Wednesday, April 30, 2008

APRIL 30, 2008

There are three events this month that you can take part in for National Foster Care month.

Friday, May 2-- donate new or gently used pieces of luggage or duffle bags at 3628 Stockdale Highway. Many foster children do not have bags to transport their belongings, so this can really help. Get a 15% discount at Kohl's when you say "Dayton" or call 322-1021 to find out how to get a discount at Burlington Coat Factory.

Tuesday, May 6-- a portion of your purchase from 6-9 PM at Coldstone Creamery on Rosedale Highway will be donated to the Child Guidance Foster Family Agency.

Wednesday, May 14-- 10% of the payments for all haircuts at Silk Passages on 6300 White Lane will be donated to the Child Guidance Foster Family Agency. Call 834-6626 to make an appointment.

The American Idol Top 5 took on the tunes of Neil Diamond last night. The show was extremely rushed, and the biggest moment of the night had nothing to do with any of the contestants. It was planned that the group got to do a round of songs without comment before getting back onstage to sing a second before the judges.

However, Ryan Seacrest quickly asked the judges what they thought in between rounds, and Paula started commenting on Jason Castro's two songs.

Does that mean she was commenting on his dress rehearsal footage? Are her comments scripted? Was that fair to Jason who then sang his second song with a negative review already in his pocket?

Jason first did "Forever in Blue Jeans" and then tried his hand at "September Morn." Randy Jackson said, "That was just another just okay performance for me. Simon Cowell said, "This is not the Jason we put in the competition. You struggled through both songs."

Syesha Mercado brought out her big Broadway voice for "Hello Again," and followed it up with a funky gospel-infused version of "Thank the Lord for the Night Time." Randy said, "You have finally realized who you are. That was in the zone." Simon said, "You are a very good actress-singer. I think you may be in trouble tonight."

David Cook did "I'm Alive," and had his smoky rock voice in full force for "All I Ever Really Need Is You." Randy said, "I am huge fan because again you rocked the house." Paula said, "I am so proud of you. I feel like I am already looking at the 'American Idol.'" Simon said, "That was brilliant."

Brooke White first did stepped-up version of "I'm a Believer," and was at the piano for "I Am I Said." Randy said, "Nice job." Paula said, "Everyone loves who you are and it works." Simon said, "I really hated the first song, but this [second] is the Brooke that we like."

David Archuleta was in high melody mode for both "Sweet Caroline" and "America." Randy said, "You are in the zone. Another good performance." Paula said, "Your voice is so on point." Simon said of his second, "That was a smart choice of song."

On tonight's elimination show, Neil Diamond will perform "Amazing Grace," and Natasha Bedingfield will perform "Pocket Full of Sunshine."

Here's the official elimination prediction...
Bottom Two: Jason and Brooke
Out: Jason

We were right! Shannon Elizabeth was the odd dancer out during last night's Dancing With the Stars elimination show. In was a surprising turn of events, Cristian de la Fuente and Cheryl Burke, who drew the lowest scores on Monday night, were sent to safety. The injury Cristian suffered to his arm Monday is more serious than previously thought and will require surgery, which Cristian will have after the show. Despite a third-place finish Monday, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani placed in the bottom two after the fan vote. But while Shannon's expressive tango won her high praise from the judges, her second scored dance left the judges cold. Obviously fans agreed and Shannon and partner Derek Hough were voted off.

Have you ever thought it'd be cool to be relentlessly hounded by your own personal paparazzi photographer? Yeah, me neither... but apparently, some people have. And now... they can.

That's because paparazzi-for-hire services... which allow you to hire your own personal paparazzi... are popping up all over the country.

So what do you get when you hire paparazzi? Basically, a photographer will follow you around and take pictures of you as you go through your day... as if you were an actual celebrity.
At one personal paparazzi company, you can pay $250 to have four photographers follow you around for an hour and a half. For your money, they'll take pictures and shout questions at you about your personal life.

But if you're really looking to go all out, for $1,500 you can have six paparazzi follow you around and take your picture. They'll even provide actors to act as your "publicist" and "personal bodyguard"... just to make your experience that much more real.