“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” - RuPaul - - - - - - - - - - - “if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal.” - John F. Kennedy - - - - - - - - - - - - “Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn’t marry. And you couldn’t have that special day the way your friends do – you know, wear the ring on your finger and have it mean the same thing as everybody else. Just put yourself in that person’s shoes. It makes me feel sick to my stomach …. When I shared a picture of my tattoo on my Twitter page and said, ‘ALL LOVE is equal,’ a lot of people mocked me – they said, ‘What happened to you? You used to be a Christian girl!’ And I said, ‘Well, if you were a true Christian, you would have your facts straight. Christianity is about love.’ The debate resulted in a lot of threats and hate mail to people who agreed and disagreed with me. At one point I had to say, ‘Dude, everyone lay off.’ Can’t people have friendly debates about sensitive topics without it turning into unnecessary threats?” - Pop star Miley Cyrus on her marriage equality tattoo - - - - - - - - - - -

Friday, June 10, 2011

Meet Your Season 8, So You Think You Can Dance Top 20

I haven't been blogging about this year's So You Think You Can Dance, because I didn't feel the need to waste my time writing about the auditions.  Ryan and I saw them, and nothing's different.  Well, the hot tamale train a.k.a. Mary Murphy was back, but other than that it was the same routine, as it is year after year.  There were a few we had hoped would make it, but nothing too earth shattering.  Then again, I would have been pissed if little Jess Leprotto would not have made it through - he's adorable.

This year's top 20 were chosen a wee differently this year, instead of choosing them, and waiting to the following week to see them perform, they actually revealed the contestants a handful at a time, then cut to a live studio audience on their new stage.  It was pretty spectacular way of introducing the contestants - Kudos to the producers of the show!

The first four dancers to be chosen were Melanie Moore, Sasha Mallory, Miranda Maleski, and Ricky Jamie (The Contemporary Group).  They performed to a fabulous song I never heard before, "In This Shirt" by The Irrepressibles.  Choreographing this performance was Stacey Tookey.  I absolutely loved this piece!  I'm a big fan of contemporary dancing, so this, along with a couple others, was my favorite tonight.

Next up were Chris Cole, Tadd Gadduang, Robert Taylor Jr., and Wadi Jones (The Hip Hop Group).  They performed to, "Everyday (Coolin')" by Swizz Beatz feat. Eve.  Choreographing this performance was Dave Scott.  Another excellent performance, not to mention two of my favorite boys, Tadd and Wadi were in this bunch.

Another one of my favorites of the night, Iveta Lukosiute, who had auditioned before, but never made it, finally got her chance.  She performed a ballroom number with season 3 hottie, Pasha!  They danced to Ven a Bailar (On The Floor) by Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull.  I actually like this version better than the one currently playing on the radio.

Jordan Casanova, Marko Germar, Missy Morelli, and Clarice Ordaz (The Jazz Group), danced to, "Vanguardian" by Steed Lord.  Choreographing the performance was Sonya Tayeh.  This performance had Sonya written all over it, and rightly so - it was utterly amazing.

The next two contestants I'm in love with.  It's okay Ryan knows this. :))  Jess Leprotto (Broadway) and Nick Young (Tapper) were next to learn they made it to the top 20.  They performed to "Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter" by Nina Simone - never heard of it.  This performance was choreographed by Christopher Scott.  While I love the two boys, I'm not a fan of broadway or tap, but they did make it really fun - Nick is a really good Tapper.

The final 5, Caitlyn Lawson, Ryan Ramirez, Mitchell Kelly, Ashley Rich, and Alexander Fost (Another Contemporary Group), took to the stage dancing to, "Moth's Wings" by Passion Pit.  The performance was choreographed by season 2 alumni, Travis Wall - he has truly made a name for himself with the extraordinary performances he creates.

You can catch 3 more performances after the jump...

Isn't This The Truth? The Box

LMAO!  Isn't this chart the truth? I think I've tried everyone of them, minus the infant.  C'mon, what do you take me for? LOL

Gay Power! Houston's Very Own Kurt Hummel Stuns Judges on America's Got Talent

Ryan and I have been a fan of America's Got Talent since it's inception, and while we haven't necessarily agreed with the champions each season, we throughly enjoy the show.  The things some of these people do are crazy.  And it isn't any easier if they're auditioning in your state, much less your city.

Last night's auditions were in Houston, Texas, and one performer stuck with us the most.  The performance by 19-year-old, Daniel Joseph Baker from Katy, a suburb of Houston.  When Ryan and I saw him in the previews to the show, we immediately knew he was family (gay slang for "He's a member of the family. He's gay.").  Sure enough, he let it be known that he was.  He was as flamboyant as anyone could ever be - reminiscent of GLEE's Kurt in some ways.  But it wasn't his personality that surprised us the most, it was his voice that was beyond-belief amazing!  When he started belting out the song to Lady Gaga's Bad Romance, the audience, and the judges went crazy.  They were all thrown off their rockers when they witnessed a young gay man taking it to town on his keyboard. He was "fierce!" (even more gay slang). Watch the outstanding performance from last night. He clearly puts American Idol's, Scotty to shame. Loved it!
Ryan and I were yelling, "Gay Power!" "Gay Power!", when he received a standing ovation from the audience.  This is something we usually do when we know there's "family" in reality shows.  This is our way of cheering for the few, and the proud.  We adore you Daniel, and we'll continuously cheer you on!

Must Watch: Where Have The Years Gone?

Let's take a look back and reflect on the movie saga of the decade. It been 10 years since the first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone, made it's way into our theaters, and into people's hearts.  For those who have read the entire series of books, this was a long-time hoping.  For those who never read the book, like myself, this was a long-time coming.

It's mind-baffling to me that 10 years ago today I hadn't even moved to Houston yet, 9/11 was still 3 months away, and the world was just coming to grips with the new millennium. Yet, people's minds were eager to watch a young wizard fight evil.  I can only imagine what you were doing when the first movie was released.

Warner Brothers has released footage of the cast when they were children leading up to their final film, in a teaser that will take you back in time to when we were 10 years younger.


Mind-Boggling News: Let's Play Russian Roulette With A Dog

Here's a mind-boggler for you.  You know I can never stop bitching about stupid people, but this cuts the cake.  Well.. maybe not.  I've posted some other mind-boggling news that were pretty outrageous.

Apparently drinking did little to help Russell Little with his depression Tuesday night.  Not only did the Indiana man take it upon himself to play Russian Roulette (you know - the game where 2 idiots take turns firing a gun at each other's heads with only 1 bullet in it), with his dog.  Let's see, how do I put this?

In simplest turns - The doggie won.

Of course the facts are in dispute, but this is what I grabbed from the article:
Little's wife told police he was sitting in the backyard depressed and drinking moonshine when he took a handgun and began playing Russian roulette with the pet dog at about 9 p.m.
After a couple of empty clicks aimed at the dogs head, "She said he got tired of that, then put the gun to his own head and pulled the trigger," said Capt. Jim Andrews of the South Bend Police Department.
Now the story is changing as I write this post. According to close family and friends of Little say,
Mr. Little was NOT playing Russian roulette with his dogs, he loved his dogs...nor was he drinking 'moonshine'. He was a loving and devoted father husband, friend, AND proud dog owner. He will be sorely missed and remembered fondly. - Nicole
Regardless of the outcome, this isn't good either way you look at it.  I can't imagine myself drinking and having a gun in my hand at the same time.  That's a No-No in my book.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words - Issue 4

This typographical self-portrait of sALuUm literally speaks volumes. He states that it took him over 8 hours to do the main drawing in Illustrator, plus an hour using Post-Work in Photoshop.  A lover of photography and web-related works, the amateur artist from Melbourne, Australia admits his favorite style of art is Vintage, Minimalist.

Back In The Day - Zac Efron

Go ahead, and admit it.  You can't get enough of Zac Efron.  So here's Zac Back In The Day, on the set of High School Musical in 2006. What a bicep stud. LOL.

Post Secret Fridays - Issue 063

PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.

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OMG Hilarious! - Tall Justin 3

If you didn't get today's comic, its probably because you've missed my two previous posts on Tall Justin. I post a daily Cyanide and Happiness comic from the guys over at explosm.net and I'd have to say, some are downright hilarious.  Here are the two previous Tall Justin episodes, Tall Justin 1 & Tall Justin 2.
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