What I Learned This Week

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for another award-winning edition of What I Learned This Week.

Except I’ve never really won any awards. (But, there’s always a chance, right?)

Here’s what I learned this week.

1. Drew Carey is a minority owner of the Major League Soccer team Seattle Sounders.

2. No matter how many times I go Jeepin’ with McDaddy, this type of situation always make me cringe.

3. It is possible for a dancer on Dancing With The Stars to bring me to tears. Amy Purdy is a true inspiration. (And Derek Hough is a talented choreographer, too!)

4. When you wear these shoes on a Jeep ride, you will stick out like a SORE FRIGGIN’ THUMB.

 5. A good song makes me HAPPY.

6. Blue pants and a green jacket makes me all kinds of crazy.

7. Dinner at a Japanese restaurant is so much fun, especially when watching two young boys who have never experienced it before.

8. When you are working hard to lose weight, it will be easy to pass on a 280 calorie Little Debbie Brownie when you consider that it will take 47 minutes on the Recumbent bike to work it off.

9. Beavis and Butthead were actually the same person (voice).

10. Even after owning it for almost two years, I am still so excited to own a Saturn Sky!

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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What I Learned This Week

Y’all.

It has been such a crazy week.

Remember how every several months I come here and tell you all about some type of medical crazy? Well, I am pleased to report that it is that time again. Yes, you heard that right.

More. Medical. Drama. (I know you are so excited!)

I have learned so much this week.

First of all (and most importantly!) I learned that I’ve really missed this

face on Dancing With The Stars.

Welcome back, Maks, and YAY for an Olympic gold medal partner!

SCORE!

First thing I learned was that NeNe Leakes was on my nerve before she ever stepped foot on the dance floor. (And since we’re sharing what we learned this week, I learned that NeNe Leake’s real name is Linnethia Monique Leakes.)

Here’s all the other (non-dancing, medical-related) things I learned this week.

1. Shingles only occur on one side of the body and do not cross the mid line.

2. Shingles is also called herpes zoster

3. Shingles can present in several different ways. It can begin with itching, tingling, or pain in a certain area, followed by a band, strip, or small area of rash may occur a few days later. The rash then turns into clusters of blisters. The blisters fill with, well, nastiness. And then you’re looking at several more weeks of recovery.

4. When one of your ears looks like the one on left, you have a problem.

A serious problem.

5. The swollen, redness like that on the left ear might be shingles. Or it might be soft tissue infection. Staph infection. MRSA. Or any number of difficult-to-diagnose conditions.

6. A left ear like that one up there HURTS like heck.

7. There’s a reason you’re called a patient at a Doctor’s office.

8. I am not good at being a patient.

9. According to an emergency room nurse I met today, 11:00 AM to noon on a Monday is the worst time to come to the emergency room.

10. It is possible to get in AND out of the Emergency Room in less than four hours.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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American Idol – Top 5

THIS!

Is American Idol.

It dawned on me yesterday that I haven’t done one American Idol recap this season, and that is unfortunate because I hate to pass up an opportunity to share my two cents. On anything.

Tonight, the girls will perform two songs. One from the year of their birth and another of their choice from an iconic female in the music industry.

Candice Glover – Straight Up (Paula Abdul) Candice was born in 1989. Are you friggin’ kidding me? First of all, I love Straight Up. It reminds me of the countless nights I spent at Skateland shooting the duck. (Those days are long gone in case you were wondering. I would fall over and kill the duck if I tried that today!) Even though Candice put a jazzy spin on the song, I really like it. And of course, she is singing the heck out of it.

Janelle Arthur - When I Call Your Name (Vince Gill) – Another 1989 kid. Holy crap y’all, I’m old. In unrelated news, Janelle was born on December 12th which is also Stevie’s birthday. When I heard the song title, I didn’t think I knew this song. But I do know it. I just don’t like it. I didn’t like Vince Gill’s version, and I like Janelle’s version even less. In fact, it almost put me right to sleep. Zzzzzzz. Wake me up when it’s over.

Kree Harrison - She Talks To Angels (Black Crows) – Should be a good song for her. Why yes, yes it is. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Kree sing a bad song. She is so talented. She holds back when necessary and she lets it rip when it’s appropriate. She is a seasoned performer who always looks totally relaxed and comfortable on stage.

Angie Miller I’ll Stand By You (Pretenders) 1994? Really? Dang, I was in college. These girls are babies. Anytime Angie sits at that piano, you can bet the farm that whatever she sings is going to be good. Her and that piano have a time together. I love the piano. I think a grand piano is a beautiful instrument with a beautiful sound. And this gal can make that thing sing. Great song choice. Great performance. As always. My favorite so far.

Amber Holcomb  Without You (Mariah Carey) – Ok. First of all, I love every single one of Mariah’s songs from the 90’s. I had every one of her CDs. (For those of you YOUNG GUNS visiting today, CD is short for compact disc, which is what we had to purchase if we wanted access to our favorite songs back in the “old days”) Oh, and I love Amber’s colorful dress. Girlfriend is tearing this song up. It is a great song choice to showcase her big range, and I think Mariah will LOVE it!

Candice Glover - When You Believe (Mariah Carey) – Not a whole lot to say about this. It’s hard to beat a big ballad with a full choir and string section. SHE NAILED IT! And I think the big reason, is because SHE BELIEVES in herself. As well she should.

Janelle Arthur – Dumb Blonde (Dolly Parton) – I’ve never heard this song. And I’m not real impressed with Janelle’s performance. After Angie’s performance at the piano and Candice belting out a big soulful ballad, this performance doesn’t do a lot for me. This particular song sounds exactly like any of the last five country songs she’s performed. Blah, blah, and BLAH. Come on Janelle, change it up a bit.

Kree Harrison - Have You Ever Been In Love (Celine Dion) – Kree is two for two so far. Beautiful version of a beautiful song. B-U-T-FUL.

Angie Miller – Halo (Beyoncé) – I was hoping ol girl would sing “Love On Top”. This performance is kinda boring if I’m being honest. It doesn’t do much to showcase her range or talent. (The judges are falling all over themselves, so maybe there was something lost in translation between her performance and my television.) Even still, I believe it’ll be Angie and Candice (Or Kree) battling it out in the finale.

Amber Holcomb - What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life (Barbara Streisand ) – I don’t know this song, and I think that makes a difference because it’s hard to have a point of reference. As Amber always does, she sang this song beautifully. Plus, she is just standing there singing like she’s been singing professionally her whole life. I didn’t know the song, but I know she sang it well.

BEST OF THE NIGHT: Candice Glover

WORST OF THE NIGHT: Janelle Arthur

What say you, Dawg?

Thursday Thirteen – Dancing With The Stars

As I watched Dancing With The Stars last night, I tried to think about who I’d like to see on the next season of DWTS. If by chance, the producers of DWTS happen by my blog today, maybe they’ll take my advice and book a few of these folks.

Here are my picks for the next season of Dancing With The Stars.

1. Shemar Moore – No real surprise here, he’s hot and well, he’s hot.

2. Jennifer Garner – She’s a local gal who grew up about ten miles from me in Charleston, WV. It’s great to see a local girl make a name for herself. Plus, she’s a trained dancer, so yeah, sign her up.

3. Michael Phelps – Y’all know how I love the Olympics. His determination and work ethic would be a great match for DWTS.

4. Chelsea Clinton – For those of you who are about my age, we remember the frizzy haired, braced face of Chelsea Clinton and pretty much watched her grow up in the white house. Wouldn’t it be fun to cheer her on?

5. Mark Zuckerberg – I mean it’s not like this cat changed the world or anything (or did he?) but I think it would be fun to know him just a little better. DWTS is just the place for that to happen.

6. Oprah Winfrey – Well, she’s done everything else imaginable, why not do DWTS? 

7. Tina Fey – I think you’ll agree, she’d definitely shake things up a bit over there. She would for sure be a crowd favorite.

8. Jim Carrey – Oh my word, Jim Carrey and Tina Fey in the same season. Talk about some really good entertainment.

9. Jackie Chan – Because not every DWTS contestant can be in their thirties. And plus, can you imagine Jackie alongside Tina and Jim?

10. Betty White – I’m not sure how well Betty would hold up on DWTS, but I know if any 90-year-old could give it a good whirl, she sure enough would.

11. Tim Tebow – What is a season of DWTS without an NFL great? And I think he’d be a great!

12. Abby Lee Miller – This broad loves to give those young dancers on Dance Moms down the road. I would love to see how well she’d do on the dance floor.

13. McDaddy’s Wife – Rounding out this season’s case list is your’s truly. This broad would give up a toe to be on DWTS. She’d give up two if she could partner with Maksim Chremkovskiy. So Maks, if you’re reading this, here I am.

Who would you add to this list?

Better yet, which one of these picks would take home the mirror ball trophy?

(Photo sources credited in numerals.) 

So Excited I Could Squeal!

I am sitting on the big, blue, bloggy couch watching the Republican National Convention. And before you click that red “X” in the corner, let me just say, I WILL NOT be talking about politics. Well, except to say that I’d rather poke my eyeballs out with a fork than listen to politicians during an election year.

And that goes for ANY of them.

It just seems silly to me to stand on national television and talk trash about your opponent.

I’d much rather watch an extra hour of Big Brother.

I am pleased to announce that after four days, I FINALLY have my fall decor out. (I know y’all have been waiting with bated breath on that news.) And somewhere, McDaddy is sitting behind his computer screen rolling his eyes wondering why perfect strangers would be interested in that information, except to say that it IS NOT FALL YET.

But alas, I had a free day and more importantly, the urge. It might be weeks before those two collide again.

Fall ball is back in full swing. Alex “moved up” from T-ball to Coach-Pitch. It’s been about two years since Stevie played Coach-Pitch, and quite honestly, I had forgotten how difficult it is for 1st and 2nd grade boys to PAY ATTENTION and STOP DIGGING IN THE BLASTED DIRT whilst learning the game of baseball. God bless his coach’s heart. He has his hands plum full.

Is it time for the fall television line-up? Because seriously, I am ready for Dancing With The Stars (HEY MAKS!) and Grey’s Anatomy and American Idol and GCB and Mike and Molly and Private Practice. I’m sick to death of re-runs, and my DVR is ready to roll. Hurry up, middle of September!!! Until then, I’ll kick it with Shemar Moore on Criminal Minds.

I have several friends who think Shemar is the cat’s meow, and I’d have to agree. We enjoy sending random picture texts of Moore to eachother. I’m sad that he no longer plays Malcolm on The Young And The Restless. I’ll always call him ‘the one who got away’.

Alex is still suffering from the nasty coughing, sinusy aggravation. I had hoped it would be gone by now, but he is still battling the nose nastiness. We are rotating the nebulizer and the allergy pill and the nose spray and the Kleenex. Whatever you do, don’t forget the Kleenex. I’m thankful he can blow his own nose. I just wish he would.

Some time ago I received an e-mail from The Longaberger Company informing me that I was no longer worth their time I had not sold enough Longaberger in the previous year to be an active consultant. If that’s true, can someone please explain why I receive an e-mail a day from the Jokers. I have fought the urge to respond, opting instead to just delete it and move on. Someday though, when the time and the urge collide, it’s ON.

I hope you’re having an awesome Friday. My weekend will be spent at the ball field, and checking on the progress in what will be our new mud room. You can see some of my mud-room inspiration on my “Designing My Mudroom” Pinterest Board. I’m so excited, I could just squeal!

Which is what I do EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I climb in this sucker.

Sorry. I couldn’t help myself.

American Idol – Top 6

I thought about coming here today and talking about the ingrown toe-nail on my left foot. Or the fact that McDaddy informed me this morning that I have an outbreak of zits (at thirty-eight years old, mind you!) on my face. Then, it dawned on me that my loyal blog readers might not be one bit interested in any of those things, so, maybe I should just live blog American Idol.

The only problem is that I happen to be watching American Idol on DVR, so I guess the whole live blogging thing is out, too. I have to do it that way, folks. I sometimes rewind these performances three and four times to be fair and impartial (especially if they stomp and kick and do the fist pump WEEK AFTER WEEK AFTER WEEK!).

Anyway, THIS! Is American Idol!

And as an added bonus, the contestants will be singing hits from Queen, along with a song of their choice.

What in the name of Pete is Jennifer Lopez wearing? Gold lame’? Gold tin-foil? I suspect she’ll regret that choice come morning. Tommy Hilfiger needs to get on the scene. And if he was on the scene and approved of that gold mess, he should be fired.

Jessica Sanchez (Bohemian Rhapsody) – I don’t really understand the tennis shoes… Bohemian Rhapsody is my favorite Queen song of all time, so I hope she does it justice. I don’t claim to have a perfect ear for pitch, but the slow part of this song seems way to low for Jessica’s voice. Holy crap, all of a sudden Jessica busted out the rock card. I don’t think this is a great song for her, and it is definitely not her best performance. I love this song, but I didn’t like her performance of it.

Skylar Laine (The Show Must Go On) – I  haven’t always been a fan of Skylar’s, mostly because of the fist-pump and the stomp. Tonight, though? She is just standing there singing, and it is really good. She made a good song choice and sang it well. I typically wanna poke my eyeballs out with a fork when I watch Skylar perform, but I actually enjoyed this performance.

Joshua Ledet (Crazy Little Thing Called Love) – Oh look, its an old-timey microphone. That’s different. Ol boy is dancing and singing like he’s all hyped up on steroids or tonight. I think this might be one of his best performances! He brought the total package tonight and I liked it. A LOT.

What a great night of Idol. Well, except for Jennifer’s wardrobe choice. And Jessica’s tennis shoes.

“Tommy, come quickly!”

Elise Testone (I Want It All) – Elise is doing her thing up there tonight, too. A good song choice and a good performance. Elise wants it all!!!

Phillip Phillips (Fat Bottomed Girls) – Oh snap. This is not good. It is not good, because IT IS GREAT! My favorite performance so far this evening. This song fits Phillip likes a glove. It is my favorite performance of his to date and my favorite one so far tonight on the show. Wait, did I already say that? I am pulling for Phillip to pull this thing out. I want to see him in the finale.

In my humble opinion, Randy Jackson has lost his darn mind.

Hollie Cavanagh (Save Me) – Is there any irony in the fact that Hollie is singing a song called Save Me? Yes, I thought so. Love, love, love this performance. Hollie is the comeback kid, and I think this is a good song for her. (The judges do not agree with me.)

Jessica Sanchez – Dance With My Father (Luther Vandross) – Now this is more like it. Jessica can sing a ballad like nobody’s business, and I suspect she knows that. This performance was much better for me than the first one, but then again, I’m a military wife who’s lived through a deployment. This song tugs at my heart, and I feel bad for her. Good for her that she can make it through the song without doing the ugly cry because since deployment? I never hear The Star Spangled Banner without wiping tears… She is a talented kid who has a big future ahead of her. She just doesn’t happen to be my favorite singer in the competition.

Skylar Laine – Tattoos On This Town (Jason Aldean) – This is pretty much like every other country song Skylar has performed. I could take a pee break right now and not miss a thing because I’ve seen this same performance for the past ten weeks. It’s good. Not great, but good.

Joshua Ledet - Ready For Love (India Arie) – Well now. I certainly wasn’t expecting that. I don’t know this song, but I love the performance. Joshua just knocked it ‘out the park’. I was on the edge of my seat hanging on his every note. (Ok, so I wasn’t literally on the edge of my seat, but you know what I mean, right?) He sold it and I bought it.

I love the little “in between” interviews the contestants are giving.

Elise Testone – Bold As Love (Jimi Hendrix) – Ok. I think this is my favorite performance of hers even though I have never heard this song. It was a little bit jazz, a little bit rock, and a little bit funk. I was tapping my toe and boppin’ in my big, blue, bloggy couch. (Shew, that’s a mouthful.) I don’t even know which radio station Elise will be heard on if / when she makes it big. There’s a market out there for her I’m sure, I just don’t know which one it would be.

Phillip Phillips - The Stone Lyrics (Dave Matthews Band) – So. I love Dave Matthews Band. He sings some wonderful songs. But this isn’t one of ‘em. Still, though? I think Phillip did his thang on it. Such a different song. But still a wonderful performance. For me, at least. (And I hope America agrees, because? Hello, he has mad talent!)

Hollie Cavanagh - The Climb (Miley Cyrus) – “Hey Hollie, are you listening?” This song? Purr-fect for you! You are making The Climb slowly but surely. It was time, girl. It was time. Good for you!

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ROUND 1: Phillip

ROUND 2: Hollie

Going Home: Hoping for Elise or Skylar, but probably Hollie.

Talk amongst yourselves….

American Idol – Top 7

It’s Wednesday night, and around here, that means…

THIS! Is American Idol!

Tonight, the contestants will perform songs released between 2010 and today. Seeing as how I typically listen to K-Love, or Adele, there’s a pretty good chance I won’t know many of them.

Skylar Laine – Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You (Kellie Pickler) – I’m with Jimmy Iovine on this one, I don’t know this song. Still, I think Skylar was right on the money with the genre, the pitch, the performance and the style. Very nice. I love it that Skylar took a break from the stomping and the screeching.

Have I mentioned that I love Steven Tyler? I mean he can be goofy at times, and Lord knows I have trouble deciphering what he says at times, but when he says something like, “That just goes to show you that crows may crow, but its the hen that delivers the goods,” I am reminded that he is crazy cool. Truer words have never been spoken, Mr. Tyler.

Colton Dixon - Love The Way You Lie (Skylar Grey) – I’ve never heard this song either, but Colton is giving a stirring performance and singing from his heart. And I love that he has an orchestra accompanying him on the piano. Nice job, Colton.

Elise and Phillip Duet (Somebody That I Used To Know) – This song sounds like it belongs at a carnival. Never heard it, but they sounded good together. I think Elise tipped the scales in her favor, but I also think Phillip is a talented performer, too.

Jessica Sanchez – Stuttering (Jazmine Sullivan) – I’ve said it before. Jessica Sanchez will be standing on that stage on finale night. Period.

Joshua Ledet – Runaway Baby (Bruno Mars) – This is quite different from anything we’ve seen Joshua sing so far and I LOVE IT. He is owning the stage and HE IS PERFORMIN’. He danced. He worked it. He entertained. Did I mention that I loved it?

Colton and Skylar - These two sound good together. I think the performance is okay, but it’s obvious that Skylar tipped the scales in her favor because this is a country song and that’s her thang. Next week, I’d like to see her sing a Third Day or Casting Crowns duet with Colton.

Hollie Cavanagh – Perfect (Pink) – Guess what? Hollie showed up tonight. And she showed up in a BIG way. Best performance we’ve seen from her, and I loved it. The judges, however, did not.

Phillip Phillips - Give A Little More (Maroon 5) – I love Phillip’s musicality, and I love that he just gets up there on stage and sings. No gimmicks, no jumpin’ around. Just him, his voice and his guitar. He is unique and he is one of my favorites this season.

Joshua Ledet, Hollie Cavanagh and Jessica Sanchez – Lots of opinions about this performance. First, the beginning bars seemed too low for both Jessica and Hollie. Second, the feather earrings (are they earrings?) look goofy. And lastly, those pink pants! Tommy, where the heck are you? I suspect Hollie will regret that fashion choice in ten years.

Elise Testone - You and I (Lady Gaga) – Is she wearing feathers, too? Geez! Hey, I know this one! I’m not a fan of Lady GagGag, but I have this song on my iPod. I think this is a great song for her voice, and I think this is a memorable performance. This song fits her voice like a glove.

Best Performance of the night: Joshua and Phillip

Worst Performance of the night: Hollie Cavanagh (though it was much better than last week)

Going Home: Hollie

What say you?

American Idol – Top 8

THIS! Is American Idol.

It’s 80’s night, y’all! I feel like I need to pull out my Keds and my Swatch Watch. I have such high hopes for the night – Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Poison, Rob Bass – the possibilities are endless. I’d bet the farm though, that half of these jokers will sing lesser known, less exciting songs.

But we shall see.

DeAndre Brackensick  (I Like It) – Did I not call it? Lesser known. Less exciting. DeBarge? Really? As much as I like DeAndre, I must admit his voice really does nothing for me. If you enjoy caterwauling, then you probably loved this performance. Otherwise, you, might have used this time to take a pee break.

Elise Testone (I Want To Know What Love Is) – The song started out sort of slow for me, and I didn’t really “feel it” until the big choir came waltzing in. Still, I think this performance will be forgotten by the time the next contestant hits the stage. And what the heck is going on with all of those beads hanging from her neck. Wonder if Tommy approved that mess?

Colton and Skylar  (Islands In The Stream) – Well, this should be interesting. All things considered (and by that I mean, Colton is SINGING COUNTRY), I think these two sound great together. Very nice.

Phillip Phillips (That’s All) – Philip is one of my favorites and I think this is a great song for him. Unlike the first two performances, this one won’t be soon forgotten. Phillip’s facial expression, as he sings makes me smile. It’s obvious he enjoys what he is doing. Great voice. Great performance.

Hollie and DeAndre (I’m So Excited) – I’m not sure who has the task of matching the contestants up for these duets, but these two sound really good together, too. Hollie seems excited. For once… Good for her.

Joshua Ledet (If You Don’t Know Me By Now) – YES!!!! This is one of my favorite songs from the 80’s. It reminds me of Jr. High School when I spent many-a-night waiting for my favorite songs to play on the radio so I could hit the “record” button to make my latest compilation tape. (And I realize there are at least a handful of you out there who have no idea what a cassette tape is. Babies.) I suspect this will be a great song for Joshua… Oh my word. He is is tearing this song UP. He is RIGHT ON PITCH. My favorite performance of his so far. Joshua, my boy, if you’re reading this by some chance, you did a fabulous job!

Jessica Sanchez  (How Will I Know?) – I was sure that Jessica would do a big emotional ballad tonight. I’m not even sure it matters what Jessica sings because she is articulate and unique and talented. Not one negative thing to say except, what is up with the big chunky plastic spike bracelet thing?

Phillip and Elise (Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around) – Another great pairing (and my favorite so far).

Hollie Cavanaugh (What A Feelin’) – I have a feelin’ Hollie will be leaving us tomorrow. That is all.

Joshua and Jessica (I Knew You Were Waiting) – I liked Phillip and Elise’s duet. I LOVE Joshua and Jessica’s duet. Best duet of the night. Joshua and Jessica are both seasoned performers. They could hit the road TODAY and be stars.

Colton Dixon (Time After Time) – Well, I wasn’t sure this song would work for him, but he is actually doing a great job on it. About half-way through, when he broke loose [along with the drummer, who was FLY by the way] and took it up a notch, I was up out of my seat. Yay Colton!

Skylar Laine (Wind Beneath My Wings) – Ok. So I’m not usually a big fan of Skylar’s. But tonight? She sold this performance. She needed to kick it up a notch after last week, and she did just that. 

My rankings after tonight
Joshua
Phillip
Skylar
Colton
Jessica
Elise
DeAndre
Hollie

GOING HOME: Hollie

American Idol – Top 9

 THIS. Is American Idol.

It’s my favorite night of the week. The remaining contestants are being mentored by Stevie Nicks and I sure hope my hairdresser is watching because he is a huge Stevie Nicks fan. I was just in the shop today to have my gray hair hidden highlighted, and had I known that Stevie Nicks was gonna be on the show tonight, I would have told him so. He went to her concert last summer. When we was telling me all about his concert experience, he got all wrapped up in the story and cut lots of my hair off. It was weeks before it was right again. I knew then that I needed to keep his mind centered on my hair and not on a has-been one of his favorite rockers.

Colton Dixon (Everything) – Nothing like starting Idol off with some church up in here. So, remember last week when I said I’d be voting for Colton every week? I totally meant it. You can tell ol boy is singing from his heart. I love it that he is standing there with tears in his eyes talking about “His God”. What a testimony. And what a platform. Good for you, Colton!

I love it when Randy Jackson says something is fly. I think I might start using that term because it is fun. And because I’m feelin’ my age after seeing all the gray in my hair today.

Skylar Laine (Gunpowder & Lead) – Seriously? Colton opens the night in worship. And Skylar takes the stage and sings about going straight to. Ding, dang, dong. Come on people. If I have to watch Skylar do one more fistpump I think I might scream. With all of her running around willy nilly, I can’t help but wonder if she’s not pumped up on steroids. I think Skylar could go home after this performance. The stompin and jumpin and screaching and fist pumpin is just too much for me.

Movingrightalong. 

Heejun Han (A Song For You) – For the first time THIS WHOLE SEASON Heejun stood there and just sang. No gimmick. No crazy. Just singing. And actually, he did a pretty good job. It’s good to see this side of Heejun, instead of the crazy, unpredictable Heejun. [How is it that he wears different glasses every single week?]

Hollie Cavanagh  (Jesus, Take The Wheel) – I’m trying to decide if Hollie’s dress is white patent leather or plastic. It looks good on her. Add a little snow, and her chops to that dress and you get all kinds of dramatic. I think Hollie is having a defining moment. I don’t remember her singing so well in past weeks. Very nice.

DeAndre Brackensick (Sometimes I Cry) – For starters, I like DeAndre. But if I’m being honest, I am not a big fan of this performance. The whole falsetto thing does nothing for me, but he is good at what he does. (Does that make sense?)

Jessica Sanchez (Sweet Dreams) – I know Jessica can really sing. She showed us when she sand I Will Always Love You and then again when she sang last week. For me though? This week was just okay. I don’t feel like she did anything extraordinary in this performance. Like I said, I know she can sing and I feel like she’ll probably be standing on that stage come finale night, but for me, this performance was just a good performance. Nothing fantastic or wonderful.

Phillip Phillips (Still Rainin’) – Two things. 1. I have never heard this song. 2. It doesn’t make a bit of difference because P Squared had me at the first note. He is such a great performer, it really makes no difference what he sings. He puts a fresh, unique spin on every song he sings and that is why I look forward to his performances week after week.

Joshua Ledet (Without You) – I am a huge Mariah Carey fan. Back in the day (some 74 years ago) I had every one of her CDs and knew every song word-for-word. I have high hopes that Joshua can pull this off, especially with the string ensemble playing right along with him. He is singing with feeling and emotion and he killed it.

Elise Testone (Whole Lotta Love) – I love Elise’s outfit. I do not like Elise’s stomp because it reminds me of Skylar’s stomp and I’ve had about all of that I can take for one night. She is rockin out to this performance and it is obvious she means business. Good job Elise!

BEST OF THE NIGHT: Colton, Joshua, and Phillip Phillips

GOING HOME: Skylar Laine

We shall see.

THIS… is American Idol

I’m watching American Idol and thinking I might as well live blog the show because y’all are probably tired of hearing about the wonderful [Jeep] weather we’ve been having here in the hills of West Virginia. I love watching Idol it and even if the singing is bad, I can always talk about what kind of get-up Steven Tyler is wearing. I’m thinking perhaps Tommy Hilfiger might need to give Stevie T. some advice this week.

Tonight, the contestants will be singing Billy Joel which makes me so happy because there is a chance I might hear The River of Dreams and We Didn’t Start the Fire. And I realize the whole We Didn’t Start the Fire bit is probably a little lame, but it is one of my favorite Billy Joel songs. On top of that P Diddy is mentoring this week. I listened to P Diddy (or was it Puff Daddy?) just this morning while I was at the gym? Diddy, daddy, I’m so confused!

DeAndre Brackensick (Only The Good Die Young) – I think ol boy missed the mark tonight. I was sure he would do a big, catchy ballad. The performance seems a bit karaokish to me. The fact that he’s singing first doesn’t help matters much, either. On the bright side though? I love the big live band playing along with his voice. Makes me wish I could bust my saxophone out.

Erika Van Pelt – (New York State Of Mind) – Okay. First of all. Tommy Hilfiger was so right about her hair. I love it! And secondly, I think she is doing a great job on New York’s state of mind. I loved everything about the performance. In the words of Randy Jackson, “Yo! That was hot!”

Joshua Ledet – (She’s Got A Way) – Joshua was an early favorite of mine. I love his take on this tune and I think he felt the song deep down inside. He totally killed this song. So happy for him! Jennifer, I like you, but I think you’re wrong on this one.

Is it just me or do the judges overuse the words, “You’re one of the best singers in this competition” because they say it after every other performance?

Skylar Laine - (Shameless) – Huh? I assumed that Shameless was a Garth Brooks original. I had no idea until now that Billy Joel ever sang the song. Each time that Skylar sings I get the impression she is mad at somebody. She screams and screeches and I’d rather hear her just simply sing. I’m also kinda surprised that Tommy H. approved of the big honkin’ chandeliers hanging from her ears. Skylar better hope someone drops the ball tonight, or she might be sent home.

Elise Testone – (Vienna) – This is the first Billy Joel song I’m not familiar with, but it was a great match for Elise’s raspy voice. For the first time, I get why Elise is in the competition. I think she did a fine job tonight. Apparently the judges agree because they are on their feet.

Okay, P-Diddy is a trip. I don’t think Phil is feelin’ or heedin’ Diddy’s advice. Good for him.

Phil Phillips - (Movin’ Out) – I don’t think I’ve ever heard this one, either. Phil Philips (who names a kid Phillip Phillips, anyway?) is another of my favorites because he is versatile. He reminds me of Casey Abrams (remember the song he did with the stand-up bass?) from last season. Love, love, love his performance. That right there is why I love this show.

Hollie Cavanagh - (Honestly) – So, apparently I don’t know as many Billy Joel songs as I thought I did because I’ve never heard this one either. Tommy H. did a great job of “styling” Hollie because those pants are the bomb. I can’t put a finger on it, but a few of the notes sound like they are just a tad off. Hollie seems nervous and scared to be on that big stage.

HeeJun Han - (My Life) – First of all, McDaddy has maintained that HeeJun’s “glasses” don’t have lenses in them. I was hoping Tommy Hilfiger would call him out on it so we’d know once and for all. What the heck? He just stopped the piano player. So HeeJun has lost his darn mind right here on the Idol stage. I am hoping he leaves tonight because I don’t think he has even the slightest grasp on what this competition is all about. It aggravates me that Jeremy Rosado is gone and we’re still forced to watch this clown. Yes, I said clown.

Moving on.

Jessica Sanchez – (Everybody Has A Dream) – This is just a prediction. I predict that Jessica Sanchez will be standing on the stage in the finals. That girl can SANG. She is sharing her dream with us. Period.

Colton Dixon - (Piano Man) – That red piano (it is red, isn’t it?) makes me smile. I am of the opinion that the piano is the most beautiful instrument there is and Colton is making that thing sing. I’ve not been a huge fan of Colton’s in past weeks but he sold me tonight. Great job at the piano and great job singing. I suspect Billy Joel is sitting somewhere with a big smile on his face, too. Oh my word, he gave a testimony right on live television. And guess who’ll be voting for Colton tonight? And every other night.

Best of the Night: Colton, Jessica and Phil.

Going Home: HeyJun or whatever his name is.  

What say you?