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Amazing Race 10- Episode 1

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

I’ve waited for this. I’m hooked on this show, yes I am. I know you are all shocked since I’m so not into TV. (LIE!) But I love this show.

So, this being the first episode, the first leg is from Seattle WA, to Beijing, China. With $66 bucks for this leg. I really am diggin it already, and it’s been nine minutes. Haha.

Here’s my brief initial views on the teams –

Bilal and Sa’eed- Best friends from Cleveland Ohio. Two happy Muslim guys. They made it clear that when it was time to pray, they would stop and pray. I loved that! I thought here is some good TV! I could just imagine them in the middle of some hurried task, and they would just stop midstream, kneel and do their thing. The Muslim angle would have been fantastic to explore on a show like this.

David and Mary- The husband and wife team from Kentucky. He’s a coalminer and she’s a housefrau. Ahhh, HERE is some entertainment. They are forever to be called “The Billies”. This should be interesting to watch, he- the mountain chauvinistic male and her- the blissfully ignorant submissive wife. Ahh, love it. I want to see her tear him a new one at least once.

Duke and Lauren- Dad and daughter from Rhode Island. Now this is where the heart wrenching stuff will take place. They’ve been “estranged” for several years, since the Lauren came out. The Dad actually choked up in an interview shot, saying he was disppointed that she was gay. WOW, nice move there, Pops. But, they are working toward a relationship and there have already been a couple good moments.

Dustin and Kandice- Reigning Miss CA and Reigning Miss NY. Surprisingly, they aren’t kicked off in the first 10 minutes. They are still queens… what can I say. They are the B-Queens. They are pretty bland so far, hopefully they do something pure prissy to keep things funny.

Erwin and Godwin- Two brothers from San Francisco. They are pretty damn funny so far. A little light hearted humor never hurts and this is where we will get it this time around. The one brother went to Harvard and the other was always just a little jealous. But they seem to get along very well. Even had water pistols in the airport, and had airport security confiscate them. Both are physically well built, so that will help them along the way.

Kellie and Jamie- Aaaahh…. of course there had to be at least one team to poke fun at and so far, this is it. Cheerleaders from South Carolina. Yes, I know, I know you don’t have to tell me. They’ve already let us have a little cheer from the pedicab in China. I think that it’s the first of many little spirit episodes we will be privy to.

Lyn and Karlyn- Two single moms from Alabama. They call themselves the “Black Debutantes” so, who are we to take that away from them. The B-Debs it is. Physically they aren’t the strongest of the teams but they seem to have a determination that might get them quite a ways.

Peter and Sarah- He makes and fits prosthetics, and she’s a motivational speaker, and.. an amputee. So, she’s got a personal leg maker, sweet. These two are gonna kill me. She talks a big game but has already tried to use that disability to her advantage. He talks to her like she’s his pet project. “You can do it, baby” “You are trained, you are conditioned!” Some sort of freaky lamaze coach. They compete in Ironman competitions together. But, to me…he seems a little gay.

Rob and Kimberly- From LA,they are bartenders, now there’s a stable relationship if I ever saw one. If you watched AR 9, you will understand. These are our Lake and Michelle Wannabes. He’s rather chauvinistic, talks down to her. And she’s no ray of sunshine either. I can’t wait to see him finally cause this chick to snap. I can’t wait for that to happen! For some reason, he looks like John Leguizamo to me.

Tom and Terry- both from NYC. LOVE THEM! Haha, we have the B-Queens, the Beauty Queens, but these are definitely the A-Queens. They are total entertainment, and fun to watch. They are fun-loving, chatty, and full of the drama.

Tyler and James- both from LA, models, of course. But their kicker is that they are both recovering drug addicts. They showed great pictures of them, all high and dirty. Haha. Just what we wanted to see, right? They are buff, so we can see some shirtless guys in the midst of some beautiful scenery. Let’s just hope they are too stupid.

Vipul and Arti- from Windemere, FL (a suburb of my hometown Orlando). I’m gonna get cavities watching these two. They are just a nice, sweet, in love married couple. They seem in sync, they are a real 24 hour a day team. It’s nice to watch, but I don’t see them lasting long because of their niceness.

They start off this race in Seattle, WA and head over to Beijing China.

Peter and Sarah at the airport end up boarding first because of her leg, and this is an Ironman competitor? That’s just crappy. She can do a race around the world, but she can’t get on the plane with everyone else? This is when Erwin and Godwin have the water guns and are having a fun time until the airport security take them away. All in all, no drama yet, they all get on the planes, and make it over to China. They have to make it to the Gold House Restaurant to get their first clue. But when the first team arrives, it’s a roadblock. A roadblock is a task that only one person on the team can perform. I love the first roadblock, I mean, really…. fisheyes on the first day? Love it! Phil is a genius. I can’t wait until this thing gets in full swing. This is going to be vicious!

The surprise after Gold House Restaurant was that the last team to arrive was sent home already. Unfortunately, it was the Muslims, Bileel and Sa’eed and I wanted them to win! I thought for sure that would have been awesome if they would have taken the whole thing. They were so calm, so spiritual. But, alas, it’s not to be. There is going to be one more elimination this episode also at the Pitstop, which is the Great Wall of China. The following morning, they open clues at their designated times and learn they have to travel in a WWII motorcycle and sidecar to get their next clue. Once there, they get the races first Detour. That’s an actual task that the team must complete to get their next clue. This one, Labor or Leisure. With Labor, they have to go to an open market, and use traditional Chinese materials and pave a section of sidewalk. They must do it exactly as shown. In Leisure, they have to perform a relaxation dance balancing a ball on a paddle. Oy, no thanks, I’ll take the labor as most of the teams did.

Once they get on the grounds of the Great Wall, Peter and Sarah are about to make me puke. He’s all…lamaze coaching her… blah blah blah. But at the climb, she’s screwed and can’t do it. Finally all the teams get up the wall and the last across the line was Vipul and Arti. They were so sweet when they were getting the boot all the way home to Florida. Next week, it’s on to another country, another task and more drama.

Rock Star: Supernova Finale

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

Finale Night …. wow, what a hard night this is going to be. I’llbe a little sad that it’s over. Now how will I ever see my Lukas? Besides, I’m a TV junkie! Good thing that the Fall Season is starting next week!

Out of the top four, the bottom two were Magni and Toby, not really a shock though, huh?

Magni sang “Fire” yet again by Hendrix but it’s still so damn bland.

Toby with the Billy Idol… Hayseuss Maria… what is his deal? He’s stalkerish at this point.

But alas, Magni is headed back to Iceland. To his family…where he really belongs to be honest.

The final three, Toby, Lukas and Dilana are crazy business. I still think it should have been Storm instead of Toby, but what can I say. They do a great recap of each of their time here. A little montage of tunes and pics of them throughout the competition.

The guys want to hear them sing again, so up first is Lukas. *sigh* He does “Bittersweet Symphony” again and it’s really one of my favorite songs that he did.

Next, Dilana. She does “Zombie” which was amazing the first time, but this time, it was a weird warbly kind of thing. Some weird notes she was hitting, it was still good, just not as good as the firs time.

Last is Toby, he does “Somebody Told Me”. *yawn* I don’t know what it is about this guy that just puts me to sleep. He’s just… off.

They do their little chit chat at the end of the performances.

First for Toby, Jason says his singing hasn’t ever been in question and that his voice always cuts over the guitars. But…he’s next to go home. G’day Mate. He at least is humble about it, and says that Dilana and Lukas are awesome and that they have been from day one. That he took time to grow into a good performer and whomever Supernova gets it will be great. That was nice, I’ll give credit where it’s due.

At the end, it’s just Dilana and Lukas at the end, and they take a commercial because Gilby says they need more time. I’m on pins and needles here. I also can’t believe that I was that close to being dead on. I surprise even myself.

After the commerical, the guys address the last two standing.

Lukas, Tommy says some glowing things ….

Then he says great things about Dilana, of course.

And finally, here it comes…..

The winner is my boyfriend Lukas! It’s nice to know that all my thousand votes counted! They did say that he had the highest number of votes and they listen to their fans.

But the surprises roll on. They love Dilana, and they aren’t going to leave her hanging. So, Dave wants her to come and play with the house band on the road. Gilby said that he will help write and produce her album. And Dave also said that he wants to play on her record.

So, I think the end of this one was really great. I mean, my boyfriend Lukas wins and gets to tour with Supernova… and Dilana who is a great artist also, gets a record and gets to tour with them also. Nice. Hopefully, she won’t sing any of the songs that she wrote…. umm.. Supersoul? No thank you.

Now the speculation begins as to which washed up band will get a new spark by dragging their asses through Rock Star. Van Halen? Alice in Chains? How about Flock of Seagulls?

Any ideas?

Rock Star: Supernova 9.12.06

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

They do the viewer’s choice encore which went to Ryan Star. The audience was really happy to see him. He does his “Back of Your Car” song. Which I can say is the only thing I have ever not hated from him. He’s got a new album coming out named “Dark Horse”. Since he won the viewer’s encore, he drives off in a new CRV. Sweet.

After a nice montage of the last four standing, the performances begin. They are going to do a cover and then their original. So, Toby goes first and does “Karma Police” by Radiohead. He needs to lose the Erik Estrada “CHiPs” sunglasses. Ugh,they are tacky. And the weightlifting glove? Oy. His voice isn’t prime this evening, I will tell you that. He’s no Thom Yorke, not that Thom Yorke is a great vocalist. Then for his original, he brings Magni up to play guitar. Ploy? Or genuine act of kindness? He gets okay from Tommy, really good from Dave, Jason and Gilby. So, who knows. I’m just hoping that he’s not the winner here. He’s so bland to me.

Next up, Lukas doing Coldplay “Fix You”, by the way, my favorite song by them. I’m biased. I admit it, I like my little freak. He kicked it quite well, in my cheesy opinion. Something about a dude that wears more eye makeup than I have in years. I am admittedly part of the Rossi Posse. He does an acoustic version of his song “Headspin” which was just great. There were shots of chicks in the crowd singing along… nice. Dave called out that Paula Abdul was in the audience tonight. He also said that he would totally watch Lukas for 2 hours, Tommy and Gilby loved it.

It’s Dilana’s turn. She does a great version of “Roxanne” by the Police. She looked great too, it was regular Dilana, not dreadlocked whacky Dilana. Straight hair, leather dress and a kickin’ cane. The 3 remaining dudes come in behind her and sing. It was quite rockin’. And then she says, “Let’s hear it for my boyfriends!” Love it. Her original cover isn’t the best of the contestants but ….. What was with the total crotch shot? She is wearing a short dress and then kicks up her leg? Then she runs into the crowd and sings to Paula. Haha, gratuitious. She wanders up in the nose bleed seats and belts it out. Of course they all loved her, sang her praises so…I’m thinking that my original prediction was right on, she’s going to take this competition.

Magni closes it out with “Hush”, the old Deep Purple song. Ouch. Not the best I have heard from him at all. Rather screechy in some parts. But the crowd really liked it, and were getting into it. His original is alright, I could see it selling. He’s a rather boring front man. Tommy said that his original was rather unforgettable. I think Magni altogether is forgettable.

So tomorrow, the end of the beginning of Supernova. I must go vote for Lukas….

I bid you adieu… ’til tomorrow.

Rock Star: Supernova Results Show 9.6.06

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

The final five will become the final four in just a few minutes and I have a good feeling about this one. They all did a great job last night, Supernova was truly impressed.

The new Supernova track is called “It’s All Love” and this is the one that I hate the least so far. Magni was the lucky one to sing this one tonight. He seemed to be having a little trouble with the high notes though. I’m still floored to see Jason Newsted playing along with this mainstream rock sound though. He seems to be getting into it and that’s either a great act, or he’s mellowing with age.

The final five arrived tonight in five new Honda Elements and the person who gets chosen for the encore will be winning the car they arrived in.

The encore singer tonight is Toby. Another rendition of “Throw it all Away” and catchy and cheesy as it was last night, expect this time, Toby gets a car.

At some point, all five were in the bottom three last night. Brooke did say that there was only a handful of votes that determined the bottom three and there were record number votes.

Storm is in the bottom three and doing “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd. Great rendition, if I do say so myself. At the end of the song, there are a few tears and she says that it was for her mom. And see….that’s not cheesy, because she actually KNOWS her mother.

Dilana is next in the bottom three and she’s whipping out the Cheap Trick. But WTF is that? It’s like a bad punk hoedown. It’s just horrible, and yet I see Tommy bopping along. Please tell me that he’s drunk. She ends the retardfest with some Bruce Dickinson yell. But they are applauding! WHAT? I’ve lost a little bit of respect here.

Last in the bottom three is my freak, Lukas. So, it appears, that one of my final three is going home tonight. He’s going to “Headspin” again but it sounds much better tonight. I can’t believe my choices for the top three are tonights bottom three.

This is so nerve-racking. Waiting through these stupid commercials!

Gilby likes the fact that Storm changed it up, but she’s been in the bottom three a few times so that’s a concern. Dilana also, being in the bottom three is a concern for them. Lukas is safe so I get another week with my freak but still sad that my Storm has been sent home. She’s an amazing performer and we haven’t seen the last of her. It was the most heartfelt goodbye from the guys. They were all so sad to see her go but they’ve all said that they will be playing on her track. Whether or not that happens, remains to be seen but it’s still amazing to be said.

Next week, the beginning of the end. Lukas, Dilana, Toby and Magni. Hmph. We shall see.

Rock Star: Supernova 9.5.06

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

This week is going to be especially tough, as each of the final five have to perform an original composition and one of the cover songs provided.

They each have gone and wrote a song with Gilby during the week, and apparently Dilana doesn’t have the ‘stuff’. Lukas came half prepared and Toby was spot on with an energy that Gilby liked.

First up for her set, is Dilana. She ripped a calf muscle in rehearsal but was carried out to a stool to perform “Behind Blue Eyes” by the Who. I have to say, her version wasn’t bad at all. She stayed on the stool and the guitar player came over and sang harmony with her. Her original song was called “Super Soul” and quite a tasty nugget. If she wrote that, why couldn’t she show that to Gilby during their session? Stage fright of sorts? She got off the stool and rocked out on one leg. Dave didn’t like the original, Tommy did and Gilby still thought that she was too literal in her lyrics.

The New Year’s Eve show is sold out so they have added another date on New Year’s Day. The house band is Supernova’s opening act. Not bad.

Magni is up next, the Iceman Cometh. He picks The Beatles “Back in the USSR” and well, it’s not bad but not my fave Magni performance by far. He just seems uncomfortable with the track. His original is called “When the Time Comes” and it’s a rockin’ tune, I have to say that I like it. Still not the big Magni fan, but his original song was good, it would have been better with someone else singing it.

Dave liked both performances, Tommy thought that both of the songs sounded the same and Magni had a little zinger to throw back, saying “Umm, they were both sung by me”. Tommy took it well. Gilby did agree that since he was doing an original, he should have taken his performance up a level.

Storm hits the stage next doing “Suffragete City” by Bowie with Dave Navarro on guitar. He wanted to come and rock that song with her. She rocked that song, but her Dramarama performance either. Her original “What the What is Ladylike” was really great but not really a Supernova song either but that didn’t stop Tommy rockin’ hard to it. Dave said that being on stage with her was great and he liked her original song also. Tommy and Gilby loved her original and said her performances were great.

Lukas is kickin’ a stripped down version of “Livin’ on a Prayer” but damn, freak, what are you doing?! I love him, I do, I love his voice but he should have kicked that song into high gear. That could be a fatal mistake for him at this point in the competition. His original is called “Headspin” and yet again, it needed to kick and it didn’t. My poor Lukas might be going back to Canada. Dave thought it was good that he showed two sides to himself. Gilby said that he gets inspired by watching him perform. Wow.

Toby doing “Mr. Brightside” wasn’t bad. He’s got a bland voice for that bland song. If Toby takes this whole thing, I won’t be buying any Supernova tickets or CD’s. The chicks dig him though but I don’t see why. His original “Throw it all Away” was rather punkish and not really thrilling me. He’s got to stop with the stage gimmicks, running the crowd and mugging for the camera. Tommy creeped up behind him and grabbed his ass… what was that about?! Dave said that his original was instantly memorable, which is true. Tommy , Gilby and Jason all said he’s a performer.

The first few minutes of voting gave us, Toby, Lukas, Magni, Storm and Dilana in that order. We all know those positions will flip flop quite a lot over the next few hours and tomorrow, we can find out who will be in next weeks finale.