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September’s A Long Way Away

…and a very, very long time to wait for a new episode of Modern Family. Even though it’s only been two days since the finale, we don’t blame you if you’re in MF-withdrawal. Since September’s a long time to wait, hopefully this video of Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Mitchell”) covering Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” will be able to give you a quick fix:

-MK

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Glee Goes GaGa

While every other show is busy wrapping up its season (or series), Glee still has a few songs to belt out before school’s out for the summer. Of those remaining, next week’s Lady Gaga-themed episode, “Theatricality,” is probably the most hotly anticipated. Revolving around introverted Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), the storyline will focus on self-expression, and culminates in Tina becoming a goth. Yeah. Keep in mind, this is the same show that recently named guest star Jonathan Groff’s character “Jesse” pretty much solely so it could use the song “Jessie’s Girl.” We never said we watched this show for the plot…

Regardless of the questionable storyline, we can’t lie about our excitement to watch “Bad Romance” and “Poker Face” as performed by McKinley High’s finest. You can download those songs from next week (and others from the rest of the season) for free here. I think it’s safe to say that as long as the show keeps up the quality of its musical numbers, Glee’s got a halo around its finger around me.

Are you in Glee's orbit? via TVovermind

-MK

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Idol Hangover: The Finale Two

Somewhere, Kara DioGuardi is crying. Last night we bid adieu to country crooner Casey James as Lee and Crystal advanced to next week’s finale. Has it really been 5 months? It seems like just yesterday that we found Casey James auditioning in Dallas. Since then, “Pants on the Ground went viral, Ryan went crazy, and the show rating’s have gone away. So, before we begin discussing next week’s finale, let’s say goodbye to Casey. While it’s unclear how his post-Idol career will play out, we’ll probably remember him for now for his rendition of “Mrs. Robinson” and the dizzying effect he had over Kara. While making it to the finale might have been preferable, Casey can take some comfort in knowing third isn’t bad (if you don’t believe me, ask Season five third place-finalist Elliot Yamin).

Here's to you, Mr. Robinson. via Flickr

So with that, let’s see where the finale lies with our final two…

1. Lee Dewyze – Although Crystal had all the early heat in this season’s competition, she has cooled as Lee has gone on a hot streak. Last night he gave two of the strongest performances of the season and proved that he’s in this contest to win it. Another thing Lee has going for him is his “transformation” storyline. If there’s one thing American Idol loves, it’s a strong narrative for its winner. Carrie Underwood went from country bumpkin to world-class pop star. Same with Kelly Clarkson. Lee has a similar narrative – evolving from the shy underdog to the confident Idol-heir apparent. With that said, the title relies on next week’s show. Will he once again blow us away to claim his crown? The momentum certainly seems to be on his side… (same as last week)

2. Crystal Bowersox – It’s hard to knock Crystal for anything terrible. If she could be summed up in one word this season, it would be “consistent.” I can’t remember a single week that she delivered a performance well below the audience’s expectations. Sure, some weren’t as great as others, but overall, she brought her best each week and competed like a star. However, the downside to consistency is that it isn’t exactly exciting. As much as they may claim to hate change or unpredictability, Americans love surprises. Crystal didn’t give us many – good or bad. And with Lee delivering his performance all season last week, it may be impossible for Crystal to reclaim any of the early buzz she had this season. (same as last week)

Sure, everything may change next week. That’s the beauty of Idol. But, if you’ve followed this season weekly like we have, you’ll know that you have two contestants in the finale with two very reliable track records. Will Crystal’s steady-and-safe approach win the race? Or will it be Lee’s dark horse-to-frontrunner momentum that puts him over the top? With two finalists who have never been in the bottom 3, it’s sure to be a nail biter either way.

-MK

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Idol Hangover: The Final Three Perform

In case you didn’t catch last night’s American Idol (the last Lost Tuesday. Ever.), here are last night’s best performances:

Lee Dewyze– Last night was his night through and through. I haven’t seen a stronger reaction to any performance this season than his rendition of “Hallelujah.” While he nailed both performances songs, it was that moment that may just have won him the entire season.

Crystal Bowersox– Jem may have done it better, but Crystal’s version of “Maybe I’m Amazed” had me amazed. You could feel her reaching for the finale – and I think she may have just made it there.

Who’s in danger tonight?
I’m sorry to say it, but Casey, it’s looking like a Lee-Crystal finale. If the songs had been more exciting last night, things may have been different, but I just have a feeling it’s going to go down this way. Don’t lose all hope though, there is always that last-minute chance of a surprise…

-MK

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Beck and Charlotte Gainsbourg Hold My Heart In A Leetle Box

Saw this video at a music video screening recently, thought it deserved a share. Your Sunday dose of quirk and intrigue. Oh, and the song’s wonderfun.

-MM

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Trace Cyrus Fascinates Me

Trace is Miley’s 21-year-old bro. Adopted.Was in that band Metro Station, which wasn’t the worst band in the world, but now they’ve broken up. Apparently owns a clothing company. Has been linked to Disney stars Demi Lovato and Brenda Song, that chick that’s not real-life famous yet. In case you aren’t aware of Trace yet, I’ve included a gallery for your viewing pleasure:

Oh, and here’s that Metro Station song that was catchy. Put all the pieces together… but don’t expect them to make sense.

-MM

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The Summer Will Be Neon

Even on LSD, she still can't sing. via This Is Max

As if you needed any other reason to believe the 80’s are back, Ke$ha’s newest music video for “Your Love Is My Drug” proves that neon is going to be everywhere this summer. Here are some easy places to pick up accessories to complete the look before Memorial Day officially kicks things off.

It'll leave quite a calling card. via NY Magazine

Nars’ Limited-Edition Multiple Tint Tubes [via NY Magazine]

If you're gonna get cuffed, at least make sure you look good. via Teen Vogue

Diane Von Furstenberg Woven Wire Bracelets [via Teen Vogue]

Into the Blue. via Mosley Tribes

 Mosley Tribes Blue With Sea Enforcer Sunglasses [via Mosley Tribes]

For the Chicago and New York readers...fave fun. via ASOS

London Undercover Super Mini Folded Neon Umbrella [via ASOS]

Step it up. via ELLE.com

Vans Neon Classic Slip-ons [via ELLE]

 Just don’t let it go this far:

-MK

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