Wednesday, April 05, 2006

you gotta know when to fold 'em...

Hey! It's time to kill! Country's gonna prove fatal for one of the kids by show's end, and I'm going to simulblog the execution live as it's happening, with a publish at every significant break, so, as always, if you're in the West and you want to be surprised, there's a Pogo game with your name on it. Or, you can occupy your time with Nigel's commentary all about last night. Don't look for much in the way of new or interesting insights, though.

Blogger was down for maintenance until just about five minutes ago, so hopefully they maintained stuff and didn't break anything. If you're trying to keep up, just keep refreshing after the first 15 minutes. We must, after all, get an extended recap, a crappy Ford commercial, a Kenny Rogers performance and 14 minutes of commercials in first.

Because THIS IS American Idol.

Ryan still has the beard and tells us over 30 bazillion votes were phoned in last night. Recap reminds us that Paula got booed, Simon got snotty and Ryan asks us who we loved.

Well, Ryan. Uhhh. None really. But thanks for asking.

Kenny Rogers takes the stage and tries to give Simon a lesson in Country Music 101. Simon sucks up, assuring the man that he enjoys his songs. And yes, as we suspected, Kenny Rogers does indeed have a CD on the shelf. Gee. And here we thought these guys were showing up out of the kindness of their hearts.

He may look like a different person, but he does sound like Kenny Rogers.

Celebrity watch: Travis Tritt is in the house. Gee, he announced on Larry King last week that he was going to be on Idol this week. He never mentioned that he just had tickets.

The kids are crazy car repair people on the crappy Ford commercial "Just One Look."

Ryan puts to rest those April Fool's Joke rumors about next week being Queen, showing us footage from the kids' visit with the band.

Time to start splitting the kids.

Taylor is in group right. Mandisa in group center. Elliott is told to join Mandisa. Uh oh. Paris is sent to join team center. Uh oh again.

Ace starts group left. Kellie joins Taylor. Chris takes a spot with Taylor and Kellie. Katharine and Bucky join Ace.

Team Taylor is sent back in safety to the sofa.

This is an obvious split, considering that team Ace has all made at least one trip to the seal and the members of team Mandisa are all virgins. They are so going for the "it's not the group you think" approach, which has become so predictable that the shocker would be if the obvious ones actually are the bottom.

But I bet they're not.

And I'm right.

Mandisa, Elliott and Paris are the bottom feeders this week, and we get the obligatory lecture about voting from Ryan.


Paris is sent back to safety, to the hugs of her colleagues.

Ryan gives Mandisa the bad news. She and Elliott exchange sincere love yous, and, surprisingly, Paris is crying. Again.

She gets to see her funeral footage and even after all the songs they've performed thus far, still is forced to sing the song that got her booted. Have you ever noticed how their farewell performance is usually superior to their competitive one.

She's a classy lady and they stay with her long enough for a group gathering on the seal.

Farewell, Mandisa!

tag: american idol


Blogger Lass said...

i think taylor is gonna get it tonight. :(

9:08 PM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger Frances said...

I can't believe Mandisa is gone and Bucky is still there!

What kind of crazy world is this that we live in?

9:35 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in SHOCK that Mandisa went home. Just in SHOCK!


I was so pulling for her.

9:37 PM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger JR said...

Unfortunately, this week, Dialidol had it dead on the money. Mandisa will be fine. She will get her chance to solo as a contemporary Christian or Gospel singer after the tour. Next week will back to reality as Bucky (Mumbles) and Ace (Face) will reunite at the seal of the bottom three and one of them is going home.

9:42 PM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger lorguru said...

Mandisa is a classy lady and a good person. I wish her the best. I will miss her, but at this point, I would miss anyone except for Ace. Ah, maybe I'll miss him a little.
I think it is impossible to even predict who will go next week until we see the performances. Of course, the theme does tell us which ones have larger hurdles.


10:14 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous ChrisROCKS said...

Jennifer, you nailed it! Though I was sad to see Mandisa go. She was better than Bucky, Ace or Paris. But thank goodness Elliot is safe!! Time to start exercising my redial finger. Elliot MUST make it to the top 2! He and Chris have been my favorites from the beginning and I want to see them both go all the way.

3:27 AM, April 06, 2006  
Blogger Nelle said...

Damn now I feel guilty for not taking the time to vote and just flopping into bed the other night. Mandisa was SOOOO much better than Bucky. Sheesh. Next week I pledge to stay up and vote.....and I will make sure that Elliott gets his vote. These results reinforce in my mind that America votes by looks more than talent. Mandisa's outfit should not have gotten past the stylists who are supposedly there to help.

8:26 AM, April 06, 2006  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

For me, Mandisa lost that WOW factor with the last 2 or 3 performances. This last performance was really bad, I think she would have done better with another song. I really enjoy her voice when it's on the money. I will be happy to buy her CD. It was a shocker though, I would have much rather it be Ace, Kellie or Paris.

8:26 AM, April 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe Taylor wasn't in the bottom three. As much as I like him he really did sound terrible on Tuesday. It seems that his voice is revealing its mediocrity when he's not singing in his element.

Also, can someone explain to me the popularity of Kellie Pickler? She can't sing anything other than country music. The only non-country song I remember her singing was Stevie Wonder's "Blame It On the Sun" and she screwed that up royally but still was saved! Is it because she's blonde and pretty? (Not my type at all though) And her voice is a "dime-a-dozen" sound and not very captivating at all.

I guess I'm still trying to convince myself that AI is a singing contest but I know that is so untrue.

5:14 PM, April 06, 2006  
Blogger Dave said...

American Idol hasn't been a singing contest since season 1.

Season two showed us glimpses of how the voting system could be manipulated when Josh was kept around longer than he should have.

In Season 3, we learned that American Idol was a full-blown popularity contest. That was the Year of the Powervoter. Folks who would vote 300, 400, even 500 times a night for JPL, John Stevens and Jasmine, fine folks to be sure, but clearly inferior to some of the contestants who were eliminated before them.

American Idol is about image and presentation and unless Fox changes the voting system, either to limit votes like Dancing With the Stars does or to voting people off, it will stay that way.

6:47 PM, April 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

VERY GLAD to see Elliott stay.
VERY SAD to see mandisa go.

Something's wrong with this picture.
There were two others more desrving of the boot!!!

7:40 PM, April 06, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

Ain't that the truth Dave. S1 was really the only "pure" season. What a joy it was. And I love to watch it back just to remember.

I still advocate voting "for" not against, but strongly advocate limiting the number of calls per number. Heck, most people have a landline (not Dave, though, LOL), at least one cell phone, and it doesn't have to be one vote per. Then let people text unlimited, since they have to pay for it, because that might limit those.

Otherwise, the system lets us install software to cast 300 votes an hour.

But they'll never do it because they LURVE screaming 30 bazillion votes were cast.

8:12 PM, April 06, 2006  
Blogger MICHAEL said...

what happend to kenny's face..i would not have recognized him!

11:51 AM, April 07, 2006  
Blogger purplvr said...

Michael, I was wondering the exact same thing about Kenny Rogers so I went a'Googling. Here's a link to a forum thread about the subject:

12:07 PM, April 07, 2006  

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