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American Idol 11: Meet Your Top 13 Boys

In: Adam, TV Shows

Oh lord, here come the boys. I know, I know, I’m the debbie downer of Idol this year but honestly, there’s just so much chauchiness (sp?) among the males this year that it’s hard to really get excited about more than a couple of em’. Still, all you need is a favourite or two and it’s that much easier to watch the show as you can revel as the competitors get knocked off the block every week. And, though I’m hoping a couple of them receive some desperately needed makeovers come the Kodak theatre, I do have my eye on a couple of them talent-wise (and on one them just cause he’s cute… but waaaay too young ha).

Though it’s typically the girls that play up the drama and back stories, this season there’s more than a couple guys who I feel have ridden their history to this top tier a lot more than they have depended on their talent to see them through and it’s for that that I roll my eyes at a bunch of em’. In this list are all my least favourites for the Top 24 25 and if you click through I’ll tell you why, but also are found some real contenders for the top title. So, click through and start putting names to those many, many faces and see who made the “second chance” lottery as Idol inexplicably (HA, I know why ;) chose to bring back an extra boy this time around.

Meet the Top 12 Boys after the jump…

American Idol 11: Meet Your Top 12 Girls

In: Adam, TV Shows

Well it’s been decided: this is the year of the blond! You gotta click through and see the hilarious cookie cutter approach they took to look and talent this year as I think the girls might have it a little harder than the boys in this the 11th season of Idol. While I think there’s talent for sure, the fact that so many of these songstresses look nearly identical when the makeup gets caked on and those lights explode on stage is gonna hurt them come voting time when you struggle to remember if it was the 4th blond girl who sang or the 6th one that you liked. Unique is often a huge help in the early stages of this competition to make a name for yourself until your talent shines through and carries you to the final rounds.

Still, there are a couple real gems in this lot and even my top pick to take this whole thing is amidst this divas. Girls, I feel, have it harder with the more extreme notes and ranges so it’s going to take a dedicated and talented singer more than a performer to win this boy’s heart as the boys often pull of perfect pitch a bit more readily. So, learn their names and learn them well cause they’re gonna need your calls to survive those initial rounds when anyone can go if voters get lazy to work to keep their faves in. And, no joke, you need to click along and see how much this cast reads like a cheerleaders registry from the 80s haha.

Click through to see and read about the Top 12 Girls

So, we’ve had more than a couple of the tops (insert gay giggle here) exposed so far but tonight’s the final cut as the drama quotient goes up and you just KNOW they’re gonna start pitting similar looks and song-styles against one another as they get down to the wire. So far, I’ve been pretty iffy about how much I’m pro the chosen leading ladies and gents, but hopefully I’ll manage to find a couple faves by the end of tonight. Personally, I do not need to love em’ all, rather have two or three pics that I ride like a mule all the way to the top while I make fun of all the others that fall along the way. Hmmm, I’m beginning to think that everyone’s right and I’m not such a good person…

Tonight’s episode has some more final, unreleased performances and a butt load of tears from both the XX and XY chromosomal kids (and possibly one XXY, sorry Deandre). So, sit back and watch as your hopefuls either get crushed for the last time this season or make it through to the infamous Top 12 Girls and Boys showdowns.

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While Vancouverites always hear that we have the prettiest city, nice skiing, great food and amazing access to nature, what we don’t usually hear is that we have a killer gay nightlife. Lacking in venues, limited “big name” local DJs and a minimal scene crowd for a metropolis, Vancouver clubbing doesn’t have it the easiest. So, when they do try something new, you can sure as hell bet I’m gonna try it out. Headed up by a good friend to both myself and Homorazzi, DJ Adam Dreaddy, the sometimes-gay Saturdays at one of our largest and newest venues Club 560, are back to take over the night mo’ style with their newest bold venture: PONI.

Starting this Saturday, February 25th at Club 560 (560 Seymour Street) in downtown Vancouver, the new PONI night attempts to attract dancin’ and partyin’ gays from all over as the creators revamp their weekend undertaking by callin’ on some big names in the DJ world and make YVR a destination city for weekend fun. First up is LA-based DJ Marco Da Silva: the model, actor, choreographer DJ whose tatted up looks and big party style has encouraged a huge following across the party scene. Laying down original and booming house tracks, Marco is not just an attraction to the ears of gays but to the eyes as well. Let’s hope he likes em’ lean ha.

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American Idol 11: The Top 24 Revealed (Part One)

In: Adam, TV Shows

“Today: 42 contestants become 24.” It’s finally here! After weeks and weeks of cutting and auditions we officially have our Top 12 Girls and Top 12 Boys announced for the world to rejoice/argue (actually, Seacrest lied, today is only Part 1 of 2). While I’ve been criticized lately for being too harsh on the kids and not “looking on the bright side of things,” I honestly have to say that this season thus far has not been the strongest I’ve seen. Yes, there have been many great performances that pull at the heartstrings but overall I’ve felt the judges have given some passes to lack luster singing way more often than they ought to have considering the talent pool they have to choose from.

But, today is about the best. Today we see those who have made it along on storyline and one or two good showings get told it wasn’t quite there and the resultant tears will flow. Fortunately for those who watch this show for the singing and not just the drama there were some great clips of final performances that I’ve included below as we get to see what talent brought these young hopefuls to the top in the judges’ minds. So, without further adieu, let’s get to the official Top 24 pics (again, just Part 1) and see what ol’ bitchy Adam thinks of the decisions!

Click through to read the rest of my review and see some amazing final audition performances

Spring is here and so is the god damn rain if you live anywhere near the bulk of us razzi’ writers up here in the Great Northwest. BUT, with great rainfall comes great fun as the sun will soon poke its head out of the cumulus’ and shine on the greatest (IMO) gay sports league in Vancouver: Out For Kicks, YVR’s gay/lesbian/bi/straight soccer organization. Though it’s a particularly close group to me: introduced to it by Topher and where I first met my best friend and site owner Patrick, I still am level-headed enough to declare this an amazing opportunity to active guys and girls around Greater Vancouver who want to meet new people and get physical in a fun, social environment.

I’ll attach the details of the league below and the upcoming registration for new members, but first I had to explain that this org is for both those new and terrible to the sport or long-standing pros as all skill levels are mixed and the only goal is to be fit and have a total blast. Still, for those with a competitive edge- like me- there’s an appreciation for hard work and talent.

This year will be focusing on social events to bond the league of possibly up to 200 members this time around and is going to be a blast. One of the best perks of this league is the tournaments we have with the sexy and talented gay soccer leagues in both Seattle and Portland. Further, this past year we submitted two teams to the Gay Games hosted here in Van that we actually performed pretty damn well at! Hell, through these leagues I got to attend the internationals in Copenhagen where we won the whole damn thing. So, what are you waiting for, a written invitation? Well, here it is!

Click through to see all the registration deets and the specifics of the league!

Well, Hollywood week is finally done and a good amount of the sad sacks that needed to go have gone. And, I do mean sad as too many people often skate through those original auditions based on “Momma left me early on” stories that pull at the judges heartstrings so much that their ears can’t hear actual talent and send them through. Hollywood was a great chance to see some talent that didn’t make it to the silver screen before hand and an even better chance to stress out those tiny tots to the point that they crack and show not just what they had for lunch but also just how terrible and inexperienced they truly are. Still, it’s not quite done and there’s plenty more crap that needs to go. I mean, come on: Richie god damn Law is still there!

So it’s now Vegas Week 1 and while we’re still seeing the kids perform in groups, it’s the BETTER remaining singers so hopefully way less lyrical amnesia than we saw last night in Hollywood. Unfortunately, they have them singing in the style of the 50s and 60s which sounds ridiculous to me as all they ever tell them come live performances is NOT to sound dated. Considering how things have been going in the season thus far I’m expecting more puke, more collapsing and a whole lot of tears… Oh right, and some “talented performers” :P Spoiler alert, I am SUPER disappointed in the performances, drama and judges tonight and find myself wondering if they were drinking from Paula’s cup cause these three must are clearly on drugs.

Click through to read the rest of my review and see some clips of the more memorable songs

Well FINALLY get to see those performances held just out of our reach last week as we instead were subject to Bitchathon/Pukathon 2012. Today’s article is titled the OFFICIAL Round 2 article as apparently last week’s Thursday counted more as a segue episode that all leads to these final group attempts.

Group Night is always one of the toughest nights for the kids as they struggle to meld Type A personalities into one coalesced mound of talent and keep their voices from crackin’ and losing it to one another on stage. Though we’ll get to see a good amount of tragedy to be sure, there’s always, ALWAYS a strong amount of collectives that stroll out and just dominate the stage. Often because the kids themselves can just tell who the winners are they seek each other out to make sure no anchor will hold them back, the result of that is that the leftovers often have to try and scrape something together at the last second. Speaking of awful groups scraping things together…

Click through to read the rest of the review and see some of the better performances

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