John and Furnish intend to be open with both their boys about the circumstances of their births (they also used the same egg donor and, as with Zachary, did not want to find out which of them is their son’s biological father).
“We kept a scrapbook for Zachary with all his scans, emails with the surrogate and key moments from the surrogacy, and we are doing the same for Elijah,” explains Furnish. “We want the boys to understand the spirit and love that was at the heart of the process.”
For the next few months, the family of four will live in L.A. before returning to their “light, bright room filled with toys and books,” says Furnish, in their main home in Windsor, England.”
I think it’s fair to say that it’s rather obvious who the sperm donor was for the couple’s first son, right? Zachary has already mastered the “Bitch, please”-face. I kind of love him for being such a quick study of the art, don’t you?
After a long holiday weekend, I was excited to get back to our regularly scheduled programming. The Top 7 drew inspiration from their personal lives for the songs they performed on Monday night’s show. I’m pretty sure they had already been doing this, but there was an actual emphasis on it. Everyone was pretty solid, but of course there were some standout performances that didn’t involve 50 Cent.
Amanda Brownwas the first performer up with “Someone Like You.” I wish Adam hadn’t picked another slow song for her, but they sped it up a little to make it sound more rock. I don’t think that Amanda needs to top her “Dream On” performance, and I feel like she and her coach keep chasing that. This was another great vocal performance and even though Adam and Cee Lo thought it was a “risk” for her to do an Adele song, she seemed to have no problem tackling it.
Cody Belew wanted to pay tribute to one of his heroes, Freddie Mercury of Queen with “Somebody To Love.” It was a little interesting to hear that Cody had tried to go the Country route by trying to make it in Nashville. I actually wouldn’t mind hearing some Country from him, even “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” that Adam’s team performed last week. He was helped a lot by the gospel choir here. Cody is more personality than voice and there was a little bit too much vibarato in the end but he was good. Adam called it “theatrical” and Blake was impressed that he had come so far. That proves that Cee Lo is definitely mentoring him in the right direction.
Team Xtina and Team Blakeum, teamed up for “Move Along.” The beginning made me wonder if they had rehearsed this at all. All of their voices are so different so it didn’t quite gel right but this would be a perfect song for any of them so sing individually.
Blake thought that Terry McDermott had the perfect voice for “Over,” one of Blake’s own songs. Shelton said that it would be the “coolest” thing he’s done with any of his contestants on the show. I agree that Terry needed to sing something more “modern,” and vocally it was great but parts of it were a little boring for me. Terry is still the “rock guy” on the show, and Blake was really excited about the whole thing but I want more R-O-C-K from Terry.
Melanie Martinezsang “Too Close” by Alex Clare. So Melanie is going through a break-up, and I wonder how much her being on the show has to do with that, but that was a lot for her to pull from for this performance. There is a dubstep version of this song that I’m glad Adam didn’t make her sing, but I wish she had stuck with the original arrangement more. Like Blake, I was glad to see her back at the tambourine and even though Christina thought it “didn’t really go anywhere,” she liked the staging. Sigh. [See Editor’s Note below.]
Dez Duronis Christina’s last man standing, and probably her best chance of winning this season. But why does he keep annoyingme with his song choices? He goes with Justin Bieber‘s “You Smile” and he actually made me not hate it for like two minutes. It could have been better, though it’s not like it’s hard to sing a Bieber song. Cee Lo didn’t think it was his best ,but of course Xtina thought he “killed it.” Xtina is obviously counting on him for a win and every week he continues to sort of skirt by on the lady vote, but he needs to step it up a bit if he really wants to win.
Trevin Huntetook a break from the ballads last week and that may have cost him some votes, but he was back to what made him a force on the show with “Greatest Love Of All.”I love his confidence, which I wouldn’t call new found because it has obviously been hiding in him forever but he needed the show to bring all that out. Vocally this wasn’t his best, but I know people will appreciate that he’s back to hitting the big notes, the choir also sounded really good here. Adam said that he can sing whatever he wants and it will be good, but this is what the fans want to see from Trevin.
Before Team Adam and Team Cee Lo got into “Any Way You Want It,” Terry got a surprise from his wife and little boy. Which was a pretty cute moment that warmed my cold, dead heart. Here for four great singers, just all doing their thing. I would have picked a different song for them two but they all seemed to be having fun on stage, especially Cody and Amanda.
Nicholas David goes with another soul classic,Marvin Gaye‘s “What’s Going On.” He got a surprise from Bill Withershimself during rehearsals who gave him some good advice, “be yourself but don’t go crazy!”Despite the fact that he looked like a jazzy hobo on stage, Nicholas was at the top of his game with this performance and he didn’t let the song get away from him too much. He kept it smooth and even turned out a little piano solo. Also, how cool were his backup singers?!
Cassadee Pope closed out the show with Michelle Branch‘s “Are You Happy Now.” Cassadee had the honor of being at the top of the iTunes charts last week, which is probably why she got to close out the show. She tapped into some personal drama for the performance which helped her to turn out another strong one. I don’t really get excited to see or hear Cassadee, but she could easily win and I know that’s what Blake is hoping for. Before he got to his critique, Adam took a moment to diss The Roxy, always give this man a proper dressing room! I don’t think she “sang the crap out of that song” like Blake said, but she’s good.
You can vote for your favorite artist on FACEBOOKor check out their songs on iTunes. Who do you think had the strongest performance of the night? Are Christina’s critiques unfair? Are you still not sure what Christina Milian‘s role is on the show but are happy that she’s doing something? Let us know!
[Editor’s Note: I’ve held my GD tongue about Christina Aguilera for as long as I can. This woman HATES OTHER WOMEN. She was downright rude to Amanda Brown and Melanie Martinez tonight. Both of these talented and vastly different ladies were equally fantastic. I’m weary of seeing her flirt and fawn over the dudes (DEZ!) while she drags her ass around in inappropriate clothing. I’m embarrassed FOR Christina at this point, mainly because I have an extremely low embarrassment threshold, but also because she has no breeding or manners and it’s difficult to sit through. There. I said it. – DivaJulia]
Someone needs to stop Ryan Murphy. A couple of weeks after Chord Overstreet, who plays Sam on the show, was demoted to a recurring role, Murphy announced that he was also axing the roles of Rachel, Finn and Kurt after the third season. Unfortunately for Chris Colfer, he had to find out about losing his job via Twitter.
Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday that Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith‘s characters would be graduating at the end of the third season.
“We made that decision and I involved Chris and Lea and they thought that was a good idea. They both trust the writing and trust me and felt that it would be great to have an open and closed experience for them to go out while they were on top.“
Somebody’s pants are on fire.
Talking about his Emmy nod with Access Hollywood, Colfer revealed that he hadn’t heard about this final decision until later that day on Twitter.
“Yeah I found out that they made that announcement,” he said. “I didn’t necessarily know that it was going to be our last season next year, I knew something like that was coming up eventually. I mean, we can’t be there forever…I don’t necessarily want to leave so soon, but I mean, it’s fine. It’s what it is. And all things come to an end.”
The 21-year-old does have Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe win under his belt, and a show for the Disney Channel in the works. Chris’ll be fine, but that’s not the best way to find out you won’t be having a job for much longer.
Fox had no comment, but there are rumors of a spin-off show with Rachel and Kurt set in NYC. While Murphy does have a point about not keeping them on longer than they should be on the show, you don’t fire or almost fire cast members before you know, telling them. This is the age of Twitter and blogs and don’t act like your actors don’t read stories about themselves. A winner from the Oxygen competition show ‘The Glee Project‘ will become apart of the cast but what this show doesn’t need is another member who doesn’t get any lines and can’t act or sing.
Seriously, have you seen these kids? Look at them!