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SYTYCD Season 6: Top 20 Picked

In: Kevin, TV Shows
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And here we are… Season 6 Top 20 selection!! I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting my commentary on this season of SYTYCD since you’ve been stuck with Daniel for SYTYCD Canada (just kidding Mary!), so wait no more. Since we’re just finding out the top 20, I’ll keep it short and to the point, recapping who the lucky 10 boys and 10 girls are- with perhaps a few side comments as well, (you know how I do…)

First of all, I just have to say that Ryan is hands down the hottest guy to hit the SYTYCD show- AND… my big claim to fame is that we used to dance in the same company!!! Way back in Utah during high school, we used to compete against each other and danced on the BYU Youth team together for a period of time. He was always such a nice guy and it’s awesome to see him on the show after a decade to find that he’s clearly not changed (other than getting even hotter and developing that ridiculous body anyway).

Our top 20 starts with Nathan, the youngest kid on the show. We actually met him last season in the auditions where he was given a ticket straight to Vegas for this season since he was only 17 at the time. I think we’ll see some awesome things from this kid as long as he can hack it.

Georgia girl Kathryn is SO adorable and a fantastic dancer. I’ll admit her crying voice is completely heinous, but at the same time sort of endearing. Her performances show that she’s got mad skill and I think she’ll do really well.. if she can manage not to annoy people with all that crying.

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Behind the Cast: Suitcase Living

In: Behind The Cast, Kevin
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Okay it’s official… I am tired of living out of a suitcase.

Ever since I moved from Vancouver to Toronto it’s been go, go, go and I’ve been in an almost constant position of feeling like I’m living out of my luggage- and I’m completely over it.

Since moving about 6 weeks ago I’ve been set up in a temporary furnished apartment while I looked for my own place. Because of that, everything I couldn’t fit into my luggage is still in storage with the movers- and let me tell you, living with the same relatively small selection of clothing for 6 weeks really bites the big one. Plus, Autumn has definitely arrived and caught me without a stitch of my fall clothing!

I also just miss the rest of my things. While living in a furnished apartment that’s being paid for by your employer offers its own benefits in terms of spending money- the term “furnished” needs to be used lightly in describing my current place. I have one small frying pan, one small pot and a colander to complete my basic cooking tools. The “comforter” on my bed provides neither comfort, nor is it comfortable, and I actually had to go out and buy myself a new pillow because the two provided can only be called pillows because someone put them into pillow cases.

I could go on, but I won’t because I’m basically just bitching right now, so I’ll try and lighten things up. The last 3 weeks have been crazy for me especially with a lot of great things happening, but which added to my frustration with living out of a suitcase.

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As the American Homorazzi cast member who has been wiating for the last 2 years for my Canadian Residency application to be processed, I am pleased to announce that I’ve finally been approved. I still have a few hoops to jump through, but at least now I know that the application has been approved and I’m well on my way. Hooray!

I’ve been living in Canada for 5 years now and throughout that time I’ve had a lot of my US friends ask about the relocation process, blah blah blah. Because I was transferred by the company I work for, the whole process was tons easier for me than if I’d just randomly decided one day to move to Canada and find work, so my advice in the past about relocation has been fairly superficial. That said, now that my application for residency has finally been approved- I have a few little tips about how to ensure you complete the Permanent Residency application process successfully.

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Well here I am just about to hit 4 weeks of life in Toronto and I’ve only actually be in the city for maybe 1/2 of that time. There’s been so much travel going on, and even more coming up that it’s been busy, busy, busy since I got here- but so far I’m still loving it.

I decided to put together a quick video-blog to give a quick update on most of what’s been happening and the major things coming up for me, which are (with a little update here as well):

  • My Canadian Residency application
    • Finally approved after almost 2 years of waiting! I turned in my application in October 2007 and it just got approved at the beginning of the month, so now I have to turn in my passport to have a visa put in it and then “land” at any border crossing and I’m finally a landed immigrant.
  • Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
    • The city was abuzz the last couple weeks with TIFF events and I got to see two great films with TIFF. “The Bubble” which is a great Israeli film and “A Single Man” directed by the infamous Tom Ford.
  • Apartment Hunting
    • Headed out tomorrow with a relocation specialist to view some apartments and really need to find something or else I’ll be stuck in temporary housing for another month, which I don’t want to do. I miss my stuff!!
  • Upcoming Travel
    • Life doesn’t show any signs of slowing down for me anytime soon with a slew of upcoming travel to finish my residency application, vacation, Thanksgiving and work trips.

So that’s about it…

Click here to check out my first shot at video blogging!

Life’s Little Reminders

In: Behind The Cast, Kevin
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Every once in a while life throws a curve-ball at you that seems to sort of come out of nowhere and turn your life upside down. Sometimes it lasts for a long time, and other times it resolves itself fairly quickly- but each time it reminds you to count your blessings and not take anything for granted.

Last weekend I was able to spend the long-holiday camping with my family in the White Mountains of Arizona – just near Pinetop. We had a great few days just roughing it (literally, we didn’t have any running water or anything), relaxing and reconnecting with each other. The only thing that was missing was my oldest sister and her family due to a last-minute complication that prevented them from coming. They were definitely missed, but with a family as big as mine there was definitely enough to keep everyone busy… 11 grandkids running around, 3 sets of parents, my Mom and Dad, and me… quite a full house.

Arizona was gorgeous. The landscape was beautiful with huge stands of majestic White Pines and huge Quaking Aspens spread through enormous meadows all over the hills. The weather was hit and miss… it rained cats and dogs one of the days, but in the end that just added to the experience. My brothers, Dad and I were able to get back to our Boy Scout training and built a rain shelter out of fallen pine trees by lashing the posts together and stretching a tarp over the top. Needless to say I was feeling as butch as ever.

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Well, David Letterman can’t have all the fun… and let’s face it, that ticker? He’s not going to be around forever anyway so SOMEone’s going to have to take the reigns… and who better than one of Homorazzi’s judgiest writer?
So, Donovan first approached me with the idea of creating a video version of a “Top Ten List” that covers the whole spectrum of issues but with one consistent: my bitchy take on subject.

For this first list, I take a look at the world of growing older in the gay world and discuss- what I perceive to be- the “Top 10 Things You Can’t Get Away With After 25″.

As this was a first time attempt, do be kind with the fact that I didn’t QUITE realize the need to memorize my lines before hoping on camera… Hell, make a drinking game out of it: every time you catch me looking slightly off screen to scan my cue card, take a shot of vodka… Christ, take a HALF shot of Butter Ripple Shnaps instead and you’ll STILL be wasted by the time I get to talking about people who dye there hair blond!

Click here for the premiere episode of Top 10s

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Ever since I was a kid, Labor Day has always signified new beginnings. It was the day to reflect on the past few months and prepare myself for the upcoming school year. For this reason, Labor Day has felt more of New Years Day than New Years itself- a time for me to start new resolutions and bring on the changes. It seems like change is in the air once again this year and hitting Homorazzi.com and a few of the cast members in a big way.

If you’re a regular reader of the site, you’ll know that the first of these changes affecting us is Homorazzi.com cast member Kevin‘s recent move to Toronto, Canada for his career. Two weekends ago, cast members Stephen & Dan threw Kevin a big going away party at Jamie‘s building’s party room. Friends from all over the Pacific Northwest trekked over to Vancouver to partake in the festivities. What ensued was a night filled of fun, drinking, reminiscing, dancing and other embarassing moments caught on film by Patrick and by camera by yours truly. Hope the video I edited captured exactly how much fun everyone had that night despite we were saying good-bye to one of our closest friends. Now that Kevin has moved to Toronto, expect to read some exciting articles about his latest adventures living in a new city.

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When East Meets West

In: Behind The Cast, Kevin
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So I’ve successfully survived my first weekend in Toronto and am preparing to celebrate my one-week anniversary of being in the city. It’s been an interesting experience, but overall- things are going better than I ever could have hoped for.

When the transfer first came through and I started telling friends that I was moving, I was frequently met with reactions such as “Toronto? But…. WHY?!”, a simple “Eww” or, my favorite: “OMG. You’re going to hate it.” Thankfully, I can say that my first week here in the city has shown that I am definitely not going to hate it, and, while I will be the first to admit that it’s not anywhere near as beautiful as Vancouver, the city is definitely not without its charms.

Now, I’m definitely not saying that my 6 days here thus far are enough to form a complete opinion, but I’m definitely off to a great start. Here are a few of my initial findings.

  • People in Toronto are actually every bit as friendly as those in Vancouver.I don’t say this lightly, and it’s entirely possible that I’ve just gotten extremely lucky… but so far I’ve been so impressed with the friendliness of the people here. For instance, I stopped by the bank the other day to ask a question related to my move, and while I would expect the Teller to be friendly (which she was), I also received a completely random compliment from they lady standing at the window next to me. This then led to a conversation between her, the Teller and myself that went on for a few minutes. I also got cat called the other night as I walked down Church Street… but I don’t think that really counts.
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