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December 4th, 2009
C’est moi – O’Nizzle!
Today was… well, I think that Liz put it well when she said “I don’t like this day!”
Sure, the show was off the hook – it always is – but we don’t have four VJ finalists anymore… we have three. And that, my friends, means that a soldier has fallen.
I know, I know – it had to happen. They can’t all have that coveted VJ gig – but it still sucks. You know that Coldplay song that goes “Nooobody saaaid it was eaaasaaay, No one ever saaaid it would be thi-is haaard.” Ya. That’s how I feel right about now.
So, like the emo kid that I am, I wrote a poem about it.
An ode to Laith Hakeem:
(cue finger snapping)
Carrots are veggies,
apples are fruit,
you’re awesome and charming,
and funny and cute.
Toasters cook bagels
Kettles make steam,
You’re not the next VJ,
But you’re still Laith Hakeem!
(Don’t you roll your eyes at my cheesy flow, haters!)
The departure of Laith sucks HARD, but it also means that we’re one step closer to finding out just who our next MuchMusic VJ will be!
Tomorrow on MOD, Liz, Marlon and Alli (Blonde sandwich, hollah!) will be shaking in their ankle booties & high-top sneaks, as TWO MORE competitors wait to get the axe – but let’s not think about that yet…
I’m going to rewind things a bit and take you back through all of the juicy backstage happenings of today’s show.
First, let me point out that if there wasn’t a janitor on standby today, there probably should have been.
Fortunately, nothing happened – but based on what the veejsters told me when I asked how they were feeling, it could have been a messy show:
Liz: “Let’s put it this way… I may just puke on live television tonight.”
Alli: “I’m sh*tting my pants right now.” (she must have been discreet about it – you couldn’t even tell!)
Laith: “I’ve lost about 15 pounds in sweat so far today!”
I was curious about what Marlon would add to the mix. Pee? Snot? A gushing, creepy twins in front of the elevator scene from The Shining style nosebleed?
Marlon: “I’m nervous… but I gotta do what I gotta do.”
Kudos for keeping it clean, kiddo – but my twisted mind craves more hilarious grossness. Back to Liz: “I keep burping up apple juice and like… sandwich.” Nice. (When I asked her if I could post that in the blog she got all T.I. on me and sang “you can post whatever you liiike, yeah!” Wahaha <3)
After chatting with the four finalists, I set out into the audience to see who the fans were favouring to win.
Sixteen year old bffs Melanie and Amelia were all about Marlon and Laith. I couldn’t really make out what they were saying, but I think it was something along the lines of “OMG, they’re so cute, so hot, so cute and hot and cute! OMG! AHHHHH!”
Overall, the responses I got were pretty well-balanced. Laith is a dreamboat, Marlon’s a hunk, Liz is a hottie and Alli’s adorable. Sound about right?
Moving on to the moment of truth. To say that tensions were high today during the last part of the show would be an understatement. You could cut the nervousness on set with a rusty spoon!
After it was announced that Liz was safe from elimination, somebody thought that it would be a good idea to cut to commercial break (the audacity! Effing TV producers… toying with our emotions and such). That was the most intense commercial break I’ve witnessed yet on MOD.
I’m sure you could imagine how Alli, Laith and Marlon were feeling about their extended time on the chopping block.
Laith, sitting in the middle of the floor, held up his slippery MuchMicrophone. “I don’t think it’s ever been this sweaty,” he said. “Look at it! You can see yourself in it!”
Alli paced nervously around the floor while Marlon sat quietly with fans, head down, fist jammed almost entirely into his mouth.
It was heart-wrenching to watch them wait. Even more heart-wrenching? Watching Laith graciously accept his elimination.
He may not have been here for very long, but it was obvious that he had won the hearts of everyone in the environment – from the security guards to the production crew to the teary eyed teenagers in the audience – everybody was fighting to hug it out with Mr. Hakeem after the show.
Before I give you our eliminated competitor’s parting address, it’s time forrrr…
THE TOP 5 MOST AWESOMEST MUCH MOMENTS OF DEC. 3rd!
5. A sweet bromantic moment between real life besties Laith and Marlon. It’s seriously touching to see how much they support each other. No competitive beef between these guys – or any of the finalists for that matter. It’s all love at VJ 2.0.
4. The cheesy dramatic music that was playing during the elimination segment. I felt like I was in the middle of a rose ceremony on The Bachelor.
3. Finding a huge box of Doritos right on top of my desk when I walked in today. 48 packages of Habenero & Guacamole goodness, HELLO, Tortilliciousness!
2. Devon messing with Laith before the commercial break. Instead of announcing whether he was safe or cut, he asked him about what he had for breakfast. Laith didn’t even skip a beat before answering “a chocolate chip croissant from Tim Hortons” Hahaha, nice.
1. Some girl standing behind the cluster of VJs during Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance video, repeatedly drawing air hearts with her fingers and mouthing “Laahhv, Laaahv, Laahv, I wan’t your Love…” into the camera. These camera loving kids, they crack me up something fierce.
Now, I’m going to leave you all with a few words from Laith, who had this to say to YOU the MuchMusic viewers:
“Thank you. Thank you, so much. I wish that I could thank you all individually, but I can’t. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to get noticed, so hopefully I can do something else in the future. I couldn’t have made it here without you guys. Thank you.”
Laith, I’m going to spill some kool-aid for you tonight homie.
We’ll all miss our eliminated finalist, but I think it’s pretty safe to say we haven’t seen the last of him. Best of luck, brah.
Make sure you check out MOD on Friday, kiddehs – it’s gunna be huge. SO HUGE! Who will be MuchMusic’s next VJ? Alli? Liz? Marlon? Maybe they’ll scratch the whole thing and bring in somebody COMPLETELY NEW! Maybe the new VJ will be a HORSE! Or a CHINCHILLA! Ok… probably not – but YOU NEVER KNOW… Tune in to find out what happens – and follow me on twitter for the play-by-play, aight?
<3 <3 <3,