Donovan has diligently been watching this past season of American Idol and writing brilliant articles forecasting who is going home each week, and in lieu of his hard work (and all the Idol hype as season eight nears completion) I decided to compile my own person list of top five all-time performances. There have been some incredible performances from past winners Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks, as well as some TERRIBLE numbers by the one and only Taylor Hicks (still blows my mind that this ‘soul patrol’ dude pulled off the win).
It was tough scouring through the countless numbers and stretching my mind to think back over the past eight years for those performances that truly stood out from the rest. This is my own personal list, and although not everyone will agree with my choices, I’m pretty sure I’m right.
I’m sure everyone won’t agree with me on this first choice, but honestly, I don’t care. In the most recent season of American Idol, Lee DeWyze selected ‘Still the One’ from Shania Twain’s collection of hits, and his performance was the tipping point for his career, making him the front runner of the competition. The studio version is just as incredible as the live performance. His voice is so haunting, and I absolutely love this guy.
Just two more days until Tyra, Nigel and Andre Leon Talley pick the winner for cycle 14. Will it be Raina, Krista, Angelea or Alexandra? I’m hoping anyone but Angelea wins. She’s had a stank attitude since the ANTM cycle 12 casting special. But we all know that Tyrant loves a project, so Angelea has a pretty good shot.
For this week’s two-hour finale, the models take part in an “Ugly Pretty” photo shoot. I guess the girl who looks the prettiest while looking the ugliest will advance to the runway showdown. From the looks of the preview pics, it looks like they won’t be doing a CoverGirl photo shoot or commercial in the final 4. BOO. I love watching the girls succumbing to the pressure and breaking down while filming the commercial.
For anyone who said Betty White’s hosting gig wouldn’t bring in big numbers, it’s time to eat your words. The 88-year-old comic legend score Saturday Night Live their biggest numbers in 18 months, not since November 2008. That pre-election telecast featured Ben Affleck as host and David Cook as musical guest and more importantly Tina Fey as Sarah Palin with a guest appearance by Republican Presidential nominee Senator John McCain.
The former Golden Girl delivered laugh after laugh during the entire show. White seemed quite at home with the numerous lesbian jokes, sexual innuendos and the trucker talking. Adding to the hilarity of the night were the return of some of SNL’s female alums. Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon and Rachel Dratch all returned to their comic stomping grounds. For the Mother’s Day themed evening, all the women brought their A-game and made millions laugh with new skits and reviving some old favorites.
Betty White became the oldest person ever to host the long-running show. As mentioned in her opening monologue, she has Facebook to thank for bringing everything to fruition. Shortly after her Super Bowl Snickers commercials aired, a FB campaign began to bring the legendary actress to SNL. In the end it was worth it. This clearly was one of the best episodes in a while.
It’s down to the Final 6 and it’s time to shake things up apparently. As the episode starts, we get some dramatic star wars-like music because we’re about to step inside Mr. Trumps NYC apartment. Wow. This guy lives like a king…in the clouds. Gold, statues – very Trump. I’ve actually been to his place in West Palm Beach, Florida (Mar-A-Lago) and the decor was very similar. Anyway, to make it interesting, because Sharon and Maria had said that they disliked Curtis, they were put onto a team (Rock Solid). This means Holly, Cyndi and Brett make up Team Tenacity. Yikes, neither of these are likely their “ideals.” That being said, I’d rather been on team Rock Solid.
In this weeks task, they’re each given an apartment to refurbish, paint, fix, and celebrify – meaning the spare room in the apartment would be the “celebrity” room for them to be creative with. Reluctantly, Holly steps up as PM for their team, going up against Sharon against Rock Solid.
“She and I, it’s like Oil & Vinegar.” Says Cyndi about Holly. You can definitely see where this one’s going. In an effort to keep Cyndi in a box, Holly does just that. She gets Cyndi to work on the celebrity room, giving her free reigns with her creativity. All Holly says is that she wants it red. The rest of the place, Holly wants it to be a “Balinese style” – serenity and acceptance. Ooooh, sounds so excited. Not.
Can I just say that I am soooo happy with how this season turned out?! You agree?
As the final three teams (Models, Cowboys, and Cute Bros) arrive into San Francisco, their first few moves pretty much set the scene for this final lag of the race. Firstly, the Cute Bros get their cab first after getting off the plane, while the Models get a cab that takes them to the wrong place and has no idea where he’s going. “That one no cab know,” says the Cowboys cab driver as they drive past the Model’s cab. “Now we’re gonna lose because of this dumb ass,” says Caite. I always say how much the cab driver has to do with this game – and it’s proven to be true, time and time again.
The Cute boys get their clue first and head to the first Road Block which is the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill. They must climb the tower to get clue – which Dan does for their team. As Dan reaches the ground with their clue, Cord is ready to head up for the Cowboys. The Models aren’t even on the radar at this point – fewf.
With Rich away in Toronto this week, I’m here to recap on the crazy episode that aired last night. After every eviction, the outlook on the next week’s episode looks like there’s going to be a whole hell of a lot of scrambling and backstabbing going on. Last night was no exception.
Right off the bat, Colby and Rupert realize they are the only Heroes left, after Candice switched over, voting with the Villains in the last episode and in turn putting out Amanda’s flame. They are absolutely livid with her betrayal. I don’t necessarily agree. I think she made a bold move, doing whatever she thought would get her further in the game. I didn’t necessarily think Amanda was very trustworthy either anyway. In a nutshell, tell us how you really feel boys…
Colby: “Candice is so weak. She’s so pathetic.”
Rupert: “Self centered, greedy, manipulative. She killed us. Candice is a pitiful player.”
The drama didn’t end there (and this is only the beginning of the episode). Rupert felt the need to call out Russell and his deceitful ways, so the rest of the villains would see his true colors. He called him a “disgusting terrible human being,” in front of everyone, completely stirring the pot and feeding Russell’s anger and desperation. Russell’s game is getting weaker, becoming a bigger threat to everyone in each episode and continuously attempting to instill the fear of God in them, whilst trying to gain their trust.
Can’t wait til Tuesday to check out Neil Patrick Harris’ guest spot on Glee? Well, here’s your first look at Glee’s 18th episode titled “Laryngitis”. NPH plays the role of Bryan Ryan, who was in Glee Club with Mr. Schue back in the day. Like Kristin Chenoweth’s April Rhodes, Ryan’s musical dreams never materialized and watched them fizzled. Bitter and old, he now works as a school board member.
After all these years, Ryan is headed back to McKinley High to cut school funding and hopefully get rid of Glee Club altogether. Will we see a sing-off between the two former high school classmates? I hope so. I think it’ll be the gayest thing EV-AH. Better yet, maybe Ryan teams up with Sue Sylvester to bring down “New Directions”.
Also in this episode, we finally get to see one of the background Glee Club members sing lead. During the Madonna episode, we heard a few seconds of Santana (Naya Rivera) belt out a few notes while riding Finn on the cheap motel bed. Although she doesn’t get a full solo, Santana will share the spotlight with Mercedes and sing a duet. Any guesses on what these two Cheerios will sing?
To commemorate the end of “Lost”, Entertainment Weekly is highlighting 10 characters from the show. Each fan favorite will grace the cover of the entertainment magazine. ABC’s hit show changed the landscape of television when it first debuted and help turn ABC’s fortunes around. At the time, ABC was dead last among the four big networks. But with Lost, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty debuting all within a year of each other, it began to begin its rise from the bottom.
In the six years Lost has been around, it’s permeated beyond the obvious science fiction crowd. People all around the world have been fascinated with the survivors of Oceanic 815 since day one. I thought it was a brilliant move by ABC and “Lost” producers to announce this would be the final season a couple of years back. It allowed the writers two and half years to give fans a satisfying ending (hopefully).