“You must vote!” extolled Ryan at the end of tonight’s broadcast. “Remember, this is the week Daughtry went home!”
Yeah, the show’s never really quite recovered from that, have they?
Tonight was a mishmash of two stitched together themes that didn’t go together. This feeling was compounded by the decision, for the first time, to have the top four swap order half way through the show, so that they could extra pimp James by having him both Open and Close the show. (It also helps confuse the phone numbers around so people might vote wrong. Already Slezak is pumping Haley as 02 and 06, when she’s 02 and 05.) Extra pimping on James is probably not a bad thing, since he is our last best hope for taking down Scotty’s douchbaggy Alfred E Newman face. But, like last week, James showed that he is neither Cook, nor Lambert. He’s not up to this task.
Everyone who hasn’t faced it, should turn around and face it now–Scotty will win in two weeks. Repeat after me: It will be good for the long-term health of the franchise. It will. Idol has The Voice’s flash’n’trash, nipping at its heels, waving the Frenchie flag. X-Factor started taping this past weekend. Simon and Paula are getting the band back together and coming to remind you that of the original Idol Judge Set, Randy was the one you always wanted gone anyway. Idol NEEDS the industry cred. The producers needs to be able to point to their winner (not their first runner up, not their fourth place finisher, but their WINNER) and say “PLATINUM selling artist.” Yes, Cook went Platinum after Season 7, but he didn’t have the string of singles the way Carrie did after Season 4, and his career, though moving along at a good pace, is taking the Kelly Clarkson slow build route. They can’t afford to wait for that. They need the astronomical sales on the first album, the string of number one singles. They can do that in country radio, in a way they can’t in rock/pop anymore. They can do that with Scotty.
As for the three shaking themselves out for the runner-up positions: Continue reading