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Dance to the Music: Dancing With the Stars and American Idol……Everyone’s a Winner!

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about………more Dancing with the Stars and American Idol season finales! Where have the past 4 months gone since we were first introduced to all of the “Stars” and met all of the decent contestants during Hollywood week? More importantly, what on Earth are we going to watch during those coveted hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings? Certainly not 2 ½ Men (at least until this fall when super cutie Ashton Kutcher hits the scene) and The Voice isn’t totally doing it for me. Seriously, who exactly is Cee Lo Greene (Forget You…woo, hoo, hoo)?

So here we are, down to our final three contestants for the coveted Mirror Ball, and our final two Idol hopefuls…….It’s been a real horse race.


Heading into the final night of DWTS you’ve got Hines Ward (darling, personable and graceful Steeler’s QB), Chelsea Kane (who claims to be a Disney star, but I’ve never seen her on The Suite Life of Zach and Cody and she wasn’t even in High School Musical’s I, II or III) and, of course, America’s favorite, Kirstie Alley (from TV and movie classics such as Cheers and Look Who’s Talking I and II, and the only contestant ever to tame bad boy professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy).

What’s the best way to kick off the season finale party? Obviously with Don’t Stop the Party by the Peas (otherwise known as the Black Eyed Peas), but for me, the party would only have been complete with an appearance from my ultimate boy friend, Season 9 winner, Donny Osmond (and this is not a…..Puppy Love).

With a star studded night, Josh Grobin was quite fine, but if it doesn’t have a beat I can dance to, forgedaboudit (I would have been awesome on American Bandstand or the Soprano’s). As a gal who adores nostalgia, I was thrilled to see Belinda Carlisle and the Go-Go’s (and they have Got the Beat). Country sweetheart, Sarah Evans, made an appearance singing A Little Bit Stronger, which was okay, again, if you like ‘em slow.

The race could have gone any which way, so it all came down to the final round in competition: (best dancer) Chelsea and Mark, with their Hogwart’s inspired Viennese Waltz, (dancer with the most personality and chutzpah) Kirstie and Maks, with the Cha Cha Cha (Forget You……Cee Lo Greene makes a DWTS appearance tonight, too) and (most charming and delightful dancer) Hines and Kym, with the Samba. But which of these competitors reigns supreme?????

The mirror ball trophy goes to, the incomparable………Hines and Kym, bringing it home to the Steeler Nation!

On the other hand (or channel), I haven’t quite gotten over the fact that James Durbin isn’t in the final American Idol race. While I don’t have a classically trained ear, my earliest musical experience comes from exposure to my K-Tel and Donny Osmond albums (you see, everything always comes back to my Donny). What I absolutely adored about James was his range, his passion, his talent and intensity. Even though he’s cute as button and will clearly have a huge career, Scotty McCreary just isn’t doing it for me. As for Lauren Alaina, I think she’s got the chops to be a huge Carrie Underwood/Kelly Clarkson type, but I just can’t shake the feeling that she’s a little bratty. In my house, I might have washed her mouth out with soap (from the pump dispenser for easier clean up). It’s a toss up as to who will walk away victorious, and quite frankly, since it won’t be James, I’m not all that worried. However, I hope they’ve got a super big finale planned……..one where Steven Tyler sings with James (they owe him one)!

More dancing, more singing, more mirror ball trophies, more recording contracts, more stars in the sky…….

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Boom Boom Pow!

As the More is More Mom®, I can’t get enough of….more time with girlfriends and the Black Eyed Peas!! Tuesday morning, I got a text message from one of my dearest and favorite-est friends, Elena, asking me if I would like to go with her to see the Peas in concert. You know what a big hip hop fan I am (sorry Donny, my love, Patron Saint of Teen Idols). My immediate response was:

People in the place

If you wanna get down

Put your hands in the air

Will.I.Am drop the beat now


Love it! The last two concerts I’ve seen were for the teen set. Taylor Swift was beautiful and charming. Justin Bieber was so darn cute I wanted to put him in my pocket. But the Peas? They were FANTASTIC!

With racing my people around all summer; to the pool, to the movies, to tournaments, and entertaining teeny boppers in our home, there hasn’t been too much time to reconnect with my girlfriends. Well, Boom, Boom Pow….this was it!

We girls met for a little pre-concert dinner and a few cocktails. With reservations at 5:30pm on a Friday, the only other patrons were families with toddlers, but, hey, we were out. And besides, they weren’t our toddlers. Dinner was great. There’s just nothing like good old fashioned girl talk and catching up. To get the total “Rock Star” experience we did indulge in a limo, which is way cheaper than a DUI and a lot more fun.

The Allstate Arena (which will always be the Rosemont Horizon to me) was swarming with beautiful people. I loved that most everyone got into the spirit of the night, treating the concert like a special event. The ladies were in their sparkly, gladiator sandaled finest, an ode to the glamour of “The Duchess”.

Our tickets were split, so we said our farewells at the gate. Elena and KV went one way, and I got to spend the evening with my dear pal Linda (we met as volunteers when our 9th graders were Kindergarteners at Our Lady of Perpetual Donations). Other than loving these girls because I love these girls, I love them because they love to dance (like the Energizer Bunny. They just keep going and going and going and going)!

I can name that tune in 6 notes… Let’s Get it Started! And boy did they ever ( which, BTW, was the first song I played at my 40th and got the party started on the dance floor with my friend PT.). I really didn’t know what to expect, but I was lovin’ the whole clubbin’, futuristic vibe. It’s not often that suburban moms get to feel “cool”.

Hit after heart pounding hit; Don’t Phunk With My Heart, Imma Bee, which apparently is slang for “I am going to be” (no wonder our children can’t read or speak proper English), My Humps. The Peas were awesome.


Nothing, however, compares to the amazing Fergie. What a voice! I had no idea. She belted out a few chart toppers of her own; Fergalicious (and she was), Glamorous and Big Girls Don’t Cry (not to be confused with the Frankie Valli song by the same name).

Will.I.Am, Fergie, Apl.De and Taboo brought the house down with Where is The Love? (the answer: right there with me and my peeps). The audience was a sea of glowing cell phones, swaying from side to side, like lighters in the olden days. Naturally, the encore was I’ve Got a Feeling (Tonight’s Gonna Be A Good Night). Actually, it was a great night. What could be more fun than rockin’ out at a concert and making more memories with your girlfriends?


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