‘Biblical’ vindication


LATONIO. Lacks the “life experience” needed to emotionally sell a song?

The big news on the entertainment scene provides sweet vindication to people like us who believe that faith should be a part of life and entertainment, not a “holy irrelevance”:

Mark Burnett, producer of hit shows like “Survivor,” has just shown the first part of his new drama series, “The Bible,” on the History Channel, and it attracted 15 million viewers—a record for cable TV programs.

Show biz commentators believe that the new spiritual drama series will continue to do well and its success will spawn other religious programs that will touch viewers’ hearts and inspire them to live better lives. —Wonderful!

What accounts for the success of “The Bible”? Commentators cite its use of digital special effects, contemporary songs given a religious twist, the lead cast’s intense portrayals—and, above all, the enduring appeal of “the greatest story ever told.”

Let’s hope that the series’ remarkable success will also inspire local producers to “go spiritual.” And that “The Bible” will be shown soonest on the History Channel in this part of the televiewing world.

Latonio on ‘Idol’

Other images on our TV screens this month: On “American Idol,” the female finalists have just competed for the tilt’s Top Five slots for women, and it looks like “our” bet, Adriana Latonio, may not survive the strignent cut, from 10 to only five.

The competition’s jurors felt that her rendition last Wednesday was too “pageant-y”—meaning, too much of a “big,” consciously impressive performance piece, rather than a felt interpretation that meant something special to her.

Being the youngest female finalist in the tilt, Latonio may also lack the “life experience” needed to emotionally “sell” a song with convincing force and unction.

Despite the negative notes she received, however, we hope that she still musters enough votes to “survive” to the next round.

But, if she doesn’t, she can audition again next season, as other “rejects” have successfully done. —Perhaps another year of “experiencing life” will do the trick?

Definitely, “our” bet shouldn’t give up, because Adriana sounds like she can eventually become as good as Jessica Sanchez—in her own unique way, of course.

Feisty Nicki

Still on “American Idol,” the judge who’s gotten the most attention this season is the feisty Nicki Minaj, who keeps upstaging Mariah Carey and making her look and sound like her—maiden aunt!

To make things worse, Mariah sometimes comes up with comments that start out kind of promising, but end up neither here nor there, making viewers wonder what in the world she’s trying to say! After Nicki, the other revelation on the show’s panel of jurors is Keith Urban.

As for “veteran” judge Randy Jackson, we’re so glad that he no longer critiques contestants for being “pitchy”—as he’s been doing for over a decade! There are other words in the dictionary to describe singing that’s sharp or out of tune!

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  • Pablo316

    God’s love and patience is very evident in the world today.
    He is giving us different ways of knowing Him and His Son – the Lord Jesus
    Christ, so that each person will have the chance to repent of his or her sins
    and so be saved. These chances ranges from direct sharing of God’s words, to
    people’s testimonies on youtube and now thru this Bible series.


    Wake up people, God’s mercy and patience is not infinite,
    sooner or later He will come to judge the world in the much prophesied ‘Day of
    the Lord’ in the Bible.


    Repent of your sin and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and
    continue in the grace and knowledge of God by reading, studying and living the
    pure and unadulterated teachings of the Bible. God bless!

  • Mamerto

    Don’t try to analyze the “workings” of American Idol…, specially the “almost senseless”  comments by its “un-qualified” judges.

    In fact…, Contestants that are retained, to continue, are “NOT the BEST of the LOT”.
    Often-times, the really good ones and the best are eliminated.

    American Idol’s existence, is now on its last leg (2 more episodes, at most, after this).

  • nes911

    Out of the 10 finalists, only 3 came out pretty well. Not a good season for AI.

  • maysayako

    out na si latonio sa top 10 at di na rin siya puede mag-audition next year kasi may rule na once you entered the top 20, di ka na peude. do more research mr. torre, paminsan-minsan sumasablay ka rin..

  • jhana

    pwede malaman what time ine air ang THE BIBLE Tv Series sa History Channel sa Philippines? Gusto rin kasi namin makanood. Salamat!!!

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