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------------------------------------------------------------ To ensure that you continue to receive Anything Goes e-mails, please add jamie@gophercentral.com to your e-mail address book. ------------------------------------------------------------ GopherCentral Book Collection Six Sensational Books At One LOW Price... List Price: $59.92 READER'S PRICE: $4.99 http://pd.gophercentral.com/u/1061/c/186/a/25 March 11, 2011 Greetings... It's been in the mid to upper 80's this week and aside from being gorgeous outside, allergy season is in full force. Dust is flying and all the trees and shrubs are starting to bloom. I never had allergies until I moved to Arizona and have been suffering for the past few weeks no matter what I take... Ginger also has allergies and had to go to the Vet for two things. She is allergic to her new collar and came down with Conjuctivitis. Her poor eyes are swollen and red. Luckily, she is very good at allowing me to put the ointment in her eyes four times a day. I'm supposed to apply warm compresses to them a few times a day, but she isn't too keen on that and I can do it once, maybe twice a day if I'm lucky... At least I cover my mouth when I sneeze! I have to find a way to teach Moosie and Ginger to use those massive paws over their mouths to prevent the shower that occurs when they sneeze! Well, American Idol is in full force now and after watching this week's show, I wondered if anyone else had some of the same thoughts as I did/do about it so far... The talent is definitely there this season, although I think a few that made it through shouldn't have and a few good ones didn't make it, but that happens every season, so that hasn't changed. When the season started, if you remember, I said...Simon who? I liked the new judges and still do, However... I found myself saying, "Where are you Simon"? after this weeks competition for a few reasons. While Simon may have been, at times, a little over the top in mean-spiritedness, he knew his stuff and didn't have a problem giving praise when warranted and slam them when their performances were less than stellar. I think the judges are bending over backwards to be nice and as a result, causing me to think I need an ear appointment to have my hearing checked after listening to some of the performances. There may no need to be as mean or hostile as Simon, but geez, be HONEST and let these kids know they were out of tune or basically sucked to help them improve and not get a false sense of grandios. If they can't handle the criticism now, they won't make it in the business should they proceed... Praise was heaped on Ashthon Jones, Paul McDonald, and Jacob Lusk and Naima Adedapo. Jacob and Naima always get mega-praise no matter how they sing and I guess I may not like either one of their styles, but sing the dang song Jacob and stop adding run upon run to it to make everyone think you're better than you are. Paul's performance was a mess as was Ashthon's. Having said this, I DO think Naima has the "it" factor and can still make it in the business no matter what happens... Lauren didn't take well to the judges comments and made faces while they judged her. She's not used to anyone saying anything negative to her and couldn't flirt her way out of it for a change. She can sing, no doubt, but she bugs me as I see her as a manipulator... Scott has a beautiful pitch perfect voice and win or lose, (he won't win), he will definitely be heard from on the Country circuit... Karen didn't do well as "Selene" and I wouldn't be surprised if she's gone by the time you read this... Thia does have the voice of an angel and at 16 years old, will only get better and better, but she won't last too long... Haley did better than the judge's critique in my opinion. Her voice is good and it makes me wonder if they are setting her up to be one of the early "disposable ones" to keep their favorites alive... Casey was very good as usual and reminds me of a Taylor Hicks kind of guy. Quirky, funny, and when push comes to shove...can really sing... But for me, the night belonged to Pia Toscano and James Durbin and in fact, I see these two as the two in the finale. Pia is not only beautiful, but has the best voice in the whole competition. James reminds me of Adam Lambert and although in my heart, he can't replace Lambert and isn't quite as good, he shows versatality and is an entertainer. Last season was so horrendous that I have blocked it out of my mind although I do remember a male won and feel a female will win this year, namely Pia... Yeah, yeah, yeah, it's the voting public that decides... I'll never believe that after watching it for years... Have a great weekend everyone! :-)

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