I am checking in from LA today, and I’ve had some good writing sessions this week already. I worked with Guy Chambers, who wrote Angels with Robbie Williams, and Erika Nuri from The Writing Camp. I also had writing sessions last week with Sam Hollander and Sluggo, who my friend Travis from We The Kings actually told me about because he has worked a lot with them. I also worked with a bunch of other really great writers, who you’ve probably seen me talk about on Twitter. But I actually have another writing session today with the Nexus lol. And I’ll let you guys know how that goes too!
So I was able to go home for a couple of days, and I got to spend time with my family!! Sunday was my cousin’s birthday, and I had all of my mom’s sisters and some of my cousins over visiting from out of town. It was so great getting to have them all there and hanging out with them! A lot of them have birthdays near each other so we just celebrated all of them at once. But family is such a great thing to have, and to have them supporting you and just being there to lift each other up makes a big difference. Having family or friends who are basically family there to do that for you is a huge blessing.
Last night I performed at the BritWeek Gala Event honoring Sir Richard Branson, and was supporting the foundations Save the Children and Virgin Unite. It was a really great night! I was asked to sing Imagine, and then I also sang Prayer of the Children. Nigel Lythgoe had asked me to come sing at the event. It’s funny because I actually ran into him at the Atlanta airport not too long ago, and after I saw him there is when he asked me to come sing. Since he was one of the executive producers on American Idol while I was there, I owe a lot to him for giving me the opportunities I’ve been able to have from the show. He’s a good guy haha. But man, Morgan Freeman was there and I wish I had gotten the chance to meet him! I went to use the restroom and kept getting stopped and talking to people, never really getting time to go over and talk to him. But I think he’s just one of the coolest guys.
In LA there are a lot of signs around saying “April is Earthquake Preparedness Month.” I think it’s really important to remind people about how we need to think about what we would do in an emergency like an earthquake, or any other kind of situation like that. I think it’d be great if you have a family to go through what everyone would do in an emergency, and come up with a plan on how to deal with things. Things like food storage and emergency kits can be so useful in an emergency. I probably sound weird right now lol, but I think with everything happening it’s important to get people thinking about it and being prepared for possible events to happen. Keeping a water supply, non-perishable foods, flashlights, things like that. Just to keep in mind I guess. There are websites you can find out more info on. Here are a couple:
I don’t want to sound like I’m paranoid or anything lol, but you never know what could happen. I’m going to try and get back home for the weekend and just go through things with my family and make a plan too. I remember in school they were talking about how Utah is due for a pretty big earthquake too, and with everything going on right now you never know what could happen.
Well sorry for going off on that, but I’m going to get back into this writing session I’ll tweet later and try to get another blog up next week. Adios!
Song for the day: I Am Not A Robot – Marina and the Diamonds
This is probably my favorite song right now lol. Just really quirky
BritWeek Untagged Pictures!
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Best AI Performance of ALL TIME?
There’s been something brewing in the cyberworld about the best idol performances of all time. Guess who won in the latest poll? 😛
Though most fanatics would agree that this season of “American Idol” is a little lackluster, it has also sparked more debates than perhaps any season since the show debuted back in 2002. How important are the judges? Has Kara DioGuardi improved? Who should replace Simon Cowell? Was the last season the best of all time? Should the show value quality of performance over stuff like vocal strength and musical accuracy? All of these questions have been tossed around all season.
This week’s debate surrounded Crystal Bowersox, the “American Idol” frontrunner whose presence on the show has been surrounded by personal controversy (first involving her health, then the story that she nearly abandoned the show a few weeks back). This week, she delivered a jaw-dropping, emotional performance of “People Get Ready” that tore the house down and lit the Internet on fire. The conversation started: Did Bowersox just deliver the greatest performance in the history of the show? And if she didn’t, who actually has?
In the first poll we presented this week, Bowersox won handily, besting performances by eventual winners Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and David Cook. But “American Idol” fans cried foul, saying that our series of nominees came up a bit short. So we rolled out a second poll that featured nominations from fans who had sounded off in the comments section of the blog.
Now that the long and winding road is complete, we can declare the winner of the latest poll. David Archuleta took home the top spot with his rendition of “Imagine,” which floored the judges, made the fans swoon and turned Archuleta into a favorite a few years back. He scored a whopping 53 percent of the vote, besting even Bowersox’s dominant victory in the earlier poll (this time around, Crystal only mustered one percent). This time around, it was a two man race between Archuleta and the man who finished in second place: Adam Lambert, whose “Mad World” brought in 42 percent of the vote. With 95 percent split up between the top two, the drop-off after Lambert was significant, with only Clay Aiken’s “Solitaire” nabbing more than one percent (proof that the Claymates still have some fight in them).
So the challenge is on to the current crop of “American Idol” contestants: Are you better than “Imagine” as sung by David Archuleta? If you are, then stardom awaits.
What do you think of David Archuleta’s version of “Imagine”? Is it truly the best “American Idol” performance of all time? Let us know in the comments!