Wednesday, January 16, 2008

JANUARY 16, 2008

Season 7 of the hit show on FOX kicked off last night with a few memorable contestants...

Angela Martin... whose daughter is two years old and in a wheelchair because of Rett Disease. She sang Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered"... she could be one to watch, although I couldn't see her winning the whole thing...

Kristy Lee Cook... the horse-raising, cage fighting, country-vibed girl from Oregon killed with "Amazing Grace"... but don't believe everything you see. Kristy was once signed to a record contract, and so she's been around a while. She since was dropped from her label, but does have a CD out, and this will be a second shot at stardom.

Jenot Joyner... sang Elton John's "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" and was featured for just a moment, but was very good.

Jose Candeleria... sang "Un-Break My Heart" in Spanish. Also very good, also on screen for just a minute.

And then... James Lewis... whose friends talked him into auditioning (some friends!)... He sang "Go Down Moses". If you saw it, I need say no more. If you didn't, he hit low notes that made the ground shake and not in a good way. He seemed to think it was his song selection that got him passed over... I think it was a little more than that. :)

Auditions continue tonight on FOX at 8 PM... they're in Dallas!

Everyone has those co-workers who will do whatever it takes... including selling YOU out... to get to the top. Check out these tips for how to handle them...

1) CONFRONT THEM FACE-TO-FACE. Don't be afraid to get up in their face and tell them that what they're doing isn't cool. Don't confront them over e-mail, though . . . because this could be used against you.

2) DON'T MAKE IT PERSONAL. Keep your confrontation as professional as possible... and keep your points entirely in the context of WORK. Even if you think this person is a total idiot outside of work, this isn't the time to bring it up.

3) PICK YOUR BATTLES. If they have a reputation of screwing over people at work, it's probably not even worth going into it... because chances are, your boss already knows.

4) COVER YOURSELF. If your co-worker is saying you don't work hard enough… make sure to copy EVERY important person in e-mails, voicemails and memos... so you can show proof of your hard work.