Wednesday, February 28, 2007

American Idol Rankings - Top 20

The men were much improved this time around, but the women still outshined them.

1. Melinda Doolittle - A fresh original take on a classic song. Absolutely beautiful phrasing.
2. Lakisha Jones - Still great this week.
3. Jordin Sparks
4. Stephanie Edwards
5. Sabrina Sloan
6. Gina Glocksen
7. Leslie Hunt
8. Haley Scarnato - The performance was cheesy and a little skanky.
9. Antonella Barba - More notes in tune this week, but still no good.
10. Alaina Alexander - Did more damage to the Dixie Chicks than Republicans ever could.

1. Chris Robinson - Yay for Jason Mraz.
2. Blake Lewis - Cool guy, good song choices.
3. Chris Sligh
4. Phil Stacey
5. Sundance Head - Biggest improvement from last week.
6. A.J. Tabaldo
7. Nick Pedro
8. Brandon Rogers - Not great this week, but I think he can do so much better.
9. Jared Cotter
10. Sanjaya Malakar - Creepy, uncomfortable and very weak.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

2007 Academy Awards Fashion Review

I found the list rather difficult to put together this year. There were very few highs and lows. The worst-dressed aren't all that bad and the best-dressed aren't all that great. Kind of a let-down really.

Best Women:

Jodie Foster: One of the first stars I noticed on the red carpet and my pick for best dressed of the evening. She looks elegant and put-together from head to toe. The color is gorgeous with her eyes and the hair really suits her. She looks sexy, but restrained enough to reflect her place in Hollywood.

Cate Blanchett: I don't know how Blanchett carries off such strong dresses, but she somehow manages to. She looks beautiful with a little edge.

Reese Witherspoon: Lovely color and even better silhouette on Witherspoon's new figure.

Gwyneth Paltrow: It seems that many people strongly dislike this dress, but I don't agree. I appreciate her support for a young designer (Zac Posen). I like the unusual color and the interesting detail and seaming.

Jessica Biel: I like the strong color. It stood out on a red carpet awash in pale hues. Biel doesn't really need much ornamentation, so I like the simplicity.

Most Improved:

Rinko Kikuchi: I don't really love this gown, but the look is so much better than Kikuchi's previous efforts that I have to recognize her.

Best Man:

Leonardo DiCaprio: Great cut, well fitted. Nice lapel and tie proportions.

Worst Women:

Kirsten Dunst: '80s Vegas showgirl. This outfit is having an identity crisis. Dunst all but disappears in this ugly thing.

Anne Hathaway: This gown is simply unnatractive. It seems old and tired.

Beyonce: Everything except the color of the dress, the hair and makeup are bad. The chunky stones are tacky and take away from her. The ankle-strap shoes cut off her legs and for some reason, the drape of the skirt adds bulk to her hips and thighs.

Eva Green: She totally overwhelms her beauty with the overdone dress and costumey makeup and hair.

Meryl Streep (again): Bohemian schmatte, weird shoes.

Details, details: Close, but not quite there.

Jennifer Hudson: I was really rooting for her to be the fashion stunner of the evening, so I was terribly disappointed when I first saw this odd ensemble. Here is a classic example of a stylist (Andre Leon Talley) and designer (Oscar de la Renta) pressuring a young star into fulfilling their "vision". Without the crazy bolero jacket, Hudson looked rather nice, although boring for the Oscars.

Rachel Weisz: The look would have been stunning if not for the distracting combination of the large neclace and the jeweled decolletage.

Worst Man:

Peter O'Toole: He is a film legend, so who really cares that he is wearing this atrocity.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

American Idol Rankings

Here are my rankings following the performances of the top 24 men and women. The women were much better overall, so they go first.

An easy top 6 for the women, but after that they are all pretty much equally average.

1. Lakisha Jones - She blew most of her competition away with the "Dreamgirls" showstopper.

2. Melinda Doolittle - So good she should already be an established artist.
3. Sabrina Sloan - Great power and attitude.
4. Stephanie Edwards - Strong performer, great voice.
5. Jordin Sparks - She really has some power and a nice sound.
6. Gina Glocksen - Great range. I am looking forward to hearing more from her.
7. Nicole Tranquillo - Didn't like the performance, but her voice was interesting.
8. Leslie Hunt
9. Alaina Alexander
10. Amy Krebs - Boring
11. Haley Scarnato - Totally average performance of a terrible song.
12. Antonella Barba - An atrocious performance. Missed almost every note.

I may have mixed up a few of these guys. After the top 4, they were a largely forgettable group.
1. Blake Lewis - He deserves this just for singing a contemporary song (finally someone did!), but he sang it pretty well too.
2. Phil Stacey
3. Chris Sligh - Damn funny and a good singer to boot.
4. Chris Richardson
5. Brandon Rogers
6. Paul Kim
7. Jared Cotter
8. Nicholas Pedro
9. Sanjaya Malakar - Sweet, nice sounding voice, but too boring and retro.
10. AJ Tabaldo
11. Rudy Cardenas
12. Sundance Head - I think he has potential to be better, but this performance was just poor.