Wednesday, April 08, 2009

seven is better: a SIMULBLOG!...

What was a group of eight yesterday becomes a team of seven tonight, as we cast aside yet another hopeful, leaving him alone and lonely along the side of the stage without a lyric to sing until the finale.

Thank God, another is getting whacked. As long as it's the right one.

Because THIS is American Idol. And this is a Simulblog, where I'm typing as fast as I can to describe the action as it's unfolding (and taking too damn long) on the East Coast, so if you want to watch in "real" time, find somewhere else to hang out for the next hour.

Because the show is about to start!

Ryan starts the show chatting with the judges, most of whom express overall disappointment over last night's episode. And, of course, we get a little more "year you were born" humor, which culminates with a super special surprise guest that makes me stop, smile and applaud. I ain't giving that one away.

The group song celebrates 2002, the year American Idol was born. This is just not good. Maybe it's the song. Maybe it's the combination. Maybe it's mute button time.

We're taken behind the scenes of the making of the Ford "video". The kids are magicians. There is a car. You get it.

We're back live and Ryan is quizzing Adam about last night's Simon standing O. No mention of the O not being recorded by DVRs all over the country. An "our bad" would have been nice.

Hey look! It's the mayor of Kalamazoo, Michigan!! He's there to see Matt.

Time to do it.

Adam and Kris are told to stand. Anoop is told to join them. The judges are given a chance to critique Adam, and he's told to sit down.

The two that are not Adam are reminded of their comments last night and Anoop is sent to the bad stools.

Flo-Rida is this week's non-Idol affiliated, no-reason-to-be-here-except-to-hawk-CD guest. At least I am enjoying his performance. That's a first. Man, they're even throwing out the streamers and confetti.

We're back. Danny is told to stand. He's safe.

Matt is next. Ryan tries to fool him before telling him to sit down.

Scott's turn. He's sent to join Anoop on the naughty stools.

Allison is told to stand. Lil is told to join her. They are reminded of their reviews. Allison is safe, and Lil is given her first ticket to the dark side.

Simon says there are two - one in particular - of the three that would be considered for a save. I don't believe it for a minute.

Pickler is next.

Pickler takes the stage, flirts with Simon and warbles through a song that I really don't like.

The trio in trouble is brought center stage. Time to send somebody to safety. Lil is given another chance, leaving Anoop and Scott to wait through a commercial.

The lights are dimmed. Thirty-four million votes were called in. Scott gets the axe. He looks both sad and stunned. I feel sad for him. He reprises last night's song without the weight of the guitar. I hope it's better.

The drama is spread out far beyond what it's worth. Simon puts us out of our misery and sends Scott home. He gets hugs from his colleagues as we watch his journey.

Good luck Scott. You did good.

See you next week!

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Anonymous Julie said...

Loved the suprise and I won't give it away either. It was great!!

First group song of the season I couldn't stand to listen to or watch.

9:19 PM, April 08, 2009  
Blogger Dave said...

I couldn't stand the song back when it was on the radio; I like it even less now. It's hard to imagine a pre-recorded group sing where the harmonies are as bad as this one.

9:22 PM, April 08, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at least the group sing wasn't lip-synched this time - I guess now that Megan is gone, that's unnecessary!


9:22 PM, April 08, 2009  
Anonymous Julie said...

LOL Betsy!

9:25 PM, April 08, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheesh!!! ears!!
Kellie Pickler was really off key tonight.
Hated the song.

10:04 PM, April 08, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paula must feel absolutely terrible. Scott followed her advice to get off the piano and look what happened

10:16 PM, April 08, 2009  
Blogger Kristi Mantoni said...

I have one word for you, Jennifer: Vodka!! It makes the results much, much better! I enjoyed the group sing and the Ford commercial. It was fantastic!!

10:55 PM, April 08, 2009  
Blogger beachmom15 said...

Hey Jennifer!!! I love being able to come here and find out what happened!!! now, I can go to bed!!! LOL... thanks for the great blog... miss ya...
Lisa (lisita15)

11:39 PM, April 08, 2009  
Blogger Nelle said...

I hated the group song..worst ever that I can remember. I am liking Adam better every performance. He is so polished and relaxed he seems like a pro. I felt bad for Scott and felt he sung it much better as his final performance. He had made some poor choices. Nice guy though. I really like Lil and hope she makes some better song choices.
Happy Easter!

2:12 PM, April 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read that the next theme is "songs from the movies" and the guest mentor is Quentin Tarrantino. Seriously.


5:31 PM, April 09, 2009  
Blogger jennifer said...

Tarantino was a guest judge during Movie Songs night in Season Three. He was at the table during the memorable Fantasia "Summertime" performance, so he doesn't bother me as much as being forced to listen to Miley Cyrus. Jennifer Hudson will save the week.

5:51 PM, April 09, 2009  
Blogger Dave said...

Supposedly Tarantino is a huge fan of the show (he's been at several of the finales if I remember correctly) so what he lacks in the musical knowledge department should be offset by his enthusiasm.

Maybe he could direct a Mexican standoff scene with Miss Red (Allison), Mr. Pink (Adam), Mr. White (Gokey), Mrs. Brown (Lil), Mr. Blues (Matt), Mr. Carolina Blue (Anoop) and Mr. Sandy Blonde (Kris) to see who the actual winner is and save us the trouble of the weekly results shows.

9:08 PM, April 10, 2009  
Anonymous Julie said...

Instead of doing the mentoring, he should direct the Ford video.

1:43 AM, April 12, 2009  

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