Wednesday, May 02, 2007

25 or 6 to 4: a SIMULBLOG...

In a cruel twist of fate, we've been robbed of a final five, tonight watching the field trimmed from the top six to the remaining four.


But whatever gets this show moving quickly toward the finale is good enough.

Because THIS is American Idol. And this is a SIMULBLOG, where I'm writing as the action is happening, with publishing at every break, so if you're not watching and you're not in the mood to have the executees revealed before you're ready, it might be a good idea to exit stage left. But remember to come back and complain with the rest of us.

Ryan promises no filler (ahem) in yet another 60-minute results show that is about 50 minutes too long. After all, we must make room for Jon Bon Jovi, who mentored the kids this week (acceptable) and for Robin Thicke, who has absolutely no reason to be on stage except that he has a CD to hawk. This crap is getting so old.

Highlights from last night = not filler.

Random person on the street reviews of last night = not filler.

Ryan/Judges tit-for-tat = not filler.

Random questions posed to contestants = not filler.

Ruben Studdard pitching (on tape) Idol Gives Back = I thought they gave back last week. Why are they still giving back?

Commercial = paying the bills.

Review of last week's charitable extravaganza = so not filler.

Performance by Robin Thicke, #1 on the charts = another waste of a Daughtry, #1 on the charts for a gazillion weeks, visit.

Fantasia urging people to give back with Idol = getting redundant.

And it's time to execute somebody for the first time in two weeks. After the break...

Number six is gonna bite the big one in the first half of the [excrutiatingly long] episode, getting gypped of the opportunity to close the show, the least of the traditions these kids deserve. Oh well, I'm tired of complaining.

Melinda, Phil and LaKisha are asked to the seal.
Melinda gets her reviews from the night before and after a combined total of 135 million votes, Melinda is safe.
Phil and LaKisha stand arm in arm.
They are given their reviews, and LaKisha is told she's safe.
Phil is a goner.

He gets to watch his funeral video and he proves, once again, that prophetic songs are the kiss of death on this show. He goes out in A Blaze of Glory. Ryan Seacrest told Ellen DeGeneres this week that this is the first group of kids that really and truly loves each other. I think the scene after Phil's ejection proves that to be true.

So long, Phil.

It's the challenge!! Pick C!

Jordin, Blake and Chris are told to stand, but Jordin is given an early pardon, considering the crap that they put her through last week. Chris and Blake are told to hang on for the next 15 minutes or so, cause it's time for BonJovi, and we can't let the star wait for silly Idol business.

BonJovi performs, and I actually enjoy the song. Definitely not filler.

Taylor Hicks is telling people to give back. Where in the hell were Ruben, Fantasia and Taylor last week? Oh yeah. No time for them. Outranked by Ben Stiller.

Chris says he and Blake are best buds and that he'd even go home for him. They're asked if they want to swap the results. Both say no.

And with that Chris is sent home. He gets to see his funeral footage to the sound of Daughtry, but is happy that they'll all be on tour together.

So long Chris.

Next week Barry Gibb is in the house. Last time one of the Brothers Gibb made an AI appearance, we were treated to an abundance of BeeGees tunes. But, of course, that was season two. We'll see how the three gals and the beatboxer fare.

See you then.

Please, discuss.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raise your hand if that Ford commercial CREEPED you out.

9:30 PM, May 02, 2007  
Anonymous Robin said...

I'm excited for Gibbs/BeeGees/Disco week. 3 divas and Blake. It should be a good show.

10:01 PM, May 02, 2007  
Blogger Dave said...

Who's feeling like Bon Jovi left them hanging?

What was the song they were singing? Not that Jon & Co. can't sing whatever the heck they want, but you'd think they'd perform something that people would make people want to sing along.

10:07 PM, May 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it wasn't a surprise that Phil and Chris left. You can't help but feel sad, they came a long way.

I'm sorry, but Robin Thicke sucked! He sounded like someone had him by the you know whats. When he started to sing my cat ran out of the room. They said he was # 1 on the charts, now that's real sad.


10:14 PM, May 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like or dislike Phil and Chris... those guys were a class act. So long, hope to see you both real soon.

10:22 PM, May 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Bon Jovi, but didn't like the song either. Must be a new one.


10:27 PM, May 02, 2007  
Blogger Mighty Mouse said...

Dori - about Robin Thicke, you are so right! You had me RFLMAO with your comments.

1:19 AM, May 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very sad to see Phil go, he'd picked it up so much the past 3 weeks, I was actually starting to like him.

The BJ song was nice, but that's about it. It was safe as Simon would say. That other guy, glad I DVR the shows and can skip the mud stuck to my boots! haha maybe not that low, but very uninteresting.

I hope Jordin is back next week, and Kiki is the odd person out. I have to think Kiki and Melinda are fighting for the same fanbase, while Blake just about has to be a shoe in for the finale as the only boy, and the only 'hip' singer. Jordin should have a unique demo of fans as best I can tell, which isn't really the same as the others, so I'd expect her to get past this week no matter. Which leaves Mel and Kiki. Mel sings better.

Once we have our Top 3, I like to vote based on the "right" now factor, not so much the overall package, because that's the time you have to bring it. Can't really say there's any favorite this season, unless we're to believe Melinda is somehow steamrolling. Have we had a previous Top 4 with no clear, likely, favorite? And where's Sanjaya! Can you just imagine what he'd have done to a BonJovi song? That would have been entertainment of the ear splitting variety!!! :) nice kid though, got to give him his props on that.


3:23 AM, May 03, 2007  
Blogger angelof_mercy81 said...

You have a point, JJ. Sanjaya and Bon that would have been quite the combination. :-)

And yeah, Phil had done so much better over the last few weeks. I kinda hated to see him go, too.

It's hard to say who will go home next week, although I'd imagine it could be LaKisha, as she & Melinda are fighting for such a similar fan base. As I've said before, though, you can never tell.

10:32 AM, May 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yup, if one fanbase gets lethargic, or just figures, oh my person is in, I'm not going to vote those extra 20 times tonight, we could have a big upset next week perhaps, oops :)

I just hope Blake does this week what he did last week, and realizes his shot at a real career is to present that showman's side of himself he did this week, and if he doesn't win, he's more likely to be like Daughtry, and find success even though not winning. Of all the contestants this year, he's the only one I, if I were of a mindset to be interested in a concert, would want to pay to see. I know that his take on songs would be fresh (to me) and entertaining, and I'd get a lot of laughs and joy from his beatbox stylizes songs. there's just a charisma, a charm, he exudes when he moves and beatboxes, that reminds me of the idea of the Little Drummer Boy, drumming to his own beat :)

12:43 PM, May 03, 2007  
Blogger Dave said...

One advantage for Blake is that I think he's going to pick up a lot of the voters who had until recently been supporting Chris, Phil and even Sanjaya. As the only guy remaining, I think the tweenie girls are splitting about 60/40 for Blake and Jordin.

Lakisha and Melinda will also split votes and in that contest, I think Melinda has an edge, both because she's prettier and because she is an overall better performer.

The finals should be Blake, Jordin and Melinda and unless one of them forgets the words or Lakisha just blows people out of the water, I think it's safe to say that won't change.

12:56 PM, May 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez, when theysaid we'd get to see the other 3 season winners, i actually got bit excited about this results show. But then ....!!

.... All we got were Reuben, Fantasia and Taylor in recorded appeals for more cash!

The cause is very worthwhile, sure, but don't tease me with the idea that we would get to see them sing, then pop this crap on us.

2:48 PM, May 03, 2007  
Blogger Sunshine said...

All I have to say is, OMG Melinda is NOT prettier than Lakisha. Just because she is a heavy girl doesn't mean shes not as pretty. Her teeth are crooked, but she's really a pretty girl. Now I think Melinda looks like a monkey and needs to go live with them in the jungle. Jordin, on the other hand, is the prettiest of the 3. I would love to see another shocking 4th man out giving Melinda the boot. A Blake/Jordin finale would be phenomenal!

7:35 PM, May 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunshine said: "Now I think Melinda looks like a monkey...."

Howard - you're back again? To what do we owe this honor?


11:38 AM, May 04, 2007  
Blogger jennifer said...

I'd like to think we will judge the remaining contestants on what comes out of their mouths, not what their mouths look like, not that I think that happens in real life.

I didn't appreciate the insults hurled at Elliott and Mandisa last year, and I am getting tired of the comments hurled at LaKisha and now Melinda this year.

I don't delete comments, as a rule, unless they are profane or are ad hominem attacks against other commenters, but keep pushing me, and I'll start.

11:48 AM, May 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point, jenn.
You keep up the great work making this a classy place to discuss our favorite show!

3:52 PM, May 04, 2007  
Blogger angelof_mercy81 said...

Well-said, Jennifer.

4:38 PM, May 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Jennifer said. (In case my reference to Howard Cosell was too obscure.)


10:01 PM, May 05, 2007  
Blogger JR said...

At least we have the correct final four.
Now is the time to do away with the guest entainment on results night. All six of the contestants were better than Robin Thicke. That was like a BeeGee's Evil Twin concert. If I never hear that again, it will be too soon.

2:13 PM, May 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your right on Jr. The final four are great and the next few weeks should be fun. I'm finally getting excited about this season.

Your also right about Robin Thicke. I can't believe he's #1 on the charts for R&B. YUCK! You couldn't pay me to go see him or buy his CD's.


8:24 PM, May 06, 2007  
Blogger JR said...

Actually Thicke is No. 2 this week. The only reason these artists (using term loosely) are on is to pimp a CD, and get the teens to watch. Akon, Fergie (with Ludicris), even Gwen Stehpanie with Akon, are all coming off of the Billboard hot 100 R&B/Hip Hop charts. No one over the age of 18 even listens to these people.
The truth is that any of the top four idols from the past three years are better that these people. Would you rather listen to Fergie or Katharine McPhee, Akon or Bo Bice/Daughtry, Robin Thicke or Taylor Hicks, Caly Aiken, or Elliot Yamin. It's not even close. If you're going to pimp CD's, then bring back formal idol contestants and let them show us how much they have matured since appearing as a contestant on the show. I'd rather watch Haley than Fergie and I'm still suffering from a terminal case McPhever. Ok, I'm through preachin' now!

11:10 PM, May 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your right! I didn't even know who Thicke was. I don't pay any attention to the charts, but I know what I like.

AI has so many veiwers and they all know Kelly, Katharine, Taylor, Carrie, Bo, Elliott, Daughtry, Clay and Ruben etc. We know them and want to see and hear them. You would think they'd want to promote their own stars.

What is it, do they make more money having the other ones on?

PS: #2 is still to high for him, he shouldn't be on the charts!


10:10 AM, May 07, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a little "Over the Hedge" humor at the expense of one of AI's most controversial finalists: Hedge humor.


11:09 AM, May 07, 2007  

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