Feel Good With Brooke Simpson’s ‘Stone Cold’ Voice Audition

With the constant barrage of shit we’re faced with on a daily, constantly reminded how much people suck, it’s always great when we get a little content that just makes us feel good. This video, more of a surprise to me than I can say, happens to be one of those. From beginning to end, everything about this video made me smile.

Contestant, Brooke Simpson, took to the stage of The Voice to belt out Demi Lovato’s power ballad, ‘Stone Cold.’ Now, anyone who has seen Demi rock that performance knows that it’s no easy feat, and you need serious chops to do it justice. However, Brooke proved that she was up to the task and she did an amazing job.

So, not only were the song choice and performance incredible, so was the reaction and subsequent banter of the judges. Now, despite American Idol’s quality decline in more recent years, and The Voice’s steady ratings hold, here’s something that most people seem not to want to admit: The Voice has not produced a fraction of the stars that American Idol has… if any at all. It’s great when a previously unknown contestant goes on to win the finale, but how many have actually gone on to achieve solid success after their win? I’ll wait…

Nevertheless, where The Voice has American Idol beat is the charisma, banter and connection of the celebrity judges and this is as evident as ever in this video. It’s so great to see this household-name judges put their hearts into singing the praises of these unknown contestants because they genuinely see their talent.

Seriously, watch this video and smile!

ps, from now on, I’m gonna start walking around with a little notepad just so that I can toss it at someone in incredulity.

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Camila Cabello’s Sax Player Steals the Spotlight

Ok, so that headline may not be totally accurate. In all honesty, that was a hell of a performance by Camila Cabello who, after leaving Fifth Harmony, has achieved incredible solo success with the release of, quite frankly, pretty damn good music. This performance on Jimmy Fallon’s, The Tonight Show, is arguably one of Camila’s best live performances of her single, Havana, which currently sits at number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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All of this said, I still couldn’t help my eyes from devouring roaming over to the background sax player throughout the performance. While Camila Sandiego was belting out her nostalgia of hopping on Cuban peen, there was only one X-Factor I was interested in. Despite starting out as a mini opening act, it soon became clear to me that he was the real star on that stage. In addition to his great saxophone-playing skills (which, in and of itself, is already a real south pole flooder), he drops some sick moves which just makes me wanna reach out with a Vaudeville Hook, fling those salsa dancers to the real Havana, and have him have the stage all to himself.

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I’m Kind of Obsessed with Years & Years Now

Well, clearly, I’ve been living under a rock or something, because I’ve only just discovered these guys. And to anyone who already knew about them but lacked the requisite respect for me to inform me, there’s a special spot reserved in musical Hell for you.

Years & Years is a British – well, not exactly boy band – but male musical trio, with lead vocals by Olly Alexander, whose voice has now become a weird form of catharsis for me. Granted, he’s no Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran or Alejandro Manzano, but he’s got a certain je ne sais quoi that I’m definitely digging.

If you thought this post wasn’t going to expose my usual psychopathic tendencies, get ready to be rudely corrected. I first found out about Years & Years at a club I went to last Friday, and I was so enthralled by this mystery band that I literally stood right there on the dancefloor and googled the lyrics to King until I found out who they were. So, just in the event you needed a little anecdote to make you feel less like a weirdo… you’re welcome.

Alexander Skarsgard Is A Sexy-As-All-Hell Tarzan

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Ah, Askars, we meet again! Not content to let his sexiness burn out in that god-awful True Blood finale, Alexander Skarsgard has found himself an excuse to bare even more skin for our delight. Well, maybe not more skin (NSFW), but skin sufficient.

The Legend of Tarzan, slated for a July 2016 release, has just released the first official stills and poster of the film, and it (naturally) features the delicious Askars in all his shirtless yumminess. Looking at the trailer, there’s potential for this movie to be amazing, but I can just as easily see it being a complete crapfest. When it comes to remakes, Hollywood seems to be on a hit or miss streak… leaning heavily towards miss, I’m afraid. Here’s hoping that this one doesn’t join that list.

Now, forgive me for nitpicking, but isn’t Tarzan most famous for only wearing a barely-there loin cloth? What the hell is this khaki pants bullshit about? I demand an immediate reshoot! Who’s with me?

Donald Trump’s Supporters Represent the Worst Kind of Human Hypocrisy

Donald Trump has found a way to out-Trumpify himself when he declared that the only way to prevent the threat of terrorism was with “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

Donald Trump is an intelligent man. Say what you want about him, you don’t get to amass the wealth and business savvy that he has being a complete dumbass. He knows what’s going to get him attention, and he knows what his supporters want to hear, so of course, he’s going to keep making these polarizing statements. At this point, I’m not sure that he really believes half the things that he says… he may just be saying them for the effect that he knows they will have. But this post isn’t so much about Donald Trump. It’s about those who sincerely believe the crap that he’s spewing.

You would think that with every new Trumpism that the Donald comes up with, he’d lose a larger and larger fraction of his supporters, but nope, just the opposite seems to be happening. That is, more and more people seem to fall in love with him. Or, at the very least, those who do support him seem to feel an increase in the amount of adoration that they feel for him. Take a look at this video and tell me I’m wrong. They like him, they really like him!

Considering the enormity of the threat that IS(IS) poses on an international level, I think that it is completely understandable that people would be afraid. However, fear – no matter how justified – does not excuse the level of racism and anti-Muslim discrimination that so many people have now (publicly) subscribed to. Honestly, people, you can’t be that stupid to think that every single Muslim not only believes the same as the IS extremists but is somehow connected to them to the effect that the most random Muslim entering the US would be strapped with a suicide vest. I’m actually wondering if these people are that moronic, or are they just pretending to be in order to publicly espouse the hatred that they’ve felt all this time.

Now, I can’t be totally sure, but taking into account who Trump’s key demographic is, I’d be willing to bet good money that these people who are unashamed to go on national television and eviscerate an entire religion are the same people who are quick to cry that Christians are being persecuted whenever their religious belief is brought into question. So, you’re the ones being attacked when you’re asked to keep your religion out of Governmental policies, but when you’re calling for the exile and ban of all Muslims, you’re merely endorsing the good ole American way? Hmm, that smells an awful lot like irony and hypocrisy…

Furthermore, it’s amazing that these people seem blithely unaware of the fact that by giving all Muslims the face of IS, they’re effectively doing the same thing to all Christians. That is, they’re painting all regular peace-loving Muslims as terrorists and murderers while representing all Christians as vile, hate-mongering ignoramuses. It would be quite funny, actually, if it weren’t so sinfully disgusting.

The Spotlight’s on Michael B Jordan

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Kudos to Michael B Jordan and whatever personal psychic he’s got on his side advising him on which roles to take, because he is absolutely killing it right now. Creed, his latest endeavor, and the latest of the Rocky franchise, is undeniably a commercial and critical success, and he isn’t getting half as much buzz as he did in Fruitvale Station. That’s an amazing achievement for a twenty something year old black actor who admittedly came from nothing.

I currently have two magazines on which Jordan is the cover star: Men’s Fitness US and GQ South Africa. Both articles are quite good, with the Men’s Fitness one surprising me with the depth of its topics. As expected, the usual workout routine talk was forefront, but there was an astoundingly insightful edge on race relations and racial stereotyping. The GQ piece was arguably more personal and showed that this dude has quite the mouth of a sailor on him.

Either way, it’s great to see the spotlight on Michael, who isn’t only incredibly easy on the eyes, but also displays a calm authenticity that’s both professional and endearing.

More pics  after the jump

Helloooo, John Stamos!

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If you haven’t yet sent up a silent prayer of thanks for the existence of the internet, I would suggest that you do it now. DILF-type extraordinaire, John Stamos, did the world a collective solid when he dropped trou for Paper Magazine. Let’s remember that these are the same people who came up with this “Break the Internet” shit with Kim Kardashian, for which I’ve expressed my consternation multiple times, so the fact that they’ve given us John Stamos in all his naked glory now makes them forgiven.

Before I speak about the interview, can I just say DAMN! Who knew Uncle Jesse was hiding all that in them jeans? All our Anacondas definitely DO!

Back to the actual interview… it’s little more than a puff piece really. Praises him for being gorgeous with a strong fan base, without delving into any real issues, but that’s ok. It’s a fun and funny piece, and John Stamos comes off as charmingly as ever, if perhaps a tad grating with all his blatant humility.

“I’m a crappy singer”, my ass! He’s released his own album and is an award-winning Broadway actor! Regardless, he can spout all the rubbish modesty he’d like if it means he’s gonna accompany it with pics like that one.

… because random is awesome!