Friday, December 29, 2006

Schoolgirl Indie Hipsters Heart "Since U Been Gone" Too!

Meet Jenny Owen Youngs.



A smart young lady from Montclair, New Jersey.

Jenny is a girl who is so hip that she dresses up like a Catholic School Girl AND has a song featured on the "WEEDS" soundtrack.

Did I mention the name of Jenny's WEEDS song is "Fuck, Was I"?



But more than anything, the most important thing to know about Miss Youngs is that she enjoys a certain Clarkson song so much...



...that she posted a version of it on her veryHip, veryCool, veryNow MySpace page.


(Thanks to little sister ru for introducing me to Miss Jenny)

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Carrie's Cowboy?

The lovely Annah just notified me of the following bit of Idol gossip that interests me more than it should...

Carrie Underwood is not dating the Fedorov.

The Country Cyborg has snagged herself a Dallas Cowboy quarterback, named Tony Romo.



CLICK HERE to read more.





I'm sure that Mister Romo and his dimple are VERY nice.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Classy Idol?

I never thought it was possible, but the Australian Idol 2006 winner (a 30 year old Irish man named Damien Leith) has just released what must be the classiest debut single by an Idol winner ever.



It's called "Night of My Life" and while the lyrics veer into cheese territory (with a title like that how could it not?)...classy production and Damien's stellar vocals turn the song into something better.

It's like James Blunt and Damien Rice made sweet sweet love and spawned a 30 year old man.



And while we are on the subject of Damien, I suppose I should admit that I'm "verybusy" with him.



Seriously.



He's quite smashing...



...ain't he?

("Night of My Life" video via XO's Middle Eight)

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

"Why I Heart P*nis," by judge jru

Because sweaty vajayjays scare me...



...especially Tasia's.

UPDATE: Then again...



...maybe I don't.

(Fantasia Picture via JJB, Simon picture via Faded Youth)

Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas Song Battledome 2006!

One song.

Two Idols.

Battle it out to see...





...who is still in the running towards becoming America's Next Top SuperIdol.


Just for the record, I think Kelly would kick Clay's ass...but then again, that shouldn't surprise anyone.

* * *

Merry Christmas 2006 y'all!

xoxo,
judge jru

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Gold, Frankincense, and McPhee

In the spirit of holiday giving, Katharine McPhee has decided to share a song with her fans...for FREE.



CLICK HERE to download McPhee's take on "O Come All Ye Faithful."

Luckily, I'm 50 percent Jewish...so only half of me is disappointed in McPhee's dull recording of a holiday classic.

Happy Channukah y'all!


(Song via Kevipod)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Outsold. Outclassed. Out-talented.

The numbers are in.

And Taylor Hicks sold 298,000 copies of his self-titled debut album...which at first glance doesn't appear too shabby until you remember that about a month ago, Daughtry sold 304,000 of his self-titled debut album in his first week.

I wonder how it feels to lose the "debut self-titled album sales" competition to someone that was originally marked as the third runner-up to YOU...

It must be really tough news to take.

It's gotta hurt bad.

Real bad.


(Story via ONTD)

Look Who's Soul-less Now?

After watching this:



...a little part of me died.

So, I had to fix it by watching this:



...and now I feel much better.

(Videos via ONTD)

My McPhee-ver McBroke

I have a love/hate relationship with Miss McPhee. She is so desperate to become a STAR that it has become her only discernible personality trait...which I find incredibly off putting and immensely exciting at the same time.



And so...despite her tortured status in my world, I might have gotten more than a little excited to discover a couple of new McPhee tracks floating about the series of tubes known as the internet.


However, my dreams of McGreatness faded away when I actually took some time out of my "verybusy" schedule to listen to them.

Now don't get me wrong, they're not the worst thing that an Idol runner-up has ever produced (that prize still belongs to the Guarini)...but they're not good either.

The thing is...well, there is nothing memorable about the McTracks. There's nothing special about the vocals, the songwriting, and/or the production.

It's as if the songs were designed to NOT stand out, because G-d forbid an Idol also-ran outshines (and/or outsells) an Idol winner.

There would be chaos.

CHAOS!

And so for this McMediocrity...I'm blaming the Hicks.


(Songs via Kevipod Music)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Clarkson is expensive!

According to this NY Post article, 300,000 dollars is all it takes to get the Clarkson at your next party/wedding/bar mitzvah/Chrismukkah party.

The country cyborg known as Carrie Underwood cost $250,000.

That gray haired guy is wildly overpriced at $150,000, while Mister Ruben Studdard only costs 75,000 dollars.

And Kimberley Caldwell is only worth about 2000 dollars for an appearance (3000 if you want her to sing).

So...the question of the day is...who wants to loan me 300,000 dollars?

Monday, December 18, 2006

Simon's Got a Hearing Problem

So over in the UK, there is a show called "The X Factor," starring Simon Cowell and some other people. It's pretty much exactly like the Idol, without Paula or Randy.

Anyways, this British lass named Leona won.

And she sung a song that you might be familiar with...



And now, she is going to release her crapola version as her debut single.



I didn't know it was possible to appreciate the Clarkson more, but after hearing Leona butcher a song I didn't care for all that much in the first place...well, let's just say it's taken my Clarkson love to a whole new level. A level that may or may not involve buying Kelly's used water bottles off of eBay.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Who Would Pay 25 Dollars to go see a movie musical?

I would.



Correction...I DID.



And it was awesome.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

What's Wrong With Aiken?

Bad Angle/Day/Year OR Bad Plastic Surgery?



You decide.


(Picture via Awful Plastic Surgery via Zak)

Friday, December 15, 2006

Gayest. Idol-Related Songs. Ever.

I don't know if you're aware, but I'm a bit of a self-loathing homo.

And by "self-loathing," I mean that I hate the fact that music taste veers into the veryveryveryGay from time to time (i.e.: most of the time when I'm not trying to impress a boy by pretending to only listen to music too obtuse for KCRW).

I'm hear to annouce that my veryveryveryGay audio disease has taken control of my iPod yet again...in the form of the Australian Idol supergroup known as "Young Divas."


"Young Divas"
is a female vocal quartet, whose members have all appeared on the Australian version of the Idol.

And they make the kind of music you want four ladies from the Idol to make...

They sing covers of mostly disco and eighties classics.

Only faster.

And louder.

It's fantastic.

Don't believe me?

Take a listen to these three "gems":






And just in case that wasn't diva-licious enough for you, here's one more...




I know I shouldn't like them. Really. I KNOW. But I can't help myself. I do. I really do.

And you know what? I don't care if that makes me a superhomo either.

I'm here. And I'm a Young Divas megafan. Get used to it.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Congrats...

...to my J-Hud for her Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture!



Well done Miss Hudson.

Well done.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Hot or Not?

My blog crush FourFour claims that Taylor looks wicked hot in this picture...despite the fact that the picture is of Taylor Hicks.



I must disagree. 1000 percent.

Mister Hicks still looks like that guy at the bar that you worry about your friend going home with, because he probably has a dungeon and/or frozen body parts in his basement.

Who's right?

Who's wrong?

Who cares?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

"Why my Uncle Carl makes me happy," by judge jru

Because he sends me emails like this one...


FROM: Uncle Carl
TO: Judge Jru
DATE: Dec 11, 2006 at 8:33 AM
SUBJECT: even if he can't sing, at least he's got a command of the English language


Taylor Hicks on The View, "The past year has been such a worldwind..."


Thus proving that snarkiness IS hereditary.

The One with the 50,000 Dollar Smile

Remember that episode of "Friends" where Ross bleached his teeth so much that they glowed in the dark?

Well, apparently getting a 50,000 dollar dental makeover yields the same results...



(Story/Photo via People)

Monday, December 11, 2006

Idol Audio Deathmatch : Jennifer Hudson vs. Taylor Hicks

The title of this post might be a bit misleading for those not used to my taste.

Here's the thing about me holding an "Idol Audio Deatmatch" between J-Hud and the Grey Haired One in my head...

Jennifer Hudson will always win.

Always.

Even if she ever makes the mistake of singing "Do I Make You Proud."

Anyways, enough with my babble...here is the mp3 that matters...


And here is the mp3 for those of you that think that Michael McDonald is too "edgy" and "out there"...



And if you're really looking for a good time, go to AOL music to stream the full versions of Fantasia's 'Fantasia' and Taylor Hicks' 'Taylor Hicks.'

Taylor loses that Idol Audio Deathmatch too.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

"Why Fantasia Makes Me Happy," by judge jru

It's simple really.

Fantasia makes me happy, because she continues to sing songs that speak to me...in a very personal way.

Need an example?

Here's one...


I feel you 'Tasia.

Really.

I do.

Friday, December 08, 2006

J-Hud ain't no hater!

After this interview was released, everyone got all up in Jennifer Hudson's bizness about her hatin' on the "sinning" homos.

It turns out that J-Hud ain't a hater...as evidenced by her latest MySpace blog entry:

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

HAPPY/SAD DAY
Current mood: depressed

It should be a happy day because I heard that the National Board of Review picked me as one of the BreakThru Actresses of the Year. What an honor. I was so thrilled when I heard. But it turned into a sad day and I can't understand why or how this happened. When you are up, people try to tear you down. Some paper is saying that I have a problem with gay people. Its just mean and wrong. My feelings are so hurt and I can't sleep. Anybody that knows me, knows that just ain't true. Its makes me so mad that people can twist your words and say anything they want. And, there's nothing I can do about it, except to say, please don't believe everything you read.


Her losing sleep...over US?



Isn't my second favorite Idol contestest of all time just the cutest thing you ever did see?


(Interview via Towleroad)

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Audio Cavities

Wanna hear a brand new song from Taylor Hicks that you'll end up hearing in your dentist's office in approximately two months?

No?

Well, I don't care what you want.

I don't have any other Idol tidbits to post today.

Here's the song...


Take it! I don't want it anymore.


(Song via Idolator)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

WeeeeeeeOOooOOoOoooO!!!

I pride myself on not being one of those "gay and outrageous" homos. Not that there is anything particularly wrong with being "gay" or "outrageous." It's just that when you put the two adjectives together to describe a human being...you end up with that homo you meet at a party that ends up humping all of the girls in the room, because he thinks it's "hilarious."

Anyhow, I'm not one of those guys...but at the same time...sometimes...against my better judgement...my taste veers into the verygay and veryoutrageous.

So you can only imagine the reaction I had when I took a look at my mail tonight...opened up the discreet white bag that housed the latest issue of "The Advocate"...and discovered this cover story...

woooOOooOo

My reaction was about non-gay and non-outrageous as this bit of YouTube goodness...



I need help.

Serious help.

How judge jru spent his day at work...

Listening to this album (now streaming over at AOL Music).



Over.



And over.



And over again.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Who's got massive homo shame?

I do!

I want to like the one and only Clay Aiken.

Seriously!

But every time he opens his mouth...



...I cringe.

(Link via Towlerod)

Monday, December 04, 2006

All Is Not Well

UPDATE: VIDEO LINK FIXED

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: AND NOW IT'S GONE AGAIN...

Watch this...



...but be patient.

At the 4 minute mark, there is a surprise.

A very special holiday surprise.

(Video via ONTD)