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6 Oct 2008

TV's back, back again. TV's back, tell your friends!

Ok so this post is a little overdue considering we are about 2 or 3 eps into some programmes; but the most important thing to remember is - TV IS BACK!

After the writers strike and the TV drought, I am currently binging on TV. Watching everything and anything I can lay my eyeballs on. (This does not include Eastenders, Corrie, Emmerdale - or anything like that. I am not yet that desperate.)
Basically, I love TV like a fat kid loves cake!

All I can say is thank goodness for Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and Flight Of The Conchords which provided some much needed entertainment this summer.

So what will I be watching now that TV is back:

-Heroes - The comedy double act of Hiro and Ando are back, and so is the bordering on incestuous relationship of Nathan and Peter Petrelli.

-Gossip Girl - WTF Chuck?! Pious Dan, Pouty Serena, Queen B, Lil J, Nate & Nessa are back. Upper East Side is back in action.

-90210 - More rich spoilt kids, just different zip code. This remake has possibly the skinniest cast ever!

-Project Runway - Forget Heidi and Nina; I ♥ Tim Gunn & Michael Kors (Ol' Jewish lady trapped in a gay man's body).

-Fringe - Mighty Duck - Pacey Witter slash Joshua Jackson is back. Quick wit and fringe science all mixed together.

-Pushing Daisies - Beautifully shot story of a man who can bring people back to life - with conditions of course, and I love Anna Friel's costumes.

-Chuck - More nerdy hi-jinx and spies. A major step up from 'Less Than Perfect' for Zachary Levi

-House - Medical Drama fix.

I'm also waiting for CSI and 30 Rock to start.

I know there are more progs I watch but I am distracted at the mo, as I am watching 90210 as I write this.

So I'll leave it there and finish watching these rich kids...
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12 Mar 2007

American Idol 6: FINAL 12

This week saw the Top 16 whittled down to the FINAL 12, and it was another week of poor performances from the boys. The girls are just wiping the floor with them.

Each contestant came out and did their thing, boys on Tuesday and the girls on Wednesday, and then America voted.
Eeeeek.. who would still be in with a shot at being the 'Next American Idol' and whose journey would be over? We'll find out after the break. Kidding. Did you like my Ryan Seacrest impression?

So here are a couple of things I picked up on...

What is the deal with Sanjaya's eyebrows? Did someone use permanent marker to draw them on? Or maybe someone got carried away with this eye brow stamp kit. Don't even get me started on the straightened hair or the Hawaiian hula !! Yes folks that is what Sanjaya's secret was, he can hula. Maybe it's something he should have kept to himself.

Anyhoo, back to the performances.
As I mentioned the girls were great, weakest ones for me were Hayley and of course Antonella. In all fairness though, this week was probably Antonella's best perfomance so far. However, these are the two I felt deserved to be booted off. So imagine my shock when Hayley was voted in to the Top 12 (huh?) and Sabrina Sloan was voted off instead, along with Antonella.

As for the boys... Jared Cotter and Sundance Head (yes that really is his name) were voted off. They both took it rather well, even though I don't think they should have gone at this stage. My picks for ousting would have been Phil Stacey and Sanjaya.

America what were you thinking?? You understand the point of the show right? Vote off the weakest/worst singers, NOT keep them in.

Special mention also goes to Ryan Seacrest for possibly doing the worst announcements of who was in and who was out. Ryan, you have been doing this for SIX seasons now, learn to build up some suspense, rather than the haphazard style you seem to have adopted. Nobody gets it.

I'll leave you with my highlights of this week: Enjoy!

Lakisha Jones



Melinda Doolittle



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5 Mar 2007

Americal Idol: Top 20 become the Top 16

As I went Roller Disco, I missed American Idol. Ney mind, as I was able to see it via the power of repeats and downloads. Yey for technology.

So after strong performances from Lakisha and Jordin last week, I expected everyone to up their game this week. Did they?

After watching the shows, the boys again failed to wow me, and I am struggling to remember their names as they are all so forgettable. Except SANJAYA!! Who complete with Michael Jackson inspired wardrobe and small whispery voice, is memorable for all the wrong reasons. Who the hell voted to keep him in? What are you thinking!!

The girls however, all tried to step it up.
Laskisha, amazing voice, but preferred last weeks performance and outfit.
Jordin Sparks - again amazing voice, but preferred last weeks performance.

The girls that stood out for me this week were:

Melinda Doolittle, big voice for such a small person. It's so sweet that she has to have all her outfits planned.


Stephanie Edwards, blew everyone away this week with her voice.



Once again Antonella Barba was spared. She may be a good looking girl, but compared to the others, her voice just does not cut it. America are you not listening??

Leslie Hunt was voted off and I must say was the most entertaining with her ad-libbed final song (forward to 2:50 and watch from there)



Can't wait till next week.

Can I also just say that Cat Deeley's links are annoying. The US should give thanks they don't have to see them.

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26 Feb 2007

American Idol Own Me

I love it! I watched Season 1 and then didn't watch seasons 2 or 3. Don't ask me why, I just didn't. I got back into it Season 4, just in time for the final. From then on American Idol have had my undivided attention. Vote Like Yamin It!!

For those of you uninitiated into the ways of the American Idol. It airs in the US on Tue (boys sing), Wed (girls sing) and Thu (results show). We in the UK then get to see all of them on Friday. That means from 8:30pm on a Friday night ITV2 own my eyeballs.

Now from what I have seen so far, the girls are better than the boys. Ryan Seacrest is getting trampier by the show and Paula Abdul has yet to say anything constructive, and Simon is Simon.

Last week saw the first people to be elimanted from the show, slowly whittling away at the 24.

However, the few that stood out for me were:

Jordin Sparks - so young but big big voice.



Lakisha Jones - Woah! Hold on to your hats...



Jared Cotter - I may be influenced by the song, as I love this Brian McKnight song. The ending was not so great, but still one to watch out of the boys.



These may change during the course of the show, but for now what do you think?

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20 Nov 2006

It's That Time of Year...

..When we start getting bombarded by adverts on TV about giving and sharing....GERMS!!

You thought I was going to say Christmas didn't you? Well it's that time too but that is not what I (or the advertisers) are interested in.

All year you don't see this kind of proliferation of adverts for cough and flu medicine, even though I'm sure these germs are around then to. Yes, they may be laying low attacking the random person, but they certainly don't pack their bags and head off on holiday for the rest of the year.

Due to these adverts, instead of the warm fuzzy Christmas feeling, I worry about if someone has washed their hands after they sneezed or what germs are lurking on that door handle. Thanks very much Ofcom !!

I suppose we can't all be as lucky as my pal, whose work actually provides it's employees with a free flu jab. What a sweet deal.



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12 Nov 2006

Why is Leona on the X-Factor?

My favourite part of any reality talent contest a la X-Factor, are the auditions. However, I normally get sucked in and keep on watching when it turns into a competition..Damn you TV!

I must admit though I normally prefer the cheesefest that is US American Idol, to our UK offerings. I always think that the standard of talent on offer always seems a little better stateside (Is it bad of me to say that?) This years X-Factor on the other hand has changed my opinion.

With a plethora of talented singers (except for the MacDonald Brothers... I'm sorry to anyone who likes them, but when I look at them I just think of Hobbits) battling it out for a shot at the big time, the standard has been raised.

At the moment I am enjoying hearing Leona Lewis sing and hope she goes on to be the first female winner of X-Factor (even though she does do that whole annoying convulsive chin thing). Why is Leona on the X-Factor? I don't understand how she was not discovered before this, the girl can friggin' sing!!

Due to her exposure on the X-Factor, Leona's talent is fast being recognised that even celebrity aficionado Perez Hilton has been singing (no pun intended) her praises.

After Nikitta was voted off last night by her own mentor, Simon Cowell, that leaves Leona as the only girl in the competition. If by some freak incident, she does not win I'm sure she will still come out on top with record labels fighting to sign her. If she does win, I'm sure she'll do better than previous winners Steve Brookstein & Shayne Ward.
Her Mum on the other hand is not so confident in her daughter's chances of winning. Not because she thinks her daughter lacks talent, but because...oh i'll let you read the article.

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11 Nov 2006

OMG -LOST!!



For of those of you who know me, know, that I like (maybe a slight understatement) TV. Not any ol' tv though, i'm very picky about programmes that get my viewing. I have my personal one man acquisition..ummm band (It's the only thing I could think of that rhymed)... thank you Ruvjet.

So I have been getting sneak peaks of LOST season 3 and OMG....my mouth is on the floor. They are all saved and escape the island !!! Kidding. Don't worry I will not be giving away any spoilers so it is safe to read on.

Three seasons on and it is still gripping stuff. The only problem is LOST in the US is now going on a break and won't be back until February! February, but I need to know what happens now. It's tough enough waiting on a week to week basis but 3 months...I'm going to have to take up cross stitching or something to distract me and keep me busy whilst I wait it out.

Thank goodness I have some other shows to watch. I'll let you in on them another time.

Roll on February.

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10 Nov 2006

Albert / Adrian ... Separated at Birth

I have fallen into the trap of watching 'Make Me a Supermodel' on Channel 5 and the end is nigh.

For those of you haven't been following click on the link above to see who has been rejected and whose is still battling it out.
Tomorrow night is the live catwalk where four wannabe super(not yet they're not)models will have a walk off for the last two places in the grand finale.

Guaranteed to be in the final, we have mumbly Marianne. Who the hell knows what this girl is saying? It has nothing to do with English not being her first language, she just mumbles all her words and I know I am not the only one who thinks this as the producers of the show have started subtitling her. The other guaranteed spot has gone to Albert, a slow starter but now getting into the swing of things... It's all in the eyes.

Anyway, my point is don't you think that Albert resembles Adrian Grenier from Entourage?- a top class show.
Well I do. Here are some pics for you to decide.



Or maybe these will help... Adrian or Albert, which one is which?





Is it the eyes or the mop top hair?.... Either way, they are both eye candy. Enjoy!

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29 Oct 2006

I'm Scared

With it being so close to Halloween and all, I think this is the scariest thing I have seen. Tyra Banks is nuts-o!

Not only is she braving TV without her usual trowel load of make up, where normally her face has been contoured to within an inch of its life. She is jumping, shouting and writhing around on the floor like a loon. I also think she may still be dressed in her PJ's. Did she forget she had a show to host?

Let me set the scene.... Tyra has her own talk show (I think she fancies herself as a bit of an Oprah Winfrey) and in this particular show she is about to tell everyone her beauty secret. Oprah is famed for being uber generous to her audience and nearly every episode she gives something away. Her most memorable give away is when, each of the audience members were given a brand new car!! Can you believe it? (How do I get tickets to this show?)

Anyway, I digress... as I said Tyra seems to be following Oprah's example and, ......oh just watch the video and see...



How scared are you now?
Can you believe how excited everyone is getting over the'gift'?


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21 Oct 2006

The Other Finalists

Lets not forget the other finalists...

I found this season's finale to be the most exciting of all the Project Runways. Maybe it was to do with the diverse aesthetics being shown or that there were four finalists. Either way I was on the edge of my seat eager to see the final collections.

I had been a fan of Michael Knight since the start of the show and his coffee filter dress and like most had him pegged as favourite to win. As much as I I enjoyed watching the collection he put out, there was something missing. The outfits were sexy and I loved the vibrant print and colour but it was all to 'in your face'. Where as the pieces he created during the course of the show were sexy, they were not blatant instead they had a refined quality. The sexiness seemed to be coming from the wearer of the outfit as opposed to his final collection where the clothes did all the screaming and appeared to be trying too hard.

Not to take away from his talent, I still think he is a great designer and I think there is more to come from Michael Knight.
Pieces I liked:


Laura Bennett, Project Runway's uber glam mother- not only did her collection surprise me, I actually quite liked it.

In my previous Runway post, I said that Laura's collection was the collection I was least excited about seeing. This was mainly because I figured it would all be a little mature in taste. Yet when her models came out the outfits she produced were not what I expected. They had there usual Laura plunging v's and the impeccable craftmanship and detailing were clear to see, but the collection was far from mature in fact I think the outfits were not restricted to any particular age group.
Out of all the collections, Laura's looked the most expensive and luxurious.
Favourites:

(Question: Where was the red dress she showed Tim Gunn in the Finale Part 1 show?)

I love Uli Herzner's clothes. Even though she may have been criticised by the judges as being too predictable in her designs... I say 'If it ain't broke..." Her use and understanding of print and colour made her clothes stand out and women want to wear them. (I know I sure do)


Uli's collection had so many pieces in it that I would like to own, but I figured I would only put up a few of my favourites. You can look up the others yourself.



If you want to own any of the final collection pieces you can bid for them at Project Runway Auction

So that's it another season over, with a new batch of designers on there way to making their mark in fashion.

Roll on Season 4.

Image credit: Bravo.com

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And the Winner Is....

....JEFFREY SEBELIA

From being the designer embroiled in 'Sew Gate' and the possibility of not being allowed to even show at Bryant park looming. Jeffrey Sebelia came and stole the title as Winner of Project Runway 3 from under the noses of the other finalists.

With an edgy but totally wearable collection, Jeffrey won the votes of the judges.

Some of my favourite pieces:




(I would wear every single one of these pieces with the exception of the unforgiving leather trousers, as I am significantly *ahem* blessed in the thigh area... boo hoo)

Prior to seeing his final collection, my favourite piece of his from the show, was his Haute Couture dress (right). Throughout the show Jeffrey proved himself to be the most innovative and never compromised his point of view. With each challenge he produced something different and was prepared to move out of his comfort zone and really showcase his talent as a designer.

Least favourite piece (left)
I think this dress had the potential to be pretty, but the awkward walk of the model took something away from the dress.

Already accustomed to dressing celebrities with his label Cosa Nostra, I am sure we will be seeing more of Jeffrey Sebelia.


Image Credit: Bravo.com

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19 Oct 2006

Bo! In the USA


In the words on Mel B 'Still got it'!
Bo Selecta 1 and 2 were works of comedy genius but then it all went a bit pear shaped with Season 3. I thought that was it, Leigh Francis would lay Avid Merrion to rest .

However, like a big ginger phoenix rising from the ashes, Avid and co are back in Bo! In the USA.

There has only been one episode so far, but what a good episode. The old favourites were back Michael Jackson -'Chamone, Muthaf****s', Craaaaaaaig David & Kez, Mel B and The Bear.
I was half hoping that Craig David would no longer be in it to allow the real Craig David to have a career again. But I am so glad he is in it.
There is no sign (yet) of Ozzie, Avid's strange neighbour. Instead his companion in the US is his sister/wife. Yes, Avid has taken the leap into incest.

One of this week's guests was Jenny McCarthy who was such a good sport and played along with The Bear, at one point even getting on her knees to give him head... oooh I say. Shannen Doherty on the other hand looked so confused as if questioning what she had agreed to, she had to try very hard to hold back the laughter.

Avid is back and as celebrity obsessed as ever and la la land is like his holy grail, so putting the two together can only result in some laughter inducing tv.

Next Week: Justin Timberlake.
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15 Oct 2006

Project Runway - Finale Part 1


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Eeeeek exciting.

So last week was the reunion show (a bit weird, I always think this would be better at the end, when the winner has been announced.. But that's just me)

Then there was Finale Part 1 where Tim Gunn (I love him) went to visit everyone back in their respective corners of the US and check on their progress.

I love it! The sneak peek into their lives and what they have done so far for Bryant Park. The look of nervous anticipation as they wait for Tim Gunn's critique of their work.
After watching this episode, I am excited about everyone's collection, except Laura's. What I saw from this episode looked exquisite in detail and construction but there was nothing that stood out. It was what I expected from her but just not my cup of tea.

Michael's seemed a bit hit and miss, with one shirt looking like one of Liberace's stage costumes. Tim Gunn subsequently told him to make it work. I hope his collection doesn't disappoint as I was rooting for him to win.

Uli had some nice dresses and shock - items not in a print. I really like Uli's designs and think they are very wearable. Where can I get me an Uli Herzner?

Jeffrey also had some nice pieces and not all were goth punk rocker. He had some pretty dresses that were not what you would expect from Jeffrey, but they still had his edge.

What I am most excited about is: 'Sew-gate' Did he or didn't he (Jeffrey) sew all his pieces himself? Will he be allowed to show at Bryant Park?... (well I know the answer to this... He is. But is he eligible to win?)

I want to know and I want to know now.

Roll on Final Finale!!
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7 Oct 2006

Project Runway Season 3


** WARNING: IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN IT, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS**

I am giddy with excitement as Project Runway Season 3 nears it's end. There are only 2 more episodes to air which will show the final 4 and their collections from New York Fashion Week.
I know some people might see it as another reality programme where someone gets eliminated every week. But let me tell you this, this is no Big Brother. I think Project Runway is an excellent opportunity for fashion designers. Due to the exposure they and their work will receive, they can take their career to the next level, just check out Kara Saun she didn't win Season 1 (my opinion: she should have) but has gone on to make a name for herself. Contestants on this show actually have talent (granted some more than others) and they work damned hard in the challenges, it really does sort the fashion wheat from the fashion chaff.

I didn't watch all of Season 1, but really got into it in Season 2. (I miss Santino's impression of Tim "Make It Work' Gunn) so when Season 3 started, I was front row centre.

Not only has this season seen (in my opinion) the most varied selection of designers and aesthetics but also the most scandal. You had Keith Michael booted off the show for "cheating" (a claim he denies) and for repeatedly going AWOL during production. Then there has also been rumours of more cheating amongst the final four. (I couldn't help myself, I had to find out about their collections at Bryant Park..thank goodness for the Internet). Laura Bennett, one of the final four and the most sophisticated mother of five I have ever seen who never wears jeans, found out on the show that she was pregnant with her sixth child. (I have no children and don't look even a tiny bit as groomed as she does) The constant bickering between Jeffrey and Angela... Oy Vey. Finally there was the showdown between one of the producers and Vincent "delusions of grandeur" Libretti, who launched into a expletive filled tirade...bleep bleep bleep bleeping bleep... after one of his shirts was ruined in the wash. Turns out the producers did the contestants laundry..sweet.

Anyhoo... I admit I have sneaked a peak at the collections put out by the final four and read some of the reviews but I still can't wait till for the final 2 episodes... roll on next week. I want to see the drama, the stress, the accusations, the sweat everything!!

First off Jeffrey Sebelia, tattooed punk rocker whose designs had the most edge but wanted to show the judges he had a softer side.


Then there is Uli Herzner, a designer not afraid to experiment with colour and prints. Just like season 2 winner Chloe Dao, Uli seems to have found her signature style.


Laura Bennett, queen of the cocktail dress and beading.




Finally, Michael Knight... no not Knight Rider man, instead season 3's very own Hamptons-meets-Ghetto Fabulous designer. His designs are fresh and youthful and has been favourite to win since the start.




Will they bore the judges and give them a predictable collection or will they each move out of their comfort zones?... You can either look it up in Google or check back in 2 weeks in case I write about it.

I personally want either Michael or Uli to win.. But in the world of fashion you just never know... As Heidi says 'In fashion, one minute you are in and the next you are out...'

Auf Wiedersehen.
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14 Sep 2006

Rediscovering Sex and The City




I couldn't sleep last night and so I thought I would pop in a dvd and see if that would help. Answer: No.
The reason being, I got so engrossed in what I was watching I forgot all about needing to sleep.

I chose 'Sex and The City: Season 4' as I thought quick short episodes as opposed to a two hour movie.

I opted for my favourite episode 'The Good Fight' where Aiden moves in with Carrie and they fight about Aiden's stuff being all over the apartment, Carrie feeling claustrophobic and the catalyst..Pete the dog eats Carrie's favourite Manolos.
I love this scene and can watch it again and again.

I have the complete Sex and The City collection and watch them occasionally when there is nothing else on TV or want to look at pretty clothes and accessories, but what made it different this time was I watched the episode with Michael Patrick King's commentary on.

Normally the only extras on a DVD I will watch are the bloopers or deleted scenes. Extra commentary annoyed me as it was like having someone yak yak yak in your ear while you watched the movie/programme. (If I wanted someone to yak in my ear I would have watched it with my mum)

I don't know what possessed me to do it, maybe it was the urge to do something different as I had seen this episode without the commentary 100 times before.
And do you know what?... It was great! It gave me an insight into the thought process behind the writing and filming of an episode. How some details were accidental, what was deliberate, what was ad-libbed and what were in-jokes or references to episodes in earlier seasons. Amazing. It just made me notice things in the episode that I hadn't previously and probably would have never noticed.

So I watched 'The Good Fight' and 2 more episodes. The only way I was going to get to sleep was if I turned it all off. Which I did.

However, I will be returning to the world of New York to see Carrie and co. and I will be taking Michael as my tour guide through the city and the relationships between the girls and the men they encounter.

I recommend if you are a girl and have the DVDs, to watch the episodes with the commentary on...Go on you know you want to.
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