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(VIDEO) 11/30/11: X FACTOR USA RECAP; MICHAEL JACKSONS’ BROTHERS, MOM & KIDS ATTEND LIVE SHOW

WHO WENT HOME ON X FACTOR 12/1/11?

The X Factor rolled out the red carpet for the Jacksons’, during the Michael Jackson themed night.  Fans were stunned to see MJ’s brother’s Marlon, Tito and Jackie Jackson at the opening of the show.  Also in attendance of the live show, was his mom Katherine and his three kids, “Blanket”, Prince and Paris.  It was amazing to see how mature his kids have become.  The Jackson’s were probably celebrating the conviction of Dr. Conrad Murray this week, and were all smiles.

Audience members cheered as they were announced, but this probably put extra pressure on the contestants. Luckily for the viewers, the first performance was one of the fan favorites who still seemed to hold it together.

Josh Krajcik was the first out to sing and the last of the “Over 30’s” remaining.  He was extremely nervous and let us know that in advance, saying he did not feel ready.  Although he is my favorite to win “Dirty Diana” would not have been my choice for him.  I could not tell what he was singing at first, but the judges seemed to like it.  Well, except for Simon…unfortunately tonight I have to agree with him.  It seemed a bit too much and did not showcase his voice.

Astro was next up and although his fan base has dropped since his “outburst”, he still stepped up his game. This kid has what it takes to be a star, personality, originality, and a bit of a “Diva” attitude.  While singing “Black or White” with a twist, his rapping never stopped the flow and his song writing abilities is genius. No matter the outcome, he will certainly become a recording super star.

Drew had some of the judges begging her to sing an up-tempo song.  Well, she kind of took their advice selecting the classic hit “Billie Jean”.  However, while it was still a slow version, she sounded really good and it was extremely authentic.  Most of the judges seemed to think Simon failed her this week, without her having more excitement during her performance.  I have to disagree, it was solid.  But Simon lashed out at Nicole and Paula for their comments, he seems to be able to dish it out but not take it.  Why would he say Paula was being disrespectful if she was only voicing her opinion?  He has some nerve challenging her statement, with his background of offering some of the harshest critiques, that seemed ridiculous.  Simon…learn to take what you dish out!

Rachel Crow has stuck around a bit too long in my opinion.  She has had a couple of good performances and I am happy that she made it this far.  But her singing “Can You Feel It”, brought out her attitude which did not come across well on screen.  This may cause an issue with securing votes tonight.  Sorry, she just does not seem to be a $5 million vote.

Marcus Canty on the other hand is very likeable.  He is talented and has a great voice, but still has not come across as unique or authentic.  Anyone who ends up in the finals needs to be an instant super star and I’m not yet convinced he is there.  Singing “Pretty Young Thing” did fit his style and he sounded fairly good, but not sure he flipped his way into votes from his fans tonight.  However, I actually liked his version of the song better than the original.

Chris Rene has a huge fan base and him singing “I’ll Be There” was a great song choice.  It is a crowd pleaser and although he was not always in tune, he still pulled it off.  Simon seemed to think it may not have been enough to keep him around, but his fans are forgiving and strong.  He actually still came across likeable and will get the votes needed to make it to the finals. Simon is wrong once again.  On another note, it was surprising to hear Chris say his grandfather wrote the hit MJ song “Rockin Robbin”.

Melanie Amaro singing “What About Us” was a strong song choice.  Her voice is powerful and always in tune, so it would be surprising if she does not sail through.  Her performance was the strongest of the night.

If I were to bet, Marcus and Rachel will be in the bottom two tomorrow.  With the double elimination, I expect them both to be heading home.  However, we know how much I got their song choices wrong for tonight…not one of them sang my selection!  Once these two are gone…it is going to get extremely tough to vote anyone off.

JENNIFER HUDSON BUYS CHICAGO MANSION – $2.8 MILLION!

 
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11/30/11: STOCK MARKET SOARS DUE TO CENTRAL BANKS CASH INJECTION; ABOVE 12,000

The stock market soared today after the Federal Reserve announced they would join other major central banks in injecting more money globally.  This was the biggest one-day point and percentage gain for this entire year. But don’t get too excited, this is a band-aid on a burn not a longterm fix.

While the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 12,000 and surged 500 points, due to knee jerk reactions, experts say this is not permanent.  However, with the central banks of Europe, the U.S., Britain, Japan, Canada and Switzerland coming together to inject cash, it was needed to avoid another financial disaster (for the moment).

This move is intended to keep credit freely flowing around the world, and offers business owner’s and consumer’s more opportunity to borrow.  According to experts, this was a necessary move to avoid a repeat of 2008.  The announcement calmed fears of a global credit crisis.

But as we all know with the stock market…tomorrow can be a completely different story.  Basically today the U.S. printed some more money…does that seem like a real resolution?

 
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(VIDEO) 2011: DEPUTIES REFUSE TO EVICT 103-YEAR-OLD WOMAN; GOOD TO HEAR

It was good to hear that some Sheriff Deputies have a heart. During a recent eviction visit, they refused to remove a 103-year-old woman and her 80-year-old daughter from their home.

After falling behind on their mortgage payments, for a home they lived in 53-years, their bank served them with an eviction notice.

Upon arriving and finding the elderly women in their Atlanta home the deputies just could not proceed. It would have been a very sad day if they would have thrown them out of their home.  No one deserves to be put through this process, but especially not our seniors.

via (VIDEO) 2011: DEPUTIES REFUSE TO EVICT 103-YEAR-OLD WOMAN; GOOD TO HEAR.

 
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(VIDEO) THE X FACTOR USA; JOSH KRAJCIK PULLS AHEAD WITH 41% OF POLL

*X FACTOR- WHO WENT HOME ON 12/1/11   * SIMON COWELL IS A BULLY!   *WHO HAS THE MOST TWITTER FOLLOWER’S?

As of November 30, 2011, JOSH KRAJCIK pulled ahead with 41% (and growing) of the votes on the current X Factor poll below.  His fan base seems to be growing faster than the ladies with claims against presidential candidate Herman Cain!  Well, with his stellar performance of “Wild Horses” it is not surprising that his fan support has surged.

Josh was my pick from the beginning to go all the way and if the polls stay true to form, he could win the $5 million dollar prize.  But in recent weeks, Chris Rene has lost his ground to Melanie Amaro who is now in second place with just over 20% of the votes.  If Chris wants to get back in the lead, he better pull out an incredible Michael Jackson tune tonight.

These three contestants are my pick for the finals, so let’s see if I am right!

WHO DO YOU THINK WILL WIN?  POST YOUR VOTES BELOW AND CHECK THE STATS WHICH CHANGE BY THE MINUTE.  UPDATE: ON 12/3/11 JOSH WAS PUSHING 50% IN THE POLLS.

 
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(VIDEO) 2011: DR. CONRAD MURRAY SENTENCED TO 4 YEARS IN PRISON; JUST IN TIME FOR THE X FACTOR MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE WEEK

DR. CONRAD MURRAY was found guilty of killing singing legend Michael Jackson with the lethal drug Propofol.  This week he received the maximum four year prison sentence.  However, due to over-crowded prisons in California, many are saying he will only spend about two years behind bars.  

Is this enough time for this crime?  Well, it is better than and innocent verdict so MJ must be smiling down on this ruling.  After hearing the news his family is certainly happy that some justice was served.

The California Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor was tough on Murray, calling him a “disgrace to the medical profession” and that he committed a “horrific violation of trust”.  This was the biggest issue with the case from the start.  He certainly did not seem like a murderer, but he should have known better.  Now the “Dr.” will probably have to find a new profession…maybe a “hit man”.

This outcome and jury decision is perfect timing for The X Factor….seeing that this weeks theme is a tribute to Michael Jackson songs.  Do you think the producers planned this, or just got lucky?

 

OPRAH RENTS CHICAGO CONDO FOR $15,000 PER MONTH!

 
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(VIDEO) 11/30/11: KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN PREGNANT WITH SECOND CHILD; WHEN WILL SHE MARRY?

CHECK OUT WHAT CHELSEA HAS TO SAY ABOUT KOURTNEY

Us Weekly announced that Kourtney Kardashian is expecting her second child.  Of course she is pregnant by her long-time boyfriend, Scott Disick, who she refuses to marry after 5 years of dating.

During an interview for her cover on the most recent Us Weekly magazine she said, “I’m nine weeks along”. “You’re supposed to wait 12 weeks to tell people, but I feel confident.”

It is a bit surprising to hear she is pregnant again, since last season her mom Kris Kardashian, begged her to marry before having another child.  Who goes through counseling for “marital issues” and fights all the time then gets pregnant?  Oh that’s right, “reality TV stars!

Poor Kim, she tries to keep up with her sister’s but hasn’t even gotten over the first hump….of finding a man that is.  In the meantime, Kris Humphries is said to be looking into getting an annulment versus a divorce.  The saga continues…what else can these Kardashian sisters stir up?

Well, after watching Kourtney’s first birth on above video, the second one she probably can do entirely on her own.  Most women scream during birth, but she actually pulled her own baby out without a sound.  Strange…

 
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(VIDEO) 11/30/11: EX-GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH; PROSECUTORS SEEK UP TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON

Today is not a cheerful day for former Governor Rod Blagojevich.  Federal prosecutors asked the judge to consider a 15 – 20 year sentence for his conviction on corruption charges.  The most serious charge was allegations that he tried to sell or trade an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

Blago cried “I’m innocent!” for the months leading up to his trial, but that probably won’t work when it comes down to the sentencing.  Prosecutors had tough words during the hearing; saying “In light of Blagojevich’s extensive corruption of high office, the damage he caused to the integrity of Illinois government and the need to deter others from similar acts, the government suggests a sentence of 15 to 20 years imprisonment is sufficient but not greater than necessary.”   The judge will likely take those words to heart when considering his jail time.

The sentencing should serve as a warning for other corrupt politicians who are surely keeping a close eye on the outcome.  Blago will be sentenced next week for his 18 charges of corruption.  He probably won’t have his hair spiked-up and that smug smile across his face during that hearing.

This will be a sad day for his wife and kids, but a good day for Chicago politics.  Shady things have happened far too long in the political world…it is time they start cracking down.  Blagojevich’s lawyers said they will seek probation…good luck with that request.

READ MORE IN THE CHICAGO SUNTIMES

 
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