‘American Idol’ — are you watching?

April 8th, 2010 at 1:16 pm by under Uncategorized

To watch ‘Idol,’ or not to watch ‘Idol?’ That is the question.

It seems very likely that this could be the last season for the popular FOX show. I mean, it’s been hard enough to sit through this season, but if Simon jumps ship next season? Over. He pretty much carries that show.

The 4 judge thing isn’t working for me. I’d like to see them get rid of Kara and just keep Ellen. I don’t think Kara contributes much. Maybe she is more of an ‘expert’ than Ellen, but at least Ellen keeps my giggling.

And, what’s up with these theme weeks? Haven’t we had Beatles theme weeks in the past? Haven’t past contestants sang the same exact songs as we heard this week? Sheesh. There seems to be no more originality or creativity to the show. Once you start ‘playing reruns,’ your time is up!

The talent has also been so-so this season. I mean, come on, you mean to tell me, out of the thousands of people that tried out, these people are the BEST? Unlikely. Not possible.

I would love to watch a real competition on ‘American Idol.’ As in, 12 or 13 people who can actually sing their brains out! That would be a lot more exciting and worthy of my TV time. Right now, I think everyone’s just trying to get to the Top 4, which makes every week kinda blah because you know you have to sit through at least 5 horrific performances.

Ok, I’m not trying to be a hater. I know, I sound like one. I’m just really seeing a lot of ways in which the ‘Idol’ ship is sinking. Am I alone in this conclusion? Are you watching ‘Idol?’ What do YOU think of this season?

Update as of March 11th

March 11th, 2010 at 2:30 pm by under Face of FOX43

Hey hey Hampton Roads!

Lots has been going on since I last posted! I suppose the event most worth talking about is the launch of The Hampton Roads Show on FOX43. We did away with FOX43 News at 7am and have been exploring this new venture, which seems to be very well received so far.

The show is all about Hampton Roads — the goal is to make it super local and just fill viewers in on what’s happening, where people shop and eat and go for a good time! We are also highlighting the people in the seven cities with segments like ‘I Am Hampton Roads.’

It’s very fun, very fresh, and has the coolest set! Seriously, I want to live there, it’s decorated better than my house! :)

I’m still rocking the ‘Kelly Cans’ and ‘The Buzz’ — which is fun because it allows me to interact with the viewers during the show. You should check us out if you haven’t yet — FOX43 @ 8am!

Well, I’m off to edit a story for next week, then I’m going out to enjoy this beautiful weather we’re having! Enjoy your week and hey…what do you think of ‘American Idol’ this season? I swore I wouldn’t watch, but I can’t tear myself away from the addiction! ;)

Wow, is it really mid-October?

October 19th, 2009 at 2:10 pm by under Face of FOX43

It was just brought to my attention that I have not posted since August. Umm, what? Where did the time go? We haven’t chatted in two months?

Though I may have not blogged, I have been all over FOX43. If you’ve been watching FOX43 News at 7am, you know I am still ‘Kelly Can-ning’ it and appearing daily on the show with Kerri and Cheryl! I’m also bringing you new ‘lifestyle’ pieces every week. Of course, now that’s it’s nearing the end of October, I have some fun Halloween segments coming up – you’re not going to want to miss them!

So, I am staying busy and on the go! My biggest dilemma as of late is what in the world I am going to dress up like for Halloween. Face of FOX, Nick Vitale, has been torturing me because he has already decided on a brilliant plan…and I am coming up blank! So, any suggestions/thoughts/ideas would be greatly appreciated! I was thinking ‘Rainbow Bright,’ but I’m worried no one remembers who that is! *Sigh* What to do…what to do…

Rainbow Bright

Leavin’ on a Jet Plane…

August 19th, 2009 at 11:52 am by under Face of FOX43

…I do, however, know when I’ll be back again. Now that all this Face of FOX craziness has settled down, I thought it was time to hit the road (err…skies) and get out of town for a few days before diving in to my new position as video journalist/lifestyle correspondent for FOX43. I’m stoked to be staying on board with FOX and connected with you.

Will try and get some pics up soon of my vacation destination. Stay tuned. And hey, in the meantime, if you have any ‘Kelly Can’ ideas, shoot them over!

I guess that’s all. Oh, but wait, just wanted to send a quick shout out to Nick Vitale and the Face of FOX Top 10 finalists. It was a blast spending the summer with all of you. Really had some genuinely fun times getting to know you all and am certain you all have much success ahead of you. Congrats to Nick for taking over my reign! For real, his creativity and idea wheel is rolling and I’m excited for Hampton Roads to see how he will continue to develop the Face of FOX role.

Whelp, I’m out. Have a great week everyone, will be in touch soon.

Much love.

Saying Goodbye…

August 10th, 2009 at 5:41 pm by under Face of FOX43

It’s a big week here at FOX43. We are about to announce the Next Face of FOX — the person who will be taking over my job. Tonight the eliminations begin. Two FOF finalists will be eliminated each night on FOX43 News at 10pm. Then, Friday morning on FOX43 News at 7am, we will announce the winner and I will pass my FlipCam and the title over. Wow, the time went so fast!

I guess this has caused me to be a bit introspective and thinking about what I want to leave on this blog before the ‘Next Face’ takes it over and delights you with their new journey. I suppose I just want to say ‘thank you’ from the bottom of my heart for accepting me as part of the FOX43 family and all your support as we hashed out what this whole Face of FOX thing was about.

Before I was the Face of FOX43, I was a marketing director at Chick-fil-A. I loved my time there, but like every other college student, I had no idea where my life was going or what I wanted to be when I grew up.
When I saw the ad to be the next FOF I thought, “What’s the worst that could happen?” You never know what will happen when you take a leap of faith and try something.
I’m not necessarily the most qualified, the prettiest, the most knowledgeable, and all that kinda stuff, but I do have a drive to succeed and a desire to learn as much as I can from every opportunity I have.
You have to be active about pursuing your dreams and take every opportunity that comes your way.
And let me tell you, you will mess us, you’ll have setbacks, and you’ll have some times you’re not sure if you’re going to make it. BUT with a little faith and determination, you can overcome anything that gets in the way.

I always knew I wanted to make a difference with my life and do something where I interacted with people. Not only is the Face of FOX fun, but I’ve had so many opportunities to come in contact with a lot of different people. Yes, I have met the celebs — David Cook, David Archuleta, the SYTYCD crew, yada, yada, yada…but I’ve also met a little boy at his school’s Career Day so said with a huge smile that he wanted to grow up to be a Pastor! I’ve met kids and their parents at the Edmarc Christmas party who have some severe physical need, but love more and live more than most people. I sang with people on the street over Christmas when we played ‘Don’t Forget the Christmas Lyrics’ — which turned out to be such a fun video. And I’ve stood in line with people at 4am on Black Friday morning, freezing, asking them their stories as they waited in line to get a special someone something special for Christmas. These are the moments that make up the Face of FOX. The people. Those are the moments you take with you.

The Face of FOX isn’t just about celebs and being on TV. To me it means so much more. It’s a huge responsibility — one I don’t take lightly. To me the Face of FOX is about the people you meet along the way and a chance to be an extension of a TV station to show people you care about the things that matter to them and want to share in the joys they experience in everyday life. It’s been life changing to see what happens when you dare dream for your life. It’s been my pleasure to meet people from all around Hampton Roads and beyond. And it’s been my honor to represent FOX43 and Bayport Credit Union.
I once heard the quote, “Shoot for the moon, if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Hampton Roads, as you continue on your own personal journeys, challenge yourself to dream big for your life. You each have an incredible destiny awaiting your life if you choose to go after it.

Again, thank you for all your support and for accepting me as your Face of FOX43. I know you will be in good hands with any of the Top 10.

Much love and blessings to all,


Nickelback Concert

August 2nd, 2009 at 6:58 pm by under Face of FOX43

Ahh! Oh my gosh! Have I not blogged about this yet? Man, I’ve been so wrapped up in the Face of FOX43 Top 10 finalists videos about their experience at Nickelback that I’ve neglected my own blog! *GASP* Well, here I am! I DID post a video about the Nickelback concert on my page, Go see it to gain more insight into the world of the TOP 10 FOF Finalists. I am also going to be posting some raw footage from the concert on my YouTube page very shortly — I didn’t get a chance to show as much as I wanted of the finalists IN action, so stay tuned.

Now, as far as Nickelback goes…SLAMMIN’ and JAMMIN’! Holy smokes! I felt like I was really part of an experience…part of a real rock and roll show. The whole audience went nuts and sang along when they pulled out their hit song ‘Rockstar!’ It’s a night I will not soon forget. I very much would like to see them in concert again!

As far as the finalists go, they are all doing an amazing job! As saddened as I am to give up my title, I feel like it’s going to go into very good hands. Make sure you keep voting for your favorite! I know they appreciate the support!

Ok, I’m out…talk to ya soon Hampton Roads!

Top 10 FOF Finalists

July 23rd, 2009 at 7:35 am by under Face of FOX43

The Top 10 Face of FOX43 Finalists!

Who is YOUR favorite?

2nd round of voting starts July 27th on

Face of FOX43 Top 10 Announced!

July 21st, 2009 at 5:59 am by under Face of FOX43

Thanks to everyone who submitted videos and was part of the voting process!

The Top 10 still in the running for The Next Face of FOX43 were announced this morning!

Luke Barton
Stephanie Calway
Tiara Carr
Jonathan Frank
Jay Gates
Nik Madry
Brandon McPherson
Jillian Pidgeon (Sorry for butchering your name girl!) Hah!
Chico Punsalan
Nick Vitale

Congrats you guys (and gals)! Next round of voting begins July 27th! Stay tuned! For more information, or to see the video of the Top 10 being announced, go to!


‘So, You Think You Can Dance’ Notes

July 2nd, 2009 at 6:58 am by under Face of FOX43

Last night we got not just one, but 2, yes 2! couples on the Hot Tamale Train! First up was Janette and Brandon –

- They were the 1st couple out and danced the Cha Cha

- They flew around that dance floor

- Nigel said it was the best Cha Cha he had ever seen on the show

- And !Toot, toot! They were the 1st couple to start the night off and Mary said these 2 had front row tickets on the Hot Tamale train! Not just regular tickets — front row tickets!

- Mia Micheals called Brandon amazing and said Jenette was on fire!

- This was my favorite routine of the night

Next up, keeping their spot on the Hot Tamale train from last week was Kayla and Kupono –

- They danced a contemporary routine
- I loved the song (because its on the Twilight soundtrack), but hated the dance, yet the judges really dug it
- Nigel thought their partnership is like bread and butter

- Mary thought the dance played to their strengths and thought it was electric and said their spot on the Hot Tamale Train is secure
- Mia Micheals said it was an amazing performance from both of them

And finally, though they did not board the Hot Tamale train, they left the judges talking. Talkin’ about Jeanine and Phillip –

– They performed a Hip Hop routine
– I loved the chains as a prop
– Nigel said if they danced that great chained together, they should be chained for life
– Said Jeanine was amazing and raved about their partnership
– Mia Micheals said the chain was unpredictable and sloppy…so, she liked how they danced, but found the chain to be a distraction.

So, the couples are starting to dwindle. Who is your favorite couple of the season? Let me know! And remember, every Wednesday night I’m tweeting about the show, so join me there (under Faceoffox43) and sound off!


June 9th, 2009 at 6:05 am by under Face of FOX43

Hey Hampton Roads!

Today is a big day here at the FOX43/WAVY10 studios — we’re hosting an OPEN AUDITION for the Next Face of FOX43 contest!

If YOU think YOU have what it takes to take over my job, PROVE IT! You’ll get 2 minutes in front of our cameras to tell Hampton Roads why they should vote for YOU to be the Next Face!

The OPEN AUDITION starts at Noon and lasts until 3pm! Stop by and audition!

Now, just for the record, if you can’t make it out to the OPEN AUDITION today, you can always UPLOAD your audition video at — last day to submit videos is JUNE 26th! It’ll be here before you know it!

Looking forward to meeting some of you today and seeing whatcha got! It’s gonna be lots of fun! :)

So remember:

FOX43/WAVY10 Studios in Portsmouth

Much love,