October 26, 2011

X-Factor 17 to 12

Posted in Music, Television tagged at 9:48 pm by myrlinn

In the end, the judges made the right choices but did we really have to have all that manufactured drama on the way to those decisions?

Choosing Dexter Haygood and then saddling him with that song and that presentation? He needed something more raw, gritty, that screams soul-deep pain … and he got vanilla.

Kicking off Melanie Amaro then bringing her back … did anybody, except perhaps Melanie herself, believe that was for real?

Making the music for Philip Lomax so loud that we could hardly hear him sing?

Putting through Simone Battle and Tiah Tolliver? C’mon, it would have been more real if Simon had put through Caitlin Koch.

The judges make much of the artist bring ‘authentic’. We could do with a bit more of that on their behaviour and judging! As it is, it’s like failed 4-person stand-up comedy.

Lucky for the show, the talent is enough to keep me watching. Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik, Leroy Bell, Drew … they’re FANTASTIC!

Talking about Drew, they should fire whoever styled her. Her hair was a mess.

Actually, Rachel Crow didn’t look too hot either. The buttons on her top was straining, and she’s such a character, I would have added bright accents somewhere. I think their own clothes were a lot better.

October 24, 2011

inSingapore: Oh the shame of it!

Posted in Musings tagged at 8:18 pm by myrlinn

Last weekend, I attended a free seminar series at Raffles City Convention Centre. It seemed like a great opportunity to find out about liver and colon health. And indeed all was fine – good speakers (specialists from local hospitals), comfortable venue – until … we broke for tea.

The guests at the event, many of them older folks, rushed at the food …  crowding round each tray as it was replenished, each stabbing at multiple dumplings with their forks, some over the shoulders of others. It was ferocious!!! And the thing is … none of the people looked anywhere near Survivor-level starvation!