Friday, February 12, 2010

American Idol, Lost, NBA, Music, & More - February 12, 2010

Hollywood week on American Idol and there were some incredible auditions this week. This was also the debut week of Ellen DeGeneres as a judge. Nice line to start with when she sits down next to Simon and says “so this is it, I come on and you leave”. I liked Ellen. I thought she did good. She had fun and was honest with what she liked and didn’t like. The first episode of Hollywood was individual performances with them being able to use an instrument if they wanted. Audition of the day was Andrew Garcia. He sang a version of Paula Abdul’s “straight up” which was incredible!!! He completely changed the song and it sounded great. I liked Janell Wheeler as well with her version of American Boy where she put a twist on the song as well with a guitar. Maddy Curtis was a favorite of mine and she went home after choosing the wrong song for her. Didi Benami and Crystal Bowersox close out the show big with strong performances. Episode two of the week brings us to the drama that is always group day. Dreamers. Oh, the drama that went on with that group. They were a group of three, added two, tried to drop the two, and kept all five. Get all that?? What a mess. Only three members of the group go through after a ton of clashing with Mary Powers in the middle of it. Mary did get through. There was drama between two groups with one claiming that the other stole their idea as they were performing the same song. They also rehearsed next to one another as well. Some groups had drama while some were just flat out awesome and full groups were getting sent through. Michael Lynche was a big story of the week with him becoming a dad during Hollywood week and staying on the phone with his wife throughout. Lots of strong performances this week and a fun Hollywood week. I do have some favorites picked out but had several go home this week that I liked. Looking forward to seeing who makes it to the next round.

The new version of We Are The World has premiered and it sounds awesome. Great to see Michael and Janet Jackson in it as a video of him is shown from the original. Lots of big names in the new version overall. I’ll have a link to it later in the Wrap Up.

Smallville did very well last week in the ratings with its Absolute Justice episode which I thought was a great episode. Highest rating of the season for Smallville and the highest rating for The CW on a Friday night in over a year. Fun episode of Smallville tonight which was directed by Allison Mack. It brought back the story of the Warrior Angel comic. At first, I was thinking geez Clark all you had to do was read that issue of Warrior Angel and you could be flying. Well, then we learned of the twist of the curse that it carried. Fun story and just a nice light mood kind of episode. Definitely a big tease going on at the end with a romance heating up with Chloe and Oliver.

Moving on to Lost. SPOILER ALERT!! That is to my friend who called me out this week cause he started reading the Wrap Up and hadn't seen the premiere yet. LOL. Awesome episode of Lost that saw two versions of Kate and two versions of Claire. Kate continued to be on the run after reaching LAX and struck up a bond with Claire when she went into labor while all this was going on. Kate stuck it out with her. We also found out that the couple that was going to adopt Claire's baby was not at the airport. They went to see the supposed to be mother who revealed that the husband had left her and they weren't able to take a baby at the moment. While Claire was in the hospital, she suddenly came up with the name Aaron for the baby. On the island, Kate revealed to Sawyer that the reason that she came back was to reunite Claire and Aaron. We then see Claire holding up a rifle at the end of the episode at Kate. That is on the island of course and that ties to what we learned about the deal with Sayid. The ones in the temple were set to poison him to stop what was about to happen to him. They revealed that he had a sickness saying that it had happened to others including Claire. The worst is yet to come in Sayid. Sawyer took off from the temple deciding to go it alone. Kate did follow him out of there as she didn't plan on sticking around either. Basically, her plan is to run in both realities. LOL. I'm still waiting to see how these two worlds are going to come together.

Moving on to Chuck, we have another love triangle, square, whatever you want to call it. I have really liked the addition of Kristin Kreuk to the cast as a new romantic interest for Chuck. Poor Morgan. He's stuck on the girl and his best friend has hit it off with her. Then, we have Sarah and Shaw who have a flirtation going on as well. Chuck will be on hiatus until March 1 due to the Olympics on NBC.

The relationship between Cate and Ryan is out there after this week's episode of LIfe Unexpected. Cate went to help Lux after getting suspended at school. She took her case file to school to try and plead her case. However, it ended up being in the hands of the popular girl who does not like Lux. Lux had lied about her past to help her make friends easier so then this girl got the truth out. For Lux's revenge, she outed Cate and Ryan's relationship at the radio event. Cate eventually pointed out that what happened to Lux was an accident when she was trying to help. Lux did her big reveal on purpose. Basically, Cate gave her an ultimatum. She was trying and trying her best for Lux but wasn't getting the same in return. Lux ended up getting some advice on it from one of Baze's buddies and one of her teachers obviously. She is sticking it out with Cate. This is a really fun show so far.

I was two weeks behind on The Big Bang Theory until this week but I have to comment over the hilarity of last week's episode. I'm talking about Buzingah. LOL. Leonard chasing Sheldon in the ball pit while Sheldon keeps popping up to reveal himself and say that word was great TV. It lasted forever but was funny the whole time.

The results have been posted for The CW Awards winners. Woo hoo to Allison Mack who won for best lead actress from Smallville with 35 percent of the vote. Best Series went to The Vampire Diaries with 33 percent. Lead Actor was to Ian Somerhalder of The Vampire Diaries with 42 percent. Supporting Actor went to Supernatural's Mish Collins with 51 percent while supporting actress went to Katerina Graham of The Vampire Diaries with 27 percent. Best writer/producer/auteru went to Eric Kripke of Supernatural with 57 percent.

Gloriana is taking part in the Olympics by adding a song to it. "The World Is Ours Tonight" is one of the Team USA soundtrack songs. Good for Gloriana!! I'm so thrilled to see them continue growing in success. You can by the song on iTunes and they have shot a video for it as well which is mixed in with Team USA highlights.
http://soundtrack.att.net/artist_detail.php?artist=gloriana

The Super Bowl on Sunday was the most watched TV broadcast in history which topped the finale of MASH. 106.5 million viewers tuned into the Super Bowl which topped MASH’s 105.9 million. Also, there was ratings news when it came to the commercials as well. The Doritos ad became the most watched of all time with 116.2 million viewers at that time. Lots of buzz around the commercial that involved Jay Leno and David Letterman in the room together. Nobody saw that one coming.

Big sports weekend. The 2010 Winter Olympics started today in Vancouver on NBC with the opening ceremonies. The NBC networks will have coverage all over the place.

The NBA has its All Star showcase beginning tonight in Dallas. The All Star Game is set to make record setting attendance records with over 90,000 people at the new Texas Stadium. Already a bummer for many fans as starters Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson have pulled out of the game due to injury. All right, I have to call out LeBron James for All Star Saturday Night. Remember him saying during last year's dunk contest that he was going to enter this year's? Where are you at LeBron? He isn't on the list and it's disappointing. It would have definitely added more flavor to the contest. Interesting that Dwight Howard isn't entering this year either. I thought he got robbed last year anyway so I wonder if that had anything to do with it. I do find it bizarre that there are so many players that compete in these competitions that I have never heard of. I'm not saying that as insulting obviously. I just don't know the players like I used to but it is always fun. No matter what, you have the very entertaining TNT broadcast team which always liven things up. There are a TON of nights where I won't watch the games but I tune in to see Inside The NBA to hear what Ernie, Charles, Kenny, and Webber have to say about things.

The other sports attention this weekend will be on Daytona, Florida. Nascar has worked in the offseason at changes to help the racing. Will it help? One can only hope cause I think the last three seasons have been boring for the most part. I couldn't even tell you much about the happenings. Danica Patrick. That girl has all sorts of attention on her at Daytona. The ARCA race probably had more eyes on it than it has in many years to see how she would do in her debut. She spins out and still finishes 6th. So, she is entering the Nationwide race tomorrow and I'm really pulling for her to do well.

Movie box office numbers for last weekend. 1. Dear John - $30.4 million. 2. Avatar - $22.8 million. 3. From Paris With Love - $8.1 million. 4. Edge of Darkness - $6.8 million. 5. Tooth Fairy - $6.6 million. 6. When In Rome - $5.5 million. 7. The Book Of Eli - $4.7 million. 8. Crazy Heart - $3.5 million. 9. Legion - $3.4 million. 10. Sherlock Holmes - $2.5 million.

TV on DVD releases for Tuesday, February 16. The Dog Whisperer (Season Four), Lincoln Heights (Season One), Small Wonder (Season One).

TV Line Of The Week: From last week’s Big Bang Theory since I did just technically get to watch it this week. Leonard and Penny waking up to the Joker laughing as Leonard’s ringtone.
Penny: “Leonard, you’re giggling in your sleep.”
Leonard: “It’s not me. It’s my new ring tone. The Joker from Batman”
Penny: “It creeps me out.”
Leonard: “Me too but I paid three bucks for it.”

Twitter Update Of The Week: Neil Patrick Harris
@ActuallyNPH: “Ok, major gossip on J.Lo, y'all! We were hanging out on set today, between takes. She turns to me and says, dig this: "Neil, I'm going to tr”

You Tube Video Of The Week: We Are The World 25


Have a great weekend!! Take care and God bless!!

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