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Officially Not Posting

March 9, 2010

Hey guys!!

I guess this is the post you guys were… not waiting for? Haha.

Sorry for the slow (extremely!) notice, but I won’t be updating this blog anymore. I know some of you are anxious for me and my Idol ramblings to be back on full swing since a new season has rolled around, but unfortunately I won’t be able to post entries about my thoughts and reviews anymore. It has and is going to be a very busy few years ahead for me and I have lots in life to take care of. Furthermore I just moved, so I don’t have a TV or anything to watch Idol or any other shows for that matter, so I won’t be up-do-date as you guys are. But I’m definitely watching Idol though, just that I’ll be a day or two later cause I’m watching them online.

So, I want to send my apologies to everyone for not being able to vent my ramblings here anymore!! It’s been one heck of a few years with a lot of you guys, and thanks for sharing this blogging experience with me! I’ll leave this blog up for anyone that still wants to go back through the pages or for the download links and stuff.

I’ll still be around though, just that I won’t be blogging anymore!

I really do want to keep in touch with you guys, so if you could please leave me your Twitter or any social networking site or even your email so we could keep contact and share views! Besides, you could always bug me easier if you have any questions or any problems about downloads and stuff!

So cheers guys!

Much love and thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart,

- Raph.

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Kris Allen’s New Single – “Live Like We’re Dying” World Premiere! [FULL download]

September 21, 2009

Get this. Kris Allen just released his first single, “Live Like We’re Dying” on Z100 New York! (Listen: HERE) The song just ended, the radio jockeys are interviewing Kris now. I’m going to be incomprehensible starting now because I’m so excited!

My thoughts on the song: It was AMAZING. It’s the sort of stuff you want to listen to when you’re down, feeling low or alone. The track is very fun, very uplifting and it just raises your spirit. You can’t help but dance along with it (at least I did). It spreads a good message: live everyday like you’re dying, capture every moment cause it’s precious, and to love everyone around you. Also, I like that the song has a summer jam to it (even though summer is almost over) and the chorus is super upbeat. It’s sort of like a rap, but you’re actually singing. The whole vibe of the song is very Jason Mraz-ish, with lots of guitar  playing in the background. If you’re into Jason Mraz’s smooth soulful tunes (read: “The Remedy“, you’d have no problem with this one.  Overall: great stuff. A+

ETA: The interview just ended! The DJs said that they had recorded the interview and will be posting it up soon, so check out the website, HERE.

ETA2: Going to be posting the download link soon!

ETA3: Download link posted below! Note: This is not in HQ. This is a ripped version from the radio station interview.

Live Like We're Dying

Download: HERE

ETA4: Lyrics to the song!

Sometimes we fall down, Can’t get back up
We’re hidin’ behind skin that’s too tough
How come we dont say I love you enough
Til its too late…. its not too late

Our hearts are hungry for a food that won’t come
But we could make a feast from these crumbs
And we’re all starin’ down the barrel of a gun
So if your life flashed before you what would you wish you would have done

Gotta start

Looking at the hands of the time we been given
If this is all we got then we gotta start thinkin’
If every second counts on the clock thats tickin’
Gotta live like we’re dyin’
We only got 864 hundred seconds in a day
To turn it all around or to throw it all away
Gotta tell em that we love em while we got the chance to say
Gotta
Live like we’re dyin’

And if your plane fell out of the skies
Who would you call with your last goodbye
Should be so careful who we let fall out of our lives
Or when we long for absolution there’ll be no one on the line

You never know a good thing til its gone
You never see a crash til its head on
Wny do we think we’re right when we’re dead wrong
You never know a good thing til its gone

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Enjoy! Please leave comments! What are your thoughts on the song?

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What’cha Watchin’?

September 20, 2009

So! It’s fall! And new shows are rolling around ready for the world to see. What are you watching as the leaves start falling?

I’ve got a few shows that I’m definitely keeping track of. First, Big Brother 11, which just ended its season. I’m a BB virgin, never watched the show before, and decided to give it a shot! It was a weird experience watching BB, it’s different than other reality shows. Lots of drama, lots of fights, a happy ending, just what we needed! My favourite houseguests were Michele, Russell, Jordan and Laura.

ANTM13 is on the third episode now. This cycle, Tyra wants a petite model to win. Long shot? But to make up for their height, the girls this cycle is are incredibly promising. A whole better crop than the last few cycles! And the photoshoots looks amazing so far.  Erin is my choice. Who’s yours?

And yet another reality show, Survivor: Samoa. I love Survivor. It never gets tiring, especially with all the backstabs and alliances and the creative challenges. This season started off a little messy, but I think it’ll progress better compared to the disaster that last season was.

And for the TV series… Gossip Girl landed with its third season. I cannot miss out on all the high school drama. Wait, scratch that. They’re heading to university now. Curious to see how Chuck/Blair goes and what happened to Serena’s father. Addictive much? Totally.

Glee is the little train that could that is buzzing up a whole lot of hype. Some might say “High School Musical”, but other say “YES PLEASE”. It’s a great show mixed with music numbers, randomness, social awkwardness and a huge dose of hilarity injection. Must watch. The tracks from the show are seriously fun and addictive too.

And the last series that I’m following… Vampire Diaries. Vampire are in these days. So its sort of an obligation to watch it? Hehe. Besides, its the highest rating show on CW so far. No one can get enough of vampires. The cast are promising, and the plot is not bad. You can probably say its a typical vampire-human romance ala-Twilight story, which is true, but its dark edge and mystical aura keeps me jumping everytime Damon appears in a mirror or attacks someone.

So that’s what I’m watching. What about you?

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Sneaking In…

August 27, 2009

Wow. I haven’t been in here for a while now. So I just signed in, approved a whole bunch of comments and tweaked my profile here and there. The site is still getting its fair share of visitors, thank goodness.

Just wondering, ARE YOU STILL ALIVE? If you are (well of course, if not you wouldn’t be reading this, but you get my drift), leave a comment and I’ll holler back at ‘cha! If you still have this site bookmarked, stored or still have it imprinted in your memory, THANK YOU. Hopefully, I’ll be updating more frequently now, since I haven’t updated since Idol finished in May. Depending on circumstances, I hope I’ll be able to keep you guys updated with Idol 2010 next year.

Anyway, leave a comment! I still love you.

Peace!
-Raph-

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No Idol? Going Idle.

June 1, 2009

I won’t be posting anything anytime soon, unless something really exciting happens or something worth posting passes by. So thank you guys for sticking around this long, hope you enjoyed my posts and everything else! Thanks again, peace out!

Cheers!

Love and peace,
Raph

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American Idol 8 – Top 2 – Finale! Results [review]

May 21, 2009

Bummer that I couldn’t watch the live showcast, so I had to settle with watching the encore, around ten hours later, so this came in late. Sorry guys!

Say hello to the newest American Idol, KRIS ALLEN!! Kris was crowned the winner in the Nokia Theater today. This year, a total of 624 million votes were cast! For the finale alone, near 100 million votes came in! All I can say is: WOW. That’s a few million more than what the Davids garnered in last year! Apparently AT & T announced that 38 million votes came in from Kris’ hometown state, Arkansas. Wow, those people must be voting hardcore. I wonder how sore their thumbs are.

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I am very very content with this year’s results. Kris Allen thoroughly deserves to win. He worked his way from the bottom of the pack to the top and emerged as the winner. The dark horse has taken the title. All hail Kris Allen! Adam Lambert should be proud of himself as well, landing in first runner up isn’t bad! Hopefully both of them will succeed in the future!

Now to the recap stuff!

SPOTTED IN THE CROWD! Supermodel Janice Dickinson! Doing lots of cam-whoring. Hehe! Season 7′s Michael Johns! Season 1′s Justin Guarini! David Cook sitting in front of Tatiana Del Toro! Season 4′s Carrie Underwood & Bo Bice! Season 2′s Rubben Studdard! Carly Smithson was out in San Diego shouting with Adam Lambert’s crowd, Mikalah Gordon was in Conway hanging out with Kris’ homies!

The show started with the Top 13 group number, “So What”. Despite it being the finale, it was still awful. Hehe. Really to nice to see them all again though,  they were literally bouncing around the stage, especially Allison.

Season 7′s own David Cook performed one of his best songs off his self titled album, “Permanent”, which was dedicated to his late brother. It was an AMAZING performance, actually the best of the whole two hours in my opinion. The piano was very eerie, and Cook sang beautifully. SUPPORT! GO AND BUY THE SONG! Fight cancer!! ♥

Golden Idol Awards! OUTSTANDING MALE went to Nick Mitchell aka Normund Gentle. I love Nick! His persona(s) is so hilarious. Well deserved.  “Chain me up!” XD BEST ATTITUDE went to Bikini Girl aka Katrina Darrell. Wow she actually wore her bikini again! Her body is slamming hot. Kara DioGuradi did a singing showdown and showed her own HOT BOD! Droolfest, guys! The Queen herself, Tatiana Del Toro won the award for OUTSTANDING FEMALE. OMG “Saving All My Love For You” x4!! I love Tatiana! She is an DAMN GOOD VOCALIST! XD

Lil Rounds did a duet with Queen Latifah. It was a  tad bit too noisy for my taste. If only she pulled off a performance like this on the show, she would’ve gone furthur. Divas looked great!

Anoop Desai and Alexis Grace sang “I’m Yours” along with Jason Mraz. The rest of the top 13 came in later. It was clumsy and kind of pointless to be honest. Jason Mraz looked great! Love the beard! Shave YOURS, Anoop.

Kris Allen duetted with country superstar Keith Urban! Keith was rocking his electric guitar while Kris strummed his acoustic one. I liked it, they sounded really good together. Kris looked starstruck. Hehe.

The Glamorous! G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S! The girls from the top 13 sang with Fergie. Later, the latter performed “Boom Boom Pow” with the Black Eyed Peas. It was a very pow-worthy performance! The choreography was amazing. Megan Joy Corkrey looked HAWT.

Allison Iraheta then performed “Time After Time” with Cyndi Lauper. Wasn’t too crazy over it.

The moment Danny Gokey opened his mouth to sing “Hello”, I felt a sudden urge to punch him in the face. Weird huh. David Cook totally owns that song. He’ll be getting a lot more hate from Cook fans. Thank goodness. Lionel Richie came out later to perform some of his hits. Paula was dancing her butt off.

Adam Lambert wore a ridiculous costume. Was it supposed to be an armor? Hmmm. He started his performance slow and soft, but then rocked along with the band KISS. Very very nice, lots of theatrical stuff with the lights and the fireworks and flames. It totally looked like a real concert. This is what Adam should be doing Post-Idol.

Guitar legend Carlos Santana jammed on his guitar. Good stuff. Matt Giraud then sang a few lines gorgeously. I wonder how many hats Matt changed for the finale. Matt in a hat! The Idols then came out to sing “Smooth”. Love love love that song. Kind of wished that Matt had Santana all to himself though.

ZOMG David Cook presented new Ford Hybrids to Adam and Kris. Gimme a car Cook! Or at least take me for a ride!

Comedian Steve Martin and his banjo band were playing, while Megan Joy Corkrey and Michael Sarver sang. It was very nice. I totally had no idea  that Steve Martin was into music. Kudos! STEVE FTW!

Rod Steward then sang after the top 13 guys. Snoozefest much?

Queen, Kris & Adam and the Top 13 brought down the house with “We Are The Champions”. Great way to close the show!

And the results are in! KRIS ALLEN TRIUMPHED!! Totally unexpected right? NOT! Kris was totally speechless and was gibbering gibberish. He was so shocked that he could barely move properly. Poor guy.

Kris sang his last song on Idol, the coronation song, “No Boundaries”.

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And he finally broke into tears when his wife, Katy, rushed over to hug him. One word: Awwwwwwwww! ♥

Best of luck to all the Idols in their future careers. What a heck of a season this season has been.

It was nice for you guys to stay around the site and continue supporting! Hopefully you still will continue to support the site! Without you guys, I wouldn’t be able to function. Love you guys! *sniff*

What do you think of the finale? Happy with the results? Wanna rant? Leave comments!

[Photo credits: Yahoo! TV & StreetSense]

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American Idol 8 – Top 2 – Studio Recordings [download]

May 21, 2009

I’m running a bit late, so I posted the studio recordings first! This week we have a track from each contestant, which is the second song they performed in the finale, chosen by Idol creater Simon Fuller. I have two album art choices, so pick your favourite! Mediafire is down, so we’ll have to settle with Evilshare! ETA: Winner’s singles added! “No Boundaries” is the coronation song for this year’s winner, co-written by Kara DioGuardi.

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- American Idol 8 – Top 2 Studio Recordings -
Simon Fuller’s Choice  [Album Art #2]
[Adam's Official Single Cover][Kris' Official Single Cover]

Track List:

  1. Adam Lambert – “A Change Is Gonna Come
  2. Kris Allen – “What’s Going On
  3. Adam Lambert – “No Boundaries”
  4. Kris Allen – “No Boundaries”

I hate myself for saying this, but the coronation song is really growing on me. I love Adam’s take on the song, he actually sounds really good here. It’s great that the essential Adam essence is not missing in the song. However, Kris totally owns the song. His version of the single is incredibly radio friendly, I can actually see it doing well on the charts. It’s a hit in the making.

Congratulations to Kris Allen! He really deserved it. A tribute to the amazing Adam Lambert and the winner himself, Kris Allen.

Enjoy! Please leave comments!

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