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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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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.

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 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 1, 2011

Rachel Zevita- Speechless (American Idol Season 10 Top 24)

Filed under: Music, TV and Movies — Tags: — Jayson Yang @ 10:43 pm

Awesomeness. I can feel a Regina Spektor vibe. I’m adding her to my list of to-watch-out-for! 🙂

February 16, 2011

Scott Dangerfield Quits American Idol 10

Filed under: TV and Movies — Jayson Yang @ 1:41 pm

A potential winner Scott Dangerfield quits AI! Watch his audition below, definitely one of the best this season!

February 13, 2011

Ashley Sullivan- American Idol 10 Audition

Funniest AI audition ever! I love you, Ashley Sullivan! 🙂

January 20, 2011

Top 10 American Idol Auditions

Filed under: Music, TV and Movies, Writings — Tags: , — Jayson Yang @ 2:58 am

American Idol’s brand new season kicks off tomorrow with its tradition of presenting the best and worst singers aspiring to be on the idol stage, where some of the music industry’s big and not-so-big names started. Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are without a doubt, the biggest artists AI has ever produced in terms of album sales, pop culture influence and critical recognition. Jennifer Hudson, on the other hand, is AI’s crowned bi-media queen if only for her grammy and oscar victories. Clay Aiken, Chris Daughtry, and Jordin Sparks likewise have notable album and single sales, enough for a “successful AI alumna/alumnus” tag. (Click: AI Album Sales and AI Single Sales)

Before I turn this supposedly quick and straightforward entry into an AI wikipedia-ish page, allow me to stop and deliver it straight. As the title says, this is a list of AI’s best auditions based on personal taste. I may share same thoughts with the judges at times, but their opinion really didn’t matter when I made this list. Without further ado, I present to you my top 10 American Idol auditions! 🙂

10. Camile Velasco- Ready Or Not (Season 3)

Jasmine Trias may have stayed longer, but Camille Velasco is still the Asian idol alumna to beat. This girl could have been the new generation’s Lauryn Hill.

(Looks like Camile’s audition video is no longer on youtube. Good thing I found it on myspace):

http://www.myspace.com/video/vid/34799067

9. David Cook- Living On A Prayer (Season 7)

I was not a fan of Cook during his idol stint, but this audition is just pitch-perfect. The guy in this video is the musician, the contemporary artist, the David Cook that we saw throughout the competition.

8. Leneshe Young- with her own composition (Season 8 )

The first time I saw this audition, I thought this girl would at least reach top 12, so I was surprised when she got the boot before the semifinals. Let’s see if she gives her idol career another shot this season.

7.  Elliott Yamin- A Song For You (Season 5)

This rendition is not perfect, but Elliott’s tone is magical. This song, which was included in his debut album, and Moody’s Mood For Love became Elliott’s signature songs. And FYI, I am a certified Yaminian!

6. Carrie Underwood- I Can’t Make You Love Me (Season 4)

Carrie is currently the biggest-selling idol, and from this audition, you will see where the massive potential was first witnessed.

5. Josiah Leming (own composition and Chasing Cars (Season 7)

Oh man, this boy is a genius. I still couldn’t believe that he didn’t get the chance to join the live performances. Josiah will always be a favorite. Watch Josiah’s Grace Kelly performance during season 7’s Hollywood round and see his great sense of musicality.

4. Andrew Garcia- Sunday Morning (Season 9)

This audition made Andrew Garcia the early favorite and front runner of AI’s latest season, and there’s no question about it, because this is just amazing.

3. Katherine McPhee- God Bless The Child (Season 5)

Kath McPhee had season 5 in the bag if only for this audition. She had everything going on for her here: looks, personality, voice, and charisma.

2. Megan Joy Corkrey- Can’t Help Loving That Man (Season 8 )

The lovable and charming Megan Joy was the judges’ favorite female contestant at the start of season 8, and if you have seen this audition, you should know why. Megan could have been one of idol’s biggest babies if she was given the break that she deserved, but I’m praying that it’s not too late.

1. Paris Bennett- Cowboy Take Me Away and Take Five (Season 5)

Hands down, Paris’s second song is AI’s best audition ever! Just watch and be amazed!

March 12, 2010

On AI 9: Worst Results Ever!

Filed under: Music, TV and Movies — Jayson Yang @ 9:49 pm

With Alex Lambert and Lilly Scott going home, American Idol had its worst results ever. America, you got it all wrong. :((

February 25, 2010

Idol Forecast: Top 12 Girls

Filed under: Music, TV and Movies — Tags: — Jayson Yang @ 12:58 pm

Idol 9’s live show started last night and I am back to give you my fearless forecast! Yay! I miss doing this!

Majority of the girls are not your singing competitions’ typical belters, making this season’s top 12 girls the most interesting batch of female contestants in idol. I love that most of them sound so contemporary and they don’t pick the usual self-centered, this-is-my-journey, i-can-hit-that-note-by-mariah-and-whitney songs. Reserve those for the finale. 🙂

I divided the girls into four groups and after each group is my verdict. Here it goes!

Group A: Didi Benami, Lilly Scott, Lacey Brown aka the girls I’ve been rooting for since the first rounds of the competition.

Didi Benami impressed the judges when she sang Terrified during the Hollywood week. Though she didn’t give a solid performance last night with her rendition of The Way I Am, her voice and the way she plays with her singing guarantee her a spot for next week. She gave me chills and made me smile, and so I am officially in love with Didi Benami.

Lilly Scott is an artist. She has the indie appeal that will give her a solid fan base. She is not pop and may not have the appeal of previous female idol contestants and winners, but Lilly will definitely leave some good marks on this season’s idol. Lilly’s version of BeatlesFixing A Whole, which I absolutely love, rocked in special ways.

I don’t know why, but Lacey Brown reminds me of Bjork and Bjork’s singing. When she opens her mouth to hit those high notes, I see Bjork. And because I adore Bjork, I adore Lacey. Lacey’s version of What A Wonderful World is enough to give her a spot in the finals. I hope America will remember this and give her a chance to redeem herself next week.

My Verdict: Didi and Lilly are going through, but Lacey’s in danger. America, please save Lacey! Save my girls!

Group B: Siobhan Magnus, Katelyn Epperly, Paige Miles aka the girls who surprised me and the girls who had few appearances prior to the live show

Siobhan Magnus got the best comments last night and she may have the final spot next week ‘coz she’s definitely going through. I can’t wait to watch her next performance! It seems that she has some surprises in store for us. The girl reminds me of Lea Michelle, Lea Salonga and Filipina celebrity Jackie Foster. Wahaha.

I find Katelyn Epperly cute and adorable, and there’s something in her voice that is current and exciting. Paige Miles, on the other hand, should get the diva spot ‘coz of her big and powerful vocals. She’s singing the Christina Aguilera style and I like it.

My Verdict: We’ll see these girls next week.

Group C: Kathie Stevens, Crystal Bowersox, Haeley Vaughn, Janell Wheeler, Ashley Rodriguez aka the girls I really don’t care about

Since I really don’t care if these girls will make it or not, only one of them is fortunately or unfortunately getting my words. I knew it! They would give Kathie Stevens the final spot! Unfortunately, her performance disappointed the judges, but I think she has a good voice, but not mature enough for idol though.

My verdict: Crystal and Haeley will be safe. Kathie, Jessica and Janell are in the same boat, and that boat is sinking.

Group D: Michelle Delamor, Crystal Bowersox aka the girls that I do not like

Yes, Crystal belongs to two groups. I don’t like her only because she reminds me of someone who annoys me big time! And my biggest question this season: What is Michelle Delamor doing on that stage?! She has no star power, her singing is very old school, her movement is so cabaret, her voice is so average for a black singer, her tone becomes shaky when she reaches the high notes, she is forgettable and, her hair is so outdated. In short, she is soo not deserving. And my second biggest question, How come she got good comments from the judges??

My Verdict: Crystal is going through, and I hate to say that Michelle will be safe. However!!!!! These are just predictions! Wahaha. America, please be with me on this one!

*images from rickey.org

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