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Congratualtions to Kris Allen for His American Idol Win!

Sorry I coulnd’t post last night, I was quite busy.  But I am pleased this morning to say congratulations Kris, I look forward to hearing his music post-idol.  He’s come a long way from being unknown in the Top 36.  I wish him the best of luck.  Also worth noting, Adam couldn’t have been a more gracious loser last night.  I’m sure he’d probably thought he was going to win deep down (I sure did!), but I think he was truly happy for Kris win the results were announced.  I’m sure he’ll also have success, and I wish him the best of luck as well.

Highlights of the Finale for me in the order I remembered them, if that tells you anything:

  • Allison and Cyndi Lauper duet.  Cyndi wasn’t at her finest, but they sounded great together!
  • Kris Allen and Keith Urban duet.  Kris outdid Keith on this one.  I could see him doing country/pop.
  • David Cook singing “Permanent” for charity.  I thought was a great vocal.  I love the song as well.
  • Megan Joy/Steve Martin singing and banjo-ing to his song.  I know Michael was a part of that as well, but this is the highlight section!
  • Kara DioGuardi killing Bikini Girl.  And the whole bathing suit.  One of my favorite moments ever.
  • Adam/Kris singing “We Are the Champions” with Queen.
  • Adam singing with KISS.  Adam’s voice  sounds excellently in this kind of setting.  It’s the songs like “One” that a perpetual screech does not work.
  • The one note Fergie hit properly during “Boom Boom Pow” that was incredible.
  • The Golden Idols.  I know, I know, they are incredibly corny.  But I also think they are incredibly entertaining.

Lowlights

  • Lil Rounds and Queen Latifah.  This was just a whole lotta “okay”.  Quite monetenous after a while.
  • The Santana medley thing.  Santana was great on guitar, but I didn’t like these performances.
  • “I’m Yours” with all the Idols and Jason Mraz.  I couldn’t be more sick of this song.  Plus I thought it was a Megan Joy/Anoop duet.  NEED MEGAN.
  • Rod Stewart.
  • Danny Gokey and Lionel Ritchie dueting.  Too “meh”, too old.
  • The other notes Fergie hit during “Boom Boom Pow”/”Big Girls Don’t Cry”.
  • Michael Sarver’s part in the “Pretty Flowers” trio.

What did you think of last night’s finale?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and sign up for the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

Thanks for reading!

Rick

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Week In Review: March 29th- April 4th

Everyone just cant get enought Meghan!  She was a hot topic this week at The Conservative Journal.

Everyone just can't get enought Meghan! She was a hot topic this week at The Conservative Journal.

Site News

  • The Conservative finally reached the Top 10 of Political Top Sites, which is different from other blog ranking sites because it ranks by averge daily unique visitors.  This was one of my early goals, and I just wanted to thank all of you that read this blog for making that possible!

Top 10 Posts and Pages of the Week

Everyone seemed to like these posts, be sure to check them out if you missed them!

  1. What’s Everyone’s Beef with Meghan McCain?
  2. Week In Review: March 22nd- 28th
  3. Mail Bag: Matt Delves Further Into AIG
  4. American Idol Top 10- Recap
  5. Mail Bag: A Vast Array of Textual Remarks
  6. Top Sites
  7. Leonardo DiCaprio at KCA: “Our mother is hurting!”
  8. Possible Candidates for 2012
  9. DUmmies Exposed: Kids Choice Awards Hypocrisy
  10. Month In Review: March 2009

Posts and Pages from the Week

If you missed any posts this week, simply click the article and read away!  The posts are in order from oldest to newest.

Poll of the Day Results

March 28th- What Do You Think of Michelle Obama’s Attire?

  • 82% of votes said they are like me and have ZERO problem with the First Lady showing a little arm, while the remaining 18% want to slap some slap sleeves some leaves on her.  Come on people, it’s the 21st Century!

March 29th- What Do You Think of the KCA Green Movement?

  • In one of the closest polls in Conservative Journal history, 52% of voters disagree with me and think the Kids Choice Awards preaching of going green was great.  The remaining 48% think like me, that global warming is simply too controversial to be the central theme of a kids award show.  I compare to making evolution the theme of a kids award show.

March 30th- What Do You Think of the KCA’s Hypocrisy?

  • Naturally, 88% of voters said the hypocrisy the KCS’s showed at their after party was horrible.  12% of voters, however, think it’s fine to talk about saving the planet like it’s the biggest deal in the world, and then haul thousands and thousands of paper plates, plastic cups, etc. to the dump.

March 31st- Who Was Your Favorite on American Idol?

  • For the second consecutive week, voters chose Adam Lambert as their favorite with 17%,  Kris Allen was in second with 15% of the vote, Danny Gokey and Allison Iraheta tied with 13% (Danny had more actual votes though), Lil Rounds had 12% of the vote, Scott MacIntyre had 10% of the vote, Anoop Desai received 8% of the vote, Megan Joy received 6%, and Matt Giraud came in lats with 4% of the vote.  The remaining percentage said they don’t watch.  Unfortunately, we wrong and Megan Joy ended up leaving American Idol.  She will be missed.

April 1st- Conference, No Poll.

April 2nd- Conference, No Poll.

April 3rd- What Do You Think of Bill O’Reilly’s Boycott of Sean Penn?

  • 41% of voters said they are also boycotting Sean Penn, 35% understand why Bill is doing it, but aren’t boycotting Sean, 18% think it’s stupid, and the remaining 6% don’t know/don’t care.  I think I fall into the “good for Bill” cateogory.  I don’t watch Sean Penn movies, but just because their topics don’t interest me.

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Week In Review: March 22nd-28th

American Idol was the subject of our first No Politics Tuesday!

American Idol was the subject of our first "No Politics Tuesday"!

Site News

This week saw many additions to The Conservative Journal, including:

  • The “No Politics Tuesday” feature was added this week.  Each Tuesday we take a break from the politics and the economy and just focus on entertainment.  This week, we kicked off “No Politics Tuesday” a day late with an American Idol recap.
  • This was The Conservative Journal’s busiest week this ever, with over 10,800 pageviews.  Thanks to everyone who made this possible!

Top 10 Posts and Pages of the Week

Be sure to check these out, everyone else seemed to like them!

  1. Possible Candidates for 2012
  2. The Chosen One Will Triumph in 2012 Again
  3. Mail Bag: A Vast Array of Textual Remarks
  4. More From the World of Meghan
  5. American Idol Top 10 Results Show
  6. Barack Obama Reads This Blog
  7. Charlie Rangel Can’t Read His Own Writing
  8. American Idol Top 10- Recap
  9. Top Sites
  10. Mail Bag: Ron on National Debt

Posts from the Week

These posts were posted during the last week.  If you missed them the first time, be sure and check them out by clicking the article below.

Poll of the Day Results

March 21st- Who Do You Think Changed the Wikipedia Page?

  • We presented the evidence, and you voted to find the culprit.  In the end, the person you all thought is the conspirator of WikiGate was clear.  And that person is………. Joy Behar!  Joy was my pick also, as the evidence against her was compelling.  Here are the details:  Joy Behar had 35% of the vote, Michael Moore had 19% of the vote, Nancy Pelosi had 17% of the vote, Barney Frank had 15% of the vote, and Al Gore had 14% of the vote.

March 22nd- What Do You Think of the 2012 Poll Results?

  • In a vote that remained close all week, readers of The Conservative Journal sided with the poll that predicted Barack Obama would beat Sarah Palin if they faced off in 2012.  42% of our readers think that the results were accurate, while 39% think Sarah Palin could take Barack down.  The remaining 19% don’t know.

March 23rd- What Do You Think of Charlie Rangel?

  • Looks like I’m in good company around here as a Charlie Rangel hater, as 81% of readers of the site voted that Charlie Rangel has got to go.  A mere 5% voted everyone should just back off, and the remaining 14% don’t care enough to form an opinion.

March 24th- What Do You Think of Meghan McCain’s Interview?

  • Looks like there isn’t much Meghan love here at The Conservative Journal, as 38% of our readers don’t care enough about her to read the recap of her Larry King interview, or to watch it back online.  34% of our readers thought it was horrible and boring, while the remaining 28% loved the interivew.

March 25th- Who Was Your Favorite on American Idol?

  • For our inaugural “No Politics Tuesday” day, we asked who our readers thought was the best on American Idol.  Our readers chose Adam Lambert as the best with 20% of the vote.  The remaining contestants stacked up like this: Allison Iraheta received 16%, Danny Gokey received 12%, Lil Rounds received 9%, Kris Allen received 8%, Anoop Desai received 7%, Megan Joy received 5%, Matt Giraud received 4%, Scott MacIntyre recieved 3%, and Michael Sarver recieved 1%.  The remaining 14% of readers don’t watch.  It’s also worth noting that our readers not only predicted the bottom 3 accurately, but predicted who was going home as well.

March 26th- Did Watch Obama’s Press Conference?

  • 53% of Conservative Journal readers watched the press conference, but fell asleep at some point through the itnerview, 24% of readers didn’t watch because they’d rather have been watching The Wheel of Fortune, 18% couldn’t work it into their schedule, and a mere 6% watched it and enjoyed it.

March 27th- No Poll

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American Idol Top 10 Results Show

Leaving us tonight on American Idol is…………..

Michael Sarver.

I am not surprised at all; I believe it was definitely his time.  This is about all I’m going to post about tonights show to keep it short, after all today isn’t “No Politics Tuesday”! 

I might update this later with a little more information, just not right now. 

What do you think about the result?  Leave your comments below or send us an e-mail at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading!

Rick

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Poll of the Day: Who Was Your Favorite on American Idol?

As a part of “No Politics Tuesday”, I recapped American Idol (Which can be found here.) leading us to tonight’s Poll of the Day:  Who was your favorite on american idol?  And for those of you that did not watch, there will be an option for that! 🙂

Thanks for participating!

Rick

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American Idol Top 10- Recap

Allison Iraheta NAILED her song tonight!  My favorite of the night.

Allison Iraheta NAILED her song tonight! My favorite of the night.

Alright, so finally we can get this inaugural not-political post rolling tonight!  It’s about time.  Basically how this is going to work is every week I’m going to post my recap of the show.  It’s not going to be in-depth recap by any means, just a short summary of the song, how a think they did, and maybe a smaller little tidbit.  I’m probably just going to do it in real-time; updating the post as each contestant sings.  It’s kind of like a play-by-play of sorts.  Also, the Poll of the Day is going to be American Idol related.  And without further ado, here’s the show:

Tonight’s theme is Motown (Oh gosh, this is going to be eventful, I’m sure.) and Smokey Robinson is mentoring.

Starting off tonight’s show is Matt Giraud, who occasionally sounds like he’s singing on top of a washing machine.  He is singing “Let’s Get it On”.  My first question is “Is that American Idol appropriate?” :).  He starts out sitting at the piano, but then rises up for the ending.  Overall, I thought it was good, but I’m not a huge fan.  I am still a little hesitant with Matt because his audition was not good, and neither was his first Semi-final performance.  All the songs that he sings are the same kind of thing, so I think he might be a one trick pony.  The judges loved him and I’m sure he’ll be back next week.

Second is Kris Allen singing “How Sweet it Is”.  Kris is a likeable guy and I imagine he is going to go quite far in this competition.  He did a good job on his song and brought out the guitar again.  Really upbeat, entertaining performance.  I like this much more than Matt.  The judges love this one too, though Simon says he should become more conceited.  No Simon, no more ego is needed on this show.  You use it all up.  Thank you.  I know he’ll be back next week.

Next up is Scott MacIntyre, who is nearly blind.  He’s singing “You Can’t Hurry Love”, and I’m not going to lie.  He’s not good at all.  He’s almost kind of horrible.  I admire him for overcoming his obstacles and persevering, but I don’t know that American Idol is the best thing for him.  America’s Got Talent, however, is something that I think he would have no problem with.  I think at this point, the considerable majority of his votes are coming from people voting based on his backstory, which is compelling.  He’s just a bad singer in a singing competition, which doesn’t jive.  The judges didn’t really like it, and Simon said he could do better.  I doubt he’ll go home at this point, but I could be wrong.  His backstory alone can get him to probably Top 8.

Next up is Megan Joy, the artist previously known as Megan Joy Corkery.  She sings “For Once in My Life”.

Unfortunately, Megan Joy was not at her best.

Unfortunately, Megan Joy was not at her best.

Megan is interesting to me.  She’s a gorgeous girl, and her voice is very original.  However, this vocal is not really good.  It’s kind of all over the place.  Actually it’s very all over the place.  BUT, let me say this:  I like it regardless.  I think Megan is one of the most enjoyable contestants that have ever been on the show and I really would hate to see her go.  It would be a shame.  The judges rip her to shreds, but she takes it smiling and laughing all the way through.  Good job, Megan!  Simon says she’s in trouble, but I might vote for the first time in my life to make sure that doesn’t happen.

After Megan is Anoop Desai, who is still on the show by sheer luck.  He lost out in the Semis, but was put back in on Wildcard.  He then had the worst performance, in my opinion, of the Top 13 show, but lucked out and made it through.  I don’t like Anoop at all.  He just seems like he takes himself entirely too seriously.  His song is “Ooh Baby Baby”, and he did okay.  Parts were good, parts were dreadful.  His falsetto notes sound like forks scratched across a plate at some points, which is never good.  The judges think Anoop did great, though Simon said to liven it up.  He’s likely not going anywhere.

Next we have Michael Sarver, who, in my opinion, has no business being on American Idol.  Not at the stage, at least.  He said he’s been sick, and he is singing “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”.  Oh man, this just proves my point about his not deserving to be here.  He is not good.  Not at all.  The performance hurt my ears in places.  I think Michael is just a likeable guy that would be good at a karaoke party.  His voice cracks and he is just not doing a good job.  The judges attacked him like they did Megan, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go.

After Michael is Lil Rounds, or “Little Rounds” as Simon would say.  Lil chose “Heatwave”, which was a mistake.  She did not work it out, as Randy would say.  I expected Lil to blow it out on Motown night but this is lame.  I think she is trying to see if she yell loud enough to not require a microphone.  My lil problem with Lil (Had to) is that she is not at all original.  Her sound can be found in hundreds of other artists, and, quite frankly, there is no need for more.  The judges weren’t crazy about it, but I don’t imagine she is going home.

Next we have Adam Lambert, who weirds me out with his banshee wailing.  This week, however, he chose to change it up and is, for the first time, without nail polish.  For the first time this season, I kind of like Adam’s performance.  He toned down the wailing, and actually sang this like a normal human with a killer range.  Some of those notes were RIDICULOUS.  He did great.  Honestly, if I had to pick a winner at this point, it’s Adam.  He got the praise he deserved from the judges and he is CERTAINLY not going anywhere.  Hopefully next week he’ll bring back the less eccentric, more *conservative* Adam.  And there is my political refernce for the night.

After Adam is Danny Gokey, who is my least favorite contestant to ever be on the show.  For those that don’t know his backstory (I don’t know how you could miss it), his wife passed away before his audition, and I feel like he’s used that a little too much for his advantage.  I think his late-wife deserves a little more respect.  But anyway, about his performance:  He sang “Get Ready”, and It was okay.  I don’t like it really at all, but it wasn’t terrible.  I’m just horribly biased.  Simon said it was not good, the others liked it (I think.  I phased out during the critque).

Finally, is Allison Iraheta, who is my favorite.  This girl is incredible.  Her song is “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”, and though she had lyrics trouble during rehearsals, she NAILED this performance.  This was my favorite performance of the night by far.  Allison has a truly amazing voice, and she sounds years beyond her young age of 16 (Which the judges are more than happy to remind us of EVERY WEEK.).  I will definitely be buying this one on iTunes tomorrow night.  Can’t wait.  The judges loved it, and then the show is over.

Tomorrow night’s show is going to be FULL of special performances:  In addition to the group meddley (Meh.) we will get to see Ruben Studdard, Smokey Robinson dueting with Joss Stone, and Stevie Wonder.  What a night!  That wraps up our American Idol recap for this week; hope to see you tomorrow for our results show follow-up recap!

What did you think of tonight?  Who was your favorite of the night?  And who do you think will go home?  Don’t forget to leave your comments below or send us an e-mail at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Also, look for the American Idol “Poll of the Day” in just a bit.

Thanks for reading!

Rick

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