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From eight performers, we're now down to six.

If anyone had asked me if these six contestants would be the ones this far in the game, I probably wouldn't have guessed right. A few... yes. Next week is the Pepsi Challenge where the viewers will vote which songs the contestants sing. Twitter (and it's awesome power of spoilers) has revealed which numbers were chosen and I'm quite impressed. With only three more episodes left in the season, I'm pretty much guessing next Wednesday will be ANOTHER double elimination, followed by single and then the final three.

Until then, here are my thoughts on this week's performers:

TEENS (Mentored by Britney Spears) 
Diamond White
Diamond being in the bottom two wasn't a big surprise. She's played the safe route and when she tried to do an "upbeat" song, it still had a balled overtone. Being in the bottom could get her sympathy from voters. However, with an expected double elimination next week, she'll need to fight harder to rise in the rankings.

Carly Rose Sonanclar
Carly is holding on to her first place position. Though, my only concern is that fans shouldn't take this as an "I-don't-need-to-vote-because-she's-safe" approach. That's how people get voted off.

YOUNG ADULTS (Mentored by Demi Lovato)
Paige Thomas
Paige had the lowest votes and she was sent home first last night. I'm surprised because this was her best number to date and she did rise on the leaderboard. Maybe the fans just gave up on her? Oh well, she's got bitter... oh, um.. bigger and better things to do. Thank you Freudian slips!

Cece Frey
Cece has made the Top 6 and the expression on the judges' faces said it all, especially Britney. I'm glad she stayed because I like Cece and I'd love to see what next week's number will be. Could she win the show? No. She most likely will be the next to go but I like that she's fighting to compete and prove people wrong.

OVER 25 (Mentored by L.A. Reid)
Vino Alan
Wow... it actually happened. Going into the elimination episode, I did not expect Vino to be in the bottom, let alone voted out. Vino didn't get voted out because Diamond performed better during the Sing-Off: this was the only chance to get rid of him. Vino had third place for three weeks in a row and now he fell to the bottom. Voting him off was a chance the judges couldn't resist to get one of their other acts to the finals. Smart move! Don't forget... the judges are playing their own game too.

Tate Stevens
Tate held onto his second place spot and is clawing his way back to the top. I'm liking Tate on the show but I'm finding him very... dull. I understand he loves his wife and he is the country music star this season. What more else is there?

GROUPS (Mentored by Simon Cowell)
Fifth Harmony
Fifth Harmony was trending on Twitter after Wednesday's episode. Sure, the other contestants have trended too but '#voteFifthHarmony' was different. Not shocking then is that they survived the vote. Popular song + social media push + touching pre-performance segment = safe week.

Emblem3
Emblem3 stole the third spot away from Vino... and the audience was loving it! The group is doing great on the show and they're appealing to the female vote. However, they say they play instruments and might perform with them during the next number. I would love to see that next week because it would differentiate them from the other boy-bands around the world. My guess is that they'll be in the top half next week and survive.

Were you shocked at who went home this week? Post in the comments below and let me know what you think will happen in the remaining weeks.


These eliminations continually shock me.

Usually for singing competition shows, the elimination episodes follows a typical format where viewers can expect which contestant will be voted off. However, I've been consistently surprised at the cuts. The instant-elimination at the beginning of the results show is never whom I expect it to be. This week, two of the teens were sent packing and while I'm not shocked to see them go, the entire episode was surprising.

TEENS (Mentored by Britney Spears)
Arin Ray
Oh Arin, you never really found your place. This was his second time on the show but viewers apparently didn't like him enough to save him from the bottom pack. He tried to stand out and be something that he wasn't with the sappy love songs. Though, his obviously "edited" relationship and this week's strange song choice were the final nails in the coffin for his ouster.

Diamond White
Another ballad for Diamond. I like Diamond but the problem is that she's performing very safe songs and not taking any risks. Once contestants reach the Top 10, they need to stand out to get up the ladder. She'll do fine but needs to change things up.

Beatrice Miller
Beatrice did not take her elimination well. First she lost her voice, then ended up in the bottom two before being voted off by the judges. It's sad to see a child cry and that's the point - she's a child. She can cry on stage if she wants.

Carly Rose Sonenclar
Carly finally reached first place. Her performance was amazing and I don't need to spend time talking about it. We'll see you at the finals Carly.

YOUNG ADULTS (Mentored by Demi Lovato) Paige Thomas
Paige's performance was mixed. Sad songs and ballads don't have the same impact without the emotion behind them. Lucky for her that she rose in the rankings to survive the bottom. I don't think she would have survived the judges' vote if thins didn't go her way.

Cece Frey
Bottom two for Cece this round. Her momentum from last week didn't continue and she fell down the leaderboard. Though, the strangest thing is that the judges voted to keep her in. I expected them to vote her out based on their comments. I never know what to expect come Thursday night.

Over 25 (Mentored by L.A. Reid)
Vino Alan
Ugh... Vino... I don't know. He has talent, I'll give you that, but his song choices make me question how he'll be post-show. My expectations are low while fans obviously love him to keep him third once again.

Tate Stevens
Tate slipped to second place this week. I'm starting to like Tate for the sheer fact that he is a genuinely nice guy. His performances are getting better and I'm pretty much guessing that he'll be in the finals as well.

GROUPS (Mentored by Simon Cowell)
Fifth Harmony
Fifth Harmony's song choice was a little questionable. They've taken the safe route like Diamond and it's starting to show in the rankings. They need to step it up and win back the buzz they accumulated from the judges' house episode. Fans need a reason to vote and being just average isn't enough.

Emblem3
Emblem3 is quickly rising up the ranks. Girls are voting in groups to help them out and I wouldn't be surprised to see them take third place next week. At this point the group is most likely a sure bet to survive and earn the "wildcard" third spot for the finals.

What did you think of the Top 10? Post in the comments below and let me know about which performer you think will be sent packing next.
Popular movie series must always come to an end. Last year it was Harry Potter and now this year it's the vampire/werewolf flick Twilight. Originally I had laughed at the idea of watching the finale but my friend's talked me into it and I've already seen the previous installments. Today's post will be the final part of the international phenomenon: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

The Premise: Continuing after the events of the last movie, Bella (Kristen Stewart) has transformed into a vampire after giving birth to Edward's (Robert Pattinson) child. When the Volturi (the world's most powerful vampire family) discovers the Cullen's secret, Alice (Ashley Greene) foresees them traveling to destroy the Cullens once-and-for-all. The film sets the stage for an intense conclusion and a shocking twist.

The Results: 3/5!
Breaking Dawn Part 2 was an emotional end to the story. I'm honestly not the biggest Twilight fan but watching the final credits, it felt so touching and nostalgic. Final series ending always get me the most. Overall it was a good movie but not the best. However, I really liked the twist at the end and by the sounds of the theatre audience, they did too. No spoilers if you haven't watched the movie but you will enjoy the surprise.


Two more acts have bit the dust.

It's been two weeks since the last post and I'm sorry for not writing one last episode. To recap last week: Diamond White returned for the teens and Jason Brock was eliminated from the Over 25s. I expected him to be the one leaving so it wasn't a sad week. The episodes have already aired and two competitors were sent packing. First, hip hop group Lyric 145 was eliminated early in the episode based on viewer votes and then 18 year old Jennel Garcia by a judges' vote of 3-1.

Let me just say: this week was shocking! I went in thinking these two acts would survive but when I heard Lyric 145's name, I completely threw out any predictions. Since the week is over, I'll share my thoughts about the singers.


TEENS (Mentored by Britney Spears)
Arin Ray
I had originally guessed Arin would be in the bottom (and he was close). Revealing the rankings helped to garner him more voters but based on his last performance, eventually he will be eliminated. I don't foresee him lasting long in the competition, maybe even being in the bottom next episode.

Diamond White
She's lucky for getting invited back - not many people get the opportunity. Her performance was good and even with slipping in the rankings, she'll do well next week and in the next few rounds.

Beatrice Miller
Beatrice has a lot to prove. Same as Arin, revealing the rankings helped her move up but she's still in the bottom half. Unless she stands out more, either her or Arin (maybe both) could be in the bottom.

Carly Rose Sonenclar
Carly has earned second place two weeks in a row. Her songs are getting better and better, with no complaints. Her only challenge is trying to take the top spot and by the looks of it, she's on a one-way express trip to the finals.

YOUNG ADULTS (Mentored by Demi Lovato)
Paige Thomas
Paige's performance wasn't great but I didn't expect her in the bottom. This may be due to the surprise rise of several weaker contestants from last week. Her vocals need some work and she could be in danger unless things turn around.

Jennel Garcia
Oh Jennel, it's sad to see you go. Not many thought she would be in the bottom. She changed so much since her first performance and it definitely worked against her in the end.

Cece Frey
Biggest surprise of the night! Cece didn't just survive the low vote elimination but she earned the fifth highest spot overall. It's no secret she's one of the few I'm rooting for and that it's obvious her rise impacted her team's standings. I don't know how far the voting campaign will help but her fans got her into the Top 10 (which is a hard task in singing shows).

OVER 25 (Mentored by L.A. Reid)
Vino Alan
Fine... I'll say it: sorry Vino. I misjudged and thought he would be going home first, but his fans apparently really love him enough to place him in the third spot for two weeks in a row. He's still not one of my favourites and I'm not quite sure if he could pull a win at this time.

Tate Stevens
First place for two weeks in a row. Being the only country music artist  left in the show is really helping him secure votes and keep the top spot. Eventually he may slip one week and lose the top spot. However, so far it's looking like a sure bet he will be in the finals.

GROUPS (Mentored by Simon Cowell)
LYRIC 145
Did not expect this sudden elimination at all. Sure, their mash-up was terrible - the song choices made no sense. Though, I assumed they'd have enough votes to land for the judges' vote. They're the only pre-Top 10 act that could find some success post-show.

Fifth Harmony
This X Factor created group is starting to find its place. They're still one of the buzzed about performers and could make it farther down the line. However, I want to see more from their performances and for them to stand out to earn a top spot.

Emblem3
Simon is putting a lot of bank in this group. He pushed voters to vote and they got into the top fourth spot. These guys won't be eliminated anytime soon but there will come a point where they could land in the bottom. Though, they're fan favourites and could make a splash.

What did you think of the double eliminations? Post in the comments below and let me know about which performer you think will end up in the bottom next episode.

Sad news but not unexpected.

What many have suspected for the last few weeks, CBS and ABC have dealt the axe to a few of their struggling primetime programs. Over at CBS, half-hour comedy Partners was finally let go after experiencing dwindling ratings for its current six episodes. The comedy starring Michael Urie and David Krumholtz was assumed to be cancelled early on in the season but was surprisingly kept on air even with lackluster ratings.

The somewhat surprising cancellation news comes from ABC, which decided to cancel both 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort even though many assumed one would make the cut. While both shows delivered less than desired ratings, ABC had originally ordered two extra scripts for each drama - a sign that normally shows a vote confidence from the network. The bright side for the supernatural drama and the military drama is that, unlike for Partners, the network will continue to air new episodes and run the entire 13-episode season for each series.

No decision yet has been made about which programs will replace the freshman shows for a midseason run.

Are you shocked about the three cancelled shows? Sound off in the comments below and let me know how you feel about these shows not returning.

Cycle 19 has finally found its winner.

After weeks of catwalks, casting calls, commercials and photoshoots, the viewers and judges have spoken. America's Next Top Model season frontrunner Laura James won in a very close final judging against Kiara Belen and Leila Goldkuhl (second and third place respectively).

Before final judging, each girl participated in a photoshoot for Nylon Magazine and their potential advertisement photoshoot for Nine West. Also, the final episode included the formulaic runway that featured the return of past eliminated contestants. Not much was very surprising about the last episode, except for maybe Leila falling twice at the final runway. 

Congrats to Laura for winning. As the newest America's Next Top Model, she'll get a modeling contract with LA Models & NY Model Management, a spread in Nylon magazine, campaigns with both Nine West and Smashbox Comestics, and $100,000 (including $30,000 from challenge wins) cash prize. Plus, Laura will be the face of ANTM's perfume, "Dream Come True"

In renewal news, Top Model will be back for Cycle 20. The new season will feature male models competing alongside female models for the title. 

Did your favourite make it to the finale? Sound off in the comments and let me know what you thought about the season.

Parody and sketch website CollegeHumor has always released hilarious videos. Some are music videos, cartoons and sketches while the others can sometimes discuss controversial issues. One of the latest videos that is currently heating up websites and discussion topics is their PSA to support gay marriage.

"Gay Man Will Marry Your Girlfriends" adds a new arguement to the ongoing topic. It's intended as a joke towards all the negative points against the issue. Personally I find this video hilarious, particularly at the point about the breakfast comment.

Feel free to catch the video below and head to www.collegehumor.com for more videos, articles and content.


This sequel has been in the works for years. Many reports on IMDB and movie websites stated that a film was potentially approved in the past but yet, a sequel came out in 2012. Obviously... I had to check it out. Today's post will be a mini review for the film adaptation of the survival horror game series: Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.

The Premise: Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) is a shy and mysterious teenage girl who has been in hiding for years with her father Harry Mason (Sean Bean). In reality, Heather is Sharon DaSilva, a protagonist from the first film who went missing in Silent Hill with her mother when she was a little girl. When her father is abducted, Heather and her new friend Vincent (Kit Harrington) must travel back to Silent Hill to save her father and defeat a mysterious cult that plans to use Heather to revive the soul of an ancient evil, Alessa.

The Results: 1.5/5!
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D was not that great. The plot was weak, the dialogue was minimal, and it felt like nothing really was taken away after watching the movie. I loved the first Silent Hill and naturally I would be excited to see the sequel, especially since the plot was based on Silent Hill 3 (the third video game and one of my favourites). This sequel let me down a bit with my expectations. Unlike the Resident Evil series, I feel that this will be the last film.

I love a good video game. Arcades, fighters, shooters, adventures, survival horror and so on. It's something I grew up with as a kid and even now I still play on a (weekend) basis. Naturally when a movie about video game characters was going to be released, I needed to watch it. My workplace was doing a program for the movie before the launch but I caught the film on its release with my friend Kathleen. The film is the 3D video game adventure: Wreck-It Ralph.

Even though I have already watched Wreck-It Ralph and could write a movie review, the trailer is just too adorable that it has to be shared. Seeing some of my favourite characters make cameo appearances made the film extra special, especially with a nod to long forgotten games. This is a new trailer and feel free to check it out below to see for yourself.


 
(Photo courtesy of FOX and The X Factor USA)



Can I just start off by saying: I'm really loving this season!

It's no secret that I'm a huge TV buff and a reality TV junkie. Hey, I've watched every season of Survivor when it aired live. Live shows of "talent competitions" are usually when I start to teeter off but I'll try to watch live. If I happen to miss an episode, I'll catch the videos uploaded on the YouTube page. These posts will share my thoughts and who I think will be eliminated. (More likely it's whom I want to stay or be eliminated.)


TEENS (Mentored by Britney Spears)
Arin Ray
This is his second time (last season, he performed in the Groups) and I was expecting more. It may have been the choice of song ("You Keep Me Hanging On") or the fact that he was trying to shed his "kid" image for a more adult role like Usher or Chris Brown. If he survives this round, he'll do well enough in the competition.

Diamond White
She's the one to rival Carly Rose. Her performance of "Hey, Soul Sister" was a good number and will get her past this week in the competition. She has the backstory to tug at the viewers' heartstrings to vote for her and let's face it, Britney Spears does like her. Though, she was nervous and the longer she stays on the show, she could develop to a real competitor.
Beatrice Miller
Unfortunately for Beatrice, she got the short end of the straw. Everyone else got upbeat or powerful songs and she received the only slow ballad. It wasn't a performance that would make me vote for her (even if I could). She's my choice for being in the bottom group this week to sing for her life. If she does stay, her biggest challenge is to find her image and differentiate herself from the more buzzworthy contestants.

Carly Rose Sonenclar
She's already the top choice to win this season and will obviously make it through this early round. My recommendation for her is to be more confident, have fun and try not to lose the spark that has pulled viewers to follow her. Breaking out on YouTube can help propel someone to win this show... just ask Melanie Amaro.


YOUNG ADULTS (Mentored by Demi Lovato)
Paige Thomas
Contrary to L.A. Reid, Paige's song of "What Is Love" was (and still is) a well known popular dance track. Her performance, on the other hand, didn't do her much justice. Do I think she'll make it through this round? Yes... absolutely. Demi Lovato loves Paige and the dance number is memorable. Rhianna seems to be the inspiration for her new look and she will most likely do well in the competition. I'd be shocked if she is sent home.

Jennel Garcia
Jennel has this fire in her. Whenever she gets on stage, especially for her performance of "Home Sweet Home", she comes alive. However, her personality can be a tad boring. Jennel could be the most likely candidate to survive because the judges really did like her act. If she stays, she should channel strong female performers and surprise the viewers with her ability.

Cece Frey
I like Cece! Haters can hate but let's accept it... she's honest about wanting to be a pop star and fighting to win. While her performance was less to be desired and her signing needed some serious work, there is potential for growth. Will she be in the bottom? Absolutely! It's quite obvious Demi is VERY critical on her. I'd love if Cece stayed and continued to be the pop star.

Willie Jones
I'm not a fan. He hasn't proved to me that he can win this competition or has the staying power to be a successful artist. Willie has a novelty factor for being a music blend and may survive some very early rounds, if he stayed. My choice would be for him to be in the bottom against Cece so that they can prove why they should stay.


OVER 25 (Mentored by L.A. Reid)
David Correy
Blogs and articles before the live show guessed that David would be the first to leave. After watching the episode... I'm mixed. He's got the backstory and the image but he didn't stand out. His movements on stage were a tad erratic and he tried to get the audience involved, which is always a little desperate. I feel like he will be in the bottom group tonight and will fight for his life

Vino Alan
My guess: Vino is going home. He's different, sure, but will he won? No. His number was lackluster and didn't fit where he wanted to develop as an artist. My problem with the Overs this year is that there is no real winner.

Tate Stevens
The country performer this season. He's my top choice for surviving and doing well in the competition. Country music always helps in shows like these and he will develop a fan base. The bigger question is whether it will help him win?

Jason Brock
He's fun but a tad gimmicky. His performance of "Dance Again" was too karoake and kitchy that divided the judges. It's between him and David for the other spot in the bottom. The dance performances stand out but his place is very uncertain.


GROUPS (Mentored by Simon Cowell)
Sister C
They're sisters who have performed together for years. Judging from online reaction, fans are on the fence (more negatively though). Sister C will be in the bottom and could be the obvious choice to go home. Their song was a number they've already done - it could stem from the fact that Simon is unfamiliar with country music.

LYRIC 145
The hip hop mash-up! LYRIC 145 is a creation from duo 145 and eliminated solo contest Lyric. During the Judges' House round, we saw how incredible this new group was together and they did not disappoint during the live show. Simon would be foolish to eliminate them or place them in the bottom.

1432
Formerly LYLAS (changed for legal reasons, apparently). 1432 is a combination of five eliminated girls put together at Boot Camp. Simon took a chance on them and I'm hoping he does again. They performed good together and could be a force to be reckon with. My guess is 1432 will be in the bottom but will survive.

Emblem3
The party boys will be fan favourites (at least for a while). Girls are going to love them as they move through the competition. A real challenge for them will be performing slow songs and ballads. I'd be shocked if Simon decided to send them home.

What did you think of the first performances? Sound off in the comments and let me know who you want to stay.