Shark Tank Recap: Impressive Sales Talk Can’t Hide Poorly-Conceived FitDeck, LifeCaps (1/24/14)

Two of Shark Tank’s entrepreneurs tonight were a big hit on the entertainment aspect but failed in the “great ideas” division. In the end, the road to success is all about great products, business strategies and hard work. Let’s start with the not-so stellar hopefuls. At face value, the presentations of Phil Black and Daryl Stevenett were very impressive: from their sales pitch to their future goals. However, the details turned out to be disappointing. Phil Black is the man behind FitDeck, a group of cards illustrating various exercises. He said this is the most simple yet effective way of…

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American Idol Recap: Charming, Unassuming Singers Aplenty in Atlanta (1/23/14)

Day 4 of broadcast for American Idol’s  auditions kept us on our toes in Atlanta, Georgia. Well, not because it’s Ryan Seacrest’s hometown but largely to the quality of unassuming talent that had the three judges pleasantly surprised. A case in point is pre-school teacher Majesty Rose who took her time building up to the apex of a Coldplay song. Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban immediately recognized the subtle and elegant way she played, compounded by melodious singing that pulled them in. Jennifer Lopez noted Majesty’s effortless singing, something JLo claims as one thing constantly works hard on to sing…

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American Idol Recap: Detroit Auditons Oozing with Cool, Gritty & Quirky Talents (01/22/14)

The third day of broadcast on American Idol‘s auditions brought us all the way to Detroit, Michigan. Famously known as America’s motor city and the home of the Motown sound, judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban filtered the thousands of hopefuls to produce the perfect set of singers worthy of representing the city, state and the show. Keri Lynn Roche rose to the challenge and fearlessly took on two songs, “Radioactive” and Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind”. Tonight, she became the first golden ticket holder known for her gritty vocals. She was followed by shoe salesman Julian…

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Shark Tank Recap: Start-ups Invisiplug, LockerBones Score Deals After Enduring Quizzing, Berating (1/17/14)

Shark Tank has Lori Greiner and Barbara Corcoran appearing together again tonight. Nope, no catfights this time. Surprisingly, Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary isn’t as harsh as the previous episodes. Check out the entrepreneurs that snagged funding, especially from start-ups that withstood all the questions and slightly-scathing remarks from the sharks. Lauren Padawer is the founder of Alaska Glacial Mud Co., an enterprise that produces Alaskan mud for the spa market. Padawer’s goal is to make her mud the industry standard in the spa market. A fisherwoman by trade, she has infused her commercial fishing earnings into a business that has…

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American Idol Recap: Weird, Good and Great Abound in Austin, San Francisco Auditions (1/16/14)

Day two of American Idol’s broadcast had auditions happening in Austin and San Francisco. Tonight’s show yielded a number of very interesting singers, including the son of a runner-up back in Season 1. Here’s a recap of the show. Jesse Roach captured the first golden ticket for tonight; kudos to an encouraging mom who wanted her out of the garage and into Hollywood. Jesse’s rock vibe resonated with the judges and got affirmation that she can be a rock artist with soul (plus the raspiness that doesn’t distract Harry). Joining Jesse are Steven Curd, Anna Melvin and Ryan Clark. School…

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