22Jan/15

Kendra Ray’s American Idol 14 Picks

The last of the moderator panel have made her picks as the Pink Team of Holly, Kellie, Lanise, and Tracia (all had seven VFTG picks, two Best of Worst picks, and one pick they would hate to see win–they also got the privilege of choosing Nick Frandiani and/or Riley Bria as their VFTG picks as Holly’s pick of Alfonso & Witney won Dancing with the Stars 19 and Kellie’s pick of DaNica Shirey, even though she was eliminated in the quarter-finals of The Voice 7, is the last woman standing and did the right thing in using their “MODERATORS’ VETO” to decline the VFTG Loss–Holly and Kellie have a huge advantage )

Meanwhile, on the Purple team consisting of the four transwomen (Ava, Julia, Rhonda, and myself) with Kymberly as the lone woman (born a girl.) The Ava Zinn and Kymberly Alvaraz relationship deal doesn’t belong on this post, yet they are a duo moderator. Only Julia and Rhonda were allowed six VFTG Picks, three Best of Worst picks, and two picks they would hate to see win. However, since Ava and I are also moderators on the United Kingdom adaptation of VFTG and both of us had picks in the DWTS UK (Strictly Come Dancing) finale as well as the US DWTS, Teams Ava & Kymberly (Team ZInn) and Team Kendra really have the biggest advantage since Ava’s the boss–I have to respect her decisions. The biggest advantage is the fact Team Kendra as the third place moderator on DWTS 19, both Team Kendra and Team Ava & Kymberly are allowed nine (not 6). But the four transwomen and Kymberly on the Purple Team get three Best of Worst picks, and two picks they would hate to see win.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Tracia Ward initially rung in first when Maddie Walker’s audition aired, but because Maddie Walker lives in the Des Moines, Iowa market, Tracia Ward is ruled inelegible to choose Maddie Walker as the first VFTG Pick… under the following rules for the moderators…

Vote for the Girls USA moderators rules prohibit other VFTG USA moderators from choosing the same first pick as one moderator’s home market (in Kendra’s case Des Moines) while a local VFTG pick (Maddie Walker of Ankeny, IA) is supported from the VFTG USA Moderartors’ home market (or state). The rules are designed to encourage a VFTG pick’s fans to support that particular pick in person instead of supporting another VFTG pick on television. However, each VFTG Moderator is guaranteed to have at least one VFTG pick in every moderator’s home market, so some exceptions are granted to this rule.

After some adjustments made, my American Idol 14 picks are as follows:

  1. Maddie Walker (initially Jackie “JAX” Cole, SEE EDITOR’S NOTE)
  2. Lovey James
  3. Tyanna Jones
  4. Katherine Winston
  5. Shannon Mae Berthiaume (initially Sarina-Joi Crowe but Tracia was first)
  6. Adanna Duru (initially Alexis Gomez but Lanise was first)
  7. Alexis Gomez
  8. Sarina-Joi Crowe
  9. Jackie “JAX” Cole (initially Maddie Walker)

The Best of Worst Picks are: Loren Lott, Shania Scott, and Nick Fradiani (& Yanni G).

My Vote for the Worst picks are… Not going to be revealed until after the American Idol 14 competition ends, or if you don’t want to wait and find out who right now…

image<——- FIND OUT for $5 to see who I chose as my Vote for the Worst Pick…

ORIGINAL POST: I made my American Idol 14 picks as follows (I have made my Vote for the Worst pick, and that isn’t going to  be revealed until after the American Idol finale in May or you can find out right now for $5.00 if you don’t want to wait)

  1. Jackie “JAX” Cole
  2. Lovey James
  3. Tyanna Jones
  4. Katherine Winston
  5. Sarina-Joi Crowe
  6. Alexis Gomez

My Best of Worst picks are Maddie Walker, Shannon  Berthiaume, and one more that will be revealed.

21Jan/15

AVA & KYMBERLY’s American Idol 14 Picks

The final moderator (and the first duo moderator) have finally made their picks–the BOSS (Ava) and her girlfriend (Kymberly)

Here they are in no particular order:

  1. Sarina-Joi Crowe
  2. Loren Lott
  3. Lovey James
  4. Adanna Duru
  5. Jackie “JAX” Cole
  6. Katherine Winston
  7. Maddie Walker
  8. Alexis Gomez
  9. Shannon Berthiaume

After some adjustments made, my American Idol 14 picks are as follows:

The Best of Worst Picks are for Ava & Kymberly: Tyanna Jones

However, Ava & Kymberly are split between four VFTG Picks:

Ava chose Joey Cook and Shania “Shi” Scott
Kymberly chose Nick Fradiani and Riley Bria

My Vote for the Worst picks are… Not going to be revealed until after the American Idol 14 competition ends, or if you don’t want to wait and find out who right now…

FIND OUT for $8 $5 to see who Team Ava & Kymberly chose as their Vote for the Worst Pick… As an added bonus, Ava & Kymberly will throw in who the MALE MODERATOR CREW (Leonard Lai and Clark Jones) chose as who they want to see win (so that’s a Buy One Get One Free deal there.)

 

 

21Jan/15

Julia Passalt’s American Idol 14 Picks

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The second moderator on the Purple team has her team filled.

With the American Idol 14 Auditions that were in Minneapolis, chances are that I will be making changes after the Minneapolis auditions air.

I’ve made my American Idol 14 picks as follows (I have also made my Vote for the Worst pick, and that isn’t going to be revealed until after the American Idol finale in May or you can find out right now for $5.00 if you don’t want to wait)

SUBJECT TO CHANGE

  1. Shannon Mae Berthiaume
  2. Katherine Winston
  3. Maddie Walker
  4. Jackie “JAX” Cole
  5. Alexis Gomez
  6. Lovey James

My Best of Worst picks are Sarina-Joi Crowe, Tyanna Jones and Adanna Duru.

21Jan/15
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Holly Everman’s American Idol 14 Picks (FINAL)

Holly Everman, yours truly, has made two adjustment to her picks… and yes, I am defending my decision (HOLLY’s BLOG: Why I chose Riley & Nick as Vote for the Girls picks.) the first adjustment and the second adjustment is the fact because Ava & Kymberly, Kendra, and I have a huge advantage for American Idol 14 – as the winning moderator of Dancing with the Stars 19, I get 12 (nearly twice as many as the other moderators on the panel) Vote for the Girls picks and two Best of Worst picks. I think if by the Top 7, I will be the one saying, “There are no VFTW picks, all of my picks are good.”

During the first week of auditions, Kellie Rock made her American Idol 14 picks. Now it is my turn as I made my American Idol 14 picks as follows (I have made my Vote for the Worst pick, and that isn’t going to  be revealed until after the American Idol finale in May)

  1. Alexis Gomez
  2. Joey Cook
  3. Katherine Winston
  4. Jackie “JAX” Cole
  5. Loren Lott
  6. Maddie Walker
  7. Riley Bria (Vote for the Girls’ first “M2F pick”)
  8. Nick Fradiani (& Ariana Gavrilis, closest to Alex & Sierra pick)
  9. Sarina-Joi Crowe
  10. Shannon Mae Berthiaume
  11. Lovey James (initally Best of Worst)
  12. Shania Scott (initally Best of Worst)

My Best of Worst picks are Tyanna Jones and Adanna Duru.

UPDATE 1: Holly has already made her Vote for the Worst pick…. You can either wait until 11:00 PM Eastern May 14, 2015 (an hour after the American Idol 14 finale ends) or find out right now for $5.00

 

18Jan/15

Vote for the Girls America’s Pick: American Idol 14

The time has come to choose your favorite Vote for the Girls Pick. VOTING IS OPEN until 12 Noon Eastern February 18, 2015.

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18Jan/15

VFTG USA Webmaster addresses VFTG Picks Response

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Editor’s note: This letter is in response to viewer reaction to the VFTG American Idol 14 Picks of Holly, Tracia, Lanise, and Kellie.

I am well aware of it. I pretty much understand the backlash of the decisions of allowing two male Vote for the Girls picks — Nick Fradiani and Riley Bria.

All four moderators on the pink team (Holly Everman, Kellie Rock, Lanise White, and Tracia Ward) earned an advantage for American Idol 14 that as the webmaster and executive producer of Vote for the Girls (this web site you are viewing right now). Those decisions to allow Riley and Bria as Vote for the Girls picks were not made in vain.

As fellow moderators, we have have to judge based on one audition in the opening round. The decision to add the two males into the mix of Vote for the Girls picks came down to based on Riley Bria’s vocals and appearance (after a similar decision from our friends on the UK Version of The Voice last year involving James Byron) and down to Nick Fradiani’s audition as his girlfriend known as Yanni G were pretty much close enough to an Alex & Sierra pick on American Idol in my judgement.

Holly posted on her blog “At the end of the day, I have to judge and decide based on this one audition that I’ve seen and not what’s been in the past, or what my expectations are… But I am making the picks, and I know in my heart, my picks are Alexis Gomez, Joey Cook, Katherine Winston, Jackie “JAX” Cole, Loren Lott, Maddie Walker, Riley Bria, Nick Fradiani (& Ariana Gavrilis), Sarina-Joi Crowe with Lovey (James) and Adanna (Duru) as my Best of Worst”

Since the last VFTG Victory of Alex & Sierra on December 19, 2013 we have seen way too many female contestants lost to male counterparts not approved by yours truly, but it is even more heart breaking when the last female contestant getting eliminated. That is primarily the reason I decided to change the rules on Vote for the Girls this year that resulted in all our moderators declining two Vote for the Girls losses on So You Think You Can Dance 11 and The Voice 7 and the reason Valerie Rockey and DaNica Shirey are currently in the Vote for the Girls Hall of Fame.

We have received numerous comments about the Vote for the Girls USA Pink Team Moderators’ picks. As a web site promoting votes for female contestants, we do our best to get these ladies to the finale and/or even have an all-female final (aka GUARANTEED VFTG Victory). Our obligation to you is to provide as much of a head start in the female contestant’s (or Vote for the Girls picks’ campaign.) That obligation unfortunately, at times, includes uncomfortable subjects or comments that are difficult to hear as fans of female vocalists, or even make you angry. And while we are moderators, everyone on our moderator panel and the Male Moderator Crew are human as well and we have similar reactions. So these are situations we take very seriously.

By showing the other side, you were able to get the answer to “why is that Vote for the Girls never votes for male contestants, yet supported Alex & Sierra on The X Factor 3 and supporting Riley and Nick on American Idol 14?” We wanted to give insight into the mind of the people/family who were involved so there was some context and exposure for you into this world. For some, maybe it’s a world you are already familiar with; for others it may be something you cannot even comprehend. It was difficult for many of us to watch and understand — mostly for the four moderators that chose Riley as her VFTG pick and/or the moderators that chose Nick as her Vote for the Girls pick.

This decision to allow Riley and Nick as Vote for the Girls picks along with the 12 other girls competing in American Idol 14 is just a small part of our complete coverage, with the vast majority supporting six of the girls on American Idol 14 of which all nine of the moderators have unanimously chosen–Sarina-Joi Crowe, Alexis Gomez, Lovey James, Loren Lott, Maddie Walker, and Katherine Winston. We will continue to support every female vocalist. Again, it is the reason why there such sites like Vote for the Girls and we hope you understand the tough choices we have to make in making our picks. Like our viewers, we want a Vote for the Girls victory.

Ava Zinn
Founder and Webmaster, Vote for the Girls USA

18Jan/15

Lanise White’s American Idol 14 Picks

Everyone on Pink Team now have have made their picks and they all chose Riley Bria as a VFTG pick while Holly and Kellie also chose Nick Fradianai but Tracia and I didn’t.

I’ve made my American Idol 14 picks as follows (I have made my Vote for the Worst pick, and that isn’t going to be revealed until after the American Idol finale in May or you can find out right now for $5.00 if you don’t want to wait)

  1. Lovey James
  2. Jackie “JAX” Cole
  3. Sarina-Joi Crowe
  4. Alexis Gomez
  5. Katherine Winston
  6. Maddie Walker
  7. Riley Bria

My Best of Worst picks are Tyanna Jones and Shania Scott.

17Jan/15

Tracia Ward’s American Idol 14 Picks

UPDATE: After a review of Maddie Walker’s audition, it turns out that Kendra Ray must choose Maddie Walker as her first pick because Maddie and Kendra are from Iowa and a VFTG USA Moderator rule allowing Maddie Walker as Kendra’s primary pick.

The next to last moderator on the Pink Team have made her picks as did Holly’s and Kellie’s VFTG picks since they also chose Nick and Riley as VFTG picks. There is a reason why Holly has been getting a lot of backlash and expect the same for me as well.

I’ve made my American Idol 14 picks as follows (I have made my Vote for the Worst pick, and that isn’t going to be revealed until after the American Idol finale in May or you can find out right now for $5.00 if you don’t want to wait)

  1. Jackie “JAX” Cole (initially Maddie Walker)
  2. Alexis Gomez
  3. Shannon Berthiaume
  4. Nick Fradiani (& Ariana Gavrils) – Please don’t be bitchy with me choosing this as a VFTG pick.
  5. Maddie Walker (initially Sarina-Joi Crowe)
  6. Katherine Winston (initially Jackie “JAX” Cole)
  7. Sarina-Joi Crowe (initially Katherine Winston)

My Best of Worst picks are Lovey James and Bria Riley.

On a personal note, I will be leaving the moderator panel of Vote for the Girls USA after the conclusion of The Voice 8 competition to focus more on the UK version of Vote for the Girls and with my job in South Bend.