American Idol

Best Day Ever with Kradam

Best Day Ever with Kradam, originally uploaded by Suzi3ana.

VH1’s Best Day Ever is my new favourite show. This one with Kradam as guest artistes is beyond hilarious!

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American Idol

The biggest upset in history

No Idol chat: Lambert’s the winner

By : SUZIEANA UDA NAGU


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Fans admire Adam Lambert (left) for his humility and kindness especially to Kris Allen
Fans admire Adam Lambert (left) for his humility and kindness especially to Kris Allen

Adam Lambert is the best thing that has ever happened to American Idol. SUZIEANA UDA NAGU tells why America has crowned the wrong Idol

KRIS Allen may have been crowned the eighth American Idol. But if it was up to rest of the world, Adam Lambert would have been the undisputed Prince of Rock.

Fans worldwide — from Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan to Australia, England and Norway — relied on social networking tools such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs and forums to get a blow-by-blow account of the results show on Wednesday (Los Angeles time).

As soon as they received the bad news, “Adamazed” supporters used the Internet to articulate their approval of Idol runner-up Lambert, who is from San Diego, California.

A live blogchat (between 7.30am and 10am on Wednesday) organised by a Malaysian English daily which coincided with the live telecast on Astro’s Starworld (channel 711) revealed that American Idol viewers here “voted for Adam Lambert”.

“It’s crazy, man. Adam is a far superior (performer) compared to Kris. Don’t worry Adam, your future will be brighter than his,” wailed a fan from Malaysia.

“Adam, I salute you for what you have achieved! The Philippines loves you so much and so do I. I admire you for your humility and kindness especially to Kris! I hope to see you perform live in the Philippines,” gushed julz_cacho, a fan from the Philippines.

“I’m sorry that you didn’t win. But I am so glad that you still adore Kris. You are a good man and good things will happen to you. The front page (of the local newspaper) says you are an international star. That is true. You’ve got fans here!

“Though we couldn’t vote, we can buy your album and go to your concert in Asia. Just want to let you know that you have supporters in Taiwan,” wrote kchencc from Taiwan, who tried to vote for Lambert but was prevented by the busy voting lines.

Three days after the controversial decision, fans are still reeling from the shocking results show.

“I just can’t believe it. The results (were) so unfair. (This is) an injustice. I am in shock and can’t stop crying,” wrote a distraught Eva Georges on Lambert’s official website (www.adamofficial.com).

The website, which was launched on Wednesday, had garnered close to 800 members worldwide within two days.

Messages were posted by fans who ranged from teenagers to grandmothers.

Undergraduate Maria Holm from Norway lamented on Twitter: “I can’t believe it. I’m still upset that Kris Allen won. Adam Lambert deserved that win! He has been the best during the whole competition!”

Bloggers found it necessary to remind readers of Lambert’s vocal prowess and musical genius.

The theatre veteran caught the attention of fans when he sang Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody during Idol audition a few months ago.

Lambert’s almost limitless vocal range and spellbinding performances have been hard to ignore, let alone forget, since then.

Rock and Roll week was predictably a walk in the park for Lambert. His rendition of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love received the approval of those who grew up listening to the band and sent them marching to iTunes to download the remade single.

In the few months of being on the reality TV series, the “guyliner”, to quote Idol host Ryan Seacrest, had always risen to the occasion.

On Country week — a week in which many contestants stumble and fall — Lambert showed that he was no “one trick pony”.

He picked up from where Rock Star: Supernova contestant Dilana left off and turned Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire into a “sexually charged, Far Eastern inspired number”.

He also sailed through Motown and Rat Pack Standards weeks and even moved mentors Smokey Robinson and Jamie Foxx with his interpretation of Track of My Tears and Feeling Good.

Simply put, Lambert had shown a great body of work throughout the season and did so without missing a single note.

Although fans have seen their fair share of talented contestants, they have never met a contestant who is at once charismatic and enigmatic.

On stage, he looks like an edgy superstar with a penchant for black eyeliner and nail polish as well as “jumping off cliffs, creatively speaking”. Off stage and during interviews, he transforms into an eloquent and a well brought up gentleman.

Lambert is refreshing and appeals to the rebel in fans young and mature. He shows that it is possible to be both a rock star and a role model — just ask the children from the Metropolitan Educational Theatre formerly known as the Children’s Theatre Network, where Lambert attended, growing up in San Diego.

Lambert visited the theatre group as part of his homecoming trip three weeks before the finale.

Notwithstanding rumours about his sexuality and the incriminating pre-Idol photos circulating the Internet, footages of Lambert patiently answering questions from preschoolers about “how he got so good at singing and dancing” gave fans a sense of the kind of mentor Lambert would make.

But in the land of reality television shows, even an early favourite such as Lambert is not “safe”.

That American Idol traditionally favours contestants who are “a little abashed, nervous and demonstratively relieved when they survive” — a description one would use on Allen rather than Lambert — may have stacked the odds against the self-assured performer.

The result announced on Wednesday night (Los Angeles time) confirmed that while America adored Lambert’s “theatrics”, it could stomach his brand of music up to a point.

America may not be ready for an androgynous Idol but there seems to be a consensus that Lambert will have a long and healthy music career unencumbered by “mountains and hurricanes” — words from No Boundaries, the cheesy coronation song foisted on Lambert and Allen.

If the buzz on blogosphere is any indication, Lambert’s loss may just be the beginning of what promises to be a celebrated career.

The discussions on American Idol Forums quoted insiders as saying that reality show judge Simon Cowell “is going to manage Lambert”.

The famously acerbic Cowell has consistently rooted for Lambert. He told Oprah a week before the finale that he thought Lambert would emerge as the new Idol because, among other things, “he’s got swagger”.

The votes proved Cowell wrong but fans refuse to accept that this is the end of the road for the revolutionary artiste.

As American Idol judge Paula Abdul succinctly put it: “Whatever happens with this Idol journey, I know with every fibre of my being that you (Lambert) are going to be iconic”. – YOU, New Straits Times (Saturday, May 23, 2009).

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She hates American Idol

Hello again!

Thought I’d share with you something I recently found on the Internet. Marytkelly from Boulder, Colorado, USA, was one of the lucky people who got to watch American Idol live from the Nokia Theatre. A Glambert, Marytkelly wrote about her experience watching the show live and described how the audience really reacted to the announcement. Below is an excerpt from her blog.

Finally the moment had arrived to announce the winner. The evening had been so spectacular, so fantastic, so obvious to everyone who was there who was going to win American Idol because, and please trust me because you probably weren’t there, it was SO apparent who had the best voice, the best stage presence and the most charisma.

So I can only tell you that when Ryan announced Kris Allen as the new American Idol, the theater that was packed with thousands of people was stunned. I haven’t seen the replay, but the producers surely must have had to resort to some kind of canned response to make it sound like there were people in the audience that were actually happy with this.

And don’t get me wrong. Of course there were some Kris Allen fans, but they seemed small in number. The rest of us stood there, jaws dropped to the ground, faces in disbelief as we looked at one another, shaking our heads in bewilderment.

It was just SO WRONG.

And let’s be honest here. No one seemed more shocked than Kris Allen himself. I felt really bad for him because it was so apparent in that large hushed theater that the applause was reserved and restrained. It was the ultimate of party poopers and Debbie Downers. A night that had had so much momentum, so many spectacular performances…Ryan’s announcement landed like a thud, like the turd of the song Kara had written that Kris had to sing one more time (this song is the only reason I’m grateful Adam didn’t win).

And as people slowly and quietly left the Nokia theater, still shaking their heads in disbelief, another season of American Idol went down in history, proving once again that the American voter can’t always be trusted.

I’m not as bitter as I surely must sound. Yes, Adam will get record deals and be famous, blah blah blah. It’s just the principle I’m stuck on. The whole, it’s a SINGING competition. I’m jaded now and the good news for all of you is that you will no longer be subjected to my American Idol recaps…collective sigh of relief for that…and come next January when American Idol starts up again, I’ll be doing something a little more productive with my time on Tuesday nights like playing bingo or watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island.

Now, didn’t some radio station send a few contest winners to LA to watch the show? I wonder if they will attest to Marytkelly’s post.

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Adam, the role model

AMERICAN IDOL 2009: And the winner is…the biggest upset in history!

By: Suzieana Uda Nagu

AMERICA has spoken and the people have voted in favour of Kris Allen, the guy-next-door crooner from Little Rock, Arkansas to be the eighth American Idol. Yet even before the confetti shower has settled, fans worldwide were already discussing on the Internet about whether or not the clean-cut soft rocker deserved the accolade.

Even Allen was shocked when his name — instead of Adam Lambert’s — was announced by host Ryan Seacrest as the winner. His first response: “Adam deserves this”.

If Allen himself doubted the results, then perhaps America did get it wrong this time. There are a million reasons why Lambert should have won the contest.

The San Diego native’s winning streak started the day he sang Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody during his audition a few months ago.

Lambert’s almost limitless vocal range and spellbinding performances have been hard to ignore, let alone forget, since then.

Rock and Roll week was predictably a walk in the park for Lambert. His rendition of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love received the approval of those who grew up listening to the band and sent them marching to iTunes to download the remade single.

In the months of being on the reality TV series, the veteran theatre actor had always risen to the occasion.

On Country week — in which many contestants stumble and fall — Lambert showed that he was no “one trick pony”.

He picked up from where Rock Star: Supernova contestant Dilana left off and turned Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire into a “sexually charged, Far Eastern inspired number”.

He also sailed through Motown and Rat Pack Standards weeks and even moved mentors Smokey Robinson and Jamie Foxx with his interpretation of Track of My Tears and Feeling Good.

Simply put, Lambert had shown a great body of work throughout the competition and did so without missing a single note.

Although fans have seen their fair share of talented contestants, they have never met one quite as charismatic and enigmatic as Lambert.

On stage, he looks like an edgy superstar with a penchant for black eyeliner and nail polish as well as “jumping off cliffs, creatively speaking”. Off stage and during interviews, he transforms into an eloquent and a well brought up gentleman.

Lambert is refreshing and appeals to the rebel in fans young and mature. He shows that it is possible to be both a rock star and a role model — just ask the children from the community theatre group which Lambert attended as a boy.

Lambert revisited the theatre group recently as part of his homecoming to (his hometown) San Diego.


Regardless of what rumours about his sexuality and the incriminating pre-Idol photos circulating the Internet may suggest, footages of Lambert patiently answering questions from preschoolers about “how he got so good at singing and dancing” gave fans a sense of the kind of mentor Lambert would be.

But in the land of reality television shows,  even an early favourite such as Lambert is not “safe”.

That American Idol traditionally favours contestants who are “a little abashed, nervous and demonstratively relieved when they survive” — a description one would use on Allen but not Lambert — may have stacked the odds against the self-assured performer.

The result announced on Wednesday night (Los Angeles time) confirmed that while America adored his “theatrics”, it could stomach Lambert’s brand of music up to a point.

America may not be ready for an androgynous rocker to be its Idol but there is a general consensus on the World Wide Web that, win or lose, Lambert will have a long and healthy music career unencumbered by “mountains and hurricanes” (see this article).

In the words of judge Paula Abdul, “whatever happens with this Idol journey, I know with every fibre of my being that you are going to be iconic”.

You’re the real Idol, Adam Lambert. Can’t wait to see you at your sell-out tour!
*Read the follow up to this article on http://www.nst.com.my

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Let him be

This article on Ricky.org got me thinking this beautiful Saturday morning about the kind of privacy issues that famous people face.

I think the reporter was asking a genuine question about what may have cost Adam to lose his game. But you have to admit that it was also a roundabout way of asking about his sexuality.

I mean — with due respect to whoever the reporter was — who knows Adam may get emotional and say, “yeah man.. they didn’t vote for me because I’m xxxxxxxx” and then bammm! he or she gets his/her exclusive!

But I believe Adam is classier and more media savvy than we realise. He’s really intelligent this Adam guy and I think he’s been through a lot in life — good and bad experiences — to make him mature enough to handle the pressures of “suddently” being in the limelight.

Fans and the media alike have been speculating about Adam Lambert’s sexual preference since incriminating photos of him popped up on the Internet.

I admit I was initially a bit uncomfortable seeing them simly because it felt like watching someone really close to me  engaging in sexual activities.

I mean, for example, you know your parents or older siblings with children have sex but you’d rather not think that they actually do it, let alone look at photos of them in the act, you know what I mean? *lol*

So, I just avoided looking at those photos.

But that doesn’t mean that I respect Adam less. In my last post, I’ve already declared how deeply I respect him as an artiste and a person who has shown tremendous grace and humility. Watch this phoner with Ellen DeGeneres to know what I mean.

Well, back to what I wrote earlier, it annoys me that people keep on trying to get him to admit to being homosexual at every chance (i.e interview) that they get.

Adam, on the other hand, has given them vague sound bites that give the reporters something, but not exactly what they wanted, to write about.

Some fans  wish that he would just “clarify the issue already”. But I’m glad he’s not giving in because it is none of anyone’s business whether he kisses boys or girls. By the way, I can direct you to the photos and videos to prove that he’s done both but that still doesn’t say anything concrete about his sexuality.

I don’t agree that just because he is now a celebrity, he is obliged to introduce to us his girl friend or boyfriend. If he wants to, he’ll do it in his own time, not because an entertainment reporter asks him to so they could get an exclusive.

I wish some people would just stop trying to “out” him. People will “come out of the closet” or remain in there forever and ever if and when they want to, thank you very much.

So, why don’t we just give that question a rest. At this rate, that question is ready to join one of those tired cliches that can be found in the lyrics of No Boundaries, the single which was foisted on poor Adam and Kris Allen. Well, tough luck for Kris because he gets to keep the single *lol*. I hope he changes the arrangement and make it more “Kris Allen-esque”.

American Idol, business trips, drama

So the drama!

After my trip to Ho Chi Minh, the last thing I expected was to go on another business trip which required hopping onto a plan.

As it turns out, I had to fly to JB for a forum. My trip was confirmed 24 hours before my flight. I didn’t know much about my schedule but I knew that I have to be there by 10am where I have an interview with the vc and the actual event starts at 2pm.

So, I woke up bright and early at 4.30am last Thursday and my husband dropped me off at KLIA just shy off 6am.

I had fun in JB despite the little sleep that I had the night before and my packed schedule. Hansolo picked me up from the hotel at around 9.30pm so that the JB gang (hansolo, ramblinging and new dad) can watch American Idol on Singapore’s Channel 5 while having ikan bakar together-gether.

I dozed off now and then but by the time ramblinging sent me back to the hotel at around 1.40am and I cleaned up before going to bed, I was wide awake!! I actually had to force myself to sleep. I think I must have fallen asleep by 2.30am. But not before setting the alarm for 6.30am, of course.

But I was awoken five minutes before the alarm rang by a phone call from my husband. He was telling me that my $$ is in and he has paid my credit card bills for me. Yes, at 6.30am!!

So yeah, I managed four hours of sleep and did some interviews before I left for the airport at 2.30pm. Just when I thought that I could just check in and chill… I found out that my flight had been wrongly booked. Instead of flying back on Friday afternoon, the organiser had wrongly booked my ticket for THURSDAY afternoon.

So I had to pay the Rm100 fine and be on standby. Thank god there were a few seats left and I could catch the flight I was meant to take.

I can’t believe I didn’t check my flight details properly! I could have saved a lot of hassle if I had paid closer attention to it. But I guess I was also expecting everything to be taken care of for me. I mean, if the organiser had wanted me to just have a day trip, then they wouldn’t have booked a room for me at Puteri PP, right?

But what’s important is that I managed to come back as planned. But I still have to write a formal letter for a refund. I have to check with Sab_ri for suggestions on how to word the letter.