Your fearless webmaster (okay,
anyone who knows me knows I am anything but fearless
come on, play along here!!) has spent the last week
battling some sort of illness. While the Barry White-esque
deep voice was a plus, the rest of it was horrible. So
to all of you out there who've battled being sick this
I definitely feel your pain!
There is one positive to being
I get to watch a whole bunch of TV. So let's
The Week That Was
On "American Idol"
We have to start here this
week since this was the ultimate week, with the Top 12
finally figured out. It's actually a shame that
the season had to feature 6 guys and 6 girls, because
there were 7 or 8 guys that reasonably could've made the
top 12 otherwise. I'd put the chance of an all-guy
final at better than 50% at this early stage.
First, for the second week in a row,
I got three of the four right who got voted off. (Yeah,
I'm pleased by this.) And there were changes in my
rankings as well.
I am very surprised by Nikko Smith
not making it through. I thought his rendition of
"Georgia On My Mind" was excellent, and actually had him
#1 for the night, and #4 overall. Travis Tucker has
been toward the bottom of my list throughout, and last
night only reinforced that. Travis was the only guy to
not get a positive comment from Randy and Paula. I'm
surprised America brought Scott Savol into the Top 12,
but not disappointed by it
he is, however, on the
thinnest ice among the guys.
Janay Castine looked a little more
comfortable this week than the previous two, but the
judges were right
she was extremely pitchy. It was a
tossup for me between Amanda Avila and Lindsey Cardinale
to be the other girl to go. I think Lindsey's strong
performance in Week 2 might have saved her.
So, of the Top 12, based on my
rankings, here's how they rate:
Anwar Robinson (tied for third)
Mario Vazquez (tied for third)
These numbers mean nothing now that
all twelve are actually competing against each other.
And Anthony's strong performance in Week 3 probably
vaults him higher than where I have him listed; and
vice-versa for Scott's weaker performance in Week 3.
On "The Apprentice"
I rewatched Audrey's
breakdown tonight. Wowza. Tough stuff. Then after all
that emotion, she decides to step up and be project
manager? Not the best move, and it cost her. It was
obvious that Trump knew beforehand he was going to fire
Audrey, since he bent the rules to allow four people
back into the boardroom (which he wouldn't bend the
rules earlier on in the competition).
The two teams are now even, but the
classic "corporate restructuring" is supposed to happen
this week. Honestly, I'm not sure why, since the teams
are even and the whole concept of the season was to pit
the "Book Smarts" versus the "Street Smarts." I don't
get it. We'll see what happens and I'll probably
comment more on this next week.
Not much to say here this
week. Jeff's injury meant he really did have to go.
On "The Amazing Race"
starting to wonder if Rob and Ambuhhhhh are going to
parlay their "Survivor" 15 minutes of fame into a win on
the Race. They've been using Survivor-style tricks to
try to get ahead. It's worked but I wonder if they do
it too much if it will change, in a bad way, the way
this game has been played for so long. Probably won't
have much of an effect in the next series since
families will be competing. It's hard to pick who's
next to go here because there's so much opportunity for
change in the standings. Check out my colleague Travis
Eberle's column "On the Buzzer" this week. In it, he
talks about ways to fix' this show. And he's spot on.
Odds and Ends
chronicled "Nashville Star"s Jenny Farrell in this space
last week. America decided to give Farrell a second
chance to make a first impression
and she did not
disappoint. Farrell's performance Tuesday was inspired,
and while maybe not the best of the night, definitely
worth having an opportunity to see.
It was a little awkward though that
they kept bringing Farrell's incident up
in the "backstage interviews." The
mop-and-bucket segment was one of the more tasteless
things I've ever seen.
Your columnist will be at the
Opryland Hotel in the next couple of weeks
I'll let you
know if I see any of the Nashville Star contestants
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