So how did we manage all of
this in one week: the second-shortest singing
performance ever, the worst project manager ever, more
Ambbuhhhhh and Rob, and my "Idol" scorecard actually
panning out decently?
The Week That Was
On "The Apprentice"...
Wow. How self-unaware can
you be? Tara did absolutely everything wrong in last
coming up with the concept before ever
speaking to anyone, infusing her own opinions in the ad
without bothering to check to see if they were
needed/valid, and then using "I" about forty times while
pitching the ad.
I was very impressed by
Stephanie post-boardroom. I hope what she did with her
team after returning was genuine. It certainly at
least for now changed my opinion of her. And
obviously it helped bring that team together from what
looked like was total self-destruction.
I've got no pick for
I think we've gone to a 'neutral' point
and need to see someone stand out one way or the other.
I don't believe it. I actually got three of the four
right who got voted off. Not in the scoring, mind
but in my actual picks. My guys' top 5 didn't
change at all this week:
1. Bo Bice
2. Mario Vazquez
3. Anwar Robinson
4. Nikko Smith
5. Scott Savol
Among the eliminated, Joe
was #6 on my list (but I did pick him to be eliminated)
and David was #9 (also picked to be eliminated).
Constantine and Travis need to step it up or they won't
make the top six, in my opinion.
The girls are a lot harder
to pick. Virtually everyone moved around in the
rankings. Here are my top 5 from last week and top 5
after two weeks:
1 AFTER WEEK 2
Underwood Jessica Sierra
Turner Nadia Turner
4. Aloha Mischeaux
My two picks to go were
Celena (#9) and Janay (#10). So obviously, I got one
right, and missed one. I did have Aloha in eighth (yes,
after being fourth in week 1).
No one on the girls' side
has been consistent, so it's hard to say who'll go next
So surprised by Angie. She
really came through for her tribe in the reward
challenge. There really haven't been new surprises.
Ashlee was ready to go home
and thus she did. We'll see
if a spark comes this week.
On "The Amazing
You read in the first
InSites of this new series that I am a huge fan of "The
Amazing Race." Susan & Patrick make the best mother/son
team ever. Megan & Heidi look a little too much like
Paris & Nicole in their publicity photo for my liking.
this is already shaping up to be a great
series (no shocker there). It's too early to pick
anything, but my early favorite is, as you already
guessed, Susan & Patrick.
Odds and Ends
Shocker on Ultimate Jeopardy!: Leszek Pawlowicz didn't
make it past his first-round match. It's become
definitely clear to me that the 'old' players are having
a tough time with the 'new' money structure. Because of
how big the money is, you really can't take as many wild
or you'll fall in the hole, or out of
contention. (See Jeff Richmond's competitors for
details.) This is the main reason why Ken Jennings is
the frontrunner in the final from the start not
because he's smarter, or even a better player, but
because he's SO versed in the skill of the increased
money system (even if it did bite him in the rear on his
last show too).
This week, we saw the
second-shortest TV musical performance ever. The
shortest was the Ashlee Simpson
performance on "Saturday Night Live." The second
shortest was Jenny Farrell on this week's "Nashville
Star." After a really great few opening seconds,
Farrell began to feel sick, said "Excuse me" and ran off
the stage. Farrell was ill and an apparent combination
of food poisoning and nerves was too much to handle.
Jenny's a hometown girl
born in Nashville...and moved
back to attempt a singing career.
Farrell does have her
own website (http://www.jennyfarrell.com),
and although she doesn't go into great detail there, she
did call her performance "one of the most embarrassing
moments of my life."
Here's the odd part
show we saw Tuesday night was taped THREE WEEKS ago
February 10th. So, if America (or at least
the USA Network cable viewers) finds it in their heart
to let Jenny sing on next week
it'll have been a month
since the original performance
definitely over any
illness, and maybe a competition front-runner. Check
out some of her music on her website
What You Should Be Watching
The aforementioned "Nashville Star." You can say it's
because the competitors are older and more experienced,
or that they've already been working hard in the music
but the contestants on "Star" are, on the
whole, better than their "American Idol" counterparts.
And this opinion comes from a guy who isn't much of a
fan of country music. But I wouldn't miss "Nashville
Star." You might even find me at a taping later this
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