Wednesday, June 29, 2011


It's Top 16 week and not only does each couple have a dance but they were split into two groups and have to perform a group number.  Let's see if they were able to handle the load....

The show started off with a group number choreographed by Tyce DiOrio (LOVE) and it was very much about girl domination.  It's no secret that the girls have been dominating the competition from the start and Tyce took full advantage of that...and made it into something great.  It was a power packed number and a great way to kick off the show.

Sasha & Alexander-They did a contemporary routine that involved the use of a piano as a prop.  First of all, the use of the piano was genius.  I didn't feel as moved by the piece as I wanted to but the end was beautiful with the hands coming from within the piano.

Kaitlynn & Mitchell-They danced a samba and WOW!!  That was incredible!  It was so rhythmical and such great hip action from both of them!  I was floored at how fantastic it was!

Miranda & Robert-They did a broadway number and really embodied their characters.  Both of these dancers have shown an amazing amount of growth thus far and I'm really excited to see where they can go from here.

Melanie & Marko-They danced a NappyTabs lyrical jazz routine and I got chills watching it.  They are each such amazing dancers and when you put them together it's just magic.  It was hard when it needed to be hard and it was soft when it needed to be soft.  Like Nigel said, they really are the couple to beat right now.  That being said, I can't move on without talking about the kiss fest that went on during judging.  What on Earth was that??  Nigel kissed Mary (yuck), Kristin kissed Lil C, and the Nigel attempted to kiss Lil C....they have completely lost it!

Ashley & Chris-They danced a jazz routine which was technically sound but felt disconnected when it came to the emotional aspect.  It was sharp and tight but the connection just wasn't there and that made it a little boring for me to watch.

Clarice & Jess-They danced a gorgeous foxtrot!  Everything about this dance was just beautiful!  They were so elegant and graceful and even the small movements screamed loud.  Brilliant!

Ryan & Ricky-They danced a heart wrenching, emotion filled contemporary routine that I think many of us can relate to.  They not only let the emotion show but they let it flow through them.  It was beautiful and mesmerizing and I'm so glad that these two were saved last week.

Jordan & Tadd-They also had a NappyTabs routine this week but they got hip hop.  It was a very fun and playful routine and they did great with the characters of the piece.  There was a time or two where they looked slightly out of sync but that could have been due to either the camera angle or the degree to which each did the movement.  Very fun routine to watch!

The show closed with the 2nd group number and I think it was a great way to end the night.  It was full of powerful dancing and a great story!

Voting this week is going to be hard because there are so many couples who did amazingly....will America get it right this time?  We'll find out tomorrow night!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Voice Live Ep.4

This is it...the finals.  As much as I want one of these people to have their dreams come true I don't want the show to end!  My selfish desires aside it was a great night of competition so without further ado...your final four!

The show began with a performance of "Under Pressure" by the coaches and was it just me or did something seem off with the whole thing?  I can't figure out what exactly it was but it just didn't completely come together. we're really on to the final four!

  • He began his show by singing an original song called "Stitch By Stitch".  I felt like this song really embodied who he was both as an artist and as a person.  The lyrics to the song itself we're amazing and I love the line "put me back together now stitch by stitch".
  • His duet with Adam was "Man In The Mirror" by Michael Jackson and it was AMAZING!!  Best performance of the night in my opinion!!  There was nothing about it that wasn't incredible...I will be downloading this one!
  • She began her show by singing "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty with her coach Blake Shelton.  I think the lyrics of the song were very appropriate for her to be singing.  Even though her voice and Blake's voice are so different it just worked.
  • She followed up with her original song "Inventing Shadows" which definitely has a message and theme that a lot of people will relate to.  It was a very haunting song and some may say that it was directed to a certain kind of audience.  I don't see that song being played on mainstream or Top 40 radio...that's not to say it wasn't great but I think it might pull a bit of a smaller audience then some of the others.
  • She began her show by singing her original song "Afraid To Sleep".  It was a song full of emotion but not one that I would listen to.  The best thing about her performance in my opinion is when Blake made the comment "Well I can't say she's been in my pants" when referring to Adam buying her a pair of his jeans because she liked them.
  • She sang "Love Is A Battlefield" by Pat Benatar as her duet song with Cee Lo and in true Cee Lo fashion it was certainly a performance.  I think it was a great song choice for Vicci but I think I would have liked it even better had she just sung it on her own instead of with Cee Lo.
  • She began by singing "Beautiful" with her coach Christina...and it was just that, beautiful.  It's such a beautiful and amazing song to begin with and their rendition gave me chills.  It was amazing to watch.
  • Her original song "Lovesick" was a rocker number if I ever heard one.  It was exactly what I saw her doing and I'm glad that she stuck to who she is.  While it's not a song I would have on my iTunes it was a fantastic performance.
It was a great show and it's going to be hard to pick a winner.  I think it will come down to Javier and Dia...what do you all think?  Who's going to take it?


Monday, June 27, 2011

Bachelorette Ep.6 can cut the drama with a knife.  We have BadNewsBentley back along with some intense dragon boat racing, a lot of hurt egos, and one guy leaving before the rose ceremony even occurs.  We might as well just dive right in to the gigantic pool of drama that was this episode.

We might as well just start off with the giant douche bag in the room....BadNewsBentley.  First of all, that kiss was majorly sibling awkward.  Bentley said a whole lot of nothing the entire time....probably because he was trying to cover his ass (unsuccessfully I might add).  When he did finally speak he pulled out gems like "I employ you to see what is here"...WTF?!?  Then FINALLY Ashley woke up and saw Bentley for the jerk he really is.  I think my favorite part (aside from when she talked to Bentley via the camera at the end) was when she told him that he "needs to be a man and admit that it's done".  It might have taken her awhile but she got there and that's what really matters in the end.

Lucas got the first date and I was glad to see that he finally got some time with her!  The date seemed a little slow to start but it was obvious early on just how comfortable they were with each other.  I could definitely see them in every day life based off of how their energies combined so well together.  The dinner on the boat looked absolutely about a romantic setting!!  Lucas really opened up when he told Ashley about his marriage and subsequent divorce and I think that let Ashley start to really see who this guy is and what he's all about.  He did get the rose and I have to say it was absolutely adorable watching them dance...Ashley says that she feels protected with Lucas, we'll just have to wait and see if that turns in to more.

Next came the group date, luckily nobody ended up in the hospital with a concussion this week.  The competitive edge wasn't gone however since they were racing dragon boats.  They were split up into 3 groups of 2 (lucky Blake got stuck with Ryan) and were challenged to go out into the streets and recruit people to be on their team and compete in the race with them.  This presented challenges for Ben and seems as though nobody was willing or interested in helping them out.  Unfortunately it didn't get any better for them because they lost...terribly.  They did have a few good sound bites however...for example "Dude we're getting smoked" "Like salmon bro".  Ultimately Ames and Mickey were victorious and claimed the trophy.  Once they got to their second destination Ames stole Ashley away into an elevator where he then proceeded to very unexpectedly make out with her.  You could tell it took Ashley off guard but good for him for going after something he wanted.  I still don't really see anything between them but we shall see.  It was very obvious from the time Ben spent with Ashley that the chemistry that was there on their date last week was still there and very much alive.  Unfortunately, Ryan scored the rose once again which left the guys completely confused.  Like them I really don't see what Ashley sees in him, clearly there is something because he continues to get the rose week after week.

JP got the second individual date, which was his second date with Ashley.  I love JP and each and every week without fail he makes me fall for him even more and I'm sure Ashley feels the same way.  There really isn't much for me to say about the first part of their date because I was just caught up in how amazing they are together and how real what they have is.  Ashley did decide to tell JP about Bentley because she wants to be completely honest in her relationship with him which I really commend her on.  I'm sure it was hard for her to say and equally as hard for him to hear but he took it so well, with so much understanding and grace that you can't help but love him.  JP and Ashley have really build a very solid and pure foundation for their relationship and I really think that they could go the distance.

Then came the cocktail party and rose ceremony...which went any way but the way Ashley had anticipated.  She decided to tell the rest of the guys about Bentley thinking they would take it the same way JP did...they didn't.  Constantine and Lucas were really fired up and visibly hurt by what she said and didn't even try to hide it.  JP came to Ashley's defense and Ryan played it cool...which I question because that isn't the reaction I would expect.  There's a fine line between understanding and not caring and at this point I'm not sure which side Ryan is on.  Blake was very standoff-ish towards Ashley but did try to comfort Ashley when she got visibly upset; I respect him for being able to comfort her but still verbalize how he was feeling without blowing up.  I think part of the problem in this whole situation was that Ashley didn't really know how to verbally convey what she was feeling and it came out differently then she wanted it to.  It was such a shock and a slap in the face to these guys that they reacted without thinking.  Mickey found the whole situation to be too much and decided to leave before the rose ceremony even took place.  I hope he doesn't regret that decision once he calms down and has a clear head again.  In the end one more had to go home and that man was Blake.  I can't help but think that it may have to do with their conversation on the balcony after Ashley told the guys about Bentley.  If anybody out there reading this knows Blake please feel free to let him know that I am interested and available!

Next week they are off to Taiwan where the drama is sure to continue...until then!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

SYTYCD Top 20 Take 2

After last weeks surprising results show where none of the dancers went home the pressure was on to hit it hard this week since 4 will be going home.  Without further ado, here is the breakdown of this incredible night of dance.

Ryan & Ricky (or should I say Rodderick?)-They danced a Mandy Moore jazz routine that called for some serious chemistry and sexual tension...and they definitely brought it.  Ryan had the sexy market cornered for sure and they both embraced the character.  The routine was full of power and hard hitting movements that made this the perfect way to kick off the show.

Caitlynn & Mitchell-They danced a drama filled contemporary routine that was full of pain and turmoil.  Both dancers have absolutely incredible technique but I couldn't take my eyes off of Caitlynn.  I always try to watch the pieces as a whole but this time I was just drawn to Caitlynn.  Let's hope this couple doesn't suffer another punch at the results show like Caitlynn took during that routine (no bleeding please).

Missy & Wadi-They danced a cha cha and it was painful to watch at times.  Missy did great with it...she could have had a little more hip action but overall very impressive.  Wadi on the other hand...this was so not his cup of tea.  I honestly don't think that there was one part of the routine where he excelled, other then lifts.  I know this isn't his style but if he wants to have any shot at winning this, or even staying around for a few more weeks, he HAS to improve substantially on EVERY aspect!

Iveta & Nick-The danced a Bollywood routine, which was good but not the best I've seen.  They did keep their energy up the whole way through and they have great chemistry together.  However, at times they seemed a bit out of sync and their movements didn't always match one another.  Overall it was good but not great.

Miranda & Robert-They danced an unusual NappyTabs routine and absolutely killed it, especially Miranda.  She seriously impressed me this week!  They both have great musicality and the routine was very hard-hitting yet still sharp and clean.  I hope these two don't find them in the bottom three again this week.

Clarice & Jess-They danced a contemporary routine that left a little to be desired.  They were each beautiful when dancing on their own but it was a different story when they came together.  They're missing the chemistry that they so desperately need so any dancing they did together felt a little awkward.  Their fate is up in the air this week.

Jordan & Tadd-They danced a beautiful Viennese Waltz....I really don't think there is anything bad I can say about it.  Tadd was such a surprise with the amount of grace he had and how gentle he was.  I will be shocked if they end up in the bottom three because this was just an absolutely gorgeous piece.

Melanie & Marko-They danced a really fun jazz number and honestly they are such a great pair that I expect great things from them...and they delivered.  They have a great trust and chemistry between them that made their personalities shine.  I think it's a safe bet to say that Melanie is an early favorite for many of us!

Sasha & Alexander-They danced a heart-wrenching NappyTabs routine and did it beautifully.  The dancing was impeccable but it was the emotion of it all that carried through the it should be.

Ashley & Chris-They danced an innovative broadway number and Chris was an absolute superstar!  The control, power, and precision he delivered was amazing.  Ashley was good but I felt like she wasn't fully embracing the character which made the piece suffer on her end.

So what do you guys think?  Who should stay and who should go?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Voice Live Ep.3

The week we encounter the semi-final round but first let's talk about the results from last week that we received at the top of the show.  America voted and saved Vicci Martinez from Team Cee Lo and he went on to also save Nakia.  Nobody should have been real surprised with either of those was pretty obvious if you ask me.  Then we come to the results for Team Adam and that's where things took a turn for the unexpected.  America voted to save Javier Colon (the obvious vote) but then Adam chose to save Casey Weston in a major shocker!  I was sure he would save Jeff Jenkins and I don't understand any part of his thinking in choosing to save Casey over Jeff.  If anyone reading this can explain that decision to me please go right ahead!

Now onto the performances from each team this week....

Team Christina
  • Frenchie Davis-She sang "Like A Prayer" by Madonna and did a great job with it.  She seemed to have a lot more confidence with this performance then she did the last time we saw her and she showed a lot of power and control throughout her performance.  However, I found the performance as a whole a little underwhelming until the very end.  It was a solid performance but still could have been kicked up another notch.
  • Beverly McClellan-She sang "The Thrill Is Gone" by B.B. King which is not what I expected but she definitely rocked it out.  We got to see a bit of a different side to her this week but I liked it.  There is no way that anybody can say that she is anything but talented.
Team Cee Lo
  • Nakia-He sang "What Do You Want From Me" by Adam Lambert and killed it!  He did it so much better then Adam Lambert ever did and it sounded so much better with him singing it!  There was so much power behind his performance and it was very reminiscent of a real rock star performance at a concert or an awards show.
  • Vicci Martinez-She sang "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence & The Machine which is such a great song!  She was a little slow and shaky to start but by the end she was a firecracker.  Her pronunciation of some of the words bothered me a little bit but there's no denying that it was a great performance.
Team Blake
  • Dia Frampton-She sang "Losing My Religion" by REM and I find myself looking forward to her performances the most just because I never know quite what she's going to do.  She does such an amazing job taking iconic songs and making them so original and unique!  She has grown so much and has so much more confidence in herself and what she is doing that you can't help but love her.
  • Xenia-She sang "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" by The Script.  She did it well but it was probably my least favorite performance of the show.  It was a little boring and there were a couple pitch issues when it came to the higher notes...I would say that it's a safe bet that this will be her last performance on this show as a competitor.
Team Adam 
  • Casey Weston-She sang "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston which I was very skeptical about when I first heard that this was the song choice.  Not just anyone can pull that song off and there's no middle ground to stand on.  She seemed very nervous when she started but grew more confident as the song progressed.  She managed to pull it off but I was left disappointed that it wasn't the jaw-dropping performance of that song I was hoping for.
  • Javier Colon-He sang "Fix You" by Coldplay which is such an amazing song in itself and he definitely did it justice.  I felt like I was at his concert watching his performance....he's just so engaging and has the ability to develop a connection with the audience so immediately.  He showed amazing control when it came to limiting the amount of runs he did, we all know how amazing he is and sometimes it's even more amazing when there's only one or two.  He is definitely the real deal (with and without the hat).
Everyone did a great job and it's going to be tough to see four of these performers go home tomorrow.  Who rocked it and who fell flat for you??

Monday, June 20, 2011

Bachelorette Ep5

This episode definitely had some unexpected twists and turns so bare with me as I navigate the episode to the best of my ability.

The 1-on-1 this week went to Ben F. which I was really happy about.  Ben F. really started to grow on me last week and this week just took leaps and bounds with me.  They have such a unique chemistry together and they are so incredibly comfortable together which is so great to see.  They relied on each other to make the day fun and exciting which I think they succeeded at.  They connected on such an emotional level, especially when Ben was talking about his dad and the struggle he's had with dealing with his grief the last few years.  Ashley verbally expressed her affection and attraction to him several times (although it was only to the camera), I mean when you say things like you "just want to jump on him" and that you feel like he's been your boyfriend for years it's probably a good sign.  Ben got the rose at the end of the night (which should have come as no surprise to any of you) and they finally shared the kiss that we had been waiting for the whole date.

The group date was pretty intense this week...which is to be expected since punches were involved very early on.  The actual fights were pretty intense...I'm not sure why Ashley thought that it would be a good idea to put these guys against each other and have them throw punches at each other.  Ashley completely freaked out when JP was getting pounded by was so obvious just how deep Ashley's feelings are for JP, even if she doesn't quite realize it yet.  I can't not talk about Ames, I mean the guy went to the hospital so I'm pretty sure he deserves a line or two in my blog.  Luckily it was just a mild concussion but he was so out of it he was actually funny!  I'm still not sure whether Ames is a pushover or just a super nice guy...thoughts?  I have to say that I'm surprised to see that Lucas was once again on the group date instead of getting some 1-on-1 time with Ashley but I have to say that his mini golf lesson with Ashley was absolutely adorable!  That was the first time I really saw a spark between them and I really hope that we see more of that in the near future!  Blake got the rose which was a tad surprising but not totally out of the blue, I did think that either Lucas or Ames would get it but I'm happy to see Blake stick around.

Then there was the dreaded 2-on-1 date with William and Ben C...I was really not happy that these two were the ones to go on this date because I like them both and didn't want to see one of them go home yet.  It didn't take long for Ashley to send Ben home...some might say that it was because of what William had told her about Ben wanting to do online dating when this was over but I think Ashley was looking for a reason to send Ben home.  She accepted what William said so immediately without even talking to Ben about it that there had to have been some other reason in the back of her mind to confirm her decision to send him home.  Ben didn't fight it either which makes me wonder why he just accepted it so easily...did he really want to go home and was looking for a way to get out?  Ashley realized by the end of the date that the spark that she so wanted to feel with William just wasn't there anymore and she made the tough decision to send him home as well.  I felt so bad to see him talk about everything in his exit interview...he was so hard on himself and it just broke my heart!  I really just wanted to give him a huge hug and let him know that things are going to be ok and that there is someone out there just waiting for him.  He has a little growing up to do but he's close to being there and I have no doubt that he'll find someone (I am available fyi).

This week's cocktail party and rose ceremony had a strange feel to was obvious to everyone that Ashley was somewhere else and was just off, what they probably don't yet realize is that it's all because of Bentley.  When Ashley was talking to Constantine I couldn't help but feel like he just wasn't really into her....there's just no chemistry there and I don't think he'll be around too much longer.  It's so obvious that Ashley has real feelings for JP and vice versa....she's just so afraid that he's going to hurt her like Bentley did that she's not letting herself really go there and that's not fair to her or JP.  I loved how Chris Harrison really laid it out straight and didn't sugar coat it with Ashley when it came to the topic of Bentley.  She really isn't being fair to all of the other guys by constantly thinking about Bentley and hanging on to him so tightly.  These guys are there for her and she's not giving them her full attention and true access to her heart...that's not right and really needs to stop ASAP!  Asking Chris to try and get Bentley back so she could talk to him was just too much for me....are you kidding me?  Ashley needs to wake up and realize that Bentley left and these guys are still here...focus on them and forget about the guy who chose to leave you!!  At the end of the day Nick didn't get the rose and was sent on his way...we never really got to see the two of them interact much and there didn't seem to be any real chemistry between them so I'm not very surprised.

Next week we are off to Hong Kong....and Bad News Bentley returns.  Let's all hope that Ashley finally sees Bentley for who he is and kicks him to the curb once and for all!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Finally!  Live So You Think You Can Dance episodes have arrived!  Let's not waste anymore time and get down to it!

  • Jordan and Tadd performed an African Jazz routine and what a way to start out the show!  They had so much power and energy and gave more then I think anyone really expected.  There were one or two moments where the timing appeared to be slightly off between the two but nothing enough to take away from the great performance they gave.
  • Sasha and Alexander performed a Travis Wall contemporary routine so you knew right away it would be amazing!  They both danced it beautifully (as they should have since it was right within both of their wheelhouses). 
  • Clarice and Jess danced a broadway routine choreographed by Tyce and while they were both great Jess really stole the show in my opinion.  He was so animated and joyful, Clarice just wasn't able to quite match him.
  • Ryan and Ricky danced a lyrical hip hop number which I loved.  There was a bit of confusion about why Ryan was smiling but I don't think it took away from how great the number was.  They both danced it beautifully!
  • Caitlynn danced a jazz routine with Season 7 alum Robert due to Mitchell injuring his elbow in rehearsal.  This was definitely one of the best routines of the night!  Robert was amazing of course but Caitlynn really brought it!  She attacked this number head on and was so strong and powerful with every move she made.  She's one to watch!
  • Miranda and Robert danced a jive which was actually done fairly well.  Robert definitely stole the show when it came to energy and personality; Miranda needs to step it up with the confidence or she's not going to make it very far.  The flicks could have been a little sharper and Robert does need to point his toes but all in all I was impressed.
  • Missy and Wadi danced a jazz routine with some amazing choreography!  I felt that Missy out danced Wadi in certain places in the number but he definitely held his own in a style that is completely unfamiliar to him.
  • Melanie and Marko danced an unbelievable contemporary piece by Travis Wall!  I got chills watching it and was without a doubt the stand out number of the night!  They have such chemistry together and it was just mesmerizing.
  • Ashley and Chris did a hip hop routine and they were definitely expected to bring it.  It was a solid performance but the emotion shown on their faces didn't completely match the storyline they were portraying in the piece.  Nothing real memorable for me.
  • Iveta and Nick had the dreaded quickstep and I think it's pretty safe to say that they will both survive this one.  She clearly had the advantage with this one since she is a champion ballroom dancer but I was so impressed with Nick!  He was AMAZING!!!
All in all it was a great first night of competition and it'll be interesting to see who goes home tomorrow night!

The Voice Ep.2

This week we saw Team Adam and Team Cee Lo go head to head in their quarter finals round but before we get into that let's talk about the results regarding Team Blake and Team Christina.  America chose to save Beverly on Team Christina which should have come as no surprise to anyone.  It also shouldn't have come as a surprise that she decided to save Frenchie, although for a minute there I thought she might go with Raquel.  Team Blake had more surprising end results.  America saved Dia which was completely expected but then Blake went on to save Xenia which I for one did not see coming!  I thought for sure he would save Patrick, especially after the chilling performance he gave last week!  I for one will miss Patrick a lot!

Now it's time to get down to the business of this week's episode and just like last week's blog I will be breaking it down by team and then giving my opinion as to which team came out ahead.

Team Cee Lo
  • Tori & Taylor Thompson-They sang "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by The Andrews Sisters which was a completely unpredictable song choice.  It was a solid and entertaining performance but I was left without that wow factor.  At times I felt like one voice overpowered the other instead of working as one cohesive unit.
  • Vicci Martinez-She sang "Jolene" by Dolly Parton and I loved her rendition of it.  You could clearly see all of the emotion she brought to her performance and it was one of the most heartfelt ones yet.
  • Nakia-He sang "Sex on Fire" by Kings of Leon and did a great job.  He's such a great performer and entertainer but once again I was left missing the wow factor performance that I thought he would deliver.  Even so, he had a great performance and it was a good song choice.
  • Curtis Grimes-He sang "Addicted To Love" by Robert Palmer and had I not been familiar with the song I never would have guessed it wasn't meant to be a country song.  He completely made it his own and as always he sounded great.  The ending was a little odd but I give him major props for stepping outside his comfort zone.
Team Adam
  • Casey Weston-She sang "Big Black Horse and a Cherry Tree" by KT Tunstall which is such a great song.  It was a powerful performance but you could tell she wasn't completely comfortable with what she was doing and didn't seem as enthusiastic about it as I would have liked to have seen.
  • Devon Barley-He sang "Stop and Stare" by One Republic which I thought was a bit of an interesting choice for him but he made it work.  He was a tad pitchy at times and his voice did crack once but he didn't let any of that stop him from giving a great performance.  He seemed a little uncomfortable at first but you could tell that the more he sang the more comfortable he was and the more confidence he had.
  • Jeff Jenkins-He sang "Jesus Take The Wheel" by Carrie Underwood and absolutely killed it!  There was so much emotion behind every word he sang and the fact that he could relate to it definitely showed.  I was left with goosebumps at the end of it and this was definitely my favorite performance of the night!
  • Javier Colon-He sang "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan which is such a powerful song in itself.  He did a great job of owning the song instead of letting it own him.  He gave an amazing performance and I would be shocked if we didn't see more performances like this in the near future.
Both teams brought it tonight but if I were to pick one that seemed to have the edge over the other it would be TEAM ADAM!  He just has some serious talent on his team and is definitely someone to contend with.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Bachelorette Ep.4

Ladies and gentlemen please fasten your seat belts and get ready because Thailand is where our destination is this week.  Hope your passports are up to date because here were go....

Constantine got the first date this week and honestly, watching this date was kind of boring.  It's not even the fact that their original date was rained out...I just didn't find Constantine that interesting.  I was waiting for that moment where I start to fall for the guy and it just didn't come.  Maybe he was a lot more interesting during the parts that weren't shown but I was less then impressed.  Although, it would appear that Ashely does see something in him because he did receive a rose at the end of the night.  I just don't see the chemistry between them, there aren't any visible sparks between them which has me wondering what Ashley saw that I didn't.

This group date was hands down one of my favorites because of what they did.  Helping make an orphanage more like a home for those kids both warmed and broke my heart at the same time.  It was so amazing to see how hard these guys wanted to work to make this the best place they possibly could for those kids!  To see how impacted some of the guys were after doing that was truly moving and I'm really glad that they showed that. 

The only thing not amazing about that date in my opinion was Ryan P.  He was so willing to point out all of the things that needed to be done but I didn't really see him actually doing any of that work.  I'm not surprised that the guys are getting really fed up with's only episode 4 and I'm sick of him.  We haven't even seen that much of him but he just seems to have one of those personalities that turns people off...not exactly a quality one wants to have.  On the other hand you have Ben F. and he really impressed me this week!  Wanting to paint that mural was so great...and I don't care what he says because that was a damn good mural!  We finally got to start seeing who he really is and I for one like what I see, and obviously Ashley feels the same.  I can't leave the subject of the group date without mentioning JP's one-on-one time.....can we say HOT?!  I like JP more and more each and every time I see him....I mean how can you not?  They have such chemistry together and add in the rain element and you have something that we haven't seen between anyone else this season.  Oh how I would have loved to be Ashley right then!  Ben F. got the surprise there, he definitely deserved it!

Ames got the second one-on-one date and I'm glad he did because we haven't seen much of him and I had no idea who he really was.  After seeing his date I'm pleasantly surprised...he actually has a personality and it's a funny one!  It was interesting to hear how spontaneous he really is...I mean cooking school in Thailand on a whim, who does that?  Their date was so amazing and it spoke volumes that they were comfortable enough with each other to not have to talk while on the sea kayak....sometimes the best moments with someone are the ones you spend in silence.  I like Ames a lot....he can be a little cheesy and a little over the top at times but it's not enough to turn me off.  You can tell he's very intelligent...but sometimes I'm not really sure where he is going or what point he's trying to make.  I can see something with Ashley but I'm not completely convinced that what they have is of a romantic nature...I guess we'll just have to wait and see.  He got the rose regardless and hopefully we'll continue to get to see that Ames...the Ames with an actual personality instead of the boring wallflower we've been seeing.

There was a cocktail party tonight and I think it was more informative for Ashley then anything.  It seems like Ashley had a lot of questions for many of the guys and it looks like she got the answers she needed.  Blake's conversation with Ryan P. was interesting but definitely not as explosive as I had anticipated.  Blake was very calm and collected while talking to Ryan and I never felt as though he was attacking Ryan in any way.  Blake impressed me with how he handled himself and the situation...major points were earned with me tonight.  Ashley chose to make her own "rules" tonight and only send one guy home instead of two.  It was clear she felt like she hadn't given these guys the time and attention they deserved and wanted to try and rectify the situation.  In this case it was West that was left standing without a rose.  I am sad to see him go because he was an early favorite of mine but I can see why Ashley made the decision she did.

Some final thoughts I'll leave you with: I want to see more Ashley/William time, I think Lucas will get a 1-on-1 next week, someone goes to the hospital, and Bentley returns.  Hope you join me next week and please leave your comments!! 

Bachelor Pad 2 Cast Revealed

Here’s the newest cast that will be competing for that big check (or maybe even true love).
  • Gia Allemand (Jake Pavelka’s season, returning to the Pad for a second time to face all the drama with Vienna) 
  • Holly Durst (Matt Grant’s season, newly single after breaking off her engagement with Michael Stagliano…who will also be taking up residence in the Pad)
  • Vienna Girardi (Jake Pavelka’s season, will be in the house along with Gia, Jake, and new boyfriend Kasey)
  • Jackie Gordon (Brad Womack’s season, will be faced with continuing drama with Michelle Money)
  • Michelle Money (Brad Womack’s season, will she be as controversial this time as she was during her season?)
  • Ella Nolan (Jake Pavelka’s season, this single mom recently called off her engagement)
  • Erica Rose (Lorenzo Borghese’s season, this “princess” returns with friend Vienna and Kasey on her side)
  • Melissa Schreiber (Brad Womack’s season, the “cougar” famous for her catfight with Raichel)
  • Alli Travis (Brad Womack’s season, hopefully she’ll have better luck this time)
  • Graham Bunn (Deanna Pappas’ season, the heartbreaker who didn’t reciprocate Deanna’s feelings)
  • Kirk Dewindt (Ali Fedotowski’s season, the adorable guy with a father who is a taxidermist)
  • Kasey Kahl (Ali Fedotowski’s season, will this guy be able to guard and protect girlfriend Vienna’s heart?)
  •  Jake Pavelka (he’ll face ex-fiancee Vienna for the first time since their very heated and very public breakup)
  • Justin “Rated-R” Rego (Ali Fedotowski’s season, the liar who not only still had a girlfriend back home but was also leaving her voicemails while on the show)
  • Michael Stagliano (Jillian Harris’ season, fresh off of a broken engagement with fellow Pad contestant Holly Durst)
There will also be 3 men joining the cast from Ashley Hebert’s season….let’s just call them our mystery men for now.
  • The first of these men was just announced and it's William!!!  So excited to see more of him! 
  • The second mystery man is Blake!  Luckily we will be seeing a lot more of him and that gorgeous grin of his! 
  • The third and final mystery man is Ames!
Should be a good season with A LOT of drama!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Voice Live Ep.1

It's finally time for the live shows!  This week it's Team Christina v. Team Blake....question is who will come out victorious?  The show began with a great Queen medley from the coaches themselves!  Adam Levine killed it with his voice and sick guitar skills, Blake looked very sharp, Cee Lo looked a little odd without any glasses on, and Christina sounded great but looked a little off (who okay-ed that outfit?).

Team Christina
  • Raquel Castro-She sang "Blow" by Ke$ha which is a song I love but I'm not completely convinced it was the right song for her to sing.  She did it well for the most part, I just don't know if I would have picked it.  She has a lot of energy and definitely has the performer edge.  I felt she was a tad pitchy here and there but overall it was a solid performance.
  • Beverly McClellan-She sang "I'm The Only One" by Melissa Etheridge which was the perfect song for her.  She completely killed it, despite being sick!  She had a great energy to her and is just a very natural performer!  Very impressive!
  • Lily Elise-She sang "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie which was a good choice as far as songs go but I didn't care for it.  Honestly I don't think she should have even made it to the live shows and I don't think she'll make it past this week.  I wasn't impressed plain and simple.
  • Frenchie Davis-She sang "When Love Takes Over" by David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland and it was a good choice for her.  She missed a note or two in the beginning but recovered extremely well and has such an energy and stage presence that can't be ignored.

Team Blake
  • Jared Blake-He say "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon and it was the perfect choice for him!  He had great audience interaction (who saw his connection with that girl....wait, isn't he married?).  I definitely see him taking more of a rock path....he has a Daughtry kind of feel to him that he should definitely stick with!
  • Dia Frampton-She sang "Heartless" by Kanye West which was a very unconventional choice but it actually worked.  She made it her own and stuck behind it...the question is whether she can be that unique and confident without having the piano there as a safety net.
  • Xenia-She sang "Price Tag" by Jessie J. which was a good choice in the sense that she sounded great singing it.  She was just a little too shy and introverted for me...she has the voice but really needs to work on the performance aspect of it because that just isn't there yet.
  • Patrick Thomas-He sang "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack and I can honestly say that there was nothing about that performance that I didn't like.  You could feel the emotion behind each word that he sang and I got chills at the end.  My favorite performance of the night hands down!!
When it comes to who won the showdown between Team Christina and Team Blake there's really no contest....TEAM BLAKE all the way!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Bachelorette Ep.3

Wow...what an episode!  There is so much to talk about....1.5 pages of notes on Word to be exact!  Drama was the word of the week where this episode is concerned and don't worry, this blog will not shy away from drama or being opinionated.

The first date went to Ben C. (or Bency as I and so many others like to call him).  This date was really cool...I kind of want to be part of a flashmob now.  I have to give him props for going along with the whole dancing in a public place with everybody watching thing...I have a feeling a lot of guys would have acted like they were too cool to do that (I know many in fact that would act just like that).  I can honestly say that Ben and Ashley really look like a couple.  When they were standing there listening to the Far East Movement and Ben had his arms around Ashley it looked so natural.  I can really see them being a couple in the real world, they have great chemistry.  Obviously Ashley agrees because Ben in fact got the rose.  I'm really starting to like Ben...he's definitely becoming more of a front runner for me.

The big reveal was a big let down (not only for me but clearly for Ashley as well)!  It was obvious that Ashley was not attracted to him at all (it's never a good sign when the person you are trying to impress thinks that you look older then she originally thought).  Personally, I don't find Jeff attractive at all so I'm so not surprised that Ashley felt the same.  There was no spark and no hope there.

Next was the disastrous group date.  First of all, WHO THE HELL CAME UP WITH THIS IDEA??  This was a major fail....there could be no good outcome to a date that involves roasting the girl that you are trying to win over!  Most of the guys played it safe by just going after the other guys and those who did take a jab at Ashley kept it to Ashley's breast size (or lack there of as the case proved to be).  Then there was William....could he have been a bigger idiot??  I think he just got so wrapped up in his excitement about the comedy aspect that he completely lost sight of what he was saying and the impact his words would have on Ashley.  While I completely agree with the fact that he was a complete jerk I still like him...a lot.  There's just something about him that I really like and I think this is something that he and Ashley can work through and move past.  He was clearly destroyed by the reality of what had happened and that said it all for me.  Ryan P got the rose because he was really the only one who comforted her when she was clearly upset and I totally agree with him getting the rose.  I don't know if I completely see them together but we shall see

The real villain of the date in my opinion was Bentley.  He saw Ashley feeling hurt and crying as another fact he even said "I'm not going to miss an opportunity to mess with her head".  She's sitting there pouring her heart and insecurities out to him (when in reality he is every single one of her fears come true).  I wanted to shake her when she still was oblivious even when he said "Out of 25 guys I can guarantee that 24 were excited it was you"....HELLO!!  What more did she need to realize he was that 1 person who didn't want it to be her??  Then when Ashley decided to tell Bentley about what Michelle Money had told her prior to the show and he completely avoided giving her a straight answer she was still in Bentleyland!  He never actually denied what was said about him and all she could do was give him the "I'm totally in love with you" look.  AHHH!

Speaking of Bentley....the moment we have all been waiting for finally arrived!  First of all, let me just say that using his daughter as his excuse to leave is a new low even for him!  There is NO EXCUSE for using your own child as a scapegoat to cover your own lies!  I feel sorry for that little girl and hope that she never has to see her father in that light...I hope he changes before she's old enough to realize how big of an ass her father is.  When a guy is about to break a girls heart and is more concerned with how his hair looks you know he's a real piece of work.  I wanted to punch him in the face SO HARD during that entire "break up" scene....he makes me sick and I am SO SO SO glad that I don't have to set eyes on him next week.  Ashley wonders whether her instincts were wrong....DUH!!!!  Good riddance and bye bye Bad News Bentley!

JP got the 2nd date and at first I felt bad that his date had to follow that whole mess but it actually turned out alright.  The first thing I thought when I saw him was "Where did he get those flowers?"...good move on his part though!  Flowers are ALWAYS a good idea in my book!  He and Ashley had a "relaxing evening at home" as he put it...and I guess that's really what it was.  It was something that an every day couple in the real world would do and I think that those make for some of the best dates.  I can completely see them as a couple in every day life and think that there is a real chemistry between them.  JP is really growing on me and apparently he's a very good kisser....he's welcome to test that opinion on me any time he wants (just putting it out there).  He got the rose at the end of the night (pajama pants and all) which honestly should have been no surprise to anyone.

The rose ceremony and the pre-ceremony deliberation definitely had a different tone to them this week.  It was the first week of this season where we really got to see Chris Harrison do his thing and boy is he good at it!  I LOVED what he said about Bentley and how "A real man would have moved heaven and Earth and fought to be here"....Bentley is the furthest thing from being a real man and I love Chris for pointing that out in a very classy but clear way!  In the end Jeff and Chris D. did not receive a rose.  I'm sure many were surprised that William received one but I am REALLY glad he did!  I'm not ready to give up on him and obviously Ashley isn't either....hopefully he can redeem himself and show the man we all saw and fell in love with last week.

Next week Ashley and the boys are off to Thailand!  Apparently along with all the romance and amazing dates that we will get to experience we will also see some drama (shocker) having to do with Ryan P.  The "man claws" are coming out and that isn't something that anyone should want to miss!

I leave you the same way that the Bachelorette left us this week....with the image of Bentley fixing his hair while Jeff (mask and all) is doing some business on the toilet.  Seriously makes you question what really goes on in that house doesn't it??