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Michael Slezak Earns the Castrocopia Right Fucking On Award (Again)

01 May, 2008 Posted by: Liz Lemon
Once again, I am going on record as saying they need to get rid of the entire judges panel and just replace them with Michael Slezak and whoever he chooses to join him. The commentary would be entertaining and more importantly spot on. We don't always share a favorite but he's refreshingly honest and makes total sense.

This week in his recap entitled 'American Idol': Never Mind the Bollix..., he says that Jason was due an on-the-air apology for panning the performance he was about to give and he credits us, his fans, for pulling through for him.

But it's THIS rant that earns him my undying respect:

Furthermore, if in fact the latter scenario was true, that Paula formed her critique based on dress-rehearsal notes, then Nigel should've come out on stage and promised viewers that he was putting an end to the show's policy of allowing Simon, Randy, and Paula to attend or view rehearsals in the first place. Seriously, if, for example, Syesha showed up for a dress rehearsal in sweatpants and a T-shirt but slipped into an Escada gown right before showtime, would it be fair for Simon to take a jab at her sloppy fashion sense? (Of course not.) So why is it okay for the show to be any less stringent regarding contestants' vocal performances? (Oh, and if the judges can't hear properly during the taping of the Idol telecast, then how about investing in some decent ear monitors for 'em, and maybe getting rid of the absolutely infuriating, frequently shrieking, rhythm-free sway-bots who are standing in between the performers and the panel?)


Michael Slezak - I love you and I don't care who knows it.
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The Pointlessly Alphabetical Guide for the New Jason Fan: R

31 August, 2009 Posted by: Liz Lemon
Right Fucking On

The Right Fucking On award was instituted quite early on in our history. The first recipient, appropriately, was our favorite Michael Slezak for his dead on balls accurate analysis of Jason's performance of "If I Fell" in which he wrote:

...the guy's a star, just not in the way we're used to seeing or hearing in a prefab pop scene where Ashlee Simpson is considered a ''singer.''


Soon, Michael would receive another RFO award for his rant over Paula-gate. He even let us know he was clearing a place on his virtual mantle to house them - and I think that too deserves an RFO.

So what's the qualification for winning the RFO award? Noticeable awesomeness is necessary but not sufficient. There is a certain je ne sais quoi that tips a writer from kick ass to "Right Fucking On". McLovin might call this "bamfitude".

On May 8, we finally gave the award to Jason. It was long overdue in coming, but when he took control of his own elimination, transforming it into an exclamation of joy, well - definitely Right Fucking On!



Other recipients have included Dawn Redding at Neighborsgo, MTV's John Norris (he of the "Jason Is My Idol" t-shirt), Jim Cantiello (of course) and several bloggers who said things that we agreed with so strongly that "ITA" was far from strong enough. Only an RFO would do.

There is also a thread on the forum where RFO's can be handed out like candy. Not surprisingly, McLovin has received so many, she'd be embarrassed to even post a link to the thread. Other posters honored include DreadNation for her amazing contribution to the CUSP project, Ms.Scarlett for securing the Michael Orland chat, Aspiring and DM for all they have done to bring media to Copia.

There will no doubt be plenty of RFO's to hand out in the future and I'd like to distribute a few RFO's that we've neglected.

Dave Lichens and The Heavy Steadies - Right Fucking On dudes. You were there for Jason from as early on as legally possible. You've literally stood behind him as he started his career and have lent him your strength and wisdom. You were generous with your time and kindness in Garland, hanging out with us crazy Castrocopians and generally oozing bamfitude. We're sorry that your professional relationship will be ending and hope that the future will bring you all back together again. Dave, Kevin and Adam... You guys are the shiznett.

Atlantic Records - Right Fucking On to Dan and Vicky. And an RFO to the entire organization. You are not blinded by whatever filth covers the eyes of Simon and Randy, but recognize that talent and artistry are worth more than just lip service. You all are not just a vehicle to ship units based on some market demographics that you can jam a product into. You know that the artist generates the art and you are excited about that and it shows. RFO for the obvious investment you've made in Jason's future without stifling him or turning him into something he's not. Thank you!

Bootleggers and bloggers - RFO for capturing video from the shows that Jason has performed at. Please continue to do so. We appreciate it so so much.

I look forward to future RFO's!


The Pointlessly Alphabetical Guide is a process. If you've missed A-Q, check the link to the right or go here.

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Slezak Earns Castrocopia's Right Fucking On! Award

12 March, 2008 Posted by: McLovin
I think I can safely say that Liz Lemon would join me in heartily agreeing with Michael Slezak's Top 12 Recap from Entertainment Weekly:

I understood, in a way, what Simon meant when he declared Jason Castro's ''If I Fell'' was a little like a ''student in a bedroom at midnight,'' but the thing is, more than anyone else this season, Jason already knows what kind of an artist he wants to be, and I'm guessing he's going to stay true to that vision no matter what kind of theme night comes his way. The little falsetto he broke out on ''couldn't stand the pain,'' the goofy grin he couldn't hide on the final note, the way he pointed to Paula to understand the way she felt his heart — the guy's a star, just not in the way we're used to seeing or hearing in a prefab pop scene where Ashlee Simpson is considered a ''singer.''


We even agree with this:

But, yeah, he needs to work on holding on to his big notes — especially on nights when he immediately precedes Carly.


Yes, there are areas in which he could improve and we hope he does so quickly but we were enchanted by his If I Fell. And how in the world do you follow up Hallelujah anyway?

However, before anyone starts thinking we're complete artsy-fartsies awaiting estrogen transfusions, we'll go ahead and confess to agreeing with Elissa Bass from Conneticut's theDay.com, too.

Jason Castro. My goodness, I feel so Mrs. Robinson when he comes on. Really, the level of this crush is embarrassing. He strums the guitar and sings a truly lovely version of If I Fell, and I will kill Paula Abdul if she keeps making those eyes at him.


Liz Lemon - I've not spoken out of turn, have I?

Edited by Liz Lemon:
Lawd no, McLovin. Right on to you too!
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Guest Shuffle Featuring Michael Slezak

22 May, 2009 Posted by: Liz Lemon
Have you ever noticed that American Idol is like a college football season - always at a new school? The single-minded devotion, the hive mentality, the fascination with rankings, the demonization of the other guy (and all his fans), the donning of tour colors, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat... Football Saturday, meet Performance Tuesday. With so much passion surrounding this show, it's no wonder that an entire "idol commentary" culture has sprung up around this event - predicting, arm-chair critiquing and analyzing every single aspect of this obsession.

Can anyone any longer fathom an American Idol season without the scrutiny? From the forums and blogs to Cantiello's Idol in 60 on MTV, the secondary media has become the primary reason to follow the show in the first place. And we all eagerly anticipate Michael Slezak's audacious and perspicacious Popwatch blogs, Idolatry videos and exit interviews. Not for nothing, he's the recipient of two Right Fucking On awards here. See? Why? Because he's generally right fucking on. For those of you who have missed out on this cultural phenomenon, go here (and you can just leave your Castrocopia membership card on the table on your way out). The rest of you, go follow him on Twitter.

Michael has also always been a stalwart supporter of Jason. And for that we have always considered him to be an honorary Castrocopian (and McLovin's alter-ego). But the reason this site is such a hot-bed of Slezak fans (all between the ages of 18 and 23 and a half...) is because he truly loves what we love about this silly show and he articulates so well what the rest of us are thinking. One day, I hope they will replace Randy with Michael at the judges' table, but only if it doesn't interfere with his work at ew.com.

Finally I want to thank you, Michael, for putting up with my tenacious nagging with patience and good humor. (I was slightly less determined than Tatiana del Toro on a mission to get her hand on a bullshit AI award. ) You are free at last!

Click on The Jump to listen to Michael's shuffle and read his "jaunty" commentary below. (squee!)
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American Idol: Machiavellianism and the Masses

01 May, 2008 Posted by: McLovin
And they're back to their old tricks. Already.

Between Tuesday's shenanigans, being subjected to the roll-out of Operation Damage Control all day Wednesday, featuring conflicting explanations of what really happened when Paula judged both of Jason's songs despite his only performing one and Idol's glossing over the entire incident in less than a minute's airtime during the results show, it's certainly been a drama-filled week.

The sheer volume of explanations that AI threw at the wall in the hopes that any of them would stick and the viewers would be convinced that they were overreacting were pretty amusing but the whole thing really highlighted just how stupid the producers of Idol perceive their viewers to be. Wednesday's result show was a joke, and the people talking about it on the internet today know it. The only writers I've found that think everything's all better now are the lazy ones who parrot the judges' opinions week after week anyway, so I wouldn't call that validation. Most of the commentary is still negative towards AI. I could post an endless list of links to fingers wagging in AI's direction, but instead I'm just posting these three because they pretty well encapsulate AI's shoddy treatment of this mess as I see it:

From our own forum- sybilsarmy:

Paula runs the bus over him [Jason], leaves him under the front tire, and they rush to make sure SHE'S okay.


From Royal Misfits - sleeper
The sly mofos were in full damage control mode tonight, wagging the dog to the equivalent of bombing Serbia. It’s all about poor misunderstood Paula and the meanies on the interwebs. She always gives the contestants a break, dontcha know, and is all about nurturing their dreams. And Simon is human, y’all, he too was a little boy sometime, and had a crush. Aww. And the Dawg was a model. So there. Run along now, nothing to see here.


Michael Slezak
Excuse me?

First of all, no one was asking for Idol to address any ''rumors.'' And as for all that talk of ''family,'' well, let's be honest — sometimes we all need a little tough love from our blood relations.


And yet it continues. Not only were we treated to the bullshit that was Paula's appearance on Ryan's radio show, we got the added pleasure of vocal coach Debra Byrd remarking later that day to Ryan - again on KIIS - that at this stage of the game, the schedule starts wearing the contestants down and Jason would be relieved to go home. And another Idol employee is added to my Fuck Off list. In the interest of fairness, she perhaps should have added that maybe he just seems run-down because he was really sick last week but I don't think Idol will ever consider letting that little tidbit out because it's contraindicated for their current agenda.

What agenda is that? Only one day after Idol does their version of bending over backwards to prove that the judges are fair, we're now treated to this: Simon and Randy downplaying Jason again, this time while being interviewed by Simon's girlfriend, Terri Seymour, a clip that is later viewed and discussed on a Fox morning show in Los Angeles. Now, I may be alone on this one, but I think an interview between Terri Seymour and Simon Cowell regarding anything to do with Idol which is then presented to a TV station as journalism is tantamount to me filming my husband's opinion of the Utah Jazz and presenting it to ESPN as a documentary.

There's plenty of bullshit to be found in this little slice of manipulation but I'm going to limit my comments to three:

• Bait and Switch, Part 1: My Fox LA labels the clip as "KTTV sent Terri Seymour backstage at "American Idol" last night to get the judges reactions to Brooke White being sent home." Brooke isn't mentioned at all in the segment.

• Bait and Switch, Part 2. The clip is introduced on the news show as an explanation for Paulagate, but what we learn here is that Jason is forgettable. Nicely played.

• Randy and Simon's comments that Jason's still here because of his fans and is getting the popular vote. I'm confused as to why anyone would prefer to not be earning fans or getting votes. It's the whole point of the show, so why they say it as if it were a bad thing is pretty assy. And Paula already said that they can't hear the contestants singing, so commenting that Jason isn't here based on his singing is meaningless.

• I lied. I have more to say. The girls love Jason. Newsflash, dumbasses. Jason has plenty of male fans and his female fans span a pretty wide demographic. They're not all teenagers.

• Jason is 'too cool for school' and 'mellow'. To that I say, lucky for him. A more tightly-wound contestant or a person with a lesser sense of self might have fallen apart from all the pressure, especially when they are so clearly spat upon by the judges and the producers week after week.

And at the end of the clip we hear that Randy made a face when it was announced that Jason was safe on Wednesday. Randy doesn't like Jason? Now, there's a fucking surprise. *eyeroll*
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