Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My night at The Circus!

This past Friday (which also happened to be my birthday, cough, cough), I went to see everyone's favorite karate kid, Ms. Britney Spears, live in concert. I'm going to preface this by saying that SPOILERS will be revealed, so if you are going to any of her future shows and want to be surprised, I suggest you stop reading now.

The evening kicked off with a 45-minute set by the Pussycat Dolls, America's low-rent version of the Spice Girls. Honestly, the vast majority of their songs sound the same to me, so I went to the bathroom and got a beer from the concession stand during their portion of the show. The lead Pussycat, Nicole, resorted to saying "Pittsburgh" and "Britney" every time she spoke to get the crowd to cheer. Yawn. I will say that they did end on a high note with singing "When I Grow Up," as their finale, which is pretty much the only song of theirs I like.

After about 45 minutes of stage set up and various circus acts - clowns (not scary ones), acrobats, etc., it was time for the real show to get started. Perez Hilton made a cameo in the opening video as Queen Elizabeth, and then the real queen, Britney herself, descended from the ceiling in a ringmaster ensemble to appropriately kick off the evening with a rendition of "Circus," the title track from her latest album.

From then on, the evening went full-speed ahead with non-stop entertainment for myself and 20,000 of my fellow Britney fans. Yes, Britney was lip-synching a good 99% of time, (the only exception may have been the ballad "Everytime," which was also the only slow song of the evening), but I expected that, and I don't care. With how intense the dancing was, I don't even know if it would be possible for her to really sing. She rarely addressed the enthusiastic crowd, and when she did, it was short and sweet: "What's up, Pittsburgh? Thank you for coming."

There were several costume changes, but the audience was kept entertained in the meantime with different acts of dance, gymnastics, and even a sexy video set to Marilyn Manson's version of "Sweet Dreams." The set list heavily favored her new songs, but she also sang old staples as well: "Boys," "Toxic," "Me Against the Music," "Do Something" "I'm a Slave 4 U," and, of course, "Hit Me Baby One More Time." Noticeably absent, in my opinion, were "Oops, I Did It Again" and "Crazy," but maybe the latter hit a little too close to home.

It's hard to describe how visually stunning the show actually was. Everywhere you looked, there was something going on. It was like Cirque du Soleil + a professional magic show - featuring Max from Saved by the Bell as the magician! + excellent choreography/dancing, which = an overall fantastic concert.

I really enjoyed myself and would definitely go back again if Britney and her Circus ever roll into town again. With all of the craziness that seems to surround her, who knows if that will ever happen, but I'm glad I got to experience this show when I had the chance. It was a great birthday present to myself!

xoxo,
Lex

Monday, March 30, 2009

How am I supposed to live without you?


Saved by the Bell is my #1 all-time favorite show. I know it's awful, and I don't even care. There have been several attempts to reunite the cast (none of the original cast has appeared together since 1994's Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas), but it has never happened, much to my dismay. Each of the cast has gone onto varying degrees of fame or infamy (I'm talking to you, Dustin Diamond), with Mario Lopez being arguably the most famous. I saw him last summer on Broadway in A Chorus Line, and his reaction from the crowd was still very AC Slater-esque, proving that the love from the public is still there.

Jimmy Fallon of NBC's Late Night from Jimmy Fallon recently launched a campaign encouraging the SBTB cast to reunite. So far, the only one to agree is Dennis Haskins, better known to all of us as Mr. Belding. However, this is only the beginning. I encourage all of my fellow SBTB fans to watch this video and sign the reunion petition. This is history in the making!

xoxo,
Lex

Monday, March 23, 2009

Pussy Galore & Her Abrocats

I just realized that I have not put into words my thoughts about Nadya Suleman, alias "Octomom." Of course, this happened quite a bit ago, so it's a little irrelevant, but it's my blog, so I can write about things on my time.

For those of you who don't know the story:
1. At one time, Nadya was a working individual. She was injured during a riot and received approximately $165,000 in Worker's Compensation.
2. Nadya then used approximately $100,000 of that money to go through the process of in vitro fertilization.
3. Nadya then had 6 children. They are all under the age of 8. The last two are a set of fraternal twins.
4. Apparently this wasn't enough for Nadya, and her doctor implanted 6 embryos (two of which twinned), resulting in octuplets.

The reason that Nadya had all six embryos implanted was because she didn't want the embryos to be destroyed. I am wondering if she did this for a religious reason or if she really, really, wanted to get what she paid for.
I don't understand religious people who think that it's perfectly acceptable to do whatever they can (even when it's unreasonable and dangerous) to get pregnant, but they can't destroy byproducts of this assisted fertilization or can't selectively reduce when they have a litter of human beings inside of them. To me, this is hypocrisy and faulty logic. People like Jon & Kate Gosselin say that when they found out they were having 7 (one peaced out) babies, they left it in god's hands. Well, maybe it would have been good to leave it ALL in god's hands. You can't get knocked up = too bad, so sad. Why is it that people leave things in god's hands only when it suits them? I feel like it's a cop out to say that god wants you to do the stuff you want to do and to not do the stuff you don't want to do. If Jon & Kate had let things happen naturally, they wouldn't have 8 children that they need to pimp out in order to live the lifestyle that they want.
But I digress. Nadya Suleman is not the Plus8 family. She is a single mom who thinks that it's okay and responsible to raise 14 children by herself. I'm all for reproductive freedom, but wow. Unless those grandparents step it up and basically act as co-parents (which is completely unfair to them), those kids are not going to have nearly enough love, affection, attention, etc. It's a completely sad situation all around.
I haven't been following the story much lately, but some of the babies are allowed to come home from the hospital and Nadya is complaining about how the media is invading her life. I think that's par for the course - if you want companies to donate things to you, they're going to want publicity. Get over yourself.
Deceiver also quotes Suleman as saying, "Had I not been offered a couple little opportunites to secure some resources for them, I would have been forced, probably, to get [government] assistance ’til I was completed with school. And then again I would be forced to work I don’t know how many hours a day to support them as a counselor."
Wow. I think her sense of entitlement weighs more than all 14 kids put together. This woman chose to do something extremely risky and irresponsible and she is complaining she might have been forced to EARN A LIVING like the rest of the people in this country who DON'T do dumbass things. I can't believe she doesn't understand why people might think she's a greedy whack job.
In closing of this bitch session, I hope this ho figures something out for her children's sake...but if it involves a t.v. show - that is one trainwreck I cannot, in good conscience, bring myself to watch.

xoxo,
Lauren

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Dear Robbie Williams.... (No, Not Mrs. Doubtfire!)

Dear Robbie Williams,


I just realized that I've never even mentioned my undying love for you on Sooperserial, aka the world's second greatest blog. It makes me really sad when 99% of the people I talk to about you don't even know who you are, or, even worse, think that I have a huge crush on ROBIN Williams. I know that you're not even remotely popular in the United States, despite the fact that you're the #1 selling artist of all-time in the UK, and you're in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the fastest-selling concert tour ever. However, I pride myself on being one of the few Americans smart enough to recognize your incredible talent, charisma, sense of humor, and, of course, HOTNESS.

Even though you may only be playing for an audience of about 25 people, please consider doing at least one concert in the United States somewhere before you get too old and decide to retire and move back to your hometown of Stoke on Trent. I am willing to travel anywhere within the US, or even Canada, to achieve my #1 life dream of seeing you in concert. In fact, in 2006 I even strongly considered spending $1,000 that I don't even have to attend a concert of yours in Mexico City before I read a bunch of stuff online saying how fair haired/skinned females should never travel alone in Mexico City if they value their lives.

I know you are busy chasing aliens, cross-dressing (relax, folks - it was for a video), and dealing with your bipolar disorder, but as an American who fell in love with you in 1999 and has managed to stick around this long (Yes, I even own Rudebox, which everyone hated but me), I think you owe it to me to perform in the States. I'm not above begging! Call me!

xoxo
,
Lex

PS - I wanted to end this post with my favorite Robbie song/video, but then I got extremely overwhelmed on YouTube trying to choose JUST one, so I picked at random. Please enjoy "Radio."


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Take Me On A Trip, I'd Like To Go Somewhere

Okay, Okay, we get it - WE SUCK at keeping this thing updated. I have super busy lately, but I will definitely be making an effort to write more. Lex and I recently took a trip with some friends to sunny Florida to visit our married couple friends that live there. During such time I celebrated by 25th birthday...which was scary. This is how they roll:



And last weekend was the St. Patrick's Day parade here in Pittsburgh, which bills itself as the second largest in the country (I don't really have any opinion on the accuracy of that statement). My roommates and I hosted a Kegs 'n Eggs party, so we had to do a ton of cleaning/buying booze/etc. for that. The good news is... I don't really have any plans in the immediate future - I actually have some time to relax! Well, I will be tanning and looking for jobs and, oh, going to law school half-heartedly... but I will be relaxing as much as I can through all of that!

Hopefully Lex will check in soon, I know that she is really busy as well. I promise I will write a little something on Friday and whatever it is, it will be good!

xoxo,
Lauren

AI: Country Week, YEE HAW!

Sorry I haven’t written a review in a while, but life got the best of me, and I was super busy. Anyway, I am back, and I am sorry to say that I did not watch the entire episode of Idol last night but I did have a chance to brush up on the contestants that I missed. Thank God for YouTube!

Below you will find my review, followed by the three I feel should be in the bottom. Remember, this is all my opinion. Also, please note that I am obsessed with spoilers and I check in with Dial Idol for their predictions every week before the elimination show. I almost didn’t write a review for this week, because I became nervous when I read who they predicted to go home. Let’s just say I am NOT happy with it and I am praying that for once, they are wrong. Anyway, enjoy the review and thanks for reading!

Danny Gokey—Song: Jesus Take the Wheel
I thought this was an interesting song choice for Danny. Out of all the songs he could have chosen, I never would have thought in a million years that he would sing this one. And it was actually pretty impressive to listen to. He makes singing seem so easy. Like he makes me want to attempt songs I would never attempt, and he makes me think I would actually sound good singing them (scary thought). I think for sure he is safe for many weeks to come.

Anoop Desai—Song: Always on my Mind
Wow this was a trillion, million, BILLION times better than last week. This is the Anoop we saw in Hollywood and in his earlier auditions. He has such great control over his vocals, and I am so glad he chose this song because it really showed his strength. I was worried we would lose his talents too early in the competition.

Lil Rounds—Song: Independence Day
I don’t get what the big deal is about her. I personally don’t think her voice is all that great. I was slightly ticked off, because it sounded like she lowered the song a half step, but whatever. She sounded good but in my opinion it wasn’t great. I’m hoping she will be one to go early.

Matt Giraud—Song: So Small
Matt is someone I wish does really well in this competition. I agree with Simon that he isn’t getting as much credit as he should. He is pretty up there vocally compared to the other guys, and I think he has the potential to go far. Matt is very modern/pop and just what Idol needs, I think, to push some future record sales. I’m cheering for him!

Kris Allen—Song: To Feel Your Love
LOVE him. Wow, I had no idea he was that talented, and this is one of my favorite songs! I am starting to think that the guys are way more talented than the girls this season, and it shows just by how many guys versus girls are in this competition. I really want Kris to do well and hope that he lasts on the show for many weeks to come.

Adam Lambert—Song: Ring of Fire
Look: you either love Adam or you hate Adam, and I HATE him. I think he is way too dramatic and way too over the top, and I don’t get his “creativeness.” It's just way too much for me. Whatever, I don’t think he is a big deal and I don’t think he will have a great music career but what do I know - I’m a nobody in the music world.

Michael Sarver—Song: Aint Going Down Till the Sun Comes Up
As much as I would love to pull for the average American working guy, Michael did not do a great job tonight. He picked a good song, he just didn’t perform it to its potential. There were too many words and he seemed so nervous that he might forget the words. It was just bad.

Scott MacIntyre—Song: Wild Angels
One word: BORING. I mean, seriously, I don’t know why they picked him to be on this show. He does not have that great of a voice. Also, he picked such a boring, only heard of if you love country music song to sing. Sure, he can play piano, but this show is about finding a singer, not a piano player.

Megan Joy Corkey—Song: Walking After Midnight
I’ll be honest - I was surprised when I heard she was singing this song, and I was even more surprised that she sounded decent. I can’t believe she sounded and looked that good while having the flu. Good for her, but I have a feeling she won’t be around too long. I would imagine she doesn’t appeal to that many viewers, but I think she is cool.

Allison Iraheta—Song: Blame it on your Heart
I love, love LOVE Allison and I think she is extremely talented for her age. I am not sure she has shown America her talent yet. I am waiting for her to perform something that will just blow us away. This song was good, but I am worried American wont like it. I hope everyone voted for her, because she is one of my favs and I don’t want her to go to early. (SPOILER ALERT: Dial Idol has her as potentially leaving tonight and I really, really, really hope she isn’t because I love her).

Alexis Grace—Song: Jolene
Alexis was another one of my early favorites but I don’t like the way she changed her style tonight. She sang much calmer than she has before, and it takes away what I love about her. I don’t think this is going to be a good week for Alexis. She may be one to go early just simply because she didn’t stay true to what got her there in the first place. SPOILER ALERT: Alexis is another one Dial Idol is predicting to go tonight…: (

My Bottom Three: Scott Macintyre, Alexis Grace, Michael Sarver

Going home: Michael Sarver

What do you guys think?

xoxo,
Andrea