#TheVoice and #AmericanIdol tops my list


singing contest in the boob tube are almost endless.  We got American Idol and The X Factor.  We also have our own version franchised from these international shows that boast local talents with a mixture of local and international judges.  One great example is “The Voice Philippines” with judges such as Lea Salonga, Black Eyed Peas APL, Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo.  Other local TV programs boast of local divas who host the shows including Regine Velasquez.  Dont forget “The One Million Peso” Karaoke Challenge by Jaya and Allan K which i dearly miss. With the same formula, what makes these shows different from one another?  Two shows stood out though – American Idol USA and The Voice USA.  All programs has their own merit but American idol produces the most successful newcomers in the music industry.  Grammy Award Winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, Oscar Award Winner Jennifer Hudson, David Cook, David Archuleta, Jessica Sanchez to name a few. The Voice USA however boast of its great concept and the like-able judges – Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguillera, Ceelo Green and Adam Levine.  Plus mega producer Usher and Hot Temptress Shakira Clipped some amazing episodes from both shows and then some… enjoy

battle of the SEXES – Bowersox VS. Dwyze


This year, American Idol has proven to be one of the biggest event in the POP music world as it delivers two new voices set to invade local radio stations and global stardom which will keep the records straight – will the girls beat the boys ass? or vice versa?

Ive been a converted fan of AI 2 years ago when they brought together two DAVID’s in the forefront of music machinery.  Then comes Adam Allen competition that has sparked rumors even after its finale.

This year, they have brought in undoubtedly a great set of singers (excluding Teflon Tim) which showcases mainstream and independent artistry.  Dwyze voice has a good commercial quality that would rival current rock stars including Daughtry matched with a cute smile.  Bowersox however would bring in a new mix to the endless mainstream voices that was bugging our eardrums all throughout the day. Her passion for music and undoubtedly superb vocal skills may have proved to be the decendant of old souls that we grew to love.  Make way for the next Eva Cassidy and Katie Melua.

At this point, your blogger cant make a fucking decision on who to recommend because both deserves to win.  Anyway, at this point, both will have a great career – win or loose!!!

superb performace from Big Mike


Michael Lynche or commonly known as BIG MIKE has opened up a new following to one of the most outstanding voices from an artist from non-mainstream arena – India Arie.  Ive been a big fan of Arie even from the time she sung her first hit song VIDEO.

Im just glad that Big Mike gave a fine performance on this outstanding song that encapsulates our vivid love and giving ourselves unselfishly – surrendering everything to HIM.

Praises…

goodbye DIDI…


DIDI says ‘goodbye’ this week at American Idol.  And her last entry to AI is a Jimmy Ruffin’s Motown hit.  Teary eyed and very emotional, DIDI may have been voted off but her voice still lingers in me as she is one of my favorite ‘idols’ this season. I just wished that she used the studio version rather than her LIVE rendition.  Or maybe, she should have used her guitar and played it all acoustic matching her subtle voice.

For me, i just hoped she used Joan Osbornes peg as she had done a marvelous job with the song.  Full of hope though her heart may have been bleeding.  I took the liberty to attach the oroginal version of Jimmy Ruffin so i hope youll enjoy it!

ADAM LAMBERT’s raunchy performance at AMA


ADAM LAMBERT‘s most recent performance in AMA MUSIC AWARDS has indeed cause huge screams amongst the music industry.  The performance itself has raised eyebrows from some conservatives and skeptics. But for some, including me, LOVED the performance.


The performance itself is just a reflection of the song ‘For your entertainment’ which may have been ‘why’ did they use the S&M theme. Listen to the lyrics and watch the video.


can you handle what i’m about to do

i’m about to turn up the heat

i’m here for your entertainment

 

when ADAM LAMBERT paints the town in RED…


 

When Adam Lambert paints the town red… he meant it. For the past few months, Adam Lambert were hitting American tabloids and the internet for his ‘extra curricular activities’.

 

Well… at this point everything is OUT in the open and so are these pictures I have garnered in cyberspace. Apparently he has tons of photos of himself kissing with with some dude online that were posted on “Vote for the Worst’s message board“. But on a positive note — it appears that Adam Lambert is not promiscuous, the photos BELOW are of the same guy.

 

 

 

the emancipation of ADAM LAMBERT


 

I’m not a huge fan of the last American Idol wherein Republicans win over Democrats. Yup! I firmly believe that the match between Lambert and Allen is like the American political arena and it shows how they perceive a candidate based on their looks and not on what they can do for the people. I’m not saying that neither of the contestants is inadequate in terms of talent or singing prowess (I’m rooting for the red head girl who was left on the finals…) since both have displayed all of their efforts to provide the audience the best that they can do. What I’m trying to arrive at is how they have presented themselves to the public – Allen as the next boy next door ‘conservative’ type – sleek, squeaky clean and a guy you could always take home and present to your mother –OR-

 

 ‘Lambert, an adventurous persona who wears eye liner and keeps us reminded by 80’s artist including Boy George, Kiss and Queen. Well, you could also include The Prince and Elton John for the elaborate costume with an Emo twist.  

 

Though Allen wins over Lambert, up until this point of time, I have read a lot ranting of disputing fans that ‘Mr. Eyeliner’ should have won over ‘the boy next door’.

We have to remember, the faith of each artist lies on a text vote all across the US and perhaps the rest of the world. Just remember how Jasmine Trias landed in top 3. Most of her votes are coming from the Philippines!  We would not be called the texting capital of the world for nothing!!!!  And how about Cook vs. archuleta. There are some rumors that votes coming from Asia gave a heads up for Cook to grab the trophy.  

 

Now that the contest is over, the fuss between the  two kept on.Who would have a successful career and who would create a large following?  I don’t mind if ill hear a progress from Allen since some of his renditions from AI are highly consumable but i’m rather interested with Lamberts talent. He gave outstanding renditions on popular songs which gave him an edge over Allen’s sleek and rather safe repertoire. Lambert is more adventurous and definitely exciting in term of stage persona and taste in music. I love his rendition of Sammy Davis and Nina Simone’s ‘feeling good’and tears for fears ‘mad world’. I don’t mind his costumes or his man make-up as it also add up in his persona as a rocker.  Heck…. We even love KISS and they wear more than that!  I don’t want to watch a guy in stage for more than 2 hours who looks plain and simple. I wanted to be amazed and entertained which is the main reason why they are on stage and not on the audience area.  

 

 Hell, Lambert even landed the cover of Rolling Stones(celebrities who graced the cover in the past includes Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. Other celebrities took more than a year or two of hard labor before they even landed to its RS cover, ‘but Lambert has easily snagged the cover after a few months from the time he finished 2nd place from AI….. 2nd place girls…. He didn’t even bring home the bacon in this case)!!!!

 

Now as he finally admitted publicly that he indeed is ‘gay’(uhmmm are there anything that we need to know? Isn’t it that the man make-up, eye liner and eccentric costumes are dead give away???), Lambert is once again in the spotlight and audience are betting if he will even succeed in his career after public admition. Some say that it is a ‘career suicide’, but who know what the future behold???

 

Though that Lambert did not elaborate his sexuality during the competition – he didn’t deny it as well.  Lambert also further explain that he just don’t want the voting publics decision to be tarnished and focus on his sexuality rather than his talent. True, the competition is all about singing so why does he need to elaborate his preference and why don’t they just focus on his talent.

 

I wish the best for Lambert and I for one will support him – straight or not. He is a great artist and we will never see another him for centuries. He has a superb voice with great taste in music. He knew how to render each songs and where he needs to give emphasis with all due respect to the original artist who sung it and to the songwriters who created it.

 

But of course in a cynical world, we can’t help it… but people may judge us because of our preference.  Some even despise us even if were no doing anything bad against them. They just don’t like us because we are gay. Some straight secretly likes us but they treat us like we have N1H1. Its like when they talk with their buddies and one of their straight friends will utter dismay when they spotted a gay guy across the dining area and this guy will open bad gay jokes for ENTERTAINMENT but they secretly hide expose magazines and Streisand albums in their closet.

 

Just my two cents and I hope Adam would be able to read this post, I hope for the best in your career. I also hope that you would be able to write your own songs like Elton John. Elton is one of my idols and each song’s he makes is a hit irregardless of the glamorous costumes and fake wigs he wears in concert. I feel this will give you an edge to other new artist who sprouts like mushrooms almost every season. Continue getting better with your talent. Don’t just take the laurels in stride but always strive hard for better. ‘Remember, there are only a few singers who ‘outed’ themselves and become successful – SOME remain in the closet before, during or even after their death (and even if they are six feet under the ground, their lives are still a ‘hush hush’).

 

What I’m trying to arrive at is only a few singers has been able to live to be the person as they are.The living proof will be Elton John and George Michael.
They have been able to reach their goal after they have been able to surpass each walls laid in front of them. Aside from their marvelous voice, they know how to write the songs they sing and have been able to capture the hearts of every Harry, Mary, Dick and Tracy. At this point, the looks and the voice comes second if you don’t know how to handle your current talent, develop and flourish during the process. Learn to take good care of your fans and respect the comments of other without loosing focus.  Just rely on your gut in choosing songs to render and give your very best. TO ADAM…. my sincerest hugs on your journey!!!!  Make us PROUD!!!!I have attacehd below some of his grand performances in AI that i dearly love. Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

 

 

i love DAVID COOK!


 

 

im not a HUGE fan of american idol eversince it began. but this last season has kept me on my heels to watch a few of my faves including emo looking with edgy and rock image DAVID COOK.

 

promise, the moment ive heard his rendition of HELLO by Lionel Richie, i became an instant fan.

 

i know a lot are voting for cutie two shoes DAVID ARCHULETA but im not really sold out of his performance.  his voice is so universal and almost anyone has the same voice range such as his.  forgive me but not all of his performance on A. I. is my cup of tea and im not even ‘over the moon’ with him as well.  even if he will win, i bet he will never last the music scene with his teeny bopper looks and rather predictable renditions…his better off as a support to High School Musical.

 

i would commend him with some of his ballad renditions such as John Lennons ‘Imagine’, the beatles ‘long and winding road’ and Dan Fogelbergon’s ‘longer’ but they are all done by other prominent music figures with the same musical arrangement.  whats great about that?

 

DAVID COOK on the other hand has the heart and attitude of a real musician.  he knows his strength and try to build around it.  he gave a new sound on each cover songs and he try to make it his own.  he has the capacity to think like a musician and taking one material to higher new level.  he gave great value for each song and provide a fresh new take that even the original singers will be amazed.  So im grabbing the chance to provide you some of my fave performane by David Cook.

 

 

I DONT WANT TO MISS A THING originally performed by Aerosmith and written by Dianne Warren who happens to be on the audience

 

 

 

 

ALWAYS BE MY BABY by mariah carey

 

 

 

 BILLY JEAN by Michael Jackson

 

 

 

 

HELLO by Lionel Richie