Wednesday, March 26, 2008

10-1=9: a SIMULBLOG!...

Last night they celebrated their birthyears (and Jason his birthday) but tonight it's a funeral as one of the 10 becomes a memory until the finale.

Because THIS is American Idol.

And hopes and dreams die here.

And this is a SIMULBLOG where the typing is happening fast and furiously while the action is unfolding on the East Coast, with a publish at every important break, so if you want to know, stick around and chat. If you want to wait, leave. Leave now. Run. Do not walk.

But run back to dish the dirt with the rest of us.

Because the show's about to start!

Ryan has the kids lined up on the stage, asking which one of the ten is gonna sing over the credits tonight. Kim Locke is in the house (YAY!), we're promised a behind-the-scenes something and yes...more phone calls.

And they begin the night with yet another pitch to the songwriters everywhere to submit their recipes. Uh, I mean syrupy ballads.

It's a GROUP SING, complete with chest bumps and the cheeziest of choreography. The more cheeze the better! YAY for the cheeze!

We get to watch the kids as they record their iTunes studio versions. They're cute as they record their singles, and we find out that Ramiele has downloaded David, Michael and Jason. I wonder if she had to pay a buck each.

Probably. Idol is cheap.

We are treated to last night's recap which goes on for longer than last night did.

And we're on it...

The sofa means safe. The stool means they're possibly in the toilet. (Sorry.)

Chikezie is called out first. He's terrified. He gets his reviews and is sent to the stool.
Here comes Brooke White. She defends her use of the band despite the criticisms. She's sent to the sofa of safety.
Carly Smithson is summoned. And after a discussion about pregnancy and Spanx, she's told she's safe and runs to the safety of Brooke's arms.

And it's time for commercial.

That was an interesting crappy Ford commercial.

David Archuleta is called to the stage. And not surprisingly, he's safe.
David Cook has something interesting and curious hanging from his waist. He's told to head to the sofa.
Syesha Mercado is brought out. She's reminded that she got great reviews and is told to hit the stools with Chikezie.
Michael Johns appears. Then disappears to the sofa with the good people.

Dolly Parton is scheduled to be here next week. That means only one thing. It's COUNTRY NIGHT. YeeHaw! Kristy Lee, you're gonna be safe again!

We're back and the idiots are line six. And as much as I hate these phone calls, it's better than somebody pimping a CD.

Unless it's Kimberley Locke. YAY! I love her! She looks FAB. And sounds terrific. Welcome back Kimmell.

Ramiele Malubay is called to the stage. She's told she's safe.
Jason Castro and Kristy Lee Cook step to the stage together. They are reminded of their reviews. America voted and sends Kristy to the safe sofa and Jason to the bad stools.

Jason is joined by Syesha and Chikezie. Jason talks far too much until Ryan shuts him up, sending him to the sofa. Chikezie whispers sweet somethings in Syesha's ear as we're sent to this word from your sponsors.

The highest single show vote this season sends Chikezie home. He listens as Ruben sings him home and watches as we remember his journey.

Ryan thanks half of the world and Chikezie sings us into the credits.

So long Chikezie. You are cool.

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Blogger Dave said...

Originally posted by Jennifer:The sofa means safe. The stool means they're possibly in the toilet. (Sorry.)


Damn, I wish I had written that

9:20 PM, March 26, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awww, Chikezie? Ramiele or KLC deserved it way more than he did.

10:45 PM, March 26, 2008  
Anonymous Melissa in TN said...

I'm kind of sad to see Chickeze go. He has really grown on me. At least he will be on tour.

Paula did make one good point. It is getting to the place in the show where everyone is a favorite and someone has to go. After "I Sold My Horse" (per Dave) aka Kristy Lee goes and there's no one I really want to get the boot.

10:54 PM, March 26, 2008  
Blogger Sara said...

Ok, I'm sure I'm totally alone on this and setting myself up for ridicule, but I really enjoyed the show tonight. And I hate results shows. But that was awesome.

I mean, the Ford commercial was pretty cool, if they are going to be shilling for Apple, at least we got a little behind the scenes/interview action, good alumni performance, Ryan and Simon managed to avoid an overly obnoxious exchange during the call segment, there was an interview about Spanx...

But best of all was the group sing!! I actually laughed out loud... and watched it again and laughed again. It seems like Carly/Michael/David Cook/Brooke/Jason have all just realized they are going to look ridiculous and have to decided to play it up instead of looking awkward. And a marvelous job by the choreographers. A season full of group sings like that will make me extremely happy!!

12:42 AM, March 27, 2008  
Blogger Sara said...

Oh, and about the actual results... Chikezie wasn't the worst, but he was on borrowed time. At least he made the tour.

The only way I think Syesha survives next week is if she performs toward the end of the show AND has a great performance AND gets raves from the judges.

I think Kristy is safe next week, but I can see her going the week after.

Once Kristy is gone, Ramiele is going to assume her role as the person who is just not doing well who somehow has tons of people voting for her. But if she takes a spot away from one of the more talented contestants, I will get aggravated.

Overall, I'm loving this season. Complete 180 degree turnaround from last year.

1:45 AM, March 27, 2008  
Anonymous Chris(Daughtry)ROCKS said...

Awwww man! I'm sad to see Chikeze go! I liked him. And he performed better than Ramiele. I can't remember who wrote this but someone questioned whether Ramiele was going to be this year's Jasmine Trias. You could be right! She's got all of the Filipinos in this country plus the entire city of Manila voting for her! I think she has a lovely voice but she's performing at a sub-par level.

I'm trying not to get too attached to anyone this year. I've been too disappointed in previous years. So, if Ramiele somehow manages to win this whole thing, more power to her! (Even though we all know DC is way better!)

4:39 AM, March 27, 2008  
Blogger DrillerAA said...

I dunno, I think I'd rather have a second former Idol contestant pimp their CD rather than listen to "stupid human questions."
Maybe they could take a cue from DWTS and have an encore performance of the best one or two performances from the previous night.
Just get rid of the mosh pit or what ever you want to call it. My Lord that in annoying!!! Nothing that a little well place nerve gas wouldn't solve.

8:15 AM, March 27, 2008  
Blogger Kristi Mantoni said...

hey DrillerAA, you get the nerve gas, I'll figure out how to get it in place! That mock mosh pit has got to go!

9:02 AM, March 27, 2008  
Blogger Dave said...

I'd rather have former Idols touting their latest project than has-beens or random acts who are just there to sell a CD.

A couple of years ago, Brian May from Queen was very up front about the band's reasons for going on the show (exposure).

9:30 AM, March 27, 2008  
Blogger angelof_mercy81 said...

Heehee...Stools...toilet....Good one, Jennifer. :)

Seriously, I wasn't horribly surprised to see Chikezie go. I liked the guy, but I think even he knew he was on borrowed time. I'm glad he made the tour, though.

I agree about the mosh pit: it's totally pointless. This isn't an AC/DC concert; it's American Idol. Save the mosh pit for the tour (if even then).

To drilleraa: Interesting idea about the nerve gas. Do you need a decoy while you place it? :)

10:03 AM, March 27, 2008  
Blogger Jenna said...

The people questions bother me way more than the mosh pit. The contestants act so suprised...yet the person the question is directed to and the question are right up there on the screen. So dumb.

10:08 AM, March 27, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i read on TWOP (television without pity, that's the last time I'm going to tell ya!) that Simon is going to appeal to Nigel to get rid of the mosh pit - let's hope it's true

10:27 AM, March 27, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoops, I mean I read that on

10:28 AM, March 27, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wasn't surprised it was Chikezie, but I'm glad he'll be on tour.

I think this years tour will be a good one! Last year we hardly heard anything about it.


11:01 AM, March 27, 2008  
Anonymous tracyintpa said...

I went to last year's tour and it stunk. I have been to every one of the tours that have come through my town (all but season 2for some reason) and they were all a lot of fun and very entertaining except for Season 6. This year's has got to be better. The show is definitely better. I am very happy with them putting past idol contestants on and letting us catch up with them. Its a really nice part of the show.

bye Chikeze... you have grown on me... I'll miss your smile and fun style. Too bad... should have been Ramiele or KLC..... or even Jason.

1:11 PM, March 27, 2008  
Blogger jennifer said...

I think Season 6's tour was the first one to NOT sell out. Season 5 sold out in 15 minutes. It was so popular they even added additional stops.

But there's a simple explanation: Season Six sucked.

I welcome all Idol alums who are pimping CDs. They are family. My problem is/was with these "mentors" who took over the whole show last year. I'll take phone calls any day over Akon. In fact, I think they should do that Idol Gives Back as a reunion show. Hell, even I would donate if they would do that. And I'm cheap.

The mosh pit simply must leave. If I have to watch one more group wave, I swear I'm gonna puke.

2:45 PM, March 27, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark my words - but there will have every imaginable past idol on... except for Taylor. We get your point, Nigel. Now bring Taylor on!

3:59 PM, March 27, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

um... that's "they will have..." not "there will have". Sorry!

4:00 PM, March 27, 2008  
Anonymous Kristen said...

Was I the only one who liked Season 6's concert?? I think I liked it better than Season 5, actually! In Season 5, each person basically came out and sung two songs. Last year, there were a lot more group numbers and people coming in and out of the show. In Season 5 it just seemed like they were taking turns, whereas I thought last year it seemed a lot more thought out and entertaining.
Which is not to say that last year's singers were better! But I did love the concert :)

8:10 PM, March 27, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just whats the deal with Taylor? How come they won't bring him on? Is it because his CD wasn't a huge success, is he a diva and wants things his way?

It wasn't like in season 2 where Clays CD out sold Rubens, "kind of made ya wonder". Kathrine hasn't done much better with her CD, so whats the problem?

I'd like to see him on the show. I'd like to see just about all the old Idols.

There are a few expections, Jessica Sierra, Scott Savol, and I am probably the only one who's not crazy about Fantasia. Who did I forget?

I think instead of these mentors who are just selling some old farty CD, they should bring the old Idols back to help out the kids. Who would know better then the ones who had been there and done it.


9:34 PM, March 27, 2008  
Blogger Dave said...

You're not the only one who wasn't crazy about Fantasia; I openly despised her. LaToya should have won that year.

I think they should do away with the "mentors" altogether. I think the themes should be broad and the songbook deep.

The advertising, product placement and cross-promotion has been the downfall of the show. They need to get back to being a "singing" competition, not a $1.4 million advertising bonanza (a 30 second spot during the show costs around $700,000).

9:48 PM, March 27, 2008  
Blogger Dave said...

Also, I'd like them to bring back Diana, Anwar, Chris D. and Bo.

9:50 PM, March 27, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Diana, Anwar, Chris D. and Bo YES!
That's a good start.

I wish they'd read these blogs, they'd know we want to see the pass idols.

We're the fans and without us there wouldn't be a show. If we all turned off are set next week and no one voted where would they be.

Not that I'd do that, lol.


11:40 PM, March 27, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wasn't too surprised that Chikezie went away, but I hated to see it ... he often impressed me with his singing. There is something really nice and buoyant about his voice, he uses and controls his voice very well, and he always looked like he was having a good time. Based on singing talent, he's much better than 10th place.

It irked me that Simon never liked Chikezie. Sorry for being picky, but I'll even take this back to Simon's mispronouncing Chikezie's name the first week of competition. Have a little more respect Brit buddy, or don't you get paid enough to learn the difficult names? Please.

Yes, the mosh pit should go ... I often close my eyes during the show. And the band should be put back on the stage.

Just saw Chikezie's Leno appearance ... wouldn't it be easier if they just brought out the Idol reject and literally slapped them in the face? At least Leno pronounced the name correctly.

Orchestra in the air.
Moshers well behaved.
Big frowny thing on stage.
Stunning stripper, singing, sitting on stainless steel stool.


1:36 AM, March 28, 2008  
Anonymous Chris(Daughtry)ROCKS said...

The mosh pit should've been the one kicked off Wednesday night. ugh! What drives me so crazy about it is that you can hear them clapping to a song where clapping should NOT be happening! (a la Jason's "Fragile")

Talk about indulgent...the question and answer time is ridiculous. What does any of that have to do with a singing competition? I'm with everyone who said bring back past idols (including Taylor) and have them mentor the current contestants.

By the way, I'm going to see Bon Jovi with opener DAUGHTRY on April 8th! woohooo!!! I can't WAIT!

2:51 AM, March 28, 2008  

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