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American Idol – Top 6 – RESULTS

Two go home.  Four will remain.  Big night.

–  Seacrest promises no filler.  I laugh.

– We recap last night’s show.  Which is…FILLER!

– We all agree that Blake kicked ass and took names.

– Seacrest interviews random people.  Which is…FILLER!

– Seacrest interviews the contestants.  Which is…not filler.

– Reuben Studdard shills for Idol Gives Back.

– A recap of last week.  Which is…FILLER!

– Musical performance from Robin Thicke.

Here’s his BEST song EVER:

– He doesn’t sing that tonight.  But he does sing “Lost Without You,” which is a tight track.

– Fantasia shills for “Idol Gives Back.”

– Sponsored Crappy Video of the Week is “Paint It Black.”

Elimination One:

Melinda, Phil, LaKisha are center-stage.

– Melinda is safe!

– LaKisha is safe.

– Phil goes home.  Bummer…he was just starting to roll!

– Like I said last night, “Blaze of Glory” was a perfect song for him to sing this week.  And it’s kinda awesome to here him sing it again after elimination.

Elimination Two:

– Jordin is safe.

– It’s down to Blake and Chris–after the break.

– Bon Jovi performs a new song.  Eh.

– Taylor Hicks shills for “Idol Gives Back.”

– Chris and Blake admit they are best friends.   Blake shoots down the importance of the elimination by reminding us that they will BOTH be on the tour.  Love it.

– America voted…Chris goes home and Blake continues!

Next week, Boogie Sounds.  OOOOOOOOOOkay.

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American Idol – Top 6 – Performances (Bon Jovi)

Sorry for not having a recap for the results show last week.  My DVR failed me.

Also, the cop-out ending was kind of a bait-and-switch.  So, blah.

But tonight….tonight should be interesting!  It’s Bon Jovi night!

– We start with a career retrospective of Bon Jovi.

– Tony Bennett, Jennifer Lopez, Diana Ross…all great mentors.  But BON FLIPPIN’ JOVI???  That’s cool.

– Phil starts with “Blaze of Glory.”  Quick tip.  When you are a rock kinda guy and the setlist is, hello, Bon Jovi music, do one of the big guns!  He claims to have performed this song in front of his mirror.

Hmm…listen to the lyrics: “I’m going down in a blaze of glory.”  I change my mind on the song selection.  Makes sense for him.  He knows he’s probably on the chopping block.  Really, this is a great song for that.  And he sings it well.  Oh, the irony!  Randy recorded the song with Bon Jovi.  And called it his second best performance ever.  Paula loved it.  See-moan: “I thought it was OK.”

– Gina is in the crowd.  Again, the irony.

– Wait.  Jordin’s MOM grew up listening to Bon Jovi?  Damn, I feel old.

– Jordin gets the MONEY song, “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

– Jordin has 80’s hair, to go with the song.  Actually, she looks like Scary Spice tonight.  The first verse is rough for Jordin, but she gets it together by the middle.  The end was so good, I forgot how shaky the beginning was!  Randy acknowledged it was tough…especially the verses.  Paula said about the same.  See-moan wasn’t a fan.  Here’s what I don’t get:  Phil was GREAT and feels like he got no momentum.   Jordin had her worst night yet and they make excuses for her.  Don’t get it.

– LaKisha is in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.

–  This is rich: LaKisha admits to seeing Bon Jovi on Oprah, but that she has never heard one of his songs.  Wow.  That statement is all sorts of messed-up.  She’s performing the not-well-known “This Ain’t A Love Song.”

-LaKisha does a nice job with the song.  She’s still falling down the depth chart, but this will definitely slow the descent.  Didn’t have the WOW factor, but it had a SWEET factor.  Probably the best you could have expected from her on Bon Jovi night.  Randy says she’s back.  Paula said she “gave everyone a little somethin-somethin.”  See-moan threatens to kiss her.  And then does.  I guess that’s a good thing?

– Beatbox Blake gets the OTHER money song, “You Give Love A Bad Name.”

– He promises a risk.  He colored his hair.  Wow…he completely re-imagined the song.  It’s funky.  And then rocks out for the chorus.  And beatboxes after that.  Wow…this is all over the place and I LOVE it.  It’s a vocal remix!  Blake definitely put himself out there with this song.  Randy loved the creativity, originality and the song overall.  Paula: “This was your night.”  See-moan’s mom is in the crowd tonight.  See-moan claimed half will love it and half will hate it and he personally liked it.  Works for me.  The risk paid-off for the Beatbox!

– Chris Richardson is in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.

– He’s trying “Wanted Dead or Alive.”

– On the surface, should be a good song choice.  Oh man…he forgot the words in front of Bon Jovi.  As Richardson said, Daughtry also did this on the show.  Couldn’t find that clip, but here is another one:

– Shaky, karaoke performance.   Especially after Blake’s masterpiece.  Blog Friend Andrea sums it up:

BFA: moron

BFA: chris daughtry NAILED that song – you KNOW youre gonna be compared… and his voice isnt gruff enough for it. i think that was another bad choice

Randy kinda liked it.  So did Paula.  Did they listen to the same song I listened to?  See-moan said Chris did his best, but that it might not be good enough.

 

– Let’s wrap things up with Melinda Doolittle!  Interesting song choice, with “Have a Nice Day.”

 

– Bon Jovi tells Melinda to take it to church.   For not being a “rocker,” she is rockin’ pretty hard in a Tina Turner-meets-Journey kinda way tonight.  I dig.  This is phenomenal. My Melinda crush is back in full effect.  Randy loved it, compared it to Tina Turner.  Paula gushed.  See-moan also loved it, channeling Tina Turner.

 

Dubbya and Mrs. Dubbya thank Amurica.

 

Most Valuable Singer: Blake, followed by Phil and Melinda.  Rough night for Jordin.  Might be the end for Chris.  Second good week in a row for Phil…will it save him?

 

Thanks for reading!  Results tomorrow!

American Idol – Top 7 (Performances and Results)

I’ve been sick all week, so no recaps.  Sorry.

Sanjaya just got the boot.

Blog Friend Andrea: why is he crying

Blog Friend Andrea: he shouldve left 2324 years ago

 Back to bed…thanks for reading!  Full recaps return next week!

American Idol – Top 8 – RESULTS

Got home late, so now live rant, sorry.

Blog Friend Andrea on Hot Haley, Chris the Final and Phil Bottom Three

Blog Fried Andrea: how much do i rock

Blog Fried Andrea: I CALLED THE WHOLE THING

Blog Fried Andrea: PERFECTLY

Blog Fried Andrea: -D

Blog Fried Andrea: i = amazing

Really dull, overly-long one-hour show.

Sayanora, Hot Haley.  I’ll definitely miss muting your performances.

Ahhh…Haley.

Next week is Country week!  Thanks for reading!

American Idol – Top 9 – Performances

It’s American Classics night, which is always a fun one, complete with songs I’ve never heard of!  Score.

– Seacrest welcomes us and reminds us that Tony Bennett is the guest teacher.

– The gang is here, from band to contestants to judges.  Thanks for that, Seacrest.

– Bio on Bennett.  He’s The Man.

– Beatbox Blake kicks us off with “Mack the Knife.”  Great song, great song for him.  This will be a stretch for him, but I think he’ll do alright.  He moves slickly, to add his personal touch.  Not his strongest vocal, but good enough.  I think he played to the camera a little too much.  Nice little 3-second beatbox at the end.  Randy liked it, despite a few pitch problems.  Paula: Blake=pizzazz and cool.  See-moan gave it a 7 out of 10.  Sounds about right.

– Seacrest talks about “Idol Gives Back.”

– Phil is growing his hair back…interesting.  His choice is “Night and Day.”  I’ve never heard of it.  Ahh, he shaved his head again before the show.   Very soupy performance.  He hit the high note.  And that’s really all I have to say about it.  Bland and mostly forgettable.  Randy didn’t feel the passion and called it “disconnected.”  Paula compares Phil to Frank Sinatra as See-moan goes apoplectic.

– That brings us to Melinda, performing “I’ve Got Rhythm.”  This should be good.  She’s looking better tonight that she has at any point this season.  She owns the stage, with just the right amount of inflection and attitude.  Another TERRIFIC performance.  This wasn’t the biggest “WOW” she’s had, but it was great!  Randy: “This is how you do it, America.”  Paula called it flawless and mapped out Melinda’s career.  See-moan liked it more towards the end and says the judges can’t criticize her.  He admits that he likes being mean to people occasionally.

– The Last of the Chrises is in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.

– Chris the Last cools down to Duke Ellington’s Mr. Saturday Dance, which I also have never heard.  It had some good moments, but Chris Finale isn’t winning the competition, so what does it really matter?  Randy loved it.  Paula thought it was his best of the season.  See-moan liked it, too.

– Rising Jordin reminds us that she’s really young, by telling us she’s so excited to sing “On A Clear Day”  because “it’s such a cute song.”  Probably one of her most mature, complete performances, although she’s had better vocals.  She hits a string of high notes at the end to finish strong.  Randy preached the word and Paula calls her “a magnet of joy.”  See-moan called her “Magnet of Joy!”  HA!  He then called the other judges “Squiggly and Diggly.”  Which one is which???

– Gina the Good Witch sings “Smile,” which was a Charlie Chaplin song.  It was there.  Good enough, but totally unremarkable.  Paula said it was flawless.  See-moan can’t rave.  Judges didn’t gush, so I’m thinking they agreed with me.

– Queen Sanjaya takes on Sinatra‘s “Cheek to Cheek.”  He still looks like a little boy playing “lounge singer.”  Nothing fun with the hair this week.  Randy calls him an entertainer, refusing to talk about the vocals.  Paula agrees.   See-moan calls it “incredible,” but it’s in jest trying to get him kicked off.  Rock on, See-moan!

– Hot Haley keeps channeling McPhee in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.

– Hot Haley goes with “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”  She teases giving a guy a lapdance.  Haley and the Final Chris are in the same boat.  Good looks, nice talent, no chance at winning.  See-moan compliments her legs.  I agree.  Judges didn’t love it.  But she has a rockin’ body.

– Running desperately late here….someone went long!

– LaKisha brings us home with “Stormy Weather.”  Here’s where I’m at with LaKisha.  Is she one of the favorites?  Sure.  Did she peak too early?  I think so.  Her first few weeks were so phenomenal that she may have played herself out of the competition.  But honestly, she’s made it to at least record one album.  Very emphatic, emotive performance.  She sold the song all the way through.  Great performance!  Randy loved it.  Paula loved her outfit.  See-moan liked it a lot.

– Most Valuable Performer: Melinda, of course.  Best of the night.  Phil also had a good evening.  Nobody was actively terrible.  The Queen stunk, of course.

Thanks for reading!  Results tomorrow!

Equal Time for Sanjaya Fans.

OK, I think I’ve made my opinion on Sanjaya quite clear.  I think he belongs watching American Idol from his sofa at home instead of being on the show.

However, he definitely has his supporters…which is why he’s made it so far.

I say, “to each their own.”  Some people still don’t care for Chris Daughtry, who I rooted for from his audition.

In the interest of equal time, please check out the very impressive http://www.sanjayafannetwork.com website.

Now, not everyone like Sanjaya.  Trust me, I’m one of them.  But the following photo, uncovered by webmaster Clint, is AWESOME:

And on that note, have a great Hump Day, dear reader!  Spread the URL and I’ll see you back here later tonight for the results show recap!

To help you make it through the day, here’s an oldie but a goodie, dedicated to Blog Friend Andrea!

American Idol – Top 11 – Performances

And then there were eleven…but one of the eleven is Queen Sanjaya.  Let’s get to crackin’!

Tonight’s theme is 1960s British Invasion.  Pretty sweet.  Look for the guys to rebound a bit with this theme.  Not a lot, but a little.  And Queen Sanjaya doesn’t count.

– Haley looks hot!

– See-moan, as always, gets a great ovation.

– Paula tells the performers to envision See-moan naked.  See-moan plays it cool.

– We get a history lesson.  Actually, this is a good way to teach people about the songs and groups of the past.

– Our teachers are Peter Noone and LuLu.  In a cool twist, Peter works with the guys (and Queen Sanjaya), while LuLu helps the ladies.  Noone, in case you were wondering, was a part of Herman’s Hermits.  My parents are quite happy, so I hear.  LuLu’s resume is quite impressive, as well.

– Haley, lookin’ bumpin’ tonight, starts us off with “Tell Him.”  It might be the short shorts, but this was her best performance of the competition.  She probably saved herself from the chopping block with this, which does not bode well for the Queen.  Whoa.  Her shirt doesn’t have a back!  Yeah, best performance for her!  In all seriousness, that was great.  Randy called it her best.  Word.  See-moan: “You naughty little thing.”  Word.  HAHAHAHA!  See-moan basically said people will be talking about more than her singing tonight.  And I definitely did.

– Time for Chris Timberlake and “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying.”  He’s looking to sing it.  Peter isn’t thrilled.  Interesting.  Ahh…the on-stage guitar player for dramatic effect.  Chris has the look and an OK voice.  Not championship material, but really, it’s a 2 or 3 car race at this point.  He’s no worse than any boy-band era singer.  He shows flashes of greatness in this performance to stick around for another 5 or 6 weeks, definitely.  Randy really liked it, called it his best yet.  Paula is kinda choked-up, calling it sexy and charming.  See-moan also calls it Chris’ best so far.

– Much like Chris (both of them, actually), Stephanie is in the second tier. Let’s see if she can rise above tonight.  Before she sings, Steph and Seacrest answer questions in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.

– Her choice is “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” by Dusty Springfield.  I’m not feeling it.  Probably her worst performance to date.  It was all over the place.  Randy wasn’t thrilled.  Paula loves the outfit, but wasn’t a fan of the performance.  See-moan said she’s losing her soul.  The crowd wasn’t too upset with See-moan, either.  Ouch.

– Has Seacrest always wore two microphones?

– Beatbox Blake modernizes “Time of the Season.”  I’m a big fan of Blake.  Doesn’t have a chance to win, but I think he definitely has a producing future.  He is an entertainer.  I think he sings through his throat a little too much.    Not GREAT, but fun.  Randy says Blake gave it “the yo factor.”  Paula said it felt like she was at a concert.  See-moan liked it, too!  Calls it his strongest so far.  Cool!

– It’s go time!  LaKisha!  She finally chose “Diamonds Are Forever.”  Sweet!  A Bond song on Idol!  A very diva-ish performance.  Not my favorite from her, but this was clearly outside of her comfort zone.  Randy says pretty much the same.  Alright, not a blowaway.  See-moan sides more with Randy than uber-positive Paula.

– Phil tried “Tobacco Road,” which is a good choice for him.  A Southern guy, good runs.  Good start.  I’m really enjoying watching Phil grow in the competition.  A DVR issue cuts about 30 seconds from the performance.  I’ll assume they were as good as the portion I heard.  Really strong performance.  His most complete by far.  Randy liked it.   Paula went googily-eyed.  She said there were some pitch problems but she liked it.  See-moan wasn’t crazy about it.  He wants to hear more grit.

– Inside the Sponsored Cola Lounge, Seacrest and Jordin chit-chat.

– Jordin is going for “I, Who Have Nothing.”  She’s got a big ol’ voice!  Talk about growing in the competition!  Most convincing performance of the night.  Jordin’s got a good look, a great voice…tremendous upside.  Wow…that high note was awesome!  Best of the night.  Nobody else has been close for me.  Randy liked it a lot.  As did Paula.  See-moan thought she was great, but thought it was gloomy and depressing.

– Ugh…It’s Queen Sanjaya.  He can’t decide between two songs.  He goes with “You Really Got Me.”  There is a girl crying in the audience.  Me too, honey.  I recognize this performance!  It’s the type of performance you give in your bedroom when you’re 7 years old.  It was probably his most over-the-top performance.  Randy called it his best to date.  Sanjaya’s sister is hot.  See-moan makes fun of the crying girl.  I’ll give where credit is due.  This was definitely his best.  See?  Don’t call me a hater!  I hate on the bad…I’ll give love to the good.  The nickname stays, though.

– Seriously, the crying girl needs to go.

– Blog Friend Andrea: that girl needs psychiatric help and perhaps a hearing test

– Gina the Good Witch is in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.

– “Paint it Black” is definitely one of the best songs she could go for.  Solid, but unspectacular.  I still like Gina and think she could be a great female rock star with the right band.  Randy agrees with me.  Paula thought it was better than last week.

– Mini-rant time!  They pidgeon-hole these emerging singers in a different genre each week, forcing them outside of their comfort zone in front of 30 million people.  Gina is a rocker.  Of course she is gonna sound terrible doing most any Motown song!  Let her rock!  Rant over.

– See-moan wasn’t a big fan of the performance.  Calls it “style over content.”

– Chris Griffin performs “She’s Not There.”  He needs a good one tonight.  He starts in the crowd.  And stays there for most of it.  Cool strategy.  Very Meat Loaf-esque middle of the song, which is a good thing.  In fact, Chris should watch lots of tapes of Meat Loaf.  His voice is theatrical, which fits that style well.  Good one tonight for Chris.  Judges dig his style.  See-moan Paul was happy.

– Last, but not least, is serious contender Melinda Doolittle.  She goes with “As Long As He Needs Me.”  A controlled, subdued beginning she lets build naturally.  And the crying girl is still crying.  Someone take her out of there!  Melinda is awesome.  Most professional singer in the competition and she reasserted herself as the #1 seed with this song.  Randy said we saved the best for last.   Paula and See-moan continue the love-fest.

Most Valuable Performer: Melinda, with Jordin right behind.  The guys were overall stronger than ever as a group tonight, though.  Phil and Stephanie are probably the most vulnerable.

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