The past couple days have been all new television, all the time. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but I always have grand plans before the new season that always, without fail, fall though. I forget when things are on, networks change schedules, and I watch my usual shows because I know when they’re on and that I like them. So no more talk about next season’s television for now—let’s focus on this season and celebrities!
Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie Fergalicious shows up on this week’s episode of The City. Snore. Whatevs.
Charlie Sheen is returning to Two and a Half Men—he was just holding out for more cash. Big sigh of relief, right?! Speaking of which…how long can that kid be considered half a man?
Lindsay Lohan has a new femme flame: model/photographer Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri, star of Bravo’s upcoming reality series Double Exposure (a “docu-series” about Indrani and her partner (and former lover) Markus Klinko; together they form a photography duo and will give viewers a “taste of the world of high fashion and celebrity photography.”). Indrani has never had a relationship with a woman before, but finds Lindsay “’fascinating, gorgeous, and extremely smart, as well as super-hot.’” She must be thinking of the Lindsay Lohan circa Mean Girls. I blame Samantha Ronson for all of this.
And finally: tonight on The Hills, Kristin Cavallari confronts Heidi Montag about crazyass Spencer Pratt being a crazyass! It probably will not be as awesome as it sounds, but (sigh), I’ll watch anyway.
Gotta admit: last night’s Grammy Awards kept me anchored-and-grooving on the sofa for over three hours. Okay, they definitely hacked away the actual awards content (sorry Jazz and Classical categories!), but the performances were stellar with very few exceptions (looking at you, Taylor Swift).
Crazy ol’ Lady Gaga and crazy ol’ Sir Elton John covered Gaga’s “Speechless” and John’s “Your Song” on dueling pianos. Gaga’s silly, but girl has talent. - VIDEO
Green Day joined with the cast oftheAmerican Idiot musical to wail and jam to their hit “21 Guns”. - VIDEO
Beyonce made history by taking home six awards last night - go, B!Still going strong, her mash-up of “If I Were A Boy” and Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” was soul-beltingly, hair-whippingly fierce. - VIDEO
Pink (or is it still P!nk?) needs to join Cirque Du Soleil after another perfectly sung, aerial acrobatic number for her tune “Glitter In the Air”. - VIDEO
The Black Eyed Peas kept the energy up with “Imma Be” and “I Gotta Feeling”. - VIDEO
Country duo Lady Antebellum did a heartfelt rendition of their balladic ode to drunk dialing: “Need You Now.” - VIDEO
In a random but “GET ON YOUR FEET!” number, Jamie Foxx auto-tuned, T-Pain rapped, Doug E. Fresh beatboxed and Slash shredded the “November Rain” guitar solo for “Blame It (on the Alcohol)”. - VIDEO
The country group, The Zac Brown Band, gave me absolute goosebumps with their opening of “America the Beautiful”. Then, Leon Russell and his beard rolled out to accompany them for ”Dixie Lullaby” and ”Southern Fried”. - VIDEO
The night hit the first (and worst) low point of the evening when award magnet, Taylor Swift, got on stage to sing. I love “You Belong With Me”, but literally every time I see this girl perform, she’s off-key. Unfortunately, last night was no exception. First, she messed up her own song, “Today Was a Fairytale,” and then - blasphemy of all blasphemies - her surprise collaborator was… Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac! WTF? The legend herself had to endure Taylor wonking up the Mac classic “Rhiannon” and then Nicks had to play back-up tambourine (bah!) for their hokey duet of “You Belong With Me”. …Yeah, cuz when we think of “pop ditties about high school teen crushes”, we immediately think of Stevie Nicks. Both women deserved a different singing partner. So disappointing. - VIDEO
Next came the 3-D tribute to Michael Jackson, featuring Celine Dion, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and Carrie Underwood. The gang gave a heartfelt rendition of MJ’s “Earth Song” (his vocals were also incorporated in the mix) but without the 3-D glasses, everything came out red/blue blurry. - VIDEO
Bon Jovi gave his first Grammy performance, starting with “We Weren’t Born to Follow” before dueting with Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles (love her!) for “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”. Then, we learned that America had voted for Bon Jovi to sing *drumroll* …duh! Their anthem: “Livin’ On a Prayer” - woot woot! - VIDEO
In support of Haiti, Andrea Bocelli began with a beautiful, Italian rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” before welcoming Mary J. Blige for a powerhouse, power-lunged duet. Those two got some PIPES. - VIDEO
The Dave Matthews Band sang “You and Me”, backed by an orchestra of talented high school musicians. - VIDEO
Maxwell brought out the falsetto for “Pretty Wings” and then Ms. Roberta Flack came aboard to sing “Where is the Love?”. - VIDEO
Guitar Hero Jeff Beck and singer Imelda May took on “How High the Moon.” - VIDEO
The ceremony’s final performance came from Lil Wayne, Eminem, Drake and Travis Barker (on the drums). CBS censored a bunch of the lyrics, but the guys had a blast on-stage. - VIDEO
Good times. List of winners below, and vote for your favorite performance of the evening!
Album Of The Year I Am…Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé The E.N.D., The Black Eyed Peas The Fame, Lady Gaga Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King, Dave Matthews Band WINNER: Fearless, Taylor Swift
Best Female Pop Vocal “Hometown Glory,” Adele WINNER: “Halo,” Beyonce
“Hot N Cold,” Katy Perry
“You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration “Ego,” Beyonce and Kanye West
“Knock You Down,” Keri Hilson, Kanye West, Ne-Yo WINNER: “Run This Town,” Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Rihanna “I’m on a Boat,” The Lonely Island and T-Pain
“Dead and Gone,” T.I. and Justin Timberlake
Best Rock Album Black Ice, AC/DC Live From Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood WINNER:21st Century Breakdown, Green Day Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King, Dave Matthews Band No Line On The Horizon, U2
Best Pop Vocal Album WINNER: The E.N.D., The Black Eyed Peas Breakthrough, Colbie Caillat
All I Ever Wanted, Kelly Clarkson The Fray, The Fray Funhouse, Pink
Record of the Year “Halo,” Beyoncé
“I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas WINNER: “Use Somebody,” Kings Of Leon
“Poker Face,” Lady Gaga
“You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift
Best Comedy Album Back From The Dead, Spinal Tap WINNER: A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!, Stephen Colbert
Internet Leaks, ”Weird Al” Yankovic
My Weakness Is Strong, Patton Oswalt
Suckin’ It For The Holidays, Kathy Griffin
Tall, Dark & Chicano, George Lopez
Best New Artist
WINNER: Zac Brown Band
The Ting Tings
Best Dance Recording “Boom Boom Pow,” The Black Eyed Peas
“When Love Takes Over,” David Guetta & Kelly Rowland WINNER: “Poker Face,” Lady Gaga “Celebration,” Madonna
“Womanizer,” Britney Spears
Best Electronic/Dance Album WINNER: The Fame, Lady Gaga Divided By Night, Crystal Method One Love, David Guetta Party Rock, LMFAO Yes, Pet Shop Boys
Best Country Album The Foundation, Zac Brown Band
Twang, George Strait WINNER: Fearless, Taylor Swift Defying Gravity, Keith Urban Call Me Crazy, Lee Ann Womack
Song Of The Year “Poker Face,” Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters
“Pretty Wings,” Hod David & Musze, Songwriters WINNER: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, Songwriters
“Use Somebody,” Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters
“You Belong With Me,” Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters
Best Alternative Music Album Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, David Byrne & Brian Eno The Open Door, Death Cab For Cutie
Sounds Of The Universe, Depeche Mode WINNER: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Phoenix
It’s Blitz!, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Best R&B Album WINNER: Blacksummer’s Night, Maxwell The Point of It All, Anthony Hamilton Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics, India.Arie Turn Me Loose, Ledisi Uncle Charlie, Charlie Wilson
Best Contemporary R&B Album
WINNER: I Am…Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé Intuition, Jamie Foxx
The Introduction Of Marcus Cooper, Pleasure P Ready, Trey Songz Thr33 Ringz, T-Pain
Best Rap Album Universal Mind Control, Common WINNER: Relapse, Eminem R.O.O.T.S., Flo Rida The Ecstatic, Mos Def The Renaissance, Q-Tip
Best Metal Performance WINNER: “Dissident Aggressor,”Judas Priest “Set to Fail,” Lamb of God
“Senior Peligro,” Ministry
“Hate Worldwide.” Slayer
“Head Crusher,” Megadeth
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual Or Group Quartet Live, Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow & Antonio Sanchez Brother To Brother, Clayton Brothers WINNER: Five Peace Band — Live, Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Five Peace Band Remembrance, John Patitucci Trio The Bright Mississippi, Allen Toussaint
Best Gospel Performance ”Free To Be Me,” Francesca Battistelli
”Jesus Is Love,” Heather Headley Featuring Smokie Norful
”I Believe,” Jonny Lang With Fisk Jubilee Singers WINNER: ”Wait On The Lord,” Donnie McClurkin Featuring Karen Clark Sheard ”Born Again,” Third Day Featuring Lacey Moseley
Best Latin Pop Album 5to Piso, Ricardo Arjona Te Acuerdas…, Francisco Céspedes WINNER: Sin Frenos, La Quinta Estación Hu Hu Hu, Natalia Lafourcade Gran City Pop, Paulina Rubio
Best Contemporary Blues Album This Time, The Robert Cray Band
The Truth According To Ruthie Foster, Ruthie Foster Live: Hope At The Hideout, Mavis Staples
Back To The River, Susan Tedeschi WINNER:Already Free, The Derek Trucks Band
Best Reggae Album Rasta Got Soul, Buju Banton
Brand New Me, Gregory Isaacs
Awake, Julian Marley WINNER: Mind Control — Acoustic, Stephen Marley
Imperial Blaze, Sean Paul
Best Americana Album Together Through Life, Bob Dylan WINNER: Electric Dirt, Levon Helm Willie And The Wheel, Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel Wilco (The Album), Wilco Little Honey, Lucinda Williams
Best Contemporary World Music Album Welcome To Mali, Amadou & Mariam WINNER: Throw Down Your Heart: Tales From The Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3 — Africa Sessions, Béla Fleck
Day By Day, Femi Kuti
Seya, Oumou Sangare Across The Divide: A Tale Of Rhythm & Ancestry, Omar Sosa
Best Musical Album For Children American Heroes #3, Jonathan Sprout Banjo To Beatbox, Cathy & Marcy With Special Guest Christylez Bacon WINNER: Family Time, Ziggy Marley Great Day, Milkshake Jumpin’ & Jammin’, Greg & Steve Pete Seeger Tribute — Ageless Kids’ Songs, Buck Howdy
Best Classical Album Bernstein: Mass, Marin Alsop, conductor WINNER: Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloé, James Levine, conductor Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges, Alastair Willis, conductor Shostakovich: The Nose, Valery Gergiev, conductor
Calling all music lovers, the 52nd Grammy Awards are on this Sunday!
Expect a ton of stars to attend and perform: a little Gaga here, some B.E.P. over there, here a Green Day, there an Elton John, everywhere a T-Pain! Not to mention a 3-D tribute (wtf?) to Michael Jackson and a Bon Jovi performance that viewers can determine (how can you consider anything other than “Livin’ On a Prayer”? Vote at CBS.com)!
Beyonce leads the pack with 10 nominations, but folks are predicting that Miss Taylor Swift will be snatching up an armful of clunky, gold, phonograph-shaped trophies for her album Fearless. This has really been Taylor’s year (even the Kayne West/MTV Video Music Awards fiasco ended up being a “Team Taylor!”-rallying blessing for her).
Album of the Year » Beyoncé, I Am … Sasha Fierce » The Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D. » Lady Gaga, The Fame » Dave Matthews, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King » Taylor Swift, Fearless
Record of the Year » Beyoncé, “Halo” » The Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling” » Kings of Leon, “Use Somebody” » Lady Gaga, “Poker Face” » Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”
Song of the Year » Beyoncé, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” » Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me” » Lady Gaga, “Poker Face” » Maxwell, “Pretty Wings” » Kings of Leon, “Use Somebody”
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals » The Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling” » Bon Jovi, “We Weren’t Born to Follow” » The Fray, “Never Say Never” » Hall & Oates, “Sara Smile” » MGMT, “Kids”
Catch the Grammy Awards this Sunday, January 31st, 8PM ET/PT on CBS. And vote in our poll for who YOU’D like to see take home the Album of the Year award!
Ho hum. It’s Monday morning and I have nary a Mad Men episode to recap. I’ve lost all sense of purpose in life.
To fill the void, let’s watch this clip of January Jones (that’s disgruntled housewife Betty Draper!) playing beer pong last week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:
Ha! Seems as though the blond beauty is well-versed in the pong. Howevs, to be honest, I was a bit disappointed by how not fun Jones seemed on the show. Sure, she’s playing beer pong, but still, acting sort of dull and serious. I believe my cohort Erin had a similar experience while watching Jones on Oprah.
Perhaps we just can’t see past the Betty Draper facade. Or maybe Jones is just one of those babes whose terrible jokes always get laughed at by the boys because she’s hot. No more of that, please.
The actress also hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend, with musical guest Black Eyed Peas. I have yet to view the episode, but will be doing so later today. Let’s watch! We’ll see who has the last laugh.
What the WHAT? America is always stanking things up! I’m okay with who went home tonight on So You Think You Can Dance (Randi “unitard girl” Strong-Evans and my Hawaiian honey, Kupono Aweau), but I’m very disappointed that Melissa & Ade were in the bottom! Haters. More ranting below and of course, videos from tonight’s show (by MJ):
GROUP DANCE: (song: “So Much Betta by Janet Jackson) - The gang do some dramatic pop jazzy dance which is filled with pan-Asian stereotypes: red lanterns, conical hats, geisha-style hair/make-up/attire, dragon ladies, ninjas. I found myself wondering, “Where are the firecrackers and Lion dancers? Why isn’t Mr. Miyagi there teaching Crane kicks to Mulan?” Ugh. It was aight and featured Melissa in her ballerina glory as some…high-ranking geisha princess? I couldn’t follow the story, I was too busy placing bets that Sonya Tayeh choreographed it. But I was wrong and I guess the Asian stereotypes in the dance are supposed to be ok because Wade & Amanda Robson did it and she has some sort of Asian background. *GONG!* VIDEO
Cat is having one of those “off” nights cuz her hair is a hot, tangled mess, she looks tired, and someone dressed her in an ill-fitting, deflated discoball. Remember her bob hairstyle last week? That was good. Tonight? Not so much. Anyway, Cat announces that last season of SYTYCD received 4 Emmy nominations for the Choreography category, and one for Make-up. Watching clips from last season served as a reminder that this season’s dancers may be technically skilled, but the personalities on the majority of em? Like watching paint dry. VIDEO
It gets worse! Nigel is gone to receive an honorary doctorate in England, so it’s just Mary and Debbie tonight. Hm. Not the same. It ain’t sh!t without that Brit.
Ok, who’s in the bottom? Tonight the two guys and two gals with the lowest number of votes must DANCE FOR THEIR LIVES. Oh wait a tick. No they don’t because America’s already decided who’s leaving. I must amend the name for these elimination solos…It’s more like they DANCE FOR NO REASON beyond being asked to by the show. *shrug* I miss the DANCING FOR THEIR LIVES. Anyway, we start with the Top 5 ladies and learn that Randi and Melissa are in the girls’ Bottom 2. Actually, come to think of it, America may have gotten this right. I like old-ass Melissa but I wasn’t into her Broadway number last night and thought her solo was too slow-lo. I agree Randi deserves to be there. VIDEO
Then, more plugs for the fall Season 6. Some girl named Mollee from Utah moved her whole family to Cali just so she could have more dance opportunities. Her audition is scrambled and flawed, imo. But she’s bubbly like Kellie Pickler so I assume they let her through to Vegas. VIDEO
Now it’s the Top 5 dudes on stage. We learn that Kupono is in the bottom (sadly, I agree), but then Evan is SAFE?? Wtf. That puts poor Ade in the Bottom and I’m piiiiiissed. Dear Evan’s fanbase: you’re clearly massive, but you’re wrong! Evan is not interesting and is a far cry from Ade’s skill level, especially in considering who deserves to stay til the end. Lame! VIDEO
SOLO DANCES: Wait, did the dancers always re-do the exact same solo from the previous night in past seasons? That’s stupid! So we have to watch them do the exact same solo! Rerun! We can’t ask them to create one more 1-minute number when they DANCE FOR NO REASON? (Hm, I guess that answers my question - why should they waste energy to come up with dance if it won’t win them votes…).
Randi’s solo - “Dream” by Priscilla Ahn - Like last night, I’m not too wowed by it. I’m also still bothered by the fact that it’s the exact same dance as last night. Where’s the entertainment in it? VIDEO
Kupono’s solo - “Marina Gasolina” by Bonde Do Rola - He was a bit stronger than last night, and his outfit is equally ridiculous. However, his pants are so low, I can see his male mons veneris and it’s very distracting. VIDEO
Melissa’s solo - “Gabriel” by Lamb - Yup, still slow ballet and boring. She needs to be more creative (like last week) to get the fans behind her. There was a flirty moment at the end between Melissa and Cat - what was that about? Get a room, ladies! VIDEO
Ade’s solo - “Unchained Melody” by Righteous Brothers. Mary and Debbie are in love with him (me too!) and the crowd goes wild for his solo. So why is he in the Bottom 2 again?? VIDEO
The Black Eyed Peas perform “I’ve Got a Feeling” and there are enough wacko things going on that I started laughing out loud at my screen: will.i.am’s continual, almost-self-conscious smoothing of his crooked haircut, Fergie’s usual butterface and twirling a feathered baton for no reason, ugs & androgynous background dancers and creepy Taboo wearing a red leather Michael Jackson jacket. Then confetti explodes from the ceiling. Sure, why not. VIDEO
ELIMINATED: Randi Strong-Evans and Kupono Aweau. Randi, I will not miss your stockiness and unitards. But I’m bummed that I *just* realized you sorta look like Jennifer Aniston. Kupono, I will miss you and even your too-frequent *tilt head up* “WOOOO!”s, but I don’t really ever want to see your pubic area again. Pull up yo pants. VIDEO
Next week Mia Michaels will be a guest judge AND so will talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres (WTF?). I’m confused. And then next Thursday is the 100th episode of So You Think You Can Dance, so it’ll be a big deal and Katie Holmes will dance a tribute to Judy Garland. I’m kinda cringing, just in case of suckage.
We open with the Top 20 doing a hip hop routine choreographed by none other than America’s Best Dance Crew judge Shane “You smashed it!” Sparks to the inescapable summer jam “Boom Boom Pow” by the Black Eyed Peas. Methinks it was some sort of glammy-rock hobo alley act (VIDEO)? There was trash all over the stage, raccoon eyeliner and lots of “prowling” movements. I’unno. I *do* know that the SYTYCD strategy of, “OMFG! Maybs if we make our cameras jolty and shaky, it’ll add excitement to the dances!” is ANNOYING. I should tweet my feedback to Nigel himself, dammit!
Then we got to learn a little bit more about the dancers - things like the guys are prone to waterfall sweats and Melissa Sandvig does gross man-burps (VIDEO).
Kayla Radomski & MaxKapitanniko, Randi Strong-Evans & Evan Kasprzak and Jeanine Mason & Phillip Chbeeb are all safe (VIDEO). No real surprise there, they were the best performers last night.
Jason Glover & Caitlin Kinney, Melissa Sandvig & Ade Obayomi and Ashley Valerio & KuponoAweau are also safe. I like all three of these couples, so I’m stoked they survived! That leaves cutie-patootie Tony Bellisimo & Paris Torres shut out in the cold - Bottom 3 Couplesville for them. They didn’t seem too shocked (probs based on the judges’ “mehhhh” feedback of their hip hop routine last night), but had to get focused on doing a solo DANCE FOR THEIR LIVES (VIDEO).
Next, we learn that Janette Manrara & Brandon Bryant are safe (thank god - I hope they get to explode in a more upbeat number next week)! That means the final two couples in the Bottom 3 are Asuka Kondoh & Vitolio Jeune and Karla Garcia & JonathanPlatero. I agree with the former, but I really enjoyed Karla & Jonathan’s sassy Cha-Cha, so I am bummed they’re not winning more votes (VIDEO).
Every Thursday, SYTYCD will feature professional dance specialists. Tonight it was a whippy-kicky Tango with a niiiice lift at the end by Miriam Larici & Leonardo Barrionuevo (VIDEO).
Next, four of the contestants DANCE FOR THEIR LIVES: Paris does standard contemporary shtuff (song: ”It Doesn’t Hurt” by Katie Thompson), Tony does some frenetic/so-so hip hop (song: ”Early in the Morning” by the Gap Band), Asuka jives in a bra and tries too hard to look sexy (song: ”Did Ya” by BoA) and Vitolio leaps and splits and spins with lots of power (song: ”We Belong Together” by Gavin DeGraw) (VIDEO).
After commercial, we see the final two solos: Karla does a contemporary dance and does a standing split twice so I guess it’s her signature move (song: ”Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin). Jonathan does some flips and salsas solo is an awkward manner. Poor ballroom dancers (song: ”Krazy” by Pitbull). The judges deliberate to decide which guy and which gal must peace the heck out (VIDEO). Sean Kingston performs “Fire Burning” while they discuss (VIDEO).
ELIMINATED: Paris Torres and Tony Bellisimo (VIDEO).
Shucks, I’ll miss Tony’s mischievous cute-face, but I agree that they were definitely the weaker pair. Asuka & Vitolio dodged the bullet for sure, but I see a lot of potential in them (especially in Vitolio) so I’m glad they’re around for another week of So You Think You Can Dance. Until next week, dancefiends!
At last! Tonight we got the first taste of what our So You Think You Can DanceTop 20 are capable of. There were some stand-outs and some burn-outs (ok, not that bad, but sounded cooler that way). Who will become “America’s Favorite Dancer” this season and take home the $250,000 prize? *dum dum DUMMM*
My BOTTOM 3 couples: Asuka & Vitolio, Tony & Paris and Brandon & Janette. Videos (by MJ’s Big Blog) and thoughts ahead:
Jeanine Mason & Phillip Chbeeb - Hip-Hop - Tabitha and Napoleon - “Mad” by Ne Yo (VIDEO): A lyrical hip hop routine about a couple who have an argument and need to “talk it out” before they fall asleep. Bad sign: I’ve already forgotten who Jeanine is *thinking, googling* Oh! Kay, she’s a cute Anne Hathaway look-alike and was able to hold her own with Chbeeb, the pop-locking King of Kings (as far as the judges are concerned). It was alright for me, but I tuned out in the middle cuz it wasn’t as emotionally compelling as some of Tabitha and Napoleon’s previous numbers (e.g., last season’s “No Air” with Katee & Joshua or “Bleeding Love” with Chelsea & Mark). The judges were really into it though.
Asuka Kondoh & VitolioJeune - Broadway - Tyce Diorio - “Hot Honey Rag” from Chicago (VIDEO): First of all, after seeing Tyce’s delight in giving rude, bitchy comments to auditioning dancers in past weeks, I now find him pretty obnoxious (and that floss-thin beard outline has GOT to go). But even if I liked him, I thought this choreography was too slow for the pippity-peppiness of the song. Beyond the choreography, the other issue was Asuka & Vitolio were doing as Nigel said: hitting their dance moves, but not putting enough energy and personality into the roles. As much as I like Vitolio, I worry for this couple. This was one of the weakest performances of the night - didn’t *grab* my attention.
Karla Garcia & JonathanPlatero - Cha-Cha - Tony Meredith - “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga (VIDEO): Ohmigoodness, Salsa dancer Jonathan is so cute! Like the missing, sweetheart Gotti son. Contemporary dancer Karla is really likeable too. The pair had great chemistry on this Cha-Cha. Weird putting it to “Poker Face” and what is WITH the wonky camera angles? But Karla & Jonathan brought a little “skanky ho” to this Cha-Cha and it totally worked! Not technically the best Cha-Cha I’ve ever seen, but it was sexy-sexy. I’d love to see these two move on for sure. And PS, I hope I wasn’t alone in snickering when Nigel said, “You two just exploded on that stage! Jonathan, when you came through Karla’s legs with the splits like that, you shocked everybody!” …THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!
Randi Strong-Evans & Evan Kasprzak - Jazz - Tyce Diorio - “I Only Have Eyes For You” by Jamie Callum (VIDEO): I know who Evan looks like! Marshall Flinkman from Alias (PIC)! Anyway, these two are the teeniest couple (especially when standing next to beanstalk Cat) but make a lovely pair. Even though they just met and Randi is married, the pint-sized duo had a nice connection and convincingly played a couple in lurve: y’know, lotsa intense, rolling around on each other and lifts. I’m glad to see Randi is leaving her dance unitards behind - maybe she’ll be leaving her hubby behind too, oh suh-nap j/k!
Paris Torres & TonyBellisimo - Hip-Hop - Tabitha & Napoleon - “Let the Beat Rock (Boys Noize Megamix)” by the Black Eyed Peas (VIDEO): So apparently Paris was in a car accident which has made her left leg numb from the knee down. Ouch - much respect, girl! Tony should’ve aced this since hip hop is his thang, but the number overall was “ehhhh”. The judges feel Tony needs to work harder on his “stank face”/playing the character AND improve his dancing. But he is sooo adorbs! Unfortunately, it can’t hide that this was another weak performance of the night.
Caitlin Kinney & Jason Glover - Bollywood - Nikuul - “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire (VIDEO): Seriously, Caitlin looks like LeAnn Rimes. Bollywood numbers are always fun to watch and it helps that they danced to the popular “Slumdog” theme song. An entertaining number for sure but I wasn’t as into it as the judges only because I thought Caitlin & Jason weren’t always synchronized, and sometimes I could see them lose character in trying to remember the steps. Still, they’re a cutie couple and deserve to move on.
Janette Manrara & Brandon Bryant - Foxtrot - Louis Van Amstel - “Come Fly With Me” by Michael Buble (VIDEO): Well, I was rooting for this pair because I looove Brandon (a.k.a. he of verbal beatdowns by Mia Michaels and Lil C) and his strength. I gotta say though, this number was pretty boring (he wasn’t technically that stellar and why shove Janette in a very chaste floor-length dress that hides her amazing leggy-legs?) until the last jaw-dropping lift/spin. Brandon literally had Janetteflying. So impressive, but not a real stand-out performance as a whole for me.
Ashley Valerio & Kupono Aweau - Jazz - Wade Robson - “Felt Mountain” by Goldfrapp (VIDEO): I adoreKupono - especially after this insanely creative and memorable “Crash Test Dummy” routine. No doubt that Wade Robson is a talented guy, but this eye-opening dance completely exceeded my expectations! So unique, bizarre and clever! Both Ashley & Kupono did a tremendous job playing the characters of these crash test dummies (metaphor for a relationship). They were like robotic ragdolls and constantly kept their hands not in “jazz hands” but in crash test dummy-style “jazz blades” - love it! I think it suited Kupono’s dance style perfectly. Heart!
Melissa Sandvig & Ade Obayomi - Contemporary - Mandy Moore - “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx (VIDEO): So “naughty ballerina” Melissa, will now play the role of “naughty OLD ballerina”. At 29, she’s the oldest dancer on the show, but hey - with her experience, she looks like a very good match for Ade - a powerful, gorgeous contemporary dancer. This was yet another contemporary number that put our dancers in silk pajamas and had them dance lovingly with one another. So thematically sort of lame, but with Ade & Melissa behind it, it was performed with extraordinary precision and passion. Some rad lifts up in there too! The judges ate it up! I’d like these two to stick around so I can see them in a more interesting number.
Kayla Radomski & Max Kapitanniko - Samba - Louis Van Amstel - “Jum Bah Day” by House of Gypsies (VIDEO): Wow, hot, hot, hot Samba! That was insanely good! Kayla was really sensational for someone who hasn’t had ballroom training. In audition footage she’s always a sweet/meek girl, but she really brought some fuego to the dancefloor and I was impressed by her confidence. I still miss seeing her darling crybaby of a grandpa, but I bet he was sobbing hysterically with pride after seeing her do that well. Max I can do without (sorry!), but I’d love to see Kayla continue. The dance definitely deserved the ride on the Hot Tamale Train!
Not a bad start at all! I’m excited by the potential of all of these dancers. Which guy and girl are going home tonight though? Find out by tuning in to So You Think You Can Danceat 9pm on FOX!
So ends Season 8 of American Idol! Unfortch, Idol demons have nested into my soul because I cannot get Kris Allen singing “No Boundaries” or “Vision of Love” out of my head. Get out of my brain, Kara DioGuardi music (auuuuugGGGH *swatting at head*)!
Top 13 sing “So What” by Pink (VIDEO): I wish they let Allison Iraheta do this as a solo, but instead we got the Top 13 dancing around like d-bags and ruining the song as per ushz.
David Cook sings “Permanent” (VIDEO): Didn’t watch last season of Idol, so I fast forwarded.
Anoop Desai, Alexis Grace & Top 13 sing “I’m Yours” with Jason Mraz - (VIDEO): Kinda awkward. I’m annoyed that this is the second time this season that they’ve bastardized this song in a group number.
Kris Allen and Keith Urban sing “Kiss the Girl” (VIDEO): Kris looked like a natural strumming alongside Nicole Kidman’s husband, but I fast forwarded. Heard it was good though.
Top 13 Girls and the Black Eyed Peas perform (VIDEO): The gals all looked hawt for “Glamorous” but it was a good reminder of why Jasmine Murray and Megan Joy were kicked out so soon. Yeesch! Then Fergie Ferg shoved the ladies to the background for “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and the Black Eyed Peas pumped up the jam with “Boom Boom Pow”.
Bikini Girl and Kara DioGuardi sing-off and bikini-off (VIDEO): Hello! This was a hilarious surprise. Y’all know I detested Bikini Girl from her first whorish audition, so to see under-appreciated fourth judge Kara DioGuardi burst out from backstage and totally out-sing her with “Vision of Love” was awesome. Say what you will about Kara as a judge/songwriter, but I love that she’s the only judge to walk the walk and SING in front of contestants live (yes, I’m talking to you, auto-tuned/lip-syncing Paula Abdul). Don’t miss the 2nd surprise at the end when Kara reveals that her body isn’t so bad either. I’m back on Team Kara.
Allison Iraheta and Cyndi Lauper sing “Time after Time” (VIDEO): This was a bit odd with the sit-down, stripped-down, Cyndi-playing-a-dulcimer performance because Allison is a “get up off your chair and rawk” singer, but it was a pretty duet and I lurved the canon/”round robin” section. Way to hold your own, Alli!
Danny Gokey duets with Lionel Richie - (VIDEO): Hello, it’s not you I’m looking for, Danny. The Lionel and Danny seemed to enjoy being equally cheesy together, but I didn’t recognize the duet song and was fast forwarding before it was over.
Adam Lambert performs with KISS - (VIDEO): So the “sweet” rock band that Adam was rumored to perform with was good ol’ (and I do mean old) KISS! Complete with face paint, pyrotechnics, guitar-smashing and Gene Simmons’ tongue. I love that Adam went all out with the guyliner, bejeweled eyes, glitter, ridonkulously high boots and some “dark angel wing” shoulder contraptions on. Work it, boy!
Carlos Santana and Top 13 perform - (VIDEO): Carlos jammed, Matt Giraud sang “Black Magic Woman”, and the gang sang “Smooth”. Eh. But loves me some Santana.
Ford Commercial - “I Will Remember You” (VIDEO): An attempt at nostalgia. Whatevs.
Megan Joy and Michael Sarver sing “Pretty Flowers” with Steve Martin (VIDEO): So apparently Steve Martin has a banjo album coming out (seriously) and wrote this folksy duet! Michael was struggling to keep up with the tempo, but it suited Megan’s warble really well.
Top 13 boys and Rod Stewart - (VIDEO): The moment I heard the boys shout-sing “IF YOU THINK I’M SEXY”, I hit fast forward. I’ve heard that Mr. Stewart went on to sing “Maggie May” forever and his voice was rough. Bullet dodged for me!
Adam Lambert and Kris Allen perform “We Are the Champions” with Queen (VIDEO): Methinks Brian May was rather enamored by Adam. Maybe we’ll see Adam Lambert in the next tour with Queen?
Kris Allen wins American Idol (VIDEO): You heard it! A smidge of a surprise, but I really didn’t believe Adam had it in the bag as much as the media and judges thought. Also, I’d rather hear Kris on the radio than Adam. Adam’s a sensational live performer, but on the airwaves? It can be a bit much. Both guys seem to genuinely support one another and I love the bromance. The loss is no skin off Adam’s back either - he’s so well-known and respected now that I’m sure a million opportunities will come his way.
Tonight is the final American Idolface-off between Adam Lambert and Kris Allen (a.k.a., the Shrieking Sexpot versus the Boy Next Door Who Asked You to Prom By Serenading You With a Song on His Guitar).
The title is really Adam’s to lose since he’s been the most consistently engaging (albeit polarizing) performer of the Idolseason, but Kris has a quiet confidence and rearranges songs just as creatively. He just does so in a (faaaar) less showy way.
It should be an interesting battle. Word from mjsbigblog is that tonight, each dude will sing three songs:
1. An encore of their fave jam (rumor is that Adam will sing “Mad World” - Kris should do “Ain’t No Sunshine”)
2. A song pick by Idolcreator Simon Fuller
3. The “coronation song” (written by judge Kara DioGuardi and titled “No Boundaries” - finally she’s put to good use!)
And what can we expect at the GRAND FINALE tomorrow? Guest musicians a-gogo, duets and the return of this year’s Top 13:
1. Adam Lambert will perform with a “sweet” rock group on the finale.
2. Kris Allen will duet with Keith Urban. 3. Allison Iraheta will duet with Cyndi Lauper (hollllaaaaa!).
4. Danny Gokey will duet with Lionel Richie.
5. The Top 13 will butcher/perform Santana’s “Smooth” and Pink’s “So What”
6. Other appearances by: Queen Latifah, Black Eyed Peas, David Cook, Steve Martin, Rod Stewart and Jason Mraz
Who will win? Kris could definitely upset and take the crown from Adam. Guess I’ve complained-and-watched all season, so I might as well tune in for the finale - let’s suffer together, friends. Tune in toAmerican Idoltonight and tomorrow!