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(Video) 9/22/11: X-FACTOR GIVES HOMELESS DEXTER SECOND CHANCE; CAITLIN & MELANIE BEST OF THE NIGHT

Tonight was day two of X-Factor and the emotional stories of hopes and dreams fulfilled, keep pouring in.  This time it was Dexter’s turn to receive his second chance and although he almost blew it, he managed to pull it off.

Dexter Haygood told his heart wrenching background of starting his singing career in the 80′s, even releasing an album, to then hitting rock bottom.  Before this opportunity to make a comeback, he could have just given up.  Living from a car and being homeless, after losing his house in a foreclosure, he still found enough courage and enthusiasm to make the audition.  His first song almost hurt his chances, due to his James Brown “cover act” performance, but lucky for him Simon Cowell allowed 15 seconds to redeem himself.  After taking a breath, he reached in deep and belted out a song as though he was truly singing for his life.  In retrospect he really was, because at 49-years-old not too many record labels would be jumping for joy to sign him up.  Good thing Simon saw his passion for music and helped push him through. It was touching to see his emotional response as he received the good news.  

The stand-out singers for the night were two extremely talented women.  Melanie Amaro, an 18-year-old college student had a mesmerizing voice.  When she sang the Beyoncé ballet “Listen”, it was as though the song was written for her.  Caitlin Koch, a 21-year-old Rugby Coach, took the popular Motown hit “Stop In The Name of Love” and completely made it her own.  She turned it into a totally different song and it sounded even better than the original.  Her soulful voice brought tears to Nicole’s eyes and absolutely made chills run through your body.  They were definitely both the best singers of the night.  And to go one step further, Caitlin was the best talent so far.

X-Factor is still working its magic.  Yes, it is similar to American Idol, but if they keep bringing the stories of hopes and dreams fulfilled, it will continue to reach more viewers.  After learning details of the contestants struggles, the audience is certain to vote more than on American Idol to make sure they receive the $5 Million dollar prize.  The huge stakes will clearly make watching until the final show, a must!

Is it just me, or does anyone else still have the song “Young Homie” stuck in their heads.  I still cannot believe the sheer talent of Chris Rene.  Looks like you can now by his original songthey move fast!

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

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X-FACTOR RECEIVES HALF THE RATINGS OF AMERICAN IDOL PREMIERE; BUT LET’S BE FAIR

It was just announced that the season premiere of the much-anticipated X-Factor, received half the ratings of the premiere of American Idol.

This is probably not good news for Executive Producer and judge Simon Cowell.  But to be fair, when Idol debuted years ago, reality singing shows were virtually non-existent.  So even if X-Factor had just a percentage of the Idol ratings, seems like that is still considered great news for FOX.  

Although the hit show “Modern Family” had over 14-million viewers, X-Factor sill pulled in over 12-million viewers, so Simon can hold his head high.  

In my opinion, X-Factor is very similar to American Idol.  But I am glad it is on and believe it lived up to my expectations.  I loved it!  What about you?  Do you think X-Factor is better than American Idol?

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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

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(VIDEO) 9/21/11: TROY DAVIS EXECUTED AFTER MANY APPEALS; WAS IT FAIR?

TROY DAVIS was executed last night after years of protest. A final attempt for an appeal was submitted but  denied within hours of his execution.  Davis was convicted back in 1989 of killing police officer, Mark MacPhail, in Savannah, Georgia. 

Many supporter’s were enraged because no evidence was ever found to confirm his guilt.  He was incarcerated after pleading “not guilty”, based only on eyewitness accounts even   Since then, according to news reports, the majority of the witnesses have recanted most or all of their statements.

Do you believe this execution was fair?  What do you think about the death penalty? 

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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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SEPT. 2011: FACEBOOK CHANGES FRUSTRATES MANY USERS

FACEBOOK has once again changed its features.   This has frustrated many of their billions of users and they are speaking out.  The story is so big that a Chicago news publication “The Redeye” even published a front page article on the topic.  While we all know updates occur with all social networking sites, it is hard to swallow when they are not considered “for the better.”

Personally, I believe Facebook was perfect before and did not need the change, and according to news reports I am not alone.  It amazes me when the saying “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” is not taken to heart.  Changes include how you post your updates, which seem diluted when uploading blogs and other updates.

The social networking competition is becoming broader, which may be the reason for the updates.  Google Plus has stepped in to absorb some of their users, which probably initiated the changes.  But it would be great if the user-friendly sites, which are already perfect, would just stay consistent.  When you get to a certain age, change is hard to swallow.

Let’s hope Facebook listen’s and makes adjustments.  What do you think?  Is Facebook better or worse than before?  Please post your comments…would love to hear what the masses think.

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in Britta's SCOOP

 

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