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    S17.E19: Season Finale (2019.05.19)

    I really, really enjoyed Katy's performance with Jeremiah. I honestly did not think Katy could actually sing live and hit those notes, I thought most of her high notes were only produced in the studio. It was a beautiful performance. Also enjoyed seeing Adam Lambert again, though with that hair I think he made a mistake joining Queen, since he looks like one of the BeeGees. But I respect the hell out of him for doing his own thing and being true to himself, from when he was first on AI in 2009 up until now. Fact is, way back in 2002 when K.C. won the first season, the majority of people who got music digitally were those of us downloading from Napster on our super-fast T3 lines in our college dorms; other people were still buying CDs and the Billboard charts were still a huge thing. iTunes existed as a program but they didn't start selling songs until 2003. So, waiting a year for an album was no big deal. But now everything, including new artists to listen to, is available immediately on the internet. I think Alejandro is likely in a better position than probably anyone on AI in the last ten years, including the winners, since the show is over and he seems to have enough original music to release an entire album *today*. In the moment, I was disappointed he lost, but I realize he's probably better off this way. Midway through the finale I found myself wondering if there was anywhere to download his music right now, because I've really come to enjoy his artistry and vibe over the season. So I was happy to see... And immediately checked DC9's site for tickets, only to learn they're already sold out. Booooo. I mean, yay for Alejandro, but booooo for me.
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    S15.E25: Jump into the Fog

    I know I probably should get the reference, but who was Alison? Owen's girlfriend/Teddy's BFF who died in Iraq? Jackson going out in the fog with a flashlight to "see what's going on" was so ridiculous. It's fog, a naturally-occurring weather system. Did he think someone down the road was pranking him with a ginormous fog machine? I get it's foggy in Seattle but they've done the "danger! Characters in the road during awful fog!" thing for a season finale before, and it wasn't too long ago. Remember Alex and Meredith in the back of the ambulance with the sick little baby, coming from the podunk hospital that didn't even have tubes small enough to intubate the baby, and the ambulance broke down on a blind corner in the fog? So, did Schmidt just come out to his mom for the first time as she was serving him soup? Her response was very classy but, jeez, we forego what could have been a good storyline to focus on Niko's emotional constipation. I hope Niko leaves for UCSF next season. Schmidt really does deserve better than that piece of wood. A pretty piece of wood, but that's it. There's no way Webber, Alex, and Meredith will be fired come next season, so there just was no tension there for me. I love this show but now it's like I love it for what it used to be, like a comfortable piece of furniture that is kinda worn out and ugly and doesn't really do anything for the room but you're not quite ready to let it go even though you know it's definitely past time to do so.
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    S17.E14: Disney Night - 2019.04.21

    I haven't watched Toy Story 2 in years, but in my head I heard Sarah McLachlan's voice singing the song and Walker just...did not come close to even remotely scratching the surface of the incredible emotion Sarah sang the song with. That song is about longing, and Walker just didn't connect at all. How is it that a couple singing together have absolutely no emotional connection to each other?! Aren't they engaged? I didn't watch last season but recently read some gossip about two Idol alum being engaged and rushing the wedding because they're both uber-Christian and basically cannot wait much longer to have sex. If that performance was any indication of their chemistry, the wedding night is probably going to be a huge let-down. I'm sorry Dimitrius was eliminated, but I'm so happy he at least got to have his day at Disneyland with his mom beforehand. And hopefully his mom waa in the audience for his performance. But I honestly just think a majority of the Idol-watching audience could not connect with a black boy from Baltimore with facial tattoos. It's a sad reality of the country we live in today. I think that's similar to why Uche got the boot, too. He was too flamboyant and the majority of the viewing audience just didn't get him. But I hope the exposure from this show helps move their music careers along. Dimitrius does not belong working retail. I was confused by Alejandro, only because when he sang for Rebel Wilson he had an EDM-ish backing track playing on his phone. I thought that would have made for an interesting rendition of "Remember Me," so was kinda disappointed when that wasn't how he performed it in the live show. I LOVED Madison's performance, but was distracted by the fancy black dress in front of an island backdrop. Like...they couldn't find a slightly more island-ish dress that would better go with the overall theme? So weird. I finally figured out who Jeremiah reminds me of when he sings: the lead singer of Simply Red. There's a unique quality to his voice, almost like a kind of vibrato, which the SR guy had as well. Listen to this, particularly at the 2:52ish mark where he goes for a higher note, and tell me you don't hear a similar sound from Jeremiah. https://youtu.be/yG07WSu7Q9w
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    S15.E22: Head Over High Heels

    I could have quoted more of these same comments through the thread, but then I'd be quoting like 85% of the thread. I struggle with major depressive disorder, and, honestly, how Jo is behaving is pretty much the same way I spiral when something bad happens in my life. I was going to say that the portrayal of Jo drinking bothers me because it blurs the storyline between alcoholism and depression, except I just realized that I used to use alcohol as a coping mechanism, until I quit drinking altogether. When I am depressed, I can barely be bothered to shower or even brush my teeth more than once a week. I push away the people who love me and refuse to talk about what I'm going through, because nobody else could possibly understand (or so the depression tells me). I hate myself and often would turn that outward (especially while drinking) and unleash on those who love me, saying terrible things. And, oh, the anger! I'd be furious with myself for making the decisions leading to my current situation, which would often lead to me snapping at others. If anyone said they would give me consequences for my actions, my response would basically be "go fuck yourself, I don't care." And I truly didn't. I felt I didn't deserve anyone's love and that I was a burden on everyone (again, that was the depression talking). I would do everything I could to sabotage everything good in my life, because the depression told me I didn't deserve any of it. So Jo's behavior rings true to me. The problem is, that's a really hard story to tell in 3-minute scenes at a time, when the depressed person doesn't want to talk to anyone and tell them what's in her head. The last time I spiraled, I finally broke down and realized what I was doing wasn't working for me after I had two anxiety attacks--which had never happened to me before. So I think they are moving towards her having a break down of sorts, since being drunk at work is an escalation of behaviors. But since it's so hard to explain to the audience what she's going through *right now*, the break down won't necessarily be as satisfying and cathartic for the audience. Jo has had a lot of trauma in her life and she never has gotten help to process and heal from those things. Achieving so much despite the odds does not magically heal all the trauma. I cannot imagine what it would feel like to learn that you are the product of rape, but I could see how that would trigger you to feel that the violence of your conception means you deserved all of the terrible things you've experienced in your life. So now that her life has good things in it, she thinks she doesn't deserve those things and is sabotaging it all. Those above who said that this isn't going to wrap up by season end, you're right. Even though the writers have not done a great job with this part of the story, I think (hope!) once her breakdown moment comes, they will find it easier to write the rest and do this story justice. I could see Jo in therapy next season, working through all the trauma she's experienced in her life. Also, I don't see her leaving Alex--even though this show can be totally ridiculous, I can't see Alex's second wife disappearing from the face of the earth just like his first wife.
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    S15.E19: Silent All These Years

    I noticed that too... I figured this was meant in opposition to the ex-husband who beat her every chance he got--that, despite all the hardship before, now her life is good and she has a man who loves her, who does not beat her.
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    Season 16 Discussion

    @vast wasteland, I have not attempted to watch that performance of Kelly's since it originally aired. It made me sob then, just as it does now. So, y'know, thanks for that. I've only been lucky enough to see Kelly live once, about ten years ago, and she was fantastic. I just all-around love her, even on the voice. She's just a genuine person, and I don't think she's ever forgotten where she came from and how lucky she's been to have the career she does.
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    S17.07: Hollywood Week (2)

    No, that girl's name was Ashton. I could NOT believe they put Wade through. I can't stand Maya, either. Did Shayy go through? I haven't actually voted during AI since Jordin Sparks' season, but if Jeremiah makes it to the live shows, I'm voting for him. He's an amazing singer and I never want him to have to go back to a family and town who can't support him for who he is.
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    Mental Samurai

    Fox's (very long) official description: I watched the first episode on Hulu last night and, man, I was underwhelmed. For pros: it was decent as a "quiz show" type game, with different categories/questions than we usually see on this kind of show, and Rob Lowe was enjoyable as a game show host. He's more low-key than most hosts of these kind of shows, but it worked. The contestants were decent, and the show did a good job of showing the contestant's back story without letting it go on for stupidly long, as often happens on game or competitive shows. For cons, first of all, the whole "sitting in a capsule attached to a robot arm getting thrown around from question to question" thing was lame, IMO. Even at the beginning of the show, Rob said something about the contestants answering questions while dealing with the "centrifugal forces" the robot arm imposes on them. I'm no astronaut but I have been on plenty of different amusement park rides that use centrifugal force to get you to stick to a wall, and I'm pretty sure centrifugal force doesn't bother you if 1) you're not moving at a rate of speed faster then, say, a child's Power Wheels car; and 2) you're not even completing a full circle before you stop moving again. I was expecting the physical component to be more challenging, and (for the contestants we saw so far) it was not challenging in the least. Maybe if we had someone afraid of heights, that would give someone a challenge to overcome in this type of situation. I was also bugged by the whole "you have five minutes to answer 12 questions" thing. That seems reasonable, until you realize the clock keeps running as the contestant is moved from question to question, which eats up at least 5 seconds each time. If you're going to give a time limit, the clock should only be running from the time when the contestants are shown the question until they lock in their answer. They could then lower the time to 4 minutes or 3.5 minutes, and I think that would make things more exciting. It's just lame to have contestants bleeding time when they are unable to control how long the arm takes them to move between questions. I'll probably watch the next episode to see if it gets better somehow, and I'll likely watch the finale to see how they change it up for the $250k prize, but otherwise...eh. Did anyone else watch? Did you hate AVA as much as I did, or have I thought way too much about a stupid robot?
  9. I'm pretty sure he did cry, though that might have been during her earlier (masked) performance. I just know that at one point the camera showed him and his eyes absolutely looked shiny and teary. Not that I blame him. I teared up at some point during her performance. But "I Can't Make You Love Me" pretty much always gets me. The show was taped last summer, so watching it "live" at 8 pm on Wednesday is the exact same experience as watching it on Hulu at 1 pm on Thursday. The finale show was one hour 23 minutes and some-odd seconds when I watched it on Hulu today. A show airing on network TV in a one-hour block of time is usually around 42 minutes of actual content and the rest commercials. No difference with Hulu.
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    S01.E07: All Together Now

    I was so impressed by that! I really think that's a mark of a talented vocalist, the ability to impersonate other singers' styles. I thought peacock's song choice was not good this episode. I thought monster's song choice showed off his voice in a way we hadn't ever heard before. One of the pieces of rabbit's package, where he was about to walk into a warehouse (ostensibly to practice with his circus pals) and the lights were a low, gray-blue sparked some deep, 20-year-old memory in my brain of a boy band video, though I couldn't put my finger on which one. I ended up watching several of NSYNC's first videos from back in 1999. For a lot of "I Want You Back," they're dancing in a warehouse. I was a huge NSYNC fan, but watching the videos also made me realize how much they pushed Justin, and, to a slightly lesser extent, JC (which I 100% did not pick up on at 17), so the rabbit's whole 'stepping out from the group' thing makes even more sense now. I loved the lion tonight. I honestly think the whole "lack of moving around the stage" thing is a result of having to wear that huge headpiece, and having very low visibility, while wearing high heels. Also, Rumer Willis was born in Kentucky, and then raised in Hailey, Idaho.
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    The Masked Singer

    I think that his legs are covered by pants that are probably held up by suspenders, and the rest of the outfit will just lift off over his head. It's like a big barrel with a dome on top. I think for as cumbersome as the costume seems, it'll probably be the fastest one we've seen removed. This one is a bit sneaky, as everything I googled stated there were nine Jackson siblings. But Wikipedia had a throwaway line in the Jacksons article, mentioning Marlon's twin, who died shortly after birth. Including Brandon, that's ten.
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    The Titan Games

    I have been watching this show on Hulu, and I actually am enjoying it. I do enjoy seeing the people who have really overcome the odds (like the guy with Leukemia this last show) and rebuilt their bodies so incredibly. I also like seeing the guys who just focus on building their muscles at the gym but otherwise do not work on their athleticism fail miserably. There was a guy an episode or two back who was so huge, and he crushed the first wall and the three uphill walls, but he got totally stuck on the spinning cylinders, and just could NOT get over them. I think he was maybe on the last slide when his opponent was removing the key from the...crypt-thing, about to win. I would really like to see "DJ" take on Mt. Olympus and all of the qualifying tasks. Maybe show the average time for all the winners of that particular task, and Dwayne can do the tasks solo but racing the clock. That can even just be online-only content, but I'd totally watch it. I am also wondering how they will do the finals. Will they basically use the same bracket system as the regular episodes for two semi-final episodes, then the four winners from there will compete in a final?
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    The Masked Singer

    Seriously! I really liked Wrecking Ball when Miley first came out with it, but never bought it. Bee's version, I wanted to go download immediately. I would love to hear her do some Lady Gaga. She did DWTS a few years ago, but combined with the National Anthem at the Super Bowl this week, I really think she's just trying to access a new audience. I don't think we can necessarily point to money issues, because she could probably just license the crap out of her songbook and make plenty of passive money that way. I think she just genuinely loves performing, even after doing it for almost 70 years. Agree with all your points. I'm in my late-30s and I heard plenty of Gladys Knight growing up, but my parents really disliked the Osmonds so I didn't get much exposure to him, until the 00s when Donny was on some cheesy shows (possibly on VH1?). I found him cheesy himself, so I never listened to any of his stuff. However, I LOVE Broadway, and we did Joseph in my high school choir class, so after the wig was revealed and he made the jail reference, I looked up his performance of "Close Every Door to Me" on YouTube and was blown away. I don't know that I'll start going to any of his shows now, but I at least have an appreciation for him that I didn't before, and maybe I'll buy some of his music. I was thinking that maybe when contracts were signed, the actual professional singers had it written into their contracts that they would not be eliminated before the non-professional singers. Imagine if, say, Gladys Knight was eliminated before Margaret Cho. It would be a complete embarrassment for Gladys professionally, and she would not sign up for this show (nor would her managers allow her to) if there was a possibility of her being humiliated. It's not an actual game show, as it doesn't appear that there are cash prizes for the finalists, so (I think) the producers can do whatever they want with the order of eliminations. Also, I watched this week's episode on Thursday morning, and came here immediately after to see what everyone had to say. I must have checked 100 times over the course of Thursday and Friday to see if the forums were back up. Around visit 50 I realized I might have an issue. 🙈
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    S18.E14: What's Your Motto?

    I am a sap, but seeing Ariel cry and then hug Motto over his decision made me tear up. One of the reasons Motto gave was that he wants to start a family, and he's absolutely right to think that would be put off by relocating to Las Vegas. Some Googling turns up that Motto got married this past October. He's 35, and his wife looks to be close in age. Even if she's 30, if they want a family, they shouldn't delay it. Plus, there's really nothing wrong with choosing to stay the big fish in the little pond. It looks like he was doing well professionally before HK, so I imagine this will certainly boost his status locally. I cannot stand Bret. Between the "I only have one kid I know about *hyuk hyuk hyuk*" and the "Yeah, I have a girl[friend], I think I actually love her" stuff, he's shown himself to be a jerk and INCREDIBLY emotionally immature. And he's something like 35 himself! I feel sorry for his girlfriend, who he completely humiliated on national TV. The only reason I'd want him in final two would be to see Ariel wipe the floor with him, and to see his cryface when his door doesn't open.
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    The Masked Singer

    This is a problem so many shows have, with commentators/judges. I understand their entire reason for existing is to comment on the action, but I wish the showrunners would realize that constantly showing them takes away from the performance. If whatever the commentators are doing is So! Interesting! then just go with a picture-in-picture thing. I don't think it's JC simply because, after his brief solo run following NSYNC, he got into producing and seemed to really enjoy (and even prefer) a behind-the-scenes role. Everyone thinks NSYNC hasn't reunited ONLY because Justin has done so well solo that he has no interest, but from what I've read over the years, JC isn't very interested either.