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American Idol 11: St. Louis Auditions

In: Adam, TV Shows

THE AUDITIONS ARE FINALLY OVER!! Well, after this final review that is. Typically, the loyal viewers of Idol fall into two groups: those who like the try outs and those who prefer to jump on the wagon once the messes have been sorted. I have always been one to like finding the stars early, before the producers, stylists and makeup men and ladies take hold and change everything about them. So, as we hit the final audition city of St. Louis, I have high hopes that maybe SOMEthing worth a snuff will show up.

A pretty established city for talent and performers who do well enough in past seasons, I’m slightly optimistic going into this but considering the awfulness of the last 6 cities (save for Galveston), that optimism is VERY limited. So, let’s take a deep breath, take a few shots of whatever says at least 80 proof and dive into this the final night of what might go down as the lamest series of auds ever recorded.

Click through to read the rest of my review and see the bigger and badder clips

A little late in posting, sorry about that folks, but I was so taken aback by the actual appearance of talent in the most recent foray into Texas tunes that I had to sit in astonishment most of today!

Where Aspen was the city that taste and talent forgot, it was proven last night that definitely everything IS bigger (and better!) in Texas! Even the judges themselves seemed to be more/actually aware of the true singers they had in front of them this time around and weren’t just passing out golden tickets like so many 5cent candies.

What I take from this experience is (sorry Nowheresville) that Idol REALLY needs to hit the big cities more often. While I love San D and the hills of Colorado, those aren’t place you go to for talent: those are places you go to drink ;)

Click through to read my now HAPPY review of last night’s performances

American Idol 11: Aspen Eats It, HARD

In: Adam, TV Shows

Another day, another desperate load of kids hoping to make it big. Maybe Colorado will actually offer us some real contenders this time around for the winners circle! Thus far, as you can read from my reviews, I’ve been pretty unimpressed with the “best singers” as chosen by the judges: good looking, sappy stories and begging seems to be the key to making through to the second round. I need me some ORIGINAL sounds and unique personalities and so far, short of one or two girls I’ve mentioned in past articles, I haven’t seen that star yet.

So, it’s time to try out Aspen. Also, really? Aspen? I’m sure it’s not, but I have this image of a tucked away snowy town that’s only accessible by one, rocky road… I know that makes no sense, but how did the infamous ski slopes of Asp get chosen? I’m honestly starting to question that there isn’t some weird marketing or cross-promotion thing going on behind the scenes but who really cares. Let’s get to what you’re here for: me complaining about the awful auditions.

Click through to read my scathing review

American Idol 11: Battleship Edition In San Diego

In: Adam, TV Shows

Well, another city, another 10,000 “hopefuls” fill the audition room in what is quickly becoming my favorite city in the US. – San Diego. Famous (in my opinion) for its perfect weather and amazing gay pride, I’m just hoping that it also holds some talented folks and some epic crazies as Lopez and Tyler (ugh and Seacrest) tease and gel their hair as high as it will go for these Cali residents. Last night’s auditions took place on a jet carrier or something random like that: not REALLY sure what that’s about other than a blatant attempt at faux nationalism but oh well.

No spoilers before the fold, don’t worry, but I will say that the show is really editing down the insanity this season and particularly this episode as we pretty much just see success stories: I guess they’re doing some polling and finding out what people want to see… though, come on, at least ONE tragic queen spitting at the camera or a sassy gal with more extensions than real hair and the three inch lacquered nails to match. Ah well, it was a decent episode: if you’re looking to save time read the summary and see the highlights alone or if you’re looking to see me trash a bunch of “singers” click through for that as well!

Click through to read the rest of my review & watch the audition highlights…

American Idol 11: Chillin’ in Pittsburgh

In: Adam, TV Shows

Well, Idol survived my first review of the premiere attempt to scour for talent in the Southern heat of Savannah, Georgia, but will the City of Champions (in their first ever AI audition) match up in talent and entertainment? I’m hoping for at least one screaming queen (you know I hate how they represent our people but it’s still hilarious to see them bust down time after time and call momma to tell her she can’t quit the factory quite yet), one proposal from a bumpkin’ to Lopez and a few rants to the camera afterwards- oh, and a “true talent to take it all” blah blah blah. Honestly, it’s the bipolar ones that you need to look out for on this set!

Last night I decided to take off the kid’s gloves since I realized my original article was way too forgiving of over-produced Idol moments, stretched out dramas and barely-there voices that have no real chance to make it but that the “Golden Ticket Moment” is too much of a seller that they couldn’t resist passing them out like so many flavored tic tacs. So, buckle in, cause mean Adam is back and I’m taking no prisoners today!

Click through to read the rest of my review

American Idol 11: Premiere in Savannah

In: Adam, TV Shows

Well, despite a god awful teaser of Lopez… well, walking… Season 11 of “American Idol” didn’t fail to have some classic AI, entertaining moments as we kick off the season in (do they always start here??) Savannah, Georgia. Home of the extremely young and talented, the gayest of the gays and way too many Steven Tyler fans, though that’s probably just because Georgia- like Australia and India- is about 20 years behind and is only just now hearing about this crazy new rock band called Aerosmith. All together though, they make for a pretty interesting opening show.

While many choose to skip over the auditions and hold out for Vegas week or even “Top 20s” (or whatever random number they go with this year), I’m a beginning to end kind of guy as I love to pick my faves early in the competition though typically the true stars don’t shine till they hit Sin City. You might notice that Donovan is no longer the welcoming face at the top of this article, well, we unanimously came to the decision that since the show is taking on a “kinder image” with Lopez and Tyler falling in love with every fresh face that hits the stage, we’d hit back by having our bitchiest writer- me- take the reins on the reviews. And speaking of…

Click through to read my cutting review of last night’s episode

According to Life & Style magazine the answer would be “yes”. The publication reports that the 43-year-old singer is shacking up with a Mexican model. It’s amazing how having an amazing voice can get the ladies. No disrespect to Anthony, but he looks like a walking zombie. How he manages to win over gorgeous lady (Miss Universe Dayanara Torres) after gorgeous lady (Jennifer Lopez) is beyond me. The latest to fall victim to his powers of seduction is Adriana Ontiveros.

L&S reports that the two met through a mutual friend, singer Alejandro Fernandez. They were spotted recently at a Miami Dolphins football game looking cozy. It’s not clear if things are serious between the two but they were definitely comfortable showing some PDA. Here’s an eyewitness account.

“They exited the stadium via a private entrance and stepped out of the elevator together.” The witness additionally said, “They were holding hands, and he seemed very comfortable with her. He wasn’t flaunting it.”

check out marc’s new lady love after the jump

10 Most Watched Music Videos On YouTube In 2011

In: Donovan, Music

The other day, Patrick wrote about the most viewed videos on YouTube in 2011. As you probably noticed, that list didn’t include music videos from artists from major music labels. Ergo, why Rebecca Black’s “Friday” topped that list and the likes of Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez were nowhere to be seen in that Top 10 list.

As luck would have it, YouTube has a separate list for established artists or as they officially refer to it as, “Most Watched Videos From Major Music Labels Globally“. Man, that’s a mouthful. On this list, you’ll find most of your favorites and surprisingly a few notable omissions. Even though, Adele, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears have topped several year-end lists from Best Song to Best Artist to Best whatever, the trio are MIA on this one.

So who made it? Since it’s a global list, some entries may surprise you. For instance, Pitbull shows up in three spots. WTF, dude must have a huge following in all the Spanish-speaking countries. I was also a bit stunned, yet happy, to see Jessie J’s “Price Tag” on this list. Love that song. See what other music videos YouTube watchers watched over and over and over and over again in 2011 below.

check out the 10 most watched music videos this year after the jump

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