It's Not About Winning
Idol Gives Back" fallout week on "American Idol."
Last week, because none of the Idolettes got whacked in the name of charity, this week the herd will have to be culled.
Two Idolettes are going.
Phil Stacey is the first.
Jordin Sparks, on the other hand, is enjoying very special treatment tonight after getting totally messed with during "Idol Gives Back" when Seacrest let her believe she'd gotten the hook and then ...kidding!, because who can send someone home on charity night, am I right?
"Jordin, I messed with you so much last week --- sit down," Seacrest says tonight. He must have read his press from last week.
Last week, previous "Idol" winners who've gone on to make it big -- that would be Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood -- performed at the "Idol Gives Back" charity fundraiser alongside such megastars as Dead Elvis, Celine Dion, Annie Lennox, Ben Stiller.
This week, Idol winners you won't remember in three years got to read the 800 phone number you can still call to make a donation, like some telethon of Idol Winners Whose Careers Stalled.
Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Taylor Hicks.
What we wanted was Jennifer Hudson,Chris Daughtry and Clay Aiken.
But, of course, they are all "Idol" contestants who did not win but who have made it big.
This is not lost on the current crop of Idolettes. Take Chris Richardson, for instance.
Chris and Blake Lewis are the last two Idolettes on stage. Phil is out and the womenfolk are all safe. Seacrest notes Chris and Blake have become good friends.
"Best friends," Blake says.
"Awwwww!" the audience says.
"I'd got home for him!" Chris says. (By which, of course, he means "go home, like in a Chris Daughtry, sell
more albums than the winner way.")
"Mmmmmmmmm," Blake mumbles, less convincingly.
They say it doesn't matter which of them gets tossed because they're going to do on the "American Idol" tour together. This is very true. Winning no longer matters in this competition. Would you rather be Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino and Taylor Hicks -- or Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry and Clay Aiken? We rest our case.
Anyway, Chris is out. But Chris looks like Justin Timberlake, and he seems like a nice guy. Sings through his nose, but little girls don't notice those things.
That leaves Blake -- who earlier in the show surprised the judges when he told them the beatbox arrangements they give him so much credit for are actually the product of audio production software -- still in the running for the "Idol" tiara. Plus the three chicks: Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha Jones and Jordin Sparks.
Not much chemistry there.
Editor's note: For more on last night's "American Idol," read Lisa's TV column 'Idol' Men Face A Double-Edged Sword.
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