Wednesday, April 19, 2006

it had to be you: a simulblog...

Somebody's gonna get killed tonight. Seems the consensus is universal who it should be, but logic never wins at this game.

Because THIS is American Idol.

And, once again, it's live blogging, complete with typos and misspellings and publishing at every important break, so if you're in the West and don't want to be spoiled before the show airs in your area, this is not the place to be. has some great games while you wait.

After six five great performances, one mediocre one and one crapper, it's anybody's guess who's gonna bite the big one. And Rod Stewart is going to warble through The Way You Look Tonight. At least that's the excuse he gave Kat for tearing up her sheet music.

And it's time to get this show on the road...

Ryan found his razor, and Rod Stewart's family is in the house as we're told it was one of the strongest shows ever. Well it certainly was the strongest this season.

We get treated to a review of the preceding night, complete with Pickler's shoes a tearful Kath-dad. Oh man. More parents boo-hooing over their kids. Hey. I had enough of the tears last week, I don't need to be shedding no more. Quit it.

The 70s girl in me wants Rod Stewart to burst out singing Maggie May, but I then remember that he's elderly with the most adorable baby in the universe. Oh never mind.

The kids are billboards in the crappy Ford commercial that is actually well done and nicely sung. I like those kind of crappy commercials.

Rod Stewart joins Ryan and the kids on the sofa of death, announces he's working on a CD of 70s rock classics and assures America that none of the kids has an attitude. And he delivers on the promise of song. The kids swarm him, offering hugs, handshakes and overall gooeyness on stage.
Next week's theme is Greatest Love Songs with Andrea Bocelli, Ryan tells us, as he's setting up the kids to be separated into the traditional top seven two groups.

Elliott is in the far group, Chris in the near group. Paris joins Chris in the near side. Pickler is sent to join Elliott on the far side. Well, we know which group is which.

Ace is sent to the near side and Katharine is sent to the far, leaving Taylor in the George Huff role.

[Personal note: Taylor is looking so mighty sexy lounging on the sofa. :::fans self:::]

Oh crap, they're gonna pull the stupid "send Taylor to the safe group" BS. (Kudos, Dave; I didn't think they'd be that stupid again.) George Huff fell for it in season three; Bo stood perfectly between the two groups in season four.

Taylor!! Go stand with Elliott!!!

[Personal note: have I mentioned how much I detest commercials?]

Taylor studies the groups, shakes Chris' hand and joins Team Elliott, just like I told him to do. Smart man.

Paris, Ace and Chris make up the bottom three, but Ryan sends Paris back to safety.

And going home, not unexpectedly, is Ace. He gets a big hug from Chris and a standing ovation from the audience. He says he's looking forward to the tour as he watches his funeral footage.

He had a Bad Day...

So long Ace. And your really cute brother.


Blogger JR said...

I missed it all, but I'm not suprised at the results.
Next week is Greatest Love Songs! OK Taylor, pull out the Righteous Brothers songbook and hit 'em with "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling." That'll send the rest of them running for cover.
Finals night will be Taylor Hicks vs Katharine McPhee. You heard it here first ... or maybe not.

9:42 PM, April 19, 2006  
Blogger Nelle said...

No surprise tonight although for Kellie NOT to have been in the bottom three just sorta scares me.
Her performance was in her own words "butchered". I guess a lot of males with active hormones were voting last night. :O

9:45 PM, April 19, 2006  
Blogger lorguru said...

Hooray for Elliot! Was this his first time NOT in the bottom three? I was so happy for him! America finally got THAT right!

9:55 PM, April 19, 2006  
Blogger Dave said...

Nelle, I also blame Fox/19TV for so shamelessly pimping Kellie and her "sob" story at every chance. That handed her about 2 million votes per week, so no matter how crappy she does, she will get gobs of sympathy votes that are undeserved.

Jennifer, one note: 6 great performances, 1 mediocre performer and 1 crappy performance equals 8. But there were only seven remaining. Were you counting Rod?

American Idol is going to keep pulling the George stunt for as long as people will fall for it. I thought Taylor had more class than to buy into it, or maybe Nigel threatened to put him in the Dead Man's Spot next week.

9:56 PM, April 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello??? Chris in the bottom 3??? Not only that but he's below Pickler in the vote? I lost a lot of faith in America's votes the night they booted Mandisa, but if Chris goes, especially after that great performance...I'm starting to feel like I felt when Bo lost to Carrie...ugh!

10:40 PM, April 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heart you, Idol blogger! I just got in from a night out w/ the girls and my silly husband was already asleep. I was counting on him to fill me in on the Idol action. But of course I immediately turned to you instead and felt like I was there! Thanks for being such a thoroughly entertaining blogger! And hooray I'm glad Ace is gone!

10:49 PM, April 19, 2006  
Anonymous Idol Brain said...

Can somebody please tell me how it's possible that somone who sang as badly as Pickler did, is still in this competition, and it's NOT RIGGED? She sounded like someone was strangling a cat. Her pathetic "I buuuuuuuuuuuuutchard it" worked on some of the frickin idiots who vote out there, but enough to send Chris into the bottom 3? Is there anyone with an IQ over 70 out there still buying her Forest Gump act?

The way she obviously attempted to get as close to Rod Stewart for that extra added camera time was cheesy, she reminds me of someone who would bulldoze a nun for an extra second in the limelight. Are we all watching the same program?

I am so nauseated by her presence, it's getting harder and harder to watch each show. Is it because she's blonde? I just don't get it. Can someone please explain this to me like I was a five year old?

I am SO fed up, this looks like Carrie Underwear revisited. Isn't one country bumpkin enough? Do we really need to no talent County Barbie dolls out there? Wake up people... keep those teenage boys AWAY FROM THE DAMNED CELL PHONES!!

1:07 AM, April 20, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

Dave, I was not counting Rod. I just can't count.

6:07 AM, April 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8:39 AM, April 20, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...


I, personally, predicted Chris in the bottom last week. It's not shocking, really. He's become predictable and predictable equals boring. So his voters have either not bothered or have moved on to other players.

Bo hit the bottom too at around this point. It's the best thing that could happen to jumpstart Chris' fans into picking up the phone.

So that's why I'm neither shocked nor worried. But I can only speak for myself.

8:48 AM, April 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's done is done.

Kellie not being in the bottom three is of course total bull**** but we know how this show works.

Guess Chris fans got that jolt they needed, right? He shant let it happen again...I hope he sings the most amazing love song next week!


9:11 AM, April 20, 2006  
Blogger AlbGlinka said...

Thank Goddess I never have to hear Ace's nasally voice and horrible falsetto again!

Cute, but not a singer. Find some WB Network show to star on, Ace honey.

Am I the only one who thought that Paris' performance Tuesday night was breathtaking??

11:30 AM, April 20, 2006  
Blogger Tifftuck said...

You guys are killing me with comparing Pickler to Carrie, and the country bumkin jokes come on now these two are in totally different leagues atleast Carrie has a great voice!!! I love Bo as much as the next person he's from my state how could I not but have you heard his stuff lately it's not rock it's POP!!! And Carrie's CD is actually good sorry I didn't mean to get off on that I just don't like the country put down jokes just because of Pickler. And just because you do not like a type of music doens't mean you can't appreciate it or notice a great voice. As far as last night goes, I was way off on prediction I too thought Ace would go home and am glad he went home (I will miss his brother tho) but I thought pickler would atleast be in the bottom three, she did "butcher" that song!!

12:47 PM, April 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I really enjoy reading your blog. After hearing all the Pickler bashing, I felt compelled to jump in and provide an alternative point of view. The conventional wisdom on the blog seems to be that she is putting on this huge country bumpkin, trailer-trash act, just trying to fool her way into the finals. Obviously, a large number of voters think that it is genuine, and here is how I think that they see it: (1) if you have ever spent any time in rural North Carolina you would know that people like this do exist, and in surprisingly large numbers; (2) The combination of Father in jail, abandoned by mother, raised by cute grandpa, and having a homely little kid brother that idolizes his older sister creates an endearing emotional bond with the viewers that enables them to see beyond the occasional bad performance (like this week); (3) watching her carefully when she is not performing reveals a lot. Remember the small stage environment: the kids not performing were arrayed around a balcony rail looking down on the one singing. Most of the kids just politely watched; Kelli, on the other hand, is singing along, mouthing the words like a star struck kid at a concert imagining that she is the star up on stage—this makes people root for her; (4) she has a presence and a look that makes her stand out—in the Ford commercials and in other background shots—and it is more than the blond hair; (4) yes, she makes some really dumb and annoying comments; but as Jennifer has noted, there are so many on a consistent basis with no slip ups, that it is unlikely to be an act.

Now, here’s the bottom line. With all due respect to Simon, this is not really a singing competition; it is an entertainment competition, and Kelli entertains: she has a powerful, Lolita-like sexiness; she sings country reasonably well; and she is anything but boring. Most of you use as the acid test: would I be willing to buy that person’s CD. And I think America has voted: many would buy a Pickler CD, especially if it includes a hot picture of her on the cover. If fact, there is a significant portion of the male population that would probably pay money just to see her brush her teeth.

So there. As Jennifer has accurately stated, she isn’t going to win, but she could easily make it into the final 4. I believe that most people aren’t voting so much for a “winner” as much as they are voting for who they want to see perform again next week.

A closet Kelli fan

1:29 PM, April 20, 2006  
Blogger Dave said...

My problem with Kellie isn't that she's a dumb blonde or that she's playing one. My problem is that she has been handed votes by Fox based on her sob story and that she's a liar.

If that's what it takes to play the game, then fine, more power to her. American Idol is a popularity contest and she seems smart enough to have taken a page from the Carrie Underwood manual "How to Win American Idol". Her following is loyal and is prone to overlooking her obvious vocal deficiencies (like this week's absolutely wretched performance).

Don't get me wrong; she's not bad, but she's not an elite singer either, so people need to stop pretending that she is.

Whether you believe Kellie is as dumb as she portrays herself or whether she is just naive is up to you.

The fact of the matter is that she's a liar.

In the audition and Hollywood stages of this season, she said a couple of times, "I've never really sung in front of people before."

Yeah, sure.

That's why when she was competing for the title of Miss North Carolina 2004, her talent is listed as "Country Vocal". Or how as someone who has "never sung in front of people before" she placed second in a local TV station's singing contest.

I'm not a Kellie hater, but I refuse to give her a free pass just because she's cute.

1:51 PM, April 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't hate Kellie. I never have.
I just worry that people watch her antics and think all country people are like that. We aren't. I live in a rural area in southwestern Virginia, and we have culture here: from theaters to museums to concert halls. The opportunity is here, should we choose to partake of it. If we don't, whose fault is it but our own?

So as I said, I don't hate Kellie. I just hate the stereotype that her behavior seems to perpetuate, that of the grits-eating, hound dog-owning, cousin-dating, cultureless country bumpkin. I'm not like that, nor are many of the people I know. And truth be told, I don't think Kellie is completely like that, either.

3:52 PM, April 20, 2006  
Blogger angelof_mercy81 said...

For the most part, last night's results weren't TOO shocking. I figured Ace's time was about up, although I WAS surprised to see Chris in the bottom 3. He was one of my favorite performances the other night. I dunno. Maybe everybody thought he was safe and figured, why vote? I think that definitely shook up his fans, and that most will be speed-dialing his number next week until their fingers bleed.

And yay for Elliott NOT being in the bottom 3! Looks like the umpteen thousand calls to his line (and about as many busy signals)paid off. I can't wait to hear him sing the love songs next week. And, will that be his week or what?

As for Kellie, well, she was a lucky gal this week. I think her own admission that she butchered the song bought her a little respect. (It certainly did from me.) I think if nothing else, that'll push her to do better next week.

Do I think she's that naive? I don't know. Sometimes I think so, but other times, I do wonder. And like many people have said, I don't see her winning the competition. She may be here a couple more weeks, but I don't see her at the finale. That's just my guess, though.

4:08 PM, April 20, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

It's really easy to figure out why Pickler wasn't in the bottom, even though she, by her own admission, gave the worst performance.

It's nothing new. When a fan fave really tanks, his/her fans run to the phone and dial like fools because they're fearful for their fave's future. When their fave does well and gets good reviews, they tend to lay off the phones, figuring their guy/gal is safe so why bother?

Chris is going to be sooooo safe for the next week, cause his fans are going to wake up. But Pickler fans may start getting outnumbered by the Bucky fans, who I think are backing Elliott and now the Ace fans, who I don't see backing her. So she's gotta pick up her game next week. Big time.

4:36 PM, April 20, 2006  
Blogger Dave said...

I think some of the Ace fans are going to Chris (the next hottie) or Paris (the youngest contestant).

Some of the Bucky fans probably went to Kellie but I think the only other real fanbase she can absorb is VCM's.

If/when Elliott gets whacked, I think his voters are going to Chris or Taylor. The Paris and Katharine fans will probably consolidate behind whoever is left standing.

Kellie needs to send Nigel and the AI editors a big basket at Christmas for handing her votes during the auditions/Hollywood times because she is going to need every one of those from her on out.

6:08 PM, April 20, 2006  
Blogger Nelle said...

Jennifer I think you nailed the reason that Pickler was not in the bottom three. My father was born in Alabama and raised in Louisiana and he always said that some people milk the southern persona. He really hates that. I honestly think the poor girl is as dumb as a rock and sorry to inform her but great shoes aren't going to save her (and I love shoes).

8:08 PM, April 20, 2006  
Blogger purplvr said...

I 100% agree with all of you Pickler bashers so I really have nothing more to add about her except that she's a phony and she needs to go.
Change of topic:
How on earth did they come up with having an "Andrea Bocelli Night"??? Isn't that kind of like a "Pavarotti Night" or a "Streisand Night"? How can these kids live up to that? And how did we get to Bocelli from Manilow in just a few short weeks? Have the producers of the show been partaking of Paula's mind altering substances?! I know very little of Bocelli except that he's already a legend and I mean miles above the caliber of the likes of Manilow, Rogers and Stewart. Is there something here that I'm just not seeing clearly? Enlighten me.

11:42 PM, April 20, 2006  
Blogger Sunny said...

I know this is a little late for comments because I'm sure jennifer, you'll have a new blog up to post on, but I'll just say my thoughts now:

Chris (we like rock but its getting boring EVERY week) and Paris (we already had Fantasia who has gone nowhere since her unworthy win) can stay in the bottom; Kellie can go too (if VFTW doesn't take over and keep her in); Kat and Elliott and Taylor (vocally the best ones) should be the top 3. If I do recall, this is a singing competition, is it not?

P.S.~ purplvr, I'm right there with you in confusion. Actually, I have been right from the beginning. I thought they wanted these contestants to be up with the times and sing their ages, but yet they keep going further and further back in time with the songbook choices. As much as 21st century night sucked, could we hear something a tad more songs from the 80s or songs from the movies?

12:39 AM, April 21, 2006  
Anonymous Bonnie said...

Wow...hours of fun...

3:44 AM, April 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:30 AM, April 21, 2006  
Blogger Tifftuck said...

I really agree with all the Pickler stuff I liked her at first but now she just makes southern people look back. I just don't agree with the comparisons to Carrie because like I said they are in two leagues. I'm not saying Pickler can't sing I'm just saying she's not as good as the other contestants!!! I think she's geniune about her life being bad but I think she may take the dumb little blonde country act a little to far. I mean I'm blonde and from Alabama and I'm not a complete Idiot!! I'm not so far behind the times either. And If i had my way the final three would be Taylor, Chris and Kat. I'm not sure who i would want out of the three yet because I haven't seen all their talents yet. I know they can all sing and all perform so we will see.

10:46 AM, April 21, 2006  
Blogger purplvr said...

Thanks, Bonnie, for the awesome link ... I'm sure I'll have hours of fun there myself. I just glimpsed at it & love the pic of the t-shirt that tooks the "P" out of Pick Pickler and changed it to a "K" ...

3:06 AM, April 23, 2006  
Anonymous jtuwliens said...

Just wanted to drop by and let you know I'm reading every single one of your excellent entries, Jennifer! Wonderful job, totally entertaining and perceptive. You have sound reasoning behind your predictions and I not only respect that ... I applaud it. Keep up the great work.

2:05 PM, April 23, 2006  

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