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American Idol 2013 Top Contestants Revealed

American Idol Guys and Girls

Finally Come Together



This show was more about build up and show than substance or competition. The Judges were introduced from behind a screen and walked around the stage to get to their seats. Keith Urban helped Nicki Minaj around the stage, as she could not walk in her heels.

There was long montage and intro, going through the guys songs that they sang in their last appearance. Finally Ryan Seacrest announced the first qualifier for the finals.

American Idol 2013 Judges with Ryan Seacrest

Paul Jolley – Did the required shocked and stunned routine, then sang How Do I Get You Alone. It sounded mostly off key to me. He was trying to go way too high. It was another dramatic over the top theatrical performance. Keith said it was better than last night, but it really wasn’t.

Burnell Taylor – gave us more of the same, but he was actually in tune.

Curtis Finch Jnr. – it got worse, with more camp theatricals.

Devin Velez – I’m beginning to like him more and more, because he does something different. He sang all in English tonight Power Of One by Israel Houghton. Nicky Minaj said he was doing something for Spanish speaking Americans and she would like him to continue singing in Spanish. It’s a good point and a huge audience. Devin could go far if he gets them behind him.

Lazaro Arbos – was the last of the male qualifiers. He was still giving the band instructions as Ryan Searest led him to the stage. I think we are witnessing the makings of a huge diva. Lazaro sang Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel. It’s a great song, but it was only an OK performance, but then again it is difficult to do justice to a song like that in the 2 minutes that these guys have available.

This has got to be the campest 5 guys to ever get into the final of a TV talent contest anywhere. We can’t blame American public; the judges gave them very little variety to choose from. Maybe this is the demographic for American Idol, teenage girls and gay men, but it must be narrowing the appeal of the show.

Just a quick word on the competence of Perth TV management has to be raised. At this point in the show there was an Ad. break and first up was a promo for a gig featuring Guns and Roses, ZZ Top and Rose Tattoo. Apart from the fact that fans of those bands are probably not viewers of American Idol, the fact that the gig was actually taking place at exactly that time made the whole thing pointless. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this sort of stuff up and probably won’t be the last, but someone needs to pull them up on it.

After the break they showed a montage of the girl’s semi-final performances and they were so much better than the men. First of the girls to go through was Janelle Arthur.

Janelle Arthur – I was very surprised that she got though. I thought there were better performers than her who went home after the semi-finals. That said I love her speaking voice and accent and she seems like a really nice girl. She sang a traditional style country song about her country home. She looked the part in her cowboy boots and this was much better than the campy theatricals we had seen so far.

Candice Glover – did a little victory dance, while holding her boobs in place, in the green room and onstage. She gave us a big soul mama performance. She probably sang the best she has in her last three outings. She got a standing ovation from the crowd and ALL of the judges.

Angie Miller – did the fan herself thing that many girls do when they get emotional, what’s that about? She looked good, but I didn’t like the song and she seemed to be “a bit pitchy dawg!” but no one was going to pull her up on that tonight. The judges just raved about her.

Amber Holcomb – sang I’m every woman. She was also a bit off, but she has great legs and danced really well in her high heels, especially considering Nicki Minaj could not even walk un-aided in hers. This was a good fun performance and everyone liked it.

Kree Harrison – started her performance with “C’mon y’all let’s have some fun.” She glammed it up more than she has before and sang another lively country number.

So many good girls went home tonight, the beautiful Aubrey Cleland and Breanna Steer, the powerful force that is Zoannette Johnson, the cute and sweet Adriana Latonio and the hard working Tina Torres. But possibly the best singers went through.

These girls should kick arse in the finals, as the guys are too much of the same thing.

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American Idol 2013 Top 10 Men

The American Idol Boys Face Trial by

Public for the First Time



Tonight on American Idol it was the men’s turn to put on their performances and face the voting of the American public. Elijah kicked off the show:-

Elijah Liu – following on from last night, of course we started with a slow ballad. Elijah sung OK. But this Rhianna song was not in the least bit interesting to me. Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj liked it, but never enthused much. Randy Jackson said it never got out of first gear, which is pretty much what I felt. Mariah Carey said she liked it, but also never got excited.

Cortez Shaw – gave us an up-tempo song, at last. A bit of Bruno Mars. He also gave us some dancing, but his eyes weren’t in the performance. I didn’t think it was very good, but thanks for not doing a ballad Cortez. Keith said it was the wrong song for him, Nicki knocked his styling. Randy said he was straining. Mariah wanted a ballad, Jeeezus Mariah haven’t we suffered enough?

Charlie Askew – showed us his 6 hair moustache, that has taken him 6 months to grow, in the lead up clip. He had then shaved it off before his performance. Who says these boys don’t suffer for their art? He sang an interesting version of GenesisMama. He really struggled at the top end, but I like him because he’s different. All of the judges were down on him and he was almost in tears by the time it got to Mariah and she said next to nothing. Charlie told Ryan Seacrest he was angry, almost thru tears, but he never said why.

Nick Boddington – gave us a nice version of The Goo Goo Dolls’ Iris, played and sung gently at the piano. Keith and the crowd loved it, but the rest of the judges were not all that enthused. He was almost as upset as Charlie after their comments, justifiably I think.

Burnel Taylor or Steve Urkel

Burnel Taylor – with his image change he now looks like Steve Urkel from the TV show Family Matters. He sings very well, but not at all to my taste. This was like a musical theatre performance. He got a big response from the audience and the judges, so I am guessing he will be back

Paul Jolley – has a very good voice and it wasn’t a bad song, but still way too theatrical for me. Keith said he needs to be more effortless and the other judges said he was solid, but were not all that keen.

Lazaro Arbos – sang the old classic Feeling Good that Michael Bublé had a hit with recently. But this was more like Shirley Bassey than Bublé. The crowd loved it, Nicki and Randy liked it. Keith and Mariah were less committal.

Curtis Finch Jnr – sang I believe I Can Fly by R Kelly. This guy can really sing, but this performance could have come straight out of a Broadway musical. He probably got the biggest crowd reaction all night. Nicki Minaj raved about it coming from a higher power and Curtis blessed her. Randy and Mariah both felt the power too.

Devin Valez – gave us another old standard, It’s Impossible, in both English and Spanish. He is obviously making his bid for Latin American Idol and I can’t knock that, it’s a big market and he sang much better in Spanish. Nicki said he looked like a Spanish Ken doll. Mariah Carey hinted at the international potential that I was thinking of.

Vincent PowellVince was my favourite of the guys in the last round, which is probably why they saved him for last, hoping for a big finish. But even he went for the effeminate stagey performance tonight and although his voice is really good, this was not for me. The judges knocked him for his nerves and said it was not his best performance.

Considering this was the Top 10 Men, the whole show was seriously lacking in testosterone.

Very little was to my liking and I would have put more of last nights girls through, rather than most of these guys, even some of the girls who went out in the semi-finals. But if I had to pick 5 I’d have to go for Charlie, Nick, Curtis, Devin and Vince. I have no idea who the American public will pick, but with this lot I don’t really care.

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American Idol 2013 Top 10 Girls

American Idol 2013 Now the Public Get to Vote



The top 10 girls, who got through the semi-finals over the last few weeks, now get to be judged by the public. I have some real reservations about this segregation of the sexes this year, as I think there are a lot more talented girls than men. But this is what the powers that be at American Idol have decided is the format, so what can we do but give our opinion?

Zoannette Johnson – sang Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got to do With It. She sang well but it was far from her best performance. Keith Urban pretty much nailed it with his assessment, blaming the wrong song choice. Randy Jackson said it was a mess, it was not that bad. I think Zoannette will go through anyway, due to her previous performances and her big personality.

Breanna Steer – gave us a nice ballad, really well performed and looked great on stage. Nicki Minaj got it all wrong, saying she was straining and it was the wrong song choice. It wasn’t a showstopper song, but it was class, so I was surprised that none of the judges were more enthused.

Aubrey Cleland – looked even better than Breanna. It was a similar song choice and performance. I definitely want to see more of her, but this also would not have blown anyone away. All of the judges mentioned her vibrato and falsetto and of course her looks. She will be back

Janelle Arthur – should have gone home last week, in my opinion. She sat on a stool to start a country ballad. She sang well, but it was not really much of anything for me. It reminded me of a song you see in the middle of an old style variety TV show. Keith loved it, Nicki said it was the best vocal of the night, she must be watching a different show to me. But all of the judges thought more of it than I did.

Tina Torres – sang a dramatic ballad, this was too many ballads on the trot. It just washed over me. Nicki liked her boobs; Randy could not get over that. Again the judges thought much more of it than I did.

Angie Miller – sang yet another dramatic ballad. She sang at the piano, all the way through, thankfully. I hate it when they get up part way through. To me it means they were just posing at the piano. Angie impressed me more than Tina, but only at the end when it crescendoed. All of the judges raved over her performance.

Amber Holcomb – took on the late great Whitney Houston and did it very well. She has not been one of my huge favourites so far, but it would be tough for her to go out after that performance. Nicki Minaj had another best of the night moment. All of the judges raved again and they think she is a potential winner

Kree Harrison - gave us a nice country ballad, really well performed. She doesn’t glam it up like the other girls and looks a little plain by comparison. Maybe she could go more country, with some rhinestones and stuff. Once again the judges raved over her performance. It will be hard to pick only 5 of these girls.

Adriana Latonio American Idol 2013

Adriana Latonio – Guess what? Another dramatic ballad. She sang well, but ain’t it time someone picked another pace, even Randy said that. All of the judges knocked her song choice and Nicki said she should come back next year. I don’t think she will go through which is a pity as she was so good in the last round.

Candice Glover – more of the same thing, with maybe a little more connection from Candice, but more of that sliding over the notes that I don’t like. But it was very good in parts. The judges and crowd loved it. All stood except Nicki. Randy suggested adding a wildcard, as so many of these girls were so good.

I would pick Zoannette, Breanna, Aubrey, Angie, Amber, Kree and Candice to go through. Sorry couldn’t pick just 5. In fact if Rachel Hale and Cristabel Clack had been put through last week, I would have probably picked them to go through as well. We can only wait and see what the American public have decided.

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American Idol Vegas Semi-Finals 2nd Group Males

American Idol Final Semi-Final



This is our first review of a men’s semi-final for American Idol 2013 due to the power outage we had here last week and missing the first semi-final entirely. I must say after watching this one that I hope that I missed the best one. There were some talented singers in the second semi-final and some high spots, but overall there was a little too much of the same thing and not too much that I thought was worthy of the final.

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Mathanee Treco – Kicked off the evening, he sang the Elvis song A Little Less Conversation, but where Elvis was a Baritone, Mathanee chose to sing it really high. It didn’t work in that range; it was neither an easy nor comfortable place to listen to that tune. The judges mostly criticised him for song choice.

Gurpreet Singh Sarin – The Turbinator arrived in a matching bright yellow turban and trousers. I really like the juxtaposition of a Sikh man in a turban singing soul music, but I did not like this song and it wasn’t the best I had heard him sing. The judges didn’t like it much either. Randy Jackson said it was terrible, it wasn’t terrible.

Vincent Powell – Sang a slow soul ballad with plenty of range, even falsetto. It was undoubtedly the best of the night so far and I guessed this was the kick off point. The crowd went mad, the judges stood, except Nicki Minaj. Vincent received great compliments from the judges and Randy echoed my thoughts that this was where the show started.

Nick Boddington – sang a soft soul tune, which got better when the backing vocals came in. It was tough to follow Vincent with something similar and initially I thought it would fail. But I thought it was good and would like to hear more of him. The judges were only moderately keen and questioned his connection to the song.

Josh Holliday – played a song of his own at the piano, his voice was good, but I found the song quite theatrical and it never really appealed to me. He did the staged ‘get up and walk away from the piano’ and there was far too much squirming around when he did. There was not enough passion for Keith Urban and none of the other judges were that keen either.

David Willis – played guitar and sang the old standard Fever, it was not like the Michael Bublé version. He had the audience on their feet and clapping along, but was a bit mid tempo, middle of the road for my taste; only the big notes at the end really did it for me. Keith seemed to agree with me as did Randy and Mariah Carey.

Bryant Tadeo – sang a slow soulful version of New York State of Mind. He sang really well with exactly the right amount of bluster and fancy runs. It was excellent, but only Keith Urban and the audience seemed to agree with me. Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson gave him a really hard time. These guys must be deaf. It also makes me suspicious that it is decided before the performance who they want to go through.

Burnel Taylor – sang with very theatrical movements. It was a pretty awful song. He sang OK but I would not put him through based on that. Keith liked it, Nicki over enthused, she “knows what it feels like” she repeatedly told us. Randy and Mariah liked it too.

Lazaro Arbos – sang a Keith Urban song. Always a bit of cheesy thing to do, singing a judges song in front of them, I think. The fact that the song sounded a lot like The Wind Beneath My Wings didn’t help. Lazaro sang OK. But once again it was too theatrical for my taste. He got a big crowd reaction. It was funny to hear Keith say it as not a good song choice. The rest of the judges were again very enthusiastic, so I am sure he is going through.

Cortez Shaw – Yet another ballad, the backing vocalist harmonised really well with him, but I didn’t like it when he went for the big notes, I thought he was off. But most of the judges loved him.

The judges put through Vincent, Lazaro, Cortez, Burnel and Nick and I really believe those decisions were made before the show.

Bryant was probably second best for me tonight, after Vincent and should have definitely gone through. I would have maybe only put through 2 or 3 of them tonight, which makes it even more depressing that Bryant and at least two of the best girls from last night were sent home.

This particular final had a bit too much of the same stuff. There were no rockers or real up-tempo stuff. Eight out of ten ballads is over doing it, don’t you think?

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American Idol Vegas Semi-Finals 2nd Group of Females

American Idol 2013



Sorry we were unable to provide a review of the first Men’s semi-final last week, it was due to circumstances way beyond our control. I sat down to watch the show, saw the first song and as the second started there was a large crash outside and all the power went out, and stayed out for the next 18 hours. I am thinking of moving to a first world country. I never did find out what the crash was.

Mariah Carey decolletage

Mariah Carey’s new decolletage

Anyhow, the second ladies semi-final featured the regular panel, with Nicki Minaj wearing her dark roots again and Mariah Carey displaying a vast amount of décolletage.

First act up was Melinda Ademi – Her family were refugees from Kosovo. She sang a staccato style tune and quite deep. It was OK she stayed in tune mostly, but the song did nothing for me. Nicki compared her to Angela Miller from last week and said Angela was better singing the same song. All of the judges said that they thought she was nervous.

Candice Glover – Sang the Carole King classic Natural Woman, it was a good song choice. Another OK performance, but not the best version of that song I have heard. Candice got positive comments from all the judges.

Juliana Chahayed – started singing really husky and playing guitar. There were some very high and fragile parts; she must be the youngest contestant at only 15. It was a nice performance, but I felt that she was only getting started when it ended. She got some good comments from all of the judges and I would put her through to hear more.

Jett Hermano – Sang a slow ballad version of Rhianna’s Only Girl in the World, while playing the piano. It was a very good, controlled performance, for me the best so far tonight. The judges had mixed opinions. Keith was very pro, Nicki and Randy were not so keen and Mariah was non-committal.

Cristabel Clack – Put in a really good performance of Alicia KeysNo One, she controlled the dynamics really well. Keith loved it, Nicki said it wasn’t controlled, I don’t know what she was listening to.

Aubrey Cleland

Aubrey Cleland

Aubrey Cleland – Is a very attractive girl and that gives her great stage presence. Her singing was very good in parts, maybe a little bit iffy on the vibrato. Nicki said she could be a Model if she couldn’t sing and the camera slowly scanned her up and down, well mainly up. She got rave reviews from all of the judges, but Randy and Nicki argued because he wanted big notes.

Rachel Hale – The girl with the non-stop smile was up next. She did something very different to everyone else so far, a country, blues, gospel song and it was great. Keith and Mariah were mixed in their reaction, but Nicki and Randy liked it almost as much as I did.

Breanna Steer – sang to a nice Mexican style arrangement. It was a good dramatic performance. Nicki raved over it. Randy and Mariah were very keen too.

Janelle Arthur - Started well but started to go off key mid way through. She looks good and presents well on stage, but was not good enough to go through for me. She received a lukewarm response from the judges; they mostly blamed her song choice.

Zoannette Johnson – Is from Liberia in Africa and has a huge voice. She sang The Circle of Life, from the Lion King, with an African authenticity of her very own. She has to go through, such a big personality and performer. She got a huge reception from the audience, and the judges raved over her.

The judges picked Zoannette, Aubrey, Candice, Breanna, and Janelle to go through.

I thought they were so wrong; Rachel should have gone through instead of Janelle and Crystal instead of Breanna. What did you think?

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American Idol 2013 First Semi-Final

American Idol Vegas Semi-Finals:

1st Group 10 Females



Although Channel 10 has dropped production of Australian Idol, they have gone large in promoting this year’s series of American Idol. No end of promos, in every ad break for the last few months, did more to put me off the series than encourage me to watch it.

However, as I enjoyed The Voice so much last year, I decided to have another look at the show that I have been avoiding for the last few years.

Not much has changed, the early rounds still rely heavily on ridiculing wannabes, destroying their dreams and showcasing the nut jobs. For that reason we decided not review the early rounds. But the show has now moved onto a “semi-final” format, where the contestants have already been through several rounds of auditions and presumably can sing.

American Idol 2013 Judges

American Idol 2013 Judges

The judging panel for this series is made up of Randy Jackson, the only original series survivor, who now seems to have taken on the Mr Nasty role. Hip hop Queen, Nicki Minaj and mega diva, Mariah Carey are the female judges and they genuinely do not seem to get on, but it could all be staging for the cameras. The final spot is taken up by Australia’s own Mr Nice Guy, Keith Urban, who has been traded from Australia’s The Voice to American Idol. He must have enjoyed the talent show format so much last year that he decided to go for the big time, or maybe there’s just a lot of cash involved. I’m a cynic, so make your own decision.

Nicki Minaj, as most will know, is the Queen of the wigs, she has appeared in blond, brunette and rainbow colours so far this series. For the semi-final she chose a rather fetching number with dark roots on her blond wig, an interesting concept.

So the format for the semi-finals is that 10 contestants sing in each show and 5 go through, a rather vicious culling. The first semi final featured 10 girls.

Jenny Beth Willis – Was first up she sang a good lively country tune. I thought that she was way better than the judges gave her credit for and although I don’t remember seeing much of her before this, I already began to think she had been pre-judged.

Tenna Torres – Was next, she sang a very dramatic slow song. I didn’t like it much, but the judges gave her the big ups

Adriana Latonio – was much better and sang a more soulful song. It was really well sung. She got a standing ovation from Keith and Randy and most of the audience. She got the right degree of plaudits from the judges.

Brandy Hotard – sang slow dramatic country song. It was well sung, but it did nothing for me. The judges caned her for lack of emotional connection, which I thought was a bit strong, as she sang very well.

Shubha Vedula – started her song at the piano and started slow and deep, then she got up and started bouncing. She sang well but I was not a fan of the bouncing, or her presentation. The judges were about right in their appraisal.

Kamaria Ousley – pretty much summarised all that is wrong with these TV talent shows. The tendency for singers to slide over the notes is something I hate. Kamaria was sliding all over the place, it was not good, and she was off key and tuneless, awful. Once again the judges were about right in their assessment.

Kree Harrison – sang a slow bluesy country song, she started really well had a bad off key moment, but finished well. She looked a bit under dressed compared to the other girls, but she got huge praise from all of the judges.

AMERICAN IDOL  Angela Miller

Angela Miller Hot, Hot pants.

Angela Miller – gave another dramatic performance, with a little too much movement, but there is something I like about her and the judges love her.

Isabelle – Sang the old standard God Bless the Child. She started well, but then went off key and all over the place. Strangely none of the judges mentioned that.

Amber Holcolmb – also sang another old standard Funny Valentine, it was not a great performance, but was very good and definitely good enough to go through. The judges loved it too.

The judges put Tenna, Kree, Angela, Amber and Adriana through to the next round

Personally I wouldn’t have put Tenna through and would have picked either Jenny or Shubha Vedula instead. As I said previously, I think Jenny was pre-judged and she wasn’t going through no matter what she did tonight, but you would think a name like Shuhbha Vedula would go further.

Friday night’s semi-final features the first batch of men.

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The Jonathan Ross Show

The Jonathan Ross Show ABC Saturdays.



Jonathan Ross has been hosting chat shows in the UK for over 25 years. He has worked for both the BBC and ITV, the two major TV networks in the country. He is also a film buff and hosted Film “whatever year it is” from 2000 to 2011. For the uninitiated the show started out as Film 72 in 1972 and was renamed Film 73, Film 74 etc. right up until the present day.

The Jonathan Ross Show

Unfortunately in 2008 Ross and Russell Brand did an ill advised prank call on BBC radio which was insulting to the recipient, his family and many of the audience. The recipient of the call was Andrew Sachs, who famously played Manuel in Fawlty Towers. Russell Brand had slept with Sachs’ grand daughter, Georgina Baillie and Ross and Brand left lewd messages on Sachs’ answering machine regarding that. Ross was suspended by the BBC for 3 months. He was also reprimanded for a lewd remark he made to Gwyneth Paltrow on his BBC TV chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.

Russel Brand was recently interviewed on The Jonathan Ross Show and the subject was broached in this very entertaining segment

Ross was always known for his risqué sense of humour and that was a huge part of his appeal, but occasionally that can go over the top.

The suspension and reprimands from the BBC eventually led to him departing from the corporation and setting up his current show on ITV. This show has been broadcast by the ABC in Australia on Saturdays, at various time slots.

Many of the tricks from his Friday Night with Jonathan Ross show remain, mainly having a screen on set linked to a camera in the green room, so that guests are included in interviews, both before and after their own spot.

Like most chat show hosts, Ross starts his show with a monologue, his often uses jokes linked to topical photographs and he later does some prop jokes relating to current events. Both of these can be weak jokes at times, but there is the occasional gem.

That said, Ross is very good with the guests. His interviews are on the edge of what is acceptable to most and he is not afraid to ask them about embarrassing or controversial issues. He plays the cheeky cockney, but he recently met with Micky Flanagan, who is even more cockney and even more cheeky.

Jonathan Ross still sends himself up, currently for being older and fat and of course his speech impediment. Like many people whose name contains the letter R he can not pronounce it himself. Interestingly though, he was voted Sexiest Male Voice in UK Radio, in a poll by Trojan condoms.

The guests are always good on The Jonathan Ross Show and the interviews funny and interesting. So if you have not seen the show I suggest that you check it out.

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Homeland

Homeland One of the Best US Dramas

in Recent Years

Homeland

The superb US drama Homeland recently ended its second series on Australian television and all around the world for that matter. Thanks to modern communications foreign shows can now be downloaded (or Fast Tracked as the TV stations like to call it) and broadcast before too many spoilers are posted on the Internet.

Homeland seems to have been a worldwide success, well certainly in the USA, Australia and Great Britain. It had a superb cast, was well filmed and a great story line.

Homeland Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody

Homeland Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody

For anyone who has been hiding under a rock, the brief outline is that US Army Sargent Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) is freed and returned to the USA after having been held by terrorists in Iraq for eight years. He returns a hero, but CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) has been told that an American prisoner had been turned by Al-Qaeda and she suspects that it is Brody. She’s not wrong. But the twists and turns in the telling of the tale explain that there is good reason for his turning and it may not be a full 180 degree turn.

While trying to investigate Brody, Carrie falls for him and the two have an on/off affair. At the end of series one the CIA find firm evidence that Carrie’s suspicions were correct, although they had mistrusted her judgement all along. Brody is offered a deal. If he helps capture the terrorists, especially their leader Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban) who was personally responsible for turning Brody, then they will let him go and give him and his family a new identity.

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Series two is all about capturing Nazir and his compatriots, who are in the USA and planning atrocities against the forces and civilians alike. I do not want to reveal too much for anyone who has not seen the series, as I would I highly recommend that you do. Homeland is one of the best TV series in recent years, even President Barack Obama said that it was his favourite show, which could be a little worrying considering the subject matter.

Homeland featured two British actors, with American accents, in lead roles. Damian Lewis was superb as Sargent Nicholas Brody, but it was not his first lead role in a US TV series. Lewis played Charlie Crews, another former prisoner, in the series Life from 2007 to 2009. That is another show worth catching, if you get the opportunity.

David Harewood as David Estes in Homeland

David Harewood as David Estes in Homeland

David Harewood was the other British actor in Homeland. He played David Estes a CIA boss and adversary to both Carrie Matheson and Brody. Harewood once held high rank in Great Britain as Major Simon Brooks in the series The Palace, a story of a fictitious British Royal family that closely resembled the one living in Buckingham Palace these days.

Mandy Patinkin played Saul Berenson another senior CIA agent and line manager to Carrie Matheson. But Saul was firmly on Carrie’s side and supported her whenever he could, even when he was not sure that her judgement was right, or functioning correctly.

Mandy Patinkin has starred in many well known US TV shows such as Criminal Minds and Chicago Hope, as well as being an established Broadway musical star. But he wore a beard in Homeland and was barely recognisable, closely resembling a Rabbi.

Morena Baccarin provided the eye candy in Homeland

Morena Baccarin provided the eye candy in Homeland

Eye candy was provided by Morena Baccarin as Brody’s wife Jessica, who was frequently naked. But she also played the role of the troubled wife, having difficulty reconnecting with her husband who had been missing for eight years, really well.

Teenage actress Morgan Saylor was a revelation as Brody’s daughter Dana. She had some strong storylines of her own and interacted well with Damian Lewis and the other lead actors.

Series two of Homeland finished with a fantastic twist. Just when you thought everything was being resolved, the bad guys all in their place and the good guys free to carry on, there was a major change that put Sargent Nicholas Brody in danger again, with the terrorists, the CIA, the FBI and anyone else with an acronym.

If you have not seen Homeland, do yourself a favour and rectify that right away.

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Big Brother 2012 The End is Near

Big Brother Australia Approaches the

Downhill Stretch



Well it’s been another big week in the Big Brother house. Once again, in my opinion, the public voted out the wrong person. Entertaining Stacey left while whinging, bithching Benjamin got to stay. Unfortunately boring Sam was not up for nomination, so we have to deal with him until very close to the end.

The final show is just a week away on Wednesday 7th November. Before that we should see a couple of evictions, one of them a double, leaving three people in the house on the final night to pick the winner from.

Entertaining Stacey

Entertaining Stacey the latest evictee

It was a great pity to see Stacey go. I am not sure what some people vote based on. I guess that the show has quite a young demographic in the main and maybe they vote for the people they would most like to be with, or be friends with themselves. Rather than the people that are most entertaining in the house. And Stacey was certainly that, with her songs, comedy routines, fashion sense and flirting sessions with Big Brother.

Along with Stacey, Benjamin and Estelle were up for eviction this week. I can see a good case for keeping Estelle, as she prompts a lot of reaction. Benjamin used to be entertaining, but in recent weeks he has turned into a whinging queen and some of his put downs of the other house mates have been pretty nasty of late. So I thought it was time for him to go.

Things got worse after Stacey left, with Benjamin sulking and turning on Estelle over her wooden horse toy.

Instead of nominations on Monday, secrets were revealed. I was surprised that everyone was game for this. For clips of film from home and clips of what the other house mates had been saying behind their backs, each contestant had to agree to their own gossiping and nominating being revealed to all. This kind of blew the whole concept of the show to some extent and considering what some house mates had been saying about the others, I was surprised that they agreed to it. But I guess there was a peer pressure to agree to it once the first one had.

It has left some lingering resentment in the house, especially to Benjamin who was probably most guilty of being nasty behind people’s backs. But that resentment was building anyway, as most of his victims had some idea of what was going on and not all of it was out of their ear shot.

Michael and Estelle Snuggling

Michael and Estelle Snuggling again

Zoe seemed to get away with the most, as she had a complete meltdown after Stacey left and revealed in no uncertain terms to Big Brother how she felt about Estelle still being there. This was followed by breaking Estelle’s horses head on a stick, while complaining loudly about her. None of this was shown to anyone who wasn’t there at the time, specifically Estelle who would have to have had a problem with it.

Of course the major twist since Josh’s departure is Michael’s blossoming relationship with Estelle. It’s rom-com material; he spends weeks and weeks hating her, only to fall into her arms at the end. It’s the script for a million Hollywood movies. Is it real or are they both just so desperate for some close companionship.

Voting has now changed and all votes now are to win the competition and whoever has the lowest number of votes come eviction time goes home. I am still not really bothered who wins, but I know I would like to see Sam and Benjamin be the next to go. Who do you want to win and who do you want to go home next?

The official site for the show is http://www.bigbrother.com.au/

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Big Brother – Angie Goes and Sam Escapes Again.


The Gold Coast Blond Bombshell is Out

of the Big Brother House



Intruder Sam, or Mr. Potato Head as he has become known, has dodged two bullets this week. First of all he narrowly avoided being evicted, by polling less than 1% more votes to save than Angie. Then, when he was up for nomination tonight, he was saved by his fake love interest, Layla. She had the voting superpower which allowed her to see the nomination scoreboard before casting her votes.

I must admit that I was disappointed to see Angie evicted on Sunday. She has been amongst the most entertaining house mates, even though her nerves were fraying in recent weeks and she became more argumentative. For me Sam offers nothing in the house and should have gone at least twice now, when more deserving house mates have been evicted.

Sam Big Brother

Mr. Potato Head, can he continue to avoid the deep fat fryer.

Sam is now plotting, scheming and stirring to keep himself in until the end. I believe that the romance with Layla is a ploy and that he is working her, telling her on Sunday that their romance really meant something to him, the night before nominations. Meanwhile he is telling various people that others are talking about them behind their backs. This was successful tonight by turning votes away from him and towards Ben and Stacey.

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Michael has been less fun since Josh left and he seems to be feeling the pressure of being stuck in the place without a close friend. He is gradually turning on everyone, except Ben and Stacey.

I have had some curiosity about Michael’s sexual orientation for some time. He seems to believe that he is straight, but I have long suspected otherwise. There was a huge clue this week when Sam was allowed some photos of his family and friends to be brought into the house. On seeing them Michael let out a huge shriek and raved over how good looking one of Sam’s friends were. I am not suggesting that Michael is a practicing homosexual, but I am sure he would help out if everyone else was busy. This may be part of the reason for his allegiance to Ben and Stacey.

Tonight’s voting was given a huge twist. House mates could only vote for one other person and had to give them 4 points. The other point was allocated to the “loved ones” (family and friends) of the house mates, who voted on their behalf. This had a huge polarizing effect on the nominations and coupled with Sam’s Chinese whispers, meant that Ben and Estelle picked up most of the votes.

So who voted for whom?

Nominator Nominee 1 Points
     
Zoe Stacey 4
Zoe’s Mum Sam 1
Michael Estelle 4
Michael’s Mate Layla 1
Stacey Estelle 4
Stacey’s Boyfriend Sam 1
Estelle Benjamin 4
Estelle’s Friend Michael 1
Benjamin Sam 4
Benjamin’s Mum Layla 1
Sam Benjamin 4
Sam’s Mum Stacey 1
Layla and her Dad Stacey 3
Layla and her Dad Benjamin 2



Stacey was safe until Layla exercised her super power, saving Sam and putting Stacey up for eviction for the first time. This means that one of the more interesting housemates Ben, Stacey or Estelle will go this week and Sam stays again. But he cannot last much longer. As nominations are finished for the house mates, all of them will soon be nominated and we will be begin to have double evictions and more than one eviction per week.

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Who will win Big Brother 2012 is still anybody’s guess. Michael has support, as do Ben and Stacey. Layla and Zoe are also outside bets, but I do not think either of them really stir enough emotion. If I had to bet I would go for Michael, but not with any great confidence. Where will you be laying your money?

The official site for the show is http://www.bigbrother.com.au/

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