series critique and observations
Ryan opens with interviewing the kids about last night performances and how they feel. He calls Vonzell ďThe VonzĒ, but she doesnít look like she appreciated that. We get to see all the excitement behind the group recording. We needed an hour of this? Close-ups, flub-ups, and even the ones already sent home. Ryan is wearing a full suit and tie tonight. An hour merits full dress, I suppose.
Ryan tells us the bottom three will be singing their favorite songs from the season, but first we have to drag through the group number again. Itís just a dress rehearsal for the concert series coming up this summer. There are fewer opportunities for a large group rehearsal as time moves on. These kinds of shows are just fluff, filler, and more self-advertising. Itís called making a mountain out of a molehillís worth of talent. Itís like public school. Thereís a required number of Idol hours necessary to complete a series. We must have been dropping behind on our quota.
Song selection is next. Itís all the skinny on the backstage action, the shopping, the rehearsals; a day in the life of an Idol. Itís a chance to see if they can speak offstage, and what their offstage personality might be like. The rehearsal scenes are interesting. Youíd think some of them would see the train wreck coming after that.
Wednesday is everyoneís least favorite day. That is the day that someoneís got to go. Ryan says when we return, we wonít believe who is in the bottom three. Iím guessing Bo, Anthony, and Scott if there is any fairness in the universe. What does it mean that the Ford commercials are the best product from this show so far?
Reviews of last night performances follow. The contestant chats are as enlightening as the question/answer session at a local beauty pageant. Nadia gives it all to God, but thatís not Godís hips sheís been swiveling onstage. Somehow, if heís watching, I gotta think heís laughing mostly and worrying about Paula. Ryan asks Scott what song from his previous performances is his favorite. He sayís, ďAgainst All OddsĒ and Ryan asks him to come down and perform that song as he is in the bottom three. Itís an interesting ploy. Iíve even suggested that the loser sing his favorite song from the series. This even buffers it a bit more by having each of the bottom three sing one. Scott does an mediocre job on a big bore of a song. Not what Iíd pick for a last song, but Iím not the hardest rocker on the show either.
Time for some Seacresting. Translated and distilled, Carrie is safe. Anwar is safe. Bo Bice is in the bottom three tonight. Ryan asks him whatís happened in the last week or two? He calmly says that this started with a bet with his mom. If he loses, heíll go home and play music and move on. Bo chooses to re-sing the Black Crowes song, ďRemedyĒ. It wasnít that hot the first time and didnít get any better this time. It was OK, but nothing new, not near as good as Chris Robinson. I donít think Bo is going home anyhow.
Unfortunately, Nadia is singing, ďYou Donít Have to Say You Love MeĒ by Dusty Springfield. Itís unfortunate in that she is up there singing when it should have been Anthony. I hope it is not her going home. The kids seem to really give it all on these potential last songs, so in some way the format has worked, at least for Nadia and Scott.
Now, the line-up. After this break weíll find out who is safe. Scott. Bo. Or Nadia. Is a huge yawn during the break an indication of how I feel about the hour format? I could have skipped a half hour of filler and gone with the three songs. I like that part. The extra fluff and background is a waste of tape though. The judges make some comments and Simonís head grows larger like Pinocchioís nose as he tells how much he knows about the business and how they should all listen to him.
Scott is safe. There are dark clouds gathering overhead. Iím not sure how he keeps slipping by, but Iím guessing voodoo might be involved. Either Bo or Nadia are going home. The vote reveals Nadia is going home. Itís not fair, but Nadia thanks everyone for her experiences and the opportunities she received on American Idol. Tears reveal her inner feelings. Once again, the wrong person goes home at the wrong time. This year has proven to be the most unpredictable season yet. Down to seven and still no one Iím ready to call Idol. Letís hope for a good theme and some decent songs next week. Iím ready for judgesí choice, just so we can shift blame for a change.