Tuesday, March 30, 2010

American Idol 2010: The BiPolar Year:Top 10

This year of American Idol has certainly been an interesting one, replacing Paula Abdul with Ellen DeGeneres combined with the announcement that Simon is leaving at the end of this year has seriously changed the dynamic between the judges bordering on self-satire and I can't really blame them.

With a thinning talent base(it has been 9 YEARS!!!!), the judges have lost interest. It's too bad too, this years group does have some talent, but they are very rough and could use some guidance. Ellen was a nice addition, but Paula tripping on painkillers mid-show could never be replaced, Randy & Kara are milking the exposure for all they can(and rightly so) while Simon has dialed out, and a little nastier then usual, but not having Paula next to him has given him new energy for X-Factor in 2011. LOL! :)

Performances from the remaing ten have been all over the map...but we saw a little promise tonight, not surprising since historically this is the week, people get down to work. Let's run down tonight's performances.

Siobhan: She chose "Through The Fire" by Chaka Khan. It's sucks to go first, and she had her first official off week. Her nerves came through and really under sang it, showing off her weakness with her lower register plus the wail at the end is becoming boring, and she can't lean on that anymore. "Safe"?

Casey: "Hold On, I'm Comin'" by Sam & Dave. Great choice of song, and really did work it in his wheelhouse with the Johnny Lang/Kenny Wayne Shepard vibe. Vocally very solid, but the guitar is bit of a crutch and to win, he's gotta mix it up. "Safe"

Big Mike: "Ready For Love": India.arie. A real tender ballad, that he pulled off quite well, connecting with the audience. With some polishing he could be the next Maxwell. "Safe"

Didi: "What Becomes of The Brokenhearted: by Johnny Ruffin. You're great to look at, but you maybe brokenhearted tomorrow night. Rigid and sterile along with unneccessary pomp, when all you needed was emotion. "Bottom 3"

Tim: "Sweet Love" by Anita Baker. DEAR GOD WHY?, no chops, no emotion...but at least he's smilin'. He knows he has no business being there...but at least he is having fun. "Bottom 3"

Andrew: "Forever" by Chris Brown, can never recommend performing a song by a guy that beat up his girlfriend. Having said that...dude pulled it off, it wasn't "Straight Up", but it was good. "Safe"

Katie: "Chain Of Fools" by Aretha Franklin. Vocally she's getting better, but is EMOTING that hard? It was cold, and she needs to learn how to connect. "Unfortunately Safe"

Lee: "Treat Her Like A Lady" by The Cornelius Brothers. I've never heard the original, I just downloaded it, and I still like his version better. GREAT STUFF! "Safe"

Crystal: "Midnight Train To Georgia" by Gladys Knight and the Pips. The big surprise...she played piano, her nerves showed a little, but who cares because the song choice was PERFECT. Yet another Idol "moment". "Safe"

Aaron: "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers. The vocal was OK, but he is too young to sell that song. "Bottom 3?"

That's what we got folks, I think we've finally got a competition, I just hope the judges show up and maybe EARN their paychecks.

Bottom 3: Didi, Tim and (Sibohan or Aaron)
Going home: Didi

Davey V

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Death Of Jack Bauer

This week we learned that the current season of the hit Fox show "24" will be it's last. Citing productions costs and the desire the end on their own terms Season 8 will be its last.

As we started this year with Jack in NYC recovering from his near fatal illness of last season, Jack was looking to have a normal life and being (believe it or not) a grandfather, but like on all previous seasons, somehow the shit hits the fan, and Jack is back in the saddle.

Without giving away any spoilers, many fans and pundits have deem that this season has officially jumped the shark tank and is more ridiculous then ever!

I say chill people, this is FICTION, its supposed to be ridiculous, that is what has kept us glued all these years...but what of the man, what will become of Jack Bauer.

Hollywood usually demands a happy ending, and with an impending film upcoming, this will more then likely happen, but with all the personal and physical torture that he has endured over the previous 7 days, one has to wonder if the happy ending should result in his death.

We love Jack, because he quite simply kicks ass, and asks questions later, and in this 21st century world of "No Fault", Jack finds who IS at fault and makes them pay.

He has done this at great personal expense, his family, his friends, his job and his very freedom, all for his love of country...it really is all he has left.

They could write him off into the sunset and turn him into a "Bondesque" character, but wouldn't the real happy ending be to let this warrior go out in a blaze of glory in defence of his country...I guess we'll find out in 12 more hours.

Mission Statement

Well, I figured it would be about time for me to stop pontificating and time for me to start typing.

For those unaware my name is Davey V., I'm a poet, a writer, music fan, a movie lover and all around professional appreciator.

With this blog, I will comment on all of the above(including anything else I can think of), and as you ask "How will I be different from every other blog?", I'll be quite honest and tell you right now...I don't have a clue, but I hope you join me along the way...


Davey V