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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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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.

So You Think You Can Tell Me what the heck IV Real stands for?

There are only 8 dancers left, and we’re two weeks away from the finale.  Holy Crap…two weeks?  Did this season go by fast or what?  And seriously, what exactly does the IV Real we keep seeing on all their shirts, and hearing them talk about stand for anyway?  Anyone?

Once again, this week the couples are all mixed up.  The first couple of the night is going to be Will and Courtney, doing a samba.  And it was HOT HOT HOT.  I loved it.  I do have to say that Courtney’s outfit was actually distracting and annoyed me, but other than that, I thought it was a great perfomance.  They had great chemistry, and made it look fun and steamy.

Then it was time for the first solo of the night, and it belonged to Comfort.  I’m still not the biggest fan of her solos, but it was good.  It just didn’t blow me away.

The next couple of the night would be Twitch and Katee, doing a contemporary routine, choreographed by Mia Michaels.  Wow.  No doubt that Mia Michaels is a freakin’ amazing choreographer.  Seriously!  From the full-on liplock to the serious fighting, to the door slamming it was crazy.  Crazy good.  Their performance was fantastic.  They were in it 110%, and the dancing was great…they moved so seamlessly and it was just great!  LOVED IT!

So far this night is shaping up as my favorite this season.

The next solo is Will’s.  And I LOVED IT!  Loved it because he took the opportunit to have fun with it, don a costume and a wig) get into character and STILL blow us away.  Without a doubt he is THE ONE to beat!

The next couple is Mark and Comfort with a hip-hop routine by Tabitha and Napoleon.  Another great, fun performance.  Comfort definitely had the upper hand in this routine, and I was about to type the words “she is such a better dancer when she has choreography”, which I believe I’ve said before, but then Nigel said that same exact thing.  Mark wasn’t as “hard” but I still thought he was fantastic…both of them were…I loved this one as well.

What a great night this is.

The next solo is Katee’s, and she always has beautiful solos.  She has great lines, and always shows such emotion in her solos.  Love her.

The final couple is Joshua and Chelsie,doing an Argentine Tango choreographed by former contestant Dimitri. Wow!  Once again…another great performance.  Chelsie is just amazing, and I would say she stole the show, but Joshua totally rocked it too…so it was fantastic.

Mark’s is the next solo.  He is unique, he is quirky, but he is also good and a pleasure to watch.

For their second dance of the evening, Courtney and Will are doing a “slow” hip-hop routine, choreographed by Tabitha and Will.  And again, the song ended and I heard myself saying “Wow”.  I really enjoyed this one too.  It was just a very emotional piece and they totally had it and it was powerful and beautiful and I loved it.  LOVED IT!!!

Chelsie takes on the next solo.  I usually love her solos, but tonight’s I wasn’t all that impressed by it…we know you can shake your hips and twirl around…but is that all you’ve got?  It was sort of redundant.

Katee and Twitch’s second routine is a Broadway piece by Tyce Diorio.  I’ve said before that Broadway routines are not my favorite, and they are not.  However, I really enjoyed this one.  I thought it was fun, but it also had some great moves and a fun story line.  And I thought they did a fantastic job.  Twitch, the “hip hop” guy, is so good at all these styles.  And Katee is just fantastic.  LOVE IT.

What a night!

Next doing his solo is Joshua.  His solos are always entertaining.  He’s such a cutie, don’t you always want to just pinch his cheeks?  But, I do love to watch his solos.

Then it was time for Courtney’s solo…she’s my favorite female soloist tonight.  Again it’s the emotion she puts into her solos…

One more solo, and it’s Twitch.  Not my favorite Twitch solo by far, I think he winged it tonight, didn’t choreograph it at all, and it wasn’t his best.  Still good, but not his best.

Next to a Jean-Marc choreographed Foxtrot for Comfort and Mark.  Not bad, not bad at all.  They didn’t blow me away, but they were pretty good.  The first routine of the niht that didn’t “wow” me, but it was good.

The final performance of the night is Joshua and Chelsie’s Disco routine.  I’ve questioned before why there are disco routines on this show, since NOBODY does disco anymore, but this could have actually been a fantastic routine. But in all honesty, as much as I love Joshua and Chelsie, I thought this routine was a bit sloppy.  Some of the tricks and lifts were amazing, but some of the basic steps were just a little sloppy, and Joshua even had a mistep that was almost a “fall”.  Still, it was fun, and I think that the amazing lifts saved it, because they were CRAZY good.

Overall, tonight was definitely the best night of the season.  FANTASTIC!!!!

Who will go home?  I think Comfort and Mark are in danger again, but then, America is voting, so anything can happen.  Tune in and stop on by tomorrow for the results.

And anyone…IV Real??

The Bachelorette – Sing a little song for me

There are nine bachelors left, and their first challenge tonight is to write and perform a song for Deanna.  The prize?  A one on one date with the Bachelorette.

Up first is Fred the lawyer with a country version of a little kid song…Randy would have said he was “pitchy dawg”, but thankfully this isn’t American Idol.

Graham’s wasn’t very memorable.  Robert was actually pretty good.  Twilly I STILL DON’T GET.  Jeremy rapped.  Wait…let me say that again…Jeremy rapped?  Yikes.  Sean…eh.  And Jason didn’t actually sing, but you know, he’s still cute.  Jesse the skaterboy was cute too.  Brian kind of “rocked it out” a bit.  All in all it wasn’t horrible, and it was funny as hell.

When it was all said and done, Skaterboy took the one on one date.

His one on one takes place at a theatre, with a small table set up for a romantic dinner for two.  Jesse showed a different, more serious, even slightly romantic side of himself on this date tonight.  I really like this guy.  I think he’s a real down to earth guy, but really sweet too.  And then Natasha Benningfield (Beddingfield? whatever) serendaded the two of them while they danced…all together now…AWWWW.  Cute.

Meanwhile, back at the “outhouse”, the guys find out who will be going on the group date, and which two guys will be “battling it out” on a “two on one” date with her.  Those two are Robert the chef and Fred the lawyer.

The group date, with Brian, Jeremy, Graham, Jason, Sean and Twilly is at a stock car race track.  The winner of the “speed race” for some one on one time with Deanna is Sean, the martial arts guy.  Honestly gals, I realized tonight that this guy is still here.  I had one of those “OH, he’s still here?”  He seems like an alright guy, but he hasn’t had much screen time, so I don’t really have too much of an opinion on him yet.

I’m still having issues with Jeremy…I think it really does have a lot to do with the fact that he reminds me A LOT of Mr. Vain, but it’s more than just that, he just comes across as…too much.

Graham might have blown it tonight, showing his green.  Jealousy is an ugly ugly beast, and you enter a game like this, you have to be able to “control” that somewhat, at least in front of her.

At the end of the group date, Sean gets the rose.

After an impromptu party thrown by the “outhouse” boys, which backfires RIDICULOUSLY and results in Deanna leaving the party in tears, it is time for the Two on One date with Fred and Robert.

Okay, Robert?  I’m going back to my first thought about him…I don’t like him.  I don’t like him even a little bit.  I think he’s sleazy and slick and ick.

Fred however?  He’s kind of sweet.  He could grow on me.

ICK!!!  Oh sorry, just a delayed reaction to Robert.  ICK.

Good for Deanna for realizing that ICK factor, and kicking Robert to the curb!  SEE YA!!!  With his crocodile tears.  Spare me!

And yet, Deanna chooses NOT to give the rose to Fred either.  Not seeing a long term connection with him, she chooses to send him home.  Fallen into the “friend” zone, Fred suffers from the “good guys finish last” syndrome in this situation. 

AH, chemistry is a bitch, ain’t it?  If it ain’t there, it ain’t there, you can’t force it, you can’t fake it, and you can’t make it up.

And bonus points to Jason, who was at the mansion ALONE after Deanna sent the other two home, to comfort her. 

So, it’s time for the rose ceremony, who will stay and who will go?  There is only one guy going home tonight, so who will be the odd man out?

Jason, the single dad, is safe.  As is Jeremy.  And Twilley?  Really?  Okay.  So, the final rose will either go to Brian or Graham, who will it be?  Graham it is.  Brian is going home.

That’s all folks!






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.

Lucky Number 7 – American Idol

It’s Mariah Carey night on American Idol,  and Mariah is actually showing up to mentor the kids.  ow I know different folks have all sorts of opinions about Miss Mariah, and  do too, but overall, I really like her.  I think she’s a bit crazy, and a bit cooky, but she has an amazing voice and there’s just something about her that I really like.  But, she has some really tough songs so how will these kids fare? 

David Archuletta is up first and are those LEATHER PANTS he’s wearing?  Well then, check you out little David!  Singing “When You Believe”, he sounded great.  I think this was a great song choice for him, showcasing his voice, and really right along his style of song.  And I really do think he has a wonderful voice, but I just might be getting a tad bit bored with him.  Just a wee bit.  Still love him, I’m just not as excited about him as I used to be.

 Next up is Carly Smithson, who I’ve taken to calling “Cinderella” as I feel Simon, Paula and Randy are like the mean stepmom and ugly stepsisters treating her like the outcast family member.  She’s singing “Without You” and I thought she sounded “bloody fantastic”.  This girl has an amazing voice, and I’m really getting sick of the judges beating up on her.  SERIOUSLY?  They’ve really got to stop beating up on her. I’ve been saying it for weeks, and I need to know if I’m the only one who feels this way…the judges ARE trying to get her voted out, right?  It’s not just me is it?

Next up is Syesha Mercado, singing “Vanishing”, one of my favorite Mariah songs.  After two weeks tackling two other “major” songstresses’ songs, how would she fare with Mariah Carey?  I don’t know.  I think Syesha has a great voice, but I wasn’t in love with this arrangement.  I didn’t feel so much that she was “singing it” as she was trying to just showcase her voice.  It wasn’t a bad performance, I just didn’t completely love it.

It is Brooke White’s turn with “Hero” on the Piano.  Sorry folks, I just don’t get the fascination with this girl, she doesn’t do it for me.  And besides being slightly bored with this performance, I actually thought it was BAD.  She didn’t sound good.  She was “pitchy” dog, and it was just weird – Kinda rough…  I didn’t like it.

 And now it’s Nine Lives…uh, Kristi Lee Cook, singing “Forever”.  ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ….boring.  I mean, okay, it was “alright”.  But…eh.  I think her time has come.

David Cook chose “Always Be My Baby” in order to “rock it up” a bit.  LOVED IT.  He almost lost me for a moment, I loved how he startd, but then, I thought the beginning part went on “softly” just a bit too long, but HOLY CRAP, he brought it back and completely won me over.  LOVED IT!!  And I believe this is his second performance of the season that I plan to download.  As soon as I geta job, and can spend money frivolously again that is. 

And finally its Jason Castro, singing “I Don’t Want to Cry”  (another of my fave Mariah songs).  Have I mentioned how much I love this kid?  I really think he’s unique, and has a beautiful soulful voice.  I can completely understand that he’s not for everyone, but his style is by far my style of music and I love him.  I thouht he was fantastic and I would also buy this song right now.

So, who’s in danger?  Were it up to me it would be between Brooke White and Kristi Lee Cook to go home.  That said, it is not up to me, and oh America, how you disappointed me last week!  So, I think Syesha or Carly could be in danger this week.

What did you think? 



I know I promised a listing of when t.v. shows are coming back, and that post is in the works, but I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather.  I’m feeling better today and was going to give you that post…but we have breaking news folks.
We’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow…but today…well…today I give you:

A few months ago I posted about the rumors that the New Kids on the Block were staging a reunion. Well, ladies, grab your old t-shirts and buttons because it appears the rumors were indeed true.

This Friday at 7AM NKOTB will appear on the Today show…ALL FIVE members, together in public for probably the first time in at least 15 years. A big announcement perhaps? A performance perchance?

Click here, to be taken to a page with some more information and links to videos of interviews with some of the guys. In one of the videos Joe alludes to time in the studio…a new album in the works?

Call me silly, tell me I’m acting like a teenager, but I don’t care. I’m giddy with excitement and yes I will be standing in line for tickets if they go on tour. We’ve discussed before how there’s a certain amount of nostalgia tied up with certain icons of our childhoood, and for me, none hold more than NKOTB. So go ahead, laugh at me, but I wore their buttons proudly back then, and I’ll do it now too.

Well…okay, no…I won’t really wear the buttons this time around, but you know what I mean.

UH, right…okay, well, go on about your business…I…uh…I’m going to go back to work.  Yeah…I’m a mature adult…I…uh…right.