Wednesday, April 4, 2007

APRIL 4, 2007

Last night the remaining 9 contestants of Season Six performed songs that Tony Bennett helped make famous. Seriously, how great are the classics? That’s what Julie and I were thinking last night as we watched the show… You have to love Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, don’t you?

I thought pretty much all the performances were good last night. No one really stunk up the joint last night, except maybe Sanjaya Malakar, but there were some performances better than others.

The best last night were Melinda Doolittle, Blake Lewis, and Jordin Sparks… I know the judges, well Simon, weren’t quite as high on Jordan as the other two, but I thought those three really stood out. Lakisha did well too, and I liked Gina Glocksen, although I can agree with Simon, she just isn’t as strong vocally as some of the other contestants.

Struggling a little last night were Sanjaya (again) and Phil Stacey. The judges didn’t care for Haley either, but I thought she did fine.

So, the official prediction is…that Phil, Haley, and Gina will be in the Bottom 3. I’d like to see Sanjaya there, but I don’t think he will be, and I certainly don’t think he’ll go home. Too many people are voting for him as a joke. It’s not just the critics anymore, there are die-hard Idol fans voting in protest. (I can’t believe I actually wrote that). When it’s all said and done, Phil will be eliminated. He was in the bottom last week, he performed too early, and got panned by the judges—basically, exactly what happened to Chris Sligh last week.

With that said, I’m going to throw out what may be a bit of a shocker. Although Lakisha does well from week to week, she seems to have lost some of her edge. Melinda finds a way to inject some personality into her performance every week, while I feel Lakisha is becoming Mandisa from last season. A great voice, but the same thing every week. Could Sanjaya make it farther than her? I don’t know if Lakisha will make the top three…

JD Roberto from American Idol Extra will join us at 7:20 tomorrow, so don’t miss it!

Save the date! May 5, CSUB Soccer Fields…

If you missed it on the morning show today, we had Krissy Cormier on from the Steering Committee of Relay For Life 2007. She shared how easy and how important it is to start a team for this year's Relay. Relay For Life is a 24 hour event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. You get some friends together, each try and raise $100, and each take a shift over the 24 hours to walk around the track.

I, too, am on the Steering Committee (on the stage and entertainment team) and I can honestly tell you that it's been a very rewarding experience. Everyone has been touched by cancer. Perhaps you have been diagnosed first hand. Every penny helps toward education, support, and of course, finding a cure. Bakersfield's RFL is the second largest in the WORLD, and last year raised well over $1 million.

If you need to start a team or join an existing one, click here.

Yep, I overslept today, but luckily made it in time for the show. It got us talking about alarm clocks. Everyone has one, and just about everyone has to hit the snooze button four or five times before they can get out of bed. So here are a few suggestions to optimize alarm clock effectiveness.

*Set the clock as far away from your bed as possible. If you don't have to get out of the bed physically, you probably won't.

*Get another alarm clock. Set two clocks to go off within 5 minutes of each other. The urgency of turning off two clocks should get you out of bed.

*Set the alarm to a radio station, because sometimes the buzzer is just too jarring, and can ruin your whole day.

Need an alternative? Some people have strange ways of tricking themselves into waking up in the morning.

*Drink lots of water.The more you drink, the more likely you will wake up in order to take care of some very urgent business.

*Will yourself to wake up. Some people seem to be able to set their biological clock to wake themselves up. This is more myth than truth.

*Get to bed early. Going to bed at 11 PM for students is the equivalent of adults going to bed at 8 PM. But it is a known fact that the sleep one gets before midnight is the most important.

After Monday's competitive night on Dancing With the Stars -- which featured a four-way tie for first and a three-way tie for sixth -- another couple was eliminated during last night's results show. Although hoops great Clyde Drexler had drawn the lowest judges' score, Leeza Gibbons and former Miss USA Shandi Finnessey found themselves under the red hot spotlight. Unfortunately, Shandi and partner Brian Fortuna's jive didn't jibe with the viewing audience and the pair will not be continuing. The remaining couples will dance either the Paso Doble or the waltz during next Monday night's Dancing With the Stars at 8 PM on ABC.

13% of Americans actually believe that some parts of the moon are made of cheese.