Fan Art Fridays: Lionel Richie

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Lionel Richie was in the news this week because he’s become the latest of a large group of musicians that want to collaborate with the lovely Adele.

Get in line, buddy.

Apparently, when he first found out the name of Adele’s single “Hello,” he thought it was a cover of his original 1983 hit of the same name.

It’s safe to bet that Lionel Richie and Adele are probably going to be coming soon to your ears. On the same track. Together.

In honor of this news, I found this really fun cartoon version of Lionel Richie. It’s by an artist that goes by the name Menekse Cam online, and she’s got tons more where this one came from.

Also, am the only one that goes all out ROTFL when they see one of these shirts?

View the original fan art here.

 

 

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Fan Art Fridays: Welcome to Instagram, Adele

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Last night I got a notification on my phone saying that Adele had joined Instagram. I immediately unlocked my phone to see her first photos.

The singer’s very first Instagram pic is of her gorgeous face with the caption, “25 out November 20th”.

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25 out November 20th

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The amount of excitement that ensued in my bedroom at 11PM is unspeakable. I almost woke my aunt up.

As a warm welcome to Adele for her arrival on Instagram, I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s Fan Art Fridays to her. I found this piece of fan art on Photobucket. It’s by artist Sarah Badr.

I can almost hear her singing to me through this artwork. Needless to say, I cannot wait until November 20th! It’s been too long since her last album, 21, so my body is most definitely ready.

View the original fan art here, and enjoy the music video for her new single “Hello”!

‘The X Factor’ Taping at Nassau Coliseum

Yesterday I went out to Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum with my friend Kristell to watch The X Factor taping.

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I’ve never been part of a live audience before, so this was pretty exciting for me.

However, my excitement disappeared when the clock struck 1pm and they weren’t letting us in. The ticket told us to arrive by then, so we got there around 12:25pm. We didn’t actually go inside until about 2:25.

The sun was unbearably hot. The soles of my feet were killing me and there’s a tan line from my flats on both of my feet.

When we got inside I was starving, so I bought cotton candy. It cost me $6.75. Since when does cotton candy cost six freaking dollars and seventy-five cents?!

Once Kristell and I sat down and I put the cotton candy in my mouth, I got excited again.

Jay Flats pumped the crowd up while we waited for the judges to arrive. We “got rowdy” to Martin Solveig and Dragonette’s “Hello” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”

Then they did a sound check. Amy, a member of the crew, sang “Rollin’ on the River.” She was really good.

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Amy performing “Rollin’ on the River” for the sound check
Photo Credit: Kristell Taylor

After the sound check came the camera check. Audience members either got really shy, excited, or did nothing when they saw their faces on the big screen. The elderly were most likely to do nothing when the camera focused in on them.

At around three, judges Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio, and Kelly Rowland showed up. They began auditions without Simon Cowell.

Simon didn’t arrive until three auditions later. When he walked in, the Franco Sisters were on stage and they thought the screams and cheers were for them. Unfortunately, as soon as he opened his mouth I wished he had gone back to wherever he came from.

He blamed Demi for his lateness, saying that she texted him to be there at 3:30 instead of 3. How dare he!

Then he told the older Franco sister off. I won’t spoil that part for you, but I think that what he said to her was unnecessary.

The youngsters were definitely blowing us all away. The three to look out for are 13 year olds Hannah Johnson and Ashley, and 15 year old Isaiah Austin.

Another interesting performer was Steven, a 40 year old blueberry farmer from South Korea who moved to the US when he was 18. I wasn’t expecting him to be any good, but gosh did he shock us all with his audition! He sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” starting at the final chorus. Wow is all I can say to that.

Then of course there were the trolls, Vincent and Tara. The sad part about the trolls is that they let them sing for longer than the people that can actually carry a tune.

During the breaks in between auditions, there was a girl in my section with a Demi poster that had lights on it who kept screaming Demi’s name at the top of her lungs. By 4:30 she hardly had a voice. But she just kept on screaming. And Demi just kept on ignoring her.

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Judges getting powdered up during the break
Photo Credit: Kristell Taylor

Overall my first experience as an audience member was okay. The waiting and the food prices were annoying, but otherwise I had a good time.