Monday, May 22, 2006

as the rumors (continue to) churn...


It's finale talk, again. Okay, here's what we know or think we know:

1.) Meat Loaf will be there to duet with Katharine McPhee on It's All Coming Back to Me.

2.) Chris Daughtry will perform with the band "Live," as confirmed by the band's website.

3.) Elliott Yamin is
now rumored to be performing with Mary J. Blige. And although I still refer to this as rumor, it's highly substantiated.

4.) Carrie Underwood will perform. It is being widely rumored that Clay Aiken and Bo Bice will also perform, but that is still in the rumor stage, so don't pin any hopes on it. (But I gotta admit, the thought of an Idol/runner-up reunion does get me all excited...) The Clay rumor is gaining some credence beyond the gossip column the rumor originated in. And the Bo Bice appearance is all but verified here. (thanks mj for that one!) The Clay appearance has now been confirmed by ETOnline.

UPDATE: Okay, so Bo and Clay are confirmed, and now I'm hearing that Justin Guarini is scheduled to be there to "participate," but possibly not sing. Three of the male runners-up at the finale.

If this keeps up, I'm going to need a new rumor entry.

5.) It is widely reported that Tamyra Gray, season one's fourth-place winner, will host Taylor Hicks' Birmingham viewing party. (If you're new the AI finale, the viewing parties can give us some of the best moments, like when Matt Rogers of season three hit on the governor's wife and Simon asked LaToya London of season three, who was decked in tiara and feather boa, if she was drunk... Ahh. Good times.)


And for those of us who can't get enough Idol, need to store up our Idol tidbits for the long summer ahead, who just can't wait for tomorrow or Wednesday or, of course, all of the above, the TV Guide Channel will be satisfying the lust for all things Idol past and present with a marathon of sorts this week, starting tonight at 7 p.m. eastern, with guests season two's Kimberley Locke (YAY) and season four's Constantine Maroulis. Tomorrow a two-hour red carpet edition will precede the 8 p.m. final performance episode with guests LaToya London and George Huff (YAY) from season three and Anthony Fedorov and Nadia Turner from season four.

And, of course, they will be broadcasting live for two hours preceding the grand finale on Wednesday with guests Jon Peter Lewis and Jasmine Trias, both of season three. Want to know more? Here it is.


And as far as Tuesday's performance episode is concerned, evidentially Katharine and Taylor, like season two's Clay and Ruben, will perform different crappy original songs. Reports over the weekend were that Taylor was a tad unhappy with the drivel we call the coronation song, so the official line has changed a bit. (Not to worry; if both of them are coming from the same place, they'll both be crappy.)

Along with that, allegedly Randy is reporting that the two kids have been given a choice to sing a.) either two songs previously performed and judged between the round of 12 through the round of 4 (disqualifying final 3 and semi-final round songs*) *potentially innaccurate, or b.) they can sing one previous number and a new, not-yet-performed one, if they choose. No word from the Taylor camp, but Katharine confirmed in her interview last week that she will sing two songs she's already performed.

UPDATE: Again, I have no first-hand verification, but it's making the rounds that Good Day LA reported this morning that Katharine has elected to reprise Black Horse and a Cherry Tree and Somewhere Over the Rainbow for her two non-crappy original song beast selections. Of course, if she does elect to sing Rainbow, that means the Randy reports that they were restricted in song choice has proven to be unfounded. (See, this is why I don't like rumors, but since it's the last week, I'll just throw them out there and let you decide, unless I think they're too outrageous.) But if it is true, and she's going to elect those two songs, she better deliver Rainbow as well or better than last week. In my opinion she's either not getting any advice or she's getting some lousy advice.

Thanks you guys in the comments for giving me the heads up whilst I was snoozing. If I find out any more information today, it will be added here. And keep the assistance coming, please.


Blogger Julie said...

Just saw this article on Vh1, some interesting little factoids, most I knew or had heard of. Thought you might find it interesting.

7:30 AM, May 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm looking more forward to Wednesday's show than Tuesday's. HATE it when they perform the original song. Ugghhh. But, it's AI, so it is expected. Sounds like I will DVR Wednesday and just watch the last 10 mins so I can fast forward through tons of the "filler" stuff. Thanks for the heads up!

8:29 AM, May 22, 2006  
Blogger Dave said...

I wonder why they would have Carrie, Clay, Bo or any of the past finalists/winners/runners-up perform at this years results show.

You'd think they would want to celebrate the current crop of finalists not those of the past (most of whom are markedly inferior to the 12 who made it this year).

11:13 AM, May 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, question guys...I'm having a memory issue here..

was there a wildcard this year?

11:20 AM, May 22, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

Dave, I think they're still hawking Carrie's and Bo's CDs. I mean they've been a five-month infomercial this year, so why stop now? Last year none of the old ones showed up on stage at all, so maybe there was whining? The Clay thing is squirrelly, so I'm not putting a whole lot of faith in that one, and I doubt like hell DeGarmo would show up. Or Kelly. So if it's true, I don't know what they're planning. (Maybe Clay's gonna do the Kat viewing party? Will there BE one?)

And no, there was no wildcard this year. Wildcards bit the dust after season three.

11:35 AM, May 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so excited that I can hardly wait. Thanks for all the great information!! I just read that William (She Bangs) Hung was crowned "Artichoke King". Hahaha. Maybe they will bring him back in a crappy commercial!!

11:38 AM, May 22, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

A finale wouldn't be complete without at least one visit from William Hung! And he always shows up in the most unexpected places. :D

11:39 AM, May 22, 2006  
Blogger Dave said...

And don't forget (German pop demi-god) David Hasselhoff. You can't have an AI finale without Michael Knight.

11:48 AM, May 22, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

LOL @ Hasselhoff. Okay, but only if he shows up with Adam and Dirk.

Now people who didn't watch last year are TOTALLY in the dark.

And of course, the BIGGEST question of all: WHO will sing the National Anthem??

11:51 AM, May 22, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

Dammit Dave, you just made me have to go back and watch Hasselhoff last year. Still ROFL. And thanks cause you just gave me an idea...

12:01 PM, May 22, 2006  
Blogger Dave said...

Originally posted by jennifer:
And of course, the BIGGEST question of all: WHO will sing the National Anthem??

I think they should have a group sing with Kenny, Stevie, Barry, Andrea and Rod performing the "Star Spangled Banner" followed by Brian May and Roger Taylor with "God Save the Queen."

12:27 PM, May 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really hope she doesn't do Somewhere Over the Rainbow again. I liked it a lot but it is too soon and as you said, if you don't do it at least as well as last week then you risk changing the perception of the earlier performance as well. Black Horse and the Cherry Tree is a great pick though, I was hoping she would do it.

Given those two performances though, maybe she is just tired and wants to do the whole show from the floor this week. :)

-- Allen

1:37 PM, May 22, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

LOL I found it funny that, if this is correct, she chose both "floor shows" too. Maybe she is tired.

But if she does both of them sitting on the floor, she just may as well hand over the trophy, IMO, because it will reek of been there/done that/too lazy to come up with a new presentation? for longtime viewers and of "WTH" for the new ones. One maybe, but not both.

1:44 PM, May 22, 2006  
Anonymous rbk said...

I toally agree with the preceding two comments -- doing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" so soon after the performance was declared the best of the season can only be a let-down. She should go for "Someone to Watch Over Me," which also got raves, provides the same tone as "Rainbow," and is not as fresh in viewers minds. That and "Cherry Tree" would be a nice combo.

5:31 PM, May 22, 2006  
Blogger Julie said...

So Jennifer, any rumors on who Taylor will be dueting with? I read on the boards that it is the Boss. Somehow I don't believe that. Just curious as to what you've heard on the matter.

6:26 PM, May 22, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

Taylor is a big mystery. I've heard Bruce too. And Bob Seger. And Ray LaM... whoever it was that did Trouble that Taylor sang. Do not have a clue.

6:29 PM, May 22, 2006  

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