Last night on Idol, Jason Castro, resident Stoned Age extra sang a horrific version of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff," and forgot the chorus to Bob Dylan's "Tamborine Man." I mean, this is supposedly right in your wheelhouse, dude. Hey, hippie, maybe if you layed off the reefer you'd have remembered the damn lines. Hopefully, this d-bag gets sent home tonight. Ren and I have only been watching a few weeks now, and just cannot stomach the sight, let alone sound, of him.
I have to say, little Archuletta has a kick ass voice, but again, I have no clue what kind of record he'd make. We still like David Cook who did a good "Baba O'Riley", and Syesha channeled Sam Cook in a very heartfelt and personal performance. It should be the three of them into next week, if the stars align correctly.
Then again, if Edyta Sliminska told me to shake some maracas, I can't say I wouldn't humor her. But did he really need that spray tan? Parcells is going to love this.
Another is Dumont, NJ and former Ramapo college softball standout Lisa Rizzo (left).
Interestingly, according to a Ramapo Record feature on her as a graduating star catcher, states:
As for the future, Rizzo has some plans.I don't know what's more shocking - the career path she actually chose to persue or the fact that a college softball catcher is, in fact, a lesbian.
“I’d like to be guidance counselor for emotionally disturbed children. As long as I can help kids, I’ll be content. I’d also love to get into coaching,” said Rizzo.
She was actually a damn good player. Some highlights from the Record article:
- During her freshman year, she was named to the National Collegiate Athletic Association East Region All-Tournament Team. She had a .348 batting average, with eight home runs, 10 doubles, one triple and 26 RBIs.
- The next year, she had a .367 batting average, with 23 hits, two doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs. She was named to the NCAA East Region All-Tournament Team and the NJAC 1st Team All-Conference.
- Last season, she had 41 hits on 119 at bats, with a .345 batting average. She had eight doubles and 27 RBIs. Rizzo was also named to the NJAC 2nd Team All-Conference.
So, last night I was able to finally take in some American Idol. And thankfully, I think this season worked out in my favor. I wasn't too jazzed about many of the people in the competition so coming in with only 5 left was probaby a good idea.
David Cook is definitely the best one, and hopefully America will agree. I think Jason Castro is boring and I mean, who needs another Jack Johnson or John Mayer? David Archuleta can sing, but he just looks like a baby, and what kind of album would he really make if he won? He should try broadway or something first... he has the voice for it. Anyways, hopefully Castro will be heading home, but fear it'll be Syesha eventhough she did well last night.
Thankfully Shannon Elizabeth got sent home last night. I don't dislike her for any real reason. She is cute, and never really had a problem with her before. But her crying and overall whiny antics (she complained about an outfit that was made for her, and requested a new one) on the show just kind of turned me off. That combined with the fact that she was clearly too tall for ballroom dance, and has NO hips (must be easy for her to buy jeans.... BITCH), I mean she just wasn't fun to watch. At least she and Derek can now make their relationship legitimate.
So that leaves us with Jason Taylor, Cristian de la Fuente, Kristi Yamaguchi, Marissa Jaret Winokur, and Mario. I think the next to go will be Mario or Marissa, though I like Marissa. Hopefully Cristian's arm will hold up for the rest of the competition because is fun to watch.
Last night was a good night on DWTS. All 6 couples performed two dances on their quest for the disco globe trophy.
While Jason and Edyta started the night with a Quick Step (one of my favorite dances), it was their second dance, the Paso Doble, that proved to have the most comedic value. His outfit, for one, was a bit figure-skaterish for my tastes. Her outfit, was just goofy. They should have ditched the long skirt thing and just let her dance in the cheerleader outfit (yes, I have a girl crush). The judges applauded their Quick Step (they got a 29), and thought the Paso was entertaining and different.
Other noteworthy observations from last nights show:
Shannon Elizabeth is just too tall for ballroom dancing. The judges are right that she looks awkward and lanky. Hopefully she'll be going home tonight. I've just had enough.
Cristian de la Fuente might be going home tonight. His pulled muscle during dance #2 last night probably jeopardized his score enough that if the votes don't come in, he might go home.
Kristi was knocked from the top position last night by Jason and Edyta, but she'll definitely be in the finals.
Marissa Jaret-Winokur is just adorable and is improving every week. I'd like to see her stay for entertainment sake.
But something caught my attention last night. One of the contestants, "Bo," is described as a high school football coach.
Tell me all you ex-high school superstars out there - can you recall ever once playing for a guy vying for a bisexual's love interest on MTV, nonetheless taking one seriously?
A quick search tells me that Brandon "Bo" Kunkle of Fairborn, OH not only coaches for the Fairborn High School Skyhawks (of which he is a 2001 graduate), but is a bartender (Wallaby's in Beavercreek) and a DJ as well. He also intends to continue coaching through this fall's season.
And the kiddies are all over him.
Don't get me wrong, if a dude wants to pursue his Hollywood dream by chasing a dirty tramp, then that's his prerogative. But where does the school board draw the line?
This is a student-teacher affair in the making. A camera-friendly pseudo-celebrity roaming high school halls when not pouring kamikazes or spinning shitty music? 15-year-old broads are gonna eat that up.
Fairborn commentators seem to be split. While some feel his "personal" life should be regarded as separate from his coaching duties, how do you deem a facet of your life as "personal" when you choose to be on a sexually charged reality-show? Check out some of the comments below this article.
I say he's fair game.
Should he ever send a player on a lap or make them run suicides I wish they laugh in his face and ask him to do one of the many humiliating things Tila will undoubtedly put him through.
Last night on Dancing with the Stars we bid farewell to Marlee Matlin. While inspirational indeed,(DWTS mentioned that EVERY WEEK) unfortunately the dances got harder and her inability to hear the music really affected her rhythm.
Kristi Yamaguchi is still the one to beat, scoring a perfect 30 with a Jive that looked damn near professional level. Jason and Edyta had a tough week, but their hotness carried them safely to the next round.
Shannon and Derek got cozy on the off week, sharing a smooch on the beach, and got grilled regarding their "showmance" by Samantha Harris before judging. She is 34 (Shannon Elizabeth), which was kind of shocking to me. Derek is a mere 22, for those keeping score.
(Separated at Birth... )
Ren's favorite Chris Rock doppleganger, Mario (anyone remember Rock from Beverly Hills Cop 2? Uncanny...) , holds steady and if he keeps enough audience interest will make it to the finals. Not sure he is well-known enough to keep the votes coming in.
First off, I did not watch one second of Idol. The night was too full with other obligations, and something had to give. Sorry Seacrest, but as Heidi Klum would say "You're out." Our buddy Illuminati over at phillyburbs did a recap I can respect...
Big night on the Biggest Loser. The final weigh-ins before the finale took place, and boy were we shocked. Well, Dunbar actually noted that he thought Mark looked as though he was "being shocked with an electric prod in the rear" when he found out he had lost 11 pounds.
Both guys lost about 6.4% of their total weight last night, and thought they were safely headed to the finale. But boy were they wrong. Ali and Kelly lost a combined 24 pounds, and secured their places in the finals. Both guys were shocked. From a strategic perspective Roger thought for sure he was going home. He is the bigger guy, and definitely the bigger threat, having already lost 144 lbs, and having enough weight still on him to safely lose another 20-30 before the end.
But.... of course another Loser "shocker".... Ali (host) lets them know that America will actually vote on which contestant gets to continue on with the competition. Realistically, if America votes for Mark, I think the girls have a better chance. Mark really does not have much more weight to lose, and actually might add more muscle. I mean he's down to 170... and he is a taller guy. I also don't think Ali has much more weight to lose... she's already lost 99lbs, and is at about 135, and I mean if she drops below the 120lb mark she is just going to look sick.
Kelly on the other hand definitely has more to lose. I think she is down to 170 something, and can probably lose another 30lbs easily. I think she'll look the most different at the finale.
But these are just my thoughts. I am excited at the prospect of a woman winning, but only think it can happen if America chooses to keep Mark in the competition, and unfortunately I just like Roger better :)
Dancing with the Stars:
My prediction was right... Carolla was sent packing. Thank god. He was a horrible dancer, and while not as bad as Wayne Newton, was still a bit uncomfortable to watch. A little surprised that he shared the bottom two with Priscilla Presley, but she lived very reclusively prior to coming on the show, so her fan base might have dwindled.
I'll cut to the chase.... Dan from BL, and Penn and Monica from DWTS all got sent packing last night, in what was an easier reality TV night for me to handle.
On BL, the guys were getting a little cocky about how much weight they have to lose vs. the remaining two ladies. During the challenge they clearly gunned for the girls, with Kelly being the bigger target which was just poor form to me.
If they had any brain, and really wanted to win the $250K they would start to turn on eachother, as they are their own biggest competition. I mean, jeez, what kind of reality show is this where people are nice and stick together and whatnot? We need some backstabbing, damnit!
In the end, Ren's boy Dan only lost 1 pound and was sent below the yellow line with his "teammate" Mark. Because Mark already got sent home once (he won his way back to the show, though I think he's next) you knew it'd be Danny boy. Kelly and Ali both wowed the guys and dropped 7 and 6 pounds respectively, securing their place atop the leader board.
On DWTS, the first elimination was a predictable one. Monica Seles and Penn Jillette, the two lowest scorers also garnered the least amount of votes and were sent on their way. I am not sad. They both were painful to watch.
As far as Idol, Ren and I only caught two performances. Ren's sis called promptly at 9:34 to discuss the final performance of the evening, David Cook's rendition of Billy Jean, but alas we could not comment, and could only speak for a few min anyways since loser was coming back from commercial break. This morning I did watch a few of the performances I missed, and I still like Brooke White... and David Cook did rock the house. I think Kristy Lee will probably get sent home tonight, much to Simon's delight.