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Brokeback To The Future

This has been out for several years, but it’s a golden oldie that everyone should either watch again or for the first time. (It’s safe to view at work, I won’t ever post bad stuff)

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Rewind The DVR – Week of 1/17

Seriously, is there a better invention than the DVR?  Since I don’t get a chance to watch most shows live, being able to record and watch at a later date is fantastic.  More importantly, being able to skip over commercials and not have to see terrible previews for movies like When In Rome (early favorite for worst movie of 2010) makes it all the worthwhile.

Here’s what I watched last week…

Sunday, January 17th
Golden Globes – given that I already knew who won before watching, I kind of just watched this with my finger on the fast forward button most of the time.  Ricky Gervais continued his streak of not resonating with America (see Ghost Town, The Invention of Lying and Extras as examples).  The highlights I enjoyed were seeing Glee win best TV comedy, The Hangover win best movie comedy and Meryl “T-Bone” Streep’s acceptance speech.  Lowlights included Drew Barrymore’s fake nervousness, Kevin Bacon’s bumbling drunk speech and Alec Baldwin’s no-show (seriously, how do you have a prior obligation on a night when you know you’re going to win?)
EPISODE GRADE:  C-

24 (part I) – sooo good to have Jack back.  I’ve been a huge fan of this show before it even debuted 9 years ago.  Having seen the movie Nick of Time in the late 90s, I loved the concept of that movie taking place in real-time.  So it was only natural to expect good things out of 24, and it definitely did not disappoint.  At least not for six years.  The first five seasons made for great television, but the show got lazy in season six and recycled storylines.  Last season improved drastically, so I was optimistic for this year.  It was a decent first two hours, nothing too exciting.  Surprisingly, I actually liked Freddie Prinze Jr.’s character as the potential “new Jack Bauer” of the futuristic CTU (how much did that set cost?).  Kim wasn’t running away from a mountain lion, so that’s another positive.  I could do without the side story of Dana’s fake identity (also, what’s the big deal about Katee Sackhoff, she’s a terrible actress and in the same category with Jeri Ryan of “women who I don’t understand why people find them sexy”).
EPISODE GRADE:  C+

More importantly, for a great recap, check out the highly recommended OCD Chick’s live blog, Part I

Here’s what else I watched this week. Continue reading

My Night Out – Trying the New Domino’s Pizza

You ever have one of those Saturday nights, where it’s after midnight and it’s right before you’re about to go to bed, and then suddenly a random wave of hunger kicks in?

That’s basically what happened to me last night.  There’s no medical explanation for it, nor were there any “recreational materials” involved in this process, which is surprising considering I ordered Domino’s Pizza at 12:30am.

I like to make a big spectacle out of ordering delivery pizza.

Look, I am a 30-year-old, married, grown-up man.  I’m no longer in my late teens/early twenties, where ordering pizza after midnight is a weekly occurrence.  I can’t even tell you this last time I ordered a pizza to be delivered after 8pm.  However, after going through every morsel of food in the fridge, freezer and pantry last night, nothing felt like it would satiate me.  Then after ruling out a random trip to 7-11 for terrible taquitos, it dawned on me – pizza delivery!  All of a sudden, life started to make sense again.  This decision was going to help me regain my collegiate youth, turning me back into a 20-year old, who could stay up all night, eating pizza, drinking beer and watching movies.  For the record, I fell asleep about 10 minutes after eating half a medium pie, drinking bottled water and I can’t remember what movie was on.

The late night adventure continues. Continue reading

Fischer’s Friday Five

Here’s the simple concept.  Every Friday I’ll put together a Top 5 list of something, anything, whatever random idea comes into my head or suggestion into my mailbox.  You can read along, argue with my choices, or present your own take on the topic, whatever fits you best.  I’m Fischer, it’s Friday, and here’s my five for the week.

TOP FIVE BEST MOVIES OF THE 2000s

Sure I may be late to the party, but it’s never too late to talk about the first decade of the new millennium.  Ok, I imagine if I wrote this a few months now, I’d be toeing the line of “way too late”.  So without further delay, here’s my look back on the 2000s.

Honorable Mention: The Dark Knight, Insomnia, The Prestige, Million Dollar Baby, There Will Be Blood, Hotel Rwanda, Blood Diamond, Love Actually, O Brother Where Art Thou, Inside Man, Wall-E, The Hangover, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2

Batman Begins – do I have man crush on Christopher Nolan?  With two spots on the top 5 list AND another three in the honorable mention (Dark Knight, Insomnia, Prestige), I might be a little obsessed.  While Dark Knight is the more popular of the two, I’ve got to give more props to the original resurrection of the franchise.  Nolan does a great job of telling the back-story of Bruce Wayne and his rise to crime-fightery (I make up words).  Not to mention we got to see Liam Neeson as a badass, and it was even nice to see Katie Holmes free of her shackles for a few hours.  Basically, there is no Dark Knight or Heath Ledger’s awesome Joker performance, without Nolan taking the reigns and making this movie and telling this story first.

High Fidelity – I’m a sucker for a good rom-com (that sounds more like a terrible software company).  You can’t be my age and not appreciate John Cusack.  His parents even cloned him and out came Joan Cusack, just so you’d have someone to compare John to and favor John over.  It’s the type of movie where if you’re in your early twenties and just got out of a bad relationship, you watch and start to see similarities to your own love life (so I’ve heard, not mine of course).  Throw in a not-annoying Jack Black, a funny-looking Tim Robbins cameo, and the themed use of Top 5 lists (my inspiration?) and you’ve got me hooked for 90 minutes.  Plus it has a great soundtrack, not the kind that you rush out and buy afterward, but more so the kind that just suits the movie as you’re watching it.

What movies cracked the top 3? Continue reading

Conference Championship Predictions

I’m not sure which I feel more foolish about from my picks blog from last week.  Should it be my heavy belief in the Cowboys to go on the road and win in the playoffs?  Or should it be my strong statement towards the Jets not having any chance whatsoever against the Chargers?  It’s a toss-up, but I am going to call it a tie, and claim double stupidity on myself.

For what seems like the umpteenth year in a row, we have been duped by Norv Turner and Wade Phillips.  (By the way, how have we accepted “umpteenth” as an actual number, it implies something between 13th and 19th, yet it could mean 6 and no one would question that).  But why is it that anytime Turner and Phillips’ teams show any promise, we start talking their Super Bowl chances and forget that they are Norv and Wade?  Actually, little known facts about their real names, Norv is short for Norval and Wade is short for Harold.  So why do we keep letting Norval and Harold back into our lives?  Even Tina Turner eventually wised up to Ike.

So this is it for me, I’m wising up to them, and declaring this the final year that I will have ever supported them in a big game situation.  In fact, I’m adding them to the “You’re Dead To Me” list, which also includes, Steve Slaton, Javon Walker, Chad Tracy, Michigan St. basketball, Nip/Tuck, anything involving Shia LeBouf, Checkers fast food, the elevators at Tropicana in Atlantic City and single ply toilet paper.

Looking back at my breakdown last week of the 16 best possible matchups for the Super Bowl, I should have gone with my heart and picked the Jets and Vikings to go along with my correct picks of the Colts and Saints.  Here’s where I had the remaining four possibilities out of the 16…

1) Colts vs. Vikings – Manning/Favre winner takes all (plus we’d get a Peyton Manning/Bernard Berrian re-match, and thankfully without having to endure Rex Grossman for four quarters

2) Jets vs. Saints – I’m easy to please, #1 defense vs. #1 offense

5) Jets vs. Vikings – since we won’t be treated to Favre/Packers III, I’d settle for Favre/Jets I

6) Colts vs. Saints – this could be higher, but I have this weird feeling with all the mid-season hype that this game would be a boring letdown in the neighborhood of 23-10

And the other two in the top 6, were #3 Colts/Cardinals (which is basically same matchup as Colts/Saints), and #4 Chargers/Saints (for the Brees vs. Rivers showdown, but that really should have taken a backseat to Favre vs. Jets).  What does it all mean?  That no matter the outcomes this weekend, we should have a great Super Bowl matchup regardless of the two teams.

That being said, here’s how this weekend will play out…

NEW YORK JETS at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
I must again apologize to Jets fans, because unless Broadway Joe can put down the booze for a few weeks, there’s no way I can enjoy a Super Bowl started by a rookie QB who statistically ranks somewhere between James Van Der Beek in Varsity Blues and the backup QB who was replaced as the starter by Scott Bakula in Necessary Roughness (“blow the whistle, blow the whistle!”).

I was wrong last week when I said they really had no chance, that Shonn Greene wouldn’t matter (132 yards, TD), that Darrelle Revis wouldn’t matter (had an interception and shut down Nate Kaeding in kick coverage, wait, that wasn’t him), and that Malcolm Floyd and Legadu Naanee would have big games (combined 3 catches for 30 yards).  But I won’t be wrong two weeks in a row.

The Colts will have to accept the fact that Jets are using Madden cheat codes to prevent the opposing kicker from making field goals (kickers are 0 for 5 so far in the playoffs against the Jets), so that neutralizes Matt Stover.  Even if Revis can shut down Reggie Wayne, who’s going to shut down Clark, who moves all over the field, more so than any other tight end?  Jets D gave up 8 catches for 93 yards to Antonio Gates last week and it could have been greater numbers if not for a couple of drops.  Plus there’s always the possibility that the Colts bring back Marvin Harrison to re-enact the opening scene to The Last Boy Scout. (too soon?  But in case you’re wondering what I’m talking about, go to the 3-minute mark of this clip – although how was there no flag thrown on the play?).

The NFL and America, and probably just about every single person outside of the tri-state area wants to see Manning and the Colts in the Super Bowl, especially since it would be up against another potent offense and elite QB in either Brees or Favre.  Mark Sanchez and his 12 completions for 100 yards are not exciting football, even if Shonn Greene and Thomas Jones rush for 200 yards combined.  The Colts D did a great job of containing Ray Rice and Willis McGahee last week and should be able to duplicate that effort and hopefully force the Jets to air it out.  In his 17 career starts, Sanchez has completed more than 18 passes in a game ONCE.  In comparison, not counting the Colts last two games of the regular season (since the Colts themselves didn’t count them), Manning, in his 15 other starts, has thrown for less than 20 completions in a game ONCE.  I don’t think this will be a high-scoring aerial assault by the Colts, but it won’t be a Jets 29-15 win like last month.

PREDICTION
Jets – 15
Colts – 29

MINNESOTA VIKINGS at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
From the Metrodome to the Superdome, to the Thunderdome!!  Nevermind, just the Superdome.  Two teams who love the turf playing for the chance to hit the Miami surf.  I will stop the rhyming right there, because who wins this game is all you care.  Perhaps I can’t stop like Brett Favre can’t quit his career, by the way did you see him smack Jared Allen’s rear?  I will watch this game on FOX, and for breakfast I will eat bagels and lox.

Ok, let’s be serious, this is for the right to battle Manning in the Super Bowl and have a great QB battle, possibly the best matchup of Super Bowl quarterbacks since Trent Dilfer and Kerry Collins squared off nine years ago.

Actually there’s been a lot of talk this past week about “greatest QB of all-time” with both Manning and Favre in the discussion.  Both are arguably at or near the top, but for the sake of more arguments, here’s my take on the best ever (and since I was born in 1979 and never really watched a game prior to 1985, I’ve modernized the list.  So any QB prior to that time has no bearing on my opinion).

TOP 5 GREATEST QUARTERBACKS (of the Modern Jarrett Fischer era)

Joe Montana – some of my first memories of football involve Montana, including him getting concussed against my Giants in the ‘87 playoffs, but also how poised and confident he always appeared. Yes it helps to have Jerry Rice, but you just knew you were always going to watch something special with “Comeback Joe”.  Plus, his career gave birth to Joe Montana’s Sports Talk Football for the Sega Genesis.

Peyton Manning – basically the modern-day Montana.  He’s never afraid to take control of a game or lead his team back from any deficit.  Sees the game better than any QB I can remember.  Even when you play against video Manning in the Madden franchise, the computer has him constantly calling audibles and changing the play at the line of scrimmage.  No other video QB gets that respect.

Brett Favre – there’s a lot to be said for longevity, especially given his position.  I still don’t know if his streak or Cal Ripken’s is more impressive, but what he has done this season at the age of 40, if it’s not “performance-enhanced,” is truly remarkable and just a testament to his legacy.  He could be number one all-time, but I’ve never been a big fan of his, with all the back and forth retirement talk and his obnoxious attitude towards the game (last week’s garbage TD is a prime example), but there’s no doubting his mark he’s left on the position and the game.

Tom Brady – marrying Giselle Bunchden will get you on the list for sure.  He undoubtedly had an incredible start to his career with the 3 Super Bowl wins in his first six seasons, and then leading the Patriots to the perfect regular season two years ago.  But I think he’s in danger of losing his grip on the all-time list.  The inability to finish off the Giants in the Super Bowl (woo hoo!), the season-ending injury in 2008 and the mediocre 2009 by his standards can start to tarnish his reputation.  I think when his career is over, we’ll look back and consider him the Ken Griffey Jr. of football – an absolute beast in the beginning of his career, someone you feared constantly when he went up against your team, and then kind of faded into the shadows in the second half of his career and you spent more time talking about what he was, than what he is.

Dan Marino – easily would have been #1 on the list if he would have just put those laces out!!!  Or if he won a Super Bowl.  I know it’s a team sport, but it’s hard to say you’re the best at what you’ve done, if you don’t have a championship to show for it.

Next 5 on my list – John Elway, Steve Young, Kurt Warner, Warren Moon and Donovan McNabb (yes, Mcnabb makes my top 10, you try being the leader of a Philadelphia franchise for 10 years, I dare you.)

As for the actual game on Sunday, there’s no denying that both offenses are great.  They rely on their running game to set up the vertical passing game.  And both their defenses are pretty solid, with Minnesota relying heavily on QB pressure, and the Saints attacking the ball and racking up the turnovers.  This will be a loud, physical, and emotionally draining game for both the city of New Orleans and for #4 for Minnesota.  Thankfully for Favre though, it will be significantly warmer than the last time he played in the NFC Championship.  Plus, the Vikings are 10-0 on turf this season.

PREDICTION
Vikings 37
Saints 24

And if I’m wrong about these games, just blame Harold and Norval, it’s always their fault.

This…Is American Idol…Blog (Orlando Auditions)

For the previous Idol audition episodes, check out the Boston, Atlanta, and Chicago recaps.

It’s O-town tonight on Idol, and no, not the terrible boy band from a few years ago. Although Orlando has given us boy band member Lance Bass, Gold Club member Tiger Woods, and “this guy” (fathers, keep him away from your daughters!)

Tonight’s guest judge is, Emmy and Tony award winner, Kristen Chenoweth, which is very fitting for Orlando, considering she sounds like Mickey Mouse. I never watched Pushing Daisies, but did enjoy Kristen on her guest spot on Glee this season. That’s Glee, the Golden Globes winner for best comedy, now available on DVD and new episodes returning April on FOX. Oops, shameless plug, let’s move on to the contestants.

Theo Glinton – it’s The Phantom Of The San Francisco Opera. He does sing like he’s a very angry hairdresser. Best part, watch in slow motion when they tell him he’s not Jennifer Hudson. You can almost see his soul get crushed by the metaphoric bus. Line of the night from Maggie, “are those mirrors on your face? Because I can see you’re not going to Hollywood.”

Seth Rollins – after being treated to a 5-minute montage of Cara/Kristen becoming BFFs and terribly quick-clipped auditions, it’s very refreshing to get a nice back story about a good dad who’s not “out with a divorce.” He has a nice voice, but it’s kind of simple and I don’t get much enthusiasm or excitement from him, but definitely good enough for Hollywood.

Commercial break – is there anyone in Hollywood who’s not in the Valentine’s Day movie? I think the only actors I didn’t see in the preview were Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage, but they’re probably hanging out at Starbucks writing the script for Vice Versa 2.

Jermaine Purifoy – 25 minutes in, and this is only the third audition we’ve seen that isn’t a two-second clip!  Not a good start coming off the heels of last night’s episode. Very good voice here, kind of like a poor man’s Stevie Wonder.  Kristen gives him a no-pun intended comment and calls his voice “pure”. Looks like he’s taking this go around more seriously than his last audition a couple of years ago when he tried out for Beer Pong Idol. Hmm, that could be an interesting concept for a new show. You have to sing while playing beer pong, we could probably get Seann William Scott to host.

Shelby Dressel – looking like a cross between Gina Gershon and Lexie from Grey’s Anatomy. It was a decent audition, especially considering she doesn’t have the ability to use the right side of her face. She also might be the first person to use the f-word in an audition and get through, which normally the judges wouldn’t look kindly to. So unfortunately, this is leading me to have terrible flashbacks of Scott McIntyre.

We only got to see 3 of the 18 that got golden tickets the first day, and I’m beginning to worry about this season if all we got to hear was Seth, Jermaine and Shelby. Also, Kristen got called away and sadly we are given no replacement for her. Couldn’t they have gotten a local celeb to fill in for a day? Wesley Snipes lives nearby, he could offer great feedback like “yes, you can sing Mariah Carey, but you can’t hear her.” Or if someone was debating between singing Barry White or Clint Black, he can say “let me give you a word of advice, always bet on black” (that’s a Passenger 57 reference for you non-Snipes people out there).

Jay Stone – yeah, just what Idol was lacking, another beatboxer to make it through. I was about to draw the comparisons to Season 7 runner-up Blake Lewis, until Jay claims he’s better than Blake. So is Jay saying he’s Jordin Sparks? Also, where is Blake nowadays? According to wikipedia, “Blake, who was dropped by Arista after one album, is getting a kick out of watching the new season of American Idol.” That puts him slightly ahead of Justin Guarini, who does not enjoy watching Idol.

Now it’s the time where Idol shows us three quick auditions that make it through and leaving us with very little to judge on…

Janell Wheeler – very nice, would have liked to hear some more.

Brittany Starr James – only got treated to her for a few seconds, but that was enough for the obligatory, Simon checking her out. He definitely has a type.

Kasi Bedford – rushed through her lyrics, she’s probably late for her shift at Space Mountain.

Cornelius Edwards – four easy words to get you a golden ticket and into Hollywood, “my pants done ripped.” Actually the best part was afterward when Cornelius goes to celebrate with his family, Seacrest picks up a little boy, who facial expression just screams, “my pants done ripped, I need an adult.”

Bernadette and Amanda Desimone – Jersey sisters who own a hair salon. I’ve got a bad feeling about this, like MTV is already planning a reality show called Jersey Shorn. They weren’t terrible and probably both deserving of the golden ticket. I don’t know who was who, but I think the one who looks less like a horse had the better voice.

Jarrod Norrell – said he was singing Amazing Grace, so he could “give it up to God”, but unfortunately forJarrod, God received the package and signed it “return to sender, and have him arrested.”

Before the commercial break, Seacrest previews a tragic back story for the final singer of the night, Matt Lawrence, and wonders what lies in the future for him. At first glance, I’m hoping its herpecin.

Matt Lawrence – considering he robbed a bank with a BB gun when he was 15 and spent four years in jail because of it, this is probably a more healthy alternative for him. It was a good performance, that Ray Lamontagne song suited his voice and made him sound genuine. Hopefully he doesn’t drawn comparisons to Michael Sarver, last year’s roughneck.

Well, that’s all Orlando had to offer, and it wasn’t much. Maybe one or two with a real chance at cracking the top 24. Hopefully we’ll get something more out of Los Angeles next week. On a positive note, Heidi Montag’s new album has sold less than 700 copies so far, so all is ok in the world.

RANKING THE GOLDEN TICKETS
1. Janell Wheeler
2. Matt Lawrence
3. Brittany Starr James
4. Jermaine Purifoy
5. Shelby Dressel
6. Seth Rollins
7. Non-Horse Desimone
8. Jay Stone
9. Cornelius Edwards
10. Horse Desimone
11. Kasi Bedford

OVERALL POWER RANKINGS
1. Mallorie Haley
2. Justin Williams
3. Ashley Rodriguez
4. Jermaine Sellers
5. Tyler Grady
6. John Park
7. Janell Wheeler
8. Katelyn Epperly
9. Matt Lawrence
10. Leah Laurenti
11. Paige Dechausse
12. Brittany Starr James
13. Benjamin Bright
14. Jermaine Purifoy
15. Brian Walker
16. Holly Harden
17. Keith Semple
18. Amadeo Diricco

This…Is American Idol…Blog (Chicago Auditions)

In case you need to catch up, check out the Boston and Atlanta audition recaps.

It’s the city of Chicago tonight for Idol, although I must say I was hoping when they said Idol was doing Chicago tonight, that we were going to get some Peter Cetera rocking the Karate Kid 2 soundtrack. “I am a man, who will fight, for your honor.  I’ll be the hero, you’re dreaming of.  We’ll live forever, knowing together that we…did it all, for the glory of love.”  We love you, Mr. Miyagi!!!

Seacrest briefly mentions that tonight’s city is the same place where Obama was from and wonders if the next American Idol can hail from the same place as our American president.  I believe that probably qualifies as the closest FOX has ever come to saying something positive about the left side. Then they follow that up and announce Karl Rove as the guest judge tonight.

Just kidding about Rove, instead we get country star, Shania Twain, still looking as good at 44 as she did at 34, although I still have a hard time accepting a country star who hails from Ontario.  The judges are seated, in a weird order tonight (Simon on the far left, Kara on the far right and Shania/Randy in the middle), and let’s hope some contestants in the Windy City actually blow us away tonight.  Ha, I made a weather joke, take that El Nino!

Katelyn Epperly – All due respect, but what a terrible back story to get us to care about her.  Her parents split recently, that’s it???  Although to be fair, when my parents separated about 9 years ago, the first thing I did was fly to England and try out for Pop Idol.  Also, her mom said that Katelyn’s dad “decided to divorce”  Since when is that a verb?  Is this a new thing like how recently football announcers say injuries as “out with a foot” or “out with a shoulder?”  So do we say that her dad was “out with a divorce?”  Oh yeah, she sang too.  It was pretty good, almost unique in a way and the judges seem to think there’s something to her.

Once we help Haiti out, can we turn our fundraising efforts towards saving Luke Wilson and Kris Allen?

Gotta love the Best In Show crew doing commercials for the U.S. Census – now THAT is some great casting.

Back from commercials and there’s someone talking about the many different nicknames of Chicago.  They left off, “The City Ruined By Jay Cutler”

Amy Lang
– apparently she’s Ryan Seacrest’s biggest stalker, no pun intended.  Maggie says “she laughs like Large Marge.”  Not only has she ruined Aretha Franklin’s “Dr. Feelgood”, she also ruined the Motley Crue version for me as well.  In fact, thanks to her “boob-boxing” (as Cara called it), she’s ruined my dinner for me too.

Charity Vance – Her mom says they’ve been watching Idol since she was 8 years old.  I all of a sudden feel like I should be eating my suppers at 4:30 in the afternoon. Very nice voice, but even though she has no problem singing at the local Hair Cuttery, she kind of reminds of someone who could be very overwhelmed under the lights of Hollywood.  Actually based on her skin, she’s someone who could be very overwhelmed by lights in general.

Crazy Accordion Lady – I might have dated her once on a dare, I’m not sure.

Purple Jacket Tom Jones Singing Guy – we need to see more of that audition, come on, he even busted out the Carlton dance!

Angela Martin – aww, it’s good to see her back.  It’s rare that I remember a former contestant coming back to tryout again.  Although, as much as I’m rooting for her, I’d like to enforce the rule that if you don’t make it past the Hollywood round, you shouldn’t get another chance.  That being said, she’s still got a great voice and hopefully she can avoid any more personal disasters this year.

Curly Newbern – well at least he answered the question of who inherit Dom DeLuise’s wardrobe when he passed away.  Curly might have gotten a ticket had he been daring and thrown in some low notes.

Alannah Halbert – she looks like a combination of Winnie Cooper and Six from Blossom.  Apparently her and Curly use the same singing coach too.

Brian Krause – Private Gomer Pyle lives!!!  Although that audition makes me want to cradle a shotgun in the bathroom.  (Full Metal Jacket reference people, no overreacting!)

Harold Davis – playing the Rocky music in Chicago doesn’t seem right.  Again, this would be a perfect time to bust out some Peter Cetera.  Way too many bad singers being showcased tonight, especially for a one hour show.

Chantelle Graczkowski – speechless.  Also now blind in my right eye.

John Park – I think I’ll just let Shania Twain do the talking here with her comments which included…”you have a beautiful bottom end,” “you have nice lips,” “you have a nice tone down there,” and “you have a good head.”  Good thing Shania is also “out with a divorce” otherwise things might have gotten weird on the homefront.

Paige Dechausse – probably one of the best of the night, but that’s not saying much when you’re up against Chantelle and Curly.  I’m just glad she was able to overcome her papercut when she was younger to make it here today.  Oh, ashtma, sorry, that’s much worse.

Justin Ray – yesssss, our first contestant rocking the Eriq La Salle soul glow this season.  If only he sang “Greatest Love Of All.”  SEXUAL CHOCOLATE!!!  (drops mic, walks off stage).

Keith Semple – both Maggie and I went “ooooh” at the same time.  He sounded like an American Brian Adams. I guess that’s why Shania said yes.

Marcus Jones – it has to tell you something, if he was the last audition of the night, made it through and I already forgot what he sounded like.

Overall, not a very strong night for Chicago as the auditions mirrored the Bears season.  They showcased a lot more of the bad than the good, and we only got to see 8 golden ticket winners (3 of which who were shown clipped together in the final 30 seconds).  Hopefully Orlando will offer us something better tomorrow,  but beware that they don’t show Orlando native “this guy”

RANKING THE GOLDEN TICKETS
1. John Park
2. Katelyn Epperly
3. Paige Dechausse
4. Keith Semple
5. Angela Martin
6. Charity Vance
7. Justin Ray
8. Marcus Jones

OVERALL POWER RANKINGS
1. Mallorie Haley
2. Justin Williams
3. Ashley Rodriguez
4. Jermaine Sellers
5. Tyler Grady
6. John Park
7. Katelyn Epperly
8. Leah Laurenti
9. Paige Dechausse
10. Benjamin Bright
11. Brian Walker
12. Holly Harden
13. Keith Semple
14. Amadeo Diricco