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American Idol – Final 36 First Performance Night – Who Got Eliminated? Who’s in the Top 12?

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We just watched American Idol Season 8 first performance night and honestly, it was a disappointment. We had high hopes for our faves in the first group but they didn’t give any memorable performances.

The American Idol Top 36 contestants were grouped into 3, each singing weekly. Only 3 of them will get through each week – 1 girl and boy with the highest votes, then, 1 more based on the # of votes. The last 3 will be picked from the Wildcard round. Interesting, huh?

Well, scroll down if you want to know who got eliminated on the first performance night of American Idol.

Group 1

Alexis Grace did pretty well. She was the only female who got positive comments from the judges. We loved her, too.
I think Ann Marie did good, too. But it wasn’t enough to get her through… for now.
Casey, Jackie and Stevie sucked. Really. What were they thinking?!
Tatiana was lovely! But she’s all demure, which I was kinda expecting. Me and Mai were disappointed to see that side of her ‘coz we miss the crazy Tatiana. Yeah, I know. That is even crazier.

The guys did way better than the gurls. Anoop was so lovable! Me and Mai were watching him sing “Angel of Mine” like we’re teenage girls drooling over Sanjaya. Okay, not a good comparison but, hey, Mai has a big crush on Anoop. Well… hope he makes it to the Wildcard round. Oopss.
Brent was… wait, did he perform? Who is he? Yeah, forgettable.
Danny Gokey – no surprise there. He was last to perform and he did well. I was kinda on the edge of my seat ‘coz he sang “Hero” by Mariah Carey. I’m like, David Cook the 2nd?! Yeah, kinda looked like he was trying to be like David, which made me a li’l irritated.
Michael Sarver is one of my faves but I don’t know why he chose to sing a song (“I Don’t Want To Be”) like that when he’s supposed to show off his vocals. Argh. Made me root for Anoop this time.
Ricky was surprisingly okay. Didn’t see him featured during the auditions but he was actually good… but no personality.
Stephen made another mistake. Never choose a Michael Jackson song if you can’t sing like him. Sheesh. They never learn.

THE VERDICT
You wanna know the results of last night’s votes?

(After the jump…)


So, Alexis Grace is in, along with Michael Sarver and Danny Gokey.
No surprises there. Well, I would’ve wanted Anoop to get through over Michael but he was just beaten by 20,00 votes.

I hope Anoop makes it to the Wildcard round and he joins the Final 12.
Or Mai will throw a fit… hehehe.

Here are next week’s performers:

I’m not really expecting anything great from this group but we’ll see. I think a guy will win again this season.

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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So You Think You Can Dance Season 7 Top 11 Dancers

So You Think You Can Dance

Now that American Idol is done (I love Lee & Crystal! I will surely miss Simon Cowell), I’m glad we’ve got another season of So You Think You Can Dance. I so love the show and I’m happy that there are really good dancers who made it to the show this season.

I love the concept of So You Think You Can Dance this season. The standards are higher than ever because this time, only 10 (supposedly) dancers will make it to the show. They will be teamed up with past So You Think You Can Dance contestants, which is actually the main reason why we are so excited about this season.

Another reason why we’re excited is Mia Michaels is back! I know she’ll be back. So You Think You Can Dance will never be the same without her. I love her routines! 🙂

Before I go to the list of dancers who made it to the show, here are the So You Think You Can Dance All-Star dancers who will be partnered with them throughout this season. It’s truly an All-Star cast, well, except for Comfort. *LoL*

So You Think You Can Dance All-Stars

Not sure how the whole partnership is going to work since we’ve got 11 dancers and 12 All-stars. I’m thinking that they might be partnering with someone different everytime they get a new style.

I”m pretty happy to see all the All-Stars, except for Comfort. I didn’t like her the first time, I’m not going to like her now. Allison, I don’t know her because I didn’t get to watch Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance.

Now, here are the Top 11. Originally, the plan was only to get 10 dancers for the show. But, they had to take 1 more dancer because he’s just so good. Who that is? I’m not going to tell you. *LoL* Seriously, I haven’t watched their latest episode yet so I don’t know what happened. But, I’m thinking it was Adechike who was the 6th male finalist. I already watched the episode and it turned out that they just couldn’t let go of the 6 men.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 7 Top 11 I absolutely love Billy Bell and I’m glad he came back this year. Things happen for a reason and I think it’s his year this time. BUT, I think he’s got serious competition this season. He could’ve won last year. But, this season, I’m not too sure. I’ve got 5 competitors I’m rooting for this year – I love Alex Wong, Alexie Agdeppa, Kent Boyd, Jose “Fulldeck” Ruiz and Billy, of course.

Alex Wong was the amazing ballet dancer who didn’t make it last season because he still had a contract with the Miami City Ballet as their principal soloist. Again, things happen for a reason. I actually believe he can win this year. BUT, he needs to show his personality. I really hope he competes well.

Alexie Agdeppa is a former Los Angeles Laker Girl, like All-Star Courtney Galiano who was a New York Knicks City dancer. She’s Filipino-American so I am definitely rooting for her. Compared to the other Filipino contestants who made it to So You Think You Can Dance Top 20 in past seasons – Karla Garcia in Season 5 and Pauline Mata in Season 6), I actually love Alexie. She seems to be a very genuinely vibrant woman. I guess that’s because of her background. I really hope she’ll do well this season.

Kent Boyd, the contestant who came from Wapakoneta, Ohio, looks like a competitor to Billy Bell’s awesomeness. Kent’s sweet personality might gain him popularity during the show and I just hope he can keep up with it in terms of his performances.

Jose “Fulldeck” Ruiz is also one of my faves this season. He reminds me of b-boy Legacy Perez from last season. Fulldeck claims he’s better than Legacy. I actually find Legacy more good-looking. I hope Fulldeck takes care of his skin, like maybe use the best acne wash he can find, ’cause his breakouts really ruin his look.

Anthony Burrell *Sigh* The only thing I’m not happy about this season is my fave Anthony Burrell not making it to the show. I hope he comes back next year because I absolutely love him! If it wasn’t for his injury, I think he could’ve made it.

By the way, did you know he already appeared in Rihanna’s music videos? You can view them here (he was the boyfriend) and here. He also got the chance to dance with Beyonce Knowles.

You can check out Anthony Burrell’s MySpace page for more info on him.

I can’t wait for their next episode. I know it’s going to be another introduction to what these So You Think You Can Dance Season 7 Top 11 dancers can do in their own style before they start competing for votes next week. Woot!

Who are you rooting for this season of So You Think You Can Dance? Share it with me here! 🙂

My Top Entrecard Droppers and Advertisers for March 2009

I know this is 3 days late but this is to thank all my Entrecard advertisers and top droppers for March 2009.

I now have 6,500+ visitors since August 2008. Judging on the advertisers and droppers I have last month, I am getting a diverse set of visitors. As you might have noticed, this is not a niche blog so I blog about anything I want to. So, a mix of visitors is really what I’m expecting.

I still have the same popular posts for March:
Web Discoveries: Peter Answers – Virtual Tarot (How it works)
– I’m getting lots of traffic for this post. No surprise there since Peter Answers is really a cool prank.

How to Make a Scrolling Blogroll/Bloglist in Blogger – That you can Edit

American Idol posts

Life of a Call Center Employee posts

Supernatural : Angel Castiel or Angel Casstiel, Who is He & What is His Purpose?
– I haven’t blogged about the new angel in the picture – Zachariah. Nothing really interesting has happened. But fans of the show wanted to know more about angel Castiel and I hope this post gave them more information about the actual angel.

After I posted about my new laptop and my successful downgrade from Vista to XP, I’ve gotten a lot of traffic and comments from posts about it:
My New Presario CQ40-340TU Laptop – Downgraded to XP at last!
How I Slipstreamed SATA drivers into my Windows XP installer (downgrade CQ40-340TU from Vista to XP) – Part 1
How to Downgrade CQ40-340TU from Vista to XP – Part 2 – Drivers for XP

I was also able to help 1 visitor – jainor – who has the same laptop model and he wanted to downgrade it to XP. I’m glad that my posts about how I did it helped him. For me, that’s really what blogging is all about. 🙂

Anyway, I want to thank all my sponsors *ehem* I mean my Entrecard Top Droppers and Advertisers for March 2009. Thank you for visiting!


TOP 5 Entrecard Droppers for March 2009






My Entrecard Advertisers for March 2009

Top Advertiser: ShortInfoSec




Again, THANKS!