Well I just got back from taping #2 for the X Factor in Austin, TX. It was the first day we got to see Britney Spears and Demi Lovato at the judge’s table!!!
Simon and L.A. were awesome walking the crowd during breaks. Demi Lovato was awesome. Not only did she look adorable, but that girl is spunky! She quickly accepted the role of “Simon teaser” throwing lovable jabs at him every chance she got. She was on her game and I loved it!
BUT…I know all you really want to know is, how was Miss Britney Spears.
Let me begin by saying, I LOVE Britney Spears. Love her or hate her Britney Spears is a powerful force in pop music, and she deserves a seat on that judges table. Now that that is out there…here were my thoughts.
I just realized that this is really the first platform we will ever get to see Britney really speak. After watching her first night all I can say is, it is so interesting how a girl who can rock music videos, awards shows, and concert tours…just isn’t comfortable speaking freely in front of a large audience. It just isn’t her thing. (And who am I to judge...there is no way I could do what she does)
Britney was THE main attraction of tonight’s X Factor taping, the audience wanted her there. I stared at her most of the night (creepy…I know), and I loved that she seemed to be having a genuinely GREAT time watching the show. However, when it came time for her to speak…she just appeared to be a very shy deer in headlights. Time and time again, Simon had to coax her to give a simple yes or no answer. Most of the time Britney sat so far from the mic the audience could barely hear her!
At one point the crowd turned on Britney. After an obviously horrendous audition, Britney still tried to praise the singer. At this point the audience booed and Britney looked upset. Simon and LA quickly jumped to her rescue and scolded the audience for their candor. I really thought Britney was going to cry.
Towards the end, after what looked like some coaching from producers, Britney started come out of her shell a teeny tiny bit. And finally during one of the final groups, Britney got on her feet and began to dance.
That was the Britney we wanted to see…and we LOVED it!
Overall the night was a total blast and I can't wait for the season!!!
Final observation: Britney Spears’ manager Larry Rudolph and her fiancé Jason Trawick were literally 20 feet from her during the whole taping. They were constantly talking with Simon and producers. I tried to be a lip reader, but failed.
Final thought: I want Britney to succeed on this show, obviously there will be somewhat of a learning curve, but I am scared Brit is going to be ripped apart when this show goes primetime. I could just feel the audience rolling their eyes at her critiques. Calling a performance “mystical,” “magical,” or "like a dream"…well it is just weird.
Mark Zuckerber and Priscilla Chan are married!
Mark added a new life event to facebook over the weekend.
Mark and his lady of 9 years got married!
Prisciall is a pediatrician - and they tricked about 100 friends - by inviting them to what they thought was her graduation party.
Kristen Wiig says goodbye
Lazy Sunday 2
If you are into Pinterest, Etsy, or DIY crafts then take some time to check out the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend at the Palmer Events Center!
Saturday and Sunday *5/19 - 5/20
11am - 7pm
The event is FREE!!!
This is not your typical "craft/art" fair/bazaar with the guy selling soup in a bag/dips etc. The Renegade Craft Fair supports indie craft makers. Expect a lot of handmade jewelry, crafts, prints, cards, pillows, etc.
Grab your girlfriends and go shopping! This is truly a place where you can find some special one of a kind stuff.
Favorite trend of the summer = Neon Shorts!
I normally hate wearing shorts (I hate my legs)...but I feel like the in your face neon-ness draws attention away from the legs?
Also...I just can't say no to neon pink.
-"Go On": A sitcom starring Matthew Perry as a "miserable sportscaster" who returns to work after losing his wife in a car accident.
--"The New Normal": A sitcom about a gay male couple and their surrogate. The woman is a "Midwestern waitress and single mother with a checkered past." Justin Bartha from "The Hangover" plays one of the gay dudes . . . and it was created by Ryan Murphy, the guy behind "Glee".
--"Animal Practice": A comedy about a male veterinarian in New York, whose ex-girlfriend is put in charge of the animal hospital he works at. It stars Justin Kirk from "Weeds".
--"Guys with Kids": A sitcom about three men in their 30s who just became fathers, but are still desperately "trying to hold on to their youth." Jimmy Fallon created the show, and it stars Jesse Bradford from "The West Wing", Anthony Anderson from "Law & Order", Jamie Lynn Sigler from "The Sopranos" and Tempestt Bledsoe from "The Cosby Show".
--"Save Me": A comedy starring Anne Heche as a woman who almost dies after choking on a sandwich. When she's revived, she realizes she now has "a direct line to God."
--"1600 Penn": A comedy about a U.S. President and his family, starring Bill Pullman as the President, and Jenna Elfman as the First Lady. NBC describes it as, quote, "'Modern Family' meets 'The West Wing'." (--Bill also played the President in "Independence Day".)
--"Next Caller": A sitcom starring Dane Cook as a foul-mouthed satellite radio DJ, who "is forced to share his show with a chipper NPR feminist."
--"Revolution": A drama from "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams about a post-apocalyptic world where there's no modern technology.
--"Chicago Fire": A drama about the firefighters and paramedics of a Chicago firehouse. It was created by Dick Wolf, the guy behind "Law & Order", and the cast includes Jesse Spencer from "House", and David Eigenberg from "Sex and the City".
--"Do No Harm": A drama that's a play on the “Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde” story. It stars Steven Pasquale from "Rescue Me" as "a gifted neurosurgeon who has an alter ego with a dark side."
--"Infamous": A drama about an FBI agent who investigates the death of a "wealthy socialite and notorious party girl." Everyone thinks it was an overdose, but he thinks it's a homicide.
--"Hannibal": A drama inspired by Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter books . . . "Silence of the Lambs", "Red Dragon", "Hannibal", and "Hannibal Rising". It's about an FBI agent who teams up with Hannibal to solve crimes . . . not realizing that he's a killer.
--"Stars Earn Stripes": A reality show like "Dancing with the Stars", where celebrities compete in "real military exercises." There's no word on a cast yet.
--"Howie Mandel's White Elephant": It is what it sounds like . . . a game show inspired by White Elephant, the holiday gift-swapping game.
--"Ready for Love": A dating competition that takes "three impossibly handsome grooms," and puts three matchmakers in charge of scouring America to find wives for them. It sounds a little like a cross between "The Bachelor" and "American Idol".
--"Surprise with Jenny McCarthy": A variety show hosted by Jenny McCarthy, where she "gives people surprises of a lifetime."
I LOVE Indian food...and I am addicted to this place. The cool thing about Bombay Express is they offer something a little different than the "normal" Indian restaurant in Austin. Instead of currys, naan, and saag paneer Bombay Express is more about authentic home cooking...and common items you will find on every street corner in India. In addition to the menu, the owner also cooks a daily special meal. Basically you could eat at Bombay Express every day...and have something different!
***as a side note....Bombay Express catered my friends wedding...and it was AWESOME!
Papdi Chaat: A scrumptious combination of chick peas, potatoes, fresh herbs and spices, served in crispy shells laced with yogurt and topped with a sweet and a spicy sauce.
Special Dosa: A Sada dosa with a signature spicy filling!
Austin Food and Wine Festival was in town over the weekend. I would have LOVED to attend, but the prices were a bit steep for me at $850 a pass. Luckily I have a old friend that had a hook up with Cuvee Coffee from Smithville and he invited me to a dessert tasting at the Hotel St. Cecilia Friday night.
Cassiday was my date and we literally had NO idea what to expect. No idea.
A fancy night calls for a fancy dinner at 2nd Bar + Kitchen. The patio is great...and the menu changes often. I crave their Gin and Jam drink often (a gin cocktail with a big spoonful...spoon included...of jam on top.) We shared Bacon and Eggs, Roasted Clams, and Salt and Pepper Ahi. Check out the menu here for full descriptions.
On to the main event!
As we pulled up to the Hotel St. Cecilia Cassiday grabbed my arm, "I think I just saw Andrew Zimmern walk into the event." WHAT! Yes!!!!
To make a long story short. We somehow ended up at a very private event with all the celeb chefs in town for the festival.
I have no idea why we were allowed to be at this event, but it happened. Pinch me.
Andrew Zimmern of Bizzare Foods on The Travel Channel. Super nice guy...who also has a background in radio! If you are a fan...he has a new podcast called, "Go Fork Yourself."
Christina Tosi (2nd from the left) is the superstar lady behind Momofuko Milk Bar in NYC. If you are travlening to NYC anytime soon...you must go for some cake truffles!
There were quite a few notables from Top Chef! We saw Top Chef judge Gail Simmons and Top Chef Texas runner up Sarah Grueneberg. From Top Chef Masters we saw Tony Mantuano (on the right) of Spiaggia in Chicago and Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto in NYC.