Monthly Archives: June 2008

The Bachelorette – Wanna Have a SleepOver?

There are only three Bachelors left, and Deanna now has to decide which one is the man for her.  It is time for the “overnight dates”.  Deanna is feeling a bit heartbroken after having let Graham go last week. 

Her first date is with Jeremy, in the Bahamas.  Jeremy is feeling the pressure, because he’s falling for her, and is feeling that he needs to tell her.  Once he does, I think he pretty much seals the deal.  Is it a sign of the times that we are so cynical now that when a guy seems this perfect we automatically think it can’t be real?  He must be lying about something?  Because I really like this guy, but I keep wanting to not trust him.  It’s not fair is it?

Deanna’s second date is with Jason.  I’m already in love with him, so I don’t know how she can possibly NOT be. haha…  He’s so freakin’ cute.  So, I am not by any means a “sappy” romantic, and yet, these two together?  Are so making me want to fall in love again. 

The final date is with Jesse.  Jesse’s held back but this week, he’s all in, full steam ahead.  After this date, Deanna is pretty seriously into him, and I’m wondering how she’s going to make her mind up about which guy to send home. 

Three overnights in as many days, three romantic dates, three guys confessing their love for you…that’s quite the predicament isn’t it?

Who will she send home?  It’s time for the rose ceremony, and I have to tell you, for the first time since this show started, I have NO idea who she’s going to send home.  I don’t think it’ll be Jason, but I could be wrong.  I’m thinking it’ll be Jeremy…and I don’t know why I think this, but I do.

So, here it goes: First rose goes to Jesse. The final rose?  To Jason.  I sort of saw this coming, but I’m still kind of shocked, and I actually feel for the guy, he looks seriously hurt and heart broken.  And yet…something’s still kind of “off” about him.  What was that whole “stop the car” I need to walk around looking lovelorn thing all about?  Weird, right?

Man, this show has actually pulled me in completely.  Who knew?

Next week the final two meet her family.  In the meantime, the second hour tonight is a “tell all” with the guys.  I’m obviously not going to recap the whole thing…but a few thoughts:

Fist of all, my old college buddy Erik is there tonight…let’s see if he can talk about anything besides being Greek…we will never know, he got exactly ZERO screen time tonight.  Why was he even there?

Also, about Jeremy?  After hearing him speak there, I guess the dude really is genuine, and I’m just being way too hard on him.  Poor guy, he got his heart broken and I’m giving him a hard time.

Graham?  I kind of get him.  He’s not a bad guy, and he wasn’t being false with her, he just isn’t the type of guy to go “all in” overnight.  He just wasn’t right for the type of show this is.  You know?

Well, that’s it for tonight…next week we find out who she chooses.  I have from episode one, and continue to vote for Jason.

 

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SYTYCD – Down to Seven

Seven couples that is.  Two more will go home tonight, who will it be?

The show kicks off with a really funky group performance choreographed by Mia Michaels.  You know, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again…I may not like her personality, but Mia Michaels is an amazing choreographer.

Without wasting any time, Cat gets right to the results, bringing the first three couples out on stage.  First up are Chelsie and Thayne, who are the first couple thrown into the bottom three.  No big surprise there.

Then it is Katee and Joshua, who were HOT HOT HOT with the Samba last night, and they are safe.

And then it’s Chelsea and Mark, who’s routine was one of my other favorites last night…possibly my top pick, actually.  And they too are safe.

After a commercial break we come back to three more couples, Kherrington and Twitch kicking things off.  I love them, but didn’t love their routine last night.  But the judges did, and so did America, because they are safe.

Did America love Courtney and Gev, who Rumba’d like nobody’s business last night.  They did.  They are safe.

And that leaves Comfort and Chris to find out their fate.  Once again, not a big shocker, they are in the bottom three.

There are only two couples left to find out how the votes stacked up for them.  It’s between Kourtni and Matt and Jessica and Will.  Which two will “dance for their life”?  Again, I’m not highly shocked to see Kourtni and Matt be in the bottom three.  It could have gone either way, but Will is so freakin’ brilliant that he managed to save Jessica, I think.

Before the solos begin and the judges make their decision, I’m making a prediction…this week will be the first week where the judges will break up a couple when they send the two dancers home.

But before I can find out whether or not I’m right, it’s time for the guest dancers of the evening, and tonight we get a treat with three previous SYTYCD (Ryan, Dominique and Hawke) and their dance crew Quest.

Onto the solos, and Chelsie Trail is up first.  Beautiful!  Then it’ Thayne.  Again, beautiful.  Next up is Comfort.  Good…she put it all out there.  And then it’s Chris…Nice.   Last girl up is Kourtni Lynd.  LOVED it.  And finally, it’s Matt.  It was good.  Really good.

As the judges go off to deliberate, Jordin Sparks sings for us. 

And then it is results time.  First the girls.  And without wasting any time Nigel tells Chelsie it’s theend of the road for her.  She is a beautiful dancer, but I have to admit, she’s never grabbed me like some of the others.

And for the boys…it’s Chris going home.  Truthfully, it was in the cards, he’s never managed to “shine” in this compteition, I don’t think.

Like I guessed, the judges split a couple up tonight.  How will Thayne and Comfort do together?  Guess we will see next week.

So You Think You Can Heat Things Up?

It’s down to 16 dancers, 8 couples, and wearing what looks suspiciously like a lace doily, Cat Deely kicks off the show, and introduces the guest judges, Mary, Nigel and direcort of the movie Hairspray, Adam Shankman. 

But then it’s on to the dancing, and Kherrington and Twitch with a hip hop routine choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon.  That was a fun routine and I thought they did a great job, but I was actually a little disappointed.  Not with their dancing, but with the actual choreography.  It was a little dull.  I was just hoping for something EXTRA, with Twitch up there, I wanted them to use him more wisely…I just thought it was kind of basic.  It was fun, they did a great job, but…I wanted more.  Still, I love these two, and so, I LOVE Them.  And I can’t fault them that I wanted more choreography, with what they were given, they nailed it.

Next up Courtney and Gev with a Rumba by Melani LaPatin and Tony Meredith.  HOLY HEAT!  SMOKIN’ HOT performance.  Great choreography, great job dancing, and holy smokin’ sexy dress (if you can call that a dress, the half that was there anyway) she was wearing.  STEAMY!  Fantastic job.  Really, hot.

Then it was Comfort and Chris’ turn to tackle a Jazz routine by Tyce Diorio.  Well, that was creepy.  But it was meant to be creepy, the choreography was crazy and nutty, and I thought they pulled it off.  I thought they were really in character, and I disagree with Nigel that Chris was too “soft”, I thought they were both really into it and creepy. It wasn’t a “wow” performance, but I thought it was good.

Taking the stage next are Jessica and Will with a Doriana Sanchez disco routine.   Okay, so here’s what I have to say, why is disco one of the styles on this show?  Does anyone outside of this show dance disco?  I’m just asking.  That said, with the choreographry they had, it was okay.  First of all, I have to be honest, I think Will is an absolutely beautiful dancer, he has the most amazing lines, and movements and holy crap this guy is a beautiful dancer to watch.  So much so that I couldn’t take my eyes off of him and actually had to watch this twice so I could watch Jessica, because I missed her completely the first time.  And then, I was sorry I did it, because she screwed up quite a bit in this routine.  Still, they pulled it off, it was fun, some of those moves and tricks were fabulous, and Will is beautiful.

We jump over the half way mark with Kourtni and Matt doing a contemporary routine choreographed by “new to the show” Sonya Tayeh.  Hmm…well.  It was cute, well danced, fun. But it was an odd piece, wasn’t it?  Nigel said quirky and I think that’s true.  But they moved beautifully, and were very much hitting it all.

Showing us what they can do with a quickstep by Heather Smith are Thayne and Chelsie.  Not much I’m afraid.  I know the quickstep is a tough dance to learn in such a short time, and they did learn it, but…eh.  I just didn’t feel a single thing from this one.  It was boring to me.  I’m sorry, but I didn’t like it.

Would Mark and the other Chelsea fare any better with the second Napoleon and Tabitha hip hop routine of the night?  Well hell, I sure thought so.  This was a fantastic routine.  The choreography was great, they were great, the emotion, the moves, they were in sync, their facial expressions, everything.  I LOVED IT.  They rocked it!

Lastly, we have Katee and Josh dancing a samba choreographed by Melanie and Tony.  So, I smiled during that entire routine.  What does that tell you?  I loved it.  Who knew Joshua was so sexy?  And Katee?  Beautiful.  Besides the fact that they were obviously having a two for one sale on “half-dresses”, she looked great, and moved absolutely beautifully.  It was such a fun and sexy and wonderful routine.  Loved it.

So, my favorites tonight?  Definitely Katee and Josh, also Mark and Chelsea, Courtney and Gev and Will…just will though, not Jessica (sorry girl, it wasn’t there for me).

Hot show tonight, loved it.  Come back tomorrow for results night, won’t you?

 

The Bachelorette – Meet the Relatives Edition

This week on The Bachelorette, Deanna goes home with each of the final four bachelors to meet their families.  This is the only time since my old college buddy Erik was sent packing that I wish he was still there, because I’d love to see his brother and cousin and some of his othe relatives or friends I knew back in the day.  But, besides that, there really wasn’t much more he could offer but Deanna or the show, so, I’ll just focus on the Final Four and hope Deanna doesn’t pick Jason, so I can track him down for myself.  I kid, I kid.

So, the final four are Jeremy, Jesse, Jason and Graham.  First she heads to Jesse’s world, learning to snowboard and attempting extreme sports in Colorado.  Meeting his parents goes well.  They are just as down to earth as he is, and the whole family seems like a good match for Deanna.  Seeing Jesse with his dad, talking things out was pretty cool, gave a new perspective on the guy.  I like him more now than I did before this episode, and I already liked him quite a bit.

And then it’s to Texas with Jeremy.  Riding in on a motorcycle to pick her up, and then takes her back to his place, which is a pretty nice pad.  After a trip down memory lane, through his photographs, so she can meet his parents, who are no longer alive, they share some really deep and tender moments when discussing their connection due to the loss of their mothers.  Then she gets to meet his two brothers and one sister in law.  And here’s the thing, I kind of fell a little bit for Jeremy tonight too.  All my reservations about him are sort of gone after this.

And she’s still got two more to go through.  I honestly don’t know how in the world this girl will be able to make the decision in the end, because these guys are all great catches, aren’t they?  Maybe I should go on the Bachelorette!

On to Seattle, to meet up with Jason.  How cute was he jumping up and down when he first saw her?  Then it’s time to meet his son, who he hasn’t seen himself in quite a while.  That daddy son reunion brought tears to my eyes, it was so cute!!!  As if I wasn’t already absolutely head over heels for this guy I’ve never met?  Sigh…Oh, right, this is about Deanna, not me.  So then Deanna goes to meet the parents, his brothers and sister-in-law.  Again, I thought this family was such a great fit. 

It’s funny how as I’ve watched this show, it’s gone from being merely a curiosity thing (mostly because someone I knew was in it) to being something where I actually care for this cast of characters and want the best for them.  I want Deanna to find love, I want these guys to find love, and I’m concerned for the ones who won’t be chosen too.  It’s strange, isn’t it?

And then there’s Graham.  Graham the hottie, but the one I’m least sure about of all four.  Will this visit change my mind about him as well?  Let’s head to North Carolina and see.  It’s obvious Deanna is so much more into him than he is into her.  She’s giddy and bubbly and jumpy, he’s “Graham”.   I think she may be a bit caught up in the physical attraction with him, and not seeing that he doesn’t have as much to offer in terms of a long term commitment.  But, maybe I’m being unfair.  So, they head off to meet his parents.  And in her conversation with mom, I think Deanna realizes Graham isn’t quite ready, and his parents know it too.  Then in alone time with Graham, he shuts down completely, and if that’s not all out there on the table for her, then she couldn’t ask for it more plainly.  If she doesn’t realize the uphill battle she’s going to be fighting with this guy, then she’s not nearly as smart as I thought she was.

So, then it’s decision time.  Four guys, three roses…who will she send home?  The first rose goes to Jesse.  The next to Jeremy (and I’ll tell you, I typed his name before she said it, I was that sure).  So now it’s between Jason and Graham, will she follow her libido or her brain…because come on, it’s a no brainer to me.  And Jason it is. 

Graham blew it, he had the chance, and he blew it.  And then with his goodbye, he made it even worse, I thought he was actually a little disrespectful to her.  Good riddance I say.  He couldn’t even look her in the eye, what a chump and a wimp.  See ya!  He leaves her with a letter for what?  So that she can have regrets about letting him go?  I don’t know, the whole thing just smelled bad to me.  That was a cowardly thing for him to do.  I’m mad at him for Deanna!  Really…ugh.

Okay, I’m over it now.

Next week, the guys tell all on a reunion show.

 

 

 

 

The Two Coreys – This is great television folks

In case you don’t know, I was the BIGGEST Corey Haim fan back in the day.  Before he went all druggie and recluse on the world that is.  I’ve talked about my crush on Haim, and how my love for all things “The Coreys” did ran deep on my other blog.  Here’s a sampling, or two.

Last year, when they reunited for a “reality” show about their reunion, I was glued to the set, watching all the drama unfold, and once again saying “Oh Corey, how far you have fallen”.  I watched the show with the morbid fascination one has while seeing a horrific car accident unfold. Unable to take my eyes off it, yet disgusted with myself for being an active participant in the crowd.  I found every episode absolutely delicious in its dramatics.  Definitely highly scripted for a “reality” show, and yet, so real in the fact that these two guys have the sort of love/hate relationship only the closest of friends, or brothers, and worst of enemies can have.  I’ve never been a big Feldman fan, but I have to admit that of the two, he turned out the most well rounded…and that too fascinates me.  And then, there’s Haim.  Such a mess…a bit of a jerk too.  And yet, there’s still a part of me that wants to see him succeed. 

So, imagine my delight (that’s probably the wrong word for it, right?) when I discovered that despite a huge falling out, the two Coreys had decided to give this thing another try.  The Two Coreys was back for a second season.

WIth my trusty Tivo remote in hand, I sat back this afternoon to watch the first episode.  “Showdown”.  The two Coreys meet at a Deli to discuss their falling out, and try to figure out if their friendship can be saved.

I’ll spare you the antics throughout the episode that led up to their big meeting, Haim’s apartment hunting, Feldman’s meeting with his manager, Haim’s rantings about how Feldman has let him down, Feldman’s boasting about how great his life is, Haim’s moaning about how terrible his has been, Feldman’s wife actually being the driving force trying to save the friendship (which is surprising considering she hates Haim).  I’ll just cut to the chase.  Feldman shows up hoodie zipped up, sunglasses on, like a prize fighter ready for a match.  Haim shows up smoking a cigarrete and full of attitude.

Before we even know what hits us, the two are ranting about being 14 years old, and being raped, and molested and letting it happen.  WHAT?  Where the hell did that come from?  But more impotantly, did we just get confirmation that the much rumored molestation of Feldman by Michael Jackson himself is indeed a fact?

And NOW the credits roll?  WHAT???  It was just getting good.

Lucky for us, trusty Tivo gave me two episodes to watch this week, so onto “Couples Therapy” we go.

Seriously, the two Coreys are going to “family counseling”.  They’re going to talk it out, they’re going to yell at each other, and Haim is going to “paint his sadness”.  A lot of bickering later, and I really don’t think the two are even speaking the same language anymore. 

And here’s the thing, this isn’t reality, it’s reality tv, and we all know the whole thing is staged, and scripted, and planned to a certain extent.  But the reality underneath it all is that Haim is a really messed up individual, with all kinds of demons, and dependency issues, and watching this episode went from fascinating to downright depressing.  I think he’s lost, and yes, he’s a grown man, and he’s made the decision to be on this show, but I don’t know that he’s emotionally equipped to make the best decisions for himself, and you almost feel sorry for him, like he’s being used, laughed at, and taken advantage of, while he struggles with those demons.  The best thing for him would probably have been to have stayed away from the whole Hollywood thing forever.

It’s really kind of sad.

Will I keep watching?  Yes, because I really do want to see him get it together and succeed.  Do I think he will?  I’m not so sure. 

SYTYCD Results Night (I think I was sleepwatching last night)

What an opening number!  This is the kind of stuff I watch this show for.  KICK ASS!!!!

So, after a good night’s sleep (man, did I sleep DEEP last night), I’m ready to watch the results and see how out of it I really was last night as I watched.

Without much fanfare, the first three couples hit the stage to hear their results.  Joshua and Katee, who’s broadway routine made Nigel get up and dance are of course, safe.

Kherrington and Twitch, who danced a beautiful, breathtaking Viennese Waltz, and Chelsie and Thayne, who danced a funky Jazz routine, which I enjoyed, but the judges tore apart are next to find out what will happen to them.  Safe are Twitch and Kherrington.  Chelsie and Thayne are the first couple in the bottom three, and will be performing solos.

Next up, Chelsea and Mark, who did a fun and kind of hot Tango routine and they are safe. 

Matt and Kourtni, who did a foxtrot that was cute but “eh”, and Will and Jessica, who did a fun, but not hot enough hip hop routine are the next two couples.  They are both safe.

Then it’s to Susie and Marquis, who did a not so saucy salsa last night.  And not surprisingly, they are in the bottom three.

Left to find out their fate are Chris and Comfort who sort of Krumped last night, and Courtney and Gev who did my favorite routine of the night, a contemporary piece that I thought was lovely, even if the judges weren’t as crazy about it as I was.

And thankfully, the American audience agreed with me, because they are safe, Chris and Comfort are in the bottom three.

Then it was time for a guest performance by flamenco dancer Tino Nunez.  So, here’s the thing…you know I love dance, and you know I love men…but it turns out flamenco?  Not so much.  And hairless chested, greased up, sultry men?  Not really, no.

Now it’s time for the solos, and Chelsie Trail is up first.  These solos have to be tough things to do, no doubt.  I thought she moved beautifully. 

Thayne is next, and this kid have beautiful lines.  LOVED IT.

Susie is next, and here’s where I admit that I haven’t really liked this girl from the beginning.  Nothing specific, she just doesn’t do anything for me.  She can dance, but there’s nothing exceptional about her moves.

Marquis is next, and again, beautiful lines, and this kid gets some HEIGHT on his jumps.  I loved some of his moves, the jumps, the spins…he’s pretty great.

Then it’s Comfort’s turn to do her thing.  LOVE HER.  ‘Nough said.

And finally, it’s Chris.  He’s good, but compared to the other two…I think he’s in trouble.

And while the judges decide, we are treated to a performance by Flo-Rida.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really outgrown the “hip-hop thing” pretty much.  But I like this guy.  His stuff is catchy, dancy and fun, and let’s be honest, he’s H-O-T HOT! (well, at least until he takes his sunglasses off, then he’s just aiight).

And then it’s results time.  First with the girls.  Chelsie is safe, but warned that she needs to step up.  Between Susie and Comfort, for me, it’s a no brainer, Comfort should stay, Susie should go.  The judges agree, Comfort is safe.

Then on to the boys.  And big shocker for me, Marquis gets sent home.  I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting that one.

Such is the nature of the game, however.

More dancing next week folks!

 

So You Think You Can Keep Me Awake?

Well, here in the Boston area, it’s all about the Celtics Championship win last night.  But due to that game being on so late, it’s also all about trying to keep my eyes open long enough to watch this show tonight.  The glass of wine I had earlier probably isn’t helping matters either.  But, no way am I going to bed without watching the top 18 do their thing tonight.  I’ve been waiting all week for this.

First up are Thayne and Chelsie, and they’re doing a Jazz piece choreographed by Mandy Moore.  I loved it.  It was a really fun dance, and I thought they were really good.  I know the judges didn’t love it, and I can hear what they said about it not being “hot” or “connected” enough, and they are probably right, but I don’t know, I liked it, I wasn’t looking for the connection I guess, I just enjoyed the dance.

Next on stage are Mark and Chelsea, who will be dancing an Argentine Tango, choreographed by Alex DaSilva.  I thought this was a pretty hot number, even with her “pinky” toe sticking out of her shoe in what looked like an extremely painful position.  They were fantastic. Beautiful and hot, and sexy and I thought they nailed this dance.  All their little leg flicks and things…wow.

Taking the floor now are Jessica and Will, with a hip hop routine by Cicely and Olisa.  UGH.  I really wanted to love this performance because I love Will, I think he’s amazing and incredible.  But I didn’t love it.  I thought Will was fantastic, but I thought Jessica did him a disservice, because they didn’t even feel like they were in sync, and she didnt’ have the “umph” you need with a hip-hop routine.  It didn’t have that “something” that it should have.  I think the whole thing felt SOFT, but it was because she was soft, which brought his game down a bit.  And it seems the judges agreed with me too.  It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t what I wanted it to be.

With a foxtrot choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereaux Kourtni Lind and Matt are next.  They were graceful, and classy, and beautiful.  Loved it.  Really, I can’t even think of much else to say, I loved it…elegant, beautiful.

At the half way point we have Gev and Courtney G. doing a contemporary Mandy Moore piece.  My first tear of the night.  I’ve shared how dance can make me cry, this is the type of thing that can bring that emotion out in me.  I saw a few technical “glitches” in there, but I still thought it was absolutely beautiful.  Beautiful and sweet, and lovely and sensual…I loved it.  Easily my favorite of the night so far.

Katee and Joshua are next, my favorite couple last week, this week doing broadway with Tyce Diorio.  They were great.  It ws a cute, fun routine, and they were great.  Nigel was even up dancing around afterwards.  But it was a fun routine and they did it extremely well.  I can’t say I was as crazy about them as the judges were, but I did love it.

Susie and Marquis are the next couple, doing a salsa routine by Alex DaSilva.  They were good, they were very good.  But it looked like work to me.  It just didn’t flow for me.  It wasn’t passionate, and I felt like I could almost see them do the counts in their faces and I don’t know…it just wasn’t there for me.  And considering from last week to this, I forgot these two existed, that doesn’t bode well for them, does it?

One thing I realized as I heard the judges commentary…It seems I actually know what I’m talking about when it comes to dance.  They said “labored” I said “looked like work”…they said “no chemistry” I said “no passion”…hmm…

Then it was time for Twitch and Kherrington to tackle a viennese waltz by Jean-Marc Genereaux, inspired by and deidcated to his daughter.  How sexy was this routine?  Wow, Twitch the hip-hopper, is sensual and beautiful and sexy.  And Kherrington was graceful and amazing and beautiful.  I thought it was breathtaking, the whole thing.

And a side note…I really, really don’t like Mia Michaels.  I’m sorry, but I don’t.  I’ll say it again, she’s a fantastic choreographer, but I really don’t like her personality.

And the last couple up are Comfort and Chris.  Tonight they get Krump choreographed by Lil’ C.  I think with this routine it was the reversal of Will and Jessica’s routine.  Comfort was hard hitting and on point, but Chris was soft, and just not up to par with her.  He hit all the steps, but it just didn’t feel like “Krump” to me….it wasn’t hard enough.  I still think he did a better job than Jessica did in her routine, but eh…there was no grit in this routine for me.

And that’s it folks.  My favorites tonight, without a doubt were Gev and Courtney G, and Twitch and Kherrington.  I’m not picking bottoms at this point yet, because it can go in any direction when there are this many dancers involved, especally when they are paired up like this.

And I made it through the show, but man oh man, is my pillow calling my name…good night folks!