maveness: (Ugly Betty - Old School)
( Apr. 1st, 2010 02:20 am)
American Idol

The guys are not that good, America. Several MIGHT be termed "solid", but several should have been gone by now.

Crystal still rules my soul.

Ugly Betty

So tonight's episode...spoiler cut )

I'm going to stick to my delusions until the final episode.

Project Runway

Please explain that dress that Mila made to me. Cause that was ten kinds of 70s fugly. And I say that knowing my mother made that dress for herself AND me AND my sister. Except more rainbow, less boring white.
maveness: (AI - Allison)
( Jan. 29th, 2010 02:13 pm)
Enjoying the Twitter battle between Melinda Doolittle and Elliott Yamin regarding who the best third place finisher on Idol has ever been. There's good natured ribbing between the two. Tis adorable.

The part that's pissing me off (and I'm sure will make [livejournal.com profile] sullivanlane absolutely livid), is that it's very, very clear that the best two of all the third place finishers are Melinda and Elliott. But for some stupid as hell reason, the person in third in this contest (ha!) so far is...Danny Gokey. For real. NOT Kimberly Locke, who is way closer in talent to Melinda and Elliott than anyone else.

In fact, here's my order.

1. Melinda Doolittle (but just barely)
2. Elliott Yamin
3. Kimberly Locke
4. Vonzell Solomon
5. Danny Gokey
6. Syesha Mercado
7. Nikki McKibbin
8. Jasmine Trias

(Also also, justification for 4-8: Vonzell was the most likable of all the people who could sing, but you realized probably weren't going to have a career post-Idol. Danny and Syesha got on my nerves, but their voices were most of the time at least decent, even if they didn't know who they were musically. Nikki, I still defend her to this day, because she went in with her own style and doing what she did and owned it. So while her voice wasn't the best, she still could sing and did her thing. As opposed to last place finisher Jasmine, who had none of the above, save a middling voice at best.)

And for Sully, so she can rectify the situation: the link.

Now I want a "fourth place finisher" battle, because Chris Daughtry v. Tamyra Gray v. Allison Iraheta? OH YEAH.
maveness: (Ugly Betty - Old School)
( Dec. 28th, 2009 09:00 pm)
Fixing My Shows

Accidentally on Purpose

1. Either really make James want to get back together with Billie, or ditch the character. This limbo he’s in makes no sense.

2. NEEDS MORE RYAN. Ryan is way more interesting of a buddy than Davis.

3. Either have Billie and Zack explore the idea of a relationship or don’t. But it’s hard to buy the idea that a smart, together professional woman (even when Jenna Elfman is good at playing the insecurities) would be interested in more than a one night stand with Zack, even with how hot he is and the proximity.

American Idol

1. Unfortunately, go back to 12 guys, 12 girls. Because the main viewership for this show is female and a large portion are stupid and choose looks (and guys they love to drool over) over talent (and women with talent).

2. Bring back the wild card round the way it existed in seasons two and three.

3. Really explore some theme weeks that haven’t been done ten million times and still provide good song choices.

America’s Next Top Model

1. An all male cycle.

2. Fire everyone who’s been there for more than three seasons, including Tyra. They need fresh perspective and fresh ideas for shoots.

3. Place less emphasis on Cover Girl. They do next to nothing for Cover Girl after the show is over. Screw Cover Girl and start using some sponsor that’s far more high fashion. It mixes up the formula and doesn’t allow the girls who are commercial to skate for so long. Plus it puts an emphasis back on things like runway.

The Big Bang Theory

1. More Raj. Lots more Raj. TONS more Raj.

2. That’s all.

Bones

1. More Clark Edison. He’s my favorite of the non regulars and must be used more.

2. A little more consistency on the show. They seem to be missing details in episodes that are back to back, which is just laziness.

3. The cases they investigate are all a little too easy. I want one that’s not Gormaggon level of hard, but takes an extended episode arc to delve into.

Castle

1. Alexis at the station more than just in the evidence room cataloging. Can’t you just see her someday becoming a cop?

2. Ryan and Esposito need more face time. For they are funny.

3. Back off the “Castle and Beckett are totally into one another” bit and let that just grow on its own for awhile. Nathan Fillion is awesomely magnetic. Just let the actors play off one another without pressure and see where it heads.

Chuck

1. Put it back on my TV!

2. Get the schedule worked out so that Anna Wu gets to come back.

3. Tons of Casey back story. For Casey is love.

Criminal Minds

1. Yes, I’m new to this show, but I’m getting caught up very quickly. And my heart wants Morgan and Garcia to declare their love for one another, okay?

2. Fewer serial killer cases, more cases that are serial rapists, etc. I have a hard time believing there are that many true serial killers out there. It’s a little more believable if they spread out the types of unsubs their after a bit more.

CSI

1. Keep in mind that Catherine is the lead CSI, not Ray, so give Catherine more. I love Laurence Fishburne, and he fits perfectly with the team, but the producers seem to be focusing on name recognition and not who all naturally is leading.

2. Keep up the new season dynamic where there’s logical, natural friction and the personalities are present. I’ve missed that.

CSI: Miami

1. Use some actual science? Please?

2. Walter should have a greater role and be on there all the time. For he is awesome.

3. Kill Horatio. You know that makes the most sense.

Flash Forward

1. No more Fiennes. Or reduce the character’s role. I swear, he’s annoying as hell.

2. In fact, just move this show along more quickly. The problem I’ve found is that every character is interesting for about two episodes, then they delve into them more and by episode three of their arc they’re annoying as hell.

House

1. I hate to say it, but fire everyone and cancel the show. I miss Kutner, the stories are contrived, and I can’t figure out why I’m still watching.

How I Met Your Mother

1. I actually recognize that there’s some little thing that needs fixing, but I’m not sure what.

Law and Order: SVU

1. Needs more Ice T. Seriously, he should be the lead. Or at least the lead for now, because they’ve exhausted everyone else emotionally.

2. Also could use a side of Coco. (You know Coco would be an awesome addition. Admit it.)

NCIS: LA

1. Sam and G admit their love for one another. *g* Or have to pose as a couple. I’ll go with posing.

2. All Hetty, all the time.

So You Think You Can Dance

1. Less emphasis on contemporary, more on ballroom. The problem with the show now is that they put tons of pressure on all the dancers that aren’t contemporary. Contemporary has the training that allows for them to more easily adapt to other styles. Therefore, if they’re going to put tons of contemporary dancers in the top 20, they need to have less contemporary and more ballroom/latin to truly challenge the dancers.

2. Bring back a fourth rotating judge. We need a set of fresh eyes each week.

3. Do something to challenge the choreographers, like by choosing the music for them. I’ve not been pleased with some of their music choices, because it affects the dance. Either there’s too much emphasis on current, or they go for indie that isn’t that spectacular. But most importantly, they aren’t going outside the “popularity” box to get songs that challenge them and tell a story. The Flower and the Hummingbird excelled because it could have been anything with that music. We need more of THAT.

Supernatural

1. Female regular who isn’t attracted to Sam or Dean, or they to her. She kicks ass and takes names. She’s a hunter. And most importantly, she drives a badass pick-up and has a not so secret crush on Bobby.

Ugly Betty

1. I’ll be in the minority here, but find a way to make Daniel/Betty work.

2. Lose Betty’s braces already!
maveness: (Default)
( May. 21st, 2009 01:47 pm)
American Idol

Okay, so I've kept quiet for a couple weeks (since Allison was gone and I just didn't really care as much). Thought I'd do a post since the airing of the finale.

To be discussed: why/how I think voting needs to be adjusted and changed, why I don't care who won, and why the claim "it's a singing competition" needs to be retired.

AI Results )
maveness: (Manlove)
( May. 12th, 2009 08:38 pm)
If you're recording Idol, it's going to go over. I guarantee it, unless someone muzzles the judges (which is doubtful).
maveness: (Pwning)
( May. 8th, 2009 09:50 am)
American Idol

I was looking at my past favorites and how they finished each season. Of my absolute favorites each season, none of finished worse than fourth. The thing is, my last two absolute favorites...have finished fourth. Each of them.

Season 1: Kelly Clarkson (winner), Nikki McKibbin* (third)
Season 2: Ruben Studdard (winner), Frenchie Davis
Season 3: Fantasia Barino (winner), George Huff (fifth)
Season 4: Bo Bice (second), Nikko Smith (like...12th or 11th)
Season 5: Elliott Yamin (third), Bucky Covington (eighth)
Season 6: Melinda Doolittle (third but she should have won)
Season 7: Jason Castro (fourth)
Season 8: Allison Iraheta (fourth), Anoop Desai (sixth)

* I know, folks think I'm still nuts for having liked Nikki, but it's partially due to the fact that at that time, I felt like rock was coming back and Nikki would have a viable career on that front, and folks at 19 wanted her to do country. The thing is, I was right about rock. Plus, she was the only person that season who was different from everyone else. Kelly was way better than everyone, but Nikki was smartest for having a niche and sticking to her guns regarding it.

Each of those seasons I had a favorite that I loved passionately (although season 7...I loved Jason, but I knew he wasn't going to win, and it was just as much personality as singing). I also had a second that I loved based on personality. Possibly the only exception to this is season two, because we all know that if Frenchie had still been in the competition, she'd have won. Just sayin.

Lastly, I'd like to say that I look at my list of favorites and I keep thinking "I'd love an Elliott Yamin/Fantasia Barino duet. Or an Elliott Yamin/Melinda Doolittle duet. Oooh!!! Or a Melinda Doolittle/Bo Bice duet where they're rocking out. OR! a Kelly Clarkson/Allison Iraheta duet. Oooohhh, or a Bo Bice/Fantasia Barino duet. Okay, so I want everyone on there to duet with one another except Jason and Ruben, because everyone else has big voices and Jason and Ruben are crooners.
maveness: (Salute)
( Apr. 29th, 2009 09:57 pm)
Adventures in Tie Dye

Needed something to go with a dress I made. So I tie dyed a scarf. It was a laughable endeavor, for several reasons. 1) The purple bled like crazy and saturated areas that should have been white. 2) I kind of suck at developing patterns.

So under hte cut is a picture. The other side of the scarf that's dangling over the rack is far more purple. But the way I look at it, it suffices. Turquoise and purple on one scarf. What I wanted.

Scarf )

***

American Idol

Results Night )
maveness: (Together)
( Apr. 22nd, 2009 09:17 pm)
American Idol

Um, what the hell?

Just in case )

Professional singers need to be careful about going on shows to perform when their voices have gone. Or wearing outfits that give people in the front row an anatomy lesson.
maveness: (RPS)
( Apr. 21st, 2009 09:15 pm)
So, something I was thinking about. Some of the American Idol themes have become tired (either because the contestants refuse to choose anything but the most obvious songs, or because they've been used up and overplayed). Quite honestly, we could stand to see something different. New themes that aren't just cutesy ways to let them choose anything or themes based on one artist.

Past Themes

Here's how it breaks down for 8 seasons:

Era Themes

1950s - 1
1960s - 4
1970s - 3
1980s - 2
1990s - 2
2000+ - 2

Musical Style

Country Rock - 1 (even though no one ever figured out what this one was)
Big Band - 2
Soul - 1
Showtunes - 2
Country - 5
Latin - 1
Classics - 1
British Invasion - 1
Disco - 3
Motown - 4

Vague Themes

Inspirational Songs - 2
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - 1
Movie Themes - 3
Love Songs - 2

Artist Themes

Diane Warren
Billy Joel
Gloria Estefan
Barry Manilow
Elton John
Elvis
Queen
Stevie Wonder
Barry Gibb/Bee Gees - 2
Bon Jovi
Diana Ross
Michael Jackson
Neil Diamond
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Mariah
Dolly Parton
Beatles - 2

Themes That Justify Getting To Sing Anything

Year You Were Born - 4
iTunes/Billboard - 5
No Doubt and the songs that inspired Gwen Stefani - 1

I admit to liking it when they include a night of something current, to see how they compare, but only when it's logical. That No Doubt night did not work as a theme.

***

Themes To Kill

Quite honestly, if it's been done four times or more, kill it. Make it take a hiatus for awhile. (Motown actually took a major hiatus and they only brought it back this year after the first three years, I believe. But they've hit four.)

That means the following themes would be defunct for, like, two years at least, or three:

1. Year you were born
2. iTunes/Billboard
3. Motown
4. Country (OMG, make them stop, because they all choose the exact same songs year after year)
5. 1960s

I'd go so far as to add the Beatles theme (since they killed that one dead last season with two weeks of hell) and Barry Gibb/the Bee Gees (because the contestants have trouble remembering there's anyone but him/them and Donna Summer on disco night anyway).

***

Themes to Add

Thinking on themes that should be added, besides throwing in a couple of artist themes per year (they should really be limited on that front, plus require the artist to have had a certain amount of number ones, or success in some measurable form like Andrew Lloyd Webber), I'd have to say that I've got some ideas I like. Random, possibly weird, but themes that would challenge the musicians and add some spark back to the show.

1. New Wave (it would so rule!)
2. Classic Rock
3. Blues
4. Pop (if someone can figure out how to truly define pop)

I'd also argue for bringing back a few themes that ruled and went over well with the audience. Plus, with the way the contestants have figured out "rearranging the song", they'd be different from how initially presented.

1. Big Band
2. Soul
3. 1950s
maveness: (Really?)
( Apr. 21st, 2009 08:09 pm)
American Idol

Disco Night )
maveness: (Match)
( Apr. 7th, 2009 08:43 pm)
American Idol

Songs from the year you were born )

Also, everybody, it ran long. So your DVR may have cut off the last performance if you were recording it. Because apparently they can run way long but they have to get in every commercial.
maveness: (Default)
( Mar. 31st, 2009 09:52 pm)
I have the giggles.

Because at some point tonight I figured out that over the past few years my ears have recalibrated for the ever-changing music scene, thereby changing what I'm willing to accept on Idol.

Also known as, I far prefer the rockers to the ones with the smoooooth, perfect voices.

(Tis possible to rock and have a smooth voice - Fantasia and Melinda demonstrated this - but now I'll take passion and intensity and not forcing the song to bombastic heights over the perfect pitch or runs that go on for days.)
maveness: (Super)
( Mar. 31st, 2009 08:30 pm)
American Idol - Top 9

iTunes Top Downloads )
maveness: (Contemplate)
( Mar. 25th, 2009 09:15 pm)
American Idol

Motown Week )
maveness: (Goats)
( Mar. 19th, 2009 08:07 am)
Dear American Idol Voting Public:

SERIOUSLY????

Just so you know, you've pissed me off already and it's on. I have two people I'm voting for, period. (Unless Kris or Danny pull me in. They have the potential to do so.) It's Allison and Anoop all the way for me, since I'm pissed that this early you got rid of my third.
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