Sunday, May 28, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 41/ Season Finale Recaps

It's a beautiful Sunday morning, a few days after the finale. We all know who's the new American Idol by now. Very sorry for my lateness. I'm gonna do a quick recap for this unfinished business and then let you watch some of the best moments of that Wednesday night again, and end up this whole thing sweetly by posting up some pre-Idol mp3s of Taylor Hicks.
What a proper way to start the night with an ensemble performance of the top 12 with the previous Idol Carrie Underwood singing 'Through The Rain' (no, not that dull Mariah Carey song). And then some usual remember-all-we've-been-through clip montage. The real deal of the night is the collaborations of the top 5 and the special guests (not their own idols). Paris jammed with Al Jarreau (who's this guy, I don't even know him!). Then Live surprisingly showed up with Chris Daughtry to sing 'Mystery' from their lastest album 'Songs From The Mountain' (great way to promote). After a 'Puck N' Pickler' sketch making fun of Pickler's ditziness (aren't we all tired of this already), Kat joined Meat Loaf for a real painful collaboration, trying to rework a Celine Dion song 'All Coming Back To Me'. The rocker dude sounded like he would never get a chance to past the audition round, and Kat trying to evoke emotions made me wonder if she ever got a role in a substandard school play. And this was the part where parents covered their beloved children's eyes due to Kat's cleavage. I don't mind, her boobs are fine! (I'm such a perv) This whole thing is an utter collapse. Star power finally came with one Mary J. Blige and a little Elliott singing U2 classic 'One'. (he's like an elf standing next to her, she outsung him and stole his spotlight and made him look like a backup singer for her). Still, Elliott and Mary's was the best collaboration out of the 5. For the last one, we've got Taylor and...Toni Braxton singing 'In The Ghetto'. Toni was all over Taylor, she didn't sing much, just danced around and flirted him. That was kinda sick, like a naughty little girl trying to seduce her gray-haired uncle (did that sound too graphic?). Although the collaborations didn't turn out to be as good as I expected, the medleys were pleasantly worth watching. The guy's medley really gave a chance for the others to sing, Taylor basically just sang harmonies and played his harmonica. The key was arranged to suit each, so they all sounded fine. And then the girls really brought it on with their female-empowerment-theme medley. You've got it all here; 'Oh Man I Feel Like A Woman', 'I'm Every Woman', 'Natural Woman'...It's good to see Mandisa do her thing again. We've got a bonus performance of Carrie's new boring single 'Don't Forget To Remember Me' (which is like a hidden message from her). Finally, all 12 joined together for the Burt Bacharach medley. Lisa sang so well standing by his piano. Special guest Dionne Warwick got up the stage and did the magic to end the tribute. Moving on to the less exciting part. This year, we've got 'The Golden Idols Awards' as the time filler, to make fun and give out statues for the suckers (except the award for Elliott's mom). That was the great thing about AI. In the end, no matter if you're bad or good, you've all got a slice of the big AI cake of the big finale party. There were outstanding male and female performer award(whoever received it, I don't even care to remember their names). The Randy Jackson Award was given to Rhonetta (that staged clip was fun as hell, I wonder what she works for a living, I'm pretty sure she's a wh***). The Impersonator Award was given to Michael Sandecki (that queer Clay Aiken lookalike who blamed his screeches on his needing to pee), who got the time of his life, having no clue that Clay was gonna join him in 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me', once made famous by...George Michael and...Elton John. What a meaningful performance! (I'm being sarcastic, in case you don't know). Clay looked even uglier with his new shaggy emo hairstyle. I sit there, watching that kid totally freaking out, wondering how can this Clay get to be the runner-up of season 2. Gross fun. The final award, Best Friendship, was given to that 'Brokenote Mountain' cowboy trio, and they did have a chance to perform on stage, actually they weren't that bad, I must say. Oh, did I mention the Ford commercial, this was like a clip show, with Kat and Taylor in a drive-in watching and laughing at their own goofy music videos. And they both got a new Mustang. Jealousy. Just as when I thought all this 2-hour trashy fun ended to get to the results, Prince showed up...solo. His performance was pretty cool and all, but where did this guy come from? It seemed like this was a last-minute thing, because he was reported to be added as a vocal judge and guest star but that didn't happen, so he tried to redeem it (and get his cd up a few notches on the charts) by performing near the end of the show? After Prince, still one more performance left, with Kat, who looked fabulous in a beautiful gown, and Taylor dueting the Dirty Dancing theme '(I've Had) The Time Of My Life'.
Finally, the moment had come. Wasn't as intense as last season. Kat seemed to know her fate, donning a dark-colored dress. We all knew it already. Soul Patrol Woo-hoo! Taylor almost cried. But it was David Hasselhoff who burst into tears instead. (BTW, the vampire with a soul 'Angel' aka David Boreanaz was in the house with his son, sorry can't help it) Confetti all over the stage. His hometown cheered. 'Do I Make You Proud' was sung again. Everybody joined on stage for the last time, hugging Taylor, as the curtains fell (actually, there were no curtains). Great, I finished work here. It's been a lot of fun blogging on each episode, but it's been taking a lot of my time. Not sure if I'll do it again next year, but for sure I'll still be watching. Thanks to you guys for joining me on this journey.


-Ever wonder what it would be like to combine a result night from AI5 with The O.C. season finale? Click here.(Spoiler Alert! Not recommended for die-hard O.C. fans)
-Ever wonder what the finale would be like in an utopian world?
Click here.
-And check out this hilarious piece of fiction, proving that Ryan has got a lot bad news to announce. The guy who wrote this a brillaint genius. Click here.
-Want mp3s of the whole season 5 performances? Click here.

Videos: (props to the uploader)

Top 12 and Carrie Underwood-Through The Rain

Paris & Al Jarreau-We're In This Together

Chris & Live-Mystery

Katherine & Meat Loaf-All Coming Back To Me

Elliott & Mary J. Blige-One

Taylor & Toni Braxton-In The Ghetto

Taylor & Kat-(I've Had) The Time Of My Life

Guy's Medley

Girl's Medley

Burt Bacharach Medley

Carrie Underwood-Don't Forget To Remember Me

Prince's performance

Clay & Micheal

The Cowboy Trio

Top 2 Ford Commercial

Taylor Hicks back in the days, performing with his band

And Taylor now, as the new American Idol!


Check out these three songs from Taylor Hick's pre-Idol cd, 'Under The Radar'. This cd should be on everyone's hunt by now. He clearly know what he's doing right from the start. Click to download.

Hell Of A Day
Heart And Soul
Soul Thing

Kat's single 'My Destiny' will be released June 20 with 'Think' as b-side.
Taylor's single 'Do I Make You Proud' will be released June 13 with 'Takin' It To The Streets' as b-side.
Here are the cd covers.

There you have it, the longest entry in Zeon's Music Blog history. Have Fun. Zeon...Out!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 40 Recaps

So Idolmaniacs, last night was the night we'd been waiting for since January. The one big, sparkling night, when two of the best fought for every single vote of yours. Soul Patrol vs. McPheever. Celebrity Sightings: Mandy Moore, Ben Stiller, Chris Daughtry, Constantine Maroulis and pretty much the other 9 castaways. All gathered up at Kodak Theater to see the shining of two contestants with such different styles and personality. Too bad they didn't flip the coin on air this year, last year's was fun. Katharine started up the night in a breezy way with 'Black Horse & The Cherry Tree'. It was fun and crowd-pleasing, though nothing different from the first time we saw it, except that Kat stood this time. And then, Taylor livened up the audience again with Stevie Wonder's 'Livin' For The City', and I found myself doing his windmill dance moves along (although that purple coat was the ugliest outfit on an idol this season, to be frank). According to Simon, round 1, Taylor won, but I thought that they were equally good. Round 2: Kat did it again after 7 days with 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow', and still I felt so overwhelmed by her breathy vocals, just like the first time I heard it. Must remember to download that performance for my iPod, it's the performance you should remember of when you think of 'Season 5', truly. On the other side, Taylor didn't do so good with his second encore for 'Live On'. Yes, it was good, but just didn't sound as good as before and got kinda pitchy and low-key in some parts. So, once again, according to Simon-with-a-jacket, Kat wins round 2, so it depended on the last song for both, which is an all-new debut single. Last year's single 'Inside Your Heaven', I didn't love it, and this year seemed to be the same. How hard it is to find another 'A Moment Like This' or even 'Flying Without Wings' (trying to forget the fact that this song was originally sung by...shudders...Westlife) ? Katharine's song 'My Destiny' wasn't really catching my attention. First, cheesy name. Second, the verses are too low, and she sounded strained and screechy at the high notes. This didn't seem right at all. Taylor's song 'Do I Make You Proud' was slightly better, still cheesy, but more radio-ready. And he did sing it with all his heart. Up to this moment, come to think of it, I thought maybe the grey fox is really genuinely smart. Maybe he meant to slow down on second song to save up his energy for the last one. Maybe Kat lost so much vocal strength for her second performance that her voice got weakened in the end. Simon's last comment nailed down my prediction, and slew my thoughts about the chances for Kat. I know y'all don't vote because you listened to him, but for the truth that you know what you want, but this guy was serious about this. To be honest, I'd love to see Kat win, she's devastatingly gorgeous, she's got this stardom quality, and can definitely sing. I love Taylor, too, but then I wonder if he can really get out there. The winner's single 's gonna be number one in the country for sure, no matter how the song sucks, especially with the help of digital sales these days. But is there any suitable contemporary station that will spread his single when his debut album comes out, 'cause the stuff he loved isn't so contemporary. I don't want him to go all mainstream and pop like Bo, don't want him to lose himself to make money for the label RCA. He deserves to win this, but well, we can never tell, tonight I'll be there sticking my eyes for the two-hour finale. To sum up, my last word is: The next American Idol will be...Taylor Hicks.
By the way, I just discovered two interesting fact. One: rumor has it that Kat's dad is a TV producer and used to work with Seacrest in 2004. Two: it seemed that people all over the world can actually vote via Skype. So if there's still time left, why not go for it?

I'll leave you with all the performance videos for this week, via YouTube:

Katharine McPhee's:

Black Horse And The Cherry Tree

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

My Destiny

Taylor Hicks':

Livin' For The City

Live On:

Do I Make You Proud:

The last dose of recaps from Zeon, tomorrow! Zeon...Out!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Picks Of The Week #24

Lyrics Of The Week

The ultimate graduation pop song. People still play it to this day, at this time of the year, and Vitamin C's got enough in her pockets for the whole year. Never have I heard more straightforward, sincere thoughts about ending a period of life and reaching a time to fly. Listening to its lyrics is like letting memories and emotions of the past flood your head again. So whether your times at high school are fun or not, it's always fun to hear this fabulous pop song.

Graduation (Friends Forever)
Vitamin c

And so we talked all night about the rest of our lives
Where we're gonna be when we turn 25
I keep thinking times will never change
Keep on thinking things will always be the same
But when we leave this year we won't be coming back
No more hanging out cause we're on a different track
And if you got something that you need to say
You better say it right now cause you don't have another day
Cause we're moving on and we can't slow down
These memories are playing like a film without sound
And I keep thinking of that night in June
I didn't know much of love
But it came too soon
And there was me and you
And then we got real blue
Stay at home talking on the telephone
We'd get so excited, we'd get so scared
Laughing at ourselves thinking life's not fair
And this is how it feels

As we go on
We remember
All the times we
Had together
And as our lives change
Come Whatever
We will still be
Friends forever

So if we get the big jobs
And we make the big money
When we look back now
Will our jokes still be funny?
Will we still remember everything we learned in school?
Still be trying to break every single rule
Will little brainy Bobby be the stockbroker man?
Will Heather find a job that won't interfere with her tan?
I keep, I keep thinking that it's not goodbye
Keep on thinking it's a time to fly
And this is how it feels

As we go on
We remember
All the times we
Had together
And as our lives change
Come Whatever
We will still be
Friends forever

La, la, la, la
Yeah, yeah, yeah
La, la, la, la
We will still be friends forever

Will we think about tomorrow like we think about now?
Can we survive it out there?
Can we make it somehow?
I guess I thought that this would never end
And suddenly it's like we're women and men
Will the past be a shadow that will follow us 'round?
Will these memories fade when I leave this town
I keep, I keep thinking that it's not goodbye
Keep on thinking it's a time to fly

As we go on
We remember
All the times we
Had together
And as our lives change
Come Whatever
We will still be
Friends forever...

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Pink/ Who Knew

This is the unofficial high school graduation song of 2006. Although the lyrics aren't directly about this theme, they just reflect it so well. Produced by Max Martin, who's also the mastermind behind Kelly Clarkson's major hit 'Since U Been Gone'. So the formula is quite similar here, the quiet guitar backing at the verses and then big, shouty, loud chorus. The song demonstrates the vulnerable side of Pink, in fact, I think the song's catchier than its predecessor 'Stupid Girls'. In some ways, with the addition of strings near the last chorus, somehow the song can turn into a real tearjerker. And that's a good thing.


Jimmy Eat World/ Work

My picks seem to follow a theme today. Get it? And here's my 2005 graduation song (with Nickelback's 'Photograph' at second place). I just get all emotional watching the music video for this, thinking about what I would do, what I would face after I get out of this place (I'm a forward thinker, I still won't face that til next year). Jimmy Eat World can still provide great hooks, who cares if they're mainstream or not. Imagine dancing to it at the prom, when the slow rock song came, and you feel all lost for words...

Music Video Of The Week

Nelly Furtado/ Maneater

Nelly's back with a brand new saucy image (which seems to be a sure thing after her sophomore album didn't do too well on the charts). So what's a better way of making a comeback than releasing a hot, sexy video with you dancing wildly in it, proclaiming you're a maneater? (and releasing it in Europe first, so that the US folks have to look for it) This video can be labeled as a tamer (or less steamier?) version of Britney's 'I'm A Slave 4 U'. Like her lost dog is the white rabbit, and Nelly's little hellraising rave underground party is Alice's Wonderland. Great, yeah, she's got booty now and she's no longer shy about showing her curvy abs. So it's a bonus that the song's cool, with a raw, edgy, 'prehistoric' hip-hop vibe.

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 39 Recaps

Okay, one-hour elimination episode. We've seen the top 3 coming back to their hometown like never before, with thousands of people showed up just to get a glimpse of them. Taylor got to be the weatherman. Elliott got to throw a ball and sing in a baseball stadium. He even proved how nice he is by writing notes to people who was missing work to go see him. And Katharine got her whole high school shakening up (by the way, FYI, she was in the same school as Rachel Bilson). Think about that, get green in envy, more reasons for you to try an audition this summer. The Ford music video was fun as hell, big props to their make-up artists. Plus, three encores of three songs they recorded on the cd 'Encores'. And, shamelessly, to fill the airtime, they invited Clive Davis onstage just to kiss his ass and let him throw out statistics and numbers just to show off how many copies, nominees and awards the previous idols sold and received. And at last, the big moment came. The figures showed up on screen in everyone's awe. So close. So very close. As I predicted, Elliott seemed to be a few votes short from being in the top 2, with 33.06 % of votes. The question remains: who got the 33.68 % and who ran up with 33.26 %. And was it really that close? We've gotta find out next week. Whoever wins, I want a better song than 'Inside Your Heaven' to be released as a single. We'll all buy it in the end, but we deserve to get a great finale song, right?
Meanwhile, I post the tracklist for 'Encores' and tons of videos for you guys today! Indulge in the AI5 madness, again! Zeon...Out!

American Idol Season 5: Encores

(Kellie and Taylor looks screwed on this cover)

1. What About Love- Melissa McGhee
2. Superstition- Bucky Covington
3. I'm Every Woman- Mandisa
4. Wanted Dead Or Alive- Chris Daughtry
5. Father Figure- Ace Young
6. Takin' It To The Streets- Taylor Hicks
7. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I"m Yours)- Lisa Tucker
8. Walkin' After Midnight- Kellie Pickler
9. Moody's Mood For Love- Elliott Yamin
10. Think- Katharine McPhee
11. Midnight Train To Georgia- Paris Bennett
12. When I Fall In Love- Kevin Covais

(I would prefer Chris doing 'Hemorrhage' and Kat doing 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' (though impossible) for the cd)

And here's the video feast:

Katharine's Photoshoot Footage

Two parts of Katharine's interview on hometown Fox channel

Elliott singing at Richmond Braves game, 5/12/06

Elliott throwing his first ball at the stadium

Elliott's interview on hometown Fox channel

Taylor Hicks at Governor's Mansion

Taylor Hicks' appearance at Riverchase Galleria

Chris Daughtry's interview on Ellen DeGeneres Show

Ford Top 5 Music Video

Ford Top 4 Music Video

And finally, saving the best for last, Katharine's powerhouse performance of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow'

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 38 Recaps

Semi-finale night. Just one week away from the season finale. Amazing how we've been on this ride for this long, after all the finger blisters we got from dialing and text-messaging too much. It's up to three, now, and each got three chances to win over America at this very important period. First, the major music producer Clive Davis picked songs for them. However, his picks didn't really help the contestants deliver the defining moment we've been waiting for throughout the whole season. Elliott's take on Journey's 'Open Arms' was alright, Taylor's take on Bruce Springsteen 'Dancing In The Dark' was slightly better. It was hic pick for Katharine that really went wrong? R. Kelly's 'I Believe I Can Fly'? I know he tried to send a message there, but we all know Kat's at her best when she doesn't try to belt out way big tunes and sing over-the-top. She sounded strained singing this. I was a little worried, but then things got back on track as the judges showed they are experts at picking songs, they do know exactly what suits the contestants best, vocally. Elliott made Paula proud when he did her song pick (Bobby Caldwell's 'What You Won't Do For Love') justice. When Simon was being so damn sure about his pick for Kat, I was bubbling inside because I know when this guy's serious (and most of the times he acts like a little boy), things can't seem to go wrong and they didn't. It was Katharine who did magic and brought the very moment of the season came to life. She was absolutely breathtaking with her rendition of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow'. I was allured, with my jaws dropped. Somehow she managed to breathe fresh new air into this classic song and make it sound all new to my ears. The gorgeous, glamorous Kat with a mindblowing performance. One to remember. Randy also proved his dawggy skills with his pick for Taylor, Joe Cocker's 'You Are So Beautiful'. Taylor (looking more and more like a chubby George Clooney now), really moved people when he sang from the soul, without all the goofy, drunk dancing. Second-best one of the show. Then things got back to regular scale again as they performed their own picks. Elliott was good enough with Ray Charles' 'I Believe To Your Soul'. I quite like the jazzy Kat showing a little personality with 'I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues'. And there came those moves again with Taylor trying a little tenderness. Overall, Elliott didn't really have a lot of time to shine tonight, it was maily Kat And Taylor that stole the show. Katharine made a good jump up after last week's disappointing results. So my bet is that Taylor and Katharine should be at the Kodak Theatre. Elliott made it this far, he's always the great humble underdog, but...I guess not enough votes to carry him through. Wait and see.
Ranks for the top 3, in order:

1. Katharine McPhee
2. Taylor Hicks
3. Elliott Yamin

Tomorrow: the top 2 will be revealed!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Picks Of The Week #23

Lyrics Of The Week

Lovely lyrics for cuddly couples, the British way. Hear these words with the tunes and you can't help but put a grin on your face. Suddenly, life is all beautiful and love sprays in the summer air. Yeehee!

The One I Love
David Gray

Gonna close my eyes
Girl and watch you go
Running through this life darling
Like a field of snow
As the tracer glides
In its graceful arc
Send a little prayer out to ya
‘Cross the falling dark

Tell the repo man
And the stars above
That you’re the one I love

Perfect summers night
Not a wind that breathes
Just the bullets whispering gentle
‘Mongst the new green leaves
There’s things I might have said
Only wish I could
Now I'm leaking life faster
Than I'm leaking blood

Tell the repo man
And the stars above
That you’re the one I love
You’re the one I love
The one I love

Don’t see Elysium
Don’t see no fiery hell
Just the lights up bright baby
In the bay hotel
Next wave coming in
Like an ocean roar
Won’t you take my hand darling
On that old dancefloor

We can twist and shout
Do the turtle dove
And you’re the one I love
You’re the one I love
The one I love

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Muse/ Supermassive Black Holes

Spanking new single taken from the upcoming Muse album 'Black Holes And Revelations', which will be released in June. The song let us see Muse head for a new direction, less of arena-rock stuff, more of feel-good dancefloor glam rock type, as they said they wanted this Franz Ferdinand style. Questionably coincidental, the beats and the intro guitar riffs are very similar to those of Britney Spears' 'Do SOmethin'' (hard to believe, but listen to those two songs and you recognize the odd similarity). It's funny how I think the chorus sounds like a Russian song entry for the Eurovision contest. I'll need time to get used to this all, but overall, a good, catchy rock song that can actually be played to fill the floors at clubs.


Bic Runga/ Get Some Sleep

Love, love, love this song. Flawlessly-crafted singer-songwriter soft-rock hooks from this New Zealand songbird. The song's feel-good melodies never quite gives you any sleep, on the contrary, it makes you want to grab your coat and wander around the streets, stare at the moon, and quietly sing along to yourself. Do believe you might be having fun. Must.Listen.

Music Video Of The Week

Sugababes/ Follow Me Home

Although the song's just a weak attempt at Britpop ballads for the Babes, the video is beautifully shot on real location in Prague. It was set in the cold war, with the girls portrayed as 'honeytrappers', wearing actual vintage clothes, and there are these weird-looking army old men hanging aroung with young ladies. It's got that kind of basic set-up: each sings seperately in a different room (I'm still not used to seeing Amelle instead of Mutya), then all join together for a final hook outside the park. The video brings this eerie, solemn, gloomy, mildly creepy mood. Nice pop charm. (Don't let nobody know if you actually like this song!)

Friday, May 12, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 36 & 37 Recaps

Sorry for the slow updates on this week's Idol. To save time, I'm gonna merge all two episode recaps in one post.
So this week, the final four got to Graceland to have some vocal advice from Tommy Mottola and each got two Elvis numbers to take on. It was difficult for Katharine considering she's the only female remaining in the competition. First performance of her, I think it was a cool idea to have a kinda mash-up with 'Hound Dog/All Shook Up'. Man, she looked fine in those jeans, but she got some serious pitch problems, and even forgot a line in the lyrics. Second try to redeem herself with 'Can't Help Falling In Love With You' didn't click either. She seems to be losing it, if she doesn't try to practice harder she could miss being there at the finale. And Chris, you didn't look any cooler wearing those shades. However, he did do 'Suspicious Minds' justice, a little break from his usual loud rock mumbo jumbo. And he did sound cool singing in low key for 'A Little Less Conversation', but he just messed the song up at the end. Taylor had fun doing goofy dance moves again with 'Jailhouse Rock', and proved how well he can sing with 'In The Ghetto'. Like the judges said, perfect choice. Another one who always bring it one every week is Elliott Yamin, he made Paula change her mind just a few minutes after she claimed his first performance of 'If I Could Dream' his best one yet with 'Trouble' (which was properly done by Carrie Underwood last season). Overall, I quite enjoyed the night, everyone got problems here and there, so it's rather hard to predict who would go home. Based on the fan base, I would have to pick Elliott. He's the underdog, he's humble and can sing his ass off, but that doesn't seem enough for the voters, I guess.
Here go my ranks for the top 4:

1. Taylor Hicks
2. Elliott Yamin
3. Chris Daughtry
4. Katharine McPhee

The next evening, I tuned in without acknowledging the greatest shock in this season (yes, even more shocking than Mandisa elimination). The Elvis medley was fun to watch, and Rebecca Romijin took advantage of her superstar power to request an encore from Taylor Hicks. Because of his jailhouse rock, there's not much air time left, which lead Ryan Seacrest to delivering the bad news in a kind of quick, cold, harsh way, and made everyone's mouth, including Katharine's, shaped like Os. Yes, Chris was sent home. You never thought this would happen since he had been long considered a first-choice one to win. We can never quite guessed the reason why. Fans of his don't seem to like the softer side of Chris. Or could it be that they thought he was safe, and went on voting for another? Or they just disgusted the boxer briefs comment? Whatever they were thinking, it didn't matter anymore, see what you've done. He definitely looked shocked and lost for words. No worries, though, Fuel already offered him to join the band, and he's got so many opportunities, maybe it's actually good for him to not win the game, see what happened to Bo Bice, he lost his voice and has gone all mainstream pop now. So now, Katharine's likely to be the next to follow Chris' steps if she doesn't try to work real hard soon enough. Next week, go join the enormous crowd if you happen to live in one of the three's home state. Celebration! Plus, we're now officially two weeks away from the season finally. Be prepared, count down and vote like crazy! No one's safe. Remember that.
Check back next week for more idoliffic recaps. Zeon...Out!

By the way, Taylor's fans must check out this site. A Pacman game, American Idol style. Help Taylor escape the claws of Katharine, Chris and Elliott. Can be quite addictive.

Update: A few video treats as usual. Sorry for the quality.

Taylor's Welcome Home Parade

Elliott's Welcome Home Parade

Watch the Elvis medley again!

And Chris' shocking elimination.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Picks Of The Week #22

Lyrics Of The Week

Talk about Alanis’ wordplay. She gave us a bunch of questions with words we have to look up in the dictionary, and then said ‘thank you’to India, leaving us all confused. Now that’s a great song with skilled lyricism.

Thank U
Alanis Morissette

How about getting off of these antibiotics
How about stopping eating when I'm filled up
How about them transparent dangling carrots
How about that ever elusive kudo

Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence

How about me not blaming you for everything
How about me enjoying the moment for once
How about how good it feels to finally forgive you
How about grieving it all one at a time

Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence

The moment I let go of it was
The moment I got more than I could handle
The moment I jumped off of it was
The moment I touched down

How about no longer being masochistic
How about remembering your divinity
How about unabashedly bawling your eyes out
How about not equating death with stopping

Thank you India
Thank you providence
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you nothingness
Thank you clarity
Thank you thank you silence.

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Keane/ Is It Any Wonder

I’m really excited about Keane’s new album ‘Under The Iron Sea’, which will be released in June 20. This album’s gonna be everything Keane’s not, and their sizzling new single really gives a taste of that. No pretty piano tunes…at all. Just some explosive guitar riffs, and political remarks about the UK’s involvement in war. The only thing that belonged to the old Keane here is Tom Chaplin’s vocals. This is such a brave move, considering how many fans got hooked by their beautiful, melancholy piano-driven tunes before. I think they can do better than this, but still it’s a catchy song, the basic elements of Keane are still there. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.
EDIT: I guess Keane got me (and others) fooled. Those guitar riffs you hear aren't coming from a guitar at all. They're just piano under vintage synth effects, but they sound so believable. Nice trick.


Snow Patrol/ Run

Songs like this I can crave. It starts all quietly with whispery vocals, then lights up with the very tuneful chorus, and all of a sudden it bursts into loud guitar riffs and all. Makes you wanna run free on some fields at midnight, like what they did in the music video. Love it. I’ve already got their new album ‘Eyes Open’, must listen to it as soon as I have time, so I think it’s relevant to mention this in Flashback.

Music Video Of The Week

Keane/ Atlantic

This web-only single offers a different angle at Keane’s new sound, this time more similar to the old Keane with the piano intro. However, the aura is darker and more epic. The video for it, directed by Irvine Welsh, has an extended version of the song, and it’s their first black-and-white video. The eerie video focused on a bearded man walking on a middle-of-nowhere shore, encountering some weird strangers, having no idea that they’re all here for the same reason and all of them are about to meet a mystic figure. Got you curious, huh? Go watch it!

I no longer do Contest Of The Week, because I think the idea of looking for giveaways over the internet and post links turned boring, and pointless now. To fill in the gap, I’ve got something trashier up my sleeves. Beware, this can make you laugh your ass off. Found it on another blog I read. It’s dubbed: The Worst Music Video Ever. The video’s for a song of a Finnish group in the 80s, and trust me, it’s awesomely bad from start to finish. Enjoy!

In case you can't see it, here's the link:

Friday, May 05, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 35 Recaps

Okay, so no guest stars last night. Instead, we've got an emsemble performance from the top 5, which was okay, but quite cheesy with the choirs and the lyrics and all. As correctly as my predictions were, Paris and Elliott was in the bottom two, and as accurately as I bet, Paris could only get to this far and have to pack her suitcases home. The question is: where would she go from here? Sing vocal background for her grandma? Let's see when we'll see a comeback of the Princess.
So next week, there's gonna be the most exciting theme ever of this season. Each of the remaining top 4 will get a their own private jet to fly their way to Graceland, Elvis Presley's hometown, meet major music big boss Tommy Mottola (aka Mariah Carey's ex-husband), and of course, pick the legendary king's songs to sing. A promising theme that can be fun to watch. So arrange your schedules, remember to sit there when it comes on air.
I'll end the post with a regular video feature. Watch two of Katharine McPhee's performance this week again and see to yourself why she's such a big deal.

Against All Odds

Black Horse & The Cherry Tree

More idolicious recaps coming your way. Zeon...Out!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 34 Recaps

If I could use three words to sum up last night show, they would be wild, fun and refreshing. It was great to see the contestants get back to these contemporary songs after the preivous week of classics. The finish line is near, so everyone tried to speed up and find new tricks, new gimmicks to weigh in as more votes as possible. We got Taylor lying on the floor. We got Katharine down on her knees (that choreography was way awkward, although she did try to make it seem laidback and sexy). However, her cover of KT Tunstall's 'Black Horse & The Cherry Tree' (one of my favorite songs from one of my new favorite artists) was by far the most contemporary, straightforward performance. She was having a lot of fun, and she got me all smiling like: 'Wow, that's a real wise choice). Paris, on the edge of going home, did a nice performance too with Mary J. Blige 'Be Without You'. For the Billboard Top 10 theme, Elliott just didn't sound great to me singing Michael Bublé's 'Home'. The song required some smooth, sweet, floating vocals and he just didn't give me that feeling. 'Broadway' was also a bit rough. I don't know what happened to all the contestants but it seemed like they don't have enough strength to do 2 songs a night, because that meant a lot of practicing over and over again. See, Chris, he sang Shinedown's 'I Dare You' like he was out of breath, and the song was too heavy on the screaming loud part. On the other hand, Taylor showed that the grey-haired's got a knack for finding loopholes when he managed to pull out a way-back-in-the-days Beatles song from the Pop Catalog chart and he did it pretty good. The birthday year them was random, everyone just picked a particular song and had fun with it, nothing much to rave about. Except that it's kinda funny how two of the songs picked were sung by Scott Savor last season. Overall, at this point of the competition, Katharine seems to be the one that have everyone root for, and if she can make a real breakthrough performance, she'll probably be the last one left for all the glory. The one that would be left behind after this week? Gotta be Ann Nesby's squeaky-voiced, perky granddaughter Paris. She was a real good singer, and she's got style, that I can tell, but she just didn't attract enough votes to be the one. Don't worry, you can still hear her again because the compilation cd will be released very soon and then, of course, the summer tour.Here's my ranking for the fabulous 5:

1. Katharine McPhee
2. Chris Daughtry

3. Paris Bennett
4. Taylor Hicks
5. Elliott Yamin

Come back soon for the results show recaps, I wonder if there will be a guest performer.