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American Idol 12: Top Nine Elimination

Idol results! Let’s cut another boy! By the way, Jimmy has fired 110 assistants. He dares the camera people filming “to put that on their f*cking show.” So they do, complete with Godfather music. It’s not good when he’s the thing I look forward to the most on the show, is it?

Oh, well, him and Ryan Seacrest, who is here to promise us a surprise, maybe. I assume he is referring to the save, which will only be used on a girl. No surprise there!

“The Top Three” and the rankings have mysteriously disappeared. Did everyone yelling that taking a page from XFactor was the absolute opposite of what Idol should be doing sway the saner heads who had always overruled Nigel on this subject? Or are we only going to see it if and when the top three aren’t Kree, Candice and Angie? Because showing us an unchanging Top Three week after week was exactly what made the rankings reveals over on XFactor so terrible. Hmmm.

Oh, has anyone else noticed that the pimpomericals have disappeared this season? Did Ford drop Idol? (Does that mean the Top Two won’t get brand new cars?)

Let’s get to Jimmy’s opinions, the performances and who is gone.

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American Idol 10: Top 6 Elimination

WHOO HOO.

Ding Dong, Casey’s gone.  I said it yesterday, and my opinion did not change watching it back. Left to his own devices, and a few weeks of feeling safe, Casey forgot why he needed to be saved in the first place and reverted back to growling and playacting. Not only was what he did an insult to having been saved, but it was unmarketable. Huzzah for another week of Jacob!

I was only sorry that Lauren didn’t round out that bottom three* group left on stage (*sorry, did you notice, Ryan never actually called them the bottom three? These little details matter. Idol is not Project Runway where they lie to us with impunity, as if we don’t have the internet. If they don’t actually say it’s the bottom three during the broadcast, that’s probably because it wasn’t.) Instead we got the visual of Scotty not being so front runner after all. Was he really in the bottom? Or was that a ploy to gin his fan base?

It was good to see and hear Crystal again. I hope she gets more airplay.

The best news? The theme next week is “Now and Then” (Then being the 60s, natch.) Did you just do the math? Next week, we get TWO SONGS EACH by the contestants!!  I am OVER THE MOON.

American Idol 10: Top 6 Performances

American Idol finally got around to the Carole King songbook this evening. It was only about four or five seasons later than they should have, and on a season where they’ve been trumpeting how 21st century they’ve become. Well, the stripes, they don’t really change on the animal, no matter how hard it strains.

My first reaction was “6 contestants, 90 minutes?” Less Filler Tastes Great, too bad Idol thinks it’s Filler time. I was therefore pleasantly surprised to see said filler was actually taking a page from the last two season’s Top Four week, where rather than make the contestants do two songs a piece, they had them do one plus a duet in order to give the judges more time to blather and preen. Adding it to Top 6 instead week meant we got more music not less, of which I highly approved. Especially because it gave me hope: If they’re already getting the Idols to do one-and-a-half songs by Top 6, that might just mean we get our old two-songs-each starting on Top Five week like we used to. I continue to hope the producers learned their lesson, that the longer ramp up is really needed by contestants, after Lee’s crash and burn during last year’s finale. This is a sign that they did. I’m holding onto it with both hands, so don’t let me down guys.

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American Idol 10: Top 7 Performances

I WAS PROMISED BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.  Stupid Idol rumor mongers.

/grump

So tonight was Songs from the 21st Century. Noted that Ryan said the songs had to be *recorded* post millennium, not just released. Nice closing of that loophole, boys.

Also of note, this is the first time in the History of Idol we’ve had the cast offs come back before the finale and do a number. I actually didn’t pay that much attention–it was just a group of indistinguishable girls (and Paul and his suit!)  See Jimmy, I’ve forgotten them already. They went out in 13th, 12th, 11th, 10th, 9th place. They don’t get record deals on par with those who make the top 5. Stop trying to make the cast-offs happen. (Also, could we stop with the Junior Varsity Pyro? Thanks.)

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American Idol 10: Top 8 Eliminiation

Thank god, a guy finally went home, so Nigel and co can’t spend another week fanning the flames of “American Idol Voter” controversy.  Talk about screwing your long term viability for a short term q-rating fix.

What a difference Paul’s elimination was compared to Pia’s.  This is the difference between someone doing it for the fame, and someone doing it for the love of music.  Paul didn’t break down into sobs like his life was over.  He knows perfectly well he’ll be on stage this time next week, albeit one that’s a little smaller, and maybe one with a crowd that was a little bigger than it was back in January.  He was never trying to make the top five, he was just trying to make some connections, and ensure that he never has to quit doing this and get a real job.

Mission accomplished.  Here’s to you and your ridiculous rose suits, Paul McDonald.  Here’s to you.

American Idol 10: Top 8 Performances

The theme this week was song from cinema.  Considering that this is the theme that usually brings with it “Against All Odds,” “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” and “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman,” I was expecting a completely miserable show.  Instead I got a show that was only half miserable!  There were actual risks taken.  There were interesting song choices made.  And then there were Paul and Lauren.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.  The judging once again was terrible.  At least Randy made a move at one point to say something wasn’t the best thing heard on the idol stage, but it was too little too late.  By the time he finally got to a contestant he’d been told to pan, I’d stopped listening three contestants ago. J.Lo was worse than useless.  I wish I knew who told her to stop being real up there. They did her a real disservice. (Curiously, the change seems to have occurred the same time Will.i.am started showing up to work everyday. Coincidence?) The fact that all three judges blew sunshine up contestant after contestant’s ass was proof that the idol brass has not gotten the message that a Kinder Gentler Judging Panel is going over like a lead balloon.  The critiques from the judges were so bad, I not only found myself missing Simon, but silently rifling through my mental catalog of his Standard Issue Idol Takedowns to guess which chestnut he would’ve pulled out this week for each contestant.  I have included them below in my recaps. Continue reading

American Idol 10: Top 9 Elimination

Alternative title to this post: JESUS FUCKING CHRIST ALMIGHTY.  That’s FIVE women eliminated in a row, one guy saved.

Look, I will be the first to say that Pia had problems.  First, foremost, and probably most damningly, she was dull and predictable.  Her internal musical database really didn’t expand much past “The Celine Dion Catalog.”  She sang gorgeously, but as I stated before, that hasn’t won anyone Idol since its first incarnation (Seasons 1-3.)  Worse, she was robotic on stage, and she didn’t really show any growth.  She sang perfectly her first night out, in a way that she probably would never really top.  Lack of a growth arc on idol means that the voters don’t get invested in you.  I really never saw her as making it past the Top Five.

But this streak of male domination that’s been dogging idol for several seasons now is a HUGE problem. It was the main culprit behind season nine’s demise. Worse, it LOOKS BAD to us viewers at home.  Any successful Idol contestant knows they are only as good as their last performance.  The same goes for the show itself.  The more the show looks to be a bunch of hormonal 13 year olds voting their crushes, the less gravitas it’s going to have.  For a show that’s spent the last decade being a cultural force in the pop music industry to find itself descending into perceived irrelevance because it cannot find a way to keep gender parity is embarrassing to all involved.

I would not be surprised if next year there is a silent edict that whatever happens NOT to use the save on a male.  (Noted:  the save has only ever been used on guys on this show.)

(On a happy note: IGGY POP!!  ON IDOL!! SCARING THE TEENY BOPPERS!!  Oh, it was glorious.)

American Idol 10: Top Nine Performances

Rock and Roll Week. …with Will.I.Am.  This marks three times in four weeks the man has been on this show.  Did Nigel give him a full time job, and just can’t admit it?  (The astute observation was made by the illustrious MJ that now that Iovine has turned out to be terrible television, celeb mentors are here to stay, but did we really need a month of Will.I.Am?  I’m just asking.)  Worse, he taped early enough in the process that not one, but TWO of the Idols had changed their song after the taping.  Yet they ran his worthless incoherent blathering anyway.  They must’ve paid him a fortune to feel forced to use it.

J.Lo should realise she’s only good as her last worthy judgement.  She was pretty terrible this week.  All the judges were.  To the point where I missed Simon so much, I looked up some X-Factor gossip.  It was a sad moment in Idol History.

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American Idol 10: Double Elimination

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

American Idol 10: Top 11 Redux

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.

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