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On Wednesday: ANTM, American Idol, Lost, Chopping Block, Damages & Make Me A Supermodel

America's Next Top ModelEp. “Put Your Best Face Forward”

So this week, the episode began with Cycle 3 star, Toccara, coming to the model house for a sleepover and to talk with the contestants about showcasing their personalities. Toccara has really become quite the model since she left the show; she is in Italian Vogue, a BET anchor, etc. After that, the entire episode was based on posing, and what would an ANTM posing episode be without Benny Ninja. This time he talked about using music to inspire posing, and the challenge was at the Mansion where an audience of fashion gurus judged the models on their ability to pose to the beats dropped by former model/DJ Sky Nellar. Celia was able to win the challenge without contest and get a custom Blond design. The photo shoot was also about posing, but more about holding the pose. The shoot was based around Ellis Island and immigration and the photos were actually taken with an old-school 8×10 camera (totally cool!). After the judging, Kortnie was eliminated even though Celia tried to fight for her.

American IdolEp. “10 Finalists Compete”

On this special 2-hour audition round of American Idol that was pushed to Wednesday (unfortunately) marked a classic Idol genre, Motown. It is thought that many of these songs are the best that have ever written so it will be interesting to see what the contestants picked and if they are able to work the songs in a modern way. And did you guys here how Ryan Seacrest said “crayons?” It sounded like “crahlns.”

Matt Giraud: Performed “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye. I must say I kind of laughed a bit when I heard he selected this song. I mean it is the song of sex, and I can never hear the song without thinking of Jack Black in High Fidelity singing it. He did an ok job but the judges all seemed to love it. He does have a good falsetto.

Kris Allen: Performed “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You” by Marvin Gaye. I really liked this performance. He sang the song well and he definitely has a really cool, Mraz-like feel. My only issue is watching him sing out of the side of his mouth. But he will definitely be safe with that one.

Scott MacIntyre: Performed “You Can’t Hurry Love” by Diana Ross. I really didn’t like it. I think his voice just didn’t work to match the  famous Diana Ross number. He did do a few things that were interesting to hear and trying to make it a bit contemporary, but I totally agree with Simon.

Megan Corkrey: Performed “For Once In My Life” by Stevie Wonder. This sounds wierd but I think her voice cracked more this week than it did when she had the flu. Is that possible? I think the clips we heard during her session with Smokey were ten times better than the actual performance she had tonight.

Anoop Desai: Performed “Ohh Baby Baby” by Smokey Robinson. I am going to give Anoop props on this one. I thought he did very well on performing the song and I would have never expected him to be able to hit those falsetto notes. He definitely is stepping up his game and I think he is extending his stay on American Idol.

Michael Sarver: Performed “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” by The Temptations. First, I cannot stand his time keeping finger tap he does on the mike. It is distracting and stupid. Now in relation to his performance, I don’t think he was pointed enough for the song. I personally believe it is supposed to be quick, powerful, almost staccato phrasing but he definitely was too “smooth” with it. And he was seriously flat on that last portion of the song…painfully flat.

Lil Rounds: Performed “Heat Wave” by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. Holy crap fringe. I am not sure about her styling but she sang the song well. Now like I think of Jack Black with “Let’s Get It On,” I immediately see a chorus of nuns from Sister Act singing this one. It is nothing against here but that song has been branded. Also, I am afraid she was kind of screaming the song in parts, which wasn’t as nice to hear as I wanted. I really want her to do a ballad next week.

Adam Lambert: Performed “Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. He performed the song stripped down and he was styled in a seriously different manner than weeks past. He got a standing ovation by Smokey Robinson himself! The vocals were awesome and he was able to really show a different side of his artistry. He definitely is still in the front running this season.

Danny Gokey: Performed “Get Ready” by The Temptations. So I was kind of confused when he started to perform. His entire intro video was about him singing the background parts and then he doesn’t when he is on the stage. He has strong energy and a great voice, but it definitely didn’t feel as great as Lambert’s performance.

Allison Iraheta: Performed “Poppa Was A Rolling Stone” by The Temptations. I must start this one with I love this song. With that in mind, I thought Allison did a very good, funky rendition of the song. Totally enjoyed it and I thought she did good job at adding her own flare to the performance. Still cannot believe she is only 16.

LostEp. “He’s Our You”

The promos for this episode basically said that Sayid would stir things up. They definitely weren’t lying, Sayid was an uncooperative man. Rather than working with the others on the island, Sayid decided to “be on his own.” This definitely throws a wrench in the plan and really threatens the safety of the Oceanic people. It was crazy hearing Sayid’s interrogation in the woods while he was drugged. Now the Dharma people think he is bat-shit crazy, especially since he tells them that he is from the future.

Holy crap, Sayid killed young Ben. What does this mean? Will time change from that point on? What does it mean for the others? I cannot wait for next week now.

DamagesEp. “Look What I Dug Up This Time”

As the season begins to come to a close, a lot of the questions that have been looming for months are starting to be revealed. First, Ellen does shoot Patty, but the question of its aftermath still remains. Also, the Cadillac was discovered and evidence against UNR has been locked in. Like Maddox, Parcel is turned to help Patty in the case. And I don’t even know what to think with this whole Parcel’s wife portion of the show. Next week is the 90-minute season finale. All will finally be revealed! YAY!!

Make Me a SupermodelEp. “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall”

So the one thing about this show that I actually like more than America’s Next Top Model is that they allow men to participate. It has always bothered me that ANTM is an only female competition especially since there is an ample amount of men out there who would also like to be models. I know there was that show a few years ago on Bravo about male modeling, Manhunt, but it definitely didn’t do to well. Anyways, I am glad that the much neglected men get their shot on this show.

So in this episode, the photo shoot was about connecting with themselves and really expressing some emotion. Of course, some of the models had issues expressing themselves, but what was strange was that while I was watching the episode, I alone started to go to some “bad” places and I could feel my throat kind of close up and tears well up in my eyes. Now, I wouldn’t consider myself an emotional person, but it was weird to feel myself just give in while watching a modeling show. Strange.

In the end, Amanda and Brendan were the winners of the challenge. They get the opportunity to go to Montreal to audition to walk during Montreal Fashion Week. They selected Colin and Mountaha to join them in their go-sees. What is crazy is all of them book the job. They get to walk in Montreal Fashion Week.

The runway challenge was very strange. It was supposed to be a kind of performance art walk and some of them did some crazy stuff. I thought it was interesting to see how some of them interpreted awkward and strange.

Shawn was eliminated.

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On Wednesday: Lost, Idol, ANTM, Make Me a Supermodel & Chopping Block

American IdolEp. “1 of 11 Voted Off”

First, do people actually like the group numbers? I just can’t stand them. They are awkward and I want to kill myself the minute they start. Second, why did the producers and Ford decide to bastardize the OK GO greatness that is “Here It Goes Again.”

So they really played up the departure of the contestants this week. This is a different side of the show, I am not sure if I like it. I also am intrigued by the judges save twist this season and when they are going to pull that one out.

In the end, the contestants in the bottom three were: Allison Irahetta, Alexis Grace and Michael Sarver. Alexis Grace received the lowest number of votes.

Alexis Grace

Alexis Grace

She almost got saved by the judges, but she is going home. 😦

Also, Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis performed a duet to “I Told You So.” That song is so beautiful and the duet was really good. I love Carrie and I can’t wait to see her in concert.

LostEp. “Namaste”

Wow what an episode. This finally shed some light on the last weeks while also adding a whole new list of questions. First my theory of what happened on the plane was correct. It appears that the flash transported the Oceanic 6 to the past and the plane was left to crash on the island. I am unsure if they were teleported somewhere though. The big question is why didn’t Sun get sent back to 1977 with the others. My belief is that she left the island pregnant and decided to go on the plane without her child, so she was only “half” of the same woman she was when she left the island. Now it seems that her role in this season is only beginning. It is as if the first half of the season centered around Locke’s journey and the second half will track Sun’s journey to be reunited with Jin.

Kate, Jack and Hurley were able to enter the Dharma initiative with the help of Sawyer/LaFleur and Juliet. Sayid was not as fortunate, he was found by other members of the Dharma initiative and is now considered a “hostile” spy. Side note: did anyone love the Sawyer/Jack fight in the episode? Jack got pwned by Sawyer and Jack didn’t look happy when he left.

It appears that next week will be a great episode. Apparently the issues with Sayid is going to explode and drama will ensue. Can’t wait for next week!

America's Next Top ModelEp. “New York’s Finest”

This week the models are taught runway etiquette by Miss J and two former contestants, Chantal and Bianca, before taking part in a Jill Stuart fashion show. Also, the photo shoot takes place aboard a sightseeing tour bus.

OMG, Miss J’s Charm School! I love that ANTM has a sense of humor. They are always so serious with their issue-related photo shoots, and to see them have a funny segment was a breath of fresh air. Also, this was the first time they ever talked about model etiquette on this show.

The Jill Stuart fashion show was very good; she has a really strong point-of-view and a good aesthetic. I love that they made the women walk with shopping bags because they the models seem like they are real people.

The shoot was interesting, especially since I just recently came back from my first trip to NYC. I liked that it was a group shoot because they happen so often in the modeling world.

In the end, it came down to Allison and Nijah, and Nijah went home.

Chopping BlockEp. “Week 2”

So first I must say I am glad that a reality TV series of this type has finally come to the US. This version if The Chopping Block was based off of the Australian show of the same name which was based off of the widely successful BBC show, Last Restaurant Standing. With this American rendition, Marco Pierre White is the host. If you don’t know who he is; he is a crazy successful restaurateur and world-renowned chef. This is the man who taught Gordon Ramsey how to cook (and who made him cry!). He is also the host of the British Hell’s Kitchen.

In the show, teams vie for the chance to open a restaurant in NYC with Marco Pierre. They are judged by Marco and a secret food critic that dines in both restaurants each week. This week, the contestants were tasked with branding their restaurant. They redecorated the front of house and gave them names. To the obvious eye, the red team did a much better job at this. They called their restaurant “Crimson” and went with a red motif. The Black team called their restaurant “SOUL” and went with a very unappealing yellow color.

For the service portion of the show, each team was tasked with hosting a party for two top New York fashion designers. The Black team was able to pull out the win with superior appetizers (Crab Cake) and entrée (Lamb).

In the end, Mikey and Chad were sent home after Mikey buckled under the pressure during the elimination ceremony.

Make Me a SupermodelEp. “High Wire Act”

This weeks photo shoot dealt with sports and being able to capture motion. The photos seemed really cool and the roughness of the models was interesting. Some of them were über-serious. Amanda got the Bloomingdale’s go-see much to the surprise of other models.

Before the runway show, the models decide to have an impromptu crazy photo shoot. It was hilarious watching them act strange and to see CJ come out of her shell.

The runway show was interesting because it was an underwear show with cool architectural pieces. In addition to the walk, the models had to strike a “sports” pose at the end of the runway. Some did really cool stuff, others did some strange stuff.

In the end, Karen was the one eliminated and the other Karen obtained immunity for next week.

So I apparently had an issue with my DVR and Damages didn’t get recorded. I am going to have to catch it on Hulu and let you guys know what I thought.

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On Wednesday: Top Model, Idol Results & Make Me a Supermodel

So with Lost skipping a week my Wednesday night suddenly became filled with reality TV to watch. I mean tonight there are two model shows, a singing competition and a new restaurateur race. But at least there was still a new Damages on tonight to make me feel a little better about myself.

America's Next Top ModelEp. “Do You Light the Way I Look?”

YAY the makeover show! This is always a ANTM milestone and one of the best shows of the season. The producers have continuously moved this episode up so that more girls are there. They didn’t disappoint this year, there were tears and screams, but by Cycle 12, a lot of the girls have realized that its inevitable and they just got to take it (Well, most of them). Natalie decided she didn’t want her hair cut so she got nothing. Fo was really upset by her makeover. She is the one who got the “short” cut and she thought she looked butch. I, however, thought she looked really cute and edgy, especially with all those freckles.

The photo shoot was with photographer/judge Nigel Barker and the girls were tasked with “finding their light” by holding flash rods. Some of the girls did really well but others were somewhat drab. Now for the judging, Nole Maron (panel judge from Cycle 1-3) came back after doing True Beauty as a guest judge and he did not disappoint. He was brutally honest with those ladies and it was AWESOME to watch. “Ugh, you look like a hushpuppy”…classic!

In the end, Teyona was the winner for the week and Jessica from Puerto Rico was eliminated.

American IdolEp. “1 of 13 Eliminated”

First, the title of this episode was flawed. At last nights performances, Simon Cowell told everyone that 2 would be eliminated from this first week to bring the number down to 11. Second, I was for once somewhat exciting about other parts of the Results show that were beyond the results themselves. I mean Kelly Clarkson and Kanye performing, announcement of new “judges save” rule; how couldn’t that be exciting? That said, I was not excited about everything. I still cannot stand the awkward group song and had to fast-forward through it as always.

Now here are the two contestants who were eliminated:

Jasmine Murray

Jasmine Murray

Jorge Nunez

Jorge Nunez

No surprise on those who were eliminated. I am glad that Anoop get’s another chance.

Now with regards to the other parts of the show. Kanye performed “Heartless.” I love that song and his last album was the one that finally converted me. I have had a major issue with his sampling practices in the past but songs like “Heartless” are just cool! Also, I didn’t know that a late-80’s inspired, all-denim getup was acceptable and I would like Kanye to put that outfit back in the closet. Kelly performed “My Life Would Suck Without You.” Having heard the rest of her album already, I don’t think this is the best song on it, but it is her wildly successful single from the album and I understand why she performed it. She definitely has grown as a performer and I look forward to eventually seeing her in concert. BUY HER NEW ALBUM!!

Make Me a SupermodelEp. “Eye Candy”

So oddly enough, it was makeover day on Make Me A Supermodel today as well. The contestants first had an extreme artsy photoshoot where they were tasked to portray candy. Just like ANTM, some of the models fell flat and others really shined, creating compelling and artistic photographs.

Following the shoot, the contestants were visited by Tabatha who consultated each of the contestants on a potential new look. CJ was the most averse to the idea, not wanting to change her thin blonde hair. Tabatha didn’t take “no” for an answer and made her an edgy, short-haired brunette.

The catwalk was done in pairs and the contestants did a pretty good job. Candy seemed to be a recurring theme because the models had to carry over-sized lollipops and red vines down the runway with them.

In the end, Branden was the winner of immunity and overly-feminine Chris was eliminated.

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On Wednesday: Lost, Damages, Top Chef & Idol

I am going to warn you now…this is going to be a long one.

Well initial promos said that America’s Next Top Model: Cycle 12 was supposed to start today, but I believe that with American Idol’s move this week to ANTM’s normal time slot (on another network, mind you) made them afraid to compete with the reality tv giant. Instead, we can expect ANTM’s return next Wednesday, March 4th, for a 2 hour premiere. But for me, other shows hold the spot for most anticipated of the night. Lost, Damages and Top Chef finale are definitely highest on my list.

LostEp. “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham”

So this show has had it’s ups and downs for me. It came on really strong with the first two seasons, somewhat lost its luster in the third season, then regained some ground with season 4. Now we are in season 5 and it has so far been absolutely amazing. The enigma that is the island continues to become more complex and it is impossible to determine what is going to happen next.

This episode centered around John Locke (Alias: Jeremy Bentham) and his mission to get off the island, and it started with giving the audience a number of new questions. I am talking about when Locke tells that woman on the beach what he remembers: “I think this suit is what they were going to bury me in…I remember dying.” Does this mean he is talking to that woman in the present? How does he come back to life? Why isn’t he with the other cast on the island? What is going on?!

After Locke has gone through the “exit,” he is rushed to a Tunisian hospital and visited by none other than Charles Whitmore. Turns out Whitmore was once the leader of the Others and was exiled by Ben in the past. Also, it appears that Whitmore decided to help Locke get the Oceanic Six to go back because of an impending war on the island. What war?!

On his mission, Locke initially goes to Santo Domingo to see Sayid, then he goes and checks on Walt in New York City (he apparently still has some sort of weird psychic thing going on). Hurley was next and their meeting was pretty entertaining; Hugo thinks Locke is another dead man vision. Next, it was Kate and then Jack. He was initially unsuccessful in convincing any of them to return.

The episode closes with the discovery that Locke was actually murdered by Ben, Locke is somehow alive again and is with the other survivors of the plane crash that happened in last week’s episode, and Ben is among the injured survivors.

Good episode and I can’t wait for next Wednesday.

DamagesEp. “They Had to Tweeze That Out of My Kidney”

The storyline of this show is so complex it is going to be difficult to provide an intelligible commentary. As a result, I am going to believe that you are as addicted to this show as I am and that you understand the history of the characters and the events that preceded this episode.

The episode was a good one (but let’s be honest, they all are) and the story line progressed substantially. I really hope Ellen discovers Wes’s secret moleness soon and that it is him she puts a bullet into in the flash-forward clips. Although, I would still be happy if Detective Messer was the one on the business end of the revolver.

At the end, we find out that Uncle Pete’s dirt on Patty gets back to Ellen Parsons and a confrontation takes place 3 months in the future. It seems like that is going to be quite the scene when we get to see the whole thing at the end of the season. But is it Patty Hewes who Ellen shoots? Only time will tell.

Top ChefEp. “Season Finale – Part 2”

I love this show, and this was quite an interesting finale. We have the bitter rivalry that has developed between Hosea and Stephan and then the kooky antics of Carla to entertain us thoroughly. Before the episode aired, I wanted Carla to win. I think Hosea is boring, Stephan is a cocky, Finnish bastard who needs to be deported, and Carla is the person who really cooks for the right reasons. She puts the luv in her food as she would put it.

For the episode, Tom Colicchio made the Elimination Challenge very simple: “Cook us the best three course meal of your life.” I like that direction because it really lets the cooks showcase who they are without the constraints of crazy challenge guidelines. Of course, halfway through the challenge, Tom presented them with a twist. Each of the chefs had to cook a 4th course hors d’oeuvre using one of three local proteins: red fish, blue crab and alligator. I am from Florida, so alligator isn’t a new thing for me, but I LOVE that Hosea stuck Stephan with it (and he was pissed).

Unfortunately, Carla lost her point-of-view and didn’t cook “her food,” so she sadly checked herself out of the competition. It ended up with Hosea and Stephan facing each other head-to-head for the title of Top Chef.

And the winner is…

Winner of Top Chef - Hosea Rosenberg

Winner of Top Chef - Hosea Rosenberg

I didn’t want him to win, but at least it wasn’t Stephan!

American IdolEp. “Second 12 of 36”

So the second set of 12 contestants performed to get a spot in the Top 12. And for a second week in a row, song choice seemed to be the monster that crushed the contestants’ dreams.

Jasmine Murray: Performed “Love Song” by Sarah Bareilles. She definitely had some issues with the song. I am going to steal a line from Randy: “It was really pitchy, dawg.” The lower portions of the song were definitely not in a comfortable register and the chorus was obviously not soulful enough for her. She definitely tried to take a simple, pretty song and make it “unique,” but she did not succeed.

Matt Giraud: Performed “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay. He needs some work with his breathing, he sounded like he was out of breath the entire time. The performance wasn’t the worst I have heard in Idol history, but the panting he did while he was singing really deterred me from getting into the song. He said he was trying to put a soulful/bluesy twist on Coldplay and I can say that didn’t work. Judges agreed with me.

Jeanine Vailes: Performed “This Love” by Maroon5. Let’s start with OMG overkill! The runs were almost unbearable, but when she went into an upper register, it sometimes sounded “aight.” But she does have nice legs.

Nick “Norman Gentle” Mitchell: Performed “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going” by Dreamgirls/Jennifer Hudson. I don’t know how every one else feels about him, but I think he is hilarious. He definitely has a voice and his humor makes the less perfect parts acceptable. I also loved that he interjected little comments throughout the song, like “Doogie” when he saw Niel Patrick Harris in the audience. Hilarity.

Allison Iraheta: Performed “Alone” by Heart. She was the first one of the night that selected a song that fit her image and voice. I thought she performed the 1980’s infamously bad karaoke rock ballad well even though it is a hard song to sing. She hasn’t had that much face time on the show so it will be interesting to see if she can make it through.

Kris Allen: Performed “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson. After I heard the song choice I didn’t have much hope for this contestant, but I have to say, he did a pretty good job. The beginning of the song was definitely a bit weak, but the second half was good. Also, the girls are going to love him.

Megan Courkrey: Performed “Put Your Records On” by Corrine Bailey Rae. She was quite awkward on the stage; her body motions seemed like a 4-year-old singing for their parents in the living room (you know what I’m talking about). Also, she didn’t seem to hit all the notes, but she has more of an identity than some of the other contestants. Personally, not a fan.

Matt Breitzke: Performed “If You Could Only See” by Tonic. I think the major thing missing in the performance was that little bit of grit in the voice that this song needs. His performance was a bit corny and boring. He was in tune and I think America likes him so he has a chance of going through.

Jesse Langseth: Performed “Betty Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes. I really like this singer. She has a really interesting tone that seems really relevant in today’s music industry where singers like Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Adele going platinum. I’m not sure what her fate is.

Kai Kalama: Performed “What Becomes of a Broken Hearted” by Jimmy Ruffin. First, he seriously needs to get that hair in check…SERIOUSLY! Second, I thought he sounded old and irrelevant in his performance. He can sing, but it was just old.

Mishavonna Henson: Performed “Drops of Jupiter” by Train. She definitely can sing and she sang this song well, but I think there are better ones for her. Simon thinks she is too mature. Who knows with this one.

Adam Lambert: Performed “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones. He has an interestingly high voice for a male singer, but I think I like it. For me, he definitely was the most highly anticipated contestant to hear this week. And holy crap, he could give Deep Purple a run for their money with the rocker scream. I think he is a surefire Top 12.

My prediction for tomorrow night: Adam Lambert, Mishavonna Henson (but Allison Iraheta could be a spoiler) and Kris Allen.

I also watched Life on Mars, but this post seriously needs to end.

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