Monthly Archives: May 2008

So You Think You Can Make Me Shed a Tear?

If you don’t know me by now, here’s a little peek into my soul.  A really good dancer can bring me to tears.  There is something about dance that touches me in the depths of my soul.  I wanted to be a dancer growing up, and not pursuing that dream is probably my only true regret in life.  It is not something that I dwell on, or even think about regularly, but whenever there is quality dance going on, I will stop in my tracks and breathe it in.  I have no words to describe how the art form of dance touches me, so I won’t even try, I’ll just tell you that a really good dancer can bring me to tears.

This is why “So You Think You Can Dance” is one of my favorite reality shows on television today.  This is also why watching the audition process is so incredibly painful for me.  The bad auditions not only annoy me, they downright piss me off.  These morons are taking up space on my television that could be much better filled with actual talented dancers, and that completely irks me.

Yeah, I get how these shows work, and I know that somebody out there must enjoy these farces, otherwise they wouldn’t keep putting them on.  After all, it’s all about ratings, isn’t it?  Still, it gets old really fast, and I want to see the other dancers, the ones who can take your breath away with their incredible moves.  The ones who can move their bodies in ways most of us can only imagine.  The ones who can reach right into my chest, pull out my heart and pull on the heart strings.  They are the reason I watch this show, and I suffer through the bad auditions for them, counting down the days until the real competition begins.

Until then, I’ll have to settle for the snippets of the good, the amazing, the incredible.

In the first hour of tonight’s episode, there were plenty of those moments, and one even brought a few tears to my eyes with how beautifully she moved.  (If you’re curious, it was the choreographer’s daughter, the 18 year old who was in High School Musical).

There were several other dancers who were put through to Vegas that I am looking forward to seeing more of. 

Tomorrow night we get another two hours of auditions, the good, the bad and the really really ugly.

Still, I’ll be watching just to get a glimpse of the next “wow” moment.

Do you have a favorite yet?


The Bachelorette – The first dates

It’s episode two of The Bachelorette, and the boys are moving into their digs.  Most of them are relegated to the “guesthouse” with bunk beds and an outdoor shower.  Three of them will get to live in the mansion with Deanna.

The first date takes place at a “magic show”.  All the boys are jokeying for her attention and for some alone time. 

The second date is a one on one with Graham, a day at the beach.

The third date is at Dodger Stadium, and it is in this group date that my old college buddy Eric is a part of. 

Eric?  Not talking much.  In fact, we’re about an hour into the two hour episode and I don’t think he’s said a word yet.  What a disappointment, how am I supposed to enjoy the fact that one of my old buddies is on the show if he doesn’t say a word?

Well, before we get to the roses, let’s get to some of the feelings about the guys so far.  There’s Graham, the one she went on a one on one date with, and called smokin’ hot.  I’m not quite feelin’ him as much as she is.

Jeremy is adorable but he reminds me of someone I’d rather not remember, so that works against him for me.  However, since Deanna won’t have that issue, I think he actually seems like a really good guy, and I think they could be a good match, possibly.

Eric?  I’m not at the end of the show yet, but he’s SO going home tonight.  Dude, we know you’re greek, get over it.  But then, when I knew him back then, in college, it was also always all about the Greek thing, so it’s no surprise.

Ryan is adorable, love him. 

Robert,the chef, is, in my opinion, a jackass.  He hasn’t done anything specifically bad yet, but just some of the things that have come out of his mouth so far, I think he’s a bit sleazy.

Jason, the single father, is HOT.  I love him.  If she doesn’t want him, I’ll take him.

Richard, the “geek” is a sweetheart.  Twilley bugs me for some reason, he sort of reeks used car salesman to me.

Ron got ugly real fast, getting really mad about Jeremy receiving a rose a second time in a row.  The jealousy is understandable, but getting ugly is not going to win him any pointers.  But he could still redeem himself.

Jesse, the pro-snow boarder, seems fun and laid back.  I didn’t get him at first, but he’s growing on me.  I like how real and down to earth he is.

So, then it is time for the rose ceremony, who’s going home?  Paul, Graham and Jeremy have already received roses from their dates earlier on, so not only are they safe, but they’ll be living in the mansion with Deanna for the next three days.

Also safe for another week?  Ron, who’s jealousy didn’t get the best of him yet.  Jesse, the free spirit.  Robert, the chef, who I think is sleazy.  Bryan, who I don’t really know enough about to comment on yet.  Jason, the single dad.  Fred (who?).  Sean, the martial arts guy. Richard the self-proclaimed “geek”.  And Twilley (really?).

Which means that going home tonight, are Ryan, Chris, and Eric, my old college buddy.  I told you all he wasn’t going to last.  He just didn’t have any personality, and didn’t really show her that he had anything to offer besides his Greek heritage.

Thus ends another episode.  My old friend is gone, but now I’m hooked, so I’ll keep watching and ‘ll keep re-capping.

So You Think You Can Dance?

Tonight was the season premiere of my favorite reality competition “So You Think You Can Dance”.  I’ll save my “play by play” recaps until the actual competition begins, because you can’t really recap the audition process.  But, can I just tell you, I LOVE this show.  As with American Idol, you have your fair share of the idiot auditions, but there is also so much incredible talent in these auditions.  Already, within the first hour of auditions I fell in “dance” love with three dancers who’ve made it to the Vegas auditions, which is the “You’re Going to Hollywood” of Dance.

In the second hour I fell in dance love with a few more, and laughed until I almost cried during the last audition of the day.  In a good way, not a bad way.  This kid was amazing and fun to watch. 

This is no doubt going to be a fantastic season of the show. 



May the best David win

It’s results night on Idol.  That means two hours of performances, celebrity guests, and all kinds of hoopla before the winner is announced in the last 5 minutes of the two hour show.

We kick off with a performance by the top 12 Idols along with the dancers from So You Think You Can Dance (LOVE THOSE GUYS).

Then it’s the two David’s singing together, in a performance that actually worked really well with the two different styles.

Then it’s time to plug Mike Myers new movie “The Love Guru” with a stupid skit.  Sorry folks, I know a lot of people find this sort of humor funny…it does NOTHING for me.

Another performance, this time by Syesha Mercado, singing with Seal.  I love Seal!  And then it’s Jason Castro singing “Allelluia” which was one of his best performances all season.  I do love this kids voice.

A gift of brand new Ford Escape Hybrids to each of the David’s and the top six girls are “ladies in Red” on stage singing Donna Summer’s hits.  And then Donna Summer herself joins them on stage to sing her new song, and some old ones too.  There was a weird Ryan Seacrest “breakdancing?” moment in there too…but I’m not even sure what that was, so I’m going to just gloss right over that.

Carly Smithson and Michael Johns are next on stage.  All I’m thinking is, who needs to go to the American Idol tour?  We’re getting to watch the whole thing right here, tonight. 

Then there was a bit of Jimmy Kimmel picking on everyone from Simon to Paula to Ryan, and the top six boys take the stage to rock it out a bit to some Bryan Adams songs.  It was during this performance that I decided that David Cook totally threw the contest last night.  I’ve had my suspicions since his second song, but he has been in top form all night tonight again, reminding us why we think he should win it…but last night?  Not so much.  And look, it’s Bryan Adams on stage singing some of his new and old music too.  Hmmm….I think he looks better now than he did when he was younger.

David Cook and ZZ Top singing Sharp Dressed Man?  Really?  That’s just too cool.  I thoght he totally held his own with ZZTop.  How psyched must he have been for that performance?

Then it was Brooke White with…well, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t paying attention at this point, so I’m not sure who she performed with…Graham Nash?  Does that sound right?  It was a very nice “folksy” performance, fitting for Brooke White’s style.

And then it’s the Jonas Brothers (which I’ll admit, I sort of fast forwarded through).  And a skit of some of the “bad” audition moments, (which I’ll admit I totally fast forwarded through).  And then that weirdo kid singing his “Best Friend Forever” song…uh…with a marching band…uh…and cheerleaders?  Uh…right…moving on.

One Republic performing “Apologize” up next.  This I can watch and enjoy.  And little David gets up there to sing it with them, and you know what?  This is kind of the perfect stuff for him to do!  It was great.

Jordan Sparks, the reigning American Idol takes her last “walk”, singing her new single in a very very gold dress.

And the there was this weird, yet, oddly funny skit with Gladys Knight and “the Pips” made up of Ben Stiller, and Jack Black and Robert Downey, Jr.

And Carrie Underwood was next in a DANGEROUSLY short dress.  This girl sure likes to show off those legs, doesn’t she?  Then again, if I had legs like hers, I would too. 

And one last performance by the top 12 before the results are announced.  They’re singing George Michael songs, so, the question is, in keeping with the way the show is going tonight, will George Michael himself be coming out to perform?  Sure enough, there he is.  And wow…um…this man used to be sexy right?  Wow. He still sounded amazing though.

And then, finally, it was time for the results and the announcement…who would it be?  David the Rocker, or Little David the crooner?

And the winner is…David Cook!  The rocker took it after all!!

How about that, for once the “unique” guy won the show.  I’m pretty happy to say I was wrong with my prediction.  Love it.

And that’s all folks…I’d say till January, but let’s just jump right into “So You Think You Can Dance” and “The Bachelorette” shall we?  Till tomorrow night, then.



The Bachelorette – I know one of the Bachelors.

I’ve never watched the reality shows “The Bachelor” and “the Bachelorette” before.  I’ve seen the odd episode here and there, but these “match-making” reality shows just don’t do it for me.  There’s something about going on reality television to supposedly find true love that’s just weird to me.

So, when the new season of The Bachelorette kicked off on Monday, I didn’t watch it.  Even though I had seen Deanna Pappas (the Bachelorette) on the Ellen Degeneres show, and thought she seemed like a sweet girl, and smart girl, so would probably be one of the best bachelorettes to date, I was still not interested in watching the show.

But that all changed tonight because I received an email from a college friend of mine letting me know that we knew one of the bachelors from college.  When I got her email I figured he would be one of the guys we “sort of” knew from the old days, but curiosity got the best of me, and I researched the show online.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered that this particular bachelor was not just someone I “sort of” knew, but was actually someone I knew extremely well!  He was one of the guys we hung out with daily in school.  In fact, I know this guy so well that I’ve got some pretty interesting blackmail photos from a particularly racy game of truth or dare sitting in a box somewhere.  In fact…nah, I won’t share those, not yet anyway.  My cousin PM even sort of dated one of his cousins at one point, and my friend BFF dated one of his best friends for years.  We were all a close-knit group during those years, and although we’ve lost touch through the years, just last week I found him on Facebook and considered inviting him into my circle of friends.  For whatever reason, I never sent out the invite, but now I’m thinking maybe I should have.  We’ll see how much of a fool he makes of himself on this show before we make that decision, shall we?

So, who is this guy?  Which bachelor am I speaking of?  His name is Eric and he’s the 31 year old Senior Analyst from Boston.  One of the two guys who spoke greek to Deanna when he first met her.  The one with the greek parents who want him to marry greek, and are probably already planning the wedding.  That guy.  That guy and I were good friends in college.  And now he’s one of the Bachelors.  How funny is that?  I haven’t spoken to him in nearly 10 years, but back then we were all a pretty tight crew…it’s funny.

Last night I watched the season premiere online, because now tha I know one of the Bachelors, I figured I had to check it out.  Well, as much as I’d like Eric to stay on the show for a while, mostly because it’s too funny to watch someone you know personally on a reality show, still, I don’t think he’ll make it very far.  The fact that he’s greek will keep him around for a little bit, but he’s just not coming across as very warm, or interesting, or even all that interested in Deanna besides the fact that she’s greek, you know?

Then there’s the previews of upcoming episodes and the fact that he’s not in any of them.  And then there’s this article in a local newspaper today, which makes it pretty clear he didn’t stay to the end (unless he’s trying to throw everyone off, but I don’t get that impression). 

Anyway, now that I’ve watched the one episode, I’ve picked some of my favorites to win, and know I’ll be watching the show…so that means I’ll also be recapping it here at Cafe Karina.  Come on back next Monday night (or possiby Tuesday, since I start my new job next week) for my recap, and maybe I’ll share some of my college photos of Eric.

A Tale of Two Davids

Tonight begins the two night Finale of American Idol, and it’ll be a battle of the Davids.  David Cook the rocker and David Archuletta the 17 year old boy wonder. 

In true American Idol fashion, the show was full of extras and special guests.  With a “boxing” theme to the show, kicked off with an “In this corner” type announcement, and three rounds to fight it out, since they’ll be doing three songs each, the final challenge is here.

David Cook kicks off the show with the Clive Davis song choice of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”.   Right off the bat Cook has made this song his, and I love it.  As this season has progressed I’ve become more and more a fan of his voice, and with this song he’s done it again.  Regardless of the outcome, his will be a cd that will no doubt be added to my collection.  Loved this performance, I thought he nailed it. 

David Archuletta’s first song, and Clive Davis song choice is “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” by Elton John.  I though he had a bit of a rough start, but once he got going, he sounded great.  This kid does have a fantastic voice.  That said, he’s just not very exciting to watch or listen to, is he?  He sounded great, no question about it, but it was just…eh for me.

And then to song number two, which is the contestant’s choice from the top ten songs America has written for the winner to sing.

David Cook chose “Dream Big” by William (I think) Shackleton.  This was a rough one for him.  I thought he started rough, and had a hard time connecting with the song.  And the final note was a bit “pitchy dawg”.  But I still love his voice and still enjoyed the performance, it was fun to watch.

David Archuletta chose “In this Moment” by Ryan Gilmore.  Another slow song for the teenage crooner.  Again, he has a beautiful voice and sounded great, and yet, I had to force myself not to press the fast forward button.  He just doesn’t “grab me”, you know?  Still, it was a very beautiful performance from him and pretty much flawless.

And for Round Three it’s “Contestant’s Choice”, they can sing anything they want. 

David Cook picked “The World I know” by Collective Soul, not a very well known song, and not a song he’s performed before, but a beautiful song, and I think, perfect for his voice and style.  I loved it.  Again, I just love the quality of his voice and what he does with it, and can’t wait to see this kid BLOW UP on the music scene.  He was very emotional at the end of this song, and I think he did a beautiful job.

David Archuletta chose to sing “Imagine” once again.  Smart choice for the boy wonder, no doubt, as the first time he did this song it was one of his best performances.  Tonight he was fantastic, and this performance was the first time tongight I wasn’t tempted to reach for my remote to fast forward through it.  It was beautiful…simply beautiful.

So, predictions?  Well, as we’ve always seen with American Idol, it really is anyone’s game, because who knows how the audience will vote?  That said, based on tonight’s performances alone, I think David A. took it.  For me, personally, I still think David Cook has more of the “it” factor, and I’ve wanted to see him win it for weeks now.  Still, I think Little David has this one in the bank.  And really, between the two Davids, they’re both great in their own way, so, let the best man (or boy) win it tomorrow night. 

David Cook will outsell David Archuletta once their albums are out though, I’m calling that one.

Come on back tomorrow night, I’ll recap the star-studded results show.  And then starting Thursday my favorite reality show returns.  Stay tuned for So You Think You Can Dance recaps.  Also, I wasn’t going to watch it or recap it, but I’ve learned that a friend of mine is one of the bachelors on this season’s Bachelorette, so I will be telling you all about which one he is, and I’ll begin recapping the show next week as well.

Till tomorrow!

And then there were two

Keeping the recap short and sweet tonight, because I have lots to do getting ready for a little “get-away” weekend.

Tonight on Idol we find out who the final two will be.  The show opens with the three hopefulls performing “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now”…a decent performance considering how different their styles are, and the fact that this song didn’t fit any of them.

Then a pretty powerful and fun performance by a red haired Fantasia Barrino.

And then we took a look at videos of all three and their trips home last week, as well as their “journey” on Idol.  Some of these were pretty moving and sweet, actually.

Finally, it was results time.  Would it be a shocker, or would it be the Two Davids as expected?  David Archuletta is announced as safe first, and then it would be…David Cook.

Indeed, it’ll be a battle of the Davids next week.  Syesha going home tonight.  There you have it.