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First of all, I miss Standoff so badly that I am now having *dreams* which involve me seeing *previews* for the next new episode.  And if you are familiar with my O.C. rantviews, then you know that I have been reduced to getting my Ron Livingston fix from cell phone commercials.  This is pathetic.  BRING MY SHOW BACK NOW! Die, Wedding Bells.  And Drive.  And any other show which gets on the air before March 31st, though none of them are actually as instantly repulsive as the first one.

Second of all, I watched American Idol last night.  There's nothing else on Wednesdays at 8 anymore!  *cries*  Actually, I watched because I'm home, and it's my mom's favorite show, and it's actually fun to watch it with her.  We trade all kinds of good insight & insults.  Last night we hung out in my room and watched it on my TV, which is the newest of the five in the house and therefore has the most awesome reception.  I don't know why the age of a TV has an influence on antenna reception, but it does.  

She loves the show because she likes to hear good singers.  As I am mostly incapable of telling great from the poor side of average, and completely incapable of telling whether someone is sharp or flat, I enjoy being 100% focused on the peoples' looks, and second-most interested in their personalities.  So my question is this: WHERE HAVE ALL THE HOT GUYS GONE?? I'm at the official website, and here come my first impressions of everybody.

Alaina: She's purty.
Amy: Big, scary eyes.
AJ: Next!
Blake: Oh GOD, that hair.  FIX THIS ATROCITY IMMEDIATELY.  Shoot every bottle of gel you own.
Antonella: She's my mom's frontrunner.  My favorite too.  Lovely looks and lovely locks, and she seems like a sweetheart.
Gina: I don't like her hair, but she's great so far.  Funny.  And she lists her favorite female artists as "Celine Dion, K.T. Tunstall, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow," which instantly impress me all around.
Brandon: Workin' a fro like Gary Dourdan.  I might be able to get on board with that.
Chris: Ew.  Grunge.
Haley: Meh.
Jordin: Was a little spastic when she made the final cut...here's hoping she doesn't stay that way.  Otherwise, she could be fun to watch.
Chris: EW IT'S CLOWN BOY!  Why is he in!  Why!  He looks like he got rejected from Last Comic Standing.  And is the most *perfect* example since Taylor Hicks of why the age limit should never have been raised higher than 25.
Jared: Meh.
Lakisha: Oh, I don't like her.  If you're going to try and be an example of overcoming a stereotype, please only pick one.  She's working the older, overweight, AND single mom categories all at once.
Leslie: I know they're all technically unknowns, but once you get on the show you get glossed over with the celebrity look.  She still looks the most down-to-earth of everybody.  I think I could grow to like her, with time.
Nicholas: Eh.
Paul: Seems like he should be aesthetically pleasing, but I'm just not feeling anything special.
Melina: Oh, God.  Another one for the "please don't raise the age limit" crowd.  And also for the insufferable live-my-life-by-the-gospel people.
Nicole: Eh.
Phil: -.- Is he gone yet?
Rudy: Boring.
Sabrina: Oh, you're my hometown chica, huh?  Still don't care.
Stephanie: And you're my namesake?  Don't like you either.  I'm so sick of soul singers.  She even LOOKS like Fantasia.
Sanjaya: Is cute, in a too-young and dorky sort of way.  It's pathetic that he and Brandon and possibly Paul are as close as this show comes to having a hot guy this year.
Sundance: ...Sundance Head?  SUNDANCE HEAD?!  What the hell!  Firstly, what kind of name is that, and second, he couldn't sing worth crap!  I can tell "good" from "horrible," you know.  He is also terribly ugly.  If I'd had any faith left in this show, it would have shattered on the rocks.
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And now for something truly random!

The other day, somebody was whining about Lost changing timeslots, and how there was no way they could comprehend mythology at 5 minutes to 11.  And I started thinking about this strange phenomenon in the Eastern and Mountain time zones whereby the last primetime shows air at 10:00.  I mean, I've always KNOWN about it because of the previews saying things like "starting at 8, 7 central," but I never stopped to consider what that meant.  It's almost like those blended into two words, like "Eightseven" was just another way to say "7 o'clock." 

But I have as much trouble wrapping my brain around it as I do the Church's idea that God is one being somehow existing in three separate forms.  I mean, ten o'clock, meaning it doesn't end until 11 PM!  Like, how ridiculously late is that?  Nights are over at 10 PM.  Most stores close and the news comes on.  11:00 sounds so silly, I can't believe that's really how it works for half the country.  It makes me wonder if those people look at my zone and wonder how we can start our TV night so freakishly early. 

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