Singing competitions that made me ugly cry

I still can’t get over this very special ’90s-music video compilation. Still makes me tear up. It’s even made me look back on all the times that I ugly-cried over certain singing competition contestants’ performances.

My tear ducts are not very discriminating. I cry very easily when watching movies and TV shows, even during the actual singing portion of singing competitions (as opposed to those video packages intentionally made to make audiences cry).

Here are my favorite tearjerker singing competition performances.
4. Angelica Hale, “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys (America’s Got Talent)

I wasn’t expecting that voice. I watched this video right after I saw In a Heartbeat, so I was already an emotional wreck in the best possible way, pop-culture-wise.

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5 reasons I’m excited to see ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

By Joanna Mendoza

Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios

(Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios)

Ack! In less than five hours, I’ll be fortunate enough to see Avengers: Age of Ultron… and I have yet to do my homework! A few days ago, I vowed to finally finish 2012’s The Avengers, but I still can’t get myself to do it.

Still, I am excited about this sequel. My sister said she prefers it to the first one, and a friend said that even though she didn’t think it was very good, she thought it was really funny. And funny is all I need. The reason I can’t get myself to finish The Avengers is that somewhere during the big NYC battle, the movie stopped being funny and instead became too Cartoon Network for my taste.

With those comments about the funny in my head, I’m feeling a lot of good will toward Age of Ultron. I have to say, I’m quite excited! Below are the 5 things I’m most excited about.

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The pressure is on to finally finish Avengers 2012!

By Joanna Mendoza

Time to finish this! (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Disney)

Time to finish this! (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Disney)

While searching for an archived adobo recipe in my inbox this morning, I got a really nice surprise: an invite to a free screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Now the pressure is really on to finish 2012’s The Avengers. I’ve tried several times, but I always found myself losing interest somewhere during the big NYC battle/climax. I don’t know. There’s something about it that was a letdown for me. The buildup was great–the chemistry of the cast, the dialogue, the humor, it was all great and immensely enjoyable. But for all that to lead to something like the big NYC battle felt a bit like child’s play to me. Like, if I wanted something like that, I’d watch the Cartoon Network.

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Survivor: Joe and Hali arrive at Ponderosa (separate videos)

By Joanna Mendoza

"This feels weird, not going back to camp." - Joe

“This feels weird, not even going back to camp, because it’s like home now.” – Joe

I liked Joe in the beginning, so I thought it’d be interesting to see his arrival at Ponderosa. But then I remembered that the fun of seeing Ponderosa arrivals rests on how warm or cold your welcome is. Since Hali was the only one who’d gone there before Joe this season, I figured it’d be boring.

It was and it wasn’t. See for yourself.

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