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Tori’s Top Ten Crushes | 10
Who: John Gallagher Jr.
What:
Actor
How:
Rabbit Hole (Jason), Spring Awakening (Moritz Stiefel), Jonah Hex (Lt. Evan), American Idiot (Johnny), Jerusalem (Lee)
Why:
Have you seen JGJ? He’s adorable. His Moritz was heartbreakingly perfect – a tragic mix of awkward and innocent – and his suicide scene made me bawl. His Johnny, too: the perfect son of rage and love. Plus, you can add JGJ to the list of beautiful Broadway men who write their own incredible songs. And guys… just look at that face. ;)

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TORI’S TOP TEN K-L SONGS () | 3
“Two Strangers” 

And somewhere out in Brooklyn, you’re alone and you’re drinking.
Soaking up the feeling that you’ve never felt nothing at all.

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Who: Morgan Karr
What:
Actor / Musician
How:
Spring Awakening
Why:
This man’s vocal range is staggering. Have you heard his high note in “Mrs. Sharp”? UM, YEAH. He can hit a soprano high C, you guys. And his “Two Strangers” is so expressive I don’t know how he does it. But more than that, Morgan is so incredibly positive about everything he does. His tweets never fail to at least make me crack a smile; he’s so adorably excited about his upcoming EP. And with good reason, too! He’s a beautifully talented songwriter. But through everything, he remains thoroughly thankful for his fans and for everyone who supports him. He’s just an incredibly inspiring human being.

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Who: Kyle Riabko
What: Musician / Actor
How: Instant Star (Milo), Spring Awakening (Melchior Gabor), HAIR (Claude Bukowski), 90210 (Ian)
Why: There really is no one like Kyle Riabko. I mean, who could ever forget his dream? Or his devastating realization about the parade? But when Kyle’s not being absolutely hilarious, he’s composing his own incredible music and starring as an adorable love interest on 90210. Plus, Kyle’s one of those beautiful souls actively fighting for tolerance and acceptance. He has also toured with, oh, I don’t know, John Mayer, the Pussycat Dolls, and Jason Mraz… just to name a few. Heart, talent, beauty – what more could you ask for?

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“Vegas”

But what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…
…Except when it’s an STD that you got from two hookers!

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“Last Week’s Alcohol”

Time is passing, but we’re still drinking.
Life is passing us by; we’re drinking last week’s alcohol.

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“Remember This”

Remember everything that led you here
Each road trip and every single tear
Remember what you’ve learned and what you still don’t know

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“Run Away With Me”

Sam, I know it’s fast
But I’m in love with you

I have a theory that this song introduced 80% of the current Kerrigan-Lowdermilk fanbase to Kerrigan-Lowdermilk in the first place, after Aaron sang it that one time – which makes sense, because “Run Away With Me” is incredible. Michael does this song so much justice, and I’m always in awe of the beautiful way in which he builds this picture of an adorable guy who’s so in love with his girlfriend he doesn’t know what to do with himself. It’s like he’s been holding it in for so long and then he just can’t help it, he has to say something – he has to do SOMETHING, and finally this is his solution: they have to run away. And they have to run away because they’re in love and it doesn’t matter where they go – the driest plains or the soggiest cities – because as long as he’s with Sam, nothing else matters. Because this is what he wants with all of his heart – this is the only thing he wants. He wants to be with her.

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“My Party Dress”

I’M
A
SPY

This song is difficult to perform, and Jenni Barber does it SO WELL. And it’s hard to write a song that so accurately depicts the scattermindedness of a little girl that’s still good, but Kerrigan-Lowdermilk go above and beyond; they’ve written a song with smart lyrics and a bouncy melody that perfectly fits the jumbled up nature of a little girl’s thoughts. Just listen to that piano!

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“Freedom”

Now she’s laughing
And I start laughing
It’s so real and so like a memory
And the sun is so bright that I’m squinting
And it feels like I’ve found freedom

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“Holding On”
 

The Earth keeps turning
The light keeps shifting
And I keep holding on

The first time I heard this song, I wasn’t in love with it – it was too “repetitive” for me. But luckily, I eventually realized that its repetition is what makes it so beautiful. Every time the chorus is sung, the voices are louder. Every time the chorus is sung, the words are stronger. And then the a capella part washes over you and you instinctively inhale, and it’s such a complete ride from then on, with the riffs and the soul and the heart and the violins and the drums and you realize the total truth behind the lyrics. No matter what comes your way – no matter how hard, or new, or strange – you are so fucking strong. When the song began, you weren’t sure if you believed that, but now you’re sure beyond a doubt– it gets better, because the Earth keeps turning and the light keeps shifting. You can, and you will, keep holding on, because there is always hope!