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The X Factor USA : Why Carly Rose Lost to Tate Stevens

The X Factor USA

As I have predicted it, Tate Stevens won The X Factor USA over Carly Rose Sonenclar. I knew it’ll be a tight race between the two, but I sure was hoping Carly Rose will win in the end. I guess Tate’s sincere enjoyment of what he’s doing, his lovable personality, irresistible smile, and, of course, his amazing voice won the hearts of voters a thousand times over.

 

The X Factor USA Judges

This is actually my first time to watch The X Factor (didn’t even watch the local version). When I learned that Britney Spears will be judging alongside Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid, I just had to watch! I’ve been a fan of Britney ever since and I’ve looked forward to the day that I see her back on her feet again. Though most of her comments were a little generic, I think she did an awesome job! 🙂

The X Factor USA judges - Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell and LA Reid

I honestly didn’t pay attention to Demi Lovato before even when I listened and liked some of her songs. This time though, I found myself agreeing many times to what she had to say. And I loved how feisty she was towards Simon. Hahaha! I think he finally met his match! Plus, I absolutely enjoyed her performance with Fifth Harmony. They rocked! 🙂

To be quite honest, I don’t like the format of The X Factor. I LOVE the concept of The Voice more than any other singing competitions on TV, but I love the unique arrangements of the songs on The X Factor. Most of them don’t work as well as the others. In the end though, I became a fan of the show, even with those awkward times when the hosts Khloe Kardashian-Odom and Mario Lopez (I have a big crush on him ^_^) will cut off someone still speaking just so they could continue with the show. 😀

 

The X Factor USA Finalists

Carly Rose vs Tate Stevens

I loved Carly Rose Sonenclar ever since she sang Brokenhearted, originally by Karmin (who I adore!!). Her voice is AMAZING and how she interpreted the song was just crazy!! Will.i.am put it quite well – ‘she’s like a little caterpillar. And you’d think she’ll turn into a butterfly, but then she turns into a dragon’. Well, not exactly (word for word) what he said, but you get the gist. Watch her video below and be awed! 😉

Week after week, I looked forward to Carly Rose’s performance. I think hers and Fifth Harmony’s are the only performances that I never skipped or fast-forwarded while watching.

Carly Rose Sonenclar should've been The X Factor USA winner

However, as the show went along, there were times when I feel like she thinks too much and every high note she hits is calculated. Still, she’s amazing with that very soulful voice. I’ve been rooting for her since the very beginning. I really wished and thought she’d win The X Factor USA Season 2 hands down, so I was surprised when Tate won.

 

Why Did Carly Rose Lose to Tate Stevens?

When I watched the finale night, I was looking forward to a Carly Rose victory. When I watched the last performances for the second time, I quite understood why Tate won. He seemed to really enjoy himself when he was performing, especially when he was on-stage with Little Big Town.

A lot of people say that LeAnn Rimes’ performance with Carly Rose cost the little diva the win, including her parents, but to be quite honest, I don’t think that’s the reason why she lost. It sure was funny that LeAnn Rimes thought Carly Rose needed HER help. She’s a good singer, but dang! She’s a mess! I wish they paired Carly Rose with Trisha Yearwood instead if they had to keep “How Do I Live” as her song for the duet.

LeAnn Rimes with Carly Rose at The X Factor USA finale

There were others who say that Carly Rose was a spoiled kid, which is just unfair and judgmental. She seems like a really good kid, quite mature for her age, so I don’t agree with their impression of her.

Another thing, Carly Rose’s competitiveness wasn’t liked by many. I’ve watched videos of her performances on Youtube and I’ve read many comments about her being too competitive. She needed to sincerely enjoy herself more. Considering she’s only 13, you’d think she’ll have more fun. But, her competitiveness really beats the kid in her. I still wish she won ‘cause she’s got the X factor. Her voice is incredibly beautiful!! 😉

Lastly, I think the young vote was split between Carly and Fifth Harmony. That’s why there should only be a Final 2 next time.

Tate Stevens, on the other hand, has this image of a family guy, a loyal and loving husband (I see a lot of women rooting for him just because of this!) and an older guy who considers THIS as his first and last chance to make his dreams a reality. C’mon, who wouldn’t vote for THAT guy, right?!

Tate Stevens is The X Factor USA Season 2 winner

One thing’s for sure – Carly’s got a bright future ahead of her and I’ll continue to be one of her fans! And I think she’ll even be more successful than Tate. Or maybe I’ll notice her more ‘cause of her genre. What do you think? 🙂

 

Fifth Harmony

Fifth Harmony – though I love them to death, I knew they couldn’t win over Tate or Carly Rose. But, dang! I am a BIG fan of these 5 ladies! Allyson Brooke Hernandez, Normani Kordei Hamilton, Lauren Michelle Jauregui, Karla Camila Cabello, and Dinah Jane Hensen — these are the names I’m sure we all won’t forget.

Fifth Harmony of The X Factor USA - the next girl group to watch!

I’m looking forward to Fifth Harmony’s career. As what Simon Cowell said during the early part of the competition, the music and entertainment scene in the US needs a new girl group. And I can’t wait to listen to Fifth Harmony’s own music! Woohoo! 🙂

I think this group is a very good role model for the young girls today. Mixed races, mixed personalities and even body types. They’re all lovable and seem to have be really good kids. That’s why I think, they’ll be very successful. 🙂

Now that The Voice (my #1 favorite singing competition on TV) and The X Factor USA are off the air, I can’t wait for American Idol. I’m not looking forward to the new judges ’cause I’m honestly tired of Randy Jackson, and I don’t like Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj as his fellow judges, so I hope we can all focus on the talent. Are we going to see another Jessica Sanchez?! 😉

The X Factor USA : Why Carly Rose Lost to Tate Stevens

The X Factor USA

As I have predicted it, Tate Stevens won The X Factor USA over Carly Rose Sonenclar. I knew it’ll be a tight race between the two, but I sure was hoping Carly Rose will win in the end. I guess Tate’s sincere enjoyment of what he’s doing, his lovable personality, irresistible smile, and, of course, his amazing voice won the hearts of voters a thousand times over.

 

The X Factor USA Judges

This is actually my first time to watch The X Factor (didn’t even watch the local version). When I learned that Britney Spears will be judging alongside Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid, I just had to watch! I’ve been a fan of Britney ever since and I’ve looked forward to the day that I see her back on her feet again. Though most of her comments were a little generic, I think she did an awesome job! 🙂

The X Factor USA judges - Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell and LA Reid

I honestly didn’t pay attention to Demi Lovato before even when I listened and liked some of her songs. This time though, I found myself agreeing many times to what she had to say. And I loved how feisty she was towards Simon. Hahaha! I think he finally met his match! Plus, I absolutely enjoyed her performance with Fifth Harmony. They rocked! 🙂

To be quite honest, I don’t like the format of The X Factor. I LOVE the concept of The Voice more than any other singing competitions on TV, but I love the unique arrangements of the songs on The X Factor. Most of them don’t work as well as the others. In the end though, I became a fan of the show, even with those awkward times when the hosts Khloe Kardashian-Odom and Mario Lopez (I have a big crush on him ^_^) will cut off someone still speaking just so they could continue with the show. 😀
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America’s Next Top Model Season 19 : Bring Brittany or Leila Back!

America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition
First of all, I am so loving the new concept of America’s Next Top Model College Edition. When I was watching the first episode, I thought Tyra Banks decided to let people call in or text to vote for their favorite ANTM contestants. Thankfully, she had something cooler in mind – use social media!

America’s Next Top Model and Social Media

Being a social media practitioner myself (though I handle restaurants), I am happy about the new scoring system of America’s Next Top Model Season 19. This gives the audience/viewers or fans of the show a chance to somehow control who gets voted out of the competition. And it’s just smart to use social media since it’s the most powerful tool now for any brand or company to promote themselves. I think Tyra’s using social media pretty well, don’t you think?

I also like the idea of giving the wannabe models that were eliminated a chance to go back in the competition through the power of social media. I’m especially glad about this NOW that I have no one else to root for amongst the ones who are still in the show.

Kelly Cutrone, Rob Evans, Bryanboy and Johnny Wujek

The addition of Kelly, Rob and Bryanboy is one of the amazing things about Season 19 of America’s Next Top Model. I love Kelly Cutrone, with her fierce comments. Rob Evans, and all his gorgeousness, is surprisingly a pretty awesome judge himself. I agree with him and his comments 99% of the time.

Kelly Cutrone, Rob Evans and Bryanboy in America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Bryanboy – I know he’s Pinoy and I’ve heard some issues with him before, but I like him on the show too, especially when he told Yvonne off with her nasty attitude during one of the shoots.

Johnny Wujek is a great addition too. I feel like he has contributed more to the show because of his insights and the way he handles the models during their photo shoots. Oh, and he’s Katy Perry‘s stylist, so that’s another PLUS. And, of course, he’s gorgeous too. 🙂

Johnny Wujek on America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

America’s Next Top Model Comeback : Bring Brittany or Leila Back!

Everyone has his or her own bad days, and this happens to the best of us. So, I am really hoping that either Brittany or Leila is brought back into the competition through their social media scores.

America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition Comeback Web series
(If you haven’t yet, watch America’s Next Top Model Comeback Web series)

I am crossing my fingers for Brittany and Leila. I think Leila will be a stronger competitor though ’cause I find that Brittany is a little boring during most of her shoots. I LOVE her on this Walt Disney shoot though:

Brittany's Walt Disney photo

Leila looks more like a high-fashion model, so I am rooting for her first before Brittany. But, either of them is okay in my book.

Leila of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Victoria is Weird

Beautifully weird – I’m not sure. The way she comes into every photo shoot, with all the crazy characters she comes up with, is just too funny for words.

Victoria of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Sure, this is all because of her being home-schooled and well-pampered by her mother. I hope and wish she’ll grow up, seriously, ’cause I think she’s a very smart young girl who needs a ton of maturing to do. And I hope her mom helps her with that.

Who Am I Rooting For?

I am rooting for Lauren and Kiara now. Well, that’s only because I have no other choice but them 2. They’re the lesser evils.

Kiara of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Nastasia, I used to like, but she’s been boring recently.

Nastasia of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Kristin is hot and pretty. But, I think she’s just lucky she has the looks. With that said, she’s not a fierce high-fashion model to me. Plus, her personality sucks. 😀

Kristin of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

I don’t like Lauren for her attitude too, but she’s one of the top competitors now. I love her zombie photo shoot.

Lauren's zombie photo - I love her!

Who are YOU supporting in America’s Next Top Model College Edition?

Photo Credits: America’s Next Top Model on CWTV

America’s Next Top Model Season 19 : Bring Brittany or Leila Back!

America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition
First of all, I am so loving the new concept of America’s Next Top Model College Edition. When I was watching the first episode, I thought Tyra Banks decided to let people call in or text to vote for their favorite ANTM contestants. Thankfully, she had something cooler in mind – use social media!

America’s Next Top Model and Social Media

Being a social media practitioner myself (though I handle restaurants), I am happy about the new scoring system of America’s Next Top Model Season 19. This gives the audience/viewers or fans of the show a chance to somehow control who gets voted out of the competition. And it’s just smart to use social media since it’s the most powerful tool now for any brand or company to promote themselves. I think Tyra’s using social media pretty well, don’t you think?

I also like the idea of giving the wannabe models that were eliminated a chance to go back in the competition through the power of social media. I’m especially glad about this NOW that I have no one else to root for amongst the ones who are still in the show.

Kelly Cutrone, Rob Evans, Bryanboy and Johnny Wujek

The addition of Kelly, Rob and Bryanboy is one of the amazing things about Season 19 of America’s Next Top Model. I love Kelly Cutrone, with her fierce comments. Rob Evans, and all his gorgeousness, is surprisingly a pretty awesome judge himself. I agree with him and his comments 99% of the time.

Kelly Cutrone, Rob Evans and Bryanboy in America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Bryanboy – I know he’s Pinoy and I’ve heard some issues with him before, but I like him on the show too, especially when he told Yvonne off with her nasty attitude during one of the shoots.

Johnny Wujek is a great addition too. I feel like he has contributed more to the show because of his insights and the way he handles the models during their photo shoots. Oh, and he’s Katy Perry‘s stylist, so that’s another PLUS. And, of course, he’s gorgeous too. 🙂

Johnny Wujek on America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

America’s Next Top Model Comeback : Bring Brittany or Leila Back!

Everyone has his or her own bad days, and this happens to the best of us. So, I am really hoping that either Brittany or Leila is brought back into the competition through their social media scores.

America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition Comeback Web series
(If you haven’t yet, watch America’s Next Top Model Comeback Web series)

I am crossing my fingers for Brittany and Leila. I think Leila will be a stronger competitor though ’cause I find that Brittany is a little boring during most of her shoots. I LOVE her on this Walt Disney shoot though:

Brittany's Walt Disney photo

Leila looks more like a high-fashion model, so I am rooting for her first before Brittany. But, either of them is okay in my book.

Leila of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Victoria is Weird

Beautifully weird – I’m not sure. The way she comes into every photo shoot, with all the crazy characters she comes up with, is just too funny for words.

Victoria of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Sure, this is all because of her being home-schooled and well-pampered by her mother. I hope and wish she’ll grow up, seriously, ’cause I think she’s a very smart young girl who needs a ton of maturing to do. And I hope her mom helps her with that.

Who Am I Rooting For?

I am rooting for Lauren and Kiara now. Well, that’s only because I have no other choice but them 2. They’re the lesser evils.

Kiara of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Nastasia, I used to like, but she’s been boring recently.

Nastasia of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Kristin is hot and pretty. But, I think she’s just lucky she has the looks. With that said, she’s not a fierce high-fashion model to me. Plus, her personality sucks. 😀

Kristin of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

I don’t like Lauren for her attitude too, but she’s one of the top competitors now. I love her zombie photo shoot.

Lauren's zombie photo - I love her!

Who are YOU supporting in America’s Next Top Model College Edition?

Photo Credits: America’s Next Top Model on CWTV

Fairly Legal : My New Fave TV Series

For some reason, I started this love affair with lawyer-y TV series with a dash of humor. One of them is Fairly Legal.

Fairly-Legal

The series revolves around this petite bombshell Kate Reed played by Sarah Shahi. I remember Sarah as Carmen de la Pica Morales, the super hot lesbian partner of Shane (Katherine Moennig) in The L Word. She used to be an attorney, but decided to step down and serve as a mediator.

A mediator acts as a negotiator between two parties to avoid all the hassles of going to court. She uses her shrewdness to get what she needs to finalize a deal between the parties she mediates. And how she does her job is the most fun part of the series.

She’s witty, easy-going and gets the job done almost every time. It doesn’t matter what the case is all about, even taking on some that aren’t her expertise. Most of the minor cases she handles are about property disputes, business partners (she handles small to huge companies, some who own stores selling various products from discontinued appliance parts to high-end equipment) and (ex)couples.

She also has a knack for being aggressive and bluffing to settle disputes. Kate’s very dedicated to her work, which in turn, as expected, caused troubles in her marriage to gorgeous Justin Patrick (played by Michael Trucco).

Fairly Legal cast

Kate’s personal life is a mess, but she’s VERY successful in her job. She’s a partner in her father’s law firm, and she also has problems with her stepmom, a lady almost as young as her – Lauren Reed (Virginia Williams).

The story of Fairly Legal takes a lot of twists and turns, which has kept me glued to the screen. Plus, they’re not too technical with their lawyer-y terms (LOL), so I know almost everyone can understand and most probably enjoy the series too.

The series just started last year and they’re on their second season. I hope they’ll continue on for a longer period ’cause I enjoy their unpredictable plot. Though they handle different cases every episode, you’ll fall in love with Kate Reed’s out-of-the-box approach. It’s really Sarah Shahi who I look forward to watching. 🙂