Damn, this show is fast becoming a sausage fest. In four weeks, we’ve sent home four girls and saved one guy. If Nigel and Company were really hoping to break the White Guy With Guitar streak that took over Idol in it’s third incarnation (seasons 7-9), it’s doing a piss poor job of it.
One thing Nigel and company have finally decided to fix is the goddamn 60 minute elimination shows. Seriously–when the elimination show is 60 minutes long and I can fast forward through the filler parts, and find that the show took less than 10 minutes to actually watch, you have a show with the word DVR RATINGS VICTIM tattoo’d across the top.
What do we want? More contestants singing! When do we want it? Whenever you’re on the air! Continue reading
Notes: I was remiss last week in noting yet another huge influence by the most awesomest judge J.Lo. We overheard her at the end of Top 12 week saying to Naima and her pitch problems during the post elimination scrum “I’ll talk to Mark….” At the time, I assumed she was talking about someone on the sound crew.
Nope, she meant Mr Jennifer Lopez himself Marc Anthony, who came in and did something I’m not sure has been done in the history of the show–he taught them how to use those goddamn ear monitors properly. The difference it made last week was why it was so hard to chose who went home, since everyone sounded great.
This is a good problem to have. We have it again this week. Seriously, Jennifer Lopez? She keeps paying off in spades.
Elton John 80s Elton John week: Continue reading
Finally, an elimination episode worth blogging about. Because no one was eliminated. Go Figure.
It helped that this was the first bottom three that wasn’t completely predictable–raise you hand if you had Stefano as part of the Bottom Two? Didn’t think so. But Ryan’s overuse of the word “shock!” was a dead give away that something was afoot this evening, random Hulk Hogan sightings aside. (Man, that divorce must’ve really taken him to the cleaners. I knew he’s invested heavily in TNA and was doing everything he could to build the brand, and I still didn’t see that cameo coming.) Continue reading
No theme weeks, eh Nigel? That sure didn’t last long. I guessed faced with the prospect of Scotty singing a country tune every week, you guys felt the pull of the old format…oh wait.
Notes: Cracked Out Ryan was back tonight. Perhaps the extra time for a two hour show and 11 contestants made him feel like he has free range to do nutty stuff like bring up the whole first row to hug a contestant, or the whole business with Stefano’s mother’s leftover pasta. I felt like Ryan was rattling the bars of his gilded cage hard tonight.
J.Lo continues to bring excellent critiques–when she feels like it. I think it shows which contestants she’s invested in as opposed to those she’s not. I also like her little “listing” of things, it was a cute trick that makes her sound serious. I continue to think that joining the Idol panel was the smartest career move J.Lo has made.
(Was S.Ty really distracted tonight by the fact that one of his bandmates surprised him by showing up? He seemed unnerved by that for some reason.)
Onto the performances: Continue reading