Sunday, July 29, 2007

Canadian Idol Watch Top 9 Favorite Performances

After weeks of judge reprimands for choosing songs from eras past, Canadian Idol's Top 9 had a good excuse to rock the hits from the good old days - 1960s theme week. Choosing some of the decade's grittiest songs, the competitors showed their ability to relate to music well beyond their years.

They gave one of the best performance shows so far this year, and according to judge Sass Jordan after the show finished, the best show the series has ever seen in its five years.

Before the singing got started, judges Farley Flex and Jake Gold both noted how important it would be for the competitors to choose songs they could relate to considering none were alive in the decade the music was made.

"It was such a meaningful era," said Farley. "I hope each contestant buys into what the theme is all about. It's a great opportunity to show who you are and what is meaningful to you."

"I think the times today are a lot like the sixties in terms of political and social situations," added Jake. "At the same time I think they really have to connect to the lyrics. From the list I see in front of me, I think they're going to do really well tonight."

Greg Neufeld - Long Black Veil

After admitting earlier in the week that he'd had trouble choosing a song because he doesn't listen to a lot of 1960s music, Greg Neufeld settled on a song that had a recent life as well. Choosing "Long Black Veil," a song originally by Johnny Cash but later covered by Dave Matthews Band, he gave a subdued performance, emulating the Man in Black himself in a black shirt and dress pants.

"My guess is that was better on TV than it was for me," said Zack. "It sounded kind of uptight and really not in the pocket. Lucky for you, you're Canada's next Top Model, so it probably doesn't matter."

"That was so smooth and so calm and so together," added Jake. "It really showed your ability to be a pro, and that's what you are, a pro."

Brian Melo - Bold As Love

Brian Melo also seemed to finally be coming into his own with his performance, owning the stage during his performance of "Bold As Love," a song initially sung by Jimi Hendrix and more recently redone by John Mayer. He finished off his song by throwing the mic stand across the stand in perfect time with the final beats, earning him a somewhat stern talking-to from the show's concerned host.

"How much is the band loving you right now, getting to kick some Hendrix?" said a beaming Sass. "That was an excellent performance. I really enjoyed it."

"One of the good things I can say about tonight is that only one person goes home tomorrow," mused Zack. "Right now everyone is stepping up. Dude, that was the first time that I completely bought in. That was you being you. It was a real fierce performance."

Tara Oram - Suspicious Minds

Next up, Tara Oram kicked her country charm into high gear with an energized version of Dwight Yoakam's take on "Suspicious Minds," originally performed by Elvis Presley. The judges were highly impressed with the way she'd out their advice to be more physical to good use.

"It took you vocally a couple places I haven't seen you go," said Farley. "It showed a lot of things I haven't seen you do before."

"That was the best performance I have seen from you by far," added Sass. "Awesome, awesome energy."

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Rihanna in Canadian Idol

She's a seasoned professional now when it comes to handling fame, fans and interviews, but things weren't always so easy for 19-year-old R & B diva Rihanna.

While getting ready for her appearance on Canadian Idol, the Barbados-born songstress hearkened back to one of her first-ever experiences on television. It was a time when she was just getting used to being in the spotlight, something she's sure Idol's Top 10 can relate to.

"It was Regis and Kelly in New York," Rihanna recounted, moments after emerging from a Q & A advice session with the show's remaining singers, themselves still pretty new to the entertainment world. "It was the day my first album came out. I remember being extremely nervous. It was very nerve-wracking."

Fortunately, she's had lots of time since to practice being in the limelight. Her three albums have all seen massive success, with singles from each release hitting the top of the charts in countries around the world.

It makes her the perfect guest for Canadian Idol's "Number 1 Hits" theme week, where she'll perform her current hit "Umbrella" on the Top 10 results episode on Wednesday, July 18.

Two days after arriving in Toronto - a city she says she can't get enough of - the singer took some time to answer questions from the Idols, then sat down with the host of eTalk and Canadian Idol, Ben Mulroney.

Seeming a bit more flustered than his usual smooth self around the stunningly gorgeous dark-haired beauty, Mulroney quizzed the singer on why she wanted to appear on Canadian Idol.

"I thought 'if I can be an inspiration to these young people who want to be entertainers just like I am then it's a great cause,'" she said, adding that she also looks for any excuse to come back to Canada.

She remembers her first interaction with fame and the career inspiration that came with it.

"(It was when) I met Beyoncé... when she came out with 'Dangerously in Love,'" said Rihanna, who was initially signed to her record label by the man who would later become Beyoncé's main squeeze, Jay-Z. "I was like 'wow, I want to be just like that.' She's huge and just an inspiration and one of the artists that I admire a lot."

While Rihanna hasn't yet collaborated with her role model, she has worked with a serious list of A-listers including Jay-Z himself, Ne-Yo, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake. She is also slated to appear on Chris Brown's upcoming album and says she'd like to work with Joss Stone and Outkast's Andre 3000 in the future.

An artist who says she works as hard when she doesn't have a hit as when she's an international golden child, Rihanna hopes her performance on Idol will show off the vigour and dedication that's helped her produce so many number one hits.

"Tonight's just going to be great energy," she said. "It's all about being in the moment and feeling the song and just having fun with it."

So You Think You Can Dance Top 10 Favorite Dance and Solo Performances

My favorite couple among the top 10 performances was the routine by Sara and Neil, they are the final new couple. They will be doing a Disco routine taught by my girl Dorianna Sanchez. They start hitting it hard right from the beginning including a mega back flip from Neil that looked like he found a hidden pneumatic launch pad. Also, Sara looks super hot. They totally nailed every move with effortless perfection. It was so good the judges have little to say but amazing things. Knock on Wood, Rachel Stevens.

Wade Robson will be teaching the entire top 10 a solo routine on which they will all be compared. To make things all the more confusing and difficult the coupled routines will be interjected with solos, music - Waiting on the World to Change John Meyer

Here are the judges comments:

Top Gear Polar Challenge Special

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In Top Gear's most ambitious and arduous challenge to date Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond attempt to race from Northern Canada to the North Pole, 450 miles away. The terrain in between is some of the toughest on earth - a mix of mountainous land masses and jagged sea ice where temperatures can drop to a mind-numbing minus 65 degrees Celcius. Jeremy and James will be driving a specially adapted pick up truck whilst Richard will be travelling on something a little less high tech - a sled pulled by a team of ten Canadian Inuit Dogs.

Video highlights here below. Watched when Jeremy Clarkson was pushed into the icy cold water by the angry instructor.

Heroes Unmasked Episode 1 - A New Dawn

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Heroes Unmasked, special making of and behind the scenes documentary shorts that run on BBC 2 after each Heroes episode.

Episode one introduces us to the characters and creators who are going to take us on a ride throughout the summer of 2007

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Digital Countdown For The Second Season Of HEROES

There are:

Chef Ramsey Fires Josh Wahler from Hell's Kitchen

Josh, a 26-year-old junior sous chef from Miami Beach, FL, was kicked out of Hell's Kitchen restaurant during last night's dinner service challenge for a variety of reasons that infuriated Gordon.

Hell's Kitchen 3's eighth dinner service challenge commenced, and Josh immediately boasted how he was "100% confident" he'd do well at the appetizer station. However it didn't take long for him to get yelled at by Gordon for preparing way too much risotto when it hadn't even been ordered yet. While the attention fell to Rock for a few minutes when he overcooked the scallops, Josh was in trouble with Gordon for once again overcooking spaghetti because he wanted to get ahead. Bonnie was complimented by Gordon or her "nicely cooked" beef Wellington and Julia struggled at the garnish station.

But it was clear things were quickly falling apart for Josh who was caught cooking spaghetti for the third time when it hadn't been ordered yet.

"We cook spaghetti to order! Even the dirtiest, scummiest Italian restaurant in Venice Beach cooks spaghetti to order you donkey!" yelled Gordon at Josh. "You're pushing me to the f**king limit big boy!" An hour into the service and appetizers were finally getting pushed out, however Josh's overcooked risotto was being quickly sent back by customers and he was apparently out of chances.

"You're standing there, you're screwing me, and you're f**king useless! What are you doing?" Gordon asked Josh, who promptly apologized. It didn't matter. "Do me a favor, take that off," said Gordon to Josh as he ripped of the finalists' jacket. "Get the f**k out of here! Get out! Get out! Get out!" So Josh packed his bags and left Hell's Kitchen.

"I would have given my right arm to stay in the service and keep fighting because I came here with a dream to win," said Josh. "It appears it's over. It appears Green Valley Ranch is not in my future. The dream's over guys..."

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Red-Headed Beauty Barbara Meier Is Germany's Next Top Model

Though officially described as “live ” the finale was recorded in the afternoon of May 24 and shown at 20.15 PM the same day. It began with Heidi Klum introducing the three finalists: Anni Wendler, Hana Nitsche, and Barbara Meier. Their first live challenge was a bikini-themed catwalk and another one with old-fashioned dresses. Shortly after that, last week's photos were shown to the audience. The contestants had to explain their ideas and implementation. Then Hana was eliminated without any explenation by the judges which displeased the audience and the viewers booed loudly. For the next challenge runway trainer Bruce Darnell was asked to do a “spontaneous” photo shoot with Wendler and Meier themed “Romeo and Juliet” and “Caught in the Act”. After that clips of all three finalists were accompanied with a live-played saxophone song. The saxophone preluded to an opera version of Ave Maria with all of this season's contestants walking the runway dressed in baroque and very unique appearing robes. The studio was quiet for a few seconds before Monrose's "Hot Summer" started and the band members began to walk the runway. As the second verse began all contestants came on stage one by one and did another catwalk walk. Then the final announcement was made: Barbara is “Germany's Next Topmodel”. She got a car and the modelling contract with IMG Models.

* Eliminated: Hana Nitsche
* Runner-up: Anni Wendler
* Germany's Next Topmodel: Barbara Meier

Born in the small Bavarian town of Amberg, Barbara Meier didn't originally aspire a career in modelling. Instead, after graduating from school, she enrolled at the Fachhochschule Regensburg in order to study mathematics.

While shopping at a local mall, she was invited by a model scout to a casting for GNTM. Out of 16,421 participants in the national casting, she was chosen among the 15 candidates to appear on the TV show. In the course of the show, she had to face a series of challenges in order to outrival her contestants. Even before the end of the show, one of these minor competitions had her win a leading role alongside Heidi Klum in a nationwide TV commercial for McDonald's.

In the last episode, she outpaced the other two finalists, brunette Hana and blonde Anni, and was declared winner of the title "Germany's Next Topmodel". The prize included a contract with the modelling agency IMG Models, an appearance on the cover of the German edition of Cosmopolitan in August 2007 and a contract as the face of the next advertising campaign for the clothing company C&A.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Rebecca Named Canada's Next Top Model

Rebecca — a 22-year-old factory worker from Mannheim, Ont. — has been deemed “fabulous, fierce and ready for the world” after being crowned Canada’s Next Top Model.

The catfights and tears came to an end Wednesday night.

Ten aspiring models from across Canada endured two months of model boot camp and harsh criticism from judges Jeanne Becker of FT: Fashion Television, Canadian supermodel Yasmin Warsame, celebrity photographer Paul Alexander and, of course, the host with the most style, Jay Manuel.

In the season finale of Canada’s Next Top Model, the four remaining fashionista wannabes — Rebecca, Sinead, Tara and Tia — competed one last time for Top Model supremacy.

In a photo shoot for Cover Girl, Rebecca surprised everyone, including herself, by channelling “her inner femininity” to turn out a fresh-faced, gorgeous photo as did front-runner Sinead. Tia and Tara both struggled in the final photo shoot, leaving Sinead and Rebecca to face off on the catwalk.

Rebecca, the off-beat, redheaded underdog and Sinead, the quiet favourite strutted their stuff in a Victorian-style fashion show before facing the judges one last time.

“This has been a long journey for both of you, and for one of you it ends here. And for the other one, this is just the beginning,” said Jay Manuel in the final judging session, adding: “You’ve both worked so hard and we are proud of you, but there’s only room for one of you.”

And that one girl now has a modelling contract with Sutherland Models, an editorial spread in Fashion magazine and a $100,000 contract with P&G Beauty. Rebecca’s Cover Girl photo will also appear as an ad in a national magazine.

Build It Bigger - Building and Riding of the Tallest RollerCoasters

Discovery Channel's new series Build It Bigger breaks down the world's most remarkable and captivating engineering projects.
Armed with a Harvard education, a quirky sense of humor and an inquisitive nature, Danny Forster spans the globe to break down the ultimate construction projects in the all-new series Build It Bigger, premiering Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at 10 PM (ET/PT) on Discovery Channel. From public works and private buildings to warships and cruise ships, Danny’s experience as a professional architect, as well as his enthusiasm for structural design and the building process, brings viewers inside engineering marvels that will improve quality of life and dot city skylines.

Despite an intense fear of heights, Danny examines every angle – no matter how high above or deep into the earth he must travel – with a hands-on enthusiastic approach and by asking engaging, thoughtful questions of the on-site architects, engineers and building crew. In doing so, Danny sheds light on complex construction techniques, spotlights the people who make it all happen and tries his hand at jobs that are often better left to the professionals.

“From Dubai to Minnesota, Build It Bigger lifts the veil on astonishing feats of global engineering to satisfy our viewers’ unique craving for knowledge and understanding,” said Jane Root, president and general manager, Discovery Channel. “In Danny, viewers find a passionate, expert architect with the ability to translate fascinating, complex engineering processes into terms we can all understand.”

Premiere episodes of Build It Bigger, airing every Tuesday night at 10 PM (ET/PT) from July through October, immerse viewers in massive building sites throughout the world, including Shanghai Tower in China; the Istanbul Tunnel in Turkey; Burj Dubai Skyscraper in Dubai; Los Angeles Water Tunnel in California; Bank of America Tower in New York; rollercoaster builds in Minnesota; a casino in Las Vegas; and much more.

The Build It Bigger fansite (, launching today, June 25, offers viewers a chance to directly interact with Danny Forster. Danny will be answering questions, commenting on viewer-submitted blueprints and keeping a photo blog of his travels to remarkable feats of engineering around the world. In addition, exclusive to, viewers will get a unique look at exciting, quirky Build It Bigger behind-the-scenes moments via a video diary kept by Danny throughout the series shoot.

Build It Bigger is produced for Discovery Channel by Powderhouse Productions. Joel Olicker is the executive producer for Powderhouse. Julian P. Hobbs is the executive producer for Discovery Channel.

Canadian Idol Watch Top 10 Favorite Performances

Greg Neufeld - All These Things That I've Done

Greg Neufeld's biographical introduction showed him playing with his band DiMarco in front of a screaming crowd in his home town of Abbotsford, B.C. Despite weeks of singing songs the judges just couldn't get enough of, his version of The Killers' "All These Things That I've Done" earned what seemed like his worst review yet in both his years in the competition.

"I think that you broke out of the stuff you're been doing into stuff you shouldn't be doing,:" Zack admonished before moving into slight gibberish. "Your upper register was like chalk nails on a board."

Sass disagreed.

"I liked that a lot," she said. "You broke out of the stuff you've been doing normally and you really delivered it, that was a really good performance."

Martha Joy - The Power of Love

Before her rendition of her second Celine Dion song in a row, Martha Joy took the show's viewers to a large family gathering - one of many where she always seems to find herself singing. Her choice of "The Power of Love" was crystal clear, but left the judges wondering what else she could do.

"I thought vocally really strong but... I felt the arrangement of that song seemed deliberate and slow and it felt like you were just milking it instead of just going with it," noted Jake. "You can sing well. We already know that"

"I'm at the point now where I'm absolutely convinced of your skill set," added Farley. "You are undeniably amazing, straight up."

Tara Oram - You Win My Love

Tara Oram's bio took her back to her home island of Newfoundland, where she tearfully greeted a mob of fans upon getting off her airplane. Her version of Shania Twain's "You Win My Love" was likely enough to win her a spot in the Top 9, the judges thought.

"The performance was really strong like it always is from you and you know your voice and I think you do a great job with what you've got," said Sass.

"There are some limitations to your range and the top of what you do," said Zack, who then changed tactic by listing the ways Tara maneovers around her shortcomings with grace. "You cut off the note and you throw to the other thing or whatever. That was the first time since the 22 started that I actually really dug what you did."

Canadian Idol Watch Top 10 Performances Favorites

Greg Neufeld - All These Things That I've Done

Greg Neufeld's biographical introduction showed him playing with his band DiMarco in front of a screaming crowd in his home town of Abbotsford, B.C. Despite weeks of singing songs the judges just couldn't get enough of, his version of The Killers' "All These Things That I've Done" earned what seemed like his worst review yet in both his years in the competition.

"I think that you broke out of the stuff you're been doing into stuff you shouldn't be doing,:" Zack admonished before moving into slight gibberish. "Your upper register was like chalk nails on a board."

Sass disagreed.

"I liked that a lot," she said. "You broke out of the stuff you've been doing normally and you really delivered it, that was a really good performance."

So You Think You Can Dance Top 12 Favorite Performances

Dominic and Sabra Top 12 Performance Jive

First up, it’s the shining example of dancer chemistry, Sabra and Dominic doing the Jive taught by Tony Meredith. This seems like the perfect amount of fun and technical difficulty for them to really set themselves apart early on. The routine starts off and I’m instantly transported back to the 80’s with Sabra looking like a miniature Tina Turner from the “what’s love got to do with it” era. Dom and Sabra are totally breaking out the energy here, complete with wild party smiles. If there are any technical missteps here I’m missing them in the midst of the jocularity. They end with Sabra doing full splits perched on Dominic’s shoulders. I fear Mary Murphy scream approaching. Of course I’m wrong, she loves it but with a few words of criticism. Wade Robson loves it and Nigel says they are the best two partners he’s seen work together.
I Do The Jerk
Ryan Shaw

Pasha and Sara Top 12 Performance Jazz

The new couple, Sara and Pasha, is up next. A few words about Sara first. I can’t be the only one who thinks that she has gone from being a total one-of-the-guys tomboy to the foxiest girl on the show, and she keeps on looking better. This week they will be doing a Jazz routine taught by Mandy Moore. This is going to be my favorite routine, I can tell already. The pair struts out looking like Devo set to teach an aerobics class. They’re both giving off their sexiest looks in perfect sync to Freddie Mercury’s lyrics. The judges all love it, but Mary says they might not be safe this week. I disagree!
Body Language

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Canadian Idol Watch - Top 14 Favorite Performances

Greg Neufeld - Daughters

Greg Neufeld, covering new ground after making it as far as Top 18 in last year's incarnation of the show. After weeks of consistently strong performances, Neufeld pulled another rabbit out of his hat with an intimate, acoustic rendition of John Mayer's "Daughters" in which he sat on the edge of the stage and accompanied himself with acoustic guitar.

"The last three weeks you chose to do songs that were very much in your comfort zone," noted Zack. "If there's anything, you may be a little too perfect. You stood up like the man that you are and represented... You may be too perfect for the public."

"I think you can never be too perfect -- I feel like I am at the Greg Neufeld show," countered Jake, who then got the attention of the female competitors seated off to the side of the studio. "Ladies, that's your competition right there."

Mila Miller - Rehab

The last spot of the women's night went to soulful diva Mila Miller, who badly wanted to convince voters to put her in the Top 10 after two weeks narrowly escaping elimination. Singing Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" lying across the grand piano, her normally-massive afro smoothed down into a sleek wave, she impressed the judges with her unique brand of groove.

"You're one of my favourite performers on the show right now," said Sass. "I thought that was a really good... imitation. You're got a sense of humour I just love when watching a performer."

Farley, however, thought she'd put her own personal mark on the song, loud and clear.

"It's pedigree," he said. "You just felt that song. You did it in your own way. You took ownership of it and eminated soul."

Martha Joy - That's the Way It Is

Next up was Martha Joy, the velvetty-voiced belter from the opposite side of the musical spectrum. Giving a lively rendition of Celine Dion's "That's the Way It Is," she impressed the judges with her ability to kick it up a notch as well as her conisistently strong vocals.

"You played it very subtle, especially for someone who's 16," said Zack. "You are technically the best singer there. I didn't get as much fun out of that as probably you did, but it was Celine."

"The last half of that song may be one of the best things I've seen all year," added an enthused Jake. "You sang great. I felt how happy you were. I got chills... really good."

Khalila Glanville - For You I Will

Also hoping to keep out of this week's bottom four was Khalila Glanville, who had wowed the judges the first week but then chose a song much less to their liking for her follow-up. This time she went the R & B route with Monica's "For You I Will," earning mixed reviews for her efforts.

"I've seen a tremendous level of growth in you from the moment we met you," judge Zack Werner told her. "You may have come up a little flat around the edges (but) I don't think we've ever had anyone who's a mature, sophisticated, beautiful, strong woman in our Top 10 and I would love to see you there."

"There were a couple moments that sounded off for me," added Jake. "But overall, I felt it was really strong and I think you look great tonight."

Monday, July 16, 2007

So You Think You Can Dance Top 14 Favorites Performances

Every week, I do my selection for my 2 favorite routines and performances in So You Think You Can Dance Season 3 tv show. For top 14 week, the following are my favorites:

Favorite No. 1 : Dominic Sandoval and Sabra Johnson - Hip Hop

Dominic Sandoval and Sabra Johnson danced Hip-Hop to “Make It Work” by Ne-Yo as choreographed by Shane Sparks.

Adam Shankman said “I thought you guys did a great job.” Mary Murphy said “This was magic for me.” Nigel Lythgoe said “I thought that it was terrible that it lasted for such a short time.”

Favorite No. 2 : Pasha Kovalev and Sara Von Gillern - West Coast Swing

Pasha Kovalev and Sara Von Gillern danced West Coast Swing to “The Rockafeller Skank” by Fatboy Slim as choreographed by none other than last year’s champ Benjie Schwimmer. And guess what? It’s the routine of the night.

Nigel Lythgoe said “That’s the magic.” Adam Shankman said “If you guys audition for me, you’ve got the job.” Mary Murphy said “It was insane.”

Monday, July 09, 2007

Federer Wins Historic Fifth Wimbledon Title

Roger Federer emulated Bjorn Borg by winning five
straight Wimbledon titles but he was given a huge scare by Rafael Nadal
in a classic final.

The world number one prevailed 7-6 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-2 after three hours and 45 minutes of breathtaking tennis. Federer looked to be in control with a two sets to one lead, but the tireless Nadal broke twice to force a decider.

After saving four break points, Federer powered a superb forehand down the line to lead 4-2 before sealing an epic win. After taking victory, Federer collapsed to his knees as Borg, watching from the Royal Box, joined the rest of an enrapturedCentre Court crowd in giving the champion and his beaten opponent a standing ovation.

The Winning moment:

It was no more than they deserved, Federer winning by far the toughest match of his five-year reign. "Each one is special but to play a champion like Rafa, it means a lot and equalling Bjorn's record as well..." a tearful Federer told BBC Sport. "He's a fantastic player and he's going to be around so much longer so I'm happy with every one I get before he takes them all! "It was such a close match. I told him at the net that he deserved it as well. I'm the lucky one today."

A superb f inal - one of the best in history - ensured a tournament which was marred by appalling weather and the subsequent scheduling nightmares ended on a dizzying high.Federer, in his ninth Grand Slam final in a row and 13th overall, made a superb start, hitting seven winners before Nadal had managed one as he surged into a 3-0 lead.

The Spaniard settled, though, and at 1-3 unleashed two magnificent passing shots from well behind the baseline to rock Federer and broke back. But a first set of dazzling quality was decided by the scrappiest of tiebreaks, Federer winning it 9-7. The second set looked to be heading for another tiebreak until it turned dramatically in game 10.

Federer hit a first serve which both players appeared to think was wide. Nadal scrambled back the return but an off-balance Federer made a mess of his reply. That gifted Nadal two set points and the Spaniard
whipped a backhand down the line to level the match, punching the air in celebration.

The quality somehow hit a new peak in the third set, scintillating rallies and dazzling winners becoming the norm. At 5-4 down, Federer faced deuce but produced two spectacular winners, an angled backhand smash and a jaw-dropping volley off a dipping Nadal forehand, to come through before stepping on the power to take the tiebreak 7-3.

With a two sets to one lead, Federer took a toilet break and when he returned, Nadal was ready for an ambush, earning his first break point since the second set and taking it with a magnificent forehand crosscourt return which left a net-bound Federer floundering. More drama followed when at 2-0 and 30-30 on Federer's serve, Nadal challenged a baseline call, with Hawkeye deciding his backhand had clipped the back of the line.

A clearly rattled Federer, an outspoken critic of Hawkeye, dumped a routine forehand into the net to go a double-break down and let rip at the umpire during the changeover, blaming the electronic system for "killing" him. Nadal, despite having treatment on a knee injury at 4-1, took the set comfortably to force Federer into his first five-set match at Wimbledon since he beat Pete Sampras in 2001.

And the Spaniard may look back with regret at the chances he had in the decider. At 1-1 and 2-2, he engineered a 15-40 lead but Federer's serve proved impregnable and it was no surprise when Nadal himself succumbed to the pressure. Federer delivered a rare show of emotion when his forehand landed on the line, looking up to his support camp and roaring with delight.

Nadal fought valiantly to the end but Federer had hit supreme form, swatting away a volley on his second match point to take his place in Wimbledon's history books.

Source BBC

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Madonna Heads UK's Live Earth Concert at Wembley Arena

Madonna is one of 17 acts to who performed yesterday's Live Earth concert in the UK.

Last Wednesday in a press release, Madonna announced that she has released a new song written especially for the Live Earth Concert on 7/7/07. Titled “Hey You,” which is available as an MP3 download exclusively through the MSN site, the song was recorded in London by Pharrell Williams and Madonna. Bonus! According to the press release, the first million downloads of “Hey You” will be free as Microsoft has pledged to donate $0.25 per download to the Alliance for Climate Protection for the first million downloads.

Hey You Performance

Ray of Lights Performance

La Isla Bonita Performance

Hang Up Performance

Live Earth The Concerts For A Climate Crisis 7/7/07

Live Earth is the name for a series of multi-venue concerts of pop and rock music featuring various artists which took place on July 7, 2007 (7.7.07). The concerts aimed to raise awareness about anthropogenic climate change (global warming) and to encourage people to live greener lives, all the while accepting the need to contribute to a global carbon tax. The concerts have the intent of bringing together more than 150 of the world's most popular music acts and drawing an estimated worldwide audience of 2 billion people, making it one of the largest global events in history. The umbrella organization for the event is Save Our Selves, founded by Kevin Wall, and includes as major partners, former Vice President of the United States Al Gore, the Alliance for Climate Protection, MSN and Control Room, a concert production company producing Live Earth. Their logo/trademark is SOS written in Morse Code. Talent and programming for all of the sites was handled by Aaron Grosky; the worldwide producer of all of the events was Lily Sobhani. Unlike the similar multi-venue rock music concert Live 8, which was free, Live Earth charged admission but the event was made broadly available via television and the internet.

Live Earth Promotional Video

The organizers intended to present concerts on all seven continents. They stated that the venues would utilize on-site power generation, efficient methods of energy utilization and sustainable facilities management in an effort to minimize environmental impact.

* Coca Cola Dome, Randburg near Johannesburg, South Africa

North America
* Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
* National Mall, Washington DC, United States[10]

South America
* Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

* Makuhari Messe, Chiba (Greater Tokyo), Japan
* Tō-ji, Kyoto, Japan
* Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai, China

* Sydney Football Stadium, Moore Park, Sydney, Australia

* Wembley Stadium, London, England (Main article)
* HSH Nordbank Arena, Hamburg, Germany

* Rothera Research Station

Canadian Idol Watch Season 5 - Martha Joy - Filipino

Martha Joy

Updated Wed. Jul. 4 2007 12:46 AM ET

Age: 16
Occupation: High School Student
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Audition City: London, ON
Place of Birth: Toronto, ON
Nickname: MJ or Martitty
Favourite Song: 'Wind Beneath My Wings' by Bette Midler
Couldn't Live Without: "My laptop"
Would Like to Meet: "My grandfather"
Motto: "Singing is not the only thing I can do...but it is the only thing that I want to do"

"Even though I might come across as a very shy girl initially, I want Canadian Idol viewers to know that I am an outgoing and funny person."

Having a European father and an Asian mother, Martha draws a lot of her inspiration from her family. "My mom has been one of the most inspiring people in my life. She has overcome many obstacles in her life to get me to where I am today. Both of my parents have been there for me from the beginning, through the good times and the bad."

Martha is currently a Grade 11 student at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts in Toronto. She enjoys eating Chinese food, hanging out with her friends and playing with her two wiener dogs, Tootsie Joy and Peanuts.

Martha credits her selection to the Canadian Idol Top 22 to her years of vocal training and love for music. But it has been no easy ride. "I was most surprised by the rigorous schedule of the competition," says Martha. "On TV it seems so glamorous, but behind the scenes it can be emotionally and physically draining." Martha says she learned from the challenge of selecting the perfect song. "The hardest part was selecting the right song. With little sleep, it taught me how to work under pressure and perform at my best."

Martha has the ability to sing in six different languages, including Portuguese, Filipino, Italian, Spanish, French and English. However, even though she can sing in six languages, she only speaks Filipino and English.

What is Martha looking forward to about this season of Canadian Idol? "I feel most comfortable when I'm on stage singing in front of a big audience," she says. "Viewers can expect to see a solid performance (from me) every week."

Song List And Video Performance

Top 22 - I Don't Want to Miss a Thing (Regine Velasquez Version)

Top 18 - To Where You Are (Josh Groban)

Canadian Idol Watch Season 5 - Greg Neufeld

Greg Neufeld

Age: 23
Occupation: Singer/Songwriter/House Framer
Hometown: Abbotsford, BC
Audition City: Vancouver, BC
Place of Birth: Langley, BC
Nickname: Greggy
Favourite Song: "Where the Streets Have No Name" by U2
Couldn't Live Without: "My guitar. I never leave home without it."
Would Like to Meet: Dave Matthews
Motto: "Just go for it."

"If you put enough time and energy into something than you can accomplish a lot of your goals. Talent has a lot to do with it, but you have to have the desire and push to achieve those goals."

After making it into the Top 22 last season, Greg came up short of a Top 10 spot and has found "trying to forget about what happened to me last year" the most challenging part of this year's competition. "I know I should have done better and I just need to go out and prove to everyone that I deserve to go very far in this competition," he says.

A huge fan of the Dave Matthews Band, when Greg first started playing guitar all he wanted to learn was Dave Matthews' songs. Along with Matthews, he also admires John Mayer and Coldplay's Chris Martin because they have managed to sustain career longevity.

This year, viewers can expect a more polished and confident Greg Neufeld. "I am going to bring a lot of energy and upbeat songs that people can really get into," he promises. "This is something I have been working toward for a very long time and I want people to know that I'm a true musician. I have paid my dues. I've been there, I just need my chance."

Greg keeps active by playing hockey and basketball and he also wakeboards. In his spare time, you'll find him jamming with his band Dimarco, watching "Dumb & Dumber" (because it reminds him of his brothers) and rooting for the Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions and the Phoenix Suns.

The song that best describes him is "No Stopping Us" by Jason Mraz. To become the next Canadian Idol, Greg believes he just needs to be himself. "I have to bring it every week like it is my last song ever."

Song List and Performance Video

Top 22 - This Love (Maroon 5)

Top18 - Geek in the Pink (Jason Mraz) w/guitar

Canadian Idol Watch Season 5 - Khalila Glanville

Khalila Glanville

Age: 23
Occupation: Day Care Worker
Hometown: Dorval, QC
Audition City: Montréal, QC
Place of Birth: Montréal, QC
Nickname: Kiki or Kay Kay
Favourite Song: "Get Here" by Oleta Adams
Couldn't Live Without: "A bra"
Would like to meet: "My grandmother"
Motto: "Live in the moment!"

"The Canadian Idol competition has changed me for the better. I realize that my time here is short and I should take advantage of every opportunity in front of me. I am not as scared to try new things and I realized that I have a lot more confidence in myself."

Khalila wants viewers to know that she is funny, caring and understanding and she believes it is her combination of dedication, support and confidence in herself that has gotten her this far in the competition.

For Khalila, finding out she had made it into the Top 22 left her in shock, but she was also relieved. With her family supporting her through the entire audition process, Khalila is very proud of making it into the Top 22. She cites her father as her greatest inspiration. "When times were tough he always believed in me told me never to give up," she says.

The best day of Khalila's life came when she found out she made it into the Top 22. Khalila feels that Canadian Idol is extremely important to the development of young Canadian music talent. "Not only does it give people from all over the country the opportunity to follow their dreams but it also gives youth solid role models to look up to."

If Khalila was given the opportunity to meet one person it would be Mary J. Blige. "She is an extremely strong artist and has been through many difficult periods in her life both professionally and personally. She has always remained strong and has never let anyone bring her down. She continues to get stronger with age and I hope I can do the same."

When Khalila is not thinking about singing she enjoys watching "The Black Donnellys," playing with her dog, Princess, and cheering for her favourite international soccer team, Brazil.

Song List and Performance Video

Top 22 - Family Portrait (Pink)

Top 18 - I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) (The Four Tops)

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Milo Ventimiglia in Fergie Music Video

Fergie’s latest music video for "Big Girls Don’t Cry" features none other than Gilmore Girls’ "Jess Mariano" and Heroes’ "Peter Petrelli" Milo Ventimiglia! Milo plays Fergie’s love interest in the video.

Hayden Panettiere, Heroes Star Tries Singing

Hayden Panettiere wants to give this whole music thing a try.

The Heroes star dipped her toes in the water by performing at the Capitol Fourth concert in Washington D.C. on the 4th of July.

She sang the National Anthem and she’s not bad.

She’s not good either!

Sometimes mediocrity is death.

Fern Cotton Interviews Prince William and Harry

Today the BBC released its interview with Princes William and Harry who interviewed by radio DJ Fearne Cotton. The interview took place on the same day the royal brothers were interviewed by American broadcaster NBC.

The Princes spoke of the important part in their lives their mother played and continues to play and why they decided to organize a concert in her memory. Here are some excerpts from the interview. Hopefully we'll be able to provide it in its entirety at some point in the near future.

Speaking about their mother and the 10th anniversary of her death:

PRINCE WILLIAM: "After 10 years there's been a sort of rumbling of people, um, bringing up the bad and over time people seem to forget - or have forgotten - all the amazing things she did and what an amazing person she was. And we sort of felt that this was the best way of bringing that back to life, um, and letting people remember, you know, all the good things about her. Um, because she's not here to defend herself when she gets criticized and so we want to do that instead and this is the best way of us getting that across to people. "She was wonderful and sadly there's no amount of words that either Harry or I could tell you now that could actually portray that. Um, you’d have to meet her to really understand her, and you know, you ask people who have met her and they will tell you just how amazing she was. And for us we were so lucky to have her, you know, as our mother. And um, we, you know, there’s not a day goes past that we don’t think about her and miss her influence because she was a massive example to both of us. And, um, you know, it's one of those things that, um, is very sad but, you know, learn to deal with it and there are plenty of other people out there who have got, you know, the same or worse problems than we've had."

PRINCE HARRY: "I think the nicest thing, the fact that she was our mother, she had her public side and she had her private side. And the private side was very small in comparison to the public side obviously but, you know, the memories that we've got of her, I think we're very lucky to have those memories. Because they're so private between us and, you know, that’s the nicest thing about it. You know, you see her get slated for such and such, but the personal memories that we have of her are very much private and that's where hopefully it will always be."

James Morrison Performs in Concert for Diana at Wembley Arena

James Morrison posted the following message to fans on his blog at Myspace on Friday (June 29):

So I'm 'doing' the Diana concert on Sunday!

It's crazy to think that I was playing to 4 people just over a year ago and now I'm involved in an amazing event filled with legendary artists who have inspired me along the way... Rod Stewart, Elton John and contemporary stars like Pharrell and Kanye West, all at the top of their game...

I think that anything which makes people more aware of the kinds of charities Diana supported; those working to help orphans of aids-ravaged families, and closer to home things like the Centrepoint charity, helping homeless youngsters in London, has got to be a good thing and I'm delighted to be involved.

I really can't wait to get out there and perform and to see some of the others play. I'm kind of overwhelmed by it, but I'll try and take it in my stride and not be too nervous.

I'd really love to be able to see the whole show, but it's come on a day when I'm doing one of my own summer forest tour shows up in Gloucestershire... So basically I've got to get all G.I. Joe and go from Wembley in a helicopter up to my own gig. Cool, but pretty full on!

The forest shows have been going amazingly well so far, so thanks to anyone who has been or is coming. There's an amazing atmosphere, just like a mini-festival... mud an all!

On Wednesday I played to over 7000 people in Amsterdam and that was also incredible, you may have seen some of the photos up here already.

Right now I'm on my way to Sherwood Pines near Nottingham to do the gig. Hopefully I'll see Maid Marion roaming around Sherwood Forest and I'll do my best Robin Hood impersonation...

Love & Peace


Natasha Bedingfield Performs in Concert for Diana at Wembley Arena

Despite the dodgy weather this weekend, Natasha managed to bring out the sunshine and pulled off a stellar performance at the Concert for Diana yesterday.

"I just watched Nat's performance of Unwritten on Diana concert.

She was amazing!!! As per usual not to mention she looked absolutely stunning too... its just a shame she didn't perform more songs as she definitely deserved to... if Lily Allen and Joss Stone get to perform 2-3 songs why can't she??

Definitely one of the highlights of the concert!!!"

Take That Performs in Concert for Diana at Wembley Arena

The foursome are introduced by David Beckham who gets the biggest cheer of the day…

Take That played three of their biggest hits after goldenballs himself David Beckham presented the Mancs to the London crowd.

The former Man U midfielder got a massive applause as he appeared on stage. Becks explained he was there to “help celebrate the life of an incredible lady- the nation’s Princess.”

Man band Take That then sung Shine- flanked by dancers in lacy underwear and swimming caps- with Mark Owen saying: “Happy Birthday Diana.”

Posh Spice, both the Princes and Harry’s girlfriend Chelsy all watched on as they played Patience and finally their best song- Back For Good.

Shine Performance

Patience Performance

Back for Good Performance

Nelly Furtado Performs in Concert for Diana at Wembley Arena

"It's quite a graceful event—it's a beautiful thing," Nelly Furtado told a Canadian news reporter backstage. Among the recent hits in the singer's set were "Say It Right" and "Maneater," which brought the Princes to their feet for a little dancing.

Fergie Performs in Concert for Diana at Wembley Arena

When Princes William and Harry announced that they were organizing a concert to celebrate their mother's life, Fergie, Kanye West and Duran Duran were just some of the music legends that volunteered to take the stage. "What better people to do it?" the American Duchess—who wore a dress from British label Marchesa for the occasion—told People of the brothers' royal efforts. "They threw an amazing party for her. She would be so proud of them." The evening of song and remembrance benefited many of the charities to which Diana was dedicated.

Fergie performed the hit singles "Glamorous" and "Big Girls Don't Cry." She dedicated the latter song to the memory of Princess Diana.

Joss Stone Performs in Concert for Diana at Wembley Arena

JOSS STONE perfected her set list for Sunday's (01Jul07) Concert For Diana in London by asking event co-organiser PRINCE WILLIAM what his late mother would have liked to hear her sing. Stone, who is the same age as William, was just a child when Diana died in a car crash in 1997, but she still remembers watching the tragedy unfold on TV.

And rather than just belt out her soul hits onstage on Sunday, the British singer felt she should do something special. She says, "I spoke to Will... because I wanted him to tell me what would be special. I wanted to know what she liked because it's not about anybody but her and them (sons William and Harry). "He said, 'She liked Tina Turner, so I said, 'Alright...' and picked out a Tina Turner song." William also helped Stone pick a Queen song to cover and selected tunes from the soul singer's back catalogue that he felt his mum would have liked.