Thursday, April 10, 2008

7 is enough: a SIMULBLOG...

Well they've given back. And now it's time to give back one of the remaining eight.

It's back to business. Because THIS is American Idol.

And this is a SIMULBLOG, which means that while the action is happening live on the east coast, it's being explained in a wacky and convoluted sort of way here, complete with random thoughts and random typos, so if you want to be spoiled hang around, because I'll be publishing at every important break. If you want to remain pure until the execution is aired in your area, you need to leave. But remember to return and moan and groan (or jump and celebrate) with the rest of us.

Because the show is about to start!
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Ryan promises us surprises as he introduces the judges. (And Mandisa is in the audience!) We get a review of IGB, because it's been 24 hours since it aired and, since it ran over, many of us didn't get to see the end except on youtube.com. Over $60 million has been raised and Ryan implores us to keep calling and downloading the show's songs from iTunes. (There's a link in the sidebar for your convenience...and a commission for me. Shameless, I know.)

The kids reprise their Shout to the Lord finale song that TiVo didn't record. No cheezy choreography. Just some simply swaying and audience strolling. And a really big church choir. Very nice, even though this group does struggle with singing as a group.
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They're still airing the "give money" promos, but I love Zach and Cody, so I don't mind.

Over 31 million votes were phoned in from people not pledging money. It's time to start setting the field.

Brooke White is first. She is reminded of her reviews. And after telling everyone about her sister's wedding this weekend, she tells herself she's safe.
David Cook is next. The hairstyle is disturbing. He gets reminded he was called "pompous." And he's safe. Good. Now I can keep watching the show.
David Archuleta is summoned. And the moshers are told to shut the hell up. Well, sorta. And, no surprise, he is also safe.
The safe people celebrate as we're shown the empty stools of death. And go to commercial.
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More IGB promos and a video that they, apparently, didn't have time for last night. Geesh, they aired that thing for three hours and still ran over. The video is both touching and disturbing. I hope the money goes to where it can do the most good.

And it's time for Jordin Sparks with Chris Brown and her new single No Air. Ryan and assorted people present the reigning idol with plaques recognizing her gazillion sales/downloads. Good girl, Jordin!
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At least all of the IGB festivities didn't keep us from crappy - but colorful - Ford commercial. The Idols are Celebrating!

Jason Castro is called to center stage. He's reminded that the judges gushed over him. And he's told he's safe.
Kristy Lee Cook is called. And she's safe too.
That leaves Carly Smithson, Michael Johns and Syesha Mercado in the bottom three. People boo. _______

More IGB promos, including a wonderfully snarky John McCain. I actually snickered.

The bottom three are standing center stage. Randy is surprised. Paula says the three is "partly right, partly wrong." Simon is typically smug. And Ryan throws us to commercial.
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And they're back.

Michael, Carly and Syesha are reminded of their song selections and their judges comments.

Syesha and Carly are told they're safe. Michael is left, people boo, and Ryan tells us it's the end of Michael's road.

I didn't see that one coming. Ruben sings while we watch MJ's journey.

The judges offer him advice, Simon gets one more dig in about a bad song selection, and Michael sings the show out.

Wow. I am still surprised. I think it was the scarf.

See ya Michael. And good luck.


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29 Comments:

Blogger Kristi Mantoni said...

My money is still on Syesha.

8:47 PM, April 10, 2008  
Blogger Kristi Mantoni said...

OMG!!!!

8:57 PM, April 10, 2008  
Blogger Jenna said...

I don't believe it!! The shocker of the season!

8:57 PM, April 10, 2008  
Blogger Dave said...

Maybe now Michael and his scarf can go back to the Mystery Machine and go ghost hunting with Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby.

9:11 PM, April 10, 2008  
Blogger Foxygen said...

Boo!

9:20 PM, April 10, 2008  
Blogger Dave said...

I daresay that Michael's ouster is less shocking than Constantine's or Chris D's (which I called, by the way).

9:22 PM, April 10, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i will not watch anymore..kristy lee cook, brooke white, jason castro and syesha is still there..and michael johns goes home? i didnt like how ryan did it, i didnt like anything about this show. Oh, and by the way dave, i was upset about constantine as well.

9:29 PM, April 10, 2008  
Anonymous gavintiegirl said...

Syesha should have gone this week. She is dreadfully boring each week. She has an amazing voice but bores me to tears with the song choices and no personality. Brooke could have gone. I am sick of seeing her pouty mug...always crying and pouting...ugh! I was so shocked with the decision.

Why did they not follow suit from last season and keep everyone this week? WHY? It was mean to say it. Michael John's face lit up with Ryan said that last season we didn't send anyone home last season during this week. Then said, but we are going to have to say good-bye to Michael this week. UGH! Suckfestcentral.

10:09 PM, April 10, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was so sad to see Michael go!! He did not deserve that at all :(
P.S. I loved how Carly held up her hand when Ryan said "we'll see who had the lowest amount of votes after the break" she's the cutest! :)

10:17 PM, April 10, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are so right! It was really mean the way ryan dropped him!

10:38 PM, April 10, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought for SURE that it was Carly going home tonight. I think she thought so, too.

11:03 PM, April 10, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jennifer, I think your right about the scarf.

Dori

11:10 PM, April 10, 2008  
Anonymous JessiJames said...

amazed for sure. But as I think back, isn't this a spot where a lot of "upset" or "surprise" cuts happen?

I'm astounded MJ is the surprise, I would have expected a bigger following, BUT....

As with past years, around this week, a popular contestant is lost because voters are too spread out trying to save some other contestant they perceive as in danger while ignoring the one they are assuming is save. Michael is this year's culprit.

And from my unscientific analysis, it seems to be when there are 3 singers of similar fan bases, and inevitably at this point one gets lost which makes the others much stronger from picking up those split votes.

and Carly definitely expected to go, just as Kristy fully expected to be the first on the stools when Jason didn't head there. Oddly, I was thinking as she walked out, there was no reason, suspense wise, to send her to a stool, so I think they did it in a way we the audience weren't expecting so we would be more surprised. Really a shame he is gone, but I doubt he was a contender based on his body of work. I don't think Michael had a string of songs that would make a claim for him being in the finale the way the Davids' have. He seemed to suffer from lots of potential but lack of delivering fully on that potential :(

as far as big upsets go, this is definitely a bigger shocker than Chris D. He was the same singer regardless of genre, same sound, so there was no way he could win, as he wasn't the "best" singer. He was the best "rocker", but this is a singing contest, which requires singing in different styles. He chose to stay true to himself, which is partly why he has become so commercially successful. Winning likely would have been a worse scenario for him

JJ

12:35 AM, April 11, 2008  
Anonymous chris(Daughtry)ROCKS said...

I was NOT expecting that one! Wow... I'd have preferred Syesha or Carly going over MJ. I'd have preferred Brooke going over any of them. Oh well...

The thing I don't get is why Simon and Randy harped on his song choice. Normally I don't like remakes of my favorite songs, and "Dream On" is one of my favorite rock songs ever. I actually liked MJ singing it! Go figure.

So who's gonna get his votes from here on out? Most likely candidate is David C. and perhaps a few split to Carly (who's also got the rock edge). We shall see.

JJ, as far as vocals go, Chris D. was superior to Taylor in every way. Taylor was a good *performer* but not the strongest singer, often weak and out of tune. Granted, Chris stayed completely true to his style (thank goodness!) and that can be off-putting for many who like to see artists change it up. And you're so right; winning would have worked against him in the worst way. He wouldn't have been able to make the album he did (which completely rocks!); instead they'd have made him sing insipid pop selections. gag...

Anyway, I'll miss Michael Johns. He was really improving. Sad to see him go at this point.

1:55 AM, April 11, 2008  
Blogger SuzS80 said...

As far as MJ goes folks,,,, we forgot the most important reason,,, because THIS is AMERICAN Idol.... and MJ is not American.... I have no doubt that swayed many people,,, I just happen to NOT be one of them.. so sad... Michael I love you !

2:26 AM, April 11, 2008  
Blogger DrillerAA said...

Well, that was a suprise!
I really thought he would go to the final four in this one. Oh well, Syesah lives to power ballad another day. Sigh...

7:53 AM, April 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, didn't see this coming either.... Surprised, but not shocked. MJ's dismissal is a wake up call to vote for your favorite & not assume they are "safe".

9:33 AM, April 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SyzS80 said: "As far as MJ goes folks,,,, we forgot the most important reason,,, because THIS is AMERICAN Idol.... and MJ is not American..."

Then based on that reasoning Carly should have gone before MJ since she is also not American, and has lived here years less than he has.

10:11 AM, April 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone else think it was strange they had Teri Hatcher sing Carrie's song?

Dori

10:18 AM, April 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He wasn't going to win so I am not that upset about his early departure. What really troubled me was the new low that was reached when they gave Michael the glimmer of hope he would be saved because that's what they did last year during Give Bach week.

Really, that was just wrong.

10:31 AM, April 11, 2008  
Blogger Dave said...

Screwing with the singers on elimination night is nothing new.

Remember what they did to Judd about three years back?

Or how about the "George" stunt? I'll bet they do that again this year. That's one of the things that sucks about this show.

10:54 AM, April 11, 2008  
Anonymous JessiJames said...

I didn't watch IGB, I was out that night, but during the clips last night, I thought I saw Teri Hatcher singing, and quite well. That WAS her??? wow now that's shocking :) wouldn't have expected her to be a very good singer too boot hehe

the only problem I have when someone like MJ gets cut this early is it allows someone who should be gone to stay and bother us. I want them to change the cut so that the judges "save" one of the bottom 2. That way, they are both put in the position of having to be the bad guys, but at the same time, they could be the good guy by keeping someone (say MJ vs Syesha) that didn't deserve to go so early. But alas, they probably won't do it :(

JJ

12:13 PM, April 11, 2008  
Blogger Dave said...

I think they need to change the voting to either kick someone off or to allow the judges by a majority vote to "protect" one person, at least until there are only four or five singers left, then it's every person for themselves.

Another idea I put forth a couple of years ago is to have everyone sing. Once all the singers have had a chance, each of the judges nominates one person to put up for elimination. Then the voting public decides which two to save with the person with the fewest votes getting kicked off. When the field gets down to six, everyone is up for elimination.

2:14 PM, April 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brooke needs to leave. I hate the way she acts, looks and sings

6:46 PM, April 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He wasn't going to win so I am not that upset about his early departure. What really troubled me was the new low that was reached when they gave Michael the glimmer of hope he would be saved because that's what they did last year during Give Bach week.

Really, that was just wrong."

I agree! That was just cruel.

11:09 PM, April 11, 2008  
Anonymous Lee said...

Give Bach what?

12:52 AM, April 12, 2008  
Blogger Nelle said...

That was a shocker to me. ..kristy lee cook, brooke white, jason castro and syesha ....I would not have been surprised to any of them go although I like Brooke but then I loved Carol King back in 1971. I thought Michael had a great voice and stage presence. If it's a requirement to be an American then they should have booted him from the audition not at this point. I will miss him and I thought what Ryan did saying last year no one had been eliminated but then this year someone would be was damn cruel.

6:47 PM, April 12, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot believe there are still four girls left -- I hope one goes home every week for the next month.
Connie

2:07 PM, April 13, 2008  
Anonymous Chris(Daughtry)ROCKS said...

Dave, I like your suggestion about the judges putting up 3 names for elimination then letting America vote. It would give the judges real purpose and make their comments more meaningful, I think. In addition, it would ensure that only the best stay. Let VFTW go ahead and VFTW out of the 3. At least we'd be guaranteed of getting someone bad out.

Good idea! Have you tried pitching that to FOX and TPTB?

2:57 AM, April 14, 2008  

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