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Lovely Lana

I assume you’ve heard about her before. “The girl to watch in 2012,” is what most music magazines and websites like MTV wrote near the end of 2011. Others prefer to talk about her huge lips rather then her music, yet I guess most of you will have heard her name or at least one of her songs before. I’m talking about the lovely Lizzy Grant, better known as Lana del Rey.

I was one of those people who was hooked after hearing “Video Games” for the first time. I love voices that aren’t like the usual Rihanna and Beyoncé (not saying that I don’t like them though ’cause they’re great singers” but I adore people like Paolo Nutini and Snow Patrol; the more alternative musicians. It took a while before Lana’s first album came out though, but it finally was there last Friday. Yeah. Lana del Rey’s been critisized a lot since the album came out. Critics say the album doesn’t live up to its expectations and that some songs just simply aren’t that great. The album however is on top of iTunes top albums in 17 (!!) countries now (check either Tumblr or iTunes, it’s all over the place haha!), which I believe is pretty impressive. Lots of people have doubts about Lana’s live performances after her Saturday Night Live performance, but, well, personally… I didn’t think it was that bad. Besides, I really dislike Rihanna’s live performances and even though I love Katy Perry’s songs, I think she’s a disaster live. So, yeah, I’ll give Lana a few more shots before deciding on that one.

Back to the album. I bought “Born To Die – The Deluxe Version” on iTunes today. I have to admit that I initally wanted to download it, but it was a crime to find it somewhere so I decided to be a good girl and pay for the album like I should. And yeah… I love it. Love her voice, love her lyrics and adore the way she pronounces everything she sings. I freakin’ love it. My personal favorites thusfar are “Lucky Ones” and “Without You“. Beautiful lyrics as well. And I’ve enjoyed “Diet Mnt Dew” since I heard it for the first time, for no specific reason. I really recommend this album for anyone who prefers something a little different. The album has quite a few different sounds on it and although I do think you have to like Lana’s singing voice, I think it’s an album a lot of people will enjoy.


“We were two kids, just tryin’ to get out,
Live on the dark side of the American dream.
We would dance all night, play our music loud,
When we grew up nothing was what it seemed.” – Lana Del Rey, “Without You”. 


MTV: Battle of the Exes – Love Is A Battlefield.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have a huge huge addiction to the MTV Challenges. It’s a little tough to watch them since the MTV USA website doesn’t let people from Holland watch them on their site, but I got my ways 😉 . And since I love them, I decided to do a weekly share of my opinions, thoughts and stuff of every episode. This one’s a little late but I hope you’ll enjoy it anyway. So, let’s go!

MTV Challenge: Battle of the Exes, episode 1: Love is a Battlefield.

As usual, the first episode of a challenge starts of with host TJ Lavin deviding the cast into teams. This challenges, obviously, people who’ve been dating/are dating/shared a kiss are put together. My quick thoughts on every couple:

Abram & Cara Maria: I personally think of both of them as strong competitors, but I wonder how much influence their personal issues are going to have on the game… Definitely hope they’ll do well though.
CT & Diem:                        I’ve never been a big fan of Diem but I do admire her for her strength. CT started growing on me during Rivals and I wonder how they will work together since all the unresolved problems they’re having. Both are strong and tough competitors, definitely think they will be part of the final three teams!
Dustin & Heather:        I loved these two on The Real World: Back to Las Vegas and think they’ll be surprisingly good in the challenges since they’re both athletic. They’re rookies, but I’m definitely rooting for them and hope they will make it far!
Johnny & Camilla:       I have to admit that I kind of love Johnny Bananas. Camilla, however… Not so much. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt though, and I think these two will actually work great together in the challenges.
Dunbar & Paula:             As competitors, I don’t really care for both of them, but I do love seeing Paula in the challenges. Adds some drama and some hilarious comments. Wonder how they’ll do since Paula kind of hates Dunbar.
Mark & Robin:                  I adore Mark as both a competitor and a person, and since he’s like the Godfather of these challenges I think he and Robin will make it far, also because I think that both of them are athletic and smart. Robin just needs to stop being so paranoid. Hope they’ll be in the finale!
Leroy & Naomi:               I laughed like crazy about these two during the RW, but I don’t consider Naomi to be an athletic person at all, so I think Leroy is kind of screwed…
Rachel & Aneesa:            Love that these ladies are back on a challenge again… I think Rachel is kind of the dude in this pairing and I wonder how they’ll do as the only same-sex pair.
Nate & Priscilla:                I haven’t seen their season of The Real World so I don’t really have anything to say… Nate seems like quite the athletic person, but Priscilla just seems… Well, too sweet I guess. Don’t think they’ll make it far in this game.
Ty & Emily:                         I love Emily, but I really dislike Ty. Ty looks like he’s in better shape then he was during Rivals though, so I think they could actually make it far.
Tyrie & Jasmine:             Honestly, I don’t care too much for either one of them. I think Jasmine’s a psycho in the game, and, well, I just hope to see them go soon.
Vinny & Sarah:                   Another couple I don’t really have an opinion on. I think Sarah’s a good competitor but Vinny looks like he’s gained quite a lot of weight and I’m not sure if that will work in his advantage… On another note though, Sarah looks gorgeous with the blonde hair! So pretty!
Wes & Mandi:                       I adored Wes on his season of The Real World, but he should’ve stopped doing Challenges after the Duel… I really want him to do well because of my love for him during his Austin time but, yeah, well… I just don’t know about this, especially with Mandi as a partner. She had great endurance I think but she doesn’t seem that strong…

So, basically, those were my quick thoughts on the couples. I’m rooting for Mark & Robin and Dustin & Heather.

So, episode 1. The Challenge this episode was called “Give Me Some Honey”, and basically had the competitors cover themselves in honey and let their partner get as much honey as possible in a jar. Surprisingly good were Dustin and Heather, which wasn’t unnoticed by the other challengers. Mark & Robin and Johnny & Camilla ended up as the best couples, competing for the place of PowerCouple. Johnny and Camilla won, and as soon as that happened, I had a feeling Mandi and Wes would be going into the Dome. And well, yes, after Wes having an ridiculous fight with Johnny and Camilla, it was obvious they would. Nate and Priscilla (well, actually, Nate) sucked in this challenge and were automatically sent to The Dome. It surprised me how well Diem and CT were working together since all of the drama revolving around them and their communication. Dunbar and Paula dissapointed me. In the end, Nate and Priscilla were sent home after losing The Dome. The episode ended with some Diem and CT drama, seeing the two of them standing/sitting on their own for a bit. I just hope they’ll do good together and perhaps even end up together? Ya never know….

+: Mark Long in speedo’s. Hot. Hot. Hot. Hot.
– : Mandi and CT hanging out together on the balcony. CT, don’t. Go after Diem, please?

Overall, I thought the premiere was quite nice. I loved seeing Mark again, thought the challenge was quite fun and just overall enjoyed a new episode. I do hope there will be a little bit more focus on the couples and their pasts. And, well. Just give me some drama. I love drama. Can’t help it, haha!

This episode’s quotes:
Paula: “I’ve been trying to get back together with him!” – About Dunbar being her partner.
Paula: “I hate Dunbar, he’s so annoying, he sucks the life out of me.” – About, well, Dunbar.
– Robin: “I broke up with him… Bad choice, bad choice.” – Well, dah. Who breaks up with the Mark Long?
– Mark: “Bananas against the old man. It’s gonna be awesome.” About the challenge.
– Wes: “I mean, his face started red, so I can’t even tell if he’s tired.” About Nate’s very much talked about red face.

So, that’s it for the first episode. Who are you guys rooting for? And what did you think of the season’s premiere?

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