Saturday, February 26, 2011

Guest posting on @PhilChoirs: "What I am missing on Glee"

Hello everyone! Are you a Glee fan? If you are, and even if you're not, I'd like to invite you to read my guest post Choral MuSings: "What I am missing on Glee" on the Philippine Choirs Blog where I talk about what I think Glee is missing...

While you're over there, check out the calendar of Philippine Choral events on the sidebar!

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Friday, February 25, 2011

American Idol 10: First Impressions - Ranking the Top 24

Judging the Judges

So here is the judges' speech - tell them they had ups and downs, good and bad parts in their Hollywood and Las Vegas auditions, there's only 24 spots, so much amazing talent, so tough to choose who will stay and who will go, then tell them they're sorry ... and that she/he got through. :p

OK fine whatever.

American Idol Top 24 First Impressions

Here's my ranking of the Top 24. Next week on Tuesday (Wednesday in the Philippines), the Top 12 Boys will sing, and on Wednesday (Thursday in the Philippines), the Top 12 Girls. Here we go...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

American Idol 10: Las Vegas and the Top 24

Tonight's 2 hour show brought overflowing tears of joy and heartbreak.

First, the Top 61 performed Beatles songs in groups of 2 and 3, some shining on the Cirque du Soleil stage, others, not so much. We finally managed to get a glimpse of some of the other remaining contestants who have not been given a lot of airtime. But of course, Nigel Lythgoe's favorites still get a spot. :p

Saturday, February 19, 2011

What would you do if a Zombie attacked you right now?

AMC's The Walking Dead Season 1

So I watched the whole Season 1 of AMC's "The Walking Dead" last Saturday (until about 4am the following day) and have been thinking about zombies for a week now. No nightmares so far, but my thoughts have, of late been returning to zombie attacks and possible escape routes. I mean, will we be able to tell when a zombie will attack? Heck no! So we should be prepared right? Right? :p

What would I do if the walking dead suddenly attacks me right here, right now, while doing some random thing?

It's a zombie! Wah!
What to do if a zombie attacks you while you're jogging

I was jogging the other day. It was evening and the curb I needed to take was dark because the lampost oddly flickered off whenever a car passed by. I wondered, what would I do if a Zombie suddenly attacked me right here, right now, while doing some random thing like jogging? Hmmm....

Friday, February 18, 2011

American Idol 10: Top 40 and the Final day of Hollywood Auditions

It's the final day of the Hollywood auditions and the last day before the contestants' fate are handed over to America. One hundred contestants remained - this number brought down to less than half by the end of the episode. Next week it will be down to 24 and then down to the 12 finalists. Excited much?

Who's through to the next round? And who do you see doing well for the rest of the season?

Who's your favorite so far?

Watch out for these people in next week's episode when they will take on songs from the Beatles. Have you chosen your Top 24 yet? Who's on top of your list? Here are my notes from tonight's final Hollywood Week episode...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

American Idol 10: Group Auditions and reviews

It's Hollywood Group Auditions tonight, arguably the toughest part of the whole American Idol audition process - it tests not only your skills on the stage, but also your team working capabilities. What is the logic behind this part?

I can't say for sure why they have this on Idol, but truly ALL singers do not and cannot work by himself. There is always a team behind him - from the song writers and composers, the stylists, make-up artists, the wardrobe folks, the Producers, PR managers, marketing execs.  I don't think anyone would want to hire some diva who's good, but cannot work well with others. :/

In any case, here's the list of folks featured tonight during the group auditions and what I thought about their performances...

Friday, February 11, 2011

American Idol Season 10: It's Hollywood Week!

Who got through Hollywood Week: The Beginning?

This week, Hollywood Week begins and in true form, slashed more than 300 contestants down by half. They did not show all of the remaining contestants but here are those we know if they got through or not...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

American Idol 10: San Francisco, California Auditions and Reviews

Tonight, it's the final auditions episode for Season 10 in San Francisco, California and on Thursday (Friday in the Philippines), Hollywood Week begins!

If you don't think you can wait until Thursday to see who made it to Hollywood, see here the full list of American Idol 10 Hollywood Hopefuls. Here we go with the reviews...

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

American Idol 10: The 318 Hollywood Hopefuls (full list)

Excited much? Here is the Full List of the 318 American Idol auditioners advancing to Hollywood Week! This week (Thursday and Friday in the Philippines), will be the San Francisco Auditions and Hollywood Week!

The show has moved on since this post was made! You may want to check out these posts:

- The Official list of Las Vegas Hopefuls, 60 contestants remain! - American Idol Season 10: The Top 60 in Las Vegas (Official)
- The UnOfficial list of Top 40 contestants! - American Idol 10: The Top 40 and the Final Day of Hollywood Week
- The American Idol TOP 24 -(click) American Idol 10: Las Vegas and the Top 24
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Here is the list of 318 Hollywood Hopefuls! Who is your favorite so far?

Manny Pacquiao's LA mansion on MTV Cribs

So I heard Manny Pacquiao's Los Angeles mansion was recently featured on MTV Cribs. Here's the video!

Manny Pacquiao's LA mansion on MTV Cribs

The house sits on a 4,500 sq ft lot (418 sq. m) and has 5 bedrooms. Manny opens the door and announces his name with an odd American accent - ("Hi, I'm Manny Pahkyeow...") then proceeds to give a tour of the house.

"This is my house, so we have to put our pictures." Haha! Nice one. And that amazing swimming pool with a fireplace? That's the way to keep warm, eh?

What did you think of Manny Pacquiao's LA mansion?

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Friday, February 04, 2011

American Idol Season 10: Los Angeles, California Auditions and reviews

Judging the Judges

I think I've identified what I'm missing from the judges - something Simon Cowell was really good at - describing how the audition went in an interesting way, both good and bad.

Steven Tyler just says it was "good" or "amazing". Jennifer Lopez simply wants to get things over with. And Randy Jackson is just rude.  I suppose it's not simply that someone should be describing the audition, but also they should give an explicit assessment of the audition - verbalize what they feel, what they think, and not just say yes or no...

Thursday, February 03, 2011

American Idol 10: Austin, Texas auditions and reviews

Will the next American Idol be from Austin, Texas - again?

Judging the Judges

Season 1 winner, Kelly Clarkson was discovered in Austin, Texas and Idol returned tonight to mine for some more hidden talents.

Steven Tyler assures he will no longer say "F*ck" on camera. :) Good to know. Although we really didn't need to know that.

Randy Jackson is continuing his mean judge role which to me still is too rude. In general, I think they should talk more - say what they think more and coach the contestants a bit more. I've heard them give some advice to the contestants, they should do more of that. It helps the contestants and gives them more credibility as judges too...