AGT Results: Group 2

12 07 2012

AGT’s Group 2 Results were not very difficult to ‘call’. (I went 3 for 4.) The reason? There were really only 4 really deserving acts based on their performances a few nights ago. There might have been one or two who did well enough to contend for the last spot…. but even with the varying preferences across America, the elite of this group was pretty obvious.

There’s always a slight chance that one of the favourite will get robbed on Results night. For example, I was holding my breath for Tom Cotter the Comedian, willing him to make it through over a song/dance/magician act. (side note: I love magicians, just not the ones I’ve seen thus far…)

I was also off on my Ben Blaque radar… I thought he would be a shoo-in, but apparently he didn’t thrill America as much as he thrilled me (and Howie).

The 4 Acts that have made through this round…are:

1. Tom Cotter the Comedian

2. Turf the Contortionist/Dancer

3. Tim Hockenberry the Singer

4. Donovan and Rebecca the Acrobatic duo

Any surprises?

I will say I was surprised with Donovan and Rebecca beating out Ben Blaque… but again, maybe I was more impressed with his act than the majority of viewers/voters. I was pleased that the judges put them through over the child singer. We don’t need another one of those. Sorry.

I’m happy with the group moving into the next round of competition… it’s surprisingly strong considering the overall weakness of Group 2.

Thoughts?

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TV Night Blog Update

22 05 2012

I would like to issue a formal apology for deserting my readers and neglecting the Blog for the past few weeks. I hope you’ll understand. The Blog is a great investment in time, but I happily pursue it because it brings me joy to talk about the medium I love so dearly.

There may come a day when I cannot keep up with the Blog. I’ve seen a glimpse of that reality for the past few weeks… and as life gets in the way, I hope there will always still be time to retreat to the Blog after a great TV Night.





American Idol: Top 24 Girls Night

1 03 2012

The second night of Top 24 was Girls Night…

I came down pretty hard on the boys for their song selection, and to be honest, I didnt have super highexpectations that the Girls would be much different.

I would give them a grade, overall, of about a C. Very safe,  very mediocre at times. NOt only were there some pitchy performances, and disappointing song choices… 2 people sang the SAME Adele song! I kid you not! This is absolutely baffling to me. Yes, contestants get to ;choose their song’ in this round. But isnt there some producer, somewhere, that could quietly suggest another pick? There are about a kazillion songs that would do the trick. And it wasnt even ‘Rolling in the Deep’.

I’m just… totally confused by the contestants lack of ability to pick a great song – they’ve been working up to this point ‘their entire lives’, and have probably had this night on their radar for months. There are songs that you pick to sing on tuesday night karaoke and wings special… then there are songs are meant to launch your career. If you can’t tell the difference…

Let’s get to last night’s performances

Chelsea – Sang Cowboy Cassanova. Sigh. Just because you like that song when it comes ont he radio, doesnt make it right for you. She was waaaay off in places and looked super nervous. Maybe it’s because she knew she had picked the wrong song. Next…

Erika Van Pelt – a DJ with a rocker edge, I was very interested to hear more from her. She sang what About Love – actually, a very good choice for her vocal range and style. I agree with JLo, she probably couldve let loose a bit more. Even though she did a great job at signing the song, she couldve had a KILLER performance and absolutely slayed it with her vocal abilities. I havent seen enough of her, but in comparison to everyone else last night, she’s a Top 10.

Jen Hirsh -the first girl to take on Adeles ‘One and Only’. She was one of my favourite voices from early on, she nailed Holywood week and had a breakout group day performance. I don’t think we saw everything she has in her arsenal, because she took the song down a few notches. But, it’s tough to cram her talents into one song. She’s had better performances in the past, but this was solid.

Brielle – chose Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay… a difficult song for a female to sing because of its low register. She was…. not bad. At the very least she showed that she DOES have a unique soul voice, she chose a good song to prove it, but she’s such a young performer that she may have reached too high with this song at this stage. Sounds a bit like Haley Reinhart from last season. no?

Hallie Day – was a frontrunner from the beginning and throughout Hollywood. She’s had some really knockout performances. I was hoping for another homerun last night, and was OK with her song choice of ‘Feelin’ Good. But it was kind of a let down… minus a few shakes of her hair… the performance was flat as a flapjack, and her vocal decisions werent always the best. Tough one.

Skylar Laine – Did a few things right. First, she was the picture of confidence on stage. Second, she chose a recognizable song and made it fit her style. Where I wasnt a huge fan, was her spastic and uncontrolled performance overall. She wore a very precarious outfit, jumped around in sky-high heels, and had some crazy dance moves. It was either high-octane and perfect for this show, or it was a little awkward. I havent decided yet.

Baylie Brown – Turned the night into the talent portion of a Miss Cruiseship pageant with her rendition of ‘Amazed’ by Lonsestar. I could hardly watch. The song is so ‘lite adult contemporary’, and she’s such a young girl with so much potential. Terrible song choice, the worst of the night in my opinion. Her voice is good, but I couldnt get past the insipid song selection. Is that really her taste in music? Really? To make it worse… the obligatory “well, I had fun” in response to criticism.

I need to move on, I cant take it…

Hollie – Reflection. Sigh. I thought we wereover this song, but apparently theres a whole generation of kids that grew up watching Mulan, and are now trying out for American Idol. Yes, she has a nice voice. But this song lost its emotional oomph the last 50,000 times a young girl with a big voice sang it in competition.

Haley – Sweet Dreams… I had high hopes. It’s a great song! I didnt think I could hate it so much. Haley murdered this song unfortunately. It was all over the place, she dipped when she shouldve stayed on the note, she did runs where it was unnecessary, she was almost a full note sharp pretty much the entire song. It was a vocal hot mess.

Shannon – The volleyball player that Steven hit on in her audition, has been lighting up the competition since Hollywood. She went for the juggular last night with a powere ballad, Go Light Your World. The only problem I had with this choice, was that it showed nothing about her as an artist. What the heck kind of record would she release? Hopefully not a selection of inspirational hits. She was actually one of the better true singers of the night though…

Jessica SAnchez – Made sure to tell us that she has been sick all week, and that her vocal chords are swollen, and that she’ll do ‘her best’ to sing tonight. Then she absolutely lets loose and tears the cover off ‘Love You I do’. I wouldve respected her more if she hadnt ‘pre-warned’ us with a dramatic sob story… just sing girl! Definitely one of the best of the night, however, I have to say she’s still a little bit ‘young’ for me. Not when she sings, when she speaks.

Elise Testone – Ends the night with a soulful version of (the all too familiar) One and Only…second time we’ve heard this one tonight. One of the many reasons why you shouldnt sing the same song as another competitor ont he same show is that it makes it easy to compare one singer to the other. In this case, I think Elise did a better job with the song.

So we HAVE to choose a top 5 plus wildcard from this group eh?
If I had to make a decision,  it would be: Elise, Jen, Jessica, Shannon, Brielle . Wildcard? Maybe Hallie based on previous performances, or Skylar because at least she’s got some personality.

Thoughts?

 

 

 





Wednesday February 15th: TV Night

15 02 2012

Holy TV Night Batman! It’s a PVR overload tonight…

Need a refresher?

Survivor: One World”  PREMIERES tonight! (I’m trying to look past the lame-name. Sounds like a video game…no?)

also…

American Idol CONTINUES with a 2 hour GROUP WEEK tonight! (remember how I said I would never forgive producers for making me wait a week to hear actual singing? Well, I’m over it. My night has arrived.)

also…

it’s Wednesday night which means Modern Family, CSI and Criminal Minds are ALL new and ALL on tonight.

It’s an embarrassment of TV riches.

Remember those nights, like 2 weeks before Christmas when there was quite literally NOTHING on TV and you were waiting for the Yule Log to air? Or how about those weeks in the summer when you are forced to watch The Bachelor Pad or insipid game shows with washed up hosts. You almost felt guilty staying in and watching TV. I mean, wouldnt you just have salivated at the thought of a TV night like this one? It’s happening to me right now, I’m sitting at work licking my lips at the thought of my TV line up for tonight.

You know they say there are 3 types of people.

Those who live for the Anticipation, those who live in the Moment and those who live to Talk about it.

Let me share a little something with you. I am a person who lives for the anticipation – excitment about a trip or an event or the expectation of something ‘happening’ makes me lose sleep, lose focus and at times, lose my mind. The event itself may be great, may be just OK, may be a dud… The build up is what I live for. People who live in the moment, enjoy each exciting event as it’s happening. Those who live to talk about it are your classic ‘takes a million pictures’ ‘posts everything to facebook’ ‘has a million stories’ ‘makes a scrapbook’ after the fact… that’s their enjoyment, reliving and retelling.

As an “Anticipation” person, this day is killing me.

What can I tell you about tonight…
There are a few new twists on this most recent installation of Survivor (besides the cheeseball name). Redemption Island is no more, and the teams are now sharing the same camp… I’m very interested to see how that works or doesnt work. I get the feeling the social game is becoming more and more important.

So you know where I’ll be tonight… hope you’ll join me in enjoying what promises to be a great TV Night.





American Idol: Hollywood Week Pt.2

10 02 2012

We knew there was going to be a Part 2 to Hollywood Week…. but did you know Part 2 was just the precursor to Part 3? A carrot dangler?

American Idol producers are having some fun with us this year. Fun isnt the word I was shouting last night at the TV when the episode ended abruptly, just before the first group got on stage.

Seriously?

We sat through all the pre-performance drama…. followed every storyline about singers without groups, diva group members, going to bed, not going to bed, victims of the Idol virus, stage parents…. etc etc etc. It was like an episode of Glee. Without the final performance.

We have to wait until next week to see the groups sing…. and I find that just plain cruel. We all know how excited I was to watch it last night, I was like a 13 year old watching “Never Say Never” for the first time. Except, by the end, I bet that 13 year was satisfied… I was left with a huge hole in TV Lovin’ heart.

Sigh. Enough about that – it gives me something to look forward to for next week, but until then….  I’m bitter.

Can we get to some of the drama that took place last night?

It started with the conclusion to the cliff hanger they left us with on wednesday – the 16 year old songbird literally falling face first off the stage. The staff rushed to the rescue, and called for medical. Now… we need to talk about the medical staff. The medical staff revived her to consciousness, asked her if she had eaten, and called for “a coke!” or “anything!” I almost fell off my chair. Coke?!?! Uh, when was the last time you presribed a person faint from malnourishment … a pop? Notice how it wasnt “get her a drink” or “grab some food from J-Lo’s catering trailer”. It was, first reaction, “Get us a Coke”. Appalling. The product placement deal has struck a new level of…low.

In any case, i’m sure they hopped into their FORD, grabbed their COKES and headed to the Hospital. The diagnosis was “eat more, drink more” to which her ingratiating stage dad said… “drink  more. That’s all”. Sponsored by Coke.

I had to talk about that, it really really bothered me… the whole situation. And the father is weird. Sorry.

Ok, back to the groups. The main storylines were…

The ‘cop’ who couldnt find a group. Reasons why?
1. She took to making formal announcements that she was ‘desperate’
2. but not desperate enough to sing any song other thatn the one she’d chosen.
3. Her opening line was ‘do you like cops?’
4. She looked like the kind of girl who might smother you in your sleep.

The Idol virus – gross. People are ralphing all over the place…notice how none of the judges or Ryan are anywhere to be seen? They are in their sterile LA safehouses. The contestants are living the movie Contagion.

There are plenty of meltdowns, plenty of disagreements, plenty of pesky parents hanging around… and of course, my very favourite… the question remains, to sleep or not to sleep? This comes up every year – there are those who make the case for gettng rest after a long, vocally intensive day. There are others, who demand that their group ‘dont rest til it’s perfect’ and pull all nighters.

I can’t talk about the performances, because we werent shown ANY. I have all week to be petty and stew over this.

Thoughts?





American Idol Returns!

19 01 2012

American Idol is BACK!

Not that I had to tell you.

You knew. You watched.

It’s difficult to blog about the audition shows, because there are so many good, bad and ugly to report on. Last night, it was 2 full hours of auditions, backstories, interviews etc. It’s hard to remember stand outs or major flops at this stage in the game.

I can say, that people SEEM to be ‘wising up’ about what kind of talent level the judges will applaude. It’s not like there are people out there STILL who havent seen this show and know that only the best go through. I also think for awhile, there were people who really felt this was a Pop competition for Pop singers with a very specific vocal style. If you werent Alicia, Whitney or Timberlake – you had no business even trying out.

But slowly, contestants started breaking down some barriers… and now, the talent is starting to seep through and show up in the most unexpected places.

I love seeing the cream of the crop, so confient in their abilities, stand infront of 3 super star judges and blow them right out of their seats. I love a surprise… someone who has an unassuming exterior, breaking down the facade. And of course, I love me some delusional trainwrecks. Who doesnt?

So American Idol is back… and I for one couldnt be happer to welcome it’s return.





Survivor: Episode 12 December 7th

8 12 2011

Well thanks GOODNESS for Wednesday night TV, and thank GOODNESS for Survivor.

In comparison to monday, tuesday, thursday and friday nights…. Wednesday is an embarassment of riches. While every other show is on an extended hiatus, Survivor continues to make my wednesday nights enjoyable.

Last night was a very good episode – lots to talk about.

1. Cochrane faces his idol/nemisis in Ozzy at Redemption Island. It’s no surprise that he didnt win. we all saw that coming. but he put up a good fight, better than most wouldve expected, and went out with a bang. He cried over his love for the game… whatever your opinion is on Cochrane, he has never hid his devotion and admiration to ‘the game’.

2. Families came to the island, however only 3 people got to spend time with their loved ones. Coach, Brandon and Albert. Yes, Brandons dad… a Hantz, made his debut on the island. He cornered Coach and worked his Hantz charm to secure his sons place in the game. At least that’s what he thought he was doing… Coach, on the other hand, felt threatened. There’s something fishy about this Hantz family. I am never wuite sure. SOmetimes, I think it’s an act, sometimes I think theya re all just crazy, and other times I think they might be slightly psychopathic and completely oblivious to normal social interactions. Somehow, they throw people off their game… and are successful. Brandon has that in his blood… his bite will be worse than his bark, if that makes sense.

3. Coach wins immunity, and Edna begins to scramble. First she asks him for his idol. shot down. Then she makes a case to vote out Bandon because… he’s emotional and cruel. Which is true, but may not be enough to save her.  Coach goes as far as telling Edna that his vote will be for Brandon, and to rally the troops with his ‘blessing’.

4. At tribal: Edna voted out unanimously. At which time, Coach gives his Godfather embrace to Edna as she moves on to battle Ozzy for her final chance to stay alive. Would be amazing wouldnt it?

Coach is still the figure head and leader of this game… Ozzy has a lot of power, and the tables will seriously topple if they ever let him back into the ‘real’ game. He’ll be virtually unbeatable at challanges, because he’s gone toe to toe wih almost everyone to stay alive at Redemption Island.

Thoughts?








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