

Best of the night was probably Mookie Wilson, doing a rocked-out "I Feel Good" by James Brown, but even that wasn't something that should make me think this is the Best Top 10 ever, because, to paraphrase Michael Johns, they apparently peaked in Toronto.

I think Sebastian is probably gone tomorrow (noooooo!), with Drew probably in danger as well.

What I found more interesting than the actual show was the list of the Idols' Top 10 favorite songs, which was put up on the Official Site. You can tell a lot about these people from what's on their list. Mark's top 2 songs are by Meat Loaf and Celine. 'Nuff said. Katherine's list is by far the most modernly mainstream and looks most like a typical teenager's. Drew's is dominated by hard rock. Who knew?! Sebastian's No. 5 choice is "God Only Knows" (which is in my own personal Top 5), and "A Day In The Life" is No. 2. I knew there was a reason (other than his looks) that I liked that boy.

The full list:

Mark Day
1. Paradise By The Dashboard Light - Meat Loaf
2. Power of Love - Celine Dion
3. Losing My Way - Justin Timberlake
4. Your Song - Elton John
5. Chasing Pavements - Adele
6. Dear Mr. President - Pink
7. Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack
8. Go The Distance - Hercules Soundtrack (Disney)
9. Emotions - Bee Gees
10. Open Arms - Journey

Mitch MacDonald
1. Love This Town - Joel Plaskett
2. Tennessee Blues - Steve Earle
3. Landlocked Blues - Bright Eyes
4. A Call To Apathy - The Shins
5. Between The Bars - Elliott Smith
6. Crash And Burn - Sheryl Crow
7. Davey Jones - Gordie Sampson
8. Come Pick Me Up - Ryan Adams
9. How To Grow A Woman From The Ground - Chris Thile
10. Missed The Boat - Modest Mouse

Mookie Morris
1. Oh Darling! - The Beatles
2. The Modern Age - The Strokes
3. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles
4. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
5. Break On Through - The Doors
6. Cigarettes And Alcohol - Oasis
7. White Room - Cream
8. Castles Made Of Sand - Jimi Hendrix
9. Not Fade Away - The Rolling Stones
10. Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Sebastian Pigott
1. Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
2. A Day In The Life - The Beatles
3. Beethoven's 6th
4. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
5. God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
6. Bring It On Home To Me - Sam Cooke
7. I Feel Like Going Home - Charlie Rich
8. 40 Days & 40 Nights - Fathers & Sons
9. I Wish I Was In New Orleans - Tom Waits
10. Ne Me Quitte Pa - Jacques Brel

Earl Stevenson
1. 3 Little Birds - Bob Marley
2. Working Class Hero - John Lennon
3. All Along The Watchtower - Bob Dylan
4. Corrina - Taj Mahal
5. If You Want Me To Stay - Sly and the Family Stone
6. Fire And Rain - James Taylor
7. On The Road Again - Willie Nelson
8. Castles Made of Sand - Jimi Hendrix
9. Old Man - Neil Young
10. Crash - Dave Matthews

Katherine St-Laurent
1. Wonderwall - Oasis
2. Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
3. Hella Good - No Doubt
4. Hotel California - The Eagles
5. Foolish Games - Jewel
6. Who Knew - Pink
7. Don't Speak - No Doubt
8. Hanging By A Moment - Lifehouse
9. Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down
10. Can't Cry Anymore - Sheryl Crow

Theo Tams
1. If I Didn't Have You - Amanda Marshall
2. The Promise - Tracy Chapman
3. Angel - Sarah McLachlan
4. The Luckiest - Ben Folds Five
5. Collide - Howie Day
6. Ready For Love - India Arie
7. Jackson - Johnny Cash & June Carter
8. Wayfaring Stranger
9. The Blowers Daughter - Damien Rice
10. Turn Your Lights Down Low - Bob Marley

Amberly Thiessen
1. Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
2. Blackbird - The Beatles
3. Shadow On The Wall - Brandi Carlile
4. Amazing Grace
5. Better Together - Jack Johnson
6. Hurt - Johnny Cash
7. Leaving On A Jet Plane - John Denver
8. Song For A Winter's Night - Gordon Lightfoot
9. Wild Horses - The Rolling Stones
10. Imagine - John Lennon

Drew Wright
1. Sweet Euphoria - Chris Cornell
2. Satisfied Me - Jeff Buckley
3. I Stay Away - Alice in Chains
4. Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd
5. No Quarter - Led Zeppelin
6. Aenima - Tool
7. The Day I Tried To Live - Soundgarden
8. Release - Pearl Jam
9. Over And Out - Foo Fighters
10. Warning - Incubus

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Idol Fans Need To Chill The Hell Out!!!!!!

RANT TIME!

American Idol has always attracted the over-the-top, entitled fans who feel as if they are personally responsible for their Idol's success because they voted for him/her (coughClaymatescough). I've found some amusement at the antics, but I've about reached my limit after hearing the ridiculousness of the fans this year during the AI tour, and people need to chill the hell out. FOR REAL.

The Idols are not even a month into the tour, and there have already been well-documented instances of totally appalling behavior:

*Someone telling Syesha Mercado they hated her to her face
*Someone telling Carly Smithson to stop hanging around David Archuleta because she's a bad influence
*People yelling at Chikezie and the girls to go back inside and get Jason Castro or one of the Davids
*Someone holding up a "I demand a recount" sign during David Cook's set
*Brooke White having to write a MySpace blog explaining why she didn't have Archuleta as one of her top friends (technical issue)
*David Cook on several occasions trying to do crowd control because people are shoving others into fences or shoving things into people's faces

Things escalated a notch (or 20,000) this weekend. Some stalker girls disturbed all the Idols (not to mention other hotel guests) at their hotel, running down hallways and calling for the Davids. The day before, I believe, another group of stalker fans gave David Cook something to sign that had his family's private phone number on it. He recognized it, got a little freaked out and took it away, which the girls got pissed about because it had the other Idols' signatures on it. Sunday night, the meet-and-greet at the buses got cut short after someone squirted Michael Johns with a water gun or something.

But the craziest thing of all was this, from a post I read at TWoP: some crazy girl brought a sign to the pre-show bus stalking that read on one side "I killed 12 million people after the American Idol finale". On the other side, it read "I'm looking for my last victim. Have you seen this man?" ... with a picture of David Cook.

WHAT. THE. FUCK. PEOPLE.

On a less scary scale, but annoying nonetheless, there's also the Dance, Monkey! Dance! attitudes the fans have. I've seen You Tube videos and photos of people asking David Cook if they could grab his butt, asking/commanding Michael Johns to do his sexy dance, or throwing phones in the Idols' faces and telling them to say certain phrases for a certain website. Day after day after day. Just because you bought a concert ticket or voted for someone does not mean you are entitled to anything. These people don't have to go out and sign autographs before and after the shows. But they do. With smiles on their faces. So CHILL and show some respect!

GAH!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

SYTYCD Top 10 Results And Music

This was an action-packed results show with three group dances and four solos, and Kherington and Gev were sent home to the audience's (and fellow dancers') dismay.

The show started out with a Bollywood group dance. Chelsie stood out here, but not in a good way. She just looked REALLY awkward to me in this. As did Comfort, but what else is new?

The great de-pimping of Kherington Payne continued during the recap. After one of her partner dances, she sneered to the camera, "The judges hate me" like a petulant brat. And I knew that if she wasn't out this week, she'd be gone the next after copping that attitude.

Mia Michaels choreographed a group number with the girls. They were dressed like angels and in makeup that was supposed to look they had on no makeup. Katee looked gorgeous still, but everyone else? Er, not so much. And the routine also showed exactly why the show didn't get nominated for an Emmy for camera work. Wide shots in a group routine is NOT a bad thing, people! After the dance, Comfort and Kherington were called into the bottom 2.

Then it was the guys' turn to do a group dance choreographed by a "mystery guest". It was kind of a Broadway-esque routine that totally fit into these guys' strengths and personality. I LOVED IT and all of the guys. Cat revealed it to have been choreographed by Nigel Lythgoe, of all people. Who knew?! These guys are all fabulous. It's a shame we have to lose any of them, but, sadly, two had to go to the bottom 2. Joshua was deemed safe, and his grandma did the cutest roof-raising. Will was safe as well, but Mark hit the bottom 2, and it came down to Gev and Twitch, with Twitch being named safe (WOO!).

The bottom 4 contestants performed solos, although not dancing for their lives since the votes were already in. Comfort kicked it old school and probably did one of her better solos. Mark had another interesting an unique solo that is impossible to categorize, which is what is so great about him. Kherington's solo was like 300 times better than yesterday's dance, although her leap was really low, and she was grinning like a loon. Lil' C was great in telling her that she hasn't hit turbulence all year till now, but when she gets criticism it isn't because the judges hate her, it's to help her get better. Thank you, Lil' C. And screw you, Mary and Nigel, for kissing her ass after that. Gev did a break-dancing solo to "Feeling Good" by Michael Buble, which was a really odd choice of music, but he made it work.

Cat went to the girls first for the results, and Kherington got the boot, extending Comfort's nine lives to 39. Someone screamed in the audience after the announcement, and Comfort was in a state of shock, saying "WHAT?!" WHAT?! WHAT?!" as Kherington congratulated her. Kherington took the news well, but Twitch looked quite upset in the dancers' area.

In a bit of a surprise, Gev got axed. Mark's good, but after this week's lackluster performances (mostly due to Kherington), I gotta wonder if Hawaii dusted off their Jasmine Trias power-voting tips. Kidding. Kind of. Mark left the stage and got a big ol' hug from Chelsie, while Twitch stood in the background looking like he wanted to crawl up into a little ball. Awww. Gev gave a cute sad pout but was still smiling until his goodbye video, which was to "It Ends Tonight". "Why'd you have to use this song? That was sad!" he said. LOL

I'm really curious as to who gets partnered up next week. I'm thinking:
Katee and Twitch
Comfort and Will
Courtney and Mark
Chelsie and Joshua

Enough of the smooth ballroom dances for Twitch. If they must give him ballroom, I want to see some cha cha or mambo or something. I want to see if he can shake it! And Will hasn't had any fast Latin dances eiher, outside of the jive. I feel a disco coming on for either Twitch or Joshua.

Tonight's music:
Top 10 Group Dance - Bollywood choreographed by Nakul - "JBJ" from Jhoom Barabar Jhoom soundtrack
Girls Group Dance - Contemporary choreographed by Mia Michaels - "Ave Maria" by Celine Dion
Guys Group Dance - choreographed by Nigel Lythgoe - "Five Guys Named Moe" by Joe Jackson
Comfort solo - "Egypt, Egypt" by The Egyptian Lover
Mark solo - "Black Betty" by Ram Jam
Kherington solo - "Myphilosophy" by Inner
Gev solo - "Feeling Good" by Michael Buble
Kherington goodbye song - "Forever May You Run" by Gavin Rossdale
Gev goodbye song - "It Ends Tonight" by All-American Rejects

2008 Emmy Nominations

I guess it says something about the current shows on TV when I am way more interested in who was nominated in the Outstanding Choreography Emmy category than anything else.

Three routines from SYTYCD were nominated: Wade Robson's Hummingbird and Flower routine, danced by Hok and Jamie; Shane Sparks' Transformers routine, danced by Lauren and Pasha; and Mandy Moore's "Sweet Dreams" routine, danced by Sabra and Neil. Heh. No Mia Michaels routines this year. Also nominated was High School Musical 2 and the Julianne/Helio mambo from Dancing with the Stars.

SYTYCD also got a nomination for Outstanding Makeup for Season 3, Episode 11 (Top 16 show). I wonder if it was Hok's makeup that clinched it. Hee!

On the American Idol front, the show was nominated for Oustandig Reality-Competition Program, and Ryan Seacrest was nominated for Outstanding Reality Host (but not Cat Deeley. BOO!). The show also received nods for Outstanding Picture Editing Of Clip Packages For Talk, Performance, Award Or Reality Competition Programs for the David Cook homecoming package; Sound Mixing for the finale; and Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for Idol Gives Back.

Nominees in the major categories -

Outstanding Comedy Series - 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, The Office, Two and a Half Men
Outstanding Drama Series - Boston Legal, Damages, Dexter, House, Lost, Mad Men
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies), Steve Carrell (The Office), Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - James Spader (Boston Legal), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Hugh Laurie (House), Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment), Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Tina Fey (30 Rock), Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures Of Old Christine), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Sally Field (Brothers and Sisters), Glenn Close (Damages), Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: SVU), Holly Hunter (Saving Grace), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series - Jeremy Piven (Entourage), Kevin Dillon (Entourage), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men)
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series - William Shatner (Boston Legal), Ted Danson (Damages), Zeljko Ivanek (Damages), Michael Emerson (Lost), John Slattery (Mad Men)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Candice Bergen (Boston Legal), Rachel Griffiths (Brothers and Sisters), Chandra Wilson (Grey's Anatomy), Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy), Dianne Wiest (In Treatment)
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series - Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies), Jean Smart (Samantha Who?), Amy Poehler (SNL), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

SYTYCD Top 10 Mix It Up

With the start of the Top 10, there were lots of changes tonight on So You Think You Can Dance. All of the couples got switched around, Comfort replaced Jessica due to Jessica's injury (three broken ribs), and Lil' C joined the judging panel for the first time (and should remain on the judging panel because he is one of the best and most eloquent judges they've ever had).

Courtney/Joshua - Hip Hop choreographed by Dave Scott ("Skippin'" by Mario)
Great routine and concept. Joshua KILLED IT. He's both smooth and hard. He's amazing. I loved it at the end when he mouthed the words and winked. Hee! Courtney did well for a contemporary dancer, but the part that Nigel pointed out really was ugly.

Chelsie solo - "Pon de Replay" by Rihanna
That was incredibly underwhelming. The dress with the fringes provided the only excitement of the routine. I know the ballroom dancers have a hard time with the solos, but Heidi killed these in season 2. This was more like Lacey's first solo, which is not a good thing.

Kherington/Mark - Country Two-Step choreographed by Ronnie DeBenedetta and Brandi Tobias ("Kick Back" by Ty England)
Eeeks, that went south in a hurry. They had like three mistakes before the vocals even kicked in on the song. Kherington seemed to be more relying on her skimpy outfit and smile than her dancing. Mark was better, but he kind of disappeared in this routine. I had to laugh, though, at his WTF face when Mary gave him kudos.

Gev solo - "Hello/Goodbye (Uncool)" by Lupe Fiasco
I think Gev missed his big trick in the beginning; he never got his leg through and just did a forward roll to cover. The shirt removing thing, however? Holy D-Trix!

Comfort/Twitch - Smooth Waltz choreographed by Hunter Johnson ("Open Arms" by Journey)
For two hip-hop dancers who have had something like 2 days to work on this dance after Jessica had to pull out, I think they a respectable job, and I didn't think it was as bad as the judges said. Twitch's little solo with the pirouettes was lovely, and the lift was phenomenal. Comfort seems to have chemistry issues, which is unfortunate for whoever has to dance with her.

Courtney solo - "I Want You To Need Me" by Celine Dion
She definitely has energy to spare. I thought it got a little bit spaztic and flaily towards the end, but it was one of the better female solos of the night.

Katee/Will - Broadway choreographed by Tyce Diorio ("Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat" from Guys and Dolls by Sam Harris)
I'm not sure where Nigel's comment to Will about beginning to show charisma and personality came from because Will's been charismatic all season (his disco was all personality). Not to mention Nigel's other WTF comment about how they were the first pair that the viewers would say they can see how they made the Top 10. Hello? Did we already forget about Joshua and Courtney?! Anyway, this was a cute routine done well by two of the best dancers on the show, but I just haven't been too pleased with the Broadway routines this year. They just all seem the same to me.

Mark solo - "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
I'd definitely give him points for originality, but I think his Vegas solo to the same song was better.

Chelsie/Gev - Contemporary choreographed by Sonya Tayeh ("These Arms Of Mine" by Otis Redding)
These two did a really good job with this routine. But sometimes I feel like Chelsie is really overacting when she tries to show emotions in her dances that require it. Nigel's comments to Chelsie, as usual, were creepy, and I couldn't believe that he said Gev looked like he had Courtney on the mind. Nigel sure likes to push the faux-showmances.

Comfort solo - "Need A Boss" by Shareefa feat. Ludacris
This did nothing for me. She's lucky she got the Dave Scott hip-hop later to redeem herself from this.

Twitch solo - "I Question Mark" by Wade Robson
You can tell Twitch prepares his solos because all of his movements are so in tune with the music, even the ending with the "So You Think You Can Dance-Dance-Dance" chest thump.

Courtney/Joshua - Rumba choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux ("Hero" by Enrique Iglesias)
Joshua FTW! He really played the strong heroic type well in this routine, even with the Cuban heels, open shirt and tight pants! And his personality is just too adorable The intro video ("You betta work!" while they showed Jean-Marc and France dancing with porn music in the background. HA!) and the banter with Nigel about the open shirt and how Will and Twitch are always naked on stage ("Wait till you see the rest of it!"). And Courtney is really making a run for Top 4. She's been fantastic lately.

Katee solo - "This Woman's Work (MTV Unplugged)" by Maxwell
Best female solo of the night. But it did remind me of Alison's solo the night she got eliminated in season 2, and Alison's blew this one away.

Kherington/Mark - Jazz choreographed by Tyce Diorio ("Canned Heat" by Jamiroquai)
Wow, and I thought Mark's Mandy Moore jazz with Chelsie was a throw-away routine. And I really could not get past Mark's hideous woman's tank top. Kherington, who looked quite petulant during the judges' comments, did some nice pirouettes but that's about it. And seriously, that's what she does in like every routine. That was really obvious in the recap.

Will solo - "Dance With My Father" by Luther Vandross
This was one of the worst song choices I've ever seen for a solo. Seriously, how do you dance a solo to this song?! But then again, Will is the one who danced a solo to spoken word, so I guess he really can dance to anything. He really is a beautiful dancer.

Comfort/Twitch - Hip-Hop choreographed by Dave Scott ("Forever" by Chris Brown)
This whole thing is a match made in heaven. Twitch? Comfort? Dave Scott? OH MY GAWD! This was the best hip-hop I've ever seen on this show (and I'm not counting any of Tabitha & Napoleon's stuff as hip-hop because that's more pop than anything else, IMO. And I missed Season 1, so if there was something great there, I didn't see it). Anyway, big kudos to Dave Scott for doing two great routines on the night. Seems like the hip-hop choreographers who do two routines in one week always struggle with one of them. Not so with Dave. Twitch doing the worm on his back - WOW! And the Russian Steps by both of them were amazing. I think Comfort just bought herself another life to add to her 29 lives.

Kherington solo - "Breakin' Dishes" by Rihanna
Could you even TRY a little bit, Kherington? That was the meh-est of meh solos. This was on the level of Lauren's K-Fed solo where she didn't dance till there were like 10 seconds left.

Katee/Will - Pas de Deux by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden ("Imagine" by David Archuleta)
The music kind of killed this routine for me. The cut was so abrupt and strange. Not to mention the fact that this version of the song kind of annoys me. And then there were the costumes. Now I'm all for Will being shirtless, but the cutoff jean shorts were fug, as was Katee's leotard. What was not fug, though, was the dancing. Those two are beautiful dancers, and some of the positions they were hitting were jaw-droppingly beautiful. I was starting to get annoyed that the judges (Lil' C and Mary) were ignoring the obvious mistake they made in the routine, but Nigel came through. And I know that if he hadn't, there would have been some serious backlash. There's already backlash with those two as the judges' favorites. And giving Will a Desmond Richardson routine just one week after he was compared to Desmond Richardson? Coincidence? Yeah, right.

Joshua solo - "Jam" by Michael Jackson
This seemed to take a little while to get going, but Joshua outdid both Gev in the stunts that he did (flying windmill thing, b-boy handstand), and maybe even Twitch in the tumbling (it looked like Joshua did a round-off, back layout, while Twitch did a round-off, back tuck) and the chest thump that Joshua held and pushed down.

Chelsie/Gev - Jive choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux ("The House Is Rockin'" by Brian Setzer Orchestra)
I actually would rather have seen Jean-Marc and France perform this on stage. Chelsie was great on this. Gev was really good at times, but a lot of the time, he looked like he was doing the country jig that Mark was doing in rehearsal for his two-step.

Now that we are down to the Top 10, it's all individual voting now, and the judges do not have a say in who goes. I do think, however, it will be a couple going this week. Bye bye, Kherington and Mark.

Watching Coldplay With The Potheads

I went to the Coldplay concert Tuesday night at the Forum. It was a great show that would have been better if I hadn't been sitting in the pothead section (and if Coldplay had sung "Trouble", like they did the night before). But seriously? Smoking marijuana at Coldplay? It would have made a little more sense if this were the Who concert that I went to on Saturday (and yeah, I got a whiff over there too!), but Coldplay?

Yet there was a guy two rows in front of me who just lit one up like he was smoking a ciggie outside. He wasn't even trying to be slick about it. And then I think he passed it around to his seat neighbors. And then there were the two couples in the row directly in front of me who thought it would be a good idea to spend the whole concert trying to have conversations with each other (shouting half the time, even). One of the said couples also spent a good chunk of the concert standing up and cuddling and whispering in each other's ear, hence blocking my entire view of the concert even when I stood up to try to see. Seriously, people. WTF?!

ANYWHOO ... despite the rude people near me, the concert was fantastic. I wish I had bought the new album beforehand because I didn't know the new songs, but the hits that they played were so great to hear live. LOVED "Viva La Vida". That song is so anthemic, and the second the song started, the entire arena was up on their feet. It was great to see the crowd get so into it, especially after watching them perform this song on the MTV Movie Awards earlier this summer, when the crowd mostly just sat there like logs. I couldn't believe it. Like really ... how can you NOT get into this song, especially when those drums kick in?

Other highlights for me were a back-to-back "Clocks" and "In My Place", "Speed of Sound" (even though Chris totally forgot the lyrics at one point and had to stop. It was cute), and "Fix You", which was the first song in the encore. And just before the encore, the band ran to the back of the arena and then up the stairs all the way to the nosebleed section to sing two songs - an acoustic and almost bluegrass-sounding "Yellow" and "Death Will Never Conquer", which was sung by the drummer.

Speaking of playing to the people in the nosebleed section, before the opening act - Shearwater (I think that's their name; it took them about 5 songs into their set to introduce themselves, and by that time I really didn't want to know who they were because the feedback/reverb that they use a lot in their songs were driving me bonkers) - came out, a woman approached three girls at the end of my row in one of the nosebleed sections and asked to see their tickets. I was thinking maybe they were sitting in the wrong section and were going to get removed (and I was thinking KARMA! since they could barely bother to move an inch when I had to pass them to use the restroom), but then the woman said she worked for Coldplay and gave them tickets to sit in the front rows. :O

This happened a few times more throughout the different sections of nosebleed, and I discovered later that Coldplay apparently buys the first five or so rows of their concerts for this purpose. That's pretty freakin' cool.

Family Foreman

My friend Rajan (that's him on the bottom left) is a producer for this new show, Family Foreman, which premieres tonight on TV Land. show, so please check it out!

It's a six-episode celebreality show about former boxing champion (and creator of the Foreman Grill) George Foreman and his family. Here's the description from the press release:

TV Land invites viewers into the bustling home life of heavyweight boxing champion and grillionaire pitchman George Foreman, his wife and his children -- four of whom are also named George -- with the premiere of the original reality series "Family Foreman" on Wednesday, July 16 at 10:00PM ET/PT. The six thirty-minute episode series follows Foreman as he tries to balance fatherhood with his numerous business endeavors. Whether promoting a new book or trying to make it home for his son's football game, "Family Foreman" offers a candid, behind-the-scenes look at this sport's legend's hectic home life.

Rajan worked on MTV's Laguna Beach a few years ago. I don't know how he put up with that, but I guess it could be worse ... he could have worked on The Hills and been subjected to Spencer and Heidi. Eeks.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Rock And Roll Suicide On Canadian Idol

This is supposed to be the best Top 10 ever on Canadian Idol?

I thought so at first, but this week's show certainly didn't live up to the hype. Singing songs from the David Bowie catalog, these Idol had some curious song choices, some dull performances and some riduclous gimmicks that annoyed more than impressed. I mean, seriously ... no "Changes", no "Heroes", no "Modern Love", no "Suffragette City", not even "Let's Dance"? Rock and Roll Suicide, indeed.

Drew Wright - "Five Years"
Drew's playing drums for this song. This is a first on a live Idol show, but I'm not sure that it's particularly smart. It's hard to engage the audience from behind a drumkit unless you're doing a killer drum solo. Drew pulled some serious creepy multi-colored bug eyes during this. I'm not familiar with the original, but I'm not sure I'm feeling this Jason Mraz does David Bowie vibe. Crowd loved it, though, so what do I know?

Adam Castelli - "Rebel Rebel"
OK, I'm already getting sick of the gimmicks, and we're only two songs in. I think Adam picked a good enough song to not have to resort to the stupid motorcycle entrance, but after hearing his flat vocals and somewhat spaztic ending, I can see why he did it.

Mark Day - "Dancing In The Streets"
I felt like I was at karaoke night in WeHo, except the performances in WeHo are much better than this. The oversinging, the twirling and the butt-shaking were beyond ridiculous. Mark is just totally making a mockery of this competition, and I feel so bad for all the talented guys who were eliminated so that Mark could "grace" us with his campy presence.

Mookie Morris - "The Man Who Sold The World"
Unfair perhaps, but Mookie didn't come close to reaching the emotional level that Jordis Unga got on RockStar: INXS. She gutted me when she sang that song, and this one said absolutely nothing to me. That first line sounded a bit wonky.

Amberly Thiessen - "Space Oddity"
Well that's one way of not having to face the blue catsuit Jacob Hoggard performance of the same song. As with Drew, I'm finding these coffeehouse versions of these songs a little off-putting. Amberly's vocals were really pretty, but it's just very weird to me.

Sebastian Pigott - "Let's Spend The Night Together"
When I saw Lukas Rossi in his video intro, I thought maybe he'd have given him pointers on how to rock this song. But, alas, it appears he did not since it took way too long for Sebastian to start rocking. This was easily his worst performance of the season (I heard that bad guitar-playing also), but it wasn't the worst of the night by any means. I'm looking at you, Mark Day!

Earl Stevenson - "Rock And Roll Suicide"
OK, Canada. If you must persist in voting for the "Funny Guy", it should be THIS guy, and not Mark Day. I have criticized Earl for his drunk uncle dancing, but I can't hate on a guy for getting lost in his songs and feeling it the way he does. The thing about Earl is that he's HONEST in what he does, and nothing he does feels put on, Mark Day!

Katherine St-Laurent - "Cat People"
I'm a little torn because I think she picked an awful song, but at the same time, she really kind of smashed it. Bandzilla overpowered her at times, but she rocked it out.

Theo Tams - "Silly Boy Blue"
Best of the night by far. There's something about Theo's voice that just hits you immediately and draws you in. He's great. I'm with Jake - Theo is in a different league than the others on this show.

Mitch MacDonald - "Moonage Daydream"
The judges may have bought into it, but I'm still having trouble reconciling Mitch's altar boy looks (the facial hair doesn't change that too much) and his vocal tone with songs like this. I'm not really sure what to say. I did like it better when listening to the recap, though.

Should go home: Mark
Will go home: Adam

Breaking SYTYCD News: Jessica Out, Comfort Back In

Zap2It.com and E! Online are both reporting that an injury to So You Think You Can Dance's Jessica King is forcing her out of the competition. She will be replaced by ousted Top 12 dancer Comfort Fedoke.

There are no details as to when the injury occured or when Jessica pulled out, but it sucks to be whoever was her partner since the show tapes this afternoon! I'm not sure how Comfort and her partner are going to pull this one off. Let's just hope that they were given a hip-hop routine.

Actually, now that I think about it, I bet whoever Jessica's partner is will actually have it easier this week. If they bomb, people will feel sorry for them for having little practice time, and they might skate by this week. And if they kill it, they'll get more votes because they had little time to practice. So if the producers were trying to "sink" a guy by putting him with Jessica (I say sink because the judges feel like she's an albatross, but I like her!), it may backfire on them. So ... HA!

I feel really bad for Jessica. First she gets verbally cannibalized on national television week after week by Nigel and Mia, then she has to pull out of the show due to injury. Hopefully she'll still be able to go on tour.

ETA a minute later: Holy cow, the Hartford Courant says her partner was Joshua! Now I REALLY hope they got hip-hop because Joshua and Comfort doing hip-hop would be INSANE!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

VH1 Rock Honors - The Who

On Thursday night (July 17, 9 pm), VH1 will air its annual Rock Honors show. This year, they are honoring The Who. Also playing in tribute to The Who are Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Incubus, Flaming Lips and Tenacious D.

The show was taped tonight at UCLA, and I had a chance to attend. It was a great show. It isn't every day that you get to see living legends like Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. Those two are still bad-ass rockers. I was blown away by Pete Townshend's guitar playing. He has got to be one of the best guitar players in the history of rock-and-roll.

I can't remember all the songs that were played (mostly because I am not as familiar with the Who songs that aren't like total classics), but I do know Foo Fighters sang "Bargain", with someone from Supergrass singing lead. Flaming Lips did "Pinball Wizard", with Rainn Wilson introducing them in front of a pinball machine, dressed in full Pinball Wizard attire. The Flaming Lips' lead singer sang in one of those big human hamster balls and rolled into the mosh pit. Great stuff. Tenacious D did "Squeeze Box" with fun illustrations rolling on the videoscreen behind them. Pearl Jam had the biggest audience response outside The Who. Sean Penn introduced them by saying they never sold out, unlike one music network. :O Pearl Jam opened with "Love Reign O'er Me" with full string backing (can't remember the second song - maybe "The Real Me"?).

Adam Sandler introduced The Who via song, of course, and finally, The Who came out with the unmistakable opening of "Baba O'Riley". It was so awesome to hear that live from them. I love that song; it's probably my favorite classic rock song ever. They also did "The Seeker", "Who Are You", "Behind Blue Eyes", "Two Thousand Years", "You Better You Bet" (which they had to do twice due to a technical issue), "My Generation" and "Won't Be Fooled Again". They closed with an acoustic song, "Tea and Theatre", that I had never heard before, but as soon as it was over, I needed to find out ASAP what song that was because it was AMAZING and so moving.

I tried to take pictures on my cell, but they look like crap. Here they are:

Foo Fighters


Pinball Wizard


Flaming Lips crowd surf (-ish)


Tenacious D


Adam Sandler

Friday, July 11, 2008

David Cook Videos From Taste For A Cure

I was on vacation when the first YouTube videos of this came out, but UCLA's Cancer Center just posted today these great-quality videos (video and audio are outstanding) of David Cook's set during this fundraiser last month. He did acoustic performances of "The World I Know", "Living On A Prayer" and "Time Of My Life".

The World I Know:


Living On A Prayer:


Time Of My Life:

Thursday, July 10, 2008

SYTYCD Top 12 Results And Music

The inevitable occured on the Top 12 results show of So You Think You Can Dance with the elimination of Comfort and Thayne, but the judges wouldn't let the opportunity slip without taking another dig at Jessica, who was spared ... for now.

The bottom 3 couples were Comfort/Thayne, Jessica/Will and Kherington/Twitch. Twitch and Will KILLED their routines, and Kherington did some amazing pirouettes, and the judges were quick in sending them to safety. For a little while, it seemed as if the judges were going to ditch Jessica with the way they were saying how disappointing she has been, but they kept her for "that ONE routine" basically. Bottom line, they want this week's Jessica/Will contemporary for the tour, so they had to keep her. Which ... fine by me. Comfort hasn't had one partner dance that has been memorable, let alone tour-worthy.

And as if the criticism during the girls' elimination wasn't enough, Nigel got another dig in during Thayne's elimination when he said he'd rather get rid of two girls than him. Nothing, though, could top Mia's bitchy, nasty comments on Wednesday, when she insisted that Will looked tired from carrying Jessica all season. But at least Jessica made the tour, even if she's inevitably going to be eliminated nexdt week.

Here's the list of songs from this episode:
Group Dance - Hip-Hop to "Closer" by Ne-Yo (choreographed by Tabitha & Napoleon)
Alvin Ailey dancers - "Sinner Man" by Billy Porter
Comfort solo - "Oh Timbaland" by Timbaland
Thayne solo - "Come Home" by OneRepublic
Jessica solo - "Best For Last" by Adele
Will solo - "Daraijin" by Kodo
Kherington solo - "All We Are" by OneRepublic
Twitch solo - "We Gonna Win" by Miri Ben-Ari
Katy Perry performance - "I Kissed A Girl"
Comfort's Elimination Song - "The Greatest" by Michelle Williams
Thayne's Elimination Song - "Believe" by Staind

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Canada Chooses Its Top 10

It was always going to be hard to narrow this group down to 10, but Canada has spoken, and the Canadian Idol 6 Top 10 have been decided. Newfoundland strikes again, R&B remains dead on Canadian Idol, and the Pigotts got pitted against each other for the last spot, and you may or may not be surprised as to which one got it. I'm personally not. I kind of called it on day one.

This is the Top 10:
Newfoundland's own Mark Day, aka Vote for the Worst's poster boy
Drew Wright, who looks like a cross between Haley Joel Osment and Dominic Monaghan
Mookie Morris, who looks like Cameron from Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Earl Stevenson, who performs like drunk uncle Taylor Hicks
Katherine St-Laurent, who can only sing one song well
Theo Tams, who is actually pretty awesome
Amberly Thiessen, who was pretty awesome until this week
Mitch MacDonald, whose tone I really don't like listening to
Adam Castelli, who the judges railed on this week but who I really liked
and Sebastian Pigott, who is the hottest guy they've ever had on this show and possibly the best performer (see video below)



Getting the boot were Martin Kerr, Gary Morissette, Omar Lunan, Katelyn Dawn, Marie-Pierre Bellerose and Oliver Pigott. They pitted Sebastian and Oliver against each other for the last spot. Ouch. And the favored Pigott (in the judges' eyes, especially Zack's) got the boot. I have a bad feeling they're going to hold it against Sebastian his entire run.

Next week is David Bowie week. Mark Day needs to bust out Jacob Hoggard's blue catsuit and just embrace his role as the Canadian Sanjaya.

SYTYCD Top 12 Recap And Music

It was interesting watching tonight's episode of So You Think You Can Dance on TV after watching the taping of it on Monday. In person, I pretty much liked everything. As I said, you get caught up in the energy of the whole thing, and the dancers are just so likeable. But on TV, the flaws were more obvious, and some cool moves that I didn't really see were revealed. I had also forgotten a few things when I was relaying spoiler information. Oops.

(But in my defense, YOU try standing up for 3 hours straight watching 12 dances and remember every detail!)

I'm not going to rehash too much, but there a few things I do want to point out that I didn't earlier:

I had originally thought Chelsie/Mark were best of the night, but after watching it on TV, I think Courtney/Gev nudged them out slightly. I loved the map routine (especially the music) and Chelsie/Mark's Broadway, but the salsa wasn't as exciting as Courtney/Gev's cha cha. Even though Courtney totally whacked Gev in the mouth during that dance. I had forgotten about that. It looked like there was one part of Chelsie/Mark's salsa (their side-by-sides) where they were doing two different things. I did love how they came out of their end pose, though.

The best number of the night was the Bollywood. That was really entertaining, and Katee and Joshua killed it. I found myself drawn to Joshua in this one thanks to his athleticism. I've been reading around the internet that people think that Katee and Joshua getting this dance and the pimp spot shows favoritism. EH?! I'm not sure how getting a dance no one has ever done before on this show and a dance they couldn't possibly be familiar with = favoritism. It's not like it was an easy routine. And I think they proved worthy of the pimp spot, unlike Courtney/Gev in the first week with their disco.

Uncle Nigel is a total perv, Mia is a total bitch (esp. with her about Will about carrying Jessica), and Mary (!!!) was the most useful judge of the night.

When the judges said last year that Danny was empty inside, they really should have saved that for Comfort. She dances very solitarily and has no connection with any of the partners she has had.

Kherington TOTALLY tired out at the end of the krump. Her movements were half-assed. The tango was not very good.

Will really does have great technique. Jessica (and, to an extent, Will) did not do great in the quickstep, but she did not deserve that shitty comment from Mia, especially after doing that great contemporary dance.

My rankings for the week:
1. Katee/Joshua - Bollywood
2. Jessica/Will - Contemporary
3T. Chelsie/Mark - Broadway
3T. Courtney/Gev - Jazz
5. Kherington/Twitch - Krump
6. Courtney/Gev - Cha Cha
7. Chelsie/Mark - Salsa
8. Katee/Joshua - Viennese Waltz
9. Comfort/Thayne - Hip-Hop
GAP
tossup between
10-12. Kherington/Twitch - Tango
10-12. Jessica/Will - Quickstep
10-12. Comfort/Thayne - Contemporary

Here's the songlist for the week:
Chelsie/Mark - Salsa to "Fuego" by Joe Bataan (choreographed by Alex DaSilva)
Comfort/Thayne - Hip-Hop to "Can We Chill" by Ne-Yo (choreographed by Tabitha & Napoleon)
Jessica/Will - Contemporary to "Silence" from the Unfaithful soundtrack (choreographed by Tyce Diorio)
Courtney/Gev - Cha Cha to "Don't Stop The Music" by Rihanna (choregraphed by Pasha and Anya)
Kherington/Twitch - Krump to "2 Buck 4 TV" by Tha J-Squad (choreographed by Lil' C)
Katee/Joshua - Viennese Waltz to "Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls (choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux)
Chelsie/Mark - Broadway to "I'm A Woman" from Smokey Joe's Cafe (choreographed by Tyce Diorio)
Comfort/Thayne - Contemporary to "A Different Corner" by George Michael (choreographed by Mandy Moore)
Jessica/Will - Quickstep to "Bandstand Boogie" by Barry Manilow (choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin)
Courtney/Gev - Jazz to "Standing There" by The Creatures (choregraphed by Mandy Moore)
Kherington/Twitch - Smooth Tango to "Assassin's Tango" from Mr. & Mrs. Smith (choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux )
Katee/Joshua - Bollywood to "Dhoom Taana" from Om Shanti Om soundtrack (choreographed by Nakul and Marla)


Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Massive Cuts Coming On Canadian Idol

A whopping six contestants will be cut Wednesday on Canadian Idol after the Top 16 performed this week. Allegedly. I can totally see the producers making this a Top 12 instead of a Top 10, especially if one of their TCOs is amongst the ones who should be cut.

Night 1 performances:

Martin Kerr - "Fix You" by Coldplay
He again brings out a great song to sing, and he sounds really nice on it, but his on-stage charisma is a bit lacking. The Richie Cunningham looks don't help in this regard. Martin really needed to STFU, though. Too much back-talk. I liked Farley's reply to his "maybe I'm just not a show-off" comment: "It's off show or show-off".

Theo Tams - "Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat
Another strong performance from Theo. He's definitely in it to win it. I like the little tweaks he put on the song to make it his own. I worried what would happen when he left the piano, and there was really no need to worry, even though he learned how to play guitar in 4 (!!!!) days.

Amberly Thiessen - "You And I Both" by Jason Mraz
Love the song, but I wasn't crazy about it coming from her. Maybe it was too high? Her voice cracked once in it. Not crazy about her look either, especially the hair. I didn't recognize her. There's no doubt she is Top 10 material, but this wasn't her best.

Adam Castelli - "If I Were A Carpenter" by Tim Hardin
I really liked how his voice sounded on this song. He brought a lot of emotion to the song.

Marie-Pierre Bellerose - "Piece Of My Heart" by Janis Joplin
HORRIBLE song choice and cringe-worthy performance. This song is so overdone. Marie-Pierre took the judges' "you can rock" comments from last week a little too far. She sounded demonic on this. And her voice just couldn't handle the shrieking she was doing. She cracked so many times.

Omar Lunan - "If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Garth Brooks
I am baffled as to why Omar would sing a country song. He's got his own niche as an R&B singer on this show, and while he R&B'd the song up, it's not the type of music he'll be doing, so why? I'm totally with Zack here. And his vocals were a little shaky.

Mark Day - "Against All Odds" by Phil Collins
Good lord, speaking of overdone songs on this show. Mark's overdone on this show as well. That was a mess vocally. This needs to stop now. Let the kid do theater already!

Mookie Morris - "Valerie" by Mark Ronson
Trust Mookie to bring it. He's a natural, and he's got to be the best high schooler they've had on this show in a long time. BTW, Mookie totally reminds me of Cameron on Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Who should go home: Mark, Marie-Pierre, Adam or Omar
Who will go home: Marie-Pierre, Martin and Adam

Night 2:

Mitch MacDonald - "Blue" by The Jayhawks
Again, I'm not a fan of the tone of his voice, so it's hard for me to judge. I'm sure he sang it well, but his voice isn't one I'd really want to listen to.

Gary Morissette - "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals
That was a cool update of this song. Gary's vocals, though, were too screamy. "A dinosaur gargling Drano", indeed! Nice guitar solo, though.

Katelyn Dawn - "Zombie" by The Cranberries
I didn't think this was going to work, but WOW I kind of loved it. Kudos to the musicians for adding something special to this, especially with that hard drum beat before the chorus.

Oliver Pigott - "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers
I don't think Oliver pulls off the theatrical staging as well as his brother. It looked a little inauthentic to me. And why does he always look so tortured? His singing, though, was really good. Very soulful.

Sebastian Pigott - "Bring It On Home To Me" by Sam Cooke
Yeah, he may more of an actor than a singer. But it's not as if Canadian Idol is about producing the next greatest musician. It's a TV show, and Sebastian knows how to entertain. He has a kind of roguish, sexy singing style. Ben said it best: "I hope at the very least you bought that microphone stand a drink before the show." And BWAH! He busted out the harmonica that Jake wanted his brother to play. Hehe. I love it! Zack's you-can't-sing comments are really peeving me because the boy CAN carry a tune, unlike some of the other people on the show this week who were veering out of tune and screeching their way through songs (Mark and Marie-Pierre, I'm looking at you!).

Earl Stevenson - "Like A Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan
After Sebastian, this just looked like a karaoke bar performance from some stoned guy with messy hair and jeans. It sounded way better than a karaoke bar performance, but the difference in performance style was astonishing. I don't really get it.

Katherine St-Laurent - "Love Is A Battlefield" by Pat Benatar
This reminded me of the scene in 13 Going On 30 where Jennifer Garner and the tweens are singing this at the slumber party. There were some really nice parts vocally, but like everything she has done so far, it was not original. Too bad for her that she can't sing "Love is a Battlefield" every round because it's really the only song she's nailed.

Drew Wright - "Reason" by Hoobastank
He sang it well, if not a little generically. But it kind of bugged me that he had that guitar there because he barely strummed it, and he used that just as a prop.

Who should go home: Mitch, Gary, Earl or Katherine
Who will go home: Mitch, Gary, Katelyn or Katherine

Great David Cook Interview

After weeks and weeks of inane interviews about the show, his love life and other superficial things (along with weeks and weeks of the same answers to the same questions), I've finally come across a good interview where David Cook gets to talk about music. Thank you, Seattle Times!

"Idol" moments with winner David Cook

Some of the highlights:

Q: Speaking of Seattle musicians, on "Idol" you sang Chris Cornell's version of "Billie Jean." And we hear you planned to do a Jimi Hendrix classic — Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower"?

A: Yeah ... but I never wanted to plateau, y'know? I didn't want to do two songs in a row with the same vibe. The week I sang the Who's "Baba O'Riley," and we slowed it down, I couldn't also do "Watchtower" the way I wanted — with a slow, acoustic, Dave Matthews vibe. I'll get to it down the road.

Q: Would you like to act, along with making music?

A: To get back into theater would be a lot of fun. I got very excited when (rocker) Sebastian Bach took over the lead in "Phantom of the Opera." I find that role so intriguing and mysterious. When Andrew Lloyd Webber week came along on "Idol," I couldn't imagine myself singing anything but "Music of the Night." I'd love, love to play the phantom.

Q: What songs will you perform on tour? The same each time?

A: We have a set list, but I want to make it a bit different every night, get as much audience interaction as possible, make it about us ... as opposed to me! I tried to put some duets in with others and I kept hearing, "David, your set's about you."

But y'know, I'm over that. You can have my ego! I want people to walk away from the show feeling like they've seen something completely unique they won't get anywhere else.

Q: Will you play after-hours gigs at clubs during this tour?

A: I've talked to old bandmates about throwing in an under-the-radar acoustic gig here and there. For me, at the end of the day, all the interviews and attention are nice. But I'd rather be playing music.

More Idol Tour Videos

Here are a few more videos from the AI7 Tour stop in Las Vegas. You can watch these in High Quality on the YouTube page.

I videotaped the video screen during David Cook's "My Hero". Around the 2 minute mark, there's a shot of Cook facing the audience that is SUCH a RAWKSTAR moment. This is a partial video because the red coats were being Camera Nazis, and I was afraid they'd bust me.


Jason Castro - "Over The Rainbow"


Michael Johns - "Dream On" (shaky camera ... sorry!)


Brooke White - "Yellow" (partial)

SYTYCD Top 12 Spoilers

I got into the taping of this week's So You Think You Can Dance performance show. Since I've yet to figure out how to add jumps on Blogger so as to not spoil those who don't want to know, I'll just link you to GirlsTalkinSmack, which has my spoiler report posted.