3/31/2010

AIS9: Touring Ten Prediction Guess...

At this point, can we all just assume that I'm going to start each week's Idol post with a complaint about how season 9 is the worst idol season ever? Because I'm just tired of typing it out.

While last night's show did provide us with some interesting surprises (Siobhan stumbles, Lee soars, Chrystal ditches the guitar), it mostly made me long for Lilly... But I've got tomorrow's post to develop more thoughts on last night's performances... BTW, check out Slezak's rankings and recap.

I'm going to say that tonight's bottom three will be comprised of Didi, Katie, and Tim. And I'm guessing that Didi's getting the ticket home. I guess we'll find out tonight.

What do you think? I think I'm on the money...

3/25/2010

AIS9: Touring Ten...

Why, Idol? Why? Why must you occupy two nights a week of my time with only thirty minutes of solid entertainment?

Last night, the terribleness that is Season 9 gave us performances by guest "mentor", Miley Cyrus, as well as newly public couple Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas. In other words, it was "let's get as many tweens and teens to watch as possible" night.

I was, once again 2 for 3 on my guess on the bottom three. But with the elimination of Paige Miles, my record of correctly predicting the weekly elimination goes to 1 for 2.

Slezak's got his more detailed recap here, but I know you came for my thoughts. So, without further delay...

  • I can't understand why the judges are so high on Lee Dewyze. He's not great. He's not terrible. He just... is. But one thing's for sure, he looks terrified when he performs...

  • I think Paige's high profile terrible performance of "Against All Odds" contained some of my favorite criticism ever on Idol. The judges slaughtered her (rightfully so) for such a poor performance this late in the show. Also, it just reaffirmed my belief that Ellen is completely useless...

  • For someone that has been in the bottom three for two weeks, Tim Urban gets a lot of cheering...

  • I called that Aaron would pick "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" before he even came on screen. This either means I'm psychic or he's predictable. It's probably a little of both...

  • Chrystal picked a Janis Joplin song. This is probably the best pick by any contestant ever. She also had Miley sign her guitar because she is a "strong, powerful woman". My respect for Chrystal just went down by at least 50%...

  • She also said that her carpet made the stage feel "homey". She should have said it "tied the room together"...

  • I'm officially changing my pick for the winner to her...

  • Andrew Garcia is officially terrible. Not "Paige Miles" terrible. But terrible. Weak voice and weird over enunciating of his words. And, of course, another mention of his performance of "Straight Up". Seriously, just get rid of this guy...

  • Here's exactly what i typed out for Siobhan: "Wow, she speaks so strangely. Why is she dressed like Molly Ringwald going to a prom in a John Hughes movie? Wow, she's good. Oh! Nope. Her ending was terrible. I stinking hate that scream". There's a chance that it could be her and Chrystal in the final, but I'm wondering if her stoner personality will rub viewers the wrong way...
  • 3/24/2010

    AIS9: Top Eleven Prediction Guess...

    Someone once said; the good thing about hitting rock bottom is that you've got nowhere to go but up. If that's true, American Idol's ninth season should be feeling pretty good about the limitless possibilities it has for improvement.

    You'd think that a show themed around Billboard's #1 songs would be a guaranteed winner. But on Idol, as in life, there are always variables around to change the equation. In this case, those variables (six, in number) are the mostly terrible season 9 contestants that were voted into the top 12 instead of my dear Lilly Scott. (Yes. I'm still mourning her loss. Get used to it.) These "singers" combined with this week's "mentor" fused together to form one of the worst Idol performance episodes I've witnessed in the history of the show.

    Slezak ranked the singers before last night, but I'd imagine those ranking have changed quite a bit now...

    Time for my bottom three predictions: After last night Paige Miles is toast. Dry, tone deaf toast. Joining her in the bottom three will be Andrew Garcia and perennial bottom three resident, Tim Urban. And... going home will be Paige. Duh. When you're labeled with having the worst vocal during the worst season of idol, it's kind of a no brainer...

    So did you suffer through this muck too? What did you think? Was Miley as useless as I thought? Comment away...

    3/22/2010

    Curious Josh: This is For My Peeps...

    Curious about the other posts in this series? Check them out here...

    With a little under two weeks left until Easter, lots of people are out buying special Easter themed snacks. Some of my faves are jelly beans (almost any kind and always grabbing all the purples), Reese's Eggs, and (of course) Peeps.

    Peeps, of course, are basically marshmallow and colored sugar (and are always better when left out for a day or two). And, the more I thought about Peeps, the more I began to wonder, what exactly is a marshmallow? Boom...

    Technically, marshmallows are a confection -- a candy. They've been around in the form we know them since the mid-1800s.

    They are called "marshmallows" because part of the early recipe called for sap from the root of the marshmallow plant. Later, the root was replaced by gelatin. Today, they're made from corn syrup, sugar, albumen, and gelatin beaten to a light spongy consistency.


    Mmm... Now I want to go eat some peeps. To check out the article where I got this info (including a receipe for how to make your own marshmallows) click on over to here...

    3/18/2010

    AIS9: Top Eleven...

    You know, I'm not sure what to think about last night's results show. On one hand, it had an incredible performance by American Idol game changer, David Cook. On the other, it still felt the need to fill the other 56 minutes with mostly garbage (Cough! Cough! Ke$ha! Cough!).

    I was 2 for 3 on my guess as to who would be in the bottom three, and I was wrong (but glad) on my guess about who was going home with the elimination of Lacey. This, of course, means I'm starting out this season with a record of 0 for 1. Don't worry, I'll get better.

    Before I give my thoughts on this week, I wanted to make sure I linked you to Michael Slezak's Idol recap at ew.com. I was mad at him most of last season for his hatred of Danny Gokey, but he's always a good read. And so far this year, we hate and like the same people. So for now, we're friends.

    Alright, on to the thoughts...

  • Big Mike knows how to work a stage! Looking past his cheesiness to something that actually matters, he's got a little bit of a problem sustaining notes in his lower register. This could be solved by learning how to breath properly...

  • Whenever Kara opens her mouth, I usually close my ears...

  • Casey James is awesome on guitar, but his vocals are weaker than I'd like. Of course, this season, that might not matter...

  • I think it's funny that Lacey's whole backstory was about how she's a pastor's kid and sings in church, but during Hollywood week, she acted like a jerk to the other people in her group...

  • Also, Lacey's so pretty. Why does she want hair like Sharon Osbourne...

  • If there was ever a question in my mind about how Ellen would perform as a judge this season, last night eliminated any doubt. She's terrible. She's a combination of 50% Paula (only saying positive because she wants to be liked) and 50% panelist on Hollywood Squares (every time she opens her mouth, she starts with a super lame joke)...

  • Andrew Garcia has a super weak voice. He chose a song (Gimme Shelter) that requires a strong voice. As a result, he gave a very sub-par performance. Guess what the judges did? They talked about his performance of Straight Up. FACT: the judges will mention it every week he is on the show.It was a moment that he will never top and, as a result, I hope he's put out of my misery soon...

  • Siobhan Magnus has started every performance slow and a capella. Also, this week, she dressed like she was attending an 80's prom in a John Hughes movie. And that last note? Ugh... Glambert 2.0. Simon said some will love it, some will hate it. He was right. I hated it...

  • I wanted to knock myself out with a bat while the judges critiqued Lee Deweze. (especially when Ellen spoke.) That is, until Simon spoke. He said Lee just doesn't shine. He's boring. Thank you, Simon...

  • Paige Myles' vibrato is very Tarzan-ish...

  • So Chrystal Bowersox's thing is the acoustic guitar? I wonder how she'd do without it? Ellen actually nailed this one. Chrystal seems effortless. She also gave a shoutout to Lilly. Oh, Lilly...
  • 3/17/2010

    AIS9: Top Twelve Prediction Guess...

    Well, here we are. Another season of American Idol. And after a few weeks of watching the singers get narrowed down to twelve, I've decided that this season should have a subtitle attached. It should now be called American Idol: the Best of the Worst. Before you ask, yes. I'm still upset at the all too early elimination of Lilly Scott. But my displeasure toward this season of the show runs deeper than that. I've never seen a less compelling top twelve! We've got some whose cheese level is only appropriate if you're working at a mall Hickory Farms kiosk (Michael). Some who are so boring they make me want to change the channel to C-SPAN (Didi and Katie). Some who will never move past their one great moment (Andrew). Some who are just bad (Lacey). Some who are being told they're better than they are (Lee). And some others...

    But I'm getting ahead of myself.

    This week was all Rolling Stones all the time, which makes perfect sense. I mean, why wouldn't you hand over the catalog of one of the biggest bands of all time to the worst collection of potential idols ever? And, while Chrystal Bowersox and Siobhan Magnus had solid performances, most of the others were forgettable.

    After this week's show, I'm going to guess that the bottom three are going to be Tim Urban (I just think he's going to be stuck in the bottom three for his whole stay), Didi Benami, and Sharon Osbourne Lacey Brown. And... going home this week (in a small shock) will be Didi.

    Did you watch? Who do you think will be the first to be eliminated? Discuss...

    3/12/2010

    AIS9: Top Twelve Announced...

    Every year (or at least for the last two), I write weekly posts on American Idol's performance and results shows offering up my analysis and comments on each of the contestants (and sometimes even the judges). This usually picks up (for me, at least) with the announcement of the top twelve. Well, guess what happened last night. Yep. Top Twelve.

    Now, here's the deal. I have not kept up with the show very much so far this season. And do you want to know why? (No matter how you answer that question, I'm going to tell you.) It's for two reasons. One, the show has been on three times a week so far. I just can't give up three nights a week to a TV show. Work and my ADD won't allow it. And two, this seasons' contestants are, without a doubt, the worst that have appeared on the show in its history. Scientists have proven this in a lab.

    But now I'll be setting my DVR to record the Tuesday and Wednesday showings of the show. I'll be writing tons of criticisms and, hopefully, some compliments.

    Now, before I close out this post, I want to offer up one more thing: my deepest sadness over the all too early elimination of Lilly Scott. Lilly, you had a great and very interesting voice, and (equally as important) you were super hot. You will be missed.

    But seriously, it looks like you'll have a lot of free time on your hands now. So call me...

    So check back in here every Wednesday and Thursday morning for the things I have to say on this rich American tradition...

    3/11/2010

    iTunes Receipt: Part 14...

    I got a lot of iTunes gift cards for Christmas this year. But I've been fairly slow in selecting which songs would be added to the canon of my musical library. Why? Because I'm awesome. And, being awesome, only awesome songs make the cut.

    So I thought I'd bless your life by providing you with a list of the last five songs I purchased. That way, you could get a small dose of the awesomeness that will be filling my ear holes for the next few weeks. Click the links and give them a listen...

  • Hip to My Heart by The Band Perry

  • Hey, Soul Sister by Train

  • Breakeven (Falling to Pieces) by The Script

  • Life After You by Daughtry

  • The One by Mary J. Blige
  • 3/08/2010

    And Three Oscar Goes To...

    I can't believe that a whole year has passed! On one hand, it feels like time has flown. On the other, it feels like a decade since Slumdog Millionaire won best picture.

    In my yearly attempt to see every nominee for best picture, I was only able to see 7 out of the 10 this year. I could've seen more, but just chose not to invest the time and money. Well, that and I couldn't get myself psyched up enough to see Precious: Based On the Novel, Push, By Sapphire. (I mean, there is no way I'd walk out of that movie feeling anything but soul-crushingly depressed.)

    All in all, I'm very pleased with the way the awards went this year. Pretty much everything fell the way it should have. And, as a result of that, I went 17 for 24 in my yearly oscar predictions. Which was three better than my score last year and four better than two years ago. Looks like I'm steadily improving!

    But the best thing to come out of the night? The premiere of the new Iron Man 2 trailer! And how does it end? With Tony Stark donning the briefcase armor!!!

    Where's my DeLorean? I need May 7th to get here sooner!

    And, for those who are counting (mainly me), this would make post number thirteen mentioning Iron Man 2...

    3/04/2010

    Pawleys Front Porch...

    I've been a fan of the Food Network for about five years now. And, when I say fan, I mean that sometimes it's all I watch.

    And so last week, when I saw an episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives that featured my home town of Columbia, SC, my mind nearly exploded.

    So today I followed Guy Fieri's advice, and made my way to Pawleys Front Porch.

    Just like the Sham-Wow.

    I was very excited to try the gourmet hamburgers at Pawleys, as I saw on the show how they cut, grind, and season their own hamburger meat everyday. That combined with some of their in house specialties (homemade southern salsa, citrus jalapeño mayonnaise) provided much promise for an incredible lunch.

    Proof that Guy was here.

    I had seen (on the show) a burger that they offered called the Sullivans, which featured their gourmet meat, pepper jack cheese, citrus jalapeño mayonnaise, and a slice of grilled pineapple. Grilled pineapple... (It's a widely known fact that pineapple makes everything better.) So I ordered this wonderful looking burger, and was delighted at its taste.

    Yeah... Those are sweet potato fries. Boo yah...

    Everything about Pawleys Front Porch was UH-mazing. I was highly impressed. If you're ever in Columbia, SC you must do two things. One, call me. Let's hang. And two, go to Pawleys. So great...