Sam Tsui and Kurt Schneider have been creating songs and mashups since they were in high school with a keyboard and GarageBand. Now students at Yale University, their partnership has flourished into one of the top viewed YouTube channels out there. Sam Tsui provides the killer vocals while Kurt Schneider produces and plays any instruments needed to complete the mix. Sam and Kurt have made various television appearances to promote their craft. The Bonnie Hunt Show had them on the show in 2009 where they performed a rendition of I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston. More recently in 2010, they appeared on Oprah performing their famous Michael Jackson medley which has garnered more than 15 million views on YouTube. Other famous covers and mashups include a Lady Gaga medley, Fireflies by Owl City and the popular Don’t Stop Believin’ by the Glee kids. A side project these two created is College Musical which takes aim on the High School Musical trilogy. With original songs written and produced by Kurt Schneider and Sam Tsui playing the leading male, Cooper, the YouTube episodes have created enough buzz that a full length movie based on the musical is in the works.
These two are also beginning work on original numbers and music videos for Sam Tsui. Don’t Want an Ending is one of the new tracks. Its quite good and an easy listen.
Its the worst night of the week, elimination night. After a night of duos and solos, you took the time to vote Canada to make your Top 8. The judges have lost their say and now, its all up to you, so lets hope that you made the right choice. Before we get started, we are treated to a trip back to the 70′s for a Disco group routine by Maria Torres. The costumes are full of sparkle and the girls work it out with their kicks. The boys have some great tricks and I was glad to see Jeff and Charlene’s neck/spin back in action. There were some great lifts as well and the girls looked amazing in their sequinned bodysuits. Leah joins the dancers on stage and we begin first calling up the Top 5 girls. Two of them will be in danger. Now the votes are final as the judges once again, have no say.
Fall is one of my favorite seasons. For one, I love the weather and use of warm sweaters in my wardrobe. Second, I love watching the leaves change color. But most importantly, I love that with the coming of fall brings, NHL HOCKEY. Its been a long summer especially without NHL or Winter Olympics to enjoy. It seems like my body was overstimulated with winter sport in early 2010. Today, we get to enjoy the season opener with 5 match ups and I’m going to talk about all of them. Its shaping up to be an interesting season. There have been a lot of trades. Some beneficial and some devastating to a teams fan base. But how will that effect the climb to the Cup playoffs? It all starts now.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Minnesota Wild
This game is the first of 3 games to take place in Europe as part of the premiere of the season. Today, these teams square off in Helsinki, Finland while Friday we hit Stockholm, Sweden and Sunday we end up in Prague, Czech Republic. This will be a new era for the Hurricanes as long time captain Rod Brind’Amour announced his retirement at the close of last season and passed the torch on to Eric Staal who has clearly began to own the club. Other than Staal, the team is relying on a few of their veterans to help deliver a strong offense including Jokinen, who was the surprise success last season scoring 30 goals in 81 games destroying his previous personal best. The Wild on the other hand have a lot to prove. They missed the playoffs for the second time in a row and finished 13th out of 15 teams in the Western conference. A big disappointment last year for the Wild was the let down of the 6-year, $30 Million dollar contracted Martin Havlat. He didn’t perform at par to prove the worth of his placement. Havlat is Minnesota’s highest-paid player outside of goaltender Niklas Backstrom and he needs to start producing more offense if the Wild have any chance at getting back to the postseason. Havlat is currently battling a groin injury, but is expected to play today.
WE’RE FINALLY HERE! TOP 10. It feels like the longest road to get here with adding 2 extra dancers at the beginning of the season but we made it. Through all the hard routines and heartbreak of friends leaving the competition, you Canada voted your favorite 5 boys and 5 girls into the Top 10. They’re ready to leave it all on the floor for your votes. Now a little change. You no longer are voting for your favorite couples but are now voting for your favorite individual dancer. This is always the best part for me because then you really see if it was the couples, or the routines putting some of your favorites in danger. Leah introduces tonight’s judges which include Jean-Marc Genereux, Tre Armstrong, director of the National Ballet Karen Kane and Hip Hop choreography Dan Karaty. Lets begin! Each dancer will dance one routine with their partners and then perform a solo in their own style.
Tonight is eliminations. After last night’s story telling, who left it all on the floor and won you over America. Millions voted through calls, text and web votes. Audrina, Kyle and Kurt are the first celebs up on the block. The first couple safe is Audrina and Tony. I think this is great. Their emotional routine last night rocked the house. Kurt and Ana are the second couple safe and Kyle and Lacey find themselves in possible danger. Kurt stepped it up last night I thought but Kyle is the ultimate performer. He just needs to figure out how to make his footwork look less awkward.
After Ne-Yo’s performance, we are on to our next set of couples. Rick, Brandy and Jennifer are up to hear their results. Jennifer and Derek are the first couple safe. Their routine had a little mistake at the beginning, but its seems America didn’t care. Rick and Cheryl find themselves in jeopardy as Brandy and Maks are safe for the second week in a row. Rick did so well with his partner last night and had his shirt ripped open. Where were all the soccer moms? Why didn’t you call? Brandy and Maks had a great routine but I’m not a fan of Maks’ teaching style. Hopefully he can buck up before next week.
So many tragic stories in the news lately of gay teens been bullied in school to a point where they feel they just can’t take anymore – to a point where they take their own life. It’s so sad. If only we could tell them to hold on, to let them know that it gets better and life after high school is really where your life begins.
The writers/cast of this site are gay, and we’ve all gone through the sometimes troubling times of high school, so we were very eager to share our stories and contribute to the “It Gets Better” campaign. Because it does. It gets so much better.
If you’re being bullied in school, you’re not alone. There is someone here for you – someone who cares and understands. Call The Trevor Project, a confidential, toll-free, suicide hotline for gay & questioning youth. It gets better!
You voted Canada and you have selected your favorites to be your Top 10! Now, this Wednesday, the competition heats up as your votes alone decide who continues on and will become Canada’s favorite dancer! I am very excited for this seasons final 10 dancers. I believe that these dancers have the potential to have great careers beyond this show and have what it takes to be quite successful. Every time we hit the Top 10, the dancers get a small makeover and get a brand new photo shoot of their own and after all this hard work, I think they deserve it. Below are all the new photos along with what being in the Top 10 means to them. Take a look and tell me who YOU think will be this years winner! I have included my predictions in as well.
This past weekend, I got a chance to meet and sit down with World renowned DJ, Dave Audé. Before his set at Vancouver’s Five Sixty club for the Big Roger Events Production, I chatted with him about his early beginnings, recent work and what living life in LA’s shadow is like. I must say that Dave was one of the easiest guys to talk to. He’s so down-to-earth and laid back. It was great to learn more about the man behind the music.
Dave is responsible for 42+ dance remix tracks to hit #1 on the Billboard charts. From Ke$ha, to Lady Gaga to The Pussycat Dolls, Dave’s unique style is the formula to his success. In my interview, he explains that when working on a track, its not a Dave Audé song. He likes to keep the track intact as much as possible and let the remix compliment the song instead. You may also recognize Dave from another venue…