Thursday, February 26, 2009

American Idol Season 8: Group 2 Highlights

So, I've seen this group singing just now..

Adam Lambert
He has great stage presence & great vocal range, though i kind of agree with Kara, it just didn't touch my heart.. yet..

Allison Iraheta
She is, definitely will be, in Top 12!!

Jasmine Murray
Missed her performance, but from the recap, just so-so.. not outstanding at all..

Jeanine Vailes
Great legs were all the judges can say..

Jesse Langseth
I like her.. coz she's different.. but not different enough to standout though...

Kai Kalama
I like his vocals but wrong song choice had made him easily unforgettable.. except the story of his mom, of course..

Kris Allen
Almost there, man..

Matt Breitzke
Loved the song but.. it just don't fit you, Matt..

Matt Giraud
I am frustrated that Matt's talent was not shown at this stage.. damn.. i like him though.. and hope he will make it through..

Megan Corkrey
I agree with the judges.. she's pretty, different and unique.. hopefully she works out on her stage presence too.. you know, what it takes to win the audience once judges think you have everything..

Mishavonna Henson
Like Allison, I hope she goes through as well. Like her voice!!

Nick Mitchell

Nick a.k.a Norman, seriously, doesn't know how to take advantage of his vocals..

My top 3 pick this week : Allison Iraheta, Mishavonna Henson, Adam Lambert

Most likely to be chosen during the Wild Cards : Megan Joy Corkrey, Kris Allen or Jesse Langseth

Updates: Gosh! 2 of my predict made it through to TOP 12 - Allison, Adam plus Kris Allen.. I really wish Mishavonna was one who made it.. hope she can be chosen during Wild Card round..

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Lyrics: We're Only Honest When We're Sleeping - David Cook

You're a broken thing
Your cracks are showing through
Your best attempts
At making nice with the world
So keep on dreaming
Cause someday soon the things that keep you at bay
Will fade away
Or so I've heard

We're only honest when we're sleeping
We're lying wide awake and dreaming
Wishing that we were someone else
This bed’s as cold as hell
When you're lying next to me

It's a twisted game
But we cannot repeat
Hopes that never seem to resonate
Spin the finger of blame
It's always on the heart
That kept on beating
While the other pulled away

We're only honest when we're sleeping
We're lying wide awake and dreaming
Wishing that we were someone else
This bed’s as cold as hell
When you're lying next to me

The ceiling paints a picture
And everything is turning our world around
Amidst the chaos in the mirror
Lies the reasoning

We're only honest when we're sleeping
We're lying wide awake and dreaming
Wishing that we were someone else
This bed’s as cold as hell

We're only honest when we're sleeping
We're lying wide awake and dreaming
Wishing that we were someone else
This bed’s as cold as hell
When you're lying next to me

Toby: This is one of the tracks from David's unreleased 2nd independent album after Analog Heart and before Idol, heard for the first time in Eau Claire on Feb. 18 during his Declaration Tour recently.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Novel: Rooftop Rant - Hlovate

Taken from Jemari Seni's website:-

...kalau tidak ia meracun
...walau hanya pada awan-awan

Mereka berbicara di atas bumbung
Episod hidup memang berbeza, tapi cerita mereka masih selari!

Allah takkan bebankan hamba-Nya dengan apa yang dia tak mampu!

Hidup tak selalunya lawa
Tak selalunya ada pelangi
Kalau nak kata a bed of roses pun, duri-durinya tetap ada
Kadang-kadang... bilamana ‘malapetaka’ tu datang, terasa macam kena gelek ke bumi dek ahli sumo
Rasa macam dah tak mampu bangkit
Rasa macam dah tak mampu hela nafas

Dengarkan HLOVATE berbicara:
tentang hikayat Rooftop Rant dari puncak Wisma Topaz ini...
tentang Trisy dan Jade...
tentang bukit yang sayup di depan
tentang angin yang membawa salam di belakang
tentang lang sewah yang berlegar melayah di atas
tentang deretan kenderaan yang bersesak-sesak di bawah
dan mereka terus bercerita...
sesudah berani meruntuhkan tembok hati dan dinding rasa

mampukah dibeli tangga-tangga untuk mencapai cita-cita?

ini cerita sebuah bicara
bicara bumbung namanya....


Toby said:

I love HLOVATE's novels!! Hlovate never failed to impress me with novel2 dia..

Why i love Hlovate's novels:-

bahasa yang sempoi dan selambadak...

jalan cerita yang lain dari yang lain...

kisah cinta yang mengusik jiwa (sikit2 ada kena mengena lah kan..)

happy ending!! (ni paling penting..)

Anyway, aku baca buku ni masa tunggu mak aku jumpa doktor dia kat Hospital Selayang.. 2 jam siot tunggu.. rupa2nya doktor yg mak aku selalu jumpa tu tak ada.. ganti ngan doktor lain, tu yang lambat tu.. sedar2 tak sedar, aku habih baca sampai bab 66.. balik umah, terus sambung sampai habih..

Rooftop Rant:

I can't really write the review - tak suspen laa untuk yang belom baca tu.. sapa nak tau cerita dia macam mana, kenala pi beli.. boleh order kat Jemari Seni.. heheh..
yang bestnya, novel ni ada mention lagu Dare You To Move by Switchfoot - alaa.. lagu yang David Cook penah nyanyi dulu masa zaman American Idol dia laa.. heheh.. see, i've been Cookified!!..

Anyway, here are my fav quotes from the novel..

I'll be back


...kalau tidak ia meracun...
....walau hanya pada awan-awan..."

"whatever it is, to live well or live hell, you choose
may Allah bless"

"There are times when strangers are like family,
and family are like strangers.."

Team Building @ Avillion Admiral Cove, PD

Last Friday, i went to my office's Team Building for year 2008. The number one factor why i can't wait to go was the Hotel we stayed ~ Avillion Admiral Cove..

Superb Apartment!! Unfortunately i didn't take the apartment's pix.. aiya...

Well, 1st day was quite bored as we had to wait for check-in at 2.00pm when we arrived around b4 12 noon.. so we went lepak2 kat lobby sambil tengok sceneries around the area..


Listening to David Cook's to kill the boredom..

At the end of this, i was glad i came coz i certainly achieved my secret objective of coming here.. what that is, i can't tell ya.. syyhh.. haha...

More pictures!!

Final project..

Our Hula girls.. won the best dressed awards!!

Supposedly sun rise.. damn trees.. can't really see it..

Practice session for the Karaoke.. damn, my practiced
song was not in the list.. last2 hantam keromo lah..

Food was ok.. Therefore, I highly recommend this Hotel.. for honeymoon or family gatherings..

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

American Idol Season 8: Group 1 Highlights

Danny's so much better without his glasses..

I have been surfing to know the outcome of Group 1 performances, as here in Malaysia, the show is shown as delayed telecast.

I found out that, most (meaning: there are some other people out there who gave bad reviews..) of the reviews are positive towards Danny Gokey. Others who shined (based on reviews) are Alexis Grace, Ricky Braddy and surprisingly Tatiana Del Toro. Few said that Anoop Desai was good too.

I managed to listen to Danny's performance, i would say that he's good, though i must say that i kind of hated this arrangement of Mariah Carey's song. But Danny made it so likable that i forgave him. Haha..

So, lets wait tonite when i see the full performance (with visuals, of course)..

Updates: 10.00pm

So, i saw them just now and i thought that Danny & Ricky are sooo gonna make it... Alexis was also good, can't wait to see her singing another song as that song she sang was not my thingy.. As much as i hated watching old Tatiana, i'm a little bit confused with this new Tatiana.. let's see how long she can keep from doing that annoying thing... haha..

Updates: 19 Feb 2009

Wow! Danny's in.. Alexis' in.. Mike Sarver's in.. Now get Anoop & Ricky to be in as well, judges!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

American Idol: Top 36 Revealed!!

Top 36 of American Idol Season 8 was finally revealed in a two-hour special broadcast. Here are the lucky ones:-

Adam Lambert, 26 (Los Angeles)

Alex Wagner-Trugman, 19 (Los Angeles, CA)

Alexis Grace, 20 (Memphis, TN)

Allison Iraheta, 16 (Los Angeles, CA)

Anne Marie Boskovich, 22 (Nashville, TN)

Anoop Desai, 21 (Chapel Hill, NC)

Arianna Afsar, 16 (San Diego, CA)

Brent Keith, 28 (Blanchester, OH)

Casey Carlson, 20 (Minneapolis, MN)

Danny Gokey, 28 (Milwaukee, WI)

Jackie Tohn, 27 (Los Angeles)

Jasmine Murray, 16 (Starkville, Miss.)

Jeanine Vailes, 27 (Sherman Oaks, CA)

Jesse Langseth, 25 (Minneapolis, MN)

Joanna Pacitti, 23 (Philadelpha, PA)

Jorge Nunez-Mendez, 20 (Carolina, PR)

Ju'Not Joyner, 26 (Bowie, MD)

Kai Kalama, 26 (San Clemente, CA)

Kendall Beard, 23 (Austin, Texas)

Kris Allen, 23 (Conway, Ark.)

Kristen McNamara, 22 (Napa, CA)

Lil Rounds, 23 (Memphis, TN)

Matt Breitzke, 27 (Bixby, OK)

Matt Giraud, 23 (Kalamazoo, Mich.)

Megan Corkrey, 22 (Sandy, UT)

Michael Sarver, 27 (Jasper, Texas)

Mishavonna Henson, 18 (Irvine, CA)

Nathaniel Marshall, 18 (Malone, NY)

Nick Mitchell, 27 (Brookfield, CT)

Ricky Braddy, 25 (Louisville, KY)

Scott MacIntyre, 23 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Stephen Fowler, 26 (Beachwood, OH)

Stevie Wright, 16 (Phelan, CA)

Tatiana Del Toro, 23 (Los Angeles, CA) - What??!!

Taylor Vaifanua, 16 (Hurricane, UT)

Von Smith, 22 (Kansas City, MO)

Youngest - Five 16-year olds - Allison, Arianna, Jasmine, Stevie, Taylor

Oldest - Two 28-year olds - Danny Gokey & Brent Keith

I've searched in the Internet that few of the contestant's fan already setting up FanSite or they already have their own site, like Danny Gokey & pianist Matt Giraud. Too bad Cody (the horror movie filmmaker) & Jamar were not in the list!
Check out tonight at 8tv, 9.30pm and Astro StarWorld channel 711 at 6pm/8pm.

Latest news - 12/2/09: Joanna Pacitti was announced disqualified from this competition and is replaced by Felicia Barton. No reason was mentioned but she reportedly has 'close link' with executives in 19 Entertainment.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Beyonce - Flaws & All

I just watched last year's Ellen DeGeneres episode where Beyonce was the guest. At the end of the show, Ellen requested Beyonce to sing on of her favourite song - Flaws & All. I always like Beyonce's performances and i told myself i'm not gonna miss this one. And was i glad to stay on watching..

Beyonce was superb and as i was listening to the lyrics, i was kind of not expected the emotions that Beyonce had took me into.. nor did i realize that the minute Beyonce's tears is unexpectedly flowing, my tears starts to flow as well.. check this out yourselves..

I'm a train wreck in the morning
I'm a bitch in the afternoon
Every now and then without warning
I can be really mean towards you
I'm a puzzle yes in deed
Ever complex in every way
And all the pieces aren't even in the box
And yet, you see the picture clear as day.


I don't know why you love me
And that's why I love you
You catch me when I fall
Accept me flaws and all
And that's why I love you [3x]

I neglect you when I'm working
When I need attention I tend to nag
I'm a host of imperfection
And you see past all that
I'm a peasant by some standards
But in your eyes I'm a queen
You see potential in all my flaws
and that's exactly what I mean.


I don't know why you love me
And that's why I love you
You catch me when I fall
Accept me flaws and all
and that's why I love you [3x]

[Repeat Chorus]

Man! This song is so deep! It's about a woman being thankful to her guy who loves her, with flaws & all, unconditionally. 'Flaws And All' is a song taken from B'Day album, the Deluxe Edition.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Movie: He's Just Not That Into You

It's Eric Murphy's new movie!! Err.. Kevin Connolly lahh. Can't wait till it hits the theatre in Malaysia as it features Kevin Connolly & Justin Long, two of my favourite American actors.

Justin Long & Kevin Connolly

9 A-list actors are in this movie, so it is something that can't be missed by singles and couples.

Director: Ken Kwapis

Producer: Drew Barrymore, Nancy Juvonen

Release Date: February 6, 2009

The Plot

The plot chronicles the romantic misadventures of several individuals in their twenties and thirties. The common thread is that one person in each relationship is more enamored with the other person than vice versa. At the core of these multiple stories is Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin), a young woman who repeatedly misinterprets the signs that men give her about their level of interest in her. The more experienced and romantically successful Alex (Justin Long), the manager of a bar, advises her on how to understand men.

Other plotlines include married couple Janine (Jennifer Connelly) and Ben (Bradley Cooper), who are going through a rough patch—leading him to flirt with Anna (Scarlett Johansson), an aspiring singer. Anna, in turn, is dating Connor (Kevin Connolly), but is clearly less into him than he is into her. The final major plot arc is Neil (Ben Affleck) and Beth's (Jennifer Aniston) story. They have cohabited for several years, but break up when Beth desires to get married and Neil refuses.

Drew Barrymore, one of the film's producers, is also featured as a newspaper editor who helps Connor promote his real-estate business.

Kevin Connolly: In recent interview with E! Entertainment, Kevin told Ben Lyons that he was kind of nervous when his character, Connor, had to massage Anna's feet (played by Scarlet).. hahaha.. all other male actors just teased him on that.. well i thought that he might felt just that, as blondies are his types (exes includes Nikki Cox & Nicky Hilton, dated Haylie Duff & Julianne Hough).

Ben Affleck: Of all Jennifers that they casted, i wondered why they just didn't picked his better half - Jennifer Garner, well she's been in comedy before..

Jennifer Aniston

Drew Barrymore

Scarlett Johansson: Just married Ryan Reynolds last Dec. Liked her in In Good Company and The Nanny Diaries.

Bradley Cooper: I liked him in Alias and Yes Man! He's married to Jennifer (ha!) Esposito but in divorce process.

Jennifer Connelly: I still remember her in The Rocketeer & A Beautiful Mind. And she's married to Paul Bettany (admired him in A Knight's Tale) and now the new face of Revlon cosmetics.

Ginnifer Goodwin

Justin Long: Is rumored getting back together with Drew Barrymore after they split up last July. One of my fav actors!


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