Thursday, March 27, 2008

Idol Tracker: A stool too far

A poignant moment tonight in the Idoldome during the ritual execution of much-enjoyed-but-was-probably-his-time contestant Chikezie; however, this moment will take some setting up, so please bear with me.

On elimination night, the show pre-tapes one segment each week, filming about half an hour before the full episode shoots live –- they do this for the segment that includes the viewers' questions and the guest performer. This week, as we saw, one of the questions went to Chikezie, wherein he was asked if he was single, and abashedly answered that, yes, he was very single.

Half an hour later, the contestants sent back stage and then brought out again, the show proper began live to the East. Within moments, Chikezie was placed on an elimination stool awaiting his fate. The doomed contestant tried to put on a brave face and managed moments of mirth with fellow prospective oustee Syesha Mercado, joking at the break with Carly and Brooke, visiting from a land across the stage that he could only dream of. But despite his efforts, he seemed very serious and grim throughout most of the hour.

Finally, about halfway through the show, the lights went dark in the studio as they aired the pre-taped segment. At the beginning of the segment, preserving the pretense that this is entirely live in chronological order, Angel of Death Seacrest announces that they are bringing all the contestants back to the couches for the viewer calls. Thus, an hour later, sitting in the darkness alone with Syesha on the most dangerous stool in show business, Chikezie gazed across the stage at the giant monitor which showed him a mere hour before sitting on the couch with his comrades, laughing, joking, shyly fending off queries about his romantic life –- a way he would never be again, on a couch that he would never again call home. The segment had been taped but an hour earlier, but in that hour how different the world had become for the once mighty Chikezie.

However, the moment captured some important factors that ultimately determined the fate of Chikezie. An often captivating and original singer, there was always a serious quality to Chikezie, a commitment, dedication and honest effort that came across as very -- in a word -- adult. In his bashful but straightforward answer to the viewer question, in his grimness while awaiting his fate, in his choice in the first place of a very grown-up song, Chikezie projected the sense of a serious hardworking performer signing sophisticated grown-up songs.

In short, he gave nothing to "Idol’s" most important voting block -- the 15-and-under demographic.

This column has frequently addressed the importance of this group to any candidate’s success. It is possible that a singer can form a coalition not entirely made up of this group, but it is very difficult to see a road to victory that does not account for shaving off at least a slice of this demographic. When you see those 14-year-old girls standing in front of the stage screaming for their favorites, know that they will take that hysteria and channel it into dialing 500 times in the three-hour voting frame. No adult demographic can offer that kind of commitment.

As previously noted, at the beginning of Season Seven, the children in the audience were evenly divided between Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis and Melinda Doolittle -– the candidates who eventually finished in first, second and third places -- with that tie breaking when the youth vote moved massively to Jordin.

This year, the youth vote is united 100% behind one candidate –- The Chosen One, David Archuleta. Which is why the other remaining nine candidates better start playing to the people who pull the strings in this world, and quick.

Side note: I am continually in awe at how Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe -- seven seasons in, and by my calculations 68 results episodes -- is still able to stage these in new ways. Each week, the show takes a full hour to string out one very simple announcement, and each week the show still baffles expectations and manages to defy viewer attempts to predict who is going down. Even when the answer is entirely predictable, Lythgoe, who is a dancer by training, uses his choreographer’s instinct to create twists and surprises in the journey, whether with the order the contestants are seated on the couches, the groups they come to the center, or, now, the order in which they walk on stage to be sorted by the Angel of Death toward safety or torment.

No other show on television is so constantly aware of our expectations and willing to tease and play with those expectations as openly as "Idol" does in these elimination dances.

-- Richard Rushfield

(photos courtesy of Fox)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Five things we learned

Marquez - Pacquiao III likely after inconclusive bout
by: Chris Mannix from

The highly anticipated rematch between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao was supposed to answer one very specific question: who is the most dominant featherweight in boxing?

Now that it's over ... we still don't know.

Pacquiao escaped with a narrow split decision Saturday night, taking advantage of a third-round knockdown to edge Marquez and capture the WBC super featherweight titles.

But was Pacquiao the better fighter? Well ...

Certainly Pacquiao, who improved to 46-3-2, deserves credit. He once again showcased uncanny power for a 130-pounder (though by virtue of adding 16 pounds since Friday's weigh-in Pacquiao checked in at 145 pounds), flattening Marquez (48-4-1) in the third round with a short left hand.

Still, Marquez showed the same warrior-like mentality he showed in the first fight between the two, surviving the third and rebounding to win the majority of the remaining rounds.

So what did we learn from Marquez-Pacquiao II? Let's take a look:

1. Nothing

If you were looking for definitive answers Saturday night, all you came away with were more questions. Few fighters could have withstood the sporadic onslaughts from Pacquiao, who connected on several left hands that would have KO'd any other featherweight in the division. Marquez also did not shy away from brawling with Pacquiao, connecting on a number of hard power shots of his own. At the same time, Pacquiao showed a more tactical side, using his right hand more than in the first fight and occasionally boxing with the technically superior Marquez. While both fighters efforted to fight their own fights they were clearly willing and able to alter their styles in the flow of the fight.

2. There needs to be a third fight

Will there be? That's the multi-million dollar question. After the fight, Pacquiao expressed a desire to move up to 135-pounds, while Marquez remains content to continue fighting at 130. Since little was decided in Part II, a third installment is required. And if Marquez wins the third fight, a fourth, deciding fight should be made.

3.Paquiao should be in no rush to moveup

David Diaz? Nate Campbell? Jose Alfaro? Those are three of the recognized champions in the lightweight division, and each one carries about the same box office appeal as Gigli. Not one of those fighters would be able to carry a lucrative pay-per-view and even a decisive victory wouldn't guarantee Pacquiao anything beyond a relatively meaningless title. If Pacquiao were willing to move up to junior welterweight, where he could get potentially lucrative fights with Ricky Hatton, Paul Malignaggi or even Floyd Mayweather, then he should consider leaving super featherweight. But with lightweight carrying the same cache as cruiserweight, he should be in no hurry to move up.

4. Practically speaking, the loss doesn't mean much to Marquez

Yes, Marquez was hoping a victory over Pacquiao would help him escape from the shadows of legendary Mexican champions Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales -- and it would have. But if Pacquiao does make the jump to lightweight, Marquez immediately regains his spot as the top super featherweight. Undefeated Edwin Valero and Mzonke Fana currently hold titles, but they are not in the class of Marquez, who has re-established himself over the last two years. With Pacquiao gone, Marquez, 34, stands a strong chance at unifying the division.

5. Judging should be a job for the media

I probably won't get much support for this one, but the corruption that has plagued boxing begins with the judging. Marquez-Pacquiao II isn't a good example (two judges scored the fight 115-112 for Marquez and Pacquiao, respectively, while the third gave Pacquiao a 114-113 edge), but the boxing landscape is littered with questionable decisions. I say put the judging in the hands of reputable boxing news organizations like ESPN, The New York Daily News and, yes, Sports Illustrated. Showtime already does press row scoring that, in general, is far more accurate than the judges. Might as well make it the real thing

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

American Idol Auditions

So funny!!! hahahahaha!!!!

Funny Bb. Pilipinas 2008 Question @ Answer

OMG!!!! I've seen this video just this morning. Shame on us!! hahahaha..... :-D

Friday, March 7, 2008

The Filipino Mind

A Filipino walks into a bank in New York City and asks for the loan officer. He tells the loan officer that he is going to the Philippines on business for two weeks and needs to borrow $5,000.

The bank officer tells him that the bank will need some form of security for t he loan, so the Filipino hands over the keys and documents of new Ferrari parked on the street in front of the bank. He produces the title and everything checks out. The loan officer agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan.

The bank's president and its officers all enjoy a good laugh at the Filipino for using a $250,000 Ferrari as collateral against a $5,000 loan.

An employee of the bank then drives the Ferrari into the bank's underground garage and parks it there.

Two weeks later, the Filipino returns, repays the $5,000 and the interest, which comes to $15.41. The loan officer says, "Sir, we are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked you out and found that you are a multi millionaire. What puzzles us is, why would you bother to borrow "$5,000"?

The Filipino replies: "Where else in New York City can I park my car for two weeks for only $15.41 and expect it to be there when I return'".

Thursday, March 6, 2008

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