Bitchy Cheerleaders + Nerd Bashing + Comedy + Singing. How could this not be a frontrunner for being my new favorite show. Ever since Rich first blogged about this in spring and our friends at Fox sent us the pilot to review, I have been waiting on pins and needles to watch the second episode. After what feels like an eternity, Glee finally returns on September 9 on Fox to resume it’s season. Will the following musical numbers live up to the already cult classics “Dont’ Stop Believing” & “Rehab” from the first episode? Thankfully I can respond a resounding YES.
Homorazzi cast member Dan sent me a sneak peek for a musical number from episode 3 titled “Acafellas”. In the clip below, we see Mercedes (she of “I ain’t no Kelly Rowland” fame from the pilot) do an amazing rendition of Jazmine Sullivan’s “Bust Your Windows”. As much as I love Jazmine’s version, Mercedes interpretation is sassier, more soulful and funkier. For all you who haven’t heard “Bust Your Windows”, think of it as a street version of Carrie Underwoods “Before He Cheats”. Where Carrie just carves her letters into his leather seats, digs her keys to the side of his car and busts both his headlights, Jazmine gets all street and bust his windows and writes her initials with a crowbar. Bring it on Miss Sullivan, bring it on.
First of all, let me say I put my blood, sweat, and tears into this post so you better appreciate it. Blood because I cut my finger really bad while opening a can (that was part of my dinner) RIGHT before I starting watching the episode – it’s hard to type with layers of band-aid and tape around your pinky! Sweat because I was on edge waiting for how everything would turn out. And, tears because of the results. Well not so much, but I was disappointed.
As we know going into it, Romeo & Juliet are on the block (Jeff & Jordan) and Natalie & Kevin (HOH) are feeling pretty confident that it’s gonna be a Romeo Must Die scenario. Michele is doing her best to keep Jeff in the game.
Jeff needs two votes to stay in. He has Michele’s, so he then tries to go for Natalie. In his first attempt, he doesn’t have that much to convince her. Meanwhile, Kevin is watching Natalie talk to Jeff on the monitor from his HOH room, beginning to question what moves she’d made strategically and if he trusts her completely. Although not yet successful, Jeff has planted the seed with Natalie and given her some stuff to think about. She knows she has options.
So Mariah has released another single. Or should I say, covered (destroyed) an all time favorite of mine.
This time it’s the classic 1984 Foreigner song, ”I Want to Know What Love Is”. I remember when I was growing up I would listen to the original over and over again; unfortunately, this version will NOT be growing on me. This is a total train-wreck of an amazing track and I am deeply saddened that Mariah has chosen to ruin a piece of my childhood for me.
Mariah, seriously… not cool.
Many people have seen the Laromie Project (play originally by the Denver Theatre Company OR the HBO movie written and directed by Kaufman) or at the very least heard about the terrible hate crime/murder of Matthew Shepard that took place 11 years ago (October 12, 1998 to be exact) in Laramie, Wyoming.
Now, his mother, Judy Shepard has come out with a book/memoir about the life and death of her son called The Meaning of Matthew: My Son’s Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed. Judy is also the director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation which is involved in various initiatives to reduce LGBT discrimination and certainly hate crimes. An excerpt and interview in Newsweek sheds some light on her mission to prevent what happened to her son from happening to others. The following quote from her book describes when her and her husband Dennis first found out that Mathew, their son, was in a coma. At the time, Dennis was working in Saudi Arabia and they both had to wait a day before they could finally return to the US to see their son.
UPDATE Sept 3, 2009: A version of her new single Cowboy Casanova was leaked online yesterday so Carrie Underwood rushed out the first single and posted it on YouTube. It’s a bit more rocker that I would’ve expected from her. Does it have hit written all over it?
On November 3 Carrie Underwood will release her third album since winning American Idol Season 4 in 2005. Where did the time go? Since her win, the 26 year old country singer has sold millions of records. For her debut album Some Hearts, she sold over 7 million while her follow up garnered 3 million in sales. Not one to rest on her laurels, Underwood is working hard prepping her third offering, Play On. Once again she has collaborated with Mark Bright who has had a hand in producing both her first two albums. Bright is a hit-making machine in the country world, having made hit albums for Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans and Trisha Yearwood to name a few.
Hoping to add perhaps a pop feel to her new album, Underwood has enlisted renowned Swedish producer Max Martin to produce a track for her upcoming album. Max Martin is the genius behind some of the most infectious songs of our time such as: Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You” and “Since U Been Gone“; Britney Spears “Baby One More Time“; Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl“; and Pink’s “So What“. He’s also worked with Avril Lavigne, Sugababes, The Veronicas, Backstreet Boys, Bon Jovi and Daughtry. Does the collaboration mean Underwood is moving into the pop world or is Martin taking a stab with country music. Only time will tell what the two come up with. In fact, the track might not even make the album according to Sony Music Nashville, Joe Galante. He stated they haven’t heard the track as of yet and the track’s eventual placement is still up in the air.
Hot off the release of The Hills Season 5.5 trailer, MTV releases another trailer: This time for it’s spin-off The City. I’m actually a bigger fan of the City, as I find it a bit more grown up than The Hills high school drama and I absolutely have a girl crush on Whitney Port. I love her goofy expressions and her laid back approach and she’s stunning to boot.
Having said that, I was a little let down by the trailer for season two. It looks like half of the cast of season one is gone. In reality, it just looks like another spinoff. First Whitney has left DVF which saddens me as I think Diane Von Furstenberg is TV Gold. Her critiques on Project Runway and advice to Whitney in season one totally endears her to my heart. With Whitney out of the DVF offices, there is no longer any opportunity to clash with former frenemy and co-worker, Olivia Palermo.
After doing some research, it looks like Erin (Whitney’s former roommate) has left the show along with Jay (Whitney’s ex-boyfriend) which makes sense as he’s probably busy on tour with his band, Tamarama. Though Allie & Adam haven’t officially left, they haven’t filmed any scenes as of yet either, which leads me to believe they’re dunzo as well. So the only two original cast members returning are Whitney and Olivia, who I had hoped would leave but of course my favorites Allie and Erin leave instead. Boo.
Thank goodness tonight’s episode is once again only 30 minutes long. As I’ve said it before, Canadians know the appropriate length of air time for eliminations shows, versus drawing the inevitable out for longer than it needs.
A Bollywood routine opened the show, beautifully translated by the original Slumdog Millionaire choreographer Longinus Fernandes. It was gorgeous! The costumes were brilliant with the men in all white while the women were clad in gorgeous traditional cultural styling. It was a gorgeous spectacle, danced extremely well by everyone! Good work to the whole group!!
Immediately after introducing the judges (with Mary Murphy as the special guest for the second night in a row), Leah brought the first four couples out to the stage; Natalie and Danny, Melanie Mah and Cody, Amy and Vincent, and Corynne and Anthony.
Country music is in the air and once again my hearts a-flutter! There have been a number of exciting announcements in the country music world as of late, from Donovan’s kiss-A$$ article for Carrie Underwood’s upcoming third album, to the recent announcement of Canada’s own Jason Priestly accepting the honors of hosting the upcoming Canadian Country Music Awards.
The awards are taking place Sept. 13, 2009 in Vancouver, at GM Place. With a start studded line up, Preistley should feel right at home alongside country-music royalty, including the likes of Reba McEntire. Preistley is no stranger to hosting Canadian-content music award shows, with a Junos hosting stint already under his belt from back in 1998.
I will admit, I was a bit surprised when I learned that Preistley’s love for country music has been a slow evolution over the last few years. His directorial work on the eight-part documentary series for The Roadhammers was the turning point that sealed the deal on Priestley’s appreciation for the genre. At least he came around! As I say, it’s never too late to learn to love country music!