Saturday, June 5, 2010

SYTYCD - Season 7 - All Stars

I must say how disappointed I am in the amount of hip-hop dancers that are vacant from this years auditions .... very depressing after seeing a hip-hop dancer and then a krumper win the show 2 years running and now not really a ONE that can compete with all these freaky contemporary dancers.  
Anywho....not to mention the fact that they are only looking for 10 dancers this year since they are changing the show style to include past contestants to pair up the actual contestants with like DWTS.   They flew threw 2 audition shows to ended up in Day 3 of Vegas week already.   We are now down to 56 dancers I think and they still have to pick ONLY 10 out of this bunch.... so sad, so few unknowns get picked but it is what it is....

Here is the list of previous contestants that will be joining us this season as the 
"professional dancer"

Contemporary Dancers:

Neil Haskell

Courtney Galiano

Ade Obayomi

Allison Holker

Mark Kanemura

Lauren Gottlieb

Kathryn McCormick

Ballroom Dancers:
Anya Garnis

Pasha Kovalev

Hip-Hop/Pop Locking/B-Boyz:

Comfort Fedoke

Twitch Boss

Dominic or D'Trix (One of my all time favs)
He is the one that went on with Hok (also former SYTYCD contestant) to form Quest Crew who stole Season 3 of ABDC with him:

We shall see what Season 7 brings!!!!  Whoo Hoo!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

American Idol Top 4 - Jaimie Foxx

I simply love Jaimie Foxx.   What a great entertainer all the way around!  He did another superb job at mentoring the contestants.  

I have a Logic & Design ilab to complete today so I'm just going to say really quick.......

Crystal Bowersox and Casey James had the best performances of the night for me!

 Big Mike may have just hit the end of his journey tonight!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

American Idol - Top 5 - Frank Sinatra Songs

Idol finally had a real mentor on the show!   I LOVE Harry Connick Jr. to bits and pieces.... Gotta love him!   
I loved watching the contestants with him, he's just so funny and down to earth!  Great show finally.....although not everyone had a great performance at all.   

The best of the night for me were Crystal, Mike and Lee.  

Casey was horribly pitchy!  

Aaron I just don't like. 

Lee I think did great and he finally showed lots and lots of personality!  I believe Crystal, Mike and Lee will be our top 3 and I wouldn't mind seeing Lee win everything.  The other two I would like to hear their music after the year of touring.  Lee I could stand hearing Idol songs for 2 years till he's done with his contracts.  Hehe

I think Casey or Aaron will be heading home.  It really just depends on fanbase at this point or "popularity!"   I believe that Aaron has that tween audience more than Casey so we will probably say goodbye to Casey tonight.

Casey James

Aaron Kelly

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

American Idol - Top 9 - Lennon/McCartney

Last nights performances were surprisingly good for me!!  I know a lot more Lennon/McCartney songs than I thought I did...just never knew the names of them!!  Ha!  With that being said here is what I thought of last night and my guesses for going home.

Aaron Kelly - This was probably his worst performance in my opinion!  Blah, blah and more blah.  He is not a song writer or at least he hasn't shown that he has song writing capabilities.  I love that the group calls him Yoda!  Love it!  He sang Long and Winding Road and this was the song I was least familiar with out of the bunch, but it was just so boring and his vocals weren't on point as usual.  I think this may be one of those cases where one bad performance will send him home!  MAYBE......he is loved by the Tweenies so we'll see!

Katie Stevens - She performed Let It Be and I have to admit it sounded really good.  I wish the judges would get off this genre kick and just let these kids sing!  I mean DANG!  I think her spin on this song was not a copycat, but just enough for her to showcase the voice she does have.  Not sure if it will be enough to save her as she's been bottom 3 for 2 weeks in a row now. 

Andrew Garcia - He performed Can't Buy Me Love and It was pretty good.  I think at times the band was too much and almost over powered him, but overall, not a bad performance.

Michael "Big Mike" Lynche - He sang Eleanor Rigby.  I had NO idea that was the name of that song!!!! HAHA  Anyway, it was a little pitchy in places but I still liked it!  The violins were great and I think he is coming into his own in a good way.

Crystal Bowersox - She sang Come Together and was the best performance of the night of course.  I Loved it.  The girl is just awesome, no matter what she does.

Tim Urban - Performed All My Lovin and didn't look like a stalker.  His vocals were good and it wasn't corny. OMG....It was OK.  NOW I'm really not so sure about Aaron! 

Casey James - Jealous Guy is what he chose to perform and man what a performance from him.  I expect Crystal and Big Mike to do good, Casey has been a wonderful addition to that list for me!!!  He's good looking and he's truly coming into himself as a performer as well.  The boy can play the heck out of the guitar can't he???  I love that they call him Goldilocks!!  Hilarious!

Siobhan Magnus - She picked Across the Universe and although she has a wonderful voice and sounded good it was totally boring for me.  But she has a great voice when she's not screaming.

Lee Dewyze - Sang Hey Jude.  This may not have been his best vocals but I love his voice and he is picking better songs and can we say the confidence is coming in play?!!  I'm sure if he keeps that up he will be one of the final 4 or 5.  

This is prolly the hardest bottom 3 selection of the season so far!!!   I have NO idea so I'm going to just go by the order that I like them....

Bottom 3: (in this order)
Siobhan Magnus
Andrew Garcia
Aaron Kelly

Aaron Kelly
Bad part is I don't think Aaron will go home due to the tweenies that vote, but in all honesty he was the worst performance of the night and SHOULD go home!  We'll see!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

American Idol - Top 10 - R&B

I have to admit that I enjoyed majority of the performances tonight. I liked the addition of the backstage camera.  It was nice to see their reactions afterward.   I wasn't sure how many of them would actually pull off tonight's R&B theme, but I was super excited to see Usher whose been doing this since he was what? 14??  Anywho, I have a few quick notes and a guess for going home tonight.

Siohban Magnus starts the show with Shaka Khan's Through the Fire.  Blah!  I expected her to actually do well on this song, but what a disappointment.  I don't think she'll be going home, but that was definitely NOT a good performance from her.   And seriously, I'm sick of the screaming notes.  Just sit and sing and stop trying to have a power note every single dang song!!!

Casey James came next with Hold On and I agree with the judges this was his best performance yet.  You could see he had total confidence in this performance and he really nailed it.

Big Mike sang India Aire's Ready for Love and I have to say he performed the heck outta that song!  Great vocals!!

Didi Benami sang Brokenhearted and I was very brokenhearted for her.  I think she may have done herself in this week IF Tim has more fans, which I doubt so she'll prolly be safe.  I really just do not like this girl...I agree with the judges that she has NO idea who she is and is just floating around like a stereotypical blonde. (No offense to my blonde friends, please!)

Tim Urban (Stalker) sang Anita Baker's Sweet Love.  WTF? and WHY?  He had absolutely no business trying this song unless he was going to change the arrangement enough to make it his own.  Otherwise who in the world told him that he could take on Anita Baker?? And I swear the guy is like a's creepy!

Andrew Garcia sang Chris Brown's Forever.  He went back to the acoustic sound and it was much better than he has been in a few weeks.  I think he did good at making it his own and avoided being a "copy cat" as Simon would say!  I like it.

Katie Stevens attempted to sing Aretha Franklin's Chain of Fools.  It actually wasn't bad and I really wish the judges would get the heck off this "young and current" kick.  The kid has a bluesy soul type voice and I think she is picking songs she knows matches her vocals.  I don't think she will win, but she does have a good voice and minus the horrendous outfit she had on she did OK.

Lee Dewyze sang Treat her Like a Lady and I enjoyed it completely.  I love the texture of his voice and he owned the song last night!  Great performance from him this week.

Crystal Bowersox sang Gladys Night's Midnight Train to Georgia.  The girl blew me away with her vocals tonight.  I mean she's been my favorite all along, but the vocals tonight caught me off guard and were superb!  I liked the change in her outfit and stage presence for the fact that she fit the R&B category.... judges are so confusing sometimes, it's just annoying!!!  Either way, her and Mike were the best performances of the night!

Aaron Kelly decided to go with Ain't no Sunshine and maybe if he was a little older and could really relate to the words of the song it would have came over better, otherwise, blah.  He just wasn't feeling it enough or wasn't able to project the energy well enough.  I'm still saying he's just too young with not enough experience.  

My favorite perfomances of the night were (in this order):
Crystal Bowersox
 Big Mike
 Casey James 
Lee Dewyze
 Andrew Garcia 

My guesses for bottom 3 is:
Katie Stevens
 Didi Benami
Tim Urban  
My guess for going home is:
 Tim Urban
If there are any curve balls thrown at us, I could see Siobhan in the bottom 3, but getting sent back as the first one safe.
I could also see Didi go home over TimTim although stalkerish does have better pitch in his performances. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

American Idol - Top 11- Billboard #1s

I just have a moment to make a quick few notes.

I am completely loving Ms Bowersox. Great performance last night!

I'm not sure how many more times I want to hear Siobhan scream a note for a few seconds every single pereformance!

Aaron Kelly, even though he's a tweeny I have to say he was not half bad at all last night!

I also like Michael Lynche and Katie Stevens. They didn't have "awesome" performances but they are good all the same.

Casey is borderline for me. Great voice and he's OK to look at but now wow factor just yet.  I loved it when he told Miley he was a fan of her dad's!!!  Funny!!

My guesses for Bottom 3 are:
Paige Miles
Tim Urban
Andrew Garcia

We will probably be saying goodbye to:
Tim Urban

Maybe Paige, not sure which has more fans between the two...and he beat her last week, so.... just saying!!! 
I thought about Didi as well for bottom 3, but I think she has more fans than Andrew so she still has a minute before gracing that lovely bottom 3!

I don't even have enough time to comment about Miley Cyrus as a mentor! Wow American Idol. Just Wow!  She didn't do as bad as I thought she would, but still .... hmmm not sure!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Understanding the PT-INR Test

Understanding the PT-INR Test

Marie B. Walker

January, 2004

If you have ever undergone oral anticoagulation therapy, you have most likely heard of the PT-INR test, but you may not understand what it is and/or what it means. This article will attempt to explain the PT-INR test.

First let's talk about the PT test. PT stands for prothrombin time. It is a measure of how quickly blood clots. The traditional method for performing a PT test is to have your blood drawn and sent to a lab. At the lab, a substance called a reagent is added to your blood. The reagent causes the blood to begin clotting. The PT result is the time in seconds that is required for the blood to clot.

There are a variety of reagents that can be used when a PT test is performed. Since each of these reagents works a bit differently, a PT result obtained with one reagent cannot be compared to a PT result obtained with another reagent. To account for the different reagents, the result of a PT test must be converted into standard units that can be compared regardless of the reagent used. These standard units are known as INR units.

INR stands for International Normalized Ratio. As its name suggests, one INR result can be compared to another INR result regardless of how or where the result was obtained. So, the INR is really just the standard unit used to report the result of a PT test.

There are a few things worth mentioning about the INR. First, an individual whose blood clots normally and who is not on anticoagulation should have an INR of approximately 1. The higher your INR is, the longer it takes your blood to clot. In other words, as the INR increases above a given level, the risk of bleeding and bleeding-related events increases. On the other hand, as the INR decreases below a given level, the risk of clotting events increases.

The ideal target INR range will vary from person to person depending on a variety of factors such as the reason for taking anticoagulants, other medical conditions, and a number of other issues. Your anticoagulation clinician will determine the appropriate INR range for you. The most common INR target range for someone on warfarin is somewhere between 2.0 and 4.0. INRs of 5 or more typically are avoided because the risk of bleeding increases significantly at INRs above 5.

Once your clinician has established an appropriate target INR range for you, he/she will adjust your anticoagulation therapy to keep your INR in the target range. If your INR rises above the high-end of your range, your risk of bleeding and bleeding related events may start to increase. If your INR falls below the low-end of your target range, your risk of forming a blood clot may increase.

Numerous factors can affect your INR, so it is important that you keep your clinician up-to-date on any changes in your life. For example, you should notify your clinician before starting new prescription or non-prescription drugs, including herbal remedies. Also, you should notify your clinician of changes in your diet, exercise regimen, alcohol use, tobacco use, etc. Good communication with your clinician will help you keep your anticoagulation therapy on track. For more information about oral anticoagulation therapy, please review the About Warfarin section of our website.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Top 12 - Rolling Stones - Results

Since I am currently still stuck in a hospital bed, I'm going to write this during the show, or at least try.  I do still have an Economics essay due tomorrow at midnight so maybe this will get me rolling with the writing. 

Ryan and Simon crack me up.  I'm not sure if they are truly enemies or friends...they always seem so serious!!  All the judges prolly hate him when he puts them on the spot with his little smart remarks and such.

David Cook comes out and performs Jumping Jack Flash by the Rolling Stones and kinda shows everyone of the idols how it's suppose to be done!!!  He is really excited about this album, huh?  I may just have to check it out.

Well, I forgot about naming Bottom 3 yesterday..I just took a guess on who was going to go home.  Oooops....If I have time to continue my blog once I'm out of the hospital I won't forget next time.  (I really want to write about this hospital stay too)

Ford commercial was pretty kewl.  I will never ever in my life buy a Ford, but I do like the colors on the cars in the commercial.  The contestants also had an opportunity to create a custom design for a Ford Fusion, and they all seem to have pretty creative ideas in that aspect.  

And now on to finding out who our Bottom 3 are:
First up is Paige Miles and Ryan asks about her voice before slinging her to the Bottom 3.

Next is Lee Dewyze, Ryan asks him about the advice Simon gave him and he said he agreed that he needs to have a "let it all loose" type performance then Ryan informs him he's Safe

Siobhan Magnus is, to nobody's surprise, Safe.  Ellen advised that her uniqueness is what they like about her.  She's not struggling to figure out who she is, she already knows.

Aaron Kelly of course is Safe (Ryan cannot sing at all!!!)  I shouldn't even bother commenting on him being like Justin Timberlake....PUULLEEEASE!!!!  I don't think so!!  JT has MAD talent that kid only wishes he possessed from what I've seen.  He hasn't even presented himself as a song writer in any type of way.  Am I being too hard on the tweenie??  Oh well, can't stand their bubble gum stuff!!

Andrew Garcia and Tim Urban are asked to both stand. Kara babbles some kinda crud about them both being really bad last night and then Ryan just slaps Tim to the Bottom 3.

I have NO idea what the rock chick's name was.  Don't think I've ever heard the song she performed before either.  Her vocals weren't all that great IMO.  Too bad we can't send her home.  Seriously?  She got to work with MJ??  Oh well, not impressed with that performance what so ever...lucky her!

Didi Benami with her I'm so much sweeter than you demeanor (GAG, finger down throat) is safe.  It hit me tonight while she was talking about her mom being in the audience that she's just annoyingly fake to me.  I don't believe a word that comes out of her mouth.  Just the aura I get!

Crystal Bowersox is giving me some ideas on styling my dreads...hmmm, I kinda like the little bit of regular hair in the front...hmmm after 10 years I may try something new, we'll see.  Anywho, of course she is safe, but not after explaining again that she has never thought she had this competition in the bag, she is just enjoying herself doing her.

Katie Stevens has no choice but to be confused the way the judges are tossing her around.  Kara thinks she's an R&B/Pop gal (NOT) and Simon says she should go Country.  Either way the girl is safe but prolly more confused than she wanted to be at this point. LOL  Her "sweetness" comes off as fake to me too, but I'm prolly just being overly judgemental as I'm so ready to get out of this damn hospital bed!!!

Michael Lynche is a total HAM and we are just going to have to get used to his corny ways as long as he pulls his vocals off.  He will prolly not win due to being corny, but I think he has a huge fan base already because of his baby being born on National TV (sorta) Either way Big Mike is safe.

Casey James and Lacey Brown are asked to stand and Lacey is sent to the Bottom 3.

Ryan asks the judges if they would save any of the Bottom 3 with the judges save.  Ellen gives an iffy yes and Simon flat out said that there was only ONE out of the 3 that he would use the save on....I'm guessing he's speaking about Paige considering he likes her voice AND she's suffering from Laryngitis.

Tim then gets sent back to the couch as the one SAFE out of the 3.  I'm getting excited thinking I may be correct on my guess to go home at this point...hehe  (I did guess Lacey, right?)

Another performer that I've never heard of....boy am I out of the loop on what's playing on the radio.....hmmmm  Prolly a good thing...more GARBAGE IMO.  And my husband's awesome vocals and creativity still remain undiscovered but this garbage gets played over and over ....Arrghhh!!

Paige Miles is safe and Lacey Brown has to sing for the judges to see if she can earn her save.

Doesn't happen.  Simon advises that they were completely unanimous and they will NOT be using their save on her.  YAY!!
Good luck Lacey in whatever you end up doing with your career!!

Lacey Brown

Top 12 - Rolling Stones

So we have finally made it to the Top 12....Top 10 soon to follow.  There are quite a few folks that I wouldn't mind not seeing on tour so my hope is that the people that I've dubbed my "likes" stay safe till the Top 10.  I'm not sure what to expect with Rolling Stones night...I am not familiar enough with all their music to say that I will know all the songs picked tonight!  So here we go.......

Michael Lynche - He sang Miss Me and it was OK for me. At least it didn't suck.  Simon advised he was kinda corny with his dancing.  I think for the most part he's good enough to move on and he definitely knows what type of artist he wants to be and I think he'll be successful in whatever he puts out.  This performance however did not WOW me and at this point those are the type of performances I'm looking for every week, it's a must!!

Didi Benami - She chose to sing Playing with Fire.  The arrangement was OK, she did her thing with it and actually sounded OK.  She got kinda lost pitch wise in the middle, but overall OK job.  Still no WOW factor for me where she's concerned.  I like the texture of her voice, but she is just not pulling me in the way I want her to.  I have to agree that this is probably her best performance for me, but it was still just an OK overall performance.

Casey Jones - It's All Over Now was his song choice.  He made a blues/country sorta rock rendition of it and it was really good.  I liked it.  I love his bluesy sound!!  Ellen is making a very good judge IMO.  She made a crack about how girls will definitely vote for him, but then people like her and then she just paused....of course you assume she's speaking of her sexuality but then she says "blonde"...haha  Anywho, Casey is good although not really my genre of music, he's still good.

Lacey Brown - She sang Ruby Tuesday.  I just really don't care for her mousey voice.  She's ok if you like her voice, but I'm not interested.  I love her style and her look, but her voice is terribly annoying to me. 

Andrew Garcia - He sang Gimme Shelter.  Good choice for him I thought, but it was a little pitchy in places.  I think he messed himself up by doing the Straight Up song during auditions because he doesn't have anything else just as strong or better to keep him in the running.  We are expecting Straight Up performances every week and he really didn't have that arsenal waiting like we were hoping.

Katie Stevens - Wild Horses is her song choice.  What a totally boring arrangement of what could have been an awesome performance for her.  She has a good voice, but that was not a WOW performance for me at all.  Something about this girl I just don't believe.  I think she may have all her family dupped as well...hehe

Tim Urban - He sang Under My Thumb. I just have to say he totally looks like a creepy demon character from Supernatural or Charmed or something....I don't know what it is about him when he performs that's just scary.  I completely loved that arraingment of the song and prolly sounded the best he has all competition IMO.  Judges didn't like it at all, but maybe since I don't really know the original it was OK for me.  Besides Reggae is my heart so I was impressed he was able to pull it off with the vocals.  Good thing I'm not a Stones fanatic, huh Simon??

Siobhan Magnus - Paint it Black which was a great song choice I thought.  There was a pitchy moment in her lower register for a split second, but then she got into the song and I really liked it.  That outfit she had on you either love her or not....that was just wild, but she made it work for her and the performance of the song.  I love her's quirky and kinda loveable.  Hands down the best performance of the night IMO.  I would just warn her against trying to have one huge note in every song...that will get played out to me, really fast!!

Lee DeWyze -  Beast of Burden was a good song choice for him and I really thought he did a good job with the song.  Maybe he could have rocked it out a bit more, but I love his raspy rock voice and I think he did it well.  He does need to hit us with a WOW soon or he will be leaving before the top 6.

Paige Miles - Honkey Tonk Woman was her song choice...there are jokes that I'm just NOT going to make here, but anyone who knows me knows just what I'm thinking.....LOL.  After that being said I actually liked it and thought she did OK.  The fact that she has Laryngitis and performed that well, I give her mad props and so did the judges.  

Aaron Kelly - He choose to sing Angie and he has an awesome voice, but kinda boring.  I just can't get past the tweeny bopper thing, but maybe he'll have a wow moment in a couple weeks for me.  Great vocals though I will give the kid that as well as a smart song choice.  He maybe finally realizes he can sing, but he doesn't have a huge voice in any kinda way.  Nothing like Mick Jagger.

Crystal Bowersox - She sang You can't Always Get What you Want.  To me she's ready to hit someone's studio and just start recording her music.  I'm thinking she's going to come out like India.Aire or somewhere along those lines as long as she doesn't win and let Idol producers stifle her.  I don't want to see her leave till about 3 or 4 like Daughtry though.  She will always be my favorite so in that case I do not want her to win.

So who do you think will be leaving tomorrow night?  Who did you vote for?  Me? I didn't bother cuz I was not wowed at all.

I think it's possible the judges have doomed Tim Urban and we may see him go home OR Lacey Brown could go home....I wouldn't be upset with either one!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

American Idol - Top 24 - Top 10 Guys

Guys switched with the girls since Crystal Bowersox was rushed to the hospital .... :(
We pray she will be alright!  She's my fav!!
Well this week they are suppose to tell us something we don't know about them! If it's interesting I'll include the info...hehe

Michael Lynche - He juggled theater art and football at a performing arts high school.  OMG, he can bench 505lbs.....hmmm hummm...Now that I'm done drooling....He performed James Brown "This is a Man's World" and he did exactly what the judges wanted IMO, it was his OWN version of the song and I loved it.  The judges loved it too.

John Park - Grew up in Korea although he was born in Chicago, so English is actually his second language. He is performing John Mayer "Gravity" and he was much better than he was last week and a much better song choice.  He is really pitchy in some parts though.  I don't think he has the "umph" to make it as a recording artist.  Simon thinks he's going back home this week to his Acappella group Purple Haze.

Casey James - He has never watched the show before..because he grew up without a TV in house and has continued in his adulthood without a TV.  He performed Gavin McGraw "I Wanna Be" and he did horrible with the vocals.  Disappointing as I like his bluesy voice texture, but he tried to do a rock version of the song as he was playing the electric guitar.  I think the guitar is overpowering for his voice texture but he can sure play the heck out it!!

Alex Lambert - He is suffering really bad from stage fright.. poor guy....He performed John Legend's "Everybody Knows" and this kid has an awesome crispy voice that I really like, not sure how far he will make it due to his lack of performance experience, but very kewl voice!  Could have elaborated a little on the arrangement but overall I really liked it!

Todrick Hall - He is actually a classically trained dancer. Looked good on the videos shown.  He performed Tina Turner "What's Love Got To Do With It" and he was actually much better than he was last week.  He definitely made the song his own but his vocals are shaky.  All the judges thought it was the wrong song choice for him.

Jermaine Sellers - Eww..I really don't like this gal, oh I mean guy.  He actually bragged about his onsie that he wears around the house..WTF???  He performed Marvin Gaye "What's Going On" and he did just what I boo!  I don't think his vocals are strong enough for the Top 10 guys much less the Top 5 that go on tour.  I will give him that he did better than last week, but I hope we say buyh-buyh to him this week!!

Andrew Garcia - He is a break dancer as well.  Should get a crew and get on ABDC..hehe He performed James Morrison "You Give Me Something" and it was just OK this week for me.   Wasn't big on the song choice, but I still like him.  I prefer to see him with his guitar, jamming out.

Aaron Kelly - He enjoys photography.  He performed The Temptations "My Girl" and he did a great job.  He's more for the tweenies than for me, but good vocals and he definitely has more confidence and a good performance.  Simon was the only judge that really didn't care for it and I actually didn't agree with him this time.

Tim Urban - They just harped on how bad he did last week. He performed Matt Nathanson "Come on Get Higher"  Never heard this song so not sure what to expect.  It sounded really pitchy to me in places.  He may go home this week as well.  Ellen suggested he go into acting and get on GLEE...LOL.  And Simon actually liked it...haha.

Lee DeWyze - Went to an alternative high school due to making bad choices.  He performed Hinders??? "Lips of an Angel" and he is another one that I love the texture of his voice.  A little pitchy in a few areas, but overall a really good performance. 

My vote would have been Big Mike, Alex Lambert, and Lee DeWyze.  But since I just got done watching the show guess it's too late to vote..haha.

On to catch up on ABDC (America's Best Dance Crew)......BEFORE the girls come on tonight.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Top 24 - Eliminations

Well. Out of the 4 people eliminated I only got one right. We said goodbye to the following folks last night:

Ashley Rodriguez

Janell Wheeler

Tyler Grady

Joe Muñoz

I think Tyler may have done himself in with his arrogance. Then to turn around and blame the judges was just priceless!!

I hated to see Ashley go. I could have stood her another week over that Haeley chick but eh it's whatever. She won't last much longer anyhow!

Joe got a bum rap as well. Great voice on this kid. Too bad we won't get to see more!

Janell. Eh whatever! LOL

Be back next week .... same time and place (Blogger or Facebook ;~))

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Top 24 - Top 12 Guys

Todrick Hall - He took on Kelly Clarkson and really didn't do it much justice. I wasn't impressed with his vocals at all, but he is definitely a performer.

Aaron Kelly - Eh...That's about all I can say right now.  The teenie boppers will keep him going for a while.

Jermaine Sellers - UGH!  That was way toooooo pitchy for me to even keep listening - FAST FORWARD!  Sorry dude!  Maybe Ne-Yo...but that was NOT it!  Is he a little sugary???  hmmmm??? 

Tim Urban - So this is the guy that got the Golikely or whatever his name was...the guy that got booted's place.   I see why he was turned away at first.  It was not good for me at all.

Joe Munoz - Surprising  I didn't expect the voice.  Song choice was a little boring, but OK vocally.

Tyler Grady - Eh...OK.  I expected much more from him.  I'm with Charisma.   I like his style but he's bordering arrogant so he may kill himself off if he doesn't get it together.

Lee Dewyze -  I like the tone and texture of his voice, but that was just an OK performance for me.   Nothing popped out.

John Park - It's funny to hear that name and then see this guy!  LOL  Sorry prolly shouldn't have said that, but oh well.  It started WAY too better to the end, but he may be going home!

Michael Lynche - Wat?  Maroon 5...never would have expected it.  I liked it!!  I like his stage presence and he seemed to have fun with it.  Not bad.  May get a vote from me.

Alex Lambert - Needs major work on his stage performance.  With that being said, he has a great voice.  Hopefully he'll get over the nerves or a chance to get over the nerves.

Casey James - OK, so I will definitely be making 2 votes tonight!  That was good and I like his voice as well!!

Andrew Garcia - Can we say 3 votes!  I totally enjoyed that performance as well!  That was hands down the best performance of the night for me! 

With that, I say the guys are coming out the gate much stronger than the girls although it took a while to get to that conclusion...thank goodness for Andrew, Casey and Michael.  Refreshing performances ...there is a lot of work to do ladies!!!

Now you got to remember I'm judging these folks usually with hubby in my ear singing along and he pretty much always out sings the person on TV....Andrew had him quiet and listening as well as I'm going to say they were the strongest of the night.

We could see a number of folks go home... my first guess would be John Park.   My second guess would be Jermaine Sellers.   I didn't care for either of their performances ... Todrick , Tim, and Alex may or may not get a second chance...we'll see.  

Results tomorrow night..........

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Top 24 - Top 12 Girls

Paige Miles - Not a bad voice. Not sure I liked the song but overall not a bad performance.

Ashley Rodriguez - Her voice can't handle Leona Lewis and was a complete blah for me. I expected better.

Janell Wheeler - OK. It was very pitchy for me and not impressive.

Lilly Scott - First performance that I like. Original and talented! Definitely one to look out for!!

Katelyn Epperly - It was good. Better than I expected. Not the best but she'll move on to the next round.

Haeley Vaughn - She's still not a fav of mine but she did OK. She is so young and I felt others should have been given the opportunity!

Lacey Brown - Her unique sound will either make her or break her. I didn't care for it at all. And I love Stevie! Lacey. Loving a song does not make it GOOD for your voice. Why is that so hard for you contestants to understand?????

Michelle Delamor - I was worried at first doing Alicia Keys but it was OK. She showed herself!
Kara is annoying!

Didi Benami - I like her voice texture. We'll have to see what she brings if she makes it farther.

Siobhan Magnus - Good job. Way better than I expected. Great overall performance!

Crystal Bowersox - Love it! She will most likely remain my favorite girl!
This is my vote for tonight!

Katie Stevens - Amazing voice on a 16 year old! That being said prolly not a good song choice for her and came off kinda karaoke.

I can't remember if its one or two going home this week so if it's two I think we could be saying bye to Ashley Rodriguez and Haeley Vaughn. They were the worst performers to me.

I'm suffering from Vertigo so I'm typing this up on my cell phone while laying still in bed! Sorry for the lack of photos and my normal details of song that was sang!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

More Realizations.......

For anyone that read my previous post you already know there are major changes going on in my life at the moment.   I've come into so many 'self' realizations lately that I have had to make changes or either just waste away as I feel I've been doing for almost 8 years now!
What decisions are 'good' for the situation decisions and which decisions are just being plain ole' selfish??  How do you decide?  Do you just pick something and shoot for that?  Then what happens when you find 'that' and it falls short on everything else and never compares to what you had?  Do you just don't compare and just try to be happy?  What if true happiness just does not exist??  Is anyone truly just happy with every aspect of their life?  So that means you decide on how much you can handle and then just deal, right?  What happens if what you decide you can deal then changes over years?  Do you throw it all away, or swallow that pain and keep on trucking with the 'plan'?  Then there are's so hard to figure what would be best and which way they will react, but who gets to and how do you decide?  
Well, I've decided in 2010 that it cannot continue the same as it has been since 2000!  It has got to be a new and different next 10 years!  There are things I want to do and so many folks are dropping WAY too early these days!  I plan on living the rest of my 30's and into my 40's.   My mother just turned 59 and doesn't look a day over 40 as she has been doing her thang for a long time ;)  (she would kill me if she knew I posted that  Anywho, I want to be happy for a change and do what I want to do instead of making all my decisions based on what I know someone else would think about it or based on what someone else would want.  Now I'll give the kids some too...but right now what will make me happy would also make them happy.  They have told me that much. 
It's funny how some folks can preach how 'actions speak louder than words' but when their own actions are screaming the truth at you and you call them on it they are truly UPSET!  That is so confusing to only make sure everyone around you does what you want??  Do they not deserve the same respect to follow those rules when it comes to yourself??  At this point I only know how to read the actions...I've been reading the actions for so long and trying to tell myself that I was seeing it wrong that now without that delusion it's hard NOT to see the truth!  So now do you 'wait' it out, hope it all gets better or move on and find happiness?
These points are true for your household or your job.  We spend anywhere from 30 to 80 hours a week at work so your interactions and decisions make just as much of an impact at work as they do on your household.   If your mind is stressed then going to work may subject unsuspecting co-workers to retaliation that isn't even meant for them. 
The person that sparked the previous post is still not a part of my life right now and I see that being that way for a long time.  The person that sparked this post is still there and is actually someone I want to still be there, but not sure how much longer they can be there before I break.  I'm afraid that this time once I'm broken it will be very difficult to fix so I'm thinking avoid being broken all together...maybe...or just wait to be broken and then deal with repairs no matter how long it takes.  Difficult decisions...definitely!!!