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Saturday, July 16, 2011

A talented & worthy American takes Scandinavia by storm: up-close with Chris Medina - One Day In Stockholm (What Are Words)

UniversalMusicSweden video: Chris Medina - One Day In Stockholm (What Are Words). Chris appears on Rix FM in Stockholm. Yes, they DO have 'Morning Zoo' radio formats in Sweden. http://youtu.be/eNjSIKIBE1U



Chris Medina VEVO video: What Are Words


I received the behind-the-scenes Chris Medina video at the top of this post within about ten minutes of it being posted to YouTube by Universal Music Sweden last month, and thus was one of the first persons to see it.
That's the kind of video I want to see more of!

As most of you know by now, I'm NOT an American Idol viewer.

The only time I've actually watched it for even a minute without immediately changing the channel from Fox-TV, was when it intentionally bled over past nine o'clock into the time slot for HOUSE. That's it.

I want to see genuine musical talent, not contrived histrionics or teen divas and attitudes and ponderous programs larded with no-talents.
Which is why so many foreign TV music programs are MUCH more to my liking, however friendly they try to be to the "talent."
They're much more cut-throat and don't indulge contestants as much because of their back-story or haircut or on-air melodrama like American version does or did.

You don't need to be Quincy Jones to see that Chris Medina CLEARLY has a unique voice and talent, just like Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson, so why does the American version of Idol persist with all the crummy shows for weeks, while shows like ET and Access Hollywood relentlessly hype the no-talents as interesting curiosities, when they're not? Advertising dollars.
Sometimes, less is more.

Just saying.


ABC News Good Morning America
: Robin Roberts with Chris Medina.

NRK-TV video: Chris Medina LIVE on VG Lista Topp 20, Rådhusplassen, (City Hall) Oslo, Norway. June 2011
The complete version of this performance as aired by NRK is here:
See interview at http://www.vgtv.no/#!id=41779

His daytime performance in Bergen is here:

As of today,
Chris Medina is #1 on the official Swedish singles chart, http://allcharts.org/music/sweden/singles.htm and #3 on the Norwegian chart: http://lista.vg.no/

Not bad for a 27-year old guy that you never heard of eight months ago!



Listen LIVE here: http://webradio.rixfm.com/webbradio/webbradio-rixfm.php
Just remember, Stockholm is six hours ahead of us in the U.S. Eastern time-slot!




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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

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Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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