Wednesday, May 09, 2007

it's down to 3: a SIMULBLOG!!...

The longest series in the history of American Idol is coming to a close. But first we have to execute the historically-cursed fourth-place finisher. Then next week we can sit and watch as the three remaining kids are forced to sing a song chosen for them by one of the three stooges, one chosen by the main stooge Clive Davis, and one song that the kids get to choose for themselves.

Because THIS is American Idol.

And this is a Simulblog, where the action unfolds as it's airing on the east coast, so if you want to be SHOCKED, run, do not walk, to the nearest exit.

And since the shoutbox appears to be "down for maintenance" please feel free to chat using the comment thread in this entry.

Ryan brings up the fact that fourth place is traditionally cursed and hints around that we may be surprised yet again as he intros the retrospective of the night before. Followed, of course, by the random person on the street reviews that none of us really care about.

Over 45 million votes were cast, Ryan tells us before warning us we're gonna hear from Pink, undoubtedly another of the Idol Gives Back taped performances that they ran too short of time to air, and undoubtedly one more reason for me to complain.

Once back from paying the bills, Ryan starts the hype for the summer tour, alerting parents of young daughters that Sanjaya will be live and up close and personal. I'll be curious to see the ticket sales for that.

Oh. And Pink sings.

It's the FORD commercial, an homage to Sanjaya. Then it's time for the mind-bending Idol challenge. Pick B!

It's a group sing!! Or a quartet sing, more precisely, a tribute to the Brothers Gibb that starts with significant sound problems, and I'm not talking about Melinda's voice. Will somebody please stop letting the interns work the audio.

Random observation: who lets Jordin dress herself?

Ryan is sitting on the sofa with the quartet to have a little filler chat about the night before. And the kids are reminded that the remaining three will get to have their big hometown celebrations, provided none of them lives in Los Angeles, which confines its hometown celebrations to high school gymnasiums. And, of course, that means that one of them came thisclose to getting confettied, but, alas, gets to run through the drive thru at the Burger King instead.

We then get forcefed another movie promo, this time for the Fantastic 4.

And - finally - we get to learn a little about the kids. Jordin is the only one with siblings. Melinda and LaKisha both had afros as little girls. And Blake got booted from choir class.

Random observation: Somebody please buy Ryan a razor.

After the break...

Big group hug precedes the reading of the card.

LaKisha gets her reviews from last night.
Melinda gets hers.
So does Blake.
And Jordin.

Jordin is told to have a seat.

And we have to endure the hype for a new "band" show before getting to hear Barry Gibb. And he decides to sing To Love Somebody, making him now the fourth person to sing this song on American Idol. And about third best.

Melinda is told she's safe.

Random observation: would somebody please put an intern in charge of Paula's audio.

Blake and LaKisha stand arm in arm. Blake is told he's safe, his family celebrates and he gives LaKisha major hugs and she, and we, get to watch her funeral footage.

She says she doesn't want to cry, but can't keep from it. It's always sad to lose one at this stage, after they've come so far.

The crowd stands for her, as do the judges, and LaKisha sings out to Stayin' Alive, even though she didn't.

So long KiKi.

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12 Comments:

Blogger JR said...

What's up with Taylor Hicks? Some of the people I know that follow this stuff far more closely than I, say that there is NO love loss between Taylor and AI. While the show put him on the map and gave him the break he was looking for, he has little or no use for the show at this point. I assume that the reference is to Simon, and the producers. At any rate, I would not expect to see him guest on the show anytime soon, unless he is obligated by contract to appear in the final show.

9:16 PM, May 09, 2007  
Anonymous Robin said...

What are the Idols going to remember about their experience this year? All the movies they got to see before everyone else!

9:39 PM, May 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol, the three stooges, that's a perfect description!

I told my husband tonight at the beginning of the show Ryan needs to shave too. lol I think he must think he looks manly.

Dori

10:16 PM, May 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just thought i would drop in to say i always visit your site for updates and commentary. you're doing a great job.

especially liked the article you wrote immediately below this one. bang on correct. i miss getting to know the contestants and i too did not sign on to having to watch all the rich and famous clog up the show with their recently released cds. you said it best of any article i've read on the topic.

keep up the good work!

10:59 PM, May 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I just say that Barry Gibb is way to old to be wearing a see-thru shirt. Oh that was hard to watch.

11:08 PM, May 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not unhappy that Lakisha got the boot, screaming songs is not singing. However, to even think that Blake has more talent than Lakisha is insanity. He has zero talent, his hair looks funny, and he will be forgotten shortly after AI ends for the season. He's a dud.

11:12 PM, May 09, 2007  
Blogger AlbGlinka said...

I beg to diffah with the commenter above!

1:16 AM, May 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I beg to differ with that comment, too! I was thinking that this is the first time that the 3 I thought deserved to be in the top 3, actually made it to the top 3! I think any of these 3 could win and it would be okay. They are all great.

9:14 AM, May 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not get the 4th place curse...what is it?

9:31 AM, May 10, 2007  
Blogger angelof_mercy81 said...

Essentially, the 4th place curse references an early exit by a favored contestant. For instance, last year, people expected Chris Daughtry to win it all, but he got a shocking boot at 4th place. The same held true for Latoya London in Season 3 and Tamyra Gray in Season 1.

All were odds-on favorites to win the title, but all got booted prematurely. Also, for some reason, the "curse" only happens in odd numbered seasons (1,3,and 5 thus far). Strange, huh?

10:32 AM, May 10, 2007  
Blogger jennifer said...

Albert, I love it when you beg...

;o)

12:39 PM, May 10, 2007  
Blogger jennifer said...

Thanks for answering the question, Angel. It's time to start pulling out all of the curses for next week's show.

I think I'll start with the "who goes first goes home" one. And we must remember that not everyone has watched every single second of every single episode for all six seasons.

12:41 PM, May 10, 2007  

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