Matt the Hat Gets Whacked -- Again -- on "American Idol"
Fox celebrates its decision not to air President Obama's news conference by starting "American Idol" one minute early -- at 8:59 p.m. -- which will inflate early ratings on "Lie To Me," Fox's Obamavision alternative, making the network's decision seem that much smarter. Nicely done, Fox!
Show host Ryan Seacrest boasts more than 47 million votes were cast this week, which is this season's record. On the other hand, the producers had opened up a second voting line for each of the five Idolettes this week, to cut down on the "Idol" voting that might be thwarted by busy signals.
Before the show gets started, Seacrest throws to judge Simon Cowell, who starts in with "normally I don't say this" and then praises all five Idolettes' performances, adding "I mean, seriously I've got to hand it to them, last night -- it was probably the best show at this stage I've ever seen." If we didn't know better we'd say he was doing some backing and filling, based on pre-knowledge of the voting results, and that something big was about to happen.
This week's Ford Music Video points out the benefits of a hybrid vehicle if you ever find yourself running through the desert and a camel just won't do.
This week's Group Lip Sync/Sing takes on the "Rat Pack era" tunes "It Don't Mean a Thing" and "I Got Rhythm," only Seacrest calls the first tune "I Don't Mean a Thing." Much snickering at my house.
Seacrest brings up Allison Iraheta's birthday -- again -- and reveals Danny Gokey recently had a birthday too. In honor of the occasions, the Idolettes are seen in a taped bit, being forced to bake a cake for the camera in the "American Idol" mansion. Adam Lambert seems to takes it seriously, but the others erupt into a food fight -- mostly the Birthday Boy and Girl. Video over, Seacrest wonders who started the food fight and Allison blames Danny, who is then handed a "gift" in the form of an envelope with a Best Bets Maids Service bill for $6,000 for the kitchen cleanup. Product placement -- did not see that coming.
"Are you good for it?" Seacrest asks Danny.
"You mean 'American Idol' doesn't pay for it?" Danny asks incredulously. "I mean, come on! All the money -- "
Danny's cut off by Ryan, who says "Maybe we'll take care of it -- if you win." Another forced humor moment with Danny has gone terribly awry.This brings us up to about three or four now, doesn't it?
Awkward cleanup gag over, it's time to cull the herd.
Seacrest sends Matt Giraud to the left side of the stage and Danny to the other side -- but only after Danny tells Seacrest that this week he listened to Simon's advice and started "watching performers and what they do and trying to take part of that and get it in my performance."
Seacrest asks Danny if he's saying he has studied the other Idolettes.
"I have and I'd rather not mention who," Danny says, dangerously. So Seacrest doesn't.
Allison joins Danny after Seacrest reminds her Simon said she was in trouble this week. And Kris Allen is told to join Matt the Hat.
That leaves Adam Lambert to play American Idol Sophie's Choice -- an annual event in which one Idolette is asked to pick which group he/she wants to stand with -- the Losers Group or the Winners Group.
Adam, who apparently has not been watching the show all along, does not know this is his queue to refuse to make that call.
"Oh, come on! I love everybody," Adam begins, on the right track. But then he adds, "based on last night -- probably that group." He points at Danny and Allison and walks over to join them.
But Seacrest, who has to be thrilled that, after all these seasons, Idolettes are still falling for this old gag, then dramatically leads Adam away from the Winners Group with an arm around Adam's shoulder, and over to Matt the Hat and Kris.
Adam is in the Bottom Three.
Adam takes it well but Danny and Allison look shocked. Members of the audience look shocked. Judge Paula Abdul calls it "crazy" and thinks they should end the show now in a five-way tie. Simon says it's not crazy and that's not a nice thing to say to Danny and Allison; he congratulates them both.
Asked what he thinks of the stunning development, judge Randy Jackson wants America he know he and this week's mentor Jamie Foxx go way back and Jamie had come to talk to him before tonight's show. Meanwhile, judge Kara DioGuardi notes that once again, when it comes to Adam, her mouth went open. Much snickering by Randy.
Time for Natalie Cole to come out and sing because it's Rat Pack Era week and she's got a tour to plug. She sings "Something's Gotta Give" while looking wonderfully less embalmed than last week's disco-era singers.
And here comes former Idol, Taylor Hicks, singing "Seven Mile Breakdown" from his new album. He's lost half of himself and says "working, touring and being out with the fans" is his diet plan.
Seacrest says he's going to send someone from the Losers Pile to the Safety Seats. It's Kris -- he lets him know by tapping him on the stomach. This means either Matt the Hat or Adam is going to get booted this week, which means this results show will be utterly predictable or utterly surprising.
Time for "Idol" to pay up for Jamie Foxx's services as guest "mentor" this week. Foxx sings his new hit single, and gives yet another of those crotch grabbing autotone performances that seem to undermine the "Idol" franchise. He then chats with Seacrest about how the Idolettes are "five of the most talented people I've seen in the past 10 years."
Adam and Matt the Hat are brought out to hug Foxx. Seacrest wonders if Foxx thinks America got it right this week.
"I've hung with these guys and shared with them and it doesn't matter right now," Foxx begins.
"It's what's going to happen after this, and the careers that they're going to have after this and that is it, and also too, I got a movie out called 'The Soloist' so check it out."
Well, "Idol" certainly had that comng to it -- suppressing a man from plugging his movie opening when he's mentoring Idolettes, just because it's not a Fox flick. It's just not natural.
And finally, with only a few minutes left and nothing left to plug, it's time to announce who's out:
Two weeks after "American Idol" judges overrode viewers' decision to boot Matt the Hat from the singing competition...viewers booted him again.
A smarter judge than Kara would have realized what a resounding viewer non-endorsement of the Judges Save card this was. The Judges Save was introduced this season to make sure there would never be another Jennifer Hudson Embarrassment. You know, gimongously talented money-printing Idolette kicked off the show because his/her fans mistakenly thought he/she was so secure they did not pick up the phone to vote because it costs good money and then everyone talking the next day about what a travesty it was.
Kara, missing that elephant in the studio, tells Matt the Hat as he prepares to exit that "one of the best things we ever did this season was save you."
For two weeks? Really?
Had Adam been voted out, that would have had people talking today -- unlike Giraud's exit two weeks earlier, which the judges nixed.
This week Matt the Hat had mistakenly taken "mentor" Jamie Foxx's advice to lower the key in which he would sing "My Funny Valentine." Adam had no one to blame for his very Vegas performance of "Feeling Good," having apparently received no words of advice from Foxx, who reacted to Adam with "Absolutely incredible! You don't care about who I am at all!"
Another stunner: Simon, the night before, had called Matt's performance "absolutely brilliant" and heaped praise on Adam, too, while predicting Allison would be the Idolette who was at risk this week. At the end of Wednesday's results show, Seacrest asks Simon what advice he has for the four remaining Idolettes going into the next round of the competition.
"I'm probably the last person to give advice at the moment," Simon says in a rare instance of humility. Then, he thinks of some:
"Don't listen to me."
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