All photos lifted from Campus Girls USA. Casey Carlson is Calendar Girl 2009! Step aside “bikini girl” Katrina Darell. Casey Carlson is here to grab the title!
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It was Kansas City in tonight’s Idol. It was rather forgettable with a number of talents and twirps. There were a couple of performers that were outstanding. Casey Carlson was a gal that had an incredibly unique voice and obvious talent.
Another woman stood out- Lil Rounds sang as well as many past contestants that moved on to the finals.
A music teacher named Daniel “Danny” J Gokey was clearly a contender as well. If he can prove he has some diversity, he will be in the finals for sure. (View his audition below.) Update: We found an unofficial fan site for Danny Gokey this early on in the game! Is this crazy or what?!
Tonight’s talent looked pure. Last night, a rocker named Emily Wynne-Hughes was anything but new and pure. As it turns out, she is the lead singer in a band that has performed and toured and that has CDs available on Amazon.
We don’t think people like Emily belong on Idol. There has to be some line drawn between those that have raw undiscovered talent and those that are already professionals exploiting Idol to gain more exposure.
That said, in tonight’s episode nothing really stood out that would make us remember this particular set of auditions come the finals. So if you missed it, just watch out for Daniel J Gokey. We think he is a finalist.
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We had taken a bit of a hiatus because there was nothing in reality television we have cared much for since Amazing Race finished its season. Amazing race, in our judgement, was great this year, but not as popular in the ratings. It just did not draw interest, which is a shame because it gets the adrenalin flowing.
Idol, though, is timeless. It could run forever. We will always search for that one singer that stands above the rest and drives towards a dream we all have as we crack on the high notes in the car on the way to work or in the shower.
We love Idol as it gets into the meat, but the initial shows are little more than entertainment. It reacquaints you with the judges. This year we did indeed get our fourth judge. It was obvious in this show that the intent was not to offset the other judges, but to create a kind of kinky girl girl thing behind the table. We will see how that plays out, but it was a nice change from the boring Simon/Paula nonsense.
The show brought on talent from Arizona. It was entertaining. One gal that not only had the pipes, but she had the thighs. Katrina Darrell came on with a bikini and wowed the judges with her body, then with her vocals. We are not sure what she will do to follow up on a bikini that barely covered her derrière. Kara DioGuardi noted that she had quite a nice one. (watch her audition below.)
There were a number of talents and fools. The usual rule was followed. If they look like a joke, they almost always are. There are occasional deviations from the rule, but in general, it follows. We are not sure if that is the intention of the show, however, in trying to find the beautiful people and discarding the not so beautiful even if they can wail. This is television.
This was just the start, and it gave us a feel for the judges, but it was nothing you have to watch just yet. The primary reason to watch the show at this juncture is to see those few people that may be standouts and the freaks that make us laugh or squirm with embarrassment.
It is also the phase in which we see that the judges are completely useless other than as color. Anyone could listen to ten seconds of the talented and put them through and can the rest. It takes no talent whatsoever. Honestly, it is perhaps the case that the judges do help later on in the season, but at this juncture they are pathetic. For one contestant they tell him he should be in a rock band and get more seasoned. Then they tell another contestant either you are born with it or you aren’t. When you think about the millions they make judging people with more talent than they ever had, it is kind of sad.
Still, they are part of the ‘greatest’ show ever on American television. So we still respect their tolerance of days of auditions for only a few million bucks each.
As a final note, as we sign off, we would like the show to add a new prop to eliminate the uncomfortable moments we consistently see at the end of auditions. As the failures are ejected, we see all kinds of pathetic begging and other awkward moments. We would love to see a trap door or stage hook incorporated. If after ten seconds or so, the performer sucks, you pull the handle, the trap door opens and they are gone. No begging, no whining, no swears or tears. Just off to the basement.
It is much too early to judge how this season is shaping up just yet. 27 performers were picked from Arizona alone and the most interesting shows will come when this has been whittled down to 10 in the entire competition. But if you like freaks and making early guesses as to who gets through to the finals, it is their time.
Our early pick for this week was Emily Wynne-Hughes of Los Angeles, CA, who brought some talented rock singing to the audition. She can rock and we think she could make it a ways, although we don’ see her becoming a finalist.
Another that caught us off guard was Arianna Afsar of San Diego CA, who we do see becoming a finalist. (Watch her audition video below) But Arianna makes us wonder. Where do all these people with teeth whiter than white come from? Are white teeth somehow correlated with American Idol and singing talent? Their choices seem a bit too perfect.
We are certain there are plenty of ugly folks with green teeth that can wail, and we are positive there are a ton of gorgeous people with pearly whites that sing worse than a donkey in heat. Somehow, Idol seems to conveniently eliminate those talents from the stage before we get to see them.
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The Celtics pulled it together after a disastrous 2007 by winning their 17th NBA Title! Most key in this is that their last title was in 1986, 22 long years ago! The disaster of the prior season also sweetened the victory after the Celtics had an 18 game losing streak and posted a horrific record of 24 wins and 58 losses in their prior season.
Michael Phelps won 8 Gold Medals in the Olympics and now has to world record for most Gold Medals. Usain Bolt destroyed all comers! And despite obvious cheating by the Chinese women’s gymnastics team, the American Team including Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin took the most medals. A disastrous pair of miscues by Alicia Sacramone led to a loss in the overall, but this team was possibly the best in US history.
We hope Tina sent Sarah Palin a huge Thank You card for providing her the perfect role to play on Saturday Night Live. Tina didn’t even have to write the script, she pretty much used Sarah’s dialogue verbatim and had people in hysterics.
There have been many attempts to market the Batman story, but this latest series has the world captivated. The difference a realistic feel to the characters and an actual fear of the villains. Heath Ledger death accentuated his role as the Joker, which demonstrated that even in a comic book role, Heath was a blockbuster star.
While we did not want to have two movies in the top 10, we could not find any way to eliminate this gargantuan effort by Marvel. Robert Downey Junior emerged in this movie to remind us of his diversity and wit despite a somewhat questionable past. In fact, Robert’s bad boy antics enhanced his appeal in this leading role.
Obama won in grand style and gave an inspiring speech to America. Almost every American heard this speech and even those that did not vote for Obama were moved.
Despite the judges insinuations to the contrary the week before, David Cook won American Idol easily with his unique approach to Rock. This performance demonstrates an amazing ability to resurrect a performance of old and make it new and fresh.
We had to include this performance because it is the most striking dance performance we have seen. The hypnotic music of Duffy, singing the classic “Mercy” with a dance choreographed by Emmy Award Winner Mia Michaels places this solidly in the top 10 entertainment moments of 2008 and put Twitch on the map.
The Wii was available in 2007, but it took hold in 2008 to become the leading gaming system. As people slowly forgot about the XBOX and Sony Playstation, they were getting in line to pay retail for this gaming wonder that demonstrated Nintendo is no pushover.
Note: All times EST
|Tue, Jan. 13||8-10 p.m.||Season Premiere, Part 1|
|Wed, Jan. 14||8-10 p.m.||Season Premiere, Part 2|
|Tue, Jan. 20||8-9 p.m.||Auditions Episode|
|Wed, Jan. 21||8-9 p.m.||Auditions Episode|
|Tue, Jan. 27||8-9 p.m.||Auditions Episode|
|Wed, Jan. 28||8-9 p.m.||Auditions Episode|
|Thu, Jan. 29||8-9 p.m.||Auditions Episode|
|Tue, Feb. 3||8-9 p.m.||Hollywood Round, Part 1|
|Wed, Feb. 4||8-9 p.m.||Hollywood Round, Part 2|
|Tue, Feb. 10||8-9 p.m.||Hollywood Round, Part 3|
|Wed, Feb. 11||8-10 p.m.||Hollywood Round, Part 4 – Top 36 Semifinalists Announced|
|Tue, Feb. 17||8-10 p.m.||12 Semifinalists Perform|
|Wed, Feb. 18||8-9 p.m.||First LIVE Results Show 3 Finalists Advance|
|Wed, Feb. 25||8-10 p.m.||12 Semifinalists Perform|
|Thu, Feb. 26||8-9 p.m.||LIVE Results Show 3 Finalists Advance|
|Tue, Mar. 3||8-10 p.m.||12 Semifinalists Perform|
|Wed, Mar. 4||8-9 p.m.||LIVE Results Show 3 Finalists Advance|
|Thu, Mar. 5||8-9 p.m.||Wild Card Round – Top 13 Finalists Revealed|
|Tue, Mar. 10||8-10 p.m.||Top 13 Finalists Perform|
|Wed, Mar. 11||9-10 p.m.||LIVE Results Show – Top 11 Advance|
|Tue, Mar. 17||8-10 p.m.||Top 11 Finalists Perform|
|Wed, Mar. 18||9-10 p.m.||LIVE Results Show – Top 10 Advance|
|Tue, Mar. 24||8-10 p.m.||Top 10 Finalists Perform|
|Wed, Mar. 25||9-10 p.m.||LIVE Results Show – Top 9 Advance|
|Tue, Mar. 31||8-9:20 p.m.||Top 9 Finalists Perform|
|Wed, Apr. 1||9-10 p.m.||LIVE Results Show – Top 8 Advance|
|Tue, Apr. 7||8-9 p.m.||Top 8 Finalists Perform|
|Wed, Apr. 8||9-10 p.m.||LIVE Results Show – Top 7 Advance|
|Tue, Apr. 14||8-9 p.m.||Top 7 Finalists Perform|
|Wed, Apr. 15||9-10 p.m.||LIVE Results Show – Top 6 Advance|
|Tue, Apr. 21||8-9 p.m.||Top 6 Finalists Perform|
|Wed, Apr. 22||9-10 p.m.||LIVE Results Show – Top 5 Advance|
|Tue, Apr. 28||8-9 p.m.||Top 5 Finalists Perform|
|Wed, Apr. 29||9-10 p.m.||LIVE Results Show – Top 4 Advance|
|Tue, May 5||8-9 p.m.||Top 4 Finalists Perform|
|Wed, May 6||9-10 p.m.||LIVE Results Show – Top 3 Advance|
|Tue, May 12||8-9 p.m.||Top 3 Finalists Perform|
|Wed, May 13||9-10 p.m.||LIVE Results Show – Top 2 Advance|
|Tue, May 19||8-9 p.m.||Top 2 Finalists Perform|
|Wed, May 20||8-10 p.m.||LIVE Season Finale – Winner Announced|
Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force on A&E Network. This show is a tad different from what we normally follow as a reality television show. It is similar to America’s Most Wanted, but with more of a raw edge and the thrill of the hunt. We discovered the show as we searched for new material to cover on myrealitytelevision.com and felt it introduces a new and gripping reality experience.
The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, elite agents of the NY/NJ Division in the heart of New York City, the most active unit in the country, go live to track down a different dangerous felon in each episode.
The half-hour series debuting tonight, Tuesday, December 9th at 10PM ET/PT covers twenty-one “high-stakes, heart-pounding real-life” stories including: “the Marshals on the hunt for an alleged former member of the “Jamaican Shower Posse,” a Brooklyn gang renowned for showering their enemies with bullets; a female bank robber who made her hit on Valentine’s Day; and an alleged elite member of the infamous Columbian drug cartel; one of the largest and most notorious drug organizations in the world.”
From the A&E press release:
The Task Force includes Commander Lenny DePaul. Lenny joined the U.S. Marshals Service in 1989 and has been in the fugitive program since 1991. A former member of the Navy’s elite amphibious assault group, he also spent five years with the Secret Service serving in the Reagan White House. Deputized U.S. Marshal Tommy Kilbride, a 17-year veteran of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, and a supervisor with their Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) unit). Deputy U.S. Marshal Michelle ‘Michy’ Mendez. Michy was recruited by the U.S. Marshals Service while an undergraduate, studying criminal justice. Deputized U.S.
Marshal Roxanne Lopez. Roxanne, a detective with the Spring Valley, NY Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit, joined the Task Force in 2003. Detective and deputized U.S. Marshal Rasheen ‘Pep’ Peppers. Born and raised in Newark, NJ Rasheen has been with the Newark Police Department for 12 1/2 years. Deputized U.S. Marshal Federico Merced. For the past 15 years Federico has been an investigator with the NY State Inspector General’s Escape and Abscond Unit. He joined the Task Force three months ago and is the newest member of the team. Vinny Senzamici, a deputized U.S. Marshal, and senior parole officer with the NY State Division of Parole. Vinny, who is known for his “hard nose” investigative style, joined the Task Force in 2002. And Deputy U.S. Marshal Mike Romani. A 15 year veteran of law enforcement, Mike has been with the Marshals service since 1998.
They are the best of the best, hunting down the worst of the worst…. everyone from the DC Snipers and triple-homicide felons to major international fugitives. They are the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, and they are the ultimate “manhunters”.
These guys are the real McCoy. Recruits with the experience and exposure to present a true life experience in tracking genuine criminals. Watch the short sneak previews and Tune in tonight!
Tonight’s race came down to two couples. It could have gone either way. You have to watch the show to get the tension out of it, our narration couldn’t do it justice. Suffice it to say, Ken & Tina won, second place that is. Nick and Star took the purse. The Frat boys were never in the race.
It was very close with lead changes at every turn, and it kept us on edge throughout.
Congrats to Nick & Star. They took more first place finishes than any other team in Amazing Race history and to win the last race was only fitting. They deserved it.
You our dear readers are right again on this one! Thanks for participating on our poll. See you next season!
Apparently, today President-Elect Barack Obama backed away from his campaign promise to impose a windfall tax on the Oil Companies. While we can appreciate his motivations with oil prices this low, it breaks from very basic tenets of his plans for alternative energy and a cleaner environment. Once again, it is money driving the forces of change, not Obama.
This is exactly the type of concern explained clearly in this article about Obama’s campaign.
We will begin the list of failed campaign promises and retain them on our site. Here is our first, and he didn’t even wait to actually become President.
1. Windfall Tax on Oil Companies abandoned.