'American Idol': first four to go
The 24 "American Idol" semi-finalists "all will be fighting to secure their spot in history," Ryan Seacrest gushes at the top of Thursday night's results show.
Speaking of historic, Seabiscuit says the "buzz of the nation" is that judge Simon Cowell was "harsher" than normal on the first night of this season's competition. Seabiscuit needs to spend less time playing back his own radio show to get his buzz.
"It isn't the buzz of the nation at all -- it's just a couple of people's thoughts," Simon notes correctly. He also points out that there were a lot of bad performances this week which is undeniably true.
Judge Kara DioGuardi's husband is in the studio audience.
We've been looking forward for days to Mama Sox's participation in the traditional results night group lip sync. She seems to think that if she stands very still no one will notice her.
Seabiscuit begins to cull the herd. First, the chicks; he narrows half the gaggle down to just two women; judge Randy Jackson pronounces them "too close to call, baby" then sucks air between his teeth to signal his deep concern. Janell Wheeler is the first Idolette tossed this season. Janell was very bad on Tuesday; she re-creates that badness for us now.
The pretty brown eye Alison Iraheta has not hidden behind her iridescent red hair returns to sing; she was one of last year's Idolettes.
Seabiscuit winnows down the remaining chicks until Ashley Rodriguez gets the hook. Rodriguez recreates her losing performance, and then it's time to pick on the guys.
Next to go is Jose Munoz, though his was one of the better vocals of Guys Night which, yes, is setting the bar very low. He recreates his Performance That Got Me Axed, while Tim Urban contemplates the miracle that is his life these days. Tim was brought back into the competition after another Idolette tried to pull a fast one on "Idol" producers about a singing contract, and now he has somehow survived the first week of AI" competition because Munoz had gotten no airtime ever, so few were motivated to vote for him.
While preparing for Wednesday night's School of Pretend Rocker performance -- the one that got him so severely criticized by the judges, Tyler Grady had apparently asked himself what Jim Morrison would do, and had showed up for rehearsals in a white bathrobe, gym socks and boots. Seabiscuit shows us the tape which is how we know. Tyler explains he thought he was going straight "to wardrobe."
Simon predicts Tyler will go home Thursday night. But first, last year's winner Kris Allen comes out to mangle the Beatles tune "Let it Be" which you can download on iTunes and hear for yourself, knowing 100 percent of the proceeds will go to help with the relief effort in Haiti.
Simon's right -- Tyler's toast. Then the sound goes dead on the show for a few seconds which we can only assume means somebody said something juicy. When the sound comes back Tyler is telling the judges that while he likes them and had a really great time with them "I feel like I didn't get much constructive criticism during Hollywood Week." And what the judges told him this past Wednesday was too little, too late, he tells the judges.
Lisa de Moraes
February 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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