Forever in Blue Jeans

May 16, 2013

American Idol Season 12 Finale Review

And it takes one singing show finale before I write and update my blog!

Let me just say that this is the closest finale since the Clay-Ruben fight in season 2. And let me add that despite the ratings drastic drop and the obvious manipulation of desperate producers, this is one of the best final two contestants the show has ever had. I would not mind seeing any of the two girls win the crown, but after tonight’s show, my heart and hopes go to only one. Here is why:

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Round 1- Simon Fuller’s Choice

Kree Harrison (Angel)– I was not sure when I first heard that Kree is singing this for the reason that this is not in Kree’s songbook. Kree started beautifully, but the song didn’t go anywhere. The first half was wonderful. The second half was flat.

Candice Glover (Chasing Pavements)– I don’t remember any contestant singing this song on idol stage, so I was very excited to hear that Simon Fuller picked this for Candice. Plus, with Candice’s techniques, she would absolutely nail the song and give it a different flavor. Candice didn’t disappoint. She did not copy Adele, and did everything that she can do with the song tastefully.

Round 1 goes to Candice.

Round 2- Original Single

Kree (All Cried Out)– Kree delivered a simple, yet stunning performance. This is the perfect idol single. Release it now and it will sell millions.

Candice (I Am Beautiful)– It was a nice song for Candice, and she sang it perfectly, but I am not sure if this has the same appeal as Kree’s song and performance.

Round 2 goes to Kree.

Round 3– Repeat Performance

Kree (Up To The Mountain)– Kree delivered, and it was stunning.

Candice (I Who Have Nothing)– Candice delivered, and it was strong.

Round 3 goes to both of them.

So who won the night? Candice delivered the strongest vocals, but Kree delivered the most heartfelt moments. Candice impresses, but Kree touches hearts. With this alone, KREE HARRISON wins.

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May 30, 2012

Undone- Haley Reinhart

Filed under: Music — Tags: — Jayson Yang @ 11:36 pm

A single that deserves a shout out.

“Tell me where love goes when it’s gone. Tell me where hearts go when they go wrong.”

This is breaking me apart.

November 20, 2011

Minsan Tayong Umibig

Filed under: Music — Tags: , , , — Jayson Yang @ 2:01 pm

This is a product of a Saturday afternoon bonding with good friends Kti and Dan. Hope you like it! 🙂

November 3, 2011

X Factor US- Top 12

Filed under: Music, TV and Movies — Tags: — Jayson Yang @ 4:07 pm

The US edition of X Factor has been quite exciting since it started about a month ago. After intense rounds of eliminations, 12 acts have remained to battle for a 5-million dollar contract and the pride of earning the very first X Factor US crown.

Here’s my take on the show’s first ever Top 12:

ThE BOYS:

Astro– Prior to the first live show, I have dismissed the thought of seeing this little boy in the top 12, but the kid got some talent and he deserves his spot after his performance which made the audience sing along and jump.
Marcus Canty– No doubt, this guy is the best singer in his category. I haven’t seen a winner potential so far, but if LA Reid can think of any way to make this guy current and relevant, he might get a chance to go far.
Chris Rene– Not the best singer, but he is definitely the one to beat in the boy’s category. No one can deny his massive star potential.

THE GROUPS:

The Stereo Hogzz– The Stereo Hogzz did a decent job during the first live show, but I am not a fan of boy bands, never was, and never will be.
InTENsity– They will never win a competition like this, but they bring entertainment. And there’s Ellona, Filipino pride!
Lakoda Rayne– This group exudes freshness. I haven’t heard a hit girl group for a long time. Paula Abdul is one wise mentor for giving this group a country brand.

THE OVER 30S:

LeRoy Bell– Old man has a very nice tone and good recoding voice. However, if he’s not 60, everything about him is ordinary. But hey, he is 60, and he looks and sounds younger than his age.
Stacy Francis– The resident diva along with Melanie Amaro. She created a lot of buzz after her audition, but she hasn’t topped that round since then. She has an unbelievable vocal ability, but she always has the tendency to over sing.
Josh Krajcik– One of the good voices among the guys, but he lacks charisma and he is not very memorable. He’ll get the surprise boot.

THE GIRLS:

Rachel Crow– Her first appearance already guaranteed her a spot in the Top 12. She has charisma and a star name. With the right song choices, this little girl will sail through the competition.
Drew– Without a doubt, the most phenomenal contestant in the Top 12. Her renditions of Baby, It Must Have Been Love, and What A Feeling are better versions of the originals. At 14, Drew is definitely a girl wonder!
Melanie Amaro– The most overrated contestant of the show and overrated contestants never win. However, her wildcard hype is a guarantee of a long stay in the competition. But this girl can live with her talent alone. She doesn’t need the pimp, because she’s one soulful and powerful singer.

May 28, 2011

Love Me- Collin Raye

Filed under: Music, Uncategorized — Jayson Yang @ 12:53 pm

Was in a karaoke place last night with a close friend and she sang this song. It easily caught my heart. This is the reason why I love country songs. Pure. Love.

I read a note my Grandma wrote back in 1923
Grandpa kept it in his coat, and he showed it once to me
He said, “Boy, you might not understand, but a long, long time ago,
Grandma’s daddy didn’t like me none, but I love your Grandma so.

We had this crazy plan to meet and run away together
Get married in the first town we came to and live forever
But nailed to the tree where we were supposed to meet instead
I found this letter, and this is what it said :

“If you get there before I do
Don’t give up on me
I’ll meet you when my chores are through
I don’t know how long I’ll be

But I’m not gonna let you down
Darling wait and see
And between now and then
Til I see you again

I’ll be loving you
Love, Me.”

I read those words just hours before my Grandma passed away
In the doorway of the church where me and Grandpa stopped to pray
I know I’ve never seen him cry in all my fifteen years
But as he said these words to her, his eyes fill up with tears

“If you get there before I do
Don’t give up on me
I’ll meet you when my chores are through
I don’t know how long I’ll be

But I’m not gonna let you down
Darling wait and see
And between now and then
Til I see you again

I’ll be loving you
Love, Me.”

April 9, 2011

Haley Reinhart- Bennie and the Jets

Filed under: Celebrities, Music, TV and Movies — Tags: — Jayson Yang @ 11:28 am

So current. So classy. Fully of style. Rawr at all her performances. Loved her since her God Bless The Child performance, but Bennie and the Jets gave her her defining moment. SHE MUST WIN.

March 13, 2011

Lullaby of a Stormy Night- Vienna Teng

Filed under: Music — Jayson Yang @ 7:31 pm

Pagkatapos ng pagluha dala ng anumang dahilan, pinapakinggan ko ang awiting ito. Pakiramdam ko may karamay na ko. I don’t want to sound “emo”, but yes, I just cried and from this song, I get some comfort.

Kismet- Silent Sanctuary

Filed under: Music — Tags: — Jayson Yang @ 1:34 pm

I’m not a fan of our local bands and their songs, but as the saying goes, there’s always an exception to any rule and Silent Sanctuary‘s Kismet is one example. This has been a favorite since college days. Love the melody and the story I get from it.

March 11, 2011

Fearless Forecast: AI Season 10 Top 13

Filed under: Music, TV and Movies — Tags: — Jayson Yang @ 12:46 am

Quick notes on today’s AI:

Lauren Alaina (Any Man of Mine)- I heard the Carrie-Kelly tone tonight. She did good, but definitely not her best. With that voice, she can pick a song that will give her a defining moment.

Casey Abrams (With A Little Help From My Friends)- Exciting performer. I can’t think of any idol contestant with that style and presence. Brilliant.

Ashton Jones (When You Tell Me That You Love Me)- Terrible arrangement. Bad vocals. Inappropriate moves. Everything was wrong, even the hair.

Paul Mconald (Come Pick Me Up)- Not the perfect song, not pitch-perfect, but he is real. Authentic. Artist.

Pia Tuscano (All By Myself)- Arrangement could have been better, but she pulled it off. Girl is overrated. I wonder if the judges heard Charice’s rendition.

James Durbin (Maybe I’m Amazed)- There were pitchy parts, but he’s getting better. Really really nice performance.

Haley Reinhart (Blue)- I’m a fan. Love her voice and her style! She is so current. Randy Jackson needs some wake-up call.

Jacob Lusk (I Believe I Can Fly)- Tell me, was it a finale? What’s with back-up singers?! Lol. Amazing vocals, but i’m getting bored.

Thia Megia (Smile)- Freshness. Class. Charisma. It could have been better, but it was lovely enough to make me love her even more.

Stefano Langone (Lately)-  Except for the upbeat parts, I thought it was a bad performance. I heard some brilliant moments, but I still didn’t like it as a whole.

Karen Rodriguez (I Could Fall In Love)- Pitchy. Nothing special. Mediocre. Only the last note was good.

Scotty McCreery (The River)- He can never go wrong with country music.

Naima Adedapo (Umbrella)- Surprising. Funny. Adorable or annoying, I don’t know. I thought the reggae part was awesome. Lol at the lightning effect!

Now who’s getting the boot? Either Karen or Ashton

The rest will be safe.

 

 

March 6, 2011

Endless Song of Happiness- Yael Naim

Filed under: Music — Jayson Yang @ 11:52 pm

I don’t understand a single word, but it sounds happy. I super love. 🙂

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