'American Idol': The Wave of the Past

A Very Special Night on "American Idol." The traditional Pimping of "'Til Death" is back, only this time Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher & Her Incredible Shoes all have turned out to pitch in.

Judge Paula Abdul is wearing what's left of a sparkly silver outfit, the left shoulder of which apparently was torn off in a scuffle. Ditto the fingers on her black evening gloves. And yet, miraculously, her attackers did not make off with the layers of diamond bracelets around her wrists. What luck!

Each Idolette has been challenged to find a song to sing from the year he or she was born.

Ramiele Malubay thinks "Alone" was the best song "Idol" had available from the year she was born. The Mosh Pit Chicks do the Wave. Randaula wants us to know how brave Ramiele is to sing while she's sick, though it meant her pitch was way off, though she's "beyond good." Simon Cowell thinks her performance will get her through to next week, given how bad last week's performance was, and that got her through to this week. We like his logic.

Jason Castro, on the other hand, likes "Fragile" the best of his options. He tries out a stoned Spaniard take on the tune; it involves playing the guitar in a sort of manic Spanish way, while mumbling the lyrics and making funny faces. The Mosh Pit Chicks switch to the Wave Clap. Randaula doesn't think Jason did anything special, except stay true to who he is. Simon blasts his performance as "busking outside the subway" and warns him he'd better stop being so laid back and "in your own world" and start taking the competition more seriously if he expects to become this year's American Idol Treacle Tune winner. Deadline for getting in your song is March 31, by the way.

"Are you taking this seriously?" show host Ryan Seacrest asks Jason. "Yeah," says Jason, after thinking hard. To back up his point, he mentions his guitar playing was sloppy and he didn't practice enough. Which just goes to show you, "Yeah" is a relative term.

Syesha Mercado thinks "If I Were Your Woman" the best song for her. The Mosh Pit Hands are back to doing the Wave. Randaula comes unhinged at the "stellar"-ness and "blazing hot"-itude of it all, while Simon calls it her best performance to date but not as good as all that.

Chikezie Eze falls back into lounge-lizard mode for "If Only for One Night," reaching toward the Mosh Pit Chicks to touch their hands, which are big celebrities now, having gotten more air time in the past few weeks than anyone else on the show. Randy didn't love it; Paula did. Simon thought Chikezie sang well but the Mosh Pit Hand touching was cheesy. Chikezie says he was singing for the Mosh Pit Hands. Hello? Voting viewers at home?

This years's winner? David A. performs. (Frank Micelotta - Fox)

After last week's twirling and wiggling "Here Comes the Sun" disaster, Nanny Brooke has learned it's best if she not move on stage and plants herself firmly behind a piano for "Every Breath You Take." Ironic, given that her breath control continues to be the worst in the history of "American Idol." But there's a certain nanny appropriateness to a song about how she'll be watching every move you make. She starts the song, bungles it, stops and starts all over again. Randaulamon raves about her ability to bungle the start, stop and start again. Even Seacrest weighs in, calling it "a very brave move."

"Yes, generally you shouldn't do that," Nanny Brooke lectures.

This is the perfect time for Seacrest to announce we can go online and vote for our favorite new Coca-Cola cup design, which will then be seen being used by Randaulamon.

Michael Johns hasn't had a chance to sing Queen since getting to Hollywood, so he's thrilled they did "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" the year he was born.

The Mosh Pit Chicks begin Waving their arms like a field of grass, while we dream of our father's weed whacker. Randaula compliments him on finding the right song and showing off his big ol' voice. Simon says it's the first time he's seen star potential in Michael.

It's time for the annual "American Idol" singing of "Total Eclipse of the Heart," this year performed by Carly Smithson as her antidote to last week's "Blackbird," which nearly got her booted. She was doing okay until the end, when she went a little nuts. Randy does not like the "whole rocker thing," which is confusing because he's loved her "rocker thing" in the past. Paula admires Carly's ability to take a song Paula's not crazy about and make her want to go buy it. Simon's with Randy, calling it tense and uptight. Seacrest wonders whether she was uptight. "No, I went to the bathroom" before singing, Carly says.

David Archuleta, this year's winner, sings "You're the Voice" after informing the nation he may miss his high school prom. Randaula thinks it a strange song choice, though David A. can sing the phone book. Next week: Idolettes sing Yellow Pages! Simon, the only judge worth listening to, says it reminded him of one of those ghastly theme park performances where the singer is surrounded by animated creatures and invites everyone to sing along.

Kristy Lee Cook plays the citizen card, picking "God Bless the USA" by way of reminding viewers one of the contestants is Australian and another is Irish. Randaulamon loves this song -- really? -- and Simon calls it the most clever song choice ever.

Finally, David Cook does the rocker take on Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." Randaula it calls brilliant and -- you know it's coming -- brave. Simon, who previously had dismissed David C.'s performances as "smug," calls it "amazing."

By Lisa de Moraes  |  March 26, 2008; 6:03 AM ET "American Idol"
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Simon is obnoxious and rude ,sometimes on the money and sometimes totally wrong.He's not as smart as he thinks he is and why doesn't he dress properly. His wardrobe reflects his arrogance.

Posted by: Joanne Theodorou | March 26, 2008 8:09 AM

Simon is obnoxious and rude ,sometimes on the money and sometimes totally wrong.He's not as smart as he thinks he is and why doesn't he dress properly. His wardrobe reflects his arrogance.

Posted by: Joanne Theodorou | March 26, 2008 8:09 AM

Simon is obnoxious and rude ,sometimes on the money and sometimes totally wrong.He's not as smart as he thinks he is and why doesn't he dress properly. His wardrobe reflects his arrogance.

Posted by: Joanne Theodorou | March 26, 2008 8:09 AM

Boring = Look up Jason Castro and David Archuleta in the dictionary. So "David A. could sing the phonebook..." - Yes - and it would be about that exciting too.

Posted by: Boring | March 26, 2008 8:18 AM

"The Mosh Pit Chicks begin Waving their arms like a field of grass, while we dream of our father's weed whacker."

This is the most accurate feeling I have ever seen expressed in print. I share the feeling and now I have a way to properly describe it.

Posted by: Robbo | March 26, 2008 8:22 AM

Is there not one single mirror in Casa Abdul? Seriously, what the h*** was she wearing last night? This is your fashion sense on crack, kids. Don't let it happen to you.

Posted by: jpstang | March 26, 2008 8:38 AM

I was actually impressed with the Horse Pawner last night. Simon was right - it was the most clever song choice - FOR HER - because it saved her sorry butt. Nothing like reaching out to middle class mid-west USA to keep you singing for another week or 2.

Posted by: sick at work today | March 26, 2008 8:45 AM

So it's politics, is it? Well, we've already had Imagine, an anarchist anthem, but I wasn't expecting KLC to play the flag card.

OK, how about Carly doing Wild Colonial Boy, or Patriot Game? That should wind Simon right up.

Posted by: mark | March 26, 2008 8:54 AM

Last night was without doubt the most tedious segment of this season and that includes the second Beatle week.

The only thing that made yesterday worth spending DVR space on AI was David Cook's take on Billie Jean which was the closest thing to a Nick Cave impersonation that anyone will ever see on AI.

Meanwhile, Kristy panders to the flag-waving portion of Americans living in fly-over country and lucks into a song that generates a Pavlovian reaction in that group. If country week is next week she may manage to ride into the top 8 which isn't bad for someone who's been a perpetual bottom dweller for the last few weeks.

Posted by: Mike | March 26, 2008 9:09 AM

You missed the not-so-subtle dig from Simon about David A.'s dad--"I don't think you picked this song on your own."

I wouldn't discount the "what the heck song is that?!?" factor in the voting this week...David may be hurting.

Posted by: jw | March 26, 2008 9:14 AM

KLC's selection was indeed clever and should keep her alive. David's selection -- big mistake. Maybe a bottom 3 inclusion would wake him up. Jason's performance -- very subway musician. Carly still needs to cover up her arms and tone it down. She is scary. Either Jason or Carly should go.

Posted by: Joe | March 26, 2008 9:27 AM

I vote for Jason going. He's the same every week and mumbles way too much. I liked Carly and Michael last night.

Posted by: WI | March 26, 2008 9:31 AM

jw - good catch - I was thinking the same thing about Alfred E. Neuman's dad when Simon said that...

Randaulamon - isn't that the new Pakistani prime minister?

Worst night of the season (and that's saying something) until David Cook hit a home run with his cover of Billie Jean (but is it too much to ask for him to sneak in the lyric "but the chair is not my son")...

Posted by: Rob Iola | March 26, 2008 9:40 AM

As I watched David A. sing last night I kept thinking the song sounded like a song from some feel-good kid's church musical.

I have to say he drives me nuts and I wish he'd go. I wish there were a way to vote against!

Posted by: rh | March 26, 2008 9:46 AM

if you go to youtube (or votefortheworst.com), you'll see that David Cook's rendition of Billie Jean was a rip off of Chris Cornell, who has an album coming out with a similar version of the song.

Why do the contestants think it's a good idea to think of a song that nobody's ever heard (David A.)?

And boy do I feel old hearing that those songs are from the year they were born--esp the contestants who look older.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 26, 2008 10:01 AM

if you go to youtube (or votefortheworst.com), you'll see that David Cook's rendition of Billie Jean was a rip off of Chris Cornell, who has an album coming out with a similar version of the song.

Why do the contestants think it's a good idea to think of a song that nobody's ever heard (David A.)?

And boy do I feel old hearing that those songs are from the year they were born--esp the contestants who look older.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 26, 2008 10:01 AM

Look at Chris Cornell's latest album and you will find David Cook's song (a point made by Ryan while pandering in the mosh pit).

Posted by: Va Terp | March 26, 2008 10:06 AM

"Why do the contestants think it's a good idea to think of a song that nobody's ever heard (David A.)?"
It was his stage-dads' choice. David A's father is competing with Kit Caulkin for Stage-Dad-from-Hell.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 26, 2008 10:09 AM

Disappointed in both David A. and Chikezie this week. Michael J. and David C. rocked. All of the girls can go home. They wouldn't be missed.

Carly once again wears a sleeveless blouse. It's going to get her booted sooner rather than later.

I think Simon's reference to Kristy's song being "clever" is because of the uproar over a certain anti-American minister in Chicago. IMHO.

Jason Castro was a disaster - couldn't understand a word he sang. Even my more-hip-than-me spouse didn't have a clue what he was singing.

Paula looked like she got dressed using old, old floosie clothes from her grandmother's closet. The only thing missing was bright red lipstick smeared all over her mouth and a gigantic "Delta Dawn" flower on her bossom.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 26, 2008 10:12 AM

You cannot tell me a "panel member" is clean and sober--the slurring, word fumbling and, oh heavens, jpstang above got it right:

"Seriously, what the h*** was she wearing last night?"

And, Randy, and his "dawg" crap--isn't he a grown man? So denigrating. It's so over.

Why does Ryan Seacrest attack Simon so viciously--and eliminate him from individual panel introductions and ending comments? He gives himself unnecessary license just because he is host.

Simon is justified at retaliation. He is the only one with common sense and fortitude on that panel.

Posted by: saucypersian | March 26, 2008 10:21 AM

I'm truly starting to like Simon...I saw him interviewed on BBC Top Gear and he's just razor-sharp.

Posted by: 23112 | March 26, 2008 10:38 AM

Nameless poster, aren't all the songs technically "rip-offs" of one or another rendition?

Just because David Cook continues to select more modern arrangements, whether they have been done before or not, doesn't minimize his vocal ability or performative qualities.

In fact, asking the contestants to compose more modern arrangements asks too much I think--despite some of their prior visits to the industry, they are NOT composers. That David is a true music fan himself (being aware of these other versions of songs) makes me like him more.

I do think it's important to mention, if and that, the version being sung was created by another artist (like Chris Cornell).

The show was a waste of time before David's finale.

Posted by: sam | March 26, 2008 10:56 AM

I agree with Sam about David Cook's singing of Chris Cornell's arrangement of "Billie Jean." And please note, nameless poster, that the arrangement was credited prior to David singing it - hardly a rip-off that way. Seacrest introduced David "singing Chris Cornell's version of 'Billie Jean.'" David Cook actually gave me goose bumps with his performance.

Everyone else was cr*p, but Ramiele was the worst this week.

Posted by: con-e | March 26, 2008 11:17 AM

Oh and please, I should've referred to David by his proper "Coroner Munchkin" moniker... that's who he really is to me.

Posted by: con-e | March 26, 2008 11:20 AM

After last night's show, I was curious about Chris Cornell's version of "Billie Jean," so I gave it a listen. Yeah, David C. used it as his springboard, but in my less-than-authoritative opinion, David C. has a stronger voice and I would rather listen to his version. As Sam noted, the good thing is that Ryan mentioned the Chris Cornell version, so folks can go out and judge the similarities for themselves.

David A.'s song reminded me of those insipid group numbers at the beginning of the Miss American pageant (that is, before A&E or whoever took it over tarted it up this year).

Kristy Lee gets the NASCAR vote for sure. Talladega, here she comes!

Posted by: the anti-Celine | March 26, 2008 11:36 AM

I thought this was actually one of the best Idol shows this season. Michael was amazing, and I really enjoyed Carly, Syesha and Brooke. My bottom three would be Jason, Ramiele and David A, with Jason going home. He does the same weak mumbling every week and it's just boring and not very good.

Posted by: Amanda | March 26, 2008 11:39 AM

David C was awesome and credit was given where it was due as to whose version it was. There are many of us who had no idea Chris Cornell had done the song, so props to them for not making us think David came up with it all on his own.

I think Jason hooked up with Paula's 'pharmacutical rep'. That boy looks more and more stoned every week. Last night sounded like something I'd hear in my dentist's office.

Ramiele is either boring or sounds like crap; each week it's one or the other.

Did anyone else think that the back up singers were off last night? There were several not good notes coming from them last night.

Posted by: hangin in herndon | March 26, 2008 12:00 PM

Whose cruel idea was it to stick Brad Garrett, who makes most NBA players look like David Archuleta, right in front of that poor little girl? Was is the same person who thought Paula should dress like a Rodeo Drive rollerblader?

I found many of the baby pictures telling. It was good to know that Ramiele quit her habit of biting -- till, of course, she took the stage.

I longed for Jason's push-button, no-string toy guitar from his childhood, which would have served him better than the real thing. If I were riding the subway with Simon, I would have taken coins out of his guitar case after that number. His stoner act is beginning to rival Sean Penn's.

Syesha had to revert to her baby cry to score points. Funny, she doesn't complain about "corny" tight outfits now; that's why she didn't get eliminated last week.

Chickeze confused me. His testimony is that he was born in 1985, yet his song screams 1965.

Brook intuited not only how to play the piano but to be statuesque and stay within her half-octave range, singing in an even lower key than Sting.

Michael served another helping of Queen, which is his new sweet spot since he declared, "Tennis, no one?" I can't wait for him to do "Fat Bottomed Girls" and dedicate it to Paula.

It was nice to see that Carly's teeth were consistently bad, and for her sake I'm glad her mom wasn't listening to Engelbert Humperdinck while in labor.

It was also nice to see those pictures of little David Archuleta. (Oh, wait. That was a live shot.) His singing about the "barrel of a gun" made me spit out my coffee.

And how'd you like the transition from Paula, wanting to hear somethin' Amurrikun?
Lo and behold, patriotism was the refuge of the scoundrelous Kristy. Of course, Simon couldn't criticize it without fear of being sent to Gitmo.

David Cook's rendition Billie Jean more than made up for that libelous posting of his baby photos, in which he was as white as Michael Jackson is now.

Posted by: JD | March 26, 2008 12:04 PM

Bottom three:

1. Jason (his act is tired)
2. David A (truly awful when others were not as terrible as usual)
3. Chikezie (should be Ramiele, but she's too "cute" to toss. Simon's right. She has a weird support group).

Bye bye Jason, unless i'm underestimating the tiger beat vote. The question, really, is who's going to split the vote that the Bride of Frankenstein used to dominate? I don't think it's any of the above 3 (4).

Man this show is cheesy bad.

Posted by: Doorknob | March 26, 2008 12:25 PM

Only Simon could get away with wearing a ghastly white undershirt that sticks out from under a nondescript coloured one.

Should be Bottom Three: 3. Jason, 2. Unsufferably Cute little David A., 1. (eliminated) Ramiele-Ratatouille

Will be Bottom 3: 3. Ramiele-Ratatouille, 2. Carly, 3. (eliminated) Cheesy

Last night Chikezie reverted to Cheesy of the semifinals. That will be fatal.

Still like Chiquita BaNanny and David Cook (in that order) for the Finale.

Posted by: Christin | March 26, 2008 12:25 PM

Not only do I think David A. didn't choose that song - whatever it was - but I can't really imagine him "looking down the barrel of a gun" - or whatever it was about.

In fact, when he stands in the "spot of shame" (place on stage to take "criticism") - he usually looks as if anyone said anything negative to him, he'd just CRY. At this point, I might pay good money to see it.

I agree with Simon that Kristy finally showed some good sense! :-)

But I am left wondering why pop songs slowed up on downers (David C's specialty) necessarily trump pop songs amped up on uppers (Kristy's cracked out "Eight Days a Week").

Yes - the music business IS all about politics and drugs.

Now who's going to slip something into David A's drink?

Posted by: Jean | March 26, 2008 12:34 PM

And Brooke (and the band) butchered "Every Breath You Take". The bass is what makes that song so memorably strong, and there was none last night. She needs a piano for a prop because her stage presence is weak. Now that Amanda is gone, Brooke is the new one trick pony.

Hangin in Herdon - You're right. I think there is something wrong with the band, back-up singers and arrangements. It all seems to be off.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 26, 2008 12:38 PM

Well the good thing is that the show didn't suck as badly as it did last week. With that said, David A committed a carnal sin (singing a song that noone has heard before). The performances that I liked were David C, Michael Johns and Syesha.

Ramiele, Jason and Chieze (or Carly) will probably be in the bottom three.

Kristi Lee brought out the flag to hide her limited vocal range and thusly we will probably see her another week (oh bliss oh joy).

Posted by: NYC | March 26, 2008 12:43 PM

Good move giving Chris Cornell credit for the Billie Jean arrangement. There was much controversy back when Daughtry did I Walk the Line without crediting the cover version.

Please mow down the mosh pit waving hands!!! It's like providing a laugh track for a sitcom but much more obnoxious! We don't need their help identifying a ballad.

Posted by: Rob | March 26, 2008 12:56 PM

I am sure that Simon didn't say what he wanted to say about KLC's song choice. I could see him actually biting his tongue. I really don't think it was cleverness on her part. I can't see her with the forthought to think of the song's implications and what it might mean to voters. It wasn't half bad though. I could see her on a USO tour. I think her choice was lucky and she did it well enough.

Jason wasn't that bad folks. He is just what the judges said though, PREDICTABLE. His presentation is a little boring. I still think his singing style does not go with his looks. If you listen without watching, which I did yest, he sounds like someone your parents would listen to. (my parents are in their 70s).

Actually agreed with Paula about Carly (can't believe I said that). But I hate the Bonnie Tyler song and think just about anyone can do it better. Still don't like it enough to buy it however.

David Cook rocks!!! Have said so from day 1. Agree there is nothing wrong with doing alternative versions of songs. Proves he knows what is current and that is exactly what the judges have been trying to get the rest of them to do with their songs. I also like him better than Chris C. Can you imagine how hideous it would have been if he had done the MJ version??

Posted by: hodie | March 26, 2008 1:10 PM

Funny to read your weed wacker comment, just last night my partner and I commented on why Simon is not playing whack-a-mole on the wave-ers/clap-ers ... the most annoying trent this season, by far!

Posted by: SW-H2O-Front | March 26, 2008 1:15 PM

"Seacrest introduced David "singing Chris Cornell's version of 'Billie Jean.'"
And if the Mosh Pit weren't screaming their little lungs out, we'd have actually heard that! Same with David A.'s song. I think it was introduced, but I couldn't make out what was said. Annoying.

Posted by: qtm | March 26, 2008 1:18 PM

I guess I'm weird, but I liked David A's song and his performance, especially the last note. Very strong.

Posted by: qtm | March 26, 2008 1:29 PM

First, I think that instead of Randaulamon, when talking about the full panel it should be Simpauldy, as in Simpauly "pitchy", Simpauly "amazing" or Simpauly "safe".

For those who think that Ramielle will be going home, I think you don't know understand that voting populace. Ramielle has been playing up the teen queen card and the Hannah Montana crowd loves her. Thus, the 8-16 YO girls are voting for her and David A and there will be more casualties from the older performers before either one of them lands in the bottom-3.

I think that Jason C gave one of the weakest performances this week, but he has too big of a devoted fan base. If you check out iTunes, he's one of the top sellers there and those people will vote to give him one more chance for another week, just to hear his folky, Woodstock take on another song.

I predict that Carly or Chikeze will go home. Both are good singers that have very little charisma, stage presence or presentation about them. They both come off as boring and have very little in the way of a devoted fan base. Because of this, both of them need to deliver big each week and both of them delivered a luke-warm forgettable performance. Neither can survive that for long.

Big middle of the pack list this week. Lots of okay, but not great performances.

Good: David C, Michael J

Middle: Syesha M, Brooke W, David A, Ramielle, Kristy Lee C

Bad: Chikeze E, Carly S, Jason C

Posted by: DadWannaBe | March 26, 2008 1:41 PM

hangin in herndon, I agree with you regarding the backup singers last night. Up until then, I was very impressed with their vocal ability, but there were several times last night when they did the Idolettes no favors. Particularly during Michael's and Carly's performances. I do realize they're chicks and most likely couldn't bring it like Queen during Michael's performance, but they were extremely weak singing with him. Also, the one who was singing duet with Carly in the beginning of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is not a good soloist. I had read a few years ago that the backup singers try to help out the Idolettes when they seem to get lost in their performances. They left Kristy wandering for the right note after the key change in her song. Her transition was plain awful.

Posted by: kdinsd | March 26, 2008 2:09 PM

Jean, "Now who's going to slip something into David A's drink?" Are you condoning underage drinking?

Posted by: kdinsd | March 26, 2008 2:18 PM

Paula's outfit...cracked me up as well. She needs to start dressing her age and note the glitz doesn't come off well sitting next to a guy in an undershirt and the other in Converse sneakers. Save it for the finale.

Posted by: hodie | March 26, 2008 2:28 PM

Wow, have to say the WP draws consistently arrogant (most likely libs who hate the country) - Mike, Mark, Sick, etc. . .

As someone who lives in what you call "Fly over country" I am offended at your self-deluding arrogance. Yup in your worlds, anything patriotic, moral, or just wholesome is "crap"; which is why most of us think your attitudes are inane.

And while country is not my fav - Kristy Lee sang to her strength and I believe that the most successful prior winner was also a country gal - Carrie Underwood.

Several friends and I, think Carly always looks angry while she is singing. And BTW tatoos are not exclusive to the coast or NASCAR/"Fly-over" country

Posted by: ask | March 26, 2008 3:11 PM

ask, I have no problem with Carrie Underwood, but "God Bless the USA" is the worst piece of patriotic xenophobic claptrap music ever written. The whole "My country is better than yours" attitude? Puh-lease.

Posted by: huh? | March 26, 2008 3:24 PM

LOL H20Front Property! I LOVED your take on Paula's outfit. It actually hurt my eyes to see one shoulder on/one shoulder off.

Coroner Munchkin ROCKED last night. I heard them give credit for the arrangement, and was STILL blown away. The only thing is that keeps me from liking him more is that I can't figure out if he's just that good, or if he's a perfectly affected Eddie Vedder.

I was expecting MUCH better from Carly with Bonnie Tyler.

I know I might be in the minority, but I like Chaquita BaNanny's voice, and actually disagreed with Simon (for once)...I liked the whole thing.

Ramiele (sp?) yelled at me for 90 seconds, and I. did. not. like. it.

Kristy Lee Cook will survive another week, for her incredibly smart song choice.

Syesha murdered my beloved Gladys Knight, and will be on my list forever for it.

Cheesy was just...bad. And it confounds me because I DO think he has a nice voice. But week after week, he's bad.

Jason Castro cracks me up with his...um..."tinted" view of the whole thing.

David A could very well wind up in the bottom three. Picking unfamiliar songs is the kiss of death, and, being SUCH a fan of the show, he should know that.

Just my 2 cents. Well, that felt more like a quarter.

Posted by: tyeinmd | March 26, 2008 3:39 PM

good golly "Ask"! Lighten up. Actually I am a conservative in Fly over USA and still felt that KLC song choice while patriotic was also patronizing. (but doubt she meant it that way--she doesn't strike me as that smart).

Posted by: hodie | March 26, 2008 4:00 PM

HUH?? (aka - clueless or Rev. Wright, aka BHO)
I suppose America the Beautiful and the Star Spangled Banner are xenophobic?

You know NOONE forces you to be in the United States. you are MORE than WELCOME to go to the country that you feel is superior. . .really "Puh-lease" do!

And while on the point - I always heard that America was a MELTING POT . .NOT a STEW.

Posted by: ask | March 26, 2008 4:01 PM

I thought Paula was dressed like a zombie pagent queen. The dress and gloves looked like they could be decaying while the jewelry was still whole...

Posted by: DadWannaBe | March 26, 2008 4:02 PM

hodie I did not address my comment to you.

And they had to choose a song from that year - it is an extremely popular song for all of us "xenophobes" and fit her style; but the assumption of those nitwits appears to be that is you sing and like patriotic songs (actually anything patriotic) you are a dunce (or pandering in KLC's case).

Wiki the song.

Even people who have been screwed plenty by govt, can still find the songs and the sentiments meaningful. In my early school days we frequently learned this type of song.

Posted by: ask | March 26, 2008 4:14 PM

Amen, ask.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 26, 2008 5:33 PM

kdinsd - I thought we all knew - the Idolette drink-of-choice is COCA-COLA!!! They might even put one in a sippy box for David A.

Posted by: Jean | March 26, 2008 6:02 PM

Let's keep these in perspective. "The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem, and its lyrics describe how our flag continued to fly while our country was under attack by the British during the War of 1812. "God Bless America", meanwhile, is a vague appeal to the almighty for assistance, whose lyrics as popularly sung include only two uses of "God Bless America". Both songs also have the advantage of being written long ago and having been incorporated into the national idiom. (The same also holds true for "America the Beautiful".) By contrast, "God Bless the USA" contains the same chorus repeated three times. Each chorus includes a statement of pride about America, an implication is that freedom is all that matters, a promise to defend America, a statement of love for country, and an appeal for the almighty to bless the USA. Bottom line: a lot of repetition of many bald statements that imply that little else matters. The song is xenophobic in that many of the above claims imply that it is a better place than other countries. Neither "The Star Spangled Banner" or "God Bless America" contain any implications or statements of comparison to other countries. In addition, the song has not been incorporated into the national idiom. It is only as old as Kristy Lee Cook. Rather, it is still seen as a country song sung primarily by people in what are currently known as "red states". The song was played during the Republican National Convention during Reagan's re-election campaign in 1984. Lee Greenwood is an avowed supporter of the Republican Party. It is sung by the love it or leave it crowd -- the America-firsters. Witness ask's "love it or leave it" reaction. I would wager that huh? is patriotic but really doesn't care for the statements of superiority that the song voices. In my humble opinion, singing it in this day and age would seem to imply that the singer believes that one is not patriotic if he/she does not wear a flag pin on his/her lapel. As ask put it, apparently if you express distaste for the song you are Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Ask also puts Barack Obama in the same place on this point as Jeremiah Wright. Anyone who doesn't see daylight between the two clearly doesn't see shades of gray.

Posted by: Joe | March 26, 2008 6:59 PM


Posted by: tyeinmd | March 26, 2008 8:33 PM

Joe: Way to shut down the thread with predictably liberal political cant. Bye-bye to political garbage on this site!

Predicted Finale: Brooke-Cook!

Posted by: Christin | March 26, 2008 11:39 PM

I didn't bring up Reverend Wright or Barack Obama. My first comments (9:27) weren't political. I would rather just discuss the show and the performances. I do not agree with ask's statement that "God Bless the USA" "is the worst piece of patriotic xenophobic claptrap music ever written". I am not a liberal. I think our welfare state is largely responsible for slowly bankrupting this country. I stated my reasons for why some see "God Bless the USA" as xenophobic, and I took issue with someone who saw little difference between "God Bless the USA" one the one hand and "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" on the other hand. I think there are a substantial differences, and I stated my reasons. We've also had a lot of patriotism on display since 9/11, and often it has been used as a weapon to silence dissent and slowly strip American citizens of their liberties. And very often, the ones singing songs like "God Bless the USA" are the same ones who are drawing lines in the sand -- i.e., you're with us or against us -- i.e., love it or leave it.

Posted by: Joe | March 27, 2008 10:43 AM

Don't make me separate you. Stay focused on the issue at hand ... making fun of the Idolettes and their (lack of) talent whilst enjoying the snarkiness of our Queen. All hail Lisa!

Posted by: now, now kids | March 27, 2008 11:11 AM

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