Friday, April 20, 2007 3:57:31 PM
In the history of Survivor or at the very least since I started to watch survivor; I have NEVER seen the immunity idol played the way it went down on last night’s show. It was cunning, slick, insightful and good for a good chuckle. Anyone watching had to take in the knowing smirks that Mookie, Alex, Dreamz, and Edgardo had on their faces; when they thought they had outsmarted the syndicate, (which is the alliance of Earl, Yau –Man, Cassandra). However Boo and Stacey (who both are trying to save themselves, went with the strongest alliance) and Dreamz is playing both sides! Then when the four horsemen became enlightened, became aware, realized that they had been outsmarted, outfoxed, outwitted by the Syndicate; the revelation and expression on their faces was priceless. I don’t think I have laughed so hard, since Janelle of Big Brother All Stars booted Will out of the house!
This article is written and owned by: Arne
Is Dreamz acting like a double agent? Or is Dreamz getting a little personal revenge on the horsemen the alliance he started out with?
First, this particular alliance have not really treated Dreamz that well if you ask me! It seems to me the horsemen think that Dreamz is expendable! They only planned to use him as far as they need his vote. I think that Dreamz may be playing this game smarter then some are willing to give him credit for! Mookie made a huge error and mistake when he told Dreamz about the idol, because it enlightened Dreamz to the fact that his alliance did not! fully trust him! Had Mookie and the boys told Dreamz when they first found it; I doubt if Dreamz would of traded them in. I think that Dreamz is acting on instinct! He has been a survivor of life’s realities in his own life experience. I think he knows, that if it came down to it that his alliance of the horsemen would not hesitate to take him out and vote against him! That they would not protect him at all!
It is Mookie that had the big mouth! He either should of told Dreamz from the beginning or kept it mum until he absolutely had to play the idol! I don’t think Dreamz made a bad decision in voting Michelle out either. This game is called survivor (not only of the fittest, but of wits as well!) Dreamz has put himself in the best position in more ways then one! First, each side need to try and sway him! They do need his vote! (He is the swing vote). The horsemen need him because they are now just three! Stacey is also another swing vote! She is going to go with whomever will keep her in the game! Boo is also in position to make a difference! (These three really don’t have that much of an alliance with either side) I think that in any given week, it will be interesting to see who will outwit who and who will sway these three important votes. Having said that, I also think that Dreamz put himself in a bad situation, if he continues to go with the Horsemen! If he sticks with the dream team of Earl, Yau-Man, and Cassandra and is loyal to the Syndicate, he will go far in the game! Cassandra definitely has Dreamz’s back in this game. However, if Dreamz continues to go back and forth, he will be voted out by both sides, because he has become more dangerous!
Mookie and Edgardo seem to have it out for Cassandra in a bad way. I think it is because they know she is playing this game well and as long as Cassandra is there, Stacey will be more inclined to stick with that alliance as opposed to the horsemen alliance. I don’t think the horsemen have played the game well. First, by naming themselves the Horsemen!!! Only allows others to know, their alliance is for the boys and not for the ladies! That they would only use the ladies votes because they needed them and would not hesitate to get rid of them if they had to! They doomed themselves in the name and their actions and words.
It is going to be interesting to see how this plays out each week. I expect a phenomenal finish.
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Saturday, March 11, 2006 5:06:42 PM
Covais In Over McKinney- Seriously Give me a Break- the Buffer finalists!
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I am sure, certain and most positive that when Ryan Seacrest announced that Kevin Covais was in the final twelve and that the final spot was between Gedeon McKinney and Bucky Covington; that I was not the only one that was dumbfounded, shocked, speechless and dismayed as are many people! I felt there would be an upset (my previous article on American Reality TV) but I did not think it would be with Kevin Covais. I thought if anyone may have pulled an upset in the guys round it would have been Will Makar not Kevin Covais. Seriously, Kevin bombed in the final sing off, Starry Night had no light to his performance at all!
At times when I write my articles, I go to other outside influences to seek other people's interpretations outside of my own. Namely the people in my community, other family members, friends and neighbours. I asked them Thursday Night and Friday, what were their thoughts on the Covais upset over McKinney. The people I spoke to range from ages of 14- 71 and come from diffent backgrounds in mainstream society. The consensus was diverse. Some thought that it was fixed!!! Others had said they obviously want a guy to win this year, specifically a Caucasian guy ! Others felt the judges spent too much time adoring and puffing up Kevin to be more talent then he was. While other people said that he obviously appealed to a larger audience then anyone originally thought! Finally, some people thought the Covais Clan and friends over voted, pulling him into the unearned top final spot! As I stated in a previous article it is more then the targeted teen audience that watches American Idol and votes. Perhaps the famed Granny and middle age vote got Kevin In.
Reflecting on the different views of this upset, I thought about past Idol shows. The question I was putting a lot of thought into was the following: Was this more of a bias on race and wanting a Caucasian male to win the idol title or was it that Kevin Covais had more people over voting for him then Gedeon McKinney? . The past idol shows point to the fact that there have been other finalists that people thought should not have made the top twelve. For example if we look at race and color, many people did think that Jon Stevenson should not have made it. Then when Jon Stevenson ousted Latoya London, many people were yelling prejudice including Sir Elton John. Many felt and still feel today that Lisa Leushner was robbed when Matt Metzger won the final spot. So the question remains why? Why has a obvious talent who had rightfully earned his spot now at home instead of the lesser talent in Kevin Covais. From the past idol final twelve unveilings to the most recent final twelve unveiling, has a talent like Gedeon been ousted over lesser talents like Kevin Covais? For that matter why was Patrick Hall and Sway Penala ousted over Kevin, Will and David?
I think it is a combination of many attributes of the reason why they were booted. One there are still some remnants of obvious distasteful discrimination in America! Having said that the majority of Americans ARE NOT PREJUDICE, but the fact that anyone can vote more then once is the reality of why we have these upsets in my opinion. The past idol shows indicate that race or discrimination is not the biggest attribute, because it is only the few ignorant that Western society has to contend with. Those few are not representative of American or Western society thought, they are actually in the MINORITY, when it comes to that type of thinking! However, the most prominent and viable reason more talented singers are ousted without color being an influence is because the voting system is unfair! American Idol has long had the very same problem with their voting system.
They allow for more then one vote from the same households. This is because they want to project that they have a total of 43 and 47 million votes. If you notice only on one night did host Ryan Seacrest share with the viewers what their rating was, he normally shares with us how many have voted! The voting system has been an issue in the past; it is an unfair voting system. It allows and encourages people to have more then their share of votes. So on any given night there could be an upset and the more talented singers are ousted over ridiculous talent! It is up to American Idol to fix their voting system. If they are going to allow more then one vote, then they should at least limit it to a reasonable number of times per contestants. The more talented singers being booted are not reflective of a ‘TRUE VOTE” THAT IS EQUAL AND FAIR!!!
Gedeon McKinney was not ousted because of his weird smile, because he was considered odd by Simon, and so on and so forth, he lost because of an unfair voting system in place! If we are going to go on these non-plausible excuses then I am afraid the most of America is at risk when it comes to the word, Weird!!!! I have always asked what is a person’s definition of weird. In my own opinion, weird can be defined as something, an act, and action, gesture that another does not understand, so they categorize and classify it with Weird! If a person is considered weird and is the reason why Gedeon lost, then at the same token, Simon Cowell should not have made it or been as successful as he has been. Simon’s character, responses and some actions can be considered by some as weird. Equally, I think if we really take a good look at ourselves and are honest, each of us can say we have in part a streak of weird character in ourselves!
It was unfair voting, some may of voted based on their own personal profound discrimination, were others just liked Kevin to like him, some listen to the judges as if they were speaking the word of gospel, were others thought Gedeon was weird. Many will continue to say it was fixed! No matter what our diverse views are, the American Idol voting system should be looked at and fixed!!!
I also think that Kevin is a buffer, for American Idol because he will be going next week. The Gedeon McKinney fans votes will be allocated elsewhere and it will not be for Kevin Covais. At the same token the Aayla Brown, Kinnick Sky and Will Makar votes will also be allocated elsewhere, it will be dependent on how those fans feel about any given finalist.
Melissa McGhee also pulled off and upset over Aayla Brown! However, I also had thought that Melissa gave one of the best performances ( my previous article on American Reality TV) on the final sing off where Aayla’s was not as enjoyable. I did feel upset for Aayla, but honestly, she did not do well in her performance. She is more of a talent then she gave us. Aayla is young, she has a lot of time to pursue her dreams and make it.
American Final Twelve are:
1.Taylor Hicks, 2.Paris Bennet,
3. Chris Daughtry, 4. Lisa Tucker,
5.Bucky Covington, 6. Melissa McGhee,
7. Ace Young, 8. Mandisa,
9. Elliott Yemin,10. Kelly Pickler,
11. Katherine, McPhee 12. Kevin Covais.
Congratulations to the twelve finalists.
For Articles by Arne on American Reality TV, go to:
Not a Starry Night Lacklustre performances-American Idol Guys Recap:03-09-06
Lisa Tucker underrated by Judges: American Idol Girls Recap.-3-08-06
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