Sobbin' Women

Everyone weeps buckets during chicks' night in "American Idol" Dedication Week.

Haley Scarnato tears up when judge Simon Cowell says she's vulnerable after singing "Queen of the Night."

Gina Glocksen gets weepy in her I Love My Boyfriend tape -- something about being rejected last year but her boyfriend made her audition this year.

Alaina Alexander's mom cries when she hears her daughter dedicate her song, "I'm not Ready to Make Nice," to her. Then Alaina appears on the verge of tears when judge Randy Jackson calls her performance "a mess," Paula Abdul calls it pitchy, and Simon says it's like Randy trying to run a one hundred meter race -- "in the middle you lost it."

Jordin Sparks starts crying, listening to herself in a taped bit in which she dedicates her song to her little brother. Her dad, in the audience, bawls too.

"I think the dedications are probably getting to you," Simon tells Jordin.

They're getting to me too -- in a sickening, soppy way.

And yet, Dedication Week has not been without its happy moments. Like when Antonella Barba drives Simon to near tears, saying she'll listen to Paula's more positive review of her thin performance because "Simon was wrong about Jennifer Hudson."

"We put Jennifer Hudson" on "American Idol!" Simon protests, meaning the three judges.

"The American audience voted her out! I didn't kick Jennifer Hudson out!" he continues, in a bit of a panic.

"If the audience disagrees with me about you, you'll be here next week."

By Lisa de Moraes  |  March 1, 2007; 8:07 AM ET "American Idol"
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I voted for Antonella. She's a train wreck, and I love it. And can we start taking bets on how long before she starts doing commercial porn? I'm going with -two seconds after she's booted out of AI.

Posted by: Justin | March 1, 2007 8:56 AM

I'm giving Antonella a bit longer. Let's say two weeks to a month after she's booted. Somewhere in that time talk that she's going to appear in Playboy will come in.

Posted by: petal | March 1, 2007 9:05 AM

OK, I'm done with this blog. It's completely worthless. You never say anything about the actual performances. The posts have degenerated into one or two-sentence recaps of what the judges say and now you're not even bothering to cover all of the performers. It's clear you hate the show. I'm not going to suggest you stop doing the blog, or that you make it a little more editorial and less play-by-play -- I'm just going to stop reading.

Posted by: Steve M | March 1, 2007 9:11 AM

All I can say is Antonella is not the right singer to throw Jennifer Hudson in Simon's face. She really is out of her league -- this would have been the singer for Simon to use that line on - there's no way her voice is a match for Lakisha, Melinda, Sabrina, or Gina and many of the others. She is one of the worst of the bunch. But she is very attractive and I'm sure a lot of Justin's out there will be keeping her on for awhile.

As far as Simon being panicked - I didn't see it that way. It's not as if he hasn't been expecting this comment to come along. I was more than happy to hear his response to that, which was really quite accurate - he may have panned Jennifer but America voted her out. Ok, maybe folks were influence by Simon but I think plenty of people vote for singers Simon has panned.

Posted by: Bobbi | March 1, 2007 9:12 AM

Gotta agree with Steve M. on the quality of this blog entry. Dull. How could you not comment on the line of the night? After all the brouhaha over Antonella's skanky pix on the net, Ryan says to one of the other girls after she held up the wrong number of fingers for her phone number, "That would SUCK!" ROFL!

Posted by: Snarko | March 1, 2007 9:31 AM

C'mon, peeps, relax about the content of blogging already.

Lisa isn't a music-talent professional, she's a television critic. Her tv analysis is usually dead-on, especially when it comes to hype around self-important reality tv.

I have a ball watching Idol, but the outcome isn't going to revolutionize popular music. Its just a tv show about a lot of people very eager to do anything to become famous. That is the entertainment portion of the show -- the singing is just the filler to get you to the next set of "judicious" comments.

Posted by: ChillPill | March 1, 2007 9:42 AM

technically, lisa isn't a tv critic. that would be tom shales. lisa is a reported who covers television, as in the industry itself. hence, her columns on ratings, et al...

as for idol, i don't understand why everyone blames simon for jennifer hudson getting cut years ago. the judges chose her for hollywood and the semi's, the viewers were the ones who voted her off of the show. granted, i'm sure he made disparaging comments about her weight b/c that's what he does. however, i think he was rather annoyed when she was cut. wow, i'm not even an idol fan, just of general logic and common sense

Posted by: cee_jay | March 1, 2007 10:17 AM

If you don't like the blog, please feel free to read some of the other ones. And I'm glad Simon said what he did, because he was right. They put her through, the viewers voted her off. Simon talked sh*t about her, but he does that about practically everyone.

Posted by: blog | March 1, 2007 10:31 AM

Well they could have moved JH on and how would we ever know the difference if the audience had voted her off. If you guys believe the Repubs stole 2 national elections then stealing an AI one would be a piece of cake.

Posted by: Stick | March 1, 2007 10:39 AM

Kudoes to Lisa, or whoever wrote the headline, for calling up the wonderful movie musical 7 Brides for 7 Brothers:
"Let me tell ya 'bout those sobbin' women, who lived in the Roman days."

(Backwoodsman Howard Keel misunderstood "Sabine")

Posted by: Jack | March 1, 2007 10:49 AM

American Idol went downhill when it started celebrating wailing gospel singing, instead of looking for people that actually have the potential to make it in the music business. As great as the singing was last night, not a single one of those performances would have made me run out to by a CD.

Posted by: jo | March 1, 2007 10:53 AM

Antonella's not classy enough for Playboy. Larry Flynt will make sure she becomes infamous. Antonella comparing herself to Jennifer Hudson is like George Bush comparing himself to George Clooney...there are no similarities. No sympathy for her. Toilet Girl is too nice of a moniker for her.

ok, to the music. I think Alaina should accompany the toilet chick to the "has been" interview corner this evening, but I think someone less deserving will likely go, as everyone likes a fecal covered train wreck.

Posted by: cj | March 1, 2007 10:55 AM

Simon is pretty on-point, most times with his analysis, he was dead wrong about Jennifer Hudson, yes he made unkind remarks about her hair, size, outfits, and yes even her voice. I recall him using the word, manic as an adjective during Motown week with guest judges Ashford & Simpson, who wrote many Motown hits, to desecribe her performance of Heatwave. I hope she comes back to perform this year.

Posted by: AI Kinda Sorta Fan | March 1, 2007 10:58 AM

** Gina Glocksen? They should call her Gina Goon-sen. She towers over Seacrest; she's got the body of Antonio Gates (ffb reference for the guys)

** Lakeesha. Sitting on the couch, Ryan says what a "sexy leg" she has. Christ, Secretariat had sexier legs. I could just hear Simon offstage as the camera focused in on Lakeesha: "I don't mean to be rude, but we're going to need a bigger couch".

** Alaian Alexander. She's not all that; her mom is hotter than her dumb ***

** Alazya Doolittle. She was muy grande . . . but muy gay. In her dedication, she dedicates the song to the two most important people in her life, two women; calls them her "Gails" referencing Oprah (very g-a-y); and sings "My Funny Valentine" which I think Clay Aiken covered on multiple occasions

**Antonella Barba. No mention of the Internet? She had a scared look on her face the whole performance; why can't her confidence in her sexual escapades translate to her singing? But, during her song, I thought that I would be the guy up front in the mosh pit, to start the hand waving back and forth ala Prince performance. Great story to tell my boys upon return to work

** At one point, how about Seacreast flirting with Sanjay? Jeolous over hair conditioner; issues. . . .

** Stephanie Edwards. I thought she was terrible; my boy Simon loved her which is one of the rare times that I disagreed with him.

** Haley Scarnato. Finance?? Fiance??? I got a serious OJ vibe when she said about him: "he says its not good with me being away". Guessing he just loves the thought of a 3 month competition. She looked and sounded ca-coo-ya; but I think the teeny boppers will keep her in another week

** Sabrina Sloan. Anyone see her dedication? She dedicates the song to her very sick grandma; gets all weepy. Then during the performance, the camera cuts to the audience and Sabrina's grandmother was breakdancing!! It was like the scene in Blues Brothers when Belusi does the flips up the church aisle --- Its a miracle!!

Posted by: The Ghost of Justin Guarini | March 1, 2007 11:02 AM

I think all Aretha, Stevie Wonder, Whitney, Celine & Mariah songs should be banned from Idol. I am sure there are other artists as well, these are just the ones that I don't like hearing repeatedly butchered season after season. Also Chaka Khan & Patti Labelle. Celine just because I don't want to hear anything related to her!! LOL!!

Posted by: AI kinds sorta fan | March 1, 2007 11:10 AM

** Lakeesha. Sitting on the couch, Ryan says what a "sexy leg" she has. Christ, Secretariat had sexier legs. I could just hear Simon offstage as the camera focused in on Lakeesha: "I don't mean to be rude, but we're going to need a bigger couch".

that's just plain rude... if you're going to say something.. try to be a little more original than harping on someone's weight or sexual orientation..

you must have missed the intelligence portion when your brain was being created..

Posted by: What! | March 1, 2007 11:25 AM

I've heard a rumor that Antonella has been spotted back on the campus of Catholic Univ. Speculation is that we won't see her on the show tonight. Apparently, last night's show was taped (which is why she was still on, and no mention was made of the photos), but the results show is live.

Posted by: Antonella out? | March 1, 2007 11:27 AM

AI doesn't celebrate whiny gospel, it celebrates...

...Phat black women who can sing some version of RESPECT or And I'm Tellin You. AI LOVES these women because they can market them - the WHOLE point of the show.

...skinny blonde women who can carry a pop tune with just enough emotion to locate the pulse of the American 18-24 y.o. woman - skinny, blonde or otherwise. of any physical description unless he is obviously gay. men as long as they can croon a song with enough emotion to transport a soccer mom 1000 miles away from her desparate suburban house life.

and all of the above is WHY I AM A FAN!!!!

its just too good.

btw - voted five times for Doolittle. That girl could be the next Anita Baker (if she can play piano - Oleta Adams) (if she can play piano and write a song - Patrice Rushen). LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her.

Posted by: Brightwood, NW DC | March 1, 2007 11:27 AM

As someone who does not watch the show, I did find today's blog a little lacking. The past blogs were more descriptive and very funny.

Posted by: dym | March 1, 2007 11:52 AM

I'm glad Lisa is filling us in on Idol because until the pig twit Antonella is gone, I won't watch AI again. Fox apparently doesn't think desecrating the WWII Veterans' Memorial is a problem. What's with these foolish girls doing foolish things and making very foolish choices? I don't feel a bit sorry for any embarassment or discomfort she may suffer. Although, she's obviously so dumb it probably doesn't bother her. When will young girls figure out that the stupid things they do now can come back and bite them in the ***? Maybe she can join the staff of former President BJ Clinton.

Posted by: Shelley | March 1, 2007 12:16 PM

President BJ Clinton ... thats funny. I am glad to know that a great president like Bill still gets under the skin of yuckity yucks that feign being offended by it, but love talking about sex. Desecration? Please.

Posted by: Bill Monroe | March 1, 2007 12:24 PM

Fox pre-empted the extraordinary show "House" for this? I want Hugh Laurie (sings, plays piano, writes, acts a bit) back, stat!

Posted by: claude | March 1, 2007 2:01 PM

I still can't get over Antonella making it in...she's just that bad.

I wonder how the girl that got cut last (remember, she and Antonella were the last two up for cutting and they kept Antonella) feels knowing she lost out to such a hack? She actually seemed like a great singer.

That decision never made sense to me. I know that Simon and Randy like to put "pretty" girls through and sometimes singing is secondary, but that girl had a great voice and was a looker.

What is up with men finding a trashy chick like Antonella so appealing? Maybe the question answers itself.

Posted by: biggy | March 1, 2007 2:06 PM

Simon was really mean to Jennifer Hudson, I remember being really angry when she was voted out. It was the week the 3 divas were in the bottom, Fantasia, LaToya and Jennifer. I remember Simon commenting on her voice, her weightt and at one point saying that when she sang she looked like she was having a bowel movement. But the show wouldn't be the same without Simon making mean comments, it's one of the reasons we watch it!

Posted by: Carol | March 1, 2007 2:28 PM

Bill Monroe: I'm not offended by sex. I'm dismayed by young girls who act like twits.

And yes, it is desecration. My parents are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. My father took multiple bullets in Europe during WWII and felt the effects of said bullets for his entire adult life so your simple, naval-gazing a** wouldn't have to speak German as a primary language today.

Posted by: Shelley | March 1, 2007 2:28 PM

Ummm, can we keep the comments relevant to AI. The Clinton/Germans are Coming/WWII blog comment section is located elsewhere.

Posted by: bigeugene | March 1, 2007 2:32 PM

No one has commented that it is a refreshing change for Paula to make appropriate jokes, actually to be pretty funny, and to take Simpon's asinine attacks with marginally better grace. I know that this comment isn't about the singing, but she didn't make me wince last night--which is a big plus. Simon's comparing the sound of her judging to that lame scat singing, on the other hand, fell like the poison-filled lead balloon that he specializes in launching.

Also funny to me: the dead-eyed expression that Haley Scarnato displayed while receiving Simon's feedback. Nothing, not even dagger-eyed silent loathing, says "you are a worm" better. She was terrible, but she gets points for masterful disdain.

Posted by: carol | March 1, 2007 2:54 PM

"I've heard a rumor that Antonella has been spotted back on the campus of Catholic Univ. Speculation is that we won't see her on the show tonight. Apparently, last night's show was taped (which is why she was still on, and no mention was made of the photos), but the results show is live."

If the results show is live, then she wouldn't be spotted back at Catholic University now, would she?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 1, 2007 6:08 PM

I wonder how much the Vote for the Worst site is responsible for Antonella still being first I didn't think it would make much difference, but now I'm seeing references to it everywhere, so maybe they've got a large enough constituency to make a difference.

As for Lakisha's legs...I'm sure there are plenty of men who think she's sexy as hell. Sexual predilections and ideas of attractiveness vary so much it's pretty useless trying to make convincing statements about them.

Posted by: sara | March 1, 2007 11:31 PM

jordin sparks is just 17, so she can be forgiven if she cries. it's lots of pressure for anyone, much less a teenager. she has remarkable composure, for the most part, and a terrific voice.
p.s. jennifer hudson was not voted off by the simon, randy and paula panel. the american public voted her off.

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