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  1. For over a decade, Morty's TV has provided free and open forums each summer for discussing Big Brother and the Houseguests. Big Brother is a game that sirs strong emotions and opinions in fans as well as the contestants. Please make sure you are familiar with the Forum Posting Rules and abide by them as you enjoy this open and (relatively) uninhibited platform for discussing Big Brother. Fuskie Morty's TV Social Media Director
  2. Introducing the Morty’s TV Big Brother USA Live Feed Meme Contest! Morty’s TV knows you can’t get enough of the Big Brother USA Season 20 Live Feeds – you watch them, you read about them, you follow our real-time updates on Facebook and Twitter, take screen caps, and you discuss them on the Morty’s TV Fan Forums and the Morty’s TV Facebook group. And you definitely let us know what you think about Big Brother, the Houseguests and the season. This summer, Morty’s TV is giving you the opportunity to merge your love of Live Feed screen caps and your very creative comments in the Morty’s TV Big Brother USA Live Feed Meme Contest. We want you to capture live feed screen images and turn them into memes. We’ll collect them and post them to the TV Fan Forums, and then Morty will pick his favorite meme and post it to the Live Feed coverage page at http://mortystv.com/bb each Eviction Night as the Morty’s TV Big Brother USA Meme of the Week. What’s A Meme? A meme is an image with a few witty words written on it. Remember the old “Hang On, Friday’s Coming” cat poster? That was a pre-internet meme. Today’s memes are digital images and often used to express humorous thoughts, social commentary and biting satire. How Do I Enter? We want you to take your live feed screen shots (how you get them is up to you but please make sure they are your own – no borrowing of images from others – or images we post to Facebook and/or Twitter) and turn them into memes. Be creative, but be clean. No nudity. No politics. No racist, vulgar or offensive language. No insulting, intimidating or bullying comments. Memes considered inappropriate will not be considered. Once you have your meme, post it to the Morty’s TV Facebook wall at http://facebook.com/mortystv,to the Morty’s TV Group at http://facebook.com/groups/mortystv, or tag @mortystv on Twitter. Please use the #BB19MEMES hashtag to ensure our attention is flagged. You can also email your memes to mortystv.memes@gmail.com or post your memes directly to the Morty’s TV Fan Forums in this thread. On each Eviction Day, Morty will select his favorite meme from the past 7 days to feature as his Big Brother USA Live Feed Meme of the Week on our famous Big Brother Live Feed Coverage Page at http://mortystv.com/bb. At the end of the season, one of these featured memes will win a prize as Meme of the Season! Remember, posting a meme to our Facebook wall or group, tagging our Twitter stream, sending by email or by posting to the Morty’s TV Fan Forums & Chat implicitly grants Morty’s TV free and unrestricted license to use your meme in any way allowed by applicable law. You must be identifiable and accessible through Facebook, Twitter, Email or a member of the Morty’s TV Fan Forums & Chat to be selected as the Morty’s TV Big Brother USA Live Feed Meme of the Week or to receive the grand prize at the end of the season. When posting a meme directly to the Morty's TV Big Brother USA Live Feed Meme Contest thread on the Morty’s TV Fan Forums & Chat, please use a link to a publicly accessible online photo cloud storage account. Visit the Morty’s TV Fan Forums & Chat often to check out the latest memes and post your comments. But remember, all posts are subject to the “good conduct” rules of the forums. Creating Memes If you need help in creating your meme, here are a couple online free-to-use meme-making tools you can use: http://www.mememaker.net https://imgflip.com/memegenerator http://www.memecreator.org/ http://www.quickmeme.com/caption http://memegenerator.net http://www.imagechef.com/meme-maker http://roadtoblogging.com/free-online-meme-maker-tools If you need a way to host your meme image in the cloud, you can use the free site: http://postimage.org Please resize images to 640x480 (Message Board) to make the memes easier to handle. Note: Morty’s TV has not reviewed and does not endorse these web site tools. Or feel free to use your own method. What makes A Good Meme? A good meme tells a story. Try to limit you’re your meme to 3 or 4 words per line and 2-3 lines per image. Use a white font at a reasonable size so as to make sure your meme is easy to read but the image remains visible. The best memes use images that focus on a single or a couple subjects. Here’s an example: So what are you waiting for? Enter the Morty’s TV Big Brother USA Live Feed Meme Contest today and as often as you like during the Big Brother USA 19 season. Your meme might just catch Morty’s eye and be featured as the Meme of the Week! Please email mortystv.memes@gmail.com if you have any questions. Note: Morty’s TV Volunteers and anyone associated with or partnering with Morty’s TV may enter the contest but are not eligible to win the Meme of the Week or Meme of the Season.
  3. This thread is for the episode recaps and conversation around America's Got Talent, Season 12. Please let us know what you think of the acts this season and who you think deserves to win!
  4. Donathan exits the game with no complaints, proud of how he competed, and excited to experience Ponderosa. What did you think of his Truth Bombs and his hair? Tell us on the Survivor board here on the Fan Forums!
  5. Sea Bass foregoes the comforts of Ponderosa, kicking himself for being taken in and greeted by pirates and rum. Tell us what you think of Sebastian and his Spirit Animals on Survivor forum here on the Morty's TV Fan Forums!
  6. Welcome to the Finale of Survivor: Ghost Island. There is still a lot of game to be played but lets first say hello to the blindsides, the early players. And here's the jury so far. And down here, our final six still in the game. Three will go to the jury, three will make it to the end with a shot to win. We are live in Los Angeles on Survivor Finale Night! Ghost Island, admittedly a corny idea, but the players embraced it and you embraced it, and Survivor Wednesday nights, the highest rated show. And parents, thank you for letting your kids stay up late tonight. And kids, you got to do your part and go to bed right after its over. Here we go, it's the finale of Survivor: Ghost Island! 35 days ago, these 20 Americans were abandoned in the islands of Fiji to take part in the greatest social experiment on television. Now, only six remain: Sebastian has played with his heart but has an extra vote. Can he reverse the curse? Donathan started out a fish out of water but adapted as part of a strong 4 person alliance. Can he truth bomb his way to the Final 3? Laurel built strong bonds across tribal lines and shown unwavering loyalty, but will she stick with her alliance or cut ties and sprint to the end? Angela has been outside virtually every vote but she now could be the swing vote. Is this the chance she needs to make it to the end? Wendell's laid back style masks a clever social game and his partnership with Dom has offered protection, but with a HII, he's a clear threat to win and everyone's target. Domenic has rubbed many the wrong way with his brash style but his game play has been electric. With a real and fake idol, his partnership with Wendell could be his biggest obstacle. With one more visit to Ghost Island and $1m on the line, this game is far from over. Who will have what it takes to outwit, outplay and outlast all the rest to win the game and claim the title of Sole Survivor? Lavita. Night 35. Dom says Donathan went bananas and declared war on their alliance. Laurel tells him he almost voted himself out of the game - they would have voted you out if they weren't working with us. Donathan says he was right to be nervous and since he just blew their games up (Dom and Wendell), they probably won't work with him no more. Sebastian thought they were voting Donathan but is tired of following in Dom and Wendell's shadow and is ready to make a big move. Day 36, Dom, Wendell and Lauren talk about Donathan. They want to take Sea Bass (Sebastian) out first because Donathan is not a threat in any way. Wendell says both he and Dom have idols in their pockets which makes going after each other hard. Sebastian has played a clean, honest game which makes him a real threat. Time for the next IC which is the largest maze game in Survivor history. The maze is huge, in the shape of ghost skull. Laurel gives up her III and Immunity is back up for grabs. Survivors race through the maze to collect bags of puzzle pieces. First to solve their puzzle assures themselves a 1 in 5 shot of winning. Plus, playing for reward: Steak dinner, baked potato, bread, dessert. Big Steaks at stake. For Immunity and reward, Survivors GO! Each Survivor has 3 bags of puzzle pieces. Jeff walks on a platform in the center of the maze to watch the action. All Survivors reach their first stations except Donathan. After untying their bags, they have to find their way back. Laurel, Wendel and Angela are looking for their second bag. Wendell first to 2nd station, followed by Sebastian. Dom finally returns with his first bag. Donathan finally gets to first station. Wendell has 2nd bag, followed by Sebastian. Laurel and Angela also looking for 3rd bag. Donathan seeking second bag. Dom catching up. Sebastian has his 3rd and final bag and starts his puzzle first. Laurel has all her pieces now. Wendell has all his pieces. Donathan has two bags. Dom gets his third bag. Donathan is the only one not yet working on his puzzle. Jeff says the puzzle is hard to start but gets easier. Sebastian and Wendell make progress. Donathan has his 3rd bag. The crowd erupts in celebration, Jeff mocks. Wendell in lead, with Dom on his tail. Donathan starts his puzzle. Laurel and Angela make no progress. Wendell getting closer. Dom right behind. Immunity on the line. Wendell is down to one piece but his puzzle is barely together. Wendell wins Individual Immunity, safe at TC and guaranteed spot in F5. Wendell's first II win chooses Sebastian to join him. One more person - he chooses Angela to share the wealth. She is surprised. Wendell says she deserves it. Laurel says it's strategy. She's livid he chose two enemies of the alliance. The gloves are off. Dom tells Wendell he had to let him have one. Sebastian asks how Wendell does those puzzles so fast. Wendell tell us he can use this and his HII to make the Top 4 plus he gets to feast. Wendell, Angela and Sebastian sit down for their steak meal. He figures this is a chance to turn them on Donathan and to curry favor with the jury. Sebastian says tonight his the last chance to use his extra vote so he might go fishing. Laurel tells Dom she's livid Wendell is feeding the competition and not his alliance. She is vulnerable without an idol. Dom says he had no part in Wendell's decision, defends it as being good will. Dom tell us Laurel's being emotional and that could ruin everything if she tries to shake things up. Donathan tell Sebastian he's the target since no one's targeted him. They and Angela discuss Dom's articles and decide to flush them out. Angela thinks he has only one. Sebastian privately tells Donathan about his extra vote and he plans to use it on Dom. Angela says for once she's in the loop and it's amazing. She has a little power right now. Dom asks Angela what's going on. She tells him that one of "them" has an advantage. She reveals Sebastian's extra vote and is gunning for him. Dom is thankful Angela is a loose cannon. He tells her he's playing both his idols. She says Sebastian thinks he has only one. Dom thinks he has Angela on his side but with Sebastian's extra vote and if Laurel flips, he's in trouble. Donathan tells Laurel about Sebastian's extra vote and she says she's in on making a big move. Dom tells Wendell about Sebastian's extra vote and the plot against him. Dom wants to save the real one for next time but if he plays the fake one, he may not get the chance. Time for TC. Kelyn has joined the Jury. Laurel says everyone feels pressure building around camp, pressure to make moves, make the right moves, to go big, but also go smart. Donathan says no pressure on him because nobody talked to him. It's his time to go because of the last TC and the repercussions. Sebastian agrees Donathan's in trouble today. Dom doesn't buy it, says it's an act at every TC. Something's going on he's not telling us. Dom implies Donathan is working with Sebastian on an evil plan to take him out with his extra vote. Let's blow it up at TC, Dom says as Donathan denies everything. Sebastian admits to having an extra vote but doesn't know how the cat got out of the bag. Dom says Sea Bass can play ball with Donathan to the end of the game but he's not going anywhere tonight. Donathan says their pockets are loaded, that's why he's certain he's going home tonight. My pockets are loaded, Dom says, pulling out both his real and fake HII. I got gear, I got merchandise. He says the fake idol has come to life tonight. It won't work as you hoped. Jeff asks Donathan if he regrets speaking up. I'm an honest person, he says, and I'm going home. I tried to make things happen and that's what you do in Survivor. Dom says we had a solid thing since Day 10, never lied to him once, but he feels the need to turn on him. Jury whispers - he's the Godfather. Donathan says he wanted to make his own game, not play Dom's game. If they're intimidated by that, then let them be. It's not intimidation, Wendell says, it's confusion as to your game plan. Let's just get to the F4... That's what you're telling me to do. I'm here to play my game. Wendell pulls out his HII and asks when that saves him. Tomorrow, Donathan says, the last time you can play it. But what if I have a Plus One to the party, Wendell asks. I could have used it for you. You can do that, Donathan says. These could have been used for you, bro, Wendell says. But you never let me in on those plans, Bro, Donathan retorts. Why do I need to let you in? Because it's an alliance. We're trying to work with you, Wendel claims. I don't want your work no more, Donathan says. Dom says this is the fake idol (which he claimed is now real) that he's willing to give Jeff now. Jury whispers: that's not the real one. Sebastian says he's not sure what to make of Dom's early idol but he isn't changing his game plan. That's his game plan to say he's safe. Wendell says Dom played an idol, Sea Bass may or may not play an additional vote, and Donathan may have something up his sleeve. Laurel says despite what has been said, she believes something was in the works and still does. It is time to vote. We don't see who anyone votes for, but we do see Sebastian vote for either Domenic or Donathan. Time to tally the votes. No additional HII are played. Dom interrupts Jeff and says Jeff already has his idol and reads the note that his tainted idol has not matured into a real idol. The jury rolls their eyes at his theatrics. This idol is a million dollar gamble he's taking, he says. If it goes bust, at least he tried. Sebastian and Donathan sit stone faced. Jeff confirms Dom's story - any votes cast for Dom will count. Time to read the votes. Dom. Donathan. Sebastian. Sebastian. Sebastian is the 15th voted out and 8th member of jury. Oh man, Donathan says. Sebastian douses his flame. The tribe has spoken. One of the toughest parts of the game, Jeff editorializes, is to tell when someone is telling the truth and when they are bluffing. Wendell is smiling and Dom has a smug look of satisfaction on his face. I am so freaking stupid, Sebastian tells us, Dom was such a good actor that I kept my extra vote in my pocket and vote for Donathan. It was a million dollar mistake. Jeff confirms that yes, the extra vote will be coming back. For those keeping track, 6 of the 7 ghost island relics have cursed again. You couldn't do a season like this without a history of bad decision and speaking of bad decisions, here are Eric and James, who are good sports for allowing us to say they made some of the dumbest moves in the game, and I owe both of them an apology. Coming up. Day 37. Time for the next IC. Survivors must swim to a platform, climb up, slide down the other side, make their way through a series of land obstacles, collecting bags of puzzle pieces, then solve a 4 piece pyramid puzzle. First to win earns spot in F4. For immunity, Survivors Ready? Go! Everyone swimming strong. Wendell first up and over platform, followed by Laurel and Domenic then Donathan. Angela is struggling. On land, Wendell goes under first obstacle and unties his first of two bags, followed by Laurel and Dom. Angela not giving up. Wendell gets 2nd bag followed by Laurel. Donathan has first bag, followed by Domenic. Everyone working on second bag except Angela. Wendell starts on puzzle. Laurel starts on puzzle. Angela gets second bag. Donathan starts puzzle. Dom starts puzzle. All working on their puzzles. Who can think in 3 dimensions? Anything short of a pyramid is wrong. Only Donathan has not won Individual Immunity at least once. Wendell wins Immunity! Wendell says now the game is about how he can posture himself for the jury. Maybe someone can finally outsmart Domenic. Back at camp, Dom says for some reason he thought the top would be flat. He tells us he and Wendell are even in the game. Had it been a flat top, Wendell jokes, you would have won. Dom says he will play his real is safe, so the real question is who does he take to F4. Angela is no threat. Donathan is the obvious vote. He asks Donathan who he would take to F3 and Donathan says you. Donathan tells us that Dom and Wendell can do anything they want tonight because they have safety. My only play is to convince Dom I'd take him to F3 and go head to head with someone who played a great game. I'm honest, he tells Dom, I want to pick you and compete against the best. Dom says in poker that's called a snap call, giving a response without thinking and it's usually a bluff. But he's weak in challenges. Dom says Laurel's won challenges and that makes her his #1 threat. Laurel tells Dom and Wendell she feels exposed. Wendell says they have her back. She knows she's the biggest challenge threat to Dom and Wendell and it doesn't make sense for them to keep her. I didn't flip on them when I could and now am at their mercy. Dom asks Laurel if she would take Donathan to F3 but Laurel says she needs him on jury to get at least one vote. Wendell asks if she might not get more jury votes if she takes one of them out? I see your point, Laurel says, but my best shot is you two split votes and I pick up the remainder. Dom tells us the red light goes on, he doesn't trust her to decide his fate if she wins the next challenge. Dom and Wendell discuss their choices privately. Dom thinks Laurel is full of it. Wendell agrees she's the only challenge threat. He's willing to let her go. He tells us he can use Eric's HII to protect Laurel, Donathan or Angela. This is his opportunity for a big move and shift the jury in his favor. But it's a risky decision - Eric make a bad decision giving the idol away before - can he reverse the curse? Night 37. Time for TC. Sebastian has joined the jury. Laurel says there was a lot of pressure at camp. Wendell is safe and Dom has his idol, so it's all three of you on the line. Can all three really be on the line, Jeff asks? Angela says Dom and Wendell were running ideas alone. Donathan agrees they each have to lay out how they make those other two's games better for them. I'm may be the first out in tomorrow's challenge. Dom agrees that taking someone who hasn't won makes sense. It could be a blunder to take the wrong person who could beat you. Wendell says every decision matters - he has the worst cursed II idol in the game and his decision could curse him too. He could save one of the three or keep it for himself. Dom says Wendell's decision is up to him, he can only protect himself tonight. We're right back in a big game of bluff, Jeff says, everyone is not being transparent. Wendell confirms Dom doesn't know what he's going to do with his idol. Laurel says them disagreeing is a crack. She's saved them on a few votes and they've saved her on a few votes. She's hoping loyalty outweighs the strength vote. This is the nitty gritty, Donathan tells Laurel, you can't rely on loyalty to get to the F3. It would be an advantage for those two to take him given his inability to win immunity. It is time to vote. Dom and Wendell give each other blank looks. Donathan votes for Laurel with a heart. Laurel votes for Donathan. Time to tally the votes. Wendell lets Dom go first. You got a big finale, Dom asks? A little. Dom plays his Season 26 HII for Andrea. He is looking to reverse the curse by playing it for himself. Wendell gets up and says a few weeks ago, Laurel reminded him of his sister back home. I said I would be loyal to her like my sister. So Laurel, I am playing Eric's II for you. Regardless of strategy, I'm standing by you. Laurel plays the idol and Jeff confirms any votes cast for her will not be counted. Time to read the votes. Laurel. Does not count. Donathan. Two votes Donathan. 16th person voted out and 9th member of the jury, Donathan. Donathan's torch is dashed as he says this was the most wonderful experience of his life. He wishes Laurel luck. Donathan tells us he always underestimated himself so to come out and do as great as he did was worth more than $1m because the lessons he learned out here he can apply to his real life. Jeff brings Donathan out for the live audience - he went down fighting with the truth bombs, a fish out of water. Jeff says day by day we watched you gain more confidence. Did you change? Donathan says he started gymnastics at age 8 and came out as gay at age 13, in an area where that doesn't happen and along the way I lost my voice and got bullied a lot. I wanted to show on Survivor I had a voice and break some walls down. And I did that. Jeff tells Donathan you definitely did that. About 20 seconds ago backstage, Sia is a big Survivor fan and benefactor, and a few seasons ago she was moved by Tai's story that she wanted to be involved in his life. She just said she's so touched how you have dedicated your life to your family that she wants to give you $10k to help you take of your family. Donathan is shocked and grateful. Day 38. Final 4 Challenge. Down to Angela, Laurel, Wendell and Domenic. Final Immunity is up for grabs. Survivors must balance on a wobbly beam, use a forked pole to stack ping pong balls on a post. Each ball is separated by a holder. If the stack drops you have to start over. First person to stack all six balls wins immunity and is guaranteed a spot in the final TC. In addition, you choose one person to sit next to you. The remaining two will be forced to light fire for the remaining spot in the F3. Survivors Ready? Go! There's a strong wind blowing on shore as each picks up their first ball and places it on the post. Wendell is off to a quick start. Laurel is last. Wendell places his second stand and ball. Dom is right behind, fighting to adjust his stack. Angela has hers as well. Laurel is trailing. Wendell has 4 balls out of six. Domenic loses his stack and starts over. Wendell has his 5th stand and successfully places his 5th ball. Laurel drops and starts over. Angela is on 4 balls. Wendell has one ball left but his stack is leaning. He brings out his last ball. But before he can place it, the wind blows his stack down. Angela is now in the lead, putting on her 5th ball but her stack drops. Dom now leads with 3 balls and one connector. He moves to place his fourth ball. Wendell is back to 2 balls and 3 stands. Dom has his 5th stand. Wendell has 3 balls. Laurel has 2 balls. Dom places his 5th ball. Wendell with his 4th ball. Dom places his sixth and final stand. Laurel loses everything again. Wendell places his 5th stand. Dom tries to place his 6th and final ball. Wendell has his 5th ball. Dom wins Final Individual Immunity and a guaranteed spot in the final TC. Dom says after 38 days of non-stop emotion, it's not over, there's work to do. Tonight he must decide which of the three sits next to him and who must earn the final spot. Conversations won't happen at camp, though, the four of you will visit Ghost Island one more time to plead your case to Dom. And Dom will have one more final task on a secret scroll. Wendell says I needed to win immunity and now Dom has the power to get me out. I have to make fire fastest or it's the end for me. Tonight is do or die for my dream. Ghost Island - Day 38. Dom cannot believe he won the challenge and secured his spot in the F3. He hasn't seen Ghost Island before and is happy to do so as a winner. His decision on who to take to the F3 could cost him $1m. It is also Laurel's first time but not Angela and Wendell. Wendell tells us he knows Dom is scared to face him in the F3, but he's confident in his fire making abilities. Dom asks Wendell which of the other two he should take. Wendell say she could beat either one of them. Dom tells us he has to figure out which of the two girls has the best chance of beating Wendell because he doesn't want to give the Jury a choice between him and Wendell. He tells Laurel he hasn't made his decision but she should practice (making fire). She says she cannot beat Wendell in fire. Laurel tells Dom that Angela, who tends the fire at camp, can take Wendell out, implying he should take her to the F3 and let Wendell go up against Angela. Dom doesn't respect Laurel for giving up on herself like that. He goes to Angela and tells her he's putting his faith in her to get Wendell out. She tells us she knows the basics and is prepared but doesn't want to do it. Angela tells Dom that taking Laurel to the F3 is a mistake - she's sweet and everyone likes her. I don't have those bonds. She knows the game - she's a Yale graduate and a talker. She'll build the fire, she'll go down fighting. Dom tells us Angela makes sense but Wendell's the biggest threat and Angela may be able to get rid of him. I believe in her so she needs to believe in herself. Dom tells Angela that Wendell is the battle that needs to be fought and if he can help her take him out, then the two of them can be sitting there in the end. Angela says in the military, prior planning prevents p*ss poor performance. Dom walks Angela through the steps of making fire. I'm not going to quit, she tells us, because anything can happen. Dom leaves her to practice starting fire. Dom steps away to read his private message. He started to get the feeling of the Ghost Island curses. He is told that making the wrong decision about who to take to the F3 could cost him $1m. There are three cursed urns in front of him from Colby, Woo and Culpepper's bad choices. He must choose which of these cursed urns in which the Jury will place their votes. This is your million dollar opportunity to reverse the curse. Colby lost Survivor: Australia to Tina in Season 2. In Season 28, Woo lost the game to Tony. Season 34, Culpepper lost to Sara. Just a reminder of what's at stake. Dom begins to doubt that Angela can beat Wendell at fire making, so what if he gives her his Immunity Necklace and steps into the fire ring himself? If he takes Wendell out himself, it would show the Jury he deserves to win. Should he make a move that could make him one of the greatest players to ever play the game, or take the safe route and potentially be haunted by a poor decision for the rest of his life. He chooses Woo's the Cagayan urn, confident the Jury will see he played the game as well as Tony. I may be crazy to do this, he tells us, but I believe in my ability to make fire. I'm a huge gambler, Dom tells us. He tells Wendell in the event something goes... Haywire, Wendell continues, it's been great. It's all love. Great game. It's all good. They hug it out. You can play a perfect game for 38 days, Dom tells us, but if you make the wrong decision, it's all for nothing. All I can do is trust what I've trusted for 38 days out here - that's my gut. Time for TC. Jeff catches the Jury up on what has happened. Dom says the theme of the season is one bad move can haunt you forever and I don't want to be part of that story. It's terrifying. Laurel says her case was she can't take Wendell out with fire. Angela says her case was that Laurel has friends and allies on the Jury. Wendell says he didn't think there was a chance and just hugged him and promised to fight. Dom says there's no BSing each other. There's one last opportunity to take Wendell out. Wendell is sitting next to the Orange table, which is cursed. Dom reveals which urn he brought and repeats the history of Woo going up against Tony. Dom says he has faith in himself and his game. Jeff asks who Dom will take to sit next to him at final TC. Dom says Angela will give Wendell a run for his money so he's taking Laurel to the F3. Laurel says it's a huge weight off her, thankful and excited. Angela and Wendell now have to showdown at the fire making stations - Angela at Purple, Wendell at Orange. Angela doesn't care and offers to switch. Looking for the third person to join the F3. Both Wendell and Angela have the same supplies - first to burn their rope wins. Both are read. Go! They take similar approaches, adding kindling on top of scrub. Both are working on their flints. There's a slight breeze. Angela has a bigger pile but Wendell is first to flame. The wind blows it out. Angela is sparking but her fire goes out. Angela and Wendell both get fire. Wendell's fire doesn't go out but the wind is blowing. Wendell starts trying to build her flame vertical. Angela has no flame. Wendell's flame burns taller. He gives Dom a look - I'll be seeing you in a moment. Wendell's fire is on the rope. Angela still hs no flame. Wendell is calmly adding wood to his fire. Wendell wins and makes the F3! On the Jury, Michael whispers those 3 deserve it. Angela's torch is extinguished and she becomes the final member of the Jury. She says she is proud of herself but disappointed to have not made the F3. The Final 3 watch the sun set. This is it, Wendell says, joking that he hates Dom. This has been a dream for him. Dom says they are all deserving. It's the way it is. Wendell thinks he can plead his case, a silent assassin who connected with people. He has to bring his A game to the final TC. They get a bagel breakfast, sausage & eggs, and mimosas. Laurel looks back at how terrified she was at the start. She needs to make sure the Jury knows what moves she made to save herself being at the bottom the whole game. Not a flashy game but she played a pivotal role in most evictions and saved Dom & Wendell multiple times. Dom says one vote could separate first and second place. There was no turning back as soon as he stepped foot on the beach - he was doing it for his family. Wendell advises Dom to watch his tone before the jury. Oh really, he laughs. Juries respect great game play, he tells us, and he believes he had the best game. But he doesn't want to come off as better than everyone else. That's the tough part. Night 39. The final TC. Dom, Wendell and Laurel have outlasted the other 17 but now it's a process of discovery for the Jury to determine who played the best game. Jeff starts with the Outwit portion of the game. Kellyn asks each what their social plan was coming into the game. Laurel says she was going to play a physical game but being on a losing tribe, she had to shift to a social game and align with Dom and Wendell. Michael gives her credit for being the only on all four tribes but they paved the way to the end. Donathan says they were part of Wendell & Dom's game. Laurel gives examples. Michael says putting others in front of you is not a strategy. I chose options that benefited me, Laurel says. Michael says Dom played the best social game. Wendell was always off doing his next thing while Dom was connecting. Wendell says Dom is a big talker, a show. I was genuine, had real conversations. He lists all the individual conversations where he connected with people. Des asks about his sleepless nights where he took himself out of the game. Wendell says for for the first couple weeks, he had to protect Dom from Chris. Chris says if you want the million, someone needs to be the real mastermind. Wendell says me. Dom laughs. Wendell says he had an alliance of 5 that kept winning. He brought in Laurel in when they merged. Dom objects to Wendell's version of events and Donathan backs him up. Dom says there was no mastermind. He went victory after victory unable to get Chris and then when Chris went to Ghost Island, the others tricked him. Who was part of the Dom & Wendell show? Who brought you in? I approached them, Laurel says. The Jury says Dom except for Sebastian. Chris is waiting for one to bury the other one or they'll be splitting votes. There was no opportunity to take each other out, Dom says. Wendell says I sat back to let Dom be the Dom show. His theatrics hurt people and while he made moves, he tried to be love. Michael says you let Dom take the heat for your moves. We move on to the Outplayed portion. Laurel says she won a few challenges but felt she didn't have to win to save her game - if you have to win to save your game, you're not playing well. Wendell says making camp comfortable was part of his strategy - he built seating, the tool shed, 3 beds. Michael wants to know about the idol dynamics. Wendell says idol management was key - he found an idol but didn't have to use it, using it to protect Laurel instead. I proved my loyalty to her. Chris isn't impressed. Dom says he's proud of the theatrics of playing the fake idol. Distasteful is a word for it, Sebastian says. Dom says Donathan and Sebastian's plan was going to happen. Sebastian says it was going to happen but I played from my heart and you used it against me. Donathan says Dom attacked him. Dom says it was an act. I haven't been aggressive. The Jury says it was. I had to convince you, I wasn't being evil. Dom apologizes but says it was a huge move, he thought fans of the game would get it. Michael thought it was a brilliant game move. Dom says preserving the real idol for F5 proved critical since Wendell won immunity. Chris offers respect for how hard Dom played the game. Time for the last section - Outlast. Does the jury respect you more than the other two? Laurel says you may think I didn't make the big move, but that would have benefited everyone on the Jury but not him - had they gone, she would have been next. She built loyalty with Wendell to secure her F4 spot. She played smart to get to the end. Dom says I may have made unpopular moves but I speak with confidence and passion, not arrogance. I wore the necklace three times, found two relics and put them to good use. Vote with your heart and remember it's about who played the best game, owned their moves and played their heart out. Wendell says he wanted bring the true him out here, build somethings, athletic, social, mesh all the pieces of himself and put his heart out there and play a clean game. He has somethings to apologize for but it's not about making cool mores but making strategic moves. And now it's time for the final vote. This time it is the Jury voting for the Survivor they want to win. Back live, Samantha in the audience votes on a piece of parchment who she thinks will win. After 39 days, who is most deserving of the title of Sole Survivor? It's time to vote. Michael votes for Domenic. Sebastian votes for Wendell. Chris votes for Domenic. Wendell gets a second vote to tie it up. Jeff goes to get the vote. It's over, Donathan says. I'm going to read the votes, announces, startling the F3 and the Jury. What, asks Dom? Chris thought he was joking. OMG, Donathan says. The Jury and the F3 are all in shock. First vote, Domenic. Second vote, Wendell. Third vote, Domenic. Two votes Domenic, two votes Wendell. Lauren turns her face away, thinking she'll not get any votes. Domenic gets a third vote. Three votes Wendell. This is insane, whispers Donathan. Four votes Domenic. And Four votes Wendell! Tied again. Domenic gets a 5th vote. One vote left. The last vote is Wendell! For the first time in 36 seasons of Survivor, there is a tie! Here's what happens in a tie. The person who is not tied, Laurel, you become the 11th and final member of the Jury. Dom gives her a look of resignation. Wendell gets a look of realization of what his loyalty may have bought him. You will cast the deciding vote, Jeff tells her. Jeff gives her the urn to take back to the voting spot. I love you guys, she says, then goes to vote. The Jury is stunned. Wendell cannot look. Laurel thinks. Picks up the pen. Starts to write then stops. She places her vote in the urn. The Jury cannot believe what is happening. I'll go get the vote, Jeff says. I hate having had to do that, Laurel tells Dom and Wendell. This vote, Jeff says, I'll save. Thank you for a great season of Survivor. See you back in the States! Jeff walks out of the TC, across the wood ramp and appears live in Los Angeles. The audience applauds and Jeff tells the Survivors, that's for you guys. OK, history, Jury. First time, tie vote. We were all witness to a great season and a very competitive battle. 5 votes each to Dom and Wendell and Laurel, who was with you every step of the way. There is only one vote in here and I will read the vote. The winner of Survivor: Ghost Island is... Wendell! Wendell thanks Laurel and is congratulated by the other Survivors. Wendell's family joins him on stage. Jeff hands him the check for $1m. Jeff says somewhere Dom is now second guessing himself.
  7. Kellyn gets a warm reception at Ponderosa plus q-tips. Watch and then tell us what you think about Survivor Sunshine on the Survivor board heare on the Morty's TV Fan Forums!
  8. Chelsea and her freshly painted toenails (what's up with that?) steps back into reality at Ponderosa. Come talk about her game in the Survivor Forum!
  9. Two Ghosts are Better Than One: Michael comes clean and Jenna puts a shirt on and goes on a diet. Check out this edition of As Ponderosa Turns and come talk about it in the Survivor forum!
  10. Lioness Desi reinvents the Frisco Melt as the sun rises on a new day at Ponderosa. Tell us what you think of Desi and the Ghost Island season in the Survivor forum!
  11. Libby can get over being blindsided but can't get over her tan. Plus, she becomes Chris's personal chef at Ponderosa! Come tell us what you think about her being voted off in the Survivor forum!
  12. Since debuting 16 years ago on Fox, American Idol has featured a handful of LGBTQ contestants who waited until after their Idol journeys ended to publicly disclose their sexual orientations and identities, whether by personal choice or by producers’ choice. Now in its 16th season as a reboot on ABC, the Idol franchise is experiencing its most LGBTQ-friendly season ever by letting the diverse singers proudly live out loud on television. https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/pride/8279431/american-idol-lgbtq
  13. Fuskie

    American Idol Season 16 - A New Beginning

    In memoriam: Steven Bochco - 1943 - 2018 This is it, our final 50 to the stage last night for the most important performance of their lives. One final chance to prove their worth. The judges observed from high in the balcony, looking to see which of the contestants had the skills to command a live audience. Now today, the pressure is on as they walk the walk to learn their fate. Now the fate of the contestants lies in the hands of these three judges: Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Ritchie. Was their final showcase performance enough to make it? We're about to find out. There can be only one American Idol, Katy reminds us. This is the Final Judgment. This is American Idol! First to learn their fate is 16yr old Layla spring. She takes the stage for her live performance, milking the country in her then channeling her inner Tina Turner with Proud Mary. High energy, great stage presence, and a crowd pleasing power vocal to close it out. The judges all gave her a standing ovation but will they put her through to the Top 24? Luke tells Layla they wondered how she would accept their criticisms. Katy said she would have to speed up the vibrato and she did. You've learned, Luke says, but we're scared to send 16yr olds through. But you're a 16yr old that's going through! Work on your technical side, Katy advises, work on your voice. Next in the Hot Seat is 20yr old Michael Woodard. Last night, he scared the judges by performing You Ought To Know (Alanis Morrisette). Taking a more dramatic approach, his vocal is short and deep, flipping the song on its end and sending the judges into orbit. He's out of control, Lionel says to his co-judges. Now it's time for Michael Woodard's judgment. Katy feels his heart beating out of his chest. She leads him through some breathing exercises before all three judges jump up and say he's going through! He hugs Katy and Lionel then jumps up into Luke's arms. You have brought a new person to the table each time, Lionel says, and we love all of them. Hoping for a happy ending is 27yr old Katy crushing Trevor Holmes. For his showcase performance, he sings Slow Hands (Niall Horan). His vocal is slowed down, sweet and romantic. Katy says she's over him. Then he hits the chorus and she says maybe not. Now in the judgment seat, Katy asks how difficult it's been with the energy she's been throwing at him? Trevor says it's been an added challenge. You've navigated it OK but here's the deal, I need to see more from you, to feel and hear the sparkle in your eyes. I can't believe this, because, you're not going to go through. She rips up her note card and gives him a hug goodbye. Trevor's departure sends shock waves through the remaining contestants as the possibility of elimination becomes all too real. 17yr old Gabby Barrett has something to be worried about. Seeking to show diversity with What Can I Say (Carrie Underwood), Katy doesn't understand why she picked that song. She doesn't enunciate her vocal well but throws everything else she has into the performance. She finished strong, Luke says. It's judgment time for Gabby as she faces Katy, Luke and Lionel. Katy says yesterday was not grate for you until you saved your butt at the end and I'm not convinced. She's telling the truth, Luke confirms, but I think your next level and what the competition needs. You're in the Top 24! You're going to have good days and bad, Lionel tells her, you have to rise to the occasion. Thadeus Johnson has been here before in Season 9 and is hoping time has aged him well. Singing Hate On Me (Jill Scott) for his showcase performance, he owns the stage, owns the audience and the only question is whether he owns the judges. His vocal is loud, energetic, entertaining and bringing the heat to the competition. Katy says he's a great singer but maybe needs more grit. Thadeus takes the chair and Lionel says there are levels of talent. So much talent that we have to spread through 24 slots. We all think now is the right time. And in this case, my friend, now is not the right time. You're a gifted singer and performer. You'll rise, Katy tells the tearing man. His family is stunned, as are the other waiting contestants. Next to learn her fate is 22yr old Michelle Susett, performing 24K Magic (Bruno Mars) for her showcase. She has a Janet Jackson vibe as she slinks around the stage with her high energy vocal. Lionel tells her he has good and bad news. The bad news is they are not letting her go home. You can probably figure out the good news. Congratulations, you're going through! Lionel tells 26yr old Dominque there's always room to grow. Luke tells 22yr old Trevor McBane to calm himself and get some breaths because you have a serious looking presence [on stage]. Lionel tells 20yr old Maddie Poppe that everyone's come to the table. To 21yr old Ron Bultongez, Katy says I put my frickin' foot down for you. And you're going through, Katy says to 15yr old Alyssa Raghu. And so are Dominque, Trevor, Maddie and Ron! 17yr old Catie Turner is scared but doesn't want to show her family or everyone will be crying. For her showcase, she leaves the originals at home and performs Bad Romance (Lady GaGa). Oh no, Lionel says. Oh yeah, Katy says. It's an amazing performance totally unexpected from this contestant who constantly defies expectations. She was letting go and loving it. Luke called it a star performance but Katy disagreed. Catie thinks if the risk didn't pay off, she had fun doing it anyway. But by morning, the performance high had turned into a personal low as she watched other idols potentially walk off with her spot. She wants it here and feels so wanted here. She marches confidently into the Judgment Room saying that is a heavy door and she has no upper strength. Plopping into the chair, she says, "Let's talk business." Katy asks if Catie is ready and she says honestly, I don't know, taking the judges by surprise. She's never done anything like this before but is having the time of her life. Before she came here, she was so scared of rejection but after Hollywood Week, who cares. I've grown so much! You know it's just a big land of weirdos, Katy says. And I'm the biggest weirdo of them all, Catie replies. Well, Katy tells Catie, winking, you've met your match. Listen, yesterday was shaky. You're learning a lot and you've learned a lot. And unfortunately, I don't think you're ready to hear this. The light has drained from Catie's face. She exits the Judgment room in tears and collapses to the floor. Katy tells Catie she doesn't think she's ready to hear what she has to say, as Luke looks up at the rafters and Lionel tries to stifle a smile. You're one step closer to becoming the next American Idol! She's stunned and falls out of the chair. You scared me! You think this is scary, Katy says, wait to you meet the real world. Sadly, not everyone's story can end in happy tears. We had to say goodbye to 17yr old Milo Sposato, 27yr old Les Greene, 28yr old Britney Holmes, 26yr old William Casanova. 18yr old Jurnee hopes her inspirational journey continues. Her wife was able to be in the audience as she sang her showcase performance of Never Enough (The Greatest Showman). She is elegant, confident, and soulful in her vocal as the audience is enthralled. Her wife sobs with pride in the audience as she extracts every bit of emotion out of the song. Sitting in judgment, Katy can't believe her mature voice comes out of an 18 yr old but she has to own it even more. Your mom knew you would be going on a journey and the journey continues in the Top 24! Her wife is waiting to celebrate after her triumphant return to the training room. 17yr old Shannon O'Hara has the weight of her family on her shoulders as she takes a risk, opening Unconditionally (Katy Perry) without the band for her showcase. Her vocal is light and tender and brings Katy to tears. The emotion drips off each quaking note. Facing the judges the next day, Katy tells Shannon she's a secret spiritual ninja. And you're going to the Top 24! The number of open spots are dwindling as Ryan calls 18yr old Kay Kay to seek her fate. Singing Brokenhearted (Karmin) for her showcase, she was working the crowd as hard as her performance. The competition has been fierce, Lionel tells her, you're going to the next round! Katy tells 26yr old Amelia Hammer Harris that sometimes people let you be beautiful and smart, but trust and believe, because you have it and you're going through! To 21yr old Brandon Diaz, Katy says there are a few that are competing for your spot, but those people have already been sent home so you're going through! The wait for the remaining contests becomes more agonizing with each newly minted member of the Top 24. 18yr old Noah Davis is proud of what he did and just wants to either way. He never realized how big of a dream this was until he began to realize he could achieve it. Back behind the piano for his showcase, he sings You And I (Lady Gaga) with joy and verb. When Noah picks up the microphone to walk around the piano, he begins to lose pitch and Katy cringes. While he wanted to show he could work the stage, he demonstrated just the opposite. We told him to stay on the piano, Luke says. Facing judgment the next day, Katy says we loved you with the piano. I'm sure you look around at the others with their strengths, and compare them to you. We love you but you have to know who you are. But unfortunately there are so many competing for your spot. You need to step into your power. Noah Davis nervously awaits his fate as Katy warns him so many others are competing for his spot. I think the journey must continue, but it's not going to be here. He tries to hide his disappointment as Katy continues with words of support and encourages him to return next year. Ever the optimist, Noah tells Ryan he'll see him next year. We also say goodbye to 16yr old Harper Grace. You need some time to grow so we're not putting you through, Katy says. And 25yr old Carly Moffa. It's hard to say this to you, Katy says, but you're not going through. And to 20yr old Samothias, Luke says I hope this was an incredible, fun experience for you. To 20yr old Lee Vasi, Lionel says sometimes you nailed it, and sometimes I wondered who you were. And our very own Idol baby, 15yr old Victoria McQueen. You're so young, Katy tells the crying high schooler, you're still finding your identity. This is just a learning experience she says, I'm not going to stop. For the second time in his career, Ryan calls 24yr old Adam Sanders to seek blessing from the judges, hoping Season 12 history does not repeat itself. Auditioning and performing in drag as Ada Vox, she showcases Creep (Radiohead). The judges aren't sure as she comes to the stage. If she turns too many [vocal] tricks, Katy warns, the tricks are going to turn on her. Dressed in elegant read, Ada plays with her hair as she slowly, simply and disturbingly delivers a bombshell performance picks up the audience and carries them places they never thought possible, including an incredibly perfect and perfectly controlled run that sent shivers up your spine and left the judges on their feet. Ada having done her job, she decides it is time to let the judges meet Adam and see who he is. Lionel's jaw drops, Luke has a look of amazement and Katy just says, Hello. This is me, Adam declares. Katy shakes his hand. Unbelievable, is all Luke and Lionel can say. You have taken us on a roller coaster ride, Lionel tells Adam, it took a lot of guts to do this the way you're doing it, and I don't know where it's going to go, but I am going to tell you how proud I am of you. Katy asks why Adam today and not Ada? I wanted to face you as myself, without the guard, he says, to show you who I truly am. Are you good enough to compete as Adam, Katy asks him? 100%, he says, my talent speaks for itself. You are so beautiful inside and out, she tell him. I'm glad you showed up in your true form, Lionel says, because I want to tell your true self that the Dynamic Duo will be going forward! You're now in the Class of 24! It's the Final Judgment for 18 yr old Johnny Brenns. For his Showcase performance, he sang not only to his mother but his brother and disapproving father (and whole family) also showed up to hear him sing Lay Me Down (Sam Smith). Dressed up like a preppy 50's greaser, working the stage, he's making the young girls cry as he oozes romance and sensuality, not to mention a solid vocal performance. Katy says she's going to cry because his whole family is supporting him now. He can't tell us how he feels because he is mauled by his family. Johnny's dad says Johnny did all this on the quiet and he was blown away. Whatever the judges decide, Dad says, he's a winner in my eyes. Johnny appreciates his family's support, but it's the judges opinion that matters. Luke says he's delivered some crazy good moments and moments he's struggled. He has the star qualities and we're just trying to pull them out of ya. Big smiles, Ryan says as Johnny bolts out of the judgment room. He's made it through! 15yr old Mara Justine is the youngest in the competition, and goes to meet the judges with glitter fingers crossed. Singing Something's Got A Hold On Me (Etta James), she hits the stage with the abandon of a carefree teenager with the power house voice of a seasoned pro, owning the stage with her attitude and her body, having the time of her life and giving the audience the time of theirs. She's good, Lionel whispers to the other two judges, she surprised me. Katy says she needs to tone it down. The next day, Mara faces her future. Lionel says he doesn't have to ask who she is. Luke says they don't want to change the fire and energy she brings. I have a style, she asks? Yes, Lionel says, you have a style. But your developing some bad habits, Katy warns Mara. You have beautiful hair - don't flip it but maybe once in a song. Your voice is enough, Luke says, you don't have to do anything else. Too much frosting on this beautiful cake, Katy says. I want you to take this and everything we're saying to you as a learning experience. Mara has tears running down her cheeks as she senses the judges are sending her home. After all, with her glitter fingernails, she's the youngest in the competition. And, Katy adds, as an opportunity to go to the Top 24! It's now nearly 12 hours since the day began, and 18yr old Caleb Lee Hutchinson, 17yr old Laine Hardy and 17 Garrett Jacobs have been thrust into a life very different from the one they've known. For his showcase, Caleb delivers a solid performance of I Was Wrong (Chris Stapleton). We have a show, Lionel tells Katy and Luke as Caleb opens up and lets it all lose. The next evening, Luke notes Caleb has some miles on his boots. Lionel tells him his voice is his identity. Katy says we're always looking for the heart of America and you represent, but be careful to to not turn into a one-dimensional character. I'm excited to tell you you're still in, buddy, Luke says, you're going through. You're Top 24! It only gets tougher. For Laine and Garrett, the moment of truth is at hand. Their talent was tested, but their new friendship was not. Both of you will go up, Ryan tells them in an otherwise empty waiting room, both of you will stand that line, and both of you will stand in front of the judges and they'll give you the results. Good luck to both of you. --- Garrett sings Knock On Wood (Otis Redding), showing off his dance moves discovered during Hollywood Week. Luke laughs, he's got to stop the dancing. In the audience is Garrett's Honey, watching him perform on American Idol. He was the sexiest thing out there, she says. He just hopes it was enough. Lionel tells the other judges he respects that Garrett went outside his comfort zone. For Laine, his showcase performance of The Ballad Of Curtis Loew (Lynyrd Skynrd) reminds him of driving his truck at home. His solid, gritty voice, his baby faced smile, gave the audience what they wanted but not all the the judges were not as enthused. Nice job, Luke called out, applauding. Laine and Garrett take their seats before the judges. Long day, Luke asks? Yes, Sir, Laine says ever polite. Both of you are from Louisiana, Luke says, and got partnered up again against each other. Hopefully you're friendly, Katy jokes. You both blew us away in your first auditions, Luke says. Laine struggled outside of his element, and Garrett's dancing could use a little bit of oil. The bottom line, Luke tells Laine and Garrett, is we've been doing this all day and it's awful. It's really hard, Katy confirms. But it comes down to this, Luke says, getting down to business. Garrett, you're going through to the next round. Laine, buddy, this is the end of the road for you. OK, Laine says simply. We don't know if we're making a mistake, Luke tells Laine and Garrett, but the only mistake if for you two to stop your path. I hope you've become buddies and lift each other up. Outside, Garrett's Honey cheers while Laine's parents comfort his disappointment. I'm fine, he insists. Cade Foehner has rocked Hollywood Week and for his showcase performance, he sings No Good (Kaleo) and the look of shock on Katy's face is priceless. The hip thrusting, the coarseness of the vocal, the electric guitar solo is all rock'n'roll to me. When he's done, he just walks off. That's a bad boy, Lionel says. Will his walk to face the judges be a stairway to heaven or a highway to hell? Lionel says you have the potential to rock'n'roll to the end. We're keeping you around, OK? Are you serious? You're in the Big 24! and then there were four: 19yr old Maddie Zahm's showcase of What About Us (Pink) is intense and angry, and despite sounding like she was out of breath, she still summoned the strength for huge power notes. That was a great song choice and a shaky performance, Katy says. But she's never shown us that top gear before, Luke says. Katy says she did in her first audition. 26yr old Effie Passero's showcase song choice is The Dance (Garth Brookes), a song her mom has sung to her since she was 2yrs old. Honest and dripping with emotion, she quickly wins over the audience with her no sensitive no frills performance. She didn't come out and belt, Luke observes. A mega talent, Katy says, but she has to kill it every time and that was not a kill. Katy tells Effie she is an amazing, brilliant singer, with a new confidence. But America won't vote for you based on that last performance. You have to sing like it's your last time to sing every time. Lionel tells Maddie that her potential is amazing. Katy says your voice is undeniable and I want to hear the next gear. Lionel says I either pull you go or put you through to learn as you go. Lionel tells Maddie, looking at you now, I think we've made the right decision. Effie looks distraught as she tells her family that she made it. We have 24 slots, Lionel tells Maddie, and unfortunately you're not going to be one of the 24. Effie is crushed because she knows that her making it means Maddie did not. It's a slow walk back to the warm arms of family. There are only 2 remaining: Marcio Donaldson and Dennis Lorenzo. Ryan sends both men in together to face the judges. Both have dealt with hard lives and both are looking to make better lives for their infant sons. Marcio performs If You Really Love Me (Stevie Wonder) and works the stage with a strong vocal and sweet falsetto. He wasn't playin' around. Dennis takes a different approach, with A Song For You (Donny Hathaway), slow and sensitive and sappy, belting out his own take on the classic ballad. Both men had their babies in the audience for the first time. The men are roommates, they're friends, and they're both seeking the final spot in the Top 24. Katy tells Dennis that they were so proud the way he did Home. She tells Marcio he was so fragile when he came in but every time he hits the stage he builds confidence. Lionel says your both men living up to your responsibilities, and you have talents you're taking as far as you can. Luke says your laying it on the line. But unfortunately, Katy says, there is only one American Idol. How do we do with this, Lionel asks? There are two spots left, Katy says, and you're taking both of them! Dennis stunned and Marcio breaks down in tears. You're both going through, Katy says, you are both stars! And with that double dose of drama, we reach the end of the Final Judgment and have your Top 24. And one of them will be your next American Idol! So which of your Top 24 is your pick to go all the way: Layla Spring, Michael Woodard, Gabby Barrett, Michelle Sussett, Dominique Posey, Trevor McBane, Maddie Pope, Ron Bultongez, Alyssa Raghu, Catie Turner, Jurnee Siani, Shannon O'Hara, Kay Kay, Amelia Harris, Brandon Diaz, Adam Sanders/Ada Vox, Jonny Brenns, Mara Justine, Celeb Lee Hutchinson, Garrett Jacobs, Cade Foehner, Effie passero, Marcio Donaldson and Denis Lorenzo
  14. Fuskie

    American Idol Season 16 - A New Beginning

    Tonight, Chris Harrison intones, there will be drama. There will be tears. Who will stay, and who will go home brokenhearted. It's all coming up tonight on American Idol! Ryan Seacrest approaches, holding a rose. I appreciate the effort, he says, but it's This is American Idol! It's the Solo rounds during Hollywood Week, the last chance the Idol contestants may have to sing before the judges make the Final 24 cuts. They have one last piece of advice to ofer: Let Your Inner Voice Out. The Solos offer the contestants their first opportunity to sing for the judges in front of a live band. Without any feedback from the judges, the contestants will be split into four rooms. Only 50 will be selected to continue. It's time for the real stars to sign. We start with Gabby Barrett, singing Ain't No Way (Aretha Franklin) and dedicating it to her father. The judges offer sounds of encouragement from the table, reacting to her emotional, powerful performance as she lets it all hang out. She showed up, the judges call out as she leaves the stage. Marcio Donaldson sang Aretha Franklin, dedicating (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman to his baby son, substituting parent for woman. Lionel says you can only go to good for so long until it's time to go to great. Next up is Effie Passero, singing Tonight's The Night (Rod Stewart) and giving it her all, surprising all three judges with her power and control. She was telling the judges she's not going. Amelia Hammer Harris takes the stage, singing Hands To Myself (Selena Gomez), with heart and soul and a bit of sultriness. Rocker Cade Foehner thinks singing Feel It Still (Portugal, The Man) is right in his wheelhouse. Starting off light, he cranks it up to 11 and lets it lose. Luke says bad-ass. Lionel says bad boy. Take me back to '68 Lionel says. A little Robert Plant, Luke says. Lionel says you can tell an original song will be a hit if by the end of the first verse, you're singing along with the second. Harper Grace thinks her original song, Rest In Peace, will show her creativity and artistry. Playing the piano, you can feel the angst in her vocal, a harsh indictment of the boy who done her wrong. I'd hate to be him after he hears this. She just did an original that didn't harm her, Luke says to Lionel and Katy. Catie Turner has moved on from Zach Denofrio to Noah Davis for BFF duties. Noah performs his solo first, singing a soft, impassioned Piece By Piece (Kelly Clarkson), a strong and sensitive stage presence. Luke thinks he's lost some confidence. Katy says then he wasn't competing against anyone but himself. Catie Turner is taking a risk with her original song, Pity, about a guy who told her the only place women belong is in the kitchen. Katy says don't forget, we love men of quality who believe in equality. For my tastes, the vocal is a little busy. Strong message, weak execution. Catie says they don't realize I improvised that ending because I messed it up. She's unique, Luke says, and scary. Both Singing Home (Chris Daughtry), Brandon Elder and Dennis Lorenzo have distinct voices but similarly difficult childhoods. Dennis's performance is soft and sensitive, while Brandon's voice is full of grit and edge. Both demonstrate heartfelt power, but is there Room for two versions of the same song? On the advice of her father, Maddie Poppe is singing a song she wrote, called Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up. With dad in the audience, her performance is a bit folksy, a life ballad and the judges are enthralled with her lyrics. Katy needs a tissue. She reminds me of myself, she says of Maddie. The struggle of Hollywood Week has left Michelle Susette struggling to find her voice. Singing Coming Out (Diana Ross), she cannot hit the notes during rehearsal. But she finds her inner voice for her dance party solo vocal, delivering a concert-quality performance and hitting the high note when she needed it. She still has enough voice afterwards to scream with joy. Congo refugee Ron Bultongez benefited from a changed vote by Lionel during his initial audition, since when he's become guardian to his two younger brothers in addition to the father of his baby boy. The added responsibilities have given him new fire - if he goes through, they all go through. Luke likes his jacket. It was inspired by Kanye West, Ron tells him. Singing Home (Phillip Phillips), a dope song about creating a home by the people who live in it. His vocal is honest, full of a live lived the hard way. Good job, Luke says midway. Not perfect, Katy says to Luke, who replies, but... Ron says telling the judges the meaning behind the story made him more emotional than he expected. He beats out a few of them, Katy whispers to Luke & Lionel. Next is Johnny Brenns, whose father does not support this diversion from college and career. His father's approval would mean the world to him. Singing I Lived (OneRepublic), his vocal has a nice balance of acrobatics and softness, but his power vocals get the better of him by the end and he bailed out of the climatic falsetto. He thinks he missed the cut. Crystal Alicea's struggles with the lyrics during the Group Round has her nervous for the solo, where she is singing Set Fire To The Rain (Adele). Her vocal feels tentative until reaches the chorus and her personality comes out. Unfortunately, her nerves lets her down and she forgets some lyrics. She doesn't have the confidence, Katy and Lionel say to each other. Deonte Baker is not lacking in confidence, hoping to make the judges forget about the other contestants. Singing Too Good At Goodbyes (Sam Smith), he shows off his range, his powerful, dramatic stage presence, but Katy turns around and signals for the monitor to be turned down. He says afterwards that he may have pierced their ears but it was on pitch, so he'd be surprised to get a no. Jurnee is next to take the stage, singing One Last Time (Ariana Grande). You go girl, Lionel says mid-performance and Jurnee recalls that Katy winked at her. But was it enough? Not the song for her, Katy says, huddled with Lionel and Luke. Katy tells Luke she's over Trevor Holmes before his performance of Home (Phillip Phillips), but tearfully reaches out for him wistfully as he walks away as Luke throws tissues at her. Maddie Zahm has felt her confidence building throughout Hollywood Week as she sings Up To The Mountain (Patty Giffin) - I think - with a powerful, heartfelt vocal. Afterwards, she says that she went up an octave because Katy was signaling more. Afterwards, Katy doesn't know why she's holding back. But we know she's got it in there, Lionel says. Yes she does, Luke agrees. Working the keyboards, Shannon O'Hara struggles to position the mic as the judges wait patiently. Also singing Up To The Mountain (Patty Griffin), her voice is soft and strong, though it cracked a little at the climax, but then she immediately dials it back for a sensitive finish. She says one note she tried to hold out longer but her voice wouldn't. This isn't easy, Luke sighs. Genavieve Linkowski is singing Praying (Kesha) and she handles the vocal drama well but struggled a little with the lower register at the start. By the end, though, her breathless finale would make you forget that. Garrett Jacobs says Hollywood Week is like the Football Playoffs - you either win or go home. His voice is tired, his falsetto iffy and he's kind of freaking out. He can barely croak out his introduction of Wicked Game (Chris Isaak). But Garrett knows how to step up for the big play and delivers a strong performance, pushing the vocal to its limit. Lionel was in shock: It's a maybe. Britney Holmes didn't make it to Hollywood on the strength of her audition, but a public vote on Dancing With The Stars, she got a second chance. She feels added pressure to meet America's expectations. Singing Dive (Ed Sheeran), the judges are feeling her powerful, soulful vocal and her dramatic trill run into a falsetto. Sing it, Lionel says, you brought it today. That's a turn-around, Luke says. Fellow Don't Touch group member Gabbii Jones is next, singing Million Reasons (Lady Gaga), but her enunciation is not strong, her pitch feels off and at one point it feels like she's screeching the lyrics. She says her father is finally at a point where he's ready to support her dreams, but will that support include surviving Hollywood Week? Thaddeus Johnson takes the risk of singing Katy Perry's Rise for his Solo performance. His goal is for her to think she wrote the song for him. His vocal is heavy with emotion and drama, strong, determined, intense and uplifting. Come on, Lionel encourages. Katy holds her hand up in support. Luke stares intently, enjoying the performance. Katy rises to her feet: That's how you do my song. Better than me. Next is Kay Kay, singing Set Fire To The Rain (Adele). The judges applauded her spirit but to me the lyrics all ran together. Afterwards, Luke begins whistling the song. I'm a hell of a whistler, he says to audience laughter. Laine Hardy takes the stage having survived a stressful Group Round. Singing Fire Away (Chris Stapleton), his vocal is soft and a bit rough and worn, straining but not giving in to the stress of the week. You can see on his face he knows it's not his best. Oh man, Katy says, he needs to loosen up. Either he ain't got it or his voice is gone, Luke says. He's got to be able to do a tour, Lionel says. Caleb Lee Hutchinson has also struggled during Hollywood Week. Singing Your Man (Josh Turner), his low country voice pulls you in and the weeping steel guitars hug you tight. But he sounds a little strained in his upper register. Feels real, Luke tells Katy and Lionel. At the end he throws in a one note falsetto and gets audience and judge applause. Get yourself a cowboy hat, Katy yells after him. There is just one Solo performer remaining and Michael J Woodard is singing Maybe This Time (Cabaret) for its optimistic message. Wearing a white bandanna today, his voice is light and theatrical, slowly building and growing stronger and more powerful, bringing the judges to their feet. Katy turns away, she's so excited. OMG, Lionel cries at his climactic note. Who are you, Luke asks. Where did he come from, Katy wonders. With the solo performances over, Michael joins the other 76 contestants in the holding room, anxiously awaiting the judges decision. The judges start deliberating, dividing the contestants by group and measuring who redeemed themselves and who hurt their cause. Board by board, the debate the artists on the fence. In their hands the power to crush or give live to dreams. Let's go be the bearer of good and bad news, Katy says. The judges divide the contestants into 3 rooms. The contestants have no idea their fate and can only look around at the others to try to guess, did they make it or did they just come so close, only to have their hearts broken. --- The judges have made their final decisions and selected the best of the best. In Room 1 is Catie Turner, Maddie Zahm and Dennis Lorenzo, who is second guessing his performance. In Room 2 are Deonte Baker, Gabbii Jones, Crystal Alicea and Brandon Elder, as well as Genavieve Linkowski. Sweating it out in Room 3 are Ada Vox, Johnny Brenns, and Mara Justine. Behind these doors, Ryan says, are the nervous contestants awaiting their fate. Katy, Lionel and Luke are on their way. We're about to find out whose dreams continue, and whose dreams are over. A production assistant calls for Thaddeus to leave Room 1 and the others are confused by his exit. He is sent to Room 3, where the contestants are equally confused at his arrival. Katy, Luke and Lionel enter Room 1. You guys have been going through the steps, Katy says, I don't like this part. Um, we hate delivering bad news. But you're not going to hear it tonight because you're going through! The contestants explode in celebration. You worked for this, Lionel tells them, we're not giving you anything. Luke takes a selfie with the idols. In Room 3, they can hear the other Room cheer and they know their odds of surviving Hollywood Week just went down. Room 2 doesn't know whether it's up or down. They are about to find out as the judges enter. Lionel tells Room 2 a story of when he was 22, The Commodores went to a record company that said no after their audition. 40 years later, those same two guys gave him the Johnny Mercer award for a lifetime of songwriting and a successful career. It's just timing and so, today the answer for you is no. The time is just not now. Room 2 breaks into tears as the judges offer individual consoling and words of encouragement. And finally, the judges come to Room 3 where the contestants' thoughts are on all the sacrifices, the things they gave up for this chance, what may never be if they fail. Where are the judges right now, they wonder. Luke opens the door and the room goes silent. It's been a long week, Luke says with Katy and Lionel looking spent by his side. You've put in the time, Luke says, worked your butt off. Lionel adds I can't imagine what you went through. I didn't realize you had to do stuff like this, Luke says grimly, and I did not realize what I'm about to put my ears through because you are going through! Room 3 errupts in celebration. The only person you are battling now, Lionel says, is you. Outside, anxious friends family members wait as the doors to Rooms 1 and 3 open and the Top 50 come rushing out. With the trials of Hollywood Week behind them, the hard work is just about to begin. They must now perform in a showcase in front of a live audience before facing their final judgment.
  15. Fuskie

    American Idol Season 16 - A New Beginning

    Group round reveals character, who works well with others, how they deal with exhaustion, the music business. They have to dance and harmonize but most importantly, they have to impress the judges together and individually. After a pep talk from the judges, it's the first group. God's Diversity (Michael J Woodard, Thaddeus Jonson, Shannon O'Hara and Kourtney Smith) rehearsed well overnight but ran out of steam in the morning. The first group of the day, they sing Rather Be (Clean Bandit), four distinct and diverse voices coming together for church in a solid performance. Perfection is boring, Katy says, the ending was super original. The unnamed 5th group member does not go through. The show's vocal coach tells one team they have to learn the lyrics. If they forget a line, make something up. Hoping to stay afloat is The Gurope, featuring Marcio Donaldson and Maddie Zahm. Group rehearsal did not go well and each member goes their separate ways to learn the words. After a last minute run-though, ready or not, their time has come. Singing Staying Alive (The Bee Gees), The Gurope, including Cesley Parrish and Samuel James, with both Samuel and Maddie ad libbing lines without losing the melody. Overall, however, the performance was a bit laid back. Lionel says you will have so many nights like this over your career and when you can make up a song on the fly like that, it's a great try. You pulled through your worst nightmare with a smile. Lionel calls Cesley, Maddie and Marcio forward. They are going through. Samuel is going home. Afterwards, Samuel agrees he did not sing very good. Marcio says we're all at a loss for words. Maddie cannot believe she made it though. The group Taco! enters the stage with great enthusiasm, saying after they are done, the judges will want to tacobout them. Lionel reveals that the first name The Commodores selected was The Comodes, then they saw The Commodores and changed their mind. Catie Turner, Kyah Robinson, Alyssa Raghu and one other deliver a clean performance of La La La (Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith), though Kyah looked unsure and kept her hand in her pocket. Luke says the choreography wasn't very good and Kyah says she can't dance. The judges deliberate on Taco! and Katie, Alyssa, Victoria (the one not named before ) are all through; Kyah is going home. As the day wears on, exhaustion sets in and contestants are losing their voices. For Johnny White, the shine has worn off as his group gets lost in themselves, as Lionel says, and the words. Rissa Watson also falls victim to the throat during the Group Round, as does Samuel Swanson. Milo Sposado and his group, Superdope Hotness, work out some last minute kinks as the Milo's mom weighs in on group's song choice. Milo was am late addition to the group and at the last minute, he wants to take his own road, telling the vocal director as they walk on stage that he wants to sing his verse A Capella. Luke notices and asks if they need a minute. The performance of Love Yourself (Justin Bieber) begins with Aname' Rose, then Deonte Baker, then Dennis Lorenzo and William Casanova. When it's Milo's turn to take the lead, William says hold on, we have to make it sexy for one time. With the group singing harmony in the background, the piano drops out and Milo takes center stage and sings a personal solo to the judges, then the group finishes together. Katy tells Superdope Hotness they are better separately than together but while she loved the change at the end, there were some fumbles with the notes. The judges confer and Luke calls names to step forward. They are all going through! Up next to perform is DNA, with Ada Vox beat boxing and Kay Kay in the group, singing Want To Want Me (Jason Derulo). In their group, Gabby Barrett and Christina Jones stand out during their performance of Domino (Jessie J). Jurnee and Dominique led their group in Love Yourself (Justin Bieber). Jurnee, Dominique and the other two group members make it into the Solo Round. Maddie and Christina are the only two to make it from their group. Kay Kay and the anonymous male member make it through. Ada Vox tries to mask her disappointment. Back row, Luke teases, you're going through too! The Soul 4's included Laine Hardy, who did not feel comfortable after his group's troubled rehearsals. He did not like the song the other girls wanted, and all he could do was try to fit in. The ladies are all Beliebers but Laine is decidedly not and struggled with the words. Dancing, choreography, Laine struggled too. The girls offer him encouragement but they did not rehearse well as a group. Kaitlann Runnels leads off the third performance of Love Yourself (Justin Bieber) of the night, followed by Mia Desaris, and Juliana Madrid. Laine does not look comfortable in the background, but when his turn to take the lead, he pulls it together and brings the song home. Afterwards, Laine asks the judges if they've ever seen on National Geographic when they show the heartbeat of a squirrel... He shows his hands are still trembling even though it's over. The girls say how proud of him they are. Luke teases him about his buddies' reaction back home in Louisiana when they see him dance. Luke also calls out Kaitlann for her performance. Luke calls out Mia, Julianna to step forward. Back row, you're going through to the next round. Front row, this is the end for you. The Soul 4's have become the Sole Twos. It's 9:08pm and the last group, Don't Touch, is finally called to perform. Last night, Crystal Alicea struggled to keep up with the other more experienced girls in her group. They promise they have her as she breaks down in tears. Her inexperience continued to slow down the group during vocal rehearsal, leading to a late night. Come morning, her group is confident that Crystal has regained her confidence. but she still loses the lyrics during the stage rehearsal. The vocal coach says it didn't sound as full as it did the night before. Don't Touch heads to the Ladies Room for one last rehearsal and the group started finally coming together. Don't Touch explains to the judges that they are all very strong, young women, encouraging young girls to reclaim their minds and bodies and their hearts. Singing Me And My Broken Heart (Rixton), Britney Holmes leads off, Lee Vasi, Gabbii Jones and Crystal Alicea all deliver solid individual solos and group harmonies. Katy says the choreography, synchronization, all a really good performance. They all have stardust on them, Katy says. But there are only room for 3 more people. Out of you girls, I need one to volunteer to not go on to the next round. The girls are all stunned, looking at each other to see if anyone is willing to step forward. Crystal volunteers. Having offered to sacrifice herself for the other girls in her group, Crystal breaks down in tears. Oh sweetie, don't cry, Katy exclaims, you're all going through! I was just trying to see your girl power! You scared her to death, Lionel says. Katy runs to the stage and pulls Crystal out from the group hug. This one, look at her heart. Round of applause for her heart.