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13 December 2014 @ 02:05 pm
Before I start packing for my winter trip to Zurich, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Brussels and back to Paris (where I can't wait to explore the Petit Palais paintings and Marne La Valle Village) on Dec 23rd, let me announce the Top 24 of the new American Idol season.

Hats off to the producers and judges for putting together this new group of talents. Good job for the emphasis on marketability, producers! Also, the new House of Blues show as a final audition round has been a smart addition. It really gives the contestants the experience of a "real concert performance" and shows the judges who look and sound like a star before these singers advance to the LIVE show.

Without further ado, here are your new Top 24! ;)


Some Videos From YouTube

Savion Wright - Pumped Up Kicks (Foster the People cover)

Kat Winston - Miriam (Norah Jones cover)

Clark Beckham - Love's Not Fair (Original)

Jaq Mackenzie - Dark Horse (Katy Perry cover)

Zack Kaltenbach - Wrecking Ball (Miley cover)

Sarina Joi Crowe - A Thousand Years (Christina Perri cover)

Cody Fry - Underground (Original)
29 May 2014 @ 09:47 am
Ah, summer...

The sun-kissed days of wine, pancake and tasty frappuccino are back to greet us all. Where will you be? If things go according to plan, I'll be vacationing in Zurich, Frankfurt, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and Rome (where I look forward to meeting my Halien friend @FraLuvsHaleyAmy after our failed plan to meet each other back in LA). Decisions will be made next week so I'll be sure to keep everyone posted.

Guitar class has brought back the passion of music-making. With the help of my mentor Tony, I've been picking up new chords that were unfamiliar to me before I signed up. I've also learned to play 4 songs in their entirety, including:

  1. "Let It Go" (Demi Lovato)

  2. "Rolling in the Deep" (Adele)

  3. "Seven Impossible Days" (Mr. Big)

  4. "This Love" (Maroon 5)

Pretty jammin' if you ask me!

After all the films I've seen this year (Divergent, American Hustle, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Veronica Mars movie and The Other Woman) I now look forward to the premiere of Maleficent with the wickedly spectacular Angelina Jolie and the Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco starring the classy Nicole Kidman as the Hollywood movie star turned Monaco queen. I know it's been playing all over Europe but I can't wait for the day it opens here. My friend on_the_ground must also be anticipating it over there in Spain.

I see that people have started to get the perks they signed up for as part of Haley's new music video campaign, so I'm excited for my new Haley photo to arrive... along with her autograph ;) "Show Me Your Moves" must be one catchy tune!

Searching for a fun, delicious summer read? Look no further than The Espressologist by Kristina Springer.
If Jane Austen's Emma is your cup of tea, this modern interpretation of the classic in the world of charming young baristas is highly recommended! Don't forget your favorite coffee, latte and hot chocolate.

Coming up this Sunday: my cousin's guitar concert. So thrilled to support her very first debut.
27 April 2014 @ 09:56 pm
And this is why Angie Miller and her "Dream Big" slogan still reigns today!

I had the privilege of watching Angie's mini showcase at the uberpopular mall Gandaria City in Jakarta this past weekend, and it was a super chill acoustic night with 10 fab songs from her. The free concert was arranged by FOX and Star World - the channel that airs American Idol here - to promote the show and Angie herself. Given her immense popularity, it's no surprise she's the non-winner from her season to have been given the opportunity to perform after S10's Haley Reinhart last year. Not to mention her style of music is what's big around here so everything makes sense.

The Piazza venue on the ground floor was packed with hardcore Dreamers everywhere, and Angie seemed to have the time of her life onstage, as you can see from the videos below. We were a loud crowd and she LOVED it. She was surrounded by Starbucks and pizza restaurants throughout her performances. I can tell our city left a thrilling impression on her by her constant tweets about it and the fact that she told us that we were the best city she has been to so far on her international tour. Proof: she spent more than a week here and even vacationed in Bali (we were her last stop before she headed back for Boston).

Angie's set list included the following tunes:

* "Titanium"
* "Diamonds"
* "Put It On Me"
* "Roar" ~ special duet with her opening act, newcomer Teza Sumendra
* "I Can't Make You Love Me"
* "Who You Are"
* "Radioactive"
* "Halo"
* "You Set Me Free"

Angie Promo

Intro - Titanium

Angie Greets her Dreamers


Put It On Me

Roar (feat. Teza Sumendra)


Angie Says "I Love Y'all" in Indonesian
Current Mood: energeticenergetic
03 April 2014 @ 10:11 am
So excited to be given the opportunity to play @ the Mall of Indonesia this coming Sunday. It's a free show so if you happen to be in the area, come on over for a music-filled Sunday noon with me and my other musician friends :)

I will be performing my original tune "She's a Witch" from my EP Limitless City + a cover of my fave Carrie Underwood hit.

Current Mood: artistic
27 February 2014 @ 09:31 pm
How did you enjoy last night's first Top 13 live show on Idol? In terms of energy and song choice, it was hands down a million times better than S9 and last year. As always, I found Alex, Sam, Emily, Majesty and Caleb intriguing and can't wait to see what they do next.

I finally got to watch Vampire Academy at the cinema today. It has "cult classic" written all over it in my book. NEVER mistake this as Twilight, 'cause Vampire Academy very much promotes girl power with its badass female leads. Its main theme revolves around friendship and loyalty, which are lacking in a lot of today's YA fictions.

Having read all 6 books, I applaud the series' intelligence, thought-provoking story lines and commitment to female empowerment. Bonus points for throwing shade at Twilight in several movie scenes!

Zoey Deutch is a super fiery actress, and with the director of Mean Girls on board, you can never go wrong with this!

Tomorrow I'll be going on another cinema trip with my BFF Cindy for Winter's Tale :)

Current Mood: awake
23 February 2014 @ 09:52 pm
After a fast-paced audition process and an extremely brutal twist during Rush Week (a.k.a. semifinal from hell), American Idol XIII has finally given us our new Top 13. While there are a couple names I'm not too fond of, I still find this group enjoyable, especially compared to last year's disaster. Gonna be rooting for Sam Woolf (who I have been supporting for a year on Youtube before he decided to audition for the show), jazz-influenced artist Alex Preston, my fellow Halien Emily Piriz and the uniquely refreshing Majesty Rose. I'd add rocker Caleb to the list as well, 'cause he's super fun! Also, he's got everything I wanted in a male finalist in a very long time. The dude just rocks ;)

Now here's something that I've been meaning to share with my LJ friends. Romance doesn't usually seem to be on the menu as far as my life is concerned. But I do wonder if this could be the beginning of something wonderful for me AND I need your help/input/advice :)

There's this brown-haired guy from NYC in his late 20s who I've been friends with on Twitter for a year. A mutual friend from the Idol fandom introduced us 'cause she knew we'd get along well. Turns out this guy and I really do have a lot in common, and even if we have a light argument, it never turns into a big fight - we would always find a way to understand and respect each other's opinion. Basically, we've been talking every single day about anything and everything since we met (we've also flirted for a bit). By the way, he's also a Cancer and only child like me, shares the same faith and is an aspiring writer. Plus he supports my music and has checked out my videos and works.

All this time, we've been tweeting & DMing each other about our favorite things from TV shows to pop culture icons and, of course, Idol. We mainly have the same Idol friends on Twitter. But a couple months back, he got personal with me. He's a very shy person in real life so he only shares deep convos with a couple friends he really feels comfortable with. Recently, he's been trusting me with his darkest secrets 'cause he said he trusts me the most. Also, he has slipped in a number of complimentary DMs that, when added up, seem like little hints that he's interested in me. But I'm not sure if they mean anything. So can anyone help this girl out? LOL These are some of the things he has told me:

  • "You shouldn't have to diet to please a guy. I like you for who you are :)" - in response to my DM that I won't ever diet to make a guy happy like some friends would

  • "You're my kinda girl. Intelligent, pretty, funny, and kind hearted."

  • "I'll be thinking of you"

  • "I'm glad you refuse to let guys judge you based on your appearance. You happen to be very pretty though :)"

  • "You definitely have gorgeous looks, but I like you for who you are"

  • "I really want to meet you when you come back to the States. I find many girls to be shallow and vapid, glad you're different."

  • "I'd def. talk to you in real life. I feel comfortable that we get along really well. We'd have a lot to talk about :)" - I told him I hope he'd talk to me in real life, even though he said he's very shy around people, and that was his answer to me.

Well, I talked about this with the friend who first introduced us. Being the romantic that she is, she said there's a possibility he might be into me. She really thinks we have a connection that's real, and another mutual friend who has witnessed our tweets also gave me the same opinion.

Around last week, one of them directly messaged the guy on FB: "Do you think you and Jules will be more than friends when she returns to the States? The best relationships come out of friendships. Either way, I'm glad to have introduced you both. I just want to see my friends happy."

This was his answer: "Jules and I do have a good friendship. I'd be open to a relationship with Jules. Anything is possible :)"

So what do you think? Is there a *chance* this guy could be right for me? Thanks in advance for your comments. <3

NB. I've never paid much attention to him when we first met, but now I notice he kinda fits the criteria I want in a dream guy... Dark brown hair, Italian heritage, a New York gentleman, deep thinker, sensitive, romantic, creative, a kind soul, loves his parents.
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
17 December 2013 @ 08:48 pm
At last! The countdown to #Idol2013 officially begins! In less than a month, we will be witnessing a brand new era in American Idol history as the new producers from the ever popular Swedish Idol are making their debut Stateside. If you've been following the promos and early press reviews, you'd know this would at least beat the horrendous Season 12.

They're going back to finding a "superstar", which I find realistic, 'cause looks and charisma do count in the music biz instead of just a good voice.

Here are all the changes these new execs are promising us:

  • Results shows will be cut down to 30 minutes to save us all the unnecessary fillers

  • The BOYS and GIRLS are competing together in Hollywood (unlike Season 12), so there will be no gender discrimination

  • Audition and Hollywood episodes will be shortened so we can get to the Live Shows fast (good move! no need for the show to drag on too long when they already know which singers they're gonna "cast" after the 1st auditions)

  • Songs older than 20 years are banned in Hollywood. I heart retro tunes but this is really smart 'cause the best way to promote these new singers to record labels is to see how they stack up against current and recent artists, not legends from decades past. Besides, there are zillions of noteworthy songs from 1993-2013 that are worth covering.

My proposal: I only have one. Can we just have 2 winners (1 male and 1 female) like So You Think You Can Dance? Honestly, I'm SICK of people saying one gender deserves it more than the other. Just let the best guy and girl take the crown and end the gender war <3

Hollywood Round is being filmed this week, but judging from the spoilers on, these two SXIII talents (one returning girl) are my favorites so far :)

(My only favorite gal in Season 12 - Excited she's back now!)

(You're gonna hear a lot about him - he's already getting early mentions on the press. I've been liking his covers way before I knew about his Idol audition so this is awesome).

Troopers, be jolly! :) American Idol Season 12 9th placer Paul Jolley is now signed to Century Music Group (CMG).
It's a Nashville-based indie label.

His holiday single "Happy Christmas" (a cover of the John Lennon classic) can be purchased on his official site or here at BandCamp (iTunes coming up this week):

Yes, his talent was very underappreciated during his Idol run, but Paul will officially be the first alumni from his season to release an EP/record. "Healed" is set to launch on January 28 2014, which also happens to be his birthday.

Could he be a surprise breakout star? I hope so. He's currently shooting the music video for his single with CMG.




Current Mood: jolly
Current Music: "Happy Christmas" ~ Paul Jolley
10 July 2013 @ 08:57 pm
So my dear friend from Spain on_the_ground surprised me with an early birthday gift package last week. The lovely card she created had a super-adorable picture of Ms. Reinhart and Mr. Jolley, as we are both Haliens and Troopers. I posted it on my Instagram not knowing that Paul himself would Like and comment on it. Shindig! :)

You all should see Carmina's wonderful work below. <3

Ever since my Trooper journey started in late February, I've noticed that Paul has always favorited one or more of my tweets every single week and even responded to me a number of times, like what just happened a few hours ago. It's such a cool feeling when the person we're inspired by actually takes the time to interact with us, even if we don't expect it. This guy really treats his supporters well and is truly committed to making music that matters, so for that, I will always stand by him and his career. Hopefully he will be one of the breakout acts on this summer's American Idol tour so there will be lots of positive media coverage that can help him get noticed once it's all over. He deserves it.

Never have I expected the CW to pick up a historical drama series for its Fall debut. It doesn't look like the type of show the network would want to see succeeding. Still, I'm willing to give Reign a shot. It probably will never achieve the same quality as The Tudors, but its main storyline about the rise of Queen Mary of Scots is enough to get me interested. Again, I really don't know how the CW will handle this, considering it's widely recognized for airing chic shows, and Reign just doesn't seem like it will attract the network's core demographics. But I'm really curious to see how they'll promote it. Hopefully, it'll be one of the new shows that get the royal treatment, because the early trailers did show potential.

Current Mood: happyhappy
07 June 2013 @ 12:48 pm
How stunning was Paul Jolley at the CMT Awards? Glad he's starting to get invited to all the big events. I hope he gets a shot at a record deal soon. It'd be criminally unfair if he doesn't.

Also, he had a Ustream chat with his Troopers the other week, and we got to dig up new #FunFacts about him we haven't yet discovered. Trust me, he's exactly like what he's been portayed on Idol. Very soft-spoken and modest. He was kinda shy with us that he often got quiet in-between fan questions, but that's part of what makes him endearing :D Him blushing and biting his necklace out of nervousness? SUPER-adorable! Seriously, Idol must've picked up on his potential with the voters so they decided to dethrone him every chance they get to make him come across as bland, but I hope the audiences will adore him on the tour.

Okay, so here are some of the little Jolley things you'd be happy to know:

  • He hearts HARRY POTTER.

  • No strawberries for him. He doesn’t like them :p

  • His favorite brand of cologne is Gucci.

  • His favorite movies are The Notebook and Jumper.

  • He likes superman ice cream and also the birthday remix one.

  • He’d be interested to collaborate with Haley Reinhart and Adam Lambert one day.

  • Christmas is his favorite holiday. Jolley time!

  • He doesn’t drink coffee.

  • He has done a bit of modeling back when he was a kid but nothing professional - he hopes GQ will pick him up one day.

  • He used to watch the ABC hit show Once Upon a Time.

  • He likes Britney Spears and Selena Gomez.

  • Being alone is his greatest fear.

  • Favorite superhero - Superman.

  • His eye color is brown but can also look hazel depending on the lighting.

  • He once made it through the first three rounds of X Factor USA (Season 1) but never got a call back.

FYI, not only he tweets his Troopers back whenever he's on, but he also favorites their tweets on a DAILY basis! So if you ever have suggestions and ideas for his career (or even just to say "Hi"), feel free to hit him up. I would recommend going on at around 11:11 following his usual "11:11 make a wish" tweet. Here are my tweets that he recently favorited. LOL.

Current Mood: amusedamused