Wednesday, April 25, 2007

idol saves the world, part II...

They're feeding starving children. They're educating the illiterate. They're saving the world, one vote at a time and tonight they'll pat themselves on the back and, presumably, top it all off with another execution, narrowing the field of contestants to five.

Because THIS is Idol Gives Back. And this is not a SIMULBLOG, in the classic sense, because to publish only to say that Carrie Underwood sang this or Kelly Clarkson sang that is redundant and, frankly, boring.

So I'll pick up the action when the bottom feeders are announced and, of course, clue everybody who's not watching yet into what the much-anticipated SHOCKER! is. And I'll reveal whether LaKisha or Chris is waving goodbye. So there will be spoilers, so you know the drill.


Ryan, after majorly screwing up the opening intro, tells us we're in for the most shocking "result" in show history. Not an elimination, a result. And considering the camera can't stay away from Sanjaya, sitting with his sister in the audience, I'm holding onto my hope that Idol Gives [him] Back.
Melinda stands and is told she's safe. And considering she's the only one who could be a "shocking" boot, well...

And it's back to charity... Somebody wake me when it's time for the next "safe."


Back to the couch. Blake is told to stand. He is safe.


Phil is safe.


LaKisha is told to stand. She says she's fine. And she's told she's safe.


Chris and Jordin are told to stand. They're reminded of the songs they sang. Over 70 million votes were submitted. Both are told they're safe.

And that's what Ryan calls a "shock." If that were a true "shocker," we wouldn't have been talking about it all day.

The votes still count, and they will be added to next week's votes, when two of the kids will be executed.

Enough with the "shockers" already.


I can't believe I wasted two hours for this.

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Anonymous Robin said...

And Ryan said that it's the most 'shocking' results show ever - so shocking that they knew about it last night? Which means everyone stays.

I think.

8:28 PM, April 25, 2007  
Blogger Joy said...

That's got to be the most ridiculous thing ever. We don't want happy results, we want bloodshed! Geez.

10:00 PM, April 25, 2007  
Blogger jennifer said...

Exactly. If they wanted to just do a charity special in the middle of the season, then just say that. Don't portray it as one thing then think you're so clever to hoodwink people and change the rules in the middle of the stream.

They're gonna get hammered for this stunt. Rightfully.

10:02 PM, April 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you believe that Melinda was second to last as Dial Idol reported?

10:07 PM, April 25, 2007  
Blogger Dave said...

I think the "shocker" was Idol's birthday present to you, Jennifer!

Happy Birthday!

10:09 PM, April 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone else find the duet absolutely awesome? What a waste that he died so young. Anyone know how they did it?

10:13 PM, April 25, 2007  
Blogger Kristi Mantoni said...

That's 2 hours of my life I'll never get back! At least I got to see Sanjaya!

10:22 PM, April 25, 2007  
Blogger Two Write Hands said...

OMG...I haven't tuned in all season, and that's what I get? Will I be consider evil if I say some of those child interviews seemed completely contrived?

10:29 PM, April 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the show. It was very interesting. And I donated. I hope it helps. I think youare all being a little harsh.

10:50 PM, April 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

twh, um, probably...

Jenn, you're sounding jaded of late. Like the show is getting to you a little. Relax a little this week, go get a massage, and come back next week all rested and rearing to go axe 2 of these kids!!! :)

anyway, figure only those of us going thru boards like this "knew" or had an idea there might not be a killing tonight, and consider Jordin's reaction. I don't think they told the kids, and regardless of whether we know or not, it's if "they" know that matters. She didn't crack at first, but did you notice that after Ryan said everyone was safe and they went back to the couch, she was trying to not cry? I'm vibing that she hadn't a clue, and was so in shock at first that she didn't react, so once she was safe, she cracked a little. And while I'm not good enough to know for sure, it seemed to me and my wife she cracked on those first few notes of the last song.

as for the show, cheesy, but needed. My Aunt and Uncle retired and at like 70 yrs old, decided to go be missionaries in South Africa. They've been there almost 6 years, and the stuff you were seeing wasn't "made for TV". It's that bad and worse. The worst thing for solving those issues I recall them telling us is, leaders like Mandella tell the people there is no Aids virus, and it's just an excuse by the west. So the Aids issues just keep going and going. it's terrible. My Aunt talked about going to, I think zimbabway (no idea how to spell that), or whatever little country is encircled by South Africa, something not far from Johannesburg. She was teaching the women how to sew, and she helped those women make the first, and only dress, they've ever owned. So, lets forget about how cheesy it seems for Idol to make a big deal of this, and look at the reality of the conditions still in New Orleans, and on a continent much larger than our own, where there is no freedom, no hope, no technology, no amusement parks, no Idol, etc., for the vast majority of people living there.

so, about the kids. Why does Phil sound so much more solid a singer during the 2 group songs tonight? It's like he's more confident, has more power and focus to his vocals in these songs. And Chris, yikes! I think he sang through his throat!! Each time he soloed (except maybe the very first) sounded acceptable!! I think he actually sang tonight!!

and i'm with anon, the duet was cool, I just wanna know, what did the audience see? Was that just a TV trick for us, or a real hologram on stage? There seemed to be an audience, so I couldn't figure for sure how they pulled it off, I have several ideas, but anyway, it was cool. Carrie's song was really nice. Kelly looked, well, porkish! That was a horrid dress, and NO one wears that type of dress unless they are hiding something. And having a wife who's dropped 3 buns out of her oven, I got the distinct impression she might be preggers!! is there any buzz around about that possibility? otherwise, her HIPS has exploded. That dress may have hid a lot, but it still showed the width of her hips, and it gave the distinct impression of a wide load (and her arms had that bloated look as well). I was waiting for a bombshell at the end of her song, oh well, guess we'll know sooner or later haha

overall, not a great show, but a great purpose. it's shameful we have Americans living in fema housing 2 years later, and the conditions are that bad. that's despicable.


11:04 PM, April 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Tuesday night you blogged about tonight's "Elvis/Celine" duet ...

Inquiring minds want to know how you obtained that nugget of info ... please do tell!! :-)

12:30 AM, April 26, 2007  
Blogger AlbGlinka said...

Yes, I was wondering too about your ESP regarding Celine/Elvis. Did he contact you?

I was gullible enough to believe someone would go home tonight. Duh.

The biggest shocker for me was that when they stood together onstage, Simon wasn't much taller than Ryan, and we all know how wee Ryan is. That surprised me. Jordin must tower over Simon!

Yeesh, I should go to bed.

1:28 AM, April 26, 2007  
Blogger Kathryn said...

I thought it was cruel to do that to Jordin.. but this is American Idol

I googled the Elvis Celine and this is what I got..

"American Idol" will raise the dead on Wednesday and feature a performance with Celine Dion and ... Elvis Presley?!

While "A.I." teased their "Idol Gives Back" charity benefit by revealing that "two of the biggest stars in musical history come together," sources at last week's taping tell TMZ that Celine sang Elvis Presley's hit, "If I Can Dream" -- with an Elvis impersonator! Ugh! But we're told the impersonator was just used as a stand-in, and what you will actually see when the show airs is Celine singing with a virtual Elvis -- in the vein of Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable." Unbelievable!

At the taping, the remaining "Idol" wannabes also sang with Celine and Elvis, but as backup in the choir. Hallelujah! Elvis died nearly thirty years ago, while Celine has been singing at Caesars Palace in Vegas for the last four."

5:46 AM, April 26, 2007  
Anonymous ChrisROCKS said...

Wheeeew!!! Jordin is safe! I admit, I fell for it. I thought she was about to get LaToya'ed.

JJ, I echo your sentiments. Forget that it's Idol-Cheese, and think about all the good they'll be able to do with that money. My heart breaks for those kids in Africa whose parents have died and they have to shoulder the responsibility of parenting their own siblings. My heart breaks for the families (especially the children) in our own country who go hungry and can't read. It's a good thing that AI is doing...regardless of how it's sold.

(By the way, it's Zimbabwe. It does border South Africa, as does Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique. Two countries are surrounded by SA: Lesotho and Swaziland. Take your pick. I think it's awesome that your aunt and uncle are missionaries in SA. I have friends who are missionaries in Zambia; they've adopted 2 kids from there. Very needy countries, all of them.)

Back to Idol: Phil is hitting his stride and I couldn't be happier! I love his voice and want to see him in the top 3. I'll be voting for him, Melinda and Jordin next week!

I haven't heard anything about Kelli Clarkson being pregnant. That would be quite a surprise given that she declared about a year ago that she's decided to give up dating until she finds someone she knows she can marry. Plus, she's too busy to date right now. (Her words, not mine.) More likely is that she's just put on a bit of weight. She's not very tall, and she's always been stocky, carrying most of her weight in her hips and butt. That dress did NOTHING for her, other than accentuating her beefy arms and shoulders. Honestly, I think she's just put on about 15 lbs. But we will, indeed, know sooner or later! On the upside, her hair looked lovely and she sounded fantastic on that song!

Jennifer, I hope you had a wonderful birthday celebration. You didn't get the execution you look forward to every week, but just think: next week you get twice the blood and all the fun!

Peace out, yo.

5:52 AM, April 26, 2007  
Anonymous Suzie in Alabama said...

I enjoyed the show as well. Something that makes as much money as Idol does needs to give back. It doesn't bother me that nobody went home either, just means there's double bloodshed for the bloodthirsty next week. :) The videos they showed were shocking in and of themselves. We're so fortunate and blessed here. I loved the duet, ahh the magic of computers! Good job Idol!

8:18 AM, April 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think what they did for charity was wonderful. I just think it should of been separate from the idol show.

It was terrible what they did to the kids at the end. Poor Jordin was crying. It was mean and stupid.

I love Elvis, but hated what they did, it was creepy. Was it some kind of a hologram?

Why didn't Clay sing "Bridge over troubled waters", his version is beautiful. I thought Annie was terrible! My husband changed channels when she was singing, she was so bad.

What I think was "shocking" is how nasty they can be to the kids.


10:52 AM, April 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks CR for spelling that correctly for me :) and it's Swaziland that my Aunt went to teach the ladies to make dresses for themselves. Apparently getting in and out Swaziland is like a cattle prod situation. They literally force the people into a tunnel like structure so it's like cattle forced into the slaughter house. I find it so unbelievable, and it seems most people like us (middle and upper class types) can't fathom it either :(

So, Kelly was always a JLo butt type? Ok, then I guess she's phat now :) haha

Phil. hmm, oddly, strangely, amazingly, I think you are right, his voice seems to have shown up the past couple weeks, and whomever mentioned on the other thread that they like Phil's voice the best when listening to the singing only, I can hear that quality as well. There is a nice quality to it when he finds that sweet spot. He could be the dark horse as the crowd thins :) Could he be the next Diana Degarmo, who comes out of nowhere to almost win? hmm.

my wife kept asking, Where's Taylor! and I have to agree. They couldn't get their reining Idol to come?! How pathetic. Better yet, being that is was a cheesy results show Idol program, and they had MONTHS of prep time, why not have 6 group songs, 1 from each Top 10!!!! Now THAT would have been something fitting of the program, and would have been a nice way for ALL the contestants past and present to be able to "give back" as well. And I'd have much rather listened to the silly group sings than most of what was on the show anyway haha.

The Elvis duet was cool, but why Celine? yuck, damn Canadians!! haha and French Canadian at that, double yuck!! and what's up with those facial expressions? does half of her face not work? There has to be someone who would have been better than Celine doesn't there? But E was looking good, for what, 70+ ? he's holding up well, seems he's on a good diet, who knew worms were so good for keeping a figure :D

10:53 AM, April 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
If you like SPoilers and knowing pretty much everything but who is absolutely going, join that site.

2:15 PM, April 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm French Canadian...I was beginning to feel a little left out, thanks for reminding me that everyone has haters.

2:16 PM, April 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its called Botox. What Ellen and Ryan should of asked is that all the "hollywood stars" donate what they spend in Botox and cosmetic surgery each year.

2:23 PM, April 26, 2007  
Blogger jennifer said...

Some responses since work finally stopped interfering with my life:

The Celine/Elvis number was taped last week in front of an audience. So the duet was somewhat known about for days. From what I understand, during the filming there was an Elvis impersonator on stage with the rest. Then, in the magic of computers, the performance of Elvis' from his 1968 TV special was superimposed over the very alive impersonator. That's how we got those "backside" shots.

That's one of my all-time favorite Elvis songs and performances.


I don't know either, but my gut tells me that the kids did not know what they had planned. Tough to tell really, but Jordin looked to me as though she was genuinely shaken. I hope she knew. That's a tough thing to pull on a kid.


Honestly, I'm surprised so many people just learned about the conditions in Africa from the Idol special. I really am. With all of the attention being paid to the plight of kids there, I really didn't know it would be news to so many. But, as I've learned today, I was wrong. So if the special enlightened so many, I say good for it, although I still wish they had not masqueraded around all night as a results show only to not have any results. And don't get me started on the Gulf Coast. Much of my charitable donations go directly there, because it's quite obvious those people are being conveniently neglected.


I am getting tired of seeing people attacked as being non-caring and non-charitable simply because they disagree with the way AI went about doing their telethon or they think because the show was boring. That's BS. I'm glad it hasn't happened here. If it does, it won't be tolerated.


I'm not a big Celine fan, but I love Canadians. I love Canada.


I still maintain that the ratings would have just as good or better if Idol had chosen to honor its own rather than ignoring all but Carrie and Kelly (both of whom were FAB!) It's just another little piece of why I'm so disappointed with the direction this show has taken over the last two seasons.


FYI: Ratings were down considerably from last week's Sanjaya boot and down from the same elimination show from season five.

2:55 PM, April 26, 2007  
Blogger Dave said...

I think ratings were down because everyone tunes in to these shows to watch someone get kicked off. Plus, even the half hour results shows only need to be 10 minutes long.

Making people sit through a 2 hour telethon and then giving them a non-results show seems a little smarmy to me.

(I love Canadians, too. But you need to beware of them because they're plotting our demise.)

6:00 PM, April 26, 2007  
Blogger jennifer said...

Just a little smarmy? Dave, you're more generous than I am.

Canadian World Domination? I never knew. But I always did wonder about that Elvis Stoyko...

6:05 PM, April 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Michigan less then an hour away from Canada. All we have to do is cross the bridge or tunnel. We have many friends in are club from Canada and we love them.

6:33 PM, April 26, 2007  
Blogger Dave said...

This is a family blog. I'm trying to keep it readable for people of all ages.


7:47 PM, April 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They raised 60 million! That's wonderful, it was for a good cause.

Hopefully if they have another "Idol gives back" they will figure out another way to do it. It wasn't fair to the kids or the viewers.

They should of just announced at the beginning of the show that all the kids were safe. That was so mean what they did. I felt sorry for Jordin. I guess they were afraid we'd all change the channel.

I don't understand why they don't have a special with "all the Idols" either, or at least a bunch of the good ones. There are so many of them that have CD's out. You would think they'd want to support them. Their rating's would of been better too.

Maybe they'd have to pay the Idols, but the big stars donate there time, or write it off?


10:49 AM, April 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(if you're reading this, I hope you're as bored as I am while writing it, then you might actually make it to the end. haha. and maybe you'll be in the right frame of mind for my mindless humor)

geez, i started a fire storm with a joke! get a grip people! hahaha (tongue in cheek! tongue in cheek! sarcasm, humor, not serious, ok ;) )

haha I don't "hate" canadian's, although I find it funny how many are in "our" entertainment business. I'm a yuge (tony kornheiser pronunciation) MJ Fox fan, well, was, since he can't do a lot now, but why does he have to be a Canadian? sheesh! everyone's a Canadian! it's an invasion of Hollywood! hmm, maybe that's not so bad. when it falls into the ocean, then all the Canadians will to, along with all the botox nits :) hahaha (J/K again ok? ) (except for the botox nits joke, they should fall in, world doesn't need um, and we can give all their money to IGB and there will be no more hunger!! hey, that's a good idea!!)

see, it's just free form typing. whatever pops in gets typed, crazy brainstorming style thinking. head on a swivel!! room is spinning, aaahhhhh

sorry for making you feel bad anon, it's just funny to take a little jab at the "elitist" types from up there, like the ones who wanted to separate from Canada and make Quebec it's own country. that's about as funny as the dips in Wash DC wanting it to be a state. Without the rest of the US feeding funds into DC, it'd last about 2 months then be bankrupt and a disaster area. it's suppose to be a city owned by the Fed rather than a state, so it would be "neutral". silly DC people. If they want to vote so damned bad, MOVE TO MARYLAND! it's about a 100 yards away! haha (well, maybe 2 miles for a few of them). but seriously, they could do what Arlington VA did. did you know that Arlington county VA is the "other" portion of Wash DC that completes the "Square"? yes, DC was designed as a square 4mi x 4mi area. Those from VA after 40 or 50 years decided they didn't want to be part of "DC" and wanted voting rights, so they "annexed" themselves back to being part of VA. The dips in DC could do the same thing, and leave just the non residential parts of DC as DC. That would solve most of the problems, except Maryland would probably be in an uproar over having to take care of the mess that is DC residential life. Glad I live in VA haha (ok, so i have some animosity toward the silly DC statehood movement, but it's still a beautiful city to visit and sitesee, but sux to commute to).

ok, back on track. so 60 million!!? that's great. I hope 20-25 actually gets to the people. I'm fall down in a coma is 40 makes it. that's the only bad part of these things, too many "crooks" weasel in and steal portions of the money those people need. making 500,000 salary from a non profit, wouldn't that seem a bit, well, greedy? might as well make it a for profit org and be truthful about wanting to make money from it rather than serve the needy thru sacrifice.

gee, i'm all over the place, no one's gonna read this, but oh well. Hey michigan, what part? My wife is from Livonia, went to EMU back in the late 80's. Love the Michigan speed limit, but the roads blow! bumpity bump bump everywhere haha But at least it's not Ohio right? (ut oh, now some Ohioan is gonna get on me! those two hate each other if ya didn't know :) crazy people in those two states, they get way too hung up over a silly football game every year. scary people there. gotta run away. hide from the crazy football nutz. haha)

ok, enough spasmatic humor for today. please note that all comments were in jest, except the botox nits and desiring for Cali to fall into the ocean so we can take all the botox people's money and end world hunger. I like that idea ! haha


12:21 PM, April 27, 2007  
Blogger jennifer said...

I scoured that "IdolAid" website, looking for any type of administrative percentage or any mention of a guarantee of how much of the proceeds will actually reach the intended charities. Couldn't find a single sentence, even in the legal notice.

That's why my checks go directly to the charity I want it to go to. There's still overhead, of course, but one overhead is better than two.

My college is a conference rival to EMU. But I'll keep my nasty thoughts to myself. :o)

12:33 PM, April 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jennifer your right They didn't say anything about the percentage that would actually go to the charity. I don't like that either.

The article I read was in E-on line and it told how much they raised and talked about the show. Let us know if you find out what the actual percentage is.

JJ, I read it. We lived in Farmington Hill for 24 years, now we're in Brighton. The roads do suck big time! Its all the salt they use to get us through the crappy winters. Have no idea where all the tax money goes! Another name for Michigan is the Orange Barrel State. lol

Well we're all U of M fans here, sorry. lol They do take their football seriously. Crazy bunch!

My husband is orginally from Maryland (the crab state) he doesn't like your idea about DC.

Botox is a poison! Just wait, 10 or 15 years from now we'll be hearing how everyone who got it brain died or their face fell off.


3:14 PM, April 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dori, that's funny. I knew anyone for MD would hate the idea of the residential portions of DC annexing back to MD. But one has to remember that is was MD land to start with :)

so you live in Brighton now? small world. My wife's brothers live there!! too funny

wife is a UM fan, though not a huge fan, more of a "i want my state to do good" type fan :)

2:43 AM, April 28, 2007  
Blogger AlbGlinka said...

The "actual percentage going to charity" detail is exactly why I'm not inclined to give to these telethons. There are thousands of local and worldwide charities that can be donated to directly without all the Bono-Saves-The-World hoopla.

One thing about stars performing on a show like this vs. a Taylor Hicks: It's all about big music biz. An appearance on AI at this point generates advertising dollars for the show and profits for the recording artists' labels. Kelly and Carrie are commercial successes, and Taylor as of yet is not. So you book stars. Even dead stars.

7:20 PM, April 29, 2007  

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