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RIP.  A very talented man.  (btw, it is William Randolph Hearst, not Hurst ;-))

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.rickey.org/edward-herrmann-dead-71/274779/

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I kinda hated the backup band, I'm so used to hearing them acapella, and I love them that way. So cute!

4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.rickey.org/pentatonix-perform-thing-kennedy-center-honors-2014-video/274768/

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What happened to "we don't negotiate with terrorists"?  Especially ones with bad haircuts and "stage 5 cheese ankle" (thanks, Steven Colbert).  They should release it on the internet for free for EVERYONE to see around the world!!!  It's not like they can blow up each computer and tv.  Stuff that in your soup bowl hat, Kim Jong None! 

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.rickey.org/steve-carell-north-korea-film-canceled/274499/

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Could have just ended the show after they won - they literally broke the mold!  So good individually and so good together.  Always blown away by Kirstie's voice.  I kind of feel sorry for acapella groups that try to follow...


1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.rickey.org/pentatonix-perform-holiday-medley-sing-off-video/274490/

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We've joked for years that when Alex says "you won't be around to play final Jeopardy" it means the contestant is taken out in the alley and shot!  Perhaps instead of "you won't be around" he might consider saying "you don't qualify for final Jeopardy".  Otherwise, the Jeopardy sounds pretty final, lol. 
I guess her heirs get the $1000......

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.rickey.org/sony-hack-alex-trebek-nearly-quit-jeopardy-kids-week-mishap/274446/

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Fleur is not at all the kind of artist I usually gravitate to (more the Ella Henderson type) but I found something intriguing about her. Then I started looking at all her clips here. Then I couldn't get enough. She totally pulled me in and I'm a fan. She doesn't have to best voice in the world but there's something about her...and I love watching artists who seem to be having a good time, too.  She's killing it, knows it, and it is infectious. She would be a great winner!

Usually the winners are potentially great recording artists but not anyone I would want to see live; in her case, it's all about the live performance.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.rickey.org/x-factor-uk-2014-will-win-poll/274214/

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So friggin' awesome!!!  Love them!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Pentatonix releases ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy video

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I'm so sick of that song, but they were quite amazing.  Jennifer Nettles totally held her own against Idina's pipes.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Idina Menzel and Jennifer Nettles sing ‘Let It Go’ on CMA Country Christmas (VIDEO)

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They need a female judge.  Cat Cora.

2 months ago on Joe Bastianich Leaving ‘MasterChef’ Franchise

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Some day this sort of "news" will not be news, and people will not freak out over gender identity and sexuality.  It can't come too soon, we just need to let people be...

2 months, 1 week ago on Michael Phelps girlfriend Taylor Lianne Chandler reveals she was born a boy

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Hope that poor girl opts for drugs!


2 months, 1 week ago on Hayden Panettiere is Super Duper Pregnant – PHOTOS

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Ben Folds was the most amazing judge and will definitely be missed.  Not sure if the others have deep enough musical and critical chops to pull it off.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Sing-Off Season 5 premiere announced, Ben Folds out

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Man, I really love them!  So happy for all their success.

3 months, 1 week ago on Pentatonix perform ‘On My Way Home’ on CONAN (VIDEO)

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I think Chloe broke my ears during her sing-off.  Based on that, she deserved to go.  I dunno, she always made me think of a drag Marilyn.  But I do think she handled her elimination well. 

3 months, 1 week ago on The X Factor UK Live Show 2 Results for 10/19/2014 (Recap + Video)

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If I can't have Jon Stewart again, I'm happy with NPH.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Neil Patrick Harris to Host the 2015 Oscars

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She was actually my favorite character. Bummer.


3 months, 2 weeks ago on ‘Arrow’ Preview: Sara (VIDEO)

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What? 99% of the time I cut off the contestant clips halfway through....she held me to the end and I wanted more. Damn, Cheryl.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Lola Saunders sings ‘All of Me’ on The X Factor UK 2014 (VIDEO)

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Hopefully, the negative criticism will backfire as it often does on these shows, and Reigan will not be in the bottom again!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Reigan Derry sings ‘Creep’ on The X Factor Australia 2014 (VIDEO)

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@Samson58 there were some parts where he was....nerves?  especially if you can't see any reaction.

4 months ago on Blessing Offor sings ‘Just the Two of Us’ (VIDEO)

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@aryehgizbar I'm sure it's all just to grab another 15 seconds of notoriety. 

4 months, 1 week ago on t.A.T.u. Singer Says She Would ‘Condemn’ a Gay Son

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@Rickey maybe not for Quint.  He can grow up, drop the braces and the Urkel look, and audition for Idol or whatever iteration of singing competitions exist in a few years.

4 months, 1 week ago on America’s Got Talent 9 Winner Revealed – Results for 09/17/2014 (Recap + Video)

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Jennifer was incredibly generous.  She gave Quint all the best parts to show off his range. Sweet

4 months, 1 week ago on America’s Got Talent 9 Winner Revealed – Results for 09/17/2014 (Recap + Video)

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She has got some pipes on her. This is tough this year, SOS is also fantastic (love their lead singer). And, frankly, I love the magic guy, too. 

4 months, 1 week ago on Emily West sings ‘First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ on America’s Got Talent 2014 Finals (VIDEO)

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Reminds me a little vocally of Ann Wilson. Not too shabby.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Reigan Derry sings ‘Boys In Town’ on The X Factor Australia 2014 (VIDEO)

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This kid would be the perfect diamond in the rough.  You can see there's a lot of personality there if he just loosens up a bit.  And to Cheryl's point, while I love bonnie raitt, i cringe when i hear this song now it is so overdone, but he killed it.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on James Graham sings ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ on The X Factor UK 2014 (VIDEO)

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Lead singer is very good; doesn't oversing, no unnecessary runs, and he's spot on with pitch.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Sons of Serendip sing ‘Ordinary World’ on America’s Got Talent 2014 Top 12 (VIDEO)

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Cheryl's death ray eyes at Simon, lol

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Raign sings ‘Clarity’ on The X Factor UK 2014 (VIDEO)

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I just love these guys!  Their musicality is just awesome.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Pentatonix mashup of Sam Smith – La La Latch (VIDEO)

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Ah hah hah, the look on Cheryl's face when Simon told Ben to kiss her!!!

5 months ago on Ben Quinlan sings ‘That’s My Goal’ on The X Factor UK 2014 (VIDEO)

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I like him but playing his clips back to back, everything he does ends up sounding the same :-(.  I don't see a career here.

5 months ago on Jesse Kinch sings ‘Love Reign O’er Me’ on Rising Star (VIDEO)

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They haven't changed. All they want is to create attention, provocation, and lawsuits.

5 months, 1 week ago on Westboro Baptist Church calls Robin Williams funeral a ‘carcass worship fest’

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To see the world the way he did required a gentle innocence and an open heart and mind.  Easy to be overwhelmed emotionally.  My heart goes out to his family, he is at peace now, but they have to go on.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on The White House, Ben Stiller, Conan O’Brien and More Mourn Robin Williams (VIDEO)

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There's also the "you had your chance" backlash that can hurt contestants who have previously had some success.  That said, I really like her voice and she knows how to create excitement and build a song.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Reigan Derry sings ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ on The X Factor Australia 2014 (VIDEO)

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Gone too soon. So sad for his family. A heart-breaking shock.

5 months, 4 weeks ago on Michael Johns dead at 35

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@Klope62 I couldn't tell if she was just so nervous she blanked out or it she just didn't know the words at all....she wasn't terribly expressive. 

6 months ago on Sydnee Carter sings ‘Tennis Court’ on The X Factor Australia 2014 (VIDEO)

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Wow, I'd buy that in a heartbeat!

6 months, 1 week ago on Sydnee Carter sings ‘Youth’ on The X Factor Australia 2014 (VIDEO)

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Can't be. No self-respecting gay man would wear the same tee shirt over and over.

6 months, 1 week ago on Simon Cowell outed as Gay during Tulisa Contostavlos trial

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can we please just use this recording everywhere in the future? most people pain me greatly when they attempt this song.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Idina Menzel sings National Anthem at MLB All-Star Game 2014 (VIDEO)

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Cursed show.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on ‘Glee’ Star’s Boyfriend Found Dead in Hotel Room

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I'm not sure I understand why the nominations are in a COMEDY category????  There is some really intense acting/plot line in the show.  Modern Family is a comedy......

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Laverne Cox Reacts to Becoming First Transgender Emmy Nominee in History

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She's a born performer!  I love it when they actually are having fun, and also can sing really well.  She's just full of charm, personality, energy, and talent. Amazing for such a young person; can't help but compare her to the Idol contestants this past season....yikes.

7 months, 1 week ago on Macy Kate sings ‘Me and My Broken Heart’ on Rising Star (VIDEO)

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It's very good. Too bad they couldn't give her decent support and songs when she won.  This is every bit as "listenable" as Kelly Clarkson's Stronger. Hope she does well.

7 months, 1 week ago on Melanie Amaro previews ‘Fuel My Fire’ audio MP3

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Maybe the beard is for some acting part he's currently doing?

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Hugh Jackman serenades Best Actress nominees at Tony Awards 2014 (VIDEO)

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