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Lakisha Jones has won "American Idol" 6. Hooray!

Oh wait -- you say there are three more months of this?

But seriously, even judge Simon Cowell thought she won. His exact words to the show's other 23 contestants about Lakisha's performance were: "I am very tempted to say to 23 people, 'Book your plane tickets home'...That was in a different league to anything I've heard."

Lakisha blew away the competition singing "And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going" which, show host Ryan Seacrest noted, was performed by former "Idol" contestant Jennifer Hudson in the flick "Dreamgirls" for which she is about to win an Academy Award.

These days, "American Idol" is trying as hard to grab on to Hudson's coattails as she is trying to pry "Idol" off of them. Hudson was an early exiter in the "Idol" competition -- one of the franchise's least proud moments.

Lakisha and the other 11 chicks all sang one night. This year's 12 guy contestants sang the night before.

And while Lakisha was in a league all her own, five other women delivered strong performances: Stephanie Edwards, Jordin Sparks, Melinda Doolittle, and Gina Glocksen. The other six, not so much.

The guys, they should tuck their tails between their legs and slink off into the night. The producers even think so, they had show host Ryan Seacrest ask judge Randy Jackson, at the end of Chick Night, how many men he'd put through to the final 12 if producers tossed out the whole six guys-six chicks format.

Which, by the way, totally has to go this season.

Anyway, Randy said he'd keep just four guys "because the girls blew it out of the box tonight!"

He was being kind. To the guys.

Seacrest had asked judge Paula Abdul a similar question at the top of the show. What he said was something along the lines of "After sleeping on it, how do you look at the guys?"

It was a really unfortunate choice of words. But his point was well taken and the three judges agreed the guys were bad.

It was a theme to which they returned over and over as the chicks performed:

"You were a million times better than any performance we saw last night," Simon told Stephanie Edwards after she belted out "How Come You Don't Call Me."

"America - we finally gout ourselves a Season 6 competition!" Randy enthused after Sabrina Sloan delivered "Never Loved A Man The Way That I Love You."

The three judges also loved Jordin Sparks, backup singer Melinda Doolittle and, to a lesser degree, Gina Glockson.

As for the rest of the female contestants, Simon, as usual, was "spot on":

Amy Krebs was entirely forgettable, right down to her hair and her dress.

Leslie Hunt sang like a dog walker on stage -- out of her comfort zone.

Antonella Barba picked a song that ate her up -- like Ryan Seacrest trying to be an evening news anchor.

Haley Scarnato sounded 40. Alaina Alexander's performance was a mess and if she makes it to next week it will be because she's pretty, slender and blonde.

But Simon really pulled out the thesaurus to describe Nicole Tranquillo's desperate performance of Chaka Khan's "Stay": indulgent, aggressive, unnatural looking, fake, and overrehearsed.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 21, 2007; 11:34 PM ET
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Comments

One name you missed in your list of 5 other strong performances -- Sabrina Sloan. (You mentioned 5 but listed only 4).

How can we lose the guys NOW?? Maybe everyone can agree to stop watching on guys nights...

Posted by: demoraes_debest | February 22, 2007 9:06 AM | Report abuse

You missed Sabrina Sloan

Posted by: Me | February 22, 2007 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Hey, if you go to the American Idol website, they're doing a poll as to who did the best? (The girls, The boys, Liked them both, Reserving Judgment)

Despite the inaccuracy of the labels (since when is a 27 year old a 'girl' or a 'boy'??), and the completely unscientific nature of the poll (you can vote as many times as you want) as of now, over 17,000 votes have come in and 'The girls' brought in 90%.

Posted by: demoraes_debest | February 22, 2007 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be surprising if they decided to let the bottom four OVERALL go tonight, regardless of their gender?

Posted by: Steve M | February 22, 2007 9:43 AM | Report abuse

lisa - what is the point of your blog if you simply repeat lines that simon uses, and i'm not talking about just the times you quote him. i estimate your entry is 32 sentences, more than half of which are either direct quotes or paraphrasing what he says. I KNOW WHAT SIMON SAID LAST NIGHT, i watched the show. i read your blog to get some insight. your are not, after all, a stenographer.

Posted by: john dog | February 22, 2007 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Lisa is performing a public service for those of us who don't want to start actually watching until they get to the top ten. She watches and reports so we don't have to, thank goodness.

Posted by: CallMeSkeptical | February 22, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I have to disagree with Lisa and Simon - I thought Lakisha Jones was very good, but she was pushing too hard on the vocals at the end and her stage presence needs work. These aren't insurmountable issues - she'll get better as the show progresses, and I think it's more lack of training than anything else.

But Melinda Doolittle was far and away the best performance of the year, and maybe one of the best of the last couple of years. I can't get over the difference between her stage presence and her off-stage presence; she's so remarkably shy until she starts singing, and then she magically transforms into a totally dynamic, charismatic powerhouse. And she's the best singer this year, but that doesn't always mean anything.

Posted by: Kate | February 22, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I couldn't understand a word Sabrina sang. I'm surprised the judges loved her. She needs dictation lessons!

Lakisha stole the show last night, no question. Her song choice was predictable given her comparisons to Jennifer Hudson and the popularity of "Dreamgirls".

Posted by: Anonymous | February 22, 2007 10:19 AM | Report abuse

The winner will either be Melinda Doolittle or Lakisha Jones. The darkhorse will be Jordin Sparks. Alot has to do with song selection. Two guys will step up as the competition continues.

Posted by: BJ | February 22, 2007 10:47 AM | Report abuse

The winner will either be Melinda Doolittle or Lakisha Jones. The darkhorse will be Jordin Sparks. Alot has to do with song selection. Two guys will step up as the competition continues.

Posted by: BJ | February 22, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

The winner will either be Melinda Doolittle or Lakisha Jones. The darkhorse will be Jordin Sparks. Alot has to do with song selection. Two guys will step up as the competition continues.

Posted by: BJ | February 22, 2007 10:49 AM | Report abuse

How about other shows on TV like ABC's sabotaging of Lost by promoting that three mysteries would be solved las tnight when exactly ZERO were solved!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo | February 22, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I usually do not watch "Reality Shows" as a rule, but American Idol is an exception. It is a microcosm of American Life. The singers individual stories; the familial bickering between Simon and Ryan and the crazy aunt and uncle cast as Paula and Randy are intriguing to say the least. Do you think that they could cast a lovable dog? I'm partial to chocolate Labs!

Posted by: Margo R. Cary | February 22, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

There is no way you can forget Sabrina Sloan! Please, review your stuff before you post it. There is no way Glocksen could hold a candle next to Sloan. My top four overall are Edwards, Sloan, Doolittle and Jones. The rest you can send home.

Posted by: Dirk | February 22, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

There is no way you can forget Sabrina Sloan! Please, review your stuff before you post it. There is no way Glocksen could hold a candle next to Sloan. My top four overall are Edwards, Sloan, Doolittle and Jones. The rest you can send home.

Posted by: Dirk | February 22, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

6 & 6 ??? How can they kick off good singers (the girls) just to add 6 losers (the boys). Doesn't seem fair to kick the only good ones off just cause they aren't boys ?!?

Posted by: Rich | February 22, 2007 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Pipe down, John Dog. The concept o' this here 'blog is "Lisa Watches So We Don't Have To." Hurray for you and thanks for sharing that you watched Simon speak the words that the Divine Miss DeM transcribed. The rest of us are just incredibly appreciative that our Pookie takes the time to pick the few gems from the tons of flotsam and jetsam produced by Simon/Ryan/et al's bloviations and then share them with us each Wednesday and Thursday morning. So turn off the "Original Sentence Counter" function in your browser and sit back and enjoy the snark.

Posted by: VoR | February 22, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Well, according to dialidol.com, it appears that Sundance and Antonella are number 2 and 3 overall in voting respectively. Obviously, this is the work of "Votefortheworst.com" and I couldn't be happier if this dumb show kept terrible contestants for far longer than deserved.

Posted by: Matt | February 22, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

recapping for those who dont watch, etc, is fine -- but you can find that at the idol website. the idea is to offer AN ORIGINAL VOICE in addition to what transpired. the blogger has a platform. its a disappointment that she spends most of her entry simply repeating simon's lines and with a bare minimum of original content sourced in her own viewpoint. as far as VoR's entreaty to "enjoy the snark" -- please! that's the core problem with the blog, it lacks any sense of snark, at least other than what the judges have already said.
consider, for example, comments by margo cary (above). see, suggesting that they add a dog to the show -- that's original. suggesting that it be a chocolate lab -- that's funny. original, funny -- lisa, please take note.

Posted by: john dog | February 22, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Matt's comment is funny. Its a "dumb show", yet not only does he watch it, he reads blogs about it, comments on blogs about it, and monitors the results using the dialidol.com web site. How much time does he spend on shows he likes?

Posted by: Dan | February 22, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey JohnDog,

Lisa doesn't tell you how to cook the French Fries, don't try telling her how to write her columns/blogs.

Posted by: WoW | February 22, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

It is a dumb show, even if you enjoy it, its not arguable that it is a dumb show. To be honest, I don't often watch the show, and I can't say I watched either show this week, but I love a good trainwreck as much as the next person, so hopefully, it will get real ugly.

Posted by: Matt | February 22, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Lakisha rules!

It was a daring song choice, and it really paid off (it could have gone horribly wrong if she weren't able to perform it)...

I'm really looking forward to her future performances. As for the others, I like Melinda's humility and personality.

I only wish that she and the judges would drop the "back-up singer" storyline. It's getting old and may bite her on the butt later on...

Posted by: RJB | February 22, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey JohnDog,

Lisa doesn't tell you how to cook the French Fries, don't try telling her how to write her columns/blogs.

Posted by: WoW | February 22, 2007 12:51 PM

okay, WoW, i think i got it: no using this forum to, say...comment? thanks oodles for the lecture. btw -- re "how to cook the French Fries": WoW, indeed!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 22, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Enough about LaKisha's daring song choice and amazing talent! She sang the same songs, Think and And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going, for a local talent show in Houston in 2005 (Gimme the Mike, Houston). She came in second in that contest and has since moved from Houston.
Anyway - those songs are her bread and butter. The real test will be to see how well she can sing something new and in a different style.

Posted by: Mally | February 23, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

The writer totally neglected to list Sabrina Sloan in the top 5 girls! She has an amazing voice - her tone, control, everything was superb. The person who couldn't understand her? I think they are confused as to who Sabrina is. She was excellent in her delivery.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 28, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

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