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1. Idol Recap
My Idol recap is going to be short and sweet this week as the show really didn’t throw any curveballs, at least for me.
First off, it was no surprise Sonika Vaid was eliminated. Sonika is a stellar talent for sure, but the remaining four outperformed her last week. Speaking of the remaining four, they are: La’Porsha Renae, Trent Harmon, Mackenzie Bourg and Dalton Rappatoni. Stay tuned for who I think will be leaving the competition a little bit later in this segment.
But first, what impressed me. Outside of the competition, Idol alum, Katharine McPhee, reminded me why I fell in love with the show. On Thursday’s show, McPhee reprised her performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” that catapulted her into Idol history in 2006 – wow, I can’t believe it’s been a decade. McPhee gave me the refreshing I needed after I’ve criticized the show a lot in recent weeks. Check out her performance below.
On Wednesday, the Republican-led General Assembly called an “emergency session” in response to an ordinance passed by leaders in Charlotte regarding bathrooms and transgender people. The response, which was rushed through the legislature at warp speed and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory on the same day. is a sweeping law that not only opens the door for discrimination against the LGBT community but also puts a stranglehold on local municipalities and limits workers’ rights.
Now, I won’t bore you with all the details – you can check out this article for that – but I will give you my thoughts. Surprise! I’m not a fan of it at all. My voice has joined millions of common folk, politicians, celebrities, professional teams and Fortune 500 companies throughout the country denouncing the law. I think the tweet below pretty much sums it up…
— BackwardNC (@BackwardNC) March 25, 2016
Bottom line, this law is yet another pathetic attempt by Republicans in Raleigh to undermine the people of North Carolina and it will have ramifications for some time to come. Welcome to North Caro…I mean the 1800s.
I’ll start off by saying: QUACK, QUACK! The No. 1 seed Oregon Ducks defeated the No. 4 seed Duke Blue Devils Thursday night, advancing to the Elite 8 and, more importantly, sending that team from Durham back to where it belongs. Can you tell my bias? Haha! I won’t do too much trash talking right now since Carolina takes the court tonight against Indiana in a matchup of two historic programs. The Heels are expected to win but it’s always up in the air when it’s NCAA Tourney time. Regardless of the outcome this evening, I’m proud to be a Carolina fan and would take it any day over being a Duke fan.
This is not a news story from The Onion. It’s totally true.
A man in Concord, N.C. was arrested at a traffic stop because he had an outstanding warrant from 2002 for, get this, not returning a VHS tape to a rental store which has since closed. According to WSOC-TV, James Meyers has been charged with “failure to return rental property” which is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $200. The story went viral, prompting tons of reactions. I was pretty shocked about it myself. I mean, it’s not everyday that you hear a story like this. However, I also had a bit of disgust about it because, come on, is it really pertinent to pursue this 14 years later, especially since the rental store closed? Not saying what the guy did was right by any means but it amazes me how police can make silly – yes, silly – arrests like this but there are so many unsolved cases out there.
“Ready, yet? Get set!” All That is returning to TV – well, sort of. It was announced earlier this week that the cast of the hit Nickelodeon sketch comedy show are reuniting for the show’s 22nd anniversary. Here’s some “Vital Information for Your Everyday Life”: the TeenNick throwback programming block, The Splat, plans to air reunion segments during an All That marathon April 16 and 17. E! Online reports that the segments will be cast member reflections of their days on the show. This is the latest in a series of comebacks for 90s kids TV. It was also announced recently that Hey Arnold! would return as a TV movie, picking up where the series left off, and hit game show Legends of the Hidden Temple would also be getting the big screen treatment. Needless to say, as a 90s kid, I’m t-totally stoked for all of this!
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