Mar 31

A Dramatic Reading

I’ve talked about this website in the past, Fundies Say The Darndest Things, and have read it occasionally when I needed a laugh… of course then I read it a little longer and get very sad.

Any way, this video depicts a dramatic reading of some of my favorite quotes from the site.

I especially love “A Day in the Life of an Atheist.”

Too bad my black robe and hood are at the cleaners.

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Mar 26

American Idol Season 8: Top 10 Perform

Last week saw the too early departure of Alexis Grace. She couldn’t have won, but she was certainly the 2nd best girl in the competition. She surely needed to stick around longer than Megan. But what are ya gonna do?

 

It’s Motown night. Fantastic, classic songs with familiar melodies… it will be very easy to fuck this up.

It boggles my mind that Motown is celebrating its 50 year anniversary.

The Idols got to go to Detroit and meet Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy. Smokey is one of my personal heroes so I’m happy to see that he’s the mentor this week.

Matt Giraud is up first with “Let’s Get It On” by the late great Marvin Gaye. Smokey says Matt’s version would have floored Marvin. Let’s just see, shall we? He started out at the piano, then moved away from it. He seems to have a bit of trouble with his pitch when he stands up. That happens a lot to people are used to singing while sitting down. The middle section of the song was a touch rough, but the start and end were great. He’s got a great falsetto and he didn’t change the melody so much that it makes me want to smack him. Randy thinks Matt is a challenger for the top spot. Kara likes how he came out of his shell and stepped out from the piano. Paula said he has a sexy cool vibe. She complimented his respect for the melody. Simon called it a brilliant choice of song and a cool performance. He also agreed that Matt is a front runner in the competition.

Kris Allen is next with “How Sweet It Is,” another Marvin Gaye song. Smokey says the performance “blew me away.” It’s hard to find much to say about this performance. I mean, he’s very cute, he’s got a nice voice, he plays the guitar… He does all those things well…. but not OUTSTANDINGLY well. I just don’t think he’s done anything to write home about. Kara thought he put his mark on the song… what? Paula thought it was a brilliant performance. Simon called it “smart” to do his version of the song. He says Kris needs to get more confidence and swagger. Randy said it was a consistent performance. Wow… that’s what I was trying to say.

Scott MacIntyre is on deck to sing “You Can’t Hurry Love” by Diana Ross and the Supremes. He talked about how hard it is to take a popular girl song and sing it when you’re a guy. I think he’s forgetting Phil Collins’ version. Also, a good song knows no gender. Jackass. Ok. I’m ready for him to go home. I’ve already heard everything he can do. He’s going to be fine as a contemporary Christian artist who spits out lots of “edgy” piano/singer/songwriter hits that might cross over to the AC radio stations. He had some bad notes and it was just blah. Paula thought it was a great performance that he obviously felt. Simon thinks it was the wrong song, and it came across as a bit cheap. Randy called it a “hotel-kind of performance.” He called it “very average.” Kara thought it was great that he brought an uptempo song. She said the execution was not perfect.

Megan Joy Corkery is here to destroy my love of Motown. And she’s picked “For Once in my Life.” Stevie Wonder should leave the room immediately. Smokey said, “You are so different!” Boy oh boy.

[pardon me, I need to make a phone call…]

Operator: 911, what is your emergency?

Jester: Yes, can you please send someone to the Staples Center immediately? I’d like to report a murder.

Operator: A murder?

Jester: Yes. Megan Joy has left the bloody decapitated carcass of a Stevie Wonder song on the stage. It’s a bloodbath.

Operator: *typing* a bloodbath, you say?

Jester: Yes. It looks like Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, and Jason have all been in there just hacking away at this poor thing.

Operator: Thank you for the call, sir. We have officers responding already. Yours is the 13,274th call we’ve received in the past hour. Ryan Seacrest was the first caller.

Jester: I hope she gets the chair for this.

Randy called this performance a “train wreck, rushed, hectic.” Kara thinks she should have picked “My Guy.” She said the phrasing was weird, the rhythm was bizarre. Paula could really only remark that she is stunningly beautiful. Simon called it “horrible, an atrocious song, a terrible arrangement.” FINALLY the judges have come to their senses!

Anoop Desai gets to follow that ridiculous number. He’s picked “Ooo Baby Baby” by Smokey Robinson. This song is incredibly high, and requires a strong falsetto and has to be just pitch perfect. Smokey thought he did a great job. I have to say Anoop is making this song look really easy. His control and phrasing is spot on. His minor changes to the melody were nice, and his ending note was just beautiful. Again, he’s got to stop dressing like a fucking frat boy… Kara thought he did a “pretty good job” with an incredibly hard song. Paula wants to see more confidence, but thought his phrasing, delivery and falsetto was “spot on and sweet.” Simon thought it was a great vocal, but he needs to work on his showmanship. Randy said the falsetto was a bit pitchy, but it was a good performance.

Michael Sarver didn’t get to travel to Detroit since he was very sick last week. Poor guy. Michael has chosen “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations. Smokey thought he needed to hammer the song a bit more. I’m kinda tired of this guy, too. I’ve seen every trick in his book, and I’m not impressed. I hated his interpretation of this song. It doesn’t help that he is all over the place with his pitch. It almost seems like he’s worrying too much about his “sexy” faces than the song. Paula called it a “tough performance that was kinda Las Vegas-y.” Simon said he couldn’t wait for it to end. He also said that Michael has no chance of winning because he just isn’t good enough. Randy said the song was just too big for him, and he doesn’t have the R&B chops to do what he was trying to do. Kara said the competition is now more about artistry than singing, and Michael didn’t show any artistry.

Lil Rounds is here to sing “Heatwave” by Martha and the Vandellas. Smokey says she could sing the phone book. She looks so cute tonight with her long hair, fringe dress, and dangling earrings. She is so much more in her element tonight than she was for country night last week. She sang the hell out of this song. Her phrasing was a bit strange in places, like it was too fast for her perhaps. Randy thought the first half of the song wasn’t great, and thought the song was too fast for her. Kara didn’t think she picked the right song. Paula thought her performance was great and Lil owned the song. Simon called it “authentic” but didn’t think the song gave her a good “moment.” Simon reminded everyone that Lil is one of the best singers in the competition, just didn’t pick the right song.

Adam Lambert is fully embracing his strong resemblance to Elvis Presley tonight. Seriously, he looks JUST like him from some angles. He’s picked “The Tracks of My Tears.” Smokey said he’s never heard that song done that way, and that’s a good thing. The stripped down band with the drum box and guitarist is a nice switch for him. It’s sweet, tender, controlled, perfectly in key, and by far the best thing heard tonight. I seriously think Adam is the one to beat, and after a performance like this one, which received a standing ovation from Smokey Robinson himself, it’s going to be hard for the others to catch up. Kara stood up and called it awesome. Paula called him “completely in his own league.” Simon called it “The best performance of the night.” He said Adam has emerged as a star tonight. Randy said “Unbelievably hot.”

Danny Gokey picked “Get Ready” by The Temptations. Smokey thought he was fantastic. He’s made a terrible mistake that other Idol performers have made in the past… he’s disregarded the advice of the mentor by not singing the “you’re outta sight” part with the background vocalists. Hopefully that doesn’t bite him in the ass. His performance was a lot of fun but bordered on frantic. He was all over the stage. It bugs me that he takes breaths in weird spots on occasion, but I really love the tone of his voice and the bluesy elements he added to the melody. Another solid performance. Paula called it a “first class performance.” Simon thought it was “clumsy and amateurish.” Randy said he reminds him of Levi Stubbs. Kara thought it was “good, not great.”

Allison Iraheta is the last performer tonight, she’s doing “Papa Was A Rollin Stone” by The Temptations. Smokey thought she sang it her way and would do well. I absolutely HATE this song with the passion of a thousand burning suns. It’s almost a-melodic and the story is just depressing and sad. That being said, the notes of the song that actually exist were done really well. I think the judges are going to eat this up. All I see is yet another 16 year old Christina Aguilera wannabe who will probably sell a million records but will just disappear when she gets next to the real Christina. The audience is on its feet for her. Randy called it “blazing hot.” Kara called it “Amazing!” Paula called her “awesome.” Simon called her a “survivor” and said it was one of her best performances ever.

Ok, here’s my ranking:

  1. Adam Lambert
  2. Anoop Desai
  3. Allison Iraheta
  4. Matt Giraud
  5. Danny Gokey
  6. Kris Allen
  7. Lil Rounds
  8. Scott MacIntyre
  9. Michael Sarver
  10. Megan Joy Corkery

Ok… your turn… who’s going home?

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Mar 25

Caption Me – NSFW

I haven’t done one of these in a long time… but I giggled over this picture so much that I just had to see what you guys could come up with.

Trust me, this one is NOT SAFE FOR WORK. NSFW. NO WAY SHOULD YOU LOOK AT THIS IF YOU ARE SOMEPLACE WHERE OTHERS MAY SEE YOUR SCREEN.

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Mar 18

American Idol Season 8: Top 11 Perform

American IdolHow has a whole week passed since I last did this? Where the hell have I been and what I have accomplished? I have NO idea.

Somehow it’s already country week. What? Country’s usually reserved for much later in the season. The theme is “Grand Ole Opry” and the guest mentor is Randy Travis.

As you all know I have a lot of love for country music. Let’s hope they don’t all fuck it up tonight.

Michael Sarver is up first and he’s picked Garth Brook’s “Ain’t Goin’ Down til the Sun Comes Up.” Well. I will say that the harmonica player was awesome. Michael, on the other hand, is no Garth Brooks. The song was too low for him, he blew some lyrics, and it was just a really blah performance. Randy and Kara weren’t really into it. Paula thought the genre suited him well and he had fun with it. Simon couldn’t understand a single word he sang. On a scale of 1-10 he gave it a 1.2.

Allison Iraheta picked “Blame it on Your Heart” by Patti Loveless. I totally love this song. Allison is not really cut out for country music. She really didn’t do anything to make the song her own. The arrangement was pretty shitty. Allison has GOT to learn how to breathe while she sings. She runs out of steam in the middle of phrases. Kara thinks she just gets better and better every week. Paula called it “rock solid.” Simon thought it was good, but thought she was struggling to remember the words. He said it verged on precocious. Randy thought it was “dope.” I think maybe that’s the difference between me and the judges tonight… I have had a lack of dope.

Kris Allen picked “To Make You Feel My Love” written by Bob Dylan, made extra-famous by Garth Brooks. Kris is just too fucking cute. I want to put him in my pocket and carry him around. His voice was fantastic on this song. It was vulnerable and all around the country 13 year old girls and 42 year old guys just creamed themselves. Paula thought there were a few pitchy moments that I didn’t hear at all. Simon thought it was “terrific.” Randy thought it was a great tender moment. Kara thought it was beautiful and didn’t think it was even country. Uh… duh, it IS A BOB DYLAN SONG!!!

Lil Rounds is up next. She’s performing “Independence Day” by Martina McBride. This is one of those songs that is so iconic to the artist, that it’s a mistake to touch. There’s really no question that Lil can sing, but this song was just wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong for her. She should have done more with it, made it more her own. I wanted it to do so much more. Randy didn’t think it felt comfortable. Kara basically said what I said. Paula said it was spot on, but she should have gone to the chorus sooner. Simon said it sounded like she was forced to sing something she really didn’t like or was comfortable at all.

Adam Lambert gets his turn now. Randy Travis says, “I give you points for being unique.” He’s picked a middle-eastern version of “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash.

Ahem.

So, this is one of those performances that people are either going to hate with the fire of a thousand suns, or will love to the point of speechlessness. I have to say that I loved it. Adam hit some notes that are stratospherically high. His pitch was DEAD ON. The arrangement was so strange and different, the vocals were flawless. I actually sat here stunned for a few minutes. Kara called it all “a little strange but I liked it.” It left her “confused and happy.” Paula called him true to who he is as an artist. She compared it to Led Zeppelin “Kashmir.” Simon said, “What the hell was that?” He said there are lots of people throwing their televisions out the window and said it was “indulgent rubbish, horrific.” Randy compared it to Nine Inch Nails doing a country song.

Scott MacIntyre chose another Martina McBride song, “Wild Angels.” Randy Travis didn’t think it was a good song choice. This low parts of this song is far too low for Scott, which is inexcusable since he’s accompanying himself. While I think Scott is a talented guy, he’s sort of a one-trick pony. I feel like every performance from him is the same song over and over again. There was really nothing new to see here. Move along now. Paula says the piano may be a bit of a crutch now. She said the performances are too similar. Simon called the performance very similar to last week’s. Randy called it just a “nice performance.” Kara said, “Up your game.”

Alexis Grace takes the stage now with a Dolly Parton song, “Jolene.” I normally like Alexis, but this song is just painful. When Dolly sings “Jolene,” there is an intensity that makes the listener almost uncomfortable to be listening in on this conversation being portrayed. Alexis totally lost that intensity and connection to the story making the song boring and lacking any power. UMB says he thinks the problem is that Alexis always sings just behind the beat, so that the rhythm of the song moves her, rather than her driving the song forward and that in itself makes the intensity disappear. I don’t necessarily think the timing is to blame, but agree that her timing is odd. Randy thought she had a lot of pitch problems. Kara thinks she lost her angst. Paula thought the song was a good choice and showed her vulnerability. Simon thought there wasn’t enough originality.

Danny Gokey is on deck to sing a Carrie Underwood song? He decided to sing “Jesus Take the Wheel.” There’s not a lot to say about this performance. He delivers a good song every week. This isn’t my favorite performance of his, but he did a good job once it got going. Kara thought the first half of the song was “not spectacular” but got great in the middle. Paula stuttered before saying he was “brilliant.” Simon agreed with most of Paula’s rambling points. His only problem was the polar suit jacket Danny is wearing. Randy thought Kara was right on. He said the verses were a bit pitchy and he needs to get it together.

Anoop Desai picked “You Were Always on my Mind” by Willie Nelson. What a beautiful song. Let me just say up front that I’m really sick of him dressing like a college student. I realize he IS a college student, but dude, you’re on a national television show, put the hoodies away. Back to the singing… this is one of the best performances of the night. He’s controlled, he’s vulnerable, his pitch is perfect. He changed the melody up just enough to make it interesting. It was sweet and emotional. After last week’s terrible song, it is really nice to have the good Anoop back. Paula said, “Anoop is back.” She called it tender, honest and sweet. Simon said he managed to go from “zero to hero.” Randy said he proved that he could sing tonight. Kara said it was amazing the best performance of the night.

Megan Joy Corkery is here to annoy me thoroughly no doubt. She’s touching a Patsy Cline standard, “Walking After Midnight.” Randy Travis called it “totally unique.” Oh GOD THE BOOBS! THE BOOBS! THEY ARE SHAKING! MAKE IT STOP! BOOBS! UMB is covering his ears and I am soldiering on to listen to this auditory shit just to write about it for your amusement. You should be quite thankful that I am making my ears a sacrifice. This was so fucking painful I can’t even stand it. Randy thought it was going to be a trainwreck, but that it worked for her. WHAT!? Kara called it the perfect song. Paula thought she was fantastic despite being in the hospital with the flu. Simon thought she looked gorgeous but that she was much better this week than last. I swear to god all they noticed was BOOBS!

Matt Giraud is hopefully here to save the night. He’s singing “So Small” by Carrie Underwood. Matt is able to do with his piano performances what Scott MacIntyre hasn’t been able to do. He makes each performance different and memorable. This was a great interpretation of the song, performed very well. Matt is able to convey emotion and make a connection not only to the song but with the audience that most of the other contestants aren’t able to do. Kara called him a true talent. Paula called it authentic and honest. Simon said he out sang Danny tonight. He compared Matt to Michael Buble. Randy called it his favorite performance of the night.

My ranking:

  1. Anoop Desai
  2. Matt Giraud
  3. Adam Lambert
  4. Kris Allen
  5. Danny Gokey
  6. Lil Rounds
  7. Allison Ireheta
  8. Alexis Grace
  9. Scott MacIntyre
  10. Michael Sarver
  11. Megan Joy Corkery

The guys are definitely beating the hell out of the girls this season. This was one of the hardest episodes to judge out of every season that I’ve blogged. UMB and I actually watched the show twice and argued at length about the legato and melody changes in “Jolene.” We had the hardest time ranking the top five because each one of the performances was so different and the singers have different strengths.

We still don’t agree on the rankings above, but it’s my post, my website, and I did all the fucking work. Therefore, you get my rankings.

What do you all think? Will Megan survive based on the “singing through the pain” effect that we’ve seen in past seasons, or will she finally get the boot. Are there people out there that really love her that much that Michael Sarver will be going home?

BOOBS! BOOBS! BOOBS!

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Mar 11

American Idol: Season 8 Top 11 Revealed

It’s the first REAL results night of the season. Apparently, a new rule has been implemented, in which the judges have the ability, at their discretion, to save ONE contestant per season who has been voted off. This is in response to critics who have long stated that Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry were voted off the show far too soon in their respective seasons.

I don’t think that is going to be an issue for tonight’s show…

Let’s just see how I did, eh?

Performance of the night: Matt Giraud
2. Danny Gokey
3. Lil Rounds
4. Adam Lambert
5. Allison Iraheta
6. Scott MacIntyre
7. Michael Sarver
8. Kris Allen
9. Alexis Grace
10. Jorge Nunez
11. Anoop Desai
12. Jasmine Murray
Please God Make It Stop: Megan Joy Corkery

Two contestants are going home tonight, and they are my number 10 and number 12 choices. Megan Joy Corkery lives to annoy me another week.

So what do you think? Did America (and I) get it right? I think Anoop was saved by the momentum of the wildcard show. He’s going to have to sing MUCH better next week to survive.

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Mar 11

American Idol Season 8: Top Thirteen

American IdolI was going to write a nice little introduction about the show up to this point. But once I finished writing about tonight’s show I realized that I was really tired of thinking about Idol. Also, I want to write a post for tomorrow (maybe) titled, “Why American Idol Haters Can Kiss My Ass.” Look for that.

Let’s just get right into the show, mmkay?

So the Top 12 is now a Top 13.

Uh, what’s with the judges being introduced like that? An unusual entrance that Ryan says was Simon’s idea.

The contestants are on the big stage, the competition is really just beginning.

Paula was apparently attacked by an ostrich on the way in to the studio tonight.

Two contestants will be voted off tonight.

Michael Jackson is the theme tonight. God help us. There are some artists that you just can not touch. I don’t know why they would ever choose this catalog. It’s like setting people up to fail.

Lil Rounds is from Memphis, Tennessee and is already on my list for making the Top 3. Lil is performing “The Way You Make Me Feel.” This is in my top 5 MJ songs. There is absolutely no doubt that Lil can sing. I HATE what she is wearing. She looks like she wrapped herself up in an entire bin of $.99 loofas. Frankly, though I love her voice, I hated this arrangement. Randy loved her new bluesy vibe on the song. Kara said she hopes we get to hear her on the radio. Paula liked her outfit and said she was a force to be reckoned with. Simon thought it was “good, but a lazy song choice.” He also hated what she is wearing.

Scott MacIntyre from Scottsdale, Arizona is almost completely blind. I’m sure he’s creating quite a conundrum for the producers putting together. He’s at the piano performing, “Keep the Faith” from Dangerous. He’s got a very Michael W. Smith quality about his voice… a bit nasally and extremely pronounced consonants. He’s almost always perfectly on pitch. This was a really good performance from Scott, but not spectacular. Kara loved his song choice. Paula called it magical and pointed out the songwriter in the audience. Simon hated the song because no one knows it. Randy liked the song, but thought the performance was too safe.

Danny Gokey is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has received the most air time, as the grieving widower. He chose “PYT (Pretty Young Thing)” There was a bizarre introduction before it kicked into the song. I was making a face, but it got better. He added a nice bluesy growl to the song that I haven’t perfected myself in Total Eclipse, maybe because I sing it in the original key, and he dropped it at least by a third. He had Paula and Kara on their feet dancing. Paula absolutely loved the performance She suggested that Danny is on his way to the finals. I agree. Simon thought the vocals were brilliant. He said Danny reminded him of Michael McDonald, a white guy with soul. Randy loved it all. Kara said he had joy when he steps on stage.

Michael Sarver is the oil rigger from Jasper, Texas. I’m really not sure how he managed to squeak his way into the top 13. He took the place of one of my early favorites that I am still sore isn’t on the show, Ricky Braddy. He’s performing “You Are Not Alone.” He’s showing a much better range tonight than we’ve seen from him in earlier shows. He definitely seems to be on top of his game tonight. He’s a decent singer who is nice looking and has an interesting backstory. I suspect he’ll stick around a few more weeks. Simon says he made up for the fact that he’s not the best singer on the show by showing passion and heart. Randy says he’s one of the best of the night so far. Kara said he brought his game tonight. Copycat. Paula said he has extraordinary talent. She thought he picked the perfect song for himself this week.

Jasmine Murray is the first wildcard pick of the night. For me, she’s totally taking the place of that great red-headed girl that didn’t make it through last week. I’m not a big fan of this 17 year old. She’s a high-school student from Columbus, Mississippi. She’s picked “I’ll Be There.” How predictable is that? The problem with Jasmine is that she sounds like a 17 year old. She would be the best singer in a high school talent show, but on stage with 26 and 27 year olds, she’s just not special enough to stand out on Idol. Randy name dropped Mariah Carey. *snore* He thought she did a pretty good job on it. Kara thought the song was a touch too high for her and complemented her stage presence. Paula thought she had tremendous poise and composure. She thought her pitch was slightly under at times. Simon didn’t think he could add much. He thought it was a bit robotic. He said she sounded like a little girl trying to be a grown up. Again with the copycat remark.

Kris Allen is from Conway, Arkansas. He’s the cute church boy that has all the girls screaming. He’s married. He’s performing “Remember the Time” and playing his guitar. I think he should have gone a little more acoustic with the song than trying to copy the original R&B version. I could totally hear a Jason Mraz-ish feel and I’m disappointed that he’s not delivering it. He had some good moments in this song, but the big notes totally got away from him and were a bit shrieky. Kara thought the guitar helped his performance out. Paula thinks Kris knows Michael Jackson’s songs better than anyone. She called him “adorable sexy.” Simon said the song didn’t seem to fit the guitar performance. Randy called it an “interesting song choice” and said it reminded him of Jason Mraz. Fuck me! Apparently I need to be a judge on this show. You hear that Fox!?

Allison Iraheta is the 16 year old from Los Angeles, originally from El Salvador. She sings at a Latin Grocery store. She’s wanted to audition since she was nine. *sigh* She’s picked “Give In to Me.” She’s taking style tips from Joan Jett I think. She’s definitely got a Kelly Clarkson feel about her. That’s a good thing. She also makes me think of Pink, vocally, not just because of the hair. I wasn’t a fan of Allison at first, but I’m becoming a fan now. Paula called her a rock star. Simon thought it was a good performance and we know who she is as a performer. Randy said she’s “got it” and she can sing anything. Kara called it ridiculous good.

Anoop Desai is the next wild card performer up. This was a wildcard choice I totally agreed with. He’s from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. An Indian guy with a southern accent just cracks me the hell up. I really wish he’d fix his damn eyebrows. They are so bushy! He’s picked “Beat It.” He’s got a really good voice, but this song does absolutely nothing to show it off. It was really karaoke. And I think he dropped some lyrics in the second part of the verse. Paula didn’t think he picked the right song. She called it karaoke. Simon called it “horrible” and light weight. And karaoke. Randy said it was the wrong choice. Karaoke. Again. Kara said the biggest problem was it didn’t show his range. I swear I pause the show before the judges talk and discuss the performances with UMB while I’m writing my thoughts out. Then they repeat everything I just said. It’s getting annoying.

Jorge Nunez is from Cidra, Puerto Rico, and the comparisons to Ricky Martin are inevitable. He is no where near as hot as Ricky, but he’s got that same effeminate appeal. He picked “Never Can Say Goodbye.” He’s got a nice voice, and he’s definitely in his element singing emotional songs that allow him to throw a smoldering Latin lover look right at the camera. I think this was a fantastic song choice for him that plays to his strengths. As long as he keeps picking the right song, he’s going to go far. Randy didn’t like the song choice. Kara didn’t seem to feel the emotional connection. Paula didn’t think it was the right song either. Simon thought it was corny and that he was out of his depth. I think the judges are really being way too harsh on him.

Megan Joy Corkrey annoys the ever-lovin shit out of me. Just sayin. She’s another wildcard choice. And again, I think she’s taking the place of a better singer. She’s from Sandy, Utah. She’s a divorced mom. She picked “Rockin’ Robin.” What the hell is this shit? Am I watching the Osmond’s variety show? This is a more ridiculous performance than anything we saw out of Nick/Norman Gentle. Corny, and UMB thinks she looks just like a kindergarten teacher teaching her class how to sing and dance. Fucking outrageously stupid and banal. She ended her “performance” with a “caw – caw!” Kara called it “so Megan,” full of personality. Paula called it quirky and unique. Simon called it a “stupid song choice” and the dancing was ridiculous. “Clumsy and awkward.” Randy called the song choice bad.

Adam Lambert is from Hollywood, California. I’m worried about his chances since those pictures of him in drag kissing his boyfriend surfaced last week. He’s picked “Black or White.” If the world were judging based solely on ability to work a stage and hit notes pitch perfectly, Adam would win hands down. He’s a great performer, who might be better suited for leading a rock band than being a solo performer. I compare those high note screams to Rob Halford from Judas Priest. UMB compares him to Ethel Merman, and that’s a bad thing. Paula says he is the most comfortable seasoned performer that has ever been on the American Idol stage. She says he has the whole package, fashion and music. She predicts he will be in the finals. Simon said that was in a totally different league from everyone else. He performed it over the top just like it needed to be. Randy calls him the most “right now” artist on the show. Kara said he hit notes she didn’t know existed.

Matt Giraud is from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He’s playing the piano and picked “Human Nature.” He’s one of my early favorites and made it back as a wild card pick. He’s got a definite Marc Broussard feel for me, maybe not so much on this song. His falsetto on this song was A.MAZ.ING. Spectacular. Randy compared him to Justin Timberlake. Kara loved it. Paula called him sexy, talented, and amazing. Simon called it very good and solid. Song of the night for UMB and I.

Alexis Grace is the final performer tonight. She’s also from Memphis, Tennessee. And a mom. She picked “Dirty Diana.” A great choice for a bluesy singer. She’s choking off the end of her phrases which is a bit weird for me. She’s got great control and dynamic sense. Kara called her a “naughty girl.” Paula said to watch the oversinging. Simon called it “over the top” and not as good as Alexis thought it was. Randy called it good.

The wrap up:

The show ended up being much better than I suspected it would be. A couple of singers I expected to hate put in good performances. My early favorites did not disappoint.

This season I have decided that instead of categorizing the performances, I will instead rank them in order of best to worst.

Performance of the night: Matt Giraud
2. Danny Gokey
3. Lil Rounds
4. Adam Lambert
5. Allison Iraheta
6. Scott MacIntyre
7. Michael Sarver
8. Kris Allen
9. Alexis Grace
10. Jorge Nunez
11. Anoop Desai
12. Jasmine Murray
Please God Make It Stop: Megan Joy Corkery

Since this is the first post about the new season, tell me who your favorites are… who do think will win?

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Mar 05

Web Hosting Questions

So I got an email the other day from someone asking me about that HostGator link in my sidebar… Do I really use them? Do I like them? Do I really recommend them?

Yes, yes I do. I’ve signed up probably a dozen people to that service who have been very happy with them. I put my company on board with several sites, and of course this site is hosted by them.

So yes, I absolutely recommend them for web hosting.

Coincidentally, I got a Review Me offer from a company called Web Hosting Choice that offers hosting plan comparisons.

I haven’t done a sponsored post over here at Jestertunes in a long time, but the coincidence was such that I figured you guys wouldn’t mind too much.

Web Hosting Choice ranks Hostgator as #7 on their top 10.

I don’t know anything about most of the host providers on their list, but I can tell you that I’ve been very pleased with their #7 pick.

If you guys have opinions, I’d be open to hearing them, as I have several websites to set up in the next couple of months and I’m willing to check out the competition. For now, I’m sticking with Hostgator.

And that is how I do a sponsored post.