Day Five started as a normal day. I woke up…..brushed my teeth……opened my notebook……answered a couple of e-mails…. Drove Ces and Dell to their pick up point, did a couple of house chores and the rest of the usual wake up scene. I slept late yesterday (that was around 2 am) after I finally finished organizing Mr. M’s Ipod. Finally I have crossed the finish line. I hope he goes mad while trying to finish watching every content of it. You should see my movie collections. It is bound to set world records. 😉 I’ve noticed that most of them were not converted yet so I had it done overnight and finally, it is all set.
Day Five is also a movie day for Beautiful B. For the second time, I watched the first season episodes of “The Hills”. I just loved repeating it coz the first and the last time I was watching was like a little bit chaotic with all the construction works going on around me so I did not have much of time to really absorb it. These series has made me felt like I was part of the show. Have you ever felt something like that? Feeling like you are one of “IT”. It was so inviting. It has crossed over the norms but in lovely way.
Also, I was able to see the movie “Rumor Has It” by Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner and Mark Ruffalo.
It was a typical movie. Not bad but nothing to be crazy about. Nothing much fancy about it. If it was not Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Costner who was acting on it, I would have given the movie a 2 out of 10. Worst will be a boo. But somehow, I managed to enjoy it. I have mad love with Mark Ruffalo. It all started with “View from the Top” and “13 going 30”. He looks like my ex-boyfriend back home. Ughhhh….enough. I say enough.
NAP TIME. I got a serious nap after watching. The thing which I am surprisingly getting nowadays. Just feels good to have such kind of privilege. 😉 Sleeping after it doesn’t mean that the movie was boring. You be surprised if I fall asleep while the movie was still playing.
I was browsing the net today and it was pissing to know that American Idol is still not showing in the torrent download list. I mean, hellllllooooo….are you gonna make us wait like forever. Cruel Bastards. Couple of hours after….”got a big smile”. I finally was able to get a copy and started downloading it. Here is recap of what happened during the show.
I ordinarily top off these “American Idol” reviews with a picture of one of the performances, but the image of the night was Simon Cowell up on his feet, giving a standing ovation for the first time in a long time, if ever. (Can anyone remember him doing that before?) Thoughts about what Adam did to absolutely deserve that, and all the other performances, coming up just as soon as I apologize for my bad attitude last week…
Danny Gokey, “Stand By Me”: How you feel about this performance depends largely on how you feel about contestants cheating the theme. Yes, Mickey Gilley recorded a cover of the Ben E. King classic in 1980, but Danny wasn’t really using the Gilley arrangement (which you can hear here). He wasn’t doing the King version, either, though, and I did like his gruff R&B take on the song in that usual Danny Gokey way. But the purist in me dings him for not picking an actual 1980 song.
Kris Allen then does a Seacrest-erview where he tells a story about some Ferris Wheel operator trying to use him to hit on Adam Lambert, and Seacrest doesn’t even raise an eyebrow. Is it possible that “Idol” might be moving past its sniggering attitude towards being gay? Nah…
Kris Allen, “All She Wants to Do Is Dance”: Well, it’s a night for different arrangements, and while I think Randy is a moron (as always) for complaining that he was paying attention to the song and not the singer, I do agree with Kara that it was just a bad arrangement, surprisingly lifeless in spite of the tempo and the presence of those big horns.
Afterwards, Simon gets in the line of the night, as a girl in the audience screams out, “Kris, you’re hot!” and Simon replies, “But so am I, but it’s not about that.” Whether Kris is in the bottom three this week will prove a nice test of that theory.
Lil Rounds, “What’s Love Got To Do With It”: This will be the first of two Throwing Things links in this post, as they nailed this as the obvious pick for Lil. Unfortunately, it was too obvious, in that it exposed her as an imitator — and not a very good one this week — rather than an artist. Say what you will about all the other arrangements tonights, some of which worked, some of which didn’t, but at least all the other contestants were trying to inject their own personalities into the songs. This was just copycat, minus Tina Turner’s phrasing and charisma. Bad, bad, bad.
Anoop Desai, “True Colors”: After a patented Damage Control Seacresterview, in which Anoop apologizes profusely for being snotty to Kara last week, Anoop goes with a song choice that’s all about saying, “That jerk last week isn’t who I am; these are my true colors!” After Adam, Anoop probably has the best pure singing voice of anyone else who’s left, and while the arrangement got a little dull in the middle, the falsetto was great, and he sang it with the same passion he brought to his great “Always On My Mind” performance on Country Night. Now if Anoop can just find a way to do an uptempo number without ticking off the judges, all will be right with the “Idol” world.
Scott MacIntyre, “The Search Is Over”: You may have missed the most self-aware line on the show in a long time, since the band started playing over it, but just before Ryan came over to give Scott’s numbers, he said, “At least I’m versatile. I wanted to show that before I went home.” I’ll give Scott credit for that: he knows where he is in the pecking order, knows he’s on borrowed time at best, and is now just trying to catch the eye of some adult contemporary record label out there. Given that, I’m not going to bother pointing out all the things wrong with this performance. If he somehow survives to next week, I’ll pile on him again, but I liked that moment.
Allison Iraheta, “I Can’t Make You Love Me”: As our only contestant born in the ’90s, Allison made a fairly disappointing song choice. I love the song, but we’ve heard it a bunch of times on “Idol,” and 1992 had so many other possibilities for her (see the Throwing Things link above for their suggestions). While she started off the performance fairly understated — for Allison, anyway — when she hit the chorus she started doing the stupid runs and other vocal gymnastics that please Randy but are completely unnecessary for such a beautiful song. Just sing the notes correctly and it’ll sound great! Geez!
Matt Giraud, “Part-Time Lover”: I’m going to reproduce my notes verbatim (with the profanity altered for family consumption):
Interesting arrangement… I kinda like how he sounds on it.. SING THE (BLEEPING) SONG! OH MY GOD, THERE IS ONE NOTE THERE! SING THAT NOTE! NOT THE 12 SECRET HIDDEN NOTES YOU BELIEVE ARE WITHIN IT! STOP THAT! RIGHT NOW! SING! THE! SONG!
Predictably, Randy loved it. Kara, too. (I am so done with her.)
Adam Lambert, “Mad World”: You want to know why I got so irked at the previous two for not just singing the damn notes? This is why. Adam sings the song, doesn’t resort to meliasma, is remarkably understated (as understated as you can be while singing in a falsetto under a neon green spotlight, anyway) and sounds amazing.
Was it the best performance in “Idol” history? Probably not, no. But I think what Simon was responding to when he got to his feet there was the way that Adam has so clearly distanced himself from everybody else this season. There are a number of very good singers left, but he can sing rings around them and he’s a hundred times the showman any of them hope to be on their best day. He can be annoying at times, and I can certainly see scenarios where he doesn’t win (either because people dislike him, or because he gets cocky and starts doing self-indulgent stuff like that “Ring Of Fire” again), but if there’s a reason I’m watching “Idol” for the rest of the season beyond professional obligations, it’s because I can’t wait to see whatever it is Adam Lambert’s going to do next.
Best of the night: Adam. No doubt. I may need to start doing a running feature on whoever the second best of the night was. (Here, probably Anoop, since I’m docking Danny points for the theme-cheating.) And while we’re talking about Adam, you really, really, absolutely must go and watch The Adam Lambert Roundtable. It’s one of the funniest things you’ll see all week.
In danger: Scott, definitely. Lil, probably. If Kris isn’t in the bottom three, it’s a testament to the power of the pretty. I could see Anoop there, as he has some factors working against him (good but not brilliant, performed in the middle of the show, plus whatever residual bad feelings there are from last week), or Allison, if Simon’s right that people just don’t like her very much and are only voting for her when she’s great — which she wasn’t here.
What did everybody else think?
I was surprised to see Simon Cowell giving Adam Lambert a standing O. We know for the fact that he never does that. I am watching it again….so standby. I am excited who’s next to go home and sing Chris Daughtry’s anthem.
Anyways, I also read the article about Carrie Underwood winning the ACM Awards as “Entertainer of the Year”. It was not a surprise because it was indeed a well deserved win for her. Who can be most renowned to have that spot. If it’s Carrie…..It must be good. But that was not the surprise. The surprise was when people made a big noise about her joke to Matthew Mcconaughey’s introductory story (which was fairly hilarious). Here is the scoop.
Carrie Underwood was overwhelmed to have won “Entertainer of the Year” at the American Country Music Awards on Sunday night, but the moment did turn a little mortifying when she made a sexual reference joke to wanting to see Matthew McConaughey’s “boots” in her acceptance speech.
The Texas-born actor presented Underwood with the big award, but before his official duties he entertained the audience with a story on how he and his brother once took a road trip thru Texas to see Dwight Yoakam perform. While there the brothers tried to “pick up” a few ladies by telling them that they made a livin’ exclusively custom-making George Strait’s boots.
“We’re like, ‘Oh yeah. Say, as I a matter of fact, out in the parking lot, in the trunk of our white Corvette, we have the next year’s new edition white ostrich quill George Strait signed series that he’s gonna wear on tour next year.’ And they got pretty excited about that and said, ‘Well, can we see? Can we see? Can we see?'” McConaughey told the audience. “And we obliged … Point of the story is, we got lucky that night. Thank you, George.”
After taking the trophy from McConaughey, a tearful Underwood caused jaws to drop when she said:
“I don’t know what to say. I got nothin’ … I want to see those boots, Matthew.” (The audience erupted into laughter but somehow we don’t think his leading lady, Camila Alves, was so amused). And clearly, Carrie regretted the spur-of-the-moment sexual advance.
“I’m so embarrassed, I totally embarrassed myself. I just blanked,” Underwood told Tarts backstage, burying her head in her hands. “You want to say something eloquent in a moment like that and I embarrassed myself. I’m sorry Matthew, I’m sorry to my family. I’m totally embarrassed
She even admitted that she “blacked out” after hearing her name called and couldn’t remember much between making it from her seat to the stage and then to the press room. But as only the 7th woman in the 42-year history of the awards to take the coveted “Entertainer of the Year” honor, it is no wonder Underwood got caught up in the craziness.
“It is definitely a male-dominated genre of music. But this (winning) is just indescribable. I can’t wait until the day when having a female nominated in the category is no big deal,” she said. “I accept it for all the women before me who kicked butt and never got the recognition they deserve and didn’t get the opportunity to get nominated.”
Well, are you sure we are in America. I just can’t believe that people will tend to put salt to this kind of non-sense incident. Poor Carrie. But I am certainly in Carrie’s side. What other people may think is basically not Carrie at all. It was a joke….end of quote.
BB Gandanghari (popurlarly identified as Rustom Padilla) finally got his own blog site. You can check it out through www.bbganganghari.blogspot.com
The sun is about to set. My holiday candle is melting as well. It is about to end. I am glad I have accomplished much. I must say, I will come be back on duty with a big smile on my face.