Thursday, December 22, 2011

Melanie Amaro Wins "The X Factor USA"

On tonight's season finale of "The X Factor USA" 19 year old Melanie Amaro was crowned the winner and was awarded the $5 million recording contract. Yesterday, the Final 3 performed two last songs - a duet with a famous singer and a final song of their choice. Josh dueted with Alanis Morissette, Chris sang with Avril Lavigne and Melanie performed with R. Kelly. After the contestants sang both their songs, the voting lines were opened and America cast their votes for a winner. Tonight, the final three performed holiday songs and there were performances from Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, 50 Cent, Leona Lewis, Pitbull and Ne-Yo. Halfway through the show, Steve revealed that the person who received the least amount of votes and landed in third place was Chris Rene. The finale culminated with Steve revealing that the winner of the first season of "The X Factor USA" was Melanie Amaro, meaning Josh Krajcik came in second. Did Melanie deserve to win? Or were you rooting for Josh or Chris? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sophie Clarke Wins "Survivor 23: South Pacific"

On tonight's "Survivor: South Pacific" season finale 22 year old medical student Sophie Clarke was crowned the winner and was awarded the $1 million prize. The episode began with the final duel at Redemption Island, where Ozzy and Brandon faced off to see who could hold onto a large pole the longest. After 40 minutes, Brandon was the first to fall and was eliminated from the game for good. With his sixth straight win, Ozzy was finally allowed to re-enter the game. Back at camp, Coach told Ozzy he still planned to take him to the final three and would even be willing to give him his hidden idol if he won the next immunity challenge. At said immunity challenge, the castaways competed to build a house of cards on a wooden board while balancing their board with one hand. Ozzy knew he had to win and in the end he did just that, earning himself immunity & a guaranteed spot in the final four. At tribal council, Albert, Coach and Sophie decided to vote out Rick, fearing the jury would give him the million if he made it to the finals. Also at tribal, Ozzy spilled the beans about Coach offering to take him to the end. Back at camp, Coach voiced his displeasure to Ozzy about telling the others their plan to go to the end together. Ozzy said he did it because he was burned in past seasons by people he thought he could trust. The next day, the tribe competed in their final immunity challenge, which consisted of racing through various obstacles to retrieve five bags and then using the pieces in those bags to solve a puzzle. Ozzy got off to an early lead, but struggled once he got to the puzzle. That allowed Sophie the chance to catch up and ultimately overtake Ozzy, winning the all important immunity. At camp, Ozzy made one final plea to Coach to force a tie at tribal council which would allow him to face off against Albert in a fire making challenge. Ultimately, Coach decided he couldn't keep Ozzy in the game and he was unanimously voted out, becoming the ninth and final member of the jury. On Day 39, after the traditional final three breakfast, Coach, Albert and Sophie made their way to tribal council where the jury grilled them before they made their decision. After the votes were cast, we joined Jeff live in Los Angeles for the final vote reading. By a vote of 6-3 Sophie beat Coach & was named the sole Survivor. Albert didn't receive one vote. Unsurprisingly, Ozzy was voted Fan Favorite and was awarded $100,000. Jeff also confirmed that next year will be "Survivor 24: One World". Check out my old post here for all the scoop on next season.

What did you think of the finale? Are you happy Sophie won or were you rooting for someone else? Leave a comment below!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Marcus Canty Voted Off "The X Factor USA"

On tonight's "X Factor USA" results show, Marcus Canty became the ninth act voted off the show. Yesterday, the Top 4 acts performed two songs each - a song chosen by America and one picked by their mentors. The judges had mostly positive comments for all the contestants. Tonight, Steve revealed that Chris, Melanie and Josh had made it into next week's finals. That meant Marcus Canty had received the least amount of viewer votes and was eliminated from the competition. Next week, the final three battle it out in the big finale and either Chris Rene, Melanie Amaro or Josh Krajcik will be crowned the winner of "The X Factor"! Who do you think will win?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Brandon Voted Off "Survivor 23: South Pacific"

On tonight's "Survivor: South Pacific" Brandon Hantz became the fifteenth castaway voted out and was sent to Redemption Island. The episode began with the five remaining castaways traveling to Redemption Island to watch the duel between Ozzy and Edna. The challenge consisted of solving a slide puzzle, releasing a bag of four colored cubes and then stacking the cubes so that none of the same color repeated on each side. Even with the Upolu members helping Edna, Ozzy ended up winning the challenge and sent Edna home for good. Back at camp, Coach, Sophie and Rick were in agreement that Brandon should be voted out next, but Albert wanted to shake things up and vote out Sophie. The next day, the tribe competed in the Reward/ Immunity challenge which consisted of using a rope to climb a steep wall and collect five bags of puzzles pieces. Those pieces were then matched up into pairs until only three unmatched tiles remained. The numbers on those tiles made up a code that unlocked a box at the top of the wall. Brandon was the first castaway to input the code, earning himself immunity. He was also awarded pizza and soft drinks delivered to camp. He was able to choose one castaway to share the pizza with and he chose Rick. Back at camp, Coach and Sophie had to change their plans now that Brandon was safe and they decided to target Albert. Later, Rick accused Albert of promising to take him to the final three with no real intention to do it. With Albert now odd man out, he approached Brandon about working with him. Brandon felt so strongly about protecting Albert, he even offered to give him his immunity necklace at tribal council. When he told this to Coach, Coach was flabbergasted and prayed to God for help on who he should vote out. At tribal, Brandon did indeed give his immunity to Albert, shocking Jeff and the jury. With Albert and Brandon voting out Sophie and Sophie and Rick voting out Brandon, the deciding vote came down to Coach. Listening to what God told him, Coach voted out Brandon and he was sent to Redemption Island. On this Sunday's season finale, either Brandon or Ozzy will return to the game and one of the final five will be crowned the winner!

A confirmed "Survivor: South Pacific" boot list and Final 3 has been leaked! To find out what happens on Sunday click here!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ernie and Cindy Win "The Amazing Race 19"

On tonight's season finale of "The Amazing Race 19" engaged couple Ernie Halvorsen & Cindy Chiang beat Jeremy & Sandy and Marcus & Amani to be crowned the winners of the race. The episode began with the final three teams flying from Panama City, Panama to Atlanta, Georgia. When they landed, teams made their way to Flight Safety International where they had to learn how to operate a Learjet flight simulator. Once each team successfully landed their airplane, they would receive their next clue. Marcus had trouble completing the task, causing him and Amani to fall way behind. The next clue instructed them to "the former residence known as The Dump", which teams had to figure out meant the house of "Gone with the Wind" author Margaret Mitchell. Jeremy and Sandy, however, traveled to a store called The Dump, which allowed Cindy and Ernie to take the lead. At the house, teams faced their final Roadblock which required one team member to type out their next clue using an old Remington typewriter. Teams also had to figure out that they had to use a lowercase L in place of a 1, since the typewriter was missing the 1. When the task was completed, teams had to decode their numerical clue and figure out it was leading them to Turner Field. When they arrived at the ballpark, teams faced their final challenge: retracing their travels on the race from start to finish on a giant map. One team member was hoisted onto the map in rock climbing gear and used a long rope to mark each country they stopped in. When the task was completed, teams were instructed to travel to the Swan House and race for the Finish Line. Ernie and Cindy crossed the Finish Line first & won the $1 million prize. Jeremy & Sandy arrived second, followed by Marcus & Amani in third.

Are you happy that Ernie and Cindy won? Or were you rooting for one of the other teams? Comment and share your thoughts!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Rachel Crow Voted Off "The X Factor USA"

On tonight's "X Factor USA" results show, Rachel Crow became the eighth act voted off the show. Yesterday, the Top 5 acts performed two songs each - a dance hit and a song of their choosing. The second song was originally going to be the one America voted for, but because of a technical glitch those songs were pushed to next week. That meant the contestants only had 24 hours to rehearse a brand new song. The judges agreed that Chris Rene was the standout of the night, thanks in part to his decision to perform an original song he had written. Tonight, Steve revealed that the two acts with the least amount of viewer votes were Marcus Canty & Rachel Crow. Those two contestants then sang one more time before the judges voted on who should go home. L.A. and Nicole voted to send home Rachel, while Simon and Paula voted to send home Marcus, creating another Deadlock. Since the judges were split on who to eliminate, the decision shifted back to America. Steve revealed that the person with the least amount of votes was Rachel & she was eliminated from the competition. Did Rachel deserve to go? Or should Marcus have gone instead? Comment and share your thoughts!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Edna Ma Voted Off "Survivor 23: South Pacific"

On tonight's "Survivor: South Pacific" Edna Ma became the fourteenth castaway voted out and was sent to Redemption Island. The episode began with the six remaining castaways being given a Sprint phone which contained video messages from their loved ones. After watching the videos, they made their way to Redemption Island to watch the duel between Ozzy and Cochran. The challenge consisted of retrieving three sandbags using a grappling hook and then guiding a ball through a handheld maze full of holes. The challenge was neck and neck at the end, but Ozzy once again pulled out the win, sending Cochran home for good. Jeff then told Ozzy that he would have to choose which three castaways would get to spend time with their loved ones. Ozzy ended up picking Albert, Coach & Brandon to receive the family time. The other three castaways had to go back to camp, while Ozzy's picks and their loved ones stayed at Redemption Island. During the family visit, Brandon's dad told him to focus more on the game and not reclaiming the Hantz name. Also, Coach pulled Ozzy aside and told him he wanted to go to the Final 3 with him, much to Ozzy's surprise. The next day, the tribe competed in the Immunity challenge, which consisted of moving around on a large game board one space at a time without ever landing on a used space. The challenge came down to Coach & Edna, with Coach ultimately emerging the winner. Back at camp, Edna made one last plea to her tribemates to keep her in the game and get rid of Brandon instead. However, it was all in vain because at tribal council she was unanimously voted out. Next week, she'll duel four time challenge champion Ozzy for the right to stay in the game!

A "Survivor: South Pacific" boot list and possible Final 3 has been leaked! To find out what happens this season click here!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

"Friends/Snowboarders" Andy and Tommy Eliminated from "The Amazing Race 19"

On tonight's "Amazing Race 19" friends/snowboarders Andy Finch and Tommy Czeschin became the eighth team eliminated from the race. The episode began with the four remaining teams dressing up as two characters from The Adventures of Tintin comic books & being instructed to find a man dressed as Tintin and telling him their character's names. When they gave Tintin the correct names, they were given a clue that instructed them to book a flight to their next destination: Panama City, Panama. All four teams got tickets on the same flight to Panama and arrived together the next day. When they landed they made their way to Parara Puru and signed up for one of four times to receive a tattoo the next morning. Said tattoo instructed them to their next location: the San Francisco Bay Towers. When they found the Towers, they also found a Roadblock, which required one team member to walk 65 feet between the Towers on a tightrope 35 stories tall. When the task was completed, teams were given a clue instructing them to find a man under a rooster which they had to figure out meant the Ferdinand de Lesseps statue. Once there, teams were faced with a Detour. The choice of tasks was between traveling to a nearby fish market and delivering fish to different marked stalls or traveling to a sandals stall and crafting a pair of sandals using one piece of leather each. Marcus and Amani were the only team to choose the fish task. When the task was completed, teams made their way to the Plaza de la Catedral and had to find the name of the Pit Stop in the dresses and necklaces of a group of tamborito dancers. Andy and Tommy found the wrong name on the dancers and instructed their taxi driver to a location nowhere near the Pit Stop. That allowed the other three teams the time to figure out the right location: Panama Viejo. Jeremy and Sandy were the first team to reach the Pit Stop and were awarded with a trip for two to Turks and Caicos. Andy and Tommy couldn't overcome their big mistake and arrived at the Pit Stop last, eliminating them from the race. Next week, the final 3 couples race to the Finish Line & one pair will win the $1 million prize!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Astro & Drew Both Voted Off "The X Factor US"

On tonight's "X Factor USA" results show, Astro and Drew were both voted off in a double elimination. Yesterday, the Top 7 acts performed Michael Jackson songs while his brothers and kids sat in the audience. Once again, the judges thought that Melanie Amaro was the standout of the night. Tonight, Steve revealed that the act with the least amount of viewer votes was Astro. Since it was a double elimination, he was automatically booted from the competition with no chance to save himself. That left Marcus Canty and Drew as the next two acts with the least amount of votes, so they had to sing one more time before the judges voted on who should go home. Simon voted to send home Marcus, but the other three judges voted to send home Drew, eliminating her from the competition. Did the right two acts go home? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!