"American Idol": Survival of the Weakest

Andrew Lloyd Webber Week Results Night on "American Idol" is a shocker from start to finish.

Show host Ryan Seacrest kicks things off by kissing judge Simon Cowell, after which he assures Simon, "Relax -- it didn't mean anything."

Even though it was only a kiss on the head, Simon is so stunned he reflexively moves his chair closer to judge Paula Abdul and puts his arm around her.

Paula is observing Andrew Lloyd Webber Week by dressing up as the Merry Widow, under the mistaken belief Lloyd Weber wrote that one, too.

Seacrest announces 38 million votes have been cast. TMZ is reporting "Idol" message boards are abuzz with news Jason Castro is this week's bootee and that it was somehow leaked by Seacrest himself and an e-mail was involved. This sounds extremely dubious, even though Castro mauled "Memory" from the play "Cats" the night before because he did not realize it was about, um, cats. Jason's performance was one of the evening's two worst -- the other being that of Nanny Brooke, who forgot the lyrics to her Lloyd Webber tune about four words in. I'm guessing the eviction of Jason would not be a shocker to anyone except millions of prepubescent girls who are in love with him.


"X Factor" winner Leona Lewis performs. (Michael Becker/FOX)

Tonight's "American Idol" mashup is "All I Ask of You" from -- gak -- "The Phantom of the Opera." Lloyd Webber is accompanying the Idolettes on the piano, trying not to look pained.

Then, because he is not Dolly Parton or Mariah Carey, Lloyd Webber chats with Seacrest about this and that. "Idol," he explains, is unique because the Idolettes are performing for viewers at home, performing for a panel of judges and performing for the Mosh Pit Sorority Sisters.

Seacrest brings up Nanny Brooke's historic forgetting of the lyrics and continues to insist it was an "Idol" first, even though it was not a first for "Idol" and not even a first for Nanny Brooke.

Lloyd Webber doesn't care; he's more interested in nicking Jason for not taking any of his advice during rehearsals. Lloyd Webber is the Practically Perfect American Idol Guest Judge and we will miss him.

Seacrest asks, if Lloyd Webber were to write a love song for Paula and Simon, what would it be called?

"Time to Say Goodbye"? Lloyd Webber suggests.

No? How about "How Can I Say I Miss You If You Won't Go Away."

Time for the Idolettes to provide on-air talent for the Ford Motor Co. for one of its music videos. This week it's done to the strains of "Tainted Love." The Idolettes are supposed to look tough. Nanny Brooke can't pull it off.

Look -- it's President Bush, still basking in the good reviews he got for his appearance on NBC's screaming-at-briefcases series "Deal or No Deal." And first lady Laura Bush, still looking a little dazed after her guest-host gig on NBC's "Today" show. They've agreed to be the ones to announce that this year's "Idol Gives Back" charity fundraiser collected $65 million, about 11 million bucks less than last year's. Yes, Seacrest is so powerful that when he doesn't want to be the one to break the bad news to America, they get the president of the United States to step in and do the dirty work for him.

And, speaking of "Idol Gives Back," what's the point of allowing that gas-bandit ExxonMobil to be an "Idol Gives Back" do-gooder mondo-sponsor if it's not going to make up the difference? What's a lousy $11 million to a company that in 2007 posted a $40.6 billion annual profit?

Time to start whacking Idolettes. Seacrest announces one of the Stools for the Bottoms of the Bottom Three has taken the buyout, so it's now the Stools for the Bottoms of the Bottom Two.

Next, he brings out The Davids -- Cook and "Baby Elmo" Archuleta. Will their bottoms be sent to the Stools for the Bottom Two's Bottoms?

Yeah, right! After David C. says smugly he sang his Lloyd Webber tune just the way Lloyd Webber intended it -- because what could be more unpredictable than for an unpredictable guy like him to sing so predictably -- and Baby Elmo says he's happy with what he did with his ALW tune, they're sent through to the Sofa of Safety.


Syesha and Carly hug it out. (Michael Becker/FOX)

"Idol" now is one step closer to the inevitable final Two Davids Showdown, and it's time to take a look at all the Idolettes who have been booted from the competition in years past but gone on to perform on Broadway. Diana DeGarmo, Tamyra Gray, Fantasia Barrino. Even Clay Aiken takes a break from his "I Am Now Too Big to Watch 'Idol'." position to show viewers where he gets his hair and makeup done to prepare for his role in "Spamalot." Tamyra Gray demonstrates the considerable ego she's grown now that she's in "Rent."

It's time for Leona Lewis, who won the third season of the British talent competition "X Factor," to sing her pop tune while dressed in some hideous sundress and with flames shooting up behind her.

Which can only mean it's time for Nanny Brooke and Syesha Mercado to come out on stage and learn their fates. Syesha delivered the previous night's second-best Lloyd Webber tune performance, so naturally, her bottom is sent to sit in a loser stool, while Nanny Brooke lives to forget more lyrics -- Neil Diamond's next week!

Simon says this is because when Nanny Brooke messed up so badly, she showed her humanity. Paula, however, goes with the "ginormous fan base" theory, adding that Syesha should be used to being in the bottom of the heap by now so it truly is the best of all possible worlds.

Only Jason Castro and Carly Smithson have yet to learn their fates. Jason whines that he doesn't want to have to sing "Memory" from "Cats" again. Which, of course, he will have to do if he gets the sack. But, with Jason having delivered the week's worst performance and now being the subject of a spoiler, he is naturally sent to the Sofa of Safety while Carly, who gave the week's best performance, is the other half of the Bottom Two. Simon says this is because when Jason mauled "Memory" from "Cats" he was charming.

As a special treat to viewers, this week both Bottom Two-ers get to sing their songs -- that's right, two more Lloyd Webber performances. Carly and Syesha are nearly as good as the previous night. Judge Randy Jackson wakes up and observes that this week seems to have played out as "a bit of a popularity week in the vote."

Could this be any more annoying?

Paula says she has never seen more "relaxation and joy," proving we were wrong and it can get more annoying.

Seacrest announces Carly's out. Simon, who's been savaging Carly for weeks, apologizes for having finally complimented her performance this week, a comment that he calls "the kiss of death." He's clearly thrilled.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  April 24, 2008; 7:02 AM ET "American Idol"
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Technically, musically, Carly was brilliant. But how dumb does a contestant have to be, how totally out of step with the AI demographic, to sing "Jesus Christ Superstar"? Remember, the audience loves any mention of Christ when it is done reverently, as it has been done several times this season already. I'm glad she had fun with the song, but this is a simple case of song choice again being determinative.

Posted by: booklover1 | April 24, 2008 7:32 AM

Carly was a great singer, but she's out because she had tats up and down her arm, her husband looked like he was from a circus, she's not an American, and she screams as much as sings some of her songs. AI was the wrong gig for her. She should have tried out for who wants to be a rock star.

I love Lisa's reviews. Keep 'em coming girl.

Posted by: really,whocares | April 24, 2008 7:46 AM

shocked. just shocked, I tell ya.

We have to go through another week of Castro-Travolta (has anyone else been thinking he looks like him? esp. in his "Saturday Night Fever" outfit from Tuesday?). The dude isn't taking this seriously - what was with his yawning backstage, on camera, prior to his fate being revealed?

Then again, thank goodness we didn't have to sit through him singing "Memory" again.

Posted by: con-e | April 24, 2008 7:57 AM

"Carly Smithson, this season's most talented singer vocally..."
uh...think others have been consistently better.
I'd submit David and David as this season's best vocalists.
Carly wasn't going to win.
TECHNICALLY - Brooke is right; she didn't forget the words the last time she started over...she just started over.
But to start over (for the 2nd time) AND get more votes than the better singer - Carly....huh. And how were Carly, Jason, Brooke NOT the bottom 3?...weird.
oh and THANK GOODNESS for DVR: Did you know singing show is only ~25 minutes & and results show is only ~10 minutes?!

Posted by: robjdisc | April 24, 2008 7:58 AM

duodenum, you called it! (see yesterdays blog) Randula was right, due to fan base/popularity contest.
Oh well how can I complain if I don't vote?
The music video to me sounded like Kids Bop. The ALW group sing along was awful, the girls especially were out of tune. Randy you can say they were pitchy this time.
Brooke and Jason both were shocked, as they should be, to be safe. Carly and Sayesha both appeared to be resigned to the fact they were there and actually very gracious.
Carly's performance was actually better than the previous night but Sayesha clearly was upset and her performance was not as good.
Hopefully AI voters will have more sense next week. My prediction however, it it continues to go like this, is that Sayesha will be saying goodbye. The Brooke/Jason fanbase is too powerful.

Posted by: hodie | April 24, 2008 8:00 AM

Can someone explain to me how Brooke has a fan base? Jason, I get, if I were a 16 year old girl, I'd love him too but her, what is the appeal? She is the most annoying contestant ever. In my book, she even beats Sanjayah (sp?) from last year. I so wanted her to go this week and am not looking forward to watching her butcher Neil Diamond.

A David/David finale would be appropriate. They are the 2 best this year but Cook is definitely better. His smugness doesn't bother me because at least he has the vocals to back it up. I'd like to see Syesha make it through to the top 3 because I think she is better than Castro but probably won't happen.

Posted by: anon today | April 24, 2008 8:16 AM

Americans will select and idol that represents the archetype of what an idol is supposed to look like and be. Singing talent is secondary in this respect.

Which means you must be an American (bye Carly, bye Michael Johns) you must be single (bye Carly, bye Nanny Brooke, etc), you must be photogenically pleasing to the eye (no dreads - Jason, tattoos - Carly, weird hairdo's - If David C Munchin Mayor didn't redo his hair, he'd be a gonner) and you must appear older than your age, no baby Elmo's (bye David A).

That leaves us with David C & Syesha.

Posted by: Theodore | April 24, 2008 8:17 AM

Ditto to anon's question: Who is making up Brooke's fan base? How she managed to avoid the bottom two Tractor Seats of Shame last night is beyond my comprehension. (Oh, and well deserved kudos for this blog - makes watching AI MUCH more fun!)

Posted by: MAlan | April 24, 2008 8:35 AM

I cannot believe that Brooke made it through another week. I agree that she's more annoying than Sanjaya (who I enjoyed because at least he had a twinkle in his eye). Brooke just looks miserable all the time. I'm not a Carly fan, but at least she's not limp.

Posted by: Sappho | April 24, 2008 8:37 AM

I watched the last five minutes and was thrilled - thrilled, I say - to see Carly go.

During the video recap of her Idol days, there was a shot of her where she looked like she'd had a makeover. And she was gorgeous! Too bad she didn't realize how much better she looked, instead of going back to the mostly black, sleeveless, goth, stringy hair, hard edge look.

Keep watching, Lisa, so I don't have to!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | April 24, 2008 8:49 AM

Lisa...you hate the show. Get over it and stop reviewing it. It is no longer even close to being objective. All you do is insult. You are the Andrew Dice Clay of the blog reviewer world.

Posted by: idolonfox | April 24, 2008 8:50 AM

Lisa...you hate the show. Get over it and stop reviewing it. It is no longer even close to being objective. All you do is insult. You are the Andrew Dice Clay of the blog reviewer world.

Oh, Paula, please! When you wear what you do and do what you do publically, expect to be called on it....

Actually, Lisa's the Andrew Lloyd-Webber of the blog reviewer world, with the work she's done here. 60 minutes of agony crystallized into 5 minutes of unadulterated humor.

Posted by: Anonynonynon | April 24, 2008 8:59 AM

I'm shocked that Carly is out. I believe Brooke's fan base are the employees of Protector and Gamble;with all the crying she does that girl is good for business.

Posted by: Brooklyn | April 24, 2008 9:12 AM

waterfrontproperty:

That shot of Carly where she looked like she had a makeover was footage from her 2004 audition when she was was younger, thinnner, fresher and non-tattooed.

Not that she still isn't attractive, but I thought it was really interesting how badly she'd aged in those 4 years of (presumably) hard livin'.

Posted by: Not quite | April 24, 2008 9:15 AM

con-e: on the question of Castro/Travolta-yes, you're exactly right. I came to the same realization on Tuesday.

Personally, I'm not totally surprised by Carly's exit. She never really did it for me. People kept saying she was the best vocalist of all of them, but I submit that both Davids and Syesha are better. I seem to be the only person in America that really likes Syesha. Oh well.

Posted by: ASinMoCo | April 24, 2008 9:31 AM

idolonfox - Lisa's blog is one of the funniest, best written pieces on the WaPo site. I literally laugh out loud multiple times a read and find myself quoting it. You can't take this all so seriously -- it's a tv show!!!

Posted by: anon today | April 24, 2008 9:42 AM

I'm so over the show now. Lisa will have to watch (and write about it) so I won't have to anymore. Just like when Chris Daughtry got the boot and those other two knuckleheads advanced in the finals ... how in the name of all that is holy and good did BaNanny and BuzzBoy survive YET ANOTHER WEEK? It was all I could do not to throw a shoe at the TV, but then my tax refund on the 37" flat panel would have been for naught.

con-e: thank you! I've been trying to figure out who BuzzBoy looks like, and you're right, it's a young Travolta from his SNF days. And yeah, seriously, the whole yawn-caught-on-camera thing? Next week, BaNanny picks her nose.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 24, 2008 9:47 AM

In previous seasons I watched because I was really rooting for certain people to win. This season I am really rooting for certain people to FAIL.

I am astounded that Chichita Ba-Nanny didn't go last night. She has a vocal range of 5 notes. (So did Jim Morrison, but at least he was interesting to watch and looked good in leather pants.) She is as wooden on stage as a tree. And I'm tired of the whole "emo" thing.

Guys, guys, if you are her fan base because she's a blonde, she's a blonde Mary Poppins and a married one at that.

Grandmas, if you are her fan base because she seems wholesome ... nah, Grandmas don't watch AI.

I have no explanation for this.

I agree w/ the poster who said Carly's downfall was the (awful) arm tat, and the freaky-deaky husband. Middle America just isn't going to go for that.

Posted by: NW DC | April 24, 2008 9:53 AM

"Guys, guys, if you are her fan base because she's a blonde, she's a blonde Mary Poppins and a married one at that."

---

It's not guys.

Brooke's base is girls who fit the "plain girl" stereotype in HS. Not ugly, but nothing special to look at. The girl who the guys always want to be friends with, but nothing more. Now, I think Brooke is gorgeous, but that's not the point. The point is that KLC represented the "Hot Girl" the girl who seemingly had no merit other than her looks. "Hot Girl" is "plain Girl's" nemesis.

Plain girls galvanized around Brooke in response to KLC's continued, almost inexplicable advancement.

The ironic part is that now that KLC is gone, Brooke is the new KLC. She keeps advancing week after week depsite putting in miserable performances.

Posted by: Duffman | April 24, 2008 10:01 AM

The thing you have to remember about this show is that people can vote as often as they want to, within the 2 hours after the show.

Carly had a lot of fans. All of the contestants do. But how many of those fans are going to dial the numbers over & over again? What type of person would do that? The answer: mostly kids under 21.

Carly alienated a lot of potential voters with a song that, taken out of context, is rather silly. The mega-voters had probably never heard of the play. It's controversial enough to alienate bible thumpers. Purists would be upset by the flubbed lyrics. Technically, she did NOT sing very well. She bailed out on most of the higher notes, and when she didn't she sounded shrill. She does have a very good voice, but she is not a good performer.

Syesha chose a vampy, old-fashioned, little-known song from a musical I'd never even heard of, and I seriously doubt the mega-voters had either. Her fan base has been shaky all along, given her multiple visits to the bottom 3. She gave a great performance, but it wasn't the kind to inspire the under 21 set to vote several dozen times each.

And because of Carly and Syesha's song choices, Brooke was safe. She got just enough sympathy votes to stay in the competition. It helped her tremendously that Randy and Simon thought she did a "brave" thing, Simon even saying he'd have done exactly the same thing.

So why is Jason safe? Because his performance was perfect for the female mega-voter demographic. They'd probably never heard of "Cats" either, and probably hadn't heard the song before. If you take away the baggage of expectations (that "Memory" is supposed to be this huge, sweeping, big-voiced epic song sung by an old cat who used to be beautiful), his performance comes across as heartfelt, emotional and subtle, and obviously that's how the mega-voters felt. It was not a great performance by any stretch, but if you allow it to stand on its own, it wasn't a bad one.

The show IS about talent -- but because people can vote as often as they want, that talent MUST appeal to the people who are willing to do exactly that.

Posted by: Duodenum | April 24, 2008 10:03 AM

Re David Cook:

What Lisa constantly refers to as "smugness" could also be called self-confidence and stage presence.

I get that you don't care for Cook's style or song selections, but the guy's talent is enormous; he's worked very hard for everything he's accomplished; is trying really hard to handle all the pressure while his brother is literally dying (and punting an easy opportunity last week to get the sympathy vote when he had his chance). He's smart, self-deprecating, gracious, and sweet.

On stage he comes alive--which is exactly what a performing artist is supposed to do! Sheesh, Simon almost cans him back in Hollywood because he'd be be lost "without that guitar in front" of him and the Post's TV critic bashes him for trying to act like he actually thinks he has a future in show business!

Seriously, Lisa, I know snark is your forte, but could the guy do anything besides send you a dozen red roses (sans baby's breath) that would cause you to GET OFF HIS BACK? And he had his Munchkin earlocks clipped JUST FOR YOU and YOU DIDN'T EVEN NOTICE! ;-)

Posted by: trishrosenthall | April 24, 2008 10:16 AM

Ouch Duffman! The truth hurts. Probably accurate assessment though of the Brooke fanbase phenomenon. But maybe its the kiddies who wish she were there Nanny?

Posted by: hodie | April 24, 2008 10:27 AM

oops, bad grammar. should be "their Nanny".

Trish, Lisa bashes everyone, you know that! Have you seen any compliments yet?

Posted by: hodie | April 24, 2008 10:31 AM

Yes, Duodenum--never underestimate the tenaciousness of teens and tweens with cell phones!

Posted by: the anti-Celine | April 24, 2008 10:35 AM

jason caught yawning backstage (i howled when i saw it) just proves the guy doesn't even want to be there. he doesn't care if he wins or loses...i think he's a crappy singer and i hope he's the next to go, although nanny brooke is definitely more grating. personally i'd like to see a david cook/syesha final. david A. has no range. he's a good singer but he can't do anything but a ballad. neil diamond next week? what, was perry como busy?

Posted by: sohpie's mom | April 24, 2008 10:35 AM

Nanny Brooke is now Vote for the Worst's official choice, and that may have helped her some this week. Their voting bloc---which I don't think is large enough to really make a difference once you're down to two---often seems to hold some sway when there are around 5-7 contestants. An extra couple hundred thousand votes at that point can still save a person.

Posted by: chantooz | April 24, 2008 10:36 AM

Come on people, it's Vote for the Worst that's keeping Nanny Brooke and Jason on the show! This is their schtick, they do it every year.

Posted by: getaclue | April 24, 2008 10:38 AM

Duodenum- "Starlight Express" is actually one of ALW's successful musicals. However the practical constraints of staging it has meant that performances are limited to stages willing to retrofit their stage to accomadate a large number of performers in a large space for roller-skating effects (yes, its a musical about trains performed on roller-skates). It had a long run in I believe London, Germany and Japan but never really found a home or an audience in the US.

Posted by: bluemeanies | April 24, 2008 10:38 AM

"Trish, Lisa bashes everyone, you know that! Have you seen any compliments yet?"

hodie, yes, I know it's Lisa's job to be the resident critic/curmudgeon, but she did comment that Carly and Syesha had the best performances of the night, and I personally would enjoy the snark more if she reserved it for the gaffes and horrible stuff (and god knows there's plenty to go around!) that really deserves it.

If Lisa is just going to go on auto-pilot and rip everybody and everything--good and bad--then I might as well go to that Vote For The Worst site. Those guys are serious LOSERS who revel in bulling anybody who is more successful than they are.

I love Lisa and expect more from her, frankly.

Posted by: trishrosenthall | April 24, 2008 10:41 AM

So, what Neil Diamond songs will they sing? David A. hits his ballad "America" David C gloom rocks "I Am I Said" Nanny earnestly sings "Song Sung Blue" Sayesha belts "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" and Jason makes a big comeback busking "Red Red Wine"

Posted by: John | April 24, 2008 10:46 AM

getaclue- Vote for the Worst only votes for one person at a time so it doesn't explain Castro. They both also had fewer bottom three appearances (I believe) earlier in the show than Syesha or Carly when Amy Davis/Danny Noriega/Amanda Overmeyer/Kristy Lee Cook were their girls. They definitely have their own fanbases outside of Vote for the Worst.

Posted by: bluemeanies | April 24, 2008 10:47 AM

When Carly launched into "Jesus Christ, Superstar" on Tuesday, I turned to my husband and predicted she would go home despite the fact that it was her best performance of the year. As a country, we've become alarmingly intolerant of anything could be interpreted as being remotely controversial. I think many listeners---given that the play is over thirty years old---didn't even know the context of the song and found it "disrespectful." Sheeesh.

Posted by: shower singer | April 24, 2008 10:47 AM

bluemeanies - touche - but they've got Jason lined right up behind Bananny. The Jason Factor is those baby blues; I'm *sure* he's got lotsofans!

Posted by: getaclue | April 24, 2008 10:59 AM

Hey all.
A few random thoughts.
1) apparently American Idol is the only other thing aside from President that someone born elsewhere cannot be. So they should not even let them run! Although, I have to say, better to have *some* MJ and Carly than none at all from a viewer's perpective
2) never a good sign when the only votes that keep you alive are pity votes and those who want to see if you can mess up even worse next week...
3) Hi, this is David C... Lawyer? Anyone? How do I get out of the AI contract in case I win so I can go, do my thing and become rich and famous???
4) Lisa: your reviews will get me fired - impossible to hide the laughs!

Posted by: Thea | April 24, 2008 11:01 AM

What does it say about adolescent girls that they're hopelessly in love with an airhead with roughly two brain cells not demolished by the incessant bong-hitting? I mean, really, what's wrong with America's girls?

That Jason Castro is still alive may be an indication of why so many girls get into so many stupid, screwed up relationships?

Posted by: Ryan | April 24, 2008 11:01 AM

And for those still following Baby Elmo's Dad from hell ...

http://omg.yahoo.com/david-archuletas-father-i-m-no-stage-dad/news/8470?nc

Love the quote: "He also said there is "absolutely no truth in any of the stories about me yelling at David, making him cry or withholding water from him."

Withholding water! Bwah ha ha!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 24, 2008 11:04 AM

I think people have been praising Carly far too highly. Her voice is decent, but she has routinely failed to use it to its' potential. She overconfidently screams her way through "angry" songs.

My personal opinion: She looks like a cat hissing whenever she goes into "Scream mode", which is very wierd.

Also creepy beyond words is her husbands cranial portfolio. I bet she looks like him within 5 years.

Posted by: Oh the Humanity | April 24, 2008 11:06 AM

I'm sorry to see Carly go because she was one of only 3 left (David C. and Syesha) whom I enjoyed. LOVE her voice. Thought she was very photogenic (those eyes) from neck up. But she was never going to be AI, and it would not suit her career to sing pop treacle. She got exposure she needed. She did struggle though with song choices, arrangements, and her appearance, but those factors did not make her worse than Brooke/Jason, etc.

I think Kristi Lee Cook's vote bloc primarily benefited BaNanny. Safe/wholesome looking blonde. And as annoying as it is, BaNanny's weekly helplessness probably keeps a lot of folks voting for her as well.

She and Jason so belonged in Bottom2, but sadly this is not a singing competition, regardless of Simon and Randy's attempts to remind the public. Remember how long Sanjaya lasted? OUCH! I remind myself that he was worse.

Who will benefit by Carly's departure? My money is on David Cook and Syesha (for those who like a strong female voice).

So who's going to sing Sweet Caroline (David A. or Jason)? Solitary Man is made for David Cook.

David C. is safe for now, so I may concentrate votes on Syesha, hoping to rid show of either BaNanny or Jason.

I agree that Vote for the Worst has some impact, and that it will fade in another week or so. Also agree that tweeners are most likely to repeat dial for full two hours.

I think AI is making a huge mistake on unlimited dialing. Should do what DWTS (Dancing) does and limit votes. The person who votes 50 times for Baby Elmo or Jason Travolta-eyes is not going to translate into 50 song buys (download or CD). And this is all so that Pryin Ryan can brag: "38 MILLION VOTES." Well Pryin, hate to break it to ya, but that's not 38 million dollars.

Any wonder that half of the AI's and close finishers have not had great sales?

Popularity can be a very fleeting, unpredictable thing. Here today, gone tomorrow.

How is it that British Star Search can produce a classy performer like Leona Lewis - truly a breath of fresh air) and no one in top 10 of AI has her ability or style, despite the size of our country and corresponding number of contestants.

Frankly, I wish the judges voted (but lose Paula first)as part of the score as in DWTS.

Posted by: Idle fan | April 24, 2008 11:18 AM

Idle fan, I have to disagree on one point with you. Leona Lewis was terrible. That song bored me to tears. I was expecting that it would suddenly pick up, but it never did. It just kept going at that awful half-pace.

Posted by: Ryan | April 24, 2008 11:21 AM

Oh come on folks, this is fantastic. Lean back and enjoy the train-wreck. I'd love a Nanny/Jason final.

Posted by: Doorknob | April 24, 2008 11:31 AM

trish, I guess I read the column a little differently. I "hear it" with a sarcastic undertone and take her compliments to be slightly backhanded. In this case, I felt she was reitterating with a her usual dose of sarcasm the judges opinions of the performances. I could be wrong however. Her slams though however should not be taken so seriously. Everyone of the contestants has received their share at sometime or another. I love David C and was not the sligthest bit offended by her comments.

off to another subject....Who's gonna sing Cracklin Rosie and I am I said?

Posted by: hodie | April 24, 2008 11:32 AM

Completely wrong on my predictions for the third week in a row. Maybe Carly didn't entirely deserve to go now, but it's no great loss. Her "Superstar" song this week was as annoying, shouty and basically unpleasant as ever--highly overated.

It would have been a travesty if Syesha had gotten booted: she gave the best performance of the week along with Cook. That girl has really stepped it up the last few weeks. But she'll probably go next week. If she's bottom 2 after a performance like that, she must have zero fan base.

BaNanny successfully runs the double gauntlet of Mariah and ALW, and lives to sing another day--even if it's Neil Diamond. Time for Brookenanny to step it up big time and make it to the Final 3! Let's face it Brooke-haters, you'd be so sad if you didn't have Brooke to kick around any more. It's great fun for you and quite traditional.

After all, Washpost was the paper of HerBlock and Woodstein, so kicking people around fits in nicely here. Syesha is next, then Jason gets the trap door.

Posted by: Christin | April 24, 2008 11:38 AM

Ryan agree with you about Leona Lewis. I didn't get the fuss, she sounded like everyother new female vocalist on the airwaves today. Was not impressed with the song. Voice was nice though and she's pretty enough. Just like the idolettes, it comes down to song choice.

Posted by: hodie | April 24, 2008 11:39 AM

Can we bring Michael Johns and Chickezie back for Neil Diamond week?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | April 24, 2008 11:39 AM

Shower singer- controversy over the song choice with the bible belt voters is probably not what did her in. It was her inability to expand her fanbase.

Using the DI rankings and ignoring official bottom three appearances (I suspect that they are sometimes rigged to produce controversy and AI never releases true titles- I trust DI methodology to a degree and understand how they got there, they aren't 100% but they are the best available), she was rarely all that strong with voters to begin with.

In the split gender rankings she was 3 of 12, 4 of 10 and 1 of 8 finishing above BW 2/3 of the time. This when the womens field was wide open and there for a stand out to dominate.

Once we joined she wasn't consistantly high. In fact more often in the bottom half. 4 of 12 when David Hernandez left, 6 of 11 when Overmeyer left, 3 of 10 when Chikezie Eze left, 6 of 9 when Ramielle left, 8 or 8 when Michael Johns left, 5 of 7 when Kristy left and 6 of 6 when she left herself. During this time she ranked 4 out of 7 votes below Jason Castro and 5 out of 7 votes below Brooke White (I think its 7 of 7 behind both Davids, did not track Syesha).

One controversial choice didn't make her unpopular, she was already unpopular or at least admired from afar by non-voters but not having a strong voter base. The controversial nature might have stopped the unfamiliar w/the musical who otherwise might have thought it was a good performance from voting for her. The group that she was most likely to gain (Jesus Christ Superstar enthusiasts) with that song were also the ones most likely to notice butchered lyrics, lack of synch with the band and backing out of high notes so her 'good' performance did her no favors where she needed them. She is gone fair and square.

Posted by: bluemeanies | April 24, 2008 11:42 AM

Neil Diamond? I submit for your consideration:

Holly holy eyes, dream of only me
Where I am, what I am
What I believe in
Holly holy

Holly holy dream
Wanting only you
And she come
And I run just like the wind will
Holly holy

Sing a song
Sing a song of songs
Sing it out, Sing it strong
Yeah! Yeah!

Call the sun in the dead of the night
And the sun gonna rise in the sky
Touch a man who can't walk upright
And that lame man, he gonna fly
And I fly, yeah, And I fly

Holly holy love
Take the lonely child
And the seed
Let it be full with tomorrow
Holly holy

Sing a song
Sing a song of songs
Sing it out, sing it strong
Yeah! Yeah!

Call the sun in the dead of the night
And the sun gonna rise in the sky
Touch a man who can't walk upright
And that lame man, he gonna fly
And I fly, yeah
God (And) I fly

Holly holy dream
Dream 'bout only you
Holly holy sun
Holly holy rain
Holly holy love

Neil Diamond, 1969

*****
I don't really understand the comments about "Jesus Christ Superstar" offending anyone - anyone who votes on AI, that is.

On Easter Sunday I wandered into my neighborhood church - because I can walk there - to discover that they had switched the times of their two morning services.

The "Contemporary" service was now at 11am while "Traditional" had been moved to 8am. Oh - I'm no early riser.

What I heard in that "Contemporary" service was music not unlike "Jesus Christ Superstar" only not sung as well.

There were videos on a big screen pulled down in the choir loft with "sing-a-long" words for supertitles; and everyone in the audience, er, congregation, was swaying and waving their arms in the air.

My God [pun fully intended] I felt as if I had landed in the Holy American Idol Church of Rock. Even the costumes were quite similar.

As far as church goes, I couldn't stand it. I like my American Idol on the TV stage. And I like my church "classic".

So I really don't see how anyone who's into that sort of thing (and the demo looked young to me on Easter - plenty of teens and 20-somethings) would conceivably be "offended" by "Jesus Christ Superstar."

****

Posted by: Jean | April 24, 2008 11:49 AM

"There were videos on a big screen pulled down in the choir loft with "sing-a-long" words for supertitles; and everyone in the audience, er, congregation, was swaying and waving their arms in the air." Jean

=========================

Too bad you didn't have Lisa's father's weed whacker with you.

Posted by: jpstang | April 24, 2008 11:55 AM

"Solitary Man is made for David Cook."

Was thinking the exact same thing, especially the original pared-down Neil version. And I hope David pulls out his guitar again. "Little Sparrow" was my favorite of his many terrific performances and there's just something about a left-handed guitarist.

"How is it that British Star Search can produce a classy performer like Leona Lewis - truly a breath of fresh air) and no one in top 10 of AI has her ability or style, despite the size of our country and corresponding number of contestants."

On this, I could not disagree more. After all the buzz about Leona Lewis, I previewed her big hit on iTunes and though "What??? She must be gorgeous." Um, she's very attractive but not in a conventional sense. Sorry I don't get it. She sounded like a Mariah Carey clone without the gams to go along. Please! How could those wardrobe people let her wear that transparent dress with backlighting highlighting her (trying to be charitable here) zaftig physique? As a mother, I was horrified.

Posted by: trishrosenthall | April 24, 2008 11:58 AM

Oh, Hodie. You did make me laugh. I think Jason should definitely sing "Cracklin' Rosie" because he won't understand that anymore than he understood "Memory" being sung by a cat.

Then again, "Captain Sunshine" and "Chrunchy Granola Suite" both sound more like him:

I got a song been on my mind
And the tune can be sung and the words all rhyme
Deedle-ee deet deet deet deet deet deet deet dee dee

Though it don't say much and it won't offend
If you sing it in school then they're liable to send you home
Never knowing what you're showin'
Think you're growin' your own tea
Good lord!

****

Uh oh. There we go with "lord" again. Maybe it would actually get him booted off!!!

Posted by: Jean | April 24, 2008 12:00 PM

NannyCryCry should sing "Sweet Caroline." It's got that whole "sing a long" aspect to it, which fits her Mary Poppins vibe. The Idiot Robot Hand Wavers in the mosh pit can do the "So God! So Good! So Good!" Part for her...

Plus, the song fits her range. I can sing that song, and I have possibly a smaller range than she does.

Posted by: Duffman | April 24, 2008 12:10 PM

Trish - 2nd biggest laugh today about Leona Lewis' see-through dress and the backlighting.

At first I couldn't believe it; and then I suddenly heard "You're not leaving this house without wearing a slip!" echoing in my ears. I have become my Mother.

Posted by: Jean | April 24, 2008 12:12 PM

"trish, I guess I read the column a little differently. I 'hear it' with a sarcastic undertone and take her compliments to be slightly backhanded. In this case, I felt she was reitterating with a her usual dose of sarcasm the judges opinions of the performances."

hodie, you're probably right. Maybe because I'm old enough to be (choke!) all the contestants' mother (David Cook was born the year I graduated from college), I get a little protective of the ones who actually do some homework, prepare in advance, and really seem to put themselves out there week after week.

And I'm all for sarcasm and some teasing, but sometimes it seems below the belt and mean-spirited. Just throw the good ones a few crumbs now and then is all I'm asking.

I don't know Lisa from bupkis, but she reminds me a lot of Maureen Dowd (whom I also love) in her snarkiness, but Dowd just cringes if she's ever actually called on the carpet personally for one of her slams. I'd love to see David Cook give Lisa a big shout-out from the stage next week:

"Hey, de Moraes! Girl, I cut my hair for you! Throw me a bone!"


Posted by: trishrosenthall | April 24, 2008 12:15 PM

I got a song been on my mind
And the tune can be sung and the words all rhyme
Deedle-ee deet deet deet deet deet deet deet dee dee

Though it don't say much and it won't offend
If you sing it in school then they're liable to send you home
Never knowing what you're showin'
Think you're growin' your own tea
Good lord!

OMG, Jean, that's hysterical. I must have ditched Neil Diamond by the time he did that one. PERFECT for Jason

Posted by: trishrosenthall | April 24, 2008 12:19 PM

Well, I do agree hodie and Ryan, that Leona's song was BLAND and boring, but no more so than any other current pop song treacle foisted on us on these shows (Jordin, Mariah, etc., etc.) I should have clarified: I like her voice, style, and appearance. Would like to hear her sing something with substance. But agree, the song was crap.

I'm showing my age here, but whatever happened to good pop music? Beatles? Beach Boys? Motown? Hell, Neil Diamond and similar singers? All pop music pushed now has marginal to neither melody, nor worthy lyrics. Can't remember it or sing along to it. Interestingly, my 3 teenage children don't like most current pop music - prefer rock, indie, country, oldies of any decade, anything but most current pop. Way too synthesized. They like more musical energy than typical AI fare.

I would love to see a poll about AI voters. I'm betting that a fairly small proportion are actually older teens/young adults. My kids and their friends are in that age group, sort of follow AI, but rarely vote - couldn't be bothered - too busy texting and talking to friends. I think a huge group are teens 14 and under who have cell phones, and their mothers. Maybe BaNanny is the Nanny they wish they had. Jason is Peter Pan. Nanny is Wendy.

Also, I bet voters are at least 80% female, and like "safe" choices. Initially David Cook was at a disadvantage with them, but losing the Munchkin Coroner look and adding crooning have helped him. Music of the Night was a major coup. Have you seen Dialidol.com? First place. Ditto AOL poll.

Sex appeal is a dangerous thing on AI. IMHO, no one has won AI who is truly sexy. Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood became sexy AFTER winning. On show, they were attractive girls-next-door who could be your best friend and share your angst. I think Kat McPhee lost in part because she was no longer just pretty, but dialed up her appearance to a level of sexiness that threatened the average AI voter. Clearly, she had more vocal talent and broader appeal than Taylor Hicks (whom I enjoyed, btw), but she pushed the safety envelope of the kiddie/mommy voter brigade.

Jordin Sparks/Blake Lewis?? Safe, safe, safe. Hell, he was/is androgynous, as are a lot of the young males who hang on. Jason has safe sex appeal because his personality is so passive. Michael Johns was too sexy to survive - I'm surprised and glad he lasted as long as he did. David A. - almost a eunuch. If David C. wins, it will be due in part to somewhat safe performances - not what Simon likes, but..

When Syesha leaves, David C. should benefit. When Jason leaves, David A. will benefit. When Brooke leaves, Brooke will never leave, she will continue to haunt us. ;-)

Posted by: Idle fan | April 24, 2008 12:24 PM

Jean, take a look at these lyrics from Jesus Christ Superstar and see if you can't see why a bible belter wouldn't be offended if they didn't understand the contest (I know it was a little hard to understand and I think Carly intentionally changed some and omitted some because she knew it could be potentially offending):

Everytime I think of you I don't understand
Why you let the things you do get so out of hand.
You would've made it better if you had a plan.
So why'd you choose such a backward time in such a strange land.

......
Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Jesus Christ
Superstar
Do you think you're what they say you are?
Jesus Christ
.....
Tell me what you think
About your friends at the top
Now who d'you think besides yourself
Was the pick of the crop?
Buddah was he where it's at?
Is he where you are?
Could Muhammmed move a mountain
Or was that just PR?
Did you mean to die like that?
Was that a mistake or
Did you know your messy death
Would be a record breaker?

Posted by: hodie | April 24, 2008 1:12 PM

We know all the legions of Brooke-haters here will be so sad if they don't have BaNanny to kick around anymore. But don't worry, Brooke is going on to at least the Final 3, so you've got a least 3 more weeks to snarkily gag on Spoonsful of Sugar. How about a Song Sung Blue to make you blue next week? With guitar and a Blue Dress, natch. Another Jolly Holiday on the Safety Sofa for BaNanny!

Good riddance to unpleasant and annoying Carly.

Poor Syesha doesn't deserve to get the hook next week, but probably will.

Solitary Man was one of my favorite songs in high school. Perfect for Cook.

Jason Stoner is slowly but surely getting in trouble. Think Brooke inherited most of KLC's pretty-blonde-girl fans, and Brooke will get a lot of Jason's folkie fans when he goes.

Posted by: Christin | April 24, 2008 1:56 PM

Remember when Simon hated Taylor Hicks, the Idol we've never heard from again? How can he be so spot on 99% of the time and not see David Ouchuleta for what he is -- and set Cary up to fail? Only David Cook can save this season for me. Come on, David. Just lose the bad combover.

Posted by: kim2write | April 24, 2008 1:59 PM

Yes, bluemeanies, I agree that Carly had practically no fan base. That's exactly why I thought a potentially "controversial" song would do her in; she had no cushion to prevent disaster (as Brooke and Jason obviously do). There were several threads on the AI boards on Tuesday from offended Christians---as well as from others defending the song.

Posted by: Shower singer | April 24, 2008 2:02 PM

First Lisa's Andrew Dice Clay, then she's Andrew Lloyd Webber? Why all the hate for her? Lisa pounds out some of the laugh-out-loud snarkiest writing in America today. Her review of Oprah's car give-away show was a modern American classic.

My hatred of Lloyd Webber's music knows no bounds, so I'm glad I declined to watch this week. Thanks, Lisa.

Posted by: beetsnotbeats | April 24, 2008 2:20 PM

Song Song Blue----BooHooBlueNanny!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 24, 2008 2:39 PM

"Time for Brookenanny to step it up big time and make it to the Final 3! Let's face it Brooke-haters, you'd be so sad if you didn't have Brooke to kick around any more. It's great fun for you and quite traditional."

-- Posted by: Christin | April 24, 2008 11:38 AM

"We know all the legions of Brooke-haters here will be so sad if they don't have BaNanny to kick around anymore. But don't worry, Brooke is going on to at least the Final 3, so you've got a least 3 more weeks to snarkily gag on Spoonsful of Sugar."

-- Posted by: Christin | April 24, 2008 1:56 PM

--------

Christin, were you going for some sort of meta-irony thing here with the way that you posted something, but then had to stop and post the same thing all over again?

Don't worry, honey, Simon and Randy both though it showed great bravery.

Posted by: Duffman | April 24, 2008 2:41 PM

Duffman:

But they weren't the same thing. The first didn't have the MP reference to BaNanny's Spoonsful of Sugar. And the second one didn't contain "Brookenanny" (play on Hootenanny, among other things). Each of which should have made seperate readings worthwhile. Besides, I wanted to make sure that people saw it; now I know that you did and am gratified. And yes, I definitely go gaga for meta-irony.

kim2write:

I'm one of the million or so who bought Taylor Hicks' CD (and also transferred it to tape, computer and i-pod). In my opinion, its the best album to date by any Idol winner, with the best material and genre, without a weak song. So I don't agree that "he's never been heard from again". True it didn't sell schlock in the millions to teenie-tweenies like David A. will and J. Sparks tried to do. But so what? [Note: I like and have Kelly C. and Carrie Underwood CD's.]

Posted by: Christin | April 24, 2008 3:18 PM

NWDC said:

>>I agree w/ the poster who said Carly's downfall was the (awful) arm tat, and the freaky-deaky husband. Middle America just isn't going to go for that.

And not just Middle America: My husband went through a stage in his early 20s when he sported thick, waist-length hair and a ZZ Top beard, and HE finds their tattoos disturbing! Every time she came onstage in a sleeveless top he'd wince and ask how she could disfigure herself like that.

It's a shame, because she really is the best technical singer of all of them, and had flashes of stage presence, but was mostly it was hard to connect with her.

As for Jason, every time he talks I want to say, "Duuuude!" What do the girls see in him? He's the kind of inarticulate, cute guy that you can project your fantasies onto, because his own personality is so indistinct.

Posted by: owingsmills | April 24, 2008 3:30 PM

Christin,

"Million or so?" Try 700k. He currently ranks 10th on the list of top-selling AI Alumni. Notable people who have sold more albums than him include: Josh Gracin and Kellie Pickler, if that puts it in perspective :)

I got his album for my gf because she was a huge taylor hicks fan, and we both agreed that it blew. The biggest problem was that it sounded nothing like him. It's the same problem that Bo Bice's ill-fated first album had.

Posted by: Duffman | April 24, 2008 3:34 PM

Hodie: Rather than taking offense, I think all those teenaged voters probably noticed that Carly flubbed the lyrics in the first chorus. She sang "Jesus Christ Superstar, who are you what have you sacrificed?" You could almost read on her face, "Oops that didn't rhyme." She should have then done the brave thing and started over.

Too bad we won't get to hear her angry shouting version of America next week.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 24, 2008 3:42 PM

I didn't take offense. Jesus Christ Superstar is actually a favorite of mine. I was just explaining to Jean how someone who didn't understand the lyrics might take offense. How else would I know these lyrics by heart? I sing it in the shower and you should THANK GOD you can't hear me!

Posted by: hodie | April 24, 2008 4:10 PM

Also I doubt there are many teenagers who are really familiar with Jesus Christ Superstar. My teens were totally bored by the whole thing.

Posted by: hodie | April 24, 2008 4:12 PM

Personally, I'm hoping Jason does Kol Nidre from Neil's stunning performance in The Jazz Singer. With the ukulele.

Posted by: jerry | April 24, 2008 4:27 PM

I agree with the idea that Carly's vote totals suffered for singing the JC song. ALW said it was all about the words, then insists that Carly, who wanted to sing a popular POTO-gak song, sing the role of Judas. Note that the British lord set up the Irish lass to take a fall! I did call it btw, yesterday, saying to my Idol-mates here at the water cooler: Watch, she goes, cuz no one understands what that song means. "Mommy, why is she screaming about Jesus? Make it stop mommy!"

Posted by: Ellen705 | April 24, 2008 4:28 PM

Hodie, all I can say is I personally hear no difference in what went on in that church service on Easter morning. The electric guitars were turned up full blast, they shouted, and who in the world knew WHAT they were actually saying.

I think the people who "don't understand the lyrics" to JCS are not unlike the people who don't understand that a song from "Cats" is sung by a cat, yawn from life's malaise (or homegrown "tea"). In short, I imagine they were too clueless to be "offended".

I don't think this had one iota of anything to do with Carly's being the bottom vote getter. That would require too much thought and frankly, too much imagination on the part of the real AI target market.

Let's face it - all of us on this list who are Boomers and Cougars are - not - that target market! Never were. Never will be.

Posted by: Jean | April 24, 2008 4:41 PM

Although his album went platinum from over 1M albums shipped out to stores, to date only about 710K have sold. Jordin Sparks is currently up to about 656K sold for her album that came out in November (it is still growing by about 30K per month) and is likely to eclipse Hicks by mid-summer when Hicks can return to his cherished spot as the lowest selling AI winner in 6 seasons. Hicks (and Sparks for that matter) are the reason why AI needs to revisit its voting concept and limit the number of calls per phone number per night. As long as you let the smaller but vocal minority vote endlessly for 2 hours straight, you will continue to have AI winners that cannot sell enough records. Having 3M fans who vote 1-5 times each is better than having 1m fans who vote 20-50 times each when it comes to future sales. And you can see the difference when you look at the DialIdol and Zabasearch numbers compared to the iTunes downloads. Another option would be to convert the calls from 866 numbers to pay-toll numbers and charge something like a nickel or dime per call and put all proceeds into the Idol Gives Back fund. That would limit the number of votes per person and give the money to a good cause--win/win. So you'd only have 15M votes instead of 38M votes, but I think AI would still win out in the long run because they'd make more money off the winner's album and tour than they would letting kids who have nothing better to do vote and then not go to the concerts or buy the album.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | April 24, 2008 4:58 PM

Jean, good point. Those who would be offended by JCS lyrics are not likely voters anyway. More likely what Ellen said. Good point to you too. Oh well... too bad it wasn't David A. Agree with Christin, I look forward to seeing what Jason and Brooke will do because its fun to make fun of it the next day (I'll admit it) and we know David A will bore us boomers or cougers (not familiar with that term) to death.

Posted by: hodie | April 24, 2008 5:01 PM

Jean - I'm with you. Carly's song didn't doom her. She was doomed before she took the stage: too small a base, KLC votes swept others ahead of her, she was always too edgey in appearance (w/ scary hubbie too)to stay long. Those would would take offense at JLC never bought into her act before.

I'm a fan of Carly's voice but frankly surprised she made it this far, although I did hold out hope that her perf. was so much better than Peter Pan and Wendy that she might eke out another week.

It's worth checking out Neil Diamond's lengthy song list to imagine the possibilities. Also, he successfully covered a lot of tunes which idolettes could also do. They weren't limited to what Mariah wrote, nor will they likely be with ND. 2 biggies: "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" and "Morning Has Broken." Both are quasi religious and folksy, so look for David A., Wendy, and Peter Pan to possibly pick one up and try to garner the Christian and/or folk vote. Just saying.

But I so see Wendy/BaNanny doing Song, Sung Blue.Stereotype but true.

Cracklin Rosy for group number? So bouncy/cutesy - so AI.

Actually would like Syesha to do "You Don't Bring Me Flowers."

Posted by: Idle fan | April 24, 2008 5:12 PM

The funny thing is that "September Morn" is right up Baby Elmo's alley...except that he wouldn't know what half the lyrics are about...and he would blush and forget the lyrics if anyone explained it to him.

Gee, after his success with Lionel Ritchie's "Hello" do you think Munchkin Coroner should try Neil Diamond's "Hello, Again"? as the reprise? :-)

And wouldn't it be great to hear

"Brooke on the rocks,
Ain't no surprise
Just pour me a drink
and tell me some lies"

Oh what fun we can have with the Neil Diamond encyclopedic catalog.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | April 24, 2008 5:22 PM

Also don't forget that Neil Diamond wrote that great Monkees' hit, "I'm a Believer"!!!!

By neil diamond

I thought love was only true in fairy tales
Meant for someone else but not for me.
Love was out to get me [Back up girls sing "do do do do"]
Thats the way it seemed. ["do do do do"]

Disappointment haunted all my dreams.

Then I saw her face, now Im a believer
Not a trace of doubt in my mind.
Im in love, Im a believer!
I couldnt leave her if I tried.

I thought love was more or less a given thing,
Seems the more I gave the less I got.
Whats the use in tryin?
All you get is pain.
When I needed sunshine I got rain.

Then I saw her face, now Im a believer
Not a trace of doubt in my mind.
Im in love, Im a believer!
I couldnt leave her if I tried.

*****
I could half imagine David C. doing it just so he could play the electric guitar again.

Now I will have this stupid song stuck in my mental headphones all night long!!!

Posted by: Jean | April 24, 2008 6:06 PM

Whew! Thank goodness all the foreigners are gone now!

Posted by: BBFL | April 24, 2008 6:40 PM

I'm guessing that for Neil Diamond week, we'll get to hear David C's version of Urge Overkill's version of "Girl (You'll Be a Woman Soon)" (from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack).

Posted by: Doc | April 24, 2008 7:10 PM

LOL everyone. Now I'm excited about next week, esp. knowing that opportunities for snarkiness, modeled by our fearless leader Lisa, have never been better.

D**n you Jean, now I have "I'm a Believer" stuck in my head. Do, do, do,do, do, do. But maybe it will wipe out "Happy Little Working Song" from Enchanted that landed in my head last week like an audio virus.

Posted by: Idle fan | April 24, 2008 8:08 PM

Poor Carly...she had such amazing vocal talent and a pretty iconic voice (that breathy/airy sound her belted high notes take on is really idiosyncratic, and I feel like most realy popular singers in the industry have something like that going for them). I loved her performance, although, being of the liberal/non-Christian fold, I did cringe a little at hearing "Jesus Christ, Superstar~" belted out again and again. Still, a great performance and I figured the Christian spin should make her more popular with our massively-moving-right countrymen. Apparently, not so. =\ She didn't deserve to go with Bleeding Heart Brooke and Jason "Can't seem from the diaphragm" Castro still taking up space, but she probably wouldn't have won the show anyway, right?

I'm glad Syesha's safe because she's so much more worthy than the Granola Girls (Brooke and Jason), and her attitude is a lot better, too. She's really taken that week-after-week-in-the-bottom-3/2 thing very admirably, while Brooke (and even Jason to some extent) goes all to pieces every time. Geez, just put her out of her misery and vote her off, I say! I always thought her moralizing was annoying, but to be a crybaby on top of being opinionated... =__=;; I'm with Anon and the rest--who the heck is voting for her?? I mean, even if the "plain women" of America identify with her, isn't she *just* a tad too whiny? I don't think the average woman has THAT much of a stomach for tears and pathetically tearful gazes, right? @____@;;

Please, please just let her leave next week...

Posted by: Cy | April 24, 2008 8:14 PM

P.S. I can't believe no one's mentioned Seacrest's spontaneous kiss! I mean, *I* see the UST between those two (or at least from Ryan's side) from a mile away, but does no one else see it? I don't think that kiss was "nothing, just relax," but I do think that if Ryan had had a chance with Simon, he somehow lost it somewhere between the end of last season and the start of this one... Did anyone else notice the new cooling/hostility between them this year? It seems like their jibes at each other haven't been the usual flirtatious banter, but something a little colder/more distant (especially at the start of this season). I wonder what happened...

Posted by: Cy | April 24, 2008 8:21 PM

Duffman:

You seem to be hopelessly locked into your Anti-whatever biases. If you truly believe that a difference of 330k in sales is artistically significant or particularly relevant, then there is nothing I can do with you rationally.

Your statement that Hicks' own artistically authentic album "sounded nothing like him" (made without one iota of support) is intellectually approximately equivalent to the wonderfully vacuous "we are the change that we seek".

I suppose there's always Hope that you can Think and Change your positions after rational consideration, see the Light, and appreciate Taylor and BaNanny.

Posted by: Christin | April 24, 2008 8:41 PM

Someone please tell me who is voting for that HORRIBLE Jason guy? He is bad, bad, bad. He's this year's Sanjaya and Taylor Hicks - but much, much worse. Stop voting for him!!

Posted by: SB | April 24, 2008 9:34 PM

I thought Carly was the best she's been in a long long time, but didn't think that song might doom her in the bible belt. Oh well...she was never going to win it all.

I STILL think Brooke must read the blogs about herself because she apologized for always interrupting the judges.

I'm not a diehard voter, but I still see every teen age girl between the ages of 12 and 17 voting for him. That kid is cute. He makes me feel rather cougarish, myself. :) (hodie, a cougar is an older woman dating a younger guy -- one of the more famous examples being Demi Moore). Come on, it's easy to see now that he's not appealing, what with his apparent reliance on herbal refreshment, but I freely admit his devil-may-care attitude would have had me hooked in high school/college.

David Cook needs to mess up big next week or he will be in real danger of winning this whole thing. Baby Elmo, I think, has about as much variation as Fräulein Maria, and I was a big fan in the beginning, but the blooms about off that rose.

It was amazing to me how Syesha almost morphed into a different person and had fun. I don't understand why she thought she had to wait for theatre week to do that.

Posted by: TyeinMd | April 25, 2008 8:39 AM

So much for a singing contest. Either vacuous boy or pouty girl should have gotten the boot. Voting rules need to change if there's a next season of AI.

Posted by: WI | April 25, 2008 8:58 AM

Tye, thanks for updating me on the lingo. Never heard the term Cougar before applied in that way. I guessed correctly given the context.
Wonder what it would take for Jason to ditch the dreds? I think he and David A could also benefit from a few public speaking classes. Future idolettes take note! It was endearing at first but now patience is waning.
I was also somewhat impressed Brooke admitted her folly in always interupting the judges but at the same time I am suspicious of her sincerity. We'll see next week.
Neil Diamond maybe will draw in some older viewers??? Most of the rabid ND fans I know are in the 50-60 age group. (I am not one of them--but admit I had a Cracklin Rosie 45 when I was a girl).

Posted by: hodie | April 25, 2008 9:30 AM

Oh - Hodie. We do date ourselves.

Anyone riding along the Ballston-Courthouse corridor this AM probably saw me dancing down Clarendon Blvd. to the Metro - the Monkees' "I'm a Believer" having played on endless loop in my head all night long. "Audio virus" indeed - Idle Fan.

I decided the only "cure" was to substitute one totally annoying tune with another - and thinking how I'd love the chance to "assign" each of the remaining Idols one song they absolutely - positively - had to sing - I realized that my dream was Jason Castro should be required to perform "One Toke Over the Line" (Brewer & Shipley, 1970).

As of 9:30AM today, I'm no longer "a believer" - I'm:

One toke over the line sweet Jesus
One toke over the line
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line
I'm waitin' for the train that goes home sweet Mary
Hopin' that the train is on time
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line

*****
If any of you see a middle-aged woman on the Orange line this afternoon just trying to make her way back to Clarendon - please be kind.

Have a fun weekend!

Posted by: Jean | April 25, 2008 12:42 PM

I'm driving my sons and fellow boy scouts to a campout later this afternoon. While they listen to their ipods, I'll be humming/thinking "One Toke Over the Line, Sweet Jesus.."
Thanks, Jean ;-)

Posted by: Idle fan | April 25, 2008 1:15 PM

Idle Fan -

Add this visual to your audio:

Bong Boy blows a big hit in TragiNanny's face - and we see her literally start to "Walk on the Wild Side" as she begins singing Marianne Faithful's "As Tears Go By".

I'd actually pay good money just to see it!

Posted by: Jean | April 25, 2008 1:38 PM

I'm hearing/seeing new musical reality show.

Posted by: Idle fan | April 25, 2008 2:15 PM

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