(Sometimes) the X Factor is so fucking annoying!!!
Yesterday was such a good show, almost all of the acts performed their best yet. It was clear to see that the weakest link once again was Daniel Evans.
Dude is not meant to be on the show.
We FINALLY get him just where we want him - the bottom two. Alongside him was Scott, who performed well but wasn't as outstanding as the rest. It should have been the little Irish twerp instead.
So straight away, I thought Scott had it in the bag and Daniel was a goner. Even when Daniel turned around and said he was dedicating his song to his wife *rolls eyes* - sorry, I'm not heartless right, what happened to this guy really did move me, but I just thought that was so typical of him to say that. Obviously, Scott can't compete with Daniel's sob story.
Then they both sang, and well, I still would have kept Scott in. Who can actually see Daniel winning? He is there because of his background, not because he has 'the X factor'. For the past couple of weeks, Louis has told him the exact same thing.
So WTF HAPPENED?!!
Louis ends up blubbering like a bitch, and SAVES Daniel, alongside his mentor Dannii (at least that makes sense) and Cheryl.
Seriously, Louis and Cheryl suck so bad. I've got nuff love for Cheryl, but she let me down yesterday, falling for the soppiness. I was just so shocked man. I was sitting there telling my mum she's an idiot for thinking that Daniel could get through again. I would have bet my life on him going!
It's official: Simon is the only sane judge left. It no longer matters what the rest of them think.
Oh and Ruth, Alexandra, Laura, Rachel (finally), Diana and Austin all smacked it!
I watched the MOBO's last night... and it was a waste of my damn time if I'm being perfectly honest.
In regards to the nominations, I would just like to say that I don't understand why Jay Sean was nominated in the best male category - sorry, but who cares about that guy? True say he just got a deal with Cash Money records (dunno how the fuck that happened), but still!
Two GRIME artists in the 'Best Hip Hop' category? THAT MAKES SENSE.
The 'Best Song' category was fine, apart from Flo Rida's tune being included... allow it.
Right, now that I've got that off me chest, I can now vent my anger about the actual show.
As per usual, the more important award winners didn't show up. And I don't blame them one bit. But at least you get why the American's don't bother; what's more concerning is the UK artists not being there! Dizzee Rascal's on tour, OK, but my man didn't even leave a video message! HAHA!
Leona Lewis is another one. You know what, they probably shouldn't let peeps win the awards if they don't wanna come to the ceremony, simple as that. It would be a lot less embarrassing for the organisers.
Lil' Wayne, Chris Brown... more no-shows. At least Chris Brown bothered to leave a message though.
Let's take a look at the winners on the night:
Best UK Female - Estelle - fine by me. Best UK Male - Dizzee - fine by me.
Best UK Newcomer - Chipmunk - fine by me.
Best International Act - don't care. Best Reggae - no opinion.
Best Jazz - no opinion.
Best Gospel - can't really comment, but the last video shown in the nominations segment looked good and the most gospel-sounding! Didn't win though...
Best African Act - no opinion.
Best Song - fair result, but not my personal choice.
Best R&B/Soul - not bothered.
Best Hip Hop - well it certainly weren't Wiley! Lil' Wayne - understandable.
Best Video - don't care really.
Best Album - OK, I haven't actually heard Leona Lewis' album, but I've heard Estelle's and it's a banging album, and well, we all know the deal with Lil' Wayne's record, so don't think that was a fair result.
Best Club DJ - loool even though he's a mug, I rate Tim Westwood for pointing out to the peeps booing him that at least he bothered to show up. But then he blew it when he gave a shout-out to Giggs - arse-licker.
Best Radio DJ -the general consensus was that Ace and Vis were more deserved winners than Trevor, but it was an obvious result.
As for the performances... how is UK music supposed to get respect and credibility when you got peeps like Taio Cruz and Craig David (or should I say Creg) going up on stage and rapping with AMERICAN ACCENTS?!! How are we supposed to take that seriously?! Craig David needs to just stop already and hang up the mic, LORD how I was cringing when that happened...
Furthermore, why doesn't anybody ever speak up about that? Why doesn't anyone call them out on their fake accents?! WOULD IT HAVE KILLED THEM TO SAY ALL THAT CRAP WITH A BRITISH TONE?! For FUCK'S sake!
Oh and then you've got some tit comparing Noel Clarke to Spike Lee LOLwtf?! Hey, I like Noel Clarke and everything, but come off it!
God, what a joke. They seriously need to step up their game next year. They need to sort out the nomination categories properly and stop licking American bum bum, then they might start to get some credibility. But I really don't see that happening...
We have so much unrecognised talent in the UK, I don't understand why we are still struggling like this.
God, there is so many things I wanna comment on right now!
For now, let's start with last night's X Factor shows.
Bad Lashes were the dreaded first act to be voted off, with the least amount of votes from the public. I personally feel that they were the wrong act to go and that they had the edge over Girlband. I didn't understand why Simon thought they were both "shocking"... and I really liked the version of 'Wonderwall' that Bad Lashes sang to survive! What was so horrible about it??? I really don't understand X Factor sometimes, I really don't...
Mmmm what else...
Cheryl Cole looked stunning as always. Glad to see that Dannii wasn't overshadowed by Cheryl for the first time since this series started -that's because the shows are live now, so no biased editing. Rachel's song choice probably looked good on paper, but it didn't work on the night and the tune didn't do her strong voice any favours. Scott probably did have the worst song choice ever on X Factor, poor lad. Alexandra was good but not amazing. Laura was by far the best on the night (I can definitely see now why she made the top three, despite the Bo Selecta-esque face), and I enjoyed Diana's performance.
Really surprisingly, I don't think the Boyz II Men tracked worked that well for JLS, but they did alright overall. Ruth's performance was worth it for Simon's reaction at the end. Sorry, but I ain't feeling that lil' Irish boy, I can't even spell his name. He is totally forgettable and his voice is average. We'll see what happens when he has to sing something upbeat and actually move around on the stage - trust me, he'll be toast. Austin was good, but not as great as I thought he'd be.
Oh yeah, and then there was by FAR the worst performance of the night - Daniel Evans.
I really, REALLY like this guy as a person, but c'mon... that was one obvious pub performance. It was quite embarrassing. Why was this guy put through to the live shows? Why was he put through to the final 6 even? He is simply not good enough, and no one will buy his records. Dannii should have just admitted to being wrong yesterday, she didn't even comment on his performance! Just faffed on about how much of a sweet guy he is. Yes we know that Dannii, but this ain't the 'Sweetest guy in the world' competition, let's be real now! It's not fair that decent performers like Bad Lashes and Girlband are left in the bottom two while this guy could potentially make it to the final week (he won't though). I feel proper bad though saying all this because he killed me when he said how much he was enjoying himself on stage last night, bless him man.
Who do you think should have gone yesterday? Who do you see winning the competition?
Roll on with the Wacko Jacko theme next week! That's gonna be very interesting methinks...
So the Scottish national side failed to shine yet again under the very questionable reign of George Burley. We really needed a home win earlier today after losing to Macedonia in our opening WC 2010 qualifier (WTF?! I'm still reeling over that). I feel like this time last year, a team like Norway wouldn't have been so much of a challenge for us while Walter Smith and Ally McCoist were still around (I miss you guys).
When I first found out Burley was going to be our new manager, I felt relatively happy with his selection and quite confident that we would be able to keep up the good work and consistency that we managed during the Euro '08 qualifiers. I guess I was wrong...
I mean I'm no expert on football, but it's clear there's something this guy ain't doing right. For starters, his tactics are wack. Why oh why do we always have to go with the 4-5-1 formation?! It's so bloody defensive, it's like we are asking to drop points! We do not have a team with enough quality, and more particularly a strong and reliable striker to be constantly enforcing that formation so often. It proper gripes me man!
Secondly, he has no previous international coaching experience, which is also concerning. Perhaps he does not have enough respect yet to take on such an important and demanding role in football? Well anyway, whatever it is, it ain't fucking working and we ain't got time for this shit and missing out on yet another major competition.
Anyways, the biggest talk of the game was without doubt the unbelievable goal opportunity that new boy Chris Iwelumo cocked up! I feel for the him, I really do... international debut and all, and being the new token black guy!
C'mon now, let's not pretend like this ain't an issue people! When I saw that peeps were getting subbed (why the hell did McFadden get taken off?! Burley, you're an absolute tit for that one), I was like, hold the bus! Who's the black geezer?! HAHAHA! Ain't seen this guy around before, this is gonna be interesting!
Interesting isn't a strong enough word. The dude managed to temporarily silence the whole of Hampden with that miss, poor fella. Thankfully (and rightfully), the home support didn't turn against him, and overall he made significant contributions to the match despite not completely making up for his terrible mistake.
As much as it pains me to even think about it, here's a clip of the missed opportunity he will never be able to live down!
Not long after Iwelumo came on, me and my dad were both discussing and laughing at the idea of the token black guy making his debut and actually scoring. I screamed at the top of my voice and jumped up and down like a mad woman with me mum when we thought the ball had went in - piiissed when we clocked that it didn't. What's worse is that at that point, I still couldn't remember or pronounce his name properly - when I realised who was responsible for the miss, all I could shout was "it's the black guy, it's the black guy!!!"
Anyways, I'm actually looking forward to seeing him playing again, if he gets the chance. Hopefully he does, I mean he did show potential. But Burley needs to decide on two main strikers to play in every game rather than experimenting with about six different dudes. We haven't got time for that right now when we are trying to qualify for our first major competition in over a decade (yes, it has actually been that long people).
Our next qualifier is all the way in March, and it's against the big boys - Holland. Oh how I am looking forward to that and dropping more points!
I don't wanna be negative like that wanker Charlie Nicholas, but it's not looking too good for the Scots, people...
It seems like I ain't written a blog in time - I'm slackin'.
The reason why though is that I keep having problems with my bludclart keyboard(s). One minute it's working properly, the next I have to push each key like, 5 times before anything comes up. I'm sick of this shit! It is bloody hindering my creativity, I tell you!
Just got back from uni - gaaaay. Have to start figuring out what the hell I'm gonna do for my dissertation - gaaaay. Uni is gonna be so damn long this year, it makes me sick thinking about it. My time management sucks as it is, but that's gonna be the most important thing this year. Can't afford to be Little Miss Last Minute anymore!
What else... oh yeah, I've nearly finished the genius that is Catcher In The Rye. Why didn't I read this book sooner? I'm blaming Jonesy (inside joke). This book has provided many 'lol's' and I demand everyone in the world read it otherwise you are seriously missing out. I've even started to talk like Holden now - goddamn this, and goddamn that. I'm gonna start describing things as 'crumby', say "for chrissake" a lot, and think of everyone I meet as a 'phoney'.
Anyways, I gotta do some domestic cleaning, then see my Cut peeps, then hit Hardknock Wife later on. You should pass tru if you're reading this.
Me and a bunch of other Cut peeps were in Greenwich the other night for the free Kano concert for the launch of his new album 140 Grime Street. The show was BIG, and we got treated to performances by not only the man himself but the likes of Wiley, Skepta and Tinchy Stryder.
Highlight of the night was seeing Skepta come bursting onto the stage in nothing but a white dressing down and some colourful socks, HAHA! That guy's a nutter... I was loving the old skool Kano tuneage as well, especially when he dropped Nobody Don't Dance No More, jheez!
I can't believe that we got to enjoy all of that for FREE. Kano deserves all the success in the world after pulling that off, I got too much respect for him now. Kano is a certified badman.
We had to wait around a lot in between, which was kinda gay but understandable. I mean you can't complain much at a free concert. I'm glad as well because there could have easily been some trouble in the crowd but I didn't have no dickheads around me and everyone was just looking to have a good time, no beef tingz.
Anyways, I wrote a lil' review on the website so go and check that shit and tell me what you think.
What's good in the hood, I'm McBarbie. I like UK music, Facebook, chocolate, my iPod, Big Brother, Coca Cola, Thai food, buying new garms, partying, sleeping, John McCririck, watching Lost, writing, Cheryl Cole, fake gold jewellery, Dr Martens and lots of other shizzle. This blog is mostly gonna consist of me complaining about trivial things in the world, which you will hopefully be able to relate to and find a bit funny.