We’ve Moved.

Hi there, if you stopped in for the weekly Bachelor recap, or some American Idol gossip…or any other bit of pop culture gossip and a cup of coffee, please know that we have moved over to Karina’s main blog Candid Karina.  Please come on over, you’ll still get all the gossip, snarkiness and celeb-reality obsession over there…just a little bit more as well.


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Is American Idol.  It’s back ladies and gents.  The music, the judges, Ryan Seacrest, the vote for the worst websites, the awful auditions, and even a little bit of fantastic talent (we hope)…American Idol is here again.

And I, for one, am looking forward to it.

As with last year, I will be blogging episode recaps each week.  Giving you my top picks, my choices to go home, which voices give me chills, and which ones just gives me the creeps.

But, tonight, for the next week or two, it’s all about the audition process, and as we’ve come to know and love (hate) this process, all the freaks, geeks and those who really shouldn’t have, will show up for their chance at stardom.

These audition shows used to be my favorite when the show first started.  In fact, in the beginning, I would actually only watch the first few audition episodes, and then stop watching the show.  But then it stopped being so funny, and started just being annoying.  There is no way these people actually think they’re any good.  There is no way they’d ever be allowed to even enter the same room as Randy, Paula and Simon if it wasn’t for the shock value, the supposed humor, and the sheer force of embarrassing them.  And I’m sort of sick of it.  It’s all staged and fake at this point, and I no longer find it all that funny.  And I’m not really all that sure I can take Simon’s eye rolling for another season.

But, now and again they actually share with us a few truly talented souls, and it is for these that I watch the auditions, for the glimpse of talent.  Yeah, I know, I’m obviously not in sync with the rest of America…you’re only realizing that now?

Anyway, I won’t be blogging the audition shows…but I will be back to blog once they hit Hollywood.

Until then, lets all sit back, relax, and try to not cringe too much at the auditions.  OH yeah, and lets get to know this new judge they’ve been talking about nonstop.

The Claws Come Out- The Bachelor Recap – Ep. 2

It’s the second episode, and there are 15 girls left.  Tonight Jason will send someone else home.  But first, he needs to get to know the girls a little bit.

First it’s a pool party and all the girls are hanging out, when Jason stops by for a visit.  A little getting to know this one and that one and then Jason gets a rose to hand out to te one girl he wants to have his first one on one date with that night.

He chooses Jillian, the hotdog girl.  I like her.  She’s cute, and she’s sweet and a little dorky, but not phony or too barbie”ish” as some of the other girls come across.  She just seems real and down to earth, which is sort of fitting for for Jason, no?  On their solo date they are treated to an intimate performance by Robin Thicke…nice.

While they are out on their date, Melissa gets a note from Jason letting her know they have a one on one date the next day.

But, back to the date…I’m wondering, how awkard is it for Robin Thicke to be singing his heart out while Jason and Jillian are making out mere feet away from him and paying zero attention to him?  Awkward??

So, the next morning Melissa heads out for her solo date with Jason.  Her first date in 3 years, she tells us.  I like Melissa too.  She is also cute and fun, and also seems pretty down to earth, although maybe a bit more high strung than Jillian.

While their date is going on, another envelope shows up at the house for the girls.  This one lets a group of ladies know they’ll be going on a group date with Jason.  A few of the ladies will not be going, however, on a date at all, it seems.

Back to the date and we find Jason and Melissa making out on the beach.  And then the two of them get to go for a ride on a goodyear blimp.  That’s pretty damn cool.

Now, about all the making out…seriously…these guys must just LOVE being the bachelor, because, hello?    Yeah…but how awkward is it to be one of the girls?  I’m really thinking there’s just no way I could ever do this show.

And then it’s time for the group date.  The girls are taken by Jason on a shopping trip, to pick out an outfit for their date.  And then they are all hanging out poolside and getting to know one another.  There is some drama, some kissing, some more kissing…and a bit more drama, backstabbing and scheming.  These girls are in it to win it, that’s for sure.

Jason has a rose to hand out on this date, and he chooses Molly.

And then after he drops the girls off at home, Raquel sneaks into his limo to attempt a sneaky conversation with him.  UH…this is definitely going to be my favorite word for this show…AWKWARD.  Did she just say that she wants someone who will love her to death, meaning that if she dies, she wants him to love her so much that he’ll never want to remarry?  Wow…okay.

Then it is the night of the rose ceremony, and Jason has a chance to chat with some of the girls, including some of the girls who haven’t yet had a chance for one on one time with him. 

Three girls will be going home tonight, so he has a decision to make.

So, Shannon the dental hygienist still freaks me out.  She’s weird, slightly annoying and well…I don’t really like her for him, to be honest.

Then it’s on to Stephanie, the widowed mom.  She’s sweet, and I think she has the right intentions, and I like her…I’m just not loving the eyebrows.  Okay, I know, I’m sorry.  But…really?

Jason also has another chat with Nikki, the one who seems most concerned that some of the girls are on the show for all the wrong reasons.  I’m still not sure if I fall on the plus or negative side about her.  I don’t know whether I like her or not…I’m still forming an opinion.

And then a shocker…Lisa tells Jason that she has to leave because her grandmother is terminally ill and she’s decided to go home to be with her family at this time.  I gotta give the girl credit, because odds are against her in this house anyway, and family is family.

Jason then sits down to chat with the other mother, Megan.  But she is interrupted by Molly, who actually already has a rose.  I actually don’t like Megan, she rubs me the wrong way, but at the same time, I have to agree with her that it was pretty selfish of Molly to do that.  This also leads to a bit more drama between the girls, a bit of that she said she said crazyness.  Fun to watch, but some of these girls are definitely not mature enough to be here to find “love and marriage”.

Erica comes down really hard on Megan, making her out to be the “bad guy” in the situation about the Molly situation, but again, as much as I don’t like Megan, Erica just came out looking like a catty bitch.  Two of them that could go home as far as I’m concerned.

Now because Lisa chose to go home on her own, there are only two girls who will not get roses tonight.  So who will they be?

Jillian, Melissa and Molly are already safe.  Jason’s first rose of the night goes to Megan, drawing an eye roll and dirty looks form Erica.  The next one goest to Nikki, who is growing on me (and also, by the way, totally reminds me of Sandra Bullock).  And then it’s Lauren, who I think is too high maintenance for Jason, and then Naomi.  Stephanie is next, followed by Kerri.  Natalie gets the next rose, and Shannon the one after that.  And then there was one…the final rose of the night goes to…Erica.

That means Raquel and…well damn, I don’t even know the name of the other girl…Sharon, the teacher who quit her job to come on the show, are going home tonight.

And that’s the show tonight. Now there are 12.  What drama is in store for next week?  OOH, this will be a fun season to watch, but I’m sure glad I’m not living in that hen house!

The Bachelor – Episode One – I called it!

Well, here it is, the Season Premiere of the newest edition of The Bachelor, and the first one I will watch.  In case you missed it, I got sucked into The Bachelorette last season because an old college buddy of mine was one of the Bachelors on there.  He didn’t make it very far, but by then, I was hooked.

However, when the show ended and that silly silly girl didn’t choose Jason, that should have been the end of watching these silly dating shows for me.  Except, I knew Jason would no doubt be picked as the next Bachelor.  In fact, I said, and I quote: Well, at least we know for sure who the next Bachelor will be, don’t we?  (Click on the link if you want to read my recap of that last episode) Yep, I called it.  For the record, I knew it wouldn’t work out with her and Jesse, she definitely made the wrong choice, but hey, it all happens for a reason right?

And, as I fell madly in television love with Jason during that season, I, of course, HAD to tune in tonight.  Yes, I know I”m just setting myself up for heartbreak, because yes, I know he’s already found true love on this show, so of course he won’t be calling me, but well…that’s how much I love him, I want him to be happy and find love.  See?  So unselfish of me.

Right, yeah, okay…moving on.  It’s time for the show to begin.  Jason needs to meet his 25 Bachelorettes and begin the search for his true love.  But can we just say how HOT this man has gotten since last season?  I mean he was always cute, and sweet and loveable, but damn, he’s HOT now.  LOVE.  Also love that he brought his son along with him on the show.  How great is that?

So first we take a quick peak at all the girls.  and uh…well, it’ll be an interesting season, that’s for sure. 

But then it truly begins.  The ladies arrive and introduce themselves to him one by one… I’m not going to go through them all, because well, that’s just a bit much, even Jason has to send 10 women home tonight, so we’ll just focus on the 15 that stay behind.

But, once they introduce themselves, it’s time for the “casual” getting to know you stage.  Shannon, the dental hygienest freaked him out, I think, with her stalkerish “I know everything about you” thing.

Dominique, could get annoying REALLY quick..

Sharon, the teacher who quit her job, kind of freaked me out.  I’m not sure about Jason, but me, yes.  Is that wrong?

Love Jillian’s “hot dog test”…too funny.  Love that Jason is a mustard guy too.

And then it’s time for Jason’s first task of the night, the first impression rose shows up.  The one that guarantees one of the ladies a free pass to the next time.  SO, the competition really heats up, as the girls vie for that rose.

Renee, the “vision board” chick is a little uh…out there. I mean, hey, whatever works, but…hmmm

So, the birthday girl things she’s getting the first impression rose, but instead he’s got cake for her.  psyche!

And then Chris shows up with a twist!  A ballot box, for the ladies to cast a vote as to the first lady they want to send home, right away.  OOH, the first vote and Jason doesn’t even get a vote.  Interesting.

The claws reallycome out here…Some true colors are shown here.  Jackie should have stopped drinking after maybe the first glass.  She’s sort of a sloppy, loud, obnoxious drunk. 

And then Jason takes the first impression rose and gives it to Nikki.  Was it the breasts?  It was, wasn’t it?  I’m bad, aren’t I?

And then Chris is back to announce the ballot votes.  Three women receive the majority of the votes, they are: Jackie, Erica and finally, the one receiving the most votes is Meghan.  But here’s the twist, she gets a rose, she is not going home.

How about them apples?

And then it is finally, officially time for Jason to make his decision and to begin the first rose ceremony.  Who will stay, and who will go? 

The first rose goes to Lauren, the birthday girl.  Next up is Kerri, then Naomi, Natalie and Molly.  Raquel is next, followed by Stephanie, Melissa and Jillian.  Then the camera pans through the girls and I realize there are a handful of them that didn’t even get any screen time tonight…guess we know they’re going home.  His next pick is Shannon, followed by Lisa, Sharon, the girl who quit her job to come meet him, and finally, the last rose goes to Erica.

And that’s it, the rest of the girls are going home.  Not really surprised by some of the choices, a little more by others, but it’s early yet, no real opinions have been formed just yet on any of them.  Well, most of them…vison board girl?  Yeah…right.  Jackie the wedding consultant should really have laid off the liquor.

Watching the previews for the season, it’s definitely going to be an interesting season…yes indeed.  Whoa, there’s a lot of emotion and drama and HELLO? Deanna comes back?  WHAT?

I for one am looking forward to seeing what happens.  What do you think?  Do you have any favorites yet?  Anyone you just don’t like?

Please dish!  Well, it’s well past my bedtime now so I am done for tonight.  Catch you next week.

Grand Re-Opening

Happy 2009 Everyone!


With a new year here, I figured there was no time like the present to re-open Café Karina.  Things got a little crazy toward the end of 2008, leaving the Café unstaffed and therefore closed for the season, but we are back and ready to serve you.


Come on in, have a seat, let’s get you some coffee and some pop culture, shall we?


What’ll it be?  I’ll show you a quick menu, but please note that we have daily specials, unexpected surprises and now and again, a special house blend.


Starting Monday, January 5th (THAT’S TONIGHT) we’ll be serving up a weekly dose of The Bachelor Recaps.  Shortly thereafter, on January 13th, we’ll begin American Idol recaps as well.


And because there is just so much more on television starting this month that we JUST must discuss, we’ll give you a “Best and Worst of the Week” round-up as well.


But that’s just the TV menu folks.  We’ve got music, we’ve got books, we’ve got movies and we can’t forget about the celebrities themselves.


We’ll pry into Karina’s very own MP3 Player and find out what she’s listening to, from new releases to the obscure or classic hits she just can’t get enough of.


If our ticket hounds are successful, we’ll have a few concert reviews in store for you as well.


Over in the quiet section of the Café, there will be periodic book reviews and suggestions for you bibliophiles.


And every once in a while a celebrity strolls into the Café with a story so juicy we just can’t let it go unnoticed.  We don’t indulge in celebrity gossip here at the Café very often, but now and again, we know you want to know.


So, stay awhile, we think you’ll like it here.


Yours truly,



Back in Boston

When I was 13 years old I fell in love with a boy from Boston.  For the next 5 years or so I would follow him and his four friends in all they did.  The boy was Donnie Wahlberg, his friends were Jordan, Joey, Jonathan and Danny…collectively, they were The New Kids on the Block.  At that time my walls were wallpapered with their faces, my two cousins and I started a “fan club” out of my bedroom, and we would exchange letters and photographs with hundreds of girls all over the world.  In each we would profess our love and adoration of the five hardest working guys in showbiz.  It was not easy to be a “Blockhead” in those days.  The New Kids were not taken seriously by the music industry or by mainstream media, and they were certainly the butt of many teen boys’ jokes.  To be a New Kids fan was to be constantly defending yourself, and your boys.  But it was probably because of that constant abuse that New Kids on the Block fans are a breed to be reckoned with.


15 years ago, it all came to an end.  An unsatisfactory and some would say all too abrupt end.  The New Kids disbanded, went their separate ways, and talk of a reunion was always immediately shot down.  But like a volcano waiting to erupt, the New Kids fan base didn’t die, it just went into hibernation.  As fans, we kept following the careers of our boys, Joey’s turn at Broadway, Jordan’s solo album, Donnie’s success in movies and television…we never stopped following our boys from Boston.


And then it was announced…The New Kids WOULD be reuniting, releasing a new album and going on tour.  The volcano erupted.  The fans came crawling back out of the woodwork en masse.  Major concert arenas sold out immediately, the album shot to number one on the pop charts its first week of release, the fansites popped back up, and 30 something year old women, married and with kids, updated their freebie lists.  The boys were back, and so were we.


Friday night, September 26, 2008, the boys returned to Boston for their first performance in their hometown in 15 years.  Performing to a sold out crowd of 13,000 plus mostly female fans, at the Garden, they were home again.


And this 30something year old, along with the rest of the ladies in the crowd, was on her feet, screaming at the top of her lungs, feeling like she was a 13 year old star-struck little girl all over again.  We were ready.  And the boys…now men…delivered.


With a combination of their old hits, and some of the new songs, they delivered a non-stop performance for a solid 2 ½ hours.  Whether bringing fans back to the good old days with songs like Please Don’t Go Girl, Tonight, Favorite Girl and Covergirl, or introducing a sexier, dirtier side with new hits like Grown Man and Dirty Dancing, they did not disappoint.  For a bunch of men in their late 30’s, who were all rumored to be suffering ill effects of a pretty nasty flu that night, they evoked nothing but professionalism and energy.  They gave the audience a bit of the throwback dance moves in “The Right Stuff” and “Step By Step”, and incorporated a whole new catalogue of choreography throughout.  Joey McIntyre showed off the skills learned during his stint on Dancing With The Stars, and Jordan Knight shared one of his solo hits with the screaming fans.  Danny Wood, 39, took to the stage in a break dancing routine that made him look 19 all over again, and Donnie Wahlberg never lost his mischievous grin the whole night through, except for the moment when he found himself at a loss for words and choked up at the response he received from his home town, which he deemed “This beautiful city”.


The looks on the fans faces as they exited the arena said it all.  The boys are back, and better than ever.  And this girl?  I fell in love with a  boy from Boston all over again.

Tonight’s the Night!

If you have followed this blog (or Candid Karina) at all, then you know that I am a huge New Kids on The Block fan, and am unashamed to admit it.

A while back I blogged my excitement at their announced reunion tour and new cd to be realeased, but I’ve been sort of quiet about any follow up.  The reason for this is simply because well…I’ve been pretty much quiet blogging here at all all summer long. 

But should that make you think I haven’t followed this reunion very closely, let me set the record straight.  I have watched every interview and television special in the last few months.  I have visited their website on several different occasions.  I did go out and buy their new CD the day it was released, and yes, I do like it. AND yes, I bought tickets to their concert.

I have not sold my belongings to travel around the country following their tour.  I have not gone out and bought a t-shirt, and I can’t bring back out my old memorabilia, because, unfortunately, most of it died in a flood in 2005.  I did not camp out in New York City for the big Today show (but I was in town that day), and I really have no interest in stalking the boys at every visit in town.

I realize I’m in my 30’s and some semblance of control is therefore required.  In all honesty, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the youthful and silly feelings this reunion has brought out in me, and my friends and I are having a blast both reminiscing and planning our night out to the concert.  But that’s where it ends for me.  Most days I’m still a mature adult, who is enjoying the fun this is bringing, but at the end of the day, my feet are still firmly planted in reality. 

Except for tonight.  Because tonight, ladies and gents, is THE night.  Tonight, along with my friends BFF, M&M and The Cat, I am going to see the boys in concert, in their hometown, my college town, Boston, MA.

Tonight, I (along with my friends) will unabashedly act like star struck 13 year olds, all the while hoping our hoochie momma outfits will score us some attention so we can sneak our way backstage.  Tonight, all the rules of maturity and adulthood are firmly thrown out the window, and we indulge our inner teenie bopper aka groupie mentallity. 

TONIGHT, for one night, I get to fantasize all over again about how Donnie Wahlberg is going to see me from the stage, and fall madly deeply in love with me and want to marry me and have babies with me.  Just for tonight.

Tomorrow, well…tomorrow I upload the pictures to my computer and give you a concert review, and let my self slowly drift back down from the clouds, to reality.

But tonight?  OH MAN, you don’t want to stand in my way tonight…


Photo credit: NKOTB.com