Archive for May, 2009

Octuplets: Nadya officially signs TV deal

May 31, 2009

Updated list of octuplet posts

May 31, 2009

According to US Magazine, it was a done deal as of Thursday. It is in conjunction with Eyeworks – the same company mentioned previously. Jeff Czech, Nadya’s lawyer doesn’t give much info other than it would be a “documentary series” and a “quasi-reality TV series”. Quasi-reality describes Nadya. Declined to state the specifics of the contract such as what she is getting paid and how long she signed for.

JEFF CZECH:

[Nadya and the producers] are hoping to have an arrangement whereby several events in the children’s lives would be filmed in a documentary series.

One of the events in the children’s lives might be their first birthday.

They might be several shows aired during a year. There are all kinds of possibilities. It really depends on what the networks want.

Her television program will not be like the Jon and Kate Plus 8 show.

[Nadya] is looking forward to providing her side of the story.

Adam Lambert, Idol Top 10 posts/videos

May 31, 2009

updated 12-7-10

Lambert

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American Idol

Taylor Hicks: “Seven Mile Breakdown”
Taylor Hicks: “Try a Little Tenderness
Taylor Hicks: “Dream Myself Awake
Taylor Hicks: You are so Beautiful
Fanasia Barrino: “Summertime”
Taylor Hicks on Chelsea Lately

Larry King with Ryan Seacrest:

May 22 – Paula Abdul in studio
American Idol winner Kris Allen
American Idol runner up Adam Lambert
Paula Abdul, Kris Allen, Adam Lanbert
Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta, Matt Giraud
Anoop Desai, Lil Rounds, Scott MacIntyre, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver

May 25 – Randy Jackson by phone
Top 10 Idols Part 1
Top 10 Idols Part 2
Top 10 Idols Part 3

June 12
20/20: Adam Lambert

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Adam & Kris : “We are the Champions” with Queen

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Adam Lambert

“Cryin’” by Aerosmith
“One” by U2
“Mad World” by Tears for Fears
Smokey Robinson’s “Tracks of my Tears”
Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”
Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come”

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“Thanks for supporting somebody a little weird” (Call in to Ellen Show – video)
Adam Lambert  & Queen? (FOX video)
Queen no Queen? (Part of Larry King interview)

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Adam Lambert named Young Hollywood Artist Of The Year

GMA: David Cook, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert (video)

GMA: Adam Lambert: “It’s not the last we’ve seen of Paula AbduL

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October 12

Snippet Adam Lambert “Time for Miracles” from soundtrack to “2012” (video)
Adam Lambert to perform at American Music Awards
Producer Rob Cavallo re: Adam Lambert’s CD (video)

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November 22

Lambert: pre/post AMA interviews (video)
Lambert: “I had fun” (video)

Lambert: GMA cancels – The Early Show books him

November 25

Early Show: Lambert re: AMAs (video/text)
Early Show: Lambert performs “Whataya Want From Me?” (video)
Early Show: Lambert’s mom Leila comments (video)
Early Show: Lambert answers fans’ questions (video/text)

CBS blurred Adam-keyboardist kiss but not Madonna-Britney’s

Letterman: “Whataya Want From Me?” (video)

December

Ellen Degeneres Show: interview (video)
Ellen Degeneres Show: “Whataya Want From Me?”

ABC cancels Lambert…again

Adam Lambert interview with Realite (video)

Adam Lambert to perform on SYTYCD finale

The View: Adam Lambert “Whataya Want From Me” (video)
The View: Adam Lambert “The dreidel spins the other way” (video)

SYTYCD finale: “Whataya Want From Me” (video)

Chelsea Lately: Adam Lambert (video)

January 2010

The Daily Noise with Bill Werde: Adam Lambert (video)

Adam Lambert to appear on Oprah

Video clip “Whataya Want From Me”

‘Whataya Want From Me’ full length  music video

Adam to be on Oprah today

Oprah: Adam Lambert “If I Had You” (video)

Oprah: Adam Lambert interview (video)

February 2010

Adam at the Grammys

Front Porch interviews Pt 1 & 2 (videos)

March 2010

Jay Leno: Adam Lambert “Sleepwalker” (video)

Adam Lambert message to fans in Japan (video)

April 2010

Lambert rocks American Idol – Whataya Want From Me (video)

December 2010

Lambert nominated for Grammy: “Whataya want From Me?”

(5-25) Larry King: Top 10 Idols Part 3

May 31, 2009

Adam Lambert & Top 10 posts/videos

Aired May 25th

This is their second appearance on Larry King–Ryan Seacrest sitting in. Top 10 interviewed together. Their first appearance was May 22nd. Follow link above for their individual segments. Paula Abdul was in one with Kris and Adam.

Transcript
PART 1
PART 2
PART 3

Part 3: Excited about tour, getting well compensated, not sure what show will be like, will Danny & Allison being a duo, Anoops want to act, Lil is asked if the judges take up too much of the show, Anoop and Kara conflict, Adam, Kris, Danny, Anoop & Scott found Kara helpful – especially in studio, group numbers, did they read about themselves on blogs, Adam found blogs helpful early on to see support – didn’t take nasty stuff personally, “Trouble” hard to sing, Megan on performing live, series of questions about whose the sloppiest etc, Adam most stylish, Anoop the brain, Kris finishes up with the “message” of the season: diversity and tolerance. Proven in reality — Kris and Adam were roommates and are genuinely close friends.

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SEACREST: There they are. Your Idol top ten group is here. The “American Idol’s” live tour kicks off and 50 cities. By the way, what do you know? What do you know about the tour? Do you know anything about it?

DESAI: Just that it’s going to be a fantastic experience. Yes. I was talking to David Cook and his family. And they just said, you know, pack underwear and socks, as many as you can, because you’re not going to be able to stop.

SEACREST: That is such profound advice.

DESAI: Yes. I know. That’s what I told him, too. I was really grateful for that. Just that it’s going to be a really intense experience, but really fun because I think we are all looking forward to the opportunity of performing without, you know, four people sitting in front of us.

SEACREST: Are there big numbers?

(CROSS TALK)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Going to be like the Idol show kicked up a notch. More lights, more everything, more people. I cannot wait.

SEACREST: Don’t forget the name of the city you are in. Have you ever been to a concert and someone comes out and they’re like, hello, Nashville? Ugh.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Good advice.

SEACREST: The viewer questions here. Let’s see. Danny and Allison, will you guys be doing a duet on the tour?

GOKEY: I wouldn’t mind.

IRAHETA: I wouldn’t mind either.

SEACREST: So that’s a yes.

GOKEY: Can you imagine two super like soulful voices?

IRAHETA: We were talking about.

GOKEY: Our voices have a vocal punch to them.

IRAHETA: How we both sort of sound like guys.

SEACREST: Danny admitted to that?

GOKEY: Thanks, Ryan. One more time.

IRAHETA: Anyways.

SEACREST: What’s the perfect song for you two?

IRAHETA: I don’t know. No! Not — what?

GOKEY: Soul — very soulish, soul/rock song, because we both have a lot of soul in us.

IRAHETA: Do you want to do “Dream On?”

GOKEY: No. I want her to show me the scream at the end maybe.

SEACREST: Allison has an amazing voice. Incredible, your voice, the power in your voice.

GOKEY: I’m a fan.

SEACREST: Here’s a Tweet. Do you guys earn money during the “American Idol” tour? Is that how you pay them?

ALLEN: No. We’re doing it for free.

SEACREST: All right. Now, how much?

ALLEN: It’s nice. It’s very, very generous.

SEACREST: Everybody getting paid the same?

(CROSS TALK)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Matt negotiated.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I made the rate.

SEACREST: During the show, as well. This is news. So you do get paid. It is a good gig. And what happens after the tour? You don’t know?

(CROSS TALK)

SEACREST: You may or may not be on your own at that point.

GOKEY: Everything’s in limbo right now. Right now, we are just waiting to see what they’re going to do, because we’re — really that’s what we’re waiting on, waiting on them.

SEACREST: Do you make anything from iTune sales?

GOKEY: Yes.

ALLEN: Absolutely.

SEACREST: Write down the number. Anoop, blog question. Do you have any interest in acting?

DESAI: You know, it’s something that I — I did when I was in high school and stuff like that. I mean, I — I would love to. But, you know, my music is first, I mean, in my mind. I’m a singer first. And, you know, I would love to experiment with stuff. I mean, that’s –

SEACREST: Sounds like you’re losing your southern accent.

DESAI: I didn’t know I had one.

GOKEY: You had an accent?

IRAHETA: He never had one.

SEACREST: Just like it comes in and out.

DESAI: It comes out when I meet people from North Carolina and then it –

(CROSS TALK)

SEACREST: We’re back in 60 seconds with more of your questions here on LARRY KING LIVE.

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SEACREST: We are back. Your “American Idol” exclusive here with the top ten and your questions. Let’s see. Another Tweet for the group. Do you think the judges are too much of the focus on “American Idol?” Lil Rounds.

ROUNDS: Too much of the focus? I think that they play a good role, as far as, you know, they do take a bit of focus. But I don’t think not as much as the contestants. I mean, of course, it is still about who’s on there. It is about the talent. It’s about what you are doing.

And the judges, they give they critiques. They give — they think you did a good job or not. And I think America does listen to them. But I don’t think they get all of the focus, no.

SEACREST: Kris, did it bother you when sometimes you looked down and you see the judges trying to strangle each other and push each other and tease each other?

ALLEN: Sometimes I don’t feel like they’re paying attention enough. For the most part –

SEACREST: Do you see that when you’re singing?

ALLEN: When I’m singing. I think, for me, personally, when I’m singing, I don’t see a thing. I’m focused in on what I’m trying to do and I get lost in when’s going on.

SEACREST: Did you dread hearing from any of the judges at any point, Adam? Probably not you. But was there one that you felt like you didn’t connect with as much as the others?

LAMBERT: Well, I mean Simon’s always the one you’re like, did he like it? With the others, I could tell on their faces what was coming.

SEACREST: Yes.

LAMBERT: With Simon, he always likes to keep you guessing.

SEACREST: Yes. He like it is suspense. Anoop, there was a point during the season, I recall, where you and ara had a bit of friction. There was a moment there. What happened?

DESAI: Yes. Well, it was after I sang “Caught Up.” And she said something — she was, it seemed like your frat friends dared you to get on stage and sing that. And then I saw a camera in front of my four friends that were there, one of whom is an accountant, one of whom is a consultant, a doctoral student in music, and one is going into PR.

And I thought it was an unfair characterization of me and my friends to say that — I mean, I was never in a frat to begin with.

SEACREST: You took it personally?

DESAI: I mean, you know, I can deal with that. We got into this process and know we’re in the spotlight. And I can deal with people saying things to me. But when, you know, you bring my friends into — I was a little, you know, annoyed at that. But we — Cara and I talked through it. It’s fine. We have a fine relationship.

SEACREST: A fine relationship. Always such the perfect word to describe. ‘It’s fine.’ ‘You look fine.’

LAMBERT: I want to say something real quick about Kara. We haven’t really covered it. We got to work with her in the studio. And she is absolutely incredible, very creative, very, very giving person. And I don’t know. I think she is a little bit unfairly judged in like the press and stuff. I don’t know why everybody was so hard on her.

ALLEN: She’s great.

LAMBERT: I think her critiques were most of the time spot on. She had really good advice. I don’t understand why everybody was so hard on her.

SEACREST: I think it’s just there is somebody new and different, it takes a second to get a thought. What people should know, and if you don’t, this woman has been a part of hugely successful songs, hit records with big talents and has an amazing ability to, what you are saying, sit down and really understand an artist, bring out the best in an artist.

She’s done it with a lot of people that we know. I can’t remember who she’s working with.

LAMBERT: She’s worked with Pink, Christina.

(CROSS TALK)

MACINTYRE: I was so excited to when she came on the show, because, you know, I kind of thought in the back of my head, because I’m a songwriter, it would be really cool to meet this person. And she brings a whole element that the other judges don’t really touch on. She is always saying with the right song, you could do that. She looks at it from an industry perspective.

SEACREST: Unless she gives you a negative critique. And then we actually feel a little bit differently that week. Right? Unless she grills you on the air.

DESAI: She is a genuine — you know? she’ll — even if she gives you a negative critique –

SEACREST: Would you ever date her?

DESAI: Would I ever. She went to Duke, so –

SEACREST: We’ll be back with the Idols. Stay here.

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SEACREST: Oh, to watch the group numbers. Back with the top ten on “American Idol.” I think some weeks they were more enthused than other weeks about those group numbers. Would that be accurate?

GROUP: Yes.

MACINTYRE: That one was actually one of our favorites.

SEACREST: Was it? Why?

MACINTYRE: It was a great song. We had fun singing it.

SEACREST: Of course. That flat-top footage of randy in Journey. Before we get back to viewer questions, a lot of buzz about the show. Once you’re in, it’s on the radar. There are websites and blogs, some positive, some negative. How much does that affect you when you’re a contestant on the show? Do you pay attention to it? Michael?

SARVER: I think it’s actually up to you as an individual how much it affects you.

SEACREST: Did you? Did you read it?

SARVER: It didn’t affect me much because I kept my nose out of it. You know, there’s plenty of things for us to do in a day’s time on “American Idol.” To sit around and look at that, it’s up to you. So if it affects you –

SEACREST: There’s got to be a voice in your head that says, I want to know.

SARVER: Absolutely. I’m wondering all the time. I only looked at the fan ones. I didn’t want anything to do with the negative ones.

(CROSS TALK)

SEACREST: How about Kris and Adam, you guys competing in the finale? It’s a hugely, highly rated show, average 28 million people, two hours of television. You’re under the microscope. How much of the headlines did you read, the blogging did you read, Kris?

ALLEN: I really tried to keep my nose out of it, especially the past — or the final whatever.

LAMBERT: Yes.

ALLEN: Because I was, like, I don’t want anything to mess me up. I’m not going to lie. I probably read some things.

SEACREST: Did you take it personally, Adam?

LAMBERT: No. I kind of checked out what people were saying early on, because I wanted to see what the response was. It actually helped me a little bit. It gave me a sense of, oh, there’s support out there. People are liking what I’m doing.

I hate to say it, but there’s a lot of negative stuff, too. I don’t take it personally. We’re in this business and it comes with the territory.

SEACREST: When they stop talking about you, you’ve got a problem.

LAMBERT: Exactly.

SEACREST: Another viewer question. This is good, is there a song that you would ban from Idol if you could? Is there something that sticks out? This is the worst song for us to have to sing in the competition?

LAMBERT: “Trouble” during hero week.

SEACREST: Why? Why is that a bad one?

LAMBERT: There were so many words. We were, like –

SEACREST: A lot of lyrics. It’s risky because you might, what, stumble, forget them?

SARVER: It’s hard to sing and spell at the same time.

GIRAUD: Some of the songs were so cool with one person singing them. And with, like, 13 people singing them, there’s no way you can make it cool.

SEACREST: Allison, how about for you? Was there something that you cringed when you thought about or heard or wanted to avoid?

IRAHETA: Yes. I mean, I’ve got to agree with “Trouble.” I think there was a point of the song where the camera was right on me and I was, like — screwed up. It was trouble. It was terrible.

SEACREST: In that — see, I’m always impressed, though, with each year, especially you guys, the contestants, you may stumble in rehearsal. You may completely blank out in rehearsal. And generally speaking, when you get on the air, in show mode, and you get there. Somehow you just get there. What happens when you get into that live show, Megan?

JOY: I don’t know. It’s kind of — I mean, you can’t even describe. Just something comes over you. And you just do it. And then all of a sudden you come out of it. You’re, like, whoa, whoa, what did I just do?

SEACREST: Have any of you been in a song, and you’re thinking, oh, god, here comes the hard part. Oh, I got through it. You’re still — half of your brain is saying that and the other half is still moving?

MACINTYRE: Yes. At a certain point, you have to just let go and hope that it comes out OK. But I’ve actually — I’ve — you know, when I used to play classical piano, I have actually fallen asleep playing a song before. I was day dreaming and then I wake up. Did I already do that part?

SEACREST: You just kind of –

MACINTYRE: There’s something that kind of takes over sometimes. SARVER: For me, you know, there’s a certain point in the evening when we’re fixing to go on where I just let it go. I quit thinking about the lyrics. I quit trying to remember them and sing them to myself. There’s got to be a time when you let go of that. Right.

SEACREST: When you just relax, and you can get there.

MACINTYRE: You think about the emotion.

SEACREST: We’ll be back with more emotion, the top ten on LARRY KING LIVE, after this.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

SEACREST: The results are in. And America, you have chosen your top ten. Here they are. They’re going out on tour, 50 cities. So check them out in your town. Last year LARRY KING LIVE did class superlatives for the other Idols for that group, for that class. So we should do them for this group, the new group of 2009. Who would be the class clown in this group?

GOKEY: Matt G.

(CROSS TALK)

GIRAUD: I’m a silly dude. There’s a couple of us.

SEACREST: Class flirt?

IRAHETA: Matt.

GIRAUD: I’m going to take all the awards.

SEACREST: That’s why he clowns. I got you.

SEACREST: Most stylish?

GIRAUD: Adam Lambert.

(CROSSTALK)

SEACREST: How do you choose which fingers to paint?

LAMBERT: I just started scraping them off when I was fidgeting.

SEACREST: Who’s the class brain?

CROWD: Anoop.

SEACREST: He doesn’t argue that. Who is the class rebel?

(CROSSTALK)

SEACREST: Ah, yes. What was the cuckooing that week?

ROUNDS: She said, I don’t really care.

LAMBERT: That’s so cool.

SEACREST: Most likely to run for political office. Who would that be?

GOKEY: Anoop.

SEACREST: Anoop again.

DESAI: I’d like to.

SEACREST: Who would be voted the prom king and queen?

JOY: Lil and Kris.

IRAHETA: Lil and Kris.

SEACREST: That’s a cute couple. Except they are both, I think, are taken.

(CROSSTALK)

SEACREST: Let’s see. Final thought here. What do you think was the message of this season? Was there a theme when you sum up this season? Kris, I’ll give it to you.

ALLEN: I think, seriously, like, we are really all different. And we have gotten along, like, amazingly. And so I seriously think that’s a theme. You know, and society is dealing with weird stuff like that right now, you know. And you know, we need to pull together as a society.

SEACREST: So this should be an example?

ALLEN: Yes.

GIRAUD: Diversity.

SEACREST: You have been terrific. I’m proud of you, really proud of you. Congratulations. It’s been a pleasure to have worked with you.

IRAHETA: Love you, Ryan.

SEACREST: We’ll see you. Sorry to put you through those results shows, too.

ROUNDS: Oh, my god.

SEACREST: I know it’s painful. The full hour. Thanks for joining us and thank you, Mr. Larry King, my friend, for letting me sit in tonight. More news now on CNN.

(5-25) Larry King: Top 10 Idols Part 2

May 31, 2009

Adam Lambert, Top 10 – posts/videos

Aired May 25th

This is their second appearance on Larry King–Ryan Seacrest sitting in. Top 10 interviewed together + Randy Jackson calls in by phone. Their first appearance was May 22nd. Follow link above for their individual segments. Paula Abdul was in one with Kris and Adam.

Transcript
PART 1
PART 2
PART 3

Part 2: The first part is the missing section of video. Scroll down for the video. Randy on the future of the show – will Simon be back? “Heartless” turning point for Kris, Kris hasn’t heard from Kayne West personally – just that he liked it, “No Boundaries”  – what it’s about and how how hard it is to sing, know three themes at a time, Matt on song choice, Michael Sarver what they did when they picked the same song, Scott on his visual impairment – could feel the difference on the stage through his feet, thanks others for their help.

Video: “fabulous Adam”, his hair, gets inspiration from “eccentric” creative friends, Lil Rounds probably going back to Memphis to record, record deals, they are getting a cut of their iTunes downloads, Queen asked Adam to sing with them “here and there” – waiting to see what happens with tour – wants to make album “new” music, Scott, Matt & Allison on their music.

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SEACREST: We’re back with your “American Idol” special — your questions for the top 10. And Lambert critiquing himself with that last note.

LAMBERT: I sang the wrong thing. And I was singing the harmony that was above it that the background singers were singing.

SEACREST: You finessed so well. And then…

(LAUGHTER)

LAMBERT: I just — I was singing the wrong notes.

SEACREST: Randy Jackson on the phone.

Did you — did you hear a bum note there, Randy?

JACKSON: Yes. But, see, at least he knew what it was. I love that Adam (INAUDIBLE)…

SEACREST: But he (INAUDIBLE) within the first second when he got there, right?

Hey, Randy, I want to ask you about the future of the show. A lot of buzz about what’s going to happen on “American Idol” — the judging panel, will Simon stay, will Simon go?

What has he said to you?

What do you think is going to happen?

What do you want to see happen?

JACKSON: Listen, I think we’ll all definitely be back for next season and it’s going to be just a great, amazing crazy, wild season again, hopefully.

And, you know, the future, who knows?

I mean, you know, the future — we’ll see, Rye.

I think, you know, Ryan, is your contract up next year?

SEACREST: Yes.

(LAUGHTER)

SEACREST: Can the show be successful without Simon?

JACKSON: You know, listen, I mean that’s a — that’s a very, very tough question. I mean, you know — I’d like to think that, organically, how the show grew is why it’s so successful. I think if we all say we knew before the time that it happened, we’re probably not really telling the complete truth.

So we organically are blessed with this great vehicle — all these kids that you’re talking to right now. And I think — look, I don’t know. I don’t know what show will be without him. I don’t know, because he’s a big part of it. That’s why I signed on in the beginning, because of him.

So I mean, I don’t really know. It can still go on. I don’t know if it will be as successful as it was.

SEACREST: But you call it everybody back for next season, right?

Yes?

JACKSON: Dude, come on, Rye.

Let’s rock the house, baby.

What?

SEACREST: You are a terrific guy, a dear friend. We’ll talk to you — I’ll call you later, all right?

JACKSON: Guys, I love you. I’ll see you on tour, man. Continued success. Great look Holler at me. Let’s get in the studio and make some music.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you.

(CROSSTALK)

SEACREST: We’re going to holler at you after this break.

More of your questions.

Holler, after this.

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SEACREST: That is your “Idol” exclusive — the top 10 here answering your questions.

That was Kris Allen, the winner of “American Idol,” doing “Heartless.” Some say that was a — or a lot of people, including, I think, you — say that was a turning point for you.

ALLEN: Yes, I feel like it was. Absolutely.

SEACREST: And what did you think when Randy — I remember that night Randy said it was better, in his opinion, than the original and better than The Fray.

ALLEN: Yes.

SEACREST: Another band who did a cover of that song. He said it was better that that, too.

ALLEN: I was like, oh, gosh, I hope Kanye is not mad at me.

(LAUGHTER)

SEACREST: But just the fact that you would know Kanye is kind of a cool thing, right?

ALLEN: No, I don’t know Kanye.

SEACREST: Did you hear — did you hear from Kanye?

ALLEN: I haven’t heard from him personally, but I have heard that he did like it, so that’s really cool.

SEACREST: All right. We appreciate all your questions via Twitter and also online and Facebook.

Let’s go to this one. The winner’s single, “No Boundaries” — this is a viewer question. It was co-written by Kara DioGuardi. What were the challenges of the song?

We’ll start with you, Kris.

ALLEN: It’s hard to sing. It’s — you know, it like stays up in the upper register for a long time and it’s hard to breathe. And Adam and I talking about it a lot.

SEACREST: (INAUDIBLE) any words in?

LAMBERT: There’s a lot of words.

ALLEN: A lot of words.

LAMBERT: A lot of words to the song. A lot of words.

ALLEN: It’s — there’s a lot of words. And I think I even — I think I even forgot the words on the show. I don’t know if it was caught or not, but I think I did. And so…

SEACREST: In that moment, do you feel a flash of heat down your spine, when you for — when you forget something on national television and you’re being judged?

ALLEN: I don’t — I think I did it and I was like, OK. And then I just kept on singing so I couldn’t…

(CROSSTALK)

LAMBERT: Yes. I forgot the words during dress rehearsal and I got really flustered.

ALLEN: Yes.

LAMBERT: And I was like, oh, God, I hope this doesn’t happen later.

SEACREST: And, lyrically, what do you think about the song?

ALLEN: It’s got a good message.

SEACREST: Yes?

ALLEN: You know, it — it’s talking about the mountains and the hurricanes and — but, you know…

(LAUGHTER)

ALLEN: It’s — it’s — it is (INAUDIBLE)…

SEACREST: Adam, a mountain lover?

LAMBERT: I love climbing mountains.

SEACREST: Yes?

(LAUGHTER)

LAMBERT: I climb every mountain and I cross every stream.

SEACREST: This…

(CROSSTALK)

SEACREST: This question is via CNN’s Facebook page for any of the “Idol” finalists: “How far in advance do you know the theme for a week?”

Anoop?

DESAI: We — it — it really depends. We normally got about three themes at a time. But, you know, we were so focused on what we were doing that week that, you know, sometimes when we picked what song we were doing, the Thursday after, you know, the previous week.

So it was — you know, we, on a normal week, maybe four or five days to prepare a song for — for that week.

SEACREST: And, Matt, the song can make or break you. Give us some insight in terms of how you go about picking it and when you go back and forth. It’s tough to make a decision sometimes.

GIRAUD: Yes. You know, before this I was a dueling piano player, as you know. And I know tons of songs. So it was kind of hard to, like, really — which one is good for you?

I can do tons of songs, but which one can I do that makes me, you know, sound good or perform well?

Because some songs just don’t do anything for your vocals. So, you know, some people knew exactly what they wanted to do every week. But some people — I think like me and Danny, I think the Song Clear — like the Clear Song people, or whatever they’re called — they were like chasing around for song choices.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, no.

GIRAUD: And we were like, no, I don’t want to pick yet. I don’t want to pick.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That’s right.

GIRAUD: I would tell her songs to clear that I didn’t even really want to do.

(LAUGHTER)

SEACREST: What happens when somebody gets your favorite?

There’s a song that you want and somebody else gets it?

How — how does that work, Michael?

SARVER: Oh, we draw out of a box.

SEACREST: Is that right?

SARVER: Yes. And we — it’s from blank pieces of paper and one piece of paper has the title of the song. And whoever gets it keeps it.

SEACREST: And that’s it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I know how that feels.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It’s brutal.

SEACREST: I know how…

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Right, Danny?

SARVER: I actually know how it feels to win three times.

(LAUGHTER)

SARVER: Three times.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was…

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Come rain or come shine.

(CROSSTALK)

SEACREST: What’s the beef here?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Huh?

SEACREST: What’s the…

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No beef.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No beef — there’s no beef.

SEACREST: Well, you could have fooled us.

(LAUGHTER)

SARVER: The two 23-year-olds pianists kept taking the mike.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, I can imagine.

SARVER: They would always pick the same songs.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: People think so small.

(CROSSTALK)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was funny.

SEACREST: For those who don’t know, Scott is visually impaired.

Scott, how — how — can you see anything?

What can you see?

MACINTYRE: I can…

SEACREST: (INAUDIBLE)?

MACINTYRE: When I’m facing toward you right — right now, I can only see like a little tiny part of your face — and because it’s good lighting. So I only see — I can’t really see much detail from this distance, but I can kind of see a little part of your nose or your forehead.

SEACREST: Right. Well, I’m 6’10,” 240 and I used to play ball.

MACINTYRE: Yes.

(CROSSTALK)

SEACREST: Let’s scrimmage.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh my gosh.

MACINTYRE: You know, but it’s crazy.

SEACREST: But, seriously, how difficult was it for you being on the show?

MACINTYRE: It’s — it’s pretty — it’s pretty weird sometimes, because as soon as, you know, the lights are shining in my eyes and everything, I have no visual reference whatsoever. So, actually, you know, some — a lot of the people don’t know, I would run to the — you know, the edge of their — just jump a little forward to the edge of the stage during some of the…

SEACREST: Well, I mean…

MACINTYRE: …the group numbers.

SEACREST: But let me be honest…

MACINTYRE: And…

SEACREST: …were you ever worried about walking off the edge of the stage?

MACINTYRE: Well, it didn’t happen yet, so I’m…

(LAUGHTER)

MACINTYRE: You know, and they’ve been great about helping me around. But, honestly, there’s a little — there’s a little grid where the floor monitors are so we can hear what we’re singing, right at the edge of the stage.

SEACREST: Yes.

MACINTYRE: And I could feel the difference with my feet. And all — you know, a lot of these guys did a great job of — of, you know, offering to help me around during those. And we built a lot of that it into the choreography. So it really was definitely an adventure. But it worked out well.

SEACREST: The adventure here continues with your questions here on LARRY KING LIVE after this break.

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SEACREST: I mean, it looks like the cast of a scripted show there. “American Idol’s” live tour hitting 50 cities across the country. You have to support this top ten. They earned a lot of peoples’ votes over the course of our season.

Back now with your questions on LARRY KING LIVE. Let’s see. How about this one? From the blog, Adam, “how did you get to be so fabulous?”

LAMBERT: I don’t know exactly what that means.

ALLEN: I was born that way.

LAMBERT: No. I was not born fabulous at all.

SEACREST: You looked very different in high school.

LAMBERT: Yes. My 20s here in L.A. have been an eye-opening experience. I have a lot of eccentric friends and I know a lot of artists and designers and people that inspire me. And that’s kind of where I get my ideas from.

SEACREST: How often a week do you have to darken your hair?

LAMBERT: It’s not weekly. A couple of times — maybe once or twice a month.

SEACREST: Monthly. For Lil Rounds here, will you return to Memphis after the tour? Or do you plan to move in order to pursue your music career?

ROUNDS: I believe that I will go back home, go back to Memphis after the tour. And if I do come back out to California, I have a family and I’ve heard and I’ve seen that they’re a bit more expensive out here than in Memphis. So, you know, I just want to make sure that I’ll be able to afford coming back out to California.

SEACREST: That’s a good thing to think through.

ROUNDS: Yes.

SEACREST: All right. Here’s a question we got from viewers. Albums, who’s got record deals? Who’s got album plans? I know Kris did.

ALLEN: Yes.

SEACREST: Scott, what were you going to say?

MACINTYRE: I was going to say, obviously Kris does. But I think for me I’m already — you know, a lot of that — we can’t discuss yet because they will lock in soon or during or after the tour. But — and a number of things can happen that we’re talking about. But for me, I’ve started conceptualizing it.

SEACREST: Do you have a deal?

MACINTYRE: Well, we are all signed to, you know, 19 right now.

SEACREST: Nineteen is the management company.

MACINTYRE: And the record deal for all of our singles on iTunes. And as soon as that goes away, they either keep some of us on or we go out of the deal. And they facilitate a lot of other stuff and just kind of — we have to talk through that.

SEACREST: So politically correct. I love it.

MACINTYRE: But I have — I have plans. I’m not going anywhere.

SEACREST: Yes. Not going anywhere. Adam, being the runner up, how about for you?

LAMBERT: We are working it out right now. It looks good.

SEACREST: What do you want to do?

LAMBERT: I want to do an album. That’s my first goal. I don’t know, something kind of, you know, pop, rock. Like an electronic production kind of edge to it. Something kind of new. I want to do something different.

SEACREST: Any truth to the rumor that Queen offered you the gig as lead singer?

LAMBERT: I think that they were interested in maybe me coming out and joining them here and there.

SEACREST: They had a conversation with you?

LAMBERT: Yes.

SEACREST: They did?

LAMBERT: Yes, yes.

SEACREST: What did you say?

LAMBERT: You know, obviously, we have to work it all out.

SEACREST: Look at me. Look at me.

LAMBERT: There’s a lot —

SEACREST: What did you say when they said, do you want to be the lead singer of Queen?

LAMBERT: They didn’t say do you want to be the lead singer of Queen. They said, would you like to come out — yes, of course, that would be amazing. They said, we would love to see you out and come out with us and sing with us.

SEACREST: You said, yes?

LAMBERT: I said I would love to, yes.

SEACREST: How do you do that with the Idols’ Live tour?

LAMBERT: That’s exactly why I’m kind of hemming and hawing for an answer here, because I’m not sure exactly how that would work.

GIRAUD: They asked me too. I said I would think about it.

SEACREST: What kind of record are you going to make, Matt? Have you thought it through?

GIRAUD: I’d like to get back to piano, a band around me. I imagine myself, you know, doing some rock, some soul stuff and just getting back to performing. I can’t wait to get back on the road and gig like that. I want to make a good album. I’m talking to a lot of people that I’ve met about writing songs together and — people out there.

SEACREST: Well-known names?

GIRAUD: Yes.

SEACREST: Give us one.

GIRAUD: I can’t do that yet. Come on. I can’t give it all away. I can’t give it all away. I’m just talking right now. It’s the time right after the show pushing you out of the nest a little bit. Like, what do I do now?

SEACREST: Allison, you are in school right now. You have to have a tutor every day, right, for school? You will be on the Idols’ live tour. How will your day be different than the others? Do you know?

IRAHETA: Well, I mean, I don’t know how tour’s going to be yet. I mean, it’s obviously going to be crazy. But all I know is that it’s probably going to be like — it’s going to be probably the same as when we were in the show as to like — all right, Allison, you have to wake up at 7:00 a.m. You guys have to wake up at 10:00 a.m. See you guys later.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We’d all give her a little —

IRAHETA: Here’s the thing. Here’s the thing. Here’s the cruel thing for me, when they did — they would be like, all right, rehearsal. They would be like — I was like, see you, guys. I’m in school.

LAMBERT: Bye, guys. See you next week.

IRAHETA: Hey, what did I say, I didn’t want to look like an idiot in this thing.

SEACREST: We are going to come back. More LARRY KING LIVE. The Idol special continues with your questions after this break.

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(5-25) Larry King: Top 10 Idols Part 1

May 31, 2009

Adam Lambert, Top 10 American Idol – posts/videos

Aired May 25, 2009

This is their second appearance on Larry King–Ryan Seacrest sitting in. Top 10 interviewed together + Randy Jackson calls in by phone. Their first appearance was May 22nd. Follow link above for their individual segments. Paula Abdul was in one with Kris and Adam.

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PART 1
PART 2
PART 3

Part 1: Treating Kris any differently, competitive with each other, Danny overanalyzes things, living in a mansion, all of them don’t like to clean – prefer to be cleaned up after, Adams use of hair products compared to Kris (they were roommates), hardest genre for Chris and Lil Rounds, Megan Joy admits Motown week was bad.

RANDY JACKSON on the phone talks about what a talented season it was – thinks all 10 have a chance at doing well, critiquing for their own good, liked the tweets and the judges’ save, Danny liked Kara’s help, Scott about critiques, which Randy says it’s for their own good.

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RYAN SEACREST, GUEST HOST: Tonight, “American Idol” exclusive — Kris, Adam and the rest answer your questions.

What were their biggest challenges?

Are they already rich?

Who sings in the shower?

Do they read about themselves online?

The “American Idol” contestants as you’ve never seen and heard them before — until now. It’s a “American Idol” exclusive your way.

This is LARRY KING LIVE.

Good evening.

I’m Ryan Seacrest in for Larry King.

We’ve got our “American Idol” exclusive — the top 10 answering your questions here in Hollywood.

We’re joined by “American Idol” winner Kris Allen; runner-up, Adam Lambert; Danny Gokey; Allison Iraheta; Matt Giraud, Anoop Desai, Lil Rounds, Scott MacIntyre, Meghan Joy and Michael Sarver.

Did I get you all?

(CROSSTALK)

SEACREST: Got it.

By the way, the American Idol Live Tour kicks off July 5th. It’s going to kick off at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. The top 10 contestants from season eight will be there doing it all live for you — 50 cities across the country.

Kris, are you ready for the tour with the whole group?

KRIS ALLEN, WINNER, “AMERICAN IDOL”: Yes. It’s going to be — like I’ve been saying for a long time, it’s going to be a blast.

SEACREST: It will be.

But let’s take a look at that winning moment one more time.

(video clip)

Your “American Idol,” Kris Allen.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: After the nationwide vote of nearly 100 million, the winner of “American Idol” 2009 is Kris Allen.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

SEACREST: What has the group said to you now that you’re the winner?

Have they changed?

Has the dynamic changed (INAUDIBLE)?

ALLEN: Yes. They don’t talk to me anymore.

(LAUGHTER)

(CROSSTALK)

KRIS: Like, oh, we can’t talk to you.

(CROSSTALK)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.

ALLEN: They still treat me the same. Maybe a little bit different.

SEACREST: And do you treat them the same?

ALLEN: Yes, absolutely.

SEACREST: All right. So LARRY KING LIVE asked “Idol” viewers — you guys watching — fans, some questions for the entire top 10.

How do we get them?

CNN.com/larryking. We got them through Twitter, kingsthings and the CNN Facebook page.

We’ll ask the questions throughout the entire hour. So let’s have some fun here. A blog question for the group — were you more competitive with each other at the beginning of the show or as the season progressed?

Adam?

ADAM LAMBERT, RUNNER-UP, “AMERICAN IDOL”: I think — I actually think the beginning felt more competitive for me because that’s when we were trying to define ourselves on the show. And then as it — as it continues, it’s like your fan base builds and you get more support behind you. So I think it becomes less about your actual performance and more about just staying consistent.

SEACREST: Allison, what do you think?

ALLISON IRAHETA, FINALIST, “AMERICAN IDOL”: Yes, I definitely agree with that. You know, it was more like that in the beginning, I guess because I didn’t really know anyone and I was just like — I was already having like issues with myself. So I was like, oh my gosh, I — I’ve got do good and better than this dude and Danny Gokey and you know…

(LAUGHTER)

IRAHETA: I’m just joking.

SEACREST: I mean (INAUDIBLE) seem to me as one of the most competitive of all of you.

What about for you, Danny?

DANNY GOKEY, FINALIST, “AMERICAN IDOL”: Yes, in the beginning I think — I think everyone’s (INAUDIBLE) because you don’t anybody. When you build relationships, you start to leave the competitive side behind. But then you start competing with yourself. And, you know, I think — you know, I had to compete with my own self every time I was on that stage because I was always…

SEACREST: Yes. I feel like you give yourself a hard time.

GOKEY: Yes. If you guys — everyone who knows me, I analyze things and that’s my…

SEACREST: Overanalyze things.

GOKEY: Yes, that’s what I’m saying, overanalyze. And I go through things in my head so many times that I tend to destroy what I started so freshly, you know?

(LAUGHTER)

GOKEY: And it’s — it’s been a weakness. But I think, hopefully, I can steer it in the right direction and start making good things happen.

SEACREST: And make it productive.

All right. This question was Tweeted to kingsthings: “What was it really like living in that mansion together?

Do you really hang out with each other?”

Let’s see, Matt.

MATT GIRAUD, FINALIST, “AMERICAN IDOL”: Yes?

SEACREST: What was it like living in that mansion?

GIRAUD: We — we, actually, I think we only really liked it like in the first week or two.

(LAUGHTER)

GIRAUD: And I think that after a while it was like we’ve got — wasn’t it like we kind of missed the room service and people cleaning up after you at the hotels?

(LAUGHTER)

SCOTT MACINTYRE: I missed the room service, you know?

And honestly, like…

SEACREST: (INAUDIBLE) clear, there’s room service in the mansion?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.

(CROSSTALK)

ADAM: There was no room service in the mansion.

SEACREST: All right.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know, but — yes.

GIRAUD: It was cool. We actually did hang out together. And — in the kitchen.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, a lot of time in the kitchen. It was like the…

(CROSSTALK)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was like the gathering space. We would just like…

ALISON: We’d meet up.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: …jump on the counter and lay down…

GIRAUD: Like, yo dude, what’s up?

(LAUGHTER)

SEACREST: Michael, how about for you?

I mean we saw footage of your home — where you used to live. Slightly — about the size of a bedroom in the mansion.

What was it like for you?

MICHAEL SARVER, FINALIST, “AMERICAN IDOL”: You know, personally, I prefer the smaller house. I’m looking for the four — five bedroom with a lot of family in it versus — it’s — It was so big, big enough to have its own zip code, really. And I mean it was huge. But it almost, at times, felt empty until, of course, we made it to the kitchen when it all came together.

SEACREST: Who was the sloppiest?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.

(LAUGHTER)

DESAI: Danny — Danny — Danny and me were roommates.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, that (INAUDIBLE) was bad, dude.

(CROSSTALK)

DANEY: OK. Hold up. We had the smallest room, though, I think, the (INAUDIBLE). It helps — it kind of helps when you have the small room and all our stuff is in there and…

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That’s why everything was piled up on (INAUDIBLE).

GOKEY: And the fact that didn’t clean our — clean up after.

SEACREST: I want to know, then, what was the most awkward conversation between the two of you once you had to be — you’re living in that shoe box, that — your bedroom in a huge mansion. But you’re in close quarters as roommates.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right.

DESAI: Well, I remember having a conversation like — because we had — we had sort of like a cleaning service come in, I guess, once every week or something like that. And they would — and they would clean our room. And then less than 24 hours later, there was just every — things everywhere. Like it looked like a hurricane just came through the room. But — and so we — we had a conversation one day…

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE) that Anoop would be the sloppiest to me because…

(CROSSTALK)

DESAI: Right?

You’re the most studious.

DESAI: That’s true.

SEACREST: You’d think that there would be neatness involved…

DESAI: Well…

SEACREST: And organization.

DESAI: Well, I know where everything is.

(CROSSTALK)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It’s all in figures.

DESAI: It’s all in my brain.

(CROSSTALK)

DESAI: OK…

LAMBERT: It’s a sign of true genius.

(CROSSTALK)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, it’s true.

SEACREST: Who was the bathroom hog?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Danny.

(LAUGHTER)

SEACREST: Adam raises his hand.

LAMBERT: Yes. In our — in our bath — we had a big bathroom…

(CROSSTALK)

SEACREST: Wait, so you are — so you guys were roommates?

LAMBERT: Yes. And the bathroom was huge and there were two — like two sides of it; you know, one side and a sink on the other side. And I always say, you know…

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tell me about the counter top.

LAMBERT: Yes, Kris always — Kris had like three things like just lined up in the corner. And I had like…

(CROSSTALK)

LAMBERT: I had just every product I could find, you know what I mean?

I love stuff, so…

(CROSSTALK)

LAMBERT: Yes. That’s yet another thing I can put in my hair.

SEACREST: More pomade.

All right. Kris, a blog question for you.

ALLEN: OK.

SEACREST: What was the hardest genre or style you had to perform on “Idol?”

ALLEN: Oh, wow! I think the hardest — oh. I think the hardest style was probably rock, because it — because I felt like it had to be like crazy hard rock, you know? And, you know, I did The Beatles, but it was still like even — it was rockier than like what The Beatles did and stuff. I think that was a little rough for me. And I knew that coming in.

SEACREST: The toughest genre for you, Lil Rounds?

LIL ROUNDS, FINALIST, “AMERICAN IDOL”: Oh, the toughest genre for me probably country week. I picked an OK (INAUDIBLE) pretty good song. But it was just going into it, I was like, I don’t know what to sing for country. I know one country song and that is it. And saw it in on a movie.

But I mean…

(LAUGHTER)

ROUNDS: But that might have been, you know, my hardest week.

SEACREST: And Megan?

MEGAN JOY, FINALIST, “AMERICAN IDOL”: I had a rough time with Motown — a hard time. I love Motown music, but I didn’t know what I was doing.

(LAUGHTER)

SEACREST: I like the candor. I like the candor here tonight.

We’ll be talking to Randy Jackson next, so stick around for more of this “American Idol” special edition of LARRY KING LIVE.

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SEACREST: All right. We are back.

Ryan Seacrest in for my friend, Larry King.

The “American Idol” special — answering your questions from the Internet; also your Tweets. We’ll get to those in a few.

First, I want to say hello to my dear friend, “Idol” judge, as he joins the top 10 now, Randy Jackson, from me for you from me for you from me, for you from me.

RANDY JACKSON, JUDGE, “AMERICAN IDOL” (by telephone): Yo, what’s up, man?

For me for you for the top 10, Rye.

SEACREST: Well, what were you — what were you trying to say for you for me for me for you when we were talking about that — playing that tape back in the finale?

JACKSON: Dude, I have to admit, it was so funny. I didn’t even realize I said it that many times, man. It was just — it was so hilarious to me.

But what I was saying was that, for me, for you, this is the dog in the house. Dude, come on. Let’s go back to Tuesday nights, guys. It’s not over. Let’s go back. Come on.

SEACREST: So, Randy, were you happy with the outcome?

And give me your take on our winner and runner-up.

JACKSON: Yes. You know, listen, I mean, you know, Simon and I say this all the time, Ryan. You know we say this — America never really gets it wrong. And I think — look, I mean, look, so happy. This has been one of our best seasons yet. I mean it’s an unbelievable season. I think, hands down, for the boys, it’s the best season yet, I’ll say. And I think, you know, listen, it coming down to a duel at the end, Kris and Adam, I mean it couldn’t have been better.

And I mean you guys couldn’t have been in more rare perfect form. I think, you know — you know, Adam, you gave one of the performances of your night on — of your life on Tuesday night and so did Kris. So I mean it’s just — hey, listen, this whole top 10, Ryan, never say this, but this whole top 10 has a shot to be hugely successful.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

JACKSON: This whole top 10, dudes.

(CROSSTALK)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you.

JACKSON: You guys should give yourselves a round of applause, because I know it’s hard facing us and America every week. But you guys stood up to the task every week. And I know a lot of you kind of held some comments under your breath probably.

SEACREST: Actually. We were just talking about all of those before you called in.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

SEACREST: All right. Let me pretend that I don’t host the show for a second and ask you some questions that I’ve — I’ve talked to you about before off the air.

What do you think about the Tweets?

What do you think about the fourth judge?

Did it work?

Didn’t it work?

Was it good, bad, are you indifferent?

Randy?

JACKSON: No. Listen, I think that the Tweets were really, really good for us. I think the wild card thing was amazing, I mean loving that we could choose Matt, loving we used him. You know, listen, I think all of that was really great. I think, also, having Kara, she’s really worked herself. And it started a little, you know, bumpy, you know, but it’s always going to be that way, you know, when you bring somebody in at this point, after the show has been going for, you know, six or seven seasons like this.

So I think she’s worked out tremendously well. Loved the look at the end, with her and bikini girl. Wow!

SEACREST: Careful. Your wife is close.

JACKSON: I know. But I’m saying, it was a great look.

I mean did you see Simon and I give a standing ovation to bikini girl?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh my gosh.

(LAUGHTER)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, I saw it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, of course.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don’t think Simon’s recovered yet.

JACKSON: Yes.

SEACREST: Danny, you watched “American Idol.”

You see the show, right?

Did you — did you watch it a lot before?

GOKEY: No. I just watched it the…

SEACREST: This was the first time you’ve seen it?

GOKEY: …last year. Well, I saw bits and pieces of season one. But I took a job, I worked all evenings and finally got DVR and watched it last year.

SEACREST: OK. So you saw it last year. And you saw it with three judges. Now, the season you come on to compete, there’s four judges.

How do you think that affects the contestants?

GOKEY: I think it worked in our favor, actually. I liked Kara’s opinion on music. I really did. I think all the judges were — were spectacular. And they each bring a different thing to the table. And I think — I hope it stays four judges.

SEACREST: Scott, how important is the judges’ support on “Idol?”

SCOTT MACINTYRE, FINALIST, “AMERICAN IDOL”: You know, the judges’ support is amazing. I mean, on that note, you really, as Anoop said earlier, you have to stay true to yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in the comments week to week and say how can I — how can I please Randy, how can I please Simon, Paula, Kara?

But their support means — means so much. When you…

SEACREST: But when they’re hard on you, can that help you in the voting?

MACINTYRE: Absolutely. And when — and when…

SEACREST: But, in other words, can — can there be a backlash to the voting?

So they’re hard on you, America feels bad, they vote for you?

MACINTYRE: It can help you. It can go any which way. You know, it depends how you respond to it. And a lot of — you know, a lot of people enjoyed, you know, our — my bantering back and forth with the judges. And I enjoyed all of them. You know, I love them for their — for their critiques and as people. And I just had a great time up there. You know, it can be — it can be a double-edged sword. But you definitely, when you get that positive review, it’s — it’s awesome.

SEACREST: Randy?

JACKSON: And, Ryan, dude, let’s just — you know, you guys, it’s great for you now because the season is over. I mean it’s been, once again, an amazing season. I appreciate all of you guys for coming out and stuff.

But let’s put that in perspective, the judging. Here is what is really key about it — and hopefully you guys take this throughout the rest of your careers and the rest of your life.

What it really is, what we say, what we comment negatively about, if it is all negative — it’s just really a critique. It’s never really negative. But we’re actually trying to help to guide you and teach you and say, hey, you’d be better doing this or that or maybe wouldn’t do that or this doesn’t work for you, no matter what you think in your own world of things, as we look at it, completely objectively, because we have no ego about it, right?

SEACREST: And in the context of selling records, charting and everything else.

JACKSON: Yes. And in the context of we’ve all been doing this, you know…

SEACREST: Yes.

JACKSON: …20, 25 years professionally, each of us. So…

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JACKSON: …at the top of the game. So — Ryan — at the top of the game. So I mean what it is, is that it’s really trying to help you really, so that that next week maybe a little bit of that — you know, you think, well, hmm, maybe I won’t sing that kind of song. Maybe they’re right, maybe I should do this and not do that, you know what I mean?

SEACREST: All right…

JACKSON: So that’s what we’re hoping to do, by the way.

SEACREST: Randy, hang. I have one more question for you before we let you go about next season and the following seasons — the future of “American Idol.”

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END VIDEO ONE

Judge Robertson reprimands John Hemenway re: Hollister v Soetoro

May 31, 2009

Persephone – here’s Judge James Robertson’s ruling as to John D Hemenway. Initially the judge was going to sanction him financially – pay the defense costs –  but instead he reprimanded Mr Hemenway. It is being appealed.

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Judge Robertson sends US Marshals after letter-writer

May 31, 2009

Persephone here’s the poor citizen who happened to upset Judge Robertson. I can’t believe I found it. I just had to find the source.

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Judge James Robertson’s rant re: Hollister v Soetoro

May 31, 2009

Persephone – I was able to find all three things.

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John Hemenway letter to Rupert Murdoch re: barry’s birth certificate

May 30, 2009

 

Persephone here’s the letter.

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Patti Blagojevich from the jungle: “It’s kind of like Chicago politics”

May 30, 2009

May 30, 2009

Patti Blagojevich and John Sally are “teammates” on the show ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here’ filmed in Costa Rica. It premiers June 1st on NBC. They were interviewed by CLTV. For the sake of her girls, I sure hope she keeps it together. You know whatever footage they have of her swearing or whatever else negative will make it on the show. She is either going to voted off right away or she’ll go to the end.

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CLTV: Have you had second thoughts?

PATTI BLAGOJEVICH: There’s a little of that. I’ve got a lot of apprehension about what will happen in the next few days and weeks.

CLTV; You said you’re doing this for the money…is there anything you’re not willing to do?

PATTI BLAGOJEVICH: I guess you just have to take it as it comes. Confront each challenge individually. See where you’re at at the time. I can’t say how I’ll react to any particular situation. So hopefully it will all be in good fun. And I’ll just have to see how it goes.

CLTV: Worried about Rod and the girls?

PATTI BLAGOJEVICH: Well, sure. That was my biggest obstacle that I had to overcome to come on this show – to make sure everything was going to be ok with my girls. It’s the first time I’ve ever had an extended period away from them in their whole lives. There’s going to be a little bit of adjustment the first few days. It’s good I’ll be able to check in with them by phone the first few days…I believe Rod’s up to the task and they all fare quite well.

CLTV: What kind of team will you be?

Sally says they’ll be fine because she’s stern and has two daughters.

JOHN SALLY: We’re going to make a great team. I live in LA and I’m always in shark-infested waters and there’s a whole lot of insects biting and sucking blood from you.

PATTI BLAGOJEVICH: Kind of like like Chicago politics.

JOHN SALLY: Exactly like Chicago politics. This is going to be easy.

CLTV: Patti, you’ve said that people may have a negative perception from the wiretaps that showed a so-called “potty mouth”. What do you think people are going to walk away knowing about you after this reality show?

PATTI BLAGOJEVICH: I hope they come away knowing who I really am. Not who I was perecevied to be based on one phone conversation that was taken in my home when I was in private in a moment of anger. A lot of that was blown extremely out of proportion. And they’ll the see the way I really am. And I look forward to that.

Video highlights of Republicans re: Judge Sotomayor’s “racist” statements

May 30, 2009

May 30, 2009

Nice video recap of all the comments made by Republicans on Judge Sotomayor’\s remarks:

I would hope that a wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life. Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.

Featured: barry, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Karl Rove, Wendy Long, Ann Coulter, Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson.

Video form Media Matters

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FRED BARNES: I think you can make the case that she’s one of those who has benefited from affirmative action over the years tremendously.

BILL BENNETT: Did she get into Princeton on affirmative action, one wonders.

TOM TANCREDO (R-CO): If you belong to an organiztion, called LaRaza in this case, which is from my point of view anyway is nothing more than it’s a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses. If you believe to something like that, you have to explain it in a way that’s going to convince me and a lot of other people that it’s got nothing to do race.

RUSH LIMBAUGH: How do you get promoted in the Barack Obama administration? By hating white people.

OLBERMANN: Mr Bouncy-bouncy believing Judge Sotomayor is comprable to the former chief of the Klu Klux Klan (David Duke) for her comments on race and gender.

And yet Herr seems to have forgotten that he used the same man to compare then Sen Clinton’s campaign re: Geraldine Ferraro’s statements. Take a gander through his hateful speech.

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OLBERMANN: (4:45) And thus these advisers give Congresswoman Ferraro nearly a week in which to send Senator Clinton’s campaign back into the vocabulary… of David Duke.

Robert Gibbs lies about barry’s “birth certificate”

May 30, 2009

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Ms Boyle’s finals performance “I Dreamed a Dream”

May 30, 2009

Susan Boyle posts/videos/interviews

May 30, 2009

Here is Ms Boyle’s performance of I Dreamed a Dream. She did a great job.

But you could see they took the joy out of it for her.

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Diversity the dance group won. Ms Boyle came in second and then Julian Smith.

Ms BOYLE: The best people won.

Handmade Susan Boyle dolls

May 30, 2009

Susan Boyle posts/videos/interviews

May 30, 2009

Debbie Ritter from Fisher, Illinois is a dollmaker, mother of four and a Susan Boyle fan. She usually crafts historical figures but is now making a Susan Boyle doll. And after Ms Boyle’s “tidying up” she made a second doll.

RITTER: I have watched her video on YouTube literally one thousand times. I love the fact she is so down to earth and there is nothing fake about her. When I first saw Susan on television I just fell in love with her and when I heard her voice I had stars in my eyes.

Her dolls are made out of wire, clothespins and clay and are dressed in homemade clothing – each one original and made completely by hand.

RITTER: It’s painstaking work and you need small fingers…each doll takes at least a couple of hours. It’s more of a hobby than a job for me but I sell them to collectors too.

What does she like best about Ms Boyle?

She’s a simple woman but I mean that in a very good way.

Ms Ritter’s dolls are available at www.uneekdolldesigns.etsy.com.

Source: UK Telgraph

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Original Susan Boyle Doll

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“Memories” Susan Boyle Doll

Susan Boyle Sings Memories

Ms Boyle’s singing coach: Fred O’Neil

May 30, 2009

Susan Boyle posts/videos/interviews

May 30, 2009

JOHN BINGHAM of The Independent spoke with Fred O’Neil, a professional singer and Ms Boyle’s singing coach. He is worried that the media could “stifle her” and “obscure the real person he knew”.

FRED O’NEIL:

As a singer she always had a lovely, calm, beautiful rounded voice.

It is a very good instrument, but I am concerned about her being surrounded by all these PR people that she will not be given the time to sing.

She is like an athlete: she has to keep using her voice to keep it.

If she wants to keep on singing big show songs she has to keep on practising.

It is very different from singing for a couple of minutes on Britain’s Got Talent.

It’s nice to know that someone cares about her personally as well. In regards to the “Hairy Angel” nickname.

I look at the names people are calling her and I think this is worse than what she is leaving behind. This is not respecting someone, saying they have a voice like an angel and then calling them names.

Lord Lloyd Webber has role in mind for Ms Boyle

May 30, 2009

Susan Boyle posts/videos/interviews

May 30, 2009

Was going through the drafts and found some items I hadn’t gotten around to posting.

Lord Lloyd Webber has a role in mind for Ms Boyle but won’t let on what it is. She has already sung song from two of his musicals “Cats” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” and has talked about him in interviews. He ran into her at at a recording studio in London.

LLOYD WEBBER:

She is a terrific sport and she’s a great fan of my shows, If she wanted to be in one, well it could happen. It would have to be the right role. Maybe I know what it could be, but I’m not telling. She’s got a great future.

Source: UK Telegraph

Susan Boyle: “I’m not going to throw away my big chance now”

May 30, 2009

Susan Boyle posts/videos/interviews

May 29, 2009

This post got deleted somehow. Thanks Rosa for letting me know.

God love Ms Boyle for being such a trooper. Just being a big city would overwhelm someone who had lived in a village all their life. But to be known by folks across the planet and having to go on and perform live is unbelievable pressure. I hope she gets out there and rocks tomorrow night.

From BGT’s website.

Newspaper reports of an emotional outburst from Susan, as well as supposed threats to leave, “have been taken out of context, and are not serious or true”.

The spokesperson said, “Susan Boyle is still very much part of the Britain’s Got Talent. She is looking forward to the Grand Final and she is rehearsing hard to prepare for the biggest night of her life”.

“She, like all of our contestants, is being closely looked after by programme makers. Susan’s personal welfare is very important to us, and we will continue to do everything we can to make sure she remains happy and well”.

Why did they allow anything to happen if they were looking after her?

After causing an unprecendented global sensation, Susan Boyle has swapped a quiet village life for the centre of a media frenzy, with the whole world looking on.

But the Bathgate lady, dubbed ‘the most famous woman in the world’, is dealing with the transition well.

She has confirmed, “I want nothing more than to stay and sing in the Britain’s Got Talent final”.

“I’ve spent weeks rehearsing – it’s all I’ve been thinking about. I’m not going to throw away my big chance now“.

That doesn’t mean people weren’t trying to ruin it.

Besides the UK, there were well wishes from Nigeria, Serbia, France, Mexico, Phillipines, Canada, Brazil, Hong Kong, Russia, Puerto Rico, Spain and USA in just the first few pages of comments.

Here is one I found touching. Something that can’t be measured in record sales or TV ratings.

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All the way Susan, after all the hardship you suffer in life! Whatever the outcome we will still love you. I was like you been bullied in schools and work place. I am born with Mental defects I have poor social skill & low Self-esteem. I did badly in school, went night class after NS, gone through all kinds of hardship and overcome. Have my dream to become computer technician 12 yrs ago, now life much better I’m still learning & improving. You set a good example for people like us!

barry’s birth certificate

May 30, 2009

May 30, 2009

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Newt’s tweets on Sotomayor’s “racist” statements

May 30, 2009

May 20, 2009

First Rush Limbaugh then Newt Gingrich comment on Judge Sotomayor’s “racist” comments.

JUDGE SOTOMAYOR:

I would hope that a wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life. Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.

Gingrich brings up the very real issue of The Double Standard.

His tweets:

Imagine a judicial nominee said “my experience as a white man makes me better than a latina woman” new racism is no better than old racism

9:24 AM May 27th from TwitterBerry

White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw.

9:34 AM May 27th from TwitterBerry

Is there a special way to denote tweets?

ROBERT GIBBS press briefing May 27th:

Q    And are you familiar with — switching topics for a moment to Sotomayor — are you familiar with Newt Gingrich’s blog — (laughter.)  You are not?

MR. GIBBS:  No.

Q    Okay.  Well, he apparently — I’m told it is on his blog that he said, “Imagine a judicial nominee said ‘my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latino woman.’  Wouldn’t they have to withdraw? New racism is no better than old racism.  A white man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. A Latino woman racist should also withdraw.”

MR. GIBBS:  Well, I think it is probably important for anybody involved in this debate to be exceedingly careful with the way in which they’ve decided to describe different aspects of this impending confirmation.  I think we’re satisfied that when the people of America and the people of the Senate get a chance to look at more than just the blog of a former lawmaker —

Q    He also tweeted us.  (Laughter.)

MR. GIBBS:  — that they’ll come to the same conclusion that the President did:  that judicial experience that exceeds any nominee — federal judicial experience that exceeds any nominee for a hundred years, strict adherence to precedent -[aka Roe v Wade?]- I think when people get a chance to look at her record, I feel certain that partisan politics will take a backseat to common sense and open-minded decisions based on a full examination of the record. And I think that’s what every Supreme Court and every judicial nominee deserves.

I think if you look at — again, I mentioned this yesterday — this is somebody who was appointed by George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton, approved by the Senate in each occasion. So I think she is somebody who is highly qualified, of keen intellect, and somebody that’s going to be a great member of the Supreme Court.  I’ve heard a lot of people in the last couple days, they’ve mentioned intellect.  I’m not entirely sure where people that make that argument — I’m not sure what number they graduated in their class at Princeton, but my sense is it’s not second.

Then he is pushed on the racial and gender aspects and he launches into more sarcasm. He is really unprofessional as are the rest of the frat boys who sit and laugh with him and at the person he’s making fun of. It’s not worth putting the whole exchange here – this is enough.

Q  In all fairness, a follow to that — it’s not just a racial dimension, but it’s a gender dimension.  And do you at least acknowledge that she did say these words?  You’re asking us to look beyond.

MR. GIBBS:  I can confirm that it appears likely that she intoned both of those sentences, yes.

Robert Gibbs re: Sotomayor’s “racist” statements

May 30, 2009

May 27, 2009

Robert Gibbs comments on Judge Sotomayor during his May 26th press briefing. Rush Limbaugh called her a “reverse racist”. Racism is racism. barry’s comment and  Newt’s tweets.

Q    What does the President think is her greatest quality for the job?

MR. GIBBS:  Well, I think the President picked Judge Sotomayor largely based on three criteria, the first being experience — and when I say that, experience as a prosecutor, experience as a litigator, and then experience as both a circuit and an appellate court judge.  In fact, we’ve pointed out that she will bring more experience on the federal branch then anybody that’s been appointed to the Supreme Court in a hundred years.

I think, secondly, obviously the President believes strongly in her approach to judging, following precedent and the rule of law.  And I think, lastly, obviously the President believes that her life story is a compelling one, and that her voice will be an important addition to the Supreme Court.

On Sotomayor’s comments:

Q    And just to get your reaction of one statement that seems to get a lot of attention, a quote she has from 2001 saying, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

I just wonder — I presume the President was aware of that statement, and what is his reaction?  Did he agree with it?

MR. GIBBS:  Well, I think if you look at the context of the longer speech that she makes, I don’t — I think what she says is very much common sense in terms of different experiences that different people have.

Obviously the President has looked at any number of these issues and believes that Judge Sotomayor is well qualified and will be a great justice for the Supreme Court.

Quote of the day: “Did she pay her taxes?”

May 30, 2009

May 28, 2009

Helen Thomas asked an interesting question at the May 26th press briefing concerning Judge Sotomayor.

HELEN THOMAS: Did she pay her taxes?

MR. GIBBS:  Pardon me?

Q    Did she pay her taxes?

MR. GIBBS:  I have not seen anything on that, Helen.

But several questions later this is what he says.

Q    And also, just in terms of the vetting, is the White House confident that tax issues, even though the White House is confident that, you know, any issues that come — that do come up, the White House will defend her fully?  But are there tax issues that could —

MR. GIBBS:  I think she’s been fully vetted, and we’re confident.

He and barry were both confident with the other tax cheats Tim Geithner, Tom Daschel, Nancy Killefer, Ron Kirk and Kathleen Sebelius as well.

barry on Judge Sotomayor’s “racist” comments

May 30, 2009

May 30, 2009

Funny how barry was quick to come to Judge Sotomayor‘s defense about her racist comments when he has yet to amend any of his or defend his disgusting “joke” about the Special Olympics. He usually leaves the dirty work to others. Here’s Gibbs’ comments, Rush Limbaugh “she’s a reverse racist” comments and Newt’s tweets.

SOTOMAYOR’s comments:

I would hope that a wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life. Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.

BARRY:

I’m sure she would have restated it, but if you look at the entire sweep of the essay she wrote, what’s clear is that she was simply saying that her life experiences will give her information about the struggles and hardships that people are going through that will make her a good judge.

And his personal thoughts on the words themselves?

When is someone one going to actually push him to answer a question?

Sotomayor: “Court of Appeals is where policy is made”

May 30, 2009

May 28, 2009

Judge Sotomayor‘s controversial 2005 comments and Robert Gibbs’ comments on them. Sotomayor was on a panel talking to Duke University Law School students about clerkships in the district and the appellate (circuit) court. She had been serving on the US Court of Appeals since 1998 and was fully aware she was being videotaped.

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JUDGE SOTOMAYOR:

Court of Appeals is where policy is made.

And I know, and I know this is on tape and I should never say that because we don’t “make law” I know.

I not promoting it I’m not advocating it.

Having said that, the court of Appeals is, where before the Supreme Court makes the final decision, the law is percolating – it’s interpretation, it’s application.

…On the Court of Appeals you are looking to how the law is developing so that it will then be applied to a broad class of cases. So you’re always thinking about the ramifications of this ruling on the next step in the development of the law.

Gibbs press briefing (May 26) I might be confused but appellate and circuit courts refer to the same thing so his answer makes no sense.

JONATHON: The other quote that’s kind of getting a lot of attention is the YouTube video in which she says that appellate courts are where laws are made — or where policy is made.  And she seems to acknowledge that this is kind of verboten because it’s on tape. And I wonder, first, did the President see that YouTube video, was it part of the vetting process?  And second, does the President believe that she is saying what she is saying, that the appellate court is where policy is made?

MR. GIBBS:  Well, let me broaden your question with this answer, because I know there are a lot of people that will look into the quote and I think it’s important to look at not just what’s up on YouTube, but the full context of the discussion that’s being had at the point in which she talks about this.

There are two justices speaking to students who are thinking about applying for and taking clerkships.  The previous speaker talks about the notion that there are circuit court and appellate court clerkships. And appellate court — the point she makes is that appellate court — the appellate courts deal with not individual cases, as do circuit courts, but instead complex legal issues and constitutional theory that the appellate courts are where those are discussed.

So I think if you — again, I appreciate a very short, out of context, small YouTube clip, but I think if you, again, look at the full context of the full quote you find that it’s a discussion between clerkships in the circuit and the appellate court. And I think she recognizes that even as she’s explaining those differences that the word could be misconstrued and she seemed prescient to note that it would be misconstrued.

But as I said earlier to a question, I think if one looks closely at 17 years of judicial opinion you’ll see that this is not somebody that you could reasonably argue advocates for or is engaged in legislating from the bench.  I think that’s what’s important for anybody to understand.

Q    But in a political context — I mean, this is going to confirmation in the YouTube era — and is there some concern that that is the image of Sotomayor, running around —

MR. GIBBS:  No, because even if I can’t convince some people in this room, the President is very convinced that people that will look at the full context of this and not rely on, as I said, a small, short, out of context YouTube clip, and more importantly look at the basis of her entire record.  I think you come to a broader understanding of who she is and what she meant.

Here he goes into his usual sexist sarcastic mode when he gets pressed on an issue. He says her name and then personally attacks her. It’s hard to believe that he represents the highest office in the land – his press conferences are like frat boy chats.

APRIL: And the second question.  Back on this YouTube video that you’re shooting down — yes, one of the videos is short in length, and another one is longer.  And no matter what — how long it was, these were her words, and disregarding the video itself, she did say it herself.  And you speak of her experience.  Now, because of her experience, do you think she has the authority to speak of the inner-workings to say that the appeals court does make policy?

MR. GIBBS:  Well, again, April, certainly you’ve seen the video. I understand it’s her speaking.

Q    She recognized the cameras and the —

MR. GIBBS:  Right, because she understands that what she’s about to say is likely and largely to be misconstrued — mission accomplished.  (Laughter.)  But I would certainly say that — again, what I’m saying is, and I think what she would tell you, is if you look at the full context of what is being discussed here, I appreciate that in however many words I deliver in the time I’m up here today, you could clip six or eight of them together and ask somebody else about what I said.  I would simply hope that you would read the full transcript of whatever my answer was and —

Q    Have you seen the video, the short and the long version?

MR. GIBBS:  I have.  I have.  And I —

Q    Did she cause trouble.  She’s in trouble from it, isn’t she?  She’s in trouble from it, isn’t she?

MR. GIBBS:  No, why — I don’t think that’s the case at all.

Q    But it was her words that said, policy making, the appeals court.  Policy making.  You can not — you can’t spin it.

MR. GIBBS:  April, just as I’m not going to judge your question, the entirety of your question, on three or four words, as you would be probably quick to scowl and cross your arms, and without me being able to see, tap your feet —

Q    Don’t attack me; talk about the issue. Don’t attack me.  Talk about the issue; don’t attack me.

MR. GIBBS:  I’m not attacking you.  I’m simply enjoining you in the richness of the dialogue that we’re having.  (Laughter.)  But I think — again, to understand — I appreciate that — again, I appreciate there are likely snippets of anything that anybody says that you could eventually say, I can’t believe you just said that.  And again, look at the quote.  Don’t take it from me, April.  Have you looked at the long version?

Q    Oh, yes.

MR. GIBBS:  Then I can only assume that you would come to the very same understanding of exactly what she’s talking about.  And if — I think if you ask anybody in the legal world to denote the difference between what the circuit and what the appellate court does, I think in a very matter of fact, commonsense way, they will explain to you in both the short and the long version exactly what it is I just said.

Rush Limbaugh: Sotomayor – “reverse racist”

May 30, 2009
May 27, 2009

Limbaugh is going after Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Surprise. barry ought to love this. Limbaugh is specifically focused on a speech Sotomayor made in 2001 at Berkley. He called her a “reverse racist”. What in the hell is that? “Racism” is color coded? I know it seemed that way this election cycle. All the whiteys were racists and black pundits could speak from a whitey’s standpoint but whitey’s couldn’t possibly imagine what goes on in a black church, etc. The Double Standard of racism was made perfectly clear as barry took a step towards a More Perfect Union. Whiteys were racist if they voted for barry’s opponent (aka against barry) but 95% of blacks voting for barry was not racist.

Here’s what Sotomayor said:

I would hope that a wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life. Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.
RUSH LIMBAUGH on his radio show:

Here you have a racist – you might want to soften that, and you might want to say a reverse racist.

And the [liberals] of course say that minorities cannot be racists because they don’t have the power to implement their racism. Well, those days are gone because reverse racists certainly do have the power to implement their power. Obama is the greatest living example of a reverse racist, and now he’s appointed one.”

She’s not the brain that they’re portraying her to be. She’s not a constitutional jurist.

She is an affirmative action case extraordinaire, and she has put down white men in favor of Latina women.

Robert Gibbs’ comments.
barry’s comments.
Newt’s tweets

Source: CNN

Peterson defense requesting new judge

May 30, 2009

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Piers Morgan on GMA re: Susan Boyle

May 29, 2009

Susan Boyle posts/videos/interviews
Piers Morgan on The Early Show re: Ms Boyle

May 29, 2009

BGT’s judge Piers Morgan was on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer discussing Ms Boyle. I don’t understand why folks can’t let her be. Why can’t she just be allowed to enjoy herself. Did they trash Paul Potts like this?

But this is what “British celebrity gossip guru NEIL SEAN” had to say:

The tide has turned over here. The feeling over here is that we are over Susan Boyle. We’re all a bit bored by her.

That it truly sad. But what he says at the end is beyond despicable.

PIERS MORGAN tries to explain to Diane Sawyer this it’s a ‘British thing’. No, it’s unkind and in Ms Boyle’s case, inhumane. If Britain wants to claim that go right ahead.

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DIANE SAWYER read some of Morgan’s blog and then asked if everybody should back off now.

MORGAN:

Yes. I do. I think there’s huge affection for in America. I think in Britain, it’s the classic British thing. Build them up, knock them down. And I’m not knocking that. It’s kind of the British thing to do. But I think in her case, you have to remember that she had a very tough life. Susan, when she was born, was starved of oxygen at birth. And that caused her severe learning difficulties.  She was called ‘Simple Susan’ by the other schoolchildren and she’s had to fight her whole life. She brought up her mother when she got old and looked after her. I think this show, for her, has been the ultimate dream. But also, occasionally, the ultimate nightmare, where she’s had to deal with this extraordinary world attention. And i think we should all just give her, now, twenty-four hours to cool down to relax.

“Susan the Simpleton” is just the juvenile version of “The Hairy Angel”.

PIERS MORGAN:

Everyone has to remember, it’s been a hell of a week for Susan. I mean, she’s gone in the last two months from total anonymity to becoming arguably the most famous person on the planet. And that brings with it some great stuff and some pretty ugly stuff.

She has found this week very testing. She’s been in floods of tears. Two days ago, she actually threatened to quit the show and packed her bags. And I think the pressure’s just been building and building and building. And after her semifinal performance, when she missed the first note and began getting a lot of criticism and people are having a real go at her, it’s all been building up. The tension mounting and she finally has been finding it very difficult.

MORGAN said he had previously given Ms Boyle the advice:

Look. I used to work in the newspaper business. It’s cut-throat. You’re the hottest story in town. They’re doing their job. They want a story. Don’t watch the TV. Don’t read the papers. Don’t do anything because actually what is important to you now is this two-minute period, tomorrow night, Saturday night, when you sing for the world, in the final of “Britain’s Got Talent.” If you do a great job then, then all the critics will be silenced. And it doesn’t matter, really, what people are talking about, because you’re the hot story.

And yet it took the incident to make the producers realize she would be better off staying somewhere private and more relaxed. And while Morgan is getting all sorts of free press on her coattails – what did he do to watch out for her?

DIANE SAWYER: Do you think she can still win?

MORGAN:

Oh, I’ve got all my money riding on a Susan Boyle triumph. Because I think that she kind of personifies the heart of ‘Britain’s Got Talent. I really believe when the light goes down tomorrow, and comes on, and she may well sing ‘I Dreamed A Dream,” I think we’re going to see her, I think the American phrase is, hit it out of the park.

And NEIL SEANs thoughts on if Ms Boyle were to win?

She wouldn’t last more than three months. She’s ugly, she’s not marketable, she’s not a pop star. What are you going to do with her? It would be like Roseanne Barr winning 20 years ago. I feel a bit sorry for her in a way. She’s going to have to go back to live in her little Scottish village.

Yes. Not only does a person have these thoughts – he has no qualms about saying them out loud to the world.

Get your passports ready

May 29, 2009

May 29, 2009

On June 1, 2009, the borders officially become borders and a passport or equivalent documentation is required to enter the US from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda due to The Western Hemispheres Travel Initiative.

US PASSPORT

US PASSPORT CARD — valid only for land/sea travel

ENHANCED DRIVER’S LICENSE: Michigan, New York, Vermont, Washington, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec isssue “enhanced licenses” which serve as proof of identity and citizenship and can be used by sea and land.

TRUSTED TRAVELER PROGRAM CARDS: Which require an interview and fingerprinting.

FAST card provides expedited travel to pre-approved commercial truck drivers through dedicated border crossing lanes into Canada and Mexico.

NEXUS card (US/CANADA) provides access to dedicated border crossing lanes, expedited marine reporting and access to NEXUS kiosks at designated Canadian airports.

SENTRI card (US/MEXICO) provides access to dedicated border crossing lanes.

Leave Ms Boyle alone

May 29, 2009

May 29, 2009

Why did it take an episode (of whatever allegedly happened) for the producers of “Britain’s Got Talent” to realize the enormous pressure Ms Boyle was under? Pressure they were adding to by using Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan to promote Ms Boyle and BGT in the US. It’s absolutely disgusting.

Ms Boyle finally has a chance to do what she has always wanted to do and it is being destroyed by her own countrymen in front of the whole world.

How is calling someone a “Hairy Angel” positive in any fashion?

She brought forth a joy that folks are intent on killing. Even if she goes on tomorrow and does a smashing job and wins – what has she been going through in the last few days?

What kind of turmoil has she known?

How bad has it been that she was truly wanting to quit the show?

What does it say about the “fans” who provoked it and those nearby who did not intervene?

About the tabloids who used it to cash in on Ms Boyle’s popularity?

What does it say about us as human beings?

How will Judge Sotomayor be treated?

May 29, 2009

May 26, 2009

Judge Sonia Sotomayor sounds impressive.

Editor of the Yale Law Review —

What are the chances they don’t already have everything she’s written?

Has Juvenile Diabetes —

What are the chances they aren’t in the process of getting her medical records?

And what is known about the man who appointed Sotomayor?

Here is yet another chance to see how the media (mis)treats powerful women and how they treat each of the women differently: Former First Lady and now  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi…First Lady Michelle Obama…First Lady Laura Bush…Governor Sarah Palin and Judge Sonia Sotomayor. And then there’s Caroline Kennedy and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Race was not the enlightenment of this election – unless you want to talk about 1/3 of eligible black voters who couldn’t bother to register and how the whiteys are racists black pundits avoided the issue.

barry’s making it 100% about race was not news – it was the only way he could win.

How is 95% of one – any – demographic group not identity politics?

95% of his voters were not voting for his opponent.

Voters that the week previous had been behind his opponent.

Voters that in the interim hadn’t heard a change in barry’s policies.

How many black blue collar workers were voting for Clinton?

How many white blue collar workers were voting for barry?

A lot more than 5%.

And “hardworking” is some type of racial code word but Donna Brazile’s “Jane and Joe Six pack” isn’t?

Or Roland Martin telling Joe the Plumber to “Go fix a bathtub!”?

barry used race until he finally had to admit to it (after the usual three denials) and then switched to the “Kill Him!”accusations, which were disproved by barry’s own Secret Service, who were in attendance and heard nothing…no one did…but the reporter.

And what did concerned citizen reporter do after hearing terroristic threats on the POTUS’ life?

Did he immediately alert the Secret Service or the local police?

Nope.

They found out about it like everyone else — in the unfounded accuser’s post in a paper that had endorsed barry.

No, the enlightenment wasn’t race — it played out as planned and as implemented.

The enlightenment was the reality of sexism.

How at the core nothing has changed. How accepted and acceptable it is.

Still.

Younger men have tolerance in regards to race, religion and sexuality, but not toward women.

Sadder still, are the young women who think “Girls Already Rule!”

Not even close.

Look at the women in the above list. Take what was said and written about Secretary Clinton and insert a different name.

Imagine if First Lady Michelle Obama were referred to as “It”.

Just “It” as in “It” cried.

And if Glenn Beck were to say the same about Judge Sotomayor?

Would he still have his job?

And Rush Limbaugh is talking about “reverse racism”.

What has been made perfectly clear over the last two years is the Double Standard and the hierarchy of isms.

Will Judge Sotomayor be treated deferentially because she is a minority?

Or will she be attacked with the same old garden variety sexism?

Will she be mercilessly assulted on all fronts like Secretary Clinton and Governor Palin or coddled like First Lady Michelle Obama?

Piers Morgan on The Early Show re: Ms Boyle

May 29, 2009

Updated Susan Boyle posts/videos/interviews
Piers Morgan on GMA re: Ms Boyle

May 28, 2009

What is wrong with people?

Here’s Piers Morgan with Maggie Rodriguez on the Early Show discussing recent happenings.

To see how out of touch with reality folks are in regard to Ms Boyle please listen to Ms Rodriguez’s first question.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

MAGGIE RODRIGUEZ: (her emphasis)

Are you still supporting by her this morning or do you think now that’s she’s famous she should know better than to do this sort of thing?