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3/1/12: AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 RECAP; THREE WILDCARDS, TWO SHOCKERS

AMERICAN IDOL definitely has some of the best talent this year, in the stiffest competition yet.  It was tough to see so many amazing singer’s sent packing, but I guess someone had to go. 

It started with the top ten contestants being announced and while many names were not called, the only true shocker was Deandre BrakensickHow could he have not made the top ten?  Is America going deaf? 

Well, let’s break it down, the top five girls were Jessica, Hollie, Shannon, Skyler and Elise.  I agree they all gave breathtaking performances, but it seems like Erica should have been selected early on too.  It’s just hard to figure out who she should have replaced. 

The top five guys rounded off with Heejun, Phillip, Joshua, Colton and Jermaine.  The only one who could have been initially replaced was Heejun with Deandre.  It was good to see Jemaine make the cut, after being eliminated then brought back earlier on.  That was definitely a shock, but his low baritone voice was very much needed for the show.

Then on to the “Wildcard” round…where the judges selected six girls and guys to “sing for their lives”.  Each judge was then able to select one of their favorites.  It was evident they all really wanted to stay in the competition, because they truly gave it their all.  The six selected were Jeremy, Reed, Brielle, Erika, and Deandre.  The stand-outs were Deandre, Jeremy and Erica.  Jeremy performed tearfully with heart and soul and brought everyone on their feet.  Deandre belted out “Georgia” with such range, he deserved to stay.  Erika was solid and brought it home.  Although the unique and artistic singer Reed was pumped, he seemed a bit too desperate for my taste.   But who did the judges choose to stick around?  

The three wildcard picks were Erika (by Randy) Jeremy (by JLO), and thankfully one of my favorites, Deandre (by Steven Tyler).  I was starting to doubt my last blog, where I called him a star…whew!

This was an extremely hard round, but the final top 13 are all stellar performer’s and they should make for a great season.  The Idol contestants sent packing should leave with their heads held high, because some seriously talented singer’s went home tonight.  Bye, bye…Hallie, Reed, Jennifer, Haley, Elise, Eben, Creighton, Chase, Aaron, Adam and Baylie.

On another note, Jimmy Iovine is obviously successful as Chairman of Interscope Records, but he became annoying tonight. Although some of his points were well-taken, others were completely off the mark.  Why can’t Heejun have some personality and humor?  Boring singers never get far so that was bad advice.  And sorry…he was wrong saying that Deandre was not ready for “Reasons”, he blew it out the water!  Maybe Jimmy needs a new hearing aid, because he seemed a bit off tonight.

Did your favorite survive?

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2012 TYLER PERRY DONATES $98,000 TO CHICAGO REV. COREY BROOKS; GOOD DEED INDEED

Tyler Perry just released a new hit movie called “Good Deeds, but he also offered “real life” generosity to a local Chicago pastor.  While his movie did extremely well at the box office, his truly “Good Deed” did not go unnoticed by Chicagoan’s.   

South side Rev. Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church, spent months on the rooftop of a motel near his church.  His goal was to raise $450,000 to help stop the violence in Chicago.  When Perry heard he was just shy of his goal, he donated the $98,000 shortage. Allowing the pastor to come off the roof and get to work!

The Rev. got fed up after having to bury 10 young black men from his congregation in a year, due to violence.   In his fundraising efforts, he finally reached his goal and will use the funds to raze the building and replace it with a Community Center.

Lucky for him, Tyler Perry heard about his cause and not only made up the difference, he reportedly also gave the pastor a Harley Davidson.  It looks like the pastor will be driving to his new community center in style, and Perry will once again be a hero to our youth.  His story is also an inspiration…going from being homeless to a millionaire (if not billionaire).  This just goes to show, if you put your mind to it…you can accomplish anything.

It’s good to hear about someone putting all this effort into cleaning up our great city.  We cannot let the gangs, random shootings and robberies hold us hostage.  The violence must end and our youth must begin to recognize human life is precious…and drugs and money mean nothing in the end.

Tyler Perry is not only a great actor, director and producer, his acts of kindness makes him an all-around inspiration to us all.  Thanks for sharing Mr. Perry…isn’t karma awesome!

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2012 OHIO SCHOOL SHOOTING; CHARDON STUDENTS RECEIVE COUNSELING, POLITICIANS NEED TO HELP

The school shooting at Chardon High School in Ohio, once again has a nation stunned.  How many tragedies need to happen before they protect the children?  Grief Counselors were sent to the school today, to help students grieve for their friends.  But can the school system do more? 

There are tight government regulations on pretty much everything we do now…why don’t they require schools to add metal detector’s at every front entrance?  We get fined for more things than I can keep up with, why has it taken so long to provide security for our school children?  How many more shootings need to happen in our schools before they take action?

Three vibrant young men, Russell King, Demetrius Howlin and Daniel Parmertor were killed, and two others were shot in this senseless rampage.  What a tragic and unnecessary chain of events…and for what?  For an obviously disturbed and angry student (Lane), who stole his uncles gun, to retaliate against innocent victims.

Unfortunately, in this sick world we live in…no school should be immune to having a metal detector at the front door.  They need to take some of that lottery money, designed to help the school system, and use it to install one at each entry.  Students should never have to be fearful to go to the supposedly “safe” environment of a classroom.

Mr. Obama and other politicians, what are you going to do to help?  Please, let’s not have so many lost lives be in vain.

ALSO READ…A MESSAGE TO BULLIES

 
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