At least my hunter is up to level 57 since I've had a lot of free time to roam around Middle Earth. Now if only Will Peartree would show up so I can buy the spring horse from him (preferably at the 3 silver price that got him taken down). Also, if anyone out there is on Elendilmir and wants to send me some Iron Garrison Miner reputation items, please do so!
Some observations from DWTS:
- I hate grumpy Len.
- Brooke Burke did better this week, but I still like her more when she's not speaking.
- Buzz Aldrin has no business being on this show, and they're not even sugarcoating it. Why would anyone think an 80 year old guy should be on a dancing show?
- TPTB hate Ashly Coast/Delgrosso
- Cheryl has her work cut out for her.
- How is it that Derek gets ringers every year?
- Have I mentioned that I miss Julianne and Kym?
- Was it just me, or was there waaaaaayyyyyyyy too much manufactured drama in the pre-dance taped segments? I wish people would just dance, just like I wish the Idols would just sing.
I'm also really excited to the return of "Five" after Idol.
We're six minutes into the show and still no singing. I hate filler. I also hate the blatant shilling for Usher and his album. Shouldn't they wait until the results show for that crap? I muted the TV.
Today is Siobhán's day in the barrel; she draws the Dead Man's Spot. Her vocals are actually under control for most of the song. I hope she doesn't resort to her patented screeching at the end . . . which she can't resist. I'd like her a whole lot more if she'd just let that go. I hate "money notes" already, but her just yelling for the sake of yelling is pointless. Now I hope the judges call her on it . . . and Simon does. She's just half a step up from "The Ugly" with that.
What's up with the backstage camera? That seems a little intrusive.
Casey is up next. I think Fox is deliberately messing with the curse of going early. The hawtest guy this season is not the strongest singer, but he's probably the #2 performer/all-round musician in the field this year, which will carry him far. I have a feeling the judges are going to slam him for doing the same thing every week, but then again, Chris Daughtry was an OTP and he did pretty well for himself. I like that his hair isn't falling around his face. He wouldn't have stood a chance if Idol still had the "no instruments" rule. His vocals aren't the greatest, and he picked a song that has very little range, but it was a very good performance.
In the three-spot is Big Mike, who is becoming something of a formulaic performer. I don't see the charm of him; I think he's a good (but not great vocalist) and I wonder where he'd be if not for the massive face time he got in Hollywood. He starts in "the false" which is not good (at least for me). I appreciate that he's doing something different (sitting there with a guitar) with a very stripped-down performance. The swaying in the audience needs to stop. I give him a big aiiiiiiiiight, but all the vocal runs are a little much (see Rule #2 to the right).
Didi is batting clean up. Her (singing) voice annoys me almost as much as Lacey's did. I hope she's gone after tomorrow night. She starts slow which is good, and in truth, this isn't as bad as I expected it was going to be. What's with the sparkley prom dress? Her pained facial expressions are distracting. When it ends, I'm happy. Bad? Not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Good? Not even close.
I'm slotting two people down right now. Kara is pigeonholing singers again; WTF is that about?
Wrapping up the first half of the show is Borrowed Time. Will this be the week he gets eliminated? Or a haircut? He goes cross-gender with some Anita Baker, and starts flat. He looks scared/creepy. This can't end soon enough. Was this top 24 really the best 24 they could come up with? I think I want my money back.
If the rest of this season is as boring as tonight's show, I might break up with Idol, too.
While we're waiting for Fox to bombard us with filler, check out this list of songs that should be banned from Idol. Inexplicably, "Against All Odds" isn't the first song on the list.
Andrew hasn't found his groove, in part because he's let the judges get into his head and he keeps second-guessing himself instead of just being a strong singer. I like it a lot; he doesn't try to do too much and chooses an arrangement that caters to his strengths. If the judges slam him, they need to do a drug test for everyone at the table. I'll bet Kara mentions "Straight Up" . . . and thankfully, she doesn't.
By the way, I am officially in love with Andrew's mom.
Before cutting to break, Seacrest mentions that Aretha is up next and then the camera cuts to GHA, which spells trainwreck. At least she didn't pick "Respect". She's dressed like she's 17 going on 26. Her vocals are actually pretty good, although the performance is a little "over the top". She has good vocal control, but she's struggled to find it with poor song selection of the past few weeks; don't get me wrong, she's no VCM, but she showed off that she's a good singer without having to resort to the shouting that plagues Siobhán.
Lee is a guy whom I find boring. I just don't get a connection to him or his singing. He strikes me as just another guy with a guitar, in the same way the Didi is just another blonde girl who got the lead in all the high school chorus concerts. He's okay, but Casey is a better "rocker", Mike has more charisma and Aaron has the youth voters. Maybe not this week (but soon!), but I think when the music stops, he'll be the one without a chair. The judges slurp him, but I just didn't get it.
I'm sure Ken Warwick would have like to put CBX in the Pimp Spot, but since she was just there two weeks ago, they have to put her second to last tonight. Her new thing isn't a haircut, and it's not even the heels. As with all of her other performances, this is a grand slam. The only way it could have been better was if Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Robert Downey, Jr. were backing her up as the Pips. She's not a good musician, but a fairly decent vocalist, who clearly knows how much she can get away with, and doesn't have to resort to cheap stunts (Siobhán) or desperate ploys (Didi). As always, I'd almost be willing to pay money for this download. I also like the red dress.
Simon tells her to go back to playing the guitar. (He's right.) Take that, Kara!
By the way, I just checked and saw that Shannen Doherty got eliminated from DWTS. I didn't see that coming. Of course, in terms of name recognition, she doesn't have much (anymore) and her dancing was uninspiring. At least Buzz is a national hero and Kate is more current, which is probably why they're still around. Shannen hasn't done anything of substance since "Heathers" (one of the great underrated movies of the 80s; go rent it).
Aaron wraps up the show. He's another singer whom I don't understand. Why is he still around? I'm sorry for his recap being so short; I fell asleep half way through.
Crystal, "Midnight Train to Georgia"
Katie, "Chain of Fools"
Casey, "Hold On"
Lee, "Treat Her Like a Lady"
Mike, "Ready for Love"
Aaron, "Ain't No Sunshine"
Didi, "What Becomes of a Broken Heart?"
Siobhán, "Through the Fire"
Tim, "Sweet Love"
If this is the tour, I hope they're giving tickets away because everyone tonight has been underwhelming. I think the frontrunners are sandbagging and the rest have a talent deficit.
Who should be in the bottom 3: Didi, Siobhán, Tim
Who will be in the bottom 3: Didi, Katie, Tim
Who should go home: Tim
Who will go home: Tim
Didi is also in the mix to get whacked.
I'm going to go put some laundry in, then settle in to watch V. And try and get to level 58.
High Lord. Out.