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Ellen--One Season and Done

Major news on the American Idol Front: Ellen DeGeneres, who replaced Paula Abdul in season 9 of the Top Rated show, announced today that she will not participate in a  second season in the judge’s chair.

From her press release:

“A couple months ago, I let FOX and the American Idol producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me. I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next. It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for. I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on “Idol” and I am very grateful for the year I had. I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be.”

I am a rather disappointed fan girl, but I do agree that this was not her cup of tea. Idol needs a David Foster/Harry Connick, Jr. type who really knows musical performance and industry inside and out and who isn’t afraid to be critical (but not as cruel) as Simon Cowell.

The Producers would also be wise to go back to a three judge format so that the judges have adequate time to critique each contestant… and hopefully end the show on time. When comparing the judges on Idol and my favorite talent show America’s Got Talent, it is like night and day. Piers, Sharon and Howie are critical when needed, praiseworthy when deserving, and truly show their knowledge of the business and how each act fits and doesn’t fit into it.  The Idol judges should really take note of what they are doing and retire boring phrases such as pitchy, and not feeling it, etc. The viewers can pretty much recite the Idol critiques from heart, and that is not a good thing.

Also, when the judges give a critique, they don’t need to go the next week and critique the contestants for DOING WHAT THEY WERE TOLD TO DO. The season 9 contestants were so confused this season, it was rather sad. And it is things like that which led to a major slip in ratings.

My wish for Idol: Reinvent yourself. Take the best of the best of the best and give them unified and thorough criticism to make them the best entertainers they can be. If American Idol can find judges that can do that, they will return to the top of Nielson Mountain… and remain there for a long, long time.

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This summer I have been writing weekly reviews for America’s Got Talent for tvwarrior.blogspot.com. I have written about some of my personal favorites for the Fan Girl Confessor; but I want to share with you, my wordpress peoples my weekly rundowns.  So, to help you all out if you have just started watching AGT, below is a link to all of my posts for the warrior.

DO feel free to poke around the warrior while you are there. There are a lot of good reviews. We celebrate the good on TV and mercilessly wish doom on shows that suck.

Also, feel free to follow me on Twitter  at Alexis_Rueal

America’s Got Talent

July 25, 2010

Dear Jim,

Hello. My name is Alexis-Rueal, and I am the creator of the blog Fan Girl Confessions. I discuss various topics and people I go fan-girl crazy over, and, well, you are near the very top of my fan girl favorites list.

I hope you enjoyed this year’s Comic Con. It looks like the Big Bang Theory panel went swimmingly and everyone had a blast. (unfortunately) I  was here in Ohio, so I had to rely on YouTube for live Soft Kitty and theme song from BNL; but them’s the breaks.

I want to congratulate you on this receiving your second Emmy nomination.  You definitely deserved it, and your fans are hoping that this is the year you dethrone Alec Baldwin. Believe me, there are many rabbit’s feet, horseshoes and four leaf clovers in use throughout the world on your behalf.

Congratulating you is only one reason why I am writing tonight. The other reason I am writing is to offer my services as your escort during the evening of the Emmy Awards. Of course, you could take a family member or a friend, but there are a few really groovy reasons why I would make a great companion to the Emmy Awards.

First and foremost, I am entertaining as hell. Some people might actually call me charming. I can handle myself around very important people without making myself look like a buffoon. I can handle glad handing and air kissing  (if I need), but I can also have a down-home quality too. I am southern, so I definitely know a little something about using my southern wiles to put people at ease. That can be quite an important skill in a theater full of nervous celebrities.

Second, there is nothing fake about me. What you see  is what you get. I am not a size 0 (far from it)…but I am proud of who I am. I was taught to carry myself well and I know I could be a graceful and elegant date for the evening.

I know this is a pipe dream… but I was always taught to go after my dreams– no matter how big. That is why I wrote this letter. I have a great deal of respect for your talent and find that you are one of the most genuine people I have seen. You are the type of person that people (including myself) want to get to know and become friends with.  I also know that in %99.999 of normal circumstances, it will never happen. It is still a dream worth having, though, and I want to show people that it is still okay to have those types of dreams.  And if you say ‘yes’ to my offer, it will show people that it is okay to dream big because every now and again those dreams can actually come true. That and you would be one of two who rank as the coolest friends that I have… and you can never-NEVER-have enough cool friends.

Okay, there is my offer. Please feel free to let me know via the comment form or you can e-mail me at buckeyehoney@gmail.com (Ohio State alumna… gotta keep true to the school). I wish you well as you start the new season’s taping of Big Bang and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours Truly,

Alexis-Rueal (the fan-girl confessor)

America's Got Talent judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel with host Nick Cannon

Some of our illustrious 14 were passed straight through to Hollywood. No second auditions were needed for Haspop, Future Funk, The  Strikers All Stars and Fighting Gravity. They joined six more acts ranging from a hula hooper to a cheer squad in filling the first 10 spots of the Top 48. I have to admit, this fan girl is feeling pretty proud of herself. I can spot talent… I ain’t gonna lie.

From this group, Future Funk and Fighting Gravity both performed live . Fighting Gravity made it on America’s Vote and Future Funk made it through from the judges’ vote. (Howie waited until the LAST second to make his mind up)

The rest of our top 14 had to try out a second time  in Vegas.  I will give a brief rundown:

Prince Poppycock: The Prince was sick and had almost lost his voice.  His second performance was good… not the greatest considering his illness, but it was enough to get him to the top 48 episodes (he still has not performed live as of this posting)

Carlos Aponte: He had a very good second performance, but the judges were unsure if he could handle the big stage and live shows. In the end, Carlos did NOT make the top 48. (I was EXTREMELY disappointed in this decision by the judges)

AscenDance: They did just as good on their second performance and were a shoe in for the top 48. They did perform live and added two more members to their troupe.  The judges were quite taken with their live performance and could see the start of a new art form. I admit, I can see it, too. It is breathtaking to watch their work.  They made it through to the semi-finals on America’s Vote.

Debra Romer: Debra did a very good job of getting over her nerves for her second audition. The judges thought she did a wonderful job during her Vegas audition and passed her through to the top 48. (she still has not performed live as of this posting)

CJ Dippa: This kid is still a player and he worked it yet again in his Vegas audition. The judges passed him through to the top 48. (He still has not performed live as of this posting)

Alice Tan Ridley: Alice has cemented her position as a front runner in this contest. She can totally TEAR UP anything she sings. She took on Tina Turner in Vegas and was sent through to the top 48. In her quarter final performance this week, she brought down the house with her take on “Midnight Train to Georgia” . Her getting sent through to the semi-finals was pretty much a foregone conclusion…

Michael Grimm: … as well as for this man. I see this contest coming down to a horse race between Michael and Alice. Michael did his thing in Vegas and cleaned up very nicely in his quarter final performance. Add to that, a soulful voice to die for and I have a feeling the women are going to fall all over him.  On top of that… he seems so humble and his love for his family is genuine. I look forward to seeing where Michael and Alice go from here. I think they both have wrote their own ticket, though. The people know them, now.

Nick Pike: This has been interesting for Nick. He did good in Vegas (juggling while blindfolded and walking on broken glass), but the judges did not send him through to the top 48. However, when the live shows started, we found out that Twisted Trystan and Krystan were not able to make the live shows– which means Nick was in. His live performance was okay… the judges were a little rough on him. Nick committed the cardinal sin of contestants, though… he talked back. The he went backstage and cussed about the judges. I lost quite a bit of respect for him after that. I think America did, too… he did not make it through to the next round. He DID, however, apologize to the judges.

New Directions Choir: I just adore this group. They are so inspirational and talented. Their Vegas performance was just as wonderful as their original performance, and I truly thought they were a shoe in for the top 48. Well… color the judges stupid on this one. They were passed over. What the hell?!?!?! I was epic pissed at this result. All I can hope for is that someone else dropped out and the judges saw the error of their ways… I can dream, you know.

Connor Doran: Conner was another one of my sentimental favorites. I loved his story and his indoor kite flying was absolutely divine. He performed in Vegas and I (again) was pulling for this young man to make it to the live shows… and (AGAIN) I was screwed over. Conner did not make it.  Yet… hand whistle lady (Sally Cohn) made it through  along with Ronith.

So there are the updates on my favorites. Just to show you the magnitude of the competition between Michael and Alice, I am adding in the video performances from their live show. It is going to be a tough contest this year. Too much talent…. and that is a good thing.

Sorry I haven’t been around too much.  I have been doing some  blogging on http://tvwarrior.blogspot.com.  As America’s Got Talent moves on to the Vegas round, I want to give you an idea of who you should be watching out for.  I admit, this is turning out to be a GREAT season so far. The judges have done a very good job of choosing quality acts to go to Vegas. I have a feeling it is going to be a tough choice to whittle these down to a top 40.  Her are my top acts so far:

1. Prince Poppycock— This store-clerk come singer is dramatic, talented and HIGHLY entertaining.   From the foppish aristocratic costume to the beautiful voice, I was enthralled with the Prince.  I had to watch and re-watch this performance the next day, I was so taken.  With the right music and costumes, I can see him going to top 3.  I am really looking forward to seeing what rabbits he pulls from his hat in the Vegas rounds.

2. Fighting Gravity— This is a performance dance group out of  Virginia Tech. The members are fraternity brothers, none of whom have had dance training.  They performed this wonderful black light, gravity defying dance routine that resembled a puppet show.  I was completely  impressed by the timing and the choreography of this group.  I think we could see even better from them and could make the top 5 to 10 of the show.

3.Carlos Aponte— We have this year’s Susan Boyle and his name is Carlos Aponte.  He is a young wedding singer from Puerto Rico; and at first blush you wouldn’t expect a whole lot from this unassuming man.  Yeah, you’d be wrong, too.  Carlos has a voice on him. It, and he, fill up the stage as the performance goes on.  Doesn’t hurt, either, that he’s a cutie. (fan girls notice these things) I could see him in top three or even winning this thing.  I can’t wait to see what he brings to Vegas.

4. Debra Romer— Debra is a 21 year old college student and waitress. She has one of those heartbreaking, yet hopeful tales that AGT (hell, ALL reality shows) LOVE.  She was a foster child who ran away from home at 17 and didn’t look back. She sang “Arms of an Angel” by Sarah McLaughlin.  I think Sarah Mac would have really liked Debra’s take on this song– even though Debra WAS nervous. There was a debate between Piers and the other two judges about how ready Debra is for the big stage. Howie had voted no and Sharon had to be convinced to vote yes. We will see if Debra can grow in presence to reach the top 40 this year.

5. Strikers All Stars– This is a hot dance group. They stem from the FAMU Strikers out of Florida A&M University.  These gentlemen have danced together for many years and were contestants on America’s Best Dance Crew.  This is truly one of the most talented dance groups I have seen in a long time. Their stepping and dancing was as tight as can be and the athleticism was a sight to behold. I can seen them going pretty far in this show.  Another act that I look forward to seeing more from.

6. Ascendance— This is an engaged couple who combine dance with rock wall climbing. I was skeptical, I admit; but after watching them, I was impressed.  They are graceful… and (DAMN!) athletic. This is also a very UNIQUE act. That could work very well for them as the contest moves on.  Should be interesting…

7. Nick Pike— Nick is a young British juggler who now lives in the US and performs his juggling act on cruise ships and the such. He has talent, wit (catch the Riverdance bit… hella funny), charm and he’s cute to boot.  Yes, he did drop one thing… but he juggled while on FIRE. He juggled a CHAINSAW. I know I will get some disagreements on Nick… but I enjoyed him and I REMEMBERED him. That is important in a show like this– who is memorable and who is not.  Those are the people that get the votes.

8. New Directions Choir– This is a choir made up of formerly homeless veterans from all branches of the armed forces.  Some members of this choir were homeless for one or two decades  before finding New Directions and rebuilding their lives. This act is GOOD… their a cappella was lovely and their stage presence was wonderful.  Seeing this choir reminds one that our veterans should NEVER.EVER. be forgotten.  I am hoping against all hope that this group goes far.  They are good enough for it. They deserve it.

9. Alice Tan Ridley– Another singer, and yet, not another singer.  This is Academy Award nominee Gabby Sidibe’s mother. Alice has raised her family, now she is chasing her dream of becoming a singer. She spent the past 20 years singing in the subway stations, entertaining the passers by. Well, she gets the big stage and she TORE IT UP. Her version of  “At Last” was superb and powerful… honestly, there aren’t enough adjectives to describe how good this lady is.  She has a great personality and stage presence, too.  Could definitely be a real contender.

10. HasPop– HasPop is a 32 year old dancer/mime originally from France.  His dance routine left everyone amazed. Piers had even said that he’d never ever seen  anything like that before.  I agree with that.  He uses his body very well. This dance is artistic AND entertaining.  The tempo changes are things of beauty…. and I have to give props to anyone who can use the song “Barbie Girl” and get away with it.  I see a top 10 for HasPop.

11. CJ Dippa– This is an 11 year old rapper and dancer. Yes… a mini-Eminem– except “Eminem can’t dance” (his words, not mine).  Thing is, though, he’s good.  He’s got the little swagger, he has the pre-teen ladies eating out of his hand.  I don’t see him winning, but he’ll be cute to watch for awhile. I do think that he will also get better as he gets older.

12. Conner Doran– Conner is a 16 year old who lives with epilepsy. Conner’s talent is indoor kite flying, which he does to take his mind off his health difficulties.  This act was beautiful.  It truly does take a lot of skill to fly a kite indoors and do so with the amount of choreography that Conner used in his performance. What was amazing is that the audience was spell bound. You could hear a pin drop during this performance.  The audience knew they were seeing something special and you will too once you watch.  I am hoping this kid goes far.

13. Future Funk– This is the most adorable kids act on this year’s AGT. These kids are 5 and 9 and they were gettin’ all funky with their little selves.  They are very good little break dancers.  And they are  cheek pinchinly cute, too.  I am excited to see what other routines these little guys give us.

14. Michael Grimm– Michael is a singer who seems to have stolen everybody’s heart. Almost a million hits on YouTube since his performance aired a month ago. He has it all. The backstory, the looks, the talent.  I think he is an easy lock for the top 40, and from early buzz, he might be the one to beat this season. His performance of  “You don’t know me” was smoking hot… and I don’t think we’ve seen everything he has to offer, either.  I have a feeling we are going to be in for a treat.

These are just the acts that have struck MY fancy.  I am sure you will have differing opinions. Please, feel free to write me and let me know.  Also,  come join me on Twitter by following  Alexis_Rueal. You name it, I’m usually tweeting about it.  I will keep everyone posted on this weeks Vegas editions of AGT. We’ll see how my top 14 acts do on the strip.

Til Then!

Alexis-Rueal

(fan-girl confessor)

I am not a fan of reality TV…. scratch that… I am not a fan of MOST reality TV. Real Housewives– my ass. Give me a college graduate working a minimum wage job while trying to raise kids and a man, all the while getting turned down for government assistance because she makes too much money. THAT, my friends is REAL.

These reality TV competition shows. Big, fat WHATEVER. Not into the little drama queens and screwing over every person in their path in order to win a game.  Sorry, give me hard work and an honest work ethic anytime over that drivel.

There are three shows, though, that I– the fan girl confessor– do actually watch. And respect.  They celebrate hard work, self-aware self-aggrandizement and a sense of normalcy in a celebrity world… and I love them for it.

So, in no particular order. My reality TV recommendations:

1. Gene Simmons Family Jewels– A&E

I love this show.  Gene Simmons is one of the coolest entertainers around and his family is one of the most normal. Yes, I know they have more money than some small countries and live a lifestyle commiserate with that money.  Thing is, though, I have never felt like they rub it in people’s faces. They do these wonderful things, but are, for all intensive purposes, a regular family. They have their spats, raise their kids, go through all this normal STUFF; and we are entertained by this sense of elevated normalcy.  They also give back… so many times Gene and the family have done things for charities and the troops… and they never EVER seem put off by it.  Makes me proud to be a fan girl.

I have to give an extra BIG fan girl salute to the kids, Nick and Sophie. Those are two of the most unassuming and non-snobby young people that I have ever watched on TV.  They work hard and don’t take their lives for granted. I attribute that to wonderful parenting on the part of Gene and Shannon.  Well done, you two!  As long as A&E has you on TV, I will be there with bells on.

2. Kathy Griffin- My Life on the D-List–Bravo

This fan girl is TEAM GRIFFIN all the way!

Oh, Kathy…. you media hookah.  I love D-list because it knows what it is and what it isn’t.  It is not high art. It IS a damn funny show about Kathy’s incessant climb  to the top of Fame Mountain and the various ways she gets knocked down again.  She goes for the overly dramatic and in your face funny; then she goes to Iraq or to visit wounded soldiers back home.  She gives her mom Maggie all types of grief and cracks the verbal whip at her staff; but does so with a wink and a nudge that we have all come to appreciate and love.

Whether you like it or not, Kathy… you are A-list in our book.  But as the old saying goes: you can take Kathy out of the D-list, but you can’t take the D-list out of Kathy.  We wouldn’t have it any other way.

3. America’s Got Talent–NBC

This show has the magic that American Idol has lost.  Take ordinary people of all ages and talents, put them on stage, and give them a chance to shine.  Add in three judges (Piers Morgan, Sharon Osborn and Howie Mandel) and one host (Nick Cannon), who know how to judge as well as entertain in a good natured fashion; then combine that with an audience that likes to share its opinion (for better OR for worse). What do you get? The best competition show on Television.

There are some absolutely talented people on this show. They range from singers to magicians to acrobats to everything in between.  They come with their dreams in hand and try to convince the judges and America that their talent is worth a million dollars and a headline show in Vegas.

I love the hopeful attitude of this show. I love the humor and supportive nature of the judges and Nick (even when the act is not-so-great).

What I love most, though, is the fact that this show relies on TALENT; not on who can screw over everybody the most… not on who the most dramatic cry baby is.  A normal person with an extraordinary talent tries to convince America to make their dream come true.  There is nothing more simple, or more entertaining.

So, that’s my list…. if you think you can convince me of a show that is not on this list… do your worst!  Worst thing that can happen is that I’ll tell you you’re an idiot.

Much love,

Fan Girl out!



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(Ewan McGregor)

I was sitting here thinking about my all-time fan girl list, and I noticed a strange trend:  A large chunk of my favorite actors are Scottish. Yeah, I had to think about that, too.  I have noticed that in movies or shows I like, one of the main reasons I enjoy them is due to the Scottish actor I’m watching on screen.

I decided to put together a list of my favorite Scottish Actors for you to peruse:  add to the list if there is anyone that I might have missed.

1. Ewan McGregor— That intent, yet boyish gaze, those arms (I’m SO into arms… it’s such a girl thing), that smile.  And, yes, the acting is damn good, too.  Though best known for his roles in “Trainspotting” and episodes 1, 2 and 3 of the “Star Wars” saga,  I would say that “Big Fish”,  “Angels and Demons”, “Moulin Rouge” and “A Life Less Ordinary” are my favorite movies in which he has played.  And just because he is in it– I AM going to watch that damn “Nanny McPhee” sequel when it comes out.

If you are going to go all fan-girly on Ewan, then you have to watch his interviews on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (who, by the way, is another Scott on my list).  They are insane together, and you will have your love renewed for him tenfold every time.

I was wondering, though, if the gods would bless us with a movie where he CAN ACTUALLY SPEAK IN HIS NATIVE ACCENT!!! (That is a whole other blog post)

2. Gerard Butler—  “300”… yep, that movie will live in fan girl infamy.  A bunch of half-naked and rock solid men onscreen for over an hour… closest thing to porn that women want. Oh, I’m sorry, you would like more information. Well,  hot, Scottish, he can sing (sorry peeps, but I was digging him in “Phantom of the Opera), he does comedy fairly well (but does action even better).  The only thing that I have a tough time getting over is that feathered girly hair in “Dracula 2000”.  Damn.  That’s all I can say about that hair… damn.

Gerard Butler

3.  James McAvoy

Ah, the beauty of Scotland... so many to choose from....

The youngest member of the Hottie Scotties, as I like to call them,  I found him utterly adorable in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Honestly, he is the only reason I watched that movie.  He has been in some very interesting dramas, but I think he could very well have an action career after “Wanted”.  I look forward to the sequel.

4. David Tennant—  I have always been a fan of “Dr. Who” … followed all of the Doctors with enthusiasm; but no one was like David’s Dr. He had such a youthful charm and exuberance. Oh, and we were all suckers for his romantic pinnings for Rose. When his alternate Doctor FINALLY kissed Rose… I sighed. Yes. I am a mature enough fan girl to admit when  man makes me sigh.  I wept when I found out he was ending his run as the Dr.;  but maybe, just maybe…. we can see him hop the pond and do some American Television. (please TV gods… make this happen)

David Tennant-- Oh Doctor, My Doctor....

5. David McCallum– I have to give a shout out to the distinguished gentleman of the group. Mr. McCallum has been inspiring fan girl pinnings since the 1960’s when he was on the show “The Man from U.N.C.L.E”.  His Ilya Kuryakin made the hearts flutter….  And then, what does David do when so many other fan girl obsessions go the way of the wind? He just goes and gets a role on the number 1 show in America. Yes, he’s our Ducky, and “NCIS” is damn lucky to have him.  He is one of the few actors out there who inspires multi-generational fan girls.  He should be rather proud of that fact.

A fan girl favorite for the ages...

6.  Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson

THE.BEST.HOST.ON.TV.   I won’t watch any other late night shows.  Craig has me spoiled. He is loud and proud of both his Scottish roots and his American patriotism.  He is also hella funny.  You want good TV, just watch him when he has any of the other hottie Scotties on his show. You will have to go to the bathroom every commercial break or you’ll be wetting yourself from laughing so hard.  He needs to host the Emmy’s or the Oscars… SOMETHING! He just needs to be on more TV.

7. Simon Pegg– Funny, funny man.  “Shaun of the Dead” ranks as one of my all time favorite movies.  And who else could have played Scotty in “Star Trek”. He has that funny, adorable quality about him, and steals scenes in anything that he is in.

Simon Pegg

So, there you have it… my favorite Scotts. If you know of anymore that I need to learn about, please feel free to let me know. I’ll add them to the list.

Every fan girl has to start somewhere. Usually a Disney show or a teeny-bopper, bubble gum band. You may count me among the latter; you see, I was taught the finer art of fan girldom by none other than the New Kids on the Block. Stop snickering… if you are over 30, you KNOW they were king shit back in the day… back when I was in middle school. God, I can’t believe I just wrote that line.

It was way back when the world was young– late 80′ and early 90’s. Bush the first was in office, and the fan girl confessor was a lowly little student at Taft Middle School.  I hadn’t really discovered the power of music or the social and emotional pull performers can have ( I was pretty oblivious back then), but all of my friends had. They’d go down the hall singing their songs, giggling and sighing at all the little articles they found in Teen Beat, Tiger Beat and Bop magazines, talking about the concerts they were going to and trading every known New Kids item they could get their fan girl hands on.  I always felt a little left out because I couldn’t really join in the conversations; but thankfully, that feeling didn’t last too long.

I guess I should thank the Marshall twins for officially introducing me to New Kids. We were at lunch and they were talking about the band. One of them– Dawn, I think– asked why I don’t talk about the band.  I told her the truth… never heard their music. Thankfully, I was not ostracized for this confession. Instead, I was loaned “Hanging Tough”… and a true-blue fan girl was born.

I loved the music… the beats, the rhythms, the harmonies. Most of all, I loved–no, LOVED– the guys. Oh, to my little pre-teen heart, they defined what men were: suave, debonair,  a little bit bad and absolutely A-DOR-ABLE! You had all the types the girls love : The tough guys (Donny and Danny), the boy next door (Joey), the cool guy(Jordan)– and my personal favorite– the quiet one (Jonathan… sigh).

Yes, Jonathan was my favorite.  Handsome, older, almost shy.  Oh, that spoke VOLUMES to me,  considering I was always pretty quiet around other people.  It always disappointed me that he didn’t get more solos; but I listened to the ones he did have overandoverandover again.  I took what I could get.

Once the band was discovered, the natural progression turned to the magazines. Oh, I had magazines… I had pictures.  ALL.FOUR.WALLS. covered from top to bottom with posters and pictures. THREE.FOLDERS. full of pictures that I couldn’t fit on the wall.  Their videos, their comforter, trading cards, and -ah, yes- the dolls. Yes… I had the damn dolls.  My parents HOOKED ME UP! The only things I couldn’t get were concert tickets… we never had enough money for that. I still rank that as one of my major regrets of life. I wanted that experience so many of my friends were able to have. Oh, well….

I loved being a part of something so many others around me enjoyed. It gave me a way to belong; gave me a taste of a world outside of Marion, Ohio.  I loved having something to look forward to talking about and reading about and sharing with others.  They gave me that, and I followed it until the tides changed and everyone moved on.  That’s life, isn’t it?  People move on… grow up and find new things and people to cling to. New things to go all fan-girly over.

I admit, I followed them some after the band broke up the first time. I had to see what they were up to. Helped me keep some nice childhood memories alive.  I was extremely happy when I discovered that they got back together in 2008 and started touring.  Brought all those founding fan girl feelings back to the forefront… and brought a smile to my face.

Now, instead of magazines and pictures posted on my wall, I have the internet with its fan girl arsenal of Facebook, Twitter and web sites of various size and quality. I DID complete my NKOTB collection for Twitter… I daresay I enjoy the stories they tell.  I am sending them all a link to this article, with a note:  Thank you New Kids for being a part of my pre-teen and teenage years. Thank you for showing me how much fun it is to be your fan.

The Lunar Excitation #1483

A bittersweet moment for the fan girl…. I love “The Big Bang Theory” but am quite sad that it is over for the summer.  I have to say, though, that this was a very good season finale.  It had humor, it had some revisiting of various story lines and it had something that I thought I would never see… SHE-SHELDON.

“The Lunar Excitation” was a very good finale outing.  All of the main characters had their moment, from Raj and Howard attempting the impossible task of finding Sheldon a date on a dating web site to Leonard and drunk Penny having wild rodeo sex  (with a very nice walk of shame from Penny the next morning), there was something for everyone–including a  pleasant return of Leslie/Sarah Gilbert… quite a tasty tying off of that story line (makes me miss their David and Darlene days of yore).

The two storylines were rather simple, Leonard and Penny’s break-up sex  and the near-impossible task Raj and Howard undertake in finding Sheldon a date. I feel the writers took these stories and really let them sparkle with their dialog.  The scene on the roof involving the various “Star Trek” references made my little Trekker heart skip a beat (that and the fact that THE WIL WHEATON responded to one of my Tweets last night– but that is a different Fan Girl undertaking).  What is great about this show is that their humor is not trite… there is intelligence and depth to the humor. That type of humor stands the test of time.

I would be remiss, though, if I didn’t get to the heart of this season finale: Sheldon and the discovery of “SHE-SHELDON”, also known as Amy Farrah Fowler.  That another person could exist that is remotely like Sheldon is amazing.  The thing that I notice about Amy, though, is I think she is emotionally where Sheldon was three seasons ago.  Three seasons ago, there was  no way in HELL Sheldon would have been caught dead socializing on his own with a woman– even one as smart as Amy; because in Sheldon’s world,  he is always smarter and he never desired social conventions.  What this season finale has shown, though, is that Sheldon has grown;  and he has decided to take a chance, even if it is just to socialize a little.  He owes Leonard, Penny and the gang: like it or not, he’s GROWN.  That didn’t just make this a good episode… it made it great.

I love Jim Parsons.  Let me be perfectly clear.  I.LOVE.JIM.PARSONS.

I have only recently acquired this love for Mr. Parsons; but be assured, it is a truly lustable fan girl love that will never die.

(Mr. Parsons, I presume? )

He absolutely makes “The Big Bang Theory” shine.  To see the comparison between real-life Jim (his interviews are perfect for that) and his portrayal of what could be the most pent up man on earth really drives home the amount of talent that he has… and how screwed over he was at last year’s Emmy Awards.

Yes, let’s get this out of the way, too.  He’s “make-me-swoon” hot.  Oh, my, I lose my breath and feel myself blushing when I see pictures of him or watch interviews.  The man has style… he has a debonair quality combined with the most adorable grin and sky blue eyes… I’ll be honest, he inspires poetry; and I am working on a piece that I will share with you all some day soon.

My fan girly nature has driven me to watch everything ( if I’m lyin’, I’m dyin’) he has on YouTube.  What I find is that he looks like he is the absolutely sweetest person on the planet. He is the epitome of the southern gentleman, with the wondrous manners and the charmingly humble attitude.  He hasn’t let the trappings and attitudes of Hollywood get to him, and we, his fans adore him for that.

I’d say that is our biggest prayer for Jim: stay humble.  Stay true to yourself.  Keep loving your fans the way we love you.  We are a loyal group and will follow your career with zeal.

Now, I have a goal for this web site. I want an interview with Jim. Oh, yes… I aim high. I want to do an interview that is based on questions THE FANS want to know.  I read interview after interview and see the SAME DAMN QUESTIONS time after time… I know I get fed up reading the same answers. I can only imagine how Jim must feel having to answer them time and time again. BLECH!  What I want is to ask the really important questions like “why exactly DO you drop trou in so many photos, etc.?”  Admit it… you all want to know, too.

So, there you have it.  He is king of my fan girl heaven… and I’m fine with it that way. MWAH!