Don’t forget to check out our “Survivor” columnist Scott Ottersen with today’s full recap of last night’s episode. His is much more lengthy than what I’m about to say, but here are some quick thoughts:
-So I read this morning that Lisa has contracted the West Nile Virus. Sucks for her. That became a big issue out here this summer in Texas since a lot of people were getting it. I guess Lisa’s isn’t fatal and she expects to be ok. You think more contestants on this show would contract something while filming, even despite all the shots they have to get beforehand.
-Is it just me, or does Lisa seem like she’s showering and getting a facial every day? My gosh, everyone else out there looks worn out, haggard, and dirty, and then you see Lisa in her ITM’s and she looks like she’s got makeup on ready to head out for the night. For 49 years old, she’s holding up REALLY well out there.
-You all know that Penner is a former actor, right? How hard was he putting those acting skills to use last night on Lisa? Wow. Best part is, it worked. Even though Lisa stayed true to her alliance, you could tell that his strategy is working on her.
-In all the seasons of “Survivor,” I’ve never heard contestants actually break the “fourth wall” when discussing strategy last night, but Penner did during his talk with Lisa. To get her to start thinking ahead about how she wants the audience to perceive her, and how the viewers are gonna see her was a brilliant strategic move. No one’s ever laid it out there like that (at least on camera) that we’ve ever seen. Even if Lisa doesn’t win this game, there’s no doubt she’ll win the $100,000 fans vote at the end. Won’t even be close. Can’t wait til next season when Tootie gets cast. Or Mrs. Garrett.
-You know who has zero chance of winning this season? Uhhhhh, Abi. And no, not because the numbers are now stacked against her but because, well, she’s an annoying b*tch. And usually when you’re an annoying b*tch to everyone in camp, chances are they’re not gonna vote for you in the end. So lets all chalk up Abi as one of the worst players in “Survivor” history.
-I don’t know a thing about Carter, nor do I care to. What an absolute zero in the personality department. At least Pete has tried some game play early on when he got rid of RC by planting the clue in her bag or whatever it was. Half the time it looks like Carter is on life support. Not to mention he’s looking like he’s weighing about 87 lbs right now.
-Somewhat sort of related, I saw glimpses of the “Jeff Probst Show” recently. 5 or 10 minutes here and there, and I gotta say…stick to your day job Jeff. Which is disappointing because Jeff is by far the best reality show host in the business. However, I guess that doesn’t mean just because you can repeat phrases every episode like “Come on in guys!”, “Ready to see what you’re playing for?,” “Immunity back up for grabs,” and the “the tribe has spoken,” can you host a talk show. There are already enough daytime talk shows out there anyway, and they’re basically all the same. No idea why Jeff got one, or even needed one.
Did you see it when that one singer got eliminated in the Battle Rounds, but then made it back on the Knockout Rounds, only to be saved in the Elimination rounds? Ummmm, neither did I.
I think there are many things about this show that I like, but still quite a few things that I don’t. We already know that Britney is a horrible judge. She offers nothing whatsoever in terms of critique. It’s almost like she’s afraid to speak into the mic and can’t wait until she’s done. Is anyone else bothered by the fact that all the other judges know how to talk into a microphone like normal human beings, and when it’s Britney’s turn to talk, she always has to lean forward, speak for 3 seconds, then immediately lean back? She looks so uncomfortable up there. Someone needs to coach her or something. Awful.
Here’s my problem with the whole mentors/judges. In two seasons so far, not one judge has ever had one of their singers perform, then said, “Man, that wasn’t good.” And why should they? It’d be a direct reflection on them since they are their mentors. But it just makes it so phony when CeCe Frey is god awful last night (I’m serious that her voice cracked at least 10 times during that song), all three other judges tell her she was terrible essentially, yet her mentor Demi says she killed it? C’mon. That’s just ridiculous. I think we all know who’s good on this show and who isn’t. Just because they’re one of your acts doesn’t mean you can’t say “that wasn’t very good.” CeCe, Arin, Lyric 145 just weren’t very good last night.
I thought the revealing of the audience votes last week was one of the best twists any singing competition has ever done. Simon has said they haven’t decided if they’re gonna do it every week, and they shouldn’t. They did it last week, I think they should do it once, maybe two more times and that’s it. Pretty amazing that with 10 years of “American Idol,” and three seasons of the “Voice,” and numerous other competition shows where the audience vote determines who stays and who goes, this is the first time any one of them has ever thought to post the results. You absolutely know that we’ll probably see it on “Idol” this season, and DWTS next season, and the “Voice” next season. Television is a copycat business, so I can see this becoming a standard on all the other shows now. There’s no way that NONE of the other shows ever use this. Congrats to X Factor for thinking of it first.
With that said, apparently America is on crack with their voting. Vino 4th? Emblem3 6th? Tate Stevens 1st? Wow. Pretty unexpected. We all know just because that’s the first vote of the season doesn’t mean that’s how the voting will continue. Let’s face it, I think there’s only three people who have a legitimate shot of winning this thing: Carly Rose, Emblem3, and Tate Stevens. If you’re thinking maybe a 4th candidate, that’d be Diamond White, but I don’t think she’ll win. I said it before the live shows started and I’ll say it again: Carly Rose is the best singer in this competition and she should win. Will she? Probably. But if she loses, only Emblem3 or Tate would even be considered to have a chance at beating her. 13 years old and she destroyed one of the most popular, if not THE most popular movie soundtrack song of all time. That was ridiculous. They should just call off the competition now and give her the contract. I mean, Tate Stevens has a great story (marries h.s. sweetheart, two kids, 37 year old struggling in the music business), but that’s obviously what people are voting for with him, I get it. Carly Rose is 100 times more marketable than Tate right now, and she’s the best singer. Hopefully that’ll mean she’ll win this thing.
Someone needs to put CeCe out of her misery. Child, you look like you’re going to have a nervous breakdown at the end of every performance. She’s a wreck. Her look is terrible, her voice has been off in every performance, the choreography is horrendous, and the judges all think she sucks. But hey, other than that she’s doing great.
They need to cut it with the overproduction on the performances and the background singers. Have you noticed that all the best performances are the ones that aren’t overproduced, have no choreography, and no background singers? I think it’s just because that’s what we’re used to in these singing shows. Get up there, sing your song, and show your personality. We don’t need these people pretending like they’re headlining a concert since half of them don’t know what to do anyway. If there’s no one problem with Emblem3, it was evident during last night’s performance. When they’re not playing any instruments, they just kinda stand there and sing and have ZERO choreography. Sure they’ll jump around every once in a while or collect phone numbers from the little teenie boppers in the most pit up front, but for the most part, they don’t do anything. Fifth Harmony and Lyric145 all look in sync. Emblem3 is three high schoolers just singing and having fun but not much stage presence. Sure, it can be taught, but they are not polished performers on stage yet, which is what will probably prevent them from winning.