Monthly Archives: May 2015

Game of Thones: Season 5 Episode 6

Hello once again! I figured since I did it last week, and because American Idol is over – why not continue my conversations while watching Game of Thrones. This time I watched with my best pal Jess. She’s also read the books (remember I only like to talk to people who’ve read the books so they can give me, the non-book reader, some better understanding).

And like last time, I’ve added some stuff, re-arranged some stuff because Jess started a few minutes before me thanks to me having to do some re-winding and whatnot. I also added some tweets from this person I don’t know but recently started following. If you wanna follow her, you can find her at @motelsonthemoon. Anyway, here ya go! Enjoy 🙂

JW:

Ok. I’ve got it paused at the beginning

KB: cool. I’m just looking at The Rocks beautiful face.
I hope his show is good but I hated Entourage so I imagine I will end up not liking it.
JW: It’s nuts. I think I’d have rather not read the books at this point cause they are veering wildly off course now

Oh the Rock

KB: I’ve heard that
JW: I want to like that show too
KB: although my friend Katie posted something like “as a book reader not much shocks me, this episode shocked me” so I’m curious what she’s talking about (although I think I know)

I’m watching the “previously on”. I think it’s almost done.

JW: Yay
KB: ok it’s starting for realsies

UGGGGGHHH hold on. Someone is talking… let me pause while I eye roll in his direction…

ok sorry. and then he’s like – oh you’re watching GoT? Well guess what, this just happened – guess I definitely know what’s gonna happen at the end of the episode now… grumble grumble. At least it’s what I thought it was.

JW: Seriously. OMG.
KB: I mean I know most of the spoilers and when he said what happened I figured that’s what it was but come on

ok so I really don’t get arya’s life right now, well her storyline. I mean I get the like “you must become no one” but what are they doing with these maybe possibly dead people?

**Side note: Best comment regarding Arya’s new life:

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JW: Yeah, you’ll see.
KB: I better. I’m getting impatient. lol

“You will know why. When it’s time, not before…” ugh, thanks bitch.

JW: Haha
KB: seems like this chick and Arya have a little bit in common… well, if it’s true I guess. By her attitude I’m guessing it’s not true? Is that girl even really a girl or is she that guy? I guess we’ve seen them together so probably not…
JW: Who knows what is true anymore? lol
KB: Word. So she’s just getting beat until she says she’s no one? I mean, come on dude… Arya, get the net.
JW: She’s a bit hard headed.
KB: Clearly. lol.

Poor Jorah. I really want him to live 😦

JW: Me too
KB: I hope if he dies (probably when…) he at least does it noble-y
JW: He’s one of my favorites.
KB: I find myself making deals with this show like, I’ll be ok with Jorah dying if it means Brienne is ok.
JW: I don’t know how I never put two and two together. . That the Commander was his dad.
KB: Yeah, I didn’t either. Although in the scenes from last week when they showed him I was like, why are they showing that guy again (but I wasn’t really listening)… then I was like, AHA! When the scene happened – How did we not put two and two together? I mean, you read the books. haha

So at what point do you think the stone-skin stuff like, really changes you into those crazy people?

JW: I love Tyrion
KB: He’s the best.

*Sidenote, if you haven’t seen his thing for the Red Nose Day, you definitely need to check that out. ASAP.

JW: He ‘s changed my mind about dwarves.
KB: my friend Stephanie is obsessed with him. Since way before GoT.
JW lol
KB: Awkward that Tyrion’s gotta tell him his dad died. Whoopsies. Um, duh he didn’t know TYRION. What, you think a man on the run in the fake middle ages gets email?

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JW: Yeah, Ravens are freaking slow. Frown emoticon
KB: haha. For serious.

So people take like, sick people to this temple too? How did they get in but they give Arya a hard time? Is it because she wasn’t sick?

JW: Yeah.
KB: Is this another trick? Is the sick girl that bitch from earlier and the dad is faceless man guy?
JW: It’s a trap! lol. I don’t know…
KB: When was Arya sick and dying? Do we know that happened? Do book readers know that happened? When’s someone come up behind her and whip her like last time? I feel like now that girl is gonna turn into a dragon or something
JW: Haha. It’s not true. She’s lying.
KB: Aha. Wow moment numero dos. Well, not wow, but aha.

What’s in that water? The suspense is killing me. Is this a trap?

JW: It’s weird.
KB: where is she gooooooooing?

So they kill people… Clean ‘em up .. And make skin suits out of them? How very Hannibal Lector of them.

**Afterthought – is that girl they brought in supposed to look like Arya-esque so she can inhabit her face?

JW: I don’t get this place.
KB: and then they use their weird magic to inhabit these peoples faces (or their whole bodies? Is that why they have to do all the body washing and whatnot?)

I love how vast it looks though. It’s a cool little underground palace

you know, minus the creepy heads and whatnot

JW: Lol yeah… That place is huge
KB: wonder what made her ready to become someone else, when she’s still talking about her past history
JW: I dunno… because she let the girl die? Because she lied to the girl maybe?
KB: maybe. who knows. but did that fountain kill her?

“Targaryeans are famously insane” hahaha

“Ever heard baby dragons singing? Hard to be a cynic after that” – have we ever heard baby dragons singing? I don’t think I’d be that impressed… Tyrion is bringing up some good points I hadn’t thought of about how others might see Dany… but I think I’m still on her team.

JW: Oh Jorah. . .
KB: Who are these dudes beating them up?
JW: Slavers.
KB  It’s Mr. Eko!!!

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KB: So, Since they punched Jorah, will they get stone-skin crap? Will Tyrion get it because the slave guys touched both of them?
JW: I don’t think you get it until the person is all stone y
KB: “it’ll be a dwarf sized cock” “guess again” hahahahahahahaha

They could always bring a dead body though… the slavers haven’t really thought this through…

JW: Lol. Oh Tyrion… That is a great line
KB: I mean, they’ve mentioned his non-dwarf sized appendage before. haha

I want to hear one of the songs they wrote about Jorah. I would’ve made Tyrion sing one.

JW: Peter… He’s gonna get himself in trouble.
KB: Fuck that guy. I hate littlefinger.
JW: Me too. He’s even worse in the books.
KB: I don’t know who I hate more… Baelish or those weird religious people. Are those weird cult-ies gonna do something to him?
JW: I have a weird attraction to the guy who plays him though… And his accent
KB: He has a rat face to me, but I don’t think he’s un-attractive. Just “not my type” attractive. Isn’t Baelish supposed to be some kind of religious person?

I had to re-wind because I missed the beginning of Cersie conversation

JW: He’s a money guy, not religious. He only provided “services” to the priest guys.
KB: it’s more his clothes that made me think he had some kind of religious background. He dresses like a bougie monk – is that an oxymoron?
JW: Yeah, with his leather dress…

Oh.. He’s telling Cersei about Sansa

KB: God he’s fucked up. Is there anyone he won’t turn on? Is he trying to get her to do something to the Boltons? I kind of hope so if that’s his angle – Hey Cers, hows about you go skin you some Ramsay and Roose? Have their sigil made out of them!

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JW: I wanna know how Cersei keeps her hair so perfectly curled
KB: Because she’s a bad bitch.
JW: With no electricity.
KB: She probably uses the burning fingers of children.

So clearly Baelish just wants power. who the fuck are the Lannisters gonna strike with? And Baelish wants Warden of the North? As if…

**Side note – Cersei’s def right about Lysa….

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JW: haha.
KB: I mean, what’s this tools end game? He’s basically Frank Underwood in House of Cards… or the Penguin in Gotham. More like Frank though, I think.
JW: YES! That’s exactly his game. If he’s got the Aerie (from marrying Lysa), then marries Sansa and he gets Winterfell and becomes Warden of the North.
KB: mmhhmmm…

I like how the Dorne King guy wants to protect his son/Cersei Jr.

aw poor Mycella… she’s got a hot husband and her dads gonna kidnap her because he thinks he’s doing the right thing…

JW: She does look a lot like Cersei. He’s basically king already. I want them to be together. They’re cute.
KB: Why is the King in a wheelchair?
JW: In the book he has gout.
KB: seems legit… the Kings disease, isn’t it? or just rich people disease?
JW: I love Bron! Brom? Whatever his name is..
KB: I like the sand snake chicks. These girls are about to go balls out aren’t they? where are they going? To find Jamie?

or to make sure Jamie and Bronn don’t get Cersei Jr? Or are they going after Cersei Jr?

JW: I think they’re trying to kill Myrcella. I think.
KB: ok that’s what I was thinking. Fight scenes always make me nervous but that one was lame. All those people fighting, especially notoriously badass snakes, and no one dies? That’s very non-GOT-like. I guess I’m happy because I don’t really want any of these people to die.

Now I’m wondering how all these people even got into the water gardens? Isn’t it part of the palace? Can anyone go there?

JW: Oh for fucks sake. lol. That should’ve been so much better. Weak scene.
KB: YESSSSSSS  Granny is back!! The best character in all the land!
JW: She’s the best
KB: if she doesn’t stay safe I will stop watching this show. The only acceptable death for her is comfortably in her bed. He’s better with women deaths than he is with men (Martin, that is) so hopefully she’ll be ok
JW: Burn
KB: What veil? hahaha
JW: I love her.
KB: House Lannister has no rivals – um… might wanna check on that Cers. That’s old news.
JW: Maybe before daddy lion bit the dust.
KB: Bingo. Everyone hates Cers. Who’s going to do business with her?
JW: This guy freaks me out.
KB: Yeah, I wanted to like the old grampy but I really don’t. He’s nuts. I did like when he played Juan Peron in Evita though, if that’s any consolation.

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I like the beard that Loras is rocking though… Makes him almost look like Theon.

JW: Yeah
KB: This is not looking good for Loras… oh shit.

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JW: Uh oh… Margery too?
KB: Cersei what kind of trick witchery do you have up your sleeve? She’s the fucking Queen. How is this being tolerated by Tommen? Stand up for your woman, boy!

fucking CSI up in this shit

JW: Cersei done fucked up.
KB: this old guy has gotta die. what the fuck man. And take that Oliver guy out while you’re at it.

aha, this Miranda chickadee… I still don’t know her angle.

JW: She’s a freak.
KB: Is she trying to be friends with her? Maybe just getting Sansa to trust her so that she can leak info to Ramsay? But I feel like she is maybe just giving her tips so she survives Ramsay?
JW: She’s a nutcase. Straight up.
KB: At least they show that Sansa sees through her. I was a little worried.
JW: Sansa is kind of awesome.
KB: At least her wedding dress is pretty, you know, for a Northerly look.
JW: She’s one of the characters I didn’t care for at first.
KB: I hated her for a solid 2 seasons. What was to like, with her sucking up to Joffrey? Barf. I don’t think I started liking her until the end of last season. And I’m still not sure if I like her or just pity her?
JW: Yeah, she’s grown on me. Isn’t she still technically married to Tyrion though? I don’t get how they are marrying her off again
KB: I hope Sansa finds out that Theon didn’t kill her family

Something about how since Tyrion never consummated the marriage?

JW: Oh. I guess that makes sense.
KB: Yeah, in weird fucked up crazy land.
JW: In the books he lied.
KB: Which makes sense. Let him think he’s rightful but then it’ll turn out he wasn’t and that way Baelish can marry Sansa.

Wasn’t it not even supposed to be Sansa? It was supposed to be like, someone pretending to be Arya?

JW: Yeah Sansa is supposed to be somewhere with Peter, in the books.
KB: I’m surprised Theon said his name was Theon and not Reek

Man Theon is another one I hated but ultimately feel really bad for

how do they do that with SO MANY characters in this damned book?

JW: Lol. Right?!
KB: the only people I’ve consistently hated from beginning to end are Ramsay and Joffrey

I do not think Ramsey is being honest about wanting her to be happy

JW: Eeep. Ramsay freaks me the duck out.
KB: word. the creepiest. even his smile is creepy
JW: He plays creepy insane so well.
KB: That’s the truth.

Is he gonna tell her he killed her brothers now? Even though he didn’t do that either?

JW: Ew. Ew. Ew. Ewwwwwwwwwwwww.
KB: Well this is uncomfortable…
JW: Um…….. yeah. About that.
KB: although at least they aren’t showing anything? Lets just express ourselves through other people’s twitters:

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And if people want more, you can go here.

JW: This is terrible.
KB: You know it’s bad when they don’t paly music at the end.
JW: Poor Sansa.
KB: Honestly I thought it would be way more graphic based on what I saw on FB and Twitter last night while I wasn’t watching. I mean, it was uncomfortable but I’m glad I didn’t have to actually watch it.
JW: It definitely wasn’t Game of Thrones Sex Scene-esque.
KB: Hardly. But I get that it’s traumatizing. Especially if something like that has happened to you. I mean, ugh. And I mean, if I was Sansa I’d be like – wasn’t this just supposed to be some chick who looks like me? Why am I filling in for some rando?
JW: Totally uncomfortable.

In the books the kids are all much younger too. They had to age them up I’m sure for propriety sake

KB: Yeah for sure. People seem to frown on chi-mo’s on TV unless it’s SVU. But you’d think they’d frown on TV Rape as well. I mean, this is like, the 3rd rape scene in this TV show. Not to mention the child wifery.

I want this whole situation to make her not trust Baelish and get back with Brienne

 

And that’s the end of that. Looking forward to next weeks hopefully rape free Ep 7.

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American Idol – Season 14 and the Winner Is…

This was a really interesting and entertaining finale.

I went in with a bad attitude. The performers seemed kind of lame. Either outdated or too new for met to have heard of. And then there were the remaining two contestants (who I tried not to even focus on because really they’re usually featured relatively little in the finale) were boring.

The show, I thought, was fantastic. It was one of the better finales with a myriad of great performances and that’s all I ever wanted in this show. So thanks for that, American Idol! I watched the finale and just kind of wrote out free thought style… so, enjoy!

So, all that said about how great the finale was… That first song…

brit kinda bad

Sorry, but that was just really bad. Really bad. The imperfections in Clarks voice were abundantly noticeable and the song… I mean, Fall Out Boy? Meh… Not a fantastic show opener, but the show would go up from there.

Tyanna Jones and The Jacksons 
“I’ll Be There/ABC/I Want You Back”

Ok so, I think Tyanna sounded as good, if not WAY BETTER than The Jacksons. I get that everyone sings with someone but I mean, I just like Tyanna. She didn’t really seem to fit in with them like I thought she would. I bet she’d fit Janet and Michael. Not these 3. I definitely think Tyanna has the best moves of anyone that was on Idol this year.

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Top 06 Girls with Nile Rodgers
“We Are Family/Le Freak/I’ll Be There/Good Times”

This just makes me MISS Sarina, and was Adannas voice really that good? And man do I miss Joey, that feeling hasn’t gone away. This is so good. If anyone could grab that lost look Maddie had at one point, I’d appreciate that to add to my gif cache (I got an image but it’s not the same). This grouping of songs was amazing. I hope they did that rap in as a tribute?

Top 05 Boys with Ricky Martin
“Mr. Put it Down/Living La Vida Loca/She Bangs/Cup of Life”

Ricky Martin is super hot, there is no denying. This song is crap. Thank god he likes a medley too! They’re like the sampler platter of music. And sampler platters are my favorite. I loved Quentin singing Livin La Vida Loca but when they were singing with Ricky to She Bangs, totes my favorite.

Adanna Duru with Janelle Monae
“Yoga”

Janelle Monae singing my new favorite song! I love this Yoga song. The whole first verse is like, the best right now. Did you actually catch the lyrics?

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I knew a guy was gonna sing with her but he did not look like I expected. haha. I love this song so much. My favorite is when she’s like “So get off my areola” I mean, what a line. That’s writing, right there.

Prince Roy, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull
“Back It Up” 

I have never heard of Prince Roy (or is it Prince Royce? I couldn’t tell) but I like the name. Sounds fancy. Is it just me though, or does he sound like someone you’d hear on the new Finding Nemo movie soundtrack. It just sounds like a disney song. I liked it a lot more when JLo joined it in though. And it was definitely out of the disney category once Pitbull joined in.

Joey Cook with Echosmith
“Cool Kids”

Do I like this song? I kind of do. I see myself singing along to it occasionally. Maybe I do, but I don’t think it’s enough for the iTunes purchase (I’m out of the gift card money so I have to be more flexible). Do I like this song? I’d say about a minute and a half through the song I was over it. There’s actually some radio station that only plays the first minute and thirty seconds of songs. I think it’s a brilliant idea because most new songs are too long and most people now have way shorter attention spans. I mean, Billy Joel said cut it down to 3:05 but I say why not 90 seconds? This is 2015. But seriously, how much does this make you miss Joey? She’s so fun to watch.

Keith Urban
“Even the Stars Fall For U” 

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Keith is the best. How can anyone not like him?

Rayvon Owen with Jamie Foxx 
“In Love By Now”

Um ok, so I think if I had to pick a favorite song tonight, vocally, it would 100% without question be this performance. What a great job. Jamie Foxx did way better than I thought he’d do. Although I never thought he’d do poorly, I just dont’ think I’ve really heard him sing anything slow. Plus next to Rayvon, I could see him sounding worse, but their voices blended perfectly. I really hope this one gets on iTunes because I’ll definitely get it!

I loved seeing Clark and Nick giving the cars to their musical mentors. I love seeing that kind of stuff. Always makes me tear up a little bit.

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Daniel Seavey with New Kids on the Block
“Step By Step/Hangin’ Tough/The Right Stuff”

Daniel playing with 5 grown up better singing Daniels – it’s like they’re playing with 1991 Joey McIntyre… so that made it quite fitting that they opened the song together. This is just getting my teenage heart RAGING. There’s something about seeing Jordan on stage that just makes me swoon, to this day. Daniel who? Their moves have kind of slowed down a little bit but that’s ok. They literally played all but one of my favorite songs so how can I be mad? (But I mean, if you could’ve played Tonight, that would’ve been great).

Quentin Alexander with Vance Joy
“Riptide”

I wonder if people ever get to request acts to play with them or if it’s just first come first serve of who’s available? I don’t see why Quentin would pick Vance Joy but I could see a producer looking at a list and thinking they’d be good together. Maybe he said he wanted to sing with them – I have no idea. Either way I really liked it.

Chris Brown and Pitbull (oh was Qaasim Middleton there too?) 
“Fun”

Is the background music for this Beat It? Also when Pitbull came out did anyone think that the last time he was out it was a different person? I feel like he looked really different performing with JLo than he did when he performed with Chris Brown. It was him both times, right? I didn’t really feel like I heard Qaasim sing anything but that’s ok. I hate Chris Brown so I was trying to not even really pay attention, to be honest.

Jax with Steven Tyler
“Love is Your Name/Piece of My Heart”

I just… his voice reminds me of my childhood. Well, high school. I know I wasn’t obsessed with early Aerosmith at first and I certainly can’t claim to be because most of the stuff I liked came out when I was in middle school/high school, not when my mom was. Basically from Get a Grip on, although when Nine Lives came out, I started going in reverse order. That was also when we saw them on tour. I think they only sang like, 2 songs from that album. haha. Rightfully so. It’s not a bad album though. Ok so back to Steven and now with Jax – I loved them singing Piece of my Heart and it just made me mad that Jax isn’t in the running, all over again. I also really enjoyed Jax’s weird walking in front of the judges – again, gif makers, if you would… maybe I need to figure out how to get in the gif making business.

Clark Beckham with Michael McDonald
“Takin’ It to the Streets”

I’m glad Clark is having fun with this (even though it’s a repeat song… which now I’m sure means Nick will also be doing a repeat song). I do like the kind of dueling pianos feel. The only thing I like more than one piano, is dueling pianos.

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Nothing modern but I can’t say it was bad. I did enjoy it. I think he’s… actually I wonder if he’s really who anyone wants to win? I mean, Nick is the hotter of the two. But Clark is the one you bring home to dad. But Nick feels that way too sort of, I mean, he’s hot so dad should be fine with him…

Nick Fradiani with Andy Grammar (aka – Nicks doppelganger) 
“Back Home/Honey I’m Good”

Ok so Nick, what did I say about repeat songs? REPEAT SONGS NICK. At least it was just a little bit of repeat. I’ll allow it. Only because i’m having a hard time telling the difference between Nick and this lead singer. They could be brothers. How do so many people know this band/this second song? I’ve never heard of this band. First time was when Nick sang it the first time. This was an entertaining little performance.

*Side note, it really is nice to see how much fun the contestants seem to be having tonight.

Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr.
“Diamonds/Locked Out of Heaven”

I wasn’t sure I’d like the judges performance after last years weird weird weird… (what other word could you use?) performance… Locked out of heaven was my fave.

And now, the massive moment, a culmination of a season of hard work – according to Ryan.

And the winner is………………………..

NICK FRADIANI.

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American Idol – Season 14 Finale – Part I

I have to say, watching the first five minutes, I was pretty ready to turn off the show. In fact, let me just vent out some re-tweeted twitter feelings and my own personal feelings as I was watching the opening of the show… These people kind of sum up a lot of my feelings.

 

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And as for what I tweeted out at the results of the instant elimination:

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The truly worse part was that I tried switching to the O’s game instead and they were losing 10-2… my night was turning into a very literal lose-lose scenario. Not to mention having to fight with one of the guys I watch Idol with because they tried to say that Nick and/or Clark were just as creative as Jax….

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The thing people don’t realize is that as they’ve voted off the contestant that gave the best show (of the remaining 3, and arguably of the season), while they were saving people “just good enough” – they’ve wound up with 2 pretty attractive guys who are utterly BORING. The shows been getting progressively more boring as the entertaining acts have been voted off (Joey, Quentin, and now Jax) and we’re left with a guy stuck in another era, and a guy who sings karaoke versions of bad songs.

I know, it’s hard to believe that I’m talking bad about my boy Clark. I did like him for a looooong time, but over the course of a few months, he’s done nothing with song choice to show any kind of sense of modernity, and while hotter, is showing signs of being the next Taylor Hicks. Nick is basically just a really good karaoke singer. He is Kris Allen, David Cook, Lee Dewyze and to some extent, he’s Phillip Phillips. The list goes ON and ON. And what do all of these guys have in common (excluding Phillip Phillips), they’re some of the least successful winners in Idol history, and this upcoming Idol, he will fall right into that trap as well. The great thing about Jax (and Quentin and Joey) was her originality and her artistry. She created and had a vision for a show. I don’t think Clark or Nick have that originality in their pinky finger.

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The only hopeful caveat is that Nick never sang any of his original music on Idol. Maybe it’s unique. Maybe he’s some great songwriter that we just don’t know about… but I mean, can’t we all agree that if the songs were good, he would’ve tried to debut a few? Ala the contestants from last season? Maybe the producers said “no original music” this season – I can’t, off hand, think of any live shows that featured original music – although this season, are there that many original songwriters? Did any of them bill themselves as such? I mean I’m sure they’ve all written songs but were they any good? In case you are interested in hearing any of Nick’s original music, you can look here (oh hey Mumford and Sons knock-offs).

Anyway, I’ll try not to be too bitter as I go through each round:

Round 01: Clark “Georgia on My Mind” and Nick “Bright Lights”

Winner: Nick (barely) and definitely NOT the audience.

I HATE repeat song choices as a theme. That’s why I say that we the audience lost. And while they may not have done it 3 times like they did last season, they still did it twice, which is still too much for me. How many songs are there in the world that they would ever need to repeat a performance? But that’s not the fault of the contestants.

Clarks version of George On My Mind was one of my favorite performances of the season. It reminded me of a lot of what I loved about Clark early on in the competition. Disguised amongst a bunch of other contestants he seemed flawless, and early on he was… but his problem is that he never grew and this song this time, it was just a reminder that he was good. This performance wasn’t as good as the first, but it was good. As for Nick, it was a better performance for him that it was on the Top 05 week (which is why I decided to give it to him). It was still a shitty song by a quasi-shitty 90’s band. I mean these two with their song choices… you’re KILLING ME. I mean, fine you sang it well, but I need songs with meaning and with emotion. Now’s a good time to bring up an article I read about how White Dudes with Guitars Ruined American Idol.

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Round 02: Clark “Aint No Sunshine” and Nick “I Won’t Give Up”

Winner: Clark-y boy.

It’s interesting that Clark got off the piano and stepped up to the guitar, but it was a good move. It honestly made me like him more. Maybe he wouldn’t be a terrible Idol? Yes. Yes he would. I can’t discredit a good performance but I can say he wouldn’t be a good American Idol. Not without a few more years of solid experience. And mostly it was better than Nick because I consider Jason Mraz to literally be the WORST song choice and anyone who picks him, I know I’m going to hate. No shade to Jason Mraz. The shade only goes to the guys who wanna be him. Guess what guys, he’s already him. And it’s just all terrible. That’s the only way I see it. He might as well have sung I’ll Be.

Round 03: Clark “Champion” and Nick “Beautiful Life”

Winner: Nick by a LANDSLIDE.

The thing is, Clarks song was SO bad. I mean really really bad. Those weird like, talk-y pauses… I don’t even know what to call it. It just wasn’t right. I don’t think it had to be a terrible song, the lyrics weren’t too bad, but like, the way he sang it I just didn’t get it. It was so weird and terrible. As for Nicks song, it was way better. Was it good? Yeah. Was it boring? For sure. Will it get him the win tonight? Probably.

And now, we move onto the Idol Finale, Part II to learn who will not make American Idol any money…

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Game of Thrones – A G-Chat – Season 5 Ep 5

So I don’t watch GoT live usually. But I always like to make sure my trusty friend Brian is available when I do watch because he’s read the books. And I like when he watches it first because he can warn me if anything truly terrible ala The Red Wedding is about to happen.

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Anyway, last week I read a thing on Buzzfeed that was something like “73 things I learned from watching last nights Game of Thrones” and was like – wait, I do that too! But mine also have questions and sometimes answers. So I thought just for fun I’d post my gchat that I had with Brian while watching GoT. I took out some of the extra “me” and “brian” things and the time stamps just to make it a little more conversational but anyway, enjoy! I also edited out the other brief work related parts of the conversation, so you’re welcome. I also added some italics because it drives me crazy that gchat doesn’t offer that feature. Or text messages for that matter. I need italics!

me:  also I just started GoT, so expect sudden changes in conversation

Brian:  they cut out another storyline

me:  so grey worm is not dead?

Brian:  nope

me:  I don’t know why I didn’t think dany would be too dramatic about barry. of course she would be. esp after the cute story about her brother (who I thought was her father).

I hate when the closed captions just say “speaking valaryian”

Brian:  “our translator doesn’t know what one”

me: how did she decide which guys to feed to the dragons? were those harpy guys?

Brian:  lmao

me:  dany is a bad bitch… and that was graphic.

Brian:  like badass

or bad ruler? because, both?

me:  badass

Brian: tell me that after the episode…

me:  why did the one guy say valar margoulis?

Brian:  it’s like “I accept my death”

me:  oh ok

I thought it was code for something

Brian:  but yea, I don’t think it’s how you use that

I actually meant to look that up

me:  you should and then tell me about it. kthanks.

Brian:  when I heard that I was like “Fuck! He’s an assassin!”

me:  yeah me too, or that he’d run into the dragons like, suicide style

how did she decide which guys to feed to the dragons? were those harpy guys?

Brian:  I think to scare them into revealing who sent the harpies maybe?

me: so does sam just run the library? that’s his job now?

“Like a hundred year old man, freezing to death” I feel that way too Master Aemon. I mean, not in this moment but if you’d asked me in Febuary…

Brian:  awwwww

yea, sam’s the nerd of the wall

me:  “Kill the boy and let the man be born” – yeah Aemon! Tell Jon Snow!

what’s gingy beards name again?

Brian:  at the wall?

me:  yeah… the free folk guy

Brian:  thormund giantsbane. something like that

me: the day I fight with the crows is the day my people cut my guts from my belly and make me eat them… well that’s graphic. and mance is dead right?

Brian:  he’s the guy they burned alive (that JS put out of his misery)

me:  RIGHT

that’s what I thought. Ok

gingy beard is creepy, but I like Jon Snow calling him a coward.

Brian:  haha

he’s kinda a badass

me:  Jon Snow has never been my favorite, but I do like him as lord commander more than in previous seasons

“make peace to save your people” translation: Don’t be a stubborn ass.

why would the lord commander leave the… wherever they are? where are they right now? Castle Black?

so jon has to go north of the wall AGAIN? come on! Ugh.

Also I thought Stannis left? (him correcting that knight – “Fewer” pmp.

Where are you and why aren’t you answering my burning questions…

Brian:  he does in this episode

me:  ok

and now jons asking for the kids opinion? wow. didn’t realize this kid had such an opinion. is he the one that killed Lady Ginger? at least jon can sort of relate to the kid?

Brian:  oh yea!

I forgot about that

me: Also was this the first mention of “Winter is Coming” this season? Gross. We get it. It’s coming. WE GET IT.

me:  Brienne… she’s one of the tops on my list of “people that can’t die”

ugh… if and when she dies that’s gonna be a tough one.

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me:  so how does Brienne think this hermit guy can get into the castle?

Brian:  no idea. I didn’t get that.

me:  so weird. I was waiting for him to say “now you’re gonna die, lady”

Brian:  I mean, people loved the starks

me:  because that’s basically what I assume with everyone

Brian:  so maybe just assuming?

me:  Ramsey is such a tool. Seriously, fuck that guy.

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Brian:  amen

me:  I’m surprised he’s not just throwing that chick out the window to be honest.

Brian:  oh, you’re at the scene

me:  I’m scared to watch

Brian:  oh game of thrones porn…

me:  more like a rape scene

if I were her I’d throw myself out that window

Brian:  haha

that’s the same chick that tricked theon

me:  oh yeah? so that’s why she’s not running away or killing herself… she’s as messed up as Theon.

I love that old lady that’s hooking up Sansa

she knows what’s up

Brian:  the north remembers

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Brian:  back

me:  I collected up some questions for you.

me: What is up with Ramsay’s chick… trust her? don’t trust her? something is not right… is she team stark?

What is at the end of this dog cage?

God damnit what is at the end of this cage? Direwolf? Dead person?

Oh no shit. Reek. Theon!

Why would Miranda show Sansa, Theon? I don’t understand. What’s her angle? And how has Sansa not seen him yet? Has she not been near Ramsey lately?

Theon’s story line is bananas. Ramsey is totes the new Joffrey (see above meme), but way crazier. I wonder if he only forgave Theon because now he’s gonna punish the Miranda girl?

Why do Stannis and Bolton look so similar? I get them confused all the time.

me:  Sansa doesn’t believe that Theon killed her brothers, does she? What kind of name is Walda? It’s like they wanted something they think is a fat ladies name, thought Wanda but didn’t think it sounded Game of Thrones enough? Oh how about Walda? I realize it’s probably because she was one of Walder Frey’s daughters but I still like my previous theory. 

Brian:  lmao

ummm, I have no idea about Myranda

I don’t think she’s in the books at all

if she is, it’s minor

me:  right on

Brian:  and yea, Theon’s storyline is bananas

me:  Only because I hate Ramsey so much, I love the way Mr.Bolton fucks with him

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Brian:  hahaha

me:  this conversation about Walda’s pregnancy is hilarious

and terrible

Brian:  ha!

me:  “I’m your son, until a better alternative comes around” hahahaha

Brian:  this story is fucked up

me:  I can only imagine

I mean, Ramsey isn’t just created… you have to have at least one fucked up parent to end up that way, right?

Brian:  right?

Reese isn’t a saint

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me:  lol

Brian:  whatever

me:  I was just about to say I thought his name was Roose

but I like a nickname

maybe I’ll start calling him Reese’s

Brian:  no. I like reese’s too much

me:  hahaha

me:  For the record I think the stuff Gilly knows, is way more important than anything Sam knows

book learnin… what’s it good for anyway? haha

Brian:  saving the world?

haha

me:  he doesn’t even know how dragonglass works

This convo about white walkers makes Sam look like he’s one of those crazy people that finally gets to tell someone important his theories, and then is shocked when the person agrees. I mean I basically think Sam is the Crazy Eyes of Game of Thrones… if that can be a thing.

Brian:  HA! yes!

me:  davos is one of my faves. I wish his part was bigger.

stoneface girl, she’s like the arya of this family

how old is she supposed to be? 10?

Brian:  yea prob round there

me:  so Stannis is leaving and Jon Snow is leaving?

grey worm! You’re alive! If anyone had to live I’m glad it’s him. even if he seems pissed about it. YES!!! GREY WORM AND MYSSANDRI 4EVAH (you know I like the character if I know their name).

Brian:  hahahaha

me:  to kill all the masters or not to kill all the masters…

tough call

poor dany doesn’t even have barry to ask what to do…

it’s times like these that Jorah should show up

Brian:  I think he will

although I dunno

I go back and forth

me:  so her answer to killing everyone is to re-open the fighting gates?

but is she gonna kill everyone?

so she’s gonna marry this guy?

whaaa?

is this what you were talking about last week?

Brian:  yea but they changed it

a lot

like, in the book, she’s basically forced to marry him

it’s not her idea at all

me:  by who?

Daario?

Brian:  and the dude is a scheming asshat

me:  Barry?

Brian:  no, the guy she marries

me:  oh ok

so in the book, it’s not that guy?

Brian:  he shows up and is like “if I stop the harpies for a month, will you marry me”

I think it’s the same guy, but different character

if that makes sense

like, not a sniveling guy being used by Dany

me:  like the guys character in the book has a different attitude

right, gotcha

Brian:  yea

me:  did Dany start in Valeryia?

have we seen it before?

Brian:  I don’t think so

me:  they just all speak it then?

So basically this would be like an american visiting ancient greece?

Brian:  yea exactly

me:  and then a dragon flies overhead…

of course Tyrion talks about “what remains” and I’m like – where have I heard of this quote before…

oh right, one of the real housewives wrote a book called “What Remains”

at first I was thinking it was some quote from LOST

Brian:  HAHAHAA

I actually love that scene

me:  it’s very well shot with the dragon flying overhead and whatnot.

ok well the stone men ARE TERRIFYING

I was not expecting that

who’re they gonna touch? Jorah or Tyrion?

and just touching them will get your stone body?

what’s the deal?

OMG I AM FREAKING OUT!!!

WHAT THE FUCK

one of them definitely got touched! I’m sure of it.

Brian:  lol

me:  jesus I thought that was gonna be a cliffhanger

glad to see T$ is alive

greyscale is fucking terrifying.

and what happened to the boat? did they just jump ship to escape them?

are they safe where they are?

SO MANY questions!

Jorahs face makes me feel like they aren’t safe.

oh because he got the greyscale

obvs.

I should’ve known

and there aren’t a world of maesters around to save him like they saved baby stannis

well that was an intense episode.

Brian:  hahah

yea, I’m not sure where they ended up

in the book that scene is with a whole group they’ve cut out

and it isn’t jorah that gets greyscale

me:  I don’t want Jorah to have greyscale

that makes me sad

Brian:  right?

me:  maybe something will happen that will stop it from spreading. If this was written by any other person I’d believe they had a chance… although if this wasn’t in the book maybe there is still a chance? how fast does it even spread?

Brian:  I was reading an article about how the show jumped the shark last week

by killing selmy

me:  I can be optimistic about such a hopeless circumstance, right?

Brian:  it goes slow

me:  I hardly think the show jumped the shark with that… but I never read the books

so you know, there’s that.

Brian:  I think the other guy got some help somehow but I can’t remember

And, if you want to see Buzzfeeds probably better version of this (this chick at least knows/spells everyones name right), you can go here 🙂 

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American Idol – You’ve Got to Steal the Show

Well, I have to say as far as this season is concerned, this was one of my favorite episodes. It was filled with fantastic music (I’m beginning to wonder if other people shouldn’t be picking the songs for the contestants more often?)

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And by focus groups, I mean me.

To me it just makes sense to have people who know what they are doing, to help steer the contestants toward the right song choices. Or give them a better list of songs! I think either would be helpful. I thought all the picks were completely spot on tonight though as far as the judges and Scott Borchetta’s picks. So without further ado, let’s talk about the night, and who thought the winner of each round was!

Round 1: Borchetta Pick

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Winner: Jax – My Generation

This was a perfect song. I’ve been thinking about it and I feel like Borchetta is really rooting for Jax. I think he sees her as an artist he can definitely work with, and who fits his model unlike some of the other contestants*. That’s just me personally.

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And with the perfect song choice – I think Jax definitely won round one. She stands out from the boys which is always a plus! It was definitely a perfect song for her. She does gritty (and broken down) better than anyone else on this show. She just throws so much emotion into her performances unlike the remaining contestants, and I really appreciate that.

*I think he would’ve liked to see Tyanna or Quentin do well, too. 

**Side note – I would also like to take this time out to recognize Scott for being 1 million times the mentor that Randy Jackson was. He’s no Jimmy Iovine (who will always be my number 1) but thank god he’s no Randy Jackson either. 

And final note, did Jax’s key necklace remind anyone of anything?

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Runner Up: Nick Fradiani – Because The Night

I seriously love this song. For so many reasons. None related to Nick (obvs) – did you know that Jimmy Iovine produced it? True story. The Patti Smith one, not the 10,000 maniacs one. I heard the 10,000 maniacs one first… unfortunately also a true story. I thought Nick did a great job. Nothing completely standout but definitely and solidly second best of this round. If he did nothing else, he brought an energy to the early part of the show, which I appreciated.

Rayvon Owen – Want to Want Me

Did I say he should sing a Jason Derulo song? Because I think I did. Also, I don’t know if ever thought I’d say these words… but I’m over the falsetto. It makes me feel like he’s a one trick pony and he keeps pulling that trick out at the end of his number. It’s almost annoying to me at this point. He needs to go at least one song tonight without it. Preferably 2. Actually, ideally it would’ve been 3 but obviously that can’t happen now.

Clark Beckham – Beautiful Day

“I wanna be comfortable being uncomfortable” – sorry brah, but I don’t see U2 making you uncomfortable. Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, any kind of heavy metal – that is what I see making you uncomfortable. U2 is practically what you already sing. and I could actually see him singing day to day. The bigger problem – I seriously hate this song. And most of U2 (anything that isn’t on the Joshua Tree album). I was in the vicinity of a U2 concert once in Baltimore and all you could hear was Bono talking! No one wants your opinion on crap AT A CONCERT. Do it in an interview. Not while you’re on stage. People paid good money (for some reason) to hear you sing, so how about you do that? I do think Clark did a fine, tied for 3rd best job in this round, except for that one note he held for a second too long (twice). Other than that it was great.

Round 2: Hometown Pick 

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Winner: Nick Fradiani – Guilford, CT – Back Home

Was it just me or was the Mayor of Guilford, CT or the Governor of CT? Who was it? It doesn’t matter (It was the governor, Dannel Malloy). He looks like a more rugged version of Stephen Colbert to me. I’m probably totally wrong. Shit I can’t even remember if it was the Mayor or Gov? I love that Nick plays with his dad. I’d never heard the song Nick sang, but I really liked it! Again with a fantastic song choice. I still consider Nick somewhat average, but he had the best song choice and a good enough performance to put him in as the winner for me.

Runner Up Also Winner: Jax – East Brunswick, NJ – My Immortal

I wish she would’ve sung “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” but My Immortal was lovely. I read earlier she was dedicating it to a classmate. These songs remind me that Jax actually has a really great voice. I thought this was a great song. This maybe should’ve been the winner and really it was probably tied for winner. I mean, it had piano, it had great vocals, it had emotion… it had every single thing it needed to have. Bravo Jax. You are 2 for 2, lady!

Clark Beckham – White House, TN – Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay

“I have a dream… to do music… for the rest of my life” – Clark Beckham

Isn’t that poetic? haha. Not exactly MLK. Anyway, I really liked this performance. I think Harry fights for Clark because Harry is a lot like Clark. They have an older genre that they have to make sound new. I’m with Keith wanting to hear angst. I loooooove angst.

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Rayvon Owen – Richmond, VA – As

So, I was basically an hour or so from where Rayvon was on Saturday. I only realized it when we were at a gas station and I saw a headline in the local paper about it. I thought about trying to convince my husband to take a detour but was all “landscaping this” and “vegetables that” and “we’re already 3 hours from home” – we were on our way home from here – and decided against it. I’m just curious what it would look like to see it in person… Maybe another time. Though it seems I could’ve met Elliott Yamin, and he was a favorite of mine, mostly for this.  So anyway, this performance was fine, but kind of forgettable. I did like that he seemed a little more into his performance, which I think could’ve really helped him if this wasn’t the Top 4 but maybe around the Top 8.

 Judges Pick

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Winner: Combo – Clark with a Rayvon chaser.

Clark Beckham – Earned It

Well, the song was called “Earned It” and I think it’s what the judges were kind of insinuating to Clark that if he wants it, he has to earn it. Clark definitely earned it. Wow. Well, you earned enough of my love to win this round. I don’t know that it earned you the victory of the night, but having a strong last song is more important than having a good first two songs (as long as they aren’t wretched performances). And the suit didn’t hurt. Did he sing any Adele this season? Because I feel like a good way for him to show he’s modern, is to sing some Adele. He kind of seems like he wants to be a male Adele, a bit like Sam Smith… maybe he could sing some Sam Smith but that’s too close a comparison and Sam Smith’s voice is better so it wouldn’t work. But he should sing that Adele song “Don’t You Remember?” What’s great is that that is an angsty song, so just by singing it he’s halfway to the angst we all desire.

Rayvon Owen – You Are So Beautiful

This was perfection. I knew from the moment I heard the first notes that I was going to love this. And I looooved it. I luuurrvved it. I wanted to make out with it. The guys are just bringing the panty melters late in the game. Clark was one thing but then Rayvon so closely after? I mean come on… this is too much too soon.

Jax – Misery Business

Ok so does Ryan always have a back-up blazer? He must, right? This was fine but it wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I really wish she’d finished on a higher note. I mean, it wasn’t bad for me, just the weird lilting parts of it. It didn’t fit for me. Maybe it was the acoustic piece? Would I have liked it more with a full band? Maybe… We’ll never know I guess. But JLo’s advice was on point. You’ve Got to Steal the Show (at the END of the show). This was just such a weird arrangement and she seemed weird on stage with it. It wasn’t like she sang poorly at all, it was just a bad song. Judges, sorry but you were the weakest link this round.

Nick Fradiani – I’ll Be.

Keith Mother F-Ing Urban – who has watched Idol and hasn’t heard this song?

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This was only the perfect song because I think it should remind everyone how average this song is and how average a Nick Fradiani concert would be. I mean, he’s still average for famous person talent levels, not normal person talent levels. It’s a different category that he’s in but he’s still average among the famous and even that’s tough. Does that even make sense? I think it does?

 And with that, we said goodnight to Rayvon and we move on to a pretty solid Top 3. I’m pretty pumped about next week and I hope the song choices don’t let me down!

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