• The 30-Day Song Challenge

    Mar 14 2011, 3:08

    Why not? I like sharing my favorite songs and the stories/meaning behind them.

    Day 1 (13 March 2011) – Your Favorite Song
    Coldplay - In My Place

    Just a perfect song on all levels, from the lyrics to the guitar riff to especially the soul and passion behind it. Years after its release, it's the only song that I can still hear as if it just came out yesterday.

    Day 2 (14 March 2011) – Your least favorite song
    Eminem - Love the Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna)

    After long deliberation, I had to go with a song that everyone seems to love and I hate. Now I know I'm not well-versed in rapology, but this one is particularly awful. The rapping is way too throaty to be considered any form of art. Rihanna seems way out of place (but you know, Eminem + Rihanna = $$$). Oh, and with laughable lyrics like "maybe that's what happens when a tornado meets a volcano," it seems like a 5th grader wrote the song. Worst part is - the radio can't get enough of it. No, thank you.

    Day 3 (15 March 2011) – A song that makes you happy
    The Beach Boys - Barbara Ann

    I'm not exactly known for my happy music taste. But, then of course there's The Beach Boys. They're everything that's right about pop music (which you don't see nearly enough of today). I dare you to listen to Barbara Ann and not smile. From the humorous (and great) harmonies to the laughter in the track, this one always puts a smile on my face. Of course, it reminds me of Saved by the Bell, too.

    Day 4 (15 March 2011) – A song that makes you sad
    Michael Giacchino - Life And Death

    Of the dozens of songs I could've picked, I had to go with the one that pulls at my heartstrings. So of course it involves LOST! Way back in Season 1 when Boone died and Aaron was born, this song played and I was a blobbering mess. I still have the song and listen to it on sad days because it really just gets to me: the piano and the strings along with the significance attached to it. It's heartbreakingly beautiful.
    Runner up: The Blind Boys Of Alabama - I Shall Not Walk Alone

    Day 5 (22 March 2011) – A song that reminds you of someone
    George Michael - Faith

    This song reminds me of Cole Hamels. In a totally non-gay way I might add. Ok, yes, I know it sounds a little gay. But there's a story behind it, I swear! My sister and I were heading to a Phillies game and she was nervous about Hamels starting. So I reassured her that he would do just fine, adding "you gotta have faith." So naturally this song defined the day and we still sing it anytime Hamels pitches. Cole ended up getting the win, by the way...along with a new, unofficial at-bat song.
    Runner up: Kate Nash - We Get On (reminds me of basically any girl I've ever known)

    Day 6 (3 April 2011) – A song that reminds of you of somewhere
    Kid Rock - All Summer Long

    You can judge the song or Kid Rock all you want. Believe me, I won't judge you. He's nowhere near the top of the list of my favorite artists. Still, this song always reminds me of Northern Michigan, where I vacation. Basically every lyric in the song reminds me of some sort of adventure I had up north...because it's so true. From the summer love, to the summer song, and summer lake adventures. It's all 100% accurate. Plus, you don't hear many songs that aren't about big cities or the south, so it's a nice change. Damn, now I wanna go to Michigan!
    Runner up: AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long (reminds me of Deer Park Tavern)

    Day 7 (7 April 2011) – A song that reminds you of a certain event
    Boyz II Men - Water Runs Dry

    Definitely the hardest day thus far. Songs don't really remind me of events (unless they're concerts). So let's go way back to my childhood. Story time! Way back when, my friends and I were going to put on a concert where the guys performed Boyz II Men and the girls did TLC. Ah, the 90s. So we decided our song was going to be "Water Runs Dry" and somehow, we even had choreography though I have no clue how given the tempo. Yeah, the "show" ended up not being much, but I'll always associate the song with it.
    Runner up: Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply (reminds me of my first slow dance - corny, I know)

    Day 8 (17 April 2011) – A song that you know all the words to
    Green Day - Jesus of Suburbia

    So, I could basically answer this one with like 90% of the songs on my iPod. So, what I decided to do was to select the longest song on my computer (without those five minute hidden song pauses) that I knew all the words to. Green Day was the result. Even though I kind of look at it more like five songs than one. But the benefit is its length: since it's 9 minutes long and I love all 9 minutes, it makes for a great running song, cause it makes the running go by even quicker.
    Runner up: Édith Piaf - Non, je ne regrette rien (thanks to my French minor...and Marion Cotillard movies)

    Day 09 (27 August 2011) – A song that you can dance to
    Michael Jackson - Beat It

    Cop-out choice? Yes. But it doesn't make it any less true. I'm not a dancer. Period. I can do the Macarena, however! But there's something about "Beat It" that just gets my feet moving. Plus, I think the choreography in the music video is kind of cool. Yes, I try to recreate it when I hear this in a bar. No, I am usually not successful in looking cool. Either way, it still kind of makes me feel good.
    Runner up: Los Del Rio - Macarena (yes, I totally went there)

    Day 10 (28 August 2011) – A song that makes you fall asleep
    Damien Rice - Sleep Don't Weep

    Well, the song is 22 minutes long! And it doesn't have the cool bonus track like "Eskimo" does. Yeah, one of Damien Rice's weaker songs I have to say. I'm all into slow, but I feel like I'm taking a Lunesta if I take a listen to this one. I wonder if the title has anything to do with it?
    Runner up: Ray Charles - You Are My Sunshine (this was the song my parents sang to me to put me to bed when I was a baby)

    Day 11 (5 September 2011) – A song from your favorite band
    Coldplay - Glass of Water

    Considering my favorite song is by my favorite band, I was forced to pick another one! So, I decided to go with one from an EP and not an LP, so it might be a little lesser known. But this is easily one of my favorite Coldplay songs. The lyrics, the solos, and just the all-in-all atmosphere are perfect. It's optimistic, but not sugary sweet. It's also perfectly performed live. I'm so happy I got a chance to hear it once live, cause it probably won't happen again.
    Runner up: Coldplay - Violet Hill (well, it is the Coldplay track with the most plays from me)

    Day 12 (22 October 2011) – A song from a band you hate
    Oasis - Don't Look Back in Anger

    I decided to spice this entry up a little...this is a song that I like from a band that I hate. I find Oasis to be mostly cocky, uninspiring, and heartless. Most of all, they technically fit that "mold" of band that I should like but I find most of their songs intolerable. Yet, I still like "Don't Look Back in Anger" - I can't tell you why, I just kind of do. Plus, it's not overplayed like the douchey tunes like "Champagne Supernova" and "Wonderwall."
    Runner up: The Black Eyed Peas - The Time (Dirty Bit) (just because it was the first song that came up on the iTunes store that I hated)

    Day 13 (6 November 2011) – A song that is a guilty pleasure
    Wham! - Wake Me up Before You Go-Go

    Damn, I already put George Michael. Whoops. I don't know if it's just the hilarity of the song/video, but I'm a total sucker for it's entire corniness. The randomness of "Jitterbug!" and pure 80's vibe just make it too hard to resist. Though, between this and "Faith" - I might be starting to question my music taste.
    Runner up: Lady Gaga - Bad Romance (Yes, it's hard for me to admit I legitimately like a Lady GaGa song.)

    Day 14 (26 July 2012) – A song that no one would expect you to love
    Skrillex - Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites

    About a year ago, I started to get into dubstep, which I never expected since it was probably the type of music I looked down on five years ago. Still, the production is just way perfect and well-thought out on dubstep tracks that it's a genre I've come to love and explore. One of the few types that make me want to create music. Thus, I'm posting the most recognizable dubstep track.
    Runner up: Alexisonfire - This Could Be Anywhere In The World (I can even appreciate scream-o.)


    Day 15 – A song that describes you
    Day 16 – A song that you used to love but now hate
    Day 17 – A song that you hear often on the radio
    Day 18 – A song that you wish you heard on the radio
    Day 19 – A song from your favorite album
    Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry
    Day 21 – A song that you listen to when you’re happy
    Day 22 – A song that you listen to when you’re sad
    Day 23 – A song that you want to play at your wedding
    Day 24 – A song that you want to play at your funeral
    Day 25 – A song that makes you laugh
    Day 26 – A song that you can play on an instrument
    Day 27 – A song that you wish you could play
    Day 28 – A song that makes you feel guilty
    Day 29 – A song from your childhood
    Day 30 – Your favorite song at this time last year
  • Odds are 20 to 1.

    Giu 22 2007, 2:21

    First song you heard:
    Favourite song:
    Favourite album:
    Accuracy:

    For my top 20!

    1. James Blunt
    First song you heard: "You're Beautiful".
    Favourite song: Probably "Same Mistake" though if I could hear "1973" again, it might be that.!
    Favourite album: Back to Bedlam.
    Accuracy: Well, I first started listening to him around the same time as I got a last.fm so me being obsessed with last.fm probably contributed to him being so high. I would say he's probably top 5 though.

    2. Coldplay
    First song you heard: "Yellow"
    Favourite song: Either "In My Place" or "Fix You".
    Favourite album: A Rush of Blood to the Head.
    Accuracy: Very accurate, I tend to listen to them a lot over time so they have a lot of staying power.

    3. Snow Patrol
    First song you heard: "Chasing Cars"
    Favourite song: Man, this one's pretty hard, I'd hate to be a conformist and choose "Run" so I'll go with either "How To be Dead", "Chocolate", or "Make This Go on Forever".
    Favourite album: Final Straw.
    Accuracy: Also very accurate, ditto what I said for Coldplay.

    4. Michael Giacchino
    First song you heard: "The Eyeland".
    Favourite song: "Life and Death" because it made me cry the first time I heard it. Of course the events on the island probably made it sadder.
    Favourite album: Lost, Season 1.
    Accuracy: Hard to say. I listen to the Lost soundtracks a lot but he's only so high because there are a lot of short, short songs. So technically, yes, he deserves his spot, but realistically, he's probably lower.

    5. James Morrison
    First song you heard: "You Give Me Something" though if we include Grey's Anatomy, I guess you could say it was "Better Man" though I didn't know it at the time.
    Favourite song: Don't make me choose! It changes daily -- "Undiscovered", "Wonderful World", "Call the Police", "This Boy", "Better Man", and so on...
    Favourite album: The only one...Undiscovered.
    Accuracy: VERY accurate. Should probably actually be over James Blunt.

    6. The Killers
    First song you heard: "Somebody Told Me".
    Favourite song: "Read My Mind" though it used to be "All These things That I've Done".
    Favourite album: Sam's Town.
    Accuracy: Pretty accurate, all things considered.

    7. Joss Stone
    First song you heard: "You Had Me".
    Favourite song: "I've Fallen In Love With You"
    Favourite album: Tough call, they're actual all about equal but for now I'll say Mind, Body, and Soul.
    Accuracy: Pretty accurate, I always listen to her when I move in and move out of dorms. Plus, she has three albums so that helps.

    8. Lily Allen
    First song you heard: "Smile".
    Favourite song: "LDN" or "Nan You're A Window Shopper".
    Favourite album: Alright, Still.
    Accuracy: I'm actually a little surprised she's really high but she's great so it's fair/accurate..

    9. Kelly Clarkson
    First song you heard: Technically..."Respect".
    Favourite song: "Because of You".
    Favourite album: Right now it's Breakaway but ask me in a few weeks and my answer may change.
    Accuracy: Probably should be a little bit higher since I listened to her a lot before I got last.fm, when her two albums were already old.

    10. Damien Rice
    First song you heard: "The Blower's Daughter".
    Favourite song: It changes but either "Delicate", "9 Crimes", "Cannonball", or "Elephant".
    Favourite album: Literally, 9 and O are both equally great.

    11. Keane
    First song you heard: "Somewhere Only We Know".
    Favourite song: Probably "Nothing in My Way".
    Favourite album: I'm probably in the minority here, but I love Under the Iron Sea.
    Accuracy: Hard to say, so I'm going to say it's accurate by default.

    12. KT Tunstall
    First song you heard: "Black Horse and a Cherry Tree".
    Favourite song: "Other Side of the World".
    Favourite album: Well, since I only have one...Eye to the Telescope. If you haven't caught on yet, I like new artists.
    Accuracy: I used to listen to her a lot but not so much in recent weeks so by current standards: inaccurate.

    13. Scissor Sisters
    First song you heard: "Laura".
    Favourite song: "I Can't Decide" or "Take Your Mama".
    Favourite album: Ta-Dah.
    Accuracy: Well, I had this period of two weeks when I listened to them a looooot so that's the reason they're so high. But my 13th favorite? Probably not.

    14. Evanescence
    First song you heard: "Bring Me To Life".
    Favourite song: "My Immortal", "All That I'm Living For", or "Call Me When You're Sober".
    Favourite album: The Open Door.
    Accuracy: I listened to them a lot after The Open Door came out but haven't in recent weeks.

    15. Chris Daughtry
    First song you heard: "The Letter".
    Favourite song: On AI: "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" or "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman". With Daughtry: "Over You" or "What About Now".
    Favourite album: Daughtry.
    Accuracy: If you include the band, he should be higher, but just solo on AI, this should be lower probably.

    16. The Beatles
    First song you heard: Like I remember?
    Favourite song: "Hey Jude".
    Favourite album: I know it's a cop-out but 1.
    Accuracy: I'd say this is pretty accurate; The Beatles rock my socks.

    17. Paolo Nutini
    First song you heard: "New Shoes".
    Favourite song: "Alloway Grove", even if it is 14 minutes long.
    Favourite album: Like all the other new artists...These Streets.
    Accuracy: I'd probably say just a few spots higher.

    18. Carrie Underwood
    First song you heard: "I Can't Make You Love Me". (See Kelly Clarkson and Chris Daughtry.)
    Favourite song: "Wasted".
    Favourite album: Big shocker...Some Hearts.
    Accuracy: I guess it's accurate as much as I wouldn't like it to be - Carrie is kind of my guilty pleasure since I didn't like her on Idol.

    19. Shayne Ward
    First song you heard: I'm not sure but I think it was "Cry Me A River".
    Favourite song: "No Promises" or "Next to Me".
    Favourite album: This is getting old...Shayne Ward.
    Accuracy: the most inaccurate one in my top 20, he probably shouldn't be there, even though Uh would like it.

    20. The Fray
    First song you heard: "Over My Head (Cable Car)".
    Favourite song: "How to Save a Life" or "All at Once".
    Favourite album: Yawn. How to Save a Life.
    Accuracy: Well, I'd say this is around the right spot.

    And finally, here are some artists that should be in my top 20 but are not (though they probably will be soon):
    21. Jason Mraz
    24. Amy Winehouse
    25. Maroon 5
    28. The Fratellis
    31. Switchfoot
  • The iTunes Personality Test

    Apr 18 2007, 23:44

    I currently have
    - 1530 items
    - 4:01:36:29
    - 6.78 GB

    Sort by artist:
    + First
    White And Nerdy

    - Last
    That Thing You Do

    Sort by song title:
    + First Song
    '39

    - Last Song
    Zombie

    Sort by time:
    - Shortest Song
    0:16 - Main Title

    + Longest Song
    21:54 - Sleep Don't Weep

    Sort by album:
    + First Song
    Love Me Do (1)

    - Last Song
    Real World (Yourself or Someone Like You)

    Top 10 Most Played Songs:
    01. You're Beautiful (98)
    02. This Boy (83)
    03. High (80)
    04. Wonderful World (79)
    --. Call the Police (79)
    06. Goodbye My Lover (78)
    07. Under the Influence (77)
    08. In My Place (76)
    --. Undiscovered (76)
    10. Fix You (73)

    First five songs that comes up on Shuffle:
    01. Win One For The Reaper
    02. Hands Open
    03. The Prayer
    04. You Know My Name
    05. Nan You're a Window Shopper

    Search:
    "sex", how many songs come up?: 4
    "love", how many songs come up?: 99
    "you", how many songs come up?: 214
    "death", how many songs come up?: 4
    "hate", how many songs come up?: 8
    "wish" how many songs come up?: 7
    "dream" how many songs come up?: 12
  • Final Countdown

    Lug 8 2006, 15:49

    So I totally kleptoed this from this other guy, but it seemed like a fun game so why not do it again! Plus, isn't imitation the sincerest form of flaterry?

    In this game, we're going to try to make a playlist of songs of decreasing lengths. I'll post a song that has a song length of 5 minutes (5:00), and the next person would post a song that's (4:59) minutes long, the next person posts a song that is (4:58) minutes long, etc.

    My goal is to get down to at least 3 minutes, but who knows we could get further! You can post as many times as you want, but let someone else post first before you post again.


    So I'll start:

    5:00
    Frozen

    Connections:
    Abigor, Aina, Alanis Morissette, Arcana, Avathar, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Billy Idol, Christina Aguilera, Coldplay, Collide, Damien Rice, Dominion III, Eva Cassidy, Faith No More, Green Day, Joss Stone, Lake of Tears, Madonna, Myrkskog, Rob Thomas, Thunderstone, Whitney Houston
  • Guess the Song!

    Giu 3 2006, 6:37

    Yeah, I stopped doing the reviews because they were too time consuming. :P I did like two more, if you really want me to post them. So here's my first journal with a survey thingy! I thought it looked cool so I'm giving it a try.

    Step 1: Open up whatever MP3 program you use and add every song in your collection.
    Step 2: Put it on random.
    Step 3: Post a line from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarassing the song.
    Step 4: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
    Step 5: Cross out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
    Step 6: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!


    01. Lyric: I'll catch a Greyhound bus for home, they all say.

    02. Lyric: When I dial the telephone, nobody's home.

    03. Lyric: It's like a cigarette in the mouth or a handshake in the doorway.

    04. Lyric: But their half-hearted smiles tell me something just ain't right.

    05. Lyric: Just one touch and I'd be in too deep now to ever swim against the current.

    06. Lyric: Her hair reminds me of a warm safe place where as a child I'd hide.

    07. Lyric: You were the first; you'll be the last.

    08. Lyric: And when your back's against the wall, just turn around and you - you will see.

    09. Lyric: All we need is candlelight, you and me, and a bottle of wine.

    10. Lyric: I can make every tackle at the sound of a whistle.

    11. Lyric: I will raise the children if you pay all the bills.

    12. Lyric: There is a blue one who can't accept the green one.

    13. Lyric: Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids.

    14. Lyric: Shut your mouth, I just can't take it!

    15. Lyric: She said "It's cold. It feels like Independence Day."

    16. Lyric: Until you become the very soul of me.

    17. Lyric: We might make love in some sacred place.

    18. Lyric: I wonder if you'll ever get yourself back here alive.

    19. Lyric: If he knew the things I did, he couldn't handle it.

    20. Lyric: All pleasure's the same, it just keeps me from trouble.

    Artist Hints:
    Air Supply
    Celine Dion
    Cheap Trick
    Damien Rice
    Daniel Powter
    Dashboard Confessional
    Eagle-Eye Cherry
    Elton John
    George Benson
    Guns N' Roses
    James Blunt
    Joss Stone
    Kelly Clarkson
    Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow
    Mandy Moore
    Paula Cole
    Sly and the Family Stone
    The Killers
    The Wallflowers
    TLC

    Everyone who has guessed so far has gotten it right! Good job everyone!
  • That's All, Folks - The tiny, the tuney, and the little looney: A Review of AI5's…

    Apr 25 2006, 22:16

    Okay, okay, okay. If I don't do this now, I'll probably be castrated later, so I might as well get it over with before I even start. I was wrong. There, I said it loud and clear so even Elliott could hear it. Ouch, that was pretty harsh...even for me. >.< Anywho, for those of you who are sitting there crying because you're still trying to grasp the concept on the rare chance BSE was not right, I can explain. Actually, I'll let myself do the explaining. You see, about seven days ago I made a prediction that I would be talking about in today's review (good thing I didn't watch The Ring though, eh?). To quote myself exactly, I said:

    I can't say the same for the Top 7 theme, airing tonight. I'm calling a Country Week, Part II. I think it's going to be more boring than ever, if the rumor that they're not allowed to change the songs is true. So, I have a feeling that about 5/7 contestants will be extremely lackluster. I'm saying this now so next week I can be like "I told you so!" :P No, I'm just kidding, because I really do hope I'm wrong.

    Well, 9 hours after watching that...not because Katharine's vocals were so beautiful or because Kellie...meh, I'll just save it for later. I was crying because for the first time since I got 39 questions wrong on my Biology exam...I was wrong. :'( And much like I'm sure all of you are doing right now, I cried more than Paris on a results show. Somehow, someway (soooooommmeeewheeeeerreee), I'll find the strength to muster up another review, just in time for a new week on 'Idol'!

    So it's British Barry Manilow week over Idol and the kids are feelin' the pressure, especially since I predicted 5 out of 7 of them to fall on their faces. Well, at least I had the number right, because those 5 actually ended up doing quite well (despite my for-reasons-unknown disliking for Rod Stewart). Speaking of which though, his gold-digger wife is kinda hot! :D~ And he has a cute baby...way to go, Rod...we get it...you use Viagra. But they're singing songs from The Great American Songbook this week. Other 'Idol' countries get Canadian Hits and Australian Made, we get....Big Band minus the swing. What's up with all the jazz-y themes this year, anyways? The next theme we'll probably see is Kenny G or somethin'. Anywho, time to kick off a new dawn, a new day, a new review, because...I'm feeling good. B-)

    PERFORMANCES
    01. What A Wonderful World And at this point in time, millions of people flood to IDF to say "OMG!!!1 Spoilezr ar ewrong!" as Chris Daughtry gets what I like to call the unpimp spot and kicks off the show. Now some say he was being versatile when he chose Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World" and others say it was just a simple, easy vocal. In defense of Chris' "toughness", I'm just gonna go on a limb and say he was trying to celebrate 4-20 two days early because we alllll know that song wasn't written sober/drug free. o:) And for those of you who didn't know that...Google is your friend. Not that I condone 4-20 or anything, I'm just sticking up for my buddy Chris. Anywho, it was good-ish, not my favorite Chris performance but after my 8th grade chorus did a kickass version of "What A Wonderful World" 5 years ago, everything seems inferior. And I gotta admit...Chris must be using subliminal messaging or something, because I seriously wanna buy one of those chains now. And it has NOTHING to do with the fact all the cool kids had them in middle school and I didn't. Nope, it was all Chris. :P
    Grade: B

    02. These Foolish Things When "the tiny" Paris Bennett said that she was changing styles every week, she wasn't kidding. For the past three weeks we've seen rodeo cowgirl, tattoo rock goddess, and now...businesswoman? I guess "These Foolish Things" remind us of Paris. Score 2 points for BSE for working in the song title. I actually quite enjoyed this performance from Paris. I thought it was kind of funny actually...did anyone else think the song was very Parisian? I don't know, I could just picture a Newlywed couple at a cafe with the Eiffel Tower in the back and Paris Bennett comes on and the couple starts to slow dance. Okay, maybe it was just me...or that new Danielle Steel novel. :D I think she got the mannerisms down the best and I really enjoyed it actually. For the past few weeks, I've really opened up to Paris and she's emerged as one of my overall favorites so yeah...I just felt the need to tell you. It has no relevance to anything I'm gonna say, it just makes the review look longer. B)
    Grade: A

    03. You Send Me Ignore the complete randomness to the next comment, but does anyone else think that Taylor Hicks has an oddly shaped head? It has been BUGGING me for like the past four weeks. His head looks like a balloon placed on top of a decapitated scarecrow, I swear. I will try and ignore it for the next few weeks, but I can't promise anything...it's just...there. Despite all of that, Taylor did pretty well with Sam Cooke's "You Send Me". Yup, the ending was vurry good and I think I speak for a lot of people that when he performs stuff like that at the end, that's his forte. And of course Paula gives him a standing ovation. I'm not saying at all he didn't deserve it, but we see Paula giving out standing ovations now more times than we see commercial breaks (anyone else think they're incredibly bad this year?). So yeah, the standing O really only means something if it comes from Randy now. Or Simon. Though if Simon gives one, you might as well end the competition now.
    Grade: A-

    04. It Had To Be You Yay! Now it's time for my favorite "song" of the night, coming from Elliott Yamin with "It Had To Be You". I'm going to be honest, and much like Katharine, I haven't a clue who originally sang the song so if one of you know for sure...if you could tell me, that'd be great! Once again, another enjoyable performance came out of Elliott, although I can't say I'm diggin' the newly trimmed goatee. I kind of think it looks like a Texas mustache, so if E came out with like a cowboy hat and boots, it'd be a little different, but yeah, it's been a weird facial hair year from Chris' sideburns to Gedeon's mustache so it's only another chapter in the book. Back to IHTBY though...it would have been so much better without the "Santa Baby" back-up singers. I haven't been that distracted since the cell phone ring in Paris' "Work It Out" (Aaaaah! Memories!) Despite the minor flaw, I still liked it and still love the song. *Goes and puts it on his iPod and dances around the room, singing*
    Grade: B

    05. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered Okay, time to relax and gather yourself to write the review for "the little looney" Kellie Pickler with her attempt at "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered". Much like the movie Silent Hill, I tried to take it seriously, but I ended up laughing five seconds later. Worst movie ever, by the way. >.< So, I maybe my negative opinion is a cause here (or maybe it's because of you who said I was too nice to her Top 11) but I don't think in recent memory I've laughed at a performance (minus Daniel Kublbock). To be fair, I only laughed at the last two notes. I'm not a mean person I swear...I watch Extreme Makeover: Home Edition! Well actually I don't, I watch backstabbing bloodthirsty reality shows like Survivor and The Apprentice (Cirie is my hero! <3) This potentially could have been a pretty performance (whereas Silent Hill was doomed from the start) but...it was far from pretty, but I did like the disco lights! When all else fails, at least you have good lighting.
    Grade: C-

    06. That's All So whoever on the IdolOnFox website and rickey.org thought it was funny not have the video of Ace Young isn't cool. Not because I'm a huge Highroller or anything, but I couldn't find the video anywhere. So for the first time, I'm judging solely off of an mp3. :o BUM BUM BUUUM!!! Well, I did see him perform "That's All" the first time, I just like to have the video to watch it again...so here goes nothing. I must agree with Simon that it was a quite charming performance, especially since it was arguably his best vocal performance yet. Randy thought he should sing an entire song in falsetto, which he did..."Butterflies". And if I remember correctly, the struggled his way through that one, so yeah, Ace, if you're reading this, I even defended you for "We Will Rock You" so take my advice and not Randy's: your normal voice is better than your falsetto. So I guess...that's all.
    Grade: B-

    07. Someone To Watch Over Me Just like last week, I totally called that Katharine McPhee would get the pimp spot this week. Maybe I can go 3-for-3 and say Taylor's getting it this week. But of course, "Someone To Watch Over Me" is a great closer, and the message boards go in shock once again because she's not singing "The Way You Look Tonight". She did kind of cheat though to see which song Rod thought was best for her. :P Not that I care because she was fantastic tonight, with her first truly great vocal in a long time. No screeching this time around, then again, if there were, the whole song would be like ruined. I'm not certain, but I always assumed the song was about a girl singing to her father. Of course I'd love to be the answer to someone who asks Katharine "Who's your daddy?" but I know it ain't gonna happen. :'( Oh yeah, and KitKat, keep up the style...your on a three week streak, let's try and not to break it. You've almost made up for your Top 12 dress. Almost.
    Grade: A

    Top 3: Katharine, Paris, Taylor
    Bottom 3: Ace, Chris, Kellie

    RESULTS
    Yes, I know most of you are still shocked I just put Chris in my bottom three. :P But hey, it's called yellow journalism...and being honest. It wasn't a bad performance, I just like 4/7 more. ^_^ So...deal with it. Plus it's the first time he's mad an appearance there so boo ya...cry me a river. I've put Kellie in there for like the past gazillion weeks so it's only fair. The real bottom three, of course consisted of Chris Daughtry, Ace Young, and Paris Bennett. Ace was gone. Shocker. 'Cept not. It's good that he went out on a good note though...it's always better that way. :P Oh yeah, and I actually WATCHED the results show this week...and I can't remember much from it, except how I hat the whole group thing, especially top 7 night. What they should do, but never will is place 4 people in one group and 3 in the other and have there be a bottom FOUR! Now that'd be interesting. :P Oh yeah, speaking of producers, Nigel Lithgoe or however you spell it is like the worst actor ever. When Ryan says Rod Stewart should work with the AI6 kids for a 70's rock theme, Nigel gave this business-like nod, making us believe there's actually going to be one. We ALL know that the themes are planned out for next year already: 50s, 60s, 70s, 90s, 2000s, and Current Hits. Basically everything but 80s because Idol hates me. :)


    No predictions for this week! Nope, it seems as though I've learned my lesson about saying whether a performance night is going to be good or not. However, I'm not too thrilled about having back-to-back themes of slow songs. :P I've literally kept an open mind about tonight's show so I really don't know what to expect, maybe I'll be surprised or disappointed. Either way, I can't wait for my Idol fix! So until next time,

    That's all!

    -BSE-

    PS..in case you're wondering: yes, I'm aware the phrases in the title are from two different TV shows. And yes, I'm aware that's it's toony and not tuney...that's the point. :P
  • Under Pressure - 'Idol' Searches for its Killer Queen (or King): A Review of AI5's…

    Apr 25 2006, 22:08

    Yup, it's another Tuesday, so you know what that means...another late, last-minute review from BSE. Well, to be fair, it was a big week: kids are on Spring Break, we had Easter and Passover, but most importantly, it was Queen night over on American Idol! Yup, it was pretty much the most hyped theme night...since, oh, forever! Anywho, thanks again for reading these reviews, because God knows how long it takes to read one of these novels of mine. But I feel ready for the review this week, there's lots to talk about...so, let's get going! :D

    Queen night...was the first episode since the audition stages (not including results shows) that I hadn't seen live. :'( Yes, folks, I had to record it. Although if I had known I was going to get a 61 on my Biology exam that I studied for instead of watching Idol, I would have seen it live. But no worries, American Idol > the study of life anyways. After receiving many text messages in the library during the show, I gave into pressure at around 10 o'clock and decided I had to watch it so I threw down my books and ran back home to go rewind my tape (although I'm still waiting for that TiVo I shamelessly plugged in my Top 12 review). So this week it was just me, the top 8, and an old blank tape that's been recorded over more times than I can count on my fingers and toes. So after the show, did I want to break free and cry, or was it a killer Queen night? You'll have to read my review to find out. Muwahaha! Or just look at the title. O.o

    PERFORMANCES
    01. Fat Bottomed Girls To compensate for my harsh reviews last week, it's time to start being lenient, beginning with Bucky Covington! And really, the truth is, only Bucky could get away with singing "Fat Bottomed Girls". No, not because it's a good song for his voice, but because he's like the skinniest one in the top 12! Unless you take away almost all the girls and that other dude who got 11th place who everyone has pretty much forgotten even existed at all. Despite all that, Bucky actually hit a personal best with Queen, it was loads of an improvement than last week, though I know a lot of people liked him Top 9. And it was a great vocal fit and he performed it well. I think for the first time, we've finally warmed up to Bucky. And plus, I don't know about you, but I swear I was singing the song through the whole commercial break (which actually wasn't that long thanks tot he wonders of Fast Forwarding). o:)
    Grade: B

    02. We Will Rock You Although it would have been fun to see Ace Young perform first since I could make a joke about the whole 'ace-one-eleven' thing, I must admit, the joke is getting old. Ermm, so, why did I use it just now, do you ask? Well, um, I just needed an intro! :D Anywho, the sports god is up next to rock us with the sports anthem "We Will Rock You". Basically everyday, I have a self-debate to see if I like the song "We Will Rock You" or "We Are The Champions" better. At the moment, WWRY is winning but I can picture it changing. In case any of you wondered, this is what I do with my free time. But this week...I actually really liked Ace. *dodges rocks, bullets, basketballs, guillotine, or any other harmful objects* Hear me out though, before you look at me like I spelled my screenName wrong. It was a good choice of song for Ace and here's why: 1. It was finally a song Ace did with substance. Up to this point, most of his performances were like the same song...and it was getting boring. 2. No vocal show-offs...which Ace can be known to attempt and not succeed very well...his falsetto at the end wasn't that annoying. and 3. The song fits his personality as the "sports" guy so he knows what it means. Others didn't like it, but I'll just call it a guilty pleasure. :P
    Grade: B-

    03. Bohemian Rhapsody My individual critiques are a little longer than usual tonight, so sorry you have to read a lot more...as I move onto Kellie Pickler. Shockingly not performing last (although I totally called Paris going last like forever ago), Kellie is doing the daring, the poetic, the infamous "Bohemian Rhapsody". And this, my friends is overkill. I don't even think I can count how many times in the past year I've heard this song on a TV talent show. It used to be risky, now it's become so common, it's lost its effect (and I'm not just referring to Kellie), it became overused back in like July. Overall for Kellie, it wasn't my favorite performance, but it wasn't the train wreck I thought it was going to be. I guess it was okay if you're a big fan, but for me, between the bug eyes, the strobe lights, and the gawd-awful bangs, it kind of gave me a headache. :( I will be semi-generous though since it was a good overall night. :P
    Grade: C+

    04. Innuendo Now we start moving into Queen's less popular songs and what a shocker, they're in the middle of the show! We begin this part with Chris Daughtry singing "Innuendo". Thank God Kellie didn't sing this or else she'd probably be asking a million questions about the title. Come to think of it, does she know what Rhapsody means? :o Or even Bohemian for that matter. Survey says....no. Speaking of which, I totally didn't buy the "on paper" thing. But wait...enough Kellie, this is Chris' performance dammit. Pardon my French, I must be all rocker-ed out from tonight’s show. :P I actually really digged Chris tonight and glad he went with "Innuendo" instead of a more famous one. After all, there have been a lot of times I've been introduced songs thanks to AI. Although, an unknown song was the cause of death for my fave last year (Nadia), so hopefully it won't be a repeat. But just like Nadia, I liked the song / performance. But also just like for Nadia, I'm a tad bit biased.
    Grade: B+

    05. Who Wants To Live Forever Moving right along with the dark, lighting scheme is a performance by Katharine McPhee! She started the second half of the show with the first song change from "Don't Stop Me Now" to "Who Wants To Live Forever". And yes, oh yes, was it the right choice. I thought "Don't Stop Me Now" was one of the weaker songs in the medley, too. She probably would have bee-three’d with her first choice, but her new song is a whole different story. It wasn't the perfect vocal at the high notes, but just for the same reason I loved Elliott last week, I loved Katharine this week. The song is actually quite fascinating and the emotion was definitely there. Plus, she's getting better with the outfits. Still far from perfect, but it's a step up from Maternity GAP. Which I totally just made up, but I wouldn't be surprised if there is one. :P
    Grade: A-

    06. Somebody To Love Yaaaay! Someone sang my favorite Queen song "Somebody to Love"! :spaz: And it came from my second favorite contestant Elliott Yamin! :spaz: I was really hoping someone was going to sing this, and I'm really glad it came from him...and what a great choice, too. And also, despite the fact that Elliott (with a newly trimmed goatee) looks like a skinnier Jason Lee from My Name Is Earl, he worked this performance out. Although I would've loved to have heard the beginning "Caaaaaan aaaanyboddeeeeeee fiiiiind meeeeee sooomebooody tooooo luuuuuuuv?" part (booo Paula for not saying that the beginning wasn't one of the best parts of the song :thumbsdown:), I still loved it. He took Queen's most soulful song and put his Yamin style on it. It was great...Elliott just keeps getting better and better, in my opinion, though his bottom three record would disagree. :o
    Grade: A-

    07. Crazy Little Thing Called Love Wow, I don't even know where I can begin with Taylor Hicks. Between the missed kick and the off beat hops on the steps, it was an OCD nightmare. Me being semi-OCD myself, it was a nightmare...but a hilarious one. It was hilarious to watch, even though it didn't start out as his best vocal. I'm shocked I don't see a gazillion missed-kick avatars because I would love to see them. In fact, I wanna watch the kick (or lack of) again. :lmao: Wow, this never gets old. For a performance, he gets an A+ just because it was so funtarded and vocal he gets a B. So if I do my math correctly, this balances out to (look down). Go me, I passed 2nd grade math! Can't say the same for College Biology. :devil:
    Grade: A-

    08. The Show Must Go On Like I saad earlier, I totally called Paris Bennett going last. Well, then again, basically so did everyone else. :P And it wasn't just because she's the only person left not to perform last, but how could you have a song like "The Show Must Go On" and not have it be the closer? This was actually my favorite performance from Paris thus far, she showed versatility and it was a great choice...and she totally had fun with the song (although I wasn't a huge fan of the giggle). This si the kind of record I'd want to buy from Paris, along with other different kind of songs. Since Paris is so unique, this is why I think a theme like Queen really benefit for her. And yes, she looked like a Star Jones/dominatrix love child, but it all worked out for her in the end. :*
    Grade: A-

    Top 3: Elliott, Katharine, Taylor (with Chris and Paris extremely close behind)
    Bottom 3: Ace, Bucky, Kellie

    RESULTS
    Sadly, once again, I was not able to see the results, though I was really looking foward to them this week. No worries though, for the next two weeks (thanks to reruns), I'll be watching the results! Now watch them suck. :lol: Anywho, from the parts I switched to quickly, they seemed pretty interesting. I watched the medley (and downloaded an mp3) of their performance. And wow...fire Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, Shakira, Kenny Rogers, Rod Stewart, and anyone else you have lined up for a performance now because this medley was worth all of it. I mean, this group sounds better together than all of the other seasons and yet we get the least number of performances. What gives? I personally loved the medley a lot and I really hope to see more in the future. I agreed with 2/3 of the bottom three of Ace Young, Bucky Covington, and Elliott Yamin. Then again, everyone was so good last night that I wasn't terribly shocked to see Elliott there. Bucky was at his best on Tuesday, but to be honest...that's probably a reason to why he left. I think his departure was more the contestant rather than the performance. But, it's always great to leave on a high note, so it was good to finally see a Bucky performance that most fans and non-fans could enjoy.


    Well, that's it for this week. Overall, it was probably my favorite week of the competition, also because I love Queen songs a whole lot. I feel inspired to go buy one of their albums now actually. I can't say the same for the Top 7 theme, airing tonight. I'm calling a Country Week, Part II. I think it's going to be more boring than ever, if the rumor that they're not allowed to change the songs is true. So, I have a feeling that about 5/7 contestants will be extremely lackluster. I'm saying this now so next week I can be like "I told you so!" :P No, I'm just kidding, because I really do hope I'm wrong. But, seeing the rumored choices for my two favorites, I don't have a lot of faith. :o Once again, let's hope I'm wrong!

    Until next time,

    -BSE-
  • One Country, One Idol, and One Boring Night: A Review of AI5's Top 9

    Apr 25 2006, 21:55

    BSE, You sure are terrible are writing reviews. Trust me...I know, as I sit here 24 hour hours before I fail a Biology exam, I figured I might as well finally write my review for the top 9 before I head off into hours of endless sleeping studying in the library. Last week, I actually got a lot of responses...all 0 of them (thanks to everyone who read it though). In fact, I didn't even know people read AI5 Show Recaps past that Thursday. :o So thanks again...my goal is respond to more reviews as well, starting tonight. :P My Goal #2 is to finish my Top 8 review on Thursday or Friday as well. I'm really hoping I can do that (especially now that theidolshow.com was shut down). So anywho, let's get this started!

    Ah, get out your BBQ and deep-fried Oreos because it's country night over at American Idol. Yup, it seems three seasons in a row wasn't enough for a country theme, so they just had to make it four! I'm sure this had nothing to do with the fact that last year's winner was a southern blonde country singer whom Simon loved (Whoa, is this The Twilight Zone or something?) I don't know what to expect this week because first off...I don't know that much about country music except for the fact that Dolly Parton is my hero (or heroes...take your pick)! And secondly, last week sucked so much, I lost faith in even some of the better contestants. Either way, nothing could be worse than last week last night...except for maybe Colin Farrell's sex tape. :o >.<

    PERFORMANCES
    01. Take Me Home, Country Roads Takin' us home just as the show begins is Taylor Hicks with the West Virginia state song "Take Me Home, Country Roads". Yeah, whatever producer decided to all of a sudden not show the song title at the bottom of the screen on the one week I don't know any of the songs need to burn with the cameraman, now. You had to make BSE go all the way to the idolonfox website to look it up - not cool. And yeah, Taylor was pretty uninspiring tonight...if he were on The Apprentice (hold crap I just realized Taylor kind of looks like The Donald), he'd be told to sell the song like product and he didn't do that. I've been to West Virginia - stopped at a Taco Bell once - and Taylor doesn't wanna make me go back. In fact, I want to be far, far away from WV...like Harrisonburg.
    Grade: C

    02. Any Man of Mine Continuing next with the 29-year-olds is Mandisa! Once again, I am failed to be impressed with her average rendition of "Any Man of Mine"...not that I know the original like the back of my hand or anything. Actually, I really don't know the back of my hand very well...but that's another story for another review. There's really not that much to say except that it sucked for Manidsa's standards. I guess she struggles with country...anyone remember "Cry"? Sure, that sounded good right after the show...but go back and take a listen...it's simply not the best. She's got the personality for country...just not the right song choice.
    Grade: C

    03. If Tomorrow Never Comes It's that time in our broadcast to award Best Song Choice! Tonight, the winner is Elliott Yamin singing the Garth Brooks tearjerker "If Tomorrow Never Comes". Honestly, I loved everything about this performance...he did everything right. It was by far the most heartfelt performance of the season, where you just stand there...and sing with your heart, not your voice. It was a lot like Theresa Sokyrka's "Song For A Winter's Night" for those of you who are familiar with it. Elliott got the lyrics and took Kenny Roger's advice to try and make the audience cry. It worked on me; I haven't cried that much since Kellie sang "Blame It On The Sun". Really outstanding stuff from Elliott...so feel free to disagree but I say it was one of the best of the season so far. :P
    Grade: A

    04. How Do I Live How can we live without Paris Bennett? Before all you non-fans prepare an answer for that...know that I was just transitioning into the next song...which is surprisingly hard to do. Anyhow, as you probably know, Paris went with one of two songs I knew all night..."How Do I Live". I actually really like the song...when it's done correctly. Paris got it about half right. In terms of technicality, she nailed it, but vocally it was a little bit of a struggle. So I'm in-between what the judges said. Speaking of which...I hate the AI audience...hate them, hate them. >.< They won't even let a judge ever speak...they're so annoying. It's almost as if there are "Boo" and "Scream As Obnoxious As You Can" sings to tell them what to do. I can't wait for one week when they're actually normal. O.o
    Grade: C+

    05. Tonight I Want to Cry Right in the middle of the bunch is Ace Young? Going back to songs BSE doesn't know, Ace is singing "Tonight I Want To Cry". Must. Refrain. From. Making. Joke. Listening back, it actually wasn't as bad as I'd first remembered...it was actually okay...which is very shocking, I know. But still, it's not as good as it can be. Plus, the falsetto thing is getting quite annoying and monotonous (Did I spell that right? Psssht...what do I care?). And this is the point in the show I start to feel every song is the same one...just a different singer. And believe me...that'll continue as the night goes on. ;)
    Grade: B-

    06. Fancy Why is it so hard to think of a simple intro?! Well, there ya have it...that's me getting ready to talk about Kellie Pickler. This week, singing - wow, wow - a country song, Kellie brings out the moves with "Fancy". It was one of Kellie's better performances actually, but to me, I felt like I've heard that before from Kellie. Maybe other people can distinguish country music the way I can with rock songs, because I'm really not hearing much of a difference musically in all the songs tonight. Kellie's high notes were...questionable...but the rest was decent. I can't stand the singing accent still...I guess that's why I'm not a fan of a lot of current country songs. Plus, she said "white trash" so bonus points for her. :)
    Grade: B

    07. Making Memories of Us Trying to recover from last week, Chris Daughtry up next with the country song "Making Memories of Us". At first, I thought it was okay, but after taking a few listens again, I quickly learned that it is quite addictive. I didn't really realize how good of a country voice Chris actually has...so that was a pleasant surprise and I thought it was one of the lesser cheesy country songs I've heard tonight so yay for that as well. Yeah, that's pretty much it...still not hearing much of a difference in song so I'll give Chris a B, but when it's gonna come to choosing between Kellie and Chris...I'm gonna choose Chris. Bum BUm BUM!
    Grade: B

    08. Bringing Out the Elvis Bringing out the Elvis in the competition next is Katharine McPhee singing, of course, "Bringing Out The Elvis". I've noticed Chris and Katharine have gone one after another for the past few weeks, much like Lisa and Screech. So, Katharine is like Kelly and Chris is like....Mr. Belding? This week, I thought it was a good song choice for Katharine...although songs with Elvis in the title really shouldn't be sung on 'Idol'. I'm forever scarred by Lindsey in the top 20 last year with Elvis-titled songs. I thought she was reaching too hard on the refrain, but overall, I kind of liked it. Like Elliott, she adapted pretty well.
    Grade: B+

    09. Best I Ever Had So remember all those good things I said about Bucky Covington last week? Well, everything I liked about that performance, he completely forget with "Best I Ever Had". Despite the fact that he was "supposed" to do well this week...I just didn't really like it. Plus, I like the Vertical Horizon version a lot more...it just seemed like he was trying to be country instead of just being country. Therefore, I was unimpressed with Bucky this week, even if it was Country week. And with that, another lackluster week comes to an end. Finally. And note to producers...please no Country theme for Idol 6. :)) I'm still waiting for 80's week. :P
    Grade: C

    Top 3: Chris, Elliott, Katharine
    Bottom 3: Bucky, Mandisa, Taylor

    RESULTS
    Yup, once again...I have nothing to really say about the results. I didn't see Kenny Rogers perform and I think my life is over because of it. I also missed the non-existent group performance and a probably terribly cheesy Ford commercial. Speaking of which, does anyone remember the Season 2 commercials...when they were actually good?! So all the first-time bottom three-ers were Elliott Yamin, Mandisa, and Paris Bennett. Kind of surprising since they've never been there, but then again, the night was so boring, it wasn't that surprising (though I still feel Elliott had the best performance). Out of the bottom three, Mandisa should have left, but out of the top 9, I think she should've been safe but you win some and then you lose some. Mandisa was either really good or not so good and she left on a not so good performance, causing her departure. I enjoyed the good Mandisa performances and I still like her and her personality. But yay for Elliott being safe! w00t!


    So, another Tuesday, another review. Hope you enjoyed it this time as well. Hopefully, I'll get the top 8 one up ASAP depending how much time I have (it takes a couple hours to write one of these things, you know). So, I'll see you for Queen week (which I'm extremely excited for). But until then, I'm off to study!

    Until next time,

    -BSE-
  • 2000-2006 Reasons To Skip This Episode: A Review of AI5's Top 10

    Apr 9 2006, 19:54

    I guess should start off the review with the explination of why I'm, oh, only 5 days late. First off, I need motivation! >:o (Insert complaining AIM smiley here) The idols were 0 for 10 in giving me a good reason to write a review. Lucky for the ones that replied to me last week, you all gave me the strength for me to pick myself up, dust myself off, and start another review! Oh yeah, and another reason there was no review earlier was because I was on dial-crap internet (more commonly known as dial-up). But now, I'm back with Speedy Gonzales Internet and I can actually download four minute videos in less than two hours! I should marry my internet connection, but I won't since I'm going through a bitter divorce with last.fm. True story. Ask Becca and Chey, they were the mistresses. :o

    *Big sigh* Where do I start? Well, I didn't have high hopes for the night but still right before the show, I was hoping that my recolishin' would mish. But nooo, last year's 2000s show (whoops, exceuse me - Millenium) wasn't bad enough, we had to revisit it again. It almost makes me wonder: was there any good music in the past six years or do our Idols just have bad taste in music? Being a member of Music Snob Anonymous, I'm going with the latter. :)) Actually no, some of the songs that were sung were grood - the performances just sucked. I'm gonna be a little meaner in the grades tonight, actually. Because the overall grade kind of reflect on how good the overall night was. And yeah, I'm rambling. Rabling leads bored readers. Bored readers leads to less responses. Less responses leads to no motivation. No motivation leads to no reviews. (Yoda voice) No reviews leads to hate. And hate leads to...suffering! :o You don't want poor 'ole BSE to suffer do you?! :'( So if the review sucks, just blame it on the sun (and lack of talent).

    PERFORMANCES
    01. Because Of You We start off the mostrushedshowever with Lisa Tucker. Lisa gets the award for best song choice of the evening (notice sarcasm) with "Because of You" by the evil-twin Kellie (or so probably Simon would say) - Kelly Clarkson. Yeeeeah, and it kinda sucks. Minus the kinda. It was so obvious they were setting it up for a Lisa death on Wednesday. Lisa's a nice girl, she just lacks...guidance in song selection. Plus she loses points for doing the creepy Ace-Constantine-whoeverstartedit stare thingy bob. Sorry, they all look like panting dogs to me. And naughty little Lisa for cussing in the song! You kiss your mommy witht hat mouth? And honestly, it was so obvious at that point, unless Bucky really sucked, she was kissing the top 9 goodbye, too.
    Grade: C-

    02. Suds in the Bucket Following the whole Kelly theme they had going for them, who else should be next except Kellie Pickler? Yup, the girl who has never once had a performing spot outside of the first and last two spots is singin' the Sara Evans hit(?) "Suds in the Bucket". I got a little bit of flack for being "biased" towards Kellie last week so here's the situation...and honestly think about. Kellie is only okay when she sings really mature songs. Look at her track record! I mean, how weird is that? I wouldn't expect anything like that at all but hey, that's just how it is. But Kellie isn't just "okay" this week, she's lackluster. I still say she's got the nicest derrière. And vocally, she went in and out from being meh and bad. But praise the lord for this being the first week she didn't say anythign stupid! Not that they had enough time to get it in, anyways.
    Grade: C

    03. Drops of Jupiter Going third tonight (although you wouldn't know by his seriously O.o-worthy sign language) is Ace Young. If he only went 2nd, he would've had the exact same numbers as Jessica Sierra last year, but he's off by one (which I really wonder what finger(s) he would put up to pimp that number) with, what I consider, one of the best written songs of the past six years: "Drops of Jupiter". There are honestly a million things I found wrong with this performance. First off, I would've had a mic stand. Second, just because the song has the word "hair" in it, doesn't give you the right to pretend your on a Garnier Fructis commercial. Thirdly, keep your close on, or at the very least buttoned. But hey, we all make mistakes (well, almost all of us o:) ). Oh yeah, in case you didn't know: Ace has a scar that he neeeeeds to show off in order to save him from elimination. I got a scar too! Except its on my big toe. But if I needed the votes, I'd show it off too. Oh yeah, and vocally, he sounded like a twelve-year-old boy who was trying to pretend like his voice hasn't changed yet. But once again, we all make mistakes. :P
    Grade: C-

    04. Trouble Taking up my Ace advice with the mic stand is Taylor Hicks. When I first saw that he was singing a song called "Trouble", I got pretty excited because I thought he was going to sing Coldplay. Instead, it was by some...person I can't remember. I actually kind of liked the song actually since Taylor's assured us we've never heard the song on the show before. Then again, Heather Cox promised us we have never heard "Hero" either...and bam...she's gone faster than you can say Emily Williams. Back to Taylor though...on any night, the performance may have been forgettable, but for tonight, it was actually one of the best. The one thing I noticed about Taylor is that I could kick him in the crotch and hey probably still would manage to laugh. But now that I think about, watching a guy get kicked int he crotch is always quite funny. Except when it happens to you. :|
    Grade: B

    05. Shackles (Praise You)Ah, where do I start with our friend Mandisa? Maybe I'll start witht eh fact that the song is called "Shackles (Praise You)", not just "Wanna Praise You". Sorry, I'm a little bit compulsive when it comes to correctly naming songs (especially ones that are just 6 years old). Secondly, I never thought I could say this, but Amali Ward (for those of you who know her) outsang Mandisa on the song. Mandisa pretty much oversang it. This si the first time I think anyone should listen to Paula: Mandisa lacked the vulnerability. Mandisa didn't really sing the song, she just kind of sang period. It was far from Mandisa's best. Oh yeah, and probably like the rest of you, I almost had a heart attack when they screwed up her numbers for a split second. Because that probably meant we'd have results delayed 'til Thursday and we all know how fun that was last season!
    Grade: C

    06. What If With five down and five to go, Chris Daughtry comes out next. He's actually singing what is my favorite Creed song: "What If" from the best movie of 2000...Scary Movie 3. For Chris' standards, it was pretty bad. It wasn't very American Idol-ish but I kinda liked it; I didn't hate it. What I did hate: the freakin' cameraman. He gave me a seizure zooming in and out of Chris and going all diagnol and crazy...it was just Aaaah! He needs to be fired. Although, I do find it kind of funny how Chris scream into the camera, I'd piss my pants if I were the camerman. Then again, he deserves it for doing a piss-poor job. o:) Sorry for language. :o
    Grade: C+

    07. The Voice Within Well, they decided to put my two favorites back to back with Katharine McPhee up next. And just like Lisa last week, the number 7 spot is officially cursed for style. While not as hideous as Lisa last week, her outfit looked like a mix between a Michael Jackson costume and a 6-year-olds pajamas. It's quite obvious that KitKat should not trust "The Voice Within" and listen to her stylist. :* So watching back, I hated this for Katharine. There was a slight part of the song that was grood but the other parts were just messy. Just like Ace two weeks ago, she should've taken my advice and sang Joss Stone. And look where it put her just like Ace: the bottom three. Hmmm, do I smell a conspiracy going on here? I like Katharine, but this was her worst performance. Then again, tonight we saw just about everyone's worst performance.
    Grade: C

    08. Real Good Man Ok! Pleas no one shoot me. I kind of liked Bucky Covington this week. *dodges bullets* I have my reasons though! For the first time, I've felt Bucky really carried a song by himself with "Real Good Man". Yeah, his diction kind of sucked but so did Kate Dearaugo's diction and she ended up winning Australian Idol 3. Grading him on his personal best, he's getting a semi-high grade so yeah, I won't be surprised if you disagree. :P All that good stuff being said, he could easily get lost in the shuffle in the coming weeks.
    Grade: B-

    09. Work It Out Continuing with trend tonight of "Count How Many Things BSE Can Find Wrong With This Performance" is Paris Bennett. However, the only difference was that "Work it Out" was one of the best of the night. The very first thing I noticed was the annoying distracting cell phone beat in the background. It was like nails on a chalkboard...I hated it. The second thing was the acid-trip Willy Wonka background....sooo maaany flavors. The third was the ghetto dancing. I appreciate Paris trying to be young and fresh, but I would've prefered it more if she took a jazz, soulful take on the song and move her body, not her booty, to the rhythm. Vocally though, it was good, so I would listen to it again as an mp3 but I doubt I'll be watching it anytime soon. Oh yeah, and Paula says that Paris could open for The Pussycat Dolls. Um, sorry, but was that a compliment?
    Grade: B+

    10. I Don't Want To Be Before we set things aside, people last week also said I wasn't biased enough towards Elliott Yamin. It's actually quite the contrary. :P Elliott is one of my personal final 4, I just didn't like the song he picked last week. This week however, he comes out in a track suit singing Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Want To Be". Actually, I'm not quite sure if it's "want to" or "wanna". Who cares though? :P Any of you who know the song well, know that he flubbed the first three lines of the song but my favorites tend to do that a lot. o:) I really, really appreciate Elliott's take on the song. He was the only person tonight who made the song his own and he gets big point for that. This Jewish boy's got a lot of soul! He keeps on moving up in my rankings, I loved it. He probably would be the best of the night if it weren't for the first few lines.
    Grade: B


    Top 3: (Do I really have to pick?) Elliott, Paris, Taylor
    Bottom 3: (Once again, do you really want me to pick?) Ace, Kellie, Lisa

    RESULTS
    Meh, as you probably know by now, I don't watch the AI results, but I pretty much knew who was leaving anyway. I did watch a video of Shakira on YouTube doing "Hips Don't Lie" and it was pretty good despite the fact that she was the most random guest since Smokey Robinson guest judged Billy Joel night. Onto the real results though: I can only imagine they were as, if not more, rushed than the performance show was. The bottom three turned out to be: Lisa Tucker, Katharine McPhee, and Ace Young. Not really surprising to see Lisa and Ace down there since they'd been there before and both had luckluster performances. Katharine was unsurprising in the way that her performance wasn't great but surprsing in the fact that on such a terrible night, she was one of the overall better contestants. It's good she didn't go though. It was just her slap on the wrist for not singing Joss Stone. Lisa left, which was what I predicted since the top 12 was announced so go me. Then again, about half of the other people here knew that too. I never disliked Lisa terribly, I just liked some others more than her. She deserved around what place she got.


    Yeah, so my review was kind of generic this week, I know. That's my fault. ^_^ I'll try to be back to normal in the coming weeks, with Country coming up...oh wait..it already aired. Thanks for reading this if you still care. I just felt the need to continue writing them, and having bad titles for them. :P

    Until next time,

    -BSE-
  • Would You Like Some Jazz with that Cheese?: A Review of AI5's Top 11

    Mar 30 2006, 5:06

    Well hey there everyone who responded to my review last week + mysterious non-post whore readers! Thank you all for responding last week, I appreciated so much, I decided to come back with a sequel! Some say they're never as good as the originals, but you know, some are! Case in point: Dumb and Dumberer. Instant classic, much like my soon to be famous recaps. :* Anywho, I figure now's the time to thank every idividual person who replied to The Best Review Ever: tehprincess, JP51004, and breakxmyxheart7. It's all about the fans, yo. And to the other ones that just "viewed" it, spanks to you as well!

    So, yeah...it's 50s week on Idol. Quick! Pop quiz! Name a 50s song without cheating! If you just went "ummmm" or used the notorious ":blink:", chances are you were like me when I found out the theme. Although, I did like the idea better than the Idols past theme. There's just something about the possibility of someone like Bucky attempting "Miss Independent" that just doesn't settle with me. Barry Manilow's back this year to shamelessly plug his CD you had no idea existed. Once again, he's actually a big help to the contestants. So, in other words, if there were a petition to get him to replace Paula as a judge, I'd seriously consider signing it. And with that, let's get this Big Bopper poppin'! Well, sans the plane crashes at least. I'll leave that for the review of my other favorite show. Sun is preggers! <--- James, don't read that.

    PERFORMANCES
    01. I Don't Hurt Anymore Kickin' off the show once again is Mandisa. I'm actually quite jealous of the name Mandisa, because it rolls off the tongue perfectly. Every time Ryan introduces her, he's like "Maaahndeeeesssah". Mandisa jazzed up the start of the night with "I Don't Hurt Anymore". I'm not gonna lie, yo, this performance was hot! (Ew, that was so Randy-esque.) I didn't know the song, but I was getting all into it like a chocolate commercial. Jazz is the strong point of this season so far. First "Since I Fell For You" (oh yeah, and to all you with last.fm, please get that tag right b/c it's kinda annoying me. thanks! :))) and now this. Hmmm, maybe this night won't be so bad after all.
    Grade: A

    02. Oh Boy Oh joy boy! Guess who's next? Yup, you guessed it (even though you already knew), it's our boy Bucky Covington! For the first time this week, I try to make my voice sound like Bucky's but I just end up sounding like a mix between my grandfather and a chain smoker. Since it suits him well, Bucky tries to sing the unforgettable "Oh Boy" this week. Let me tell you, this is the girliest guy song ever. I didn't care for the song at all. With both Bucky up there and those lyrics were almost as if I were watching a Brokeback Mountain 2. >.< I'm glad we're opening up to Bucky more, but boy oh boy, this was just the wrong song for him. (I kind of went overboard witht he "oh boy" puns.) 'Twas very cheestastic.
    Grade: C

    03. Fever Yay! Let's move onto the first song of the night BSE actually knows! It's Paris Bennett with the sizzling classic "Fever". Why Paris couldn't be this grood in the semi-finals is beyond me, but those three weeks aside, Paris has finally returned. (Take notes, Lisa Tucker.) I loved the song, loved the performance, and for the first time, loved her ever-changing outfits. Wow, didn't I write something about her "ever-chnaging outfits" last week. Darn, I'm recycling material already. :'( Paris approached the song the right way and did everything great. I've wanted someone to sing that on AI for a long time, so I'm glad she did it justice. It was, in other words, a lovely way to burn. :teehee:
    Grade: A-

    04. I Walk The Line The time has come in our review to talk about Mr Controversy aka Chris Daughtry. As practically everyone in the known world probably knows now, Chris sang "I Walk the Line". Great movie, by the way, I suggest that you all check it out. :P I'm not gonna give you the whole Live-Johnny Cash back-story to it since I'm sure you all know it. But especially after watching his video, Chris nor anyone else implied it was in fact his version. All that it's called is a "very different version". My money's on the producers editing it out, but one never knows. Either way, it doesn't affect his performance for me. Then again, he's my favorite contestant remaining. I personally loved Chris this week once again and 'performance' and 'emotional' wise, this was his best performance since the top 20. It is really, really addictive and a great listen. Plus, the whole "man in black" costume was a nice prop. :lol:
    Grade: A-

    05. Come Rain or Come Shine Now, it’s time for Katharine McPhee to razzle dazzle us with some more hot jazz. This time around though, it’s Ella Fitzgeralds’ "Come Rain or Come Shine". Last week it was Chris who got the speshul background this week, it was KitKat’s turn. Yup, she had a go-around with a Futurama background. Geez Fox, we know you’ve only had like a total of 4 grood TV shows, but you canceled Futurama, so yeah, you’re a little late. And I suddenly have an appetite for Adult Swim now. Way to go, subliminal advertising! Anywho, all else aside, this was pretty much the same reasons I loved Mandisa’s performance so I can either A. repeat myself or B. you can re-read Mandisa’s review. I’m not suggesting anything, but let’s just say I’m not doing A. :whistling:
    Grade: A-

    06. Not Fade Away Spaz! Oh boy! It’s time for another Buddy Holly song. Except this time around it’s coming from Taylor Hicks. Yup, he’s been shut out for four seasons, but Buddy Holly is getting revenge tonight as Taylor attempts “I Want Candy” – ermmm – "Not Fade Away". All jokes aside, I love Taylor, but I hated this performance. The song was like something I expect an eight year old girl with pigtails and no front teeth to sing, not a 29 year old grey-haired man with um, front teeth. So, Buddy Holly is the official new Gloria Estefan. Therefore, I suggest we retire his songs. Like now. :)
    Grade: C+

    07. Why Do Fools Fall In Love Oh. My. Gosh. What in the world is Lisa Tucker wearing? It looks like Stevie Wonder must have returned this week to pick out Lisa’s outfit. Gosh, it’s honestly the most distracting thing ever. I couldn’t keep my eyes off of it so much I practically missed the first thirty seconds of the performance. >.< And the performance was better than the outfit – but not by much. I just want these cheesy songs to die because everyone who’s done a cheesy song was…not great. Oh yeah, and just to fill up space…I totally forgot to mention what song she sang. It was "Why Do Fools Fall In Love". There you go…now I can thankfully move onto the next performance.
    Grade: C

    08. When I Fall In Love Ooooh, I just realized, right after Lisa Turtle again this week is Kevin Covais! This week, he’s actually singing a song that I really like: "When I Fall In Love". It’s actually been done on AI a couple times by some really great performers: Jim Verraros, Jasmine Trias, etc. This time, it’s Kevin’s turn. Speaking of Kevin: get cho hand out of yo pocket! :angry: What’s with these people and their wardrobe distractions. It’s like they don’t want me to enjoy the show. :( I actually don’t think Kevin is terrible tonight, but that’s because this kind of music is more his style than say – oh um “Part-Time Lover”. Now that I think about it, Kevin totally just sang about having a friend with benefits last week. Um, ew. O.o
    Grade: C+

    09. Teach Me Tonight It’s that time of the show where we talk about the only guy with normal hair: Elliott Yamin. Basically he admits he didn’t like Barry’s music but after wards, he really respects him and likes him a lot. Thank you Elliott for speaking what basically everyone is thinking. Also, thanks to Kate on Lost for saying what everyone else was thinking on Lost: Who carries a pregnancy test on an airplane? <--- James, don't read that either. :o Back to Elliott though, he’s singing "Teach Me Tonight" which is on Barry Manilow’s 50’s CD, which they got Elliott to plug tonight. The performance was…good, not bad, just um, good. Yeah, I can’t think of anything else to say, so….next performance! :w00t:
    Grade: B-

    10. Walking After Midnight We actually broke an ‘Idol’ record on Tuesday, believe it or not. Kellie Pickler managed to go 4 minutes and 15 seconds without saying something stupid. But of course, not to be outshined by a microphone snafu, Kellie’s brain becomes three sizes smaller. Besides all that good stuff, I actually thought Kellie did okay with "Walking After Midnight". I’m not a big fan, but it was her best performance, even though the first minute or so seemed a little bit forced. Oh yeah, and I’m not even gonna comment on her make-up but let’s just say it rivals Tucker’s clothes. :))
    Grade: B

    11. In The Still Of The Night Okay, remember how I said I thought it was funny that Ace Young went first last week? Well, leave it to Idol to place him in the other ace spot this week: 11th! What’s up with that?! And what’s up with the repeat pimp spots? Well, we now know next week either Taylor, Katharine, Mandisa, or Kellie is going last. Anywho, this week, Ace jazzes it up with "In the Still of the Night". It’s his best performance since the top 24, but it’s still no where near the high bar he set with “Father Figure”. Ace is back-ish but not fully back because this performance was just okay for me. But still, the song is good and I liked the arrangement even though it wasn’t totally different from the original. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t a knockout either.
    Grade: B

    Top 4: Chris, Katharine, Mandisa, Paris (Sorry, I couldn’t just choose three :P)
    Bottom 3: Bucky, Kevin, Lisa

    Once again, they’re in alphabetical order. I’ll probably start doing an “order” around top 8 or so.


    RESULTS
    I actually didn’t see results this week. Blame ABC for putting my two favorite shows head-to-head. :D However, I was able to flip through the commercial breaks of “Lost” to see who was in the bottom three and who was safe. The bottom three this week turned out to be Bucky Covington, Lisa Tucker, and Kevin Covais. Most. Shocking. Bottom 3. Ever. :o Or not. :P Ryan tells Lisa that she’s in the bottom three…again. Thank you, Captain Obvious! Oh wait, he fixes his mistake and she’s safe. That leaves it to Bucky and Kevin who I wasn’t really sure who was going to go. It was Kevin. Duh. I’m glad he left on a performance I kinda liked or else I’d probably never like him. So first Melissa and then Kevin. Who’s next? My money is on Lisa pulling a Julia Demato. If not her, then it’s definitely Bucky. I can’t picture anyone else leaving at this point.


    Ah, another week finished, another recap finished. I’ll be back next Thursday/Friday with a take on the songs from the past six years. No one butcher James Blunt, please. Kay? Thanks.

    Until next time,

    -BSE-