April 2011


americanidol&MUSIC&pop culture&television28 Apr 2011 07:18 pm

And we’re down to six… so, last night i had a lot of things to work on… so, rather than sitting down and watching Idol and posting my running commentary in a timely fashion, i played the responsibility card and attended to necessary tasks… i did watch The Voice, which is possibly more interesting than Idol is now – if only because it’s newer and my attention span is waning… (i may end up providing commentary on that show eventually, but it’s still in the audition phase… and i also watched Charlie St. Cloud which is pretty much an awful movie (on this point, i will not be swayed)…

but now, the tornado watches and warnings and rain storms have lifted and i have a slight opening in my schedule so, we’re back to Idol… and we’re down to six… and it’s Carole King night, which doesn’t bode well for me… oh, i used to like Babyface… that’s cool… so i guess they’re doing duets and solo acts…anyway… off we go…

now playing: One Fine Day by The Chiffons

Jacob… i should’ve listened to the title of the song… i was distracted by all the bad notes in the rehearsal sesion… now i’m distracted by that outfit… also the crazy movements… i don’t know what to say really… i wasn’t terribly impressed (shocker)… but he did have a few “Jacob spots” throughout, and it was pretty good i guess… Steven’s happy that Jacob shook his tail feathers and said his character finally shone through… J-Lo said it was a tricky song and despite a few sour notes, he killed it… Randy said there were a few sharp notes, but he can sing and he liked it…

Lauren… singing Where You Lead… and she got to meet Miley Cyrus… how fantastic… apparently Babyface can’t be in the same room with Miley… okay, so she’s singing it pretty well… she’s a little awkward on stage, but the vocal is much better than previous weeks… and she’s pulled up some silly guy who’s trying to play it cool… that was kind of weird… good vocal though… best she’s done… J-Lo was proud because she was pushing past the barriers of artistic performance… Randy said she came out with a little extra swagger and she made the song much better than it should have been for her… Steven says when her voice broke, she was shining because it showed off her character… Lauren cries… that’s two votes for character tonight from Steven…

Casey and Haley… a duet! yay… nothing like extending the show… singing I Feel the Earth Move… and the stage looks like it’s on fire… they are a good match for each other vocally… they both have that wild side and they are doing a pretty good job with it… definitely working the stage… playing peek a boo on opposite sides of the judges table… i like the ending too… that was nice… Steven calls out “weird beard” for having a crush on Haley and says it was nothing but good…

now playing: Crying in the Rain by The Everly Brother

Scotty… apparently Scotty’s worried about being boring and safe… so he’s singing I’ll Be There… just call out my name to wake me when it’s over… i jest… it’s good… the kid just keeps on singing and it always sounds the same… i like that he’s not moving around and awkwardly dancing… he kept it true to himself and it really worked for him… Randy says it was cool that he turned the other cheek from last week… and Scotty’s in it to win it!… Steven clarifies Randy’s word of advice and he loved that it was still country but also took us somewhere else… J-Lo says this performance justifies why they pushed him last week…

James… promising a softer side of James… i think we’ve heard that before and i didn’t like it… Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow… well, today is tomorrow, so i guess we’ll find out… oh… i totally zoned out there… no, really though… i did listen and it’s good… he did a nice job of moving that into his wheelhouse… Steven says he loved it and it was the song he listened to, well, never mind… J-Lo pimps his ride saying it was beautiful and he’s consistently great… Randy says tonight he wasn’t just a great rock singer, he was a great singer… then he predicts a James Durbin victory overall… CRAZY, crazy, crazy!

Lauren and Scotty… singing Up on the Roof… and they’re best when they’re trading vocals instead of trying to harmonize… not quite the chemistry or energy as the first duet, but i’m sure it will be better than James and Jacob… J-Lo says Lauren sang her brains out and despite it being hard to sing behind a voice like that Scotty did alright, too…

now playing: Hey Girl by Billy Joel

Casey… singing Hidey Hidey Ho?… which i think was made famous by the big bad wolf character in The Mask with Jim Carey… i think i made that up, but it’s kind of a zoot suit type of tune… he’s got it cranked down to a slow, rumbly pace that allows him to growl and prowl and really show off his stuff… Randy says he’s excited everytime Casey performs because it’s bound to be different and entertaining… Steven struggles not to say the F word again… J-Lo says he was in his element, but she’d like for him to loosen up his legs a little bit… Randy says “less growl” about ten times as the music plays and the audience cheers…

Haley… after some technical difficulties, she’s singing Beautiful with a Beatles-esque twist to it… i’m glad she took off that crown thing from the rehearsals… this is a pretty good performance and i’d bet at least one of the judges says it was “beautiful”… she crushes the ending and the crowd goes wild… Steven kicks things off by saying that she’s as beautiful as the song and he saw and heard the voice of God as she sang it… J-Lo says beautiful twice and says she has an amazing voice… Randy says he didn’t like the beginning and gets booed before he can explain the rest…

Jacob and James… singing Into Something Good… James goes for the Elvis dance moves… then they both pull J-Lo away from the judges table and pretend to be fighting for her attention… Steven wasn’t sure where they were going with it and Ryan points out that J-Lo’s legs were more noteworthy than the performance…

now playing: It’s Too Late by Carole King

okay, so someone has to go and half of them have to be in the bottom three… unless they do a three groups of two deal, but i kind of doubt it… anyway, i’ll go with Jacob, Haley, and James in the bottom three with Jacob exiting stage right to great fanfare…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf20 Apr 2011 10:53 pm

Another book review on another new book… this is the latest release from Max Lucado who needs no introduction, so let’s just dive right into my thoughts on the Max’s thoughts on Life…

now playing: Life and Love and Why – Switchfoot


Max on Life by Max Lucado

so, it seems to me that this was something of a compilation of minor publications that Lucado may have released at some point… if nothing else, it’s the collected answers to the numerous questions he’s received over the years as a pastor and writer… it’s not exactly a reference manual and it’s not terribly easy to read cover to cover, but there are some interesting questions and answers in this motivational piece of work ranging from eternal security to suicide, from money on earth to treasures in Heaven… also they’ve included a nice bit of advice for would be writers… to help keep all these answers straight, they’re grouped by theme as well as indexed by topic and scriptural reference… i’m not sure what else there is to say about this book, but if you’re a fan of Lucado, this is a neat little way to collect a few dollars worth of his penny thoughts in one sitting…

peace… love… bdg…

americanidol&MUSIC&pop culture&television20 Apr 2011 10:26 pm

Top seven and it’s songs from the 21st century… and after explaining to some of the contestants that it didn’t mean songs from the future, they asked everyone to talk about the other contestants… why oh why do we bring back the losers to remind us why we voted them off in the first place… i thought that was a train wreck… anyway, i’m behind schedule here, so off we go…

now playing: Feel Good Inc by Gorillaz

Scotty… singing Swinging, by Leanne Rimes and after a fun bit of mockery from the other contestants, he’s pretty unfazed… this is a weird song for Leanne Rimes to sing unless they changed the lyrics… anyway, it’s just fine… he spent a long time in that deep bass voice that drives the judges wild and had a lot of fun with it… Steven says he loves him and Leanne and wishes he did a little boot scoot boogeying… J-Lo questions the song choice and says she expected more… Randy says it was so safe and boring and then he blames J-Lo for bringing it up first…

James… singing The Uprising from Muse… to prove that he’s more relevant than his parade of scarves and tails… i love that he’s got a mini drum corp going on here, but i’ll chime in with my standard warning that it’s probably a distraction… ooh… well, he was doing pretty well until the screaming which is usually his strong suit… i liked it, though it was rather pitchy… J-Lo goes out on a limb and says that it was the most theatrical performance and the highest he’s ever sing… Randy praises Muse and thought the whole thing was unbelievable… Steven says he looks like Mad Max meets Storm Troopers on Melrose… and that he is beautifully out of his mind…

Haley… chose Adele’s Rolling in the Deep and i’ll go ahead and say that i actually dug the new Adele album quite a bit… let’s see how she does… she’s sitting in front of the judges’ table and doing a pretty sweet job… the background singers actually seem to be pulling it off key though, that’s weird… it’s a great song choice and she really owned it… not too shabby… Randy says it was a perfect choice and it and everything related to it was amazing… Steven thought it was a great performance, despite a slow start… J-Lo says it took a lot of guts and there were moments when she actually outshined Adele…

Jacob… singing a Luther Vandross tune… which fits, but i doubt i’m going to like it… we’ll see though… everyone calls him a diva… and he’s crying which never really works out too well and he pops out the ear piece so i guess even he doesn’t want to hear himself sing… okay that’s mean… really, though, he did alright… of course, they’ll love it… Steven says that this man is so good and his daddy was listening… J-Lo says it’s hard to control your emotion while performing and emotionally it was a beautiful performance… Randy agrees emotionally, but it wasn’t vocally that great… we need the church kid back…

now playing: We Used to Wait by Arcade Fire

Casey… i’m not sure what he’s singing because i wasn’t paying attention… i thought the beard jokes were funny, but i just realized that the Doves are also tonight… so i got a little distracted… it’s sounds like a Maroon 5 song, but i can’t really place it because i don’t listen to them all that much… oh, okay, it’s Harder to Breathe… he’s doing a great job and he wins the staring contest with J-Lo, kissing her cheek after she turns away… J-Lo says he’s not playing fair and he has soft lips… Steven says he was trying to do that for four months… J-Lo says she loved it… the performance… Randy says he loves the surprises and chances… Steven says he’s a cult hero and he’s [blankety blank] good… Ryan comes out in a beard…

Stefano… singing a Neyo tune (Closer) and this gigantic flirt also takes his earpiece out… i think this proves what i’ve been saying all along… Stefano doesn’t have the pipes to be here… i think this is a pretty good song when Neyo does it, but it was not very good here… Randy says he thought it would be karaoke, but it turned out well… Steven says it was great… J-Lo says he had his swag on and it felt like a concert…

Lauren… singing a song about being born to fly… i guess it’s Sara Evans and she does fine… i like the fiddler… she has a great personality and a pretty good voice… i like it… Steven says she’s so good naturally and then he gives her a wish list of future performances… J-Lo says she should try to push her vocal a little more… Randy says she can sing anything and she needs to believe in herself…

now playing: Take a Bow by Leona Lewis

and that leaves us with this… who’s going home?… well, i’ll pick an all guys bottom three tonight and, therefore, a guy going home… here’s how i see it going down… Jacob, Stefano, and Scotty sweat it out until Jacob goes home… for real this time… what did i miss?

peace… love… bdg…

americanidol&MUSIC&pop culture&television13 Apr 2011 11:18 pm

Top EIGHT… and we’re reminded of the shock and horror that was last week’s voting results… no more Pia and no one was more surprised or belittled on stage than Stefano… imagine standing there and facing a chorus of boos when it’s announced that you are still in the competition… so now we get to fawn over J-Lo, People Magazine’s most beautiful woman in the world… fantastic… i wonder where Steven placed on that list… okay, it’s songs from the cinema week… off we go…

now playing: Ready to Start by Arcade Fire

Paul… leading things off with Old Time Rock n Roll… and will.i.am actually makes sense in the rehearsals, vetoing the beat box… oh… i like that he’s wearing more than boxers and mostly the sax solo in the middle… that’s good stuff right there… anyway, his vocal, as always, takes a little to get used to, but it really works well.. very enthusiastic and fun… Steven liked it (especially the sax) and wants to borrow the suit… J-Lo says it was great and calls him a diamond in the rough… Randy says it was the opening song to his concert and it’s “goodonya”… Ryan makes the obligatory sax/sex pun and tells us all to vote…

Lauren… singing a Miley Cyrus song that i’m not going to even pretend that i’m familiar with… will.i.am tells her to make cupcakes and spaghetti-o’s… he’s back to being strange… it had something to do with gaining Pia’s voter base… and since she got voted off last week, you might want to not worry about those people who apparently don’t really vote… oh, i think this song actually does sound somewhat familiar and her face kind of looks like Amanda Bynes… the song though, it’s good… she did fine… i mean, she doesn’t have the strongest voice, but i think i’ve already said that… J-Lo says she loves the tear in her voice… Randy says she is roaring back and she did an amazing job… Steven says he loves what she brings to a song, but more what a song brings to her…

Stefano… says he’s going to focus (product placement) on being a better performer… singing End of the Road from Boys II Men and the Boomerang soundtrack… and he’s rushing it and it’s not entirely on key… maybe a little too much concern with the performance, which, by the way, consists of prowling around the stage in sneakers without laces and flexing a lot… i’m not terribly impressed and i expect he’ll at least be back in the bottom three for an encore… Randy drops a name and says Stefano slayed it, his best vocal to date… Steven says it’s not the end of the road, it’s just the beginning… J-Lo says it was the [bleep?]… (maybe?)… he’s stopped singing to stay and started singing to win…

Scotty… singing Cross My Heart, a song from George Strait and Pure Country… and i was excited to hear the other song… oh well… this is a much slower song and it’s certainly in his safe zone… it’s just so effortless… not sure there’s much to say except that he’s already so very seasoned on stage, he’s basically singing studio quality tracks every week… Steven says he loves his voice and he did it again… J-Lo says she can’t be tough because they’re so good, she just wants to say “Wow!”… Randy shares a lot of love and says if it ain’t broke, don’t even consider trying to fix it… a star is born…

now playing: Anthem by London Philharmonic Orchestra (Tron Soundtrack)

Casey… apparently will be singing a Nat King Cole song… and Jimmy (the mentor) is pretty ticked off that he ignored the strong suggestions to go with In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins)… okay, so this is a strange tune – Nature Boy – which actually suits him pretty well… a jazzy set with a few grunts and a nice vibe overall… it just may be quirky enough to make him stand out… my goodness though, it shows off how talented he is… no one else could’ve pulled that off… J-Lo says she was nervous at the beginning, but she realized that he can do whatever he wants as an artist… Randy is happy that it was a Grammy-type performance and he hopes America “gets it”… it was brilliant and genius… the world cannot live on popstars alone… (really, he can’t stop talking)… Steven says his mom used to sing that song to him as a child and for sticking to his guns he proved that he’s really an artist…

Haley… the other girl… singing Call Me by Blondie… and she’s apparently embracing the American Gigalo theme, adorning a stain glass window print mini skirt/dress – not sure what it’s called – and thigh-high boots… and i’ll say that the vocal is on point, but the overall energy is a little lacking for my tastes… she’s parading around and singing just fine, but something is missing… Randy says he didn’t love the beginning and it felt a little karaoke, because it didn’t showcase her voice enough… Steven agrees, but she nailed the chorus and sang it heavy… then he said something about looking up her dress… J-Lo says it wasn’t the best, but makes a plea for girl power and begs votes for her…

Jacob… Jimmy and will.i.am are totally tearing him apart for his corny song choice and preachiness… now he’s singing, Bridge Over Troubled Water because that’s not corny… apparently… it’s more about the presentation than the song, isn’t it?… i think Jacob just exudes corniness as far as i’m concerned… that’s a heck of a close, but i’m not sure i bought into the entire performance… the judges give him a standing ovation… Steven says he sizzles and his voice is angelic… incredible… J-Lo says he’s such a gifted vocalist and he gave her the chills… Randy says he listens to every word and believes him… perfect, perfect, perfect harmony…

James… after a standoff with the mentors, James, the whirling Durbin apparently went his own way and chose an obscure Sammy Hagar tune, the title track on the soundtrack of an obscure movie… and he’s screaming on top of the judges’ table and the guitar solo is completely overshadowing him… and it’s a fun, loud, obnoxious song that is obscure because it’s entirely forgettable… everyone loves it now though… J-Lo says he killed it dead and it sounded really real… Randy says we were watching a James Durbin concert and he was glad that James did James… Steven says it was great and he liked that James gave Jimmy some lip…

now playing: End of the Road by Boys II Men

and now we begin the elimination talk… and it’s tough to pick a bottom three, because there are only two girls left… okay, i jest, but i’m seeing Haley, Stefano, and Paul in the bottom three with Stefano finally leaving the show… no offense or anything, but we’re getting down to the wire and it’s getting tighter… really, i’d be okay with Lauren, Haley, Stefano, Jacob, or Paul leaving though… what was your take on tonight’s performances?

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf12 Apr 2011 11:15 pm

well, as it turns out, i think this book review was supposed to be posted yesterday, but i’m so used to Tuesday release days, i apparently squandered the opportunity to be completely timely… be that as it may, i’m talking about the latest release from author Andy Andrews… my first introduction to Andrews was The Noticer and i was somewhat taken by the narrative and plainly spoken advice offered by a mysterious, supernatural old man… i’ve since begun reading more biographies as prescribed by the book… this book carries a foreboding subtitle (A quest to find the one principle that will save humanity) and you’re immediately hooked… let’s see how the book holds up to the hype…

now playing: The Final Countdown – Europe


The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

for those who have read The Traveler’s Gift, the mention of David Ponder immediately stirs up memories and expectations for what appears to be a sequel of sorts… for the rest of us, Ponder is little more than a curious widower holed up in his penthouse suite atop a 55-story skyscraper adorning downtown Dallas… we think he may be suicidal, but we do know for sure that he’s been sequestered by the archangel Gabriel for a special mission… previously, Ponder has been whisked away through time and space to gather seven principles of successful living and this time, he’s the “Everyman” in charge of a summit to reveal the one principle to prevent the end of humanity’s existence on Earth…

Gabriel presents a question to the summit and Ponder – along with help from the likes of Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, and Joan of Arc – must identify the answer before the sands of time empty from the hourglass… my immediate response to the challenge was never addressed in the pages of the book, but i’ll spare you the specifics so you can experience the same anticipation, intrigue, and perhaps irritation that i felt as the narrative unfolded… don’t get me wrong, it’s a fascinating tale and i enjoyed much of it, but to be perfectly honest, i found the conclusion to be rather shallow and lacking…

here’s the real rub… on the recommendation of a friend, i recently watched a movie (which i don’t particularly recommend) called Idiocracy… the premise of both the movie and the book is that the world is experiencing a substantial decline of humanity… in the movie, this decline is the result of increased stupidity and an inverse relationship between IQ and fertility… (ironically enough, this scathing review of mankind’s intellect comes from the self-fulfilling prophet who brought us all Beavis and Butthead)… oddly enough, the book and the movie offer similar solutions to reverse this trend of moral and intellectual decline… which is probably why i was perturbed by the outcome of this celestial summit…

it’s not that i didn’t enjoy The Final Summit, or that the advice offered here isn’t worthwhile, it’s just that i kind of felt as though it were a missed opportunity of sorts… i expected more than pop psychology in this particular context… maybe it’s just me…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf12 Apr 2011 10:19 pm

i think i’ve mentioned before that i enjoy reading John MacArthur’s books… in fact, i’m currently reading three of his books (The Murder of Jesus, Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong, and Ashamed of the Gospel), but today i’m going to offer up a review of one i read a couple months ago… i’ll be catching up on a bunch of books and albums over the next few weeks, so hold on tight…

now playing: I Knew You Before – Dustin Kensrue


The Jesus You Can’t Ignore by John MacArthur

i’m sure you’ve seen the bracelets that say WWJD for “what would Jesus do?”… they’re designed to remind people to really think about their actions and consider whether or not they’re acting in accord with what they say they believe… (the term actually stems from a book called In His Steps written in the late 19th century, but that’s a different story)… unfortunately, when considering the question at hand – or, on the wrist, so to speak – most people think the answer lies in taking the action that will ruffle the least feathers or turn the least heads or aggravate the least amount of people… we often think of Jesus as sort of shy, quiet, meek, mild-mannered – a real doormat to be honest… but that’s really not the case…

as MacArthur explains, Jesus was loud and bold, not necessarily in volume – though His voice certainly carried – but in message… He spoke the truth strongly and, at times, abrasively, knowing full well the ramifications… he angered so many people of import, shook up the system so violently, and got under the skin of those in power to the point where they wanted to (and did eventually) have Him killed… face it, no one kills the doormat… you don’t want to get your floors dirty… the elephant in the room, however, that’s something that demands action… something that must be, “taken care of”…

as always, i enjoyed reading through MacArthur’s thought processes and logical arguments… The Jesus You Can’t Ignore is a book you shouldn’t ignore…

peace… love… bdg…

americanidol&MUSIC&pop culture&television06 Apr 2011 11:38 pm

Top NINE… there is no top ten so i wonder who or how many will be on the official tour… anyway, it’s the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Week… and Steven Tyler provides the opening narration, which is fitting, and will.i.am came in to help everyone because that makes sense… and they said something about Gwen Stefani, but i tuned out… anyway, this could be interesting… so, off we go…

now playing: Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who
Jacob… is singing Let’s Get It On… well, scratch that, that’s too R Kelly-ish for him, i mean too blunt for him… that was a funny intro… he’s really singing Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson and i think someone else sang this song this year already? maybe during Hollywood week?… he’s wearing all white and he sounds a bit off for him… oh, he’s thrusting at that backup singer… that seems a little blunt… anyway… i remember singing this in fifth grade and i remember it sounding this good, but i’m probably wrong… not his best though… Steven points out that the “background singer” actually co-wrote this song… then he says it was beautiful… J-Lo says his singing reminds us that we can do anything in this world… Randy applauds Jacob for choosing to do a song that was in line with his convictions… and that it was chock full of Jacob moments…

Haley… singing a Janis Joplin tune, Piece of My Heart… because they always tell her she should sing like Janis… oh… my… (sorry, Friends moment)… i guess the best thing about singing Janis Joplin is that you can scream and growl and be in a completely different zip code of the melody and it still sounds like it’s supposed to… anyway.. she’s got some pipes and it’s oozing with the soul of the song, so it’s fine… not jaw-dropping, but good stuff… J-Lo says it’s starting to look like a fight and she’s a contender… Randy says woah, look at Haley go!… Steven says he couldn’t find nothing wrong with that…

Casey… is not singing a Sting song, but instead he’s singing Creedence Clearwater Revival which is perfect… he’s got a John Fogerty style about him… Have You Ever Seen the Rain?… it’s on the monitors behind him… him and his upright bass… and he’s freaking killing it… this is actually a great performance… fantastic, and perfectly suited for his abilities… Randy says he did the song proud and he’s making the upright bass cool again… he’s revolutionary… Steven says he’s a true musician and he should put wheels on the bass and ride it around town… J-Lo says it was exactly where he belongs and she’d pay top dollar to sit on the front row and watch…

now playing: Good Golly Miss Molly by CCR
Lauren… singing Aretha’s Natural Woman with a country flair, excuse me, countroul… oh, looks like she stole will.i.am’s hairdo… and maybe she’s going fly fishing after the show with those super tall boots… okay, that wasn’t too nice… i do like her and she’s doing a pretty good job, but again, she really doesn’t have that magnanimous voice to really power through the songs and stun the listener… she’s just a pretty good singer with a great personality… she’s the girl everyone likes to hang out with… Steven says he loves her and she’s grown up into a natural woman in front of their eyes… J-Lo says she’s amazing… Randy says he wasn’t jumping up and down, but she did a good job… the audience is out of control tonight, constantly interrupting… so obnoxious…

James… “a very different James” is singing While My Guitar Gently Weeps, a George Harrison ballad… aparently he feels like he’s rocked out too much and needs to show a softer side… unfortunately, without the antics and the heavy guitar licks, he’s exposing a pretty thin vocal range… and off key at that… of course, he ends it with a bang… the big i love the eighties high pitch wail… eh, it wasn’t horrible, but not a good choice… J-Lo disagrees with me and says it was a good choice and it showed the softer side that makes the harder side work… Randy says he loves that he took a chance, you have to take chances, and he did a good job… Steven says it was good to see his guitar and him gently weep, that it was a proud moment…

Scotty is singing ELVIS… of course… he doesn’t seem to know what to do with will.i.am… i’m not sure i do either actually… singing That’s All Right, Mama… and he looks like he’s having a really good time, but still a little awkward up on stage, to be honest… the vocal is cool, definitely a change-up from his normal stylings… i like it… Randy says Scotty is in it to win it… Steven says he thought he was “all hat and no cattle,” but not anymore… J-Lo says he had a lot of fun and asks if he’s into rap music at all…

now playing: Just a Girl by No Doubt
Pia… she is singing an uptempo song… i missed the title… but so far it’s not so much uptempo… oh, Tina Turner… River Deep, Mountain High… i see… so, apparently Gwen Stefani styled all the girls… it’s good that she came in now, because the girls are getting crushed this season… four for four on the eliminations… anyway, it was fine… she’s got that voice that can command the song… Steven says it was great and calls her a murderer… J-Lo says she’s amazing and really, really, really special… but she needs to learn how to move better on stage… Randy says everyone is uber talented, but she showed that she could definitely deliver on an uptempo hit…

Stefano… singing Percy Sledge’s When a Man Loves a Woman… and will.i.am gives him some absolutely horrible advice, which he unfortunately follows, singing this outrageously high falsetto on some of the phrases and it’s just completely throwing off the rhythm and timing of the song… here he goes, letting it run in the middle and this actually sounds pretty good… a few more speed bumps in there, but overall, it was pretty solid… J-Lo says it gave her goose pimples, but had an extra “magical” layer of emotion to it… Randy says the first part felt really jerky… he liked it, but wasn’t jumping up and down… Steven says he liked where he took it and he nailed it…

Paul… singing a Johnny Cash song (though only Scotty would’ve been able to pull off the depth of a Cash vocal)… Folson Prison Blues… i guess if we imagine that Johnny Cash sucked down a few helium balloons before performing… this has got a pretty lively, hoedown feel to it… three acoustic guitars and a nice, light feel to it… i like it and it actually suits Paul pretty well… loved the ending actually… Randy says… three words: I LOVED IT… Steven says he’s a crazy character and he rocked the house… J-Lo says it was a perfect end to the show…

and that leaves us with a decision… first though, can i say that will.i.am came across as a complete moron overall?… sorry, just me, maybe?… also the judges have spent a little too much time with Thumper’s mama… stop spouting off endless praises to everyone already…

so this one’s tough, because everyone to me was pretty adequate… with the exception of Casey and maybe Paul… those two were great… Scotty is safe, Pia is probably safe… that leaves… Jacob, James, Haley, Lauren, and Stefano… i guess i’ll let James skate as well as Haley… which means… the Bottom Three is… Jacob, Lauren, and Stefano… and Going home? well, it’s hard to bet against a girl going home, but i’ll go ahead and say that Jacob gets the boot… in a “stunning” results show…

how do you see it going down…?

peace… love… bdg…