Wednesday, March 14, 2007

12 becomes 11: a SIMULBLOG!

After a less than stellar opening night in a less than stellar season thus far and after the semi-desecration of the Diana Ross catalog, we get to wave bye-bye to our first finalist. Yay! Execution! And, as anyone who was watching on Tuesday knows, it could be any one of about 10 kids who gets the ax.

That has to be a new record.

Because THIS is American Idol, where kids who shouldn't advance far beyond their means and kids who shouldn't get bus tickets back home, all accompanied by Chris Daughtry.

And THIS is a simulblog, where I'm typing as I'm watching, complete with typos and grammatical homicide, and spoilers galore, so if you're sensitive to grammatical murder, or you're in the West and want to be surprised, you might want to check out youtube for the next hour to remind yourself of the murders that took place last night.

Ryan warns us that it's going to be a busy night, because we must be reminded of the events of the previous evening, we must engage in pointless banter with the judges and we get to be treated to a live performance from Miss Ross herself.

And we get a group sing! YAY! A tribute to Diana Ross. Lots of STOP hand gestures, so reminiscent of those wacky 60s days and lots of less than stellar harmony. Just like a group sing should be.

Okay...time for the killing!

Or the commercials...

FORD COMMERCIAL! I've missed those. The kids fast forward through about three decades before driving off in those neato Ford vehicles. Keen.

Wow, they're booking tonight!


Time to start the lineup:

LaKisha Jones is safe.
So is Gina Glocksen.
Brandon Rogers is told to go to the seal and prepare to die.
Jordin Sparks is told to sit back down.
Chris Richardson is safe.
Melinda Doolittle is staying put.
Phil Stacey is sent to stand next to Brandon.
Chris Sligh is told to sit.
Stephanie Edwards is okay.
Blake Lewis is hanging on for another week.
Haley Scarnato and Sanjaya Malakar are left to wait until after the break...

And after the break...

Oooo. It's another one of whose Idol Challenge stumpers. (ANSWER: B!)

Haley and Sanjaya are gonna have to wait until after we hear from Miss Ross, who's splendid in red and gives the kids a lesson in performing.

With Brandon and Phil standing on the seal, we're down to Haley and Sanjaya to round out the bottom three.

Haley is told to sit and Sanjaya is sent to the seal.

Phil Stacey is sent back to safety to the cheers of the audience.

Sanjaya is sent to the sofa and hugs the departing Brandon. That was really no surprise.

Brandon gets to watch his funeral video and gets cut off before he gets to forget his words again. Boy, he sure was cute. I'll miss his face.

So long Brandon.

See you next week. Please discuss.



Blogger Melissa said...

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Creepy I-wanna-go-to-Neverland-Ranch-Sanjaya stays, and Brandon goes? Wrong. Just. Plain. Wrong.

9:32 PM, March 14, 2007  
Anonymous gavintiegirl said...

WRONG in every sense of the word wrong!!!!

9:35 PM, March 14, 2007  
Anonymous Chris said...

Wrong, but not surprising. He went first. That's a death sentence unless you really rock. He really didn't. No surprise in him going home.

9:41 PM, March 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Season 6 may go down in the history books as being.......well you know.....pretty bad. I am not sure I truly understand what VFTW is all about and now that Howard Stern is involved......gee is it possible to see Sanjaya in the top 5?

9:41 PM, March 14, 2007  
Blogger Dave said...

Sanjaya won't make the top 5 because he won't pick up more voters as other people get eliminated.

What he's got (and what will keep him around for a while) is a loyal core of tween girls who keep voting over and over and over. He'll probably appear in the bottom 3 every week for the next month or so and then he'll get canned.

9:54 PM, March 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When they called down the 3 with the lowest votes. Is it for real? Was Sanjaya really at the bottom 3, or are they messing with us?

10:02 PM, March 14, 2007  
Blogger JR said...

Just remember folks, Brandon was supposed to be a professional back-up singer like Melinda Dolittle. The problem is, he has limited range, no real power in his voice, and he forgot the words. BANG! You're dead!!!
While Sanjaya is the worst vocalist of the group, he's only seventeen and has no real experience. He'll be gone soon enough, probably next week as Brandon fans will migrate to Phil, or Chris R.

10:24 PM, March 14, 2007  
Blogger Yemeron said...

To echo what everyone else has said, Brandon was ho-hum, but didn't deserve to be booted off before Sanjaya. But then again, Sanjaya did remember his words, didn't he? Hey, does anyone know what next week's theme is? I don't think Ryan said what it was, did he?

11:32 PM, March 14, 2007  
Anonymous tracyintpa said...

Wrong? the whole season is wrong!!! In all of America these are the best they could find? The group sing looked like they were sleep walking through it. This is the most boring, most uninspired, charm lacking, insipid, group of contestants I've ever seen. What did they see in these kids? I can see putting some through that have great stories or quirky personalities even if they aren't the best singers, but what the hell???? I dont' see any of that. I think all 3 judges were drinking out of Paula's cup when the picked these kids. I have watched every episode of Idol since day 1. Last season was by far the best season with the most variety and talent. This season makes Justin Guarini, EJ Day and Nikki McGibbon look good. I loved Brandon, and I was hoping he'd pull something great out himself, cuz I think its in there, but he failed.... no confidence, poor guy. Honestly I couldn't care less who goes home. As much as I can't stand that lil MJ wannabe... he at least gives the show a little interest when he sticks around because he is so bad.

8:08 AM, March 15, 2007  
Blogger jennifer said...

Next week is British Invasion Week with Peter Noone and LuLu.

8:36 AM, March 15, 2007  
Blogger Jenna said...

I agree that this season is a bust. I fell asleep last night before the show! After an hour here at work I decided to come see who was elimitated and don't even much care. Love the I-wanna-go-to-Neverland comment...that suits him to a tee! -Jenna

8:53 AM, March 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please, we need to find someone who works at the 866 number provider, and we need them to watch the show next week, and once Sanjaya's number is announced, secretly put half the trunks for that number out of service :) that'd fix those VFTW people :) haha

And it's because of weeks like this I think AI needs to change their format for kickoffs. At the very least, during the 24/20/16 cut downs, let the Judges save one of the worst 3 of each group, so that they can keep the VFTW people from screwing up the show too much. Plus it gives them an actual reason to stick around.

Sad Brandon got the boot, though he didn't do anything to help himself. Hoping and praying Sanjaya goes home this week, or maybe has the guys to walk out if he isn't (perhaps the strain of knowing he shouldn't be there will get him to ask to be let go to safe a better singer? any chance?). Still hoping Haley can pull it together, I'd like her to have a chance to find herself before she's gone. As bad as the guys are, she might even have a shot at that :) haha


10:49 AM, March 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with JJ, but I think that during the 24/20/16 cuts, the judges should automatically pick one person to go home and America picks the other....that way VFTW can't rig it and the judges actually have a part in the show after Hollywood week ends. All the other singing/dancing competition reality shows let the judges pick who's going home....i.e. Nashville Star, Rockstar, Grease, So you think you can Dance...
As for this week, I think the whole Diana Ross theme was a bust. I love her music, I think she's great, and she does look awesome at her age, BUT she's up there with the Whitney and mMariah songs, I think. I don't think anyone pulled their weight this week, including LaKisha and Melinda....sorry!

SUNSHINE (as anon until I can remember my username and pw)

11:03 AM, March 15, 2007  
Blogger angelof_mercy81 said...

I have to say the elimination didn't surprise me. I liked Brandon and thought he had a nice voice, but he was unfortunate enough to (1) sing first and (2) forget his lyrics. Talk about a deadly combination. Plus he delivered a mediocre performance on a night when a few people did much better. I am sorry to see him go, though, especially since it means a certain little someone is sticking around...

11:17 AM, March 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the worse season ever, and its no wonder that the bottom 3 were all guys.
The guys will leave real fast. If it weren't for the VFTW I know Sanjaya would be history.
The judges are being paid big bucks to do what they do and they really xxxxxx up this year.
We should of known something was up when all we saw for 4 weeks was crap, with the auditions.
I really miss last year. There was Chris, Elliott, Katharine, and Taylor. They all had something special and different to offer.
Well Randy, Paula and Simon have no one to blame but themselves.
Maybe they should change the way they screen these kids for the auditions. Dori

11:21 AM, March 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

EVeryone is all upset that Sanjaya wasn't cut before Brandon. I say, "Big deal." There are only two performers worthy of being the next American Idol, anyway: Melissa and Lakisha. They can cut directly to the top two, for all I care. To me, it doesn't make any difference what order those other 10 are cut in -- they're all weak anyway.

12:26 PM, March 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Part of the problem, as I see it, is the artifical age limits imposed on the contestants. Anyone who saw Bianca Ryan on last year's "America's Got Talent" knows what i mean. Here's this little 11-year old red-headed white girl belting out the biggest of the soul classics in a way that would put any AI contestant, of any year, to shame. If this is a "singing competition," as Simon is fond of saying, why not allow any signer of any age to compete? Let's see who the best singer in America is, not just those between the ages of 16 and 30.

1:18 PM, March 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About Brandon, I thought it was SO interesting how stiff and lifeless he was during his performance, but then during the group sing, he was VERY comfortable and showed a LOT of personality and looked like he was having so much fun. After I saw Brandon in the group sing, it's the first time I felt sorry to see him go...he had more potential. I guess that's the potential curse of being a backup're better in a group rather than out front by yourself....

1:35 PM, March 15, 2007  
Blogger SpoonieLuv said...

If I read one more comment that says that Lakisha and Melinda are the only two worthy of American Idol, I will start screaming. Talk about limited, these two have been singing the same song since the tryouts. They have good voices, but they are not performers. In reality, AI is about finding the next big star - do you really see either of them being it. You can file either of them alongside Ruben, Fantasia, or Taylor. They just don't have that factor that makes you a star. I think Daughtry has already sold more albums than those 3 combined.

I do agree however, that this is a very weak group, even by this standard. The only potential marketable stars are Jordan, Gina, Blake, and potentially Chris Sligh (as the frontman in a band).

3:08 PM, March 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We cannot blame the group for their lack of talent - The blame goes to the judges and producers for selecting them. Certainly each of us knows someone who can sing better than most of these people. I don't doubt that each of them is giving all they have - They just don't have much.

3:43 PM, March 15, 2007  
Anonymous said...

I'm looking for ideas on how Sanjaya managed to make it to top 12 without the help of VFTW. Unless the producers ignore votes, I can see this kid making it very far, now that he has VFTW on his side.

9:27 PM, March 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone has the Fox Reality channel, they do a really good job with their new show, American Idol Extra. Yes you have to deal with Mikalah Gordon, but she's not at bad as she was Season 3. They did a really nice interview with Brandon right after the show ended...and they showed his sayonara performance which wasn't too bad. And you get to see Matt Rogers again (wink, wink).


11:56 PM, March 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if I could deal with Mikalah Gordon again. She was obnoxious, but I'll take your word for it. I don't remember Matt Rogers? Dori

1:31 AM, March 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt Rogers was the football player/teddy bear who was kicked off way too soon, like Amy Adams. He has a show on the Discovery Channel called " Really Big Things"...pretty good!!


3:40 PM, March 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks I'll check it out. The guy I'm thinking about was in season 2? I think, maybe? Can't keep my seasons straight. lol

11:50 AM, March 17, 2007  
Blogger JR said...

Don't think AI is going to let Dial Idol, Howard Stern & VFTW or anyone else ruin their playhouse. If Howard believes he is making a difference, he's even more stupid than I thought...and I gave him very little credit for intelligence. They are the number one rated show on television and they will protect that at all costs. Since the actual voting results are not public knowledge, AI is free to minipulate them as they please. While they probably let things run their normal course, they can step in at any time and make their own results. We will never know for sure. I would not be suprised to see Sanjaya go home this week.
If his staying around will impact the ratings, the AI CD sales, or the concert tour ticket sales, he is as good as gone. As it has been stated by others, this is entertainment, reality tv, and popularity first. The singing competition is a sidebar.

9:46 PM, March 17, 2007  
Anonymous Lisa said...

"his funeral video" hahahahaha.. wow...that stuck me as funny!!! Thanks Jennifer... love the blog.. Lisa

12:47 AM, March 18, 2007  
Blogger jennifer said...

Actually, I think TPTB WANT Sanjaya on the tour. As you say, it's about money. I agree. And Howard Stern and VFTW aside, those tweeners really do LUURRVVE him. Think of the tickets that they'll talk their moms and dads into buying if he's coming to a town near them.

I doubt that Haley will bring in the same sort of crowd. Sanjaya, will not go this week unless he's actually voted out. If TPTB are gonna screw with the results, they're gonna wait one more week.

7:24 AM, March 18, 2007  

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