Who will win the final season of American Idol?

American Idol season 15 is ending today. Either La’Porsha Renae or Trent Harmon will walk away with the “crown” and get to sing their coronation song under a rain of confetti.

While I have nothing against La’Porsha, she’s a very talented young woman and she deserves to win, Trent is my favorite and I would like him to win. If Trent wins it will be a very happy ending of American Idol for me, if he loses it will still be OK I guess but not as memorable. It will remind me of Kris Allen winning over Adam Lambert, good times!

Remember the look on Kris Allen's face when he won- Even he didn't he didn't see that one coming

Remember the look on Kris Allen’s face when he won- Even he didn’t he didn’t see that one coming

With all the celebrities supporting La’Porsha and saying they voted for her I feel like Trent is the underdog. Which would make his win even sweeter because people would vote for him without being influenced by big name celebrities.

Either way, I am still going to watch the finale because there are many familiar faces that I want to see again before all this is over.

You can read Trent Harmon’s biography on Reality Sings.

This is the end of American Idol

American Idol Finale

Ryan Seacrest on the American Idol Stage

In spite of what Nigel Lythgoe has to say about it, I feel that this is finally the end of American Idol. Sure Nigel is talking about bringing the show back as something else but I don’t see that happening. If anything what we’re seeing is that the audience is no longer there. The worse part of what has happened in the last few seasons is that the show seems to have lost some of the things that made it fun to watch in the first place. Even Ryan who, in my opinion, is a big part of the show’s success especially during the audition episodes didn’t seem to be at his best this season.

I have not watched the live shows, so perhaps Ryan got better. After watching the X-factor I learned to appreciate his skills as a host so much more.

The judges were lacking. I mean, they are probably great people and successful artist but they are not so good on TV. They needed at least one person who is super charismatic and also I find that there isn’t enough chemistry between them and a serious lack of personality.

This being said, I always liked Nigel. It’s funny because you don’t see much of him on the show but you can just tell that the show is much better when he is running things. That is one oft he reasons that I am excited to watch the finale because he is the one producing it and as if that wasn’t enough he got Phillip Phillips to come back for a WGWG medley.

You know who else is coming back? Sanjaya Malakar. Simon Cowell was so hard on that kid and the two get to cross paths again because Simon will also be there along with Paula and Randy, the original trio of judges.

Only 4 are left on American Idol Season 15

I have to admit that I only watched the first few episodes of this season’s American Idol. Funny thing is this was enough for me to see about half of the top 10 contestants, La’Porsha Renea, Mackenzie Bourg, Tristan McIntosh, Olivia Rox and Sonika Vaid. At least these are the ones that I remember.

The top 4 on season 15 of American Idol

The top 4 on season 15 of American Idol

Without watching any subsequent episodes I was able to judge that Sonika Vaid would go home on Thursday, March 24 simply by reading online recaps. You can read Sonika Vaid’s bio and find out more about her.

From what I gather online it seems that La’Porsha and Trent are the top 2 contestants at this point. La’Porsha was seen as a front runner from the beginning. Just like seasons past the judges did their best to push as many girls to the top as they could. And yet, there were 3 guys and 2 girls in the top 5 and now there’s only one girl left with the three remaining guys. As for me, Mackenzie is my favorite, mostly because I saw him on The Voice and I found him likable. I know this has nothing to do with singing but if he weren’t a good singer he would not have made it this far or through the blind auditions on the Voice. I also noticed that Mackenzie seems to be getting along really well with fellow contestant Dalton Rapattoni. I went through Dalton’s twitter and I found that he is really funny so he might be growing on me as well. In any case, I’m glad that he made it to the top 4.

I kind of liked Sonika but I had a sense that she would not make it all the way. I read good things about Trent Harmon.

The interesting thing I discovered while going through these kids profiles is that several of them auditioned or tried to auditioned for The Voice. A few years ago it was the other way around. First you would audition for Idol, get rejected and then try your luck with The Voice. Now it’s first try to get on the Voice, get rejected or eliminated and then try to make it on Idol. How the mighty has fallen…

 

The top 4 from season 11 – A big season for idol from which they got a mega hit thanks in large part to the US women’s gymnastics team winning the gold in the Olympics

Hollie Cavanagh and the top 4 from season 11

AMERICAN IDOL: THE FINAL FOUR L-R: Phillip Phillips, Hollie Cavanagh, Josh Ledet and Jessica Sanchez. CR: Michael Becker / FOX

American Idol Season 11

I was reading one of the many articles on the top 13 of this season’s American Idol. It made me laugh so much and I was reminded why I enjoy about American Idol. It’s not just the show, it’s not just the contestants it’s the whole chatter. The best part about reading and most importantly writing about the show is having people who either know the contestants personally or who know someone who knows a contestant come and contribute tidbits of information that you will not find on the official americanidol.com site or on any mainstream news media.

I decided that this year I was going to do something different. I’m going to link to blog posts about the show that I find interesting, especially the funny ones.

This post is on the Top 13 reveal. It’s originally from ew.com but i read it on cnn.com. It includes a photo from Fox which I included below.

AI season 11 top 13

Top 12 guys
My favorites were Phillip Phillips, Heejun Han and Colton Dixon. To a lesser degree I like Eben Franckewitz, Adam Brock and DeAndre Brackensick.

Top 13
My favorites are Shannon Magrane, Skylar Laine and Elise Testone (I like her because she’s older it’s harder for older contestants to make it through).

I must add that my favorites have nothing to do with how well or bad they sang.

On a side note, I bet there are many people who don’t like Brielle Von Hugel.

Quick comparison between the top boys and top girls.

Attire

The guys seem to be wearing their own clothes, they still have the guy next door look, not dressed for the big time, at least not yet.

The girls on the other hand are another story, they are so dressed up and made up that it’s almost ridiculous, and I say almost to be nice. I don’t want to be an AI-female-contestant basher.

Still using Yahoo Mail Classic

If like me you can’t let go of Yahoo! Mail classic you will understand why I’m still using it long after Yahoo’s deadline for making the big move. I believe they moved the date from September to October (is is a wonder that Yahoo has problem…). Anyway I kept it on my browser and I will do all I can to keep using it until it does not work anymore. Hopefully that time will not come soon.

Grimm on NBC – Palm product placement

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It seems that before HP had decided to pull the plug on Palm and WebOS they paid what must have been an important amount of money to showcase their Palm Pre on the pilot of Grimm. As you can see in the snapshot below the main character is holding a palm pre in his hand. I want to say that it’s a clever product placement but maybe only Pre fanatics like myself noticed it. I assume the idea was to showcase the features of the touch screen. The character is seen ignoring a call by sliding his thumb from left to right on the screen. When the call came in I thought it was an iPhone because of the way the incoming call is featured on the screen than again maybe it was a call made from Skype because I’m not sure this is how incoming calls show up on WebOS. Then again I might be wrong I never owned a Pre and I have never seen the latest WebOS in action.

Palm Pre in NBS’s Grimm

Palm Pre wallpaper on Grimm

I don’t care if they don’t make them anymore. I want one!

In case you are wondering about the show itself I think the pilot was really good, one of the best I’ve seen this season.

TV Shows Fall 2011

Meh show

Person of Interest
Ringer
Body of Proof
Hart of Dixie
Chuck
Burn Notice
Unforgettable

The Good

Once Upon a Time
I’m a big fan of Jennifer Morrison and the kid is cute.
Revenge
Prime Suspect
Grimm
One episode and I’m a believer! What can I say it caught my attention.

The Bad
2 Broke Girls
Blue Bloods

The Unwatchable
How to Be a Gentleman
Fringe
Chuck
For some reason I cannot watch Chuck anymore.

Guilty Pleasures
Suburgatory
The Good Wife
Against the Wall

They got better
Pan Am
The Good Wife
Blue Bloods

From June 24 to now

End of Yahoo Mail Classic on Monday September 19, 2011

>Fellow Yahoo! Mail Classic users, You only have a week left to enjoy the “old” version of Yahoo! Mail before it is taken offline. Yahoo! Mail Classic users will have to use the latest Yahoo Mail interface which according to Yahoo! is faster (2 times), has better spam filtering capabilities, than the old version. What I really appreciated about Yahoo! Mail is the fact that even when new versions of the Mail came out Yahoo! never forced users of the Classic version to adopt them, until now that is.

I enjoy using Yahoo! Mail classic because it’s very easy to find my way around. I did not move to the New Yahoo Mail when it came alone because I quickly discovered that I could not create custom folders. For the volume and diversity of email I received everyday, custom folders are a must. Granted you could switch to the old version to create the folders and then go back to the new version to use them but I thought I was too much to ask for from users. I do a lot of email filtering and sorting using custom folders I find it to be more efficient than tagging emails.

I don’t have anything particularly to say about the latest Yahoo! Mail, my only problem with it is that I have to give up something I am familiar with. I am simply not ready to learn to use a new interface and find out how to do things I have been doing for every with this new version of Y! Mail. Hopefully I will not be to annoyed, it’s not my choice anyway. I also use Gmail, Hotmail/live, Facebook messaging, I still think Yahoo! Mail is the best, most convenient. It’s easy to use, has an intuitive layout and is very flexible. I fell in love with Gmail at first then I found it to be a bit to rigid in the sense that you had to manage your email the way Gmail wants you to, yo could not customize the behavior. Of course the one thing Gmail mail does offer that makes it more attractive than Yahoo! Mail, in my opinion, is IMAP support. Nevertheless, I forward my Gmail messages to my Yahoo! inbox because most of my email reading and writing is done in a browser.

The End of Yahoo Mail Classic

>or How the color Purple is killing an Internet Giant!

I created my first Yahoo email address about 12 years ago. I’m a long time Yahoo Mail user and a huge Yahoo! fanatic. I do have to admit however that Yahoo is no longer the company it used to be. With competitors such as Microsoft, Google and now Facebook, it seems that Yahoo’s best days are far behind it. But for someone who uses Hotmail, Gmail (I also had a usa.net address back then…) Yahoo Mail Classic has remained throughout the years my favorite web-based email.

I will not go over why I find Yahoo mail easier to use and much faster to load than Gmail. Hotmail has always had a spam problem. It’s much better now than in earlier years but I constantly get “spam” from people in my contacts on Hotmail who also happen to have Hotmail addresses. When you consider that my Hotmail address is a secondary address that I only seldom use, the amount of spam I get there is outrageous.

So why don’t I like the new Yahoo! Mail? Because, in my opinion, it fails in two major areas: speed and usability.

old Yahoo mailnew Yahoo mail
Old and new Yahoo! side by side. It’s the Purple’s fault.

Yahoo! promises that the new mail is faster and has an easier-to-use design. The truth is if you have a connection as slow as mine the New Yahoo mail will never be as fast as the Yahoo Mail Classic. It simply takes a little longer for the emails to show up, at least that’s the impression I get. I imagine that for people with a broadband connection speed is not an issue.

As for the design, well, I can think of one word to describe it: annoying. Yahoo decided to remove to leaderboard ad on the top and replace it with a vertical banner on the right side of the page when you’re checking and reading mail. I find it annoying because if my screen is not wide enough or if my resolution is too low, it leaves me with the feeling that the ad is eating up the reading space. Of course Yahoo allows you to collapse the ad but all it takes is for you to load another message and it’s back. And did I mention the fact that each email opens in its own “page” (in addition to the Inbox page) consequently, you need to close each one of them when you’re done. If you are like me and you seldom use the Previous and Next buttons to browse your email, this can be annoying. And have you tried to scroll down to browse you old messages? What a nightmare! Once again, if you have broadband (or only a few messages in your inbox) this may not be an issue for you. As for me, I haven’t deleted an email in ages!

I’m guessing that Yahoo gets paid for the ads it displays per impression and not per click. The reason I say this is because I’m also guessing that this new side ad gets fewer clicks than the top banner ad. Then again, I may be wrong, its not like Yahoo shares its ad data with me.

Users are invited to make the switch now voluntarily until we are all upgraded to the New Yahoo Mail.I still fail to see what the New Yahoo! Mail has that the Yahoo! Mail Classic doesn’t. Then again, I might just be the kind of person who resists change.

The following is the email I received. It was edited for privacy reasons.

Dear MJ,

Thank you for being a Yahoo! Mail user for the past 3 year(s). We look forward to bringing you an even faster, safer, easier-to-use Yahoo! Mail very soon.

In the coming months, we will ask you to upgrade to the newest version of Yahoo! Mail for your account not_my_actual_email@yahoo.com. All Yahoo! Mail customers will be asked to upgrade. But in the meantime, you don’t have to wait, you can have the newest Yahoo! Mail today.

Upgrade Now

What You Can Look Forward To

• Faster email
• Latest Yahoo! Mail spam-protection technology
• Easier-to-use design
• Unlimited email storage so that you can keep everything you want

Learn more about the newest version of Yahoo! Mail.

When you upgrade to the newest version of Yahoo! Mail, everything in your account (messages, folders, contacts, etc.) will be there.

You Can Upgrade Today

You can upgrade now to the newest Yahoo! Mail if your browser is Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 3, Safari 4, or Chrome 5 or newer.

Upgrade Now
If you do not have one of these browsers, you must first update your browser (it’s fast and free), and then return to this email and click the Upgrade Now button.

If you don’t upgrade now, we recommend that you upgrade soon. Your current version of Yahoo! Mail will be available for the next few months, but eventually you will need to upgrade to the newest version of Yahoo! Mail , or review Yahoo! Mail Help for other options.

Thank you for being a loyal Yahoo! Mail user.

We hope you enjoy the newest version of Yahoo! Mail.

David McDowell
Senior Director, Yahoo! Mail Product Management

Did I mention that my browser of choice is Opera? Will this new Yahoo! Mail work with my Opera 11? I guess I’ll find out on September 19.

Are Scotty and Lauren splitting the country vote

>I have read it over and over again that Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina should team up and make a country album together. Apparently it is something that many want to see happen and would like to be able to buy in the near future. In the mean time, Scotty and Lauren are still competing against each other and the five other remaining contestants on American Idol season 10. In spite of the love that country fans have for both southern contestants it does not seem to heart either one of them when comes the time to get the votes. Neither Scotty nor Lauren were in the bottom three last night unlike Paul McDonald (see this Paul McDonald bio) for instance who did not seem to be sharing votes with any other contestants. To be fair the guy didn’t have enough votes to be safe let alone share them.

During the top 8 performance night Scotty McCreery sang I Cross My Heart while Lauren Alaina sang The Climb by Miley Cirus.

In the mean time people are finding resemblance between Scotty and many celebrities whether they are related to country music or not. Fans have also pointed out that Scotty seems to do a good job at picking songs that are just right for him.

In spite of Thia Megia’s ely elimination from the finals, I think that younger contestants are usually favored in the competition both by the judges and the voters. Therefore I think they are going to be rooting for Lauren and since she is only one of two females left that should help her as well. I think the reason they didn’t like Thia as much is because she acted and behave with what seemed to be more maturity than the average 16 year old (except when she gets criticized) I guess American Idol prefers Lauren because even though she looks older with all the makeup she still acts like a silly teen ager.