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25 posted 04-16-2004 07:54 PM       View Profile for loner187   Email loner187   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for loner187

I agree that John Stevens should be gone by next week. He really was in total shock last night! He looked like he was about to cry, I felt so bad for him!!! And I only caught the ending last night, so I didn't even get to catch the re-cap of Wednesday's show! But, at least George is still there, and I think he'll get in top 3. It's a long shot, but I hope he wins!!!! After JS leaves next week, who should get the boot? I'm stumped on that, maybe Jennifer or Diane?

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26 posted 04-20-2004 08:56 PM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

OK, John Stevens has GOT TO GO!!!!!

George didn't do so well either but based on past performances I think he should get another shot

Best performance of the night - hands down - has to be (drum roll please) Fantasia Barrino singing "It's A Miracle" ok so I'm biased LOL
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27 posted 04-20-2004 09:19 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I haven't watched an entire show until tonight.

John Stevens provoked me to make put my hands together--yeah, right-- --to make the sign of the cross!"

My daughter then collapsed in giggles on the floor.

Sorry, John, go catch a gig at a ski lodge...

(grin..Simon's a pussycat compared to me)
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28 posted 04-20-2004 10:43 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

What did skiers ever do to you Blazey?  

Barry Manilow nite.... :ack:

I need a shot of insulin -- QUICK!!
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29 posted 04-21-2004 08:08 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Reb? After watching his performance last night, I just figgered if he was determined to pursue a career in showbiz, it might be helpful if he had an audience that was snowed in, on crutches and painpills...

*wince*

ESPECIALLY the painpills...

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30 posted 04-21-2004 04:31 PM       View Profile for loner187   Email loner187   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for loner187

LMAO!!!

John Stevens MUST go tonight! He HAS to...and if he's not gone, then I'm not gonna watch it any more. Yes, there, you heard it. Everyone here is a witness.

Okay, I lied. I'll watch it just to see my Gerogie. But, who's gonna be bottom 3? I can say 2 names, John and Jasmine. I like Jasmine, but the past couple weeks, her performances haven't stood out in my mind at all. They're just "average."

I was thinkin', based on last night, that George should be there. But, 1.) the public loves him and 2.) he has had a lot of great performances before to make up for the last 2 weeks.

And all the girls were so good last night. They all just blew me away. Especially Dianna, Latoya, and Jennifer. I'm not a huge fan of Fantasia...she gets annoying to me at times.

All in all, like I've been saying for weeks...John Stevens is gone tonight.

What if the hokey pokey is what it's all about?

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31 posted 04-21-2004 08:58 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Re: John Stevens

I suspected it all along.

All of America is heavily medicated.

(I kinda knew I wasn't the only one...)

Geez.

Rehab, anyone?
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32 posted 04-21-2004 09:09 PM       View Profile for loner187   Email loner187   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for loner187

Exactly, Serenity. Something's wrong with America...they don't even know good talent when they hear it. Jennifer doesn't deserve to be gone, John Stevens does. And I think he knows it.

Did you see George? He was in total shock when Ryan called her name, saying that Jennifer got the lowest votes. And then he started to cry, like Fantasia and others. Who will be gone next week? Maybe we can get some sense knocked into the voters for John, and no body will. So he will be gone, and we can get the real competition rolling.

What if the hokey pokey is what it's all about?

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33 posted 04-21-2004 09:23 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Actually loner, I kinda tease...

I think they are all going to be just fine.

No matter if they are voted off now--they just got a ton of free promotion & experience--the ball is in their court no matter what happens--

I mean, I think William Hong pretty much proved that we just loves who we loves.

And I think we need John Stevens for a little while longer, if only for someone we love to hate!



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34 posted 04-21-2004 11:57 PM       View Profile for Local Parasite   Email Local Parasite   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Local Parasite's Home Page   View IP for Local Parasite

If there were three John Stevens', one of them would be gone now.

That explains the bottom three---they're too similar.  When you aim for a very particular audience, like John Stevens does, then you're guaranteed a whole bay of voters... but when you are competing with two other people who are trying to do the same thing you are, then your audience is going to be divided three ways.

I hate to say it, but until it's down to just one black girl, it'll be hard to judge America's real preferences based on the voting tabulations.

For the record, I like John Stevens, even if he's not the best one in the competition... he's stuck between a rock and a hard place right now---he got on this show by being "different" but now he's got a lot of weight on his shoulders, because he has to be good at being different.  What's more, he has to be true to his singing style (which he's really good at) and do things like "Barry Manilow night" which aren't exactly compatible.  

It's like asking a carpenter to re-shingle your roof.  His environment is killing him, and he's not right for this competition, but more than anything it's Randy/Paula/Simon's fault for putting him through.  

I'd vote for John if I lived in the states.

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35 posted 04-22-2004 04:40 PM       View Profile for loner187   Email loner187   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for loner187

You make a lot of sense, parasite. The three "divas" are all competing for the one spot of the ultimate diva. John Stevens can sing, and you have to think that he is only 16 years old. So, imagine how much better he will get at performing and improving his style in the years to come. But, he still doesn't belong in this competion. I do love to "hate" him, he's the only one left that I don't like. So, in another way, you make some sense too, Serenity. Plus, there's only two guys left already. If he goes, then it's only George who's holding down the fort. And he is out there with his music, I bet he may even get a record deal after this thing's over. The Sinatra-style is starting to get to me, I am beginning to enjoy it a little. But, everyone here has to admit...John can sing. As much as we hate to admit it...

On another note... I believe that the ultimate diva will be Latoya. As much as I like Fantasia, I think Latoya has the better voice. And Fantasia's personality irratates me sometimes. My final three: George, Diana, and Latoya. Who's gonna be the next American Idol? Well, only time can tell for that.

What if the hokey pokey is what it's all about?

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36 posted 04-22-2004 06:07 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

I think LP has made an astute analysis and it may in fact be correct.  Being true to my own cynical self though I have to advance another thought.

Executives love to be in control.  There may be more going on here than what meets the eye.

When the drummer in my last band got in the way of an on-coming train it was really more or less the breaking point in my music career.  Having a band is a lot like being married.  It's all about compromise, synergy, love, and dedication.  It requires a load of work.  Being a solo act and paying back up musicians is much easier because everybody knows who the boss is.  The whole egalitarian democratic band thing gets to be rather a grind.  So, rather than try to rebuild (again) or go solo -- I did something else I really wanted to do -- produce.

I already had my eye on some talent -- a young lady with presence.   She could sing too -- but, more important -- she had presence -- it... THE it... the thing that differentiates.  I started trying to book her gigs and I kept running into problems with club owners.  I couldn't really figure it out.  She was a star.  Even the club owners who wouldn't book her agreed.  Then the owner of one of the larger clubs in Memphis pulled me aside one day and said basically -- look -- she's a talented kid and she has real potential -- but I need to sell hooch.  She aint gonna do it. Ya know why?  Cause she's a gorgeous talented broad.  Women will HATE her.  They don't want her in the same room where they're trying to get some guy to fall in love with them.  Put some cute guys up on the stage and I'll book em.  Cute guys bring in single gals.  Single gals bring in guys.  I sell hooch.  Everybody falls in love... I sell more hooch.

Not tendering any opinion as to whether or not his opinion has any validity -- the Fox execs may be shaking in their shorts at the prospect of not having any cute guys in a competition with an audience that is no doubt demographically heavy in young ladies.

It wouldn't be the first television game show that was rigged.


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37 posted 04-23-2004 10:35 PM       View Profile for loner187   Email loner187   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for loner187

Huh, good point. But, the show could be all legit and everything. Or a set up as you show, rebel.

I'm not sayin' totally real...I mean, look at Surivivor. You would think that those people are really living in hotels and eating huge steaks when the cameras aren't rolling. But, they're really out there living on an island. Probably have some assistance to make sure they don't get incredibly sick and always have some food...But, still.

As far as AI goes, it's a talent competition. I mean, there's not much that the execs can pull. Sure, they could be pulling a scandal like you said, but I honestly don't think so. Don't know if you feel that way truthfully either, rebel. Or if you're just playin around. The kids in the competition have big talent. And it is partially a popularity contest, but also it's about the true talent. America votes for whoever they like the most, puts that person through, and then we get down to the final two. And then America votes again for the winner. So, how can you rip that off? People actually vote. Person with lowest votes leaves. Not that hard of a concept.

What if the hokey pokey is what it's all about?

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38 posted 04-28-2004 09:00 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

heh heh heh...



sigh.

sorry.

The boy was tone deaf.

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39 posted 04-29-2004 06:51 AM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

LMAO Karen ... breathing a HUGE sigh of relief here as well
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Loner~ They can rig the votes.  Simple.  How do I know that is REALLY how America voted??

Selling Hooch~ Hmmm...I love to watch a good looking woman...I am not intimidated...me and the SO sit and watch the women on TV, and in movies, commenting on what "aspects" of the females are particulally appealing.  Doesn't everyone do that?

As for John...thank god.  What a disaster.  First few times I heard him sing I thought he sounded good, but recently...eek.  
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41 posted 05-01-2004 01:51 PM       View Profile for loner187   Email loner187   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for loner187

Clapping for America right about now...but now I'm sad to say,(tears forming)that George should be voted off soon. I love my Georgie, he has a great voice and personality, and any record he does, I'll go and buy. But, I just don't think he's as good as say Diana or any of the other girls..Especially since he was in the bottom 3 last week, bottom 2 to be exact. It's coming real close, he either has to pump up the effort on performances or do something different. Cause it's not working for me any more. After George(aaawwww!!!) I think it shall be Fantasia to get the boot..maybe? Any thoughts...

As for the whole jipping thing-um, yeah. And how do you know I am really Amanda and how do you know that they all can really sing...how do you know ANY thing(reality tv wise and computer wise) is real???hmmm...

What if the hokey pokey is what it's all about?

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42 posted 05-01-2004 06:58 PM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

I must admit, when Jennifer, Fantasia and Latoya, all made it to the bottom 3 a few weeks ago there was a *brief* moment when I thought to myself "This thing has GOT to be rigged!" However, I don't believe it is (wishful thinking maybe?) It is my favorite show on TV other than American Chopper on The Discovery Channel, now there's a reality show that's almost certainly "real".

As far as whom I believe will be the winner of AI this year ... Ultimately, I can see any of them "winning"; especially the way the votes have been going as of late.

But in my eyes they are all winners due to the fact that they chased their dreams.

'Cause all the world was mine, if only for a time. And even if I lost it all, the ride was worth the fall! - Brett James (amazingly talented songwriter)
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Yeah, Jeffrey. They all are talented kids who are brave enough to follow their dreams, and nobody can take that away from them. As for the winner, I still can't narrow it down to just one person. Hell, I can't decide who should be gone next. Since I want George to stay around as long as possible, I guess I'm gonna have to wait until Tuesday to decide who should be voted off next.

And the show rigged? Nah, I really don't believe it, either. As for some other shows...cough, Survivor, cough...don't know. Hey, nobody will ever know the truth about these and other reality shows if you don't go on them yourself, right? I mean, you can't really go on someone else's word, especially someone involved with the show that you don't know. Like, you can't say "oh, Survivor IS real because I saw an interview where Jeff Probst said that it is"...So, if anyone on here ever tries out for American Idol, or Fear Factor, or any other reality show, please share!!! lol

What if the hokey pokey is what it's all about?

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44 posted 05-04-2004 10:35 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

Well they are all talented -- but not enough.  Latoya and Fantasia are close -- Huff has the raw elements but he isn't there either.

Simon said he could have heard tonights fare on a cruise ship -- I'd have to best him and say I could have heard the entire season in a karaoke bar.  It looked promising for a while -- but it's been rather disappointing.  The only real 'moment' in the entire season was Amy's 'Sin Wagon' -- the rest has been pretty.  

The focus is too misplaced on these silly 'themes' that they're having.  Although I really like big band music, Elton John, Motown, even Gloria Estefan -- it isn't the right way to do this -- a star can sing 'Happy Birthday' and make you dance, laugh, or cry.... they just aren't pulling that through.

Conversely -- John utterly failed to ever pull any of those themes into his style -- which is what a star would do -- he tried to flex to the themes and it was really just not working for him.

Technically -- Latoya is a great singer -- but she isn't 'performing'.  Fantasia is a better stylist -- but she's just a little too green.  I can't make up my mind which one of these two should win this competition at this point.

Production wise -- it was just so-so too -- the band they had tonight was very milquetoast -- why didn't they tap somebody like Brian Setzer to come in?  The selections were, as Randy said, 'safe'.  Huff could have pulled out some great Louis Prima and torn it up -- I'm just shaking my head right now.

Not having had the benefit of other seasons to compare to -- I can't really say if it's just been an 'off' year.
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45 posted 05-04-2004 11:14 PM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

I have to agree with you a little rebel, no one on the show this year is anywhere near the quality of singer that Clay or Reuben or even Kelly are. Having said that, I think it will come down to Fantasia or LaToya. LaToya has the most "pure" voice on the show this season but as far as the better performer I would have to go with Fantasia. It's kind of a toss-up at this point and the way the voting has been going this year who knows who will end up in the final two?

Personally, I would probably have to hear the first couple of singles from any of the contestants albums (be they the winner or not) before I decided to buy it.

They are all "good" but none of them are a "star" YET.

I still have to root for my home state girl Fantasia though hehe
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Here's my top 3: Diana, Latoya, and Fantasia.

Final 2: Latoya and Fantasia

Winner of AI season 3: tie between the 2 "divas"

Yeah, I can't decide, either. I've tried to think of the best performer and singer, the one with the best stage presence and even who I would rather sit throught an entire album and hear singing...still can't decide. I've always thought that Latoya has the best voice, and I think we can all agree on that. But, Fantasia does, just as Simon said, bring funk and danger along with her. She takes chances and her voice isn't plain or simple, it's got that "spark" like Paula said last night. But, even saying that about Fantasia, I can't decide between these 2. They both take chances, they both have that "it" factor, and they're both gorgeous. So, who knows who America will vote for.

What if the hokey pokey is what it's all about?

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47 posted 05-06-2004 05:23 PM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

Well, I write this with a some-what weary heart. It was really sad to see George leave the show last night, but I think it was probably the right choice (he or Jasmine take your pick). I still see the final 2 being Fantasia and LaToya, but what do I know?

So sorry loner187, big huglets to you
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I actually wasn't that sad to see George go. Sure, he's got a great heart. And, I'll miss him next week for sure. It won't be the same, but I guess it was the right call. Next shall be Jasmine, as much as I think she's got talent and is gorgeous...I'm rooting for Fantasia from now on. Or for at least at this moment.(who knows after next week's performances! hehe) So, Jeffery...you got another vote for your home girl.

What if the hokey pokey is what it's all about?

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49 posted 05-13-2004 09:47 PM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

Ok, last night totally sucked!!! I am beginning to wonder if maybe the voting IS fixed. I find it inconceivable that America could cast more votes for someone whom forgot the words to a song than they did for someone with a voice like LaToya's or Fantasia's. Last night was truly a mockery of the whole premise of the show.
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