Sunday, December 20, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance Season 6, The Wrap-Up Week 7

I think the top two people were the top two the entire season. It came down to the Krumper Russell and the Contemporary dancer Jakob. Both were excellent, Russell grew over the course of the season, the judges claim they saw something special in him in auditions. Jakob was compared to dancer Joel Grey and called brilliant and one of the best to ever grace the "So You Think You Can Dance" stage. Kathryn was the top female; she impressed me the whole season with her versatility and how quickly she adapted to so many styles outside of her comfort zone.

The final night of performances proved that the top three deserved to be the top three. Every number that each of these three performed in had an extra something.

Monday, December 14, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance Season 6: Recap, Only the Highlights

All I have to say after last week was, I cannot believe Mollee was eliminated; she had the best dancing night of her life last Tuesday. The only reason I can believe this happened is because she came up too late in the competition. Legacy and the other guys were at the same level for a long time, and this was just a matter of who the public liked more. He was a formidable opponent, and I know he will be a star.

Mollee and Jakob performed a Jason Gilkison Viennese Waltz to "Ordinary Day" by Vanessa Carlton. Adam said it was so beautiful, good partnering, good choreography, good music, and a good idea. The lifts were so beautiful. Mary said there was nothing ordinary about this partnership. Nigel said the routine took his breath away, and they were both excellent.

Ellenore and Legacy performed a Travis Wall Contemporary to "Machinegun" by Portishead. This routine was smokin' hot, super sexy; I love Travis Wall and his choreography. The routine was tailor made for them. Nigel loved the dangerousness of the routine, and said it could even earn Travis an Emmy Nomination.

Ashleigh was supposed to be partnered with Russell this week, but due to an injury she was not allowed to dance.

Russell performed a Shane Sparks Hip Hop (with Shane's assistant Rachel) to "Too Much Booty 2". Adam said Russell was hitting so hard; he had a high performance level, and a high energy level. Mary said Russell gives 100% every week and that she has fallen in love with him. Nigel said that Shane pushed him to a higher level and that he was excellent. Nigel even went so far as to say that he believes Russell will be in the finals.

Kathryn and Ryan performed a Jason Gilkison Cha Cha to "Put Your Hands on Me" by Joss Stone. This was yet another smokin' hot number. Adam said you two were so connected in this number. He also added that Kathryn was ignited and Ryan was hot. It was an accomplished piece of work and they were both there for each other. Mary cited their chemistry, power, and effortlessness. Nigel called this partnership: magical.

Mollee and Jakob performed a Joey Dowling Broadway number to "Easy Street" (Samantha Ronson Remix) from Annie. Adam said that it showed their strengths and Mollee was lucky to get Jakob as a partner. Nigel said that Jakob reminded him of Joel Grey; he said that Mollee should be performing on Broadway right now.

Monday, December 7, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance Season 6: Week 6

This week I was not particularly surprised about the two that were voted off. Noelle had a great week but it just was not strong enough to contend with the other girls. Nathan clearly had not matured to the level that the other guys on the show had.

The night kicked off with a Noelle and Ryan dancing a Tabitha and Napoleon Hip Hop piece that I loved. Noelle was unbelieveably sexy. The chemistry was good, and Mary said she enjoyed this pairing. Adam called Noelle smokin'. (music: "Give it to Me Right" by Melanie Fiona)

Ashleigh and Legacy danced a Gary Stuart Contemporary; this was a fast paced routine with so many great moments. It nicely showcased the strengths of both dancers. Adam called the ending the routine the best of this season. (music: "Poison" by The Prodigy)

Kathryn and Nathan's Spencer Liff Broadway routine had the choreography down packed but lacked the chemistry it needed.

The Tony and Melanie Quickstep danced by Ellenore and Jakob was comfortable but I wasn't on my feet at the end.

Mollee and Russell danced a Mandy Moore Lyrical Jazz routine; Russell displayed incredible strength and Mollee put complete trust in him. Russell's lifts were just incredible. Nigel said Mollee showed great growth. Mary said Mollee really fed off Russell's strength. Adam called this a great partnership in which Mollee shone brightly and he could not seem to rationalize Russell's talent. (music: "It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette)

Noelle and Ryan's second dance was a JT Thomas Smooth Waltz; it had a lot of pretty moments but I found it boring overall.

I didn't feel the Dave Scott Hip Hop preformed by Ashleigh and Legacy; it lacked flow and was too much about Legacy's cape with not enough dancing. (music: "Slow Down" by Bobby Valentino)

Nathan and Kathryn's Rumba by Tony and Melanie didn't have enough Rumba in it. I will say though that Kathryn tried to sell it to the best of her ability.

Nigel called Jakob and Ellenore's second routine, a Sonya Tayek Contemporary; fabulous. He said it was truly one of his favorite routines; Adam echoed the sentiment saying it will be remembered by fans in years to come.

Mollee and Russell closed the show with an Anya and Pasha Jive; Nigel thought they were the only ones who could have followed Jakob and Ellenore, and that they are the two best performers in this competition. Adam liked the playfulness they brought out of each other and he likes the respect they have for each other.
(music: Land of 1000 Dances by Jimmy Barnes)

Monday, November 30, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance Season 6: Week 5 (A Brief Recap)

I have to admit that overall I was disappointed in Week 5. I was disappointed in who was sent home, and in the routines. I will say that the highlights this week were really high.

Can I first say that they made a mistake by sending Karen home; she is a star. Rather, although Ellenore is quirky and has a unique personality, I somtimes find her boring so I would have sent her home. I called Victor going home last week, and so this decision did not surprise me. He was a gifted dancer but not strong enough to win this competition and be in the Top 10.

Some couples continued to make strives while others were at a standstill. The competition will shake up this week because everyone is going to have new partners.

Out of 12 routines this week, there were four that impressed me and two of those four were danced by the same couple.

The first was a Sonya Tayek Jazz routine danced by Kathryn and Legacy; I loved this so much! Adam says he is sad to see this couple break up because they have developed such a beautiful chemistry. The dance showcased both dancers strengths. Nigel called it one of his favorite routines of the season. He said Kathryn was sexy and mature without pushing it; he said Legacy had great musicality. (music: "So Deep" by Hot Chip)

Sonya Takek's second routine, a Lyrical Jazz routine danced by Ashleigh and Jakob was amazing. Adam said it was so beautiful that he didn't know what to say. Adam said Ashleigh was not the same girl she was in Vegas. He said watching Jakob is surreal and it is a pleasure to watch him. Mary called Jakob a technical genius, and said Ashleigh is so great that she has higher expectations for her now. Nigel said that they have both given each other something special. (music: "Time Flies" by Lykke Li)

Noelle and Russell danced a Tyce Diorio Contemporary and Adam said they were gorgeous and maximized themselves on everything. Nigel said that Noelle was 100% committed to the routine and to her partner. In the midst of it all, Nigel said he forgot Russell was a street dancer.
(music: "A Case Of You" by Diana Krall)

Ashleigh and Jakob's second routine of the night was a Jean Marc Genereaux ChaCha that was wow! Jakob had the feel of a ballroom dancer, and Mary called Ashleigh's legs amazing. The judges agreed that not only did they kill this routine but they were the couple of the night.
(music: ChaCha Heels)

Monday, November 23, 2009

American Music Awards 2009 Recap: A night of Taylor, The King of Pop, and comebacks...

Taylor Swift is having the year of her life, but was noticeably absent from last night's American Music Awards. Michael Jackson collected awards posthumously via his brother Jermaine who told us that love is the answer. Janet, Whitney, and J. Lo made comebacks of sorts; some were more shining than others.

But at the end of the night, it was a handful of divas and a group of alternative rockers that ruled.

Janet Jackson opened the show with a medley of her hits and her new single "Make Me" which she has said was inspired by Michael and takes her back to what she loves: happy, dance music.

Although I love Daughtry, their performance was forgettable at best. I didn't recognize the song either which I am guessing is a new single from their sophomore album.

Shakira's performance was also a miss, yes it was sexy, but the song made no sense, why didn't she sing "She Wolf" or "Gypsey"?

Keith Urban gave a safe, but rather boring performance of "Kiss a Girl"; yawn.

Reba McEntire introduced Kelly Clarkson who gave a moving performance of "Already Gone". Kelly, in my opinion, is someone who is here to stay and has natural musical abilities; her voice really is something to behold. The performance wasn't over the top like so many of her peers; she may not be a "performer", but she is a damn good vocalist.

Yankee's player Alex Rodriguez introduced Jay Z and Alicia Keys who sang New York anthem, "Empire State of Mind". Jay looked classy in a tux and Alicia looked lovely as she played the piano and crooned about the "concrete jungle where dreams are made of". The entire audience was on their feet and even Reba was rockin to the beat; this was one of a few true highlights of the night for me.

Two film stars, Nicole Kidman (a.k.a. Keith Urban's wife) and Kate Hudson (A. Rod's girlfriend) introduced their co-star (Stacey Ferguson) in the upcoming movie "Nine" along with her group, The Black Eyed Peas. I loved the energy of this performance which was a fusion of their new single "Meet Me Halfway" and summer hit "Boom Boom Pow"; Fergie proved once again why she is the duchess. The audience was dancing in the aisles courtesy of the Peas.

Rihanna's mish mosh of new songs from her album didn't really impress me, her performance was more about the special effects and her costume than it was about her singing. I was disappointed since I love almost all the songs I have heard from her album; she should have focused more on her unique voice than giving us a laser show.

Carrie Underwood was the breath of fresh air for the night. Her performance of her new single, "Cowboy Casanova" was cute and hot at the same time, and the song is just yet another awesome country single that is climbing the charts. As always, Carrie's voice was so right on; I am waiting to be disappointed but I don't think I ever will be. I think Carrie' only worry was performing right before Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga gave a decent performance despite weird costumes and a piano that went up in flames. I especially liked her performance of "Bad Romance"; the outfits were actually kind of Madonna-esque, and thank goodness there was no fake blood involved (VMA style!)

Mary J. Blige sang another power ballad, but this was not up to par with what she usually does; by the time it was over all I could think about was "I'm Goin' Down", "No More Drama", and "Be Without You".

I think the award for worst performance of the night has to go to Jennifer Lopez for "Louboutins"; the first single off her upcoming album. She fell on her butt, and I still have no idea what the song is supposed to be about, or maybe I just don't like it.

Alicia Keys performance of her new single "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart" was my favorite of the night. Just when I thought she couldn't impress me anymore; she did. The performance highlighted all of Keys' different talents: singing, dancing, playing the piano, songwriting, and conveying a story.

Eminem and 50 Cent's cuss filled performance of "Crack A Bottle" made me wonder if Slim Shady is really back. I wanted to hear something new from Eminem and I wanted him to utilize having 50 there.

Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, and So Shy singing "Morning After" had high points and low points. I thought Nelly walking out onto the stage was a high point and her singing was a high point. The low point was when the two ladies started to have a singing battle on stage; it was strange.

Green Day's performance of "21 Guns" reminded me why this group has staying power. They are one of the few alternative groups that are still around and popular. Their music is fresh, original, and it has a lot of meaning which is more than I can say for most artists these days.

I have to give props to Whitney Houston; she has been off the radar for the past six or seven years and she is back now. She is not the Whitney of old, but I think with everything she has been through she never will be. I am just happy she is ok; her performance wasn't great, but it was respectable. The song, "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" is basically her story from the past few years. I do love her song "Million Dollar Bill" though, that's a fun single, could definitely be made into a club single.

I have no idea what the closing number by Adam Lambert was; I am still trying to figure it out, and I will get back to all of you when I know. Enough said; case closed.

My American Music Awards Playlist for 2009

Janet Jackson "Make Me"

Taylor Swift "You Belong With Me"

Kelly Clarkson "Already Gone"

Jay Z and Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind"

The Black Eyed Peas "Meet Me Halfway"

Carrie Underwood "Cowboy Casanova"

Lady Gaga "Bad Romance"

Alicia Keys "Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart"

Green Day "21 Guns"

Whitney Houston "Million Dollar Bill"

Michael Jackson "Thriller"

Beyonce "Sweet Dreams" (and while you're there check out "Video Phone")

Sunday, November 22, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance Season 6: Recap Week 4

The Lowlights and the Highlights from Week 4 as the judges said goodbye to two more dancers.

The lowlights:

Karen and Kevin's Broadway number by Tyce Diorio was a bit lackluster as far as their usual performance. Karen didn't have the chance to be sexy in this routine which is so much of what she naturally is. Nigel thought it needed more humor, and Mary agreed. Adam kept it positive saying they should not have been able to get through the performance but they did.

Channing and Victor's Tyce Diorio Jazz routine was a bit beyond recognition. I totally did not get it; the music threw me off, and did not allow me to get into the routine as much as I would have liked and so I found myself not caring about these characters. Adam told the couple to continue to grow and step it up.

The highlights:

Ashleigh and Jakob danced and Tabitha and Napoleon hip hop to "Whatcha Say" by Jason Derulo; Nigel loved the routine. He said there is no doubt that Jakob will be in the top ten, and he said Ashleigh more than held her own. Mary said she found herself drawn to Ashleigh as a result of how tight, how down, how hard hitting, and how believable her passion was.

Noelle and Russell danced an Eddie Simon foxtrot to "Baby (You've Got What it Takes)" by Michael Buble. Nigel said that Russell vastly improved his foxtrot from three weeks ago, and commented that there is no question in his mind that Russell is a star. He said Noelle fights every week to come up to where her partner is and this week she was successful. Adam said their joy extended and they stepped up and were fantastic.

Kathryn and Legacy danced a Tony Meredith Paso Doble; Kathryn really impressed me this week and Nigel called her magnificent. She really improved and brought a lot of intensity. Nigel said that Legacy's passion and hunger could push him into the top ten. Mary said Kathryn played the vixen just and Legacy performed beyond expectations. Adam said that Kathryn killed it and her bravado was perfect, and he called Legacy's stamina crushing.

Ellenore and Ryan performed a Travis Wall contemporary to "You Ex Lover's Dead" by Stars; this was another beautiful Travis Wall routine. Nigel said Ryan is the best ballroom dancer that has done contemporary, and not only is Ellenore a brilliant dancer but a brilliant performer who takes on a different character every time she performs. Adam said he had to catch his breath again this season.

Mollee and Nathan performed a Laurie Ann Gibson pop jazz routine to "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga; Mollee and Nathan are back! Nigel called Mollee one of the most committed dancers he has ever met. He told Nathan to keep growing so that he can reach his full potential in dance. Adam said that Laurie Ann's tough love approach was exactly what they needed to get back on track.

And when all was said and done, the judges said goodbye to Channing and Kevin. I want to say that I disagree with Kevin going home, he has shown more growth than Victor, and I feel like the judges kept Victor because he is a contemporary dancer. Bad move judges, 10 to 1 Victor goes home this week when he should have gone home last week.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance Season 6: Recap Week 3

The Lowlights and The Highlights---

The lowlights first, because there were many,

Kathryn was disappointing in her Broadway number (by Andy Blankenbuehler) with Legacy. She did not show as much growth as her partner did; the character was under-developed, and almost juvenile. She was supposed to be this aggressive woman showing up her man and instead she came across as a little girl who said, "whatever you can do I can do better, I can do anything better than you".

Victor did not impress me in his contemporary number (by Stacey Tookey) with his partner Channing. To keep this simple, this is Victor's style, he should not have just been good, he should have been brilliant.

Ellenore and Ryan in the Lil C hip hop number were not a hit, more like a miss. The steps were not aggressive enough, their feet should have gone down into the floor, Lil C's style is very earthy and rooted, it's a dirty style and this was not dirty enough.

Mollee and Nathan's Gustavo Vargas Salsa was a mess, a hot mess. It's really unfortunate because I love both of these dancers and I love their personalities. I do think Nigel was way too hard on them, especially Nathan; it is not his fault that he has such a loyal following. Overall, the dance looked extremely uncomfortable.

The highlights,

Karen and Kevin sizzled in a Maria Torres Hustle; my eyes were glued to every move. I loved all the tricks that they did with the ease that they performed them with. Adam said they made it work for one another. Mary called Karen a hustle queen. Nigel said wow to Kevin, and that he is delighted that he continues to grow every week. Nigel also said he believes Karen will go a long way in this competition, and I agree.
(Music: "Come to Me" by France Joli)

Ashleigh and Jakob danced a Mandy Moore Jazz routine; I loved the choreography, this was like a flashback to the 80's. Ashleigh was amazing, and I feel like she has grown so much through Jakob. Nigel loved the routine and commented on how he loved that it made them work as a unit.
(Music: "Relax" from Frankie Goes to Hollywood)

Noelle and Russell amazed me in a Sean Cheesman African Jazz routine; I thought that this was beautiful. Adam said it had joy and a great story; he said that both Noelle and Russell were filled with the spirit of the dance. Mary called it crazy good, and said that Noelle was strong and Russell was a dynamic King of Afro Jazz. Nigel said that Russell is definitely a star this season and he has great lines. He also said that Noelle did a great job this week.
(Music: "Frog Dance" by Mickey Hart and the Planet Grum)

Legacy in the Blankenbuehler Broadway routine continued to grow this week. Nigel called him inspirational, and Mary predicted that Legacy would make the top 10.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance Season 6: Recap

The Lowlights and the Highlights--


-Noelle in the hip hop number wasn't selling it enough for me, on the contrary, Russell was creative, fun, full of energy, and I felt like he never stopped at any time throughout the routine. He may have just saved his partner and given her another week to prove herself.

- Bianca and Victor in their Broadway number to "The Color Purple" did not "take me to church". I agree with Mary, their was not enough abandonment; it was good, not great, and the characters were not developed enough.

-Channing and Phillip in the Tony and Melanie Samba was painful to watch. Nothing flowed, and Phillip looked especially awkward, and I must agree with Adam in that I could see them struggling. It's too bad for Channing because she looked absolutely beautiful, and she was really putting herself out there too.

The judges sent Bianca and Phillip home.


- Ashleigh and Jakob danced a Tony and Melanie Viennese Waltz to "At Last" by Etta James. Nigel said that Jakob's lines were fantastic, and Ashleigh is proving a lot of people wrong in a good way. I agree, I was madly in love with this routine.

- Mollee and Nathan danced a Nakul Mahajan Bollywood routine, both dancers danced with so much maturity even though they are both young. The whole thing looked like a Hollywood movie and I loved the energy that was so present between the two of them because it contributed to their chemistry.

- Karen and Kevin danced a Tabitha and Napoleon hip hop routine to "Ice Cream Paint Job" by Dorrough. Adam told Karen that she tore that s*** up, he said Kevin was fantastic and then he fell out of his chair. I agree Karen looked amazing, and the way she moved was just crazy. Mary said she expected Kevin to good and that he was indeed articulate. Nigel told Karen that she was a pleasure to watch.

- Kathryn and Legacy danced a Stacey Tookey contemporary to "2 Steps Away" by Patti LaBelle. I just want to say, wow I am impressed, I did not know that Legacy had all that in him. Adam loved what the couple brought out in each other, and called the performance special. Mary said that Legacy experienced a lot of growth and Nigel called it beautiful.

- Ellenore and Ryan danced a Merriam and Leonardo Argentine Tango to "Violentago". Adam said Ellenore had great maturity and Ryan's partnering was great. Mary liked their connection, technique, and partnering. Nigel said people need to understand the difficulty of a routine like this one.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Style Files: Is Fall 2009 Back to the 80's Part 10 of 10

#10 Metallics-- This fall, add some shine to any outfit with
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From StyleRush, The Silver Open Back Top has a daring back that will work well paired with a tight fitted jean, $24.00.

The Brocade Skirt on the right from Forever 21, is a steal
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The Metallic Slated Knit Top from Forever 21 is sure to
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It ties in the back and the silver is paired with purple for a regal look, $14.80.

Monday, November 2, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance Season 6: Everything You Need to Know

In the first week, contemporary dancer Ariana Debose and hip hop dancer Brandon Dumlao were eliminated and not by the voting public but by the judges. To be fair, Brandon was thrown in as a last minute replacement for the talented Billy Bell who took ill and was unable to continue with the competition. Nigel said he would speak with FOX and try to make Brandon eligible to try out next season. Ariana was partnered with Peter; the two did a Tabitha and Napoleon hip hop routine, but Ariana didn't bring it and the judges sent her packing.

Who is Left:

Ashleigh Di Lello a 26 year old International Latin Ballroom Dancer from Orem, UT. She is half of the first married couple in SYTYCD history, her husband Ryan is also on the show. Ashley is partnered with Jakob, and the two tackled a Tyce DiOrio Broadway number. Nigel believes that Ashleigh will greatly benefit from her partnership with Jakob because he is such a gifted dancer. He is also quick to remind everyone that Ashleigh herself went through a lot in her life to get to where she is right now.

Bianca Revels is a 20 year old tapper from Detriot, MI; she is one of three tappers to make the finals on this season. Bianca describes herself as happy and upbeat, so it is no surprise that Mary Murphy said it was Bianca's passion that really sold her performance with partner Victor Smalley in a Travis Wall contemporary piece.

Channing Cooke is an 18 year old contemporary dancer from Haverhill, MA. The spontaneous and sporty Channing performed a Jason Gilkison jive with partner Phillip. Although, they lacked a bit of chemistry, I think the partnership has great growth potential. Judge Adam Shankman said Channing surprised him because she showed great elegance and femininity throughout the dance.

Ellenore Scott is a 19 year old jazz dancer with a ballet background from NY, NY. She is partnered with Ryan Di Lello and the two danced a contemporary jazz piece by Sonya Tayeh, a piece very much in Ellenore's comfort zone. Adam called both of them exciting, and Mary said their chemistry was great.

Jakob Karr is a 19 year old contemporary dancer from Orlando, FL. He is partnered with Ashleigh; Jakob is one of the most naturally gifted dancers to ever grace the SYTYCD stage. It is hard to believe that he has only been dancing for about seven years; he is also friends with last season's winner Jeanine Mason and calls her gifted and level headed. Adam believes Jakob will hit it every single time, and not only is he technically good but he performs well too.

Karen Hauer is a 27 year old Latin Ballroom dancer and she is one hot little number. Karen is partnered with Kevin Hunte, and describes herself as sensual, inspired, and nurturing. The two danced a Tony and Melanie chacha this week, and Mary called her "sharp, rhythmical, and sexy" and told her she was on the hot tamale train. Adam told Kevin that this was Karen's world, and "you were visiting". The lovely Karen says that her Latin dance ability is natural especially since she was born in Venezuela and came to the U.S. at age 8.

Kathryn McCormick is a 19 year old contemporary dancer from Augusta, GA. Kathryn is partnered with Legacy Perez, and together, the two danced a funny Dave Scott hip hop routine. Mary told Kathryn that she really pulled the number off and popped her body right. The chemistry between these two dancers was very real, and it's believable since Kathryn is such a fun loving person.

Kevin Hunte is a 23 year old hip hop dancer from Brooklyn, NY. He is partnered with the hot Karen Hauer; Kevin also models in his free time. He has worked with Lil Mama and Beyonce, and cites Michael Jackson as his favorite dancer. Nigel said that despite the fact that he was completely out of his element he did a great job dancing; Adam said he did entertain the crowd.

Legacy Perez is a 28 year old b-boy dancer from Los Angeles, CA. Legacy is partnered with Kathryn; following their first routine, Mary told Legacy that his performance to a Dave Scott hip hop was precise, into character, and hard hitting. Legacy toured a few years ago with Gwen Stefani on the Harajuku Lover's Tour, and cites Singin' in the Rain with Gene Kelley and Cyd Charisse as a favorite dance moment.

Mollee Gray is an 18 year old jazz dancer from Orem, UT. Mollee is partnered with Nathan Trasoras, and last week they danced a Doriana Sanchez disco that was super fast and action packed with lots of difficult lifts. Mollee describes herself as fun, energetic, bubbly, and dedicated which is probably why Adam called her dancing and the energy behind it "infectious, upbeat, and glorious". This couple has amazing potential. Mollee has appeared in all three "High School Musical" films.

Nathan Trasoras is an 18 year old contemporary dancer from Downey, CA. Nathan is partnered with Mollee. Nigel said that a routine like Doriana's could only be danced by someone like Nathan who has that kind of life in them. He says that he looks up to Twitch, Dominic Sandoval, and Travis Wall.

Noelle Marsh is an 18 year old contemporary dancer from Sanford, NC. Noelle is partnered with Russell but was unable to dance last week due to injury so she sat on the sidelines and cheered for her partner. Noelle describes herself as spunky, artistic, vivacious, and loving; she looks up to Travis Wall because not only is he a great dancer, but a great choreographer.

Pauline Mata is an 18 year old jazz dancer from West Covina, CA. Pauline was paired with Brandon who was voted off. Mary praised Pauline for her elegance and quality of movement; Adam loved Pauline's facial expressions throughout the routine.

Peter Sabasino is a 22 year old tapper from Philadelphia, PA. Peter was partnered with Ariana for a Tabitha and Napoleon hip hop, but sadly she was voted off by the judges. Peter says Gregory Hines is his favorite professional dancer, and he says his tap style is similar to his and Jimmy Slyde, and Savion Glover's rolled into one.

Phillip Attmore is a 25 year old tapper from Pasadena, CA. Peter is partnered with Channing Cooke, and Adam Shankman said Phillip did beautifully in the jive which he expected. This is a classy pairing, and I think these are two people that will go far in the competition. Phillip says that he looks up to Ryan Kasprzak (Evan's brother) because he paved the way for other tappers. He cites Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Gregory Hines as his inspirations.

Russell Feguson is a 20 year old Krump dancer from Boston, MA. Russell is the first krumper in the history of SYTYCD to make the finals, and he is partnered with Noelle who sat out last week with an injury. Nigel called Russell an inspiration for many people and said he is living proof of why there needs to be dance in school. Adam said that he continues to defy explanation and that he is grace, style, and it is all effortless.

Ryan Di Lello is a 28 year old ballroom dancer from Orem, UT. Ryan is partnered with Ellenore Scott, and the couple danced a jazz routine with which Mary was very impressed. She said that Ryan was focused on his partner 100% and stayed in character the whole time. He has worked extensively with pro dancer and choreographer Louis Van Amstel, and looks up to Pasha because he adapted well to other styles and went really far in the competition which is what Ryan hopes to do.

Victor Smalley is a 20 year old contemporary dancer from Miami, FL. He is partnered with tapper Bianca Revels, and they danced the house down with a Travis Wall contemporary piece. Nigel loved the passion and chemistry between the two, and says he has already seen tremendous growth since they started the competition. Victor says previous contestant Danny Tidwell is a favorite of his because of his turns, and says that even though he started dancing only five years ago, it is never too late.

Style Files: Is Fall 2009 Back to the 80's Part 9 of 10

Vests: The vest is your layering option along with the cardigan this fall; they can give you a series of looks from rock star to preppy. The vest looks best when worn over a tailored button down shirt or a simple t shirt. This season vests are coming in a variety of fabrics, velvet, tweed, jersey, satin, knits, leather, and taffeta.

On the left is the Jersey Boyfriend Vest from Express, it has a hook closure and a racerback, $69.50.

Next up is the Distressed Leather Vest from Charlotte Russe, it features distressed faux leather, cable knit panels, zipper front, mock neck, two front flap pockets, an interior lining, and a ribbed knit bottom band, only $28.99.

Finally we have the X Back Vest from StyleRush, and for only $23, you will be trendy for fall.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Style Files: Is Fall 2009 Back to the 80's? Part 8 in a series of 10

#8 Leather-- leather has been deemed by fashion critics, a
key piece for fall. Designers got real crazy this year featuring leather with everything from evening gowns to leggings. Most will continue to put it over a tank top or t-shirt, and pair it with jeans or a mini skirt for the ideal outfit.

These top two looks on the right are both "splurges" and the price will be the clear reason why, and both are available at Bloomingdale's. First is the washed leather double breasted jacket by Joie. The jacket features bronze buttons with dramatic seven button cuffs; the style ties back to the "military look". Dry clean only, $638, keyword leather jacket.

The next "splurge" is "Desiree", the strapless leather panel dress by Theory. Elastic band in bust and side zipper, dry clean only, $395. keyword leather clothing.

These next two looks are faux leather looks by Express, both are very tailored and very affordable. On the right is the faux leather blazer, it's the animal friendly alternative to real leather, and has the same look and feel, $98

The faux leather pencil skirt is lined, side zip, and is spot clean, and for only $69.50 it's perfect for just about any social gathering.

These last two looks are "deals" and both are available at Style-Rush. The faux leather military jacket in a shade of caramel is $35.00

Faux leather bomber jacket in light charcoal, $38.00

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

American Idol Update

According to, some new information is available about the new albums for last season's top 4 on American Idol.

Adam Lambert's new album will be called For Your Entertainment and will be released on November 23rd. His song, "Time for Miracles" will be a part of the upcoming movie "2012". The following songs are said to be part of his new album, "Suburban Decay", "Winners", and "Music Again" all produced by Rob Cavallo who has produced for Green Day. "What Do You Want From Me" was written by Pink and Max Martin and left on the cutting room floor of her Funhouse album. "Loaded Smile" written by Adam and Linda Perry (Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful") and "Strut" a collaboration between Adam and judge Kara DioGuardi will also appear on the album. Adam just recently revealed that he recorded a song that was written by Lady Gaga, whether or not it will appear on his album, we will have to wait and see.

Allison Iraheta's Just Like You will drop December 1st and "Friday I'll Be Over You" will be her first single and was penned by Max Martin; it has already leaked to radio-stations and online and as a result will be released officially sooner rather than later. Also included on the album, "Beat Me Up" produced by Kevin Rudolf, and a collabo between David Hodges and Allison called "You Don't Know Me".

Kris Allen's album is set with a November 17th drop date, and Danny Gokey will come out with a country influenced album in 2010.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Style Files: Is Fall 2009 Back to the 80's? Part 7 in a series of 10

#7 Plaids-- Many fashion critics are calling this season one that is "mad about plaid". Plaids and tartans are showing up on everything from dresses to coats to shirts. Coach has even designed a series of plaid handbags (tip: go to and type "tartans" in the keyword space). The best thing about this season's plaids is that they aren't just flannels; they are colorful, fun, and most of all, feminine.

On the left is the "punk princess" strapless dress by Roxy and available at Nordstrom. Metallic fibers are worked into the dress to give it a sparkly look with angled pockets to finish; $54.50.
This look, the Buffalo Plaid Roll Sleeve Shirt, is available at Macy's for $35.00 and is by American Rag. This machine washable shirt hits at the hip and is available in three colors black/purple (seen here), black/white, and black/turquoise. It is paired here with faux leather leggings but also goes great with jeans or a fitted skirt.

This little "splurge" is by So Low; the Ruffled Plaid Dress is available at Bloomingdale's for $96.00. The cotton/ spandex dress is machine washable; wear it as seen here for a feminine look or toughen it up with boots. keyword: plaid dress
On the left and available at Express, this Stretch Crinkle Shirt is good for work or after work and is only $49.50. It's machine washable and comes in three color ways, purple (seen here), black, or red.

Style Files: Is Fall 2009 Back to the 80's? Part 6 in a series of 10

#6 Jewel Tones-- What better way to brighten up the short fall and winter days than with jewel tones? They're back this season burgundy and wine, electric purple and eggplant, sapphire blue and teal, and emerald green; they're a sure way to color things up.

Every year, The Gap does not fail to impress with an array of colorful sweaters, the top two are a couple of my favorites. On the right, the ruffle front henley sweater (in new vineyard). At $44.50, the machine wash sweater is 80% cotton, 15% viscose rayon, and 5% cashmere; it is also available in 7 other colors.

The Gap's Luxe V Neck Sweater on the right is their basic sweater this season. Available in 7 colors, it is supersoft and can be paired with jeans, a tweed/ plaid skirt, only for $39.50.
On the right is the Flapper Dress, being offered at, it is only $28! This dress is perfect for a night out in the city.
Finally, there is the One Button Collar Knit Tunic for $27, also from StyleRush. For a basic look pair it with jeans, black pants, or leggings. If you are feeling more daring wear it with some tights as a dress. The tunic will look great with boots or heels.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Style Files: Is Fall 2009 Back to the 80's? Part 5 in a series of 10

#5 Black and White-- a continuing trend from spring, the ever popular black and white has found its way into the fall. The simplicity of black and white this season will be brought to life by patterns and textures that will keep the classic looking fresh.
The top two looks (shown on the left are affordable looks). First we have the black button down shirt with a tiered ruffle trim available on my new fave fashion website Purchase it now for only $25 at

This other affordable buy also comes from Style-Rush, and is the white sheer fan top available for $26 and you can use the link above to purchase it.

The bottom two looks are splurges for this season. The look on the left is by Free People and is the black one shoulder zipper minidress. It is surprisingly machine washable and is available for $128 at Bloomingdale's; pair it with some great shoes and accessories for a chic look.*1*24*-1*-1*1

This last spluge look is available exclusively at Bloomingdale's and is by Aqua. The hooded leather jacket is an essential for fall and has a full zip front with ribbed cuffs and hems for $238. The Aqua boyfriend tee can also be worn with jeans or a mini skirt or leggings as seen here and is $48. Finally to finish off the look are the animal print leggings for $48. Wear them with a pair of boots and you're hot for fall.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Style Files: Is Fall 2009 Back to the 80's? Part 4 in a series of 10

#4 Chunky Jewelry: Here are some jewelry trends that will be "in"
now through through winter 2010-- big and bold jewelry with
lots of color; coral, yellow, and turquoise will be hot!
--necklaces that are dramatic or have unique shapes to them
--cuff bracelets and rings especially the ones with large stones
--natural stones to give a natural look
--anything black or black diamond
--the multi strand necklace
--big hoop earrings in gold, silver, or colors

On the right, turquoise earrings and a ring (2 for $10) available for a limited time only at (I will post more on this site in the future; it's a gem!).

On the right, the multi strand beaded stones necklace ($7.80) available at Forever 21 along with tons of other affordable jewelry to accessorize any outfit.

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Style Files: Is Fall 2009 Back to the 80's? Part 3 in a series of 10

#3 Chunky Sweaters: The chunky sweater is back and better than ever. Besides being able to wear them pretty much anywhere because they come dressy or casual; you can wear them not only for style but warmth.

On the left, the elbow sleeve cowl neck sweater, available at Ann Taylor Loft for $49.50

On the left, the merino wool colorblock cardigan, available at Banana Republic for $98.00

Friday, October 9, 2009

Style Files: Is Fall 2009 Back to the 80's? Part 2 in a series of 10

#2 Military Look: Partially inspired by Michael Jackson and his death, the military look can be worn any way you see fit to create a sexy tomboy look. It includes lots of buttons, and almost always appears very tailored and fitted.

The Military Button Pencil Skirt on the right is from Charlotte Russe, and at only $22.99, it's a steal!

Express is saying that "Military Details" is a style that they love this season and they are offering the cap sleeved belted shirt dress is a variety of designs and colors. It's machine washable and only $69.50

Express also offers their Knit Double Breasted Military Jacket which was featured in the September '09 issue of InStyle Magazine. The jacket is machine washable and is $79.50.

Style Files: Is Fall 2009 Back to the 80's? Part 1 in a series of 10

For the past month or so I have been observing fashion trends for fall 2009, and I have come to the conclusion that this season has taken us back to the 80's.

#1 Animal Prints: Worn best when split with a solid color, particularly black or a bright color. Wear it in dress form, a skirt, a shirt, or leggings, and you're sure to be a hit.
Go to Forever 21's website for an outfit featuring animal print leggings--
The dress on the left is from Nordstrom, "As You Wish" available in the junior's dept. for $64.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

American Idol Update

Carrie Underwood premiered the video for her new single "Cowboy Casanova" from her upcoming and third solo album, "Play On"---

The CMA's will air on November 11the live on ABC with cohosts Miss Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley who will both also perform at the event along with Taylor Swift (who is up for entertainer of the year), Keith Urban, and Kenny Chesney.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

American Idol Update

Season 1's Justin Guarini has lots to celebrate right now; he is engaged to girlfriend Reina Capodici. He recently told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that he plans to get back into the studio as soon as possible to work on a new album, and if you go to Justin's website you can listen to a song that he co-wrote with the intent that it would be on the "New Moon" soundtrack, but it did not make the final cut. Season 1 Winner Kelly Clarkson is currently on her "All I Ever Wanted" Tour;

Kimberly Caldwell, from season 2 has signed a record deal with Vanguard Records and hopes to have an album released in early 2010. The other Kimberly, Kimberly Locke is hard at work with Randy Jackson on her fourth studio album. Clay Aiken has signed a new record deal with Universal's Decca Records, this after he was dropped by his former label. He hopes to release new music in early 2010. Season 2 Winner, Ruben Studdard is going on a 10 city tour as a part of the David Foster and Friends tour.

Rumor has it that Neyo may be executive producing Jennifer Hudson's next album. She told Neyo that she wants her next album to be more personal, considering all the things Hudson has gone through in the past couple of years, there is no doubt that it will be.

Anwar Robinson will co-star in a Broadway musical tribute to Michael Jackson called, Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, the tribute will take place on October 19th at Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. --- for tickets and info.

The gorgeous Constantine Maroulis will continue to star in Broadway's Rock of Ages through Jan. 2010; this excites me because it means I still have time to go see it. The lovely Miss Carrie Underwood has been a busy lady. Her new single, "Cowboy Casanova" is quickly climbing the country charts and she will release her third studio album "Play On" on November 3rd. Here is the single--- . I will keep you all posted on the video which is scheduled to debut on October 2nd.

Katharine McPhee has released two singles, "Had It All" and "Say Goodbye" from her upcoming album, "Unbroken" which is scheduled to be released on January 5, 2010. You can hear the new singles on Katharine's myspace ---

Phil Stacey will continue to tour from now through at least the beginning of 2010 with his new album, "Into The Light". Blake Lewis will release his second studio length album, "Heartbreak on Vinyl" on October 6, 2010. Miss Jordin Sparks is the face of the new Got Milk Ad, and she recently premiered the music video for her new single "SOS: Let The Music Play". Check out her website to see both, .

Jason Castro is out with an impressive first single called, Let's Just Fall in Love Again" which is also the title of his first full length studio album to be released on November 17th. Critics already love the single, and Castro is up and running with a website and a mall tour. I might just have to take a drive down to Providence! Go to his website so you can go see him at a location near you, and you can also listen to his new single while you're at it--- Syesha Mercado will be playing Deena Jones in the national tour of "Dreamgirls" which kicks off November 7th in Harlem at the Apollo Theater. Check out the "Dreamgirls" website to look at the tour schedule and purchase tickets,

One of my faves from Season 8, Matt Giraud has up an awesome myspace page, and everyone should check it out, you can listen to all the songs he sang throughout the season-- Your fave red headed rocker and mine, Allison Iraheta is hard at work in the studio with Kevin Rudolf, Max Martin, and David Hodges. Her album with Jive and 19 is set to be released on December 1st. For more updates, check out her website at The record deal that Danny Gokey signed with 19 and RCA Nashville marks the first time in American Idol history that the top 4 contestants have cut record deals. For more info on Danny go to his myspace All I know so far about Adam Lambert's album is that it is scheduled to be released on November 24th. American Idol winner Kris Allen has chosen "Live Like We're Dying" to be the first single off his debut album which will be released on November 17th. So far, critical response on his single has been positive. (Kris' official website:

Monday, September 14, 2009

The 2009 VMA's: The Highlights, And Sadly The Lowlights

The VMA's have created quite the buzz this year in the aftermath of one of the most memorable shows in a long time.

The show opened with Madonna giving a sincere and heartfelt speech about her friend Michael Jackson who she said she "abandoned" in the later years of his life. She drew many comparisons to herself and the late King of Pop who she admitted received the "the shorter end of the stick". Madonna spoke of his career, their friendship, his heroism, and her admiration of the man that he was and tried so hard to be. Sister Janet paid homage to her brother through dance channeling Michael throughout her performance. At the end of tribute, Janet looked up, as if to seek approval from her older brother and I have no doubt he was smiling.

The caliente Shakira and New Moon's Taylor Lautner came out to present the female video of the year award, and the nominees were: Katy Perry for "Hot N' Cold", Kelly Clarkson for "My Life Would Suck Without You", Lady Gaga for "Poker Face", Pink for "So What", and Taylor Swift for "You Belong With Me". Taylor Swift was announced as the winner and deservedly so, all of the ladies in this category had a great year. And then, something beyond strange happened, as Taylor was about to give her acceptance speech, Kanye West (I know what you're thinking, oh no, not again!) appeared onstage and said Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time. Beyonce looked on, mortified and completely unsuspecting, and then Kanye handed the mic back to Taylor and walked off the stage. Taylor was left looking both confused and embarrassed, at that moment, my heart sank, and then my anger for Kanye set in.

Not long after the debacle, Taylor performed her moonman winning song, in a New York subway. I know I was looking to see if her performance was shaky at all, but it wasn't, it was strong, and I could not be more proud of her making a positive out of a negative. The high energy performance that featured lots of fans, and lots of movement turned out to be a highlight of the night.

I like Lady Gaga's music, but her performance was anemic and bloody at best. She was wearing white underwear onstage while her male dancers dawned women's panties and thongs on their faces. "Paparazzi" is a great song, but Gaga kind of ruined it for me, now when I think of it or hear it, I will see the picture of her in my mind smearing blood all over her stomach and face. Yuck! My question to Gaga is, do you think the more odd, weird, and crazy you are that it makes you were artsy or trendy? Stop trying so hard! What would be really interesting is if you acted normal for once.

Nelly and Kristin Cavallari came out to present the Best Pop Video, and the following were the nominees, Beyonce for "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)", Britney Spears for "Womanizer", Cobra Starship for "Good Girls Go Bad", Lady Gaga for "Poker Face", and Wisin Y Yandel for "Abusadora". Britney won the moonman for "Womanizer" and accepted it from backstage at her tour. Welcome back Brit, you really deserved this award, and it shows that through hard work and perseverance, good things happen.

Neyo and the gorgeous Chace Crawford introduced Beyonce who performed her nominated song, "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)". The performance was like a reenactment of B's video, complete with lots of attitude, hips, and a chorus for single women everywhere.

I just wanted to quickly at this point mention fashion faux pas, Jennifer Lopez, Cassie, and Katy Perry's dresses were less then perfect (kinda heinous actually). Lady Gaga tried way too hard to be cool from her red carpet concoction to her performance outfit to the red mess that she accepted her best new artist award in for "Poker Face".

Pink's performance of "Sober" was so impressive that I watched it more than once. She sang live, swinging from trapeze and doing flips; she stopped at one point to catch her breath and appropriately finished big. I especially loved Pink's daring costume complete with a sparkly pink heart pasty.

Andy Samberg and Jimmy Fallon presented the video of the year to Beyonce for her "Single Ladies" video. The other nominee's included Britney Spears for "Womanizer", Eminem for "We Made You", Kanye West (the loser of the night) for "Love Lockdown" and Lady Gaga for "poker Face". The classy Beyonce spoke of first being nominated for a VMA at the age of 17 when she was a part of Destiny's Child and how much it meant to her. She invited Taylor Swift out to the stage to give the acceptance speech that she couldn't give before. The two strong ladies looked at each other with a mutual admiration and hugged.

Alicia Keys and Jay Z brought the house down with "Empire State of Mind" off Jay's "The Blueprint 3". Ms. Key's dazzled on the piano as always and sang a catchy hook as Jay showed us why he remains one of the best. Loving wife Beyonce looked on and sang along with Key's and danced from her seat as she smiled from ear to ear.

Kanye West apologized via his blog after the show was over but for me it was too little, too late. How many bonehead things has he done before that we have forgiven him for? We mourned for him and had compassion when he lost his beloved mother. I agree with something that I heard someone else say, if Kanye disagrees with the winners (which are voted on by the public, just so everyone knows) why doesn't he have his own Kanye West award show and broadcast it from his website. But seriously Kanye, first off, if this was an issue of you having too much to drink then you need to learn how to handle your liquor. Second, are you two? you humiliated a teenager for goodness sake; there was absolutely no need for that. No matter how good your music is (and by the way, you are not, nor will you ever be, better than Michael Jackson), it does not excuse your bad behavior. I think that some of the celebs said it best:

Kelly Clarkson wrote on her website:

"Dear Kanye, what happened to you as a child?? Did you not get hugged enough?? Something must have happened to make you this way and I think we're all just curious as to what would make a grown man go on national television and make a talented artist, let alone teenager, feel like sh--. I mean, I've seen you do some pretty sh---y things, but you just keep amazing me with your tactless, a--hole ways. It's absolutely fascinating how much I don't like you. I like everyone. I even like my a--hole ex that cheated on me over you ... which is pretty odd since I don't even personally know you. The best part of this evening is that you weren't even up for THIS award and yet you still have a problem with the outcome. Is winning a Moonman that much of a life goal?? You can have mine if it will shut you up. Is it that important, really??
"I was actually nominated in the same category that Taylor won, and I was excited for her ... so why can't you be??" the letter continued. "I'm not even mad at you for being an a--hole ... I just pity you because you're a sad human being. On a side note, Beyoncé has always been a class act and proved again tonight that she still is. Go TEXAS!! Taylor Swift, you outsell him ... that's why he's bitter. You know I love your work! Keep it up girl!"

Kellie Pickler tweeted:

"Tator Tot, you handled yourself with Grace. Kanye, go grow some f-ing balls, bi---! don't mess w/my lil sis!!"

Katy Perry tweeted:


Pink tweeted (more than once):

Kanye West is the biggest piece of sh-- on earth. Quote me. My heart goes out to Taylor Swift. She is a sweet and talented girl and deserved her moment. She should know we all love her. Beyonce is a classy lady. I feel for her, too. Its not her fault at all, and her and taylor did their thing. And douche bag got kicked out. HA

Donald Trump claims that Kanye didn't even care less if Beyonce won or not and that he just did it for "grandstanding and to get attention".

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Fall TV Lineup 2009: All the shows you should watch (Part 3)

(The final in a series of 3)

Ugly Betty-- 9-10 on ABC premieres Oct. 9, Betty was promoted to features editor at the end of last season, and this season she will be working with a whole new group of people so she will be trying to make new friends. Yaya Dacosta (America’s Next Top Model cycle 3 runner up) will take over the role of Wilhelmina’s daughter. Kristen Johnston will be in a recurring role as Mode’s newest office temp. Betty’s glasses won’t be as funky this season as they usually are, and mid season she’ll get her braces off; now that’s exciting.

Southland-- 9-10 on NBC premieres Oct. 23, The hit series which premiered in 2009 is using the four extra weeks after all the other shows premiere to promote and create hype. Amaury Nolasco (Sucre Prison Break) is joining the cast as Det. Lydia Adams (Regina King) aggressive new partner who drives her crazy. Could a coming together of the two be far behind? Officer John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) will come out and reveal that he is indeed gay on this season of the show; his sexuality will be explored and how he got to this point will be brought to the surface. Tom Everett Scott’s, Russell Clarke will survive his gunshot wound but the traumatic experience with take a psychological toll on him.

The Simpsons-- 8-8:30 on FOX premieres Sept. 27, more info to follow.

The Amazing Race-- 8-9 on CBS premieres Sept. 27, The 15th season of the exciting reality series begins with Phil Keoghan still hosting.

Three Rivers-- 9-10 on CBS premieres Oct. 4, I was trying to figure out why a show about the top transplantation hospital in the country was called Three Rivers, and then after reading about the show’s premise and watching the trailers it became clear to me. Three Rivers shows you the story from three very different points of view, the organ donor, the organ recipient, and the transplant surgeon. Leading the transplant team is Dr. Andy Yablonski (Alex O’Laughlin) who is a workaholic with a sarcastic personality, but definite skills as a doctor. His colleagues include Dr. Miranda Foster (Katherine Moenning) is a rebel with a temper who yearns to live up to her father’s rep as a surgeon. There is Dr. David Lee (Daniel Henney X Men Origins Wolverine) the womanizing surgeon who breaks hearts outside of the hospital.. Ryan Abbott (Christopher J. Hanke) is the new transplant coordinator who unfortunately lacks experience. The tough as nails head of surgery, Sophia Jordan will be played by Alfre Woodard and Justina Machado plays Pam Acosta, Andy’s operating assistant and best friend.

Desperate Housewives-- 9-10 on ABC premieres Sept. 27, Lots of changes this season on Desperate Housewives, Drea De Matteo (The Sopranos) will play Angie Vitale , the matriarch of the new Italian family that moves in and Jeffrey Nordling (Once & Again) will play her flirtatious husband, Nick. Their 20 year old son, Dominic (Beau Mirchoff) may have eyes for Gaby’s niece who just moved in down the street. Mike Delfino’s bride is finally revealed, will it be Katherine or Susan? Both were seen in wedding dresses. Lynette starts to accept the fact that she is pregnant, again. Orson Bean will join the show as Roy, Mrs. McCluskey’s new life partner/ boyfriend, whatever you want to call it. Jesse Metcalf will reprise his role as Miguel, rumor has it he is divorced and doing well, and Ana (Gaby’s niece) has her eyes all over him. Another couple is moving in to Edie’s house, they will be played by Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth Port Charles) and David Chisum (Miles One Life to Live).

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fall TV Lineup 2009: All the shows you should watch (Part 2)

Mercy-- Wed. 8-9 on NBC premieres Sept. 23, The series is seen through the eyes of nurses with the women in the starring roles. Boston native, Taylor Schilling plays the lead role as Veronica Callahan, a nurse at Mercy Hospital who just returned from a tour in Iraq. She takes on trauma in the hospital and the social dramas of love and life with her fellow nurses Sonia Jimenez (Jaime Lee Kirchner) and rookie nurse Chloe Payne (Michelle Trachtenberg). Yes, there are men on Mercy, but if you want to see them you will have to watch; I think this one is going to be good.

Glee-- Wed. 9-10 on FOX premieres Sept. 9, The cast is way too huge to go through but the premise is sweet for this one hour musical comedy; over sixty songs will be covered in the first season alone everything from Heart to Beyonce to Carrie Underwood to music from the major musicals, “Wicked”, “West Side Story”, and “Guys & Dolls”. Matthew Morrison plays Will Schuster a Spanish teacher and the new director of the school choir or “glee” club. He hopes that with his hard work he can take the club all the way to nationals and prove those around him wrong. He is married to his high school sweetheart Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig Boston Public). To familiarize yourself with the other members of “glee”, head to the official website, check out the bios, and watch the pilot; it will make you sing!

Modern Family-- Wed. 9-9:30 on ABC premieres on Sept. 23, Deemed by critics as the most promising comedy of the season, a mock-documentary, Modern Family centers around three very different families at different places in their lives. Ed O’Neill (Married with Children) returns to TV as Jay, recently married to the sexy Columbian Gloria (Sofia Vergara) who has a preteen son named Manny. Claire (Julie Bowen Ed) is dealing with raising her family, her husband Phil (Ty Burrell) thinks he understands his three kids which ultimately embarrasses them. Then there is Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet), partners and parents who just adopted a Vietnamese baby. Let the games, I mean the parenting, begin.

Cougar Town-- 9:30-10 on ABC premieres Sept. 23, Courteney Cox plays Jules Cobb, a 40 something who is just experiencing her 20s now. Recently divorced, Jules has almost everything in life, a son, a solid career, and best friends, but she discovers that there is more to life than that. While trying to discover who she really is, Jules discovers that the only way to live life is to live it up. The supporting cast includes Josh Hopkins as Grayson Ellis, Jules’s neighbor, also divorced but totally embracing being single, unlike Jules. Andy (Ian Gomez Felicity) and Ellie Torres (Christa Miller) are the married couple and friends of Jules. Laurie Keller (Busy Phillips Felicity, ER) is Jules’s assistant and single friend. Bobby Cobb (Brian Van Holt) is Jules’s ex husband who messes up quite a bit as a father. Finally, Travis Cobb (Dan Byrd) is Jules’s teenage son with ex husband Brian who sometimes finds his parents embarrassing.

Law & Order: SVU-- 9-10 on NBC premieres Sept. 23, The executive producer of the show, Neal Baer says the unofficial theme of this season is “Benson and Stabler against the world”. In the season opener, Wentworth Miller (Michael Prison Break) guests as a police officer that Benson does not see eye to eye with. Christine Lahti will be around for a few episodes as ADA Sonya Paxton and she will ruffle the feathers of both Stabler and Benson. Here is the rest of this season’s impressive lineup so far, Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), Jessica Walter (90210, Arrested Development), Stephen Rea, Rosie Perez, Garret Dillahunt, Mitchell Jarvis (“Rock of Age’s”), and Jeri Ryan will return as defense attorney Patrice Larue.

Eastwick-- 10-11 on ABC premieres Sept. 23, Based on John Updike’s novel, in the town of Eastwick, special powers are bestowed upon three ladies Joanna (Lindsay Price Lipstick Jungle, Beverly Hills 90210) a shy local reporter, Kat (Jaime Ray Newton General Hospital) the in over her head mom and wife, and Roxie (Rebecca Romijn X-Men) the complicated artist with an original personality. The three ladies, through gossip around town, do not like each other very much, but one day at a fountain they meet, and after lots of martinis they become best of friends, and begin discovering their new talents. Rounding out the cast is Veronica Cartwright as Bun, Roxie’s Aunt; Paul Gross as the mysterious Darryl Van Horne who arrives the night the women receive their powers; Ashley Benson (Days of Our Lives) plays Mia, Roxie’s daughter who lost her dad at an early age; Sara Rue (Popular, Less Than Perfect) is Penny, Joanna’s best friend who is investigating Darryl the man who took her best friend away. Jon Berthnal plays Raymond, Kat’s lazy, unemployed husband, and finally Johann Urb plays Will, Joanna’s coworker and crush.

Flash Forward-- 8-9 on ABC premieres Sept. 24, The premise of this new series is clever and feels like a movie, “what if you saw your future six months from now, would you look forward to it, or would you try to stop it?” The handsome Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) stars as LA FBI Agent Mark Benford who is in a quest to uncover why this “blackout” happened and who or what made it happen. I love the previews for this show, head to the show’s official site to watch the trailer, and meet the rest of the cast:

The Vampire Diaries-- 8-9 on the CW premieres Sept. 10, Based on the novels by L.J. Smith written more than a decade before Twilight, The Vampire Diaries is centered around the beautiful and vulnerable 17 year old, Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) who finds herself adjusting to the recent death of her parents; she is drawn to a new student at school, Stefan (Paul Wesley). He seems like a dream guy, sensitive and handsome, but Elena doesn’t know that he is a vampire. Stefan’s brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder Lost) is also a vampire, but unlike Stefan who has stopped feeding on humans, he is wicked and wants to take the souls of everyone in Mystic Falls, especially Elena’s. Stefan works against Damon to try and preserve Elena’s soul. The supporting cast includes Elena’s 15 year old brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen Everwood) who deals with his parents death by hanging out with the wrong crowd. Elena’s social circle includes her bff Bonnie Bennett (Katerina Graham 17 Again) and friend/ enemy Caroline Forbes (Candice Accola). One more thing to mention, executive producer, Julie Plec promises, “We’re sexier and scarier than Twilight”.

Grey’s Anatomy-- 9-10 on ABC premieres Sept. 24, So it’s official T.R. Knight’s character George O’Malley is dead and he is not returning for the season premiere. Owen and Cristina decide to take things slow with their relationship. Katherine Heigl’s Izzie will get a five episode hiatus, but we still don’t know how they will explain her absence from the show, personally I wish she would just decide to stay or leave all together. Ellen Pompeo will also be getting a break due to her maternity leave, so Grey’s has decided that there episodes this season will center around a certain character so then they do not have to explain absences as much. My fave couple, Lexie and Mark unfortunately have some road blocks to deal with this season; the two start to really feel the age difference between them, but most people are routing for them.

CSI-- 9-10 on CBS premieres Sept. 24, Jorja Fox returns to the show as Sara for five episodes, and yes, she and Grissom are still together. The tenth season is all about the team coming together and being more like a family; Sara is a big part of bringing the team together. One person who will not by a part of that family is Lauren Lee Smith; it was confirmed that her character Riley would not be returning to the show this season. There is a possibility that William Petersen will reprise his role as Grissom. Ray (Laurence Fishburne) will cross over to CSI: Miami and CSI: New York this season.